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Insider tips for visiting Ohio's herb capital.
There’s no time like fall in Ohio to celebrate the harvest season! As Ohio’s Herb Capital, Gahanna offers a multitude of Herbal Trail experiences that celebrate all-things-herbal with options ranging from garden tours and culinary celebrations to hands-on workshops.
The crown gem in Gahanna’s Herb Capital crown is the Ohio Herb Education Center. The Center is located at 110 Mill Street, in the Nafzger-Miller House—listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center includes a great gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.
But perhaps the Center’s best asset is its knowledgeable staff. Want to learn about planting or harvesting herbs and plants? Just ask. Need inspiration for some cool DIY garden-inspired holiday gifts? They got this.
This fall, the Ohio Herb Education Center Staff has a stellar line-up of classes that are open to the public. Registration is required (and limited) and fees apply for most classes. Below is a sampling of some of the upcoming classes being offered. Call 614/342-4380 to learn more.
Drying Days at the Herb Center. Harvest and prepare herbs for drying, guided by Herb Center staff. When to harvest, what to harvest, and proper harvesting techniques will be demonstrated as herbs are processed. This is a hands on experience that takes place largely in the on-site drying shed. (Free) 10 am – 12 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 15/ Friday, Sept. 25
The Symbolic Language of Flowers. Historically flowers have special meanings, and have traditionally been used to send secret messages. For instance, sending someone violets meant that you were faithful to them. Decipher “the Language of Flowers,” and create a uniquely handcrafted keepsake that has a special meaning to share with a friend or loved one. 1-2 pm Saturday, Sept. 19. $35
The Fruits of Autumn: Preserving a Bountiful Harvest. Preserving is a great way to capture autumn’s bountiful herbal harvest. Many fall fruits are rich in vitamins, which help strengthen our immunity going into colder weather. Tart characteristics in fruit pair perfectly with sweet flavors in preserves, jams and jellies. Along with nutritional benefits, special focus will be placed on traditional and native fruits such as rose hips, hawthorn berries, elderberries, raspberry leaves and juniper berries. Learn how to make a simple preserve, and leave with the knowledge of how to preserve and share your own harvest. 1-2 pm Saturday, Sept. 26. $25
Luscious Lip Balms & Luxurious Lotions. In this 2-week course, learn how to make your own lip balms, bath bombs, and body lotion with natural ingredients that can easily be located at your local grocery store. Each week covers one body care item that highlights the importance of each ingredient. Participants receive supplies for class use and instruction on how to create your own body care products to enjoy at home. Take home sample sizes of what you made, along with references for additional all natural skincare recipes. Cost includes the full series. Classes may not be purchased individually. Space is limited. 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 20 + 27. $50
Cooking with Herbs and Mushrooms. It’s mushroom season! Too often relegated to garnish, mushrooms can be the centerpiece for a meal, as well as a complement to either vegetarian or meat dishes. Become acquainted with a number of mushroom varieties available and differences in taste and seasonality. Explore various methods of preparation, as well as well-known and not-so-well-known herbal seasoning partners. Recipes provided. 1-2 pm Saturday, Oct. 24. $35
Discover the full listing of upcoming classes offered at the Ohio Herb Education Center.
Gahanna, Ohio is one dog friendly town. There are a variety of restaurants with pet friendly patios, pet friendly businesses, pet friendly hotels and the popular pup-networking event … Paws in the Plaza. Held on the first Thursday of the month (April-October) at Creekside Plaza, Paws in the Plaza has become one well attended fun and furry celebration of all-things-canine. We caught up with Amy Evans, Director of the event and the Olde Gahanna Community Partnership (OGCP), to learn more.
For those that are unfamiliar, what is Paws in the Plaza?
Paws in the Plaza is a pet friendly event that started in 2009. It highlights the pet friendly patios, walking paths, parks, businesses and paddle boats in Gahanna’s Creekside District. It is made extra special by visiting vendors, booths and giveaways.
When is Paws in the Plaza held?
The first Thursday of every month April-October. The events begin at 4:30 pm and ends between 7-8 pm, depending on sun and weather.
Is it just for locals?
Not even close. Because Paws in the Plaza is such a unique event, people come from all around the Columbus and Central Ohio area.
How did Paws in the Plaza begin?
The Olde Gahanna Community Partnership (OGCP) was thinking of ways to introduce people to the new Creekside Development in 2009. The unique features of the area made it a popular destination for dog outings, so we thought we could build upon the natural assets. We never get tired of hearing people say, “I never knew all of this was here!” And once people discover the Creekside area, they often come back to enjoy it at other times.
What can attendees (both 2-and-4-legged) expect to find at Paws in the Plaza?
Attendees can visit vendors with pet friendly products, get a souvenir photo, meet representatives with non-profit organizations and rescues, walk miles of paths and creek walks, and even enjoy a ride on a pet friendly paddle boat. Local restaurants offer pet friendly patios. All shapes, sizes and breeds of dogs (and their owners) meet to enjoy the event and the area!
Is this event unique to the area?
