After one of the harshest winters Columbus has had to endure in recent memory, it’s time to get ready for spring and the warmer temperatures the season brings. Whether your winter was full of comfort food or tv show marathons, the Short North can help you get into shape in time for warmer temperatures.

We talked to Nicole Salvo of Native Cold Pressed, Michele Vinbury of Yoga on High, and Tim Maurer of Mukha Custom Cosmetics & Medi-Spa about their spring offerings, who shared their upcoming plans for spring to help you be at your best. For all your nutrition, fitness, yoga, and skin care needs, visit these Short North businesses.


Native Cold Pressed
An exciting new addition to the Short North, Native Cold Pressed has been a long time in the making. Co-owners Nicole Salvo and Erin Thacker spent a year and a half researching ingredients, testing combinations, and developing recipes. “We would just sit down, honestly, and juice things that we thought would go well together, and then think about their medicinal benefits, and do research on it,” Nicole explained. “We did it twice a week for a long time to just really get acquainted with everything.”

Most blends help to boost the immune system and ward off the cold or flu, while other blends such as Cooling Herb and Green Grapefruit aid digestive issues. Each ingredient is juiced separately and then carefully measured by the ounce to maximize the distinct flavor profiles, and the store uses anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds of fresh, locally-sourced produce daily.

Since they require such a large amount of produce, Native Cold Pressed works with Mid/West Fresh, but they look forward to spring to be able to also work with more local farms. “We’re just excited for really local, organic produce to come in … we’re excited for berries,” Nicole said.

Another important part of the Native Cold Pressed brand is Nicole and Erin’s connection to yoga, which was how they met and their inspiration for the store. “We have a really good partnership with the yoga studios,” Salvo said. “Our original idea was to put the juice in yoga studios, and not actually have a space, and just transport it, but with the Ohio [pasteurization] laws we can’t do that.” Even though they couldn’t sell in studios, Salvo said that the yoga community has been very supportive.

Since they both have teaching experience, they hope to incorporate yoga into the store. “We want to utilize the space that we have to do early morning Saturday classes at first, and then possibly expand from there,” Salvo said.

Visit Native Cold Pressed at 771-A N. High St, open 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information and to see their menu, click here.

Photo courtesy of Native Cold Pressed’s Facebook page.

Northstar Cafe
Since 2004, Northstar Cafe has been consciously dedicated to serving quality, wholesome, and local food. Their thoughtfully prepared and imaginative menu of locally grown organic ingredients is a reflection of their commitment to provide healthy, sustainable, and delicious cuisine. Everything is prepared from scratch, from breakfast staples such as homemade granola to their famous Northstar Burger. Their menus also offer many vegetarian and vegan options.

Visit Northstar Cafe at 951 N. High St, open 9:00am to 10:00pm daily. For more information and to see their menu, click here.

Photo courtesy of Northstar Cafe’s website.

ZenCha Tea Salon
ZenCha Tea Salon strives to offer an exceptional experience that pairs fresh and flavorful cuisine with the highest quality tea. The Tea Ambassadors at ZenCha will help you pair any of their house-made dishes with a corresponding tea to suit your palate. Their menu, which includes several vegetarian options, specializes in dishes inspired by major tea countries, from South East Asian Coconut Lemongrass Noodles to a British Earl Grey Apple Brie sandwiches.

Visit ZenCha Tea Salon at 982 N. High St, open 11am to 10pm Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 10:00pm Saturday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday. For more information and to see their menu, click here.

Photo courtesy of ZenCha’s Facebook page.

Haiku Poetic Food & Art
Haiku focuses on simple, fresh, and healthy traditional Japanese cuisine. Their menu includes an impressive selection of sushi, light appetizers such as grilled scallops and lettuce wraps, spring roll and seaweed salads, traditional noodles such as laksa ayam, and Asian Pacific-inspired wok-tossed dishes such as stir fry vegetable, hot pepper chicken, and ginger scallop shrimp.

