No need to wait for the summer solstice to start patronizing local businesses that are new or available only this season.

If you’re not already in line at the new IKEA Columbus at Polaris, you’re too late to get one of the free sofas to be given to the first 44 adults who visit the mega-retailer when it opens Wednesday. But you could snag a free queen-sized mattress or a free cookware set for being among the first 44 adult shoppers Thursday and Friday, respectively. Whet your appetite for the IKEA experience by checking our sneak preview Tweets on @columbusceomag. And if your birthday is June 7, take proof to the store Wednesday for a $44 gift card in honor of sharing the birthdate with IKEA’s 44th US store.

Farmer’s markets are sprouting all over central Ohio, including Downtown’s Pearl Market on Tuesdays and Fridays through Oct. 13 next to the Rhodes State Office Tower, and starting Wednesday at Franklin Park Conservatory. In addition to offering vendors for seasonal produce and flowers, meats, dairy products, baked goods and more, the Conservatory’s market features food trucks, live music and interactive crafts for kids. 

Another summertime staple is less desired as panhandlers become more of a presence Downtown. Help to address the issue by completing a short online survey for Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District.  

Summer in Columbus also means bike-riding and especially riding for the cause of curing cancer. Those registered as riders or virtual riders for Pelotonia can kick up their fundraising with Pelotonia on the Patio on June 15 at Express Live! Tickets are $20, but registered and virtual riders get $10 toward fundraising goals for each person they bring.

CYP Club events for Columbus young professionals include a road trip to Nashville; get details in an info meeting Wednesday evening, or check out other networking opportunities online.

New to Columbus or have employees who are? The Columbus Region Relocation Guide, produced by Columbus 2020 and Dispatch Media Group, is a resource worth referring to all year.