Bob Gaither, owner of Quality Carpet & Flooring, is a charter member of a buying group that purchases flooring products in large quantities. This allows locally owned carpet dealers such as Quality to sell carpet and flooring at the same prices as national dealers. Quality Carpet & Flooring, which Bob's father started more than 60 years ago, is located at 1755 Akron-Peninsula Road in Akron. For more information: 330.923.0929 or qualitycarpetflooring.com
Tim Eberhardt, director of the House of Eberhardt Funeral Home in the Portage Lakes area, says that we're being considerate of our loved ones when we plan ahead for arrangements. Tim is available to go over the options and the benefits of prearranging a funeral. And, he says, people do not necessarily have to pay ahead; instead they can get a file started with their wishes. To reach Tim, call 330.644.5005. For more information: eberhardtfuneralhome.com
Mary Beth Breckenridge is the home writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. She writes about a wide range of subjects for the newspaper and her blog. Upcoming topics include the resurgence of downtown Barberton, which now offers great shopping at its antique shops, thrft stores and galleries.
Stever Robbins is the Get It Done Guy, who writes about time management and a slew of other topics in his biweekly e-newsletter. He also gives informative and entertaining advice on topics such as effective negotiation on his iTunes blog. Stever's mission is to help you live an extraordinary life, and he does this with humor and expertise.
Bruce Yacko, creator of JAWS (Just Add Water System), says that his line of products is environmentally friendly because it eliminates the use of plastic spray bottles that get used once and then thrown away. Even if you recycle them, the recycling process requires a lot of energy. Bruce's line consists of kitchen, shower, glass and floor cleaners in heavy-duty plastic bottles with premium sprayers. There are cartridges that contain liquids that leave surfaces clean with no streaking and without the use of harmful chemicals. In Northeast Ohio, JAWS is available at Bed, Bath & Beyond and at Discount Drug Mart. Or you can order by going to the JAWS website.
Jack Carroll of South Akron Awning Company says that the 102-year-old company has everything homeowners need to keep their awnings in perfect shape. South Akron Awning will take them down, clean and store them so the awnings are ready for spring. Visit the website to learn more and, if you're interested in dressing up your home with new awnings, check out the different styles and colors that are aviailable. South Akron Awning is located at 763 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron; 330.848.7611.
Brian Echols is the second generation to run Echols Heating & Air Conditioning. This is the time, he says, to have a certified technician come to your home to check your furnace or boiler to make sure it's safe and running efficiently. Speaking of being efficient, Brian says that mini-splits are a great option for heating or cooling three-season rooms, bonus rooms or any space in your house that isn't properly heated or cooled year-round. Echols Heating & Air Conditioning also is a certified expert in geothermal heating and cooling. For more information, call 330.773.3500 or visit the website.
Marilee Pocock of Mr. Fun's Costume Shop married into the family business, which started in 1968. Twenty years later, she is thoroughly enjoying herself helping customers all year long choose the perfect costumes and accessories. Halloween, obviously, is a busy time for Mr. Fun's, but so are other times of the year, including Christmas and every other special occasion when people want to dress up in character. Mr. Fun's, which has tens of thousands of costumes in its inventory, rents, sells and repairs them for customers. It also will custom-make one for you. Mr. Fun's is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls; 330.923.3339. For more information, visit the website.
Michael Maghes, owner of Cafe Arnone, has an import business that he started in honor of his Italian lineage. He and other family members have traced the name Arnone, which is his mother's maiden name, to Sicily, where they still have relatives. Arnone Inc. is a family affair involving Michael's wife and other relatives. You can buy Italian coffee beans, olive oil and other well-sourced products on its e-commerce site. A tasty offshoot of the import business is Cafe Arnone, a cafe on wheels -- think of a food truck that specializes in coffee and related goodies such as gelato and biscotti. The coffee truck will be at the Woolly Bear Festival in Vermilion on Sunday, Oct. 4. To learn where else it will be in the coming weeks, visit Cafe Arnone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or go to the Arnone Inc. site.
Chris Stranahan, owner of the local Wild Birds Unlimited franchise on Howe Avenue near Chapel Hill, has a new product line of seeds and seed cylinders that contain hot pepper. You might think that such an ingredient would repel birds but not so. Chris explains that birds have different taste buds from mammals, so they don't feel the heat. Squirrels and raccoons, on the other hand, tend to shy away from hot stuff. That means more seed for the intended recipients. Chris and his staff are experts in all things bird-related, so if you have questions or are in the market for high-quality seed and sturdy feeders, visit the store at 597 Howe Ave. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.922.4990 or visit the website.
We won't have a show next weekend because of Ohio State's early game (go Bucks!), so we want to remind everyone now that Ohio's largest judged quilt show is coming up. Hosted by the Summit County Historical Society, the Mutton Hill Quilt Show will include both antique and contemporary quilts. It takes place Oct. 17 and 18 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Parking is free; admission is $10 and group rates are available. For more information: Mutton Hill Quilt Show
Sherri Tenpenny, D.O, runs Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, one of few places that offers thermography, a noninvasive test that uses heat to detect inflammation in the breasts. Inflammation that's not addressed through dietary changes and other lifestyle adjustments can lead to cancer up to seven years down the line. This valuable test is not covered by insurance, but for many of us it's a worthwhile investment in our health. And, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center is offering a discount on thermograms. Visit the website or call 440.239.3438 to learn more. The office is located at 7380 Engle Rd. in Middleburg Heights.
John Walters, owner of Brandon Heating & Air Conditioning, says that now is the time to get a tuneup for your furnace. You'll want to make sure it's working after not being used all summer long. Expect to pay around $100 for a thorough inspection by a technician with the right expertise and testing equipment. It's far better to resolve potential issues now rather than have to call someone in for an emergency repair some winter night when it's zero below. To reach Brandon Heating, call 330.686.9828 or visit the website. The company is based in Stow and services all of Summit County.
Mary Jo Alexander, co-founder with her husband Neil Thackaberry of Actors' Summit, is eager for the theater's new season to begin. The first show is Quilters, a play with music that pays moving tribute to the women who helped settle the West. It runs Oct. 8 to Nov. 1. For tickets and more information, visit the Actors' Summit website or call 330.374.7568. Mary Jo also is happy to report that this production coincides with the Summit County Historical Society's Mutton Hill Quilt Show, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the John S. Knight Center, which is right across Mill Street from the Actors' Summit stage in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. There's free parking on the weekends.
The NARI Remodeled Homes Tour, a multi-site tour of 13 newly remodeled homes throughout Northeast Ohio, is happening this weekend. Tickets for the tour, which takes place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5, cost $10 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. You'll be able to see homes in Avon Lake, Beachwood, Fairview Park, Hudson, Medina, North Ridgeville, Perry Township, Rocky River, Solon, Walton Hills and Westlake. There's also one commercial establishment: the Robusto & Briar Cigar Store & Lounge in Lakewood. You can visit as many or as few of the locations as you want. Get addresses and other information by visiting the NARI website or picking up the latest issue of Cleveland Magazine, which has a special supplement about the tour. This is the first-ever event of its kind in our area, though similar tours have taken place in other parts of the state and the U.S