• ICYMI: A Loop Roundup

    Sometimes, member happenings are obvious and easy to fill you in on, what with having set days and times and all. And sometimes those happenings are sneakier - cool things you might miss if you're not paying attention. So, let's see... have you been paying attention lately? If so, you must have seen the new addition to the Jacobs Heritage Farm farmstand and the new gateway sign for Copley Township on route 18. Both are looking pretty darn good! And if your attention-paying is happening on Facebook, you also must have seen Carl Harp's contest. He's celebrating two forthcoming deliveries and while both will also be looking good, one will certainly be a whole lot cuter. (Speaking of cuteness and Facebook, gotta just slip in a quick…

  • Finally, a BAKERY!!

    There's been talk for YEARS that Copley needs a bakery near the circle and guess what... We're finally getting one!! In case you can't tell, I'm more than a little excited. I mean, c'mon. Just look at those pics up there (grabbed from Cardinal Cakes and Coffee's Instagram). And you should know, what you're looking at (from left to right) is maple bacon cupcakes, blueberry lemon scones, and tiramisu cupcakes. Those are some very good signs of yummy things to come right there! John and Lea Stewart are an awesome husband-and-wife team who'll be opening Cardinal Cakes and Coffee right next door to fellow Loop member, The Market Path. There's going to be plenty of baked goods,…

  • Opportunities…

    This week's thoughts are all about opportunities. Tonight, for instance, if you're reading this newsletter in time, you have the opportunity to support Maggie's Mission during Yappy Hour Tuesdays. An excellent excuse to enjoy a glass of wine and the beautiful scenery of The Winery at Wolf Creek. You also have the opportunity tonight to jump in on a FB Live event with Nick Angelis of Alleviant Health Centers that's all about "how inflammation can affect your moods and strategies to identify and reduce inflammation". Excellent information during such stressful times. Both events are opportunities for enhancing your personal well-being, to be sure, but we also have a couple of opportunities to enhance our community's well-being. Because,…

  • Finding the Shared Space

    It was just last Thursday that Summit County hit that unfortunate red level. And obviously, while we're all eager to do all the things we love doing, we certainly don't want to go purple and force our favorite local businesses to close all over again! So now is not the time to be letting our guards down on either preventing the spread or supporting small businesses. And this week, we have two businesses giving us three good excuses to find the shared space we need between safety and standard summertime fun. Starting with The Winery at Wolf Creek... every summer, they host Yappy Hours on Tuesdays to support local animal-related organizations. They also host live music on some Mondays and…

  • 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,…