Leaf., formerly known as Every Blooming Thing, opened their new storefront at 449 W. Market St. in November.
What has always been a place for eclectic floral services quickly became the place to find unique gifts and home goods as well.
Owner Matthew Moore took over Every Blooming Thing in 2016 and has been growing the business since. Leaf. used to be located next to Your Pizza Shop on Exchange Street, but now occupies what was once Stagecoach Antiques next door to Gypsy Grace and the Vintage Goat.
“We quickly outgrew our previous space, and I knew that we needed another one. We were fortunate enough to find this one, but we knew a lot of work would have to go into it,” Matthew says.
With the help of his father, an architect, and his husband, who has a knack for home improvement, the three took on the remodel. Matthew even obtained his contracting license in order to oversee the project.
“Everything inside we did ourselves. The floors, paneling, staining — all of it. We had professionals put in the windows and skylight, but other than that we did it all ourselves,” Matthew says.
When I describe Leaf. to someone who has yet to visit, I say that it feels like a real-life Rose Apothecary (Schitt’s Creek fans rejoice!). From the overall aesthetic to the products to the helpful and friendly staff, I am sure that David Rose would give his stamp of approval.
Leaf. is a one-stop shop if you are in need of body care, home goods, house plants, gifts, or a full service florist. They have grab-and-go flowers available or they can work with you to create one of a kind floral arrangements for your special occasion. Additionally, Leaf. will host classes throughout the year for you to create your own arrangements, wreaths and more.
You will also find Matthew and business partner Riveria Young’s natural soy candle line, Ritual Apothecary, beautifully displayed within the shop. In addition to candles, they offer handmade soaps and bath scents. Take a look at their Instagram @ritualapothecaryakron, for their latest releases.
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“We travel twice a year to find things we want to bring back and share with Akron, and then we have about 25-30% locally sourced items as well,” Matthew says.
Every week new items are shipped to the store and put out on display, which allows for a new shopping experience each time you visit. Larger inventory changes also take place throughout the year, with the latest big shipment having just arrived at the end of January.
“We have some really cool pottery coming in, unique kitchenware and some charcuterie items as well. We will also have some home accent things coming in, such as end tables and coffee tables,” Matthew said.
The future is exciting for Leaf., and there are already some big plans in the works. Matthew hopes to expand his Ritual Apothecary line into its own space above the shop. He also hopes to occupy the house behind Leaf. with some kind of eatery.
With the help of their neighbors, Gypsy Grace and the Vintage Goat, Matthew wants to create a place for the community to come and spend some time together. Keep an eye out throughout the year for collaborative events between the two and other local businesses such as Yoga Squared.
“I just hope that other people take a leap of faith and join the creative scene in Akron. This city is full of art and culture, and a light is finally beginning to shine on it,” Matthew says.
To keep up with Leaf. you can check out their website, www.leafhomeandblooms.com, and follow them on Instagram @leaf_homeandblooms, and Facebook @leafhomeandblooms.
Laura Lakins is an educator and freelance writer from Akron, OH.