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Vintage Canton Happening Downtown Sept. 19


he Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber,

will host its annual Vintage Canton event on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in

First Friday of every month

For tickets or details about Vintage Canton, visit, or contact event manager Erin Thompson at or (330) 458-2072. Remember to purchase advance tickets to save $10 on the admission price!

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• First Friday Tidbits • 4th Street Concerts • Downtown Living • Community Garden • Canton Farmers’ Market • Stark State College Downtown Campus • New Restaurant Spotlight • New Galleries & Shops




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Guests will also be able to enjoy small tasting plates for a nominal charge from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites. The whole evening will be set to a musical backdrop of the rhythms of the Ryan Humbert Band, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and

Ticket prices include eight wine tastings or microbrew samples, a variety of breads and cheeses, a collectable souvenir wine glass, and a chance to win a piece of fine jewelry from Gasser Fine Jewelers. Tickets can be purchased online, or at any of seven Fishers Foods locations starting mid-August.

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The event gives guests the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wine from local wineries, delicacies from downtown and greater Canton eateries and memorable live music. This year Vintage Canton will continue to bring you the very best wines from area wineries and abroad and will offer several quality microbrews in the Key Bank Beer Garden.

Get a great deal on tickets this year! Tickets can be purchased in groups of 20 or more for $20 a piece, $25 individual presale (by Sept. 18), and $35 at the door. Wine-free spectator tickets are available for $10.


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Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world!

the Jeff Poulos Blues Revue closing out the night from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Through Oct. 19

downtown Canton.


Downtown Canton’s streetscape comes alive with fun festivals!

2013 Downtown Event Schedule


2013 makes for a very fine Vintage

Downtown Developments is published quarterly by Canton Development Partnership, a department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Downtown Canton Special Improvement District

Partnership Report As we close out summer and enter the fall of 2013, I hope that you continue to enjoy everything that will be happening over the next three months downtown.

222 Market Ave. N. Canton, OH 44702 (330) 456-0468 fax (330) 452-7786 Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Michael P. Gill Director Annette Rosenberger Office Manager Denise Burton Membership Director Jessica Bennett Marketing Director & Editor Erin Thompson Downtown Events Manager Sarah Lutz Graphics Manager The Canton Development Partnership is a coalition of area development organizations and city government that share an interest in downtown Canton’s continual improvement, revitalization, image, and quality of life for its citizens. Its mission is to support and coordinate the activities and programs of its partner organizations in order to encourage and sustain community and economic development in downtown Canton. The partnering organizations include: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Downtown Canton Land Bank, Canton Tomorrow, Inc., and City of Canton. Information regarding downtown events and news can be submitted for reprint at the discretion of the Partnership director and publication editor. The Canton Development Partnership reserves the right to edit all copy. Deadlines are the 15th of the month, two months prior to publication (i.e., May 15 for the July/August issue). Statements of fact and opinion within Downtown Developments are the responsibility of the authors alone and do not imply the opinion of the members of Canton Development Partnership or its partnering organizations. Advertising rates and specifications are available by contacting the Chamber sales department at (330) 458-2067.

Our tenth year of the Canton Farmers’ Market has experienced exceptional growth this year. New downtown events manager Erin Thompson has loaded this year’s market with 30+ new vendors and returning favorites— our most ever--and lots of diverse products for purchase. Make the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market a must on your “to do” list through Oct. 19. Soon, we expect to see a façade improvement project begin at the former Frank’s Produce building on Court Avenue N., between Third and Fourth Streets. Mark and Robin Kratzer have purchased the building and are in the process of completely renovating it. Later this year, we look forward to hearing about their plans for the building. Stay tuned for more good news for downtown. The City of Canton has announced that it will seek bids for the development of a comprehensive plan for the city. This plan will replace one that dates back to the mid 1960s. The plan is extremely important to the city because it will update previous

