A ZipsGuide to

Shopping Small & Local In Akron 

Written by University of Akron Students, ZipsGuide tells the story of downtown Akron's small, local businesses while offering an in-depth look at their products and services.

As we transition from spring into summer, we get hit with a gifting triple threat: Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation parties. What you won't find in this guide is a big-box, mass-produced, plastic approach to celebrating your loved ones. Instead, you'll find unique gift ideas from intrepid Zips who have done the research and sought out Akron's best. 

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A ZipsGuide to Gifting Moms, Dads and Grads

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