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Shopping in Ohio

Ohio Is The Perfect Spot For Some Retail Therapy

Whether you want to power shop your way to exhaustion or are looking for a one-of-a-kind, only-in-Ohio gift, you’ll find Ohio has plenty for sale.

There are dozens of shopping malls in the Buckeye State. The Upper Valley Mall in Springfield has some 40 shops while Ashtabula Towne Square has more than 1 million square feet of retail space. Dayton Mall, 10 miles south of downtown, has 175 stores and more than 1.4 million square feet of retail space.

In Zanesville, the Colony Square Mall has major anchor stores and plenty of local-only stores. Eastgate Mall is one of the larger shopping centers in Cincinnati. In Beavercreek, The Mall at Fairfield Commons has major anchors like Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as smaller upscale boutiques and many popular restaurants. The Great Lakes Mall, about 20 miles northeast of Cleveland, has more than 150 stores and has been a shopping destination for decades.

In Cleveland, those looking for deals and finds will discover a number of quaint, walkable shopping districts. Coventry Village has an eclectic assortment of shops and funky restaurants like Guy’s Pizza and Tree Country Bistro. For unique accessories, head to City Buddha and Passport to Peru. Cleveland’s “artisan neighborhood” is Ohio City – here you’ll find the West Side Market, two microbreweries, and plenty of farm-to-table restaurants. For gifts, check out the Glass Bubble Project or the Something Different Gallery. Little Italy, naturally, is the spot for pasta and pizza, but you’ll also find galleries like Galeria Quetzal and Schoolhouse Galleries, as well as shops like La Bella Vita selling authentic Italian gifts.

Cincinnati has plenty of great shopping. North of the city is Cincinnati Premium Outlets, where you’ll find a number of upscale brand stores. Affluent Hyde Park is dotted with boutiques, shoe stores, jewelers, art galleries, salons, and independent shops. The Ohio Valley Antique Mall has 450 dealers and 65,000 square feet of floor space – make sure to hunt out some local artifacts and look for pieces tied to the city’s history. For a thriving dining scene and plenty of eclectic shops, head to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Columbus has all the shopping you’d expect to find in any big city, but what sets the city apart are the stores you’ll find around The Ohio State University. Try hunting for bargains at Tigertree, or take a stab at making money by selling your clothes to Buffalo Exchange. Show your love for the home team at College Traditions, or check items off your Christmas list at Red Giraffe Designs. The cutest shop on the block is Vernacular, while you can look for vintage vinyl at Used Kids Records.

Small-town Ohio makes for some of the most charming landscapes in America. Geneva on the Lake has been a vacation getaway for more than a century. Head down Lake Road for boardwalk favorites like the open-air bars and retro gift shops. The brick-lined streets of Oberlin are super cute – this small town has a ton of diversity and everything from museum stores to clothing boutiques. The city of Delaware is anchored by Ohio Wesleyan University, and there are great small-town restaurants and art galleries. Bring your bike to Loveland and pedal to shops like Plaid Room Records and Cappy’s Wine and Spirits.

Ohio has some great historic villages to explore. South of Canton is Zoar, which was founded as a German separatist settlement, and you could easily spend an afternoon walking the historic streets. Historic Bolivar is a gem of a small town and is famous for its line dancing bar.

Ohio has great antiques shopping. The Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield has dozens of unique stores. Hunt through the far reaches of the Berlin Village Antique Mall for local pieces. There are also great antiques malls in Walnut Creek, Maumee, Medina, and Logan.

You’ll find tons of unique shops and stores in Ohio. The b.a. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland calls itself the largest candy store in the country – you’ll find some 4,000 kinds of candy all under one roof. The Arcade in Cleveland is if nothing else the prettiest place to shop in town – listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the arcade has a five-story glass atrium and two nine-story towers. Ready for a hike? Head to The Backpackers Shop in Sheffield Village, where you’ll find everything you need to get on the trail. In Cleveland Heights, the Big Fun Toy Store has classic toys, candy, dolls, and more.

For Christmas shopping, head to the Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe in Archbold. This old school has been beautifully renovated, and the holiday shopping gets underway in July! Urbana’s Carmazzi’s Candy and General Store has been making customers happy for more than 120 years – it has vintage candies and custom gift baskets. Cooper’s Mill in Bucyrus has the best from local farms – you’ll discover sauces, fruit spreads, apple butter, and more, all homemade and with plenty of tasting stations so you know what you are getting.

Looking for a full-service retail destination? Head to Seville, which is west of Akron. Once known just for its annual village-wide yard sale, Seville today has tons of shops. Take care of present shopping in Great Gifts or search out funky junk in Piece By Piece. Seville Antiques has upscale items for discerning collectors, while Along Memory Lane is a collector’s dream. Janine’s Gifts & Stuff is jam-packed with everything from jewelry to owl charms, and Velvet’s West Main Framing has vintage frames and some antiques.

Our Favorite Places to Shop

Bridgewater Falls

Home to over 30 major shopping chains, Bridgewater Falls is the perfect destination for any traveler looking to explore a wide assortment of commerce. Located near Monroe in southern Ohio the shopping plaza also houses an extensive variety of casual dining and eateries – burgers, sushi, pizza, and much more are found while traversing the facility.

The shopping center also hosts events throughout the year for those looking for more than shopping – events such as the YMCA Walker’s Club, Story Time, Girl’s Night Out, and seasonal promotions as well.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets

Featuring over 100 brand name outlet stores, the Cincinnati Premium Outlets is the premiere destination for those looking to do some travel shopping. The outlets are located conveniently just outside of Monroe in Southern Ohio.

Customers traversing the outdoor shopping plaza will see legendary designer brands – including Banana Republic, Coach, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. Group tours of the facility are also provided, assisting your group in finding the best brands and greatest savings while exploring the collection of outlets.

Indian Mound Mall

Opening its doors in 1986, the Indian Mound Mall has 65 stores spread over 500,000 square feet of convenient indoor shopping space. Current anchor stores include the likes of J.C. Penney, Sears, and Elder-Beerman.

Located just outside of Hebron in central Ohio, the mall is a perfect stop for shoppers of all types. While traversing the concourse shoppers can expect to see a variety of name brand stores – including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Victoria’s Secret, and a fully accommodating food court.

Niekamp Farm & Flea Market

Open for business since 1998, the Niekamp farm and Flea Market offers a vast variety of products and services sure to meet anybody’s needs. Located in central Ohio just outside of Wapakoneta, the 55,000 square foot facility specializes in the sale of items including golf carts, food items, furniture, décor, collectibles, and more.

The flea market also hosts events such as the World’s Longest Yard Sale – held every August. Participants are encouraged to bring all kinds of used goods and set up a “yard sale”, stretching almost 700 hundred miles across multiple states. 

Trader's World

Dubbed “Ohio’s Largest Family Shopping Mall”, Trader’s World has space for over 850 vendors spread across an 11-acre facility centrally located near Monroe in southern Ohio. The outdoor shopping mall has something for everyone – including merchandise like antiques, collectibles, fresh fruits, vegetables, and much more.

Open Saturdays and Sundays, the shopping mall also provides quality food concessions located throughout the facility. Seasonal holidays are celebrated at Trader’s World with giveaways and special events for the whole family.

Treasure Aisles Flea Market

One of Ohio’s largest outdoor markets, the 64-acre Treasure Aisles Flea Market is open rain or shine to over thousands of shoppers every weekend. Shoppers from all over the country can find anything – furniture, jewelry, apparel, electronics, and much, much more throughout the concourse.

Conveniently located in southern Ohio, the indoor and outdoor facility offers year round shopping just outside of Monroe. With hundreds of different vendors the outdoor market is truly a bargain hunter’s paradise.

Tri-County Mall

Opening its doors in 1960, the Tri-County Mall features over 150 different stores spread over 1,300,000 square feet in southern Ohio. The mall is an open-air-type of facility – the second of its kind in the greater Cincinnati area.

Located just south of Monroe, the mall not only offers a wide variety of commerce, but also hosts large events and seasonal special sale opportunities. Some of the larger chains include Dillard’s, Macy’s, B.J.’s Restaurant, and many more.

West Side Market

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the West Side Market is a staple of historic Cleveland in the Ohio City District.

Located at West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue in Forest City, the market is from Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stroll past the many vendor booths featuring artwork, crafts, and food from around the world in the historic West Side Market – one of Ohio’s major attractions.