Catching up with Cathy

Cathy Wyatt, co-owner of Carpe Diem coffee shop, was the subject of About’s first cover story five years ago. We sat down with her to catch up.

cathy_fileCathy Wyatt, co-owner of Carpe Diem coffee shop, was the subject of About’s first cover story five years ago. We sat down with her to catch up.

Everyone knows Cathy, right?

Cathy Wyatt, co-owner of Carpe Diem coffee shop, graced About magazine’s first cover when it debuted in May 2008.

An etched copy of the cover hangs in the coffee shop in downtown Canton — a Christmas gift from her husband, Patrick.

“Seize the Day,” screamed the headline next to a photo of Cathy inside the magazine, an obvious play on the translation of the coffee shop’s Latin name — and also a fitting headline for Wyatt. The story detailed the unique way the Wyatts came to open the shop — and celebrated the success they had in that longvacant location.

“I think if I could clone myself or my husband, they might work. We kept trying them, but they just didn’t work. Downtown works because we have a nice rapport with our customers. We’ve met some of our dearest friends just by having this spot right here.”

“Cathy Wyatt is one of those perfect storms of talent, efficiency and accomplishment people love to hate,” the story began. “If only she’d let you. … If you have been in her compact shop more than a few times, there is a good chance she has begun preparing your order while you’re still talking about the weather.”

Same holds true today, as the shop approaches 10 years in business. Visits with Cathy while she is manning the counter are peppered with conversations as customers come to see her in the Northmark Building shop.

“She is a doll,” said Donna Jones, a teller at KeyBank downtown. “I love this place. She fixes me up and gets my mojo moving.”

“It’s my job,” Cathy says with a smile.

She said most of Carpe Diem’s business remains from the downtown area. During the past five years, the Wyatts have tried opening satellite coffee shops, to no avail.

“I think if I could clone myself or my husband, they might work,” she said. “We kept trying them, but they just didn’t work. Downtown works because we have a nice rapport with our customers. We’ve met some of our dearest friends just by having this spot right here.”

Daily visitors to Carpe Diem may or may not notice the great detail Cathy has put into decorating her shop, such as the coffee cup doorknobs, the artwork around the shop, or even the upside-down Christmas tree.

“People are in and out,” she said, noting that some notice things right away, and others, not so much.

“I still have people ask me how long I’ve had our Christmas tree upside down. It has been there since our first Christmas.”

Since she was featured five years ago, Cathy ran in the New York City Marathon (“That was pretty cool”) and completed a bucket list of 50 things to do before she turned 50 (“I had to take pictures so I could remember them!”).

Downtown business remains strong and Cathy continues to be quite active in the community.

“I am now a member of the Aultman Women’s Board, and I’ve gotten great friends from that. They do such nice things. I’m in Leadership Stark County, which I love,” Cathy said. “And if nothing else, we have just met some of the nicest people that we would have never met if not for this shop.”