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 | newfangledkitchen.com
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| www.bexleynaturalmarket.org
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 | www.piccadillydally.com
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 | johnsonsrealicecream.com
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 | www.gramercybooksbexley.com
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 www.gobexley.com to find more Bexley businesses and restaurants and see what you can discover for yourself. We hope to see you around soon!