Cookies Accomplish Great Things! Who Knew?

Uptown Westerville was bustling on Saturday, March 3rd as people scurried from storefront to storefront, enjoying the crisp, sunny day and collecting cookies. Yes, you read that right. Cookies.

Not the kind the track you on the Internet. The kind made by Westerville’s own Cheryl and Co. Each of the 24 participating businesses gave out a different kind of cookie and 400 people signed up to collect them.

As the Visitors Bureau, we were delighted to hear comments like, “We’ve never been in here before!” “You have so many brochures!” “This is great information!”

As members of this wonderful community, we were moved to learn that Westerville Uptown, Inc. is donating the proceeds from the event ($3,830.04) to the Westerville Parks Foundation to go towards the new memorial being constructed at First Responder’s Park to honor Officers Joering and Morelli and all first responders who put their lives on the line every day.

It’s going to take more time and more money before we see a new addition to that already wonderful and moving place of reflection next to the fire station on W. Main St. But we already have a lot to think about: When members of a community put their heads together, great things happen. Uptown Westerville, Inc. had the idea. Cheryl and Co. donated the cookies, NorthStar Cafe donated the gift cards for the raffle, Megan Lee Designs created the logo, Angie Mickel of Portale Allstate Insurance Agency donated the shopping tote bags and Caxton Printing printed the event maps. Residents and visitors came out in droves. Here were the results: people had fun, went in stores they had never been in, discovered Westerville has a Visitors Bureau, and raised money to honor heroes.

And all of that because of cookies. #WestervilleAwesome



Go ahead. Look up “Awesome” in the dictionary, online or otherwise. What do you find? Words like “terrific“, “extraordinary“, “inspiring wonder“, “sublime“, which is to say, elevated quality. All of these words describe Westerville and its people.

The word “Awesome” also has another definition, “showing reverence, admiration or fear“. As recent events have shown, our community does that too. #WestervilleStrong certainly described the way the entire area rallied around two grieving families and our highly valued first responders.

But even before the events of 2-10-18 reminded us that evil can happen here, there was awesomeness everywhere. There were parks to visit, family events to enjoy, programs to sign up for, parades to watch, frozen custard flavors to try, museums to explore, art to create and local businesses to support.

Even now, as the grief is still raw and the blue ribbons still blow on their poles, those things are still there for residents and visitors. Firefighters and paramedics are still answering your calls and police officers are still protecting you. 9-1-1 dispatchers are still there when you need them. All the other city workers are doing their jobs and so are you. All the things that make Westerville awesome are still here and we can’t forget it.

That’s where you can help us. When you see something that you think makes Westerville awesome, use the hashtag #WestervilleAwesome. For people who want to know more about Westerville, they will be able to see all the great things that happen here. For those of us who live here, when the memories are too much and the tears start to fall, all we have to do is type in that hashtag and remind ourselves why we made it through.

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



Party in the Streets

Hmmm? What will Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays look like this year? Of course they get bigger and more fun each year, but some exciting changes are coming that will make this awesome community event even better!

If you’ve never been to a Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday, they are a fantastic way to end your week! On the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau and our wonderful partners pull out all the stops to offer live entertainment, food, street vendors (more than 100) and children’s activities between 6-9pm in Uptown Westerville. The shops and restaurants stay open late so you can explore what makes Uptown such a great place to be. So whether you are from Westerville or Central Ohio or visiting from somewhere else, there is plenty for you to enjoy.

As we are planning each month’s theme and activities, we’d be interested to know if there are local groups or organization that would like to become involved in bringing these events to the public. Whether your group would like to put in volunteer hours, contribute to a theme, sponsor an activity or if you’d like to find out what opportunities are available, give us a call and Jeff and Glenda can fill you in on all the possibilities. Our number is 614-794-0401.

These events would not be possible without the support of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital and The City of Westerville. We look forward to another great season of 4th Fridays with you and your family.

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.


Traditions Continue in Uptown

Congratulations are in order for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce as employees and members celebrate 50 years of serving Westerville businesses and residents. Next year the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau will celebrate 40 years of bringing visitors to our community.

Marking anniversaries are fun, but there are just some things that have been going on so long, their beginning defies pinning down. One of those things is Midnight Madness. Several generations of Westerville residents have shared memories of coming Uptown to shop late, visit with neighbors and get a treat or two from the merchants. For decades, kids have enjoyed circling the historic buildings in a wagon while dressed as Disney princesses and various super heroes.

Parents snapped photos, not on smartphones, but on real cameras, that required film, that needed dropped off to be processed and picked up before you could see the results. That’s how long Midnight Madness has been going on.

There have been scarecrows along the streets and monsters in the windows. Who remembers vampires playing the keyboard in the fountain near City Hall and a catwalk in the courtyard? There was always fun to be had at Midnight Madness and this year, October 27th will be no exception.

