No Holds Barred now also available in Columbus

No Holds Barred, Bertram’s and other former Youngstown Vindicator journalists’ ode to the family-owned newspaper’s 150 years of providing history’s first draft, is now also available at The Book Loft in Columbus’ German Village. 

This popular, unique bookstore is alone a reason to visit Ohio’s capital city — for readers and non-readers alike. Its 32 cozy rooms, plus outdoor tables in a courtyard with beckoning benches under a shady canopy of trees, are packed with all the books you  — and your kids — could want, along with rare book sets, comics, posters, and a wide array of gift and novelty items, including games, T-shirts, socks, page markers, puzzles, greeting and Tarot cards, masks and totes.

The store itself and its wrought iron entrance to its long brick outdoor stairway are tucked in a quaint area that features European village-like brick streets and walk-ups lavishly adorned with flowers (season permitting) and shrubs. It’s also conveniently located next to a great independent  coffeehouse (and not far from an interesting deli) where you can peruse your very affordably priced Loft purchases at your leisure. Check out their website,, for more on this travelers’,  book lovers’ and holiday shoppers’ find, which, btw, is open till 11 p.m. seven days a week! 

Thanks, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, for introducing me to my new favorite place in Columbus!

Cynthia Rickard
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