Aloft is Open in Westerville!

The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is thrilled to introduce you to Aloft, our newest hotel that opened February 6th!

This beautiful structure, located at 32 Heatherdown Drive, just off I-270 and S. State St. (S.R. 3), is like no other hotel in Central Ohio. The decor and atmosphere will blow you away when you first walk in. It’s got “FUN” written all over it, but in a classy, grown-up, sort of way. It’s hip, it’s chic and it’s an exciting addition to the Westerville and Central Ohio area and we hope you will check it out.

For the full description of amenities click here.
For ideas of what to see and do in Westerville click here.
For Westerville events you’ll enjoy each month, click here.

photos of Aloft Columbus Westerville Hotel

 

 

Down to the Wire for Them and You

More shopping to do? Yep. Hard-to-buy-for relative? Yep. Running out of time to have something shipped? Yep. Try this. Get in your car. Drive to Uptown Westerville. Grab a coffee and shop local.

You’ll find some neat stuff inside these family-owned businesses. Stuff other people might order off the Internet that you can walk out the door with because the shop works with the artist that makes it. Nifty!

A one-of-a-kind blouse or scarf beats a department store gift any day of the week and Uptown has no shortage of women’s apparel. Check out the Gemma Shop, Norah and Dorothy, Deja ‘vu, Megan Lee Designs and De De and Dolly, plus cool accessories at Pure Roots.

There is Buckeye Brewcraft for the beer brewer and Meza and Good Vibes for the Wine Lover. Antique- and retro -lovers will dig gifts from Westerville Aniques, A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Spinning Disc Records and Abbey Rose Boutique.

You’ll also find jewelry stores, a consignment shop, a running shop, toy store, a tea and spice company and many more unique shops owned by people just like you who are trying to run a small business and make a living. You’re trying to make a deadline and so are they. You can help each other have a happy holiday.

By the way, if you’re coming on Friday, check out the annual Ice Sculpture Tour. Holiday sculptures from Rock on Ice will be lit in front of participating Uptown Shops and the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau so you can see them even after dark.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Now get your shopping done!

(Plug 20 W. Main St., Westerville, OH into your GPS. That will bring you to our office where you can park across the street and walk to all the Uptown shops and restaurants.)

Click Here for a map of the Uptown Shops.

 

Veterans to Take Another Flight

There are no shortage of heroes.  That’s why Westerville’s community sponsored Honor Flight will take off again September 30th for Washington D.C. so another group of senior veterans can visit the memorials built in their honor.

Honor Flight Columbus June 2017You can show your appreciation to these heroes for their selfless defense of liberty. Teachers, students and community members are being asked to write letters of thanks to our veterans. These will be distributed during the mail call portion of the trip to Washington, D.C. Correspondence should be sent to Lisa Reschke at
Cherrington Elementary School no later than Monday September 18. Cherrington is located at 522 Cherrington Road in Westerville. Students should sign their letters using only their first
names. Postcards are available as well, by contacting reschkel@westerville.k12.oh.us .

In addition, the entire Westerville community is invited to meet at the John Glenn International Airport at 8:45 p.m. on September 30 to welcome our veterans home. This is a memorable
opportunity for families, scouting organizations, clubs and individuals, all of whom are encouraged to bring flags and signs of support and gratitude for America’s true heroes.

If you are looking for another way to support Honor Flight, take your family to dinner  at City Barbecue on Wednesday, September 27, where a portion of sales from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. will be donated to Honor Flight Columbus. Learn more at www.honorflightcolumbus.org.

Welcome Columbus!

Westerville is happy to welcome families from all over Central Ohio to the Columbus Children’s Festival presented by Meijer on Saturday, June 17th. There are so many aspects to this event, which are outlined below, that you’ll have plenty to do. However, don’t forget to take a look around our community while you’re here. Use our website to take a sneak-peak!

6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival and Westerville Food Truck Fest to hit Westerville North High School grounds on 6/17!

What: Come PLAY at KidsLinked’s 6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival, a Youth Sports, Fitness, & FUN Extravaganza, presented by Meijer.

This year’s Festival is moving to a new & bigger location! Westerville North High School’s large, grassy campus allows for the event to grow, and for lots of free, nearby parking for guests. We are pleased to partner with the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau for this event.

  • 1st Annual Westerville Food Truck Fest presented by G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers
    Satisfy your street food cravings at the Westerville Food Truck FEST! This event is on the fringe of the 6th Annual Columbus Children’s Festival, in the NW lot of Westerville North High School, from 10-5
  • Jump with Jill Live Tour, presented by Meijer: The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show, Jump with Jill is poised to rock the 2017 Columbus Children’s Festival Stage at 11am on 6/17.

  • Columbus Eagles Soccer Game:

The Columbus Eagles Women’s Premier Soccer Club will play a women’s soccer friendly on June 17th as a marquee event of

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KidsLinked.com’s Columbus Children’s Festival! Game time is 4pm at Westerville North High School. Tickets for this event are $10 online at KidsLinked.com/FEST and at the gate.

 

Registrations open at KidsLinked.com/FEST:

 

Columbus Foam Fun Run – $10 registration fee includes:

  • A chance to run through and play in loads of foam bubbles!
  • Souvenir Foam Fun Run T-shirt (First 250 registrants)
  • Frisbee finisher awards for the first 300 finishers provided by The Little Gym Polaris
  • Free Polynesian Pancake Luau Breakfast
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Free pass for 1 ride at Cyclebar Westerville
  • Presented by Primrose School of Canal Winchester, Primrose School of Columbus Downtown, Primrose School of Pinnacle, Primrose School of Reynoldsburg
  • KidsLinked’s 2017 Race Series presented by Ohio ENT & Allergy Physicians

 

 

Polynesian Pancake Luau Breakfast – $6/child, $8/adult, $20/4-pack breakfasts – includes:

  • All-You-Can-Eat pancakes–catch them from Chris Cakes Ohio
  • Souvenir Lei
  • Meet & Greet, photo ops, and themed activities in celebration of Disney’s “Moana”
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Allstate Insurance: Angie Mikel

 

 

Bounce Park & Attractions Fun Zone Wristband – $12 – includes:

  • All-Day-Unlimited-Play in the Visit Pittsburgh Fun Zone at the Columbus Children’s Festival!
  • Human Gyroscope
  • Big Baller
  • Surf Shark
  • Huge inflatable Slide
  • 2 Lane Obstacle Course
  • Inflatable Basketball game
  • Whack-A-Wall Game
  • 2 Lane Bungie Run

​–provided by Ohio Party Bull​

  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen (first 1,000)

 

 

Columbus 3v3 Soccer Cup – $160/team includes:

  • Opportunity to be a part of the largest summer 3v3 tournament in Columbus Ohio
  • 1st place teams will recieve a trophy and 2nd place teams will recieve medals
  • All consolation game winners receive a prize
  • All games will utilize Bownets
  • Tournament is a qualifier for 3v3 nationals at Disney World
  • Stay and enjoy free admission to the Columbus Children’s Festival
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen

–contact KidsLinked’s Customer Service at ​customerservice@kidslinked.com to inquire about remaining available slots for teams

  • Presented by Ohio Soccer Academy

 

 

Archery Tournament/Learn to Shoot- Entry fee: $3 – includes:

  • Certified instructors to make sure your experience is both fun and safe
  • Test Your Archery Skills Shooting Bows & Arrows
  • Balloon Games
  • Target Shoots
  • Win Prizes for Highest Scores
  • Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Velocity Archery

 

 

“Fashion in Full Bloom”: Youth Fashion Contest – Entry fee: $5 – includes:

  • Show will be emceed by Alissa Henry, featured reporter of ABC 6 and FOX 28, along with Ben Buchanan, an ABC/FOX Broadcaster
  • Judges include: Karen Sigal of Sigal Models, Olivia Dorado – a local teen fashion designer, and Caeilen Lozano – Pure Design’s Fashion Stylist

–Some prizes include:

  • Mia Mermaid Birthday Party valued at $300 (girls)
  • Mani-Pedi session value to be determined (tweens)
  • Modeling session by Sigal Models valued at $350 (teens)
  • Featured in the fall issue of Pure Design Magazine (teens)
  • All contestants receive a Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by Pure Design Magazine

 

 

​​• Johnson’s Real Ice Cream-Eating Contest:  FREE Entry

  • Four age groups in the competition – from kids to adults
  • All contestants eat vanilla ice cream
  • Win Johnson’s gift cards
  • All contestants receive a Free $6 Kids Meal from 101 Beer Kitchen
  • Presented by  Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

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Some highlights of the Festival:

 

 FREE Admission & Parking!

