Urban Explorer: Goodyear Heights March 17th, 2016 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 314 Pioneer St Akron, OH 44305 (330) 798-0043 Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 6am-7pm website 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” website 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 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 923 Bank St. Akron, OH 44305 (330) 258-0088 Hours: Mon-Sat 11pm-5pm, Sun 12-4 website 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. Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related 3 Responses Sean S. March 22nd, 2016 Nice story, but must point out The Bomb Shelter is actually in Middlebury, not Goodyear Heights. Nor are any abandoned factories found in The Heights; the area is all residential. That said, the suggested places to visit rate an A+! Reply Admin March 31st, 2016 Hey Sean, this is one of the pitfalls of a relative newbie running an Akron magazine. I miss stuff like this from time to time. Thanks for pointing it out though! – Chris Reply anita April 19th, 2016 How long has Julian’s been in business? Did it take over another restaurant, or is it the first one since the death of Isaly’s? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.