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We love shopping. And while we appreciate the convenience of shopping malls in Canton, Akron and Cleveland, our true passion is discovering local spots with unique pieces you just won't find at a mall. Whether it is jewelry, edibles, drinkables, home-goods or furniture, we'll showcase it here. Don't put it past us to throw in some obvious spots, but we'll make it worth your while.

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in All Posts, Canton, Header, Play, Shop, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vintage-Chic Boutiques on Middlebranch

Vintage-Chic Boutiques on Middlebranch

I hesitantly share this post with you. And as I do, I really hope you and I do not share the same affinity for funky, animal figurines or even wear the same size of clothing…

A couple weekends ago my ultimate deal-scoring, thrift-seeking BFF invited me to attend a “shop hop” with her over on Middlebranch in Plain Township.… Read More

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in All Posts, Canton, Header, Shop | 1 comment

Twigs and Twine + Paper Allure: Luxe Flowers and Paper Goods in Canton

Twigs and Twine + Paper Allure: Luxe Flowers and Paper Goods in Canton

We talk a lot about food on the blog. {You may have noticed.} But we like other things, too! Pretty things, like fresh-cut flowers. I put them in the same category as a spa pedicure, new {totally unnecessary} throw pillow, or have-to-have accessory from your favorite boutique: one of life’s little but joyous luxuries. ... Read More Read More

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Akron, Canton, Header, Shop | 1 comment

The District Boutique in Green, Ohio

The District Boutique in Green, Ohio

We're always excited to welcome new indie retail to the area, but it's extra sweet when the co-owner is a good friend. I met District Boutique co-owner Jennifer Geh at my first day on the job way back in 2005, when we were both -ahem- a decade younger and doing the web marketing agency-thing. {Fun fact: a few years later, Lisa came to work there, which is how we met, too. Yay!} ...Read More... Read More

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Canton, Header, Shop | 1 comment

Birchwood & Pine | Indie Retail in Downtown Canton – CLOSED

Birchwood & Pine | Indie Retail in Downtown Canton – CLOSED

Lisa and I are both fans of the Cleveland Flea and Akron's Crafty Mart for unique, hand-crafted gifts from local artisans. {Can't tell you how often we've dreamed of organizing a similar concept in Canton. Someday.} Custom jewelry, chunky scarves, hand-thrown pottery, Ohio-themed t-shirts, paper 'wreathes' made from old books....I think we've both amassed a collection of beloved goodies. Some have even miraculously made their way out of our grips to become gifts for others! Read More... Read More

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Canton, Drinks, Eats, Header, Play, Shop | 1 comment

Ohio Route 39 – Amish Country Day Trip

Ohio Route 39 – Amish Country Day Trip

If meandering here and there resonates with you, too, you need to drive Ohio Route 39 from I-77 to Millersburg. For Akron/Canton/CLE folks - good news - you can easily get there and back in a {long-ish} day. In my last post, I talked about Park Street Pizza, which is a must-stop on Route 39. On every day but Friday and Sunday, though, they don't open until 3 PM, so you need to plan your day accordingly. Also, Park Street Pizza is just one small slice {sorry, had to} of activity along Route 39. I've cataloged some additional stops that are almost all food-related, but that's hardly a surprise if you're a regular reader. Food IS what defines any outing.Read More... Read More

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Canton, Eats, Header, Shop | 2 comments

Canton Farmers’ Market: Locally Grown, Locally Made

Canton Farmers’ Market: Locally Grown, Locally Made

BLTs, grilled corn on the cob, peach crisp, cool cucumber salad...the best summertime eats start with locally-grown, farm-fresh fruits & veggies. And in Canton, we have an abundance of local growers and producers right here in the "neighborhood." Last summer, I wrote about Countryside Farmers' Market in Peninsula, Ohio. It's one of my faves: a huge market with 50+ diverse vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment. If you haven't been, it's definitely worth a visit. Sometimes, though, my Saturday schedule simply doesn't allow for a 2+ hour excursion. Read More

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Akron, All Posts, Canton, Eats, Header, Play, Shop | 6 comments

Market District – Gourmet Grocery in Green, Ohio

Market District – Gourmet Grocery in Green, Ohio

Normally, when I stop at the grocery store on a Friday after work, it’s begrudgingly. However, even under the given circumstance of “forgotten buns”, Market District threw me for a loop.

Not only will you find your grocery staples in the old Giant Eagle, but now the updated facility offers cafes, microbrews, made-to-order sushi and pho, in-store cooking demonstrations, free samples, a wine bar, EVENTS and LIVE MUSIC.… Read More

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Akron, All Posts, Canton, Cleveland, Drinks, Header, Shop | 7 comments

Beer Growlers and Your Local Grocer

Beer Growlers and Your Local Grocer

Some beers taste great bottled, others are pretty damn decent in the can, but seemingly, nothing is comparable to finding your favorite brewery handle at your regular spot. Luckily, our local grocery stores have come to the rescue; to please our insatiable thirst for craft beers, there have been a few that stepped up to the plate and adapted their stores to accommodate our bring-home wants through taps and growlers. Read More

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Canton, Header, Shop | 0 comments

Indie Fashion: Mainstream Boutique in North Canton

Indie Fashion: Mainstream Boutique in North Canton

It wouldn’t be much of a Small Business Saturday here on the blog if we didn’t talk for a minute about a….local small business. Brilliant, right?

I think I can speak for Lisa as well as myself when I say that we’ve both been making an effort to spend a whole lot more of our money with local vendors and a whole lot less at major shopping chains and discount stores. … Read More

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