From Persons of the Year to Lost boys

AUGUST

COVER STORY

Lost, but now found

by Mya Frazier

As children, Bol Aweng and Jok Dau survived lion attacks and death squads as they fled their village in Sudan. Today, the Ohio State students have built new lives. Their friendship is deep and abiding.

FEATURES

Urban oasis

Photography by Ben French, Tim Johnson and Jeffry Konczal

Escape the concrete jungle by slipping away to these often overlooked peaceful places inside I-270.

Mom, blogging

by Susan Owens

The practice of mothers sharing their stories online continues to grow, with corporations taking notice. Here's one Columbus mommy blogger's inside look at this virtual parenting world.

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Elder care and retirement living

by Kristin Campbell

Tips on working with aging parents in deciding whether to stay in their homes or move into assisted living facilities-plus, a directory of Central Ohio senior communities.

Colleges & Universities

Profiles of schools of local interest.

Upfront

All about our new website

City Journal

Chihuly overexposure and sidewalk surfing on a Segway.

Insider

Andrea Cambern's birthday bash.

Parties

The CAPA Gala and the Cesida Cugini Benefit, among others.

Columbus Calendar

Appearances by the Jonas Brothers, Jamie Foxx and the American Idol top 10 finalist, plus a few other things.

Sports

Kirk Herbstreit's mission

by Martin Rozenman

The ESPN broadcaster and former quarterback has big plans to turn Upper Arlington into a happening again.

Workplace

Wooing the Millennials

by Rhonda Koulermos

Six talented young professionals explain what motivates them-and how Central Ohio businesses can keep them happy.

People

The Halo twins

by Jared Chaney

How Tom and Dan Ryan dropped out of Ohio University to make big money playing video games. Yes, big money playing video games.

Nightlife: After Dark

Meet a security guru at a popular downtown venue and more.

Bargain Bits

Deals on luxury cars and full-figured clothing.

Columbus Classified

A directory of professional and business services.

Finale

Adventures at the state fair

by Hope Madden

RESTAURANTS

Reviews

Montgomery Inn and Bel-Lago

Dining Notes

Tomatoes are in season, meet a local server and more.

Guide to Dining Out

Columbus Monthly's top recommendations.

Fresh Look

Martini Modern Italian

Columbus Monthly Homes: Guide to Remodeling

Features

Columbus Monthly's renovation winners

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

Winners include two suburban kitchens, a Clintonville bathroom and an Italian Village living room.

A shaded garden

by Josie Rubio

A home's vintage landscape keeps many of its original components while its caretaker expands its colors and textures under towering trees.

Victorian Village's home and garden tour

by Teresa Woodard

The newly named Short North Tour of Homes, scheduled for Sept. 20, offers plenty of selection in architectural styles and renovation tips.

Departments

GARDENING

A hosta primer

by Teresa Woodard

The president of the Central Ohio Hosta Society gives tips and advice for creating gardens thick with this beloved perennial plant.

Ibiza adds diversity to Short North

by Lawrence Houck

Developers of this Short North building plan a residential mix for people of all ages and financial levels.

TIPS & TRENDS

Back-to-school apartment finds, late-summer garden tips, Kitchen Kapers, Columbus art and more.

JULY

COVER STORY

Best of Columbus 2009

A dress made of condoms? Swine flu masks as pieces of art? What do these items have in common with a robot that plays ping-pong? Behold, the Best of Columbus 2009, your guide to the best this city has to offer.

One hot bot

by Jory Farr

Anna Sullivan's provocative dance troupe, Anna and the Annadroids, combines sharp social commentary, innocent humor and plenty of makeup as it builds a loyal following and a growing presence.

Home brew

by Lauren Caggiano

The art of making your own beer and wine is on the rise. Here's a beginner's guide, as well as tips on shops, clubs and events.

DEPARTMENTS

The survivor

by April Johnston

As a teen, Teresa Flores lived a nightmare. Now she's on a mission to cast light on a topic rarely talked about in the United States: sexual trafficking.

Riding the storm out

by Jackie Mantey

Five recent Central Ohio college graduates talk about trying to find a job in the worst economy since you-know-when.

Letters

Responses to our June issue.

Upfront

Associate editor Dave Ghose won big in the Excellence in Journalism contest sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

City Journal

Ohio State almost tosses six valuable sculptures, a trip to Grove City's Clown Town event and more.

Insider

Find out what Maurice Clarett and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have in common..

Parties

Scenes from Opera Columbus's annual ball, the opening of the Soul! exhibit at the Ohio Historical Center and more.

