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November
12

18 Things to Do On a Cold Day in Columbus

Winter is coming and it's bringing plenty of frigid days to Columbus! Instead of snuggling up in front of the fireplace—we encourage you to get out and explore our amazing community this season.

We've curated a list of the best things to do on a cold day in the Columbus area. Whether you're looking to spend the day outside in the snow or cozied up inside learning a new skill—we've got a little something for everyone on our list. Stay warm!

 

Get Wild at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Escape the cold with the help of some furry (and some not-so-furry) friends at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! With over 580 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, your kids will have a hard time running out of things to do. See animals from all over the world up close, spin around on the carousel, experience the 4-D Theater, or have a blast at one of their many events. Admission is just $21.99 for individuals ages 10-59, $16.99 for kids ages 3-9, $16.99 for guests 60 years and older, and free for kids 2 and under. Residents of Franklin County receive discounts off admission. And don't forget to stop by the Congo River Market Food Court to fuel up during your adventure!

 

Go Ice Skating

Cold Weather Activities Columbus

When the local ponds freeze over, Ohio locals don their skates, grab their mittens and hit the ice for a winter adventure. Ice skating is a fan favorite around the holidays and during these colder months, and luckily, the Columbus area has its share of pristine ice rinks just waiting to be carved. For some inside fun and to escape a bit of the cold, head to a Chiller Ice Rinks location in Easton, Lewis Center, Dublin or downtown.

 

Warm Up With a Hot Chocolate at Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Is there anything better than a cup of coffee or hot chocolate on a chilly day? To get your warm beverage fix, head to a Roosevelt Coffeehouse location and cozy up with a cup of the good stuff—just don't forget the whipped cream! As an added bonus, each item purchased at Roosevelt goes towards supporting organizations that are dedicated to providing clean water, fighting hunger and ending human trafficking.

 

Learn Something New at COSI

This winter, learn something new (and keep warm!) at one of Columbus' most famous attractions: Center of Science and Industry or COSI. Officially opened in 1964, COSI inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math topics through a special "hands-on fun" brand of learning. All across their 320,000-square-foot facility, they bring science to life through 300+ interactive experiences and exhibits. Go stargazing in the Planetarium, interact with dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Gallery, or take a ride on the High Wire Unicycle which flies 17 feet above the ground!

 

See a Show at the Ohio Theatre

A tried and true Columbus institution, the Columbus Theatre is a great spot to escape the elements this winter. They host a variety of unique performances all year long—including popular artists, comedians, independent film showings and more. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the building a work of art in itself, featuring Spanish-Baroque architecture with breathtaking details, that will definitely distract you from the ugly weather outside!

 

Take a Cooking Class at The Seasoned Farmhouse

 
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No matter what time of year it is, cooking is always a great skill to have. Whether you want to learn how to impress guests at a dinner party or are just looking to spice up your daily meals—the Seasoned Farmhouse has a class for you! Learn how to make vanilla extract, how to make the perfect soup and even learn some basic knife skills. All you have to do is sign up for a class on their website and you'll be whipping up delicious dishes in no time!  

Go Sledding

The lighter side to a winter storm is the fun activities that come with it—snowshoeing, snowball fights, skiing, oh my! But while we love throwing a snowball as much as anyone, our favorite activity by far is sledding. In the Columbus area, we are graced with a large number of hills that, when coated with just the right amount of snow, are perfect for slipping, sliding and racing. A few of our favorite spots include Scioto Park, Antrim Park, Griggs Reservoir, Sharon Woods and Blacklick Metro Park.

 

Play a Round of Duckpin Bowling at Pins Mechanical Co.

Craft beer, ping pong, pinball, bowling, giant Jenga and more—Pins Mechanical Co. is the adult playground you never knew you needed! Explore both of their locations in the Columbus area this season and be sure to keep an eye out for the largest ping pong paddle in the world, which measures a whopping 11.5 feet and is hanging on a wall in their North 4th Street Location.

