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Insider tips for visiting Ohio's herb capital.
In just a number of days, Gahanna will celebrate its Herb Capital of Ohio status in a BIG way! (Actually, several big ways.) Visit Gahanna will celebrate the inaugural Herb’n Restaurant Week (showcasing herb-infused culinary goodness at several Gahanna restaurants), and the city of Gahanna will host Herb Day on Sat., May 13.
On that day, we celebrate all-things-herbal. The City of Gahanna’s Department of Parks & Recreation programs nearly 24-hours of events starting with “An Herbal Affair” Food & Cocktail Event (7-9 pm Fri., May 12) and fills Sat. May 13 with free workshops, cooking demos, classes, herbal walks, vendors and 4,000 plants available for purchase … all in the city’s beautiful Creekside District. The free event draws visitors, gardeners, culinary enthusiasts and families from near and far.
This year, Visit Gahanna will take part in the festivities in several ways. We’ll be
hosting a cooking demonstration with Chef Michael Bell of Barrel & Boar at 11 am at Creekside Plaza. Additionally, we’ll be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the City’s Herb Capital status by doing a “meet-and-greet” with several of our Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail partners. (The Herbal Trail is a collaborative effort that showcases culinary and shopping venues, herb gardens and trails, eco-learning options and health/wellness points of interest.)
Plan to stop by our Herbal Trail Partner Booth (at Creekside Plaza) to meet these partners, learn more about their offers (and enjoy some samples or gifts):
10-11 am K’s Kernels. Find out what’s poppin’ at Gahanna’s newest Herbal Trail retail partner … K’s Kernels. Owner Karen will be on hand, sharing samples of some of her popular herb-inspired popcorns (like Cilantro Lime) AND giving out discount coupons to redeem at her shop (good on the purchase of ANY flavor)!
11 am – 12 noon 101 Beer Kitchen. The 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna team will offer samples of their (non-alcoholic version) popular Lavender Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail – made fresh daily with lavender, fresh lemon juice, blueberries & vanilla beans. Ask about 101 Beer Kitchen’s other Herbal Cocktail Trail offering!
12-1 pm Honey Grove Botanicals. Learn about the magic-like healing powers of calendula and pick up a sample of HGB’s Calendula-To-Go … a handy little version of their best selling Calendula Salve. It's great for scrapes, scratches, bug bites, minor cuts and burns, sun burn, wind burn, irritated cuticles, rough feet and elbows, dry chapped skin, and lips. Safe for kids, and even on dogs for similar afflictions.
1-2 pm Wyandotte Winery. The Wyandotte Winery team will be on hand, offering samples of their famous wine cakes—including the Venetian —which incorporates fresh rosemary. Ask about tours of the winery, Hump Day Happy Hours, Food Truck Fridays and other special events!
2-3 pm Thrive Massage & Wellness. Stop in and meet the Thrive Tribe and get a free chair massage, pick up a free lavender sachet and enter to win a full year of bliss!
3-4 pm Healthy Day Nutrition. Meet the folks behind one of Gahanna’s newest businesses. Healthy Day offers healthy meal replacement smoothies, supplements and help with weight loss. They will be sharing samples of protein bars and tea samples. Pick up your free smoothie card, while they last!
To learn more, call 614/418.9114, search VisitGahanna.com or get Herb Day details.
Q: When did you start your photography business?
My photography journey began back in 2005 when I start working for a local camera store in Gahanna. In 2006 I started freelance photography for the local newspaper. Over the years it’s evolved into obtaining a bachelors degree in photojournalism, working at a few newspapers in the Midwest and South, all while photographing weddings and portraits on the side. In 2012, I decided to make wedding and portrait photography my main focus and officially formed Muschlitz Photography LLC.
I fell in love with how my camera and my passion for people would allow me to connect with those I photographed. But instead of just photographing someone once for a news story, Muschlitz Photography has allowed me to stay in touch with my clients, continuing to capture their story as their families grow and lives change. Its been such an honor to capture their journeys!
Q: What kinds of photography do you specialize in?
At Muschlitz Photography we’re there for all of life’s milestones and everything in between. From weddings to babies, families to pets, and even your business head-shots, we’re there to capture it for all time. We specialize in helping you wrap yourself in life’s little moments, so that you can relive them every time you look at the photographs.
