My Beautiful Home Show

May 2, 2015

Tom Lix, founder and chairman of Cleveland Whiskey, had quite a heady experience last month when President Obama visited the distillery, which is located in a business incubator complex in downtown Cleveland. The president was scheduled to make a quick stop but ended up staying to chat for a half hour or so. That was quite a high for Tom, who gave the president bourbon to take back to Washington with him. This month, there's more excitement as Cleveland Whiskey unveils its new line, Cleveland Underground, which is bourbon finished with black cherry wood. This unique beverage is being unveiled today from noon to 4 p.m. at the distillery in the MAGNET Building, 1768 E. 25th Street. The new bourbon hasn't reached stores yet, but it's available for purchase at the distillery. For more information: 216.881.8481, ext. 3484 or clevelandwhiskey

With warmer temperatures looming, Brian Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning advises homeowners to make sure their air conditioning units are free from debris and not touching plants or trees. And schedule your annual maintenance to ensure that everything runs properly. You can sign up for email reminders to schedule maintenance, change your furnace filter and even uncover the air conditioning unit before you use it. For more information: 330.773.3500 or Echols Heating & Air Conditioning

Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, says it's time to put out your hummingbird feeders. Orioles also are winging their way toward us from South America, and they'resugar junkies, too. To find out the proper sugar-to-water ratio and how to keep the solution from fermenting, stop by or call Chris and the other birding experts at Wild Birds, 597 Howe Ave. (330.922.4990). You can get on Chris' email list by signing up on his website. In addition to the e-newsletter, you'll receive a birthday email every year offering a free 5-pound bag of seed.

Andrea Joliet, director of corporate communications for Akron Children's Hospital, says that the 25 wildflower sculptures dotting the Akron area are a fitting way to celebrate the hospital's 125th anniversary this year. That's because art always has been an important part of the hospital's design. Visit the special anniversary website to find the locations of the colorful metal sculptures. 

April 25, 2015

Bobbi Ennett Allen, author of Recipes of Youngstown, was living in California. After her mother died, she no longer had anyone in Youngstown to help her find recipes from back home. So she decided to do something about it. She started a Facebook page, which has grown from 12 followers to several thousand, and she has written two cookbooks. The profits from the first book are being used to partially fund the replacement of the water wheel at the historic Landerman Mill in Mahoning County. The new cookbook will debut at a fundraiser, Recipes of Youngstown, A Taste and a Memory. The proceeds will go to Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. There will be over 30 dishes available for sampling, as well as raffles and other prizes. There is no admission fee for the event, which is from noon to 4 p.m. May 2 at the Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal Street, in downtown Youngstown. For every $5 you spend, you will receive six tasting tickets.To buy cookbooks or for more information: Recipes of Youngstown  

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. For more information, visit the website.

John Delphi is the owner of Snake Creek Construction. His company furnishes handyman services in Cuyahoga, Geuaga and Portage counties. John also repairs and remodels homes and is a cabinet maker who can provide customers with computer renderings of their proposed job. Snake Creek Construction's motto is "Helping you fall in love with your home again."  For more information, call 440.708.0444 or visit the website.

April 18, 2015

Mary Beth Breckenridge, home and garden writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, is a master gardener.  She said that the voles had taken a toll on her yard. Listeners discovered that while voles look like mice, they taste entirely different. In fact, cats think voles taste terrible. She suggests that you contact your local garden store for advice On getting rid of the voles in your yard. Mary Beth gives readers a lot great tips in print and on Twitter, Facebook and her lifestyle blog on

South Akron Awning's Jack Carroll said that this is the time of year to get your awning out of storage and on to your house. Besides awnings, South Akron Awning makes all things canvas: decorative covers for walkways, boat covers, sand box covers, and anything else that needs a cover. For more information: South Akron Awining 

Dana Zedak, director of The Rape Crisis Center, says that the organization is holding "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Friday, April 24, at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m. Teams and individuals are welcome. For more information: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 11, 2015

Mother's Day is May 10, and Marie Covington has a great idea for those who want to honor the significant women in their lives in a way that will have lasting value. Marie is one of the founders of the Women's Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Akron Community Foundation and benefits nonprofit organizations that help women and girls in Summit County. Go to the fund's website to contribute to its Mother's Day program to honor your mom, mentor or any woman who is special to you. All gifts stay with the endowment; only the interest is distributed through grants. This year, the fund granted $85,000 to 12 local organizations.

Joyce Pelz is the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America, which specializes in organic lawn care. With Lyme disease becoming more prevalent in Ohio, the flea and tick spray that Joyce uses on our lawns will be important in preserving our health and welfare. The spray is made with cedar oil, which doesn't have the toxic effects of most lawn chemicals. She has another spray, made of garlic oil, which is good against mosquitos. Both sprays leave bees and other beneficial insects alone. To reach Joyce or for more information on NaturaLawn, call 330.920.9182 or visit her website.

Linda Alexander is a local lecturer who talks about her fourth cousin, Clara Driscoll, who was the chief designer of Tiffany lamps. Clara began working for Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1888 and, over 20 years, designed 125 of his lamps. Books have been written about her -- Linda's favorite is "Noon at Tiffany's" by Echo Heron, featuring a cover photo that Linda provided. Museum exhibitions also have focused on Clara's contributions to the Tiffany legacy. Linda just gave her 67th talk about Clara, who grew up in Tallmadge. Linda has another 10 lectures coming up soon, including at the Hower House and the Peninsula Library. To learn details, email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (Diane is Linda's middle name, in case you're wondering.)


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