Our friends at Small Business Beanstalk are putting on quite the shindig (it's billed as a gala) to praise and recognize some of Columbus' most interesting and innovative local businesses.

Our friends at Small Business Beanstalk are putting on quite the shindig (it's billed as a gala) to praise and recognize some of Columbus' most interesting and innovative local businesses.

The first SBB Local Business Awards will be given Sept. 21 at an event at the Bluestone.The event is free, but you must have a ticket to get in; follow SBB on Facebook for information on where tickets will be available.

The ceremony includes performances by some of Columbus' most-loved bands: Andy Shaw, The Spruce Campbells, Phantods, G.Finesse and The N.S., The Town Monster, Wet Darlings and Karate Coyote.

Awards are being given in several categories: Best Local Arts, Best Local Gallery, Best Local Bar, Best Local Retailer, Best Music Venue, Best Local Grocery or Market, Best Local Spa or Salon, Best Local Gym, Best Local Tattoo Parlor, Best Local Food Truck, Best New Local Business, Best Restaurant, Business of the Year.

Visit SBB to cast votes for your favorites.