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'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. 

Extra, Extra! Read All About

Have you heard the news? The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington and the Old Worthington Partnership have launched a new website dedicated to enhancing the Worthington experience. The two organizations, which previously held separate domains, have combined all of their exciting content into one, easy-to-use site. So whether you’re a visitor looking to explore the city or a resident interested in all that your community has to offer, check out

Here are five things you’ll love about the new site.

1. We write a weekly blog

Congratulations, you found the blog! This is THE place to find out about all the great things happening in Worthington. Whether it’s a new merchant, an event you won’t want to miss or an in-depth look at what’s moving and shaking in the neighborhood, you can count on us to keep you up to speed on all things Worthington.

If you love what you see and would like to read more, you can find our newest weekly post on the main page under “Exciting Happenings” or our library of past posts under the “Connect” tab.  Enter your email address into the “Be in the Loop” box at the bottom of each page on the site to receive information about what’s happening in Worthington.  

2. We publish a monthly calendar.

Looking for a family-friendly event for next weekend? Wondering when the Farmers Market switches locations? Interested in who’s playing at Natalie’s this Friday night? Consult the Experience Worthington calendar! From community celebrations like the Holiday Open House to concerts and exhibits at the MAC and tours and family days at the Worthington Historical Society, we round up the city’s best event information and then share it in a concise, easy-to-use calendar on the main page under “Experiences in Worthington.”

3. We’ll solve your problem of “what’s for dinner?”

In addition to the great schools, charming downtown and vibrant arts community, Worthington is attracting a growing following among foodies. We’re proud to feature a dining tab on our new website, complete with a full listing of Worthington bistros, bakeries and eateries.

Looking for a fabulous restaurant to celebrate a special occasion? Take your pick. A great place to watch the game? Of course. Amazing pizza? You bet. Happy hours? The happiest. Hot coffee and sweet treats? We’ve got that, too. From sunup 'til after hours, you’ll have no problem eating and drinking your way through Worthington.

4. We’re all about experiences.

From shopping and history to the many recreational offerings and annual community-wide events, Worthington has something for everyone. Visit our “Experience” tab to learn more.  

5. We put Worthington on the map - literally.

While smartphones, tablets and Google Maps can be enormously helpful, there’s just something about holding a printed map in your hands. Lucky for you, we have maps of Old Worthington.

·      What’s on the map? A visual directory of restaurants, shops, services, parking information, coupons, and ATM and bike rack locations. Keep this map on hand as you explore the city and enjoy special promotions at select retailers.

·      Where can I get one? The maps are available at Old Worthington merchants and restaurants. 

Old Worthington: A Holly Jolly Place for the Holidays

Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the most wonderful time of the year is almost here. And that's good news for Old Worthington, a place where the holidays are always magical. Maybe you've never experienced Old Worthington during the holidays. Or perhaps you look forward to it year after year. Either way, there are several events you don't want to miss. So round up your friends and family and make sure a visit to Old Worthington is on your holiday to-do list. Here are a few things to add to your calendar.   

Holiday Open HouseNovember 27 (noon to 5 p.m.)

Looking for a special, family-friendly outing for Thanksgiving weekend? Worthington’s Holiday Open House is it! This fun-filled event has something for everyone, including:

·      Special promotions at many of the city's retail shops

·      Live holiday music by the Scioto Valley Chorus, the Chamber Music Connection (inside GRID Furnishings) and several local church choirs

·      Ice skating on a synthetic, ice-less rink from noon to 8 p.m. in The Quarter parking lot

·      Make-and-take children’s craft stations at Igloo Letterpress, The Candle Lab and Sew to Speak

·      A Christmas bazaar display (with treats and cider) at Magic Cruises and Tours

·      A delicious hot chocolate station in front of RIDEHome

·      A cookie decorating station on the patio at Dewey’s Pizza

·      Horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the neighborhood

·      Make-your-own child ID kits with the Worthington Citizen’s Police Academy at First Financial Bank

·      Pictures and visits with Santa in front of The Worthington Inn

It's A Wonderful Window Contest – Old Worthington’s second annual window display competition kicks off on November 27 and runs until December 26. Enjoy a beautiful stroll down High Street while you admire the elaborate displays, and then cast a vote for your favorite one. With 24 merchants sponsoring 32 different charities, you’ll want to vote for all of them – and you can! $1 = 1 vote and you may vote as many times as you want. The best part? All of the money collected at each merchant goes directly to the charity they’re sponsoring.

Tree Illumination Ceremony - November 27 (4:30 - 6 p.m.)

