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Up Front in Cbus | March 26 – April 9, 2021


Columbus Clippers Season is Almost Here

Clippers baseball is just one month away — mark your calendars and get ready to root for the Clippers during their 2021 season! Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at Huntington Park, with a six-game homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Click here to view the full slate of Clippers home games, several of which will feature special giveaways, deals and themes. 

Columbus Crew Stadium Has an Opening Date 

The Crew SC announced this week that the New Crew Stadium will open Saturday, July 3 for the team’s inaugural match in their new downtown home in the Arena District! A vision decades in the making, Columbus’ “Stadium Row” will come to fruition this year. From Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park to the New Crew Stadium, read why The Columbus Dispatch dubs the Arena District as the “new nexus of Columbus”: 

The team recently unveiled the Inaugural Stadium Kit for the 2021 season as well as the local food vendor lineup within the stadium. Stay tuned for more Crew SC news leading up to matchday in the Arena District!

Watch College Basketball at Boston’s

As the next rounds of the college basketball tournament are heating up, don’t forget to support your neighborhood bars and restaurants by stopping in for the games or ordering carryout if you’re watching from home. Boston’s is a favorite go-to this time of year, located right across from Nationwide Arena and down the street from Huntington Park – choose from specialty or traditional pizzas, apps, wings, and more. 


Columbus Community

Columbus Venues and Visitor Destinations Achieve Cleanliness Accreditation

As Columbus venues, hotels, and attractions plan for welcoming out-of-town visitors back to Central Ohio, residents can take pride in the efforts made to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The GBAC STAR Global Cleanliness Accreditation is the cleaning industry’s gold standard and many Arena District and Grandview Yard venues have already received this recognition: The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Nationwide Arena, Hyatt Regency Columbus, and Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU.

The Grand Event Center, Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU, Arena District Athletic Club, and Hilton Columbus Downtown are currently pursuing accreditation. To view the full list and learn more, visit the Experience Columbus GBAC STAR webpage.

Practice Stress Relief with Creative Mindfulness

Looking to reduce stress? The Columbus Museum of Art is offering a program every second Thursday of the month titled, “Creative Mindfulness”. The 30-minute mid-day event begins with a mindfulness-based relaxation practice that helps you tune into the present moment, followed by a session of slow art-making. 

“Creative Mindfulness” is inspired by a new topic each month, and includes different guest artists who share unique exercises. Follow along or focus on your own creative process—SIGN UP HERE for the next session on April 8 from 12:30-1 PM. 


Food & Drink

Put Together the Perfect Easter Basket at Winans

Assemble the perfect Easter or springtime gift basket with specialty chocolates and candies from Winans in Grandview Yard! From premium chocolate bunnies to a wide variety of flavored eggs, Winans has everything you need and for a sweet celebration.

Enjoy Easter Brunch in Downtown Columbus

Looking for a place to enjoy Easter brunch in downtown Columbus? Here are some neighborhood eateries to consider:


Come Out to Hofbrauhaus Columbus Family Night

Celebrate Family Night on the second Tuesday of every month at Hofbrauhaus Columbus, including on April, 13! Kids eat free for every adult entree purchased! Visit the Haus’ Facebook page to learn more about this monthly, kid-friendly promotion.


Columbus Living

Up Front in Cbus | March 26 - April 9, 2021

Don’t Miss Apartments at the Yard on the Urban Living Tour

On Sunday, May 2, take a self-guided tour of living options in downtown Columbus—including Grandview Heights’ Apartments at the Yard—during the Urban Living Tour. It’s a fun way to explore the city, browse potential living situations and learn more about the city’s beautiful urban spaces. CLICK HERE to register for the Urban Living Tour now. 

Become a Resident VIP Today

As the resident of the Arena District and Grandview Yard, you automatically become a Resident VIP, granting you access to nearly 30 special discounts and promotions throughout the year. Learn more about each program below and enjoy the perks that come with living in convenient, mixed use developments. 

It’s a date: new Crew Stadium will open July 3 against New England

Article originally published in the Columbus Dispatch by Jacob Myers

Photos: Doral Chenoweth/Dispatch

Nearly 21 months after groundbreaking, new Crew Stadium will finally open its gates.

The new $313.9 million stadium located west of the Arena District at Astor Park will officially open for the first game on July 3 when the Crew plays the New England Revolution at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

Crew home schedule

April 18 — Philadelphia Union (FS1)

May 8 — DC United

May 29 — Toronto FC

Jun 19 — Chicago Fire

July 3 — New England Revolution (ESPN)

July 17 — New York City FC

July 21 — Nashville SC

Aug. 4 — DC United

Aug. 7 — Atlanta United

Aug. 21 — Seattle Sounders (FOX)

Aug. 27 — FC Cincinnati (ESPN)

Sept. 14 — New York Red Bulls

Sept. 25 — CF Montreal

Oct. 16 — Inter Miami

Oct. 23 — New York Red Bulls

Oct. 27 — Orlando City SC

Nov. 7 — Chicago Fire

Read the full, Columbus Dispatch article HERE.

