Thursday, April 23, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Switchables at Amish Originals

See ordinary nightlights in a new light at Amish Originals, 8 & 38 N. State, with Switchables.

Switchables are a new twist on nightlights -- purchase a nightlight base (it has a little shepherd's hook) and then choose from any number of stained-glass light catchers to hang on the hook.

You can set a mood, celebrate the changing seasons and holidays, add comfort to a nursery, and atmosphere to the kitchen.

Switchables light catchers also make great suncatchers and ornaments.

A fun indulgence, decorating detail, or an imaginative gift! Switchables bases are $5.99 and Switchables light catchers start at $12.99.

Not sure which light catcher to choose for a gift? Wrap the Switchables base and add an Uptown Gift Card, and your favorite loved-one can pick out their own light catcher!

Stop by Amish Originals at 8 & 38 N. State in Uptown Westerville. 614.891.6257 ▪

Photo images provided by Amish Originals Furniture Co. ©2009 Amish Originals Furniture Co. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Small Indulgences at The Dog Joint

At The Dog Joint, 59 S. State, the hot dog rules!

Check out The Dog Joint's weekly specials:

Mondays are Kids' Day! Buy a Combo and get a Puppy Meal for 1/2 Price!

Next, stop at The Dog Joint for Turkey Dog Tuesdays! Get a plain Turkey Dog for just $2.00!

And, don't forget each Wednesday is Weenie Wednesday! Buy a Combo and get a Corn Dog for just $1.85!

Save the Date! The Dog Joint is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary on May 9th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check back with the blog for further details including the skinny on The Dog Joint's hot dog eating contest!

Contact The Dog Joint (including your orders to go) at 614.818.DOGG(3644).

The Dog Joint features curb-side pick-up with payahead by credit card. To check out The Dog Joint menu, click here.

Dog Joint Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Logo image provided by The Dog Joint. ©2009 The Dog Joint. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Music, Art, and Good Coffee

Save the Date for these cool music and art events at Serendipity, 33 E. College:

Art Exhibit now through the end of April - Serendipity feature artist is Otterbein student and Serendipity barista Nicholas Warndorf.

Live music: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4th Friday celebration on April 24th by a couple of Westerville North High School teachers. The group is called Three Months Off.

Live music continues: in the later evening time 10:30 p.m. to midnight on April 24th provided by The Tweeners.

Live music: Tuesday, May 19th from a band called Flower Pot TV and The Illalogical Spoon.

Art exhibit: during the month of May by local artist and CCAD student Heather Beaver.

Art exhibit: during the Month of July by Otterbein student and Serendipity barista William Fry.

Serendipity's creative environment includes food & drink! Coffee (a cup at a time), tea, delicious food, great service, and dessert treats! A great place to meet friends, meet for business, or take some alone time. There is a meeting room available (just call or stop by to schedule your meeting) and wifi.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to "Recycle" Your Bling

Outside Envy, 15 North State Street, is hosting a gold and silver buy-back event this Saturday, April 25, 2009.

Owner Kriss Rogers says, "This is a great opportunity to turn your gold into green." Stop by Outside Envy Saturday, April 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sell your old jewelry on the spot for cash!

For more information contact Outside Envy at 614.895.3689 or

Logo provided by Outside Envy ©2009 Outside Envy. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for News from Meza

Tatjana and Jason Brown from Meza, 48 N. State, shares the Meza Minute.

To sign up for the Meza Minute, contact Tatjana at

Dear Friends of meza,

We hope everyone who made it out to the Wines of Napa Valley - Part 1, enjoyed themselves!

We had a great crowd and tried some great wines! A big favorite was the Joseph Carr Napa Cabernet - $21.99. Fabulous! Looking for a great spring wine? The Beringer Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing wine with a citrus finish. What could be better to enjoy on a warm day? At our special low price of $9.99, it's a winner!

We look forward to seeing you all again on Friday May 8th for the "Hot Spanish Wines" tasting (this date has changed from our last newsletter). Popularity of wines from Spain has been on the rise in the past 10 years and we at Meza are loving what we are tasting! Join us in turning up the heat and trying some exciting Spanish wines at even more exciting prices!

Fourth Friday and $1 Wine Tastings! We are welcoming back the Fourth Fridays in Uptown Westerville starting this Friday! Street vendors, great food, live music.....and Meza will be doing informal wine tasting! Cost is $1 per tasting and you can buy tickets to taste at the cash wrap. Candle Lab and meza! Love The Candle Lab's candles? We do too! The Candle Lab owner Katesha Freeman will be featuring some exciting scents from her line at Meza on Fourth Friday! They carry hand-poured natural soy candles in 120+ fragrances! Currently, The Candle Lab has stores in Worthington, Grandview and Gahanna!

New Featured Wines: These new additions to our assortment are not only unique and highly acclaimed, but they are a great value! Try one today! Montes Cherub Rose 2008: Drink Pink!The 2008 Montes Cherub Rose is a hot pink wine (literally, thanks to the Syrah grape) that brings a fresh look and flavor to today's Rose. A vibrant, flavor-filled Rose from Chile's coastal region. The flavor profile offers rich red fruit, mainly strawberry and cherry with a touch of orange and spice. A fantastic wine for summer gatherings. Consider pairing with shrimp, fish or prosciutto appetizers. Recently featured on the Today Show! $15.99

Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2007: To create this Chardonnay, grapes are sourced from the banks of the Rhone in the east to Carcassonne in the west, and from the foothills of the Massif Central in the north to the Mediterranean coast in the south. Round in the mouth with white flower aromas and a long, toasty finish - this is a great weeknight wine, perfect with poultry or a cream based sauce over pasta. $9.99

Merum Monastrell 2005 - Jumilla, Spain: This Spanish blend is made up of 85% Monastrell grapes, along with some Syrah and Temperanillo. This is a medium to full bodied wine, with black fruit notes on the nose that carried through on the palate, well balanced, long and layered finish. A great example of Spain's hot value wines at a fantastic price! $9.99

Here at meza we believe that you can still enjoy small pleasures in life, like great wine, while saving a few bucks. We offer 10 percent off of mix and match cases, and for those of you that live in the Westerville area, we will deliver your case orders to your house! Simply stop in and place and order or call it in and we will get it to you that week. How could it get any easier than that!

Upcoming Wine Tasting Events (Note Changes):

Hot Spanish Wines
Friday, May 8th, 2009 (6 p.m. -8:30 p.m.)
Join us in turning up the heat with some exciting Spanish wines at great values!
Cost of the tasting is $10 for 5 wines!

Meza Features: Via Vecchia Winery - Powell, Ohio
Saturday, May 16, 2009 (time - TBA)
Meza is proud to carry two of the four Via Vecchia wines from this dynamic winery in Powell, Ohio! Meet the winemakers, learn about their wine making process and taste all four wines in their portfolio! These four winemakers focus on producing untreated wines "the old way." "We believe that "a well treated wine is an untreated wine." Our wines receive no added chemicals, no added lab-created yeasts or sugars, no added colorings, enzymes or preservatives, and only minimal added sulfites. For filtration of wine, we rely on sedimentation and the Moon." Meza will provide light tapas in conjunction with this tasting. Cost of the tasting is TBD. Stay tune for details!

Meza and Tour de Cure Charity Tasting!
Thursday May 21, 2009 (7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
This event is one that is not to be missed!! Join us in supporting a truly important cause. Tour de Cure is a bike event that will take place right here in Westerville on June 6. Tour de Cure is a series of fund-raising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Meza is sponsoring "Team Awesome" in the Westerville Tour de Cure bike event, and together we are working to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause! Join us in tasting some great red wines with some added health benefits! Check out this link for information on the health benefits of red wine from the American Diabetes Association! Cost of the event is $15 per person. This includes 5 wines and light tapas! $5 from each tasting fee goes to support Team Awesome and the American Diabetes Association!

Stay tuned for information on our summer tasting schedule!

Featured Wine of the Month: "Attention fans of Orin Swift's "The Prisoner" and "Papillon" - owner/winemaker Dave Phinney is pleased to introduce the inaugural release of "Saldo," a California Zinfandel. The name, which can sometimes be used to mean "from here and there" in Spanish, speaks to Phinney's choice to break free of the chains of a single AVA to make a wine that includes grapes from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino and Contra Costa Counties. There's a dash of Syrah and half as much Petite Sirah (totaling 15% of the blend) in this nearly-opaque, ruby-colored wine." - KL Wines. Tasting Notes: Raspberry, rhubarb, wood smoke and sweet vanilla on the nose. These tones carry over to the palate where they are joined by sweet spring strawberry and root beer. Broad and long on the palate, this is a wine you'll want to enjoy often over the next five years.This a big, full, juicy wine that has layers of depth and flavor. Try 'Saldo' with smoked ribs, or bbq chicken or steak for a combination to be savored!'Saldo' Zinfandel $29.99 (Stock up and receive 10% off of a case!)

Looking for a unique space to host your next event?
We offer a unique and fun alternative to hosting a party or networking event! Whether you are looking to host an event to thank your current clients, build better relationships or to network and make new contacts, meza provides a great option for doing just that! Call us at 614.259.3101 or send an email to for details and set up your own private wine tasting event today!
Featured Product of the Month
is proud to carry Sweet Thing Gourmet jams! This little family-owned and operated business is a real local find! Owner Kyla Touris is a true "mompereneur." Mother of three and business owner; she and her husband handcraft these fabulous jams in their Bexley kitchen! They offer some truly unique flavors including Hot Chili Cherry, Lavender Peach Jam and Apricot Chai Jam! Makes a beautiful gift along with a bottle of wine! Stop in and ask us about Sweet Thing Gourmet!

Looking for an Easy Way to Entertain at Home?
Let meza do the work, so you can enjoy your guests! We offer three different "entertaining trays" for you to enjoy, along with your favorite wines! Meza "tapas" style entertaining trays are perfect for any event - bridal showers, parties, office gatherings, social club get togethers, game nights and more! We offer two sizes of each tray - small (serves 10-15) and large (serves 20-30). Chose from three different trays: The Tuscan, The Parisian, and The Californian! Call us for details on our tray offerings and to place an order for your next gathering!

Follow Us on Facebook! Want to receive updates on our wine tasting events and specials and keep up with what's going on at Meza? Become a fan of 'Meza Specialty and Gourmet Foods' on facebook today! Link:

Logo provided by Meza. ©2009 Meza. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Uptown Cigar Company

Roy Lawson and Mike Daffin proprietors of Uptown Cigar Company (33 N. State, 614.392.2302) share their latest news:

First, Uptown Cigar's CAO Event on April 29th, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mike and Roy invite customers to purchase cigars at a discount and meet Miguel Schoedel, CAO International Representative. Everyone will receive a ticket for an opportunity to win a beautiful humidor. As always, beverages and snacks provided.

Additionally, Roy & Marcia Lawson will be among the "celebrity bartenders" at the annual Relay for Life event to raise money for Earlene Wandrey's Fighting Team, May 1st on the third floor of The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State.

Logo provided by Uptown Cigar Company. ©2009 Uptown Cigar Company. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for High Seas Mystery

Avast! The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau invites you to the 2009 annual fundraiser at Little Turtle Golf Club for a special evening on May 1st including dinner, auction, and interactive theatrical performance.

A pirate plot to pillage turns to murder! Join the WVCB to solve the Murder at Crossbones Cove.

Tickets are $45. per person with senior and group discounts available.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar and seating for dinner is at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

For more information or to buy tickets, check out the VCB online , call 614.794.0401, or stop by 20 W. Main during VCB hours.

Uptown Westerville is a Place To Step Into Outside Envy

Kriss Rogers at Outside Envy, Art of the Garden, Deck and Patio, 15 N. State St., is now featuring a special Westerville commemorative stepping stone. Kriss shares:

Outside Envy is pleased to announce the arrival of our commemorative Westerville stepping stone and sun catcher. The unique tree design for these pieces was created by a local artist.

