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4 Cool Kent Shops to Find the Perfect Gift


Whether you’re headed out of town for the holidays or you’re spending them right here in Kent, it’s important to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Latitude at Kent knows just the shops to pick up the ideal something for everyone.

Got an Audiophile on Your List? Hit up Last Exit Vinyl House

This closet-sized music grotto, located on S. Water Street, just off East Main, is a distant neighbor and sibling of Last Exit Books and Coffee House. This is the perfect place to pick up anything from soul to jazz to classic rock to the latest from Slayer, as well as new records by your friends’ favorite artists. If you’ve also got books on your list, be sure to visit their other shop, on Burbick Way.

Got a Master Snacker? Give the Gift of Popcorn

Kent’s own Popped! gourmet popped popcorn shop offers a variety of delicious flavors, including white cheddar, caramel, and chocolate-drizzled caramel options, available in sizes from 4.5 ounces to 3.5 gallons. Located on Acorn Alley II, between Main Street and DePeyster, Popped! can even ship their creations to your friends and loved ones in far away lands.

Got Someone with Eclectic Tastes? Check Out Empire

This shop on East Main Street in downtown Kent has a little something for everyone. Know someone who loves henna body art? Empire has a wide selection of body art and gilding supplies, as well as henna hair dyes. How about someone who loves burning incense? Empire is Kent’s headquarters for smudges, incense, and other nice smelling things, including world-famous Florida Water Cologne. Empire is also the place to find tarot cards, crystals, and books of every kind.

Got a Chucklehead on Your List? We’ve Got Just the Thing

Off the Wagon is where you’ll find goofy gifts like a bigfoot Christmas tree ornament, pickle-flavored breath mints, and bacon-shaped bandages. Located at the corner of East Main and Acorn Alley, it’s also where you’ll find bacon and pizza flavored candies, the World’s Smallest Magic 8 Ball, and Bob Ross bath soap.

Happy Holidays – From Us to You!

Have fun finding the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. For more tips on where to shop in Kent, Ohio, visit the Latitude at Kent Neighborhood page.


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