More than 100 students participate in design contest at hot dog shop


by lauren sega | reporter

Cuyahoga Falls -- A total of 125 students from Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge high schools are participating in a school art project called "Art at the Dog" for local business Retro Dog.

Students will create their own kind of dog and design a character to go with it.

Lisa Bruno, a co-owner of Retro Dog with the Moretuggo and Berrodin families said since Retro Dog's opening on Father's Day last year, the trademark has been character dogs. Each of Retro Dog's signature dogs has a character that goes with it.

"Our main character is Retro Dog," said Bruno. "He's a guy in a suit with a hot dog head. Veggie Dog is kind of a hippie."

The idea came from Bruno's business partner Sean Berrodin, an art teacher at Aurora High school.

"He has done a lot of the art work in the store and had some of his students last year do a few characters for our milkshakes," said Bruno. "It was so fun we wanted to do it again with some of the local schools."

Around 18 to 20 students are participating from Cuyahoga Falls High School while the remaining 100 or so are from Woodridge.

The contest runs through Dec. 22. During that time, designs will be displayed in the store and on the Retro Dog Facebook page. People can vote on their favorite designs in person or online. Three winners will be chosen from each school and those names will be announced Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Each of the winners will have their design displayed as the "Dog of the Month." First prize winners from each school will receive a gift card to Retro Dog and a T-shirt. Second- and third-place winners will win gift cards.

Retro Dog is located at 350 E. Steels Corners Road. It's open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

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