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Black History Month: Shop these 10 black-owned local businesses

Kelsey Lawrence



Supporting black business is crucial to improving our economic disadvantage in society, especially during Black History Month. Because of these disadvantages however, they can be a little harder to find. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of ten black-owned businesses you can support not just because they’re black-owned but because they’re awesome too.

Replenish Spa
124 S Washington Ave, Columbus

Located in the Discovery District, this spa/yoga studio is a refuge from the stress and chaos of Columbus’ busy downtown life. Run by Deja Redman and her two daughters Chanelle Redman and Wuavette Duncan, this spa offers everything from organic skincare and cosmetics  to energy healing and meditation. They also offer sleep therapy, which is a nap that can be added on to any service to increase the benefits of relaxation.

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SuperChef’s Breakfast & More
199 E Broad St, Columbus
1344 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna

Everyone loves a good brunch spot. Superchef’s gives a fresh take on the comfort foods you know and love. Founded  by Columbus Natives and childhood friends Ryan Bryson and Darnell Ferguson, this restaurant is only part of their numerous culinary achievements. Being a chef for the 2008 Beijing Olympic team and winning Food Network’s Thanksgiving Challenge, Darnell brings passion, skill and prestige to his business.

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Upper Cup Coffee Co.
79 Parsons Avenue, Columbus
121 Mill St, Gahanna

Owner Micael Habte brings to Columbus inspiration from his Eritrean roots with this cozy coffee shop in Olde Town East. He starting out by selling coffee beans to retailers in the city, then decided to start his own business in OTE and recently opened a second location in Gahanna. You can get coffee roasted in-house as well as pastries and sandwiches.

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Wilowbeez Soulveg

This vegan/vegetarian popup and catering company gives you something you need in your life: soul food. With staples like mac-n- please and soul cabbage, you’ll find that going vegetarian doesn’t mean sacrificing some of your favorite foods. They make sure to engage with the community by hosting local talks and and piloting Mansa Men, a nine-month personal development program geared towards young black men. You can see what their up to, including their pop up locations through their Facebook page.


Sole Classics
846 N High St, Columbus
6391 Sawmill Rd, Dublin

Housing some of the hottest streetwear, Sole Classics is a reflection of the city’s expanding/evolving fashion scene. Here you can find big brands like Nike and Jordan as well as Sole Classics collabs with Vans, The Columbus Clippers and The Hundreds. Owner Dionte Johnson bought Sole Classics when he was just 23 years old, and has had so much success at his Short North location that he was able to expand to Dublin as well. They also have a website where you can purchase merch and check out their blog.

Joan’s bridal Couture
7382 E Main St, Reynoldsburg

NYC native and owner Joan Madison brings inspiration from the fashion capital of the country. Working for famous dress houses like Ann Taylor and Ellen Tracy, Joan took her skill and experience and opened a full service bridal salon here in Columbus. They offer alterations, tux rentals, dresses, and more. A full list of services is available on their website, as well as Joan’s gorgeous Queendom Collection.

Synergi Salon
3443 E Broad St, Columbus

Catering to all your curly needs, Synergi Salon encourages you to love your natural hair, in all of its forms. Their service menu includes natural styles like two-strand twists, braiding, and straightening. You can also get a curly cut and color. They know that natural hair can be a journey (struggle), which is why they offer personalized consultations so you can get the most out of each appointment.

Black Art Plus
43 Parsons Ave, Columbus

A charming shop in Olde Towne East, Black Art Plus has a great selection of black art from figurines to jewelry and a great selection of books. They house authentic African art pieces like dolls and musical instruments. The majority of their merchandise is in store but some items can be purchased online.

The Walton Firm
395 E Broad St #200, Columbus

Childhood friends Chanda Brown and Seal Walton came together in 2014 to form Walton-Brown Law, a firm that specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment discrimination, and civil rights, among other things. Dedicated to informing the people, they have a blog where they give tips on avoiding injury, discrimination, and harassment.

Battiste LaFleur Galleria
825 E Long St, Columbus

Not your run-of-the-mill flower shop, this galleria features elaborate designs for large events as well as personal use. Battiste LaFleur has been family run for 75 years, taking pride in developing a signature style locals know and love. You can check out their website where they have a gallery of their floral arrangements as well as online ordering.

