Welcome to the largest candy store in the country. It features over 4,000 different kinds of candy totaling about 400,000 pounds of candy under one roof with nearly 2 million pounds in stick. They have everything from old-time favorites to the latest craze. There’s even an old-fashioned truck full of candy just inside to greet customers as their jaws drop upon entering this sweet store.
- Open Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Location: 401 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, Ohio
The Arcade provides shopping but is simply a picturesque architectural gem. It was built in 1890, financed by John D. Rockefeller (among others) and was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is flanked by two 9-story towers and features a 5-story glass sky lighted atrium with extremely ornate brass-filled interior and gargoyles peering down from the uppermost level.
- Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Location: 5128 Colorado Avenue ∙ Sheffield Village, OH 44054
- Phone: 440 934-5345
For travelers going through the Cleveland area, The Backpackers Shop fits the needs of any of those who love the outdoors. For over forty years The Backpackers Shop has sold outdoor goods for backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, and other top notch gear and apparel that outdoorsmen need to be safe and successful. The store has become popular for many who love the outdoors and it offers top notch brands and products that aren’t available anywhere else with a personal and experienced touch. The shop is located of Interstate 90, but they also have an online store that has a large variety camping goods. With a visit to The Backpackers Shop, anyone can be ready to hit the trails.
- Open: Monday-Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm
- Location: (Map It) 1814 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH
- Phone: 216-317-4386
With this store’s large variety of toys, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. If you stop by the Big Fun Toy store, a few items you can expect to see are lunch boxes blow up toys, candy, dolls, classic toys, and much, much more. Prices range from one dollar, all the way up to thousands of dollars! Even if you don’t buy something, you’re sure to have a great time looking through the store finding cool toys you’ve never seen before. The name of the store itself says big and fun, so be sure to stop by while you’re in the area.
- Open :Jan-Apr ~ Monday – Friday 9-8, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5. May-December ~ Monday – Saturday 9-8, Sunday 1-5
- Location: 22897 US Rt. 20-A, Archbold, OH 43502
- Phone: 419-445-5828
Discover one of Ohio’s finest year-round Christmas shops. What was once a school for many years, all rooms are now beautifully renovated into: The Grand Christmas, nativity, kids, collectable & coffee/tea rooms. The Grand Christmas room has an 8′ high hand painted mural that was painted by a local artist that surrounds the entire room. The room has approximately 30 trees decorated in different themes as well as many collectable lines. Over 10,000 sq. feet of Christmas. If you are planning a day trip to Northwest Ohio or just driving through, stop in and check it out.
- Open daily (call to schedule a tour)
- Location: Bucyrus, Ohio
- Phone: 419-562-4215
Hop over to Cooper’s Cider Mill and see apples and berries go from the vine to spread. Cooper’s apple butter and jellies are sold far and wide. But David Cooper isn’t lying when he says, “it’s just like grandma used to make,” because it is. David learned to make apple butter at his grandma’s farm. Later, he bought a stirring pot and began making his own. Demand grew and a business was formed to handle the requests. For years the mixing was done by hand – David’s father-in-law’s hands – out in the yard. Today, the Cooper’s offer a complete behind-the-scenes tour of the entire production process and visitors get to witness the freshness, quality and care that go into every jar. Afterward, David’s wife Miriam has plenty of tasting stations set up for sampling throughout the country store next to the production plant. Inside, a new generation of Cooper’s is introducing another treat – fudge. The Cooper’s son started experimenting with making fudge for the fair and now has his own fudge station inside the family store.
- Open: Daily (Closed Sundays in January, February and March)
- Location: downtown Wooster, Ohio
- Phone: 330-264-7119
Nearly 13 years and millions of customers later, this restored 90 year old, four story building at the square of historic Wooster, Ohio still opens its doors daily to those seeking selection and savings for one of America’s most recognized brands-Rubbermaid. In addition to selection and savings, the store provides full-shipping services and a giant indoor playground.
The store originally served as a laboratory to test customer response to new Rubbermaid products being manufactured in the nearby factory. The first such product was a patented rubber dustpan in 1933. Since then, Rubbermaid, now Newell-Rubbermaid remains a leader in developing cutting-edge technologies and products that have organized the lives of nearly every American for decades.
The store truly represents its name – Everything Rubbermaid – by offering the largest assortment of Rubbermaid products anywhere in the world. The 24,000 square feet of shopping has an enormous assortment of item that cannot be found anywhere else. The product line has grown to provide something for everyone. The selection includes items from Little Tikes, Irwin Tools, Sharpie, Shurline, Rubbermaid Commercial and, of course, the full line of Rubbermaid Home Products and Food Storage.
On closer inspection, signs of a storied history appear throughout the store. For example, there are old air tubes that were used, by the sales clerks, to send payment from the customer up to the fourth floor to process the receipt for purchases and return change. Today, the tube system is used at Christmas time as a fun way for the children to send their Christmas lists to Santa at the North Pole.
With new and different products comes, changes in the look of the store. At present, the first floor is “Bargain Land”. This wonderful world of savings features discontinued items and special purchases galore, with savings as much as 50 percent off! The bargain merchandise, which is continually changing, makes each trip to the store a new adventure. The fourth floor will be reopening soon as Bargain Land, to provide even more selection. Once this change is made, the first floor will feature product from Rubbermaid Commercial, outdoor storage and other related products.
The second floor features home organization, laundry and kitchen products, as well as a full line of cleaning items. The options seem as endless as the selection!
On the third floor there is a giant indoor playground where the children get a chance to try out the toys, expend some energy and make a lot of noise. The playground is surrounded by aisle after aisle of Little Tikes toys.
