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Stock up on Valentine's Day chocolate while burning calories

By Theresa Cottom Published: December 28, 2016

Looking to do something a little extra sweet this Valentine’s Day? Main Street Kent and Acorn Alley are hosting a 2017 Chocolate Walk from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 around downtown Kent, where local businesses will hand out surprise chocolate treats at each stop.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale Jan. 9. There are 250 available for purchase.

The day of the walk, ticket holders will check in at the Destination Kent Visitor Centre at 201 E. Erie St. to pick up their maps, passes and bags to collect candy. Then, they’re free to roam the city at their leisure and stop at participating businesses to gather their treats.

Participating Chocolate Walk locations include: Baked in the Village Café, Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Carnaby Street Style, Downtown Gallery, Dr. V & G's Sauce Shack, Gracylane Kent, Grazers, Kent Cheesemonger, Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center, McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts, Kent Pita Pit, Popped!, Unofficial: Red Letter Days of Kent, Rise and Shine Cafe, Scribbles Coffee Co., Standing Rock Jewelers, Taco Tonto's, Kent State Fashion School Store, Traveling Spa Girl, Tree City Coffee & Pastry, Troy Grille, and Twisted Meltz.

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Your one-stop shop to all foods locally produced

By Theresa Cottom Published: December 28, 2016

Ohio Proud launched its newly revamped website this month to easily identify food produced locally.

Ohio Proud is the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s marketing program that helps consumers identify food and agricultural products produced in the state.

The website is mobile-friendly and gives access to more than 500 Ohio Proud partners across the state who grow, make or process at least 50 percent of their product in Ohio. It features everything from local fresh meets, fruits and vegetables to snack foods, wines and baked goods.

For more information on partners, retailers who sell them or farm markets, visit the website at

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