Our Clocktower Rotary Business of the Month: Metropolis Popcorn!
Throughout November and December, the Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club is celebrating Metropolis Popcorn as our Business of the Month. Brent Van Fossen bought the popcorn store in October 2020 and worked to expand its online ordering business, which proved to be a winning strategy. "The support from the Hudson community has been amazing," he said at a recent Rotary appearance. "Our online store and shipping business in the first year was up over 400 percent."
Brent is not new to the popcorn business. In 2012 he bought a popcorn store in Cuyahoga Falls after disappointing stints in the corporate world. "I decided I would never work for somebody else again," he said after being laid off from a major marketing position. "I wanted to be my own boss." So when Amaize Popcorn became available, he decided to purchase the store despite the pandemic.
Brent's entrepreneurial acumen manifested itself immediately. In addition to  building his e-commerce store, he got a food truck and now sells popcorn at Hudson sporting events where a portion of the proceeds go to the Boosters Club. He's created fundraising opportunities for nonprofits, established a popcorn club, and has broadened the scope of corporate gifts that are perfect for businesses of any size.
Metropolis Popcorn is located at 72 N. Main Street,, Unit 6 (facing Park Lane). The store is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. The Cuyahoga Falls store is located at 2164 Front Street. 
Brent and his wife, Margaret, have two daughters, ages 14 and 10. We welcome them to our Hudson business community.
Check out the incredible array of flavors by visiting the Metropolis Popcorn website. If you're looking for a gift that will bring a smile to anyone's face, look no further than Metropolis Popcorn. After all, as one Rotarian asked hypothetically, "Who in the world doesn't like popcorn?"
Metropolis Popcorn can be reached at 330-342-0300.
Our October Organization of the Month: Peg's Foundation
Peg’s Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization committed to creating opportunities for sharing knowledge, promoting partnerships, and inspiring improvements through a broad and intentional array of activities, partnerships, and grants—just as Peg would have wanted. Since its inception, Peg's Foundation has improved the lives of people with serious mental illness by investing in innovative projects in Northeast Ohio that have state-wide and national transformational impact. 

Peg's Gallery and Foundation Home

Without question, one of the most exciting cultural developments in Hudson is Peg's Foundation's Park Lane Project. In late September 2020, the Foundation purchased a hinge property in Hudson that it will reconfigure and create connectivity to the public greens. "Our vision includes the historic presence of the Baldwin Buss House, a public-facing space for art, and our permanent legacy home." 
"We are committed to our Founder, Peg Morgan and the cultural assets of downtown Hudson. This project honors her and will prominently demonstrate her interests while keeping her present in the Hudson community and her longtime home," writes Rick Kellar, President, Peg’s Foundation.
The Park Lane Project is a collaboration of Peg's Foundation and the Baldwin-Buss House Foundation (BBHF), who will oversee the house restoration to its 1825 footprint. Peg's Foundation is working out the details of a major transformation of the land adjacent to the Park Lane Green. Peg's Foundation will build its headquarters on the Park Lane Green and a "jewel box" art gallery that will feature exhibits open to the public. The house, office and gallery will be surrounded by open space that will include gardens, public gathering places and a walkway that will connect the National Register Historic Business District and the First and Main business district, creating a campus that will have both public and private use.
Click here to learn more about the Park Lane Project

Our September Business of the Month: The Farmer's Rail

We are pleased to welcome to Hudson a new Main Street business, The Farmer's Rail, located at 98 North Main Street. The Farmer's Rail is a farmer owned and operated butcher shop and bakery. The meats you find there, including poultry, beef and lamb, come from animals that are raised sustainably on pasture at Brunty Farms in Ashland, Ohio.

This is the third location for The Farmer's Rail. They also have stores in Bath and in Cuyahoga Falls. Kal Bowers, director of marketing, said the company is excited about opening the newest store. "Right now we are still in the 'soft opening' phase of the business," he said. "We have many exciting things to come, including the full restaurant, bar, and being open seven days a week. We are so excited to be part of the Hudson community!"

The Farmer's Rail is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also shop online – check out their extensive selection of products. Know someone with butcher, bakery or restaurant skills? The Farmer's Rail is looking for butchers, front of house restaurant workers, servers, bartenders and bakery staff. 

You can reach The Farmer's Rail at 330-576-3333 or visit their website. The Farmer's Rail – what a tasty addition to the Hudson business community! 
Join us at a Lunch Meeting
Beginning Wednesday, June 16, our meetings will be held each Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lager & Vine. Check back here periodically for any changes. On the second Wednesday of each month, we have a social meeting to discuss club business and socialize. That meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at Zeppe's Pizza. Everyone is encouraged to eat pizza that night!
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What is Hudson Clocktower Rotary?

Naturally, we are members of Rotary International. And because of this, we are committed to the goals of Rotary, the largest of which is the eradication of polio worldwide through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

But if you attend one of our meetings, you’re likely to think we’re just a friendly group of people who live or work in and around Hudson who enjoy getting together for lunch once a week. This is true. But we’re much more than that.

The video you see here does a great job of capturing exactly what we’re all about. Enjoy it, and we hope you’ll decide to come to one of our meetings to see what we’re all about.

Hudson Clocktower Rotary Club Goals

Are you ready to give back to your community?

We would love to have you in our club! You'll enjoy the experience and will help us achieve our goals, a few of which are described below.

  • Maximize our relationship with Leadership Hudson
  • Increase community awareness
  • Promote club growth
  • Work with the Hudson Community Food Bank
  • Collaborate with the District on Rotary Day

We have positions open on a number of committees, and we welcome your help. We encourage you to come forward, attend up to three of our Rotary meeting lunches without obligation, and decide for yourself if Rotary is for you.