Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Table Settings

This week's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features fresh peaches and a growing selection of delicious fresh produce.

From your breakfast table to a late night snack -- the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is the perfect culinary treat.

A great place to stop with friends and family.

See you at the market!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Material Expression

While Uptown for July's Fourth Friday, make a note to stop by Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main. Morgan's Treasure will feature quilt artist Georgie Cline on Friday, July 25th. Shop owner, Bill Morgan shares, "Her current work combines her passion for photography, the great outdoors, and fabric. Much like a quilt, Georgie looks at nature as a whole, in framents, or in bits & pieces. Nature holds a complete and unending supply of color, texture, lines, and design that allows the viewer to observe and take in the never-ending beauty and inspiration."

If you've not yet been to Morgan's Treasure, add this wonderful shoppers treasure, and meeting jeweler Bill Morgan, to your Uptown shopping list.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Explore the World: July 2008 Fourth Friday

This Friday is the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau's July 2008 Fourth Friday!!

Fourth Friday's theme is World Bazaar -- entertainment, displays, exhibits, and the usual Fourth Friday favorites along with the always interesting Uptown Westerville shops and restaurants.

Always family and pet friendly, Uptown Westerville on Fourth Friday's is a place for people.

Save the date, by the way, that's right, August's Dog Days of Summer is approaching! Get ready for a tail-waggin' time!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fresh Peaches.

The July 23rd Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market will feature fresh peaches from Malabar Acres, fresh sweet corn from Doran's Family Farm and fresh blueberries from Z Blue Berry.

As the growing season progresses, each week is new and exciting -- farm market vendors are currently featuring a wide variety of summer squashes, tomatoes, okra, egg plant, hot peppers, onions, and cabbages.

Today will be a beautiful, cooler day for a perfect visit to the market. Most market vendors have tasting samples, so a trip to the market is a great place to try new flavors and foods. Bring the kids and they can help pick out tonight's dinner fresh from the farm.

The market also features a superb selection of artisan foods -- baked-goods (ahhh, pie!), cheeses, infused honey, maple products, chutneys, mustard, wing sauce, and rubs.

From fresh-baked goods to chutneys to rubs & dried herbs to milk, produce, meats, and eggs the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association presents the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market offers a summer bounty for your table, cupboard, and fridge -- every Wednesday through October 29th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.

For recipes, directions, market directory, and blog link click here to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market webpage.

See you at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fresh Sweet Corn

One of the best parts of summer in Ohio: Fresh Sweet Corn!

July 16th is the first week for sweet corn at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Check out Doran's Family Farm when you get to the market.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Market Wednesdays

This week's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens for business on July 9th at 3 p.m.

As the growing season progresses, more and more fresh produce is arriving at the market.

From the scent of fresh strawberries and baked goods to the hands-on experience of choosing produce, the market is an experience for the senses as market shoppers discover their own weekly favorites.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a great opportunity to run into good friends, taste new flavors, buy favorite foods, and support the Central Ohio farm and food artisan community.

When you buy local -- everyone benefits!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 29th in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at N. State and E. Home.

Pictured: Buckeye Mustard, the Farmers' Market entrance at N. State and E. Home, organic green onions from Northridge Organic Farm, Bird's Haven Farm.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Art

This weekend, visit the 35th annual Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival at Heritage Park (Cleveland and W. Main) and Everal Barn.

Saturday, June 12th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free admission. Free parking.

The festival features live music, entertainment (including magic, gymnastics, and storytelling), youth art, artists, youth activities, food concessions, and the Westerville Walkway to celebrate the Westerville creative community.

Heritage Park is a straight shot from 270 north on Cleveland Ave. Free parking is available at the Sports Complex on (325 and 350 N. Cleveland Ave.), Calvary Bible Baptist Church on Cleveland Ave., the COTA park-n-ride lot on W. Main St. tween the senior center and fire station at Collegeview and W. Main), and at the following businesses on Collegeview, south of W. Main: Americheer and the Otterbein College Art & Communication Building.

While you're at the festival, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association members encourage you to Shop Uptown Westerville (just 1 mile east of the arts festival).

For more information, contact the Westerville Chamber at 614.882.8917 or visit the Festival Website.

Also this weekend, check out Otterbein Summer Theatre and Westerville Parks & Rec's Sounds of Summer Free Music Series features the Beatles tribute band British Invasion at the Alum Creek Park North amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Thanks to Otterbein College Student Abby Hudson for this year's festival poster art. Love this image? We do, too. Get it on a t-shirt! Check out the Chamber booth when you are at the festival -- adult sizes $15/children's sizes $8.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to be Featured in Print

Look in July 2008's Columbus Monthly, Tips & Trends and you'll find information about Outside Envy, 15 N. State St.

