Personal Best

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

OK, fellow Mamas, in honor of Columbus Parent's Best of Columbus issue, I'm offering 20 of my personal "Best ofs." It's a mish-mash of sorts - a sampling of my secrets for enjoying this city that I so much love. Enjoy!

Best Saturday Morning: The North Market

Best Saturday Night: Gallery Hop

Best Run: Highbanks Metro Park

Best Yoga: V Power Yoga in the Warehouse District

Best Haircut & Highlights for Less Than $100: Jane Marland at Jane Marland Salons in Worthington

Best Eyebrow Shaper: Sunny Desai at The Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin

Best Custom Makeup: Mukha Custom Cosmetics in the Short North

Best Locally Made Soap: Freckle Bear Lavender Soap

Best Places for Original Gifts: SoBo Style in Clintonville, Encircle in Westerville, Ursus in Upper Arlington, Columbus College of Art & Design art sales

Best Bargains: Designer section ofT.J. Maxx on Henderson Road

Best Place to Buy Sunglasses: Filene's Basement

Best Pants Hemming While You Wait: Alterations Station at Polaris

Best Breakfast: Chocolate-chip pumpkin bread from Beehive Bread Co. in Powell

Best Sandwich: The Motherclucker at Knead or Neal's Let's Make a Meal at Katzinger's

Best Extended Lunch: Clippers game at Huntington Park

Best Ice Cream: Jeni's trio of Dark Chocolate, Salty Caramel & Lemon Yogurt

Best Calorie Indulgence: Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips from Marie's Candies in West Liberty

Best Girls' Day Out: Head to Short North; lunch at Northstar Cafe; shopping at Jinny, Collier West, Substance, Rowe, Ladybird, Milk Bar, Brigade, Homage and Bink Davies; dinner at Betty's; drinks at Eleven

Best Way to Enjoy German Village: In and around the Haus und Garten Tour (June 26), enjoy breakfast macaroons at Pistacia Vera, lunch at Skillet, a walk around Schiller Park, shopping at Helen Winnemore Craft, drinks on the patio at Lindey's, dinner at Barcelona

Best Way to Enjoy Downtown: Lunch at Due Amici, visit to Columbus Museum of Art, dinner at M, Broadway show at Ohio Theatre

Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style, a bimonthly women's magazine published by The Dispatch Printing Company. To sign up for her weekly e-newsletter, visit