Chris Stranahan, owner of the Akron franchise of Wild Birds Unlimited, advises homeowners to think about the birds this winter. Birds are in survival mode and need shelter (build or buy nesting boxes, for instance); they also need food and fresh water. Get all sorts of birding advice at Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited.
Robert Stockham works for Fresh Fork, a farm buying club that provides members with produce and animal products from farmers within a 75-mile radius of Cleveland. For Christmas, the club is open to the public for orders of ham, turkey, food gift items and other edibles. For more information: 800.861.8582 or Fresh Fork Market.
Barbara Seelig-Brown is the author of The Healthy Home Cookbook: Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration, full of healthful and delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys good food. Barbara is the host of the TV cooking show Stress Free Cooking and the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.
Don Corbett says that while ServiceMaster by Corbett is a disaster restoration company, your house doesn't need to have a disaster to call in a ServiceMaster team. ServiceMaster can do any type of cleaning, from carpeting to cleanup after a fire or flood. For more information: 330.864.7300 or ServiceMaster by Corbett.
Janet Clover and Kelly Brown have reset Just That Twist to an all-holiday theme. The charming gift shop, located in a 1883 farmhouse just south of Copley Road at 1463 Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Copley, also offers redesign services. For more information: 330.666.8000 or Just That Twist.
You don't have to be a relative to stay with Ron and Sue Bishop. They have turned their historic farmhouse home into a bed and breakfast. The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek, built in 1876, is a great place for out-of-town guests and an excellent getaway for locals. For more information: 330.576.6104 or The Whimsical Pig.
Don Drumm, impressario and chief creator at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St. in Akron, has a new line of platters that will be perfect for your holiday gatherings. This premier Northeast Ohio destination has beautiful and functional creations by more than 500 artists and craftspeople from around the United States and Canada. For information: 330.253.6268 or Don Drumm Studios.
Margie and Ray Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio, recently won the "Givingest Giver" award at Maid Brigade's national convention for their children's book drive earlier this year. Maid Brigade is a certified green home-cleaning service. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.
Gabe Dockery, manager of the Wholesale Builders Supply at 169 Kelly Ave., says that his company welcomes the seasoned professional as well as the novice homeowner. Wholesale has a great showroom, which is open to consumers who are renovating their homes or building new ones. To contact Wholesale Builders Supply in Akron: 330.773.8453 or Wholesale Builders Supply.
Jessica Paris, owner of J. Paris Designs, has been busy. She's in the midst of moving her store from 1835 Fourth St. to 329 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls. Her first day of business at the new location is Nov. 11, which also is the date of her grand opening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. J. Paris Designs specializes in furniture restoration and painting, taking outdated furniture and turning it into incredible pieces for any style of room. To contact J. Paris Designs: 330.808.4270 or J. Paris Designs. Also, you can visit Jessica on Facebook.
Tom Crain, the Goin' Green Guy, is an expert on home and garden trends for 2014. Being green (environmentally sound) is one of the big trends of the year. Tom is testing an ECOTONIX home composter, also known as the greencycler. It's easy to use and looks good in the house. Listeners can get a 30 percent discount by going to the greencycler.com and entering the name Bob after you access the shopping cart. The discount is good through the end of 2013. To read about the 2014 trends or to contact Tom: The Goin' Green Guy.