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.
In a culture where people eat and drink practically on the run, making and drinking tea is a way to slow down, say the owners of a unique shop on the shores of Lake Cable. Terry Gabet and Kurt Gibbons are co-owners of the Ohio Tea Company at 5569 Fulton Drive NW.
The “LA” in LA Office Solutions has nothing to do with Los Angeles. “It started back in 1989; we started in lower Akron,” company president Ashley Caley explained with a laugh. The company, which has been located in Canton for 20 years is a family-owned business that specializes in selling, leasing and servicing office equipment.
Like any great athlete, one local family-owned business has adjusted its game in order to stay in the game during the current pandemic. Smitty Official’s Apparel of Canton specializes in designing and manufacturing shirts and accessories for game referees.
Fifteen years ago, Brian and Kathy Jeffers were suburbanites who decided they wanted to live on a farm. In 2005, they moved to Hartville. It led to an unexpected but successful business that continues to grow and thrive.
Hillside Millworks & Design was born out of Josh Smith’s promise to his wife, Emily. “We were living on college furniture,” he recalled with a laugh. “I made her a promise I would build her an entertainment stand, and she held me to that promise.”