Local filmmaker Clyde McDaniel wanted to honor the Akron businesses he visited as a child that are still going strong, those local “mom and pop” establishments that are integral to the fabric of the city’s history.
His film, “Akron Unique,” is the second part in his Ye Olde Neighborhood series (the first installment profiled some of Akron’s locally owned hardware stores).
Businesses featured in this installment include Stage Coach Antiques, The Book Seller, Highland Shoe Repair, January Paint & Wallpaper and the Peanut Shoppe. The video was produced by local filmmaker Clyde McDaniel, from Cleo Film Productions.
“This episode highlights places I use to visit as a kid in the late ’50s and ’60s and they’re still around,” says McDaniel. “So they are unique in that other establishments like them are mostly all gone. Stagecoach is the oldest antique store in town, the Book Seller was right across the from my grade school and the Peanut Shoppe is the last remaining business from the 1930s. January Paint & Wallpaper dates back to the ’50s, so they all have been around for decades.”
McDaniel, who produces this series under the name Cleo Film Productions, recently held a screening for “Akron Unique” at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library in downtown Akron.