This one of a kind store also makes shopping easier than ever by offering shipping for any and all items purchased. Everything Rubbermaid’s Mail Order Department serves the lower 48 states through phone and fax Orders. For questions or to place an order, call 330-264-7119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rubbermaid began as Wooster Rubber in 1920. The five businessmen who started the company by making toy balloons paved the way for Everything Rubbermaid and had their fame grow to iconic proportions.
Everything Rubbermaid is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 6:00, Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 all year round. The store is closed on major holidays. For visitor information call 330-264-7119 or see www.everythingrubbermaidstore.com.
- Visitors’ Center Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Visitors’ Center Location: 588 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215
- Phone: 614-221-8888
Columbus’ premiere downtown historic neighborhood filled with eclectic shops, award-winning restaurants, galleries and beautiful architecture.
- Open Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Closed Sunday
- Location: 3558 State Route 73 West ∙ Wilmington, OH 45177
- Phone: 937-382-6442
Grandpa’s Pottery in Wilmington is home to unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade pottery creations made by Ray Storer and his family. At their family-owned workshop, the Storer family makes hand thrown pottery as you watch and wait. Grandpa’s Pottery is a family business with Ray and Betty Sorer, their son and daughter-in-law. The Sorer’s pottery pieces have been featured and sold at the Cincinnati Art Museum and have been showcased at the Wilmington Pottery and Art Festival. Grandpa’s Pottery beautiful pieces are high-fired stoneware, oven proof, safe for food, and microwavable unique and handcrafted gifts.
Location: West Chester, Ohio
The Swedish home retailer IKEA is bringing its eclectic mix of furniture and house wares to Butler County, Ohio in Spring 2008. IKEA West Chester will offer shoppers trendy and chic designs at affordable prices and is also a fun and unique way to brighten up any home.
Located in West Chester, the first IKEA in Ohio will span 344,000-square feet and feature 10,000 exclusively designed contemporary home furnishing items, 50 room settings, three complete model homes, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features will include a “Children’s IKEA” area in the showroom, baby care rooms, and preferred parking. Butler County, located in Southwest Ohio in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor, is The Destination Designed for You! For more information about IKEA West Chester and Butler County, contact the Butler County Visitors Bureau at 888-462-2282 or go towww.destinationbutlercounty.com.
- Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Location 1: (Map It) The original location is at 5440 Dixie Hwy in Fairfield, OH 45014
- Location 2: (Map It) A second location is at 4450 Eastgate S Drive in Cincinnati, OH 45245
- Phone: 513-674-6000
- Web: http://www.junglejims.com/
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Six acres of food under one roof! It’s not a supermarket, it’s a zoo-permarket! An international mecca, Jungle Jim’s offers thousands of imported and national brand groceries: 12,000 wines, 1,200 beers, 1,600 cheeses, 1,000 kinds of hot sauce, one full acre of produce (including organic and international). If it’s edible, you’ll find it here! Jungle Jim’s is truly a Food Lover’s Paradise!
- The Jungle Scene complete with waterfall and wildlife
- The General Mills Big G Cereal Bowl Band perched on the S.S. Minnow
- Singing Creatures
- The Brain (a pesky know-it-all employee)
- European gourmet village
- The Cake Canopy, International Elephant Gates and more.
There are five restaurants on the premises, including Chipotle, Rib City Grille and our one-of-a-kind Jungle Subs and Salads. Each year they host three major festivals; Jungle Jim’s International BeerFest, Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire Hot Sauce Show, and Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival. There is a full service event center, The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market capable of holding up to 1,000 people for any type of event. In addition, there are three boutique gift shops on site, monthly cigar/wine/beer tastings, a Starbucks coffee, food demonstrations/samples throughout every weekend, and a 3,000 square foot department of just culinary and cookware items. This madcap grocer has even won the “Best Bathrooms in America” award.
Keim Family Market
Burnt Cabin Road in Seaman, Ohio
Ohio Amish Country now includes Southwestern Ohio. In 1975, Amish families moved from the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country in Holmes County and settled in rural Adams County. Roy Keim began selling baked goods along side Route 32. From there, the Keim family businesses grew from its humble beginnings to an Amish superstore selling baked goods, bulk foods, full line delis with meat and cheese selections and almost anything you can imagine being made from wood. The bulk food selection includes spices and baking ingredients plus an enormous variety of canned goods, sugar-free foods and candies. Their indoor and outdoor furniture lines include hutches, bedroom sets, chairs and gliders. In addition, they hand build gazebos, children play sets, footbridges and even buildings. They provide credit card processing, UPS delivery, catalogs for their products and superb customer service.
- Open: Call 1-888-886-8318 for store hours and factory tour schedule
- Location: 423 South Broadway in Greenville, Ohio 45331
- Phone: 1-888-886-8318
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Proclaimed to be more than a store, it’s a mixing, blending, slicing, juicing culinary adventure!
Learn new cooking skills by attending the many cooking classes offered that promise to stir up fun in eight interactive areas. Each class allows you to roll up your sleeves and use the KitchenAid™ products, learn various techniques and more. Free Live! Cooking Shows weekly – no reservations needed.
Factory Outlet shopping is available downstairs where the heritage exhibits are displayed. These authentic KitchenAid™ artifacts are used to tell the history of an ever-evolving iconic American company. It explains how products were improved and refined over the years since 1919 when the first stand mixer was introduced. An original Model H KitchenAid™ stand mixer is also exhibited.
Tour the nearby mixing factory and see firsthand how the entire manufacturing process works. The tour enables visitors to see a stand mixer move to the final stage of assembly by peeking over the shoulder of an assembly line worker.
- Open: Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5:30 pm, open until 8 pm Thursday
- Location: Kidron, Ohio (Wayne County), four miles south of Rte. 30 between Wooster and Canton
- Phone: 330-858-5757 or 888-438-5346
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A Piece of the Past makes an Excellent Present!
If you like the attractive, practical appliances of yesteryear, then you’re going to love Lehman’s. This family owned and operated business specializes in antique-styled appliances and retro home furnishings, non-electric kitchenware, old-time toys, hand tools, oil lamps, collectible cook books and much more. If you think it isn’t made any more, call Lehman’s before you give up!
What do Jacob Miller, an Amish man that farms 30 acres in northeast Ohio, and Brad Pitt, the Oscar-nominated, high profile movie star, have in common? They both shop at Lehman’s, the country’s most famous old-time hardware store.
Where else could Jacob find the butter churns, cream separator and glass milk bottles he needs for his cows? And where could Brad (or more accurately, his production staff for The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford, an epic Western) find copper kettles, cast iron cookware and a coal shovel?
Providing merchandise to movie production companies looking for historically accurate period pieces is a growing segment for Lehman’s. Founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the local Amish in northeast Ohio, Lehman’s stocks a huge selection of non-electric appliances, wood stoves, hand tools, old-fashioned kitchenware, toys and much more in its winding retail store, huge catalog and e-commerce web site (www.Lehmans.com). At Lehman’s, everything old is new again.
Today, the newly expanded retail store features a buggy barn demonstration room, the Cast Iron Cafe serving soups, salads, sandwiches, drinks and desserts, indoor and outdoor seating and four reconstructed pre-Civil War era barns inside the retail space. Lining the shelves are thousands of products, from tin toys to weather vanes to butter churns that you probably thought they quit making years ago.
Jay Lehman always dreamt of preserving the past for future generations, but never had any idea it would take place in a Cinema Ten movie theater. Another release featuring Lehman’s products is The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. This drama is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
In recent years, Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman, Mystic River with Sean Penn, War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp, The Patriot with Mel Gibson, Gangs of New York with Daniel Day Lewis and many other top movies used Lehman’s “historical technology” to add realism to their scenery.
Ironically, what started out as a business to serve the local Amish has turned into an international operation, shipping products all over the world. Missionaries, survivalists, environmentalists, homesteaders, vacation home owners and the chronically nostalgic, as well as movie producers wanting to create an authentic scene, have made Lehman’s their low-tech superstore. The guest book in the crowded Kidron store is peppered with signatures from all over the world, including South Africa, Slovakia, Siberia, Germany and Kenya.
The store has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, HG-TV, London Telegraph, National Public Radio and many other international news outlets. Why? Because there is no one else doing what Lehman’s does, on the scale that they do it.
Two of Lehman’s four children work at this unique family owned and operated business. Galen Lehman is president; Glenda Lehman Ervin is vice president.
The Kidron retail store is open every day except Sunday and is located four miles south of Rte. 30 between Wooster and Canton in northeast Ohio. Visitwww.Lehmans.com for information about the store and its unique product line.
Journey back in time in Loudonville’s quaint Victorian downtown which greets visitors with a streetscape of colorful awnings and flower-filled baskets. Just take a leisurely stroll along Main Street. Amish Oak Furniture offers a vast selection of high quality furniture. Down the street, choose from Native American gifts and jewelry at Creative Outlet. Stop at Lingenfelter Jewelers or Rhoades Jeweler for a memorable keepsake. Pamper yourself at Avon Beauty Center, one of the few retail Avon shops in Ohio. Stop by Four Seasons for flowers, quality antiques, Henn Pottery, unique gifts, xmas decorations (year round,) little of this, little of that. They’ve expanded to a huge new location – an entire city block deep! It is also a florist with fresh flowers and gift baskets to go. Browse for a keepsake, every day items, funky gift, or who knows what today at the Resellable Thrift Shop. Even Danner’s Pharmacy gets into the act with a great selection of gifts including Ohio State University items. Your Digital Partner is Loudonville’s computer store with free WiFi, small lounge and coffee shop.
Don’t miss the century and a half year old Raby’s Hardware, Buzzard’s Family Shoes, and more traditional stores. Many of these stores have been in the same families for generations, so customer service and a friendly smile are always the norm. Browse fine art galleries such as Cooper Top Gallery, featuring the work of more than 75 artists and crafters. Near downtown visit Annette’s Clay Creations and Stonewall Studio, western art at its’ finest.
Don’t leave town hungry! There are restaurants in Loudonville to please every palate. From pizza, fast food, chinese, to upscale casual at West Main Café and Mohican Tavern & Grille, family dining at Hanover House Diner, fine dining at Stepping Stone at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, Bromfield’s at Mohican State Park Resort and the Malabar Inn, an old stage coach inn.
You’ve heard all the buzz words before – girlfriend getaways, quaint historic towns, unusual dining, spa spoiling – but Miami County, Ohio is where it is experienced by girls who just want to have fun.
Whether it’s amidst the historic architecture of Piqua, the artistic town of Troy or the old canal town of Tipp City, the backdrop sets a scene to remember. All-day shopping at one-of-a-kind shops is only interrupted by scrumptious stops for coffee, lunch, dinner and drinks. And when the proverbial “…til you drop” commands the body to quit, there’s an extraordinary spa in a serene setting waiting to nurture your mind, body and spirit to fulfillment.
This lovely daytrip or overnight stay is well-suited for mom and daughter(s), friends reuniting or ladies that just can’t get enough of days like this.
