If you have never taken a road trip to the picturesque town of Medina, which was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve area, then you are truly missing the opportunity to explore one of Ohio’s most charming squares. A definite Norman Rockwell painting. The county courthouse towers over one side of the square and the rest of the square is surrounded by mom and pop shops that offer an afternoon of shopping and exploring.
Root Candle Factory
623 W Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256
Located just off the square and a wonderful stop to start your day of exploring is the Root Candle Factory. The founder Amos Ives Root started his candle making business in 1869 by using bees wax. Originally involved in the manufacturing of beekeeping equipment, Mr. Root took his love of beekeeping in a different direction by beginning to roll sheets of beeswax from his hives around wicks to create altar candles for churches. The Root Candle Factory offers a retail store as well as a factory store.
Now it is off to the Square where you will find various unique boutiques, consignment shops, a bookstore, delicious cupcakes and even a model train store to snoop around. Plenty of places to shop and explore to keep you busy the rest of the morning.
Need a few ideas?
A Cupcake a Day
115 W. Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256
If you have a sweet tooth then this is a stop for you.
105 W Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256 Used books for all ages. Proceeds support adult literacy in Medina County.
4 Ladies & More Consignment Boutique
101 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256
Upscale consignment boutique for ladies and juniors new and nearly new designer and name brand clothing.
The Olive Tap
30 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256
Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Aged Balsamic Vinegars, & Gourmet Foods.
The Raspberry and The Rose
241 S. Court St, Medina, OH 44256
Unique ladies and jewelry boutique featuring handmade local artisans and today’s latest fashion trends.
236 South Court St., Medina, OH 44256
Customized Designs, Novelty Gifts, Modern Decor.
Perfectly Charming 248 S Court St, Medina, OH 44256
Affordable vintage and painted furniture, unique accessories, and inspiring decorating ideas to freshen your home.
Time for Lunch:
Miss Molly’s Tea Room & Gift Shop
If you are looking for someplace different to have an afternoon break while still staying on the square, may I suggest Miss Molly’s Tea Room. Located within walking distance of the square on W Washington St., Miss Molly’s offers a wonderful light menu as well as an opportunity to explore their gift shop that carries everything from English China to fine lace and purses. For information about Miss Molly’s Tea Room go to missmollys.net. Miss ‘Molly’s is located at 140 W. Washington St. and their phone number is 188-Tea-Cup-1 (888-832-2871) I suggest reservations.
260 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256
Now that your tummy is full it’s of to Castle Noel for a little year-round holiday fun. America’s largest indoor Christmas entertainment attraction. See NYC animated Christmas windows, Hollywood Christmas movie props, collectible toys and Ralphie’s slide.
One of my favorite movie props located at Castle Noel is Cousin Eddy’s Trailer from Christmas Vacation. The gift shop also carries the Moose Mugs that were featured in the movie. I use mine every Christmas!
If antiques are your passion, there are many antique stores in and around the city of Medina. Medina Depot Antiques, Medina Antique Mall, and Primitives Only, Antiques to name a few. For a full listing check out visitmedinacounty.com.
One of my other favorite stops while I am in Medina County and located just north of Medina Square by about 20 minutes is Hollo’s PaperCraft store. A wonderful store for paper, envelopes, stationary, scrapbooking paper and miscellaneous party supplies. Their address is 1878 Pearl Rd (R 42) Brunswick and the phone number is 330-225-0911. For more information –hollos.com
If you would like to take a historical side trip while in Medina, Captain and Mrs. Martin Van Buren Bates, “The Giants of Seville” are buried just south of Medina in the town of Seville, Ohio. Mr. Bates was seven feet, eight inches and weighed 470 pounds while his wife Mrs Bates was seven feet, eleven inches and weighed 413 pounds. For additional information click here. The Seville Historical Society at 330-769-3471 offers by appointment the 1st Sunday of every month Noon to 5 pm, except January and February the opportunity to view displays featuring information about the famous couple.
There are other museums located in Medina County, for example the Northern Ohio Railway Museum and the Medina Toy & Train Museum. For additional Medina County historical places and museums visit visitmedinacounty.com.
Make sure you take your camera and wear your walking shoes. Throughout the year, various events are held around the Uptown Gazebo on the square, including free concerts, markets, ice carving displays in the winter and more.
For more visitor information contact or stop by the
Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
They are located right on the square.
32 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256
(330) 722-5502 | (800) 860-2943 | website
Article and photos by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2018 and has been updated for 2019. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.