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Up Front in Cbus | December 18-24

Columbus Community

Congratulations to the Columbus Crew SC

We are proud to celebrate the Columbus Crew SC becoming MLS Cup Champions! A championship is always a special moment, but after facing challenges like relocating and taking on new ownership, this is more than just a victory. Congratulations Columbus Crew SC! Can’t wait until next season? Watch the new stadium progress on this live Downtown Construction Camera.

 

Celebrate Holidays in Cbus

This year the holiday season is unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Cbus! If you’re looking for a fun experience, visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Holiday Blooms, and enjoy hundreds of colorful, unique poinsettias—or take advantage of social distanced options such as drive-in activities at the South Drive-In or Community Drive-In. Experience Columbus has a great compilation of things to do to keep your season merry throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Neighborhood Dining & Beauty Services

There’s nothing like a fantastic meal during the holidays – whether it’s at a restaurant or within the comforts of your own home. And if you’re doing the cooking, why not pair your traditional homemade dishes with a carryout cocktail or growler from a neighborhood restaurant or bar?

 

Breakfast & Brunch:

Brekkie Shack | Order Christmas morning breakfast! Preorder for pickup Dec. 23 or 24: HERE

Sunny Street Cafe | A bright spot for a hearty breakfast, try Sunny Street’s winter pancake specials: Wildberry Crumble and Cinnamon Roll.

 

Lunch & Dinner:

Buca di Beppo | Spending the holidays together, virtually? Buca makes it easy to get into the holiday spirit with catering options available for pickup, curbside or delivery.

Hofbräuhaus Columbus | Pilsner Bier is the December Brewer’s Choice! Golden, clean and crisp but with a bit more hops, this Pilsner is refreshing to the max. Or if you’re looking to bring in the holiday season, check out their festive Christmas Lager, it’s sure to spread holiday cheer. If you’re anticipating a family get-together, grab a Family Meal to-go.

Nada | Escape the cold with Modern Mexican for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Nada has dine-in and curbside carryout service options.

 

 

GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

In the spirit of the season, the Arena District and Grandview Yard neighborhoods are running a giveaway for restaurant gift cards! Now through January 4, 2021, share a photo of your meal (carryout or dine-in) on social media by tagging @arenadistrict or @grandviewyard—depending on the location—for a chance to win a generously sized gift card to an Arena District or Grandview Yard restaurant of your choice.

You’ll get a double entry if you incorporate festive attire or decorations in the photo, like a Santa hat, light-up necklace or ugly holiday sweater!

Up Front in Cbus | December 18-24

 

Book Winter Services at MY SALON Suite

It’s important to find a way to lift your spirits and treat yourself to some self-care this winter! MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard is your one-stop-shop for beauty services—with talented professionals available specializing in haircare, skincare, nails, and airbrush tanning. Find a local professional and get yourself looking fresh for winter. Once you make an appointment, stop inside a nearby restaurant before or after—brunch, coffee and wine are just steps away!

 

 

Columbus Living

Kick-it in the Arena District

Life is a home run when you live in the city’s premier sports destination. With a new, walkable Columbus Crew stadium coming 2021, our new normal looks pretty sweet in the Arena District!

 

Virtually Tour Apartments Over the Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but if you are in search of a new and exciting home to kick off your new year, there are virtual tour options available. Check out the Apartments at the Yard and Arena District Living YouTube channels to explore your options, stay warm and save energy during this busy time of year.

 

Health & Fitness

Join ADAC and Save!

The Arena District Athletic Club offers custom membership options to fit your needs. Offering a spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment, ADAC offers the perfect location to get your heart rate up while staying active this winter. And for a special holiday promotion, new members can join now for six months and get a 7th month free: JOIN.

 

Virtual CBJ 20K

Don’t forget, registration for the Columbus Blue Jackets OhioHealth CBJ 20K is open! The Virtual 20K, in recognition of the upcoming 20th NHL season, welcomes all runners and walkers. The rules are simple—just run or walk 20 kilometers (approx. 12.4 miles) anywhere, anytime, between January 11-30, 2021.

Register by December 28, and CBJ will mail you your race bib, event shirt and finisher’s medal before the event! Sign up for this virtual race event taking place in January at CBJ20K.com.


Cannon Blasts: A championship for Columbus

Article originally published on The Cannon by Pale Dragon

On Saturday night, the Columbus Crew won their second MLS Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. A championship is always a special moment, but this was something out of a Hollywood screenplay. Just over three years ago, it was announced that the team would be relocated to Austin, Texas. Two years ago, new ownership took over which would keep the Crew where they belong, right here in Columbus. Next summer, a gorgeous new stadium will open up in the Arena District, meaning this game was the final playoff game in Mapfre Stadium, the first pro soccer specific stadium in the US.

Many Blue Jackets players were posting their support before, during, and after the game. Elvis Merzlikins even managed to score one of the few tickets to the game:

Riley Nash, meanwhile, was like the rest of us who were watching from home:

I have to agree with the team’s official account here. We’re all very proud of what the Crew accomplished.

The week that was

The NHL is getting closer to starting the 2020-21 season, with word that the league and the players had agreed not to amend the CBA signed this summer. Now they have to figure out what special rules will apply to the season, including roster sizes and playoff format. The dates to start are not set, but it’s being widely reported that training camps will start between December 28 and January 1, with the season starting by January 13. We’re just two weeks from that camp start date for the seven non-bubble teams so hopefully an official announcement is coming soon.

The other bit of news from last week was the rumored realignment of the divisions. This realignment is necessary due to the border restrictions between the US and Canada. Rachel wrote about the divisions here. If I may quote myself from the comments, here is how I see the Blue Jackets faring in this temporary Central Division:

Within that set of four, I see the Jackets as slightly behind Carolina, slightly ahead of Nashville, and a step or two ahead of Florida. So, over 8 games each:

3-5 or 4-4 vs. Carolina

5-3 or 4-4 vs. Nashville

5-3 or 6-2 vs. Florida

Probably 1-7 or 2-6 against Tampa. 6-2 against Minnesota and Chicago. 7-1 against Detroit.

34-22, so somewhere from 68-74ish points depending on how many OTL.

On the 31 Thoughts podcast, Eliotte Friedman said that Minnesota may be swapped out for either St. Louis or Dallas. Either would make the division more difficult, and take a few wins off of my projection.

Before that news came out, The Cannon Cast discussed some past and future Blue Jackets stars.

The Jackets 20 series went with an old and new player, one a captain and one a future captain. First, Will remembered Ray Whitney’s great 2002-03 season. Then, MrSwift13 reminisced about the trade that brought Seth Jones to Columbus. I did not remember how much I disliked the trade at first, but I am very glad to be wrong.

BurkusCircus52 wrote a fanpost with his alternate concepts for the Reverse Retro jersey.

Mark Scheig at The Hockey Writers spoke to Nick Foligno about his wife Janelle’s new children’s book.

Seth Jones and Zach Werenski both made the list of NHL Network’s Top 50 Players. Do you agree or disagree with their rankings?

Presented without comment

Play me out

Only one song to play after a Crew win:

Looking for gifts and events to keep you busy this holiday season?

Clippers Cash makes a great Holiday gift!

Use at Huntington Park at the Columbus Clippers Cargo Store to buy tickets, or concessions.

Available in $1, $2, $5 and $10. |Purchase online through the Cargo Store or call 614-462-2757.

CBJ Virtual 20K

Celebrate the 20 years of the Columbus Blue Jackets by participating in the OhioHealth CBJ Virtual 20K!

The Virtual OhioHealth CBJ 20K is open to all runners and walkers. The rules are simple and easy: Sign up and then run or walk 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) anywhere at anytime between January 11-30, 2021.


Up Front in Cbus | December 11-17

Up Front in Cbus helps you stay up to date on everything downtown Columbus and Grandview Yard—from community events and news to dining options and apartment guides. Click here to read more weekly digests.

Columbus Community

Celebrate Holidays in Cbus

This year the holiday season is unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Cbus! Try visiting the Holiday Blooms in the Botanical Gardens and enjoy hundreds of colorful, unique poinsettias—or take advantage of social distanced options such as drive-in activities at the South Drive-In or Community Drive-In. Experience Columbus has a great compilation of things to do to keep your mood and season merry throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Host a Virtual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

If you’re looking for a creative way to have fun with friends or family this season, try hosting a virtual ugly holiday sweater party! You can craft something yourself using items around the house, or pick one up at a local store. Before the party, set the mood by decorating the space behind you or uploading a festive (or funny) video background. Then, since this is a party centered around ugly sweaters, you could put on a fashion show. Have your guests take turns strutting their stuff across the screen and hold a vote for categories like ugliest sweater, most creative, etc.

It may feel different than your traditional holiday party, but hosting a virtual event is a great way to have fun while staying socially distanced.

