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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: Tigertree

Tigertree is ready to welcome in-person shoppers to its new digs in Clintonville. The retailer moved from Short North roughly three and a half miles up High to settle in at 3284 N. High St. When Tigertree announced its departure from the Short North last summer after nearly a decade and a half, Co-Founder Josh […]

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Renovation Planned for Delaware Train Station
Delaware train station rendering

A renovation is planned for the former CSX Rail Depot in Delaware. Located at the southeast corner of East Central Avenue and Lake Street, the historic building has been slowly deteriorating for decades. Columbus-based RiverWest Partners is now moving forward with the project after pandemic-related delays. An LLC associated with the firm bought the property […]

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Ohio Vaccine Lottery Will Be Opt-In to Allow for Verification

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio Department of Health recontoured its COVID-19 vaccine lottery program, requiring inoculated Ohioans to register for entry in the $1 million sweepstakes instead of being automatically entered by virtue of voter registration and vaccination. The change is likely to whittle down the number of entrants, thus increasing the odds of winning one […]

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M at Miranova Permanently Closes

After nearly two decades of service, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ M at Miranova has permanently closed its doors. Taking up residence on the ground floor of 2 Miranova Pl., the fine-dining restaurant never reopened after an initially temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) has made the difficult, but appropriate, decision to […]

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Dino Safari Drive-Thru Adventure Setting Up in Columbus
Dino Safari Columbus dinosaurs

Over 40 moving dinosaurs will soon be on display at Dino Safari, a drive-thru adventure. The attraction is setting up in Columbus in the parking lot of the Ohio History Connection and will be on display Friday, May 21 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021. Opening day, the attraction will be open from 12pm-9pm. […]

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Ohio to End Unemployment Supplement Due to Discouraged Workers, Experts Say Issue is More Complex

By Marty Schladen Citing fears that a $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement was keeping Ohioans from returning to the workforce, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that he would end it.  However, the governor was unable to cite any data showing that businesses’ trouble finding workers was due to the supplement and not other dislocations caused by […]

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Theater Review: Evolution Inaugurates Season in New Home with Nuanced ‘From White Plains’

As live performance tentatively comes back into the cultural life of Columbus, we see the rippling effects of the Columbus Performing Arts Center closing during the pandemic. One company most associated with that revered – for all its faults – two-theater complex for the last decade, Evolution Theatre, debuts its first show in their new […]

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Columbus Crew Owners Reverse Name & Logo Changes

Yesterday evening, the owners of the Columbus Crew SC team met with a group of fans representing the Crew’s supporting community and came to decision to reverse some of the changes made in their recent branding update. No new branding marks are being made available at this point in time, with an unveiling to be […]

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Saddleberk Joining North Market Bridge Park

North Market Bridge Park’s newest vendor will fill some important gaps in the Market’s lineup. Saddleberk will serve as the market’s butcher and fresh produce retailer, as well as offering a chef-driven cafe menu. Serving a trio of purposes, Saddleberk will occupy the largest merchant space in the Market, which now totals 16 open and […]

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Finalists, Town Hall for Chief of Police Announced

The finalists for the next Columbus Chief of Police have been announced. After announcing last week the nine candidates to receive interviews to become the city’s next police chief, that list has been narrowed down to four finalists: Derrick Diggs – Fort Myers Police Chief Avery Moore – Assistant Police Chief Dallas Police Elaine Bryant […]

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Remembering Wilbert Neal
Wilbert Neal

Most major American cities, at this rate, have a Poet Laureate floating through their streets & alleys. Not many American cities have a Nerd Laureate. Not just a recreational, Beta-Nerd capable of listing the Star Trek movies in chronological order. An Alpha-Nerd capable of speaking random Klingon, or quoting Greedo’s shit-talking speech to Han Solo. […]

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The List: 9 Most Endangered Sites of 2021
Washington Avenue United Methodist Church

Columbus Landmarks has released its annual Most Endangered Buildings list, highlighting eight buildings – and one iconic sign – that are at risk of being demolished, redeveloped, or simply left to deteriorate. This year’s list features three different buildings on Mt. Vernon Avenue, one Downtown building, and two former churches. The oldest structure on the list was […]

