My Beautiful Home Show

April 16, 2016

Lauren Humm, who has been a licensed Realtor for less than a year, already has $2 million in sales. An agent for Russell Real Estate Services, Lauren created a virtual reality sales tool that particularly appeals to milliennials like herself who are familiar and comfortable with digital technology. She creates 360-degree videos of her listings and posts them online. The videos are a great way to check out a house before you commit the time and energy to go there in person. To reach Lauren, call 330.697.8746 or visit her Facebook page.

Buck Moran, a certified arborist, advises homeowners to pay attention to their trees because dead limbs, a proliferation of mushrooms close by, peeling bark and other signs can indicate decay and insect infestation. Those spell big trouble and possibly a hazardous situation. His company, Buck Moran's Tree & Landscape, provides a range of services to homeowners. Call him at 330.836.6554 for more information or to have him come out to give a free estimate.  

Pat Jolly and Diane Geiger are on the board of Actors' Summit, a professional theater based in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. Now in its 17th season, Actors' Summit, which was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Mary Jo Alexander and Neil Thackaberry, is hosting "Lights Up," a gala event on May 6 at Fairlawn Country Club. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, an auction and entertainment by the Nostalgia Gold Band, featuring well-known singer Larry Alltop. And there will be special tribute to Neil. For more information and reservations, call Actors' Summit at 330.374.7568. visit the website

April 9, 2016

Helen Dauka, Communications & Volunteer Manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, says that there's still time to volunteer for Clean Up Akron Month, which continues through April 30. You can register as an individual or part of a group by visiting the Keep Akron Beautiful website. That's also where you can buy a ticket to the Dreamscape Raffle, which supports another Akron beautification effort. For $25 a ticket, or $100 for five tickets, Akron residents have the chance of winning a $10,000 front or backyard makeover. Whether you win or not, you'll be supporting all the beautiful flowers that will be planted this spring throughout Akron.

Speaking of sprucing up for spring, Kathy Hammonds, yoga instructor and health coach, says that this is a good time to do a cleanse to lose weight, have more vitality, prevent chronic disease and kick your addictions, whether they're to caffeine, sugar, alcohol, tobacco or even drama. She will be leading a group cleanse that starts tomorrow afternoon online and in person at Centerpeace in Kent. For more information, visit her website

Judi and Jim Loomis' daughter, Gretchen Freund, was diagnosed in 2004 with amytropic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. They talked about a national fundraiser that's kicking off on May 1 in various venues around the country and in Northeast Ohio, where you can donate $1 to help in the fight against this progressive neurodegenerative disease. More specifically, they talked about the first ever Team Gretchen ALS Awareness Fundraiser, which is taking place May 22 at The Getaway Pub in the Merriman Valley. It includes a golf outing at Sycamore Valley Golf Course, a bake sale, spaghetti dinner and live music. For more information, contact Judi at 330.338.3724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jim at 330.734.8360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All money raised goes to the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter.


April 2, 2016

Bruce Yacko is the creator of JAWS, the Just Add Water System for cleaning kitchens, wood floors, bathrooms and glass. The products, which are nontoxic, come in sturdy plastic containers that are designed to be used with 26 refills. The refills are cartridges that you put into the containers after adding water. It's a simple, efficient and environmentally friendly system. And after the 26th refill, the elegant container can be repurposed into a bud vase. JAWS products are available online and at Discount Drug Mart stores throughout Ohio.

Joanna Wilson, author, Christmas entertainment expert and creator of embroidered greeting cards, also is the assistant director of Crafty Mart, which has pop-up events throughout the year as well as its big spring show, taking place today until 4 p.m. This year's spring event features 70 artisans and fine artists along with farm vendors, music and food at three locations in downtown Akron: Summit Artspace, the library and the art museum. You'll find an array of unique gifts and items for the home at any of the events. For more information about Crafty Mart, which is a nonprofit, visit the website. To learn more about Joanna's latest book, visit her website.

Fred Karm, owner of Hoppin' Frog Brewery & Tasting Room, is thrilled to report that just two months ago, Thrillist named Hoppin' Frog one of the 15 best breweries in the country, and a month ago, TripAdvisor named it the best tasting room in Ohio. Fred puts a great deal of time, attention and care into the creation of his menu items and, of course, his beer. On the show, he debuted his spring release, a Turbo Shandy citrus ale  that was, according to Kathryn, delicious. Visit Hoppin' Frog, 1680 E. Waterloo Rd. in Akron. For hours and more information, call 330.352.4578 or visit the website..


March 26, 2016

My Beautiful Home is live at the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce  2016 Community EXPO from now until 3:00 today. The EXPO  is located at  the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium and Fitness Center, 2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls. There is FREE parking and FREE ADMISSION,  plus lots of giveaways including free food samples. Jasen Sokol, WAKR afternoon personaility, will be there from noon until the 3 p.m. closing. The Community EXPO features over 70 local businesses, nonprofit clubs and organization exhibitors showcasing information about the services they offer. Sign up for door prizes and giveaways. For more information:  website

Kathy Romito, community relations manager at Western Reserve Hospital, says the hospital is doctor owned, and the services are 100% patient centered. The hospital goes that extra mile to make your visit comfortable and effective. Some of the nicer touches include being sent home after your proceedure with homemade chicken soup. Everyone knows that mom's chicken soup pomotes healing. Another nice feature is free valet parking, even for small routine procedures like blood tests. For more information, call 330.971.7408 or visit the website

Nicole Lewis, admissions coordinator at National Church Residences Bath Road, explained the different services available at the facility: from rehabilitation suites to licensed Medicare/Medicaid-certified skilled nursing, speech therapy and rehabilitation to at-home physical therapy. If you or a family member might need their services, you are invited to call to schedule a visitation appointment. They will even serve you lunch or dinner if you have time. For more information, call 330.929-6272 or visit the website

Tuba Khan, marketing specialist for Two Men and a Truck, said that there are more than two men and one truck to serve our area. There are 40 trucks and a lot more men available, even sometimes three men to a truck. What that means is there is no job too small or large. If you just want a desk moved from your family room to your basement den or a full household of furniture moved from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to Los Angeles, California, they can do it. Call 330.752.0374 or visit the website.                                                                                                                                                                               

Cathy Kellar, assistant manager of the orthopedic department of Klein Pharmacy & Medical Equipment, has been serving the pharmacy and orthopedic and medical equipment needs of the Akron and Cuyahoga Falls communities for more than 40 years. Klein is opening an all-new orthopedic facility five blocks north of the pharmacy in mid-April. There are 10 employees to help with orthopedic needs. They will provide assistance with prescibed as well as over-the-counter products.  They carry a large selection of bathroom safety equipment, walkers and canes. The pharmacy is located at 2015 State Rd., Suite A, Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.929.9183 or visit the website

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