20 (More) Columbus Instagrammers You Should Be Following

20 best columbus instagram instagrammers

A few months ago, I shared a post featuring the 20 Columbus Instagrammers You Should Be Following. If you know anything about Columbus, it should come as no surprise that what followed was a stream of suggestions about who should have been included on the list. (We’ve got no shortage of creative talent + local love.) In other words, there’s too much goodness for just one list. So this is list #2.

Anyone can take a photo, but not everyone is a visual storyteller. Much like the first group of instagrammers, the 20 people you’ll meet below have a passion and a gift for consistently telling the story of Columbus (and Ohio) through the beautiful, thoughtful images they snap and share.

Lauren Blake // @wholelivinglauren
There was  time I regarded “whole living” as nibbling on nuts and leafy greens like some sort of giant rabbit. Lauren’s endless feed of “whole livinspiration” has proven me wrong. Very, very wrong. WLL

Columbus Coffee Experience // @cbuscoffee
Who needs to wake up and smell the coffee when you can wake up, tap into Instagram and scroll the coffee?cbuscoffee

Cheer Up Letterpress & Design // @cheeruppress
FACT: Real mail makes people happy. This feed is a constant street of paper porn (of the SFW variety) that lives up to the promise of its cheer-inducing name.cheer up press

Mission Coffee Co. // @missioncoffeeco
I have an inexplicable aversion to hot liquids, which prevents me from being a coffee drinker. But if I were, this is where I’d be sipping my days away, one beautiful, perfectly-lit, topped-with-a-foamy-work-of-art cup at a time.mission coffee

DeliciOhio // @deliciohio
You know that unspoken Thanksgiving rule in which an entire nation agrees to embrace the imminent binge and gorge…because FOOD? DelicOhio puts the “feed” in “instagram feed.”  Enjoy a Columbus-inspired visual gorge…with none of the calories and zero need to don your favorite fat pants.Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.32.38 PM

Chelsea Mohrman // @farmfreshtherapy
If I were inviting one Instagrammer to come decorate my home for me, it would be Chelsea of @farmfreshtherapy. One part simple beauty, one part unexpected delight, all parts crazy beautiful. Chelsea creates a world filled with marvels (both manmade and natural) that make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a magical storybook …or the coolest store ever. farm fresh therapy

Taylor Riggs // @simplytaylorblog
When the former @cravebytaylor fell off my Instagram feed, I was sad. When she reappeared as @simplytaylorblog, I was delighted. Taylor’s photos will leave you with a serious case of breakfast envy…and a major side of puppy snuggles. I can’t imagine a better combination than that. Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 10.40.37 PM

Live Columbus // @livecolumbus
Think of @LiveColumbus as a community within the community. Someone new has been taking over this account daily since October 31, 2014, which makes each new day kind of like turning the page in the story of Columbus and what life here means to the people who call this region home. Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.41.14 PM

Amy Taylor // @ohiogood
OhioGood is a celebration of all things Ohio — with an emphasis on life in and around Columbus. From farmers markets to rural farms, the Short North to shortcake, if it’s good and hails from Ohio…you’ll find it here. 
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Amanda Heslinga // @rockswithsass
I have come to think of Amanda as Columbus’ true “rock star.” With beautiful work like this, it’s not hard to see why. rockswithsass

Ohio Explored // @ohioexplored 
Fly over state, eh? Your argument is invalid. And this is the Instagram account that’s gonna prove you wrong.

Sarah Crock // @columbusnutritionco
Forget what you think you know about boring ol’ health food. Sarah’s feed is photo proof that healthy eating can be wonderful tasty…and profoundly beautiful. columbus nutrition co

1820 House Candle Co. // @1820house
With a scent offering that includes tomato vine, roasted coffee bean and French baguette, these candles should be at the top of every localvores Columbus holiday giving list.  1820 house

Por’ketta // @porkettacbus
Sorry vegetarians, you’re missing out. Not only does this local food truck produce some drool-worthy culinary creations, they’re hugely active on Instagram and big supporters of other Columbus instagrammers.porketta

Derrick Linn // @marsder
Meet Columbus’ tiniest residents. They’re always up to something (and half teh time, it’s a fairly sassy something…) Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 11.05.25 PM

Tina // @tizara
Tina’s photos stop time for a single, precious, awe-inspiring frame, creating a feed that proves there’s a world of difference between seeing and savoring our moments.  tizara

400 Market // @400market
Arguably the hippest farmer’s market in the most up-and-coming hood in Columbus, 400 Market has shared a season of sneak peeks behinds the scenes at Franklinton’s local gem. 400 west rich market

Megan Hogan // @_mgnhgn
There are creative people…and then there are creative people. You know, the kind of people who seem to leave a trail of color and wonder and glitter and inspiration in their wake wherever they go. Megan is the latter. Bonus? Her spirit and endlessly positive message are just as beautiful as her art. Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 11.42.34 PM

Best of the Menu // @bestofthemenu
Not sure what you’re in the mood for? Tired of the same old places? Feeling a rising swell of hanger? Never fear. Your taste buds have just met their match. Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 11.57.02 PM

Amy Taylor, @amyabtaylor
Shameless self promotion! Hi. I’m Amy, the human behind WriteHuman.com. (I’m also the human behind @OhioGood.) You can follow me on Instagram @ohiogood + @amyabtaylor. Have someone you’d like to nominate as a Columbus Instagrammer to follow? Leave their IG handle in a comment below or email meScreen Shot 2015-08-31 at 12.20.52 AM


Who would you add to the list?

A Farewell to Friend


2014 was the first time in my life that a friend silently slipped off the radar and into friendship oblivion. I guess I can’t really complain. At 33, I was probably due for a big friend fallout. But this wasn’t just a friend; this was a really good friend. This was the kind of friend I spent holidays with when I couldn’t get home to my family. The kind of friend I lovingly referred to as a “sister from another mister.” The kind of friend who was  one of the funnest — and funniest — people I’ve ever known. The kind of friend whose absence hasn’t gone unnoticed. And I’m not gonna lie: it has been both hard and horrible.

In my mind’s version of the story there wasn’t a specific moment where things went wrong. It was more of a slow fizzle. I moved back to Ohio after an extended period of time working out-of-state and we seemed to pick back up where we had left off. A few months later, once eagerly-embraced lunch invites were getting pushed off never to be rescheduled.

At first, I tried to blame it on the age old struggle between Camp Parent and Camp Freebird. I didn’t have any skin in the game when it came to Brownie gossip or ballet recitals. She had obligations and a spouse who presumably frowned on standing Wine Wednesdays. But the reality is that I have many busy parent friends. Despite the seeming differences in lifestyles, when a relationship is important to the people on both sides…you find a middle ground. Each side bends a little. You adapt and find a way.

There have been times over the past few months when I’ve wanted to send my friend a letter. Sometimes I’m curious to know what happened. Sometimes I’m tempted to rant for pages about how disappointed I am. Whenever I start to type, I stop myself. I stop myself because I realize whatever the case or response or reason, I’m writing to a stranger and chasing the ghost of a friendship that has already slipped away.

I recently read a post on this topic, and the author’s words really hit home:

Losing a friend is very much like a break-up, in the sense that any form of interaction that you have with that person in the future will never be the same again. No matter how much either of you try, once you have crossed that line of inescapable complications and incompatibility, everything that you shared with each other will slowly deteriorate, until ultimately letting go is the only option left.

The thing about us is that we are fixers. We are the ‘Bob the Builders’ of our own lives, and it gets pretty devastating once we find ourselves in a position where the answer to “Can we fix it?” is “No, we can’t.”

Perhaps there is a point in certain friendships — a point at which we stop seeing things — and each other — clearly. A point at which we believe ourselves to be patching everything together, but in reality we’re just making a mess of things. As children, it’s easy to know when to call it quits. The summer sun threatens to set, your mother’s voice finds you beckoning to pack it in. Things get slightly more difficult in adulthood. We can eat when we want and the sun no longer tells us what to do and when. There are no rule books or guide maps for this. As grownups, we’re the captains of our own sailing and sinking ships. Sometimes we surface to find ourselves the lone survivor of something we once believed invincible. Sometimes we’re left standing on a shore of silent wreckage, clutching memories as the sole surviving souvenirs of a one-time forever friend.

I miss you friend. I hope your heart is happy. 



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