Monday, December 29, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for January Deals at Meza

Starting January 2nd, visit Meza, 48 N. State, for great buys -- Take 50% off select Meza merchandise. For more information: visit Meza online or call 614.259.3101.

And, Meza welcomes and sells The Uptown Gift Card!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Expression

Heather Beaver and Erin McKenna invite you to an evening of Art, coffee, and live music at Serendipity, 33 E. College, on Friday, January 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

welcomes and sells
The Uptown Gift Card!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Walk

Planning on adding walking to your fitness program?

You could strap on the pedometer and go for those 10,000 steps "mallercizing" (walking at an indoor mall) or consider a fresh-air alternative and Walk Uptown Westerville!

According to Google Maps the one-way walking distance from Home Street, south to Walnut Street, is .4 miles, so start up one side of State Street and head, round-trip, back up the other for an .8 of a mile walk -- that's roughly 1600 steps! And, since walking activity has a cumulative physical effect, feel free to add a few more steps browsing stores, getting to know uptown merchants, checking out the shops and businesses on Main and College, running uptown errands, or taking on the steps to Gallery 202 or to the second floor at the Westerville Public Library.

And, when you are ready to cool down, there are plenty of Uptown Westerville establishments to stop in to rehydrate and nourish.

Want to take your walks up a notch? Start Uptown and head west, to walk around Otterbein College campus (.2 of a mile from State Street) or head a few steps east on College (toward Fusion Fitness & Wellness) or Park (just .2 of a mile from State Street) and you'll find the city's hike/bike trail!

The mental and physical benefits of a simple walk each day are immeasurable, and we all know the benefits of shopping, browsing, and walking with friends!! So, keep "uptownercizing" in mind as a regular part of your fitness day!

There's plenty of free on-street and lot parking in Uptown Westerville, so it's easy to park and walk.

To check out the Westerville Uptown Merchants Member Directory, click here.

Note: You know the drill -- before starting any physical activity program seek professional guidance first and do what you need to do to properly prepare for your walking program.

Image: (c)2008 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Kindness

Uptown Westerville is a great place to shop, live, work, eat, meet and play.

Throughout the year, Uptown merchants make helping others a seamless part of their lives.

Without a thought or fanfare, Uptown Merchants reach out to the people in our community who may need some extra help, like Kriss Rogers of Outside Envy who raffled a gift basket to benefit the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) during the holidays, Renee Kropat of Gallery 202 who's annual shop window decorating contest collects favorite window votes by collecting canned goods for WARM, Doug Winbigler and the Amish Originals Furniture Co. staff who contributed their time and an Amish Originals' delivery truck to haul toys collected by kids at St. Paul School to St. John's in Columbus for distribution to families in need, and the WARM/Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Fresh Green Progam presenting farmers' market coupons to families that may have trouble affording fresh produce.

The member merchants of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association wish you a wonderful holiday season and thank you for your acts of kindness when you help those in need and support local associations like WARM and Westerville Caring and Sharing, wherever you live.

Pictured: Students at St. Paul School help load the Amish Originals delivery truck with toys for kids in need.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Pound the Beat

The December 22, 2008 Columbus Dispatch Metro Section front page features an article entitled Pounding the Beat about Westerville's Officer Mike Beekman.

Uptown Westerville appreciates Mike Beekman's extra efforts and WPD's support!

Besides helping merchants and residents in Uptown Westerville, Mike is also passionately involved in greyhound rescue and fostering, so meet Mike and greyhounds Juliet, Romeo, and Jade at the Dispatch Multimedia Link photo tour for Pounding the Beat (photos are by Dispatch photographer Tom Dodge).

For more information about greyhound rescue:

Thanks, Mike!

Pounding the Beat

Westerville policeman patrols the old-fashioned way: on foot

Monday, December 22, 2008 3:02 AM
By Dean Narciso

Police Officer Mike Beekman said his familiarity with State Street's retailers and their habits helps him notice if something is amiss.

Officer Mike Beekman opens the sport-utility vehicle's door, pulls keys from the ignition and jangles them, shaking his head. "I've been known to pick up keys and leave a little note behind," said Beekman, who patrols Uptown Westerville on foot.

When he notices something unusual -- a door ajar, a forgotten set of keys -- or has an odd feeling, he checks it out. Beekman's beat is in contrast to tricked-out police vehicles and high-tech crime fighting. It's a nostalgic nod to nightsticks and shoe leather.

While his colleagues are cocooned for hours in computer-equipped cruisers, Beekman roams the streets, looking for unlocked doors, parking violators or a handshake from an old friend.

"If the merchants have a problem, they let me know," Beekman said. "They're just a thousand sets of eyes out here for me."If they see trouble, they call his cell phone, one another and 911. Quaint Uptown Westerville hasn't had many emergencies in the 10 years that Beekman has walked the beat.

He takes some of the credit. The bad guys, he says, know that it's hard to get away and blend in. "You can't get lost here in the Uptown," Beekman said.

Westerville hired Beekman in 1972 after he had spent four years in the Air Force, which took him to Vietnam with the 445th Airlift Wing. He's since served in the Air Force Reserve. He originally wanted to be a newspaper reporter, interning briefly at the Columbus Citizen-Journal.

But after he received a criminology degree from Ohio Dominican University, a law-enforcement career followed.

He declined the chance to retire in 1998, even with healthy military and police pensions. "They're dead within a year," Beekman bluntly said of colleagues who have retired and struggled to stay busy.

"I just could not think of not doing it. I like to see people smile."

Now 60, Beekman walks up and down State Street and its back alleys, leaving a trail of smiles, compliments and safety tips. It helps that he often is accompanied by three greyhounds he has rescued and now calls his companions.

"Since I love animals, and all my merchants love animals, I take them with me. I'm not sure which they love to see more, me or the dogs."

Beekman has arranged with the merchants, and his superiors, to leave the animals in their shops if he is needed in an emergency.

Lt. John Petrozzi calls Beekman "a great ambassador," whom everybody knows. "I know them all by name. I know most of their children," Beekman said. "Here, if they move a safe, I know it's gone; they change a store display, I know it's gone. I know their habits."

He was among the first to reach Michael's Pizza when a fire broke out last month. He checked the smoke-filled interior for employees and spent the day controlling traffic and helping the owner.

This month, he saw a man who seemed out of place. "I've never seen this guy, and he's hanging around a shop that's ready to open and operated by a single female," he recalled. Beekman followed him several blocks to his car. The man left before Beekman could get a plate number. "What was he up to and why did he take off so quickly? I don't know."

