• Who’s ready for candy and costumes?

    It's time for that other holiday kids get so excited for - HALLOWEEN! A holiday for filling trick-or-treat bags with enough candy to sort through, barter with, and stash away to either savor for a year or feast on for a few days. And Copley has a full weekend dedicated to costumed celebration, with Halloween in the Park on Saturday afternoon and your friendly neighborhood trick-or-treat night on Sunday. If you have kids 10 and under and haven't made it to Halloween in the Park, it's definitely time to check it out! In addition to candy-collecting on the trail, there will be hayrides, crafts, games, prizes, and more. And if you do decide to check it out, be…

  • Welcome Renaissance to The Loop!

    Have you noticed the diversity of our Loop members? It's such a beautiful thing and it just keeps getting better! After all, each new member means more variety, and each introduction gives you the opportunity to learn about that variety and the really cool businesses that are right in your own back yard. Our newest member, Renaissance of Richfield, is the perfect example! Since 2016, the Renaissance of Richfield has been a hidden gem in the area offering its members homemade organic food, an advanced medical care model, and fun unique socialization activities. Really cool, right? Well, even cooler is that whether you need to learn more about them now or just…

  • A New Destination (in a Familiar Location)!

    I'm SO excited to finally be able to tell you...The Loop has a new member and it's totally TWISTED! The Twisted Grill and Grind, that is. 😊 That's the name of the new restaurant going into the sadly-short-lived coffee shop location and I KNOW you want to know more about it, so let me tell you what I can... First and foremost, Twisted is an expansion into the brick-and-mortar realm for Julianna Trunko, Copley resident and owner of Southern Thangs food truck. And I can tell you that just like her truck, the restaurant is going to bring you some good ol' southern comfort food combined with local favorites (because, hey, who doesn't love jojo's?) along with plenty…

  • Closing Day of the Farmers Market

    This Thursday, October 3rd, the Copley Creekside Farmers Market wraps up its 8th season with fresh food and Fall fun. There will be music from The Bakers Basement, free Facepainting by Kristol, a cooking demo with recipes to try, and free apple cider at the market's information booth. Plus, Johnny Lotes will be there with their delicious corn and The Artful Cricket will be doing 5-minute henna tattoos for $5 at The Market Path! All that in addition to your very last chance of the year to shop for local fruits and veggies, meats and cheeses, sweet treats and baked goods at your local farmers market. We've had some crazy seasons wreaking crazy havoc on local farms and the market this year,…

  • Welcome the signs of Fall!

    Yesterday was the first official day of Fall, and the signs are starting to show in our schedule of events. Don't see them? Look closely... The Sassy Sunflower's classes have taken on distinctly Fall and Halloween themes. There's a class on Monday to help you create a Succulents and Pumpkin Centerpiece (no spice necessary). And the words "Fall Festival" appear more than once in next week's list. Twice, in fact! And one of those two times happens to be the Closing Day of the Farmers Market, meaning there are just two market days left to come out and enjoy it. So come out and enjoy it while you can! And while you're at it, come out and enjoy…

  • Hope you’re not too late!

    As I look over The Loop's member events to make sure our calendar is up-to-date, there's a noteworthy phenomenon that seems to be happening more and more frequently these days... Events with limited tickets are selling out! So when you see an event that might interest you, make sure you don't hesitate to do some clicking around and investigating. That way, you're less likely to miss your chance! And remember, you can always visit the Calendar page of The Loop's website to look ahead (and maybe get the jump on those non-Loopers out there). Plus: Keeping busy in The Loop If you've been following along on social media, you may have seen a teaser recently about a new Loop member announcement coming soon. It's not quite ready…

  • Take a Tour or Two

    Those of us in The Loop will always encourage you to get out and explore, maybe venture into a new-to-you area of your community. And this Saturday brings more than one good excuse to get out and do just that! In fact, let's take a look at two good excuses in particular, shall we? In the morning, lovers of parks and trails will want to head to the Little Farms area for the Walk and Talk to learn about some very cool ideas brewing. And in the evening, lovers of local history will want to head to Copley Township Cemetery for the Tour. There might just be a story or two about a few of its inhabitants.…

  • How do you support your community?

    Several things have me thinking about my Loop members this week, and those thoughts keep leading me back to the same question, one I'd like to ask you. How do you support your community? It all started with this week's Community Days at the Akron Zoo, ensuring the word "community" was stuck in my head like a favorite old song. Then, while sorting through some papers, I came across a list of contact information for 11 small businesses from around the Copley Circle area. That list was just around four years old. All but three of those businesses are now gone and one of those three, the Copley Creekside Farmers Market, may be coming to an end after this season. Each business had its…

  • Tickets are almost gone!

    Next week is Community Appreciation Days at the Akron Zoo for residents of Copley Township (among other areas), but there are a limited number of tickets available. In fact, as I write this email, there's just a handful or two of tickets left at Copley Town Hall! By the time you read these words, those tickets may very well be gone. But no worries, there are still some available at the zoo itself! There may even be some left next week, when you would actually be able to use them, but do you really want to wait and take that chance? After all, those tickets are offered to a good baker's dozen of communities. If you're interested in…

  • Take a break from back-to-school

    Sure, many of you may be focused on the hubbub of back-to-school, but everyone deserves a break now and then! Of course, every Tuesday through the end of October brings the break of dogs, wine, and a good cause but this Thursday appears to be offering a bit more variety than usual in the personal-time-out options. There are a couple of directions to go that morning - one for those who love history and local authors, and one for those in the working world who are looking to grow their connections. Meanwhile, the evening offers time for anyone who enjoys supporting local simply by being creative, being healthy, and maybe even by being a little bit bold! So while bringing the kids along…