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Coffee and Community: Nervous Dog Celebrates 10 Years

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This one really is by Scott Piepho Michael Litt, founder and owner of Akron’s Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, summarizes his business philosophy as “We don’t just sell coffee; we sell community.” Thanks to his passion for both, Nervous Dog celebrated its tenth anniver... More »

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Small Business Chronicles: Sand Run Pharmacy

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By Rick Bohan When asked how Sand Run Pharmacy manages to compete with the Walgreens and CVSs of the world, who have millions of dollars to spend on marketing, owner and pharmacist Tom Lamb simply says, “It all has to do with the connections we make with our c... More »

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Origin Story: Not Yo’ Daddy’s Hot Sauce

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by M. Sophie Franchi Correction: The print version of this story had a misspelling of the González name. The error has been fixed in this online version.   You say hot sauce. Cristina González Alcalá says salsa. That’s what she calls her dad’s family recipe be... More »

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Why Wesley said ‘no’ to Cleveland

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(Hint: He’d already said ‘yes’ to Akron) words by Chris Horne; photos by Shane Wynn During a commercial break, Brent Wesley came over and said he wanted to do a wrap-up, debriefing kind of thing after the show. “I want to explain why,” he said then darted off ... More »

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What I Wish I Knew: 427 Design

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What Akron’s 427 Design has learned in a decade of graphic design, web-making, photography, animation and screen printing awesomeness   You may not have seen 427 Design’s office, which is amazeballs, or recognized their people when you saw them, but you probab... More »

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A Day in the Life of…“Commitment” and The Good Life

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words and photos by Maxarmando Rivera Commitment is a beautiful thing. Commitment over time is much more beautiful. Something about perseverance strikes a chord in mankind. Believing in some “thing” so much that you’re willing to risk it all to see that “thing... More »

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Small Business Chronicles | West Hill Hardware

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words by Rick Bohan; photos by Katie Jackson You run a small, somewhat organized hardware store in northwest Akron.  Stained glass windows, plumbing fixtures, single pole switches, and knick-knacks salvaged from nearby homes as they were being demolished share... More »