There’s no such thing as a bad meal from Basil Asian Bistro. As proof, the restaurant, which has locations in downtown Canton and Wooster, is still humming, with customers eating in and ordering carryout.
Mike Sturdivant quickly learned that he doesn’t do quarantine well. The 2001 McKinley High School graduate is used to be being busy. For six years, he was the regional manager for Hattie Larlham and served as the nonprofit’s representative on the executive boards of several community organizations, including Compassion Delivered Inc., Gigi’s Playhouse, Love the Children’s Ministry and P.A.L. Mission.
Tony Ly was sitting in an economy class at Ohio State University with a guy sleeping on his one side and a guy reading an ESPN magazine on the other. That’s when Ly realized he really didn’t want to be an accountant.
Tony Ly was just 23 years old when he opened Basil Asian Bistro in downtown Canton in May 2013. “I had a lot of management experience for my age, but not enough. I was still growing up,” Ly said. With an easy chuckle, he added, “I’m still growing up.” Six years later, Basil is a popular and thriving downtown cornerstone.
Her dad wanted her to go to college to learn about computers. But as a high schooler in Buffalo, New York, in the 1970s, Pat Krider wasn’t interested in computers. To her, the only people who studied computers were geeky guys with pocket protectors and horn-rimmed glasses.
Allyson Bussey embraces the role of being Stark County’s cheerleader. As the president of Visit Canton, Bussey uses her energetic personality, her love of history, marketing and people, as well as her more than 15 years in the travel and tourism industry, to be Stark County’s megaphone for all places, people and attractions that lure tourists to visit Stark County and may encourage residents to explore more of their hometown.
Bud Hoelzle hears all kinds of stories while making drinks at Jasmine Asian Bistro. In his 39 years of bartending all over Stark County, Bud Hoelzle has heard a lot, seen a lot and made plenty of friends.
You never realize how many of your favorites are the result of someone else’s suggestions. Think of all the things you’ve tried or places you’ve visited because a friend, family member, co-worker or someone you know told you to. Is your favorite restaurant the result of a friend saying, “You just have to try (insert restaurant here) because it has the best (insert type of food here)”?