Plain City, Ohio is always an interesting place for me to visit and yesterday we passed through there on the way to visit my sister-in-law. Located just outside Columbus, Ohio the town has a storied plain past. A large, thriving Amish settlement used to populate the area. And even though the last Amish families (I think a few Amish widows still live in the area today) decamped for elsewhere in the 1970s, there are still plenty of Yoders, Troyers, and Schrocks around to give the town a very Amish flair.
The centerpiece of the town's Amish ambiance is the sprawling Der Dutchman and Carlisle Gift Shop complex on US 42. On a whim yesterday since we were passing through I darted into the gift shop to see if they had a copy of one of my books. I almost got lost among the two floors of hand-made doilies, wood crafts, and cookbooks. And after passing several book racks where I didn't see any of my titles I almost gave up. But as I was headed out the door, right in the lobby, I spied my Williams Guide to Amish Country. Awesome!:) Has anyone seen it elsewhere in a store? So if you are in the Columbus, Ohio area and want to get your hands on Williams Guide I can vouch for as of yesterday there being copies at Der Dutchman!
The stretch along US 42 west of Columbus used to feature at least three Amish-style restaurants and some Amish-owned businesses. Today the only restaurant that remains is the non-Amish owned Der Dutchman, but they feature a menu that pays homage to the area's past.