Food for your Artistic Soul at Keith A. Fleming’s shop

Art, antiques and found fun!

I love stopping by Keith A. Fleming’s shop on 2nd Street in Port Clinton. It’s a feast for my eyes and results in great, unique gifts for family and friends.

Keith A. Fleming Thai water bowl

Thai water bowl at Keith A. Fleming’s shop

He has a mixture of art, antiques, found objects d’art and whimsy, all arranged with Keith’s artistic eye.

“I think my artistic side came from my grandmother. She was a real spitfire and she made everything – upholstery, clothes, toys for us, even her own wallpaper,” said Keith.

Keith A. Fleming's grandmother, Dorothy Goode, 1918

Keith’s grandmother, Dorothy Goode of Catawba, in 1918.

Keith, a ’76 graduate of Port Clinton High School, opened his shop in Summer 2012 in the former Swan Cleaners. His mom, Charlene Kerul, works alongside him in the shop.

“I always loved this building growing up – with the sign out front and all the neon,” he said.

Before it was the cleaners, the building was a stables – the front of the store held carts and the back was where the stables were. “2nd street is where they used to hold the Peach Market,” he said. “All the farmers would pull up with their wagons.”

The Port Clinton Peach Harvest along E. 2nd Street. Image courtesy Ottawa Co. Museum.

The Port Clinton Peach Harvest along E. 2nd Street. Image courtesy Ottawa Co. Museum.

If you want to delve more into your artistic side, Keith partners with artist Lynette Suacedo to hold Art Therapy the last Thursday of each month. With wine, supplies and instruction, participants go home with their own original painted canvas ($45 per person). Call the shop for reservations, (419) 734-5235.

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