BOARDMAN REIGNS SUPREME AS MAHONING VALLEY’S SHOPPING MECCA
Boardman Ohio – (Karen Kastner)
It is indeed that, but it is so much more to the community with its medical offices, parks and other recreational and arts related facilities, as well as its local churches and synagogue and nearby mosques.
When most county residents think of Boardman, many picture the Southern Park Mall, whose anchors are Macy’s, Dillard’s, J. C. Penney and Sears. The facility, which opened in 1970, is not only a shopping venue with more than 100 stores but an indoor pathway for area exercisers.
Boardman Park Boardman Ohio Picture – PHOTO CREDIT / KAREN S. KASTNER
U.S. Route 224 , where the mall is situated, also boasts two plazas—the Boardman Plaza (one of the country’s first plazas) whose anchors include Ollie’s, Michaels, Save A Lot and Goodwill, and the relatively new Shops at Boardman Park, where Kohl’s, Old Navy, Target and Barnes & Noble Booksellers are located. Other businesses and restaurants lining 224 are Chipotle, Giant Eagle and the Honda Store—and a plethora of others.
Another Boardman thoroughfare that runs perpendicular to U.S. 224, Market Street (also state Route 7), also boasts businesses of all kinds including the bulk of the car dealerships in Mahoning County. Restaurants of all stripe abound on Market, including the quaint Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery, and Sawa Steak House and Asuka Japanese Cuisine.
Lending themselves to the “small town” features of Boardman Township’s Market Street are businesses like The Lost Crate furniture and chalk paint store, Adamas Jewelry & Gifts, and The Children’s Loft.
In addition to numerous doctors’, dentists’ and specialists’ offices located in Boardman, major medical facilities include the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods on Southern Boulevard and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital on Market Street.
Originally a farming community specializing in grain crops and apple orchards, Boardman was the site of a railroad stop, Southern Park, which was a popular horse racing facility on Washington Boulevard. It is now an Ohio Historical Society location owned by the 227-acre Boardman Park. The immense, multi-faceted Mill Creek MetroPark (with numerous facilities including several golf courses) also abuts Boardman Township.
Southwoods—the former site of the now defunct Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company research and development team—contains a complex of offices and a full-sized theater. The Boardman Schools also has a performing arts facility built in 2000 on Glenwood Avenue near the high school, which used to be located on Market Street.
Tinseltown Boardman Ohio Picture – PHOTO CREDIT / KAREN S. KASTNER
Three movie theaters offer entertainment in Boardman—Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Cinema South 10 and Boardman Movies 8, which features bargain tickets and food. Nearby, Austintown also has a movie theater, and many beckon just over the Pennsylvania line, where Sharon, New Castle and Mercer offer numerous amenities.
In Youngstown, the seat of Mahoning County, there are Stambaugh Auditorium, home of Ballet Western Reserve; Powers Auditorium, home of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; the Covelli Center sports and concert venue; and the Oakland Center for the Arts, the Victorian Players and the longstanding Youngstown Playhouse, all of which host plays and other activities.
Also in Youngstown, many museums have enjoyed long histories. Youngstown State University and its McDonough Museum of Art and Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum are surrounded by the Arms Family Museum of Local History, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Ohio Historical Center of Industry and Labor, Children’s Museum of the Valley and the David Education and Recreation Center.