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While no one ever wants to be in a hospital, our patients tell us time and time again they’re glad The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is there for them. From delivering a baby, to wellness checkups, to joint implants, to the most delicate life-saving procedures, the healthcare teams at the Wexner Medical Center get high praise from grateful patients. Phrases like “the most caring and competent physicians,” “the nurses were outstanding” and “I would recommend them for everything” are compliments we humbly hear every day. It’s proof we’re carrying out our mission to improve people’s lives in Ohio and around the world through innovations in research, education and patient care. Here’s more proof: The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems is a federal survey that measures patients’ perspectives of hospital care. In 2017, we achieved our highest yearly score ever, placing in the 89th percentile, with nearly 8 in 10 patients surveyed (79.3%) giving us the highest marks, well above the national average. Quality health care is important to you and us. And so is earning your trust and satisfaction.

Federal research grants increasing In a time when federal research funding has been flat, our scientists are bringing in more grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than ever. In the past year, there were nearly 250 awards totaling well over $100 million, up nearly 10 percent from the previous year. This funding means: • Dr. Peter Shields can study the safety of electronic cigarettes and determine whether they are potentially damaging to e-smokers. As of now, little data exists on the direct health effects of these products. We all need to know more. • Researchers such as Peter Mohler and his team can identify emerging genetic causes of deadly irregular heartbeats, then design specific strategies to treat them. The Mohler lab is internationally known for solving medical mysteries that have plagued families for generations. • It means Ajit Chaudhari can figure out why runners often have chronic back pain. So far, his research shows runners with weak deep core muscles are at higher risk of lower back pain. He has already used a set of exercises to help runners improve their deep core strength and performance. All of this, and much more, is possible with NIH funding.

We have the best talent and we just keep getting better Some of the world’s best researchers and physicians are choosing Ohio State as their new home for learning and discovery. Here they work with our dedicated staff to pioneer life-changing healthcare solutions. Most recently, the Wexner Medical Center recruited three highly respected surgeons to lead significant initiatives to enhance patient care, team practices and teaching. • Dr. Timur Sarac is the new chief of Vascular Surgery and founding director of the Aortic Center. At the new center, he’ll establish teams of vascular and cardiac surgeons to repair the most challenging aortic aneurysms. Dr. Sarac returns to Ohio from Yale University. He was previously a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. • Dr. Amalia Cochran specializes in burn treatment and research. She joins the Wexner Medical Center after 19 years at the University of Utah. She’ll serve as director of the Comprehensive Burn Center, the region’s only adult burn center. • Dr. Heena Santry specializes in trauma and critical care. She joined Ohio State to start a Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy. A self-described “half surgeon, half social worker,” Dr. Santry is a pioneer among surgeons for her consideration of biopsychosocial factors that influence surgical outcomes. Highly talented healthcare providers and medical researchers have their eyes on Columbus and the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Sarac summed it up when he said, “With the amount of investment in this already outstanding institution, seeing them work to take it to the next level, how could you not want to be a part of that?”

Record performance makes record investment possible It’s a simple fact: going to the next level, making healthcare discoveries and improving people’s lives can’t happen without funding. We’re fortunate and grateful that, in a time when some hospitals are cutting back or closing, the Wexner Medical Center is financially strong. Through a combination of record numbers of people seeking worldclass care, and being responsible with our resources, we just had our best year ever.

As part of our strategic plan, we’re investing in our communities with new outpatient care centers. These state-of-the-art facilities will bring a comprehensive list of world-class services into neighborhoods where people live and work. They’ll allow us to work even closer with communities to support their health and wellness goals. We’ll continue our long-term investment in free health clinics, free wellness screenings and other needed resources in underserved communities in and around Columbus. We’re investing in talent, hiring more highly skilled doctors, nurses and healthcare providers to best serve our patients, while bringing more of the best scientists and educators to the city.

A new hospital, medical school and research center will ensure national success It’s a bold vision that began with a new 21-story tower dedicated to the best cancer treatment and research, a new emergency department that spans the length of two Buckeye football fields, and a new brain and spine hospital researching and performing the newest neurological treatments. That would be a lifetime of achievement for most medical centers. For us, it was just Phase 1. The Wexner Medical Center is adding a new 840-bed hospital tower, with state-of-the-art equipment designed to serve our patients. Its leading-edge technology will advance care and teaching, and define the future of health care. Our country needs more physicians. Our College of Medicine is among the best places anywhere to become a doctor. Last year, more than 7,200 students applied for just 207 seats in our classrooms. We are investing in a modern health sciences center and a new College of Medicine to bring together students from all areas of health care. They’ll learn, as teams, how to take on our global healthcare challenges and prepare for futures that can truly make a difference. Our mission is clear. We are committed to it. We won’t stop, stand still or rest–ever.


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No Place We’d Rather The Columbus Commons gears up for another summer of entertainment By Rocco Falleti

The City Center Shopping Mall

In the heart of downtown Columbus stood a vacant building that had become a ghost town. For more than 20 years, that building housed a vibrant shopping mall, City Center. The mall was a centerpiece to the downtown area and a popular destination for travelers. Though City Center saw much success throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the three-story shopping center panned out to be no match for the growing popularity of new options further away from the city’s center in Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place.


Did you know? Before the construction of the City Center, Columbus had its own outdoor ice rink. The Centrum provided entertainment downtown until being removed for City Center, much like Rockefeller Center.


By 2009, the City Center housed only eight small businesses, a shell of what it once was. Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (Capitol South) announced plans to raze the former staple of the downtown area and create a six-acre space that would serve as a central gathering area which became known as the Columbus Commons. Flash forward, nine years after the demolition of City Center, the Columbus Commons has become the place to be downtown for outdoor summer fun and to live as well. “We believe that the Columbus Commons is downtown’s playground,” Amy Taylor, COO of CDDC, says. “And if downtown is truly everyone’s neighborhood, then our programming needs to have a variety for everyone to enjoy.” From food and music to fitness, there is no shortage of events that will satisfy all your summer needs. “Last year we had a great season, but unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate with us a lot,” Taylor says. “We are hoping it will be better this year.”

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When the City Center was at its peak, a popular draw to the location was the food court. Although no physical food court is present, the Columbus Commons provides the next best thing. 8 | July 2018

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Columbus Commons in 2018


Columbus Commons attracts both local and national Grammy Award-winning and -nominated artists such as Bastille. Above: Local favorite MojoFlo takes the stage. July 2018 |




“People said they were going to miss the food court when the mall was torn down,” Taylor says. “So, a way of preserving that was the creation of our food truck food court.”


TACO TUESDAYS! July 10 and Aug. 14. Come out and enjoy some of the best tacos in Columbus.


The food truck food court will run on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature eight trucks as well as two rotating each month providing a unique experience each installment.

An ode to the City Center’s food court, the food truck food court at the Commons.

Health and Wellness

After working out your taste buds, the Columbus Commons has no shortage of fitness options sure to work up a sweat. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, these free fitness classes include hip-hop, kickboxing, cardio, Zumba and yoga.


Commons cardio, Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 p.m.; yoga, Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 p.m.; kickboxing, Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 p.m.; hip-hop Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; yoga, Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.; Zumba, Saturdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m.


Family Fun

Ever want to watch a movie surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of downtown Columbus? The Columbus Commons offers free movie nights. The series kicked off with a viewing of The Greatest Showman after Family Funday on May 26.

Bring Your Own Picnic with the Pops

Summer is in full swing and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops series is well under way. Picnic with the Pops kicked off their marquee summer concert series at the Columbus Commons with a performance by Little River Band.

Picnic with the Pops schedule

This year, alongside yearly favorites such as The Ohio State Marching Band and Patriotic Pops to help celebrate the Fourth of July, Picnic with the Pops continues its tradition of bringing in a wide array of national talent to the series. Acts such as Brian McKnight are set to headline a night of the summer concert series. This is a unique opportunity to see household names all in your own back yard this summer.

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Like years past, there will be food and alcohol available for purchase through a number of vendors. Patrons are also encouraged to bring their own food and alcohol. This is a picnic, after all.


