Linda Coleman, owner of Olive My Heart, sells an array of heart-healthy extra virgin olive oils, flavored balsamic vinegars, olives and handmade chocolates. She's also launching a line of pasta and sauces. Linda says that there are big differences in the flavor of extra virgin olive oils. The variety of olive, the crush date, and how ripe it was at the time of the crush, like fine wine, determines the aromatic flavors of the oil. Linda invites listeners to stop in and enjoy a tasting of her products. Olive My Heart, located at the south end of Hudson, next to Stow, at 5108 Darrow Rd., ships worldwide. For more information, call 330.655.0022, check out the Facebook page or visit Olive My Heart.
Jack Carroll says that this is a big year for South Akron Awning Company. Actually, it would be a big year for a person, too. South Akron Awning is 100 years old. In the 1920s and '30s, the company fielded a semiprofessional football team called the Suncheaters, which is the nickname for awnings because they block the rays of the sun. The company has been collecting stories from people whose friends and relatives played for the team. Stop in to see the old pictures from that period. South Akron Awning is known for its awnings, tents and custom canvas products. Its sister company is Celebrations Unlimited, which has the supplies you need for throwing a party. For more information: South Akron Awning Company, 330.848.7611, or Celebrations Unlimited, 330.745.1117.
Eight years ago, Jim Harold started the business of his dreams at home. Having worked in the business side of broadcasting, Jim decided to move to the other side of the microphone. With a $50 investment, not counting the computer he already had, he began podcasting and invited his listeners to submit their true ghost stories. From that small beginning, Jim is now heard all over the world. In addition to his free weekly podcasts, Jim Harold's Campfire and The Paranormal Podcast, he has a newsletter and two books. His second book, True Ghost Stores: Jim Harold's Campfire 2, came out this year and can be ordered from Jim at Jim Harold and Amazon. It's available in paperback for $8.99 or on Kindle for $2.99. On Sept. 18, the digital book hit No. 1 Best Seller in the supernatural category on the U.S. Kindle store. All the stories are written as told to him by his listeners.
Steve Berry, Summit County Sheriff, says that the No. 1 thing to do to ensure your personal safety is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. For instance, women should not leave their purse on the passenger seat of their car when they're pumping gas. The sheriff's office has video clips of thieves crouching down by the passenger door and snatching purses right in the middle of a busy gas station. Also, be sure to lock the doors of your home even when you're working in the yard. Many burglars are desperate enough to go in the back door, for instance, when the homeowners are raking leaves in the front. For more information, visit Summit County Sheriff
Tom Lix, CEO and founder of Cleveland Whiskey, says that the latest blend from the local distillery is being shipped to stores beginning this week. It's Christmas Bourbon, a pleasing blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and other subtle flavors that's smooth and eminently drinkable. To find a location near you or for more information: Cleveland Whiskey.
Hallie Bowie, owner of New Leaf Home Design, does many projects big and small. She's in the middle of building two new homes, both of which are Energy Star rated, which means that they will be comfortable for the homeowners while saving them money. Call Hallie for a consultation about your home or check out her Facebook page. For more information: 330.329.6901 or New Leaf Design
Bob Daugherty, branch manager in Akron of Wolff Bros. Supply, the wholesale distributors of plumbing, electrical, cabinetry and solar energy supplies, says that the lighting industry is undergoing a technological transformation unlike anything since Edison invented the lightbulb. With all the changes, it's important to become a savvy consumer. Learn to read the labels on the lighting that you buy for your home. The wrong color intensity can make your wallpaper, cabinets and carpet look washed out. The experts at Wolff Bros. can help you find what's right for you. Visit the Akron showroom at 1200 Kelly Ave. There also are locations in Medina and Sandusky. For more information, call, 330.773.0200 or visit Wolff Bros. Supply,
Doreen Lazurus loves cats, so that's why she's a big supporter of Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. Doreen volunteers for the nonprofit organization, which depends totally on donations. Many of the 70 cats in residence live in a homelike cage-free setting. Happy Tails is holding a fundraiser, "A Geauga County Sunday Social," from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in the clubhouse at Pineview Lake, 10036 Wilson Mills Rd. in Munson Township. Reservations a must by Oct. 7. All proceeds go to support cats in need. For more information or tickets: 440.759.0076 or Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.
Julie Miller, along with her mother June Maier, are co-founders of Claire's Garden Florist and Market, which is sponsoring the Claire Elise Miller Family Olympics on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Columbia Woods Park, 4070 Columbia Woods Dr., in Norton. June says that the Family Olympics are in conjunction with the Norton Cider Festival. The games start at noon after the parade and continue until all the events are completed. Pre-registration is suggested; call 330.835.6922. All proceeds go to the Claire Elise Miller Fund, which supports young families with children needing long-term care at Akron Children's Hospital. Claire's Garden Florist and Market, 3281 Barber Rd., Norton, is run entirely by volunteers. All profits go to the Claire Elise Miller Fund.
Eileen Moats is the owner of Stagecoach Antiques, which her father, Leo Walters, started on his mother's dining table 70 years ago. Stagecoach, 449 W. Market St., Akron, has many unusual items both in the store and on display on the sidewalk in front. Twenty years ago, the store provided props for the film "Shawshank Redemption," and more recently served as the setting for music videos by the Black Keys ("Your Touch") and Kate Tucker ("Bullet Train"). For more information: 330.762.5422 or Stagecoach Antiques.
Julie Lewis is the architectural designer for Legacy Builders and Remodelers and the design director for the company's new showroom, Legacy Design Studio. The showroom, 5751 Darrow Rd., Hudson, is having its grand opening today until 4 p.m. You'll see 2,500 square feet of exciting designs. Legacy Builder builds, remodels and repairs homes and also offers design services. As Julie puts it: "If we were building your nest, we would do the sticks and the feathers." For more information: 330.459.3361 or Legacy Builder & Remodelers.
A free screening of "The Princess Bride" will take place tonight, Sept. 14, at 8:30 in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron. The rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 15. For weather updates, call 330.310.0033 or visit whno.org.