The building’s exterior adorned with the bright colors of Jamaica, Irie Island is a happy place. The restaurant at 3407 Mahoning Road, located on the eastern edge of Canton, offers cuisine that is authentically Jamaican.
There’s no such thing as a bad meal from Basil Asian Bistro. As proof, the restaurant, which has locations in downtown Canton and Wooster, is still humming, with customers eating in and ordering carryout.
Charlotte Engohang has turned a childhood pastime into a lucrative business. Engohang is the owner of Akiba’s Too Hair Supply and braiding service, which has locations in Canton and Alliance. The business is named after Engohang’s 6-year-old daughter.
It’s not often that one business owner would encourage some competition, but Tracy Foster, owner and head chef of at Sister’s Soul Food at 900 Harrison Avenue SW in Canton was encouraged to open her latest business by Dee Dwyer, owner of the neighboring Athens Restaurant.
Aaron Dukes had a successful career as a banker at a local institution, but he wasn’t satisfied. Three years ago, he struck out on his own to start Pristine Steam Wash, a mobile vehicle cleaning and detailing service.
In 2019, I had the honor of writing the forward for “African Americans of Canton, Ohio,” edited by Geraldine Radcliffe Nadine McIlwain-Massey and Lois Jacobson. It is a treasure chest of a book that capsulizes some of the stories that have helped to shape Black Stark County.
In a culture where people eat and drink practically on the run, making and drinking tea is a way to slow down, say the owners of a unique shop on the shores of Lake Cable. Terry Gabet and Kurt Gibbons are co-owners of the Ohio Tea Company at 5569 Fulton Drive NW.
Tricia Dever makes it her business to see that other people have fun. Literally. Dever is the owner of Always Eventful, a company that specializes in helping people plan some of the most important days of their lives, particularly weddings.