Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue, says that hummingbirds are on their way. You can attract them more easily by tying a brightly colored ribbon around your feeder. If you need a new feeder for your yard, check out the array at Chris' store, where you also can get your questions about birds answered and see live videos of nesting birds from around the country. Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, 597 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, or Wild Birds. Call 330.922.4990.
Jack Carroll of South Akron Awning says that the company -- which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary -- has records dating back almost a century. If you're thinking about getting awnings and your home looks as if it might have had them at one time, you can ask South Akron Awning to see whether your address is on file. Awnings can help a great deal when it comes to energy conservation. For more information: South Akron Awning, 763 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH; 330.848.7611; or South Akron Awning. The sister store, Celebrations Unlimited, has all the supplies for your next party, including tents and a 30-by-30 dance floor. For more information: 330.745.1117 or Celebrations Unlimited
Specialty baker Evelyna Nightengale welcomes everyone to the 2014 Artisan Fair at Hower House on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at the elegant 1871 mansion, 60 Fir Hill on the University of Akron campus. You can shop for vintage linens, distinctive jewelry, whimsical pottery, gourmet food items and much more on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a "Gnibbles & Gnosh" wine tasting with local wine and light hors d'oeuvres. For more information: 330.972.6909 or Hower House
, call 330.762.5422 or visit stagecoach-antiques.
Down the street from Stagecoach Antiques is the Bookseller Inc., a purveyor of unusual, used and rare books, with large holdings in local history, areonautics, military subjects, fiction, cookbooks, art books, postcards, maps and ephemera. Co-owner Andrea Klein says that her father, Frank Klein, still works in the family business, which her grandfather started more than 60 years ago. The Bookseller is participating in the upcoming Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show on April 18 and 19 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., in downtown Akron. Hours of the show are Friday from 3 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information: 330.865.5831 or The Bookseller
Designer Allison Perley-Harter of Perley Gates Art & Design has been doing set design on an independent film by a New York City director who's filming in Akron. It's a love story set on a university campus. Allison says that set design is a lot like interior design for homes: determining the function of a room, the taste of the characters and how each section of a room should be arranged for the best shot. Allison works with homeowners who have a range of budgets and tastes. Contact her at 330.931.1804 or Perley Gates Art & Design.
Edd Krammer, president and CEO of Krammer Comfort Services, says that routine maintenance of your heating and cooling systems will save you significant amounts of energy, and that translates into money. If nothing else, change your filters every three months -- unless you have pets, and then you'll want to change them more frequently. For more information: 440.709.HEAT (4328) or krammercomfort.com.
. Reservations and payments and/or donations also can be mailed to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.
Andy January, co-host extraordinare, was in Phoenix this week for the ALLPRO buying show for independent paint and wallpaper stores. On April 1, ALLPRO will go live with a consumer-friendly blog that will have home decorating advice, such as what kind of window treatment to use in a nursery, how to decorate your front door and how to prepare and stain a deck. Go to ALLPROcorp.com and look for the blog tab.
Scott Blakely is the inventor and owner of Grabcessories, a noninstitutional-looking, safe, beautiful and affordable fall prevention system for the bathroom. Scott is expanding his business beyond grab bars and paper holders to make other areas of the home equally safe and stylish. For more information: 440.318.5916 or Grabcessories.com. The products are available on ATGstores.com and at Wolff Bros Supply.
Rachel Wolf, the owner of Rachel Cooks For Me, has heard the best compliments from her catering clients and their guests. Newly arrived party guests make a beeline for the food table, having already heard through the grapevine how tasty everything is. Rachel will customize the offerings, based on tastes, preferences and dietary needs. Check out her Facebook page or call her at 330.714.8053.