Besides instinct, Beekman's disarming manner and snappy repartee set him apart.

"Before I say anything, you look exceptionally beautiful today," he says to a receptionist inside the Edward Jones Investments office where he briefly pokes his head in. He passes an employee of the Amish Originals furniture store, asking about her boss: "Is Doug in there today? "Yes, he is," she replies. "Good, I've got a warrant for his arrest," he jokes.

David Chapman is relaxing inside DJ's Feed Store. "What's more public awareness than somebody walking the beat?" said Chapman, the store's newest owner.

Beekman, an associate pastor, preaches at Grace Chapel Community Church in Delaware County. He keeps his Bible on the console of his van.

"I don't know how anyone could do this job without faith in God," he said. "Every community is about each of us taking care of their brother. It's that Christian concept." His faith keeps him grounded in ethics as well, he said.

He tells business owners: "I don't want to know what your car looks like -- that's a four-hour parking lot; they know if they hand me a cup of coffee, I hand them $1.75."

Beekman helps merchants with heavy deliveries and acts as a liaison between them and city offices. If merchants have concerns about water, sewer, business signs or parking, he knows whom to call.

"It's nice to have someone other than a phone recording."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Hours at Morgan's Treasure

Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main, 614.882.4401,, announces special hours Christmas week:

Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Christmas

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Hours at A Gal Named Cinda Lou

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State, 614.776.1409,, announces Christmas week holiday hours:

Special Holiday 2008 Hours Begin December 15th:
Monday & Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Hours at Serendipity

Serendipity, 33 E. College Ave., 614.392.2352, has special hours Christmas week 2008:

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Open Mic Night, Sundays 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
December 26th: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

New Year's Eve: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed New Year's Day

Click here to view Menu (PDF).

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Hours at Amish Originals

Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State, 614.891.6257,, business hours for Christmas week are:

Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Also by Appointment

Amish Originals will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and is closed Christmas Day and December 26th.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for The Uptown Gift Card

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Look for this image on the front door of Uptown Westerville Merchants and you find the Uptown Gift Card welcomed and sold.

Good at any or all of 17 select Uptown Westerville Merchants, the Uptown Gift Card is a stored-value gift card, just like the major retailers.

Present someone with an Uptown Gift Card and you're giving them a memorable moment... an afternoon with good friends... a family outing... a keepsake purchase... a great story.

The perfect gift for the Holiday season.

The Perfect Gift Anytime.

Visit these select Uptown Westerville Merchants who welcome and sell The Uptown Gift Card.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou
Amish Originals Furniture Co.
▪ Captivating Canines
▪ Deja Vu
The Dog Joint
Flowers by Doris
Hey Diddle Diddle
It's All In The Name
Java Central
▪ Joe's Service Automobile Repair
Lola Belle Boutique
Morgan's Treasure
Outside Envy
Ruth Reed Antiques
Serendipity Ice Cream & Coffee House
Westerville Bike Shop

Great for Otterbein students!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Tabletop at Amish Originals

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Entertaining this holiday season? Maybe looking for the right gift for the party people in your life?

From wine storage to table runners to ironstone tabletop, Amish Originals Furniture Co. provides a host of useful and beautiful entertainment accents and accessories.

Check out these suggestions from Amish Originals' 2008 Holiday Gift Guide:

Cheese spreaders in assorted colors and styles. Set of 4, $15.99. Amish-made wood cutting boards in a variety of sizes. From $18 to $48. each

The perfect finishing touch for kitchen or wet bar sinks: Billie Joe's Homewares Kitchen Strainers, choose from themes, animals, even an Ohio State University Logo strainer. $12.99 each.

Made in Ohio, Amish-made Wood Serving Trays. Oak $20. each or Cherry $25. each.

In a rush or not sure what to pick up for your favorite people? Think about an Amish Originals Gift Certificate (just call 614.891.6257 or e-Mail

Amish Originals also welcomes and sells the Uptown Gift Card -- good at one or all of 17 different Uptown Westerville merchants.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Dog Lovers!

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Whether you are shopping for pups or people, Captivating Canines, 31 N. State, at the corner of State and Main, is the perfect "dogcentric" place to gift shop.

Captivating Canines owner, Gordon Solomons recommends anything Snoopy for this holiday season! Gordon features a full selection of Snoopy collectibles.

For a canine Christmas, check out Captivating Canines' dog breed porcelain ornament selection, too.

Captivating Canines is easy to spot -- look for "Bruno the Bloodhound" at the front door!

Got questions? Contact Captivating Canines at 614.882.8863

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fine Jewelry Finds

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Good things come in small packages at Uptown Westerville's Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main, 614.882.4401.

Stop by Morgan's Treasure this holiday season and meet owner, gemologist, and goldsmith Bill Morgan. Morgan's Treasure features distinctive custom-made and designed jewelry that includes rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, engagement rings, and wedding sets that can add even more sparkle and light to your holiday season.

For this holiday season, Bill recommends....

Baby Bangles: child-size bracelets for special gifts and special occasions for little ones. Baby bangles feature optional gemstones and are designed to adjust as your child grows.

Original Art: Morgan's Treasure is currently featuring art by Steven Walker, scherenschnitte work by Ann B. Wildman, and clay horses by Amy Foltz.

Morgan's Treasure holiday hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Christmas.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Serendipity

Serendipity, 33 E. College Ave., features yummy foods, hot brews, and a welcoming linger-over-coffee atmosphere -- a perfect haven for a break from holiday shopping or to meet up with friends and family you'll see over the holidays!

From discerning diet selections to vegetarian-friendly fare to comfort foods, Serendipity's menu features....

▪ Danesi Italian Espresso and made-to-order Coffee Favorites
▪ Chai
▪ Hot Chocolate
▪ Morning Treats like muffins and breakfast paninis
▪ Panini's (Choose any combo of 4 items to build your "Personal Panini")
▪ Grilled PB & J
▪ Grilled Cheese
▪ Fried Sides like sweet potatoes, spicy pickles, and cheese
▪ Tomato Basil Soup
▪ Chili
▪ Zapp's Potato Chips
▪ Salads
▪ Hummus Platter
▪ Desserts like cupcakes and biscotti
▪ Smoothies
▪ Milkshakes
▪ Soft Serve Custard
▪ Hand-dipped Ice Cream
▪ Flavor Burst Ice Cream

Click here to view, download, or print Serendipity's Menu (PDF).

