For this issue, we’re debuting a new monthly column: Splurge. The article idea came from the 3/50 Project, a nationwide movement among local retailers to promote one thing—shopping local.

Each month, we will be on the hunt for cool, unique products and gift ideas you can find right here in Stark County, each for $50.

bottles_avenuewine_feb14From an inventory of about 775 wines, Avenue Wine Shop owner Tony Antoniades selected three current favorites, all from California: The Magician’s Lot 11 ($14.99) is a red blend with “notes of licorice and leather”; Writer’s Block ($14.99) is a cabernet franc that’s “dry but has good fruit to it”; Treana ($19.99) is a white blend whose Viognier (grapes) “give it some brightness” and Marsanne “give it some backbone.”

Owned by Antoniades for 16 years, the shop at 1728 Cleveland Ave. NW in Canton offers Friday wine tastings.

ADDRESS: 1728 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton
PHONE: 330-454-8108

pelican_wildlifegarden_feb14This concrete pelican ($44.95) is part of a wide selection of garden ornaments (dogs, cats, angels, children) at Wildlife Garden at 4930 Portage St. NW in Jackson Township.

In business more than 20 years, this “specialty store for nature and garden lovers” also stocks wind chimes, fountains, birdhouses, birdbaths and bird feeders.

ADDRESS: 4930 Portage St.NW, Jackson Township
WEBSITE: www.wildlifegarden.com
PHONE: 330-966-7666

katespade_laurapembroke_feb14Recently arrived at Laura of Pembroke is a wide range of Kate Spade products including this polka dot mug by Lenox from the Things We Love collection ($20) and Hello Sunshine mirrored compact ($30).

The boutique, in its 20th year at 3119 Whipple Ave. NW in Jackson Township, also carries clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and paper products from the Kate Spade line, as well as a variety of other exclusive fashions, home furnishings and gifts.

ADDRESS: 3119 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township
WEBSITE: www.lauraofpembroke.com
PHONE: 330-477-4455