BEAT THE TRAFFIC: “Park in the underground garage, it’s not park side parking … it’s park parking,” Taylor says. The entrance is on 3rd Avenue right before Rich, walk up the stairs and you are right in the park. Or bring a bike!


Music in the Commons

Aside from Picnic with the Pops, the Columbus Commons also hosts the Free Downtown Live Concert Series. The Bicentennial stage welcomes some of Columbus’ best local acts. For those looking to get in tune with bands right from your hometown, look no further. Concerts take place on Thursday nights, so leave the office, grab a beer and a bite to eat, and unwind a bit with close friends. Also returning to the Commons is McGuffey Lane and a special free performance from Shadowbox Live honoring the creative genius of David Bowie and the Purple One himself, Prince.

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Yoga is one of many free activities available to the public throughout the summer.


Free Downtown Live Concert Series, Thursdays, July 12, 19 and 26, 5:30-10:30 p.m. McGuffey Lane Friday, Aug. 31, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shadowbox Live Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

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Diabetes: Now What? Your life will be changed, but self-management is doable By Maddi Rasor

YOU LEAVE THE doctor’s office with a fistful of colorful pamphlets and a pounding heart. Never in a million years did you think you’d be hearing those words. One of the most unexpected, unthinkable things has happened to you: you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease. Diabetes. Now what? Well, as Cathy Paessun of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association says, “Diabetes is not your fault, but it is your responsibility.”

Now What: Management

According to Paessun, approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population has either pre-diabetes or diabetes proper, but only 20 percent of those people have been diagnosed. That means 10 percent of those who have diabetes in the U.S. are completely unaware of it. So how does this happen? Well, partially, the myths surrounding diabetes are deeply entrenched. For example, you may have heard that type 1 diabetes is “Childhood Diabetes,” or that your overweight Uncle Jim who only eats the skin off of egg rolls “gave himself” type 2 diabetes. Neither of these things is true. Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in adults, and you cannot “give yourself” diabetes. Diet and exercise play a critical role in prevention and management, but the same could be said of any other chronic illness – from cancer to anxiety to everything in between. But that isn’t to say it’s easy to just up and change your diet, remember to take your medication, and drastically alter your lifestyle. You don’t get a day off from a chronic illness, after all. It’s a constant battle with yourself to do that much more to get healthy, to break just one more bad habit, to get that much more sleep. Sounds exhausting, right?

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So don’t. Surround yourself with love and support, and you’ll find that all of those things above – especially illness – to be a lot easier. It’s like going to the gym; everyone does better with a buddy. And if you don’t know how to support your loved ones, just be that buddy. Your spouse just got diagnosed with diabetes? Join him or her in changing your diets together. Your best friend was diagnosed the other day? Why not have some sugar-free coffee creamer in your fridge, so that you can both continue your Saturday morning coffee routine? And if you can’t build your own supportive community, get involved with one. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association prides itself on being the support network for those who have both been diagnosed later in life and who live with it their whole lives. They have a social worker on staff, as well as a certified diabetes educator to help with nutrition and wellness. And, as Paessun says, “We’re only a phone call away.”

Now What: Prevention

The easiest way not to incur a chronic illness is to lower your exposure to its risks. It’s not a hard and fast rule – nothing ever is – but there are certainly things you can do to help: No. 1: Get a yearly physical. Yes, we know, people avoid them because of the redundancy: you need to eat better, and lose weight, and go to the gym once in a while. But staying on top of your health is critical. You only get one body, after all.


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No. 2: Eat right, and exercise often. See above. No. 3: Find other people to help you. Call in your cavalry. It cannot be stressed enough that this isn’t a venture you have to take on your own. As Paessun says, “Pay the help you receive forward.” You never know whose life you might be changing.

Now What: Future

Just like how everything in an electronics catalogue from the ’90s is now contained in your smartphone, medical technology, too, marches ever onwards. It used to be that keeping track of a diabetic diet was like calorie counting on steroids, and that diabetics were constantly injecting themselves with insulin that originally wasn’t even human. The insulin pump was a welcome improvement with its superior interface, and even easier still is the continuous glucose monitoring of the modern artificial pancreas. The end goal is to synthesize the organ entirely and remove all the wearable technology from the equation. Gene therapy is also being researched as a possible solution, although the technology to bring it commercial is still years away. And plenty of organizations are on the lookout for improvements in diabetes care and management. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Association, for example, noticed that people were engineering their own individual continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps to work together as an automated system, so they “launched an initiative to make these user-driven, DIY technology approaches more accessible to a wider group of people with diabetes,” even if it isn’t technically FDA approved yet.

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The Universe Comes to Newark The Works opens SciDome’s doors to the public with help of OSU Newark By Cameron Carr THE FIRST TIME Marcia Downes experienced a planetarium was at the Smithsonian Institute as an adult. “I was wowed and I thought ‘I can’t believe I’ve never done this,’” she says. Since her first visit, Downes has been spending a lot more time with planetariums. As executive director for the Works, Newark’s center for history, art and technology, she’s been part of a team working to bring that experience to the community in the form of the SciDome. The SciDome will bring that planetarium experience to central Ohio, offering a range of programming on space, chemistry, life sciences and ecology to visitors and local school districts in addition to collaborations with The Ohio State University at Newark. “What’s really important is children in this community do not have access to a planetarium,” Downes says. “We want children to have this as part of their everyday curriculum.” The Works receives around 50,000 visitors annually, Downes estimates, reaching far beyond Licking County. Fifteen school districts were represented at the first SciDome Academy, a program instructing educators about content

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and programming from the planetarium that can be incorporated into a curriculum. OSU Newark, which first reached out to the Works about building the planetarium, will make significant use of the facility as well. The university has already begun utilizing the space and will offer regular courses in the planetarium this fall. The SciDome will also offer paid internships to students. “We’ve always had a close relationship with the university,” Downes says. “Our founder (Howard LeFevre) believed that our job was to be an incubator to get kids on to higher education, so we’ve always partnered with programming.” Downes and OSU Newark’s dean and director, William L. MacDonald, were part of a team leading the development and direction of the SciDome. They visited as many planetariums as possible to learn about programming, costs and the value one could provide. That involved travel around the country as well as considerations of similar facilities

at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, COSI and OSU’s main campus. The team ultimately settled on a 60seat planetarium – that’s the maximum number of students admitted into an OSU Newark course. Similarly, experiences offered to schools visiting the Works do not exceed groups of 45 students. The SciDome hopes to contribute to an already growing and vibrant community in Newark. Downes points out new restaurants, spaces for the arts and companies moving into the area as strengths. “If you haven’t been out here lately, it’s pretty amazing – Newark is changing,” she says. “This is just one more feather in the cap of Newark.”

The SciDome is now open to the public with admission to the Works and unrolling programming on topics such as the stars, solar systems, seasons, and day and night. Downes says the most exciting part of the SciDome is giving the experience of a planetarium to children who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise. “Kids can use their imagination,” she says. “They understand the wonder and they get to understand the world beyond them by being able to be in a total dome experience.” CS Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at








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THIS YEAR, THE winner of CityScene’s Best of the ’Bus category “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners,” is Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant. If you are not familiar with Schmidt’s, it is a traditional restaurant in German Village known for their signature German-style sausage and cream puffs. Chief Operating Officer Carla Epler, who has been with Schmidt’s for 30 years, offers advice on traditional restaurant values and tips for grilling sausage – German style. “We’re kind of timeless, we’ve been a packing house since 1886 and a restaurant since 1967. We stay relevant (because) we don’t change our product,” says Epler. “So, what you ate as a college student at The Ohio State University 30 years ago will be just as good as you remember when taking your new college freshmen. We deliver quality products time and time again.” A personal family creation, the Bahama Mama is a fully cooked, hickory-smoked blend of beef and pork, and is one reason why people keep coming back again and again. “It’s a unique flavor profile. It’s a smoked sausage that has a little bit of spice to it, not jalapeño hot, so it appeals to a lot of people across the board,” she says. “They might want to say, ‘Oh I don’t care for spicy food,’ but then when they taste it they (usually) respond with, ‘Oh, wow.’ It’s a slow heat; it doesn’t hit you all at once, and people like that.” In the summer months Schmidt’s, on average, dishes out over 1,500 Bahama Mama sandwiches and sausages per week. Naturally during the summer months, people take advantage of the weather to cook meals on the grill. For area residents who purchase Schmidt’s carry-out meats – specifically the Bahama Mama sausages – preparation is key.

