Friday, October 30, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Madness!!!!

It's Here! It's Spooktacular! It's Boo! It's Midnight Madness!

Here is tonight's Midnight Madness Schedule of Activities:

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Pumpkin Display Drop Off - Rotary Park (State & Home)

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Generations Performing Arts Center, 11 W. College, Dance Performance followed by Open House

Sunset: 6:32 p.m.

7 p.m. -

Sertoma Brat Wagon - N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah Parking Lot

7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sign up for Black Catwalk Costume Contest
- City Hall Courtyard

7 :45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Black Catwalk Costume Contest - City Hall Courtyard
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dairy Queen presents... The Community Pumpkin Display
at Rotary Park (State & Home)

Coloring Page Gallery & Mad Science
- 46 N. State (former Lola Belle)

Note: if you've colored your Coloring Page you got from the Westerville Public Library, bring it on up -- we'll display your Coloring Page art!

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments & Suite 59 Hair Design present...
Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Rides
through the oldest parts of Uptown Westerville. Ride station located on E. Home behind Rotary Park. Line forms on the sidewalk at the west lot apron. Look... for... the Porch Lady along the route...

Note: Hay Wagon Line closes at 8:30 p.m.
On the line: We will close the line at 8:30 p.m. To manage expectations: Once the line is closed, the first 25 people in the closed line will ride and that's it for the night. No exceptions. (Please note that WUMA's holiday event, Home for the Holidays on Saturday, November 28th will feature horse-drawn carriage rides from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dave McKay - Music - N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah Parking Lot

Westerville Public Library Reader at Amish Originals, 38 N. State

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Westerville Police - City Hall Courtyard

Westerville Fire Department
- N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah Parking Lot

9 p.m.

Pumpkin Drop hosted by 92.3 WCOL-FM's Woody Johnson - N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah Parking Lot

Outdoor Event Features Complete after Pumpkin Drop
Shopping Hours Continue at Merchant’s Discretion


10 p.m. - Midnight

Amish Originals Furniture Co. and Edward Jones Investments present... The Midnight Madness Classic Chiller - Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State 3rd floor - Limited Seating: 100 Ticket access only

Access to the 3rd floor opens at 9 p.m.
Amish Originals Furniture Co. and Edward Jones Investments present the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie! at The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State.

Join us for a special showing of Alfred Hitchcock's classic psychological chiller Psycho starring Janet Leigh and Tony Perkins.
Admission is Free! Ticket access only to the 3rd Floor. Pick up tickets at the customer service desk at Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 N. State, after 7 p.m. during Midnight Madness. (Limit 2 tickets per person. Seating is limited (100 seats) and for folks who are 18-years-old and over.)

Special Feature! Enjoy the movie and help the community at the same time! Buy a raffle ticket for a $1 donation and you become eligible to watch the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie from The Bests Seat in the House. The winning ticket holder and their guest, will be watching the film from two well-placed comfy, stylish recliners provided by Amish Originals Furniture Co. Every cent from the raffle goes to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry and Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market WARM Fresh Green Program. WARM Fresh Green provides vouchers to folks in need so everyone has the opportunity to buy fresh, healthy produce and artisan foods from the market. Thank you!

Special thanks to The Old Bag of Nails Pub. 

Psycho poster image ©Universal City Studios, Inc. Used with permission.
 

A note on the movie:
This is the first year for the Classic Chiller so we have no idea -- we are just running it up the flagpole to see who salutes. We aren't sure how many people will want to see the movie, so due to budget (WUMA is a non-profit and for public viewing, we leased the film, so we pay per number of audience members, so we couldn't go too big) and venue capacity, we need to limit tickets. Thanks.

One more thing... our first string face painter cancelled on us Wednesday and attempts to bring in a back up from the bench were unsuccessful, so no Madness face painter for 2009's Midnight Madness.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for New Business

Let's just get to the point. The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association welcomes new WUMA member and brand new Uptown Westerville Business: Profencing Sport Club and Shop, 13-1/2 E. College on the 2nd floor.

Profencing features fencing instruction and programs for all ages, featuring foil, epee, and saber.

Take a test drive for free! Profencing celebrates its Grand Opening, Sunday, November 1st with a full day of free fencing - no experience required.

Profencing's Hours:

Mondays to Fridays - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Lessons by appointment (private lessons)
Mondays- 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Group Classes and open fencing
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 7:30 - 10:00 pm: Group classes and open fencing
Wednesdays - 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Group Classes and open fencing
Fridays - 3:00 pm - 6:00pm Group classes
Fridays -6:00 pm-9:30 pm College Students Night Duel for fun!! Required reservation. max of 12 persons per hour
Saturdays- 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Open fencing
Saturdays - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm group classes
Saturdays - 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm Duel for fun- Family and friends night! Required reservation. Maximim of 12 persons per hour. (More info on the website)
Sundays - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Group classes and open fencing

Visit Profencing online, email: profencingsportclub@gmail.com
or call 614.256.8503.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Uptown Gift Card

Look for the Gateway Welcome Sign and you'll find any one of 15 Uptown Westerville merchants who sell and accept the Uptown Gift Card!

Midnight Madness is the first anniversary of The Uptown Gift Card, a store-value, reloadable 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 Anytime. Great for the holidays and business thank yous!

Available at....

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
Meza
Morgan's Treasure
Outside Envy
Ruth Reed Antiques
Serendipity Ice Cream & Coffee House
Westerville Bike Shop

The "Best of" Winners of the Black Catwalk Costume Contest and First, Second, and Third prizes in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest win an Uptown Gift Card!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Serendipity

Stop by to wish Debbie and Jeff Mitchell a Happy First Anniversary at Serendipity, 33 E. College.

Good food, treats, ice cream, and brewed-by-the cup coffees

▪ Open Mic Night, Sundays 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
▪ Meeting room (call ahead)
▪ Front porch swing, backyard patio dining
▪ Sammy's Bagels
▪ Flavor Burst soft serve and Ashby Sterling dip ice creams
▪ Wi-Fi
▪ Art & Gifts
▪ Catering Services

Serendipity welcomes and sells The Uptown Gift Card.

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

614.392.2352
serendipity@midohio.twcbc.com

Take a video tour of Serendipity from WOCC-TV.

Serendipity's Twisted Taste:
Pumpkin Spice Hot Beverages, Pumpkin Cookies, Apple Crisp Ice Cream, Hot Apple Cider and more!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Support Community

During the Pumpkin Drop, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association will be presenting the Westerville Fire Department with a check for $100 for 2 bricks at the Firefighters Memorial on W. Main.

The memorial sculpture will be made from steel that withstood the impact on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.





WARM (the Westerville Area Resource Ministry) and the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market have teamed up to create the WARM Fresh Green Program. WARM Fresh Green provides vouchers to folks they recognize so everyone has access to the fresh, healthy foods and fruit-bearing plants at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

During the 2009 market season, over market patrons in need redeemed over $2300 in WARM Fresh Green vouchers.

The audience at the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie, sponsored by Amish Originals Furniture Co. and Edward Jones Investments, can purchase a raffle ticket to win the chance to watch our feature film, Psycho, in the Best Seats in the House: two recliners provided by Amish Originals. All raffle ticket sales will be donated to WARM Fresh Green.


The Sertoma Brat Wagon will be ready to serve-up at the corner of N. Home and E. State Streets. So, stop by and grab a bite for a good cause.

Westerville Sertoma supports: Recreation Unlimited, Westerville High School Senior Scholarships, Westerville Caring & Sharing, WARM, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Westerville Jaycees Sertoma organizes the Annual Westerville Children's Christmas Parade, Provides refreshments during the Westerville Holiday Tree Lighting.
Sertoma sponsored the building of the Sertoma Shelterhouse at Heritage Park and supports Westerville Symphony, Westerville Concert Band, Leadership Westerville, and Fishing Has No Boundaries.


The Otterbein Chapter of the American Chemical Society is presenting Mad Science! at the Midnight Madness Coloring Page Gallery at 46 N. State. Our mad scientists purchased and provided all the materials to make stuff for our enjoyment and asked us if they could put a bucket out for no-pressure donations. If you like what you saw and can spare some change or a buck, drop a little in the Mad Science bucket!


Central Ohio Greyhound Rescue will be at DJ's Feed Store.
Stop by for a Greyhound Encounter between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

And, drop a call for a good cause!!
Drop your old cell phones off at DJ’s Feed Store, 41 N. State, to benefit Capital Area Humane Society.

Thanks to Amy Taylor and Rocky!!

(Remember to remove the sim card from your phone. If you need help ask Dave Chapman at DJ’s when you drop the phone off and he can help!)

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Gravity

Join us for the first annual Midnight Madness Pumpkin Drop at 9 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home.

We'll tell you right now, we don't know what will happen, but we are dropping pumpkins from a lift several stories up onto a tarp in the parking lot.

The Pumpkin Drop will be hosted by 92.3 WCOL-FM radio's Woody Johnson.

So, come join the count down and we'll see what happens together!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for A Gal Named Cinda Lou

A spooktacular Midnight Madness thank you & shout out to Westerville Uptown Merchants Association member A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State, a Midnight Madness sponsor.

▪ Cinda Lou is supporting Midnight Madness.

Owned by mother/daughter team Debbie Bennati and Juli Bennati,
A Gal Named Cinda Lou
is a unique modern, vintage & retro environment that begs for mulitple visits!

Shop Cinda Lou for gifts, jewelry, clothing, very cool t-shirts, accents, accessories, art, furniture, record albums, and housewares.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou sells and accepts the Uptown Gift Card.

Contact Cinda Lou by phone at 614.776.1409 or email cindalougal@aol.com.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the DQ

A spooktacular Midnight Madness thank you & shout out to Westerville Uptown Merchants Association member Dairy Queen, 84 S. State, a Midnight Madness sponsor.

▪ Dairy Queen is supporting the Community Pumpkin Display.

That's right, Uptown Westerville's got a DQ!

Much thanks to Sonny and Rose D'Andrea of the Uptown Westerville Dairy Queen.

The Uptown Dairy Queen features a full compliment of the DQ menu, including the Flame Thrower® GrillBurger, Classic GrillBurger, Iron Grilled Sandwiches, DQ® Dogs, Wraps, Salads, and Chicken Strips along with lots of sides. And, of course drinks and dessert that include classics like the Arctic Rush®, Banana Split, Dipped Cones, Blizzards®, shakes, malts, and Dilly®Bars.

Always ready to take home for any reason -- DQ Cakes. Cakes can be personalized on the spot and... perfect for tailgating -- how about an Ohio State ice cream cake!

Have a little Twisted Taste during Midnight Madness and try a very yummy Pumpkin Pie Blizzard!

Hands-on customer service: The Uptown DQ hand dips its Dilly Bars and Buster Bars®.

Great for holiday giving. Gift certificates available!!

Drive thru or Eat in -- visit the DQ at 84 S. State. Call: 614.899.CAKE (2253).

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Suite 59 Hair Design

A spooktacular Midnight Madness thank you & shout out to Westerville Uptown Merchants Association member Suite 59 Hair Design, 59 E. Home, a Midnight Madness sponsor.

▪ Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, and Suite 59 Hair Design are sponsoring the Midnight Madness Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Rides at N. State and E. Home Streets.

▪ And, you can't miss Suite 59 during Midnight Madness -- look for the Porch Lady on the Horse-drawn Hay Wagon route. You tell us... just who or what is she waiting on?

With a strong focus on expertise, customer service, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere Joan Domanik of Suite 59 Hair Design has been styling Westerville for 26 years!

Joan and her staff provide family hair styling services that include hair cutting, styling, color and weaving, perms, curler sets and teasing, and eye brow and lip waxing.

Brand name retail hair product is available at Suite 59, including Paul Mitchell, Matrix Biolage, and Kenra.

Give a Suite 59 Gift Certificate.

Contact Suite 59 Hair Design at 614.891.HAIR (4247).

And, thanks to Joan's husband, Gerry for helping out at the Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Rides!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Edward Jones Investments


A spooktacular Midnight Madness thank you & shout out to Westerville Uptown Merchants Association member
Edward Jones Investments, 39 N. State, a Midnight Madness sponsor.

▪ Amish Originals Furniture Co. and Edward Jones Investments have teamed up to sponsor the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie at The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State.

▪ Tim Bullock of Edward Jones Investments will be emcee for the Black Catwalk Costume Contest at the City Hall Courtyard beginning at 7:45 p.m. And, if you hear seasonal tunes floating through the air, chances are good they are coming from Edward Jones.

▪ Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, and Suite 59 Hair Design are sponsoring the Midnight Madness Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Rides at N. State and E. Home Streets.

Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction in 2009 according to J.D. Powers & Associates and No. 2 on Fortune magazine's 100 best places to work. In modern times, we all have a variety of resources available to us to help us manage our money. Yet, financial management can't be a guessing game and Tim Bullock of Edward Jones Investments, 39 N. State, provides a Westerville community connection, up-to-date knowledgable advice, and personal attention.

Edward Jones' hallmarks of success include their customer service, research methods, history, principles, and most importantly, their advisors.

Call Tim Bullock today at 614.882.1131 or
click here to contact Tim online.

Stop by
Edward Jones during Midnight Madness and meet Tim Bullock.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Amish Originals Furniture Co.

A spooktacular Midnight Madness thank you & shout out to Westerville Uptown Merchants Association member Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State, a Midnight Madness sponsor.

▪ Amish Originals Furniture Co. and Edward Jones Investments have teamed up to sponsor the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie at The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State. Amish Originals is also providing two recliners so two of our movie guests can sit in the Best Seats in the House, a raffle to benefit the WARM Fresh Green Program. (Details on the Midnight Madness web page.)

▪ Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, and Suite 59 Hair Design are sponsoring the Midnight Madness Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Rides at N. State and E. Home Streets.

Amish Originals was founded in 1992. The main store is located in the old State Theatre at 8 N. State St. featuring Dining, Storage, Office, and Living Space furniture, lighting, accents, and accessories. The "north store" at 38 N. State features Bedroom, Youth, and Entertainment & Media furniture, lighting, accents, and accessories.

Amish Originals features hand-crafted, custom, hardwood Amish-made furniture. A natural product. From a renewable resource. Built to last a lifetime.

Amish Originals furniture is custom-made by any of over 70 Amish craftsmen right here in Ohio. While the methods are true and time-honored, Amish Originals furniture suits all styles and tastes from transitional to traditional. From formal dining to movie night to a baby's cozy crib, Amish Originals furniture is lifestyle furniture, made to be lived-with and lived-in.

Amish Originals hallmark is customer service that builds lasting relationships. An Amish Originals furniture purchase always has a story because our customers take part in the design. Amish Originals' staff work carefully with customers as they custom design their furniture from finishes to hardware. Follow-through and deliveries are made with care and concern.

Many Uptown Westerville visitors think of Amish Originals as that place where they can sit on the adirondack chairs, relax, and eat their ice cream cones on a nice evening. (Encouraged, by the way.) Yet, stepping inside Amish Originals is more than exploring an environment of gorgeous furniture. Amish Originals has a fluid and uncommon selection of art, accents, textiles, gift items, Ohio State spirit, and accessories.

A great source for unique holiday decor, Amish Originals Furniture Co., carries a variety of small indulgences like flower lights, Switchables nightlights, soy candles, Ohio State sink stoppers, Mrs. Miller's jams and spreads, colorful ironstone tableware, and seasonal accents.

Amish Originals also has gift certificates and sells & accepts The Uptown Gift Card.

Beautiful. Useful. Amish Originals Furniture Co. sells furniture for life.

Stop by Amish Originals Furniture Co. during Midnight Madness, have some cider, check out the great boo, and shop Amish Originals Midnight Madness Floor Model Sale.

Call 615.891.6257 or email: customerservice@amishoriginals.com.

Click here to visit Amish Originals online.

Click here to read the October 2009 Amish Originals Furniture Co. eNews.

Click here to check out the Amish Originals Furniture Co. blog featuring Miriam's Journal, a personal look at Amish life.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fresh Ground Expression

Java Central, 20 S. State, is featuring a touch of Twisted Taste with Pumpkin Strudel Muffins, Pumpkin Chai Latte, and Pumpkin White Mocha.

Java Central will kick off its musical weekend with an acoustic Open Mic Night from 7 p.m. to Midnight.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Become a Facebook Fan

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is on Facebook!

Scroll down this blog to check out our Facebook fan connection in the right margin.

Also on facebook....

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Uptown Westerville is a Place for Madness in the News, Part 2

Check out Midnight Madness details in the Westerville News & Public Opinion:

Midnight Madness branching out in new, smashing ways

By BRET LIEBENDORFER

Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 12:06 PM EDT

If you're too old for trick or treating, Westerville still has plenty to offer this Halloween.Westerville's annual Midnight Madness will transform Uptown into a Halloween destination from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday, Oct. 30."We see Uptown Westerville as a great place to shop, work, live, eat, meet and play, and this is a center stage opportunity to do just that," said Linda Foor, event organizer.

The tradition, which originally began in the mid-1970s as a one-night, extended-hours sale for Uptown merchants, has since grown to be a community event. Think of it as a spooky Fourth Friday, organizers said.

Planning began in January and with nearly a year of preparations, the event has expanded from the decorating contests held between merchants who will still be offering special promotions and attractions."We divided the evening into kid-friendly event features (lasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m.) and the rest of the evening for shopping and grown-ups," Foor said.

One goal was to create new traditions.

They will include a four-story pumpkin drop and the Twisted Taste of Westerville, which features food and drink specials from local merchants.

"Some ideas became reality, some ideas had to be put on the back burner for other years, and some feature ideas sort of popped up organically," Foor said.

Hoping to extend Midnight Madness from its typical winding down around 10:30 p.m., Foor said one new idea they hope will prolong the event is the first Midnight Madness Chiller Classic movie for adults. This year will feature Alfred Hitchcok's 1960 classic Psycho on the third floor of Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St.

"There is something magical about Halloween and this time of year that so many people find festive and fun," Foor said.

For more information on Midnight Madness, visit the Web sites twitter.com/uptownmadness and shopuptownwesterville.com/MidnightMadness.html.

The schedule of Friday's Midnight Madness events includes:

5 to 7 p.m. -- community pumpkin display at the Rotary Park, near N. State Street and E. Home Avenue, prizes awarded

6 and 7:30 p.m. -- performances by Generations Performing Arts Center, 11 W. College Ave.

7 to 8:30 p.m. -- face painting, 39 N. State Street

7 to 8:30 p.m. -- horse-drawn hay wagon rides departing from Rotary Park at Home and State streets.

7 to 8:30 p.m. -- costume contest at the Municipal Building courtyard, 21 S. State St., prizes awarded for different categories including best dog

7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Mad Science! experiments from Otterbein College's American Chemical Society at 46 N. State St.

7 to 9 p.m. -- library stories inside Amish Originals Furniture Co. North, 38 N. State St.

9 p.m. -- Pumpkin Drop at the Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St.

Midnight -- Midnight Madness Classic Chiller Movie at the Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State St.

Haunted Trail at Heritage Park: Also getting in on the frights is the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, which is sponsoring a Haunted Trail from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.Creepy thrills and crawly chills are guaranteed for those older than middle school age at a cost of $5 per person

Read Bret Leibendorfer's story in Westerville News and Public Opinion online, click here.

Blog Editor's Note: Pumpkin Display entry drop off is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pumpkin Display is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 9 p.m. Pumpkin Drop is in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at Home and State, across from the church. The street address is 62 N. State. The Midnight Madness Classic Chiller begins at 10 p.m. at the Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State, 3rd floor, Access to the third floor opens at 9 p.m. Ticket access only. There is limited seating for this event (100 seats), free tickets are available after 7 p.m. at Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 N. State (the old State Theatre) at the customer service desk. Limit 2 per person, 18 years and older.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Finely-Crafted Madness

While you're Uptown for Midnight Madness... Stop in Amish Originals, 8 & 38 N. State.

You never know what ghoulish surprises are hanging around and Amish Originals is having a Midnight Madness floor model sale! Shop and save on select Amish Originals gorgeous display furniture.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Midnight Madness in the News, Part 1

Check out Midnight Madness details in ThisWeek Community Newspapers Westerville Edition:

Halloween event to take over Uptown on Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:56 PM

By JENNIFER NESBITT
ThisWeek Staff Writer

Uptown Westerville will celebrate Halloween a day early this year when the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association hosts its annual Midnight Madness event from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30.

During that time, Uptown shops will decorated for Halloween and will be open late. They also will have treats, and some shops will have special Halloween-related events.

Also in Uptown, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., there will be activities for children, who are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The Westerville divisions of police and fire will have displays and interactive activities for children during that time.

The Generations Performing Arts Center, 11 W. College Ave., will have a Midnight Madness open house, which will begin with performances by its students from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There also will be Halloween stories read by Westerville Public Library representatives at Amish Originals, 38 N. State St., face-painting at A Girl Name CindaLou, 20 N. State St., and a greyhound experience at DJ's Feed Store, 41 N. State St.

Dairy Queen, 84 S. State St., will have a community pumpkin display, where individuals, groups and businesses can show off their decorated pumpkins.

As part of the Black Catwalk Costume Contest, Midnight Madness attendees can model their costumes in an emceed fashion show in the City Hall courtyard for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Uptown businesses. Categories for the contest include kid, teen, adult, family and dog.

Also during Midnight Madness, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be horse-drawn hayride through Uptown.

Those attending Midnight Madness can get something to eat as part of a Twisted Taste of Westerville. Uptown restaurants will be open during the event, and bratwurst will be for sale to benefit Westerville Sertoma.

Two events new to Midnight Madness include a pumpkin drop and the Midnight Madness Classic Chiller.

The Classic Chiller, which organizers said they hope to make an annual event, will feature the free showing of a classic horror movie on the third floor of the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St. This year's show will be Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

During the showing, raffle tickets will be for sale for $1. Winners can watch the show with a guest seated on two upholstered recliners from Amish Originals.

Read the article online at ThisWeek, click here.

Blog Editor's Note: While we strongly recommend a stop at the Uptown DQ an the community pumpkin display is in Rotary Park at N. State and E. Home. And, our face painter had to cancel and our second string face painter couldn't make it, so no face painting feature this year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Last 2009 Market!

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville and the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for the last time this 2009 Season today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. Home and E. State in Uptown Westerville.

For more details on this week's market, check out the market blog -- just click here.

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association and Market Vendors say thank you to the Westerville community, Church of the Messiah, Meza, Dairy Queen, and the best part of the market... our patrons.

Best Wishes and we'll see you next year at the market!


Photo: Fresh apples from Malabar Acres at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for the Mysterious Strangers

"She's all dressed up with nowhere to go." That's what Suite 59 Hair Design owner Joan Domanik thinks about the Porch Lady who sits rather wistfully among the pumpkins! (And her hair looks great!)

Be sure to check out the Porch Lady on your horse-drawn hay wagon ride along E. Home St. during Oct. 30th's Midnight Madness. Maybe you can figure out just who... or what she's waiting on!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Page Turners

No tricks during Midnight Madness at Brown Tax Accounting, 18 W. College, Julie Brown has a special treat for kids -- a free book!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Uptown Cigar Company.

Best Wishes to Roy & Marcia Lawson and Mike & Linda Daffin!

What better way to celebrate an anniversary than have a party...

October 24th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. stop by to say Happy Anniversary to Uptown Cigar! Look for the Big Tent in the parking lot! Live Music 6:00 - 9:00 with Replay Columbus. Food. Drink. Discounts & Drawings.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Make a Difference

The Fourth Saturday of October is Make a Difference Day.

In Westerville, in just a couple hours on Saturday a.m. you can make a difference.

Make a Difference Day 2009 is this Saturday, October 24th. This year, Make a Difference volunteers will be assembling care packages for our troops from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Rec Center, 350 N. Cleveland.

A great personal and family event.

For more info contact Laura Horton with Westerville Parks and Rec at laura.horton@westerville.org or 614.901.6512.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Beautiful Furniture

The October 2009 issue of the Amish Originals eNews is now online.

Just click here.

To sign up for the Amish Originals eNews: customerservice@amishoriginals.com

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Mad Music!

Before the Pumpkin Drop enjoy the musical stylings of Dave McKay in the Church of the Messiah Parking lot (Farmers' Market lot) at Home and State.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Celebrate Tan & Cardinal Pride

This weekend, Otterbein College has two major special occasions.

First, the inauguration of new Otterbein president, Kathy Krendl on Friday, October 23rd. And, it's Otterbein Homecoming Weekend!!

Along with the Inauguration on Friday, here are some of the highlights for this busy Cardinal weekend:

▪ Tours of the new facilities that include the equine facility. renovated science building, Miller Gallery, and Frank Museum.

Otterbein College Theatre & Dance presents Babes in Arms.

▪ A Homecoming bonfire on the banks of Alum Creek.

▪ 100th Anniversary of the Cardinal Marching Band.

▪ Class Reunions.

▪ The Homecoming Parade.

▪ A 5k Walk/Run.

▪ Football: No. 13 nationally-ranked Otterbein Cardinals v. Capital at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free with a canned good for local food banks. Help Otterbein Can Capital!

▪ Otterbein Men's Soccer.

▪ Family-friendly Tailgating Activities.

▪ An alumni softball game.

Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekend.

▪ And more. Click here for the weekend schedule!

What's the weather? Click here.

The Uptown Westerville Merchants Association encourages our Otterbein guests to Shop Uptown Westerville!

Have a great weekend and Go Cards!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Welcome New Business

Welcome new Uptown business, The Blue Turtle Tea and Spice Co., 2 S. State.

Stop by to visit owner Amanda McGuffin-Noll.

Visit Blue Turtle online, click here.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Otterbein Uptown!


It's Homecoming Weekend at Otterbein College! So that means it's an Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekend.

With Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekends, Uptown Westerville says Welcome and Thank You, inviting Otterbein College Students & their Families, Alum, Faculty, and Staff to visit our shops, service businesses & restaurants and get a special discount!

There are 3 Otterbein Uptown Pennant Weekends:

▪ Commencement/Alumni Weekend, Including the Senior Uptown Hop
▪ New Student Weekend
▪ Homecoming Weekend

It’s simple. This weekend (October 23rd, October 24th, and October 25th) look for an Otterbein College Pennant on display in local shop windows, show a valid Otterbein College student, faculty, staff, or alumni ID and... get a deal!

So look for the pennant and visit any of these 35 participating Uptown Merchants:

Dinner, Drink & Dessert:
Dairy Queen, 84 S. State
The Dog Joint, 59 S. State
Graeter's Ice Cream, 1 N. State
Java Central, 20 S. State
Jimmy V's Grill & Pub, 1 S. State
The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State
Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta, 14 N. State
Pizza Primo, 10 E. Main
Serendipity, 33 E. College

Shops & Services:
A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 20 N. State
Amish Originals, 8 & 38 N. State
Atattooed, 16 S. State
Blue Turtle Tea & Spice Co., 2 S. State
Captivating Canines, 31 N. State
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
Gallery 202, 38 N. State, Upstairs
Heart's Content, 9 N. State
Hey Diddle Diddle, 38 N. State
It's All In The Name, 13 E. College
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
Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State
Uptown Cigar Co., 33 N. State
Uptown Strings, 18 N. State
Westerville Antiques, 2 N. State

To learn more about Otterbein Uptown! and connect to Otterbein and Uptown links, click here.

Offers vary and are at the discretion of each business. Regular business hours apply.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Outdoor Shopping on an Autumn Afternoon


It's a gorgeous Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville. And, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open today 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.

This is the next to the last Market Wednesday of the 2009 Season.

For today's market details, click here to visit the market blog.

Today is a great day to Shop Uptown Westerville. Before or after the market, stop by Meza, 48 N. State. Visit with Tatjana Brown and check out the Market Wednesday $1 Wine Tastings.

See you at the market.


Photo: Pumpkins and squash from Northridge Organic Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved

Friday, October 16, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Mad Uptown Strings

Back in the early days of Westerville, a cemetery sat on the site of Uptown Strings at 18 N. State.

For Midnight Madness... enjoy live music throughout the evening from R. U. Bound featuring blue grass and traditional mountain music.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Check your Calendar

Meza, 48 N. State, will be closed Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Help Otterbein College Help the Community

This Friday, October 16th, join in the rivalry for a good cause for the Tan and Cardinal!

This year, Otterbein College and Capital University are taking their rivalry off the field by participating to see who can bring in the most blood donations during their inaugural Otterbein vs. Capital Blood Battle.

Donate to the cause from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, in the Campus Center (100 W. Home).

For more information, visit Otterbein on facebook, click here.

By the way, Otterbein Homecoming Weekend, October 23rd - 25th is an Otterbein Uptown! Pennant Weekend. Otterbein hosts Capital in the homecoming game, Saturday, October 24th at Memorial Stadium. The community is invited to the game and admission is one canned good for local food banks. Help Otterbein Can Capital!!

Go Cards!

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Mad Science!

Mad Science!

Members of the Otterbein College chapter of the American Chemical Society will be performing cool experiments at the Madness Coloring Page Gallery at 46 N. State from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Kid-Friendly Booooooks!

We're looking forward to Midnight Madness Halloween Stories from Westerville Public Library's reader (at Amish Originals North Store, 38 N. State).

Westerville Public Library has a fun selection of not-too-much-boo kid-friendly Halloween tales to take home to read or enjoy live at the library on Saturday, October 17th. Join Miss Lisa at the Library at 11 a.m. for some Halloween flavored tales.

And, visit the Library Reader at Midnight Madness!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Grab a Sweatshirt for the Market

It's a chilly Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market will be open for business today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The market meets rain or shine, but the weather reports currently indicate just cloudy and cool between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

While you're Uptown, stop by Meza, 48 N. State, for Meza's Market Wednesday $1 wine tastings and a host of unique ingredients and pantry foods to compliment your market purchases.

