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  • Inside 43215: Feed Your Tailgate

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 09 Sep, 2014

    Braxton Miller may be down for the season (and the Bucks may have lost a tough one last Saturday night), but that doesn't mean your football parties need to take a hit too. Even so, we know some of you might still be so worried about the Bucks that you can't put together a tailgating menu. Lucky for us all that Hills Market Downtown delivers great food in short order. And when we say deliver, we mean it - right to your front door if you want.

    Pizza, subs, wings, dips, BBQ? No problem for Hills Market Downtown. Order a variety of platters including the fresh vegetable platter, hummus & pita, Hills Own 3-Dip platter, or the pinwheel platter. They also offer Gerber chicken wings by the pound in either buffalo or BBQ. Don't forget their famous Hills Own Take-N-Bake Pizzas... nothing like piping hot pizza in front of your big-screen TV.

    And while you're thinking pizza, try their Tailgate Package: two large one-topping Take-N-Bake Pizzas and 12 Gerber Chicken Wings for just $19.99.  Psst... give them 24-hours notice.

    In addition to their weekday hours, Hills is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. But like we said, if you don't want to leave your house, they'll deliver. Place your order at, and they will deliver in time for the party - that includes catering orders, too.

    Hills will also stock up on all kinds of tailgating-friendly items on the weekends, so if the party is going strong, and you need to run out to restock, they offer one-stop shopping. Don't forget to grab some local craft beer or some Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams while you're there. The convenience of course rocks, but knowing that you support a local business when you shop at Hills is a touchdown.
  • Inside 43215: Halloween Pre-Planning

    By Heather Brown 
    | 09 Sep, 2014

    Sometimes we miss letting you know about something cool downtown, and that makes us feel bad. Every year, we start thinking about Halloween in October and note that the Ohio Statehouse offers some pretty freaky fabulous haunted tours. But by the time we are ready to run a "Here's What To Do This Halloween" story, the tickets have all been nabbed.

    So, though it's still early September, with Labor Day just behind us, we want you to start thinking about Halloween fun, because the 2014 Haunted Statehouse Tour tickets are now on sale. The tours will take place on Friday, October 17; Saturday, October 18; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25. Tours depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m.

    Statehouse staff members and volunteers conduct the tours, sharing history and legend of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern light. This year's tour features some new stories and an updated tour route that "frames the Ohio Statehouse in a more formidable light." Intriguing. The tour is most appropriate for those ages 12 and older, though it is described as spooky but not truly terrifying.

    There are special activities to be enjoyed before each tour, and the Statehouse Museum Shop will be open offering candy apples, caramel corn, cookies and more.

    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12, and only 40 are available for each time slot. You can purchase tickets at (click "Seasonal"); visit the Statehouse Museum Shop; or call 614.728.9234.
  • Inside 43215: Feed Your Happy

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 02 Sep, 2014

    Attention to detail and artistry gives Rishi Sushi a big-city experience right downtown, but you don't have to travel to New York or Chicago. Right on the corner of Third and Long streets, bright orange and green patio umbrellas call you into something that is the beginning of an amazing dining experience. Sushi not your gig? No worries. Rishi Sushi offers a delightful and imaginative Asian-inspired menu, which includes flavor-rich gourmet burgers and ramen. Still not sure? Well, read on to find out how to grab a $25 gift certificate to give it a try. Who wants to feed your happy?

    Okay, so for sushi fans, it's a no-brainer. From wild blue fin tuna to Ora King Salmon to trigger fish, flavors are not only fresh, but exotic. Rishi Sushi isn't just for sushi connoisseurs. Burger lovers will be even happier with the menu. The chef grills a 21-day, dry-aged local beef patty and places it on a perfectly toasted brioche bun from The Angry Baker. Word is the Bibimbop Burger will delight the most demanding carnivore.

    Want something warm, comforting and delicious? Order the raman, but don't make the mistake of thinking this resembles anything found in a Styrofoam cup that you pop in the microwave. Fresh, slow-simmered broth provides a rich and savory base for locally sourced ramen noodles and a host of other tasty delights. Whether you choose vegetarian, beef, chicken, seafood or take the Good Luck Ramen Challenge with their fiery bowl of deliciousness, you have not experienced ramen until you come Rishi Sushi.

    Creating a real escape is every bit as important to restaurant owners, Moshe Mizrachi, Sudhir Dubey and David Kim, as providing an amazing meal with the highest quality ingredients. At the moment you step into the modern space, natural light and bright colors create an ambience that helps you leave any troubles at the door. By the time your drink arrives, an urban oasis surrounds you.

    Try it out for yourself. Stop in for lunch, meet friends for dinner and rinks on the patio or book a private party. Any combination will feed your happy. Click here and post on our Facebook page about what makes you happy. We'll pick one winner to receive a $25 gift certificate from Rishi Sushi.
  • Inside 43215: Simple Relaxation

    By Heather Brown 
    | 02 Sep, 2014

    By most measures, summer is over, even though the thermometer won't get the message for a few weeks yet. The lazy, hazy days of poolside relaxation are in the rearview mirror, so it's time to find a new way to unwind. If you don't have time to hit a yoga class or to curl up for hours with a good book, you can always find time to boil some water for a relaxing cup of tea.

    Downtown retailer Sweet Simpliciteas takes that cup of tea to new heights of good-for-you-ness. Their gourmet, loose-leaf teas use only the highest quality natural ingredients, offering antioxidants that boost your health. Whew, that's one less thing to worry about.

    If concerns about your sweet tooth are weighing you down, Sweet Simpliciteas also offers gourmet dessert teas. That's all the sweet goodness with none of the guilt. Chocolate Chip Chai? Yes, please.

    Stop in to their retail shop at 295 S. Third Street where they can teach you more about their teas and you can soak in their cozy, relaxing environment. They offer a wide selection of teas, including black, chai, green, white, oolong, herbal and rooibos. Find out what benefits each has to offer and create a menu of your own.

    And if you want to savor a cup of tea during your lunch hour, consider a visit to ZenCha Tea Salon at 19 E. Gay Street. They, too, live to share their love of tea, its properties and the peace that can come from sharing a pot. The food is quite delicious too.
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