Meza owners Tatjana and Jason Brown populate their shelves with more than 200 hand-selected domestic and imported wines, hosting casual wine-tasting events that cast the spotlight on five wines and light Italian tapas from Cardone's Restaurant. Ushering in libations from regions such as Napa, Sonoma, and Columbia Valley and international grape extracts from countries including Argentina, Italy, Germany, Austria, Croatia, and Australia, Friday-night wine tastings showcase an ever-changing cast of deliciously bottled characters. The Spanish Tasting—Hot New Wines event sends taste buds feet-first into zesty, citrusy whites such as verdejo and viura, and smoky reds from Rioja. Prime mouths for summer with Patio Pounders from the United States and stimulate palates and optical organs with the Amazing Aussie Wines with Cool Labels night, showcasing the rich varietals from Some Young Punks, which punch palates with labels such as The Squid's Fist and Passion Has Red Lips.
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).
Every morning, Rita's Italian Ice's dessert-makers show up to work and start smashing fruit to bits. They extract the juices, natural sugars, and sweet flesh of each to infuse into their freshly-made italian ices. The ices pair well with custards and creams for mixed treats, or serve as refreshingly cool treats on their own. The staff even take small groups on behind-the-scenes tours of their kitchens, teaching the secrets to freezing mango juice into a silky-smooth texture or milking a banana.
MVOB’s group of dedicated volunteers largely consists of retired seniors who use their sewing skills to create blankets. After each blanket is created, a tag is sewn on by MVOB, which is then personalized by each foster child's case worker. By supplying these items to kids living in foster care, MVOB aims to ensure that they will have something comforting and familiar to keep throughout multiple moves from one home or foster family to another.
During years of laying on mammoth hits as a linebacker for Ohio State and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, owner Andy Katzenmoyer learned a thing or two about training to meet peak performance. That same training also came in handy when getting back into shape after suffering a career-ending neck injury. Today, with the help of trainers Tricia and Ross, he customizes workout programs that focus on athletic skills, speed, and agility–whatever it takes to reach the individual's goals.
The team tackles these objectives within a 6,000 sq. ft gym sporting a padded floor and plenty of natural light. There, they train people individually or in small groups, running through equipment-based workout that utilize pull-up rigs, treadmills, and rowing machines that replaced last year's mechanical gondoliers. They also lead CrossFit classes, where students swing kettlebells overhead, toss medicine balls, and perform squats while clenching barbells in their fists–a mixed bag of routines and exercises that changes each session and boosts performance from all muscle groups.
roll: was founded on a very simple idea. Riding a bike is fun, exciting, inspiring, and even life changing. Shopping for a bike isn’t. We were left asking, how could something that inspires so much passion and enjoyment, be so complicated, confusing and difficult. We just didn’t get it. So we did something about it!