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Mega Weekend – Festivals, Music, Jazz & Ribs, and Much More!

Excited the weekend is here? Don’t miss your chance to enter to win tickets to the Breakaway Music Festival. The Taco Festival is coming August 10th! If you are looking for ways to beat the heat, don’t forget about the libraries. Thursday Looking to enjoy some yoga and a brew? The Franklin County Fair continues […]

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Parsons East Public Project to Include Vegetarian Restaurant Comune

Eat Rau, the popup serving plant-based cuisine, has changed their brand and format. Now operating as Comune, the popup will roll out tasting menus that’ll appear at the restaurant they’ll open on Parsons Avenue. It’s part of the East Public project spanning 677 to 681 Parsons. Along with the co-working, brewery and office space will […]

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Clintonville Bar Growl! to Share Space with New Business Johnny Coffee

Popups are proliferating. More and more brick-and-mortar businesses are hosting them on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. They usually only stay for a few hours, unpacking and packing up at the start and end of each shift. New coffee and espresso provider Johnny Coffee is taking a different route, partnering with Growl! in Clintonville to […]

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Treat to Try: Good Food Bakery

Sure, it’s prime-time for growables such as sweet corn and tomatoes, but the local farmers market scene continues to provide excellent opportunities to try out independent, local baked goods. Even though bakeries can operate 365 days of the year, the summer markets give them sales outlets and opportunities that simply don’t exist in the winter. […]

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Best in Show!

The Franklin County Fair and 4-H Junior Fair continues its 100th year. From rabbit showmanship to quilt making, congratulations to all participants and ribbon winners! 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 […]

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Piada Announces Grove City Location, Partners with Local Community Organization

After establishing several markets across the Midwest and in Texas, Columbus-based Piada will open its 44th store in Grove City, off Stringtown Road. It’s a move they’ve planned since opening their fourth restaurant, and it’s part of Piada’s grander business plan to build out the markets they’ve broken into over the last seven years. “We’ve […]

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National Program Centralizing Women’s Issues to Visit Columbus, Provide Training

In the last year alone, a constant push has established itself to diversify voices and participation in politics and leadership. The emergence of organizations training women to run for office, like She Should Run, Emerge, Ready to Run, and Vote, Run, Lead, proves that. Galvanize, a program launched by national organization United State of Women […]

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New Project to Use Shipping Containers to Build Single Family Homes

The team behind the Cargominium project – a 25-unit apartment building made out of shipping containers – has announced plans to build single family homes using the same material. “We are planning to build nine homes on Bassett Avenue, between Old Leonard Avenue and Fifth Avenue,” said Derrick Pryor of AES Development, the co-developer, along […]

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New Local Coffee Roaster Bacca Prioritizes Craft, Ethical Harvesting

Operating out of a German Village kitchen, business partners Jared Gibbons and Steven Engel are roasting coffee for the masses. They launched Bacca in March, using an ever-changing lineup of beans to create small batches of “bright, fruity, eccentric, single-origin” coffees. Breaking into the retail market has been a challenge, but that might change as […]

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Restaurant Review: GoCupz

Aloha Hawaiian Barbecue was something of a magnet for local diners. One of the few places in town that offered Hawaiian fare (at least, before poké became an Official Thing), it was equally loved for its take on more mainstream Asian offerings. All that can be a hard act to follow, but GoCupz has officially […]

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Photos: Local Health & Wellness Businesses Showcased at Healthy Bites Festival

On Thursday, July 13 hundreds of local health fans dodged the rain and gathered together at Strongwater Food and Spirits! It was a great time with tons of delicious food, plenty of photo ops and many new connections made. A big thank you to all the local businesses who came out to show off their menus, […]

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Concert Preview: Lee DeWyze at Shawshank

When singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze was in Columbus for a show at Rumba Café in April, he probably wasn’t considering coming back to Central Ohio within four months. But a quick day trip to Mansfield quickly sealed the deal on a rather fast return to the Buckeye State — at an unusual historic venue. “Yeah, so […]

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Kitamu Coffee Closing in Hilliard

