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.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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).
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.”
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
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.