Gateway District

A lot has changed around THE Ohio State University’s campus since graduation. From north campus to the Gateway District you will find new renovations and additions such as dorms, apartments, and a variety of restaurants. Outdated buildings have had a makeover… I mean, that Wendy’s on north campus looks NICE.

The Gateway District has been a main focus of the newly revamped university area. So long, Charlie Bear, and hello World of Beer! Even after attending OSU as an undergrad + grad student, I am now just learning all of the businesses that fall under the Gateway family. FusianRaising Cane’s, and Aveda Learning Institute are all a part of it. I thought the district only included the places right near the movie theatre, but there’s so much more!

I recently learned that the Gateway Film Center offers $5 movie tickets on Tuesdays + free popcorn all day! I will have to stop by to watch the movie and check out if the seats are comfy. I’m crossing my fingers for reclining seats!

New to the area is a yoga studio called Yoga Six that offers a variety of classes from boot camp (yoga+ weights) to hot yoga. Sophia and I stopped in for a hot yoga class and I was impressed with the facility. It’s a clean and modern studio that is truly accommodating: lockers with USB charging stations, showers, padded floors in the studio rooms, even razors & hair ties for any last minute necessities!

One thing that was different compared to other yoga studios I’ve been to are the mirrors in the rooms. It helped with finding good form in the yoga poses, but at times a bit distracting. I found myself focusing on my image in the mirror rather than being in the moment. Also, make sure to plan time to find a meter for parking. Yoga Six also has another location in  Upper Arlington.

We also stopped by Mad Mex for a quick dinner and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the food. The website states: “We spin an American food mashup of Mexican, Southeast Asian, and Spanish.” When it comes to fusion food I can be a little picky, but I really enjoyed their food. I had the fried fish tacos and Sophia ordered the chopper salad + portabella mushroom. Everything was fresh and delicious and so were the margaritas! There’s no pre-made mix, just fresh fruit purees that are made in-house. Yum!


Whether you’re a current OSU student or not, The Gateway District is worth checking out. My recent visit was a mixture of nostalgia + discovery! And don’t worry fellow alumni, Ugly Tuna still lives.


This post was sponsored by Gateway University District. All opinions are our own.
Mad Mex photos by: Emma Parker


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