• Everyone makes mistakes…

    It's been said that the surest way to find spelling and grammar errors is to hit "Send". Me..? I don't always find them but other people often do! I am, in fact, my own worst proofreader. My mind knows what it wants to say and so my eyes assume my fingers do, too. My eyes really should know better by now. I've been known on occasion to use the wrong day, month, or day of the week in the list of happenings thanks to my use of templates and copy-and-paste shortcuts. And spellcheck is generally my friend but we all know it doesn't help if the misspelling is an actual word! And, as…

  • The Loop just got healthier!

    We've got ourselves a new member in The Loop and they make it pretty easy to feel good talking about them. After all, their job is to help you feel good when you don't! "Alleviant Health Centers is a full-service mental health clinic helping people heal depression and chronic pain with a combination of traditional therapies and innovative, holistic modalities." You'll find that they explain it all much better than I can on their website and Facebook page but what I can say well enough is this: it's worth the time to click around and get to know them. Alleviant shares valuable articles to help you improve your mental and physical health, partners with other local health-related businesses, and hosts…

  • Three such opportunities…

    These days, any opportunity to get out in the world to enjoy some fresh air and be in even just the general vicinity of other people sounds like an opportunity worth investigating. This week, we have three such opportunities thanks to The Winery at Wolf Creek and Copley Township! It was a beautiful sight when he winery's calendar began refilling recently with patio-friendly events. It started with the return of Tuesday's Yappy Hours and to that, they've officially added the return of live music with Jim Gill on Wednesday (for more musicians to come, check out their website or the Loop's Calendar page). And now the township shakes up our weekend with a drive-in movie at Copley Community Park! Bring the family, get…

  • Better late than never…

    As I may have mentioned, The Loop keeps rollin' thanks to the memberships of local businesses and organizations. They sign up and I get to talk to all of you about what they're up to. It's a pretty sweet deal all around, TBH. ???? And if you've been following along for a while, you may have noticed that I generally like to recognize each member on their anniversary but it seems we have a member whose anniversary slipped by quietly during the March haze of COVID confusion and I would like to correct that oversight right here, right now. Because when you come right down to it, having Copley Township in The Loop has been darn cool! Not only does it mean I…

  • Another Moving Announcement

    Welp, it's official. Copley will be losing another dose of whimsy to the state of Georgia as Ron and Sue Bishop from The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast have listed their stunning historical farmhouse in order to move closer to family. I first met the Bishops in 2015 when they were kind enough to open their home for a local business event. A friend was helping to plan the event and as Sue gave us a full tour, we oohed and aahed and dreamed of gathering our group of friends together for a weekend retreat. With such immaculately decorated rooms, tranquil landscaping, and proximity to The Winery at Wolf Creek (is across the street close enough?), it felt more like…

  • A Community Stands Together

    Tonight, The Winery at Wolf Creek sees the return of its much-beloved Yappy Hours. On Saturday, for The Market Path, it's their first First Saturday event in months. And I would like to say more about those two events, to truly celebrate our members' abilities to move forward and to express the importance of safely supporting our local businesses, but there is another important topic that must be addressed. Simply put, a community stands together. That is a community’s main purpose – to celebrate achievements or to lend support whenever and wherever necessary both for the individual and for the greater good. And because it's just plain the right thing to do. Because we all have a heart, a soul,…

  • Straight Talk from The Loop

    The Loop In Copley is just over two weeks shy of a 2-year anniversary and it should be no surprise to hear that these last two months have been a tough hit. First, there's been the obvious difficulty of maintaining a weekly newsletter aimed at keeping you informed about things like community group meetings and small business events during a time when those things just haven't been happening. Second (and vastly more distressing for us all), there are the difficult decisions that the people behind those community groups and small businesses have been forced to make - decisions like cancellations, tightening belts, or closing doors. The Loop grew out of a passion for helping small businesses in and around Copley, to shine a direct light on them for…

  • Thoughts on Days and Community

    This coming weekend is Memorial Day. Any other year, there would be a parade and ceremony on Monday morning to honor those who gave their lives in military service to our country. It's a solemn and thoughtful occasion that has been proudly organized by the American Legion Copley Frank Bender Post 473 every year since 1933. And the weekend, falling as it does just before the end of the school year and the start of vastly more pleasant weather, also generally serves as a reminder that it's time to come out of our annual hibernation to celebrate life and community with family and friends. It's the weekend that, any other year, would kick off a festive season of farmers markets and…

  • Finding the Way Forward…

    A couple months ago, having just four events listed in the Loop calendar would have been a sad thing. Today, it's a beautiful sight. We can all imagine what a challenge it must be for business owners and organization leaders to find a way forward safely - to strike that balance between maintaining the ability to operate and ensuring personal and public health. It's not a challenge that anyone can take on lightly. So every event on the calendar represents a rise to that challenge. You can click the links below to learn more about the paths and processes for each, and we hope you will do so in order to be prepared…

  • Mother’s Day is Sunday!

    Standard in-store shopping practices may still be on hold for now but it's easier than you might think to support your favorite small businesses for the occasion. For one, The Market Path recently announced the opening of their online shop (yay!) with both shipping and curbside pickup available. Also online: Uniquely Inspired Gift Baskets (order asap to give her time to create!) and Party'n With Plants (try ordering in a couple of days to give her time to restock!). And just because the official Super Sipper Saturday was last weekend, that doesn't mean you can't keep showing love for your local farms - Carl Harp Nursery, Jacobs Heritage Farm, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. A pretty fair number of moms out there would love a…