Elyria: Book store and craft shop are home for art – The Morning Journal

A used book store and craft shop in Elyria has more than meets the eye.
Roxy’s Emporium, 604 Middle Ave., is a unique combination of a bookstore and gift shop.
The retail establishment consists of rented spaces to local vendors and artists to give them a platform to showcase their talents.
Store owner Deborah “Roxy” Born said she loves to help local crafts.
“I call the shop a permanent craft fair,” Born said. “People can find gift items, home decor and the like.”
Roxy’s Emporium opened in 2017 with the purpose of providing a home for local talent.
“I wanted to do something to feature local people in the community,” Born said. “I want to serve the community and have a place for people to sell their items.”
Vendors pay a low cost monthly fee and get to display their creations, with the only exception being artwork, books and higher priced items which are paid on a commission basis.
“I’m so impressed by their talent and ability,” Born said. “There are people who may not get an opportunity for exposure, and it’s important to be able to market to their own community.”
During the novel coronavirus pandemic, the shop remained open and available to the public.
“I was determined that outside of government regulated closures, that I was going to muddle through,” Born said. “I had quite a bit of business because we were one of the few people that kept open.”
She said she looks forward to hosting more events.
“We would do book signings and craft lessons in the store, but our space is small, so we had to stop during COVID,” Born said. “As soon as things open up a little bit, I’d like to do that again.”
Roxy’s Emporium is getting involved in other local events such as the upcoming Garford Arts and Literary Fest.
“When they began the Garford Arts Fest, I was approached about including pieces from my artists inside the Fest,” Born said. “This year, we combined our idea for a writers fest with the traditional arts fest.”
This event begins at 1 p.m., Oct. 23, at the new Central Elyria Public Library, 211 Second St. in downtown Elyria.
The Central Elyria Public Library will be the home of the “Writers Block” segment of this celebration, according to a news release.
Born said guests will have the opportunity to meet-and-greet approximately 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 are presenting the Garford Arts and Literary Fest.
The city of Elyria and Elyria Arts Council are event sponsors.
For more information about the Writers’ Block and a schedule of all the speakers, go to http://roxysemporium.com/events/.