Earlier this year, Hollywood actress and native-Clevelander Monica Potter opened a shop in Garrettsville. Her shop, called Monica Potter Home, features bath & beauty products, home décor and textiles, all made by local artisans and craftspeople. “Growing up in Cleveland with two hard working parents, I learned early on the importance of hard work, dedication and family,” she shared on her website. “My late father instilled in my sisters and I how important it was to be creative and think outside the box. I have always dreamed of some day making my own goods to enrich and beautify everyone’s homes.”
As you enter the store, a cozy structure nestled in lush a lush, green setting, you immediately feel at home. The cozy benches and chairs on the porch are flanked with pillows, setting the scene for relaxation. Rustic birdhouses and garden décor inspire visions of what will come upon entering the shop. Just what will a visitor find inside? As comments from several recent store guests make plain, it seems Monica’s dream has become a reality. On the store’s Facebook page, Shelly posted, “The store is so charming and full of so many beautiful things! Monica’s products are all so wonderful. I absolutely love the hand sanitizers for myself and my kids, the candles, and room sprays. I wholeheartedly recommend you take a trip out there to see all of the treasures in the store. Thank you, Monica for bringing a piece of you back to Ohio, and for all of the amazing products you offer!” Amanda, another fan of the store, agreed sharing, “I could get lost in here all day – every time I turned around there was something else I just had to have…so many unique items and the staff is so friend and helpful!”
In both the brick & mortar and online stores, Monica Potter Home features bath and beauty products like whipped soaps, sugar scrubs, body creams, lip balms, and hand sanitizers in a variety of seasonal scents. They also offer travel sets for men and women and unusual items for children, as well. In addition, they stock a variety of soy candles, room sprays, and items crafted from vintage barn wood, window frames, and other reclaimed materials. They stock locally crafted woven trivets, bags, tea towels, aprons and other wearable items, as well. At the store’s website, be sure and visit their DIY blog for plenty of holiday, cooking, and gardening projects, cleaning tips, and craft ideas, like homemade moon sand or the ‘I’m Bored’ jar. And be sure to check out the helpful how-to videos and interviews posted, as well.
But instead of just trekking to the store, which is located at 12724 State Route 88, then returning straight home, folks at the shop always encourage visitors to travel a little further south into the heart of Garrettsville. “It’s such a shame that people only found out about Garrettsville after the fire. There are still so many great shops to visit, and lots of wonderful things going on there,” Store Manager, (and Monica’s sister) Jessica Brokaw shared.
Jessica, a Garrettsville native, shared that her sister will be in town during Garrettsville’s upcoming Summerfest event (June 26 through 28), serving as the festival’s Grand Marshall. During that weekend, the shop will be open during regular hours (Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm). Seeking to lend support to the event, they don’t have any special in-store events scheduled, in order to let visitors focus on the annual festival.
For fans seeking a sure-fire way to catch up with her famous sibling, Jessica suggests they visit Summerfest on Friday evening when Monica will officially open the event on the main stage.
On Saturday, as a special treat, birthday cake will be served at Monica Potter Home store in celebration of Monica’s birthday, which is actually on June 30. On Sunday morning, Monica, Jessica, and the team from the shop will participate in the Friends of Melana 5K Race on Sunday morning. Each year, this race is run in memory of nine-year-old Melana, who lost her battle with Glioma cancer. In addition to participating in the event, the shop will be offering angel stones for sale on race day, on behalf of the Friends of Melana Foundation. Monica’s nine-year-old daughter Molly was so touched by Melana’s story that she designed the decorative pieces as a symbol of hope and love. 100% of the proceeds of angel stones will go toward funding Glioma cancer research.
On Sunday afternoon, Monica Potter spotters will have another opportunity, since Monica will lead the Summerfest Parade, riding atop a vintage fire truck. “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for families, with great food, games for the kids, and lots of interesting activities,” added Jessica.