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Joel Testa, whose company created the Northside District, talked about the Northside Marketplace, Testa Companies' most recent addition to this vibrant area of the community. Joel says that the Marketplace is Testa Companies' answer for people who are seeking a better way to shop local and a better place to hang out. There are now 43 different Akron companies represented, from clothing designers to purveyors of food and beverages. Joel, a self-described avid gift giver, promises that shoppers will find truly unique gifts for the holidays and any time of the year. He also invites people to attend the Northside's big New Year's Eve bash. Tickets will include an open bar and food by Dante Boccuzzi of DBA (Dante Boccuzzi Akron) fame. Visit Facebook for more information and to buy your tickets. 

Wellness expert and Cleveland Clinic physician Michael Roizen, MD, is the co-author of AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, which gives readers the tactics, strategies and know-how to live longer, healthier and more lucrative lives. Dr. Mike and his co-author, financial expert Jean Chatzky, explain eight basic principles that apply to both physical health and financial well-being. As Dr. Mike points out, we're experiencing a longevity revolution, so it's imperative that we plan for both financial independence and biological strength. This 2017 book has the action steps to get you there. It's available on Amazon and anywhere books are sold, including your local bookstore. For more information about Dr. Mike, visit his staff profile.

Shane Rorrer of the Aveda Experience Center at Summit Mall gave away two Aveda holiday relief packs, each containing a package of comforting tea, foot and hand creams, and Lipsaver. These are just a few of the many organic, plant-based products sold by Aveda. Shane describes the Experience Center as a peaceful oasis for shoppers to take a few minutes to inhale the wonderful aromas and just focus on themselves rather than on their to-do lists. Any time of the year, you can stop by the center, which is in the middle of the mall, and have a cup of tea or receive a hand and arm massage. You also can call 330.835.3509 to schedule a facial. But watch out, you may get hooked on feeling so pampered and relaxed. That's a good thing. For more about Aveda products, visit the website.

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