The Light of Seven Matchsticks, A Clever Take on the Traditional Speakeasy

A new “speakeasy” downstairs from one of Worthington’s most popular restaurants and entertainment venues is creating quite a buzz around town.

The Light of Seven Matchsticks has opened below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music at 5601 N. High Street. Open Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight, The Light of Seven Matchsticks offers a full food and drink menu.

Curious about the name of the dark wood, clubby and book-strewn space? Fans of Wes Anderson’s movie Moonrise Kingdom may recognize Light of the Seven Matchsticks as the title of a fictitious book being read by one of the film’s characters, Suzy.

Check out these quirky and clever ‘Speakeasy Rules’

  • No cell phone service. Come with those whose company you enjoy.
  • While we love children, please leave them at home.
  • No reservations.
  • Find the “secret menu.” (Hmmm.)
  • Be respectful.

More about Natalie’s food & music

Since opening Natalie’s, Charlie Jackson and his daughter, Natalie have built on its reputation as Ohio’s first and only coal-fired pizza restaurant, serving authentic old world, New York style pizzas and scratch-made dishes.

Filling out the menu are an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails.

A big draw at Natalie’s is live music. Local and national entertainers perform a variety of Americana-style music, from folk and singer/songwriter to jazz, blues, Irish and other traditional styles.

Check out The Light of Seven Matchsticks facebook page to follow happenings there and Natalie’s website at for their entertainment schedule.


BlogMindy Mace
It’s Date Night in Worthington

Looking for a way to freshen up date night this winter? Thanks to the fantastic restaurants, sought-after concert venues and all around small town charm, Worthington is brimming with great ideas for the perfect date. So whether you prefer dinner and a show, a quiet morning without the kids, or a little adventure, you'll be sure to find it in Worthington.  

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

·      Classes at Igloo Letterpress – Try something new and sign up to take a class with your sweetheart at Worthington’s favorite little letterpress shop. Most of their classes require no previous experience, and they take place in a relaxed, group setting, which makes them an excellent activity for that first or second date.  

·      Dinner and a Movie – Truth is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at any of Worthington’s wonderful dining establishments. So when you want to wow your one and only this season, book a reservation at The Whitney House, then casually slide tickets across the table to one of the many outstanding shows at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Or, if you’re more of a pizza-and-craft-brew kind of couple, an evening at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music will fit the bill.

·      A Wine or Beer Pairing Dinner – Pairing dinners are all the rage these days, and you'll find them at several Worthington restaurants, including The Worthington Inn.  The restaurant’s next pairing dinner, hosted in conjunction with Rockmill Brewery, will take place on February 2. Ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man, the Inn’s Winter Rockmill Beer Dinner will not disappoint.

·      A Breakfast Date – We get it. Between homework, kids basketball games and general midweek exhaustion, getting a date night on the calendar is challenging. Why not mix things up and meet for breakfast at La Chatelaine? Block off your calendar, drop the kids off at school and catch up by the fireplace over lattes and homemade French toast.

·      Exercise – There’s nothing like a little exercise and fresh air to shake off the winter blues. Whether you’re training together for your next marathon or you simply want to enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, Worthington’s easy access to the Olentangy Trail is just what you need. And if thrill seeking is more your speed, a date at Vertical Adventures will surely take your relationship to new heights. 

The Worthington Community Center – Your Cure for the Winter Blues

Winter has arrived and with it, the need for fun, indoor activities. Thankfully, the Worthington Community Center has just what you’re looking for. Their Winter Activity Brochure is packed full of great classes the entire family will love. Here’s a sampling of what you'll find:

Family Events: In addition to the already popular Family Nights on select Friday nights, don't forget to mark your calendar for these special events:

·      Princess Tea – Don’t miss this magical mommy-and-me event at the Griswold Center on January 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come dressed in your favorite gown for an enchanted afternoon of tea, crafts, songs, stories and of course – princesses.

