I totally and completely love college towns. They're energetic, full of potential, supportive, and crazy amounts of fun. Yeah, sometimes it's a bit hard to see what all the fuss it about. But I promise you, that if you just take a closer look you'll see that they're so much more than just the university (or sports). This week, Jolie Ankrom @brimpapery, Owner and Designer of Brim Papery, is kind enough to show us around Columbus, Ohio. "There is an obvious spirit of pride in this city shared by everyone who lives here - people are so proud to be from #Columbus and you can see it in the way that local businesses and events thrive. You can also see it just walking around, people are so crazy about Columbus that we wear a lot of T-shirts talking about it!... Columbus has a really thriving community of self-employed creatives, and it's been a great environment for me to foster my passion for design and lettering."
JOLIE ANKROM @brimpapery
Good morning! I'm Jolie - owner of @brimpapery and Columbus dweller. I've called Columbus home for four years and while I'm an Ohio native and have always been an Ohio lover, Columbus took my love to a new level. I'm excited to show you all my most-loved spots this week! // My husband is a huge vinyl collector and we would be remiss to visit a city and not check out their record stores. While there are TONS of record stores in Columbus (probably more per capita than we need, ha!) Used Kids is by far his favorite spot in town to hit up. Staffed by several famous local musicians from current or past scene bands (the Great Plains, Gibson Bros. and Cheater Slicks), Used Kids has the city's best selection of used records (though they sell new, too). They're known for indie/punk but also offer a huge selection of well-curated options from every genre. They also just built a stage and offer free shows with pizza and beer! And, a helpful hint: if you go on a Monday, all of their used vinyl is 20% off! That's why I chose to start off with this today :)
(at Used Kids Records)
Jolie here of @brimpapery in Columbus. It's a beautiful day to visit The Short North! There is so much to do in the Short North that it's hard to know where to start. I will show you a few of my favorite Columbus spots that happen to be tucked in here this week, but for now, a little about the area in general. The Short North is a strip of High Street just north of downtown and just south of OSU's campus, nestled next to the Victorian Village. It's grown a lot over the past decades and continues to morph as time goes on - but it's always retained an artistic and bohemian vibe. It is jam packed with boutiques, bars, art galleries, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants of all kinds - most of which are locally owned and operated. Many of the buildings are early 20th century and are covered in colorful murals. If you visit on the first Saturday of any month, you can partake in the Gallery Hop, where stores and art galleries extend their hours, bands play on the sidewalk, and people weave through the streets.
Good morning! Hip coffee shops seem to be the new "thing" - they are everywhere in Columbus! But to be honest, I'm a sucker for old school over trendy. There is so much I love about Stauf's, starting with the fact that it's been around for over 25 years. Located right in the heart of Grandview (one of the most loved neighborhoods in Columbus) Stauf's is a micro-roaster and a coffee shop rolled into one with an old familiar atmosphere that I can't get enough of. You can buy bags of freshly roasted beans or sit down for a hot cuppa with a meal off their menu. You will find people of all ages camped out inside the booths and out on the sidewalk tables, working, meeting, swapping stories. When you're done with your coffee you can stroll down Grandview Avenue and window shop some of the many local stores like @peabodypapers, @objectsforthehomeand @shopthread.
The German Village is another well-loved neighborhood of Columbus. It sits just south of downtown and is full of old houses with plenty of character, brick roads, parks, cozy shops, and restaurants. One of my favorite places in the German Village is the @thebookloft, boasting 32 rooms of books tucked into every nook and cranny! It's certainly got something for everyone, and it's a great spot to spend an afternoon perusing.
If you're needing a place to lunch in Columbus, there is really no better place to stop into than the North Market @northmarket. It is an indoor market that is jam packed with unique foods ranging from Thai, Indian, American, and Mediterranean. There are also artisan bakeries, wine shops, spice shops, ice cream, and fresh fish and meat counters. Grab your goods to go or eat it there on their outdoor patio or second floor seating. In the summertime you can also catch @columbus_flea out on the sidewalk!
(at North Market)
As an avid thrifter, I can vouch for the fact that Columbus has some pretty primo thrift store and consignment options. My tried and true is Ohio Thrift - there are several locations and they are all great in regard to quality and quantity. Pro tips: the one on Henderson Road has dressing rooms, and all of them do 50% off on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Runner up thrift shops are Volunteers of America and Village Discount. And lastly, for some higher end second-hand women's clothing, you CAN'T beat Second Chance on 5th avenue in Grandview.
(at Ohio Thrift)
One of my favorite spots for a sweet treat in Columbus is @pistaciavera, a pastry kitchen and café. You will find a beautiful, cozy atmosphere and a case full of hand crafted treats like a rainbow assortment of macarons, croissants, and chocolate bombes. Owned by a brother and sister duo and nestled in the German Village (just down the block from @thebookloft) it's a spot you don't want to miss if you're in town! (And, while you can absolutely find gluten free treats here, if you're looking for an all gluten free bakery, I recommend @cherbourgbakery in Bexley and for another healthy option, the vegan @pattycakebakery in Clintonville!)
(at Pistacia Vera)
Ok you guys - let's talk about Bono Pizza (@bonopizza4u) in Grandview.This place is seriously one of Columbus's best kept secrets. When we discovered it, they were cooking their wood-fired pizzas one at a time out of the tiniest nook ever, a literal hole-in-a-wall attached to a quickie mart. There was one tiny table to sit at. The owner, Jake, who is a classically trained chef bent on using only the freshest of fresh ingredients, would offer to take you behind the counter to show you your pizza going into the wood burning oven. Nicest people ever cooking the freshest, most delicious, and most unique pizzas ever. They recently moved down the road and now have dine in! They serve 10" pizzas only for $10 each. Trust me when I say GO!
(at Bono Pizza)
Picked up a delicious cold pressed green drink at @nativecoldpressed in the Short North this week. So delicious and so beautiful! Open daily, and sometimes you can catch a yoga class there, as the owners Erin and Nicole are also both yoga instructors.
(at Native Cold Pressed)
We don't get out much for drinks anymore with a two year old, so we have to get creative. :) The Ohio Taproom @theohiotaproom showed up a few years ago in Grandview as one of the many growler shop around Columbus. What makes The Ohio Taproom stand out is that it serves only brews made in Ohio (and you know we Ohioans are very Ohio Proud). It's set up like a bar with taps, but instead of drinking there, you buy a growler (or two, or three, etc.) fill it up, take it home, and re-use it as much as you like for future trips back for more. When we lived in Grandview, we would often walk here in the summertime for an interesting brew, either for ourselves or to share with friends at parties.
(at Ohio Tap Room)
Hands down my favorite breakfast spot in Columbus is Northstar Cafe. There are three locations, each offering the same handmade-in-house, organic options of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their egg sandwich and ricotta pancakes are divine. In my mother's words, "if I had to pick one final meal, it would be a Northstar biscuit."
My favorite spot in town to find all of the cutest clothing, decor, paper goods, and gifts is by far @shoptigertree. Man, do they know how to curate, and not just for women! I always discover something new and uniquely awesome when I wander through their two floor shop. (Maybe I'm a little biased since @brimpapery goods are also sold there!) Best part is, even though it's local to Columbus, you can also shop online!
(at Tiger Tree)
One does not discuss Columbus without mentioning @jenisicecream! You can now find Jeni's all over the country, but it feels important to talk about in Columbus, since Jeni is from Columbus and started her business here! You don't want to miss out on trying her one of a kind ice cream flavors. I think my favorite is brambleberry crisp, followed by salty caramel. What's yours? // Thanks so much for letting me show you around my town this week! I hope I've given you some ideas for places to visit and things to do. Follow along my business life at @brimpapery or my personal life at @becomingjolie.
(at Jeni’s Ice Creams)