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These tips can help Blue Jackets fans navigate the Arena District during home games

With the Blue Jackets back home at Nationwide Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, here are some tips on how best to enjoy an outing to the Arena District.

Let’s face it — only the most diehard fans (or those with clairvoyant powers) really expected to see Columbus Blue Jackets hockey this late in April.

And doubters would be forgiven, partly because the Blue Jackets have never actually played hockey this late in April. Plus, the Jackets were massive underdogs in their first-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After completing an improbable sweep — the franchise’s first NHL playoff-series victory in 18 seasons — the Jackets have given their fans at least one more series to enjoy, this time against the Boston Bruins. With the team back home at Nationwide Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, here are some tips on how best to enjoy an outing to the Arena District.


1. Best places to park: Plenty of parking garages and surface lots surround Nationwide Arena. For more information, visit www.arenadistrictparking.com. But to avoid the hefty bump in game-time parking prices, the savvy traveler may consider public transportation. The Central Ohio Transit Authority has several $2 lines — 1, 2, 2L, 5, 6, 8, 10 and CMAX — to get fans to Nationwide Arena and back home afterward. For those parking their cars away from the arena, CBUS — the free circulator covering the Arena District, Short North, Brewery District, Downtown and German Village — has extended hours through midnight during home playoff games. Visit www.cota.com or download the Transit app to plan your trip.

2. Best happy hours: Thirsty folks looking for a cold-and-frosty before the game might consider local taprooms serving up their craft brews. Between 3 and 7 p.m. on game days, all drafts at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N. 4th St.) are $2 off. Another special offered by the taproom allows guests to enjoy one happy-hour draft and a specified meal for $12. The happy hour at Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus (161 N. High St.) features $2 off draft beer, mixed drinks and all appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. Prefer wine? The taproom offers happy-hour glasses of both red and white for $3. At Barley’s Brewing Company (467 N. High St.), guests can enjoy $4 pints from 3 to 7 p.m. The happy hour also includes a separate appetizer menu that features the famous sauerkraut balls, buffalo chicken dip, shrimp skewers and truffle fries. Tuesday night features $8 burgers from 3 to 11 p.m.

3. Best after-party: There’s just no denying it: The R Bar is the definitive Columbus Blue Jackets bar. After all, it bills itself as “the best place to watch hockey in Columbus.” Located at 413 N. Front St., just northeast of the arena, there are few better places for fans to celebrate a win or mourn a defeat. Be warned: the place fills up quickly on game days.

4. Best places to get gear: If you are going to the game, you have to dress the part. For Blue Jackets apparel, HomageFox Sports Ohio Blue Line at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and Lamp Apparel all have you covered. Literally. And here’s a pro tip: Beat the lines at the merchandise stands in Nationwide by ordering gear online (www.thebluelineonline.com) and picking it up at the arena. Since it’s already paid for, just head straight to the counter.

5. Best viewing party for those without tickets: You don’t need tickets to enjoy a playoff atmosphere in the Arena District. Plaza Party events at the arena begin three hours before the puck drops and include beer trucks, food, live music, games and roaming entertainers. Once the game starts, you and your hundreds of new friends don’t have to leave to watch it — two giant screens will broadcast the action.

6. One more thing: Don’t let the name fool you; Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (191 W. Nationwide Blvd.) will welcome Jackets fans. Those conflicted about eating at a place whose name bears the city of the Blue Jackets’ opponent need not worry. The chain covered the B with an “X,” similar to the way Ohio State Buckeyes fans cover every letter M when it comes time to face that team up north. And according to the company’s website, the company is based in Dallas; the closest Boston’s to Boston is in Washington, D.C., more than 400 miles away.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 29, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 29, 2019:

 

Events

Cinco De Nada

Sunday, May 5 | Nada | 10:30 AM

¡Salud! Cinco De Mayo is this weekend and what better way to celebrate than with margaritas, tacos and all your other Mex favorites? Join Nada—the authentic, modern Mexican restaurant located in the Arena District—for their Cinco De Nada event, featuring a day full of fun, drinks and great food. Party on!

