Xenia specialty stores that are worth a stop

There are some specialty stores in Xenia worth visiting.

It may not be a shopping mecca, but when it comes to a few shopping categories, it may just have what you are looking for. Here are a few items they have that are worth planning a shopping visit for. When you are done, go grab a pint at the newly opened Devil Wind Brewery and toast a shopping adventure well done.

Route 68 Toys and Collectibles 

68 S. Detroit St., Xenia

(937) 903-5607 or www.facebook.com/pages/category/Toy-Store/Route-68-Vintage-Toys-and-Collectibles-1936199073291527 

Vintage Star Wars, GI Joes and other toys are mixed in with other action figures like Star Trek, Simpsons, Hot Wheels, and others — even Predator, Aliens and KISS. If you are looking for toys they have plenty to choose from.

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Fast Fashions 

33 E. Main St., Xenia

(937) 372-2429 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fast-Fashions/159177277439537 

This men's formal wear shop has great prices and a solid selection for shoppers. If the gentleman in your life is in need of a new suit, tux or a tux rental, this is a spot to stop at. Fast Fashions is offering $150 for a suite, shirt and a tie with alterations.

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Xenia Shoe & Leather Repair 

21 E. Main St., Xenia

(937) 376-8156 or www.xeniashoe.com 

This is one part shoe store, one part leather repair store. Shop a selection of Birkenstock, Brooks, Chaco, Dansko, Haflinger, Keen, Merrell, Red Wing Shoes, Rockport, Vasque and Vibram shoes. And if you have shoes that are in need of repair, they have you covered with a full list of services including re-soling, alterations, replacement zippers and width stretching.

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Flour Bake Shop 

13 E. Main St., Xenia

(937) 545-8988 or https://www.facebook.com/FLOUR-Bake-Shop-by-Becky-Hawkes-256384227888285/ 

This store has baked goods by the talented Becky Hawkes. She does a wide variety of sweet and savory baked goods including cupcakes, brownies, pies, breads and more. Her scones are fabulous and creative. On a recent visit she was selling apricot white chip, Oreo mint chip, lime blueberry, vanilla bean and olive and manchego cheese. A sign on the wall reads, "a party without a cake is just a meeting." This store has all the flavors of a good party.

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Rusty NChippy's Vintage Boutique 

66 S. Detroit St., Xenia

916-802-7948 or www.rustynchippys.com 

The decor in this handsome antique store was on point for the holidays. For folks who love antiques it is definitely worth a visit and for those who love decorating for the holidays there were some fun ideas and great vintage pieces for the home and garden.

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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