Grippo’s, Graeter’s, Pizza Bagel Lady
When it comes to food and fashion, Ohio is often overlooked by the national press, but those in Buckeye State know they know about some of the most unique, exceptional and the most consecrated in the country. With businesses and stores reopening after a troubling few months at the height of COVID-19, what better way to go out and support local Ohio-based establishments than with our roster?
Grippo’s chips are special and the company has been around since the early 1900s, originally making ice cream cones and pretzels. In the 1950s, the company launched its now famous potato chips, using fresh, high-quality ingredients. They’ve since added their famous Bar-BQ cheese lumps and beef jerky flavored with Bar-BQ spices. grippos.com.
Dating back to 1870, Graeter’s ice cream was sold on two carts by Louis Charles Graeter in Cincinnati. Fast forward to 2021, it is still a family business but with a broader reach including nationwide shipping. Treat yourself to flavors ranging from birthday cake, lemon sorbet and cotton candy to lime pie and much more. Stop by your local store today! Or, order online for delicious ice cream shipped right to your door. graeters.com.
Pizza Bagel Lady
Craving carbohydrates? You’ll want to visit Pizza Bagel Lady and experience Cleveland’s pasty, chewy, gravy-laden creation. “It tastes like a pizza, but is shaped like a bagel,” says owner and head baker Terry Thomsen, who has sold them at Cleveland’s West Side Market for over 30 years. During the pandemic it decided to grow, and now pizza bagels are hitting cities all over the United States
Pizza bagel fans can have them shipped through the GoldBelly online platform and they are also available in select grocery stores under the Pizagel name “Pizza + Bagel”. Thomsen also hosts online fundraisers for various after-school programs and has several other projects underway for the brand. pizzabagellady.com.
Shannon Westmeyer Jewelry’s mission is to inspire and tell a story, all made in Troy, Ohio. The company offers handmade necklaces, earrings and rings that make great gifts for someone special, or just for yourself! The company logo is a bird sitting on top of a star. The bird represents hope and kindness, while the star offers guidance and direction. Hoping to provide inspiration and intention, Shannon Westmeyer Jewelry also supports many charities such as Women for Women International and Shoes 4 The Shoeless. shannonwestmeyer.com.
With locations in Cincinnati, Athens and Yellow Springs, and online ordering, Kismet offers affordable and on-trend clothing and accessories. Get a long tunic or romper covering the buttocks for your next night on the town or for brunch with friends. iluvthatstore.com.
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, nestled just south of downtown Columbus in the historic German village, is a fun destination for the whole family. The restaurant serves an authentic German menu with dishes such as sauerkraut dumplings, cutlets and Schmidt’s original potato soup. Not only that, before the pandemic, live music and entertainment was a regular highlight, so be on the lookout for its return. After dinner, take a stroll through the German Village, which is home to several parks and gardens. The area also offers an excellent shopping experience with retail stores and several bakeries. schmidthaus.com.
Pick up a packet of Killer Brownie on the way to your next backyard party or event. Guests and friends will be delighted with the decadent brownies, which come in a variety of flavors such as cookies and cream, confetti, raspberry and triple chocolate. Or stick with the original Dayton-area company bestseller, the Creamy Caramel Pecan Dark Brownie. killerbrownie.com.
Butter Maid Bakery
Butter Maid Bakery is best known for their kolachi, a buttery dough with a variety of sweet and creamy toppings. Filling flavors include poppy seeds, pecans, apple cinnamon, and many more. Handmade, family owned, and in business since 1903, the Youngstown, Ohio Bakery uses simple, high-quality ingredients. They also offer a variety of other sweet delicacies such as cookies and macaroons. Domestic shipping is available. buttermaidbakery.com.