Congratulations, you just received the shiny keys to your brand new Short North Apartment in Columbus Ohio. Once you unpack and get settled, it’ll be time to take a break, and what better way to take a break than by exploring everything Ohio’s capital city has to offer?
Our neighbors love living in the Short North Arts District. It’s vibrant, hip, culture-rich, and full of interesting things to see and do. Between the delicious restaurants, thought-provoking art, and various shopping opportunities, there’s always something to do and people to see in the Short North, just steps from your premier Columbus apartment. Wondering what to do your first day in the Short North? No worries—we got you covered.
Morning in the Short North: A Good Workout, Coffee, and Breakfast
Orange Theory Fitness opens at 5 am on work days and at 8:30 on weekends, so you can always get an early start and work up a sweat at this Short North fitness favorite. Sign up for an hour-long class that gives you a full-body workout, work with a professional coach who can help you tailor your workout to meet your goals, and track your results with Orange Theory’s heart rate monitors that keep you in the know when it comes to your own health.
After working up a sweat, Northstar is the perfect healthy place to eat breakfast. You can keep with your healthy day by ordering a green smoothie full of organic kale, pineapple, orange juice, and banana. Or satisfy your raging appetite with a mushroom frittata or homemade granola. The Northstar breakfast and brunch menu is pretty extensive, so whether you’re looking for something healthy or for a Bloody Mary and a sausage and biscuits and gravy, Northstar has something for every appetite.
The Art Trail: Discover Beauty in the Short North Arts District
Art lovers will think they’ve died and gone to heaven in the Short North Arts District. The Short North is home to central Ohio’s premium art galleries and museums. According to Shortnorth.org, there’s plenty of art styles to speak to any kind of art enthusiast. “From iconic permanent murals to colorful Short North Arches and Temporary Mural Series, the streets in the Short North Arts District are filled with enlightening and often unexpected works of art. At the heart of the District is its galleries, which feature folk art to fine art. Build your collection with works by thousands of emerging & established artists showcased in the Short North Arts District.”
Sharon Wiess Gallery features various incredible artists that are sure to take your breath away. From unconventional murals around the city to illuminating landscapes to thought-provoking portraits, the art at Sharon Weiss will make you want to stay a while, and it’s the perfect place to start building your collection of local art to hang in your Short North Apartment. According to their website, “Sharon Weiss Gallery has been a fixture of the Columbus, Ohio, gallery community for 25 years, showcasing in the city’s Fabulous Short North District a collection of unique and enchanting art in an intimate and eclectic gallery space.” You’ll want to explore this Columbus staple.
Down the road a bit is the famed Studios on High, the oldest artist-owned and operated gallery in Columbus, established in 1987. Featuring 22 local artists, Studios on High was voted the best art gallery of 2018, and is always a favorite of the locals. Here you’ll be able to see works of various persuasions, including mixed media, acrylics, sculpture, jewelry, mosaic, textiles, and more.
Where to Eat Lunch in the Short North: North Market
All that art viewing is sure to work up quite the appetite, and in the Short North, your lunch options are endless. We would be remiss if we didn’t point you straight to North Market, because North Market has everything your heart could ever desire. As Central Ohio’s authentic public market, you’ll have a variety of options to choose from. According to their website, North Market is “home to dozens of unique, independent merchants, farmers, and makers who deliver personal and personable service every day of the week. We are butchers, bakers, and candy makers. We are fishmongers, greengrocers, and restauranteurs. We grow, catch, find, make produce, distribute, cook, create, and invent our wares.”
Here at the North Market, you can enjoy some delicious barbecue at Hot Chicken Takeover, grab some quality Indian food at Flavors of India, grab some kraut and kielbasa at Hubert’s Polish Kitchen, grab sushi at Nida’s Sushi + Thai, grab Vietnamese Pho at Pho Lan Viet, or a delicious slice of New York Style Pizza at Sarefino’s. There’s way more at the North Market, all you need to do is explore.
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Records, Clothes, and Gifts: Shopping in the Short North Arts District
If you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon walking around some eclectic shops, you’ll love Columbus’ Short North Arts District. From clothiers to record stores to unique gifts, you’ll love discovering unique finds.
Start out at Jolie Occasions, where you can find the most darling summer dresses, bright-colored sweaters, and accessories like purses and sunglasses. Next, stop at Happy Go Lucky, your one-stop-shop for anything from festive summer clothes to professional work outfits to unique, artistic home décor. Here you can find adorable rugs, coasters, art, and even furniture for your Columbus apartment.
Looking for that perfect gift? Global Gifts is full of unique and inspiring wares, whether you’re looking for aromatherapy for mom, some educational children’s toys, or some tasty chocolates for yourself. Why we love them? Global Gifts make gift shopping easy. They have gifts for fathers, brothers, and boyfriends, including perfect finds for the girlfriends, mothers, and sisters in your life.
Music lovers rejoice! The Short North Arts District may be famous for its visual art, but it’s also home to incredible music as well. Magnolia Thunderpussy has been a Columbus staple for years, featuring vinyls, tapes, and CDs in every genre, from jazz to rock.
Wind Down with a Beer Close to Your Short North Apartment
After a full day of shopping, art-viewing, and dining, you’ll probably want to wind down with a beer. For that, there’s no better place in the Short North than Bodega. Here you can nosh on a juicy burger or some build-your-own mac n cheese, and enjoy 47 different brews on tap, 150 beers, and “carefully curated” draft menu. But don’t forget: they’re not just famous for the beer! Bodega has some amazing seasonal cocktails that will make you want to come back again and again.
So Many Reasons to Love Life In Our Short North Apartments
When you live in one of our premier Short North Apartments, you’ll soon discover that there’s always something to do and always someplace to be when you live in the Short North. From grabbing some drinks with friends, to watching live music, to viewing some of the best art works in Ohio, the Short North Arts District is truly a special place to hang your hat.
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Now, 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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