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Boord to be Wild

Shadowbox CEO finds ways to engage creatively By Brandon Klein


Shadowbox Live for interpreting services, the theater responded immediately by hiring services to complement its live performances. But for Stacie Boord, this wasn’t enough. “They did a fine job, but I was thinking it could be so much better if I can just get my hands on them,” says the founding member and, now, CEO of Shadowbox. “They could be so much more engaging and we can make a part of the production.” This led to a partnership with Columbus State Community College. For the last four years, the Artistic American Sign Language program has trained students to become not only interpreters, but performers. “(We) teach students how to move with the music so that it’s a beat, and how to … adopt the character and the physical man-


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nerisms of whatever character they’re signing for,” Boord says. “(They need) to be a bonus, a wonderful addition to the show, because it is an art form and these kids just knock it out of the park. … We have our hearing and not-hearing patrons come specifically for that show because it’s just thrilling and beautiful to have them on stage.” A Founding Member The interpreter program is one example of how Boord has recognized and seized opportunities throughout her life and career. Boord first heard about Shadowbox while attending The Ohio State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. “My intention was to do one Shadowbox show and get out to pursue a career in classical art,” Boord says. “And then I just really fell in love with the rock genre.” To date, Boord has participated in more than 10,000 Shadowbox productions. Some of her favorite performances include her role as Dolly in Holiday Hoopla's Santa Babies and Velma Kelly in Chicago. “I love playing Dolly in the Santa Babies, a role I originated almost 30 years ago. She just had an innocence and a joy, and she was a real thrill when she was just crazy,” she says. “I didn’t have to think; I got to drop my IQ and just go out there and have a great time with my colleagues on stage.” Rocking the Box Boord has spent her entire life and career asking questions. “Is there a need? Is there some way that I can help? Can I address this?” she says. “We respond to the world around us.” 12 years ago, Boord felt compelled to expand Shadowbox into education for high school students. At the time, Shadowbox was relocating from Easton Town Center to the Brewery District and Boord was searching for corporate sponsors. When she called Battelle, she reached Community Relations Liaison Christina Brown, who now works for Huntington National Bank. Brown was an avid Shadowbox fan, and while Shadowbox didn’t fit Battelle’s giving guidelines at the time, Boord says, the two organizations came up with a creative way to work together. When the two met for lunch, Boord learned about the Metro School, a

STEM-focused magnet school founded in 2006 as a collaboration between OSU and Battelle. “I went on a tour at the school and it really spoke to me,” Boord says. “And so I said, ‘Hey, why don’t I create a program where these kids can have a field experience of what it’s like to be in the arts?” The end result was STEM Rocks the ’Box, an eight-day after-school program that takes high school students through the audition, rehearsal, production and performance of a sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll show. The program spawned partnerships because it gives kids the understanding that life is about courage. “We felt like we had something real to offer, and they’re incredibly powerful transformational programs, because they give kids the understanding that life is about courage,” Boord says. “If you have a passion, if you have an interest, you just have to try.” Brown says it’s been exciting to see how Shadowbox’s education arm has taken off. She credits Boord’s abilities as both an artist and a strategist for its success. “Stacie is phenomenal,” Brown says. “Without her ability to think outside the box, it wouldn’t have been possible.” Pandemic of Possibilities Since the onset of the pandemic, Boord and Shadowbox have had to explore new ways to engage with the community. The theater company has experimented with virtual programming, such as recordings of its performances and using specific locations to create better settings for comedy sketches.

From 2009-2021, Shadowbox Live’s education program has served approximately 15,600 students through matinee performance, presentations, auditions, showcases and program participants. Its programs include the following: • Arts Immersion Program: a 10-day intensive program trains students in all four rock arts disciplines – music, acting, vocals and dance – as well as professionalism, marketing, social media, wellness and financial guidance. The immersion program ends with a public showcase by students. • Internships: administrative and artistic pre-professional programs. • Artistic ASL: efforts to improve the live performance for a hearing-impaired audience. • Student Matinees: 45-minute performances for teachers and students, followed by a Q&A session with the performers. • Student Gallery: dedicated gallery space for young visual artists in central Ohio, launching this fall. Students will receive a stipend to assist with the showcase of their works. • STEM Rocks the ’Box: the cornerstone of Shadowbox’s education outreach. and the company has now worked with more than 40 area school districts.

Whether it’s before or after the pandemic, virtual or on the stage, Boord and her team are constantly tinkering to see what makes the performances effective. “You can’t go to school to learn what we do,” she says. “You could go to school and potentially get trained in a certain aspect of what we do. But …. there’s no degree for that. There’s trial and error, and you have to try and you have to trust.” Brandon Klein is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Breakfast (and Lunch and Dinner) of Champions Columbus Olympic athletes talk nutrition By Mallory Arnold


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lower carb, and then other times it was higher carb, lower protein.” Blaine, on the other hand, didn’t start truly focusing on what he ate until later in his 12-year competitive career. When he was younger, he ate everything he wanted without repercussions, he says. Later on, he began concentrating on a high protein, low carb diet. “Once in a while, you sneak in your pizzas or whatever,” he says. “I ate carbs the night before a competition so I’d have more energy. I ate a lot of vegetables.” For Alaine, the most difficult part of maintaining an Olympic-structured diet was travel. She says if she were competing in Egypt, for example, she didn’t have the foods she normally did and didn’t know how the local food would affect her per-

formance. She remembers packing lots of energy bars and nut mixes. “One of our sons is in gymnastics and they’re doing a really good job of telling kids how to be healthy, especially on a training day where you exert a lot of energy,” Alaine says. “They bring them to the kitchen and show them how to cook healthy, balanced meals.”

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BLAINE AND ALAINE Wilson (maiden name Barquerot) tumbled into each other’s lives during their time as Olympic gymnastic competitors. Columbus native Blaine is a five-time U.S. national champion, a three-time Olympian and a silver medal winner in the team competition at the 2004 Olympics. Alaine competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won a silver medal in group at 1995 Pan American Games. The two met through gymnastics and reconnected in 2008. They began dating shortly after. In 2009, the pair aquired Integrity Athletics, a Plain City-based youth gym that focuses on giving kids the space to have fun, hone athletic ability and improve overall health to become well-rounded, happy adults. And while their competing days are in the past, the Wilsons remember one of the most important parts of training for the Olympics: nutrition. Fueling your body properly is the best way to get the results you want, Blaine says. Alaine’s nutrition was different than Blaine’s, as her specific gymnastics style (rhythmic) used to consist mostly of small, lean athletes. During her Olympic training days, she was flown back and forth to meet with a nutritionist in Atlanta to discuss her diet. “I never sat down and ate huge meals,” she says. “But I ate high-quality foods throughout the day. It was all balance, depending on the intensity of your workout that day. Some days were high protein,

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Alaine’s Training Meal Plan • Breakfast: Oatmeal and banana or whole grain toast with peanut butter • Practice • Snack: Greek yogurt • Lunch: Salad with chicken breast • Snack: Nuts, hardboiled egg or carrots • Dinner: Lean fish with vegetables Blaine’s Training Meal Plan “It was about the same (as Alaine’s) but depending on the day, we’d throw in scrambled eggs. Afternoon snacks were a lot about power bars and a lot of energy shakes. Lunch also depended on what you were in the mood for. Mostly protein stuff. Dinner was a mix of protein and pasta.” When Blaine was younger, he and his teammates ate a lot of red meat. But as he got older, he began reducing his red meat intake and increasing lean protein such as chicken and fish. Red meat has more cholesterol and saturated fat than chicken and fish, which are more heart-friendly options.

