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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Electric guitars for sale display inside Woodsys music store.

The Woodsy’s way: Music store in downtown Kent plays important role in local history

Chloe Cornely, Reporter May 1, 2023

Woodsy’s Music has been a staple in the Kent community for over 40 years, offering musicians and music lovers a vast array of musical instruments and accessories since 1972. The Woodsy’s team has played...

Kent’s first cake pop shop opens downtown

Erin Sullivan, Reporter April 28, 2023

On North Water Street, bright balloons and a large pink cake pop-themed van brought color to downtown Kent's rainy spring day as Daisy Pops, Kent’s first cake pop business, opened its doors to the public.  Amy...

Chocolate Walk in downtown Kent sells out

Chloe Cornely, Reporter February 12, 2023

Over 200 attendees from across Northeast Ohio participated in the Main Street Kent’s Chocolate Walk Saturday afternoon after tickets for the event sold out. More than 32 local businesses served sweet...

The Kent Plaza Theaters is a local movie theater located at 140 Cherry St. in Kent.

MovieScoop Kent Plaza Cinemas adjusts business strategy to endure COVID-19 pandemic

Aaron Cousin, Reporter February 7, 2023

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses down in 2020, over 70 films pushed their release dates. This caused MovieScoop Kent Plaza Cinemas, a movie theater in University Plaza in Kent, to adapt...

Tiger Rae Boutique opens in Acorn Alley

Chloe Cornely, Reporter February 6, 2023

Shoppers looking for something different in downtown Kent have a new women’s clothing boutique to visit in Acorn Alley. Rachel Turner, store manager and buyer for Tiger Rae Boutique, opened the shop...

The front of the Kent Natural Foods store found in downtown Kent, taken on Jan. 31, 2023.

Kent Natural Foods brings a “small town feel” to the community

Aaron Cousin, Reporter February 5, 2023

Kent Natural Foods, a small co-op food business since 1971, values eco-friendly products, healthy food and a home feel experience in downtown Kent. “It's an honor to be part of a community that wants...

A variety of cupcakes line display shelves at the counter inside Roccos Cupcake Café on Feb. 4, 2023.

Rocco’s Cupcake Café hosts grand opening

Chloe Cornely, Reporter February 4, 2023

With the smell of freshly baked cupcakes and warm lattes wafting out its newly open doors, Rocco’s Cupcake Café is Kent’s newest bakery. The café had its grand opening celebration Saturday. The...

New cupcake bakery to open in downtown Kent

Chloe Cornely, Reporter February 2, 2023

A new bakery, Rocco’s Cupcake Café, is opening on South Water Street in downtown Kent Saturday. Owner and operator Michela Rocco is a Kent State University alum. She said she is excited to bring...

Rocco’s Cupcake Cafe to open in Downtown Kent 2023

November 15, 2022

Rocco’s Cupcake Cafe is coming to downtown Kent. Originally an online e-commerce business, owner Michela Rocco is opening up a storefront in early 2023. Rocco’s is just one of several small businesses...

LaunchNET program looks to uplift Black women in business

Reegan Saunders Reporter December 9, 2021

LaunchNET is working to create new opportunities for Black women on campus. Founded by Tabitha Messmore, assistant director of LaunchNET at Kent S­­tate, and Alicia Robinson, former assistant director...

Senior defender Tianna Harris kicks the ball during the Kent State soccer teams 0-0 tie against Ohio University on Thursday Oct. 28. in Athens, Ohio. 

0-0 tie with Ohio drops KSU soccer team to third in MAC going into league tournament

Cole Oswald Reporter October 28, 2021

Kent State and Ohio’s soccer teams went into their game Thursday tied for first place in the Mid-American Conference. By the end of the day, neither team was in first. Kent State fought through two...

Kelly Dietrick in front of local artists artwork.

Local business spotlight: Troppus Projects

Chloe Zofchak Reporter May 15, 2021

With anything from paper clip earrings to art exhibits, Troppus Projects still has a unique presence in Downtown Kent five years after it opened its doors. Troppus Projects, located at 141 South Water...

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