Piqua is a good place to begin.
The recently restored and historic Fort Piqua Plaza is a visual treat but inside you’ll find mouthwatering chocolates and coffees at Winan’s. Since the late 1800’s, four generations have delighted patrons with their premium handmade treats, gourmet coffees and gifts. But in Piqua, Winan’s is just as well known for the friendly smiles poured with every cup.
When you walk into Barclay’s, you step back into time. This clothier is a family-owned business in its 3rd generation offering women labels like Brighton, Fossil, 600 West, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans and Vera Bradley. You don’t stay in business for more than 40 years if you don’t know the meaning of service! Barclay’s is also known for their distinctive men’s department featuring classic suits to casual wear.
Down the street is Apple Tree Gallery where you can get lost in original ornaments and collectibles. The name comes from the family ownership’s small orchard on their nearby farm. Here, every day is Christmas! But the building itself is an ornament of sorts, ranging from its decorative tin ceiling to the hardwood floors.
Troy is where you want to have lunch. The picturesque downtown often has art displayed in its square surrounding a large fountain within sight of outdoor restaurant patios shaded under awnings.
A lovely restaurant nestled on the square, taking full advantage of the atmosphere, is La Piazza. The name is Italian for “the square.” They may have lost track of how many “best of” awards they’ve received but people near and far have not lost track of where to find dishes that make you want to say aloud, “mamma mia!”
Now, explore The Treasured Gift. It’s a quaint shop with personality breathing from the gorgeous ceiling design above to the quality offerings throughout. If you want one-of-a-kind, this is one place to find it in the form of hand blown glass, pottery, paintings and jewelry.
Nothing may emphasize the theme of this trip more than the story behind Pinky Scout. This children’s boutique began many years ago by three little girls –“besties!” And today, their list of friends keeps growing with every person who walks through their door. When you visit, it’s fun, affordable quality and social.
If you’re looking for “a little something extra,” go to the place that says it – albeit in French – in the name, Lagniappe! This eclectic shop combines consignment furnishings, new decorative items and permanent floral arrangements designed by the owner. And for that little something extra, there are lamps, pictures, jewelry, china and much more.
Speaking of eclectic, head over to Tipp City – an old canal town – for what’s sophisticated and new.
If you have a love affair with Vera Bradley, you’ll want to get acquainted with Urban Ava. This popular boutique is small town charm mixed with big city style. The floor is always a buzz with ladies combing the place for the PERFECT chic style that’ll set them apart and the jewelry, bags and accessories that complete the look.
There’s just one last stop before getting ready to go out on the town for dinner and more fun – Living Simply Soap. They specialize in handmade olive oil soaps, body products, bath bombs, candles and gifts. This family-owned business prepares all of their products on site in their soap kitchen.
Short one hand for the juggling act to manage the bags a bulging, it’s time to take a load off and dine.
Welcome to Harrison’s Restaurant. The menu is as diverse as the patrons lured by that aroma of the freshest ingredients wafting out the door and down the sidewalk. There’s a full bar, made-to-order appetizers, hand-cut steak and seafood as well as their specialty in-house smoked BBQ ribs and chicken and plenty of other crowd favorites.
When you’re ready to push away from that table, walk off enough room to stop in a tiny but sweet shop – Sweet! Where else can you still get candy for as little two cents? But they’re known for their cupcakes. More than 50 creative flavors change with the seasons. Betcha can’t just have one.
Being spent in more ways than one, the true spoiling is about to begin.
Just outside of Tipp City is a dream you’ll remember – Harmony Farm. Close your eyes and enjoy a massage. Sit in a hot tub peering from behind a waterfall on the edge of bliss overlooking a lake and nothing but a natural world as far as the eyes can see. Walk away with a deeper comfort, peace and discovery that expands your own inner wisdom.
When you return from your stay, you’ll be rattling off the usual buzz words– girlfriend getaways, quaint historic towns, unusual dining, spa spoiling, etc. But it is what people will hear in your tone and see in your face that starts them thinking, Miami County, Ohio. It’s where girls go to have fun.
If you want to create an itinerary, including the hours and locations of the aforementioned shops, and discover additional options to have fun with the girls in Miami County, Ohio, plan your trip by calling call 1-800-348-8993 or visiting www.visitmiamicounty.org.
Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler
Are you someone who likes to discover those one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-way places? Do you shy away from the big box chain stores and cookie cutter restaurants? Then Wayne County, Ohio may be just the place for your next quest to “seek the unique.”
As you begin your journey into Amish Country, stop at Shisler Cheese House. This quaint little cheese shop is filled to the brim with local culinary treats and perfect snacks for your picnic hamper. Rita Shisler, owner, specializes in locally made cheese and meats, along with Amish-made baked goods, chocolates, and trail mixes.
Just down the road, you’ll find Lehman’s Hardware. It’s a 45,000 square foot store and your source for old-fashioned and practical housewares, appliances, hand tools, and non-electric toys. Visit on a Thursday and enjoy the Kidron Livestock Auction just across the street. On auction day, many Amish housewives sell produce and baked goods from their buggies in the parking lot.
“With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good!” For over 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been proud to call Orrville, Ohio its home. They are committed to bringing quality products to your table from their proud family of brands, such as Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Martha White, and Folgers Coffee. Today at their company store just south of Orrville, you are invited to taste many of these products, walk through the museum that captures this company’s heritage, and shop for anything from peanut butter and jelly to cake mixes and frostings – all housed in a beautiful red roofed timber framed barn. Be sure to stop by the café that offers delicious recipes made with their family of brands, or simply enjoy ice cream on the outdoor patio featuring all the wonderful Smucker’s toppings.
