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Olde Towne East

Located just east of downtown Columbus, the neighborhood was once known as the “Silk Stocking District” in reference to the expensive clothing worn by its wealthy inhabitants. After World War II, however, its rich residents were gone, having died or relocated to distant suburbs. The interstate highway system introduced in the 1950s also contributed to the area’s decline. OTE began to transition in the 1990s and continues to draw new residents.

Makeover Planned for Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Makeover Planned for Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East

The small stretch of Parsons Avenue that runs along the western edge of Olde Towne East has always been a hotspot of activity for the neighborhood. Home to numerous restaurants, bars, shops and businesses, Parsons Avenue is the default place to go for an art gallery exhibition, a haircut, or a cup of coffee. The […]

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Unusual Eats: Wu Pie (Whoopie!)

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Wu Pie (Whoopie!)

Finally, there’s a place in town that makes a pizza in Wu-Tang Clan flavor. Yellow Brick Pizza rolled out a brand new pizza in September: Wu Pie. It is a Wu-Tang Clan inspired pizza, a collaboration between the pizza joint and fellow clan fan (and iconic local chef) Marcus Meacham. Reflecting the group’s debut album, […]

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Hot Chicken Takeover Going Mobile

Walker Evans Walker Evans Hot Chicken Takeover Going Mobile

Hot Chicken Takeover has been very successful in 2014. Since launching earlier this year, the pop-up fried chicken restaurant in Olde Towne East has served thousands of customers every weekend from the walk-up window at the Near East Co-Op at 1117 Oak Street. “It really has grown faster than we had ever anticipated,” said co-owner […]

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At Home: Seeing the Changes of Olde Towne East

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Seeing the Changes of Olde Towne East

Steve D’Aoust has witnessed much of the changes happening in Olde Towne East first hand. “I was born and raised near Detroit and summered in West Virginia and wintered in Marietta,” he says. A trip to Columbus about fifteen years ago to see the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus was all it took to decide to […]

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10 Great Neighborhood Wine Shops in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans 10 Great Neighborhood Wine Shops in Columbus

Wine is not a product that is hard to come by in Columbus. Every grocery store has a selection, some of which have grown to be pretty impressive in recent years. Even CVS has a wine shelf (even if they did just stop selling cigarettes, which means wine is still classified as a healthy product, right?). […]

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At Home: Living in a Labor of Love

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Living in a Labor of Love

Oftentimes, a house becomes a labor of love. That statement definitely holds true for Anthony and Irma Carmichael. The couple purchased their home in Olde Towne East in 1987 and it has been a constant stream of projects to change the home from six separate apartments back to single family. “We wanted to redo an […]

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Franklin Park Trolley Barn Property Sold

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklin Park Trolley Barn Property Sold

The three acre site at the corner of Oak Street and Kelton Avenue in the Franklin Park neighborhood — home to six deteriorating brick buildings once used to store and repair trolleys — has a new owner. Brad DeHays, who opened Rehab Tavern in Franklinton and has been working with the city on an affordable […]

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