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Who doesn’t love cats? If their mere presence sends you into a sneezing, swelling, anaphylactic shock, then I guess you have a reasonable excuses. But if you’re missing your furry-friend from home, or just enjoy your cup of coffee accompanied with a cat, Eat, Purr, Love might be your temporary escape from stress and school.

Just a mile or so north of Lane on Indianola is a quaint coffee shop full of cuddly, furry feline waiting for treats and chin scratches. The cat room’s Instagram-able mood lighting and cozy furniture make it the perfect location to take a break from the hustle and bustle of campus. You know, those long weeks that seem like all your professors got together and planned out the most grueling workload week specifically for you.

When you walk into the cafe the staff will greet you, and if it’s your first time, they will give the general run-down of the place. You sign a waiver before you go into the cat room and then you pay your cover fee. The rates are $10 for an hour in the cat lounge, and if you don’t have an hour, there is also the option to pay $5 for a half an hour of kitty time. The cover fee helps provide food and supplies for taking care of all the cats. To sweeten the deal each guest gets a little Jell-O shot container of cat treats to gift to the cats, because let’s be honest sometimes cats can be stingy with their love unless there is something really good waiting for them in return—kind of like an ex-boyfriend. Although when I was there, the cats were just as fond of the snugs and love as they were receptive of the treats.

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Typically, the café has about 12 cats in house. They all come from Columbus Humane, and all the cats are adoptable to loving, furr-ever homes. It’s probably a good idea to check with your roommates before just showing up at the apartment with a new kitty, but sometimes that’s the risk you take with surprises. Each cat in the café has a little Polaroid picture hung up on a door with their name, age, and sex. And it’s cute as hell. There is also an entire wall of all the past cats they have had in the café that have been adopted, so if you need a feel good moment there are hundreds of reminders there that happy endings do exist for shelter animals. This wall is also cute as hell.

If the cats aren’t enough to tempt you, in order to put the café in Cat Café, Eat, Purr, Love also stocks Pattycake Bakery’s vegan baked goods. I recommend the pumpkin walnut muffin, but it’s also fun to take your non-vegan friends to try a baked good and let them naturally react to how delicious it is and then tell them it’s vegan. On tap they have local coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, and a selection of cold beverages. They also have board games, and there are no rules against bringing in a good book to read with a cat on your lap. With tables inside and outside of the cat room, you and your friends should be able to find a spot to sit back and relax.

If you’re looking to take on the responsibility of adopting a cat then this place is a great place to start your search for your new furry friend. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, Eat Purr Love is a relaxing environment for cat-lovers to come and hang out with super friendly cats especially if dorms and strict landlords are getting in the way having a cat of your own. So, if you miss your cat at home. Or your significant other won’t let you have one because of their allergies. Or even if you just need a cuddle break from studying, Eat, Purr, Love is sure to satisfy your inner crazy cat lady.

A few final things to know before you go: the café recommends making a reservation, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits, and the hours are in blocks to allow the cats to have some alone time to recharge and have some peaceful “cat naps.” They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday-Friday they are open from 11am- 2pm and then again from 4pm- 7pm. Saturdays they are open from 10am- 2pm and 4pm- 7pm. They are also open on Sundays from 10am- 2pm. You can find more information at eatpurrlovecatcafe.com.

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Brick by Brick: Lego popup bar is the ultimate nostalgia trip

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With playsets encompassing everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legos remain a go-to for kids of all ages. Now, the colorful little blocks are preparing for their greatest team-up of all—with booze, of course!

A new popup event called "The Brick Bar" is bringing the fun of Legos to a bar near you for an exclusive 2-day engagement this March.

Bringing over 1 million blocks to the party, the event organizers will transform The Kitchen at 231 E Livingston Ave. with unique lego sculptures, as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. Prizes for the best builders, DJs, and a ping-pong table (built entirely from Lego bricks, of course) are also in the mix for your nostalgia-driven enjoyment.

For ticket information, dates, and more, visit The Brick Bar Eventbrite page or follow them on Facebook.

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Hit Your Peak: 3 worth-the-drive ski slopes near Columbus

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The cursed Ohio Winter Monster has made its presence known to all with its 5pm sunsets, snow storms, and seasonal depression for all. How are you going to fight back against the gloom this year? It may seem like it’s impossible to do fun things with your friends or to stay active in the winter, but I’m here to tell you that not all hope is lost. Finding a new hobby is a great way to kick your winter woes to the curb and start the new decade on a good foot.

Skiing can be a great way to casually exercise with friends and resuscitate your serotonin levels. Here are three high quality places to ski within driving distance of Columbus for you to check out.

MAD RIVER MOUNTAIN

Located in Zanesfield, Mad River Mountain is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. They have the most reasonable prices of all the nearby ski resorts. Plus, their on-property bar, The Loft, has 12 taps of craft beers on rotation to add a little more fun to the night. Mad River is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays, too, so you’re getting a full Friday night of flurries.

Mad River is home to over 20 trails (spanning 3.9 miles) and four terrain parks making it the largest ski resort in Ohio. They also bolster ten ski lifts (the most in Ohio) and are tied with Snowtrails for the largest vertical drop in the state with their 300 foot slope. An added perk of Mad River is that they just built a new $6.2 million facility in 2016 to replace the space they lost to a fire in 2015. Plus, most of their trails are designated “easy” difficulty. Mad River has everything you need to have a relaxing, affordable day of skiing.

Details on hours and pricing can be found at www.skimadriver.com.

SNOWTRAILS

Founded in 1961, Snowtrails is Ohio’s oldest ski resort. It is located in Mansfield, so also about an hour drive north. This resort is only slightly more expensive, with lift rates starting at $31 for midweek evenings and $52 for all-day on the weekends, with skis, boots, and pole rentals are $37. If there’s one day this month that you visit Snowtrails, let it be January 25 for their mid-season party. Get ready for an outdoor DJ, a custom built snowbar, and a fireworks show 30 minutes after the slopes close for the night. Not into skiing? No problem! The party is free and open to the public, so let your expert friends hit the slopes while you hit the spirits at the snow bar.

Snowtrails is the second largest resort in the state with six ski lifts and 3.3 miles of trails. The majority of their trails are designated “intermediate” difficulty, so more experienced skiers will enjoy their time here.

More information can be found at www. snowtrails.com.

BOSTON MILLS & BRANDYWINE

Boston Mills & Brandywine is the farthest ski resort from Columbus on this list, but great for a full weekend away. This quaint resort is in Peninsula, OH is a two hour drive from Central Ohio. Their pricing is $40 after 3:30 p.m. and $45 for an all-day pass. Staying another night? Come back on Saturday for $5 Late Nights admission from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Boston Mill & Brandywine ski resort is known for being especially conducive to beginning skiers. They offer high quality lessons and will walk you through the process. This is the place to go if you have “stupid” questions about skiing, or just want to tube. However, they also appeal to veteran skiers as the majority of their 18 trails are designated “advanced”. Despite the high quantity of trails, this resort is much smaller than the other two, with only 1.2 miles of skiable trails, and their largest vertical drop being 264 feet. But for these prices? Could definitely be worth the trip.

Learn more about Boston Mills & Brandywine at www.bmbw.com.

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Watch: “World’s largest mural” in Short North is more than meets the eye

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At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.

Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.

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Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.

In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.

To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit shortnorth.org.

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