Rick Hahn is passionate; passionate about his restaurant, passionate about his community, and most especially passionate about the assistance he offers to those in need.
Serving hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches (get the chicken and
noodles), Nancy’s Home Cooking has been a Clintonville staple since it
was opened by Nancy Kammerling in 1968. In 1970, Kammerling sold the
business to Cindy King who ran the restaurant for nearly 40 years before
niece Shelia Hahn took the reins.
Flash forward three years and both King and Hahn, neither of
whom would turn away a customer in need, had passed away, leaving
the future of the restaurant in doubt. This is where Shelia’s husband
Rick stepped in.
“I married into the King family but still didn’t know anything about
cooking,” Rick said. “I learned from watching a lot of cooking shows on
television. I just felt that I had to keep Nancy’s going and to continue Cindy
and Shelia’s commitment to serving the community.”
On his watch, Hahn has implemented a Pay It Forward program
that serves between 10 and 20 customers a day. In short, for $5, you
can purchase a future meal for someone in need; the only caveat is
that the buyer has to write a message on a post it note that is delivered
with the lunch.
“People can write whatever they would like,” Rick explained. “Some messages are funny and some are inspirational. Some are even movie quotes or jokes. The important thing is that the notes brighten the day of the person who receives it.”
It should be noted that these Pay It Forward meals are not just a box
with a turkey sandwich, potato chips and an apple. Those who receive
the meal can choose from chicken and noodles; biscuits and gravy; a
breakfast platter; Southwest chili; grilled cheese; and bean soup and
cornbread. The menu is seasonal and changes for appropriate outdoor
At the suggestion of girlfriend Richelle, Hahn also offers personal
hygiene kits to those who ask. These kits, which come in drawstring
backpacks, aren’t cheap to assemble (about $10 each) and contain a
30 day supply of soap, toothpaste, wipes, toothbrushes, deodorant,
shampoo and other assorted toiletries. Women’s kits also contain
feminine hygiene products.
“As for the kits, no one is turned away. You don’t even have to eat here
to get one,” said Rick.
The real Belle of the Ball, though, is Rick’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Last year Rick, with help from his staff, family and neighborhood volunteers (different shifts of 50 each), served over 500 dinners to the community. Canopies, tables, and different stations line High St., the attitude is festive, and again, no one is turned away.
“On Thanksgiving, we are probably in violation of a few zoning laws,
but I don’t think anyone really cares. All of the other businesses are closed
that day and we have High Street to ourselves,” Rick said while laughing.
And what a Thanksgiving dinner it is. Last year’s menu contained
the regular Thanksgiving staples—turkey, ham, rolls, green beans and
mashed potatoes as well as pizza, shrimp cocktail, brisket, ribs, and
lobster. Not too shabby.
“Not everyone who comes to the meal is homeless or even necessarily
in need. Some of the attendees are elderly, have no family, or have no
other place to go. I’m happy to give them a place to go,” said Rick through
It is safe to say that Rick has honored the legacy of the King Family.
Nancy’s Home Cooking is located at 3133 N High St. If you would like to donate money towards the Pay it Forward meals or Thanksgiving Dinner, you can do so in person or use PayPal.Me/nancyshomecooking. You can also drop off new/unused toiletries at Nancy’s from 6 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Fans of The Market Italian Village certainly aren't enjoying this temporary closure while it undergoes renovations, but the restaurant promises the wait will be worth it.
The neighborhood restaurant recently announced in a release "big changes" coming to the space to create more "experienced-based dining."
"We’ve teamed up with incredible designers, architects, and artists to give our space a beautiful update and we can’t keep our mouths shut about it any longer!" wrote The Market Italian Village on Facebook.
The Market is currently closed and will reopen to guests the weekend after Thanksgiving with two very special additions:
Columbus’ FIRST chef's table - A unique experience to get up close and personal with one of the city’s most unique chefs, Tyler Minnis. The reservation-based tasting counter seats four and will face toward the kitchen, giving guests direct access to Chef Tyler throughout the dining experience as he creates a four-course tasting menu. Available for $50-60 per person on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Community Table Seating - Perfect for group dining, this intimate booth is reservations-only for large parties, seating up to 16 guests. Those seated at the community table will order from a pre-set family-style menu, pre-determined by Chef Tyler on a monthly basis.
