Golden Hobby Gift Shop: Find handmade merchandise by local seniors including apparel for 18-inch dolls

Find handmade merchandise by local seniors including darling outfits for 18-inch dolls

Golden Hobby Gift ShopIf you’re the regular recipient of hand-knitted scarves, sweaters and blankets from an older, doting relative, consider yourself blessed.

If not, don’t fret. Local grandmothers and grandfathers aren’t in short supply. Some, in fact, are carving walking sticks and patterning quilts right now to sell at the Golden Hobby Gift Shop in German Village.

The non-profit consignment store offers merchandise handcrafted by folks over the age of 50 and living in Ohio. It’s staffed by volunteers, too, so prices are low.

The shop, operated by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, occupies two stories in a 150-year-old building that previously housed the Third Street School. It’s been going strong since it was founded in 1971.

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I recently paid a visit with my children, who’ve never known a grandmother. We browsed through rooms brimming with carefully crafted pottery, necklaces, wreaths, cutting boards and aprons.

Golden Hobby Gift ShopBut the Children’s Room on the second floor had them hooked upon entry. They found perfectly paired Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, miniature furniture, wooden trains and a rack crammed with fashions for 18-inch dolls.

Because of trademarking, the shop can’t say they’re targeting these fashions to owners of American Girl dolls. But I can, and it’s a must-stop for those wanting to save money while investing in the work of local seniors.

The Golden Hobby Gift Shop is located at 630 S. Third St., German Village. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 614-645-8329 or visit

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Hofbrauhaus Columbus: Monthly 'Family Nights' make this German beer hall a blast for all

Monthly ‘Family Nights’ make this German beer hall a blast for all

hofbrauhaus_secondary2Things are getting festive this time of year, and that’s why our family-friendly restaurant pick for November is Hofbrauhaus Columbus – a lively beer hall that gives kids their all on the second Tuesday of the month.

Visit on “Family Night,” beginning at 6 p.m., and get a free kids meal with a purchased adult entree. The “Kinder Menu” includes Kinder Schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet), Kinder Gegrillter Kase (grilled cheese) and Kinder Makkaroni mit Kase (mac and cheese).

Portions are large, enough to create a lunch for the following day.

Bonuses include live entertainment, face painting and balloon animals made by a young man on stilts wearing lederhosen and a felt fedora.

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The echoey space can be loud, but it’s fun hearing live music. We enjoyed traditional and modern children’s songs played on the accordion – from “Bingo Was His Name-O” to “The Bare Necessities.” The best seats are the picnic tables in the middle, which have a family-style feel.

hofbrauhaus_secondaryPlus, for adults, the beer is really good. It is made from original Bavarian recipes that date back 400 years.

So bring your kids, raise up a stein and enjoy.

Hofbrauhaus Columbus is located at 800 Goodale St., Columbus. For more information, visit

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The Pizzuti Collection: Explore 18,000-square-foot gallery space for free on first Saturday of month

Explore 18,000-square-foot gallery space for free on first Saturday of month

The Pizzuti Collection: Explore 18,000-square-foot gallery space for free on first Saturday of monthThey say art is in the eye of the beholder. And when that beholder’s eye belongs to your own child, it’s fun to see her facial expressions when roaming around a contemporary art museum.

I saw awe, joy and utter befuddlement upon my daughter’s face as we explored the Pizzuti Collection in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. Rosie’s unique eye for art influenced my own, as I found new appreciation in quirky pieces, such as a headless, silver figure made out of a tube of paint, as we explored the museum on the first Saturday in October.

“This is my favorite,” Rosie said of the paint-tube man at Pizzuti’s monthly event called the Family Day Series. On the first Saturday of each month the museum is open free of charge to families, who also can partake in an art-inspired scavenger hunt from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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“I think it’s a great opportunity to take the family out to see and do something new and exciting,” said Mark Zuzik, programs coordinator.

The first Saturday of the month also is the Gallery Hop in the Short North, as most in Columbus know, making Pizzuti’s event the perfect prelude to a full day of exploring dozens of galleries along High Street.

The Pizzuti Collection, which opened in 2013, offers rotating exhibits of works belonging to real estate developer and art collector Ron Pizzuti and his wife, Ann. The couple has amassed thousands of pieces over four decades of collecting. The non-profit exhibition space spans three floors in an 18,000-square-foot revamped building, with more art outside in the sculpture garden.

The Pizzuti Collection is located at 632 North Park St., Columbus. For more information, visit

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