Why we love Stark | Northwest, Southeast and Southwest Stark

I love this town because East Canton is a small-town community. I have lived here since I was 6 years old. I have seen this community pull together when times are tough and also when there are great reasons for our community to celebrate.

Northwest Stark: NW STARK COUNTY FAVORITES

CLAY’S PARK RESORT 13190 Patterson St.NW, Lawrence Township 330-854-6691
Clay’s Park features a 10-acre man-made, sand-bottom lake with dual 150-foot water slides, ring swings, zip lines, barrel roll and a kid’s swimming area. Other activities include water slides, kayaks, boats, miniature golf, driving range, sand volleyball and basketball. Also home to many concerts and special events throughout the year.

V-LI’S THAI CUISINE 129 N. Canal St., Canal Fulton 330-854-5344
Fantastic, authentic Thai food that is affordable enough to be a regular favorite and so well done that it is a destination.

CHERRY STREET CREAMERY 136 W. Cherry St., Canal Fulton 330-854-9939
Located just off the towpath trail, the Cherry Street Creamery is a must-try for their homemade ice cream and treats. Its ice cream is a summertime favorite for locals and a perfect resting spot for those needing a pit-stop from the towpath.

SLUGGERS & PUTTERS 333 Lafayette Dr. NW, Canal Fulton 330-854-6999
Bumper cars and boats, go-karts, miniature golfing and arcade are just some of the things that fill these 20 acres of entertainment for the whole family.

CANAL FULTON CANOE LIVERY 219 W. Cherry St., Canal Fulton 330-854-4008
The Canal Fulton Canoe Livery operates on the Tuscarawas River across from the Helena III Museum and Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail. Canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals along with primitive camping options and special events.

“WHY I LOVE CANAL FULTON”

BY AMANDA BARNA, CANAL FULTON RESIDENT
Having grown up in Canal Fulton, I have a fondness for the city where I have so many pleasant memories. I knew that once my oldest son was ready to start school we would move back so my children could have the same positive experiences.

Although Canal Fulton is a small city, there are still many things to do: walk or bike on the towpath trail, eat at one of the many ice cream stands, play or fish at one of the parks, or take a ride on the Canal Boat. In addition, Canal Fulton has a strong youth sports program and quality schools. The thing I love most about living in Canal Fulton is the strong sense of community.

In November, one of our third grade students, Ryan Trewin, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Our community pulled together to support this courageous young boy and his family through his last few months. There were over 600 ‘Pray for Ryan’ yard signs throughout the city and many signs of support from local businesses.

Canal Fulton is a great place to live because of the many things to do here but most of all because of the great people that call Canal Fulton home.

POPULATION 19,812
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $130,795
MEDIAN AGE 40.9
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $56,312
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 26 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 2,863

Southeast Stark: SE STARK COUNTY FAVORITES

CIBO’S RESTAURANT 134 W. Lisbon St., Waynesburg 330-866-3838
Waynesburg has been proclaimed to be the “spaghetti capital of the world” with this this local treasure. The restaurant is housed in a former theater.

THE HART MANSION 411 N. Main St., Minerva 330-868-4278
Historic charm oozes from this 140-year-old Italianate-style home perched on a hill overlooking the village. Save room for dessert at this restaurant; you won’t regret it.

CLEARVIEW GOLF CLUB 8410 Lincoln St. SE, East Canton 330-488-0404
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Clearview Golf Club is recognized nationally as the first golf course built, owned and operated by a black man, William Powell. Powell died in 2009. His daughter, Renee, played for the LPGA and returned to Clearview as head golf pro.

HENRI’S CLOUD NINE 110 N. Market St., Minerva 330-868-6160
An enormous store for bridal gowns and formalwear right in the heart of downtown Minerva.

ELSON-MAGNOLIA FLOUR MILL 261 N. Main St., Magnolia 330-866-3354
This unique five-story mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been in continous operation since 1834.

“WHY I LOVE EAST CANTON”

BY JACKI LIGHTFRITZ, VILLAGE COUNCIL MEMBER
I love this town because East Canton is a small-town community. I have lived here since I was 6 years old. I have seen this
community pull together when times are tough and also when there are great reasons for our community to celebrate.

It is a wonderful place to raise your family. The school system is excellent. We just opened our new school this year, which was a wonderful improvement to our community. Grades K-12 are located in the new school.

I love this town because we have an excellent location. We are only five minutes from interstate access but also close enough to drive to Waynesburg for dinner at Cibo’s for excellent homemade Italian food.

I love my town!

POPULATION 20,562
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $109,015
MEDIAN AGE 42.2
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $44,310
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 26 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 1,922

Southwest Stark: SW STARK COUNTY FAVORITES

THE STATION 45 S.Wabash Ave., Brewster 330-767-4664
This Brewster landmark was built in 1916 by the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway as a dorm and community center — a home away from home for railroaders. Today, the building houses the historical society’s museum and The Station restaurant, which serves up good food along with hometown charm.

KREMELAND 514 Main St. N, Navarre 330-879-5018
Open year-round, Kremeland dates to 1954. A few years ago, the ice cream stand — affectionately known as the “shack” — was torn down and replaced with a glistening throwback eatery. Don’t miss the coneys — or the hand-dipped ice cream.

SHEARER’S OUTLET STORE 692 N.Wabash Ave., Brewster 330-767-3426
Adjacent to Shearer’s manufacturing facility, the outlet store features all of the locally made snack products in bulk bags at bargain prices. You also can watch a short video tour on how everything at Shearer’s is made.

BAYLOR BEACH PARK 8725 Manchester Ave.SW, Sugar Creek Twp. 330-767-3031
This two-acre waterpark includes a swimming lake with sand bottom, diving boards, slides and a log roll. There’s a separate lake for paddleboats, funyaks and aquabikes. Plus basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and playgrounds.

PERENNIAL VINEYARDS 11877 Poorman St. SW, Sugar Creek Twp. 330-832-3677
Once a dairy barn built in 1860, Perennial is now a destination for wine lovers in the midst of Amish country.The farm was purchased in 1999 and opened as a winery in 2002 — and has seen a great deal of growth since. While not considered a restaurant, the winery does offer a delicious but limited menu to accompany your wine.

“WHY I LOVE BREWSTER”

BY KEN AND VAL SHOOK, LIFELONG RESIDENTS
We have lived in the village of Brewster all of our lives. In fact, the house we purchased when we got married is on the same block where we grew up. While the neighborhood has gone through various changes, many things also have stayed the same. We regularly like to take an evening walk through the neighborhood, and at times, we will reminisce about the people who lived in our neighborhood during our childhood.

This community was a safe place for us to grow up in, and we were comfortable raising our children in the very same neighborhood. It is nice to live in an area where neighbors still neighbor.

Living in this small village in southwestern Stark County has given us the best of all worlds. We have the benefit of living in a small town, but within a very short drive, we have the luxury of many city activities.

POPULATION 12,789
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $97,654
MEDIAN AGE 42.5
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $41,783
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 22 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 1,179