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What I Wish I Knew | Troy & Tavares (The Barber Twins)

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Names: Troy & Tavares (The Barber Twins) Occupations: Barber stylists at Monty’s Place Hometown: Akron, OH Current Neighborhood: Akron, OH   How did you get into the work you do? Tavares: Actually, we were inspired by several people—our mom and a friend of the... More »

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Origin Story | January Paint and Wallpaper

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words and photos by Gray Giaconia A family business is most successful when it’s dedicated to the community and offers more service and humanity than can be found at a chain store. This is January Paint and Wallpaper. While working at a paint company in Clevel... More »

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AkroPreneurs | Stay Frosty, Popsmith

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  words by Noor Hindi, photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Blackberry watermelon, rhubarb orange blossom and sour cherry rose. If you’re familiar with Popsmith, you know these are just some of the weird and wacky flavors they offer to Akronites on hot summer days. Made... More »

Akropreneurs | August Tip Sheet

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Taylor Dawson   We asked three local entrepreneurs how they balance work and family life, and how they prevent burnout. Here’s what they had to say.   Mike Buzek Owner, Chameleon Cafe “Balancing work and family. . . I don’t do a very good job of that specifica... More »

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Calling all Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers

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Akron Buspreneurs Headed to New Orleans for Two Day Competition Words by Noor Hindi Imagine you’re stuck on a hot bus for three days with limited access to technology. You’re sleep deprived, you’re not getting along with the people around you and you’re trying... More »

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Akropreneurs Event Spotlight: 2nd Annual Earthquaker Day

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  by Floco Torres If you aren’t a musician or an obsessive fan of music, you may think that an all day event centered around handmade guitar pedals wouldn’t be your thing. I’d agree with you except for the fact that this isn’t just any all day event, it’s the ... More »

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Event Spotlight: Artist as an Entrepreneur (AEI)

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AEI and the importance of the fundamentals of being a creative by Floco Torres There was a time when being an artist basically meant you were poor and afraid of getting a “real job.” Over time, we’ve learned that this isn’t widely true (I don’t want a “real jo... More »