Though Westerville is home to about 37,500 people, the city government aims to maintain the historic city’s small-town charm, particularly in uptown.
“Uptown Westerville is a really interesting community because when you come up, the first thing that strikes you is it’s a very historic place,” says Glenda Mihaly, marketing coordinator at the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau. “The character of the historic area is preserved. And when you go in the shops, you get a different sort of vibe because it’s very modern.”
New: Cucinova, a pizza, pasta and salad spot with a Chipotle-style build-your-own concept, is uptown’s newest business. Earlier this year, 8 State Bistro opened in a former silent-movie theater at 8 N. State St., brining upscale American dining and valet parking to the neighborhood.
Coming soon: Early next year, Columbus small-chain Northstar is set to open a restaurant location in uptown — a long-awaited neighborhood addition.
Don’t miss: “One of the things that’s kind of interesting is the businesses that are experiential,” Mihaly says.
Visitors can learn to brew beer at Buckeye BrewCraft, make wine at Good Vibes Winery, revive old furniture with chalk paint at Edwin Loy Home and sample small plates and wine while learning art techniques during Sip & Sketch events at Mezza Wine Shop.
Westerville Temperance Row
The focal point of the Temperance Movement was in Westerville, Ohio, where forces gathered to stop alcohol production throughout the nation. We find out what happened when a craft brewery set up shop last year in the city known – until recently – as the Dry Capital of the World.