Susan Kurtz inherited gobs of costume jewelry from her two great-aunts when they died. The pieces were gaudy and flashy—and she adored them. Yet, she didn’t exactly know what do with them.
Dori Heck was a small beach town girl from Los Angeles living in New York City when she decided to move to Massillon. “I honestly had no idea what I was getting involved in,” Heck recalls of the decision to move to her husband’s hometown in 2001. “I knew I wanted to have more than one kid and wanted to stay home with them. Massillon allowed us to do that. It was lot cheaper than New York City.”
Unbox the Dress was born after Grace Rojek’s family found her aunt’s wedding dress and didn’t know what to do with it. It was too sentimental to part with. But they knew it likely wouldn’t be worn again and would be forgotten again in a closet.
Zoe Oswalt delivered mail for 14 years before she launched her own bakery selling custom wedding cakes. She had been making wedding cakes for her friends and family while living in Fort Benning, Georgia, where her husband, Ed, a major in the U.S. Army, was stationed.
Mark J. Samolczyk knew it was time he and his family returned to the United States and Stark County when his two daughters–Grace, then 7, and Kate, then 5–thought “O Canada” was their native national anthem.
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The Birch Tree Furniture & Boutique was born after Erin Mingus and her family moved from their Perry Township bungalow into a larger home and needed furniture.
Much like the jewelry she creates, Judith Sterling’s life as an artist continues to evolve. The 64-year-old East Canton native began as a painter, dedicating about 20 years of her life to the craft before she began to see art in a more three-dimensional form.
Renee Salter says she's proof that you can beat breast cancer if you detect it early and follow your doctor's treatment orders.