Up Front in Cbus | March 12-26

Columbus Community

Up Front in Cbus | March 12-26

VOTE! 614 ColumBest Awards 

Now through March 21, you can vote for your favorite people, places, services and more throughout Columbus! From ‘Best Gourmet Burger’ to ‘Best Place to Get Fit’, 614 ColumBest has nominated the best businesses in the city, so get ready to pick your favorites. 

In the ‘Best Apartment Complex’ category Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Grandview Yard (Apartments at the Yard) have been nominated. In fact, Grandview Yard has won this award for the past three consecutive years! If you have not experienced these amazing communities yourself, take a quick virtual tour on YouTube:

Additionally, beloved restaurants like Brekkie Shack, Sunny Street Café, Hofbräuhaus Columbus, Ted’s Montana Grill and more are up for nominations. 

Make sure to cast your votes HERE before March 21. 


Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory is currently hosting the largest private collection in a botanical garden, including 19 installations of awe-inspiring Chihuly glass artwork. The Conservatory’s Chihuly Collection of colorful glass artwork is placed throughout Conservatory biomes and plant collections, and highlights the connection between art and nature. Happening from 7-10 PM on select evenings, you won’t want to miss these stunning creations.


Scavenge for the Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold 

To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Grandview Heights-area businesses and parks are partnering up for a scavenger hunt! Running from Wednesday, March 17 to Sunday, March 21, stop into local favorites like Hofbrauhaus Columbus, Winans and Club Pilates to participate in fun activities in hopes of finding the elusive Leprechaun. 

Follow the clues he left behind and keep an eye on the map, because we hear he’s hiding somewhere in a store. Learn more about this fun, free event and register today!



Columbus Blue Jackets Welcome Back Fans

Nationwide Arena is excited to welcome fans back to cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets in person! As the 5th Line returns to the Arena District on game day, read through the arena’s health and safety protocols in place to continue keeping the Columbus community healthy.

Additionally, if you’re unable to attend the game in person, make sure to continue your CBJ traditions and fuel up at Arena District bars and restaurants on game day! As the weather warms up this spring, there are plenty of patios to soak up the sunshine and cheer on the Jackets. The 2020-21 Columbus Blue Jackets schedule can be found HERE.


Check out the Columbus Crew Inaugural Stadium Kit

Columbus Crew SC has unveiled its new Community Kit for the 2021 season. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the New Crew Stadium set to open this summer, the “Inaugural Stadium Kit” features a grey, white and gold jersey, gold shorts and gold socks. Supporters can learn more about the kit and purchase their new 2021 jersey HERE. And make sure to stay connected as progress continues at the New Crew Stadium downtown in the Arena District!


Watch the Virtual Sports Report with the Columbus Blue Jackets

After nearly a year since the Columbus Blue Jackets felt the energy of a roaring crowd, The Greater Columbus Sports Commission hosted a Virtual Sports Report with the CBJ. The video features the Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and FOX Sports Ohio team broadcaster Jody Shelley and touches on the team’s protocols to keep fans, players and staff safe, the impact of passionate fans and more. Watch as former players Kekalainen and Shelley discuss how they’ve transitioned into careers at the front office and found a home in the growing Columbus hockey community. 


Food & Drink

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus

There are a number of bars and restaurants throughout the Arena District and Grandview Yard to stop in and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! You can get your share of holiday spirit from places like R Bar, Whistle & Keg, Boston’s, Nada, Ted’s Montana Grill and Hofbräuhaus Columbus—all featuring cold brews, delicious food and a guaranteed sham-rockin time. 

Enjoy Signature St. Paddy’s Day Drinks at Winans

New seasonal drinks are now available at Winans in Grandview Yard. Stop in and try one of their delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert drinks! If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the “Pot O’ Gold” with white chocolate and caramel may be just what you need, or cool off with a Green Tea Mint Latte—the perfect color to celebrate! 


Creamy Ranch and Fried Chicken are Calling Your Name

New to the Arena District, Fried Chicka Bang, is certainly making a bang in Downtown Columbus!

This 90’s inspired sandwich shop can be found inside of Sunny Street’s location in the Arena District. From Wednesday through Sunday from 4-8:30 PM you can find the trio of sisters and sisters-in-law serving up fun and funky fried chicken sandwiches and sides. Get the full dish here.

Up Front in Cbus | March 12-26

Resident Night at Hofbrauhaus Columbus

Residents of Apartments at the Yard, mark your calendars on March 18 for the next resident night at Hofbrauhaus Columbus!  Be sure to b ring your resident VIP card to take advantage of this great offering, $10 of a food purchase of $30 or more.

What Your Columbus Apartment Pet Needs to Feel at Home

If you own a pet and recently moved—or are thinking about moving to—a downtown Columbus apartment, there are several things you can do to make that furry friend feel immediately at home. But before we go into those details, you should know the types of pet that are allowed in your apartment complex.

Flats on Vine | Flats II | Grandview Yard

  • Allows cats and dogs up to 50 lbs.
  • Max of 2 pets per apartment home

Arena Crossing Apartments

  • Allows cats only
  • Max of 2 cats per apartment home

Take Plenty of Walks

Once you’ve selected the right Columbus apartment for you and your pet, it’s time to get acclimated. Arena District dog owners can go on a short walk to the Columbus Downtown Dog Park on 4th St. for some exercise and fraternization, while Grandview Yard residents can take a scenic river drive to nearby Scioto Audubon Dog Park. Check out our blog post for several more dog-friendly places near your Columbus apartment—there’s no shortage of walkable areas for residents and their pets to explore!

Get Some Pet Furniture

Cats and dogs like to have their own space in order to maximally adapt to apartment life. Some cozy furniture in a roomy corner of the living room or bedroom can make your pet feel like royalty and do wonders for their sense of happiness. This can include a plush bed, warm blanket, a soft rug or scratching post. 

Play Brain Games

Brain games are a good way to get pets to better adapt to the environment around them. For example, if there are certain areas of the apartment you want your pet to use more often than others, hide treats in those areas. This makes it seem like those spots have more to do and find, and they’ll be more apt to explore. 

Unleash Their Inner Window Watcher

Whether dog or cat, pets love windows. As territorial animals, they need to see the line between their territory—your apartment—and the outside world. While many downtown Columbus have oversized windows showing panoramic views, it’s also a good idea to provide a window perch to make your pet feel bigger and perceive dominance over their domain. 

Give Them Interactive Toys

Pets crave stimulation, and play time is a big part of that entertainment. But for the few of us that don’t work from home, or are gone for consistently prolonged periods of time, be sure to stock up on self-stimulating toys for your pet to enjoy while you’re out. There are plenty of smartphone activated toys that allow you to engage with your furry friend no matter how far away you may be—which is especially nice if you just want to relax when you return home. 

What Size Apartment Do I Need?

If you’ve been asking yourself, “What size apartment do I need?”, you’re not alone. Nobody wants to move into a unit that’s too small, or too big. Finding that perfect medium depends on a variety of factors, and since Columbus Downtown Apartments offer spaces in virtually every size, we put together this guide to help you nail down your ideal square footage. 



When scouting locations for your next apartment, it’s best to prioritize neighborhoods that are safe, secure and convenient. A large apartment far from the city center may be affordable, but you may end up eating the cost anyways when factoring in gas, drive time, nearby conveniences, utility selection and a host of other hidden variables. 

On the other hand, a centrally located neighborhood like downtown Columbus’ Arena District offers generously sized apartments at an often-affordable price, in addition to exclusive perks, fantastic amenities and—perhaps best of all—incredibly close proximity to things like restaurants, nature trails, pro sports venues and entertainment destinations. 



The amount of money you’re willing to spend per month on an apartment is one of the biggest deciding factors in the size you end up with. If you don’t know how much you can afford, use a rent calculator to help you figure it out. Downtown Columbus apartments offer a wide variety of unit sizes, price ranges and add-ons everywhere from the Arena District to Grandview Yard to ensure you’ll always find the exact right space to live. 


Living Situation

Looking for an apartment with a family or roommate can be a bit more challenging than finding one on your own. While it may not be a forever home, your unit should reflect the needs and wants of all parties involved, and there may need to be compromise on certain things. Write out a list of all desired amenities, and try to match up on the most important before beginning your search. 



The size of your apartment should reflect your priorities and ambitions. Ask yourself what you plan to do with the space, how often you’ll entertain, whether you need a remote office, the importance of being close to restaurants and nightlife, the amount of storage space you’ll need, etc. Considering all potential factors of use will help influence your decision, so leave no stone unturned. 



Before determining what size apartment you need, it’s important to know the different apartment layouts that may be available. These include:

Studio Apartment

Typically the smallest and most affordable apartment size, studios span just one room (not including the bathroom), making them efficient albeit comfortable only for one person or a couple. Available studios in downtown Columbus include: 

1-Bedroom Apartment

Roomier than a studio, single-bedroom apartments typically vary in size, but still best suit one person or a couple. They usually feature large living rooms and full-size kitchens, allowing for all the comforts one might need. Available 1 bedroom units in downtown Columbus include:

2-Bedroom Apartment

One of the most popular apartment layouts there is, two-bedrooms apartment units offer practical living space for two roommates, or one person/couple who want a spare bedroom or office. Available 2 bedroom apartments in downtown Columbus include:

3+ Bedroom Apartment

An apartment with three or more bedrooms is guaranteed to be spacious, higher end and amenity-rich. Typically the most expensive of the layouts, these are best suited for families or multiple roommates who enjoy plenty of privacy and perks. Available 3 bedroom apartments in downtown Columbus include: