Black Friday Alternatives in Ohio

Embracing Local Retailers this Black Friday – Find Unique Gifts and Shops

Step away from the crowds to find the perfect gifts for family and friends at unique shops throughout the state this Black Friday. From one-of-a-kind artwork and boutique clothing to homemade treats and made in Ohio favorites, you are sure to find something special for the ones you love.


Over the Rhine, Cincinnati

This historic neighborhood, renowned for its German culture and classic architecture, is now a hot spot for shops and culinary delights, and is a great place to start your holiday shopping. Spend Black Friday checking out one-of-a-kind gifts including the rustic home items at Elm & Iron  (Columbus shoppers should head to Elm & Iron in Clintonville) or sampling delicious food from a number of restaurants and the historic Findlay Market. It’s a great way to spend the day with friends while picking out just the right gifts!


Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe, Archbold

The Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe is the perfect place to pick up a gift and get into the holiday spirit! This shoppers’ paradise boasts themed rooms including Bethlehem Corner, with nativity scenes galore and The Grand Christmas Room that has more than 30 themed trees and related collectibles. Don’t miss the Tea Room for homemade fudge samples.  

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Celebrate Local, Columbus and Liberty Township

This shop is your go-to market for all things celebrating Ohio. From artwork and clothing to edibles and unique home décor, pick up a gift that supports the work of Ohio artisans. Celebrate Local is also one of several retailers that can help you create an Ohio Proud basket filled with your favorites from soups and salsa to beer and jerky, all made right here in Ohio.


Canal Market District’s Christmas Market, Newark

This Black Friday, kick off the holidays at the Canal Market District’s Christmas Market. Gather your friends and family for a day of shopping for handcrafted gifts, delicious food and more! Pick up fresh wreaths, greens, Christmas trees and decorations from local farmers to bring the holidays into your home, then grab a hot chocolate before strolling around the Licking Country Courthouse draped in holidays lights.


Toledo Museum of Art’s Museum Store, Toledo

The art aficionado on your list is sure to appreciate a gift from the Toledo Museum of Art’s Museum store. The shop showcases books, stationery and banners featuring recent exhibits as well original artwork and jewelry. Check out the bright, quirky line of gifts items based upon Pantone® colors. The Museum is the perfect place for a quiet respite from bustling holiday crowds.


Jungle Jim’s International Market, Fairfield

The whole family will enjoy a trip to Jungle Jim’s International Market, home to over 6.5 acres of delicious food offerings from around the world. Need to buy for someone who loves spicy foods or is a wine connoisseur? Jungle Jims has more than 1,200 hot sauces and 15,000 bottles of wine to choose from! Pick up tasty treats for everyone on your list while viewing the Market’s eclectic décor. Shoppers east of Cincinnati can even stop at the retailer’s first satellite location in Eastgate.


Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square, Nelsonville

Immerse yourself in small-town charm by visiting the shops and galleries in Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square. You’ll be charmed by Nelsonville’s architecture and quaintness as you visit the Square’s numerous galleries displaying works by local artisans including pottery, paper arts, photography and paintings. Or stop by the Nelsonville Quilt Company to find the newest fabrics for the crafter in your life.


Akron Glass Works, Akron

A visit to Akron Glass Works will not only give you the opportunity to pick up a beautiful piece of art but the chance to try your hand at a new skill. Spend the day with friends learning the art of glassblowing from a local artist, then shop the studio, located in a beautifully-renovated church, for unique pieces including vases, ornaments, jewelry, marbles and glass bowls.

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