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Downtown Matters: Couple Can't Get Enough of Downtown

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There are lots of hardworking folks in Downtown Columbus. But Yavonne and Wade Sarber are definitely in the running for “Hardest Working, Downtown Category.” In less than a year and a half, the couple has opened three new businesses downtown, with another on the way.

De Novo Bistro & Bar opened in November 2011, offering delicious dining in an upscale, gorgeous setting. About a year later, the couple launched Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar, another eatery with great food, a focus on Scotch, and unique and beautiful décor. Then in February of this year, Capital Fitness, a 24-hour fitness facility opened (maybe to help you burn off the calories from the delicious food and drink at their other two locations).

Why downtown?

Yavonne Sarber explained, “My husband and I love the opportunity downtown presents. It is a canvas being painted beautifully. This is the time to open businesses, before everyone else figures it out.”

She clearly means it, as plans are in the works for an intimate French fine dining location to be named Chez Du Bon. Though there have been a few setbacks along the way, Sarber expects the new spot to open by the end of the year.

Sarber explains that they are downtown residents and therefore aware of open niches in the market. “We look at what downtown needs and go from there.” They also take support and encouragement from the downtown residents who have been so welcoming.

Wade Sarber, a former body builder and current fitness enthusiast, had always dreamed of owning a gym.  Capital Fitness offers 22,000 square feet of space, group classes such as yoga and Zumba, and 24-hour staffing, all for as little as $39 per month. The space fills a need in the area and fulfills a life-long passion.

Sarber appreciates the help and support she has gotten from Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. In addition to help with safety issues, she is grateful to Kacey Brankamp, Retail Recruiter for the SID, for introducing the couple to Bill Schottenstein of Arshot Investment Corporation. That connection resulted in the location for Manifesto.

 “The services from the SID are helpful,” added Sarber. “We have continued problems with vagrancy and I appreciate being able to reach out to the SID for support with that and other matters.”

The hard-working couple has no plans to take it easy anytime soon. Work continues on Capital Fitness, with a spring advertising push, and on Chez Du Bon. But do they have plans for spot number five?

“There is lots of room for growth downtown,” insisted Sarber. “If the community wants and needs something, we’ll keep going.”