Last weekend I took a little trip out to Hubbard, OH to check out the small shops. There is an uprising of new small businesses in the area, each offering a unique variety of beautiful goods for home and life. I decided to take some pictures and write a little blog about the charming stores I visited. I hope you enjoy!
First Stop || The Shop on Liberty Street
I LOVE the shop! The owner, Marissa, is a sweet and creative young woman that makes you feel welcome the minute you walk through her door! As you enter, you will notice a small cafe, where Marissa serves delicious single origin coffee and desserts and snacks by local bakers. She also hosts live music events, crafting classes and small business workshops in this area. As you wind through the aisles of the shop, you will see displays by makers from all over area, showing off their wares in their own distinct styles. Look carefully and you will also stumble across some Reclaimed Rose items!
Another charming aspect of The Shop, is that Marissa's whole family is part of the business. Her toddler son, Liam, brightens up the shop, often scurrying around with his toy cars and trains. He is so sweet. Her father can be seen hard at work in his workshop in the back, and her husband often times helps out as Marissa assists customers. It is a very warm and friendly environment.
When I visited last weekend, Marissa had just put up a beautiful new sign above the shop window. I had the opportunity to meet the creator of the sign, Ron of Ron's Sign Shop. Ron's shop is a staple in Hubbard, OH and he is a super enthusiastic and creative person. I am so happy to have met another small business owner that I can work together with in the future. I highly recommend his shop if you have printing or media needs.
Next Stop || Extending Grace
Located next door to The Shop, is Extending Grace, owned by Susan. I adore this shop, specifically because it has my three favorite type of things - fabric, paper and vintage. Susan has a mix of painted furniture, ephemera (my personal favorite, vintage greeting cards and letters), decoupage paper, handmade fabric bags and tea towels and beautiful home decor. Susan also has a workshop in the back of her shop, and when I was there I got to see this lovely piece before it was finished. Isn't it stunning?
Susan sells Heirloom Traditions paint, brushes and other finishing products. I love visiting her shop because I am able to buy things to use in my own creations. It is also a major source of inspiration, as everything is so beautiful!
Next Stop || Flutterby Books
Flutterby Books is a gorgeous little book store, owned by Kathleen. Kathleen has been a loyal customer of Reclaimed Rose for a while now and I was so delighted to visit her shop, because she and I have very similar styles. Kathleen, like me, loves vintage ephemera and paper. Her mixed media journals (junk journals, as she calls them) are gorgeous. And they are anything but junk! She creates embellished notebooks, beautifully framed old photographs, bookmarks, greeting cards and more!
Kathleen has both new and used books for all ages, and all very reasonably priced. After spending fifteen minutes in the shop, you will want nothing more than to curl up with one of them and spend the afternoon reading. She also has a little freebie section, which is so representative of Kathleen's generosity and warm spirit. I spent quite some time going through her huge postcard section and choosing some complimentary cards (which I cannot wait to send out!).
Check out this beautiful hand painted mural, created by a local artist. It really encompasses the whimsical, straight out of a story book feel of the shop. Kathleen also sells Swan Creek Candles at her shop, which you can smell as soon as you walk through the door! It is like walking into a bath and body shop. I couldn't figure out where such a great scent was coming from, because none of the candles were lit. Then, I realized it was simply an open candle Kathleen had on her front desk. It was lovely.
Other Shops Worth Mentioning || Green's Floral and Gwen Erin Natural Fibers
At the time I was in the area, these shops were not open, but I decided to write a bit about them because I admired them from outside (perhaps with my nose pressed against the glass).
Some of you may recognize the name Gwen Erin from The Shop. Gwen works there part time and also has also sold her gorgeous hand dyed silk scarves there. Well, just a few days ago she opened this quaint little shop right around the corner! She sells her scarves, yarn, dyes and more. I cannot wait to visit!
I spotted this floral shop directly across from Flutterby Books and thought it was just so pretty. I was bummed I didn't have time to go in before they closed, but this will definitely be on my list next time. Not only do they offer flowers, but they offer home decor, wedding planning and design services.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little blog and I hope it inspires you to go out there, shop local and explore your neighborhood shops, I am going to try to do this every time I go out exploring. Check out the resource list below:
The Shop on Liberty Street || 20 W Liberty St website @theshoponlibertystreet on FB and IG
Extending Grace || 18 W Liberty St website @extgrace on FB/@extending_grace on IG
Flutterby Books || 39 N Main St Facebook @bookstorebutterfly on IG
Gwen Erin Natural Fibers || 44 N Main St website @gwenerinfibers on FBfirstname.lastname@example.org on IG
Green's Floral Shop || 42 N Main St website @greensfloral on FB/@greensfloralshop on IG