Friday, April 6, 2012
Acorn Alley popcorn shop open for business
Owner Gwen Rosenberg cut the ribbon on Popped!, her specialty popcorn store in Acorn Alley II, with family, friends and business partners this week. You can read about Rosenberg's trials and tribulations in her first-ever business endeavor here on Kent Patch by following her blog updates. The store had a soft opening in February. Past coverage:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Owner/Kent Patch blogger Gwen Rosenberg had a busy 'soft opening' first day Tuesday.
Kent Patch readers have been following Gwen Rosenberg's entrepreneurial adventures since her first blog post Sept. 27 announcing her intention to open Popped! at Acorn Alley II. On Tuesday, her popcorn dreams became reality. Rosenberg whipped up batches of caramel, caramel with peanuts, firehouse caramel, white cheddar, kettle corn and "real butter popcorn" for opening day at Popped! on Tuesday. (The firehouse caramel, featuring a touch of cayenne pepper, is named in honor of Kent Fire Department members who test-tasted it for Rosenberg last May.) It was an unadvertised "soft opening" for Popped!, as Rosenberg wanted a few slow days to "iron out all the little details" involved in running a business. She didn't even post it on her Popped! …
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Mike Beder, Evan Bailey and Brian Bower co-own new business in Acorn Alley II.
The owners of Kent’s newest Acorn Alley II business – Tree City Coffee & Pastry – are excited to see city residents gathering alongside Kent State University residents in an environment designed to make everyone feel like part of one community. Co-owners Mike Beder, Evan Bailey and Brian Bower are excited to finally open the doors at 5:30 a.m. Monday to start serving up their eight different coffees, made-fresh-daily muffins and pastries and a unique selection of sandwiches made on fresh-baked breads. Tree City Coffee collaborated with Bent Tree Coffee Roasters in Kent to create the Two Trees blend. The shop’s house blend is a direct trade coffee created through Solstice Coffee Tea Service in Cleveland. Beder, Bailey and Bower have labored…
Friday, January 6, 2012
Mediterranean restaurant anchor of new development at corner of Erie and South DePeyster streets
The much anticipated new mediterannean restaurant Laziza has opened at Acorn Alley II. The eatery opened Thursday for lunch and dinner, one week after hosting a special invite-only preview. The restaurant is an anchor tenant for Acorn Alley II and has about 5,000 square feet with 175 seats. It will feature Mediterranean food as well as steaks and seafood. The city has approved plans for an outdoor patio at the restaurant that will be about 30 feet by 15 feet.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This video collage shows clips and photos from the 10-month construction of Acorn Alley II
It's hard to believe, but construction on Acorn Alley II has been under way for 10 months, since demolition started at the site in December 2010. Kent Patch has been there since day one covering Ron Burbick's redevelopment project, and now that businesses are slowly starting to open we wanted to take a look back and remind people just how massive a transformation this project has been for Erie and South DePeyster streets. The last two clips in this video were shot just this morning. Below is a timeline of articles covering the project as they appeared on Kent Patch.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
All information is according to Kent Community Development Department
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 11:30 a.m. to correct information on the size of Laziza. Final construction on the Mediterranean restaurant Laziza at Acorn Alley II has the go-ahead from the city's building department. The Kent Community Development Department issued the tenant build-out permit for Laziza this month. The permit info is as follows: Laziza is one of several restaurants coming to the new Acorn Alley II redevelopment. It will occupy the northwest corner space at the intersection of Erie Street and South DePeyster Street. A restaurant of about 5,000 square feet with 175 seats, it will feature Mediterranean food as well as steaks and seafood. Past coverage of Laziza includes:
Sunday, September 25, 2011
No big ribbon-cutting planned for project; condos unlikely
A wet spring and summer slowed work on Acorn Alley II enough that developer Ron Burbick is expecting construction to end on the project in November. Burbick said they just broke ground this week on a fourth building as part of the project to extend the original Acorn Alley retail development all the way from Main Street to Erie Street downtown. And even as construction started on the fourth building, businesses are getting ready to open along Erie Street, including Wild Earth Outfitters, where workers were unpacking inventory this week. Burbick said originally they wanted to finish construction on Acorn Alley II in August. "But this other building wasn’t included in that at the time. We’re not too far off schedule," he said. "It’s been …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Banners advertising the project's new businesses went up recently
If our news stories weren't enough, now you'll know who's coming to Acorn Alley II just by looking at the new project. Workers with Metis Construction, the firm building the project, attached banners advertising the new businesses in the project, including Popped!, Zoupwerks, Tree City Coffee and Laziza.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Crews continue final facade work on the downtown development project
Workers are racing to finish construction on Acorn Alley II in downtown Kent. Wednesday, crews power washed the fresh brick facade and added some finishing touches to the project's exterior.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Owner has years of experience in outdoor clothing, supply sales
Tim Nightengale knows a thing or two about the outdoors. Nightengale, 42, spent 25 years in the outdoor supply industry. He worked most of that managing sales to retail stores in the Midwest for companies including The North Face and Columbia keeping climbers and hikers outfitted for their adventures. As the owner of Wild Earth Outfitters, he's about to start his first-ever solo business venture by opening the new clothing and equipment store in Acorn Alley II. "If you're just walking around the streets of Kent and need a new pair of shoes, we're going to have that," Nightengale said. "You kind of want to gear the store towards a broad spectrum, but we also want to have the gear for those" who specialize in outdoor recreation. "It's an …