Wooster is actually pronounced “whusster" and does not rhyme with rooster. But no worries if you don’t pronounce it like the locals, because this community welcomes out-of-towners and delights in sharing their glowing main street atmosphere and growing downtown vibe.
We live northeast of Wooster but haven’t had the chance recently to check out all the newer restaurants and shops downtown. I decided to venture out with my son and mom to see the sites.
We started at the very popular and familiar Everything Rubbermaid Store. You can view a complete line of their products displayed in a four-story, 107-year old building. Plan to spend some time here and bring your Christmas list, because the second floor is filled with toys, play sets and everything imaginable for kids. My son Jacob was in heaven. We should have marked this as our last stop, because it was really hard to get him out of there and I needed my morning coffee!
On our way to grab coffee, we passed the South Market Bistro, unfortunately it was a little too early to grab lunch. This upscale restaurant practices sustainable cuisine and uses locally grown food. Owner and head chef, Mike Mariola, also owns City Square Steakhouse directly across the street.
Our next stop was at Tulipán Hungarian Pastry and Coffee Shop. The shop has tons of character and the coffee tasted as delicious as it smelled. I helped myself to a strudel flavored coffee at their self-serve coffee bar while Jacob enjoyed his raspberry Linzer wreath cookie.
Next door, I enjoyed window-shopping at Today’s Kitchen Store. Drooling over the specialty kitchen products it was hard not to go in. Jacob and culinary tools probably are not the best mix. I did make an mental note to check out their website because they offer cooking classes.
Coffee in hand we moved onto our next destination with a quick stop to look at an arch on the Square made of hand-painted tiles by area children--further reinforcing the Woosters’ love for the arts.
Nearby is The Faithful Little Cupcake in the lower level of the gorgeous Liberty Street Commons building. The bakery offers at least 12 gourmet cupcake flavors each day. Jacob and I shared a chocolate chip cupcake with buttercream frosting caramel drizzle. I know, didn’t he just have a cookie? I only let him have two bites! To prove my child’s diet does not consist only of pastries, we stopped next door at the Wooster Nature Store to pick up a few of his staples, Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese.
We had a wonderful visit to Wooster. There is so much more to do downtown and down the road--from quaint B&Bs to attractions, such as the Pine Tree Barn & Farms--you could easily spend a weekend here.