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Walking into Creative Fringe, one of Downtown Findlay’s newest shops, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I just know that I had been told it’s a must-stop. 

Instantly, I was greeted by the owner with a cheery smile. And then I saw what was in her hands, and I just couldn’t stop myself. She was crocheting and that just so happens to be one of my favorite hobbies. 

As we bonded over our shared interest, she showed me all of her crochet creations that dotted the store. From hats to jewelry, there was a little of everything. Then she led me to the back room where there was yarn galore. Basically, I had made a new best friend with an amazing yarn stash. 

That alone would be enough to make me love this store and possibly move into the back room, but there is so much more to this store. A lot more. 

Creative FringeIn one corner, I found a comic nerd’s heaven with rare comics as well as accessories. In another, I found earrings made out of timeless brooches alongside amazingly intricate rings. The other corner? Some boutique-style clothing. Oh and then there were the handmade baby items. And the list goes on and on and on. 

What is truly cool about this store is that it is a collection of items from vendors. Most are handmade and are created with so much love and care. Just about everything in the store cannot be found anywhere but in this lovely collection. 

So what should you expect when you make a stop in this store? Definitely the unexpected. But also gifts for just about everyone on your list. Home decor items that will liven up your home. Clothing and accessories that will make you stand out in a crowd. And items that you will treasure for years to come. 

The person that told me that Creative Fringe is a must-stop was so right. Make sure to leave plenty of time to explore the items in the store and to have a delightful conversation with the wonderful owner about the stories behind the items she carries.