A Day In The Life

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Grandview has all of the local flavor you’ve been craving, and this easily walkable and bikeable neighborhood is just two miles from downtown Columbus. You can find dining, shopping, coffee, and craft beer all over this hip community. Quaint boutiques and locally-inspired dishes are on the menu, and tree-lined boulevards where every house is unique makes it a true hotspot on the map.

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The beautifully restored Grandview Theater and Drafthouse is laid-back but still buzzing with an energetic vibe. After a series of reinventions, the theater has become a prime gathering spot and a destination for craft beer tastings. Enjoy a movie while sipping on Zombie Dust or a draft root beer, and chowing down on Grandad’s Pizza!

One of the many boutiques on Grandview Avenue, The Candle Lab gives new meaning to the concept of custom-made fragrances. Find your own way to create the perfect ambiance and a soft, romantic glow. You can pour a candle, mix a lotion, or concoct a room spray – all in a fragrance you put together yourself. While The Candle Lab has several locations throughout Columbus, the Grandview spot is an ideal date-night locale, and a great place to schedule a girls’ night out. Oh, and it has its own liquor license…you’ll agree that candles + wine = a great time!

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If you’re looking to jazz up an outfit, The Smithery offers a curated collection of handmade jewelry. Get a glimpse into the art of metalsmithing by attending a workshop. You’ll learn how to make your own heirloom piece while supporting local creative commerce.

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Right next door to The Smithery resides Vernacular, a unique womenswear brand that describes their style as “East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe.” The husband and wife team that runs Vernacular has created a truly approachable shopping experience. You’ll find apparel, accessories, apothecary, and décor — their curated selection will make you want one of everything. This light and airy shop is a definitive stop for buying gifts or treating yourself.

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Featured on the Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Sweet Carrot is a hip, quirky eatery on the corner of Fifth and Grandview Avenue. Their menu has options for vegans and omnivores alike, and be sure to try a chocolate crinkle cookie or their spin on a classic carrot cake.

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Last but not least is a pit stop rich in history at High Bank Distillery. The name reflects the choice to start construction of the state capital on high ground after a 1913 flood. With industrial touches in the décor, it’s a prime hangout where casual food offerings and locally-sourced ingredients collide, not to mention the wide variety of bottled spirits and crafted cocktails.

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Be sure to try the butcher’s board or spiced rubbed carrots, and pair those dishes with a blackberry bourbon or rosé cooler. This is a fab summer spot for socializing: huge patio, shuffleboard, and foosball included.