• Did you figure out who’s new?

    A couple of days ago, I challenged our social media followers to click around The Loop's website and guess who's new. Today, if you accepted that challenge, you get to find out if you guessed right! Please say "hello" to The Vine Fellowship, The Family Room, and Practical Life LLC, the three newest #loopmembers to add their names to the list. First up, we have The Vine Fellowship, a Presbyterian Church (USA) that came to Copley in 2012. Some of you may recognize it as having been the home of The HUB Community Center until last year. The HUB may not have made it through the challenges of 2020, but the church is still here and still ready to connect you to the…

  • How about a lunch date?

    Two of the many things I love in this world are good pizzas and good puns. Another two? New businesses and the official welcoming of them. So of course that means that I will absolutely be at the convergence of four things I love next Monday for the ribbon cutting at Master Pizza and I hope to see you there! If you somehow missed their official welcoming to The Loop a few weeks ago or just don't know much about them, there's a few things you might want to know now. For instance, they are: Cleveland's original pizza franchise since 1955 Charter member of US Pizza Team 2014 Pizza Hall of Fame Inductee 4X National…

  • Celebrate at the Circle!

    There's no denying it, the loss of Shisler's was a hit to the heart of Copley. In all my years of doing what I do, I've never seen such an outpouring of love and heartbreak for a local business. So the question is, what are we gonna do about it? We're going to celebrate at the Circle with the businesses we've got, that's what! After all, we've had FOUR new businesses open around the Circle in just the past SIX months or so: Firehouse Tavern, Absolute Fitness, Peak Auto Sales, and Brighten Brewing. How amazing is that? That's four new businesses that have chosen to invest in our community. Four new businesses that you might ask to sponsor…

  • A Top Flite New Member

    It might just be me (I have been in a strange mood since this morning when I heard that today's National Get Funky Day), but I can't stop marveling at the craziness of life. So often, the friends I welcome to The Loop are fairly new friends in the great grand scheme of things. Last week, though, I had the pleasure of welcoming a dear friend that I've known and adored for close to a decade, Patricia Wicks of Pathwworks!. And today... Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming a friend that I adored but hadn't seen for (dare I say..?) close to two decades until we reconnected at the recent Business at the Ballpark networking event. Angela…

  • 3 New Members for People Going Places!

    We've got places to go, things to do, and Members to meet... So let's start from the left of the picture above and go clockwise, shall we? Please help me welcome: PATHworks! PATHworks! is the brainchild of a very dear friend of mine, Patricia Wicks. I've known Patricia for I-don't-know-how-many years and of all the wonderful things I could say about her (and there are many wonderful things I could say about her!), the one I most want you all to know is that she is absolutely passionate about helping kids and teens develop the tools they need to be successful adults. To be AdultReady, if you will. And in all those years I've known her,…

  • 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…