Strauss Studios in Canton showcases art both in home furnishings and gallery

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CANTON — A vibrant, full-wall mural greets visitors to Strauss Studios as soon as they enter the brick, character-endowed building on Walnut Avenue NE in downtown Canton.

The imaginative aquatic scene is a precursor to a furniture boutique and art gallery combo that is anything but ordinary.

Open at 236 Walnut Ave. NE for about 10 years, the former John Strauss Furniture recently changed its name to Strauss Studios to better reflect its artistic identity and focus.

While Strauss specializes in designing and making furniture, business partner Carisa Marie Bell focuses on interior design.

Strauss and Bell began working together professionally in 2012; they are getting married in June. Originally from the West Coast, Bell co-owns Strauss Studios.

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