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King-Lincoln District

Home to the historic Lincoln Theater and the King Arts Complex, this near east side neighborhood was the heart of an affluent African-American business and entertainment district in the 1930s and ‘40s. However, desegregation and public policy encouraged middle class flight and the area’s population decreased drastically. Since 2001, Mayor Michael Coleman and the city of Columbus have been dedicated to its redevelopment and revitalization.

New Bakery to Open in the King-Lincoln District

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner New Bakery to Open in the King-Lincoln District

The historical King-Lincoln district, known for its roots in the Columbus jazz scene, will soon be welcoming a new bakery. Mika’s Cupcakes and Creams will be opening in the Spring of 2016 at 821 East Long Street. Owner Tamika Woods began baking at a young age. Seven years back, she took a few baking classes for […]

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Olde Towne East “Hub of Bad Behavior” May Lose Liquor License

Walker Evans Walker Evans Olde Towne East “Hub of Bad Behavior” May Lose Liquor License

A reputation of troublesome activity and a laundry list of neighborhood complaints may have officially cost the Chips ‘n’ Go convenience store and gas station its liquor license. The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control issued an order to the business — located at at 1020 East Broad Street in Olde Towne East — announcing […]

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GCAC Presents: King Arts Complex Building on a Legacy with the Arts

 Yifan Xu GCAC Presents: King Arts Complex Building on a Legacy with the Arts

“It will be nine years on September 19th since I first started working here,” Jevon Collins told me while sitting across the table. Starting as a box office manager at the King Arts Complex and moving on to program assistant and now program director, Collins has impressed the whole complex with his diligence at work—he […]

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Creative Control Fest Announces ‘Orange is the New Black’ Author as Headliner

Jenna Taylor Jenna Taylor Creative Control Fest Announces ‘Orange is the New Black’ Author as Headliner

The 4th Annual Creative Control Fest returns to Columbus September 11-12 at the historic Lincoln Theatre. This year’s festival will feature headliner Piper Kerman, author of the Netflix adapted book ‘Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’ and husband Larry Smith, originator of the popular concept Six-Word Memoirs. “Creative Control Fest is […]

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No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

Brent Warren Brent Warren No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

The owner of the Chips ‘n’ Go at 1020 East Broad Street submitted plans late last year to expand and renovate the much-maligned convenience store. When neighborhood residents saw the plans on the agenda of the Near East Area Commission, some were hopeful that it might signal a new era of engagement and community interaction […]

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CMHA Receives Proposal for Poindexter Village Buildings

Anne Evans Anne Evans CMHA Receives Proposal for Poindexter Village Buildings

A public meeting was held last night at the Poindexter Community Center for ‘Taking Next Steps Together,” a public forum regarding next steps for the future of the two remaining original buildings of Poindexter Village. Many were in attendance representing from all areas – politics, arts, partner organizations, and concerned community members. Deidre Hamlar, Project […]

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Creole Kitchen Expanding to Add Sit-Down Dining

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Creole Kitchen Expanding to Add Sit-Down Dining

For fans of real, down-home creole cuisine, there’s reason to rejoice. Local cajun/creole hot spot Creole Kitchen is expanding their business and finally adding a full dining room. Creole Kitchen, located at 1052-B Mt. Vernon Avenue, is currently a 995-square feet, mom-and-pop operation that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner take-out. After the remodel, the restaurant […]

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