·      The Big Game Tailgate Party – Need to burn off some energy before your Super Bowl party? Head over to the Community Center on February 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of swimming, inflatable games, crafts and football-themed games.

Youth Programming: From swimming and sports to dance and arts and crafts, the Community Center offers an extensive lineup of activities for kids of all ages, including:

·      Winter Clay Creations (ages 3 to 6) – This six-week class is a wonderful way to introduce preschoolers to the art of pottery. They'll learn how to roll, coil and pinch clay to create beautiful winter-themed crafts.

·      Open Gym and Open Swim (grades K through 6) – Need a fun, safe place for your kids to hang out after school? Sign them up for supervised Open Gym on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Supervised Open Swim on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

·      Kids Cardio Drumming (ages 8 to 11)  – A win-win for the kid who loves both music and fitness. In this four-week class, students will use a stability ball and sticks to learn different drum beats and dance moves.

·      Junior Tennis (grades 1 through 6) – Give your child the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis—at a price you can afford. These six-week sessions will focus on hand-eye coordination, drills and stretching.

·      Youth Safety Classes – The Community Center offers a variety of youth safety classes, including the American Red Cross Babysitter Clinic and Lifeguard Training Course, the American Heart Association's CPR Training Course and the Kidz Home Alone Class offered by Enriching Kidz.   

Adult Programing: If you think the kids' classes are fantastic, take a look at what they have in store for adults:

·      Basic Wheel Throwing – Both beginners and folks with varying levels of experience will enjoy honing their skills and learning new techniques in this instructional wheel throwing pottery class.

·      Paddleboard Yoga – This new twist on yoga integrates stretching, poses and balance—all while standing on a paddleboard in the pool.

·      Griswold Ski Club – Whether you’re just starting out or you've been navigating the slopes for years, a day at Snow Trails or Mad River Mountain is the perfect winter activity. The best part? Transportation is provided.

·      The Baby Wearing Workout – In this class, parents can exercise and meet new friends while carrying their baby in a front pack carrier. Great exercise, and no babysitter required.  

·      Resolution Solution – Start the new year on the right foot with a two-hour group fitness class on January 1 from 10:15 to12:15 p.m. The class will introduce you to a wide variety of class formats, like Zumba, boot camp, kickboxing, strength training and more.

·      Belly Dance – Try your hand (or your hips) at belly dancing. The Community Center offers three different styles of classes, including a hip hop-inspired version, a traditional veil class and a Belly Dance Performance Troupe.

It Pays to be a Member

If you’re not already a Worthington Community Center member, now’s the time to join. In addition to fantastic perks like pre-registration and reduced pricing, you’ll also gain access to exclusive classes, events and promotions throughout the year.

The Worthington Community Center is located at 345 East Wilson Bridge Road. Stop in for a tour or visit

'Tis the Season for Holiday Treats

It’s that magical time of year when everything looks, smells and tastes divine! If you’re in the mood for some holiday treats—because we sure are—put a visit to Old Worthington at the top of your holiday to-do list. 

Here’s what we’ll be ordering:

Sassafras BakeryWhile certainly delicious all year round, treats from Sassafras Bakery are extra special during the holidays. When it comes to their signature apple pie, their sticky, sweet cinnamon rolls and their beautifully decorated cream cheese sugar cookies, there's a pretty good chance you won’t want to share any with Santa.

Highline Coffee – Pop into Highline Coffee this December for a tasty warm-up. They’re featuring all of the season’s favorite drinks, like spiced cider, gingerbread lattes and hot cocoa. And don’t forget about their tasty treats from the Flaky Baker. Mint brownie and eggnog scone, anyone?

House Wine – Beer and wine aficionadas know all too well that certain drinks can only be enjoyed this time of year. Lucky for you, House Wine boasts an outstanding selection and will happily help you choose the right beverage for your holiday meal, like Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau or Fat Head’s Holly Jolly Christmas Ale.

