Wandering is the new exploring. To wander is to allow a place to happen to you –inviting the sidewalk to speak. To wander is to observe and absorb.

Westfield’s downtown is a wander-worthy place. In recent years, the once sleepy intersection of Main and Union Street is now a lively cross section of things to do.

As you plan a wander through Westfield, consider these five stops for slots on your itinerary.

 JPEG Wandering Peacock

The Wandering Peacock
141 S. Union St.

Inside Westfield’s whimsical art studio and gallery, people can take a “spin” on the pottery wheel. Owner Erin O’Rear is the expert potter-in-residence and offers one-on-one, hourlong classes for children ages eight and above interested in learning the basics of working with clay.

 Grand Junction

Grand Junction Brewing Company
110 S. Union St.

For the best fish and chips in Hamilton County and a local craft beer to wash it down, head to Grand Junction, right across from The Wandering Peacock. The recipe originates from owner John Knight’s grandparents’ fish and chips shop in England. In fact, it's served with traditional mushy peas, pickled onion, tartar sauce, malt vinegar and a lemon wedge, just like from across the pond! Pair with the Squirrel Stampede Nut Brown Ale and be sure to ask how the brew got its name.

 Board and Brush

Board and Brush 
100 N. Union St.

Unlike typical wine and painting studios, Board and Brush allows crafters to create their own canvas using woodworking techniques. Once the rustic backdrop is complete, personalize your board with the colors and lettering of your choosing

 Bash Boutique

Bash Boutique
149 N. Walnut St.

Get a head start on fall shopping at Bash. Bash Boutique’s second location (the original is in Wabash) offers Good Works jewelry, which donates 25 percent of net proceeds to help build solar panels and clean water systems in 12 rural areas, fund a playground for 107 orphans and provide 50,000 meals to the homeless.

 Rail Epicurean

“Restaurant Row”
Park St.

Wander south on Union Street and make a right on Park Street for some of the best new cuisine Westfield has to offer. Rail Epicurean Market offers local artisanal goods like B. Happy Peanut Butter and Joy Chai as well as gourmet lunch and dinner. Greek’s Pizzeria is also a local favorite as is the Italian House for tangy tomato sauce and abundant mozzarella on pasta and pizza. The eating is good on Park!

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