• May   |  2018

    Columbus Bookstores Have Independent Spirit

    A new wave of small, idiosyncratic bookstores have popped up in Columbus over the past two years. Here’s how these literary holdouts have survived amid retail volatility—and what other businesses can learn from their comeback story.

    What’s in a book? More than just words, it seems. Despite generational differences, corporatization, e-commerce and e-readers, a devoted populace seems unable to abandon the ritual of turning physical pages and browsing rows of spines, just as they’ve done since the first pages rolled off Gutenberg’s printing press nearly 600 years ago. And those shoppers don’t congregate just anywhere. They crave curated merchandise, lovingly-brewed coffee, cozy reading spots—in other words, independent bookstores, the comeback kids of the publishing industry.

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  • June 27   |  2017

    Cafe, bar and bookstore coming to Parsons Avenue

    Cafe, bar and bookstore coming to Parsons Avenue
    A Columbus independent book publisher is bringing a bookstore, cafe and bar to south Columbus.

    Two Dollar Radio expects to open at 1124 Parsons Ave. this September, according to information from NAI Ohio Equities, which has been marketing the space.

    The 3,700-square-foot space gives the business not just room for its own inventory but also space for the public, which will include a cafe serving locally roasted coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, cocktails and Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. beer.

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  • July 3  |  2012

    Jim Havens Talks About Law School

  • April 24  |  2013

    Capital University Honors Havens

  • September 11   |  2013 

    Pizzuti Plans to Build in Creekside

    Pizzuti Cos. plans to build a mid-sized bulk industrial project in its Obetz industrial park with one-third of the distribution center filled.

    The development firm expects to get started on its 253,664-square-foot, CreekSide XI project at the CreekSide Industrial Center in a few weeks with CreekSide X tenant CME Wire and Cable as a 85,616-square-foot tenant.

    The Class A property will seek additional tenants in the 50,000 to 100,000 square feet range to fill the remaining 168,000 square feet.

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  • July 31   |  2013 

    Pizzuti Wins Memorial Hospital Contract

    Pizzuti Cos. has landed the contract to develop a $7.5 million, 35,000-square-foot medical office building in Marysville for Memorial Hospital of Union County.

    Columbus-based Pizzuti has entered into a contract to purchase a 4-acre parcel overlooking Route 33 at the Route 36 interchange and expects its construction division to start building the facility in early September. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2014.

    Pizzuti Executive Vice President Jim Miller told me the developer worked with the hospital to locate a site offering the best accessibility to the hospital’s service area.

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  • August 22   |  2013 

    The Joseph/Short North Project Draws Le Meridien

    The Short North’s established art scene proved key when Starwood Hotels and Resorts agreed to hoist its Le Méridien flag over The Joseph hotel under construction at 618 N. High St.

    That’s the word from Serge Rivera, the Starwood co-president of the Americas who spoke on behalf of the luxury brand Thursday morning at a formal shovel-and-dirt ceremony with various elected officials and those representing developer Pizzuti Cos.

    Rivera said installations featuring pieces from developer Ron Pizzuti’s personal collection of contemporary art, plus the high-end cuisine planned for the 135-room property, speaks to Le Méridien as a cultural “lifestyle brand.”

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  • August 3  |  2012

    Ravines at Westar Planned for Westerville

    Two developers are aiming to build 520 apartments on 54 acres in Westerville as the suburban city seeks to provide more rental housing for young workers and empty-nester adults.

    Tim Spencer of Trivium Development LLC and Polaris Centers of Commerce master developer NP Ltd. hope to jointly develop the Ravines at Westar apartment complex. They’re shooting to get a preliminary development plan through the Westerville Planning Commission by early fall.

    The city in 2008 granted NP approval on a preliminary plan for a 99-acre mixed-use development. That plan allows up to 250 apartments on about 26 acres south of Polaris Parkway. Trivium wants similar density and development standards on 28 acres it has in contract south of NP’s tract to County Line Road.

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