New/Native: September 2016

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NEW:

Name: Kurt Anshutz

Occupation: Head Teller at Towpath Credit Union

Hometown: Creston, OH

Current Neighborhood: Highland Square

What do you wish was more on Akronites’ radar?

Akron has a really vibrant arts scene. There’s always something going on in Akron worth seeing.

What is your favorite local cultural asset?

My favorite local cultural asset without a doubt is the Goodyear Blimp.

When did you fall for Akron?

I think I fell for Akron immediately after getting a license to drive. I used to drive to Akron to see shows and stop at Quonset Hut for records. There has just always been something about this place that I sincerely love.

Where in Akron do you like to escape?

Square Records. Still, to this day, there is no better getaway for me than to go record shopping.  Even if I don’t buy anything (which is rare), flipping and digging through vinyl is always therapeutic.

Why should everyone try your favorite local restaurant?

This is tough. There are so many. However, right now, which could always change at any moment, my favorite restaurant is Bob’s Hamburg. This is the greatest thing to ever happen to a hamburger, since a hamburger. Enough said. It isn’t the fanciest or the most trendy, but I would question the quality of my life without ever experiencing Bobs Hamburg. If you have not eaten at Bob’s, you haven’t lived.

 

NATIVE:

Name: Jessica Morris

Occupation: Office Manager/Social Media, EarthQuaker Devices

Hometown: Akron

Current Neighborhood: Highland Square

What do you wish was more on Akronites’ radar?

I wish more people went out to see live music. We have some great venues, like Musica, Goodyear Theater and Hive Mind. Thursday’s is having live music again on certain Fridays, and someone is always playing at Annabell’s. I go to way too many sparsely attended shows in this town, and it shouldn’t be that way.

What is your favorite local cultural asset?

I love Thursday nights, because I can go to the Akron Art Museum to check out whatever exhibit I want for free, grab a cocktail with friends at Crave, and then go to The Nightlight and catch a movie that I can’t see anywhere else locally.

When did you fall for Akron?

I’ve always loved Akron, but really fell for it once I moved back from Cuyahoga Falls. There’s so much about this city that is cool. I love when friends from out of town come to visit, so I can show them all of my favorite spots. We’re way more than an abandoned mall, a couple bands, and a basketball player.

Where in Akron do you like to escape?

My favorite place to have great conversations is in a booth at The Lockview. My favorite spot to fly under the radar is Wingfoot Lake State Park. It’s really nice to sit on the swings by the lake and maybe see the Goodyear Blimp take off or land. If I really need to escape, you can find me at the Akron-Canton Airport.

Why should everyone try your favorite local restaurant?

Because Larry’s has really good burgers and always has great music playing. Because La Loma has the best el pastor I’ve ever eaten.

 

(Photos courtesy of Jessica Morris)

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