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Live to Shine

One of the first things you’ll notice in Columbus is the thriving, progressive, welcoming spirit of our residents. No matter where you come from, there is a place for you here. The Live to Shine itinerary is a guide that celebrates the city’s diversity and is inspired by these local influencers:

Check out this curated list of some of Gabby and Pastel's favorite minority-owned businesses in Columbus.  

Black Owned Businesses

Try the mouth-watering and plant-based dishes at WillowBeez SoulVeg in the North Market, or head to Columbus’s newest foodie destination, Budd Dairy Food Hall in Italian Village and sample the comfort menu at Modern Southern Table. Some of the city’s best barbecue is at The Pit in Olde Town East. Find unique bohemian apparel and accessories at Chunky Armadillo boutique in the Short North. For a full list of Black-owned businesses in Columbus to support, click here.

LatinX-Owned Businesses

Sip a coffee or smoothie with a sandwich in the art-filled Community Grounds in Olde Town East. Enjoy authentic tacos and burritos at Dos Hermanos at their North Market locations in the Short North and Bridge Park. Sample dishes from all over Latin America with a focus on Colombia and Venzuela at Arepazo Grill in the Brewery District and Gahanna. For a full list of LatinX-owned businesses in Columbus, click here.

LGBTQ-owned businesses

Dine on one of the city’s best patios at Barcelona in  German Village. Shop for unique graphic T-shirts and other art-inspired accessories at Homage at Easton and in the Short North. Find vintage home décor and mid-century furniture and housewares at Flower Child in Italian Village

For a full list of LGBTQ-owned businesses in Columbus, click here.  

Women-Owned Businesses

Enjoy a cocktail while you take a guided art class at paint-and-sip studio Pinot’s Palette in the Short North. Find one-of-a-kind fair trade jewelry, housewares and accessories at

Global Gifts. Taste flavorful and modern comfort food at Sweet Carrot in Grandview.

Stock your home bar with expertly mixed cocktails and unique wine at carryout cocktail bar Law Bird in German Village. For a full list of women-owned businesses in Columbus, click here.

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