Congratulations to Kriss Rogers and Outside Envy!

Outside Envy, 15 N. State, carries an imaginative collection of special ways to accent homes, decks, patios, porches & yards.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Parades

Westerville says Happy Birthday America!
A few raindrops did not diminish in anyway the enthusiasm for the parade! Uptown Westerville was full of colorful umbrellas and lots and lots of people!

Humorist Erma Bombeck once said: You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.

Truly, The Land of the Free Because of the Brave!

The Westerville 4th of July Parade was a real celebration of America -- old and young, families, friends, and neighbors, individual & group efforts, active military, veterans & civilians, marching bands, color guards, floats from businesses, civic groups & churches, gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, skateboarders, scouts, ball players, martial artists, dogs, cars, super soakers, candy, Blue Jackets hockey players, politicians, community outreach, American flags, food collection for W.A.R.M., and cookies from Westerville's own Cheryl's Cookies.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Westerville for a great July 4th parade.

Thank you Hanby School's own Christopher Tedeschi, a fourth grade student, for your winning parade theme.

Thank you Westerville!

Pictured: WUMA Member Amish Originals Furniture Co. says Happy Birthday to America!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Enjoy Independence Day

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association wants to join you in wishing America a Happy Birthday!

This Friday, Westerville begins the holiday weekend early in the day:

The Rotary 5k Run/Walk starts from Alum Creek Park at 8 a.m.

Visit Uptown Westerville for the Parade (starts at 1:30 p.m. at Heatherdown & S. State, runs north to St. Paul's)

The Symphony performs at the Sports Complex (325 N. Cleveland) at 9 p.m. Look for the red & white tent.

Throughout the weekend, Celebrate Westerville! brings us Ohio Chautauqua, peforming at various locations around the city.

And... Fireworks off Schrock (Alum Creek Park South) at 10 p.m.!!

Check the Rotary Club of Westerville and Celebrate Westerville! websites for details.

Look for parade entries from A Gal Named Cinda Lou and Amish Originals Furniture Co.

These Uptown Merchants have special July 4th hours...

Atattooed (16 N. State): Opens at 11 a.m. and will be open most of the day -- if you don't already have an appointment, just call or email ahead. 614.392.2304

Dairy Queen (84 S. State): 10:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Java Central (20 S. State): Will be open, they are not sure when yet! They will definitely be open during parade hours and just give them a call or email. 614.839.0698

Morgan's Treasure (12 W. Main): Opens 10 a.m. and will be open most of the day -- thinking about stopping by later in the day, just call ahead. 614.882.4401

Outside Envy (15 N. State St.): 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed for sure: A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Amish Originals Furniture Co., Encircle, Sullivan Co.

Your Uptown favorites not on this list? We recommend you call or email ahead.

Click here for the WUMA Member Directory.

Have a safe, happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Shopping Before the Fourth

When you visit uptown and the farmers' market this week, you may see no parking signs and orange cones along State Street.

Because you are driving and your eyes are on the road, you may not notice right away that those no parking signs are only for Friday, July 4th.

So on-street and lot parking as usual uptown except on Independence Day.

Thank you for Shopping Uptown Westerville!

Have a Safe, Happy July 4th Weekend!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Prep for the Fourth at the Farmers' Market

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association encourages you to keep the Westerville Uptown Farmers' Market in mind as you are shopping for the Fourth of July holiday.

How cool will it be to share market stories with friends and family as you grill and serve up your best summer dishes at holiday gatherings this weekend.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market convenes each Wednesday through October 29th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.
Buy fresh, buy green, buy local:

Conventional and organic produce, eggs, meats & poultry, baked goods, spicy mustard, wing sauce, chutneys, spreads, jams, milk, cheese, maple products, coffee, rubs and spices, honey, and flowers.

And, while you're uptown for the market -- you can shop Uptown Westerville!

Uptown parking -- on-street and lot -- is free.

See you Wednesday at the Market!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Westerville!

The City of Westerville invites you to Celebrate Independence Week 2008 and Celebrate Westerville!:

Independence Week 2008 Full of Family Fun

To many Westerville natives, Independence Day celebrations are the event of the year. But with Westerville celebrating its 150th anniversary of incorporation this year, there are so many activities planned around July 4, 2008, that it will take an entire week to fit everything in!Aside from the normal activities, which will include Rotary's July 4th Fun Run, Independence Day Parade, Westerville Symphony Orchestra concert, and yes, the fireworks display, Celebrate Westerville will play host to the week-long 2008 Ohio Chautauqua festivities, bringing Ohio history to life through actors who impersonate historical figures.