 

Explore North Market

Since 1876, the centrally located North Market has served Columbus residents—which makes it the most seasoned market in the area. The vendors (be they candy makers, fishermen, bakers or farmers) strive to promote the diversity and vibrancy of our Ohio community, serving only the best in locally produced products. They are open year-round and feature everything from ethnic foods to gourmet groceries and unique gifts.

 

Make Your Own Candle

 
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You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Candle Lab sells pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances, but they also invite you to customize your scent. One of their Scent Stylists can help you narrow down your list to just a few scents that blend perfectly together. Then, you'll design your own label, pick your favorite jar and mix your oils at the Fragrance Bar. They have locations all over the Columbus area, so visit their website to find one near you!

 

See the Stars at Perkins Observatory

Founded in 1923, the Perkins Observatory is a research facility used by the faculty and students of Ohio Wesleyan University. But while it's mostly used for scientific purposes, they also offer plenty of public programs where you can learn a little bit about astronomy and Ohio history. Plus you get a chance to look at the stars through the telescope. Click here for a full list of upcoming programs.

 

Get Lost in a Book at the Book Loft

There's nothing better than getting lost in a book on a cold day. The Book Loft is one of the nation's largest independent bookstores and is made up of a grouping of pre-Civil War era buildings that were once general stores, a saloon and a Nickelodeon cinema. The 32 rooms of bargain-priced books are bound to make you forget about the outside world for just a bit.

 

Eat Comfort Food at One of Our Favorite Restaurants

Winter is a time for comfort food and luckily, there are plenty of spots to get it right here! Get fluffy pancakes at Nancy's Home Cooking, massive slices of pizza from Mikey's Late Night Slice or tacos from Condado Tacos—because there's no shortage of great food in Columbus.

Check out The 10 Best Late Night Restaurants in Columbus or No Reservations Required: 10 Incredible Walk-In Only Restaurants in Columbus for more dining inspiration!

 

Play a Game at Kingmakers Board Game Parlour

Cold Weather Activities Columbus

Photo courtesy of Kingmakers Board Game Parlour

For a more relaxing experience, head over to Kingmakers where you can grab a beer and spend the day playing a game from their extensive library of board games! At this eclectic parlor, you can play anything from the Monopoly to the new classic Ticket to Ride all while enjoying a glass of wine, locally brewed beer and a snack. Not sure where to start? Their board game sommeliers are happy to help you find the perfect game!

 

Go Plant Shopping at Stump Plants

Just because it's looking cold and dreary outside, that doesn't mean you can't add a little bit of spring to your home! According to Stump owners Emily Brown and Brian Kellet, there's no such thing as a black thumb. At their minimalist plant boutiques in Columbus, Philadelphia and Cleveland, you can pick up a plant and learn exactly how to take care of it with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Every plant they sell is of the highest quality and comes with a sustainably made pot—from classic terracotta to custom, artist-made planters.

 

Get Crafty at Midwest Makery

Midwest Makery is an exciting place where you can get creative, learn a new craft and make something truly one-of-a-kind—all while meeting new people! They offer fun classes for all ages and skill levels, and they provide the materials, direction and the clean-up so you can sit back and enjoy the creative experience. Their class schedule varies by season, but they usually offer instruction on sewing and felting, and even workshops around fabric and wood painting!

 

Take a Tour of the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is our state capitol building and is truly a magnificent sight to behold! Unlike many of the other states' capitol buildings, the Ohio Statehouse didn't take inspiration from the United States Capitol because it was actually designed and built before the glorious building in D.C. was ever erected. Instead, it was built in the Greek Revival Style, with many features drawing inspiration from the Tholos of Delphi and the Parthenon of Athens. You can tour our historic capitol building for free—Monday through Friday every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

See a Movie at the Drexel Theatre

Cold Weather Activities Columbus

Photo courtesy of Brad Feinknopf via the Drexel Theatre

For generations, the Drexel Theatre has been Columbus' favorite destination for independent films and the best of Hollywood's mainstream releases. Nestled in downtown Bexley, this Art Deco theater is the perfect spot to spend a day. They also offer a wide variety of special events—including a Casablanca Night, a Holiday Film Series, the Shock Around the Clock Horror Marathon, and a Sci-Fi Marathon—all year long so be sure to check out their calendar to see what is coming up this season!