Michael P. Gill

informational data, define land use, set new goals and strategies, and provide a roadmap for the future. We look forward to this exciting process and the benefit it will create for all aspects of our city. Likewise, the Canton Development Partnership is working on the master plan for downtown, which was initiated and funded by the group this year. The plan has the potential to change the dynamics of downtown and create new energy. We look forward to working with everyone to develop and unveil this roadmap. Yes, much is happening downtown. The new YMCA construction continues as the shell of the building is soon to be completed. This important project is expected to be completed by January or February 2014. Soon we will see the visible presence of Stark State College in our downtown. The school’s presence will be extremely important to the Canton area, because it will become an essential training facility to support Canton’s stake as The Utica CapitalTM. We welcome the students, administration and faculty associated with Stark State College. Enjoy the fall months and remember to support our restaurants, retailers and art venues.

Vintage Canton Committee Longtime volunteers Julie Gill and John Kaminski are co-chairing this year’s event. Gill is a small business relationship manager at KeyBank in North Canton. Gill was born and raised in Canton and has been with KeyBank for 17 years. She has held positions in sales and service at many branches in Stark and Summit Counties. Gill currently resides in Canton, and has been a community volunteer and chairman for a number of organizations and projects, including New Directors Board, Mercy Service League and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Kaminski is an attorney with Day Ketterer in Canton. He focuses on estate planning and probate law, and also practices in the area of First Amendment and media law, as well as social security disability. He grew up in Canton and is a graduate of McKinley Senior High

School. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and his JD from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Kaminksi serves as the president of the board of directors of Community Services of Stark County. He has previously served as co-chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s AultCare Fast Break Breakfast, and on the Community Advisor Council of the Junior League of Stark County. Kaminski is a graduate of the 22nd class of Leadership Stark County and remains involved as the chairman of Asset Building Day. He is a co-founder and board secretary of the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation.


First Friday Tidbits August 2: Tackling the Arts Whoever said that art and football don’t mix hasn’t played on Team Arts. The downtown players will be suited up for an evening of football-related art, music on the outdoor stage, and new projects flying at Translations, Joseph Saxton, Journey and Second April, along with temporary additions to the public art landscape, all in honor of the tradition that is synonymous with Canton. Watch for street closings as the big parade is the following morning!

September 6: Harvest of Arts Remember when Mom told you not to play with your food? Well, lucky for us, some folks didn’t listen. And you’ll see their culinary creations as watermelons, squash, and other edibles are made into art this month. Special service projects from the Stark County Hunger Task Force will be underway, set against a backdrop of live music by Sugarcreek Acoustic Duo, Scarlet and the Harlots, White Buffalo Woman, and Elec Simon and friends.

October 4: Kids at Art The focus this month is on art made by children. Galleries and street displays will not only feature make-n-take activities, but also boast of the talents of budding O’Keefes and out-of-the-box Picassos. Theatre, dance and music performances will also feature students from Players Guild Theatre, Canton Idol and much more. First Friday is sponsored by the Stark Community Foundation and is celebrated every first Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Canton. First Friday is presented by ArtsinStark, The County Arts Council, and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. For the most up-to-date information, visit

4th Street Summer Concert Series rocks hard in August and September The Canton Development Partnership’s FREE 4th Street Summer Concert Series continues this summer with two upcoming performances: Hey Monea! on Friday, Aug. 23, and Hard Day’s Night, a Beatles Tribute Band, on Friday, Sept. 13. Join us under the 4th Street Lights at Fourth Street and Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton! Each show starts at 7 p.m. with opening act Rob Thompson on Aug. 23, and Tasha Addessi on Sept. 13, then at 8 p.m., the featured band will take the stage and play until 10:30 p.m. Head downtown early to enjoy dinner at one of a dozen downtown Canton’s restaurants. Then, grab your lawn chair and some cold brews, a slice of Hungry Howie’s, and rock into the evening under the lights!

