Among many cool aspects of The Toys Time Forgot, a Canal Fulton toy and comic shop, is its deep inventory. A fan of this summer’s hit “Wonder Woman” can find merchandise from the new movie, but also discover a plethora of collectibles from the past, including comic books and statues going back to the 1950s and 1960s “Wonder Woman,” and statues resembling Lynda Carter, star of the 1970s “Wonder Woman” TV series.
There’s a similar timespan of products for an enduring superhero such as Batman, including the original comic books, the ‘60s TV series and the multiple feature films, from directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. Spider-Man, Superman and the Avengers gang all are well-represented. The “Star Wars” universe is ceaselessly popular at the shop.
In its 26th year, The Toys Time Forgot is a retail store for sure, that doubles as a pop-culture museum.—Dan Kane
137 Cherry St. E, Canal Fulton, 330-854-1700, thetoystimeforgot.com
Sometimes, you don’t want to have to worry about having shampoo and conditioner on hand or worry about what hidden chemicals are in those products you’re buying.
Redbudsuds makes shower bars designed to wash and condition your hair, but the bars work as soap, too. And all the ingredients are things you can pronounce and probably have heard of.
Varieties include extra-meter cedar, with an “earthy” scent, citrus sunshine with lemongrass and rosemary oils, and a lemongrass bar with tea tree oil.
One reviewer on the Redbudsuds website says the bar gave her the best hair she’s ever had.—Alison Matas
redbudsuds.com, Products available online & at Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theater, 324 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton
From a humble ball of porcelain clay, Bill Shearrow produces one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art—pottery and tiles—that are elegantly understated and could harmonize with nearly any type of décor.
The award-winning master potter uses the unpredictable low-firing raku technique to produce a variety of vases, from those with a mix of splendid colors to some with delicately etched designs.
While raku porcelain platters aren’t fired to a high enough temperature to be food safe, the open vases are internally sealed so they can be used for fresh flower arrangements, and the Ikebana vases come with a removable glass insert for arrangements.—Kelli Weir
billshearrow.wixsite.com/mysite or shearrowpottery.com
Ready to pop the question? Find the perfect engagement ring for your special someone at Anne-Marie’s Fine Jewelry.
A wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles made by high-end brands including Gabriel & Co. and Leo Ingwer are on hand for your choosing.
Not sure what your better half will love wearing for a lifetime? The ladies at Anne-Marie’s will help pick the perfect bling your significant other will love showing off everywhere she goes.
Complete the look with a bridal set or add some extra diamonds for her ears and neck.—Murphy Redmond
4917 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, 330-479-9088, annemariesfinejewelry.com
What guys want, Adam’s Men’s Clothier has got it. Suits and ties. Sports jackets and trousers. Casual wear, including sweaters. Golfing apparel—and not that oh-too-colorful kind. If we are what we wear, your Adam’s clothes will make you play like a pro on the course and perform at the office like a business partner.
The Jackson Township clothing store has been around since 1992 and just keeps getting better at what it does, which is offering brand name clothing at discount prices.
Adam’s doesn’t seem like a discount store. People there are attentive. You get the service you expect, just not the prices you anticipate.—Gary Brown
4597 Belden Village St. NW, Canton, 330-493-0117, Adam’s Men’s Clothier on Facebook
Walking through the doors of Colette’s Vintage sometimes can feel like stepping through time.
Racks of clothing, from the Victorian era to the 1990s, fill the eclectic shop in the Downtown Canton Arts District. The store is arranged by era with its oldest offerings up front, allowing you to explore firsthand how fashion has evolved and trends have come, gone and come back again through the decades. Colette’s also carries a range of accessories. The store always is updating its stock and carries plenty of seasonal items.
If you’re intimated by buying vintage, or just don’t know where to start, the crew at Colette’s are fashion experts. They’ll make sure you look fantastic.—Jessica Holbrook
207 Sixth St. NW, Canton, 330-280-0502, colettesvintage.com
If you’re on the hunt for a fun, unique gift, make a visit to The Troll Hole Museum.
Besides displaying the world’s largest collection of trolls, the museum has a shop full of gifts that go beyond the typical.
Vintage trolls, small figurines, fun metal yard art, corn-shaped candles, animal ornaments and tiny troll keychains line the shelves, with whimsical wind chimes hanging from the ceiling.
In 2016, DreamWorks movie “Trolls” created a new generation of troll-lovers. The Troll Hole gift shop has a huge display of “Trolls” merchandise including backpacks, puzzles, clocks, cups, bowling sets and more, making this the perfect place to find something special for “Trolls” fans.—Murphy Redmond
222 E Main St., Alliance, 330-596-1157, thetrollhole.com
Located in the heart of Canton’s Arts District, IKON IMAGES: The Illustration Gallery offers a venue for professional illustrators and graphic artists unlike anything outside of the East or West coasts.
This is a gallery for people who are serious about contemporary illustration and collecting, and who like discovering talent they might not ordinarily see. The gallery also offers books, sculptures, coloring books and more.
“The Wiles of a Woman | Somewhere Between Real and Imagined” currently is on exhibit.
From October 13 through December 30, the gallery will host “The Art of Saving a Horse” exhibition to benefit the Last Chance Corral Horse Rescue.—Charita Goshay
221 Fifth St. NW, Canton, 330-904-1377, ikonimagesgallery.com
You don’t have to live in Waco, Texas, to fill your humble abode with farmhouse decor and other beautifully distressed home goods. Stop in at Rust & Found, Modern Vintage or Vintage Chic Boutique to find all the perfect pieces to decorate your space.
Time it right and you can shop all three in the same weekend. One weekend a month, Becky Dunn, owner of Rust & Found, hosts an opening to sell all of her recent finds and refabbed furniture pieces. Follow her progress online to “shop” the goods before the opening. This month, the shop is open September 22 through 24.
She has everything from furniture to clothing to candles, and I’ve seen mugs with Joanna Gaines’ name on them!
Make your way from North Canton to Hartville, and two unique shops will await you.
Modern Vintage is on the main drag in Hartville. The shop is split into separate rooms featuring different consignor’s works. My favorite pieces are Tara Wiederman’s—Modern Vintage was her brainchild after all.
Like Dunn, Wiederman posts her pieces online so you can see them before stopping in. The shop is open six days a week—each of the six consignors works one day and uses the rest of the week to find, repurpose and create new pieces to fill the shop.
Turn the corner and you’ll find Vintage Chic Boutique. Formerly in Canton, the shop now offers refurbished goods in Hartville. Owner Dan Lockard’s style is unique. A lot of his furniture pieces showcase typography or bold geometric patterns.
He also refinishes wood pieces to their natural luster, repurposes furniture into new uses and does custom work when asked.
Stop in one or shop all three, and you’ll have plenty from which to choose to furnish your space.—Kelsey Reinhart
Rust & Found: 616 S Main St., North Canton, 330-280-1548, rustandfound.com; Modern Vintage: 110 S Prospect Ave., Hartville, 330-256-6790, Modern Vintage on Facebook; Vintage Chic boutique: 111 W Maple St., Hartville, 330-685-1219, Vintage Chic Boutique on Facebook