Jackson County is a melting pot, overflowing with a variety of recreational and shopping opportunities. Whether you’re into theater, music, outdoor ventures or browsing through boutiques and retail shopping centers, Jackson is sure to have just the thing for you!


The Markay Cultural Arts Center is a newly-renovated 1930’s Art Deco movie house: home to a gallery and 280-seat theater. You will find a continuous selection of musical acts, puppet shows and plays at The Markay, located at 269 East Main Street in Jackson. The gallery hosts multiple visual arts exhibitions annually – each opening with a “Meet the Artist” Reception. Regular Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from Noon to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. The Walnut Hills Neighborhood Box Office is open Wednesdays through Fridays, Noon until 5 p.m. and on weekends prior to showtime. Tickets can be purchased online at www.markaytickets.org or by calling 740-577-3841. The Markay is home to the D. M. Davis Male Voice Choir and a Writers’ Guild meets the 4th Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Additional Southern Ohio Arts Council offerings include the Foothills Art Festival, held each October at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, just west of Jackson, off U.S. Route 35. Visual arts, live music, and youth art activities are featured. Youth are also invited to 3 weeks of free classes in Jackson, Oak Hill, and Wellston in July.


Film buffs can catch the latest feature films at Tri City Theatre, Southeastern Ohio’s first theatre to feature all-digital projection and sound, including Dolby Digital 3D. Friendly staff and comfortable seating, featuring high-back full rocker seats with movable cup holders armrests, sets us apart from the rest. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit http://tricitytheatre.com

At Weber Farms, located at 914 Weber Road outside of Jackson, you can find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, safe trick or treating, hayrides. Weber is the perfect place for some family-friendly Halloween fun.


The Tea Caddy, located beside the Markay Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Jackson, is a tea shop specializing in natural, organic, herbal, white, green, oolong and black loose leaf teas. Teaware, silverware, jewelry, pottery, handmade soaps, candles and more are available. The Tea Caddy is also available for to rent for children’s’ parties.


Off the main highways, down a few backroads, and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the Four Mile Bakery and General Store is a great secret nestled away in the woods of rural southern Ohio. Located at 6005 Four Mile Road, the bakery features some of the largest glazed donuts you may have ever seen!  The General Store also features Amish pies, fresh-baked bread, hand-dipped ice cream, meats and cheeses, and serves pulled pork and chicken sandwiches. Call ahead as the store has limited hours 740-286-4950.

Downtown Jackson features sidewalks and period lighting along the two major streets in the downtown business district. The historic downtown area continues to house retail businesses that specialize in many areas, such as music, sporting goods, jewelry, flowers, prom and wedding attire, hair and nail services and everyday necessities like pharmaceutical needs, business products and dining. AL Terry Jewelers continues a tradition that began in the same location in 1874, offering engagement rings, wedding bands and much more. Andrea’s Prom & Bridal offers wedding dresses, tuxedo rental, prom, pageant and bridesmaid dresses and dresses for the mother of the bride. Andrea’s is also a Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Locally owned Sport About of Jackson and The Trend Blend offer sporting goods and clothing. Hummingbird Music sells all types of musical equipment, sheet music and also offers lessons. Elizabeth’s Flowers and Gifts, Jackson Fabric & Sewing Center round out the downtown shopping experience.

The Jackson Square Shopping Center on Main Street in Jackson is anchored by a Kroger grocery store, Peebles Department Store, Anytime Fitness and Big Lots. The Evans Center on Main Street houses Nana’s House Gifts and Kelly D’s Closet. Visit Guhl’s Country Store and Tractor Supply as you venture down Main Street toward Route 35.

The newly opened McCarty Crossing on Main Street houses Hibbet Sports,  Dollar Tree, Jackson Wireless (an AT&T Authorized Reseller), GNCGame Stop, and Jackson Flowers & Gifts.The Jackson Wal-Mart Super Center draws visitors from surrounding counties as well as local shoppers. Across the road from WalMart is the Shoe Department, featuring shoes for the entire family and Cato, a women’s clothing store.