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Dis 'n' Data
By Margaret Marten, Editor
May/June 2014


Cookie Cravings Bakery, which opened in Italian Village a couple years ago, recently reinvented itself to become Cravings Carryout Café. The Tewanger family – Matt, his wife Lindsey, and Matt’s mother Joan – opened the small bakery in 2011 to sell cookies and other confections, but the menu gradually expanded to include food items for brunch and dinner that the new name more accurately reflects. Sandwiches, wraps, and soups are offered along with the original cookies and other items for carryout. The space at 227 E. Third Ave. at the corner of Fourth Street has some seating but not much, so they are encouraging carryout. With the lift on the rush hour parking restriction on Fourth, and access to some side streets in that area near the state library, parking is not a problem. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Matt has worked the kitchen at Basi Italia, Worthington Inn and The Refectory and knows fine food. Visit or call 614-752-0090 to learn more about their unique selections.

Bareburger, a restaurant serving organic, all-natural, grass-fed, free range, humanely raised, sustainable, pesticide-free burgers, side orders, and shakes opened in March in the old Yankee Trader building at 463 N. High St. across from the Convention Center. The mixed-use building, renamed Yankee on High, was purchased for $900,000 in 2011, and the owners invested over 4 million dollars into its restoration. The facility includes apartments, offices, a European-style bar (Denmark), a private party room (North Room), and a wine, beer and cheese retailer (Secret Cellar). The Bareburger franchise is based in New York where all its locations have been operating before the Columbus opening. Branching into the Midwest was a first for local franchise partners George Mathew, Charles Xu and Ben Christopher.

June marks the third anniversary for The Candle Lab at 751 N. High St., the fourth location for owners Steve and Katesha Weaver when they opened it in 2011. Their Powell shop closed in February this year, so they now have only three locations: Grandview, Worthington, and the Short North. The launch of a new mobile Candle Lab store – a trailer towed to events – along with the couple’s demanding family life made the operation of four stores too challenging. Another development is a wine service that will be offered in their stores.

New UPS Store manager, DJ Gardner.
Photo © Larry Hamill

The Short North UPS Store at 605 N. High St. in the Yukon Building next to Three Dog Bakery has changed hands. Bobbie and Lanny Jacobowitz sold it after running it for seven years. The new owner, Richard Wingo, is no novice to the packing trade. He started up his first UPS Store in Hilliard in 1997 (when it was Mailbox Etc.), which he continues to operate with the help of his son Jason. The Short North location, Wingo’s second store, is being managed by DJ Gardner along with former existing staffmembers Rick and Jeff.

Gardner, 24, worked at the Hilliard store for two years before being promoted to management of the Short North location. This is his seventh UPS store and first management postion. He began working in UPS stores back in 2008 and continues to enjoy it. “Every day you get new stuff coming through the door,” he said, “challenges in packaging, strange objects that you have to pack up, things with weird values. It’s more interesting, I guess, than other jobs.” Gardner lives in Hilliard where he grew up. He earned a degree in psychology from the Ohio State University and has many hobbies, mostly “nerdy,” he said, like video games, but he prefers to get outdoors and explore – canoeing, boating, geocaching, hiking, and metal detecting. He’s looking forward to meeting new people. One of the services the store offers is mailbox rentals, which brings in regular customers, an aspect of the job he values. “It’s not like a fast food position where you deal with 300 people a day,” he explained. “You get to know your mailbox customers and your regulars. I like the community of it.”

Alexandra Fox, founder of the Goodale Park Music Series, and board member of the Short North Foundation and Short North Civic Association, as well as organizer of Pecha Kucha Columbus and Screen on the Green, moved with her husband Kevin Fox to Toronto in April after his recent promotion. Kevin will be running the creative departments of the Toronto and Montreal offices of GSW, an advertising agency based in Columbus that has several international offices. “Toronto is such an amazing place and I’m really excited to explore it,” she said. “But there’s only one Short North, and no matter where I am, it will always be close to my heart.”

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