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What Carrie Acree Wishes She Knew

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by Taylor Dawson 09/14/2017 Entrepreneur Carrie Acree is owner and founder of The Dragon’s Mantle, a small business in Kenmore that sells many different metaphysical, Pagan and Wiccan supplies and tools. Dragon’s Mantle offers essential oils, gemstones, ... More »

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Origin Story: Tabouleh Lebanese Grill

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by Ted Zep The story of Tony and George Kanaan is the story of Akron itself. The 28-year old twin brothers are the owners and operators of Tabouleh Lebanese Grill, which resides just within the confines of The University of Akron footprint. I recently spoke wi... More »

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Women’s Market Day Celebrates Female Entrepreneurs

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words by Noor Hindi, photos by Shane Wynn 8/21/2017   Superheroes don’t always look like Wonder Woman. Most of the time, they look more like Denise Debo of Saint Augustine & Suds, or Beth Stropki Knorr of Popsmith. They’re badass women entrepreneurs, ... More »

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What I Wish I Knew | Troy & Tavares (The Barber Twins)

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Names: Troy & Tavares (The Barber Twins) Occupations: Barber stylists at Monty’s Place Hometown: Akron, OH Current Neighborhood: Akron, OH   How did you get into the work you do? Tavares: Actually, we were inspired by several people—our mom and a frie... More »

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Origin Story | January Paint and Wallpaper

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words and photos by Gray Giaconia A family business is most successful when it’s dedicated to the community and offers more service and humanity than can be found at a chain store. This is January Paint and Wallpaper. While working at a paint company in Clevel... More »

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AkroPreneurs | Stay Frosty, Popsmith

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  words by Noor Hindi, photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Blackberry watermelon, rhubarb orange blossom and sour cherry rose. If you’re familiar with Popsmith, you know these are just some of the weird and wacky flavors they offer to Akronites on hot summer days.... More »

Akropreneurs | August Tip Sheet

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Taylor Dawson   We asked three local entrepreneurs how they balance work and family life, and how they prevent burnout. Here’s what they had to say.   Mike Buzek Owner, Chameleon Cafe “Balancing work and family. . . I don’t do a very good job of that... More »

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Calling all Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers

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Akron Buspreneurs Headed to New Orleans for Two Day Competition Words by Noor Hindi Imagine you’re stuck on a hot bus for three days with limited access to technology. You’re sleep deprived, you’re not getting along with the people around you and you’re trying... More »