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Sandra Gurvis & Mitch Geiser - 111 Places in Columbus That You Must Not Mis

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631 South 3rd Street

Columbus, OH 43206

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-The ultimate insider's guide to Columbus

-Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides

-Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 250 titles and 1.5 million copies in print worldwide

-Appeals to both the local market (2 million people call Columbus home) and the tourist market (219 million visits to Ohio every year!)

-Fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs

From 'Cowtown' to the biggest town in Ohio, Columbus has always been an incubator for new ideas and products. There's always something to do and something for everyone, whether attending one of the many professional and amateur sporting events; experiencing fine dining or experimenting with exotic cuisine; or participating in the city's vivid, nonstop arts and cultural scene. A hidden gem that stands on its own, Columbus keeps people coming back for more.

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Sandra Gurvis, the author of 17 commercially published books and hundreds of magazine articles, is a native of Ohio and (almost) lifelong resident of Columbus. Although many of her titles center around Ohio and Columbus, she is currently working on a memoir /guidebook, Life During Wartime: Lessons From My Son’s Addiction.

Mitch Geiser is a professional barber and also the founder of @ColumbusVisuals, an Instagram group for any and all local photographers. A Columbus native, he lives in the city with his wife Bizzie and their daughter K. O. He enjoys finding beauty in everyday life and then taking its picture.

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Columbus, Ohio: A new guidebook looks deep into the heart of Columbus, Ohio to share its hidden places and secret stories.

Author Sandra Gurvis searched down every street and around every corner to find the most unique and little known places for her new guidebook, 111 Places in Columbus That You Must Not Miss. Combined with the vivid photography of Mitch Geiser, this book opens up the city for exploration on an entirely new level.

“Many of these places were hiding in plain sight,” Gurvis says. “I was happy to share places I already knew, but I also discovered so many new places and learned about the shops, artworks, buildings, and restaurants I’ve passed by for years.”

This guidebook is part of the 111 Places Guidebook Series for locals and experienced travelers. It invites long-term residents, newcomers, and visitors to go explore the world right outside their front door.

Columbus is a center for arts and culture, and 111 Places in Columbus That You Must Not Miss covers the diversity throughout the city. The King Arts Complex, which promotes the creative contributions of African-Americans through cultural, performing, and educational programming, greets visitors with a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – made entirely of gumballs. The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum presents the armed services from the perspectives of the veterans themselves, rather than the battles they fought. All visitors are welcome at the Abubakar Asiddiq Islamic Center to learn about the culture and the religion on a personal level. The world’s oldest legal profession is on display at the National Barber Museum.

“I’ve been taking photos of Columbus for a long time,” says Geiser, who is also a barber at Longview Barber Shop, which is featured in the guidebook and has been in business for over 100 years. “It was a great challenge to tell the visual stories of 111 unique places.”

Families will enjoy tracking down fun and unusual animals around town. Orton Hall is the oldest building on the Ohio State University campus. It is also home to a geological museum and Jeff, the skeleton of a seven-foot-tall, giant ground sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) found in Ohio and named after Thomas Jefferson. Pete the stuffed pigeon rests high up in the Statehouse atrium, a nod to the pigeons that pooped on passersby before the atrium was built in 1993. The unlikely friendship between cheetahs and their companion dogs is fostered every day at the innovative Columbus Zoo. Hoover Reservoir is a paradise for bird watching, including bald eagle sightings.

Other Columbus gems include Auddino’s Italian Bakery, providing flavorful traditional breads and sweets to the Columbus area for multiple generations. Anthony-Thomas Chocolates makes creamy, smooth buckeyes, Ohio’s favorite peanut butter and chocolate confections. Columbus Architectural Salvage is where decorative treasures are put to new uses. The oldest dwelling structure and the highest restroom in the city are also featured in the guidebook.

“Columbus has a mix of life-long locals and people who move here for the government or other kinds of jobs, or to study,” says Gurvis. “So everyone who looks a little deeper into the city itself will find that it offers a tremendous amount history, culture, art, nature, and fantastic food.”

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