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Monthly Archives: December 2012


Katie Lianez

North Market Public Relations




The North Market houses 33 locally owned vendors in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio.


North Market: Foodie Central for Central Ohio

North Market Gears up for the New Year Full of Events

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec 8, 2012- Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbus between the Short North and the Arena District, in an unassuming warehouse, lays 44,000 square feet of culinary wares waiting to be discovered.

The North Market is the physical embodiment of every foodie’s dream. Serving up an extensive selection of international foods, meats and cheeses, as well as baked goods and pastries, Columbus’ only public market is the perfect place to spend a day sampling or to stop in for a quick lunch.

This is food you can feel good about eating. Vendors take pride in using the highest quality, usually locally farmed ingredients.

A prime example can be found in the heart of the market in the form of The Greener Grocer. Offering fresh, locally grown, organic produce, this is truly food with a conscious.

“Its special to be a part of a group of really independently minded entrepreneurs,” said Colleen Wuhn, operations manager of The Greener Grocer.

If the promise of fresh ingredients and delectable food hasn’t already pulled you in, the North Market has a full calendar of events to keep things interesting.

To finish out 2012, the Christmas celebrations are now in full swing. Watch for live holiday music, kids’ cookie decorating  from Mozart’s bakery, and fresh cut Christmas trees for sale on the Farmers’ Market Plaza.

Children 12 and younger are invited to the Dispatch Kitchen between 10 a.m. and 12 to decorate a holiday cut-out cookie from Mozart’s Bakery.

If you’re still looking for the perfect Christmas tree, Rhoads Farm Market will have five varieties of their fresh cut firs for sale in all shapes and sizes, Saturday, December 15. You can even contact them ahead of time to have a cut-to-order tree bagged and waiting for you.

“If you’re looking for a tall skinny one to stick in a corner or big bushy one to hang lots of ornaments on we can have it waiting for you,” said Kathy Rhoads of Rhoads Farm Market.

While you’re picking up a Christmas tree, why not get something to put under it? The North Market sells gift certificates in five dollar increments in addition to all the delicious food. Beats re-gifting again.

The New Year is shaping up to be rather exciting as well. February’s Fiery Food Festival is set for President’s Day weekend.

“We bring in spicy food producers from the region. We also have some vendors from Illinois, New York, and Maryland,” said John Hard, co-chair of the event and owner of CaJohns Flavor & Fire, a North Market staple for all things spicy since 2006.

For those brave enough to endure some of the hottest recipes in the Midwest, there is unlimited sampling. Keep an eye out for some of the friendly competition that weekend as well, including the amateur and profession chili cook-offs in the Dispatch Kitchen.

Despite the name, this event is for everyone. Visitors with a slightly less daring palate can enjoy some of the vendors more mild selections.


The North Market sits at 59 Spruce Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. This non-profit is the only public market in Columbus. Open seven days a week, with 33 local vendors, there is something to suit everyone’s taste buds. This isn’t just a market, “people use it as a gathering place,” said to director of marketing, Mary Martineau. There are plenty of ways to get involved with the market too. Volunteer at the market,  try the Amazing Tastes Tour , or sign up for one of the School of Cooking classes.



Katie Lianez

Public Relations Officer




Big Brothers Big Sisters Recognizes Matches at Annual Luncheon

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec.1 2012- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio recently honored the three matches of the year at their annual luncheon.

Matches were honored in three categories, community based, school based, and dual. The dual match started in the school based program and later became a community based match.

The community based match honored was John Hawley and his little Jeremy. Christie Thompson and her little Tolly were honored in the school based program, and Sharyn Rigsbee and her little, Brandy were recognized as the dual match of the year.

In addition the recognizing these honorees, two Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni spoke at the luncheon. Mayra Flores, a member of the inaugural school based program, Project Mentor, talked about her experiences in the program. Flores, who has just started her first year of college, is a nice example of a BBBS success story.

The second speaker, a “little” now in his forties, was David Sturgill. “It was a neat touch, David was actually John’s [Hawley] little when he was in school,” said Mary Palkowski, marketing director with BBBS.

To end the luncheon, CEO Ed Cohn gave an overview of the years successes and finally thanked the matches for another year of hard work.

Next on the organizations agenda is their biggest fundraiser of the year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The 2013 event will be held in March at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace. Everyone is welcome to organize a team and join in on the fun.



Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of promising, underprivileged children by encouraging friendships between children and adult volunteers. Volunteers can participate in school based programs such as Project Mentor or the traditional community based programs. If you are interested in volunteering there is always program to fit your time schedule.