I believe happiness should be pursued daily. That happiness can come in the form of an act of kindness, accomplishment, or time with a good friend.

This week, November 8-14, is recognized by the International Society of Friendship and Good Will as Pursuit of Happiness Week.

So I tried to think of 7 simple things that make me happy:

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Learning something cool
  3. Really good food… and lots of it
  4. Singing loudly to a live band
  5. Exploring art exhibits
  6. Shopping with no regrets
  7. Sleeping like a baby

In honor of this week, I have decided to complete these simple little things that make me happy. So whether you are a resident of Dublin or a visitor, I challenge you to explore a week’s worth of Dublin treasures.

Peanut Butter: Maybe this list isn’t necessarily in order, but yes, I consider peanut butter life’s simple treat that makes rain clouds disappear. The best peanut butter in the world (seriously) is made right here in Dublin. KREMA Peanut Butter. This peanut butter has been featured on The Today Show, Prevention Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine.

Why is it so awesome? Well besides from being owned by the two most adorable, blonde sisters, Melissa and Nanette, it has only one ingredient; peanuts. Who would have thought?

Grounds of Rememberance

Learning something cool: Did you know the City of Dublin commissioned a public artwork in recognition of veterans and their families? The Dublin Veterans Project is a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. It also received a National Honor for outstanding achievement and is featured in the September 2011 edition of Landscape Architecture.

The Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park will be hosting Dublin’s Veterans Day Ceremony from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. at La Chatelaine, 65 W. Bridge Street.

Really good food… and lots of it: The varieties of culinary creations keep growing in Dublin. I’m not sure if that directly correlates with my growing waistline… either way, when I do bring home bags of groceries, I usually just go out to eat anyway. Why? Because it’s more fun. Also because I’m good at finding deals.

Like at Max & Erma’s Restaurant. They have ongoing weekly specials; $5 munchies during their Happy Hour (Monday-Friday), Free Cookie Wednesdays and Kids Eat Free Tuesdays. Ok, I don’t have kids, but if I did you better believe I’d be taking little Audrey to get her chicken tenders.

Live music at Brazenhead Pub

Singing loudly to a live band: It’s a very realistic possibility I will have hearing problems in the future because I love experiencing live music. You may think we only have fiddlers and bagpipers here in Dublin.

I challenge you to check out our authentic Irish Pub this Saturday, Nov. 12 and listen to some rocking covers by The Jenkins & Scott Band. There’s live music here in Historic Dublin every weekend. Singing loudly is optional. Eating fish & chips is mandatory.

Exploring art exhibits: If my artistic talent could support my shoe fetish,  I’d be at home painting. Since some things have to be labeled “hobbies” I choose to view the masters by going to art museums. Did you know Dublin has its very own art gallery? The Dublin Arts Council selects incredible exhibits and will be featuring “Oh Rats!” a collection of ceramic sculptures by Juliellen Byrne.

The exhibit’s grand opening is Tuesday, Nov. 15 with a reception for the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition remains on view at Dublin Arts Council through Dec. 16.

Clover Boutique

Shopping with no regrets: When I go shopping, it is a hunt. I scour clothing racks and home goods like a lioness ready to make her kill. Here at the Bureau, we understand you probably look for deals too. That’s why we have amazing travel packages, like our new Kids Go Free Columbus Zoo Wildlights Getaway Package. You can also download our Discover Dublin Discounts where you can get deals from some of our favorite places in Dublin. *Cough… Clover Boutique… *cough *cough.

Sleeping like a baby: Sometimes the best part of being awake during your day is knowing you can soon go back to sleep. I take my slumber very seriously. So does the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. They actually did a study about the sleep necessities so you can receive your best night’s sleep.

Lavender room spray, a curtain clip, and body hugging duvets are all a part of their Sleep Advantage system. Oh and if they miss your scheduled wake-up call your room is free. Be sure to check out all of our Dublin hotels.

Your happiness list may vary, but be sure to turn to the Green Team at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau if you need help. We are the local experts here to make your experience a happy one.

-Post by Allison

Shop ‘til You Drop- Dublin Style!

