Everything RubberMaid and I mean everything.
There are four floors of products.
Due to massive losses in storm damages to the building and its contents, RubberMaid Inc. has decided to end the 15 year partnership with Wooster. The store has closed.
according to the local paper: "A vacant building can’t erase Rubbermaid’s stamp on Wooster. Over the years, the Rubbermaid Foundation donated land for the high school, helped transform a vacant elementary school into the Wayne Center for the Arts and built a home for United Way of Wooster Inc., among other projects. The College of Wooster received $1 million from Rubbermaid in the 1990s."
This place has samples and seconds of just about any pattern of Corning/Revere products. If you have broken parts of your set of Cornelleware and need a replacement cup and saucer, i'll bet they have it here and at a reasonable price. You can even mail-order if you want. (But they do not have a website that I could find).
My wife bought some kind of hand juicer thingamajiggy (and she is a great bargain shopper).
What to buy: Corning ware and Revere ware
What to pay: below retail price
The Cat's Meow Village is a factory and storefront that creates and sells painted wooden keepsakes. These keepsakes range from holiday snowmen to lighthouses to landmarks in local Wooster and beyond. They create wooden keepsakes based on landmarks from all 50 US states, but the local Ohio pieces are by far the best. You can also paint your own wooden keepsake at the shop, which is a great activity for the kids. These keepsakes make great gifts for friends and family. You can take a tour of the factory and then shop to your heart's content!
What to buy: The College of Wooster village set and the Amish sets are definitely the most local, and you can onlly get them here.
What to pay: Around $14.00 for an average sized piece.
This local dairy bottles and sells all natural cream-top milk straight from the family farm! The milk is pasteurized, but not homogenized, and the Hartzler farm has not been treated with herbicides, pesticides, or artificial hormones. The Hartzler Family Dairy also sells HOMEMADE ICE CREAM made from their delicious milk, as well as their own country style roll butter.
Open Mon. - Thurs. from 11am-9pm, Fri. - Sat. from 11am-10pm, and Sun. from 1pm-9pm in the summer. Also, Hartzler's hosts a Luau EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT FROM JUNE THROUGH AUGUST, from 5-10pm, featuring tropical sundaes, 99 cent waffle fries, live music, kid's meals, and fun prizes.
What to buy: Milk (whole, 2%, skim, chocolate), ice cream, roll butter
What to pay: $5-$15
Troyer's Home Pantry is run by the local Amish and Mennonite community. If you stop by before 11am, you can sit at the breakfast counter for a granola doughnut and a hot cup of coffee. Troyer's freshly bakes and sells both cake and yeast doughnuts, as well as cookies, cinammon rolls, pumpkin loaves, homemade breads, and best of all, PIE. Troyer's pies come in all sorts of flavors, including fresh strawberry, rhubarb, apple, peach, blackberry, raisin, and shoo-fly, just to name a few.
What to buy: Cake doughnuts and homemade pies.
What to pay: $5-$20, depending on how much you buy. Whenever I go in for a dozen doughnuts and a fresh pie, it runs about $10 for both.
Lerch's doughnuts have been a Wooster tradition for half a century. Their deep-fried, made-while-you-wait cake doughnuts are a family favorite each autumn at Wayne County Fair, and the locals know that they can get their Lerch's doughnuts every morning from the little trailer in front of the old Hawkins Market. Lerch's doughnuts come in 3 flavors: plain, sugar, and cinammon. I prefer the sugar, which are dusted with a family recipe consisting of both granulated and powdered sugars. Make sure to buy them by the dozen!
Lerch's also serves French waffles and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
What to buy: Sugar doughnuts
What to pay: $6-$12
Everyone in the United States has heard of Smucker's jams and jellies. And lucky for you, the Smucker family homestead is still located just outside of Wooster, in Orrville, Ohio. The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe is home to every Smucker's item imaginable, as well as an in-store museum chronicling the 100-year Smucker legacy. Smucker's owns numerous other household brand names, such as JIF, Pillsbury, Crisco, Hungry Jack, and White Lilly, and everything in their patio-style cafe is made from their own products in a wood-fired oven.
The building is a huge white barn with a red roof and 2 giant, juicy strawberries painted just above the front door...you can't miss it! Open Mon. - Sat. from 9am-6pm.
What to buy: Jams, jellies, peanut butters
It's hard NOT to love Treasures by the Pound once you've gone in there once...they sell all sorts of unique treats and gifts for you to pamper your pet! Cute collars, fancy food and water bowls, and gourmet dog bones -- and the best part is, part of the proceeds from your purchase goes to support the Wayne County Humane Society in Wooster, which helps rescue cats and dogs from abuse and find loving homes for them.
This is definitely a shop for animal lovers. Treasures by the Pound usually keeps a new kitten or puppy from the Humane Society each day for shoppers to play with, in hopes of finding the little guy or gal a brand new home. And your pet is welcome inside!
What to buy: Anything, because it's for a great cause.
What to pay: $5-$50