Nothing makes me happier than seeing two people in love, especially when the two people in love are my close friends. As a lifestyle blogger, I get to support really cool things happening in Columbus, but every now and then, someone recognizes my crazy, awesome photography skills and I get to play with my DSLR for the day, and act like I know what I'm doing (wow, she's modest).
I would have to say my photography gravitates towards special moments, fuzzy feelings, happy faces, realness and authenticity. On a late Saturday afternoon, I met Tierra and Kenton at Pistacia Vera in German Village. All the locals must be used to photographers, because every car that drove past me either welcomed me with a friendly smile or waited on me while I was standing in the middle of the street to get my shot. Thank you, German Village for being so warm and inviting. Your cobblestone bricks and rich historic buildings, provided the perfect atmosphere for this charming couple.
As I was editing photos, I came across this gem ("shot") and I immediately started crying. As I'm writing this blog post, I almost want to cry all over again because this photo says it all. If you don't see it right away, you don't get it. They're in love, look at them. Do you notice the way she's grabbing his face and slightly smiling on his lips? Do you see the gentle way he looks at her? Ugh, it's so goddamn cute.
These two southern love birds are about to say, "I do" in Raleigh, North Carolina and I can't wait to celebrate their big day. Photos like these are supposed to be a beautiful reminder of the past, but all I could think about was the exciting future that they have to look forward too. From their first home to bouncing babies, I started to think about their grandchildren and how decades from now, they'll look back on these photos and they'll say, "Grandma and Grandpa were/are so in love." And guess what? I get to be a part of it. Damn, I'm lucky.
When I said, "yes" to taking these photos I didn't realize the effect it would have on me. I knew I wanted to take beautiful photos of Tierra and Kenton, but I wanted to take photos that their kids could look at years from now and say, "I want a love like Mom and Dad". When you're in the process of wedding planning, sometimes you need moments like these to slow down and be with one another, and these photos represent that exact moment they had.
Thank you, Tierra and Kenton for entrusting me with this magical moment of yours, you didn't have to ask me, but you did. You two are going to have a long, happy and fruitful marriage filled with many laughs, healthy babies, and a beautiful legacy to leave behind. I love you both and thank you for giving me all the feels as you placed your love in front of my camera.
Columbus art patron and collector, Charles Bluestone, was invited to curate an exhibition of works by his favorite Ohio artists. In 2016, Mr. Bluestone created a traveling exhibition entitled, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio, in which 44 artists responded to the challenge to take an ostrich egg and transform it into a work of art. Now, these same artists have been asked to create small works for the walls of the Cultural Arts Center. This showcase will feature some of the most talented artists in the state.
Charles Bluestone, Esq., and
Friday, April 21 - May 19, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, April 21, 6 – 8 PM
Conversations and Coffee, Thursdays, May 11 and May 18, Noon – 1 PM
Columbus Cultural Arts Center Main Gallery
139 W. Main Street
Photo courtesy: Experience Columbus
As a three-year renter of a cozy one-bedroom apartment, I’m about done with this life. I’m forced to live like a minimalist and I hate it. It’s sounds so mature when you say it out loud, but it’s not. It’s boring.
I like having things. I like decorating for the holidays and hosting fun dinner parties, and having my own space. OMG! Space. I miss this more than anything.
It’s getting bad. We have two corn hole boards in our tiny coat closet and wedding décor occupying our living room floor like a third roommate. My fiancé and I are getting married in July and we’re so ready for home ownership.
You can only imagine what the next step is for us – researching houses and finding the best market to buy, but where oh, where to start? Time for my plug.
Photo courtesy: Barrett Columbus
As your stereotypical millennial, who watches way too much HGTV with every couple wishing for white marble countertops, crown mold ceilings, and exposed brick walls, how can you blame us? – I mean it’s “no deal” without getting open floor concepts and modern finish touches. C’mon on now, you’re giving us way too much credit if you propose we ask for less.
Trust me, the list can go on and on, but there are more adult-ing factors that go into this long-term decision. Like, what school districts are best for my kids, how long will my commute to work be? Are there grocery stores, retail shops and dining options nearby? But most of all how much room can we really afford for the neighborhood we want?
While many of 2017’s hottest neighborhoods come with longer commutes, according to Redfin.com their data reveals that homebuyers can truly have it all.
