Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. It's the place where you shop for yourself and help build homes for others. When you buy furniture, appliances, building supplies and any other items at the 47,000-square-foot store, you're supporting Habitat in remodeling and building homes for people who otherwise couldn't afford them. This effort helps everyone in the surrounding area because it improves neighborhoods. Also, Summit County residents can clear out their own homes when they donate usable goods to ReStore, which will pick up large items. And treasure hunters of all types will find bargains on any given day. ReStore is open three days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It's located at 2301 Romig Rd. in Akron. For more information, call 330.745.9098 or visit the ReStore website.
Don Drumm is the creative inspiration behind Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, which his wife Lisa runs. Don is known throughout the country for his metal art, the latest of which are wall sculptures in the shapes of leaves. An animal lover, Don also has designed cat and dog ornaments for one of his favorite nonprofits, One of a Kind Pets in Akron. He also designed the First Night button for the inaugural New Year's Eve event 20 years ago in Akron, and he just completed the design for this year's event as well. Don turned 80 on April 11 and celebrated the milestone birthday with a big sale and party at the gallery, which has been selling distinctive artisan-made works since 1971. It's located at 437 Crouse St. in Akron.
Don's daughter, Leandra Drumm, is a glass artist who also works in other mediums, including metal. Like her father, she has a degree in graphic design and uses her skills to support good causes. Leandra recently designed a T-shirt for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. For the price of one shirt, you can help the food bank provide up to 80 meals for a family in need. Call the food bank at 330.535.6900 or visit the website. Also, Leandra is having her annual tent sale on Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Crouse and Kern in the Drumm Gallery's complex. Leandra's sale is for one day only. That's also the day that the Don Drumm Studios & Gallery sale begins, but that event willl last until Aug. 28. For more information, visit Leandra's website or the gallery's website. You also can call the gallery at 330.253.6268.
Joanna Wilson knows just about everything there is to know about Christmas entertainment. Her latest book, The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman & Akron's History of Christmas Attractions, is available as of today. Joanna will sign copies at her release party this evening from 6 to 9 at Summit ArtSpace, 140 E. Market. Joanna also will be at Akron's Hamburger Festival on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. You can buy the book online as well, either through the publisher or on Joanna's website.
Teena Angelique, a gifted parapsychologist, gives readings to people all over the world, from Brazil to Washington, D.C. She's also available for in-person readings most Tuesday nights at the Buckeye Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls. But call first to reserve a time. Teena can be reached at 330.928.6739.
Rholanda Rance, the owner of Petite Sweets, makes mini pound cakes that she now ships all over the country. To reach her and to check out her selections of treats, visit her website.
Heather Jalbert is the co-chair of the WITAN Rummage and Bake sale, which takes place next Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. WITAN stands for Women In Touch with Akron's Needs. All proceeds from the sale goes to nonprofit groups that help the community. This year's event is WITAN's biggest sale ever, with furniture, clothing, books, toys, jewelry, household goods, sports equipment and many more items available at great prices. If you have anything in good shape to donate, you can drop it off this Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul's, or call Heather at 330.281.1890. For more information about WITAN, visit the website.
Annette Fisher is the founder and executive director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit based in Ravenna that helps law enforcement agencies deal with abandoned, neglected and abused horses, pigs, goats, chickens and other farm animals. Visit the sanctuary for a hands-on tour, buy some of the apparel and accessories that bear the Happy Trails name and logo, or support the organization by attending its annual Compassionate Thanksgiving dinner in November. For more information, call 330.296.5914 or visit the website.
David Binkley and Mike Mace are co-producers and writers of the show "The Weirdness Really Bad Movie," which can be seen on 10 community outlets, on Roku and, starting in October, on satellite stations in the UK and Western Europe. David, Mike and their fellow hobbiests insert their own scripts and interviews into public domain films. Many of their interviews take place at area landmarks and businesses. To get a sample of their work, visit their website.
Patricia Falvey, author of The Yellow House, The Linen Queen and the upcoming The Girls of Ennismore, writes historical novels from the perspective of a native of Ireland who immigrated to the United States when she was 20. The Dallas resident will be in Ohio at the end of the month for the Dublin Irish Festival, which takes place July 31 and Aug. 1 and 2 outside of Columbus. Patricia will speak on "The Emigrant's Search for Home" and sign copies of her books. Her soon-to-be-published novel has been called the "Irish Downton Abbey." Visit her website.
Leslie McCafferty and Saule Narbutaitis are partners in Eclectique Interior Accessories Inc. Leslie is an artist who used to be a civil engineer for ODOT and Saule is an interior designer who used to be an occupational therapist. They have merged their talents to help homeowners improve their surroundings with beautiful and functional accessories. Visit Saule at the Bello Design showroom at the Ohio Design Centre in Beachwood. You can reach Leslie through her art site or reach them both through the Eclectique site.