The Apple Store, Legacy Village, 24393 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, (216) 291-6600. Tech lovers can sidle up to the Genius Bar at the only Apple computer store in Northeast Ohio to check out the latest gear and gadgets amid crowds of loyal fans.
Attenson’s Coventry Antiques and Books, 1771 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 321-2135. Attenson’s carries a unique mix of antiques, jewelry, costume and fine jewelry, silver and lamps. You can also find out-of-print and fine books, used jazz and blues records, high-quality porcelain and pottery. Check out their bargain basement for clearance items.
b. a. Sweetie Candy Company, 7480 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, (216) 739-2244. Find a large variety of candy, from old-time favorites to the new kids’ crazes. The 12,000-square-feet space has sweets stacked to the ceiling.
Bear on the Square, First and Main, 56 Library St., Hudson, (330) 656-1022. Create your own teddy bear or any animal you choose. Outfits and accessories personalize your new stuffed friend.
Big Fun, 1814 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 371-4386. If you ever wondered what happened to all your childhood toys, they were pawned to Big Fun. This place has it all, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Hanna-Barbera collectibles, boxing nuns – you name it. Take a break in their retro photo booth, goofy accessories provided.
Blue Moon Boutique, 11798 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 221-1633. This eclectic boutique sells a bit of everything, ranging from candles and incense to clothing and tapestries.
Brothers Boutique, 4117 E. 71st St., Cleveland, (216) 429-0969. In existence for over 30 years, Brothers offers a wide range of items: belts, tattooing equipment, jewelry, pictures, incense and Harley-Davidson merchandise.
Cartoleria: A Fine Paperie, First and Main, 16 Clinton St., Hudson, (330) 650-1517. Find the perfect paper for recording your thoughts with an array of brands including Kate Spade, Vera Wang Fine Paper and Russell+Hazel. Also choose from wrapping paper, tissue paper, notebooks, ribbon, stamps, embossers and Waterman pens.
Casey’s Irish Imports Inc., 19626 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, (440) 333-8383. Get your Irish on with Irish-made and themed merchandise, including gold, silver and Celtic jewelry.
Century Cycles, 19955 Detroit Road, Rocky River, (440) 356-5705. Riders will be delighted with the range of bikes available, plus jerseys and bike shorts along with other accessories from Sugoi and Pearl Izumi.
Countryside Antiques, 36290 Detroit Rd., Avon, (440) 934- 4228. Find vintage and collectible items such as linens, glassware, furniture and framed art and prints.
Coventry Cats, 1810 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 321-3033. This place is for cat and dog lovers alike. Items for spoiled pets include cat condos and flavored tennis balls. Pet toys, furniture, food and treats are also available. Dogs are always welcome to accompany their owners – treats are provided.
Crooked River Reading Club, Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, (216) 830-2665. Downtown Cleveland’s independent book store offers an eclectic mix of new releases and classic fiction, nonfiction, reference books and gifts for readers. Crooked River specializes in books about Northeast Ohio and carries self-published books by local authors, poets and novelists.
Daystar Boutique, 17102 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 228-4522; 15798 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 941- 4144. This store sells clothing, jewelry, CDs, incense and smoking accessories. Daystar has been around for long time, and it’s “the coolest” store of its kind.
Europtical, 19113 Detroit Road, Rocky River, (440) 895-3030; 30319 Detroit Road, Westlake, (440) 892-2000. The high-end boutique offers eyewear from labels such as Alain Milki, Theo and Chrome Hearts. The shop specializes in unique and unusual shapes and colors in plastic and titanium frames.
Feren Fruit and Gift Basket, 12408 Mayfield Rd., 800-551-2101. Feren carries fruit, gift, wine, beer and non-perishable food baskets. Though this company has received national recognition, it still takes pride in its local customers. Same-day local delivery is provided Monday through Friday.
Geiger’s Ski and Sport Haus, 50 Shopping Plaza, Chagrin Falls, (440) 247-4900. Look here for winter and summer sporting fun, including biking, camping, tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, snowblading, skating and sledding. They stock all the gear, plan trips and host events.
Harley-Davidson Sales Co. Inc., 14550 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 252-3111. This is the source for Harley sales, parts, accessories and service, plus motor clothes, since 1929.
Heather’s Heat and Flavor, First and Main, 94 First St., Hudson, (330) 653-5131. Choose from a smorgasbord of hot sauces, gourmet condiments, dried herbs and spices and cheese. Owner Karen Marks stocks hard-to-find items, including 20 different kinds of chili peppers. They also make their own special dry rubs and blends.
Hudson Hydrant, 72 N. Main St., Hudson, (330) 653-3509. Find everything you need for your furry friend — accessories, clothing, collars, dog bowls, leashes and more.
Huggy’s Fine Chocolate and Nuts, First and Main, 100 First St., Hudson, (330) 655-2702. Ben Heggy handcrafts all his chocolates. The store also carries a selection of roasted nuts and sugar-free chocolates.
Jameson Homestead Antiques, 36675 Detroit Rd., Avon, (440) 934-6977. The shop features a wide variety of antiques, specializing in country, primitive, Victorian and formal furniture. The co-op of more than 30 dealers sells pictures, pottery, glassware and clocks.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, (216) 691-7000. The store features two levels of books, plus movies, music, games, stationery, magazines and more.
The Learned Owl Bookshop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson, (330) 653-2252. Books, books and more books. This is the place for hard-to-find titles, popular selections and many more items to spark interest. The store also carries gifts.
Feren Gifts and Little Italy Wines, 12408 Mayfield Rd., (216) 588-1930. When it comes to wine, owners Peter Apicella and Matt Silvaggio are fully stocked. Browse through more than 650 different wines – of course, Italian wines are the specialty. They also carry specialty beer, gourmet oils and vinegar, glassware and fruit baskets from Feren Fruit and Gift Basket. Unique wine tastings on Friday and Saturday nights.
Long, Long Ago, 36923 Detroit Rd., Avon, (440) 934-4777. An antiques store focusing on glassware, figurines, hats, jewelry, toys, books, Christmas decorations and small-scale furniture. The store houses eight dealers, specializing in everything from linens to jewelry. Enjoy complementary snacks while members of the staff appraise your antiques or collectables.
Lusso Cosmetics, 13519 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 228-9950. A dream come true for anyone who is clueless about makeup. In a one-hour session, owner Louis McClung gets shoppers makeup savvy with products he formulated himself. He even custom-blends foundation and designs makeup for local T.V. personalities at FOX.
Mac’s Backs Paperbacks, 1820 Coventry Rd., Coventry, (216) 321-2665. Spend an afternoon getting lost in three floors of new and used books. Science fiction lovers will drool over Mac’s balcony section featuring nearly 8,000 books, while those small-press types will be delighted to discover stocked shelves of the latest sensations and unique zines. A variety of local authors also are represented. Take advantage of their trade-in policy by exchanging your old books for some fresh reads.
Malley’s Chocolates, 17 locations throughout Northeast Ohio(see www.malleys.com). Malley’s has held a sweet spot in the palates of Greater Clevelanders since 1935. Confection lovers anticipate the arrival of chocolate-covered strawberries every February. Several stores feature ice cream parlors.
Miracle on Main Street, 112 N. Main St., Hudson, (330) 650-0190. Since 1941, this office-supply store has helped spruce up offices with supplies and interior designs in a wide variety of styles.
Nook-n-Cranny Antiques, 5201 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 281-6665. Choose from antique furniture, bathroom fixtures and other items from 1850 to 1950.
Olympia Candies, 11606 Pearl Road, Strongsville, (440) 572-7747. Ice cream, gift baskets, popcorn tins, specialty coffees, chocolates, gourmet caramel corn, fudge and nostalgia novelty penny candy. Olympia Candies creates corporate fundraising and event baskets for local businesses.
Passport To Peru Inc., 1806 Coventry Rd., Coventry, (216) 932-9783. A colorful mix of winter wear, such as wool hats, gloves and scarves from Peru are among the finds here, not to mention reasonably priced imported dresses and tops. Gift items include stone carvings, incense holders, African drums, tapestries and a collection of silver jewelry.
Peterson’s Gourmet Nuts and Snacks, 1260 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, (216) 861-4017. Ever wonder where that delicious smell is coming from when you’re making your way to Jacobs Field? It’s wafting over from Peterson’s, the nutty folks who have been turning out salty snacks here since 1927.
Record Revolution, 1828 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 321-7661. Satisfying the hunger of music enthusiasts since 1968, Record Revolution is stocked with music for every demographic. Spend an afternoon sifting through the 20,000 vinyl records that fill the basement. Vintage and independent clothing styles are featured in the attached boutique. Don’t forget to check out the signatures displayed on the walls, including Blondie, Led Zeppelin, Angry Samoans and DJ Cash.
Sephora, Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Road, Beachwood, (216) 514-9984. One-stop shopping for all your beauty needs, including perfume, hair products, makeup and accessories from national brands like Nars, Benefit, Philosophy and Prada.
The Sharper Image, Eton, 28853 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, (216) 464-2850. Sharper Image carries thousands of functional and fun devices. Stores are featuring the Handsfree Deluxe Can Opener ($24.95), the FresherLonger Miracle Food Storage ($69.95), and the Hybrid GP Germicidal Air Purifier ($449.95).
Shinko’s Country Store, 2536 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon, (440) 934-6119. An antiques store with furniture, garden accessories, glassware and memorabilia. It also features many primitive, Victorian and crafty items. In operation for 39 years, Shinko’s started the French Creek District.
Sobella Paper Boutique, 2026 Murray Hill Rd., Studio 104, Cleveland, (216) 229-1333. This light and airy store shows that paper can be as trendy as clothing. One-of-a-kind greetings cards and customized stationary, business cards and invitations for all occasions are the specialty here.
Spin, 4515 Madison Ave., Lakewood, (216) 521-7746. Hardcore bikers and casual riders will enjoy this upscale biking shop, which sells everything from Schwinn to BMC (debated Tour de France winner Floyd Landis’s bike brand of choice). The owners, professional bikers, offer a Serotta size cycle – one of only two in the state – so customers can have the perfect-fitting bike. They also host weekly bike rides, have their own cycling team and club and support a local messenger service.
Tomorrow’s Antique, 2905 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 458-4788. Choose from oil paintings, hand-carved antique replicas, along with mahogany and teak furniture.
Tree House Gallery and Tea Room, 36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, (440) 934-1636. This gallery sells antiques, sports and military collectibles, folk art, jewelry and handcrafted woodwork. Located in the historic Old Avon Village, the store’s tearoom serves quiches and salads and features daily specials.
Uniquely Ohio, First and Main, 103 First St., Hudson, (330) 655-2131. The store features gifts, jewelry and home dÃ©cor from more than 50 Ohio artists. The shop also carries Ohio-made foods and wines as well as apparel from Ohio State, Ohio University, Miami University, Bowling Green, the Cleveland Indians, the Browns and the Cavaliers.
Vertical Runner, 134 N. Main St., Hudson, (330) 656-1176. Runners and even walkers will find the latest from Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, North Face and Smart Wool to keep them moving.
West Side Market, 1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, (216) 664-3387. On any given Saturday, you’ll hear dozens of languages being spoken at the West Side Market as shoppers haggle over ethnic specialties from around the world. Great people-watching, grocery shopping and snacking.