Shoppers find all they need in Richland County and its closely surrounding communities. Local grocers supply foods of all kinds and convenience stores are filled with the everyday necessities. The area also hosts appliance stores, book shops, antique stores, galleries, woodwork shops, clothiers and retailers offering landscape and gardening products for those with a green thumb.
Richland Center’s downtown serves as a hub of activity for the entire community. Well-preserved historic architecture adorns the exterior of many downtown buildings, while inside shoppers will find a mix of retail items, ranging from antiques and gifts to modern artwork and home décor.
When it comes to finding fresh produce, local shoppers have plenty to choose from, starting with the Richland Area Farmers Market (RAFM). Open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, late April/early May through October, shoppers peruse through locally grown produce, baked items, jellies and jams, eggs, meats and even plants, arts and crafts, jewelry and handmade gifts.
Fresh local produce and items are also found at Oakwood Fruit Farm. Open from mid-August until Christmas, the farm’s retail shop offers more than 20 apple varieties, pure golden honey, apple cider, jams and jellies, maple syrup, apple butter, homemade caramel apples and seasonal items including dried cranberries and Concord grapes.
When the holiday season falls upon us, families eagerly search for the perfect tree at Schaller’s Christmas Tree Farm. Located in Richland Center, the farm features a variety of trees, as well as wreaths and garland for that extra touch of decoration around the house.
Finding a good meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a cinch in Richland County. Casual family restaurants and cafes are mixed with fine dining establishments and fast-food diners – all together offering an eclectic array of menus and fine customer service. Diners nosh on everything from homemade pizza, fresh fish and prime steaks to tasty pub fare, deli subs and delicious baked goods from the local donut shop or area bakeries. Hungry patrons also delight in global cuisine at restaurants serving up Mexican, Chinese and Italian fare, and one can’t forget about dessert. Those with a sweet tooth enjoy ice cream creations, rich custard and plenty of other dessert items at many of the area’s dining spots.