• Count one more with Smarter Solutions

    It's been so exciting around The Loop as of late, welcoming five new members over the course of four weeks... Well, today we make it six over the course of five thanks to the addition of Deanna Periard and Smarter Solutions Tutoring! This one is pretty prime, especially given the side effects of the last 13 months. After all, not everyone has been able to fully process all the random variables we've had to factor in, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids falling behind. Or, hey, some students may have found their stride and are starting to look for new challenges! Whatever reason, whatever age, and even whatever time of year, students can find help reaching their academic goals thanks to…

  • Scoop! There it is…

    If the change in the weather has you singing that refrain and thinking more about ice cream than a certain car insurance (or even old school hip hop duos), then we have the perfect new Loop Member for you! Give a warm welcome to Penguin Ice Cream, a family-owned mobile ice cream business from right here in Copley! You may have seen them around town in the past few years - they joined the farmers market for a few Sundays in 2019 and spent some time in area neighborhoods during 2020. I'm happy to say that I can personally attest to the deliciousness of their ice cream, particularly the black raspberry and the peach. So yummy... And one reason that it's particularly…

  • 2 Neighborly New Members

    Did you know that the Sharon Center Circle is just 5 miles west down Copley Road from our very own Copley Circle? It is. I googled it. And did you know that a very cool non-profit organization by the name of Access the Arts was started a few years ago not only to bring music and life to Sharon Center Circle, but also to provide "exposure to the arts and interactive opportunities for the elderly, at-risk youth, and those with special needs"? It was. And The Loop is super excited to welcome Access the Arts as a new member! After a wonderful conversation with the organization's President, Jane Beck, I could bend your…

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

    Sweet new place opening soon!

    Hey, remember how last week I said life was all about balance..? Well, give a warm welcome to new member Nothing Bundt Cakes! I don't know about you but I've been seeing pictures of these beautiful bundts popping up in my social feeds now and then as of late, and I've been wondering where the cakes were coming from. Now I know and I can't wait to try them! Just check out their website to discover all of their sweet options... If my family should ask, please remind them that Mother's Day is on May 9th and that Strawberries & Cream would be both delicious and seasonally appropriate. Because it just so happens that The Canton store owner will be opening a second location in the Montrose…

  • Welcome Absolute Fitness

    Getting Absolutely Fit

    We have another new Destination Loop Member to welcome this week and this one's here to help you move n' groove! Absolute Fitness is a community gym that offers personal training, group fitness classes, and special events for all ages. They opened in the old FirstMerit Bank on Copley Road about a year ago and have been helping people move n' groove for a growing group of friends and fans ever since. Now, they're getting ready to move locations as well! Starting in April, you'll find Absolute Fitness right on Copley Circle, tucked back on the east end of the plaza that sits along the north side of the circle. According to owner Kris Ayoup, the new location means more…

  • All good things must come to an end…

    It's been just shy of two months since we introduced the new Looper Community Subscription service and all is progressing nicely! So far, February and March Looper News emails have included not only updates from Copley Township and spotlights from the Copley Historical Society, but also exclusive offers from Alleviant Health Centers of Akron, The Market Path, Miller Arts & Music, Christina Warner of Neora, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. And cool ideas have been popping up from other Loop Members for possible exclusive offers to come! That's why it's time to warn you that the "beta period" is officially ending this month along with the introductory 50% off - the subscription price will be going up on April 1st. I know, the end of this month sounds like a…

  • Welcome Tea Dude

    Welcoming the Dude of Tea

    For those of you who don't know, I managed the Copley Creekside Farmers Market for six seasons, a role that kicked my passion for supporting small businesses into high gear and started me down my path to The Loop. I also happen to have a deep appreciation for tea and enjoy a mood-fitting cup every morning immediately following my wake-up cup of coffee. Sometimes you just need that extra kick of caffeine, or the nerve-calming effects of lavender, or the simple brightness of lemon, you know? Today, the cup of choice was Tonberry - it's smooth, has a perfectly balanced level of fruitiness that makes me happy, and it's caffeinated - in honor of announcing our newest Maker Member (and former vendor at the farmers market), Tea…

  • Feeling stir-crazy? 

    So, I don't know about you but the combination of seeing that strange brightness in the sky for, like, days and temps above freezing has me feeling a little bit of Spring Fever. I'm ready to do something totally crazy like grab my mask and get out and about in the world for a bit of retail therapy! Luckily, I happen to know a few places (both online and brick-and-mortar) that are perfect for just such a mood... I strolled through the sites to see what all our Loop Members have happening these days and came up with a handful or two of highlights to share: Between The Seams was the first to really point out that…

  • Three Loopiversaries!

    We have not one, not two, but THREE members celebrating their anniversaries with The Loop in February! It's hard to believe it's been just two years since the Copley Chamber of Commerce jumped in to become one of The Loop's early members. It's a young chamber (celebrating 10 years this year!) but obviously, a smart one. Monthly meetings are on Zoom for now but we all look forward to the days when in-person meetings (like the one pictured above) can happen again! The Copley Chamber's a friendly bunch and is still working hard to find ways to support the local business community despite the times - well worth the mere $50/year membership fee if for no other…

  • Spread local love through The Loop

    Valentine's Day is this Sunday and The Loop is full of members to help you celebrate! Surprise your favorite Gal/Pal/Valentines with goodies from small, local businesses and you're spreading love and happiness beyond just the recipients. You know what they say - every time you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance - and I can confirm that's true! So if you're like me and suddenly realizing just how little time is left to prepare (where is the time going..?), take a scroll through the member list for ideas, maybe stop by a Destination or two, look online at the Maker Members, or maybe even talk to one of our Businesses for something a little more…