For all our listeners who have friends and family who are visiting this holiday weekend from out of town, Tom Lix, founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, suggests something uniquely Cleveland for them to do. They can visit his distillery for free tastings today until 4 p.m. The address is 1768 E. 25th St. in Cleveland, near Cleveland State University and Asia Plaza. For more information, call the main line at 216.881.8481 or visit the Cleveland Whiskey website.
Don Corbett, founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, says that it's important to get expert advice when fire, smoke or water damages your home, and do it quickly because the first steps you take could mean the difference between a small cleanup and a more costly and time-consuming restoration. In the event of an emergency, ServiceMaster by Corbett is available 24/7. One way to prevent water damage while you're on vacation is to shut off your main water supply. For a free yellow tag to put on your shut-off valve, call ServiceMaster at 330.864.7300. ServiceMaster also does routine carpet cleaning and general cleaning. Don is offering a 20 percent discount through March 31 on carpet and furniture cleaning for anyone who mentions our show, My Beautiful Home. For more information, visit the ServiceMaster website.
Tom Crain, the Goin' Green Guy, teaches environmentally sound practices. He and his West Hill neighbor, Karen Edwards, are board members of the West Hill Neighborhood Organization, which has plans for multiple community gardens again this summer and even will put in a community orchard. Tom and Karen were the organizers of last summer's Goat Graze, where they brought in goats to remove the poison ivy from the Glendale steps. Another cool event is Akron Portage and Paddle, which will take place next summer and consists of teams portaging canoes from the Cuyahoga River to the Tuscarawas. Karen also is the director of City Sprouts, a nonprofit that teaches gardening and healthy living to children in the summertime. For more information, visit Tom's website or the City Sprouts Facebook page. Stay tuned for more information on the Akron Portage and Paddle event.
Bruce Yacko, creator of JAWS (Just Add Water System), says that his line of products is environmentally friendly because it eliminates the use of plastic spray bottles that get used once and then thrown away. Even if you recycle them, the recycling process requires a lot of energy. Bruce's line consists of kitchen, shower, glass and hardwood floor cleaners in heavy-duty plastic bottles with premium sprayers. It includes cartridges that contain liquids that leave surfaces clean with no streaking and without the use of harmful chemicals. In Northeast Ohio, JAWS is available at Discount Drug Mart. Or you can order by going to the JAWS website.
Bob Gaither, owner of Quality Carpet & Flooring, is a charter member of a buying group that purchases flooring products in large quantities. This allows locally owned carpet dealers such as Quality to sell carpet and flooring at the same prices as national dealers. Quality Carpet & Flooring, which Bob's father started more than 60 years ago, is located at 1755 Akron-Peninsula Road in Akron. For more information: 330.923.0929 or qualitycarpetflooring.com
Julian Severyn is a painter and the owner of Julian Severyn Studio Gallery in Bath. He offered holiday decorating ideas including using Star Showers, a product that projects little points of light onto the exterior of your home to create a constellation of stars. Other ideas include decorating with turquoise faux poinsettias and cool sapphire blue Christmas ornaments. He derived many of his ideas from the following companies: Nordlie, Maison by Paysage, Urban Home & Garden, Lighthouse Pools, and the Hallmark store at Broadview and Pleasant Valley. Julian's gallery is on the second floor of the Garth Andrews Building at the corner of North Cleveland-Massillon and Ira Roads. To reach him, call 330.665.0565.
Erin Chenault is the owner of Viva Bene Gourmet, a store specializing in personalized gourmet gifts, select wines, handcrafted cocktail kits, Italian specialty foods, and both imported and local meats and cheeses. Erin hosts monthly wine tastings and offers a wine club with discounts, and she sells the most beautiful imported handmade pasta. Her store is located at 219 N. Main St. in Hudson, behind the All Brides Beautiful shop. For more information, call 330.653.9800 or visit her website.
Joanna Wilson, the author of The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman, is an expert in Christmas entertainment. She will be leading a free walking tour from 4 to 6 this evening of downtown Akron's Christmas history. Following the event, which is part of the Akron 2 Akron series, Joanna will sign copies of her book. To join the tour, meet at 4 p.m. at Lock 3, which also is the site of an after party benefiting Ronald McDonald House. For more information about Joanna's book, visit her site.
This is a big season for Mr. Fun's Costume & Magic Emporium. Co-owner Marilee Pocock says that Christmas is a close second to Holloween, the store's biggest holiday. Mr. Fun's is open all year round, offering costumes for sale or rent, repairs and all kinds of festive accessories. The store is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, visit Mr. Fun's website or call 330.923.3339.
Dave Halaby of Heather's Heat & Flavor brought in a sampling of the shop's inventory of gift ideas, including sets of hot sauces, flavorful tea, baking ingredients and holiday rubs, as well as various kitchen accessories. Heather's is located at 91 First St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. For more information, visit the website or call 330.653.5131.
This is a season for fun and also for taking precautions to prevent fire and theft. Randy Evans and Terry Shepherd of Koorsen Fire & Security offered tips for staying safe over the holidays that include keeping your smoke detectors up to date and making sure that you lock your doors and keep lights on when you're away from home. In addition to selling equipment such as fire extinguishers, Koorsen also recharges them. For more information, visit the website or call 330.762.3343. Koorsen Fire & Security is located at 577 Miami St. in Akron.
If you want to avoid gaining weight over the holidays, check out these five tips from personal trainer and yoga therapist Kathy Hammonds. Here's what she suggests:
1. Eat no more than three meals a day.
2. Move! Walking and doing yoga are your best bets for burning fat.
3. Hydrate. Most Americans are dehydrated, Kathy notes.
4. Get plenty of sleep.
5. Load your plate with non-starchy vegetables.
Kathy has succinct explanations for why these five tips will work for you. She teaches classes and does personal consultations, including metabolic makeovers. To reach Kathy, visit her website.
When your body burns fat efficiently, you won't have to give up some of the beverages you enjoy, like good beer. Fred Karm, founder and brewmaster of Hoppin' Frog Brewery, takes great pride in crafting the kind of beer he likes to drink. He poured us two of his favorites: Hoppin' Frog's Frosted Frog Christmas Ale, an imperial nut brown ale, and Infusion A, which is a peanut-chocolate-coffee porter.The brewery, at 1680 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron, also has great food made in-house and just started serving lunch. It's open six days a week. For more information: call 330.352.4578 or visit the website.
Mary Jo Alexander, co-founder of Actors' Summit, talked about this year's holiday show, Guys on Ice, which is a comedic musical about ice fishermen who dance an "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit" and sing "Fish is the Miracle Food." The show continues through Dec. 20 at the Actors' Summit stage in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. For tickets and more information, call 330.374.7568 or visit the website.
Sarah Binder co-owns Ohio Stone Restoration with her partner Ron Lardie, who is an expert in restoring marble and travertine floors to their original beauty. He also restores granite countertops and has an effective way to clean even the worst-looking grout. To reach Ohio Stone Restoration, call 216.644.4176 or visit the website.