Michael Maghes, owner of Cafe Arnone, has an import business that he started in honor of his Italian lineage. He and other family members have traced the name Arnone, which is his mother's maiden name, to Sicily, where they still have relatives. Arnone Inc. is a family affair involving Michael's wife and other relatives. You can buy Italian coffee beans, olive oil and other well-sourced products on its e-commerce site. A tasty offshoot of the import business is Cafe Arnone, a cafe on wheels -- think of a food truck that specializes in coffee and related goodies such as gelato and biscotti. The coffee truck will be at the Woolly Bear Festival in Vermilion on Sunday, Oct. 4. To learn where else it will be in the coming weeks, visit Cafe Arnone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or go to the Arnone Inc. site.
Chris Stranahan, owner of the local Wild Birds Unlimited franchise on Howe Avenue near Chapel Hill, has a new product line of seeds and seed cylinders that contain hot pepper. You might think that such an ingredient would repel birds but not so. Chris explains that birds have different taste buds from mammals, so they don't feel the heat. Squirrels and raccoons, on the other hand, tend to shy away from hot stuff. That means more seed for the intended recipients. Chris and his staff are experts in all things bird-related, so if you have questions or are in the market for high-quality seed and sturdy feeders, visit the store at 597 Howe Ave. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, call 330.922.4990 or visit the website.
We won't have a show next weekend because of Ohio State's early game (go Bucks!), so we want to remind everyone now that Ohio's largest judged quilt show is coming up. Hosted by the Summit County Historical Society, the Mutton Hill Quilt Show will include both antique and contemporary quilts. It takes place Oct. 17 and 18 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Parking is free; admission is $10 and group rates are available. For more information: Mutton Hill Quilt Show
Sherri Tenpenny, D.O, runs Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, one of few places that offers thermography, a noninvasive test that uses heat to detect inflammation in the breasts. Inflammation that's not addressed through dietary changes and other lifestyle adjustments can lead to cancer up to seven years down the line. This valuable test is not covered by insurance, but for many of us it's a worthwhile investment in our health. And, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center is offering a discount on thermograms. Visit the website or call 440.239.3438 to learn more. The office is located at 7380 Engle Rd. in Middleburg Heights.
John Walters, owner of Brandon Heating & Air Conditioning, says that now is the time to get a tuneup for your furnace. You'll want to make sure it's working after not being used all summer long. Expect to pay around $100 for a thorough inspection by a technician with the right expertise and testing equipment. It's far better to resolve potential issues now rather than have to call someone in for an emergency repair some winter night when it's zero below. To reach Brandon Heating, call 330.686.9828 or visit the website. The company is based in Stow and services all of Summit County.
Mary Jo Alexander, co-founder with her husband Neil Thackaberry of Actors' Summit, is eager for the theater's new season to begin. The first show is Quilters, a play with music that pays moving tribute to the women who helped settle the West. It runs Oct. 8 to Nov. 1. For tickets and more information, visit the Actors' Summit website or call 330.374.7568. Mary Jo also is happy to report that this production coincides with the Summit County Historical Society's Mutton Hill Quilt Show, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the John S. Knight Center, which is right across Mill Street from the Actors' Summit stage in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. There's free parking on the weekends.
The NARI Remodeled Homes Tour, a multi-site tour of 13 newly remodeled homes throughout Northeast Ohio, is happening this weekend. Tickets for the tour, which takes place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5, cost $10 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. You'll be able to see homes in Avon Lake, Beachwood, Fairview Park, Hudson, Medina, North Ridgeville, Perry Township, Rocky River, Solon, Walton Hills and Westlake. There's also one commercial establishment: the Robusto & Briar Cigar Store & Lounge in Lakewood. You can visit as many or as few of the locations as you want. Get addresses and other information by visiting the NARI website or picking up the latest issue of Cleveland Magazine, which has a special supplement about the tour. This is the first-ever event of its kind in our area, though similar tours have taken place in other parts of the state and the U.S
Sarah Binder, president of the Greater Cleveland chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), suggests the perfect outing for anyone hooked on HGTV and DIY shows. It's next weekend's NARI Remodeled Homes Tour, which is a multi-site tour of 13 newly remodeled homes throughout Northeast Ohio. Tickets for the tour, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27, from noon to 5, cost $10 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. You'll be able to see homes in Avon Lake, Beachwood, Fairview Park, Hudson, Medina, North Ridgeville, Perry Township, Rocky River, Solon, Walton Hills and Westlake. There's also one commercial establishment: the Robusto & Briar Cigar Store & Lounge in Lakewood. You can visit as many or as few of the locations as you want. Get addresses and other information by visiting the NARI website or picking up the latest issue of Cleveland Magazine, which has a special supplement about the tour. This is the first-ever event of its kind in our area, though similar tours have taken place in other parts of the state and the U.S.
Speaking of home tours, the Parade of Homes put on by the Home Builders Association Serving Portage & Summit Counties continues today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. Fifteen new homes and one remodeled home are scattered throughout Summit, Medina and Portage counties. Peter Paino of Paino Associates Architects & Builders and Karen Starr of Hazel Tree Interiors came on the show to talk about the 1840's farmhouse they worked on in Tallmadge. It's one of the many cool projects that you'll be able to see on the tour. For more information, visit the HBA website.
Lorenzo Maggiore is the inventor and CEO of Bug-A-Salt, which he says is a miniaturized shotgun that uses ordinary table salt as a lethal, nontoxic projectile. That makes it perfectly safe to use around food, which is well known to attract flies. Lorenzo says you also can shoot and kill mosquitos with his gun. His invention was inspired in part by his father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Bug-A-Salt is available on Lorenzo's website and at certain retailers, includng Amazon.
Richard Bancroft, a builder member of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties, talked about HBA's Parade of Homes, which began today and continues through Sunday, Sept. 20. The event is free, thanks to presenting sponsor Graves Lumber and other partners including Carrier and Hartville Hardware & Lumber. You can register at any of the 16 homes featured in the multi-site Parade to enter the giveaway for a $1,000 gift card to use at Hartville Hardware. Visit the HBA website to read about the homes and where they're located. The Parade is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., and this Tuesday and Wednesday, also noon to 5.
Harold Musci is the owner of Northport Flooring America, which is an independent dealer of flooring of all kinds. Harold says that his company is part of a cooperative of independent flooring dealers. This means that Northport has the same low prices as larger national companies (and sometimes even better prices). Harold, who has been in the flooring business since 1974, loves to help customers transform their homes to suit their tastes and lifestyles. To learn more about Northport Flooring America, visit his website.
Joyce Pelz, an expert in natural lawn care, is passionate about helping homeowners grow a beautiful lawn without the use of toxic chemicals. That's safer for pets, children and adults, says the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America. Another way that she's helping homeowners, especially those who live in wooded areas, is by spraying a natural solution on their lawns that kills and repels fleas and ticks. To learn more, visit the NaturaLawn website.