Lake Township Year in Review | 2016

2016 was a year full of many exciting additions to our community and an abundance of growth for Lake Township. Not only have we witnessed tremendous community accomplishments this year, but also the addition of a two new logos and our new slogan “A warm welcome every time!”  We are looking forward to releasing our new Discover Hartville website and a flourishing 2017 in a new office location and partnership!

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Openings, Expansions & Ribbon Cuttings:

Meet the Mayor – JanuaryIntroduction of Hartville Village‘s new Mayor and tour of Village Hall and the Hartville Police Department.

Family & Community Services of Hartville – February – The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is now in Hartville and is a great new addition for seniors!

Beginnings Salon & Day Spa – March – Celebration of the newly expanded salon services at this beautifully restored barn.

Snags & Wags Barkery (Historic Downtown Hartville) – April – Offers a wide range of healthy dog treats and fashionable pet-wares.

Lynn Michelle Design (Historic Downtown Hartville) – April – Architecturally salvaged pieces and antiques can be found at this new, timeless shop.

Pizza Bogo (Historic Downtown Hartville) – April – This new pizza shop offers a variety of world gourmet-pizzas ranging from the BBQ chicken to the Morocco pizza. 

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GentleBrook’s Young Adult Center – May – A new space for young adults 15+ that is host to areas for basketball, volleyball, and a space for live music. 

Sommers Market – June – Rebranded from R Grocery Outlet and renovated, Sommers Market is home to discount groceries, produce, a deli, and convenience items.  

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Sarah’s Market Fresh Grill – July – The newly renovated Sarah’s Market Fresh Grill features cafeteria style dining which includes hot food, grab-and-go meals, quick snacks, and refreshing beverages.

Erin’s Euphoria – August – The renovation features a new space for yoga that is both full of energy and serenity. 

Lake High School “H.O.T.” Spot (Hands-On Technology) – SeptemberA tour of the new technology program at Lake High School and a highlight of the Career Tech Programs available to students.

Pegasus Farm’s Country Store and Gardens – October – The new expansion features naturally-grown vegetables which generates revenue for Pegasus Farm’s programs.

Eaton Travel – November – A full-service travel agency that provides a free service for world-wide travel for packages booked.
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Events: 

Annual Leadership Awards Dinner – February –  The Chamber’s Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, hosted at Hartville Kitchen, featured news anchor Robin Swoboda and honored five community award winners. 
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Second SaturdayJune through September – A multi-themed Historic Downtown Hartville event that showcased local art, food, vendors and a Youth Music Showcase.

Hall of Fame Village Tour – JulyWe enjoyed a special sneak peek at the progress of the exciting Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village project at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

FAM Tour – July – We welcomed visitors from the Visit Canton FAM Tour and shared the highlights of a visit to Lake Township!

Uniontown Lions Festival and Bicentennial Celebration – July – The Uniontown Lions Festival partnered with the Bicentennial Committee to celebrate the township’s 200th birthday with a parade, performances, and a family-fun festival.

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Step Back to the 1940’s Swing Dance Event – July  Hartville Hardware, Hartville MarketPlace, and the Chamber teamed up to present a Bicentennial-themed event at the Uniontown Lions Festival.

Member Appreciation Party – August – Hosted at the MAPS Air Museum, the member appreciation party brought together members from the Lake, North Canton and Green Chambers for a networking event. 

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Lake Community Tailgate Party – September – Taking place at the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market, this event helped bring the community together in support of the Lake High School band, and youth cheerleaders and football team.

Groundbreaking for Lake Local Schools – September – Lake Local’s new Grades 2-6 building and improvements and renovations at Uniontown Elementary, Lake High School and Lake Middle School are underway and the 2018-19 classes will enjoy new or renovated facilities for the 21st century learner!

Leadership Stark County Bus Tour -April & October – We welcomed guests from Leadership Stark County’s Class and professionals from Stark County to highlight the economic development and industry in Lake Township.

One Bite Taste EventOctober – A Chamber taste event featuring local restaurants and businesses.  This year we welcomed twice as many guests and added an exciting panel of culinary professionals to judge the “Best Bite.”  First Place was award to Quail’s Covey Bed & Breakfast in both the Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice Awards, with Kat’s Bake Shop and SOL Pie Pizza placing second and third, respectively.

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Evening in the VillageDecember – Hartville’s annual, festive occasion, which features a plethora of activities, such as tree lighting, music, vendors, story time on the train, and the Ride the Fire Truck with Santa contest.

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Holiday Luncheon – December – A chamber networking event hosted at Quail Hollow Park, catered by the One Bite Taste Event winner, Quail’s Covey Bed & Breakfast.

