Apartment Living with Pets: Do’s and Don’ts

Pets are often a source of happiness and stress relief, but when you’re living with them in close quarters–like an apartment–it’s common for challenges to arise. That being said, you and your pet can live in harmony with the residents around you, it just takes some work and planning.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for sharing an apartment with your pet:


Pet waiting by door
Do | Let Your Pet Get Plenty of Exercise

This might be more applicable to dogs, but all animals need time to let off some steam. Just like you, your pet needs fresh air to thrive, and without a ton of space to run around they’ll get pent up energy, leading to serious health issues. Making walks a part of your daily routine will make your pet much happier and healthier–and you’ll get plenty of exercise yourself!

Luckily, there are plenty of great dog parks in Columbus, such as: Columbus Downtown Dog Park, Wheeler Dog Park, Tail Wags Playground and Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Arena District residents are especially close to McFerson Commons Park, The Scioto Mile and pet walking stations throughout Grandview Yard.


Don’t | Lie to the Leasing Office

While it might be difficult to find a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, lying about having a pet is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only could you be fined if discovered, but you could also be evicted!

And if you’re sneaking your pet around, chances are your furry friend isn’t getting the attention they need or deserve–which can affect their health in several negative ways. Save yourself a headache and take the extra time to find an apartment that’s animal friendly.

Pet-friendly apartments in downtown Columbus include: Arena Crossing (cats only), Flats on Vine and Apartments at the Yard in Grandview Heights.


Do | Review your Apartment’s Pet Policy

When researching downtown Columbus apartments, it’s a good idea to know what you’ll be dealing with in regard to their individual pet policies. Thoroughly examining your apartment’s pet policy means you’ll understand any deposits or fees that come with housing your pet. Some may even have restrictions on what type of pet you can keep.

Cat sitting by window
Don’t | Disregard Pet Proofing

Items that may seem ordinary to you could be potentially hazardous for your furry friend. We all know pets love getting into things that they shouldn’t, which is why you need to take time to pet proof.

Check for loose wires that could be chewed, do research on house plants to make sure they aren’t poisonous to animals, place valuable items in locked or hard-to-reach places and set up gates in areas you don’t want your pet wandering. Doing these actions and more can prevent loads of future headaches–physically, mentally and financially.


Do | Get a Unit with a Patio or Balcony

Being a pet owner in an apartment means making sure your pet gets outdoor time. While you might not always be able to take them outside on a leash, having a balcony or patio allows your dog or cat to get plenty of fresh air.

Unless your pet lives strictly indoors, having a patio or balcony will make your life much easier. We know it isn’t always possible, but it if you’re able to get a unit with this feature, it will definitely save you from future hassles.


Don’t | Neglect Your Pet

Make sure your pet is getting the attention they need while you’re around, and when you’re not, ensure they have plenty of toys to play with and food to eat.

Depending on your apartment’s pet policy, you can even add an extra furry friend to the mix, so they’ll always have someone to be with. If you want your pet to be maximally taken care of while you’re away, there are a number of pet daycares in Columbus you can drop them off at, including: Doggie Daycare Center, The City Dog Daycare and Playful Pets Columbus.

What’s Around: Races in Columbus (Summer 2018 Edition)

Whether you’re a veteran runner or simply a casual, cause-driven participant, downtown Columbus plays host to dozens of different races–including 5Ks, 10Ks, fun runs and bike rides–that test your endurance and raise money for incredible charities. In fact, there’s at least one race in Columbus almost every weekend this summer!

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – learn more about the various summer races held in Columbus in 2018.


Komen Columbus Race for the Cure | May 19, 2018 | Columbus City Hall

On May 19, just a few blocks from the Arena District, Downtown Columbus will be buzzing with thousands of people in pink– all running and walking to raise money for breast cancer research, care and action during the 2018 Komen Race for the Cure. To kick off the race, a Survivor Ceremony and Expo will be held to celebrate local women who have won their battle with breast cancer.

Click here to register for the 2018 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure.


PetPromise Rescue Run | May 26, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park 

On the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend 2018, visit McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District to participate in the PetPromise Rescue Run – a dog-friendly 5K run/walk, 1K fun run and festival that promotes awareness of pet overpopulation and supports efforts to change the future for homeless pets through education, rescue, sterilization and adoption

Click here to register for the 2018 PetPromise Rescue Run in downtown Columbus.


