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April
29

You'll Be Singing in the Rain With These 8 April LoLo Gifts

LoLo Gifts - April 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

April showers may bring May flowers, but you don't have to wait that long to enjoy this month's free offers, courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts. 

We love sharing our enthusiasm for all the wonderful small businesses in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati. So get out of the rain and into these delightful shops for coffee, donuts, and more!

April Gifts:

Columbus: Donuts

Wooster: $10 Certificate

Cleveland: A Latte

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Medina: Tea & Scones

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Canton: A Flight

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Columbus: Donuts

Resch's Bakery

4061 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227

Tired of those bland, cellophane-wrapped donuts from the gas station convenience store? Head over to Resch's Bakery for a delicious, artisan-crafted donut, with flavors including powdered sugar, French crullers, and glazed cake.

About Resch's Bakery

Founded in 1912, Resch's Bakery was the American dream for the namesake family that immigrated to Columbus from Germany. As the bakery moves into its second century,  the sixth generation of Reschs continues the legacy of their ancestors, turning out top-quality cakes, pies, donuts, pastries, cookies, and rolls.

Contact and Hours

614.237.7421

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Wooster: $10 Certificate

The Carpenter's Cup

116 W. Main St., Smithville, OH 44677

How do you build your perfect cup of coffee? Use your $10 certificate to get your go-to drink or try something new at The Carpenter's Cup.

About The Carpenter's Cup

For customers at The Carpenter's Cup, the charming shop is as much a part of the experience as the crafted coffee and tea drinks. The comfortable indoor area features displays of local art and custom wood products. There's also an outdoor seating area where you can do some great people-watching as you savor your drink.

Contact and Hours

330.669.0084

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cleveland: A Latte

Lekko Coffee

2529 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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Iced or hot, a creamy latte is a perfect coffee drink for all seasons. Stop by Lekko Coffee for a latte that will jump-start your morning or give your afternoon a pick-me-up.

About Lekko Coffee

For owners Matt and Laura Ashton, Lekko Coffee is all about being conscientious global citizens. In addition to supporting the Cleveland community, the shop provides a living wage for all members of their supply chain and staff.

Contact and Hours

440.476.1159

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Scribbles Coffee Co.

237 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

James Bond famously preferred his drinks shaken, not stirred. 007 would definitely approve of the handcrafted, shaken iced lattes made with care at Scribbles Coffee Co.

About Scribbles Coffee Co.

Best friends Jenn and Beth wanted to create a cozy spot where others could hang out with old friends and make new ones. Scribbles Coffee Co. is a warm, welcoming place where you can chat, read, write, study, or just sit back with one of their amazing coffee or tea drinks. 

Contact and Hours

330.346.0337

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Medina: Tea & Scones

Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

140 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

Take a trip to jolly old England without leaving Medina. Partake in the soothing tradition of tea and scones with an afternoon at Miss Molly's Tea Room.

About Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

Authentic Victorian decor and award-winning food are a couple of reasons why Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop has been recognized as one of the best tea rooms in North America. Enjoy the variety of the sandwich sampler paired with the strawberry pretzel salad, a three-layer treat that totally satisfies that sweet/salty craving.

Contact and Hours

330.725.6830

Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday Nights: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Bob's Hamburg

1351 East Ave., Akron, OH 44307

Like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, burgers and fries are one of those iconic food pairings that never gets old. Skip the fast food for the real deal at Bob's Hamburg.

About Bob's Hamburg

Bob's Hamburg truly takes the philosophy, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" to heart. Not only are they in the original location and building, but the burgers are still cooked on the same griddle Bob himself used back in 1931. Today, this beloved old-school streetcar diner remains the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Akron.

Contact and Hours

330.253.2627

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Canton: A Flight

Unhitched Brewing Company

115 S. Mill St., Louisville, OH 44641

The microbrew movement has opened up a whole new world of options for beer lovers. Find your new favorite when you sample a flight at Unhitched Brewing Company.

About Unhitched Brewing Company

Local history is deeply embedded in Unhitched Brewing Company. The name pays tribute to George Dilger, one of Louisville's earliest brewers, who delivered his product via horse and wagon. Also, the brewhouse and taproom are located in the old Louisville Bowling Alley. Reclaimed wood from the lanes was used to make the bar and tables. 

Contact and Hours

330.871.8021

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m. 

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Starlight Doughnut Lab

4603 Carter Ave., Norwood, OH 45212

"Laboratory" is defined as "a place providing opportunity for experimentation." Taste the sensational new flavors they're creating at Starlight Doughnut Lab.

About Starlight Doughnut Lab

Ben Griewe and Jack Nowlin gained devoted fans selling their Instagrammable doughnuts at local establishments and events. In February, they opened Starlight Doughnut Lab, where they feature six core flavors and six rotating flavors each month. Choose from options such as a churro, everything bagel, and brownie batter.

Contact and Hours

513.404.5694

Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It's Raining Freebies!

April 2022 LoLo Gifts - Cutler Realtors

We're showering you with great offers like these every month. Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to find out how easy it is to join the program. 

March
11

Take in a Show at These 9 Places Around Columbus

Theaters for Live Performances - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

While many people out there may think that most live performances are limited to entertainment hubs like Los Angeles and New York, the truth is that Columbus has become of the greatest cities for all types of artists. If you're thinking about moving to the area or are already living here, rest assured that there are plenty of wonderful venues to choose from—and to get you started, we've put together a list of some of our favorites.

Shadowbox Live

503 S. Front St. #260, Columbus OH 43215

If you've never been to Shadowbox Live because you're new to the area or just haven't taken the time, then it's time to give it a try. This amazing performance arts venue and cafe consists of the United States' largest full-time resident theatre ensemble. This award-winning, non-profit performance troupe features everything from rock operas and cabaret to sketch comedy and dance. Over the past 25 years, thousands upon thousands of people have also enjoyed the food, but it's the people and their performances that truly make this a special place.

Actors' Theatre

1000 City Park Ave., Columbus OH 43206

Another mainstay of art performance in Columbus has been the Actors' Theatre located in Schiller Park. In recent years, they've brought to life the works of William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, T.S. Eliot, and many more all year round, but they're best known for their summer performances. These outdoor events bring people from all over and create a relaxing atmosphere where you can pull up a blanket and have a picnic while enjoying delightful entertainment. Outside of the summer months, residents are especially fond of their monthly Shakespeare Underground and Drunken Underground events.

Columbus Children's Theatre

177 E. Naghten St., Columbus OH 43215

As the name suggests, Columbus Children's Theatre concentrates on providing family-friendly entertainment. Founded in 1963, they've spent nearly 60 years honing and perfecting their crafts. They've done everything from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe and Annie to the upcoming Crawls, Flies, and Squirms, and their newest addition, Think Spring. Some of their most notable features include programs tailored for kids under the age of 6 called the Theatre for the Very Young, the hosting of plays put on by local schools, educational programs, and sensory-friendly performances for families with special needs.

Ohio Theatre

39 E. State St., Columbus OH 43215

Although demolished in 1969 after 40 years of providing entertainment to the community, the Ohio Theatre was restored by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). The successfully loyal restoration to the original Spanish-Baroque design, along with the velvet seats, velvet curtains, gilded ceilings, and giant chandelier, is an incredible sight to behold. With performances that range from classical music to modern dance, not to mention popular Broadway shows like Wicked and The Lion King, there's a little something for everyone to be found here.

Short North Stage

1187 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

Spanning an incredible 90 years of entertainment, the Short North Stage has been everything from a vaudeville venue and movie emporium to a strip club and adult film theater. Taken over years ago by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, they've shed the notorious past and now specialize in reproducing Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Each year, you can find audience favorites such as Hair, Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Altar Boyz, in addition to everything from puppet shows to concerts. You can also enjoy small productions at their Green Room Stage and food and drink at a speakeasy-style cocktail bar called Ethel's Lounge.

Palace Theatre

34 W. Broad St., Columbus OH 43215

Aside from its delightful design, the first thing you'll notice about this original vaudeville house very well could be the excellent acoustics. The Palace Theatre was designed at a time when performers needed to be heard by everyone without the use of electronic amplifiers—and it certainly shows. Coupled with the fancy style that includes a grand staircase, fountains, chandeliers, and elegant ceilings, their performances of Broadway shows and symphony orchestras will bring you back time and time again.

MadLab

227 N. 3rd St., Columbus OH 43215

If you've been on the lookout for live improv, sketch comedy, or original plays, this venue is definitely worth checking out. Over the years, MadLab has helped breathe artistic life into the city of Columbus by providing performance artists a place at which to experiment with their craft. Perhaps the greatest thing about this particular venue is that they're constantly producing short plays, often having close to two dozen cast at once. And if you're a performer by chance or would like to dip your toe in the water, you could always stop by during one of their open stage nights.

Southern Theatre

21 E. Main St., Columbus OH 43215

Okay—hang on to your hats! The Southern Theatre has been around since 1896! This makes it the oldest surviving theater in all of Central Ohio. Somewhat early in its history, it spent some time as an opera house, followed by a full-time movie house, but was restored by (you probably guessed it!) the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and transformed into a live performance entertainment hub. This venue has a very heavy focus on music including performances ranging from Henry Rollins to the Brentano String Quartet.

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St., Columbus OH 43210

The Wexner Center for the Arts has hosted everything from visual art exhibitions and film screenings to live theatre and dance performances. This amazing hotspot features two stages that allow for both small, intimate performances and much larger productions. You'll find a wide variety of live performances that include everyone from singular artists to full production companies from around the world. There's always something going on, so feel free to stop by anytime and see for yourself.

Incredible Performances

Which Columbus theater will you visit next?

October
20

Pumpkin Spice Everything: Visit These 8 Places Around Columbus

Savor Pumpkin-Flavored Treats - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Pumpkin spice is definitely one of the most iconic and popular flavors of fall, and it can be used in everything from beer to doughnuts to pancakes. If you're one of the many Columbus pumpkin-lovers who is looking forward to trying this flavor in a variety of ways as the temperatures cool down, you're in luck.
  
We've compiled a list of nine places around Columbus where you can get your pumpkin fix. Visit some of the following go-to spots to try yummy pumpkin drinks and other goodies.

Hadley's Bar + Kitchen

260 S. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215

Head downtown to Hadley's Bar + Kitchen, where you can sample beer, cocktails, and brunch, lunch, or dinner in a hip, industrial-chic space. In addition to its Ohio drafts, Hadley's serves up signature cocktails and its popular boozy milkshakes. Several boozy shake flavors are available year-round, such as the Strawberry Shortcake, which is made with Smirnoff Strawberry, fresh strawberries, cookie crumbs, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. For a seasonal treat, try the pumpkin variety, which is packed with flavor and comes with pumpkin pie at its base and whipped cream all over.

Short North Piece of Cake Bakery & Cafe

772 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in Italian Village, a popular foodie destination near the Short North Arts District, Piece of Cake has gained a loyal following since its opening in 1998. Its well known for its wedding cakes but also has a variety of delicious goodies available for immediate purchase. They're all made in-house and include tempting treats such as tarts, mini-cakes, and cupcakes. To get yourself in the spirit of the fall season, try a pumpkin cupcake and order several extras to take home with you.

Sunny Street Cafe

6607 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213

You won't have to travel far to find a Sunny Street Cafe, since the restaurant has two additional locations in Columbus: one at 8461 Sancus Blvd. and another at 4733 Reed Rd. The family-run restaurants are definitely all-in on the pumpkin flavors and are famous for their Legendary Pumpkin pancakes that are big and fluffy and topped with cinnamon butter and a tres leches drizzle. If you have a bigger appetite, try the Pumpkin Breakfast Combo, which has two pumpkin pancakes along with two eggs, your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and your choice of side. Finally, treat yourself to made-from-scratch Pumpkin White Chip Muffins, which are loaded with white chocolate chip muffins.

Schmidt's German Village Restaurant

240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

German Village's Schmidt's Restaurant is a family business that's currently operated by its fourth and fifth generations. You can also enjoy their food at the Ohio State Fair, where they've been serving up German food and beverages since 1914. A half-pound jumbo cream puff with a special whipped filling in a lightly baked pastry shell is a perennial customer favorite, and you can try it in flavors like vanilla and peanut butter fudge. A flavor of the month is also featured, and you'll want to try Schmidt's pumpkin version of their cream puff this time of year. It even comes topped off with a cute little candy corn pumpkin!

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Long Street Studio, 300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH  43215

When you stop in at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, you'll not only be getting a great cup of coffee but also supporting the local and global fight against unclean water, hunger, and human trafficking. Try an iced or drip coffee or espresso, and pair it with a doughnut, bagel, or gluten-free pastry. And in the fall, check out menu additions like the Hot Chaider (chai plus apple cider) and the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Pattycake Bakery

3870 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The taste alone is enough to make you want to try Pattycake Bakery's made-from-scratch goodies, but if you're also looking for primarily organic, all-vegan ingredients, you're headed to the right place. In addition to cakes and cupcakes, you'll find muffins, whole-grain granola, and whoopie pies on the menu. To satisfy your pumpkin craving, try a whole-grain pumpkin whoopie pie that's paired with a spiced filling.

Lineage Brewing

2971 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

Lineage Brewing has a comfortable, casual atmosphere where you can meet with friends and relax inside or outside on the patio. In addition to food, you'll normally find 10-12 styles of beer on tap. If you'd like something other than beer, the brewpub also offers wine, mixed drinks, and locally made soda. Every fall, you can also order a pumpkin ale that's made with roasted pumpkin from a local farm. Its perfect pale orange flavor immediately evokes the thought of pumpkin, and it's deliciously spiced with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Buckeye Doughnuts

1998 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

No matter when you get a pumpkin craving, you can score a pumpkin spice doughnut at Buckeye Doughnuts, where, as their saying goes, they're "Open Always, Closed Never." The shop is located across from The Ohio State University's campus, so you'll have an extra-large crowd after football games. If you're in a hurry, you can order your doughnut online so it will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive. The doughnuts are fresh and the coffee's hot, but if you're in the mood for something substantial, the shop serves all-day breakfast and entrees such as gyros and Greek salads.  

Sip and Savor the Season

What pumpkin spice menu item do you look forward to ordering each year, and which new treats do you want to try? 

September
22

Celebrate Sourdough September at These 9 Columbus Bakeries

Columbus Bakeries for Sourdough Bread - Cutler Real Estate

The leaves are starting to change and soon there will be a nip in the air. While there are a lot of reasons to love the fall, one of the best is often overlooked. In case you weren't aware, you may be excited to learn that it's also Sourdough September! During the entire month, people across the globe celebrate this delicious bread, and many even experiment with making their own.

If you love the taste and smell of freshly baked bread but don't have time to bake, you're in luck! There are a ton of amazing bakeries in the Columbus area. Here are a few we recommend checking out next time you're in the mood for the ultimate comfort food. 

My Old World Bakery

962 Demorest Rd. Columbus, OH 43204

If you're looking for an old-fashioned bakery, you'll love My Old World Bakery. The chef here has over 20 years of experience and specializes in many different types of bread, cookies, pies, and pastries. They also fry fresh donuts every night, and at the end of each day, they donate any items they haven't sold. 

Dan the Baker - Toast Bar

1028 Ridge St, Columbus, OH 43215

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Baker Dan Riesenberger is known for creating world-renowned sourdough bread using honest ingredients and time-honored practices. He also makes a variety of other breads including Black Mountain (ancient), Sesame, and Olive Polenta. The menu varies weekly and may include a variety of croissants and other pastries made with Snowville Creamery dairy and French butter. You can get Dan's treats at his bakery and at several other area markets and restaurants. 

Great Harvest Bread Co.

4723 Reed Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

The bakers at the Great Harvest Bread Co. pride themselves on making the freshest and most flavorful baked goods you've ever tasted. In fact, they welcome you to stop by the bakery and enjoy a free slice of hot-from-the-oven bread or one of their sweet treats. 

One of the reasons their bread tastes so good is that they use whole grains and fresh-milled wheat bought from family-owned farms in Montana, which is known as one of the finest wheat-growing areas in the world. You also won't find any preservatives, additives, or complicated ingredients in any of their products.

Omega Artisan Baking 

59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

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If you're looking for sourdough bread that's "out of this world," look no further than Omega Artisan Baking! They handcraft all of their breads using high-quality, all-natural ingredients, and everything they make is free from preservatives and chemical additives. 

In addition to sourdough, they also create a variety of breakfast breads, traditional bread, sweet treats, and other menu items like tartlets, quiche, and soup. Since they make their bread in small batches, they don't always have everything available every day. However, if you really want a particular kind of bread, you can just give them a call, and they're happy to accommodate your request. 

Golden Delight Bakery

1516 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

Golden Delight Bakery has been serving residents in the Columbus area for over 20 years. Everything in their shop is made from scratch daily, and many agree that it's the best bakery in town. If you're in the mood for a different kind of sweet treat, you'll also want to try their locally famous fresh strawberry cake. 

OH Jenny Bakes 

Olde Towne East Columbus, OH

From sourdough baguettes made from an at-home starter aged 18 months to summer pies and scones, you're sure to love the selection of treats offered by OH Jenny Bakes. Her menu also includes Irish soda bread, focaccia bread, buttermilk biscuits, dessert breads, cookies, biscuits, and more. 

Owner Jenny says she prioritizes taste and texture over elaborate decoration. When you order from her, you may notice the simple appearance of the goods you receive. However, don't let that fool you! These are sure to be some of the best baked goods you've ever tasted. If you're looking for food that tastes like grandma used to bake, you definitely won't be disappointed.

Matt's Bakery

3675 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213

The family-owned and run Matt's Bakery is a full-service kosher bakery. All of their baked goods are dairy, nut, and gluten-free, making this the perfect stop for anyone who has allergies or intolerances. You'll find a wide variety of baked goods here, including a selection of breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and pastries. They also offer platters and catering options so you can enjoy fresh baked goods at your next event. 

L&M Bakery

932 S. Pearl St., Columbus, OH 43206

L&M Bakery was born out of a love for baking and the owner's desire to make their community a better place. This cottage bakery specializes in breads and sweets. They fresh-make all of their items and will deliver them right to your door. 

Their menu features classic French, ciabatta, multi-seed, mixed-herb focaccia, rosemary olive bread, and more. You'll also find a selection of sweet treats like chocolate chip pumpkin bread, double chocolate brownies, and vegan chocolate truffles.

When you order from this bakery, you won't just love what you get, you'll also feel good about doing it. In addition to making some of the most delicious baked goods in the Columbus area, they also donate $1 from every item they sell to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 

Albys Bakery

5665 Emporium Square, Columbus, OH 43231

Any time you drive by Albys Bakery, you'll find yourself unable to resist the smells wafting out. This minimalist bakery focuses on just one thing – bread – and they do it exceptionally well. Their loaves of bread are light but also sturdy enough to slice and extremely fresh. Not only is the bread amazing, but you'll love the super-friendly owners and staff so much that you're sure to want to return again and again. 

Fresh from the Oven

Where will you go to enjoy some fresh-baked sourdough bread?

August
18

Columbus: Cool Down With Iced Coffee From These 8 Places

Iced Coffee - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Are you the type of person who needs your morning java – no matter what the weather? If so, you're in luck! There are tons of great local coffee shops in the Columbus area where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a delicious cup of fresh-brewed iced coffee.

Whether you need to get your day going or you're looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can't go wrong with a quick stop at one of these cafes. 

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you want to enjoy a refreshing iced coffee while supporting an important cause, you'll love paying a visit to Roosevelt Coffeehouse. This specialty coffee shop focuses on impacting people in need by donating its profits to organizations the fight injustices like human trafficking, unclean water, hunger, and more. 

Their menu features a variety of iced coffee options including almond or oat milk and flavors like honey, maple, mocha, caramel, and more. While you're enjoying your drink, you'll also want to check out their selection of pastry items. We love their bagels and donuts. They also offer plenty of gluten-free items. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company 

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Roaming Goat Coffee Company is Central Ohio's premium full-service coffee roaster. They source the highest quality Arabica beans from around the world and expertly roast them to perfection. Stop by their coffee house and enjoy one of the best iced coffees you've ever had. 

Want to try your hand at making your own? You can also find their fresh-roasted coffee beans at places like Lucky's Market, Fresh Market, The Hills Market, Weiland's Market, and select Meijer's locations. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The Crimson Cup has been a staple in Columbus since 2007. They're located just a few minutes north of The Ohio State University campus. If you're in a hurry, you can grab your iced coffee from their convenient drive-thru. However, we recommend coming inside so you can enjoy their unique coffeehouse experience. 

Crimson Cup has a one-of-a-kind brew bar and offers nitro cold brew on tap, as well as a wide selection of iced and frozen coffee drinks. If you love their coffee (and we know you will!) you can also order bags for home delivery. 

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

With three locations in the Columbus area, Fox in the Snow Cafe is always a great idea! This bakery and coffee shop makes excellent iced coffee and also services up rustic-style baked goods.

Next time you're faced with a mid-morning coffee craving, visit them in the Italian Village, German Village, or New Albany. You'll be glad you did!

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for a fun coffee experience, check out Brioso Coffee. Their slogan is "Mean Coffee, Nice People," and this is exactly what you can expect. The folks here take their coffee brewing seriously – so you can simply relax and enjoy a delicious cup of joe. 

Whether you visit their High Street or Long Street location, you won't be disappointed. They're happy to make you a cold brew or a nitro cold brew. However, if you're feeling adventurous, we recommend sampling one of their seasonal summer drinks. Some of the current specials include "Petal to the Metal," an iced rose vanilla latte, or the "Life's a Brioso Beach," an espresso tonic served over ice with a lime. Both promise to take your coffee experience up a notch (or two!).

Bottom's Up Coffee

1069 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

For a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and unforgettable cup of java, you can't go wrong with Bottom's Up Coffee. Not only do they make a variety of delicious coffee drinks, but they also support the community. They use a portion of their profits to provide diapers to parents in need and also host various community events to help support their neighbors. 

The owners of this shop are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food options. All of their drinks and the majority of their food items are also vegan-friendly.

Third Way Cafe

3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

At Third Way Cafe, they see their purpose as much more than making great coffee. This locally-owned coffee shop was built by the community, for the community, with a single purpose: doing good deeds. They've been a local favorite since they opened in 2017, and they pride themselves on being a place where people can come together and enjoy a home away from home.

When you visit, you're welcome to relax, read a book, and take your time enjoying your beverage of choice. We recommend trying an iced latte, a decadent iced mocha, or an iced espresso. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Established in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Global Gallery Cafe has been a local favorite since 1991. This non-profit, fair-trade coffee shop also carries a selection of products like wine, chocolate, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, and more. It's the perfect place to shop for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member (or yourself!).

While you're there, plan to spend some time sitting down, relaxing, and enjoying their signature Thunderkiss cold brew or a nitro cold brew made with Ramble Coffee. We recommend ordering some locally-made scones or vegan treats, as they're the perfect complement to a tasty cup of coffee. 

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January
8

10 Historic Districts and Places to Visit Around Columbus

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Founded in 1812 with the intention of making it the capital of Ohio, Columbus was always destined for greatness. Over the last two centuries, as Columbus has grown to become the most populous city in the state, it has developed a rich tradition of historical and cultural significance.

Heritage Treasures Day on Monday, January 11 is a perfect occasion to cherish the legacy of Columbus with a visit to these local historic sites.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

The glory of nature is on full display at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Visitors can explore 13 acres of gardens, seasonal displays, and art exhibits, including a collection of glass works by noted artist Dale Chihuly. Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, which features an apiary, rose pavilion, and berry house. The John F. Wolfe Palm House, located on the grounds, dates back to 1895. Admission is $19 for adults and $12 for kids ages 3-12. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Founded in 1878 under the name Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art has a long tradition of making great art accessible to the local community. Their extensive collection of American and European works focuses on contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography. Families love "Think Outside the Brick," CMA's annual spring exhibit of LEGO® creations, including a giant model of Columbus. Entrance fee is $18 for adults and $9 for students and kids ages 4-17. Tickets must be purchased in advance. CMA is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

German Village

588 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

A simple trip across a highway bridge transports you to old-world Europe in a matter of minutes. German Village is no commercially-created tourist attraction. This historic district was settled in the mid-1800s by German immigrants, who at one time made up one-third of the city's population. The lack of high-rise buildings and driveways are features from the days of quaint, close-knit neighborhoods where people walked everywhere and homes were often occupied by multiple families. Many of the streets still bear the original brick pavers. The sights and sounds of German Village are well worth multiple visits.

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capitol Sq., Columbus, OH 43215

A trip to the Ohio Statehouse serves a two-fold purpose. In addition to serving as the central location for the business of governing Ohio, the building is a stunning example of the Greek Revival style of architecture that was so predominant during the 18th century. Between stretches of bitter winter weather and struggles for funding, construction took 22 years. The Statehouse finally opened for legislative activity in 1857 and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Visitors may take self-guided tours weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

260 N. Fourth St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Housed in an authentically restored 1908 engine house, the Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center uses interactive programs to offer entertaining and educational lessons on fire safety. Displays of firefighting apparatus throughout the years trace the development of equipment as it has become safer and more effective. Boots the Fire Mouse is on hand to greet kids as they enjoy the play area. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. The Museum is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Hanford Village George Washington Carver Addition Historic District

800 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, OH 43205

Hanford Village was incorporated in 1909, but its true prominence came in 1946 with the development of the George Washington Carver Addition. This suburb of Cape Cod houses was marketed to African-American veterans of World War II. As a result, these men and women and their families had the opportunity to settle in a thriving, supportive middle-class neighborhood. Some members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen made their home in Hanford Village while stationed at nearby Lockbourne Army Air Force Base. 

Short North Arts District

886 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Short North Arts District, nestled between downtown Columbus and the OSU campus, is a hip neighborhood of colorful murals, trendy boutiques and hot restaurants. The district is also home to a slice of Columbus history in Victorian Village, the neighborhood's residential area. One of the more notable examples of Victorian architecture is Sells House, built by one of the owners of the Sells Circus, leading to the nickname "Circus House." Nearby is Cocoa Manor, another whimsically-named house that was home to the owners of Anthony Thomas Candy.

Shrum Mound

3141 McKinley Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

In pre-Columbian times, the Adena culture was a group of Native American societies living in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana that shared a number of ceremonial rituals. Shrum Mound in Campbell Park is one of the last cone-shaped Adena burial mounds remaining in Columbus. The mound itself is 20 feet high and 100 feet around, named for the family that donated the land, while the park is named for James E. Campbell, governor of Ohio from 1890 to 1892.

East Broad Street Historic District

1234 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

See how "the other half" used to live with a trip to view the homes in the East Broad Street Historic District. Most prominent among these elegant houses is the Old Governor's Mansion, also known as the Lindenberg Mansion after the man who originally built the residence. Another landmark is the High Victorian-style Kappa Gamma National Headquarters, constructed in 1852.

Kelton House Museum & Garden

586 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

While Kelton House Museum & Garden is a striking example of art and architecture from the 19th century, the site has a much greater historical importance. The home of Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton served as a stop on the iconic Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves found a haven in these waystations on their journey toward freedom. Grace Kelton, granddaughter of Fernando and Sophia, bequeathed the home to the city of Columbus for educational use. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for college students and $3 for K-12 students. The museum is closed in January, but make plans to visit when they reopen on Thursday, February 4.

Sign of the Times

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December
23

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio in 2021

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Did you know the Center of the World is in Ohio? Yes, there actually is an unincorporated community by that name near Youngstown, not far from the Pennsylvania state line.

But there are a number of truly compelling reasons why one of the state's slogans is, "Center of the Universe." If you're looking for a new home in 2021, here are a dozen fascinating features that make a great case for finding it in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

  1. Cleveland Rocks!
     

    America's musical legacy includes genres from country to gospel, but none is more deeply entrenched in our country's spirit than rock and roll. Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined that iconic term, so it's only fitting that the city was chosen to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, the Hall was dedicated in 1995 and includes 338 inductees. 

  2. Marching to a Different Drum

    Most big cities have a number of first-class historical, scientific, and art museums, and Cleveland is no exception. But if you prefer exploring culture that's a little offbeat, you're in luck. Cleveland features several delightfully quirky collections that pay tribute to the weirder side of life. Start your journey by checking out the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and the Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

  3. Thrills, Chills, and Spills

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    Lake Erie's shoreline is also the site of another type of rockin' and rollin'. Cedar Point in Sandusky proudly bears the title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." With its world-record 71 rides, 17 of which are roller coasters, the park has been an annual summer tradition for countless families. As the second-oldest amusement park in the United States, Cedar Point's humble beginnings date back to 1870, when it consisted of a public beach, beer garden, and dance floor.

  4. Dotting the "I"

    More than 60,000 students can't be wrong: Ohio State University is one of the largest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning in the country. OSU's top academic programs are matched by collegiate sports teams that frequently sit atop the national rankings. The marching band's halftime performance of Script Ohio, with a sousaphone player dotting the "i," has become one of the most enduring and beloved traditions of Saturday afternoon football games at the "Horseshoe."

  5. I Triple-Dog Dare Ya!


    Warm, witty, and relatable, A Christmas Story has become a holiday classic for all ages. Reenact your favorite scenes at the actual house that served as the Parker family home, located in Cleveland's historic and elegant Tremont neighborhood. Right across the street is the companion museum, where you can view memorabilia such as Randy's snowsuit and purchase your very own "fra-gee-lay" leg lamp.  

  6. Prost!

    With the rise of microbreweries, domestic beers began to rival imports in terms of variety and quality. Hipster towns such as Denver, Seattle, and Portland are often considered leaders in this movement, but did you know that Columbus ranks in the top five U.S. cities for craft beer production?  Untappd, an app focusing on all things beer-related, gives high marks to local favorites Hoof Hearted, Pretentious Barrel House, and Columbus Brewing Company.

  7. All Roads Lead to Columbus


    Do you enjoy having family and friends come to visit? It's a little-known and astonishing fact that 48 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus. Major urban centers such as Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. are no more than a day's drive away. Toronto and Ottawa are also within that radius, adding some international flair.

  8. Fast Food Nation

    As the birthplace of Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings and the headquarters of White Castle, Columbus has plenty of fast food cred. That's just one of the reasons why the city has become well-known as Test Market, USA. Thrillist, Business Insider, and other sources have long noted that Columbus is the go-to for Starbucks, Burger King, and other national brands testing new products. The city's diverse demographics are valued as an ideal cross-section of the national population.

  9. Living on the Square in Cincinnati


    Fans of classic sitcoms immediately recognize Fountain Square from its cameo in the opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati. As downtown's shopping, entertainment, and cultural hub, Fountain Square is truly the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

  10. Crossing the Line

    Cincinnati's fabulousness can't be contained by just one state. The metropolitan area spills across the Ohio River into Kentucky, incorporating such charming cities as Florence, Union, and Walton. Cross the historic, Brooklyn Bridge-esque John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to travel from Cincinnati to Covington, which is the actual home of the Cincinnati International Airport.
     
  11. It's All About the Chili

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    Chili is a dish that lends itself to a wide range of ingredients and preparations. But Cincinnati still managed to put itself on the culinary map with a unique version that keeps people coming back for more. More of a sauce than a stew or soup, Cincinnati chili is almost always served on top of hot dogs or spaghetti noodles. Unexpected seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate give the chili a Mediterranean flavor. Order it 3-way topped with cheddar cheese, add onions or beans to make it 4-way, or go for the works with 5-way. 

  12. The Color Purple

    Get a good workout or embrace eco-friendly forms of transportation with a brisk walk across the Newport Southbank Bridge. The span, familiarly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its distinctive color, is a half-mile-long pedestrian bridge connecting Cincinnati and Newport, KY. 

The Three Cs

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September
18

10 Places for an Ooey Gooey Cheeseburger Around Columbus

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Isn't it amazing how a humble ground meat patty topped with cheese can be transformed into an infinite variety of choices to satisfy any palate? Whether you like it simple, spicy, sweet, savory or even meat-free, there's a cheeseburger out there with your name on it.

Friday, September 18 is Cheeseburger Day, a time to celebrate this iconic staple of American cuisine. Honor the cheeseburger and support local businesses with a visit to one of these delightful restaurants around Columbus

The Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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As one writer put it, if there were an NCAA-style tournament for burger joints around Columbus, The Thurman Cafe would be Duke. A German Village landmark since 1942, The Thurman Cafe is so well-known that they have their own Wikipedia entry. Adam Richman of Man v. Food traveled to Columbus to take on the Thurmanator, a behemoth with 24 ounces of beef, three types of cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions, ham, and banana peppers But don't be intimidated: there are nearly two dozen types of burgers on the menu to accommodate any size appetite. The Thurman Cafe's kitchen opens daily at 11 a.m. 

