Charita Canty operates the hot dog and concession stand at Himle Park in Hayfield. Pictured with her inside the stand are her children Dakota, Nikkala and Charity (not pictured is her teenage son, Dixon). She describes Hayfield as a nice quiet, safe place to raise her children. The stand is open Monday through Thursday during summer rec and adult league games. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Kids and parents alike are enjoying the new hot dog and concession stand that Charita Canty opened in the Hayfield park on June 15.
Canty operates her stand out of the concession stand by the softball field at Himley Park, and so far she says business has been on the slower side, but she remains optimistic that her business will improve as the summer goes on. "It gives people a reason to stay around the park, when the adults have ball games down here at night," Canty explained. "And the kids are enjoying grabbing a beverage and something to eat before or after their games."
Canty grew up in grew up in Chicago and relocated to Minnesota when she was a young adult she moved to hayfield in February, 2013 from Mound Minnesota. She became a beautician and then a Licensed Food Service Operator. She operated her own hot dog kiosk in Illinois before moving back to Minnesota.
"My original plan was to just have the kiosk down here, and then I found out this (concession stand) was available when I went to the Hayfield City Council meeting and they offered it me," she said. "It's been a lot easier than hooking my kiosk up to my car and bringing it down here."
She is also able sell more items than just hot dogs.
Canty moved to Hayfield in February with her four children. "I thought this town would be a nice, quiet, and safe place to raise my children," she said. Going forward, Canty hopes to buy a food truck or possibly open her own restaurant. "I love to cook, and food is a great way for people to come together"
Canty will keep her stand open through the summer and is open Monday through Thursdays, during summer rec games and adult softball league.