Think about entertainment in Columbus and what comes to mind? Woody Hayes. The Ohio State University. Football. Archie Griffin. Heisman Trophies. National championships.
All good answers.
But there's another side of Columbus many people don't know about.
The Arena District is alive and well, thank you. And it's about to get even bigger and better when the Columbus Clippers baseball team moves right across the street in the proposed Huntington Park for the 2009 season.
The centerpiece of the area is Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League and much more. On a cold January weekend the arena hosted a hockey game Friday night and less that 24 hours later, fans at a rodeo and Rodney Adkins concert filled the seats.
Another big draw is the Greater Columbus Convention Center. On this same weekend thousands of cheerleaders were in town for a competition.
Within walking distance you can go from the arena and its many upscale bars and restaurants to the quaint North Market, where 86-year-old Bill Thompson will sell you eggs $2 for white and $2.25 for brown at Dorothy Gatterdam's Eggs.
Bill took over the shop in operation since 1916 10 years ago when his aunt Dorothy died.
"I volunteered to take it over for three or four weeks and I'm still here," Bill said.
On the weekdays, when he isn't at his little booth, customers work on an honor system and are asked to put their cash in a money box.
Throughout its history, the North Market has served most importantly as a meeting place. It looks much different from the original market built in 1876, but it's still touted as a place where people gather together to shop, eat, mingle and enjoy themselves.
You can take a quick trip around the world at the North Market: