Small Business

Urban Explorer: Wallhaven

words and photos by Kristina Aiad-Toss Located along Market Street between Highland Square and the Summit Mall, Wallhaven does not seem to have much to offer other than monotonous chain stores and mainstream r...

Saint Augustine and Suds: An Aromatic Experience

by Jessica Kaisk Entering Saint Augustine and Suds, you first notice waves of heavenly scents. With a cozy cabin feel that mimics the mountainous area owner Denise Debo grew up in, the shop is a delight to the...

What I Wish I Knew: With Kevin Royer of The Bomb Shelter

words by Jessica Kaisk; photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Kevin Royer owns The Bomb Shelter, Akron’s Retro Superstore. The Bomb Shelter is a radically cool vintage store that takes you back to your childhood. We aske...

Coffee and Community: Nervous Dog Celebrates 10 Years

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...

Small Business Chronicles: Sand Run Pharmacy

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 al...

Origin Story: Not Yo’ Daddy’s Hot Sauce

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 Alcal...