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BUSINESS UPDATES | Golden Star Theaters Austintown Cinema to celebrate 1-year anniversary

Also among today's business updates: the YO! app; Magic Tree Pub & Eatery; Kravitz Delicatessen; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
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Golden Star Theaters Austintown Cinema will offer discounts this weekend to celebrate its one-year anniversary. (Contributed photo)

AUSTINTOWN — Golden Star Theaters Austintown Cinema will have a grand reopening event Friday through Sunday to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, as well as $2 drinks. All popcorn will cost $2 on Saturday. On Sunday, guests will receive a complimentary 32-ounce popcorn.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our first anniversary with our guests,” Joe Rethage, operations manager of Golden Star Theaters, said in a news release. “The Golden Star Theaters Austintown Cinema’s opening came at a challenging time for locally owned movie theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to formally welcoming our community back to Golden Star Theaters Austintown Cinema with this event and thanking each of them for their continued support of local, family-owned movie theaters.”

The grand reopening event also will show off the theater’s $2.5 million in renovations.

“The building underwent an overhaul in 2020, which included extensive remodeling of the lobby, box office, concession stand and all 10 movie theaters,” Rethage said. “Theaters now have new digital projectors, larger screens, Dolby 7.1 surround sound systems and VIP electric leather recliners.”

Golden Star Theaters is a family-owned movie theater chain based in New Castle, Pa., with locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.

Open house to kick off multimedia campaign for Yo! app

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s Economic Development Division will host an open house at 10 a.m. Friday to kick off a multimedia campaign encouraging support for local small businesses by using the YO! app.

City officials will be at the event at Common Goods Studio, 2000 Canfield Road, to discuss the campaign. Tutorials on using the app will be offered, and an information table will be staffed throughout the day. 

Business owners are encouraged to attend the open house and an after-hours reception where they can further engage in a roundtable discussion on marketing and operational strategies to promote the YO! app.

By using the YO! app, shoppers earn rewards — called City Bites — at participating local businesses across the city when they make purchases with registered credit, debit or prepaid debit cards linked to their YO! account. The rewards can then be redeemed at participating businesses. All rewards are funded by the city, and there is no cost to users or businesses, the release states.

“We are thrilled to team up with Colu and offer a platform to support small businesses in our community,” T. Sharon Woodberry, director of Economic Development for the city, said in a news release. “These businesses are the backbone of our economy.”

Magic Tree, Ceetus team up for training program

BOARDMAN — Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave., is partnering with Ceetus Investment Group for a program to help individuals work and learn the restaurant business.

After completing the training program, participants can open their own restaurants with resources and financial support.

“With the employee shortage, Magic Tree is in need of additional staff. This provides a way for them to be adequately staffed while providing training to future restaurateurs,” Ron Mansfield, a venture capitalist and director at Ceetus Investment Group, said in a news release. “The training and working relationship also reduces the risk for future investments by fully vetting the people that will lead the new ventures. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved.”

To apply for the program, click here.

Kravitz Deli celebrating National Sandwich Day

LIBERTY — Today is National Sandwich Day, and Kravitz Delicatessen, 3135 Belmont Ave., is marking the event with a weeklong celebration.

Customers can enjoy any specialty sandwich for $10.99, as well as sandwiches named in honor of people and businesses in the Mahoning Valley. One customer will be selected to win one sandwich per week for a year.

Gasoline prices decrease 5 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 5 cents lower this week at $3.16 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $3.18 per gallon.

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