NEW/NATIVE | From down in the Valley to the University of Akron

8


compiled by Elizabeth Tyran

New-NATIVE1
Carrie Burchett

Name: Carrie Burchett, 34
Hometown: Akron
Neighborhood: Merriman Valley
Occupation: Teacher at Spring Garden Waldorf School

Who do you wish was on more Akronites’ radar? Why?
Rudolph Steiner, the impulse behind the Waldorf Schools and other things like biodynamic farming and gardening.

What is your favorite local cultural asset?
It’s a tie between the library and the Countryside Conservancy Farmers Market.

When did you fall for Akron?
Well, I was born and raised here—obviously because I’m your “native” (laughing)—but I moved to Chicago for a couple years and moved back when I was twenty-one and that’s when I realized that ya, Akron is a good place to live.

Where in Akron do you like to escape?
Sand Run Park

Why should everyone try your favorite local restaurant?
Because the owners are really Greek and it’s really authentic Greek food. It’s Vasili’s down in the valley.

How do you think Akron will be different in five years?
I hope there will be more downtown living, more small businesses and more restaurants with healthy options. That’s really what I want to see.

What would you change about raising kids in Akron?
I wish there were more networks for parents with small children and common interests. I wish there were more groups like that. We have a community through our school, Spring Garden, but it’s private and I pay for it and not everybody has that opportunity.

What local holiday event(s) do you look forward to attending?
We like “The Nutcracker” at The Akron Civic and we like Tuba Christmas at E.J. Thomas. I don’t know if they’re doing it this year because of the changes at the university but that was always something we liked to do.

How do you plan to play in the snow this winter and where?
We will be sled riding at Cascade. We will be sled riding at Kendall Hills. We will be sled riding anywhere there’s a hill (laughing). And we’ll do ski club at Boston Mills and probably some ice skating at the Gorge Metropark.

Favorite local place or event for holiday shopping?
I’d have to say NOTO. It’s a women’s clothing boutique with all kinds of cute stuff.

Where would you take family or friends from out of town to dinner?
Our go-to is the Saffron Patch. I like to go and take people for some good Indian food in the valley.

NEW-native
Josh Gardy

Name: Josh Gardy, 22
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Neighborhood: UA Campus Resident
Occupation: Student, studying engineering & part-time valet

Who do you wish was on more Akronites’ radar? Why?
Dr. Bob in the sense that through AA he has brought many people out of the dark. He was a big name a while ago I think but it seems he only comes up now around Founders Day and I think with the impact he’s had on people’s lives he should be talked about and credited more often here in Akron. His program helped both of my parents achieve sobriety. Their disease impacted their lives so negatively so I’m grateful that thanks to that program I did have two sober parents growing up.

What is your favorite local cultural asset?
I think I would say E.J. Thomas. As a UA student I’ve seen it bring a lot of happiness and entertainment to Akron and it’s also brought people in from out of town. It’s a place to meet up with people for cool shows & great acts. It’s had an impact on me in that sense.

When did you fall for Akron?
Since I came here a couple years ago I’ve seen that grit that everybody has here and you know, you work for everything here in Akron and I think that’s a beautiful thing. A lot of people lose sight of that through entitlement. And really in the last year I’ve seen some of the ins and outs of small businesses and really gotten to know people who live here and they have shown me that grit and hard work that has brought the city back to what it is.

Where in Akron do you like to escape?
I like to go to the national parks and the gorge.

Why should everyone try your favorite local restaurant?
I think Crave is awesome because you come in and you’re like what the heck, the menu is just a bunch of jumbled words when you first look at it, but they take your regular type of food or regular dishes and they throw their own “spice” into it.

How do you think Akron will be different in five years?
I think with the improvements already made to the University of Akron campus it’s going to bring more students in which will bring more traffic. As students graduate and settle into their jobs here it’s going to grow things. I think Akron will continue growing both in the number of students and the number of people who work here.

What do you think would be great about raising kids in Akron?
Diversity is a beautiful thing and growing up in Akron would help teach them that I think. The local parks would allow them to appreciate both nature and the architecture set within nature here.

What local holiday event(s) do you look forward to attending?
I really enjoy the ice skating at Lock 3. Christmas is my favorite time of year and it’s great to get out and see all the decorations around downtown.

Does your job allow you to feel connected to Akron in any special way?
Absolutely. I valet for Crave and 3 Point as well as Dante Boccuzzi’s. It allows me to see the Artwalk, it’s helped me get acquainted with some of the small businesses and get to know the different business owners and employees really well, it’s expanded my view on the people of Akron and shown me what’s out there.

How do you plan to play in the snow this winter and where?
I’m a big fan of snow when I don’t have to drive in it. The great thing about snow is you can pretty much dive in and have fun wherever you see it. But I always look forward to snowboarding at Brandywine.

8 recommended
comments icon 0 comments
0 notes
16 views
bookmark icon

Write a comment...

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *