French Creek District

Here are a dozen Avon spots to get you started.

1 | Symmetry Pilates: With wood floors, a lofted ceiling and lots of windows, Beth La Farciola's studio is a pleasant place — until your class begins. La Farciola and her staff push hard, but small class sizes guarantee proper technique in Pilates, spinning and TRX training. 37300 Detroit Road, 440-934-9123,

2 | The French Creek: New owners reopened the historic tavern in December after an extensive rehab of the property, including the addition of a patio overlooking the French Creek. Try the stuffed Mexican burger, a mix of beef, cheddar cheese, salsa and jalapenos. 37040 Detroit Road, 440-937-1816,

3 | Cupcake Wishes: Owner Holly Kennedy studied nuclear medicine before opening her pink-walled corner confectionary. Now, she measures flour instead of radioactive substances and formulates new flavors such as sugar cookie pebbles, and strawberry and Champagne. 37000 Detroit Road, 440-934-5550,

4 | Nemo Grille: Locals flock to this stately brick century home turned fine dining restaurant for its inventive seasonal menu prepared by chef and owner Bob Nemo. Regardless of the time of year, guests can always order the Chilean sea bass with truffle cheese sacchetti pasta or the maple leaf duck breast. 36976 Detroit Road, 440-934-0061,

5 | Tree House Gallery and Tea Room: Ladies who lunch do so in this 1850s-era Georgian farmhouse. The space is also decorated with for-sale antiques, folk art, wine and handmade vegetable glycerin soap in scents such as honeybee and flowershop. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-934-1636,

6 | Strip: Located in a restored German-Dutch barn built in 1851, the upscale steakhouse is the latest project of executive chef Ron Larson, who also moved six other historic structures from other parts of Avon into the Shoppes of Olde Avon Village. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-934-9900,

7 | Details: Step inside this 1843 sandstone house and you'll find hundreds of interesting items tucked in every nook of the 900-square-foot space. Pick up a bag of White Russian coffee by Coffee Masters, browse for Trollbeads or pick up a Lampe Berger fragrance lamp. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-934-3457,

8 | The Littlest Details: Colorful knit dresses from Tea Collection, Bunnies by the Bay gift sets and Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags make this the place to spoil new mothers and their little ones. The boutique carries clothing and accessories for infants through 6X, as well as baby gear and gifts. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-934-3778,

9 | Jax and Endless Summer: In business since the 1950s, Jax sells menswear upstairs and women's labels such as Insight, Curio and Spanner downstairs. The space is connected to Endless Summer, which features more casual clothing for women. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-934-1630

10 | Painting with a Twist: Grab your friends, a bottle of wine and receive step-by-step instructions on creating a masterpiece during the studio's classes. 36840 Detroit Road, 440-281-5728,

11 | Jameson Homestead Antiques: Each of the 35 dealers who sell their finds at this 1906 farmhouse and barn has his or her own room, which means a stroll through the property feels sort of like a walk through time. 36675 Detroit Road, 440-934-6977

12 | Sugar 'n Spice: Try the buckeye brownies, lavender vanilla bean scones or coconut lime bars, or ask chef Kimberly Scribner to whip up a gluten-free, vegan or lactose-free treat specifically for you. 36741 Detroit Road, 440-934-2998,

Quick Picks

» Nora Fleming platters ($28 and up) Details: These ceramic serving pieces are made with small holes to snap in decorative, interchangeable designs ($12.50 each) such as hearts, flowers or soccer balls.

» Early Victorian washstand ($549) Jameson Homestead Antiques: Bring a little history into your home with this solid walnut heirloom, featuring a large mirror atop a chest of drawers.

» Kunky's clothing ($130) Endless Summer: These colorful hand-painted sweatshirts have been best-sellers for 20 years.

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