Jilly's Music Room


BOGO Menu Item During Happy Hour (4:30-7PM Daily) Jilly's Music Room is a live music venue located in Downtown Akron's Northside District We offer a sophisticated atmosphere, an eclectic, American tapas menu, craft cocktails, more than 100 beers, lots of free parking, state of the art sound system and exceptional service. Special Events and Live music from Wednesday thru Saturday showcasing the best original bands (local/regional/national) in the following genres: Blues, R&B, Rock, Indie, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Americana, and Alt-Country. No Cover Unless Noted 21 & Over Under 21: $5.00 OWNERS BACKSTORY 1. What’s your current position? Keeper of The Zoo/Chief Vibe Officer (Owner/GM) 2. How long have you been in this position? 5 years 3. What motivates you to do what you do? A genuine love for music and people, and a desire to create a place where adults can kick up their heels and have a good time; escape a little. 4. What are you most passionate about? Growing and contributing to the community by providing a fantastic experience centered around friends and music. 5. What are 3 goals you want to accomplish in your business? - Be the best at what we do. - Provide a great experience for our guests – make them feel like family. - Contribute to the community. 6. What led you to this business? A love of people, music and art. 7. What were you doing before you started / purchased your business? Repurposing commercial real estate, community development. 8. What attracted you to start / own your business? I have an aversion to authority figures. 9. Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan, but I grew up somewhere between Santa Rosa, California and Akron, Ohio. 10. What was it like to grow up there? I lived in a great neighborhood full of wonderful families and lots of other kids. We spent all our time outside creating our own fun … building sled runs, organizing neighborhood Olympics, creating haunted houses, playing kick the can…. 11. Where did you go to high school and or college? I am a proud graduate of the Jackson, Michigan public school system, where I attended school K – 12. I graduated from Sonoma State University in northern California with a BA in Art History, Arts Management and Photography. 12. What do you remember most about those years? Creating things and exploring. 13. Did you have any key mentors or people who influenced who you are? Yes – I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. I’ve worked for and with, and have shared the company of so many smart, giving, and caring people; wonderful men and women who always gave me a seat at the table. 14. Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path to owning this business? No … it was just a natural progression. 15. What’s next for your business? Tomorrow. 16. What are you most looking forward to? Whatever happens next. YOUR BUILDING, NEIGHBORHOOD AND OTHER BUSINESSES 17. Tell us about the building your business is in. Any fun facts, interesting stories, unexpected visitors? Jilly’s Music Room is located in a 1910 building built by the Burkhardt Brewing family as a neighborhood tavern. In the early 1900s, beer was only available for purchase at the breweries. To expand their business and make their brews more accessible, the Burkhardt’s built several neighborhood pubs. It has always been a bar. During prohibition, they made and sold root beer on the ground floor and operated a speakeasy in the basement. There are tiny “sleeping rooms” on the second floor that housed both itinerant rubber workers and Akron’s longest running brothel over the years. We have three mischievous ghosts who keep us on our toes. 18. What are the 3 greatest things about your Neighborhood? Jilly’s Music Room is located in the Northside (arts & entertainment) District at the northern edge of Downtown Akron. We’re home to great restaurants, galleries, shops, outdoor markets, and people. We’re within walking distance of Downtown proper, the Towpath Trail, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park System. The three greatest things about the neighborhood are our diversity, sense of community, and the camaraderie among business owners. 19. How has your Neighborhood changed in the last 10 years? We’ve been growing to include spaces for people to live and stay, in addition to eat, shop and have fun. A new hotel, lofts, and townhomes are now a part of our landscape. 20. For someone who has never been to your Neighborhood, what would you recommend a visitor do first (aside from stopping into your business)? Take a stroll around … visit our unique shops and galleries. Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 21. Tell us about some of your neighbors, specifically the independently owned businesses around your business. Which business was here first and when? Our next-door neighbor, Luigi’s Restaurant, has been here longer than anyone – 75 years. People line-up to try their pizza. Good stuff. DBA (Dante Boccuzzi Akron) is across the street serving up creative American cuisine in a sophisticated environment. They also have one of the best outdoor spaces in the city. Zeber-Martell Studio & Gallery features regional fine art and craft, and NOTO North is an eclectic boutique. Our monthly Northside Market features some of the area’s best locally-produced foods and goods. YOUR STAFF 22. What are the 3 biggest traits you look for when hiring? Out-going personality, experience, and a love of service. 23. What are the 3 biggest lessons you’ve learned from your team? We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together. 24. Without naming names, what are 3 unusual facts about current or past team members? They’re all a little unusual. 25. What are the 3 biggest lessons you think you’ve taught your team? We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together. We’re all in this together.

Jilly's Music Room


111 North Main Street
Akron 44308

Jilly's is in the Northside Entertainment District in Downtown Akron (next to Luigis and across the street from the Courtyard by Marriott).

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  • * Sophisticated & cosmopolitan, yet unpretentious atmosphere.
  • * Live music and entertainment nightly.
  • * Discover the next big thing. We promote original music.
  • * Dancing!!
  • * Trivia, comedy, storytelling & theatre, too.
  • * Monthly open jam.
  • * Specializing in fresh, house-made small plates.
  • * Our kitchen is 100% gluten free. Seriously.
  • * Vegetarian and vegan options.
  • * We cater and do special events.
  • * Owned by a woman.
  • * Award winning 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • * Excellent customer service.
  • * We're really proud of our bathrooms.


Wed. & Thurs: 4:30 PM til Midnight Friday: 4:30 PM til 1:30 AM Saturday: 3 PM til 1:30 AM Resting, Practicing and Closed on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday


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