• Let’s Meet at the Meet-Up!

    Those of you who don't know me may still have heard the news or even noticed a few subtle clues along the way, but just in case you haven't... It was recently announced that I have stepped into the role of the first Executive Director of the Copley Chamber of Commerce. Now, I mention this because with this new role comes exciting changes for both The Loop and the Chamber! Nothing too jarring for the average follower of Copley area fun - mainly more pertinent information for you and a more obvious placement of the Chamber logo on occasion - but there are bigger changes that will be plenty interesting for those with local businesses…

  • Circling the Township

    I'm sure there aren't many of us who can remember a time when we've had to do this much circling around (or "Looping" around if you will ) the township due to road closures. Such things are a fact of life as we know it and it'll all be awesome in the end, but still... it does make getting to your favorite local businesses a bit tricky! In case you haven't seen, a little more Looping may be in order if you're headed to one of those favorite local businesses near Copley Circle this week - the train tracks across Cleveland Massillon are closed through Saturday. So thank you to those of you who don't let a little road closure get in the…

  • It’s really only been a year?!

    It seemed to pop up out of nowhere but quickly felt like it had always been there, the fit was just that perfect... Cardinal Cakes and Coffee has defied the odds. It's challenging enough to open a new business during the best of times and they opened their doors during a global pandemic! Yet they've not only managed to keep their doors open, but they've even managed to grow during their first year. And you, my friends, have played no small part in that. Their ribbon cutting boasted a line that stretched out the door and across the parking lot. Social media feeds brought a steady stream of "look what I got, have you tried??" posts in the months that followed.…

  • A September for Staying Awake

    Apologies for the potential earworm-inducing Green Day reference but I just couldn't help myself because today, I have two reasons to take in the month of September as a whole and to encourage you to not sleep clear through until it ends. Reason #1: The Copley Chamber of Commerce If you're not a member and so did not receive an email from the Copley Chamber of Commerce yesterday, then you should know that they've got a lot going on! There's a new lunch order option for in-person meetings kicking off next week with Purposeful Eats. There's also a Chamber + Loop Member Meet-Up happening actually AT Purposeful Eats later in the month. And on the 15th, there's a multi-organizational networking event at…

  • How much do you know?

    Since you're "in The Loop", so to speak, you're obviously a smart cookie and know a lot about what's happening in and around Copley Township (or you're at least smart enough to know how to find what's happening on the Loop Calendar). But how much do you really know about the day-to-day doings that slip underneath that particular radar, the things that maybe happen too often to add? Perhaps it's because it's Tuesday Trivia that I'm thinking about such things as they relate specifically to Firehouse Tavern. For instance, did you know that: Firehouse not only has trivia games at 7:00 at 8:00 every Tuesday but the appetizer and drink specials of Happy Hours last all day! Every other day, Happy…

  • Focus Dog Training

    Seriously, those faces!

    The Loop has a new member to welcome and she's likely to give Copley Fairlawn Veterinary Clinic and Jacobs Heritage Farm a run for their money in terms of the cuteness of their animal-themed social posts. Say "hello" to Cass Koch of Focus Dog Training, along with her two canine cohorts, Van Zant and Dover. And as if those pics of those faces aren't enough to make you "aww", Cass sent along bios to go with them... Van Zant Lord of the Meatheads ATD CGC AtoZ VHMA TKA Van Zant is a 4-year-old American Bulldog rescue from Cleveland. I have had him for a little less than 2 years. When I got him he knew "sit" and…

  • Cool people doing cool things

    I'm sure you've seen me say this before but it bears repeating... of the many things I love about what I do, meeting cool people who are doing cool things is way high up there on the list, along with collecting their stories and sharing bits of those stories with you. I recently met two such people and today's my first chance to share as we welcome them both to The Loop as our newest Maker Members! First up is Christina Terhune of Chubby Worm Art. Some of the cool things that Christina's done include studying neuroscience at Bowling Green, becoming a self-taught artist and illustrator, and self-publishing an absolutely adorable children's book! "Red the…

  • Heritage Days

    Who’s ready for some community fun?

    As someone who has been involved to varying degrees in planning something like 150+ events around town, I can honestly say "ME!! Me, I am! I am totally ready for some community fun!!". I haven't pulled out the pop-up tent in close to two years now and that just does not feel right. I miss the smiling faces that stop by to say "hi" and I miss making friends with the people that have them. I miss the vendors showing off the cool things they do. I miss the food that you can only get at a festival. I miss watching my kids wear themselves out on the inflatables, too, but that has more to do…

  • The Savvy Red Pen

    See what we did there..?

    Savvy. Good word, that. Sssaaaaavvvyyyyy... Savvy? I've said for years that I'm a fan of words. Today, we're announcing a new Loop Member who is, in fact, more of a superfan. Help me give a warm welcome to Gail Kerzner of The Savvy Red Pen! And because I know she's a superfan, I'm going to use her own words from her own website to tell you a little more about herself: "I love words. "Call me a word geek—lover of magic phrases that resonate with audiences because they reach the mind and heart. "So I’ve put my formal training and 30 plus years of experience to work for you—the author—whether you’re writing a book, developing materials for…

  • These are the people in your neighborhood

    It occurs to me (though not for the first time) that I may have watched too much Sesame Street as a kid. Of the many things I love about The Loop, my favorite has got to be the people - meeting Loop Members, hearing the stories about who they are and what they do, and sharing bits of those stories with you. It makes my heart so happy, I find myself singing the song of the Street. Today, we're wishing a "Happy Anniversary" to four such members and celebrating by doing some of that very sharing. Here's what stands out when I think of each of them (pictured above, left to right): Paula Meeker Photography: This one's a…