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Staycation: 13 grandiose Grandview attractions

Olivia Balcerzak



Sometimes, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Other times, our wanderlust takes us further than we really need to go.

Before booking that trip way the hell out of here, why not explore the neighborhoods that make Columbus so exciting and dynamic?

Let’s start with Grandview…..

Starting your day anywhere means coffee and if you’re in Grandview, it means Stauf’s Coffee Roasters.

This place has 40+ pourover and tea options, cold brew and espresso, quick-for-a-hipster-place lattes, homemade pastries and, the cutest big/little coffee shop atmosphere which settles perfectly on the trendy line before spilling over into pretentious.

If your appetite exceeds a round piece of bread, DK Diner is the place for you. Best practice: Order an egg sandwich made on an glazed donut and the homefries.

The food is reasonably priced and the lampshades double for serve-yourself coffee strainers so it’s really and slam dunk.

Now it’s time to relax away your carb hangover with a nice movie.

Somewhere in the mix of typical theaters, drive-ins, that one theater with reclining chairs in Dublin, and at-home theaters lays the Grandview Theater and Drafthouse.

It’s got a sweet marquee sign, a bar with a window wall that opens up onto the sidewalk, and, best of all, serves pizza and ice cold draft beer.

The Grandview Shopping Center also offers plenty to do.

Wanna buy some jewelry you probably don’t need? Red Giraffe Designs can hook you up with some new jewelry with handmade designs that can be custom ordered in the store, plus the two for $10 deal on rings is a steal.

Looking to grab some tacos and tequila? Local Cantina is open until 2:30am to serve all your sober/drunk needs.

Speaking of late night eats, Big Mama’s is right down the street from Cantina and is open until 3am. They are the Mexican equivalent to PJ’s on Ohio State’s campus so you know they’re legit.

Beyond just the late night bites, Grandview hosts Sweet Carrot and it’s a great option for lunch.


When you think barbecue, many of you think of your one fat uncle who brings his own bib to any family event involving ribs and spits sauce in your face while he talks.

Unlike traditional BBQ, Korean style will not leave feeling greasy and 1,000 pounds heavier.

Whether you opt for the corn-cake pancake, fried artichoke, chicken meatballs, or soup, your savory tooth will be kicked and you’ll have room for their namesake: A big, cool slice of carrot cake.

Round out your day of dining in Grandview at La Tavola

Be sure to make a reservation because it’s small quarters are constantly packed with people eager to nosh on gnocchi, pasta and large chunks of meat eloquently placed in the center of the plate.

And of course, the real reason anyone decides to go to anywhere new: The nightlife.

Let me tell you, Grandview does it differently.

Boujee drinkers will want to go to Watershed for it’s chic and secluded vibes. It’s a little more upscale, but a night out there will redeem you from that one night the cops handcuffed you with the 40 oz’s still taped to your hands.

If your speed is more Short North, Grandview Cafe is where you should be hanging out.

If you have friends, the upstairs portion is a great space for you all to lounge and mingle.

If you don’t have friends, the outside patio on the first floor is crowded enough to force people to deal with you for the night.

As for the rest of us scrapping quarters together from underneath our car seats, Woodland’s Backyard is the spot.

All the way down Grandview towards the highway you will find a gas station. And then behind that gas station you will find Woodland’s Backyard which is basically like a playground for adults who like to drink.

Inside, you’ll find beer on-tap and other not beer drinks. Unfortunately, the best part of Woodland’s Backyard is not operational at the moment: sand volleyball. But, there is mini bowling that’ll give you something to do with your hands. 

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Lettuce turnip the beet at 15 Farmers Markets around Central Ohio




Do you know where your produce is from? Odd are if you don’t purchase them straight from a farmer, you’ve got no clue.

Fuel your body with goods pulled right from central Ohio dirt at these 15 Farmers’ Markets.

Bexley Farmers’ Market

Intersection of Dawson and Main Streets, Bexley
Thursdays; May 23 through October from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, rain or shine

​The market offers high-quality, locally-grown food for Bexley residents and neighbors for six months of the year.

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Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market

Stradley Place 36 South High St., Canal Winchester
Saturdays; May 25 through September 28th from 9:00AM – 12:00pm 

Whether it’s delicious fresh vegetables, fruits & herbs, mouth-watering home baked goods, or something pretty to display, the list is always changing at the Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market.

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Clintonville Farmers’ Market

3519 N High St, Columbus
Saturdays; April 27th through November 23rd  from 9am- noon

The mission of our non-profit, community-based market is to support excellent growers and producers while nurturing community appreciation of wholesome local foods in a lively neighborhood setting. They are a producer-only market, which means that everything you see at market is grown or produced by the stall farmer or cottage food producer. 

