• 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…

  • Welcome while you wait

    At the time of this writing, it's late in the day on Election Day 2020 and the polls will be closing shortly. May it all be over but the counting... While we wait for official results, please take a moment to give a warm welcome to our newest members of The Loop! Many of you may already know our first new member, Senn's Custom Laser Engraving. They grew their engraving business from their custom cabinet business a few years ago and they've been in a few of the happenin' places in town already. Now they're on the Maker Member page, too! Senn's can make you something special out of wood, glass, acrylic, leather, brick, slate, and more…

  • Find coziness in community

    I don't remember when I first learned the Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-guh), but it definitely struck a chord when I did. The way I understand it, hygge boils down to a feeling of coziness and contentment that could come from different things for different people. Maybe it could come from a nap on a warm, sunny beach for some. For others, it could come from tending to their garden on a cool Spring morning. But for me, it's almost all about the Fall. Baked goods and knitwear, coffee and wine (not necessarily at the same time), and all sorts of things that smell nice... I was catching up on all our Loop members this week, seeing what they were up to, and it hit me.…

  • Treasure Trove of Creativity

    How many times have you been driving down Cleveland-Massillon Road just south of 77 and happened to see that sculptural sign advertising "Art & Guitar Classes" and thought to yourself "I wonder what's back there...?" Well, I'm here to tell you that there's a virtual treasure trove of creativity, that's what! And I'm excited to be able to give you a little sneak peek at that treasure trove now that we officially welcome Miller Art & Music as our newest Loop member! Scott and Linda Miller have lived and taught in that house for 16 years. Current classes are small, personalized, and open to everyone from kids to kids-at-heart. Now, let's just say you sign up for a class... As you make…

  • Call it Composite Days

    Today, I learned something. (Well, technically, I almost certainly learned it in school back in the day but I've not exactly thought much about it during the decades since so just go with me here.) I learned that the opposite of a prime number is a composite number. According to splashlearn.com: "In math... (w)hole numbers that are not prime are composite numbers, because they are divisible by more than two numbers." So one might/could maybe say that Primes are content to stand virtually alone, without any real need for assistance from smaller numbers, while Composites are a group of smaller numbers that have come together to create something bigger. Hm. On a totally (un)related note... Word around the…

  • Continuing a magical trend

    Those of you following along at home may have noticed that it's been a busy few months around The Loop. We've welcomed 10 new members in the past four months, eight of those in just the past two! Today, we get to welcome yet one more, and it's the perfect one more for continuing this magical trend: Design Wizard, Inc. (See? It's in the name!) Shauna is the Design Wizard and she joins us as one of our brand new Maker Members, that happenin' group of local people making cool things and selling them to friendly folk. Some of the cool things Shauna makes can be found in her Etsy shop - things like fun t-shirts, totes, baby onesies,…

  • That was totally planned!

    Ok, maybe not totally. You see, I've been (mostly) biting my tongue for about a week while we got our newest Maker Member all set up, always fully intending to make the big "Welcome" announcement today. So, here goes... Welcome, Breakaway Coffee Roasters!!  This new member is particularly exciting not only for being a cool small food business right here in Copley but also for their "Roast on Demand" model. Basically, they accept orders all week long, roast what's been ordered on Sunday, and deliver those orders on Monday. That means you get the freshest coffee possible and that's always a key factor in brewing a truly great cuppa coffee! So, here's the part of the big announcement…

  • 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…