Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Support Your Neighbor

Sadly, WUMA member Captivating Canines owner Gordon Solomons came to work Monday morning to find the ever faithful Captivating Canines concrete bloodhound, Bruno, smashed and lying in front of the store.

Not only does Bruno welcome customers to Captivating Canines, but Bruno brings a smile to the faces of Uptown Westerville shoppers as they pass by and little kids love him! Bruno gets big hugs and little pats on a daily basis.

Westerville Police, so far, have determined through witnesses that a group of people tried to steal Bruno from in front of the store late Saturday night and in the process of the theft, dropped Bruno. The case is still under investigation.

The damage to Bruno has been one of several incidents over the last several months involving damage or theft at and to Uptown Westerville businesses. Merchants are diligent in their efforts to file police reports and we appreciate alert eyes and ears and dialing fingers (Westerville police: 882.7444).

Bill Morgan, of Morgan's Treasure is inviting Uptown merchants, residents, and friends to join in a ceremony to honor Bruno in front of Captivating Canines, 31 N. State St., at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 27th.

Bill shares, "We are so sorry to hear of Bruno’s shattered experience. We are inviting the Uptown Businesses and friends/patrons to come to a simple “service” on Friday @4:30 and bring your best wishes, flowers, etc. to lay at his broken feet. United we may wish Bruno the best of recovery (as can be expected) but also to show our unity in helping to prevent more undo vandalism to our favorite friends and to Uptown."

The Westerville Uptown Merchants appreciate the patronage, loyalty, and support of Uptown shoppers, visitors, business-owners, and residents in Westerville.

For more information on honoring Bruno, contact Bill Morgan, Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main St., 614.882.4401,

Anyone with information about what happened to Bruno on the night in question (June 21st) should contact Westerville police at 614.882.7444.

Pictured: Bruno in happier, safer days.

Photo courtesy Brickstreet Communcations. (c) 2007 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Someone Else's Drama

Otterbein College Summer Theatre's 2008 Season begins June 26th.

This year's performances:

June 26 - 29 and July 10 - 12: The Ohio premiere of Indian Blood.

July 17 - 20 and July 24 - 26: Proof

July 31 - August 3, August 7 - 10, and August 14 -16: My Way

All plays are performed in the lower level of the Campus Center at 100 E. Home.

For details and box office information, contact the Otterbein College Summer Theatre Box Office 614.823.1109.

Enjoy the summer!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate the Land of the Free...

... Because of the Brave is this year's 4th of July Rotary Club of Westerville parade theme. Congratulations to Hanby School's own Christopher Tedeschi, a fourth grade student, for his winning theme.
2008's Independence Day is Friday, July 4th.

In Uptown Westerville, the day begins with the Rotary Club of Westerville Annual 5k Rotary Run. The 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. at Alum Creek Park, North (on W. Main) and the Children's Run begins at 9 a.m. For more information, including a downloadable brochure/registration form, visit The Rotary of Westerville website. (Registration and arrival is from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.)

The Rotary Club of Westerville 4th of July Parade begins at Heatherdown and S. State (heading north through Uptown Westerville) at 1:30 p.m. The parade heads North on State Street from Heatherdown Drive through town to St Paul’s Church parking lot just north of Uptown Westerville.

The Rotary Club estimates that the parade will run approximately 3 hours. (Just a reminder for both humans and pets.... Keep Cool! Bring water!)

During the day on July 4th, as part of Celebrate Westerville! Ohio Chautauqua will be performing under the tent at the Sports Complex at 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Visit Celebrate Westerville! for the performance schedule. By the way, Ohio Chautauqua will be in performing in Westerville from July 2nd through July 6th.

The Westerville Civic Symphony will be performing this year at the Sports Complex at 350 N. Cleveland Ave., start time is 9 p.m.

Fireworks will commence at 10 p.m. along Alum Creek off Schrock Road at Park Meadow.
Have a Safe, Happy Holiday!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Expression

Save the Date for the 2008 Westerville Chamber of Commerce's Music and Arts Festival.

Saturday, July 12th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 13th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heritage Park at Cleveland & W. Main.

While you're visiting the festival, add a visit to Uptown Westerville to your day.

Parking is free in surrounding lots on W. Main and Cleveland.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Be Safe

Can it be nearly the end of June already?

This Friday, June 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau's Fourth Friday and it's... Safety Fest!

Car seat safety, tornado safety, public health, bike safety, fire safety, crime prevention and much more!!

So, bring the family (dogs welcome, too!) and come on Uptown!

For details, visit the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau online. (Click here.)

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Farm Fresh

This week is the 8th week of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market -- each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home.

And, while the location remains the same, certainly the market fare literally grows from week to week.