 

Brrrr!

What do you like to do in Columbus when it's cold outside? Let us know in the comments!

November
7

17 Akron & Canton Area Stores Where You Can Do a Little Holiday Shopping

With the ease of online shopping, it may be tempting to throw your entire holiday shopping list into your Amazon shopping cart and call it a night. But what if we told you that the Akron & Canton area is home to a bunch of amazing boutiques and shops where you could find unique thoughtful gifts—without leaving the comfort of your hometown?

By #ShoppingLocal, you can support makers and small businesses from your own backyard, all while purchasing original items that you can't find in a big department store. On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, eclectic home decor shops, record stores and local markets—so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. Feel good about your holiday shopping knowing that you've supported a small business this season!

Blue Spruce Boutique

116 East Liberty Street, Wooster | Women's Clothing + Gifts

Shopping in Akron/Canton

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This adorable, mother-daughter-owned shop in the heart of Wooster offers a little bit of everything. Whether you're looking for the perfect blouse, candle, planter, unique wall hanging or personal knickknack to gift your loved one—you'll be able to find it in their light and open storefront on East Liberty Street.

 

The Book Store and Handmade Marketplace

109 West Washington Street, Medina | Books + Locally Made Gifts

Not only does The Book Store sell high-quality new and used books, but they are also home to over 1,000 handmade products from talented local artisans. From chocolates and literary-themed teas to original jewelry and crocheted products—you'll find an amazing gift made by a member of the community!

 

Bridgewater Primitives

15255 Gaskill Drive, Alliance | Antiques 

If the HGTV hit Fixer Upper is your loved one's jam, Bridgewater Primitives is a glorious find. The homely Alliance storefront is brimming with well-loved old pieces and homemade goods that any rustic-decor enthusiast will adore. We have a particular fondness for their incredible selection of homespun candles (especially the lovely blueberry scent) that would be a fantastic addition to any decor.

 

Cantonology

306 4th Street, Canton | Men & Women's Clothing + Gifts

Shopping in Akron/Canton

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When you're shopping for a Canton enthusiast there's only one place to go: Cantonology in the Canton Arts District! Owned by a mother-daughter team who love and appreciate our amazing city, this eclectic store features a variety of hand-crafted souvenirs and gifts all centered around—you guessed it—Canton.

 

Don Drumm Studios & Gallery

437 Crouse Street, Akron | Crafts + Locally Made Art

Consistently honored as one of the country's top contemporary retailers, Don Drumm Studios and Gallery has plenty of gift options for everyone! Their collection fills two buildings—totaling 5,000 square feet full of jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, metal and graphics created by some of the most talented artisans in North America.

 

Friendtique

223 West Liberty Street, Wooster | Antiques

Winterfair

Friendtique has an eclectic mix of new and vintage furniture, home decor, personal items, and more truly unique products. It is a one-stop-shop for the creatives in your life who like to think outside the box. And the best part? All profits generated from the store's revenue are donated to LifeCare Hospice Community Care Fund!

 

Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat

451 West Market Street, Akron | Antiques + Home Decor

From crystals and bundles of sage to rustic candles and locally made soaps—no matter what your loved one's style is, Gypsy Grace has something for them! Self-described as a "cool junk" shop, this Akron business is chock full of interesting, one-of-a-kind items that have been up-cycled and given a brand new life. Their inventory is always changing, so make sure to check them out on Facebook to see what new items they have in store for this week!

 

Hartville Collectibles

1015 Edison Street, Hartville | Women's Clothing, Jewelry + Candy

At Hartville Collectibles, you'll not only find a massive selection of collectibles and one-of-a-kind keepsakes, but they also offer a wide array of women's fashion and accessories! While you're there, don't miss the chance to visit the Hartville Kitchen Restaurant, bakery, and candy shop—which are all conveniently located in the same building.