Shopping is a great way to spend your free time in the summer- whether you’re buying for yourself or buying for others! For those of you both from Dublin, or maybe looking for gifts to bring home after visiting for the Dublin Irish Festival, here is a quick guide to some of my shopping spots in Dublin.

  • Ha’ Penny Bridge Imports: This store is FULL of Irish Attitude. Offering a wide variety of Irish and Celtic merchandise, some of my favorites to browse include Avoca Woolens, Belleek China, and Irish Jewelry. Once you step inside, you’ll feel like you actually traveled to Ireland! So stop by on your visit and pick up a kilt for that special man in your life or something on my very own wishlist, like a Claddagh ring for yourself!
  • The Morgan House: This is a great one-stop-shop for shopping and lunch! The Morgan house has almost everything you could want, most noted for its home accents but also selling my personal favorites, Vera Bradley bags and Pandora jewelry, there’s no way you will leave empty handed!

    Clothes from The Clover Boutique

  • Clover Boutique: This is a neat little shop for one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade merchandise. From beautiful jewelry made by women in Guatemala to clothes sewn by a woman in Delaware (Ohio), you are guaranteed a unique shopping experience. My favorite thing is, you can be helping a good cause at the same time, as many things are eco-friendly or sold to help the poor!
  • One Stop Bead Shop: For those of you who consider yourself crafty, this is the perfect place for you! As a full service bead shop, not only can you buy beads for your own projects, but you can take classes and create beautiful pieces of your own right in the store! I’ve never considered myself artsy, so if you’re the same not to worry… there are professionals to help you. No gift is more special than something hand-made, so be sure to visit when you’re in town!
  • Blankets & Booties: Everyone loves to pamper a cute little baby! Pop into to this neat store to find a great specialty baby gift over which everyone in the family will fawn! I have found that babies make such messes, no one can ever have too many onesies.
  • MJ’s Candy Bar: Perfect for people of all ages, MJ’s is considered one of the best candy stores in Columbus, MJ’s offers a wide variety of candies where you are sure to find the perfect one to satisfy any palette!

    The Sisters Sweet Shoppe

  • Sister’s Sweet Shoppe: I firmly believe you can never have too many sweets, so make sure to pop by one of the most delicious places in town. Most places only sell fruitcake at Christmas, but I know a few people who would like to eat it year-round, and thanks to these sisters I can make that a possibility! This is also a great place to go for some Buckeye favorites, which I have found make a great local gift for out-of-towners.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 614-792-7666 or learn more about these places on our website.

~Post by Lexi

This post comes from guest writer Gretchen Friend, Coordinator for the Historic Dublin Business Association.

Sláinte (pronounced SLON-CHA) is the Gaelic or Celtic equivalent of  the friendly toast, “Cheers” or “To your health!”  Just saying it out loud makes you wish you were Irish, huh?  In fact, many of the residents of Dublin,Ohio have embraced this vibrant culture from across the Atlantic by partaking in many of the traditions which makes Dublin,Ireland so interesting.

Next Thursday, May 19 marks the first Sláinte Thursday of 2011–a fun evening of cheer  in the the City’s Historic District. These exciting third Thursday celebrations are held throughout the summer months in Dublin, Ohio.  Beginning at 4 p.m., restaurants are buzzing with live music while shops and businesses ready for a steady stream of visitors to the area. Specials, open houses, children’s activities and food sampling create a swirl of activities for all ages.

Created for locals and visitors alike, a Sláinte Thursday celebration is just right for those warm summer nights. Live musical melodies at several locations throughout Historic Dublin lead people from place to place as they visit the district. My favorite is part of the evening is walking along the brick sidewalks under the canopy of shade trees. It’s so quaint, yet hip!  No one is pushing me to a deadline (unless it’s getting the last taste of a special in one of the many great restaurants).

The May 19th  Sláinte Thursday will feature a golf theme–a nod to the world-class PGA Memorial Tournament that Dublin, Ohio will host May 30-June 5.  During Sláinte Thursday folks can try their putting skills on nine greens placed around the Historic District. Knocking all the balls in the holes will give you a chance to win tickets to the Memorial Tournament or many other great gift certificates and prizes from Historic Dublin businesses. Live music by Rockbridge Crossing will play from the Frog Park, next to the Visitors Center (9 S. High St.)

