My Beautiful Home Show

August 16, 2014

Jane and Ron Hopkins, the authors of Remodel for Accessibility: Suggestions to Improve the Living Quality of Your Home, have the experience and knowledge to help disabled individuals make their homes more accessible and enjoyable. The tips also are written for older people and those recovering from an accident or surgery. The book is $8 and is available at The Sampler Store, 5850 Darrow Rd. in Hudson, The Market Path Store in Highland Square, 833 W. Market St., Akron, The Gift Gallery inside the Summit DD Ellet Center, 2420 Wedgewood Dr. in Akron, or by contacting Gary L. Peters of Summit Developmental Disabilities, 330.634.8186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Michael Bruno is the owner of The Blue Door Cafe and Bakery located at 1970 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. The bakery makes European-style pastries and serves breakfast and lunch. Michael and his wife Martina started a dinner service 10 weeks ago. It's like no other in the region. Their chef, Torsten Schulz, has cooked all over Europe and for Presidents Clinton and Obama. The meals, exquisitely prepared with fresh and often locally sourced ingredients, are creative and beautifully presented. And they're delicious, too. For more information: 330.926.9774 or the Blue Door Cafe and Bakery

August 9, 2014

Sarah Binder, marketing, sales and design coordinator for Bradley Stone in Solon, Ohio, has been in the natural stone business for more than 16 years. Her company fabricates countertops out of granite, marble, engineered quartz and the hot new quartzite, a natural stone. A new showroom will open soon at Bradley Stone's headquarters, 30801 Carter Road off Cochran in Solon. Visit the website for more information and to see a virtual kitchen.

Kevin Brooks, COO of BerryBreeze, explains that the grapefruit-sized device releases activated oxygen in your refrigerator, keeping fruits, vegetables and other foods fresh and odor free for extended periods of time. Activated oxygen is nature's disinfectant, so by using this product, you'll stay healthier and waste less food due to spoilage. It's $49.95 and takes very little energy in the form of four D-size batteries. For more information or to order, visit the website.

Mark Butler, co-founder and managing director of Shema Global, sells unrefined African shea butter that is a non-greasy, chemical-free, fragrance-free and natural skin protectant and moisturizer. His line of creams and soaps are Fair Trade Certified, so when you buy his products, you're also supporting a better life for farming families. You can find his products in the Akron and Canton areas at Mustard Seed, Ritzman Pharmacy and Raisin Rack, or visit


August 2, 2014

Janet Harrington, owner of J R Shoup, says that her locksmith and security company has been in business for 106 years. If you want keys made or you're interested in an electronic entry system for your home or business, you can find out more information by calling 330.434.4026 or visiting

The HBA Parade of Homes is coming up Sept. 12-21. We had a sneak preview on the show today with three guests who are members of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties. Jeff Tucker of Tucker Building & Design is doing one of the five homes featured in the King's Ridge neighborhood off Caston Road in Green, Ohio. In addition to the single site in Green, the Parade includes other newly built homes as well as condos and remodeled homes throughout Summit and Portage counties. For more information about the Parade, visit the HBA website. To reach Jeff, visit his website.

Kemppel Homes is building in King's Ridge, too. Stephanie Cherok, CFO for Kemppel, says that she's having fun making decisions about the decor of her company's French Country-style home. To reach Kemppel, visit the website.

Julie Lewis of Lewis & Associates Designs says that Parade will include many relevant activities including an "In the Know" series of classes that will give Parade-goers plenty of advice on building, interior design and other topics. To reach Julie, visit facebook.





July 26, 2014

Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One says that his company will recreate distinctive architectural features in older homes or will make new ones to add unique elements in more recent contruction.You don't need to go through a contractor to work with the experts at Mouldings One. Visit their showroom in Middlefield, Ohio, or check out their website. For more information: 440.834.3420. 

Jacob Grimm, owner of Brothers Grimm Landscaping and Design, is busy this season with projects that range from grounds maintenance to the design of outdoor living spaces complete with water scapes and kitchens. Jacob enjoys creating spaces that are unique to the needs and interests of the people using them. To reach Jacob, call 330.882.4639 or visit his website and/or Facebook page.

Fran Garber is the owner of E-Babes, a service for people wanting to put their collectibles and other items on eBay. Fran, who has been doing this for eight years, offers this advice: Allow enough time for selling your items and have reasonable expectations on the selling price. To reach Fran, call 330.655.9234 or you can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . She also has a website.

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