Crooked River Herb Farm is reopening its shop next weekend at a new site in Wadsworth Township.
Owners Kathleen and John Varga previously grew herbs in the Cuyahoga Valley and operated a shop, first at the farm and then in Peninsula. They lost the farm in 2005 and closed the shop in 2007, but last year they found a new home at a farm in Wadsworth Township.
The new shop is on the farm property, across the driveway from their farmhouse. The building once housed Hartley’s Tack Shop.
The Vargas’ herb supply is still limited, because perennial herbs take time to get established, Kathleen Varga said. “But we’re here and we’re happy and excited,” she said.
The shop will sell an array of herb-related products, including jams, jellies, pestos, herb vinegars, teas, coffees, soaps, herb blends, cookbooks and fresh-cut herbs. The shop is also selling pierogies from The Pierogi Lady in Hartville.
Events planned for the opening weekend include appearances on Saturday by animal rescue groups and possibly by Wags 4 Warriors, a group that provides service dogs to veterans. Sunday’s activities will be family-oriented, including pony rides, marble-shooting games and lessons, and demonstrations of cowboy mounted shooting.
The couple’s dog, George Bailey, is expected to be there, too.
“He’s practicing getting back into his greeting mode,” she said. “… I think more people are looking forward to seeing George Bailey than John or me.”
The shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. In winter it will be closed except for special events and classes.
The farm is at 1719 Reimer Road.
New home for business
Another business with a new home is Neil Leeson Decor Floral and its sister company, Be Seated.
Leeson, a floral and event designer, was expecting to complete the move this weekend from the current location on Furnace Street to 103 Western Ave. in West Akron. The new site puts the business closer to Leeson’s client base and is expected to increase walk-in customers, he said.
The move consolidates the shop and warehouse space, which were in two buildings. Leeson said it also provides much more production floor space as well as space for a 3,000-square-foot showroom for Be Seated, a company that rents furniture for events. The showroom allows Leeson and his staff to more easily show clients such features as tables set up with linens and lighting effects on walls.
There’s also space for a 15-by-20-foot cooler that will allow the business to sell pre-made floral arrangements to walk-in customers.
“I love being downtown and I love my space, but there’s just not enough of it,” he said.
The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. The old shop, at 43 Furnace St., will be the site of a warehouse and moving sale July 19 to 22 and July 26 to 29.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays during summer. Fairy Garden Workshop and Tea, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 2 p.m. July 14 (members $35, others $45; advance registration required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Daylily Madness Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday, July 14-15 and July 21-22, Daylilies and More, 8290 Avon Lake Road (state Route 83), about one mile north of Lodi. Thousands of day lilies in bloom. Information: 330-948-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Open house, noon to 7:30 p.m. today through July 15, the Furniture Maker’s Garden, 4101 Timber Trail, Montville Township. Garden has more than 2,200 perennials. Free. Guided tours available by appointment at 330-725-2544.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. Information: 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Companion Planting — Good Company Breeds Great Growing, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, community garden at Kenmore Boulevard and Ira Avenue, Akron. Free talk by Karmi James and Jeff Boni of Paqarina Farm. Bring a chair. Part of the Talking in the Garden series, sponsored by Akron Summit Community Action Inc. and Little Mike’s Corner Store. Information: 330-572-8304.
• Needlework Circle, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. Information: 330-769-2852.
• Stitch In! Showcase, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Demonstration and display of needlework from the Day Lilies Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Information: www.mcdl.info or 330-273-4150.
• Yarncrafters meetings, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Knitting and crocheting group. Information: www.mcdl.info or 330-725-0588.
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