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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The German Family Society Dancers show the audience a trick during their performance. Many attendees watched and cheered on the group.

Kent’s 2022 Oktoberfest brought food, live music and culture to downtown

Genevieve Krejci, Reporter September 25, 2022

The smell of freshly baked pretzels, bratwursts and fresh beer filled the air at Mainstreet Kent’s Oktoberfest Saturday. Main Street Kent put on Oktoberfest with seasonal beer, German-themed food...

The first 800 students to come to the Black Squirrel Festival received free t-shirts from the Flash Activities Board

40th annual Black Squirrel Festival brings campus back to life

Grace Clarke, Reporter September 17, 2022

A festival dedicated to Kent’s favorite rodent, the black squirrel, ran this past Friday filling up the campus with lively events on the Student Green and Risman Plaza from 3-7 p.m. The Flash Activities...

Photo Courtesy of Robert Burford.

Kent Blues Fest is back in town

Sam Wright Reporter July 17, 2021

The Kent Blues Fest will be taking place on Saturday, July 17. The free live music will be located at 23 indoor and outdoor venues all over Kent. The 2020 Blues Festival was canceled because of the COVID-19...

Kent resident Kristen Misbrener enjoys the Halloween festivities at the Zephyr Pub on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

Best of Kent: Bars

First Place- Zephyr PubLocated at 106 W Main Street, Zephyr Pub is in the heart of downtown Kent. With three floors, an outdoor patio and a unique atmosphere, it’s easy to see why students and residents...

Kent Lanes was named the best place for the under-21 crowd. 

Best of Kent: Under 21

Zaria Johnson Assigning Editor March 8, 2020

First Place: Kent Lanes: Kent Lanes is a bowling alley that creates a fun environment right as you walk in, not only with the bright paint and video game cabinets, but also with the staff relationships...

Off the Wagon is located in Acorn Ally at 152 E. Main Street in Kent Ohio. Off the Wagon was voted the best place in Kent to shop by community members and students.

Best of Kent: Shopping

Zaria Johnson Assigning Editor March 8, 2020

First Place: Off the WagonWhen it comes to finding a good place to shop, there is almost nothing you won’t be able to find in Off the Wagon. The shop is like a toy box come to life with anything from...

I have worked here for five months. I love coffee and everyone here is really nice. It is a good environment and it is a lot of fun to work here in Kent, Sam Senderoff, a worker at Tree City Coffee in Downtown Kent. Mar 4, 2020

Tree City, Kent’s “quintessential get-things-done coffee shop”

As reigning champion for eight consecutive years, Tree City Coffee and Pastry holds its place as Kent’s best coffee shop. “Tree City is about making everybody feel welcome,” said Evan Bailey, co-owner...

Peter Finley, co-owner of Luccis Place, holds a pizza that is ready for the oven. Luccis Place was named #1 for the fourth year in a row for Best of Kent. 

Best of Kent: Pizza

Sara Crawford Assigning Editor March 8, 2020

1st Place: Lucci’s Lucci’s Place has become a Kent State favorite for four years in a row, with the close proximity to campus and the option to get one slice of pizza, students can take a quick stop...

Barrio located on 295 S Water St in downtown Kent was voted first place alcoholic drink for their margaritas. This was tied with Rays Long Island.

Best of Kent: alcoholic beverages

Tie for first place:Ray’s Place Long Island Ray’s long island iced tea is a classic drink and the perfect alcoholic beverage to get your night started. Despite the name, there is no iced tea in the...

Nolan Drinkard a bartender at Zephyr Pub in downtown Kent won first place for best bartender voted on by the community. Nolan has been working for Zephyr for around five to six years now.

Best of Kent: bartender

First place: Nolan Drinkard, Zephyr PubWalking into Zephyr Pub, a local bar in Kent, Nolan Drinkard stands out compared to the other bartenders. He’s a tall, 6-foot man wearing a colorful shirt and...

The outside of Rays Place in Kent, Ohio. 

Best of Kent: best restaurant

First place: Ray’s Place If you’re looking for a good place to eat that can only be found in Kent, Ray’s Place is the restaurant to go to. Having won first place in four different categories in...

A crowd on the first floor of Ray’s Place in Kent on April 8, 2017. FILE.

Best of Kent: best restaurant to take your family

First place: Ray's PlaceKnown to students, family members and local residents, Ray’s Place is a local favorite that appeals to all ages. Having been open since 1937, Ray’s has a rich history and sense...

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