• Welcome, Spring Garden Waldorf School!

    Can I be a kid again..?

    I'm very excited to welcome Spring Garden Waldorf School as our first official new Loop member of 2021! If you don't know about the school on Jacoby Road, I recommend taking some time to learn just a little bit about it. I've been collecting stories about what they do and following along on Instagram for a while now and it makes me want to be a kid again if only I could go! It looks like such a magical place... Lessons are presented in colorful chalk drawings, become incorporated into handwork and physical play, and occur outside in the fresh air on a regular basis. "Spring Garden Waldorf School is committed to educating each child so that they…

  • Reminding ourselves what it’s all about 

    January is good a time to reset and plan, as exemplified by our quick list of happenings below. It's also good a time to take a moment and remind ourselves exactly what we're doing here and why and for The Loop, those answers are all about one word: Community. It's about helping you find the organizations that help us and bring us together. It's about finding places to go and things to do in and around Copley. It's about finding our friends and neighbors who make cool things or who do good work. And it's all in an effort to bring people together and to keep our community strong. Some of our members live or work in Copley, some actually live or work nearby, but all…

  • A Sense of Gratitude

    While we're all quite ready to leave this year behind and move on to the next, I would like to take a moment to do so with an underlying sense of gratitude and hope on behalf of The Loop. We had a handful of small businesses close or move away during 2020 and each of those losses was keenly felt. And there were times when it wasn't particularly easy to maintain a weekly newsletter letting you know what was happening with the small businesses and community organizations in and around Copley because there was, in fact, nothing happening. When your purpose is to encourage people to get out and explore their community and its small businesses, a year like…

  • The Merriest and the Happiest

    From all of us at The Loop, a very merry Christmas and a happy Kwanzaa! May you and yours be safe, and may your days be filled with the peace and joy of the season. 1Direction Strategy | Alleviant Health Centers of Akron | Breakaway Coffee Roasters | Brookdale Montrose | Cardinal Cakes and Coffee | Carl Harp Nursery | Cindy Thompsons, Thirty-One | Copley Chamber of Commerce | Copley Creative Solutions | Copley Fairlawn Veterinary Clinic | Copley Township | Corporate Communication Management | Design Wizard, Inc. | GlitterGirl Media | GlitterGirl Vinyl | The HUB Community Center | Jacobs Heritage Farm | Lily Home Care | Locker Room Barber Shop | The Market Path | MEF Consulting Group, LLC | Miller Arts & Music | Neora: Christina Warner | Paula Meeker Photography | Red Door Crafts | Red Velvet Men’s Grooming Company | Scott Fano, Realtor | Senn's Custom Laser Engraving | SHE Did It Videography | The Speaking Company | Uniquely Inspired Gift Baskets | Upward Web Svcs | The Winery at…

  • Have you heard the news?

    Looks like Santa knew his Copley friends were sad to miss out on the annual tree lighting this year because he found a way to come visit them safely this weekend! Families can snuggle up in their nice warm cars (or trucks, or minivans, or whathaveyou...) and drive through Copley Community Park on Sunday between 1:00 and 3:00. Santa will be there, waiting at the pavilions, ready to wave "hello" to everyone driving through. The elves are all super busy, of course, getting ready for the big day so they won't be able to join him. But good news - Connie the Conifer had some time and decided to come out to wave "hello", too! Please make sure…

  • The Gift of a Holiday Tune

    Hanukkah begins at sundown this Thursday and The Loop would like to wish all who celebrate a very happy Festival of Lights! And as a special early gift for those who celebrate as well as those who don't, those who are Daveed Diggs fans, and those who just love puppies and the kids who beg for them, I offer you this sweet and catchy little Hanukkah tune. May it bring a smile to your face and a bounce to your step each and every time it loops through your head (because if my past day two days are any indication, it will probably keep looping through your head for days to come...). Chag Sameach! This week: Wednesday, December 9 Get Focused…

  • The Loop grew so you could, too!

    We have a new member this week and we're excited to share because this member's all about helping you reach your full potential. Please give a warm welcome to MEF Consulting Group, LLC! Some of you might recognize Marsha Friedman as Zoom Master Extraordinaire for the Copley Chamber (that next meeting is next week, by the way...) but she does much more than manage breakout rooms for her day job. As she puts it, "Just like elite athletes, business leaders need coaches; enter MEF Consulting Group, your personal trainer for business professionals." She brings over 30 years of experience in corporate America to the table in order to "[help] leaders reach their personal potential, bring out…

  • For All the Days of Days

    The many days of Days are upon us and as you may have heard, it's more important now than ever before to think local first. So, how can we do that? Let us count the ways: 1. Thanksgiving Day - A day to be thankful that we live in a community that strives to be its best self and quite often hits the mark. 2. Black Friday - This may not be a year for mobs beating down doors at the big box stores but those who are comfortable donning their mask and getting out and about might just find some Destinations with some deals. Prefer to stay at home? Skip down to #5…

  • We ❤ our members!

    It's time to take a moment and wish a very happy anniversary to a handful of our local Loop members! Jacobs Heritage Farm, a fourth-generation farm, a first-generation Loop member, and the frequent winner of the internet with those cute critter posts. Locker Room Barber Shop with Marcus, an undeniable sports fan and the undisputed Best Barber of Copley, Ohio. Brookdale Montrose, a multi-level of care retirement community slipped quietly into the heart of Montrose. Carl Harp Nursery, who may be closed this week but he reopens the day after Thanksgiving with all the Christmas trees you need! The Winery at Wolf Creek, also a first-generation Loop member, where (at the time of this writing) the power's still out from Sunday's storm…

  • What can I say…

    October was a tough month for me, editorially speaking. It seems that my attention to detail failed me not one, not two, but THREE times, and all in a row! First came "One" instead of "On", the next week brought "jus" instead of "just", and the week after that was "Sunset" instead of "Sunside". Smh... Happily, I have readers who are quick to catch my mistakes! And I do say happily because while it may be too late for what's in your inbox, it's never too late to make the correction on the website. Huge thanks to Cindy, Rita, and Mary Kay (sorry I missed you...) for paying attention and keeping me on my toes. I appreciate it and…