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins | Game 3

Tuesday, April 30 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins | Game 4

Thursday, May 2 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

And we’re back for round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! After two strong games in Boston, our Columbus Blue Jackets are back at home for games 3 and 4 and need our support as they face the rough-and-tumble Bruins. Get your tickets and help cheer on the Jackets to a Stanley Cup victory!

 

Music

Leon Bridges

Saturday, May 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Once an opener for the Rolling Stones and Harry Styles, Leon Bridges is coming to EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday on his very own tour. The Top Ten, Grammy-winning artist is joined by Jess Glynne for his sold-out show. Experience a night of smooth singing and fantastic music. We’ll see you there!

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Columbus Clippers vs. Charlotte Knights

Tuesday, May 7 | Huntington Park | 6:35 PM

Missing Clippers baseball this week? No worries, the Columbus Clippers will be back on May 7 to play ball against the Charlotte Knights. Plan a fun evening at Huntington Park to watch America’s favorite pastime in downtown Columbus. Get your tickets here!

 

Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 1

Friday, May 10 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Looking for night of action-packed entertainment? Look no further—Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 1 is coming to EXPRESS LIVE! on May 10, bringing you thrilling, adrenaline-pumping wrestling to enjoy. Plan ahead and purchase your tickets today.

 

Hunter Hayes

Saturday, May 11 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Attention country fans: the one and only Hunter Hayes will be taking over EXPRESS LIVE! on May 11, right here in Columbus! Experience Hayes and fellow country artist, Levi Hummon, take center stage during his Closer to You tour. You’ll leave wanting more! Grab your tickets while you still can.


Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Apartment

In Columbus, springtime is arguably the best time of year. The sun stays out longer, the weather starts to warm up, the flowers and trees are in bloom and people are all-around in better moods.

There is really nothing to complain about during this beautiful season–or is there? Unfortunately, when springtime comes around, it usually comes with the task we all dread: spring cleaning our apartments.

Although this can be a grueling, not-so-fun activity, it doesn’t have to be as hard as it may seem. Here are some helpful tips to make your apartment spring-cleaning process easier and a little more enjoyable.

 

How to Start

For starters, in order to feel organized and ready to tackle this task, you should always come up with a plan for what needs to be done in each room. You’ll feel confident and get more things done when you create a checklist to consult.

The first step for a successful spring-cleaning day is start with decluttering. Donate, toss or recycle appropriate items in your apartment to clear some space or prepare for new additions. Then, you’ll want to clean each room one by one—this will allow you to focus your energy on one thing at a time, rather than moving disjointedly from task to task and creating more work for yourself.

With that being said, each room in your apartment will need its own checklist, as not all call for the same tasks. Here are some ideas to keep in mind while moving from room to room.

 

Kitchen

  • Fridge clean-out. Although cleaning appliances can be the most grueling things to clean in the kitchen, it is one of the most important. Organize your fridge and throw out old food, drinks and expired condiments. Once you’ve tossed the items that are no longer needed, you should take the time to wipe down shelves and drawers to make your fridge extra shiny and clean.
  • Reorganize cabinets and drawers. Spring is the perfect time to go through your cabinets and find the items that are broken, unused or simply no longer necessary to keep around. By doing this, you’ll be able to make a list of what you need to purchase for future use. This is especially important if you find yourself entertaining quite often. Don’t forget to clean out those drawers! We all have a junk drawer or two that need extra love when it comes to organizing.
  • Lemon peels. Don’t toss those lemon peels just yet! For the times you don’t have an air freshener laying around your apartment, put a few lemon peels in your garbage disposal to release a crisp, citrus scent throughout your kitchen. Your kitchen will be smelling fresh and springtime ready!

