Kroger Marketplace remodeled


By Gary Budzak -

The exterior of the Kroger Marketplace in Lewis Center. Note the office windows on the second story.

The exterior of the Kroger Marketplace in Lewis Center. Note the office windows on the second story.

Westerville-based Kroger recently showcased a $3.8 million renovation of its Lewis Center Marketplace on Nov. 1, and the bigwigs mingled with shoppers.

The store had remained open during the remodel, but now has a “Gathering Area” bistro, sushi, Starbucks and a wine bar near the front. There’s also an updated apparel department, better lighting in the health and beauty department, and an expanded selection of fruit and vegetables in enclosed glass cases.

“We listened to customer comments and tried to provide the products and services shoppers desire in an updated environment with new decor,” said store leader Brenda Young in a news release. “We believe shoppers will find the remodeled Marketplace an attractive and convenient one-stop shopping destination.”

For more information, call 740-888-1270.

Holiday Craft Bazaar

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9633 East State Route 37, Sunbury, will hold its annual holiday craft bazaar is held the second Saturday in November. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11, 2017. The bazaar is the major fundraiser for the women’s club and showcases a wide assortment of handmade Christmas craft items as well as delicious baked goods and a variety of food items. There are many baskets to raffle. Tables are available for rent for vendors of handmade items (food vendors are not allowed). The women’s club is always looking for help in preparing for the bazaar.

For more information, phone 740-965-1358.

We’re happy to mention any other upcoming craft shows — send the details to Thanks!

Fundraising update

Caleb Cagle with BWHS student council was kind enough to give us an update on what they have been up to.

“We recently raised $8,075.09 to help those in need after the hurricanes,” Cagle said in an email. “We also will have a canned food drive coming up in November. All the food donated will be given to Big Walnut Friends Who Share.”

If you can, try to help out these fine students.

Westerville Construction Updates

Final paving operations continue this week along Sunbury Road, between County Line and Maxtown Roads. There’s still orange cones blocking use of a lane, but things are almost done. If you live in the area, you’re probably relieved. Please expect delays and use caution in the area.

In addition, paving and final striping was done West County Line Road.

Cleveland Avenue/Schrock Road Improvements

The City of Westerville said, “Construction to improve traffic flow and safety near Cleveland Avenue and Schrock Road is underway. Please anticipate single-lane closures along southbound Cleveland Avenue and westbound Schrock Road between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.”

Preservation Parks briefs

• Thursday, November 9, 10 a.m. Preschool Farm Friends: Scavenger Hunt.

Follow the clues and find the tools that make jobs on the farm easier. Find all the items on your list and you can earn a prize. Free, ages 4-5 with an adult. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware.

• Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. Identification of Ohio Native Plants.

Join plant expert Jennifer Windus and learn how to identify native and invasive plants found in Ohio. Presented by Wild Ones Columbus. Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center. Ages 16+.

• Monday, November 13, 10 a.m. Story Time in the Park.

Join us as we read “The Mixed Up Chameleon,” take part in an activity or craft, and enjoy a short nature walk afterward. Ages 0-3, must be accompanied by an adult. In partnership with the Delaware County Library. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware.

• Monday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. Delaware County Bird Club: California Road Trip.

Richard Bradley, associate Professor Emeritus OSU, went on a birding trip through California, Oregon, and Washington. Join us as he recounts the incredible birds and breathtaking scenery he encountered. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware. All ages.

Those with questions may call 740-524-8600, or email

Castle Arts Affair returns

The Arts Castle’s annual Castle Arts Affair is scheduled for Nov. 3-12. The expanded schedule allows for more time for shoppers to buy local holiday-themed arts and crafts. The show and sale will be open daily with artist demonstrations on selected days. The schedule is available at

The Castle is at 190 W Winter St, Delaware, OH. For more information, phone 740-369-2787.

4 Wheel Parts opens

A store called 4 Wheel Parts recently opened at 4242 W. Broad St. Columbus. Their showroom has all the latest gear, parts and accessories for your truck, Jeep or 4×4.

“For over 50 Years, 4 Wheel Parts has been building the coolest trucks and Jeeps on the planet while becoming the leader in off-road performance parts and accessories,” the company says. “What started with a catalog on a kitchen table has grown to become the nation’s largest off-road superstore.”

For more information, phone 614-914-4553.

Ham store to open

A HoneyBaked Ham store will open Nov. 11 in Grove City at 1578 Stringtown Road.

Craft Fest

2nd annual Craft Fest-Delaware will take place Sunday, November 19 from 10 a.m-4 p.m. in the Delaware County Fairgrounds Merchant Building. Free admission, but accepting food donations for People In Need. Hosted by Lanny’s Crafts and Canvas Creations For You.

The exterior of the Kroger Marketplace in Lewis Center. Note the office windows on the second story. exterior of the Kroger Marketplace in Lewis Center. Note the office windows on the second story.

By Gary Budzak

Gary Budzak can be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak

Gary Budzak can be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak