A Zest for Life

A Zest for Life

Waiting for Mandy Young Sigley at Ipp’s Pastaria in Woodstock, I worried: the front door is heavy; should I stand by the door, ready to help? There are two steps down to the dining room; maybe we should eat in the bar. Oh no, it might be hard for her to get onto the...
Building Community in Canton

Building Community in Canton

Local Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Creates Community Although Cherokee County resident Andy Slanina spent seven years in the Army—having enlisted in 1984 and spending time in Korea, Germany, and Iraq—and then created a booming merchandising business and most...
Family Love & Kitchen Traditions

Family Love & Kitchen Traditions

Brother-and-sister duo Francy Deskin and Frank Connor—nicknamed Frik and Frak by their parents—turned their hobby into Frik & Frak Market, and the Hickory Flat community has welcomed it with open arms and watering mouths. Why? With one taste, customers appreciate...
Gluten-Free Goodness

Gluten-Free Goodness

Who knew gluten-free could taste so good? Loving people through food is Chelsea Ward’s mission, one epitomized by The Local Graze, a business she opened October 2023 in Canton’s Laurel Canyon Village Shopping Center. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and candy. Whose mouth...
Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success

Elliott Wilson’s senior project at Sequoyah High School in 2007 was an assignment that causes stress for many high school students. For Elliott, however, it was only the beginning of his distinguished culinary career. Elliott, the executive chef at J. Michael’s Prime...