Local Faves | Shopping & Services

See if your Local Faves made this year’s list for shopping and services.

Tattoo or piercing shop:

Hammer’s Tattoo & Piercing, Inc.
1840 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, 330-478-1070, hammerstattoo.com
Runner-up: Modern Ritual

Stark County’s longest-operating tattoo parlor is also its favorite. The crew of award-winning artists at Hammer’s Tattoo & Body Piercing have a combined 35 years of experience. They’re passionate about their craft—producing beautiful, creative and often colorful works of art. The shop also offers an array of piercings and body modifications, from the traditional to the more extreme. Owner Jimmy “The Hammer” Locker has been an artist his entire life. After years of experimenting with mediums, he trained as a tattoo artist. He opened his shop, on Whipple Road in Jackson Township, in 1995. He continues to hone his skills, staying up to date with tattoo’s changing, diverse culture. Locker and his artists are members of the National Tattoo Association. They’re also fanatical about safety and are members of the National Safety Council—Locker teaches courses for the council on bloodborne pathogens and infectious disease control, among other topics. —Jessica Holbrook

Antiques, vintage and resale:

Marshall’s Antique Warehouse
130 12th St. NW, Canton, 330-685-4014, marshallsantiquewarehouse.com
Runner-up: Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods

Specialty shop:

1922 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, 330-477-3459, gold-n-gallery.com
Runner-up: Print & Press Shop & Studios


Matt Schuring at Lincoln Way Barbershop
3500 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, 330-833-5741, facebook.com/lincolnwaybarbershop
Runner-up: Daugherty Hair Co.


Love, Andrew Autism Foundation
2715 Wise Ave. NW, Canton, loveandrew.org
Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Toy store:

Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom (2-year winner)
1180 S Main St., North Canton, 330-244-9008, sirtroys.com
Runner-up: The Toys Time Forgot


Paper Twigs (2-year winner)
5562 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, 330-499-3350, papertwigs.com
Runner-up: The English Garden

Consignment clothing shop:

Encore Resale Fashions
4125 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, 330-492-7004, encoreresalefashions.com
Runner-up: Best Bib and Tucker


Huntington Bank
10 locations throughout Stark County, huntington.com
Runner-up: St. Joseph’s Federal Credit Union


Veterans service organization:

SAM Center
413 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, 330-956-6162, servingareamilitary.com
Runner-up: Wounded Warrior Project

A little more than a year old, the Serving Area Military, Veterans and Widows Center in Massillon is making a difference. Created by veterans and supporters of the military in March 2015, the SAM Center provides an assortment of services, many targeted to fill gaps and cracks that other veteran and military support can’t always fulfill. The Center offers free commissary; once a month Family Circle support group meetings; Quilts of Love presented to heroes and their widows as a token of appreciation and love; lodging kits, which include items such as towels, dishes, silverware, toaster, pots, pans, utensils and a homemade blanket sewed in Stark County; and veteran resource hub to assist veterans with other programs, as well as counseling. —Tim Botos

photo courtesy Hartville Hardware Facebook page
photo courtesy Hartville Hardware Facebook page
Hardware and home improvement store:

Hartville Hardware
1315 Edison St. NW, Hartville, 330-877-3631, hartvillehardware.com
Runner-up: ACE Hardware

Billed as “America’s largest hardware store,” Hartville Hardware is the kind of place you could get lost in for hours. In addition to all of the traditional hardware-store items (lumber, electrical, tools, paint), there’s an idea-inspiring, fully equipped model home and a second structure with model kitchens. There’s lighting fixtures, flooring, counter tops, tile, toilets and vanities. There’s a large area devoted to work clothes, shoes and boots. There are dishes and cookware and small appliances. Pet supplies. Decorative accessories and gifts. An entire aisle of greeting cards. Unlike at some big-box stores, employees are plentiful and helpful. And with neighboring businesses the Hartville Kitchen and Hartville Marketplace, it is possible to make a day of Hartville shopping and dining. —Dan Kane


Kennel or pet grooming:

Dana’s Dog Spa
6811 Wise Ave. NW, North Canton, 330-497-9000, facebook.com/danasdogspaohio
Runner-up: Dirty Dogs & Smelly Cats

If you thought spa days were only for people, think again. Pet owners can take their dogs (and cats) to Dana’s Dog Spa for a day of pampering. Services include hair cuts and trims, paw and ear cleaning, nail trimming, baths using natural shampoos and for an extra fee, teeth cleaning. Dana and her staff always hand dry their clients, never using the cage-drying technique. Pet owners looking to add a little glamour can have their dog’s nails polished for $5. At the end of their spa day, pets look fresh and clean with bows upon their heads and scarves around their necks. Currently, Dana’s Dog Spa is only accepting new clients by referral to maintain quality of service. —Murphy Redmond

photo courtesy schumacherhomes.com
photo courtesy schumacherhomes.com
Home builder or remodeler:

Schumacher Homes
2715 Wise Ave. NW, Canton, 330-478-4500, schumacherhomes.com
Runner-up: Infinity Homes and Remodeling, LLC

The name of one of Stark County’s premier home builders has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and fine living. Schumacher Custom Homes is now America’s largest custom-home builder, with projects taking place across much of the mid-eastern U.S. and Texas. The locally based, family-owned and operated business has a workforce of 350. The company builds homes throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Schumacher Custom Homes has been honored with The Canton Repository’s Best Employer and Reader’s Choice awards. In 2015, the company won the National Association of Home Builders’ top award for “Best Website for a Builder.” The website includes a blog featuring an “inspiration board,” as well as tips and advice on decorating, outdoor living, the latest design trends, shopping for a new home and how homeowners can get the best benefit from their new homes. In July, Schumacher opened a design studio in Ravenna. —Charita Goshay

Carpet and flooring:

Heritage Carpet and Flooring
1440 N Main St., North Canton, 330-497-1280, heritage-carpet.com
Runner-up: K-Carpet Company

Funeral home:

Rossi Family Funeral Home
730 30th St. NW, Canton, 330-492-5830, rossifuneralhomeinc.com
Runner-up: Reed Funeral Home


Aultman Hospital
2600 Sixth St. SW, Canton, 330-452-9911, aultman.org
Runner-up: Mercy Medical Center

Senior or independent living:

Canton Regency
4515 22nd St. NW, Canton, 877-927-4841, capitalsenior.com/cantonregency
Runner-up: Bethany Nursing Home, Inc.

Sporting goods:

Dumonts Sporting Goods, Inc.
1003 McKinley Ave. NW, Canton, 330-455-5267
Runner-up: Logan Sports, Inc.

Place of worship:

Louisville Christ United Methodist Church
600 E Gorgas St., Louisville, 330-875-1483, louisvillechrist.org
Runner-up: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

photo courtesy Luxe Lookbook
photo courtesy Luxe Lookbook
Landscaping and garden center:

Rice’s Landscapes
1651 55th St. NE, North Canton, 330-915-3117, riceslandscapes.com
Runner-up: Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscaping, LCC

A community staple for more than 75 years, Rice’s stock and services have been used to beautify front yards, backyards, shopping centers, businesses and streetscapes all over Stark County. The family-managed company has become a premier provider of custom, high-end landscapes throughout Northeast Ohio. Rice’s specializes in landscape design, installation and maintenance and commercial grounds services. Two years ago, Rice’s was featured on the HGTV show “Rehab Addict,” when its crews provided landscaping for a home that was remodeled by the LeBron James Family Foundation. Rice’s, by the way, also created the landscaping at the home of King James himself in Bath Township. And its spring garden showroom in Plain Township remains an annual pilgrimage for locals in search of the best plants and flowers following our long Ohio winters. —Tim Botos

Child or day care:

Kelly’s Kids In Home Child Care
3027 Glen Place NW, Canton, 330-453-8486, care.com/b/l/kelly-s-kids-in-home-child-care/canton-oh
Runner-up: Church of the Lakes Child Care


Elevation Performance Training
7970 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton, 330-771-2196, facebook.com/Elevation-Performance-Training
Runner-up: Impulse Personal and Sports Training


The Hair Shoppe & Spa
6460 Wise Ave. NW, North Canton, 330-497-1651, thehairshoppeandspa.com
Runner-up: Edge Hair Design & Spa


For Paws Blue Cross Animal Hospital
Dr. Jennifer Jellison, 1396 S Main St., North Canton, 330-494-0611, forpawscanton.com
Runner-up: Hometown Veterinary Services

Yoga studio:

Downtown Yoga
214 Sixth St. NW, Canton, 330-777-9554, yogacanton.com
Runner-up: Yoga Strong

Clothing and accessory boutique:

Mainstream Boutique (2-year winner)
1977 E Maple St., North Canton, 234-209-9219, facebook.com/MainstreamBoutiqueNorthCanton
Runner-up: Laura of Pembroke



Medicine Center Pharmacy
Locations in Canton, Louisville, Minerva and New Philadelphia, medicinecenterofcanton.com
Runner-up: Davies Drugs

In 1976, Paul White opened his first pharmacy in Canton. Fast-forward 40 years and you’ll find a family of stores, with locations in Louisville, Minerva and New Philadelphia, all designed with the customer in mind. Each full-service location offers more than 200 generic prescriptions, home medical equipment, diabetic supplies, ostomy supplies, first aid, canes, braces, health and beauty items and more. Customers can order refills online, join the Generic Wellness Program for commonly prescribed medications and possibly pay less than the co-pay, and visit the store for free and low-cost health screenings. Through the intervening years, White has enlarged and renovated the shops to keep up with demand and the changing landscape. He even added 1/2 Off & Hot Buys to his slate of shops, a discount retail location in Louisville with thousands of SKUs. Pharmacies may have changed over the dedicates, but White & Co. at Medicine Center Pharmacy still approach their mission and a commitment to your health with the same fervor. —Jess Bennett

Home decor and furniture:

Laura of Pembroke (2-year winner)
3119 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, 330-477-4455, lauraofpembroke.com
Runner-up: The Birch Tree Furniture


Jülz by Alan Rodriguez (2-year winner)
220 Market Ave. N, Canton, 330-455-5555, julzbyalan.com
Runner-up: Gasser Fine Jewelers

Car dealer:

Waikem Auto Family (2-year winner)
3708 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, 330-478-0281, waikem.com
Runner-up: Progressive Auto Group

Car wash:

Dad’s Car Care Center (3-year winner)
Locations in Canton, Massillon and North Canton, dadscarcare.com
Runner-up: Red Carpet Car Wash & Detailing Center

Hotel or B&B:

Gervasi Vineyard Villas (2-year winner)
1700 55th St. NE, Canton, 330-497-1000, gervasivineyard.com
Runner-up: Courtyard by Marriott


Fave line worth waiting in:

The line snakes around the building the one open weekend each month before owners Becky and Chris Dunn open the doors to Rust & Found (rustandfound.com), unveiling the vintage loot they’ve rehabbed during the intervening weeks. But it’s the Dunns’ eye for curating bespoke vignettes that pull people inside.


Fave shop that has (literally) everything:

Motts Old Mill Bulk Foods (mottsombf.com) is a veritable smorgasbord! It has bulk foods and spices, olive oil, jewelry, gifts and collectibles. One stop and you can make dinner for 20, taste-test specialty extra virgin olive oil and pick up a birthday present for your aunt.