The 12” stone is manufactured here in the USA and is a resin and granite powder combination in four great colors.

The sun catcher also has the tree design and is made for us by a well known North American art glass studio, pressed from recycled glass in three beautiful colors.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For additional information, call 614.895.3689 or email

Photo image provided by Kriss Rogers of Outside Envy. ©2009 Kriss Rogers. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place Where Fashion Backward is Fashion Forward

WUMA member, A Gal Named Cinda Lou and Westerville Antiques are teaming up for a fun vintage clothing fashion event that also benefits the community!

Spring 2009's Dress Up fashion show hits the runway May 3rd at 2 p.m. on the third floor of The Old Bag of Nails Pub at 24 N. State and admission is just $7.

The event features a vintage clothing fashion show full of lots of fine fashion "serving suggestions" and refreshments including a cash bar, complimentary tea & coffee, and a $1 a ticket raffle with proceeds going to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market/W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

In its second season, Fresh Green makes farm-fresh, healthy farmers' market produce available to all Westerville residents.

Want to know more? Great! Contact Debbie Bennati or Juli Bennati at A Gal Named Cinda Lou - or 614.776.1409.

Image provided by A Gal Named Cinda Lou. ©2009 A Gal Named Cinda Lou. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fourth Fridays!

This Friday, April 24, 2009 kicks off the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau Fourth Friday Season with Uptown Alive!

Great family fun! Fourth Fridays run through September!

To visit the WVCB online, visit

Image provided by Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau. ©2009 Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Silhouette Profiles

The art of silhouette (think of the famous images of film director Alfred Hitchock) has been around since the late 1750s and started in France. This art of detailed paper cutting in-profile is named for a French finance minister named Etienne de Silhouette. Before the advent of photographs, silhouette portraits were a popular, affordable way to reflect someone's appearance.

This weekend, stop by A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State and meet Silhouette Artist Anne B. Wildman. Anne will be creating silhouettes for just $10 -- 2 silhouettes for the same person -- while you sit.

At just $10 a sitting, silhouettes are a wonderful small indulgence and will make a thoughtful Mother's Day gift.

Stop by A Gal Named Cinda Lou this Saturday, April 25th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Gift Inspiration

Looking for creative, new ideas for gifts? Think birthstones. A birthstone-inspired gift can be an actual gemstone or gemstone-inspired -- think about colors, symbolism, cultures, labels, family heritage, art, and legends:

Modern Gemstones
January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Bloodstone, Aquamarine
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
July: Ruby
August: Sardonyx, Peridot
September: Sapphire
October: Opal, Tourmaline
November: Yellow Topaz, Citrine
December: Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite

Traditional Gemstones
January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Bloodstone
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Alexandrite
July: Ruby
August: Sardonyx
September: Sapphire
October: Tourmaline
November: Citrine
December: Zircon, Lapis Lazuli

Mystical Gemstones
These gemstones date back thousands of years
January: Emerald
February: Bloodstone
March: Jade
April: Opal
May: Sapphire
June: Moonstone
July: Ruby
August: Diamond
September: Agate
October: Jasper
November: Pearl
December: Onyx

And, your gift inspiration, could be written in the stars. Birthstones can also be associated with astrological signs and planets:

Aquarius (1.21 - 2.18): Garnet
Pisces (2.19 - 3.20): Amethyst
Aries (3.21 - 4.20): Bloodstone
Taurus (4.21 - 5.21): Sapphire
Gemini (5.22 - 6.21): Agate
Cancer (6.22 - 7.22): Emerald
Leo (7.23 - 8.23): Onyx
Virgo (8.24 - 9.22): Carnelian
Libra (9.23 - 10.23): Chrysolite (Peridot), Aventurine
Scorpio (10.24 - 11.22): Beryl (Apache Tear)
Sagittarius (11.23 - 12.24): Topaz
Capricorn (12.24 - 1.20): Ruby

Sun/Leo: Rock Crystal
Mercury/Gemini: Tiger Eye
Mercury/Virgo: Citrine
Venus/Taurus: Adventurine, Emerald
Venus/Libra: Sapphire
Mars/Aries: Jasper
Saturn/Capricorn: Lapis Lazuli
Jupiter/Sagittarius: Topaz
Uranus/Aquarius: Turquoise
Neptune/Picses: Aquamarine
Pluto/Scorpio: Garnet

No matter the stars, stone, or the season, The Uptown Gift Card is the perfect gift anytime. The Uptown Gift Card symbolizes a thoughtful, imaginative, uncommon gift welcomed and sold at 16 fine Uptown Westerville merchants.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou
Amish Originals Furniture Co.
▪ Captivating Canines
▪ Deja Vu
The Dog Joint
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

▪ Online source on gemstone meanings:
▪ Note: Peridot can be pronounced: pare-ah-doh or pare-ah-dot.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Spring Blooms

Walk, drive, run, bike, scooter, or skate around Uptown Westerville to enjoy the absolutely beautiful spring blooms in the nooks and crannies of Uptown Westerville's streets, walkways, parks & residences.

Photos courtesy of Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate April is Art Month

In Uptown Westerville, April is Art Month and Renee Kropat and Gallery 202, 38 N. State, celebrate art and community with 60 lamppost banners all created and contributed by Westerville residents and businesses.

Professional artists, Hanby Arts Magnet Elementary School, Westerville City Schools and Otterbein College students, talented residents, galleries, museums... Westerville is a creative community 365 days a year.

And, better yet, Shop Uptown Westerville, take a walk around, and look at these creative, bright banners in person.

True to the theme -- truly a celebration of art! Thanks much to Renee for creating this fabulous community project.

Make Gallery 202 and the Gallery 202 gift shop a regular stop on your Uptown Westerville visits.

By the way, Gallery 202's classic urban loft space is also available for small venue events like meetings, showers, and family get togethers and shared studio space. To learn more about fees and details, contact Renee Kropat at

How do you find Gallery 202? It's easy... look for the bubbles Uptown!

Photos courtesy of Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2009 Season

Well, it's less than a month away!

The 2009 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market season opens May 6th.
The market runs through October 28th and is open each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home Streets.

All Ohio.



Market vendors are signing up daily, and so far your market shopping experience will include...

▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods
▪ Bildsten Landscape
▪ Bird's Haven Farms
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Carousel Watergardens Farm &
Cathy's Tasty Treats
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Honey Health Farms
▪ Landrum Cottage Designs
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Nature's Honey
▪ Northridge Organic Farm
▪ Osage Lane Creamery
▪ Pleiades Maple Products

While you're in Uptown Westerville to visit the market this summer, make it a complete Uptown Westerville experience and Shop Uptown Westerville!

Pictured: Certified organic peppers from Northridge Organic Farm. Photo courtesy of Linda Foor. ©2008 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville is a Place 4 Your Garden at Outside Envy

Kriss Rogers, owner of Outside Envy, 15 N. State, recently hosted WCMH/Channel 4's living, breathing garden encyclopedia, Tom McNutt for video segments that will run this weekend (April 11th) on the morning news.

Look for Tom's Outside Envy 4 Your Garden segments this Saturday morning, April 11th, between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. and possibly again on Sunday around 6:45 a.m.

Next time you're in Uptown Westerville, stop by Outside Envy and meet Kriss Rogers.

Outside Envy is a welcoming garden environment with a selection of garden and home accents and accessories perfect for home, deck, patio, and garden.

A wonderful place for imaginative gift ideas, including the Uptown Gift Card.

Outside Envy is a Place for Small Indulgences, to read more click here.

Pictured: Kriss Rogers and Tom McNutt at Outside Envy. Photo courtesy of Kriss Rogers. ©2009 Kriss Rogers. All rights reserved. Outside Envy exterior photos courtesy of Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.