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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 10, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of December 10, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks / Los Angeles King

Tuesday, December 11 & Thursday, December 13 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Liven up your Tuesday or Thursday by catching a Columbus Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night and have a high chance of winning. You don’t want to miss this showdown in the Arena District!  Then, on Thursday the Jacket’s are back at home—cheer them on as they take on the Los Angeles Kings. Currently, the Jackets need every win they can get as they vie for the top of the competitive Metropolitan Division. Grab some friends, sit in on the action and wind down the work week with a win at home.

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The Castros Concert

Friday, December 14 | A&R Music Bar | 6:30 PM

The Castros are bringing their heartfelt folky tunes back to their hometown of Columbus. The duo will showcase their deep emotional pieces at at A & R Music Bar this Friday. The lineup also includes Gabrielle Solange, Anna Ehret and Out of The Pine.

 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saturday, December 15 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 2 & 6 PM

This Saturday experience a holly jolly Christmas classic: The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Witness world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets and all the talented characters in between. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime tour at EXPRESS LIVE!

 

Doobie’s Dark Holiday Free Crismas Concert

Saturday, December 15 | Newport Music Hall | 7 PM

Have you heard of new music artist, Doobie? His crazy, original sound is spreading fast and you have the chance to see him live. The Ohio native will perform a free show at Newport Music Hall as part of his Dark Holiday Tour. The show will also feature Krash Minati and DJ Hylyte.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks

Saturday, December 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

This Saturday night is bound to be an intense match up! The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on the Anaheim Ducks in their third and final home game of the week. Both teams are currently ranked second in their conference, so this will be a good game to watch. Puck drops at 7 PM at Nationwide Arena.

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | The Mackinaw Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Mackinaw at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living room, enormous closets and private balcony. The Arena Crossing community includes a rooftop pool, personal storage units and more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Mackinaw unit today!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments or Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

This week’s Resident VIP spotlight shines on Boston’s–a restaurant and sports bar located in the heart of the Arena District. Flash your Resident VIP card* and enjoy 15% off Boston’s delicious menu items daily!

* Arena District location only, tax, gratuity and alcohol and Nationwide Arena event nights excluded.


The Ultimate 2018 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide

During the holiday season, there are few places merrier and brighter than Columbus, Ohio. With so many cool spots to frequent and events to experience in the city, there are a ton of great gift options available for those that call it home.

To help you choose the perfect gift to give friends and family a fun filled authentic Columbus experience, we put together the ultimate guide, filled with ideas for the 2018 holiday season.

Columbus Blue Jackets Holiday Pack

March with us this holiday season and give the perfect gift for the Columbus Blue Jackets fan in your life. Right now, Nationwide Arena is offering an exclusive Holiday Pack that includes two tickets to two games of your choice, plus one limited edition t-shirt from Homage.

 

Tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nationwide Arena

For the music lover in your life, gift them the experience of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play at Nationwide Arena on the day after Christmas! The multi-sensory holiday concert–in its 20th consecutive year of touring–presents guests with world-class music paired with an unforgettable story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. This could be a holiday gift you’ll keep on giving each and every year.

 Arena District Athletic Club Membership

Know someone in Columbus that’ll have a 2019 New Year’s Resolution to focus on their health and fitness? Get them a gift card or membership to the Arena District Athletic Club! This state-of-the-art fitness center in downtown Columbus has everything your friend or family member needs to reach their personal goals. For a limited time, the Arena District Athletic Club is offering a New Year’s special–waiving the $79 initiation fee when you get a 12-month membership.

 

Relaxation & Revitalization from Massage Envy

There’s no better holiday gift than a certificate for a professional massage, and Massage Envy in Columbus’ Grandview Yard certainly knows how to give them! From massages and facials to stretch and skin care treatments, Massage Envy will relinquish stress and help your friends and family feel revitalized. Visit their store to pick up a gift card, or simply purchase one online.

 

Crowlers & Growlers from Hofbrauhaus Columbus

If you have a beer-loving friend or family member, they’ll love the holiday gift of a crowler or growler (or both) from Hofbrauhaus Columbus. Right now, the brewery and restaurant is offering $4 off a 4-pack of crowlers, and throwing in a free holiday tote with the purchase!