 

Enjoy a Live Performance from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

For many, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra music is a holiday tradition. While the annual concert event is typically held at Nationwide Arena, this year, the rock band will live-stream their show, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” on Friday, December 18, at 8 p.m.

Order your live-stream tickets now and place a holiday-themed carryout order from a neighborhood restaurant to enjoy during the show.

 

Shop and Dine Local #inGrandview

Up Front in Cbus | December 11-17

Grandview Heights is hosting Grandview Heights-OPOLY, a fun spin on Monopoly, to support the community through December 14. Anyone can play, and many Grandview Yard businesses are joining in on the fun. Collect all of the properties for a chance to win gift baskets just in time for the holidays! Prizes range from $25 gift baskets to $150 value baskets.

Click here to register. And make sure to keep your eye out for the Shop Local – Dine Local logo as you support local businesses throughout Grandview Heights.

 

 

Columbus Living

Apartment Decorating for the Winter Holidays

Up Front in Cbus | December 11-17

It’s that time of the year! Time to pull out your holiday decorations and add some sparkle to your Columbus downtown apartment. To get inspired, visit the Arena District Living and Apartments at the Yard Facebook albums to view submissions from residents participating in the holiday spirit contest.

If you are in search of a new apartment but short on time near the holidays, visit the Apartments at the Yard and Arena District Living YouTube channel to tour virtually, when convenient. What better gift than a new home for the holidays?

 

The Perfect Gift for your Pet Roommate

When buying gifts this holiday season, don’t forget about your pet roommates! To find a list of the top items to get their tail wagging, check out great gift ideas from BarkEats—a Columbus-based dog-food delivery company and the maker of BarkBox. If you are still in search of the perfect pet-friendly apartment, Apartments at theYardFlats on Vine and Flats II properties allow both cats and dogs.

 

Food & Drink

Meet Santa Curbside at Ted’s Montana Grill

Up Front in Cbus | December 11-17

This weekend only—December 12 & 13 from 11 AM – 4 PM—when you place a curbside pickup order online or by calling (614) 227-0013, Santa will personally bring your order to the car! If you order online, please feel free to put your children’s names in the notes section so that Santa can personally address them, or simply tell our staff over the phone. Cheers to making spirits bright!

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT

In the spirit of the season, the Arena District and Grandview Yard neighborhoods are running a giveaway for restaurant gift cards! Now through January 4, 2021, share a photo of your meal (carryout or dine-in) on social media by tagging @arenadistrict or @grandviewyard—depending on the location—for a chance to win a gift card to an Arena District or Grandview Yard restaurant of your choice.

You’ll get a double entry if you incorporate festive attire or decorations in the photo, like a Santa hat, light-up necklace or ugly holiday sweater!

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Support your neighborhood eateries this holiday season! Pair cozy movie nights with carryout or delivery from your favorite restaurants. Gift cards also make for easy stocking stuffers that last well beyond the holidays!

  • Whistle & Keg | To-go growlers available to enjoy seasonal brews at home.
  • Hofbräuhaus Columbus | Hofbrauhaus just tapped their festive Christmas Lager: Weihnachtsbier—a flavorful malty, amber lager with a nice hop “spiciness” in the finish.
  • R Bar Arena | At-home happy hour or dine-in for the full ultimate hockey bar experience as we anticipate the Blue Jackets’ upcoming 20th
  • Zoup! | Stock up on XL containers of your favorite Zoup! soup.

 

Health & Fitness

Give the Gift of Wellness from ADAC & Club Pilates

Gift a loved one—or treat yourself—with a membership to a nearby fitness studio! Both the Arena District Athletic Club and Grandview Yard’s Club Pilates offer custom membership options to fit your needs. Offering a spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment, both venues offer the perfect place to get your heart rate up while staying safe this winter.

 

Virtual CBJ 20K

Registration for the Columbus Blue Jackets OhioHealth CBJ 20K is now open! The Virtual 20K, in recognition of the upcoming 20th NHL season, welcomes all runners and walkers. The rules are simple—just run or walk 20 kilometers (approx. 12.4 miles) anywhere, anytime, between January 11-30, 2021.

Register by December 28, and CBJ will mail you your race bib, event shirt and finisher’s medal before the event! Sign up for this virtual race event taking place in January at CBJ20K.com.


Up Front in Cbus | December 4-10

Columbus Community

Celebrate Holidays in Cbus

This is a holiday season unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Cbus. Experience Columbus has a great compilation of things to do to keep your mood and season merry throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community, Columbus Gives Back is offering several volunteer opportunities for young professionals to participate in, ensuring a happy holiday season for all of Cbus.

