New tourism trail is set up to showcase Columbus' homemade goods.
If the first trails through Columbus included scented candles and superfood smoothies, central Ohio might have been settled long before 1797.
People headed this way now, though, will have it a lot easier, thanks to the Made in CBUS Trail, a new effort by Experience Columbus to direct visitors—and central Ohio residents, too—to locally made products.
The Made in CBUS Trail is an offshoot of two earlier tourism trails that Experience Columbus officials say have proven popular with guests.
The Columbus Coffee Trail (cbuscoffee.com) includes 24 local shops; people can pick up a card, get it stamped at each place they stop for a cup of brew and eventually win a “Columbus Coffee Experience” T-shirt. The Columbus Ale Trail (cbusaletrail.com) includes 28 craft breweries and operates on much the same premise.
Twenty businesses—located in Worthington, Clintonville, Easton Town Center, Italian Village, the Short North, Grandview Heights, Downtown, Olde Towne East and German Village—are part of the Made in CBUS Trail.
People who buy items at four of the 20 shops will be able to get a Made in CBUS T-shirt. Experience Columbus spokeswoman Megumi Robinson says the trail will be updated after a year to add new businesses.