Small businesses are sometimes pushed to the background in the wake of national retail chains on Black Friday, the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
For this reason, Small Business Saturday was created. The holiday is meant to spotlight small businesses that provide customers with a personalized shopping experience within their own communities.
TikTok loves these Akron shops:'It was a better punch than Instagram.' TikTok's favorite Akron businesses see a flood of customers
Looking to slim down your holiday shopping list at local shops? Below are some stores in Summit County to visit on Small Business Saturday.
The Learned Owl Bookshop
It’s not hard to figure out what your favorite bookworm wants this holiday season, but sourcing books locally can pose a challenge. The Learned Owl Bookshop in Hudson is one remedy to that dilemma.
The shop’s three floors are stocked with books for all ages and all interests, ranging from classic picture books to travel guides to the latest New York Times bestsellers. Plus, if the book you are shopping for is not on their shelves, store associates can order it. An out-of-print search service is also available for those especially hard-to-find books.
While you are in the neighborhood, check out Winds of Change, a women’s clothing store that carries clothing, accessories and home décor. If you get peckish after all that shopping, walk a few doors down and stop in for a burger or wrap at The Farmer’s Rail.
Address: 204 N. Main St., Hudson
2 Live Music
This movie and music store in Akron has a little bit of everything, including entertainment, spirits and an urban book collection. If you have a friend or loved one in a correctional institution, 2 Live Music can also ship the books you purchase to inmates. The store said it will offer a 10% off deal on Small Business Saturday to those who mention this article.
Those on hunt for some streetwear can drive down the road to Kicks Lounge at 1589 S. Hawkins Ave. The clothing and shoe store for men, women and children carries name brands like Nike, Jordan and Timberland.
Address: 1286 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron
Gypsy Grace and the Vintage Goat
If the person you are buying a gift for is into the metaphysical, a visit to Gypsy Grace and the Vintage Goat is a must. The shop is in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood and primarily sells metaphysical supplies, décor and gifts. Some items on their shelves are salt lamps, tarot cards, crystals and incense.
Next door is Leaf, a retail boutique and florist. Here you can pick up a wrapped bouquet or vase floral arrangement and browse their urban inspired collection of gift items, homewares, plants and blooms. Flower delivery is also available.
Address: 451 W. Market St., Akron
Lil' Frog Fashions
This Cuyahoga Falls shop is stocked with used, name brand children’s clothing, toys, books, videos and shoes. The resale store also has a selection of infant equipment, infant accessories and maternity clothes. Customers can shop tax free and roll dice at checkout for additional discounts on Small Business Saturday and the following Sunday, said owner Shannon Roshon.
A hop, skip and a jump away is downtown Cuyahoga Falls, a hub for locally owned small businesses and their various wares. For a filling lunch between stores, visit Shawarma Brothers, a Middle Eastern restaurant that makes some killer falafel.
Shawarma Brothers' history, menu and prices:Siblings serve their spin on Middle Eastern cuisine at Shawarma Brothers in Cuyahoga Falls: Local Flavor
Address: 2010 Chestnut Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls
The Northside Marketplace
There’s a little bit of everything for everyone at The Northside Marketplace, where businesses that the public normally only has access to at farmers markets can rent booths and shelf space for their products. The goods of 42 vendors, selling everything from soap to miniature gaming systems to stained-glass art and jewelry, have found a permanent home in the market.
Potential presents from Akron’s Northside Market:Akron's TinyCircuits has its fingers on a new winning product, Thumby
Address: 21 Furnace St., Akron
The Gamers' Keep
This shop was made by and for local gamers with an interest in card, board, Warhammer and role-playing games. The store has everything a casual, competitive or professional gamer needs, including Magic: The Gathering cards, Dungeons and Dragons products, select board games and Warhammer miniatures.
The Gamers' Keep is selling its single cards at a 10% discount on Small Business Saturday. Heads up: When entering, you will be greeted by a husky named Albus, the store’s mascot, in his normal fluffy form or as a life-size cutout.
Address: 1275 W. Wooster Road, Barberton
Bisesi's Bicycle & Fitness
Bikes are a classic holiday present, and one local place to get yours is Bisesi's Bicycle & Fitness next to the Nimisila Reservoir. Most of the shop’s customers are beginner or recreational cyclists, but the store carries bicycles for all types of riders, including toddlers. If you plan on gifting a childhood or antique bike that needs some work, it also offers skilled mechanical services at reasonable rates.
Grub to grab around the Nimisila Reservoir:Guiseppe’s Pizza in Green lives up to childhood memories of former box boy: Local Flavor
Address: 5164 S. Main St., New Franklin
The Bomb Shelter
Shopping for someone who likes to reminisce about the "good old days"? If so, a visit to Akron's Bomb Shelter may be in order. This 26,000-square-foot warehouse is a treasure trove of vintage vinyl records, cars, military equipment and other interesting items.
So, stop by and say hello to the business's giant sea monster or its goldfish of more than 10 years, named Punkin. You can get a taste of what life looked like during the mid-1900s and, if you spot something that nostalgic person would enjoy, buy a piece of that history.
Address: 923 Bank St., Akron
Contact Beacon Journal reporter Tawney Beans at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @TawneyBeans.
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Small Business Saturday: Where to do your holiday shopping locally