German Village Gazette

Village notebook

Event offers opportunity to highlight Village's positives

Sunday June 2, 2013 10:47 PM

I recently had a chance to spotlight all of the great things in our neighborhood for a Q&A produced by the Columbus Young Professionals club.

If you don't know CYP, it's an 8-year-old membership organization made up of young professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, creative thinkers and social people who live and work in the greater Columbus area.

They asked me to think about a set of questions from a YP's perspective, and here's a preview of what I produced for them that I thought you'd enjoy:

Why live here? German Village is 233 acres of urban, pedestrian-friendly paradise surrounded by Columbus.

In the 1800s, German Village was home to immigrant laborers and craftsmen.

Their stories are preserved in the brick streets and the architecture of the buildings and dwellings they left behind.

Today's German Village is where the old and new mashup in a vital urban community of city leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, young professionals and their families.

The best way to enjoy the brick streets, wrought iron fences, story-and-a-half brick cottages, Dutch Doubles and community parks is by foot.

Why work here? Who wouldn't want to take their lunch break at some of the city's top eateries, or spend a break from your desk out wandering our two city parks?

We are privileged to be home to the city's second oldest city park -- Schiller -- and the beautiful pocket-sized oasis called Frank Fetch Park.

Plus, for every dollar earned by a worker in other Columbus neighborhoods, jobs in the Village pay $1.03.

And you can't help but want to work alongside or hire our residents, half of whom are 20-49 and a quarter of whom hold a master's degree or higher.

Don't miss: You will discover a variety of one-of-a-kind, locally-owned boutiques, specialty stores, salons, galleries, restaurants and service businesses clustered throughout the area.

Stay at the nationally reviewed German Village Guest House. Don't miss the nation's oldest craft store, Helen Winnemore's, or the top-rated Zagat eatery Pistacia Vera.

And let's face it, central Ohio would not be complete without Lindey's, Barcelona, G. Michael's and Harvest Pizzeria -- and they're all clustered here in our 233 acres!

German Village is fortunate to be home to the Midwest's most-accomplished chefs and restaurants.

It is a great place to explore on an empty stomach.

The best part about living, working and playing in German Village is ... the people. Yes, we have some of Ohio's (the world's?) best shops and restaurants. Yes, we have charming architecture. But it is the people who really make German Village what it is.

You get all of the neighborliness of a small town just eight blocks from city center. And when this community pitches in to get something done -- such as restore and protect our bricks or promote our pedestrian lifestyle -- you'll have hundreds of volunteers at the ready.

We are every walk of life working to make our community better.

As we like to say, in German Village, characters are welcome.

What's coming online in the next 12 months? We're proud to welcome to the German Village Business Community The Kitchen 231 -- an utterly unique eating experience.

When it opens this summer, expect to experience customers working together to prepare a meal and dine, blurring the line between patron and chef.

Just over our western border we expect Kolache Republic, Panera and High Street Car House -- an event space by Two Caterers -- coming online VERY soon.

Tell us about one hidden gem in your neighborhood.

Frank Fetch Park is barely a half-acre but you SHOULD NOT miss this tiny gem on Beck Street.

Maintained by German Village Garten Club, the pocket park is an oasis of beautiful plantings, relaxing seats and a working beehive where honey is collected.

Join us every third Sunday of summer for free concerts, plus free movies are planned on a blow-up screen.

Learn more about Frank Fetch at www.germanvillagegartenclub.com.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village notebook column.

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