In addition to shopping and strolling, the grandview jump has always included a charitable component.
“Proceeds from our Charity Beer Garden are always set aside for the benefit of local organizations,” said Derek Grosso, founder and owner of the Columbus Young Professionals Clubthe organization that presents The Hop.
The Hop is returning to a full four-month summer schedule after being canceled in 2020 and limited last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Events take place from 5-9 p.m. on June 25, July 30, August 27, and September 24 on Grandview Avenue between First and Third Avenues.
“We’re so excited to be back to a full schedule,” Grosso said. “I think as the Grandview community has grown, the Hop has continued to evolve and grow with it. The Hop started 17 years ago as a boardwalk event, a bit like the Short North Gallery Hop. It became more of an evening. Market/street party type atmosphere.
“There’s a whole new vibe and energy building along Grandview Avenue with new businesses and entrepreneurs bringing new ideas and concepts to the neighborhood.”
Each event will feature more than 100 pop-up vendors and outdoor food trucks, live entertainment, special activities, and sales at brick-and-mortar businesses and restaurants along the route.
Along with the expanded schedule, the Hop will also offer an enhanced charity mission this year, he said.
The September 24 event will be a collaboration with the annual meeting festival for goodcreated in 2016 to shine a spotlight on companies that have made social change part of their overall missions, said Grandview resident Lauren Edwards, who is president of the FFG.
“We try to draw attention to companies that serve as social entrepreneurs,” she said. “They will use a portion of the profits they make from their business and reinvest it back into the community by supporting a program or cause they believe in.
The Festival for Good has been held in various locations across central Ohio since its inception, including most recently in Franklinton and Clintonville, Edwards said.
More than 100 businesses, mostly from central Ohio, attend the festival each year, she said.
In addition to selling their goods and services at FFG booths, vendor information also links to socialventurescbus.com, the website of Social Ventures, an Ohio-based core group that supports and promotes social enterprises, said Edwards.
“We’re looking to help these businesses find customers, not just on Festival for Good day, but throughout the year,” she said.
The Hop route will be split roughly in half on September 24, with the vendor space from Haines Avenue to First Avenue filled with Festival for Good businesses and the rest of the booth space along the route dedicated to vendors Hop pop-up,” Grosso said.
“Some of our regular Hop visitors and residents will be able to learn more about the vendors at Festival for Good and people who are regulars at FFG will be able to learn more about our vendors and the businesses along Grandview Avenue,” it said. -he declares.
FFG organizers have wanted to partner with the Hop for a few years, Edwards said.
“Derek and the CYP have been so good at making sure that reaching out and doing good things for the community is an important part of The Hop’s mission,” she said. “It fits perfectly with what we are trying to do and support with the Festival for Good.”
About 35 to 40 Festival for Good vendors will participate in the Sept. 24 Hop, Edwards said.
More information about Festival for Good is available at festivalforgood.org.
More information about the Hop, including updates on participating vendors, food trucks and show times, is available at grandviewhop.com.
The Hop will also offer a Kids Fest event in partnership with KidsLinked during the Aug. 27 event, Grosso said.
The Kids Fest, which features activities for young people, will take place at St. Christopher’s Church, 1420 Grandview. Av.