Wayne County, Ohio is the heart of one-of-a-kind stores in Ohio’s Amish Country.
Excerpt from a past edition of 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.