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Kent State alumna Poppy Henrikson (left) and junior Polina Kisileva (right) work behind the counter at Scribbles Coffee Co. March 15, 2023. Scribbles Coffee Co. received several Best of Kent nominations and is located at 237 N. Water St.

Best coffee

Leah Shepard, Staff Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Scribbles Coffee Co.  Scribbles Coffee Co. is community-oriented before anything else, according to eight-year owner Beth Budzar.  Scribbles’ location moved from Cincinnati to Kent in 2007,...

I have worked here for five months. I love coffee and everyone here is really nice. It is a good environment and it is a lot of fun to work here in Kent, Sam Senderoff, a worker at Tree City Coffee in Downtown Kent. Mar 4, 2020

Tree City, Kent’s “quintessential get-things-done coffee shop”

As reigning champion for eight consecutive years, Tree City Coffee and Pastry holds its place as Kent’s best coffee shop. “Tree City is about making everybody feel welcome,” said Evan Bailey, co-owner...

Students study on the fourth floor of the University Library on Friday, April 7, 2017. FILE.

Best of Kent: Study Spaces

Best of Kent 2020Winner: University LibraryFor the eighth year in a row, University Library is a favorite for studying. It hosts a variety of resources for students, including computer labs, study spaces...

The Riverview Apartments complex is located at the corner of River Street and Haymaker Parkway in Kent. 

Old but not forgotten: Riverview Apartments undergo changes to keep complex up to date with new apartments

When looking for housing off campus many students turn to places like Latitude at Kent, The Province and University Edge apartments. With all of the apartment complexes that have opened up over the years,...

Gift Guide: Tree City Coffee

Maria McGinnis Assigning editor December 3, 2019

Tree City was founded in 2011 and voted best coffee shop for five years in a row by The Kent Stater, Tree City Coffee and Pastry is a real hit in the Kent community. Tree City announced its annual gift...

Freshman journalism major Serina Barry, an employee of Insomnia Cookies, poses behind the counter of the storefront on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Best of Kent: Best Dessert

Julie Riedel April 18, 2016

First Place - Insomnia Cookies For anyone with a late night craving for fresh cookies, Insomnia Cookies will deliver. Customers can stop into the downtown store, call or order online to fulfill their...

Students study in the University Library on Friday, April 15, 2016. The library is open 24 hours during the weekdays, making it a popular place for students to study.

Best of Kent: Best Place to Study

Julie Riedel April 18, 2016

First Place - University Library The Kent State University Library’s 12 floors placed in the number one spot. Students can study silently on the seventh floor, work on a group project or walk on a treadmill...

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 of Kent: Best Coffee Shop

Cameron Gorman April 18, 2016

1st: Tree City Coffee & PastryFor those focused on locally made products, Tree City Coffee & Pastryis the only way to go. Locally roasted coffee beans are the start of all of their coffee-based...

From dorms to downtown: Kent State graduates open local businesses

Gabrielle Martinez November 5, 2014

After spending the past four years in a small town, some Kent State alumni tend to stick around after graduation, and some even go on to own and operate their own businesses in the heart of Tree City.As...

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...

5k charity race to benefit local United Way

Alyssa Flynn July 2, 2014

Saturday, July 5 marks another year for the Ametek Tree City 5K Race/ Walk in Kent. The point-to-point race will start at Dix Stadium at 7 p.m. and stop at the archway of the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade...

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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