The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Inspiring news for and about Central Ohio parents! Got an inspiring tip for our next issue? Send it with Parent Pulse in the subject line.

South Side parents, you're going to love this - Grove City has its own new play cafe! Treehouse Play Cafe, 3455 Grove City Road, provides Grove City area moms and preschoolers a place to meet up for play dates or just let the kids burn some energy in an engaging play space. The indoor play space is specifically designed so that children are in full view of their parents, meaning Mom can sit and sip a coffee while keeping one eye on the little ones. And that coffee is worth it - owner Lauren Goubeaux has a background in coffee, and she's serving the same pour-over coffees made with locally roasted beans you'd find at your favorite upscale coffee shop.

Raise your hand if you have a stack of artwork your grade-schoolers brought home from school this month. Those pieces that haven't made it to a frame or even the refrigerator, but that you just can't bring yourself to throw away? Lynn Goldberg feels you. Her new business, BragArt, is an ingenious solution - she'll take your stacks of art and schoolwork and combine everything into one piece of archival-quality artwork suitable for hanging on display. Each canvas includes a back pocket for storing any remaining original art.

Best place to start your holiday shopping? Craftin' Outlaws. The city's longest-running alternative craft fair returns with a holiday show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Outlaws are billing this year's event as their "10th Annual Craftiversary Party," and they've got a lot of fun in the works. Along with a curated selection of handmade craft vendors, watch for plenty of make-and-takes for the kids, a live DJ and the return of the much-loved Craft Corner Deathmatch.

Independent day school Marburn Academy broke ground on a new 64,000-square-foot academic facility in New Albany, set to open in late 2016. The new building will hold 350 students in grades 1 through 12, compared with the current building leased from Columbus City Schools that serves 214 students in grades 2 through 12. The school is devoted to serving the educational needs of bright students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. Located on 17 acres on Johnstown Road, the new building will reflect New Albany's Georgian architecture style and feature state-of-the-art technology, adaptive classrooms and an energizing design palette.