Gahanna saw the opening of a new school and the expansion of her business

Business was brewing in the spirits industry in 2021, and Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has adjusted its pace due to the pandemic.

Here’s a look at five of the main stories that shaped Gahanna in 2021.

Cheers – Noble Cut Distillery Founder Tony Guilfoy proofs, filters, finishes, bottles, labels and distributes Bourbon and Magnolia Whiskey to State Rectifier Ed Carey SN Pike’s recreated that became available for purchase Jan. 2 in multiple locations across Ohio. And in spring 2022, High Bank Distillery will open a second site in Gahanna.

And all that – Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz returned after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting gears to welcome it in the fall instead of its traditional June event to leave more time for vaccinations and ensuring that safety protocols were in place. Gahanna guitarist Zayne Harshaw of Blue Spectrum, a band that covers a wide variety of music and supports people facing challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder, performed.

School is open – Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools opened their first new school building in 26 years. The grand opening of the new Lincoln Elementary School took place on June 5, and the families of the school’s students celebrated with a pizza party and building tours.

What is there to eat? – The supply chain problem caused in part by the pandemic has reached school cafeterias. Foodservice coordinators often had to change menus on the fly, as popular items like chicken nuggets, burgers, and condiments were hard to find and buy.

Innovation center – ADB Safegate, a Gahanna manufacturer that strives to increase efficiency, improve safety, increase environmental sustainability and reduce operating costs for airports and airlines around the world, inaugurated on December 6 what is called an innovation center. The company plans to invest $ 1.5 million and add 24 jobs, with the opening of the new facility scheduled for fall 2022.

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Elizabeth J. Harless