Chestnut Hill Gifts | Saving Our Economy | The 3/50 Project

That warm welcome is just the beginning of the personalized service Beth offers at Chestnut Hill, filled with gifts, art, jewelry and interior decorations.

“Where’s the coffee?” is an oft-heard call from customers entering Chestnut Hill in North Canton. “We always have coffee, sometimes tea, sometimes cookies,” said Beth Bauman, who owns the shop with her husband, Bob. “My husband makes Scottish shortbread that he puts out from time to time, and every once in a while, we’ll have soup.”

busi_detail_chestnutThat warm welcome is just the beginning of the personalized service Beth offers at her shop of gifts, art, jewelry and interior decorations.

“Most customers come in not knowing what they’re looking for,” she said. “We know a lot of people, so quite often when they say, ‘I need a gift for so-and-so,’ I know that person, or that person has been in (the shop), so I can fine-tune the choices a bit. That’s true of most small businesses — they have repeat customers, and you get to know them.”

Beth has been in business for 23 years, the last eight in the two-story house at 441 N. Main St. She has filled four rooms, added shelving and lights to the closets and made use of every nook.

Beth Bauman“One of our best-selling lines of jewelry is Treska from Texas. People love it, and I only buy one of each design, so you’ll not see it on somebody else,” she said. “We have a couple bath lines — The Thymes and Archipelago, excellent quality, hard to find.”

Chestnut Hill also offers stunning lamps, handmade items, pottery and local art. “Most recently we’ve introduced our Circa collection, things from estates,” Beth said. “Just cool things, a lot American-made.”

CHESTNUT HILL GIFTS, ART AND INTERIOR ACCENTS

441 N. Main St., North Canton
(330) 497-2526

Established: 1987
Owner: Beth and Bob Bauman
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday; by appointment Monday and Tuesday.

SAVING OUR ECONOMY $50 AT A TIME
The 3/50 ProjectIt’s not much to ask: Spend $50 a month at locally owned, brick-and-mortar stores in your community. That’s the goal of the national grassroots movement “The 3/50 Project.” When its Web site was launched last year, it released a wellspring of interest, garnering 7,500 unique visitors in the first week.

It’s a simple directive. Every month, make a point of visiting at least three independently owned businesses, for instance, a restaurant, jewelry shop, furniture store or ice cream stand. Spend a total of $50 among them.

The result? For every $100 spent locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

In the stories that follow, you’ll meet six local business owners who have joined The 3/50 Project. For a list of participating businesses in Ohio, visit www.the350project.net and click on “Our Supporters.”

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