Note: Serendipity menu as of 12.20.08 may be subject to change without notice here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Candlelight at Amish Originals

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Walk through the doors at Amish Originals Furniture Co. and you discover the welcoming beauty of the warm, earthy wood tones of Amish Originals' signature artisan furniture, crafted, to-order, by Amish carpenters right here in Ohio.

You'll also find a selection of distinctive finishing touches, accents, and accessories that help you make your house your home for the holidays and through the seasons.

Amish Originals accents and accessories also make thoughtful and uncommon gifts for friends and family. Imaginative. Useful. Beautiful.

Amish Originals invites you to stop in to browse and shop -- get great ideas for Christmas decorating, meet our staff, and find wonderful, affordable (gift basket size Ohio-made jellies and spreads are just $1!!) thoughtful gifts for those near and dear. Like...

Beanpod Soy Candles: 4.5 ounce ▪ 8 ounce ▪ 16 ounce, $6. to $16. each. Earth-friendly Beanpod candle fragrances include holiday favorites, nature-inspired, and classic scents. Choose from a selection of vibrant to muted colors. Made in the USA.

Bottlelabras: $11.99 each. Been trying to figure out what to do with that wine bottle you held onto that holds a favorite memory? Thinking about holiday centerpieces and lighting? Bottlelabras add life to any bottle or vase that will hold a stopper! Made of pewter-look polished cast aluminum with rubber rings to hold secure, Bottlelabras can go casual to formal and add a touch of affordable drama and fun to your tablescapes or arrangements of tealight and taper candles.

Looking for more ideas?
Click here to view the Amish Originals Furniture Co. 2008 Gift Guide.

Shop at Home in Uptown Westerville. Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State Street, Westerville. 614.891.6257

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Dairy Queen Specials

Stop by Dairy Queen, 84 S. State, for these delicious specials.....

▪ Holiday Log Cakes for $9.99.

▪ 2 single cheese burgers for $2.22

▪ 2 double cheese burgers for $3.33

Dine-in... Take-away... or Drive-thru!

Call us! 614.899.CAKE (2253)

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Help People

Kriss Rogers of Outside Envy, 15 N. State, wants you to know about a chance to help spread some holiday cheer:

This holiday season Outside Envy is raffling off a beautiful holiday basket filled with a set of eight whimsical reindeer mugs and dessert plates. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the food pantry at W.A.R.M.

Just stop by the store anytime between now and Monday, December 22nd to enter the drawing by making a canned food or monetary donation. One lucky customer will be chosen to win the basket on December 23rd. Outside Envy is open daily thru Christmas Eve.
For additional information, call 614.895.3689

Outside EnvyArt of the Garden, Deck and Patio
15 North State Street, in Uptown Westerville

Note: W.A.R.M. is a 501(c)3 organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Sample and Shop at Meza

On Tuesday, December 16th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. stop by Meza, 48 N. State, for a Shop and Sample evening!

Sample hot mulled wine or cider, coffee, local cheeses (Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market fans -- Meza carries Blue Jacket Dairy cheeses), and more!

For more information visit the Meza website: or call Meza 614.259.3101.

Can't decide what to buy? Meza welcomes and sells The Uptown Gift Card!

Click here to view this Meza Flyer (PDF).

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Gift of Ice Cream

Ice cream and DQ favorites as stocking stuffers? You bet!

Think of the Westerville Dairy Queen, 84 S. State, for ice cream cakes, holiday treats, and... gift certificates!

Buy $20 in Westerville DQ Gift Certificates and get a coupon for a free Blizzard to be presented on your next visit to the Westerville DQ.

For more info, stop by the DQ, at Park and State in Uptown Westerville, or call 899.CAKE (2253).

Dine-in, order take-away or drive-thru!

Note: Offer does not apply to DQ gift cards.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Sounds of the Season

Stop by the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Sunday, December 21st from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for its Music in the Atrium series presentation: An Acoustic Christmas.

Sponsored by the Friends of the WPL, An Acoustic Christmas features Celtic and American Folk music and seasonal songs played on hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar.

Keep the Westerville Public Library in mind during the holiday season -- there are kid, family & grown-up activities, and it's the library -- so you have access to everything from major newspapers & magazines to classics, cookbooks & the latest great reads to music, audio books & DVD releases to wi-fi.

Stuck home on a winter's day? Check out the WPL online -- there are some great online activities and reads as well! (Check out the Ohio eBook collection!)

Think about the Friends of the Library's Gift Shop for gift ideas for your favorite reading enthusiast!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for A Shining Star

For decades now, it's not really, officially the holidays in Westerville until we see the Christmas Star hanging in Uptown Westerville. During the Great Depression in the previous century, to encourage Uptown residents to "buy local," the Westerville's Businessman's Association, approached the city manager with an idea and here is the history of the Westerville Star, as complied and presented by Beth Weinhardt of the Westerville Local History Research Center...

In ancient times the five pointed star, with one point straight up, represented all that is good and holy.

In the early days of this country, our forefathers used stars as a decoration to symbolize the strength of family and a deep respect and abiding love for God. The founders of our Great Nation adopted the star to symbolize the very first states on the very first flag.

The upper right and left points represent "Mother" and "Father", the lower two points represent "Children," and the top center always points toward the Heavens in reverence to the Lord our Creator. The original Christmas Star shone to announce the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago; it's light and beacon of welcome to all who would come.

As a traditional tree-topper the star serves as a reminder of that light, the source of true Christmas joy.

In the depths of the Great Depression, the Westerville Businessman's Association led by Percy Yantis wanted to find a way to bring business to uptown and to make the holidays brighter during those difficult times. Yantis went to City Manager Ross Windom with the idea of having a large star hanging over the main intersection in the shopping district during the holidays.

Windom approved of the idea and local tinsmith George Alexander was commissioned to create the decoration. George Alexander, descended from one of the early mayors of Westerville, worked on the star with his two sons Russell and Nolan in his tin shop which was located where Green Cleaners is located today off of College Ave. George was talented not only in his work with tin but also was noted because he was the director of the Westerville Band.

The Public Opinion in its December 5, 1935 edition said, "The business section of the village has taken on a holiday appearance with the erection of the Christmas decorations. A noteworthy addition this year is a huge star electrically lighted and hanging high over the street at the corner of State and Main St. The star was made by George Alexander. Stores are now displaying their holiday merchandise and Christmas shopping will get under way in earnest in a few days. Shop at home is a slogan to bear in mind."

