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Ai-Media Envisions Growth for Youngstown Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In the event U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s political career doesn’t work out, Ai-Media CEO Tony Abrahams has a job waiting for him. Ryan, attending Monday’s launch of Ai-Media’s Center of Excellence here, tried out the technology the company’s contractors use to caption speeches and similar spoken material. After watching Ryan caption a […]

Shop Local: Silk Road Opens Pop-Up Store

SHARON, Pa. – The Silk Road Fair Trade Market is expanding for the upcoming holiday season with a pop-up at 146 E. State St. in downtown. There will be an opening celebration Nov. 25 —  Small Business Saturday — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new storefront as well as the flagship store at […]

Plaza Donuts in Liberty Celebrates 55 Years Tomorrow

LIBERTY, Ohio – Plaza Donuts on Belmont Avenue is celebrating its 55th anniversary tomorrow by offering a dozen doughnuts for $5.50 (while they last) and a cup of coffee and a doughnut for 55% off. Owned by the Froomkin family in Youngstown, Plaza Donuts began in 1960 when brothers Irv and Berkeley Froomkin opened several […]

Shop Local: Butz Flowers to Open Second Store

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Mark Kauffman is maintaining – and building on – a New Castle, Pa., retail tradition that spans more than a century and a half. Butz Flowers, 120 E. Washington St., was established in 1851, making it the second-oldest flower shop in America, according to Kauffman. Kauffman, who owns the shop with […]

Shop Local: Butz Flowers to Open Second Store Dec. 1

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Mark Kauffman is maintaining – and building on – a New Castle, Pa., retail tradition that spans more than a century and a half. Butz Flowers, 120 E. Washington St., was established in 1851, making it the second-oldest flower shop in America, according to Kauffman. Kauffman, who owns the shop with […]

Hiram College Alum Wins ABC’s ‘The Toy Box’

HIRAM, Ohio – Nathaniel Eaton, Hiram College 2017 alumnus, won the second season ABC network’s “The Toy Box” with his invention of a new toy. Eaton majored in business management and minored in entrepreneurship at Hiram. He was invited to appear on the show after being discovered on Kickstarter. Eaton’s Water Dodger toy now sports […]

Shop Local: Giancola Wants to Spruce Up Valley

NILES, Ohio — Nick Giancola opened his shop, Spruce Home Décor & Children’s Boutique, in 2014. As he grew up in Niles, a city home to one of the two major retail centers in the Mahoning Valley, he wanted to bring “something special and unique” to the area, he says. “The Mahoning Valley is predominantly […]

E-Commerce Gives Small Businesses a Big Market

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Four years ago when Emily Prine and Missy Louise started Pretty’s Bowtique, they didn’t expect the online business to lead to a bricks-and-mortar store. And they certainly didn’t expect to be shipping their products outside the United States. But they are – to Canada, Spain, England and Russia. That is where the […]

Youngstown-Warren Airport Looks at New Airline Service

VIENNA, Ohio – The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is holding a public forum to discuss a possible new airline service from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the airport. An executive representative of Southern Airways will attend the event and a complimentary breakfast will be served. “One of the airline options we are considering […]

General Motors Lordstown Awaits Its Future

LORDSTOWN Ohio – Matt Streb considers himself among the fortunate. “Once the layoffs hit, a lot of people panicked,” Streb recalls. “I have my degree in communications, and I worked as a mailman for a few years, so I had some options.” Streb was among the more than 800 hourly workers placed on layoff in […]

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