Columbus Calendar

Get in the know about Billy Joel and Elton John coming to Nationwide Arena, in addition to plays, concerts, exhibitions, children's events, getaways, films, dances, operas, lectures, sporting events and parties.

Nightlife: After Dark

Live music at Huntington Park, and athletes dish on their favorite drinks.

Bargain Bits

The scoop on where to find the best bargains.

Finale

Tough breaks

by Hope Madden

RESTAURANTS

Review

The eats at Huntington Park

Dining Notes

Beer and food in perfect harmony.

Guide to Dining Out

The restaurants included are recommended for dependable food quality, service and value.

Fresh Look

Columbus Fish Market

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Pets: A part of the family

by Kimberly Byce

Animals rely on their owners for their health and happiness. Pet care professionals are here to help.

Columbus Monthly Homes July 2009

COVER STORY

Designers ramp it up

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

The Columbus Museum of Art's Decorators' Show House had wide-ranging styles and elaborate motifs.

FEATURES

Island living at CompassPoint

by Teresa Woodard

Bill Schottenstein launches a harbor community on Buckeye Lake's southern shore.

A grape garden party

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

When late summer arrives, Granville Township residents entertain friends with a fabulous dinner party in their bountiful garden.

Luxury living options

by Jackie Mantey

Central Ohio apartments feature amenities ranging from plush lounges to cabana pools to spa and dry cleaning concierge services.

Downsizing

by Rhonda Koulermos

An auction, estate sale, tag event or the dumpster-what to do when you are charged with getting rid of the stuff.

Designer's notebook

by Sherry Beck Paprocki

Designer Dennis McAvena creates a screen to match a room's architecture.

TIPS & TRENDS

A furniture store in Creekside, specialty papers, cool accessories from Anthropologie, the BIA Parade of Homes, Top 25 real estate transactions and more.

JUNE 2009

Building the Beanie Brand

by Craig Merz and Eric Lyttle

An exclusive look at how Beanie Wells and a behind-the-scenes guru tried to improve the Ohio State running back's stock in the NFL Draft, from assembling a team of advisers to trying to overcome questions about his toughness.

Take this recession and stuff it

by April Johnston

Don't just sit there and soak in all the bad news. Take action: Turn that frown into at least a tight-lipped smile. Make those lemons into lemon smoothies. Discover your inner Galbreath. Here are some tools, tips and even a few jokes to steel yourself against the tsunami.

Whole new ballgame

A photographic essay of Huntington Park.

by Dan Trittschuh

Summer Entertainment Guide

A guide to summer fun, including places to eat, drink and be merry, a look at the newest Metro Park and ideas for using your local library.

Real estate watch

We list the home values for 44 communities and track who's up (really, there are a few) and who's down.

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Women's Health and Cosmetic Care: A guide to navigating your 50s

by Kristin Campbell

The latest news on stress, fitness, nutrition and cosmetic procedures.

Media: Confessions of a couch potato

by Molly Willow

Business: You ought to be in pictures (Grandview Theatre)

by Hope Madden

Reviews

Barrio and Blue Ginger

Finale

Space race

by Hope Madden

MAY 2009

Single in the city

by Taylor Swope

photography by Michael A. Foley/Rycus Assoc.

Meet an OSU cheerleader, a TV reporter and a former WNCI deejay, as well as seven other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, shown at their favorite Easton hot spots.

Looking for love

Ben Zenitsky embarks on a mission-online and elsewhere-to become the best date he can be. Professional help is required.

On the outs

by Dave Ghose

Why the once mighty Columbus Recreation and Parks Department-built by the legendary Mel Dodge-keeps getting gutted during tough times.

King of the Crew

by Craig Merz

Guillermo Barros Schelotto, fútbol royalty in his native Argentina, has found happiness in the soccer backwater of Central Ohio. His majestic playmaking also has transformed the Columbus Crew from a punch line to a powerhouse.

New Albany/A suburban section

A special section focusing on the village of New Albany, including its business development efforts, its community spirit and the vision that started it all.

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Continuing education and career options: Back to school

by Kristin Campbell

Central Ohio colleges and universities offer several programs designed for working folks-and the recently unemployed-looking to boost their careers or launch new ones.

Power: One Titan out, one Titan in (Jerry Jurgensen)

by Ray Paprocki

Media: Breaking news (Statehouse press corps)

by Craig Merz

Design: Sod it, and they will come (MSI)

by Suzanne Goldsmith-Hirsch

Reviews

Spice Gastro Lounge and Matt the Miller's

Finale

A pain in the ash

by Jackie Mantey

APRIL 2009

Clash of the super lobbyists

by Dave Ghose

Partners Neil Clark and Paul Tipps, once the most powerful and feared political kingmakers on Capitol Square, are locked in a nasty, high-stakes divorce. And their enemies can't stop smiling.

