Garrettsville – On March 22, 2014 the historic village of Garrettsville lost over 120 years of history and many businesses in one afternoon. Lots of theories, speculations and ideas exist about what should be done with the now-vacant property. Some expected new construction right away yet what many have failed to realize is that it will take millions of dollars to replace what was lost.
Two years later, Main Street may have a different look, but one needs to remember that Garrettsville is full of unique retail stores, great local restaurants, entertainment venues and hardworking industry. Many merchants have re-invented themselves and some new ones have arrived since 2014, offering year-round reasons for you to visit!
Shoppers from across the state and beyond love to visit the various shops in Garrettsville and starting April 1st, many businesses will be teaming up to showcase this great village!! You are invited to explore the shops, wineries and restaurants for a chance to win great prizes – which will total over $180/month!
Entry cards and rules will be available at these participating locations – Art N Flowers, The Bay Window, The Brick, The Business Works, Cal’s Restaurant, Candlelight Winery, Charles Auto Family, Dairy Queen, Gee-ville Auto, Kepich Ford, J. Leonard Gallery & Emporium, Main Street Grille & Brewing Company, Miller’s Family Restaurant, Monica Potter Home, Sean’s Pub, Silver Creek Wine Cellar, Village Bookstore, Villager Emporium and Waterfall Antiques. Remember, one winner will be drawn each month through October 2016 so plan to visit often!!
Spring and summer in Garrettsville are packed with great reasons to check out the village! Classic car cruises will take place monthly from May through September. Visitors can enjoy live music, hundreds of classic cars, and opportunity to visit the shops, restaurants and take a stroll across the boardwalk.
Garrettsville Summerfest (June 24-26) is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest summer celebrations and will be celebrating year number 12! In addition to rides, games, parades and contests, this three-day event is packed with more live entertainment and music than you will find at most county fairs!!
Looking ahead, 2016 will see the return of the J.A. Garfield Historical Society Christmas Walk, which is slated for the first two weekends in November. Be sure to watch for more details on this truly awe-inspiring event.
Coinciding with the Christmas Walk, the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will kick-off their annual Christmas on Main promotion which runs November 4th through December 11th.
These are just a few events happening in Garrettsville — fundraising efforts through the Chamber of Commerce’s #GarrettsvilleStrong fund have continued and to date over $95,000 has been raised to help defray the expense of rebuilding. While you are in town exploring what Garrettsville has to offer, please make a point to stop by the Villager Emporium, Village Bookstore or the Historical Society to purchase the official #GarrettsvilleStrong Past, Present, Future book written by Garrettsville resident Pam Montgomery. This book documents the history of the Buckeye Block buildings that were lost 2 years ago and all proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the rebuilding fund.
For a list of Garrettsville area businesses, visit garrettsvillearea.com/find and plan your visit to the Garrettsville area.