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Peace, Love, & Light

August 3, 2011

Peace, Love and Light, Inc.
841 N. Main St.
Akron OH 44310
(330) 535-5683

In the early 1980s Gary Saus planted an acorn on his North Main St. property with the hope that it would represent the foundation of his new business. For the following decades he operated The Acorn Grows, a metaphysical shop that was an anchor for many Akron residents seeking more knowledge about their ideologies.

Although the Acorn Grows closed in 2001, the storefront has been revamped and re-imagined by Lisa Marie, the new proprietor who describes herself as a “Sea Otter of the Universe” on her business card. The new shop sells books, stones, candles, artwork, clothing, and more. The business also hosts regular events such as astrology study groups, candle magic, and spiritual development.

The location additionally serves as a meeting place for Lisa Marie’s second operation: the Abundance-R-Us Food Co-op. For a $10 fee members can purchase fresh produce, delivered on a weekly basis.

While the business now has a different name and new proprietors, it still has the mighty oak out front, planted by Gary Saus so many years ago.


Thirty Years of BMX Racing in the “Heart of Akron”

June 6, 2011

(Sorry for the poor photos. The track was closed when I stopped by, but I thought these YouTube videos—posted by someone else—would give you a good idea of what the track looks like. The regular post follows.)

Akron BMX
1000 Massillon Rd
Akron, Ohio 44312
Only open during designated practice and event times (see schedule on their Web site)

So far this summer I’ve covered places where you can buy greasy burgers and chili dogs as well as drive-in theaters where you can sit on your duff and consume even more food. Now that the weather is totally gorgeous it’s time to get outside and enjoy the few months of sun that we can.

Akron BMX is a nonprofit organization that started in 1981 (according to their official site, but other sources say 1975) to give people of all ages the chance to participate in a physical family activity and to (eventually) made use of a barren piece of property near Derby Downs in the shadow of the blimp hanger. The track was designed for competitive biking events and to provide a structured spot where bicycle enthusiasts can make some sweet jumps without destroying someone else’s property. It has plenty of ramps and hills as well as stands for spectators.

The track is open to the public during practice times, which are posted on their Web site, but hosts races each week from May to October. The site is also available for birthday parties and other rental events.

When I visited the other day it took me back to my childhood in the ’80s when my friends and I used to ride all day and return home at night to watch the movie Rad.

Cage matches, reptile shows and more

December 7, 2008

Chapparells Community Center
2418 S. Arlington Rd.
(330) 644-8700

Chapparells Community Center

While visiting The Corral (see the first entry from November 10) I happened to drive past the Chapparells Community Center and couldn’t help but notice their promotional sign for a live cage fighting event. I decided to take a few photos and file them away for the future. Fast forward to this Friday. I had lunch at IDO on S. Main (I highly recommend) and caught sight of an ad for “midget wrestling,” and guess where?

I really want to avoid posting events to this blog because they obviously go out of date, but it appears that Chapparells has regular events of this caliber. For example, I found this listing on

“The Great American Reptile Show — December 27, 2008; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Buy, sell, or view reptiles from around the world. Enter a drawing to win a snake. Have a picture taken with a snake.”

Chapparells holds numerous public events and fundraisers, but is also the part-time home of the Chapparells Baton & Drum Corp, a non-profit youth group. Admission for some of these events isn’t as cheap as I expected. Midget wrestling (January 17th, 2009 at 8 p.m., in case you’re interested) is $350 for a ten-seat table. Individual tickets at the door are $25. Past cage matches, kickboxing, and karate events have been in the same price range.

One future event currently on schedule is the Akron-Canton Comic Con on January 25th, but unfortunately the venue does not have a Web site, so give them a buzz for more information.

I think I’ll have my picture taken with the snake.

IA Bonus:
The midget wrestling event (I know it’s not exactly PC, but this is how it’s advertised) is sponsored by the Main Street Saloon (1481 South Main St., 330-724-8855), a neighborhood bar and grill that has been serving jumbo-sized food since 1985. Customers can take on a meal dubbed “The Challenger”: an 80 (eighty) oz. steak, baked potato, salad, roll, and 22 oz. beverage. It’s $29.95, unless the customer consumes every item. Twenty four hour notice and a ten dollar deposit are required for anyone wishing to take said challenge.

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