“For people who are picking up the carry-out meat to take home and grill for their summer cookout, we like to start by parboiling them. You can do that in a beer bath if you would like,” says Epler. “Basically, you get them hot through the center and then you get the grill marks with the grill boil (method). When you see the skin just start to split, and if they have a nice brown to them, that’s the perfect Bahama Mama. You’ll want to take it off the grill right then and there.” Location and historical context also play a role in the business. German Village happens to be the largest restoration project in the country – having been initiated in the 1960s – and Schmidt’s has remained steadfast through it all. Situated near downtown Columbus, the establishment is ideal for the business lunch crowd during the day and the local crowd in the evenings and on weekends. It’s not just the cuisine that keeps patrons coming back, but the family atmosphere as well. “When you get here, you aren’t just coming in for dinner, you get the experience and atmosphere; it’s a very walkable neighborhood with a lot of things to do. It’s not just in and out, it’s a destination for you to spend time here and soak up the old-world experience,” she says. Not only does the atmosphere make for a picturesque view and easy-going experience, the environment and community of the restaurant and German Village will make you feel right at home.

Summer Sausage Schmidt’s is the place to go in the ‘Bus for traditional grilled sausage By Liz Anastasiadis

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“When people come home, they go to Schmidt’s with their friends. Families will come home during Christmas time, and meet at Schmidt’s since we are centrally located. … When you want to be taken care of and want something to nourish your soul, you can come to Schmidt’s and it’s like having somebody that loves you cook for you,” says Epler. You can stop by Schmidt’s in German Village during its normal business hours for sausage, an all-you-can-eat buffet and some of its signature cream puff desserts. CS Liz Anastasiadis is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at July 2018 |


The Key(s) to Happiness Piano prodigy Gavin George plays his way to the top

THERE ARE 88 keys on every standard pia-

no, and 15-year-old Gavin George knows all of them by heart. George started playing piano at the age of 3 and since then has played in places like Luxembourg, Italy and even Carnegie Hall in New York. The music, he says, has always been inside him. “Nearly all of my memories from when I was younger involve music in some shape or form,” George says. “As a kid, I was always listening to classical music or opera in the car, and I would often point out the sequence of modulations. Music just always seems to be in my environment.” The young pianist made his debut with Haydn’s Concerto in D Major at 7 years old. Since then, he has won countless awards and performed on many popular TV shows such as the CBS Early Show and The Queen Latifah Show. Performing at the Vianden Castle in Luxembourg, however, has been his favorite endeavor thus far.

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“It was one of the most unique and memorable performances I’ve ever done. I passed through hallways lined with gleaming suits of armor and wall-length tapestries,” George says. “The acoustics were amazing, and I still haven’t figured out how they brought the nine-foot Steinway piano up to that level.” And performing in front of such large crowds? George says that’s no problem. “It’s only natural to get nervous before performances, but I know it’s what I love doing, so I just remind myself to relax and enjoy it,” he says. “I especially enjoy being able to share my passion for music with others. It makes it all worth it.” Beyond the solo concertos, George also got several opportunities early on to perform classical pieces at music festivals and work alongside orchestras like the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. “Performing with orchestras is always a wonderful experience for me,” he says. “The excitement of working together with a large number of professional musicians to

breathe life into a beautiful piece of music is such an exhilarating experience.” In addition to studying music with teacher and influencer Antonio PompaBaldi, George also enjoys the challenge of academia. When he’s not practicing for an upcoming performance, he’s learning something new, and encourages others to do the same. “If you are interested in music or have always wanted to play an instrument, take the leap and go for it,” he says. “You will never know how much you might enjoy something until you’ve tried it.” CS Tessa Flattum is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Because your health is everything. At Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, everything we do is centered around you, your health and your life. Because Mount Carmel St. Ann’s is more than a hospital. We’re a full-service regional medical center, receiving the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2018 – one of only 250 hospitals nationally. We have also been named among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for Cardiac, GI, Pulmonary, and Critical Care in 2018. In addition, St. Ann’s has earned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 5-star rating, ranking St. Ann’s among the top 9 percent of hospitals nationwide. We could go on and on. And we will, for you. Because your health is everything. Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. Everything a regional medical center should be. Because of you.

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Best Downtown Happy Hour

Condado Tacos With three locations just on High Street, it’s hard to miss this trendy joint where customers create their own tacos. So be warned – if your tacos taste bad, it’s your fault.

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Best Urban Art Gallery

Wexner Center for the Arts With exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies and educational programs, it’s no wonder the Wexner Center for the Arts was voted Best Urban Art Gallery.

Best Interactive Arts Activities

COSI What is a center of science and industry good for, if not to invite visitors to interact and learn? As a winner in this category for the fifth year in a row, COSI has obviously captivated

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Best Sporting Event Experience

The Ohio State University Football It’s no secret that Columbus loves The Ohio State University and its football program, beating out the Clippers and the Blue Jackets once again in this category.

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Best Hometown Mascot

Columbus, but did you know that over 33 million people from around the world have visited this fun-filled center in its history?

Brutus Buckeye, The Ohio State University How could Columbus vote for OSU Football without also showing the team’s nutty mascot some love too? Brutus takes this title for the second year in a row and something tells us Stinger’s going to need nothing shy of a Stanley Cup to knock him from the top spot.

Best Theater Troupe

Best Face of Columbus

Shadowbox Live Bet you didn’t know the largest resident theater company in America is right here in Columbus. Shadowbox Live’s original productions illustrate creativity and diversity, while often collaborating with other arts organizations in Columbus to connect audiences with local art and performers. The troupe said goodbye to dear friend and co-founder Stev Guyer in late March, but carries on inspired by his passionate and creative spirit.

Best Summer Concert Series

Picnic with the Pops The Columbus Symphony Orchestra sure knows how to throw a party! This BYOBstyle concert series held at the Columbus Commons is a favorite once again. How could it not be when it offers eight summer nights filled with great music and the chance to picnic under the stars?

Urban Meyer Talk about a dethroning, Urban Meyer has officially beaten reigning champion Jack Hanna for the title of Best Face of Columbus. This is the first time in the history of Best of the ‘Bus that Hanna hasn’t won the category.

Best Current Athlete

J.T. Barrett Now playing for the New Orleans Saints, all-star buckeye and fan-favorite J.T. Barrett wins best current athlete. However, Nick Bosa has a fighting chance for next year’s title.

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Best ‘Bus of the

BalletMet presents The Nutcracker

Best 2017 Concert

Buckeye Country Superfest With the big names in country music like Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan on stage, it’s hard to keep your boots from stomping. This fairly new festival, though on hiatus for 2018, is a crowd favorite. A 2019 festival is rumored, but nothing has been confirmed.

Best Suburban Arts Festival & Best Ethnic Festival

Best Downtown Columbus Festival

Columbus Arts Festival The Columbus Arts Festival secures the top spot this time, just barely taking the lead over last year’s victor, Red, White & Boom!

Best 2017 Arts Performance

BalletMet presents The Nutcracker BalletMet dances to the top spot this year with its captivating annual performance of a classic holiday tale.

Best Small Music Venue

Copious+Notes Copious+Notes takes the phrase underground music scene quite literally with its intimate underground, yet upscale venue. If you’ve never been, stop in and check out the Copious restaurant and bar on the main level before hitting the Notes venue downstairs.

Best Regular Musician Gig

Best Food-Themed Festival

Columbus Food Truck Festival Anyone else feel like food trucks are taking over the world?

Best Drink-Themed Festival

Columbus Craft Beer Week As one of the largest craft beer cities in the Midwest, Columbus is home to more than 40 craft breweries, and that list is constantly growing. Cheers to that, Columbus!

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John Schwab at Gatsby’s in Gahanna New to the Best of the ‘Bus poll this year, this category aims to identify those favorite musicians/groups that play the same venue regularly. Apparently, the folks over at Gatsby’s in Gahanna really like Tuesday nights with John Schwab, local musician and lead singer of McGuffey Lane. Schwab was also up for his occasional gig at JT’s Pizza & Pub.