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Leading by Example Alaine believes in balance, especially when it comes to treating yourself. “As athletes, we were restricted a lot in what we ate,” she says. “Every time (coaches) said, ‘You’re not allowed to have that cookie!’ it made me want to have a whole box of cookies.” If you’re craving chocolate, she says, instead of finding something that tastes similar to chocolate, just eat the real thing – in moderation. For both Wilsons, eating healthful, whole foods has always been part of their lifestyles because it’s what their families taught them. “Even before gymnastics, I would opt for a smoothie over a soda,” Alaine says. “Because that’s how I was raised.” Blaine grew up the same way. “It’s funny because I don’t eat a whole lot of sweets,” he says. “It’s just the way we grew up. I haven’t had ice cream in so long.” “He steals the occasional Kit-Kats, though!” Alaine says, laughing. CS


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The Rolls Royce of New Restaurants New Polaris eatery has delicious food and celebrity approval By Mallory Arnold

Carpenter has been in 2021 BEST OF the ‘Bus Best New the restaurant industry Restaurant, The Royce, opened for 30 years, working at July 3, 2020. the New Albany CounIn contrast try Club for six years to the classic and Cameron Mitchell saying “If you Restaurants for about 20. can’t take the Though he was part of heat, get out of developing awesome new the kitchen,” Cameron Mitchell conowner Walter Carpenter cepts, he always wanted withstood stress, a pandemic, to own his own place. doubt and pressure when Walter Carpenter Thus, the Royce, named opening the new restaurant, after Carpenter's wife – so in the kitchen he stays. “We opened up at an interesting time, program director of the Interpreter when 99 percent of people told me, ‘Wal- Education Program at Columbus ter, don’t do it. Why would you do this State Community College – was born. right now?’” Carpenter says. “But I knew “She’s very excited and happy in my heart it was the right time and the about it,” Carpenter says. “I thought right place.” it would be wonderful to name my first restaurant after her because she’s done a wonderful job in her career and is an amazing wife.” Table of food options, including Nola Baked He adds that many people advise Oysters, House Fries, Creole Seafood Rigatoni, against naming a restaurant after Mushroom Risotto and Blueberry Gin Sour anyone but yourself, as you want people to know it’s your place. But to Car- collection. The selection is a combination penter, the name felt right. of fun throwback dishes along with unique tastes. One of Carpenter’s favorites is the Meals That Move You cornbread served with pepper jelly in lieu When putting together The Royce's of plain butter. menu, Carpenter and his team thought “It makes us dance and sing,” he says, of all the foods they loved over the years laughing. “I want to serve food people and brought them together in a cohesive crave and want to come back for.” 10

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As the owner, though, he can’t settle on just one favorite dish. Today, he might recommend the braised short rib with grits. Another afternoon, it might be the Gulf shrimp BLT sandwich. “When I first talked to the chef when we were making the menu, I told him to add salt, a little bit of vinegar, some acid, but also to add nostalgia,” Carpenter says. “And add it so people feel like they’re taken back in time.” He firmly believes a meal can draw you back into happiest of times and good

cluded his mom’s mac and cheese on the menu as well. “When most people think about restaurants, they think about food and service – but how can you touch someone in a special way?” Carpenter says. “That’s what we’re trying to do here. I want to change how restaurants take care of people.” CS Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.

If Ya Smellllllllllll What the Royce is Cookin’ The Royce is officially the No. 1 distributor of Teremana Tequila, a brand founded by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “We make a lot of margaritas, and a lot of our drinks are tequila-based,” Carpenter says. The most electrifying man in sports entertainment is expected to visit the Royce to congratulate it for being the most electrifying distributor. Other fun drinks include Better with Thyme, the Charleston and Black Walnut Old Fashioned.


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You’re Not a Loan Have questions for the bank? Us, too By Mallory Arnold


stressful, daunting and confusing if you don’t know where to begin. Mike Lamping, Columbus market president at First Federal Lakewood, answers our questions about types of business loans, good and bad credit, and how to get approved. Lamping categorizes commercial business loans into four segments: Commercial real estate: a mortgage secured by a lien on commercial property opposed to a residential property. Commercial real estate refers to any incomeproducing real estate used for business such as offices, retail or apartments. Line of credit: a flexible loan that consists of a defined amount of money you can access as needed and repay over time. “This works for day-to-day operational aspects,” Lamping says. “Hopefully, over time, the business becomes less dependent on lines of credit.” Term debt: a loan with a set payment schedule over several months or years. “This type of loan is for things like equipment purchases, office purchases, manufacturing equipment and vehicles,” Lamping says. Acquisition loan: a loan given to a company to purchase a specific asset or to acquire another business. “The purchase price is based on the customer and client list,” Lamping says. “It’s not tangible collateral.” It’s fairly straightforward to pick a loan option based on an individual’s situation. Once a business owner decides on the type of loan to apply for, it’s important to investigate their credit so as to not go into a bank blind. What many people don’t know, Lamping says, is that there are two types of credit to account for: business credit and


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personal credit. Business credit is based on any past business financial history, while personal credit is tied to personal spending history. Bankers often look at both. “For a typical small business, the individual and small business are very closely related,” Lamping says. “So it can be hard to separate. If a person as an individual has a bad credit score, it carries over to the application for the business loan.” According to Global Finance, a business line of credit is one of the most soughtafter loans because it’s perceived as easy to attain. Lamping says that, like any loan, a line of credit is beneficial for specific instances. Lines of credit are meant for managing short-term swings of liquidity. “Maybe you’re a candy company and most of your business is sold around Christmastime,” Lamping says. “So, in the warmer months, you’re building up inventory and drawing from your line of credit so that, during the holiday season, you’ll be flooded with cash and can pay the line down.” This is far different compared to an instance where a business wants to a loan to purchase a truck. In that case, a term loan would be most appropriate, since a truck

is going to be around for at least four or five years. “You’re matching that asset life with the loan term,” Lamping says. Risky Business Certain industries are viewed as riskier than others because of historical success rates in those businesses. For this reason, loans may be difficult for restaurants, bars and hotels to attain. If a business is considered risky, how does one make their application for a loan more attractive? “Put up more money as far as collateral or equity,” Lamping says. “Instead of 20 percent equity, put up 30. This allows for less risk for the bank.” He also advises that businesses should demonstrate they have enough liquidity to sustain things in the event that profit doesn’t come as quickly as projected or if other issues arise. “People can make some pretty fancy Excel spreadsheets and presentations to show how profitable their business is going to be," Lamping says. "But the question is going to be, does the bank feel comfortable

