Splurge: Birchwood and Pine

Birchwood and Pine, one of the latest boutiques to add some boho flavor to the downtown Canton cityscape, almost didn’t happen here. The desire to open her own store had burned bright in owner Rachel Lynn Jernigan over the years, but she had been seeking space in Kent or Hudson, close to where she lives.

Birchwood and Pine, one of the latest boutiques to add some boho flavor to the downtown Canton cityscape, almost didn’t happen here. The desire to open her own store had burned bright in owner Rachel Lynn Jernigan over the years, but she had been seeking space in Kent or Hudson, close to where she lives. But when she heard from a friend that there was a space available in Canton, she came down and signed her lease the next day, opening on October’s first Friday.

The store boasts mostly handmade goods from more than a dozen makers throughout the region, intermingled with some of Jernigan’s own collection of vintage resale clothing and housewares—all of which are unique goods, stuff you can’t find at the mall, she said. It’s what makes her shop perfect for the gifting season.

The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful design of the eclectic store. Inside, organized chaos unfolds into a thoughtfully curated collection of merchandise: handmade jewelry, knitables, home furnishings, vintage finds, candles, soaps and artwork, and more.

Some of our favorite finds included silk kimonos imported from Japan ($95), license plate bangles from Todd Theriot of Kool Platez ($16) and Jernigan’s own signature acrylic paintings on wood, ranging from $75 to $175 each.

The biggest surprise in opening her own store?

“Mostly I’m surprised by my ability to talk to people all day. I was a little nervous because I’m an introvert,” Jernigan said. Her foot traffic has been growing, though she admits that only a few months in, things still can be a little sporadic.

“Shopping locally provides jobs to artists and small-business owners. I feel like there is a certain comeback of the brick-and-mortar store. It’s like ‘wow, there’s enough in here that it feels like it has been handpicked for me!’ ”

Our monthly Splurge column was born of the 3/50 project, a nationwide movement among local retailers to promote one thing—shopping locally. Each month, Splurge showcases unique products you can find right here in Stark County.

ABOUT PICKS

B&P tee ($18), Canoe Shadow Box ($35), juice pitcher & four-glass set ($28), honeycomb paintings by Jernigan ($75), coasters ($5 each or four/$16), vintage clothing and handbags (varies)
Birchwood and Pine, 602 Sixth St. NW, Canton, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 330-221-0589, facebook.com/birchwoodandpine.