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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.


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 You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music – Great Pizza, Great Tunes

Pizza fans all over Columbus have fallen in love with Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, and for good reason. Proud to be Ohio’s first and only coal-fired pizza restaurant, Natalie’s serves up authentic old world, New York style pies, outstanding live music and a friendly neighborhood vibe. The owners are not strangers to the restaurant industry. Natalie Jackson spent her high school years working at Gio’s Pizza & Pub in Circleville, while her dad, Charlie, played and booked live music in the restaurant. After finishing college, Natalie took a job in New York City and instantly fell in love with the Big Apple’s famous pizzas. During her time there, she frequented plenty of pizza joints, finally settling on her favorites – all of which were coal-fired.

“I was always chatting with the staff and with the chefs, trying to find out what made their pizzas, and more specifically, their dough, so amazing,” Natalie said. “The more I learned, the more I had a desire to bring this style of pizza home to Ohio.” With “healthy curiosity and a little fearlessness,” said Charlie, the father-daughter team decided to go into business together, opening the restaurant in August of 2012.

About the Pizza

The magic behind Natalie’s pizza is definitely their dough. “Like our favorite NYC spots, we use a sourdough starter, clean filtered water and cook our pizzas in an anthracite coal-fired oven at about 1000 degrees,” Natalie explained. The result? Pies that come out perfectly cooked with irresistibly blistered and crisp edges.

The team uses a 100-year-old sourdough starter, affectionately named Jedediah, which was given to them by a dear friend in Wyoming. They then top each pizza with fresh ingredients and house-made mozzarella. “Our menu is simple and straightforward,” Charlie said. “Because of the space restraints in our kitchen, we serve one size of pizza and focus our efforts on a small menu full of delicious, made-from-scratch dishes.”

While classic New York style pizzas like the Margherita and Greenwich Village are staples in the restaurant, Natalie’s chefs are always experimenting with new flavors. “I couldn’t speak about our food without mentioning our amazing staff,” Natalie said. “Our chefs are creative and always working to perfect our product.”

More About Natalie's

In addition to pizza, Natalie’s menu boasts small plates, salads, fine cheeses and an impressive craft beer, wine and cocktail list. Natalie and Charlie are fans of the Worthington Farmers Market, and they also prepare a seasonal pizza made with fresh farmers market ingredients. In addition to dinner, which is served Tuesday through Saturday, you’ll want to try their popular Sunday brunch with delicious menu items like breakfast pizzas, Eggs Benedict and cinnamon rolls.

And while the food is certainly something to write home about, folks all over Ohio and as far away as Nashville are talking about Natalie’s live music. With a packed calendar full of unique singer-songwriter acts, patrons can enjoy high-quality live music nearly every night of the week.

Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music is located at 5601 North High Street. Check out the website and Facebook page for their menu, hours and calendar of events.

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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 You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.




A Meal and the MAC

Old Bag of Nails Rivage Atlantique


The Whitney House

The Worthington Inn


Where To Eat When Visiting the McConnell Arts Center

It’s true; we LOVE having the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. From its impressive exhibits and extensive lineup of classes and workshops to its many special events, concerts and theater presentations, the MAC has something for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to the MAC’s convenient location, folks can easily grab a bite to eat before or after an event. Although the Arts Center does not serve food, the friendly staff loves to point people in the direction of a great meal. Here are a few places to try the next time you visit the MAC.

Best For Families

Dewey’s Pizza – Boasting 22 locations in the Midwest, it’s easy to see why so many people are talking about Dewey’s Pizza. The restaurant serves specialty pizzas, delicious salads and a rotating selection of local craft beers and wines. Bring the whole family or grab a pie to go!

Best Tip: Check out their seasonal menu; it’s loaded with delicious fall flavors like pumpkin, bacon and fig jam!

Dewey’s Pizza

The Old Bag of Nails – A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, The Old Bag of Nails is known for classic, pub-style dishes like burgers, beer-battered pickles and their famous fish and chips. Guests also love their full bar, kid’s menu and gluten-free options.

Best Tip: Recently voted the best happy hour in Columbus, stop in Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. for “Happy Hour $2 You” specials.

The Old Bag of Nails

Harold’s American Grille – Worthington’s newest restaurant, Harold’s American Grille, features a classic menu filled with local ingredients. The family-friendly atmosphere, delicious dishes and extensive list of wine and spirits are guaranteed to make this your go-to destination.

Best Tip: Try the fish sliders! They’re inspired by the famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a favorite of the restaurant’s owner, Sam Baker.

Harold’s American Grille

Best For Adults

La Chatelaine – Worthington’s favorite French bakery and bistro, La Chatelaine serves traditional fare. Think Duck confit cassoulet and Boeuf Bourguignon served in a lovely, French-country setting. Folks also enjoy the classic charcuterie, homemade bread and decadent desserts.

Best Tip: La Chatelaine’s owners, Stan and Gigi Wielezynski, traveled throughout France, Spain and Italy, hand-selecting small wine producers to create their own in-house red and white wine. Stop in for a taste.

La Chatelaine

The Whitney House – Inspired by the good old-fashioned Sunday dinner, The Whitney House offers rustic-yet-refined cuisine that’s locally sourced and packed with flavor. The restaurant has been open for less than a year, and it's already become a local favorite.

Best Tip: The Whitney House features a different “Daily Plate” special each day of the week, and you’ll want to try them all. Fried chicken Sundays? Yes please!

The Whitney House

Rivage Atlantique – If you’re in the mood for seafood, Rivage Atlantique is the place to be. Featuring fresh, wild-caught seafood direct from the Atlantic Ocean, Rivage Atlantique is the closest you’ll get to seaside dining.

