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Tourism officials headed to Chicago to promote Columbus

Original Article By Marla Matzer Rose | The Columbus Dispatch

Brian Ross

Experience Columbus officials will travel to Chicago over the next few days to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, whose members belong to other organizations that plan meetings around the country, will come to Columbus for the first time in 2019. It’s considered a big win for Columbus that could bring more than half a billion dollars in visitor spending to Columbus over the next several years.

The tourism professionals at Experience Columbus focus on getting people to come here.

This weekend, they’re taking their show on the road to Chicago. Joined by about 30 civic and business leaders, their plan is to promote Columbus to members of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, which is holding its annual meeting in the Windy City, represents key decision-makers on convention destinations.

The group will hold its annual meeting in Columbus next year, and the local contingent hopes to get an early start on making an impression.

Brian Ross, CEO of Experience Columbus, has called landing the meeting “a game-changer for our community.”

Next year, more than 5,000 attendees will fill 16,800 hotel rooms around Downtown Columbus, generating more than $16 million in direct visitor spending.

But there’s much more to be gained.

The association executives’ annual meeting is known as the Super Bowl of meetings because, if a city is found to have a lot going for it, it could land meetings and conventions for that will fill halls and hotel rooms for years to come.

Within just five years, Columbus could reap an estimated $500 million in future association-meeting business booked by ASAE members who like what they see in a city that hadn’t made an impression before.

“This brings so much credibility and awareness to our city,” Ross said.

The list of those traveling to Chicago includes Mayor Andrew J. Ginther; Columbus Councilman Shannon Hardin; all three Franklin County commissioners; Tom Katzenmeyer of the Greater Columbus Arts Council; Steve Lyons of the Columbus Partnership; Doug Ulman of Pelotonia; and Chris Coffin, general manager of the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Most will be on hand Tuesday when Columbus hosts the Chicago event’s final-day luncheon and officially is “passed the baton” as next year’s ASAE meeting host.

It took a year of planning and investment to land the meeting of association executives, an effort that started in 2015.

In January 2016, the group’s president and CEO, John H. Graham, and two other ASAE representatives came to Columbus for a 24-hour site visit that included a helicopter tour of Downtown with Ginther.

The group’s leaders cited strong public-private support in Columbus, and the city’s revitalized Downtown, as among the key attractions that led to the decision to hold the 2019 meeting here.

Ross said that with Columbus taking center stage in front of officials of top hotel chains, tourism powerhouses such as Disney and other convention bureaus, the awareness of the city and its attractions will be spotlighted to those who matter most.

Firsthand experiences and word of mouth can have a greater impact than traditional advertising and marketing.

“You can’t buy that kind of PR,” Ross said.

But while it can’t be bought, it isn’t free.

Columbus has committed to raising $4 million ahead of the association group’s 2019 meeting to help defray costs. It also will be on the hunt for volunteers as it approaches central Ohio companies and organizations about donating to the cause.

Worthington Industries is one local company that has long been committed to boosting the profile of Columbus. Cathy Lyttle, vice president of communications and investor relations for the company, became chairwoman of the Experience Columbus board last year and will make the trip to Chicago.

“We feel it’s our corporate responsibility to support organizations like Experience Columbus because they’re selling our city,” Lyttle said. “We know that growing conventions and tourism strengthens our economy. It supports infrastructure, our social services, and enhances quality of life.”

Lyttle said she believes that bringing in meetings and visitors definitely has an impact on economic development.

“I do think we’ve attracted new companies (to central Ohio) by raising the profile of the city,” she said. “Profile and image definitely mean something.”

And Lyttle said some groups already are considering Columbus more seriously because the association group has put it in the rotation with cities such as Toronto, Las Vegas and Chicago.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of meetings, entertaining and handshakes. Then the planning for 2019 will resume back at Experience Columbus’ Arena District offices.

4 Downtown Columbus Apartment Models Get A Makeover

Looking for the best apartments in downtown Columbus? Whether you’re searching in the Arena District or Grandview Heights, it’s best to get an idea of what your potential new place looks like by touring a model of the apartment.

By touring a Columbus apartment model, residents-to-be not only visually see the size and layout of each room, but also get stunning (and affordable) apartment décor suggestions to help maximize their space.

Recently, four of the best Columbus apartments–Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine, Flats II and Apartments at the Yard: Manchester–had their models’ décor completely redone by Value City Furniture’s top interior designers.

Take a look at each apartment model before and after their new Value City Furniture facelift and learn a few great tips for getting the most out of your next new space from the designers themselves.

And for a limited time, when you tour a model at one of these four downtown Columbus apartments, you’ll receive a 10% off coupon to Value City Furniture to help replicate the look in your own space!


Arena Crossing | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio


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Value City Furniture Designer Tip #1: Use Space Cleverly

Interior designer Ricky Gonzalez suggests maximizing your space with bookshelves, tables or ottomans with hidden storage, and furniture customized to your needs. He also recommends adding flair to your walls with art or lighting, so you don’t lose valuable square footage. Mirrors are especially great for apartments because they add depth and make the room look bigger.



Flats on Vine | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio


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Value City Furniture Designer Tip #2: Create Zones

Interior designer Ammie Elliott-Revelle thinks it’s best to make apartment spaces multi-functional. If you work, sleep, relax and eat in the same room, designate space for each activity by creating “zones”. A two-way bookshelf or well-placed table and chair can help separate spaces. Rugs are particularly great for defining areas, as they naturally organize and blend the space.



Flats II | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio


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Value City Furniture Designer Tip #3: Remember to Edit

According to interior designer Jeff Blasi, you don’t have to display everything you own. If you don’t adore it, or you don’t need it, get rid of it. This leaves room for a great statement or focal piece. While it may seem strange, styling an apartment with just a few large-scale pieces–rather than a ton of mini furnishings–can actually make your room feel more spacious.



Apartments at the Yard: Manchester | Grandview Heights, Ohio

The Manchester at Grandview Yard Apartments is the newest of the group, so there is no before. Take a look at this professionally designed Grandview Heights apartment model unit:

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Value City Furniture Designer Tip #4: Make Every Piece Count

Interior designer Bethany Stimely suggests choosing furnishings that offer maximum functionality–like recliners and storage ottomans. If your apartment has recessed nooks, use that corner for storage. If you can find the right-sized desk or dresser, the nook will transform from waste of space to ultimate storage solution!


Columbus residents represent BEST city in the WORLD!

Columbus residents represent BEST city in the WORLD!

Columbus Downtown Apartments

Columbus is not only known by its’ residents of downtown swanky apartments, but is being recognized by outsiders as the best city in the WORLD! Within areas like the Arena District and Grandview Yard, residents are getting luxury style apartments at a fraction of the cost you would pay in larger cities like New York. But unlike those larger cities, Columbus has yet to hit its peak, and its apartment  residents are living in the heart of the excitement. In addition to the walk-able amenities resident communities offer, Columbus is known for the best library in the country, the best zoo in the country, the best science center in America and America’s largest universities.

Columbus has been named:

Let’s not forget, we’re pretty cool too! Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio.

See original article HERE

Brrrr, it’s cold but these events are hot- things to do in January.

Brrrr it’s cold, but these events are hot- things to do in January.

Inside Nationwide Arena








Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

In case you didn’t know it, the Columbus Blue Jackets are kind of a big deal! With now 16 game wins in a row, the Blue Jackets now own the second-longest winning streak in NHL history! Did we mention they are also #1 right now in the NHL? Boom! Sergei Bobrovski is the NHL’s 1st star of December which is the first awarded to a #CBJ player. CBJ games are one of the hottest things to do in the District right now. If your looking to move to the area Apartments at the Yard, Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats 2 are offering new move-ins 2 free game day tickets just to say welcome to the neighborhood. Click below to purchase specific game day tickets.

World’s Toughest Rodeo, 7:30PM

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Grab your chaps and your hat and walk on over to Nationwide Arena. The Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo will spotlight fan favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding including the thrilling Winner takes all…Showdown Round.  Catch the world’s toughest cowboys and don’t miss the Midwest’s fastest cowgirls Barrel Racing competition.

Nationwide Arena, January 14,2017 ,  More Info and tickets Here

Concerts to be excited about:

January 7th, Blackbear at A&R Music Bar


January 16th, Run the Jewels at Express Live


View all concerts this month Here 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to hibernate! There are lots of fun things to do in the Arena District


Using Succulents to Decorate your Apartment

If you are looking for cheap ways to decorate your Downtown Columbus Apartment, there is no better way than to use succulents to brighten up a room.

Succulents are low maintenance plant companions that are resilient against the most cursed of thumbs (I’m looking at you 20-something-men). And there are so many quirky varieties to suit your style! Once you try planting these guys, you’ll wonder why you ever fussed with any high maintenance froufrou plants. Ever! Whether you buy or DIY, the planting possibilities for succulents are endless — but let’s start with 19 fun-easy options.

1. DIY Succulents and Terrariums: The unfinished ceramic base plus a simple glass top create a beautiful little world for your succulents and opens up a whole other world. (Of DIY potential!) (via A Daily Something)

2. Murus Terrarium ($95): For minimal design with elegance, geometric is the way to go. Wiry succulents balance the clean lines of the terrarium perfectly.

3. Succulent Terrarium and Planter: For a more well-rounded approach, go globular. Dangle it in front of a window for a little inside green. (via Adventures in Cooking)

4. Hanging Succulent Planter: It’s cute-meets-rustic. DIY this little ball of lovely. (via Brit + Co.)

5. Mini Zen Garden ($50): Fit in your moment of zen with your own private meditation garden. You can’t sit in it, but making swirls in the sand seems calming.

6. DIY Succulent Table: This is a centerpiece that’s here to stay. Let the backyard festivities begin! (via Far Out Flora)

7. Oblong Chiseled Tray ($68): Don’t overlook the powder room. These little blooms bring hard surfaces to life.

8. The Trapeze Planter: Finally, a planter that gives succulents the stage they deserve. Balancing with grace, they’re sure to liven up any extra ceiling space. (via Poppy Haus)

9. Gilded Terracotta Pots: A little gold leaf will always class things up. It’s the perfect touch of elegance. (via Design Sponge)

10. Plant Pods: These shelves are ideal to liven up a blank wall and spare yourself the precious counter space. Better still, this project was just funded on Kickstarter!

11. Cork Planter Bookend Set ($50): We love housewares that do double duty. But triple duty? Your bookends never got so much action.

12. Head Planter: Ditch the Chia pet and upscale your cranium crafting.

13. Vertical Succulent Planter Garden: Aren’t they as pretty as a picture? Frame up your floral succulents.

14. Succulent Monogrammed Planter Box: You can see your name in lights. Or um, plants.

 15. DIY Succulent Lantern Planter: In lieu of candles, lanterns make great houses for plants. Some may even call it a plantern. (via Butter Paper Studios)

16. Dinosaur Planter ($25): Herbivore or carnivore, these dino planters are crowd-pleasers.

17. Air Plant Mobile ($45): These little air plants dangling from the sky are like a minimal jungle. Go mobile!

18. Jellyfish Air Plant ($25): Land, sea and sky come together in a dream-like take on hanging plants.

19. Vertical Wall Planter: With your wall in full bloom, the only place to go is up! (via Luna See)

Columbus Ranked #3 Best City for Renters

Columbus Ranked #3 Best City for Renters


Fast fact. Columbus is ranked #3 in the United States as one of the top most affordable places to rent, moving up two spots from last year. The updated list from uses four main metrics from national metric data including average rents of fourth quarter 2015, average percentage of household income spent on rent, vacancy rates, and year over year changes in rental rates. Columbus was also ranked #1 for Cost of Living in 2015 by the Council for Community & Economic Research.

With a growing population currently at 2 million and an active lifestyle within reach of our residents, it is easy to see that Columbus, Ohio is a great place for renters to call home.

Whether you’re looking in the Arena District at Arena CrossingFlats on Vine or Flats II, or you’re shopping Grandview Yard at the Apartments at the YardColumbus downtown apartments offer modern floorplans and features with many amenities surrounding them. Compared to many of the larger surrounding cities, Columbus, Ohio has proven to offer more for your renting dollars.