Rockmill Tavern

503 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215

Opened in late 2016, Rockmill Tavern has become a favorite destination in the trendy Brewery District. The menu features upscale gastropub food, but Rockmill's signature Tavern Burger strikes a pleasing balance between traditional and contemporary. Starting with a grilled ciabatta bun made exclusively for Rockmill by Matija Breads, the burger is then topped with Tillamook Cheddar, pickled red onion, bacon jam, and Dijonnaise. Pair your burger with one of the hand-crafted Belgian beers from Rockmill's brewery in nearby Lancaster. Rockmill Tavern is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sunday.

Flip Side

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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When it comes to supporting local vendors, Flip Side backs up their words with action. All of their chef-driven burgers are made with Ohio-raised grass-fed beef, although you're free to substitute a chicken, turkey, or veggie patty. Purists go for the Simplicity Burger with lettuce, pickle and tomato, while the Uncle Jimmy Burger, with peanut butter, applewood bacon and habanero pepper jelly, is a creative take on comfort food. If you're looking for flavor and tenderness with less fat, try the farm-raised bison burger. Be sure to include a side of truffle fries, which customers rave about almost as much as the burgers themselves. Flip Side opens at 11 a.m. every day but Monday.

O'Reilly's Pub

2822 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

Some like it hot, and if you're one of them, the award-winning Pepper Burger at O'Reilly's Pub is your dream come true. A black peppercorn crust is added to the half-pound patty to ensure a satisfying tang with every bite. Bacon, pickles, white onions, and Provolone cheese round out the fullness of flavor. Heatseekers also enjoy the Tom Burger, which is prepared with a healthy dose of spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning. And what would an Irish pub be without a pint of brew to wash it all down? O'Reilly's is serving up burgers and beer seven days a week. 

Ritzy's

4615 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Irving Berlin's classic song, "Puttin' on the Ritz" has come to mean doing it up right. Nowhere is that more evident than Ritzy's, where your way is always the right way. The Ritz is one of their trademark crispy-edged smashburgers served with toppings that you choose. Options range from traditional add-ons, such as cheese, ketchup, and bacon, to more inventive ones, including sriracha and peanut butter. How hungry are you? The basic Ritz is a double-patty burger, while the Itzy Ritzy is a single patty and the Grand Ritz is a triple-threat. Head to Ritzy's any day of the week starting at 11 a.m.

Street Thyme

1101 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Popular, easy to make, and portable, burgers are a natural for food trucks. Street Thyme has gained a reputation for one of the best burgers in Columbus, encompassing the city's thriving food truck scene along with brick-and-mortar restaurants. The best-selling Single Suzy, topped with Cheddar cheese, dill pickle, and housemade Worcestershire aioli, is a masterpiece of simplicity. Add another patty and make it a Basic Betty. Start your day the way Mom intended with an Irish Breakfast Burger, two patties with bacon, grilled tomato, Cheddar, bacon, and jalapeño jelly. Find Street Thyme outside Seventh Son Brewing on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, as well as at Land Grant Brewing on Monday night, Antiques on High Wednesday night, and Parsons North Brewing Friday night.

High Bank Distillery

1051 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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In little more than two years on the Columbus restaurant landscape, High Bank Distillery has quickly established its place in the upper ranks. The slogan "Elevated yet Casual" applies to the handcrafted bourbons from their distillery as well as the upscale bar food favorites on the menu. High Bank's namesake double burger is an elegantly tasty combo of American cheese, red onions, pickles, and secret sauce on a brioche bun. Order online for speedy carry-out service. Doors open at 11 a.m. daily. 

Pat and Gracie's

340 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Pat and Gracie's may sound as though it's named for a vaudeville comedy team, but the backstory is even more colorful than that. The tavern sits on land once occupied by a horse farm purchased by big-time gambler Pat Murnan for his ladylove Gracie Backenstow, former madam of a downtown brothel. Fast-forward to the 21st century, when customers enjoy hand-formed Pat and Gracie burgers such as the Chimi, featuring Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, avocado mousse, caramelized onions, and house chimichurri sauce. Pat and Gracie's has a second location at the more conventional site of Graceland Shopping Center. Both spots are open daily for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery.

Grandview Cafe

1455 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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As if spectacular food wasn't enough of a draw, the romantic speakeasy vibe earns Grandview Cafe a spot on Columbus Navigator's list of the city's 10 most beautiful restaurants. Billed as "the burger of all burgers," Grandview Cafe's impressive GC Burger lives up to the hype. An appealingly chewy pretzel roll holds a dry-aged beef patty topped with bourbon-caramelized onions, smoked bacon, tomato jam, and a three-cheese blend of Fontina, White Cheddar, and Gruyère. Less exotic but no less tasty is the Hadley's Diner Burger, with American cheese, pickles, and Dijonnaise. Grandview Cafe is open every day for lunch and dinner.

Village Coney

418 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206

Heading to a hot dog joint for a first-rate burger may sound counterintuitive. Not when it's Village Coney, where both burgers and hot dogs are served with equal amounts of love and respect. With no need to reinvent the wheel, Village Coney offers a beautifully basic cheeseburger with your choice of cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, pepper jack, or bleu cheese. Village Coney serves lunch from Monday through Saturday.

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July
8

Guitar Hero: 9 Music Stores Around Columbus

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We have a lot of music lovers on our team here at Cutler Real Estate, and we know Columbus is a great place to find your inner Guitar Hero with its vibrant music scene and abundance of amazing guitar stores. Whether you're looking for music lessons, are in the market for a new axe to call your own, or just want to browse a selection of beautiful guitars, we recommend checking out some of these great Columbus music shops!

Guitar House Workshop

1423 Chambers Road, Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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Starting out in 2009 as a small guitar repair business in a cozy home on Chambers Road, Guitar House Workshop has grown to become one of city's most treasured resources for guitar players. They offer a wide range of new and used guitars—mostly acoustics—with a focus on unusual and quality vintage guitars. Their in-house luthiers also offer a full range of guitar repairs and restorations, and Guitar House is widely known as one of the best places in town to take lessons on stringed instruments of any kind, from guitar and bass to banjo, ukulele, and mandolin.

Music Go Round

2630 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220

 
 
 
 
 
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Offering hard-to-beat prices on a wide range of new and used musical instruments, Music Go Round is a great place to find your first (or next) guitar. They first opened their doors in 1996 and are known far and wide as one of the best spots to buy or sell a guitar in Central Ohio. You can count on finding a wide and ever-changing selection of acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, amps, percussion, and gear. Be sure to also head to Music Go Round when you need to stock up on accessories like picks, strings, tuners, and capos. 

German Village Music Haus

350 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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German Village Guitar Haus has been a staple of the Columbus guitar community since 1950. The shop offers an incredible selection of guitars and other instruments, whether you're looking for high-end professional instruments or a quality starter guitar. Every instrument sold here is guaranteed to be set up for optimum playability. German Village Music Haus is also a great place to bring your guitar for a tune-up, whether you need full-service luthiery and amplifier repair or just a quick setup and a fresh set of strings. 

Bluegrass Musicians Supply

1370 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207

Folk and bluegrass players in the Columbus area know Bluegrass Musicians Supply as Mid-Ohio's go-to destination for all things acoustic. They offer an amazing selection of new and vintage acoustic guitars but also so much more. Whether you need your banjo repaired or a new set of strings for your mandolin, this is the place. Bluegrass Musicians Supply also offers music instruction on guitar and other instruments, along with skilled instrument repair. It's always fun to browse their selection of guitars, banjos, violins, mandolins, harmonicas, hand percussion, and other fun stuff. 

Fifth Avenue Fret Shop

1597 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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Fifth Avenue Fret Shop is among the best places in the Columbus area for highly skilled repair and restoration of guitars, and fretted instruments of all kinds. Their team of detail-oriented luthiers is truly second to none. This cozy shop also offers a selection of acoustic and electric guitars for sale, with a focus on vintage guitars in excellent condition. You won't find the widest selection here, but you'll know that any guitar you buy at Fifth Avenue Fret Shop is a great one. 

J. Thomas Davis Guitar Maker

3135 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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After spending years operating a guitar repair shop, J. Thomas Davis decided he'd rather be making his own guitars. Now operating out of a small shop on High Street, Davis crafts stunning acoustic instruments, one at a time, based on each customer's specific needs. Every guitar that comes from J. Thomas Davis Guitar Maker is a work of art. From classical, steel-string, and twelve-string guitars to archtops and carved Irish bouzoukis and citterns, if you can't find the instrument you want in any shop, Davis will make it for you. 

Hippie Hut Guitars and Things

1359 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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As you might guess from its name, Hippie Hut Guitars and Things sells guitars, and also a lot of other stuff. Tucked behind a storefront in the Short North Arts District, the shop offers clothing, posters, records jewelry, incense and incense burners, a wide range of gifts and novelty items, and of course guitars. Browsing through all the colorful novelties and oddities is half the fun, but Hippie Hut still has a great selection of guitars, including some genuine vintage gems that often find their way into the shop. 

The Guitar Repair Co. 

4290 Indianola Ave. #101, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Offering repairs, restorations, and enhancements to take your guitar to the next level, the Guitar Repair Co. is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your instrument. Owner and guitar expert Sean Bowers is a seasoned musician as well as a luthier and provides a range of services for both acoustic and electric guitars. From simple guitar setups and restrings to crack repairs, fretwork, and electronics repair, this is where you take your guitar if you want it to come back better than ever. 

Tony Cochran Guitars

2211 Glenmere Road, Columbus, OH 43220

The electric guitars made by Tony Cochran Guitars are truly one of a kind. Each one is hand-riveted, screwed, and nailed by guitar maker Tony Cochran—also the creator of the syndicated comic strip "Agnes"—to create beautiful steampunk-inspired instruments of metal, leather, and wood. These guitars would look equally at home in a museum as in a musician's hands, but they're fully functional and playable as well as visually striking. Cochran has committed to making only 300 guitars, so get one while you can!

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May
20

Columbus: These Food Trucks Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

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Dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, street food has been a staple of many global cultures. Today, the growing popularity of food trucks has brought the convenience and variety of street food to Columbus and other cities around the United States.

Find out firsthand how food trucks are changing the Columbus dining scene by visiting these upcoming events.

Aloha Aina

Seventh Son Brewing - 1101 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hawaiian cuisine of Aloha Aina is so authentic that you'll feel the tropical sun and breezes while you eat. Customers line up for their signature steamed buns with pork, chicken, tofu, or Spam filling. Their Maui Fresh rice bowl has been described as "deconstructed sushi" and the Loco No Moco bowl is a lighter take on the traditional Hawaiian dish. Find Aloha Aina outside Seventh Son Brewing on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cousins Maine Lobster

Care Point East - 543 Taylor Ave., Columbus, OH 43203

 
 
 
 
 
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Who knew lobsters and sharks made such a great team? Backing from Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank turned Cousins Maine Lobster into a national sensation. Now owners Jimmy and Sabin (yes, they're cousins) have brought their New England seafood favorites to Columbus. Try an iconic lobster roll or shrimp tacos with a side of Cape Cod chips. Grab a tasty lunch from Cousins outside Care Point East on Tuesday, May 26 between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Two Fatt Indians

Ohio Theatre - 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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No, Two Fatt Indians doesn't describe owners Amit Kumar and Raj Sabherwal. They just thought it was a funny, catchy name for their truck, which serves genuine North Indian cuisine. The chicken tikka masala earns unanimous raves, while the yogurt-based strawberry lassi drink is a treat rarely found in the Columbus area. Several vegetarian options are available, and the owners are happy to accommodate your preferred level of heat. Two Fatt Indians can be frequently found outside the Ohio Theatre from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Glazed Churro Bar

Harrison Pond - 4720 Shull Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

 
 
 
 
 
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The all-American ice cream sundae gets a Latin twist at Glazed Churro Bar. Vanilla soft-serve is spiked with two churro sticks and dressed up with a range of sauces and toppings, such as the best-selling Cinna-Crunch featuring Cinnamon Toast Crunch and salted caramel glaze. If you can't live by dessert alone, the truck also serves tacos, burritos, and other savory street food. Stop by Harrison Pond on Monday, May 25 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for dinner, dessert, or both.

Always Eat Breakfast

W. Broad St. & N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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Remember what Mom said about the most important meal of the day? Heath, owner of Always Eat Breakfast, does. Start the day off right with one of their breakfast burritos or bowls made to order with your choice of ingredients. Heartier appetites may choose biscuits or tots topped with sausage or bacon gravy. Pick up one of Heath's extra-large muffins, baked on the truck, for a great midday snack. In a hurry? Visit the website the night before to order ahead. Always Eat Breakfast will be brightening the morning around the intersection of W. Broad St. and N. Front St. from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

Pitabilities

St. Vincent Family Center - 1490 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205

 
 
 
 
 
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Pita sandwiches are portable and filling, two qualities essential in street food. The fresh and flavorful sandwiches from Pitabilities have earned them a frequent #1 rating by Columbus residents. In addition to the traditional Greek gyro pita, the menu includes variations such as New Delhi with tikka masala sauce and Philly Steak with grilled onions and mushrooms. Possibilities Fries, topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, and your choice of protein, are a meal by themselves. On Friday, May 22 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., they'll be Quantum Health 2 at 5260 Blazer Pkwy.

Schmidt's Sausage Truck

Fifth Third Bank - 1669 Fishinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221

 
 
 
 
 
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For nearly 150 years, Schmidt has been a legendary name in the Columbus food industry. Schmidt's Sausage Truck is the most recent venture for a family business that includes a meat-packing company, concession stands, and a German-themed restaurant. The Bahama Mama, Schmidt's signature pork and beef sandwich, was voted the official food of Columbus. Other offerings include bratwurst, knockwurst, and bologna, as well as classic sides of red cabbage, sauerkraut, and potato salad. Save room for one of the award-winning jumbo cream puffs. Catch Schmidt's outside the UA Five Points branch of Fifth Third Bank on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Fridays from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Mya's Fried Chicken 

DSW - 810 DSW Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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If America had a national food, it would probably be fried chicken. Since 2012, people around Columbus have been flocking to Mya's Fried Chicken and their Korean-inspired, sweet-and-spicy take on the comfort food classic. The meat is brined in buttermilk for 24 hours and pan-fried to a crispy brown before the final touch: a drizzle of honey and vinegar infused with herbs and chilies. Choose from sandwiches, tenders, and wings with a selection of scratch-made sides. Stop by Mya's on Wednesday, May 27 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside the DSW home office and truck lot.

Ray Ray's Hog Pit

Ace of Cups - 2619 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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No roundup of top food trucks in Columbus would be complete without Ray Ray's Hog Pit. Pork, beef, and chicken are coated with dry rub and cooked low-and-slow for that trademark pink smoke ring. Sauces are served on the side so you can apply to suit your individual taste. Can't decide? Go for the Meatsweats box filled with smoked brisket, pulled pork, jerk chicken, dry-rubbed ribs, and a hot link. Ray Ray's flagship location, adjacent to Ace of Cups, is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Keep on Truckin'

If you opened a food truck, what would be your specialty?

May
13

Where to Pick Up Farm-Fresh Food Around Columbus

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Having access to fresh, healthy food is more important than ever. As we're confined to our homes for the majority of our weeks, it's vital that we receive the nutrition we need to preserve our wellbeing as our physical activity decreases. With warm weather right around the corner, our local farmers markets are reopening to provide our families, friends, and neighbors with the freshest local produce available. Thankfully, the following markets around Columbus are now offering delivery and no-contact pickup options to keep everyone safe.

Clintonville Farmers Market

Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

 
 
 
 
 
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The Clintonville Farmers Market is currently open each Saturday from 9 am to noon until November. In a new location at the Ohio History Connection, Clintonville's market is only operating on a pre-order basis. You can order all of your food online, including produce, meats, and bakery goods, and schedule a pick up your order at the Ohio History Connection. You won't even need to leave your car, as representatives from each farm will place your items in your trunk.

HTH Farm Market

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

 
 
 
 
 
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As is the case with other retail establishments around Columbus, most farmers markets are closed to foot-traffic. However, the HTH Farm Market is one of the many farmers markets enabling you to purchase your fresh goods online through the rest of the year. For the price of a cup of coffee, HTH Farm Market will deliver to homes within a radius of five miles. If you'd prefer to pick up your order in person, you can do so from noon until 3 pm every afternoon.

Worthington Farmers Market

The Shops at Worthington, 7227 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to enjoy the freshest produce from the Worthington Farmers Market, you'll need to get an early start. From now until October, you can preorder your items through each individual farmer, producer, or vendor and pick them up in a single trip. Simply head down to Worthington Community Center between 9 am and noon on Saturdays to have your order placed directly into your truck, free of contact.

