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Gahanna’s newest retail establishment offers a collection of new, found and reclaimed home decor and personal treasures styled with fun and inspiration. The Vintage Nest, located at 79 North Street in Olde Gahanna, is the manifestation of years of dreaming (and collecting) by owner Kari Hawk. We sat down with Kari to learn more about The Vintage Nest.
1) When did you open The Vintage Nest?
Our opening day was March 15, 2015
2) What inspired you to open the store?
I have always collected well loved, useful things. You might say that something like an old barn door “speaks to me!” My husband and I started selling at a few festivals and fairs and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do more.
3) What do you specialize in?
Variety. I have industrial pieces, vintage kitchen items, fancy antiques, vintage toys, original artwork, candles, jewelry, etc.
4) What sets The Vintage Nest apart from other similar shops?
To the best of my knowledge, ours is the only store in town where you might find a vintage set of barware, an amethyst gem wrapped in silver wire, and a great piece of furniture. Every week we have new items, so you never know what you will find. I work with several vendors who are local artists and whose work I admire. I’m proud to sell their goods at our store!
5) What can visitors expect to find there?
Many of our pieces have been repurposed. For example we found a very old non-working large radio that we turned into a bar. Some of our industrial pieces are being used for outdoor furniture. I’m always excited to help a customer come up with a clever use for an unusual piece.
6) What’s the best part about running The Vintage Nest?
I have met so many supportive, wonderful people.
7) What’s your most unusual purchase (or sale) to date?
Well we recently mounted a cow skull to some barnwood. It’s unusual because the cow was thought to be female until it started growing horns. We call it the world’s only hermaphrodite cow skull!
8) What makes Gahanna, Ohio a good place for your business?
Oh that’s easy… it’s the people in this community! I am completely thrilled to see how excited and supportive they are. I already have regulars who are like my kindred spirits. I’m very excited for this opportunity to open a store in my hometown. We live in a great community!
9) Name one thing that most people might not know about The Vintage Nest?
We debated over the name of the shop, but we chose The Vintage Nest because our family name is Hawk!
10) Where can people find you online?
We are on Facebook at The Vintage Nest. And we are developing a web page this summer. It will show new items as they come in, as well as upcoming special events.
11) What are your hours?
Friday and Saturday 11-6 and Sundays 11-3. We also open for Paws in the Plaza the first Thursday of the month from 4-8. We hope to expand our hours in the near future.
12) What’s in store for The Vintage Nest in the future?
We are planning to throw Pinterest Parties for groups of 4-6 about once a month. We want The Vintage Nest to be a fun place to visit, whether you buy something or just want to visit. You will always be greeted with a smile!
The Vintage Nest. 79 N. High St. Gahanna, OH 43230 614/309-7695
Hours: Friday and Saturday 11 am-6 pm
Sundays 11am-3 pm.
Also open from 4-8 pm on first Thursday spring/summer months.
To learn more about shopping and dining in Gahanna, check out www.VisitGahanna.com
Do you love to garden or cook? Interested in chatting with an expert about container gardening or edible landscapes? Searching for a specific variety of basil? Seeking info about the health and wellness benefits of herbs?
There’s no better day to visit the Herb Capital of Ohio than during its annual Herb Day event. The Saturday, May 9 event will be held in Gahanna’s Creekside District (117 Mill St.) and will provide a memorable celebration of all things herbal. New this year will be a VIP “Herbal Affair” preview on Friday, May 8 – and a VIP Herbal Getaway hotel package that includes Herbal Bath gifts and passes to the Herbal Affair.
Presented by the Ohio Herb Education Center, City of Gahanna Parks & Recreation and partners—the family friendly event includes a huge plant sale featuring more than 100 varieties and 3,000 plants, 30 vendors, live music by Casey Redmond and the Shaw Brothers, demonstrations and workshops, paddleboat rides, and an herb walk. Gahanna businesses and restaurants will feature special promotions and menu items.
Not only does the popular annual festival draw locals, but it attracts both individual gardening aficionados and gardening clubs from throughout Ohio and the region. Here guests can discover Gahanna’s popular Herbal Trail and experience its many partner offerings.