This, my friends, will contribute to the overall expansion of Columbus and growth of the city we all know and love. Data on homebuyer activity reveals that three neighboring areas outside the city of Columbus are heating up this year. While home prices continue to rise in the center of a booming tech city, homebuyers are increasingly focusing their searches in neighboring communities.
Photo courtesy: Redfin.com
According to RedFin.com, the up and coming neighborhoods are:
These hot neighborhoods represent the most up and coming neighborhoods in Columbus. This indicates that their value will increase in the near future and may also indicate lower availability as the year progresses.
One of the biggest factors that make these neighborhoods hotter than others is their close proximity to downtown Columbus while still being an affordable option. Prices will likely gradually climb throughout the year and fluctuate depending on supply and demand.
Columbus is on the sheer drop of home buying season. Once that hits, competition will be fierce for homes in hot neighborhoods. By the end of the year, values in these neighborhoods will have gone up and supply will likely decrease.
If you are looking to buy or sell your home in Columbus, consult with a Redfin.com agent today.
Thanks to Redfin.com for this awesome data. I could of kept all this wonderful information to myself, but I’m feeling selfless. Happy home buying, Columbus!
Arch City Tavern
862 North High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM: Half off all drafts, wine by the glass, and pizzas.
Bakersfield Short North
733 N High Street
Daily, 11AM – 2AM: $2 PBR, $7 margarita, and $4 shot of the day.
Biscuit and Branch
685 N High Street
Tuesday – Friday, 4PM – 7PM: half off select cocktails, $5 small plates, $4 drafts, $4 Smirnoff w/ mixer, $5 Old Forester, $2 domestic bottles, $3 red/white wine, $5 mimosas, and $4 draft choice cans.
1044 High Street
Monday – Friday, 4 – 8PM: half off drafts, $3 wells, and $2 off a glass of wine
Brother’s Drake Meadery
26 E. 5th Avenue
Monday – Friday, 5PM – 7PM, $1 off mead glasses, draft beer and cocktails.
Condados Taco (Downtown)
132 S High Street
Monday - Friday, 4PM - 7PM (bar area only): Half off margaritas and $1 off tacos.
Curio at the Harvest
495 S. 4th Street
Tuesday – Saturday, 5PM – 7PM: $2 off classics and standards.
Denmark on High
463 N High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 6:30PM: Select $4 wine pours, $6 classic cocktails, and $3 draught beers.
505 N High Street
Daily, all night Thursday, 4PM – 6:30PM: half price pint beers and half price appetizers.
Forno Kitchen + Bar
721 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 6PM, half of draft beer, house cocktails, wine by the glass, all bar snacks, shared items and pizza.
Gallerie Bar + Bistro
401 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 7:00PM: Half price drinks and appetizers.
624 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM, half price featured wines, cocktails, beers and selected food in the bar area.
793 N High Street
Daily 4PM – Close: $2 PBR cans, $3 drafts, $4 house wines, $5 menu cocktails and app specials (bar and patio areas only)
Tuesday: $10 fried chicken (served with grits, brussel sprouts and black peppered gravy)
Wednesday: All night enjoy half off all bottles $65 and under.
Kona Grill Easton
4087 New Bond Street #502
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 7PM: Half price sushi rolls and drinks.
Lemongrass Fusion Bistro
641 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 7PM and 9PM – Close: Special pricing on select appetizers, sushi rolls, and cocktails; $6 all wine by the glass; $1 off all beer.
Marcella’s Short North
615 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 6:30PM: $4.50 glass of sangria, half of selected small plates, pizzas, Panini and Italian beef sandwiches, $5 handcrafted cocktails and selected spirits, $3 domestics and imports, $3.50 crafts and half off selected of wines.
Martini Modern Italian
445 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 6PM: $5 martinis and half price appetizers at the bar.
475 North High Street
Daily, Open – 8PM: $1 off all drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3 premium bottles, $3 Three Olives Vodka and Bacardi Rum, $4 Jameson and Patron, and $5 Grey Goose and Grey Goose Flavors.
Oddfellows Liquor Bar
1038 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 7PM: $3 well liquor, half price draught beers and $5 glasses of wine.
