Downtown Akron Shopping Guide

Category: Shop Local

Shopping in downtown Akron may not look like it did long ago, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great retailers there today. When you shop downtown, you'll find exceptional products in one-of-a-kind stores owned by passionate, local entrepreneurs. Check out these awesome Akron retailers for everything from clothes to board games to bike gear. You may even find your new favorite store. 

And why not make a day of it? Find refreshment and entertainment options at the end of this guide to make the most of your downtown shopping trip.

7th Floor Clothing

Started by two childhood friends, 7th Floor Clothing is a streetwear brand that got its breakthrough when they designed the “Kiss the Trophy” dad hat worn by Lebron James after winning the 2016 NBA championship. 7th Floor Clothing designs and screen prints exclusive t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more. Shop at their retail location in Northside Marketplace or online to find unique and Akron-inspired clothes and accessories.

Dirty River Bicycle Works

Dirty River Bicycle Works is a full-service bicycle shop that offers adult and kids’ bikes, bicycle accessories such as helmets, shoes, clothing, parts, and tools, as well as repairs and maintenance. The helpful employees provide exceptional service that is sincere, helpful, personal, and fun to help you find a bike that will make you want to ride mile after mile.

Full Grip Games

Full Grip Games is a locally owned hobby shop with a wide selection of board games. They also specialize in Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon, making Full Grip Games your go-to store to buy, sell, and trade cards. Their wide selection of games and cards are also available for purchase online. Check out Full Grip Games’ Facebook page for upcoming events and product releases.

Northside Cellar

Northside Cellar is a spunky boutique that carries new and consignment women’s clothing, accessories, home goods, local artwork, and furniture. Shop a unique inventory of hand-selected items that you can’t find just anywhere. No matter your personal style, Northside Cellar has something for everyone and every budget. 

Sweet Modern

Sweet Modern sells fine vintage mid-century furniture and decor that’s finished and ready for your home. When they acquire a piece, they carefully inspect and then repair, refinish, and reupholster it as needed. The team at Sweet Modern works to honor the unique character and history of the furniture while making it ready to shine in new homes. Stop by their main showroom to browse their unique pieces against a backdrop of Akron’s skyline. You can also shop on their website. Check out Sweet Modern’s Facebook page to see their latest finished finds.

Northside Marketplace

Northside Marketplace is an urban market that identifies up-and-coming businesses and brings them together to create a unique local shopping experience featuring an eclectic mix of the area’s best artisans and merchants. Browse products from more than 40 vendors, including all-natural skincare, home goods, clothing, jewelry, art, and so much more. There are even food vendors and a full bar if you need a little pick-me-up after a day of shopping. Northside Marketplace is a truly unique shopping experience that you don't want to miss. 

Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery

Claudia Zeber-Martell and Michael Martell, the artists at Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery, create one-of-a-kind ceramic art pieces, unique vases, wall tiles, and jewelry. The gallery features their beautiful art, locally made organic soaps, beeswax candles, and so much more. Shop at the Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery for beautiful pieces for your home or unique gifts that are sure to wow.

Rubber City Comics

Rubber City Comics is a full-service comic book store owned by two brothers who are passionate about providing quality comics, graphic novels, action figures, toys, apparel, and other collectibles to the Akron area. The store has been offering a wide selection of comics for over 45 years. Rubber City Comics has Marvel comics, DC comics, independent comics, and more, sure to please any comic book lover. You can shop their products on their website or on Rubber City Comics’ Facebook page.

The Peanut Shoppe

The Peanut Shoppe is an Akron staple and has been serving the Akron area since the 1930’s. They offer a wide variety of freshly roasted nuts, candies, chocolates, and more. Nuts and candies from The Peanut Shoppe make the perfect gift for a long-time Akronite, for a Peanut Shoppe newbie, or for yourself! Check out The Peanut Shoppe’s Facebook page for hours, shop updates, and more. 

Akron Coffee Roasters

Akron Coffee Roasters roasts delicious coffee right here in Akron, Ohio. Their menu features coffee, espresso, specialty drinks, and non-coffee drinks, as well as granola and toast. They also have whole bean coffee for sale online and in-store, along with coffee mugs, travel tumblers, merch, coffee subscriptions, and gift cards. Stop by Akron Coffee Roasters for a delicious energy boost while you shop downtown, or even for a gift for the coffee aficionado in your life. Check out Akron Coffee Roasters' menu to see all of their tasty offerings.

Muggswigz Coffee and Tea

With over ten years of brewing experience, Muggswigz sources, roasts, blends, and serves excellent coffee as well as a variety of other beverages, from fruit smoothies to specialty small-batch sodas. Muggswigz also offers a selection of coffee-related supplies and equipment. Warm up with a cup of coffee or tea while shopping or grab a gift card, coffee blend, tea, and more.

Chill Ice Cream & Indulge Chocolates

Chill Ice Cream is owned by three brothers from Northeast Ohio who are passionate about high-quality, locally made ice cream. They source fresh and local ingredients from farms and businesses across Ohio to obtain the highest quality fruit, nuts, and dairy for their ice cream. They are not afraid to experiment with unique flavors, so it’s guaranteed that something new and unique is always being created. Looking for a unique gift? Grab one of their gift cards, which are available for purchase in-store and online. Check out their flavors and grab yourself a cone for a post-shopping pick-me-up.

Connected to Chill Ice Cream is their “Spirited Younger Sister Company”, Indulge Chocolates. Indulge Chocolates specializes in fine chocolates made with fresh, local ingredients and crafted with a blend of fair-trade chocolate that offers a unique flavor profile. Chocolates are also available for purchase online for in-store pick-up. Their gift cards can be used at Indulge Chocolates or Chill Ice Cream.

Akronym Brewing

Akronym Brewing is an award-winning craft beer brewery offering fine-quality lagers and ales at affordable prices. Their goal is to evolve with the expanding craft beer market and remain creative in their approach to the production of quality beer. The brewery also hosts a variety of fun community events throughout the year. Stop by for refreshments during your downtown shopping spree or pick up a gift card, beer glasses, or a 4-pack.

The Nightlight Cinema

The Nightlight is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit movie theatre that prides itself on providing a place to enjoy the cinematic artform with a thoughtful community. Their goal is to advance cinema and community in the Akron area. Relax and see a movie in their intimate theatre after a long day of shopping downtown. Or check out their online store for gift cards, merch, cinema notebooks, and more.

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