A Zips Guide to

Shopping Small & Local In Akron 

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Shananne Lewis offers a look at Valentine's in the 330.

Skip the big box stores this Valentine's Day and shop small and local in Akron. Whether you're looking for a great gift or a fun experience, this guide by Shananne has you covered.

Downtown Akron Partnership is launching a Downtown Dollars E-Gift Card program to encourage shopping local this holiday season.

Northside Marketplace is like Etsy came to life (and that's as cool as it sounds), but the district has a lot to offer in addition to the unique spot.

Mix and match iconic entertainment, delicious eats and sweet endings to gift a night out in Akron that your friends or family won't forget.

From rides on the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad to memberships to the Zoo and Children's Museum, Experiences are a gift that won't end up on a shelf.

Akron's vibrant art scene, anchored by the Akron Art Museum and institutions like Summit Artspace and Akron Soul Train, is a great place to find unique gifts.

Senior Mona Abdeldaim talks about the holiday shopping opportunities available on The University of Akron campus as she prepares to say goodbye in Dec.

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Downtown Akron Partnership Announces Downtown Dollars E-Gift Card Program > read more here.