A second-hand bookstore and craft store in Elyria has more than it looks.
Roxy’s Emporium, 604 Middle Ave., is a unique combination of a bookstore and gift shop.
The retail establishment consists of spaces rented out to local vendors and artists to give them a platform to showcase their talents.
Store owner Deborah “Roxy” Born said she enjoys helping local crafts.
“I call the shop a permanent craft fair,” Born said. “People can find gift items, home decor, etc. “
Roxy’s Emporium opened in 2017 with the aim of providing a home for local talent.
“I wanted to do something to showcase the people in the community,” Born said. “I want to serve the community and have a place where people can sell their items. “
Sellers pay a low monthly fee and can display their designs, with the sole exception of more expensive artwork, books, and items which are paid on a commission basis.
“I am so impressed with their talent and ability,” Born said. “There are people who may not have the opportunity to market themselves, and it is important to be able to market to their own community. “
During the novel coronavirus pandemic, the store remained open and accessible to the public.
“I was determined that outside of the government regulated closures, I was going to do my own thing,” Born said. “I had quite a bit of business because we were one of the few people who stayed open.”
She said she was looking forward to hosting more events.
“We would do book signings and craft classes in the store, but our space is small so we had to shut down during COVID,” Born said. “As soon as things open up a bit, I would love to do it again.”
Garford Arts and Literature Festival
Roxy’s Emporium is involved in other local events such as the upcoming Garford Arts and Literary Fest.
“When they started Garford Arts Fest, I was approached to include pieces by my artists inside the Fest,” Born said. “This year, we combined our idea of a writers’ festival with the traditional arts festival.”
This event begins at 1 p.m. on October 23 at the New Elyria Central Public Library, 211 Second Street in downtown Elyria.
The Elyria Central Public Library will host the “Writers Block” segment of this celebration, according to a press release.
Born said guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet around 25 local writers.
“The Arts Fest is fantastic,” she said. “I’m excited to help bring this new component and generate more appreciation for literary talent. “
The Elyria Community Partnership, Elyria Public Library, and Roxy’s Emporium, among others, present the Garford Arts and Literary Fest.
The City of Elyria and Elyria Arts Council are sponsors of the event.
For more information on the Writers ‘Block and all speakers’ agenda, visit http://roxysemporium.com/events/.