When you turn on to Wolf Street in Bay Village, you can’t miss The Print Shop. After the charm of the red-brick building pulls you in, a shop full of intentional gifts await inside.
“Our favorite thing is someone coming into the shop and we ask, ‘Who are you shopping for?’ and then they tell us their whole story and why this person is special to them,” says owner Tess Smith, who opened up her shop in January. “So that’s been a breath of fresh air.”
Perusing the overflowing shelves of the 1,800-square-foot shop, customers can discover unique items, whether it’s a cocktail mix set, watercolor candles or ice cream-scented markers. But what really makes the items one-in-a-million, is the storied guarantee behind it. Take the charcuterie boards ($45-$95) by Silo Woodworking. Owner Joshua Newman handcrafts the boards himself, which includes four strips of lighter wood worked into the design. “Each strip represents his kids,” says Smith.
Her shop currently features nearly 50 different brands, makers and handmade goods spanning across the U.S. Great gift ideas include posters ($10) and cards ($5-$8) with elegant, hand-designed typography from local stationery company, Minor Details CLE or a Colorado-based brand called Winnie Lou that makes all-natural dog treats in flavors that include peanut butter pretzel and pumpkin apple.
“When I spend my money, I want to make sure the dollar is stretched as far as it can go,” says Smith. “And that just means employing somebody here in America or the mom down the street, who is raising her kids and just wanted to do something a little bit extra to pay for ballet lessons.”
Handle With Care
Don’t just grab aesthetically pleasing gifts, choose an item the recipient will actually use. “I’ve always tried to give gifts that make a lasting impression and make the person who’s receiving the gift feel really special,” says Smith.
To help make your gifts feel more personal, Smith suggests making note of things your friends and loved ones enjoy and finding ways to work those details into gifts. “So if they had mentioned previously that they really love the scent of tangerines or whatever, you give them the gift of a citrus-scented candle,” she says.
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sneakers, sandals and much more. 27235 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2340, arthursshoetree.com
When You Go: The Print Shop, 27209 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-455-9470, printshoponwolf.com