Everyday Akron Stories

2020 Gift Guide: 80+ Akron Businesses & Makers to Support this Year

In my humble opinion, small businesses are the heart of Akron. They fuel ideas, creativity, friendships and community building. They make money that they then spend in their neighborhoods. They employee our friends. And—my favorite—they nurture collaboration over competition by working together and lifting each other up.

These small businesses and makers are offering incredible products and services. They’re also offering a friendly smile and the inspiration to pay it forward. (Can Big Box stores do that? I don’t think so.) While you’re shopping for gifts this holiday season, support small businesses as much as you can. Your money will go further than you know.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of these businesses have found ways to offer online shopping, curbside pick-up, and even delivery.

This guide is the longest of all five. I’ve included links below to jump to a section, including home goods and décor, fashion, artists, and music, but I recommend scrolling through—you never know what you’ll be inspired by.

These diverse businesses are sprinkled throughout Akron and Northeast Ohio. They have all been selected by the Everyday Akron community. If you support them, share on social media and be sure to tag @everydayakron and the business! We all want to see how you’re spreading the holiday cheer.

Jump to: Artists | Books | Fashion | Gift Shops | Home Goods & Decor | Lifestyle | Music | Photography | More

Artists

Dippity and Snark
Cards, Stationery, More
Follow on Instagram @dippityandsnark
Visit their Website

It’s All in the Dee-tails
Follow on Instagram @its_all_in_the_deetails
Visit their Website

Renewal Creations
Home Decor, Jewelry
Follow on Instagram @renewalcreations
Shop on Etsy

Stella Blue Glass Art
Glass, Jewelry
Follow on Instagram @stellablueglassart

Wolf Baby Arts
Follow on Instagram @wolfbabyarts

Books

Elizabeth’s Books & Writing Centre
Pop-up Bookshop at Compass Coffee
Follow on Instagram @elizabethsofakron
Buy books online

Joanna Wilson
Author of “Story of Archie the Talking Snowman”
Follow on Instagram @tistheseasontv
Buy online

I usually have local book signings, and every year I lead an Akron Christmas history tour downtown–but NOT in 2020. I’m the author of the book “Story of Archie the Talking Snowman” which is available for purchase at the 1701 Press publisher’s website.

Joanna Wilson

The Learned Owl Bookshop
Bookshop
Follow on Instagram @learnedowl
Visit their Website

TrustBooks
Bookshop
Follow on Instagram @trustbooks

Fashion

Clothing, Accessories & Face Masks

Cotton Blocks
Face Masks
Follow on Instagram @cottonblocks
Visit their Website

Outta the Box Boutique
Clothing, Accessories
Follow on Instagram @outtatheboxboutique
Visit their Website

Project Sew United
Face Masks, Clothing, Accessories
Follow on Instagram @projectsewunited
Visit their Website

Studio Noelle
Plus Size Clothing Boutique
Follow on Instagram @studio.noelle
Visit their Website

Baby Sweet Pea’s Boutique
Modern Kids Boutique
Follow on Instagram @babysweetpeasboutiqueohio
Visit their Website

Little Birdie Design
Modern Knits
Follow on Instagram @littlebirdiedesign
Visit their Website

Graphic Tees & Hand-Printed Apparel

Little Chicago Clothing Co.
Follow on Instagram @littlechicagoclothing
Visit their Website

Mull Media
Follow on Instagram @mullmedia
Visit their Website

The Social Dept
Follow on Instagram @thesocialdept
Visit their Website

Jewelry

Odyssey & Oddities Jewelry
Follow on Instagram @odysseyandoddities
Visit their Website

No Style Shop
Follow on Instagram @thenostyleshop
Visit their Website

Poppy & Nokz
Follow on Instagram @poppy_nokz
Visit their Website

Toulou Foundry & Goods
Follow on Instagram @shoptoulou
Visit their Website

Wonder Lust Concepts
Follow on Instagram @wonderlustconcepts
Visit their Website

Stephanie Lee Paynter
Follow on Instagram @stephanieleepaynter
Visit their Website

Thrift, Vintage & Resell

Discovery Shop
Resell Shop benefitting American Cancer Society
Visit their Website

A Signature Antiques
Vintage Shop
Like their Facebook Page

The Hidden Pearl Vintage
Vintage Shop
Visit their Website

Highland Throwbacks
Vintage & Resell
Follow on Instagram @highlandthrowbacks

The Back Rack
Vintage & Resell
Follow on Instagram @thebackrack_
Visit their Website

The Sweetest Chill
Vintage & Resell
Follow on Instagram @shopthesweetestchill
Visit their Website

Village Discount Outlet
Thrift Shop
Follow on Instagram @villagediscountoutlet
Visit their Website

Gift Shops

Gypsy Grace and the Vintage Goat
Metaphysical, Spiritual, Magickal, Witchy
Follow on Instagram @gypsygrace.vintagegoat

Jean + Lou
Follow on Instagram @shopjeanandlou
Visit their Website

Northside Cellar
Vintage, Home Decor, Fashion
Follow on Instagram @northsidecellar
Visit their Website

Reverie
Accessories, Clothing, Decor, Gifts
Follow on Instagram @reverie.gifts.xo

Standing Rock Gallery
Follow on Instagram @standingrockhudson
Visit their Website

The Gardener of Bath
Follow on Instagram @gardenerofbath
Visit their Website

The Homegirl Shop
Follow on Instagram @thehomegirlshop
Visit their Website

Home Goods & Decor

Candles

Charlee Harris
Follow on Instagram @blumoonyellowstars

Ritual Apothecary
Follow on Instagram @ritualapothecaryakron

SweetlyCreated4U
Follow on Instagram @sweelycreated4u_sc4u
Visit their Website

Decor & Design

Don Drumm Studios
Decor, Art & More
Follow on Instagram @dondrummstudios
Visit their Website

Hazel Tree Design Studio
Decor, Design
Follow on Instagram @hazeltreedesignstudio
Visit their Website

Scarlet Begonia Goods
Decor & Apparel
Follow on Instagram @scarlet_begonia_apparel
Shop on Etsy

Vintage

Akron Antiques
Follow on Instagram @akronantiques

The Bomb Shelter
Custom & Vintage Goods
Follow on Instagram @thebombshelterakron
Visit their Website

Hand-Crafted & Custom

Birchwood Supply Co.
Custom & Vintage Goods
Follow on Instagram @birchwoodsupplyco
Visit their Website

Grant Ederer
Ceramics
Follow on Instagram @grant.ederer
Visit their Website

JBurgess Designs, LLC
Woodwork, Textiles, Candles
Follow on Instagram @jburgessdesigns
Visit their Website

The Petite Stegosaurus
Hand Embroidery
Follow on Instagram @thepetitestegosaurus
Shop on Etsy

Plants

Graf’s Garden Shop & Landscape
Garden Shop
Follow on Instagram @grafgrowers
Visit their Website

I love @grafgrowers for live decorations and fruiting plants, aka the gift that keeps on giving.

@owlbina

Flourish Plant Mkt.
Plants, Pots & Accessories
Follow on Instagram @flourishplantmkt
Visit their Website

Leaf
Flowers, Plants, Gifts
Follow on Instagram @leaf_homeandblooms

Lepley & Co.
Plants & Lifesyle Products
Follow on Instagram @lepleyandco
Visit their Website

Nest Home Goods
Plants & Jewelry
Follow on Instagram @nest.home.goods
Visit their Website

More

Ace
Locally owned hardware store
Follow on Instagram @ace_of_wallhaven

Empty Bin Zero Waste
Eco-Responsible Products
Follow on Instagram @emptybinzerowaste
Visit their Website

GloLyte Lamps
Room Lighting for Day & Night
Follow on Instagram @glolyte_lamps
Visit their Website

GloLyte Lamps add bright color and artwork to our spaces that is as functional as good lighting is to our mental health.

Dominic Falcione, Creator

Polka Dot Pincushion Quilts
Quilt Shop
Follow on Instagram @polka_dot_pincushion_quilts
Visit their Website

Lifestyle

SaguaraHandmade
Jewelry & Home
Follow on Instagram @saguara.by.alexandra
Shop on Etsy

Sam’s Emporium
Diamond Jewelry
Visit their Website

Troop Lovely Somethings
Stationery, Gifts & More
Follow on Instagram @troopslovelysomethings
Visit their Website

Yates Perfumes
Small Batch Perfume
Follow on Instagram @yatesperfumes
Visit their Website

Music

Acid Cats
Follow on Instagram @acidcatsmusic

Akron Recording Company
Follow on Instagram @akronrecordingcompany
Purchase merch & more via Bandcamp

Mourning [A] BLKstar
Follow on Instagram @mourningablkstar
Watch The Mourning [A] BLKstar Residencies, a 5 episode docuseries

Square Records
Record Store
Follow on Instagram @squarerecords
Visit their Website

Photography

Embrace Boudoir & Glamour
Boudoir
Follow on Instagram @embraceyourbeautyohio
Visit their Website

Gra Intimiate Portraiture
Boudoir
Follow on Instagram @graintimateportraiture
Visit their Website

LovelyInk Creative
Family, Wedding & Boudoir
Follow on Instagram @lovelyinkcreative
Visit their Website

New Milk Studios
Portraiture, Wedding, Fine Art & Studio Rental
Follow on Instagram @newmilkstudios
Visit their Website

More

The 12 Days of Crafty Mart
Online event featuring DIY workshops, live demonstrations, shopping guides & more
Learn more on their Facebook Event Page
Follow on Instagram @craftymart
Visit their Website

Shop Holiday Handmade
A collaborative online event by 3 regional maker-focused markets
Learn more on their Facebook Event Page
Visit their Website

So Fresh Used Auto Sales
Vehicles
Follow on Instagram @sofreshusedauto_
Visit their Website

Christi’s Cleaning Crew
Eco-Friendly Residential & Business Cleaning
Follow on Instagram @christiscleaning
Like their Facebook Page

Smartickles
Toy Store
Visit their Website

[I recently] discovered Smartickles Toy Store on Rt 18 in Medina… and they offered free wrapping. You don’t get that at a big box store!

@berngibson10

The Candle Studio
Private Candle Making Parties
Follow on Instagram @thecandlestudio
Visit their Website

thebnjmns
Graphic Designer Specializing in Brand & Web Design
Follow on Instagram @thebnjmns

Akron Glass Works
Glass Blowing Workshops, Home Decor
Follow on Instagram @akronglassworks
Visit their Website

Veterans Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Home Service
Visit their Website

Cafe O’Play
Indoor Play for Kids
Visit their Website


Check out the other gift guides!


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