Yellowbird Foodshed

13246 Wooster Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050

 
 
 
 
 
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If you haven't heard of Yellowbird Foodshed, you're in for a treat. This foodshed works with more than 100 food producers from Ohio to deliver fresh, sustainably grown produce to families throughout the state. All of their items are available for delivery. However, we suggest that you choose one of their subscription boxes so that you can receive regular boxes of the freshest in-season produce without ever leaving home.

Granville Farmers Market

Granville High School, 248 New Burg St., Granville, OH 43023

 
 
 
 
 
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As of right now, the Granville Farmers Market is one of the few farmers markets that will continue to be an in-person, foot-trafficked market. Held at the Granville High School parking lot, the Granville Farmers Market insists that all visitors practice social distancing by sending only one member from each household and remaining 6 feet apart from other shoppers. Please don't bring pets, point to each item that you wish to purchase, and don't attend if you're showing any symptoms of a fever or other illness. Keep in mind that you can also arrange for alternative pickups by contacting each vendor directly.

Canal Market District Friday Farmers Market

36 E. Canal St., Newark, OH 43055

 
 
 
 
 
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Another of the only farmers markets still allowing in-person shopping, the Canal Market District Friday Farmers Market will continue with new social distancing protocols in place. You're encouraged to wear face masks, only send one person from each family, remain 6 feet away from other shoppers, and refrain from attending if you're feeling unwell. Staff will be limiting the number of people inside the market at any given time to prevent overcrowding and customers will move through the market on a dedicated path to streamline the process. Similar to the Granville Farmers Market, you can connect with these local vendors directly if you want to arrange other pickup options.

Grove City Farmers Market

Grove City Town Center, 4069 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123

 
 
 
 
 
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The Grove City Farmers Market is a 30-year long tradition that city officials don't want to disrupt. To keep the market functioning while abiding by the best health and safety practices, this market will be a prepay and pickup only market from mid-May until September. More details will be provided as the event nears its opening date of May 16th.

New Century CSA

7370 Bell Station Rd., Circleville, OH 43113

 
 
 
 
 
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Similar to the Yellowbird Foodshed, the New Century CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an organization that partners with other local farms to provide subscription-based deliveries to families throughout the Columbus area. You can sign up for a subscription and receive a box of fresh produce on your doorstep.

Healthy Living

Fresh, locally grown food is not only healthy for your body, but it's also healthy for our local economy. By purchasing food from our Ohio farms, you fund our community during a critical time and ensure that these natural resources don't go to waste.

Where do you prefer to get your produce around Columbus? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tell us about any other farmers markets offering pickup and delivery services that we might have missed.

March
11

Get in on the Bubble Tea Craze Around Columbus

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The popularity of Asian food in the Columbus area now extends to a beverage. Bubble tea, created in Taiwan during the 1980s, usually contains milk and sugar along with a wide range of "toppings." While these add-ins include red beans, pudding and jelly, the most common one is tapioca pearls that give bubble tea its distinctive, Instagram-ready look.

Whether you're a bubble tea newbie or long-time fan, you'll find your perfect drink at these wonderful tea and juice shops (and one sushi joint!) around Columbus.

The Brewed Leaf

809 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want a primer on bubble tea, head to The Brewed Leaf. Customers rave about the authenticity and wide range of drink options available. In addition to tapioca pearls, you can choose from toppings such as wild rice, red bean, pudding, and aloe. The Brewed Leaf even has tea topped with a layer of cream cheese, a popular variation in China that gives the tea a welcome savory touch. Settle in with your drink over one of the board games the shop keeps on hand. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Chicken & Tea

2781 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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It may not be a traditional culinary duo like spaghetti and meatballs or bacon and eggs, but Chicken & Tea has become a favorite combo around Columbus. The food truck serves bubble tea along with traditional Taiwanese fried chicken dishes, including their signature giant chicken cutlet that's the size of your head. Complete your meal with sweet potato fries or fried broccoli, green beans, or mushrooms. Chicken & Tea operates March through November, so check their Facebook page for updates. Standard hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. weekends.

ZenCha Tea Salon

982 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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ZenCha Tea Salon has the elegantly soothing ambiance you associate with drinking tea. ZenCha's mission of promoting international tea arts is accomplished by their professionally-trained "tea ambassadors," who are charged with providing elite customer service and helpful knowledge to all customers. The tea menu lists nearly 100 options from Asia, Europe and Africa, while bubble tea comes in delicious flavors such as peach, hazelnut, and caramel. Enjoy classic afternoon tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, and petite sweets, weekdays from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Stop in from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, when brunch is served all day.

Pochi Café

921 E. Johnstown Road, Columbus, OH 43230

 
 
 
 
 
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East meets West at Pochi Café with its blend of bubble teas and made-to-order sub sandwiches crafted with fresh meats and cheeses. Sandwiches like chicken parmesan, cheesesteak, and Italian come in 6-, 10- and 20-inch sizes. Other drink choices include smoothies with exotic flavors such as taro-coconut, peach-lychee, and mango-passion fruit. The updated diner-style seating area suits Pochi Café's stated belief in "The Art of Relaxing." Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends.

Little Moon Café & Tea

2899 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

 
 
 
 
 
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Like a little karaoke with your bubble tea? Little Moon Café & Tea hosts Karaoke Night every Saturday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. With other regular events such as Monday Game Nights and Tuesday Euchre League, the charming café is a great place to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Each Monday at 1:30 p.m., Little Moon also serves as the base for Clintonville Entrepreneurship Center, a community resource for current and aspiring small business owners. Little Moon is open daily from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 10 p.m.
 

Knobu Sushi 

1502 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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How good is the bubble tea at Knobu Sushi? Satisfied customers talk about the bubble tea as much as they do the sushi. What makes Knobu Sushi's bubble tea so special? The right degree of sweetness, size of the tapioca pearls and pearl-to-tea ratio. Sushi itself comes primarily in three different forms: rolls, burritos, and poke bowls, with each order customized for your choice of ingredients. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Wali Dessert

1440 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220

 
 
 
 
 
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"Life is uncertain ... eat dessert first." Sometimes you just want to get down to the good stuff, and those are the times you head to Wali Dessert. Bubble tea fits perfectly into their menu of ice cream, smoothies, juices, and baked goods. Sit back in one of the comfy chairs or couches and indulge your sweet tooth. Order online for quick take-out. Wali Dessert is open noon - 10 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
 

Tea Zone Bakery & Café

5025 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Want a light lunch to go with your bubble tea? Tea Zone Bakery & Café fits the bill. The menu features ramen and udon, two classic noodle dishes, along with lunch boxes that include your choice of protein with rice and kimchi. Be sure to try the bingsoo, a traditional Korean shaved ice dessert topped with fruit, ice cream, and other yummy add-ins. Don't leave without picking up some of the amazing baked goods such as potato bacon bread, apple fritters, or fresh fruit cake. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery 

3951 Easton Square Place E., Columbus, OH 43219

 
 
 
 
 
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Add a little variety to your bubble tea at Koko Tea Salon & Bakery. Instead of tapioca pearls, go with popping pearls filled with strawberry, mango, or peach juice. Koko specializes in cupcakes, another sweet treat with widespread popularity. Mix and match from the extensive list of cake and icing flavors that includes salty caramel, cake batter, peppermint, and Hawaiian coconut. If you want a more classic tea experience, Koko's downtown location at 361 E. Broad St. is open exclusively as a tea house. Events include lunch hour teas, traditional high teas, mimosa teas, kids' teas, and themed teas. Reservations are required. Hours at Easton Square are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Millions of Milk Tea

1990 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

The name may not be literal, but it's close. Between bubble tea, fresh tea, slushes, espresso, and punch, Millions of Milk Tea has a seemingly endless number of beverage options. While beverages are the main event, Millions of Milk Tea also has a similarly impressive menu of Chinese appetizers, soups, and entrées. You could probably eat lunch AND dinner every day for a year without ever repeating a meal. Millions of Milk Tea is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
 

Don't Burst My Bubble!

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February
26

Visit These Columbus Bookstores and Libraries for Read Across America Day

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"There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" The gentle wisdom of Dr. Seuss is ageless and timeless, which is a big reason why his birthday is observed as National Read Across America Day. Join the celebration on Monday, March 2 with a visit to these terrific Columbus bookstores and libraries.

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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A 32-room bookstore that occupies an entire city block? The Book Loft, located in charming German Village, is a reader's fantasy come to life. In previous lives, the pre-Civil War buildings now housing The Book Loft held general stores, a saloon, and a nickelodeon movie house. Join the Loyalty Club and receive newsletters along with members-only coupons and promotional codes. The Book Loft is open 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Cover to Cover

2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

 
 
 
 
 
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Extensive research has clearly established the benefits of reading for childhood development of cognitive skills. Whether you read to your kids or they do the reading themselves, Cover to Cover is the perfect place to get them started on a lifelong love of books. Cover to Cover was founded by a teacher and is currently owned by another teacher who has a mission to share reading opportunities with other families. Events such as Storytime and Kids Yoga and the Harry Potter Book Club capture kids' imaginations. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday.

Karen Wickliff Books

3527 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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Remember those old-school, no-frills used bookstores with floor-to-ceiling shelves and seemingly haphazard piles of books lining the aisles? Karen Wickliff Books is keeping that romantic image alive. Don't go in planning just to kill some time. You'll find yourself spending hours getting lost in all the fabulous finds. Please note that Karen Wickliff Books accepts cash only, so stop at an ATM on the way. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

1124 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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Two Dollar Radio Headquarters is as quirky and delightful as its name. For 12 years, Eric Obenauf and his wife Eliza Wood-Obenauf operated their successful boutique publishing company from their living room. In 2017, the couple expanded to a brick-and-mortar multi-purpose location that includes a bookstore, performance space, bar, coffeehouse, and vegan café. Their own kids can frequently be found in the store, which features a family-friendly corner with table and chairs, toys, board games, and puzzles. Two Dollar Radio HQ is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Kafé Kerouac

2250 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

 
 
 
 
 
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No doubt Kafé Kerouac's namesake author would have enjoyed spending time at this cozy, laid-back bookstore that embraces art in all its forms. In addition to selling a wide range of books and records, Kafé Kerouac serves as a performance space where you can sip on a beer or glass of wine while watching a concert, comedy show, or poetry slam. Espresso drinks, with or without alcohol, are named after writers, such as customer favorite Jane Austen with white chocolate and hazelnut. Visit Kafé Kerouac from 8 a.m. - 1 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, and noon - midnight Sunday.

Prologue Bookshop

841 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

 
 
 
 
 
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Book lovers in Columbus rejoiced with the December 2018 opening of Prologue Bookshop, which filled a void in the culturally rich Short North Arts District. Owner Dan Brewster was a software engineer for Goodreads when he realized he would prefer actually working with books instead of behind the scenes. Looking for suggestions? Staff members are also passionate bookworms who are happy to share recommendations. Prologue Bookshop proudly supports the community with readings and book signings by local authors. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gramercy Books

2424 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

 
 
 
 
 
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How does Gramercy Books feel about being part of the Columbus community? The name is a play on the French phrase, "grand merci," which translates to "big thanks." Owners chose the name to symbolize their gratitude for books, customers, and the opportunity to be part of the neighborhood. Gramercy has devoted one corner of the store to Friends of the Library, with items to support the Bexley Public Library. Can't wait to start your new book? Settle in at Kittie's, the adjoining café serving Stumptown coffee along with their famous cupcakes and other delicious baked goods. Gramercy is open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, when doors close at 5 p.m.

Columbus Metropolitan Library 

96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 

 
 
 
 
 
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Books are indeed works of art, so it's only fitting that the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library resembles a world-class museum. The spacious three-story building is sleek, modern, and filled with every amenity a book lover could want. Library membership also gives you access to Hoopla, a digital media service through which you can borrow movies, TV shows, music, audio, and ebooks. Trace your background at the Local History and Genealogy section on the third floor. Grab a light lunch at Carnegie's Café and support Friends of the Library with a purchase from The Library Store or Carnegie Gallery. Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Grandview Heights Public Library

1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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While books are still the main event, Grandview Heights Public Library's impressive collection of CDs and vinyl records has earned it a reputation as heaven for music fans. You can even check out acoustic guitars and ukuleles! People also flock to the library's annual free Music in the Atrium, Music on the Lawn and Music at the Yard programs. Little ones will have fun in the kids' area downstairs, with books, computers, and play areas. GHPL is open 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Northwest Library

2280 Hard Road, Columbus, OH 43235 

 
 
 
 
 
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Northwest Library has the distinction of being only the second library in the United States to be jointly built and operated by two separate systems: Worthington Libraries and Columbus Metropolitan Library. The fireplace area is so cozy and comfortable, it's the next best thing to reading at home. There are two dedicated areas for kids and teens where they can read, work on the computer, and talk without disturbing other patrons. Take a break and walk the Poetry Path, a beautiful outdoor space with the work of six American poets on permanent display. Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Where will your personal Columbus story unfold? Let us know in the comments below.

February
14

10 Columbus Fine Dining Destinations You Have to Try

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Columbus is a remarkable city. The capital of Ohio is home to an engaging and entertaining cultural scene, perhaps best demonstrated by the diversity found in the city's many restaurants, bistros, cafés, and eateries. If you appreciate an exquisitely prepared meal featuring timeless cooking traditions, fresh ingredients, and burgeoning culinary trends, you will surely enjoy an evening at one of these fine dining destinations around the city.

 

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Named the Best New Restaurant in Columbus, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse delivers the Jeff Ruby Experience—a total dining experience that is recognized across the nation by celebrities, travelers, major media publications, and Ohio residents. Begin your Jeff Ruby Experience with a drink from their list of fine libations before ordering an appetizer from their raw bar. Order a Jeff Ruby Premium Handcrafted Filet Mignon cooked to perfection or sample their delicious rolls from the sushi menu. Finish the meal with a delectable dessert of Buckeye Cake or Lemon Torte, order an after-dinner drink, and relax with a Jeff Ruby Boss hand-rolled cigar.

 

Third & Hollywood

1433 W. 3rd St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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How do you define your fine dining experience? At Third & Hollywood, they believe that the highest quality meats, freshest seafood, and ingredients grown on local farms are three necessary elements for a truly fine dining experience. Peruse their menus and you'll discover a wealth of flavor enhanced by local farms and growers who commit to sustainable and ethical practices. Whole grilled artichokes make a wonderful starter before your fresh Hollywood Salad and Righteous Pork Chop are ready to be served. Their daily specials include House-Made Gnocchi on Sunday, Marinated Hanger Steak on Tuesdays, and a scrumptious Zin-Braised Short Rib plate on Thursdays. End your dinner with a sharable dessert of Chocolate Pot de Crème, Strawberry Shortcake, or a Pecan Pie Sunday.

 

Barcelona

263 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Discover Old World European charm fused with metropolitan chic at Barcelona. Immerse yourself in reflections of Spain within the amazing atmosphere inside and cozy secret garden on their patio. As one of the premier restaurants in Columbus, Barcelona's constantly rotating menu uses only the best ingredients available to present you with a meal you'll always remember. May we suggest the Chef's Tasting Menu, a delightful gathering of Chile Rellenos, Gazpacho de Pepino, Ala de Sakte, and Natilla? You could also order tapas or paellas from their dinner menu to transport yourself to a world of Spanish flavor.

 

M at Miranova

2 Miranova Place, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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You can find legendary four-diamond dining at M at Miranova. Recently redesigned, their award-winning menu is loaded with innovative American dishes such as Colorado Lamb, Skuna Bay Salmon, Pork Belly, and Roasted Chicken. Regardless of which culinary delight you choose, their extensive wine list features bottles from Italy, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany, California, and the Pacific Northwest. An additional list of signature and classic cocktails pair well with all of the rolls on their sushi menu. Make a reservation for dinner at M at Miranova and try their latest chef-driven creations!

 

Lindey's

169 E. Beck St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Lindey's is a Columbus landmark that has been a favorite dining destination for nearly half of a century and continues to rank among the top 10 restaurants in the city. Though their dinner menu is tasty from top to bottom, their specialties include their Lamb, Rotisserie Half Chicken, and Duroc Pork dishes. Lindey's also has a gluten-free menu and gluten-dessert menu, both of which are filled with dozens of options for guests with dietary sensitivities. Their unmatched food experience even includes a kid's menu so the whole family can enjoy one of the best fine dining experiences in Columbus.

 

The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

1092 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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A historic landmark, an elegant dining experience, and the only central Ohio restaurant designated as Animal Welfare Approved, The Refectory is exactly what you desire in a fine dining destination. With a world-class wine cellar, classic French cuisine, and exceptional contemporary American culinary plates, this restaurant has been a top choice for Columbus diners since 1976. In celebration of their 43rd year, the Tribute to 1976 three-course menu was created to thank the dining public of Columbus for decades of support. Featuring soups, French-style entrees, and fantastic desserts, this hand-picked selection is the perfect introduction to The Refectory's amazing offerings.

