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  • Inside 43215: Scary Plans

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 15 Oct, 2014

    Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. If you haven't started making plans yet, we thought you might like a top ten list to start the party rollin'. And, for those who want some adult "spirits" to get the plan started, take a chance for drinks on us at Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails.

    10. Columbus Museum of Art. What can possibly be scary about art? Absolutely nothing, but the Center for Creativity will help you unleash your most creative Halloween yet.

    9. When you creative juices peak, how about designing your own costumer for Highball? This two-night event made national news last year, and all you gotta do is mosey up to the Short North Arts District for the gala.

    8. For those sports fans who want to skip trick or treat all together, hockey awaits. The Blue Jackets will host and maybe scare the bejeebers out of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena on October 31.

    7. Stroll the eerie halls of Franklin Park Conservatory after dark, or have a close encounter with dangerous, misunderstood and unusual members of the botanical world with Scary Plants.

    6. Like haunted houses? How about joining Columbus Landmarks for their ghost tours. Try if you dare...

    5. COSI invites ghosts, witches, super heroes, princesses and everyone in between for a day of tricks and treats at Spooktacular Celebration.

    4. OSU Urban Arts Space is hosting Art in the Shadows. Okay, full disclosure, it's not a scary Halloween thing, but it will still be cool.

    3. Wanna stay home to create your own haunted house? Columbus Metropolitan Library has some great books chocked full of ideas.

    2. Even though kids get the whole candy stash, we need to throw them another bone, so take the kiddos to Thurber House. During October, they host writing workshops for those ghosts and goblins in fourth to sixth grade.

    1. And, after you have had a scary-good time making your Halloween plans, don't forget to refuel at one of the many downtown restaurants. This list will get you started. Want a chance to win drinks on us from Tip Top? Click here
  • Inside 43215: Hi Ho, 39 Below

    By Heather Brown 
    | 14 Oct, 2014

    When the days are hot and long, things are really hopping at 39 Below FroYo. Cuz, who doesn't want some frozen yogurt to beat the heat? But as the days cool, Carolyn Maloney of 39 Below wants you to know that they can help you beat the cold, too.

    Step into their inviting space at 39 East Gay Street this fall and winter and you'll find a Hot Cocoa Bar and a Spiced Cider Bar. Think fancy toppings like those you pile on your frozen yogurt, only these goodies top your delicious, hot drinks. Your creation is only limited by your creativity, so see what fabulousness you can come up with.

    And whether the weather is hot or cold, 39 Below can get your day started right with their outstanding breakfast sandwiches and waffles. They recently added a Veggie Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, for you meatless munchers out there. And their pumpkin spice and apple butter syrups will make your Belgian waffles sing.

    If you want your fro yo no matter what the thermometer says, you are still in luck. The delicious flavors run the gamut from steadfast chocolate and vanilla to jazzy sea salt caramel corn to autumnal pumpkin.

    We have a $20 gift card up for grabs. Let us know your favorite frozen yogurt or hot chocolate toppings at 39 Below on our Facebook page for a chance to win.
  • Inside 43215: Get Voting

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 07 Oct, 2014

    What makes downtown a great place for business? We posed the question to lots of local entrepreneurs, and even sweetened the pot with a 10 grand prize, which will go to one lucky business owner. All they had to do is post a video, but now we need your help. Don't worry; we want to give you the opportunity for a little prize action, too.

    Capital Crossroads SID thinks downtown is the perfect place to do business. Dense. Walkable. Urban. It's where those impromptu collisions happen. You know, like the ones that Zappo's Tony Hsieh talks about. You're walking to one meeting, when you run into someone on Gay Street that you've been meaning to call. It's a cool way to do business.

    So, we asked entrepreneurs to put on their director hats and craft a short video telling us why they wanted to be downtown. Now, we need to narrow the choices before we award one lucky business owner $10,000 toward an office lease for his or her own downtown digs.

    Click here and vote on your favorite video (click on the Vote button at the top). The 10 videos with the most votes will then go to a panel of judges, and one business owner will receive the Big Kahuna prize. And, we don't expect something for nothing here, folks. Click here and post a comment on our Facebook page about the types of businesses you'd love to see downtown, and someone will win a gift certificate to Olivers.
  • Inside 43215: Little Park of Horrors

    By Heather Brown 
    | 07 Oct, 2014

    Tis the season to take in the creepy; fa-la-la-la-la; la-la-la-la. Now through November 9 head over to Franklin Park Conservatory and take in Scary Plants, a celebration of the oddities of nature, or exotic plant species (including the kind that eat).

    Scary Plants features a variety of strange, frightening and dangerous botanicals. Learn more about carnivorous plants and find out what freaky fronds might be growing in your own yard. You can also take in sculptures designed and built by TORK Inc., which let you experience carnivorous plants from the bug's point of view.

    Each day at 2 p.m. you can take in the Scary Plant Demonstrations. Touch the plants, witness a Venus flytrap feeding, and more. There's not better way to take in the science-y side of Halloween.
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