Vendor Spotlight: Land of Plenty Comes to Cleveland
In West Hill, a cozy shopping district nestled between downtown Akron and Highland Square, Land of Plenty is celebrating their third year in business. Owner Kristi Walls has been preparing a party for their anniversary on Saturday night, which will play host to area DJ’s, artwork, a bonfire, sparklers, and an estimated 400 or so friends at the shop.
While preparation continues in Akron, Lindsey Sisler, store manager of their two month-old Cleveland location, moves around a mid-century chair, woven rug, and a brick red industrial lamp in a window display she’s been working on this afternoon. Located in Gordon Square, their Northeast Ohio counterpart exists in a community very similar to the flagship store, driven by boutique businesses and the entrepreneurs maintaining them.
Most would describe Land of Plenty as a home for eclectic knick knacks; coins featuring different signs of the zodiac, terrariums, gemstones, salt lamps, handmade soap, patches, ornamented pocket knives, dried sage, and sticks of incense fill wooden boxes with splashes of lively color. “I previously worked in a greenhouse and it’s nice that we have big storefront windows so we can have more green in here,” says Sisler.
A large part of Land of Plenty’s stock, and one of the main items they bring to Night Market Cleveland, are succulents and other popular but difficult to find houseplants. Lucky bamboo, Marimo balls, and air plants or Tillandsia hang from the high grey ceilings behind windows looking out onto Detroit Avenue. They also sell pieces and parts individually in store for people to make their own terrariums. For September’s Night Market, expect to see already assembled versions, some inside of Mason jars.
In an adjoining room where Sisler is working, vintage and modern goods abound. Dick Russell, formerly of The Gallery in Tremont and nightlife stardom, curates most of the vintage in the store, which ranges from mod lamps to high school lockers. Everything is affordably priced, a real challenge for impulse buyers like myself to walk out without purchasing something (“It’s only $6!”).
“We get compliments all of the time about our pricing and how reasonable and affordable it is. I think that’s half of our point. We actually want to sell things so that we can go buy more cool stuff for the store!” laughs Sisler.
Soaps, lotions, candles, and beard oils will cost you less than $20, with most of the houseplants cashing out at between $10 and $15. Cool accessories and fashion jewelry are priced reasonably depending on the materials they’re made from. The store carries local artisans (take the candles made in Kent for example) and also niche brands from across the country.
It’s easy to find a trinket to treasure at Land of Plenty, be it a new addition to your rock collection or a patch to affix to a worn denim jacket. You can check out a sampling of their offerings at Night Market Cleveland September, but the full array can be found at their store located at 6511 Detroit Ave. Be prepared to spend an exorbitant amount of time riffling through all of the amazing products in the shop!