1126 N High Street
Daily, Open – 7PM: half off snacks, $1 off drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3 Three Olive vodkas, $4 Jameson, and $5 Grey Goose.
641 N High Street
Monday - Friday, 4PM - 6PM: Appetizers ranging from $2-$4 and half off specialty cocktails and punches, draft beer, wine by the glass, selected spirits, draught beer, and selected bottles and canned beers.
780 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM, half off select drafts and appetizers.
Rossi Bar + Kitchen
895 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 4PM – 6PM, $2 well drinks and $6 martinis.
Soul at The Joseph
620 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM: half priced appetizers, $5 spirits, $8 cocktails, $6 wines, and $3 drafts.
1100 N. High Street
Monday – Friday, 3PM – 6PM: $3 canned beers and $5 shared items.
Others Favorites (Happy Hours not listed online):
1312 Grandview Avenue
Buckeye Bourbon House
36 E Gay Street
de Novo on the Park
150 S High Street
Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen
260 S. 4th Street
Pins Mechanical Company
141 N 4th Street
Watershed Kitchen + Bar
1145 Chesapeake Avenue Suite D
If you're looking for the newest spot to grab crafted cocktails and comfort food, you'll soon find yourself at Watershed Kitchen & Bar in one of Columbus' coolest neighborhoods, Grandview Heights. From copper tone touches to candle lit tables, you'll find a cozy, hip atmosphere at 1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Suite D, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
You'll come in for a drink and walk out with new friends. This new space is perfect for date night, GNO (girls night out), a night cap, and much more.
All my cocktail enthusiasts and whiskey connoisseurs will be thoroughly impressed with the drink and three course food menus. My fiance, Lawrence and I highly recommend the whiskey lullaby for him and the Bon Apple Tea for her. Their artisan cocktail menu has a range of bold, airy and classic spirits. We promise you you'll find your new favorite drink here.
From small bites for personal pleasure to smothered gravy over fried chicken that you can share, you won't be able to stop yourself once you get started. The sweet and spicy house-made sauce paired with the crispy outer skin of the chicken is absolutely delicious. As Lawrence and I swooned over the food menu, we finally had the chance to catch up with each other from our busy work weeks. The space offers intimacy and relaxation, which is exactly what we both needed.
The menu has limited options, but packs a powerful punch. It offers just enough to satisfy even the pickiest eater. So far, my menu favorites are the crispy potato fingerlings (with a thick sweet lemon sauce), brussel sprouts, slow-braised short rib and fried chicken. I have yet to try the pork and beans and braised meatballs, but I have no doubt in my mind that their top contenders as well.
Honestly, this is my new favorite spot, and if you happen to see me while you're out, say "hi". Watershed Kitchen & Bar has a philosophy that focuses on the best ingredients, the best people and the best stories and I believe it. Their food and service definitely reflect the love they have for their community and other small businesses as well. If you haven't been already, stop in for a drink at the bar or make a dinner reservation today.
Thanks to the passion and efforts of the Watershed Distillery staff and community for making Watershed Kitchen and Bar a reality for Columbus and the state of Ohio. By working together with government and small businesses, House Bill 351 was passed May 2016 to allow distilleries to compete equally against the wine and beer industries to serve and sell the products (spirits) in the facility in which they are made. Not only that, but the makers of Watershed Distillery can now create and serve their own cocktails while offering complimentary food to match. This is a BFD, just so you know.
Distilleries serving their own drinks and food is a game-changer and I am beyond excited for them to finally have this moment. And I'm even more excited to see what seasonal concoctions they have up their sleeves along with kickin' it on their patio this summer. Hopefully, sooner than later. Again, thank you Watershed Kitchen & Bar staff for hosting my fiance and I at your new restaurant. This restaurant is truly a gift to Columbus residents and visitors alike.
Watershed Kitchen & Bar
1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Suite D
Columbus, OH 43212
Tuesday - Thursday: 4 - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 4 - 12 p.m.
Sunday - Monday: Closed
My name is Morgan Lee and I am a Columbus Lifestyle Blogger. My blog features local businesses and events in the Columbus, OH area including: restaurants, stores, gallery hops, fashion, and people. I want this blog to be fun and resourceful. There's so many new places to discover, new food to try, and good people to meet. Are you ready to join me?