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Best of Kent

Best shopping

Addison Foreman, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Off the Wagon Off the Wagon has been in Kent since 2009 and specializes in weird and funny toys, games and gifts. Off the Wagons’ products range throughout the store. The game section showcases...

Michelle Sahr is the owner of Off the Wagon and Red Letter Days in downtown Kent.

Women’s History Month: Highlighting Kent’s female business owners

Chloe Zofchak Reporter March 29, 2021

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate women and the powerful women who came before them. Historical women paved the way for future generations: fighting for women’s right to vote, their right...

OPINION: If you’re an animal lover there has never been a better time to go vegan

Anthony Elder Opinion Writer February 13, 2021

Anthony Elder is a junior journalism major writing for KentWired and The Kent Stater for the first time. Elder grew up in Reno, NV; however, moved to Ohio a few years ago to pursue an education here at...

Isaac Vance emphasizes mental health in a strange season

Nicholas Pedone October 16, 2020

Kent State football is finally gearing up for their delayed 2020 season. This season is anything normal, with the players getting tested for COVID-19 four times per week. Isaac Vance, a junior receiver,...

Thomas Jahnke, a computer information systems freshman is tested for COVID-19 at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. After increased cases of COVID-19 at Kent State University, mass testing was brought to campus Friday.

Kent State set to begin weekly mass testing

Owen MacMillan Sports editor October 8, 2020

In the coming week Kent State is dramatically expanding random COVID-19 testing on campus and will look to test between 400 and 450 individuals a week.The testing will be carried out in partnership with...

Breonna Taylor, 26, was killed during a police raid of her Kentucky apartment.

Louisville agrees to pay Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million and enact police reforms in historic settlement

(CNN) -- The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and institute sweeping police reforms in a historic settlement of the family's wrongful death...

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...

Gift Guide: Red Letter Days and Off the Wagon

Lauren Sasala Assigning editor December 4, 2019

Off the Wagon is a family-owned eclectic toy store with gifts that will bring out childhood memories and provide a few laughs too. According to its website, the store features weird, funny gag gifts...

Female business owners share struggles

Paige Bennett April 11, 2018

The number of women business owners in the United States has been steadily rising since 1997. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, women own more than 11.6 million American...

Ari Miller was the moderator of Off The Wagons first Magic the Gathering tournament Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Off the Wagon brings Magic to downtown Kent

Jason Meek November 4, 2014

Off the Wagon, a toy store in Acorn Alley founded in 2009, is “for the young at heart,” according to its slogan. Only a short walk away from the Kent State campus, the shop sells merchandise geared...

President Lester Lefton prepares to break ground, Aug. 8, 2011, the beginning of years of extensive downtown development.

City credits Lefton with solidifying town-gown relations

Madeleine Winer April 21, 2014

The alleyways were dirty. Roadways were crumbling, and buildings were falling apart in downtown Kent.For 30 years, the city of Kent and the university made plan after plan to try to revitalize Kent’s...

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