Splurge: (Arts &) Culture Shock Edition

At Cook’s Art Supply & Framing, a set of 24 tubes of Reeves acrylic paint, a set of five Basics nylon acrylic paintbrushes, five 9×12 painting boards and an aluminum tabletop easel add up to about $48.

Cook’s Art Supply & Framing
splurge_cooks_2Is springtime making you feel creative?

At Cook’s Art Supply & Framing, a set of 24 tubes of Reeves acrylic paint, a set of five Basics nylon acrylic paintbrushes, five 9×12 painting boards and an aluminum tabletop easel add up to about $48.

Cook’s also stocks sets of watercolors, oil paints, pastels, manga markers and colored pencils. A familiar bright-red building at 4366 Portage Street NW in Jackson Township, Cook’s has been in business since 1976 and is a favorite of local artists.

Owner Jim Cook is an oil painter himself, and a few of his impressive paintings decorate the store.

splurge_cooks_3LOCATIONS:
4366 Portage St. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-494-7730

HOURS:
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

WEBSITE:
www.cooksartsupplynorthcantonoh.com

PLANT ET ART

splurge_etc_1A colorful and inviting spot for inexpensive and offbeat gifts is Plant Et Art at 1524 Fulton Road NW in Canton.

Among the everchanging inventory are risque refrigerator magnets and other gag gifts, mobiles and wind chimes, incense (wild berry is the top seller), jewelry, greeting cards and spiritual items.

This selection of items includes a ceramic Buddha ($10), a crackled-glass insect catcher ($17), and a Day of the Dead skull wall piece by local artist Mark Ball ($25).

Owner Deloris Angeli opened Plant Et Art 22 years ago in a building built in 1928 for the Cottage Market, a neighborhood grocer.

splurge_etc_5LOCATION:
1524 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton | 330-454-8400

HOURS:
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

WEBSITE:
Facebook.com/PlantEtArt

THE EXCHANGE

splurge_exchange_1In addition to aisles and aisles of CDs, DVDs and video games, The Exchange offers a large and amusing array of popculture gift items.

At the store’s Cleveland Avenue NW location, I found this ceramic Princess Leia coffee mug ($8), a boxed set of “Lord of the Rings” Pez dispensers ($20), a bobblehead figure of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons ($12) and a Gama Go Shredder guitar-shaped cheese grater ($9).

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Among many other colorful items, some new and some vintage, are dolls of Pee Wee Herman, Sonny & Cher, “Flashdance” and Barbie’s friend Ken as Shaggy from “Scooby Doo,” plus mugs, bobbleheads and figures celebrating superheroes, pro wrestlers, “Dr. Who,” “I Love Lucy,” “Twilight,” “Family Guy and “The X Files.”

 

 

splurge_exchange_3LOCATION:
3225 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton | 330-492-4805
4464 Belden Village St. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-491-1370

HOURS:
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

WEBSITE:
www.theexchange.com

ABOUT SPLURGE

The idea for our monthly Splurge column was born from the 3/50 Project, a nationwide movement among local retailers to promote one thing—shopping locally. Each month, Splurge showcases unique products and gift ideas you can find right here in Stark County, each for around $50.