Prioritize Your Visit to Put-in-Bay

A visit to Put-in-Bay opens a wide array of sightseeing, dining, and entertainment options.  From the South Bass Island Lighthouse to Scheef East Point Nature Reserve, from Perry’s Monument to Stone Lab Aquatics Center, and from DeRivera Park to the Village dining and shopping, there is no shortage of good times.  However, certain places stand out as must-visit priorities.  In the coming weeks, PiBDaily™ will share our take on The Best of Put-in-BayClick images to enlarge!

For Memorial Day Weekend we’ve chosen to highlight the following locales.  Each offers a unique and rewarding experience which earns its place on your priority list.  Let’s dive in!

The Boardwalk Family of Restaurants presents incredible choices for good food, excellent drinks, and great atmosphere.  Visit The Boardwalk Upper Deck for superb seafood and the best waterfront view!

Prefer a Key West lifestyle, then relish the outdoor setting right by Park Place Boat Club at The Keys.  This is the spot for tasty and refreshing beverages.  If you’re looking for the old world flair, don’t miss Hooligans Irish Pub.

Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is the spot for good ol’ family fun.  You’ll want to explore the cave, try your skill in the maze, or compete in a friendly round of miniature golf.  And for a real treat, check out the famous Butterfly House!

Put-in-Bay Shopping a Trifecta at Island Hardware

The Shops at Compass Pointe fulfill high expectations!

Island Hardware & Market, Home Port gifts and accessories, and “little shops” with resort wear, jewelry, and distinctive gifts combine to deliver a convenient, well-stocked, and satisfying shopping experience at Put-in-Island HardwareBay.

Put in Bay Hardware

Cooper Brothers: “We’ve got color!”

The Hardware Store offers two floors packed with paint, electrical supplies, batteries, plumbing materials, as well as automotive and marine products.  Need some help with a DIY project?  The resourceful staff will assist you!  The “little shops,” present fashion jewelry, summer tops, fishing shirts, nautical decor, and wall art.

Last, but not least, the newly arrived Market department has a healthy variety of grocery items:  fresh fruits, bread, dairy products, frozen foods, and personal household items.

Do yourself a favor and shop at Compass Pointe!


Grocery Options Improve at Put-in-Bay Retailers

Whether “green” makes you think of cash, vegetables, or the environment, it is certain each of these elements pertains to local grocery shopping on South Bass Island.  Change is a constant at Put-in-Bay, but options for convenient access to fresh and frozen food, personal care products, cosmetics, and sundries increase almost daily at three island businesses catering to community necessities:  The Island General Store, the Island Hardware and Market, and the Pit Stop all seek to provide consumers with unique access to retail food and non-food products.

PiBDaily™ recently visited each purveyor to determine the extent of their offerings and to showcase the extensive item availability.  While commonality exists in the three venues, each presents a distinct purchasing avenue for customers.  Island General Store remains the traditional grocery market with aisles dedicated to product categories.  Not sure what you need, but want the alpha to omega, go there!  Newly dedicated Island Hardware and Market offers a fresh look with standard and eclectic items.  You know which basics you want and you wouldn’t mind adding a few tantalizing specialties?  Visit the Market!  The Pit Stop continues in the norm established by its name:  drop in for a quick pick-me-up or gather a few necessities for lunch or dinner.  There’s plenty to choose from, whether it’s fuel stabilizer, cappucino, cash from an ATM, or Jello!

The images which follow, grouped by individual business, represent the order in which PiBDaily™ visited and does not portray any shopping preference.  Each locale does a splendid job for the island community.  We remain thankful for the dedicated energy and positive outlook which shape the efforts to provide exceptional service!


$2.2M Go to Northwest Ohio Airports from Infrastructure Bill

Put in BayPut-in-Bay –  Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $2,241,440 in funding from the Airport Infrastructure Grants program to six Northwest Ohio airports. The funding is being made available as a result of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November. Rep. Kaptur and House Democrats strongly supported the bill, while 94 percent of House Republicans opposed it.

The funding from the Airport Infrastructure Grants program will allow Northwest Ohio airports to address a wide array of short and long-term infrastructure needs – including improvements to runways, taxiways, terminals, and airport-transit connections, as well as new safety and sustainability projects.

“President Biden’s jobs and infrastructure bill is already delivering for Northwest Ohio,” said Rep. Kaptur. “By investing in our airports, we are laying a strong foundation for our region’s economic growth.”
Breakdown of Airport Infrastructure Grants program funding for Northwest Ohio:

• Toledo Express Airport: $1,506,440
• Erie-Ottawa International Airport: $295,000
• Put-in-Bay Airport: $110,000
• Middle Bass Island Airport: $110,000
• North Bass Island Airport: $110,000
• Kelleys Island Land Field Airport: $110,000

Put-in-Bay General Store to Suspend Service

grocery store at Put in BayPut-in-Bay General Store released the following announcement this afternoon.

For the winter of 2021-2022, the Island General Store will close temporarily on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2021.
Beforehand, the store will place many perishable items on sale until supplies last. This will be a great opportunity to stock your pantries and cupboards for the winter at discounted prices. The store will resume business as normal in the spring once the ferries are running. Please our Facebook page for updates at that time.
We thank you for shopping with us all these years and we look forward to opening our doors in the spring!
Our hours until Christmas are as follows:
Mon-sat 10-4
Sundays 10-3
*Closed on thanksgiving*