When I wrote in this space a few months back about joining a book club, I neglected to mention one delicious little detail. The cupcakes. The sister of a woman in our club recently started a cupcake business out of her home, so our monthly club acts as a guinea pig for new flavors.

Tough job, I know.

Each batch she’s sent to our group has been exceptional — a feast for the eyes as much as the tastebuds. I knew after my first bite that we needed to feature Queen George’s cupcakes in the magazine.

I talked with writer Dan Kane, and he was more than willing to take on the sweet assignment.

Cupcakes have become quite popular locally as the perfect individual-size indulgence. Several local businesses specialize in them. Dan focused on these three for his feature: Queen George’s, Babycakes and Kristina’s Kreations.

What’s interesting about these three cupcake businesses in particular is they are all owned by women — moms — who run their business out of their home. Each has a niche that sets her apart from the others.

And trust us, all of their cupcakes are distinctive and delectable.

Told you I joined an awesome book club. Movers & Shakers: Power Couples The “Movers & Shakers” issue has quickly become one of my favorite features we do annually in About.

It represents About’s mission to spotlight amazing Stark County people — and allows us to see who they are and more of what they do. It’s inspiring to see the things that our “Movers & Shakers” are involved with and passionate about within our community.

This year, we decided to put a twist on the feature. Rather than choose individuals, we chose to feature couples who are making a difference here in Stark County.

I love reading their stories. We learn just a little bit about who they are individually, and each couple reveals how both of them make it all work. Their combined level of involvement and passion for the community is evident, and their personalities really shine through.

It makes me wonder what it is like at the dinner table in the homes of these “Power Couples.” I’m betting on some amazing stories and conversation. We’re proud to feature them in About, and we applaud their efforts in Stark County.

Next year: “Power Families!”

Darla A. Brown

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