Q: What do you think sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
When it comes to weddings, we specialize in helping couples enjoy less time posing and more time celebrating on their big day. Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, but it passes by in the blink of an eye.
We believe that you deserve more time to wrap yourself in all the moments and happiness of your wedding day. We’ll capture the big beautiful moments that you’d expect, and the little moments and embraces happening around you as well. We’ve perfected our processes and work closely with every couple to help put together a timeline that will get you back to the party sooner and maximize your time with your loved ones.
Wedding planning can be overwhelming, so I love being able to assist couples in building a timeline so they get an idea of just how long different logistics will take, as well as helping to take the guesswork out of the family portrait list to make sure we don’t miss anyone. Having a plan for the day not only helps a wedding go smoothly, but it helps couples to relax on their wedding day and makes for better photographs.
Q: What are some of your favorite spots for taking portrait photos in Gahanna?
With its winding paths, creek views, and beautiful architecture in the plaza, Creekside Park and Plaza is a popular choice for portraits many in the Gahanna area. While beautiful and a great location for photographs, I also love visiting the other local parks in the area too. A couple of my favorites are Hannah Park and Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve. Hannah Park is absolutely gorgeous in the fall with leaves changing and offers a lot of great backdrop options including a beautiful shelter house that looks like a barn. Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve is another favorite location – the tall grasses and wildflowers there give the park a look that you won’t easily find other places. Friendship Park and the Gahanna Historical Society section of town are also very unique for those who want to feature some of Gahanna’s history.
Q: What advice would you offer to brides who are selecting a wedding photographer?
With something as big your wedding day, it’s important to find someone you can trust and who cares about you, your day, and your images as much as you do. You only have one chance to capture your wedding day and to have it captured how you want it. The secret is to work with someone that is a perfect fit for you. After the wedding, you should be thrilled with both your images and your experience!
There are 3 things you should pay close attention to when selecting a wedding photographer:
1) Photographic Style of Wedding Photography
When choosing your photographer, make sure that you love their photographic style. These are images that you are going to be looking at for the rest of your lives and for generations to come. Before you make a decision, look at a photographer’s work and understand their shooting style. Make sure that their style is exactly what you’re looking for, because those are the types of images that you can expect to receive.
2) Trust a Professional Wedding Photographer
Choose someone that you trust wholeheartedly and who is a professional. Your wedding day is a one-time event. There are no re-shoots. With an event as important and as sacred as a wedding, you should trust someone who has extensive experience in wedding photography and a proven track record of success. Weddings require a lot more thought and planning and a true pro will be able to:
3) Select a Photographer You Know You’ll Love Being Around
This is one of the most important tips. When selecting a photographer, you should make sure that it’s someone you and your fiancé get along well with and enjoy being around. Wedding photographers spend the majority of your wedding day with you and is also one of the few vendors that you’ll be in contact with after your wedding day to receive your wedding photos or albums. The entire photo experience should be a positive one from start to finish, so you might as well work with someone you like!
After the party is over, and the wedding guests have left, your wedding photos are one of the few things you’ll have to look back on to remember your day. You should LOVE your wedding photos. I want you to be ecstatic about them! The secret to wedding photography that you will LOVE begins with choosing a photographer who is a perfect fit for you.
Q: You are part of Visit Gahanna’s VIP Wedding Vendor List. What do you offer couples who mention the “Visit Gahanna” promo code?
Any couples who book their wedding photography services and mention the “Visit Gahanna” promo code, will receive a 16″x 20″ Metal Print of their favorite wedding photo! ($475 Value). These are beautiful metal prints with a thin acrylic coating that gives them a glossy finish. They are the perfect keepsake from your wedding day and are great to display in the hall or above the couch.
Q: What social media platforms can people find you on?
To learn more about what Gahanna, Ohio offers for weddings and event planners, visit the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau website. or call 614/418-9114. Be sure to request your copy of the Gahanna, Ohio VIP Wedding Vendor List.
