Best of Columbus 2015

Feel the love, Columbus! We want to shout about our 2015 Best of Columbus winners from the rooftops. This year’s story is loaded with more than 350 favorite people, places and events, chosen by you and us.
From the Editor

From the Editor: Kindred Spirits

One of the perks of this job is that I can set aside a few favorite stories for myself to report and write each month. That’s how I got to meet George Bauman, owner of Acorn Bookshop. Spoiler alert: We think Acorn is one of the best things about Columbus.
From the Magazine

Finding Lana: The Story of a Transgender Columbus Firefighter

Seven years ago, Columbus fire Capt. Lana Moore left the body of the man she was born as and became the woman she feels she was always meant to be. Today, she’s paving the way for transgender firefighters everywhere.

The Guitar-Maker’s Heartstrings

Tom Davis has been repairing guitars in Columbus since 1977. Now, in the twilight of his career, he is returning exclusively to his first love: making custom guitars from scratch.

The Stubborn Cycle of Massage Parlor Trafficking

Less than a mile from quaint downtown Powell, the women were living in a storefront massage parlor. Not by choice, police say, but by coercion. They bathed there, cooked there and slept on massage tables that by day were used for men who expected more than a shoulder rub. As the January bust that shuttered Amsun Spa and others showed, Asian massage parlors are more than tasteless punch lines. They are real, they are here, and they are both home and prison to the women forced to work in them.

Small Talk: Letters and Chatter about Columbus Monthly, July 2015 Edition

Michelle Sullivan’s June story about Lana Moore, a transgender woman who works as a fire captain in Columbus, struck a chord with readers.

Best of Columbus 2015: City Life

Editors’ picks for the best of city life in Columbus

Best of Columbus 2015: Shopping

Editors’ picks for the best of shopping in Columbus
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Downtown's Rebirth

Columbus Monthly Downtown Spotlight