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Local Haunts

The Columbus spirit scene is legendary, and not just for the intriguing elixirs your corner bartender conjures. No, there’s a less celebrated set of spirits you don’t always hear about from those behind the taps…

Live Line

For those who haven’t noticed, improv comedy has taken Columbus by storm in the past few years, thanks in no small part to the efforts of people like Sarah Storer, who quit her full-time day…

Keith Newsom, aka Snappy the Clown, has been performing at local haunts for years. by Brian Kaiser

Dare to Scare

Editor’s note: Since it came to our attention there was a documentary made about local haunted attraction performers, we wanted to do our own documentary work to accompany it. Rather than unmask the performers entirely,…

by Brian Kaiser

ClintonGrille

Ritzy’s, the iconic bygone burger chain, whose growing pains led to its near-extinction in the late ’80s, has reclaimed Columbus territory and resumed flipping patties just like the old days; only this time, the second…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Lip Service

Your day or night look isn’t complete until you pick the perfect lip color. But before you apply your killer kisser, take a look at what makes that red hue pop. Do you know exactly…

by Brian Kaiser

Suited for Service

Jim Rieser loves America, appreciates our soldiers, and makes a pretty mean suit. This is year number four for the clothier’s Suits for Soldiers campaign, a program that gifts eight soldiers with custom-made suits to…

by Collins Laatsch

Learning Cycle

Self reliance has been marketed out of the modern bicycling industry over the past few decades, but small local bike shops and scrappy co-ops like Franklinton Cycle Works have made it their mission to bring…

by Lauren Snyder

Day, Made

It’s lunch time at BrewDog Short North. The Street Thyme food truck is in the parking lot. Cookies from Piece of Cake bakery are on a table nearby. The customers are on the back patio…

by Brian Kaiser

Sugar on Top

There’s a line forming at Cream & Sugar, in Columbus’s Hilltop neighborhood, but the owner and her crew are working fast, elbow-to-elbow, to serve Coney dogs, paired with slushies and $1 soft serve. Kids seated…

by Kris Misevski

Redemption Song

Chances are, if someone were to mention the name Jorma Kaukonen, it wouldn’t ring the same bell as, say, Jimi Hendrix or Jerry Garcia. But should you spend any time with footage of the Summer…

Howlin Columbus Dance Party
Photo by Brian Kaiser

Howlin’ For You

A funny thing happened along the way to one of the city’s best rock and roll clubs also becoming homebase for Columbus’s most popular dance parties. We stopped dancing to rock and roll. Just down…

Local Long Time

Quick: which Columbus-based brewery has been operating the longest? Hint: It’s the same one that employs 500 of your friends and neighbors. That should narrow it down a bit, but if you’re still wondering ……

Serious Funds

The annual A&F Challenge raises money to send kids with serious illness to summer camp Crafting, archery, a check up with a cardiologist, and a campfire sing-a-long; the daily agenda for a camper at Flying…

Photo by Tommy Feisel

Last Call: Curio

When I was a kid, my grandfather used to spend his afternoons in a La-Z-Boy chair, a crystal highball glass atop a coaster on the table next to him. The footrest was used exclusively for…

by Johnathan Photo

Right On Time

Back in May, Jay Swifa hosted a listening party for his debut album and it seemed like it was finally his moment. Fans—young and old—packed the eastern tip of Blockfort, a newly-opened Downtown art gallery…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

Girl Talk

Columbus women tell their stories on new podcast. Lorrin Higgins proudly uses the F-word. That’s feminist, thank you. After finding a dearth of female voices in the Columbus podcast scene, Higgins started reaching out to…

Photo by Collins Laatsch.

Distillation Meets Design

High Bank plants new flag in Grandview. About seven years ago, I tried out for a made-for-television cooking competition. I showed up in Chicago on a Sunday morn, smelly and surly and wearing my clothes…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Dog’s Day Inn

Progressive pet space offers more than just a walk in the park Bacon balls are no match for Eddie. He’s usually a patient and well-behaved black lab—he waits to be called, he’s not too rough…

50 Is The New 20

The new Penzone is like stepping into a room that has collected everything millennial women are into. The salon and spa has plants growing on the walls, succulents decorating tables and health juices and energy…

Queen For A Year

Deva Station’s style is throwback  Old Hollywood glamour and glitz. She loves rhinestones and glitter and drama, but the practical side of her character knows she has to please her audience, so she throws in…

Light Years Ahead

Dan Cochran loves ComFest. From his hard partying teenage years to these days, where he lays out a big family blanket to take in some live music with his kids, the annual Community Festival is…

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