Columbus Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K | June 2, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Columbus–also known as BT5K Columbus–is a signature race hosted by the American Brain Tumor Association, and held at the beautiful McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District. Recognizing the 700,000+ people in the United States living with a brain tumor diagnosis, supporters of this 3.1-mile walk/run allow the ABTA to fund brain tumor research, patient programs and support services.

Click here to register for the 2018 BT5K Columbus.


Columbus Charity Day 5K | July 2, 2018 | Downtown Columbus

On Fourth of July weekend, the Charity Day 5K run/walk kicks off the annual Red, White & BOOM festivities in downtown Columbus. Starting at Spring Street–just east of Neil Avenue–this race features a collaborative fundraising effort of several different charitable organizations in Columbus, all running the same course to raise money for their respective initiatives. Immediately after this evening summer race in Columbus, spectators and participants are invited to attend an entertaining party hosted by Red, White & Boom!

Click here to register for the Charity Day 5K in downtown Columbus.


Columbus Frosty 5K | July 15, 2018 | Huntington Park

On a hot summer day, nothing sounds better after running a 5K than an ice cold Wendy’s Frosty waiting for you at the finish line. That’s exactly what you’ll get if you run the Columbus Frosty 5K–held at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers and located just down the street from Nationwide Area. This summer race through downtown Columbus–hosted by Wendy’s–raises money and awareness for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent homes for children in foster care.

Click here to register for the 2018 Columbus Frosty 5K.


Pelatonia | August 3-5, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park

More of a biker than a runner? Founded in Columbus in 2008, Pelatonia–held at McFerson Commons Park in downtown Columbus–started as a grassroots bike tour that has turned into a purpose-driven organization with a mission to accelerate funding for innovative cancer research. To date, the annual 2-day bike ride–which has routes up to 200 miles long–has brought in more than $2 million, and in 2018 every penny raised will fund cancer research at the Ohio State University’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Click here to register for the 2018 Pelatonia bike ride in Columbus.


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Bull Run | August 18, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park 

The 2018 Bull Run, presented by Merrill Lynch, is made up of a fun run, 5K and 10K race through downtown Columbus held at McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District. This family-friendly event–now in its 15th year–has raised more than $1 million for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital since its inception. At the 2018 race, money raised will go specifically towards funding the Children’s Clubhouse and Ocean Room programs at the hospital. This is a great way to get involved with charity while also staying fit and active!

Registration for the 2018 Bull Run in Columbus will be available on-site the day of the event.


What other 2018 summer races in Columbus are you excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

What’s Around: Museums in Columbus

It’s always nice to scratch that intellectual itch every now and again! Whether you’re a city resident or simply visiting, there are several great museums in Columbus for those looking to discover more about art, history, industry, science or culture.

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore a few of Columbus’ best museums to visit.


Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum

Located in the German Village district of Columbus, the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum features a large private collection of rare, antique automobiles and memorabilia from Steve Wagner and J. Mark Hagans.

The Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, which opened in 2009, contains many unusual and historic cars not normally seen in traditional auto museums. These include the failed Ford Edsel, and Packards, Buicks and Auburns produced between 1900 and 1936.

Consistently ranked highly on TripAdvisor, this free auto museum in Columbus can only be toured by appointment only. Call (614) 271-0888 to schedule your visit!



Columbus Museum of Art


Columbus Museum of Art (CMOA)

If you’re a lover of art or history, the Columbus Museum of Art–founded in 1878 and located in the heart of downtown Columbus–is a must-visit! The museum’s galleries are filled with collections that include late 19th and early 20th century American and European art.

CMOA houses the world’s largest collection of works by beloved local artists, and carries a strong commitment to contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography showcasing Columbus and Ohio.

Columbus Museum of Art also hosts several programs and events each month – including live music, art workshops, art book club and more! Whether you’re alone, with friends, family or a loved one, this Columbus museum will never fail to keep you intrigued and engaged.


Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

COSI is a science museum and research center located on the bank of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Its purpose is to inspire the scientists, innovators and dreamers of tomorrow with family-friendly exhibits that include dinosaurs, music, history, a planetarium and much more.

In 2008, COSI was named America’s number one science center for families by Parent Magazine – a testament to its interactive, hands-on displays and engaging staff. The museum offers birthday parties, summer camps, sensory-friendly experiences and more to get little ones curious about learning.

There’s also a ton to do for adults! COSI features lectures, panel discussions, evening films, craft beer nights and more to keep Columbus residents and visitors in love with science.



Central Ohio Fire Museum

Central Ohio Fire Museum

Located just a few blocks from the Arena District in downtown Columbus, the Central Ohio Fire Museum is housed in a restored 1908 engine house, and focuses primarily on fire safety education for all ages.

CHFM offers visitors interactive programs like its 9-1-1 Simulator and Burned Items Display – which showcases items from house fires to inform of the dangers from intense heat. Guests can also suit up as firefighters, slide down a fire pole, ride in a real fire truck cab and more.

On the history side, this Columbus museum allows visitors to learn about the history of firefighting in Columbus, see fire equipment dating back to the early 1800s and explore the original stables that once housed horses used by early firefighters.



Ohio History Center

Have you ever been curious about the rich history behind the state of Ohio and its great cities? The Ohio History Center – located north of downtown Columbus, next to MAPFRE Stadium – sparks discovery of Ohio’s stories through fun, interactive exhibits.

Visitors to this Columbus museum can explore everything from life in Ohio in the 1950s, to endangered species from Ohio, to World War I photography capturing experiences from the Ohio men and women who served and more.

The Ohio History Center also features an archives/library research room that allows you to learn more about your access to geneology, print, audio and video resources. A great way for Columbus history lovers to get written and graphic information of Ohio’s history!



What are some of your other favorite museums in Columbus? Share suggestions in the comments below!

Two New Apartment Buildings Under Construction in Grandview Yard
Article by: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground
Two New Apartment Buildings Under Construction at Grandview Yard
Dorchester East Photos: Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

Two new buildings are under construction at Grandview Yard that will bring the total number of apartments at the mixed-use development to 800. The previously unannounced project – dubbed the Dorchester – consists of two four-story buildings.

The first building of the pair has already been topped out and will be ready for the first residents to move in by July. Located at the northwest corner of Yard Street and Williams Avenue, it will contain 86 apartments.

The units will range from 700 to 1,200 square feet. Pricing starts at $1,250 a month for a one-bedroom unit and climbs to $2,500 for a larger three-bedroom.

Work began in March on the second building, Dorchester West, which sits directly behind the first one. It will hold 150 units and is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

Both buildings will be connected via tunnel to an existing four-story parking garage, which is also utilized by Nationwide employees working in one of the four office buildings clustered on either side of Yard Street (with a final group of office workers moving in last week, the total count of Nationwide employees at Grandview Yard is now up to 4,000).

The new apartments mark the fifth phase of development at Grandview Yard. The first phase was completed in 2010, when Hyatt Place Columbus, Planet Fitness and other businesses opened on the southern edge of the site.

“The demand is there for this product,” said Emily Garvey, Senior Marketing Manager at Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI), on a recent tour of the development. “It’s suburban yet urban, with great walkability and great amenities.”

Carli Lanfersiek, Marketing Director at NRI, said that occupancy rates across all of the company’s multifamily offerings – which includes multiple Arena District properties in addition to the Grandview Yard apartments – has consistently remained above 90 percent.

In addition to the 800 apartment units, Grandview Yard is also nearing a milestone on the for-sale side, with nearly 200 condos, townhomes and single family homes now completed.

Wagenbrenner Development and M/I Homes are set to begin the second phase of the Homes on Pullman Way, and NRI recently opened a model unit in its five-story condo building, 828 at the Yard. About 20 percent of the condos in the 35-unit building are already sold or in contract, according to Erin Uritus, Director of Residential Sales at NRI.

Lanfersiek declined to provide any details about NRI’s plans for filling out the remainder of the 90-acre site, saying that the market will determine whether more apartments or for-sale units are built. She did, however, offer that the goal is to have a total of 1,500 residential units at Grandview Yard by the time the final phases are completed.

A view of the Dorchester East from Yard Street. Photos by Walker Evans.
Another view looking north on Yard Street. Photos by Walker Evans.
Courtyard of the Dorchester East. Photos by Walker Evans.
A fourth-floor unit. Photos by Walker Evans.
View looking east. Photos by Walker Evans.

For more information, visit www.grandviewyard.com.

See the original article, visit https://www.columbusunderground.com


Columbus Restaurant Spotlight | R Bar Arena

This edition of Columbus Restaurant Spotlight is a love story–not just between two people, but for the city and restaurant in which they met.

Mike Darr met Natalie Connor through mutual friends in 2004 and instantly hit it off.

Mike was working in IT and moved to Columbus for work.

