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Got a favorite place in Columbus, Ohio? Write a guest post for Best of Columbus.

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You have your favorite people and places in Columbus, Ohio. Don’t keep them a secret! Share your thoughts and photos of your favorite places to eat, buy, and just meetup in C-bus.

You can even submit a video post or an interview with a small business owner.

Writing a guest post for Best of Columbus is a great way to support small business in our town. You can even show off your own special events, classes, and recipes.

Yes, I said recipes. ;-)

All you hafta do is contact us with your post/review idea and you’ll get the information you need to get it published.

Go Bucks!



Learn WordPress Web Design In Columbus


Learn WordPress web design quickly and manage your own website with confidence! Join Columbus small business owners, artists, and nonprofit volunteers for this fast paced class in WordPress web design. Discover exactly what you need to know to get started and go further to achieve your website goals. Instructor Emily Journey is a Columbus artist, expert web designer, and entrepreneur who believes you really can build your own website–with a little help.

Knowledge of code is NOT required.

During training, you’ll get detailed blueprints, templates, and step-by-step instructions to successfully launch your fully functioning website. You will learn:

  • The building blocks of every WordPress website
  • WordPress settings & menus
  • How to customize your website and make it look great!
  • How to add photos, graphics, and video to your website
  • How to create contact forms and build a mailing list
  • How to add a shopping cart to your website

WordPress is the popular web design platform used by novices as well as fortune 500 companies.

Prerequisites: None, really. But, it helps if you have a working knowledge of email, navigating the internet, utilizing search engines, and comfort with uploading/downloading files on your own computer.

Training is available in person face-to-face or online with screen sharing through GoToMeeting.

Read testimonials and see examples of student work at www.wpartisans.com. Share this article with your small business friends!


My Two Cents: Cancel Barnes and Noble Membership


Seriously, if you don’t already, then start patronizing local independent bookstores.

I cancelled my Barnes and Noble membership account years ago and yet my checking account STILL gets charged every year. I just about lost it when I looked at my checking account today and saw that $25 charge from BN NY. Again.

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The Best Pizza In Columbus

When it comes to pizza, Columbus is a mecca! I’ve come to realize the pizza-centric character of Columbus mostly during my trips out of town. It seems as if our per capita dose of pizzerias is well outside of the bell curve.

With all of the great mom and pop owned places for pizza, I don’t know how the big chains survive in this town. I made a video with my two cents worth on the best pizza in Columbus. Check it out. I’m sure I missed a few. Add your favorite by commenting below.

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Midwest Photo Exchange: This Columbus Camera Store Stands Apart

Best Columbus Camera Store

Midwest Photo Exchange is a one-of-a-kind camera store in the heart of Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood. Family-owned for almost thirty years, MPEX (as it’s known to its local, national, and international customer base) harkens back to its humble beginnings while forging ahead into the future of photography. The store fits quite a lot into its cozy space, offering extensive selections in camera bodies and lenses, bags, printers and inks, video cameras and lenses, audio equipment, lomography and Impossible Film, and even classic film and film cameras, and specializes in lighting equipment for pros, hobbyists, and amateurs alike. Plus, you can find anything in the store on the MPEX website.

Columbus Camera Store

One major aspect that sets Midwest Photo Exchange apart from other Columbus camera stores (and especially “big-box” stores) is its sales staff’s level of knowledge. All members of the dedicated sales staff are professional or semi-professional photographers, and not only do they try to get you the best deal on everything in the store, but they also will tell you exactly what you need to get the shots you want and why you need it. If you’re new to the photo game, MPEX also offers beginner and intermediate photo classes on a variety of topics, including basic digital photography, off-camera lighting, editing software, and more specific advance classes, such as a recent Macro Photography Class at Columbus’ celebrated Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. MPEX’s educational efforts also extend to the web, with the MPEX Experience blog, updated Monday through Friday with photo news, spotlights on local talent, monthly photo contests, and tips and tricks on photographic techniques and gear.

Of course, one of the best ways to find out why this Columbus camera store stands apart is to stop by for a visit.  Midwest Photo Exchange is located just south of North Broadway on High Street in Clintonville.


Best of Columbus Local Gift Ideas

You want to buy local–maybe even handcrafted–and you want to stay classy without breaking the bank.

It’s possible.

Best of Columbus has sifted through Columbus local businesses (online and offline) in search of the most unique gift ideas. In our search we were careful to keep in mind a variety price points as well as options for men and women of all ages.

We’ve come up with 5 of the very best of Columbus local gift ideas.

Let’s start with something you’ve probably never seen before:

Custom Evergraphs

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What is Rasberry Pi?

Ras Pi

Rasberry Pi is a credit card sized computer for only $25 to $35. It comes with USB ports, the ability to connect to hi speed internet, and is capable of HD video and images. Move over iPad! Best of Columbus went to the Rasberry Jam at the Columbus Idea Foundry. Watch the video coverage explaining the Rasberry Pi and some of the things you can do with this affordable computer. … read more