Graeter’s – It’s finally here! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy Graeter’s peppermint ice cream and peppermint chip wheelies, which are only available for a short time. They’re the perfect addition to a festive celebration and make wonderful gifts for staff or clients.

Bubbles Tea and Juice – At Bubbles Tea and Juice, you can order your favorite holiday drink three different ways—hot, iced or blended. With irresistible flavors like gingerbread chai, candy cane, eggnog Thai and salted caramel, you’ll want to try them all.

La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro – La Chatelaine’s famous Buche De Noel Yule Logs are back! If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert for your holiday party, this is definitely it. These gorgeous French sponge cake and butter cream frosting creations are available in four flavors: vanilla, chocolate, mocha and Grand Marnier. Order yours for Christmas today.



Home Sweet Home in Old Worthington

“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” – Nate Berkus

If you’re someone who loves home design, you need to pay Old Worthington a visit. The historic downtown is lined with unique boutiques and shops full of must-have items to beautify your home, like furniture, decorations, art and so much more.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find, along with a few items that caught our eye:

·      GRID Furnishings  - Modern, mid-century, cutting edge, urban - all words that Grid Furnishings uses to describe their unique, sought-after style. The store, which features affordable home furnishings from North America, specializes in tables, beds, seating, desks and lighting. They recently unveiled new products from the spring 2017 line—and we are smitten. Can we talk about this gorgeous petal pink couch?

·      Peacock Lane Home  - It’s true, you never know what you’ll find at Peacock Lane Home. The store features an ever-changing mix of new, repurposed and antique items, like furniture, art, architectural pieces and Christmas decorations. If you’re on the hunt for an original Barrister bookcase, we love this one!  

·      Pure Cottage - French and English country treasures await you at Pure Cottage. The cozy shop features furniture, antiques, decorative accessories and gifts, like paintings, mirrors and pillows. Trust us; you’ll want to bring a piece of Europe home with you, like these grain sack chairs.

·      Finery - Searching for a lovely house-warming gift? Pop into Finery. In addition to their popular collection of clothing and jewelry, the boutique carries American-made home accessories, like serving pieces, paintings and art. If it were up to us, we’d serve all our holiday desserts on their Mosser Glass cake pedestals.

·      The Candle Lab - For the past ten years, this Columbus-based fragrance company has been making Worthington and the Short North smell simply divine. Stop in today and pick up one of their gourmet, hand-poured soy candles for your home. In honor of the season, how about First Snow?

·      Fritzy Jacobs  - This darling boutique is brimming with beautiful items for the home. We’re talking about holiday decorations, frames, pillows, tea towels and kitchenware. So if you’re looking to spread a little joy over the holiday, this will help. 

·      Swoonful Gifts - Located inside Igloo Letterpress, this small but mighty gift shop boasts a creative selection of handmade, local artisan goods. From journals to prints to handmade soaps and more, you’re sure to find something you and your home will love, like this dreamy 2017 wall calendar.

·      Vernacular - Frames, vases and book ends – oh my! While you may initially think of Vernacular as just a clothing and accessories boutique, you’ll also find unique home goods and statement pieces. Case in point, these cheeky mugs that tell it like it is. 

·      Wren House Gifts - For more than 22 years, Wren House Gifts has been offering the Worthington community a lovely selection of home furnishings, antiques, seasonal décor and collectables, like Lori Mitchell figurines. Isn’t this little Santa the sweetest?

·      Birch - Worthington’s newest lifestyle boutique is ready to outfit you and your home! Wander in to find candlesticks, bottle openers, throws and more. Hosting a dinner party this holiday season? These Marble cheese boards are a must.

If you’re looking for an excuse to see all of these items in person, stop by Old Worthington’s Illuminating Shopping event tomorrow night from 6-9 p.m. Grab a delicious dinner with friends, walk the luminary lit streets and enjoy specials and promotions at all of your favorite shops and boutiques.