Natalie was managing the original R Bar – located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District.

Once they started dating, Mike would visit R Bar frequently to hang out with (and distract) Natalie while she worked. Within the year, he asked her to marry him.

At this time, R Bar lacked a true identity – a point discussed by Mike and Natalie frequently throughout their relationship. So, after receiving the opportunity to buy the restaurant and bar in 2005, the newlyweds – along with business partner Danny Capoccia – jumped at the chance to create something truly special.

In 2006, the new and improved R Bar Arena was officially open for business.

R Bar Interior

The Birth of a Columbus Hockey Bar 

“Before we had children, R Bar basically was our child,” stated Mike in a 2016 Columbus Alive interview, “and we got to see it grow into being rated one of the top 10 hockey bars in the United States.”

After their purchase of R Bar, Mike and Natalie Darr – who now also own The Three-Legged Mare – set to work establishing its brand. Noticing there wasn’t a sports bar in Columbus dedicated to hockey, the couple knew they had found their niche.

It wasn’t long before R Bar was established as the hockey bar in Columbus. It became the first restaurant in the area to get NHL Center Ice – the penultimate TV package for NHL hockey games – and the first bar to be outfitted with flat-screen TVs (there are now more than 30 throughout the restaurant).

This hockey-heavy setup allows patrons to not only watch Columbus Blue Jackets games, but virtually every other NHL game as well. The bar even broadcasts international hockey games for fans visiting from abroad.

Adding to the authenticity is the fact that R Bar is decked out, wall to wall, with hockey memorabilia. And it’s not limited to the Blue Jackets – examples include autographed pictures of Gordie Howe, a Maurice Richard mural, a restaurant booth built like a penalty box, a jumbotron suspended above the bar and even men’s urinals with divisional rivals’ logos plastered inside.

With Nationwide Arena a stone’s throw away, R Bar also works directly with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a variety of functions and charitable initiatives – most recently partnering on a raffle to support Dollar Energy Fund, a charity that provides utility assistance grants to low-income families.

Now that they have a family of their own, Mike and Natalie have also begun putting an emphasized focus on local hockey initiatives – working to develop youth hockey and, more specifically girl’s hockey, in the Columbus community.

R Bar Burger

A Menu of Champions 

While Natalie and Mike Darr’s R Bar concentrates a ton of energy on hockey and the culture surrounding it, the real draw is in its delectable bar food and wide array of drink options.

The Columbus restaurant features popular food and drink specials daily, including exclusive game-day promotions that feed the Arena District’s vibrant and energetic atmosphere. From Jackets fans to event attendees coming from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, there’s something delicious for everyone!

Menu items include The Enforcer (loaded kettle chips with blue cheese dressing, bacon, and blue cheese crumbles), The Gordie (an 8-inch hoagie topped with sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, banana peppers, garlic oil, and provolone cheese), the CBJ Burger (fresh Angus patty topped with cheddar, bacon and jalapeno) and a variety of 12-inch craft pizzas.

R Bar Staff

An All-Star Staff

Contributing heavily to the success of R Bar Arena is its top-notch team of employees. Mike says one of the most important factors in running the business is selecting the right staff. One that works well together, is engaged with customers and keeps people coming back – even on those rare days where nothing is happening in the Arena District.

By fostering an attitude for success, rather than a formula, R Bar brings in tons of regulars who interact with their favorite staff members and enjoy the great food and spirits they serve up.

What’s Around: Volunteer Opportunities in Columbus

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Columbus?

Good news!

There are plenty of organizations in and around Columbus that consistently seek out volunteers to support a variety of charitable causes and community events.

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore a few of the many ways you and your friends can give back to the Columbus community.

Volunteer with Columbus

Volunteer with Columbus is a volunteering hub started by Experience Columbus – an organization that helps make Columbus an appealing destination to visit and live. The initiative is a one-stop-shop for hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the city – mostly featuring roles to support community events, festivals and activities.

Columbus Gives Back

Columbus Gives Back

Focused primarily on volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for young professionals in Columbus, Columbus Gives Back is a great way to meet new friends while supporting great causes. The nonprofit mainly works on events for an array of local small- to medium-sized organizations – allowing volunteers to explore different areas of Columbus and its culture.

Columbus Humane Society

If helping animals is a passion of yours, then consider volunteering with the Columbus Humane Society! The charity offers several skills programs and classes centered around caring for animals, and volunteers get to meet others who share their similar interests. Columbus Humane Society also features one-time volunteer experiences for organizations or businesses in Columbus looking to make a difference in their community.

