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Food, Fashion, Wellness: 3 new properties coming to Polaris

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There’s a nip in the air as summer gives way to fall, which can only mean one thing—retailers are already leapfrogging both Halloween and Thanksgiving to get that sweet, sweet Christmas merch on their shelves.

With the inevitable gift-getting frenzy approaching, shoppers at Polaris Fashion Place will have some new options to peruse this holiday season thanks to three newly-opened retailers.

Altar’d State, a women’s boutique which is “rooted in a unique, faith-based shopping experience,” opened its new space in late August on the Lower Level of Polaris Fashion Place. The updated location features the brand’s latest plus-size line, A’Beautiful Soul.

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Altar’d State is joined by Polaris newcomers BoxLunch, a specialty gift store, which opened its doors on August 24 on Polaris’s Lower Level. The retailer specializes in pop culture-themed merchandise and collectible items, with a philanthropic twist: BoxLunch provides a meal to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for every $10 spent at the retail location.

Rounding out the mall’s new offerings is Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy, which seeks to add “unique wellness options” through a variety of CBD products available for purchase. Located on Polaris Fashion Place’s Lower Level, the new “botanical boutique” held its grand opening on August 29.

“Our guests are always changing and evolving, and at Polaris Fashion Place, we want to be able to offer them today’s top trends and shopping destinations,” said Tamra Bower, General Manager at Polaris Fashion Place via a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to celebrating the fall season with these exciting property additions.”

Polaris Fashion Place is open seven days a week; Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (614) 456-0120, or visit polarisfashionplace.com.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

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The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit time.com/kid-places.

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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

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Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:

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Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit sonictemplefestival.com/.

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