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The Dublin Market

Longshore Street between Tuller Ridge Drive and Bridge Park Avenue
Saturdays; May 18th through September 28th from 9am- noon

The Dublin Market includes delicious baked goods, fresh produce, flowers and much more. Experience live entertainment, numerous nearby establishments and the convenience of free parking. Don’t miss out on this fun, free, family-friendly event at Bridge Park! 

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Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market

1777 E Broad St, Columbus
Wednesdays June 5 through September 4 from 3:30- 6:30pm

The Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market is located outdoors in the main Conservatory parking lot, just off of East Broad Street and two miles east of downtown Columbus. The Farmers’ Market offers a mix of local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, and health and beauty products.

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Grove City Farmers’ Market

4069 Broadway, Grove City
Saturdays; May 18 through September 14 from 8am- noon

From peaches to homemade jellies and baked goods, and tomatoes to sweet corn on the cob, the annual Grove City Farmers Market offers unmatched quality and variety. 

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Hilliard Farmers’ Market

5445 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard
Tuesdays; May 28th through September 10 from 4pm- 7pm

The Hilliard Farm Market supports residents of the City of Hilliard by providing vibrant community gathering space and options for local, healthy, fresh foods.

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New Albany Farmers’ Market

200 Market Square, New Albany
Thursdays; June 20th through September 12th from 4pm- 7pm

You will be able to enjoy seasonal offerings, beautifully hand crafted artisan products, an inviting array of produce, fresh baked goods, and more. You can even grab dinner at one of the delicious food trucks!

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North Market Farmers’ Market

59 Spruce Street, Columbus
Saturday & Sunday; June though October 

Customers are able to purchase directly from the local farms selling the highest-quality products from their fields. Additionally, we aim to combine local farms and local entrepreneurs selling hand-made & vintage items, fine arts & jewelry for a bigger, more eclectic and experiential Farmers’ Market.

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The Pearl Market

North Plaza, Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Tuesdays and Fridays May 24 – October 11 from 10:30am- 2pm

Locally produced fruit, veggies, baked goods, coffee, treasures, and more at
Gay Street and Pearl Alley in the heart of downtown Columbus.

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Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market

2850 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington
Wednesdays; June 5 through September 25 from 4- 7pm

The Upper Arlington Farmers Market is set to open its 2019 season on Wednesday, June 5 with new hours, new management and a fresh look!

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Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market

N. State & E. Home in Uptown Westerville
Wednesdays; May through October from 3- 6pm

With plenty of free on-street and lot parking, a trip to the market is a great way to enjoy a Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville… a fun, weekly experience for all ages, and a dog-walk-and-bike-friendly destination.

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Worthington Farmers’ Market

646 North High Street
Saturdays; May through October from 8am- 1pm

The Worthington Farmers Market will open its 32nd market season in 2019. Please join us in celebrating all things local food with more than 90 farmers and food producers. 

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Cannonball into summer with 30 pools near you




This weekend marks the official return of pool season. So, leave your layers and insecurities at home, because it’s time to give the pool whatever body you’ve got! 

Ring in Memorial Weened at any of these 30 pools near you. 

Columbus Recreations and Parks City Pools

Dodge Swimming Pool*

645 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-7365
Hours: 1:30pm to 7:30pm
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Driving Park Pool*

1100 Rhoads Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 645-3110
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Glenwood Swimming Pool*

1888 Fairmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 645-3281
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Lincoln Swimming Pool*

570 Woodrow Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 645-3058
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Marion Franklin Swimming Pool*

2699 Lockbourne Rd., Columbus, OH 43207
(614) 645-3161
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Maryland Swimming Pool*

1380 Atcheson St., Columbus, OH 43203
(614) 645-3063
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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Tuttle Swimming Pool*

240 W. Oakland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 645-3603
Hours: 1:30pm to 7:30pm
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Windsor Swimming Pool*

1300 Windsor Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 645-3607
Hours: 1:30pm to 6:30pm
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* = LEISURE CARDS: $1 photo ID required to utilize Columbus Recreation and Parks pools. Learn more

Dublin Community Pools

Dublin Community Pool North
5660 Dublinshire Drive
614-792-SWIM (7946)

$7 Dublin resident, $9 Dublin resident guest adults; $6 resident, $8 resident guest children

Dublin Community Pool South
6363 Woerner Temple Road
614-889-SWIM (7946)

$7 Dublin resident, $9 Dublin resident guest adults; $6 resident, $8 resident guest children


Worthington Pools

The Worthington Pools
400 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Worthington

Splash pad + water cannons + $.50 hot dog Tuesdays. $15 adults; $10 children


Four lane fitness pool, a 12 person hot tub and a zero entry leisure pool area, kiddie slide, lazy river, vortex area, 110-foot slide

$5 for children (3-17 yrs) and military, $6 for senior citizens, $8 for adults

Westerville Pools

Highlands Park Swimming Pool
245 S. Spring Rd., Westerville

Body slide tower, zero-entry toddler pool, spray playground, lazy river. $8.25 for ages three and up

