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Monday, August 25 2014 09:00

The Great American Road Trip: The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe

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Regular readers of THE ROCK FATHER know that I'm a big fan of The J.M Smucker Company. Smucker's is an American tradition, so when I had a chance to visit their headquarters in Orrville, Ohio last Fall for their Holiday Traditions gathering, I jumped at it. While I had a great time and learned a lot (want a killer Brussels Sprouts recipe?), I couldn't help thinking that my family would like to visit there as well, so on our first-ever Great American Road Trip series, I took my wife and daughters to The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe for a late lunch and a little bit of shopping as we made our way back to Illinois last month.

Located just down the road from Smucker's HQ, the store and cafe is an adorable shop filled with items from the entire Smucker's family of brands, including Pillsbury, Folgers, Jif, Dunkin' Donuts, Crisco, Hungry Jack, Santa Cruz Organic and more. When I was out there the first time, I got my picture taken alongside Richard Smucker as we stood in front of a six-foot statue of the Pillsbury Doughboy - a statue my little ones have asked me about ever since. Seeing the statue for themselves, they found him irresistible, along with the rest of the store, which they were so excited to see since they knew if "from Daddy's pictures."

Smucker's

A big draw for Little Finley was the Smucker's Jelly Wall, which is such a glorious display of color that she wanted to climb it. The kids roamed the store, did a little chalkboard art in the kids corner, and my wife and I picked up some goodies to enjoy after we arrived back home. 

After a simple meal of a peanut butter sandwich and a side of apple sauce, we all shared a little dessert and hit the road for the 7-8 hour-ish drive back to Rock Father HQ.

Smucker's

Overall, if you're passing through Ohio, a stop at The J.M Smucker company Store & Cafe should be on your to-do list. It's a welcoming a homey spot that's certainly worth checking out.

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To plan your own visit, check out the official website for The J.M Smucker Company Store & Cafe.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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