Monday, December 31, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate on State!


It's New Year's Eve and in a few hours 2007 becomes history and 2008 starts brand new!

The City of Westerville will celebrate its 150th Annivesary in 2008 and tonight, we kick off nearly a year of celebrations!

Celebrate on State! begins at 8 p.m., until 12:30 a.m., with all sorts of great activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, art activities for kids, a History Hunt, a party hat center, and entertainment.

Select Uptown Merchants, including restaurants, will be open including Amish Originals (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Morgan's Treasure (hot chocolate).

At 10:00 p.m. State Street will close from Walnut to Home and at 11:45 p.m., Uptown Westerville will be transformed as a music and light show begins to welcome the New Year begins (they ran a preview last night and it is gorgeous and fun!) -- then at one minute to midnight -- gather at College and State for a Times Square-style New Year's Eve ball lighting!

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking available, including a Park & Ride shuttle service and disability parking (25 W. Home, but enter off W. Main). (Hint: all Otterbein Campus parking lots are available).

Be a part of History!!! Join in the fun! Celebrate on State!

For more information, including a schedule and parking information, visit Celebrate Westerville online.

Happy New Year!! Happy 150th Westerville!! WooHoo!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Come Home for the Holidays

Welcome to Uptown Westerville.

Shop Uptown Westerville Home for the Holidays weekend and throughout the Holiday Season

West Side of State St., South to North…

W.g.Grinders • 79 S. State • Open until 10 p.m. on November 30th, Coupons, Open December 1st until 10 p.m., and December 2nd until 9 p.m.

City Tree Lighting Ceremony November 30th, sponsored by Westerville Parks and Rec and Westerville Chamber of Commerce • City Hall, 21 S. State • Music starts at 6:45 p.m., Ceremony starts at 7 p.m., Santa visits at approximately 7:20 p.m.

Sertoma • Hot Chocolate and Cookies in front of City Hall for Tree Lighting

Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides • Station at Corner W. College and S. State St., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Carriage rides sponsored by: Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, Gellner Insurance Services, Joe’s Automobile Repair, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Suite 59 Hair Design, Uptown Pharmacy, Westerville Commercial Savings Bank, and Westerville Dental Associates.

Guest judges include Westerville Mayor Diane Fosselman and her husband, Doug Fosselman, Westerville Economic Development Coordinator Julie Colley, Westerville Parks and Recreation Program Manager Laura Horton, Westerville Police Chief and Mrs. Morbitzer, Westerville Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Mike Borowitz, and Westerville Uptown Merchants Association president Tim Bullock.

Hearts Content • 9 N. State • Open Extended Hours November 30th

Outside Envy • 15 N. State • Extended Hours November 30th, Enter a drawing for a beautiful holiday gift basket by making a donation of canned goods or money to benefit W.A.R.M. (Winner to be drawn December 21st), Featuring contemporary salt-fired ceramics by local artists Sarah Reid, Carolyn Baginski, and Beth Suellenthrop.

Sample ‘n’ Gift Shop • 21 N. State • Open Extended Hours November 30th

Uptown Pharmacy • 23 N. State • Open until 9 p.m. November 30th

Special Holiday Hours for Hanby House • 160 W. Main • Open House Tuesday, December 4th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., December 8th and 9th, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westerville Inn Bed & Breakfast • 5 S. West St. • A Shop 'til You Drop with Chocolate, Too weekend theme for guests. The Westerville Inn is listed on Polaris and Easton’s sites and Westerville Inn has VIP passes to both places.

Photography by Shirlene • 22 W. Main • Open throughout the holidays for pet and family portraits

Morgan’s Treasure • 12 W. Main • Open till 9:00 p.m. on November 30th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 1st, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 2nd. Morgan’s Treasure is open extended hours throughout the holiday season.

Edward Jones Investments • 39 N. State • Open Extended Hours November 30th, Christmas music

DJ’s Feed Store • 41 N. State • Open Extended Hours until 9 p.m. November 30th

East Side State St., North to South…

Hey Diddle Diddle • 38 N. State • Special Holiday Sale, Open Extended Hours November 30th

Gallery 202 • 38 N. State • Open House November 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Refreshments, Hands of Harmony performance, Strolling Cellist Mike Ingalls, Silent Auction

Amish Originals Furniture Co. • 38 N. State • Extended HoursNovember 30th, Serving warmed cider and cookies

Encircle • 30 N. State • Open Extended Hours November 30th

The Old Bag of Nails Pub • 24 N. State • Open Regular Hours, Tom and Dave performing upstairs

Sour Records • 20 N. State • Open until 9 p.m., 50% off used items November 30th

Uptown Strings • 18 N. State • Open Extended Hours, Guitar Raffle November 30th

Amish Originals Furniture Co. • 8 N. State • Extended Hours November 30th, Serving warmed cider and cookies

Pasquale’s Pizza & Pasta • 14 N. State • Open regular hours until 10 p.m.

Fusion Fitness & Wellness • 2-1/2 N. State St. • Open November 30th until 8 p.m.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou • 24 E. College, off Haywood Alley • Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary! 10% off your entire purchase from Nov. 23rd to Dec. 3rd.

Old Skool Skateboards • 11 E. College • Holiday decorations and a Holiday Sale

Foul Play • 27 E. College • Open Until 6:00 p.m.

Ruth Reed Antiques • 23 E. College • Open Extended Hours November 30th

Java Central • 20 S. State • Open Extended Hours November 30th and Open Sunday before, during and after the Parade. Holiday Drink Flavors. 15% off all purchases of $20 or more.

Westerville Fire Division • November 30th: Bringing a Special Holiday Guest to City Hall!!

Happy Holidays!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Cool Holiday Values!

Congrats to WUMA member A Gal Named Cinda Lou featured in the November 22, 2007 Gift Idea issue of Columbus alive!

Cinda Lou's Choonimals t-shirts are featured in Columbus alive!'s Holiday Gift Guide in 20 for $20.

Stop by to check out these really unique, locally-inspired t-shirts along with all the other Cinda Lou signature off-the-beaten path clothes, accessories and accents.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou is located at 24 E. College (off Haywood Alley behind Amish Originals). Phone: 614. 599.0308. http://www.cindalou.org/.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Decorate


Uptown Westerville’s Home for the Holidays Carriage Route Residence Decorating Contest

On Friday November 30th, Uptown Westerville welcomes the holiday season when the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, Westerville Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association present the city tree lighting ceremony and Uptown’s Home for the Holidays weekend.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is presenting free horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And, WUMA has invited uptown residents living on the carriage route to chime in on the seasonal festivities and decorate their homes.

First and second prize residences will be awarded Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Gift Certificates good at any WUMA uptown member merchant. First prize is a $100 certificate and second prize is a $50 certificate.

Carriage route residences must enter to win and can sign up and obtain a contestant number by visiting Amish Originals Furniture Co. at 8 N. State Street.

The carriage ride station is on West College Avenue at State Street. The carriage route heads south on S. State Street and west on W. Park Street, from W. Park Street, north onto S. Grove Street and, then from S. Grove, east oton W. College., taking visitors through local neighborhoods and past Otterbein College’s Towers Hall.

Carriage riders will receive ballots and vote for their favorite decorated homes along the carriage route.