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The Weekend Lookout: 9 different ways to spend your weekend in the city

Mitch Hooper



Summer is fleeting, but luckily fall is on the way. We are entering that Goldie Locks zone of weather which means it's the perfect time to get up, and get out. From a big music jamboree with Doc Robinson on Saturday to Tyler, The Creator stopping off at Express Live, here are the events and happenings to keep on your radar.


Doc Robinson's Family Jamboree @ Woodlands Tavern

If you trust our taste with The Turbos, then having you trust us once more with Doc Robinson shouldn't be a stretch. Here's a little taste of what Doc Robinson will bring to the stage on Saturday. The Family Jamboree kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will include a large roster of local acts including Parker Louis and Hebdo.

German Village Oktoberfest @ Wunderbar

You already know the drill here: fill your steins full of Great Lakes Brewing beers, chow down on German classics from places like Pierogi Mountain, and don't even worry about the cover charge because this is a free-to-attend event.

Can Release: Opera Cream Stout @ Platform Beer Co.

New beer, who dis? Platform Beer Co. is breaking out a new can this Saturday at the taproom where they collaborated with The BonBonerie for this Opera Cream Stout. Platform will have beers ready for purchase around 10 a.m. so come early, and come thirsty.


Kölsch In The [email protected] Gemüt Biergarten

It's a beer release party in the Garten! Gemüt Biergarten is breaking out its newest brew Huginn & Muninn Kölsch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for just $3 in the Garten. Gemüt describes this beer as a light-bodied German ale that is malt-forward with a slightly fruity flavor.

Tyler, The Creator @ Express Live

Tyler, The Creator has been on a new level in terms of music popularity. His albums Igor and Flower Boy have received plenty of critical acclaim, and his unique sound landed him as the artist who created the soundtrack to the newest iteration of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The often off-the-walls rapper will be taking over Express Live on Sunday evening with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

It: Chapter 2 and Hustlers @ South Drive-in

Going to a drive-in to see an It movie, ah. It feels like the good old days again. Was I around for those days? Maybe not, but the nostalgic vibes still stand. Head over to the South Drive-in for a double feature of the newest It: Chapter 2 as well as Hustlers. Everything kicks off around 7:15 p.m., and the Drive-in suggests showing up an hour early to be safe.

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A Day In Delaware: Horse racing, kayaking, food trucks, cocktails

Mitch Hooper



It's horse racing season in Delaware at the Little Brown Jug and that means two things: you're either about to lose, or currently losing.

The beloved horse racing at Little Brown Jug, affectionately known as LBJ, kicked off on Sunday and will run until Thursday. If you're looking to get in on the action, here is where you can buy tickets.

But, if you've already spent all your gambling money and just need a break from the horses, there are plenty of alternatives available in Delaware. Here are three spots to keep in mind as you explore our not-so-distant neighbor to the north.

Kayaking at Alum Creek

Whether you hit it big on your bet, or lost it all in the first race, Alum Creek is perfect because it's free. While the views on the walking trails are great, the views from a kayak are even better. The water there is very calm with the exception of a boat passing through every once in a while making it a nice spot for beginners.

And if you're a veteran on the water, the lake is relatively large meaning you can make an entire day out of it. I recommend packing a cooler with some picnic food—peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, string cheese with crackers, and some fresh fruit—and making pit stops at some of the beaches right off the lake. And, just so I can say I told you so, leave your phone in the car, or in a water proof bag.

Dinner At The Food Truck Depot

The Food Truck Depot is a relatively new eatery and bar in Delaware and it's sure to have something for everyone. If you, or someone you're with, is a vegetarian/vegan, Encompass Eatery is a familiar face at the Food Truck Depot and they offer plant-based dishes such as a grilled caprese sandwich, or straight up carnivorous sandwiches like the hearty roast beef sandwich. Other food trucks that have made appearances include Tortilla, Red Door BBQ, and Deja Food. Also at the Food Truck Depot is a full service bar with craft selections and cocktails as well as a large sand volleyball court if you need to burn some calories.

