Category Archives: Columbus

First, Fly Spray And Herd Oil, Now Gin, Served Here

Heading for home after work, I pass this massive building on the northern edge of downtown Columbus. Topped by its distinctive water tower and emblazoned with seven-foot-tall white-painted letters spelling out, “The Smith Brothers Hardware Co.” on all but its … Continue reading

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From Reading Loft To Virtual Porthole, Check Out the View Along North High Street

The view of the sky straight over our heads is the only perfect view, A Room With A View’s Mr. Emerson believes, but the prospect afforded by the cantilevered reading loft at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch is definitely … Continue reading

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“Curiose Geschichte” And “Gl├╝ckes Genughat”: Bexley Scenes From Childhood

Slice a banana in half lengthwise, top it with chopped peanuts and a dollop of pastel-tinted mayonnaise, and you’ve created one of my favorite dishes: the banana nut salad from the Willard Restaurant, a fixture of the Bexley, Ohio community … Continue reading

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Stand Up Straight, Keep Your Feet In First Position And Spray Vodka On Your Dress

Every time I finished reading about Stephanie, I decided that she was one pretty nifty girl. Jill Krementz must have thought so too. She shadowed the 10-year-old student at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, photographing Stephanie’s experiences and describing … Continue reading

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Cross My Heart, You’ll Love The New Cover To Cover

Arlington Avenue was my 12-year-old self’s paradise. There, I found a place of supreme delight. At Cross My Heart,  Jet, Sue and Susan’s retail shop for counted thread patterns and supplies, the walls were lined with rows upon rows of … Continue reading

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Did You Find The Man Selling Ham?

January is limping along. The weather is unpredictable, time is passing slowly, and Spring is a long way off. Stuck in Columbus during this long, dreary season, I’m bored and restless for sights beyond the city limits. To hasten this … Continue reading

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A Show Of Hands, Please: Have You Been To 1665 W. 5th Ave.?

The best part of spending weekdays in room 1098 is its history-spanning view of downtown Columbus. Look left and find the former Hartman Hotel, built in 1898 by the Columbus doctor who made his fortune from the patent medicine known … Continue reading

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