When talking with First Row Centre For The Arts co-owners and mother-daughter team Eleni Shiepis-Manos and Nanetta Kounouzvelis, one thing becomes immediately clear: First Row is a space that refuses to be compartmentalized.
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.
The Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market, an indoor retail mall and attached outdoor flea market, is an enormous and remarkably eclectic place. Vendor booths, on two levels, offer fresh meats and cheeses, memorial urns, wooden Amish-made furniture, Christian books, pottery, tutus for little girls, sports memorabilia, jewelry and so much more.
The idea for About’s 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 gifts you can find right here in Stark County, each for about $50.
At Main St. Modern, a dealer who specializes in “midcentury modern” furniture and accessories of primarily the 1950s and 1960s—think “Mad Men”—Alliance native Adam Hoover has a vast warehouse in southeast Canton filled with the stuff.
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.
With bike-riding season approaching fast, here are a couple of currently popular accessories from Ernie’s Bike Shop. The Delta Smartphone Holder ($24.99) mounts to the handlebars, making your array of phone apps readily accessible wherever you may ride.