Fundraise at Nationwide Arena

Forget bake sales and car washes, fundraising with Nationwide Arena is an exciting, creative and fun alternative that caters to everyone from church groups to fraternities and sororities. Through vendor Delaware North, Nationwide Arena fundraising volunteers help out at foodservice stands throughout the concourse, and organizations receive commission on net sales for each event worked.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Got a green thumb? The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus is always in need of individual or group volunteers to help maintain their beautiful garden and educate visitors about the conservatory, its exhibitions and its nature. Volunteer opportunities at Franklin Park Conservatory range from weekly, monthly, seasonal or one-time.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

If you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives, then volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus is a great way to get started. The hospital looks for volunteers of all ages – from adults, to teens, to college students and groups – to serve in a variety of different roles and functions, depending on interest and experience level.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

The perfect volunteer opportunity for bookworms, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is a great way to make a difference in the lives of library visitors throughout Columbus. Volunteer options include shelving books, helping kids with their homework, reading to children and teaching people basic computer and job search skills.

Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus is a nonprofit that empowers women to achieve their career goals through complimentary suiting, career center and employment retention programs. The organization is always looking for volunteers passionate about the cause to help in their boutique, assist in their career center, mentor and speak to women, support special events and much more.


Do you know of any other great volunteer opportunities in Columbus? Share them in the comments!

5 Fun Activities for Valentine’s Day in Columbus [GIVEAWAYS INSIDE]

Planning on spending Valentine’s Day in Columbus? February 14 may be fast approaching, but there are plenty of fun and romantic Valentine’s Day activities for couples looking to celebrate the season of love!

From ballroom dancing to ice skating, we put together five ideas of things for couples to do on and around Valentine’s Day in Columbus.

And while you’re checking out our list, be sure to enter not one, not two, but three Downtown Columbus Apartments Valentine’s Day giveaways below!

Ice Skating
  1. Ice Skating at Winter Park [GIVEAWAY]

Few activities are more romantic than ice skating in Columbus – just picture you and your partner, bundled up in your warmest clothes, hand in hand, gliding down a rink of freshly Zamboni’d ice. That could very well be the scene when you spend Valentine’s Day at the Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park – an NHL-sized rink located across the street from Nationwide Arena.

Downtown Columbus’ Winter Park is open for public skating, hockey and other community events for just 24 days a year (February 2-25) – making it all the more special when you take your significant other. And with a Tim Hortons nearby, couples can warm up with a delicious coffee or hot chocolate after skating.

To help make a lucky Columbus couples’ Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away a Winter Park prize pack includes (2) FREE entry tickets to Winter Park, along with a $5 gift card to Tim Hortons. Click the link below to enter:

Keep an eye on Facebook for Valentine’s Day giveaways!


  1. Trip to the Columbus Idea Foundry

Looking to activate your creative side this Valentine’s Day? Take a trip to the Columbus Idea Foundry – a place where ideas and talents, tools and resources, and experience and opportunity combine to form a uniquely creatively community.

On February 14 and February 15, the Columbus Idea Foundry is hosting a Valentine’s Day 2018 Maker Date Night. The event gives you and your significant other the opportunity to cut, make, design and build creative projects – including blacksmithing, woodworking, lockpicking, mixed media, copper stamping, photography and more – with the help of resident professional artists and craftsmen.

Click here to purchase tickets to this unique Valentine’s Day event in Columbus.

Valentine’s Day at Buca di Beppo
  1. Dinner at Buca di Beppo [GIVEAWAY]

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a passionate, upscale candle-lit dinner for two. When you think of romantic restaurants, Italian is often the first thing people think of – and no restaurant can treat you to a genuine Italian experience better than Buca di Beppo in Columbus!

On February 14, the restaurant will be serving exclusive “Classic Love” packages. For just $50, you and your date will be treated to an authentic Italian meal for two that includes Heart-Shaped Lasagna, Buca Garlic Bread, Buca Salad and Mini Chocolate Chip Cannoli. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

Would you like a complimentary Valentine’s Day dinner for two at Buca di Beppo Columbus? Enter our Downtown Columbus Apartments giveaway for the chance to win a $50 Buca di Beppo gift card!

