Local Shopping Guide: Akron Art, Books, Coffee Beans & Experiences
Offers sculpture, original paintings, blown glass, jewelry and fine art reproductions with custom framing for everything from cross-stitched textiles to fine art photography and paintings and everything in between.
AVAILABLE: In person at 1765 W Market St. Akron, and online at akrona.com
An assortment of decorative holiday and all-occasion hand-blown glass pieces ranging from ornaments to vases, platters, bowls and lighting. Workshops include a hands-on experience with a professional glassblowing artist and a piece to keep that you will make.
COST: Glass pieces starting at $20; workshops $60/person
AVAILABLE: Gifts available at their new location at 421 Spicer St. (a re-purposed church building) and workshop registration available online at akronglassworks.com
photo courtesy of Akron Glassworks
Hazel Tree Interiors
There are all kinds of ways to explore your artsy side at Hazel Tree, from Karen Starr’s interior design and Jon Haidet’s custom framing to locally crafted and ecologically responsible art and furnishings.
AVAILABLE: At the store at 143 W. Market St. (formerly Norka Futon; adorned with a metal tree on one side and a painted tree on the other) and online at hazeltreeinteriors.com
photo courtesy of Hazel Tree Interiors
Talent runs in the family, which is evident in Leandra’s pewter switchplates, ornaments and etched drinking glasses featuring whimsical characters and motifs.
AVAILABLE: Visit in person at Don Drumm Studios, 437 Crouse St. and online, just type Leandra Drumm in the search box at dondrummstudios.com
photo courtesy of Don Drumm Studios
Jason Scala’s black-and-white, highly detailed stencil art on industrial-style plywood canvases features a wide array of pop culture and art historical references with that rough-hewn Akron grit you know and love.
AVAILABLE: In person at Urban Eats Cafe (51 E. Market St., next to Musica), or online at urbankanvas.com
photo of one of the Scala pieces hanging in publisher Chris Horne’s house
Multimedia African figural sculptures, books, calendars and framed prints by a local art icon whose books, calendars and framed prints can be purchases for under $100. If you have deeper pockets, one of his fine art sculptures will set you back up to $20,000.
AVAILABLE: Books, calendars and prints for sale online under the “Related Items” tab online at woodrownashstudios.com. Sculptures available for purchase via the “Contact” tab online
photo courtesy of Woodrow Nash
Zeber-Martell Studio and Gallery
Professional-class pottery in the form of dishes, lamps, tables and more. Pieces are hand-painted with geometric and organic forms inspired by nature.
AVAILABLE: Seven days a week at 43 E. Furnace St. in the Northside District and online at zeber-martell.com
Mary Biddinger and Jay Robinson, “The Czar”
Biddinger, a professor of English at the University of Akron and Robinson, who teaches at UA and Ashland University, collaborated on this volume of poems that stands “at the intersection of ironic political commentary and hyperbolized body currency.”
AVAILABLE: Black Lawrence Press and online at blacklawrence.com/the-czar
Bill Broun, “Night of the Animals”
Broun, who grew up in Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson, has released a futuristic fiction novel that includes a European Union devolved into oligarchy, a suicide cult bent on destroying the world’s animals and an elderly, mentally ill protagonist.
AVAILABLE: The kinds of places where you buy books and online from the publisher at harpercollins.com/9780062400796/night-of-the-animals
Rita Dove, “Collected Poems 1974-2004”
An essential collection for anyone who loves poetry, especially if they love Akron because Rita Dove isn’t just a Rubber City original; she’s a Pulitzer Prize winner and the nation’s first African-American Poet Laureate.
AVAILABLE: Fine bookstores everywhere. Learn more about Dove at engl.virginia.edu/people/rfd4b
James Renner, “The Great Forgetting”
An Akron-based true crime writer (his latest is a memoir “True Crime Addict”), James Renner’s most recent novel is another genre-bending and -blending work that plays with sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers, featuring a history teacher who is pulled into web of conspiracy theories in his effort to save the world.
AVAILABLE: Book-selling type places in real life and online. Learn more about him at jamesrenner.com
Jason Segedy, editor, “The Akron Anthology”
Belt Magazine’s wide-ranging collection of essays and stories about Akron includes an introduction by David Giffels and a contributions by Rita Dove and Emilia Sykes, among others.
