Summer Guide: Shop Til You Drop

$15: Flirty Dress, Salty Not Sweet

Ladies, we've been waiting all winter for dress season, but that doesn't mean we're willing to pay mall prices for a fresh new look. That's why Ohio City's Salty Not Sweet is on our list of stops this summer. It's small but potent inventory of sheer overlays, pattered frocks and day-to-night pieces can be yours for $15 or less.

2074 West 25th St.,

$5 or so: Old Fashioned Soda, Rocket Fizz

Rocket Fizz, a soda and candy shop, opened quietly on Euclid Avenue earlier this month and is already becoming a hotspot for locals looking to sate their sweet teeth. Among a dizzying array of sweet treats, including taffy, moon pies, and lemonheads, folks will find over 400 varieties of old fashioned soda, like Rocket Fizz's own Root Beer Float and Australian Style Hot Ginger Ale that will set you back only a few bucks.

530 Euclid Ave., Suite 22B,

$9.99: T-Shirt, CLE Clothing Co.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We Clevelanders wear our pride on our sleeves. Literally. That's why you'll need to stock up on your basics from one of Cleveland's choice apparel companies before summer hits. Find select styles on sale at the CLE Clothing Co. for as low as $9.99.

342 Euclid Ave., 216-736-8879,

$10: Book, In the 216

Remember your New Year's resolution to read more? How's that coming along? Kick it into high gear this summer with some prime and local reads, such as the nostalgic and mouth-watering Cleveland Food Memories by Gail Ghetia Bellamy or the fun, historic Cleveland TV Tales by Mike and Janice Olszewski, both of which are conveniently available in Coventry Village's new boutique, In the 216.

1854 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-862-4830,

$25: Sunglasses, Various Locations

Cleveland-based eyewear company Release boasts a slick line of shades at a fraction of the price of designer brands. The virtual store offers dozens of styles, colors, and fits for both guys and gals, including Aviator, Seeker, Turtle Shell and more. These puppies will set you back $25, but with UV protection and scratch-proof lenses, they're worth the splurge this summer.

$24: Teggins, Re/Dress

Ever wonder what would happen if leggings and tights got together and had a baby? Teggings, that's what. And Lakewood-based boutique Re/Dress, a plus size vintage gem, has the most comfortable, funky styles you'll find anywhere for just $24.

18115 Detroit Ave.,

$3.95: The Carabiner Bottle Opener, GLBC

We say invest because, really, that's what you're doing when you purchase one of these snazzy and super functional bottle openers from Great Lakes Brewing Company that attach right to your belt loop. You'll never leave home without it. And you'll use it roughly 672 times before fall arrives.

2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404,

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