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Today, we celebrated family-owned stores that have been serving residents in and around Akron for generations. For example, January Paints & Wallpaper, the store that "My Beautiful Home" co-host Andy January and his family own, has been in business for 61 years. West Point Market turns 82 next year, and Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium turns 50. Check out these local businesses to understand why they've had such great longevity.  

Kally Vernon said that she will be sampling Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips today at West Point Market, which specializes in gourmet foods, wine and gift items. Kally says that the store carries many locally sourced foods and treats, including Akron's Honadles candies and Rue Farms' chips, which are out of Springfield, Ohio. Visit West Point on a Saturday, and you'll likely see Kally's smiling face as she greets customers with a friendly hello and a free sample of something delicious.The store is located at 33 Shiawassee Ave. off West Market St.; turn right before Miller Road if you're driving west. For more information, call 330.864.2151 or visit online

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium, came to the show dressed in a red and green sweater that actually had an on-off button. Turn it on, and the sweater lights up and plays Christmas music. This remarkable piece of clothing is just one example of the wide range of attire, costumes, accessories, gifts and novelties that Mr. Fun's carries in its 18,500-square-foot store, a former roller skating rink that still has a maple floor and the benches where skaters sat to change. It's located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls, where you'll find everything from striped tights and tutus to full Santa suits. Mr. Fun's lives up to its name, for sure. For more information, visit the website or Facebook.

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