Cheli’s five local picks

Cheli Curran keeps a busy schedule. She is the executive director of the Domestic Violence Project Inc., but finds time to volunteer. She is the president of the Canton Ballet board of trustees and vice president of the Canton Museum of Art’s board.

Cheli Curran keeps a busy schedule. She is the executive director of the Domestic Violence Project Inc., but finds time to volunteer. She is the president of the Canton Ballet board of trustees and vice president of the Canton Museum of Art’s board.

You often will find Cheli, her husband, John, and their daughter, Connor, at various Arts District events. The Currans live in downtown Canton, across the street from where they were married at the former 2nd April Art Galerie, now Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center.

All of Cheli’s favorite things about Stark County are within a short walk of her home in downtown. The Currans have adjusted well to downtown life. They moved to Canton after helping her family run a bed-and-breakfast in Bolivar.

No. 1: Dress No Evil

Classic fashions or hip styling? Trust the curating tastes and wardrobe advice of Magan McLaughlin and Jennifer Reed at Dress No Evil (534 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton). Vintage clothing is wonderfully addictive, and here’s the spot where they do it right. If you loved my red coat (you know the one I’m talking about!), this is where I found it.

No. 2: Main Street Modern

This little hidden gem on the bottom edge of downtown is not so hidden anymore. The word is out on Adam Hoover’s 38,000-square-foot warehouse full of midcentury modern furniture and decorative art (618 Mulberry Road SE, Canton). Open every Saturday and available by appointment because the rest of the time they’re scouring the entire country for your next great find!

No. 3: Joseph Saxton Gallery

Tim Belden’s unofficial title is Ambassador of Downtown Canton. He is the owner of the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography (520 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton). He brings us not only Ohio’s finest collection of historical and collectible photographic art, but have you seen his sumptuously renovated and expansive gallery space in the historic A.H. Wilson building? It’s available for hosting your event.

No. 4: The Hub Art Factory

Cheli, there’s a 9-foot robot in your hallway! Yep, I was amazed myself as this one was carried in the front door. We’ve collected a few eye-opening artworks from The Hub Art Factory (336 Sixth St. NW, Canton). Stop by to see celebrity-handsome Tim Carmany and his family of in-house artists for that piece to amaze your friends. Don’t forget to turn left inside and see Letterpress Jess at work with Big Sal on her next collection of fine prints.

No. 5: Aura Salon

Love the urban chic decor of its new digs on Cleveland Avenue (next door to the also exquisitely stylish B. Zimmerman Law offices). Aura Salon (229 3rd St. Suite 150, Canton) features all the beauty and spa services to make you glow, summed up best by Aura’s own tagline, “We would love everyone who visits Aura to leave feeling inspired, beautiful, vibrant and free.”

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass