There’s this interesting show/infomercial called Travel Challenge Columbus that’s shot in a travel channel/food network style that debuted Saturday on WSYX ABC 6. The host travels to locations around the world and compares a city’s iconic restaurant or bar or winery, etc., and compares it to something in Columbus. Given that Channel 6 describes it as a “paid advertising” I suspect that the featured locations (Hyde Park, Park Street Cantina, and Camelot Cellars) paid to be featured. But that’s all disclosed up front, and the show is well executed.
I’m glad someone (InLine Productions) in Columbus took the initiative to do something like this. It kind of reminds me of my film idea, only they executed.
As with Arena Grand, it looks like the Drexel will be losing the Gateway movie theater soon. According to Business First of Columbus, the Drexel Theater Group and Campus Partners decided not to renew Drexel’s management contract.
Campus Partners wants someone able to run corporate events as well as movies. Drexel says that they can do movie related events, but just don’t have the experience to run the big corporate events.
It’s too bad, because I did like to go down to the Gateway to catch a movie from time to time. They did a good job in showing more of the artsy movies that doesn’t play at the AMC.
Earlier today I tweeted some posts about the new Abercrombie & Fitch Aussi inspired concept Gilly Hicks. You’ll see the posts on the270 when it strikes midnight.
Anyways, the posts mention that Gilly Hicks’ advertising video contains topless women swimming and a nearly naked man. Well, he’s not nearly naked. He’s naked. And the women are topless. I’m glad I didn’t view the video at work, because it may have very well been my last day there. To be fair, Gilly Hicks did warn of showing some skin. But I didn’t think it would be real skin. I thought that they’d artfully cover up the, um, stuff. Continue reading
Speaking of closings, did you know that the Dublin Burgundy Room has closed? Of course we weren’t aware of this until after we pulled into the eerily empty parking lot and walked to the front door. WTF crossed our minds. The place always looked busy. My wife’s been there and liked the food, and this would have been my first time. So I was really looking forward to dining there.
Equally frustrating is the fact that we were going to use our Prestige Dining Club card to dine there. According to the PDC’s website, the Dublin Burgundy Room closed on January 1. I wonder if the Burgundy Room in the Short North will honor the card?
And finally, the PDC is a great thing to have. As seen in the Guest Check graphic to the left, you get one meal of equal or lesser value free. A client of mine gave this to me as a Christmas gift, and it’s a nice incentive for us to check out restaurants that we probably would not have gone without the card.
As fast as it came, Sunflower Market is leaving. It seems like yesterday that Sunflower opened shop in Dublin, along with two other locations in Columbus. But now they are closing all of their stores.
The parent of Sunflower Market said it will close all of that chain’s stores next month, including its Broad Ripple location.
Minneapolis-based Supervalu said five Sunflower locations nationally are getting the boot, including the Indianapolis location, which opened in January 2006 as another location for organic foods.
Three stores in the Columbus, Ohio area and Chicago also are exiting the week of Feb. 18.
I wonder if they’ll have a nice close out sale.
I suppose it had to happen, but Dublin based Wendy’s is stopping its love it or hate it red wig advertisement campaign.
‘Tis a sad day, because as disturbing as it was, I kinda enjoyed them.
But, results is all that matters. And creative as it was, the ad just didn’t perform.
Some people make a living from blogging. I don’t. I just don’t get enough traffic to generate ad income like I would like. But I can dream.
For inspiration, and proof that it can be done, I frequently visit the wildly popular ProBlogger.net. A few months ago ProBlogger underwent a redesign. It was not until today that I decided to visit the website of the designer that did the redesign. And that would be Ben Bleikamp.
It turns out that Ben is an OSU student. That’s pretty good. Local kid goes global. If you don’t know, the ProBlogger author is from Australia.
Keep an eye out for this guy. I’m certain that big things will come from him. He’s already considered one of the top web designers today.
The only flaw that I can see from him is that he hates Michigan. Oh well, I’m still a fan of Ben’s work.
All hail to Mad Hatter Muffler on 3390 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, Ohio. I originally took my 1996 Toyota Avalon to Tuffy because the engine sounded too loud and exhaust was coming into the passenger compartment whenever I was stopped. But when they quoted me $525.00 for the replacement part and another $75.00 to install it, I decided that I would live with my problems for a while, during which time I checked around. The problem was that the “Y Pipe” on the Toyota Avalon also contains the catalytic converter and actually is that expensive to replace.
A friend recommended Mad Hatter Mufflers. I drove out there and they immediately put the car up on one of their four lifts without an appointment. They took me into the garage bay underneath the car and showed me what was wrong, a cracked pipe. They said that they could put in a flex pipe without replaing the entire “Y-Pipe”.
My cost, 45 minutes later (exactly what they predicted it to be time-wise) was $106 and some change. This was $25.00 less than they quoted to me, as the fellow indicated that the matching part (one of which had cracked) was still in good shape). They also gave me a one year warranty on the part they replaced.
So the next time you get a big quote on a muffler from some chain store, give Mad Hatter a try. They open at 8:00 a.m M-F and stay open until 6:00 p.m.
A little late on this one, but the New York Times had a great mention of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in the article The Gift Is in the Mail, and on the Web:
Jeni’s of Columbus, Ohio, has surpassed the creativity of all other ice cream makers with its versions like goat cheese and Cognac fig sauce. … Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ intense, offbeat flavors would be worth a drive to Ohio. My favorites were the goat cheese, salty caramel, coffee, Thai chili and torrone, plus lime cardamom lingonberry frozen yogurt and forest berry and pear riesling sorbets. Six pints start at $70. (614) 488-3224.
I’ve only been to Jeni’s once. I guess I’ll need to go there more often to see what the hubbub is all about. Nonetheless, great pub for a Columbus business.