With historic brick buildings and sidewalks, Old Hilliard is a quaint neighborhood at the core of Hilliard. “I would say it’s very much like an old town because it’s very friendly, and it’s very walkable,” says Christy Clark, director of Destination Hilliard. “People walk in, and it’s kind of like Cheers. Everyone knows everyone. And even if you’re a stranger, you fit right in.”
New: Station Park, featuring a splash pad and amphitheater, opened this past spring. In May, Starliner Diner moved from Cemetery Road to Old Hilliard’s Main Street. Other recent openings include Coffee Connections, a coffee shop with an additional community space, and Diamonds Icecream, which is known for paletas (Mexican-style popsicles) made with real fruit.
Coming soon: Granville-based Whit’s Frozen Custard is set to open in Old Hilliard this spring.
Don’t miss: Clark says she often takes tour buses to Packrat Comics for an experience that goes beyond shopping.
“It’s not just a comic-book store, but you go in, and the owners are just really into comic books and nostalgic toys,” she says. “They also have people in costumes walking around. They have board games. They usually have a comic-book gallery. It’s just a very unique store.”
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.