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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Banner and games in Hometown Bank Plaza at the 2023 Wizardly Weekend.

Wizardly Weekend brings magic to Kent

Destiny Torres, Reporter July 31, 2023

Magic returned to Kent on Friday and Saturday as Wizardly Weekend made its annual appearance in the downtown area. “We’ve been doing this event for about eight years now,” Main Street Kent's executive...

Sun in Leo merges sustainability, community through fashion

Sage Mason, Reporter January 31, 2023

Upcycled and ethically sourced fashion is on its way to Acorn Alley. Sun in Leo is opening its doors this weekend and will feature clothing, jewelry and accessories that are handmade or locally sourced. Justine...

One of the pride flag banners on the Main Street bridge shown vandalized.

Pride flag banners vandalized in downtown Kent

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter October 14, 2022

Several pride flag banners hanging on the Main Street bridge in downtown Kent were found vandalized Thursday. The banners were on display for just a week as part of Main Street Kent’s Rainbow Weekend,...

Carnaby Street Style announced their closing on Instagram.

Changes to Downtown Kent 2020-2021

Chloe Zofchak Reporter April 28, 2021

Kent is known for being the college town with a tight-knit community of students, families, businesses and more. People come from near and far towns to enjoy the scenery and frequent social events Kent...

Water Street Tavern.

The deal with downtown Kent: How local restaurants are adjusting to COVID-19

Morgan McGrath Reporter February 11, 2021

As we approach the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s appearance in the U.S., colleges across the country are continuously making necessary implementations of social distancing and online learning in...

The Fruit Stand opened on Jan. 5 at 175 E Erie St.

The Fruit Stand opens in Acorn Alley

Chloe Zofchak Reporter January 30, 2021

The Fruit Stand, a new vegan restaurant in Kent, started offering a fully customizable menu on Jan. 5 at 175 E Erie St., the former location of Popped! in Acorn Alley.The Fruit Stand brings a different...

Current downtown of Kent, Ohio on March 2, 2020. 

How improvements made to Downtown Kent affect students today

Theresa Lovrak Reporter March 2, 2020

The year is 2002. As a college student at Kent State you have just a few options when it comes to entertainment downtown, and even fewer if you aren’t twenty-one. “The student body were the people...

Norm is the best barber around!

One step at a time: Norm

I will never forget the first time my brother Mitchell and I walked into Jason’s Barber Shop in Acorn Alley in Kent. Jason’s is a one of a kind establishment. Tons of sports apparel fill the walls...

Inside of Scribbles Coffee Co. in downtown Kent.

Downtown businesses fall back into place for start of semester

Dylan Reynolds September 6, 2017

As Kent State students adjust to their class schedules this semester, area businesses are adapting and preparing for those students to become their new customers.Brian Smith, manager of All Media Art Supply...

Acorn Alley before the hustle and bustle of the daily rush on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Kent community builders talk local business

Cameron Gorman September 6, 2017

On most days, the streets of downtown Kent are a hub for the community. Students mill about the entrances to bars and coffee shops, chatting with their friends. The occasional skateboarder or cyclist whizzes...

Harry Potter enthusiasts crowd Diagon Alley in downtown Kents Acorn Alley for Potterfest on Saturday, July 30, 2016. 

Main Street Kent announces plans for second Potterfest

Madeline Crandall February 13, 2017

After a large turnout to the “Harry Potter" themed takeover of Acorn Alley last summer, Main Street Kent recently announced plans for round two of the Wizarding World for Potterfest.Local fans of all...

Dr. V & Gs Sauce Shack on Monday, April 18, 2016. The store specializes in barbecue, wing sauces and salsas.

The Sauce Shack opens in Acorn Alley

The Sauce Shack, Acorn Alley's newest storefront, is offering customers a variety of sauces.The Sauce Shack has a mother store in Stuart, Florida, which started out as a convenience store. After tropical...

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