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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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First Look: Pins Mechanical Co. & 16-Bit Bar + Arcade at Easton

The PINS Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade mash-up will make its debut at Easton Town Center on Thursday, March 4…all 38,000 square feet of it. The address, 4117 Worth Ave., is Rise Brands’ largest location yet for the growing bar and entertainment concepts. PINS at Easton spans two floors plus a mezzanine level […]

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Yoga on High Finds New Owner
Julie Perich, owner/CEO, Yoga on High. Photo by KT Knilans

Last month, Yoga on High was looking for a buyer. They have found one. Julie Perich will be taking ownership of the studio and is excited about the future. “I am very excited about things. I love the community,” says Julie Perich. “And I am very excited to continue the legacy of Yoga On High.” […]

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Tigertree Back to Brick-and-Mortar with New Clintonville Storefront

When Tigertree announced last July it would be closing its retail storefront and moving to a strictly online format, Co-Founder Josh Quinn said there would be a return to brick-and-mortar someday. Someday has now come a lot sooner than expected. Tigertree has landed a new home at 3284 N. High St. in Clintonville, taking over […]

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Mostly Solid Movie Options

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins offer a master class in acting in this week’s highlight, but there’s really only one disappointment all week!  The Father In theaters by George Wolf How much you’re moved by The Father will likely depend on how you see the central narrative device employed by director/co-writer Florian Zeller. Is it a gimmick […]

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Coronavirus Update: Schools Reopening, Spring/Summer Events & More

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 130 cases of COVID-19 were reported for Wednesday, Feb. 24. As of Thursday, Feb. 25, 78,966 total cases and 857 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, 196 […]

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New Website Centralizes Information on Columbus Area Commissions

A new website launched by the Department of Neighborhoods is centralizing information about the city’s 21 Area Commissions. Created at the recommendation of the commissions, the website provides general information about Area Commissions, details on how to establish a new Commission, the appointment process and an interactive map. Links to each of the 21 commissions […]

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Barrio Taps Campus for Second Columbus Location

Cleveland-based Barrio Tacos opened its first Columbus location in September in Fifth by Northwest and now the restaurant is ready to unveil the details on location number two. Barrio will open this summer as a part of the 15+High development in the University District. “We couldn’t be more honored and excited to bring Barrio Tacos […]

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Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Trees are one of the most important and efficient tools available to any city hoping to mitigate the hazards of climate change, and Columbus does not have enough of them. Only 22% of the city is covered by tree canopy—less than Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But with the introduction of the city’s new Urban […]

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On Paper Still on High Street After Short North Move

On Paper announced late last year that after 20 plus years in the Short North, the shop would be looking for a new home. And they’ve found it – just two doors north at 743 N. High St. At the time, Owner Margy Lydy-Meeker expected a move out of prime, High Street real estate. However, […]

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Mega Weekend: Malt Adult, Ice Skating, Comedy, and More!
Try ice skating at Easton. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels.

Have a great weekend! The Crew has season tickets on sale. Pick up a cute doll from Tiny Activist Project and support historic preservation. Dunkin’s got avocado toast and it’s only $2.99 so go ahead and splurge. Things to Watch Cinema Revival goes virtual with the Wexner Center.Blooms & Butterflies are looking pretty at Franklin Park Conservatory.Catch a couple of Bill Murray films at Studio […]

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OCLC Helps the Library Industry Operate in the Time of COVID

Nonprofit library technology and research organization OCLC has been around since the late ’60s, providing a variety of services and applications to help libraries locate, acquire, catalog, share, preserve and manage their materials and collections. OCLC, formerly known as the Online Computer Library Center, was established in 1967 in the main library at The Ohio […]

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Restaurant Review: Addella’s on Oak

Addella’s on Oak is a second act of sorts from Angry Baker. The latter closed the doors on its original location back in 2019, after a decade in the business of creating epic cinnamon rolls, pastries, and sandwiches. When the Baker first debuted, it was part of a pioneering eatery initiative on Oak Street. Addella’s marks a […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Heather Taylor Bringing November to Beeler Gallery
Heather Taylor with her work camera. Photo by Brian Kaiser. Part fo the November exhibit at Beeler Gallery