Catch the Trolley as it passes by each hole, if the walk is too much for you. From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. the Trolley loop will follow South High Street up to the library and back. Or just meander up and down the sidewalks, enjoying an ice cream or iced tea, a little patio dining, some great shopping and plenty o’ fun!   See you Thursday, May 19!    Sláinte!     

For more information about Sláinte Thursday, visit or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

~Gretchen Friend, Historic Dublin Business Assocation Coordinator

My New Year’s resolution this year was NOT to lose weight. Nope. This year, I would NOT set myself up for failure. This year I resolved to be good to myself.  This means eating right and taking care of my body.  I found the perfect place to help me get started – Whole Foods Market. They offer many great classes that will help keep me on the right track. Here are just a few of them:

  • Sunday, January 23 – Live Demo: Wok’ing It Up   Guests can enjoy a live demonstration how to make oil free stir fry- and enjoy a tasty sample! 12 – 2 p.m. Free
  • Monday, January 24 – Zumba with Chris Pinkerton  Dance to Latin and International music. You will have so much fun, you’ll forget you are exercising! Classes are held in Salud. 10 a.m. Free
  • Thursday, January 27 – Green Smoothies   Dark leafygreens are missing in the majority of Americans’ diet and surprisingly are the easiest foods to get!  Learn how to prepare delicious green smoothies with tasty combinations of greens and fruits & veggies, but most importantly learn how to create your own recipes!  Taste several creations, and walk away with over 30 green smoothie recipes.  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $45. Registration required.

Wow!  After all that I need to treat myself and I can’t think of a better place to do that than Whole Foods Market!  My favorite treat is their wonderful cakes with butter cream icing. You can buy a whole cake or just one slice. Or should I treat myself to their low-fat chocolate chewy cookies?  Or I could choose their gelato?  Any one of my choices will be well worth it since my New Year’s resolution was to be good to myself. (Like how I worked that?)  Whole Foods Market 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd Columbus, OH 43235.   614/760.5556

-Post by Andrea

As enthusiasts of all things with Irish attitude, we were thrilled to discover Dublin Ohio’s newest nod to Ireland: the Celtic Corner at the Dublin Arts Council’s Gift Shop (7125 Riverside Dr.)

This hidden gem may be the early antidote to all your holiday shopping headaches. Here you will discover Irish-themed gifts and “uniquely Dublin” artwork by area artists. Discover jewelry creations by Dublin artists Cathy Smith Gresham (seed-beaded mini-purses), Susan Bringardner (pieces featuring Czech and Swarovski crystals combined with natural stones, minerals, freshwater pearls and vintage beads) and Carolyn Pigman (sterling silver bracelets and earrings).

Check out the hand-thrown stoneware pottery by Tim Frederich, Historic Dublin scenic notecards, suncatchers, journals, pocket charms and much more. Know an Irish rock fan? Pick up a temporary armband tattoo. Buying for someone who appreciates Celtic traditions? How about an embossed leather-crafted journal or pewter measuring spoons?

Stopping by the Celtic Corner brings with it the added bonus of visiting the fabulous home of the Dublin Arts Council. Built in 1941, this historic French-eclectic style home is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The castle-like structure (which puts one in mind of an Irish estate) is an architectural masterpiece. It was the longtime home of Eleanor Gelpi—a committed champion of the arts in Columbus who served as a founding member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, among other organizations.

Visit the Dublin Arts Council Gift Shop (and the Celtic Corner) during these hours: Tues. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

-Post by Mary

March is always considered a lucky month in Dublin, Ohio–but this year one lucky visitor just might find that proverbial pot ‘o gold.

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland (located in Historic Dublin, Ohio) is partnering with CIE Tours International to host a chance for a lucky winner and his/her guest to travel to the Emerald Isle and experience the wonders of Ireland.

The process includes two drawings. The first drawing will be held at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland (at 3 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day–March 17). The entry that is drawn will win a prize exclusively from the shop that includes:

• A framed copy of the Irish National Anthem
• An Ireland Street Sign
• A decorative map of old Ireland

This local winner will then be placed into the final drawing during the North American Celtic Trade Association’s annual tradeshow in April. As guests of CIE Tours International, the “Home to Ireland” winner will enjoy an 8-day luxury coach tour, which will take them to Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Killarney stopping along the way to experience the rich history and beauty of Ireland.

