What are the latest arrivals to the Central Ohio scene?
We mentioned the upcoming arrival of The Exchange at Bridge Park in our last issue; that venue now is open in the new Bridge Park neighborhood between historic downtown Dublin and the Scioto River. Featuring hardwood floors, raw stone details and gorgeous views, the venue can host everything from intimate gatherings to 500-person blowouts. Other amenities include a lovely outdoor courtyard, complimentary parking and creative menus from Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. 6520 Riverside Dr., Dublin, 614-848-4700, catering.cameronmitchellpremierevents.com/venues/the-exchange.aspx
More rooftop dining comes to Columbus with the addition of Juniper, the gin bar and small plates restaurant atop the Smith Bros Hardware building in Italian Village. The glass-roofed space overlooking Downtown opened in October and hosts private events for up to 300 guests on weekends, catered by parent company dock580. 580 N. Fourth St., Italian Village, 614-464-9999, juniperrooftop.com
The Pelican Room—billed as the “most exclusive private party event space in Downtown Columbus”—has opened in the lower level of Sidebar Columbus. While the club itself is members-only, a membership is not required to rent the space for your wedding. The space, which features purple and black modern décor, can accommodate up to 100 guests. 122 Main St., Downtown, 614-515-9780, pelicanroom.com
The Brooks family, which owns WatersEdge in Hilliard and Brookshire in Delaware, now has a third property: The Estate at New Albany. Featuring three ceremony locations, five acres of landscaping and ponds, a private bridal garden and more, this 300-person venue was slated to open in December 2017. 5216 Forest Dr., New Albany, 614-255-6455, theestatenewalbany.biz
Family-run Dutch Mill Greenhouse, in its 15th year of operation in Marysville, added event rentals to its offerings in late 2017. From bridal showers to wedding receptions, this venue's charming ambience—featuring a clever mix of rustic and modern décor—is unlike anything else in the area. Bonus: You can buy the family's flower bulbs to give as favors. 18443 State Route 4 N, Marysville, 937-642-0511, dutchmillgreenhouse.com
Another longtime vendor with new offerings is cake-pop confectioner Sadie Baby Sweets, which opened its first retail storefront in August. The Grandview space is open by appointment for order consultations during the week, but folks can drop by on Thursdays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. to buy cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, dipped and decorated Oreos, ice cream cone macarons and more. 1171 W. Third Ave., Grandview, 614-723-9323, sadiebabysweets.com
Renovations were recently completed at Hilton Columbus at Easton. The $27.3 million remodel transformed first-floor public spaces with contemporary design and a new restaurant concept and lobby bar. High-tech amenities include digital signage and smartphone-based keyless room entry. The seven-story, AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel also completed a $14 million guest room redesign in 2016. 3900 Chagrin Dr., Easton, 614-414-5000, hiltoncolumbus.com
Heritage Golf Club also completed major renovations this summer; see Page 96 in the magazine (or keep your eyes on columbusweddingsmag.com) for a full writeup.