I love to cook, but I don’t do it consistently—especially not when I’m busy. For as many times as I’ve whipped up a quick chili and cornbread dinner, I’ve also thrown a bag of animal crackers in my purse and called it a meal.
The name is Ed’s Smokehouse, but Liz Hampton, Ed’s older sister, is running the show these days. “It’s the same thing, same menu, cooked the same way—nothing’s changed,” Hampton said about the restaurant that’s been in business six years at 1009 McKinley Avenue NW in Canton.
Downtown Louisville is not a place I go frequently, but the food at Scratch Steakhouse and Lounge is so good that might change. What the interior of the steakhouse lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in big flavors.
Not long ago, I met Mary Bowman of Massillon. Back in the middle of the 1800s, she and her sister, Rachel, the granddaughters of slaves, were the first two blacks to graduate from Washington High School.
Kara Hammett traces her career in cake designing and decorating back to the former West Point Market in Akron. Hammett, a 1993 Akron Buchtel High School graduate, had worked at West Point Market while she was attending the University of Akron to become a school teacher.
Charlotte Engohang has turned a childhood pastime into a lucrative business. Engohang is the owner of Akiba’s Too Hair Supply and braiding service, which has locations in Canton and Alliance. The business is named after Engohang’s 6-year-old daughter.
An online shop, Destinee Stark Shop offers apparel, art prints, coffee mugs, stickers, cards and more. Each month, Destinee Stark selects a nonprofit organization working in the areas of social justice, human rights or compassionate care for vulnerable communities to donate a portion of her profits to.