Horse-drawn wagon rides, art activities, spooky science fun, a Haunted Garden at Uptown on Main, scary movie and trick or treating in participating shops will all be part of the evening. Generations Performing Arts Center and Sounds Educational Center are performances not to be missed. Java Central will host the Haunted Hollow Experience along the Brickwalk. Families can strut their stuff on the Halloween Catwalk and get treat bags from the Westerville Division of Police.

Uptown shops will participate in a Window and Storefront Decorating Contest, so make sure to vote for your favorites! There will also be opportunities to get books, airbrush tattoos, kettle corn, cookies, brats, hot dogs and more. Midnight Madness is a Westerville tradition that your family won’t want to miss.

Here’s to another Midnight Madness, whatever year we’re celebrating…

For more information about Midnight Madness, Click Here!

New Event Celebrates Local Breweries/Dry History

Henry Corbin's Saloon on State St. in Westerville was dynamited in 1879.If Bill & Ted brought Henry Corbin on an excellent adventure back to Westerville on October 14, 2017, he would certainly be surprised to see beer being served on E. Main St. just a block from where Corbin’s Saloon stood 140 years ago.

You see, Corbin opened a saloon in 1875 on W. Main Street, but the tee-totallers came after dark with dynamite and did their best to stop the alcohol from flowing in Westerville. In 1879, Corbin tried again, this time on State St. Another explosion put an end to Corbin’s business ventures in the “Dry Capital of the World.”

On October 14, 2017, the beer will be savored once more along the same streets rocked by those famous Whiskey Wars explosions. Uptown Westerville, Inc. invites the Central Ohio community to its first-ever Uptown Untapped event from 6-11pm. Sponsored by Amish Originals, the event will recognize Westerville’s past as a hub for the temperance movement while celebrating Uptown as a modern destination for food, shopping and entertainment.  Westerville is dry no more and Uptown Untapped will tout local breweries, restaurants and musicians. Uptown Untapped Logo

To get your tickets for Uptown Untapped, click here!

For more information about Westerville’s temperance history and its role in Prohibition, click here!

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 .

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

By Popular Demand!

The WVCB staff is asked all the time, “Why don’t you close down State St. for 4th Fridays?” Well, the short answer is another question: Is it worth closing down State St. for a three-hour event? Well, we are about to find out!

People and dogs walking on 4th FridayOn August 25th, in cooperation with the City of Westerville, State St. between Park St. and Main St. will close at 5:30p.m. to allow more room for pedestrians during Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Dog Days of Summer. The WVCB has reached out to businesses and residents in the area to alert them to the change, but we want to continue to get the word out so there are no surprises for residents, businesses or commuters that night.

There are plenty of reasons to try it and see how it goes and there are plenty of people who won’t ever want us to do it again. 🙂 We will see how it goes, have a good time and enjoy a little more paw and elbow room. For more information about the road closures and all the fun things going on that night, click here!


Westerville July 4th Info and More!

Almost every community has some kind of Independence Day celebration, but Westerville’s is one of the biggest! From the Rotary Run-Walk in the morning to the fantastic parade in the afternoon, to the Symphony Concert and Fireworks at night, it is a day that sets Westerville apart and causes the hearts of residents to swell with pride.

Here’s something else that sets Westerville apart from many other communities: We have a City Manager form of Government. Yes, we have a Mayor (Kathy Cocuzzi,) who is the head of our non-partisan, at-large-elected City Council. But the head of our local government is our City Manager (David Collinsworth.)

This form of Government is more prevalent in other areas of the country and in other areas of Ohio, but Westerville was the first village in Ohio to adopt the Council/Manager system. You can read more about it here.

During this long holiday weekend as you enjoy your family barbeques the parade, the concerts and the fireworks, you can share a few new tidbits of information about Westerville. You’re welcome! 😉

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Rotary Run/Walk & Children’s Fun Run
Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.
6:30 a.m.  Registration begins for Rotary Run/Walk and the Children’s Fun Run
8 a.m. Rotary 5K Run/Walk
9:15 a.m.  Rotary Children’s Fun Run
9:25 a.m.  Awards Ceremony

Parade (1 p.m.)
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. to Electric Ave.
The Parade will begin at the intersection of N. State Street and Old County Line Road. It will then proceed south on State Street to Electric Avenue, then east on Electric Avenue to Westerville South High School.

Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Fun (2 p.m. – dusk)
Westerville South High School (WSHS), 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
Please note posted parking restrictions in the area surrounding WSHS for emergency vehicle and neighborhood access.

Fireworks (Dusk)
Fireworks will simulcast with 104.9 The River.

Fireworks will be set off from Alum Creek South Park and will be easily seen from WSHS. Concert-goers staying for fireworks at WSHS should bring chairs/blankets.

Other popular viewing areas include the Westerville Square Shopping Center and the Alum Creek South Park area.

For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville. All events are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerville.