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Annual Greek bake sale in Akron - a rite of spring - is on hiatus while church kitchen is renovated

By Katie Byard Published: March 23, 2017

I am in mourning.

The annual Spring Bake Sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron — a local rite of spring — is not happening this year.

The reason? “Major [ongoing] renovations of the church, including a brand new kitchen have prevented it,” Kim Vernis, who heads up the annual bake sale, told me.

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Twisted Olive in Green named one of country's "Top 100 Hot Spot" restaurants

By Katie Byard Published: March 16, 2017

Twisted Olive, which opened less than three years ago in Green, is among the country’s “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America” for 2017, according to a survey compiled by online reservation site Open Table.

Open Table said Thursday that Twisted Olive (pictured above)  is one of nine Ohio eateries to make the list. It joints two other Northeast Ohio spots in the Top 100: Greenhouse Tavern and Lola, both in Cleveland.

The other Ohio eateries on the list are Columbus eateries: The Avenue Steak Tavern, Forno Kitchen and Bar and The Pearl and Cincinnati spots E+O Kitchen, Mita’s and Nada.

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Sharon Township winery, High & Low, open on Sundays

By Katie Byard Published: March 9, 2017

Sipping on Sundays. That’s what the High & Low Winery on state Route 18 in  Sharon Township offers now that it is open Sundays.

The winery, which opened in 2015,  is now open seven days a week year round. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Matt Snyder, who owns the business with his wife, Kate, told me this week.

Food is available throughout the day, and Sunday activities for patrons are being scheduled, including board games and card games on colder Sundays. Balloon tosses — outside, of course — are being planned for warmer weather. A listing of events is at

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Rockne's in West Akron turns 30

By Katie Byard Published: March 8, 2017

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 A favorite West Akron haunt, Rockne’s, is turning 30 — a remarkable feat for a locally owned restaurant — and a favorite place to grab an ice cream cone, Pav’s Creamery, is expanding again, this time to North Canton.

First the scoop on Rockne’s birthday. After all, it has survived three decades at 7 Merriman Road in Akron, and is continuing without its longtime owner and patriarch, Chris Hamad, who died in 2016.

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Countryside Conservancy names Tracy Emrick director

By Katie Byard Published: March 3, 2017

Countryside Conservancy, the area nonprofit that has worked to establish farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, has made its interim director its new leader.

Tracy Emrick has held the top post on an interim basis since last year.

She was named interim when founding executive director Darwin Kelsey stepped down in September. Kelsey died in December from complications from an illness.

Emrick was director of operations and partnerships for Countryside before being named interim director. 

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Akron-Canton area Panera Bread locations offering delivery service

By Katie Byard Published: March 1, 2017

Delivery service is being launched at Panera Bread locations in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton markets.

Covelli Enterprises, the Warren-based franchise of Panera Bread said Wednesday it is rolling out “small order” delivery service, and the initiative will create more than 200 delivery jobs in the  region.

Covelli, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, anticipates having delivery available at locations throughout the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area by the end of April. Not all stores will have delivery. For example, if there are two stores near each other, both won’t have delivery, a spokeswoman said.

Area Paneras now offering delivery are in Medina Township (4065 Pearl  Road); Fairlawn (2855 W Market St.); Akron  (790 Arlington Ridge; Brunswick, (1405 Parschen Blvd.); and Stow, (1059 Graham Road).

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Area's first Blaze Pizza opens in Stark on Monday; chain is partially owned by LeBron James

By Katie Byard Published: February 24, 2017

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We have some fully baked news about Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, the chain partially owned by LeBron James, coming to the Belden Village area.

The first Northeast Ohio location opens Monday at 5125 Dressler Road in Jackson Township.

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Blaze - pizza chain partially owned by LeBron James - plans another NEO location

By Katie Byard Published: February 17, 2017

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, partly owned by LeBron James, is gaining more traction in Northeast Ohio.

The city of Strongsville said earlier today on its Facebook page that the eatery -- which features food being made-to-order, ala Chlpotle, is coming to Strongsville.

Blaze -- among so called "fast casual" food joints --  revealed last year that it will open at 5125 Dressler Road NW in the Belden Village area of Jackson Township. This location will open in late March or early April, according to a report in the Canton Repository last month.

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Polish club in Akron will celebrate Mardi Gras with, well, Polish eats

By Katie Byard Published: February 15, 2017


Some Polish folks in Akron will tell you Mardi Gras food is not all about shrimp and grits and gumbo and other Creole/Cajun eats.

The Polish American Citizens Club will host its annual Mardi Gras dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the club at 472 E. Glenwood Ave., at the corner of Dan Street in Akron.

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Buehler's grocery employee bags national championship

By Katie Byard Published: February 14, 2017

Brady Long of Buehler's Fresh Foods, with headquarters in Wooster, defeated 22 other Best Bagger competitors from across the nation to claim a grand prize of $10,000 at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Champion in Las Vegas.

The association has organized the nationwide competition since 1987. Contestants are judged by speed of bagging, "proper bag-building technique," weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude and appearance," Buehler's said in a news release.

The competition was held Monday during The NGA Show at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has 13 supermarkets, including stores in  Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina, Jackson Township, Green and Massillon.

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