Things We Love: Picks from Molly Jo Burke

Molly Jo Burke
Molly Jo Burke and family

Molly Jo Burke is an artist, designer and mom. She lives and works in Columbus with her husband, Nathan Gorgen, and two young daughters. Burke currently has work featured inSherrie Gallerie, which will remain on view through April 26. The gallery is currently maintaining regular hours, but is taking precautions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as advised by Gov. Mike DeWine. It is recommended that you call ahead before you visit: 614-221-8580. Here are a few things Burke loves.

Franklin Park Conservatory

We purchased a family membership to the conservatory when we had our second child. I love going when we need a break from the house, especially in the winter months. My 3 year old loves “the jungle” room (Pacific Island Water Room) and, in the summer months, the water features outside in the children’s garden. I was also the first glass demonstrator at the FPC hotshop when it opened in 2009, so it’s always fun to reminisce about that!

Pita House (2996 E Broad St.)

When I first moved to North Eastmoor, I ventured out to Pita House, located just around the corner. I asked the young man behind the counter what he recommended and he beamed, “The Falafel!” I will confess, I had never tried falafel. But from that point on I was spoiled. They make THE BEST falafel. No where else compares. 


At some point in my life I developed an affinity for Campari. It’s lovely color, flavor and sweet bitterness are just perfect for a Negroni cocktail in winter, or a Campari Spritz in summer. I also made up my own cocktail one summer. Over ice in a shaker combine equal parts (I usually do 2 oz each) Campari, gin and lemon juice, and then add maple syrup to sweeten to your liking. Strain into a martini glass for a fancy fix, or pour over fresh ice in a tumbler to enjoy on a summer evening. Garnish with lemon zest and a cherry. It tastes like grapefruit juice. 

ProMaster Still Life Studio

This gem was one of the best investments I ever made in my studio practice. It allows me to take the most beautiful images of my work quickly and efficiently. Sometimes I put the children in there, but they don’t fit very well anymore. You can find it at MidWest Photo here in town.

Breville Barista Express

Two years in a row my husband and I forgot to get anniversary and Valentine’s Day gifts, each year saying, “Lets save for something big.” After we had our first daughter, we needed something. As new parents with full-time jobs and part-time art careers, we needed coffee. I love this machine. It was worth every penny.