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Where to Hunt for Pokemon in the Arena District
pokemonDowntown Columbus has always been a hive of activity with tons of great events in the Arena District. While it is typically a stomping ground for die hard sports fans (we see you Blue Jackets fans), concert goers, and young professionals  looking to make their big break, it has recently become overrun with a new kind of swarm – Pokemon. The Arena District is swarming with characters of all shapes and sizes, and it is up to YOU to catch them all. Here are some places to look.

Goodale Park

Located just two blocks from the Arena District and running parallel to High Street and the Short North, Goodale Park is always brimming with activity – especially in the summer. Since the Pokemon Go fever has taken America by storm, the park has been teeming with trainers. And with good reason, as the park has been highly-populated with various creatures as of late. Notable Pokemon include Drowzee and Ekans.

McFerson Commons

One of the best venues in Columbus for music festivals, McFerson Commons is also a gathering place for lunch time Pokemon hunters to find Zubats, Weedles, and even a Jigglypuff or two. Grab a bite at one of the local restaurants like Boston’s Gourmet Pizza or Nada while you refuel so you can catch and train even more Pokemon!

Nationwide Arena

Not only do several of the landmarks (AEP Tower) serve as PokeStops, Nationwide Arena itself is a Pokemon Training Gym and it’s one that you will want to fight for. You and other players can gain XP by pitting your captured Pokemon against other opponents in the area, but only if you’ve played Pokémon Go long enough to reach level five (just admit it… you have). Now there is a turf-war to gain control of the Training Gym at Nationwide Arena. Admit it… you want to own it!

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On top of being a great PokeStop, there are wonders abounding inside the brewery. For any adult Pokemon hunters, stop in and grab a locally-brewed beer while you wait to capture the illusive pocket monsters at this tasty Columbus restaurant.

Huntington Park

The Columbus Clippers even invited fans out to Huntington Park to play Pokémon Go for a special Pokemon hunt. Once inside Huntington Park fans had the opportunity to roam the concourse, stands and even the outfield grass in attempts to catch Pokemon and build their Pokedex!

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North Market

For a great family outing take all your trainers or meet up with your Pokemon team to grab lunch at North Market and catch them all.

The Scioto Mile

One of the most beautiful walkway and biking trail in Downtown Columbus, the newly refinished Scioto Mile is chuck full of Pokemon trainers on the hunt to catch even more of these creatures. Magmar sightings have been noted along with the rare Pidgeot. This loop also takes you near the Columbus State House which is brimming with PokeStops.

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Need some help with all of the legwork that goes with hunting Pokemon in a big city? Actual Brewing is organizing a Pokemon Safari Beer Bus where Pokemon Trainers can join up and catch them all while drinking them all.

As always, game creators and city officials ask that players be mindful of their surroundings while hunting down Pokemon, and to stay safe. Happy hunting!


Get some outdoor time this weekend at the Scioto Audubon!

Get Outdoor Time this weekend at the Scioto Audubon!

The Scioto Audubon offers many activities including an obstacle course, biking, fishing, rock climbing, boating and dog park! With close proximity to our downtown Columbus apartments, residents at Arena Crossing, Apartments at the Yard, Flats on Vine and Flats II have quick access to one of the best parks Columbus, Ohio has to offer!

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Get Exercise! 

With a 2 mile biking trial down the Scioto Greenway Trail, Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course, and three towers of 35 ft. rock climbing wall, you’re sure to get a good workout and can plan some weekly training exercises at the Scioto Audubon. The Obstacle course features a quarter-mile running track plus a tire run and flip, 8 foot wall, tunnel crawl, balance beams, monkey bars, cargo climb, belly climb, over/under and a log run! Get some!

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Get Water Play!

Happy Trails from the Scioto Audubon boat ramp down the Scioto River, you can  launch your boat, canoe or kayak! You can also get in touch with your inner fisherman with options to fish from the boat ramp or an elevated fishing dock. Who would have thought you can experience fishing and boating in the heart of downtown Columbus? Is there anything you can’t do in the city?

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Get Family Time! 

