Kelli Weir

Doug & Jess Bennett give their local picks

It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight for Jess and Doug Bennett. “He said to me once at the office that I was the female version of him and he hated me,” said the former Jess Andreae who grew up in rural Westfield Township in Medina County and moved to Stark County to attend Walsh University. “But I like to think of that as the 40-year-old man version of pulling my pigtails.”

2019 Person of the Year | Joe Chaddock

Last school year was among the most heartbreaking and frightening nine months in Stark County school history. School leaders buried 25 students or recent graduates, including roughly a dozen of them who died by suicide. One student plotted to kill his fellow classmates before deciding to turn the gun on himself. Threats of violence bombarded nearly every local school district, and more than 1,500 Stark County children were taken to nearby hospitals for mental health concerns. School leaders and staff didn’t know what to do.

Claudette Hankins gives her local picks

Ask Claudette Hankins about her dressing room. It’s her favorite place inside her Lake Cable home. The former spare bedroom was redesigned by Christine Ridgway, principal and lead designer of Empire Designs and Events, and features a chandelier, white antique armoire and wall-to-wall open shelving to perfectly organize and display Hankins’ vast wardrobe, including some of her roughly 120 hats.

Joanne K. Murray gives her local picks

Joanne K. Murray is a Canton native who never has lived anywhere else—and has no desire to do so. The Lehman High School graduate who attended Kent State University at Stark began her career as an administrative assistant to Canton Mayor Stanley Cmich in 1968, a job she held for 15 years before entering the commercial real estate business for six years.

Where to buy

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