Stakeholder – January, May, and September – A breakfast update between the Board of Directors of the Lake Chamber and approximately 50 stakeholders within the community.  Our hosts in 2016 included Cocoa Concepts, Inc., 650P Office Suites Small Business Center and Hartville Tool.com.

Lake Township’s Year in Review

2015 was a fantastic year of growth for Lake Township and we look forward to a prosperous 2016!

Business Openings:

A Niche in Time (Historic Downtown Hartville) – March – Great estate finds await you at this shop, located in Historic Downtown Hartville

Comfort Suites: Hartville – April – 81 suites available to help all your friends and family come visit the area

Yoder Medical – June- Newly remodeled and rebranded, Yoder Medical offers fashionable scrubs, shoes, and supplies

261 Boutique (Uniontown Square) – July – Fashionable and sophisticated, a great addition to any shopping spree

Arukah Market Health and Restoration – August- A plentiful selection of healthy foods awaits at this Uniontown-based market

Peace, Love & Little Donuts (Historic Downtown Hartville) – August – Offers a variety of 20+ kinds of delicious donuts

Uniontown Community Park – August – A new playground has been added to help kids get out and be active

Uniontown Police Department– August – UPD has relocated and gained new facilities

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Cocoa Concepts – September – Learn the history and process of making chocolate at this location, they also specialize in small parties. Cocoa Concepts hosted the largest Business After Hours event yet at 125+ peopleHartville Children’s Boutique – November – Has a great array of baby gear and toys, the perfect shop for anyone with a child in their life

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Chamber & Community Events:

SCORE Canton: Business After Hours – January – Highlighted SCORE Canton’s free and confidential business counseling, hosted at Grinders

Annual Leadership Awards Dinner – February – The Chamber’s annual dinner, hosted by Hartville Kitchen, which featured Pro Football Hall of Fame President, David Baker and Leadership Awards for five community leaders

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POPS Hullabaloo & YMCA Kid’s Day April – An event where parents of young children could tour area preschools, while local businesses, aimed at children, could network

Speed Networking – April – A lightning-fast networking event, hosted by Elite Sports Uniontown, with the North Canton and Green Chambers

STAR Training – April/September – A two part series, with VisitCanton.com, training front line employees to be tourism ambassadors 

Get Your Businesses Online with Google – July – A Google sponsored workshop, which promoted getting our area on the map

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MAPS Air Museum – September- Small Business Showcase with North Canton and Jackson/Belden Chambers

Second Saturday – June through September – A Historic Downtown Hartville event, taking place between June and September, which featured live music, art, food and more

Tailgate Party and Pep Rally – September- Hosted by the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market, this event helped bring the community together for the Lake High School band, cheerleaders and football team

Leadership Stark County Bus Tour – Highlighted the great features of Lake Township to area colleagues from Leadership Stark County

Homecoming Parade -October- A parade to celebrate Lake High School’s Homecoming, hosted by PNC Bank

One Bite – October – A Chamber taste event featuring local restaurants and businesses

1One Bite 2015 Best Bite WinnersEvening the in Village – December – Hartville’s annual, festive occasion hosts a plethora of activities, such as music, vendors, and the Ride the Fire Truck with Santa contest

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Holidays at the Hollow Luncheon  December – Chamber’s Annual Holidays at the Hollow Luncheon featured One Bite Taste Event winners The Pierogi Lady, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, and Quail’s Covey Bed & Breakfast at Quail Hollow Park

All Year – Morning Connections Networking was hosted at Consumers National Bank on the first Wednesday of each month for a networking & education series

Press and Features:

Southwest MagazineThanks to Southwest Magazine for featuring our area in a well represented manner

About Magazine –  Thank you About Magazine for your piece on Downtown Hartville

Akron Life – Thank you Akron Life for featuring Hartville

New Day Cleveland –  Thank you New Day Cleveland for your piece on Hartville shopping, for the holidays

Stark County Visitor’s GuideThank you VisitCanton.com for featuring our area in the guide

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Verisign also found that prior to the creation of websites, the greatest perceived inhibitor of small businesses was lack of technical knowledge and cost to develop the site. However, after developing a website, only 8% of small business respondents found the cost to develop their website as a real barrier and technical know-how concern decreased from 45% to just 22%. Even though small business owners expressed several perceived and actual barriers to developing their own website, more than three-fourths said they would recommend investment in a website to other small businesses, concluding that the value of having one’s own website outweighs all feared or actual barriers. Some other obstacles included investment of time, security and ongoing website maintenance. Finding a website design and development company you can trust will ease those concerns. 21st Web Designs offers a free sit-down consultation at which we will explain how affordable and easy it is to implement your own small business online presence.

 

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