Why You Should Start a Business in Clintonville

If you’re seeking a great community to buy your next commercial property, look no further than Clintonville! Here's why...

Clintonville began to flourish when Downtown Columbus residents and Ohio State Professors began to build their summer homes in the area in the early 1900s. Eventually once the streetcar lines extended to the area, the surrounding farmland was made in to housing communities.  Once the home of amusement park along the Olentangy River, the original carousel still runs today at the Columbus Zoo.

Recently touted as one of the most “Hipster” zip codes in the country, Clintonville is located just north of Ohio State’s University District. With so many “hip” retailers, from vinyl record stores to barber shops and dive bars, there’s plenty of artisanal charm to go around. Combined with the very active residential real estate market, this hot neighborhood is the perfect place to set up your own business. If you’re seeking a great community to buy your next commercial property, look no further than Clintonville!

original Olentangy Park carousel at the Columbus Zoo
The original Olentangy Park carousel still running at the Columbus Zoo! Photo by Sam Howzit

When searching for a place to start a business or locate your office there are many factors you’ll want to consider. Does the community have amenities you and your staff will enjoy, or that will draw foot traffic to the area? What is the housing market and school system like? Considering any of these factors, you’ll surely find Clintonville a perfect spot to set up shop.

Green Space

green are with grass & trees

Having access to green space is a lovely amenity for any community to live or work in. If you’re looking for idyllic green space to take a leisurely stroll,  Whetstone’s Park of Roses is one of the most stunning green spaces in all of Columbus. The 13 acres is home to over 11,000 roses of 350 varieties, and a charming gazebo.

For those fitness fanatics, Clinton-Como Park is popular among runners and cyclists, as well as pet owners, as dogs are welcome. Or you can forget the city life bustling around you in Glen Echo Park, 4.3 acres surrounded by a ravine perfect for a shaded stroll or picnic.

“Livability” (or “Workability”)

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Clintonville is the #1 most livable community in Columbus and the state of Ohio. Earning top scores in amenities, education, housing, crime, and employment, the median home price is $209,483 and the median home income is $76,668. It’s also conveniently located near Interstate 71, making it a breeze to get around town.

Things to Do

Clintonville Farmers' Market tent & people
Source: Clintonville Farmers' Market

You’ll never run out of things to do in Clintonville! There’s hip and quaint charm around every corner. Enjoy a movie at the independent Studio 35 theater and drafthouse, or explore the many vintage shops along North High Street from Toast to Elm & Iron, and Boomerang Room and Bundle, a lovely secondhand book store. While you’re on North High Street sweet tooths can also sample delectable treats like vegan Patty Cake’s Whoopie Pies, or Mama Maple’s Bourbon Pecan Pie. There are several vinyl record shops, and a lovely outdoor Farmer’s Market to shop at.

Eat and Drink

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If you prefer independent dining venues over corporate chains, you’ll love the ever-growing restaurant scene in Clintonville. There are plenty of health conscious options to choose from like Portia’s Cafe Gluten-free features or Pocket Produce’s vegetarian faire. You’ll also find delicious gastro pubs and breweries like The Crest Gastropub, Growl! and Lineage Brewing.

Lani Redinger

Lani Redinger is a professional writer, editor, and bibliophile from Pittsburgh, PA