Re/Dress, a popular clothing store catering to sizes 14 and up, is re-opening under new ownership after a five-month hiatus. Cleveland-based clothing designer Rachel Kacenjar purchased the company after a successful crowdfunding campaign in March. Previously located in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kacenjar plans to keep the company in Northeast Ohio with a storefront location set to open later this year.
Kacenjar, formerly head of independent plus-size labels Cupcake & Cuddlebunny and Sweetooth Couture, was employed by Re/Dress for just under two years before purchasing the company. Due to the lack of stylish yet affordable clothing options available to plus-size women, she felt she could not allow there to be one less option when the previous owner announced plans to sell the company.
Kacenjar started a 21-day crowdfunding campaign, during which she exceeded her goal of $25,000, collecting more than $27,000 from friends and fans to put toward the purchase of the company and start-up costs. “I am so thrilled that the plus size community sees the need for a store like Re/Dress and was willing to contribute their money to make it happen," said Kacenjar. "My goal is to exceed the expectations of every donor and shopper, as well as make them feel like they have some ownership in what we do. This isn’t just a store -- it’s a revolution, as far as I’m concerned."
Whether it's Grumpy Cat, Boromir or Futurama Fry, if you've spent even a few minutes online, you've probably encountered and even helped spread a meme. A meme is defined by Merriam Webster's dictionary, as "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture."
Online memes are usually a photo with a funny caption that get reposted or forwarded from friend to friend in e-mails. Memes usually occur spontaneously: someone creates a funny post and it gets forwarded and forwarded again in the cyber equivalent of a germy handshake. But now Hudson artist Justin Crowe has created a project he calls Meme the World (MTW) in which he seeks to create and document a meme from scratch.
Consumers looking for deals in and around the Akron area and businesses wanting to tender their goods and services to make that happen have a nice outlet in which to do so: Save Local Now ($LN), a mobile app offered by the Greater Akron Chamber.
"We're always looking for ways to add value for our chamber members," said Chad Hamman, vice president of membership for the chamber. "And consumers can download the app for free to find out where there's deals."
Save Local Now is only available for Greater Akron Chamber members and comes at no additional cost. When a business joins the chamber the app is included in part of its annual membership dues.
Consumers can download the $LN app, available for iPhone and Android devices, at www.akron.savelocalnow.com or visit the iTunes store and Google Play.
At one point or another many have witnessed boorish behavior during a business luncheon. And the fact that an attendee may be wearing a silk tie with perfectly shined shoes does not guarantee that same individual won’t also be piling a dozen shrimp cocktail and a half-pound of Swedish meatballs on his tiny hors d’oeuvre plate. While chatting on his cell phone.
“Only seven percent of what we do is verbal,” says Robert Pacanovsky, “The other 93 percent is non-verbal communication.” Obviously appearances do matter. A lot. And Pacanovsky emphasized that during his “Art of the Meal” presentation to members of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Young Professionals Network.
The thrust of Pacanovsky, who owns Robert J. Events & Catering and Robert J. Training & Design, was to educate these folks about dining etiquette.
Bill Manby to lead Service Club as it moves to the Portage Country Club for weekly meetings
As autumn arrives, the Rotary Club of Akron is seeing changes in its leadership and its meeting location. William “Bill” Manby, Jr., a lifetime resident of West Akron and a graduate of Firestone High School, has been handed the gavel to lead the club during 2012-13.
Manby, an Akron resident, is the CEO of Paradigm Equity Strategies, located in the Merriman Valley, and is a partner in the Akron-area venture capital firm, Acquire Wealth Advisory Group. Manby has been married to Suzanne Manby for 16 years and has three children, Ashton (11), Greyson (9) and Tatum (5).
During a regular August meeting of the club, Manby laid out his aggressive plans for the service organization during his term as president. Citing an annual theme of “Get engaged. Be inspired.” he outlined expected growth in all Akron Rotary’s avenues of service while stating that communication will be a top priority.
Free game tokens among perks for startup contributors
Remember the days of the arcade, where kids carried handfuls of quarters to each machine, competing for the high score on Donkey Kong, Centipede or Galaga? David DiDomenico does, and he’s working to launch a local classic-style arcade, with video games, skeeball, pool and possibly a restaurant and bar.
“Growing up every kid wants to do something,” said DiDomenico. “I wanted to work in an arcade. We don’t have an old-fashioned classic arcade in town anywhere.”
DiDomenico, who’s also director of the Waters Park Renewal Society in North Akron, has started an Indiegogo page to try to raise startup money for the Rubber City Arcade, which could serve as a meeting place and offer young people and families a fun alternative for local entertainment.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently announced the appointment of Irene McQueen as its new Electronic Medical Record System Manager.
As manager for the hospital’s Electronic Medical Record System, McQueen is responsible for leading the installation and project management of the system. Duties in this role include coordinating upgrades, day-to-day operational support and overseeing the testing and installation of all systems required to provide input or output to and from the EMR while enforcing project management, budget and change control.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently announced the appointment of Vince Allen as a new member of its Information Technology and Services Department. Allen will serve as the senior application support analyst.
Within the Information and Services Department at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Allen will provide IT software and hardware support throughout the hospital. He will assist with identifying current and new technology solutions to effectively meet the current and future operational and business needs of the hospital.
Dominic Frisina and Patricia Smith are pleased to announce the opening of their new offices in the Stratford Place Office Complex, 4301 Darrow Road, Suite 1450, in Stow.
The firm opened its new location early in 2012 and will host an open house reception July 19 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Refreshments and light fare will be served. Friends, clients and business associates are all welcome and can register for the event at http://tinyurl.com/FSOpenHouse.
Akron-area marketing professionals and business owners are invited to learn how to protect creative ideas, trade names and logos when Intellectual Property Attorney Doninic Frisina presents “The Law of Branding,” June 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the downtown location of the Akron-Summit County Library.
The seminar will instruct marketing professionals and business owners in practical ways to protect business value and brands. This seminar is targeted for anyone who is launching, marketing or advertising a business, product or service, including creative professionals and inventors. Topics to be covered include: Legal considerations when selecting a brand; How to watch out for trademark pitfalls; Indentifying and mitigating IP risks; and How to protect a brand.