AVAILABLE: In bookstores or online at beltmag.com/shop
Joanna Wilson, “Triple Dog Dare”
The latest book by our favorite prolific pop culture Christmas author, Akron’s Joanna Wilson, is perhaps her most impressive because she goes deep into “A Christmas Story” while testing her limits by watching Bob Clark’s classic film on repeat during Turner Broadcasting’s annual 24-hour TV marathon.
AVAILABLE: In local bookstores or online at 1701press.com/shop
Mila Jaroniec, “Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover”
A native New Yorker turned Akronite, Jaroniec delivers a highly praised debut novel —“…a razor-sharp meditation on loneliness in sex, under capitalism, in the face of mortality, even in the arms of those we claim to love…”
AVAILABLE: In bookstores or online at splitlippress.com
Cory Sheldon, “Valley of Progress”
Check out our Q&A with local author Cory Sheldon (pg. 13) then buy the first couple books of his series for your favorite bookworm.
COST: Archive 1 – “The Murde Mountains” is $6.95; Book 1 – “Chigou” is $14.95.
AVAILABLE: In bookstores or online at valleyofprogress.com
AKRON COFFEE BEANS
Akron Coffee Roasters
The specialty roaster features a number of single origin varieties roasted in-house.
COST: Starts at $12/10 oz.
AVAILABLE: 30 N High St, Akron, next to the Nightlight Cinema
In addition to a selection of coffees and accoutrements, the shop boasts one of the area’s most impressive selections of loose-leaf tea.
AVAILABLE: 792 W Market St., Akron, Ohio
Recently celebrating its first year in business, the shop offers coffee and tea, plus you can purchase a Christmas special version of one of its hand-thrown pottery mugs made by Yost Pottery.
COST: $35.00 for the mug.
AVAILABLE: 662 Canton Rd, Akron
The shop offers whole bean coffee and a variety of mugs and clothing items
AVAILABLE: 1530 W Market St, Akron or 4161 Steels Pointe, Stow
AKRON EXPERIENCES, etc.
This is a workout unlike any other in Akron. At Rock Mill, you can challenge yourself with indoor rock climbing, yoga, equipped fitness room and training programs.
COST: $55/mo. or $595 if you prepay for a year
AVAILABLE: In person at 677 Carroll St., Akron, and online at rockmillclimbing.com
photo courtesy of the Rock Mill Facebook page
The Nightlight Cinema
Akron’s own downtown indie movie theater is built not just for cinema lovers but to foster community. As such, they offer several annual membership levels with benefits ranging from discounts on tickets to free admission, free popcorn, members only screenings, guest passes and more.
AVAILABLE: In person at 30 N. High St. and online at nightlightcinema.com
photo by Rob Vaughn, courtesy of The Nightlight’s Facebook page
If you have children, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal than an an annual family membership to the Akron Zoo. Member benefits include free admission here (and discounted admission at other major zoos), free parking, zoo gift shop discounts, after-hours zoo experiences, behind-the-scenes tours and more.
COST: Starts at $55
AVAILABLE: In person at 505 Euclid Ave and online at akronzoo.org
photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo Facebook page
Akron Art Museum
Though they brought the collection to your neighborhood with Inside/Out and open to the public for free every Thursday, there are special perks for Akronites who invest in a membership to support our internationally recognized modern art museum. Benefits include free year-long admission, discounts to the art museum store and reciprocal benefits to art museums throughout the U.S. and more.
COST: Personal Memberships: $25-$500 / Business Memberships: $500-$5000
AVAILABLE: In person at One South High St. or online at akronartmuseum.org
photo by Joe Levack/Studio Akron, courtesy of the AAM Facebook page
Whether you’re trying to catch some future MLB stars on their rise, or you just want a good hot dog and a great place to enjoy it, your 2016 Eastern League Champs can accommodate you. Season ticket holders get 18 percent off regular single game tickets, name recognition on seats, a complimentary ceremonial first pitch during the season, invitations to exclusive season ticket holder events, express lane access to concession stands and more.
AVAILABLE: Online at akronrubberducks.com
photo courtesy of the Akron RubberDucks
Akron Children’s Museum
The wait is over and the now the ACM is open in its permanent spot at Lock 3 after an incredible pilot period. Go ahead and treat your family with a membership, which includes unlimited admission, members only events, discounts on birthday party packages, free parking and more.
AVAILABLE: In person at 216 S. Main St. and online at akronkids.org
photo courtesy of the Akron Children’s Museum