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Restaurant Review: Andes Bar & Grill

Andes Bar & Grill thoroughly owns its new space Downtown on Fourth Street. The colorful decor, in warm golds and reds, features sharp-edged mirrors cut at angles that suggest the jagged peaks of the South American Andes themselves. Despite ample natural lighting and the vibrant color scheme, the place strikes more of a cozy tone […]

A Guide to DIY Pest Removal

If your living situation is anything like mine, your landlord probably isn’t taking responsibility for removing unwanted roommates (AKA pests) from your home. That’s a problem they usually leave to the tenant, who must then find creative — and preferably cheap — ways to banish the creatures and return to a comfortable life without fear […]

North Market Implements Ban on Single-Use Styrofoam Containers

The North Market has gone environmental, this week announcing a building-wide ban on single-use styrofoam containers. Styrofoam, generically known as polystyrene, is a non-biodegradable plastic that pollutes waterways, parks, and other ecosystems. It’s not great for the human body, either. Styrene, an industrial chemical used in the process of making polystyrene, is considered by the […]

Concert Preview & Interview: Shawn Colvin

I spent most of the 90s in college, tussling interchangeably with work, money, relationships, and whatever hopes and dreams I still clung to as a 20-something that hadn’t yet escaped the academic bubble. Most nights, I’d abscond the warm glow of the computer screen in my boxy residence hall room to walk our perpetually rainy […]

Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop
Short North Downtown plays Martin Luther King Jr

Short North Stage teams up with the King Arts Complex to bring a new production of The Mountaintop to the Green Room at the Garden Theater directed by Alan Bomar Jones. The production coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. The Mountaintop announced Katori Hall, its playwright, as one of […]

The Annex at 801 Brings Downtown-Style Venue to South Hilltop

Drew and Dalay Murray are the owners of The Annex at 801, a new industrial events venue near Franklinton in the southern Hilltop area. The Murrays are both graduates of Ohio State and have been together since meeting there in 2012. Drew studied civil engineering, while Dalay studied interior design and interior architecture. Together they […]

Smart Columbus Launching Experience Center Downtown

Last week, representatives from the Smart Columbus program unveiled plans to open the Smart Columbus Experience Center along the Scioto Mile this summer, showcasing the program’s tech-centric transportation initiatives. “Our future is going to be big in ways that have yet to be imagined,” stated Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. “Technology and innovation in transportation will grow […]

Apartments and Retail Proposed for Vacant Lot in East Franklinton

A three-story apartment building has been proposed for the northwest corner of West State and South Mill streets in East Franklinton. The project would feature 13 one-bedroom units and a 1,140-square-foot corner retail space. The East Franklinton Review Board (EFRB) will weigh in on the proposal at its meeting later today. The developer is Shawn […]

Warby Parker Opening First Ohio Retail Store in Columbus

NYC-based eyewear company Warby Parker will soon be launching their first Ohio retail store with a Short North location in the works. The store will be located at 601 North High Street, formerly home to Le Chocoholique, which closed its doors in October 2017. The company is best known for its try-before-you-buy purchasing structure, and […]

5 Nonprofits to Watch!

The Columbus Foundation today announced its 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2018, recognizing innovative central Ohio organizations poised for an exceptional year of growth and progress. Each recipient awardee received a $5,000 grant. The organizations selected for 2018 are: City Year, Columbus Humane, CompDrug, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Per Scholas. “These nonprofits are doing remarkable work to […]

Second Westies Location Now Open in Clintonville

Westies Gastropub, which opened its first location on S. Front Street in 2014, has officially opened its second location in Clintonville. While diners familiar with Westies fare will discover similarities between the two locations, Connor O’Neill, a member of the culinary team for both Westies locations and Short North’s Branch, said the Clintonville Westies will […]

Florentine Building to Become Night Club and Music Venue

The Florentine, the 70-year-old Franklinton restaurant that closed its doors last December, has been purchased and will find a new purpose by early next year. Fadi Michael, who owns Park Street Cantina, Short North’s Julep, as well as some residential and commercial real estate, has acquired the building with the intent of transforming it into […]

New 55-Unit Residential Development Planned in German Village

A two-building development plan known as “Cedar Square” has been in front of the German Village Commission twice for review at the February and March commission meetings. The project, submitted by local architectural firm Berardi + Partners, calls for the construction of two new four-story buildings located between 247 and 281 East Livingston Avenue. The […]

Clean Up Club

Spring cleaning has begun—even with the cold temps! Thank you to all who keep our community beautiful. Here, Friends of the Hilltop and Columbus Westside Running Club clean up Camp Chase Trail. The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our smart […]

Not Half Bad Movies in Theaters this Weekend

A handful of not-too-bads plus an animation celebration are in theaters this week. Tomb Raider Halfway through the new Tomb Raider, I thought to myself: “Well, you can’t have this kind of movie without those archetypes.” You know the ones: reluctant hero, loyal sidekick, irredeemable bad guy, henchmen with machine guns. And then I second guessed […]

Columbus Native and His Record-Breaking DeLorean Documentary

Now that Adam Kontras’ first documentary feature is out, he has time to sit back and savor the accomplishment. “I completely regret attempting it,” he says. “Had no clue it would turn out the way it did.” How’s that? “The movie turned out well,” Kontras says, “I just wish it wasn’t me.” The film is […]

First Look: Short North Food Hall

Short North Food Hall is opening in less than a week on Thursday, March 22, but CU got an early peek at the new bar-restaurant owned by Corso Ventures. Far from duplicating the restaurant group’s other restaurants, like the Pint House, Standard Hall and Forno, Food Hall executes an entirely new concept, the first of its […]

Johnny Velo Bikes Now Open in Clintonville

Johnny Velo Bikes celebrated its grand opening earlier this month at 4231 N. High St. in Clintonville. The full-service shop offers everything from flat tire fixes to high-end bikes.  Bike shop operator is a second career for JVB Owner John Robinson. Robinson got burnt out on a travel-heavy career in the banking industry (so much […]

Local Matters Gourmet Gala Focused on Creating Healthy Communities
Olive-Polenta Bread made with sourdough culture and organic non-brominated flours. By Dan the Baker.

“For the past 70-plus years, industrialization has worked hard to strip nutrients, flavor, and wholesomeness from our food. People are disconnected from how their food is grown, processed, and consumed. Our food system is broken,” says Daniel Riesenberger, owner of Dan the Baker. “Our nation is plagued by obesity, diabetes, learning disabilities, and degenerative illnesses, […]

The “All Things Brunch Festival” Arrives on April 20th!

Columbus’ biggest breakfast-for-dinner party is back again, even better than ever. Columbus Underground’s All Things Brunch Festival brings together brunch lovers and brunch makers for one night only! The 2018 festival will take place on Friday, April 20 at the Valley Dale Ballroom. The event will be jam-packed with food samples, experiences by local business, live […]

Mega Weekend – The Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Plans and More!
Man dressed as leprechaun encourages parade-watchers.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and there are more than enough plans for the whole family! Start with a concert, and work your way through the local plays, fundraisers, beer tastings, and more. Don’t forget to submit your upcoming events on our events page, sign up for the MegaWeekend newsletter, and enter to win tickets […]

The Kindness Community

Why does kindness matter? Columbus Metropolitan Club explored this topic with individuals who are generating kindness in our Columbus community—featuring Dwight Smith, chairman and CEO, Sophisticated Systems and founder, My Special Word; Kathryn Krendl, president, Otterbein University; Rocky Grimes, founder, Heart of Unlimited Boundaries (HUB); and moderated by Kelley Griesmer, SVP, Manager, The Walter Family […]

Sunbury Urban Farm Connects Columbus Youth to Nature and Food Sources

Sunbury Urban Farm is just less than a year old, however its purpose is longstanding. Paisley Nash-Dooley, a member of the staff that includes Sarah Erikson and a host of volunteers, says that the mission of Sunbury Urban Farm is to cultivate community. “Our research and personal experiences have taught us that people who are […]

CATCO Plumbs Magic in the Mundane with The Realistic Joneses
Shenise Brown, left, and Bobby Loyd perform in CATCO’s upcoming production of The Realistic Jones March 7-25, at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio One Theatre. Photo by Joe Bishara.

Playwright Will Eno has an ear for the beautiful strangeness in the way humans talk to one another and the fine line between good intentions and horrible acts. His gift for turning observation into emotion with a hot, sharpened knife is on full display in CATCO’s glorious production of The Realistic Joneses directed by Joe […]

Restaurant Review: Kai’s Crab Boil

Kai’s Crab Boil is a bona fide experience, start to finish. It’s a clamoring place where guests wear plastic bibs, eat with their hands, and wash it all off at a giant metal community sink. You don’t find that every day in Columbus. On the menu is seafood. Really, almost any sort of shellfish-seafood, market […]

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