• Matters of the Mind

    The Loop welcomes two new members this week (yay!) and both have had me considering matters of the mind... New Member #1 is 1Direction Strategy. Now, the obvious connection there might be about their clients' minds, as in how Rob and Sandra Wentz help their clients wrap their minds around what they need to do to take their business to the next level. But true as that may be, that's not actually what I was considering. Nope, I was considering how Rob and Sandra are like-minded people, as in how their goal and the goal of The Loop both boil down to one main idea: helping small businesses. And that makes me happy. Know what else makes me happy? Having peace of…

  • You make plans come together

    Some people love it when a plan comes together. Me..? I think plans are awesome, sure, but community's totally better. This week is a prime example of what I mean. The Township's made a few announcements about plans they've made, plans like how Share-A-Christmas will work this year and how they're celebrating Arbor Day. (Even before this week, they've been doing the same with plans for Recycle Day, the Senior Snow Plow Program, PC's for People, and more, all of which you can learn about through their News Flash page.) Then, there are plans to celebrate the official Grand Opening of the amazing new bakery in town, Cardinal Cakes and Coffee, with a Ribbon Cutting on Saturday morning (excellent excuse…

  • It’s a downright busy week!

    Obviously, it's been a tough year for events so I don't mind saying it's pretty nice to see four days of things to do on the calendar this week. Aside from the steadfast presence of Yappy Hours and live music at The Winery at Wolf Creek, it can't be denied that listings have been rather sporadic since March. Thank goodness for all of the winery's outdoor space to give us room to safely visit with friends! (Not to mention the convenient access to refreshing adult beverages in a family-friendly atmosphere...) The Market Path, too, has been a welcome addition to the To Do mix each month with their First Saturday Sales and their visits from The Artful Cricket. This Saturday's the day…

  • The Loop: Now with 100% more Glitter!

    The Loop may have had its fair share of whimsey over time but you know what it's been totally lacking in? Glitter. We've had zero glitter. Happily, that situation is now officially corrected as we welcome our newest member, GlitterGirl Media! If you're a member of the Copley Chamber, you may remember seeing GlitterGirl (aka Heather Taylor, Boss Lady & Social Media Chick) speak about "Building Your Business with Social Media" back in February. Missed that? Well, she's a rock star in the local sales-and-marketing scene with the sequined mask to prove it and we're happy to have her in The Loop! You can help us give her a warm welcome by visiting her website and…

  • Welcome, New Friends!

    There's been some extra tagging and sharing of The Loop happening on the socials lately and with that has come some extra new friends, so let's just take a quick moment to say "Welcome, new friends"! If you're new here (and even if you're not, really) and still trying to wrap your head around The Loop and what it actually is, the short description is just one word: community. ❤ The longer description is that The Loop is a website, social media, and weekly newsletter campaign from Copley Creative Solutions that aims to keep you "in the Loop" about cool things happening in and around the township. This work is supported by the local…

  • Own a part of The Pig

    Two months ago, I was more than a little sad to make the announcement that Ron and Sue Bishop were ending their Whimsical Pig days and moving to Georgia. Judging by your reaction to that announcement, I'd say you were equally sad to hear it. Sadder yet..? It appears the official move will be happening before long. Believe it or not, though, there is a bright side this week. The Bishops have decided to whittle down their wares and have an estate sale! So you now have the opportunity to own one (or many) of the vintage accents that have been meticulously curated and artfully placed throughout the B&B over the years. You also now have a good excuse to just swing…

  • ICYMI: A Loop Roundup

    Sometimes, member happenings are obvious and easy to fill you in on, what with having set days and times and all. And sometimes those happenings are sneakier - cool things you might miss if you're not paying attention. So, let's see... have you been paying attention lately? If so, you must have seen the new addition to the Jacobs Heritage Farm farmstand and the new gateway sign for Copley Township on route 18. Both are looking pretty darn good! And if your attention-paying is happening on Facebook, you also must have seen Carl Harp's contest. He's celebrating two forthcoming deliveries and while both will also be looking good, one will certainly be a whole lot cuter. (Speaking of cuteness and Facebook, gotta just slip in a quick…

  • Finally, a BAKERY!!

    There's been talk for YEARS that Copley needs a bakery near the circle and guess what... We're finally getting one!! In case you can't tell, I'm more than a little excited. I mean, c'mon. Just look at those pics up there (grabbed from Cardinal Cakes and Coffee's Instagram). And you should know, what you're looking at (from left to right) is maple bacon cupcakes, blueberry lemon scones, and tiramisu cupcakes. Those are some very good signs of yummy things to come right there! John and Lea Stewart are an awesome husband-and-wife team who'll be opening Cardinal Cakes and Coffee right next door to fellow Loop member, The Market Path. There's going to be plenty of baked goods,…

  • Opportunities…

    This week's thoughts are all about opportunities. Tonight, for instance, if you're reading this newsletter in time, you have the opportunity to support Maggie's Mission during Yappy Hour Tuesdays. An excellent excuse to enjoy a glass of wine and the beautiful scenery of The Winery at Wolf Creek. You also have the opportunity tonight to jump in on a FB Live event with Nick Angelis of Alleviant Health Centers that's all about "how inflammation can affect your moods and strategies to identify and reduce inflammation". Excellent information during such stressful times. Both events are opportunities for enhancing your personal well-being, to be sure, but we also have a couple of opportunities to enhance our community's well-being. Because,…

  • Finding the Shared Space

    It was just last Thursday that Summit County hit that unfortunate red level. And obviously, while we're all eager to do all the things we love doing, we certainly don't want to go purple and force our favorite local businesses to close all over again! So now is not the time to be letting our guards down on either preventing the spread or supporting small businesses. And this week, we have two businesses giving us three good excuses to find the shared space we need between safety and standard summertime fun. Starting with The Winery at Wolf Creek... every summer, they host Yappy Hours on Tuesdays to support local animal-related organizations. They also host live music on some Mondays and…