The Day Tripper: Waynesville, Ohio

Small-town charm, antiques, and a few unexpected specialty shops make this Warren County community a sweet place to visit.
836
downtown Waynesville

Photograph by Devyn Glista


Dame & Dandy
In May, owner Valerie Wheeler consolidated three booths at Dayton’s Antiques Village—The Paris Apartment, Finders Keepers, and Gentlemen Prefer Junk—to open this casually funky shop with an unassuming facade. The core of her inventory is a curated mix of vintage clothing for men and women, collectibles, and furniture. In addition, there’s woven belt stools and chairs (and upcycled garments) from Jennifer Mullins of Bea Unique Designs, Blue Q’s conversation socks, and toiletry items from Grim Fairy Apothecary. facebook.com/dameanddandy

Dame & Dandy
Dame & Dandy

Photograph by Devyn Glista


Winsome Cottage
If your decor aesthetic marries elements of industrial farmhouse, Shabby Chic, and girly-girl froufrou, this is the spot for you. There are decorative items, like burlap pillows from Dayton-based Ink & Co. (rustic), laser-cut metal signs (industrial), and hanging lamps crafted from basic fixtures and crinolines (girly), as well as custom furniture pieces—hand-crafted farm tables with benches, storage units with barn door fronts, shiplap headboards, and more. Winsome Cottage is also a “stockist” for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint—and they have workshops so you can get hands-on with the decorating craze. winsomecottage.net


Village Salvage
A hardware store in its former life, this building was also home to The Little Red Shed Antiques Shop, but in March, Lauren Lepley opened a salvage lover’s dream. There are some new-old pieces on offer (light fixtures, custom pine barn doors that have never seen a barn), but most of the inventory consists of reclaimed trim, roofing slates, sign letters, doorknobs and rosettes, even a barrel of wooden barn pegs. Calling Barnwood Buildersfacebook.com/villagesalvage

Village Salvage
Village Salvage

Photograph by Devyn Glista


Cobblestone Village Café, Home Interiors, and Gifts
What looks like a rambling Victorian home with a giant wrap-around porch is actually a home decor superstore. Alongside gift items such as Milkhouse Creamery soy candles, co-owner Brenda Weber offers interior design services, and can source wool hooked rugs from Company C and quilts from C&F Enterprises. Hungry for more? The shop’s café has an extensive menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. cobblestonevillageandcafe.com

Cobblestone Village Café
Cobblestone Village Café

Photograph by Devyn Glista


More to Explore

Don’t miss the primitive antiques and reproduction kitchens at Olde Glory Antiques. Canada Goose Gallery carries the work of artist P. Buckley Moss. In the old Masonic Temple, Fabric Shack stocks bolt upon bolt of upholstery fabric, organized by color. The Tartan Turtle wasn’t open when we visited, but the windows revealed steampunk-y, boho-chic fashions. For good old-fashioned antiquing, Lilly’s Corner Mall and Waynesville Antique Mall are a good start. It’s an easy walk to more.


Don’t Miss

During the second full weekend of October, Waynesville plays host to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, which combines food booths (sauerkraut fudge! German sundaes!) with a 450-vendor juried art show. Come back in November for Hearth Warming Holidays, November 11–13, and kick off your season right, or really do it up at Christmas in the Village—the holiday tour of homes is December 3.

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