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UnCommon Barber Offers Fresh Perspective, Looks

UnCommon Barber Offers Fresh Perspective, Looks

by Kristen Hamilton From afar, Ed Bankston looks like he’s all business. He moves with a slow and deliberate precision that suggests an air of confidence. Bankston’s hands are gloved like that of a surgeon in the operating room, which is fitting given his tag name on his business card, which declares him “The UnCommon […]

Clients, cutters find home away from home at Jason’s Barber Shop in Kent’s Acorn Alley

To tour the shop and see some of the highlights of Jason’s collection of sports memorabilia, hover over the photo and click on the green circles. by C.E. Sikkenga In the 1980s, the television show Cheers created a template for a workplace comedy.  Set in a bar, it told of a neighborhood establishment where workers and […]

Hair artists create inviting atmosphere for clients

by Kelly Sparks Jason’s Barber Shop Within less than a mile of one another in historic downtown Kent three locally owned unique barbershops offer not only services that include cuts and hot shaves, but also a distinct personality to their clientele. The personality behind these local shops keeps customers returning. Existing since 2003, Jason’s Barber […]

The evolution of the home-town barbershop

By Joanne Wyant From sharp stones to squeezable hand-operated razors, to different styles of electric razors, to the various services offered, the unfolding of the barbershop brought changes for today’s customers. Small, home-town barbershops not only transitioned their equipment over time but also encountered several changes that transformed their business. Barber Ed Bankston, “UnCommon the […]

More than a movie

Since 1949 Midway Drive-In Theater has fostered family and community memories by Jordyn Kiel A PART OF FAMILY HISTORY Kent, Ohio. In the early 1970s, there was a good chance one might find Marianna and Bill Roxbury of Stow enjoying a summer show together at the local drive-in theater. They can remember times spent there […]

Behind the screens

Managing America’s drive-in experience by Marcie Erickson Lawn chairs, blankets and citronella candles.  Chicken fingers, pretzels and popcorn.  Hot rods, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.  In addition to the big screen and double features, these are just a few of the items one can find at the Midway Drive-in Theater located in Ravenna, Ohio. […]

‘I am the mother of 800′

Local farmer leaves corporate world, discovers love of livestock by Greg Anderson If You Go: Breakneck Acres 2743 Summit Road, Ravenna, Ohio Open on Wednesdays, 1 – 7 p.m. Owners: Ami Gignac and Tim Fox http://www.localfoodmarketplace.com/breakneck/index.html Breakneck Acres is a 35-acre self-sustainable farm in Ravenna, Ohio owned by Ami Gignac and Tim Fox. After four years […]