We Are

Better Kenmore CDC

We are a community development corporation dedicated to building a better Kenmore by improving the quality of life in Akron’s second largest neighborhood through cultural, artistic, recreational and business revitalization within the historic Kenmore Boulevard business district.

Things To See & Do On

The heart and soul of the Kenmore neighorhood, The BLVD is home to one of a kind dining destinations and unique shopping experiences. It is also Akron’s Music Row – home to multiple live music venues, guitar shops and recording studios. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors down to The BLVD for an authentic experience you won’t find anywhere else in Akron.

Volunteer

Do you, your community group or a friend or relative want to help the Kenmore community or earn service hours? If so, become a Better Kenmore volunteer!

There are multiple fun and easy ways to get involved. Check out our current volunteer opportunities.

Donate

Your gift to Better Kenmore Community Development Corporation is the gift that keeps giving: to your friends, neighbors and to you!

Learn more about how your donation to Better Kenmore CDC helps support our revitalization efforts on The BLVD and make a donation today!

Events

Come Play!

There’s always something fun happening on The BLVD!

Check out these upcoming events!

June 7th First Friday

June 2024

KENMORE FIRST FRIDAY is back again this year on Kenmore BLVD (between 13th & 16th streets)!!!

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2024 First Friday

Kenmore First Friday brings thousands of residents and visitors together for the region’s best live music, food, craft brews, vendors and family…

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Boo on The BLVD

October 2024

Join us on October 26th. 2pm-4pm for BOO on the Boulevard! The Event will take place on Kenmore Blvd from…

Boo on The BLVD
Light The BLVD

December 2023

Kick off the holiday season Friday, Dec. 1 as we Light the BLVD from 13th to 16th St. in multi-colored….

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Blog & News

Get the Scoop

Get to know Kenmore’s people, places and things, and stay up to date on kenmore news!

Iconic new wave musician Chris Butler has become a part of Kenmore’s expanding music community 

May 2024

Interview by Jim Carney Iconic new wave musician Chris Butler has become a part of Kenmore’s expanding music community. The member of The Waitresses…

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An Akron neighborhood guide to Kenmore

December 2023

“The people and the neighbors and the sense of pride of just living here, that’s what makes Kenmore, Kenmore.”

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The Center Yoga + Dance Studio to host grand opening celebration this weekend

October 2023

The Center Dance + Yoga Studio – which quietly began offering dance and yoga classes in the former Etta Mae Smith Studio of Dance…

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Alternative rock pioneers to celebrate grand reopening of Kenmore Blvd. music venue

September 2023

On Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m., The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, along with Chris Butler of new wave band The Waitresses, will cut the…

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Around Akron with Blue Green

September 2023

Published September 16, 2023 Blue Green learns about Better Kenmore CDC, which is devoted to improving the Kenmore neighborhood, before dropping by Velvet Vintage…

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Our Store

We’re working to improve the quality of life in Akron’s second largest neighborhood through cultural, artistic, recreational and business revitalization within the historic Kenmore Boulevard historic district.

15% of your purchase goes directly to Better Kenmore!

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So Much To See!

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