Keep an eye on Facebook for Valentine’s Day giveaways! [LINK TO GIVEAWAY WHEN LIVE]

  1. Personal Valentine’s Day Delivery from Columbus Clippers Mascots- NOW SOLD OUT

Is your significant other a Columbus Clippers fan? This Valentine’s Day, the organization is offering a unique gift for that special baseball fan in your life – a gift delivery to their home or office from Clippers mascots, Krash and LouSeal!

That’s right! The animated pair will personally deliver your Valentine a dozen roses from Kroger, a Columbus Clippers gift basket and a voucher for two reserved seat tickets for a Clippers home game during the 2018 season.

5 Fun Activities for Valentine’s Day in Columbus [GIVEAWAYS INSIDE]


  1. Go to a concert at Express Live [GIVEAWAY]

You share your love for each other and a love for music. If you and your Valentine enjoy concert going, maybe a date night at Express Live is more your style. This month, catch a concert from Awolnation, Kelsea Ballerini and Gary Allen. If you’re not into a romantic dinner before the concert, grab a slice of Mikey’s Late Night inside.

Columbus Downtown Apartments is giving couples the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Kelsea Ballerini on the 22nd.

Keep an eye on Facebook for Valentine’s Day giveaways!

How are you spending Valentine’s Day in Columbus? Share any fun or romantic activities we might have missed in the comments below!

Pumping Up for the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus [GIVEAWAY INSIDE]
the Arnold Sports Festival

Get ready, sports and fitness enthusiasts – the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival is almost here!

Celebrating its 30th year, the Arnold Sports Festival – which runs March 1-4 – gathers thousands of athletes from around the world to downtown Columbus, where they compete in more than 70 competitions ranging from strength and martial arts to dance and Olympic sport.

At the heart of the Festival is the Arnold Fitness EXPO, held inside the massive Columbus Convention Center. This event brings together more than 1,000 brands specializing in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition, and features two stages that host fun and unique entertainment and competitions.

For Downtown Columbus residents and visitors looking to pump themselves up for everything the Festival has to offer, there are tons of great restaurants in the nearby Arena District offering delicious food and fun.

After checking out our Columbus restaurant recommendations for The Arnold, keep scrolling for the chance to win a six-month membership to the Arena District Athletic Club!

Arena District Dining... So Good You'll Say AHHHH(NOLD).


Ted’s Montana Grill

Need a protein boost before competing (or spectating) at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival? Beef up at Ted’s Montana Grill, located in the heart of the Arena District!

The specialty at Ted’s is their premium, all-natural, ranch-raised bison – an American superfood that comes packed with flavor and nutrients.

With several juicy burger options to choose from – including Ted’s Bacon Cheeseburger, a local favorite – this Arena District restaurant is the perfect choice to boost your stamina for a long weekend at the Arnold Sports Festival.

Ted’s Cadillac Burger

Veranico Kitchen + Provisions

2018 Arnold Sports Festival competitors need to eat lots of healthy food to ensure they have the peak energy and strength needed to win. And if you’re a spectator, healthy food puts you in a better mood and allows you to walk around the Columbus Convention Center for much longer stretches. Whichever category you fall into, Veranico is the place to go to get your healthy food fix in downtown Columbus!

This fast-casual Arena District restaurant specializes in all things healthy – partnering with local Ohio food vendors to bring you everything from tasty salad bowls and paninis to homemade soups and fresh-pressed juices. For the more casual Arnold Sports spectator, Veranico also features a back-bar area that offers local Ohio craft beers and wines.

The Three-Legged Mare

After a day of competitions at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival, many competitors and spectators will probably be looking for a bit of nighttime fun. If you love Irish pubs with tasty fare and flowing beer, The Three-Legged Mare is the place to be! This Arena District sports bar features bar games, incredible food and drink specials and more than 15 big-screen TVs playing sports like rugby and soccer.

For Arnold Sports fans needing a bite to eat before the events, The Three-Legged Mare offers delicious, protein-packed brunch from 10 AM – 2 PM on Saturdays and Sundays – with popular menu items including Irish Breakfast, Fish Sandwich and Mare Benedict (the restaurant’s unique take on eggs benedict).

Stay in Shape at Arena District Athletic Club [GIVEAWAY]

It’s not uncommon for spectators at the Arnold Sports Festival – after seeing some of the world’s strongest, most athletic men and women – to be inspired to ramp up their exercise and fitness regimen. For residents of downtown Columbus, there are few options better than the Arena District Athletic Club!

The ADAC features state-of-the-art equipment, knowledgeable and motivational personal trainers and a wide array of free fitness classes – including cardio, spin, barre fusion, yoga and boot camp.

Want to win a six-month membership to the Arena District Athletic Club? If you are not currently a member, fill out the contest form below to get entered!


Bill Brown – General Manager, Arena District Athletic Club

Score extra entry points when you share a picture of yourself on our Facebook pages in front of the Arena District photo station at the Arnold. 

Visit the Arena District photo wall at the Arnold! You may want to pass the camera so you can strike your pose!


What’s Around: Coffee Shops in Columbus

What’s Around is a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives Columbus residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their own backyard.

Whether you’re looking to warm up with a hot cup of fresh pour-over coffee, or stay refreshed with an ice-cold brew, here are – in no particular order – some of the best coffee shops in downtown Columbus.

1. Luck Bros. Coffee House (1101 W. 1st Ave., Grandview Heights)

uck Bros. Coffee House Coffee Beans

The Luck Bros. Coffee House in Grandview Heights is a Columbus coffee shop serving everything from small-batch coffees brewed in-house, to Kyoto-style cold brews, to loose leaf teas to locally made donuts and more. The shop also spins a vast collection of vinyl records while you sip – creating a hip, social atmosphere that’s great for dates and relaxation.

Luck Bros. Coffee House distance from the Arena District

Luck Bros. Coffee House distance from Grandview Yard


2. Café Brioso (14 E. Gay St., Columbus)

Café Brioso Latte

Café Brioso in downtown Columbus is a roaster and coffee bar located in the discovery district.  Featuring an open and modern floor plan, the shop naturally encourages an atmosphere of guest interaction and education.

Brioso Coffee includes a complete coffee bar – with beans from all over the world – a full lunch menu, and light breakfast and bakery options

       Café Brioso distance from the Arena District

Café Brioso distance from Grandview Yard


3. Red Velvet Café (246 S. 4th St., Columbus)

The Red Velvet Café is a family owned and operated coffeehouse and bakery in downtown Columbus. The shop features a cozy atmosphere complete with exposed-brick walls, and serves a delicious array of handcrafted coffees and teas, specialty cupcakes, Filipino-inspired sandwiches and more.

Red Velvet Café distance from the Arena District

Red Velvet Café distance from Grandview Yard

4. Starbucks (339 N. Front St., Columbus)

If you’re looking for a great Columbus coffee shop to visit while exploring the Arena District, then the Starbucks located inside Nationwide Arena is perfect for you!

The coffeehouse chain is known for its signature roasts, light bites and free Wi-Fi, and is an ideal place for studying, casual business meetings or friend hangouts.

Starbucks Nationwide Arena distance from the Arena District

Starbucks Nationwide Arena distance from Grandview Yard


5. The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E. Long St., Columbus)

The Roose Coffee

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is a nonprofit coffee shop in Columbus with a charitable mission – fighting local and global injustices of

unclean water, hunger and human trafficking. It’s that tinge of justice that makes their artisan-roasted coffees so great.

What’s more, the shop features a beautiful, modern atmosphere, and can even be rented for special events!

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse distance from the Arena District

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse distance from Grandview Yard

Looking for a quick fix? Panera Bread in Grandview Yard and Tim Horton’s in the Arena District offer tried and true, convenient options.

Did we miss one? Check out the Columbus Coffee Trail for a few more options of quality, local Columbus coffee shops.


3 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Columbus
Winter Wear

Winter in Columbus is a magical time of year – a season filled with fluffy snow, fun holidays and fresh fashion. But unlike summer, where you can simply walk outside your apartment and find an activity to do, winter can seem like an entertainment wasteland.

In reality, there are tons of fun things to do in Columbus during the winter months! To help you beat the winter blues in the Arch City, here are three great suggestions.

  1. Attend/Play a Winter Sport in Columbus

What better winter activity to do in Columbus than attend or play a winter sport?! The OhioHealth Ice Haus – practice home of the Columbus Blue Jackets – offers public ice skating daily, as well as adult hockey leagues and figure skating for all skill levels. Don’t know how to ice skate or play hockey? No problem! The Ice Haus features classes for all skill levels, taught by trained experts.

For an authentic winter skating experience, head over to Winter Park – opens for the month of February across the street from Nationwide Arena – and glide on their NHL-sized ice rink. After your skate, warm up with Zoup or enjoy an array of restaurants and bars the Arena District has to offer.

