Ready to enjoy life? Picnic at a vineyard. Or “hike” the Summit Brew Path, a passport-style trail of 20 craft breweries. Stir up some excitement with a crafted cocktail at a speakeasy-style bar. Eat up the diverse restaurant scene. For example, visit North Hill, where Nepalese refugees serve the food of their home country. Or eat at the iconic Diamond Grille, a steak house that’s been around for more than 75 years. Fresh veggies are on the menu at the myriad farmers’ markets across the region.
If shopping is your thing, you must see Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, an eight-building center that features the work of the celebrated Akron artist and artisan crafts from across the U.S. Visit the outlet stores in Aurora and Burbank, or stroll our two traditional malls. Go antiquing at the many charming stores in Medina’s quaint downtown. Take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad into Peninsula for some leisurely browsing. No matter your shopping style, Greater Akron has the stores to suit you.
Please know that due to COVID19 restrictions, some of the establishments throughout the Greater Akron area have temporary closed their locations or are only offering curbside pickup, takeout and/or delivery only.
Experience Greater Akron (EGA) talks to Katie Byard, food writer at the Akron Beacon Journal.
KB: Right away I think of Trecaso’s Mary Coyle, an Akron institution with ice cream, pizza and more in Akron’s Highland Square and Dontino’s La Vita Gardens (try the homemade pasta) in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. Ray’s Place in Kent has a kid-friendly, two-story bar with a loooong menu. Gasoline Alley in Bath Township is popular but small, so be prepared for crowds on weekends. Panini’s Bar & Grill in Stow and Twinsburg, Winking Lizard Tavern in Copley and Peninsula are delightful. Mike’s Place in Kent (also with a huge menu) has a fun decor. Look for the full-size Star Wars X-Wing fighter outside.
Veggies Are on the Menu.
2 Public Square, Saturday mornings, May-Oct.
Root Candles, 623 W. Liberty St., Medina, Wednesday evenings, June-Oct.
103 N. Main St., Saturday mornings, June-Oct.
4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, Saturday mornings, April-Oct.
2315 Ira Rd., Bath, most Saturday mornings, Nov.-March.
1175 W. Market St. (Will Christy Park), Akron, Thursday evenings, May-Sept.
21 Furnace St., Akron, Saturdays and Sundays, all year.
Under Haymaker overpass, Kent, Saturday mornings, May-Oct.
1435 E. Main St., Kent, Saturday mornings, Nov.-April.
46 N. Munroe Rd., Thursday evenings, June-Oct.
1817 Front St., Friday evenings, June-Sept.
3rd St. NW, Wednesday afternoons, June-Oct.
1245 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Thursday afternoons, May-Oct.
3232 Copley Rd., second Sunday of every month, June-Sept.
Great Grocers Abound.
- Buehler’s, buehlers.com—multiple locations, employee owned, full service
- 365 Whole Foods, 365bywholefoods.com—natural and organic foods
- Acme Fresh Market, acmestores.com—multiple locations, locally owned, full service
- ALDI, aldi.us—multiple locations, no-frills shopping
- Giant Eagle Market District, gianteagle.com—multiple locations, full service
- Heinen’s, Heinens.com—family owned, full service
- Mustard Seed Market & Café, mustardseedmarket.com—natural and organic foods, locally owned
- Save-A-Lot, save-a-lot.com—multiple locations, full service
- Wal-Mart Supercenters, walmart.com—multiple locations, full service
More Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries.
* Member, Greater Akron Chamber
Akron Coffee Roasters
30 N. High St., Akron
250 W. Market St., Akron
222 S. Main St., Akron
255 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron
3180 W. Market St., Akron
1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
45 E. Market St., Akron
3900 Medina Rd., Akron
1 W. Exchange St., Ste. 100, Akron
4946 Darrow Rd., Stow
893 E. Aurora Rd., Macedonia
3019 Graham Rd., Stow
57 E. Market St., Akron
378 S. Main St., Akron
El Gato Taqueria
209 Main St., Akron
549 W. Market St., Akron
915 Home Ave., Akron
4073 Medina Rd., Akron
111 N. Main St., Akron
1970 W. Market St., Akron
115 Montrose West Ave., Copley
4315 Manchester Rd., Akron
21 North St., Akron
207 S. Main St., Akron
105 N. Main St., Akron
1677 E. Market St., Akron
2385 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
4073 Medina Rd., Akron
867 W. Market St., Akron
3885 W. Market St., Akron
Ohio Brewing Company
2250 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
620 Ridgewood Crossings Dr., Akron
12 E. Exchange St., Akron
1561 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron
3895A Medina Rd., Akron
203 S. Main St., Akron
1841 Merriman Rd., Akron
1662 Merriman Rd., Akron
3265. W. Market St., Fairlawn/Montrose
419 Heathrow Dr., Cuyahoga Falls
680 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron
532 W. Market St., Akron
529 Grant St., Akron
2303 W. Market St., Akron
Arnie’s Westbranch Steakhouse
5343 State Route 14, Ravenna
7291 State Route 43, Kent
210 S. Depeyster St., Ste. 100, Kent
155. E. Erie St., Kent
302 Aurora Commons Cir., Aurora
135 Franklin Ave., Kent
* A Cupcake a Day
115 W. Liberty St., Medina
5399 River Styx Rd., Medina
588 Medina Rd., Medina
1496 Columbia Rd., Valley City
140 W. Washington St. #6, Medina
Driftwood Restaurant at Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron-Canton Airport
7883 Freedom Ave., NW, North Canton
1700 55th St., NE, Canton
5430 Massillion Rd., North Canton
Cheers for Beer.
- Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. got its name from the owner’s Labrador retriever, who galumphed into an early brainstorming session only to lap up a big bowl of water. Light bulb!
- MADCAP Brew Co. in Kent is known for its punkish aesthetic and its beer. Its slogan is “No Masters. No Snobs.”
- One of Wadsworth Brewing Company’s most popular beers is River Styx Monster, which sounds like it’ll drag you to Hades. But River Styx is just a road in Medina County that should only be driven by stone-cold sober people.
- R. Shea Brewing’s Tire Swing Trouble Brown Ale was named after an employee that had an accident on, uh, a tire swing.
- Lock 15 Brewing Company has named many of their beers after famous Akron landmarks to pay homage to their location along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal and Cascade Locks Park. Try Mustill Mild, Cascade Locks Pale Ale, Towpath Porter and Mutton Hill Hefe, to name a few.
2637 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Barberton: Hillside vineyards planted mainly with European grape varieties. Picnics welcomed. Games provided.
1204 W. Steels Corner Rd., Cuyahoga Falls: Sustainable farming within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Art gallery, full menu.
3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth: Dry red from another family vineyard in California; whites are made in Ohio. Yoga, painting classes, live music.
5326 Fairland Rd., Barberton: Second-highest point in Summit County; 100 percent fruit wines (not blended with grapes) plus more traditional varieties.
3272 Industry Rd., Rootstown: Fourth-generation family farm-turned-vineyard, orchard. Casual menu, live music on weekends.
3950 S. Main St., Akron: also home to the Mucky Duck Brewery. Views of the Portage Lakes, painting parties, special events.
155 Treat Rd., Aurora: Food and wine on seven acres of heaven.
588 Medina Rd., Medina: Its motto? “It’s about sass, not class.” Full menu and vineyard seating.
Cocktails: It’s 5 O’clock Right Here.
Pedro Ximinez Sherry, Angostura bitters, Aztec bitters
Crafted Cocktail Co., 991 High St., Wadsworth
Glenlivet single malt scotch, absinthe, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg whites, seltzer water
Northside Speakeasy, 31 Furnace St., Akron
vodka, fresh lemon juice and mint
Nineteen10 Restaurant & Lounge, 215 S. Depeyster St., Kent
Diplomatico Mantuano rum, vermouth, black walnut bitters, cherries
Bomba Tacos & Rum, 3900 Medina Rd., Akron
macerated grapefruit, champagne vinegar, soda
Old 97, 1503 Kenmore Blvd., Akron
Ready to splash some cash? We’ve got you covered.
If there were a patron saint of Greater Akron art, it would be Don Drumm. The octogenarian’s whimsical works are installed all over the world, but no place more than Greater Akron. Curvilinear, flowing and enchanting, his art is unmistakable. It can be seen along freeways, on fences, inside hospitals and in fountains. But Drumm’s art is not limited to big, public installations; he makes candlesticks and clocks, cookware and coasters.
A visit to Don Drumm Studios & Gallery isn’t an in-and-out enterprise. Plan to spend some time and prepare to be enchanted.
10 Tempting Shopping Spots.
First and Main Hudson: an outdoor shopping center with a mix of national and local retailers. Check out Gracylane for gifts and Scout & Molly’s for women’s clothing.
The Learned Owl, Hudson: an old-fashioned, independent bookstore on two levels. It’s for bibliophiles of all ages.
Stroll Our Malls.
Medina means antiquing.
2797 Medina Rd.: 52,000 square feet with more than 500 dealers.
6132 Wooster Pike Rd.: uncluttered with homey display rooms; more than 100 dealers.
602 W. Liberty St.: housed in the historic 1894 train depot; 100-plus dealers.
234 N. Broadway St.: about 40 sellers one block north of the town square.