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Honoring MLK, Jr.
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Together, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate those who, like him, dedicate their lives to improving and strengthening our community. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our smart + open community. Be sure to check out columbusfoundation.org and follow along […]

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The Confluence Cast: The Hilltop
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To kick off our neighborhoods series, we’re starting with one of Columbus’ largest, the Hilltop. On the occasion of their newly completed Camp Chase Trail, Jody Dzuranin and Betty Jaynes sat down to discuss the new trail, the renaissance that their fighting for on the Hilltop, some of the sensitivities and perceptions that the westside faces, and what they’re doing to […]

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The Andersons Closing all Retail Store Locations
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Another retailer has announced plans to close stores, joining a rapidly growing list in 2017. The Andersons Inc. — which operates large-scale grain, ethanol, rail and other agribusiness enterprises — announced that it would be closing its retail operations, which includes two stores in Columbus and two in the Toledo area. “This was a difficult […]

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Cub Shrub Opening Second Location
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It’s been just over a year since kid-focused Cub Shrub opened in the Short North, and owners Niki and Josh Quinn have announced a second location for the venture. “We opened the first Cub Shrub when our daughter, Emma, was born and we realized that there were not many local places to find interesting, well […]

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First Look: What the Rock?! Reopens in Clintonville
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After finishing out their final holiday shopping season in the Short North, husband-and-wife duo Mike Renner and Heather Ziegler have finished relocating What the Rock?! to its new location at 3039 Indianola Avenue in Clintonville. The store soft-opened today for the first time since the move, with a grand opening to be announced in the […]

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Calling it Quits
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After 146 years, the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to end the production of “The Greatest Show on Earth”. A release issued by the company yesterday citied increased costs and declining ticket sales as the main reasons to cease the production of their shows. Last May, the organization […]

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Grassroots: The Socialist Alternative Fights for Columbus’ Working Class
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If there’s mobilization behind a progressive policy, more than likely the Socialist Alternative is involved. The international organization, originating in the UK in the 50s and landing stateside in 1984, established its Columbus chapter in 2013. “We’re not a single issue organization,” said Kyle Landis, local activist and member of the Socialist Alternative. “Anywhere people […]

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American Apparel Closing All Stores
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2017 continues to be a bad year for several major retailers across the country, as American Apparel is the latest to announce closures, joining the likes of The Limited, Kmart/Sears and Macy’s. The company filed for bankruptcy late last year, and its remaining assets were sold to Canadian company Gildan last week (pending court approval), […]

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For The Record: The xx’s “I See You”
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You’re getting down and swaying across the dance floor in an elaborately lit underground club in the U.K., sweating profusely with your friends. Are you really there, or did you just throw on The xx’s new album I See You in your living room? Let’s go with the latter. If the London-based trio hadn’t already established […]

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Florentine Restaurant Lives On Through Marinara Sauce
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The beloved Florentine announced its unexpected departure from the local restaurant scene with a little hopeful hint. Careful readers might have noticed a mention of a possible afterlife, or second act. Incontrovertible proof of the afterlife has now arrived. The Florentine has experienced an early resurrection in jars of Marinara. They debuted on grocery shelves […]

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Five New Films Worth Seeing in January
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So many movies this weekend! Scorsese’s latest, Ben Affleck’s period gangster flick, Isabelle Huppert’s provocative, Golden Globe winning Elle and Mark Wahlberg’s take on the Boston Marathon bombings – and other ones, too! There are a couple horror films you can check out, a family flick or two, and an intriguing directorial debut called Hunter […]

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DareDevil Dogs Closes Ahead of Redevelopment Plans
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Following the November announcement that their location could eventually be demolished to make way for a new eight-story hotel development, the owners of DareDevil Dogs have decided to close their doors at 1437 North High Street. The company issued an updated statement this evening: “Sadly, DareDevil Dogs has closed its doors for the final time. We […]

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Local Entrepreneurs Bring Thai Rolled Ice Cream to Columbus
Photo provided by Zachary Sanders.

