The love for Findlay runs deep in my family. My husband and I come from a long line of proud Findlayites and we couldn’t imagine calling any other place home. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I’m not certain our daughters know that there is any other place to live, just great places to visit and then return to our cozy home in Northwest Ohio.
We are out and about often, and the girls know what they like, and Downtown Findlay is just that! They have grown to coin insider names for all of their favorite places as we spend most Saturday’s in Downtown Findlay.
Mom starts the day at “workout”, with a sweaty and productive morning at the Wellness Studio Downtown. The girls even tag along ever so often and watch attentively, waiting their turn to take the TRX straps while I end with a stretch.
Our next stop, “Coffee and Muffin”. This should really be called Smoothie and Muffin, but let’s not get technical, it’s actually Coffee Amici. The girls go crazy for a strawberry smoothie or a chocolate crème smoothie accompanied with The Baking Company & Bread Kneads orange-cranberry muffin. At times we switch it up with a Jen’s Buggy Whip cinnamon roll or just a traditional bagel with butter. This is a good start to our weekend to discuss our plans. Will we be heading to a cousin’s, or our own, sporting event, a trip to the pool in the summer, or a stop at the public library? Very rarely is it a “let’s just stay at home and chill out” conversation. Sigh.
With warmer weather we’re typically on bikes, so a stop at the playground at Lincoln School is a must. At this point, it is lunch time and you can smell a Wilson’s hamburg in the distance. A single with, fries and a malt to dip the fries…you can’t go wrong.
These girls like to shop (I’m not sure where they get that from) and usually pull us into a local retailer. “The dress place” Trends where they admire the prom dresses displayed in the window, Shimmery Belle or “Jody’s shop” to look at the pretties satisfies the retail obsession.
We finally make it home for a few minutes of down time (and hopefully a shower for mom). Before long, the questions start rolling, “what are we going to do tonight?” Top choices are heading back downtown to “Ito’s” (Japan West) or heading slightly outside of downtown for “Tacos” (Oler’s Bar & Grill) If we can talk them into a night at home it’s easily a “Joey’s” order.
Are you exhausted just reading this??? I’ve just scratched the surface of the many wonderful options we have in and around Downtown Findlay. Step out of the box. Try a new workout, grab a coffee, shop, and dine your way into new spaces, you’ll love it and your kids (or grandkids!) will love it too. Trust me. #foreverfindlay