Berlin, OH - Events of Friday, August 15, 2014
Margery has a friend from college who lives a couple of hours from Berlin, and they have stayed in touch off and on over the years. Last year, Margery's friend Marilyn and her friend Larry drove all the way to Walnut Creek to meet us for lupper at Der Dutchman.
This year, we offered to meet them somewhere in between. Hartville, which is near the Akron/Canton area, is just about half way, so we suggested Hartville Kitchen. Hartville Kitchen happens to be right next door to the enormous Hartville Hardware, so we left the motor home early so Paul could spend some time browsing the store while Margery sat in the car and read.
Hartville Hardware has just about every hand and power tool you can imagine. Although we don't have anywhere to store any more tools, let alone large power tools, Paul headed there first.
There were sanders, planers, chop saws, table saws, jointers, hand drills, drill presses, compressors, and more hand tools than you can shake a stick at - Paul was in heaven.
After drooling over the tools, Paul began to wander around the rest of the store. There is a full-sized house right in the middle of the store. It has rooms filled with all kinds of decorating ideas from the kitchen to the patio.
Behind the house is another row of rooms consisting mostly of kitchens with even more ideas. They displayed different countertops, cabinets and appliances.
The hardware also has a huge garden/patio shop, a clothing department (mostly work clothes), an automotive department and a pet/livestock department. That's in addition to all the usual nuts and bolts, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, paint and flooring. Oh, yeah. There's a downstairs where doors and windows are displayed.
After spending over an hour looking around, Paul headed back to the car. We then head next door Hartville Kitchen to meet Marilyn and Larry.
We met Marilyn and Larry at 1:00 hoping the lunch rush would be over; but when we got inside, there was a still a line waiting to get seated. Oh well, that gave us time to start catching up while we waited. Also while waiting in line, we got to enjoy the many 3-dimensional rural scenes that decorate the lobby.
It took about 20 minutes for us to be seated, and it took us another 20 minutes to study the extensive menu and decide what we wanted. There was also a far amount of yackety-yack in between.
Larry got a delicious-looking summer salad of romaine and iceberg lettuce that was covered with fresh strawberries, pineapples and mandarin oranges. Marilyn had chicken salad on a bed of lettuce, and we both had hot roast beef sandwiches. Paul had his with the traditional mashed potatoes and gravy while Margery substituted onion rings. The food was delish, but Paul thought the roast beef wasn't quite as good as Der Dutchman.
Fortunately, by the time we were finished eating, the line of people waiting for tables had disappeared so we were able to stay and continue to chat. It's always good seeing old friends. After our late lunch, we headed back to the motor home for an evening of relaxation.