Getting the Word Out

You have a family to entertain. What do you do? Depending on your personality and comfort level with the Internet and (sometimes) age, there are a variety of sources to check for things to see and do, places to go and events to attend. Some of you may just call out, “Hey Google!” Others may sit down with your tablet, desktop computer, newspaper or a magazine while others keep an ear out for interesting happenings on the radio or TV. The point is, there is no shortage of information or how to get it.

Whether you’re visiting Westerville or you are a life-long resident, we want to make sure you know what’s going on and can attend events and happenings that most interest you. That’s why we will continue to media road signput our promotional eggs in all kinds of baskets so you can find them no matter where you look. And it’s not just the WVCB! Most Westerville groups recognize the importance of meeting YOU where you are so you come where WE are. There are some great examples below. Make sure you check them out, SHARE them with your friends and family and if you have any suggestions let us know. We want your Westerville experience to be the best it can be. Happy Holidays! See you ’round the ‘Ville!

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Westerville Community & Events Guide

Ohio Find It Here!

Experience Columbus Interactive Map

Let’s Congratulate Our Award-Winning Garden Club

If you have not been to WesterFlora, you need to mark July 22, 2018 on your calendar. The free garden tour, which began in 1992, came in first place at the Garden Club of Ohio convention June 8th.

The Westerville Garden Club, sponsor of WesterFlora, was awarded Outstanding Extra Large Club in addition to winning many first, second and National awards, according to Garden Club publicity chair Linda Laine.

Blue Star Memorial Marker at Hanby Park in Westerville OhioThe Westerville Garden Club’s first place honors recognized its work on the Blue Star Memorial and surrounding landscaping at Hanby Park, 115 E. Park St, as well as the landscaping at First Responder’s Park,  374 W. Main St, and the information pamphlet about the Hanby House Kitchen Garden, 160 W. Main St,  it maintains.The WEsterville Garden Club maintains the kitchen garden at the Hanby House State Memorial.

Second Place honors included Best Small Standard Flower Show, Decoration of a Historic Building (Hanby House), Garden Club Youth Award, National Garden Week Award and Website.

Our local club also was recognized by National Garden Clubs, Inc. as the Overall Winner for the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker and received a Certificate of Merit for its club newsletter The Weakly Weeder, among several other honors and awards.

Be sure to visit the Westerville Garden Club’s website and learn more about this group adds beauty to our community. Congratulations!

For more information about  the WesterFlora Garden Tour Click Here!

Photo by Linda Laine

Almost Complete!

After years of planning and months of work, the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris is oh-so-close to opening its doors and welcoming travelers to an entirely new experience in Northeast Columbus. With comfortable rooms and suites, a restaurant that’s name, The Two-One, pays homage to the Constitutional Amendment which ended Prohibition and 12,000 feet of flexible meeting space, The Renaissance is a bright new shade the WVCB is proud to add to our collection of vibrant colors.

With such a wonderfully diverse box from which to choose when you come to visit our city, you and your family are sure to find plenty to do. Whether it’s an historic site, a recreational activity or a theatre show  mixed in with dinner, shopping Uptown and a night in one of our hotels, no two visits will look exactly the same. It’s all about which colors fit your mood! For more about the new Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris, including scheduling, meetings, weddings and rehearsal dinners, visit www.marriott.com/cmhbw. For more information about what to see and do in Westerville, visit our See and Do page.

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.

 

There’s More to September Than Pumpkin Spice

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! September 1st must be the unofficial date where strawberry- and peach-flavored treats are replaced by everyone’s favorite orange gourd. But don’t be too quick to leave summer behind just yet.

Of course Westerville’s calendar is filled with fun fall activities like the Ned Mosher Apple Butter Festival, Midnight Madness and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Fall Fest. But we’re still wringing out all the summertime we can get with The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest and Cops and Kids Day.  To ease the transition between the season of humid to the season of crisp, you can take in the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, enjoy garden walks at Inniswood and then bundle up for a high school football game. Then, and only then, can you embrace autumn, buy your pumpkins from the Boy Scouts and put pumpkin spice creamer in your morning joe.

July 4th Detour

If you could pick something your community does really well, what would it be? Maybe where you’re from, they keep the streets really clean. Maybe they hang gorgeous flower baskets on all the street lights in the summer. Maybe different organizations go above and beyond to bring residents and visitors together for some fantastic, fun, family friendly events.

I really hope these things happen where you live, because they are all things we enjoy in Westerville, Ohio! It is always nice to have hard-working city services. Keeping the city clean, pretty, safe, fun, electrified and fiscally responsible are things Westerville does very, very well.

There are, however, less visible workers that make Westerville a great place to live, work and visit. Consider the Honor Flight volunteer serving at the Pancake Breakfast. The Lion’s Club member greeting you at the Chicken Dinner. The volunteers helping the Sunrise Rotary make sure each row of American Flags is straight for the Field of Heroes. These folks provide the energy that keeps Westerville moving forward.

When you bring your family to any part of Westerville’s Noon Rotary Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, watch for the worker bees. Watch for the Rotarians handing out water, setting up at the venues, or organizing the parade units. Their dedication is reminiscent of the people who in any way made our split from the British Motherland a reality. Whether famous or unknown to history, their hard work created a place for our generation. The volunteers you see in the community, whether manning the bounce house on 4th Friday or in an office answering the phone, are making our city a great place for generations to come.

So as you are setting up your lawn chairs along Monday’s altered parade route, somewhere between St. Paul’s Church and Electric Avenue, think about the patriotism that’s happening right in front of you. Say thank you, and wave your flag!

See What We’ve Been Missing!

It is said a person doesn’t miss something until it’s gone. The WVCB staff knows this all too well, since we haven’t been in our Uptown office for nearly a month. We are hard at work at our temporary office location, which couldn’t be nicer, but we are missing one thing: Visitors!

We know we are off the beaten path and not set up for company, but we sure miss the daily interaction with residents, visitors and our fellow Uptown folks. We miss chatting with our neighbors in the parking lot and getting pop-in visitors the likes of Bill Morgan with Morgan’s Treasure Fine Jewelry, artist David Myers from across the street, Debbie Bennati from A Gal Named Cinda Lou and many friends from City Hall. We even miss the fire truck sirens as they scream up West Main. We miss being steps from two great coffee shops. We miss the proximity to a variety of restaurants and a pharmacy. We miss the quick walk to the bank to make a deposit and all the smiling faces we encounter on a daily basis.

The point of sharing with you what we miss about Uptown, is to let you know what Uptown is and how it feels to be there. We know that, once repairs to our office building are finished, we will be back to enjoy Uptown once again, but what about you? Have you been Uptown lately? Have you had dinner in one of our great eateries or bought a gift for a friend in one of Uptown’s unique shops? Our candy, cookie, popcorn, ice cream and frozen custard parlors make a great outing for you and the kids. Buckeye BrewCraft and the Governor’s Smoke Shop will keep the guys busy while the ladies enjoy Deja Vu and My Cousin’s Closet. The possibilities are endless. Go ahead. Visit Uptown Westerville today and see what WE’VE been missing!