Favorite Columbus Business

UPDATE 2 (6/28/13):

Voting Closed

Harvest Pizzeria nominated by Rebecca Monday is our big winner - with over 50% of the votes from our four finalists. Harvest Pizzeria will get a free photo shoot and Rebecca gets a free portrait session at the same time. We'll be in touch soon to schedule your shoot! 


Columbus, with your help we've determined the finalists for your Favorite Columbus Business. Now you get to determine the winner. We'll tally the votes next week and announce your favorite. The business with the most votes will receive a free photo shoot and the patron that nominated them will get a free portrait session at their favorite Columbus business.

Live Vote Now Below! 

@boldhive: Our finalists for Favorite Columbus Business. Which business and patron should get a free photo shoot? You pick the winner! Details:

If you’re anything like the team at Bold Hive, you love spreading the word about your favorite local business. You probably also love winning amazing prizes.

What if we told you that you had the chance to spread the word about your favorite local business and get an amazing reward and help your favorite local business to receive an amazing gift as well? Because that’s just what we’re about to tell you.

This fun project blends our passion for local business with everything that the Bold Hive team does best: using design and technology to help businesses get energized and continue to thrive. 


How does this relate to your love for local businesses and cool rewards? Starting today, when you "share" our Favorite Columbus Business post on Facebook and leave a comment describing your favorite Columbus business, you might just get a portrait session at your favorite spot, courtesy of Bold Hive’s photographer! Even better, if your nominated business is selected, your favorite Columbus business will also receive a professional photo shoot with our photographer.

Prefer to play along via Twitter? Click the tweet button below to join in on the fun and tag your favorite Columbus business at the end of the tweet. If scheduling permits we may just pick more than one response to get the reward!

It’s just our own way of spreading the word about our love for all of the local businesses and brands and people like you who make Columbus such a great place to work and live. 

The Crest Gastropub

Something that we like to see is a business that’s proud to wear its “Ohio heart” right on its sleeve.

Of course, there are many other things ignite our excitement for business and brands. We love creatively designed spaces. We love brands that want to inject something wonderful, something unique Central Ohio’s many wonderful, unique neighborhoods.  We love a company who’s passionate about what they do.  And we especially love good food.

The Crest, Clintonville’s latest hot spot, blends everything that Bold Hive loves into their gem of a gastro pub. From a bar whose wooden beams and posts hail from barns across Ohio to a beer selection whose extensive list includes dozens of Ohio-based brews, The Crest indeed wears its Ohio heart on its sleeve.

Beyond this Ohio pride, the owners have also taken pride in paying attention to those little details that make any good business and brand great. Each floor beam, for instance, is marked with The Crest’s signature logo. The herbs and vegetables served on their menu aren’t just local—they’re grown right in The Crest’s backyard. And the menu boasts everything from the traditional (including a truly exceptional mac and cheese) to the unique and delightful (including a goat cheese and honey appetizer that we are still talking about after one of our recent visits).

Moreover, any sense of trendiness that one might infer about The Crest is complemented with the warm and comfortable ambiance of the restaurant itself. This combination of the new and the old, the trendy and the cozy, is something we particularly love about The Crest. 

So whether you’re out past the city limits or right in the heart of Clintonville yourself, it’s worth taking a trip over to Indianola to check out what’s happening at The Crest. You’re likely to find a buzzing crowd, you’re very likely to enjoy a delicious meal or libation, and you’re certainly going to find a local business that has excited the team at Bold Hive. 

Side note and disclaimer: We're currently putting the finishing touches on a great new website for The Crest - Can't wait to share it with you all! 

@boldhive: Pick your dish from the new gastropub in Columbus - The Crest. Deconstructed Salad, Fried Goat Cheese Balls w/Honey, Burger & Fries or Cured Meat Board. #food

Ohio State Photo Shoot

We can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than hanging out on campus at The Ohio State University. By now you may be aware of the recent single source deal struck between the OSU licensing department and J. America after a competitive bid that was heavily pursued by industry heavy hitters including the Dallas Cowboys apparel arm. With J. America being based out of state they realized the importance of a local sales presence – that’s where the fun loving bunch at Kelley Sales Team comes in. KST is a group of folks that work directly with J. America to implement the OSU licensing program and stock the shelves of some of your favorite buckeye apparel retailers with a rotating myriad of designs and styles. We had the pleasure of working with them on this recent project and are seeing first hand the value they add to the equation for J. America and OSU in this historic agreement.

With all the new styles and designs to get into circulation it’s the perfect time for a photo shoot! The photos featured here are just a few of the thousands of designs that will be rolled out by J. America over the course of their current 10 year agreement with Ohio State. Needless to say you can stay tuned for a lot more pictures to come as it relates to OSU apparel!

Live Vote! Which is your favorite shot from the shoot?

@boldhive: What's your favorite shot from our recent Ohio State photo shoot? #photography #fashion #college

Top 10 Productive Spots in Columbus

Columbus is chock full of entrepreneurs and workers and visionaries and creators. (It was named one of the world's most intelligent cities, after all!) Lucky for all of them--and for all of us--there's never a shortage of great work spaces here in Central Ohio.

Today we're featuring our list of the Top 10 Productive Spots in Columbus. They're the places where you go to get inspired, or to get some peace and quiet, or even just to get a perfect cup of coffee to go along with your business report. And whether you're looking for a great spot to meet a client or a space to grind out some work in solitude, you're sure to find a place that can help you get working and get productive on this list. 

A sister store of Stauf’s (which happens to be their flagship brand), Cup O’ Joe is one of the most ubiquitous and popular coffee houses in Columbus. With eight locations around town (including an airport store for those who want a Columbus coffee fix before their next business trip), there’s probably a Cup O’ Joe located near wherever it is that you work or live in Central Ohio. From Bexley to German Village to the Short North and beyond, each location offers customers free Wi-Fi and a menu boasting everything from fresh roasted coffee to local treats from Columbus favorites such as Pattycake Bakery and Jeni’s Ice Cream. What’s more, you can reserve space in most stores (including the Short North’s MoJoe Lounge) for larger business meetings and private parties. 

The Northstar Café features a menu that is often locally sourced and always delicious. With three restaurants around town, each location offers something slightly different to its customers. The High Street location has a great city buzz, though space can sometimes be limited. The Beechwold restaurant has large tables that can make for fantastic lunch meeting spaces (if, of course, you snag a table before the lunch crowd beats you to it). And the Easton location boasts the largest square footage, with two whole floors of dining areas. Better yet? You can keep your mug filled with free coffee refills while you work. (And perhaps even better yet?  You can reward yourself with one of their amazing peanut butter cookies after a successful business lunch.) 

Although you’ll often find students crouched over notebooks and textbooks and computer screens at this Grandview Heights coffee shop, this isn’t just a place for the university crowd: it’s for anyone whose work is fueled by coffee. And it’s excellent coffee too. With tables that tend to be on the small side, this might not be the best space for a larger business meeting. It is, however, a great space for getting some solo work done and/or meeting with a single customer or colleague who loves coffee as much as you do. A perfect place to hunker down with a latte and a laptop in the cold winter months, Stauf’s is just as cozy and inviting every other time of the year too. 

A true Columbus gem, the North Market is conveniently located on Spruce Street, just steps from the Convention Center, the Short North, and the downtown area. With dozens of restaurants and shops inside, it’s a perfect spot to grab some food (Vietnamese?  Pizza?  Sandwiches?  Indian?  It’s all there!) and get inspired by the bustling, dynamic market. More than that, this is a great place to showcase some of the best and brightest in Columbus to clients or colleagues from out of town. (Note: You can also reserve a room at the North Market for an upcoming event or large business luncheon) .

Located in Powell, Lattes & Lollipops caters to parents with young children who want to take advantage of their supervised play area, free Wi-Fi, and a full service espresso bar and café. Obviously, this all makes Lattes & Lollipops a prime location for parents who work from home. Just pull out your tablet, sit down with a fellow parent and business client, or get to work on your big work project while your children jump, play, and run safely in the supervised place space. Admission for children who are walkers to age 7 is $12 for one child and $6 for additional siblings for up to 2 hours of play. Information on quick play passes and “happy hour” pricing is also available on their website

Of the many-appearing independent coffee shops in Columbus, Mission Coffee Company at the corner of High and Price in the Short North is an easy recommendation for work away from the office. Mission offers "many brewing methods" to address your caliber of coffee preparation, whether simple or complex. They are intentional about their selection of beans (sourcing, region) and have helpful diagrams which detail the origin, flavor makeup, and price per pound.

The coffee shop is housed at 11 Price ave in a garage whose door is open when weather permits. Even with the open door and light breeze diffusing the great coffee fragrance further, Mission always has a relaxed and fairly quiet space making it easy to hold conversations and get work done. There is a range of table sizes and a comfy corner of couches that supply plenty of options for individual or team work. Free Wifi and easy-access electrical outlets sweeten the deal if you have to plug in and get things done. 

A fantastic resource that we have in Columbus is the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Ranked nationally in the top 4 library systems annually since 1999, CML's 21 branches spread across the city make it very accessible for a daytime or early evening meeting. A significant service that the library provides is free room reservations in 20 of their 21 branches. Anyone with a library card can reserve a room by calling 614.645.2275 or by registering online. The rooms hold a range of 4 to 60 people, and the main branch has a room that will accommodate up to 100 people! If that doesn't suit your needs, we're not sure what will.

A quaint, quiet spot in the heart of Clintonville, Global Gallery offers Fair Trade items with supportive practices and local involvement. Their Clintonville Coffee Shop has a range of hot and cold tea and coffee options to keep you going if you've got work to do, and plenty to refresh you if you're seeking relaxation. The atmosphere lends itself more to the latter, but with free Wifi, multiple table sizes, and access to caffeine, work can get done quite easily. Whether you're working solo or looking for a less-trafficked spot for a meet up, Global Gallery has a great offering in philosophy, product, and aesthetic. 

For a great meeting place near downtown Columbus, Café Brioso ranks at the top of the list. Brioso lives up to the "artisan" description from their roasting and brewing of coffee to their custom and changing food menu. Free Wifi and ample indoor and outdoor seating at the corner of Gay and High provide a great backdrop for work. The space seems better suited for groups of around four, but larger groups should be able to get settled as well. Brioso is also accessible and accommodating to bikers, walkers, and those needing to park their car. Go if you haven't been, and work if you must. Either way you'll enjoy the experience. 

Finally, any comprehensive list in the Capital city must make mention of The Ohio State University (OSU). To that end, the new Ohio Union is a three-year-old landmark on the OSU campus that operates as the center for student life on campus. It's 318,000 square feet hold 34 unique spaces, 4 restaurants, a giftstore, and a fullserve print and UPS shipping center. With free public Wifi available, the Union ranks as a powerful contender for a meeting if you have scarlet and gray in your blood, or just happen to want a fresh dose of academic inspiration. There is an attached garage for drivers and plenty of parking for bikes. If you're willing to have a seat, you may even get a picture with Brutus. 

Live Vote! - Which of the following features is most important to you in a productive hot spot?

@boldhive: What's more important in a productive work spot - A comfortable chair, calm surroundings, great coffee or strong wifi? #work

Did we miss your favorite Columbus spot for productivity? Start the conversation in the comments below!