Scenes from a wrong turn on the way to the Old Franklinton Cemetery over the weekend. This dog sat so still, it might as well have been posing for the picture. Rodgers Ave & Scott St, Columbus, Ohio.
In 2011, Columbus native, Jess, and Brooklyn native, Rob, began chronicling their quest to go on dates in this city (once a week), AND…stick to a budget. Have a look at their $20 Date Resource Guide, via twentydollardates.com.
How ADORABLE is this couple? I mean, really. Let me tell you—I have been longing to find this Man Who Knits, ever since scoring one of his wool hats about two years ago at a boutique (formerly known as Loot) in the Short North. Nope, no website or email address on the hang tag attached to it; kind of refreshing these days, if you ask me.
The hat in question is my FAVORITE; so naturally, I fangirled a bit after finding The Man Who Knits at a bi-monthly farm & goods market, just west of downtown in Franklinton. Made entirely from salvaged wool goods, each find is unraveled and then knit again into something new. Even the original garment tag is saved—you’ll find it pinned to every one of his pieces, leaving you with another little token of its past life.
To those who knit for themselves, skeins of reclaimed wool yarn are also available at his post for $10. And below: (don’t pay attention to my mug) it’s the hat I love so much.
Catch EJ (The Man Who Knits), and his wife Nancy (whose style I’m nuts about) at the 400 West Rich Market, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. I’ve been going on-and-off since the event’s first tiny incarnation, and am really pleased to have seen it grow so much.
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Hi! I’ll point you towards a mini-city guide post I wrote for a fellow blogger last year…hopefully it will give you something to start with. For your art fix, I recommend the Wexner Center for the Arts. Most people will tell you to try Jeni’s Ice Cream (and they’re right, it’s a flavor experience). The 400 West Rich Indoor Farmers Market on the west side hosts a random assortment of produce, crafters, and food trucks that you might enjoy on a Saturday. Some other food-related suggestions: Brothers Drake Meadery, Freshstreet Yakitori at Double Happiness, The North Market, Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Music is such a hard topic to touch upon unless I understand your preferences. Google the schedules at Dick’s Den, Kobo Live, Ace of Cups, Carabar, Woodland’s Tavern and Rumba Cafe to name a few places. There’s so much more to do, and so much more I could suggest, but I know there’s only so much you can pack in to four days of travel. Welcome to Columbus in advance!
Side notes: try not to overwhelm yourself. EVERYONE has an opinion about where to go and what to see. Take some attitudes local message boards with a grain of salt (they don’t represent everyone who works, lives and plays here…just as this Tumblr doesn’t). My rule of thumb is to pick three things of interest to check off your list—then leave room for some aimless wandering and happy accidents. The best possible outcome is for you to develop your own personal relationship with the place you’re visiting. Getting lost in an unfamiliar town has always been the best thing to happen to me, but…I guess I’d take that advice with a grain of salt too.
• Here’s a list of trip ideas based on interest by Experience Columbus.
• tiredtimmy suggested visiting cringe.com for live music schedules (check back there on Friday for an updated weekend listing.)
• Bethia of Columbus Food Adventures suggested a few links on the topic: 48 Hours in Columbus (food cast), and Columbus Underground’s Top 10 Things to do in Columbus message board thread.