Best Artistic Director

Edwaard Liang, BalletMet It was an extremely close call this year, but BalletMet’s Edwaard Liang came out on top. Liang was just five votes ahead of Rossen Milanov of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, with Shadowbox Live’s Stacie Boord closely trailing Milanov by only eight votes.

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Dublin Irish Festival There’s no luck needed for these victories! The famous Dublin Irish Festival draws nearly 100,000 people every year from all around the world, and it’s clearly a local favorite.

Best Civic Leader

Governor John Kasich The people have spoken. Governor John Kasich has been “re-elected,” if you will, to the title of Best Civic Leader.

Best Brewery Tour

BrewDog DogTap With the brewing scene growing throughout central Ohio, this new category seemed necessary. And what’s a brewery tour without beer? Try samples while learning about every inch of the only U.S. BrewDog Brewery.

Best Charitable Gala

Zoofari, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Take a trip to the zoo, but leave the kids at home? That’s right, with more than 100 restaurant vendors providing samples and drinks, Zoofari is the wildest gala of the season.

Best Socially Responsible Business

Mozart’s Who said chocolate treats are just for holidays? Mozart’s fancy, melt-in-the-mouth chocolates can make any day feel worthy of celebration.

Hot Chicken Takeover If you needed a reason beyond the incredibly delicious food to visit one of Hot Chicken Takeover’s now three locations, here it is. Since its 2013 inception, the company has provided job opportunities to those in need of supportive employment. A second consecutive win in this category, makes HCT a fierce competitor for the title next year.

Best Hometown Product

Best Volunteer Experience

Best Chocolate Treats

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Once again, Jeni’s wins this hometown award. Some of the newest ice cream flavors include salted honey pie, frosé sorbet and dairy-free dark chocolate truffle.

Best Cakes

Capital City Cakes For the second year in a row, this Grove City bakery takes the cake.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank Mid-Ohio Foodbank may have received the most votes, but volunteers in Columbus are the real winners here. Making history as the most-nominated Best of the ‘Bus category ever, the Best Volunteer Experience category received 30 distinct nominations. If that doesn’t prove Columbus loves to give back, then we don’t know what does.

Caring Columbus

Best Cupcakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes The bundtinis may be small in size, but the flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, classic vanilla, red velvet and lemon are quite big in taste.

Best Pies

Just Pies Whipping up fruit, cream and seasonal pies with homemade crust, this locally-based bakery that literally makes just pies takes the blue ribbon.

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Duck Donuts

Best Doughnuts

Best Locally Owned Boutique

Best Retail Wine Selection Best Retail Beer Selection

Best Farmers’ Market Experience

Duck Donuts Despite being new to Columbus, Duck Donuts beat out the competition, longtime favorite Buckeye Donuts, by just one vote.

Giant Eagle Market District The reign continues. That’s seven years in a row!

Ohio Art Market From handmade jewelry, hats and art to locally crafted honey and jams, this market is nothing but local creations.

Worthington Farmers’ Market Most farmers’ markets only occur during the warmer months, but Worthington has it

Dublin Arts Council For the second year in a row, the Dublin Arts Council is voted the best. Apart from its rotating exhibitions by local artists, enjoy the summer-long Sundays at the Scioto music events.

Best Spa Day Out

Woodhouse Day Spa For the sixth year in a row, Woodhouse Day Spa takes the spot for central Ohio residents’ preferred destination for the best spa. Enjoy a full day of relaxation with facials, sleep treatments, massages and more.

Best Hometown Athlete

Jack Nicklaus Jack Nicklaus swung hard, won this round and beat out Archie Griffin, the 2017 winner.

Best Suburban Fourth of July Celebration

Dublin Celebrating the red, white and blue, this emerald city once again wins the hearts of voters for its Independence Day Celebration. For the 2018 festivity, jam out to the country tunes of headliner Sheryl Crow.

Best Golf Course

Muirfield Village Golf Course Taking home gold for yet another year, this Dublinbased course not only hosts the Memorial Tournament but was designed by the 2018 Best Hometown Athlete, Jack Nicklaus.

Best City Bike Paths

Dublin The Bridge Park pedestrian bridge is underway, and by next summer bikers, walkers, runners and more will be able to enjoy this modern structure with a view.

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Best Gym

Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club This locally owned and operated athletic club has taken the win in the past, but this year They’re back on top and clearly the best.

Giant Eagle Market District

Photo courtesy of Maggie Smerdel, Giant Eagle Market District and Ohio Art Market

figured out: an outdoor season from May to October and an indoor season the remaining months. Shop from local vendors who sell homemade products like breads, fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Best Suburban Art Gallery

CHEERS TO THAT Thank you CityScene readers for voting us Best Patio in 2018.

Ohio Art Market

Best Fitness Event

Arnold Sports Festival Every year the Arnold Sports Festival gets bigger and stronger. This year, the long-time event added competitions like pickleball, axe throwing, body painting and equestrian.

Best Spot to Spend New Year’s Eve Hollywood Casino You won’t find a better way to ring in the new year than amongst your closest friends and family with a night full of live music and entertainment in Ohio’s largest Vegasstyle casino.

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Best ‘Bus of the

Best Annual Event for Out-of-towners

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights For 29 years and running, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights the Columbus Zoo has helped kick off the holiday season with a complete lighted transformation of the zoo to help spread the holiday cheer. Animals

Best Restaurant to Take Out-Of-Towners

City Barbeque

Best New Restaurant Since March 2017

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse New to the Columbus market, restaurant owner, Jeff Ruby recently brought one of his renowned to the city. When eating at a Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the experience is key.

Best Local Tour

Gallery Hop Tour The Gallery Hop remains the most highly anticipated monthly event throughout the year in Columbus. This is always the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into what is going on amongst the numerous galleries in the Short North.

Best Mom & Pop Pizzeria

Tommy’s Pizza Your grandparents ate here, your parents ate here, if you haven’t eaten here yet, you are missing out on one of the best Columbus staples.

Best Food Coma Potential/ Best Burgers

Thurman Café Burgers that practically feed an entire family… for a week… at least.

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Best Catering- Business Lunch

City Barbeque Did you pick up the phone and order yet or are we going to have to call in for your office? Six years straight of the best catering for business lunches and you’re still packing a lunch…

Schmidt’s Sausage

Thurman Café

Photo courtesy of City Barbeque, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant, the Short North Business Association and Scott Cunningham

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant It is no secret now, Schmidt’s takes the crown again for this category and with authentic German food and cream puffs as large as your head, we don’t think Schmidt’s is losing this any time soon.

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Best Outdoor Dining

Lindey’s Restaurant and Bar It’s time to change up your outdoor eating habits this summer.

Best Organic Dining

Northstar Café Winning this category by a landslide, Northstar is the spot to be in Columbus when you are looking to clean up your diet.

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events If you have ever attended a high-end event throughout Columbus, chances are Cameron Mitchell had a hand in the event. We think it’s safe to say they know all about the art of hosting an event.

Best Place to Drink Your Brunch

Matt the Miller’s Tavern With three locations spread across Dublin, Grandview and Polaris, there is no excuse not to be attending Sunday brunch. Be sure to indulge in the ultimate bloody Mary bar.

Best Family Brunch

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar You still haven’t tried these cinnamon sugar rolls yet? Or are you still making yours out of a can?

Best Bar/Restaurant for Live Music & Best Suburban Happy Hour

Grove City Brewing Company Chances are you are staying after happy hours to watch the slew of entertainment and talent coming through this Grove City bar.

Northstar Café

Best Appetizer Options

Old Bag of Nails Serving up the greatest appetizers in the city and don’t worry nails are not included.

Best Restaurant to Not Ruin Your Diet

Tucci’s Located in the heart of Historic Dublin, Tucci’s stands apart from the bunch with a focus on diverse menu options all constructed from locally sourced ingredients.

Best Rotating/Seasonal Menu

101 Beer Kitchen You are always in for a pleasant surprise each time you visit 101 Beer Kitchen. Whether it’s a new beer or dish you want to try, chances are you’ll always have something new.

