Archive for the ‘Trendspotting’ Category

Black Friday Boosts Sales for Short North Shops

Black Friday Boosts Sales for Short North Shops
Local businesses are capitalizing on days that shoppers are already eager to be out and about. Special holiday shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday take a bit of a twist when it comes to small businesses. Locally-owned shops typically can’t offer as deep of discounts...
November 22nd, 2013 | Trendspotting | Read More

Increasing Number of Farmers Markets Make Local Goods More Accessible

Increasing Number of Farmers Markets Make Local Goods More Accessible
Since 1876, Columbus has been home to a farmers market. The North Market opened 137 years ago and has provided a space for local farmers to sell their goods ever since. Now, Columbus boasts close to 40 farmers markets held everywhere from the heart of downtown to almost every neighborhood within the...
September 6th, 2013 | Trendspotting | Read More

2012 Year In Review

2012 Year In Review
As 2012 comes to a close, The Metropreneur staff has been reflecting on the stories we’ve published this year− profiles about new businesses and old ones, tips from experts and how-to guides intended to give entrepreneurs a leg up, and interviews with local movers and shakers who grew their small...
December 31st, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Increased demand for apartments impacting smaller developers

Increased demand for apartments impacting smaller developers
For many, homeownership −an integral part the American dream for decades− has lost its allure. Potential buyers recognize that the commitment to homeownership makes it difficult to move for employment opportunities, says Mark Wood, president of Wood Companies. And at a time when unemployment rates...
October 22nd, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

On-street parking critical for small businesses survival

On-street parking critical for small businesses survival
Columbus’s Department of Public Service will install about 130 new parking meters along High Street between Goodale Avenue and Mound Street before the end of this year. It’s a controversial plan, and one that could have a considerable impact on shops and restaurants in the city’s urban...
September 6th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Co-ops emphasize people over profits

Co-ops emphasize people over profits
Money tends to be at the heart of most businesses, no matter their size. And though The Metropreneur certainly doesn’t have a problem with that, it recognizes that enterprises where revenue isn’t the top priority are also important within the entrepreneurial community. For instance, co-operatives,...
August 7th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Food pods bring food trucks together in one place

Food pods bring food trucks together in one place
The food truck scene has exploded in Columbus over the last couple years, and now it seems yet another mobile food trend −the food pod− is piggybacking on the trucks’ success. What constitutes a food pod isn’t crystal clear at the moment, but Street Eats Columbus, which tracks and reviews...
June 27th, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More

Independent bakers making Columbus a little sweeter

Independent bakers making Columbus a little sweeter
Food and family often go hand in hand. So perhaps it’s not surprising that all three of the independent bakers The Metropreneur interviewed for this story have relatives who have passed down recipes and secrets or encouraged them to make their hobby a business, or both. To learn how these bakers...
April 2nd, 2012 | Trendspotting | Read More