With the ease of online shopping, it may be tempting to throw your entire holiday shopping list into your Amazon shopping cart and call it a night. But what if we told you that Cleveland is home to a bunch of amazing boutiques and shops where you could find unique, handmade gifts — without leaving the comfort of your hometown?
By #ShoppingLocal, you can support makers and small businesses from our own backyard, all while purchasing original items that you can’t find in a big department store. On this list, you’ll find trendy boutiques, pet shops, candle companies and more — so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. Feel good about your holiday shopping knowing that you’ve supported a small business this season!
Men’s and Women’s Clothing
20075 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights
Whiskey Grade offers fuel inspired apparel for men and functional, yet chic fashion for women. Here, you’ll find items that will look good and get better with time — like a broken-in baseball glove or your favorite pair of denim. They sell pretty much everything from t-shirts and hoodies, leather jackets and hats to backpacks and motorcycle helmets!
3104 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights
Founded in 2013, Blanc Boutique is always home to a collection of affordable, upscale and timeless fashion. They offer fashionable options in a variety of different sizes as well as accessories, home decor and more!
2242 Professor Avenue, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Marina Kolmanovich via Banyan Tree
Fashions at Banyan Tree range from bohemian to minimalist, but as varied as the styles are, they are all equally fabulous. They have three different locations throughout Ohio and offer clothing for women and babies as well as accessories and lifestyle items.
4447 Mayfield Road, South Euclid
Krush is just as quirky, colorful and fabulous as it sounds, boasting bold styles cultivated from skateboarding culture, art and streetwear. They hope to affect positive change by giving voice and self-expression through fashion.
19034 Old Detroit Road, Cleveland
Laura and Lisa Pikul, both graduates of Kent State University with fashion degrees, moved from California to Ohio in 2005 and brought a bit of the west with them. Girl Next Door embodies the “Cali” lifestyle with their large selection of jeans from independent designers as well as other minimalist, yet comfortable staples, like flowing blouses and dresses.
618 Prospect Avenue East, Cleveland
For the shoe lover in your life you must stop by Mr. Albert’s Men’s World, one of Cleveland’s favorite urban menswear shops! They offer hundreds of different styles of shoes as well as stylish formal wear, hats, belts and more.
2138 West 25th Street, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Wild Cactus Boutique
From an early age, owner Leann DiPaola has always been passionate about expressing herself through fashion. Her love for uncovering one-of-a-kind pieces and inspiration from traveling and living between Arizona and California combined to create Wild Cactus Boutique. This shop encompasses a laid back, curated mix of vintage and modern women’s clothing, shoes and accessories for everyday wear.
1020 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Since 1932, Clevelanders have flocked to Geiger’s for their clothing needs. In addition to their great selection of high-quality clothing for the whole family — they also offer gear for snow sports, camping, traveling, team sports and cycling.
2509 Professor Avenue, Cleveland
It’s all about comfort at Evie Lou. Their style is classic and professional with a comfortable twist from high-end designers. With their collection of handcrafted clothing as well as jewelry, handbags, wallets and more — you’re sure to find something that fits either your own personal style or someone you love’s.
1783 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights
Photo courtesy of Blush Boutique
Focusing on sophisticated yet casual looks, Blush Boutique features an incredible selection of women’s fashion, jewelry and accessories. They love to put emphasis on smaller fashion lines and emerging talent from all over the country, so no matter what you buy from Blush you’ll be supporting an independent designer!
Home Goods and Gifts
10906 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland
We know you love your pets and want your furbabies to be just as stylish as you! At Pet-Tique you can purchase all different types of apparel for your pets, from simple sweaters to Halloween costumes. They also offer a great selection of trendy collars, pet accessories, cat and dog food and other pet supplies.
20178 West 25th Street, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Kyle Kresge via Room Service
Established in 2007 and owned by two artists, Jennie Doran and Andrew Worm, Room Service is a shop committed to displaying the goods and stories from makers, designers and artisans from all around the world. Here you’ll find handcrafted home goods, apothecary items, apparel, accessories and more — it’s almost impossible to leave empty handed!
1899 W 25th Street, Cleveland
“Find your perfect thing,” is the mantra Something Different is founded on. This eclectic shop boasts a vast array of home decor, jewelry, custom framing, drinkware, clocks, kitchen items, clothing all from independent makers.
1364 West 67th Street, Cleveland
This home essentials boutique is located in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. Walk through their garden and into a room filled to the brim full of handcrafted art. They feature local and national artists of ceramics, photography, glass, oils and so much more! You’re sure to find a unique and special piece for your home at Artful Living.
11508 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Flower Child Vintage
Vintage lovers — you’re going to want to check out Flower Child! Since 1999, they’ve been Cleveland’s premier vintage and mid-century department store. From funky furniture, art and housewares to clothes and accessories to match, Flower Child transforms shopping into a time-traveling experience.
530 Euclid Avenue #40, Cleveland
If you’re looking for a unique gift to give any Cleveland lover — Cleveland in a Box is perfect! This unique shop allows you to fill a box with either five or 10 items from their vast selection of Cleveland goods and ship it to U.S. and military addresses for free! They’ve partnered with some of the city’s most iconic and oldest institutions so that they could create an assortment of favorite items that Clevelanders of all ages can’t do without. You can even build a box online here.
1810 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights
You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Cleveland Candle Company allows you to create your own candle or you can choose from their selection of pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances. Perfect as a fun date night or as an original holiday gift!