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that the individual can execute the plan to get the results?” Lamping says helping an entrepreneur succeed is one of the most rewarding things a banker can do. Bank on It With so many opinions, experiences and information on the internet, it’s easy for people to confuse the facts. Business Partner Magazine published three of the biggest myths about business loans: • Only failing businesses need loans – A loan is an investment in a company and should be considered as part of the business plan and process as it grows and develops. • Only perfect credit scores result in loans – Lots of facets of an application come into play with a loan, including annual turnover, cash flow and a repayment plan. • Business loans take a long time – If done correctly, a business loan can be filled out online in under an hour and receive a response in just a few days. Lamping says one the biggest misconceptions he hears is that banks don’t want to make loans. “That’s absolutely crazy because, in reality, banks make money through loans,” he says. “A lot of people believe that banks are against them.” The biggest DO and the biggest DON’T when applying for a business loan DO: “Be prepared. Have a clear understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish and the purpose of the loan. People are too vague. What are you going to do with the loan? Why do you need the amount you’re requesting? How are you going to repay us? What’s your plan to clear up any damages to your credit?” DON’T: “Lie. A lot of times, people fudge the truth about information bankers require. When a bank asks, ‘Are there any mortgages on the property?’ and the client lies and says no, then down the road, that creates a credibility issue. If you have some blemishes on personal credit, you need to be up-front with the banker. If you’re honest about it at first, you’re able to explain yourself better. It may or may not be an important factor.” CS Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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he 2021 Best of the ’Bus Awards received more votes than any year since its 2011 conception. Thousands of Columbus artists, chefs, students, CEOs, businesses and neighbors voted every single day to give their local favorite a chance to be the Best of the ‘Bus. Congratulations, 2021 Best of the ’Bus winners! Best Virtual Charity Event Pelotonia For the first time ever, Pelotonia went virtual in 2020, allowing participants to log their Pelotonia journey anywhere, anytime. The platform encouraged not only biking, but also walking, running, swimming or any other mode of transportation participants could come up with. The response was so positive that, in addition to the in-person event, the virtual option will be included in the 2021 event. Best Volunteer Experience Mid-Ohio Food Collective Best Face of Columbus Jack Hanna In April 2021, Jack Hanna and his family shared personal news that Hanna has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and would be dialing back his public presence to spend time with his family. Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie Hanna released a statement to the public explaining the circumstances: “Dad loves the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds and has great appreciation for the hundreds of employees and volunteers who work extremely hard each day to care for the animals and ensure an incredible experience for the families who visit. We share his dedication to the central Ohio community and will continue to support the Columbus Zoo and conservation efforts around the world.” To read some of Hanna’s best moments at the Columbus Zoo, go online to www. cityscenecolumbus.com! 14

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Best New Restaurant The Royce Always an exciting race to watch, the Best New Restaurant category is awarded to the Royce, a homestyle, made-withlove, gives-you-goosebumps restaurant in Polaris Fashion Place. See full interview with the Royce owner on page 10. Best Hometown Product Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams In Jeni’s journey to make ice cream an acceptable breakfast food, a line of breakfast flavors was introduced. We have to say, Jeni’s makes a delicious and compelling argument. Best Coffee Stauf’s Coffee Roasters Last year, Stauf’s was nudged out of the winning seat for Best Coffee by Fox in the Snow Café, but this year came back with a caffeine kick to reclaim the crown! Best Steak Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse was overtaken by Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse this year after a tumultuous battle. While the competition was tough, Hyde Park steaks are anything but. Plus, with cuts such as the Ryan Day Steak, 36-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, and the Urban Meyer Steak, a New York strip, the stakes are high. Best Bakery Schneider’s Bakery Best Ice Cream Graeter’s Ice Cream It’s no wonder Graeter’s took this sweet, sweet victory. Dogs Night Out on Graeter’s patios are a huge success, as all furry friends receive a free Dogsters ice cream treat. Best Outdoor Dining Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar For the fourth year in the row, Lindey’s wins Best Outdoor Dining, and there’s no question as to why. Warm summer evenings spent on Lindey’s patio are brag-worthy memories and highly coveted. Make sure to make reservations in advance for patio season! 18

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Best Pizza Massey’s Pizza Q&A with Massey’s Pizza owner Richard Folk CityScene Magazine: Massey’s pizza is covered with pepperoni. How heavy does that make the pizza? Richard Folk: Our pizza is three pounds before cooking, though it loses some weight in the cooking process! CM: Favorite pizza on the menu? RF: It’s hard to beat our flagship pie, the regular crust pepperoni pizza. But if I was to order just for myself, I would get pepperoni and onion on our cauliflower crust, which is lower carb and gluten-free. CM: Do you fold your pizza slices when you eat? How do you feel about using a fork and knife? RF: No folding – that’s a New York-style thing. Our pizza is cut in squares and is too crispy to fold. Pizza with a fork is bad. If you don’t get grease and cornmeal on your fingers, you’re doing it wrong! CM: What’s the strangest topping you’ve ever put on pizza? RF: Nothing too crazy, but Gorgonzola cheese is fantastic and, paired with jalapenos, has a magical bite to it.

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Best Retail Wine Selection and Best Retail Beer Selection Giant Eagle Giant Eagle nabs two 2021 awards, so it’s obviously no question where you should snag your wine and beer for the weekend! Best Fitness Classes Orangetheory, Grove City This workout kicks butt, and so did the Grove City Orangetheory in the 2021 Best Fitness Classes category. The studio is active in the community, making it easy to get to know trainees personally and spreading positivity. The #TuesdayTestimony features a new member each week, and there’s even a “brag board” to praise hardworking trainees.

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Luxury Living

Beyond the Wall Major first-floor overhaul sees office space absorbed into kitchen By Garth Bishop


ed and MaLinda Wierzbicki went into their remodel last year with modest goals, mainly centered around increasing the space and functionality of their kitchen. After an extensive renovation by Organized Home Remodeling, the first floor of their Powell home has undergone such a stark transformation that visitors barely recognize it. It all started with the realization that removing a wall would allow them to make the office part of the kitchen space. “Whenever we had a family get-together, people would congregate in the kitch-

en,” Ted says. “Everyone felt crowded so removing the wall to expand the kitchen was a major goal.” Anchoring the newly enlarged kitchen and the focal point to bring the changes together is a brand new 10-foot kitchen island. Hand-picked granite countertops brought together the colors the customer loved, and significantly increased the prep space for entertaining and making meals for the large extended family. A built-in microwave drawer and electronic trash can compartment fill out the island, while custom pendant lighting adds to its ambience.

