Akron Honey Company
Known for their sweet, sticky gold-to-red nectar harvested at several Akron locations, AHC now makes honey-based skin care products like lip balm and salve.
At local craft events, pop-ups and Watch for updates online at akronhoney.com
Akron Icons Poster
This clever art by 427 Design began as an exclusive for Unbox Akron subscribers but may become a series celebrating iconic Akron establishments and landmarks.
They have an amazing office (190 N. Union St, Suite 200, Akron), but you can order the poster online at store.427design.com/products/akron-icons-print
Butter Your Nuts
Slow-ground nut butter that uses only natural ingredients with no added oils, stabilizers or preservatives, and sometimes features local favs like Akron Coffee Roasters.
COST: $7.99 and up for 16 oz
At a few local shops and online at butteryournuts.com
What better way to surprise your loved one than by sticking an eyeball nightlight in their stocking? Hard to explain so see for yourself.
COST: Starts at $4.99/each.
Complicated… you have to visit captaineyeball.net to print off an order form with your payment
Lost Lust Supply
Beautifully made, intricately detailed enamel lapel pins created by Akronite Charlie Wagers and his close Portland-based friend Brian Stowell.
COST: $6.50 – $9
Nationwide, including Urban Outfitters, and online at lostlustsupply.com
The official shop for Andy Hopp’s Mutha Oith Creations features Low Life RPG, the Dementalism card game, the Low Life Miniatures line of collectible figures, the Lowlies plush toys, original and reproduction artwork, as well as merch from Oddmall and an overflowing barrel of raw, burning assorted othernesses.
At any Oddmall event and online all the time at lowtique.com
In addition to delicious, sugary soda pop, Akron’s NORKA Beverage also sells T-shirts, sunglasses and vintage tins in their online store.
Just like every Cracker Barrell now, many local retailers carry NORKA beverage but you can have yours delivered when you shop online at norkabeverage.com
Handcrafted products made from upcycled materials by women in a job skills training program committed to reentry after incarceration or during addiction recovery.
Akron Art Museum, Rubber City Clothing and The Market Path and online at trynotwasted.net
Not Yo’ Daddy’s Hot Sauce
Artisan, small batch Mexican Hot Sauce made in Akron, Ohio with a recipe from Durango, Mexico.
COST: $7.95 for 5 oz, $12.95 for 12 oz
In person at local events and shops like Sweet Mary’s Bakery, Urban Eats and Stray Dog. Get updates online at notyodaddys.com
Wallets and whatnot crafted from the pages of comic books. It’s the perfect synergy of geekery and practicality.
In person at craft shows like Crafty Mart’s special Dec. 23 show at Goodyear Theatre. Full schedule online at facebook.com/pg/ItsReGeeked
Saint Augustine and Suds
The most beautiful and pleasantly fragrant handmade soaps, scrubs, soaks, candles, shave kits and beard oil you can imagine.
COST: $5 and up
Visit the store (1947 W. Market St., Suite 102, Akron) or shop online at saintaugustineandsuds.com
Collaborative project between artists Mori Clark and Erin Latham who create one-of-a-kind zipper pouches and bags from adorbs fabric designed by Mori.
Find them at Crafty Mart like events or online at etsy.com/shop/stegokittycollab
Cool, funky flavors made from personal recipes with natural tea leaves and other dried herbs and spices.
Hower House, Wolf Creek Trading Co., Urban Eats and online at teaduder.com
Tiny Cloud Ceramics
They cost more than whatever you’d get at Big Lots, but with biting phrases that contrast with twinkle-oriented design, you won’t find anything like them anywhere else.
Available online at etsy.com/shop/TinyCloudCeramics
All Urban Buzz candles are hand poured in Akron and contain only the purest beeswax from local Ohio apiaries. UB makes tea lights, aromatherapy tins, pillar candles, adorable votives and more.
COST: $1 for tea lights up to $20 for a fancy pillar candle
Several local shops carry Urban Buzz, from the Lifesource Yoga to Ritzman Pharmacies, but for a full list or to order direct, visit them online at urbnbuzz.com