Additionally, guest judges including Westerville Mayor Diane Fosselman, Westerville Economic Development Coordinator Julie Colley, Westerville Parks and Recreation Program Manager Laura Horton, Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer, Westerville Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Mike Borowitz, and Westerville Uptown Merchants Association president Tim Bullock will vote for their favorite holiday decor.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association thanks Home for the Holidays sponsors: Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, Gellner Insurance Services, Joe’s Automobile Repair, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Suite 59 Hair Design, Uptown Pharmacy, Westerville Commercial Savings Bank, and Westerville Dental Associates.

While the carriage rides are just Friday night, the Home for the Holidays weekend continues Saturday, December 1st with Shop Uptown Westerville! and Sunday, December 2nd with the Annual Sertoma Christmas Children's Parade at 1 p.m.

Happy Holidays!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Welcome the Holidays

Here is the Home for the Holidays Weekend at-a-glance:

Friday, November 30th

Free Carriage Rides, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carriage route home decorating contest

City Hall Tree Lighting 7 p.m.
Featuring Westerville Community Band and Kinderchor

Santa Arrives!
Santa will visit with children and the Church of the Messiah Bell Choir is entertaining

Sertoma Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies in front of City Hall

Uptown Shops Open Extended Hours

Saturday, December 1st

Shop Uptown Westerville!
Check Out the New Uptown Shops Along with What’s New at Your All-Time Favorites!

Sunday, December 2nd

Annual Sertoma Christmas Children's Parade 1:00 p.m.

Ongoing: Gallery 202 Window Decorating Contest vote for your favorite participating Uptown window with non-perishable food to be donated to W.A.R.M.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Community

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Associations Thanks These Fine Businesses for their Sponsorship of Home for the Holidays:

Amish Originals Furniture Co.
8 & 38 N. State Street
614.891.6257
http://www.amishoriginals.com/

Edward Jones Investments
39 N. State St.
614.882.1131
http://www.edwardjones.com/

Gellner Insurance Services
103 Commerce Park Dr., B
614.882.3332

Joe’s Automobile Repair
80 N. State St.
614.882.9965

The Old Bag of Nails Pub
24 N. State St.
614.794.6900
http://www.oldbagofnails.com/

Suite 59 Hair Design
59 E. Home St.
614.891.HAIR

Uptown Pharmacy
23 N. State St.
614.882.2392
http://www.uptownrx.com/

Westerville Commercial Savings Bank
17 N. State St.
614.890.7832
http://www.csbanking.com/

Westerville Dental Associates
Dr. Brian Stickel
Dr. Gretchen R. Zody
877 Eastwind Drive
614.882.1135
http://westervilledental.infosaic70.com/

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Illuminates Uptown Westerville’s 2007 Holiday Season Uptown

Westerville lights up to welcome the 2007 holiday season with the city tree lighting, Santa Claus, free carriage rides, and extended shop hours. Sponsored by Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, Home for the Holidays weekend begins Friday, November 30th at 7 p.m., with the city tree lighting, and culminates with the annual Sertoma Christmas Children’s Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd.

On Friday November 30th, visitors are invited to take in the sights and sounds of the holidays with the city tree lighting ceremony sponsored by Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony will feature music from the Westerville Community Band and Kinderchor. And, Westerville Sertoma is serving free cookies and hot chocolate in front of City Hall.

After the tree lighting, the Westerville Fire Department will be escorting a very jolly, very special Uptown Westerville guest: Santa Claus. Santa will be visiting with children throughout the evening and the Church of the Messiah bell choir will be performing to entertain guests waiting in line to see Santa.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is presenting free carriage rides from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The brick street carriage route takes visitors through local neighborhoods and past Otterbein College’s Towers Hall.

Carriage riders can vote for their favorite decorated homes along the carriage route. Guest judges include Westerville Mayor Diane Fosselman, Westerville Economic Development Coordinator Julie Colley, Westerville Parks and Recreation Program Manager Laura Horton, Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer, Westerville Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Mike Borowitz, and Westerville Uptown Merchants Association president Tim Bullock. The merchants association is awarding Uptown Westerville gift certificates to first and second place residences.

Uptown merchants have decorated their windows and shops for the season and will be open extended hours November 30th and all day December 1st. Many shops are offering holiday flavor, specials, and refreshments. In addition to shopping at the perennial uptown favorites, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association invites visitors to check out the new uptown merchants.

Strike up the band on Sunday, December 2nd at 1 p.m., for the annual Sertoma Children’s Christmas Parade. This seasonal favorite moves north on State Street from Huber Village Boulevard, through Uptown Westerville.

WUMA member, Gallery 202 is sponsoring its annual Holiday Window decorating contest. Uptown windows are painted by Gallery 202 artists and uptown visitors can vote for their favorite window by dropping non-perishable food items off at each participating merchant throughout the holiday season. Food contributions will be donated to W.A.R.M. Additionally, Home for the Holidays visitors can contribute directly to W.A.R.M. on November 30th during carriage rides.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association thanks Home for the Holidays sponsors: Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, Gellner Insurance Services, Joe’s Automobile Repair, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Suite 59 Hair Design, Uptown Pharmacy, Westerville Commercial Savings Bank, and Westerville Dental Associates.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Welcome New Neighbors

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes three new members:

Java Central
20 S. State St., 614.839.0698, http://www.java-central.com/; info@java-central.com

This friendly, relaxed neighborhood coffee shop is the perfect place to order a cappuccino, find a comfy chair, and curl up with a good book or meet up with friends for great conversation over coffee and scones as you watch the world go by on State Street!

Whether gifts for friends, little indulgences for you, or the perfect ingredients of a unique gift basket for the special people in your life, Java Central features unique gifts including, gorgeous Egyptian cotton scarves, beaded bags, coffee mugs, and It's All About Me jewelry. And, more than just a cup to go -- pick up a package of Java Central's House Blend and Java Blend coffees to make at home.

Java Central features internet access and a library with conference table you can reserve for meetings.

Outside Envy
15 N. State St.,614.895.3689, outsideenvy@sbcglobal.net

It's a beautiful summer's day year round in Outside Envy. Step inside to experience a warm, welcoming display of year-round garden, deck, and patio delights! Fountains, wind chimes, sculpture, candles, ceramics, and a beautiful assortment of truly imaginative accents for your favorite indoor and outdoor spaces.

When you stop by, be sure to check out the unique collection of ornaments and holiday decor and Outside Envy says "Go Bucks!" with a selection of fun Ohio State garden features.

Uptown Cigar Company
33 N. State St., 614.392.2302., Coming soon: http://www.uptowncigarco.com/

Featured recently in Westerville News and Public Opinion, Uptown Cigar Company is the kind of store that invites you to stop in a stay for a while. Uptown Cigar features a "club chair atmosphere" with comfortable furniture, plasma-screen television, free wi-fi, and plenty of room for gatherings like card games and great conversation. Uptown Cigar features an assortment of quality cigars, accessories, books, magazines, and gifts.

Visit these new Uptown businesses when you stop Uptown to shop your favorites!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Smart Online Shopping


The Westerville Police Department is passing this valuable information on from the FBI about holiday shopping online:

‘TIS THE SEASON...FOR ONLINE SHOPPING How to Avoid Getting Grinched
11/26/07

Happy "Cyber Monday!" We hear the Monday after Thanksgiving is now one of the busiest days—if not the busiest day—of the year for online shopping. That's why some retailers are calling it "Cyber Monday" or even "Black Monday."

And that’s why we’d like to start your online shopping off right with some words to the wise.

Here's our specific advice for shopping safely on the Internet:

- Do your homework on the web retailer. Make sure you're buying items from a reputable and legitimate company. Don't judge the business by its website. Make sure the site has a physical address and a working phone number. Check consumer websites for information about the company.

- When using your credit card for purchases, make sure the website is secure. Look for the tiny padlock icon that symbolizes (but doesn’t necessarily guarantee) a higher level of security. Also, check out the site’s security or encryption software.

- Be very cautious when responding to special offers (especially those that come via unsolicited e-mail) and when dealing with companies or persons outside the country.

- If you’re participating in an Internet auction, read the fine print. Before you bid, learn as much as you can about how the auction works, what your responsibilities are as a buyer, what the seller’s obligations are, and what actions the website takes if a problem occurs. Learn as much as you can about the seller. And don’t give out your social security number or driver’s license number to the seller.

Also, make sure your computer has a firewall and the latest anti-virus software.

And we can’t repeat this enough: don’t open unknown e-mail attachments, including those contained in recent messages that appear to come from the FBI.

What should you do if you think you've been scammed?

Go online and file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center run by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and contact your local police. We also recommend that you file a complaint with the retailer.

For more information tips on avoiding fraud and protecting your family from crime, visit our Be Crime Smart webpage.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Scarecrows?


Tonight is the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association annual boo-fest -- that's right, Midnight Madness is finally here!! From 6 p.m. to midnight!!

The streets of Uptown Westerville are already starting to fill with fright-filled sights!!! With more to come as the midnight hour draws nigh....

Scarecrows! The scarecrows are already making their way to storefronts and window displays -- look for the headless Brutus Buckeye riding a giant horse in front of Amish Originals at 38 N. State or the ScareCow at DJs Feed Store or the Headless Customer at Suite 59 Hair Design!!

Vote for your favorite Scarecrow! For more information: Check out Gallery 202's website.

The Night of 100 Pumpkins has commenced!! The pumpkin display on W. Main St. has welcomed its first arrivals.

The Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride Station is at Rotary Park at E. Home and N. State from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stalk the streets of Uptown Westerville ducking from store-to-store if you dare and find all sorts of treats, specials, and surprises. And, Avast! Look for the talking ghost pirate ghost!!

Don't forget the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau's Fourth Friday vendors will be hovering about all through Uptown Westerville!

Come up! Enjoy! Bring a pumpkin!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Kindness and Caring

If you've gotten this week's ThisWeek, you'll see a front page story on WUMA Member Gerry Domanik (Suite 59 Hair Design) and his Irish Setter, Killian.

Just click here to read Lin Rice's article online.

Killian is a therapy dog and after his 1,000th visit is officially retiring.

Earlier this year, Killian was recognized by the the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio as the first non-human recipient of their Giving from the Heart annual volunteer award.

Thank you, Killian. Thank you, Gerry and Joan.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Community

WUMA Member Edgewood Manor of Westerville, 140 N. State St., extends an invitation to join them at their 3rd Annual Halloween Party! Thursday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Look for their ad in this week's Westerville News and Public Opinion (2A)!

Costumes encouraged! Along with refreshments and costume judging, Edgewood Manor is planning Pin the Nose on Jack, Donut Bobbing, Pumpkin Patch Picking, Pinatas and more!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Shopping Madness!

This year's Midnight Madness event on October 26th from 6 p.m. to midnight in Uptown Westerville includes over 80 Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau Fourth Friday street vendors.

Look for street vendors all along State Street from City Hall (21 S. State) North to E. Home St., including E. College and the Church of the Messiah parking lot at E. Home and N. State.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Start Traditions like... The Night of 100 Pumpkins!

Could 2007 be the first year of the Midnight Madness annual pumpkin display? You can help us find out!!


The October 2007 issue of Country Living Magazine featured a story on Keene, New Hampshire and the Keene Pumpkin Fest.

What we really liked about the article we saw were the photographs of rows of pumpkins, decorated by the citizens of Keene, on display in "uptown" Keene. We thought it might be fun to see if we could make a community pumpkin display a part of WUMA's annual Boo-Fest!

While Keene has 1000s of pumpkins and even a pumpkin tower!! This year, we are hoping that the first annual Midnight Madness pumpkin display will feature 100 pumpkins from Westerville residents and merchants.

Midnight Madness is this Friday, October 26th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Uptown Westerville.

The 1st Annual Midnight Madness Pumpkin Display will be located in the parking lot on W. Main, between Morgan's Treasure (12 W. Main) and the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau (20 W. Main).

Pumpkin drop-off times on October 26th:

Noon to 4 p.m.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Horses and Wagons

This Friday, October 26th, is the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's Midnight Madness.

This year is very exciting because there are a record number of participating merchants -- as you go from store-to-store, you'll enjoy lots of treats, specials, and surprises.

So a whole lot of Fun Boo going on Uptown!

One of this year's features is the WUMA sponsored horse-drawn wagon rides. The wagon rides are FREE from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and departure and arrival take place at Rotary Park at the corner of E. Home and N. State Streets.

The wagon route goes east on Home Street (look for the scarecrow on the front porch of Suite 59 Hair Design!!) South on Vine, West on Winter Street, and North on State Street back to Rotary Park.

A great way to enjoy family fun or take a cozy, romantic autumn tour of Westerville's historic neighborhoods.

Uptown Westerville is a Place that's Spooktacular!!!!

Westerville Uptown Merchant Association’s
Midnight Madness
Friday, October 26, 2007, 6 p.m. - Midnight



Here is a shop by shop guide to.... the Madness!!!!!

West Side State St., South to North…

The Dog Joint • 59 S. State, in the parking lot • Sneak Preview Sampler of their Menu!!

Westerville Police Department • 29 S. State • Police Car on Display, Glow Sticks, and Treats

Sounds Educational Center • Performances • City Hall, 21 S. State

Sertoma Brat Wagon • Corner W. College & S. State

Generations Performance Arts Center • 11 W. College • Open House • Performances

Brown Tax Accounting • 18 W. College • Scarecrow

Hearts Content • 9 N. State • Look for the… Scary Lady in the Chair!

Outside Envy • 15 N. State • Scarecrow & Decorated Pumpkin, Free Tulip bulbs to the first 100 customers, “Register-to-Win” on Some Great Items like Pottery and Baskets.

Westerville Bike Shop • 29 W. Main • Scarecrow

Embroidery Deluxe • 39 W. Main • Red Hat Society Victorian Bouquet Bangers and Strummers (7 p.m.), Corbin Saloon display, Pumpkin, Scarecrow

Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau • 20 W. Main • Scarecrow


Westerville Uptown Merchants Association First Annual Pumpkin Display • 2007 Goal: 100 Pumpkins! • Parking lot on the north side of W. Main between Morgan’s Treasure at 12 W. Main and WVCB at 20 W. Main. n Pumpkin Drop-Off: Friday, October 26th: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Morgan’s Treasure • 12 W. Main • Refreshments & Scarecrow

Edward Jones Investments • 39 N. State • Music & Scarecrow

DJ’s Feed Store • 41 N. State • “Scare-Cow,” Hot Chocolate, Cookies & Treats • Pumpkin Bowl Drawing for Discounts from 10% to 30% off

East Side State St., North to South…

Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides • Station at Rotary Park, Corner E. Home and N. State, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Suite 59 Hair Design • 59 E. Home • Scarecrow

Hey Diddle Diddle • 38 N. State • Open at 7:00 p.m.

