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Ready to rock: CD1025’s Big Room Bar opens today

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Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.06.09 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.06.49 PMAs the days race by in CD1025’s 60-day million dollar crowdfunding effort, the radio station has plenty of reasons to celebrate….especially this week. Today, the radio station marks its 25th birthday. (Happy Birthday, CD1025!) It also marks the grand opening of the Big Room Bar.

The Big Room Bar (1036 South Front Street in the Brewery District) is owned by station boss Randy Malloy and occupies the top floor of WWCD’s building…just one flight and a few steps away from the actual broadcast studio. The bar will be open every day and feature LIVE music four nights a week. Plus LIVE band karaoke on Tuesdays.

LIVE music is no stranger to the space as CD1025 artists regularly play in the Big Room as they pass through town. Mumford and Sons, Alt-J, Walk the Moon and other big names have played at the radio station in recent years.

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.04.42 PMCustomers will also find a kitchen at Big Room Bar with a menu made up of contemporary bar fare and an all-day brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The bar will feature ten Ohio craft beers, specialty cocktails and a weekday happy hour.

Grand opening of the Big Room Bar is set for 11am today. LIVE music will begin at 4:30pm with performances by Brave Weather, Jared Mahone, The Cordial Sins, Playing To Vapors, and The Wet Darlings. The LIVE performances continue through the weekend with Bicentennial Bear, Yellow Paper Planes and R Ring on Saturday. And the Big Room Bar will feature Jordan Kirk and Friends on Sunday at 11:30am to kick off their Big Broom Brunch series.

Big Room Bar hours:

Monday – Saturday:  11am to 1am (with brunch menu on Saturdays 11am to 7pm)

Sunday:  11am to 4pm with brunch menu and LIVE Big Room performances


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10 unique vendors announced for Hilliard’s community market

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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but that's not the case with one local city. A brand new community market is coming soon to Old Hilliard!

Center Street Market, a new community market, set to open next month with the intention to support local food and retail vendors, according to its Facebook

So far, 10 vendors have been announced: Al’s Delicious Popcorn, Bakes by Lo, the Cheesecake Girl, Coffee Connections of Hilliard, Dumplings of Fury, Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse), Meatball Mafia, Pitabilities, Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops, and Serendipity.

Scroll down to see photos and learn more about these vendors.

For more information on the Center Street Market anchor, Crooked Can Brewing Company, click here.

Al’s Delicious Popcorn

Al's Delicious Popcorn offers 60+ flavors of gourmet popcorn in a variety of colors and sizes.

Bakes by Lo

Serving up specially handmade decorated cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Cheesecake Girl

Creative made-from-scratch cheesecakes made locally and deliciously.

Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Fresh locally roasted coffee and espresso, teas, chai, bagels, donuts, muffins, scones, cookies, full catering services and more.

Dumplings of Fury

Tender, succulent, traditional dim sum.

Legacy Station (from the owners of Legacy Smokehouse)

Experience the Tradition of Central Texas Barbecue at Legacy Smokehouse. Bringing a little taste of Central Texas to Central Ohio.

Meatball Mafia

Two-time Food Truck Fest winner, Meatball Mafia offers hot, juicy meatballs smothered in cheese and sauce.


Mediterranean and American flavors at Pitabilities, with fresh ingredients made-to-order just the way you like it.

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops

Creative popsicles Seasonal produce, specialty ingredients, and creative pops. Made with science, delivered on wheels, eaten with love.


Serendipity; The art of happy discoveries will offer vintage, repurposed, and handcrafted home decor, gifts and furniture.

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Insanely creative ice cream shop now treating Short North

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A Mexican-style ice creamery is now open in the Short North.

Dulce Vida Ice Cream Factory opened its doors for the first time Thursday at 1127 N High St. 

The unique, family-owned ice cream shop specializes in unique, fruit-forward treats like the "Crazy Pineapple," berry paletas, and Mangonada. Dulce Vida also serves hot foods like Mexican Street Corn, tamales, walking tacos, and tortas.

Dulce Vida also has locations at 4201 W Broad St. and 6140 Cleveland Ave. See way more offerings on Instagram.

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Hilliard’s 1st brewery is finally tapped

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Hilliard's first brewery is officially open! Hop heads can now gather at Crooked Can, an Orlando-based brewery located at 5354 Center St.

The 4,000-square-foot taproom currently has a handful of brews available, with plans to roll out a total of 16 in the future.

When the weather improves, guests can enjoy their High Stepper American IPAs and McSwagger’s Own Amber Ales on Crooked Can's 7,000-square-foot patio.

The brewery anchors Hilliard's Center Street Market, expected to open in March.

Through final construction projects, Crooked Can will be open 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri.; 2-11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

For more information, visit

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