My husband, Bobby, and I really enjoy visiting the Amish Heartland in Holmes County, Ohio. We go there often. In fact, we were just there on our anniversary weekend, March 4-5, 2016. Usually when we visit, we have our favorite places to go. We never miss a chance to go to Walnut Creek Cheese to shop or Mrs. Yoder’s in Mt. Hope for a meal. Most of the time we just pass through Berlin on our way to Walnut Creek. That wasn’t this case this weekend. We spent a few hours touring downtown Berlin and I’m glad we did. It was quite a treasure trove and we added some new stores to our list of favorites.
- Picadilly Circus–This little shop is full of interesting gadgets for every area of your house. Their prices are really reasonable, too. Their slogan is “You never know what you’ll find.” Which has an appeal to us. We are always on the look out for deals on things we forgot we “needed.” This store fits the bill.
- Main Street Fudge & Popcorn Company–We had the chance to taste some of their specialty popcorn when we were on the Cookie Tour in December, so we sought them out on purpose. They have a deal that if you buy three bags of popcorn, you get the fourth free. So we got two bags as gifts for family and we bought two for ourselves. Bobby chose the Red Cinnamon which is pretty good. I chose Mint Chocolate Chip, which was awesome! I had to get it out of our house before I ate the whole bag.
- Village Gift Barn–This store is full of clothes, home decor and interesting gift ideas. We had the chance to talk to the owner, Ruth Schlabach. She told us the store has been open since 2000. Since that time, she has expanded from one floor to three floors. She promises that her store is never ordinary.
These are just a few of the shops we visited, while there, but we didn’t visit every shop in Berlin. What Bobby and I discovered about Berlin, is that there is something for everyone. If you like antiques, there’s a shop for you. If you like quilts, there’s a shop for you. If you like the off-beat, there’s a shop for you. Berlin is well worth a stop. You can get your fill of all things Amish and more on this little stretch of road. Who knows what treasures you’ll find there!