Gallery 202, Partners In Art, Inc. • 38 N. State • Opening at 7:00 p.m., Scarecrow Special Children's Activities, including Take-Home Art! ($1 Entry Fee for Children’s Activities Only)

Amish Originals Furniture Co. • 38 N. State • Decorated Pumpkins on Display starting 7:00 p.m., Refreshments

Encircle • 30 N. State • Open, Visit Encircle’s New Store

The Old Bag of Nails Pub • 24 N. State • Scarecrow, Refreshments

Amish Originals Furniture Co. • 8 N. State • Decorated Pumpkins on Display starting 7:00 p.m., Refreshments

A Gal Named Cinda Lou • 24 E. College, off Haywood Alley • Scarecrow, Refreshments & Treats, Decorated Pumpkin, Surprise Midnight Madness Visitors

Westerville Public Library • Magical Reading Swing • Gazebo on E. College

Foul Play • 27 E. College • Smoking Cauldron Punch Bowl

Ruth Reed Antiques • 23 E. College • Joe & Ish Jazz Duo in the Gazebo

Michael’s Pizza • 15 E. College • “Fourth Friday Pizza-by-the-Slice”

Barstow’s • 4 S. State • Treats and Spoooooky Music!


Schneider's Bakery • 6 S. State • Hot Glazed Doughnuts at 9 p.m.!

Java Central • 20 S. State • Spooooky Music, Classic Horror Films, Halloween Candy


It's All In The Name! • 20 S. State, Suite K on the brickwalk • 10%-off your total purchase during Midnight Madness

Westerville Fire Division • 44 S. State at Union Savings • Firetruck on Display

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Final Uptown Farmers' Market of the Season

This is the last Farmers' Market Wednesday of 2007.

It has been a wonderful season and much thanks to both vendors and shoppers! Truly a wonderful community experience. A true cornucopia!

The Farmers' Market is the perfect place to stop for your Midnight Madness pumpkin! Pick it out today, decorate it tomorrow, drop it off at the community pumpkin display on Friday!

Thanks to the 2007 Uptown Farmers' Market Vendors:

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ltd.
Birds Haven Farms
Blidsten Landscape Service
Carousel Watergardens and Nursery/Cathy's Tasty Treats
Cracker Cottage
Jim Doran
Flying J Farm
Gillogly Orchard
Landrum Cottage Designs
Malabar Acres
Mockingbird Meadows
Northridge Organic
Payne Family Farm
Pleiades Maple Products
Reds Wings
Sue's Kitchen
Taste of Seattle
Varley Valley Baked Goods/Droolin' Good Dog Treats
Zenjiro Gardens

And, Uptown Merchants stayed open extended hours on Wednesdays, during the season, including WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

Special thanks to....

The City of Westerville for its support, especially with the wonderful Uptown Farmers' Market banners. Much appreciated!!

Renee Kropat and Gallery 202 for the Farmers' Market logo and the Uptown Farmers' Market webpage.

Extra special thanks to Church of the Messiah, United Methodist for providing the excellent corner location.

One more thanks... Uptown Farmers' Market vendors donated weekly to WARM. Thank you for that extra touch of kindness and care. As we approach the holidays, especially, for more information about WARM and its place in our community visit the WARM website.

If you are interested in becoming a Farmers' Market vendor for 2008, keep an eye on the Uptown Farmers' Market webpage, print out an application form, or contact Doug Winbigler.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Annual Big Boo... Midnight Madness!!

Spooktacular activities, Halloween treats, scarecrows, wagon rides, pumpkins, and surprises await all those who dare visit Uptown Westerville, 6 p.m. to midnight, on October 26th for Midnight Madness. Sponsored by the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, this perennial family favorite celebrates the spirit of the season.

With a full moon in the forecast, the atmosphere in Uptown Westerville will transform into a fun and lively seasonal affair.

Visitors can take part in the frightful festivities by contributing a decorated pumpkin or scarecrow to a community display. Then, take in the flavors of the season in a horse-drawn wagon and explore Uptown Westerville to find all sorts of thrills for the senses.

Whether “haunting” for bargains, looking for refreshments, or checking out uptown shops for the first time -- treats, specials, and Halloween surprises are in store!

From fire trucks to entertainment to gobs of kid-friendly activities, curious visitors will find an endless number of enchanting interactive exhibits, including wares and goods from over 80 street vendors.

Participating uptown merchants include Generations Performing Arts Center, Hearts Content, Outside Envy, Morgan’s Treasure, Westerville Bike Shop, Embroidery Deluxe, Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Edward Jones Investments, DJ’s Feed Store, Suite 59 Hair Design, Gallery 202, Hey Diddle Diddle, Encircle, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Amish Originals Furniture Co., A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Ruth Reed Antiques, Michael’s Pizza, Barstow’s, The Westerville Public Library, and more.

For additional information on Midnight Madness and Uptown Westerville check out http://www.uptownmechants.com/ or http://www.visitwesterville.org/

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Autumn Pumpkins

It's Farmers' Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville.

This is the next to the last week for the market and a great place to stop for Halloween pumpkins.

Stop by the parking lot at E. Home and N. State Streets in the Church of the Messiah parking lot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Check out: fall harvest produce, jams, jellies, chutneys, baked goods, tomatoes, corn, honey, pet treats, fresh flowers, and more!

Select uptown merchants are also open extended hours on Wednesdays.

Add Uptown Westerville to your Wednesday shopping list!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Football Traditions

This weekend is Otterbein College Homecoming and WUMA member Otterbein College is inviting the community to join in the festivities.

On Saturday, October 13th, the Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. at College and Grove. WUMA members, Renee Kropat (Gallery 202) and Linda Foor (Brickstreet Communications) will be judging floats along with Assistant Westerville Fire Battalion John Bokros and Otterbein College Vice President of Student Affairs, Robert Gatti.

Along with reunions, tailgating, tours, greek activities, and the dedication of the new communications building, there are tons of activities and fun.

And, ALL Otterbein athletic activities, including the football game, are FREE!!

Here are a few of the family-friendly activities:

Otterbein 160th Anniversary Birthday Tailgate (Admission: $5 adults/kids 12 and up/$3 kids 6 to 11, kids 5 and under free)

Otterbein Games, including cornhole and pin the tail on the cardinal

Women's Volleyball (OC v. Muskingum and Hiram)

Football! OC hosts the Heidelberg Student Princes. Go Cards!

Women's Soccer (OC v. John Carroll)

Black Homecoming Family Potluck

A free Dept. of Music Concert at Battelle Arts Center

Otterbein Days at Magic Mountain and Family Bowling (see website for details)

Otterbein Theatre presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Campus Center

And, we are supposed to have great fall weather this weekend!

O-C!! O-C!! O-C!! O-C!! O-C!!.......

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Big Events so Save the Dates!


Uptown Westerville is looking forward to much ado about fun and festivities between now and New Year's Eve -- so, please, mark your calendars and save these dates.....


First, Wednesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 24th are the last two Uptown Westerville Farmers' Markets. Sponsored by the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, the Farmers' Market is a great source of fresh, home-grown, home-made fall flavors. A great place to pick up squash, apples, pumpkins, and... pie!


Friday, October 26th, 6 p.m. to midnight -- the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's annual Boo-Fest -- Midnight Madness! This year has record merchant participation (lots of Halloween treats and surprises in-store!!), some of our favorite traditions, and some new features -- including horse-drawn wagon rides and a community pumpkin display.


Friday, November 30th, Saturday, December 1st, Sunday December 2nd -- Westerville Uptown Merchants Assocation's Home for the Holidays weekend. This weekend kicks-off the Uptown Westerville holiday season and starts off Friday with the annual tree lighting festivities at City Hall (21 S. State) co-sponsored with Westerville Parks and Rec and the Westerville Chamber of Commerce. Then Saturday enjoy a great day of Uptown Westerville shopping, with all sorts of fun features, including carriage rides. And, then Sunday, it's the Sertoma Annual Christmas Parade!!

Monday, December 31st, New Year's Eve -- Nothing like it before in Westerville!! Join Celebrate Westerville for Celebrate on State! 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Uptown Westerville will be filled with activities, entertainment, and an awesome light show celebration including.... a fabulous ball ascension at midnight to welcome 2008, Westerville's 150th Anniversary!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Autumn's Bounty


If it's Wednesday in Uptown Westerville -- that means Farmers' Market Day.

And... today you can check out Autumn's bounty. Choose organic and conventionally farmed produce -- apples, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and melons.... The usual home-made, hom-grown choices are there, too -- pie, jellies, chutneys, jams, honey, pet treats, cookies, and more!
And, the Cub Scouts are there selling.... popcorn!!
And remember, select Uptown shops have extended Wednesday hours!
This year's Farmer's Market, at the corner of N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah parking lot, runs through October 24th. That's 2 days before Uptown Westerville's Annual Big-Boo: Midnight Madness. This year, you can add a decorated or carved pumpkin to a community display (on W. Main, between 12 W. and 20 W. Main) -- you can pick out your pumpkin on Wednesday at the Farmers' Market, and bring it back up for the community display Friday night!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Alfresco Shopping

If it's Wednesday, it's the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

Located at the corner of N. State and E. Home, in the Church of the Messiah parking lot, the Farmers' Market offers a fabulous fare from baked goods to your favorite fruits and vegetables -- all home-grown and home-made!

And, a day like today -- ahhhhhhh, a perfect day to enjoy outdoor shopping.

Hours are 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 24th.

Add the Farmers' Market to your Wednesday shopping list!!

And, remember, select uptown shops are open extended hours on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Produce!


After a great deal of rain and clouds, the sun is out, there is a light breeze, and it's Farmer's Market Wednesday!

And, as we move through the summer, the amazing selection of produce has more variety and bounty with each week.

If you have a chance, stop by Cracker Cottage and try the sweet pepper jelly -- yummy!

Fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, cookies, PIE!!!, flowers, plants, pastry, honey, teas, herbs, and more!!

Is the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market on your weekly shopping list? It should be!!

3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesdays through October 24th, Corner N. State and E. Home.

Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Westerville Artists.

From August 1 - 25th, stop by Gallery 202 (38 N. State St., Upstairs -- the place with the bubbles!) to take in a watercolor exhibit by Westerville artist James Atwood.

Flowers, landscapes, and wildlife -- James Atwood's work offers a treat for the eyes.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

There will be an artist reception, Thursday, August 9th at the gallery from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Dogs! Lots and Lots of Dogs!

Save the Date! And, that date is Friday, August 24th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- it's Fourth Friday's Perennial Summer Favorite -- Dog Days!!

Enter the "Best on the Street" Dog Show (pick up a registration form at Captivating Canines, 31 N. State).

Make a $15 donation to Capital Area Humane Society the day of the event to march in the 1-mile route through Uptown Westerville with your favorite canine companions. The Mutt March is indeed a sight to behold!

For more information check out the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau website.

Details will follow here in the blog as we get closer to Dog Days!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fresh Air Shopping

It's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Wednesday!

Ahhhh, fresh Ohio-grown peaches, fresh-picked sweet corn, and a selection of fabulous produce!

Fresh produce, like peaches and tomatoes, is just great sliced and served all by itself. But if you want to go a little fanicer try these recipes:

Paula Deen's Peach Cobbler from foodnetwork.com

4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Ground cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping.

Pour mixture over melted butter.

Do not stir.

Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup.

Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using.

Batter will rise to top during baking.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Rated 5 of 5 Stars!
Recipe Summary:
Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Bobby Flay's Grilled Corn on the Cob with Dill Butter from foodnetwork.com

12 ears corn, silks removed, husks left on, and soaked in cold water for 20 minutes
1/2 pound unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper

Heat grill to high. Remove corn from water and place on the grill. Close cover and grill until just cooked through, about 20 minutes.

While corn is grilling, combine butter and dill in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove husk and slather with dill butter.

Rated 5 of 5 Stars!
Recipe Summary:
Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 12 servings

Stop by the Church of the Messiah parking lot at N. State St. and E. Home St. every Wednesday (through October 24th) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy this experience for the senses!

This year’s Uptown Farmers’ Market vendors include:

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ltd.
Birds Haven Farm
Blidsten Landscape Service
Carousel Watergardens and Nursery/Cathy's Tasty Treats
Jim Doran
Flying J Farm
Gillogly Orchard
Landrum Cottage Designs
Malabar Acres
Mockingbird Meadows
Northridge Organic
Payne Family Farm
Pleiades Maple Products
Reds Wings
Sue's Kitchen
Taste of Seattle
Varley Valley Baked Goods/Droolin' Good Dog Treats
Zenjiro Gardens

And, keep in mind that select Uptown Westerville merchants are open for extended hours on Wednesdays, including WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202 (where the bubbles come from!)
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

Add Uptown Westerville Wednesdays to your weekly shopping list!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Ohio-Grown Peaches!

This Wednesday’s Uptown Farmers’ Market not only has sweet corn, but Ohio-grown peaches!

Malabar Acres in Jeromesville, OH will be bringing peaches for the next several weeks.

Also, stop by for Chef John’s Uptown Farmers’ Market exclusive grilling demo.

From fresh-baked breads to fresh flowers, there is so much to take in at the Uptown Farmers’ Market.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets, in the Church of the Messiah parking lot, through October 24th.

This year’s Uptown Farmers’ Market vendors include:

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ltd. Birds Haven Farm
Blidsten Landscape Service
Carousel Watergardens and Nursery/Cathy's Tasty Treats
Jim Doran
Flying J Farm
Gillogly Orchard
Landrum Cottage Designs
Malabar Acres
Mockingbird Meadows
Northridge Organic
Payne Family Farm
Pleiades Maple Products
Reds Wings
Sue's Kitchen
Taste of Seattle
Varley Valley Baked Goods/Droolin' Good Dog Treats
Zenjiro Gardens

And, keep in mind that select Uptown Westerville merchants are open for extended hours on Wednesdays, including WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202 (where the bubbles come from!)
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

Add Uptown Westerville Wednesdays to your weekly shopping list!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Many Cultures

It's Fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville and this month's theme is World Bazaar.

