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Shop local: Northeast Ohio businesses to check out this holiday season

From clothing to home decor, we have some ideas for you to check out!

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previously published story.

The holidays are upon us and so many in Northeast Ohio are looking to shop local this season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect businesses in the area. 

Whether you are shopping for a sister, friend, coworker, or furry companion, we at WKYC have compiled a list of great locally-owned businesses that offer up a variety of gifts for every person in your life! 

Thank you for supporting small businesses in Northeast Ohio! 


Only in Cleveland

Storefront: 17025 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

Not just for the sports lovers, Only in Cleveland is known in the area for its variety of tee-shirt options! Not only can you find merchandise tailored to the rock and roll history of Cleveland, you can also find tops dedicated to repping which neighborhood you live in or are from, including Kamm's Corner, Tremont, Lakewood, and more! Great gift for any Cleveland lover in your life!

Credit: Only in Cleveland
Only in Cleveland clothing company items.

Two One Thrift 

Looking for a new and unique spot to find a clothing item for someone you know? Look no further than Two One Thrift, an online boutique dedicated to selling "sustainable clothing" that is "all thrifted and repurposed items." Items range from tees to sweatshirts to long sleeves and jean jackets and include Browns, Cavs, and general Cleveland gear. 

Credit: Two One Thrift
Two One Thrift clothing items.

GV Art and Design


  • 17128 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 
  • 38038 Second St, Willoughby, OH 44094
  • 35516 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011
  • 154 D East Main St, Kent, OH 44240

You can't make a list about great places to get Cleveland-based clothing for men, women and children in Northeast Ohio and not include GV Art and Design. With locations in Cleveland, as well as on the east side, west side and to the south, GV is one of the most accessible options for a great shirt, sweatshirt, and more! They also have a line specifically dedicated to colleges around Northeast Ohio, making it a great place to represent the city and university that made you or someone you love! 

Cleveland Clothing Co. 


  • 20070 Walker Rd BLDG A1, STE 340, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 
  • 13000 Athens Ave 102 A, Lakewood, OH 44107
  • 342 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114 
  • 64 SS, Comet Ln, Westlake, OH 44145  
  • 3265 W Market St r202, Fairlawn, OH 44333

Another incredible spot that will wow your socks off! Cleveland Clothing Co. is not just an outlet for apparel, the company has earned a reputation for being one of the hottest spots in town to get any Cleveland merchandise. Socks, mugs, art, and much, much more. If you are a "Ted Lasso" fan, they even have a "Believe" tee-shirt and print that they are selling right now in Browns colors! 

Credit: Cleveland Clothing Co.
"Ted Lasso" inspired merchandise at Cleveland Clothing Co.


Barktown Willoughby 

Storefront: 4074 Erie St Unit 2, Willoughby, OH 44094

Do you have a furry friend that you are shopping for this holiday season? Be sure to check out this new and upcoming business in the heart of Downtown Willoughby! The shop offers everything from outfits to treats and is sure to have something for every pet owner out there. 

A Dog's Life of Chesterland

Storefront: 12654 W Geauga Plz, Chesterland, OH 44026

Another great option to check out: A Dog's Life of Chesterland. While they also have products for pets big and small, the boutique currently is offering a variety of gift boxes for dogs and cats, pre-packaged for you to pick up! A great spot to check out if you are in a rush and need a pet-centered gift!


Posted by A Dog's Life of Chesterland on Wednesday, November 10, 2021


Paisley Monkey 

Storefront: 14417 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 

If you happen to be in the market for anything and everything related to babies, this Northeast Ohio-owned business is a great place to start. Books, onesies, accessories, and more, this boutique is perfect for those looking to find more than just clothes and accessories! 

*Note: Paisley Monkey's website indicates that the storefront is closed at this time

Babycakes Children's Boutique

Storefront: 19315 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

Babycakes Children's Boutique is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to grab a gift for a baby or child in your life. Additionally, the boutique currently has a holiday gift guide for anyone who is unsure of what to purchase this year. The storefront in Rocky River will host Santa on December 11, giving parents and families the chance to kill two birds with one stone. Babycakes also offers custom embroidered gifts if you are looking to get extra fancy!

Two Crows for Joy

Storefront: 13005 Larchmere Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

This boutique, located in Shaker Heights, offers "quality clothing and gear for babies and children." Perfect for the babies of eco-friendly and earth-conscious parents. The boutique also boasts that most of its items are sewn in the U.S. and are organically made! 


Apple Jax Toys 


  • 13002 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
  •  24 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Games, toys, collectibles... what more could you ask for? Whether you are shopping for an actual child in your life or just the child in someone you know and love, Apple Jax has something for you. The store, with locations on Cleveland's east and west sides, offers both vintage and new toys that will make you feel like a child again. Good luck leaving without something that makes you nostalgic for "the old days."

Once Upon a Time Toys

Storefront: 19285 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

A staple in the Rocky River area since 1984, Once Upon a Time Toys has gifts for the kids that will help to facilitate active play! The shop preaches that they look to sell products that create face-to-face interactions in the ever-growing internet age. "Quality and play value that encourage creativity and social interaction are our goals," Once Upon a Time Toys' description says on Facebook. "Those that grow up playing with other children, rather than sitting in front of their computer screens, will be sought out." 


Guardians of Cleveland (Maker Gear) 

If you are looking for a more unique and new-wave type of gift, try out one of the products from Maker Gear's Guardians of Cleveland collection. You can buy their 3D printed products for home and office on the company's Etsy site, and are a great addition to any living or working space for someone who loves Cleveland! Especially topical considering Cleveland's MLB team's new name!

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Guardians of Cleveland shop on Etsy.

Anne Cate

Home is where the heart is, right? Well, if you are looking for a great accessory to proudly show off where you're from, Anne Cate is an incredible option! The online boutique sells products designed to show off the skyline of the city you are from, and options in Northeast Ohio alone include Cleveland, Akron, Hudson, Medina, Willoughby and more. The shop sells pillows, purses, mini-wallets, and even baby clothes!

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Shop Anne Cate Cleveland skyline product.

Loganberry's Books

Storefront: 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120

The perfect spot in Northeast Ohio to shop for a book lover in your life! If you aren't sure what type of book that person would like, you can also purchase a year-long subscription into one of Loganberry's various book clubs! Or hey, we wouldn't blame you if you just purchased one for yourself. 

Happy holidays, Northeast Ohio!

Do you know a locally-owned business with a unique product or interest? Let me know! Send me a message on Twitter @HopeSloop, or email me at HSloop@wkyc.com


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