The post went on to say the restaurant "just scratched the surface" of its announcements.
The Market Italian Village is located at 1022 Summit St. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
If you're one of the 19.2k Instagram followers, you're likely already obsessed with @bungalow614. If not, we reckon you're about to be.
Taylor Basilio is a home decor enthusiast behind the gorgeous account. She's madly in love with her 1938 bungalow in Worthington that she shares with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. Basilio spends her time culminating the perfect moody environment, tackling as many house projects as she can handle, and eating desserts.
Keep reading to learn more about the local homemaker and her bungalow that gives us heart eyes!
614: What would you call your home style?
TB: If I had to use defined design "styles" I lean towards, I would say mid century modern and Scandinavian, but if I had to define my personal style, I would describe it as cozy spaces that feel lived in. I love moody spaces with contrast; mixing old and new elements like furniture, floors, and accents; and spaces that feel like home as soon as you walk in. My goal is that anyone who spends time in our house feels as comfortable here as we do.
614: What are some of your favorite items in your home?
TB: Most of my favorite things are items I scored secondhand off places like Facebook Marketplace. Before we moved back to Ohio last year I bought an antique dresser that's now in our master bedroom. It's not very practical, is super heavy, and the drawers will fall out if you pull too quickly, but I love how unique it is and the detail of the pulls. I love that I've never seen another piece like it. Another favorite piece is the dining room table my mother-in-law passed down to us a few years ago while downsizing. Not only is it beautiful, but we have so many great memories around it and no plans to stop adding new ones.
614: Can you tell us some of the places you have found your items, or places you like to shop?
TB: Like I mentioned above, I love Facebook Marketplace. There's something so good about an item someone else has loved before you; I love the history. I also love getting things for a fraction of the cost, regardless if they are name brand or not. If I need something new I always check there before going to a store or ordering online. Some of my favorite places to find really great, high quality items we've loved for years are Article, West Elm, and even Amazon. A brand I really admire and hope to add to my collection is Schoolhouse.
614: What inspires your design style?
TB: This really depends on what area I'm working on at the time. I love gathering inspiration, sometimes even months or years before a project, whether it's from Pinterest or a picture of the Bath & Body Works bathroom that I have saved on my phone (this is actually on my phone right now). Right now I feel really inspired by renovated interiors of old Brownstones and I've been working to include similar elements in our home (even though it's a 1938 bungalow and not remotely related to the spaces I use for my vision). I'm really driven by collecting inspiration from spaces I personally would love to spend my time in, and I love figuring out how I can reflect them in my home. My list of projects is never ending and the amount of posts I have saved on Instagram to look back on later is almost embarrassing.
614: What do you try to avoid while decorating?
TB: I used to have a really bad habit of decorating based on other people's opinions of my home. I could be very easily influenced by specific trends, like when the modern farmhouse style blew up. My whole house was modern farmhouse, but also very confused because it wasn't really my style at all. Eventually I got over keeping up with what I thought other people would like, and as soon as I did, my home felt more "me."
I also personally love when homes coordinate in some way, like carrying a specific paint color throughout each or similar accents. I love the cohesive feeling of walking through a home and it all feels like one piece with different personalities. In our house, we've carried the same paint colors all throughout, like in the window trim or doors. And don't forget that things don't need to be new to be beautiful!
614: Any tips for winter/Christmas decorating?
TB: My style tends to be really defined by the seasons, but I don't actually change out much of anything other than moving around stuff I already have or bringing in more outdoor elements. In the the summer, I feel inspired by a clean, white room with fresh flowers and bright lighting. We end up moving many of our plants outdoors when the temperature warms up and focus on our outside spaces, making areas like our backyard patio and fire pit as comfortable as they would indoors and spending a lot of our time out there. In the winter, I love filling my home with plants, garland, twinkle lights, and scented candles. And these tend to be my favorite months; I'm a total cold weather and gloomy day person, and I love when my house feels magical like the season.