 

Living Area

  • Clean the windows. This is a great place to start in the area you probably spend most of your time in. With the weather getting nicer and the outside looking prettier, you’ll probably want to keep your blinds open more often than not. Before doing so, get rid of streaks on windows and dust on blinds, and provide a crystal-clear view for more sun to shine in your apartment.
  • Vacuum the floors. Although this should be done quite often in anyone’s apartment, sometimes we can get a little lazy in the winter months. Vacuum your hardwood and carpet floors and get rid of any allergens that might be stuck. If you’re a pet owner, be sure not to skimp out on this task!
  • Clean the screens. After a wintertime of streaming TV shows and movies, dust and finger prints can easily collect on your screens. Spray some glass cleaner and a towel and wipe away those prints. You’ll make your show and movie-watching much more vivid by completing this task.

 

Bedroom

  • Switch clothes and shoes. Now that winter clothes and shoes are no longer needed, it’s time to switch out the cold and make room for the warm! Go through your closet and store away large sweaters and other bulky items that you won’t be wearing for a while. You can also store those boots and pretend winter never happened. This would also be a good time to make a donation pile for clothes you can’t see yourself ever wearing again.
  • Rearrange your furniture. Sometimes you need something new but can’t figure out what exactly the ‘new’ needs to be. Instead of purchasing items for your bedroom that’ll liven up the place, try rearranging your bedroom furniture. This will trick your mind into thinking you’re in a completely new space! It’s easy to do and you don’t have to spend a dime!
  • Wash your sheets. This simple task can make a huge difference in any bedroom. Sleeping on clean sheets could be the equivalent to sleeping on clouds. Exaggeration? Not at all. You’ll love the feeling of your soft, fresh sheets, and they’ll smell good too! Try getting into the habit of washing your sheets weekly this spring. You won’t regret it.

 

Bathroom

  • Throw out unnecessary products. Bathroom products can build up over time in your apartment, especially the ones that are never used. Start by going through each product and deciding whether you’ll ever use it again. If not, throw it away. You should also go through and make sure items aren’t expired. You don’t want to be using products that can harm you, and they shouldn’t be sitting in your bathroom either!
  • Clean grout and drains. No one said scrubbing your bathtub or shower would be a fun job, but its necessary. Make sure to grab some grout and drain cleaner during your next grocery store visit. When using these products, make sure to let them sit before washing them away. You’ll get maximum cleaning results by using this trick!
  • Make a place for everything. Bathrooms can look cluttered with the daily items we use like toothbrushes, hair dryers, etc. In order to maintain an organized look and feel to this room, make a place for everything. Find some nice baskets at a local store and utilize closet and cabinet space for storage. Keep the counters clear and you’ll be feeling like a cleaning master!

 

When your apartment spring cleaning comes to an end, there’s only one more thing to do—crack a few windows and let the fresh air flow in. It’s now time to sit back, relax and enjoy the cleanliness of your Columbus apartment!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 22, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 22, 2019:

Sports

Columbus Clippers

After a week break, we’re ready for the Columbus Clippers’ games to start again—and fans are in for a treat! Join them tomorrow at Huntington Park for their first game back against the Norfolk Tides, and then every day after that!

And a special treat during weekend games—the Clippers are transforming every Friday night as a part of the league’s Copa de la Diversion initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture! The team will wear special uniforms featuring a name change to Veleros de Columbus, and there will be a DJ spinning tunes to get your Friday night party started right.

Click here to check out the full list of promotions for each Columbus Clippers home game. Home game dates at Huntington Park this week include:

• Tuesday, April 23 at 6:35 PM
• Wednesday, April 24 at 6:35 PM
• Thursday, April 25 at 11:35 AM
• Friday, April 26 at 7:15 PM
• Saturday, April 27 at 7:15 PM
• Sunday, April 28 at 2:05 PM

Music

CD102.5 Day featuring FOALS

Tuesday, April 23 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

English rock band, FOALS, is continuing its tour in Columbus tomorrow at EXPRESS LIVE!. Joining the rock band is duo The Blue Stones and bands Preoccupations and The Cordial Sins. Bonus: every pair of tickets purchased online includes a CD or digital copy of FOALS’ newest album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt.1. Purchase your tickets here.

Chase Rice

Friday, April 26 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Spend your Friday night with Chase Rice as he makes his way to Columbus for his 2019 tour! Come down to EXPRESS LIVE! to witness country music with an edgy, eclectic twist. His energetic live show featuring Adam Doleac is one you don’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today.

