Acme names new

director of marketing

Katie Swartz has been promoted to the new position of Director of Marketing at Acme Fresh Market. In this newly-created position, Swartz will manage all aspects of the company's positional and promotional communications. As Director of Marketing, Swartz will provide the leadership and guidance for Acme through print and social media, market analytics, consumer research, loyalty and mobile applications.

Swartz will also be responsible for Acme Fresh Market's community relations, including the company's sponsorship of special events such as the Akron Marathon, Boo at the Akron Zoo, First Night Akron and Community Cash Back.

Swartz will report to Jim Trout, executive vice president, and lead Acme's current team of advertising and special event associates.

Swartz has been employed by Acme Fresh Market for three years. She earned her law degree and her MBA from The University of Akron. Swartz and her husband Mike live in Akron and are both involved in the greater Akron community. Swartz currently serves on the University of Akron National Alumni Board and is a trustee of The F.W. Albrecht Family Foundation.

The Fred W. Albrecht Grocery Co. operates 15 Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit, Stark, Portage and Cuyahoga counties. Founded in 1891, the stores feature food, pharmacy and general merchandise with an emphasis on quality fresh foods.

Sweet treats to benefit Heart Association

Hershey's of Hudson/Chocolates of Hudson will donate 10 percent of its profits made from the sale of chocolate covered strawberries during the Valentine season to the American Heart Association in conjunction with the Merchants of Hudson's fundraiser.

Hershey's, 50 W. Streetsboro St., will be dipping large sweet strawberries into milk, dark and white chocolate between Feb. 9 and 16. Ordering in advance is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $24.95 for a baker's dozen. Smaller quantities are available.

For more information, call

330-342-1232 or visit

Edward Jones among top places to work

Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 8 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2013" list in its 14th appearance on the prestigious list, according to the two Hudson Financial Advisors.,Edward Jones' 14 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 10 years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003 and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010.

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct an extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the institute's Culture Audit.

Vampire tale author visits book shop

Kelley Grealis will bring her debut book "The Descendant" to the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. The book describes the biblical origin of vampires.

Grealis was born and raised in Cleveland. She has a bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a master's degree from Cleveland State University. She reports she has loved all things vampire since she was a little girl, and that passion combined with 13 years of Catholic schooling, that inspired her to write "The Descendant."

For more information, call 330-653-2252.

Laurel Lake hosts

winter open house

Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson will host a winter open house Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Visitors will mix and mingle with Laurel Lake residents in the Lakeside Dining Room as they enjoy light refreshments. A panel of resident experts will share their thoughts about the advantages of Laurel Lake living.

Afterwards, a guided walking tour of Laurel Lake's 100,000-square-foot Commons will include the Fitness & Aquatic Center, two campus restaurants, pub, bank, library, gift shop and more. Guests will get an exclusive "peek" into four furnished apartment and villa homes showcasing custom design options.

Space is limited and reservations are being accepted. To RSVP, call Julie at 1-866-650-2100.

Meet presidents at Yours Truly Feb. 17

Yours Truly Restaurant, 36 S. Main St., in Hudson will host "Dinner with the Presidents" Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to commemorate the Presidents' Day holiday. Professional portrayers of President and Mrs. James A. Garfield, President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt will stroll through the restaurant entertaining and educating guests. Portrayers may vary.

Adults and children will be invited to play presidential trivia games to win prizes. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite president or First Lady.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary and guests may order from the regular Yours Truly menu. For more information, visit or