Imagine being the operator of a natural foods store on one of the busiest commercial corridors in Athens, Ohio. Just as you feel that sales are picking up after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, another challenge to your customer base hits your retail business. Road construction on Stimson Avenue — down to one lane and only headed west.
Remaining amazingly upbeat, Kevin and Carrie Tidd, owner-operators of The Farmacy Natural Foods store soldier on. As Kevin explains: “we love our business, our customers and our community. We will figure out how to keep going serving the health needs of our shoppers and creating employment opportunities for our workers.”
The Farmacy is a cornerstone of the retail community. The Farmacy was established in 1970 by previous owners Tom and Sue Zano, as … Read More
Rogers Woodworking, founded and owned by Justin Rogers, is a woodworking business that produces cabinets, furniture, and custom pieces to complement a home or business. Many of the finished pieces produced are large customized pieces that require him to install them in a client’s space. Over the course of 15 years working with wood, and 6 years in business as Rogers Woodworking, Justin has developed a business that allows him to apply his creative energy and amassed skills towards developing aesthetically appealing and durable wooden pieces. He sees the wood pieces that he creates as a blank canvas that he gets to fill in to complement the client’s home or desired placement site.
Drawn to Athens, Ohio because of the opportunities it afforded him to live an intentional life and pursue … Read More
Flower essences are made from fresh blossoms infused in water, activated in sunlight, and preserved with brandy. Flower essences work through the body’s electrical system and are considered a form of energy healing. The electrical pattern of the flower carried in the essence serves as a catalyst to support change in thought processes, emotions, and feelings. They support balance in our emotional responses and help us transform our lives. The essences, according to their various properties, can bring calmness and peace as well as strength and protection. Flower essences can also work to support deep transformation.
Dr. Katherine Ziff of Briarwood Studios is a flower essence maker and practitioner. She received her flower essence training from the Flower Essence Society and the FES professional practitioner certification in 2014.
“About eighteen months ago … Read More
Appalachia Ohio’s Creative Economy: ACEnet is always learning from our region’s entrepreneurs. Recently Leslie Schaller, ACEnet’s Director of Programs, had an interesting conversation with Susan Abramovitz of Rock Riffle Run Pottery near Shade, Ohio. Susie has lived and worked in Athens County since 1978, when she opened her studio. Originally from the Youngstown area, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in ceramics. Following graduation, Abramovitz lived on Deer Isle, Maine making pottery for a year and then headed up the Ceramics Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for two years.
As one of the premier artisans of our region, Susie Abramovitz has been hand-throwing beautiful stoneware and terracotta ceramics, creating pieces both unique and functional. A recent video by the Metaphysical Café provides a wonderful overview of Susie’s … Read More
ACEnet staff got to know serial entrepreneur Lauren Genter when she operated her first business, Ancient Roots, out of the Food Ventures Center. She recently returned as a midwife, starting Ohio Hill Midwifery and renting space on the Athens incubator campus again in 2019. But, always on the move, Lauren has since purchased property near Village Bakery and has set up shop, graduating once again from ACEnet.
And if that isn’t enough to keep one busy, she and Justin Reynolds bought a 91 acres in Northern Athens County in 2015 on Kuhn Road outside of Amesville. As Lauren explains “I was born and raised a city girl. But I think I knew somehow I’d end up on a farm. I used to visit my grandparents on their homestead in Northwest Ohio. … Read More
The loyal, masked shoppers of the Athens Farmers Market may have noticed that the Art Market has returned in recent months. The Art Market sets up alongside the Athens Farmers Market on the west edge of the new market site design. This past Saturday, Beth Weingroff of Sledding Hill Pottery, Lisa Heinz of Southeast Ohio Fiberworks, and Hannah Stewart of Spiral Path Therapies were in attendance with their wares.
Since May, the art vendors have adjusted their layout to maintain social distancing, supplying hand sanitizer, and all the vendors are wearing masks, even prior to the statewide mandate. Another special feature of the Art Market includes providing free disposable gloves for use when handling products to safeguard the well-being of guild members and customers. Lisa is a new Athens Art Guild … Read More
Snowville Creamery, located just South of us in Meigs County, has provided our families with high quality dairy for years. Known for their use of A2/A2 genetics, which some research has found to be more digestible than the traditional A1 genetics (that cause inflammation and nausea in some people), “Snowville Creamery milk is as close to raw milk as you can legally buy at the grocers,” says Victoria Taylor, the owner. And this is especially essential in this tumultuous time where traditional supply lines are being disrupted. For during the time of Covid-19, Snowville continues to provide us our favorite yogurt, milk, cream, and cheese products.
The philosophy and the dairy products are both delicious, so if you’re interested there are plenty of ways to connect: A store locator can be … Read More
Lisa Heinz, owner of Southeast Ohio Fiber Works and ACEnet client, supplies local and national need for masks. Her masks are come in three different sizes for kids, adults, and giants (like me); you can choose several different patterns, and even a pocketed version for hydro-towel filters. With a convenient google form, it’s easy to supply yourself or your family with the state recommended masks.
These mask requirements and recommendations are important to economic activity either by customers or employees, for Governor Dewine’s recent order allowing parts of the economy to reopen comes with stipulations for each citizen: “No mask, no work, no service, no exception. Require face coverings for employees and clients/customers at all times.” Confusingly, as all things seem to be in this time, the next day he said, … Read More
This past Saturday was an almost perfect opening day for Season Two of the Meigs County Farmers Market—blue sky, sunny day and the charming panorama of the Ohio River as the market backdrop. The Board of Directors have done a herculean job in the off-season to offer their community an amazing farmers market, even as the COVID-19 crisis loomed. If you haven’t visited this market, it is conveniently located on Main Street within the historic Village of Pomeroy, OH in the park along the Ohio River (you may also know this location as the levee parking lot). The 2020 season will run Saturdays from May through October 10 am to 1 pm. Food and farm vendors were available the first day, and by mid-May with the shifting of state guidelines, the … Read More
Local partnerships in time of crisis: We want to celebrate local people creating local solutions. ACEnet always appreciates the power of networks, especially in these challenging times. A great example of a mobilized network is Passion Works Studio. Over the past few weeks they have pivoted to making face masks in collaboration with other community partners. Passion Works Studio Director, Patty Mitchell explains, “our concentration is constructing for front-line healthcare workers, nursing homes and the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities.” The masks will be sanitized before use.
Many partners are helping Passion Works Studio gear up as they manufacture masks.
Zonez is cutting material supplied by local dentist, Tim Lavelle, and the sewing team is sewing with both cotton and medical grade … Read More