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‘Burb Breakdown: 5 things to do in Bexley this holiday season

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Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. In this installment, we turn take a look at everything there is to enjoy in the city of Bexley during the holiday season.

Holiday Hop | Sunday, December 8, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
This family-friendly scavenger hunt incorporates some of the best aspects of the holidays–family, food, drinks, and shopping! Over forty businesses in Bexley are participating in the Holiday Hop this year. At each participating business, you’ll receive a stamp on your Holiday Hop passport. After collecting 8+ stamps, you could be entered to win one of three fabulous gift baskets. In addition, there will be a visit from Santa, The Dreidel Man, and Olaf! This year’s event will be capped off with the Bexley Tree Lighting at Drexel Circle!

To find more information about this event, please visit the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Bexley’s Annual Tree Lighting | Sunday, December 8, 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Drexel Circle

In just a few days, Bexley will be lighting up the Christmas tree. The fun and festivities start at 4:00 pm with music from the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served by the Bexley Middle School Cheerleaders and Bexley Activities Club. Starting at 4:30 pm, Mayor Ben Kessler will light the tree and Santa Claus will arrive shortly after the tree is lit with magic! When you’re chatting with Santa, don’t forget to place something for the Giving Tree to help spread holiday cheer!

Christmas Festival at Capital University | December 5-8 | Mees Auditorium, Capital University Campus

From December 5-8, Capital University’s Conservatory of Music will present its annual Christmas Festival, featuring the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, The Chordsmen, Philomel and a variety of instrumentalists. This long-standing holiday tradition is enjoyed by the university, its friends from far and wide and the greater Columbus community. These talented students, faculty, and alumni are sure to bring you festive joy this Holiday season. A show you won’t want to miss! Tickets sell fast, and they are on sale now through Ticketmaster!

Pancake Breakfast at Jeffrey Mansion | Saturday, December 14, 8:30 – 11:30 AM | Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Avenue

Each year, the Bexley Historical Society & Bexley Recreation and Parks host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast around the holidays. They decorate the Jeffrey Mansion in period décor and holiday splendor, while serving up pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee. All proceeds support the Bexley Historical Society & Bexley Rec!
Fee: $4 per child (11 & Under), $6 per Adult (12 & Up) Questions? Email [email protected] or call Bexley Recreation & Parks at (614) 559-4300

Bexley’s Annual Menorah Lighting | Monday, December 23, 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Drexel Circle

Bexley’s Menorah Lighting will take place on the first night of Hanukkah, December 23 at 5:30 PM at Drexel Circle. This event, organized with Columbus Chabad, will celebrate the lighting of the menorah, while enjoying traditional music and dancing. Hot cider and donuts will be served!

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‘Burb Breakdown: 5 must-visit businesses in Bexley

614now Staff




Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. In this installment, we turn our attention to some of the many great businesses you'll find in the city of Bexley.

Bexley’s walkable retails corridors serve as the heart of its commercial and community centers, and are home to an increasing number of fantastic restaurants, unique shopping opportunities, and of course the newly renovated and historic Drexel Theatre. If you’re looking for somewhere new to eat or shop, stop and see what you can find!

Newfangled Kitchen| 2258 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 817-1099 |

Laura & Eric Dennison opened this spot in late 2018, and it didn’t take long for it to become a crowd favorite in Central Ohio. Newfangled Kitchen has been known for their unique twists on meatloaf, with both hot and cold meatloaf sandwich options being available. The Fang, the Newfangled Kitchen’s classic sandwich, is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion, and “fang sauce”—a sweet and tangy sauce which compliments the sandwich perfectly. If you like to turn up the heat with your meals, Lucifer’s Hammer is a spicier version of the classic sandwich, topped with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and diablo sauce. For dessert, they offer a funky sweet & salty duo, a chocolate chip cookie with crushed kettle chips on top. Trust us, it’s delicious.

Bexley Natural Market | 508 Cassady Avenue, Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 252-3951|

The Bexley Natural Market is a one-stop-shop for local produce & products. This not-for-profit cooperative grocery store is dedicated to providing food of the highest possible nutritional quality. Inside you’ll find locally grown and sourced products, bulk foods, organic herbs and spices, and as well as a vast array of vitamins and supplements to support good health. Additionally, the Natural Market has an extensive selection of organic wines, craft beers, and cocktail accessories. Bexley Natural Market purchases from local farms, local businesses, and larger independent companies whose practices are socially just and environmentally sound whenever possible. You’ll feel better about the food you’re putting into your body and you’ll feel even better because of the nutrient-rich food you’re eating. It’s a win-win!

Piccadilly Play Café | 2501 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 725-0204 |

Avoiding the massive tunnels, primary colors, ball pits, and injuries, Piccadilly Play Café focuses on educational toys and dramatic play with a modern aesthetic. The indoor playspace allows you to join in on the fun or comfortably watch or work as your child plays. Piccadilly offers interesting and unique classes for babies to 12 years ranging from Sensory to Cooking to Tae Kwon Do! Tweens are also included in events such as Yoga Retreats and “Cupcake Wars” competitions. Piccadilly also provides full-service custom Birthday Parties – consistently voted top 3 birthday venues in Columbus. If you are searching for a unique gift, the Piccadilly Toy Store offers a number of wooden or educational toys and books!

Johnson’s Ice Cream | 2728 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 231-0014 |

The doors of Johnson’s Real Ice Cream of Bexley, Ohio were first opened by Robert N. Johnson and his son-in-law James Wilcox on on September 1, 1950. Together they established the signature brand that has become the oldest and most complete ice cream shop in Columbus. Since then, they have added locations in Dublin, New Albany, and Chicago! At all of their locations, Johnson’s offers scoops, sundaes, shakes, smoothies, floats, cakes, and pies behind their ice cream counter, and lunch at the Bexley location. Johnson’s is incredibly generous to the Bexley community, and Main Street just wouldn't be the same without them.

Gramercy Books | 2424 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 867-5515 |

Having a bookstore connected to a coffee shop is a huge plus. There’s nothing better than grabbing a brand new book and sipping on a warm cup of coffee paired with a sweet treat right next door at Kittie’s Cafe. Beyond offering a wide variety of books, gifts, and games, Gramercy is also deeply involved in the Bexley community. They offer a wide variety of events from author and poetry nights, to a book club, songwriter spotlights, co-hosted events with local organizations and businesses. Their friendly staff is dedicated to helping you find a book you’ll love. Stop in soon and see why they’re a great addition to our community!

It’s hard to narrow down five businesses with such an abundance of gifts and talent in one community! Visit to find more Bexley businesses and restaurants and see what you can discover for yourself. We hope to see you around soon!

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