In 1919, Alfred T. Schauer of Canton founded Schauer & Reed Insurance Agency. Despite being blind, Schauer found success with his company. Upon his death in 1945, his widow, Marie, took over managing their business while their only son, Thomas, completed his studies at Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in insurance.
A young couple’s dream to raise their children surrounded by nature has blossomed—literally—into a thriving business. Judd and Shannon Allen are co-owners of Bloom Hill Farm, which specializes in growing and selling cut flowers for bouquets and live arrangements.
Five years ago, Angela Fach was a broke, homeless and divorced mom of an infant and a toddler. Today, she runs two businesses, and is the founder of Canton Girl Gang, a new business networking organization dedicated to support women to launch and run a business.
A causal invitation from one friend to another has resulted in the creation of one of the area’s most unique new businesses. Brian Lindenbaum and John-Michael Speelman are co-founders and co-owners of 1899 Indoor Golf, which opened in November. Located at 4700 Everhard Road NW in Jackson Township, 1899 Golf has found its niche: Providing a year-around, weatherproof venue for golfers.
Bare Naked Wools may be one of the most unique businesses in Stark County. Located at 211 15th Street NW in Canton, it is wholly dedicated to the use of natural yarns for creating woolen, hand-knitted clothing and accessories.
Located inside of a no-nonsense-looking building at 217 Schneider Street SE in North Canton, F.I.T. Co. occupies 4,000 square feet of space. Founder Auston Papay said that he and his wife, Molly, opened F.I.T. Co. in August.
Eisenbrei Plaza Optical is the quintessential definition of a family-owned, family-run small business. Mark Eisenbrei and his wife, Loretta, currently run the business started by his late father, Maurice. His mother, 91, only recently stopped keeping the books for the business.
Not everyone finds his life’s calling at 9 years old. But that’s when Jerry Petros found his true passion for coin collecting. In the decades hence, he has forged a highly successful career as the founding owner of Alliance Coins & Jewelry at 1194 W State Street.
Longtime artist, designer and crafter Cathy Lillie was an “upcycler” before it was cool. Her business, Pinetree Primitives & Rustic Riches at 334 Fourth Street NW, Canton, features handmade gifts and home décor items made from reclaimed, reconfigured and re-imagined objects and materials.
Bob Pireu was just 24 when he decided to pursue the dream of his own business. Twenty-five years later, Bob & Pete’s Floors at 4713 Tuscarawas Street W is one of the most iconic businesses in Stark County.
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