The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Cover to Cover co-owner Sally Oddi poses for a portrait in the Clintonville store.

A longtime Columbus children's bookstore is starting a new chapter. Cover to Cover, owned by husband and wife Carl King and Sally Oddi, closed its doors June 30. Oddi said they decided to retire and sold the Clintonville business, which opened 37 years ago, to Melia and Ed Wolf of Upper Arlington. “It was just time,” Oddi said.

The new owners are expected to reopen the store in Upper Arlington. Oddi said she feels like they're leaving the business in good hands. “I'm really excited we found a buyer who gets it.” The Wolfs could not be reached for comment.

Oddi and Wolf own the building at 3560 N. High St. and have leased it to System of Strength, which operates fitness studios in Dublin and near Grandview Heights.

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The 16th annualA&F Challenge once again will benefit the SeriousFun Children's Network, the nonprofit founded by actor Paul Newman that helps send sick kids to camp. The all-inclusive Sept. 8 event features music (this year's headliners are Bastille and the Strumbrellas), food and drinks, a 5K fun run and activities such as zip lining, archery and rock climbing. Tickets for the fundraiser, which is held at Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters in New Albany, are $75 for adults and $25 for children ages 2-17. The event has raised more than $10 million since it started in 2001.

Nationwide Children's Hospital recently received two donations from Central Ohio companies that will help expand services to pediatric patients. A $50 million donation from Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation will create a new behavioral health center. The hospital broke ground June 16 on the nine-story, 386,000-square-foot Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, which will serve children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and illnesses. It will be the largest such center in the country located on a pediatric medical campus, according to the announcement from Nationwide Children's, and is expected to open in 2020.

A $1 million gift from Honda will create a new center focused on pediatric mobility. The Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement will be the first such facility to provide comprehensive gait and spine motion analysis as well as sports performance and injury-prevention programs, according to the announcement. The center also will focus on developing prosthetics and wheelchairs.

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