The Fourth Friday celebration is in Uptown Westerville from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.

Residents from over 60 different countries energize Westerville's diverse community.

Check out foods and exhibits with an international flavor along with music from The Harbor Pilots and the Rick Soriano Latin Jazz Quartet.

And, visit many select Uptown Merchants during special Fourth Friday extended hours.

Make an evening of it start with dinner at Pasquale’s Pizza and Pasta, Dairy Queen, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, or Michael’s Pizza.

Plenty of free parking Uptown on-street and in public parking lots -- just look for the parking signs.

For more information contact the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Quality and Service

Look for the Uptown Westerville ad in this week's ThisWeek!

This month's WUMA ad features Uptown business Edward Jones Investments 39 N. State St., 614.882.1131 Financial Services. Investments. Retirement. 401(k). Contact Financial Advisor Tim Bullock today.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 E. College -- right behind Amish Originals -- entrance faces Haywood Alley. 614.599.0308 A Gal Named Cinda Lou is a friendly, eclectic collection of just cool stuff -- featuring art, vintage decor, clothing, jewelry, cards, candles and other gift items. And, look for great Retro Furniture finds -- check out Cinda Lou's furniture location at 250 North State Street.

Amish Originals Furniture Company 8 & 38 N. State Street, 614.891.6257, Beautiful artisan furniture and home accents made in Ohio, by select Amish crafters.

Captivating Canines, New Location!! 31 N. State St., 614.882.8863, Distinctive Gifts for Dog Lovers. A fun, imaginative shopping environment in celebration of dogs! Look for Bruno, the blood hound in the bandana, at the front door.

Morgan's Treaure, 12 W. Main St., 614.882.4401 A goldsmith and graduate gemologist, Bill Morgan offers services like repair and remounting along with custom design, artisan works, and select jewelry lines.

NorthStar Pet Services 614.352.1144 Go away..... often!! But go with the peace of mind that your pets are very well cared-for and can stick close to their normal routines. Vacation, Travel, Work Day, Scheduling Conflicts, Hospital Stay or Recovery, New Pet in the Family, When You Need Assistance to Care for Your Pet.

Suite 59 Hair Design, 59 E. Home St., 614.891.HAIR Suite 59 Hair Design offers friendly, personal services to help you make your personal style statement from cutting edge to classic. Call for an appointment today: Tuesdays through Saturdays, evenings by appointment.

The Uptown Farmers' Market Northeast Corner of E. Home and N. State Streets, Wednesdays 3 - 6 p.m., through October 24th. An Uptown favorite, the Farmers' Market features local vendors selling organic beef, roasted coffee, baked goods, fresh vegetables (including sweet corn!), flowers, and more.

Home-made and Home-grown in our Hometown!

Your community marketplace destination -- Uptown Westerville is A Place for People.

Click here to view the July 26th WUMA ad.

(The ad is a PDF file, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the ad. For a free download: adobe.com.)

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Co-Op Advertising Program currently runs an ad once a month in ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Are you an Uptown Westerville merchant who would like to participate in the WUMA Co-Op Advertising Program? WUMA member and Non-WUMA member rates available. Contact Linda Foor, Brickstreet Communications, ljfoor@brickstreet.net or 614.352.1144 for more information.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Support Creativity

Congratulations to WUMA member Amy Heath and Encircle.

A brief interview with Amy, along with a profile of Encircle, appeared in the July 19, 2007 edition of The Columbus Dispatch.

Encircle is located at 30 N. State St. and features an imaginative collection of beautifully-crafted gifts, jewelry, spa treats, greeting cards, and home accessories. Great for shower gifts, any-occasion gifts, or a sensory indulgence for you!

Make Encircle a regular stop on your Uptown Westerville visits.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Season's Bounty


It's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Wednesday!

That's right, it's the season's fresh bounty to go! And, sweet corn is here!!

Along with sweet corn, look for produce from Gillogly Orchard!

Start August out right next Wednesday by visiting the Farmers' Market for a grilling demo using only Farmers' Market foods from Chef John, Northridge Organic, and participating Farmers' Market vendors.

2007 Farmers' Market Vendors:

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ltd.
Birds Haven Farm
Blidsten Landscape Service
Carousel Watergardens and Nursery/Cathy's Tasty Treats
Jim Doran
Flying J Farm
Gillogly Orchard
Landrum Cottage Designs
Mockingbird Meadows
Northridge Organic
Payne Family Farm
Pleiades Maple Products
Reds Wings
Sue's Kitchen
Taste of Seattle
Varley Valley Baked Goods/Droolin' Good Dog Treats
Zenjiro Gardens

Remember, select Uptown Merchants are open extended hours on Wednesdays, including WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is every Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. through October 24th in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at North State and East Home Streets.

Look for the Farmers' Market ads in this week's ThisWeek - Westerville!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Exciting Changes for Captivating Canines

Sit at the light at Main and State and you may notice something new....

Bruno the bloodhound, who faithfully guards the front entrance to Captivating Canines, is now sitting in front of.... 31 N. State Street? That's right! Captivating Canines has moved.

Not only is Captivating Canines celebrating its 10th Anniversary, but this popular shop dedicated to all that is the dog is celebrating new "digs!"

Stop in to Captivating Canines on your next trip Uptown. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., Closed Tuesdays. Contact owner, Gordon Solomons at 614-882-8863 or captivatingcanines@sbcglobal.net.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Farm Fresh To Go!


This Wednesday it's Farmers' Market Day in Uptown Westerville!

We are reaching a part of the season where each week offers a new variety of produce bounty.

Last week was the first big week for the season's sweet corn and there will be more this week. Ahhh, grilled or boiled -- sweet corn fresh from the field compliments any summer-time meal.

Along with other seasonal produce, there's pie!

And, of course, with more than 15 vendors, a variety of home-made-with-care products like chutneys, baked goods, roasted coffees, teas, and seasonings. Look for plants, order organic meats, take in the fresh flowers, and pick up some fresh eggs! Hmmmm, don't deviled eggs go well with sweet corn?!

Wednesdays, NE Corner of N. State and E. Home (Church of the Messiah parking lot), Rain or Shine, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 24th.

Remember, select Uptown Merchants are open extended hours on Wednesday nights, including WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

Home-made. Home-grown. Hometown!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Uptown Westerville is A Place for People... According to Money Magazine!

The July 2007 issue of Money magazine features the 100 Best American Towns and Westerville is No. 46 on their list!

Money's analysis says:

"A quaint downtown that offers a variety of shops and also acts as a magnet for community gatherings is just one of the things that makes the town of Westerville a great place to call home."

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association whole-heartedly agrees!

Check Money magazine online for more about our great American town!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate the Arts

Make this weekend a continuous celebration of the arts!

July 14th and 15th is the 34th Annual Music and Arts Festival at Heritage Park (W. Main & Cleveland).

Festival hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The festival is presented by WUMA member, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a beautiful weekend!

This year's event features ceramics, mixed media, wood, glass, photography, jewelry, metal works, paintings, sculpture, acrylic, graphics, dolls, sculpture, basketry, stone, drawings and woodcuts, and heritage crafts including candles, woodworking, weaving, soap, porcelain, and leather.

The Youth Art Exhibit is always a must-see with more than 100 artists from ages 3 years to 18 years.

Live music performances span the spectrum including jazz, ragtime, folk, acoustic, rock, funk, soul, and blue grass from artists like Arnett Howard, John Schwab, Donna Mogavero and Chief Jonny Lonesome.

Kids can enjoy art interactive as they participate in activities like storytelling, sculpture building, magic, music, and juggling. Kids' activities are sponsored by WUMA's own Gallery 202.

Ah, and what is a festival without food?! Brats, BBQ, Fish 'n' Chips, Ice Cream, and more! Visit Westerville's own Sertoma and Fire Association booths. WUMA member Old Bag of Nails Pub will be there, too!

Uptown Westerville is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Heritage Park! Plenty of parking shopping, benches, food, and refreshments. Look for the Uptown map available at the festival.

If you'd like to continue celebrating the arts -- how about live theatre?! Otterbein Summer Theatre (in the Campus Center, lower level, at 100 W. Home St.) is featuring The Batting Cage, both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Check with Otterbein Summer Theatre for ticket details.

Enjoy the weekend!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Get... Fresh Sweet Corn!

If it's Wednesday in Uptown Westerville that means WUMA's own Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

Every Wednesday, NE Corner of N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah parking lot from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. through October 24th.

This week's feature is the first of the season's fresh sweet corn.

The Farmers' Market's own Katie Archibald reports that shoppers will find green beans, sugar snap peas, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, and peppers at this afternoon's market. And, of course, there are a variety of home-made-with-care products like chutneys, baked goods, roasted coffees, teas, and seasonings. Look for plants, fresh flowers, and fresh eggs!

As always, if you want pie -- get there sooner rather than later!!

Looking for a family favorite? Visit these Farmers' Market Vendors:

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ltd.
Birds Haven Farm
Blidsten Landscape Service
Carousel Watergardens and Nursery/Cathy's Tasty Treats
Jim Doran
Flying J Farm
Landrum Cottage Designs
Mockingbird Meadows
Northridge Organic
Payne Family Farm
Pleiades Maple Products
Reds Wings
Sue's Kitchen
Taste of Seattle
Varley Valley Baked Goods/Droolin' Good Dog Treats
Zenjiro Gardens

And, if it's Wednesday in Uptown Westerville that also means.... extended select merchant hours, including these WUMA members:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 East College 614-766-1409
Amish Originals,, 8 and 38 N. State St., 614-891-6257
Encircle, 30 North State Street 614-8891-1355
Gallery 202, 38 N. State St. Upstairs, 614-890-8202
Morgan's Treasures, 12 West Main Street, 614-882-4401
Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 East College Ave, 614-891-6202

Home-grown, Home-made, Hometown.

By the way, the Uptown Farmers' Market participants have a page on Facebook featuring photos and news about the Famers' Market Fare. Visit the Uptown Merchants Farmers' Market page to link to Facebook. Facebook access requires a basic log-in and, if you are new to Facebook, registration (takes seconds).

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Activity

If you've driven up State Street through Uptown Westerville lately, you may notice some changes....

There are three new businesses moving in Uptown and during July, look for WUMA member Captivating Canines to move to their new digs at 31 N. State St.

Keep these Uptown Westerville events in mind as you make plans for summer shopping and summer fun:

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the NE Corner of N. State and E. Home Streets.

Select Extended Wednesday Shop Hours and the Visitors and Convention Bureau's Uptown Ramble.

This coming weekend, it's the 34th Annual Music & Arts Festival, July 14th and 15th at Heritage Park and Everal Barn (at Cleveland and W. Main).

The Batting Cage is on-stage at Otterbein Summer Theatre in the Campus Center, July 12th through 15th and July 19th through 21st.

Stay cool and enjoy the week!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Enjoy the Fourth of July: Many Voices, One Nation.

This year's Independence Day is here!

Rotary Club Run, Walk, Roll at Alum Creek Park North:
Registration begins at 6 a.m.
The 5k Roll begins at 8 a.m.
The 5k Run/Walk start time is 8:15 a.m.
The Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes 100, 440, and 880 yard dashes.

Farmers Market:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
NE Corner of N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

Rotary Club of Westerville brings you the Westerville Independence Day Parade:
1:30 p.m. at Heatherdown and S. State moving north to St. Paul's.

Alum Creek Park (North) Amphitheater near W. Main and West:
5 p.m. Pride and Spirit of America Dance Team
6:30 p.m. Westerville Community Band

Westerville Symphony performance:
9 p.m. at American Ceramics Society at Schrock and Cooper near Alum Creek Park (south).

Fireworks!!
10 p.m. from Alum Creek Park (south) near Schrock and Park Meadow.

Here are some links to help you plan your day:

Uptown Merchants

WUMA July 4th blog postings:
June 14th
June 25th

Rotary Club of Westerville

Run Wild Racing

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market

Westerville Community Band

Westerville Symphony

City of Westerville

W.A.R.M.

Have a safe, happy holiday!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Shopping Variety

Look for the Uptown Westerville ad on Page A3 of this week's ThisWeek!

This month's WUMA ad features Uptown business A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 24 E. College -- right behind Amish Originals -- the door faces Haywood Alley. 614.599.0308 A Gal Named Cinda Lou is a friendly, eclectic collection of just cool stuff -- featuring art, vintage decor, clothing, jewelry, cards, candles and other gift items. And, look for great Retro Furniture finds --check out Cinda Lou's furniture location at 250 North State Street.

Amish Originals Furniture Company 8 & 38 N. State Street, 614.891.6257, Beautiful artisan furniture and home accents made in Ohio, by select Amish crafters.

Captivating Canines, 46 N. State St., 614.882.8863, Distinctive Gifts for Dog Lovers. A fun, imaginative shopping environment in celebration of dogs! Look for Bruno, the blood hound in the bandana, at the front door.

Edward Jones Investments 39 N. State St., 614.882.1131 Financial Services. Investments. Retirement. 401(k). Contact Financial Advisor Tim Bullock today.

Morgan's Treaure 12 W. Main St., 614.882.4401 A goldsmith and graduate gemologist, Bill Morgan offers services like repair and remounting along with custom design, artisan works, and select jewelry lines.

NorthStar Pet Services 614.352.1144 North Star Pet Services' Linda Foor wants you to go away..... often!! But go with the peace of mind that yor pets are cared for and can stick close to their normal routines. Vacation, Travel, Work Day, Scheduling Conflicts, Hospital Stay or Recovery, New Pet in the Family, When You Need Assistance to Care for Your Pet.

Suite 59 Hair Design 59 E. Home St., 614.891.HAIR Suite 59 Hair Design offers friendly, personal services to help you make your personal style statement from cutting edge to classic. Call for an appointment today: Tuesdays through Saturdays, evenings by appointment.

The Uptown Farmers' Market Northeast Corner of E. Home and N. State Streets, Wednesdays 3 - 6 p.m., May 9th - October 24th. And, July 4th -- visit the Farmers' Market before you settle in for the parade during special holiday hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An Uptown favorite, the Farmers' Market features local vendors selling organic beef, roasted coffee, baked goods, fresh vegetables, flowers, and more. Home-made and Home-grown in our Hometown!

Your community marketplace destination -- Uptown Westerville is A Place for People.

Click here to view the June 28th WUMA ad.

