Zach Goebelt, owner of Complete Outdoor Installation, installs outdoor stone walls of all types. Most of his walls are dry stone, meaning that no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Done right, these walls will last forever -- just consider the pyramids built in ancient Egypt. You can meet Zach at his display at the Akron Home & Flower Show Feb. 28 to March 2 at the John S. Knight Center. He'll also be on hand at the Sustainability Symposium at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Feb. 1. Complete Outdoor Insatallation is located at 3479 Kent Rd., Stow, OH. For more information: 330.338.4733 or Outdoor Installation
Allison Perley-Harter, owner of Perley Gates Art & Design, is an artist and interior designer who can be called upon to do everything from creating a single piece of art or a unique finish to renovating an entire home. Allison, who has had careers as an actress and a software saleswoman, draws on her experience to help her clients figure out exactly what they want and stay within their budget. For more information, call Allison at Perley Gates, 330.931.1804, or visit Perley Gates.
Hallie Bowie, architect and certified green professional, is the owner of New Leaf Home Design. She has plenty of suggestions for homeowners who are interested in going more green in 2014. For instance, if you'll be replacing an appliance or a faucet this year, look for Energy Star and Water Sense ratings for appliances and fixtures. If you're interested in renovating your existing home -- which also is more sustainable than building a new one -- contact Hallie at 330.329.6901 or New Leaf Home Design.
Finally, if you're planning to be in Columbus Jan. 25 or 26, visit the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Art Studio Clearance Sale at the Lausche Building in the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. You'll save up to 70 percent off fine craft items for your home. For more information: art_studio_sale
Rachel Wolf, proprietor of Rachel Cooks for Me, makes everything from scratch and customizes parties to the hosts' specific desires, from vegan to French cuisine. Her husband, Brian Wolf, works with her and also does a podcast about food and wine on Spreaker. For more information about their catering services: 330.714.8053 or Rachel Cooks For Me.
Start the new year with a clean home. Ray and Margie Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, say that they clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. Get scheduled now for a January clean. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.
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 author of the companion cookbook. She's also the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is available on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.
It's not too late to get in the holiday spirit:
You can buy edible treats for friends and family at the West Side Bakery's two locations in Akron and Green. A Yule Log, Christmas Cake or any of the delicious array of Christmas cookies will be sure to delight anyone on your list. Owner Barb Talevich and her staff live up to their motto: Making Memories Sweeter. Today is the last day to special order for Monday delivery and tomorrow for Christmas Eve delivery. The West Side Bakery is located at 2303 W. Market St. in Akron and 1840 Town Park Blvd., off Massillon Road, in Green. For more information: 330.836.4101 (Akron), 330.899.9968 or West Side Bakery.
Tom Lix, founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, and his team have developed a pressure aging process to make a unique and flavorful bourbon. Cleveland Whiskey is available at retail outlets and restaurants in Northeast Ohio. To find out where, visit the Cleveland Whiskey website.
Chis MIller of the Akron Digital Media Center has compiled a Holiday Gift Guide of locally owned and operated businesses where you can buy unique gifts that reflect the area around us. Check out the guide on akronist.com.