Your Holiday Gift Guide

Three Local Shops That Have Presents Your Family and Friends Will Love

There is something so enthralling about this magical time of year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, it really is a season of giving. And what better way to rejoice in this cheerful time of year, than by visiting some of Medina County's great boutiques for your gifts. These three boutiques offer everything you need this holiday season, with a bonus – you're supporting local businesses and the local economy! Whether it's the latest and greatest young adult novel, a custom sound system or a trendy vegan leather handbag, these boutiques have got you covered this holiday season. 

I.D.E.A. Designs by Elizabeth

As a 5-year-old girl, Elizabeth McComsey can remember running around below her dad, collecting the baby trees that he threw down as he cleaned out the gutters of our house. She told him that she was going to save them, sell them and use the money to help save the earth’s rainforests. That plan never quite came to fruition, but after living in Costa Rica as an exchange student 15 years later, the importance of helping our natural world once again came into the forefront of her mind.

I.D.E.A. (Inspired Designs by Elizabeth Anne) was born in 2010 with a small inheritance from Elizabeth's grandmother. "My mom told me that she always wanted me to follow my dreams, so I did," says Elizabeth. Initially, she made all of the jewelry in the shop by herself using natural ethically-sourced gemstones. She would donate a portion of her proceeds to different charities that help the environment.

In the years that followed, I.D.E.A. Boutique continued to grow. She recently moved into her new location at 108 W. Washington St, where she has much more space. In addition to her own jewelry, she now offers a huge selection of vegan handbags (a line of cork bags being her absolute favorite), natural skincare products, essential oils, beeswax food wraps, reusable straws, vegan candles and more. She also has a section of the shop dedicated to religious jewelry and Ancient Roman Glass jewelry that contains 2,000-year-old glass from the Holy Land. The boutique also has a newly renovated classroom that offers classes on everything from jewelry making, to a class on how to make elderberry syrup. Visit their website at for more information.

The I.D.E.A Designs by Elizabeth retail space is located at 108 W. Washington Street Medina, OH 44256.

Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision is the premier smart home, audio and video provider to the Northeast Ohio area. They
offer state of the art showrooms in Beachwood, Cuyahoga Falls and Columbus. They specialize in custom, single platform, smart home integration along with whole-home distributed audio and video options that they design to transform your home with seamless and user-friendly systems.

Sound & Vision's systems can be as simple or as comprehensive as your imagination or needs demand. They can design anything from single rooms to a whole home; it’s a value-added proposition for any modern homeowner. They also offer the best selection of the finest and most sought after audio and video gear from Control 4, Paradigm, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, GoldenEar, McIntosh, Anthem, Rotel, Sony XBR, Stewart Film Screens and many more. Surround sound, stereo equipment, speakers, cabinets, theater seating, custom in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, lighting control, HVAC control, security and surveillance integration, motorized shade control and even outdoor landscape scenarios with all-weather speakers and outdoor televisions are all possibilities and make for an especially memorable holiday present. Anything and everything is truly possible with Sound & Vision.

For more information about Sound & Vision, visit their website at or visit their Cuyahoga Falls retail space located at 750 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls.

The Bookstore

An indie bookstore with a crafty twist!

The Book Store features 10,000 new books, new releases, classics and an amazing children's section. If you don't see it in-store, they can get it for you!

The Book Store's mission is to inspire people to read. What we gain from reading a book is invaluable. They know how to make reading fun, inspirational and accessible to everyone. In addition, they are supporting local gifted artisans through The Handmade Marketplace. While you are enjoying a good book you can browse and shop over 100 local original handmade products.

The Book Store is dedicated to giving back in order to promote literacy throughout Medina County and Northeast Ohio. They offer literacy outreach programs, educator and student discount programs, essay and poetry contests, educator programs, free books to classrooms and so much more. 

Visit The Book Store online at or check out their local retail space at 109 W. Washington St., Medina.

Fun fact

+ According to the National Retail Federation, 20 to 40 percent of yearly sales for small and mid-sized retailers take place within the last two months of the year.

Fun Fact

+ Psychology Today reports that people are significantly more likely to buy something that they can touch. 

Fun Fact

+ The average American spends over $750 on holiday shopping.

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