Artist-In-Residence Program Inspires Creativity at 600 Goodale

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A new program at 600 Goodale aims to stimulate appreciation for the arts and inspire residents to express themselves artistically.

The Artist-In-Residence program is slated to kick off Tuesday, August 27 with Sip and Sketch. Attendees should bring journals, sketch pads, or canvas and a bottle of their favorite wine to share.

“It’s a triple threat of creativity, social lubricant and getting to know your neighbors,” says Daniel Fox, artist in residence at 600 Goodale and co-owner of Skreened.
Other program events will include arts-related workshops, ride togethers (where residents will ride together to music and art events), and field trips to visit various local studios, artisans, and collectors.

“I’m not a traditional artist in terms of paint on canvas, but I do a lot of thinking and coaching with people about their creative processes,” Daniel says. “I thought about the amazing talents people in our community could share, as well as things I could bring, then scheduled them all in a way that made sense.”
Daniel says his passions lay in creating communities where people are connected and expressing themselves.

“What I want is for everyone to know really down deep that they can create anything they want and to not be afraid of what comes out of them, and to not judge their process or what is good or bad,” he adds. “I want to engage people in an exercise of being brave with their own expression.”

Daniel is excited to not only have an outlet for the visual arts, but also a venue for the performing arts.

“We’re going to host improv comedy events, as well as dance and music opportunities, so I’m excited to take a slightly broader definition to the concept of the arts here,” he says.

Daniel has been a resident at 600 Goodale for just a few weeks, but he’s already fallen in love with his new home.

“It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve lived and I’ve woken up with feelings of gratitude for it every day so far,” he says.

Those interested in learning more about the Artist-In-Residence program should contact Daniel via email at daniel@skreened.com.

Spinning Improves Cardio Fitness, Strength

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Several years ago, Jennifer Clark’s husband, Geoff, suggested she join him and his cycling friends for a class at a nearby spin studio. As a runner, she needed to crosstrain, especially during the winter months when running outdoors isn’t exactly pleasant, so she went along.

One of the spin studio’s instructors quickly stood out to Jennifer. In fact, he would later become her mentor.

“His movements on the bike mirrored the up-tempo beats of his music while at the same time being physically challenging,” she says. “It wasn’t like any other spin class I had ever taken, and I was hooked.”

Jennifer started teaching spin classes of her own about four years ago, and she seems to have borrowed from her mentor.

“I incorporate the tempo of the music to dictate the level of intensity, and the rider controls the amount of resistance, but the music dictates your pedaling speed,” she says. “A well taught spin class shouldn’t be drudgery. It should be fun and exciting and over before you know it!”

Jennifer contends that the cardiovascular fitness and strength that spinners develop will help them burn fat faster and train their bodies to use energy more efficiently.

“If you are a cyclist, it will have a direct impact on your performance on the bike,” she adds.

Jennifer would know. She and her husband own a bike shop—VeloScience Bike Works— in New Albany.

“Knowing proper form on a road bike transfers to spin bikes, so making sure everyone in my class is fitted properly on their bikes is important,” she says, adding that any guidance she can give—from equipment to apparel and shoes—is helpful for someone who may want to transition to road riding.

However, Jennifer insists that spin classes are for everyone, not just cyclists.

“It’s a great and challenging cardiovascular workout, and it can be a great substitute for outdoor riding, whether you ride outdoors or not,” she says. “It’s a terrific way boost your fitness level with little impact and improve your health.”

Jennifer teaches spinning at The Gramercy on Tuesdays from 7-8 a.m. She also co-teaches spin yoga at The Gramercy on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Both classes are offered by Fitness in the City, a company committed to supporting local professionals and businesses that make fitness a lifestyle. Visit http://bit.ly/GramercyFitnessRegistration to register for a class.

The Gramercy New Albany—What’s in The Neighborhood

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The Gramercy New Albany keeps residents connected to some of our favorite places. New Albany’s pastoral backdrops merged with urban sophistication make living in New Albany inspired and inspiring. It’s a place where simple pleasures like hiking and biking exist harmoniously among conveniences like restaurants and retail.

The Gramercy is located just minutes from Easton, the interstate, and the offices and headquarters of some of the most notable employers in Columbus.

Favorite Spots
• (a) McCoy Community Center for the Arts – 6 min
• New Albany-Plain Local Joint Parks District – 8 min
• (b) Rose Run Streamside Park – 5 min
• New Albany Village Center – 5 min
• (c) Wexner Community Park and Pavilion – 5 min

Focal Points
• (d) New Albany Market Square – 6 min
• New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix – 7 min
• New Albany Country Club – 9 min
• (d) New Albany Library – 6 min
• (e) Plain Township Aquatic Center – 5 min

Comforts & Conveniences
• New Albany-Plain Local School District Learning Community Campus – 5 min
• Mount Carmel Surgical Hospital – 8 min
• (f) New Albany Health and Wellness Center – 5 min

Area Corporations
• Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office – 11 min
• Aetna – 3 min
• Business Campus at New Albany – 3 min
• Discover – 3 min
• PharmaForce – 3 min
• State Farm Insurance – 5 min
• Tween Brands – 5 min

Columbus Area
• (g) Easton Town Center – 12 min
• (h) The Ohio State University – 23 min
• (i) Downtown Columbus – 21 min
• Port Columbus International Airport – 17 min

 

Why Yoga is for Everyone

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Jessie Seldal started dancing at age 3. Nine years later she started cross training in yoga and it wasn’t long before the Redondo Beach, California native was hooked.

“It just makes you feel good in every possible way,” she says. “You never stop learning and growing in your practice. It’s always a fresh new day on the mat.”

Yoga also helps build strength, improves flexibility, and instills a sense of grace− on and off the mat, she says.

Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not just an hour of stretching.

“There are many different forms and schools of practice, and I promise there is one that can appeal to everyone based on individual need,” she says.

Another common misconception is that yoga is only for women.

“I know many men are reluctant to try yoga, but I have consistently had men in my classes and they love it,” she says. “They find it challenging and the added flexibility that can be gained in yoga translates well into strength training, sports, running, etc.”

Even if you think yoga isn’t for you, or you’ve tried it but didn’t like it, Jessie encourages you to attend one of her classes at The Gramercy New Albany.

“Give me a chance to change your mind,” she says. “You never know. Yoga could change your life. It changed mine and continues to shape my world today.”

Jessie teaches Vinyasa Yoga at The Gramercy on Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. She also co-teaches Spin Yoga at The Gramercy on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Both classes are offered by Fitness in the City, a company committed to supporting local professionals and businesses that make fitness a lifestyle. To register for a class, visit http://bit.ly/GramercyFitnessRegistration.

VeloScience Bike Works Encourages Cycling While Giving Back to the Community

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Several years ago, Geoff Clark was urged by a friend to open a bike shop in New Albany. At the time, he hadn’t even considered opening his own business, let alone moving back to the Midwest from New Jersey.

But early last summer, Geoff was asked to consult with The New Albany Company about attracting a bike shop to the area. After spending a few days visiting Columbus bike shops, going on group rides, and talking to local riders about the cycling scene, it became clear that Geoff’s own ideas and vision aligned with The New Albany Company’s. Suddenly the idea of opening his own bike shop didn’t seem so crazy. This time when he was asked, he agreed.

Geoff said, “Within a few days, I had a business plan put together, and financing fell into place.” Despite a few hurdles along the way, VeloScience Bike Works officially opened for business in November of 2012.

Cycling in New Albany
Geoff considers New Albany to be an ideal location for cyclists. He said, “We have a great variety of terrain here–flat, rolling hills, some really steep climbs if you go east a few miles. There is very little traffic outside the town, and the roads are in great condition. We have a nice network of bike trails in town and nearby, and since Highway 161 was built, the old State 161 roadway makes a terrific conduit to safely ride out into the countryside, away from traffic and congestion. Additionally, it’s easy to get to New Albany from other parts of the city, and there is plenty of free parking around town, so many of the local cycling clubs start their group rides here. The Starbucks in Market Square – right next to the VeloScience storefront – has long been the meeting place for group rides.”

