Explore the Short North!

Columbus Art Walks are a great way to explore the Short North and 12 other neighborhoods with wonderful displays of public art. The audio tour guide is downloadable to your phone or mp3 player, printable maps are also available for download, and the walks take you through interesting corners of our city. You’ll see old favorites, new treasures, and get many of your daily recommended 10,000 steps!

Beginning with the Garden Mural, this Art Walk shows you one of the biggest murals of a series created by an artist collective working together without boundaries. There are other murals on the tour, including a graffiti mural of Uncle Sam. Also included are historic buildings, signs, architecture, and the iconic Short North arches. The tour includes the historic Short North neighborhoods of Italian Village, Harrison West, and Victorian Village.

Remember the smell of fresh bread wafting through the Short North neighborhoods years ago? Revisit those memories or make some new ones with a walk by the iconic Wonderbread factory here. Did you know it used to produce steel wool? Included on the tour is a haunted bed and breakfast, with stories from guests and owner alike. Also seen on the tour (from the street) are a dozen or so private homes with historic and architectural value.

St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is an especially lovely stop with all its statues. Nearby is Christopher Columbus Square, the city’s smallest park with an ironic triangle shape, and a further on is a great spot for viewing the Columbus skyline. Other parks visited include Poplar Park, Chase Park, Harrison West and Harrison Parks, Side By Side Park, Battelle Greenspace, Goodale Park, and Italian Village Park.

From the Short North arches, past the mosaic totem pole, and on to the Garden Theater, and ending at Goodale Park, you’ll get a taste of the vibrant, bustling, art-filled neighborhood of The Short North. Long enough that you may want to break the tour into two parts, the tour is certainly still walkable in a single day.

The Columbus Team knows Columbus well, and we invite you to come and enjoy the Columbus Art Walks tour of The Short North to get to know your city, its art, and its history a little better!

Companies that Support our US Military

It’s an expensive season: Gifts, travel, entertaining, it adds up quickly. And there’s so many choices of vendors. Want to make sure your holiday dollars are spent at companies which support your values? So do we! At The Columbus Team, our thoughts turn to our men and women in the armed services who can’t come home for the holidays this year. We wondered which companies go above and beyond to support our troops. It turns out, there are quite a few that spend money, time, and effort to support both our troops overseas, and their families here at home. Bravo!

While federal law requires that companies with reservists and other active duty employees save their jobs for them until they return home from active duty, employers are not required to offer benefits, seniority, or to continue to pay those employees for hours not worked at the company. The companies below have won awards from the US Military for going above and beyond, and offering financial support, benefits, and even step raises and seniority to those on active duty and their families at home. Here is a list of companies who have earned commendations and awards for their service to our servicemen and women…as well as to the families of active duty employees.

Offering differential pay (the employer pays the difference between military pay and civilian pay if the military pay is less), plus offers access to or continuing health benefits for the duration of activation, up to five years for both employee and dependents: Coca-Cola, GE, USAA, Sears, New York Life, State Farm, Ford Motor Company, 3M, Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo, Dollar General, Intuit Inc., Microsoft, Chrysler Motors, Starbucks, and Anheuser-Busch.

These two companies offer differential pay for 3-18 months to active duty employees; Best Buy and Hertz.

A special note: Sears has held jobs for employees who left to join the armed services, even though they were not reservists, and were not legally obligated to do so. One serviceman reports receiving a letter after 10 YEARS, offering to hold his former position longer for him, and reminding him that access to benefits and seniority were accruing while he served. He declined, having chosen to serve in the Army as his career, but praises Sears for their support and encouragement.

For more information on companies who support our troops, and received the Freedom Award.