Alison Matas writes for The Repository, covering Canton City Hall. She grew up in Kent and has worked for newspapers in New York, Missouri, West Virginia and Maryland—and she’s happy to call Stark County her new home. When she’s not writing, she’s usually rehearsing for an upcoming musical or choir concert, going for a run or attempting to cook.
Besides writing for About magazine, I’m also a reporter for The Canton Repository, where I cover Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village/the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Strengthening Stark and other economic development projects in the county.
Christmas Eve falls on a Tuesday this year, which means my morning will consist of coffee at my cubicle instead of cinnamon rolls with my sister. But if I were going to be having a leisurely Christmas Eve at home, I definitely would upgrade my cinnamon-roll game by making these overnight gingerbread cinnamon rolls. They might be my favorite Test Kitchen recipe yet.
Santa will return to downtown Canton this December for the annual Light Up Downtown family celebration. This year’s event is scheduled for December 5, with the stage show beginning at 6 p.m., the fireworks going off at 6:45 p.m., and everything wrapping up at about 8:30 p.m.
Redbar Clothing got its start because Caroline Zenia kept getting compliments about what she was wearing. In 2001, she was ordering and storing items in her parents’ home. Today, she’s running her own shop at 943 S Main Street in North Canton and launching a website to sell the items internationally.
It’s my second Thanksgiving as About’s official Test Kitchen writer, and I am seizing the opportunity to try out another side dish. I think you’ll love this month’s Brussels sprouts gratin—a recipe that was selected not only because it sounded delicious but because the green will look pretty on a Thanksgiving dinner table.
Certified sommelier Wanda Haynes wants you to stop buying the same $5 bottle of wine every time you go to the grocery store. She understands that people often don’t know what to choose from the wine aisle, so they end up drinking one wine over and over and over again. But don’t worry; she’s here to help.
The Repository Select Rite Aid Stores Spee-D Foods Buehler's Fresh Foods Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations Aultman Hospital Gift Shop Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations News Depot Avenue Arts Marketplace Yum Yum Tree Alliance Grapes in a Glass