Visit Haiku Poetic Food & Art at 800 N. High St, open 11am to 11pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00am to 12:00am Friday and Saturday, and 4:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday. For more information and to see their menu, click here.

Photo courtesy of Haiku’s Facebook page.


Chiseled Gym
Feel like you don’t have enough motivation to work out? Whether you want to tone and shape or train for a marathon, Juan Vicente of Chiseled Gym can help you. The one-on-one sessions help build self confidence in an intimate, expert setting meant to motivate anyone with fitness goals.

Visit Chiseled Gym at  37 E. 5th Ave, open 5:30am to 9:00pm Monday through Saturday. For more information, click here.

Photo courtesy of Chiseled’s Facebook page.

SNAP Fitness
At SNAP Fitness, value is the name of the game. Until March 31st, membership prices are as low as $14.95 per month, with the first month free and no enrollment fee. Club amenities for members include 24-hour access and high-quality cardio and strength training machines.

Visit SNAP Fitness at 18 E Hubbard Ave, open 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday and Tuesday, 10am to 6pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 2:00pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 2pm Sunday to non-members; open 24 hours per day to members. For more information about membership pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of SNAP’s website.


Short North Fitness
Short North Fitness has a calendar packed with classes ranging from spin to bootcamp to yoga. Whether you want to blast calories or work on muscle definition, they welcome anyone and everyone who wants to come, regardless of experience. Drop by any class for only $12, or purchase a 10-class pass for $100. For a more one-on-one approach, Short North Fitness also features personal training.

Visit Short North Fitness at 1137 N. High St, open 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00am to 6:00pm Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, and 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday to non-members; open 5:00am to 12:00am daily to members. For more information about membership pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of Short North Fitness’s website.


Yoga on High
A veteran of the Short North, Yoga on High has been essential in building Columbus’s yoga community. “Just having an interest in yoga is great motivation,” said Michele Vinbury. “We have so many different people from different areas. We really encourage people to take our Ashtanga, Hatha, and vinyasa beginner classes. We find that it’s really nice for people to come in to a room full of other beginners. It makes it a little less intimidating if that’s an issue for them. You don’t have to be flexible or know any crazy sanskrit words. We can be pretty accessible and provide a solid foundation and comfort level.”

Whether you want to sign up for their six to twelve-week sessions or try one of their drop-in classes, Yoga on High has a place for you. “We have some different and distinct demographics at the studio who are drawn to different sorts of movement practices,” Michele said. Ashtanga yoga, which is a set sequence every time you go to the mat, is more vigorous, while Hatha tends to be slower and more therapeutic because it is more alignment based, though it can also be an advanced practice. Vinyasa involves music and movement, and is a lot of fun.

Spring promises to also be a fun and exciting time at Yoga on High. “There are so many things we’re looking forward to this spring,” Michele said.

“We have Kirtan programs, which are music events, with Dave Stringer coming up. We’re also starting to do Ayurveda, which is the sister component of yoga that deals more with nutrition, and it has different massage techniques, foods, and supplements.”

Yoga on High will also be starting workshop series, and will be doing blog posts about the theme – spring cleaning and releasing that which no longer serves you. They’ll be looking at some different practices of detox and cleansing to help you get ready for the spring and summer.

In addition to their speciality classes such as aerial yoga, meditation, kids, trauma-sensitive, and pre-natal, the studio will also feature new programs including yoga for runners workshops, and yoga hikes, which will involve cycles of 15 minutes of hiking followed by 15 minutes of yoga at Highbanks. In the summer, Yoga on High will begin outdoor moonlit classes at the full moon, called Moonlit Mystic.

Visit Yoga on High at 1081 N. High St, open 9am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 7:30pm Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturday, and 9:00am to 6:00pm Sunday. They also have earlier classes beginning at 5:30am on select days. For more information about the schedule and session and class pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of Yoga on High’s website.

