There’s been quite a bit of brew-ha-ha this fall about new breweries (four by our count) open now or opening in Stark County through the end of this year. Craft brewing is at an all time high—and Alex Fisher is getting in on the action. Best known as the fourth generation leadership of local grocer Fishers Foods, Fisher and the grocery chain have teamed up with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron to create a collaborative brown ale for sale this fall: Nutty ProFisher Ale. Crafted with Thirsty Dog owner John Najeway and head brewer Brandon Brenson, Fisher said that the five-hour brewing experience was one of the “coolest experiences” he’s ever had.

Fisher describes the ale as toasty, nutty, chocolaty malt flavor with mild floral hop notes. Local artist Jorge Cervantes designed the label (original illustration pictured above). The beer will be available in limited bomber bottles (22 oz.) at Fishers Foods in North Canton and Jackson Township, as well as on draft at Tapas 218, Basil Asian Bistro, Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, The Auricle, George’s Lounge, Picciano’s Martini Lounge, Lucca and Table Six.


Ron and Betty Derry are smitten with a quote by author Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world …” The couple, representatives of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, have joined forces with ArtsinStark to open an Art and History Gallery (120 East Main St., Louisville). The new gallery is part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville arts and economic development plan, sponsored by ArtsinStark, the city of Louisville, and the Louisville Chamber, which is designed to create “Consititution Place,” a downtown tourism attraction for the city. The plan includes public art, community events, and downtown living.


Barbara Corcoran, star of the popular “Shark Tank” show on ABC, real estate mogul and self-made multimillionaire, has endorsed some of the best real estate minds around the country—including Stark County’s own Amy Wengerd of Ohio’s RE/MAX Crossroads Properties. Corcoran filmed an endorsement commercial with Wengerd last month. Wengerd is a multimillion dollar producing agent in real estate 17 years, just named to the Top 500 Real Estate Marketers of the Year by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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