Columbus artist express his love for local beer, food, vintage goods

Aaron Behnk is a freelance illustrator and paper maker who lives in German Village. Behnk, a native of Rochester, New York, and wife Kat, of Charleston, West Virginia, both settled here after graduating from CCAD and are enjoying what Columbus has to offer. They agree that the city is full of positive energy, creativity and continues to grow prospects for their artistic and gastronomical pursuits. Aaron Behnk Creations will have a booth set up at the Small Business Bazaar during Independents' Day on Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17. Here are some of Behnk's favorites.

Rockmill Brewery

Rockmill Brewery is an experience that is superbly crafted on all levels, starting with delicious brews that reflect the beautiful grounds on which they're made. From farmhouse to your neck of the woods, you can't miss the elegant bottles that sweep the city's many grocery stores, restaurants and craft beer outlets. The buck goes beyond beer at Rockmill Tavern, where the food parallels the quality and character of the brew. It's likely you can find Rockmill in your own backyard, but nothing beats going to the brewery itself to sip saison on a sunny afternoon!

Flower Child

This Short North shop is a delightful journey from the '30s through the '80s of all things vintage, groovy and Americana. It's my favorite place to get sucked into — trying on funky clothes, discovering treasures and marveling at the eclectic displays that adorn each of the many rooms. This place will always have an extra special place in my heart because it's where I found my wife's engagement ring, an elegant antique. At the same time, I unexpectedly found the perfect ring for myself, as well. On it is a braided, sterling silver square knot. The square knot is a symbol for Boy Scouts, which I was in for many years, and it also represented “tying the knot,” which I was! You never know what you may find at Flower Child!

Skillet

Simple, delicious, locally sourced food; Skillet is the TRUTH. It's where I really appreciate food more than anywhere else. An over-easy egg on a plate will blow you away. It's that good. All ingredients are locally sourced and are of top quality and freshness. Best breakfast I've ever had: Pork Goetta drenched in over-easy egg yolk and local maple syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice and same-day dairy milk. Ooo eee!