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:

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    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:

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    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!)
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    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!

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Just checked out the Shoppes at River Ridge the other day and found some GREAT

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Shoppes at River Ridge Dublin, OH

bargains. Not many people (outside of local Dubliners) know about this new gem of a shopping district … but they will. Montgomery Inn (the top-rated privately held rib and barbecue restaurant in the US in 2007) will open its first Central Ohio restaurant in the Spring of 2009, right here in Dublin, Ohio.  But, there’s more.


Did you know that you can find fun holiday gifts for $15 and under at Audacious? I found purses, bracelets & bangles, hoop earrings, scarves, sunglasses, wallets, key chains and even OSU items. You can even build your own charm bracelet.  Every Wednesday 5-8 p.m. is Girls Night Out … with great specials.  

I found a Vera Bradley tote for my daughter-in-law at Bliss. This new store is filled with designer brands, all created by women, including: Crabtree & Evelyn, Stephan Baby, Bambini Carini, Mistral, Bean Pod, Trollbeads, Chamilia, Lela Belle, She Beads, Staxx and Kameleon.

The Acorn has markdowns of at least 50%. And then there’s Coldwater Creek with all those fabulous, irresistible clothes. If you’re looking for a unique gift for your favorite munchkin, try The Learning Center for very cool stuff. Take a coffee/bagel break at Bruegger’s Bagels. Coming soon: The Wine Loft (Feb. 2009) and Simpure Aveda Salon (March 2009). The Shoppes at River Ridge is located near the southeast corner of 161/Dublin-Granville Rd. close to Riverside Drive.

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Our 2009 Official Dublin, Ohio Visitors Guide is (finally) under production. (Woo hoo!) We should have Slainte Thursdaysthe proof back soon to double check everything before it goes to the printer.  The guide has the distinct honor of being our most requested publication–with 45,000 copies being distributed each year.  

Since you’re among our favorite peeps, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at a little of the content … some fun “Insider Tips” known mostly only to locals.

These establishments offer some great deals (since we’re ALL about a deal in this economy), plus a little Irish attitude to go with your “green” experience.  As always, we want to know if you have uncovered a great little gem in town that we’ve overlooked. Share and share alike. (For addresses, phone numbers, etc., check out our official web site: 

The Brazenhead 56 N. High St. Historic Dublin $3 Burger night – Wednesday 4-9 p.m.  Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. 

Digger & Finch Scottish Grille & Pub 6720 Riverside Dr.  Happy Hour M-F: 4-7 p.m. Drink specials, plus fried pickles & chicken wings


Dublin Village Tavern  27 S. High St. Historic Dublin. Great Happy Hour specials; Live Entertainment 8 p.m. Tues. & 7 p.m. Thurs.


BW-3 Buffalo Wild Wings 6595 Perimeter Loop Dr.  Wednesday Family Fun night. $1.99 kids meals. Balloon guy.


LaTavola 6125 Riverside Dr.  Half-price appetizer and drink specials during Happy Hour, M-R. (Not to mention the awesome patio view overlooking the quarry.) Live Jazz Quartet on Sundays.  


Sisters Sweetshop 45 N. High St. Free Shamrock Snack for first time, out-of-town visitors.


Audacious 4365 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. (Cool chick gifts. Purses, jewelry, etc.) Girls’ Night Out specials. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.


Graeter’s Ice Cream Dublin  6255  Frantz Rd. The local favorite is the “Shamrock Sundae,” created at the Dublin location.


Sláinte Thursdays Historic Dublin. Third Thursday celebrations (during warmer months). Named for the Gaelic term for “Cheers!,” these multi-sensory grazing events include live music, pub specials, extended shop hours, etc.  


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