Entering year three, Uptown Untapped is Westerville’s first-ever beer festival, recognizing both the city’s rich history as a hub for the temperance movement and celebrating its bright future in the heart of the city’s unique Uptown district.
Let’s face it - it’s our biggest party of the year. And we want members of our community and visitors to our great city alike to join us for the festivities.
We are a week away, so here’s ten things to know about Uptown Untapped in 2019:
Let’s start with the most important part - the beer. We are thrilled to welcome 13 local breweries offering up their unique and tasty brews to attendees. For a full list, visit UptownWestervilleInc.com/Uptown-Untapped.html.
Every year we’ve introduced new enhancements to the experience. This year we are offering both full 12 ounce pours and 4 ounce tasting options. Tickets will be mailed for quick entry at the door for those who preorder, and an affordable $10 day of the event entry tickets will be available.
Stay and Play
Also new this year is the Untapped Stay and Play Package that includes one standard room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Polaris Parkway, just a couple miles from Uptown. The Package includes transportation to and from the event (until 11 p.m.), complimentary breakfast at the hotel, two early event entry tickets, and four 12 ounce pours.
This event wouldn’t happen without the countless volunteers leading up to and during event day. We still need amazing individuals to help pour, so sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4aadaa23a2fc1-pouring.
Who Else Helps
Our presenting sponsor is Amish Originals Furniture Company. We owe so much to our local sponsors as well: Middlefield Banking Company and Heartland Bank. Thanks for supporting our work.
Need Some Grub
Nothing goes better with local brewed beers, like amazing food. Some of Uptown’s finest restaurants, Asterisk Supper Club, Barrel and Boar, Old Bag of Nails, Tosatadalicious, Cardinal Pizza, and Shirley's Popcorn will all be there offering up delicious grub.
Listen to the Music
Three new bands will play throughout the night, including JR Roth Band, Topher James and the Biscuit Brigade and Whiskey Would.
Want some Untapped gear? We offer not one, but two t-shirt options to purchase. Get yours before the event!
Westerville had long been known as the “The Dry Capital of the World” and the birthplace of prohibition. Uptown Untapped is our way to pay homage to this history on the same streets that once connected the Anti-Saloon League with the rest of the country.
Why We Do This
Uptown Westerville Inc. is a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening and beautifying our unique Uptown by fostering revitalization, historic preservation and a sense of community. Uptown Untapped is one of our major fundraising activities, and the bonus is it’s a ton of fun!
See you October 12!
One Uptown business is being recognized for its efforts toward a more sustainable environment.
Last year, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) launched the Wood Furniture Scorecard, which serves as a comprehensive assessment of publicly available information on virgin wood sourcing policies for the largest furniture retailers in North America. It also evaluates company use of recycled and reclaimed wood.
2018 was the inaugural year, with seven top scorers including ABC Carpet & Home, Williams-Sonoma Group, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, City Furniture, and Target.
In 2019, all members companies of the SFC big and small were notified by the SFC that their businesses would be evaluated. Uptown’s own Green Haven Living is a top scoring company in 2019 and will be recognized in August.
“When it comes to sustainability, we can't just talk about it -- we have to find ways to live it,” said Angie Scheu, owner and manager of Green Haven Living. “We are always looking for unique, clever products utilizing alternative, natural or vintage materials, otherwise those that are repurposed, reclaimed and recycled.”
The Wood Furniture Scorecard was developed to promote sustainable forest management given that the furniture industry may be using, knowingly or unknowingly, illegally logged and otherwise unsustainably-produced wood within complex supply chains. This is alarming, as the furnishings industry ranks as the third largest consumer of wood after construction and paper products. Deforestation and poor forest management are threats to wildlife species throughout the world as well as to clean water and climate security. 86% of furniture consumers described themselves as “very concerned” about global deforestation in a recent survey by SFC.
Green Haven Living’s sourcing is conducted in a way that combats deforestation. A strict wood sourcing policy that sets standards for selecting all of its furniture, decor and artwork for sale in its showroom has allowed Green Haven Living to avoid illegally harvested timber or timber that is otherwise harvested in an unethical way.
“I'm really proud of this recognition,” Scheu added. “It's validating the work and the goals that Green Haven Living has set out to accomplish."
“We are honored to celebrate this recognition with Green Haven Living,” said Lynn Aventino, executive director of Uptown Westerville Inc. “Uptown is home to so many businesses that are committed to doing right for their communities and the environment.”
To learn more about this recognition, please click here.
Westerville’s history is a point of pride for many residents. Between the Hanby House, Otterbein University and the former home of the Anti-Saloon League, few cities boast the historic landmarks Westerville does - and nowhere in Westerville embodies this rich history better than Uptown.
Now our community’s historic recognition has gone national.
On March 22, 2019, Uptown Westerville’s recognition as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places was unanimously approved as meeting the National Register criteria at the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Meeting.
The National Register of Historic Places defines historic districts as having a significant concentration, linkage or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development.
“One of the three pillars of Uptown Westerville Inc.’s mission is historic preservation, and Uptown being recognized as a Historic District is a momentous accomplishment worth celebrating,” said Lynn Aventino, executive director of Uptown Westerville Inc. “Our organization will continue to honor our past, but we will use this momentum to continue to build on Westerville’s legacy of being an amazing community to live, work and visit.”
Uptown Westerville Inc. spearheaded the nomination process, with collaboration from the City of Westerville, community residents and elected officials. Special thanks to members of Westerville City Council for their resolution of support, the Westerville Historical Society for their letter of support for the nomination and State Representative Mary Lightbody for her advocacy.
