Faculty help Kent downtown economic development efforts
CCI faculty members have brought their entrepreneurial skills to Acorn Alley II, a new hot spot for small business owners. Evan Bailey, operations manager of IdeaBase and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the co-owner of Tree City Coffee & Pastry. Along with his partners, Mike Beder and Brian Bower, they created a unique, high-quality coffee shop with the mission of featuring organic and direct trade products. Husband and wife design team Jason Turnidge and Kathryn Strand, both faculty members from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, designed the interior.