The popular free concert series is presented by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber) and made possible by Budweiser, Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust Pizza, ArtsinStark, The County Arts Council, Downtown Special Improvement District, King Properties, Hilscher-Clarke, The Repository, Miller & Company and News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1.

Hard Day’s Night

Visit for more information or contact Erin Thompson, downtown events manager, at for details.

Hey Monea!

Canton Development Partnership unveils six new market-rate apartments for downtown living


he Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, together with the Downtown Canton Land Bank,

have announced that the project undertaken last year to transform a blighted building at 400 McKinley Ave. NW has been completed. The project, dubbed the Suites at 400, has resulted in the creation of six new market-rate apartments in downtown Canton’s arts district, along with new retail space. The building was purchased in 2007 for $85,000 at a Sherriff’s sale and was in complete disrepair at time of purchase. The project began with the demolition of the interior of the first and second floors in October of last year, and construction began in December.

Ave. NW) along with prior tenant Canton Glass Works (429 Fourth Street NW). “This new project is in an ideal location near to the Canton Arts District, Timken High School Campus and the Canton YMCA, which is slated for completion in January 2014,” said Gill. The Canton Development Partnership has engaged Cutler Real Estate to assist in marketing the property, as well as performing the intake of applications and other documentation. Leasing of the units is now available beginning at one dollar per square foot, plus utilities, and two of the apartments have already found their first tenants. For more information about the units, contact Cutler Real Estate realtor Tricia Reed at (330) 232-0401.

The one-bedroom units range in size from 523 to 651 square feet and include a kitchen, bath, living room, laundry room and closets, along with a suite of appliances. Each unit is equipped with central air conditioning, gas heat, onsite parking and an additional secured onsite storage area. All units have hardwood floors and decorative exposed brick wall accents. The general contractor for the project was Fred Olivieri Construction. “These new apartments are designed to demonstrate the need for market rate housing in downtown Canton. Market rate housing is a crucial step in creating more activity and demand for retail establishments,” said Michael P. Gill, director of the Canton Development Partnership. “Together with the Downtown Canton Land Bank, we are proud to have taken the lead in developing this important first step in market rate housing for the city.” On the street level is a 1,500 square foot gallery space, recently opened by Canton artist Su Nimon as Journey Studios (431 Fourth Street NW), new retail space Feather Your Nest (410 McKinley

Community garden blossoms all summer The Downtown Canton/Summit Community Garden, located at the intersection of Fifth Street and High Street NW, is in full bloom for the late summer season!

resident social interaction, building a greater sense of community pride and increasing personal connections.

The prosperous beds are filled with flowers and veggies, tended to by gardeners of all ages and gardening ability. Everything grows in the Community Garden, from tomatoes to squash, to beautiful flowering annuals and perennials.

To reserve your plot for late summer gardening, contact Project REBUILD, Inc. at (330) 588-3205. Individual 8’ x 9’ plots are ripe for the picking at just $10 for the season. Tools, water and advice are all free! All you need is your ideas, seeds, and a little hard work.

Our gardeners use organic gardening practices and can consume the fruits of their labors themselves or donate to charity. The garden will increase locally grown food and help ease food costs for the residents of the Summit Neighborhood while providing a source of

The downtown Summit Neighborhood Community Garden is presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and sponsored by Project REBUILD, J.P. Morgan, The Chase Foundation and the Stark Community Foundation.

Canton Farmers’ Market Fall Bounty


he Canton Farmers’ Market is spread over three seasons, and late summer and fall bring some incredible color to the culinary palette. Each Saturday, there is a cornucopia of produce, including pumpkins, gourds, apples and cooler fall crops.


Incredible local selections including artisan breads, organic cheeses, baked goods and much more are available Saturday mornings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. through October 19. The market is located in the Timken High School Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth St. and McKinley Ave NW. In addition to the 30+ vendors each week, there is weekly live music and activities, ranging from gardening and cooking tips, to make-and-take art for the kids. Visit for more information and a complete schedule of upcoming market events. Come out and join us before the market closes for the year!