Best Tip: In addition to the main dining room, you’ll love The Back Room with its gastropub menu. Happy hour specials include $2 off beer, wine and house liquor, and $5 small plates.

Rivage Atlantique

The Worthington Inn – A landmark in the community since 1831, The Worthington Inn features a gourmet menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the patio (while it’s still warm), a quiet evening in the historic dining room or a relaxed meal in the Pub.

Best Tip: Check out the restaurant’s exciting list of special events, including wine pairing dinners, live musical performances and holiday parties.

The Worthington Inn

House Wine – House Wine offers more than 500 carefully selected labels in stock, making it Worthington's go-to source for both the novice and the aficionado. With 24 different pours from the shop’s Enomatic wine dispensers, you’ll have a hard time deciding on a favorite.

Best tip: Feel like sharing a bottle? House Wine’s corkage fee is only $5 – the best deal in town!

House Wine

Happy Endings

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Graeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world that still uses small-batch, French pot freezers, creating handmade ice cream that is thick, rich and irresistible. Stop in for a scoop of your favorite flavor or sample one of the seasonal features.

Best Tip: Trying to cut down on your sugar intake? Try Graeter’s new, low-glycemic flavors. They're incredibly delicious, yet slightly less indulgent.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

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 You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio

Harold’s American Grille: AnotherReason to Dine in Downtown Worthington

Harold's American GrilleFor the past 35 years, Harold “Sam” Baker and his wife, Melanie, have been business owners and active members of the Worthington community. In July, they opened Harold’s American Grille, adding the title of restauranteer to their resumes. Located on High Street in the heart of Downtown Worthington, Harold’s American Grille introduces an upscale yet casual dining experience to an already vibrant restaurant scene. Harold’s American Grille may be the Baker’s first restaurant, but it's not their only business venture. Sam runs Baker & Associates, an architecture firm, located above the restaurant, that specializes in retail and commercial design. “Having helped design dozens of restaurants over the years, I felt confident about our vision for Harold’s American Grille,” Baker said. “We set out to create a local business that would contribute to the urban fabric of Downtown Worthington, both in its appearance and in the clientele it caters to.”

To fill the dual role of executive chef and general manager, the Bakers turned to Steve Muntean, who also helped create an American style menu full of classic dishes and local ingredients. “We are huge supporters of the Worthington Farmers Market,” said Baker. “Our chef visits the market each week and hand selects a variety of local items, including meats, cheeses, eggs and honey.”

On the Menu

When asked about his favorite item on the menu, Baker is quick to share his fondness for Harold’s Fish Sliders. He's an Ohio Valley native who grew up on the famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market (in Wheeling, West Virginia), which he purchased as a kid for a quarter. When Gourmet Magazine declared it “America’s best fish sandwich” in 2001, Baker decided that if he ever owned a restaurant, the menu would include his own version of the famous sandwich.

It’s safe to say that while the delicious fare, including menu items such as Ohio Bison Meatloaf and Lobster Grilled Cheese, will lure you in, the family-friendly atmosphere, house-made desserts and extensive lineup of wine, beer and spirits will keep you coming back.

A wine connoisseur at heart, Baker tasted more than 200 bottles of wine before deciding on the final list. Today restaurant patrons can purchase wine at a reduced rate, store it in wine lockers, and pay a corkage fee when they come into the restaurant to dine, an idea Baker implemented after experiencing it firsthand at a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Baker is a strong proponent of synergy, and he believes that adding competition to Worthington’s bustling dining scene will only contribute to everyone’s success. “We are so thankful for the warm welcome we have received so far, both from people who frequent Harold’s and from our neighboring restaurants, and we look forward to serving this community for years to come," he said.

About Harold's American Grille

Harold’s American Grille is located at 673 High Street in Worthington, Ohio. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Saturdays (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sundays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) To learn more, visit the website and like their 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 You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio

The Whitney House – Decadent Bistro Flavor, Sunday Dinner Feel

whitney housewhitney house 3The Whitney House, Worthington's newest restaurant, was born during casual Christmas-dinner conversation at co-founder Ian Brown's house a little more than a year ago. Last month it opened with rave reviews. Brown is no stranger to the restaurant industry. In fact, he spent the last 20 years working in managerial roles with the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. When a friend told him about retail space that would soon be available in Old Worthington, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open a restaurant in his beloved hometown.

To make it happen, Brown enlisted the help of long-time friend and accomplished chef, Maxwell (Max) Avon. Avon boasts an impressive resume, including his most recent gig as the executive sous chef at Lindey’s in German Village. He brings a unique vision to the restaurant, creating rustic-yet-refined American comfort food with his own personal spin. Together they worked on menu creation, often camping out in Brown’s kitchen to test and re-test dishes for days on end.

“We set out to create a menu full of food that we ourselves love to eat and an environment where our family and friends would want to gather," Brown said. After all, the restaurant is named after a home on Whitney Street in Worthington where Brown and his wife spent many years gathering with friends around a table filled with good food.

“Worthington is a special place for both of us, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received so far – from friends and family in this community and throughout the city of Columbus,” said Brown. “There are a number of restaurants in Columbus that, for us, are worth the drive. We hope The Whitney House becomes one of those places as well."

Remaining true to their roots, Brown and Avon use locally sourced ingredients in many of their dishes, including burgers made from Ohio beef, produce from a local greenhouse, and a rotating selection of Ohio-brewed beers. The restaurant, located at 666 High St. in Old Worthington, is open Tuesday through Sunday, offering lunch, dinner, a kid’s menu and a weekend brunch. Stop in and say hello or check out the menu today at

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, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.