Thank Yoga
For full mind and body yoga experience, Thank Yoga offers a fresh take on the traditional practice. Classes at the young studio offer balance and flow to help you build strength and have fun. Drop-in classes are $15.00, and a month of unlimited classes is $95.00. The studio also offers student discounts on drop-in classes and class packages.

Visit Thank Yoga at 29 E. Fifth Ave, Suite 100. For more information about their schedule of classes and pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of Thank Yoga’s Facebook page.


Mukha Custom Cosmetics & Medi-Spa
Mukha Custom Cosmetics & Medi-Spa founder and internationally recognized makeup artist Tim Maurer knows skin care. “The company as a whole is the only place that offers a customized experience from beginning to end,” Tim said. “It’s not just the skin care; it’s your makeup, foundation, lipstick, moisturizer, cleanser. Every single part of those products is made to order. We can do gluten free, vegan – anything that a client needs.”

From cystic acne to skin issues such as scarring and hyper-pigmentation, Mukha has a product for everything. “We have so many different options, so it depends on the skin. The product can help alleviate problems without drying out the tissue. A lot of skin care products that are out there for those kinds of issues make things worse. We really try to treat the health of the skin while we deal with whatever issue may be going on,” Tim said.

The award-winning salon has been recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for the cleanliness of its products, and by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for its sunscreen, which has only four ingredients. Its most popular product, since the day it opened 11 years ago, is the Gentle Cleansing Gel. The eight ounce bottle, which is a years’ worth of cleanser, is an “all-in-one product.” When combined with water, a pea-size amount can be used to wash your face, shave your legs, wash your hair, and remove waterproof mascara. It’s naturally scented with sage and lavender, but like all Mukha products, it doesn’t have any added chemical fragrances.

In addition to skin care, Mukha also offers massages from two trained therapists who are trained in 10 to 11 modalities, including hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, and Lomilomi, and who have 20 years of experience between them. The salon also features Reiki, which is an alignment of energy that helps with deep relaxation to assist in balance, healing, and creativity.

For the spring, Maurer is most excited for his newest product, Timebombs. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever come up with. What we’ve done is harness Argireline, which works like a topical botox, but without any of the bad stuff. It literally freezes the area you want for 12 hours,” Tim said.

For three days on April 3-6, Mukha will launch its Spring Colors collection for only $45.00, and will host Native Cold Pressed and Green Olive Company for tasting samples.

Visit Mukha Custom Cosmetics and Medi-Spa at 980 N. High St, open 10:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday through Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday. For more information about their products and services, click here.

Photo courtesy of Mukha’s website.

phia salon
Phia Salon, a partner of Aveda Salon, is passionate about being environmentally-conscience and sustainable. Thier services include affordably-priced mini facials to rebalance skin, tourmaline facials to create a healthy glow, acne relief facials to calm and soothe skin, enbrightenment facials to improve clarity, anti-aging facials to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, plant peels that don’t irritate skin. Need to relax? Try their hand and arm massage or stress-relieving scalp and shoulder experience for only $8.

Visit Phia Salon at 755 N. High St, open 9:00am to 9:00pm Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, 7:00am to 10:00pm Tuesday and Friday, 10:00am to 9:00pm Wednesday, and 8:00am to 8:00pm Saturday. For more information about their services and pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of Phia’s Facebook page. 

Salons at High and Hubbard
Salons at High and Hubbard is home to David Senft, a 17-year skin care veteran who provides European skin care in the Short North. Among his specializations are Microdermabrasion and European Facials, as well as deep pore facials, Glycolic Peel facials, Oxygen facials, Pumpkin facials, and Vitamin C facials.

Visit Salons at High and Hubbard at 17 W. Hubbard Ave, open 10:00am to 7:00pm Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00am to 6:00pm Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday. For more information about their services and pricing, click here.

Photo courtesy of Salons at High and Hubbard’s website.



– Michelle Gibson