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:

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, 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.

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

Jack L. Woods Plumbing
130 E. Home St.

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!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Live Theatre

A long-standing, intimate-setting summer theatre tradition, Otterbein College Summer Theatre is about to start its 2007 Season.

This year's productions:

Private Lives by Noel Coward, June 20th - 24th, June 28th - 30th, and July 6th & 7th

The Batting Cage by Joan Ackermann, July 12th - 15th, and July 19th - 21st

The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq (book and music) and Fred Alley (lyrics and book), July 26th - 29th, August 2nd - 5th, and August 9th - 11th.

This year's season is dedicated to the memory of Otterbein theatre alum Detective Jared Jensen, killed in the line-of-duty in Colorado Springs while attempting to apprehend a murder suspect.

For tickets or more information, visit the Summer Theatre website or call 614.823.1657. By the way, Otterbein Campus Center at 100 W. Home, is just up the street from Uptown Westerville. Include an uptown visit in your evening theatre plans!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Music, Art and Community!

Mark you calendars for July 14th & 15th for the 34th Annual Westerville Music & Arts Festival at Heritage Park.

Presented by WUMA member Westerville Chamber of Commerce, this popular arts tradition features youth art exhibits at Everal Barn (air-conditioned!!), awesome musical entertainment, good food (including WUMA member The Old Bag of Nails Pub (famous Fish & Chips!!), and, of course, the artists.

Spend the day in Westerville! Include a stop in Uptown Westerville in your schedule (before or after visiting the festival) -- less than a mile east of Heritage Park.

Or, take in both days of the festival and spend the weekend in Westerville! Check out local B & B's including WUMA member, Westerville Inn Bed & Breakfast, just steps away from Heritage Park. And, WUMA member Otterbein College Summer Theatre is featuring The Batting Cage in the Campus Center Theatre July 12th - 15th.

By the way, the Westerville Chamber of Commerce is looking for event volunteers from the community -- contact the chamber at 614.882.8917 for details or to volunteer.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Good Deeds, Good Food, and Good Friends, Part 2

Sunday, June 17th stop by the Westerville Inn Bed & Breakfast, 5 S. West St., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for an old-fashioned cookout to help a good friend -- Deja Vu's Earlene Wandrey and her Relay for Life Team.

Westerville Inn is at the top of the hill at the east end of Alum Creek Park North and the Heart of Ohio Barbershop Chorus will be serenading cookout guests at the park amphitheatre (by the way, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the park is a great way to spend a summer evening, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through August 19th).

Admission is $20 (all proceeds go to Relay for Life through "Earlene's Fighting Team") and BBQ pork, beer, and serving items are provided. This is an old-fashioned cookout, so feel free to bring a covered dish!

On-street parking is available around Otterbein College campus or park in the lot at Astronaut Grove (just a short walk to Westerville Inn).

Thanks to event hosts Brenda & Terry Winebrenner, Wanda & Dave Wells, and Marcia & Roy Lawson.

Westerville Inn Bed & Breakfast is a member of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association.

Uptown Westerville is a Place Good Food, Good Deeds, and Good Friends, Part 1

This weekend in Uptown Westerville is full of activity!

First, visit Uptown Westerville Saturday, June 16th between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race. This event, co-sponsored by Westerville Uptown Merchant's Association member, Westerville Bike Shop and Raisin Rack, is not only for a good cause (the Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund) but it honors a good friend, in Garrett Wonders.

This race is part of the Lance Armstrong Junior Olympics Race series. From a Police and Fire Departments Fat Tire Race to Pro-level racing (there's a $3k pro-racing purse) to kids bike events, there are races for all skill levels and all ages in this exciting event.

Some of the streets of Uptown Westerville will be closed for the races. With the start and finish lines at City Hall, the race course will run from City Hall, north on State Street, east on College to Summit, south on Summit to E. Park, and west on E. Park to State Street, north back to city hall.

And, while State Street will be closed to vehicle traffic, all uptown shops and restaurants are open, including Westerville Bike Shop! So, come uptown to race, shop, dine or watch. Park and State will be the place to watch the fastest turns of the races -- pick up a DQ treat and sit on the lawn at Hanby School!

After, the races, stay uptown for lunch -- check out Westerville Uptown Merchants Association members Michael's Pizza, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, or Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta!

If you have more questions, contact Westerville Bike Shop, 29 W. Main, at 614.891.5654.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Pleine Air Shopping

It's a gorgeous Wednesday in Central Ohio and that means it's Uptown Farmers' Market day in Westerville!

The Uptown Farmers' Market is today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at E. Home and N. State.

Visit Uptown Westerville on Wednesdays and enjoy good food, visit uptown shops, and enjoy the benches and flowers along State Street and in Rotary Park.

Home-Grown. Home-made. Hometown.