Yep, holidays downtown are sneaking up on us with the speed of a one horse open sleigh sliding over the river and through the woods. Indeed, Thanksgiving hits in just nine short days. Are you ready to stock up on all the food and gifts needed to get you through New Years? Regardless, the time is now and downtown is the place for all of your holiday shopping needs. So, get your pencil handy to take some notes for the best holidays downtown.
Whether you are hosting your nearest and dearest or will be a guest, head to Hills Market Downtown to stock up on your Thanksgiving needs. Order a fresh Ohio turkey from Kuck Farms, Bowman & Landes or Tea Hills Farm by calling the butcher at 614.702.7900. Also, find side dishes like freshly made mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and delicious, local baked goods. If you are bringing the greens, remember Hills discounts all produce 20 percent, Friday through Sunday. Buy those Brussels sprouts on Sunday and roast them to perfection on Thursday.
Whether the wine is needed to enhance a good time or help you suffer through an awkward one, Hills fills that need, too. You could always enjoy a discount on a full case of 12 bottles. But thanks to a new state law, the same discount is available on just six bottles. Mix and match a half or full case. You'll be the party hero.
Downtown Columbus boasts loads of great spots for holiday shopping. Thus, you can stuff the stockings on your list with gifts that can't be found just anywhere. On November 15 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Statehouse Museum Shop hosts "Taste of Ohio." Enjoy the opportunity to try Ohio Proud products from a variety of companies, including Giorgio Cookie Co.; Bellisari's; Nature's Honey Tree; Silver Bridge Coffee Co.; and De Massimo's Authentic Sauces. Or, stop by for book signing with five Ohio authors whose books focus on Ohio's natural and political environment. Food goodies and books that feed the mind will help you cross off several names on your list. Or, on November 26, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., head over for Museum Store Sunday. You can take advantage of store discounts, food samples, free gift wrapping and free parking with every purchase of $5 or more.
If you have art-lovers to shop for, consider a visit Small Wonders Show & Sale at Mac Worthington Gallery, 138 North High Street. Head over on November 17, 6 - 9 p.m. for a special reception. View away while enjoying appetizers, a complimentary wine bar and live entertainment.
Holidays downtown also mean one-of-a-kind gifts from local merchants. Think Winans Chocolates and Coffees, ZerOz and State & Third. Some unexpected shopping places also come to mind like the downtown branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Museum of Art. And so you know, these places only get the party started. Also, don't forget to check out the scoop about State & Third this week. One lucky person will win a $20 gift card to State & Third.
Finally, where else can you head to cross more names off your list? Visit the Downtown Concierge for some ideas.