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12 ways to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day




Every day is a good day to celebrate your mother, grandma, female guardian, or a positive woman influence in your life. But on Sunday, May 12, it’s an obligation. No excuses, you need to give your mother a great day, and we’re here to help.

Below are a few resources for your to treat your mom to a day she deserves.

The Keep | 50 W Broad St, Columbus

Join The Keep for a delicious brunch buffet from 10am – 3pm (adults $44.95, children 5-12 years $12.95) and for dinner beginning at 5pm for the entire Mother’s Day weekend for specials including Asparagus and Prosciutto, Tuna Niçoise, Coconut Dulce de Leche. Please call 614.745.0322 to reserve.

The Goat | 4265 Brooklands Drive, Hilliard

Create priceless memories this Mother’s Day by celebrating with Alice’s Table and The Goat in Hilliard! Grab the special women in your life and join us in creating a beautiful spring arrangement while enjoying a mimosa bar. Learn flower tips and tricks and leave with a beautiful arrangement. Your ticket includes one mimosa! Learn more

Copious | 520 S High St, Columbus

Copious will be treating your mom, mom-to-be, and/or grandma with a yummy brunch spread including Baked French Toast and fresh Waffles, Made to order Eggs Benedict and Vegetarian Egg Strata, Prime Rib carving station and Chicken Piccata with Fried Capers, Fresh fruit and yogurt dip, salad, assorted desserts, and a “Build Your Own Bloody Marry Bar” from 11am – 2pm. Visit to make a reservation.

Mother’s Day Yoga + Candle Making | The Candle Lab, 459 N High St

First, you’ll start your Mother’s Day celebration by pouring your own custom-scented 8oz candle! With 120+ fragrances to choose from, we’re willing to bet you and your mama will find a handful to love! While your candle cools, you’ll be rejuvenated with a flow yoga class led by Danielle from Modo Yoga. Learn more

Smith & Wollensky | 4145 The Strand W, Columbus

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day she’ll always remember. Experience our new Spring Menu, with steak and seafood dishes, plus mainstay favorites including the classic Oscar Style Filet, American Wagyu Tenderloin, Twin Stuffed Lobster Tails, and an array of delicious starters. Pair your meal with three-wine flights for $30 – featuring new white, rosé, and red wines by the glass offered during lunch, dinner, and at the bar. Reserve your table for Sunday, May 12.

Barcelona | 263 East Whittier Street

HOURS: Open for lunch and dinner, 11 am – 9 pm
MENU: Regular menu, plus with lunch style specials and dinner specials.  Our un’wine’d Sunday wine offering will be available all day.  Retail pricing on all bottles of wine for your enjoyment. Live music from 6-8 pm.


The Boat House Restaurant | 679 W Spring St

Sunday brunch from 10am – 3pm with champagne, Steamship Round of Beef, Holiday Ham, Leg of Lamb, Seafood Raw Bar, mimosas, Bloody Mary Bar, entertainment, and More! Call (614) 469-0000 for info.

Camelot Cellars Mother’s Day Wine, Chocolate, and Cheese Pairing | 901 Oak St

Treat your mama to a fancy cheese, chocolate, and vino experience from 1 – 3pm this Sunday. The experience even comes with a free gift, too: a Camelot Cellars wine glass. $20 tickets.

La Scala Italian Bistro | 4199 W Dublin Granville Rd, Dublin

Enjoy a fancy brunch from 11am – 3pm with Prime rib carving station assortment of cheeses and dessert and salads. Scramble eggs, bacon , sausage and peppers , waffles, smashed potatoes and lasagna. Or, come by for dinner from 4 – 7pm. Call (614) 889-9431 for more info.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern | Grandview, Dublin, and Gemini Place

Matt the Miller’s has an awesome brunch buffet every Sunday, but for Mother’s Day, they’re cranking up the ante with shrimp cocktail, two carving stations, additional Chef specials and desserts from 9am – 4pm.

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek | 1370 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna

The Barn’s Mother’s Day buffet spread will include favorites like bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, and made-to-order omelets, plus shrimp, salads, fruit, specialty desserts, and a Bloody Mary bar! Call 614.855.9840 for more info.

Mother’s Day Giveaway | @thisisprettyinink

To celebrate the women in our lives who are the most beautiful on the inside Pretty In Ink, a cosmetic tattooing shop in downtown Columbus, is offering a giveaway to make them feel just as beautiful on the outside. One lucky mother will receive a new set of brows (which includes a touch up) and 2 skin tightening sessions on a chosen area of the face. This 2-part giveaway is over $1200 in value!

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Mother's Day is fast approaching (just under two weeks away, guys)! To celebrate the women that have always been there to do the most for us, why not give a little something back, like brows and a little tighter skin? 🤷‍♀️ 🎉THIS is the biggest giveaway Pii has ever done! 🎉 Bc it is the biggest one, everyone must follow each step to have a valid entry. One lucky mother will receive a new set of brows from Mandi (which includes a touch up) and 2 skin tightening sessions on a chosen area of the face from Deb! We are super excited for this 2 part giveaway totaled over $1200!🎰🎰🎰 Deadline is midnight May 12, 2019 and the winner of the giveaway will be announced on May 12, 2019 by 5pm EST. WHAT ARE THE RULES? 🤔🤔🤔 * * 4 Steps to enter✔️ * 🖤👍You must like @ThisisPrettyinInk's page on Instagram and/or Facebook 🖤👍Like this post giveaway post 🖤@Tag your favorite mom in the comment section of our post and why you are m(n)ominating her!! (Haha, see what I did there🤓) 🖤📷Screenshot and repost/share the Mother's Day Giveaway photo tagging us @ThisisPrettyinInk with the #PrettyMominInk tag on IG and/or FB * * * * **Important** ✔️Each comment must contain only 1 tagged mom and the reason you think they are the mother of all the mothers! ✔️You may mominate as many as you’d like, but they must be in their own separate comments!! ✔️You may NOT enter duplicate names, but 2 different people can mominate the same mom. Make sense? ✔️One lucky mom will be randomly chosen May 12, 2019 by 5pm EST. ✔️All of the of the above steps must be completed for the entry to be valid. ✔️The winner will hold full responsibility on booking the appointments with Mandi and Deb by June 1, 2019 and the winner will have until August 1, 2019 to redeem both services. Good Luck! 🍀 P.S. This giveaway is open to Facebook and to Instagram. All rules apply to both platforms! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #motherhood #supportwomen #momsohard #modernmom #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodunited #momsday #motherhoodrising #momsbelike #hardworkingmom #momminsohard #workhardmomharde #mothersdaygiveaway #mothersdaygift #columbusmoms #ohmom #ohiomom #614mom #welovemoms #614 #asseenincolumbus #giveaways #740 #440 #216 #773 #312 #872 #304

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There’s a construction equipment playground just 40 minutes from Columbus




“Touch-a-truck” events are always a hit with the kids. The way these things usually work is your little one can get up close and personal with a fire engine, maybe even donning a helmet and sitting for a photo opportunity in a parked vehicle.

Been there done that? Have we got the thing for you.

On Saturday, July 20, Lancaster’s Festival Fair Day wants to give kids (and kids at heart) the chance to operate heavy construction equipment—we’re talking earth-movers—and even push some dirt around, move scrap metal with a magnet, or excavate/drive around in one of the machines.


The “Operator for a Day” event will run from 10am-5pm at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, according to information on the event’s Facebook page. While the event is free and open to all ages, there is one stipulation – no sandals or open-toe shoes allowed!

For more, visit or call (866) 262-4181.

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Restaurant Review: Alqueria puts twists on American faves

Mike Thomas



Bringing a new restaurant to market is an undertaking notoriously fraught with peril—in most cases.

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“We took the keys the last week of October, and we told everybody we wanted to be open by the middle of January,” chef Patrick Marker says of Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen, which he co-owns with his business partner, chef Jacob Hough. “The way these things usually work out, there are tons of setbacks, and I think we were really lucky.”

There may be some luck involved in avoiding red tape and construction delays that accompany the typical opening, but the smooth sailing enjoyed by Marker and Hough is also the result of countless hours of hard work
and preparation.

As the former home of The Angry Baker, the University District space Marker and Hough chose for their restaurant was already fairly well-suited to their needs. When it came to executing the renovations necessary to bring their concept to life, the duo did much of the heavy lifting themselves.

“It was a lot of long days of us and our bar manager Michael [Marsan], the three of us in here together, just kind of squirreled away,” explains chef Hough of the construction process. “We know everything about each other now,” he adds with a laugh. “There are no more secrets!”

After 10 years working together in the tight confines of a kitchen, it is hard to imagine that any secrets would remain between Marker and Hough. The two met at upscale German Village staple Barcelona, where they spent a decade working together as sous chefs. 

Prior to their shared stint at Barcelona, the two chefs each forged their paths in the culinary arts in their own way. Hough’s is the classic story of learning from his mother and grandmother in the kitchen as a child, often using ingredients plucked fresh from his grandfather’s garden. He attended culinary school at the Pennsylvania Culinary Academy in Pittsburgh right out of high school and has never looked back.

