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Maggie McKendy (right), Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala and Nicole Awad (left) cut the ribbon for the Kents newest convenience store Campus Mart. The ceremony was held Jan. 14 at the store off Main Street.

New Campus Market breaks into the market on Main Street

Leah Shepard, Staff Reporter January 14, 2023

Maggie & Nicole's Campus Market, Kent’s newest convenience store, celebrated its grand opening Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony – filling “a gap that was left” in the community after Circle...

The Human Bean, a new drive-thru coffee chain located at 1713 East Main St., will open in early September.

Oregon coffee-chain ‘The Human Bean’ to open

Emma Andrus, Editor-in-Chief September 1, 2022

The city of Kent will welcome a new member to its coffee scene family in early September. The Human Bean is a drive-thru coffee franchise that originated in Southern Oregon in 1988 and...

The new Chipotle was built at the location of the old Burger King, 605 East Main St.

Chipotle on East Main Street replaces old Burger King

Gianna Cicchi, Reporter September 1, 2022

The old Burger King on East Main Street in Kent will be replaced with a new Chipotle that offers drive-thru pickup and better outdoor seating. The current Chipotle location on East Main...

Attendees visit vendor booths and tables set up along Main Street.

Heritage Festival returns to downtown Kent for its 27th year

Vivien Starcher, Reporter July 3, 2022

The annual Heritage Festival made its way to the streets of downtown Kent on Saturday, July 2. At 10 a.m., classic cars lined up along N. Water Street with sounds of the '70s playing in the background...

Sophia Fricioni poses with her roommate on their front porch. 

Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations not stopped by COVID-19

Rachel Karas, Assigning Editor Zaria Johnson, General Assignment Editor March 13, 2021

A gray house on the street corner of East College Avenue was vibrant with people in St. Patrick’s-themed garb filling the yard, the porch and the neighboring house’s balcony, but the festivities were...

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...

Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations draw smaller crowds due to COVID-19

Amanda Levine Sports editor March 15, 2020

Every year, Kent State celebrates Fake Paddy’s Day, a big event for the university students the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Despite classes being moved online for the rest of the semester and...

President Todd Diacon reflects on university history at Bowman Breakfast

Kent State President Todd Diacon spoke to an audience on Kent State’s history and the importance of a good relationship with the city of Kent at the 56th semi-annual fall Bowman Breakfast in the Student...

Starbucks on East Main Street Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

University to preserve Main Street Starbucks building

Dylan Reynolds November 18, 2017

Kent State will not demolish the Starbucks building on Main Street.President Beverly Warren told a group of community members the university would find a use for the 88-year-old building, said city councilman...

Putt-putting around downtown Kent

Nathaniel Harvey October 5, 2016

Main Street Kent will be hosting its second annual Putt Around Downtown Kent event next Saturday, Oct. 15, with local businesses using their locations as putt-putt holes.Putt Around Downtown Kent is an...

Kent to host annual reggae festival

Angelo Angel April 17, 2016

Main Street Kent and Crooked River Arts Council will host its annual Kent Reggae, Island and Jam Band Music Festival this Friday.The festival will take place with over 13 participating venues, including...

Remnants of a single-car crash in front of the Burger King off of Main Street on April 4, 2016.

Car crash on East Main Street

Ian Klein April 4, 2016

East Main Car Crash from on Vimeo.Part of East Main St. closed Monday evening after a driver lost control of his car and crashed into a road sign, spinning out of control into the safety...

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