Kelly & All,
I live in Troy, but go to College in Springfield and graduated from Northmont, and I've got a few lesser-known stores to mention here for everybody. Most of these places don't have a website and aren't registered online anywhere, so I'll type out directions.
In Springfield there's a very well-priced (i.e., almost cheap) fiber arts store called "The Yarnsmith", which is open on Mon, Wed, Fri from 11 to 5, and to 8 on Wed. when we have our knitting club (which is free, so please give us a try!) The Yarnsmith also has raw materials for spinning and felting in beautifully dyed colors- this raw wool really IS cheap. This store specializes in yarns you won't find anywhere else, from local providers. Amy (store owner) makes quite a bit of it herself. Also notable is the $1 yarn bin, which usually has great yarn, and enough to knit a sweater. To get to the Yarnsmith's, take 1-70 to Springfield/Cedarville exit
and turn right from the exit, towards downtown Springfield. Continue on this road (South Limestone
) until it intersects W. McCreight Ave
, and turn right onto W. Mc. This should take about ten minutes. There is a Speedway gas station to your left, and a drug store on your right. After turning right on W. Mc., keep going on this street until you go around a large bend in the road. You should soon see a bar on your right. The Yarnsmith is almost directly across the street on your left; if you pass the skate park, you've gone too far (but just by a minute or so.) Also noteworthy in Springfield is Crafts 2000, just across from the mall and the hobby lobby, both of which can be found online.
In West Milton, I highly recommend a trip to Wertz's
. The sign technically advertizes it as being a hardware store, but don't be fooled; they've got an entire back wall of yarn which is very well priced and hard to find in the Dayton Area. They specialize in felting yarns. Just across the street is a store called 'Really Cool Stuff', which is an independant artist's co-op store. It usually has more jewelry than anything else, but is worth a visit. Wertz's opens by noon and closes (I think) at five. Both of these stores are on West Milton's main street, so just look up directions to West Milton and you should be spot-on.
In Troy I have found three crafty spots, but all of them are average to expensively priced. The first is a scrapbooking store located on East Main Street, around the town circle. The second is located on West Main Street, and is called Ewetopia. It's a rather exclusive yarn 'shoppe', and can be expensive, but it carries a very nice recycled sari silk yarn that I have yet to find elsewhere, and a beautiful selection of merino that lends itself perfectly to lace knitting. They also sell Kidsilk Haze (which is expensive but worth it for a good lace project) in a variety of colors. The owner is very helpful and can offer advice on both knitting and spinning. The third place in Troy is a bead shop off of North Main Street, over the bridge and just past the high school. It is on the right side of the street, and shares a lot with a dog kennel. I don't know the exact name because I'm not a jewelry artist, but went to visit once on principle and was impressed with the selection- no two beads are the same, and most are handmade.
I will probably add to this list as I think of more little 'hideaways' to reference. Hopefully, I will see some of you around!