Not enough people appear to be aware of what the full Clintonville experience can be like.

Not enough people appear to be aware of what the full Clintonville experience can be like.

That's why Anand Saha created a Facebook page last week titled Experience Clintonville.

Within its first few day, the page, which is to be followed up by a website, had garnered 300-plus "friends."

"Clintonville is on many occasions forgotten as a vital part of Columbus," the Facebook information section states. "Most tour operators frequent places such as the Short North, German Village among others. Help us show the world why Clintonville should be included with these other great neighborhoods."

Saha has enlisted Jason Janoski, chief executive officer of the Attach creative services firm, with offices on East Weber Road, and former North Market official Michele Mooney, who lives in Clintonville, to help him with this effort to promote all of Clintonville, as a residential, commercial and artistic entity.

Janoski is in the process of creating the website for Experience Clintonville and Mooney, now manager of the Olde Worthington Farmers Market, will be involved in the marketing aspects of the effort.

"It's a site that informs and educates visitors about all the benefits of Clintonville: commercially, residentially, spiritually, culturally," Janoski said of the in-the-works "My hope and the group's hope is it would improve users' understanding of everything we offer, from the best place to buy a latte to the housing stock. It would bridge the gap between what we have to offer in Clintonville and what people think we have to offer."

"As a resident, I sometimes think people forget what a wonderful neighborhood it is," said Mooney, a resident of Clintonville since 1998.

Mooney said she sees Experience Clintonville, the Facebook page, the website and the all-around movement as a grassroots effort to expose more people to the neighborhood, to introduce it once again to the people who live in Clintonville and to reintroduce it to those who have visited.

"Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves how wonderful our own neighborhood is," Mooney said. "I think sometimes you have to be reminded of what's in your own backyard.

"It's not like its rocket science."

Saha said that what spurred him to create the Facebook page and call on the others to get involved with Experience Clintonville was a recent visit by yet another group of travel writers brought in by Experience Columbus to get information on his growing sweets empire, the long-established Mozart's Bakery and Piano Caf and the more recent Vienna Ice Caf, both on North High Street. In speaking with the writers, Saha said that he urged them to provide Clintonville as much attention in their travel pieces as they tend to lavish on the Short North and German Village.

They didn't even know Clintonville has its own chamber of commerce, Saha said he was amazed to discover.

"I'm not insinuating that somebody's not doing their job or anything," Saha hastened to say.

"I do think there are elements of this around, but they may just handle commercial concerns or they may just handle real estate," Janoski said.

"The folks involved understand business in Clintonville," he added. "They know what it is to live in Clintonville, because they do. They worship here."

"That means we are lacking something in Clintonville," Saha said. "We are lacking a way to promote our neighborhood to people out there who have the resources to bring people to our neighborhood."

"I see it in a lot of different ways," Mooney said. "As a resident, I'm tired of people moving to different neighborhoods once they have kids. I think there's so much to embrace with Clintonville. I love that you can walk to so many things. It's easy to catch a bus. It's convenient. It's creative. It's kind of like this creativity hub, and yet there seems to be nothing 'umbrella-ed' about Clintonville. What does it mean?

"Things constantly evolve and people come and go, whether from this area or the city at large. There's always going to be a need for fresh thinking."

"I think there is a tremendous, tremendous opportunity," Saha said. "This is purely something for residents. There are no membership fees. This is for small businesses who can't afford to belong to this or that organization."