Things We Love: Picks from Sarah Marsom
Sarah Marsom is a heritage resource consultant who has been happily living in Columbus for more than five years. As the chair of the Young Ohio Preservationists, Sarah loves helping people learn about the city's rich history and the importance of buildings from the past. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, the Young Ohio Preservationists are gathering for the fourth annual Heart Bomb! Every year, the group shows some love to a building that is under threat of being lost. This year, YOP is excited to advocate for 124 S. Washington Ave. Here are some of Marsom's favorite things.
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters has quickly become one of my favorite Columbus hot-spots. The Headquarters emerged as an extension of the Two Dollar Radio publishing house. Visit for a wonderful selection of books, coffee or tea, and a bite to eat. The regular menu is great, but it mixed things up with guests like the Village Taco pop-up every Tuesday. Do yourself a favor and check out the calendar of events for everything from author talks to comedy nights and dance parties.
Riding my bike
Nothing is better than taking your bike on the Alum Creek Trail or cruising along the beautiful Scioto riverfront. Columbus has been taking steps (slowly) to improve the safety experience for city cyclists, as well, which makes zipping around town easy. If you are looking to build your cycling confidence, you should catch a group ride with Yay Bikes!, All Butts On Bikes or maybe with the Young Ohio Preservationists on one of our history rides.
Since moving to the Midwest, I have found a deep love for pierogis and sauerkraut balls. Thank goodness Pierogi Mountain is putting its spin on traditional Midwest delicacies and creating delicious/affordable eats. Every week Pierogi Mountain is mixing up its menu and trying funky pierogi flavors; you will fall in love with its Grippo's BBQ pierogi. This Guy Fieri-approved bar food can be found inside Cafe Bourbon St. It will also soon be opening a second location in German Village. Did I mention it's also vegan-friendly?
If you do not have a library card, please make sure to go to columbuslibrary.orgto sign up for one after reading this. The Columbus library system has something for digital users, as well as people who still like going to libraries in person. With your library card, you can download audio books/e-books, stream movies using Kanopy, search old photos and more! You should also check out your neighborhood library. Columbus has been investing in new libraries and improving their old locations. There are rooms to rent, ancestry research software, business development services and incredible staff assistance.
The city's creative community
Are you looking to expand your creative toolkit this year? Whether you want to learn how to screen print with Alison Rose, make your own shirt at Dabble + Stitch, or create jewelry at the Smithery, there is a class for you, regardless of skill level! Maybe you'll consider joining me for an advocacy and letterpress workshop at Igloo Letterpress this March? Not feeling crafty? Keep an eye on Craftin' Outlaws and Columbus Flea for pop-up markets featuring a wide variety of products made by Columbus creatives.