Not far from the massive island – in the area that was once the office – is beautiful, stained bar cabinetry equipped with a wine rack, a beverage refrigerator, locked liquor drawers, wine glass storage and plenty of space for drinks and storage. Upper glass cabinets with a lighted interior and a reclaimed barnwood countertop also define the beautiful piece of furniture. “Everything you need is all in the same area,” says MaLinda. “You don’t have anyone trying to get a drink in the area where you are busy fixing food. No one is tripping over each other.” It's not just the gathering space that has grown; the additional storage is more than the couple dreamed of having. New, larger cupboards and cabinets join the new appliances in being placed for maximum convenience. Many of the drawers and cabinets are specialized for their contents, from utensils to spices. All the base cabinets are either drawers or roll-outs. Before


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“I never have to dig into the cupboard to find anything again,” says MaLinda about the cabinets, built and installed by Buckeye Custom Cabinets and Closets. “They are solid wood and beautifully finished.” “Cooking is so easy, because everything that I need is right there,” MaLinda says. “It’s very functional.” Recessed lighting throughout the kitchen gives it additional visual appeal. "The colors in general are updated and much lighter," Ted says. "It was an aesthetic improvement from the dark cherry cabinets they had before. The entire kitchen is lighter, bright and just a joy to walk into." Changes Outside the Kitchen The couple especially appreciated Organized Home Remodeling’s attention to even the smallest of detail, with MaLinda relating a story about some off-white electrical plate covers.

“The electrician had inadvertently put ivory outlets and covers in the back splash area of the bar even though the back splash tile was various hues of blue. That was the color of the outlets in the rest of the home. When the pictures of that day’s progress were uploaded to the office, Kathy Morgan, company president, saw to it that the off-white outlets and covers were switched out for gray outlets and covers at no additional charge,” MaLinda says. In the end, the remodel touched every room on the first floor: kitchen, office, dining room, family room, bathroom, laundry room. The most visible through-line for all of those rooms is the new flooring, with hardwood and carpeting being replaced by luxury vinyl plank – far more durable and easier to clean, Ted says, and better for their two cats and new puppy. Between the initial planning and the beginning of the physical remodel,


a complication arose. The Wierzbickis had planned to eliminate the office because it was rarely used for its intended purpose. The couple are empty nesters, but even before they were, no one utilized the office for work; its primary purpose was storage. Then COVID-19 happened. Suddenly, a home office was a necessity for MaLinda, who had to work from home despite being in the middle of a construction zone. Organized Home Remodeling worked with the couple to come up with a solution: Continue with the plan to fold the office into the kitchen and turn the formal dining room – which was also seldom used for its intended purpose – into the new office. Additional Features Among the further highlights of the first-floor space are: • All new first floor windows and large sliding glass door • Complete build out of the laundry room with additional storage, sink, bench seat, utility cabinet and pull-down clothes hanging rack in the laundry room making use of the normally wasted space over top of the washer-drawer. • New blinds and window treatments courtesy of Gotcha Covered of NW Columbus • An all-new surround sound system, TV and speaker setup in the family room from EZ-Integration of Dublin • Additional speakers in the kitchen, office, dining room and patio The remodeling process took about three months between summer and fall 2020. After it was finished, it wasn’t finished, as the Wierzbickis decided to go ahead with adding a change to the look of their family room fireplace to match the tile and granite used in the kitchen. “The face of the fireplace matches our backsplash behind the sink and the stove, and the heart matches the granite countertop,” Ted says.“It is the crown jewel that the project needed to complete the look.” See this home on tour for the NARI Fall Tour of Homes. Contact Organized Home Remodeling at 614754-8234 or www.organized homeremodeling.com for more information. Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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WHY HIRE A NARI CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL? Remodeling a home is a big decision and as a homeowner you want to be sure the remodeling professional you hire is qualified to perform the work to the highest level of professionalism, integrity and quality. Hiring a NARI Certified Professional Assures: ■ Your remodeling professional has been vetted by the foremost remodeling industry association. ■ Your remodeling professional has met strict standards for remodeling expertise, project management and professional conduct. ■ You are selecting an expert in the field, capable of completing your project to industry management and quality best practices. ■ You are entrusting your project to a dedicated professional who is committed to his/her craft through continuing education and professional development. Knowledge and Experience NARI has developed the Accredited Remodeling Company program to help you easily identify remodeling companies who have met the industry standard for remodeling business management and operations. NARI Certified Professionals have demonstrated their commitment to excellence and to validating their knowledge annually. NARI offers eight certifications that recognize that knowledge. The experience that remodelers gain from working with materials, tools and solving problems on a day-to-day basis is invaluable. A pro can anticipate potential issues and have a backup plan just in case. Risk Management In order to be a member in good standing, NARI company members must hold the appropriate licenses and insurance as dictated by local, municipal and state laws. Make sure your contractor company is also bonded and carries insurance for their crew and staff. Quality Is Cheapest in the Long Run It may be tempting to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, but in the long run hiring a qualified remodeler may save you money. Homeowners embark upon a DIY project with the best of intentions only to realize they do not have the tools required, know-how needed and available time to see the project through to completion. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE REMODELING INDUSTRY

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Luxury Living

Let it Grow

Unexpected reasons to mow your lawn less By Sarah Grace Smith


ad news, homeowners. While freshly mown lawns may be nice to look at, they’re not so great for the environment. Short lawns are man-made and can hurt the natural ecosystem. Mowing the lawn less often increases biodiversity, reduces pests, saves water and decreases overall costs, along with many other benefits. To save your lawn – and yourself – the trouble, let the grass grow a little longer. Mow less often, raise the mower’s blade to three or four inches and leave clippings on the lawn for a healthier, more sustainable front yard. Increase Biodiversity Longer grass attracts wildflowers and other indigenous plants. Allowing these plants to grow rather than mowing over them helps the local ecosystem maintain its natural order. Animals will appreciate your efforts to return the plants with which they work best. Meadow plants will grow stronger than annuals and perennials because they’re meant to grow in the conditions of your yard. Let your yard do the work for you! Prevent Pests By allowing wildflowers and native plants to grow, you also attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and lacewings, to your yard. These insects keep pest populations in check, saving you the trouble of a parasitic catastrophe. Attract Pollinators Many of the same plants that attract beneficial insects also bring in pollinators. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are essential to a healthy ecosystem and need the nectar-rich plants that can be found in a natural meadow. 26

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Pollinators have been decreasing in numbers over the past few decades, mostly due to disease, lack of resources and harsh pesticides. Don’t make your lawn part of the problem. Help the Birds Bring more birds to your neighborhood by not cleaning up as often. Birds like to use the dried-up and dead parts of wildflowers to build nests. To attract even more birds, try planting sunflowers, cosmos or native grasses. Birds will appreciate the convenient food source, and your neighbors will love the pop of color in your yard. Reduce Weed Growth Weeds such as crabgrass need sunlight to warm their seeds and grow. Prevent sunlight from reaching weeds in the first place by mowing high and mowing less. Save Water Longer grass blades shade the soil and keep it cooler, preventing it from drying out quickly. When grass is grown long, it only needs supplemental water during dry spells.