The star has been an important part of the holidays in Uptown Westerville ever since its debut. George Alexander, its creator, passed about in 1939 at the age of 55 after 35 years in the tinsmith business.

The Westerville Star lights the night at N. State and W. Main.

For this holiday season, the members of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association encourage you to Shop at Home.

Best Wishes!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Buy Local Gifts at Meza

Tatjana and Jason Brown invite you to shop local and shop Meza:

Still looking for that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list? Shop Local!!

Try one of our signature gift baskets, or customize your own!

We carry a variety of great specialty food products produced right here in Ohio!

We offer a variety of gift options that won't break the bank!

Come on in to see us at 48 N State Street (in Uptown Westerville ), or you can place your order over the phone or via e mail! Call (614) 264-7244 or send us an e mail at!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Free Celebrate Westerville Posters

The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau has Free Celebrate Westerville posters.

Suitable for framing -- the Celebrate Westerville Posters take a fun look at Westerville then... and now from the same viewpoint! My how things have -- and haven't -- changed!

Stop by the WVCB Visitor Center at 20 W. Main St. and pick up your free poster.

The VCB is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Monday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (closed Sundays).

Pictured: the Holmes Hotel at W. Main and N. State Streets courtesy of the Westerville HistoryResearch Center.

Note: Free poster available while supplies last.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Pet Care

On the move over the holidays?

Whether out-and-about for shopping, a special occasion, holiday deliveries, or out-of-town, a pet sitter can back you up when your pets need attention while you are on the go -- even if it's a quick trip outside or a mid-day walk!

NorthStar Pet Services offers professional pet sitting services in Greater Westerville (zip codes 43081 and 43082) for your warm-blooded, indoor-only pets.

For more info, including rates and services, visit NorthStar Pet online.

NorthStar Pet is accepting new clients for holiday care through December 18th. For professional pet care in your peaceable kingdom, contact Linda Foor at or 614.352.1144.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. -- Goethe. Give a little pet care for the holidays -- order a NorthStar Pet Services gift certificiate!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Cards

Visit It's All In The Name, 20K S. State (off the brick walk behind Java Central) for holiday greeting cards.

Right now, It's All In The Name is featuring a 2 for 1 boxed holiday greeting card special.

Stop by today!

Contact It's All In The Name at or 614.890.1332

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Hours at A Gal Named Cinda Lou

Debbie and Juli Bennati of A Gal Named Cinda Lou -- Vintage Clothing, Unique T-Shirts, Jewelry, Gifts, Accents & Furnishings -- 20 N. State St. -- announce special 'Cinda Lou holiday hours, beginning December 15, 2008:

Monday & Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Contact A Gal Named Cinda Lou at:

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Warmth

Tatjana Brown from Meza has a way to warm up your heart and your holidays -- hot spiced cider and mulled wine...

Tatjana says...

While red wine and apple cider are the most traditional of the spiced winter warmers, you can also use cranberry juice, white wine, hard cider, or ale. All of these beverages take very nicely to mulling.

The primary spice combinations for mulled wine or cider almost always include cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Nutmeg, allspice berries, slices of fresh ginger, orange slices, and lemon zest are also good additions. You can find all of these spices in our Holiday Mulling Spice by Victoria Taylor Gourmet here at Meza!

▪ Simply place some of the spice mixture in a cheesecloth and allow to steep in the
liquid. Bring the mixture to a very gentle simmer over low heat. Don’t let it boil: this can cause spices to turn bitter.

▪ To really allow the flavors of the spices to infuse into the beverage, you should allow the mixture to simmer on the stove top for at least half an hour.

▪ Sweeten it up with some brown sugar.

▪ It’s fine to keep the pot warm for several hours, allowing everyone to sip holiday cheer throughout the night: a slow cooker on low heat is ideal. Ladle into mugs and serve, garnished with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.


Uptown Westerville is a Place for Meza Gift Baskets

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Meza (48 N. State) owners, Tatjana and Jason Brown say...

Happy Holidays From Meza!!!

Looking for a unique and affordable gift for the true food lover on your shopping list this holiday season? Give the gift of great taste, and show your support of local businesses. Meza Specialty Food and Gifts, located in Uptown Westerville, offers a wide variety of gift basket and gift box options that are perfect, not just for the holiday, but for a variety of occasions!

▪ Gifts for your gracious host or hostess.
▪ Birthday gift baskets.
▪ Our Meza dipping oils are a beautiful alternative to the standard bottle of wine as the perfect housewarming gift.
Thank You gifts for your colleagues or employees.
▪ Great kitchen starters for newlyweds or first apartments.

Our best products are featured in our signature gift baskets!

To place an order, simply call us at 614.264.7244 or send us an e mail to and include your name, the best way to contact you and your order and we will reply within one business day!

Gifts for far away friends and family?? No problem! WE SHIP!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Shout O - H...

I - O!!

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Uptown Westerville is a great place to find fun, distinctive ways to say Go Bucks! Whether you are looking for great holiday gifts for your favorite Buckeye fan or planning a "Fiesta" on January 5th, Team: Uptown Westerville has Buckeye Spirit!

Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 N. State St., 614.891.6257, has a selection of Ohio State insignia accents and accessories including snowman football ornaments, handbags, home accents, and an Ohio State logo kitchen sink strainer!

Say Go Bucks! with Dairy Queen, 84 S. State St., 614.899.2253, and add an Ohio State logo insignia ice cream cake to your holiday and Fiesta Bowl buffet. Prices vary by cake size. Order yours today!

DeJa Vu, 11 N. State, 614.890.1150, carries custom made OSU aprons. They make great gifts for the avid Buckeye fan. Styles are grill and kitchen-perfect in gender-neutral styles that work great for guys, and a more feminine style for the ladies. Aprons can also be customized with names, dates, favorite cheers, etc. Custom OSU aprons are priced from $25-$30.

Stop by Encircle, 30 and 34 N. State St, 614.891.9123, to choose from a selection of Ohio State logo fused glass by Peggy Karr.

Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State St., 614.818.5437, carries all sorts of great kid-sized Buckeye gear and accessories.

Make it personal at It's All In The Name, 20-K S. State St., 614.890.1322, where Amy and Lisa can personalize your baby Buckeye's favorites including bibs and blankets.

Morgan's Treasure, 614.882.4401, 12 W. Main, is featuring a beautiful gray pearl and scarlet coral custom-design necklace and 14 karat gold OSU earrings.

Outside Envy, 15 N. State, 614.895.3689, helps you greet your guests for the big game with a wide variety of garden, game room, and fun personal accessories so you can show your Buckeye Pride!

And, at Serendipity, 33 E. College, 614.392.2352, Debbie Mitchell has real buckeye necklaces, keychains, and great purses that feature an over-sized Buckeye helmet sticker and stripes motif -- all locally made -- just contact Debbie at Serendipity to order ahead.

Let's Go Buckeyes! O - H....

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Affordable Gifts at A Gal Named Cinda Lou

Congratulations to A Gal Named Cinda Lou (20 N. State) -- 'Cinda Lou has been featured for the second year in a row in Columbus Alive's Holiday Gift Guide!

This year, the gift guide features 'Cinda Lou's Little Golden Book Journals -- these uncommon, spiral bound journals repurpose the covers of old children's book favorites, and have a special appeal for kids young and old! Just $12.

For more info, stop by, call (614.776.1409), e-mail ( or visit A Gal Named Cinda Lou online (

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Main Street Holiday Features

Congratulations to WUMA members, A Gal Named Cinda Lou (20 N. State) and Hey Diddle Diddle (38 N. State) for their feature stories in the Columbus Dispatch on November 30th!

Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State St.

Stacy Roberts celebrates Black Friday, but not because a horde of customers floods her specialty babies and toddlers boutique. It's because she opened her store eight years ago on that day in Uptown Westerville. Despite a troubled economy this year, she's still in business. And she intends to be around for another eight.

"When I hear bad news about the economy, I think, 'What changes can I make to keep myself out of a bad position?' " Roberts said as she arranged a display of plush animals that transform into toddler pillows and blankets. "You can let it bog you down and keep you up at night, but I'd rather think positively and figure out what I can do to make positive changes."

This sunny disposition of hers is what attracts many regular customers to her store. The high-end baby clothes and accessories by lines such as Petunia Pickle Bottom and Hartstrings are favorites of many of her clients and a draw that has kept Roberts in business when large national chains are reporting declining sales.

"People want that extra attention and are happy when they can come in and find that one special gift to buy because they plan to spend less and want the gift to be more significant," she said.

"Sales have been flat, but I do think it will get better because we're headed in the right direction."

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State St.

A flood of warm, happy childhood memories greets many of the customers who walk into the small, retro-vintage shop on N. State Street. Those feelings and low prices have been a key consumer draw for the mother-daughter duo who opened the store two years ago.

Debbie Bennati and daughter Julia named the store after Debbie's grandmother. The long, narrow store is filled with records, toys, magazines, furniture, clothing and jewelry from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Although sales have been down in the past two weeks, Debbie Bennati said that because her store is a resale shop, it actually has benefited from the downturn in the economy. But, she said, the slowing sales make her wonder whether it's the economy or the weather that has kept customers away.

"Things aren't dire; this is not going to be a make-or-break year, but I am worried because sales have slowed," she said as classic rock played throughout the store. "People are scared a little bit because they keep hearing how bad a year it's going to be.

"I just hope that people remember about us small-business owners. ... We work hard and don't make much money, but we do it for the pure joy."

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Silhouettes from A Gal Named Cinda Lou

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

A Gal Named Cinda Lou (20 N. State) is always a fun shopping stop featuring a touch of retro -- clothing, accessories, home accents & furnishings -- along with a dash of new -- jewelry, t-shirts & artwork.

This weekend, December 13th and 14th, A Gal Named Cinda Lou is showcasing long-time Westerville silhouette artist, Ann B. Wildman.

Ann will be cutting silhouettes Saturday, Dec 13th, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 14th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Just walk in or call 614.776.1409 for a pre-set appointment. Ann's silhouetts are just $10 a person and you get 2 copies of the silhouette!

Ann has been cutting silhouettes for over 40 years. She might have cut yours when you were a child if you visited Lazarus, The Union, and many of the craft festivals around Central Ohio.

Come meet Ann and watch her amazing craft!

Want to know more about A Gal Named Cinda Lou? Check out Columbus Alive and the Columbus Dispatch!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Treats from Serendipity

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Serendipity (33 W. College) is a great place for desserts and treats for the holidays.

Serendipity owner, Debbie Mitchell shares, "We here at Serendipity make a delicious Pumpkin Roll (yes, with the creamy cream cheese filling....yum!) by order. I have a few on hand but can have an order ready in 24 hours. We also can do cookies and cakes decorated for any Holiday."

Serendipity also features local artists' creative works, including Serendipity's customer-favorite pottery mugs, and Danesi coffees -- great for holiday gift baskets!

Shopping in Uptown Westerville? Take a break from the hustle and bustle and stop by Serendipity for coffee or hot chocolate, and a made-to-order panini for lunch!

Want to know more? Contact Serendipity at 614.392.2352 or

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Christmas

Church of the Messiah, UM, 51 N. State, has some special Christmas features planned for upcoming services.

This coming weekend, Sunday, December 14th, the Messiah Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present a service of Lessons and Carols at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30p.m., 9:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m. (Communion).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Cool Creative at the DQ

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

How about a one-of-a-kind holiday ice cream cake from the DQ?

On December 20th, come to Dairy Queen for the DQ Cake Decorating Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each cake takes just 20 minutes.

Just make a reservation with Dairy Queen (84 S. State) for you and/or your loved ones to decorate your own special holiday ice cream cake!

Prices vary depending on the size of the cake and additional cake features. And, all children must be accompanied by a parent.

Click here for a $3 off coupon on any 8" or larger DQ cake. (Valid only at DQ Uptown Westerville.)

So, contact Dairy Queen at 614.899.2253 and go cool creative for the holidays!!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for a New Website

It's All In The Name invites you to visit them online at

Make it Personal! It's All In The Name is a great stop for holiday shopping! Located at 20-K S. State (behind Java Central) at the end of the brick walk, It's All In the Name features embroidered and personalized items, invitations and cards, stationery, home accents, and gifts for birthdays, weddings, events, babies, kids, pets, and grown-ups.

Stop in to meet owners, Lisa Herrmann and Amy Robinson today!

Contact Lisa and Amy at or 614.890.1332.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Gifts from Amish Originals

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and...."

In addition to beautiful artisan furniture, Amish Originals features select art, accents, table top, lighting, candles, finishing touches, holiday decor, and accessories that make great gifts that fit any budget... prices start at... $1!

Fill a gift basket, stuff stockings, give a keepsake, surprise your favorite Buckeye fan, or decorate for the season -- all with one trip to Amish Originals Furniture Co.

