On Friday Nate and I took a trip to German Village to visit some of the shops and experience more of the charm that German Village has to offer. We visited German Village a couple months back but there was so much to see and do that we couldn't fit it all into one trip. The first stop we made on this particular trip was to Helen Winnemore's an adorable shop filled with all sorts of treasures. We met the owner Sarah who told us all about the shops incredible history. Formally owned by Helen Winnemore herself, Sarah purchased the shop 18 years ago after visiting frequently as a child. Helen Winnemore's has been in German Village since 1966 and has always been filled with work from artists and craftspeople. As the owner of a store that only sells Ohio made products I love to shop local and I go out of my way to support stores whose products come from artists and aren't mass produced in China. You can always tell a big difference of quality in American made items and those that have been mass produced. The product offering at Helen Winnemore's is impressive ranging from jewelry to home decor and everything in between. I photographed some of my favorite items but there were so many beautiful things to see you've got to visit the store to see all the beautiful merchandise for yourself.
These animal clocks were so much fun, the tails move back and forth!
One of my favorite parts of Helen Winnemore's was the children's room on the second floor. The room is loaded with toys, gifts, and clothing for babies and children and is a cozy spot that kids will never want to leave.
There is even a coloring table where children can create works of art or stack blocks while their parents shop!
Our next stop was to Caterina Ltd., a store that specializes in European housewares. Upon entering the store you are greeted by colorful table settings and table linens, a dream for someone registering for their wedding or moving into a new home. I was surprised to learn that Caterina's is not one, but three stories high and after checking out the housewares on the first floor I headed to the second floor to see what treasures I would find there. On the second floor there is a year round Christmas room. If you are anything like me and love Christmas, this is the room for you with decorated trees filled with ornaments and holiday decor. On the third floor there are rooms set up as galleries that show beautiful artwork from local artists. The gallery rooms can be rented out for private showings. I took so many photos that I put them into a slideshow for easy viewing. There was just so much to see and so many amazing pieces to appreciate.
After some shopping we had the privilege of touring Franklin Art Glass Studios, where stained glass works of art are created and restored. Prior to our visit I didn't know much about Franklin Art Glass Studios, I was excited to learn that they are still using old techniques to make their beautiful stained glass creations.
We were taken through the various parts of the workshop where glass is cut and pieced together, where windows are leaded, painted by hand, and where all the glass is stored. Anyone looking to create a custom stained glass piece can do so at Franklin Art Glass Studios, they also restore pieces that may be broken or damaged.
We were so impressed when we saw the techniques used to hand paint the windows. The painting below was done by a kid and a church is having it turned into a window. The painter has drawn out a diagram to follow and will lay on the paint and use tools to scrape away the paint he laid down, it's like painting backwards.
The painted window will then go through the original heater that was built by the original owner of Franklin Art Glass Studios.
Below is an intricate piece that is in the process of being restored.
After all the shopping and touring we had worked up an appetite. We headed to Barcelona for a bite to eat. The lunch menu at Barcelona had so many great things to choose from. My husband ordered the calamari and lobster grilled cheese which he loved. I opted for a chicken ceaser salad which was fresh and delicious. The patio looked amazing, unfortunately being 9 months pregnant I wasn't up for sitting in the heat but we'll definitely be back to try dinner on the patio soon.
Last but not least we stopped at Schmidt's Fudge Haus for some tasty chocolate before leaving German Village. Schmidt's Fudge Haus was busting at the seams with chocolates and candies, every type you can imagine. The fudge is made in house using old world techniques and the finest ingredients. They also had some gifts and trinkets, a great place to pick up a delicious host/hostess gift or something sweet for yourself.
Do yourself a favor and plan a trip to German Village. From the charming brick streets to the historic homes and buildings German Village has so much character and so much to explore. There is no shortage of wonderful places to eat, drink, shop, and admire.