Why would anyone want to move to a small town? Here are 5 reasons you’ll want to move to a small town.
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Where is Amherst?
Amherst, Ohio is a small city located in Lorain County; a city in north eastern Ohio. Amherst has a population of a little over 12,000 and is dubbed the “Sandstone Center of the World”. You can see many large pieces of sandstone in the yard of many homes and in front of the local library. Just thirty minutes away from Cleveland, the nearest big city you can find even more fun for the entire family. If you’re planning a trip to Cleveland you’ll want to check out these kid friendly places to visit.
In 2014, the American sports comedy-drama “The Bronze” was filmed in Amherst Ohio. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2015 and released in March of 2016. The movie features many places such as Hastee Tastee, The Quarry Cafe, Park Lanes Bar & Grille, The Captain’s Club and the Cleveland Street cemetery.
5 things to consider when moving to Amherst
City life with a small town feel – Amherst is probably ones of the littlest “big” cities in the area. Unlike the surrounding cities, it boasts a smaller population but has a lot of amenities of “city life”. Local shops, restaurants, and major retailers are located within or just a few minutes from here.
A supportive community – Amherst is probably one of the only cities I know that are super supportive of small businesses and community development. Everyone is always willing to help others, even if it means going out of their way to do so. This willingness to help grows as the holiday and cold weather approaches.
Excellent real estate market – Homes in Amherst highly desired because of the small city vibe, growing population and an excellent school district.
Excellent rated school district – Amherst ranks in the top three of best school districts in Lorain County. Amherst Junior High School was recognized as the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. Amherst Exempted Village Schools rank high on state tests and with a college credit partnership with Lorain County College high school students can earn college credits while in high school. Steele High School ranks number one in Lorain County for the most awarded college credits through LCCC.
Literally in the middle of everywhere – Amherst is conveniently located less than 45 minutes from major cities such as Cleveland and Sandusky. With local turnpike and highway access means you can get to major cities quicker and easier.
Best places to visit in Amherst
While it’s still fresh in your mind, I am sure you’re wondering what does this great city has to offer? Amherst offers many small businesses located in the heart of the city; the downtown district where you can find lots of different shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Amherst offers many different bakeries within the city but two bakeries stand out from the rest. Kiedrowski’s Bakery is a Polish-American bakery that’s known for their famous Snoogle and Paczki. They offer a full line of Polish-American style baked goods such as donuts, pastries, cookies, and bread. They also make one of the best tasting cakes and cupcakes for all types of occasions. Kiedrowski was awarded Best Bakery in America by Baking Buyer Magazine in 2011. Check out their website for deliciously good treats you’ll want to gobble up.
The Hive Cake Studio is another delicious bakery you’ll want to check out. The Hive makes their cakes, cupcakes, and cookies by using the freshest ingredients from scratch. If you’re looking for a knock-your-socks-off kind of cake The Hive is THE place to order your cake for your next special event. See some of the beautiful work the queen bee and owner, Melissa bakes up.
After you’ve had your fill of all the delicious snacks and treats of some of Amherst’s best bakeries you’ll probably want to work off some of those excess calories by relaxing and unwinding your body at Unwind Yoga. Unwind Yoga is the ultimate place to get your body and mind the relaxation it deserves. Located in the historic downtown area Unwind offers a lot more than just yoga sessions, they want to you feel at ease and relaxed wither that means learning about essentials oils, how to detox your body or just getting a little me time Unwind Yoga if is the place to unwind.
After feeling relaxed you might want to refresh your look at one of the two salons downtown. Do or Dye Salon offer a wide variety of nail and hair care services such as coloring, cuts, and manicures. You’ll feel at home in their fun and warm environment with one of their 6 stylists and excellent reviews.
The Beaver Creek Reservation is on a scenic 65 acres of mature woodlands and floodplains with 1.4 miles paved loop-trail, a reservation shelter, a playground, soccer field and visitor’s center it’s a great place to spend time as a family and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Amherst also boasts its own movie theater and bowling alley for fun entertainment all year long. The Amherst Cinema offers major motion pictures movies at discount prices that won’t break your bank and stay right here at home.
After a fun night at the movies, why not hit some pins at Park Lanes Bar & Grille! Park Lanes is recently remodeled and offers fun for the entire family. They have both open bowling and league events and even birthday parties. Park Bar & Grille also offers a fun environment to just relax and have fun with your family and friends with live music, karaoke nights and other fun events during the year.
Downtown Amherst offers a wide variety of restaurants such as Ziggy’s Bar and Grille, The Brew Kettle, Hot Dog Heaven, Olde Town Pizza, Guisseppe’s Wine Cellar, D’Tutanelli’s Pizza, and Cole’s Public House. You can see The Quarry Cafe and Hastee Tastee in the movie “The Bronze”.
While you’re in the downtown area there are lots of places to shop from jewelry, vintage products, home decor, gifts, party supplies and candles. Some places are worth checking out are Vintage Wire & Supply, The Mermaid’s Tale, Sandstone Candle Works, ETC Boutique and Gifts, Polly’s Classic Touch Monogramming, and Vaughnteirors Shop & Gifts.
With lots of local businesses to support, a growing population and great schools it’s no wonder why Amherst is a great place to live. What reason would you consider moving to Amherst?