While some places have a pet friendly event each year, we have not found any other event in the country that is a recurring event like Paws in the Plaza. The attributes of the Creekside area provide the perfect mix of natural setting and civilized amenities that few other cities, suburbs or parks can match.
Are there other pet friendly businesses in Gahanna?
Yes. And people are surprised to learn that the pet friendly businesses and patios are pet friendly EVERY DAY … not just the first Thursday of the month for Paws in the Plaza.
The BEST thing about Paws in the Plaza is …
THE GUESTS! Both two-legged and four-legged. It takes a special personality to care for a pet, and they are a loyal, kind and appreciative group. It means a lot when people thank us for creating the event, and recognize how special it is. Happy people with happy pets makes for a really fun evening. So plan on staying awhile and enjoying the evening on one of the pet friendly patios!
Find Gahanna’s Paws in the Plaza on Facebook. For more information about Gahanna’s many events, attractions, restaurants and hotels, visit the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Website: www.VisitGahanna.com or call 614/418-9114.
101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna. (397 Stoneridge Lane)
We’re huge fans of 101BK. We love the fact that their team focuses on integrating seasonal and local products in their imaginative menu. The setting is cool yet casual, the cuisine wonderful (regardless of your pick) and then there is that beer list. Check out the $20 Prix Fixe menu with features including Heirloom Tomato Salad, Korean BBQ Flank Steak and Peach & Blackberry Crumble.
Barrel & Boar Gahanna. (5251 N. Hamilton Rd.)
Grilled watermelon. Smoked Prime Rib. Lila’s Southern Chess Pie. Mouth watering yet? These are just a few of the $20 Prix Fixe menu options at Gahanna’s Barrel & Boar (formerly Holy Smoke BBQ) … known for the finest smoked meats and homemade size. Check out the full Barrel & Boar Restaurant Week menu here. Café Istanbul. ( 3983 Worth Ave.)
This established Easton Town Center restaurant (located just 5 minutes east of Gahanna) does Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine right. The $20 Prix Fixe menu features options like Lentil Soup, Doner Kebab (Turkish Gyro), Hummus and Baklava. Shake up your routine a little. (You’ll be glad you did!) Prix Fixe menu available here.
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant. (4230 The Strand)
Award-winning wines inspire the dishes at this Easton Town Center favorite. Start with the Mediterranean Plate or Chopped Wedge Salad, move on to a choice of 3 main courses (Maple, Mustard, and Pretzel-Crusted Boneless Pork Chops, anyone?) and finish your meal off with Ooey Gooey Butter Cake or their signature Chocolate Cake. See the full Prix Fixe menu.
Pizza Cucinova (4044 Morse Crossing)
Pizza lovers unite. This Easton Town Center pie house offers specialty pizzas or create-your-own options inspired by the flavors of Naples, Italy. The Prix Fixe offers choice of 3 salads, a variety of chef-prepared pizza options and a Delicious Dolce Cheesecake dessert.
For a FULL list of Restaurant Week offerings, visit 614Columbus.com To learn more about Gahanna’s other signature restaurants, check out the dining section of www.VisitGahanna.com
Gahanna Ohio’s newest retail shopping gem is Clothes Mentor. It opened in late June and is located at 5566 N. Hamilton Rd. We caught up with Marketing Director Samantha Parrish to learn more.
Q: What kind of store is Clothes Mentor? When was the brand born? Who owns it? Clothes Mentor (CM) is an upscale resale store for women that sells brand name clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Clothes Mentor also offers women the opportunity to sell the styles they’re not wearing anymore to our store and receive cash for all items purchased. CM’s first location opened on Henderson Road in 2001. The chain is the creation of Lynn & Dennis Blum of Columbus, Ohio. The couple’s successful history of founding high-value resale businesses spans 30 years and includes resale superstars Once Upon A Child and Plato’s Closet. The Blums currently own and operate 6 CM locations in the Columbus and Toledo markets. Clothes Mentor is franchised across the country.
Q: What sizes & Brands does CM carry? Women’s clothing size 0-26, petites & maternity. Shoes sizes
5 – 12.
Q: Describe Clothes Mentor’s customers, in general.
Clothes Mentor customers are women, typically late 20s to late 50s, who enjoy fashion and finding great deals. They are fashion conscious, budget savvy and appreciate a store that offers great deals on better brand names & designer labels that normally retail in the mall or at boutiques for up to 70% more than what they pay for the item(s) at Clothes Mentor.
Our customers also value the fact that they can walk away with cash for the styles they sell to us. Customers sell items for a variety of reasons including; change in style taste, change in body type or it just looked better on the rack than it did when they got it home. We often get items that are brand new with tags.
Q: What sets CM apart from the competition?
The quality of the items available for purchase at Clothes Mentor sets us apart. The styles we sell have been in retail stores within the last 1-2 years. They are current styles, in great condition. Shoppers can also purchase a wide selection of designer handbags at vastly reduced prices, making owning a Gucci or Kate Spade handbag more affordable. Paying cash on the spot for items we purchase is also something that most other stores don’t offer customers.
Q: What would shoppers be surprised to find at CM?
