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Apple cinnamon pancakes, offered at Mikes Place, located at 1700 S. Water Street. Mikes Place won four awards.

Best Place to Cure a Hangover

Amanda Levine Sports editor March 7, 2020

Mike’s PlaceA classic go-to option for any meal, Mike’s Place has a long menu for its customers to choose from. For those who drank a little too much the night before or customers who just want a wide...

Bent Tree Coffee Roasters was voted third best coffee shop in Kent by community members and students that attend Kent State University. Bent Tree Coffee Roasters makes and produces their own blend of coffee and teas. They also sell it in their store. 

Best of Kent: Coffee Shops

Theresa Lovrak Reporter March 7, 2020

Tree City Tree City holds its title as Kent’s best coffee shop for the eighth year in a row.  Serving an abundance of pastries and drinks that accommodate even those who don’t like the taste of coffee,...

Sights and Sounds: Kent Blues Festival

Neville Hardman July 20, 2015

Music poured from downtown Kent on Friday evening as the seventh annual Blues Festival stretched into the early hours of the night.Line at Venice CafeBobby DiMauro, 62, waited in an expanding line with...

Daydream performs at the Ohio Music Shop during the Kent Blues Fest on July 18, 2014.

Blues Fest to take over downtown Kent on Friday

Neville Hardman July 16, 2015

More than 25 artists will play at various venues for free on Friday as part of downtown Kent's Blues Fest.Ray Flanagan & The Authorities will play at Tree City Coffee & Pastry from 8 to 10 p.m....

Barista Astrid Klingenberg prepares a drink Monday morning on April 6, 2015, at Tree City Coffee and Pastry in Kent, Ohio. Tree City has a wide variety of baked goods and beverages for customers to choose from.

Best Coffee Shop: Tree City Coffee & Pastry

McKenzie Jean-Philippe April 7, 2015

Tree City Coffee & PastryFounded in 2011, Tree City Coffee & Pastry is a privately owned coffee shop located in Downtown Kent.With features like a fireplace and comfy couch, the shop offers a comfortable...

Kent Blues Fest 2014

Summer Stater Photographers July 21, 2014

The 6th annual Kent Blues Fest was a free live music event hosted by 23 venues in downtown Kent, Ohio hosted on Friday, July 18, 2014.A crowd gathers at Acorn Alley Plaza to listen to the Brighter Side...

Tree City barista Owen Park prepares a cup of coffee at Tree City in Kent on April 7, 2014. Tree City was voted best coffee shop in Kent.

Best Coffee Shop

Erin Zaranec April 10, 2014

Tree City Coffee & PastryIf you’re looking to get the experience of a charming locally owned coffee shop with a kick-ass cup of coffee, Tree City is the place for you.Featuring monthly drink specials,...

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