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NOTICE OF WORKSHOP FOR FACILITIES ASSESSMENT
PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION
The Mayor and Administrative Staff will host a workshop to present and discuss the Facilities Assessment with members of Council.
The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the location and time listed below:
480 Rocky Fork Blvd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6:30 -8:30 pm
*Posted on 2/14/2022
**Masks are required in City Buildings.
Gahanna Planning Commission
Gahanna City Hall
200 S. Hamilton Rd., Council Chambers
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Full Details: Public Notice 2-16-2022
Since Gahanna’s Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area (CORA) was launched in October of 2020, the program has been a success despite an ongoing global pandemic. Creekside businesses have directly benefitted from this program, even during the cold-weather months.
This Sunday, Visit Gahanna’s sold-out Creekside Cocktail and Chocolate Walk will bring 100 ticketholders to the vibrant mixed-use district. With over 150 people on the waitlist, anticipation is high for this Creekside event that underscores CORA’s benefits.
Lori Kappes, Executive Director of Visit Gahanna, provided insight into the organization’s goals. “Since the launch of CORA, our organization has hosted multiple new events in an effort to attract visitors and residents to Creekside. Our hope was that these activities would give people additional reasons to utilize the CORA by providing entertainment in the Creekside District.”
Brandon Ferguson, General Manager at Creekside’s Barrel and Boar BBQ Gastropub stated that Creekside events hosted by Visit Gahanna have been extra beneficial for Barrel and Boar due to the CORA. “Even winter events, like the recent Holiday Lights and Luminary Walk, were great for our business as people ordered drinks to take outside. We’ve also created winter-style drinks to help people stay warm outside. Due to the CORA, people end up spending more money and more time in Creekside, which supports our business,” he explained.
CORA gives residents and guests the opportunity to explore the Creekside District while enjoying adult beverages. Beverages that are purchased from a participating business within the CORA and that are in the designated CORA cup may be carried within the CORA boundaries.
“CORA has been an integral part of my business since the program’s launch,” said Shawn White, owner of Nostalgia Brewing Co. “Almost every Creekside event has had an amazing turnout for to-go beer and cocktails from our location. We sold over 2,400 wristbands in 2021. A portion of CORA wristband sales goes back to the Creekside District Alliance for marketing and events.”
During the upcoming Creekside Cocktail and Chocolate Walk, participants will be treated to unique samples from 8 different spots. This walkable event also showcases the value of Gahanna’s trails that connect the Creekside shopping district to the natural amenities along Big Walnut Creek.
“When our space is full, people can enjoy CORA drinks outside on the trails while they wait for a table to open up. That has been a popular feature of the CORA program. We can’t wait for more programming to return, including Live at Five on Fridays (Creekside Live). Overall, we’re really happy with the program,” shared Sara McMain, General Manager at the Creekside Local Cantina.
To learn more about the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area (CORA), visit https://www.gahanna.gov/cora/. To learn more about upcoming Visit Gahanna events at Creekside, visit https://www.visitgahanna.com/.
In November 2021, Landis Crawford and Tottiani Ousley opened Healthy Day Nutrition at 1022 N. Hamilton Road in the Silver Lane Center plaza. As a new black-owned business in Gahanna, owners Crawford and Ousley quickly collaborated with other nearby black-owned businesses to increase the overall area’s customer base and commercial profitability.
“It’s huge to have local black-owned businesses helping each other. Teamwork makes the dreamwork,” said Crawford, who partners with Joneswear Screen Printing and The Whole You Wellness Studio.
As former employees at Raider Nutrition in Reynoldsburg, Ousley and Crawford jumped at the opportunity to open a new business in Gahanna.
“Gahanna is a great place to open your first business, and we know a lot of people in this dynamic community. Setting-up a business in this sunlit space was a quick, turn-key move,” explained Crawford.
Healthy Day Nutrition features over 60 protein shake flavors along with herbal iced teas, including fan favorites Summer Breeze and Pink Starburst. To warm up, customers can order hot chocolates, teas, and shakes, including apple cider, salted caramel hot chocolate, and peppermint Oreo shakes.
“As a business management major in college, I knew I wanted to work in the hospitality industry by providing great customer service. I’ve used many creative approaches to build our customer base and workforce, including customer loyalty programs and fun programming,” shared Crawford.
Healthy Day Nutrition performed a “tea drop” at fellow businesses in the Silver Lake Center plaza, earning new fans from Ange’s Pizza and L.A. Nails, who have marketed Healthy Day Nutrition to their own customers. Walk-in customers from the nearby Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Outpatient Care facility have also helped Healthy Day Nutrition form a strong foundation in Gahanna.
“The crew from Gahanna’s Capital Construction and Remodeling visit us at least once a day and recommended we get our apparel from a nearby black-owned business, Joneswear. It means a lot for us to help fellow minority-run businesses succeed, which is why we’ve also collaborated with The Whole You Wellness Studio, another black-owned business just next door,” exclaimed Crawford.
Crawford and Ousley aggressively partnered with the Gahanna Public School District, where they discovered three motivated crew members. Healthy Day Nutrition is eager to provide sports sponsorships for the volleyball, softball, and track teams. Like many Gahanna businesses, the Gahanna Lincoln High School students frequent Healthy Day Nutrition during their lunch break.
“On top of our outreach efforts, we’re excited to host fun programming here. We have a paint and sip night coming up on February 19 at 4 pm. It’s critical to keep business fun, and this creative event is a great fit for our space,” said Crawford.
To learn more about Healthy Day Nutrition, stop in the shop or visit the website.
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