Harman business

eyes new location

Harman Home Designs, a flooring and remodeling company located at 1023 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, will move 1632 Enterprise Parkway Suite A, Twinsburg.

About three years ago, Harman Home Designs purchased a granite, marble and quartz fabrication company called Landmark Stone in Twinsburg. Stone counter fabrication was a perfect fit to complement its kitchen and bathroom remodeling business and has since grown into one of its top services requested by local homeowners.

For over a year, Owner Scott Harman has been looking for a way to bring both companies together. "We basically outgrew our space in Aurora and needed to find a location where both businesses could work together under one roof," said Harman.

"Although we will miss being in Aurora, we won't be too far away. The Twinsburg location has easy freeway access and room to grow as we grow. It's the perfect location for our team and our customers."

As of now the move is scheduled to take place the weekend of Jan. 28 with doors opening on Feb. 1. The new address will be 1632 Enterprise Parkway, Suite A, Twinsburg. The phone number will remain the same at 330-562-1147.

Eagle closing two

Giant Eagle announced last week it will close two Cleveland grocery stores in the coming weeks.

A store at 1501 Buckeye Road and the nearby GetGo at 2780 E. 116th St. will close as of Feb. 4. A store at 13820 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland will close as of March 4.

The pharmacies at those stores will close oJan. 14 so that prescriptions of all customers can be transferred to another retailer.

Giant Eagle called the decision to close the stores a "difficult, but necessary" one.

Sears closing two

In an effort to improve profitability, Sears Holdings announced recently it will close 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores nationwide as of this spring. Area Sears stores affected are at Chapel Hill Mall in Akron and Richmond Mall in Richmond Heights.

According to Sears Holdings, "The decision to close stores is a difficult but necessary step as we take actions to strengthen the company's operations and fund its transformation.

"Many of these stores have struggled with their financial performance for years and we have kept them open to maintain local jobs and in the hopes that they would turn around.

"But in order to meet our objective of returning to profitability, we have to make tough decisions and will continue to do so, which will give our better performing stores a chance at success."

Kent shop for sale

After eight years in business, the owner of Katie's Korner in Kent is hoping to sell the popular ice cream shop. Rich Prulhiere said the business at 1412 S. Water St. will stay open until a new owner is found.

Prulhiere said it is time to go, and he hopes whoever takes over the location will continue to improve on the building's condition. He said his favorite part of owning the business throughout the eight years was making his customers happy.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people are happy when they get there and they are all happy when they leave," Prulhiere said. "It's a fun business and it's fun to see customers come back year after year. Those are definitely my favorite parts."

Prulhiere can be reached at 330-620-4030 or by email at Rich_P@kw.com.

Large crowd turns

out for eatery sale

A capacity crowd turned out Jan. 4 at the former site of the Pufferbelly Ltd. restaurant in downtown Kent for an auction of the contents of the landmark eatery, which closed its doors on New Year's Eve after 35 years in operation in the former Erie depot on Franklin Avenue.

Restaurant supplies, including pots and pans, salt shakers and other items, were gaveled away by Kiko and Associates, which handled the auction. Tables and booths were for sale, as the items that had lined the walls of the restaurant since its opening.

History-related artifacts brought high prices: A canoe that had hung from the ceiling went for $850. An advertising sign from Paulus Grocery Co. in Kent was gaveled away for $1,000. A Daughters of the American Revolution banner brought $350.

Among those on hand for the auction were Mike Awad and pro golfer Ben Curtis, who are among the partners in the Italian restaurant that will open there later this year.