Drinks On Sandusky St.

Delaware is absolutely loaded with options when it comes to drinking in the evening. Looking to taste some bourbon and whiskey? Check out Opa Grill And Tavern which boasts the largest bourbon selection in Ohio. Or perhaps you're more of a beer person (you are from Columbus after all). Barley Hopsters is a beer lovers heaven as it offers large coolers stocked with local, regional, and national craft beers. Build a six-pack to take home, or sip on your beer of choice while you ponder your next option.

Not too far from Barley Hopsters is Restoration Brew Worx which offers a variety of their in-house brews. And if you're looking for an elevated cocktail, 1808 American Bistro is on 29 E. Winter St—just a stone's throw away from Sandusky St. On the flip side, if you're just looking for a dive bar to call home for the evening, The Backstretch will have you covered with cans of PBRs and Tullamore Dew.

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9 festivals for you to fall in love with this weekend

Mitch Hooper



Summer may be rounding out, but there are still so many ways to fest outside. From vintage good fairs to rock climbing at the Scioto Audubon, here are the festivals taking place this weekend in the city.

Sept. 12-15 | Scioto Fest | Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This four-day festival is for those with an affinity for the outdoors. Here, adrenaline junkies will find rock climbing and bouldering while land lovers can enjoy camping, music, and all the food offerings.

Sept. 12-14 | Creative Control Fest 8 | Lincoln Theatre

In its eighth year, the Creative Control Fest is back to raise up and celebrate creatives of color from around the midwest. Hang out and learn useful information at one of the many workshops, or get your mind right at one of the wellness activities designed for creatives from a variety of different industries.

Sept. 13-14 | 934 Fest 2019 | 934 Gallery

In a celebration of the art scene here in Columbus, 934 Gallery is opening its doors for two-days this weekend featuring art from Lucie Shearer and Andy Meyer. Additionally, the festival will play host to two music stages, a comedy stage, local artist vendors, food trucks, craft beer, and plenty of activities for your young Picasso.

Sept. 13-15 | Country Living Fair | Ohio Historical Village

Calling all flea market fans and garage sale experts, this is your chance to splurge! This three-day fair offers more than 200 vendors from across different states selling vintage and handcrafted goods as well as antiques. Stop by one of the how-to sessions, or simply fill up your Pinterest mood board with loads of ideas.

Sept. 13-14 | Columbus Caribbean Festival | The Scioto Mile

In its third year, the Columbus Caribbean Festival has returned to The Scioto Mile for two days of live music, delicious island-inspired food and drinks including Taste Of Kingston and The Gumbo Dude Food Truck, and a parade. The music lineup includes Pete Funk, BAND AMANIAUZURI, and The Flex Crew.

Sept. 13-15 | 2019 Grandview Oktoberfest | Hofbrauhaus Columbus (Grandview)

Another weekend in September, another chance to celebrate the German Oktoberfest! This time around it's at Hofbrauhaus where live entertainment will clash with German food and bier as well as activities for little ones. Friday will feature WCOL-FM from 6pm- 8pm, while Saturday will host a face painter and balloon artists from 2pm- 6pm. And if you couldn't make it to the face painter on Saturday, they will return on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm in addition to a magician.

Sept. 14 | Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival | Columbus Commons

From farm-to-table-to-festival, the Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival brings nine different Columbus restaurants together to showcase their offerings. For $15, you can enjoy live music from George Barrie Band and The Floorwalkers, stuff your face, and know that you're doing some civic good as a portion of proceeds will benefit Freedom a la Cart, an organization providing paid workforce training and supportive services to survivors of human trafficking.

Sept. 14 | Oktoberfest Party | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Wolf's Ridge is getting in on the Oktoberfest action and on Saturday you can find brats, spaetzle, and of course, WRB's very own Oktoberfest bier. If you really want to feel the Oktoberfest vibes, purchase a $14 stein and hoist it high!

Sept. 14 | Old Hilliardfest | Main St. in Old Hilliard

This street fair takes place in Old Hilliard where visitors can explore car shows and sunflower shows as well as all the fixings of most festivals: live music, food, and activities for kids at the kid's fair. Support local, and have fun while doing so!

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