What is Holiday Hop?
If you know the Short North, then you know that it’s a neighborhood that celebrates community and culture in anyway that it can. That’s one of the major reasons that the Short North hosts Gallery Hop, a neighborhood-wide event on the first Saturday of every month. Each Gallery Hop, thousands gather to explore the Short North and the shops, restaurants, and galleries therein. Gallery Hop is one of the special events that makes the Short North considered one of the best Arts Districts in the nation.
But Holiday Hop is different than Gallery Hop. Holiday Hop happens once a year on the first Saturday of any given December. This year, the timing couldn’t be more perfect—Holiday Hop lands on the very first of the month: December 1st. In Columbus the countdown to Christmas kicks off with Holiday Hop and the Short North transforms into a winter wonderland, The Short North Pole.
Dozens of performers fill the streets and shops set up special Christmas-themed displays (which you can vote on, by the way). Christmas Trees light the way, as do High Street’s glowing arches. Santa waits to be greeted. Restaurants, galleries, and shops all welcome the ebb and flow of crowds. Gallery Hop is awesome—don’t get us wrong, but it just doesn’t have the magic that Holiday Hop does.
This is Gallery Hop with a hot chocolate sugar-high.
This year, there’s a reward for the fun.
Participate in the Short North’s Holiday Trail and you’ll be able to collect a $50 parking meter gift card at Le Meridien, The Joseph Hotel. Why does something this awesome exist? Short answer: Huntington Bank wanted to reward shopping at local businesses.
Here are the directions, courtesy of www.shortnorth.org:
- Pick up a Holiday Trail Map at one of over 30 participating businesses, or in the December 2018 edition of (614) Magazine.
- Receive a sticker every time you make a purchase at a participating business.
- Collect five stickers to redeem your Holiday Trail Map at Le Meridien, The Joseph Hotel for a $50 parking meter gift card (while supplies last).
Everyone knows how crazy it can be to park in the Short North. That’s the reason why we wrote everything you need to know about the Short North’s new parking rules.
Getting rewarded for supporting local businesses? That’s not a bad deal at all. And by the way, the Holiday Trail is active from December 1-December 31, but the gift cards are first come, first serve. You don’t have to hit all five stores on Holiday Hop, but we can’t think of a better time to start.
Check out some of the awesome businesses that are taking part in the 2018 Holiday Trail. We’re including a photo and a write-up for the businesses we’ve gotten to feature on the blog thus far, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t encourage everyone to go out and love and support these great local businesses:
With more than 80 bottles of wine available without any corking fees, Tastings Columbus allows guests to explore wine from some of the best vineyards across the entire world. Whether it’s a rare bottle from India or an excellent Pinot Noir, there’s something for everyone at Tastings Columbus, no matter their experience with wine.
Learn more about the awesome story behind Tastings Columbus and all it offers the Short North.
This isn’t your average jewelry store. STORE 5a boasts some of the best items from the top designers and name brands. STORE 5a offers all kinds of shoppers a different experience. Their passion is for finding a second life for high-quality used jewelry. The store boasts an expert team of Graduate Gemologists and Goldsmiths. Their training means that any customer can have confidence that being a jeweler isn’t just a job at STORE 5a, but a passion.
We got to talk to STORE 5a and learn about its roots. Find that information here.
Before Hai Poké came to the Short North, we’re willing to bet that very few people, if anyone, new about this classic Hawaiian fisherman’s dish. Thanks to two young entrepreneurs, Hai Poké has become a great Short North restaurant and has enriched the Short North’s culture even more than it had before.
If you haven’t before, you’ll have to learn about Hai Poké and how it came to be.
A bit about Lykens Companies…
With 20 years (and counting) of experience, we believe that Lykens Companies is just getting started on its mission to offer Columbus hundreds of premier apartments, rentals, and renovations. Each day, we are driving toward constantly expanding and improving our business and bettering Columbus, the city we love. For our renters, that means that they are connected to a proven business that is always striving to be the best. Our success isn’t an accident. We are constantly striving to improve our quality, both in the buildings that we renovate, reimagine, and rent out; moreover, we are striving to improve in the way that our business operates. For you, that means the best units and the best service in the best locations.
As we invest our time, money, and energy into the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, and other parts of Columbus’s urban core, it’s nothing short of amazing to step back and see how much we’re able to impact our city, whether that looks like renovating apartments, houses, or even factories like the Wonder Bread Lofts and the forthcoming Budd Dairy project: a full scale reimagining of an old dairy factory into a Cameron Mitchell food hall and state-of-the-art coworking space.
If you’re looking to rent in Columbus, Ohio’s urban core, you’ve come to the right place. We’re confident that it doesn’t get better than us when it comes to finding the absolute best apartments and rentals in Columbus.
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Whether you’re looking for an apartment in the Short North, a rental in Victorian Village, a studio in Italian Village, or a loft in Wonder Bread, our Available Rentalspage will feature all that (and more). We’re constantly adding our newest properties and highlighting that month’s leasing specials. Bookmark it and check often! What if you took two minutes to browse it right now? And don’t forget about our awesome Instagram for updates, new leases, and beautiful photos.
Already a resident? Refer a friend!
At Lykens Companies, we offer a simple and easy referral program to our tenants (and even non-tenants). For each referral of yours who signs a lease, we’ll pay you $200! Be sure to learn everything about this awesome plan and even check out our three methods to actually get your friends to sign a lease.