“Ireland has so much to offer its visitors whether they are Irish or not!  From the welcoming nature of the Irish people to the breathtaking landscape, the music and the charm,” commented shop owner Anne Gleine. “Ireland is a warm and magical place, and that’s why I jumped at the chance to help co-sponsor this lovely trip.”

No purchase is necessary (some restrictions apply).  Just visit the shop at 75 S. High St. in  Historic Dublin and enter to win.

-Post by Allison

Hmmm. How to woo your sweetheart in a way that is both unique and memorable this Valentine’s Day? The Dublin, Ohio CVB has plenty of ideas to help make your job easier.

Stay and play.  Cozy up with your Valentine this weekend (or anytime through February) to enjoy a close-to-home retreat. Eight Dublin hotels have designed their versions of a memorable Romantic Getaway. Build your own package online, selecting luxurious inclusions ranging from champagne and chocolates to roses and bathrobes. Then enjoy a complimentary breakfast and late check out.  Packages start at just $104—make for an affordable and unforgettable getaway.

Take Time to Wine, Dine (and Shine).  Who can resist being courted over a lovely lunch or dinner? But nothing kills your romantic efforts more than a packed, noisy restaurant and a hefty bill. We’re proposing some off-the-beaten-path establishments that are whipping up some specials just for their Valentine’s guests—with prices that will make Cupid’s harp sing.  

  • TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) Enjoy a romantic Tea, Spa and Dinner Package complete with violin music on Sat., February 13.  Treat your Valentine to some Butterfly Kisses or Chocolate Strawberry Cake … (both featured tea flavors). Reservations: 614/761-3808
  • Digger & Finch Scottish Pub (is offering a special dinner menu from 5-10 pm on Saturday for $27.95/pp. The price includes an appetizer, soup or salad; choice of main courses and dessert of Crème Brulee (with chocolate dipped strawberries). Oh … and a rose for each lady. Reservations: 614/889-8585 
  • La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro (65 W. Bridge St.) Enjoy a St. Valentine Dinner in a romantic old world European setting. The ($32.95/pp) Prix Fix Three Course Menu offers some culinary creations that will encourage a long evening.  Reservations: 614/763-7151.

Treats for your Sweet. There is chocolate, then there are Historic Dublin’s famous Sweet Treats.  

  • Sugar inc. (36 N. High St.) is hosting a High Noon Tea Tasting from 12-2 pm Saturday.  It is free—and they will feature their beautiful Valentine’s Day cupcakes and cookies for purchase. (614/389-3459)
  • Sisters Sweet Shoppe (45 N. High St.) The Sisters have been busy dipping, decorating AND filling orders for their famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries this week. These delectable darlings will only be available through Saturday. (614/761-1118)
  • Enjoy “All Things Chocolate” at Our Cupcakery (16 N. High St.) for Valentine’s Day.   Savor dark, white, Swiss, German, and Devils chocolate cupcakes or share one of the new “King” size cupcakes with your sweetie.  (614/659-1555)
  • Pick up some Graeter’s Ice Cream for the weekend. Take advantage of their Pint Sale through Sunday—just $3.29 each.

Nifty Gifts. So, if you’re going for the gift rather than (or in addition to) the night out—the rules are the same: it’s the unique thought that counts.

  • Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland is featuring Claddagh and My Soul Mate rings, as well as the Valentine bead for Tara’s Diary bracelets. Take advantage of 25% off selected jewelry. Brand new arrivals include the Belleek 2010 Event Piece as well as divine imports from—you guessed it—Ireland. If jewelry is not her thing, wrap her in a red or pink cape or sweater or consider a woolen throw to warm her heart. Other inventive ideas? Toasting flutes and Irish fragrances.
  • Whole Foods has some great deals for natural Valentines: including two dozen roses for $19.99/ea and packages (including flowers, dinner and more) for $50, $75 and $100.

Hopefully, these ideas will help to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

-Post by Mary

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