Amish Originals suggests...

Fredericksburg’s-own Mrs. Miller’s Jams, Jellies, and Spreads: 1.5-ounce Jars: $1. ▪ 8-ounce Jars: $3. ▪ 1.5-ounce jar Boxed Set, Assorted Flavors: $7.99

Beanpod Soy Candles: 4.5 ounce ▪ 8 ounce ▪ 16 ounce, $6. to $16. each

Metal Wall Words: $7.99 to $24.99 each

Small Ceramic Vases: $8.99 each

Wooden Polish Boxes: from $9. to $70. each

Bottlelabras: for tealights and tapers, $11.99 each

Billie Joe’s Kitchen Strainers: $12.99 each

Spreaders, set of 4: $15.99

Christmas Stockings: $16.99 each

Amish-made Cutting Boards: from $18 to $48. each

Wood Serving Trays. Oak: $20. ▪ Cherry: $25. each

Vintage-style Model Airplanes: $24.99 to $79.99 each

Looking for uncommon holiday decor and accents? From traditional to modern, Amish Originals features wintery and holiday accents including over-sized ornaments, holiday wishes, baskets, snowmen, tree ornaments, and candles.

Not sure what to buy? Think about an Amish Originals Gift Certificate or The Perfect Gift Anytime: The Uptown Gift Card. Welcomed and sold at 17 select Uptown Merchants, including Amish Originals Furniture Co.

Contact Amish Originals at 614.891.6257 or

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Gifts from Outside Envy

"I was shopping in Uptown Westerville and..."

Outside Envy (15 N. State) features a gorgeous selection of creative touches for home and garden. Owner Kriss Rogers recommends these great gift ideas, all under $50...

Wine Bottleabras
Turns any wine bottle into a unique candelabra centerpiece
$9.50 - $14.50

Kitras Art Glass
Beautiful hand-blown ornaments made with recycled glass
$24.50 - $44.50

La Tee Da Candles
New “effusion crown” candles that deliver high definition fragrance

Bird Bottles
Ceramic bird houses are hand thrown and fired with a waterproof glaze,
a great way to encourage insect eating birds to nest nearby.

Outside Envy also features Local Artists...

Over 10 different artists on display featuring:

▪ Pottery
▪ One of a kind garden accent pieces
▪ Toad Houses
▪ Metal Sculptures
▪ Beautiful hand rolled candles
▪ Unique bird feeders
▪ Photography – framed and unframed
▪ Snowman paintings
▪ Cards and magnets
▪ Gourd Art
▪ Wreaths

And... gifts for your favorite fans! Check out Outside Envy's Buckeye Spirit!

Special Holiday hours: Outside Envy is also Open on Mondays through the Holidays!

Not sure what to buy? Think about an Outside Envy Gift Certificate or The Perfect Gift Anytime: The Uptown Gift Card. Welcomed and sold at 17 select Uptown Merchants, including Outside Envy.

Call or email Outside Envy at 614.895.3689/mailto:614.895.3689/

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Websites

Uptown Westerville's winter oasis, Outside Envy, 15 N. State, features art for the garden, deck, and patio.

Outside Envy announces its new website:

Take a tour of Outside Envy and if you can't make it Uptown, you can shop Outside Envy online.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Opportunity

Uptown Westerville favorite, Java Central, 20 S. State, is for sale.

For more information contact Ed Shadi at Java Central 614.839.0698 or
January 2009 Update -- Java Central is no longer on the market and will remain open and continue to be an Uptown Westerville favorite!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Uptown Westerville is A Place to be Home for the Holidays

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association invites you to bundle up in your coziest warm and light up the holiday season for Home for the Holidays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 5th.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall for the City of Westerville tree lighting featuring candlelight, holiday carols, and the arrival, via firetruck, of a very special, very honored, North Pole-based, jolly old guest!

Make cozy holiday memories in Uptown Westerville and enjoy the beautifully decorated shops & businesses, dinner, drink & dessert, extended shop hours, holiday specials, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, and other holiday treats.

After the tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, will get down to work, taking special holiday wishes from kids at North Pole: Westerville at Java Central, 20 S. State.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., take in the holiday sights and sounds of Uptown Westerville with free horse-drawn carriage rides sponsored by Amish Originals Furniture Co., Morgan's Treasure, Suite 59 Hair Design, Union Savings Bank, Westerville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, and Westerville Dental Associates: Dr. Brian Stickel, DDS Dr. Gretchen Zody, DDS, and Dr. Jason Kahan, DDS.

Home for the Holidays also features strolling carolers from the Westerville North High School Notables, music from Westerville Central High Schools' Jazz Central, a Secret Gift Shop for children at Gallery 202, 38 N. State, cookie decorating at A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State, the Westerville Public Library Storyteller with Booker the Bunny at Amish Originals, 38 N. State, letters to Santa at It's All In the Name, 20-K S. State on the Brickwalk, and the Westerville Citizens Police Academy Alumni's Westerville Bobbies.

Uptown Westerville is a place for peoople and a place for holiday wishes. See you Uptown when you come Home for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Coffee and Ice Cream at Serendipity

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes new member:

Panini, Ice Cream, and Coffee House
33 E. College Ave.
Westerville, OH 43081

Specialty ice cream, sandwiches, and coffee.

Uptown Westerville is a Place with Great Taste at Meza

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes new member

Select Gourmet Foods
Creating the Culinary Backdrop for Your Next Social Gathering
48 N. State St.
Westerville, OH 43086

Meza owners Tatjana and Jason Brown share:

In many Mediterranean countries like Serbia and Croatia, it is typical for families and friends to gather over Meze dishes... several small dishes that are often salty or savory, and that enhance the taste of wine. These dishes provide the backdrop for a social gathering during which guests can laugh and talk and share the wonderful food.

Stop by Meza for yourself or gifts for your favorite gourmet -- ask about Meza's gift baskets and entertaining trays.

Mark your calendars for these meza events:

November 13 - 7:00 p.m. Fall Entertaining Meza Tasting Session

November 20 - 7:00 p.m. Meza Cheese Tasting* Get information on a variety of gourmet cheeses. Do a side by sidecomparison tasting, and pair with a great glass of wine. You will also be able to take home information on suggested recipes, uses and wine pairings for your favorite cheeses.

* this class costs $10 per person and can be paid for upon arrival to the class

December 11 - 7:00 p.m. Cheese, Wine and Easy Holiday Entertaining

Uptown Westerville is a Place to See Yourself Beautiful at Lola Belle Boutique

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes new member:

Lola Belle Boutique
Specialty Intimate Wear & Accessories
46 N. State St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Visit Lola Belle Boutique for a selection of beautiful intimate apparel for all sizes and shapes.

Private Shopping Events and Parties are available on Mondays and anytime during the week. Please call Lola Belle Boutique to schedule and appointment.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Gourmet Hot Dogs at The Dog Joint

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes new member:

The Dog Joint
Gourmet Hot Dogs & More
59 S. State St.
Westerville, OH 43081
614. 818.DOGG (3644)
Fax 614.818.4690

The Dog Joint features Vienna Beef brand hot dogs. At The Dog Joint, you pick your hot dog and bun, pick out the trimmings, and pick your sides and drink!

Eat in, enjoy al fresco dining during warm weather days, or pay ahead curb-side pick up.

Check out The Dog Joint menu online or, better yet, stop in!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Good Values at Outside Envy

November 14th and 15th, join Outside Envy, 15 N. State for the Outside Envy Friends & Family Shopping Event!

Stop by Outside Envy or select Uptown Merchants for a special Friends & Family Event card. Present your card during the event on November 14th or 15th and save 10% on your entire purchase.

Additionally, Saturday, November 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Outside Envy is hosting a Gold & Silver Buy Back Event -- sell your old jewelry on the spot!

Outside Envy, 15 N. State, or 614.895.3689

Uptown Westerville is a Place with Helpful Knowledge for Uptown Merchants

Are you an Uptown Westerville Merchant with money questions?

Tim Bullock of Edward Jones Investments invites you to a town hall-style question and answer seminar on the third floor of Bag of Nails on Wednesday, November 12th, from 6 - 8 pm.

Tim says:

I normally just do these for clients, but with the historic events taking place in the markets in the last two months, I would be open to any of the uptown merchants attending if they would like to have some guidance on the current state of affairs. The format is a "town hall" and I will be taking questions from the audience and talking about whatever the issues are. The cost is zero and it is not a seminar attempting to sell anything. I now how panicked some of my clients are so if I can help with any of the fellow merchants anxieties, I'd be happy to.

If any of the merchants have an interest have them let Kristy Sherwood know -- 614.882.1131.

For more information contact Tim:

Timothy A Bullock, CFP, CRPC, AAMS
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investments
39 N State Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-1131

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Holiday Memories

December 5th, bundle up in your coziest winter warm and join the City of Westerville, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, as we light up Westerville's 2008 holiday season on December 5th with Home for the Holidays.

Home for the Holidays begins with the City Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall (21 S. State) at 7 p.m. and will include performances from the Westerville Community Band and Otterbein Kinderchor along with the placement of the U.S. Bicentennial (1976) and Celebrate Westerville (2008) time capsules in the City Hall courtyard.

The holiday season kickoff also features candlelight & holiday carols, hot chocolate & cookies from Westerville Sertoma, and arrival via firetruck of a very special, very honored, North Pole-based, jolly old guest!

After the tree lighting, please join the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association for a hometown evening to make memories in Uptown Westerville and enjoy our beautifully decorated shops & businesses, dinner, drink & dessert, shopping, holiday specials, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, and other holiday treats like....

▪ Free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
▪ Uptown Merchants Holiday Shopping with Extended Hours
▪ Secret Santa Gift Shop at Gallery 202 with Special Hours Just for Kids from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
▪ Westerville North High School Notables' Strolling Carolers.
▪ Music from Westerville Central's Jazz Central.
▪ Westerville Public Library Storyteller with Booker, the bunny
▪ A Live Nativity at Church of the Messiah
▪ Mail Letters to Santa at It's All In The Name
▪ Westerville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Westerville Bobbies

Keep checking back for more details.

See you at the tree lighting!

Home for the Holidays logo (c) 2008 Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. All rights reserved. Used wih permission.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for a Holiday Parade!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 7, 2008! It's a holiday parade! Have family fun, warm your hearts, and help those in need in our community with the Westerville Sertoma/Jaycees Annual Children's Christmas Parade.

Beginning at 1 p.m., and heading north on State Street, this year's parade theme is WARM Your Heart This Christmas, focusing on raising food donations and money for WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) and Westerville Caring & Sharing.

The Christmas parade is also an opportunity for community involvement -- give yourself an early gift and gain recognition for you, your organization, your business, or your neighborhood by becoming a parade sponsor or by entering a float.

Sponsor levels include:
$100 sponsor- name and address is listed in program passed out the day of the parade
$400 band sponsor- name is listed in program, a banner with your name is also carried ahead of North, South, or Centrals Marching Band

If anyone is able to discount or donate a portion of printing costs for the parade programs that is also needed, and if someone wants to sponsor Santa's float please contact Chris Shaheen for additional info.

Anyone interested in helping to sponor the parade can contact Parade Chairman Chris Shaheen at 614-212-7944 or or feel free to contact Jarrett Bauder at 614-256-2742 or

Any person, neighborhood, business, or organization that would like to have a float in the parade, please visit to download an entry form.

See you at the parade!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for HUGGS

Today, Saturday, November 8th is the annual HUGGS Craft Bazaar at Robert Frost Elementary School, 270 N. Spring Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The HUGGS Bazaar benefits the ODF or Officer Down Fund for the families of Westerville Police Officers in times of crisis.

The HUGGS Bazaar includes 70 crafters, a raffle, a silent auction, wreaths, poinsettias, and baked goods.

Find holiday gifts and home accents and help a very good cause in the process!

To learn more check out the HUGGS Bazaar and the Officer Down Fund outreach -- just click here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Midnight Madness

Legend has it that the last Friday of each October, Uptown Westerville Merchants, become spellbound by Halloween, creating an enchanting evening filled with tantalizing treats, horse-drawn haywagon rides, surprising special effects & features, and one-night-only Halloween deals.

It’s a night when super heroes, princesses, monsters, faeries, lions, and stormtroopers stroll throughout Uptown Westerville among the shopkeepers, citizens, scarecrows & jack-o-lanterns.

Midnight Madness showcases Uptown Westerville Merchants -- it’s a fun opportunity to browse and buy. This is the night to shop your favorite haunts and dare to venture where you’ve never been before!

Check out It's All In The Name's Haunted Brickwalk, Amish Originals Furniture Co.'s Haunted Hallway, Edward Jones Investment's Talking Pirate, Heart's Content's storefront window and more if... you... dare....