 

Jean + Lou

2237 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls | Women's Clothing + Accessories

 
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Pair a candle and perfume for the perfect small gift for a coworker, purchase a unique top for your best friend, or buy a present for the newest baby in your life. The possibilities are endless at this chic and artsy store in Cuyahoga Falls!

 

Kendall & Blue Boutique

217 2nd Street, Canton | Women's Clothing + Accessories

Kendall & Blue has it all—whether you're searching for clothing, shoes, jewelry, candles, scarves, hats, or other accessories. And because they are committed to providing cute but comfortable clothing to the Canton area, they offer a wide range of sizes and styles so you can find the perfect gift for every lady in your life!

 

Lucky Records

126 South Market Street, Wooster | Music + Vinyl Records

Lucky Records in Wooster is a vinyl lover's heaven, offering a great selection of used and new records from all genres. They even offer a special order service so you can be sure to find that LP your special someone has been looking for!

 

Main Street Modern

618 Mulberry Road, Canton | Home Decor

Home Decor Shops

Mid-century modern decor has been all the rage for several years now, and one of the best places to get your modern fix is, of course, Main Street Modern! Their 40,000-square-foot warehouse is the largest gallery of mid-century modern furniture in Ohio and is a go-to Canton spot for funky furniture and groovy decor.

 

MacKenzie's Silver Lining

147 East Liberty Street, Wooster | Jewelry

Established in 1982, MacKenzie's Silver Lining is a Wooster institution, offering gorgeous, locally made jewelry pieces with natural stones and quality metals. And if you still aren't able to find that perfect piece, MacKenzie offers custom creations so you can work with her to craft exactly what you've imagined!

 

Northside Marketplace

21 Furnace Street, Akron | Men & Women's Clothing, Gifts, Art + More

There's only one place in Akron where you can get all of your holiday shopping done in one trip! Northside Marketplace is home to more than 35 vendors that range from coffee roasters and fudge shops to candle makers and soap sellers.

 

Operation Fandom

116 South Market Street, Wooster | Men & Women's Clothing + Gifts

 
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If your loved one is obsessed with movies, comic books, games or pretty much anything else that falls into the "Geekdom", there's no better place to shop than Operation Fandom! From Harry Potter to Star Wars to every superhero imaginable—they've got some merch for you.  

Pine Tree Barn

4374 Shreve Road, Wooster | Home Decor + Gifts

Pine Tree Barn is Wooster's favorite shopping destination! Settled in a restored 1868 Dutch bank barn and featuring 25,000 square feet of unique gifts, home furnishings, interior design and more—there's no better place to get your friends and family their perfect gift. And if you get a little famished while you're shopping, stop by their gourmet luncheon eatery, the Granary Restaurant, which is open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every day.

 

Ruby Moon

229 College Street, Wadsworth | Antiques + Local Art

For those who love a good treasure hunt, Ruby Moon is for you! The store is jam-packed with a unique selection of vintage furnishings and art. Plus, finding a gem at Ruby Moon means your gift recipient will likely be the only person with that one-of-a-kind piece in their home!

 

Happy Shopping!

Where is your favorite place in Akron & Canton to shop for gifts? Let us know in the comments!

November
5

11 Shops Where You Can Buy Holiday Gifts from Local Cincinnati Makers

Here at Cutler Real Estate, we are very passionate about supporting the work of talented artists and makers, whether that's through visiting a neighborhood flea market or shopping at a local small business. And with the holidays coming up, we can't wait to scour the city for locally made gifts to give our loved ones!

This year, support both local businesses and local makers in one fell swoop at these Cincinnati shops! On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, eclectic home decor shops and local markets—so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members this year. Enjoy!

 

Coda Co.

400 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue

Locally Made in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Coda Co.

Kelti and Tanner Ziese, owners of Coda Co., are lovers of anything upcycled and refurbished. They take things that are no longer in use—like bourbon barrels and burlap coffee sacks—and turn them into furniture and home decor. So not only are they crafting stunning home creations, they're also minimizing local waste! You can take a look at some of their unique products (and even purchase a few!) at their adorable storefront in Bellevue.