 

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

595 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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A unique dining experience unlike any other in Columbus, G. Michael's Bistro & Bar is a highlight of the German Village restaurant scene. With menus that change by the season, you can sample the freshest ingredients sourced from many local farms throughout Ohio. Visit them every Monday for a special Prix Fixe menu. This three-course meal features new creations from the chef every week, allowing you the opportunity to sample new and exciting plates that may become instant favorites!

 

Basi Italia

811 Highland St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Classic Italian dishes are among the most popular choices at fine dining establishments and casual eateries alike. At Basi Italia in Victorian Village, they understand that clean, simple Italian meals with innovative twists can present diners with a meal that makes you feel as if you're sitting in a cozy kitchen in the Italian countryside. Baked Ricotta Gnocchi, Eggplant Parmesan, and Rigatoni Salumeria are classic choices that rival their Shrimp Pomodoro, Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops, and Grilled Chicken Pesto. Enjoy a glass of sangria during your meal and order a cannoli that will leave a lingering taste of Italia on your lips.

 

Final Cut Steak and Seafood at Hollywood Casino

200 Georgesville Road, Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Rated a 4-Star Award Winner by Forbes Travel Guide, Final Cut Steak and Seafood inside the Hollywood Casino strives to define fine dining in Columbus. Every cut of their Mid-Western Prime Beef is hand-selected and naturally aged in their restaurant. Their seafood selection is just as remarkable as their beef, with Fresh Wild Salmon and Cold-Water Lobster topping their list of entrees. Rich side dishes such as Truffle Mac and Cheese and White Cream Corn help to create a hearty plate that fills your stomach and widens your smile. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, Final Cut Steak and Seafood is the best place to end a long week of work and start the weekend off on the right foot.

 

Veritas

11 W. Gay St., Columbus, OH

 
 
 
 
 
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Veritas may be new to Columbus, but it developed an amazing reputation in Delaware, Ohio, before moving to the capital city in 2018. Known as the original tasting menu dining experience in the city, their dishes blend classic techniques with contemporary trends to produce plates that you won't find anywhere else. We implore you to try the phenomenal seven-course chef's tasting menu to taste everything Veritas has to offer. Reserve your table today and enlighten your palate like never before.

 

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Living in Columbus connects us to some of the best fine dining destinations in the state. What's your favorite restaurant around Columbus?

January
22

Keep Your New Year's Resolution at These Columbus Gyms

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Keeping a New Year's resolution can be difficult, especially when the cold weather encourages us to cozy up on the couch. Warm up your body and feel better than ever by getting out and sticking with your fitness goals this year. From luxurious health clubs to small-group fitness classes, and one-on-one personalized training sessions, these 12 Columbus gyms will help you keep your New Years Resolution in great shape!

The Fitness Loft

625 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

 
 
 
 
 
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Pro-Tips if you're new to the gym, or just getting back after a decent break. Keep it simple: Don't try to use some advanced program that you don't fully understand. You've gone from zero gym time to some gym time, so you're already doing better. There's no need to over complicate things. Graduate into the more difficult stuff once your body is conditioned and knows what it's doing. Focus on form, and not weight: there's no sense in trying to make yourself miserable with every workout. Safety comes first with almost everything, but it is CRUCIAL at the gym. Focus on stability and mobility: these two are crucial. Stability and mobility are the foundation of exercise... so they're definitely things you should start with. Ask for help when you're not sure about something: this one is simple and shouldn't need explained, but seriously... do it. And lastly, just try your best to do better each time you come. *insert cliche statement about building a mountain or something. Pretend we forgot to do it and leave it as a joke*

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The best gyms build a sense of togetherness and belonging within the community, which is why The Fitness Loft strives to create an all-inclusive atmosphere for those who want to better their lives. With the finest exercise equipment, dedicated trainers who are passionate about health, and fun group fitness classes that make you feel part of The Fitness Loft family, this training facility will introduce you to wellness in exciting ways. Classes range from 30 minutes to an hour and are available throughout the day to accommodate your schedule, even during the most hectic of weeks.

The Athletic Club of Columbus

136 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Having an at-home gym is convenient, but if you want a truly luxurious workout space, head to The Athletic Club of Columbus. This five-star platinum club is known as Columbus' urban oasis for the mind, body, and spirit. A Columbus icon that's prioritized your health since 1912, you'll feel at home in this gorgeous facility. Make new fitness friends in over a dozen group classes. Swim laps in the heated indoor pool throughout the year. Pamper yourself with relaxing spa services after your workout. From certified personal trainers to an on-site restaurant with delicious, healthy dishes, membership at The Athletic Club of Columbus has so many perks that will keep you active all year long.  

Kinetic Climbing & Fitness

717 Hadley Drive, Columbus, OH 43228

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Do you want to take your exercise routine to new heights this year? The folks at Kinetic Climbing & Fitness are willing to give your workout a boost — literally! As the leading bouldering and fitness gym in the area, Kinetic challenges you to go beyond your highest limits. Along with traditional indoor climbing walls, their fitness area houses other equipment such as medicine balls, stationary bikes, and free weights so you can get a comprehensive workout even if you keep your feet on the ground.

Chiseled

37 E. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Everybody is different, physically and mentally. While some of us enjoy fun classes surrounded by our fitness friends, there are some of us that prefer to partake in challenging exercises privately. Chiseled is the number one private training studio in the Short North for many reasons — one of which is that you get one-on-one professional training in an empty gym. You'll never have to wait to use a machine, and you'll always get the full attention of your trainer. No matter your fitness level, you can achieve your wellness goals with customized training at Chiseled.

Sweat Box

935 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

What does it mean to sweat? Find out at Sweat Box, the local fitness studio that has all of the benefits of a large commercial gym. You're not alone in your wellness aspirations — getting you in shape is their goal too. Sweat Box also offers massage and cupping services to help your muscles and mind rest and recover after a fun workout. Get in the best shape of your life and learn what it really means to sweat at the Sweat Box this year.

Arena District Athletic Club

325 John H. McConnel Blvd. Suite 150, Columbus, OH 43215

Contract-free memberships and luxurious amenities in the heart of downtown Columbus — if you're serious about your health, bring your A-game to Arena District Athletic Club. Membership includes all-inclusive benefits like free nutrition consultation, laundry services, top-of-the-line equipment, unlimited group classes, and personal training. Perhaps one of the coolest perks, members also receive complimentary parking enabling you to get a quick workout in before heading out for a night of food and fun around the Athletic District.

Grandview Barbell

1488 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

 
 
 
 
 
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Are you tired of the same old, run-of-the-mill workouts you've been doing for years? Change up your exercise routine at Columbus' most unique training experience. Grandview Barbell is a small studio that delivers huge wellness results. Their HIIT Training and Conjugate Strength classes will keep you focused on fitness. All members also have 24-hour access to the facility, which means you can work out on your schedule without worry.

The Spot Athletics

1515 Delashmut Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Do you want to get toned, lose weight, and feel great? Would you like to get fast, get strong, and win games? The Spot Athletics is the spot for you. They'll provide the coaching, the planning, and the accountability — all you need to bring is a positive attitude and a willingness to train your body for a great life. The Spot Athletics specializes in personalized training to help you meet your unique health goals. Whether you want to train for a marathon, increase your athleticism, or simply get in the best shape of your life, this is the right spot.

Donskov Strength and Conditioning

7061 Huntley Road, Columbus, OH 43229

To feel better, look better, and perform better, you need a training facility that will bring out your best. At Donskov Strength and Conditioning, they use their knowledge, experience, and passion to help you achieve phenomenal results. Stop in for a free Fitness Strategy Session and let them design a personalized program that's tailored to your specific goals.

11athletics

1600 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209

 
 
 
 
 
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An exercise routine should do more than make you stronger — your fitness level should help you excel in life. 11athletics uses scientifically proven exercises and techniques to deliver real results. You deserve more than a gym; you deserve a space where you can responsibly and accurately meet your fitness goals. Join the community at 11athletics and push yourself to truly excel.

Go: Fitness Center

1459 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Finding a gym where you feel comfortable and confident in their programs can be difficult. Go: Fitness Center understands the struggle and invites you to try their facility for 10 days, connect with their trainers, and decide if their programs are right of you — no obligation required. Their trainers know that talk is cheap, which is why they're committed to your health even if that means their gym isn't the right fit for you. They hold themselves to a high standard and put a top priority on individual member results. Go: Fitness Center only succeeds if you do.

Ronin Training Center

1012 West 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Ronin Training Center is more than a fitness facility — it's a culture that benefits everyone. This innovative fitness company offers Mixed Martial Arts classes such as Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Krav Maga. Youth and kids sessions are also available if you'd like to get the whole family involved. Learn self-defense, forge new friendships, and fight for the results you desire at RTC.

Where's the best place to find your fit around Columbus this year? Let us know in the comments!

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

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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

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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

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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!

October
24

The Best Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio According to Yelp

Ah, Yelp. It's the review website we often go to when we want to share our experiences. And it conveniently tells us the top destinations in every city on the globe—whether we're looking for food, drink or service. Based on the number of reviews and the ratings themselves, Yelp creates lists of nearly every restaurant in a given city so you know minute-by-minute where you should go for your next meal. Using that information, we compiled a list of the Columbus hotspots that are most consistently ranked in the top ten. Next time hunger strikes, take a tour through Columbus via its top dining spots. There are casual eateries, upscale restaurants and even a few bakeries, so no matter the occasion, there's something on this list to match it.  

1. Scotty's Cafe

This unassuming cafe in northeast Columbus has been a staple in the city's dining scene since 1989 and one of the area's best-kept secret for more than 20 years! Their extensive menu offers a little something for everyone. And the best part? For every entree purchased you get a completely free dessert!  While almost every Yelp review highlights the fantastic food, they also happen to mention the spectacular service. "All the reviews of this place are TRUE! The food is SO good, the price is right and the service is top-notch."  

2. Brassica

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With four bustling locations all over the Columbus area, it's safe to assume that Brassica is something special. They serve healthy (and delicious) sandwiches and salads crafted from organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients.  One Yelp review begins, "It's like they crawled into my head and said, 'Give me a list of your favorite foods,' and I said, 'Okay, but what are you going to do, build your menu around my preferences?' 'No man, we're going to put all of these ingredients into one sandwich,'" and if that isn't a rave review, we don't know what is!   

3. Tyler's Pizzeria & Bakery

Pizza, cakes, pastries and pies—count us obsessed! Opened in 2004, Tyler's is an adorable eatery in the heart of Reynoldsburg that only uses the best, local and organic ingredients. They specialize in hearty, wood-fired pizzas along with freshly baked pastries—including a Yelp-famous chocolate croissant that "just melts in your mouth." Head there this week, Tuesday-Saturday, and see what all the (well-placed) hype is all about.  

4. 3 Brothers Diner

Clifton Cincinnati, OH 3 Brothers Diner is a Mexican-American fusion restaurant, born out of three brothers' dream to share their unique style of cooking with the Grove City area. They provide a contemporary twist on authentic regional Mexican fare and plenty of American breakfast staples to complete your perfect weekend brunch. Their bright and refreshing interior makes this the perfect setting for enjoying an exceptional meal with family and friends. Yelp reviewer Eve R. summed up her feelings about 3 Brothers in just a few words, "OK people, you want a delicious meal and outstanding service? This is the place for you!"  

5. Flavor 91 Bistro

Located in Whitehall, this family-owned bistro is an unexpected gem in Columbus' culinary scene! Their menu features a variety of healthy and organic dishes, from hormone-free burgers to fresh salads. As for food selections, Yelp reviewers almost always mention their Ethiopian dry rub wings, one of the restaurant's signature dishes, for good reason.   

6. Momo Ghar

While there are plenty of reasons you should visit Columbus' Saraga International Grocery Store, Momo Ghar is a reason to stop by all on its own. Named time and time again as one of the best restaurants in the city, Momo Ghar is known for their MOMOs, Himalayan dumplings filled with meat and/or vegetables. Every item on their menu is fresh and handmade from scratch—including their renowned spicy sauces.  The most adoring review we found on Yelp begins, "I intentionally stop by Saraga International Market mainly because I want my hands on the deliciousness that is Momo Ghar!! These dumplings are so tasty and their spicy sauces take them to the next level."  

7. Cherbourg Bakery

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At last! Columbus has a completely nut-and-gluten-free bakery in its midst. This Bexley institution offers an array of sweet and savory treats, including quiches, shakshuka, scones, muffins, donuts, bars, brownies, cookies, cake and more. Accompany your morsel of sweetness with a pour-over coffee, a cup of tea or orange juice! On Yelp, you'll find gluten-free individuals singing praises: "As someone who has been eating gluten-free most of my life due to Celiac Disease, this place is my dream come true. EVERYTHING here is gluten-free! It's also all not just gluten-free, but it's actually GOOD."  

8. Tula Taqueria

Every taco connoisseur in Columbus knows about Tula Taqueria. This small, family-owned restaurant has been serving their Yelp-famous fare since 2018—and we can't get enough! Reminiscent of dishes you could get from street carts in Tijuana and Jalisco, their tacos are simple, delicious and so good you won't be able to just stop at one.  And don't skip dessert either. One reviewer said, "Make sure to save room for dessert. They have really good churros - super fresh and tasty. You have a choice of either Cajeta (Mexican caramel) or chocolate sauce—definitely try the Cajeta!"  

9. Smoked on High BBQ

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Originally known as Buckey Back Ribs and Papaya BBQ, Smoked on High BBQ has been bringing world-class barbeque experiences to the central Ohio region for half a decade. Their Southern-style barbeque is slow-smoked and promises to melt in your mouth. Do yourself a favor when you visit and order the brisket—you'll thank us later.   

10. Yappy Greek

Known for outstanding Greek cuisine, Yappy Greek is a restaurant and deli that offers a broad selection of Greek favorites, all made using healthy, natural ingredients. Around lunchtime, head to this laid-back deli in Worthington and order a tasty sandwich, salad, rice or anything else that catches your eye—we promise whatever it is, it'll be phenomenal. And it isn't just us who thinks so. Yelper Amber S. wrote: "YES YES and YES. Today was my 1st trip to Yappy Greek and I can't stop asking myself why I didn't try it sooner!"  

Where do you like to eat in Columbus? 

Share your go-to dinner destinations with us in the comments below!
October
9

Where to Take Your Parents When They Visit Columbus

Entertaining your parents in your hometown can be intimidating. Putting together a perfect schedule full of fun activities, incredible restaurants, tourist attractions and local hangouts is almost impossible. Thankfully, your parents probably just want to see what your life is like in Columbus—giving you the perfect excuse to mix in spots like your favorite cafe and craft brewery with the touristy stops like art museums and trendy neighborhoods.

We rounded up some of our must-visit stops to put on your parent-friendly itinerary. Have fun!

Buckeye Donuts

 
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You haven't had a donut until you've had a Buckeye donut. From Boston Cream to plain glazed, all of the donuts at Buckeye are made fresh daily using only quality ingredients. The shop is conveniently located on High Street in the heart of the campus neighborhood and is a favorite for college students looking for a late-night study snack. Looking for something savory? Buckeye Donuts also has a selection of delicious breakfast items, gyros, salads and more—but seriously, don't leave the shop without a donut.

 

Center of Science and Industry

One of the most famous, and impressive, attractions in Columbus is the 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—17 feet above the ground!

 

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 the historic building for free—Monday through Friday every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

The Park of Roses

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This public garden in the heart of Columbus has grown over the years to include over 12,000 roses or more than 400 varieties. While late May through mid-June is the best time to visit to find peak bloom, each season offers a unique and beautiful perspective. The park is free year-round and open to visitors from dawn to dusk.

 

Seventh Son Brewing

Since April of 2013, Seventh Son Brewing has been producing incredible beers at the intersection of 4th and 4th in Columbus' historic Italian Village. When you visit this top-rated Columbus brewery, you're guaranteed a good time thanks to the delicious food trucks outside, the creative brews, and the unique events they hold every week.

 

The Topiary Park

Inspired by Georges Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte, this park is truly a local gem. Stroll through the garden and admire the artistry of the sculptures, each of which has a personality of its own. The iconic park is located downtown and is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

 

North Market

Things to Do Columbus

Photo courtesy of 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.

 

The Ohio Theater

While this stunning theater is one of the state's most beautiful buildings, featuring Spanish-Baroque architecture with breathtaking details (including the 21-foot high chandelier!), it was created as "a palace for the average man." Thomas W. Lamp, the Scottish architect in charge of the Ohio Theatre project in the 1920s, envisioned a place where anyone, regardless of wealth or status, could go and see a film or a live performance. Today, you can experience all of the history and majesty at one of the 100+ performances the theater puts on each year.

