The the Delaware, Ohio Tour Begins!
My daughter is a typical four-year old. She loves Pizza. She loves to paint. She loves when you read a story to her. For the longest time, I would pack up the car and head down to Columbus to hit up the big brick and mortar shops to give her the “Saturday with Daddy” lineup of said good food, books and all around Daddy-Daughter fun. As I began my journey in discovering the city and county I live in, it dawned on me…we can do all of that right in our own home town. If my daughter could have it her way, she’d follow this line up every day. I hope you enjoy the real journey my daughter and I took on the weekend of October 26th.
Amato’s Woodfired Pizza
Our first stop is Amato’s Woodfired Pizza. Situated right on the corner of Sandusky Street and William Street, Amato’s serves up simply fantastic wood fired pizza and other items that I literally dream about. I’m pretty sure that everyone has “that” pizza shop wherever they are from. Are you from Chicago? It’s probably Giordano’s or some other fine deep-dish place. Do you hail from Niagara Falls New York? Then you probably have a soft spot for Buzzy’s Pizza. For me, Amato’s is the pie that represents all of central Ohio. If I ever move away, this will be the pizza I miss and plan trips to come back for. Yeah, it’s that good.
But you knew that already. Amato’s also serves up some of the best desserts that your taste buds can desire. Lucky for my daughter, Daddy loves dessert. On this day, as Caitlyn finished up her pepperoni pizza, I began to work on a fantastic Tiramisu that I fell in love with at first bite. It was just the perfect mix of creamy and coffee goodness layered on top of soft lady fingers that sadly did not last long enough for my gluttonous appetite. The fun doesn’t stop there. The Cannoli we had reminded me of my favorite Cannoli from my college days in Niagara Falls. Caitlyn approved of all, and Daddy was quite full.
The Bare Bowl
After two quick street crossings and we found ourselves on the east side of Sandusky Street in front of one of the best arts & craft activity places I’ve ever seen for kids (of all ages): The Bare Bowl. The Bare Bowl offers an all inclusive create your own experience that my daughter loves returning to time and time again. The idea is simple enough. You start by selecting a piece of pottery you want to paint, usually plates, bowls, mugs and things of that nature, but they also offer ornaments for Christmas and other neat designs. The price includes all paint and design stamps you want, plus the glaze. T
here’s no time limit, no studio fees. They also offer birthday parties as well! $25 bucks reserves the date. Then you pick the price range for the ceramics you want, and they put them on the table for your kids to paint however they wish. You can even bring your own cake, and do presents there.
Caitlyn selected a mug for her Grandmother that lives in Texas, “Abuela”. My mom loves everything
Caitlyn makes for her, so when her birthday came up I knew this would be the perfect thing that my daughter could make for her. Caitlyn smiled and laughed as she used six different colors to paint the inside and outside of Abuela’s mug. Once we were done, we used a blow dryer to make sure the paint was dry, and then handed it off to the staff behind the counter. Seven short days later, our beautiful glazed mug is ready to mail to Texas!
Crossing Sandusky once more to the west side, we came to what is quickly becoming my favorite book store: Beehive Books. Beehive Books reminds me of “The Shop Around The Corner” from the movie You’ve Got Mail. It’s your local book store, filled with warm smiles, fantastic coffees and tea, and book offerings for all ages and styles. Nearly all of my downtown Delaware explorations begin and end at Beehive Books and not just because of the convenient parking lot in the back. Beehive a great selection of new books as well as what I would consider some of the comfiest couches and chairs in Delaware County.
Caitlyn loves to come in here with me to browse for new books in the kids section, where my Fiancé has a soft spot for the café in the front of the store. There’s always something happening at Beehive Books. Book signings, poetry readings, you name it. This is a place you can relax, and enjoy the treasure that is a locally owned bookstore. Not that there’s anything wrong with the big stores, but I’ve grown very fond of the little shops that could. Beehive is a true gem.
Something Sweet Coffee & Bakery
Bonus time! Something Sweet is the new coffee home on the corner of Sandusky and William. This is the place where I had the best Pumpkin Spice Mocha I have ever had, hands down. So next time you stop by the new Barley Hopsters, or grab a bite at Amato’s, give the Northeast Corner a shot and enjoy a great cup of Joe.