Remembering 2008

It was January 2008 when then-publisher Kevin Kampman decided we would produce a monthly, glossy magazine. From that moment, we had four months to get it off the ground. Our first issue was proudly released in late April 2008 — 68 pages packed with positive local stories and targeted advertising aimed to readers in Stark County “living their best life.” Since that time, we’ve grown considerably — but continue to maintain our focus of highlighting the best about our community through great stories, advertising and special sections.

It was January 2008 when then-publisher Kevin Kampman decided we would produce a monthly, glossy magazine. From that moment, we had four months to get it off the ground. Our first issue was proudly released in late April 2008 — 68 pages packed with positive local stories and targeted advertising aimed to readers in Stark County “living their best life.” Since that time, we’ve grown considerably — but continue to maintain our focus of highlighting the best about our community through great stories, advertising and special sections.

OUR FIRST DRINK WINNER …

08_drink_mooThe winner of our first About magazine Signature Drink Competition was Ellie Bruckner of Massillon with her “Moo Moo Tea.” Her recipe is simple — and the results are delicious! The Signature Drink Competition has remained an annual event for the magazine and continues to drive some fierce competition. Get your drink recipes ready for this year!

  •  1 oz. vanilla Stoli vodka
  •  3 oz. Bailey’s Irish Créme
  •  1 oz. chair tea concentrate

Combine in shaker. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with vanilla bean or nutmeg dusting.

EXCLUSIVE HOMES!

The September 2008 issue showcased some of Stark County’s most exclusive and high-valued homes. Gracious homeowners have even let us take a peek inside some of our favorites. Do you know of an amazing home we should tour? Email darla.brown@cantonrep.com.
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LEBRON WHO?

Who could forget the yearlong “will Lebron James leave Cleveland or not” saga. It seems like a distant memory now — or maybe just a bad dream? In our November 2008 issue, we listed 10 reasons why we thought the big guy should stay in Cleveland. Umm, we’re guessing he must’ve missed that issue.

THE PIES HAVE IT

08_pieWho could forget the pies? The About staff certainly couldn’t forget them — we got to taste them all! In our November 2008 issue, we found some of the best pies available for purchase in Stark County. The standouts were: pecan pie from Hartville Kitchen, banana split pie from Harville Pie Factory; butterscotch pie from Grinder’s; peanut butter pie from Mezzaluna’s; apple carmel walnut pie from Norcia’s Bakery; and pumpkin pie from Ferraro’s Family Restaurant.

GO SHOPPING!

In our June 2008 issue, we featured five unique local boutiques and their owners. Three remain bustling businesses today: Laura of Pembroke, Ms. E’s Place and Vita. Have you been shopping local?

INAUGURAL BOARD

08advisoryIn our November 2008 issue, we introduced our first Advisory Board. We brought together these active community leaders to talk about Stark County and the best things about it to be reflected in About each month. Many continue to remain active brainstormers today!

MOVIN’ ON UP

Much has happened to Alexandra Nicholis since she was spotlighted in the September 2008 for her fresh energy and imagination as curator of the Massillon Museum. In 2011, she got married and became Alexandra Nicholis Coon. Prior to that, in January 2011, she was promoted to the museum’s top position, executive director. Under her guidance, the museum has presented many unique exhibits, including “Tiger Legacy,” a photographic chronicle of a Massillon football season; “The Odditorium,’ a dollhouse-like exploration of the permanent collection, and, opening in June, a splashy Andy Warhol exhibition. In March, she was recognized by the United Way as Western Stark County CEO of the Year. She was also selected as one of About magazine’s 2012 Movers & Shakers.

GETTING SOCIAL

08_socialNow our most popular section, our event snapshots began in our first issue with just a few pages and a couple of events. It didn’t take long to catch on. We now receive photos from all types of events throughout the county. One thing hasn’t changed in the last five years — we still love to showcase Stark County faces! If you’d like to see your event featured in a future issue, email darla.brown@cantonrep.com for details.