When Zach and Ashlie Sanders came back from their Thailand honeymoon, they couldn’t help but bring back a little piece with them. Rolled ice cream, the treat you never knew you wanted, is their product, and it’s gathering crowds at the couples’ pop ups and festival booths. For Simply Rolled, the big attraction seems to […]

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Supporting Anti-Bullying and More
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From a library program to multiple anti-bullying campaigns, Tom and Ann DiMarco offer hope and support to kids in one of Ohio’s struggling areas through their Columbus Foundation family fund. Read their story. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our […]

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Nintendo Switch Details Revealed
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Last night, Nintendo revealed all the details of its highly-anticipated console, the Nintendo Switch. For those who aren’t aware, the Nintendo switch is a hybrid console handheld device that allows consumers to take the console out of a special dock, to be able to take their games on the go, with a portable 720p screen […]

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TV Review: Negatives Outweigh the Positives in “The OA”
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Netflix quietly released The OA in mid-December, and if you haven’t watched the show yet, read carefully. This review covers all eight episodes. The series was impressively created by friends and frequent collaborators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. If you’ve seen any of their previous projects like Sound of My Voice, you might have a […]

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Taste the Best Desserts in Columbus on February 23rd!
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Columbus Underground’s popular event Best Bites: Sweet Treats is returning bigger and better in its third year on Thursday, February 23. The event will be a celebration of all things sugary and sweet in the city! Local dessert fans will get to taste their way through a wide variety of the city’s dessert makers and vote […]

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Mega Weekend Winter 2017 – Vol. 7
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With chilly weather and freezing rain, you may want to find as many warm indoor activities as you can. Shadowbox Live’s new show Body Heat may warm you up! Be sure to get your entry in for our newest round of contests for you to enter, courtesy Promowest. There’s a healthcare rally on Sunday. Plan your […]

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Teamwork in the kitchen!
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It’s all hands on deck in the Local Matters kitchen! This fun and interactive cooking class brings everyone together to learn about healthful food—regardless of skill level or ability to pay. Sign up for the next class. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people […]

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Music Preview: A Resurrected Bash and Pop Take Big Room Bar by Storm
Tommy Stinson plays the Big Room Bar on Sunday, January 15. Photo by Steven Cohen.

There are very few pure rock and roll bass players as good as Tommy Stinson. Helping found The Replacements at 11; he’s spent the last 35 years bringing his magic to other bands on stage and record and periodically making time for his own songs. Every bass player I know cites him as a major […]

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Music Preview: Grammy Nominee Robbie Fulks Comes to Natalie’s
Find singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza on Sunday, January 15. Photo by Andy Goodwin.

With two new Grammy nominations under his belt, one of America’s finest singer-songwriters, Robbie Fulks, returns to Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza on Sunday, January 15 (tickets and more info found in the link). Fulks grew up in North Carolina, still fodder in some of his best songs, proving correct the Flannery O’Connor quote about surviving childhood. After […]

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Race Roundup 2017
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Race Roundup is back! If you’ve got getting in shape, or just being a bit more fit, or maybe running a 5K every month, on your new year’s resolutions list, this list is for you. Every year, Columbus has plenty to offer in the way of marathons, half-marathons, 10ks, 5ks, fun runs and adventure runs. […]

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Ohio’s Own: Milk Drinks from Arps Dairy
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In the Ohio regional dairy scene, Snowville and Reiter are both beloved players. That said, right next to their wares in the grocery cooler was a hot pink bottle of strawberry milk. That’s hard to ignore. And when it turns out that the bottle is the product of Ohio’s very own Arps Dairy, well… that […]

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Magnani Retrospective Comes to the Wexner Center
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An icon of Italian cinema – an Oscar winner who worked with most of her time’s greatest directors – gets a retrospective beginning Thursday at the Wexner Center for the Arts. What’s so special about Anna Magnani? “Her performances are often raw, unbridled…like something is always simmering inside of her ready to burst out,” says […]

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New Dublin Branch Library Design Unveiled
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Representatives from the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) officially unveiled their design concept for the new Dublin Branch that will replace the existing building located at 75 N. High St. in Historic Dublin. The new three story structure will double the size of the existing location, clocking in at a total of 41,000 square feet of space, […]

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