Something for the senses | Editor’s Picks

Each month, About magazine Editor Kelsey Davis will share some fun for the senses including something to see, something to hear, something to taste, something to do or a mix of those.

Each month, About magazine Editor Kelsey Davis will share some fun for the senses including something to see, something to hear, something to taste, something to do or a mix of those.

1. Something to taste: Shale Craft Coffee

Opened in November, Shale Craft Coffee—yes, it’s from the owners of Shale Brewing Company—is in the business of people, coffee and bringing them together. Shale makes its best effort to create a unique place where customers can socialize in a comfortable, relaxing and familiar environment while enjoying espresso, brewed coffee, looseleaf teas and delicious breakfast sandwiches.

A great cup of coffee starts with a great roast. Shale Craft Coffee uses ethically sourced beans roasted by Ohio based Deeper Roots Coffee to create that perfect cup of coffee.

The menu offers everything from Americanos, breves, regular coffee and cold brew to chai lattes, macchiatos, mochas and more. Choose from hot or iced for most beverages. 

Breakfast foods include a brisket biscuit, pulled pork breakfast bagel, chicken and the egg, sausage gravy over biscuits and home fries.

Shale Craft Coffee is located at 2700 Easton Street NE in Plain Township. For more information, call 234-262-0990. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

2. Something to do: North Canton Public Library Caturdays

Every other Saturday, the North Canton Public Library hosts Cats Cradle of Stark County. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can come meet adoptable cats and kittens while you peruse the aisles of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and more. If you’re ready to adopt, you should know that Cats Cradle of Stark County’s policy is that young kittens be adopted in pairs. This policy is not based on a desire to increase the number of adoptions. Rather this ensures that the kittens are adopted into homes that offer the best possible environment for their social development. 

The reasoning behind adopting in pairs:

• Kittens learn from each other. 

• Kittens are social creatures, and because of this, they need early experiences to learn about other cats. 

• Kittens love to play, are curious and crave constant stimulation. Out of boredom, a single kitten often will entertain itself by chewing plants, climbing drapes and furniture, unrolling toilet paper, exploring electrical cords and sockets, etc. 

• Kittens bite and wrestle with one another, which is normal behavior.

Whether you’re ready to adopt or just want to see the kittens, you always can donate to Cats Cradle of Stark County when they’re at the library.

The cats will be at the library on March 6 and March 20.

3. Something to hear: “Orchestrating Change” podcast by the Canton Symphony Orchestra

The Canton Symphony Orchestra knows of the need for change within the orchestral community. The tradition of classical music has ignored many communities that have contributed to the development and canon of repertoire played in the concert hall. 

With its new podcast, “Orchestrating Change,” the Canton Symphony Orchestra hopes to facilitate conversations that will make the concert hall a more welcoming place for previously ignored communities as well as create more acceptance and diversity on the stage.

Goals of “Orchestrating Change”:

• Be a platform for open discussion about diversity and inclusion in the orchestral community. 

• Be a platform for Black, Latinx, Asian, female and LGBTQAI+ musicians, composers and administrators as well as other ignored demographics.  

• Educate its audience to issues surrounding diversity and inclusion and expose current patrons to more music by Black, Latinx, female, Asian and LGBTQAI+ musicians and composers.  

• Bring new audiences to the orchestra by creating a more welcoming community that is reflective of the demographics in the community.  

• Move the orchestra forward to programming more diverse music as well as increasing diversity within the organization. 

Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, YouTube and PodBean.