Best Food Truck Name

ClusterTruck Though it may not be your typical standing food truck, ClusterTruck brings the party to you. This food truck is all the nuances of a food delivery service, housed under one roof.

Best Food Truck Art

Mikey’s Late Night Slice It’s pretty hard to miss Mikey’s Late Night Slice’s truck throughout Columbus when you are out and about. How can you not appreciate their little pizza man?

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Best Catering - High End Party

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar

Old is New

An historic home with modern appeal A Victorian Renovation | Patios | Top-Selling Homes | You’ve Been Scene

Luxury Living Realtor Review


Historic Home, Modern Perks German Village home features old bones but recent facelift By Amanda DePerro 30 L u



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yard, it’s hard not to fall in love. The ornate details, which you’ll find trimming the windows and accenting the front porch, are carried throughout the home’s interior. Living right in German Village sure has its perks, too.


“You have all the history of the community, and most of the people that live here love the community,” says Luft. “Everybody knows each other pretty well, and sometimes you don’t have that in newer neighborhoods.”

2 Understated details are a major

trend right now. In newer homes you might find it in the light fixtures, ceiling or backsplash, but in this home, you’ll find it in the original woodwork. And the woodwork is everywhere, including the staircase. And that staircase is nothing short of a masterpiece.

3 German Village is marked by a few things; delicious food, beautiful 3 scenery and historic homes. However, one home stands a cut above the rest, offering historic details and modern updates.

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The historic home that lives at 303 E. Whittier St. in German Village may have been built around 100 years ago, but this old beauty packs as much flavor as any model home you’ll find – or, as listing agent Laurie Luft of RE/MAX Affiliates will tell you, even more. “It’s a great location,” says Luft. “Also, you have some unique features (like) the ornate woodwork and character that you don’t always get with a newer home.” Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at

“Right when you walk in the front door, it makes an impression,” says Luft. “And then the mirror – it looks like it’s been there all along. It fits there perfectly and really adds to the beauty of the staircase.” Who doesn’t love exposed brick? Right now, everyone is looking for authentic brick walls, and this home has it in droves. The brick in the living room is carried through the home into the butler’s pantry and kitchen as well. “These are original, real brick walls. A lot of people are putting faux brick walls into their homes to get this effect,” says Luft. “They’ve also been updated with insulation to make it more energy efficient. It’s had so many updates that buyers are looking for today. … I think that’s the beauty; it’s been updated for today’s living, but it’s an older home.” L






Living in the city has major appeal, but it often means trading outdoor living space and privacy for the convenience of location. That tradeoff isn’t necessary in this home. High walls create a private, enclosed space to allow the pets free roam of the yard and a comfortable atmosphere for entertaining. A space for gardening and a water feature are an even bigger bonus.


A drawback associated with many historic homes is that they are often small and dark – but you won’t find those problems here. The master bathroom features angled ceilings and skylights, and at night, flip the switch and canned lights illuminate the bathroom. “Historic homes can be dark – a lot of overhead lighting is very unusual in an older, historic home,” says Luft. “(This home) provides a lot of light so you don’t have to rely on lamps or just one fixture.”

About the Realtor Laurie Luft, GRI, SRES, has been with RE/MAX Affiliates for eight years. Although Laurie specializes in working with clients 55 and up, she loves people and enjoys working with clients of all ages to make their next home buying or selling experience a pleasant and successful one. 32 L u



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Victorian Victory Remodel transforms Merion Village house while maintaining its historical charm By Garth Bishop



A whole-house remodel is always a significant undertaking, but when that house is almost 130 years old – well, it certainly doesn’t make things any easier.

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Of course, when Collamore Built was contacted by the owners of an 1890-built Victorian home in Merion Village, just outside the boundaries of German Village, the company didn’t know it would be entirely reworking the house. “We were originally hired to add a master bath and closet, and it just grew from there to the entire house,” says Collamore Built owner Justin Collamore. Ensuring the house’s new look is congruent with its historical character was a high priority for the company, which worked to make sure building materials and visual details were period-appropriate – refinishing or repurposing existing trim and moldings, brick and doors moved from old locations to new ones that made more sense with the remodel, original cast-iron registers used for new HVAC locations, etc. “We really do kind of specialize in work on older homes,” Collamore says. The remodel was completed in phases. The interior component was completed this past fall, and Collamore Built rebuilt the entire garage in the spring. The project won a national Contractor of the Year award through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the house appeared on the Home Improvement Tour organized by the local NARI chapter in May. v


4 Built gutted the kitchen, reconfiguring some cabinets and 1 Collamore custom building others to match, and installing new red oak floors in a

herringbone pattern. A window and steel door were removed in favor of a 10-foot-wide bank of windows.

2 The original rail and newel posts on the stairs were refinished. 3 The brand new master bath is highlighted by a custom vanity, tile

designed to look like shiplap siding and a window accented by salvage trim.

of the homeowners’ key goals was to create an open-concept living 4 One space on the first floor, adding natural light and better connectivity with

the back yard. The living room, seen here, connects to the main entrance, kitchen and home office. A brick wall between the kitchen and living room was among 15 tons of non-load-bearing walls that were removed.

5 A new entry door and additional cabinetry transformed a first-floor laundry room into the new mudroom.

flooring in 6 The the home office

was replaced with flooring milled from the homeowners’ barn. Most of the house’s floor joists had to be replaced due to termite damage.


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Not Just a Patio

How to spruce up your back yard patio and turn it into a living space

Even though Ohio weather can be capricious, the summers are usually sunny and hot. Wanting to soak up every ray of sunshine, many people resort to their backyard patio where privacy, tranquility and the option for entertainment awaits. But when the patio is small, overgrown with surrounding landscape, or lacking color and comfort, the space may be the last place anyone wants to relax. 36 L u



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Patios are now turning into a living space. Say goodbye to plastic chairs and portable grills and say hello to upholstered benches and pizza ovens. The Hamilton Parker Company – a local business that specializes in decorative building materials like tile, stone and hardwood – works with homeowners, contractors, designers and the like to create or recreate a variety of living spaces.

Photos courtesy of The Hamilton Parker Company

By Lydia Freudenberg

The local company is familiar with patios, and their expert team has noticed a shift in trends within the last year. Aaron Shears, the director of residential sale and masonry products at Hamilton Parker, gives some insight. “The biggest change that we’re seeing right now is people getting away from what you would ordinarily think of when you think of a patio,” Shears says. “We’re seeing more interest in long plank, wood looks. … And we used to see an average patio to be about 800 square feet, and now they’re growing.” Regarding materials, Shears says many homeowners and designers are veering away from the classic brick or concrete and going for a more contemporary look with porcelain tile that has a wood grain effect. The tile tends to be long and neutral in color, and can be laid on a patio, outdoor steps, around a pool or even in the driveway. Shears says the ashlar pattern, which consists of the tiles being placed in staggered rows, is currently a popular design. And even though some people may associate fragility with porcelain, Shears says the material is actually as durable as it is versatile. “It’s an extremely dense material, so it’s almost impervious to any kind of moisture,” he says. “Now they’re (made) two

centimeters thick for outdoor paving. And they’re very versatile in how you can lay them; you can lay them over concrete, you can lay them over a sand bed and you can even just lay them in the grass.” As for patios growing in surface area, Shears says homeowners are now making spaces up to 2,000 square feet. “The scale of the outdoor kitchen is evolving into more than just a stainless steel grill,” Shears says. “People are really extending what they did in the past and bringing in outdoor kitchens, built-in grills, fireplaces … and people are now getting into wood-fired pizza ovens.” Even though Hamilton Parker does not install outdoor kitchens or accompanying cooking accessories, the materials that go into that space is the company’s specialty. Shears says the countertops and the face of the pizza ovens can feature a range of products like brick, natural stone or manufactured stone. Shears says the trending porcelain tile is also on the rise within outdoor kitchens, and the classic brick-covered pizza ovens are taking on a contemporary exterior shell. “We haven’t seen much of the porcelain tile surrounding the pizza ovens, but that is coming.” v Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

Other trends and tips for a growing patio In the kitchen • The Big Green Egg, Inc. creates ceramic charcoal barbecue cookers, and Shears says the popularity of its products is on the rise. Incorporate this slow cooker into your outdoor kitchen or patio. • Create a sleek look by setting your stainless steel grill into your outdoor kitchen counters. • Use brick, stone or the trending porcelain to build a fireplace on your patio. Surround it with weather-resistant upholstered seating, or a built-in bench for an even more comfortable setting. For shade and comfort • Using weather-proofed wood, install or build a large pergola for extra shade on your patio. Shears says ceiling fans in the pergola are becoming increasingly popular. Place a table and chairs, and surrounding flower pots in the space for a homey feel. The finishing touches • Landscape the perimeter of your patio with perennial bushes and plants, and seasonal flowers for a consistent and finished look. • Near or on the patio, add a small fountain or a built-in water feature with the trending porcelain stone for a serene atmosphere.