Community Center Watering Hole
350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville

Covered aquatic center with leisure pool, whirlpool, body slide, tube slide, fountain, lazy river. $7.50 for all ages

Westerville Jaycee Swimming Pool
230 S. Otterbein Ave., Westerville

Four pools, two diving boards and a giant water slide + regularly scheduled family fun nights. $9 ages 11 and up; $4 ages 4-10

Upper Arlington Pools

Devon Pool
2070 S. Mallway Dr., Upper Arlington

Wading pool, concessions and shaded area, lap swimming, recreational swimming. $7 daily, $3 after 7pm

Tremont Pool
2850 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington

Heated water, two diving boards, lily pad crossing challenge, climbing wall, $12 daily, $6 after 7pm

Reed Road Water Park
2000 Hastings Lane, Upper Arlington

Heated water, lap lanes, vortex and current channel, slides, outdoor showers, $12 daily, $6 after 7pm

Grandview Pools

Grandview Heights Municipal Pool
1350 Goodale Blvd., Grandview

$8 adult, $3 child weekdays; $10 adult, $4 child weekends

Bexley Pools

David H. Madison Community Pool
2100 Clifton Ave, Columbus

Two water slides, toddle pool, splash pad, diving, competition lanes. Adult $10, Children (17 and under) $7; Adult after 6pm $8, children after 8pm $5

Hilliard Pools

Hilliard Family Aquatic Center
3850 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard

Two 30-foot water slides, competition pool, leisure pool, dumping bucket, lazy river. 2yrs and under free, General Admission $10, Senior Citizens $5

Hilliard East Municipal Pool
4450 Schirtzinger Rd, Hilliard

Leisure pool, 140foot water slide, splash pad. 2yrs and under free, General Admission $10, Senior Citizens $5

Gahanna Pools

Gahanna Swimming Pool
148 Parkland Dr, Gahanna

General Admission $9, After 3:30pm $6

Hunters Ridge Pool
341 Harrow Blvd, Columbus

General Admission $9, After 3:30pm $6

Other Swimming Holes

Minerva Park Swim Club
5300 Valley Rd., Minerva Park

$8 general admission

The Big Splash
2831 Southwest Blvd., Grove City

$6 resident; $8 non-resident (must be accompanied by resident or season pass holder)

Groveport Aquatic Center
7370 Groveport Rd., Groveport

$6 resident, $8 nonresident

Zoombezi Bay
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell

$34.99 general admission; $26.99 ages 3-9

Northland Swim Club
5006 Almont Dr., North Side

$5 for events

Did we miss your favorite place to stay cool in the heat? Let us know in the comments!

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Food & Drink

5 trending desserts you need to put on your Columbus Bucket List




Ah, there’s nothing like a sweltering day when the only source of relieve is a cold treat. Or, if you’re like us, you don’t even need the excuse of extreme temperatures to enjoy a frozen dessert!

Below are 5 trendy desserts you need to put on your Columbus Food Bucket List this summer.

Glazed Churro Bar | Catch the truck!

In early April, a new player stepped onto the Columbus dessert team and they’re not playing any games. Glazed Churro Bar is tooling around the city, satisfying sweet teeth with its gorgeous and downright delicious dessert concoctions. From Fruity Pebble and Cookies & Cream sundaes to savory taco cones, Glazed Churro Bar is likely to be your new food truck obsession.

Cookie Dough Creamery | 7227 N. High St., Worthington

Worthington’s Cookie Dough Creamery doesn’t shy away from real cream in their soft serve ice cream and you can “really taste and feel the difference”, they claim. But, what really sets the dessert shop apart from other shops (and your mom) is that they won’t scold you for eating their un-baked cookie dough! Their six flavors are made with heat-treated flour instead of eggs to produce a safe-to-eat unbaked cookie dough.


Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops | Catch the wagon!

Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops knows no barriers. Their popsicle ingredients range from PB&J, to saffron, to avocado, to Mission coffee, to charcoal, all the way to watermelon habanero. And if that isn’t fuel enough to spark your desire for an ice cold pop, just look how pretty they are!

Simply Rolled Ice Cream | 970 N. High St., Columbus

Inspired by the street vendors of Thailand, Simply Rolled offers made-to-order ice cream rolls, which is both fun to watch and delicious to eat. Mix up your order with an ice cream taco! Why use a spoon when you could eat a waffle cone?

Bonifacio | 1577 King Ave., Columbus

Known for their modern spin on Filipino brunch and monthly Kamayan, or family-style dinners, it would be easy to overlook the dessert menu. But, the Ube Ice Cream Sandwich, made from purple sweet potato, stuffed in a deep-fried bun topped with coconut and caramel is the street food favorite you didn’t know you were missing. Check out their other Ube ice cream creations, too!

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