 Huge Fun Zone & Entertainment

  • Presented by Visit Pittsburgh
  • Bounce Park & Fun Zone Attractions provided by Ohio Party Bull
  • Mr Game Room game truck
  • Trampolines & sports trainers from Recreations Outlet
  • CCF Passport Scavenger Hunt

 

 Smiles 4 Life Festival Stage

(tentative schedule – final stage schedule TBA on KidsLinked.com/FEST)

 

10:00 -​ Welcome, Announcements, and Music

10:15 – ​Cardio Drumming with Christine

10:30 – ​Columbus Youth Ballet

11:​00 ​  Jump with Jill ​Live Tour – ​The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show​, presented by Meijer

11:30 – Phil Hoffman, Magician​

12 – 1:30 – ​Johnsons’ ​Real Ice Cream-Eating Contest​

1:30 -​ Street Angelz – Christian urban dance crew

2:00 -​ ​ PRO Martial Arts – Board-breaking Demonstration & Competition

​2:30 – 4:00 – ​”Fashion in Full Bloom” Youth ​Fashion Contest​ presented by Pure Design Teen Magazine​ – emceed by Alissa Henry, featured reporter of ABC 6 and FOX 28, a​nd​ Ben Buchanan, ​​ABC/FOX Broadcaster ​

4:00 – ​​ ​​Martial Arts ​D​emo​​​

4:30 -​ TBA

 

 

♦ Vendor Midway & Family Marketplace

 

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When:  Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10am – 5pm

 

Where: Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

 

 

 

These Groups Aren’t Afraid To Get Their Hands Dirty

No matter what color your thumb, you’re eyes are bound to be drawn to the colorful plants and flowers that make spring such a fresh and happy time of year. Both the Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. and the Westerville Garden Club have plant sales this month where you can purchase annuals and perennials to beautify your yard or someone else’s. The proceeds go back to these local organizations that work all year long in the Westerville community.

Although Inniswood Metro Gardens is part of Columbus & Franklin County Metroparks and gets its staff and operational funding through the county, the gardens just wouldn’t look the same without Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. and the Inniswood Garden Society. These two organizations work together, sharing several members, to enhance not just the appearance of the botanical garden, but the educational opportunities offered their as well. While IVI has interest groups ranging from container design to taxonomy to railroad, IGS plans events where anyone can learn all aspects of gardening from nationally known speakers. IGS also assists with funding special projects like the Sisters’ Garden and the new Greenhouse Multipurpose Center. IGS will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, June 4, which is open to the public.

The Westerville Garden Club is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with a host of activities, including The WEsterville Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial.the installation of a Blue Star Memorial at Hanby Park, the release of a cook book and a flower show. Each year, the Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial on W. Main St. and, since 1992, has sponsored the WesterFlora Garden Tour. The groups holds its monthly meetings in March, April, July, August, September, October and November at the Westerville Public Library.

This weekend and next, be sure to visit the plant sales and support these groups responsible for bringing color and beauty to our community. Go see what’s blooming!

You Artsy, She Jane

Would you describe yourself as “artsy?” Why or why not? What makes one “artsy” or a “lover of art?” Some people say, “I’m not an artist, but I can appreciate the talent that went into it.” Others say, “I don’t get it at all!?!?”

Westerville, Ohio has a rich arts community that not only includes Otterbein University’s talented students and faculty and the Westerville Symphony, but also the Westerville Community Bands, theatre and choir, the Arts Council of Westerville, the Westerville Art League made up of hundreds of local artists.

What is art? Paintings? Dance? The spoken word? Quilts?

Who is an artist? A child? An actor? A sculpture? A tuba player?

Each year, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau recognizes one local art initiative in memory of Jane Denick. To Jane, art was a passion. Recognizing creativity of every kind was a cause she championed. At our annual meeting in February, the WVCB awarded the Jane Denick Advancement of the Arts Award to Curtain Players.

Since 1963, Curtain Players has been part of the Westerville Community and has brought more than 200 shows to the area, promoting the educational, cultural, and entertainment value of live theatre.

If you have never experienced Curtain Players, you will have your chance beginning March 24 with Rabbit Hole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire. Curtain Players perform their shows in a quaint 78-seat theater is on the east side of the Hoover Reservoir.

Be sure to check out their website and take in one of their performances soon. While you’re at it, visit a gallery, go to a concert. Who knows, you might decide to be “artsy.”

 

 

 

No More Excuses

How many times have you said to your friend, “We’re going to have to try that place.”? How many times have you said to yourself, “Next time, I’m going to stop in there.”? No more talking. The 800-year old Jedi of Star Wars fame said, “Do or do not. There is no try.

Now is the time to come to Uptown Westerville to explore the shops and restaurants that you have talked about visiting for years. Why now, you ask? Well, there are two reasons, really.

The first is that a new Uptown brochure was just completed. You can download the PDF here. Have the lay-of-the-land in your hand as you wander the Uptown streets and pick the place you and the family are in the mood for when meal time comes around.

The second is a brand new adults-only event coming up on March 10th from 5pm-8pm, which starts and ends at Jimmy V’s, 1 S. State St. It’s called the Chocolate Walk. You can get all the details here!

There’s a a lot going on in Uptown Westerville, but if you keep driving by, you’ll never get to join in the fun.

See What Our Cleveland Friends Have to Say About Us!

Even though it aired over a year ago, we are still hearing from northern Ohioans who heard about Westerville from an episode of New Day Cleveland on their local Fox affiliate, FOX8. Several merchants in the Uptown area have said customers have come in because they heard about their shop on the show and wanted to see it first-hand. From the feedback we’ve received, they didn’t leave disappointed. Watch for yourself!

Cookie Cutter Gifts or One-of-a-Kind?

Do make all of your gingerbread men look identical? Do all of your cut-out, bell-shaped cookies have the same color sprinkles? Of course not! The chocolate chips, red hots and various colors of sugar sprinkles make each cookie unique, just like the person who is lucky enough to eat it!

Do all of the holiday gifts you give come from the mall? They don’t have to! If you take an afternoon and shop in Uptown Westerville, you will undoubtedly find perfect gifts for everyone on your list that you can’t get at the malls.

From the smallest pair of earrings to the biggest piece of furniture, merchandise in Uptown Westerville is just different. The imaginations of the artists whose items you can find at the Ohio Art Market, Java Central, David Myers Art and Pure Roots have run wild and several somebodies on your list will love what you’ll find there.

How often do you get to bring back a fun childhood memory for a friend? There’s no doubt you’ll find a “my-grandma-used-to-have-one-of-those” item at A Gal Named Cinda Lou, My Cousin’s Closet, Westerville Antiques or Abbey Rose Boutique.

If you are looking to customize, Morgan’s Treasure Custom Jewelry, Good Vibes Winery, The Cabinet Maker and Amish Originals can help you in that department. Foodies will appreciate fun goodies from Lulu’s Sweet Shop, 2 Chicks And A Cookie and Shirley’s Popcorn as well as imported olive oil and balsamic vinegars from A Twist on Olives and Blue Turtle Teas & Spices from Uptown on Main.

Still have people to buy for? Try Captivating Canines, Edwin Loy Home, Columbus Running Company, The Westerville Bike Shop or Naturally Curious Kids. Even the person who has everything would like a gift card for Uptown Deli & Brew, 8 State Bistro, Asterisk Supper Club, Westerville Grill, Jimmy V’s or Thai Grille.

There are more great places in Uptown Westerville, but you get the idea. Whether you come Uptown on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) or tomorrow, you and the lucky ducks who get those gifts will be happy you decided against making your cookies and your gifts all alike. Make sure to visit www.shopuptownwesterville.com for more Uptown info!)

Bah Humbug? There’s a Ticket For That

As your end-of-year calendar fills up and your start hearing Christmas music in the stores, you might be tempted to cross your arms and turn into Ebenezer Scrooge. But don’t don your sleeping cap just yet!

A stop in our office at 20 W. Main St. or a click of your mouse is certain to bring joy and keep the Bah Hum Bugs away. That’s because we now have tickets available for the Westerville Habitat Partnership’s annual Progressive Christmas Concert on December 9th as well as the brand new Soup for Shelter dinner that will precede it. Give us a call to make sure we’re in the office, then come by and pick up tickets for you, your friends and your family. Tickets are $10 for the concert and $15 for the dinner and you get to keep your ceramic bowl, handmade by students at Columbus Academy. We can accept cash or check.

There’s another great event that’s happening each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s called Uptown Scrooge and is a unique version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol told  throughout Uptown Westerville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and are available online.

It doesn’t matter if it’s just you or a whole slew, there are events to enjoy from now through the end of December. So enjoy them, every one!