Like many women, I enjoy a good shopping trip. So, when I find a destination that offers great deals, unusual shops, and something for everyone I return over and over again. Wooster, Ohio is such a destination.
Located about 45 minutes from Akron, an hour from Cleveland and nearly an hour and a half from Columbus, Wooster offers a great weekend escape from the busy city. The last time I was in Wooster, I had a blast checking out the specialty stores and boutiques Wooster had to offer.
Some of my favorite places to shop in Wooster include:
This thrift store is housed in a 10,000-square foot space full of items that range from clothing, knick knacks, furniture, and even antiques. This may be my favorite store because last time I was there, I purchased a vintage milk glass cake plate that I’d been searching for months. All profits generated from the sales at Friendtique are donated to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County. In addition to donating to hospice care, Friendtique shares the love and goods, by donating to Goodwill, Every Woman’s House and more.
- The Blue Spruce Boutique
The Blue Spruce Boutique reminds me of Anthropologie. It is truly a gathering place for unique home décor items, women’s clothing and accessories. Pop in, look around and I’m sure you’ll find something that you love, even if you weren’t planning to purchase anything.
- Poppy by Pursesnickety
If you’re looking to snag the latest trends in women’s clothing and love to be a showstopper, this is the store for you. This upscale boutique, located right on the square offers gorgeous clothing as well as matching accessories and unique gift ideas.
- Local Roots
If you’re more in the market for artisan created items and gifts, Local Roots is the place to visit. This well-known market and café offers visitors seasonal and sustainable, locally grown and produced food items, as well as beautiful hand-crafted items. Every time I visit, I find something new that I want to take home. From felted soaps to jewelry to hand-crafted leather journals, you’ll find a gorgeous selection of merchandise, plus your purchase helps to support a local Ohio artisan and their family.
- Lucky Records
This vinyl record store offers a large selection of vinyl favorites from the past as well as newly produced records. Did you read that? Yep. It surprised me too. Vinyl records are still being produced today. I found that out last year when I purchased my son the latest Adele album and after listening to it, I definitely think vinyl sounds good compared to digital recordings. Pop in to Lucky Records to see what I’m talking about.
- The Urban Cottage
Another of my favorite stores in downtown Wooster, the Urban Cottage offers upscale furniture and other home décor items on consignment. I resisted the urge to purchase some great vintage pieces last time I was there, but I may not be so strong next time I return. If you’re looking to add an accent piece to your living room, working on a home makeover or looking for a housewarming gift, the Urban Cottage is a must-stop shop for you.
- Everything Rubbermaid
You’ll find the largest selection of Rubbermaid known to man in Wooster. That’s right, housed in a historic building, you’ll find four floors of food storage containers, trash cans, home organization items, Step2 products and storage sheds. Make sure you shop Bargainland on the fourth floor to snag the best deals.
- Motts Oils & More
If you love to cook or buy for someone who does, this is the store for you. Motts Oils & More offers a large selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegar. You may purchase them online too, but you’d miss the opportunity to taste them before you buy. I’ve found that I’m especially fond of adding a few drops of balsamic vinegar to my water when I’m tempted to drink a big old Pepsi. My favorites are raspberry and lemon.
- Today’s Kitchen Store
Also, a store for those who love to cook, bake or who attempt to do both in the kitchen. You’ll find a selection of appliances, aprons, knives, gadgets, and my favorite, Le Creuset cookware.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Wooster offers many more stores and boutiques, as well as bakeries, restaurants, and even a brewery. You can learn more about shopping in Wooster and plan your next shopping trip at this website.
Each of the stores I’ve mentioned is an easy walk from the St. Paul boutique hotel or the Market Street Inn, located on opposite sides of the square on Market Street.
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