It's no secret those of us at Alive love Robert Mason, Downtown's hip office supply store. We selected founder/owner Robert Grimmett as part of 2013's People to Watch class after all. In part, that selection was due to Grimmett's hustle, having started the business as a 12 year old in West Virginia. Though the store is temporarily closed due to an April fire, Grimmett's been hard at work relaunching his website and setting up pop-up shops at various events. This summer he hopes to announce his store's new downtown location, which he expects to open before the year ends. As always, these are a few of Grimmett's favorite things.

Itís no secret those of us at Alive love Robert Mason, Downtownís hip office supply store. We selected founder/owner Robert Grimmett as part of 2013ís People to Watch class after all. In part, that selection was due to Grimmettís hustle, having started the business as a 12 year old in West Virginia. Though the store is temporarily closed due to an April fire, Grimmettís been hard at work relaunching his website and setting up pop-up shops at various events. This summer he hopes to announce his storeís new downtown location, which he expects to open before the year ends. As always, these are a few of Grimmettís favorite things.

Biking to clear my head

Itís a new love of mine. I hadnít ridden a bike since I was 9 or 10 maybe. I was a marathon runner for years, and was one of those who converted to biking. Each day I look forward to it like a kid. I ride every single night and I do the exact same path: Gay Street to the Olentangy Trail and then to Antrim [Park], and I just lay there. Thatís huge for me right now. On the weekends, Iíll lay up there for hours. Iíll get a sunburn from it. Itís not crowded, itís this weird secret oasis. Iím afraid to tell people to go there.

Cafť Brioso

Thatís my sweet treat. Going there two to three times a day is my thing. I just drink normal coffee. Iím a íholic. Light roast. The more caffeine the better. Theyíre roasting it there, and thatís an authentic experience, which is so important to me in almost everything.

Market 65

I never vary. I get the same exact thing, the create-your-own: salmon Ö grapes or cranberries, roasted corn, black beans, chickpeas, mozzarella. Their caramel apple dressing is disgustingly amazing. The fact that they make it in the morning is awesome. One day I walked in and they were like, ďOh, we didnít make your dressing this morning.Ē I was like, ďYou are kidding? You have no idea what you did to my day.Ē If you say to somebody whoís not used to Downtown that you have this amazing thing you look forward to and itís called a salad, theyíre like, ďWhatís wrong with you?Ē But itís that good.

Drinks on Milestoneís patio

When you can take a piece of another city and feel like youíre living it in Columbus, I love that. Getting drinks on Milestoneís patio Ö because of the fountains, feels so big city, and maybe like youíre by the beach because youíre getting air from the fountains and thereís so much pedestrian traffic. When people come in to town, thatís where I take them. You want to feel real deal Columbus? This is where weíre headed.

FMMF

Itís marrying two of my favorite subjects, fashion and music. When they released that video that Mills James did, I was like, ďWhere did this come from? Is this happening here?Ē Itís going to be such an event that weekend; we donít even have any idea yet. If they can pull it off and then do it again and again and again, thatís a humungous deal for Columbus. [Robert Mason is] a designer thatís going to present Ö so we get the VIP tickets to all the different stages. Iím going to be overwhelmed.

Robert Grimmett

Founder/owner of Robert Mason

robertmasoncompany.com

@robertmasonco