If you are tired of waiting in long lines and fighting for parking spaces at the mall, the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to discover the quaint downtowns and villages of Wayne County, Ohio. A place where you can shop in a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere and experience Christmas Shopping the way it was meant to be.
Shop Downtown Wooster, where parking spaces are as abundant as the many shops who call this historic main street community home. Enjoy the “unwrapping” of the Christmas windows on November 16as the Downtown Merchants celebrate Window Wonderland and the arrival of Santa. Whether your shopping style is funky or sophisticated, you’ll appreciate the unique galleries, bakeries, restaurants, book stores, and wonderful one-of-a-kind shops including Everything Rubbermaid, Roomscapes, and Friendtique Hospice Resale Boutique.
Turn your shopping trip into a special holiday getaway and spend the night at the St. Paul Hotel, a New York-style boutique hotel just a block off Public Square, or the Wooster Best Western Hotel both within walking distance to many fine restaurants and night spots.
Visit the southern portion of the county and the Village of Shreve. Village merchants invite you to stroll along the main street visiting an Old Fashioned Hardware Store, complete with creaky hardwood floors, for that hard-to-find gift for the man on your list. Next door you’ll find the Des Dutch Essenhaus Restaurant, Quilt Shop & Bakery, a great place for dinner or if you need help with your holiday baking. Just down the road is the Pine Tree Barn & farm.
This 200-acre family owned Christmas tree farm features several different gift and boutique areas including fine furniture, Christmas decorations, beautiful gifts, period furnishings and decorations. The Granary Restaurant serves lunch daily from 11:00-2:30 and the lemon crumb muffins are a local favorite.
A shopping trip to Wayne County would not be complete without a visit to Kidron, home of Lehman’s Hardware. Walking through the front door you’ll step back in time 100 years.
You will love their selection of oil lamps, handmade pottery, sleigh bells and non-electric toys. The Kidron area is also home to World Crafts, Eastwood Furniture, and MCC Connection Thrift Shop.
Right down the road in Dalton is the P. Graham Dunn Gallery, the manufacturer of charming wood gifts and home accessories which can be personalized by their laser wood engraving machines while you watch. Make a day of it and visit Dalton the weekend of December 1 and 2 for the Dalton Holidays Festival and parade. The “coolest” parade in Ohio steps off Saturday at 2:00pm. After the parade warm up at the Dutch Kitchen and Bakery, known for their plentiful Amish style buffet and salad bar.
The City of Orrville, the hometown of those wonderful Smucker’s Jams and Jellies and The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe, kicks off the season on November 23 with their Home for the Holidays Event. Orrville’s downtown shopping area beckons you to discover its quaint stores and holiday displays while the kids spend time with Santa, enjoy lively holiday music, food, and crafts.
The Village of Smithville boasts many fine shops in the Barn Restaurant Complex including The Oak Cupboard General Store, Jump n’ Shout and Toyrifix Specialty Toy Store. A trip to Toyrifix is like a trip to the North Pole, with beautiful dolls, puzzles, games and stuffed animals; you’ll find yourself thinking that Santa’s elves must stock their shelves.
Need a suggestion for a perfect hostess gift for those holiday parties? How about a bottle of Wayne County wine or a cheese tray from Shisler’s Cheese House? Here’s a delicious idea, a bottle of eggnog bottled in glass bottles by Hartzler’s Family Dairy at their Wooster Dairy. And what theater goers wouldn’t appreciate a pair of tickets to The Ohio Light Opera?
Why fight the traffic and crowds of the malls this year? Wayne County Ohio has something for everyone on your list. Our friendly merchants are ready to share their holiday spirit while welcoming you to their stores. Santa has been known to shop the uncrowded stores of Wayne County, maybe you should too!
Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.wccvb.comor call us at 1-800-362-6474 for a complete list of holiday shops and events in our area.Santa’s Secret Shopping Site Discovered in Wayne County
Article courtesy of Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau.