While on their honeymoon in Napa Valley, Meza owners Tatjana and Jason Brown came up with the idea to turn their shared passion for wine into a full-fledged business endeavor. They began laying down the blueprints for a wine shop in their hometown of Westerville that would specialize in high-quality yet attainable wines from around the globe. Today, their ever-growing inventory features more than 200 different labels, each handpicked and put through a rigorous interview process to ensure paramount taste and value. Atop the shop's shelves, the duo mingles domestic selections from Napa, Sonoma, and Columbia Valley with international bottles from New Zealand, Australia, and Spain. If customers are unable to find a desired bottle, Tatjana and Jason promise to hunt it down. Meza's tidy, modern décor pairs deep-purple walls with neatly lined shelves and dark hardwood floors that gleam beneath a plentiful amount of overhead lighting. Aside from themed wine tastings each week, the shop plays host to a variety of special events every month, including girls' nights out and Sip & Sketch sessions, where guests sip from glasses while drawing what they think wine would look like if it were an actual person. In addition to wine, Meza also carries an assortment of artisanal food products and candles to match with favorite bottles.
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.
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).
Located about 25 miles from Columbus, Rock Dove Farm harvests 80 varieties of vegetables and herbs during the growing season, stuffing weekly baskets full of chemical-free produce that's generally plucked within 24 hours of delivery. The full-size produce sampler staves off hunger pangs with a week’s worth of vitamin-packed nourishment that can feed two to four omnivores for seven meals or one malevolent vegetable monster during one night of fiber-heavy terror. Basket assortments vary by the time of year; shoppers this week are privy to a selection that includes leafy arugula, bunch turnips, cauliflower, braising mustard greens, baby leeks, peas, spring radishes, and broccoli.
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.
Burn Candle Co. expertly pours out all-natural candles crafted with high-quality materials and meticulous artisanal artistry, each made in Columbus by professional practitioners of wickcraft. Enjoy an exotic passion fruit, laze in the hazy glow of lavender, or contemplate the crispness of a fresh, fiery cucumber. Each candle is made with 8% essential oil and melted at a low, scent-saving temperature, making flickering nights of romantic dinners, power outages, and sleepovers at the DMV delightfully fragrant. Each candle is 6 ounces, burns for up to 60 hours, and costs $14.99. Customers can also rest assured that their candle is eco-friendly and proudly American-made, using blended Vermont wax and cotton wicks braided in Pennsylvania, before being delivered to your doorstep by a majestic bald eagle piloting an F-16.