Buy Local: Vintage & Trendy American Apparel
One of Americans’ favorite holidays is coming up: The Fourth of July. Oh, buddy. If someone loves to celebrate in theme, it’s me.
Absurd amounts of fireworks are sold, grocers are stocked with hot dogs and rocket pops, and you’ll probably eat your weight in potato salad. But let us not forget one of the most important purchases one should include to genuinely make the 4th spectacular: really cute clothes and accessories.
We have a smorgasbord of fab boutiques and local shops around us to choose from. Check out our favorite, go-to spots that have all the apparel you need to be hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming… (too much?)
NOTO – Akron, Ohio
A few weekends back, Collyn, myself and a few friends went to their 6th annual fashion show which carried the “Vintage Americana” theme. It was awesome. This little boutique in Akron, Ohio has been active in spreading contemporary fashion and modern, local accessories to women in the NE Ohio region.
Lauren Ward did a stand-out job with fashion show, as Vintage Americana was carried throughout the decor and fashion. Even the location, the Trolley Barn in downtown Akron, screamed AMERICA… in a classy way. A sprinkling of floral and modern patterns graced a majority of red, white and blue pieces. Best yet, the NOTO pieces showcased are made in the USA, which is perfect for the fourth. A new NOTO website is in the works, but check out their Facebook for updates and style ideas.
The District Boutique – Green, Ohio
The District Boutique, is probably not a spot you’ve heard of… yet. Co-owners Jen and Marcie (bonus that they’re our friends!!) will be opening this women’s boutique in the City of Green in just two months! They’ll bring a totally unique shopping experience to our area by offering exclusive brands and a personalized, fab atmosphere, all with an affordable price tag.
No worries about the timeliness of the boutique’s grand opening; they’ve already launched their website enabling you to order your summer fashion staples before their doors open. Check them out on their website, and while you’re at it, add the American flag infinity scarf ($34) to your cart.
Mainstream Boutique – North Canton, Ohio
Find Mainstream Boutique right in the Washington Square area, across from Walsh University. Their store is stocked with fits for all sizes, regardless of height or weight. They not only have easy maxi dresses, but also cute, sheer tops like the one pictured below. A great piece to wear everyday, with a red statement necklace (or pants if you’re daring).
Colette Wasdahl LLC – Downtown Canton
Colette Wasdahl’s vintage clothing boutique is a mecca for vintage style. Her summer collection has recently been unveiled and includes wraps, bathing suits, skirts, dresses and accessories.
The collection of hats in Colette’s boutique is certainly worth mentioning, because no where else in the area will you find the assortment, or eccentric style options. But, best of all, if you’re a clothes hoarder and cannot get rid of a piece that has been damaged, doesn’t fit, or is just out of style, bring it here. Not for her to sell, but to give it new life. Her boutique is also a design studio, and custom design is totally in her bag.
Now….where to wear your new duds? If you’re in Canton, you’ve got to hit up the July First Friday. It just so happens to fall on the Fourth, and they’re going all out to celebrate Independence Day, as well as their own birthday (Happy 7th, First Friday!). It’s all the things you love about First Friday and then some. In fact, the City of Canton is moving their annual fireworks display from Monument Park to Downtown Canton (this year only), making it a truly “monumental” occasion!
So, get out celebrate ‘Murica….in style.