Picnicking is a lot of fun at the Scioto Audubon and is available on a first come, first serve basis. The three picnic shelters include tables and grills, and feature age appropriate play equipment for kids, interactive electronic game, sand volleyball courts and play fields for grass sports. The pets are a part of the family too- domesticated dogs and cats are permitted in picnic areas and designated pet trails. There is a separate area in the Scioto Audubon which includes 2.5 acres, and features separate areas for small and large dogs, including an agility course.

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The Scioto Audubon offers many resources for residents of downtown Columbus apartments and condos to Get Active!

Get more information Here.


Patio Palooza… or should we say FIESTA at Nada!

It’s time to kick off this patio palooza… or should we say fiesta!

The city of Columbus is full of bars and restaurants that specialize in all kinds of margaritas: sickly-sweet or clean and bright, made with mix or fresh-squeezed juice, purist or inventive, frozen or on the rocks, served on an intimate outdoor patio or in a boozy bar scene. But here in the Arena District near downtown Columbus, one restaurant has the best combination – vibrant and bold margarita flavors paired with an eclectic patio just steps from Nationwide Arena and our downtown Columbus apartments.

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Nada’s patio is perfect for apartment dwellers, concert goers, young professionals, and devoted sports fans of all kinds. Located just west of Nationwide Arena, Nada is centrally located for anyone who might be headed down to the Arena District for a Columbus Clipper’s game or for a concert at either Nationwide Arena or EXPRESS LIVE! It’s just a short walk away from any resident living at Flats on Vine, Flats II, or Arena Crossing.  Nada is across the street from McFerson Commons which makes the patio the perfect hangout for any Columbus music festival goer to grab some drinks and a quick bite to eat in between rocking’ out to some incredible music.

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Nada offers mood lifting, drool worthy, Mexican-inspired food & drink with heartfelt hospitality. Nada’s menu features a contemporary take on Mexican and they have some of the best tacos in downtown Columbus. Their menu includes multiple new dishes like the Durango BBQ “Pastor” which has chili-marinated pork, pickled white onion, and guajillo Diablo sauce. Another fan favorite is their new Asian-fusian inspired SeÑor Mu Shu which has Modelo and ginger braised pork, sesame, ancho hoison sauace and a fresh lime cabbage slaw to tie it all together. But you can see their whole menu here.

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But if you and your friends or other apartment neighbors are looking to beat the summer heat, there is no better way to do it than with a nice cold glass of one of Nada’s specialty margaritas. If you are looking for a more traditional margarita on the rocks that isn’t too sweet then go with the classic Nadarita made with tequila, lime juice, triple sec and honey. If you are looking for something a little more daring try the spicy and sweet Chile-Mango margarita. It’s made with El Jimador Blanco tequila, ancho chile, fresh mango and pineapple. This drink packs a punch with a slow burn that feels so good. You can also order off their cocktail menu – the Caipirinha (we don’t know how to pronounce this either… just point to the menu) is a Mexican mystery that offers a lap-dance for your taste buds. See their full drink menu here. 

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Whatever your food and drink choices, the patio at Nada is sure to set the perfect mood. Want to bring some ladies down for a Mexican-inspired bachelorette party? No problem. Nada can hook you up. Want to book a large happy hour with work friends to celebrate the end of a project? Nada is just a few steps away with drinks that satisfy and celebrate. Want to show off Columbus to some out of towners? The view from Nada’s patio is a perfect way to start the night and tell the history of the Arena District. If you are planning a big party or celebration call 614-715-8260 to set up the nitty gritty deets.

Planning on a much smaller gathering? A few close friends or just you ans someone special? You and your roommate want to go out and grab dinner? Make reservations online here or call 614-715-8260.

No matter what your plans are, Nada’s patio is a summer must-see. So stop in today and get your party on the patio!


Convenience, the biggest advantage of downtown living.

Convenience, the biggest advantage of downtown living.

There are many reasons that apartment and condo residents choose to live downtown- the #1 reason is convenience. In most areas, Columbus offers residents the convenience of walk-able restaurants, shops, events and more. If you don’t feel like walking there is a convenient stop nearby for the C-bus or how about a Co-Go rental? Rarely is walking, bike riding, or a bus ride a preferred method of transportation in the suburbs, however in Urban areas most of the places you need to go are just a few stops, or steps away.

