Downtown Columbus is Moving Forward
  • Inside 43215: Kicking Up Some Cupcakes

    By Kacey Brankamp 
    | 30 Sep, 2014

    Starting a business is tough. And growing a business can be even harder. Just ask Jamila and Angelo Byers of Goodies Galore whose business began out of a love for baking sweets for family and friends. But their hard work in building a bakery business out of their home is getting an incredible boost thanks to the KickStart Columbus program.

    Goodies Galore is the most recent winner of the KickStart Columbus business plan contest presented by Columbus City Council, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the Economic and Community Development Institute, and Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. Three final contestants pitched their business plan to a panel of judges for a chance to win free rent for one year plus other business-related prizes. Goodies Galore edged out the competition which included a pet supply store and a men and women's clothing boutique.

    Goodies plans to use the retail space to expand their product offering and will feature a make-your-own cupcake bar with rotating flavors. Their most popular product? Cupcake bouquets which come in three different sizes and are completely customized to your desire. They have made bouquets for The Ohio State University (and the University of Michigan); they are a lovely and delicious treat for your next tailgate party.

    Look for Goodies to open at 267 South Third Street next to Sweet Simpliciteas in the coming months. In the meantime, give them a try through their website.
  • Inside 43215: Happy Hour with Mozart

    By Heather Brown 
    | 30 Sep, 2014

    Wanna get happy and cultural, all at the same time? Kick off your weekend early with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Happy Hour. Head over to the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, October 2; the bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and the concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

    There is no cost to attend. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, special drink prices and a fabulous and free performance by your very own Columbus Symphony. Guest conductor Stephen Squires and the symphony will perform Vaughan Williams, Serenade to Music; Stacy Garrop, Thunderwalker; and Mozart, Symphony No. 40.

    What better way to fit some culture in your calendar? And once you are hooked on the beautiful music our symphony shares, you'll want to hit another one of their shows. Let us know about your favorite happy hours downtown on our Facebook page to be entered to win two tickets to The Celtic Tenors on Saturday night (just be sure to check back on your post by noon on Wednesday to see if you are the winner).
  • Inside 43215: Discover Henry "Box" Brown

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 23 Sep, 2014

    Discovery District offers a treasure of educational and cultural as well as entertaining venues. The Kelton House Museum and Garden provides all three on Sunday, September 28 when it presents Henry "Box" Brown: An Incredible Story of an Escaped Slave Turned Magician.

    As strong Abolitionists, the Kelton family hid fugitive slaves and gave long-term support to a particular African-American family. Kelton House was built in 1852 by Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton, and has been preserved with Kelton family treasures from the 1800s.

    Under this backdrop, attendees will witness Henry "Box" Brown: An Incredible Story of an Escaped Slave Turned Magician. Tens of thousands of slaves sought freedom in the north. They walked, rode trains and were transported in wagons with false bottoms. They were sometimes ingeniously disguised and costumed. One of the most creative escapes was that by Henry "Box" Brown, who, in 1848, engineered his escape by having himself sealed in a wooden crate and shipped to freedom.

    In this first-person portrayal, magician Rory Rennick incorporates a multidisciplinary presentation that is informative, motivational and entertaining. Attendees will learn about one of the greatest escapes from slavery ever recorded from one of the most creative minds in entertainment today. Experience the history, the mystery and the mindset of a man who risked death to be free.

    The program begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 at the Kelton House Museum. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are recommended. Click here for more information.
  • Inside 43215: Get Twisted

    By Heather Brown 
    | 23 Sep, 2014

    It'll be twisted, but in a good way. This weekend, Twisted: a Trio of Excellence hits the Ohio Theatre stage, bringing together ballet, opera and symphony in an artistic twist of fabulousness. This unprecedented collaboration will highlight the best of the arts in Columbus with more than 100 artists from BalletMet, Opera Columbus and the Columbus Symphony and Chorus.

    This Trio of Excellence will feature dance premieres from four of the hottest choreographers: Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, long-time BalletMet dancer Jimmy Orrante, and BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. The dances are set to the music of opera's greatest hits, including La Boheme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and Carmen. The arts scene in Columbus is outstanding, and this show is our arts scene, fusion-style. Don't miss it.

    Nab your tickets for one of the four shows: Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, September 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m.
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