Those elements made it an easy decision for Geoff to make the move and open his own bike shop. He said, “I think we’ve done a great job of creating a fun, warm, engaging environment that gets people excited about cycling. Whether you ride just to the farmers market or ice cream shop, or you race professionally, you do it because it’s fun. That’s what it’s all about. We’ve stocked the store with products that we trust, that we know will enhance your riding experience, and help you have more fun.”

[As the weather warms up, Geoff hopes to host a weekly ride from The Gramercy New Albany. Stay tuned for more info, or visit thecyclingclub.org to learn about other group rides.]

[The Gramercy New Albany Ambassadors Visit VeloScience Bike Works]

Giving Back
When it comes to philanthropy, Geoff’s philosophy is simple: “If you’re able to help others, why not?”

After talking with Pelotonia Founder Tom Lennox, Geoff realized that many bike shops were benefitting from Pelotonia, but Pelotonia wasn’t benefitting from them in return. That inspired Geoff to create an incentive for riders that would also directly impact the goal of raising funds for cancer research. Through their new program, 15% of every dollar spent at VeloScience by registered Pelotonia riders is contributed directly to their Pelotonia fundraising accounts.

In addition to supporting cancer research, VeloScience is also giving back to children in the community. When Geoff’s friend Mac Macdonald purchased a bike for his 9-year-old daughter, Sophia, she wanted to give her old bike to another little girl. Geoff said, “That’s a pretty impressive frame of mind for a 9-year-old to have. She’s a terrific kid with great instincts who has learned early the rewards of helping others.”

Mac brought Sophia’s old bike into VeloScience, where Geoff cleaned it up and restored it to perfect condition. He said, “Since it was winter and I had lots of extra time, we decided to expand this into a bigger program.” After collecting and restoring used bikes, the first batch was delivered to children at Parson’s Elementary in January. Geoff was amazed by the response. He said, “We plan to keep Sophia’s ReCycling going year-round. The city of New Albany has allowed us to use a vacant office building for storage, so we have a place to stash bikes while they are waiting on parts. And we’ve made a great connection with a church in Delaware County that is collecting bikes on our behalf. So far we have donated 28 bikes, and there is a steady stream of bikes coming in. We hope to expand the program into the middle schools on the south side, too.”

[If you have a bike to donate to Sophia’s ReCycle, please drop it off at VeloScience Bike Works (map) or call (614) 855-9590 to arrange for pick-up.]

Hospitality 101: Ginger & Birch’s Guide to Hosting an Outdoor Party

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[Content by Ginger & Birch | Images by Lily Glass]

Hosting comes naturally to some. To others, that balance of creating an enjoyable evening for friends while enjoying the evening yourself is a struggle. I have a couple tips help you attempt both!

1. SIZE: Think about the size of space you will have. Fill it, but don’t over fill it. Keep your group manageable.

• Cost: You want to treat your guests well without over extending yourself financially.
• Time: Consider how much time you want to visit with each guest.
• Preparation: What can you realistically manage preparing for number of people invited?

2. MUSIC: Hosting a brunch for your girlfriends will require a much different playlist than a paella party in the back yard. It’s important to create an experience using all senses.

3. FOOD ( + food allergies ): Food allergies are becoming more widely accepted. If restaurants are adjusting, so should a good host. If you don’t already know, reach out to your guests individually. Be prepared to create a meal that is appropriate for all types of allergies.

4. ENVIRONMENT: Are you hoping for easy conversation? An easy barbecue and eating under the open sky might be your best option. If you are inviting a mixed group and hoping for new relationships to be made, consider hors d’oeuvres and drinks in different rooms, forcing people to walk around.

5. PLAN: Good planning relieves stress. What can be made ahead of time, the day before up to the hour before. Cleaning the house ahead of time and pulling out your dishes the night before can help avoid last minute stress.

*Bonus // If your guests offer to bring something, graciously accept. A good host can do it all, but a gracious host invites people to be a part of the experience.

{ Recreate this Grilled Paella Party }

1. SIZE: This recipe feeds six, invite accordingly

Cost varies based on cost of seafood, but plan for around $60.

TIME: prep time 20 minutes / cook time 35 minutes
Preparation: All ingredients can be measured and chopped ahead of time.
Set each ingredient in a different bowl so it’s easy to pour.