10 Summers Presents: The Debut Tour with Ella Mai

Sunday, April 28 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

English R&B artist Ella Mai is taking over Columbus on Sunday as she nears the end of her sold-out debut tour. Ticket holders are in for an unforgettable evening at EXPRESS LIVE! as Ella performs hits including her Grammy-winning track ‘Boo’d Up’. Singer Mahalia will open for her on the tour.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Playoffs Round 2

TBA | Nationwide Arena

The Columbus Blue Jackets just pulled off the biggest upset in sports history, sweeping the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning to end their legendary season and advance in the playoffs! When everyone in the league thought this David-and-Goliath matchup would go the other way, we Columbus fans stayed strong in our support, and it paid off big time.

Next up for the Jackets is a Round 2 with either the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs— the deciding game between the two will be held tomorrow, April 23, so stay tuned for the final schedule!

Leon Bridges

Saturday, May 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Once an opener for the Rolling Stones and Harry Styles, Leon Bridges is taking the stage for his own tour at EXPRESS LIVE! next Saturday. This Top Ten, Grammy-winning artist is joined by Jess Glynne for his sold-out show, and we can’t wait to experience a night of live entertainment by this duo. See you there!

 


The man who put on 10,000 shows: Scott Stienecker looks back on 40 years of rock ‘n’ rolling with PromoWest

By Emily Bench  – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First
Apr 18, 2019

It all started with a house party.

“I ran around with a lot of guys who were a couple of years older than us, and always went to all their parties,” said Scott Stienecker, a veteran concert promoter whose shows have wowed music fans in Columbus for decades. “And they were like, ‘You need to throw a party.’”

So the then 17-year-old from St. Marys in western Ohio rented the Tri-County Event Center on Memorial Day weekend in 1978, hired a Kiss-esque band and charged $3 at the door.

Stienecker made $1,080 that night and officially entered the rock and roll promotions business.

Over the next few decades, he built PromoWest Productions and saw it become the fifth-largest independent music production company in the United States, hosting hundreds of memorable shows at venues including the Newport, The Basement and Express Live.

But the years can do a number on people in the music business, both those on stage and behind it. And so last September, Stienecker cut a deal with Los Angeles-based AEG Presents, which acquired a majority stake in PromoWest for an undisclosed amount.

“You can’t escape the competition,” said Stienecker, who now is regional manager of the Midwest market for AEG Presents. “Every day, I have to fight for Columbus – I fight against Cleveland, I fight against Cincinnati in order to get acts.”

After 35 years, the fighting got to be too much.

“The main thing for me was age – I was 58,” he said. “If they’re going to (buy) me out in five years, I’ll be 63 and that’s a good time to retire. So it was kind of a matter of time.”

Now, Stienecker is working for ‘the man,’ just like many other once-independent music companies.

“These big dogs just keep picking off the smaller markets,” he said. “One at a time.”

A recent concert at the Newport Music Hall concert

The Newport Music Hall was the first venue owned by PromoWest Productions.

Rock ‘n’ roll all night

When Stienecker was 15, he saw Kiss perform at St. John Arena on the Ohio State University campus.

“It blew me away,” he said. “I remember I sat there thinking: ‘Who put this whole thing on?’”

After high school, Stienecker went to Bowling Green State University, where he studied business and marketing and joined the school’s concert committee. At the time, he wanted to be the next Jules Belkin, the Cleveland resident whose Belkin Productions put on shows at Richfield Coliseum, Blossom Music Center and other venues in the region. (The company has since become part of Live Nation.)

“He was God,” Stienecker said of Belkin. “I wanted to become that … but I didn’t know if it would be possible.”

He transferred to Ohio State his sophomore year and ultimately landed an internship with Bill Graham Presents out in California, which he said was a turning point for him. He learned from one of the most influential men in the business who ran mega-successful music halls in San Francisco and New York City.

