Downtown Canal Winchester has lots to offer visitors with cute shops, restaurants and a new automotive museum.

Canal Winchester has a number of fun shops and a couple of restaurants downtown. Also new to the area is the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum, which I wrote about a month ago.

Shops are all located within walking distance and plenty of free parking can be found on side streets. The shops include CornerSmiths, 27 West & Co., Simply Local, Sticks and Stones Studio and Georgie Emerson Vintage. The shops mainly feature antiques, unique decor items, some boho chic and repurposed items. My favorite was CornerSmiths, who also had some handmade in USA and local made candles. Prices vary, but are for the most part much cheaper than shops in the Short North or other central Ohio communities.

Some handmade in USA items for sale at CornerSmiths.

After working up an appetite shopping, you can head to the Shade on the Canal or Harvest Moon Cafe to eat. I haven't tried Harvest Moon yet, but the menu items (especially the desserts!) look very good. The couple who owns Harvest Moon also have a natural and organic goods "herb shop" next to the restaurant. Check it out for natural remedies and food. Check out the menus for each at and

Desserts at Harvest Moon Cafe.

Allow at least an hour to browse shops and another hour for lunch or dinner.

*FREE things to do this weekend:

Sweet Simpliciteas "ladies night" with MarTEAnis and other drinks, Go Go Fashion Truck and more. It's located at 259 S. Third St.

Mayor Coleman's Block Party and Fam Jam at Columbus Commons Saturday 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

Made Local Marketplace at Strongwater Food and Spirits, 400 W. Rich St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.