September 04, 2015
Day 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 am, what you might call, a Short North Arts District Lifer. I have owned restaurants in the neighborhood for the past 10 years, and cannot imagine having done that anywhere else. The Short North Arts District is our town center; it’s a bustling village in the midst of a booming city; it’s a community; a family. No matter how you spin it, no visit to Columbus is complete without time spent in the heart of the city.
Being as I spend so much time here, there is never a lack of things to experience. To begin with there is a plethora of beautiful boutiques and shops, where one can procure everything from art supplies to one-of-a-kind gifts and haute dresses. Then come the galleries that showcase works by amazing local artists, alongside works by modern masters. Music in the park, festivals, and for the thirsty, cocktails, handcrafted by some very creative minds help you along, as you taste delicacies made by chefs that rival the best any city has to offer.
So, take a stroll with me, and see what the perfect day in the Short North Arts District means to me.
Sherrie Gallerie is of my favorite galleries to stop by on a Gallery Hop night. They have a great eye for diversity; be it canvas, crayon, jewelry, or sculpture, I always find something here that takes my breath away. There is equal importance given to local and national artists here.
As new comers in the Columbus gallery scene, the Pizzuti Collection has taken us by storm with their collection in their sculpture garden. I can’t thank the Pizzuti family enough for sharing their amazing collection of contemporary art with the community. Housed in a gorgeous space across from Goodale Park, there is never a reason to not stop by and be inspired for a while.
All this walking always makes me hungry, and what better place to stop by for a bite than North Market. The most difficult part of this stop is having to make a decision. With an array of vendors selling the freshest and culturally diverse offerings, picking just one can be a daunting task! This is a great place to go if you have a group of people that all want something different. I usually kill two birds with one stone while I’m here and get some dinner shopping done, too. If you’re in luck and there’s a farmer’s market going on, make sure you grab some fresh local goodies.
My favorite place to shop for gifts. It doesn’t matter what the occasion, whether I need something cute and kitschy, a one-of-a-kind wedding gift, a card for my best friend, or a thank you gift for my amazing fiancé (and sometimes, you just need a gift for yourself), Tigertree is the place! From what I hear, the lovely owners are opening a kids clothing store soon. I can’t wait to see it!
Tucked away in the side streets of Victorian Village, a gem that should be scoured for, is Basi. With Chef Johnny at the helm, this restaurant will make you feel like you’re home. His food is delectable and his staff is on point. Delicious flavors of Italian comfort food, and array of amazing wines, and a great atmosphere.
LE MERIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH
I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg with the Short North Arts District. We still have to go have a night on the town, and wake up and see so much more! So take a sojourn at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph in the heart of it all. Another tip of the hat to the Pizzuti family for extending their artistic eye to a luxurious hotel.
Make sure to visit Sang’s restaurant, The Table, which serves genuine, locally sourced food in a warm, community-centric setting at 21 E. 5th Ave.