Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Our Kids

This Friday, September 26th is Fourth Friday!

This month's theme is School Daze.

Westerville is a Place for Our Children -- from schools to activities to sports to community involvement -- Westerville has much to be proud of! Our Kids Rock!!

Visit Uptown Westerville this Friday Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the usual Fourth Friday fun including music, frolic, food, shopping! A great place for friends and families!! Come for dinner, enjoy Fourth Friday, have dessert before you head home!

School Daze marks the end of the fabulous 2008 Fourth Friday Season. Thanks to the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau for another fun year of great summer memories in Uptown Westerville. For more info about the WVCB, click here.

The Uptown Friday fun continues... Mark your calendars to join the Uptown community on Friday, October 31st for the Annual Big Boo! The Uptown Westerville Merchants Association invites you to Midnight Madness and Friday, December 5th for the City of Westerville Tree Lighting and the Uptown Westerville Merchants Association Home for the Holidays.

See you Uptown on Friday!
Image courtesy of Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Farmers' Market

It's market day in Uptown Westerville!

Each season, the market is filled with vibrant color -- the sunny, summer colors and flavors of peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes, are now complimented by the beautiful fall hues of green beans, onions, pumpkins, apples, winter squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

The hanging flower baskets of spring, are now replaced by stunning sunflowers and gladiolas.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features an organic, chemical-free and conventional produce selection.

Free-range poultry and eggs along with grass-fed organic beef are available from Frijolito Farm and Flying J Farm at the market.

The artisan food selection at the market is creative and delicious -- shop our market vendors for pies, breads, specialty baked goods, cinnamon rolls, chutneys, jams, jellies, sauces, cheeses, mustard, maple syrup, rubs, spices, herbs, and raw honey.

An after school trip to the market is a great experience for kids. There are so many new flavors to taste. For less than a dollar, kids can choose a baby pumpkin, pick a fresh-off-the-tree crisp apple, or unwrap a maple-leaf maple sugar candy lollipop. A favorite stop for kids is Flower Power Gourmet with their delicious flower and herb infused baked goods. And, kids really like Rohini's chutneys!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features home-made and home-grown foods and opens each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home (Church of the Messiah parking lot) through October 29th. (Keep the market in mind for your October pumpkins!)

Reusable Market bags are available for a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program (to help those in need purchase healthy, fresh foods at the farmers' market) ask your favorite market vendor, or stop by Amish Originals Furniture Co. at 8 N. State.

And, before and after you visit the market.... Shop Uptown Westerville!

Free on-street and lot parking in the market vicinity.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Fresh apples from Richland County's Malabar Acres.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to be Recognized by Money Magazine

The editors of Money Magazine have named Westerville as one of CNN/Money Magazine's 2008 Top 25 Best Places for Affordable Homes in the nation.

As a matter of fact, Westerville is #5 on the list!

Money Magazine says...

There's no shortage of charm in Westerville, Ohio's largest suburb. Historic architecture has been preserved in Uptown Westerville, where 19th century homes mingle with bed and breakfasts, mom-and-pop stores, and a weekly farmer's market in the summer.

Prefer newer real estate? Two-bedroom condos sell for $160,000 to $399,000. Residents count on two large hospitals as well as plenty of small practices to keep them in good health.

Head to Hoover Reservoir for afternoon sailing or kayaking, or buzz on over to Alum Creek Lake for some water skiing. Landlubbers can admire the scenery at Alum Creek while picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.

WUMA thanks Money Magazine for recognizing what we already know -- Westerville and Uptown Westerville, our home, is a place for people!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Buy Local

September at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market means the best bounties of summer remain and early autumn harvests begin to appear.

Winter squash and small pumpkins are starting to appear and the tomatoes cannot be sweeter.

Stop by the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market today and enjoy the fruits of the seasons.

Stop by Amish Originals Furniture Co., at 8 N. State St., on your way to the market today, or ask your favorite market vendor for the market's reusable bags. Pick up the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market bags for just a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

A Feast for the Senses! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market currently features these vendors:

▪ Agape Garden
▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods
▪ Bird’s Haven Farm
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Buckeye Mustard
▪ Carousel Water Gardens & Cathy’s Tasty Treats
▪ Cat Run Ranch
▪ Doran’s Family Farm
▪ Honey Health Farms
▪ Flower Power Gourmet
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Frijolito Farm
▪ Landrum Cottage Designs (we'll see Dana in October)
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Northridge Organic Farm
▪ Pleiades Maple Products
▪ Snowville Creamery (they are week-to-week right now depending on supply)
▪ Sue's Kitchen
▪ Taste of Seattle Coffee Company
▪ Varley Valley Products

Market produce is organic, chemical-free, or conventional.