You’ve seen the beautiful laser engraved wooden art, gifts, and home décor produced by P. Graham Dunn Gallery in Dalton, Ohio at hundreds of Christian Bookstores across the country. Now you can tour their new 100,000 square foot factory location and watch Amish craftsmen at work. For over 32 years, P. Graham Dunn has been creating home décor that pleases the eye and inspires the heart. Some of the attractive personalized products they make include music boxes, jewelry, kid’s décor, and American hardwood accent items. Have an item personalized while you wait for a one of a kind keepsake treasure.
Opera in Wayne County, Ohio? Most visitors are aware of the fact that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement. But are you aware that the Ohio Light Opera (summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster) is gearing up for their 34th festival season? The 2012 season, which runs June 16 through August 11, opens with the musical “Guys & Dolls.” The company will open its second show on June 23rd when Rogers and Hart meet Mark Twain when the musical “A Connecticut Yankee” takes the stage. Also included in the troop’s productions this summer are “The Mikado,” by Gilbert and Sullivan, “The Chocolate Soldier,” followed by “Blossom Time,” “Utopia Limited,” another Gilbert and Sullivan favorite, and then “Miss Springtime (Die Faschingsfee).”
Ohio Light Opera performers are chosen from auditions that are held each fall and winter in up to eight cities across the country, including New York and Boston. The artists that make up the residency ensemble are chosen for their ability to perform and participate at the highest level used in the repertoire-singing, acting, and dancing. Many former OLO performers have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, including the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Shop Downtown Wooster, where parking spaces are as abundant as the many different shops and restaurants who call this historic tree-lined main street community, home. Whether your shopping style is funky or sophisticated, you’ll appreciate the unique “Soho Style” galleries, bakeries, restaurants, book stores, and wonderful one-of-a-kind shops. It including Everything Rubbermaid, Roomscapes, Friendtique Hospice Resale Boutique, Gallery in the Vault, and the Wooster Book Company – just to name some.
Downtown Wooster offers many locally-owned coffee shops and restaurants such as Broken Rocks Café, Muddy Waters, The Spoon Market & Deli, City Square Steak House, Local Roots, El Rancho Grande and the South Market Bistro. Spend the night at the newly opened St. Paul Hotel, a New York style boutique hotel, just a block off Public Square. It’s walking distance to many fine restaurants and night spots. Next door is a nice place for a night cap at SoMar Wine Cellars. The next morning, be sure to stop by and see Elizabeth at the Tulipan Hungarian Bakery, right on the square. You will feel as though you’ve stepped into an old-world European bakery. The rolled omelets, open-faced sandwiches, pastries and breads are worth the stop.
So if you are searching for fine dining with a local fresh flair, unique shopping, and exceptional entertainment then Wayne County, Ohio may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call 1-800-362-6474 for a free vacation planner or visit www.wccvb.com.
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- Location: 135 South Broadway · Akron, OH 44308
- Phone: 330-253-5970
What was once the original Quaker Oats Company is now home to a unique-looking retail complex providing shopping, restaurants, hotel and entertainment center. The buildings, known as silos, are unique and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The company’s rich history is told with historic advertising memorabilia and includes accounts of how Ferdinand Schumacher originally attempted to sell his breakfast oats as well as how a fire nearly destroyed everything.
- Open: Monday-Saturday 9am to 8pm ; Sunday 10am to 6pm ; Working Holidays 10pm to 5pm
- Location: 45 East Canal Street in Nelsonville, Ohio
- Phone: 740.753.3130
Appalachian Ohio is filled with rugged hills, scenic views and plenty of outdoor experiences, and the biggest enthusiasts have long known where to find the best gear suited for their ventures into the wild.
Nestled into the heart of Hocking Valley, Rocky, a leading manufacturer of premium shoes, boots and outdoor gear, was established in Nelsonville in 1932 by William Brooks as the William Brooks Shoe Company. While products have undergone dramatic changes over the past seven decades, the company’s dedication to innovation, quality and durability has remained steadfast.
“It’s a real joy to come to the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store and meet people from all over Ohio and the Midwest who take interest and pride in wearing our shoes and boots,” said Mike Brooks, Rocky’s current chairman, president and CEO. “It’s a testament to the legacy of my great uncle William, my grandfather F.M. ‘Mike’ Brooks and my father John, who were committed to producing only the finest quality products for this community.”
A giant mural of a big horn sheep, an image now synonymous with the brand, greets visitors to the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store, which is found inside one of the company’s now-remodeled original factories. The service at the outlet store is as charming and friendly as historic downtown Nelsonville.
Falling on hard times, brothers William and F.M. “Mike” Brooks took a leap of faith during the Great Depression and moved their families from Columbus to Nelsonville to start what would become Rocky in a shoe factory in southeastern Ohio.
Even though business grew throughout the ’40s and ’50s and the company supplied more than one million pairs of shoes and boots for servicemen in World War II and the Korean War, the company was sold in 1959.
John Brooks, son and nephew to the founders, bought back the company in 1975 and reopened operations in Nelsonville. He planned to run a small family business, but the vision of his son, Mike, would take the company to unseen heights.
By the late 1970s, Mike Brooks decided it was time for the company to have its own brand name. Looking for name that matched their products, he chose Rocky – the name the company would eventually take in 1993.
The brand continued to enjoy growth throughout the ’80s and ’90s, and the company was soon selling shoes and boots at retailers across the nation, which prompted them to expand production to include Western and work footwear.
In 2005, Rocky acquired EJ Footwear, bringing brands Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh and a license for Dickies into the family. The next year, Rocky changed its name to Rocky Brands to reflect its diversified portfolio, which now includes comfort line zümfoot and Michelin Footwear.
Even though Rocky has become an international company, their values remain homegrown where it all began in Nelsonville, Ohio.
- Hours of operation: January – March 11am-5pm; April – December 10am-5pm
- Location: Historic Roscoe Village, 600 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812
- Phone: 800-877-1830
- Web site: www.roscoevillage.com.
Once a bustling port on the Ohio and Erie Canal, Historic Roscoe Village now mixes the charm and history of the 1800’s with fun and adventure for today. Living history tours, distinctive shops, hands-on activities, and delightful dining in a selection of restaurants are just a few of the pleasures Roscoe Village has to offer. In an effort to enhance its mission to interpret Ohio’s Canal Era, each year Roscoe hosts various themed festivals, special events, and holiday activities that both educate and provide fun entertainment for guests.
While strolling through the original 19th century living history buildings, guests may see actual costumed artisans at work, including a blacksmith, a weaver, a woodcarver, and a broom maker; observe old-time cooking demonstrations; sit in on a reenactment of an 1800s school lesson; view a full-scale canal boat replica; or visit the immaculately groomed gardens displaying an array of colors. At the Roscoe Village Visitor Center, guests may browse the exhibit hall to see the working model of the lock system or view dioramas of the building of the canal. Hands-on activities like candle dipping, tin punching, ink stamp printing or weaving are also available. In addition, visitors will find unique hand-crafted items made by Roscoe Village artisans for sale, including iron and wood items, weavings, and brooms.
The quaint shops carry area crafts, elegant home furnishings, books and gifts, gourmet coffees and foods, and much more. Watch the traditional leatherworker as he hand-stitches leather goods the old-fashioned way or observe the potter forming clay at the potter’s wheel, where a paint-your-own pottery option is also available. At the general store, children will enjoy choosing from unique selections of old-fashioned candy or wooden toys. Exquisite jewelry, musical instruments, clothing and other accessories, and wood carvings name a few of the other original items available at the Shops of Roscoe Village. Take a break from shopping and dine at one of the delightful restaurants.
To further experience life during the Canal Era, enjoy a peaceful float down a restored section of the Ohio and Erie Canal on the horse-drawn Monticello III canal boat or browse through the unique collections of the accredited Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. Roscoe Village is open year-round, seven days per week. For more information, call 800-877-1830 or visit us online at www.roscoevillage.com.
VINTAGE TOY CELLAR
Excerpt from past edition of OhioTraveler
Historic Roscoe Village is reaching out to toy lovers of all ages with a vintage Toy Cellar Exhibit in the lower level of the Toll House!
More than four hundred toys made by American manufacturers are on display at the Toll House on Whitewoman Street in the heart of Roscoe Village. The Toy Cellar contains vintage transportation vehicles made of cast iron, tin, wood, pressed steel, rubber and other materials. Tin wind-ups from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s and other mechanical items are demonstrated for guests visiting the village.
A number of Ohio toy companies are represented from Akron, Barberton, Kenton, Ravenna, Canton and Dayton. Toys from major firms such as Marx, Keystone, Wyandotte, Buddy L, Ives, Kingsbury, Steelcraft, Wolverine, Tootsie Toy and Crandall are on display.
A wide variety of toys from yesteryear include kaleidoscopes, marbles, alphabet boards, comic characters, games, construction sets, wind ups, electric trains and much more!
This remarkable collection is a 40-year collection on loan to the Roscoe Village Foundation by a private collector, who will be conducting demonstrations and sharing his knowledge of vintage toys.
Hours for the Toy Cellar are 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays and is free to the public. Look for the “Toy Cellar is open” sign in front of the Toll House located in Historic Roscoe Village.
During your visit to Roscoe Village you can take a Canal Town Journey Tour, enjoy making a hands-on keepsake, experience a horse-drawn canal boat ride, treat yourself to fine dining, visit our charming shops and stroll through the beautiful Roscoe Village gardens!
Roscoe Village is a 19th century living history community depicting life in Ohio’s Canal Era. The Village is located on State Routes 16 and 83 near the junction of US Route 36 in east-central Ohio. For detailed information about Roscoe Village, including special events, visit www.roscoevillage.com or call 740-622-9310; toll free 800-877-1830.
- Hours: Vary, Most shops are open Monday-Saturday 10-5pm
- Location: 14279 Old State Rd. Middlefield, Ohio, 44062
- Phone 440-632-1124
- Website: Settlersvillagemiddlefield.com
Settlers’ Village is a shopping village in the heart of Middlefield’s Amish Country, just north of Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen and Middlefield Cheese. Settlers’ Village is an arts and crafts shopping complex where tourists can shop, enjoy the friendly scenic environment of yesteryear. Located in the Shopping Village is The Craft Cupboard (in business for 31 years), Tiny Stitches Quilts, Settlers’ Trains Cargo and Toys, The Amish Co-Op and Petting Barn, and Vancura Gallery of Fine Art and Custom Framing (a friendly, upscale art gallery). Settlers’ Village is known for their landmark, a 15 foot Holstein cow made from re-cycled car hoods. Most shops are open Mon-Sat. 10 am.-5pm. Best to call ahead.
- Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Sundays
- Address: 333 Wadsworth Road (Rt. 57, ¼-mile north of Rt. 30), Orrville, Ohio 44667
- Phone: 330-684-1500
- Web: www.smuckers.com
With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good. ® And nowhere is this more true than at The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café. Located in Orrville, Ohio, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café originally opened in 1999 and was recently expanded and renovated. Now twice its original size, the store retains its classic timber frame barn structure and is the premier showcase for The J.M. Smucker Company’s entire family of brands, including Smucker’s®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Hungry Jack® and more.
The fabulous new café serves up fresh, tasty treats made with the company’s own branded ingredients, delicious pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and mouthwatering sundaes topped with heavenly Smucker’s toppings. The store is packed with exclusive branded merchandise and one-of-a-kind gifts, including the Gift Basket Design Center, where you can create your own custom gift basket – the perfect gift for any occasion.
You’ll also want to take a journey from 1897 to the present day at The J.M. Smucker Company museum, where you’ll experience how the company started and how it continues to evolve today.
Finally, be sure to visit smuckers.com for a schedule of special events at the store, including classes, concerts and celebrity guests.
- Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Location: 137 Cherry Street East ∙ Canal Fulton, OH 44614-1185
- Phone: 330- 854-1700
The Toys Time Forgot toy store located in Northeast Ohio just nearby the cities of Akron, Canton, and Cleveland is home to several varieties of antique and vintage toys. Some of these collectibles include action figures such as G.I. Joe, Transformers, and McFarlane figurines. The shop is also known for having one of the leading Star Wars collections in Ohio. Non-sport cards and gaming cards are available as well. This petite shop provides a unique experience to visitors that allow them to travel back to the past and permit young and old the chance to purchase from a vast selection of “forgotten” toys.
- Visitors Center with hourly tours
- Ohio’s only ice cream museum
- Ice cream production viewing gallery
- 1817 Ice Cream Parlor
- The Mill Room Restaurant
- Gift shop
- Weekend family entertainment
- Picnic park and shelter houses
- Children’s playground
- Nature trails
- Farm animal petting zoo
- Buckeye tree grove
Location: (Map It) 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Utica, Ohio
A DAY OF FUN AT YE OLDE MILL
Each year, Ye Olde Mill attracts 150,000 nature and ice cream enthusiasts from all over the country. Ye Olde Mill, on 20 picturesque acres nestled in the gently rolling hills and forests of lovely Licking County, is the perfect spot for family fun, reunions, weddings, and more.
The restaurant can accommodate large groups for any occasion. For group reservations, contact Guest Relations at 740-892-3921 or 800-589-5000.
VELVET ADVENTURE BEGINS AT VISITORS CENTER
Ye Olde Mill features Ohio’s only ice cream museum, an 1817 Ice Cream Parlor, The Mill Room Restaurant, and gift shop. The Velvet adventure begins with the Visitors Center, built to resemble Grandpa Dager’s old milking parlor, which offers hourly tours of the Mill and museum, along with observation of the Velvet Ice Cream factory at work. Outside, the adventure continues with the Visitors Center’s livestock barnyard, children’s farm animal petting zoo, and scenic natural trails and picnic grounds.
Open May 1 to October 31
Mill Room Restaurant, Ye Olde Mill, Ice Cream Museum, and 1817 Ice Cream Parlor
May, September, October: 11 am to 8 pm daily
June, July, August: 11 am to 9 pm daily
Tours of Ye Olde Mill and Factory
Weekdays: 11 am to 3 pm on the hour
Weekends: 12 pm to 3 pm on the hour
Dubbed one of the most walkable communities in America and the Antique Capitol of the Midwest, the historic village of Waynesville, Ohio awaits your footsteps no matter if it’s summer, fall, winter or spring.
This quaint small town is like none other. It’s like an endless outdoor shopping mall set in the 1800s with character galore. Each little building or shop has a history, rich in Quaker heritage and Victorian architecture. The five-block “Old Main Street” is lined with more than 70 Mom & Pop shops featuring a wide-array of antiques, crafts, custom woodworking, collectibles, eateries, coffee houses and specialty shops. Whether it’s the middle of winter or a hot summer day, it is always buzzing with pedestrians on a shopping binge.
Waynesville offers visitors a nostalgic experience as they meander by and through the charming buildings from the 1800s, past copper street lamps on brick sidewalks gazing at the seemingly endless restored Victorian homes turned shops with colorful window boxes and street-side benches.
Merchants are often seen unloading their trucks with their newest (or oldest) additions to their inventory coming from estate sales nation- sometimes world-wide or far off or nearby places that they travel too in order to obtain the lore that someone will undoubtedly find and say, “this piece completes…” Whether shopping with purpose, merely browsing or just looking for a nice place to take a stroll, Waynesville is the place to do it – in style.
The old-time village is a perfect place to explore year-round. And throughout the year, the calendar of events is littered with fantastic attractions such as Old Main Street Antique Show in May and September, The Ohio Renaissance Festival from August to October, the Ohio Sauerkraut festival in October, and Christmas in the Village in December to name some. Nearby attractions include Caesar’s Creek State Park featuring an 18th Century Pioneer Village with more than 20 restored buildings of that period.
Information about Waynesville is available online at www.waynesvilleohio.com,www.waynesvilleshops.com, and www.ohio4fun.org. Visitors can pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at The Museum at the Friends Home or make an appointment with a local historian and official Towne Crier to undertake an in-depth historical tour of Main Street and the Quaker Historical District by calling 513-897-1607. On the tour, visitors will also learn why this small town has also become widely known as the Most Haunted Town in Ohio.
- Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Location: The corner of West 25th and Lorain in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood
- Phone: 216-664-3386
Take a self-guided tour of this 1912 multi-cultural historical landmark. It is produce shopping old-world style and features more than 100 ethnic vendors selling first-rate vegetables, meats, fresh-fish, pastries and a lot more. There is a viewing area high above the main-market floor, which provides tourists with a panoramic view of the hustle and bustle going on below.
