Please find below some very nice things that have been said about us. We so appreciate all of the kind words and gracious support from our patrons and the media. Thank you!
Psst: To check out the kind words written about our book publishing company, head on over to the "About Us" page on the Two Dollar Radio website.
SOCIAL MEDIA REVIEWS:
Happy Cow Reviews ("Two Dollar Radio is a welcomed and wonderful surprise! The bookstore, coffee shop, bar, and cafe is wonderful for vegs and nons, families, dates, studying... really anything!")
Yelp Reviews ("Two Dollar Radio is one of the most hipster places in Columbus. It's a bookstore and cafe with some of the most kick ass food. The menu features many vegan options. If you want a reasonably priced cocktail they have a few. They also have a lot of events like poetry.")
Google Reviews ("Such a cool place - part coffeehouse, part bar & restaurant, plus a rad bookstore publishing progressive, hard-to-find prints. The food is amazing and the vibe is laid-back and eclectic. My new favorite neighborhood spot.")
Facebook Reviews ("A welcoming space, with a nice selection of diverse authors. Great food choices, and a righteous unicorn mural. Go!")
Next Door Reviews ("there is nothing not to love about this place. Love it!!!")
A Billion Veg Reviews (Buffa-Chicky Blt Sandwich: "So delicious!!")
FourSquare Reviews ("Nice place! Cant wait to return!")
The List: 8 Businesses Supporting Local Social Justice Organizations | 6/11/2020
"A number of local businesses have responded to the local and national (as well as international) conversations surrounding racism and the affects of police brutality in the Black community by donating to community organizers doing the work of combating racial injustice in Columbus... If you provide a receipt from donating to the Columbus Freedom Fund or Black Queer & Intersectional Collective (BQIC), Two Dollar Radio will give you one of their self-published books for free with in-store pickup."
- Columbus Freedom Fund
The Columbus Freedom Fund is a community bail fund centered on Black liberation and freedom started in 2019. Our fiscal sponsor is Women Have Option - Ohio, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.
Donation page: https://www.paypal.me/columbusfreedomfund
- Black Queer & Intersectional Collective (BQIC)
BQIC is a grassroots community organization in Central Ohio that works towards the liberation of Black LGBTQIA+ people from all walks of life through direct action, community organizing, education on our issues, and creating spaces to uplift our voices.
Donation page: https://bqic.net/donate/
Midwest Booksellers Adapt to the Age of Covid-19 | 5/8/2020
"Bookseller Nathan McDowell wears a mask while showing off a few of his favorite indie press reads at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, the bookstore division of indie press Two Dollar Radio."
—Compiled by Claire Kirch
How to buy books from Columbus indies during the pandemic | 4/29/2020
"Two Dollar Radio Headquarters — The South Side merchant is currently offering 15 percent off all books and merchandise purchased through its website with the entirely apt code UGH2020. Orders are shipped out every day except Sunday. In addition, Two Dollar Radio [Headquarters] is selling food for curbside pickup or delivery within a 5-mile radius of the store. The menu is offered from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m-2 p.m. on Saturday. If you order a book with your food, co-founder Eric Obenauf said Two Dollar will include it along with your delivery. Also, Obenauf cautioned that while he’s seen a recent surge in publishing-related articles about the ways online startups support local shops, the best way to support indie bookstores is still to purchase from them directly."
This ain’t Oprah’s Book Club: Diversity thrives in Two Dollar reading groups | 12/17/2019
"When Two Dollar Radio Headquarters made the natural decision to host multiple book clubs after opening a brick and mortar space in 2017, Eric Obenauf, who co-founded the indie publisher with wife Eliza Jane Wood-Obenauf in 2005, knew he didn’t want them to be of the traditional sort, where blandly amorphous groups meet to discuss the latest novel to top The New York Times best-seller list... Rather, Obenauf wanted to cultivate diverse reading groups that reflected Two Dollar’s editorial mission, which is to present a diverse stable of author voices centered in “more experimental or esoteric literature,” as he said in a previous interview."
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The Good Life: Cbus Libraries uplifts local libraries, literary scene | 11/26/2019
"[Moby, the mobile library is] the property of Cbus Libraries, a nonprofit founded by Bryan Loar and Andrea Dixon in 2014. Moby recently was spotted on Nov. 12 at the Two Dollar Radio Headquarters book shop and restaurant on Parsons Avenue for the third-annual “Booksgiving” book drive. By the end of the night, Cbus Libraries had collected $2,000 worth of books from people attending the event, which were donated to Columbus Early Learning Centers, a care-giving and educational organization."
^ Cbus Libraries co-founder Bryan Loar looks through a book with 5-year-old Jeremiah Stanford during the Cbus Libraries’ “Booksgiving” at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters on the South Side. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]
4 top options for cheap vegan eats in Columbus | 7/11/2019
"The bookstore, bar and vegan spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option."
The PEN Ten: An Interview with Theresa Warburton and Elissa Washuta by Lily Philpott | 7/4/2019
Q: "Tell us about your favorite bookstore or library."
A: ELISSA WASHUTA: "I’ve lived in Columbus, Ohio, for the last two years, not far from Two Dollar Radio HQ, the bookstore and cafe operated by the press of the same name. They’ve got a small but really well-chosen selection of mostly independently published books, and they host great events and have a few book clubs. I love that they’re intentional about serving the community, not just for greater Columbus, but specifically for the southside, where they’re located. Eric, Eliza, and Brett put a lot of care into creating a welcoming meeting place, and they’re great about offering the space without dictating the shape of the programming."