Use Less Gas Many models of lawn mowers run on gas, so the exhaust releases the same toxic gases and pollutants that cars do. By mowing less often, you can reduce air pollution. You can also switch to an ecofriendly battery-powered lawn mower. Grow Healthier Grass Mowing the lawn less can help grass grow greener and healthier. When grass is cut short, it has no choice but to use its food reserves to produce new blades. It takes its food reserves from its roots, reducing its food storage capacity. When lawn is allowed to grow higher, the grass has plenty of surfaces available to keep the plant healthy via sunlight. The extra nutrition helps the grass build its food reserves and grow better roots, resulting in a healthier, greener lawn. Information collected from Better Homes & Gardens and Spring-Green. Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Luxury Living

Throwing Shade Staying cool in the sun By Mallory Arnold


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Blues is Back Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival makes a comeback

CBJF incorporates local shops and eateries on the grounds for good eats and great memorabilia in addition to the food and drinks tents between stages. For those looking to get more involved with the festival or take a behind-thescenes look, volunteer spots are still open. The CBJF volunteer family fosters a fun experience and a way to give back to the community and enjoy the fest from a new lens. Anticipated Artists Every year, the CBJF welcomes familiar faces and new talent. This year, festival goers can expect to see local legends Orion & the Constellations, Soul Kitch’n and Shaun Booker as well as fan favorites Sean Carney & Friends, the Robert Mason Trio and the Tony Monaco Trio. For a full list of artists as well as stage and performance info, visit the CBJF website. Ticket sales opened in June, so make sure to get yours today – reserved tables are selling fast! IT’S NO SECRET that Columbus is home to

an abundance of talented musicians, but if you’re looking to jam out to jazz and blues, Gahanna is the place to be. The three-day Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is coming back this year in September with renewed vigor. Hosted by Visit Gahanna, festival goers can expect to see local favorites and internationally acclaimed artists alike while enjoying mouthwatering food, cold beers, craft cocktails and stunning waterfront views. The footprint of the city’s signature event will be similar to that of years past,


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with the exception of two main stages for more than 20 unique performances, plus the potential of an additional community stage to increase the number of performing artists. This year, even more reserved tables are available for guests seeking to upgrade their experience at the festival. The festival weekend, historically held in June, was moved to Sept. 17-19 this year so festival-goers can truly enjoy the music and the atmosphere with fewer COVID-19 restrictions and worries. Located on the waterfront of the breathtaking Creekside District of Gahanna, the

SAVE THE DATE The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival Friday, Sept. 17Sunday, Sept. 19 Follow Creekside Jazz and Blues Festival on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

For more information about tickets, events and updates, visit www.creeksidejazzandblues.com or call 614-418-9114. A Weekend to Remember Whether you’re staying at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbus Airport Gahanna or driving in from the ’Bus, there are plenty of places to explore in Gahanna for the weekend. With views of Big Walnut Creek plus the opportunity to kayak alongside the concerts, the Creekside District includes

both shopping and green space enjoyed by community members year round. New to the Creekside District is the city council approved CORA, or Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area. Although the CORA will not be in effect during the CBJF, alcohol may be consumed on festival grounds. You can’t miss out on Barrel and Boar’s signature barrel burger with bourbon candied maple bacon, or a freshly brewed Creekside hefeweizen from Nostalgia Brewing Co. And, of course, who could pass up on brunch at Stadium?

To add a refreshing layer of fun to your weekend, follow the Herbal Cocktail Trail and visit 101 Beer Kitchen for its spiked lavender lemonade, Arepazo for fresh mint in its berry mojito or Edison Brewing Co. for its twist on the classic mai tai. Passports can be picked up at any stop on the trail, and after all six locations have been stamped, bring your passport to Visit Gahanna for a one-of-a-kind Herbal Cocktail flask. For an extended list of things to do, go to www.visitgahanna.com. July/August 2021 | cityscenecolumbus.com



Curating Columbus Public art is all about collaboration By Sarah Robinson

THANKS TO THE Greater Columbus

Arts Council, everyone in central Ohio knows “Columbus Makes Art.” But how exactly is that art chosen for the Columbus Museum of Art? Tyler Cann, director of exhibitions and Pizzuti family curator of contemporary art for the Columbus Museum of Art, knows exactly what it takes to curate public art. It is, after all, his job. This year’s “As a public art museum, Best of we’re always thinking about the ’Bus how the work we show will winner for Best Public speak to broad audiences,” Art Display he says. “It is a matter of is the trying to present works in a Columbus Museum way that feels relevant and of Art. meaningful to us, as well as to the broad range of people who might be coming through the doors or just walking past the museum.” For those walking past the museum, Karnak by Paul Feeley, a set of nine 20-foottall painted aluminum squiggles, tends to catch the eye. “As you move around that work, it changes a lot,” Cann says. “It’s really dynamic, almost kinetic, and it’s always gratifying to see people inside that work walking around or playing hide and seek. For us, it really provides a kind of welcoming and fun experience right at the entrance to the museum.” Much of the artwork included in CMA’s exhibits are from the museum’s own collection, which often helps inspire and inform the curatorial process for arranging new exhibitions. “There are certain themes that emerge within (the collection),” Cann says, “and 32

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Paul Feeley, Karnak (Sculpture Court), 1966, Painted aluminum, Gift of the Jeff and Lisa Edwards Family and the Estate of Paul Feeley, Photo by Luke Stettner.

so it’s a matter of, in a way, grouping works together. I always call it a conversation between works, that is really important to me. It’s sort of like what one work says when it’s next to something else, and what story can we tell about that relationship.” Two of the current exhibitions at the museum were curated in collaboration with The Ohio State University’s department of art history, bringing students and professors behind the scenes. A Primer on the Commons shows works in large part from CMA’s collection, with added works from both local and national artists. The exhibition focuses on the idea of the commons, public spaces and how modern-day society interacts with them. “It’s a really exciting exhibition that thinks rather broadly about some of the issues that we are facing in contemporary life right now, the upheavals of the moment,” Cann says.

When one is curating an exhibit such as A Primer on the Commons, thought goes into every detail, from, selecting art and artists to the arrangement of pieces in the room to the detailed descriptions accompanying each piece to provide context for the artwork. “It’s one thing to put some stuff in a room,” Cann says, “but it’s another to tell the story about why it’s in that room.” Art history students worked diligently to determine many of those details, so the curatorial process was truly a collaboration. “It’s wonderful to be engaging with and working with a group of students in the process of making an exhibition,” Cann says. “There are some artists that the students brought to the table as somebody that they would like to work with, so they were definitely quite involved.” The second collaborative exhibition on view at CMA, Partially Buried: Land-

Professional Photographer Digital files for your use Credit Cards,Venmo and PayPal Accepted Based Art in Ohio, 1970 to Now, was curated by Anna Talarico, an OSU master’s student studying contemporary art and curatorial practices. “It was great to work with an emerging museum professional,” Cann says, “working both with works in our collection as well as other works that we’ve borrowed both from the Wexner Center for the Arts and from artists.” Cann recently worked on curating an installation in the museum’s café, Our Favorite Things, which showcases a wide variety of small sculptures, ceramic creations, wood carvings and more selected from the museum’s archives. “Normally, it’s curators who choose that, but in this case – and I did choose many of the works – I also solicited input on this from some folks across the institution,” Cann says. “We were able to involve the lady who works at the front desk, or somebody in our facilities crew, or the folks whose job it is to put the art on the wall.” In all the museum does, collaboration is at the heart of its work. “We really strive to be a welcoming place for people to come and reflect on the works,” says Cann, “and their experience of it.” CS

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Due to health concerns, dates and shows are subject to change. Visit the websites for more information.

