Experience Clintonville Days 2018

Experience Clintonville presents the 2nd-annual Experience Clintonville Days, running Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23, 2018! This neighborhood event is designed to encourage Columbus residents to spend a day shopping in Clintonville, eating and drinking in Clintonville and exploring Clintonville businesses.

Pick up your Experience Clintonville Days Bingo Card at one of the participating businesses in the week leading up to the event. That weekend, join in the fun and try to visit as many participating businesses as possible. Get your card punched at five adjacent squares, bingo-style, and you’ll win a gift card from a neighborhood store!

Come out and learn why Clintonville is a great place to live, work, play and eat!

Experience Clintonville Days 2018 participating businesses:

Bleu & Fig

Bob’s Bar

Boomerang Vintage

Cakes and More

City Folk’s Farm Shop

Clintonville Outfitters

Columbus Sports Connection

Crimson Cup Coffee House

Elm & Iron

Global Gallery

Johnny Velo Bikes

Lineage Brewing

Local Cantina: Clintonville

Moo Moo Express Car Wash

Mozart’s

Old Skool

Flowers On Orchard Lane

Pat and Gracie’s

Robbies Hobbies

Surprise Modern Party + Cocktail Goods

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

Tabletop Game Cafe 

T.Y. Fine Furniture

Weiland’s Market

What To Wear-Buy My Closet

Whit’s Frozen Custard in Clintonville

Wholly Craft

Taste of Clintonville 2018

Taste of Clintonville is returning for a fifth year! Get a taste of what makes Clintonville so special at Taste of Clintonville 2018, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St. in Clintonville. Hosted by Experience Clintonville, this popular annual event showcases the best of Clintonville’s culinary treasures, from the newest hotspots to our beloved neighborhood institutions.

Participating restaurants include Acre on N. High St.Aladdin’s Eatery ColumbusBareburgerBleu & FigBLunch ColumbusCakes and more – CateringColonial CandyCrimson Cup CoffeeDough Mama Cafe & BakeryEagle Family Candy Company LLCJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams,Lineage BrewingLocal Cantina: Clintonville, Marco’s Pizza, Mozart’s,Nancy’s Home CookingPat and Gracie’spattycake bakeryTupelo DoughnutsWeiland’s Market, Ye Asian Bistro and more! Check back for our full list of participating restaurants!

We’ll be raffling off prize packages including a private party for 20 catered by Bleu & Fig, gift certificates to participating restaurants, and more! Raffle tickets can be purchased via EventBrite or at the event.

Presale tickets are $25 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and include tastings and soft drinks. Tickets at the door will be $30 per person.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors, KEMBA Financial Credit Union,Heartland BankInstant Signs CompanyRobbies HobbiesAcorn Distributors, Inc.Mozart’s and Weiland’s Market!

Click here to purchase your tickets via EventBrite!

Seeking Taste of Clintonville sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring Taste of Clintonville? Email us at expclintonville@gmail.com, or contact one of our event co-chairs: Anand Saha, owner of Mozart’s, at 614-268-3687; Jennifer Williams, owner of Weiland’s Market, at 614-267-9878; or Brooke Kinsey, owner of Bleu & Fig, at 614-348-3328.

HolidayVille returns Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

The eighth-annual HolidayVille, presented by TY Fine Furniture, returns to Clintonville 12-4 p.m. Sunday, December 3! The neighborhood-wide holiday shopping event features carolers, cookies and sales at more than 25 neighborhood shops and restaurants. Free Jolly Trolley rides through the neighborhood make it easy to experience all the festivities.

Mozart’s serves as HolidayVille Headquarters—stop in for gluhwein, a German mulled wine popular at Christmas markets throughout Germany and Austria; hot chocolate for the children; a visit from Santa Claus; live holiday entertainment; cookie decorating; and a Clintonville authors meet-and-greet event.

Hop off the Trolley at stops including TY Fine FurnitureBleu & Fig, Robbies Hobbies/Instant Signs, Wholly CraftClintonville OutfittersLineage BrewingStudio 35 Cinema & DrafthouseWeiland’s Market and more! Enjoy a make-and-take ornament station at Wholly Craft, free s’mores and activities from Camp Wild Child at Clintonville Outfitters, holiday beer and wine samples at Weiland’s Market, and so much more.

More than 25 neighborhood businesses will participate, with special offerings such as sales, refreshments, live music and more! Participating businesses include:
Bleu & Fig: Enjoy free iced coffee, hot chocolate, Candied Bacon and snowflake cookie samples; discounts on jars of Candied Bacon; and enter a raffle to win free brunch!
Boomerang Room Vintage: They’ll be spinning vintage Christmas vinyl and serving refreshments!
Bundle: Stop by for hot mulled cider, cookies, snacks and live music from local music legend Willie Pheonix 1:30-3:30 p.m.!
City Folk’s Farm Shop: City Folk’s will be roasting chestnuts!
Clintonville Outfitters: Free s’mores, hot toddy’s, and edible Campfires, plus activities from Camp Wild Child and many in-store specials!
Dabble & Stitch: 10% off gift cards and other merchandise, plus hot cider
Dough Mama
Elizabeth’s Records: Stop in for free cocoa, coffee and donuts, and browse $2 Christmas vinyl!
Elm & Iron
Flag Lady’s Flag Store
: Free ornament with purchases over $50, and complimentary gift wrapping
Inked and Screened
: Get your limited-edition $10 screenprinted Ugly Christmas T-shirt! 
Lineage Brewing
: Get 20% off all Lineage merchandise, play North Pole Putt Putt for prizes, sip free hot chocolate, browse the $10 clearance T-shirt sale, and hang out with the CD102.5 Scene Team.
Pattycake Bakery
Robbies Hobbies
: Enjoy 20% off train and slot car sets, 30% off on used and secondhand items, and 10% off on all new items!
Salon 12: The salon will be open, with complimentary refreshments, discounts on products, and a drawing for a gift basket filled with product and services!
The Sunroom: Get 15% off purchases of $100 or more, plus complimentary refreshments.
True Vintage Market: Free ornament with every purchase!
TY Fine Furniture: Browse goods from a variety of craft and food vendors, catch live music performances, and enjoy coffee and treats.
Valiente Goods
The Village Jewel
Weiland’s Market
: Sip holiday beer and wine samples, sample free doughnut holes and buy doughnuts from Tupelo Doughnuts, and get a free five-minute massage from Kayla Scites of The Muscle Whisperer!
Whit’s Frozen Custard: Pose with Santa to benefit the Clintonville CRC, and enjoy a Trolley Sundae special!
and more!
Wholly Craft: DIY Ornament Bar! Kids and kids at heart can create their own free Christmas ornaments to take home.

Clintonville Characters: Olivera Bratich

Olivera Bratich, owner of Wholly Craft! and Surprise! Modern Party + Cocktail Goods, is wrapping up a two-year term as President of the Board for Experience Clintonville. We caught up with Olivera about life in Clintonville before she hands the reins over to current EC Board VP Jonathan Barth.

 

How long have you lived in Clintonville?

I moved into the neighborhood after finishing graduate school in 2004 and ended up opening the shop the very next year. I can’t imagine any other place to have Wholly Craft and, in that same sense, I really can’t imagine living anywhere else. Clintonville really feels like home.

Most people know you as the founder of Wholly Craft! Where did the inspiration for the store come from?

At the time, I knew a lot of people who were making new, interesting handmade goods and there was no regular outlet for them in Columbus. I always enjoyed working in retail and leading projects, but I had never imagined myself as a shop owner. Turns out, I love it! I’m inspired every day by our vendors, artists, customers and awesome staff.

You have talked about how you’d never want to try to replicate Wholly Craft in another neighborhood. Why has Clintonville made such a good fit for your store over the years?

The support we felt in this community right from the beginning was incredible. People were interested in shopping for quirky gifts and I feel like our style of doing business fits in well with the neighborhood. It’s a creative community here and one that really has a history of supporting its local businesses. Over the years, nothing has made me happier than seeing the same customers come back again and again for over a decade. To watch neighborhood families grow up and to be part of their gift-giving and treat-yourself routines has been really special.

Where are some favorite hangouts for you and your son, Jovan?

We spend a lot of time at Firefly Play Cafe and Jovan’s favorite place to eat is Wildflower Cafe. He is especially fond of their bacon and Mom appreciates their cakes and Bloody Marys. We also make the rounds on all the great outdoor spaces in the neighborhood — Whetstone, Como and Brevoort parks are our favorites.

Where do you head when you’re kid-free for an evening?

