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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.

Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue. Before beginning the new construction, though, the developer plans to renovate the dilapidated building next door. Joel Simmons, CEO of the Gordon James Company, said […]

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CS Gallery Closing in Olde Town East

Walker Evans Walker Evans CS Gallery Closing in Olde Town East

Cobenick Studios / CS Gallery announced this week that they will closing their doors at 66 Parsons Avenue with a final show on January 9th. “CS Gallery will be on our customary winter break from December 22nd through January 7th,” said owner Daniel Colvin on Facebook. “During that time appointments may be made to view […]

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Historic Oak Street Building To See Retail and Apartment Renovation

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Oak Street Building To See Retail and Apartment Renovation

A prominently located vacant building at the northwest corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue is slated to get a new lease on life thanks to a plan from new owners (and Olde Towne East residents) Brad Hobbs and Krista Sparks. The husband-and-wife duo have been contributing to the rebirth of Oak Street for several […]

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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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