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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.

Packard-Designed School Building Stands Out in Olde Towne East

 Joffre Essley Packard-Designed School Building Stands Out in Olde Towne East

One of the most influential architects of the post-Civil War era was Henry Hobson Richardson. Columbus lacks any buildings by Richardson, but does have a few that were inspired by his designs. The Fair Avenue School is one such building. Located at 1395 Fair Avenue, just south of Broad Street, it now houses the A+ […]

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Upper Cup Coffee Thrives in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Upper Cup Coffee Thrives in Olde Towne East

Upper Cup Coffee opened their doors at 79 Parsons Avenue in October of 2011 and have quickly become a staple business for this stretch of Olde Towne East. In addition to serving as a neighborhood cafe, Upper Cup also roasts and wholesales their coffees, providing a larger business model that expands beyond the single shop. […]

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At Home: Finding the place that feels like home

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Finding the place that feels like home

Lauren Wilson has moved quite a bit since arriving in Columbus in 1997 to attend college at Ohio State University. “I’ve probably lived in fourteen different apartments since I moved here,” she says. She has mostly lived in the urban neighborhoods, with one foray into Canal Winchester. “My favorite neighborhood was Italian Village,” she says. […]

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Forty-Unit Apartment Development Proposed for Olde Towne East

Brent Warren Brent Warren Forty-Unit Apartment Development Proposed for Olde Towne East

A 40-unit, three-building apartment development has been proposed for a long-vacant lot at 122 Parsons Avenue. The project, which is being developed jointly by Woods Development Group, Brexton, and Arch City Development, has been presented to the Near East Area Commission but still awaits final approval from the group. The proposal calls for a four-story […]

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O Hi Yoga Opens Doors in Olde Towne East

 Nancy Alkire O Hi Yoga Opens Doors in Olde Towne East

Columbus, say hello to O Hi Yoga! While taking a break from the full-time corporate world to raise her kids, Olde Towne East resident Heather Sheets saw a moving van emptying a business space in her neighborhood, and next thing she knew, she was telling her husband that she had signed a lease to open […]

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First Look: The Angry Baker Reopens

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look: The Angry Baker Reopens

The Angry Baker reopened for business this morning, following a six-day closure for renovations and updates. Customers of the popular Olde Towne East bakery will notice new display counters in the front, a fresh coat of paint, a couple of extra seats, and a revamped menu that includes some new additions for breakfast and lunch, […]

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Angry Baker to Close and Relaunch in January

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Angry Baker to Close and Relaunch in January

On January 6, 2014, The Angry Baker, the popular Olde Towne East bakery and bistro located at 891 Oak Street, will celebrate four years in business. In anticipation of this grand event, the store will be closed from January 1st – January 5th for a face lift and new outlook. For starters, The Angry Baker […]

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