GSV Design Group, Inc.
When GSV Design Group, Inc. started in 1992, owner Gay Smith had 800 square feet and three employees.
“Gay met many talented individuals who trained in their local community, but then took their talents to other cities,” said salon manager Miranda Smith. “She believed that it was important to stay local and help support the community that supported her.”
Today the Timken Vocational High School graduate has more than 3,200 square feet and 18 “team members.”
The GSV menu features Aveda products and offers everything from hair and nail services to waxing, massages, facials and make up lessons. The salon also happily hosts bridal parties, and even can include brunch.
For the GSV team, “it’s personal,” Smith said. “We work together to give the best visit, each visit, to every guest.”
Runner-up: The Hair Shoppe
—by Summer Moore
Dr. Jennifer Jellison
A native of Canton, Dr. Jennifer Jellison knew at age 4 that she wanted to dedicate her life to animals after she and her father spotted an injured dog on Cleveland Ave. Her father pulled over to help the dog, and she followed him in tears.
“My dad told me I needed to either help the dog or get back in the car,” Jellison said. “I knew right then what I was going to do.”
Her care and compassion for furry friends has only intensified over time.
Jellison treats small pets as her own at her North Canton office—and her concern for animals doesn’t stop when the workday ends. Outside of working at the animal hospital, Jellison dedicates her time to the For Paws Special Pet Project, a rescue and adoption program that Jellison started three years ago.
Her team takes in special needs pets from the humane society and performs necessary surgeries and treatments while absorbing the costs. After recovery, the pets are returned to the humane society for adoption.
Jellison’s program has been nothing short of a success, helping more than 260 pets to date.
Runner-up: Scott Hunter, North Canton Veterinary Clinic
—by Maria Fischer
Dad’s Car Care Center
With three locations, in Canton, Lake Township and Jackson Township, Dad’s Car Care Center reigns as Stark County’s car wash champion.
All shops offer full detailing and car wash services, with wash packages ranging from the Dad’s Express at $5.64 to the Grand Daddy at $24. The Jackson location additionally offers oil changes and the unique opportunity to play a round of golf while your car is soaking in suds.
“We put in the indoor golf about 12 or 13 years ago,” Steve Dimos, chain owner, said. “It’s something no one else really had around here. We give our customers a fun way to pass time while their car is getting a detailing or wash.”
At $14.59, Dad’s Best is the best deal for anyone looking for a quick, thorough cleaning, but Dad’s unlimited monthly car wash passes are the real steal. For just one payment between $17.99 and $33.99 per month, pass holders are able to get unlimited washes at all three locations.
“We’ve been selling these for over a year and the response has been incredible,” Dimos said. “Even if you only wash your car two times a month, you break even.”
Sounds like the car wash equivalent to a hole-in-one.
Runner-up: Roy’s Car Wash & Lube Shop
—by Maria Fischer
Laura of Pembroke
In 1993, the Sirpilla family opened a little clothing boutique with big ambitions in Jackson Township. Today, Laura of Pembroke boasts three generations and a legacy of providing shoppers with exclusive fashions for closet and home, all inside one brilliantly curated shop.
“We have things here you can’t find anywhere else. We do all of our shopping out of New York for our women’s clothing and all around the country for home furnishings and décor,” said Lauren Bosworth, third generation, who recently joined the team.
Bosworth’s mother, Laura Sirpilla Bosworth, and grandmother Veronica Sirpilla, founded the store, and were later joined by partners Susan and John A. Sirpilla.
“My mom looks high and low for anything unique, anything that stands out. Then she brings it home to Canton,” Lauren Bosworth said.
The shop offers personal shopper services and interior design, including home and commercial styling.
Bosworth is proud of the recent addition of Kate Spade’s line of clothing, handbags, accessories, Lenox china and stationery items, exclusive to Laura of Pembroke in Stark County.
She credits the boutique’s success on keeping a keen eye on what its customers want. “We’ve changed with the times. When the economy took a turn, we looked out for our clients, knew that they still wanted nice things, so we looked for better prices.”
Runner-up: Mainstream Boutique
—by Jess Bennett