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Snacking with a Purpose

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An Akron Startup Makes Snacks that Promote the Social Good words and photos by Andrew Leask UPDATE: This article was originally published in Issue 20, April 2016. Since then, founder Evan Delahanty has been chosen to be featured on an upcoming episode of ABC’s... More »

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What we learned about local business in 2016

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  You learn some lessons the hard way, especially if you’re a business owner. That’s why we started this section. But even before we had an official place to write about entrepreneurship and small business ownership, we were telling those stories. Here are a f... More »

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What I wish I knew: If wunderkind Courtney Gras had a do-over…

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Courtney Gras is a graduate of the University of Akron and was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of their “30 Under 30” and a “Top 40 Under 40 in Cleantech” by Midwest Energy and by Crain’s Cleveland as one of their “Twenty in their 20s.” She’s also the... 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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Coffee and Community: Nervous Dog Celebrates 10 Years

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  words by Scott Piepho; photos by Paul Hoffman   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 it... More »

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Hoppin’ Frog Celebrates a Decade of Brewing

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  by Scott Piepho The first time Fred Karm brewed beer, helping a friend from college, the experience did not seem likely to change the course of his life. “It was such a pain in the butt I said, ‘Don’t ask me to do that again.’” Then a few months later he tas... More »

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Ready to rock: The Rock Mill bringing climbing facility to Akron

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by Katie Wheeler Think of all of the places that come to mind when you read the words “rock climbing” and I bet Akron doesn’t rank. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that no place in Ohio is on your radar, but that won’t remain true for long. Some years ago, Liz ... More »