GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — There will be plenty of new things to see and do this summer at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Assistant Director Penny Everson said, “It’s going to be a very exciting season with so many new attractions in store,” she said. “We’ve been looking forward to the season opener since January.”
She said along with these new attractions on the strip there are a lot of new lodging places and at least half of them have become Bureau members.
One new business is Geneva-on-the-Lake Watersports, offering both jet ski and kayak rentals this summer. Owner Chris Paczak said, “Both Yamaha Waverunners and Sea Doo RXT high performance jet skis will be available. There will also be ocean kayaks available.”
Six ski doos and six kayaks are ready for the 2016 season, he said. Safety will be the priority. Guided shoreline tours will be available. Geneva-on-the-Lake Watersports is installing a special jet dock system at the Geneva State Park Marina to make jet ski mounting easier. The docks are located in the State Park Marina at 4599 Padanarum Road. Paczak owns the docking system and the Marina owns the docking slip. Geneva-on-the-Lake Watersports will open on Memorial Day weekend, with a soft opening on the first weekend of May.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Marge Millliken said reservations for the GOTL Watersports rental will only be available online or at the new “Wine and Bling” shop located right on the strip at 5463 Lake Road East.
“We’re really excited about these new additions and things to do,” Milliken said. “The strip has gone through a lot of changes over the last few decades and it continues to grow and change. People have already been calling to book cottages. There’s a lot of anticipation.”
The Wine and Bling Shop, at 5463 Lake Road E. is also new to the strip. Owner Sarah Blower said the shop will open on May 7 and have wine tastings, micro-brew beers, clothing from Vocal and Missme, wine glasses, jewelry, local beach glass jewelry, beer mugs and an eclectic variety of other things. Blower leases the space.
“I’m really excited about the store,” she said. “We have a lot of interesting things to offer.”
Another new addition to the strip is Isaac’s Crepes and Funnel Cakes at 5340 Lake Rd. E.. It ‘soft opens’ on Mother’s Day weekend and opens on Memorial Day. Shop owner Ann Bryan said she will be splitting work duties with her son Isaac Norchrop, an Ohio University student. They lease the building and own the equipment. Last year they ran Jim’s Donuts. Ann Bryan said she worked for Jim’s Donuts for many years as a teen.
“We’ll have more than crepes and funnel cakes,” she said. “Well have Jim’s Donuts style Bavarians, Walking Tacos, all kinds of things.”
Right next door at 5334 Lake Road E. is Pucker Up, the new candy shop. Nina Salerno and her husband Tony are the owners. She said it will have everything for candy lovers. She said the shop will also be sponsoring this year’s Kidz Krawl, with three other sponsors. It will be open on weekends starting this week until the official opening on Memorial Day.
“We’ll have all kinds of candies, including 22 varieties of jelly bellies, salt water taffy, fudge and even baked goods,” You won’t be able to miss the place, since we plan to put up a 15 ft. high lollipop tree.”
Not far down the strip to the east at 5343 Lake Road E. is the Geneva-on-the-Lake Brewing Company. Owner Tim Allen spent all of last year completely remodeling and refurbishing the inside. He said the bar will re-open by May 6. He owns the bar.
“We’re hoping to have our own micro-brewed beers by Memorial Day,” he said. “We’ll have a pale ale, a wheat beer and our own chocolate banana stout.”
Another new business this year offering sport fishing charters is DB Marine and Outdoor Sports, operated by Captain John Gribble. It will open on Memorial Day.