In Marker’s suburban upbringing, food was viewed as a necessity more than a communal family experience by his busy, working parents. He discovered his love for cooking through a high school job as a dishwasher in a nursing home, where he was sometimes called upon to lend a hand preparing meals. A culinary degree from Johnson and Wales in Provincetown, Rhode Island followed, and Marker spent his twenties in kitchens in tourist destinations of the American South, before finding his way to Columbus’ Barcelona.

It comes as no surprise that the marriage of two distinct food influences is the defining feature of Marker and Hough’s new menu. At Alqueria, locally-sourced American comfort food classics are often presented with a Spanish twist, an homage to the duo’s shared history at Barcelona.


Pan-roasted Lake Erie walleye is paired with gnocchi in a Spanish-inspired green sofrito broth. The menu’s charcuterie offerings bring Spain’s meats and cheeses to bear, while charred octopus—a holdover favorite from the Barcelona days—encourages patrons to push their boundaries outside of the familiar.  

“It’s been freeing, because the constraint was trying to stay in the realm of Spanish cooking,” chef Marker explains of making the transition from Barcelona to his own restaurant. “There were some flavors that maybe we wanted to explore that we didn’t get the chance to. Here, we’re saying it’s American with some Spanish influence, but we feel like we can pull any ingredient in and make it successful.”

Twists on American classics help the fare at Alqueria stand out from its peers in the elevated comfort food scene. Nashville-style hot chicken, the ubiquitous menu item for any modern comfort food joint worth its salt, is here paired with a cheddar and pork-infused waffle. This lunch entree is served with a drizzle of buttermilk dill dressing and topped with horseradish pickle slices for a unique, deconstructed approach to the modern classic dish.

Marker and Hough take a farm-to-table approach to procuring their ingredients, which in their view means always sourcing local ingredients when they are available, allowing for some wiggle-room for creativity when necessary. (You won’t find too many Ohio-sourced octopi, after all). For the two chefs, the farm-to-table mentality extends to the design sense of the space, which is adorned with ample reclaimed barn wood and assorted antique knick-knacks.

Along with bar manager Marsan, who constructed the restaurant’s drink menu of locally-minded beer, wine, and signature cocktails, chefs Marker and Hough are excited to see what the next chapter of their culinary journey has in store. “If you’re seriously committed to a life in the culinary field, I think the idea is that you want to have your own place,” says Marker, with Hough adding of their experience so far with Alqueria, “It’s been a fun journey; we’re living a childhood dream.” •

Alqueria is located at 247 King Ave. Visit for a menu and hours.

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Hobbies 101: How and why to get hooked on knitting

Laura Dachenbach



Welcome to a series of articles to help you find your next hobby. Hobbies give us something to be passionate about, a creative outlet, and an alternative way to be productive. So stick around. Better well-being is just a lazy afternoon away.



“It keeps me from killing people.”

That’s a response I got from an actual knitter when I inquired about his hobby. It’s true that knitting literally helps you unwind. But knitting isn’t just a way to relax. (Or the above case, to serve as a public service.) It’s a way to be productive, because at the end of each session, you’ve got a unique, maybe slightly misshapen, full-of-love project to keep or pass off as a gift. And you’ll join a bevy of celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, David Arquette, Ryan Gosling, and Amanda Seyfried who turn their cares to a pair of needles and yarn. 


Seriously, knitting promotes mindfulness through repetitive motion and rhythmic patterns. The effects can be similar to meditation. The movements your eyes make as you knit are thought to be a memory booster, and it’s a completely portable hobby that you can take virtually anywhere: the doctor’s office, the break room, a bar. No matter where you and your ball of yarn go, you’re sure to strike up conversation. “Watcha makin’?” Or in my case, “Do you have any anger management issues I should know about?”

If you didn’t get personal knitting lessons from grandma, don’t worry. A host of craft and textile stores are ready to help you get started on your next scarf, hat, shrug, or blanket.

614 Knit Studio | 4400 Indianola Ave.
A project-based approach (mittens, hats) to knitting for all levels. If you get hooked, join the Happy Hour Yarn Club!

Sew to Speak | 752 High St.
You’ll find beginner knitting for kids and adults (including finger knitting!) with suggested materials. 

The Yarn Shop | 1125 Kenny Centre Mall
An assortment of leveled classes and projects. 

Knitting Temptations |  35 S High St.
Knitting Temptations offers beginning and advanced classes in knitting and crochet, as well as groups that knit projects for charitable causes.

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