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Boozy Nostalgia An adult take on a childhood favorite By Rocco Falleti

THEY WERE THE staple of

your summer as a child. Whether it was poolside or in the midst of a long afternoon running around with the neighbor kids, popsicles have always been the unifying treat of childhood. While the days have passed when a popsicle was the midday treat of choice, many bars throughout Columbus have been resurrecting this timeless childhood delight back into the taste buds of adults. How might they be doing this you ask? With the unifying “treat” of adulthood: alcohol. Whether you are at Seventh Son Brewing Company, Odd Fellows Liquor Bar or Standard Hall, there is no shortage of options to get your fix of a nostalgic buzz this summer. “Every pop (at Standard Hall) is crafted in-house using high-quality ingredients and premium spirits,” Danny Corso, marketing manager for Corso Ventures, says. Paired with your favorite vodka, rum or tequila, these tropical pops are the perfect summertime treat. “We find the Boozy Pops to be popular across the board,” Corso says. “We haven’t come across someone who doesn’t like them, especially in the summer heat.” CS Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

Mango Margarita Popsicles • 2 ½ oz. tequila • 3 oz. agave • Pinch of salt • 3 oz. lime juice • 3 oz. mango nectar • 4 cups chopped mangoes • Sliced raspberries • Lime slices • Popsicle sticks • Dixie cups Slice mangoes and place in blender. Add tequila, agave nectar, a pinch of salt, and water or mango nectar. Blend until smooth. Place sliced raspberries in the base of a paper cup and pour mixture over. Poke a popsicle stick through a lime slice and place over the blended mixture. Freeze, remove paper cups and enjoy! DRINK RESPONSIBLY! Courtesy of Tipsy Bartender July 2018 |



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Airbnb by the Numbers

Tips and tricks to get the most out of popular vacation rental service By Jenny Wise

AT THIS POINT, it’s safe to say that everyone with access to the internet knows, or has at least heard of, the vacation rental service Airbnb. The question is: Do people actually use it? As creatures of habit, it can be intimidating to change your system when it comes to vacation and travel booking. With everything from and Kayak to VRBO and Homeaway, there are a plethora of services from which to choose. Always go with the service that you trust and that makes you feel the most comfortable, but sometimes it takes trying something new to discover what you love.

3 Signs You’re Ready to Use Airbnb


You already look for non-hotel options: If you’re already comfortable renting, that’s a good sign. If you’ve ever rented through a service like VRBO, Airbnb offers the same service with the added value of shared-space rental options. If you’re comfortable, Airbnb can be an effective way to travel, meet new people and embrace new cultures.


You like to get off the beaten path: Though a hotel can offer more variety and is often easier to find upon arrival in a new place, Airbnb includes the perk of consulting with a local, and sometimes even staying with one. Don’t confuse the host with a concierge or expect them to secure you a prime reservation, though. PRO TIP: You should ask your host about popular local spots and their personal favorites, rather than just flocking to tourist attractions. You like to be self-sufficient while traveling: If being pampered at a spa or dining at high-end restaurants is your prerogative, you can still do that while staying at an Airbnb if you make all the arrangements yourself. With most Airbnbs, you’ll also get kitchen space and access to a washer and dryer, so you can save on food expenses and pack a little lighter. So, if you think Airbnb might be a good fit for your next trip, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your experience. From signing up and booking to finding discounts, here are some tips for the new user.

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5 Hacks for the Airbnb Guest in on discounts when you can: If you’re new to Airbnb, make sure you cash 1Cash in on a discount! If a friend refers you to the site, you can get $40 off your trip. Not your first time? If you refer a friend, you’ll get $20 if they travel and $75 if they become a host.

PRO TIP: Airbnb has gift cards that can be purchased on Amazon, so if you’re really trying to save, keep an eye out for sales there. Be specific with your search: Be as specific as possible when it 2 comes to conducting your initial search. Obviously the destination, dates and number of rooms/space required to accommodate your group are all things you can filter that will make your search easier.

PRO TIP: For the solo traveler that wants to get a feel for everyday life in a new place, choose a single-room listing where the host is present during your stay. This can help you understand the local’s perspective. It’s all about the photos: When sorting through results from 3Professional-looking your specific search, look for listings that have nice photos. photos tell you two things: The host is taking

their role seriously and they have nothing to hide about the property.

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PRO TIP: Make sure you have a complete profile on Airbnb and that the host has a profile picture posted. This establishes another level of trust between parties. what you’re looking at: Not all listings are created equal. Make sure to iden4Know tify the listing type whether it’s for one room, several rooms, the whole house, etc. PRO TIP: Airbnb also has three icons that you should know and look for next to listings. The lightening bolt signifies that this is an Instant Book listing. This means that the host doesn’t have to reply for you to confirm your reservation. Though this is a little risky, a solid and transparent host profile is a good sign and instant booking allows for last-minute options. The medal symbolizes that a Superhost manages the listing. A Superhost must have at least a 4.8 overall rating, they must be active and have at least 10 stays logged at their listing in the span of a year, they must respond to guest messages within 24 hours 90 percent of the time, and they must have zero host cancellations. The briefcase symbol means that the listing is Business Travel Ready. You can expect these listings to have reliable Wi-Fi connection, a workspace, flexible cancellation policies and self check-in. Paris

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Read the reviews: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a good idea to always read the reviews on a listing you are thinking about booking. Sometimes guests come in with unrealistic expectations for a listing, so when things fall short they feel wronged. If there are bad reviews, take note of how the host responded, if at all. PRO TIP: Note if a review is about the host or the listing itself. If a host responds to a bad review in a timely manner, they are concerned with guest satisfaction and are likely to solve problems promptly. CS

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Pen to Paper

A group of local creative women showcase their original artwork and collaborative pieces

FROM PAINTINGS TO poems, the central Ohio branch of the National League of

American Pen Women (NLAPW) sets for its next awe-inspiring exhibition. The local NLAPW group – which formed in 1932 and consists of about 30 women with professional backgrounds in fields like photography, painting, writing and music composition – is finishing up its current exhibition at the Works in Newark and will soon transport the collection to the Carnegie Gallery Art Exhibit at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. “These exhibits are a great way for us to show who we are, what we do and give people an opportunity to learn what the pen women are all about,” says Dawn Petrill, a three-plus-year NLAPW member and head of the exhibitions. The exhibition, titled Seasons of our Lives, explores life-changing moments by 18 of the local pen women. The collection has a natural theme and features works like lush landscape paintings, poems, essays and photographs of vast farmland. “We were looking for a way to give us some creative license but also find a common theme we can work from,” Petrill says about the title of the show. “It’s a way of unifying us while letting us be creative in our expression of that theme.” Petrill’s acrylic paintings are featured in the exhibit and incorporate her family, wooded areas and a colorful bouquet. One of her creations even inspired a fellow pen woman to write a poem, and now the two works coincide in the series. Every piece is available for purchase. Apart from the exhibition, Petrill notes that women in any creative field are welcome to join, and that the group is always inspiring her artisVeena Bansal’s oil painting, Spirit of the Seasons, portrays nature moving through her beautiful seasons. tic endeavors.

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Dawn Petrill and her acrylic painting, Nearly Forgotten, with Brenda Layman, author of the poem The Green Vase, which inspired Petrill’s painting.

