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Airbnb, hotel hybrids open in downtown Columbus

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New extended-stay apartment/Airbnb-style concepts have launched in downtown Columbus.

This “professionally-managed travel apartment” company is called Stay Alfred and has two locations in Columbus: 223 E. Town Street and near the 80 On The Commons.

These rooms are intended for business and leisure travelers who are looking for “lifestyle amenities of an upscale apartment building with the quality, consistency and guest support of a hotel,” according to a news release, per Columbus Business First.

“Columbus has a lot to offer our guests,” Jordan Allen, Stay Alfred CEO, said in the release,per Columbus Business First. “From the culinary and craft beer scene to historic German Village to the world famous zoo, we look forward to sharing the city with our guests for many years to come.”

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80 East Rich Street Columbus

  • Starts at $65/night
  • Options range from Studio (1-2 guests), 1 Bed/1 Bath (1-3 guests), and 2 Bed/2 Bath (1-5 guests)
  • Amenities: “Your 12-story building includes chic common spaces, ground-floor retail and restaurant options, plus five floors of office/event space for live/work convenience. The 6th-floor terrace features indoor and outdoor lounges, grilling areas and fantastic Columbus Commons views.”
    • Central heating and air conditioning
    • Coffee machine
    • Dining table
    • Dishwasher
    • Free cable
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Free toiletries
    • Kitchenware
    • Linens
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Refrigerator
    • Toaster
    • Smart TV
    • Washer and dryer

223 E Town Street Columbus

  • Starts at $70/night
  • Options range from 1 Bed/1 Bath (1-3 guests), and 2 Bed/2 Bath (1-5 guests)
  • Amenities: “Staying fit on the road isn’t easy, but the fitness center is so nice you’ll be compelled to do just that. And, this Stay Alfred community room is so nice you won’t want to leave… but you did pay for your upscale travel apartment, so you might as well check it out.”
    • Community Room
    • Fitness center
    • Dining table
    • Hairdryer
    • Queen-size sleeper sofa
    • Free cable TV and high-speed WIFI
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Dishwasher
    • Coffee machine
    • Full kitchen
    • Central air conditioning

Columbus is the 28th market for Stay Alfred.

You can click here to see more details on the sites.

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Facebook to offer $100 million boost to small businesses

Mitch Hooper

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As more and more small businesses shift focus and find new footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Facebook is looking to assist with financial relief.

Through its Facebook Small Business Grants Program, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, announced the company is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits up to a maximum of 30,000 eligible small businesses in the 30 countries they operate. These cash grants and ad credits, as reported by Business Insider's Dominic Reuter, can be used by businesses to help cover operational costs, afford rent, and pay employees.

Currently, Facebook is still creating the criteria for which businesses can be approved for this grant, however, Business Insider predicts it will be modeled similarly to the Small Business Association. For more information, check out the SBA website.

To keep up-to-date with the Facebook Small Business Grant Program, visit the website where you can sign up for email updates. In the meantime, Facebook has provided tips for small businesses such as ways to stay in touch with your customers, how to host an online event, and advice on preparing a frequently asked question list for your page.

614Now will update this story as more information becomes available.

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German Village property owner looking to bring new restaurant to the area

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A property owner in German Village hopes to fill a vacant storefront in the next few weeks. What do you think should go in the space at 277 E Livingston Ave.?

Edward Mershad told This Week News he is updating the structure of the property with hopes a restaurant will move in and open by early summer.

The building was formerly occupied by the Happy Dragon. It was to become a Philco Diner + Bar by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, who also own Club 185, but plans fell through.

For more information, visit This Week News.

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Two popular restaurants announced for New Albany development

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Two tasty vendors were just announced for a new development in New Albany. Market & Main is pleased to welcome Katzinger’s Delicatessen and Harvest X Three Tigers to its unique mix of offerings.

Katzinger’s Delicatessen will be located in the Market & Main 2 development on Main Street between Johnson’s Ice Cream and the Heit Center.

Harvest X Three Tigers is a unique collaboration between Harvest owner Chris Crader and Three Tigers Brewing Co. partners Lonnie Hill, Rick Moller and Scott Wilkins. It will be located on 1.5-acres at the former New Albany Mill site at the corner of Main Street and Dublin-Granville Road, which will maintain its historical character in homage to New Albany’s heritage and rural history, according to a release.

Katzinger’s seating capacity is expected to be around 60 and Harvest X Three Tigers will hold even more in approximately 8,000 square feet of interior space as well as an outdoor bier garten area, according to a release.

New Albany’s Market & Main area in the heart of town now has 220,000 square feet of commercial space. Tenants there include corporate office users like Wallick and UBS, as well as independent operators like Truluck, Elliott Cooper, PetPeople, Whit’s, and Fox in the Snow.

“We’ve partnered with companies who provide tailored products and services that our residents want,” said New Albany Company President Bill Ebbing. “These tenants know that New Albany is a place where they can succeed, especially between our 11,000 residents and the more than 15,000 employees who work in the New Albany International Business Park.”

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