 

Elm & Iron

1326 & 1411 Vine Street, Cincinnati 

For statement-making home furnishings, accessories and decor, you can't do better than Elm and Iron. The gorgeous store features an eclectic collection of pieces—each offering a new perspective, and reflecting a passion for design. Inside their Cincinnati location, you'll be bombarded with locally made gifts, furniture, and art along with some new, classic finds so you won't have a hard time finding that special something for your someone.

 

Handzy Shop + Studio

15 West Pike Street, Covington

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Handzy Shop + Studio truly is the most adorable shop in town. They carry women's clothing, lifestyle accessories, paper goods, gifts and handmade, watercolor greeting cards that they make in house. So stop into their shop in Covington and pick out a gift for a coworker, your best friend or a family member—just don't forget to get a card to go with it!

 

Indigenous

1609 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Nestled in East Walnut Hills, Indigenous is a bright and open gallery full of handmade art and crafts. While they offer a small selection from artists all around the country, the gallery's main focus is on local and regional makers. Their collection includes hot-worked glass, metal works, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, prints, woodcraft, mosaics and so much more—all from creators in our own backyard.

 

MiCA 12/v

1201 Vine Street, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of MiCA 12/v

This independent, design-driven gallery and gift boutique is a beloved gem in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The shop has been around since 2007 when husband and wife team Mike and Carolyn Deininger chased their dream straight into the raw storefront space on Vine Street. Since then, business has blossomed, and the shop is known far and wide as one of the best places to pick up a unique gift for a loved one (or for yourself).

 

Queen City Alchemy

1808 Race Street, Cincinnati

Voted as one of the best boutiques in Cincinnati by Beat Magazine in 2019, Queen City Alchemy is an enchanting apothecary nestled in Over-the-Rhine. They hand make a variety of skincare, home goods, bulk herbs and herbal products for all of your therapeutic needs. And if you're looking to put more of a personal touch on your gift—they also have a DIY Bar where you can craft everything from facial masks to beard oil for the spa-minded person on your list!

 

Rivertown Inkery & Apparel

3096 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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When you're shopping for a Cincinnati-enthusiast there's only one place to go: Rivertown Inkery & Apparel! Owned by locals who love our amazing city, this eclectic store features a variety of vintage-style clothing all centered around—you guessed it—Cincinnati. And the best part? One dollar from every tee, tank or sweatshirt goes directly to two Cincinnati-based organizations, Aruna and Citylink.

 

Rockwood Pottery

1920 Race Street, Cincinnati

From the quaint to the quirky, Rockwood Pottery is a great place to find your loved one a special holiday gift. Charcuterie boards, platters, wall hangings, tile and other unique pottery pieces are just some of the things you'll find here. And for a special treat, you can take a guided tour of the company before you browse!

 

Ten Thousand Villages

2011 Madison Road, Cincinnati | 610 Main Street, Covington  | 11316 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati

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Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items settled in the O'Bryonville Business District. This adorable shop features products from more than 130 makers in more than 38 countries so you can support small creators all over the world!

 

Treasured Friends Gifts and Decor

3564 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Treasured Friends Gifts and Decor

Located in a cozy, two-story farmhouse built in the 1860s, Treasured Friends Gift and Decor has been providing unique gifts, jewelry, and home decor items since its inception in 2005. Stop in and browse plenty of refurbished and upcycled gifts from Cincinnati locals and make sure to take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping to add an extra special touch to your present!

 

Wooden Hill

3036 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati

Offering Cincinnati-made artwork for every taste and budget, Wooden Hill is basically an art fair that lasts all year long! Here you'll find paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, body products, toys, candles and so much more—all made by local creators. Gift possibilities are endless at this eclectic and artsy store in the heart of Westwood!

 

Happy Holidays!

Where are you planning to shop for gifts this year in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments below!

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