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Staycation: 13 grandiose Grandview attractions

Olivia Balcerzak

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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.

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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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Flash sale! Pop-up store in Hilliard offering VIP deals you won’t want to miss

Regina Fox

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Back by popular demand, Columbus' exclusive pop-up shoe store will be offering all the brands you know and love at closeout prices. The Warehouse Sale will be open at 5388 Westpointe Plaza Dr, Columbus from November 22- January 5.

They will have a large selection of women’s, men’s, and kid's brand name shoes. Find your favorites like Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Timberland, Cole Haan, Adidas, and hundreds of others. The Warehouse Sale never has seasonal markups on certain styles, so you’ll always be able to find the shoes you want at a price you want. New weekly inventory will allow for endless discoveries, too!

Want to get these already deeply-discounted kicks for even less? Enter your phone number into the Warehouse Sale website before midnight on Thursday, November 21st to receive a Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF coupon for the Grand Opening weekend.

Like all good things, the Warehouse Sale will come to an end, so don't wait! Learn more about the shoe pop-up at shoewarehousesale.com.

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Cabin Fever: Bask in a bird’s-eye view at Mohican Treehouses

Olivia Balcerzak

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In 2011, Kevin Mooney created Mohican Treehouses, a small village of upscale treehouses in the middle of the woods in Glenmont, Ohio. Since then, Mooney has created a large barn and hired staff to make the nine houses (and one soon-to-be tent) both a getaway spot for families and a barn-wedding venue for couples and space for their families to stay. (614) had the chance to chat with Mooney to see what’s going on in his treehouse cabins, and what you can expect when you visit.

(614): How did Mohican Tree Houses get its start and where have you seen it go from there?

KM: I studied Hocking Hills’ business plan and their lodging and determined that this area here is going to have a lot of lodging down the road, so I started off building these rental cabins. And then a friend of mine talked to me about treehouses and then I bumped into someone that took a class on how to build a treehouse. When I first built treehouses, I couldn’t give it away to friends and family. When [my friend] called me the second time and said, ‘I want to build a treehouse with you on a TV show (Animal Planet, Treehouse Masters) and it will be the second treehouse,’ I jumped at the chance. We built the treehouse not knowing if the show was going to work. And then once the show worked, it just took off.

(614): When people arrive at the Tree Houses and the venue itself what should they expect to see?

You can expect, if it’s a treehouse, to be left alone. You’re on 77 acres; you do a self check-in. You’re going to hear a lot of Mother Nature. You’re going to feel really out in the middle of nowhere. This one I’m looking at right now I have a 25-foot spiral staircase that is 4 feet wide and goes up 25 feet to a suspension bridge. The suspension bridge is 100 feet long and when you go into this treehouse, you step in and on the other side of it is a glass garage door. You open up the glass garage door and it feels like you’re out in Mother Nature.

(614): What would be the appeal of staying here as opposed to other winter or summer getaway places?

The tree is the experience because you’re 25 feet off the ground and you can feel that general movement of the tree. I remember someone wrote in one of my books. The mom said, ‘You know, when my kids got here, they weren’t happy. Their cell phones didn’t work, their internet didn’t work,” and she said thank you. “It’s the first time we’ve reconnected with nature in years.” She said by the end of the trip, the kids were loving it. They put their IPads away, they put their cell phones away and reconnected with the family.

(614): One of the biggest pieces of business for the Mohican Treehouses you said was weddings, can you tell me a little more about the process of booking your wedding there?

Most people just find us by the internet and they arrange a tour and we’ll give them a tour and if they book us, we’ll give them a tasting. And we’ve hired an executive chef. Our chef here was invited to be on Chopped and is rated one of the top chefs in Ohio. Out of the last 50 tastings, we’ve only had one couple not book us. The game has changed where the millennials are demanding better quality food, a better experience, and that’s where I think we really shine because we go above and beyond any other place. My people realize if you’re getting married and we’re a part of your wedding, we’re really lucky to be a part of your wedding.

(614): How is the setup of the wedding? Is the venue decorated already?

I have this room where they can take all of these decorations out like lanterns—you see a lot of lanterns at barn weddings, things like that. A lot of high-end decorations, I bought them and for less than $200 the couples can take whatever they want and decorate it themselves. And if they don’t want to do that—we’re full service. We’ll do the photography, the photobooth, the flowers, and we’ll do the DJ.

(614): How many people this year would you say are coming?

We’ll do 90-some weddings this year. And if you want to stay at a treehouse, you better be getting married here or you better be invited to a wedding, because a lot of my Friday brides and grooms will come in on Wednesday and a lot of my Sunday weddings will stay until Tuesday—so really if you want to rent a treehouse, it’s really hard.

(614): What else would you like to say to prospective customers?

My son said it best one time. He said, ‘When we do this, we’re going to get people to feel the dirt, we’re going to get them out of the city and they are going to feel what Mother Nature is like. They’re going to get their hands dirty and make a fire, sit around the treehouse and just relax. Enjoy not having a cell phone service and internet.”

To plan your next adventure to the Mohican Treehouses, visit themohicans.net/treehouses.html.

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Columbus Winter Beerfest “pulling out all the stops” for 10th anniversary

Regina Fox

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Can you believe Winter Beerfest has been kicking it in Columbus for a decade? Well, you better because this January 17 and 18, #10YearsOfBeers Columbus Winter Beerfest Presented by Taft's Brewing Co. is back!

The two-night celebration of craft beer features more than 350 local, regional, and hard-to-find craft beers from more than 130 breweries including North High Brewing, Columbus Brewing Company, Taft’s, and many more.

The festival also offers concessions from local food trucks as well as live music both Friday and Saturday night—all inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“For a decade Columbus has allowed us to throw the biggest party of winter. Every year we work to top ourselves but turning 10 is special,” says event co-Founder Matt King. “We’re thankful to the thousands of people that support Winter Beerfest. To say thank you, we’re pulling out all the stops."

The event offers an inexpensive way to sample sometimes very expensive beers while learning about the beers from Brewers and Distributors. Some of the beers that will be on hand cost as much $18 a small bottle or $500 a keg. In total, over 10,000 Gallons of Beer will be dispensed at Columbus Winter Beerfest!

Proceeds from the 10th Annual Columbus Winter Beerfest benefit Animal Rescue Partners and I Have a Dream Rescue Organization in their shared mission to find “forever homes” for animals in need.

Early admission tickets are available now at columbusbeerfest.com.

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