Urban Explorer: Goodyear Heights

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words and photos by Kristina Aiad-Toss

Reminiscent of the industrial Akron of the 1920s, Goodyear Heights is filled with decaying abandoned factories, vacant storefronts, and old houses. Gritty and rough around the edges, this area’s hilly roads wind through the suburbs and leftover manufacturing plants. Amid all this dust and emptiness left behind from the golden era of tire factories, a little digging reveals the hidden gems of this neighborhood.

 

Julian's
Julian’s

 

Julian’s
314 Pioneer St
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 798-0043
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 6am-7pm
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This tiny family restaurant—oddly similar to the diner in the movie Pulp Fiction— has friendly service and amazing home cooked food. Offering superb breakfast and lunch selections, at this tucked-away dive coffee mugs will always be full and customers will always be satisfied.

 

Buckeye Bookshop

795 Brittain Rd
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 794-2455
Hours: Mon, Wed, Friday 11am-5pm & Tues, Thurs, and Sat “by chance or appt”
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Whether you’re into Hemingway or Harry Potter, pay a visit to this local bookstore or visit their online catalogue. With shelves upon shelves of affordable used books, categories range from poetry to plants and fiction to philosophy. In an effort to increase space, the venue is conducting a sale where books are half price off or more.

 

Linda Theater
Linda Theater

Linda Theater
1745 Goodyear Blvd
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 784-3443
Hours: Showings daily at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm

For moviegoers of all ages who are looking to experience a little history, this quaint theater offers first-run and class movies. Offered weekly at budgeted price of $5, this single screen cinema provides a quality film experience in a vintage setting with a snack bar.

 

The Bomb Shelter
The Bomb Shelter

The Bomb Shelter

923 Bank St.
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 258-0088
Hours: Mon-Sat 11pm-5pm, Sun 12-4
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Exploding with Akron’s widest selection of vintage finds and rare antiques, this venue has rooms overflowing with an endless amount of items including furniture, jewelry, records, knick knacks, and more. From a hippy camper to a giant green monster greeting visitors, this location can be both a store for the antique collector or a museum for the nostalgia junkie.

 

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