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Review: How I stepped up my sock game with Keep It Simple Socks

Mike Thomas

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I recently realized that my summer sock game needs some work. For the winter, I have about fifty pair of these generic grey wool jams, which do the trick for keeping the tootsies warm while looking presentable in the highly professional environs of the (614) office (ha).

With warm weather approaching, it’s back to the drawer to the winter-weight-woolies. But as far as summer socks go, I’m working with business-unfriendly Nike-swooshed ankle socks, and these:

Yikes

Frankly, I’m as appalled as you are. These rat-bitten Gold-Toe dad socks have got to go, so I reached out to the experts at Columbus-based company Keep It Simple Socks to help me level up – and they delivered. Literally. It’s a sock delivery service, y’all.

With a combination of style and comfort, Keep It Simple’s socks could be just the thing to kick start a style revolution in this city, one sock drawer at a time. The folks at KISS were kind enough to hook me up with a few pair, and I spent part of the past week trying them out.

Upon unboxing, I was immediately struck by the socks bright colors and vibrant patterns—from wacky 80’s looks to a pair in Scarlet and Grey. Could I pull these off? I wasn’t sure, but I was willing to give it a shot.

After slipping on the first pair, I almost felt sorry placing my cool new socks into a blown out pair of Vans. A shoe makeover should probably be the next area I address, but that’s for another day.

At any rate, initial impressions of the socks were good. They fit comfortably, and the patterns didn’t look stretched out on my size 13 feet. As anyone who wears larger sizes can attest, finding a sock that fits correctly can be a headache. With Keep It Simple Socks, everything was where it belonged, and my feet never felt choked.

These things fit well, and they look cool, too. While wearing them, I caught myself looking down to admire the pattern more than once, which is more than I can say for any other sock I’ve worn. If I noticed, I’m sure other people did too. It’s a nice touch that tells people you pay attention to the little things.

Wearing these socks for the better part of a week was not a life-changing experience. They’re just socks after all. That said, I believe there is truth in the name of this company. The whole experience was simple – the way such a basic item of clothing should be.

If you want to step up your sock game and support local business in the process, check out Keep It Simple Socks for yourself. With bundle deals and a monthly sock subscription option, you’ll never again feel ashamed to flash a little ankle around the office again.

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9 festivals for you to fall in love with this weekend

Mitch Hooper

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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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Let’s play FREE ball! Clippers weekend win means more dime-a-dogs

Mike Thomas

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Over the weekend, our Columbus Clippers topped the Gwinnett Stripers to clinch the series, earning them a spot in the Governors' Cup Finals!

Games 1 and 2 of the Governors' Cup Finals best-of-5 series against the Durham Bulls will be played at Huntington Park on September 10 and September 11. Both games will start at 6:35pm, gates open at 5:30pm.

As if that weren't enough to entice you, all games in the first round will be dime-a-dog! 

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are FREE! They will be available beginning Monday at 10am via Ticketmaster (no fees!), by calling 614-462-2757, or by stopping by either our Administrative Offices from 10am-4pm or the CF Box Office on the corner of Neil and Nationwide from 10am-2pm.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four per order. For more information including the complete playoff schedule, click here.

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Amazon Treasure Truck returns to Columbus this weekend with exclusive deals

Mike Thomas

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Whether you missed out on the Prime Day deals, or simply want to keep the savings rolling, Amazon is offering a unique new way to score deals in Columbus. This weekend, the juggernaut of online retail is once again bringing its Treasure Truck to the 614.

The concept is simple: Customers can sign-up for text message alerts revealing the day’s treasure, which could range from trending tech and the latest gear to seasonally relevant products. Sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193.

After customers place their order on Amazon, they then select a convenient pickup location and time slot to get their item. In addition to the iconic trucks, customers can pick up their treasure at newly-launched vans, as well as kiosks located in select Amazon Books, Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market stores, and more.

To learn more and to sign up for alerts, click here, or sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193. Don't sleep on these deals—the Treasure Truck will be rolling on to the next locale before you know it!

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