Freshly grown produce. A 1977 Star Wars lunchbox. Amish-made furniture. A new tractor. Chain saws. High-end children's clothing. Pies.
Whatever you need, you probably can find it at the intersection of Market Avenue and Edison Street.
The Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market and its sister businesses — Hartville Hardware & Lumber, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Collectible & Gifts and Hartville Children's Shoppe— are a shopping mecca in northern Stark County.
The flea market dates to 1939, when Sol and Soloma Miller opened a livestock auction on a 2-acre plot in rural Lake Township. The auction soon expanded and added a weekly flea market. It hasn't stopped growing.
The 12-acre outdoor flea market and year-round, 3-acre indoor marketplace attracts about 2.2 million visitors every year. On the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, the flea market boasts 1,000 vendors and daily crowds of more than 30,000 people.
The Hartville Kitchen, which opened in 1966, has become a popular destination for homestyle food and desserts rooted in the Miller family's Mennonite heritage.
While diners wait for an open table, they can browse the bakery or candy shop, or explore the shops in the attached Hartville Collectibles, which specializes in gifts and keepsakes. The newest venture, the Children's Shoppe, includes a Noah's ark-themed play area.
Hartville Kitchen also hosts periodic dinner shows and can be rented for special occasions.
Hartville Hardware & Lumber opened in 2012. The massive 7-acre store boasts that it's the largest of its kind in the country.
Inside Hartville Hardware, you can check out the Idea House, a complete 1,850-square-foot house inside the store. Or draw inspiration from The Row House, facades that feature the architectural styles that have influenced building in Northeast Ohio and open to kitchen and bathroom showrooms.
A drive-thru lumber yard allows customers to pay, pick up and load their vehicles quickly.
The shop offers and expansive selection including tools, pet food and supplies, tractors, clothing, storage, home decor, paint plumbing and flooring. DIY-ers can also rent equipment and take advantage of in-house design and building centers.
Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market
1289 Edison St. NW, Lake Township
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On holiday weekends, the outdoor flea market often opens before 7 a.m.
More info: 330-877-9860 or www.hartvillemarketplace.com.
315 Edison St. NW, Lake Township
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
More info: 800-877-3631 or www.hartvillehardware.com.
1015 Edison St. NW, Lake Township.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
More info: 330-877-9353 or www.hartvillekitchen.com.
Hartville Collectibles and Children's Shoppe
1015 Edison St. NW, Lake Township
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
More info: 800-486-6970 or hartvillecollectibles.com.