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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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Grandview Yard restaurant Brekkie Shack offers double the mealtimes, double the freshness

Originally published by Gary Semen Jr, ThisWeek News | November 12

Identical twins experiment with the Brekkie Shack breakfast-and-lunch concept, with local sourcing a priority.

Lisa and Lindsey Rusch are the quintessential identical twins. They went to Wittenberg University together, played soccer, studied business and once ran a home-baking business — Sugar Rush — in their spare time.

So it’s not surprising that they would start a business doing something they love.

The Worthington natives have opened Brekkie Shack, a breakfast-and-lunch place in Grandview Yard.

The siblings are putting their cooking and entrepreneurial skills to the test at the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, which seats 68 inside and 20 on the patio at 1060 Yard St.

“We’ve been thinking about it for 20 years,” Lisa Rusch said of the restaurant.

The interior is stark, with teal-colored wooden walls, wooden table tops and a mural that reads “Home of the Brekkie of Champions,” painted by their friend, Moe Buckley.

“We wanted it to be just relaxing and social,” Lisa Rusch said.

She calls the menu “very fresh and responsibly sourced.”

Brekkie Shack culls its ingredients from a who’s who of regional producers: sausage from Butcher & Grocer, cage-free eggs from Snowville, bread from Lucky Cat Bakery and Ohio chicken and maple syrup. The nitrate-free bacon is from Michigan.

Likewise, the beverages give a serious nod to Ohio: Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Middle West Spirits, Land-Grant Brewing Co., Seventh Son Brewing and Royal Docks Brewing Co. (Canton).

Fresh juice and lemonade made in-house also are available.

Brekkie Shack’s signature dish is the classic egg sandwich with white cheddar and avocado. A variation adds bacon and shredded Brussels sprouts that are flash-fried for texture.

Other breakfast options include French toast, pancakes and sweet-potato hash with Brussels sprouts and over-easy eggs, or avocado for the vegan diner.

There are a few lunch options, such as chicken-salad tacos and a roasted veggie bowl, among other sandwiches and salads.

Everything is priced at $13 or less.

For those who prefer desserts, the roster of baked goods changes frequently. Examples are cookie-dough peanut-butter bars, cookies-and-cream brownies, maple-creme doughnuts and whole-grain cinnamon rolls.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 614-525-0190.

Dispatch restaurant reporter Gary Seman Jr. can be reached at onrestaurants@dispatch.com.


Grandview Yard getting a wine bar/coffee shop that sells chocolate too

Originally published – Columbus Business First by Tristan Navera | November 8, 2018

A modern wine, coffee and chocolate concept is set to open at Grandview Yard this winter.

Winans Chocolates + Coffees + Wines has signed on for a 1,600-square-foot shop in the 1125 Yard St. building, with a targeting opening around February. It’ll be the latest addition to Grandview Yard’s growing ground-floor retail selection, and will add to the local presence of the Piqua-based Winans chain, which has locations downtown near Columbus Commons and in German Village.

“We’ve been looking for the right place and location to do it and when the property came up we decided it was the right time and location to move forward,” Matt Finkes, franchise co-owner and operator of the new Winans location, said in a statement. “The location is gorgeous and the demographic is really good for us.”

The new Winans will have an outdoor patio accessible from the sidewalk.

Winans will open a new location at 1125 Yard St. in Grandview Yard
Winans will open a new location at 1125 Yard St. in Grandview Yard. NATIONWIDE REALTY INVESTORS LTD.

The brand emphasizes quality chocolates and coffees that are produced and sourced conscientiously, with its handmade chocolates made in a facility in Miami County.

The fourth-generation family business, established in the early 1900s, is trying something a bit new with this location, said CEO Joe Reiser. While it’s traditionally been primarily a coffee shop and high-end chocolatier, the chain is growing more toward a wine bar concept that draws people in during the evenings and brings in more wine events.

Winans has seen success in its downtown location with wine tastings and other events for connoisseurs, he said.

The new Winans location will emphasize wine, chocolates and coffee bringing a morning and early evening crowd.

