15 Reasons to Visit Covington
By Matt Bayman
COVINGTON - There are more than 15 reasons to visit Covington.
Along with historic charm and one-of-a-kind restaurants, the downtown has one of the most diverse selections of merchandise in the region. All within short walking distance of each other, shoppers can find everything from statues, jewelry and antiques to Army surplus and camping items, local sports apparel and vegetable starters, just to name a few. Throw in some historic landmarks, a museum and a visit to Greenville Falls and Stillwater Prairie Reserve, and visiting Covington can turn into a mini-vacation close to home. So, when you have a chance, listed below are 15 reasons, in no particular order, to visit Covington.
1. Treasures On High
Treasures On High is located inside two historic buildings on High Street. One of the buildings is known to have been home to bank robber John Dillinger and his girlfriend, and the legendary Mills Brothers once performed there. It also housed a car dealership and a Kroger grocery store. Today, Treasures On High features more than 1,000 pieces of statuary, from traditional angels, gnomes and garden planters to statues for veterans, pet lovers and more. They have snowmen, pumpkins and Big Foot statues, as well as eagle, horse and lion statues. And that's just scratching the surface. The shop also has a wide selection of antiques. Located at 12-16 N. High St. and open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (937) 570-0849.
2. Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area
Greenville Falls is part of the Miami County Park District - and certainly one of its gems. Located off of Rangeline Road - just a couple of minutes from downtown Covington - the park has a series of short hiking trails that lead to great views of the cascading falls, as well as along the river and past a number of historic relics from when an old electric mill stood on the property. Interpretive signs throughout the park help explain the history. There's also a natural rock arch on the north side of Greenville Creek. It is most visible in winter and early spring. Learn more about Greenville Falls HERE. (See Picture Below Right)
3. Covington Flea Market & Military Surplus
This shop is fun for the whole family! Along with rare collectibles, vintage signs and decorations, air conditioners, yard tools and furniture - several rooms contain camping tents, backpacks and military supplies and clothing, including brand-new boots, jackets and gear. Plus so much more. Located at 102 N. High St. and open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday. For more information and to see a list of products sold at the store, visit www.covingtonohiofleamarket.org. Call (937) 216-0829.
4. Buffalo Jacks
You will not find a more unique restaurant in Miami County, or, better yet, anywhere within 100 miles, than Buffalo Jacks. The restaurant and pub is housed in a beautiful historic building and is decorated with western themes, including a giant buffalo standing outside of the front entrance. The menu has traditional favorites, such as steak, ribs, chicken dinners, catfish and walleye, breakfast and famous buffalo wings, but it's the other side of the menu that opens some eyes. It features alligator, antelope, elk, buffalo, venison and wild boar. Try the Buffalo T-Bone or the Elk Chops. Located at 137 S. High St., Buffalo Jacks is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (937) 473-2524.
5. Sellman's Furniture
This spacious, yet quaint, furniture store attracts visitors from far and wide, both for its selection and shopping experience. Celebrating 85 years of business in both Piqua and Covington, Sellman's features furniture and accessories for living rooms, dining rooms, home entertainment and bedrooms, plus a variety of displays that feature decorating ideas and one-of-a-kind accents. There is a total of 30,000 square-feet of showroom space. For more information, visit www.sellmanfurniture.com.
6. Landis Jewelry & Collectibles
The full name of this gem of a shop is Mary & Bill Landis Jewelry & Collectibles. Mary herself will greet you at the door and can help you find something special and unique. She prides herself on having items that start as low as 50 cents, but also carries some of the finest, most unique antiques, jewelry and collector's items. Her jewelry collection has items from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. The store has lamps, crystal, home decor, small furniture, artwork, primitives and, as Mary calls them "unusual items." She also offers free watch repair! Mary and Bill have been in business in Covington for 45 years. Find them at 109 N. High St.
7. Fort Rowdy Museum
Covington has a rich history that dates back long before Ohio was a state. The Fort Rowdy Museum, located at 101 Spring St., is a place to discover this history. The building itself has a rich history, having served as a prison, a militia armory, the mayor's office and a fire department, not to mention as a school. Built in 1849 as a school house, the building now features displays on Covington and Newberry Township history, Civil War exhibits, early clothing and more. It is open 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and is free to visit.
8. Ye Olde Collectible Shoppe
This shop features four rooms of country store items, kitchen collectibles, auto collectibles, furniture, advertising memorabilia, tools and hardware and China and glassware. Shoppers can expect to find a great variety at affordable prices. The shop is located at 22 Wright St. and open noon-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
9. Siegel's Country Store
If you're looking to grow unique or traditional varieties of tomatoes and peppers, a springtime visit to Siegel's Country Store is a must. In May and early June, shoppers can choose from dozens upon dozens of different tomato starters and peppers. Located at 242 E. Broadway, the country store is also ideal for garden and home care shopping and they carry everything needed for the upcoming fair season, including show feeds and show supplies.
10. Stillwater Prairie Reserve & Maple Ridge
Located to the north of Covington on Route 185 are two more Miami County Park District gems - Stillwater Prairie Reserve and the lesser known Maple Ridge. Both have unique hiking opportunities. At both parks, hiking trails lead along the Stillwater River and past many geological features. Stillwater Prairie has a natural play area that kids love, as well as ponds to fish in. Maple Ridge keeps busy in the winter months with maple syrup making. Learn more about these two parks at www.miamicountyparks.com.
11. Cloud Nine Creations
Located at 27 N. High St., Cloud Nine Creations specializes in stained glass and mosaic art - both retail and custom work. They feature a number of artisans in the studio, including painters, woodworkers, jewelers, leathers and more. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
12. Sweet Treats
During a busy day of shopping and sightseeing in Covington, it's good to know the Sweet Treats ice cream truck will be open at the BP gas station at High and Broadway. They specialize in soft serve ice cream, but offer a variety of other cold treats and foods.
13. The Stitchery & More
Owned by the mother-and-daughter team of Gail Sindelir and Megan Sindelir-Boothe, The Stitchery & More specializes in custom embroidery and silk screening, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, uniforms, baby afghans and a variety of school and company apparel. Located at 20 N. High St., the duo pride themselves on offering a two-week turnaround on orders and more than 20 years of experience. The downtown shop, located at 20 N. High St., also has ready made apparel with local school sports teams.
14. The Ostrich and Frog
The Ostrich and Frog, an art studio located in downtown Covington, is a place where the spirit of creativity can be re-discovered through private and public painting parties and classes. It is located at 18 N. High St. and, in the fall and winter, hosts a variety of themed public painting parties for adults, children and teenagers. Themes include landscapes, animals, holidays and abstract art, to name a few. Keep an eye out for the fall schedule at www.theostrichandfrog.com.
15. Fort Rowdy Gathering
The Fort Rowdy Gathering will take place on Labor Day Weekend at Covington Community Park. The festival depicts a bustling, small trading village set in the late 1700s and early 1800s, complete with people dressed in period clothing and selling their wares, as well as food booths and live entertainment. Admission is free and the festival also features demonstrations, games, contests and more. Keep up to date on the festival at www.fortrowdy.org.
Chairs and tables arrive at the new public patio on High Street.
Some of the more than 1,000 statues found at Treasures on High.
A side view of Greenville Falls.
Gail Sindelir tests out a new design at The Stitchery & More.
A prairie scene at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, located just north of Covington.
Although I tried to visit as many stores and restaurants as possible, I did not get a chance to talk to everyone during my visits. So please don't forget to also check out:
Beachy's Antique Gallery
10 N. High St.
Open 6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Clark's Pizza House
24 N. High St.
Open 3-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 3-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Guadalajara's Mexican Restaurant
301 Troy Pike
Known for authentic Mexican cuisine and huge margaritas
Joanie's Floral Designs
111 N. High St.
Mr. Sew & Sew's
488 E. Broadawy St.
Pieces and Yarn
10 N. High St.
Y'All's Country Club Bar & Grill
196 N. High St.
Live music every Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight
And coming soon...
on Wright Street
Will feature vintage and antique dealers, consignment sales, estate liquidations, estate sale management and more.
If we missed anybody, please e-mail us at MyMiamiCounty@gmail.com and we'll add to the list.