• Straight Talk from The Loop

    The Loop In Copley is just over two weeks shy of a 2-year anniversary and it should be no surprise to hear that these last two months have been a tough hit. First, there's been the obvious difficulty of maintaining a weekly newsletter aimed at keeping you informed about things like community group meetings and small business events during a time when those things just haven't been happening. Second (and vastly more distressing for us all), there are the difficult decisions that the people behind those community groups and small businesses have been forced to make - decisions like cancellations, tightening belts, or closing doors. The Loop grew out of a passion for helping small businesses in and around Copley, to shine a direct light on them for…

  • Thoughts on Days and Community

    This coming weekend is Memorial Day. Any other year, there would be a parade and ceremony on Monday morning to honor those who gave their lives in military service to our country. It's a solemn and thoughtful occasion that has been proudly organized by the American Legion Copley Frank Bender Post 473 every year since 1933. And the weekend, falling as it does just before the end of the school year and the start of vastly more pleasant weather, also generally serves as a reminder that it's time to come out of our annual hibernation to celebrate life and community with family and friends. It's the weekend that, any other year, would kick off a festive season of farmers markets and…

  • Finding the Way Forward…

    A couple months ago, having just four events listed in the Loop calendar would have been a sad thing. Today, it's a beautiful sight. We can all imagine what a challenge it must be for business owners and organization leaders to find a way forward safely - to strike that balance between maintaining the ability to operate and ensuring personal and public health. It's not a challenge that anyone can take on lightly. So every event on the calendar represents a rise to that challenge. You can click the links below to learn more about the paths and processes for each, and we hope you will do so in order to be prepared…

  • Mother’s Day is Sunday!

    Standard in-store shopping practices may still be on hold for now but it's easier than you might think to support your favorite small businesses for the occasion. For one, The Market Path recently announced the opening of their online shop (yay!) with both shipping and curbside pickup available. Also online: Uniquely Inspired Gift Baskets (order asap to give her time to create!) and Party'n With Plants (try ordering in a couple of days to give her time to restock!). And just because the official Super Sipper Saturday was last weekend, that doesn't mean you can't keep showing love for your local farms - Carl Harp Nursery, Jacobs Heritage Farm, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. A pretty fair number of moms out there would love a…

  • Love for Your Local Farms

    Did you know that there are 330 small business wineries in Ohio? Thanks to TheWineBuzz, now you do! And also thanks to TheWineBuzz, we all have a good excuse to support the one winery in the 330 that is near and dear to our hearts and homes (and in The Loop), The Winery at Wolf Creek, since they officially dubbed this Saturday "Super Sipper Saturday" and challenged everyone to support Ohio wines. It's easy enough to pick up your order at the winery, too with their Tasting Room open from 2-7 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for carryout of wine, cocktails, package foods, gift cards, and retail sales. Of course, while you're down on the south side of Copley, it's also easy enough to swing by…

  • Who’s ready for a challenge?

    Arbor Day is this Friday, April 24th, and Copley Township has issued you a week of challenges to celebrate! Monday - Ok, so this was yesterday, but it's an easy one to make up. Simply read the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer! You can find that poem (along with a couple others) by clicking here. Tuesday - It may be a bit late in the day (or possibly the week) by the time you read this, but still... post your tree-related questions on the Copley Township Facebook page for their expert Arborist Clarissa Hunt. Of course, even if it is a bit late in the day (or possibly the week), it's never too late to google! Wednesday - Take a…

  • Your current quarantine calendar

    It hasn't been easy keeping you in The Loop about Copley happenings since life was given the snow globe treatment and what's able to happen has changed, but that doesn't mean all the happenings have stopped! In fact, here's what we've got going for this week: Wednesday, April 15, from 1:00 - 2:00 Join the Copley Chamber of Commerce for a Zoom Webinar! This is Part One of a three-part series to help small business owners identify key statistics in their businesses, how to manage their finances moving forward, and opportunities that may be available to grow their businesses over the next few years. Thursdays - Saturdays from 2:00 - 7:00 Did you know that Wolf…

  • More Virtual Options

    These weeks have brought us quite the opportunity for catching up on our binge-watching, have they not? Well, if you're already bored with your options, we've got a member who entertains as well as informs through video. Just for fun, head to shediditvideo.com and click your way through her work. Of course, she's narrowed down the selection of videos on her site and that's just like snacking on a handful of potato chips. If you're in a more sit-down-with-the-open-bag kind of mood, you might want to skip straight to her Vimeo page (where she currently has 186 videos) and settle yourself in! Meanwhile, virtual meetings have quickly become the norm and in case you haven't seen... you can…

  • Actionable Information

    For just a few months shy of two years, this newsletter has centered around "where to go" and "what to do" to truly enjoy your community and support small businesses in and around Copley Township. And for the past few weeks, those wheres and whats have been a bit tougher to put a firm finger on than usual. So while the "show the love for any and all" message of last week's newsletter still stands true, it's time to get into a few more specifics of what some of our members are up to. In order (left to right, top to bottom) of the pics above: Upward Web Svcs: Right now, there are restaurants that have never had an…

  • Hashtag to show the love!

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, COVID-19 has thrown the world for a serious loop and we're all spinning with dizziness. But what's been amazing to watch is the creative ways that people have found to support each other and put a smile on the faces of friends and neighbors! (Gotta love sidewalk chalk drawings...) And people certainly continue to support small businesses as best they can but we all know it's tough right now. So what can you do? The most obvious is ordering from a local restaurant, an option made even easier thanks to Copley Township's handy new list of restaurants. And have you seen? The word is out about gift certificates - order by phone now, use later! You know The Loop…