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Polaris announces 2 new fashion concepts

Regina Fox

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Polaris Fashion Place is pleased to welcome two new tenants to its diverse mix of fashion options: abercrombie kids and Rose & Remington.

Offering an open environment based on outdoor adventure, abercrombie kids will open on Wednesday, November 13 and will be located near the main entrance by Molly Woo’s and Brio. Abercrombie kids offers quality, comfortable yet tough apparel for children ages 5 to 14 that is made to stand up to everyday adventures.

In addition, an area of the store will include a gallery wall featuring local artwork from Columbus students, sourced through a competition hosted by abercrombie kids and the National School Art Collective (NSAC), a non-profit organization that supports the development of student curated art collections in schools across the country.

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Rose & Remington, an Ohio-based, family-owned retailer, is opening its first Columbus-area location at Polaris Fashion Place this fall. Rose & Remington caters to customers who enjoy luxury boho-chic-style clothing, accessories, and home décor at affordable prices.

The store, located between Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, will hold its grand opening celebration on Friday, November 15 from 5pm- 9pm with snacks,
beverages, and can’t-miss deals on the newest arrivals.

Guests who visit the Rose & Remington location during the grand opening will receive 20 percent off regularly priced clothing, jewelry, and accessories by checking in on social media. Additionally, shoppers will receive a free gift with purchase during the event.

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Update: Bexley’s single-use plastics ban far from in the bag

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Update: Just when Bexley thought they had a new ban in the bag, state lawmakers are swooping in to disrupt things.

An ordinance to outlaw single-use plastic grocery bags was passed by Bexley City Council in May, but two new bills could block it from ever going into effect.

According to The Dispatch, both House Bill 242 and Senate Bill 222 would bar local governments from imposing a “fee, assessment or other charge” on the use of “auxiliary containers” such as bags, boxes, and cups given out by restaurants and retailers.

If even one of the bills pass, the ban on plastic bags in Bexley could be squashed. Visit dispatch.com for more information.


05/29/2019: A ordinance banning single-use plastic bags was passed by the Bexley City Council last night by a 6-1 vote.

The ban will apply to all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020

A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery will begin in 2021.


05/23/2019: Single-use plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery could become obsolete in Bexley in the next few years if a new ordinance is passed.

Ordinance 14-19 would place a ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags at all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020. A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery would follow on Jan. 1, 2021, reports This Week News.

Also on January 1, 2021, the ban on single-use plastics would extend to educational institutions, with the exception for plastic straws for those with special needs. Mobile businesses, like food trucks, would be another exception to the single-use plastic ban.

Customers would be encouraged to bring their own bags, but business owners would be allowed to offer paper or other reusable bags for a 10-cent charge under the proposal. Troy Markham, chairman of council’s service and environmental committee who introduced this ordinance April 23, ensured that the 10-cent charge would not be collected by the city, but rather, would be itemized by the store to the consumer, reports This Week News.

Bexley City Council will vote for the third and final time on this legislation during the meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 PM at t Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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Major downtown ramp to close permanently soon

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Dear Third Street drivers, enjoy the Interstate 70 ramp while you can because soon, it'll be but a distant memory.

Starting Monday, November 25, the Third Street ramp to I-70 east in Downtown will close permanently as part of ODOT's project to improve I-70/71.

https://twitter.com/ODOT_Columbus/status/1194370732286992384

The ramp must close to make way for a new exit ramp from I-70 east to Parsons Avenue, reports ODOT, which is expected to open next month. The Parsons Avenue ramp will replace the 18th Street exit ramp, which will also close permanently in December. 

When the project is complete in 2021, another new ramp from Fulton Street will restore access to I-70 east. In the meantime, downtown drivers headed east will have to use alternate routes. See below for suggestions from ODOT:

From German Village:

  • East on Livingston Ave. to Kelton Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Brewery District:

  • South on High St. to west on Greenlawn Ave. to I-71 north to I-70 east

From Olde Towne East:

  • East on Main St. to Miller Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Arena District:

  • West on Spring St./Dublin Rd. to SR 315 south to I-70 east
  • West on Spring St. to Neil Ave. to I-670 east (to I-71 south to I-70 east)

To see a rendering of the project once all phases are complete, click here.

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Heads up, Buckeye fans, game day traffic undergoing changes

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As part of a pilot program to evaluate new ways to move more people faster, the flow of game day traffic is undergoing some changes.

The City of Columbus and COTA announced the "Game Day Mobility Lane," a one-day test that will close a lane near Ohio State's campus to normal traffic.

On November 23 starting at 10am (Ohio State vs. Penn State football game), the southbound curb lane along North High Street from Dodridge Street to Lane Avenue will be dedicated to bus, bike, and scooter traffic only.

Immediately after the start of the football game at noon, the cones will move to change the northbound flow of traffic. At that time, the northbound curb lane will be dedicated to bus, bike, and scooter traffic. The northbound traffic flow change will be in place during the game and for two hours after the game ends.

According to a release from the City of Columbus, analyses gleaned from the Game Day Mobility Lane test will inform future decision about how to best optimize traffic patterns, and could serve as a model for future tests.

The Game Day Mobility Lane is the second project in a series called the Mobility Innovation Tests, which provide critical information to help understand how to better connect residents to education, jobs, healthcare, and, in this case, OSU football.

The first test was on Third Street downtown. By dedicating the curb lane to buses, bikes and scooters, COTA saw a 25 percent time savings and closed their time range to travel the corridor from 3-24 minutes to 2-10 minutes.

“With a million people coming to our region in the coming decades, now is the time to rethink how our roads and transportation system work to give our residents convenient, affordable choices,” said Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. “We know from other cities that dedicated lanes make a transit system more efficient and effective.”

Learn more at columbus.gov/council/mobility-innovation.

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