Your votes — an overwhelming record number of them — have been tallied in a dozen various categories highlighting people and places in Stark County for our fourth annual Local Favorites contest.
And now we get to share each of the newly-crowned winners with all of Stark County in this highly anticipated issue.
Certainly, there are some familiar faces among the victors, but we noticed a few undiscovered surprises as well.
I love being able to spotlight great Stark County people and places — and share what makes them tick.
It seems fitting that in this same Local Favorites issue, we also feature a story on Barbara Abbott and her Canton Food Tours.
Barbara, a longtime arts and downtown Canton supporter, launched the food tours this year. I recently tagged along with reporter Dan Kane and photographer Julie Botos on the Warehouse District tour they took for the About story (that’s our group in the photo on this page).
It was easy to see how Barbara combined her passion for downtown Canton, the Arts District and history of the area into her business. Her tours seem to combine all the very best things about our community — and her enthusiasm for all of it is quite contagious.
Isn’t that what it’s all about? What could be better to build up a community than to unearth the very best things about it — and find a way to showcase those things for others to recognize and build on?
I walked away from my tour feeling excited for our city — and bursting to share the amazing people, places and food we savored on the tour. I hope you’ll do the same.
About Your Home
I’ve passed the Hambleton House on Market Avenue in Canton every day for years — never realizing the jewel that it is.
Sure, I’ve marveled at the home — admired the lush landscaping and noticed upgrades from time to time.
But it wasn’t until earlier this year that I realized that not only is it a stately home, but it is also a thriving bed and breakfast right in the city of Canton.
Our tour of the home shows a historic home that feels both welcoming and comfortable. Pull up a chair and settle in.
Darla A. Brown