Wooster, Ohio is approximately 64 miles south and slightly west of Cleveland in Wayne County. Wayne County is known for its large Amish population, Smucker’s, Lehman’s and Historic Downtown Wooster just to mention a few things. If you are looking for a day trip, Wooster is a great place to plan to visit. They offer antiques, shopping, dining, theater and main street charm.
If antiques are your passion, you will want to visit Townsend Antiques located at 140 S. Market Street. Townsend offers many varieties of antiques from furniture to textiles. They will even arrange for shipping if you find something you just have to have. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm or by appointment (330-464-6658). If that is not enough antiquing for you, try Uptown/Downtown Emporium located at 215 W. Liberty Street. Here you will find a mall with several different vendors which means lots of selection and lots of variety. They are open seven days a week. You can reach Uptown/Downtown Emporium at 330-262-9735.
If artsy, unique shops are your thing, Wooster has plenty of options there too. The Bead Café at 116 N. Buckeye Street (www.thebeadcafe.biz) offers a wide range of beads and semi-precious gemstones. The Pink Tomato at 156 E. Liberty Street (www.thepinktomato.com) caters to paper artists and offers the items needed for those artistic endeavors. The Urban Cottage (330-818-5525) at 126 S. Market Street is a furniture consignment shop that specializes in high-end and upscale items. The Wooster Gift Corner located at 131 S. Market Street (330-264-6117) offers greeting cards, glassware, jewelry and other gift ideas.
Looking for a unique literary experience? Why not check out Books In Stock located at 140 E. Liberty Street (www.booksinstock.net). They offer more than 95,000 titles, some are even rare or out of print. They offer books in all types of genres.
Downtown Wooster also offers two unique furniture stores. roomScapes located at 146 E. Liberty Street (www.roomscapesonline.com) offers selections from Norwalk Furniture, Ten Thousand Villages and more fine manufacturers. Jerry’s Home Furnishings located at 312 E. Liberty Street (www.jerryshomefurnishings.com) offers a full line of furniture and mattresses, as well as the ability to order from catalogs. Check out their clearance items for a great deal.
Clothing and jewelry are also represented well in Downtown Wooster. White Jewelers at 211 E. Liberty Street (www.whitejewelers.net) offers diamonds, gemstones and other fine jewelry items. Expert Ts at 108 E. South Street (330-263-4588) has plenty of t-shirts, teamwear and promotional items. Friendtique at 223 W. Liberty Street (www.friendtique.com) offers a wide range of apparel items. Proceeds from this shop benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Wayne County.
Just to whet your whistle, check out Somar Wine Cellars at 211 S. Market Street (www.somarwinecellars.com) for a great selection of domestic and international wines. They offer a lounge where customers can enjoy a glass of wine by the fire.
One of the most unique shops in Wooster has to be the Everything Rubbermaid store. Located at 115 S. Market Street (www.everythingrubbermaidstore.com) Everything Rubbermaid offers four floors of Rubbermaid heaven. They offer food storage solutions, home and garage organization solutions, laundry products, waste baskets, cleaning products, outdoor storage options, cabinets and more. You will also find partnered company products such as Irwin Tools, Sharpie and Little Tikes. Plan to spend some time here, it is very difficult to walk in and walk out because everywhere you look there is more to see.
All this shopping and sightseeing is bound to get you hungry. You are in luck, there are so many dining options. You can try: Broken Rocks Café & Bakery at 123 E. Liberty Street for an eclectic mix of contemporary dishes. 150 West located at 150 W. Liberty offers a contemporary menu along with pizza and a full bar. City Square Steakhouse at 148 S. Market Street offers choice steaks and seafood with homemade sides. Muddy Waters Café at 146 E. Liberty Street offers specialty drinks, salads and sandwiches. Omahoma Bob’s BBQ at 151 S. Market Street offers all kinds of BBQ. South Market Bistro at 128 S. Market Street utilizes fresh local produce for its menu. TJ’s Trio of Restaurants at 359 W. Liberty Street offers everything from fine dining to burgers and wings. Tullpan Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop at 122 S. Market Street offers a light lunch menu as well as Hungarian Pastries. Finally, Towne Market Café by Buehler’s at 334 N. Market Street serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere.
If you find that there is just too much to do in one day, you can stay in an exquisite three-floor Victorian called Market Street Inn located at 356 N. Market Street (www.marketstreetinnwooster.com). Check out their website to view photographs of this stunning inn.
There are so many options available in Historic Wooster, I apologize for any I may have left out. I hope this list gives you an idea of what there is to see and do in Wooster and that you will find just the right place that suits your passions. Plus they are only about 20 minutes from Amish Country. Since situations change, it is best to always double check that what you want to see is still available. You can use www.mainstreetwooster.org as a guide for events in the area and availability. Happy Travels!!