Updated: Apr 1
Hear Marigold Sol owner Lori Julien and Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance Executive Director Tina Boyes' interview with New Cleveland Radio
What’s old is new again as Summit County’s newest vintage boutique and refinishing supply shop opens in Akron’s Kenmore Boulevard Historic District. On Thursday, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Marigold Sol will hold its grand opening, offering a variety of new and vintage items, from furniture and home decor to gifts, jewelry and more.
Marigold Sol will be Summit County's exclusive retailer of Wise Owl Paint, solvent-free furniture salves, waxes and quick-dry, zero-VOC paints with finishes ranging from shabby-chic rustic to modern and contemporary. The shop will also offer hands-on classes and custom furniture refinishing.
Highland Square resident and former nurse Lori Julien said Marigold Sol is the culmination of years of her experience in furniture refinishing and resale both inside and outside of Ohio. She is excited to turn her “part-time passion into full-time work” to bring new life: both to the items she sells and the Kenmore community. “I have a deep respect and appreciation for communities that are investing in neighborhood revitalization, and what they're doing here on Kenmore Boulevard is really inspiring,” Julien said.
Marigold Sol will be the sixth small business to open in the Kenmore Boulevard Historic District within the past year, said Tina Boyes, executive director of Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance. Kenmore Boulevard is one of 12 Great Streets districts the city of Akron is targeting with support and resources. It is the third female-owned business to open in the district since July.
“Great Streets districts like Kenmore Boulevard serve as hubs of business and social activity in our community,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Marigold Sol will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to this district and add to the vibrancy and community pride of the Kenmore Boulevard area."
Boyes agreed, adding, “Kenmore Boulevard offers a low cost of entry to a small business, is highly walkable and central to a large number of residents, and has a supportive organization in Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, making it a prime launching point for local entrepreneurs.”
Marigold Sol is located at 962 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron and is open Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment by calling 330-803-0419. Shoppers can find them online at marigold-sol.com, on Facebook @marigoldsol and on Instagram @mymarigoldsol.