Stienecker decided to stay in California, and was hired on as a secondary concert promoter for Parallax Productions. It was there that he heard in 1984 that Hank LoConti, who owned Agora clubs in Cleveland and Columbus, was looking to sell the High Street music hall and turn it into a Walgreens.

Stienecker returned to Ohio and pleaded with him.

“I said, ‘Hank, you can’t let this happen,’” he said. “And he said he would lease it to me if I could come up with $25,000.”

Instead, the 22-year-old raised $180,000 and bought the building, turning it into the Newport Music Hall.

The first show he booked as PromoWest was Neil Young, who played a sold-out show at the Newport on Sept. 9, 1984.

Booking big

It didn’t take long for PromoWest to grow. Stienecker built his brand by creating popular clubs including Polaris Amphitheater, The Basement and the A&R Music Bar, while selling out shows at Ohio Stadium and buying the Bunbury Music Festival in 2015.

“It took a while and there were growing pains,” he said. “We started as a one-man show of a little independent, and grew into almost 60 full-time employees and 750 shows a year.”

Perhaps Stienecker’s biggest contribution was building the first-of-its-kind indoor/outdoor venue LC Pavilion in 2001. (It’s now Express Live.)

Stienecker said that site flipped the model of a music venue on its head. Soon, people across the country began to call, asking him to take his concept to other cities. He turned them all down until a developer in Pittsburgh called. The two created Stage AE, the second indoor/outdoor music venue in the nation.

“We figured it out,” he said. “It was like a light bulb went off.”

Express Live up close and backstage

Scott Stienecker’s Express Live indoor/outdoor stage changed the way concerts could be promoted and shown. Other venues immediately began to copy PromoWest’s formula after the site opened in 2001.

Randy Malloy, general manager of local alt-rock radio station 102.5, said Stienecker is an innovator.

“Scott is someone that has really really taken concert promoting to the next level,” Malloy said. “He takes the risks on bands that aren’t there yet, who haven’t made a big, and once they do, they come back.

“They remember Columbus because of him.”

Malloy said a good example is the band Jungle, which had trouble selling 60 tickets to a show in Chicago in 2014.The next stop on the band’s tour was Columbus.

Stienecker threw everything he had at promoting the show.

When the Jungle played the Newport, 800 people were there to see them.The band, which has toured the world, returned to Columbus in 2018 for another show at the Newport.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

In many ways, the evolution of the music business has been hard for Stienecker to accept.

“What I loved … the most was the old days, when rock and roll was just rock and roll,” he said. “I miss when it was raw and real and there were local promoters in every market.

“Now, it’s very corporate.”

Live Nation was founded in 1996, grew quickly and started taking bites out of smaller markets. The publicly traded company had $10.8 billion in revenue last year.

AEG Presents was founded five years later and also began to move into smaller, independent markets.

“Once Live Nation came, the whole industry changed,” Stienecker said. “People are more focused on the bottom line than they are developing the acts.”

It takes time and a local interest to do that. Stienecker created spaces where small and local artists could play, moving up to bigger venues as they grew. That’s what worked for Twenty One Pilots and O.A.R., he said.

“They can move up from The Basement, to A&R, to the Newport and then to Express Live,” he said.

“We take the acts and develop them from the ground up.”


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 15, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 15, 2019:

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, April 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the thick of the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs! This is the third year in a row the Jackets have made it to the post-season, and now it’s our job to cheer them on as they try to best the fierce Tampa Bay Lightning. Make your way to Nationwide Arena and watch as they battle against the Atlantic Division champion. Purchase your tickets here—they’re flying fast!

An additional Columbus Blue Jackets playoff home date is below, pending on the result of the previous games.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Sunday, April 21 | Nationwide Arena | TBA

 

Activities

 

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20 | Big Bang Dueling Pianos | 2 PM

Easter is this Sunday, and the Arena District is celebrating with a fun-filled 2019 Adult Easter Egg Hunt! Adults of drinking age are invited to hop on over to Big Bang Dueling Pianos to start the festivities, which benefit the Make It Fit Foundation. This event—held for ages 21+—will pit teams of Columbus party-goers as they explore areas of the Arena District in search of special eggs loaded with challenges, dares and prizes.