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Flats on Vine, Flats 2 and Arena Crossing are examples of convenient apartment locations that offer walk-ability to night life, events, and food. If you need to pick up some light groceries, Nelson’s Convenient Store is conveniently located. If your looking for a fun event residents can walk to Nationwide Arena for a concert or Blue Jackets Game during hockey season, or how about a baseball game at Huntington Park this summer? If you work downtown, you can even walk or bike to work!

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For soon to be condo residents at Parks Edge, the Scioto Mile is a major convenience. With the addition of activities like movies on the mile, and renovated bike and running paths you can still live in the city and have park conveniences right in your back yard! Did you know the Scioto Autoban Park includes a dog park for small and large dogs as well as places to hike, fish and even rock climb!

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So much to do at your finger tips. Living downtown is truly a convenient and fun experience for all!

 


Celebrate the 4th in Downtown Columbus!

Celebrate the 4th in Downtown Columbus! 

Taste of Boom 3pm-11pm 

What a better way to pass the time before the fireworks than getting your foodie fix?

Taste of Boom takes place in the Arena District and features some of our favorite restaurants! This year’s Taste of Boom featured restaurants are BD’s Mongolian Grill, Gordon Biersch, Jimmy John’s, Studio Movie Grill, Ted’s Montana Grill, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Big Bang Bar. There will also be some fair favorites such as funnel cakes, snow cones and more! Make sure to check out the Boom Plaza Party sponsored by Three-Legged Mare. The Boom Plaza Party will feature food, drinks and live music!

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Red White and Boom Fireworks 10pm

Fireworks will be fired off from the east bank of Genoa Park at 10pm. Hosted live by WNCI personalities Dave and Jimmy at the corner of Broad Street and Civic Center.

Many stages will be made available for viewing such as Bicentennial Park, Huntington Park, Boom Central and more. If you’re one of those lucky downtown apartment or condo residents, you may just be lucky enough to have a patio view! Known as the most recognizable fireworks display in the Midwest, Red, White and Boom 2016 is an event you don’t want to miss! If your worried about tricky traffic after the fireworks, consider sitting in a comfortable theater and catch one of the hot new summer releases while you wait for the traffic to clear. Check out movie times that will be starting directly after the fireworks at Studio Movie Grill!

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Ballpark Boom

If your looking for more family activities prior to fireworks,  check out Ballpark Boom! Ballpark Boom is featuring activities for all ages including zip-lining, inflatables for the little ones, and other on the field fun! Ballpark Boom will also include access to concessions and live music! Two concerts will play through the evening beginning with The British Invasion from 6:30-8:30 followed by Hard Days Night from 9pm to 9:50pm. Fireworks can be viewed following the second live set. Tickets are only $5.00 with the option for Wristbands $20 which include Field Activities (including zipline, etc). Creativity Zone (inflatables) tickets for ages 12 and under are available at $10.

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The Doo Dah Parade

Looking for something fun to do while your off on Monday the fourth? Look no further than the Doo Dah Parade! This wacky spectacle they call the politically incorrect spin on a parade is from 1pm-3pm with a block party from 10am-7pm. There is no entry fee if you want to be in this zany celebration, but understand this is not your typical parade! A spin on current events usually play a big factor in the creativity and humor seen in the parade, with a few of your returning favorites like Batman in his Batmobile or Pee Wee Herman on his Red Bike. Some of the participants are just wrong and others are so wrong they are right! For laughs and a fun afternoon activity make sure to catch the Doo Dah parade, it may become an annual tradition if it’s not already! For parade route and more incorrect information: www.doodahparade.com.


Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio

Why all the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio

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The words ‘Flyover State’ are starting to lose association with Columbus, Ohio. Visitors from all over the U.S. are starting to agree that C-bus is a pretty hip, and a fun place to visit or live. An article from National Geographic gives claim of Millennial Mantle to Columbus, Ohio which  may be attributed to the youth, affordability and the on the go lifestyle of our city.  Columbus Downtown Apartment and Condo dwellers truly have the amenities and benefits of a big city at their finger tips.

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We love downtown living!

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Arena CrossingFlats on VineFlats IIApartments at the Yard, Parks Edge828 at the Yard– just to name a few of the sought after and up-and-coming downtown apartments and condos that are surrounded by amenities and free transportation via C-bus. Arena District residents have the convenience of nearby restaurants and bars, Nationwide Arena for Blue Jackets games and concerts and Huntington park to watch the Columbus Clippers is a home run! They are also convenient for many businesses in the area if you would prefer a short morning commute whether you drive a few blocks, take a CoGo, ride the C-bus or walk.

We love our Coffee!

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From slow drip to latte’s, french press and pour overs there are so many choices when it comes to good coffee in downtown Columbus. If you don’t believe us, just check out the Experience Columbus Coffee Trail  which features 20 downtown coffee roasters, they’ll even give you a free shirt if you visit 4 different locations! We highly suggest a cinnamon roll and iced latte from Fox in the Snow Cafe!

We love our Art!

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Whether your passing a building mural, taking a stroll during gallery hop, or spending an afternoon looking at fine art, it’s easy to see art is taking over downtown Columbus. Institutions like Columbus Museum of Art, The Wexner Center, and Pizzuti Collection make the city a cultural hot spot. The Columbus Museum of Art is FREE on Sundays, a great time to get the family together for an afternoon activity.

We basically love everything about downtown Columbus- Read more here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saddle up for our 6th Patio Stop-Ted’s Montana Grill!

Saddle up for our 6th Patio Stop-Ted’s Monta Grill!

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We love the experience of Ted’s Montana Grill-from the pickled cucumbers, to the crushed ice and paper straws, that delicious Bison Burger, fresh fish or hand-cut steak, and ending with the Wildberry Cheesecake! Ted’s was introduced to downtown Columbus in January of 2002, and features the biggest bison menu in the world! If your not a fan of burgers, try the bison pot roast, best crab cakes in town, or any of their entrée salads! This patio pleaser is not only known for it’s delicious food, but also a wide range of  draft beers, wines, and cocktails. Click for the full Cocktails and Wine Menu.
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Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the American West, Ted’s Montana Grill is a Classic American Grill committed to serving honest food accompanied with genuine hospitality. The menu is known for Authentic American dishes using simple, timeless recipes, careful preparations and fresh, local ingredients. Selections include a wide variety of made-from-scratch cuisine such as iconic, award-winning burgers, hand-cut aged steaks, premium chicken with no antibiotics, fresh fish and our house specialty, all-natural Bison.

Conveniently located in the Arena District, our residents at Flats on Vine, Flats 2, and Arena Crossing can walk to Ted’s to experience authentic American dining served with genuine hospitality! Ted’s Montana Grill is not only a hot patio spot on our Patio Palooza guide but also one of our favorite dining spots! Click to view the menu.

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Check out the full Patio Palooza Guide!

 


Patio Palooza at Bostons! Patio+Pizza=Perfection.

Patio Palooza at Bostons! Patio+Pizza=Perfection.

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As the weather heats up, many of downtown Columbus’s best restaurants and bars are opening their patios  for guests to catch some rays while enjoying outdoor staples like pizza and cold beer. This week’s patio profile features Boston’s Gourmet Pizza right on Nationwide Boulevard on the corner of McFerson Commons. It’s just a short walk away from the Downtown Columbus apartments like Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine or Flats II.
If you are looking for a fun way to spend those week day nights or those weekends, get yourself over to McFerson Commons where ton of great Columbus events go on! Whether you are waiting for one of the summer music festivals in the Arena District, or you are just finishing a game of kickball, Boston’s Pizza has everything you need to live it up this summer.

Stop by the patio pre or post any Columbus Clipper’s game this summer! They also have a great lunch special called the “Nooner” that consists of a side salad, and a personal pizza. It’s the perfect way to break up your work day. Get some sun and enjoy the fresh air on their patio that has the perfect amount of shade!

