Falls store reclaims, reimagines home furnishings
Written by Chris Miller
When Jessica Paris comes across old, outdated furniture, she sees the potential for something so much more. "I like the fact that it has good bones and structure and they don't make it like that anymore," said Paris, who owns J Paris Designs in Cuyahoga Falls. "You can turn something really old and ugly and outdated into something beautiful."
At Paris' store, 13 to 15 artists and designers offer their wares. Paris' speciality is furniture, like tasteful bits of color added to antiques, and chalkboard paint over wood surfaces, and her artists sell soy candles, repurposed frames made from barn wood and pillows, among the inventory.
Walking into the store, a customer is met with an eclectic array of colorful furnishings, but it's in no way cluttered or "thrift store" like. Everything fits in its place. And even the displays are recycled, as pallets serve as shelves and repainted industrial radiator covers offer their efforts as tables.
Artist mixer and grand celebration culminates Akron Art Prize contest
The second annual Akron Art Prize is coming to a close this Saturday, but it's not too late to participate and vote for your favorite piece.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation sponsors the contest and winners will be announced in the grand lobby of the Akron Art Museum on October 5. First place receives $5,000 and the honor of displaying their piece in the Akron Art Museum for the week following the competition. There will be five $1,000 runner-up prizes awarded as well.
The competition was open to solo and collaborative artists, as well as two- or three-dimensional pieces. Voting takes place during a limited timeframe and is only allowed within Downtown, encouraging voters to attend and experience the events.
Affordable housing construction helps East Akron revitalization
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. celebrates 27-family development with groundbreaking
For the past 30 years, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) has been bringing revitalization home to Summit County. On Sept. 25, 2013, EANDC broke ground on Robinson Homes East, a 27 single-family-home, development which will be central to the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will include housing rehabilitation efforts and vacant lot reuse.
"Since 1982, EANDC has worked successfully to strengthen the Akron-area by rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting property values and allowing residents to achieve the American dream," said EANDC Executive Director, Grady Appleton. "The Robinson Homes East is our latest effort to strengthen this community by adding new, high quality housing options."
The 27 unit infill housing project is for the Robinson School area, constructed on 11 different streets in the East Akron neighborhood. It will feature 19, 4-bedroom and 8, 3-bedroom homes. The homes will have four different floor plans and five homes will be single story ADA homes.
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library shuts down for renovations
The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is undergoing renovations that started on May 4 and will re-open at 9 a.m. on May 13.
The renovations will include new carpet on the first floor, new furniture that allows patrons to connect to electronic devices, a new reference desk and a check out desk that will be handicap accessible.
"Our building hasn't been renovated in 16 years," Executive Director Douglas Dotterer said. "These improvements will make the library more accessible to patrons with disabilities and we also have a staff member who is physically challenged."
Dotterer said the renovations come as part of a larger three-year plan to make the library "technologically proficient" to better serve the community.
Women's shelter wants runners to 'Kick Up Your Heels'
Whether it's stilettos, kitten, sling back or wedges, strap 'em on and race to the finish the line for the third annual Kick Up Your Heels 5K, 1M walk and Stiletto Sprint on Saturday, May 11.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event starting and finishing at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. The race will benefit the ACCESS homeless shelter, providing funds for costs of maintaining the shelter and programs they offer to the women and children in need.
"What we are mostly about is our programs," said Eliza R. Williams, director of advancement at ACCESS. "The programming here is cutting edge and aims at ending homelessness. We address the issues of our clients."
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Ana overcomes obstacles one nonprofit at a time
Ana Paula De'Oliveira can tell you firsthand about life's obstacles and the emotions felt when you finally overcome them.
A lack of transportation, driver's license, and child care, along with limited work experience created barriers for her to reach employment. This is where Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and Greenleaf Family Center aided her.
De'Oliveira began the Family Self Sufficiency Program program in 2006. She needed housing and programming for her kids to help her grow.
Meet the artist: Michael Marras
Man of steel, Michael Marras
Scraps of metal pieces, all shapes and sizes, adorned Michael Marras's worktable in Firestone Park. Various machines surrounded the space and Marras jumped to each one with intense focus.
This is his studio space, small but efficient for the local artist who was born and raised in Akron, but who came home, about a year ago, from Florida. Marras earned a degree in computer animation from Full Sail University, and has a background in both 2D and 3D design. More recently, he began working with metal, creating unique and intricate metal sculptures.
Adopt-a-family this holiday season
The holiday season brings wonderful moments shared with family and friends, but it also can bring unnecessary stress, such as what to give to those loved ones.
Instead of waiting in long lines or spending countless hours browsing Amazon's website for that "perfect gift" for your family or friend, try a more unconventional gift giving approach. Scrap the gifts for each other, and give to others.
For example, Goodyear employes adopt familes from Greenlead Family Center. They are clients of from all of the center's departments, said Dina Younis, fund development and marketing coordinator at Greenleaf Family Center. Goodyear delivers the wrapped gifts which are distributed to the families.
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