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  • Inside 43215: More Market

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 26 Aug, 2014

    Pearl Market collaborates with great partners like Columbus Dispatch, Puffin Foundation West and local businesses. While there is always great produce, food and merchandise in the Market, we also love the fact that the Market brings people out of their offices on Tuesdays and Fridays to enjoy the brick and mortar businesses that support Pearl Market. This week Pearl Market will offer a discount for lunchtime diners who nosh at one of our neighboring restaurants. So, you can walk and shop, and then sit and dine.

    With the mild temperatures this summer, it's hard to believe that we will be sneaking into fall soon; but we have plenty of great things in Pearl Market right now.

    Thanks to Puffin Foundation West, EBT Dollars are matched dollar-for-dollar, which doubles the spending power of those in need. All of our shoppers can stop and talk to our farmers, who will fill your shopping bag with tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, melons, apples and tons of other farm-fresh goodies. From there, shoppers hit bakers, jewelers, soap-makers and so much more. All that shopping will bring on a fierce appetite, so we want you to stop by the Pearl Market tent to receive a discount coupon to one of our neighboring restaurants. It's just our way to thank you and to thank our neighboring restaurants for being such great supporters of the Market. Hurry though; the offer will only be good this Tuesday and Friday (August 26 and 29).

    All that shopping and eating has got to make you happy, so don't forget to snap a few photos and enter the Dispatch Happy Contest. Two random winners are chosen each week to win 50 bucks worth of Pearl Market dollars. Cool beans... This means you can repeat your shopping day one someone else's dime.
  • Inside 43215: Bug Your Bike

    By Heather Brown 
    | 26 Aug, 2014

    It's a big, big bummer: returning to the spot where you parked your bike to find it gone with the wind. Poof. But now the City of Columbus can help you track down your ride with its Bug Your Bike program. By registering your bicycle with the City, you can increase the chance it will be returned to you if it is lost or stolen.

    It's super easy to Bug Your Bike. Register online, by phone (614.645.8366) or in person by providing your contact information and the physical description/distinguishing characteristics of your bike. The City will issue you a free RFID chip to install on your bicycle following some very simple directions. If your bike is lost or stolen, it can be scanned by partner organizations including COTA, The Ohio State University and, of course, the City of Columbus.

    The best way to keep tabs on your bicycle, however, is not to lose it in the first place. Be sure to lock your bike to a bike rack whenever possible; use a U-lock with a cable lock around both wheels; secure your bicycle in visible, well-lit areas; remove any valuable and/or detachable items such as helmets and lights; engrave or otherwise personalize your bicycle in a discrete location; and keep a picture of your bicycle and its serial number for your records.

    And if all of your precautions fail to prevent theft, file a report with the Columbus Division of Police. Have relevant information ready to share, including the bicycle's make, model, color and serial number. You will be notified if your bike is found using the Bug Your Bike program.
  • Inside 43215: Breath of Fresh A.I.R.

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 19 Aug, 2014

    Headlines about mental illness splashed across traditional and social media last week, and people who thought they would never, ever talk about the subject were suddenly talking - a lot. Well, Fresh A.I.R. (Artists in Recovery) Gallery provides a platform and voice for those recovering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Great stuff happens in this art gallery, and it's right downtown.

    Fresh A.I.R. Gallery exhibits the works of people affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, Fresh A.I.R. educates the community and works to break down the stigma of mental illness by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Southeast Inc., a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare and homeless services, operates the gallery.

    Tomorrow, August 20, Fresh A.I.R. invites you for the opening reception of artist Chase Bowman's exhibit Speaking In Tongues. The reception runs from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, located at 131 N. High Street. If you can't make the reception, take in Bowman's artwork in the gallery Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The exhibition will run until November 14.

    Bowman is a recent MFA graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design and a current Gabr Fellow traveling around the world.

    "Speaking In Tongues uses the backdrop and cultural memories of my native West Virginia to communicate the ways that I use colorful, cartoonish, and outlandish proxies to situate myself in my own life by turning the situations that have impacted me into stories that I can share with others," says Bowman.
  • Inside 43215: Blossoming Fun

    By Heather Brown 
    | 19 Aug, 2014

    Nineties nostalgia hits Columbus Commons this week with a free show from the Gin Blossoms. Head over on Thursday, August 21 and get your weekend started early with great music, food from local food trucks, and refreshing drinks.

    Though probably best known for 90s hits like Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You, Gin Blossoms have continued to make music since they reunited in 2002, including albums released in 2006 and 2010.

    Concessions open at 6 p.m. Then the show kicks off with local favorites Forest & the Evergreens at 7 p.m., followed by the Gin Blossoms, all on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion stage.

    You can pack a blanket or chair (chairs are recommended if the rain projected for early in the week pans out, making for a wet lawn), but please leave your coolers and staked umbrellas at home. In addition to food from the permanent cafes, Mikey's Late Night Slice and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, you can nosh on goodies from food trucks including Hungry Monkey, Mojo Taco, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities, Taco Sherpa and Tortilla. The cash bars are literally cash bars, so bring cash money or plan to hit the ATM located in the park.

    Mark your calendars for a great night of free fun in the heart of downtown and enjoy a live music Throwback Thursday.
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