CBJ Winter Park

Since winter is prime time for hockey season, fans of winter sports can also entertain themselves with Columbus Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena. Stop at R Bar Arena for some pre-game drinks.

If you enjoy skiing and snowboarding near Columbus, there are several hills and trails for you to visit. Some of the most popular include:

For social ski enthusiasts, consider joining the Columbus Ski Club – a non-profit organization that meets at The Bogey Inn in Dublin, OH the first and third Wednesday of every winter month!

  1. Explore Local Columbus Coffee Shops
Sipping on Coffee

No matter how you feel about the season, winter in Columbus is so much better with a delicious cup of coffee. In fact, the region is particular famous for its java, and boasts the Columbus Coffee Trail – a collection of high-quality local coffee shops located in and around downtown Columbus. The trail is perfect for those looking for an artfully made latte or unique international blend.

Of course, if all you need is a regular ol’ cup of joe, you can visit any one of the several big-chain coffee shops you know and love in Columbus – including a conveniently located Starbucks at the Arena District.

  1. Check Out Local Columbus Events

Columbus offers a surprisingly large and diverse array of events in the winter months – hibernate we do not! From fitness expos, sports tournaments and 5Ks that keep you active, to food conventions, ice musicals and auto shows – here are a few local Columbus events to check out this winter.

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo (January 20, 2018, Nationwide Arena)

Expect the unexpected when the 2018 Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to Nationwide Arena. Fan favorites include Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing in a thrilling Winner takes all Showdown Round. Visit the Arena District and Arena District Living Facebook pages for a chance to win 2 tickets to the event, plus a free $25 gift card to Ted’s Montana Grill. Winners will be announced 1.18 at noon. Also, show either post to your waiter at Ted’s Arena District for free Lasso Rings day of the event.

Columbus craft beer lovers, rejoice! The Columbus Winter Beerfest, now in its 8th year, brings together more than 130 breweries – both local and national – for a celebration of craft beer. The event includes hundreds of different craft beers, live music and much more!

Columbus Winter Beerfest (January 19-20, 2018, Columbus Convention Center)

Columbus craft beer lovers, rejoice! The Columbus Winter Beerfest, now in its 8th year, brings together more than 130 breweries – both local and national – for a celebration of craft beer. The event includes hundreds of different craft beers, live music and much more!

AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo (January 19-21, 2018, Columbus Convention Center)

Can’t stand the cold Columbus weather? Maybe it’s time for an escape! The AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo is the perfect opportunity for heat-starved Midwesterners to discover their next big travel destination. The event lets you speak one-on-one with travel experts, features fun, interactive family-friendly activities, offers exclusive vacation packages and discounts to fit your budget.

Disney On Ice (January 24-28, 2018, Nationwide Arena)

If you have any little ones in your downtown Columbus apartment, take them to see Disney on Ice this winter! The star-studded extravaganza features the stars from all your favorite Disney movies – including Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and more. After the show stop at Boston’s just a short walk from Nationwide Arena and enjoy some gourmet pizza rounding out a  perfect  family day! If you are visiting the District, grab parking before you go.

The Arnold (March 1-4, 2018, Columbus Convention Center)

The Arnold (March 1-4, 2018, Columbus Convention Center)

A great way for Columbus residents to stay active in the winter months! The Arnold is the world’s largest multi-sport event in the world – with more than 20,000 athletes from 80 nations expected to participate. Founded 30 years ago by actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, this storied Columbus festival is headlined with professional bodybuilding and strongman competitions.

Anyone can register to participate in dozens of different fitness challenges – including a 5K, martial arts, equestrian, cheerleading, dance, archery, baton twirling, a kids/teens sports expo and so much more.

NCAA Women’s Final Four (March 30-April 1, 2018, Nationwide Arena)

The NCAA Women’s Final Four is a weekend celebration that features the national semifinals and championship game of the NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Annual Convention held at the Columbus Convention Center, an NCAA Official Fan Festival called Tourney Town and numerous other community events.

Arena District NCAA Women’s Final Four (March 30-April 1, 2018, Nationwide Arena)

See a Show at EXPRESS LIVE! (Located in the Arena District)

EXPRESS LIVE! – formerly known as the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – is an indoor/outdoor concert venue perfect for escapes from winter chills. Headliners include some of the most prolific music artists of our time – from Coldplay and The Killers to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hall & Oates. Visit the EXPRESS LIVE! website to see and buy tickets for a show in their 2018 lineup.