2. MUSIC: Think hot summer, Motown or even something with a spanish feel to go along with the dish.

3. FOOD: Make sure guests don’t have a seafood allergy, you can always switch out seafood for chicken or veggies (recipe here).

4. ENVIRONMENT: This party is best in the backyard around the grill. The cook can easily participate in conversation while manning the grill, drink in hand.

5. PLAN: Shop, clean and pull dishes the night before. You will only need to set aside time to prepare ingredients the day of.

6. ENJOY! Enjoy your company, the weather and the amazing food you’ve prepared!

Ginger & Birch is a collaboration between Aaron & Ashley Wilcox. By day, Aaron is a surgery resident and Ashley is a graphic designer. They share a love for hosting people in their home and cooking good food. They believe sharing meals creates authentic community and gives a chance for real conversation to be had.

Fitness in the City is “Thinking Green” This Spring

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Here at Fitness in the City, we’ve been “thinking green” all month, from creating St. Patrick’s Day juice recipes to incorporating more green leafy vegetables into our every day diet. As March comes to an end, we’re looking forward to the unveiling of Spring’s green buds. Spring has a way of rejuvenating energy levels, and now is the perfect time to focus on a healthy diet.

Clean eating (fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and lean meats) provides a great natural energy boost. Every day we are met with an array of “energy” options such as sodas, highly caffeinated drinks and monster energy drinks that contain chemicals, preservatives and unnatural ingredients that wreak havoc on our bodies. Clean eating breaks foods down in order to properly fuel your body with natural sugars, giving you more energy to work out and carrying you through to the finish line of each and every day.

Clean eating also promotes healthier skin and appearance due to increased hydration. Drinking water eliminates toxins from your body immediately, thereby rejuvenating your hair, skin and body. Those same toxins contribute to sluggish feelings, and eliminating them will give you an added energy boost.

Fitness in the City’s Cameron Walker challenged herself to a 21 day clean diet, and she experienced firsthand the benefits of an energized, clean eating lifestyle. She said, “There was a remarkable change in my overall appearance, energy and productivity. I felt more focused and alive. Even though spring has not quite sprung, I got an early start on my own rebirth.”

Don’t just take our word for it. Share your clean eating experience with us. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you’re thinking green.

 

Written by: Fitness in the City

Besa’s Volunteer Portal Connects Kaufman Residents with Volunteer Opportunities

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We’re thrilled to announce that the Kaufman Development Volunteer Portal has officially launched on the Besa website.

Besa is a social welfare platform that makes philanthropy more accessible to the Columbus community by connecting users with local nonprofits that align with their interests.

The Kaufman Volunteer Portal provides access to a dedicated page on the Besa website, where Kaufman residents, staff and friends can sign up for exclusive volunteer opportunities, monitor dollars raised, and track hours volunteered through Kaufman initiatives.

Besa’s Executive Director, Matthew Goldstein, said, “Kaufman Development has established itself as an industry leader in creating residential communities. I am constantly inspired by the opportunities offered to Kaufman community residents to engage in the community at large, and the Kaufman volunteer portal represents just such an opportunity. By means of the portal, Kaufman residents will be uniquely positioned to address issues of social welfare in Columbus, and I personally am looking forward to assisting all able and willing residents in pursuit of the Kaufman motto of ‘Inspired Living’.”

We’re very excited to be working with Matthew and the entire Besa team, and we see the ability to connect our residents with deserving organizations in the central Ohio area as win for everyone involved. This is a tremendous opportunity for our residents and employees to join together and make a difference in the Columbus community.

In the words of Reika Oda, Kaufman Community Ambassador, “Besa couldn’t be a better match for our passion for philanthropy, and I’m excited for our residents to be a part of the volunteer revolution. It’s going to help connect our residents to great new possibilities, help users track hours and organize their volunteer profile, and spread more awareness about the charities in need. It’s a great way to get connected and involved.”

We’re excited to give back and create positive change in our community, and we hope you’ll join us by visiting givebesa.org/kaufman.

600 Goodale — What’s in the Neighborhood

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Our newest apartment community keeps residents connected to some of our favorite Columbus areas. Nestled between the Arena District, Grandview, Upper Arlington and Downtown, 600 Goodale aims to redefine “urban living” by balancing proximity with tranquility.

