Located inside a quaint blue house in Old Town Pickerington, 27 West & Co. has room upon roomful of antiques and upcycled wares. Shoppers walk through the house, browsing among the tables, chairs, kitchenware, and home-decor items grouped in careful displays, finding jewelry and vintage accoutrements to admire and take home.
At Tincher Auto Group, owners Maria and Eric Tincher's team of certified technicians help keep vehicles running smoothly. The full-service shop features an array of maintenance and repair services, including oil changes and air-conditioning tune-ups. While vehicles are on the mend, guests can lounge on the waiting room's leather couch, watch TV, or browse the web using the shop's complimentary WiFi.
The seating at Señor Patrón is etched with brightly colored images of desserts, fruit, suns, and cowboys, playing off the hot-pink walls and colorful plates of Mexican fare. Inspired by the first Señor Patrón restaurant, which was founded in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco in 1935, the electric color scheme was chosen to pay homage to the rich colonial architecture, mariachi music, and cuisine that sets the area apart. In neutral contrast, Señor Tequilas has wood-grained walls and is highlighted by a bar with a high-gloss finish. While fitting that a place named after a liquor has a bar as its focal point, the classic enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas that emerge from the kitchen remind guests that it’s also an ideal spot to see piñatas eating in their natural habitat.
Owned and operated by experienced runners, Columbus Running Company strives to support the benefits of walking and running by providing a wide variety of gear, personalized service, and community support. The store is stocked with goods that range from the necessary basics to accessories bursting with more technology than a remote-controlled hummingbird. Slip on a pair of sleek Saucony Guide 4 ($99.99) or Brooks Adrenaline GTS ($100) foot helmets and test them out on the in-store treadmill before setting out to find the meaning of life on a literal cross-country run. The Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp illuminates nighttime runs, making joggers visible to drivers and spontaneously appearing portals to the underworld visible to joggers ($29.99). For shins and calves that are feeling down in the dumps, Zensah compression sleeves provide needed support with gradient compression and strategic ribbing that increases blood flow, making muscles feel as limber as a spider monkey sipping on a wine cooler ($39.99).
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
The trained tress-tamers at Salon Lofts know how to snip, dye, and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head snakes. Specialists can expertly install partial weaves, add accent color to coiffures, or strap in shine with a supershine gloss treatment seat belt. Alternatively, opt for nail services and enjoy expertly manicured finger lawns and toe topiaries, discipline unwelcome strands with a lip and eyebrow waxing, or relax beneath the skilled fingertips of an onsite massage therapist. Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment; services and prices vary by location and specialist.
In 1984, Bonnie Strother was working as a nurse, and she decided to place her two young children in the most trustworthy care center she could find. However, her search seemed fruitless, with no center meeting her exacting criteria. Rather than give up, she followed her entrepreneurial spirit and founded her own daycare to make a difference in her community. Rainbow Station continues this mission today, providing a quality care option for the community with a curriculum based on molding youth into good citizens.
Rainbow Station's daily activities draw from the Creative Curriculum school of thought, which emphasizes building on children's natural development through an understanding of theory and a mix of playful activities. On any given day, the children may skip and gallop together, play math games, or design arts and crafts based on their favorite vice presidents. In addition to stimulating budding intellects, the lessons teach youth in the infant and toddler, preschool, and school-aged programs how to interact with one another in a respectful and caring way.:m]]