You can also gift membership into Hofbrauhaus’ 1589 GROWLER CLUB–which includes a 64-oz. growler and a monthly refill of their favorite Hofbrauhaus beer. Additionally, for every $50 gift card purchase, you’ll receive a fee $10 bonus card to spread that holiday cheer!

Chocolates and Coffees from Winans

One of our more refined holiday gift ideas, Winans–a family company established in the late 1800’s–offers premium chocolates, freshly roasted coffees, delicious wines and tasty teas. The retailer runs a factory and roastery in Ohio, which means just about every product they sell is locally hand-crafted and produced. Residents of Grandview Yard will be in for a treat when Winans opens their newest Columbus location in the neighborhood!

 

Tickets to WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena

Know a wrestling fan in Columbus? Gift them tickets to see the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena on December 27. They’ll be able to witness superstars like Rhonda Rousey, Seth Rollins and more duke it out for the title of champion.

 

Entry Into the 5th Line 5K Race at Nationwide Arena

Know any runners in Columbus? Register them for the 5th Line 5K on February 9th–a polar race starting and ending on the ice at Nationwide Arena. To add to the holiday gift, all participants receive a voucher good for two tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets game, a long-sleeve race shirt, a finisher’s medal and access to the post-race party.

 

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Harmony Project at Nationwide Arena

Want to spoil your Columbus friend or family member early this holiday season? Get tickets to The Harmony Project’s Concert for US 2018 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, December 6! The concert, which begins at 7:30 PM, will bring together people from all types of backgrounds and age ranges for a night of artistic passion and social purpose. This unique and compelling event is a great gift for the cultured and cause-driven people in your life.

 

Experiencing SantaCon 2018 Columbus

Start December in Columbus off right by gathering some friends and donning Santa, elf and reindeer costumes for SantaCon 2018 on December 7 from 7PM to midnight! This festive event–which is completely free to attend–will take you to several bars throughout the Arena District, where you’ll enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes, a costume contest and more.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 3, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of December 3, 2018:

 

WNCI Jingle Jam

Tuesday, December 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Columbus’ Hit Music station, 97.9 WNCI, is hosting their holiday concert at EXPRESS LIVE! The show features boyband, Why Don’t We, and other hit singers such as Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, Round2Crew and Ava Max. The more acts the merrier, check out these talented artists all in one show presented by WNCI on December 4th.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames

Tuesday, December 4 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

In the mood for a cool Tuesday night? Head to Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets take on The Calgary Flames. March With Us as we root on the Jackets at home in their bid to claim the top standing in their division.

 

Harmony Project – The Concert for US

Thursday, December 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts and education by joining together to engage in equal harmony. This concert is presented by Kind Columbus in effects to foster creative collaborations to better our community. The show will feature Joshuah Brian Campbell, Momentum Excellence and the Columbus Children’s Choir. Support the Concert for US on December 6th at Nationwide Arena.

 

SantaCon

Friday, December 7 | Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down the days until Christmas, it’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer hopping around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus 2018! The free event includes four drink stops (Half Pint, Gordon Biersch, The Big Bang and Three-Legged Mare) featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more.

 

CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side A

Friday, December 7 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Alternative station, CD102.5 is hosting their holiday concert on Friday, December 7th. The show will be headlined by The Struts and features other acts including Albert Hammond Jr, Just Loud and RADATTACK. Get your jingle bell “rock” on at EXPRESS LIVE!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, December 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get on your Blue Jackets gear and cheer the team on this Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals in a game you won’t want to miss. Puck drops at 7 PM.

 

Post CBJ Show featuring Willie Phoenix

Saturday, December 8 | A&R Music Bar | 8 PM

Willie Phoenix’s career has spanned decades and his passion never stops. Phoenix plays sounds ranging from haunting blues, straight forward rock, garage band noise to psychedelic fusion. He has a special place in his heart for blues and also Columbus! Check him out at A&R Music Bar on December 8th.

 

CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side B

Sunday, December 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

CD102.5 is presenting another night of music at EXPRESS LIVE! to celebrate the holiday season. This show will feature Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Shannen Moser and Souther.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Mendocino Floor Plan

Flats on Vine Apartments are located minutes away from the top entertainment and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Mendocino floor plan features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living/kitchen area, large closets and private balcony. Flats on Vine Apartments are pet friendly, include a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, in-unit washer/dryer, valet dry cleaning and more!

Schedule a tour of Flat on Vine’s Mendocino unit today!

 

Arena District Giveaway of the Week

CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A and B tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | December 7 & 9

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see CD102.5’s Holiday Show Side A AND Side B at EXPRESS LIVE! Enter now for the chance to win and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too. Two winners will be chosen later this week.

 

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 26, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

 

Veranico Happy Hour Specials

Monday, November 26, Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, November 30

Still stuffed from your thanksgiving feast? Dine light at Veranico this week to get back on track. Monday features a flatbread and beer for just $10, Wednesday is wine night, $6 pours of your favorites and bring on the weekend with power hour on Friday featuring $2 drafts and bottles from 3-5 PM.

 

Sabrina Benaim

Tuesday, November 27 | A&R Music Bar | 6:30 PM

Sabrina Benaim is poet, author and teaching artist speaking on current issues in society. She is a Toronto poetry slam champion and current coach of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. Her poetry has been showcased by ESPNW and The Government of Canada. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to her live during her Slumber Party Tour at A&R Music Bar.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild

Thursday, November 29 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are second in their division! On Thursday, watch as they fight to take first place as they face off against the Minnesota Wild. Bring some friends and be a part of the roaring crowd at Nationwide Arena for what’s sure to be an exhilarating Thursday night home game.

 

Winterbock Keg Tapping Event

Friday, December 30 | Gordon Biersch | 5 – 9 PM

Get in the holiday spirt and wear your ugly sweater to Gordon Biersch’s Keg Tapping Event on Friday starting at 5 PM. This event features a tapping of the Winterbock keg, a full-bodied lager with rich camel and toffee malt and a hint of holiday spirit – brewed specially by Gordon Biersch for the holiday season.

 

Onesie Bar Crawl – Columbus

Saturday, December 1 | Columbus | 4 PM

As the weather gets cold, it’s important to stay warm while bar hopping! Lucky for you, EpicEventz is bringing their Onesie Bar Crawl to downtown Columbus. This event will include drink specials at multiple bars near the Arena District including Callahan’s Columbus, Novak’s Tavern & Patio, BBR Columbus, Dahlia Nightclub and The Half Pint. Don your coziest (and most fashionable) onesie and join the fun!

 

Preoccupations & Protomartyr – Presented by CD102.5’s Independent Playground

Saturday, December 1 | The Basement | 7 PM

Independent alternative rock station, CD102.5 is hosting a concert featuring Preoccupations and Protomartyr. Preoccupations is a post-punk band with an electronic rock sound, while Protomatyr is an American rock band with a ‘70’s UK post-punk influence. The show will take place at The Basement this Saturday with Rattle opening the show.

 

Red Sun Rising – Presented by 99.7 The Blitz

Saturday, December 1 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Columbus rock station, 99.7 The Blitz is presenting Red Sun Rising this Saturday at A&R Music Bar. Red Sun Rising is an American rock band from Akron. They’re influenced by many eras of music that are expertly threaded together to make their own sound. The band has released two studio albums that they’ll perform on this tour.

 

SantaCon Columbus 2018

Friday, December 7| Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Next week, spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II Apartments | Syrah II Floor Plan

Flats II Apartments is located across the street from EXPRESS LIVE! and minutes away from other top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The two-bedroom, two bath Syrah II floorplan at Flat II Apartments has everything you need and more! This 1,230 square foot space includes in-unit washer/dryer, granite counter tops, two walk-in closets, private balcony and more. The community includes an outdoor pool and spa, 24-hour athletic facility, controlled building access, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and many other features.

Schedule a tour of Flat II’s Syrah II unit today!

 

Win tickets to Jingle Jam

Get ready to Jingle and Jam at EXPRESS LIVE! on December 4! Enter to win 2 tickets to this concert featuring Why Don’t We, Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, and Round2Crew!

