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Unbroken Circle

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A surprising-to-some dash of ethnic and cultural diversity has quietly thrived for decades in Columbus thanks in large part to the cross-pollinating predilections of global commerce and globe-trotting Army soldiers.  Established to cater to international visitors coming to Columbus as host site for the softball competition pf the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, CIRCLE (the Commission for International...

The Magic of Plant Medicine

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*Written by Olivia Hight Does anyone remember the movie Simply Irresistible with Sarah Michelle Gellar? It was a favorite of mine back in 1999. The premise is that Gellar’s character is a chef and her customers experience every emotion she has while making the food. She cries while she makes the appetizer—the customers cry while they eat the appetizer. She laughs while preparing the dessert—the...

Art with a View

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Swinging open the doors from the fourth-floor conference room at Troy University-Phenix City Campus onto its expansive adjacent balcony, Vice Chancellor Dr. David White presents what is perhaps the best view of the Columbus riverfront. Instead of the bird’s-eye perspective on gleaming whitewater and impressive edifices for both home and office, however, White points toward an undeveloped lot that...

Healthy Option: Ride on Smoothie and Juice Bar in Columbus, GA

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If you are struggling to find healthy options in Columbus, Georgia- you are not alone! There is a growing community creating healthy places here to enjoy. Tim Synder, owner of Ride on Smoothie and Juice Bar, is one of them. Ride on Smoothie and Juice Bar is located in the heart of Uptown, and attached to one of the hubs for healthy lifestyle, at Ride On Bikes shop. The spot is so cool that...

Hidden Gem

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“We’re the best kept secret in Columbus, Georgia,” Columbus Botanical Garden Development and Marketing Director Danita Gibson Lloyd says, standing on the brick courtyard behind the simple elegance of the 19th century farmhouse housing the nonprofit’s offices and special-event space on a sunny summer afternoon. “And we no longer want to be a secret.” With more than 10,000 visitors annually to the...

Let It Flow

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Supreme Court decision “a step in the right direction” for Columbus and the Chattahoochee River By Frank Etheridge | Photo of henry jackson Asked for response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week in the decades-long “water wars” between Georgia and Florida, Henry Jackson tried to keep it short. However, the Chattahoochee River Conservancy Executive Director writes in an email, “It’s...

Columbus Screams for The Estate

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WRITTEN BY SETH SEYMOUR There have been several underground music venues in Columbus over the years that have catered to an alternative fanbase. Whether you saw hip hop & metal at The Sanctuary, or you were a scene kid at The Core or Gallery 13 back in the day, there has always been a spot you could find fringe music in town. The Estate is the latest bearer of that torch and has far surpassed...

Local Starts Farmers Market to Support Low Income Families

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“Food can bring us together. This much I know. But in our neighborhood and many others like it, there’s an inexcusable divide that needs to be bridged. In the North Highland district near our home, 12,000 residents live in one square mile (compared to an average of 860 in the rest of the city). The percentage of folks below the poverty level is 61%; it’s 16% elsewhere in Georgia. For those...

Brunch in Columbus GA

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Everything you always wanted to know about Brunch in Columbus but were afraid to ask… By Alia Azhar “(Brunch)…it has become a … symbol of our culture’s increasing desire to reject adulthood. It’s about throwing out not only the established schedule but also the social conventions of our parents’ generation. It’s about reveling in the naughtiness of waking up late, having cocktails at...

Royal Treatment

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Royal Treatment Local music-community stalwarts honored as Music Legends by Frank Etheridge “Yeah, it’s pretty damn nice,” Tim O’Brien says of being included in the local class of honorees at the Music Legends Awards.  Humble in tone but brimming with gracious good vibes, as he prepared to close up shop at his American Guitar Boutique on 13th Street in Phenix City and hit the red carpet leading...

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