Good morning friends. Hope your week has been great and you are already planning another great summer weekend ahead.
While I am pretty much in the throes of the final countdown/nesting phase of pre-parenthood, the other day I was able to squeeze in one more road trip to Columbus for a day of indulging and exploring with a good friend.
The drive was super short because we had so much catching up to do that our conversation fueled the entire two hour trip. When we arrived, we headed straight to the Short North for an amazing breakfast at the North Star Café of a strawberry smoothie, eggs, bacon and the most delicious biscuit with jam. It was the perfect breakfast for our day of adventure and shopping.
After breakfast we strolled down High Street jogging in and out of many little stores, picking out the perfect accessories, greeting cards, and little knick-knacks for Baby C’s room. I really enjoyed the curated collection of clothing, home goods and small accessories at Tiger Tree including the small travel shopping bags by Baguu (to throw in the baby bag.) Paradise Garage (a very awesome bike & accessories shop), had an incredible poster show hanging in their front window. I was tempted to buy a handful of prints for the nursery but resisted as we have so many awesome, CLE, Baby, Bike prints that we still need to frame and hang (baby nursery post coming soon!) I didn’t want to overdo it. I purchased a few sheets of gift wrap from On Paper a lovely stationary boutique to possibly frame as artwork for the nursery and picked up a few adorable thank you cards for all the recent baby-love-gifts. We also discovered Happy Go Lucky Home, the perfect hostess-gift destination. This boutique is filled to the brim with unique housewares and creative artwork; plus they have a selection of cards that literally brought me to tears…laughing.
After all this shopping it was time for a snack, so we crossed the street to the famous Jeni’s. We sampled a few of the seasonal special flavors but then I fell back on my standard – a small cup (2 small scoops): 1 scoop of Salted Carmel and 1 of Bananas Foster. We retreated to the back part of the store (a colorful and super cheery space with lots of natural light and casual chairs and tables) to check our email, return calls and just regroup from the morning of shopping.
From there we decided to head over to German Village to explore historic 3rd Street and all the little foodie shops that call it home. It was raining outside, but the moment we pulled onto the street the clouds parted and the sun came out making it the perfect welcome for our adventure. Our first stop was at the stunning French-inspired bistro and bakery Pistacia Vera. The wafting scent of warm butter literally reached out into the street and hypnotized us to come in and explore all the exquisite creations. Not only did they have dozens of delicate French macarons, but indulgences of chocolate croissants, pear tarts and many other shimmering pastries were artfully displayed and ready to take home to our sweeties. I bought a dozen macarons to bring back to the studio, two sugar cookies for a late afternoon sweet and an iced tea to go.
After the sugar high, we stumbled upon the cupcake bakery; Kitties Cakes. Founded by two former professional golfers, this cupcake studio is not only a delicious delight but a designer’s dream. Rubber stamped boxes, coordinating menus, the interior design and crisp shiny display cases this place was stunning. Not to mention I think their cupcakes are the BEST I may have ever had. The perfect 2-bite dessert, frosting that is sweet but not too greasy and flavors that are reminiscent of your grandma’s baking. This place is a MUST-visit next time you check out Columbus, I just loved this place and the owner was so fun, I may just need to order some of these for when the new baby arrives…wonder if they Fed Ex?
Any trip to German Village wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Katzinger’s Deli for sandwiches and pickles to smuggle home. My favorite is #70, Kahrl’s Killer Club (roasted turkey breast, honey ham, smoked bacon, Vermont white cheddar, lettuce, tomato on challah bread) and a spicy pickle for the road.
After our mini-culinary tour of Columbus it was time to get a pedicure and get off our feet for a break at Charles Penzone’s The Grand Salon in Gahanna/New Albany. The stunning salon was filled with artwork and the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and pampered. We enjoyed a sugar scrub pedicure and some time to recover from the morning and then it was time for the mother-ship of shopping…Easton Town Center!
We made a point to stop and shop at stores that we as Clevelander’s don’t have, including West Elm (new summer placemats & an adorable little tray for Baby C’s room,) C. Wonder (Je’taime pillow) and J.Crew Crew Cuts as well as my favorite go-to happy place… Anthropologie (for a few new latte bowls.)
All in all it felt like our day trip to Columbus was a long vacation when in reality we were home by nine, just in time for this lady’s bedtime. A wonderful road trip, with a great friend, in an awesome Ohio city, with good shopping, great food and even some pampering. It was a pretty awesome day!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Experience Columbus OH via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.