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AC Hotel Downtown to Feature Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Add another in the rooftop bar and patio column for Columbus. Lumin SkyBar will open this summer atop the eighth floor of the new AC Hotel Downtown at 517 Park St. Spanish-style tapas, craft cocktails and wine will be highlights of the menu. “AC Hotels take European and Spanish inspiration, as the founder and president […]

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Retro Remodel Planned for High Street Motel
South Wind Motel

A makeover is planned for the South Wind Motel, which has stood at 919 S. High St. for over 60 years. Michael Kelley of the Kelley Companies recently presented plans to renovate the building to the Brewery District Commission. He shared a postcard of the motel showing what the building looked like soon after it […]

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Family of Andre’ Hill Reach $10M Settlement with City of Columbus

The City of Columbus has reached a settlement of $10,000,000 with the family of Andre’ Hill, who was shot and killed by a former Columbus Division of Police Officer last December. The settlement will be the highest amount ever paid out by the City of Columbus. “No amount of money will ever bring Andre’ Hill […]

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Planned Parenthood ‘Sister CEOs’ on the Pandemic, Ramped Up Attacks on Abortion and Racial Justice

In many ways, the positions Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio President and CEO Iris E. Harvey and Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson are similar. Both are leading major nonprofit healthcare organizations during a once-in-a-century pandemic. They’re both witnesses to the regular attacks to reproductive health care in the state and nationwide […]

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Three Bites Bakery Opening First Brick-and-Mortar

Home-based Three Bites Bakery will graduate to its own brick-and-mortar space this summer at 999 Mt. Vernon Ave. in the King-Lincoln District. Owner Isabella Bonello has been whipping up treats under the Three Bites name for over two years. From growing up baking and cooking with her dad, to working as a line cook before […]

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Work Could Start This Summer on IBEW Development

Kaufman Development received approval this week from the Victorian Village Commission to redevelop the former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers site at 23 W. Second Ave. If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is not the first time a plan for the site has been approved by the commission. Kaufman purchased the land in 2016 and returned […]

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Big Movies for Screens Big and Small

Remember all those trailers from the Before Times? So many movies, just aging and collecting dust. Well, now is the time! Angelina Jolie’s big fiery adventure, Amy Adams’ Hitchcockian nightmare, Chris Rock’s horror flick and tons and tons more, all available this week. How are they? The Woman in the Window On Netflix by George […]

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Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Children 12-15, Plus New CDC Guidelines

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 122 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, May 13. As of Thursday, 89,695 total cases and 1,073 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, 173 cases were […]

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The Confluence Cast: Creative & Marketing Agency treetree

How will businesses pivot when things get “back to normal?” Becca Apfelstadt, the co-founder of creative and marketing agency treetree, has a couple of ideas. In this episode, we discuss how the firm got started at a time of change, how they are pivoting in this time of change, and the importance of culture and the role of the office in the impending new normal.

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CCAD Fashion Show Emcee to Debut One-of-a-kind Design

The emcee for the 2021 CCAD Fashion Show drive-in experience on May 14 will be Amber Knicole, lead singer of the neo-funk band MojoFlo. Her outfit for the evening has been created by CCAD fashion design student Ryder Teach, whose collection, Angel Energy, The Collection, will be featured in the show as well. “I am […]

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Mega Weekend – Village Valuables, Clippers, Live Music & More!
puppy and girl on bench

Welcome to the weekend. Seems like we might be frost free now, so get to planting! Want a free building? It’s cute! Celebrate the life of Michael Hodges. Have a great weekend. Shopping & Pups Shop the Spring Plant Sale at Chadwick Arboretum. Do a plant swap in Westgate. Shop the Friendship Flea.Enjoy Yappy Hour at The Dog Stop.Village Valuables is back in German Village.Farmers Markets are […]

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Aficionadough: Columbus’ First Pizza, Old School Charm on Tap at TAT

Who am I? Why am I here? These are questions some of us ask all of our lives with no answer. However, in this case, I have the answers.  I am Jim Ellison and in my role as an Aficionadough I am going to eat pizza and write about it for YOU. In this column, the focus will […]

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DeWine Announces Incentives, Lotteries, Lifted Health Orders to Get Ohioans Vaccinated

On Wednesday, May 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an end date for pandemic health orders, as well as incentives and lottery drawings in an afternoon statewide address, in order to get more Ohioans vaccinated. Among the incentives, a weekly scholarship drawing for vaccinated Ohioans 17 and under and a weekly, $1,000,000 lottery drawing for […]

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