The Big Bang will be hosting the ultimate Winners Circle Party after—complete with a Land Grant Brewery pop-up, Cheryl’s Cookies and of course, all-request Dueling Pianos all night long. Order your tickets early to this bound-to-sell-out, action-packed charity event!

 

Music

Dance Gavin Dance: Artificial Selection Tour 2019

Saturday, April 20 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Rock band Dance Gavin Dance announced their Artificial Selection Tour 2019 back in January, and on Saturday they’ll be coming to EXPRESS LIVE! to perform for the Arena District. Join the band as they rock out to the record that made the #15 spot on the Billboard 200. Purchase your tickets today.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Chase Rice

Friday, April 26 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Spend your Friday night with Chase Rice as he makes his way to Columbus for his 2019 tour! On April 26, head over to EXPRESS LIVE! to witness great country music with an edgy, eclectic twist. Rice’s energetic live show, featuring Adam Doleac, is one you don’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today.

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Norfolk Tides

Tuesday, April 23 | Huntington Park | 6:35 PM

After a week break, we’re ready for the Columbus Clippers’ games to start again! Join them at Huntington Park on April 23 for their first game back against the Norfolk Tides. Get your tickets today and come loud and proud for the home team!


A new townhome product will join the diverse mix of residential offerings at Grandview Yard

JUST ANNOUNCED! A new townhome product will join the diverse mix of residential offerings at Grandview Yard. Three independent, side-by-side buildings, called “The Junction” will be comprised of 20 two-story townhome residences with walk-ups along Bobcat Avenue. The buildings will feature a refined brick façade, elevated balconies, private garages, and market-leading interior finishes. Townhome residents will have access to The Yard Club, our residential amenity building and club house that featurs a resort style swimming pool and spa, fitness center, and community room, as well as our significant mix of retail, dining, and fitness offerings, First Avenue Park and green spaces.

 

“Creating a great neighborhood isn’t just about the construction of individual buildings. It’s about generating a vision that brings complementary elements together where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. As Grandview Yard continues to grow, we’re able to provide an even more engaging mixed-use environment for our office tenants and residents, and deliver a thriving development for this community.”

 

Read the full article HERE.


Guide to Planning the Ultimate Columbus Mother’s Day

There’s nothing people in Columbus love more than their mothers. It’s these special women that love us, care about us and give anything and everything for us—and Mother’s Day is our chance to return some of that unbridled affection and appreciation that moms provide each and every day.

If you’re looking to give your mom a truly memorable Mother’s Day 2019 experience in Columbus, we have the inside scoop on what gifts to get and where to go in the area.

Here is your guide to planning the ultimate Columbus Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day 2019 Experiences

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Grand Event Center

On Mother’s Day—Sunday, May 12—treat the motherly figure in your life to a special brunch at The Grand Event Center in Grandview Heights! Here, you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet including a beef wellington carving station, homemade creampuffs and so much more. There will also be a cash bar and wine bottles that can be served to your table.

Due to high demand, they are offering two seating times, 11 AM and 1 PM— RSVP by May 3 to secure your spot! Cost is $39.95 for adults and just $15 for children 15 and younger.

 

Hello, Dolly! at the Ohio Theatre

For musical theater-loving moms in Columbus, they’re in for a special Mother’s Day delight on Sunday, May 12—Hello, Dolly! is touring at the Ohio Theatre! Get tickets to either the 1 PM or 6:30 PM show and treat your mother to a production of this iconic 1964 musical, which features Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley.

 

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Brekkie Shack

Start Mother’s Day off right by treating your mother to a mouth-wateringly healthy breakfast at Brekkie Shack! Located in Grandview Yard, this restaurant opens bright and early at 8 AM on Sundays to give your family plenty of time to embark on other experiences throughout the day. From egg sandwiches and pancakes to plant-based hash and granola bowls, there’s a little something for everybody on the Brekkie Shack menu.

 

Mother’s Day Tea at the Topiary Garden

Held at the beautiful Topiary Park in Columbus, Mother’s Day Tea is a free event featuring an afternoon of dance, paired with yummy tea & cookies. RSVP is required to attend, so don’t miss the chance to bring mom and the whole family to this great picnic-style outing.