Gallery Exhibits “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso All People Arts: Brothers. Curated by Duarte Brown and Joel Cross. Through July 31. www.allpeoplearts.org Art Access Gallery: Light on the Land. New landscapes by Michael McEwan and cast glass sculptures by Joel O’Dorisio. Opening reception July 9, 5-7 p.m. July 1-Aug. 31. www.artaccessgallery.com

Austen and Company: Stories: Reimagining Nostalgia. Selected works by Brenna Mahn draw inspiration from the homes of our childhoods and illustrated books to provoke a reexamination of nostalgia. July 3-31. www.austenandcompany.com Blockfort: In Bloom. Two artists create unique floral works for the gallery’s first public opening since the start of the pandemic. And Breezy. An exhibit which will be a reminder of lightness of being as we move past the last year. July 1-31. And Everything Counts. This solo exhibition is a


Thinking Globally I Acting Locally Curator, Maria Seda-Reeder

Amber J. Anderson Autumn Bland Alison Crocetta Lauren Davies Tracy Featherstone Terence Hammonds M. Carmen Lane Lorena Molina Danielle Julian Norton Xia Zhang

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Columbus Museum of Art: Think Outside the Brick. Through Aug. 20. And Raggin’ On. Through Oct. 3. And A Primer on the Commons. Through Nov. 28. And Partially Buried: Land-Based Art in Ohio, 1970 to Now. Through Nov. 28. www.columbus museumofart.org


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Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Distinctly Paramount: Fashion & Costume From the Paramount Pictures Archive. Randall Thropp brings a new exhibit to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio celebrating studio-created costumes as well as purchased fashions used on camera. Through Jan. 2, 2022. www.decartsohio.org Dublin Arts Council: Leo Hong Mao: Painterly Perspectives. This solo exhibition includes portrait and landscape paintings by Dublin-based artist. Through July 23. And The Bright Side: Eileen Woods and Barbara Vogel. The exhibition of embroidery and photography by central Ohio artists Eileen


One-person show by Columbus native Juliellen Byrne. Clay sculptures, including a cast of characters creating a story about the “haves” and the “havenots.” Aug. 4-31. www.notsheepgallery.com

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Woods and Barbara Vogel explores age and loss through portraits of loved ones and comrades. Aug. 3-Sept. 10. www.dublinarts.org Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Gallery: Entangled Threads. Organized by the King Arts Complex, the exhibition features five Columbus-area fiber artists. The work is bold and illustrates common societal connections and speaks of narratives centered around aesthetic, identity and contemporary culture. Through Sept. 2. www.gcacgallery.org Hayley Gallery: Self Taught. The exhibit displays Ohio artist Brenden Spivey’s abstract acrylic pours. Opening reception 4-8 p.m., July 17. On view through Aug. 17. And Emergence. Featuring artists Jack Pine and Mary Burkhardt. Opening reception 4-8 p.m., Aug. 21. On view through Sept. 14. www.localohioart.com Highline Coffee Art Space: Whitney Parker Scully: Childhood Illustrated. July 2-Aug. 31. www.donscottgallery.weebly. com/highline-coffee-art-space.html Marcia Evans Gallery: Annette Poitau. Annette Poitau’s collection of environmental artwork. July 3-Aug. 30. www.marcia evansgallery.com McConnell Arts Center: Listen to the Earth. This exhibit is a celebration of the work of local fiber artist Char Norman. Through July 8. www.mcconnellarts.org (Not)Sheep Gallery: The Problem We All Live With. Group show with guest artists. Artwork about issues of racism, politics, policing and the environment. Through July 30. And Water and Cake.


Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: SHIFT: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally-Curator’s Tour with Maria SedaReeder. July 31-Oct. 9. Join the gallery on Facebook for a livestreamed tour. July 7, noon-1 p.m. And SHIFT: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally-Artists’ Creative Conversation. Join the gallery on Zoom as exhibiting artists discuss works in the exhibition and how their practices incorporate local and global perspectives. Aug. 4, noon-1 p.m. www.oac.ohio.gov/ Riffe-Gallery/On-View Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: This Inspired That. With community-based artists from Blockfort Columbus drawing from the works of Open Door artists to produce brand new pieces, this exhibition is truly the pinnacle of creative collaboration. July 10-Aug. 13. www.cchsohio.org/ opendoorartstudio/ ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists: Batres Gilvin, Britny Wainwright, Gregory Hatch. July 9-Aug. 7. And Christy Wittmer, Manami Ishimura, Natalie Portney. Aug. 13-Sept. 4. www.roygbivgallery.com Sherrie Gallerie: Russ Vogt / Living Color. Wonderful, colorful paintings and outdoor sculptures by longtime Sherrie Gallerie artist Russ Vogt. Through Aug. 30. www. sherriegallerie.com Studios on High Gallery: Stone City. Tracy Greenwalt’s stunning portraits depict inhabitants of an imagined world using early 20th century photographic portraits as inspiration. July 3-Aug. 5. And Frame of Mind. Awards will be announced Aug. 8. On view Aug. 7-Sept. 2. www.studioson high.com See an extended list of galleries and showings online at www.cityscenecolumbus.com!

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! The Columbus Symphony presents Picnic with the Pops: En Vogue July 10, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The female music group En Vogue has sold more than 20 million albums and continues to dazzle the industry with hits such as “Hold On,” “Free Your Mind,” and “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get it).” www.columbussymphony.com Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop presented by Jazz Arts Group Week three: July 12-16 Week four: July 19-23 Jazz Academy, 769 E. Long St. This musical summer workshop is full of instrument techniques, musical improvisation, original arrangements and, of course, jazz. Each week is a new schedule of musical to-dos and regular jam sessions exemplify what students learn throughout the program. www.jazzartsgroup.com CATCO presents An Iliad July 15-25 Browning Amphitheatre, W. 12th Ave. We’re thrilled that CATCO will resume in-person theater with this special outdoor performance in partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts. What better way to remerge onto the stage than with the award-winning play, An Iliad? www. catco.org 36

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The Columbus Symphony presents Popcorn Pops: All The Colors of Columbus July 16 Pre-concert activities: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Concert: 7 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Experience music from around the world and around our city! In partnership with arts organizations from in and around Columbus, this community showcase celebrates the talents and diversity of Columbus. www.columbussymphony.com The Columbus Symphony presents Picnic with the Pops: Tito Puente Jr. July 17, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Tito Puente Jr. brings mambo and Latin jazz hits to the Columbus Commons this summer. There’s even a special mariachi performance by Campanas de America. www.columbus symphony.com Uncorked: Columbus Wine Festival July 24, 7-11 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Sip from more than 150 wines and champagnes while exploring COSI’s interact exhibits. Event benefits the Art Therapy Studio. www.cosi.org The Columbus Symphony presents Picnic with the Pops: Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions July 24, 8 p.m.

Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Flock to the Columbus Commons to see Grammy Award winner Michael Bolton as he takes Columbus through a musical journey of pop, rock, soul and classical. You know you’ll be belting classics like “When A Man Loves a Woman,” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” www.columbussymphony.com HOKO presented by CD92.9 July 27, 7 p.m. The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. HOKO hails from New York City and has a sound inspired by David Bowie, Tame Impala and Pink Floyd. Check out hits such as Hellogoodbye and Candy Eyes before buying your tickets! www.promowestlive.com Big Band Bash July 30, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Together again! A comeback celebration with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra's favorite players and hits. www.jazzarts group.org The Columbus Symphony presents Picnic with the Pops: The Ohio State University Marching Band July 30-31, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. There’s no better way to end the 2021 Picnic with the Pops series than with The Ohio State University Marching Band.

“The Best Damn Band in the Land” intends on throwing the biggest tailgate party of the year with scarlet, gray and fireworks. www.columbussymphony.com The Dublin Irish Festival’s Dublin Irish Days August 6-8 www.dublinirishfestival.org WonderBus 2021 August 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. CAS, 2540 Olentangy River Rd. One of the most looked forward to music festivals is returning to Columbus with a strong, exciting lineup. Dance the weekend away with Ke$ha, Grouplove, The Band Camino, 90’s Kids and more! www. wonderbusfest.com Heart of Grove City Bourbon Tasting August 14, 3-10 p.m. Corner of Arbutus and Park Streets If you love the Wine and Arts Festival, the Heart of Grove City Bourbon Tasting might be your next favorite event. Taste different bourbons, learn about the varieties and shop around for a bottle you can't leave without. Bourbon beginners are welcome, too! www.heartofgrovecity.org The Dead South August 20, 7 p.m. Newport Musical Hall, 1722 N. High St. The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic group with a unique sound of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Make your return to live music with a concert of grizzled tin-pan showmanship. www.promowestlive.com Columbus Food Truck Festival August 21-22 Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. The Midwest’s Premier Food Truck Festival celebrates ten years with a muchanticipated return to the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. www.columbus foodtruckfest.com Sneaker Freaks August 22, 1-6 p.m. The Lausche Building Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Walk or run to Columbus’ premier sneaker event where attendees can buy, sell and trade sneakers. www.sneakerfreaks columbus.com See an extended list of events online at www.cityscenecolumbus.com! July/August 2021 | cityscenecolumbus.com




Sandal Showdown Top picks for adventures, the day-to-night look and formal functions By Sarah Robinson



Mountain Mama If climbing Mt. Everest – or, more realistically, hiking through Highbanks Metro Park – is on your summer bucket list, these shoes need to be on your shopping list.

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FROM THE TEVA devotees to the Birkenstock stans, everyone has a sandal they feel is superior to the rest. Here’s our round-up of flip-flop favorites for the fashionista to the free spirit.


1. Teva Original Universal Sandal DSW. $49.99 2. Baretraps Alaina Wedge Sandal DSW. $59.99

Versatile Sole For shoes that can go from the pool deck to a night out, these sandals are versatile and chic.


3. Crocs Brooklyn Wedge Sandal DSW. $54.99 4. Birkenstocks Arizona Essentials Slide Sandal DSW. $99.99

Stiletto Stunner The Carrie Bradshaws of Columbus know a woman is never fully dressed without her most stylish shoes. These heels are sure to stun all day – and all night – long.


5. Steve Madden Gracie Sandal DSW. $99.99 6. Guess Seldie Slide Sandal DSW. $64.99

6 “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” —Marilyn Monroe

Sarah Robinson is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at srobinson@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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Don’t Feel Like Working Out? Try Phil’s motivational tips

Keep walking,

Phil Heit

Founder, New Albany Walking Classic

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e’ve all experienced the “I don’t feel like working out today” moment. As a walker and runner spanning a 50-year period, I’ve certainly endured times during which I found it easy to rationalize that anything would be better than donning my workout clothes and hitting the road. Sometimes my lack of motivation would be a one-time incident or, perhaps, it might extend a number of days. But more times than not, I was able to overcome my lack of motivation by telling my inner self that if I continued my journey and engaged my body into workout mode, I would not regret it. And I never have. And if you’ve been in the same situation, and I’m sure you have, then you experienced that exhilarating feeling, whether physical, emotional or spiritual or any combination thereof that resulted from your accomplishment. Sometimes it's necessary to create ways to offset the hesitancy to get your body to move when it responds, "no." Here are some ideas that have worked for me and hopefully will enable you to get into a workout rhythm. Buy something. I always get pumped up if I purchase a new pair of workout shoes as I can’t wait to give the roads a pounding. If shoes are not the answer, perhaps a shirt or cool tights will suffice. Try on your new gear, pose in front of the mirror and savor how cool you look. One of the best investments I ever made was a smart watch. It will depict my time per mile, total distance, average workout pace and much more. I call it my coach on a wrist. Learn to walk at a slow pace. During my early running days, I would take a 10-mile run every day, which would be completed in under an hour. One day, an accomplished marathoner who, at one time, was one of the fastest Americans saw me train. He approached me after my workout and offered advice on training. He recommended that I reduce my speed up to 2-3 minutes per mile, saying that I was burning myself out and that by reducing my speed, I continued to run 10 miles per workout, but this resulted in an extended time to my workout. I thought he was crazy, but he proved he knew what he was doing. I only ran fast two days per week, so I remained sharp and had very competitive marathon times. Just what constitutes slow or fast is relative. If you find that a 16-minute per mile walk might be strenuous, then doing this every day will eventually discourage you from continuing your routine. Slow down to 18 minute miles and just do more of a speed workout two times per week. You’ll be glad you did. Walk with someone who is compatible. Having a workout buddy can be exactly what you need. But be careful. Someone may want to train with you because you both have determined your 5-mile race finish time is the same, however, your friend may start at a sizzling pace only to tire halfway during the workout. You, on the other hand, start slower but walk each mile at a steady pace. Adapting to someone else’s workout mode might not be right for you, even if you finish at the same time. But compatibility does not apply only to pace. Have you ever walked with a chatterbox? I have, and it is not a pleasant experience. Know your partner before making a decision to walk regularly. There’s an advantage to having had my body endure thousands of miles. Yes, my fitness level has been elevated. But there is another bonus to getting older. I’ve attained a level of wisdom that accompanies the aging process. Thus, I feel grateful to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with you so that you might forever stay motivated.

