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Review: How I stepped up my sock game with Keep It Simple Socks

Mike Thomas



I recently realized that my summer sock game needs some work. For the winter, I have about fifty pair of these generic grey wool jams, which do the trick for keeping the tootsies warm while looking presentable in the highly professional environs of the (614) office (ha).

With warm weather approaching, it’s back to the drawer to the winter-weight-woolies. But as far as summer socks go, I’m working with business-unfriendly Nike-swooshed ankle socks, and these:


Frankly, I’m as appalled as you are. These rat-bitten Gold-Toe dad socks have got to go, so I reached out to the experts at Columbus-based company Keep It Simple Socks to help me level up – and they delivered. Literally. It’s a sock delivery service, y’all.

With a combination of style and comfort, Keep It Simple’s socks could be just the thing to kick start a style revolution in this city, one sock drawer at a time. The folks at KISS were kind enough to hook me up with a few pair, and I spent part of the past week trying them out.

Upon unboxing, I was immediately struck by the socks bright colors and vibrant patterns—from wacky 80’s looks to a pair in Scarlet and Grey. Could I pull these off? I wasn’t sure, but I was willing to give it a shot.

After slipping on the first pair, I almost felt sorry placing my cool new socks into a blown out pair of Vans. A shoe makeover should probably be the next area I address, but that’s for another day.

At any rate, initial impressions of the socks were good. They fit comfortably, and the patterns didn’t look stretched out on my size 13 feet. As anyone who wears larger sizes can attest, finding a sock that fits correctly can be a headache. With Keep It Simple Socks, everything was where it belonged, and my feet never felt choked.

These things fit well, and they look cool, too. While wearing them, I caught myself looking down to admire the pattern more than once, which is more than I can say for any other sock I’ve worn. If I noticed, I’m sure other people did too. It’s a nice touch that tells people you pay attention to the little things.

Wearing these socks for the better part of a week was not a life-changing experience. They’re just socks after all. That said, I believe there is truth in the name of this company. The whole experience was simple – the way such a basic item of clothing should be.

If you want to step up your sock game and support local business in the process, check out Keep It Simple Socks for yourself. With bundle deals and a monthly sock subscription option, you’ll never again feel ashamed to flash a little ankle around the office again.

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Where to get your Red, White & BOOM on this July 4th




It was a bummer to hear that Red, White & BOOM would be canceled and changed to a virtual format for 2020. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in a somewhat traditional sense. Even with one of the biggest fireworks celebrations put on hold, there’s still plenty to do around Columbus, fireworks or no fireworks.

We here at (614) know that given the modern-day circumstances, people have the choice to celebrate in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Below you can find three ways to celebrate–Local 4th of July events; Red, White & BOOM alternatives; and places where you can legally celebrate yourself.


Fourth of July Fireworks

West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest

When: July 4 at 10 p.m.

Where: Watch from home

Obetz Fireworks

When: July 4

Where: Watch from home

Fourth of July Activities

Neighborhood Bike Brigade

When: Various start times

Where: Dublin neighborhoods

Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby

When: June 26 through July 4

Where: Any Dublin pond

Fourth of July Parades

Front Yard Parade in the Round

When: July 4 at 6 until 9 p.m.

Where: Your front yard

2020 Cruisin’ On The 4th of July

When: July 4 at noon

Where: Northbridge Ln., Columbus, OH 43235

New Albany 4th of July Parade & Festival

When: July 4 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where: Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Other Fourth of July Events

Zoombezi Bay Family Movie Night featuring The Goonies

When: July 3 from 6 until 11 p.m.

Where: Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065


Red, White & BOOM was gearing up for its 40th anniversary before COVID-19 shut the mass gathering down. However, the beloved Columbus fireworks show will be hosting a virtual event over the first four days of July. The virtual campaign will air on NBC4.

Here are some of the events that will take place:

  • Highlighting the best Red, White & BOOM stories
  • Stories from local veterans inducted into the Ford Oval of Honor
  • Broadcasting the best Red, White & BOOM fireworks over the show’s 39-year history
  • Looking back on the tradition of parades honoring veterans


We here at (614) also know that setting off fireworks yourself is illegal. We also know that buying them within the state is legal (OK?).

So here is a list of places around Columbus you can buy fireworks from. What you do from there is up to you, but we advise you to stay within the law:

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Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness




Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!

A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world. 

“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19. 

OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!

Masai Giraffe Calf

“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”

Sea lion Pup

“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”

Two Red Panda Cubs

“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”

Siamang (Gibbon) baby

“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”

Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.

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City council aims to give youth opportunities this summer




Walking down Weber Rd. toward I-71 this week, something was happening that most probably thought wouldn’t for at least another year: a group of kids playing basketball and being mentored by adults.

With the 2019-20 school year canceled, children have been confined to home, with most basketball hoops being boarded up. Summer camps were postponed and parents were starting to wonder, “What am I going to do with all of this bottled-up, youthful energy that’s been bouncing against my walls for the past few months?”

That answer was partially given on June 15, when Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced legislation to provide funds to programs for Columbus youth. The $2 million in grants was supported by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. 

“Providing a safe place for our kids to learn and grow during the summer is vital for them and for working parents everywhere, and Columbus children deserve every opportunity to access enriching services that connect them to nature, wellness, and creativity,” Brown said in a press release.

In mid-June, the Columbus Recreation and Parks opened a select number of programming and camps with adjusted group sizes and increased safety protocols. With funds from the CARES Act, Columbus can expect to see more opportunities arise over the next couple of months.

To find a full updated list of programs that the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will be offering this summer, click here.

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