Stark State College purchases Cornerstone II for new downtown Canton satellite center The good news is quickly spreading about





Downtown Canton Satellite Center and Energy Institute, scheduled to open in late 2014 or early 2015. The College has purchased Cornerstone II, located at 400 Third St. SE, for $4.9 million as part of a $10 million State of Ohio capital appropriation. The new center will consolidate several downtown locations, currently serving about 1,200 Stark State students, and also will become a regional training hub for the College’s expanding oil and gas programs. “The efficiency of having one downtown site will allow us to better serve students and develop additional programs to meet workforce demands, especially in the oil and gas industry and its growing supply chain in Stark and surrounding counties,” said Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College.

The College will use the remaining $5.1 million of the state appropriation to remodel and equip the building. An additional $500,000 grant from The Timken Foundation will support equipment purchases. “The Board of Trustees carefully evaluated numerous downtown locations, taking into consideration the needs of our students, current and future academic programs, room for future growth, interstate access and the impact of our satellite center on downtown revitalization,” said Jones. “Cornerstone II meets all these criteria and the location provides excellent access from SR 30, SR 43 and I-77. “Thanks to its strategic location, our new Downtown Satellite has the unique advantage of being both the gateway to Downtown Canton, right off of the Cherry Street Bridge, and the gateway to oil and gas sites to the south and east of our city,” she added. Stark State also is part of a four-college consortium funded through a $14.9 million

U.S. Department of Labor grant to develop and implement the first-ever national curriculum for shale oil and gas. Stark State will receive $2.76 million of that grant to provide the ShaleNET credit curriculum in the Utica Shale region and will offer those courses at the downtown site when it opens. In the energy field, Stark State College has for many years led in programming, training and research partnerships with international and world-renowned companies such as The Timken Company, Lockheed Martin and LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (formerly Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems), which has its global headquarters on Stark State’s main campus.

New Restaurants & Locations Downtown

Deli Ohio 328 Walnut Ave. NE (330) 453-7777 Open Now: Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown Canton’s newest family-owned and operated restaurant is ready to fulfill all of your sandwich needs. The full service delicatessen sources high quality, natural products from Ohio. By connecting with local farms and food suppliers, the deli is able to guarantee the freshest ingredients. Striving to raise the bar as a restaurant, the menu features traditional deli sandwiches like the Italian (genoa salami, hard salami, pepperoni, provolone and veggies on a hoagie) while offering items for those who may be feeling a bit more adventurous—try the Ham Apple Brie (maple glazed ham, Granny Smith apples, brie, and peach preserves on whole wheat). Sides, soups, and salads round out the menu and are all made in-house and carefully prepared using fresh, in-season ingredients, when available. At Deli Ohio, the goal is to offer a well-crafted menu with great service at a reasonable price.

Other Great Dining Destinations open now and coming soon! Cheese Louise Ohio 315 Cleveland Ave. NW (330) 371-7171

Opening late summer: Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Gourmet grilled cheese, hot dogs, soups and salads.

Amvets Post 555 “The Triple Nickel”

New Location! 216 Fourth St. NW (330) 452-8202 Open Now: Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. American Veterans establishment featuring great casual food and full bar.

H Express Delivery Downtown Canton (330) 949-4001

Open Now: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving downtown Canton with lunchtime delivery from more than a dozen of downtown Canton’s restaurants.