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Why I Walk A sport for all ages and abilities By Sarah Grace Smith


ALK – don't run – to the New Albany Walking Classic this September. Anne Weaver, 92, has participated in the Classic three times and has been walking for exercise for more than a decade. “I always feel good when I walk,” she says. Weaver began walking when her son, Scott, was the director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. Walking daily with a neighbor has helped put her multiple sclerosis in remission. Usually, Weaver walks three miles early in the morning around Upper Arlington's Northam Park, her driveway and her staircase. “It’s a time when you can do a lot of thinking," says Weaver. "You can solve some problems and it's great to be out in the fresh air and thank God for the opportunity that you can be there.” Another Classic walker, Carolyn Thomas, has been walking since 2014. In 2018, she walked an entire half marathon. Racing isn’t the only aspect of walking that’s important to her, she says. “It’s for exercise,” says Thomas. “It’s for fun. It’s for mental clarity. It’s for camaraderie.” Thomas, an ambassador for Black Girls Run, walks with her friends in the evening and by herself in the morning. “I like the morning,” says Thomas. “I like watching the earth wake up.” When she walks, Thomas tries to switch up which park or trail she uses. As long as she is able to spend quiet time walking in nature, she’s happy. “I listen to the sounds that are around me,” says Thomas. “It’s just a sense of peace. … It could be a spiritual walk or a meditative walk.” 42

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Michael Mannozzi, an Olympic Trials qualifier in race walking, also walks in the morning. “I get up early and I train,” says Mannozzi. “It clears that fog out, and I’m able to pursue my dream and pursue my continued success as an athlete.” Mannozzi credits walking for his success in his career and marriage. Walking has kept him in sufficient shape to pursue his dream job in religious affairs for the Air Force, while also helping him manage his ADHD. “I have found it’s the best thing I could have done for my ADHD,” he says. “It has also helped me to maintain my health and fitness enough to get in the Air Force in my 30s and excel.”

Thanks to a daily walk, Mannozzi feels that he always has a time to work through his problems. “It helps me with stress relief,” says Mannozzi. “It’s time in my faith. … It’s my time to give thanks and work through problems I don’t know how to get out of.” All three walkers believe that walking has changed their lives for the better. Weaver encourages anyone to give it a try. “It’s the best investment you can make in yourself,” she says.

Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

Where to walk in Columbus With the advice of Thomas and Weaver as well as the help of Google, we’ve compiled a list of the best walking trails in Columbus.

Alum Creek Trail

This scenic trail spans across Columbus from Westerville to Groveport.

Hoover Reservoir Park

Located in Westerville, this park offers a beautiful backdrop with its dam.

Hoover Reservoir Park

Northam Park

Try out this Upper Arlington park early in the morning, and you might run into Weaver.

Olentangy Trail

This trail runs from Worthington to downtown Columbus through the heart of The Ohio State University.

Scioto Mile

For a shorter walk, head Downtown and stroll along the riverfront.

Sharon Woods Metro Park

One of Thomas’ recommendations, Sharon Woods offers nature trails filled with Ohio wildlife.

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Walk of Life How to differentiate the distinct styles of walking By Brandon Klein


t turns out, there's no one right way to walk. This task, done daily by almost everyone, actually comes in various forms and styles. Brisk Walking Walking is a great cardio exercise both indoors and outdoors. Experts suggest aiming for a target heart rate based on your age or about 100 steps per minute to get the most health benefits. Another way to tell if you’re walking fast enough: Talk out loud while walking. “When you go for a brisk walk, you will start to feel a little breathless, although you should still be able to hold down a conversation,” says Paul Gent of Walking Academy. It’s wise to do a little stretching when you set out, so you don’t cause yourself any injuries. You want to set off at a pace that is quicker than your steady walk, but that you can keep up for about an hour.

“It’s becoming an alternative to jogging, as people realize the effects of jogging can have on joints and feet,” Gent says. “It has been suggested that power walking burns off as many calories as jogging, so it is a great option to take if trying to lose weight.” In addition, Rebecca Joy Stanborough of Healthline recommends walkers get the right gear, find and study the layout of a good walking path, and get a walking buddy to make it more fun.

Race Walking Race walking is a notch above power walking, but with some competition mixed into the regimen. From youth athletics to Olympic Games, race walking is contested in all levels of track and field. Racers must maintain contact with the ground at all times, with the leading leg straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground. “If you have seen race walking on the Power Walking A little quicker than brisk walking, this TV when watching the Olympics, you walk requires moving your bent arms to will see that their walking gait is highly exaggerated,” Gent says. “There’s a real increase your speed. wobble from side to side. It always makes people laugh, but Marathon Walking it can be addictive to watch.” Chi Walking Chi walking focuses more on incorporating Tai Chi movements into your walk. It’s a low-impact and pain-free way to improve your health, according to Body Flow. This form is a great alternative for those rehabilitating from an illness or injury. It em44

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phasizes good posture, loose joints, engaging the core, and relaxing the arms and legs, per Body Flows. Marathon Walking Though marathons are beyond common in 2021, some of these 26-mile courses offer walkers a chance to compete at a slower pace. The 2019 London Marathon gave participants a chance to explore England’s capital in a different way. The route included parks, waterways and iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. “Everybody walks at different speeds but, generally speaking, a minimum of six hours with eight being more typical,” Gent says. “Of course, some will take longer, so it is best to put aside the whole day for your efforts.” Nordic Walking Nordic walking is like skiing without skis. Walkers use two poles to push down from the ground, working out more muscles than a normal walk does. “It is essential that your poles are the correct length, and they can be used both on hard surfaces such as pavements as well as the more common fields out in the countryside,” Gent says. “Nordic walking is quite often popular amongst more elderly walkers, as they enjoy the stability that the poles offer.” Brandon Klein is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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2021 Must-Have Walking Gear The essentials you need to rock your walk By Mallory Arnold

Athletic Sunglasses There’s nothing worse than squinting into the sun while powerwalking, as it can ruin your pace and cause discomfort. Regular sunglasses often aren’t built for the sweat and movement that comes with walking. Athletic sunglasses need comfortable grips on the temples and nose bridge for zero slippage, durability, polycarbonate lenses to reduce fogging, and, of course, UV400 protection. Below are a few good options for athletic sunglasses.

Best powder Thorne Research – Catalyte $22 www.thorne.com

Most durable GTGlass – Sun – red rocks $275.00 www.cieleathletics.com

rabbit EZ Tee T-Shirt $45 www.runinarabbit.com

Best tablet Nuun Sport www.nuunlife.com $7 Sweat resistant clothes Patagonia Men’s Core Capilene $39.00 www.patagonia.com


Feetures Elite Max Cushion $47.97 per three count www.feetures.com Walking Apps

Most lightweight Oslo $150 www.roka.com Most sun coverage Julbo Fury Performance Sunglasses 129.95 www.julbo.com

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