Burton – Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special.

Talk became action when four friends working at a restaurant decided to turn their love of vintage and period pieces into a business.  Off Center was born.  The four, Chrysti Clark, Diane Evans, Jodi Almstead and Sue Skomrock, will “pick” for the best items and antiques at estate sales and other locations.  They also take consignment and handle new things.

In addition to vintage furniture, they have some pretty diverse pieces, such as a 1917 Cornona typewriter with the box and instructions.  They are currently awaiting the arrival of six bentwood chairs from Vienna, Austria.

Off Center is located at 14538 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 10 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4, closed Monday.  They can be reached at 440-834-1020, offcenter145@yahoo.com, or visit them on Facebook.

Anna Peel began her journey to Burton Village from Chesterland.  Peel relocated her Bella Candy, Cards & Gifts to 14542 N. Cheshire.  She carries everyday and seasonal cards, Willow Tree angels, Precious Moments items, balloons, along with Melissa & Doug brand toys.  Gift wrapping is available on site plus she will wrap gifts brought in.

Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate the store because it carries Gorant Candies, along with Jelly Belly and other sweet tooth treats.

Store hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4.  You can visit her on Facebook or call 440-834-1678.

An amazing medium to create in is glass.  Douglas and Daneal Hansel are designing  works of art in glass.  Locally Blown Glass is a glass  gallery featuring their work, work of other glass artists and local artists working in other mediums.

On display in the store are glass vases, lighting, home decor, glass flowers, and sculptures.  They also do commission work for those seeking something individual.  For those who would like to learn how to blow glass, they offer classes.

Locally Blown Glass is located at 14533 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Wednesday 5 to 8, Friday and Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday noon to 4, and by appointment.  To make an appointment call 440-635-0550 or visit www.locallyblownglass.com or Facebook.

These three business join Coffee Corners Coffee & Antiques, Lilac Garden Gifts & Framing, Spring Street Antiques, Hill Hardware, Fezziwigs Baby Gifts,  and AH Christiansons in the business district of Burton Village.  When exploring the shops, a tasty meal can be enjoyed at Tom & Jerry’s Diner, Bell’s Grill or JC’s Restaurant.  Don’t want to leave?

Two Inns, Goodwin House B&B or Red Maple Inn, welcome guests year-round.

For more information on planning your visit to Burton Village go to  www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.