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Highly anticipated West Point Market returns in Fairlawn after yearlong hiatus

By Craig Webb Published: November 30, 2016

A venerable Akron grocer is reopening its doors to shoppers Thursday after a nearly yearlong absence.

The new, smaller West Point Market is now located in Fairlawn — about two miles west of its former store that has since has been razed to make room for a 365 by Whole Foods grocery.

The first phase of the new store will open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. It is at 33 Shiawassee Ave. in Fairlawn, off West Market Street, in a plaza that once was home to a beauty school and an auto parts store.

Rick Vernon, the store’s third-generation owner, said the staff is anxious, albeit a bit nervous, to throw open the doors to shoppers.

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This just in from the North Pole and Kent: Santa's Tavern Trek is coming to city's downtown

By Katie Byard Published: November 21, 2016

Main Street Kent, the nonprofit that promotes the city’s downtown, will host its first Santa’s Tavern Trek from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10 in downtown Kent.
The trek involves stops at 10 bars and restaurants, discounts on Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer and a chance to win prizes.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Family & Community Services:
Tickets are $10 per person. For tickets and details go to
Participants will check in at the Venice Cafe. Here are the other participating businesses: Water Street Tavern, Ray’s Place, The Loft, Zephyr Pub, Panini’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dominick’s, 157 Lounge, and Nineteen 10.
Once participants have checked in at six of the ten businesses (no purchase required), they can stop at Nineteen 10 in Kent to enter to win prizes. The grand prize is a $100 gift card to Great Lakes Brewing, $100 in casino chips to Jack Casino, and an overnight stay at a downtown Cleveland hotel. There also will be an Ugly Sweater Contest at the Venice Cafe.
For more information, call 330-677-8000 or send an email to

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Founder of former Amber Pub in West Akron, Bob Labate, dies at 87

By Katie Byard Published: November 21, 2016

Bob Labate, a founder of the former Amber Pub, a longtime Akron favorite in the Wallhaven area, died Saturday.

Mr. Labate was 87.

Labate and his wife, Jean, founded the restaurant, tucked away on a side street, in 1968.

They ran the place, at 1485 Marion Ave, off West Market Street, until 1996, when they sold it to the owner of a nearby bed and breakfast, the O’Neil House.

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Summit Mall in Fairlawn gets a Chick-fil-A cart

By Katie Byard Published: November 17, 2016

The Chick-fil-A chain — known for its breaded chicken sandwiches have attracted a loyal following —  has opened a cart in the food court in Summit Mall.
The cart is next to TJ Sushi, and it offers catering in addition to eat-in and take-out food.
The chain, headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, is known for its “Eat Mor Chikin” cows marketing logo/slogan.
Chick-fil-A, which pressure cooks its chicken, also offers grilled chicken.
Several years ago, Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy got the chain embroiled in controversy with his comments about his opposition to same-sex marriage.  Boycotts were countered with public shows of support for the chain.
Later, Cathy pulled back from the debate. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, wrote in a 2014 article: “He decided to step back from the gay marriage debate after prayer and conversations with co-workers and friends...”

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Akron Dish: Thirsty? Reds tasting at Regency; smoothies at library; Vaccaro's 100-wine tasting

By Katie Byard Published: November 14, 2016

Here are details on upcoming tastings and classes involving boozy as well as non-alcoholic refreshments.
We’ve got the scoop on tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) smoothie class at the Northwest Akron Library branch, and on a tasting featuring 100 wines this Sunday at Trattoria Vaccaro and more...

*** First up, from 6 to 9 p.m. THIS EVENING -- Monday, Nov. 14 -- at Regency wine store and bar in Fairlawn, you can taste five high-end wines from the small Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, considered among the finest wineries in  Napa Valley, Calif.

Each of the cabernet sauvignon vintages —  2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 runs $84.99 a bottle.

Cost of the tasting is $25 plus tax and tip.

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Chop & Swizzle hosts United We Stand tonight; cheer a new friend, bar owners say

By Katie Byard Published: November 11, 2016

The folks at Chop & Swizzle craft cocktail bar in Akron are hosting a post-election event called United We Stand tonight. It’ll run until 1 a.m. tomorrow —Saturday.

Bar owners posted on Facebook that the idea is “to provide a positive vibe” at the bar, and to “have a great, peaceful, non-political” time.

Paying patrons can get a free chocolate peanut butter vodka shot or a smoked pecan bourbon shot “to cheer a new friend.” One per person.

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Hot item at this coffee shop in Stow is nitro cold brew java

By Katie Byard Published: November 11, 2016

Another local coffee shop is infusing coffee with nitrogen gas, creating nitro cold brew.

Corner Cup Coffeehouse, which is in the same building as the Family Video at Graham and Fishcreek roads in Stow, began offering nitro cold brew coffee early last month.

What is it? Its cold, strong joe — poured on draft — that has a stout-like smooth-and-creamy texture and a foamy head, akin to a Guinness.

You get the creamy texture without a load of cream, Corner Cup owner Heather Ciranna said.

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Akron Dish wrapup; Art & Jewish Food fest; Firehouse Subs. little doughnuts and more

By Katie Byard Published: November 10, 2016

Meant to get this up earlier... busy week.... // Here's the lead item from this week's Akron Dish wrapup: To read the complete Akron Dish from Wednesday's Beacon, go to:


The ultimate Jewish soul food … for many it’s the rich and creamy dish known as kugel.

“It’s a noodle casserole, really. It holds together like a pudding,” said Marsha Krieger.

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Fairlawn gets Akron area's first Firehouse Subs; eatery opening in former Wendy's

By Katie Byard Published: November 3, 2016

The former Wendy’s in Fairlawn is turning into a Firehouse — a Firehouse Subs shop that is.

A franchisee of the growing Jacksonville, Fla., chain plans to open the shop at 3023 W. Market St.  sometime around Dec. 1-15, according to the advertising company that works with the chain.

Firehouse Subs -- making its first foray into the Akron area with the Fairlawn location --  specializes in subs with steamed meat and cheese on toasted buns.

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Bargain-priced baked goods at No Muffin Left Behind Sale this Saturday

By Katie Byard Published: November 2, 2016

Main Street Gourmet will again raise money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank through a No Muffin Left Behind Sale, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Akron-headquartered manufacturer of frozen bakery products will sell what it calls "slightly off-spec" products at the food bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron.

The products  -- including cookie dough, muffin batter and granola --- will be sold at $1.25 a pound, with a portion of the proceeds and all unsold products going to the food bank.

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PizzaFire in downtown Akron has got this

By Katie Byard Published: November 2, 2016

PizzaFire in downtown Akron has renamed its Chicago pizza --  for obvious reasons!

Ryan Pritt says it well in his tweet:

Well played, @MyPizzaFire.

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