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Opening Volley: October

Last month, I was invited to be a part of the panel at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s 40th summer celebration and annual meeting. For those who know me, “metropolitan” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind. So, naturally, I panicked a bit. Seated on the same stage as Columbus historian Jeff Darbee, County Commissioner John [...]



Last month, I was invited to be a part of the panel at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s 40th summer celebration and annual meeting.

For those who know me, “metropolitan” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind.

So, naturally, I panicked a bit.

Seated on the same stage as Columbus historian Jeff Darbee, County Commissioner John O’Grady, and Yvette McGee Brown and being asked to tell the “story of Columbus” for an organization older than I am, I was suddenly gripped with the fear that I may be out of my depth. It’s only natural that a man who was writing about high school sports just 10 years ago would feel a little humbled in the presence of O’Grady, whose father used to take calls from Ted Kennedy, and Brown, who was the first African American female appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The comedian in me wanted to faux-brag, “Yep, 2007 Best Headline Writer, Associated Press, Small Paper Division, what’s up?”

But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum: I realized I was there for a reason. I was there to represent you, physically, in the same way (614) has for the past six and a half years. One month away from turning 36—and with a hairline that’s about 59—somehow I was representing the new Columbus.

Beyond it being an honor, it ended up becoming one of the most enlightening experiences of my career. All the panelists shared their own viewpoints of Columbus—the people and events that have made an impact on their version of the city—and the responses (from development advocates and government officials to arts visionaries and civil rights leaders) were as diverse as the crowd.

On my way back to the office (deadline waits for no panelist), the effect of the night started to swirl in my brain, drawing parallels to a major theme of this month’s magazine: you can always find a new perspective on a city like ours.

And like that panel discussion, there’s often an intriguing overlap between Then and Now. The rest of the panel seemed just as fascinated by stories about Independents’ Day and Nina West as I was of tales about former mayor Buck Rinehart firing up a wrecking ball personally when he grew tired of a stalled demolition downtown.

Look at our series “Uncovering Columbus,” featured in this month’s issue (page 56): each and every one of our photojournalists provided an unexpected take on the city, and each included some nod to both past and present. Andy Spear’s painstaking portrait of the old-school Columbus Motor Speedway; Suzanne Gipson’s whimsical trip through an urban farm just a few blocks from a Clintonville freeway exit; Adam Elkins’s fascination with a new view of our familiar architecture; or Maria Levitov’s exploration of rooftops and old bowling alleys—all perfectly encapsulate the narrative of past meeting present that this magazine hopes to accomplish every month.

What the panel at the Metropolitan Club and these exceptionally talented photographers revealed to me, again, was that there is always something new to discover in this city, and it may have been there all along. You just have to know where to look.


Travis Hoewischer, Editor-in-Chief

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

Mike Thomas



March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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(614) Magazine

March 2019




At (614) we like to think we’re always giving you new ideas about where to go, what to try, or what’s coming up next. But this month, perhaps we can do a bit more for you. Maybe we can offer some inspiration to find ‘the better you’.

  • The Calendar to end all calendars
  • Tips and resources to find the ‘better you’
  • Experience Otherworld
  • Makers Space: botanical skin care
  • Columbus author: Hanif Abdurraqib
  • German Village: two restaurants, one roof
  • Columbus igloo adventures
  • Cheesesteak Empire with Charley Shin
  • Old-timey ‘shrub’ bevs making a comeback
  • Aloha! Inside the Huli Huli Tiki Lounge
  • Megan Kilgore: the Columbus Crew-sader
  • Offroad bike adventures
  • Family: squats for tots

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The Six Happy Hour: The District Pourhouse




 #6  The District Pourhouse (Formerly World of Beer)

Beer, Bavarian pretzels, and barbacoa street tacos. Need I say more? The first thing that comes to mind with District Pourhouse is their vast selection of beers. Now imagine pairing a nice cold glass of your favorite draught with your favorite comfort food, like pizza, hot dogs, or fries. Sounds good, right?

Did I mention that District Pourhouse also hosts trivia nights whilst your favorite sport team plays on the many screens around the venue?

HH: M-F open-7pm; $5 draughts, $5 spirits, $5 shareables

The District Pourhouse

1568 N High St, Columbus

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