The market features new vendors (Blue Jacket Dairy's delicious specialty cheeses and Snowville Creamery's fresh milk are the newest market vendors) and and as gardens grow, so does the produce selection.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features All-Ohio, Home-made, and Home-grown produce, features, and products, and include both organic and conventional methods.

Visit these market vendors:

▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods and Rohini's
▪ Bildsten Landscape
▪ Bird’s Haven Farm
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Buckeye Mustard
▪ Carousel Water Gardens &
Cathy’s Tasty Treats
▪ Doran’s Family Farm
▪ Flower Power Gourmet
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Frijolito Farm
▪ The Heritage Bakery
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Mockingbird Meadows
▪ Northridge Organic Farm
▪ Pleiades Maple Products
▪ Snowville Creamery
▪ Taste of Seattle Coffee Company
▪ Varley Valley Products

Shop the market with friends, visit with the market vendors, try new tastes, buy fresh, delicious foods for your table -- and just enjoy!

And... while you're uptown... Shop Uptown Westerville!

Buy Local!

Take a photo tour of the 2008 Market -- click here!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Outdoor Artisans

WUMA member Kriss Rogers of Outside Envy shares...

Outside Envy will feature expanded offerings from four local artists at the store at 15 N State Street on Saturday, June 28th from noon to 4 pm. The featured artists will include:

Steel Sculptures by Pat Belisle – unique abstract steel sculptures that will add interest to any landscape.

The Concrete Gardener is Tammy Stewart – creator of original garden art cast from concrete and beautifully finished.

Candle makers Richard and Alice Altman – true “Green” artisans who create hand rolled, 100% beeswax candles accented with natural floral and ocean stones.

Pottery by Jim Jennings – both functional and whimsical pieces including Toad Houses, beautifully glazed and fired.

Outside Envy – Art of the Garden, Deck and Patio, 15 North State Street, in Uptown Westerville. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday with expanded store hours on Fridays, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For additional information, call 614.895.3689

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Market Fresh

Today is THE perfect day to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Located at the corner of N. State and E. Home, the market is open today from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

We are starting to seeing some produce, even thought it's a bit early in the growing season, so stop by Bird's Haven Farm, Flying J Farm, Northridge Organic, and Frijolito Farm to see what's market fresh today. Market produce is both conventionally and organically grown and the market also features fresh chicken and an organic meat selection.

And, of course there are fresh-baked goods, fresh-baked breads, fresh eggs, fresh-roasted coffees, chutneys and spreads, mustards and sauces, honey, natural personal products, flowers, and more.

Want a food adventure? Many market vendors have samples of their delicious fare. The market is a great place for kids to try new foods and flavors.

See you today at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Want more information about the market? Check the market blog, just click here.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Otterbein College Seniors and Alum

Westerville, Ohio is home to Otterbein College.

Each June, Otterbein College not only hosts graduation for its seniors and degree recipients and their families, but it hosts a series of Otterbein Alumni reunions.

On Otterbein Commencement and Alumni weekend, June 13th, 14th, and 15th, Uptown Westerville invites Otterbein Seniors and Alum to visit our shops and restaurants and get a special discount!

Look for an Otterbein College pennant on display in local shop windows, show your valid Otterbein College student, faculty, or alumni ID and... get a deal!

Congratulations Class of 2008!!

Welcome Alum!! We hope you have The Time of Your Life!

Participating Restaurants:

▪ Dairy Queen, 84 S. State
▪ Dog Joint, 59 S. State
Java Central, 20 S. State
Michael's Pizza, 15 E. College
The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State
▪ Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta, 14 N. State
Pizza Primo, 10 E. Main

Participating Merchants:

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State
Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State
Checkerberries, 8 E. Main
▪ Deja Vu, 11 N. State
▪ DJ's Feed Store, 41 N. State
Encircle, 30 N. State
Gallery 202, 38 N. State, Upstairs
▪ Hearts Content, 9 N. State
▪ Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State
▪ It's All In the Name, 20K S. State
▪ Lola Belle, 46 N. State
▪ Meza, 48 N. State
Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main
▪ My Cousins Closet, 16 E. College
Old Skool Skate Shop, 11 E. College
▪ Outside Envy, 15 N. State
▪ Ruth Reed Antiques, 21 E. College
▪ Sample 'n' Gift, 21 N. State
Uptown Cigar Company, 33 N. State
▪ Westerville Antiques, 2 N. State

Go Cardinals!!

Bold = Member, Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. Offers will vary per business.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Food and Flora

This Wednesday is market day at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

While we may see rain in the early a.m., the meteorologists are telling us that tomorrow afternoon will be market weather.

This year's market features a record number of market vendors selling a wide variety of foods, plants, and products.

While you're Uptown, stroll south on State from the market and visit the shops and restaurants in Uptown Westerville.

Truly a pleasant, relaxing, fun shopping experience.

Pictured: Market vendor Carousel Water Gardens (c) 2008 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.