Marie Covinington and Andy January talked to Jeff Andrews, who along with his brother own the seventh generation design center Garth Andrews Associates in Bath, Ohio. Garth Andrews began business as S.B. Whitecraft, a general store. In its day, it was the second largest general store in the state of Ohio. Jeff stated that one of the most interesting things they sold over the business's long history was a pulpit to a traveling preacher over a century ago. Now Garth Andrews is a interior design company that helps customers design their beautiful homes. Besides a stunning showroom of funiture, accesories, and jewelry, Garth Andrews has two resident artist and an art instructor that is a member of the family. Garth Andrew Associates is located at 1969 Cleveland-Massilon Rd. in Bath. For more information call 330.666.2504 or go to the website
Julie Johnson, president and CEO along with Steve Kleiber, director of resource developement for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve said that the club is ready for the holidays, almost. The kids' holiday party is coming next Saturday, December 10. There is always the need for donations. This year there is also a need for volunteers to help out at the party. Children attending the party get to select two christmas gifts for their parents. Those presents are wrapped by the volunteers. What the kids don't know is they are getting a present for themselves in bag too. All the presents are paid for by donations to the Boys & Girls Club. If you can't volunteer, donations are still needed. Go online to use a credit card. If you prefer to donate with check or cash, go to the headquarters at 889 Johnathan Ave., Akron, call for more information 330.773.3375. Coming up next year is the annual gala, Aspire. There will be more information on this website or visit the Clubs website now.
It's a first, Marie Covington, filling in for Kathy DeLong, interviewed Andy January. Being the average guy, Andy missed the 60th anniversary of January Paint and Wallpaper. Marie helped Andy get over the embarrassment of forgetting. They talked about the beginnings of January Paints in September 1956.
Marie was curious how a local business can survive in today's competitive environment. Andy explained, that January's is a member of ALLPRO, a purchasing organization that pools the buying power of its members. Next year the ALLPRO organization is on track to purchase a billion dollars in paint, wallpaper, flooring, brushes, rollers, and anything you can buy through a paint store. That pooled purchasing power translates into savings to the member's stores. This allows ALLPRO members, including Januarys to sell quality products at very competitive pricing. For more information call 330.762.9261.
The show ended with a call from Clyde McDaniels a local video producer who has been on My Beautiful Home several times. Clyde is in the final stages of production for the premier showing at the Main Library of his video featuring the Peanut Shop, Highland Square Shoe Repair, Stagecoach Antiques, the Book Seller and JANUARY PAINT AND WALLPAPER. Listen to My Beautiful Home and watch this website for the exact time and date. Clyde is available at 330.785.8576.
Clyde Witt is the author of A Clouded Life, his second novel. He also is the author of Lost in the Tallgrass, 2014 winner of the Write Place Contest. Clyde's wife, artist Susan Jones, created the cover art for both books, which make up Clyde's Kansas Trilogy. The third book in the series of historical novels is in progress.
In A Clouded Life, set in 1929, the main character, Russell Starke, is living the life of a barnstormer flying a post-war biplane. His chance meeting with Amelia Earhart -- who asks only to be called Rose -- launches young Rusty into the cloudy skies of romance.
The book is exclusively available on Amazon. Just search for Clyde's name. You can download a free copy of the e-book version through Monday, or order a hard copy to be delivered to your home. Clyde and Susan live in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. Visit their website for more information about Clyde's books.
Bruce Yacko is the creative mind behind JAWS, the Just Add Water System of smart cleaning products. Bruce says that his company, which keeps growing, continues to expand globally and throughout this country. The product is now available in such places as Hawaii, Norway and Korea. And, Bruce says, the company's team of nine scientists are working on additions to the line, including a cleaner specifically for granite surfaces. JAWS is different from other cleaners because all the products are plant-based without the volitile chemicals that can be harmful to people or to surfaces in your home. The products are packaged as elegantly designed, refillable bottles in which consumers insert a cartridge and water. The different cartridges are filled with specific cleaners that work on newer and traditional surfaces. The glass cleaner, for example, is safe for all the glass in your home including computer screens and big-screen TVs. JAWS is available online and at Discount Drug Mart in Ohio.
Liz Lenke, chair of the Akron Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival, says that the festival, which is now in its 35th year, has raised $5.3 million over the decades. All of the proceeds benefit the hospital's young patients. Liz and an army of dedicated volunteers will start setting up for the festival this Monday. In just a matter of days, the John S. Knight Center will be transformed into a holiday wonderland of decorated trees, wreaths and gifts. The event opens on Saturday, Nov. 19, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 27. Admission is free. The pre-event gala on Friday, Nov. 18, is almost sold out. If you want to purchase gala tickets, please call Brittany at 330.543.0325 by this Monday, Nov. 14. For hours and other information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit the website.
Hannah Gerbec, owner of Aunt Hannah's Antiques, and Jason Miller, owner of Stuff Genie Emporium, are on the board of the Barberton Merchants Association. Hannah, in fact, is the chair. Both talked about Barberton's big holiday event coming up on Saturday, Nov. 26. The association moved its monthly 4th Friday event to a Saturday to join forces with the local Jaycees, which typically puts on a Christmas walk. This year, the combined event will be bigger and better than ever with lots of lights, holiday window displays, music, food, a visit from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides and magical train rides. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Barberton's pedestrian-friendly downtown area. It's free, and there will be plenty of parking and opportunities for holiday shopping and fun things to do. Stuff Genie will be offering discounts all day; Aunt Hannah's Antiques will hold an ugly Christmas sweater contest. For more information, visit the website.