December 2009


The countdown has begun.  2010 is just two days away and you are STILL trying to decide how to ring in the New Year?  We can help.  Below are some local (Dublin, Ohio) establishments that are offering something special on Thursday, December 31.

Getaway Package Deals:

Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel. (600 Metro Pl. N. Dublin, OH 866/372-5566) The hotel’s family style NYE celebration features a (very) full package including overnight stay (with late check-out), a family dinner buffet, two drink coupons (per adult), New Year’s gear, Children’s activities, movies and games, a DJ and a dance floor and breakfast. $219.95/plus tax (for 2 adults & 2 children).

Columbus Marriott Northwest. (5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 614/791-1000) Plan a romantic NYE getaway for two and take advantage of a VIP package at an economical rate. Enjoy an overnight stay, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, four drink tickets and a breakfast buffet for two for just $179.95/plus tax.

Holiday Inn Express Dublin (5500 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Dublin, OH 614/793-5500) Enjoy a great getaway AND a great rate with this new hotel’s special New Year’s Eve deal–save 50% off best available rates when you mention the “New Year’s Eve Special.”  (Valid 12.31.09 only)

Restaurants:

Digger & Finch Scottish Pub & Grille. (6720 Riverside Dr. Dublin, OH 614/889-8585) Savor dinner specials ranging from Grilled Twin Filet to Seared Ahi Tuna or Broiled Maine Lobster ($21.95-$27.95) that include a champagne toast, party favors and live music by Hat Trick.  Or just come for appetizers ($8 each) from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

La Scala Italian Bistro. (4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. Dublin, OH 614/889-9431) Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with the Eddie Pollina Band. Three-course menu includes Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp Caruso and a toast. $110/per couple.

Mary Kelley’s. ( 7148 Muirfield Dr. Dublin, OH 614/760-7041) NYE special menu features include Prime Rib, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and a pasta dish.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern. (6825 Avery Muirfield Rd. Dublin, OH 614/799-9100) Visit this local favorite spot and enjoy a special menu for NYE … featuring Surf & Turf, Chilean Sea Bass and other options. Then savor a serving of Banana Bread Pudding (with liquid center) for dessert.

NYE on the Cheap:

If you are planning to hunker down at home and watch the ball drop on your new flat screen (from the comfort of your living room), you might want to pick up a pizza to enjoy during the countdown. Here are a couple of local deals:

  • Bridge Street Pizza. ( 16 E. Bridge St. Dublin, OH 614/761-3169) Tucked into a little storefront in Historic Dublin, you might never know this place has the #3 voted pizza in North America. Enjoy a stone baked traditional pizza or a gourmet option like the Chicken Primavera or The Potsy. Holiday deal: two large one-topping pizzas for $18; or one large one-topping (plus 2 cans of pop) for $11.
  • Donato’s Pizza. Multiple locations in Central Ohio)  Who can resist this hometown favorite? Special offer: pick up a regular pizza and enjoy Donato’s  29 cent wings deal … or check their Website for other great online offers.

-Post by Mary

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, there’s still enough time this afternoon. Each of us in the office came up with our favorite stocking stuffer ideas in Dublin, and we’re sharing them with you!

Allison: Java Jan is my new favorite coffee shop in Dublin. Jan, the owner (hence the name), sells sample packets of coffee for only $2.00 – they make an entire pot each. With flavors like Highlander Grog, Vanilla Hazelnut, and Chocolate Raspberry, you’re sure to find something perfect for any coffee lover!

Scott: Jewelry is always a big hit for a stocking stuffer in our family – and what better gift in Dublin, Ohio than some great Irish jewelry. Some unique ideas include a Silver Trinity Knot Pendant, Silver Celtic Knot Family Birthstone Pendant, or a Silver Claddagh Birthstone Ring. Visit one of the great jewelers in Dublin to pick out the perfect Irish Stocking Stuffer.

Mary: I come from a long line of tea drinkers, so I’m going to be giving small sample bags of TehKu Tea Company’s premium blended teas. With more than 100 varieties to select from, I’m having trouble narrowing down my choices—but I’m thinking Irish Blend, Cherry Blossoms and Snowflake. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite teas with my favorite people.

Josh: My two little girls get excited about almost any kind of candy, so the selection at MJ’s Candy Bar definitely garners their excitement. They carry M&Ms in an array of colors, chocolates from all over the world, and some Irish specialties. My family loves unique and funny gifts, so I’ll be checking out the novelty section of the store, which has some interesting oddities.