The next step is for the State Historic Preservation Officer to forward the nomination to the National Park Service (NPS). Once the nomination is received by the NPS, a 45-day review period begins.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their local, state or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. Although the National Register is a program of the National Park Service, it is administered at the state level by each respective state. For more information on the process and other historic districts and places, visit OhioHistory.org/NationalRegister.
Stay tuned to UptownWestervilleInc.com. for more updates.
Summer is flying by, so don’t miss the remaining 4th Friday celebrations Uptown. Led by the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau (WVCB) for the last 15 years, these events get bigger and better and serve as open invitations to residents and visitors to explore our great community.
Coming themes for the remaining events:
Most notable in 2018, State Street (State Route 3) is now closed to vehicular traffic between Park and Home Streets from 5:30 until after 9 p.m. for every 4th Friday, giving attendees plenty of space to move thru and a better sense of safety.
Attendees will not only enjoy extended hours in the Uptown shops and restaurants, but street vendors and food trucks along State Street as well as the side streets featuring all manner of products, services and food truck fare to celebrate the coming of spring.
The streets of Uptown will adorn art displays, children and family activities, live music, street performances, and other entertainment.
Getting around Uptown during 4th Fridays is easy:
All closures can be viewed at VisitWesterville.org.
We hope that everyone gets an opportunity to experience the vibrant atmosphere of our Uptown during a 4th Friday this summer!
Maybe you’ve noticed, but the building at 46-48 N. State Street that houses tenants Meza Wine Shop and Whit’s Frozen Custard has left our organization and other community members concerned.
Large cracks are evident on the primary façade, with clear holes in the north wall where bricks have actually fallen out. The building has a history of nominal, temporary or delayed repairs and maintenance that have led to the current state of decline and multiple citations from the Westerville Building Department.
The mission of Uptown Westerville Inc. is to promote a sense of community, economic vitality and historic preservation within our beloved Uptown. This is the value we provide to our stakeholders, partners, residents, and visitors to the Westerville community.
Our organization is in full support of the Westerville Building Department and actively works with them to ensure our authentic Uptown buildings are maintained, even going so far as to write letters to the courts when things go that far. The City of Westerville has invested significantly in our Uptown area, sponsoring a long-term Uptown Plan, providing matching funding for façade improvements and supporting the formation of Uptown Westerville Inc. Many of the building owners have participated in and are beneficiaries of these programs, greatly improving the character and value of this area.
This has been an issue our organization has monitored, advocated for and taken action on. Thankfully, the building has recently been sold. We are confident that the new ownership will take the necessary action to improve this historic building in the heart of Uptown, and we will be helpful in that process in anyway we can.
We are excited for the building’s tenants, Meza Wine Shop and Whit’s Frozen Custard, two valued merchants in our community, who will have a better space to serve their customers.
We support all stakeholders of Uptown, including business owners. Our goal is to ensure our residents and visitors never feel unsafe walking the streets of Uptown Westerville. While still a very new organization, we take our role in preserving what makes Uptown great seriously.
We are excited for a new chapter in the history of 46-48 N. State Street.
By Dennis Blair, Board Member
The American Issue sculpture, the newest Uptown landmark, was unveiled on June 15. The installation is prominently displayed in the newly renovated City Hall courtyard at 21 S. State Street, adding to this dynamic public gathering space in the heart of our city.
The unveiling of the sculpture signifies the 100-year anniversary of Westerville’s role in serving as the intellectual and logistical center for the passage of the 18th Amendment. If you’re not completely up-to-speed on your American history, the 18th Amendment was a constitutional change that prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of “intoxicating liquors” in the United States. And Westerville was central to its formation.
The amendment was championed by the Anti-Saloon League, which had moved to Westerville in 1909 due to the city’s “pro-temperance” reputation. “The American Issue”, a weekly publication published by the Anti-Saloon League, was printed in Westerville. Due to this, Westerville was known as the “Dry Capital of the World” for decades.
The sculpture was privately funded and donated to the City of Westerville this spring. According to the nationally-renowned artist and sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer, the sculpture “embodies the conflict between government regulation and individual freedom and celebrates the historical significance of Westerville as the home of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
This is an exciting addition to our Uptown, helping preserve and recognize Westerville’s rich history - even on a national scale. Visit Uptown to marvel at this symbol of the historic complex nature of this social issue.
For more information, visit https://parks.westerville.org/programs/arts-and-culture/the-american-issue-sculpture.
These acts are examples of the hundreds that have been performed through the 10th of the Month Club. Most importantly, they are meant to honor Westerville’s fallen officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering.
Attention Uptown Patrons! As Uptown continues to improve, paving is being scheduled for 3 Uptown lots June 11th through June 15th. Each lot will be out of service for two days. One day for preparations and a second day for paving. "No Parking" signs will be placed in advance in each lot with those dates. The areas involved include:
During the two days your favorite lot may be unavailable, please remember that parking is free and plentiful in Uptown. Parking can usually be found by the City Hall, the Church of the Messiah Gathering Place, and the Westerville Public Library.
The inaugural Westerville Saturday Farmers Market #wsfm will welcome in visitors from all around Central Ohio this weekend as local vendors line Grove Street on the campus of Otterbein University!
The long wait is over for Westerville residents, thanks to the partnership of Uptown Westerville, Inc., the City of Westerville and Otterbein University, but it’s several of the Market vendors’ deep rooted ties to Westerville that make it so special. Local ties, and an abundance of organic, natural products with a focus on sustainable farming, are a theme among the more than twenty merchants. Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect this weekend and stay tuned for more Market stories throughout the summer.