To read more on Columbus, Ohio ranking click Here.


Eddie George’s Grille 27- Kickoff weekend in Grandview Yard!

Eddie George’s Grille 27 has moved into Grandview Yard, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new neighbor!

Eddie George's Grill 27, Drinks, Food, Burgers, Ohio State, Heisman Trophy, Grandview Yard

Our residents and football fans alike will enjoy the spirit of campus without having to leave the Yard! The new location has the same open concept but with some new additions including a horseshoe bar, 70 TV’s, and a giant projector! With the addition of the projector, it feels like your at the game!

Eddie George’s is named for Heisman Trophy winner and OSU graduate Eddie George, O-H! His namesake restaurant offers a scratch kitchen featuring a twist on classic American fare including fresh burgers, steaks, seafood, unique salads and appetizers. Even during the first week open in Grandview yard, the staff is operating as a well oiled machine. With a terrific wait staff in place, juicy burgers and delicious appetizers, we know you’ll have a winning experience!

Speaking of appetizers, did you know that if you join the Hall of Fame Club, you get a free appetizer just for signing up? Appetizers like Dynamite Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers, and a delicious mountain-high pile of nachos. Yum! See the full menu! Another perk for our residents of being a member of the Hall of Fame Club is frequent guest perks, you will earn a free meal after every 10th meal! Sign up for the Hall of fame club. So join us this weekend and kickoff our grand opening in Grandview Yard! We look forward to sharing a drink and a bite with you to celebrate our new neighbor Eddie George!

Eddie George's Grill 27, Drinks, Food, Burgers, Ohio State, Heisman Trophy, Grandview Yard


Bobcat Avenue is now open to Third Avenue

Construction was just completed on Bobcat Avenue.

Residents can now take Bobcat Avenue all the way to Third Avenue and access the Giant Eagle Market District! This will make it so much more convenient for folks living near downtown Columbus!

Latest Announcement for Grandview Yard: New Pool and Clubhouse

Nationwide Realty Investors continues to tweak the lineup of Grandview Yard, announcing plans for a new 13,000 square foot clubhouse for residents of the rapidly-expanding mixed-use development near downtown Columbus.

The clubhouse – to be called the Yard Club – will sit on the north side of Baldwin Avenue, across from the parking garage for the 800 Yard Street office building and adjacent to the recently announced Brooks building, a four-story, 166-unit apartment building. It will feature a pool and spa, a fitness center, a community room and a leasing office.

“We are very happy to be announcing this great amenity for all of our Grandview Yard residents,” said NRI President Brian Ellis in a statement. “We plan to begin construction before the end of the year and have it completed as residents begin moving into the Brooks building in summer 2016.”

The latest announcement comes as the pace of construction at the 125-acre development shows no signs of slowing – the Brooks apartment building, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, an event center, andthree new Nationwide Insurance office buildings are all currently going vertical on the site.

Grandview Yard residents getting a clubhouse with pool and fitness center

Grandview Yard’s developer plans to pump up the amenity package for its apartment tenants as it continues to build more rental units near downtown Columbus.

Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. is planning a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse to help keep the 275 or so existing apartments fully occupied and make the 166 apartments under construction even more attractive.

It will have a 2,600-square-foot fitness center, 2,000-square-foot swimming pool and spa, and a 1,600-square-foot community room.

“The whole facility is getting built as an amenity for all … residents,” spokeswoman Tina Guegold told me.

The Yard Club will be built on just over 2 acres adjacent to the Brooks section of the scattered-site rental housing development, just a short walk north of Hofbrauhaus.

NRI expects the clubhouse to open next summer close to the delivery schedule of the first Brooks units. It expects to file for building permits Monday.

A 2,000-square-foot corner of the clubhouse will serve as a permanent leasing office, which is currently in the commercial section of the Keystone complex.

“It’ll be great space for our apartment residents,” Guegold told me. “We are exploring the possibility of making this available for owners of the (condos), too.”

Guegold said the first section of apartments has a small pool for the community’s use.

The developer declined to divulge financial details of the project ahead of filing for the permits.

M&A Architects designed the facility.