New Galleries & Shops Downtown

Journey Art Gallery 431 Fourth Street NW (330) 232-1888 Open Now: Monday-Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Fridays from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Journey Art Gallery & Studios began in 2001 when Su Nimon moved back home to Canton from a long tour in Denver as a freelance artist, designer and musician. Originally serving northeast Ohio as a source for graphic design services and photography, Journey Studios gradually began moving more into the fine arts. The gallery opened studio space in 2nd April Galerie in the fall of 2007. Since then the gallery has grown every year. Now, the growth experienced over the past six years has led to Journey Art Gallery opening its doors in the recently revitalized 400 McKinley Avenue building. The gallery is a creative destination for artists around the country, with new shows opening the third Saturday of each month. Current artists at the gallery include Nimon, Mac

Worthington, Pamela Olin, Jack Valentine, Donna Fuchs, Kathleen Hill, Engler Glass and Douglas Rich. “The concept for the gallery is to bring fresh artistic ‘voices’ in from beyond our area. New work, new energy, new visitors to downtown. That’s my plan,” said Nimon. Nimon also has plans to host innovative, fun events, workshops, parties, music and more, along with yoga and meditation in the gallery’s adjoining classroom.


Feather Your Nest

Frankenstein Records

Thirteenth Floor Gallery

Open Now: Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. erinnlaineprimitivecandles

Open Now: Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Open Now: First Fridays and Special Events

410 McKinley Ave. NW (330) 456-1339

Hand-poured, deliciously and uniquely scented candles and home fragrance products from Erinn Laine Primitive Candles, along with vintage home decor items, primitives, up-cycled and handmade items.

221 Fifth Street NW (330) 454-7255

Used and new vinyl, CDs, t-shirts, art and rock and roll memorabilia. Live music in lower level.

310 Fourth Street NW (330) 280-1977

An art gallery and bizarre boutique featuring prints and posters, t-shirts, gifts and more in the Canton Arts District.

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Exhibit - White House Horses; West Wing McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Public History Tour McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Eyes on First Ladies: Power of the Press National First Ladies’ Library Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff Stark County Fairgrounds Fashion Show Luncheon Civic Center/Cultural Center Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Civic Center/Cultural Center Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW First Friday – Tackling the Arts Downtown Canton Arts District First Friday Family Movie Little Giants Canton Palace Theatre Timken Grand Parade Downtown Canton Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable Civic Center/Cultural Center Summer Kids Movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Canton Palace Theatre Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW

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Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW 4th Street Concert featuring Hey Monea! 4th Street and Cleveland Ave. NW Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW

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Exhibit – White House Horses; West Wing McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Exhibit – Environmental Impact Canton Museum of Art Exhibit – Restoration, Recycling & Remembering Canton Museum of Art Eyes on First Ladies: Power of the Press National First Ladies’ Library First Friday – Harvest of Arts Downtown Canton Arts District First Friday Family Movie – Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone Canton Palace Theatre Legally Blond Players Guild Theatre Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW

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4th Street Concert featuring Hard Day’s Night 4th Street & Cleveland Ave. NW Special Film Presentation: Girl Rising Canton Palace Theatre Legally Blond Players Guild Theatre Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW Vintage Canton Central Plaza Downtown Canton Legally Blond Players Guild Theatre Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW Canton Arts Walk Downtown Canton Arts District Ghost of the Blues Broadway Review Canton Palace Theatre Don Irwin – Jazz Pianist Cable Recital Hall Beach Blanket Bingo Cultural Center for the Arts Legally Blond Players Guild Theatre Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW

More event information at

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Exhibit – White House Horses; West Wing McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Exhibit – Environmental Impact Canton Museum of Art Exhibit – Restoration, Recycling & Remembering Canton Museum of Art Eyes on First Ladies: Power of the Press National First Ladies’ Library First Friday – Kids at Art Downtown Canton Arts District Canton Farmers’ Market 4th Street & McKinley Ave. NW Scottish Fantasy Umstattd Performing Arts Hall Soup at Six Mystery Tour McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Project Trio Canton Palace Theatre Utica Summit 2014 Canton Memorial Civic Center Halloween Party McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Looking for live weekly music downtown? Visit Buzzbin Art & Music Shop (, Frankenstein Records ( and The Auricle ( for live music event news and calendars.

Augseptoct 2013 downtown developments newsletter  
Augseptoct 2013 downtown developments newsletter