Release Date: February 5,2020

Downtown Businesses Show Customers Some Love on Galentine's and Valentine's Day

(Akron, Ohio) - Your favorite downtown Akron business may be planning to show you some love on February 13 or 14. Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is working with 13 businesses to bring customers "Galentine's Day" on Thursday, February 13. Galentine's Day began in 2010 as a fictional holiday devised by Leslie Knope, a character on the popular TV show Parks and Rec. What started as fiction has grown into a real holiday, preceding Valentine's Day, which celebrates the joys of female friendship. Downtown Akron businesses from salons to consultants, bakeries and night clubs will present special offers and discounts to celebrants.

Tammy Ostrander of Tammy O's Hair Salon said, "We are looking forward to touching gals' hearts with love on this special day while collaborating with DAP to celebrate women in the community and recognize their accomplishments! We'll make you beautiful."

Kimberly Beckett, DAP Director of Business Relations, said "We thought Galentine's Day would be the perfect occasion to showcase some of our downtown, woman-owned businesses. We had interest from numerous owners as soon as we started asking around."

Participating businesses include Northside Cellar, blue: A Goodwill Boutique, Jilly's Music Room, Zeber-Martell Studio, Tammy O's Spa and Salon, Sweet Mary's Bakery, The Peanut Shoppe, SYLC Consulting, Western Fruit Basket, Art by Design, Bizzy Beads Boutique, The Tea Lady and Smile Inside. Special offers from Galentine's Day businesses can be viewed at 

On Valentine's Day

Downtown Akron Partnership is sharing the love through Valentine's Day in downtown Akron. DAP Ambassadors, in the course of their normal work of maintaining a clean and safe downtown, will be carrying a limited number of fine chocolate bars from Indulge Chocolates. A select few bars will also contain gift cards to Akron businesses.More information about the Ambassador program can be found at

Valentine's Day is also Ohio Loves Transit Day, a statewide initiative celebrating transit in Ohio and promoting the need for public transportation in our communities. DAP has partnered with METRO RTA and downtown businesses to promote transit on Valentine's Day by offering a free treat* for riders who show their Ohio Loves Transit button to participating businesses (*while supplies last, limit one item per person). Buttons will be available on buses on February 14th. More information about Ohio Loves Transit Day can be found at or on METRO RTA's Facebook page.

About Downtown Akron Partnership

The mission of Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is to promote and build a vibrant and valuable downtown. DAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life to the heart of Akron. Through strategic marketing, clean and safe programs and management of downtown's resources, DAP works to promote downtown as a gathering place in the center of our community.

DAP's members include property owners, business leaders and government officials who want to improve the image of downtown as a safe, convenient location for businesses, working professionals and families. DAP is governed by a board of trustees as diverse as the interests of our city. DAP is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and GAR Foundation.