Your presents are unwrapped, your stomach’s too full from Christmas cookies, and the New Year’s Eve celebration has left you partied out until … probably next New Year’s Eve.

As 2015 kicks off, we all start thinking about the future and hoping to turn out just a little bit better than we were last year. For this (hopefully) glorious year, you’re about to jump into, there are some amazing locations in the Short North Arts District that are going to help you get there. Whether it’s giving back, getting fit, or getting out there, making that New Year’s resolution a reality is sure to be a cinch!


For those who want to look to others as part of their turning over a new leaf, the opportunities to give and to volunteer are second to none. Come and feel good about your day in the most exciting and vibrant part of the city!

Friends of Goodale Park

Greening Columbus since the 1850’s, Goodale Park is one the city’s most endearing and enduring landmarks. Over 30 acres of park space and recreation amenities provide an essential breath of fresh air into our otherwise crowded city center. Host to numerous events throughout the year, such as ComFest and Columbus Pride, as well as the thousands who visit the park every year, Goodale requires just as much love as anything else so well utilized. Friends of Goodale Park aim to maintain the park’s natural beauty and integrity by organizing volunteer events to help the park stay fresh. A perfect way to both give to your community and spend time in one of the prettiest spots in town.

Photo courtesy of Friends of Goodale Park.

Dress for Success Columbus

Helping disadvantaged women gain meaningful employment, Dress for Success is an ideal choice for women whose Christmas gifts this year may be pushing their closets to the breaking point. Offering women suits and professional work-wear for both before and after the interview process, as well as career counseling and technology assistance, Dress for Success’ goal is to help women achieve economic independence. Your simple donation of gently used professional wardrobe items will help find women meaningful employment and a solid footing for her preparations for the future.

Photo courtesy of Dress for Success.

Out of the Closet Thrift Store

A very recent addition to the Short North Arts District, for a passerby Out of the Closet seems like any other vintage thrift store. Funky mannequins fill the window displays, racks and racks of Hawaiian shirts your dad used to wear and old baby toys occupy the surprisingly cavernous shop floor. While some thrift shopping is always fun, the real reason behind the store is much more important. Your donation of clothing, furniture, and home ware goes to support HIV/AIDS research and the store’s free, confidential HIV testing program. Clean out your closet and help someone learn their status, get them the support they need and help researchers find a cure.

Photo courtesy of Out of the Closet.


Unlike so many other things in our lives, the one thing that doesn’t just come and go is our health. This year, make the promise you made to yourself about getting in shape a real one at these exceptional locations.

Native Cold Pressed

Utterly delicious and utterly healthy, Native Cold Pressed is a juice bar in the Short North specializing in cold pressed juices. Offering a huge variety of options, Native’s juices are never blended, pasteurized, or heated, maintaining all of the produce’s (over three pounds in every bottle) natural benefits. Native also offers consultations for juice cleanses and pre-arranged cleanses perfect to jump start any foray into a healthier lifestyle.

Photo courtesy of Native Cold Pressed.


Short North Fitness

Rethinking the entire gym experience, Short North Fitness offers its clients a level of personalized attention that both inspires and get results. Located in the Jackson building, Short North Fitness is beautifully well thought out. Studio spaces for group classes and personal training sessions line the main floor’s wall to wall lines of equipment make Short North Fitness an easy one-stop-shop to give your entire body an exhilarating workout.

Yoga on High

Attacking healthy living from all angles, not just getting buff or finally hitting that mile time, Yoga on High’s expertise in various forms of yoga and meditation is very impressive. A huge array of experienced teachers are affiliated with the studio and offer incredibly varied classes for anyone’s goals of personal well-being. Ashtanga yoga, Pilates, aerial yoga, meditation, Reiki, acupuncture and much more are offered at the studio. For those who fall in love with the practice, Yoga on High also leads a two-week meditation tour of northern India during the world-famout Holi festival. Yeah, they’re not messing around.

Photo courtesy of Yoga on High.




Lastly, for many people a new year means just doing something new – shaking up your old routine, meeting new people and trying new things. Here are a couple spots to help your new leaf get out there a little easier.

Stonewall Columbus

A central institution for gay life in the city, Stonewall Columbus has been working on creating community here for decades. Located in the center of the Short North Arts District, Stonewall is surrounded by some of the Columbus’ main cultural institutions and reflects that in its programming. The center offers outreach and volunteer opportunities as well as numerous art workshops, movie screenings, lectures, discussion groups, book clubs and organized excursions throughout the city and the countryside including runs and hikes.

Columbus Food Adventures

A no-brainer for Columbus, home to a surprisingly massive collection of restaurants with cuisine spanning the globe, another easy way to get out there to try new things, is … well getting out there and trying new things! Food is one of the best ways to experience culture and diversity and because sorting through all the spots and reviews can leave anyone wondering what’s authentic or tasty, thankfully a group has already gotten together to do it for you! Columbus Food Adventures hits all spots of town with tours as varied as there are store fronts on High Street. Meet chefs, critics and other foodies for an informative (and delicious) shake up out of your routine! Check the Columbus Food Adventures website for their Short North Arts District food tours.

Tyler Wilson