The Akronite’s Guide to Superior Gift-Giving

How to get your Akron on and knock your holiday shopping list out

written by Katie Jackson

shop local neighbors
This is not just a cool way of thinking, but it’s also a dope unisex shirt produced by Neighbors Apparel, based in North Hill and available online at, along with a lot of cool clutches, pocket squares, totes, bracelets, scarves, bow ties and more, which were handmade by refugee women living in Akron. (photo credit: Studio KMR Photography)

Every year, you run into a couple folks on your list for whom you want to get something truly different, but it’s tough. They have everything they need and every time you start to get something from one of the big box stores, you realize it’s mass-produced junk sold in hundreds of places. Nothing unique or thoughtful about it. If you’re really trying to get a someone special something special, let us help. You may have missed Crafty Mart and Small Business Saturday, but that’s okay because we know some folks who’d be glad to help you brighten someone’s holiday.

AkronArtMuseum2Akron Art Museum store
1 S. High St., Akron, OH
Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-9pm
After spending an afternoon exploring the galleries, stop in the Museum Store to browse a range of contemporary, international and handmade artful objects for your home.
Wish List Item: Devo Duck, $9.95


Bomb Shelter (see feature photo)
923 Bank St., Akron, OH
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-4pm
You never know what they’ll have, but if you’ve been to the Bomb Shelter, you know there’ll be something cool that wants to go home with you.
Wish List item: 1974 BMW R90 with a sidecar.

Hazel Tree Interiors
143 W Market St., Akron, OH
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5:30pm, Sat 11am-3:00pm
Karen and Jon’s three-story studio features artwork, home decor and furnishings from local artists, home design services and custom framing.
Wish List Item: Firestone Tire mold mirror, $400

Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat
451 W Market St., Akron, OH
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Stop in to Akron’s newest boutique of curated handmade, ‘vintique’, and retro housewares, furniture and oddities. Joe and Angel’s eclectic shop hosted a tarot card reader at their grand opening, and they plan to present monthly art, poetry and music events, including an alley caravan jam this summer.
Wish List Item: Vintage thermometer, $90

Venia Antiques and Design
347 W Market St., Akron, OH
Hours: Wed-Thurs 1pm-4pm, Fri-Sat 1pm-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm
Tucked in the 300 block of West Market, Venia features affordable vintage and antique collectibles, furniture, art, custom merchandise and much more with new inventory arriving weekly.
Wish List Item: Mid-century armchair, $40

Land of Plenty
339 W Market St., Akron, OH
Hours: Thurs-Sat 12pm-7pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
If you’re in the know, you know where to go. Land of Plenty is a rising star for vintage & antique furniture and decor, houseplants, jewelry, contemporary art and gemstones.
Wish List Item: Air plant terrariums, $18, and gemstone necklace, $15

The Market Path
833 W Market St., Akron, OH
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
An inviting, cheery shopping experience in Highland Square, The Market Path offers international, fair-trade goods including scarves, journals, jewelry, chocolate, coffee and art.
Wish List Item: Bolivian wool scarf, hat and gloves, $24-$28 each

Allie M.
Pilgrim Square (2299 W. Market St., Akron, OH)
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Beloved local jewelry designer, Allie M brings inspirational and symbolic jewelry and accessories to her new expanded storefront featuring charm bracelets and necklaces.
Wish List Item: Bee Happy necklace, $48

DonDrumm1Don Drumm Studios & Gallery
437 Crouse St., Akron, OH
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Akron’s iconic artisan headquarters, you can get lost finding your way through the colorful rooms and buildings of beautiful jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics and metal craft design.
Wish List Item: Metal Christmas ornaments, $19 each


Akron Centre (76 S. Main St., Akron, OH)
A teeny hidden treasure in the heart of downtown is a true fashion destination! NOTO is a must-stop for contemporary women’s clothing, local accessories and inspirational style ideas.
Wish List Item: Plaid wool wrap, $28

RCCC11Rubber City Clothing Company
18 N High St., Akron, OH
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Akron represent! RCCC has claim to all the best Akron gear. They feature custom screen printed Akron-centric clothing and accessories for all your Rubber City needs.
Wish List Item: Blimp belt buckle, $54.99

Urban Lace
119 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Hours: Tues 11am-6pm, Wed-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Chic ladies: this is where it’s at. Urban Lace is the newest women’s boutique carrying one of a kind jewelry, clothing and accessories featuring local artisans.
Wish List Item: Bird print skirt, $36

Silver Eagle Antiques
2215 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Hours: Tues-Sat 12pm-5:30pm
Wanna trip down memory lane to your grandma’s attic? Step foot in Silver Eagle Antiques. A unique nostalgia shop containing antiques, vintage sports memorabilia, specialty collections and a toaster museum — what?!
Wish List Item: Vintage tricycle, $150

Sarah’s Vineyard
1204 W Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Hours: Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-7pm
Combine date night and shopping while enjoying a wood fired pizza and glass of vino in the comfort of an art gallery barn featuring blown glass, jewelry, photography and watercolors, in addition to eight locally sourced and produced wines.
Wish List Item: Cuyahoga Valley Reserve, $20 bottle

st aug soapSaint Augustine and Suds
Ahhhh. Need to relax? Look no further. Saint Augustine will pamper you with delightfully scented organic soaps, soaks, candles and more.
Wish List Item: Cypress, Fir and Lavender bath bar, $6

Exquisite Corpse Boutique
Out of a passion for gothic subculture, Alexander Draven has harnessed his talent to create truly unique handcrafted timepieces and jewelry with Steampunk flair.
Wish List Item: Engraved Brass Bar timepiece, $257.50

The Social Dept.
Sports? Check. Beer? Check. Humor? Check. Design skill? Double check. The Social Department is THE place to find the most creative tees with regional themes. For fans of sports, hometown pride, and graphic design.
Wish List Item: Akron Survival Kit and Ohio Native tee, $25 each

Urban Buzz
Beautiful and functional, Urban Buzz creates sweet-smelling handcrafted beeswax candles using the purest beeswax from a local apiaries.
Wish List Item: Beeswax pillar candle, $18

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