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Handmade Heaven At Sol's in Berlin

Story & photos by Emily Rumes | Amish Heartland Writer Published: March 1, 2017 12:00 AM
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When the rainy spring days start to come, and you feel like taking a walk and being inspired, one of the best places to be is Sol's in Berlin. The store is expansive, yet somehow cozy at the same time, taking up an entire plaza with multiple floors. You will feel like you got a good day's walk in if you are up for exploring every corner. By the time you head out the door with your treasures in hand, you will feel refreshed and rewarded with a basket full of beautiful, handmade items.

Sol's In Berlin is a place brought to life through the local craftsmen and women. It is a well-known destination for shoppers looking for authentic Amish products, made by local Amish vendors. Their Amish goods include leather belts, handmade brooms and whisk brooms, wooden toy chests, potting benches, baskets, rugs, noodles, jams, jellies and much more.

The store is a magnet, drawing in many repeat customers to the area. This time of year brings in gardening enthusiasts, browsing for outdoor wooden dcor, statuary and vintage pieces to add character to their home landscape or front porch.

1950s music playing gets shoppers moving their heads and singing along. "We like that we can see people having fun while they're here," said store manager, Jamie Swartzentruber. "We're a very fun, family oriented place. It's all about our crafters and the things they make."

The entire plaza at Sol's is made up of three stores: Sol's Palace, Sol's Exchange and Sol's Kit-N-Kaboodle. The name of the business comes from a man named Sol Hostetler, Jamie's great-grandfather, a very humble person who had been a carpenter in the area for many years and was well-known in the community. Their location is also a great meeting point for local tourists since it is within walking distance to many other craft stores, quilt shops, furniture stores, area lodging and restaurants located in Berlin.

"Our family has enjoyed seeing the community grow over the years," added Jamie. "Mom and dad (Junior and Susie Stutzman) still actively own and operate the business, and we are proud to have so many items that are made right here in Holmes County."

The Exchange store boasts the famous Boswell's Beanery products, which include pretzel dips, sauces, cheesecake mixes, dressings, BBQ rubs, and salsas, nearly all of which are sampled out daily. Also carried among the snack and food items are a large array of candy, nuts, fudge, and pure maple syrup. Food lovers will also enjoy locally made chocolates and honey for sale.

The Kit-N-Kaboodle store features a large inspirational showroom of P. Graham Dunn products. There is everything from large laser engraved plaques of The Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments, to smaller plaques of favorite Bible verses and hymns. These items make great gifts for a wedding, housewarming, graduation or birthday. The gallery also features pictures, puzzles and journals. In the showroom, shoppers will find handmade educational wooden toys for young children from Melissa and Doug. Another unique feature to the Kit-N-Kaboodle section is a booth full of NASCAR memorabilia, sports cards, and beanie babies.

Berlin Barnstorming days are just around the corner on April 29th and the store will have specials throughout the event. They will also be open on Good Friday and their summer hours will begin on June 1st when they will stay open a little later in the day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Another event to look forward to in June is the second annual Amish Craft Show which will be outside in the plaza at Sol's. The goal will be to highlight the Amish Crafted goods from the surrounding area. There will be crafters from all over Ohio and across the United States. To stay up to date on the craft show you can follow the event on the store's social media and use resources like Trip Advisor to plan your stay and get recommendations on what to do while visiting Berlin.

Regular hours right now are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available online at SolsInBerlin.com. They are located at 4914 West Main Street in Berlin (Millersburg) Ohio. You can find special hours on their website or reach them by phone at 330-893-3134. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

They staff is happy to help. If for some reason you aren't able make it in to the store, they will assist you over the phone and be your personal shopper. While they are not able to ship significantly larger items, they are able to send many products directly to your home. They hope to see you soon, whether it's for the first or the fiftieth time. There are always new, handmade items to discover with each visit, and you won't walk away with an empty tummy, or go home empty handed.

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