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The process of making a Bakes by Lo cookie is not like your average Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Cookier Laura Young makes the dough, lets it chill, rolls it out, cuts out her shapes, bakes them, makes the icing (still with us?), colors the icing, decorates, and lets dry [...]
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The process of making a Bakes by Lo cookie is not like your average Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Cookier Laura Young makes the dough, lets it chill, rolls it out, cuts out her shapes, bakes them, makes the icing (still with us?), colors the icing, decorates, and lets dry completely. Then she can bag, seal, and label. She’s been known to spend three hours on a batch of a dozen. This attention to detail is what takes this baker’s creations way beyond… cookie cutter. (Forgive us…)

In a time when carbs are becoming villainized, Young has created a living out of the good old fashioned sugar cookie. The simple joy her clients find in her tiny creations is undeniable. As is the colorful attention to detail that every single cookie receives from Young’s hand, and piping bag. Her Instagram feed boasts finely decorated sugar cookies that follow clever themes, and great attention to detail. Bouquets in Ball jars, diamond rings, fruits and veggies, even a child’s favorite toys.

Young relishes the thematic concepting part of her process. She works with her clients to interpret the visions of sugar cookies that dance in their heads. And each and every one is a tiny work of art.

“My favorite part of baking cookies is that every week I get to decorate something different. The beginning of the week usually starts off the same, where I spend time gathering ingredients, and making and baking dough for the week. The rest of the week is solely for decorating. A cookie takes no time at all to consume but I may have spent anywhere from 1-5 minutes decorating just one.”

Growing up in Cleveland, her house usually smelled of something baking in the oven. She came to the capital city to attend OSU, and made Columbus her home. Young comes from a large family of skilled cooks and bakers, and she’s wielded a spatula since she was a tot. After college, she worked at a dental office while baking on the side. Word of her adorable and customizable sweets spread. Young found herself having to turn down orders because there just weren’t enough hours in the day for her to handle the volume along with her day job. At some point, she realized that the sleepless nights were an indicator that she was ready for the next step. She said goodbye to the 9-5 in June and hasn’t looked back.

Young finds these picturesque pastries to be an outlet for her creative side. Edible artwork for her clients to enjoy.

“Decorated sugar cookies appealed to me because I loved the idea of combining my other passion, art, with baked goods. I used to spend my time with a canvas and a paintbrush, but now it’s with a blank cookie and a piping bag full of icing.”

The requests she gets for custom designs change with the times. Lately wedding requests have been filled with a neutral color palette and plenty of greenery. The clean, crisp, and dainty look of them is Young’s jam right now. But she waxed nostalgic about a design she’s had cooking (Baking?) in her imagination. She wants to do a set of Peter Rabbit-themed water colored cookies.

“I love painting with food coloring on top of blank white icing. Plus, how nostalgic and sweet is Peter Rabbit?”

Her design ideas don’t stop flowing. When asked about Ohio-themed cookies, Young excitedly ideates about Ohio shapes with hearts over Columbus, Short North arches, the Ohio State Fair, and our various sports teams. The sky’s the limit, it seems, for her sweet ideas.

Check out Young’s work on IG @bakesbylo.

To order, visit her website at bakesbylo.com

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Update: Copious closure to be temporary

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Update: We reported earlier that Copious would be closing its doors permanently on May 6. However, after speaking with owner Bob Clark, we’ve learned that the closure is, in fact, temporary.

The restaurant at 520 S High St. will undergo a remodel beginning May 6 so that it may better serve its guests, though Clark is planning to be open for Mother’s Day on May 12.

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A reopen date is not yet set.

Events and parties scheduled for the Notes will be unaffected by the temporary Copious closure.

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Chocolate and wine bar coming soon to Grandview

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Grandview Yard is about to get a little bit sweeter.

According to a post on the City of Grandview Heights Blog, Winans Chocolates+Coffees+Wine bar is expected to open in the mixed-use Grandview Yard development by Saturday, April 27.

The interior of Winans’ new Grandview Yard shop

As the city’s blog explains, the Grandview location of the Piqua, Ohio-based chocolate company is the result of an investment from former Buckeye football star Matt Finkes, who grew up enjoying the brand’s products.

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Finkes, who serves as director of development for the OSU Wexner Medical Center, partnered with Brad Jennings of Providence Financial Group in Westerville to bring this franchise to fruition.

The 1,600-square-foot Grandview Heights store will offer Winans’ full line of premium, handmade chocolates, a variety of coffee choices, as well as a selection of 50 to 60 wines available by the glass or bottle. The Grandview Winans will be the company’s fourth in Central Ohio, and the second to offer wine.

What chocolate will you try first when Winans opens this weekend? We might be a little biased, but you can never go wrong with a Buckeye!

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How to get sneak peek at new and improved Balboa Grandview

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Have you driven down Grandview Avenue in the past few weeks, saw all the commotion at Balboa, and wondered to yourself, “Man, what in the hell are they doing?

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Well, Columbus, they are making their taqueria experience even better just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

At the beginning on January, Balboa, located at 1312 Grandview Ave, closed to the public for a complete revamp of its patio. While the alfresco area proved popular in the warmer months, visitors weren’t as keen to it in the cooler, wetter months.

They began construction on a partially-roofed outdoor space to keep guests shaded and dry. Outdoor illumination will also improve the nighttime outdoor experience.

Rendering of new patio

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The remodeling affected the inside of the bar, too. They extended the bar so patio dwellers don’t have to go as far to grab a drink.

A grand re-opening is slated for May 4.

Want to be among the first to experience the new and improved Balboa? Grab your tickets to (614)’s Sneak Peek event on Thursday, May 2 before they sell out!

With your $20 ticket you will receive:

  • 2 Margaritas (House Made, Spicy or Blueberry Basil)
  • 3 Tacos of your choosing
  • Chips & Salsa

Want to win a pair for free? Comment your favorite margarita to WIN!

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