Marilee Pocock brought St. Paddy's day cheer to our show from Mr. Fun's Costume and Magic Emporium. In addition to St. Patrick's Day, Mr. Fun's can help you be ready for all the holidays and special occasions in your life, including April Fools' Day, Easter, birthdays and even school presentations. For parents with kids who announce at the last minute that they have to dress up like the person in their history report, Mr. Fun's is the place to go for costumes and accessories that can be rented or purchased. Mr. Fun's is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.
Toby Franks, a volunteer at One of a Kind Pets, is an expert in the art and science of trapping feral cats. He advocates T-N-R, which stands for trap, neuter and return. One of a Kind is a no-kill shelter that hosts feral cat seminars from time to time, including the next one on March 26 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 330.865.6200 or visit the website. One of a Kind is located at 1929 W. Market in Akron.
Nancy Sheeler helps senior citizens downsize their homes. Nancy has four related companies: Transitional Design, a senior moving company that offers sorting, packing and settling-in services; Transitional Treasures, a resale shop; Auctions by Transitional Design, an online shopping experience; and Transitional REdesign, an art gallery and studio specializing in original painted furniture and accessories. To reach Nancy or one of her team members, call 440.627.6390 or visit her website.
Artist Jim Rehmus has a month-long show opening Friday, March 18, at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron's Pilgrim Square. The show will feature two dozen of Jim's pastels and acrylic paintings. His 2008 book, The Valley in Pastel, which features beautiful scenes that Jim painted of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, also will be for sale. The opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 18. For more information, visit the gallery's website.
Bob Gaither is the owner of Quality Carpet, which his father started in 1953. Over the decades, he has worked with many repeat customers, including some who still had carpeting that his father stitched by hand. Quality Carpet belongs to a buying group of independent carpet companies, so Bob can offer pricing that is competitive with chain stores. For more information, visit the company's website.
Kim Nickerson is chair of the WITAN French Market, a juried artists and craftsmen show taking place March 4 and 5 at St. George's Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Rd. in Fairlawn. The show features 67 artists, raffles for jewelry and gift baskets, gourmet lunch items, baked goods for purchase from West Side Bakery and, new this year, a cookbook created by WITAN members. Also new: food vendors and Chardonnay and WITAN-tini's. All proceeds benefit good causes in the community. WITAN, in fact, is an acronym for Women in Touch with Akron's Needs. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit the website.
Rocco Sattulo is the creator of OhioTraveler.com, which features interesting, unusual and fun sites and events around the state. He's also the author of a new book based on his deep knowledge of the places and people in Ohio. Earth Things is the story of a group of teenagers who discover secrets and wisdom in a shipwreck, an old prison and an abandoned amusement park. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and digital form. To sign up to receive the monthly OhioTraveler e-newsletter, visit Rocco's website.
Dominion East Ohio is the lead sponsor of the 22nd Annual HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, which opens Friday, Feb. 26, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 28, at the John S. Knight Center, at the corner of Mill and High in downtown Akron. Terry Glidden, manager of gas operations for Dominion East Ohio, says that her company will have a booth and do a main-stage presentation. The focus of both will be safety, value and community, she says, adding that there will be giveaways, a raffle, information for consumers on gas grills and other gas appliances, a photo booth for kids, and numerous examples of Dominion's activities that benefit communities.
Gervasi Vineyard is the exclusive winery for the Home & Flower Show. Winemaker Andy Codispoti has a long history of winemaking, starting when he was stomping grapes in Italy when he was no older than 4. His parents immigrated to Canton when he was 6 years old and continued making wines for the family. For decades, Andy made wine as a hobby while working as an engineer at Timken. He was asked to come out of retirement to develop the wine program at Gervasi before the vineyard opened in 2009, and he's been there ever since. Last year, he made 20,000 gallons of wine. You can taste some of it at the show, where Andy and Gervasi's chef, Jerry Risner, will present about food and wine pairing next Saturday on the main stage. For information about Gervasi Vineyard, which is located in Canton, visit the website.
Peter Paino, president of the Home Builders Association of Portage & Summit Counties, was on the team that built Dawn Jones' tiny home, which will be on display next weekend at the HBA's Home & Flower Show. The 196-square-foot house was built on a trailer and will be moved to Dawn's mother's land near Louisville after the show ends. Dawn says it has everything she needs for herself and her three dogs: a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. It even has a second floor with what Peter says is an unusual staircase. Dawn says she trained herself to live in a small space by first getting rid of as much as she could and then moving into a 200-square-foot area in her current home's basement to get used to tiny-house living. Check out her new house at the home show. You can even go through it, Peter says, adding that there will be two more tiny homes on exhibit as well. Other show highlights are a "home without walls" in the rotunda and a presentation by Dr. Lori, from the TV show "Auction King." The Home & Flower Show is extremely family-friendly, with Super Hero Day on Saturday and presentations by the Akron Zoo. Bring the kids dressed in their favorite hero costumes, and the zoo will bring animals.