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Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday June 8. See the agenda here.

Choose Hilliard: Crooked Can Brewing Company

In just two years, Crooked Can Ohio has become a centerpiece of Downtown Hilliard for several reasons:

🍺 Award-winning craft beer

🍕 10 tasty food vendors at the Center Street Market

🐶 Family and dog-friendly atmosphere

☂️ Space for everyone, including a 7,000 sq. ft patio

For this month’s #ChooseHilliard feature, we tell the story behind Crooked Can, an idea forged by three college friends who have successfully implemented their concept in both Florida and Ohio. We discuss their secrets to success and how they weathered the early storms of the pandemic to become one of the premiere breweries in Central Ohio.

Thank you for choosing Hilliard, Crooked Can! Cheers to you!🍻

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Fun. Friends. FUTURE! 

May 30, 2023

Hear from former City of Hilliard employees who started their successful careers with seasonal jobs here in Hilliard.

So what are they up to now and how did the City prepare them for the future?

Watch the video to hear from some of our standout alumni and learn about future jobs with the City of Columbus, OSU James Cancer Hospital, and Columbus City Schools. 

Pave the way for a bright FUTURE with the City of Hilliard. Apply for open seasonal positions today and let the fun begin! 🙂

Firefly Winery coming to Downtown Hilliard in 2024

May 25, 2023

A family-owned urban winery offering a variety of wines in an elegant setting is coming to Downtown Hilliard next year.

Firefly Winery is expected to break ground on the 4,500-square-foot building at the corner of Grant and Franklin Streets this summer and open as soon as spring 2024.

The business will be owned by Jenny and Joe Hollabaugh, of Hilliard, who spent several years searching for the perfect Downtown Hilliard location before partnering with Hilliard-area developer, Westwood Collective.

Downtown Manager Angela Zody said she is excited for the partnership’s vision to come to life.

“Firefly Winery is a perfect addition to the existing vibrancy of Downtown Hilliard,” said Zody. “This will be yet another must-experience spot for residents and visitors not only during the summer months but throughout the entire year.”

Grapes will be sourced primarily from California for on-site winemaking and blending, said Jenny Hollabaugh. Wines ranging from dry to sweet reds and whites that are “high quality, but not pretentious” will be offered, as well as fruit wines, seasonal sangrias, and wine slushies.

There will also be an offering of small plates, such as charcuterie and Focaccia baked in a stone oven. Wine can be purchased by bottle or glass.

“We did a lot of research, and you really have to travel to another City to have a slightly more upscale experience with a glass of wine and charcuterie,” Jenny Hollabaugh said.

Because the winery will be located within the City of Hilliard’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), guests can walk throughout the area with their drink or enjoy it on-site at the bar or three-season covered patio.

“I’m excited for a fun to-go cup for wine slushies when you’re out at the splash pad or going to the concerts,” Jenny added.

This isn’t the couple’s first venture. They previously operated Indian Bear Winery in Knox County. Joe has been “in love with the art and science of making wine” for 20 years and served as a consultant in several other wine businesses.

Jenny grew up in Hilliard and graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School in 1994. She and Joe are also raising their three children in Hilliard and look forward to pursuing their wine passion close to family and friends.

“We’ve been able to experience first-hand the development that’s happened in Downtown Hilliard, and we wanted to be part of it,” she said.

In addition to the winery, Westwood Collective will develop an outdoor area on the property known as The Yard, described as a park-like setting with a pond, plenty of seating, and yard games. It will be located between Firefly Winery and The Junction.

Andy Warnock, Westwood Collective’s CEO, described the business venture as “the perfect marriage.”

“It’s no secret that corridor is a little tired, Some buildings need refreshed or razed for a better use, and I think this captures the essence,” he said.

The company, which has developed Hilliard projects including Legacy Smokehouse + Rickhouse 41, Westwood Fieldhouse, and the Shoppes by Westwood, seeks to “fill voids” within the community, Warnock noted.

“This will be a date night experience that adds to the synergy in Downtown,” he said. “We want to bring more vitality.”

He expects to experience the vitality first-hand.

“I will most definitely be a customer,” Warnock said, “but my wife might be more excited than me.”

Celebration at the Station returns to Hilliard’s Station Park

May 25, 2023

The sounds of summer will once again be heard in Downtown Hilliard at the City’s popular concert series! Starting June 1, Celebration at the Station kicks off at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday of the summer.

The free concert series lineup of 10 live shows runs through Aug. 10 and spans multiple musical genres, from ’80s rock and Top 40, to hip-hop and country.

“We are thrilled to bring such a talented group of musicians to Hilliard’s Station Park this summer,” said Kristan Turner, Event Planner for the City of Hilliard. “I’m excited to welcome back many of our favorite returning acts along with several new ones that I think the community will love.”

Below is the complete lineup for Celebration at the Station.

June 1 – Alexis Gomez
June 8 – Zack Attack
June 15 – Alan Carl
June 22 – Walk of Shame
July 6 – Fabulous Johnson Brothers
July 13 – Swagg
July 20 – Conspiracy
July 27 – New Frontier
Aug. 3 – Reaganomics
Aug. 10 – Trailer Park Ninjas

The fountains at Hilliard’s Station Park will be off during concerts. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, dine at local restaurants, and partake in the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). No tickets are required – these concerts are free!

Celebration at the Station is funded by the City of Hilliard and business donations. Thank you to the following sponsors for making Celebration at the Station possible.

Concert Series Sponsors:

Partner Sponsors:

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