Plus, both Weenie Wonder locations closed.
 
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59º | Mostly cloudy | 5% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 7:33 a.m. | Sunset 5:58 p.m.

 
🧂 Take it with a grain of salt
Salt cave at Tranquility Salt Cave | Photo by CBUStoday
The cave is closed on Tuesdays. | Photo by CBUStoday
Tranquility Salt Cave is a hidden gem that people have traveled across the country — and even across the world — to visit. Here’s why it’s worth a visit for you, too.

Cave quick-hitters

  • The cave, located at 30 Dillmont Dr., is made of 10,000 pounds of non-toxic Himalayan rock salt boulders imported from India and Pakistan.
  • Co-owner Leslie Dahn said she created the salt cave to help others feel relaxed, unplug, and be calm.
  • As you sit in the cave with relaxing music playing overhead, pure salt is diffused into the salt cave, which Dahn says removes toxins from the air you breathe.

Salty testimonials

Dahn said many clients have reported the following after their visits:
Crystal light bed | Photo by CBUStoday

Would you try the crystal light bed? | Photo by CBUStoday

Salt cave services

The salt cave has the following items on the service menu:
  • Halotherapy
  • Infrared sauna for an intense sweat
  • Detox foot bath
  • Full body heated massage bed
  • Heated vibro acoustic biomat to improve stiffness and joint pain

Try it for yourself

The cave and other wellness center services are open for individual sessions or monthly packages of unlimited sessions.

Monthly events are also available. Here are some of the upcoming February events:
  • Hypnosis for Love | Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Galentine’s Day in the Tranquility Salt Cave | Monday, Feb. 12
  • Guided Meditation in the Salt Cave | Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Full Moon Sound Bath in Salt Cave | Friday, Feb. 23
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Tips and Tricks from a Fashionista | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Zassy’s Tap Room, 3940 Harrisburg Pike, Grove City | $25 | Learn how to upgrade your wardrobe and mix and match different clothes.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Mitchell Hall, 250 Cleveland Ave., Columbus | $90 | Make food to bring good fortune, including pork and vegetable-filled dumplings, stir-fried noodles, and a mushroom-based sauce.
Friday, Feb. 9
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Photo 103 - Mastering the Art of Photography | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Midwest Photo, 2887 Silver Dr., Columbus | $50 | This class teaches elements of photography like color, value, line, shape, form, and space.
  • Budd’s Bazaar: Sweetheart Saturday | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Budd Dairy Food Hall, 1086 N. 4th St., Italian Village | Cost of purchase | The food hall will feature vendors selling sweet treats for Valentine’s Day.
  • Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse vs. Cleveland State | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12 p.m. | Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium, 630 Irving Schottenstein Dr., Campus | $10-$20 | Bundle up and cheer on the Bucks in their new state-of-the-art stadium.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Whitehouse Superbowl Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 4-11 p.m. | Linzy At The Whitehouse, 7601 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg | $40 | Root for your favorite team with appetizers and dinner provided.
  • Good Vibes Yoga | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 1-2 p.m. | Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way Meeting Room 2A, Hilliard | Donation-based | Local instructor Sara Atzenhöefer will lead the way through yoga flows for all experience levels.
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News Notes
 
Closed
  • Weenie Wonder closed both its Easton and Dublin restaurants. CEO Troy Allen said they will focus on their other brands, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Pins Mechanical Co. The hot dog spots had been open for less than two years. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Development
  • A downtown parking lot could get a new life as a 12-story apartment complex. The proposal for “The Dispatch Tower” at South 4th Street includes plans for 221 residential units with a clubhouse and pool, three “live-work” spaces, and a retail space. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Travel
  • Frontier Airlines will fly nonstop from CMH to Philadelphia beginning in May. Bonus: As construction continues on John Glenn International Airport’s terminal, a new information hub for the project has been launched. CMHNext.com features new renderings and enhancements for passenger experience.
Biz
  • Columbus Humane’s CEO Rachel D.K. Finney is stepping down from her position at 16 years. The rescue shelter credits her for significantly impacting the lives of countless animals over the years. A national search is underway to fill her position.
Community
  • The Short North Arts District released its updated Neighborhood Market and Consumer Study. The Short North is comprised of 850 businesses (84% of which are locally owned) and 11,200+ employees, according to findings. The neighborhood has had a total economic impact of $3.8 billion.
Sports
  • Multiple reports say the Columbus Blue Jackets may host a future NHL game outside in Ohio Stadium. Sources say the game will be played against the Red Wings on or around March 1, 2025. This would be the CBJ’s first outdoor game. (The Hockey News)
Feel Good
  • Do you have a local love story? Submit your memories to our local love map by Friday, Feb. 9 for a chance to be featured in the newsletter. Psst — putting your love on the map makes a nice surprise for your sweetheart.
Travel
 
Try This
 
Well, well, well...
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There are a variety of membership options available at the new wellness center. | Photo provided by The WELL Collective Columbus
A new health and wellness concept — The WELL Collective Columbus — is open at 449 E. Main St. downtown. Here’s everything we know.

🧃 Grand opening

The grand opening is on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2. p.m. It’s free and open to the public to drop in as you please. Some mini classes will also be taking place throughout the open house, including:
  • Build (strength training): 10:30-10:50 a.m.
  • Renew (meditation): 11:30-11:50 a.m.
  • Sculpt (pilates): 12:30-12:50 p.m.
  • Recover (physical therapy): 1:30-1:50 p.m.
Small bites and cold-pressed cocktails from Nourish Juice Café will also be served.

🧘‍♀️ Offerings

The woman-owned collective will offer:
  • Group fitness classes such as pilates, strength training, and stretching
  • Meditations for stress management
  • Private personal training sessions
  • Nourish Juice Café on-site with fresh juices, lattes, and healthy bites
 
The Buy
 
The Giving Heart pillow — a cream, knitted, heart-shaped pillow that’s weighted to replicate the feeling of a real hug. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for loved ones who deserve some extra coziness and care.
 
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Tomorrow I’m volunteering at Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine event in Hilliard (but there’s also one happening in Gahanna). It’s a prom night experience for people with disabilities, and it’s not too late to sign up as a volunteer if you’re interested.
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