- 2855 West Market Street, Suite 202
- Fairlawn, OH 44333
- Hours are By Appointment
Dedicated hat wearers never tire of the smiles and comments they receive when wearing a great hat. Singleton had always admired hats on others but didn’t wear them herself until she purchased her first handmade hat at the 2004 Ann Arbor Art Fair. She knew she had stumbled onto something special when complete strangers said they loved the hat.
That first handmade hat changed Singleton’s life. She rushed home and made some hats on her own but soon realized that she wanted to learn more. She took millinery courses at Virginia Marti College in Lakewood, Ohio, and has completed workshops with Chicago’s Eia Radosavljevic. She has been producing one-of-a-kind hats out of straw, sinamay, wool felt, handmade felt, fabric and all sorts of vintage and handmade trimmings ever since.
Singleton markets her hats through Northeast Ohio art festivals, shows and boutiques and sees clients by appointment in her millinery studio and showroom in Akron, Ohio. Customers appreciate their artistry as much as their functionality.
Singleton hand blocks and sews wool and felt hats from scratch, creates sewn fabric soft hats and hand knitted and felted wool hats. Her hats are designed to be worn any time – a special occasion is not the only time to wear them.
Singleton won the judges’ choice award in 2010 for the Kentucky Derby hat contest and her hat was on display in the Kentucky Derby Museum for a year. Another hat submitted in 2011 is also on display in the museum.
Experience shopping is where you can still see, hear, touch, smell and taste the local culture. And in downtown Wooster, Ohio all five senses are filled with delight.
Everywhere there are signs of a vibrant downtown. It is seen in shopkeepers’ faces along the eclectic storefronts. It is seen in the downtown residents looking out their windows from their second story lofts. It is even seen in the faces of construction workers building new lofts to meet the surging demand of people eager to move downtown.
The downtown scene is filled with a diverse selection of stores and services. Many people come for the shopping, exercise, restaurants, and entertainment. There is new construction at the library, historic churches around the corner, nearby College of Wooster and county fairgrounds all adding to the ambiance of Wooster, Ohio, past winner of The Great American Main Street Award.
A day in town may start by meeting up at the gazebo in the square. From there, you can grab a cup-o-joe at Muddy Waters Café, Seattle’s Coffee House or Tulipan Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop.
Although plenty of ATM machines are around town, many mistakenly walk into Gallery in the Vault looking for money and walk out with artwork. The former bank turned art store features the grand old vault and stashes of Ohioan artwork flowing out of it. Over at Moorefield Pottery, a local potterist and her mother display their creations along with other Ohio pottery collections. And if handcrafted jewelry is appealing, and I’m sure it is, be sure to visit MacKenzie’s Silver & Gold for something made-to-order. Gifts galore beckon you to A Sentimental Journey and The Wooster Gift Corner. But if you are truly seeking to walk away with that one-of-a-kind shopping experience, take a look at Artfind Tile where the artist in residence has rare tile from around the world.
Antiquing is considered an art form by many. For those that do, pay a visit to Uptown/Downtown Antique Emporium where there are more than 100 consignment booths to browse or for unique high-end consignments of furniture and more, be sure to see Frientique.
Around midday, before or after a meal at a fine local eatery, you may stop in a local spa for some spoil-me time or sit and read at Wooster Book Company or Books In Stock featuring more than 80,000 rare reads.
Now about that meal! Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the town is filled with traditional family-owned and operated restaurants and unique eateries. Here is the menu:
- A top-20 Northeast Ohio restaurant with two great young chefs making a name for themselves at The South Market Bistro.
- Outdoor or indoor dining at The Olde Jaol and Tavern.
- Or maybe you are one that could eat breakfast all day. In that case, or for lunch, go to the local spot to be – The Parlor.
- Pizza lovers need Tomassetti’s pizza experience.
- There’s TJ’s serving up three restaurants in one, including CW Burgerstein’s and Melvins.
- For daily specialty soup and sandwiches, Thomas’ Deli and Market is a must.
- Don’t forget to stop at the Downtown Grill and Café in the Wooster Plaza full service hotel.
And on that last note, after a tasty dish and day of walking, you may need a room. If so, try The Best Western Wooster Plaza or Barrister’s End bed and breakfast.
Once your battery recharges, there is more to see and do.
For the traditionalist that remembers yesteryear and the old-town department stores that served as a community’s retail anchor, stop in and say “hi” to the friendly people at the 120-year-old Freelander Department Store. Alterations are provided on the spot. Nearby, furniture like no other and gorgeous home accessories can be had at Roomscapes, Timbuktu and Jerry’s Home Furnishings.
As you can see, Wooster is full-service experience shopping right down to the uncommon Sam & Stan’s Army Navy Store, which is gigantic, to the third-generation downtown Buehler’s Grocery Store, Wooster Natural Foods, Pierce’s Sport Shop and more.
But what makes this a true experience shopping destination is at the corner of Market and Liberty Street where they have been organizing America for years at Everything Rubbermaid. The historic four-story building has the traditional product line’s signature items plus Irwin Tools, Little Tikes Toys, and a spacious indoor playground.
Wooster. It is not just a great place to visit, it is a great place to live. You do not have to ask the locals, their faces will tell you.
When planning your own Wooster shopapalooza, be sure to print a day full of savings and freebies at https://www.ohiotraveler.com/wooster.htm. For more information about Wooster, including directions, visit http://mainstreetwooster.org/.