Kelly: I received a pair of earrings from Audacious Boutique this Christmas (an early present), and I love them already. The boutique not only has a vast array of earrings, but also bracelets, necklaces, and rings, all the perfect size to slip inside a stocking on Christmas Eve. My pair are green and gold: a perfect combination here in Dublin!

Andrea: I cruised through Ha’Penny’s looking for stocking stuffers I would like to see in my stocking this year.  I narrowed my list down, but anything in the store will do. My reasonable list includes:

  1. Commenara wool sock for $17.50.  They are so soft and warm, they will keep my feet toasty all winter long.
  2. Sticky note pads with Irish sayings – my favorites are below.
    “There are two kinds of people in this world: the Irish and those who would like to be Irish.”
    “My the Good Lord take a liking to you….but not too soon.”

From the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

While 2009 may be coming to a close, many of us are looking ahead to 2010 … including the hundreds of police, firefighters and EMS personnel who
will be attending the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games in Dublin, Ohio during the week of August 15-22.

To date, competitors from more than 100 different police and fire agencies have registered. These include the FBI, Calgary Police Service, Chicago Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, CBP-United States Border Patrol, Correctional Service of Canada, Columbus Division of Police, Department of Homeland Security, Indianapolis Fire Department, Department of National Defence Canada, Federal Air Marshal Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NYPD, Oregon State Police, New Jersey State Police, Tempe Police & Fire Departments and US Customs & Border Protection … among many others. And the list keeps growing. Daily.

During that exciting week in August, an estimated 2,500 competitors  (and their families) will travel to Dublin from across the globe to compete in 58 different sporting events—including SWAT,  Narcotics Dog, Tug of War, Karate and Toughest Competitor Alive.  The games are expected to generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy. Events will kick off on Sunday evening, August 15 at Coffman Park with a family friendly Opening Ceremonies featuring some amazing demonstrations. Best of all, events are free and spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors.

So, while you are penciling in dates for your 2010 calendar—be sure to include the 2010 Can-Am Games. Really … this is going to be one unforgettable week in Central Ohio.

-Post by Mary

Forget about Black Friday; I’m calling this Saturday and Sunday “Green Weekend,” because of Dublin’s many seasonal events and selection of unique holiday gifts.

post3The annual Chili Cook-off is today in Historic Dublin from noon to 4 p.m. For $5, you can sample nine Dublin residents’ recipes at La Chatelaine, J. Liu, and the Dublin Village Tavern. Vote for your favorite, and the top three will compete in the finals, 4:15 at La Chatelaine.

From 10 to 3, all three Dublin high schools are coming together at Sisters Sweet Shoppe (also in Historic Dublin) to auction off homemade gingerbread houses. The proceeds benefit the Ohio State School for the Blind’s Marching Band, which is performing in the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the season in Dublin.

As for holiday shopping, check out these locally owned stores!

The Shoppes at River Ridge:

  • Untitled-1Audacious
    Trendy purses, scarves, watches, and jewelry.
    My favorite things: Miche bags, which have interchangeable covers for any occasion; OSU rhinestone beads; the selection of sparkly rings. (I just can’t resist sparkle!)

Historic Dublin:

  • DSC_0195Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland
    Irish gifts of all kind: clothes, pottery, jewelry, decor, even kilts!
    My favorite things: Celtic crosses, Irish nativity scenes, Belleek pottery. (This is one of the only places outside Ireland you can find it!)
  • DSC_0479Create
    Children’s apparel and unique gifts, personally chosen by mother-daughter owners.
    My favorite things: Adorable sweaters (some of these make me wish I was still a little girl), uniquely adorned stockings and ornaments.
  • Untitled-2Thalia & Dahlia
    Fine gifts and home appointments, from china pieces to handcrafted wreaths. New to Historic Dublin!
    My favorite things: Pretty picture frames, holiday serving dishes, handcrafted wreaths and other floral arrangements (made by Chris, one of the owners).
  • post2Sisters Sweet Shoppe
    Sweets for all ages: gourmet truffles, candied nuts, peanut brittle, and the sisters’ signature homemade fruitcakes.
    My favorite things: New chocolate-dipped fruitcakes and their stocking stuffers, which are the perfect gift for anyone who loves chocolate. (But let’s be honest, practically everything in there could be considered my favorite.)

Hope your weekend is Green!

– post by Kelly

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