The new Winans location will emphasize wine, chocolates and coffee bringing a morning and early evening crowd. NATIONWIDE REALTY INVESTORS LTD.

“It’s a trifecta – chocolate, coffee and wine,” Reiser told me.

“Everything that pairs with wine” makes for a good crossover for events there, Finkes said, and the new location will hire around a dozen people. The bar will mirror the hours of the downtown location, expecting to draw an early evening crowd.

This will be the company’s 19th location overall and while it has significant awareness in its home market of Dayton, this new concept will help it grow in Central Ohio as well. It has steadily grown over the past few years thanks in part to franchising.

With the new lease, Grandview Yard continues to fill out its retail spaces with additional offerings for the evening and weekend crowd to complement residential and office uses there. Breakfast food concept Brekkie Shack and My Salon Suite recently announced leases in Grandview Yard to open in late 2018.

The building the new bar will be in, 1125 Yard St., includes OhioHealth and Columbus Obstetricians-Gynecologists Inc. in office space on the second floor.

Developed by Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd., Grandview Yard will have 1.2 million square feet of office, restaurants, retail, and hospitality as well as community parks and approximately 1,500 residential units.


First Look: Brekkie Shack in Grandview Yard

Lauren Sega | Columbus Underground | October 30

Brekkie Shack is days away from opening up in Grandview Yard.

Announced earlier this year, the new breakfast, lunch and brunch spot is running limited hours during their soft opening this week, in preparation for a grand opening this Friday, Nov. 2.

On the corner of First Avenue and Yard Street, Brekkie Shack takes up the south side corner of the Manchester building. It seats about 70, including the inside and patio. It’s made up mostly of two- and four-tops, but the restaurant also offers bar top seating.

Behind the bar, guests can get beer, wine and liquor. They’ve made specialty cocktails in partnership with Middle West Spirits (MWS), including the maple latte, featuring MWS’ Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka.

The menu is still being finalized, but owners Lisa and Lindsey Rusch say the focus is on “healthy, energizing” foods, and a wide selection of plant-based items will be available.

“I think that Brekkie Shack will be a really good go-to place to fuel up for the day,” says Lisa Rusch. “There’s a lot of young families here, business professionals that are really looking for something nutritious but energizing.”

Along with the regular menu, the Rusches plan on offering a rotating list of desserts. Crimson Cup has partnered with Brekkie Shack as well to provide a full coffee menu.

Once open this Friday, Brekkie Shack will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

For more information, visit thebrekkieshack.com

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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!


Best Restaurants for Fall Food Favorites in Downtown Columbus

When the season changes in Columbus, stomachs begin rumbling in anticipation of autumn-inspired food and drinks. If you’re wondering where to go, we’ve got the dish on all the restaurants and bars serving up your favorite sweet and savory fall treats.

From the Arena District to Grandview Yard, here’s our list of the top seven spots in Columbus dishing out the best this fall:

 

Sunny Street Café | Pumpkin Spice Pancakes 

Breakfast lovers, this one’s for you. The limited-edition pumpkin spice pancakes at Sunny Street Café are stacked with delicious fall flavor–turning even the staunchest waffle lover into a pancake fanatic. The Café’s fluffy cakes are served with a ball of cinnamon butter and Tres Leches crisscrossed on top to ensure each bite is pumpkin perfection..

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant | Märzen BBQ Burger

Gordon Biersch, located in Columbus’ Arena District, is adding mouthwatering burgers to the fall flavor experience. Their Märzen BBQ Burger, aside from world-class beef, includes a BBQ sauce made with a full-bodied, rich and toasty Märzen beer that spices up autumn in all the best ways.

Nada | Sangria Roja

There are lots of ways to kick off a fall weekend, but one of the absolute best is with the Sangria Roja at Nada in the Arena District. With a mix of red wine, brandy, cinnamon, cranberry and orange soda, it’s safe to say that you’ll want to order two, because fall flavors like this require a second glass.