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Happy Hour Specials:
$1 off 32oz Beers
$1 off Glasses of Wine
$1 off Liquor
$4 Margaritas
$2.50 Domestic Bottles
$2 off Starters
Monday – Friday 3pm-7pm

 


4th Stop of our Patio Palooza- Dick’s Last Resort

4th Stop of our Patio Palooza- Dick’s Last Resort

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It’s rude, crude and an absolute blast! Dick’s Last Resort is the 4th stop of our Patio Palooza!  From Working Stiff specials to Crappy Happy Hours, Dick’s Last Resort offers both people who work in the Arena District an escape from the stress of the workday to Columbus Downtown Apartments renters a place to go out for drinks and dinner. The wait staff is an absolute riot and will have you laughing at your friends and yourself. They may treat you like crap, but the food is delicious and service is bad in a good way.

Newly added is the Dick’s Last Resort App which is downloadable on your smartphone device. The DD program is a loyalty rewards program in which members will earn one point for every dollar they spend on food, beverage, and souvenir items. So embrace the sarcasm and Dicks Last Resort will reward you with a little thank you (the best your gonna get). This is a huge new benefit to frequent visitors who may live nearby at Flats on Vine, Flats II and Arena Crossing.

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Working Stiff Specials:

Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm

Dick’s Cheezy Burger and Fries – $6.99
Chicken Caesar Wrap and Fries – $6.99
The Big Pig Sandwich (pulled pork Sandwich) and Fries $6.99

Crappy (Happy) Hour Specials:

Monday- Friday 4pm-7pm (includes weekday event nights\hockey games)          

$4.50 House Margaritas and Long Islands
$3.50 House Liquor
$2.50 Domestic Drafts
$3.50 Specialty Drafts
$5 Select Apps (Cheese Sticks, Fried Pickles, Chicken Bites, BBQ Ribs with Tater Tots, Corn Dog with Tater Tots, Fried Shrimp with Tater Tots)

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DD Loyalty Rewards and APP

The DD Club is a loyalty program recently launched by Dick’s Last Resort. It’s an app for your smart phone and works with both Apple and Android devices. Members will earn one point for every dollar they spend on food, beverage, and souvenir items.

Other rewards include:
$15 Welcome Reward given 12 hours after signing up
$20 Birthday Reward
$15 Anniversary of sign up reward
25 points awarded to “refer a friend”
50 points awarded for filling out survey
$10 reward issued for every 100 points earned.
Priority Seating based on availability.
Member-only access to special offers and promotions.
No glassware purchase on Dick’s Last Resort signature drinks.
Reward dollars cannot be used towards alcohol or gratuity.

 


Arena District Restaurant Guide, Calling all Foodies!

Arena District Restaurant Guide, Calling all Foodies!

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Download a Restaurant Guide PDF

Featured Downtown Columbus Restaurants: BD’s Mongolian GrillBig Bang Piano Bar,  Boston’sBuca Di Beppo, Dick’s Last ResortGordon Biersch, Jimmy John’s, Max and Erma’s, Nada, R Bar, Rodizio Grill, Studio Movie Grill, Sunny Street CafeTed’s Montana Grill, The Three-Legged Mare

The Arena District offers Columbus Downtown residents many options when it comes to dining, sports, entertainment and hotels. Residents at Flats on Vine, Flats II and Arena Crossing have many options right within walking distance.

The Arena District restaurant guide features menus from all of their Downtown Columbus featured restaurants, and includes happy hour specials and lunch menus! Check out the Nada lunch menu below. One of our favorite escapes from the work day is the new addition of the Taco Lunchbox! The Taco Lunchbox comes with two tacos, choice of side (the sweet chili glazed fries are amazing!) and a doughnut! Your boss might frown upon an afternoon siesta, so save that for after lunch on a weekend visit!

Nada Lunch Menu

Buca Di Beppo is yet another Columbus Downtown featured restaurant with a much different vibe. Buca Di Beppo is known for their family style sharing portions shown below. Small portions will feed 2-3 people and the large portions will feed up to 5. Buca Di Beppo is our favorite Friday night date spot for wine and dining. We also love reserving the “pope table” for large parties.

Buca di BeppoWe hope you enjoy your food as much as we do! The Arena District has so much to discover!