Melissa Kossler Dutton

Visitors to downtown Powell can't miss the city's rich history.

Century-old buildings line the streets. Stately trees provide scenery and shade. But the city also has an energy that many attribute to the new families and business owners who have embraced the community and are eager for it to thrive.

"It's a young community," said Nancy Buckley, executive director of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce. "People are out and about."

Business owners and residents appreciate the town's origins and also find ways to keep things lively, added Megan Canavan, public information officer for the city that was originally settled in 1801.

"We do have a very vibrant community. We have a lot of young families that live here, but we have been able to maintain the history of where we've come from and our roots," she said.

Stacey Haney loves hosting tea parties for youngsters in the historic home where she has located her business, The Glass Slipper.

"For what we do, it's the perfect location," Haney said of the building that was constructed in 1910 and has beautiful wood floors and trim. "When you go to a tea party, that's how you envision it – in a Victorian house."

Many of the city's 100-year-old-plus buildings house boutiques, restaurants and antique stores.

Dog Wash Factory provides pampering for your pooch. Head to Smidge & Pinch: It's a unique outlet for party, baking and candy-making supplies. The mother and daughter owners routinely offer classes and special events. The store also will host your celebration in its party space. Nicole's for Children focuses on high-end clothing ranging from classic styles to fashion-forward looks. Cute as a Button offers great gifts and customer service. Whether you're shopping for a child, teen or adult, the staff will help you chose the right present.

Lattes & Lollipops caters to adults wanting a cup of joe, an Internet connection and a safe place for their little ones to play. The indoor play café also hosts events and birthday parties.

For more substantial eats, Easy Street Cafe offers a wide selection of salads and sandwiches. The restaurant also serves gyros and fresh baklava. Liberty Tavern prepares everything from American classics such as pot roast to clever twists on comfort food with items such as prime rib soft tacos.

Powell also has plenty of goodies to offer. Pink Moon Cupcake Bakery and Sweet Tooth Cottage are dedicated to using quality ingredients to create tasty baked goods. Pink Moon specializes in cupcakes while Sweet Tooth Cottage focuses on decorated sugar cookies. The city has several spots for ice cream, including Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Handel's Homemade Ice Cream &Yogurt.

While in Powell, kids might want to check out Recreations Outlet, a wood playset and trampoline retailer with an indoor play zone, Buckeye Bounce Club, which offers classes and parties on its large trampolines, and Adventure Park, home of the city's skate park and community pool. Neighboring Liberty Township's Liberty Park is also home to the Every Kid's Playground, the first universally accessible playground in Ohio.

And Powell recently welcomed an ingenious new family-focused business: Inventure! Kids' Science Lab. It's basically the funnest, most hands-on science class a kid could ever have with 2- to 3-hour sessions built around STEM projects. It's a must try!