Hey,I'm visiting Columbus next weekend (From Thursday to Sunday). It's my first time there! What are the best places you suggest? any good music? art? awesome food? hehe. Thank you!
Hi! I’ll point you towards a mini-city guide post I wrote for a fellow blogger last year…hopefully it will give you something to start with. For your art fix, I recommend the Wexner Center for the Arts. Most people will tell you to try Jeni’s Ice Cream (and they’re right, it’s a flavor experience). The 400 West Rich Indoor Farmers Market on the west side hosts a random assortment of produce, crafters, and food trucks that you might enjoy on a Saturday. Some other food-related suggestions: Brothers Drake Meadery, Freshstreet Yakitori at Double Happiness, The North Market, Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Music is such a hard topic to touch upon unless I understand your preferences. Google the schedules at Dick’s Den, Kobo Live, Ace of Cups, Carabar, Woodland’s Tavern and Rumba Cafe to name a few places. There’s so much more to do, and so much more I could suggest, but I know there’s only so much you can pack in to four days of travel. Welcome to Columbus in advance!
Side notes: try not to overwhelm yourself. EVERYONE has an opinion about where to go and what to see. Take some attitudes local message boards with a grain of salt (they don’t represent everyone who works, lives and plays here…just as this Tumblr doesn’t). My rule of thumb is to pick three things of interest to check off your list—then leave room for some aimless wandering and happy accidents. The best possible outcome is for you to develop your own personal relationship with the place you’re visiting. Getting lost in an unfamiliar town has always been the best thing to happen to me, but…I guess I’d take that advice with a grain of salt too.
• Here’s a list of trip ideas based on interest by Experience Columbus.
• tiredtimmy suggested visiting cringe.com for live music schedules (check back there on Friday for an updated weekend listing.)
• Bethia of Columbus Food Adventures suggested a few links on the topic: 48 Hours in Columbus (food cast), and Columbus Underground’s Top 10 Things to do in Columbus message board thread.
I wrote a feature for Pitchfork about Musicol, one of the last places on earth where bands can have their songs recorded, mixed, mastered and pressed to vinyl under the same roof. It’s a lengthy read, but hopefully you’ll find it worth your time.
Much thanks to John Hull, Warren Hull and…
Feeling a bit over the holiday? Well I’m over being over it. Here’s a one-minute guide to making the most of your Valentine’s Day. xo
Brought to you by a weeknight in Grandview and an empty bottle of red. Columbus, Ohio.
I’m a bit heartbroken. After walking into The Peanut Shoppe, at 46 N. High Street, getting the scoop on its 70-year-plus history, and taking numerous pictures of the the vintage Planters and Mr. Peanut memorabilia collection within…I accidentally deleted almost every image on my memory card! Oh well—more reason for YOU to visit the place for yourself. The shop owner, Pat, pointed out a 1940’s-era Mr. Peanut costume sitting on the counter in a way-back corner—which her husband wore when he started working at The Peanut Shoppe back in the early 70’s. (Eventually, the two bought the business and have run it together since.) I had an interesting conversation with Pat about how store traffic has changed since the year 2000—people just don’t walk far for lunch anymore, and since direct deposit has become the norm, they certainly aren’t walking to the bank on Fridays to cash that paycheck and pick up a snack while at it. The Peanut Shoppe is truly an old-style business, where not much appears to have changed for decades; but it’s also the only nut roaster in the U.S. still operating with its original neon Planter’s sign above the storefront. I’d like to add that the fresh, roasted-in-house nuts are GOOD. Visit The Peanut Shoppe Columbus on Facebook for special hours and give this long-standing landmark a little love this February.
Now excuse me while I eat deez nuts and read a magazine. I got a heart-shaped container filled with freshly roasted cashews for myself. <3
We’re getting smaller doses of real winter these days; which seems to make cold snaps extra shocking to the mind and body. I’ve found myself outside—and on foot—during these last few freezing weekends…which also means that I’ve ducked in to a few warm places that I usually pass by. Last weekend, I had brunch at the downtown ZenCha Tea Salon. The Lavender Black Tea Latte (I took mine without sugar) was—as the server described—akin to curling up with a warm blanket.
ZenCha’s downtown location is just a really pleasant stop on Gay Street…which is no doubt made possible by who’s on staff (my server’s name was Krista, and she’s delightful), the soft, bright natural light, and a health-conscious menu. I had Curry Zucchini Soup and a side salad; simple and so good. Couldn’t help but notice some wishes scribbled on a paper crane as I left—and to the person who wrote them—may you turn those wishes into a reality.
Also noteworthy: delicious tea-infused waffles and pancakes are served on weekends.
Oh-muhgawd. I’m a bit too tired at the moment to dive in deep here with words…BUT, I simply can’t wait any longer to share this nail polish that I picked up from Wholly Craft a few weekends ago. I first became aware of SUPER BLACK on Instagram—I regret that I can’t remember whose feed—and decided to give it a whirl when I found myself standing in front of some boxes for sale. Pay no attention to the cuticles you’re about to see…and instead allow yourself to be mesmerized by shinier objects.
Here, I’m wearing two coats of “The Bends”. Directions suggest three coats on bare nails…but I really love how a little transparency shows off the dramatic scale of big and chunky white glitter mixed in with tiny, tiny dark speckles. Apply a good top coat; it helps with shine and thus, enhances the deep turquoise hue. Personally, I think this is a great winter shade (think Polar Plunge), as well as a warm-weather shade (trying not to dream of sunny beaches too soon over here, peeps).
Each box comes with a paper insert—complete with a how–to for removing glitter polish and all the deets on these laquers, which are “handmade in small batches” at Natalie’s home in Columbus. SUPER BLACK is free of Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.
Look how cute that signed note is! I haven’t thrown away the box or the packaging yet because I know she put her heart into it. Duh, it’s right there in silver ink. You can also find Natalie’s comic work here on Tumblr at nataliedeecomics.com.
Note: oh no! The Fall 2012 Collection is SOLD OUT online. In the mean time, I’d contact Wholly Craft to see if there’s anything left in stock, and find SUPER BLACK Lacquer on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the upcoming spring line.