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New kiosks aim to improve your experience in the Short North

614now Staff

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Columbus, we’d like to introduce you to your new friend IKE who will help make your Columbus experience more meaningful.

The first touch screen kiosks made its debut in the Short North today on High St near the corner of W Poplar Ave and are expected to pop up in as many as 35 different places in Downtown, German Village, and University District in 2019.

Residents and visitors will be able to discover events, shops, restaurants, transportation information, and other unique things to do in Columbus by interacting with the IKEs.

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Plus, the kiosks will serve as security cameras and free wi-fi hotspots.

The IKEs were developed by Columbus-based Orange Barrel Media with support from Experience Columbus, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Smart Columbus, and the Downtown Special Improvement Districts.

On-screen ad revenue will cover the cost of the new technology.

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Easton loses home furnishing store

Regina Fox

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Home style enthusiasts will have one less place to shop in Easton now that Z Gallerie at 4194 Easton Gateway Dr. has permanently closed.

No reason for the closure was cited. The store specialized in fashion-forward furniture and decor ranging from traditional to bold.

The number for the Columbus location has been forwarded to the Louisville, KY store, which is now the closest Z Gallerie location to Columbus.

Dozens of other stores remain open across the United States. Z Gallerie has a strong online presence, as well. To learn more, visit zgallerie.com.

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Tee Jaye’s on Tee Vee: Fox News coming to area restaurant this week

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Biscuits and gravy with a side of political commentary? It seems that's what's on the menu this week at the Tee Jay's Country Place restaurant on Morse Road.

Following Tuesday's Democratic Presidental debate at Otterbein University on Tuesday, a reporter from the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" will be on hand at Tee Jaye's from 4am- 9am Wednesday morning to "hear what you thought of the debate and your thoughts about the next election," according to a post on Tee Jaye's Facebook page:

Are your friends and family sick and tired of your political ramblings? Try your hand at punditry over a barnyard buster this Wednesday. Just try not to leave with egg on your face!

The debate will also be covered by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the New York Times among many, many other news organizations.

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Popular Grandview shop vandalized over the weekend

Mike Thomas

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Staff at popular Grandview shop The Butcher and Grocer were met with an upsetting scene upon arriving at work Sunday morning. The glass front door of the shop was shattered, and cash stolen from inside.

Thanks to the mess caused by the break-in—and having no cash drawer to run a register—Butcher & Baker was forced to close for business Sunday. In spite of the setback, management clearly have not lost a sense of humor:

Butcher & Baker have regrouped and are operating for their usual hours. Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Grandview police.

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