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Shop Small In a Big Way!

We’re less than a month away from holiday bliss and everything around us is singing “most wonderful time of the year!”. It can also be the most frustrating time of the year. It’s the endless searching for that perfectly special gift for everyone on our list that leaves us frustrated, hot and ready for a post-holiday nap. So we’re inviting you to shop small in a big way with Lorain County’s creative, unique shops! Bring the joy back into gifting this Holiday season, with less hustle-bustle and more checking names off your shopping list-naughty or nice! Here are some shops we suggest!


Located on Broadway in Lorain, this crafty, creative spot in the 530 Shop is home to handmade crochet, jewelry, and unique antiques that you just can’t find at the mall! Want to make your gifting even more heart-felt? You can create your own crochet creation, artwork or beaded jewelry in one of the classes they offer!

Days of Yore Herb & Flower Farm

This adorable little shop in Wellington is home to an array of unexpected surprises  like tiny fairy houses for your garden, and all kinds of candles, gardening tools and unique gifts.

 ginkoGinko Gallery & Studio

This quaint but beautiful little shop and gallery in downtown Oberlin is full of gifts and knick-knacks! Shop cozy scarves, jewelry, ornaments and holiday cards, as well as high quality art-supplies for that creative person you love! PS- Make sure you’re on the nice list…they’ve been known to give away surprise gifts from their artists to customers as the big day approaches!

Molnar Outdoor

Stock-up on gifts for your outdoor adventurer! Molnar Outdoor in Elyria has everything you can think of for the hunter, camper, all around outdoorsy-person in your life! Shop clothing like Carharrt products to keep them warm, or supplies for cooking, fishing, hunting and more!

tuckThe Tuck Shop

The Tuck Shop in Oberlin is your go-to spot for stocking stuffers and sweets! Their yummy taffy and popcorn flavors change throughout the season and offer something for both sweet and savory tastes. There’s also plenty of cozy slippers, socks and adorable Holiday decor!

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Mermaid’s Tale

The Mermaid’s Tale is a quaint, fashion-savvy boutique located in downtown Amherst that you can’t miss! Find all your favorite big brands like Pandora and White Wing Label or discover something new that you love! Their high-quality items for both men and women, coupled with a warm, helpful staff will make your shopping experience merry and bright! Be sure to ask them about their free monogramming for a personal touch!

Uncommon Objects Gallery

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The name speaks for itself! The Uncommon Objects Gallery inside FAVA in Oberlin highlights original work by area artists and craftspeople. Shop paintings, photography, jewelry, glass, pottery, silk…you name it! You’re supporting local artists and giving beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasures…sounds like a win-win to us!

Nicole Kay’s Boutique

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If you need a shop for all things girly, Nicole Kay’s in Elyria is just the spot! This bright and bubbly boutique is your one stop shop for those girly-girls you love! Shop a huge selection of Vera Bradley, Alex & Ani and more, plus big-time promotions and giveaways!

alpacasOur Little World Alpacas

When you’re looking for a cozy gift to keep your loved ones warm, look no further than Our Little World Alpacas in Grafton. Alpacas are known for their luxurious, soft, warm and hypo-allergenic fleece with many uses! From soft clothing to shoe liners and fire-retardant pot holders, you can find everything Alpaca-made right here!

Ridge Hill Collectibles & Gifts

 Ridge Hill Collectibles & Gifts in Amherst carries the perfect addition to any collection! With extended Holiday hours beginning in the end of November, you can get your fill of unique gifts and treasures just in time for Christmas!

Olde Avon Village


Treehouse Gallery & Tea Room

This cute cluster of shops located on Detroit Road in Avon has a little bit of something for everyone! Stop into Sassy’s Boutique for the latest fashion and jewelry trends, or the Tree House Gallery and Tea Room for furniture, antiques and decorations!

For the hobbyist on your list…

If you’re looking for something more specific for the hobbyists and collectors in your life, there are some great specialty shops right here in Lorain County! For those who enjoy the Patchwork Trails of Lorain County, the much-awaited Patchwork Trails 19-month calendar is now available! Calendars can be purchased at the Lorain County OSU Extension office on Russia Rd or at Wellington Implement for a minimum $5 donation that benefits Lorain County 4-H. Train-lover  on your list? Stockyard Express in Oberlin specializes in model trains, tracks and accessories! How about cyclists? Check out Bicycle Bill’s in Vermilion, or swing by Swerve in Oberlin; they both sell quality bikes, clothing and accessories!


You’ve been so busy with all of the Holiday hustle that you deserve a reward! End your shopping list at Giuseppe’s or one of our wonderful wineries for a bottle or two. One for me, one for you!

Here’s our list of Holiday shopping districts . Browse each one and enjoy all of the local Holiday shopping experiences you can!

Next time you’re ready to head out to the store, remember to shop small! There are tons of unique treasures and gifts to be discovered right here in Lorain County. Grab your hot cocoa and enjoy the season of giving! Happy Holiday shopping!

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