Columbus College of Art & Design’s Beeler Gallery has reopened to the public for spring 2021 with November, an immersive lens-based exhibition curated by CCAD alum Heather Taylor (Cinematic Arts, 2015). Open by appointment through March 6, this is the first gallery exhibition Taylor has curated, and a shift from Taylor’s full-time, overnight work as […]

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New Crew Stadium Renderings Showcase VIP Sections

As the new Columbus Crew SC stadium inches closer to completion, the soccer team has unveiled some new interior design renderings that show off what the premium sections of the space will look like. These two new spots are known as the “River Club” and the “Rail Club” and are available immediately for season ticket […]

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Mr. Hummus Grill Expanding with New Restaurant in Italian Village

Work is underway on a long-vacant building in Italian Village. Mr. Hummus Grill will transform 1131 N. Fourth St. into its second Central Ohio restaurant. The authentic Lebanese eatery had its beginnings as a food truck in 2015. After three years, calls from fans for a dine-in restaurant accumulated as the food truck grew in […]

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Serious Reactions to First 14 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Extremely Rare, Says CDC

By Jake Zuckerman Of the first nearly 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, serious adverse reactions were extraordinarily rare, according to CDC research published Friday. The findings, reported in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, illustrate that the vaccine is a safe preventative for the overwhelming majority of its recipients. “The postauthorization safety profiles for both […]

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13-Story Building Downtown Approved

A proposal to build a 13-story mixed-use building at 195 E. Broad St. was approved by the Downtown Commission this morning. The programming of the building is unchanged from when the project was first presented to the commission in November – 133 apartments over a five-floor parking garage and ground-level retail space. Changes were made […]

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Bill to Remove Business Penalties for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders Introduced

By Tyler Buchanan A Republican lawmaker wants to spare Ohio businesses from facing consequences for violating public health orders enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova, introduced House Bill 127 to halt enforcement of coronavirus health orders going forward. It would also require the state to reimburse businesses fined for having violated health orders […]

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Willowbeez SoulVeg Joining North Market

Vegan soul food eatery Willowbeez SoulVeg has found a permanent home at North Market Downtown, 59 Spruce St. Operating as a pop-up and catering company since 2012, Willowbeez will make minimal changes to the stall in the northwest corner of the building, formerly occupied by Pistacia Vera, before opening this spring. “I am steeped in gratitude […]

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LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill Debuts at Easton this Week

Easton’s newest addition, LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill, will officially open its doors tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23 at 3969 Merchants Row. It’s the first combined Poké-Makai concept from the LemonShark Poké franchisors, but is soon to be joined by two others – one in southern California ready to open as soon as COVID restrictions lift, […]

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Fabric Dolls of Tiny Activist Project Advocate for Historic Preservation
Sarah Marsom sews Tiny Jane Jacobs dolls, sold through the Tiny Activist Project. Photo by Stephen Newport.

If you found out that only 8% of designated historic sites represented the history of minority populations (women, people of color, LGBTQIA), what would you do about it? Sarah Marsom, a Heritage Resource Consultant, decided to make educational fabric dolls, under her Tiny Activist Project. With the project, she seeks to highlight lesser-known stories of […]

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Ohio Death Penalty Could Be Repealed in Renewed Effort

By Marty Schladen The biggest-ever bipartisan coalition on Thursday announced a renewed effort to repeal the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, hosted a virtual press conference to announce that they and three other Republican and four Democratic senators so far have said they will co-sponsor the […]

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Wex’s Cinema Revival Goes Virtual

If there was going to be one annual film program unlikely to make the leap to virtual presentation, the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Cinema Revival would probably be the one, right? Their yearly celebration of the art and outcome of an industry’s painstaking efforts to find, preserve and archive film seems a misfit for […]

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Jackie O’s Aims to Build Two-Story Patio Downtown

Editor’s Note: At the February 23 meeting of the Downtown Commission, the patio received strong support, but the project will have to come back next month with more detailed drawings before it can be approved. Read more about the meeting here. When Athens-based brewery Jackie O’s took over the former home of Elevator Brewing Company […]

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Commission to Weigh in on Design of Stadium-Adjacent Apartments

The Pizzuti Companies will present the latest plans for the residential portion of their Confluence Village development to the Downtown Commission next week. The project, which calls for two five-story buildings that together will hold 449 apartments, will get an initial review from the board at its meeting on February 23. In December, the developer […]

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