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PLATES AND PLACES JAN 2017

Rediscover the 419 – Downtown Toledo
–by Jennifer Ruple

PUBLICATION DATE: JAN 2017

 Jennifer Ruple

Jennifer Ruple

 

 

 

 
 
 

Downtown Toledo is happening! If you haven’t been there in a while, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The landscape continues to evolve as new opportunities to dine, sip, shop and be entertained are popping up all over.

Toledo Farmer's Market

Toledo Farmer’s Market

If you happen to be visiting downtown on a Saturday, begin your trip at the Toledo Farmers’ Market located at 525 Market Street. The market is enclosed and heated during our frosty winter months and a great place to shop for local items. Each week, you’ll find homemade pies, breads and pastries; jams and jellies; seasonal produce; honey, syrup, coffee and cheese; as well as unique handcrafted soaps, candles, mittens and more. Winter market hours are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Dec. – April).

Middlegrounds Metropark

Middlegrounds Metropark

Next, bundle up and take a stroll along the banks of the Maumee River at Toledo’s newest urban park. Middlegrounds Metropark is located at 111 Ottawa Street and offers a 1.5-mile walking and biking path that begins at the Anthony Wayne Bridge and meanders along the river with scenic views.

Brooke and Grant Perry of Rustbelt Coffee

Brooke and Grant Perry of Rustbelt Coffee

Afterwards, warm up with a signature crushed espresso or a cup of chai latte at
Rustbelt Coffee
119 N. Ontario St.

Open since August, the coffee shop has quickly become a trendy hangout for families, college students, and the downtown business crowd. Its massive interior is decorated in sleek, urban industrial style but remains cozy with its leather couches, comfy throws and seasonal decor. While there, spend some time browsing at Cream Living, which is located toward the back of the coffee shop. The boutique offers new, vintage and repurposed treasures for the home. Also located within Rustbelt is a small gathering room that can be rented by the hour for meetings, showers or other special events.

Pam’s Corner

Pam’s Corner

When it’s time for lunch, head to the Davis Building, 151 N. Michigan, where you’ll find Pam’s Corner.
Owner Pam Weirauch has been cooking breakfast and lunch for downtown diners for decades. The bright and cheerful space serves a variety of salads, soups and sandwiches and offers specials like the Crabby Abby salad with crab balls. The macaroni and cheese is incredible. Tip: get there early.

Paula Brown of Paula Brown Shop

Paula Brown of Paula Brown Shop

For an eclectic and one-of-a-kind shopping experience, step into the

Paula Brown Shop
912 Monroe St.

and just across the parking lot from Pam’s, offers a wide variety of products including home accessories, stationary, jewelry, linens, beer, wine, specialty foods and gifts for everyone including children and babies.

The Pub, a full-service bar located within the shop, is always open during shop hours and on Thursday-Saturday evenings. Live entertainment and special events including wine tastings and tap takeovers are held weekly. For current events, check The Pub calendar at paulabrownshop.com.

Don’t let the wintery weather keep you cooped inside all month. Go out and get some fresh air and take in some new scenery in our own hometown.

Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog somedaycowgirl.blogspot.com.

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