FRANKLINTON New Digs in Columbus

When we first got started in Columbus we landed on Gay Street above a restaurant in the heart of downtown.  Being new to the city, it was a good fit and allowed us to really grasp what Columbus was all about.  However, after a while we started to get an itch for a new locale; although we loved Gay St., we were looking for something with more grit, something that more closely matched our vibe as an agency.

Enter Franklinton.

We had heard the rumblings from the rumor mill regarding change in Franklinton, a recovering neighborhood just across the Scioto from the hustle and bustle of downtown.  After exploring the neighborhood we realized we would fit right in as Franklintonites. The previously forgotten district is now in a transitional phase and we wanted to be a part of it; we are in the business of making companies look good and now we want to do that for an entire neighborhood.

Trains Rolling Through Serif's Hood, Franklinton

After exploring the neighborhood and looking for warehouse space, we stumbled upon 400 W. Rich Street; we knew immediately we had to be in there before we even knew exactly what the warehouse was. We moved into the artisan community at 400 after having a few drinks at its bar, Strongwater, and chatting with a few of the residents.  400 is full of character from a bygone industrial era in this part of Columbus.  The building has since been repurposed into the most eclectic real estate in the city. Every day is an experience because the residents of 400 run the gamut of creative types; for instance, the office next to us houses an architectural firm, and just down the hall from us is a fully equipped trapeze and aerobatics practice space. Furthermore, it’s like an art-bomb went off in there; there are paintings and sculptures on just about every surface, horizontal and vertical.

Fire Department Near Serif House in Franklinton

In the end, it was Franklinton’s potential and character that drew us in; love at first sight in business terms. We immediately got connected with the Franklinton Board of Trade to get to know other businesses and leaders in the neighborhood. There is an air of change and rebirth circulating throughout Franklinton, we want in at the ground level to help usher that change in.

Graffiti Near Serif House in Franklinton

 

4 Comments

  1. I love that space! Thinking about grabbing a small studio in there myself. But then I would eat at Strongwater everyday. Bad thing??

    • Only if you consider eating a daily meatloaf-slider a bad thing! Which I would contrarily consider a good thing. A quite deliciously good thing.

      • I think we need an Arts District that isn’t so transient. You aderaly know what I’m thinking because you brought this up before; right around CCAD and the art museum which would both serve as anchors to keep one right downtown. Doesn’t mean we can’t have more though and all the power to those who are turning Franklinton around. I can only think that a W. Broad extension for the streetcar would have to help things move along much quicker.

    • I don’t think Franklinton will be the next Arts District. I do have some questions, thguoh- so I can begin to formulate an opinion based on facts and not my gut feeling.Who are the people in Franklinton making art? I mean living there, or with studios there.What are the current spaces for showing art- galleries, warehouses, etc.What are the art events and attractions that are not being imported in an effort to incubate the arts in Franklinton?What is the case to Franklinton being the next big art district other than it being sufficiently blighted to make property more affordable?Franklinton is rough. The Monday Night Ride goes through Franklinton and it is not uncommon to have something weird or obscene shouted at you every block or so. I certainly wouldn’t hang out at the gas station at Central and Sullivant for a smoothy.

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