Business News & Notes
By Stephanie Kist
Artists’ boutique opens
FAIRLAWN — Once in a Blue Moon, an artists’ boutique featuring designer jewelry, fiber art, hand-painted home accessories and collectibles, opened recently at Crawfis Square.
The boutique, which shares space with The Designing Woman, a yarn and fabric store, is the creation of Cassandra Colburn, a Denver artist who moved to Akron a year ago.
“It’s a new outlet for the many creative women I’ve met in the area,” said Colburn, who plans to continue adding new items from local artisans.
Currently, Once in a Blue Moon features jewelry by Penny Pfahl, Paula Singleton, Phyllis Howren and Carolyn Carr; shawls by Sherri Sabatino; and scarves, sweaters, ponchos, throws and handbags by Cindy Stone. Home accents include small paintings, florals, pet accessories, candles and furniture. Once in a Blue Moon is located at 2747 Crawfis Blvd. and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colburn can be reached at (330) 858-4365 and welcomes calls from artisans interested in exhibiting at her shop.
prepares for addition
BARBERTON — Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, 220 Third St., will host a groundbreaking and open house for its additional 13-bed wing Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. The addition is due to open in the summer of 2007. Plans for the new wing will be displayed at the open house.
Akron Urban League
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Urban League, in partnership with Turner Construction Co. and Fifth Third Bank, will present management training for construction business owners Oct. 21 through Feb. 1.
Cassandra Colburn has opened Once in a Blue Moon boutique on Crawfis Boulevard in Fairlawn.
Photo courtesy of Cassandra Colburn
According to the Akron Urban League, the purpose of the program is to:
provide leadership training for business owners, which will have far-reaching effects on the rest of the businesses’ employees; reduce the real and perceived barriers among the minority-owned construction companies, majority-owned firms and the building trades;
build capacity for the participants to ensure they will be ready and equipped to handle larger contract awards; and
assist participants in improving their financial standing and increase their chances of qualifying for larger loans.
To register, contact the Akron Urban League at (330) 434-7339 or aulMBDC@aol .com by Oct. 13. Qualified applications should: be socially and economically disadvantaged construction business owners, including minorities and females; have been in business a minimum of three years; have a personal net worth not to exceed $250,000 at the time of program entry; and be a U.S. citizen and resident of Akron. Classes will take place at the Akron Urban League office, 250 E. Market St., and run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The program fee is $200, payable prior to the Oct. 13 deadline. A portion of the fee will be refunded upon successful completion of the program.