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

Norton Acme Fresh Market presents Caroline’s Cart

NORTON — According to company officials, Acme Fresh Market is the first company in Ohio to purchase one of Caroline’s Carts.

The cart is designed specifically for parents of special needs children. Caroline’s Cart faces the child toward his or her parent at all times. The seat (weight limit of 250 pounds) also has a small recline to help with children who have low muscle tone. The handles swing open, and the floor brake engages to allow a convenient load and unload situation. It also has a five-point safety harness that is adjustable.

According to company officials, these features reduce the child’s anxiety because he or she is always facing mom or dad, and parents can shop with confidence knowing their child is safe, comfortable and enjoying the shopping experience.

Earlier this year, Norton shopper Jackie Smolinski asked Acme to consider purchasing one of these carts to allow her son, Luke, who has a mitochondrial disease and seizure disorder, to accompany her on her weekly shopping trips. Norton Store Director Dan McPeek was instrumental in Acme making this purchase, according to company officials.

The cart was unveiled Aug. 30 at the Norton store with Jackie and Steve Smolinski and Luke, age 6.


Downtown Akron Restaurant Week extended

DOWNTOWN AKRON — In its third year, Downtown Akron Restaurant Week has been extended to include a second week.

Restaurant Week runs Mondays through Thursdays, Sept. 9-12 and 16-19. This year’s event includes 10 new participants, with a total of 21 restaurants and bars offering food and drink specials.

Downtown Akron Restaurant Week has been developed by the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) Emerging Leaders to encourage residents of the Akron area to explore the burgeoning dining scene in Downtown Akron. According to DAP officials, the event provides reasonably priced prix-fixe dinner menus at a variety of restaurants, making it easy and enjoyable to try something new. This year includes the addition of specialty drinks at participating bars, with a selection of restaurants offering lunch menus.

Reservations are encouraged, and menus for participating restaurants are expected to be posted at www.downtownakron.com/restaurantweek.

Participating restaurants include 3 Point, Barley House, Baxter’s, Bricco, Brubaker’s Pub, Cilantro, D.B.A., Diamond Deli, House of Hunan II, Insomnia Cookies, Lockview, Luigi’s, Paolo’s, Schumacher’s at Quaker Square and Urban Eats; and nightlife: 69 Taps Pub & Eatery, Jimmy’s, Karma Kafe, Tear-EZ, Uncorked Wine Bar and ZAR.

Young Professionals of Akron will co-host special lunch and happy hour events each Monday of Restaurant Week. Live entertainment, free appetizers, drink specials and networking with other Restaurant Week patrons will be featured.  

On Sept. 9, guests can spend lunchtime at Baxter’s from noon to 1 p.m. and enjoy happy hour at Bricco from 5 to 7 p.m., and kick off week two at 3 Point Sept. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations are requested for the kick-off events to 330-376-7676 or info@downtownakron.com.

Those who support three or more Restaurant Week participants during the event will have a chance to win gift certificates and other prizes. Punch cards and complete details will be available at participating Restaurant Week locations.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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