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Italian Village

Annexed to the city in 1862, Italian Village was one of Columbus’s first suburbs. It is bounded by I-670 on the south, Fifth Avenue on the north, North High Street on the west, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east. A mix of Italian and Irish immigrants resided in the area in the 1890s, and Italianate style architecture is prevalent.

At Home: In Italian Village

Anne Evans Anne Evans

Dru and Jeannie Simmons are both Columbus transplants. Dru fell in love with Italian Village (he has lived within the same three blocks for nine years!) and Jeannie was living in Clintonville. When they met and fell in love, Jeannie was ready to move to a different neighborhood. The couple only really looked in the […]


In My Garden: Dru & Jeannie in Italian Village

Anne Evans Anne Evans

Dru and Jeannie Simmons are not new to gardening. They have been participating in the Italian Village community garden for a number of years. But this year, the plot was sold and no longer able to be used as a community garden. Rather than give up, they teamed up with 17 other households to create […]


Wonder Bread Plant For Sale For Redevelopment

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wonder Bread Plant For Sale For Redevelopment

The following discussion is about the hopeful sale and redevelopment of the Wonder Bread Plant. Since it has closed, it has been put on the market for $1.7 million. What would be your preferred use for the space?


Diana Lessner lends talent and energy to Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Short North Gazette: Diana Lessner lends talent and energy to neighborhood restaurants, retail and parks by Dennis Fiely The footprint left by Diana Lessner on High Street began with one giant leap at High and Brickel in 2001 when Diana’s daughter Elizabeth Lessner decided to forgo her college education, mortgage her house and […]


St. James Tavern Featured in The Alive

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From The Alive: Tunes & taps By Bryan Bullock When Mick Jagger sang “You can’t always get what you want,” he could’ve been describing the St. James Tavern. The Italian Village hangout doesn’t aim to please all – you won’t find Red Bull, posh decor or Top-40 jams here – but inside, you get exactly […]


Wonder Bread Bakery in Italian Village to Close

 Submitted News

From WBNS 10-TV: Columbus Wonder Bread Bakery To Close In May The Wonder Bread bakery located just north of downtown on North Fourth Street will shut down operations and cease production by May 9. Interstate Bakeries Corporation (the parent company of Wonder Bread) said that local developments, including the decline of bread purchases, prompted the […]


Concrete Jungle (Baker’s Acres) on High Street

 Andrew Hall

In the ex-Urban Gardener space, Concrete Jungle run by Baker’s Acres has now opened up. Wreathes and holiday stuff now with a plan for a large assortment of the goodness from BA and the ability to order and pick up there. Awesome! (Yes, there was a tiny notice about this plan in the IV meeting […]


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