Support Local!

Let's take care of each other. Our locally owned businesses invest in our communities.

Article by Lauren Bailey / Provided

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

With all the difficulties 2020 has brought us so far, one of the best things to emerge is the compassionate spirit where our community of local business owners and residents have rallied around each other. We both need the support.  Imagine what life would be without the local businesses! A bunch of big corporations that don’t care about our community as much as these people do! We printed this list because we are inspired by and grateful for what these smart, creative and energetic people do to make our town an exceptional place.

As we introduce Canton Lifestyle to the community, I wanted to take a minute to introduce many of the local businesses that are supporting this publication through a marketing partnership.  There are also many other local businesses in the area that give Canton, Jackson and North Canton its personality and charm. Please buy local and keep Canton strong.


Anew Room

5158 Whipple Ave NW

With insightful experience as a realtor and a love for decorating, Ruthanne Wilkoff combined her skills and passions to fulfill a need in her community. She noticed that many households have items that they no longer need or want after downsizing or remodeling. Anew Room was created to serve not only those looking to safely sell their items, but also to give new homeowners the opportunity to purchase beautiful, high-quality pieces at a fraction of what they would cost new.

Anew Room is a high-end, quality consignment store specializing in furniture, accessories, art, and more. In addition to the variety of unique, quality items coming in every day, a local interior designer occupies a section of the store to sell new furniture. Anew Room also offers designing services, making it the perfect one-stop-shopping experience for new and consigned furniture.

JK Design

5158 Whipple Ave NW

Josette Kark is dedicated to giving her clients the home interior of their dreams. Her company, JK Designs, is a full-service interior design firm specializing in traditional and transitional interiors with a contemporary flair. Equipped with a formal education from the New York School of Interior Design, Josette has developed a uniquely elegant and timeless style beloved by her clients.

JK Designs is committed to providing clients with the highest levels of personal attention and customer service. Josette designs an individual look for every client in order to accommodate their personal needs and expectations and create an atmosphere that is uniquely their own. Josette recognizes that interior design is a reflection of the client’s lifestyle. JK Designs transforms spaces into beautiful expressions with quality furnishings and accents.


1899 Indoor Golf

4700 Everhard Road NW

While visiting family in Stark County for the holiday, Brian Lindenbaum and John-Michael Speelman were looking to play a round of indoor golf but were surprised to find that the nearest venue was in Cleveland. Inspired by the opportunity in Canton and fascinated by new technology in the industry, Lindenbaum and Speelman opened 1899 to give other golf-lovers a place to play in the winter months.

As tribute to Ohio’s deep connection to golf, the business is named after the year that Ohio’s first public golf course opened in Toledo. At 1899, golfers can choose from 90 virtual courses located around the world as well as various target games. The venue also features a high-style bar which offers hand-crafted cocktails and Ohio-brewed craft beers. Thanks to 1899, the golf season just got longer!

Mellion Orthodontics

3235 Wales Ave NW

6304A Market Ave NW

The family practice of Mellion Orthodontics has been providing care to this community for more than three decades. A native of Akron, Dr. Nicholas Mellion opened his orthodontic practice in 1980, shortly after receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and his master’s in orthodontics from Saint Louis University. He was joined in 2010 by his son, Dr. Nathan, and in 2015 by his daughter, Dr. Theresa.

Drs. Nick, Nate, and Theresa provide orthodontic treatment for both children and adults, including individuals who require special needs, cleft palate treatment, TMJ therapy, and multidisciplinary care. The doctors are committed to supporting the communities and also participate in many professional organizations as well as serve on the craniofacial team at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Willaman Designs

With a background in landscaping dating back to high school, Kevin Willaman has seen outdoor living spaces evolve over the years. Simple concrete patios with tables and chairs are now comfortable party areas, decoratively landscaped, featuring outdoor kitchens and lights. Kevin started his own outdoor living construction business in the early 2000s, and Willaman Designs has been creating beautiful outdoor patios for almost 20 years.

Willaman Designs is a premier hardscape design and construction company offering a complete array of services including concrete design, lighting accents, water features, firepits, landscaping, outdoor kitchens, and more. Based on the customer’s vision, Willaman designs and constructs an outdoor area that meets all of their needs and creates the most value. Through experience, knowledge, and professionalism, Willaman Designs provides the best products and services for customers to turn their outdoor living dreams into reality.


Bailey Platek Group

203 Applegrove St NW

Meredith Bailey and Nancy Platek are longtime friends and neighbors with a mutual passion for helping people find houses that become homes. They have been active volunteers in the Stark County community for over 20 years and have professional backgrounds in social services, customer service, and community relations. By working as a real estate team, Meredith and Nancy are dedicated to providing twice the customer service, insight, and personalized attention. Together, they offer excellent attention to detail, negotiation skills, research, and marketing as well as a pleasant attitude that puts the client in charge of decisions while they handle the processes. Cutler Real Estate provides the Bailey Platek Group with a full support of staff, resources, and affiliates that make your home buying or selling experiences something special and enjoyable.

