Columbiana is a enjoyable highway journey with antiques, meals, espresso, and beer

It had been a while since I last bought antiques in Columbiana, maybe 20 years or so.

A road trip there in December made me happily acquainted with this small town of 6,231 inhabitants. Downtown storefronts are filled with a host of inviting attractions, including antique shops with vintage treasures, primitive country shops, restaurants, a coffee shop, craft brewery, bakery, and more.

Columbiana is an hour’s drive from Canton and after months of being mostly home and not having to travel to speak of, it’s a particularly welcome breath of fresh air.

Regarding COVID-19 concerns, employees and customers have been completely masked at every company I have visited.

Every place I mention here is in the small downtown part of town and is within a block or two of walking distance. Find a parking spot where you can. I would recommend using GPS to navigate to Columbiana. Program it at one of the following addresses. Most companies have Facebook pages and / or websites.

Park Avenue Marketplace

Park Avenue Marketplace, 14 E. Park Ave. Antique cabinets, dressers, and other furniture, as well as stained glass, pots, baskets, bedspreads, and primitives, and gourmet groceries can be found in this 8,000-square-foot store with more than 50 vendors.

“Business is doing very well. We’re bringing people from Cleveland, Akron, West Virginia all the way to Pittsburgh. There is so much to do in town,” said owner Irene Evans.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The rustic bird cage

The Rustic Birdcage, 13 E. Park Ave. At first glance, this breathtaking treasure trove of Mike and Frank from American Pickers appears to have been kept in stock on television.

The place has numerous vintage cave items such as lighted gas station signs and clocks, neon beer signs, a barber bar, traffic signals, a Coca-Cola machine, car speakers, air pumps for gas stations, and a coin-operated horse ride.

There is one room dedicated to rustic-industrial furniture, and another has metal garden accessories.

“People get out and buy,” said owner Jane Bohrer. “Men enjoy coming here.” Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The wish list

The Wish List Antique Store, 8 S. Main St. This spacious and well organized store is similar to visiting an Americana / pop culture museum where everything is for sale.

The many vintage finds include a Dodgem car in the amusement park, a 1930s Hiawatha bike, an Art Deco barber’s cabinet and chair, an ornate brass national cash register, a wooden phone booth, and a tall cabinet from the Post Office in Youngstown.

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Generations Cafe in Columbiana

Generations Cafe, 31 S. Hauptstrasse. There is a friendly, relaxing atmosphere in this spacious and visibly popular café. Here you will find relaxed music, cool works of art on the walls, various seating areas and a selection of coffee, tea, paninis, wraps and baked goods. Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carla's Corner Cafe

Carla’s Corner Cafe, 103 St. Hauptstrasse We found an unexpectedly wonderful lunch at this little café in the back of Olde Clutter’d Corner Antiques.

We sat at a long counter with Plexiglas partitions between two stools and enjoyed hearty homemade Italian soup and zucchini soup as well as two delicious grilled sandwiches, one with Swiss cheese, canned peaches and honey from the region, the other with meatballs, red sauce and provolone.

There are numerous sandwiches, salads, homemade desserts and ice cream. Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Next time in Columbiana, I want to try Homestead Kitchen, with an imaginative Rural Urban menu and craft cocktails, a five-minute drive from downtown.)

Birdfish Brewing Co.

Birdfish Brewing Co., 140 E. Park Ave.. There is a very cool craft brewery in Columbiana. His slogan is “Just beer for the just”.

Birdfish is in a former car dealership that explains its garage doors and huge interior, with lots of pinball machines and tables with stools on which are converted beer kegs.

There are a dozen rotating beers on tap; The cocoa-hazelnut porter (6% ABV) I tried had a rich, full-bodied taste. Birdfish also has hip merchandise and four packs of canned beer to take away.

No food is served but ordering is recommended. Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 10pm, Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.

Hogan's Baking Co.

Hogan’s Baking Co., 113 S. Main Street I’m not sure I’ve ever visited a bakery as tempting as Hogans.

Four glass showcases are filled with donuts, creamsticks, apple fritters, turnovers, cakes, cupcakes, baklava and a large selection of biscuits and other pastries. There are also many different types of bread. I have great English muffin and cranberry bread.

Opening times: weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (In the same square is Rankin’s meat market, a full-size butcher / deli.)

Columbiana diet

Columbiana Nutrition, 18 S. Main St. This busy counter offers “healthy shakes and stimulating teas and good vibes”. The extensive shake menu includes banana caramel pecan, cinnamon toast crunch, chocolate-coated strawberries, and crispy rice. Opening times: weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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