It's not too late to get in the holiday spirit:
You can buy edible treats for friends and family at the West Side Bakery's two locations in Akron and Green. A Yule Log, Christmas Cake or any of the delicious array of Christmas cookies will be sure to delight anyone on your list. Owner Barb Talevich and her staff live up to their motto: Making Memories Sweeter. Today is the last day to special order for Monday delivery and tomorrow for Christmas Eve delivery. The West Side Bakery is located at 2303 W. Market St. in Akron and 1840 Town Park Blvd., off Massillon Road, in Green. For more information: 330.836.4101 (Akron), 330.899.9968 or West Side Bakery.
Tom Lix, founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, and his team have developed a pressure aging process to make a unique and flavorful bourbon. Cleveland Whiskey is available at retail outlets and restaurants in Northeast Ohio. To find out where, visit the Cleveland Whiskey website.
Chis MIller of the Akron Digital Media Center has compiled a Holiday Gift Guide of locally owned and operated businesses where you can buy unique gifts that reflect the area around us. Check out the guide on akronist.com.
Chris Stranahan, owner of the Akron franchise of Wild Birds Unlimited, advises homeowners to think about the birds this winter. Birds are in survival mode and need shelter (build or buy nesting boxes, for instance); they also need food and fresh water. Get all sorts of birding advice at Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited.
Robert Stockham works for Fresh Fork, a farm buying club that provides members with produce and animal products from farmers within a 75-mile radius of Cleveland. For Christmas, the club is open to the public for orders of ham, turkey, food gift items and other edibles. For more information: 800.861.8582 or Fresh Fork Market.
Barbara Seelig-Brown is the author of The Healthy Home Cookbook: Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration, full of healthful and delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys good food. Barbara is the host of the TV cooking show Stress Free Cooking and the official food blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. The book is on stressfreecooking.com, shopdiabetes.org and amazon.
Don Corbett says that while ServiceMaster by Corbett is a disaster restoration company, your house doesn't need to have a disaster to call in a ServiceMaster team. ServiceMaster can do any type of cleaning, from carpeting to cleanup after a fire or flood. For more information: 330.864.7300 or ServiceMaster by Corbett.
Janet Clover and Kelly Brown have reset Just That Twist to an all-holiday theme. The charming gift shop, located in a 1883 farmhouse just south of Copley Road at 1463 Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Copley, also offers redesign services. For more information: 330.666.8000 or Just That Twist.
You don't have to be a relative to stay with Ron and Sue Bishop. They have turned their historic farmhouse home into a bed and breakfast. The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek, built in 1876, is a great place for out-of-town guests and an excellent getaway for locals. For more information: 330.576.6104 or The Whimsical Pig.
Don Drumm, impressario and chief creator at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St. in Akron, has a new line of platters that will be perfect for your holiday gatherings. This premier Northeast Ohio destination has beautiful and functional creations by more than 500 artists and craftspeople from around the United States and Canada. For information: 330.253.6268 or Don Drumm Studios.
Margie and Ray Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio, recently won the "Givingest Giver" award at Maid Brigade's national convention for their children's book drive earlier this year. Maid Brigade is a certified green home-cleaning service. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.