12 Ways to Shop Local this Holiday Season

When shopping for the Holidays, it can be too easy to load up your online shopping cart and have everything you need shipped to your doorstep. While that is convenient, and is great for certain things, it takes some of the fun out of shopping during the Holiday Season. Shopping locally is a great way to find unique gifts and other holiday necessities all while supporting small businesses owned by talented individuals in our community. To help you get started with your local holiday shopping needs, we have composed of 12 Ways to Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Ivory & Birch

Open since the fall of 2014, Ivory & Birch has quickly become the go-to spot for unique gifts, gorgeous apparel, jewelry, and home decor. They aim to provide the Youngstown area with a place to find great products and brands, without having to drive to a big city. They offer a selection of stylish clothing and accessories for Women, baby clothes and gifts, stationery and paper goods, as well as home decor sure to please everyone on your list! If you haven’t stopped in to Ivory & Birch yet, make sure you do this holiday season. They’re located at 7632 Market Street in Boardman. If you can’t make it in, visit their website at www.ivoryandbirch.com to shop their selection online!

Branch Street Coffee

If you have a coffee lover on your list, skip the dunkin’ donuts or starbucks gift cards this year and stuff their stocking with something a bit closer to home. Branch Street Coffee is locally owned and operated, and has been thriving in Boardman since 2015. They roast their coffee in house, so you can be assured you’re getting the freshest cup possible. Stop and see them in Boardman at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Rd, where you’ll find an array of coffees, branded gifts, gift cards, and more!

Greenwood Chevrolet

If you’re thinking big this Christmas season, go the Extra Mile for your loved one with a brand new Chevy! Convenience, savings and selection are at Greenwood Chevrolet. They know that where you buy your car matters, so when it comes to finding yourself or a loved one a new vehicle, you shouldn’t have to settle for anything but the best. Come see why Austintown and the Mahoning Valley is Chevy-town at Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown. Head to their website and check out their amazing selection of new and used cars. If you’re not looking to get quite such a big gift, Greenwood also has a great selection of accessories for Chevy lover in your life!

Wedgewood Pizza

Pizza for Christmas? YES PLEASE. While choosing a favorite pizza place in Youngstown is no easy task, Wedgewood always seems to take the cake (or should we say pie?) . A tradition in the valley since 1967, Wedgewood is still family owned and operated, with the same pizza recipes being used to this day. Pizza is all they serve, so you know you’re getting the best! To quote owner Fernando Riccioni, “We don’t do anything extravagant, we just do pizza!”. With four locations, (Austintown, Boardman, Salem and Howland), Wedgewood is the perfect place to grab something to take to a Holiday Party, or an easy dinner during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Burgan Real Estate

While you’re probably not going to buy someone a house for Christmas (If you are…please add me to your list!), you may find yourself thinking about a new home after the holiday season. If your family is expanding year after year, you may be squeezing new additions into your home and have decided it is time for more space. Or maybe your little ones are grown and you have realized now is the time to downsize. Whatever your reason, there is no better place to list your home than with Burgan. As the areas number one local and independent real estate company, no one can sell your house for more money or faster in the Mahoning Valley. Everything really is “Better with Burgan”! Call Burgan 330-783-0055 or visit their website to see how your life can be better this holiday season!

Catullo Prime Meats

If you need any type of meat for your holiday feast, there is only one place to go: Catullo Prime Meats. Family owned and operated for three generations, Catullo Prime Meats has one main goal: to provide the customer with local, all-natural prime beef, poultry, pork, and the highest level of customer service through a friendly knowledgeable staff. We can tell you first hand, they are very successful at doing just that! To order the star of your Holiday meal, visit their store at 7127 Tiffany Boulevard in Youngstown. If you have a meat aficionado you’re shopping for, Catullo’s also offers gift cards and gift boxes – visit their website to learn more!

1820 House

Founded nearby in East Palestine, 1820 House offers hand poured candles in a variety of fabulous scents. Born out of love for music, design, and agriculture, 1820 House crafted their first candle in a centuries-old Ohio farmhouse in 2004. They have grown and expanded since then, but their candles are still hand poured here in Ohio. With their wonderful fragrance, and beautiful packaging, 1820 House candles make the perfect gift for anyone. Visit their website to purchase candles, or view the list of where in town you can pick one up. 1820 House also has a brick and mortar location at 135 N Market Street in East Palestine. Stop by and say hello!

Spruce Home Decor & Gift Store

Located in Niles, Spruce Home Decor & Gift Store is family owned and operated. If you’re looking for unique decor to get your home holiday ready, Spruce is the only place you’ll need to go! Their store is stocked with beautiful decorations for Christmas and the rest of the year, as well as gifts for every person on your list. While their permanent store is located at 600 Robbins Avenue in Niles, they currently have a pop-up store in Downtown Youngstown. It is located at 217 West Federal Street, and will be open until Christmas Eve. Visit their website to see all they have to offer!

Birdfish Brewing Co.

If you have a craft beer connoisseur in your life, we have the perfect place for you. Located in the heart of Columbiana, Birdfish Brewing co. has been brewing delicious and unique beers since they opened their doors in 2015. Stop by their tasting room located at 16 S. Main Street in Columbiana to give their beers a taste or purchase unique merchandise only available at the tasting room. If you’re looking to purchase a gift card, or see where you can buy Birdfish beerby the can, head to their website to find out more. Cheers!

Suzies Dogs & Drafts

Whether you’re buying for a gift card for the foodie in your life, or looking for somewhere fun to grab a bite during the holiday season, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts is the place to go. Their delicious hot dogs and burgers can be customized with about a million toppings, their tots are served crisp and hot, and they have a variety of beer and cocktails to help you unwind after all that Christmas Shopping. If you want our opinion, order the Better With Burgan Dog – a 100% all beef hot dog served on a New England-style bun with Youngstown greens, SpaghettiOs and shredded Amish cheddar cheese. Visit their Boardman location at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road or head Downtown to 34 N. Phelps Street.

Rulli Brothers

Whether you’re the chef of the family or you need to find something to take to a Christmas party, Rulli Brothers is the one stop shop for all your grocery needs. With the first Italian Market opening in 1917, three generations of family members have contributed to the successful grocery store Rulli Brothers has grown into today. The store offers customers quality products at low prices. They have a location at 8025 South Avenue in Boardman and 4331 Kirk Road in Austintown. Visit their website to purchase a gift card and to learn more about this local grocery store!

BlessBody Fit

Locally owned and operated, BlessBody Fit is located at 4038 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown. After all the holiday parties, christmas cookies, and adult beverages this holiday season, you may find yourself squeezing into your favorite jeans. If you want to work off those holiday pounds or get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution, let the team at Bless Body Fit whip you into shape. BlessBody Fit aims to provide you with the tools you need to reach your full potential through a program based on cutting edge training methods and nutritional research. Head to their website for more information and details on membership packages.
With Christmas being right around the corner, now is the perfect time to shut the laptop and head to some local stores in our area. In Youngstown, we are lucky to be surrounded by so many talented individuals and businesses that are continuing to thrive year after year. Get out and shop local this year, and let us know what you find!
From everyone at 898 Marketing, we would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas!

About the Author

Cailyn_Chrystal_ProfileCailyn Chrystal is a Project Manager at 898 Marketing.  Cailyn develops strategies and manages implementation of content through social media channels for 898 Marketing and it’s clients, as well as optimization strategies for websites and content. Cailyn is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of Duquesne University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications.