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9 new stores scheduled to open at Easton by this fall

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Come fall time, Easton Town Center will have nine shiny, new stores.

The addition of these store fronts helps to add to the retail and entertainment experience of the complex’s 26 million annual visitors, reports 10TV. New retail stores are coming to Easton Town Center.

Seabolt & Company – Just Opened in the North District: Columbus-based Seabolt and Co. began as an all-natural skin care line for men. The brand quickly grew as women became jealous of their husband’s products. Now, these responsibly sourced products are available to men and women

Marine Layer – Just Opened in the North District: Marine Layer is a San Francisco-based retailer that’s all about soft, comfortable clothing with a relaxed Cali style.

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery – Summer 2018: Koko Tea Salon & Bakery will be brining their macaroons, cupcakes, and teas to a new location at Easton Square Place East.

Scout & Molly’s Boutique – Fall 2018: Scout & Molly’s has finally landed in central Ohio! This shop made by and for women makes female customers feels beautiful in whatever she is wearing. With stylists on hand at all times, you can leave the store looking and feeling your best, no matter your body type.

Indochino– Fall 2018: Opening its first showroom in the state of Ohio at Easton this fall, Indochino is revolutionizing men’s fashion by offering high-quality menswear that makes them look and feel like a million bucks.

Red Giraffe Designs – Fall 2018: Created by an OSU alum, Red Giraffe Designs is filled with one-of-a-kind jewelry. It will be located in the Station Building.

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Lovesac – Fall 2018 – Need more comfortable furniture? Look no further than the space next to Bath & Body works in the Station Building. These products are built to last and evolve with customers’ needs.

The Blowout Bar – Fall 2018: The Blowout Bar is blowing up! The two founding sisters are opening another shop to bring Columbus beautiful, healthy hair at a price to fit your budget.

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus – Fall 2018: Columbus is lucky enough to land one of only 11 otherLEGOLAND Discovery Centers in the U.S. This will be a premiere destination for children and parents alike with playful and educational experiences.

In addition to these new stores, Condado Tacos will also be expanding its patio and new digital interactive touch screens will be rolling out to help you navigate the shopping complex.

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Orange Barrel Hell: 5 road projects to avoid at all costs

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The ubiquitous orange construction barrel: a sign of central Ohio’s continual growth, and the stuff of traffic nightmares.

Road construction in central Ohio is a headache that may be impossible to avoid, but at least you can try. Here are five ongoing road projects to watch out for.

Watkins road at 33 – Closed indefinitely
A truck hit the 33 overpass at Watkins Rd on Thursday, leading to a closure of Watkins that could last for months, according to ODOT officials.

I-70 between I-270 and Wilson Rd – southbound Wilson closed for the weekend
I-270 to I-70 eastbound on the west side, as well as Southbound Wilson Road over I-70, will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. The closure will last through the weekend. All lanes will reopen at 5:00 AM Monday.

I-71 South Side ‘Mega Fix’ Between Grove City and Columbus
The South Side construction project on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Grove City will add extra lanes, new bridges, and exit ramps throughout five miles of highway. The project will be under construction for at least three years, with completion targeted for the Fall of 2020.

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I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane
Construction on the Ohio’s first SmartLane has begun. The project spans seven miles miles of I-670 between downtown and John Glenn International Airport.

The new lane, called a SmartLane, will utilize state-of-the-art digital overhead signs installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic. SmartLanes are intended to ease traffic congestion during peak rush hours.

3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25
Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year for a widening, reconstruction, and pedestrian path project.

What ongoing road project grinds your gears in your daily commute? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Local church apologizes after kids spit on pastor

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Please consider this story your weekly reminder not to spit on people—even if they’re literally asking for it.

The Impact City Church in Pataskala has issued an apology over an Easter lesson gone wrong, in which youth minister Jaddeus Dempsey encouraged kids to slap him and spit on him. One student, at Dempsey’s direction, even cut the pastor’s bare back with a knife. The exercise was intended to teach students about Christ’s crucifixion.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, the church assured the public that there is a formal review and investigation of the incident under way from their Board of Directors:

While Dempsey’s future at the church is uncertain, perhaps this bizarre incident did manage to convey a simple lesson—don’t spit on people!

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There’s still hope for bigger, better Whitehall Kroger

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Two years has gone by since Kroger purchased a former Big Bear grocery store at the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall, but the massive marketplace is still promising a bigger, better store for the community.

The place may just be a vacant lot right now, but according to This Week News, the 8.2-acre site at 3680 E. Broad St could become a shopping center with a drive-through pharmacy, fuel center, expanded kosher offerings, ClickLists, and other amenities.

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But ultimately, the project timeline is still being worked out.

Via a 15-year, 53% tax-increment-financing agreement Whitehall City Council approved in 2016, Kroger’s deadline to begin construction was pushed back from the end of 2018 to the end of 2021.

Kroger purchased the property for $4.2 million and is expected to shell out another $24 million to build the new store.


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