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8/22/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Remodeling begins on Montrose Acme

BATH — Aug. 5 began the expansion and remodeling of the Montrose Acme Fresh Market.

The project is budgeted at $3 million, and the store will remain fully operational during the entire expansion and remodeling process, according to Acme officials. The project is scheduled for completion by Nov. 4.

The Montrose Acme Fresh Market will be expanded by 10,000 square feet to 103,000 square feet.

“Acme’s exterior and interior décor will undergo a complete change,” stated Executive Vice President Jim Trout. “Our new décor will create a sophisticated and relaxing grocery shopping environment. All of our perishables departments will be upgraded, and our grocery assortment will be expanded, especially with specialty and international foods. Natural and organic and bulk foods will be concentrated in one department and will double in size and assortment. We will also have the largest assortment of wine, beer and spirits in the area.”

There also will be an expanded variety of dairy, frozen and gluten-free foods offered.

Other highlights include:

  • an expanded selection of oysters, mussels, scallops and other shellfish on ice in a new specially designed seafood case;
  • more dedicated space to 100 percent organic produce and an expanded produce department featuring exclusive items like ready-to-grill vegetables;
  • expanded pharmacy and health and beauty offerings;
  • a new salad bar and hot prepared food serving station and the Good Day Café, offering lunch or dinner and locally roasted Pearl Coffee products;
  • a wine specialist available for consultation or recommendation; and
  • a new “Bread Bar” format offering fresh-baked crusty artisan breads that can be hand selected, then cut and bagged by employees.

For more details on the remodeling and expansion, visit www.acmestores.com.


Sept. 1 deadline for Summit of Sustainability Symposiums entries

AKRON — The Summit of Sustainability Awards is the countywide awards program that showcases the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and green involvement of employees.

The Summit of Sustainability awards program will culminate in an awards breakfast Oct. 24 at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station, where the five winners will be announced so the Planning Committee can share their sustainable practices that are helping the community save energy and money, create more transportation choices, preserve clean air and bring economic prosperity through the process, according to organizers.

To enter, visit www.SummitofSustainability.org or call Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) at 330-375-2116 for more information.

Two more award categories have been added this year. Award categories for 2013 are: companies with 25 employees or less, companies with 249 employees or less, companies with over 250 employees and nonprofit/community and public sector (governmental/schools).

To be sustainable, according to KAB, is to balance economic, environmental and social concerns and to think about how actions taken today will affect future generations. This awards program will reveal best sustainable business practices going on within the community and will showcase the winners for others to emulate, according to KAB.

The founding members of the Summit of Sustainability Awards program are the city of Akron, Summit County, KAB, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and ReWorks.


Victim Assistance Program wins CreateAthon® 2013

AKRON — With the help of voters throughout Northeast Ohio, WhiteSpace Creative has announced that Victim Assistance Program (VAP) has been named the third and final winner of a CreateAthon® 2013 Extreme Brand Makeover. This is a pro-bono event offering selected nonprofits creative and marketing services valued at more than $25,000, according to company officials.

WhiteSpace selected two of the three participants and then requested the community’s involvement in choosing the third. Respondents voted online via the WhiteSpace Creative Facebook page.

This year’s final CreateAthon 2013 Extreme Brand Makeover participants are:

  • Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center, which serve domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. The sister agencies recently acquired a single facility to house their programs, including a domestic violence shelter with more than 60 beds for people in danger.
  • Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, which provides professional-level training to talented young dancers, according to the company. It also educates young audiences in the art of ballet through original performances by children for children at the Akron Civic Theatre.
  • VAP, which administers to victims of crime, trauma and disasters through proactive crisis intervention. It provides aid, education and advocacy throughout the criminal justice system.

The 2013 Extreme Brand Makeover represents WhiteSpace’s 12th annual CreateAthon event. Since 2002, the staff has participated in this national 24-hour marathon, working from 8 a.m. on a Thursday to 8 a.m. on a Friday in an effort to give back to deserving organizations that support the community. This year’s CreateAthon will be Sept. 19-20.

For more information, contact CreateAthon Coordinator Andi Jones at 330-762-9320, ext. 109, or andi@whitespace-creative.com.


Fairlawn Labor Day Food Truck Round-Up coming Sept. 1

FAIRLAWN — The city of Fairlawn and area food truck The Orange Trük are teaming up to host an end-of-summer food truck round-up at Fairlawn’s Bicentennial Park.

The round-up will take place Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A recent Norton Food Truck Round-Up hosted five local food trucks and drew a crowd of about 3,000 people, according to organizers. Food trucks can already be found regularly in Fairlawn.

Jeffrey Winer, of the Orange Trük, is working with Laurie Beisecker, director of parks and recreation, and Ernie Staten, deputy director of public service, to organize the event.

The day will include a number of local bands and a gathering of local food trucks, including The Orange Trük, Zydeco Bistro, Wholly Frijoles, Stone Pelican Mobile Cafe, Pig Lickin Good, Mobile Sushi Bar and Krav, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Umami Moto, Jibaro, Fired Up Taco, Sweet Mobile Cupcake, Hodge Podge, East Coast Custard, the Popsmith, Rolling Pig, Swensons, Get Stuffed Solar Powered Mobile Eatery and Denostas Wood Fired Grill.

Performers will include Zobapago (noon to 1 p.m.), Beyond Blue and the Voodoo Doctors (2 to 4 p.m.) and 7 Mile Isle Steel Drum Band (5 to 7 p.m.). There also will be a balloon twister, magic show, juggling, volleyball and cornhole.

The food trucks will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the Fairlawn Community Foundation, whose mission is to promote the quality of life in the Fairlawn community.

Bicentennial Park is located on South Smith Road, across from the Fairlawn Municipal Complex. According to city officials, there will be plenty of parking, and the community center facility will be open for restroom use and air-conditioned seating.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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