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ColumbusUnderground.com continues to expand in 2013 with the relocation to a new office space at 14 E. Gay St. in Downtown Columbus. The company was previously located just down the street at 65 E. Gay St.

“We’re committed to growing our business in Downtown Columbus, and very specifically wanted to stay on Gay Street,” says Columbus Underground Co-Founder Walker Evans, who also serves as an officer of the Gay Street Collaborative Business Association. “This area is has grown into a vibrant hotspot for retailers as well as creative startups and small businesses in the office spaces on the upper floors.”

Evans says the relocation was necessary to provide space for new staff members. The old space was limited to 500 square feet of flex space, while the new location at 14 East Gay includes the entire 2,600-square-foot fifth floor.

“We’re thrilled to have brought John Délia on board last week as the newest addition to our sales staff,” says Walker. “New writers Brent Warren and Ayana Wilson are starting this week to cover urban development and food news, respectively. We’re planning to continue to grow our staff steadily throughout the year.”

Columbus Underground Co-Founder Anne Evans took the lead on curating new furniture, equipment and services for the new office space, with a focus on utilizing local resources as much as possible. A unique new kitchen table comes from Cottage Street Furnishings in Clintonville, several pieces of vintage furniture were purchased at reTAGit, new kitchenware comes from The Source by Wasserstrom, and hand soaps are all from Stinky Bomb Soaps.

“We’re happy to have Stinkybomb Soaps be the official hand soaps of our office,” says Anne. “We love working with local businesses and supporting them just as much as they have supported us over the years.”

On an interesting historic note, the building located at the northeast corner of Gay and High streets was once home to Columbus Dispatch offices from its opening in 1910 to 1925 when it moved to its current home on Third Street. Other current building tenants include Café Brioso on the ground floor and the Franklin County Republican Party on the second floor. The building is owned by The Day Companies.

ColumbusUnderground.com was launched in 2001 and has grown steadily from an entertainment-centric messageboard into a full-service online news outlet serving more than 1.3 million unique visitors and 9.3 million pageviews per year.

Additionally, ColumbusUnderground.com operates TheMetropreneur.com, a sister publication focused on entrepreneurial news and resources in Central Ohio.

For more information about ColumbusUnderground.com, CLICK HERE to view our About Page.

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33 Responses to Columbus Underground Relocates Downtown Offices

  1. bucki12 February 11, 2013 8:05 am at 8:05 am


  2. surber17 February 11, 2013 8:07 am at 8:07 am

    Evans …. the next Wolfe family. Congrats on the upgrade.

  3. stinkybomb February 11, 2013 8:27 am at 8:27 am

    Keep it clean and productive guys! Congratulations on moving on up.

  4. mbeaumont February 11, 2013 8:38 am at 8:38 am

    Nice!! Congrats, guys!

  5. mrpoppinzs February 11, 2013 8:42 am at 8:42 am

    Congrats! cool building, I toured it when it was forsale a couple of years ago. Can’t beat the location – great transit and easy parking!

  6. geoyui February 11, 2013 8:46 am at 8:46 am

    congrats on the move!

  7. Walker Evans
    Walker February 11, 2013 9:01 am at 9:01 am

    Thanks everyone! ;)

  8. ntn
    ntn February 11, 2013 9:02 am at 9:02 am

    Congrats! Did anybody else picture Walker interviewing himself for the quotes?

  9. Walker Evans
    Walker February 11, 2013 9:29 am at 9:29 am

    I talk to myself *all the time*. ;)

  10. StateofDevotion
    StateofDevotion February 11, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am

    Wow, that is great news! It’s been a real treat watching CU grow over the years. Now if State of Devotion could just be the official t-shirts around the office… LOL.

  11. Cbusbill February 11, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am

    Keep up the great work, CU!!! Happy to see your hard work pay off.

  12. Urban Dansigner
    Urban Dansigner February 11, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am

    Closer to the coffee ehhh?

    Also, curious in the fact that a digital enterprise that is a local news source is going into the building that once held the Dispatch … not quite irony … but something else.

  13. Porky
    Porky February 11, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am

    Very cool spot, congrats CU!

  14. columbusmike February 11, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am

    Congrats! You’ll have a front seat when Columbus finally gets a streetcar :)

  15. Pablo
    Pablo February 11, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm

    Congrats! Here’s your building in 1914. Are those usable balconies on the 5th floor?


  16. Anne Evans
    Anne February 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm

    great picture!
    The ledge is only about a foot deep, so probably not.

  17. Pickerington_Kyle
    Pickerington_Kyle February 11, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm

    Congrats on the new location and expansion!

  18. Pablo
    Pablo February 11, 2013 1:22 pm at 1:22 pm

    Too bad, Anne – they could have been useful for ticker tape parades.

  19. MichaelC
    MichaelC February 11, 2013 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm

    Congratulations, Walker & Co.

    I love how nicely that plot line ties together, taking over an old Dispatch building.

    The growth of this publication is more than that though, it’s the growth of a community. And in the process, it’s helping to grow Columbus.

    Here’s hoping you soon have to expand a little more. And thanks for practicing what you preach and keeping your office in the heart of downtown. Hopefully, soon, someone will take up shop next door and clean up the old Madison’s space.

  20. mark@sugardaddys.com
    mark@sugardaddys.com February 11, 2013 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm

    Ditto on MichaelC’s reply!

    Glad to have you across the street!

  21. vestanpance
    vestanpance February 11, 2013 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm


  22. cbus11
    cbus11 February 11, 2013 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm

    Really nice! Congratulations!

  23. Walker Evans
    Walker February 11, 2013 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm

    Thanks again everyone. We all appreciate it! ;)

  24. 6a
    6a February 11, 2013 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm

    But…it’s above ground.

    (sorry, everyone)

  25. Jimmy Mak
    Jimmy Mak February 11, 2013 8:45 pm at 8:45 pm

    Congrats – much deserved!

  26. TaraK February 12, 2013 9:14 am at 9:14 am

    Wonderful news!

  27. mark@sugardaddys.com
    mark@sugardaddys.com February 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am

    Perhaps you can sign the building. : )

  28. Walker Evans
    Walker February 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am

    @Mark – Ha! One step at a time! ;)

  29. jmjaffe February 12, 2013 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm

    Welcome to the building, guys. I hope you budgeted for how much money (and time) you’re going to be spending down in Brioso.

    You should ask the Days to put you on the real plaque by the elevator. I like your tacked-up paper sign, but there’s something about having your name on a big hunk of wood that just feels more real.

    See you around.

  30. Walker Evans
    Walker February 12, 2013 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm

    @jmjaffe – Thanks! The Days are working on modernizing the whole lobby and mentioned that the plaque is going to be replaced by a new glass piece eventually. The tacked-up paper is more for the mail carrier than anyone else. ;) Thanks for the welcome!

  31. bmetzbower February 12, 2013 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm

    Be sure to check out the great stonework around the building – per the Dispatch’s occupancy, the carvings are literary in theme.

  32. DavidF
    DavidF February 13, 2013 6:53 am at 6:53 am

    Congrats Walker and Anne. It’s been a joy to watch your empire grow. Looking forward to the day you buy the Dispatch.

  33. Caleb
    CalebR February 14, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm

    Congratulations! Glad to be part of a growing business and I will continue to support you guys! Hope to see CU prosper even more!

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