The new “Herbal Affair” VIP Preview Party will begin at 7 pm Friday, May 8—with proceeds benefitting the Ohio Herb Center. Attendees will enjoy a plant preview sale (with early access to many varieties that traditionally sell out quickly), as well as guest speakers and local herbal-inspired food and beverages by Brothers Drake, Wyandotte Winery and Pigskin Brewing Company. Tickets are $30 per person (available through May 6 by calling 614/342-4380).
Out-of-town guests can take advantage of the all NEW “VIP Herbal Getaway” package offered by the SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport/Gahanna and the TownePlace Suites Columbus Airport/Gahanna. The package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, upgraded herbal bath amenities, VIP access for two to the Herbal Affair VIP event on May 8, complimentary breakfast and access to complimentary shuttle service. Package availability is limited. Check rates and/or reserve your getaway now. (Use promotional code: ZJ1)
To learn more about Gahanna Ohio’s popular Herb Day Celebration, visit www.OhioHerbCenter.org , www.gahanna.gov/herbday.aspx or www.VisitGahanna.com
~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau Communications & Tourism Manager
Just four more days for you to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in a way that is completely memorable. No pressure, right? We’ve researched some ideas to help you achieve your mission. The best part is, you’ll be supporting local Gahanna, Ohio area businesses in the process! Here are some options that will bring out the true romantic in you.
DINING: Cork Wine & Dine. This divine little establishment is tucked away in a little corner at the intersection of Morse and Hamilton Roads. The intimate setting feels more supper club than restaurant—with limited number of tables, but no limit of tastes. In addition to the delicious menu offerings and the great wine menu, special Valentine dishes will include Mussels Marinara , Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin and Hazelnut Crusted Salmon. Reservations required: 614/476-2675 www.CorkWineDine.com Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.
One of the hottest meal tickets in town is the (new-ish) Barn at Rocky Fork Creek. It’s SO hot that, depending on time of the year, you may need to make your reservation WEEKS in advance. (And yes, it’s worth it – both for the food and the amazing ambiance.) Needless to say, Valentine’s Day is all booked up. The good news is that, if you don’t mind celebrating a little early, you can make a reservation for one night this week. Then you can just cozy up by the fire at home on Valentine’s Day and avoid the crowds. www.TheBarnColumbus.com
Cap City Diner—Gahanna’s OTHER Cameron Mitchell restaurant—offers an intimate setting, delicious food and an affordable menu. Start with the Maytag Blue Cheese Potato chips, savor entrée items like the Cap City Meatloaf or Pecan Crusted Pork Chops and finish it all off with a piece of 24-Carrot Cake. (Mmmmmm. Better than jewelry.) Bonus: If your Valentine’s Date turns into a family affair, Cap City won’t disappoint. Columbus Parent readers voted it “Best Fancy Family Dining” spot in Columbus. For reservations, call 614/478-9999 or go to www.CapCityGahanna.com .
BSpot Burgers. If you want to keep your Valentine’s Day outing casual without sacrificing fun (and good food), think Chef Michael Symon’s BSpot Burgers … voted the BEST Burger in America four years in a row at the Sobe Burger Bash. Select from one of the favorite sandwiches or salads on the menu or build your own burger, choosing from a variety of ingredients including Cheese Whiz, Egg and Chorizo. Get two straws and share a Root Beer Float or Chocolate Banana Marshmallow Shake (add a shot of dark rum for a slight upcharge). Awwwww, vintage romance. www.BSpotBurgers.com
Max & Erma’s. Between February 11-15, you can enjoy a “3 Course Meal for Two with the one you love” for just $14.99/per person at one of Central Ohio’s most popular hometown restaurants. Choose one appetizer, select two entries and then share a decadent dessert. 614/471-0009 www.MaxAndErmas.com
FM All American Grill. This favorite local spot will be offering a free Valentine’s Day dessert with the purchase of two adult dinners (Feb. 14 only). Then stick around for some live music by Hurricane Jerry (a Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival favorite) at 9 pm. For reservations, call 614/532-5711 or visit www.FMOhio.com
SWEETS, TREATS & ACTIVITIES
If you and your Valentine are fitness buffs, take part in The Valentine’s Race! The 5K starts at 9 am (race day packet pickup between 8-9 am) at 117 Mill St., Creekside Plaza in Gahanna. www.speedysneakers.wix.com/thevalentinesrace
Jewels & More at Creekside Plaza has bling covered. If she’s a Pandora fan, the new Pandora Valentine's Day Collection features charms in beautiful shades of pink and sparkling clear crystals. The shop has a collection of lovely gift items including Vera Bradley bags, dazzling necklaces, bracelets, earrings and much more. (Pssst … find Jewels and More Gahanna on Facebook for a special coupon offer.)
