Downtown Columbus is Moving Forward
  • Inside 43215: Urban Playground

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 29 Jul, 2014

    Go for it. Play hopscotch. Walk a tightrope. Practice downward dog. Do it all right downtown in the middle of the street. No worries. There won't be traffic, but you ay need to dodge a bouncing ball or two (or ten) on your way to a unicycle or yoga mat. Thanks to the hard work of Jess Mathews, Transit Columbus Board Member, the Open Street Project will roll into Columbus on September 21. Oh, and the Open Streets path leads right to Independents' Day, so you know it's gonna be great.

    Cbus will be one of more than 100 communities across the country to celebrate the Open Streets Project. This grassroots initiative temporarily closes streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. The community comes together to look at innovative solutions for environmental, social, economic and public health issues. And, what's not to enjoy about dancing in the streets with your hula-hoop?

    Just remember, people traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets turn into an urban playground. This multi-generational crosses social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, as everyone has fun together. 

    The party footprint begins at 10 a.m. on September 21 on Rich Street, right downtown. Dance, walk, skateboard right on down the street and across the river into Franklinton. But don't forget to stop along the way to enjoy all kinds of family-friendly activities. Once in Franklinton, more fun awaits, and if (it's a big if, people) you finish Open Street fun, you're in luck because Independents' Day will be rocking out their new Franklinton home.

    If you want to keep up on the latest, make sure to follow Open Streets Columbus on Facebook. While you're there, give 'em a like. If you wanna support the initiative, donate here. You'll be in good company with event sponsors Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, People For Bikes, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and New Belgium Brewing Company.
  • Inside 43215: Commons Fitness

    By Heather Brown 
    | 29 Jul, 2014

    If your summer fun has included a few too many burgers and brews, your bikini body may have taken a hit. Looking to get things back into gear? The Columbus Commons Fitness Classes are back after a mid-summer hiatus. Classes are taught by Ohio Fit Club instructors and won't cost you a dime thanks to a sponsorship by United Healthcare. With a wide variety of options all week long, you are sure to be able to find something that fits your schedule and interests.

    On Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., you can get fit with Bootcamp class, a varied mix of functional movements using your body weight and other equipment.

    Tuesday starts with Crossfit from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m., good for beginners through advanced participants. This full-body workout consists of running, jumping, calisthenics and other fun activities to develop your fitness. Are you a runner? You won't want to miss Runners' Prep on Tuesdays from noon - 1 p.m. This class is designed to help long-distance runners by supplementing their running plan. New or experienced runners will gain advantage from this non-running workout.

    Kick out your hump day frustration with Kickboxing on Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. This varied mix of martial arts skills offers up fun with butt-kicking. Then from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., get your sweat on with Hip Hop; each class offers new dance combinations and routines.

    Start your weekend with some zen on Saturday from 9 - 10 a.m. The Vinyassa Flow Yoga class combines basic yoga poses and breathing into an invigorating workout. Bring your own mat. Then from 10 - 11 a.m., kick things up a notch with Zumba, a fusion of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves that will tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

    To participate in any class, you must register online and complete a waiver and release. Just fill it out once and you can participate in any class throughout the season. 
  • Inside 43215: Bo Knows Gourmet

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 22 Jul, 2014

    Last year at this time, you might have walked right past Custom Chef Gourmet Cafe, but don't make that mistake again. Owner Bo Carter learned a lot when he first opened up his business. Like, downtown offers amazing food choices so you had better be prepared to bring your A-game. By his own account, Bo says he lost his passion for a bit, but he regrouped. So, get ready for bright and vibrant flavors on the new menu, and read on to find out how to get lunch on Bo.

    Bo was a chef for Cameron Mitchell restaurants for seven years, and he comes from a long line of manly family cooks. But, after he first opened Custom Chef, he admits he stumbled a little.

    "I got thumped around a bit, but it made me a better business person," said Bo. "My passion is back, and I'm serving the food I want to serve, and I feel great about it."

    Slow roasted meats pack bold flavors, and Bo offers a variety of options including hot, braised roast beef, smoked brisket and slow-roasted chicken. Smell the sweet tang of bar-b-que sauce as soon as you walk through the door, but Caribbean and Asian flares make a strong presence too. You'll find sandwiches, salads and combos. Eat in or carry out. Give it a shot, and let us know what you think.

    Want to win a lunch on Bo? Leave a comment below about your favorite downtown lunch plans to be entered to win. Be sure to include your email address so we can reach out to the winner.

  • Inside 43215: Urban Living Live

    By Heather Brown 
    | 22 Jul, 2014

    Are you curious about urban living? Have a urge to poke your nose into some of those hip, new residences popping up downtown? This Sunday is the inaugural Urban Living Tour, the perfect way to take a peek without trespassing.

    On Sunday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Urban Living Tour will include stops at over a dozen apartment, condo and mixed-use residential buildings, as well as several urban lifestyle locations. Some units will be complete and fully furnished, while other will still be under construction. Sounds like a fantastic HGTV show, only live and in person.

    Residential stops include: Grant Commons, The Julian, The Normandy at Neighborhood Launch, The Dennison, Crawford Hoying, Flats on Vine, Flats II, The Keystone at Grandview Yard, Highpoint on Columbus Commons, JDS Companies, Yankee Lofts, 8 on the Square, Atrium Lofts and 199 South Fifth. Columbus Underground, organizer of the event, has added a unique component to the tour - the opportunity to visit spost that reflect the lifestyle choices of urban-dwellers. Lifestyle stops include Denmark on High, The Hills Market Downtown, the Art of Yoga Downtown studio, Global Gifts in the Short North, Cup O Joe on The Cap, The Market Italian Village, Goodale Pro Hardware, The Athletic Club of Columbus and DMG Concierge (virtual tour stop at Cup O Joe).

    If you would like to win a grand prize package worth more than $1,000, just get your map/passport stamped at multiple locations and turn it in to be entered to win. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Ten percent of all tickets sales will be donated to Faith Mission. For more information, click here.
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