Hidden Gem: The Town of Wooster, Ohio

So last week I told you about the amazing St. Paul Hotel that we stayed at during our trip to Wooster. Besides the amazing nights sleep, and relaxing shower, there was a ton of fun stuff that kept us busy during our stay (the shopping , oh the shopping – let’s just say I’m glad it was a pre-Christmas trip, so at least I had an excuse to spend so much money!) And the food – completely impressive restaurants and delicious foods, which is what I want to start with.

When we arrived, we started with lunch at Broken Rocks Cafe they specialize in freshly baked artisan bread, and I was told the fish sandwich was to die for. I’d have to agree it was pretty delish, and was a great way to start our day of shopping and adventure in downtown Wooster!


We were lucky enough to visit during a warm December day (that seems odd to say, but it was gorgeous) we walked around town and visited some great local shops, and though I picked up something at nearly every place, I’m already planning a weekend back with my husband for some more great food and shopping.
One of the cool places we went, that we don’t have in the Cincy area is the Local Roots Market & Cafe. Local Roots is a marketplace where you can conveniently shop an amazing array of products from over 100 local vendors/producers.


You don’t have to wait for weekend vendor shows, or local community events to be able to purchase these great products – they are all there for you to buy, all day, every week!
IMG_0639They have some amazing gift products (jewelry, pottery, knitting, and even some really awesome handmade leather-bound journals) but other great products like homemade soaps, lotions, bath bombs and of course bakery items. They even have a café where they sell food all made with the local produce in the area. Everything made local, is also made with other local products, so its a win/win. (I really wish Cincy would follow in these footsteps!)


Another great place we visited was Motts Oils & More . I never realized the different varieties of olive oils and vinegars that they were! A lot of the oils are imported from Italy, and since I’m still a bit of a newbie to using oils for bread dipping and cooking, I decided to get the garlic infused extra virgin olive oil and the Tuscan herb fused as well. (If you can’t make it to Wooster anytime soon, and want to try any of their varieties you can order them online now!)
IMG_0647Another one of our favorite places was The Faithful Little Cupcake – and yes, the name says it all. Delectable, tasty treats cupcake flavors to your hearts desire, and chocolate treats (sea salt caramels anyone?!)
faithful_cupcakes_CollageAnother favorite place (where my daughter talked me into a Christmas present!) was Lucky Records. They sell (and buy) new and used vinyl, and even retro turntables as well. I NEED a local store like this for my girls to hang out at..  I would always know where to find them!


She loves her record player!!

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We seriously had to make a stop by at the hotel to drop off all our goodies, but not before we took a tour of the huge Everything Rubbermaid Flagship Store. The store is 4 floors and the largest selection of Rubbermaid products found anywhere!

If night life is what you crave, the JAFB Brewery is the place for you. JAFB is a family-friendly brewery and reminded me of a place that my grandparents and great-grandparents would of loved. BYOF (bring your own food) and many local beers on tap, and live entertainment – what more could you ask for??! The Chardon Polka Band knows how to have fun and I loved the community atmosphere you could feel through the place – a place to meet up with friends and family, without the normal ‘bar’ feel. Kids playing, families talking and enjoying snacks and brews – JAFB is a must stop during your Wooster trip!


Another must is the City Square Steakhouse. In case you weren’t aware Wooster is home Certified Angus Beef, and City Square takes full advantage. The steak was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. My daughter said her spinach cheese ravioli was worth making the trip back for!


This was just some of the awesome places to visit in Wooster – in fact, this was just day 1 ! Watch later this week for more fun places to shop (and of course eat) in Wooster Ohio!

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18 Responses to Hidden Gem: The Town of Wooster, Ohio

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That sure does sound like a lovely place to visit! I would love to spend some time there.

  2. I’ve never been to Wooster, but it looks like a great place to visit! It’s only 3 hours from where I live, so I just may have to schedule a trip!

  3. I love cute towns like this. It sounds like here plenty to see and even more to eat.

  4. I’ve only been to Ohio one in the spring, and the weather was actually quite nice. This cute little town has some fun offerings.

  5. Wooster looks like a great town. It’s got such a cool vibe, and I love all the shops.

  6. Nice! Sounds like fun! I would love 4 floors of Rubbermaid products!

  7. Liz Mays says:

    Wooster sounds like a great town to do some exploring. Next time my daughter and I head to Ohio we’ll have to check it out!

  8. All of these sound like amazing and fun places to visit. Wooster sounds like my kind of town. I am big on that small town charm, amazing downtown areas full of local shops and artisans.

  9. Theresa says:

    I live in Indiana. I may have to talk hubby into a trip to Wooster. Sounds like there is a lot to explore there!

  10. Rosey Marie says:

    Everything looks great. I like that they have a nice cafe where they sell everything for you to indulge a little bit. 🙂

  11. I love exploring little towns like this. The Local Roots is totally my type of place. I love to learn what food is grown locally. Sounds like a fun trip!

  12. Chasing Joy says:

    The BYOF sounds interesting. I have been to a BYOB but never a BYOF.

  13. We love listening to vinyl! I’m sure she’s going to love her new record player. I wish there were more places to pick it up near us. That store looks delightful.

  14. Christie says:

    I love the rustic eclectic feel of the town. I unfortunately have only been to Ohio once, would love to go back

  15. It looks like you had a fantastic time. The food looks so delicious. I would love to go to Wooster Ohio.

  16. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    I definitely am adding Wooster, Ohio to my bucket list. I would have a blast shopping through all the shops you’ve listed. I totally understand why you are already planning on a return trip.

  17. Kiwi says:

    Look at all the fun you all had. I will be honest I never been to Ohio but these are some sweet gems!

  18. melisasource says:

    I will definitely have to check this town out the next time I visit the Ohio area!! What a true gem!!

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