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Kent (Ohio)

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Kent [1] is a college town in Northeast, Ohio. Kent, the home of Kent State University, is a quaint town with a very diverse community (particularly on the liberal to conservative scale) and is home to an annual Folk Music Festival.

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Kent is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County. It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeastern Ohio on the western edge of the county. The population was 27,906 at the 2000 United States Census and 28,904 in the 2010 Census. The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area. Part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Kent was originally settled in 1805 and was known as Franklin Mills. Settlers were initially attracted to the area due to its location along the Cuyahoga River as a place for water-powered mills. Later development came in the 1830s and 1840s as a result of the village's position along the route of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. Leading up to the American Civil War, Franklin Mills was noted for its activity in the Underground Railroad. With the decline of the canal and the emergence of the railroad, the village became the home of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad maintenance shops through the influence of Marvin Kent. In 1864 the village was renamed Kent in honor of and in gratitude for Marvin Kent's efforts. Today Kent is a college town best known as the home of the main campus of Kent State University, founded in 1910, and as the site of the 1970 Kent State shootings. Historically a manufacturing center, education is the city's largest economic sector with Kent State University the city's, and one of the region's, largest employers. The Kent City School District and the Kent Free Library provide additional education opportunities and resources. Many of Kent's demographic elements are influenced by the presence of the university, particularly the median age, median income, and those living below the poverty level. The city is governed by a council-manager system with a city manager, a nine-member city council, and a mayor. Kent has nearly 20 parks and preserves and hosts a number of annual festivals including ones related to Earth Day, folk music, and the U.S. Independence Day. In addition to the Kent State athletic teams, the city also hosts a number of amateur and local sporting events at various times during the year. Kent is part of the Cleveland-Akron media market and is the city of license for three local radio stations and three television stations and includes the regional affiliates for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Although most residents commute to work in private vehicles, alternate transportation includes a public bus service and hike-and-bike trails. As the home of the Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent is known as "The Tree City" while residents are referred to as "Kentites". The city has produced a number of notable individuals, particularly in politics, athletics, and the entertainment industry.

Get in

By car

State Route 59 is the main east–west highway, following East and West Main Streets and Haymaker Parkway. Summit Street is another major east-west road mainly on Kent's eastern side, passing through and linking much of the Kent State campus. Fairchild Avenue is an important east-west road on the city's west side connecting with Stow and Cuyahoga Falls. State Route 43 is the main north–south highway, mainly following North Mantua and South Water Streets. SR 43 connects Kent with Interstate 76, approximately 3 miles (5 km) to the south via exit 33 in Brimfield and to the Ohio Turnpike/Interstate 80 and the eastern terminus of Interstate 480, approximately 7 miles (11 km) to the north via Turnpike exit 187 in Streetsboro. Both SR 43 and SR 59 are four to five-lane roads within the city limits. State Route 261 passes through the southern and eastern edges of the city and is a four-lane divided highway for a short distance with the remainder a two-lane highway. It serves as a bypass between SR 43, SR 59, and Summit Street on Kent's south and eastern sides and to Tallmadge on the southwest.

By bus

By plane

The nearest major airports are Akron-Canton Regional Airport (IATA: CAK, ICAO: KCAK, FAA LID: CAK) which is about 30 minutes away by car, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (IATA: CLE, ICAO: KCLE, FAA LID: CLE) which is about 50 minutes away by car.

Kent State University also operates Kent State University Airport (FAA LID: 1G3), in nearby Stow, Ohio, which is for educational and public use.

Get around

  • Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), +1 330-678-1287, [2]. Provides bus service in Kent and surrounding Portage County.


  • Go2Go, [3]. offers affordable taxi service starting at $2 per person.

See

  • KSU Fashion Museum, KSU campus, Rockwell Hall (Corner of East Main Street (Route 59) and South Lincoln Streets), +1- 330-672-3450 (, fax: +1-330-672-3218), [4].

Do

  • Kent State University Golf Course, 108 Macc, KSU, 1 330 672 5390.
  • Canoeing. is popular in the Kent, on the Cuyahoga River.

Learn

  • Kent State University, +1-330-672-2444 (fax: +1-330-672-2499), [5]. Kent State University is a dynamic, intellectual community with more than 184,000 alumni worldwide and with many proud traditions. Chief among these is a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning that fosters the success of all students - traditional-age students, working adults and lifelong learners of all kinds. In addition, Kent State is building on its strong foundation of path-breaking research - research with the potential to solve problems and spark economic development. The university has earned national attention for faculty, staff and student innovations in learning technologies, liquid-crystal materials, biomedicine and many other 21st-century fields. Both workers needing to upgrade job skills and businesses hunting for a partner that can enhance their organization's knowledge base, operations and global reach seek out Kent State. With outstanding academic programs and faculty on the leading edge of their fields, undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe turn to Kent State for a world-class education. In doing so, they make Kent State a truly multicultural community and a microcosm of global society. Most important, they enrich the lives of area students and the entire region.

Buy

Clothing

  • Figleaf, 138 E Main St, 330-676-1906, [6]. Mon - Wed, 11:30am - 6pm; Thu - Sat, 11:30am - 7pm. Decidedly dressy and surprisingly affordable, Figleaf Boutique sits on the recently renovated Acorn Alley. The small chain (this is Figleaf's fourth store) is right at home in college towns, as its inventory marketed towards young women. The store also provides quality accessories, including a small but select inventory of shoes and purses.

Gifts

  • Dr. Greenbee, 138 E Main St, 330-673-5540, [7]. Mon - Fri, 10am - 7pm; Sat, 10am - 7pm; Sun, noon - 5pm. Dr. Greenbee is an eco-friendly home improvement store that provides area residents with an array of environmentally-conscious products and workshops. Products offered include kitchen and bathroom items, paints and stains, eco-friendly flooring and carpets, cleaning products, alternative lighting and more. Additionally, the store hosts a variety of workshops such as beekeeping and beer making.
  • Off the Wagon, 152 E Main St, 330-474-1330, [8]. Jan & Feb Hours: Tue, Wed, Thur 11:30am - 5:30 pm; Fri 11am -6pm; Sat, 10am - 6pm; Sun-Mon closed. Fun, unique and quirky toy store.

Eat

  • Anthony's Cafe & Cakes, 128 N Water St, 330-678-9520. Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm; Sat, 8am - 3pm; Sun, 8:30am - 2pm; *open later for dinner seasonally. The independent cafe and bakery adjacent to the Home Savings Bank Plaza not only serves up a full breakfast menu and plenty of sandwiches and wraps for the lunchtime crowd. $.
  • Backerei, 120 S Water St, 330-677-0380. Tue - Sat, 10am - 4pm; Sun, Mon, closed. The Backerei may be hard to pronounce (say "BACK-er-rye"), but it's bound to offer something to please just about any palate. Soups are made fresh daily, and in general, the recipes offer a twist on old favorites like tomato basil, chicken vegetable and pumpkin. Sweetbreads, cookies, pastries, sandwiches, coffees and juices are also offered alongside kind and helpful service. There are a few tables by the sunny front window and lots of raving fans. If you've got a favorite item or a crowd to please, order a few days ahead to give the staff a chance to get it ready. $.
  • Baked In The Village Cafe, 123 N Water St, 330-256-0790. Tue - Sat, 8am - 4pm; Sun, 9am - 2pm; Mon, closed. Baked In The Village Cafe is a bakery and cafe offering breakfast and lunch. The menu at this establishment features pastries and coffee, sandwiches and soups, as well as sides such as macaroni salad, potato salad and coleslaw.
  • Bistro on Main, 1313 W Main St, 330-673-9900, [9]. Mon - Sat, 11:30am - close; Sun, closed. This high-class, full-service restaurant serves deliciously prepared dishes and has established itself in a few short years as one of Kent's very best dining options. Bistro is dark and quiet, with an extensive wine list and innovative menu selections. $$$.
  • Cajun Dave's, 132 S Water St, 330-474-0800, [10]. Mon - Thu, 4pm - 10pm; Fri, 12pm - 11pm; Sat, 4pm - 11p; Sun, closed. Cajun Dave's serves gumbo, po' boys and other spicy fare inside the Water Street Tavern. Because it's a restaurant inside a bar, a few rules are worth noting: Guests under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult, age 21 or older; guests over 18 but younger than 21 may eat inside Cajun Dave's until 9pm. $$.


  • Euro Gyro, 107 S Depeyster St, 330-678-4976, [11]. Mon - Wed, 10:30am - 3am; Thurs - Fri, 10:30am - 3:30am; Sat, 11am - 3:30am; Sun, 11am - 2:30am. serves pizza, wings, gyros, and sandwiches. They also have bar and drink specials. A large 1 topping pizza is $5 on Wednesay. Open late. $.
  • Franklin Square Deli, 108 S Water St, 330-673-2942, [12]. Monday - Saturday 10 - 9, Sunday 11-7. In addition to its wide array of sandwich selections, Franklin Square Deli offers a full breakfast menu, soups and dessert items. The restaurant provides quick, courteous service and maintains a large local customer base. $.


  • Laziza, 195 E Erie St, 330-677-7000, [13]. Laziza is a Mediterranean-style restaurant in the downtown Kent area that offers lunch and dinner dining. The menu here offers steaks, seafood and Mediterranean specialities. The space here features two levels available for dining, a bar and an area for private parties. The restaurant also provides catering services for private events and functions. Michael and Nicole Awad are the owners of Laziza. 
  • Mike's Place, 1700 S Water St (corner of SR 43 & SR 261), ''+1'' 330-673-6501 (), [14]. M-Th 6AM-11PM, F-Sa 6AM-12AM, Su 7AM-10PM. Mike's place has a huge menu, and all items have an unusual name (Ms. McNaster's Disaster, The Nunsiatta Devita, etc.). The atmosphere is similar to Dick's Last Resort's. Dinners $6-15, Sandwiches $5-10.
  • Guy's Pizza, 146 S Water St, 330-678-5368. These "guys" offer good pizza and good service, but even better, the company is truly committed to giving back to the communities it serves. Also nice: Guy's sells its hot pies by the slice, so it's a great place in downtown Kent to stop in for a quick lunch or snack. It's worth noting that all Guy's Pizza locations use fresh ingredients from local vendors, so menu variations (from location to location) occur. In addition to the regular and specialty pizza pies, nine different fresh salads are on the menu, as are subs, calzones, and traditional and boneless wings.


  • Ray's Place, 135 Franklin Ave, 330-673-2233, [15]. Open daily; hours vary seasonally. a bar and restaurant that is popular with college students and locals. There are many burgers and sandwiches on the menu. There are many specials on food and drinks. Many beers to choose from. $.
  • Taco Tantos, 123 Franklin Ave. Kent, Ohio, 330-677-0223. Hours: Mon. - Wed. 11:00 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thurs. - Sat. 11:00 to 12:00 midnight Closed Sundays. Made from scratch delicious Mexican style foods. Cheap huge tacos, burritos, tostados , taco salads , pizzaritos , chips and salsa. Can call ahead for pick up or place order in the store. One can place an outdoor by phone and can pick up their order from the outside carryout window at the nextdoor Zephyr Bar. If you want a beer with your food then you have to go to Zephyrs. The website is a little outdated and food is a little more expensive but totally worth it. When I went to KSU this place was my friends and my favorite place. Nice cozy place. Student Style.
  • Wild Goats Cafe, 319 West Main Street Kent, OH, (330) 677-2326. Really good place for breakfast or lunch. They have great coffee, and food that is fresh and not "brought in". Try the corned beef hash. A nice alternative to the endless chain restaurants in Portage County.
  • Funky Ladles, 135 E Erie St. The location has a retro 70's atmosphere with music and offers all types of soups, sandwiches, chowders, chili, stews, gumbo, and casseroles. Some specialty items include Thai curry chicken, sausage and wild mushroom, broccoli cheese, lobster bisque, seafood chowder and much more.

Drink

  • Viking Vineyards & Winery, 268 Old Forge Road, +1-330-678-2080, [16].
  • Zephyr Pub, 106 W Main St, 330-678-4848. Daily, opens 4pm. Zephyr has a reputation as a friendly drinking establishment that's not really frequented by any one social group. Plenty of groups get together here, whether they're current KSU students or grads from long-ago gathering for a casual night. Customers use the large outdoor patio as long as the weather permits and service on the patio is every bit as good as inside.
  • The Loft, 112 W Main St.

Sleep

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1215 Sanctuary View Drive, ''+1'' 330-673-9200, [17].
  • University Inn, 540 South Water Street, ''+1'' 330-678-0123 (fax: ''+1'' 330-678-7356), [18]. $62+/night.

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