 

Northstar Cafe

When visiting Columbus for the first time, a meal at this popular vegetarian eatery is a must! While they do serve a few dishes for meat-lovers at Northstar Cafe, it's their vegetable-focused meals that truly stand out. All of their salads are excellent—our favorite is the Chopped Salad, crafted with avocado, almonds, blue cheese, apples and an optional turkey or bacon topping—but you can't go wrong with anything on their extensive menu.

 

German Village

Things to Do Columbus

Photo courtesy of the German Village Society

German Village is located in the heart of Columbus but still feels like it's worlds away. This is due to the German Village Society's efforts to maintain the historical feel of the neighborhood, the intricate architecture, and the idyllic urban garden parks throughout the area. In fact, German Village is one of the largest, privately funded historic districts in the country. Take a few hours to explore the charming streets and quaint shops and restaurants all around the neighborhood to give your parents a true taste of Columbus area history.

 

The Book Loft

While you're exploring German Village, don't miss the chance to stop into this bibliophile gem. The Book Loft offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It 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.

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Even most out-of-towners know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around—they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, Thrillist and US News. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. Stop by one of their many locations around the city for a cold treat; we highly recommend Brambleberry Crisp!

 

The Scioto Mile

 
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Stretching along downtown Columbus' riverfront, The Scioto Mile offers 145 acres of lush parkland, fountains and scenic overlooks, providing the perfect destination when entertaining out-of-town guests. Not only will you get a spectacular view of Columbus right on the river, but there are plenty of stops along the Mile that you can explore! Learn something new at COSI, get cultured at the Cultural Arts Center, or see a show at the Riverfront Amphitheater—there are endless opportunities for fun downtown.  

Short North Arts District

Due to its high concentration of art galleries, music venues, boutiques, restaurants and the like, the Short North Arts District is sometimes fondly referred to as the "art and soul" of Columbus. Vibrant urban attractions abound in this area, so there is never a shortage of fun things to do and see. In fact, it's one of the areas most recommended for visitors! Need some itinerary inspiration? Check out our guide to the neighborhood.

 

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September
12

The Must-Attend Fall Events in the Columbus Area for 2019

The leaves are changing, that familiar fall chill is starting to return to the air and pumpkin is appearing on menus everywhere. Fall is here, which is an occasion worth celebrating here in Columbus! Fortunately, there are plenty of local events and festivals to look forward to over the next few months.

Whether you're looking to experience the bountiful autumn harvest, get scared at a horror film festival or peruse a craft fair—you'll find something on this list worth marking on your calendar. Have fun this season!

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September

Country Living Fair

Where: Ohio Village 

When: September 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!

 

The 21st Annual Pawpaw Festival

Where: Lake Snowden, Albany

When: September 13-15, Friday 4 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event that celebrates one of America's largest native tree fruits: the pawpaw. The annual three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, fantastic entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local vendors. This year, you can expect a full lineup of presentations and activities that will provide fun for your whole family, including a Best Pawpaw Competition, a Pawpaw Cook-off, a Pawpaw Eating Contest and much more.

 

Old Hilliardfest

Where: Downtown Hilliard

When: September 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games, a sunflower show, a car show, kids' fair and much more.

 

Scarecrow Festival

Where: Downtown Washington Court House

When: September 20-22, Times TBA

Welcome autumn in style at this annual festival in Downtown Washington Court House! The family-friendly weekend will be full of live music, delicious food, rides, games, craft vendors, a 5K walk and run, classic cars and so much more. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to see what the full lineup of activities will be!

 

Harvest Fair

Where: The Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Harvest Fair is the Stratford Ecological Center's biggest event of the year, featuring plenty of tractors, farm animals, a horse-drawn wagon and so much more! Don't forget to bring the best of your bounty, which you can display to the rest of the fair, and some good walking shoes so you can traverse the nearby hiking trails while you're there. Tickets are $5 per person and children under the age of 3 are free.

 

Pumpkinpalooza

Where: Emswiler Farm, Pataskala

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children's Hospital, Pataskala's annual Pumpkinpalooza is a can't-miss event this season. This year, enjoy exploring a huge barn full of food and activities; pick out a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch; take a hayride around the farm; and bounce around in a bounce house—the possibilities are endless! You can purchase advance tickets on their website. All proceeds will benefit the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

 

Apple Fest

Where: Lawrence Orchards, Marion

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Orchards

This old-fashioned autumn event gives you and your whole family the chance to explore Lawrence Orchards, a local institution since 1921. Explore the orchard on a horse-drawn carriage, let the kiddos ride a pony, traverse the hay maze, take a train ride and, of course, eat a lot of apples! The event will feature plenty of fresh apples, caramel apple bars, apple pie and homemade apple cider that you'll want to take home gallons of.

 

October

43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

Where: Young's Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs

When: October 5-6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrate the fall season at Young's Jersey Dairy this year with the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival! There you'll be able to take your picture with Humongous Gus; taste freshly made pumpkin donut holes; take a tour of their cheese making facility; and go pumpkin bowling. This event is entirely free, so bring the whole family out to have some autumn fun!

 

German Village Monster Bash

Where: German Village Meeting Haus

When: October 12, 7-11:30 p.m.

This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photo booth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits.

 

Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery

Where: Oakland Nursery, Dublin

When: October 12-13, 12-4 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

Come celebrate all things autumn at this family-friendly festival! There will be tractor-pulled hayrides, make n' take crafts, a pumpkin bounce house, apple cider pressing, a giant pumpkin carving demo and much more—all of the ingredients needed for a perfect fall fest.

 

Shock Around the Clock

Where: The Drexel Theater

When: October 12-13, Noon-Noon

Sharpen your wooden stakes and stock up on silver bullets because Columbus's terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares! This 24-hour horror marathon is held at the Drexel Theater and will feature a lineup of several terrifying films. In addition to watching a few movies, you'll also have the chance to meet Michael Gornick, the legendary director of photography for Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Knightriders and Martin!

 

All Hallow's Eve at Ohio Village

Where: Ohio Village 

When: October 12 & 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

 

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where: East Franklin Street, Circleville

When: October 14-19, Times Vary

 
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Any Ohioan will tell you, fall means the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The 113th Circleville Pumpkin Show is just south of Columbus and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. Check out the parades, rides, entertainment and every kind of pumpkin-flavored treat that you can think of. Be sure to stop by and see the largest pumpkin pie, measuring at 14 feet in diameter, along with all of the massive pumpkins on display around East Franklin Street!

 

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Where: The Ohio Statehouse

When: October 18-19 & 25-26, 7-9 p.m.

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building—if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!

 

Boo at the Zoo

Where: The Columbus Zoo

When: Weekends October 11-27, Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.

 

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

Where: Easton Town Center

When: October 20, 12-3 p.m.

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the fall fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!

 

HighBall Halloween

Where: Short North, Columbus

When: October 11-12, Times TBD

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

 

Creepside Festival

Where: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna

When: October 19, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival two Saturdays before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!

November

Ohio Made Holiday Market

Where: Hollywood Casino Columbus

When: November 15-16, Friday 6-10 p.m. & Saturday 12-7 p.m.

Arts and Craft Shows

Kick-off your holiday shopping spree at one of the most popular craft fairs of the year! At the annual Ohio Made Holiday Market, over 80 vendors will be selling handcrafted, artisan goods as well as an assortment of wonderful gifts. VIP ticket holders will gain early access the market along with exclusive deals, drink specials and a raffle! You can purchase a ticket, and learn more about the participating vendors, here.  

Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K & 10K

Where: 333 West Broad Street When: November 30, 8:30 a.m. Give back to a cause you care about and get a free doughnut while you're at it! Don't miss the Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K a 10K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. All proceeds go towards supporting the Humane Society of Delaware County.  And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in—a few famous Buckeye Donuts will be waiting for you at the finish line!  

What about you?

Let us know how you plan to celebrate the season in the comments!

August
27

Inspired Art Walks & Annual Events in the Columbus Area

Columbus' art scene is bursting with creativity, which is evident in the spectacular art that you can find throughout the city. Not only are we home to the Columbus Museum of Art, which was the first art museum registered in Ohio and home to hundreds of interesting exhibitions, but our area also boasts amazing art galleries, art festivals and public art installations.

If you want to explore the incredible culture of Columbus—read on! We rounded up some of the best art walks and annual festivals in Columbus along with some information on how to take a self-guided art tour through the city.

 

Monthly Art Walks + Tours

Short North Arts District Gallery Hop

Monthly on the First Saturday, 4-10 p.m.

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of Short North Alliance

On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, which stay open late on these nights. Additionally, hear street performers, shop with local artisan vendors, and see unique public art all along High Street.

 

Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks

Two Monday Evenings a Month, May-August, 7-8 p.m. 

Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks are one-hour guided tours led by expert historians from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Each tour highlights local public art, architecture and historical sites in neighborhoods around Columbus. Each season runs from May through August, with tours offered on two Monday evenings a month. You can find the full schedule on their website!

 

Self-Guided Tours

Columbus Self-Guided Art Walks

The city of Columbus is passionate about our local public art. That's why you can find a self-guided art walk guide for almost every Columbus neighborhood on the city's website! Each neighborhood link—including Capitol Square, the Arena District and Short North—offers a printable map, public parking tips, and a downloadable audio tour that you can listen to while you traverse the area. And, for a more "on-the-go" experience, you can download the MyColumbus app to access Columbus art walks information while you're exploring the city.

 

Annual Art Events

Westerville Art Hop

The Westerville Art Hop is an annual event in April that transforms historic Uptown Westerville into a massive art gallery. Make your way through the area and take in the work of artists from all over the area in local shops and art galleries. If you visit all of the stops on the Art Hop's list, you can be entered to win fabulous prizes! You can find the full list of participating businesses and artists on their website.

 

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of McKenzie Stewart via the Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top art festivals in the nation by several national publications and features interactive activities, performances, food and beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile.

 

Easton Art Affair

Each June, head to the Easton Town Center and browse through unique, one-of-a-kind works of art. Local artists and crafters showcase their original work, including handmade crafts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking, graphics and so much more. The event is completely free and family-friendly so you can bring your entire entourage to see some great art each summer!

 

Westerville Music & Arts Festival

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of the Westerville Chamber of Commerce

For over 46 years, the Westerville Music & Arts Festival has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Columbus area to see fantastic live music performances and shop from over 100 local and national artisans. There's also an annual silent auction where you can purchase artwork from festival artists, proceeds from which benefit the Westerville Area Chamber. The cost is just $1 to attend and kids 10 and under are absolutely free!

 

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered the city's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working a variety of media. Additionally, there is always spectacular live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.

 

Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

Columbus Art Walks

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This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games and jumpies, a sunflower show, a car show, a kids' fair and much more.

 

Arts in the Alley

Arts in the Alley is one of Central Ohio's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every third weekend in September for over 40 years. The festival's name comes from its humble beginnings as a festival held in the back alley behind Broadway businesses. Today, the massive festival stretches all the way along Broadway and Park Streets and features over 100 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music—all weekend long you can find live performances on the Heartland Stage on West Park Street along with some delicious festival food.

 

Have Fun Exploring Columbus' Artsy Side!

Did we miss your favorite art event in the Columbus area? Let us know in the comments!

July
9

16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference

Columbus consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That's why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can. We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Columbus that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Columbus locals are proving how amazing our city is every day.  

Local Small Businesses

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

3041 Indianola Avenue

Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Travis Stewart Photography via Eat, Purr, Love

If you're a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic "cat café," not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption. By providing a comfortable space to hang out and meet new feline friends, Eat, Purr, Love has been able to send hundreds of cats to new homes. If you want to learn more about this eclectic small business, check out An Inside Look Into Eat, Purr, Love: Central Ohio's First Cat Café!

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not, soaps, shampoos, lotions and other products are full of harmful chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. That's why Glenn Avenue Soap Company uses completely natural ingredients in all of their products, which are also made using environmentally friendly practices. Either online or in person at their Craft Soaphouse, you can purchase anything from all-natural shaving cream and body butters to bath bombs and beer soaps — guilt free! Plus, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities. If you have an organization that you would like to be considered for a donation you can contact Glenn Avenue on their website.

Hot Chicken Takeover

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Hot Chicken Takeover

In the fall of 2013, owners Joe DeLoss and his wife Lisa visited Nashville and experienced their famous hot chicken culture for the first time. After tasting the chicken and getting hooked on the community surrounding the iconic dish, they decided to bring it to Columbus. Today, Hot Chicken Takeover is one of the most successful restaurants in the city, but HCT is about more than the chicken — it's about the people who work and eat there as well. That's why they provide supportive jobs to anyone in the area who needs a fair chance at work, regardless of homelessness, previous incarceration or any other barrier to employment.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Multiple Locations Even if you aren't from Columbus you probably know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around, and they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. We love them, not only because the ice cream is so good, but also because they care about the environment and the Columbus community. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones and work exclusively with local growers, makers, producers and suppliers.

Kittie's

495 South 3rd Street | 2424 East Main Street, Bexley Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes

Former professional golfers Mollie and Kelly are the brains behind Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes. After traveling the world for 10 years during their golf careers, the pair decided they wanted to open a new cake experience in Columbus. At both of their locations, one in Bexley and the other in German Village, you can try their incredible cupcakes that look just as amazing as they taste. But it isn't just Kittie's fantastic cakes that landed them on this list, they are also very dedicated to the Columbus community, donating any leftovers to local charities and getting highly involved with charity fundraising.

Land Grant Brewing

424 West Town Street Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Not only is Land-Grant one of the most successful breweries in the area, but they're also a leading pioneer in the sustainability movement in Columbus. They've worked tirelessly to upgrade their building to make it more eco-friendly. And it isn't just environmental sustainability they are committed to — Land Grant also donated over $38,000 in 2018 to local area education, sustainability and community building initiatives.  

Local Organizations

A Kid Again

777-G Dearborn Park Lane A Kid Again has one goal: to make sure that every child in American with a life-threatening illness gets the chance to be a kid again. Using donations from the local community and with the help of volunteers, A Kid Again helps children that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition feel normal by taking them on fun adventures around town. A trip to Kings Island, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Scene 75 are just some of the fun adventures A Kid Again has organized.

City Year Columbus

350 East 1st Avenue Suite 250 City Year has made headlines all over the world for the impact they are having on schools and communities throughout the United States. Their goal is to help prevent children from dropping out of school, something nearly a quarter of Columbus students do. Our local chapter has spent nearly two decades serving students all over the area, serving more than a million hours and reaching more than 75,000 students.

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio For over 130 years, Columbus Early Learning Centers have been providing fantastic early learning and care to Columbus area children. They provide affordable child care and education to all Columbus families, regardless of income and work to prepare children for kindergarten. If you're interested in donating or volunteering at a Columbus Early Learning Center, you can learn more on their website.   

Dublin Furniture Banc

6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin Dublin Furniture Banc works tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Central Ohio area are safe and have their basic needs taken care of. Using generous donations from the community, they help provide those in need with furniture including mattresses, couches and dressers along with home appliances and even automobiles.

Franklinton Farms

867 West Town Street Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty and building community. The farm features a 12 Site Scattered Urban Farm with High Tunnels for year-round production. Among those sites they have a Paw Paw Orchard, a berry patch, a microgreens grow room, and a lot of produce growing. The Patrick Kaufman Memorial Franklinton Community Garden is home to many community events. Check them out here to get the freshest produce in Franklinton!

The Idea Foundry

421 West State Street Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio The Idea Foundry is a place where anyone can explore their desire to make things. No matter what your passion is — video game design, welding, woodworking or public speaking — you can practice it at the Idea Foundry in one of their quiet workspaces, classrooms or workshops. And if you're interested in learning a new artisan skill, check out their calendar and see what types of classes and events they have going on this month!

Local Matters

633 Parsons Avenue In 2008, Local Matters was created to help put healthy, affordable food in the hands of Columbus residents and to educate the community on the importance of good nutrition. They work with schools to get students excited about healthy food; advocate for food education and access for all; and help families shop for, plan and cook healthy meals on a budget. Local Matters hosts several events every week, from cooking classes to gardening workshops. Visit their calendar to see what you could be learning this month.

ProMusica

620 East Broad Street, Suite 300 For nearly four decades, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has been delivering a unique classical music experience to the people of Columbus through innovative programming and educational outreach. Not only does this orchestra consistently deliver stunning performances throughout the city, but they are also dedicated to providing accessible music education to everyone in Columbus. From outreach in schools and colleges to internships to free family-friendly concerts in neighborhoods and parks throughout Columbus — ProMusica is bringing a love of music to the community every way they can.

