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4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The Petite Boutique opens in West Akron

WEST AKRON — The Petite Boutique has reopened to the public at 1150 W. Market St.

Located at Rockynol inside the East Tower on the second floor, the store will offer fashion accessories, jewelry, a wide selection of plisse tops and handbags, including Laurel Birch, sweaters for every season, scarves and greeting cards. The store also specializes in clip earrings and all kinds of jackets, according to owner Dolly Gibson, who operates the shop with her husband, Bill Gibson.

“We go to a variety of trade shows to find different kinds of things,” said Dolly Gibson. “We carry a lot of interesting and unique things and gift items.”

Free giftwrap is available.

The store was previously located in the Akron City Woman’s Club in West Akron and moved to reopen at its new location April 10.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The business can be reached at 330-990-9170.


REM Ohio honors Autism Awareness Month

WEST AKRON — REM Ohio Inc. and other related organizations celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April and invite those who are interested to promote awareness within their communities. 

REM Ohio plans to participate in a year-long awareness initiative. Employees and individuals served will participate in walks and events that are specifically related to autism. Self-advocates, families and professionals in the autism and developmental disabilities communities are encouraged to also promote autism awareness within their local communities.

“It is imperative that self-advocates, family members and friends in our local communities come together and show their support during Autism Awareness Month,” said Jo Spargo, REM Ohio executive director. “Our families and community are in need of your continued support, advocacy and voice to increase awareness and improve the services available to individuals with autism throughout Ohio.”

REM Ohio officials encourage community members to get acquainted with someone who is on the autism spectrum and find out what to do to help. For more information, visit www.rem-oh.com.

In addition, employees of REM Ohio came together with their families and friends April 12 to participate in The MENTOR Network’s Second Annual National Volunteer Day. Nearly 800 employees across The MENTOR Network volunteered in nine states.

According to Spargo, teams in Akron, Cleveland and Reynoldsburg volunteered at a women’s shelter, a Boys and Girls Club and a local park.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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