You never know what you’ll find...

So mark your calendars for the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association’s Annual Big Boo on October 31st from 7 p.m. til the bewitching hour of Midnight...

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Safe, Fun Trick or Treating!

Take advantage of U.U.T.O. (Uptown Ultimate Treat Optimization): Westerville’s Beggar’s Night is tonight, October 31st, from 6 p.m. til 8 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat in your neighborhood and then have big fun haunting for treats from the Uptown merchants for even more Beggar’s bounty...

Remember, too, to stop by Edward Jones Investments at 39 N. State St. to pick up your Costume Contest entry form!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Haywagon Rides

Big Boo fun for kids of all ages!

Tonight during Midnight Madness, take a horse-drawn trip, not only through Uptown Westerville but through one of the oldest neighborhoods in Westerville, past “the Old Vine Street School” (Emerson).

Haywagons will roll from 7 p.m. til 9 p.m. from Rotary Park at N. State & E. Home.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for The Community Pumpkin Display!

Be a part of a new Uptown tradition!

On October 31st, drop your carved and decorated pumpkin off (or bring more than one!) in the parking lot next to Morgan’s Treasure (12 W. Main, from noon to 4, and then 7 to 8:30 p.m.).

It costs nothing to enter and... there are prizes! First Place is a $25 Uptown Gift Card!

Click here for details!

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Uptown Westerville is a Place for Scarecrows!

A Perennial Uptown Favorite!

Sponsored by Gallery 202 (38 N. State), Uptown merchants go creative with a scarecrow decorating contest. The prize? A blue ribbon, bragging rights, and lots of community pride! Check out the Uptown Merchant Scarecrows and vote online for your favorite.

For more information:

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Monsters, Ghosts, Princesses, Celebrities, Pirates, and Prizes

Be a part of inaugurating a new Midnight Madness tradition!

Dig this: There are Prizes from McDonald's and a Costume Parade at City Hall!

So, dress up in your Halloween best & enter our Madness costume contest (it’s free!).

Judging takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with winners announced at 9 p.m. at City Hall right before the Costume Parade! Just look for the great pumpkin!!

To join in, follow these instructions...

Pick up your Judges' Tally at Edward Jones Investments, 39 N. State, and see if you can dig up all four Costume Judging Stations planted throughout Uptown Westerville at...

Brown Tax Accounting at 18 W. College

▪ It's All In The Name, down the Haunted Brickwalk at 20-K S. State

▪ Westerville Bike Shop at 29 W. Main

Meza at 48 N. State

Collect scores from all four Judges and return to Edward Jones Investments at 39 N. State to drop off your completed Judges' Tally by 8:30 p.m.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Halloween Fun!

Tonight, October 31st be prepared to haunt Uptown Westerville... if... you... dare...

Tons of fun activities for everyone! Here's some highlight features for tonight's Big Boo!

▪ Visit the courtyard in front of City Hall for special Halloween surprises including goody bags, orange drink, sweet tea, cookies & coupons from McDonald's and... a special Big Boo visit from 7 p.m. til 9 p.m. from... Ronald McDonald!!

▪ Great Read-Alouds for young ghosts & goblins on an All Hallow's Eve... visit the Westerville Public Library's Reading Swing located at Amish Originals Furniture Co., 38 N. State.

▪ Kid-Favorite Westerville Puppet Posse will present a 15-minute show every half hour from 7 p.m. til 11 p.m. at the City Hall fountain courtyard.

▪ Check out Charlie Chaplin films running throughout the evening at Gallery 202, 38 N. State, Upstairs.

▪ No costumes here! The real Westerville Fire Division will be at Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State, next to Hanby School, with real fire trucks and real firefighters!

▪ Authors Mary Ann DiBattista and Sandra Finn will be signing their book, The Puddinhead Story, from 7 p.m. til 8:30 pm at Sample N Gift, 21 N. State, and 9 p.m. til 10:30 pm at Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for The Uptown Gift Card

Tonight, to celebrate Midnight Madness, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Assocation is unveiling a new Uptown Westerville feature: The Uptown Gift Card.

Utter madness? Not at all! It's the Perfect Gift Anytime!

Create fond memories, set new traditions... give the gift of an Uptown Westerville shopping experience.

Starting October 31st, The Uptown Gift Card will be accepted and available for purchase at a host of select Uptown businesses:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State
Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State
▪ Captivating Canines, 31 N. State
▪ Deja Vu, 11 N. State
Flowers by Doris, 30 E. College
Gallery 202, 38 N. State, Upstairs
▪ It's All In The Name, 20-K S. State
Java Central, 20 S. State
▪ Joe's Service Automobile Repair, 80 N. State
Lola Belle Boutique, 46 N. State
Meza, 48 N. State
Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main
Outside Envy, 15 N. State
▪ Ruth Reed Antiques, 23 E. College
▪ Serendipity Ice Cream & Coffee House, 33 E. College
▪ Westerville Bike Shop, 29 W. Main

The Uptown Gift Card -- the perfect gift anytime.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for People

This is week 26 of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market -- the last market of the 2008 Season! What a wonderful season it's been -- truly a place for people!

Stop by the market today for pie, jams, autumn harvest produce, and certainly pumpkins!

This year's market was a place for wonderful artisan foods and produce but, most importantly, it was also such a wonderful place for people. Children could pick out their own apple or taste new foods, families and friends could visit the market together, shoppers could interact with market vendors, colleagues left their offices for a few minutes to shop together, old friends met up, and the market was certainly a favorite destination for dog walks! A true gathering place in our community.

Uptown Westerville's farmers' market was even mentioned as part of the appeal of Westerville, when Money magazine ranked Westerville as 2008's number 5 most affordable place to live.
This week, Sue's Kitchen is open with pie and cinnamon rolls, Jane Varley will have jam, and look for Bird's Haven Farms, Northridge Organic, Flying J, and Carousel Watergardens for delicious autumn foods.

We know you are planning to enter a pumpkin in this Friday's Community Pumpkin Display at Midnight Madness -- pick up your pumpkin today at the market!

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is proud to present the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. Special thanks to association members Amish Originals Furniture Co., Dairy Queen, Brickstreet Communications, DJ's Feed Store, the City of Westerville, and Church of the Messiah for their special support this market season.

Thank you to Westerville -- our community -- for the fabulous support!

See you at today's market!!

Pictured: The sun sets on Bird's Haven Farms pumpkins.