Southside Roots

280 Reeb Avenue Southside Roots is our city's only Pay-What-You-Can market, offering a variety of grocery items and meals to locals, regardless of how much money they are able to spend. At their café, you'll find a seasonal menu full of healthy and delicious ingredients, which you can pay the full price for or you are welcome to give your time in service as payment. Once a week on Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m., Southside Roots hosts a free community dinner that helps bring people together and often includes dishes from all around Columbus.  

Tell us about your organization!

Do you run a nonprofit or support one that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
May
16

Cutler Real Estate Agent to Be Featured on House Hunters

When Karleya Chard, a Cutler Real Estate agent from our German Village office, was offered the chance to appear on the HGTV series "House Hunters," she had a pretty good idea of what to expect. As it so happens, this wasn't her first time on the popular show — having filmed an episode in 2015.

Karleya and her husband, Bryan

Nearly four years ago, Karleya helped her college friend Megan Charney and her husband Richard find a home on the show. The couple viewed three homes and ultimately fell in love with a four-bedroom, two-story home in Hilliard. This time around, when House Hunters Producers asked Karleya if she had any clients that would be interested in filming this year, she immediately thought of her friends Katie and Carter, who had recently gotten engaged and were looking for a home in the Upper Arlington area. "They are great people and were kind, reasonable clients which made them fun candidates to share the [House Hunters] experience with," she said. The couple was looking for a three-bedroom home with a two-car garage in either Upper Arlington or Grandview due to the area's accessibility to downtown and other amenities. "Katie was focused on the home being move-in-ready," said Karleya, "and Carter was focused on staying under budget. They both wanted a home with a yard suitable for their dogs." We asked Karleya if she could give us some information on Katie and Carter's final choice, but she declined to answer. "I don't want to say too much about which home they chose because I don't want to spoil the reveal at the end of the show. But I will say they landed on a perfect compromise," she said with a smile. While the hunt for Katie and Carter's new home ended like most of Karleya's house hunting journeys do — a success — the process was much different than usual. "Filming the show is exhilarating and exhausting," Karleya said of her experience working on the episode. She then described what a typical day of filming House Hunters looked like.

Karleya during the filming of her most recent episode of House Hunters

"The day typically begins with the clients approaching the home, hearing about the stats (bed, baths, style, price) and gauging their initial reaction," she said. "We then film each room on the interior, sharing the buyers' thoughts on the pros and cons. And the day ends by filming individual confessionals where the producer prompts you with questions and you respond." It's common knowledge that the show is partially staged, using clients that already have one of the homes under contract and two other "decoy homes" to film the episode, but that didn't make the episode any less fun for Karleya. "At first it is nerve-wracking to be filmed but as the days progress and you become familiar with the crew and fall into a rhythm, the filming process becomes more fun and natural," she said. "That being said… don't sign me up for a reality show." Instead of becoming a reality TV star, Karleya is focused on building her real estate business and helping people in the Columbus community. "My favorite parts of being a Realtor are helping people meet their goals by managing the home buying and selling process and minimizing the stress that comes along with such a large transaction and life transition."  

Karleya and her family

When she isn't busy being a real estate superhero, Karleya enjoys spending time with her two little boys: Bennett and Adler and her husband Bryan. "They are the highlights of my life and the reason I put 100% into what I do." The big episode will premier sometime this fall and we could not be more excited to see Karleya in action. Will you be watching?

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April
18

10 Eco-Friendly Businesses in Columbus You Should Be Supporting

Over the past few years, and with the recent passing of the Sustainable Columbus initiative, Columbus has become a greener city — and we couldn't be more excited! And, not only is the city itself promoting environmentally-friendly practices, but local businesses have been making some big changes as well. To celebrate the green initiatives these local businesses are taking action on, we rounded up some of our favorite Columbus makers that reduce, reuse and recycle every day. On this list, you'll find everything from small vegan clothing companies to ice cream meccas that you should be supporting!  

Altre

Upcoming Pop-Ups Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Anne Deis via Altre

When Aileen Clemans learned about the unnecessary environmental damage and waste that the fashion industry causes every year, she decided to do something about it. She created Altre, a collection of vintage and secondhand clothing that is carefully selected and altered to fit a more modern style. Altre is not your typical vintage clothing vendor because they sell pieces that have been completely reworked by hand — so every item is entirely unique. By reusing and recycling old clothes, Altre is keeping them out of the landfill, saving water and promoting a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle.

Stump

305 East Fifth Avenue | 220 Thurman Avenue 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.

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue

Photo courtesy of Glenn Avenue Soap Company

Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not soaps, shampoos, lotions and more are full of harmful chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. That's why Glenn Avenue Soap Company uses completely natural ingredients in all of their products, which are also made using environmentally-friendly practices. Either online or in person at their Craft Soaphouse, you can purchase anything from all natural shaving cream and body butters to bath bombs and beer soaps — guilt free!

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Multiple Locations Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Even if you aren't from Columbus you probably know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around — they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, Thrillist and US News. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. We love them, not only because the ice cream is so good, but also because they care about the environment. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones to keep them out of the landfill and they also recycle, compost and reuse 75-80% of their food waste.

Glean

815 North High Street Glean is a shop that celebrates all things creatively repurposed. At their quirky venue, you'll find everything from unique home decor to locally handcrafted goods. Dawn McCombs started Glean in an effort to purposely lighten the impact on the environment, but before that, she was a teacher. Instead of scaring her students into caring for the environment, she taught them to love the Earth. That loving spirit is infused into Glean, inspiring customers to think about the planet and their impact on it every time they step inside.

Modo Yoga

1042 Dublin Road Pilates in Columbus Modo Yoga is a socially and environmentally conscious studio. They offer a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga, and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The "hot" in hot yoga allows for deep, safe stretching that helps strengthen, tone and loosen muscles, all while calming your mind and reducing stress. Their studio is powered with renewable energy and they continually create community campaigns to raise funds for the protection of the environment. So visit one of their many scheduled classes and rest easy knowing that you're helping out your body, mind and the planet.

Land-Grant Brewing

424 West Town Street Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Not only is Land-Grant one of the most successful breweries in the area, but they're also a leading pioneer in the sustainability movement in Columbus. They've worked tirelessly to upgrade their building, and In 2018, they even hosted the Sun-Grant Sustainability Fair which featured community partners that all have a passion for the environment.

Northstar

Multiple Locations Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Northstar

At Northstar, you'll find sustainably sourced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They try to use as many locally grown, organic and artisan-produced foods as they can to not only protect the environment but to also support local producers from around the region. And, because they acknowledge how hard it is to have a completely sustainable and harmless business, they've donated over $250,000 to-date to environmental organizations in an effort to mitigate the damage that they cause.

Sea and Salt

Upcoming Popups Sea and Salt is a small local business that creates ethical, eco-friendly accessories all by hand. Hand-dyed cotton and vegan leather are used to create totes, cross body bags, coin pouches, clutches, keychains and more! Each item is imagined and created by Corinne Furniss right here in Columbus. You can purchase her sustainable accessories on Etsy or at an upcoming popup around the city.

Too Legit to Quilt

Upcoming Popups

Photo courtesy of  Ryan Ransom via Too Legit to Quilt, modeled by Xiao Mei

Too Legit to Quilt is one of the coolest makers in the area. With a quirky, colorful style, owner Dre creates quilted goods by hand. While she started out quilting exclusively, today she creates everything from wall hangings to pillows to patches, all from repurposed textiles. You can get your hands on one of her gorgeous designs on her website or at an upcoming popup around Columbus!    

Happy Earth Day!

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March
14

An Inside Look Into Eat, Purr, Love: Central Ohio's First Cat Cafe

Cat cafés are sweeping the nation, giving cat and coffee lovers a chance to combine their passions in one convenient location. It's no surprise to us that Columbus is now home to our very own eclectic cat hang-out. Eat, Purr, Love, Central Ohio's first ever cat café, opened on Indianola Avenue in 2016 to a warm reception. In less than two years, the café adopted out over 300 adult and senior cats to Columbus locals. Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Columbus

Photo courtesy of Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

In July 2018, after Eat, Purr, Love founder Chrissy Kuras moved out of state, Columbus Humane took ownership of the café. Since then, they've continued adopting out cats at an extremely high rate — 92 in just the months of August-December 2018. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution even named them as one of the 14 best cat cafés in the United States. While some things have changed after the acquisition (they now offer pour-over coffee!), many things remain the same, such as their mission to "Fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being." And, according to the café manager Emma Walsh, they "will still act as a space that brings together our love of adoptable cats, coffee and the community." Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Columbus

Photo courtesy of Travis Stewart Photography via Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

The café is a fantastic place to relax with a good book, play a board game or just sit and watch cats roam. They offer freshly-brewed, locally-roasted coffee, as well as other drink options like tea and hot cocoa. You can purchase prepackaged, 100% vegan bakery items provided by Pattycake Bakery or you're welcome to bring your own snacks with you.   They even hold fun cat-themed events at the café throughout the month, including Yogatos, which is a unique yoga session with cats; Kids & Kitties, a fun cat-themed storytime for children and their parents; and Purrs and Palettes, where you paint a fun picture with a cat by your side. Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Columbus

Photo courtesy of Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

If you'd like to pay a visit to Eat, Purr, Love, they recommend that you make a reservation. While walk-ins are always welcome when space allows, making a reservation will ensure that you get some good quality kitty-time. You should also remember to get to the café at least 10 minutes early to review the "house rules", sign a waiver and order any refreshments that you'd like. You'll also be asked to pay a $10/hour cover charge and a $5/hour cover charge for children five and under. This charge goes to help the café provide a cozy environment and unique experience for cat lovers while also sustaining a comfortable home for homeless cats until they are adopted. Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe Columbus

Photo courtesy of Kathy Watson via Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

Only 12 visitors are allowed in the cat lounge at a time, but you can make a private reservation for up to 15 people by emailing info@eatpurrlovecatcafe.com. They are open Wednesday-Sunday, giving the felines their much-needed catnaps on Monday and Tuesday. You can find their complete hours here. Wondering how you can help? Follow Eat, Purr, Love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and if you'd like to volunteer with Columbus Humane, you can learn more here. "Every time you make a reservation, book a party, attend an event, or purchase coffee or some awesome retail item, you are supporting all of the animals in our community," said Walsh.  

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March
5

8 Essential St. Patrick's Day Events in the Columbus Area

Whether you're ready or not, St. Patrick's Day is upon us once again. Our favorite Irish holiday always brings with it plenty of fun and festivities, so naturally, we rounded up several ways to celebrate! Our lovely city of Columbus and the surrounding communities are full of Irish spirit, so it's no surprise to us that the area is bursting with St. Patrick's Day events. From parades to pub crawls, we've found the best ways to enjoy the holiday. Have fun experiencing the luck of the Irish to the absolute fullest — and don't forget to wear green!  

St. Patrick's Day Trolley Cruise

Where: North High Brewing When: March 11-17 Grab your green drinks and step aboard this unique trolley for a day of Irish fun. Short North Trolley Company will take you on a journey through Columbus, stopping at several iconic bars and pubs along the way. For a more private event, you can rent the whole trolley just for yourself and some friends — giving you the chance to choose your own route through the Columbus area.  

St. Patty's Cocktails, Cookies & Candles

Where: The Candle Lab When: March 14, 6-8 p.m. Columbus St. Patrick's Day Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Watershed, Cookie Lady Columbus and the Candle Lab for a night of cocktail mixing, cooking making and candle pouring! Start by pouring your own custom-scented 8-ounce candle, using St. Patrick's Day-inspired scents sure to get you in the spring spirit. Then, enjoy Irish themed cocktails and decorate cookies! You won't want to miss this night of Irish cheer and hands-on creativity.  

2019 Irish Whiskey Tasting

Where: Serendipity Labs When: March 14, 6-9 p.m. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by tasting Irish whiskey? At this special tasting event, you'll get to try five different Irish whiskeys alongside fellow Columbus whiskey lovers. Food is welcome, so feel free to bring a picnic or your favorite take out with you!    

St. Patrick's Day Party 2019

Where: Flannagan's When: March 16, Doors open at 8 a.m. Head over to Flannagan's in Dublin for the largest St. Patrick's Day party in Ohio. The doors to this iconic bar open at 8 a.m. and festivities will last all day. Click here to see the full list of activities and live music acts that will be performing throughout the day.  

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Historic Dublin When: March 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin

In Dublin, OH, Irish isn't just a culture, it's an attitude. That's why the area was named one of the top 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Orbitz and U.S. Travel. Don't miss this famous parade that will include marching bands, bagpipers, giant inflatables, leprechauns and so much more!  

Social City's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Where: Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. During the 2019 St. Patrick's Day weekend, join over 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in Ohio! Attendees will receive a t-shirt, beverage koozie, exclusive food and drink specials, free cover charges and so much more.  

Shamrock Club St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Broad Street When: March 17, 12:15 p.m. Don't miss the extravagant floats, marchers and balloons on display at the Shamrock Club's 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Run by the largest Irish organization in Central Ohio, this Irish-spirit fueled event is always a good time.  

St. Patrick's Day Show

Where: The Three-Legged Mare When: March 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. St Patrick's Day Irish Pubs Join local Celtic rock and roll band, Discarded Mischief in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Three-Legged Mare. Enjoy pub songs with a new twist along with Irish drink specials for a whole lot of fun this holiday.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a safe and fun holiday!
February
21

15 Columbus March Events We're Looking Forward To

Spring break, St. Patrick's Day and some warmer weather are right around the corner. With all of this excitement, the Columbus area has plenty of reasons to celebrate this month! Join us in the merriment with dog-friendly yoga, craft shows, parades, brewery tours and more. We've rounded up our most-anticipated events in the region this month, so peruse our top picks and get ready for an unforgettable March!  

Don Quixote

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: March 1-3, Times Vary Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of BalletMet | Dancer: Sophie Miklosovic | Photography: Jennifer Zmuda

Follow the tale of Don Quixote, an eccentric and old gentleman, as he sets out on an adventure. The celebrated BalletMet will take you on a beautiful adventure with lush sets and costumes, gorgeous dancing, and even some laughs.  

2019 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show

Where: Makoy Event Center When: March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kick off the avant-garde show year at their annual spring event in Columbus! Peruse rows upon rows of items handmade by local artists and crafters. There will also be a full concession stand on site so you can shop until you drop!  

Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour

Where: Rockmill Tavern When: March 2, 11 a.m. In 2011, the microbrew scene in Columbus exploded, going from only five breweries in the area to approaching 50 today. At this brewery tour, you'll explore the Columbus Brewery District and learn more about how beer is made while tasting the different styles from each destination. Take a look at all of the breweries you'll get a chance to visit here.  

March Gallery Hop

Where: The Short North Arts District When: March 2, 4-10 p.m. Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of Zoey Yaoxi Duan via the Short North Alliance

On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries, non-traditional exhibit spaces, street performers, and more. Plus, restaurants and bars in the area stay open late on these nights so you don't have to venture with an empty stomach.  

To The Dogs Cocktail Gala & Silent Paw-ction

Where: The Columbus Athenaeum When: March 2, 6-9:30 p.m. Join RESCUEDOhio for their annual cocktail gala and silent Paw-ction fundraiser. This evening will feature games, a silent auction, cash bar and a doggie fashion show!  

DOGA — Yoga for and with Dogs

Where: Wild Goose Creative When: March 3, 11:55 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a moment to relax with your dog. At this course held at Wild Goose Creative, dogs will be able to practice yoga with you by posing and stretching. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to play with dozens of adorable pups while workout out — it's a win-win!  

Wine and Girl Scout Cookies Pairing

Where: Serendipity Labs, Short North When: March 6, 6-9 p.m. Sample through the 2019 Girl Scout Cookies with a glass of wine! From Thin Mints to Tagalongs, Columbus 10 for 10 will have the perfect wine for every cookie. A portion of all the proceeds made during the event will be donated to Central Ohio Girl Scouts. You can get your ticket here.  

Plenty of Fish in Ohio

Where: Ohio History Center When: March 9, 2-2:30 p.m. Columbus March Events It's almost Spring, which means it's almost fishing season in the Buckeye State. Learn about some of the best fishing practices and locations for Ohioans at all different ages, abilities and interest levels.  

Eat Up! Columbus

Where: St. Charles Preparatory School When: March 9, 6-10 p.m. Savor an innovative six-course menu prepared by top Columbus chefs. This unique culinary experience will help support Freedom a la Cart, a Columbus non-profit that works to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio.  

