I recently saw a Leadership Wooster classmate of mine, Sean Ulik, at a Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Red Cross Building. He said he read my blog. (Thanks, Sean!) He then suggested that a trip to Minerva, Ohio, would be a good one to take and then write about.
So, on our recent Stay-cation, Bobby and I went to Minerva. We spent most of our time in the downtown area, which is really cool. The main street is still brick like in the old days. Minerva was founded in 1833. The buildings, while I’m sure have been renovated, still gave the appearance of a quaint downtown atmosphere. The day was quite pleasant (weather-wise) and in regard to the things we did. I really enjoyed meeting Tim Matthews from All About the House Ltd., Logan Hayes from H & H Distillery, Denise Freeland from the Minerva Chamber of Commerce, Joli Fichter, one of the resident artists at Market Street Artspot, and Rachel Chiaveri of Chiaveri’s Bakery and Cafe.
If you are looking for a pleasant trip to a small town with lots of character, then go to Minerva. Here are six things you should see:
- All About the House Antiques and Vintage Home Decor — We walked in and Tim was playing the kind of music Bobby loves. When he turned it down, Bobby said, “don’t turn that down on my account.” Tim’s shop was full of different types of furniture and I’m sure there are tons of finds for antique hunters. (We have 5 cats, so we stay away from things that could be easily broken!)
- H & H Distillery — They are the maker of Uncle Higgins Rum and Vodka. Logan gave us an education on how to make rum and vodka. Even though Bobby and I don’t drink, it was still interesting. Logan and Bobby also talked about writing music and the different projects they have worked on.
- Market Street Artspot — This gallery has offerings of their resident artists. Joli also explained they have a room where they change the theme each month. This month’s opening is on Friday, December 11, and it is titled “Fifty Below.” It offers unique art for $50 and under to help customers finish their Christmas shopping.
- Chiaveri’s Bakery and Cafe — Rachel’s peanut butter brownie is quite yummy. She also serves sandwiches for lunch. You can stop on your way into town or out if you are traveling on US Route 30.
- Hart Mansion Restaurant — This restaurant offers diners an array of fine dining options. Bobby and I didn’t go, because, well, you need a reservation. So if you decide to go, make sure to call for a reservation.
- Minerva Dairy — I have to make another confession. Bobby and I didn’t make it to the dairy. We had to get back to get Owney from day care. But everywhere we went, people told us to go to the Dairy. Because we missed it, we will definitely be going back to Minerva.