Visit Gahanna (Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau) sent Emily, our Communications Assistant, out to investigate Thrive Massage and Wellness, a new local business. She returned later that afternoon looking relaxed, feeling rested, smelling of floral notes and causing the rest of us to immediately go book appointments. (“I’ll have what she’s having.”) As one of the most recent additions to Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, Thrive offers Amita Herbal Body Wraps, Lavender Sugar Scrubs, Body Creams and Bath Salts. (Pssst… mention this post and pay only the disounted member rate for your first experience.) Here’s Emily’s account of her first (“but definitely not the last”) visit to Thrive …
Take care of yourself: the most challenging piece of advice I’ve ever been given. In today’s 24/7 world, it’s hard to find time to take even a 5 minute break, let alone time to take care of your body. In days filled with stressful meetings, rush hour traffic, and questionable food (I’m looking at you, Chicken Chalupa), personal wellness seems more like fantasy than reality—because let’s be honest, at the end of a long day, the last thing any of us want to do is go to the gym.
This was the mindset I had when I first walked into Thrive Massage & Wellness to interview Susan Reiser, CEO. Of course, I had read about Thrive’s Sunlighten® saunas prior to our discussion, but I hadn’t fully understood how it worked. She explained their saunas offer full spectrum infrared heat to warm up your body’s core to a cellular level, which both detoxifies and stimulates metabolic activity.
If that confuses you like it did me, think about it this way: when you are sick, your body reacts by going into a fever condition. The fever causes a hotter body, which kills unwanted intruders and stimulates the release of toxins, helping you to feel better faster. Essentially, these saunas are recreating the same condition by raising your core body temperature, making you feel better from the inside-out.
Intrigued, I listened more to what Susan had to share, until she stopped to ask, “Want to give it a try?” (Cue flashbacks to the gym that I joined a while back, and the awkward experiences with fellow gym-goers who were a little too free in the steam sauna, if you know what I mean.) Understandably, I was a little nervous. Yet, I had been struggling with a cough and cold for most of the week, so perhaps this was just what I needed!
This is Not Your Average Sauna
I slipped into my spa ensemble (white robe and flip flops) and headed back out to my personal, pre-heated sauna—no uncomfortable gym experiences here. As I stepped into the wood-lined room, Susan showed me the settings on the wall.
She had selected Detoxification as my program, though there were several more to choose from, including Cardio, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Weight-loss, Skin Health, as well as a Custom option. She showed me the stereo system in the sauna, which could be adjusted to suit my own musical tastes (there was even smooth jazz—my favorite!), as well as the unique lights that utilize chromotherapy.
Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies, balancing the 7 color spectrum that our bodies need to live.
Susan set my color to “Strong Blue,” a color that lubricates joints and articulations, addresses infections, stress and nervous tension. Moments later, I was ready to melt away into blissfulness.
The screen in my sauna displayed a countdown clock, informing me how much time I had left in my session. It read, “37 minutes,” and I began to worry. Am I going to be able to sit here that long? I usually only last 10 minutes in the steam sauna at the gym! A few minutes later, I realized I had nothing to worry about. After all, this was not your average sauna.
I was the epitome of coziness as I leaned up against the black, mesh-covered heaters. I hardly noticed that the temperature had risen to a balmy 132 degrees. 25 minutes into my session, I finally began to feel sweat beading up across my forehead and my body. I looked again at the clock. I had 12 minutes left to enjoy the relaxation in my own little paradise and that was exactly what I intended to do. I rested my head back against the nook of the corner, and restfully shut my eyes.
A Massage that Fixed Problems I Never Knew I Had
Following my sauna, I met with Tammy Brady, my massage therapist for the afternoon. Before getting started, she asked whether I had any areas that were causing me trouble. Moments later, after a few more questions and a brief description of her style, we got started.
Tammy skillfully worked from head to toe, deftly finding knots and pains and alleviating any remaining tightness. The sauna, which had warmed and relaxed all of my muscles and joints, had perfectly primed me for this massage. I was completely “zenned-out.” I may have even dosed off once or twice. Because my muscles were so well heated, Tammy was able to work more deeply into the tissue, reaching and relieving tension I didn’t even know I had.
I didn’t want my time at Thrive Massage & Wellness to end, but reality awaited me. As I headed back into the locker room to freshen up, I felt more than just relaxed—I felt centered, balanced, and calm. My time both in the sauna and on the massage table had given a feeling that I hadn’t had in a long time: renewal.
As I headed out into the lobby, I reminded myself of the piece of advice I’d frequently been given: take care of yourself. At Thrive, I was able to do just that. My trip was certainly more than just a spa treatment; it was a step towards finally living a healthy life—without the crowded gym workout or scaring locker room experiences. I had done something that was beneficial for my personal wellness, and it felt sooo good. So the next time that I realize I’m not taking care of myself the way I should be? You can bet that I’ll be scheduling in Thrive time on my calendar, and I can’t wait to go back.
To learn more about Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, many attractions, restaurants, hotels, parks and events, check out VisitGahanna.com
According to a recent study by StatisticBrain.com, the TOP 2017 New Year's resolution (for those who do make resolutions) is: Lose Weight/Eat Healthier (21.4%). Not really a surprise, huh? What may come as a surprise is just how challenging that goal can be to achieve. There's a new business in Gahanna called Healthy Day Nutrition and owner Liz Long says their team is there to help people meet their health and nutrition goals. We interviewed Liz to learn more ...
Q: Where is your business located? 1022 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna OH 43230
Q: When did Healthy Day open? : We opened in late November of 2016
Q: What inspired you to open Healthy Day? : We wanted Healthy Day to be a place where people could gather for a healthy lunch that everyone could afford and still stick to their health goals. Great nutrition should be available for everyone - no matter their income level or dietary needs.
Q: What is your mission? Our mission is to provide the community with great nutrition that tastes amazing and gets our customers the health results they want - from trying to lose a few pounds to simply gaining more energy during the day.
Q: What are your most popular menu items? Why? (What's your personal favorite?) Our most popular menu items are absolutely our healthy protein smoothies! They taste great and are all under 250 calories, which makes them a hit with customers trying to get in the best shape of their lives. I love our Butter Pecan smoothie, but French Toast is also a top flavor for me.
Q: What other services/products do you offer? Our smoothies come in over 60 flavors and we have a wide range of herbal supplements for men, women, & children. We also offer free wellness evaluations to our customers where they can track their health goals at no additional cost. We have a fun, positive environment here where you can enjoy a healthy meal-replacement and build relationships with our health coaches.
Q: What social media platforms can people find you on? You can follow us on Facebook at @healthydaynutrition
To learn more about Gahanna, Ohio businesses, visit the Visit & Explore, Shop & Discover and Dine & Drink sections of www.VisitGahanna.com
Tucked into a scenic corner of Gahanna's Creekside Plaza is Somedays Bistro and Wine Bar (formerly The Wine Guy). In the short time that new owner Mike Schaefer has been at the helm, there have been some major changes in the menu, wine list and the addition of some new events (including a special New Year's Eve dinner coming up this week). We interviewed Mike to learn more ... Q: What’s the history of Somedays and when did it open?
Somedays Bistro, formerly The Wine Guy, was opened under its new name in February, 2016. Many staff from the former ownership were retained under the new name. It’s a great place to hang out for both patrons and employees! Q: What inspired you to buy the bistro?
I have been in the food industry for more than 20 years and my father owned and operated a Wine shop for 30 years, so it was a natural transition for me to operate a Wine Bistro. I always thought of owning my own place “Someday” and this opportunity came along at the right time. Q: What sets Somedays apart from the competition?
We specialize in great tastes that you can’t find at a chain type restaurant and we look for tastes from all over the world, and these tastes include food, wine and craft beers. Q: What are your most popular menu items?
On the dinner menu: The Ribeye steak, Scallop Dishes and we have quite a reputation for our Risotto. On the Lunch menu: of all our sandwiches the “Envious Mother Clucker” is by far our most popular!
Q: Tell us about your wine selection?
We offer over a thousand different varieties of wine from all corners of the world and specialize in wines that you can’t find everywhere. Q: What are some of your best wine suggestions for holiday gift giving?
The US population trends towards Cabernet, Riesling and Chardonnay. We can help you select the perfect gift!
Q: Any special events coming up? Every third Wednesday is our wine tasting event. For New Year's Eve, we have a special 4-course dinner planned. Reservations may be made by calling us. Additional information is available on our Facebook page.
Q: What would you like people to know about Somedays Bistro and Wine Bar?
We are a place where people can come and escape the hustle and bustle of the world, where the emphasis is on providing world-class service with tastes you can’t get at home, but with a staff that makes you feel as comfortable as if you were at home. Q: What social media platforms can people find you on?
Facebook: @SomedaysBistroandWineBar and Twitter: @somedaysbistro
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