2019 Mix & Shake Presented by Envisage Wealth

Where: North Market When: March 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. At this 21 and over event, experience an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more. For the price of one ticket, you will receive four cocktail tastings, a $10 voucher to spend at any North Market merchant, entertainment and even a speakeasy! All proceeds from this event benefit the not-for-profit: North Market Development Authority and the Ohio Distiller's Guild.  

2019 Irish Whiskey Tasting

Where: Serendipity Labs When: March 14, 6-9 p.m. Find some new whiskeys to love and share just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Taste from a selection of five whiskeys with one special "Surprise" bottle in store for you. Food is welcome at this event, so feel free to pack a St. Patrick's Day feast!  

Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Historic Dublin When: March 16, 12-1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin

Come out and experience one of the greenest, grandest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Celebrate with over 100 units including marching bands, clowns, floats and giant balloons alongside 20,000 guests.  

Social City's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Where: The Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. Join 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in all of Ohio! Explore all of the pubs within the Arena District and enjoy all that they have to offer. With a purchase of a ticket, you'll receive a t-shirt, drink specials, a koozie, free cover charges and more.  

The International Gem & Jewelry Show

Where: Ohio Expo Center When: March 29-31, Times Vary This famous show brings wholesalers, manufacturers and designers all together under one roof.  Shop from rows of quality gemstone, bead, jewelry and accessory dealers for an incredible selection.  

Craftin' Outlaws

Where: Columbus Museum of Art When: March 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the whole family out for a whole day of shopping, interactive elements and a celebration of all things crafting related! At this one-day craft fair, you'll be able to support local indie artists, crafters and designers without having to leave the building.  

Happy March!

Did we miss your favorite March event? Let us know about it in the comments below!  
January
29

No Reservations Required: 10 Incredible Walk-In Only Restaurants in Columbus

Forgot to make a reservation for your date this weekend? Or maybe your friends called and want to go out last minute tonight but now everything is booked? Don't worry — we've got you covered. Columbus is home to many restaurants that don't take reservations. Provided you're willing to wait just a couple extra minutes — you can enjoy a fantastic meal without all of the fuss. Plus, while you wait you can grab a drink nearby and soak in the sights of our amazing city. We've rounded up our favorite restaurants in Columbus that don't take reservations. Whether you're looking for an incredible poké bowl or maybe a mouth-watering slice of pizza — this list has a spot everyone will enjoy!

Portia's Cafe

4428 Indianola Avenue This vegan eatery is both casual and classy, offering dishes made from gluten-free, GMO-free, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Here you can grab a wrap, a bowl, a plethora of salads and soups along with delicious smoothies and vegan desserts.

Bodega

1044 North High Street   Bodega encourages you to come for the beer and stay for the food, and we couldn't agree more. They offer over 200 beers, 47 of them on tap, along with a fresh and inventive American pub-style menu. On Monday, be sure to stop in for their "$1 Grilled Cheese Monday" special which may be the best thing ever.

Arepazo Tapas and Wine

92 North High Street Arepazo is a cozy restaurant settled in Gahanna, perfect for a business lunch, family gathering or a romantic date night. They serve incredible, authentic South American cuisine paired with great wine and cocktail selections. While you're there, be sure to grab a bottle of their famous Cilantro sauce to take home because we promise, once you get a taste, you'll want to put it on every meal you ever have.

Hai Poké

647 North High Street Even though their menu is constantly expanding, it's Hai Poké's incredible poké bowl that has been featured on NPR, 1870 Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch (and Cutler Real Estate's Blog) and many other publications. What with fresh fish, tofu, veggies and rice along with homemade sauces — you can't go wrong!

Northstar Café

4241 North High Street | 951 North High Street | 4015 Townsfair Way | 109 South State Street

Photo courtesy of Northstar Café

At Northstar, you'll find locally and sustainably sourced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From delicious sandwiches and burgers to handcrafted pizzas and salads — they've got a little something for everyone!  

Mickey's Late Night Slice

268 South Fourth Street | 457 North High Street Have you ever wandered around the city late at night, trying to find a good meal but keep coming up short? Mickey's is open until 3 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on the weekends and offer delivery throughout the night as well! Not only do they offer delicious pizza at great prices, but their beer and cocktail selection is unbeatable.

Bibibop Asian Grill

Several Locations In 2013, Bibibop opened up their first location in Columbus, bringing the bold flavors and healthy ingredients of South Korea to our incredible city. Since then, they've opened up dozens of locations around the nation, but they remain a Columbus staple with their fast, casual food and incredible atmosphere.

Brassica

680 North High Street | 2212 East Main Street

Photo courtesy of Brassica

With two spectacular Columbus locations and two more coming soon, it's safe to assume that Brassica is something special. They serve healthy (and delicious) sandwiches and salads crafted from organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Nida's Thai on High

976 North High Street For some of the best Thai cuisine in Columbus, visit Nida's Thai on High. Their authentic, carefully crafted dishes never disappoint and are served along with innovative cocktails in a modern atmosphere.

The Brown Bag Deli

898 Mohawk Street This German Village eatery offers an extensive menu of seasonal dishes along with all of your favorite deli classics. Their sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts are all sensational and the ambiance is perfect for both work lunches or date nights.  

Hungry?

Which of these incredible Columbus restaurants do you want to check out first? Let us know in the comments!
December
18

The Biggest New Year's Eve 2019 Events in the Columbus Area

1Another year is coming to a close. It's time to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 — preferably by attending a grand celebration! Luckily, Columbus is bursting with New Year's Eve parties and events so you can ring in 2019 the right way. From kid-friendly celebrations with balloons and fireworks to 21+ parties and champagne toasts — we've gathered up the events we're the most excited for this New Year's Eve. Enjoy!

For the Kids

New Year's Eve Kids Countdown

Where: Skate Zone 71 When: December 31, 4-7 p.m. Columbus NYE Events Come out and enjoy a new year celebration with great music and a ton of fun! Skate the night away and enjoy unlimited cheese pizza and drinks, noisemakers, and an early 2019 countdown. Grab your tickets today before they run out!

Sequoia Pro Bowl New Year's Eve Parties

Where: Sequoia Pro Bowl When: December 31, 5-11:30 p.m. This year, Sequoia Pro Bowl bowling alley will be hosting not one, but two New Year's Eve parties! These are "Rent a Lane" parties, so you can rent a lane for up to six people for unlimited bowling and a whole lot of fun.
  • Early Family Party, 5-8 p.m. — This early party is perfect so young children can still participate in the new year festivities. There will be music, bowling, free party favors and even a countdown at the end.
  • Rockin' Bowl Party, 9-11:30 p.m. — Ring in the new year with four and a half hours of unlimited laser light bowling games with your friends and family. Finish off the night by watching the ball drop on one of their many TV screens and celebrate with a champagne toast (for those 21 and over of course!).

First Night Columbus

Where: COSI Columbus When: December 31, 5:30 p.m. New Year's Eve Events Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of First Night Columbus

This is the place for families on New Year's Eve! This choose-your-own-adventure event is packed full of fun. Check out a hands-on activity, enjoy live music, shows and of course, the fireworks finale. Don't miss this unique holiday experience this year!  

For the Adults

2019 New Year's Eve at The Goat

Where: The Goat, Multiple Locations New Year's Eve Columbus

Photo courtesy of The Goat

Kick off 2019 in style at all of The Goat locations! These private events include a delicious chef-inspired menu, music all night long, a late night silent disco, a Smile Bar photo booth and so much more. NYE at The Goat-GermantownDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE at The Goat-HilliardDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE at The Goat-New AlbanyDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Skully's New Year's Eve Bash 2019

Where: Skully's Music-Diner When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Come celebrate the new year the right way at Skully's Music-Diner. Dance your heart out to incredible music from DJs Chuckstar and Skull Dogg. Enjoy spending the night with your friends and family in a fun atmosphere. Tickets are available now!

New Year's Eve at Shadowbox Live

Where: Shadowbox Live When: December 31, 8:30 p.m. Ring in 2019 with Shadowbox Live! Enjoy an appetizer, dinner and dessert banquet, a live concert with BillWho?, and a dance party, free party favors and champagne toast at midnight. You can check out the awesome menu and grab your tickets here.

New Year's Eve Party Columbus

Where: The Columbus Renaissance Hotel When: December 31, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE Columbus Join the Columbus Renaissance Hotel as they throw the biggest downtown party in Columbus with three rooms of entertainment. Dance until the ball drops to music from local DJs and the band SWAG. You won't want to miss this one!

The Three Legged Mare's New Year's Eve Party

Where: The Three-Legged Mare When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Don't miss this incredible New Year's Eve celebration at the Three-Legged Mare. Enjoy an open bar, an endless food buffet which includes deliciously prepared prime rib, music from Sonic Boom playing all night, and a champagne toast at midnight! Designated Driver tickets will also be available for a lower price and include unlimited access to the buffet and free non-alcoholic drinks.

Spacebar's NYE Party

Where: Spacebar When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. NYE Columbus Ohio Celebrate the end of 2018 with craft beer and free champagne at the Spacebar. They will be hosting three top-secret bands and giving you the chance to dance the night away, so make sure to stop by and listen to some great music and grab a beer — it's sure to be an unforgettable night!

Under the Sea 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Where: The Hollywood Casino When: December 31, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out and join the Hollywood Casino as they take a trip under the sea. This memorable evening is complete with an exclusive concert, a fully decorated theme ballroom, and an all you can eat buffet filled with some of the best food Hollywood has to offer!

New Year's Eve Bash at the Hubbard Grille

Where: The Hubbard Grille When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE Columbus Events Great DJs, carefully curated drink specials and friends by your side — what more would you want from a New Year's Eve party? Hubbard Grille promises an exceptional evening full of fun, fantastic music and great drinks!  

Have a Happy New Year!

We hope you have a safe and fun night.
October
10

16 Essential Halloween Events in the Columbus Area 2018

Halloween season is upon us! Maximize the spookiness of this holiday at one of the many events happening in the Columbus area — from kid-friendly trick-or-treating adventures to libation-filled costumed galas. Mark your calendars for the many Halloween events in Columbus on the horizon, whether you prefer a festive fall celebration or a thrilling haunted experience. These events are sure to take your Halloween to the next level!  

German Village Monster Bash

October 13 | 7–11:30 p.m. Location: Historic German Village, Columbus This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photobooth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even watch the Ohio State game on a big screen, grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits. Plus, the party continues at The Daily Growler, which will stay open later than usual for a post-party drink! General admission tickets are $75.  

All Hallows' Eve at Ohio Village

October 13 + 20 | 5:30–9:30 p.m. Location: Ohio Village, Columbus Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! General admission tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under. Member tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under.  

Boo 'N Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

October 13, 20 + 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus Columbus Halloween Events Each Saturday in October, Polaris Fashion Place is hosting a special Boo 'n Brew celebration, featuring treats and activities for little ones. Costumed kids are invited to stroll up and down the lifestyle center collecting goodies from merchants and participating in fun activities, including crafts, a costume parade, entertainers, and various treats. Plus, adults can enjoy the beer garden and live music!  

Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park

October 19 | 6–7:30 p.m. Location: Three Creeks Metro Park, Columbus Listen to not-too-scary stories and enjoy s'mores by the campfire at the Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and go "trunk-or-treating" for candy. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board to start the festivities at the park!  

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

October 19–20 + 26–27 | 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 + 9 p.m. Location: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building — if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!  

Boo at the Zoo

October 19–21 + 26–28 | Fridays 5–9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m. + Sundays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.  

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

October 21 | 12–3 p.m. Location: Easton Town Center, Columbus Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival Easton Town Center Columbus, OH

Photo Courtesy of Brady Designs Ltd. via Easton Town Center

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the Halloween fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!  

Haunted Wine Cellar | Food and Wine Pairing & Costume Contest

Location: October 26 | 7:30–10 p.m. Location: Wyandotte Winery, Columbus Embark on a trip of terror through the haunted wine cellar at Wyandotte Winery. Come dressed in costume (prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!) and enjoy endless entertainment, including a terrorizing tour through six haunted food and wine pairing stations. Tickets are $35 and admission includes all six pairings, access to the bonfire and snacks on the patio. Advance registration is required! Tours are staggered every 15 minutes between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.  

OSU HalleBOOia!

October 26 | 8 p.m. Location: OSU's Weigel Hall, Columbus OSU School of Music HalleBOOia!

Photo Courtesy of the OSU School of Music

The OSU School of Music presents their 25th annual Halloween concert, featuring student vocalists and instrumentalists decked out in Halloween attire. This popular community tradition includes a mix of movie and TV themes, contemporary pop, folk music, spoofs on classical motifs, choral and chamber arrangements, and much more. HalleBOOia! is free and open to the public; no ticket is required for admission.  

Howl-O-Ween

October 26 | 4–7 p.m. Location: Ohio Wildlife Center, Powell Take a walk on the wild side at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell as you walk through the White Tail Trail and visit with "spooky" animal ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex and Woodsy, snakes Checkers, Percy and Lenore, and American Crows. Admission to Howl-O-Ween is $5 per person (and free for children under 5) or free with a donation from the Ohio Wildlife Center's wish list!  

HighBall Halloween

October 26–27 | Friday: 6 p.m.–1 a.m. +  Saturday: 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Location: Short North, Columbus Columbus HighBall Halloween

Photo Courtesy of John Crider via HighBall Halloween

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. Tickets for HighBall Halloween start at just $7! The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.  

Creepside Festival

October 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival the Saturday before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!  

A Haunted Night in the Gardens

October 27 | 5–7:30 p.m. Location: Hoover Gardens, Westerville A Haunted Night in the Gardens Hoover Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

Hoover Gardens is hosting a fun Halloween celebration for all ages. Walk through a haunted maze, play games and win prizes, enter the costume contest, get your face painted, paint a pumpkin, eat popcorn and sip on hot apple cider. This event is completely free but pumpkin painting costs $2 per pumpkin.  

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory

October 27–28 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Columbus Celebrate Halloween in a gorgeous setting at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Bring your own reusable bag, dress up in costume, and make stops at the various trick-or-treat stations positioned throughout the conservatory biomes and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. Dress for the weather as there is a mix of indoor and outdoor stations. New this year — you now have two days to make your stop at the gardens for trick-or-treating!  

Halloween Family Fun Day

October 28 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Location: North Market, Columbus Halloween Family Fun Day North Market

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Little ghosts and goblins are invited to North Market for a full day of Halloween fun, including craft activities, Columbus Children's Theatre activities, trick-or-treating with merchants, and much more. This annual event is completely free to attend!  

Boo Off Broadway & Beggars' Night

October 31 | 6–8 p.m. Location: Town Center Promenade, Grove City Each Halloween night, Grove City's Town Center Promenade is transformed into a destination for spooky fun. This family-friendly event provides an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating (which is also offered in the community), allowing children to collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations.  

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this spooky holiday to the fullest. How are you celebrating? Let us know in the comments below!
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The 11 Best Columbus Sports Bars to Cheer on the Buckeyes

Football season is officially underway! If anyone knows how to experience football season to the fullest, it's Ohio State fans. While there's nothing quite like seeing the game in front of your eyes at the Shoe, there's something exciting about cheering on the Buckeyes during away games with fellow fans — and plenty of beer and bar bites to go around. From suburban sports bars to lively pubs nestled in the heart of the city, there are so many places to watch the game. Be a part of the excitement and camaraderie by cheering on the Buckeyes at these exceptional sports bars in Columbus.  

King Avenue Five

Location: 945 King Avenue Located just south of the Ohio State campus, King Avenue Five is a popular destination for lunch, dinner or drinks, including 10 beers on tap. The setup is designed for the ultimate sports experience, including six HDTV projection screens and 22 high-def flat screens around the bar!  

Old Skool

Location: 2941 North High Street It's always a party at Old Skool, a vibrant bar just north of the University District. The industrial interior features plenty of high-res TVs and garage doors opening to a covered outdoor patio. All season long, enjoy drink specials, including $3 drafts and $2 sliders on Saturdays and $4 Great Lakes Brewing Company Pils and $2 sliders on Sundays.  

Olivers

Location: 26 North High Street Olivers Columbus, OH

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Nestled in the heart of downtown, Olivers is a hip industrial eatery with an exceptional menu and a full bar. This central hotspot is known for their live blues shows every Friday and Saturday night and weekday happy hour from 3–7 p.m. With its full bar and delicious pub grub, Olivers is a great place to be during Buckeyes games.  

Eddie George's Grille 27

Location: 775 Yard Street This modern restaurant was founded by the Heisman Trophy-winning Ohio State football star Eddie George, so it is n