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 19, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 19, 2018:

2018 Qfm86 Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club

Friday, November 23| EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 AM

Buckeye fan? Forget standing in long lines–spend your Black Friday with Torg & Elliot from 6 -11AM for Columbus’ biggest maize and blue hating party: Qfm96’s Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club. For $5 you get a breakfast buffet, cold beer, and a chance at over $2,5000 worth of Black Friday prizes! There will be special guests and live iconic rock from Qfm96 house band Red Light Go.

Columbus Hungry Turkey

Saturday, November 24 | Columbus | 9 AM

Gobble, gobble–celebrate Thanksgiving with the Columbus Hungry Turkey! Runners get the option of participating in the 5K or 10K, with both routes passing through the Arena District. Whether you’re running, walking, or just cheering on participants, it will be a fun event supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ad their mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while co-creating communities where everyone thrives.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Friday, November 23| Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

After scooping up some great deals grab a group of friends this Friday and watch the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The Leafs are tied for top of their Eastern division right now, so come out and root on the Blue Jackets as they fight to knock them down a peg.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 23 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Finish the night singing out your favorite tunes at Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

SantaCon Columbus 2018

Friday, December 7| Arena District| 7 PM

For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Courtyard Alexander Floor Plan

Flats on Vine is located next to Columbus entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena and EXPRESS Live! The apartment complex is within the Arena District, offering quick access to top restaurants and entertainment options. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then this apartment is for you.

The one bedroom, two bath, Courtyard Alexander floor plan at Flats on Vine also features a den space and endless amenities. The 1026-1044 square foot space is pet friendly, provides an in-unit washer/dryer, high speed internet, Nationwide security, private terrace and many other perks! The complex features an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, planned social events and more.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Courtyard Alexander floor plan today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 12, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 12, 2018:

 

The Get Up Kids Concert

Tuesday, November 13 | A&R Music Bar | 7:30 PM

Forming in 1995, The Get Up Kids rose to fame with hit albums like Four Minute Mile, Something to Write Home About and On A Wire. They influenced bands like Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, and even toured with Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves. They broke up in 2005, got back together three years later, and have been sporadically making new music ever since. The Get Up Kids are back and better than ever–stopping at A&R Music Bar in Columbus while on their Midwest and East Coast tour.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers

Thursday, November 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Thursday night, cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets need every W they can get as they vie for the top of the competitive Metropolitan Division. Grab some friends, sit in on the action and wind down the work week with a win at home.

 

Pelotonia Check Celebration

Wednesday, November 7 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

Pelotonia–the annual Columbus bike race/tour that raises money for cancer research–will be announcing their total funds raised this year during a special ceremony at EXPRESS LIVE! this Thursday. With more than 8,500 riders participating for the cause in 2018, this is sure to be an exciting celebration to witness.

 

O.A.R. Concert

Sunday, November 18 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

You probably remember O.A.R. from their early 2000s mainstream hits like Love and Memories, Lay Down and Shattered (Turn the Car Around). In October, the band released their first single from a new album and are excited to perform new music and fan favorites on their Just Like Paradise Tour. Hitting EXPRESS LIVE! this Sunday, don’t miss the chance to experience this veteran rock band live.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 2 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton G Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The top-floor, move-in-ready Clifton G floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 1-bed, 1-bathroom includes a spacious den and bathroom, enormous closets and a great view of the pool!

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Clifton G unit today!

 

Arena District Giveaway of the Week

Beartooth Concert Tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | November 17

We’re giving away two tickets to see hardcore punk band Beartooth at EXPRESS LIVE! this Saturday! Enter between Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 for the chance to win, and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too.

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Tips for Hosting a Great Friendsgiving

November is a time for getting together and giving thanks. While Thanksgiving is typically spent with family, there’s another group in your life to be thankful for: your friends.

Friendsgiving is a fun-filled tradition that brings friends together to celebrate Thanksgiving, hence the name “Friendsgiving.” The get together is popular amongst millennials, with 52% picking up on the tradition.

Give thanks to your special group of friends by hosting your own Friendsgiving. Here are some tips on how to make it so great, your friends will be begging you to host again next year:

 

Make Your Space Photo-Worthy

Nothing puts people in the spirit like decorations. Provide fun photo ops like a backdrop and personalized touches your friends will want to share. Are you inviting friends from different groups that might not have met yet? Create personalized and color themed place settings and mix up normal seat preferences to create a more inclusive atmosphere. It will help friends that don’t know a lot of people feel more engaged and welcome. Add in a show-stopping centerpiece as your central statement.