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs

When buying gifts this holiday season, don’t forget about the dogs! Whether it’s your own pet or a friend or family members, furry friends deserve presents too. To find a list of the top items to get their tail wagging, check out great gift ideas from BarkEats—a Columbus-based dog-food delivery company and the maker of BarkBox.

If you are searching for a new downtown Columbus apartment home over the holidays and need to ensure it is pet-friendly, check out Apartments at the Yard, Flats on Vine and Flats II properties which allow both cats and dogs.

 

Enjoy Virtual Holiday Performances

Although live performances have been postponed this season, you can still treat yourself to a delightful experience with virtual holiday performances in Columbus! Purchase tickets online and enjoy everything these performances have to offer right from the comfort of your home. Watch a collection of eight short plays during Madlab Presents: A Very Covid Christmas—or reminisce with Charles Dickens during the timeless classic A Columbus Christmas Carol. Performances run through December 27, so pick your favorite story, sit down with a tasty snack and make this a season to remember.

 

Grandview Heights-OPOLY is Happening Now

Grandview Heights is hosting Grandview Heights-OPOLY, a fun spin on Monopoly, to support the community this holiday season. Anyone can play, and many Grandview Yard businesses are joining in on the fun. Collect all of the properties for a chance to win gift baskets just in time for the holidays! Prizes range from $25 gift baskets to $150 value baskets. Don’t wait too long to start —the game runs through December 14.

Click here to register. And make sure to keep your eye out for the Shop Local – Dine Local logo as you support local businesses throughout Grandview Heights.

 

Food & Drink

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Are you more of a Christmas ale or a holly jolly cocktail fan? Luckily, there are a ton of festive brews to try this time of year! Arena District bars and restaurants have local brews and creative cocktails to fit your fancy. Residents are lucky to have so many options nearby—neighborhood happy hour or weekend brunch is just a few steps away!

  • See what’s on tap at Whistle & Keg.
  • Hofbrauhaus just tapped their festive Christmas Lager: Weihnachtsbier. A flavorful malty, amber lager with a nice hop “spiciness” in the finish.
  • Warm up with a seasonal coffee or latte from Winans (Grandview Yard), Brekkie Shack (Grandview Yard) or Sunny Street Café (Arena District).

Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants are open for dine-in, carryout and delivery service. If you’re planning to dine at a restaurant, don’t forget your mask, and call ahead to confirm holiday hours and availability where seating may be limited.

 

Health & Fitness

Stay Fit this Season 

2020 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to escape the cold weather and bring your workout indoors! By joining the Arena District Athletic Club, located in the heart of the Arena District, you can have access to private training sessions and a variety of amenities, all while staying warm indoors. Hours of operation vary, but with the spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment ADAC has to offer, you’ll enjoy exercising all season long. Join now and discover new ways to keep your heart rate up this winter.

Residents of the Arena District receive a special 6-month membership offer with VIP rewards perks. If you are a resident, contact leasing for your promo code and receive a 6-month membership at $68/month.

 

Virtual Races in Cbus this Month

Don’t forget, the Columbus Crew SC Virtual 4 Miler is taking place this weekend, December 4-6. Additionally, registration for the Columbus Blue Jackets OhioHealth CBJ 20K is now open! The Virtual 20K, in recognition of the upcoming 20th NHL season, welcomes all runners and walkers. The rules are simple—just run or walk 20 kilometers (approx. 12.4 miles) anywhere, anytime, between January 11-30, 2021.

Register by December 28, and CBJ will mail you your race bib, event shirt and finisher’s medal before the event! Sign up for this virtual race event taking place in January at CBJ20K.com.

 

Columbus Living

Up Front in Cbus | December 4-10

Apartment Decorating for the Winter Holidays

It’s that time of the year! Time to pull out your holiday decorations and add some sparkle to your Columbus apartment. To help you enhance your decorating skills, here are some winter tips to make your apartment’s holiday transition easier this year.

  • Hang a festive wreath on your front door – for a fulfilled activity, make your own
  • Light a holiday candle – checkout the newest holiday scents from Candle Lab
  • Brighten up dull furniture with holiday-themed throw pillows
  • Place your indoor holiday tree in front of a window for neighborly visibility
  • Add some live greenery to your balcony space like a small pine tree – available at Giant Eagle Market District Grandview Yard
  • Make a winter centerpiece using natural elements like pinecones and greenery