Retail meets history and nature in downtown Gahanna, which is adjacent to Creekside Park and Big Walnut Creek. Between the serenity of the park, Olde Gahanna’s historic brick architecture, several Creekside restaurants and shops and a budding brewery scene, there’s something for ‘most everyone here.
New: Laurie Jadwin, executive director of the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, recommends new Creekside addition Barrel & Boar, a barbecue restaurant with Columbus and Newark locations.
“It’s now one of the mainstays in my diet,” Jadwin says.
Other area additions include Amish Country Essentials, a shop that stocks handmade items from Millersburg, and craft brewery Kindred Artisan Ales. Pigskin Brewing Co., which opened early last year, has also recently expanded and now includes a gastropub with bar bites like decked-out mac-‘n’-cheese, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and more.
Coming soon: Self-described as the “herb capital of Ohio,” Gahanna currently offers an Herbal Trail, featuring 45 stops through restaurants, shops, herb gardens and more. And starting next year, a new Herbal Cocktail Trail will take participants to dining and drink establishments such as Pigskin Brewing Co. and Somedays Bistro and Wine Bar for herbal-themed cocktails. Herb enthusiasts can also stop into the Ohio Herb Education Center for workshops, resources and more.
Don’t miss: Near the center of Creekside, Griffin Gallery features Ohio historical art, including works by early 20th-century Columbus artist Emerson Burkhart.
On this episode of Columbus Neighborhoods, we take a look at the past and present development of downtown Columbus. We sat down with Amy Taylor of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation to discuss recent changes and what’s next for the neighborhood. Then we visit the LeVeque Tower to learn about the renovation of Columbus’ first skyscraper. Architectural historians Jeff Darbee and his wife Nancie Recchie walk us through the historic renovation of their Town Street home. Plus, a visit to the Ohio History Connection provides a glimpse at Lazarus memorabilia.