Have your decorations go beyond the dinner table. Filling the room with colorful leaves, fall scented candles, and other autumn inspired décor can set the Thanksgiving mood.

Dr. Sally Augustin notes that warm-colored lights from candles or warmer bulbs put us in a more positive mood, which is good for getting along with others. Our sensory system associates this lighting to a campfire and can also remind us of autumn.

 

Keep Your Eye on the Pies

Cooking and positive experiences are what Friendsgiving is all about! Show off your inner chef by whipping up grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe, or even a simple recipe from the web: anything you know your friends will enjoy. Be conscious of your friends’ preferences, and keep in mind any dietary restrictions. It’s important for everyone to feel welcomed and accommodated.

Hosting may seem overwhelming, so invite your friends to join the fun by passing a dish. This can give your friends a chance to feel involved and also help you save on costs. People have different traditions, so it can be interesting to see what everyone brings to the table-literally!

However, remember to communicate what people are bringing beforehand to make sure you don’t have too many of the same dish. Assemble a quick Excel doc, Google Sheet or group text for more efficient communication. Some suggested staple items include turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, casserole, and of course, pie. A fun way to mix it up is by asking a couple friends to suggest a fun fall themed drink – we love this recipe for an Apple Cider Mimosa.

If you’re hosting a Friendsgiving in Columbus, you can make Thanksgiving shopping a snap with curbside express at Giant Eagle Market District. Curbside pickup is absolutely free, and apartment/home delivery is available next day for $5.95, and same day for $9.95!

 

Entertain Your Friends

As crazy schedules pause for Thanksgiving, this may be a rare time for everyone to get together. Due to the special occasion, it’s important to keep everyone entertained. Bust out the old board games or try coming up with your own, like this  Thanksgiving Bingo.

Overall, be thankful for these friendships. Remind each other of how much they mean to you. This can be done in the form of a toast or a space for guests to write what they are thankful for–such as a wall or placemat.

Although the food and fun are nice, it’s important to truly appreciate those around you and to savor these special moments.

Cheers to your first Friendsgiving and to making memories in your downtown Columbus apartment!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 5, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 5, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will challenge the claim that everything is bigger in Texas, as they face off against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena. With a fierce battle for first in the Metropolitan Division, the Jackets will have to string together a few more wins. Some help at home from you, your friends and a roaring crowd might sway the odds in our favor.

 

Fleetwood Mac Concert

Wednesday, November 7 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

You may know this legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band from hit albums like Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979). Now, Fleetwood Mac is stopping at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on their 2018-19 North American tour. Don’t miss the chance to experience the rich musical stylings of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and John and Christine McVie.

Parks Edge Condominiums Model Grand Opening

Thursday, November 8 | Parks Edge | 5 – 7 PM

Are you interested in purchasing a home in downtown Columbus? Parks Edge Condominiums is the perfect spot. Located near the North Bank Park in the Arena District, residents are in close proximity to the excitement of the city. They also receive amenities like a rooftop pool and hot tub, sun deck and covered kitchen, a social room with fireplace, bar and kitchen, guest suite, fitness center and more. Join us on Thursday, November 8 to enjoy drinks and hors d’oevres as you take in breathtaking city views from our stunning model.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 9 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers

Saturday, November 10 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Weekend hockey returns to downtown Columbus as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Rangers in what will be a key divisional matchup. With the game starting at 7, you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink (or two) at R Bar and a delicious meal at Boston’s, or one of the many other great bars and restaurants in the Arena District.

 

Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair

Saturday, November 10 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 11 AM – 7 PM

Do you geek out on all things DIY? Are you a fan of locally made artisan goods? Then you’ll love the Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair, held this Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Since 2005, this local Ohio event has featured hundreds of original artists, designers and crafters selling hip handmade wares to people searching for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. Find yours this weekend!

 

Tenacious D Concert

Saturday, November 10 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Whether you’re a fan of sports, art or music, there’s something for everyone in downtown Columbus this Saturday! For audiophiles, comedy rock duo Tenacious D–which features actor and comedian Jack Black and his partner Kyle Gass–will perform their epic hits and new album favorites at EXPRESS LIVE! The show is sure to be packed with head-bangers, laughs and non-stop entertainment–don’t miss out!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats on Vine | Marin Deluxe Floor Plan

Looking for a conveniently located downtown Columbus apartment with lots of space and high-quality amenities? Flats on Vine will meet all your requirements and more. Located in the Arena District, this complex is apartment living at its very finest.

The Marin Deluxe floor plan is luxury in a small package. At 517 square feet, this unit packs in everything you need for finer living–including an in-unit washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous city views and more.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Marin Deluxe unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 29, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 29, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, October 30 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Halloween Eve, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be serving up tricks AND treats when they face off against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Put on a costume, bring some friends and cheer on your favorite Columbus hockey team as they continue their competitive battle for first in the Metropolitan Division.

 

Good Charlotte Concert

Friday, November 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Since 1996, Good Charlotte has been making crowds go wild with popular rock singles like The Anthem, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, I Just Wanna Live and so much more. After disbanding in 2011, the group soon decided to reunite, released their 2016 album Youth Authority and started touring again. On Friday, you’ll be able to catch Good Charlotte at EXPRESS LIVE! –along with openers Sleeping With Sirens, Knuckle Puck and The Dose–as they perform all of your favorite hits.

 

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Girls Nite Out for Laughs

Saturday, November 3 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 7 PM

Looking to laugh this weekend? On Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand Ballroom, Girls Nite Out for Laughs is offering a night of laugh-out-loud comedy, from a woman’s perspective. The evening will be hosted by Vivica A. Fox, and feature comediennes Just Nesh, Melanie Comarcho, Kelly Kellz, Divine Martino and DJ Lucci. We also hear Ginuwine is going to make an appearance, so this is a show you won’t want to miss!

 

ROH Survival of the Fittest

Sunday, November 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Wrestling season at EXPRESS LIVE! continues this Sunday, when ROH Survival of the Fittest barrels into town. Featuring a jam-packed lineup of champions, legends and up-and-comers, this one-night tournament will determine who goes to the ROH World Championship. Don’t miss the chance to see this wildly entertaining event live.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 2 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats II | Nevada II Floor Plan

Flats II is a downtown Columbus luxury apartment located within the Arena District. If you’re looking for world-class amenities, a luxurious downtown lifestyle,

The Nevada II floor plan is a stunning 1,204 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit featuring oversized windows in each of the spacious rooms, kitchen island, granite countertops, a gorgeous view of downtown Columbus and close proximity to all your favorite Arena District spots.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Nevada II unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 22, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 22, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Arizona Coyotes

Tuesday, October 23 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Another week, another two-home-game stint for the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena! This Tuesday reward a hard day’s work with a night out in the Arena District to witness the Jackets face off against the Arizona Coyotes.

 

Kevin Gates at EXPRESS LIVE!

Wednesday, October 24 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

One of the nation’s best up-and-coming rappers, Kevin Gates, is stopping in downtown Columbus on his Luca Brasi 3 tour! Fresh out of prison and back in the game, Gates will be performing songs from his latest mixtape at EXPRESS LIVE!’s outdoor stage this Wednesday. Watch as he brings his unique mix of melodic sound and head-banging street rap to life.

Excesss Karaoke at The Three-Legged Mare

Friday, October 26 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres

Saturday, October 27 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Nothing beats a weekend of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey in the Arena District. The nightlife before and after the game is electric, and thousands of people bring their collective energy to Nationwide Arena–providing a truly unforgettable experience. On Saturday, the good times keep rolling when the Jackets’ take on the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Iron Tiger Fight Series at EXPRESS LIVE!

Saturday, October 27 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

If hockey isn’t in your wheelhouse, then maybe MMA can fill your live sports void this weekend. On Saturday, the Iron Tiger Fight Series–an MMA promotion comprised of regional Ohio fighters–returns to downtown Columbus for a night of elite competition at EXPRESS LIVE!.

 

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 25| Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the final Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market of the season! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

 


Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Arena Crossing Apartments | Sydney G Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Sydney G floor plan is an inspiring 982 square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit featuring tons of natural light, stainless steel appliances and a large private balcony providing scenic Arena District views.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Sydney G unit today!