“Oh my gosh, I am just so inspired by the pen women,” says Petrill. “Every time we meet it’s just a wealth of wisdom. … Some members have been doing their (artistic) profession for 20, 30 maybe even 40 years and it’s just cool to be in a group with such diversity and that wealth of experience.” CS Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

View Seasons of our Lives: The Works: Through July 6 Carnegie Gallery Art Exhibit at Columbus Metropolitan Library: July 11-Aug. 24 Enjoy refreshments and meet the artist at the Carnegie Gallery on July 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Dawn Petrill (Nearly Forgotten/Fleeting Summer), Mark Layman(Spirit of the Seasons) and Darlene Yeager-Torre(The Long Road Ahead)

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The Ghost in All of Us

Local artist seeks to encourage conversation through art By Taylor Woodhouse

IF YOU’RE A fan of the Columbus art scene at all, odds are you’re familiar with Stephanie Rond’s work. And if you’re not, you’ve likely stumbled across her pieces either in a local gallery or on the wall of a building. Columbus born and raised, Rond studied art at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in high school and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in fine arts. From her early days an artist, she recognized the power of art to create a dialogue and express important themes that sometimes cannot be expressed through words alone. “Making art is always about experience and making comments,” she says. “It’s a platform to have a bigger comment about what’s happening in our culture. And it’s my responsibility to help make that platform.” Rond self-identifies as a painter, but has dabbled in various mediums on canvas and off. Her current work features hand-cut paper on canvas, often printed with photographs, onto which she places intricate hand-cut stencil shapes and then paints. It’s a technique that isn’t infallible, she admits, but she fills cracks and imperfections in the paper with gold paint in a method inspired by the Japanese kintsugi pottery technique, which embraces the flaws rather than seeking to hide them. No matter the medium, in both her street art and canvas work, she looks to occupy spaces in ways that encourage conversation and truly elevate the space. Stephanie Rond Her upcoming solo exhibition is no exception. The series features Ghost Girl, a frequent visitor in Rond’s work, juxtaposed against her own photographs of outdoor spaces she encountered on her travels. “Ghost Girl represents the ghost in all of us, the ghost in humanity,” Rond says. Ghost Girl’s face is never shown in any of her appearances. Because of this, it’s very easy for the viewer to imagine themselves in Ghost Girl’s place. In Rond’s upcoming series, Ghost Girl is set against photographs of outdoor spaces that are traditionally male-oriented.

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“What I’m doing is putting the female back into the outdoor space – literally when I’m doing street art, but also in my gallery work,” Rond says. “I’m reinserting Ghost Girl back into a space where she is traditionally not welcome.”

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Ghost Girl is bright and undeniably female, and she dominates the space easily with her color and energy. She demands attention, refusing to fade into the background. As she plants seeds of kindness in each space, also the name of Rond’s up-

coming exhibition, the viewer can’t help but feel optimistic about the potential for change and growth that she is offering, and the voice she represents. The Seeds of Kindness exhibition will also feature an exhibition of a collaboration

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Effortless Elegance between Rond and art educator Jason Blair with students from Eli Pinney Elementary School in Dublin, where Rond recently finished a two-year residency. Working with her students was an easy decision, as collaboration is a key element of Rond’s work. As she talks about the artists, poets, writers and other friends she has had the opportunity to collaborate with, her passion is clear. She is inspired by not only the work she creates with her peers, but by their personalities and their goals, and is always looking for chances to collaborate in art and activism. As an avid supporter as well as participant in the Columbus art scene, she has worked with the Greater Columbus Arts Council on more than one initiative, has participated in local art collectives and even started an online community of female street artists around the world upon finding that no such thing existed. When asked what she hopes the average viewer will take away from the Seeds of Kindness show, Rond’s hope is simple and honest. “I hope people think more about how they’re treating other people,” she says. “It’s important to be uncomfortable. It’s important to say things and discuss things that make you uncomfortable. Maybe it can help us be a little nicer.” CS

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Gallery Exhibits Marcia Evans Gallery Summer Show of Abstracts III through Aug. 28. Featuring the art of Tommaso Ciaffoncini, Barbara Mink, Jesse Mireles and Annette Poitau. www.marciaevans Art Access Gallery New Work by Sharon Dougherty, Judy Friday, David Louis and Ricki Rosen. Sculpture by Barry Gunderson from July 12-Aug. 31. Muse Gallery New Work, paintings by Randall LaGro at the Hilton Columbus Downtown Front Corridor through July 31. www.amuse Hammond Harkins Gallery Amorphoids  by Stephanie Lüning through July 22 Group Show: Title TBD with Annie Chrissy Burley, Alteronce Gumby, Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson from July 27-Aug. 19. www. Glass Axis Parramore, glass by Roger Parramore from July 13-Aug. 25

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Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Accessible Expressions, VSA Ohio, featuring art from artists of all ages with disabilities. Art is presented in inclusive settings through July 11. Ohio Plein Air Society Curated Exhibition from July 26-Oct. 13. www. Art Access Gallery

Cultural Arts Center Juried CAC Student Show through July 14. Drawn East, featuring the art of Michael Guinane, Christopher Burk and Cody Heichel, who traveled to Maine this past summer and are known for their cityscapes, from July 20-Aug. 18. www. July 2018 |




Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Creating the Illusion: Costumes & Characters from the Paramount Pictures Archive through Aug. 12. Wexner Center for the Arts Inherent Structure, abstract works by a multi-generational group of 16 artists through Aug. 12. Dublin Arts Council Hillary Perhot: Tactile Records, analog methods of photography through July 27. Columbus Museum of Art A Measure of Humanity, art that shows the relationship between information and abstraction, through Sept. 16. The Force of Fandom through Aug. 19. www.columbus The Ohio State University Faculty Club Paintings by Ron Mlicki, open July 13. Pizzuti Collection Go Figure, an exploration of the human form by various artists and photography by Alex Soth, through Aug. 12. www.pizzuti

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Open Door Art Studio and Gallery Prism, polychromatic artwork from various artists, from July 14-Aug. 10. www.

The Arts Castle COWS-Central Ohio Watercolor Society, from July 5-Aug. 11. Duct Tape artwork by John Catania, Phyllis Catania, Diane Hodges and Jake Brinkman from July 6-Aug. 18. Studios on High Gallery Unconventional Abstractions by Ruth Ann Mitchell through July 5. Brian Johnson, 2017 Hit the Hop Exhibition winner, from July 7-19. Enkaustikos: Current Work by Kim Covell Maurer from July 21-Aug. 30. Sherrie Gallerie The welding work of Luke Achterberg through July 15. Jewelry by Biba Schutz and Karen Gilbert from July 22-Sept. 1.

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OSU Urban Arts Space Pattern Thinking: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Tom and Cynthia Schneider with Contributions by Nancy Crow, Edgar Heap of Birds, Anne Keener and Maija Miettinen from July 17-Sept. 22.

Behind the Seams: The Art and Craft of Adaptation in Costuming by Julianne Nogar and Rebecca Turk from July 2-13. Pigcasso, painting through digital manipulation and sculpture by Hannah Parrett and Ethan Rucker, from July 16-20. Repeated Dialogue, screen printing by Léah Dwyer, from July 23-27. McConnell Arts Center Hommage, jewelry by Kelly Nye, through Aug. 12. Catapult: Goodwill Artists at the MAC through Aug. 12. High Road Gallery Michael Cooley and Students of Cooley Studios, realistic portraits by Mike Cooley, through July 28. Blockfort Sedgwick Ave: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Culture from July 6-27. www.blockfort

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Red, White & Boom! July 3, noon-11 p.m. Downtown Columbus It’s the largest fireworks display in Ohio. What more could you want? Celebrate your Fourth of July downtown. Festivities start at noon. Doo Dah Parade and Block Party July 4, 1 p.m. Park Street near Goodale Park The 35th annual Doo Dah Parade celebrates freedom of speech through humor and the parade runs through the Short North. It’s free to march in the parade as long as you wear a silly outfit! Block party starts on Buttles Avenue at High Street and runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. www.doo Sounds on the Town July 4-Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m. Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center Every Wednesday is a new band and a new genre. Bands will play anything from Latin dance music to classic rock and country. 60 | July 2018

Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals July 6-8 Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Come see a massive collection of vintage hot rods, muscle cars, trucks and classics. The convention also features more than 450 vendors and other themed events. The biggest event of the weekend is the Friday Night Vintage Drag Race.