In the name of the father

by April Johnston

Randy Shaffer died in a freak accident last year before he could unravel the mystery that had consumed his life for nearly three years-the disappearance of his son. Now , a Columbus detective and loyal friends carry on the quest.

Ice Man

by Mya Frazier

An emerging star for his work on global warming, Ohio State's Jason Box ceaselessly pursues "ground truth" in Greenland, including its dangerous melt lakes.

HOMES/A special section

OSU president Gordon Gee throws a party for students, Nancy Jeffrey talks about her Bexley garden, a decrepit Italian Village home is renovated into an urban gem and more

Spring Fashion 2009: Shop talk (boutiques owners)

photography by Todd Yarrington; text by Kimberly Byce

Columbus boutique owners model fashions from their stores and dish about the new season.

Start! Heart Walk

A special section on the American Hearth Association's nationwide movement to encourage Americans-and their employers-to improve their health through walking.

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Men's Health: Don't be a heartbreaker

by Kristin Campbell

A guide to cardiac care through the years.

Business: The health of health clubs

by Dennis Read

Family: The Sandwich Generation

by Michele Lemmon

Reviews

Details Minibar & Lounge and Bamboo Café

Finale

The library thief

by Hope Madden

MARCH 2009

Public schools: Top performers

by April Johnston and Suzanne Goldsmith-Hirsch

Only 19 percent of Central Ohio schools can claim the mark of excellence on the state report card for the each of the past three years. Here's a guide to those high-achievers, as well as profiles of three taking very different paths to earn the same grade.

Charter schools: Hot newcomer

by Suzanne Goldsmith-Hirsch

KIPP has earned widespread praise for dramatically improving the prospects of struggling students. It's trying to repeat that success with a new school in Columbus.

Private schools: Multiple choice

by Maureen McGavin

Looking for a nonpublic option? Get started by reviewing this wide-ranging list.

Home Building 2009

A special section highlighting green residential design, the 2009 Parade of Homes and what homebuyers can expect in the future.

The refugee

by Jory Farr

Dr. Farouk Matte enjoyed power and prestige in Baghdad. Then came the invasion. Today, he tries to get by on an entry-level job in Columbus. "I have fallen far," he says. "To the bottom of the well."

SPECIAL HEALTH SECTION

Living with breast cancer

by Crystie O'Neil, as told to Michele Lemmon

From finding a lump to becoming a "cancer dancer."

Reviews

Lavash Café & Sushi Ting

Finale

Say a little prayer

by Taylor Swope

FEBRUARY 2009

Best new restaurants

by John Champlin and John Marshall

From a casual gem in the Short North to an upscale steakhouse at Polaris, we honor eight establishments that do it right, including our choice for Best of the Best.

Photograph by Michael A. Foley/Rycus Assoc.

Ouch

by Craig Merz; photography by Greg Bartram

Hockey is a tough sport. We ask four Columbus Blue Jackets to describe-in agonizing detail-their worst injuries.

Bad medicine

by Dave Ghose

The Internet turned struggling Caringwell Pharmacy in Dublin into a money-making machine. But as the prescriptions poured in from around the country, so did the questions.

Health: Building trust (AIDS prevention)

by April Johnston

Reviews

Giorgio & Wine Guy Wine Shop Wine Bar & Bistro

Special Ad Section

New Year, New You

by Kristin Campbell

Finale

Ticket masters

by April Johnston

JANUARY 2009

Persons of the year

by April Johnston

Cindy Stankoski and Vanessa Stout-two assistants in an office full of lawyers-blew the whistle in the attorney general's office, triggering the biggest story of 2008: the fall of Marc Dann.

HOMES/A special section

A chef gives his Grandview kitchen a Mediterranean transformation, a historic house overlooking Goodale Park is completely modernized and local bartenders offer the inside scoop on glassware.

Annual Awards for 2008

Abercrombie & Fitch gave OSU $5 million to study inflammatory bowel disease. A Blacklick pastor heard Katy Perry's hit single on the radio one too many times. Three couples got married on Valentine's Day. . . at White Castle. And more.

Talking points for 2009

Get in the know about the coming year, from Huntington Park to the best and worst scenarios for the city budget (tax hikes?) and the housing market. Plus: Will Mayor Mike Coleman shave his mustache?

Reviews

Short Story Brasserie and Eddie Merlot's

Finale

A gangly gawk

by Hope Madden