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Worthington Welcomes Snap Fitness
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Your Old Worthington Workout Awaits Snap Fitness opened its doors in Old Worthington on January 4, at a time when New Year's fitness-related resolutions are at their peak. “We were thrilled to open a location in Worthington,” said Mary Williams, store manager and personal trainer. “Many of our clients live within walking distance of our gym and love being able to work out in their own community.”

Part of an international chain with more than 2,000 locations, Snap Fitness is known for its boutique-style gyms, affordable memberships and 24-hour access. So, if you prefer a 2 a.m. workout, you're in luck. Surprisingly, Williams said many people appreciate the location's nighttime hours. “We like to be available for folks, like nurses, who work odd hours and may have trouble fitting in a workout during the day," she said.

Snap Fitness typically locates in existing buildings, creating a unique look and feel in each spot. When the company decided to expand to Worthington, they were delighted to find space in the Worthington Hardware building at 661 High Street. In an attempt to preserve the integrity of the structure, they included the original hardwood floors and moved the Worthington Hardware sign to inside the gym.

Whether you’re working on a fitness resolution or you just want a friendly, neighborhood gym, here are few reasons to check out Snap Fitness:

  1. YOU are the product: From a knowledgeable staff and 24-hour access to high-quality cardio and weight equipment, the focus is always on the client experience.
  1. Low monthly payments, minus the contract: You won’t be asked to sign a contract at Snap Fitness. You’ll simply pay an initiation fee that allows you to enjoy the same low monthly payments for life.
  1. 24-hour access worldwide – If you’re a member at one Snap Fitness location, you're a member at all of them—for no additional cost. This is great news for frequent travelers.
  1. Personal training for all experience levels – “We help customize personal training programs that are unique to each client,” Williams said. “Once the weather warms up, we’re excited to also offer outdoor boot-camp-style group sessions.”

For information about current specials or to tour the facility, call 614-987-6714 or visit www.snapfitness.com.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

An Evening in Support of Excellence

Worthington Educational Foundation Hosts Cocktail Party for a Cause In just a few weeks, friends and supporters of the Worthington Educational Foundation (WEF) will gather at The Shops at Worthington Place for An Evening in Support of Excellence--and you're invited. The highly anticipated event, which averages 500 attendees each year, will take place on January 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. This year's "High 5" theme supports the fact that this is the fifth annual event. It's the perfect opportunity to kick off 2016 among friends and to enjoy a night of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, auctions and giveaways—all in support of a great cause.

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s annual fundraiser,” said Pat Kelso, WEF board member. “It’s been an exciting year for our foundation, and we’re incredibly thankful for the continued support of the Worthington community.”

Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Evening in Support of Excellence:

Popular Auction Items – The folks at the WEF have been working hard to secure some fabulous silent and live auction items, such as:

  • Graduation tickets with reserved premium seating for Thomas Worthington High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School
  • A private dinner for 8 prepared in your home by The Whitney House chef Max Avon and served by Worthington Superintendent Dr. Trent Bowers
  • An overnight trip to Cleveland complete with a hotel room, dinner reservations and tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game
  • A decadent brunch prepared in your home by K. J. Shannan, a local Worthington chiropractor who has a knack for gourmet cooking
  • Ohio State Buckeyes tickets

Delicious Eats and Tasty Cocktails – Bring your appetite, folks. From fantastic fare provided by J. Liu Restaurant and catering from Made From Scratch to appetizers and small plates from Aladdin’s Eatery, Panera Bread and The Hills Market, you’ll want to sample it all. And don’t forget to stop by the cash bars. In addition to the usual cocktail party favorites, Watershed Distillery will be on hand to serve a signature drink in honor of the event.

Fabulous Fun - In addition to participating in the auctions, you can get a close-up look at the ice sculpture, capture some memories in the "selfie" photo booth, check out the photos of Worthington students and community members doing their best "high fives," or simply enjoy the DJ music that will be playing all evening.

Prizes – In addition to the tempting auction items, you’ll have numerous opportunities throughout the evening to purchase raffle tickets. The prizes range from a variety of gift certificates to a barrelful of hand-selected bottles of wine.

It’s All For the Kids

The Worthington Educational Foundation, which was founded in 1988, exists to identify, fund and support projects that enrich learning experiences for the students of Worthington schools. To date, the foundation has awarded more than 400 grants totaling over $310,000 to Worthington teachers and staff to fund innovative educational projects.

All of the proceeds from this year’s Evening in Support of Excellence will directly benefit Worthington students by helping to fund more grants. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the work of this important foundation, including their most significant grant to date, the “Big Idea” grant.

Tickets for the Evening in Support of Excellence are available online for $30 prior to the event or may be purchased at the door for $40. For more information, visit www.worthingtoneducationalfoundation.com.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Worthington Welcomes Highline Coffee

While coffee drinkers appreciate a great cup of coffee any time of the year, there’s something extra special about enjoying a hot beverage on a cold, winter day. Since Highline Coffee’s grand opening on October 22, Worthington folks have been doing just that—and they couldn’t be happier about it. Today, Highline Coffee is a full-service coffee and espresso bar nestled in a cozy, little spot at 691 High Street in the heart of Old Worthington.

“We’re thrilled with the warm welcome we’ve received from the Worthington community,” said Christie Bruffy, owner of Highline Coffee. “Because of the mild weather we’ve experienced lately, the foot traffic on High Street has been fantastic for business.”

The Backstory

Christie Bruffy’s dream of owning her own coffee shop started when she was in her early 20s. She had recently finished college and moved to Columbus to start her career when she took a job as a barista in a local cafe. “When I first started at the shop, I knew nothing about coffee and didn’t even drink it, Bruffy said. “Despite my inexperience, I ended up loving that job and thought about it many times over the years.” After moving on to work in a number of offices, Bruffy couldn’t kick the idea of starting her own coffee business. She researched the topic extensively and eventually decided to try her hand at coffee.

Bruffy began by exploring a number of different locations and possibilities, including purchasing an independent traveling coffee trailer. As luck would have it, a merchant friend in Worthington told her about a small space that would soon be available on High Street, and that's when the pieces began to fall into place.

About Her Special Brew

When trying to decide what kind of coffee she would brew at her new shop, Bruffy considered a number of local coffee roasters before landing on One Line Coffee. “I loved One Line’s brand and philosophy right from the beginning,” she said. “They are incredibly knowledgeable and helped guide me through every part of the process, from laying out my space to purchasing equipment to training me on roasting and brewing.”

Bruffy’s vision for Highline is straightforward. “We’re passionate about great coffee, and we want people to take a sip and say that it’s the best they’ve ever had.”

Treats, Too!

In addition to offering a rich assortment of coffee, espresso and teas, Highline is proud to partner with several local bakers to offer decadent pastries like Big and Little’s Craft Donuts and The Flaky Baker’s brownies, bars and treats.

Highline Coffee is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop in today for a cup of Joe and a donut, or check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Your Worthington Shopping Experience Awaits

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas just days away, Santa’s not the only one with a long shopping list. Fortunately, there's Worthington, a town teeming with quaint boutiques, specialty shops and delicious restaurants—and one of Central Ohio's favorite destinations. If you're faced with a daunting last-minute shopping list—or you're just looking for some holiday fun—here's a rundown of what you’ll find in Worthington: If you’re looking for bling – When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with something sparkly. Lucky for you, Worthington is home to two family-owned jewelry stores, Denig Jewelers and Worthington Jewelers. Both stores feature a large collection of custom and designer jewelry, as well as a gorgeous selection of engagement rings.

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If you’re looking for gift shops – It doesn’t take long to realize that Worthington is a city that appreciates art and creativity. From handmade letterpress cards, calendars and stationery at Igloo Letterpress to adorable children’s items, jewelry and art at Fritzy Jacobs, you’ll find something for everyone on your list at one of Worthington’s numerous gift shops.

If you’re looking for home décor – Searching for the perfect house-warming gift? Or perhaps you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture? Take a stroll down High Street in Old Worthington. From unique consignment pieces at Peacock Lane Home to handmade items at Wren House Gifts, French and English country antiques at Pure Cottage and modern finds at Grid Furnishings, your home will thank you.

If you’re looking for specialty shops – What to buy for the friend who has everything? How about a lovely vintage wine from Worthington’s favorite specialty beer and wine store, House Wine? Or if sweets are more your style, perhaps a melt-in-your-mouth treat like Sassafras Bakery’s signature Double Crust Apple Pie?!

Experiences make great gifts, too. Visit The Candle Lab to learn more about pouring your own custom candle, or chat with the folks at RIDEhome about their fantastic bike rental packages.

If you’re looking for a great lunch spot – A day of shopping can be exhausting. After browsing the streets of Old Worthington or hitting up the recently renovated Shops at Worthington Place, you’ll want to make a pit stop at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Stop into La Chatelaine for delicious soups, salads and sandwiches; The Whitney House for classic comfort staples like adult grilled cheese and house fries; or Harold’s American Grille for a Reuben sandwich and a cup of French onion soup. Or head over to The Worthington Inn for a bowl of butternut squash bisque and one of their grass-fed Ohio beef burgers.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Window Shopping for a Cause
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Window contest 6Window contest 1Window contest 2Window contest 7It’s a Wonderful Window Contest – Shop Local and Everyone Wins Move over Macy’s. Downtown Worthington is the place to be for prime window-shopping this holiday season. Thanks to the Old Worthington Partnership’s first annual “It’s a Wonderful Window Contest,” folks who shop at their favorite Worthington businesses now through December 26, 2015 will enjoy festive window displays and the opportunity to support numerous local charities.

The idea to host a window-decorating contest is part of the Old Worthington Partnership's ongoing efforts to increase foot traffic in the downtown area. It brings merchants and nonprofits together for an event the entire community can support.

Here's how it works:

This past week, 23 local merchants and 26 local charities combined efforts to create magical window displays at shops, restaurants and businesses throughout Old Worthington. During the Holiday Open House, the displays were unveiled and the voting started.

To get involved, simply visit the participating merchants and vote for your favorite display using a ballot box located inside each shop. Each vote requires a minimum contribution of one dollar ($1 = one vote), and you may vote as many times as you like and for as many windows as you want. Here's the best part: 100% of the proceeds collected at each merchant will go directly to the charity that helped create the display.

From adorable pet-themed windows at both Magic Cruises and Tours and The Candle Lab, to an elaborate train display at Denig Jewelers and a whimsical Santa’s Mail Room window at Igloo Letterpress, you’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite.

“We are so pleased with the entries in this year’s window contest,” said Jennifer Lyon, Old Worthington Partnership board member. “We had a fabulous turnout at the Holiday Open House and are thrilled to offer yet another great reason for folks to visit Worthington during the holidays.”

Everyone Wins

At the end of the month, the Old Worthington Partnership will announce a contest winner and award the participating merchant and charity a beautiful bronze window to proudly display until passing it along to next year’s winner. Although only one window will win the grand prize, all of the participants deserve praise and recognition for the hard work and creativity that went into each display. “The windows are so well done; you’ll definitely want to visit them all,” Lyon added.

For a full list of this year’s participating merchants and charities, check out the Old Worthington Partnership website and Facebook page.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.