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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with 8 bookshops near you

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If you’ve been looking for a sign to crack open a nice hardback lately, this is it.

It’s National Read a Book Day and we think it would also be a good excuse to patronize a local book shop.

Here are some places around the town to score new adventures on paper:

The Book Loft

631 S 3rd St, Columbus

 

The OG bookstore in Columbus. Carve out many, many hours to enjoy the 32-room labyrinth in German Village.

Half Priced Books

Multiple locations

Cheap books already broken in by bookworms before you.

Barnes & Noble

1598 North High Street, Columbus

All the hottest reads + journals + stationary + pretty much everything

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

2116 Arlington Ave, Columbus

The very best of classic and new literature for young readers, in-store events including story time, reading clubs, writing workshops, and author/illustrator visits at their brand new location.

Two Dollar Radio

1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus

Bringing the books that probably won’t hit mainstream, Two Dollar Radio carries independently published reads while also serving food and drinks and hosting events.

Karen Wickliff

3527 N High St, Columbus

A book hoarder’s dream. Find unique treasures in the mountains of used literature at Karen’s.

Gramercy Books

2424 E Main St, Bexley

Locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley.

Read it Again

4052 Broadway, Grove City

No silly, that’s not a house. It’s a bookstore filled with excellent hardbacks and paperbacks as well as miscellaneous gifts, antiques, puzzles and games.

But let’s not forget all these beloved shops that did not stand the test of time:

  • Cover to Cover in Clintonville
  • Walden Books in Westland Mall
  • Beehive Books in Delaware
  • Little Professor on Lane Avenue
  • Acorn Bookshop in Grandview
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Go chasing these 4 beautiful waterfalls around Columbus

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TLC didn’t advise it, but we say go, go chasing waterfalls! Especially these four beauties around Columbus.

Some are for taking a dip in, some are for admiring from a distance, but all are to enjoy the natural beauty that exists just outside our bustling city.

Hayden Run Falls | 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Columbus, OH 43017

This hidden gem in Dublin is just off the boardwalk, giving you optimal time to snap the obligatory selfie and bask in nature’s bounty. Take a swim if you feel so inclined!
But the best part may just be the parking lot *cue choir of angels*

Always an adventure

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Indian Run Falls | 700 Shawan Falls Dr., Dublin, OH 43017

Waterfall jumping is prohibited but we’re just going to leave these photos of people doing just that here….

This old Wyandot tribe ground can be hiked in about 30 minutes.

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Glen Echo Park | 510 Cliffside Dr., Columbus, OH 43202

If you’re not looking close enough, you could miss this park entirely. This serene plot at the end of N Fourth St. beholds an old bridge, picnic tables, and a lovely little waterfall.

Venture a little further down the paved trail and admire the Ohio birds Mural covering the walls of a bridge’s underbelly.

🌿🐶🌊 #beagle #summertime #Columbus

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Untitled (Collection of Headless Birds), 2017

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Not too bad for 5 minutes from the Hotel room. #parkchillen

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Inniswood Metro Gardens| 940 S Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Not only is the waterfall at Inniswood Metro Gardens 10/10 Instagram-worthy, but the park as a whole is wildly photogenic. Besides snappin’ pics, enjoy the lush green grass, seating options, and blossoming foliage.

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5 Very Veggie Brunches: Savory and sweet without the meat

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Cover photo by Brian Kaiser

For the uninitiated omnivore, vegan and vegetarian options may seem scarce, even in a city as innovative and inviting as Columbus when it comes to inclusive cuisine. Long gone are the heyday of hippie joints with lean offerings long on salads, yet still short on something you could sink your teeth into—not that the stereotype was ever entirely accurate.

Though there is certainly far more fare from which to choose than there was a generation ago, veteran vegans and vegetarians may reluctantly admit midday meals and evening eats have always been easier to accommodate than traditional morning menus. And anything a little later, maybe with a little liquor, is almost impossible to find. Even Oddfellows’ unambiguous “Classy as F*ck Brunch Buffet” couldn’t last forever. Woodhouse Vegan’s Monday/Tuesday pop-up persists, though with any luck their new digs in Italian Village will revive the tradition.

Brunch is more than breakfast’s big brother. It’s at least as much a social imperative as a search for sustenance. Be it boozy or just bougie, the leisure class case for more conscientious consumption still remains somewhat shaky. Brunch is about familiar comfort foods, and requires rousing a gaggle of friends whose idea of weekend decadence may not be implicitly plant forward.

But this is when sneaky vegans and vegetarians can show the skeptics exactly where Columbus secretly shines, with approachable spots and unassuming options that might just change the minds of many who can’t imagine brunch beyond bacon.

THE ANGRY BAKER | 891 Oak St.

This Olde Towne East eatery has inspired two o shoots in the Short North and Upper Arlington. But the atmosphere of the original is still a strong draw with scratch-made breads and pastries that are all vegan by design.

Go for the Brioche French Toast Sandwich stuffed with eggs and swiss with a side of maple syrup for dipping—or the Fork & Knife Burrito, filled with potatoes, avocado, black beans, and mozzarella then baked and topped with two eggs, salsa verde, sriracha, and green onions. Make either vegetarian choice vegan with seitan and cashew mozz instead. Be sure to grab something sweet to go.

Check out: theangrybaker.com

ALCHEMY KITCHEN | 1439 Grandview Ave.

The more robust sibling of the Parsons Avenue café, the Grandview location offers an expanded menu with holistic nutrition that makes it far more than just another juice bar. (But seriously, if you don’t order a smoothie, you’re missing out.)

Toasts are tempting, especially the Baconana, topped with almond butter, banana, coconut bacon, smoked sea salt, and maple on whole wheat. But the standout here is still the Mexican Shakshuka, a twist on the Mediterranean staple with sunny-side eggs in a spiced pepper and tomato sauce, black beans, avocado, Bulgarian feta, pickled chilies and red onions, cilantro, and a slab of farm toast.

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Check out: alchemyjuicecafe.com

BLUNCH | 2973 N High St.

Perfectly blurring the line between breakfast and lunch was always the point at this High Street haunt just south of Weber. With a generous mix of vegetarian selections, there’s plenty here to keep everyone happy— including a drink menu from bloody to bubbly with a solid slate of local craft brews.

The Veggie Benedict with sautéed vegetables on a panko-crusted portabella with poached eggs and roasted red pepper-cashew sauce is the vegetarian spin on a morning mainstay. For something less savory, you can’t go wrong with a Pancake Flight of sautéed bananas foster, blueberry lemon ricotta, and sweet potato with toasted marshmallows.

Check out: blunchcolumbus.com

LITTLE EATER | Multiple locations

“Produce inspired” is more than just a mantra for this quaint Clintonville location now with a sister shop in the North Market. Bright, white, subway tiles are as synonymous with the brand as the seasonal selection of locally sourced ingredients.

Start with the Spinach & Leek Frittata, with an unexpected balance of dill, turmeric, and feta—or the Mushroom Quiche with shallots and Gruyère. For something with some crunch, try any of their toasts, from Avocado Toasted Seed Mix with olive oil and sea salt on a slice of Lucky Cat bread to Pistachio Nut Butter with strawberry-citrus jam on a Matija Breads ciabatta.

Check out: littleeater.com

PORTIA’S CAFÉ | 4428 Indianola Ave.

Once coupled with the beloved Clintonville Community Market, this Indianola outpost is adding a second location later this year in a familiar space, the same spot as the old Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery off High Street, a neighborhood standard for nearly four decades.

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The Garden Breakfast Wrap with tofu eggs, “cheeze,” “sawsage,” tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a gluten-free tortilla is a meal you can hold in one hand. But don’t skip a side of their Rosemary Herbed Home Fries. If sweet is more your speed, their waffles are unmatched with toppings ranging from banana and blueberry to chocolate chip and coconut, as well as seasonal surprises.

Check out: portiascafe.com

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It’s Bubblicious: 5 places to score boba tea

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Iced coffees are great, but aren’t you due for a new drink order? Mix it up with a Bubble Tea! Here are five spots around town to get the chewy, liquid-suspended tapioca balls with an anatomically-inspired name. Happy bubbling!

Kung Fu Tea | 1161 Kenny Centre Mall

The Columbus location of this national chain is running a promotion in honor of National Bubble Tea Day:

Vivi Bubble Tea | 2408 N High St

National Bubble Tea Day is also a Jackets game day. Wear your gear to get a buck off at Vivi Bubble Tea!

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The Brewed Leaf | 809 Bethel Rd

The Brewed Leaf fits right in with the amazing lineup of asian dining on Bethel Road.

Cha Time | 2060 N High St

Pro tip for enjoying Cha Time Bubble Tea (among others): stab the straw through the lid – don’t try to peel it off!

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Bubbles the Tea and Juice Company | Polaris & Easton

This is your destination for classic, quality bubble. Conveniently located in both Polaris and Easton, there’s no reason this drink shouldn’t be in your hand on your next shopping trip!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy bubble tea? Let us know in the comments.

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