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The Confluence Cast: The Value of Shopping Local

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: The Value of Shopping Local

This week, we’re shopping local. On the occasion of the holiday season we sat down with two people immersed in the movement. First up, Timothy Wolf Starr discusses the recently rebranded Small Business Beanstalk, now called Connects Columbus. Then, Lynn Stan, co-founder of Celebrate Local, has a wide-ranging conversation on the inherent difficulty in quantifying the value of […]

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Shoppers Disagree on What it Means to “Buy Local”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Shoppers Disagree on What it Means to “Buy Local”

As fevered as people are about their love for Ohio and Columbus, a poll posted by Columbus Underground and related research revealed that many aren’t sure how to show their support for local businesses, or even what makes a business “local.” The survey asked readers what they look for when shopping locally and what criteria […]

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Poll: What Does “Local” Mean to You?

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Poll: What Does “Local” Mean to You?

It’s not uncommon for Columbus entrepreneurs to have more than one business, restaurant or retail store. Individuals, partners and groups are known to employ a variety of restaurant or retail concepts or open multiple locations of existing concepts. With Columbusites opening venues around the city that offer local, national and foreign goods and expanding their […]

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Worthington Farmers Market Continues to Grow

Randi Walle Randi Walle Worthington Farmers Market Continues to Grow

Since its founding in the late 1980’s, the Worthington Farmers Market has been happily offering a variety of goods to its customers. While no one is quite sure how the market started, it is believed to have originated as a school project for a couple of OSU students who approached the city of Worthington with […]

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Best Local Products in Columbus of 2015

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Local Products in Columbus of 2015

Buy Local. Shop Local. Support Local. Columbus is filled with some amazing locally-made products, which can be easy to find when you know where to look. When we asked our readers about their absolute favorite local products this year, we asked more specifically about products that aren’t featured in their own specific store, which means […]

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Ohio’s Own: Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Potato Chips aren’t just rippled, they’re “marcelled”. Spellcheck doesn’t like marcelled. It keeps trying to make it something ridiculous: “mar celled”. Look up the word “marcelled” on Google, and the first couple of matches are from the Ballreich’s website itself. Online dictionaries define “marcell” as a wavy hairstyle, popular in the 1920s. The people […]

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Middle West Spirits Releases Ohio Maple Syrup

Walker Evans Walker Evans Middle West Spirits Releases Ohio Maple Syrup

Local alcohol distillery Middle West Spirits made a very last-minute holiday shopping announcement this afternoon. The company is launching a very limited-release maple syrup that’s sourced from Ohio farms and has been aged in bourbon barrels. “We’re talking some pretty robust flavor with subtle notes of smoked oak, vanilla and bourbon spice,” stated the company […]

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