A highly specialized store on Delaware Avenue, Sun Stoppers sells the best selection of sunglasses on the island. Situated right next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill, Sun Stoppers is must stop while visiting Put-in-Bay.
The Sun Stoppers Story
Laura Utterberg, also known as “the Sunglass Lady,” runs Sun Stoppers. An expert at selling sunglasses, Laura has been in the business since 1986. While traveling throughout the country selling sunglasses at trade shows, she quickly learned the importance of sunglasses for those with an outdoor lifestyle.
Laura landed on Put-in-Bay soon after and immediately decided to set up camp. The friendly and inviting locals assisted her in getting her store off the ground. She now sells sunglasses with her partner, Anne Spettel, still in the “Sunglass Hut” original location. It’s the Sunglasses Ladies these days.
Visitors flock to their shop to get the personalized attention Sun Stoppers is famous for. Whether shoppers need protection for boating, biking, golfing, sunbathing, driving, or walking, the ladies have the right lenses for you. They specialize in polarized lenses, which remove the glare reflecting off the water. They definitely get a lot of use during summertime on Lake Erie!
Sun Stoppers Brands
• Maui Jim
• Costa Del Mar
• Chili Peppers
Water Activities on Put-in-Bay
Once you have purchased your new shades head back to the boat for a day spent in the sun. Eyes well protected of course. There are plenty of public and private docks located close to downtown. The Park Place Boathouse at the Boardwalk offers both an amazing location and exclusive benefits to members.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is located a short walk up Bayview Avenue. This long esteemed club is known for their dedication to all things boating. They hold regattas throughout the summer as well as activities and classes for young boaters. Their Friday Dinners are a favorite of members.
Public docks include those located at Oak State Park, the smallest state park in the parks system. DeRivera Park B Docks let you off close to the park. The docks include electricity and close proximity to the public bathrooms, showers, and lockers at the boathouse.
Available for both overnight and transient docking, the Village Docks A & C give safe harbor to boaters of all kinds. They are also located downtown.
Without a boat? There are plenty of options for the boatless. Head to South Bass Island State Park and rent one of the many crafts offered at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rental. They rent power boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. Paddleboards are an amazing way to see the island and they are a pretty good workout too!
Kayak the Bay offers a variety of kayaks as well as inspiring tours of the coastline and nearby islands. Try their popular Sunset Tour for a romantic trip around the island or opt for the popular Gibraltar Island Tour. This educational trip includes a walking tour on Gibraltar Island. This small island close to Put-in-Bay is home to Cooke Castle, Perry’s Lookout, and glacial grooves.