Situated just steps outside of several vibrant downtown neighborhoods, 600 Goodale’s convenient location is ideal for work or play. Check out some of our favorites, below:

Favorite Spots

• (a) Arena Grand Movie Theatre – 2 min
• Goodale Park – 5 min
• (b) Huntington Park – 2 min
• (c) North Market – 3 min
Olentangy River Bike Trail
• Wheeler Dog Park – 3 min

Focal Points
• (d) Greater Columbus Convention Center – 5 min
• Lennox Town Center – 6 min
• (e) Nationwide Arena – 2 min
• Ohio Stadium – 6 min
(f) The LC Pavilion – 2 min

Comforts & Conveniences
• Ace Hardware – 4 min
• Giant Eagle – 4 min
• Kroger – 6 min
• Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – 4 min
• US Post Office – 2 min

Area Corporations
• (g) American Electric Power – 5 min
• Battelle – 4 min
• Columbia Gas– 7 min
• (h) Ohio State University Medical Center Eye and Ear Institute – 1 min
• (i) The Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center– 3 min
• (j) Time Warner Cable – 1 min

Columbus Area
• Arena District – 3 min
• Downtown Columbus – 7 min
• Grandview – 4 min
• Port Columbus International Airport – 13 min
• Short North – 5 min
• The Ohio State University – 6 min
• Upper Arlington – 9 min

We believe that a true community is connected by much more than just its sidewalks. It’s about a set of shared interests and beliefs that form the foundation, inspire programs, and fuel conversation. We can’t wait to see this community to come to life.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Inspires The Gramercy’s Community Garden Plans

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This past August our team visited the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to gather ideas and inspiration for our own community garden at The Gramercy. We met with Bill Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory’s Growing to Green Coordinator, who gave us great insight based on his experience assisting with more than 200 community gardens in the central Ohio area. Bill specializes in providing advice, resources and education to local community gardens through classes and site visits.

OUR INSPIRATION: FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY’S COMMUNITY GARDEN CAMPUS

Bill guided our tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens community garden, which has 40 plots that are rented out to area residents, organizations, individuals and families. The community garden is part of the nearly five-acre Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, which grows about 4,000 pounds of produce each year.

In Bill’s words, “everything is very clean and green.” The garden’s plots are wood-framed with untreated lumber, and the garden incorporates other sustainable features including permeable pavement, rain barrels and a rain garden.

In addition to focusing on sustainability, the Community Garden Campus also aims to help the community. Bill asks participants to donate produce from their plots to area food pantries or people in need. He said, “They enjoy doing it. Some people purposely plant an extra row of vegetables. We ourselves donate about 2,400 pounds, and our community garden participants top that off with their contributions.”

Reika Oda, a Community Ambassador for The Gramercy was especially inspired by our visit. “After walking through the community garden with Bill Dawson, I was inspired by the community that was created out of such pride and care for gardening,” she said. “I read the clever names on the hand-made signs of each plot and had a strong desire to be a part of such a fun community.”

Bill Dawson explained, “We wanted to develop this area for the community, by the community, with the community. We spent time talking with the community and neighbors about what they wanted to see. It’s a place for people to mill around, attend classes and events, or sit in the garden and just enjoy it.”

OUR PLANS: THE GRAMERCY’S COMMUNITY GARDEN

Bill was able to provide great insight as we began planning our own community garden. He emphasized the importance of getting organized and developing a sustainability plan before putting a shovel in the ground.

“You don’t want to go in and just start planting. Talk to the neighbors first. Ask what people want,” Bill Advised. “Don’t build the garden and hope they’ll come; plan it with the community at large and think about who could be involved.”

Bill’s advice for creating a brand new community garden has been invaluable as we create our own plans for The Gramercy New Albany’s community garden. Construction is underway, and will be completed this spring.

Our team is enthusiastic about this new venture. Reika said, “I can’t wait to pick our first produce of the season and grill our handpicked veggies by the pool.”

We’re excited to further promote healthy living and sustainability at The Gramercy, and can’t wait to come together with our residents to grow our own produce and herbs.