My Beautiful Home Show

July 26, 2014

Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One says that his company will recreate distinctive architectural features in older homes or will make new ones to add unique elements in more recent contruction.You don't need to go through a contractor to work with the experts at Mouldings One. Visit their showroom in Middlefield, Ohio, or check out their website. For more information: 440.834.3420. 

Jacob Grimm, owner of Brothers Grimm Landscaping and Design, is busy this season with projects that range from grounds maintenance to the design of outdoor living spaces complete with water scapes and kitchens. Jacob enjoys creating spaces that are unique to the needs and interests of the people using them. To reach Jacob, call 330.882.4639 or visit his website and/or Facebook page.

Fran Garber is the owner of E-Babes, a service for people wanting to put their collectibles and other items on eBay. Fran, who has been doing this for eight years, offers this advice: Allow enough time for selling your items and have reasonable expectations on the selling price. To reach Fran, call 330.655.9234 or you can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . She also has a website.

July 19, 2014

Casey Rector of Trash Daddy Junk Removal says that his company had a 60 percent recycle rate last year and is shooting for a higher one in 2014. That means that Trash Daddy keeps as much as possible out of the landfills. Even your old TVs will find new lives when you have Trash Daddy recycle them. For more information: 330.571.2879 or Trash Daddy

Heather Jalbert, co-chair of the WITAN Rummage Sale, says that it is not too late to donate to this year's sale. Items can be dropped off on Tuesday, July 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Guardian Self-Storage, 730 W. Portage Trail Extension, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market in Akron. For bigger items that need to be picked up, call 330.607.5789 to donate them. The WITAN Rummage Sale will take place Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. WITAN stands for Women In Touch with Akron's Needs, and proceeds from all WITAN events go right back into the community via nonprofit organizations that provide needed services. For more information: WITAN AKRON

July 12th, 2014

Eileen McHale is the co-inventor with her husband, Brian Machovina, of Yonanas, a kitchen appliance that transforms frozen fruit into a soft-serve dessert that has the smoothness and consistency of ice cream but without the added sugar or fat. The healthy dessert maker is now sold all over the world from the Yonanas headquarters in Solon, Ohio. Simply freeze overripe bananas or other fruit for at least 48 hours.Then run the fruit through the Yonanas appliance, and in minutes you'll have a tasty, refreshing and healthy treat. This handy kitchen appliance is available in stores, on or on the Yonanas website. For more information: 855.966.2627 or Yonanas

It's grilling season, so you may want to pick up a copy of Chef Steve Petusevsky's new book, Sizzle & Smoke: The Ultimate Guide to Grilling for Diabetes, Prediabetes and Heart Health. Chef Steve, a nationally known chef consultant and author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook and The American Diabetes Association Vegetarian Cookbook, says that his latest cookbook is the first grilling book designed specifically for people with diabetes and prediabetes. It's available through the American Diabetes Association and Amazon, as well as other book sellers. 

People who appreciate fine food and who like to support great causes should know about Veggie U, a national nonprofit based in Milan, Ohio. Its mission is to teach kids about healthful eating, and it fulfills that mission by providing third-grade teachers with classroom garden kits. The schoolchildren who participate, along with their teachers and their families, learn how to grow vegetables and to appreciate how tasty they can be. Nadia Clifford, Veggie U's Executive Director, says that Veggie U has taught 5,000 children in 36 states. It's been in the Akron schools for five years, and is now in all the third-grade classrooms in the Akron system. One fun and tasty way to support this important program is to attend Veggie U's "Tastes of the World" fundraiser on July 19 in downtown Cleveland. For more information: 419.499.7500 or Veggie U

July 5, 2014

Jodie DeLamatre, Reference and Archives librarian for the Hudson Library & Historical Society, talked about the fourth annual Ohio Author Day, which takes place July 19. There will be a panel discussion from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with children's book illustrators Lindsay Ward and Barry Gott. Then from 1 to 4 p.m., you can meet and greet Ohio authors. For more information: Ohio Author Day

Leianne Neff Hepner, president and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society, invited listeners to attend the society's 90th Anniversary Celebration on July 12 from noon to 4 p.m. The day will include free tours of Perkins Stone Mansion and the John Brown House, free antique appraisals and much more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information: Summit County Historical Society

Joanna Wilson, co-author of A is for Akron: An A to Z list of Akron's Places & Things that Make Us Smile, will be signing books during part of the Summit County Historical Society's big celebration next weekend. For more on the book, visit Facebook: A is for Akron

Zach Goebelt, owner of Complete Outdoor Installations, specializes in creating and restoring dry stone walls. These beautiful installations are durable and useful works of art, and the cost is comparable to manufactured walls. Zach does work for homeowners, businesses and nonprofits. He will be overseeing the restoration of Stan Hywett's wall next spring. To reach Zach: Complete Outdoor Installations

Mary Beth Breckenridge, home and garden writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, talked about the importance of pollinators, specifically hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. For more, you can read her blog on or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


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