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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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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap




Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!




It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

Mike Thomas



With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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