See you at the market!


Photo: Buckeye Buddies from Landrum Cottage at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Deja Vu

You are cordially invited to visit Deja Vu, 11 N. State, on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th for the annual Open House Sale.

Friday Open House Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday Open House Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sale prices (discounts up to 25%) and refreshments!

Deja Vu is a shopping experience. One visit and you'll get that feeling that you'd like to come back again and again!

Visit Deja Vu online, click here.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Breakfast

Hot Dog! The Dog Joint, 59 S. State, starts serving breakfast on October 19th at 6:30 a.m.

Breakfast Hours are 6:30 a.m. thru 10:30 a.m.

Eggs, Breakfast Burritos, Omeletes, French Toast, Pancakes and a host of sides!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Fall Fireside Wines

Tatjana and Jason Brown of Meza, 48 N. State, share:

Just a reminder about some great events going on at Meza this week!

This Thursday, and every Thursday, we will be featuring 6 different wines from our shelves for your tasting enjoyment! We are extending our hours until 9 pm on Thursdays to give you even more opportunity to taste some great wines!

So stop in on Thursday between 11 am and 9 pm and taste each wine for $2, or all 6 wines for only $10!!

Fall Fireside Wines

Friday, October 9th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Friday we will be enjoying some great reds that are perfect to get you into the mood for fall!! $10 for 5 Wines

Lineup for Friday:
Charles & Charles Red Blend
Vinum Cellars 'Pets' Petit Sirah
Joel Gott Relative Finca
el Reposa Cabernet Sauvignon
Moo Buzz Pinot Noir

We will even be burning one of our new fall scents, "Campfire" from The Candle Lab to get in the true spirit!So stop by Meza this Thursday or Friday for some great wine tasting opportunities and a great way to end your busy work week!

Tatjana and Jason Brown
meza

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Serendipity

Debbie and Jeff Mitchell of Serendipity, 33 E. College, announce new hours starting October 12th....

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

Take a video tour of Serendipity from WOCC-TV.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Community Fun at Midnight Madness

There is a lot going on at Home and State during Midnight Madness!

Catch a ride in a Horse-drawn Hay Wagon! Amish Originals Furniture Co., Edward Jones Investments, and Suite 59 Hair Design present The Horse-drawn Hay Wagon Ride. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at N. Home and E. State behind Rotary Park.

Add to the local creative in the Community Pumpkin Display in Rotary Park.

Visit the Westerville Fire Division at N. State and E. Home.

Grab a brat and refreshments at the Sertoma Brat Wagon at N. State and E. Home.

And, at 9 p.m. check out the Pumpkin Drop hosted by 92.3 WCOL-FM's Woody Johnson of Woody and the Wake Up Call!!

See you at the Big Boo!

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Enjoy Wines at Meza

Wine Tastings are a way to learn a thing or two, savor tastes you may not have experienced before and just enjoy. Guaranteed you'll walk away with some great memories.

Meza, 48 N. State, is a delightful pantry and wine shop in Uptown Westerville. Share owners Tatjana and Jason Brown's enthusiasm for the good things in life that for just a little money bring friends and family together.

October 2009

Fall Fireside Wines: Friday, October 9 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Nothing makes us want to settle in with a glass of red wine more than the crisp fall weather, sitting around a fire with friends. It doesn't get any better! Join us in tasting some unique boutique wines that are the perfect choice for fall weather. Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

Spooky Spirits Wine Tasting: Friday, October 23 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; changed to FRIDAY) Hosting a Halloween gathering and looking for some great wine to take that will keep your friends talking - this is the tasting for you. We are tasting wines from R Winery (those kooky people that brought us 'Bitch' Grenache) along with some other wines that will get you into the Halloween spirit. Don't be fooled by the crazy labels - these are quality wines from some dynamic producers who happen to want their product to be fun at the same time.
Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

November 2009

German Wine Tasting: Friday, November 6 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Germans are known for more than just great beers and Wiener Schnitzel! They have been producing wonderful wines for centuries! Thinking Riesling? Then you thought right! Come in for this great display of what Germany has to offer. Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

Best of Holiday Wine Tasting: Friday, November 13 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Thinking about what wines to serve with your Thanksgiving and Holiday meals? No worries - let us help you plan! We will be tasting some of the best wines to serve over the Holiday season that will not break your budget! So get ready to drink wine, and be merry! Cost is $12/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

Ohio vs Michigan Wine Tasting: Friday, November 20 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Let's settle it once and for all! We are putting wines from Ohio and Michigan up against each other in a blind tasting. You can come and be the judge as we pit these two arched rivals against each other!
Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

December 2009

Interesting Italians Wine Tasting: Friday, December 4 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Looking for some off the beaten path Italian wines that are budget friendly and delicious? Love Barbera and want to try Ripasso? Stop by and taste some interesting Italian wines and get some ideas for traditional Italian food and wine pairing. Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

Chocolate and Wine Tasting: Friday, December 11 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) What is more festive, more decadent, than chocolate and wine? Treat yourself to something special! We will be pouring wines that pair back to chocolates from a wonderful local chocolate producer - The Chocolate Octopus! Cost is $10/person for 5 wines and chocolates

Champagne and Sparkling Tasting: Friday, December 18 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Let's close out 2009 with a bang! We will pop some corks and taste some Champagnes and sparkling wines that will be perfect for your holiday celebrations! Cost is $12/person for 5 wines and light tapas!