Taylor Swift with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX July 7, 7 p.m. Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr. TSwift is coming to the Ohio Stadium on her Reputation Stadium Tour and will be playing songs from her new album, Reputation. She’s bringing along Camila Cabello and Charli XCX for a pop-filled night. Jesse McCartney: Better with You US Tour July 8, 6:30 p.m. Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. I don’t want another pretty face, I want to go to this show. Early 2000s heartthrob Jesse McCartney is playing music from his new album Better With You at Newport Music Hall. www. Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth 2018 July 11, 6 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave.

From the band with 16 studio albums under its belt comes a tour across the U.S. The tour will include a lot of collaboration with other bands and promises to be a fun night out. Sugarland with Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen July 12, 7 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. After more than five years, Sugarland has reunited to pull off their Still the Same 2018 tour. COSI After Dark July 12, 6-10 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI After Dark celebrates Christmas in July. Bring your ugly sweater! Columbus Community Jazz Band July 12-Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. Jazz Academy, 769 E. Long St. Interested in picking up your high school band instrument again? If you Taylor Swift


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play trombone, trumpet or piano, you’re in luck! You can register to be part of the band. Not a musician? The band will be playing at JazZoo in late July if you want to see their hard work in person. www.jazz JazZoo: Swingin’ and Singin’ the American Songbook July 13, 6:30 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Vocalist Carmen Bradford, a frequent guest of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, will be singing American classics at the zoo. As always, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be featured, as well as the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. Photos courtesy of Imaginos Photography, Shervin Lainez, Big Machine Records


Ohio Wine Festival July 13-14 North Market, 59 Spruce St. Ohio wineries bring their best to the North Market for two days of wine tasting, food sampling, entertainment, and culinary demonstrations. CATCO is Kids presents Mary Poppins Jr. July 13-15, 7 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Based on the novel by P.L. Travers and the Emmy-winning musical, CATCO is Kids brings a junior version of Mary Poppins to the stage.


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CD 102.5 presents Courtney Barnett July 14, Doors at 7:30 p.m. Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. Coming all the way from Australia, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett will be playing songs from her newest album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Annual Bonsai Show July 14-15 Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Come enjoy the peaceful artistry of the bonsai tree. This event is put on by the Columbus Bonsai Society. There will be daily demonstrations and personalized minibonsai workshops available. Vendors from Ken’s World of Bonsai and LangWeil Studios will be there selling everything from trees to pottery.

Franklin County Fair July 14-21 Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. The Franklin County Fairgrounds has hosted the fair for more than 100 years. As always, the fair will feature animal shows, 4-H project evaluations, pie contests, truck pulls and more. Panic! at the Disco with Hayley Kiyoko and A R I Z O N A July 15, 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Panic! at the Disco performs their new and old music. Their new album, Pray for the Wicked, dropped June 22. www.nation JazZoo: The Best of Bobby Floyd July 20, 6:30 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Bobby Floyd plays piano and organ with passion and is critically acclaimed. He is joined by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and The Ohio State University music professor Milton Ruffin. Jazz and Rib Fest July 20-22 Scioto Mile Come try a variety of ribs and cool off to the sound of some smooth jazz along the Scioto Mile. This annual festival has been going since 1990 and isn’t slowing down any time soon. As always, the competition between the rib vendors is going to be hot!

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Stand Up for Stand-Up July 23, 7 p.m. Wild Goose Collective, 2491 Summit St. Columbus Unscripted presents comedians of all ages for a night of stand-up. If you want to perform, you can! Sign up on its website.

Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday July 23, 5:30 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Get ready to rock! The bands take the stage for a night of progressive rock. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Radiohead July 23, 7:30 p.m. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Radiohead has been releasing alternative rock since 1985 and continues to be a huge presence in the music world. This concert is not to be missed! www.schotten 2018 Summer Movie Series J une 30-July 1 The Sound of Music (1965) July 5 Now Voyager (1942) July 6 Fright Night Friday with Fritz! Fright Night (1985) July 7-8 Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) July 11-12 American Graffiti (1973) July 13 Ghostly Comedy Double Feature July 14-15 Gone With The Wind (1939) July 18-19 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) July 20 Shaft (1971) July 21 Cartoon Capers July 21-22 Cover Girl (1944) July 25 Rosemary’s Baby (1968) July 26-27 Silent Film: Laurel & Hardy Laugh-A-Thon July 28-29 The Big Sleep (1946) Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops The Music of Billy Joel and More starring Michael Cavanaugh July 7, 8 p.m. Movie Music (Popcorn Pops) July 13, 7 p.m. Hanson String Theory July 14, 8 p.m. Tchaikovsky Spectacular July 20, 8 p.m. Brian McKnight July 21, 8 p.m. The OSU Marching Band July 27-28, 8 p.m.

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Westerville Music & Arts Festival 2018 July 14-15, Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. Bring your family for a weekend of inspiring art from local and national artists, while walking the picturesque grounds of rustic Heritage Park. Enjoy two days of art with the perfect soundtrack from over 30 local musicians and entertainers, diverse food offerings from over 20 food trucks and vendors and over 16,000 art lovers. www.

WCBE presents Ween July 25, 8 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Ocean man, take me by the hand, take me to the land where this concert is happening. Ween is an alternative and experimental rock band with a long and twisted history. The Ohio State Fair July 25-Aug. 5 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Enjoy agricultural exhibition, rides and, of course, fair food. There will also be a concert series for music lovers. Family Friday Night at COSI July 27, 6 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Want more science? Stay late to experience more of what COSI has to offer, because it’s open until 9 p.m. QFM96 presents Brit Floyd Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon July 27, 7 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Brit Floyd is considered one of the best Pink Floyd tribute bands and will be play-

ing to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Dark Side of the Moon. U.S. Classic: Gymnastics July 27-28 Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. The final women’s qualifier for the national championships will be here in Columbus. Come watch aspiring gymnasts leap into the finals. www.schottenstein Annual Serbian Festival July 27-28, Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. St. Stevens Picnic Grounds, 1840 N. Cassady Ave. Come eat some lamb and enjoy kolo dancing at the annual Serbian Festival. Maybe you just enjoy kolace, or maybe your Deda lives in your basement. Everyone is welcome. Trevor Noah July 29, 7:30 p.m. Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, will be performing at the Ohio State Fair.


AEG presents Miranda Sings Live 2018 July 29, 7:30 p.m. Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre 77 S. High St. Haters back off! Put on your lipstick and come see internet comedian Miranda Sings. Outback Concerts presents David Cross: Oh Come On Tour July 30, 8 p.m. Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre, 77 S. High St. Emmy-winning comedian David Cross will be performing his stand-up routine at the Riffe Center Theatre Complex. He has been named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central.


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The Painter’s Eye Featuring Colors of Courage by Terri Albanese

FOR THE MONTH of July, BrandtRoberts Galleries will be featuring the work of Terri Albanese, in particular her Colors of Courage, glass mosaic on wood. This piece was recently sold, but more of her artwork will be on display throughout July. The inspiration for Colors of Courage came when the artist came across the poem titled My Name is Old Glory, written by Howard Schnauber (1922-2004), a young Marine who was wounded four times during the Pacific Campaign of World War II. He also was a guard at the White House when President Roosevelt died, and was part of the Honor Guard for his funeral. Unlike traditional mosaic works, Albanese omits the use of grout, which enhances the gradation of vivid color from one piece of glass to the next. The translucent and glistening properties of the glass create a fascinating visual effect, one that often draws the viewer in for closer examination of the work. I have a detail which illustrates how many pieces of glass, and in this case precious metals, are carefully cut and shaped to show no seams, using a clear adhesive on white ground. This allows light to bounce among the colors. Albanese wanted to, “Capture the beauty of our American flag, this symbol of our nation’s strength and unity, our birthright, our heritage of liberty, and of our freedom we have been so richly blessed with … all purchased with a courage beyond understanding.” Please do your best to visit and support all of the galleries in the city, and there are at least a half dozen in the Short North alone.

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