This formerly quiet rural community in southern Delaware county is one of the fastest-growing corners of the region. But Powell hasn't lost its small-town charm. The quaint old village center is a great place for a relaxed afternoon of sipping, eating and shopping.

This formerly quiet rural community in southern Delaware county is one of the fastest-growing corners of the region. But Powell hasn't lost its small-town charm. The quaint old village center is a great place for a relaxed afternoon of sipping, eating and shopping.

Drink up:

Liberty Tavern

50 S. Liberty St., Powell

614-825-0500

libertytavernpowell.com

This place takes freedom seriously, with daily specials on Sam Adams and their own Patriot Ale. And don't miss the Yankee Pot Roast sandwich, a meaty tribute to everything we love about this country. The bar area is a lot of fun on weekends thanks to the high-energy bartenders, or grab a seat on the large patio for a sunny view of Powell's main drag.

Hear music:

Espresso Yourself Music Cafe

50 W. Olentangy St., Powell

614-436-7100

espressoyourselfmusiccafe.com

Housed in a former church, this coffee shop-slash-live music venue is just like Powell: a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll. The music slate ranges from acoustic singer-songwriters (including open stages) to jazz to full rock bands, with an emphasis on local talent. Espresso Yourself also serves deli sandwiches, salads and pastries.

Go shop:

Powell Liberty Antique Mall

22 N. Liberty St., Powell

614-885-5588

There are lots of great boutiques in Powell - you can easily spend an entire afternoon wandering up and down Olentangy Street - but the best place for hours of shopping under one roof is the Powell Liberty Antique Mall. The area's oldest antique shop is a maze of hallways and rooms stuffed with furniture and collectibles. Even if you don't find what you're looking for, you'll have fun getting lost trying.