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Photo by Tommy Feisel

Cold Weather Cocktails

Just like restaurants change up their menus according to the seasons, craft bartenders do the same thing. I imagine these spirit-obsessed bar keeps, tinkering around with shrubs, bitters, the latest liquors—adding a drop of this,…

Confections by mmelo; photo by Tommy Feisel

Desserts to Go

‘Tis the time of year when gifting becomes a sport– finding the perfect something, whether it’s bits and bobs to fit all the holidays peppering the December calendar, New Year’s host (or designated driver) gifts,…

Come Together

Thank God for TimeHop. Save for a handful of first-gen smartphone photos taken in a dimly lit Tree House in 2010, we wouldn’t have much proof of the first Beatles Marathon. Now that it’s turned into…

Word Play

Nancy Kangas is one of those Columbus creatives that has been in my peripheral vision since, well, forever. Somewhere in my house—I am not a hoarder because books don’t count—I have a copy of this…

Newer Grow Up

Hanging off an entry wall in the Gateway Film Center is a colossal wooden sandworm—a zebra striped serpent with dull red eyes and conical teeth, hosting a smaller, fiercer snakehead inside of its mouth. Beside…

Culinary Convenience

When the Rolling Stones sang about Mother’s Little Helper back in 1966, the shaggy-haired band was not-so-slyly referencing the popularity of Valium amongst the housewives of the day. Too bad the flustered moms of yesteryear…

Photo by Kimberly Potterf

Tales From The Manor

It’s becoming harder to discover unassuming, fully redeveloped houses in Columbus’ Olde Towne East, as the area’s urban redevelopment boom is in full swing. Even so, some of the most breathtaking homes are still hidden…

Freelancers Assemble!

What used to be the exclusive domain of cash-strapped startups is becoming increasingly common for micro-businesses and full-time freelancers. More than just cubicle farms for coding or mutual meeting spaces, the collective interaction of complementary…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Unchain My Hops

It’s been easy to take Gordon Biersch for granted all these years. As a restaurant, it’s been a solid fixture in the Arena District pretty much since the area was developed, serving up an American-casual…

Photo by Andrew Spear

No Limits

Brian Kellett is a racecar driver. He just happens to be entirely paralyzed from the waist down. “When I think about how I deal with everything, it all comes back to just being thankful that…

Photo by Maddie McGarvey

The Church on the Hill

In 1976, while America celebrated her 200th birthday, The Refectory (1092 Bethel Rd.) opened its doors. In the four decades between then and now, the restaurant, through an unflinching commitment to consistency and excellence, has…

Photo by David Heasley

Act V

Late in the evening on March 31, 2012, the entire Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team and staff looked up at the scoreboard of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and smiled. They had roared back from multiple double-digit…

Tower of Babel

Skateboarding was the reason Winston Hightower and I were talking over the phone. Lost in the translation of bad reception in my living room, I then realized we weren’t speaking in person at the end…

Brandon Dubinsky, Center Columbus (2) vs Minnesota (5) Preseason

The Year of The Cannon

There’s no place in Nationwide Arena for cynical thinking. Not this year. Not while such palpable energy surrounds our best four-year run in franchise history. Not with such a hungry, talented new crop of prospects…

Spice World

This year I’ve decided to make a lifestyle change. In the past I have had an unhealthy relationship with worn out boring jokes about white girls in Ugg boots drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The jokes…

Ducks in a Row

“Retro” is a term overused. Given the cultural zeitgeist and the rapid recycle of style that still feels like only yesterday, the ’90s are now considered “retro.” The same winsome memories are attached with equal…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew in the ‘Shoe

Beer on the hallowed grounds of Ohio Stadium? Seems like a fantasy world many Buckeye fans have imagined for decades; selling alcohol on the sacrosanct campus of Ohio State University, until this upcoming season, has…

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