Want to know more about our market vendors? Great! Click here to visit the Market Directory.

If you can -- make an afternoon of it or stop by after school -- Shop Uptown Westerville and pick up dinner ingredients at today's market.

Kids love the market -- they can taste new flavors and find affordable, healthy foods to choose and purchase!

See you today at the market!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Vendor appearance each week may vary.

Pictured: Market bags at Bridgman Farm.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Post-Ike Clean-Up

The City of Westerville is posting regular updates at

Yes, the city will be picking up any tree limbs September 15 - 19 as long as they are in your easement (or right-of-way) area by the street. (But not in the street.)

Click here to link to the most recent report from the city about everything from power to debris.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place to be... Slow... College Students!

Otterbein College classes begin on September 15th -- so just a reminder to lift your foot off the accelerator and over to the brake pedal at the crosswalk on W. Main by the library and step up the alert when driving through campus.

When students are on their way to classes -- they absolutely do not look when they are crossing the streets, so, we'll look out for them.

Be safe.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Cops... and Kids!

Prizes! Free Refreshments! Music! Helicopters! Cruisers! DARE Cars! Mounted Patrols! The Bike Patrol! The K-9 Unit! Dunk-a-Cop Tank!!

Today is a great day to head to Hoff Woods for The 15th Annual 2008 Westerville Cops and Kids from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Kids (and, actually, parents) really enjoy this interactive experience with real-life law enforcement.

Cops and Kids is sponsored by the Central Ohio Peace Officers and WPD.

Free gift to the first 1500 kids.

Hoff Woods is located at 556 McCorkle Blvd., just south of Maxtown Road.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Uptown Westerville is a Place for College Students

Welcome Otterbein College Students!

Uptown Westerville welcomes returning and new Otterbein students and their families.

To say Welcome and Thank You, Uptown Westerville invites you to Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekend, September 11th through the 14th.

Visit our shops, service businesses & restaurants and get a special discount!

It’s simple. Look for an Otterbein College Pennant on display in local shop windows, show a valid Otterbein College student, faculty, or alumni ID and... get a deal at these participating Uptown Westerville businesses:

Dinner, Drink & Dessert
Dairy Queen, 84 S. State
Graeter's Ice Cream, 1 N. State
Java Central, 20 S. State
Michael's Pizza, 15 E. College
Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta, 14 N. State

Pizza Primo, 10 E. Main

Shops & Services

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State
Amish Originals, 8 & 38 N. State
Atattooed, 16 S. State
Captivating Canines, 31 N. State
Checkerberries, 8 E. Main
Colonial Music, 43 N. State
Deja Vu, 11 N. State
DJ's Feed Store, 41 N. State
Embroidery Deluxe, 39 W. Main
Encircle, 30 & 34 N. State
Five Star Staffing, 133 S. State
Flowers by Doris, 30 E. College
Gallery 202, 38 N. State, Upstairs
Heart's Content, 9 N. State
Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State
It's All In The Name, 20-K S. State
Lola Belle, 46 N. State
Meza, 48 N. State
Morgan's Treasure, 12 W. Main
My Cousin's 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, 23 N. State
The Sullivan Co., 130 Graphic Way
Uptown Cigar Co., 33 N. State
Westerville Antiques, 2 N. State

There are two other Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekends during the school year to add to your calendar!

▪ Homecoming Weekend:
October 2008: 17th, 18th, 19th

▪ Commencement/Alumni Weekend:
June 2009: 12th, 13th, 14th
Including the Senior Uptown Hop on the 12th

Have a Great School Year!

Everlasting Otterbein Pride!

Go Cards!

Click here to Visit the Otterbein Uptown! web page.

Click here for the Shop Uptown Westerville map. (PDF file)

Click here to Shop Uptown Westerville.

Note: Otterbein Pennant Weekend offers are at the discretion of each business. Regular business hours apply.