(The ad is a PDF file, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the ad. For a free download: adobe.com.)

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Co-Op Advertising Program currently runs an ad once a month in ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Are you a merchant who would like to participate in the WUMA Co-Op Advertising Program? WUMA member and Non-WUMA member rates available. Contact Linda Foor, Brickstreet Communications, ljfoor@brickstreet.net or 614.352.1144 for more information.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Home-Made "To Go"

Tomorrow is the weekly Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Main.

12 market vendors featuring goods from garden to table.

And, visit the Uptown Merchants offering extended Wednesday hours.

Next week's Farmers' Market will feature special 4th of July hours: 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. -- stop by before the parade!

And, remember, when you visit the Uptown Farmers' Market, if you want pie - get there early!!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market runs through October 24th.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate the 4th!

Next Wednesday is July 4th!

Uptown Westerville will feature activities beginning at 6 a.m. when registration for the Rotary Club of Westerville Run, Walk, and Roll events begins at Alum Creek Park - North.

For running enthusiasts, this event is part of the 2007 Columbus Grand Prix series. For details check with Run Wild Racing.

Registration begins at 6 a.m.

The 5k Roll begins at 8 a.m.

The 5k Run/Walk start time is 8:15 a.m.

The Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes 100, 440, and 880 yard dashes.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for special hours July 4th only -- 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Come up early for the Parade and sample the Farmers' Market fare. But -- if you want pie -- get there early!!! The Farmers' Market is located at the NE Corner of N. State and E. Home Streets.

The Indpendence Day Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at Heatherdown and S. State and heads north to St. Paul's.

The parade is also an opportunity to support & celebrate your community -- bring non-perishable food items with you when you come to the parade for the W.A.R.M. food bank collection. Volunteers will be pushing shopping carts along the parade route!

After the parade, head on down to Alum Creek Park - North for entertainment at the amphitheatre:

The Pride and Spirit of America Dance Team performs at 5:00 p.m.

The Westerville Community Band performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

There is a bike & leisure path between Alum Creek Parks North & South!

At 9:00 p.m., the Westerville Symphony will begin its annual Independence Day Concert. The symphony is located behind American Ceramics at Schrock and Cooper Roads.

Then at 10:00 p.m. Fireworks!! The launch-point is Alum Creek Park - South, behind Alliance Data.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association wishes you a safe, happy Independence Day holiday!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Safety Savvy!!

This month's Fourth Friday is here!

Tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., it's the 5th Annual Safety Fest sponsored by the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau and Westerville Police and Fire!

Car Seat Safety
Tornado Safety
Public Health
Bike Safety
Crime Prevention
Sun, Fun and Pool Safety
and more!

Visit exhibits from Franklin County’s Emergency Management Agency, Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, OSU Medical Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Franklin County Children’s Services, Westerville Public Library, Westerville Police and Fire, Franklin County Board of Health and Westerville Parks and Rec.

Kids can climb up on a real fire truck, sit in a police cruiser, and meet Sparky & McGruff!

June 2007 Fourth Friday's entertainment is provided by classic acoustic and rock group, Avalon Nine and Brian Smith and the John Vermeulen Trio.

Come uptown and make it an evening! Visit the uptown shops, take in the sights and sounds of Fourth Friday, and have dinner and dessert at Dairy Queen, Michael's Pizza, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, or Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Senses!

The Uptown Farmers' Market is today!

So, stop by between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., but if you want pie, get there sooner rather than later!!

You can... Taste the delicious samples and the delectable home-made and home-grown foods. See the gorgeous array of foods, produce, flowers, and wares. Smell the aromas like freshly roasted coffee beans or fresh-baked breads or a potted tomato plant. Feel what you are buying from produce to candles. Hear the friendly greetings from market vendors along with the laughter and happy conversations at the Uptown Farmers' Market!

Bildsten Landscape Services

Bird Haven Farms

Carrousel Watergardens and Nursery & Cathy's Tasty Treats

The Flying J Farm

Mockingbird Meadows

Landrum Cottage Designs

Plieades Maple Products

RJ Gourmet Foods

Sue's Kitchen

Taste of Seattle Coffee Company

Varley Valley Baked Goods & Droolin Good Dog Treats

Stop by on your way home from work or you way to tonight's ball game -- N. State and E. Home Street in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

Remember extended shop hours, too!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Independence Day Traditions and Family Fun


Westerville's Fourth of July celebration is tradition and community.

Back in the 1970's a national soft drink company visited Westerville to film its Fourth of July activities for a successful, slice-of-America commercial. Step in the "Wayback Machine" and click here to visit YouTube to view the commercial.

The Rotary Club of Westerville presents the day-long celebration which includes the annual Walk, Run, and Roll (including a kids' "Fun Run"), the Parade, the community food drive benefiting W.A.R.M., entertainment featuring the Westerville Symphony, the Westerville Community Band, and oh, yes, the Fireworks!!

The theme of this year's parade is "Many Voices, One Nation." And, uptown residents Dr. William and Mary Davis will be grand marshals for the parade.

Uptown Westerville is a great destination point for a fun 4th of July! How about a stop at the Dairy Queen before, during, or after the parade! Or come uptown to shop and dine -- visit Michael's Pizza, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, and Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta for a delicious nosh or cool, refreshing beverage!

Arrive at one destination point and use the walkways and hike & bike trails to move between Uptown Westerville and Alum Creek Park (north and south) on wheels or heels!

Look for special July 4th Uptown Farmers' Market hours to be announced!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Community

Welcome to new Westerville Uptown Merchants Association Members:

Darden Memorials
94 S. State St.
614.899.0010

Dr. John Parrish, O.D.
114 N. State St. (at Lincoln)
614.882.0851

Jack L. Woods Plumbing
130 E. Home St.
614.882.9700

Join our community!

As an Uptown Westerville business, for $100 per year, your Uptown Westerville Merchants Association membership features:

• Association Voting Rights.
• Membership Card.
• Member-To-Member Discount Program.
• Membership Decals.
• Print Image Advertising.
• Co-Op Print Advertising Opportunities.
• Website Directory Listing featuring business e-mail address and website link.
• Placement on the Uptown Merchant Map, including address and contact information.
• WUMA Blog.
• Online Coupon Option.
• Networking Opportunities, including:
• Regular monthly meetings.
• Optional participation in Member-to-Member Discount Benefit Offers
• Opportunity to hold WUMA office and join focus committees.
• Host a WUMA Meeting.
• Social gatherings.
• Public Relations Opportunities:
• Benefit from regular WUMA press releases.
• Cross-Promotion.
• Feature Business press release with Co-Op Advertising participation.
• Press release archive posted on WUMA website.
• Get Uptown news first!
• Stay in the loop on current parking, traffic, safety, event, and security information.
• Sense of community pride and ownership in the Uptown Area.

WUMA's annual events are: Midnight Madness (part of the member WVCB 4th Friday series) and Home for the Holidays weekend to inaugurate the Holiday shopping season.

The Mission of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is to present ourselves as a unified and cohesive voice on behalf of our member businesses in marketing, advertising, and maintaining a strong business atmosphere in the uptown area.

For details visit the Uptown Merchants website. Want to know more?! -- ask any WUMA member!!

Want to be included on the new Uptown Merchants map that will be distributed at the Westerville Music and Arts Festival? Join WUMA by June 30th!