Forget the flowers. Honey Grove Botanicals, Gahanna’s signature boutique for homemade personal care and home scent products, is stocked full of fun Valentine’s day gift items. For a fraction of what you would’ve spent on roses, you can buy a basket full of soaps, candles and lotions for her OR shaving soap, mustache/beard oil and shampoo for him. www.ShopHoneyGrove.com
It's All Natural! If your sweetie is a fresh face, organic girl--check out the cool all-natural cosmetics and body care products at It's All Natural! They feature organic cosmetics, lotions, perfumes and natural mineral makeup lotions from companies including Juicy For Sure, Terra Escentials and Ambiguos You. (Then send her to the free Natural Make-Up Demo on February 28.)
Wyandotte Winery. Valerie & Robin Coolidge, owners of Gahanna’s Wyandotte Winery, have created Vin de Cacao wine—a slightly sweet red wine that is subtly flavored with chocolate. It features a heart on the label and makes a great Valentine bottle. www.WyandotteWinery.com
FAMILY FUN. Ohio Herb Education Center. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the family by creating several handmade herbal crafts. From 12-4 pm on Sat., February 14, children and adults can create a honey hand scrub, herbal cookie mix, and creative herbal art. These may be given as gifts or kept to enjoy as keepsakes. $5 per craft or 3/$12. Go HERE to learn more. (http://www.gahanna.gov/departments/parks/Herb_Center.aspx)
Family Valentine’s Day at Rusty Bucket! Children under 10 eat free on February 14! And Rusty Bucket will crank up the kid-friendliness with candy and a special Cupid’s Cup Kiddie Beverage. www.myrustybucket.com
For more ideas, follow the @VisitGahanna on Facebook and Instagram
After this weekend and all that great family bonding time, everyone will certainly be back on the nice list!
____ ~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager Gahanna OH Convention and Visitors Bureau To learn more about Gahanna’s many great restaurants, pubs, shopping and attractions, check out VisitGahanna.com
This guest post was written by Jennifer with the Ohio Herb Education Center, located in Olde Gahanna.
This December, as part of a Christmas tradition, Santa is visiting the Ohio Herb Education Center, located in the historic Nafzger-Miller House at 110 Mill St. in the Creekside district of Gahanna.
You and your loved ones are invited to join in a celebration with Santa in the richly decorated parlor, in the hope that you will make this event part of your own family tradition! Meet Santa in this warm setting, and enjoy a more relaxed holiday experience. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase.
To encourage families to slow down and share the moment with each other, Santa also will be hosting a variety of traditional crafts during his visit. Everyone can participate in making a hot chocolate mix from scratch, preparing a peppermint footbath or creating sugar plum dream pillows.
Enjoy the cold weather tradition of warming up with a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Children and adults can participate in making their own mix from scratch, then take it home to brew up and enjoy all winter long.
Many of the scents of the holidays also help you relax and unwind. Peppermint foot scrub soothes tired feet and offers aromatherapy relaxation. (Pssst … use this activity to create a gift especially for Mom!)
Herbal sachet dream pillows combine aromas and carry special meaning. Rose petals represent grace and joy, while lavender represents devotion. These small fragrant pillows help to encourage the sweetest of holiday dreams.
“Historically, herbs were a vital part of running a traditional household and they were particularly prominent at the holidays,” said Herb Center manager, Brooke Sackenheim. “Their memorable scents and tastes made the celebrations that much richer.”
Santa holiday photos with family crafts are happening exclusively at the Ohio Herb Education Center for three Saturdays in December: the 6th, 13th and 20th. No pre-registration is required; drop in anytime from 9am-1pm. The cost is $5 per craft/photo or 3 items for $12. For more information, call 614/342-4380.
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