The 2008 Chautauqua theme is "Inventions and Innovations." Independence Week activities will even include an old-time baseball game on July 5th at 2 pm, as the Ohio Village Muffins take the field against some Westerville residents for a gentlemanly day of leisure at the Sports Complex. Teams will be decked out in full baseball attire from the 1860s, allowing everyone to witness how America's Past-time used to be played.

Old-time baseball, parades, fireworks, and fun runs…Westerville Independence Week 2008 will be a premium blend of Westerville's past and present. See below for a list of Independence Week activities and visit or for more information.

*Location Codes:
ACPN = Alum Creek Park North, 221 West Main St.
WCC = Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. (Rec center)
WPL = Westerville Public Library, 126 South State St.
WSC = Westerville Senior Center, 310 West Main St.
Under the Tent = OHIO CHAUTAUQUA Tent at Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., across from WCC (soccer fields)

Wednesday, July 2
10:00 am Becoming Edison, Youth Program with Hank Fincken, *WPL
11:00 am Mary McLeod Bethune & the Black Women’s Movement, Adult Program with Dorothy Mains Prince, *WSC
1:00 pm Edison: The Past at Present , Adult Program with Hank Fincken, *WSC
3:00 pm A Day at the Daytona Normal and Industrial School, Youth Program with Dorothy Mains Prince, *WCC
Under the Tent...
6:30 pm Musical Entertainment: Dwight Lenox - Lenox Avenue Express
7:30 pm Inventor Alexander Graham Bell

Thursday, July 3
10:00 am The Plant Doctor, Youth Program with Paxton Williams, *WPL
11:00 am The Gospel of Wealth, According to Carnegie, Adult Program with George Dauler, *WSC
1:00 pm Dr. Carver’s Contemporaries, Adult Program with Paxton Williams, *WSC
3:00 pm Making and Using Steel, Youth Program with George Dauler, *WCC
Under the Tent...
6:30 pm Musical Entertainment: IIdletymes Bluegrass Band
7:30 pm Educator Mary McLeod Bethune

Friday, July 4
6-7:45 am Registration for Rotary 5K Fun Run and Walk, *ACPN
8:00 am Rotary 5K Fun Run and Walk, *ACPN
9:00 am Rotary Kid Runs, *ACPN
1:30 pm Rotary Independence Day Parade, on State Street
Under the Tent...
6:30 pm Musical Entertainment: Brass Nickel Quintet
7:30 pm Inventor Thomas Edison
Westerville Symphony performance will follow immediately

10:00 pm Rotary Fireworks (Schrock Rd. at Park Meadow)

Saturday, July 5
10:00 am Children and Grandchildren at the Table with Mr. Bell , Youth Workshop, *WPL
1:00 pm Mothers of Invention, Adult Program with Michael Hughes, *WCC
2:00 pm Ohio Historical Society Muffins vs. Westervillians Old-time baseball game, at Sports Complex
Under the Tent...
6:30 pm Musical Entertainment: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Dixieland Band
7:30 pm Industrialist Andrew Carnegie

Sunday, July 6
Under the Tent...
6:30 pm Musical Entertainment: Trinity Baptist Church Men’s Choir
7:30 pm Inventor George Washington Carver

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Stand Together

Friday, June 27th, Uptown Merchants took a few moments out of their day to honor Captivating Canines' Bruno. Captivating Canines (31 N. State) owner, Gordon Solomon is standing by our favorite concrete guard dog bruised and battered, by the vandals who tried to steal him.

Morgan's Treasure (12 W. Main) owner, Bill Morgan told the group:

Thanks for coming, we are here to remember as he was, our faithful mascot and guard dog Bruno.

As you know someone tried to steal Bruno Saturday night, but Bruno fought back and chased off the group of immature adolescent thieves and dog nappers. Bruno has ended up with a cauliflower ear and a broken
vertebra, but he’s a fighter and vows not to give up.

With everybody's help we will get Bruno through this and make Uptown Westerville a place free of such childish behavior.

R.I.P........................Repairs in progress!

Our best to Bruno and our Thanks to Gordon.

No matter the neighborhood, let's help Bruno "take a bite out of crime" and continue to keep eyes and ears open and fingers dialing -- Westerville police: 882.7444

Uptown Westerville is a Place for People.