Clevelanders and Ohioians are very familiar with Smucker’s and all the quality products (like jellies and jams) that they produce and most could recite the company’s catch phrase, “With a name like Smucker’s, It has to be good.” What you may not know is that Smucker’s has a store and cafe in Orrville, Ohio that makes an excellent destination for a day trip.
Smucker’s Store and Cafe
It all began back in 1897 when Jerome Monroe Smucker pressed Ohio locally grown apples into cider and started producing apple butter, signing the lid of every crock of apple butter he made as his personal guarantee of its quality. Today the J.M. Smucker Company is known worldwide with facilities all over the United States and abroad. However, Orrville, Ohio remains the headquarters for the company which is under the management of 4th generation Smuckers.
Today you can visit the J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe in Orrville (opened in 1999) which showcases products and merchandise from the company’s family of brands. Recently expanded and renovated, the store (a classic timber frame barn structure) features items like fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, peanut butter, syrup, pancakes and baking ingredients. Visitors can sample products and recipe ideas.
Visitors will find a good selection of sugar free items and some unusual flavors of jams, jellies and fruit spreads (like guava).
Inside visitors can view Smucker’s Wall of Jam and the Strawberry Chandelier made from 1534 jelly jars. You can also walk through the on-site museum and learn about the company’s heritage and journey through its more than 100 years. The museum features displays, a timeline of the Smucker’s history and classic merchandise.
The Cafe offers items on its menu like pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven, a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich and sundaes with Smucker’s toppings.
The store also has a Gift Basket Department where you can purchase gift baskets with a wide array of Smucker’s products and brands that you can tailor to your own specification.
Hours for the Smucker’s Store and Cafe are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays. Smucker’s is located at 333 Wadsworth Rd. in Orrville (on Route 57, 1/4 mile north of Route 30). From Cleveland take I-71 South, then east on Route 76 and South on Route 57. It is approximately an hour drive from Cleveland. 330-684-1500.