Thirty years ago, a young woman stepped out on faith and opened a multimedia business that would find success among Northeast Ohio Catholics. Barbara Gaskell is founder and CEO of the St. Raphael Center, a Catholic-centered, multifaceted business at 4365 Fulton Drive NW.
In the fall of 2018, Rachel Paul was working at a convenience store in Canton when the business was robbed at gunpoint. Paul wasn’t physically injured, but the incident left her badly shaken. Little did she know at the time that it would lead to a new mission for her and her mother, Sharan.
As the holder of a sixth-degree black belt in karate, Wayne Burley is well able to defend himself. His concern is you. Burley is one of only a handful of people in the world and only one of two instructors in Ohio who are certified to teach C.O.B.R.A., the Combat Objective Battle Ready Application personal-defense system.
Chris and Amy Durbin’s business, the Uniontown Antique Mall, marks their journey from being collectors, to vendors, to owners. The business at 13443 Cleveland Avenue NW houses 25 to 28 vendors who offer a wide variety of items. There are two floors of merchandise.
A young widow’s determination to provide for her children was the impetus for one of Stark County’s oldest and most successful retailers. For more than 90 years, Lingenfelter-Brill, a furrier and women’s apparel store at 670 W State Street in Alliance has been a staple of Stark County.