 

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The Half Pint | Pumpkin Beer Varieties 

You haven’t had the best fall has to offer until you’ve thrown back one of the pumpkin beer varieties at The Half Pint in the Arena District. We’re talking serious pumpkin brewskis here – Rum Barrel Aged Pumking, Chai Tea Infused Pumking and let’s not forget about Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie–a yam beer which takes an old favorite to a whole new level.

Ted’s Montana Grill | Hendrick’s Mule

We all like to pack on the spices in the fall, and the Hendrick’s Mule from Ted’s Montana Grill is no exception. With this tasty drink you’ll enjoy a nice kick of spicy ginger beer, paired with a mix of natural rose and cucumber gin flavors.

Buca di Beppo | Apple Gorgonzola Salad

Salad haters, you’ve met your match. The flavor-filled Apple Gorgonzola salad from Buca di Beppo in downtown Columbus packs in a crunch with fresh Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and Gorgonzola into one bowl–all topped with a signature Italian vinaigrette.

Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and German Bier Hall | Dunkel Bourbon Chicken

Chicken and bourbon? That’s how they do fall in Germany. Head over to Grandview Yard’s Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and satisfy your taste buds with their Dunkel Bourbon Chicken–featuring tender grilled chicken breasts slathered with a homemade Dunkel bourbon glaze.

Brekkie Shack | All the Fall Feels Egg Sandwich

Last but certainly not least is the All the Fall Feels Egg Sandwich from the newest addition to Grandview Yard, Brekkie Shack! This savory sandwich was made for fall and is topped with Ohio cheddar cheese and crispy brussel sprouts! Looking for something sweet? Brekkie is also serving up Maple Crumb Cake glazed with Grade A maple syrup and topped with buttery maple goodness.

Our list is done, but now comes the fun part–take these recommendations and challenge yourself to a fun fall food and drink adventure in Columbus!


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!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 8, 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 8, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, October 9 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get ready, hockey fans! The Blue Jackets will continue a strong start to the 2018 season tonight with a game against the Colorado Avalanche. Gather some friends, grab a drink in the Arena District and head over to Nationwide Arena to experience this exciting matchup live.

 

SOFI TUKKER at A&R Music Bar

Thursday, October 11 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Dance the night away this Thursday at A&R Music Bar! SOFI TUKKER, the New York-based pop duo, will be treating downtown Columbus to their collection of commercial smash hits–including ‘Best Friend’, ‘Drinkee’ and ‘That’s It (I’m Crazy)’.

As part of SOFT TUKKER’s partnership with PLUS1, $1 from every ticket sold will go to support a Columbus LGBTQ organization, as well as The Trevor Project.

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

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

Getting your hands on fall goodies is easier than you think! Visit Battelle plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! This free weekly event brings delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more to the plaza–all fresh and locally produced. Make sure you come to the market soon as October is the final market month of the season!

 

Mo Lowda & The Humble at A&R Music Bar

Friday, October 12 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Known for their progressive lyrics, rich tones and energetic stage performances, Mo Lowda & The Humble are a band you have to experience live to fully appreciate. You’ll get the chance this Friday at A&R Music Bar, when the Philadelphia-based alt-rock trio treats their Columbus fans to a special night of melodic rhythm.

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Saturday, October 13 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Columbus Deadheads unite! This Saturday, Chicago-based tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will be continuing their Grateful Dead concert experience at EXPRESS LIVE!’s indoor stage. The performance will present the Grateful Dead’s complete original set list, song by song, while mixing in their own unique vibe.

 

Owl City: Cinematic Tour w/ Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes

Sunday, October 14 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

After gaining popularity in 2009 for his six-time platinum single, ‘Fireflies’, Owl City (aka Adam Young) has continued making dream-pop hits. This Sunday, Owl City will join Canadian rock band Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes at EXPRESS LIVE! for an unforgettable performance.

 

 


Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats on Vine | Sonoma Floor Plan

If you’re looking to make the move to downtown Columbus, then Flats on Vine is the perfect apartment building! Located within walking distance to the Arena District and featuring a number of luxurious amenities, you’ll love living here.

