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Sol's in Berlin

Local Amish Crafts and Community Fun

By Emily Roebuck • Amish Heartland Contributor Published: May 1, 2015 12:10 AM
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Sol’s In Berlin is a place that provides a space for local craftsmen and women to sell. There are plenty of local, Amish vendors selling leather belts, handmade brooms and whisk brooms, wooden toy chests, potting benches, baskets, rugs, noodles, jams and jellies.
The store is always bustling. This time of year brings in gardening enthusiasts browsing for vintage spoons with hand-stamped herbs, outdoor wooden décor and statuary. With everything on display there is plenty to get your imagination going and you can’t beat shopping to a Beatles tune or some Nat King Cole.
The 1950s music playing gets people 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. Our customers really enjoy that.”
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.
In business since 1993, Sol’s In Berlin was converted into a retail space from an old auto body shop. Sol’s Exchange building has been through one major remodeling since it’s opening. The remodeling doubled the amount of ground floor space and a loft was added. Spaces are filled with many unique and exciting crafts including home-made candles, dolls, and primitives. A main attraction of the Exchange store for food lovers is Boswell’s Beanery’s famous 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.
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. The gallery also features pictures, puzzles and journals. In the showroom, shoppers will find hand made educational wooden toys for young children. Another unique feature to the Kit-N-Kaboodle section is a booth full of NASCAR memorabilia, sports cards, and beanie babies. This store like all of the other Sol’s stores has something for everyone and provides you with the one stop shopping experience for which Sol’s is famous.
Now through October, Sol’s In Berlin has kettle corn being made on-site every weekend with buggy rides and Schloneger’s Home-made Ice Cream offering free samples to guests. Visitors come from all over the country, with many shoppers hailing from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Mansfield, Columbus and West Virginia.
Along with the Berlin Main Street Merchants and the Berlin Lions Club, Sol’s In Berlin will be participating in the Pet Parade and Art Festival in the Berlin Park on June 27th with events going on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a petting zoo at the park from Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery along with face painting and a stand selling homemade Amish noodles. There will be pet related promotions going on all over town. Anyone who brings their pet with them to Sol’s In Berlin will get a discount on their purchase that day.
Registration for the Pet Parade takes place the day of the event with a $5 donation made to walk in the parade, going to the Holmes County Humane Society. Sol’s has plenty of products for pet owners to explore including “pet diners” which provide a perfect place for your pooch to eat, with all different heights and dish sizes for different breeds. There are also hand-made dog treats and pet collar accessories. There will be contests during the day for biggest dog, smallest dog and an owner/dog look-a-like contest. Local veterinarians will judge the participants.
Coming up later this year, Sol’s In Berlin will celebrate 22 years with their anniversary sale event on Saturday, October 24th. There will be hot dogs, Christmas items and Fall décor items on sale, and over one hundred prize give-aways at the store. Customers will also get 10-15% off that day on purchases.
Regular hours at Sol’s In Berlin 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 call 330-893-3134 with any questions. Also check out their social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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