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Welcome Doors are appearing around Ottawa County

The Welcome Doors are beginning to appear around Ottawa County. The Doors, a project of the 2013 Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) class, modeled on the urban fairies project of Ann Arbor, MI, is designed to encourage travel and exploration throughout our region and encourage children of all ages to discover new points of interest and businesses in Ottawa County.

LOC is partnering with the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau and area Chambers of Commerce to promote this inexpensive and whimsical way to enhance and encourage Ottawa County’s reputation as an interesting and unique place to visit or live.

As of April 20, thirty-nine Ottawa County businesses and organizations have signed up to install Welcome Doors, and one in Vermilion. A flyer with a map locating all participating businesses and organizations will be available in May, along with a website and social media campaign. 

Businesses and organizations are participating by simply installing a Welcome Door. The LOC is asking participating sites for a contribution of $25 for registering their location and to help offset costs. Businesses may also choose to incorporate their Welcome Doors in incentive or coupon offers. 

To register or with any questions, contact Lisa Dewey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for registration for businesses to be included in the map is April 30. 


  • Harris Elmore Public Library
  • Red, White & Brew
  • Schedel Arboretum


  • *Genoa Branch Library
  • Genoa Custom Interiors
  • Packer Creek Pottery


  • Lakeside Chautauqua


  • *Ex Libris
  • Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
  • Marblehead Galley and Freighters Lounge
  • Mutach’s Market
  • PC Antiques
  • Village Pro Hardware

Oak Harbor

  • Fine Arts Creations Studio
  • Friends of Magee Marsh
  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Primitive Cupboard

Port Clinton

  • Bassett’s Market
  • Crosswinds Restaurant
  • Erie Cottage Trading Company
  • Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home
  • Ida Rupp Public Library
  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands
  • Mary’s Blossom Shop
  • McCarthy’s Pub
  • Money Concepts Financial Planning, Sutton Center
  • Newport Dry Goods
  • No Limits Salon
  • O’ Isabel's
  • Ottawa County CASA, Sutton Center
  • *Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Sutton Center
  • Our Sunset Place
  • Partners in Craft, 3611 W Harbor Rd., west of PC 
  • Perfect Color and Tan
  • Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • *Port Clinton Arts, Gifts and Furnishings, Keith Fleming
  • Sassy Sal Charters
  • Schwan Orchards
  • *United Way of Ottawa County, Sutton Center


  • Anna’s Gardens
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