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5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Ribbon-cuttings planned for Cuyahoga Falls businesses

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce officials announced several new locally owned businesses will have upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The businesses and dates of the ceremonies include:

  • East of Chicago Pizza, 2603 State Road, May 10 at noon;
  • Farmers Insurance/Hyre Insurance Agency, 275 Graham Road, No. 6, May 17 at noon;
  • Hourglass Consignment Boutique, 416 Chestnut Blvd., June 7 at noon; and
  • Sugar-Luv Confections, 410 Chestnut Blvd., July 26 at noon.

To attend, email a reservation to rsvp@cfchamber.com.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are a free service available to chamber members celebrating the opening, a major anniversary or significant expansion of a business. For details, visit www.cfchamber.com.


Countryside Farmers’ Market launching 2013 season at Howe Meadow

BOSTON/AKRON — Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow kicks off the 2013 market season May 11 with a lineup of 59 vendors for the year. 

The market will continue every Saturday in this location in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 26.

Additionally, the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Highland Square will open May 30 with 25 vendors for the season and will continue every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 3. 

Countryside Farmers’ Markets welcomes seven new vendors for the 2013 season bringing a range of products from sheep’s milk and cow’s milk blue cheeses, lamb, wool, kettle corn, dried beans, local fruit ice-pops, dog treats made from local and organic ingredients, and a local food truck.

Also, the markets welcome both debit card and Ohio Direction card purchases. Countryside Conservancy will continue to offer dollar-for-dollar matching of Ohio Direction Card customer purchases up to $15 with the Carrot Cash program, with funding provided by Wholesome Wave.

Special events scheduled throughout the season include the Countryside Local Food MOVment, encouraging participants to get active, as well as eat healthy; Apron Ties and Homemade Pies with a pie contest and apron fashion show; Tomato Tasting and Salsa Smackdown, featuring a friendly salsa competition among local chefs; and a Halloween Hullaballoo with free caramel apples for children in costume.

For more information, visit www.cvcountryside.org.


Copley Creekside Farmers’ Market seeks local producers of vegetables, fruits

COPLEY — Copley will be the site of a farmers’ market at 1245 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road beginning May 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. and continuing every Thursday through Oct. 24.

The market will feature locally grown produce, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. The mission of the market is to provide an inviting and friendly environment where the community can enjoy the farmers’ market experience while preserving the farming heritage of Copley’s past, according to organizers.

Growers can sell their produce directly to the community. Local farmers, bakers and artisans are encouraged to participate. To obtain a vendor application, call Lois at 330-666-2563 or email jgager@rivercitygiftshoppe.com.

For more information about the market, visit www.copleycreeksidefarmersmarket.com.


Village Tobacconist closing

FAIRLAWN — The Village Tobacconist, located in Summit Mall for 31 years, will close May 31.

The business also was once located in Norton for several years and on South Main and Mill streets in Akron, according to owner Mike Carson.

Carson said the store is closing because “small businesses in a big mall can’t make enough to pay rent.”

The store sells tobacco, cigars, pipes, some specialty cigarettes and various smoking accessories, and offers a lounge with a big screen TV. Regular euchre games also have taken place at the store. Carson said his store is one of the very few left where customers are allowed to smoke indoors. He said the store was “grandfathered” when a law was passed that prohibited indoor smoking in public places or places of employment.

Carson said there have been many memorable moments with customers over the years, but he added the impending close of the store was too emotional a subject to talk about those memories. He said one of his “biggest regrets” about having to close is that his adult son, who uses a wheelchair and works for a store inside the mall, will not have a place to stop in for a break.

“We have a pretty tight group of customers here, and we will probably plan a small party on the last day,” said Carson. “I haven’t figured out what to do afterwards, but I will semi-retire.”

The Village Tobacconist is open during regular mall hours Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located in a storefront outside the mall, on the side facing Smith Road near Macy’s.

For more information, call 330-864-3929 or visit www.villagetobacconist.com.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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