Myers Driving School

Locally owned and operated for 54 years, Myers Driving School is one of the best rated driving schools in the Akron-Canton area. The school offers a variety of classes and services including student driver training classes, adult remedial classes, juvenile driving improvement program, one-on-one driving instruction, and even manual transmission lessons. Classes are offered at 11 locations in the area for student convenience. Our instructors, who are caring parents themselves, have passed multiple background checks and are dedicated to their students’ safety. Seasonal specials and group discounts are also offered, making Myers Driving School the best overall value for driving students.




2600 6th St SW Canton

Our community is the reason AultCare began over 35 years ago and together, as an organization, we are inspired to give back. Each year, an average of 130 employees donate more than 1,400 hours of time at local, nonprofit organizations. Additionally, AultCare supports a wide variety of local events, projects, and initiatives through sponsorship funds.

Annually, AultCare provides 40 scholarships to graduating seniors in high schools that are part of our five county service area. We take great pride in supporting the future leaders of our community. Through our AultCaring in the Community annual campaign and our scholarship program, we continually invest in collaboration, our youth, and our community, which we serve with gratitude.



Laura of Pembroke

3119 Whipple Ave NW

Laura of Pembroke is a wonderfully diverse, family owned and operated, retail boutique with a strong European influence. Opening in 1987 in Rocky River, Ohio, Laura of Pembroke has always called Ohio “Home”. With two locations in Canton and Orange Village, Ohio they serve customers all over the country. From contemporary women’s clothing and accessories to a full range of home furnishings and lighting, they have something for everyone! Laura of Pembroke provides residential and commercial interior design including private homes, offices, restaurants, hotels, retail locations, and more. Stop in and experience the unique product offerings and see the Laura of Pembroke difference!

Porsche Beachwood

25855 Chagrin Blvd Beachwood

Porsche Beachwood is a proud member of the Penske Automotive Group. We are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs and providing the best customer experience possible.

Porsche Beachwood is the leading Porsche dealer in Ohio. Can't find the right car locally? No problem! Call our dedicated Porsche staff today and find out why we are the best - period. Complimentary delivery available, full DE Track Support and dedicated on-site performance tuning available.

Quite simply - the only place you need to shop when looking for that perfect Porsche. Extensive background and experience with PTS (Paint to Sample) ordering and ITS (Interior to Sample). No mistake about it - this is not your run of the mill Porsche store.


Memmer Homes

7266 Portage St Suite A

For over 35 years, Memmer Homes has been building luxurious custom homes in Northeast Ohio and more recently, Columbus, OH. Our attention to detail and relentless pursuit of the highest possible craftsmanship mean our homes are as comfortable to live in as they are beautiful to look at. Memmer combines the highest quality materials with top craftsman and cutting-edge design, to create the highest quality houses. Our talented in-house designers take every client’s dreams, budget, and individual style and turn them in to a home meticulously crafted to be uniquely theirs. Memmer Homes strives to make every client’s experience fun, easy, and rewarding so they are as excited and happy the day they move in, as they were the day we broke ground. Give us a call today to begin the journey of building your new Memmer home!



Stark Community Foundation

400 Market Avenue North, Suite 200, Canton

As the community’s trusted partner in giving since 1963, Stark Community Foundation works closely with generous individuals, families, businesses and organizations to make charitable giving simple, tax-smart and meaningful. Through the creation of a charitable fund (think of it as a combined checking and savings account set aside specifically for charitable purposes), donors can accomplish their charitable goals, streamline their giving and build a legacy that will last forever. It’s easy and convenient to create a charitable fund with Stark Community Foundation.

Since inception, the Foundation and its family of donors have granted $185 million to nonprofit organizations in our community and beyond. Today, we rank in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the United States and manage more than 800 charitable funds that total nearly $300 million in assets.



Danbury Senior Living

With proven success in real estate development, our founder William J. Lemmon desired to provide today’s seniors with an atmosphere of comfort and security.  In 1997, the first Danbury in North Canton, Ohio was established as an independent senior living community with amenities such as chef-prepared meals, socialization opportunities, and other hospitality services.  As residents aged in place and needed more assistance to enjoy their day Mr. Lemmon and partners developed additional Danbury Senior Living communities throughout Ohio that offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care.  Using the same cornerstones of hospitality, excellent meals, and a thriving lifestyle, Danbury Senior Living communities offer a continuum of care where residents can receive the individualized personal care needed to make each day successful. 

Infinity Homes & Remodeling

Brian St. Jean, president of Infinity Homes & Remodeling, is a hands-on general contractor with over twenty-one years of experience in the construction industry. Unlike other contractors, Brian is on site daily, personally overseeing every project. He is the one checking to make sure tasks are completed and production is on schedule. Brian hand picks and works with every sub-contractor to make sure that quality and craftsmanship are top priority with everyone involved in the process. At Infinity Homes & Remodeling we believe in "building homes and relationships to last".

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