 

Mother’s Day 2019 Gifts

 

Tickets to Bites & Brews Dinner Event

Does your mom enjoy a good, Ohio-made craft beer? This Mother’s Day, surprise her with tickets to Bites & Brews at The Grand Event Center, featuring Combustion Brewery! The event, held on May 23 at 6 PM, includes a delectable, chef-inspired five-course meal. Each dish will be paired with locally brewed beers ranging from ales to IPAs. Space is limited, so make your reservations to this Columbus Craft Beer Week event at The Grand Event Center as soon as possible.

 

Chocolate, Coffee & Wine from Winans

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong with chocolates, coffee or wine—and you can get all three from the newly opened Winans in Grandview Heights! Winans has been an Ohio favorite for nearly a century, so whether your mom likes buying local, enjoys tasty indulgences or a combination of the two, you can’t go wrong with this Mother’s Day gift idea.

 

Self-Care Day at Massage Envy and MY SALON Suite

Want to truly show mom your appreciation for everything she’s done? Give her some me-time with a full day of relaxation and rejuvenation!

First start your mom off with an intensely calming massage from Massage Envy in Grandview Heights. A highly experienced massage therapist will expertly relieve stress and tension, leaving your mother in a state of serenity and relief. Click here to schedule your mothers’ Massage Envy appointment.

Once she’s feeling refreshed, treat mom to a variety of salon services at MY SALON Suite—located in the first floor of the Manchester Building in Grandview Yard. This newly-opened location offers high-end luxury experiences that include everything from hair styling and medical aesthetics to skincare and mani-pedis. Click here to book your mothers’ appointment now.

 

Pilates Class at Club Pilates

Is your mom looking for an engaging way to stay in shape? Sign her up for classes at Club Pilates Grandview Yard! Pilates is a fun workout that helps people achieve balance, strength, mobility and flexibility, and Club Pilates offers a variety of classes for mothers of all ages, shapes and experience levels. You can even sign yourself up and do classes together as a bonding experience—the benefits can be enjoyed by everybody!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 1, 2019

There are no events in downtown Columbus during the week of April 1, 2019—APRIL FOOL’S!

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 1, 2019:

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Tuesday, April 2 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Tomorrow night, the final home game of the 2019 NHL season will take place at Nationwide Arena, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins face off. The regular NHL season is coming to a close, and now the march is on for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get into the playoffs. They need your help, 5th Line, cheering them on along the way! Get your tickets here.

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Thursday, April 4 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

While hockey season is ending, baseball season is finally here! Join the Columbus Clippers on Thursday, at Huntington Park, for their first home game against the Indianapolis Indians. Come loud and proud to support the Clippers for the start of their 2019 season! Click here to order your tickets now.

Additional Columbus Clippers home game dates at Huntington Park this week include:

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Friday, April 5 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Saturday, April 6 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Sunday, April 7 | Huntington Park | 2:05 PM

 

Music

Catfish and the Bottlemen w/ The Worn Flints

Tuesday, April 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen, along with opener, The Worn Flints, will be jamming the night away at EXPRESS LIVE! on Tuesday.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

TESLA

Friday, April 12 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

TESLA’s world tour brings them to EXPRESS LIVE! on April 12. For 30+ years, TESLA has been known for putting on “never disappointing” shows for their fans, loyal and new. Come out, watch and be amazed with this rock n’ roll/heavy metal-mixed band next Friday. Get your tickets here.

 

Ring of Honor Wrestling | Masters of the Craft

Sunday, April 14 | EXPRESS LIVE!| 5 PM

Wrestling fan? The Ring of Honor will be hosting its Masters of the Craft event on April 14 at EXPRESS LIVE!. Experience the immediate fallout of the G1 Supercard with appearances from Dalton Castle & The Boys, Bandido, Shane Taylor and many more! Don’t miss your chance to see Ring of Honor Wrestling live in Columbus. Purchase your tickets here.