For anyone who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, or simply moved here before the nineties came to a close, you’ll remember our Center of Science and Industry's old location. In the vein of Forgotten Ohio, this is a website that I hope never gets a facelift. It’s a trip back in time within a trip back in time. And aww, sigh…you’ll see pics of the original Wendy’s (R.I.P., dammit) across Broad Street at the beginning of your tour. Happy browsing!
We live in this wonderful age where it’s easier than ever to connect—to pursue our passions, pay homage to our idols, find others who share in our interests—all in one instantly-gratifying heartbeat. As neighbors, we wake up to a similar view, explore the same streets, and wonder the same things about the city we live in. I can’t express enough (when mindlessly consuming and regurgitating someone else’s content is far too easy) how important it is to also work on developing your voice…to cultivate your own version of the view we share.
Combing Columbus by Mary Jo Bole is a beautifully illustrated example of the artful voice. This book—which is available at the Wexner Center book store and is described as, “a bicentennial project (and part of the city’s Finding Time public art series) that offers Bole’s idiosyncratic vision of the city she calls home”—is a fun, scattered, adventurous little read and an engaging work of art.
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.