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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. 

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


8 Places to Get Your Fall Flavor Fix in Worthington

While the sights and smells of the fall season are indisputably lovely, it’s often the flavors we can't get enough of. Truth is, nothing says autumn quite like pumpkin, apple, and pecan. From your morning latte to your evening nightcap, Worthington is a great place to satisfy your cravings for the flavors of fall.  

Here are a few places to get your fix:

1.     Highline Coffee – While that popular Seattle chain may have coined the PSL, Highline Coffee has perfected it.  Stop in for one of their handcrafted, spicy pumpkin pie lattes, which is even better when paired with their apple harvest coffeecake.

2.     La Chatelaine  - Worthington’s favorite French bistro and bakery is your one-stop shop for fall treats. We're talking about their signature macarons in decadent flavors like pumpkin swirl, maple and cranberry, as well as pumpkin and rhubarb country pie, pumpkin tarts and pumpkin-puffed pastries, which are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.  

3.     Graeter's  - Cinnamon and pumpkin ice cream are back for a limited time at everybody's favorite Worthington ice cream shop. Like all their handcrafted, small-batch flavors, you can be sure these are smooth, delicious—and made with real ingredients. Pick up a pint before they’re gone.

4.     Sassafras BakeryBest known for their classic, oh-so-creamy pumpkin pie, the folks at Sassafras Bakery have added a host of fantastic fall flavors to their menu. From pumpkin scones and buttermilk pecan pie to salty Ohio maple pie, pumpkin whoopie pies and bourbon pumpkin tarts with streusel topping, you have plenty of choices when grabbing treats for the office or pre-ordering Thanksgiving desserts. How easy is that?

5.     The Worthington Inn – Nothing beats a delicious cup of soup on a cold autumn day. Stop by The Worthington Inn to sample the dishes on their new fall menu, from roasted butternut squash bisque with spiced seeds and crème fraiche to apple and chestnut spice cake.

6.     Bubbles Tea and Juice  - Have you visited Worthington’s newest juice, tea and smoothie bar, which is located inside Snap Fitness? You'll find a variety of teas, cold-pressed juices, cleanses and smoothies. Right now they're featuring pumpkin chai bubble tea and pumpkin smoothies—perfect for after your workout.  

7.     Worthington Farmers Market - The Worthington Farmers Market kicks off the indoor market this Saturday at The Shops at Worthington Place.  Among the fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-raised meats and handmade goods, you’ll find all things related to fall. Think spiced jams, apple butter, pastries and pies. 

8.     House Wine - In the mood for a seasonal brew? Stop by House Wine for a great selection of craft beers, including North High Tree Tapper and Breckenridge Brewery’s Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte stout. 

Cheers to Birch – Old Worthington’s Newest Boutique

Birch, Old Worthington's newest boutique, is officially open for business. Worthington native Lindsay Harrington and her sister-in-law, Kellie Harrington, opened the shop at the end of September, adding to the growing number of new storefronts on High Street.

The charming shop, which specializes in designer clothing, shoes and accessories for women, is something the sisters have been dreaming about for years. “Lindsay and I have always talked about opening a store together,” Kellie said. “Once we finally decided to do it, Old Worthington topped our list of locations.”

While Birch may be the Harrington’s first entrepreneurial endeavor, both ladies bring a wealth of experience to the table. Prior to opening the shop, Kellie spent several years working in advertising and marketing, while Lindsay managed a high-end lifestyle boutique in Petoskey, Michigan, the backdrop for many of the family's vacations.  

Given their connection to That State Up North, it's no surprise they named the shop after the beautiful birch trees that line the Lake Michigan coast. That up-north inspiration is evident throughout the shop, from the beautiful, handmade birch tree shelves to the rustic wooden backsplash and warm, cottage accents and décor.

If you haven’t been to Birch, here’s what's waiting for you:

·      Apparel – While you’ll find a few, popular brands like Free People sprinkled throughout the store, the Harringtons are focused on carrying unique, harder-to-find lines. “We’re excited to introduce our customers to some of our favorite, under-the-radar designers,” Kellie said. In addition to on-trend pieces like Frame denim, fringe dusters and leather jackets, Birch also features comfortable basics like tee-shirts and sweaters.

·      Accessories - A girl’s best friend! We're talking about ankle boots, scarves, belts, handmade jewelry by local designers Honey Rose & K and Meghan Browne and so much more. Birch has the perfect addition to any outfit. They also carry home accents like wine stoppers, mermaid bottle openers and cheese boards for those times when you need a great, last-minute hostess gift.

·      Birch Babies – Looking for a lovely gift for the new mamma in your life? Lindsay Harrington, who is expecting her own little bundle of joy this fall, will gladly show you their cozy sleeper sets and adorable moccasins. It’s what all the babies are wearing these days.

·      Active Wear – Your weekend attire has arrived. From fashionable crops, leggings and tanks to loungewear and studio-to-street looks, Birch has you covered with active wear by Alo yoga.

Birch is located at 689 N. High Street. Stop by to share a warm Worthington welcome, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram