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  • Inside 43215: Dine In, Carry Out or Cater

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 16 Sep, 2014

    With just five workdays each week, where do you decide to grab noontime eats? You may be familiar with Freshbox for the great catering menu. How can you pass up those yumilicious chocolate-dipped Oreos tucked inside your lunch box next to the red caprese sandwich or Thai chicken wrap? But now you can get the same delicious food, and support a great social cause, at the Freshbox Cafe. Keep reading for a chance to win lunch compliments of Freshbox.

    Freshbox Catering launched in 2009 in partnership with Faith Mission Shelter. The group provides a three-tier job-training program that strives to embed life and job skills training in a supportive workplace for those at risk for homelessness and poverty. Once Freshbox associates complete the training program, they're ready to be placed into full-time work with hiring partners in the community.

    The program has been so successful that organizers wanted to expand from catering to offer the downtown crowd dine-in options. What's not to like with the goal: Feed Your Appetite. Nourish Your Community.

    "Customers said they didn't want to have to wait to have a meeting or an event to be able to enjoy our food," said Lauren Wilson, Freshbox Catering General Manager. "Just like our box meals and platters, cafe sandwiches and salads are all made fresh to order just the way the customer likes."

    So, whether you need to plan for a catered event, or you want to grab something quick fresh and delicious for lunch, Freshbox has you covered.

    Freshbox Cafe is located in the lower level of the Trinity Episcopal Church at Broad and Third Streets and is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Go to the Downtown Columbus Facebook page and tell us what you like about the downtown food scene to be entered to win lunch at Freshbox.
  • Inside 43215: The Nominations Please

    By Heather Brown 
    | 16 Sep, 2014

    Do you ever see something or someone that's so fabulous you wish you could present it/him/her with an award? Well, if that who, what or where is downtown, here's your chance to nominate your favs for the Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement District annual awards.

    Nominations are now open in the following categories: Ambassador of the Year, Best Aesthetic Contribution, Outstanding Service, and Outstanding Achievement in each special improvement district. You can email your nominations to or submit them online here. Winners will be recognized at the Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement District Annual Meeting on November 19. Make sure your voice is heard and that your favorites downtown are able to enjoy their moment on the red carpet.
  • Inside 43215: Feed Your Tailgate

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 09 Sep, 2014

    Braxton Miller may be down for the season (and the Bucks may have lost a tough one last Saturday night), but that doesn't mean your football parties need to take a hit too. Even so, we know some of you might still be so worried about the Bucks that you can't put together a tailgating menu. Lucky for us all that Hills Market Downtown delivers great food in short order. And when we say deliver, we mean it - right to your front door if you want.

    Pizza, subs, wings, dips, BBQ? No problem for Hills Market Downtown. Order a variety of platters including the fresh vegetable platter, hummus & pita, Hills Own 3-Dip platter, or the pinwheel platter. They also offer Gerber chicken wings by the pound in either buffalo or BBQ. Don't forget their famous Hills Own Take-N-Bake Pizzas... nothing like piping hot pizza in front of your big-screen TV.

    And while you're thinking pizza, try their Tailgate Package: two large one-topping Take-N-Bake Pizzas and 12 Gerber Chicken Wings for just $19.99.  Psst... give them 24-hours notice.

    In addition to their weekday hours, Hills is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. But like we said, if you don't want to leave your house, they'll deliver. Place your order at, and they will deliver in time for the party - that includes catering orders, too.

    Hills will also stock up on all kinds of tailgating-friendly items on the weekends, so if the party is going strong, and you need to run out to restock, they offer one-stop shopping. Don't forget to grab some local craft beer or some Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams while you're there. The convenience of course rocks, but knowing that you support a local business when you shop at Hills is a touchdown.
  • Inside 43215: Halloween Pre-Planning

    By Heather Brown 
    | 09 Sep, 2014

    Sometimes we miss letting you know about something cool downtown, and that makes us feel bad. Every year, we start thinking about Halloween in October and note that the Ohio Statehouse offers some pretty freaky fabulous haunted tours. But by the time we are ready to run a "Here's What To Do This Halloween" story, the tickets have all been nabbed.

    So, though it's still early September, with Labor Day just behind us, we want you to start thinking about Halloween fun, because the 2014 Haunted Statehouse Tour tickets are now on sale. The tours will take place on Friday, October 17; Saturday, October 18; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25. Tours depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m.

    Statehouse staff members and volunteers conduct the tours, sharing history and legend of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern light. This year's tour features some new stories and an updated tour route that "frames the Ohio Statehouse in a more formidable light." Intriguing. The tour is most appropriate for those ages 12 and older, though it is described as spooky but not truly terrifying.

    There are special activities to be enjoyed before each tour, and the Statehouse Museum Shop will be open offering candy apples, caramel corn, cookies and more.

    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12, and only 40 are available for each time slot. You can purchase tickets at (click "Seasonal"); visit the Statehouse Museum Shop; or call 614.728.9234.
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