Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Arctic Squirrel, Dog Squad close their doors
Two of downtown Kent's newest eateries have closed their doors. The Arctic Squirrel and The Dog Squad, both located adjacent to each other in Acorn Alley, closed their doors permanently Friday. Business management for both shops, which are operated by the same management, made the announcement on the eateries' Facebook pages. Danielle Urban, an owner in both businesses, said that slow winter months at Arctic Squirrel made it difficult to stay current on rent for the space. "We will all miss the place we knew as our second home," Urban wrote on the ice cream shop's Facebook page. "The smiles The Arctic Squirrel put on the faces of children, families, and friends will be forever in my memory." The closures marks the third recent turn over of…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
See the building reviews for the projects as they progressed from bare lots to finished brick
Most Kent residents only see downtown's redevelopment on its face — in essence, construction workers, cranes and changing skylines. What most people don't see is the tedious reviews of building and construction plans, approval of permits and all the other countless, and necessary, paper work. Take a look behind the scenes by perusing through the building review reports above on five of the major projects downtown:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Popped! adding space to handle internet, corporate orders
Gwen Rosenberg has grand plans for her little popcorn shop, Popped!, in downtown Kent's Acorn Alley. For starters, it's not going to be so little anymore. Rosenberg is planning to expand into space on the third floor of Acorn Alley II, directly above her existing shop, to handle the abundance of internet and corporate orders that have come through both her physical and digital doorways. "Downstairs, the space is limited," Rosenberg said. "I didn't think it was limited when I opened it." The specialty popcorn store opened in the summer of 2011, and since then the Kent mom has enjoyed a brisk business for her offerings of kettle, caramel and more creative varieties of popcorn. The store marked its grand opening earlier this year. As a …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Kent advertising firm moves to redevelopment
Kent firm Diversa cut the ribbon on its new offices at Acorn Alley this week with help from the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. Diversa is a Kent-based advertising, marketing, public relations and consulting firm founded in 1980 with accounts across the U.S., according to the firm's website. The firm is located in suite 301 at 155 E. Erie St.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Between $500 and $1,000 damage caused at downtown retail development
Kent Police have charged two men who vandalized Acorn Alley recently. Kyle J. White, 20, and Ian T. Simpson, 19, both of Kent, were charged Monday. White was charged with criminal damaging and criminal trespass and Simpson was charged with criminal trespass. The men reportedly caused between $500 and $1,000 in damage during the Labor Day holiday weekend when they pulled down a string of globe LED lights and smashed the bulbs. A Kent police officer identified one of the men from video camera surveillance tapes of the property at 165 E. Main St. The two men also reportedly broke into Acorn Corner, also known as the old Kent hotel, next door and caused damage to a door way. Ron Burbick, the developer of Acorn Alley and owner of Acorn Corner, …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Charges expected Monday in downtown vandalism
Kent Police have caught two of the three men involved in vandalizing the popular Acorn Alley downtown shopping center. Kent Police Lt. Bob Treharn said officers were able to identify the two men from video camera surveillance tapes of the property at 165 E. Main St. "We're trying to identify the third person," Treharn said. The men reportedly caused between $500 and $1,000 in damage during the Labor Day holiday weekend when they pulled down a string of globe LED lights and smashed the bulbs. Treharn said formal charges have not been filed yet, so he could not release the names of the two men who were arrested. Charges are expected to be filed Monday morning. What charges are filed depends on the exact amount of damage caused. Ron Burbick, …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
More than $700 in damage reported to police
Vandals caused more than $700 in damage over the Labor Day holiday weekend at one of downtown Kent's newest redevelopment projects. Phoenix Properties reported to Kent Police on Sept. 3 that someone had broken the bulbs on a string of black LED rope lights that decorate the popular Acorn Alley redevelopment off East Main Street. The damage to the broken globes was estimated at $667. Just a few hundred feet east Genghis Properties, LLC, reported a door had been broken off its hinges at 180 E. Main St., otherwise known as Acorn Corner or the old Kent hotel. The damage to the Acorn Corner building, which is undergoing a several million dolllar renovation, was estimated at $50. Nothing was reported stolen from the building. It's not the first …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Gourmet hot dog shop has been open since Heritage Festival
The owners of The Dog Squad, a gourmet hot dog restaurant in Acorn Alley, cut the ribbon on their new location this week. The restaurant has been open since the Kent Heritage Festival.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Presidential campaign office located in Acorn Alley
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Portage County campaign office opened in Kent Tuesday. The office, located in Acorn Alley, is being managed by Carla DiBlasio.