Kristina Aiid-Toss

Urban Explorer: Wallhaven

words and photos by Kristina Aiad-Toss

Located along Market Street between Highland Square and the Summit Mall, Wallhaven does not seem to have much to offer other than monotonous chain stores and mainstream restaurants. But, if you look past the Starbucks and Pizza hut, you find many unique places that bring spontaneity and personality to this commercial area.

Akrona Galleries

1765 W Market St,akrona-2

Akron, OH 44313

(330) 865-0909

Hours: Tues – Fri 10 am – 5:30 am, Sat 10 am – 3 pm

A hub for the local artist community — Akrona galleries features a variety of international and local artwork, hosts art shows, events, and gallery openings, works with local schools and the University to display student’s work, and offers classes for children.With bold and brightly colored paintings and photographs consuming the walls, jewelry adorning tables, and blown glass and sculptures shaping themselves in the air, this venue will never disappoint any lover of art.

Bookseller Inc.

39 Westgate Circle

Akron, OH 44313

(330) 865-5831

Hours: Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 12 pm – 4 pm

bookseller-2With endless bookshelves full of classics and drawers brimming to the top with historical documents, this history museum of a store is one of the best used bookstores in Akron. Located behind a plaza, this hidden gem not only sells rare novels, but also has an intriguing collection of Northeast Ohio and U.S. history including books, maps, blueprints, artwork, newspapers, and other memorabilia. Any book aficionado or history buff could spend hours leafing through the seemingly endless collection in this store.

The Eye Opener

1688 West Market St.

Akron, OH 44313

(330) 867-1114eyeopener-2

Hours: Mon – Sat 6:30 am – 3 pm, Sun 8 am – 3 pm

Whether looking to start your busy day or grab a relaxing Sunday brunch, The Eye Opener is the perfect breakfast spot for any occasion. At this family-style restaurant, guests can enjoy delicious classic selections, an endless pot of coffee, and even customized omelets. Forget the surrounding Starbucks, Einstein’s, and Dunkin Donuts, and venture off the beaten path to this local joint to enjoy a top quality breakfast.