In the spirit of “good things come to those who wait” the City’s economic development director reports that Kenko’s at the corner of Depeyster and Haymaker (in the Avant 220 building) is now open for business.
The Kent Convention and Visitor’s Bureau proudly released their “New & Improved” Kent visitor’s guide showcasing all of Kent’s favorite places to eat, drink and be merry.
When you capture Kent’s highlights in one well packaged brochure, it’s impressive.
Certainly makes you realize that Kent’s reputation as a place where something is always going on is well deserved.
Here’s a few pages to whet your appetite.
Big thanks to the local members on the Kent Visitor’s Bureau who reminded us of all the many reasons we love to call Kent home.
The Guides are free and can be found in the lobby of the Kent Visitor’s Office in the ground floor of the PARTA parking deck across from the KSU Hotel.
Nothing tells the small town story like a hometown Chamber of Commerce — and that’s exactly what the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce does for Kent’s businesses big and small.
Nobody throws a ribbon cutting party like the Kent Chamber — and while it seems like a small gesture, it is hugely appreciated by new business owners who need customers to know their open to give their business dreams a chance to succeed.
The Kent Chamber does so much for Kent, so often, that I imagine it would be easy to take what they do for granted, so I thought I’d play the role of public conscience and remind everyone to thank their Kent Chamber staff for all they do.
Don’t worry that won’t take long, despite the remarkable output coming from their office, it’s only a 2 person staff, best known as Lori and Anne, with a little help from some interns when they’re lucky.
Record setting business membership in the Chamber doesn’t happen by chance, it’s a testament to the great work and reputation that the Chamber staff have earned — and their quality events that consistently feature an outstanding local business line-up.
The Kent Chamber is a great ambassador for Kent’s businesses, sponsoring events, pitching local goods and services, celebrating successes, and generally promoting everything good about the Kent business community.
The Chamber makes it look easy but it’s not, so this year when you see Lori or Anne at their little Heritage Festival event that they like to throw each year, please take a minute to thank them for what they’ve done and continue to do for Kent.
The City’s Community Development Director and I had a great visit from the re-developers of the LN Gross Building yesterday where they presented us with an award that the City was receiving from the Cleveland Restoration Society in celebration of the City’s role in the preservation of the historic LN Gross building.
You may recall, Council and the staff had a hand in helping the developers with land assemblage, project design and approval, environmental work, and historic preservation considerations.
In appreciation and recognition of the City’s contributions, the Cleveland Restoration Society presented the City with a “Excellence in Design Award.”
The owners spoke highly of the support they received from the City, particularly Community Development and the Fire Department staff who were involved from start to finish on this project — and they deserve a lot of credit for the quality of the final product.
The re-purposed building is an exceptional example of preservation and redevelopment so it’s great to see the project winning awards. It’s well deserved.
Now if we could just interest them in buying an old flour mill.
In case you haven’t wandered downtown this week, the demolition of the former Muggs and Ramella’s properties at the corner of Franklin and Erie has begun — and it may actually be complete by the time you read this.
This demolition will allow the construction to commence on the new restaurant/bakery/rental housing project at that location.