High quality, current styles in brand names like Talbots, Inc., Banana Republic, White House Black Market, J. Jill, Chicos, Ann Taylor, and Limited. They are also surprised to see we carry maternity and brand name athletic wear including athletic sneakers.
Clothes Mentor is not a typical “thrift or second-hand store”. Our customers don’t sacrifice style or quality by shopping with us. Instead, they are able to stretch their budget further and still get today’s brand name clothing, shoes and accessories at a fraction of the cost.
Q: Anything else noteworthy about CM?
Selling items to Clothes Mentor is easy. No appointment is needed and our stores buy all seasons every day.
CM also offers a free Personal Shopper experience to all customers. Our trained style associates help define and refine a style that is just the right look, fit, and budget for each customer. Ladies often use the service when they are entering a new career, new phase in their life or just need a little help with finding the perfect style for them. Free style consults can be scheduled here.
To learn more about Clothes Mentor, visit http://www.clothesmentor.com or find CM on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
This weekend (June 19-21) marks the 17th anniversary of Gahanna’s popular Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (#2015CBJF). With 55 bands performing and wristbands starting at just $5 per person … it is, hands-down, one of the BEST and most affordable events of its kind in Ohio—if not the Midwest.
Presented by the Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau, CBJF draws crowds of 35,000 over 3-days and offers 5 stages of live music, a Family Fun Zone with free kids entertainment and activities, amusement rides (separate wristband purchase required), 60+ food and retail vendors and more.
The event offers some exciting new additions this year, including:
• Online Weekend Wristbands. $13 online (advance-purchase only). These will NOT be available on the Festival grounds. Still wondering if that’s a good value? That’s about .23 cents per band. We can’t imagine a cheaper cover charge. Anywhere. Buy online NOW and save!
• Club Blues, “All That Jazz” and Hospitality Packages. Reserve a seat or table near your favorite stage and enjoy direct views of your favorite performers, festival admission, snacks and beverage tokens, VIP parking and shuttle access, swag bags and more. Why is this a big deal? Check out the list of performers. Big names can mean Standing Room Only. And who wants to stand all night? (Unless you’re dancing)!
•That’s right … BIG Names. There’s just too little space here to list all of the amazing artists set to perform at #2015CBJF. So we’ll just drop a few names. How about Mud Morganfield, oldest son of the great Muddy Waters (performing at 7:30 pm Sat, June 20 on the Blues Stage, presented by Benchmark Bank Gahanna OH and Scioto Downs Racino)? Or international favorite jazz and blues band, Davina and the Vagabonds (performing at 4 pm Sunday on the Jazz Stage, presented by Heartland Bank)? Check out the line-up and chart your musical itinerary.
• Outdoor Adventures with Field & Stream. Experience the wonders of the great outdoors with canoeing and fishing activities presented by experts from Field & Stream. See the latest camping and fishing equipment in action, along Big Walnut Creek! (Creekside Park waterfall, behind the Acoustic Alley Stage.) Sat, June 20: 12 p.m. to dark. Sun, June 21: 12-6 pm.
• Amusement Ride PREVIEW Night! 5-10 pm Thur, June 18. Get an early start on the fun by purchasing a $13 discounted ride-all-night wristband in the Festival’s amusement area. (Note: The rest of the Festival will NOT be open Thursday evening.)
• NEW Little Kids Zone. Even the smallest festival fans can “get a jump” on the fun with inflatables, hamster balls and more! Saturday: 12 pm- dark. Sunday: 12-6 pm. Admission: “Jump ‘Til You Drop” Wristbands: $8/each, or 2/$15, 3/$20.
• SUPERFANS: Several lucky fans will snag free weekend wristbands and T-shirts just by using the #2015CBJF hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Random #2015CBJF SuperFans will be identified and contacted daily through the Festival weekend.
• Beverage Tastings. Sample a new cocktail or savor your favorite beverage!
o On Fri, June 19, meet the owners of Watershed Distillery and sample 4 new cocktails created especially for the CBJF (and inspired by Gahanna’s “Herb Capital of Ohio” Status), including a Bluesberry Basil Lemonade. Seatings are every 45 minutes, beginning at 6 p.m. 4 Samples – $15/person • Certified Spirits Specialist “Whiskey Pete” returns on Sat, June 20, to entertain and educate participants while discussing the evolution of whiskey-making. Sample a flight of 3 whiskeys or bourbons for $12, or 5 /$15. Tastings begin at 2 p.m. and are scheduled every 30 minutes. • Explore the world of local craft beers on Saturday, June 20, while sampling offerings with expert brewers from the Columbus Brewing Co., Four String, New Belgium, and Sweetwater. Hour-long tastings begin at 2 p.m. 6 samples/$12.
• Drink Local Sunday. On Sun. June 21 treat Dad to a “Drink Local” tasting, with samplings of local craft brews or vintage wines produced by Gahanna’s own Wyandotte Winery. Seatings begin at 12:30 p.m. and are scheduled every 45 minutes.
To learn more about the #2015CBJF, visit www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com or call the Gahanna CVB at 614/418-9114.
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