Don't see a wine that you love on our shelves? Not a problem. We will gladly search out and find any of your favorite wines and can get them in for you within a week!So feel free to give us a call, shoot us an e mail and inquire about your favorite wine and we will gladly get it in for you.

Call us at 614.259.3101 or e mail us at vinomeza@gmail.com to inquire about wines.

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Good Tastes

Tatjana and Jason Brown of Meza, 48 N. State, present the Meza Minute

You Don't Have to Wait for Friday Anymore.....

At meza, we are all about the wine.

We are wine drinkers first, shop owners second.

It's been said that if you find a job you really love, its not considered a job anymore.

It's about living your passion. And we are passionate about wine.

We buy our wine just like anyone else.

The first thing we notice is the label.

We all love the eye catching, clever labels but if the wine doesnt back it up with great flavor, then it's just smart marketing. And smart marketing doesnt go well with fish.

We taste every wine that we sell. Sometimes we taste them a number of times over.

Like I said, we love wine.

All that being said, now is your chance to live our dream with us.

Starting EVERY Thursday night, we will be pulling 6 different bottles from our shelves to taste. If you have ever seen a wine that youve wondered about, here is your opportunity to taste it before you buy.

You may be asking yourselves How does this differ from the regularly scheduled Friday night tastings, that are always fun and exciting?

The main difference is the selection. Our Friday tastings are themed around specific regions or varietals. For example 2 weeks ago we had an amazing Australian wine tasting. We had one of our knowledgeable vendors here, explaining different nuances about the specific wines. It was very educational and informative.

With the Thursday night tastings, its anything goes, in terms of selection. We might pull bottom shelf wines only. Theres nothing strange about these wines, they are just on the bottom shelves and people might not want to bend over, we might pit Rieslings against each other, Germany vs. Washington State we might do a price influenced blind taste test, seeing if people can really tell the difference between a $10 merlot vs. a $40 merlot.

The bottom line is that the fun element that Meza employs at all of its tasting will never change.

Come learn about some great tasting, amazing value wines in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

All wines will be $2 a pour OR all 6 for $10!

And don't worry The Friday night tastings will be happening in addition to this 2 great opportunities to try new, exciting wines and hang with friends!!

New at Meza! NY Wines. We took the opportunity 2 weekends ago to head to the Finger Lakes region of NY for a getaway/wine buying trip. We did some winery hopping and tasting and found out a little bit about what that region has to offer. Dr. Frank Konstantin winery was actually nominated this year by Wine Enthusiast as one of the top new American wineries.

Heron Hill, our second stop, boosts one of the most beautiful views from their tasting room as it faces out over Keuka Lake. We are hoping to soon be carrying some selections from the Dr. Frank and Heron Hill wineries since so many of our customers have been asking for NY state wines.

Be on the lookout for these on our shelves!

Fall/Holiday Private Wine Tastings

So many of you ask whether or not we do private tastings or tastings for small groups. The answer is YES!! We offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere where you and your friends can get together for whatever occasion: book club, birthdays, girls night out, bunko night, or simply a gathering of friends or couples who love wine!We offer affordable wine tasting without a space rental fee - we can also provide cheese/fruit trays or you can bring in food from your favorite restaurant or cake for a celebration!

We encourage those of you who are considering Meza as a venue for your fall and holiday get togethers and parties to contact us by the end of September. We are booking up quickly! We can offer you a comfortable and casual venue where you can host friends, family and co workers or clients - let us do the planning! We can help you chose a theme for your wine tasting selection that is both fun and budget friendly! E mail us at vinomeza@gmail.com to secure your spot on our calendar!

Dates to Note. Meza will be closed on Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th. I have the privilege of participating in the wedding of two of our wonderful friends, and we will be celebrating with them! Please call us or e mail us prior to those dates if you have any special orders that need to be filled and we will gladly get them in for you earlier in the week!

Tatjana and Jason Brown

Monday, October 5, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Brush Up at Midnight Madness


10.29 Update: D'oh! Our face painter has cancelled and our back up can't make it, so sadly, no face painting at this year's Midnight Madness.

A great way to do something special for Midnight Madness!

A Gal Named Cinda Lou presents Face Painting by Jeanne in front of Edward Jones Investments, 39 N. State from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Drop a Call to Help Animals at Midnight Madness

Coming Uptown for Midnight Madness on October 30th? Drop your old cell phones off at DJ’s Feed Store, 41 N. State, to benefit Capital Area Humane Society.

DJ's will also be hosting greyhounds from
Central Ohio Greyhound Rescue. Stop by and enjoy a greyhound encounter!

Special thanks to Amy Taylor and Rocky!

(Remember to remove the sim card from your phone. If you need help ask Dave Chapman at DJ’s when you drop the phone off and he can help!)