FullSizeRenderDay in the Life is a quarterly editorial by members of the Columbus community. Read more below for insider tips and tricks to the Short North Arts District when the sun is shining. To see nighttime activities, see A Night Out.

I was born and raised in Columbus, I have seen the Short North Arts District transform and grow to what it is today, — an area with so much diversity and so much to offer. It’s my playground.

From art galleries, boutiques, to some of the best eats and drinks in town, the Short North Arts District is filled with plenty of options to enjoy. These are just a few of my top places where one might say I am a regular.

On Paper and Tigertree
As much as we may rely on technology to send a text or an e-mail, I love sending my friends and relatives cards in the mail whether it be for a birthday, engagement, or simply because I am thinking about them. Whatever the occasion, On Paper and Tigertree have the best selections in cards and stationery. These spots are also great places where I find some of the best one-of-a-kind gifts.

North High Brewing-01North High Brewing
A place I like to unwind after work or catch up with friends is North High Brewing. They have a wide selection of craft beers! My favorites are their Saison, Blonde Ale, and right now they have a cucumber-flavored beer — a must try! So refreshing! Can you tell I lean more to the lighter choices of a brew? Also, the inside has a lot of history to it. If I’m more in the mood for a good glass of wine, I head on over to Marcella’s or Wine on High. Did I mention that Marcella’s has one of the best happy hours? (Because they do.)

Goodale Park
Goodale Park is a great for a stroll, a run, a game of tennis or even kickball. Be sure to experience Goodale Park Music Series that’s free every Sunday afternoon July-August. You can hear anything from jazz to bluegrass to funk with all local musicians. Bring a blanket, your friends, and furry ones and have a relaxing Sunday Funday at Goodale Park.

IMG_4055Grandview Mercantile Co.
I love stopping by and seeing the newest vintage gems they get in from furniture, art pieces, jewelry, you name it! I have a bit of an old soul and all of their pieces have so much character to it. Give yourself some time in here to take in all the unique, fine antiques this place has to offer. Your eyes will thank you.

Mission Coffee Co.
Is one of my favorite places to do some work, catch up with a friend, or have a meeting over a great cup of coffee, latte, or hot tea. This location used to be home to a car dealership and garage. I love the exposed brick walls, and when its nice enough weather, they open up the garage door to let the fresh air in. Not every place has a massive garage door like Mission, which opens up the majority of its space.