Flats on Vine’s Sonoma floor plan is great for people who want to live alone. At approximately 751 square feet, this spacious 1 bed, 1 bath corner apartment features a walk-in closet, floor-to-ceiling window option, large private balcony with incredible city views and much more.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Sonoma unit today!

 

Contest of the Week 

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!

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Tourism officials headed to Chicago to promote Columbus
Original Article By Marla Matzer Rose | The Columbus Dispatch

Experience Columbus officials will travel to Chicago over the next few days to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, whose members belong to other organizations that plan meetings around the country, will come to Columbus for the first time in 2019. It’s considered a big win for Columbus that could bring more than half a billion dollars in visitor spending to Columbus over the next several years.

The tourism professionals at Experience Columbus focus on getting people to come here.

This weekend, they’re taking their show on the road to Chicago. Joined by about 30 civic and business leaders, their plan is to promote Columbus to members of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, which is holding its annual meeting in the Windy City, represents key decision-makers on convention destinations.

The group will hold its annual meeting in Columbus next year, and the local contingent hopes to get an early start on making an impression.

Brian Ross, CEO of Experience Columbus, has called landing the meeting “a game-changer for our community.”

Next year, more than 5,000 attendees will fill 16,800 hotel rooms around Downtown Columbus, generating more than $16 million in direct visitor spending.

But there’s much more to be gained.

The association executives’ annual meeting is known as the Super Bowl of meetings because, if a city is found to have a lot going for it, it could land meetings and conventions for that will fill halls and hotel rooms for years to come.

Within just five years, Columbus could reap an estimated $500 million in future association-meeting business booked by ASAE members who like what they see in a city that hadn’t made an impression before.

“This brings so much credibility and awareness to our city,” Ross said.

The list of those traveling to Chicago includes Mayor Andrew J. Ginther; Columbus Councilman Shannon Hardin; all three Franklin County commissioners; Tom Katzenmeyer of the Greater Columbus Arts Council; Steve Lyons of the Columbus Partnership; Doug Ulman of Pelotonia; and Chris Coffin, general manager of the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Most will be on hand Tuesday when Columbus hosts the Chicago event’s final-day luncheon and officially is “passed the baton” as next year’s ASAE meeting host.

It took a year of planning and investment to land the meeting of association executives, an effort that started in 2015.

In January 2016, the group’s president and CEO, John H. Graham, and two other ASAE representatives came to Columbus for a 24-hour site visit that included a helicopter tour of Downtown with Ginther.

The group’s leaders cited strong public-private support in Columbus, and the city’s revitalized Downtown, as among the key attractions that led to the decision to hold the 2019 meeting here.

Ross said that with Columbus taking center stage in front of officials of top hotel chains, tourism powerhouses such as Disney and other convention bureaus, the awareness of the city and its attractions will be spotlighted to those who matter most.

Firsthand experiences and word of mouth can have a greater impact than traditional advertising and marketing.

“You can’t buy that kind of PR,” Ross said.

But while it can’t be bought, it isn’t free.

Columbus has committed to raising $4 million ahead of the association group’s 2019 meeting to help defray costs. It also will be on the hunt for volunteers as it approaches central Ohio companies and organizations about donating to the cause.

Worthington Industries is one local company that has long been committed to boosting the profile of Columbus. Cathy Lyttle, vice president of communications and investor relations for the company, became chairwoman of the Experience Columbus board last year and will make the trip to Chicago.

“We feel it’s our corporate responsibility to support organizations like Experience Columbus because they’re selling our city,” Lyttle said. “We know that growing conventions and tourism strengthens our economy. It supports infrastructure, our social services, and enhances quality of life.”

Lyttle said she believes that bringing in meetings and visitors definitely has an impact on economic development.

“I do think we’ve attracted new companies (to central Ohio) by raising the profile of the city,” she said. “Profile and image definitely mean something.”

And Lyttle said some groups already are considering Columbus more seriously because the association group has put it in the rotation with cities such as Toronto, Las Vegas and Chicago.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of meetings, entertaining and handshakes. Then the planning for 2019 will resume back at Experience Columbus’ Arena District offices.