Growing Businesses in the Canton Arts District
By James Dennison
As you all know downtown Canton’s Arts District is growing by leaps and bounds. Today we’d like to showcase a few of the businesses that have and are currently expanding into locations outside of the downtown area. Speaking with each of these businesses they all concur that downtown Canton is a really special place where the businesses support each other and the success of their downtown business is what spurred them into expansion.
First is Basil, which is a wonderful Asian bistro located at 585 Market Avenue in Downtown Canton. Basil is a beautiful restaurant that serves Asian Fusion cuisine. It is owned and operated by Tony Ly and has been open downtown since 2013. Tony’s hard work and success spurred a second location in Green, Ohio and soon they are opening up a third Basil restaurant in Wooster. The new location will have almost the same great menu as the original Basil which will be a good move since you can’t improve on perfection.
Another Downtown Canton staple is Deli Ohio. Deli Ohio is by far the best sandwich choice in the area, well known for their locally sourced foods and commitment to community education, social growth and improvement. In 2015 Deli Ohio worked with the community to turn it’s decaying rear parking lot into an edible pocket park and worked to create a downtown outdoor flea and craft event that runs once a month during the spring and summer. Deli Ohio is currently working on a new satellite location in North Canton which will have a similar menu as the downtown location but is focused on carry out options. Follow Deli Ohio on Facebook and Instagram for more information!
Muggswigz is one of the area’s longest running coffee shops, known for it’s live music and poetry and being open almost more hours than most businesses downtown. Muggswigz has been downtown since 2003 making a strong 13 years of steady business. Almost three years ago they opened a second location in Canton near Lake Cable on Fulton Drive. Talking with Muggswigz they find that downtown has had wonderful growth in the last few years and they’ve noticed a much stronger police presence in downtown leading to a better feeling of safety and community. They also note that the First Friday events have only been better and better and they’re looking forward to seeing what the last half of this decade has in store for downtown!
Carpe Diem is my one of my personal favorite coffee shops in downtown. The warm cozy atmosphere and soft lighting make Carpe Diem Coffee feel more like a second home than a local business. Owner Cathy and Patrick Wyatt are always full of smiles when they hand you a warm cup of quality java. Carpe Diem has been in downtown for over 13 years and have added a second location inside Belden Village Mall in North Canton around two years ago. Cathy and Patrick have always made community a priority in their business and are a big supporter of other downtown businesses!
Come spend a weekend in Downtown Canton and check out these wonderful must see locations!