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Bite This will also feature a variety of “spooky” baked goods, like skull shaped bagels called “reapers.” | Photo by CBUStoday
Good things come in three, but in Columbus — they come in four.

Four new businesses are planned or now opened along the stretch of North High Street in Clintonville, and we are making a pit stop at each one to learn more.

Coming soon: Bite This by Annie, 3009 N. High St.

After a viral moment on TikTok, this new bakery has our mouth watering for the Saturday, July 13 opening date. The menu is diverse and creative, with options like the rich peanut butter pie, made with whipped peanut butter, chocolate ganache, and brownies. We also can’t wait to sink our teeth into one of the many different stuffed bagels, better known as bagel bombs.

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Clintonville Books will takeover this space next door to Corner Stone Cafe & Deli. | Photo by CBUStoday

Coming soon: Clintonville Books, 3286 N. High St.

Does this address look familiar? It was originally Tigertree (which is now across the street), and there were plans for a vintage reseller to open in the space as well. Now, signage shows Clintonville Books will occupy the space, with plans to buy and sell new, used, and vintage books to all ages. A summer 2024 opening is expected.

Open: Alchemy + Fortune, 2928 N. High St.

What do you get when you mix one part coffee shop with equal parts vintage vendors, local art, and charitable efforts? The answer is this new do-it-all shopping experience that opened on June 22. The small, but mighty shop houses 11 total vendors.

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The previously vacant storefront is now occupied by Alchemy & Fortune every Tuesday through Sunday. | Photo by CBUStoday

Open: Play It! Games, Movies, & Music, 3073 N. High St.

Gamers, movie fanatics, and music collectors can rejoice — Play It! officially opened its newest location yesterday. It’s running a special sale for opening week, with discounts on retro video games, boosts to trades-ins, and BO-GO deals on DVDs. The sale ends on Sunday, July 7.
Which opening has you most excited?
A. Bite This
B. Clintonville Books
C. Alchemy + Fortune
D. PlayIt! Games, Movies, & Music
Tuesday, July 2
  • Ben Platt | Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St., Campus | $21-$140 | Spend an evening with this Emmy and Grammy Award-winning singer and actor.
Wednesday, July 3
  • I Love The 2000s | Wednesday, July 3 | 10 p.m. | Noir Lounge, 15 W. Cherry St., Downtown | $0-$15 | Join a 2000s-themed party with music, themed drinks, and attire from that era.
Thursday, July 4
  • Doo Dah Parade | Thursday, July 4 | 9 a.m. | Starts west on Buttles Avenue | Free | This one-of-a-kind parade is back, poking fun at anything and everything, all in good humor.
Friday, July 5
  • “Invasion USA” | Friday, July 5 | 11 p.m. | Grandview Theater & Drafthouse, 1247 Grandview Ave., Grandview | $15 | Another installment of “It’s So Bad, It’s Good,” is here, where you’ll watch a poorly rated film while two comedians roast it.
Saturday, July 6
  • Gallery Hop | Saturday, July 6 | 4-8 p.m. | Short North Arts District | Free | Shop and visit local businesses, artists, and restaurants during this once-a-month highlight of the Short North offerings.
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News Notes
  • A total of six Columbus City Schools have been proposed for demolition, and future public meetings will be held to determine their fate. The six buildings are all elementary schools, including North Linden and West Broad. (Columbus Underground)
  • Summer Spray is back in the Short North with nine Ohio-based artists creating brand new murals. Each weekend will feature one artist working on their piece, and the first one begins on Saturday, July 13 with Yorckh Jacome Juarze, CBUS-based artist.
  • Welcome to The Ohio State University, Ross Bjork. He is now the new athletic director for the university — taking over for Gene Smith — after previously serving the same role for Texas A&M from 2019-2024.
  • This week is your last chance to get Paul’s Fifth Avenue in Grandview. The longtime, beloved diner announced it will permanently close on Sunday, July 7. Paul’s has been a Columbus breakfast staple for 52 years, and it was a favorite of Senior City Editor Mitch. (10TV)
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Sean Monahan to a five-year, $5.5 million contract. Monahan played for the Winnipeg Jets last season, and previously played with current Blue Jacket Johnny Gaudreau.
  • 44%. That’s the amount of CBUStoday readers that were able to correctly answer last week’s question about Google, who invested $2.3 billion into central Ohio data centers. It sounds like we need to re-share our monthly recap one more time.
  • The Cincinnati Reds split the series with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, and there’s a lot of good and bad to sort out. Get the latest news, analysis, and insider information for the Reds with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    Try This
    ☀️ Go work outside
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    The German Village location is right next door to the Book Loft if you need a break from work. | Photo via @staufs_coffee
    You’ve got a big presentation due… and a big pile of laundry. Working from home can be a mixed blessing. There are days when a change of scenery is a must if you’re going to get anything done.

    That’s why finding places to work outside in Columbus was at the top of our to-do list.

    Coffee and tea shops

    Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Multiple locations
    • Hours of operation: Times vary
    • Restrooms: Yes
    • Covered: Partially
    • Stop by the Grandview location, the Neil Avenue spot, or the German Village location to find a pup-friendly patio space.

    Restaurants and bars

    North Market Downtown, 59 Spruce St.
    • Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday
    • Restrooms: Yes
    • Covered: Partially
    • Sit outside at one of the many picnic tables available on Park Street + recharge your devices inside with the outlets upstairs.
    The Buy
    A Blink security camera two-pack that’s on sale early for Prime Day. Prime members can get the normally $139.98 cameras for $49.99.
    The Wrap
    CBUStoday City Editor Mitch headshot April 2024 Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    Don’t work too hard this week, CBUS. I know I won’t be — I’m out of here until next Monday for my 30th birthday celebration. *slams laptop shut*
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