I will take any and every opportunity to hit up Studio 35 for a night out! Even if I’m not particularly interested in the film that night, they have a great beer selection and comfortable atmosphere. Sometimes I’ll even just bring my laptop and get some work done in the evenings. (Note: I wasn’t here in the ’80s but if Sun Bubble were still in its heyday, I’m pretty sure I’d love nothing more than an evening of hot tubbing and cable television!) [Editor’s Note: For those not in the know, which includes me, according to ClintonvilleHistory.com Sun Bubble was a business located at 4495 N. High and for $6 an hour offered “a private chance to slip into a hot tub, watch some M-TV or a movie, listen to your favorite radio station or cassette tape and have a good time.” Fascinating!]

Where do you shop for groceries?

I love to shop at Weiland’s because of their samplings and recommendations — I’m no food expert so the advice is always appreciated and they’ve never steered me wrong. There are a couple pasta salads that are my go-tos for picnics and parties and their cheese selection is the best. I’m also lucky that Wholly Craft is right on the path of the Clintonville Farmers Market — the best producers in the state just show up at my doorstep every Saturday morning. My Saturday summer lunches are my favorite meals of the year because everything is super fresh!

Where do you shop for gifts (besides Wholly Craft)?

It is REALLY convenient to own gift store, but I do love to shop for vintage and one-of-a-kind items at all the antique shops in Clintonville. Eclectiques Antique Mall is probably my favorite place to get lost in. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out empty handed.

What are a few recommendations for places to visit for visitors to the neighborhood?

I’m a bit of a pizza person and my neighborhood favorites are Gatto’s for take-out and Harvest for eat-in. Harvest also has fantastic cocktails — it’s where I take myself for a fancy night out. If you are strolling and shopping in the neighborhood, I’d suggest popping into Global Gallery for fair-trade coffee and Dough Mama for a slice of pie. And if you need a breather, the Park of Roses is perfect for a quiet moment.

Introducing Experience Clintonville Days!

Experience Clintonville presents the inaugural Experience Clintonville Days, running Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17, 2017! This new neighborhood event is designed to encourage Columbus residents to spend a day shopping in Clintonville, eating and drinking in Clintonville and exploring Clintonville businesses.

Pick up your Experience Clintonville Days Bingo Card at one of the 35 participating businesses in the week leading up to the event. That weekend, join in the fun and try to visit as many participating businesses as possible. Get your card punched at five adjacent squares, bingo-style, and you’ll win a prize package from neighborhood stores!

Experience Clintonville Days coincides with Clintonville’s 170th birthday, and Experience Clintonville will celebrate the occasion with a giant birthday cake at Mozart’s! Join us for a ceremonial cake cutting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St.

Come out and learn why Clintonville is a great place to live, work, play and eat!

Update: Clintonville Arts and Music Festival

 

UPDATE: This year’s Clintonville Arts and Music Festival has been rescheduled from September 2017 to spring/summer 2018 to give time to consider rebranding the festival and potentially moving locations.
Please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on when the festival will return!

Taste of Clintonville 2017

 

Taste of Clintonville is returning for a fourth year! Get a taste of what makes Clintonville so special at Taste of Clintonville 2017, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Mozart’s, 4784 N. High St. in Clintonville. Hosted by Experience Clintonville, this popular annual event showcases the best of Clintonville’s culinary treasures, from the newest hotspots to our beloved neighborhood institutions.

Participating restaurants include: Acre, Aladdin’s Eatery, Bareburger, Bleu & Fig, Bonchon, Cakes & More, Colonial Candy, Crimson Cup Coffee, Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery, Eagle Family Candy Company, Food for Good Thought, Iron Grill Barbecue & Brew, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Lavash Cafe, Lineage Brewing, Little Eater, Marco’s Pizza, Mozart’s, Nancy’s Home Cooking, Pattycake Bakery, Pocket Produce, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, Weiland’s Market, Whit’s Frozen Custard, Wildflower Cafe & Catering, and Ye Asian Bistro.

Tickets are $25 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and include tastings and soft drinks. Presale tickets are available now at Mozart’s and Weiland’s Market.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors, WBNS-10TV, KEMBA Financial Credit Union, Joe Jackson/The Jackson Team: Keller Williams Realty, Strategic Business Services, Instant Signs Company, Robbies Hobbies, Acorn Distributors, Mozart’s and Weiland’s Market!

We’ll have music from Arnett Howard and Mark Werling, as well as a raffle, a celebrity judge panel including Angela An of 10TV, Erin Edwards of Columbus Monthly and Mike Brown of Experience Columbus, plus People’s Choice Awards! Don’t miss it!