Darcy Friel believes there’s no better place than Stark County to call home. “I’m one of those strange birds who loves it here,” she said with a laugh. “It’s just an inexpensive place to live, and your quality of life is so high. … And, to me, it just keeps getting better.”
It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight for Jess and Doug Bennett. “He said to me once at the office that I was the female version of him and he hated me,” said the former Jess Andreae who grew up in rural Westfield Township in Medina County and moved to Stark County to attend Walsh University. “But I like to think of that as the 40-year-old man version of pulling my pigtails.”
Ask Claudette Hankins about her dressing room. It’s her favorite place inside her Lake Cable home. The former spare bedroom was redesigned by Christine Ridgway, principal and lead designer of Empire Designs and Events, and features a chandelier, white antique armoire and wall-to-wall open shelving to perfectly organize and display Hankins’ vast wardrobe, including some of her roughly 120 hats.
The logo of Cathy Wyatt’s business is a bright sun, which is perfectly fitting with her outgoing and sunny personality. Wyatt is the founder and owner of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop at 215 Market Avenue N, which has become a magnet for coffee and tea aficionados and is one of downtown Canton’s most successful businesses.
If you were to look up the word “happy” in the dictionary, there’s a fair chance you could spot Maureen Ater’s photo. The vice president of marketing and fund development at Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland is an outgoing and energetic mom of three daughters and a hometown girl who grew up on the same street as her husband, Patrick, an educator at Canton Country Day School.
Joanne K. Murray is a Canton native who never has lived anywhere else—and has no desire to do so. The Lehman High School graduate who attended Kent State University at Stark began her career as an administrative assistant to Canton Mayor Stanley Cmich in 1968, a job she held for 15 years before entering the commercial real estate business for six years.
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