After nearly seven years in business, local cafe Kitamu Coffee is closing its doors at 3221 Hilliard Rome Rd. in Hilliard. Founder Mo Muhidin opened the shop in late 2010, providing a space for Hilliard residents to not only grab coffee, but also as a place for entertainment, live music and more. On Saturday, July […]

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Bend and Brew: Enlighten Up with Yoga and a Brew

The Columbus yoga and beer scenes just keep growing. In addition to some good times around tunes that combine yoga practice and brewskis, there are some opportunities to do good works, too. “Yoga combined with breweries can be a great way to introduce people to yoga,” notes yoga teacher Daniel Sernicola. “Having a drink afterwards […]

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Rooks Tavern Announces Permanent Closure

After little more than eight months in the University District, Rooks Tavern announced its permanent closure today. “Friends, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the permanent closure of Rooks Tavern,” the owners wrote in a Facebook post. “Together we made a beautiful thing, even if only for a short time. Fun […]

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BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include a more accurate estimate of the number of protesters present, as well as additional input from Stonewall Board Member Joshua Snyder-Hill. When Stonewall Columbus planned their community dialogue, it didn’t include a BlackPride4 hijack. They didn’t expect 100 protesters to filter in and disrupt it. And they […]

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Year 100 for Franklin County Fair!

Franklin County Fair celebrates year 100—wow! This week, July 15-22, 4-H youth members share their hardwork and showmanship amidst events, games, and family fun. Check it out! 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 […]

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Editorial: You can Support Columbus Underground by Attending Events!

As more and more news outlets move toward a paid subscription model, the public has less and less access to important information. The conundrum is an interesting one, as the consistent publishing of high quality news is an endeavor with fixed costs, but there’s also a mission to serve the greater good of keeping the […]

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Photos: Best Bites Brunch 2017

The second annual Best Bites: Brunch event took place on April 20th at the Ohio History Connection, and hundreds of local brunch fans gathered to sample the best of the best from restaurants, food trucks and caterers around town. Attendees voted for their favorites, selecting Taste of Belgium as the #1 brunch in Columbus. The […]

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Otterbein’s They’re Playing Our Song is a Charming Throwback

Otterbein wraps up their 2017 Summer Theatre season with one of their perennial audience favorites, Neil Simon. Melissa Lusher directs a charming production of Simon’s (book) ’70s hit collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch (music) and Carole Bayer Sager (lyrics), They’re Playing Our Song. They’re Playing Our Song is a fictionalized retelling of the relationship between Hamlisch and Sayer. Vernon Gersch (Maxwell Bartel) is an award winning composer with […]

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And They’re Off!

Our community hosts an abundance of races and walks to bring awareness and show support for causes and nonprofits. Here, participants race to support American Brain Tumor Association. View a list of upcoming races. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in […]

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The Confluence Cast: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

It’s getting hoppy in here. We talk with Chris Davison, the head brewer at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, about sour beers, the brewing process, the brewing community, what other breweries in town you should be checking out, why Columbus is a young beer scene, and why that’s a good thing. http://media.blubrry.com/confluence/p/theconfluencecast.com/episodes/42_wolfsridge.mp3 Shownotes for this episode Support for this […]

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Heartbreaking Magic and Mystery in Tantrum Theater’s Caroline, Or Change

Fabulism brings a new perspective on our mutual pain, desire, and joy by disrupting what we think we know. Breaking the rules of the world lets us experience it through new eyes. Caroline, Or Change, the 2003 Broadway musical by Tony Kushner (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music) uses anthropomorphism to extend the musical’s natural tendency to turn metaphor into flesh. We can see the dark middle period […]

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NEXT: The University of Phoenix Rises

It has been a rough couple of years for the University of Phoenix. The upstart college founded in the 1970s by John Sperling aimed to provide higher education aimed specifically at working adults. In the late early 2000s, the University of Phoenix expanded its offerings to more directly compete with traditional higher education institutions, offering […]

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Columbus Experience: Train with a Ninja Warrior

The very first time she put her hands on the bar, Michelle Warnky went to the top of the salmon ladder: “I just sort of felt like I could do it.” Let that sink in for a minute. The local athlete’s been making waves as a competitor on the television program, American Ninja Warrior. She’s […]

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