Save your money and skip the trip to Rockefeller Plaza this year. Instead, gather the kids and head over to Worthington's annual Tree Illumination Ceremony. The event, which takes place on the Southeast Village Green, features an ice-carving demonstration at 4:30 p.m., live reindeer, a caroling performance by Capriccio of Columbus at 5 p.m. and an appearance from Santa Claus to light the tree at 5:30 p.m.

Illuminating ShoppingDecember 1 (6 to 9 p.m.)

During this magical, luminary-lit evening, High Street comes alive while folks shop, dine and enjoy live holiday music. Perfect for a date night or an evening out with friends, the Illuminating Shopping event is an opportunity to try a new restaurant, experience a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Old Worthington and enjoy extended hours, special sales and in-house treats at all of your favorite boutiques. * In addition, Old Worthington merchants will stay open until 9 p.m. for luminary-lit shopping every Thursday evening in December.

Steiff Christmas Decorations and Dolls Exhibit – From now until December 23

The Old Rectory Doll Museum is featuring a playful exhibit of original Steiff Christmas decorations and dolls. Step back in time as you view these classic stuffed animals, including a one-of-a-kind Santa sleigh and reindeer set, elves, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and so much more. The Old Rectory Doll Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Fairy Tale Christmas CarolDecember 9 (7:30 p.m.), December 10 (2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.) December 11 (2 p.m.)

This fun-filled adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol features famous fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Price Charming and Hansel and Gretel taking on the memorable roles in this timeless story. Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge, played by the Big Bad Wolf, encounters the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts) in this family-friendly show. The performance, which is part of the Worthington Community Theater, will take place at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center.

Mad Mad Men Swingin' Holiday Show – December 14 & 15  (8 p.m.)

Don't miss this popular show, which sells out quickly every year. Watch Mark Frye and Tony Alfano (known for their role as members of the popular Phil Dirt and the Dozers band) dazzle the audience with a memorable performance of musical hits from the great American songbook and holiday favorites from the 1960s. Think Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin!

Orange Johnson Christmas Open House – December 4, 11 & 18 (2-5 p.m.)

Come experience an old-fashioned Christmas at the Orange Johnson House. View the 19th century home’s festive decorations, listen to traditional music in the drawing room and sample holiday treats by the keeping room fireplace. * Entrance is free with a donation to the Worthington Resource Pantry


All Aboard! The Griswold Center Wants YOU on Their Next Trip

Looking for adventure in the New Year? Perhaps you’re interested in traveling but dread the research and work that goes into planning a great trip. The Griswold Center can help. Over the past 14 years, they’ve hosted dozens of exciting trips geared toward people 55 years and older—but available to anyone who wants to join in.

From the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, to Alaska, New Zealand and the Panama Canal—and most recently even Cuba—the Griswold Center offers trips for every type of traveler. So whether you’re a nature enthusiast who enjoys gorgeous scenery, a history buff who loves museums or a poolside lounger, they have a trip with your name on it.

“Our trips offer folks the ability to see and do things that would be difficult to organize on their own,” said Mary Kay Scott, recreations supervisor. “We’re always researching new excursions and getting feedback from our members on where we should head next.”

Ready to learn more? Here’s a look at their current offerings:

Christmas at the Galt House, December 1-3, 2016 – Experience Louisville’s landmark hotel all dressed up for Christmas. In addition to deluxe motor coach transportation and accommodations, guests will be treated to three unforgettable shows, including the Galt House’s popular KaLightoscope luminary show.

* This trip is currently full, but there’s room on the waiting list. Call today to add your name.

Paradise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 1-6, 2017 – Talk about a carefree vacation! On this trip, guests can choose to keep things low key on the beach or take part in a number of fun excursions, including ziplining, an ATV outing, a trip to Stingray Bay or a chocolate tour.

Four Corners National Parks, May 4-11, 2017 – On this 8-day/7-night trip, travelers will experience parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. From an evening cruise on the Colorado River to a Jeep tour of the Canyon de Chelly, guests will explore two national parks and everything the Southwest has to offer.

* There is currently only one room left on this trip. Book now to reserve your place.

Treasures of Quebec by Rail, September 15-21, 2017 – What better way to explore Canada than by train? Participants will travel to Quebec by motor coach, visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls along the way. While in Quebec, guests will experience the region’s rich history through visits to Old Montreal, the Basilica of Notre Dame, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Citadel, just to name a few.

Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River, Germany and Austria, December 5-12, 2017  – Christmas in Germany? Yes, please. On this bucket list trip, guests will experience river cruising at its finest aboard the all-inclusive MV Emerald Dawn.  Throughout the 6-night trip down the Danube River, passengers will visit Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna. Ihr willkommen (you’re welcome).

Many of the Griswold Center’s trips fill up quickly. Call 614-842-6320 today for more information or to make a reservation. To learn more about the Center’s other activities and programs—including athletics, education and recreation--visit