Wandering Around Columbus, Ohio | 6/4/2019
"Cities across the country have adopted the 'Keep [insert city name here] Weird' moniker. Columbus, Ohio has not. Its slogan? 'Keep Columbus a Secret.' And for good reason. While the town is packed with art and optimism with an eye toward the future, Columbus still feels easy and uncrowded.... And don’t miss Two Dollar Radio Headquarters — half book publisher, half coffee shop and vegan café, all awesome."
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio | 5/14/2019
"One of the more pleasant takeaways from my recent trek along the Columbus Bookshop Crawl on Independent Bookstore Day (aside from a trunk-load of books) was experiencing the camaraderie and support shared among the city’s booksellers. More than once, a shop owner or clerk would ask, when hearing that I was doing the crawl, “Have you been to Two Dollar Radio Headquarters yet? It’s so cool!”... The shop offers a finely curated library of almost exclusively independently published titles. With reviews and recommendations written on decorative wooden blocks, the books are neatly displayed on large tables and shelves scattered among the café seating area."
^Photo by Matt Browning
CBUS Restaurant of the Month | 3/1/2019
"Walking in, there was an overall calming vibe. Two Dollar Radio HQ is the perfect place to grab a quick bite and relax.... Not only can you buy some bomb vegan food, but when you swing by the storefront, you can also support local writers!"
Things We Love: Picks from Sarah Marsom | 2/6/2019
"Two Dollar Radio Headquarters has quickly become one of my favorite Columbus hot-spots... Visit for a wonderful selection of books, coffee or tea, and a bite to eat."
QUIET GIRL LOUD WORLD BLOG
The Best Bookstores in Columbus, Ohio | 1/13/2019
"With a bit of an eclectic vibe, this little store is the perfect place to spend an afternoon reading, studying, or working on a project... Aside from having an amazing selection of books by independent authors, serving up spectacular coffee, tea, vegan food, and booze, and being an all-around awesome place, Two Dollar Radio HQ is an independent publishing company. They have even produced films! How cool is that? Two Dollar Radio HQ is the store for people who love reading indie authors, want some tasty vegan food, enjoy a fun but calm atmosphere, and especially those who want to write in such an inspiring place."
Dreary Day Destinations in Columbus, Ohio | 12/13/2018
"Put on your fuzziest socks and warmest blanket scarf before you head over to Two Dollar Radio on the next cloudy Sunday morning. Whether you have to make a quick stop (get the breakfast burrito no matter what!!) or have time to spare, the friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere will start your day in the best way. The cool part about Two Dollar Radio is that it’s also a full service bookstore, bar, coffee shop, and vegan restaurant. So what I’m really saying is if you get here on a snowy February weekend morning, 2DR has the appropriate provisions to last you ALL DAY. Park it and enjoy it. Buy a book and read it from cover to cover. Do what you want, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself and come back again just to have another cup of that lavender latte."
Cover: The 2018 year in Columbus dining | 12/12/2018
"Two Dollar Radio Headquarters... hip, multi-function space — it’s as much cafe, bar and vegan restaurant as it is book shop, meeting place and art gallery."
COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST
How indie publisher Two Dollar Radio thrives in a tough market | 11/29/2018
"Two Dollar Radio is thriving as a lifestyle brand that produces six books a year, runs a retail space that’s a [Columbus, Ohio] south side gathering place with booze and food, and also makes micro-budget movies. No matter the product, the focus is quality."
Columbus Writ Large | 10/4/2018
(Segment starts at minute 16:00) "In this collaborative meeting space, husband-and-wife team Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf create and inspiring atmosphere to cultivate a passion for literature."
THIS WEEK COMMUNITY NEWS
Podcast: Looking for a kid-friendly restaurant? | 8/3/2018
"...That reminds me of Two Dollar Radio Headquarters on Parsons. They have this cute little kids' corner with books and little toys and little places for them to sit. I had no idea that was in there. It's a cool coffeeshop and it's a vegan restaurant as well."
Columbus: A Plant-Based Powerhouse of Vegan Eats | 7/18/2018
"It’s no secret that the ultra-hipster city of Columbus is a mecca of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, you-name-it eats. Before we start into it, let’s get one thing straight: even if you don’t fit into any of these categories (ahem, me!) that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy any of these restaurants. The owners of every one of the plant-based restaurants in my list work hard to make sure their offerings are unique, sustainable, and above all, tasty... A jack of trades, Two Dollar Radio Headquarters has it all: bookstore, bar, vegan café, and event space. The café’s menu is made up of entirely vegan dishes using nut cheeses, pizza dough, plant-based meats, and sauces that are made fresh in-house. One of my favorites at lunch or dinnertime is the very popular “Mexican Lasagna.” Looking for a good plant-based brunch? Stop by for a Fried Chick’n & Waffle Sammy—all vegan."
COLUMBUS ALIVE MAGAZINE
Restaurant review: Two Dollar Radio Headquarters | 6/13/2018
"With the September  addition of Two Dollar Radio publishing house’s South Side headquarters, the nationally renowned independent press branched out into the hospitality business. Offering an ambience that reflects the excellent taste prevalent in the books the little company puts out, Two Dollar Radio Headquarters is a multi-function space that’s as much cafe, bar and restaurant as it is book shop, meeting place and art gallery. Local artwork, handsome books and mismatched stout wooden furniture with a glossy finish contribute a liberal dose of charm to an inviting room with stark white walls and exposed brick accents. A soundtrack of smart contemporary bands—I heard Parquet Courts and Foxygen on multiple visits—is a perfect fit for Two Dollar’s casual-but-stylish digs..."
A Book Lover's Guide to Literary Columbus | 6/4/2018
"Since launching last fall on Columbus’ south side, Two Dollar Radio Headquarters has become a hub for authors, activists, and artists. The independent bookstore/café/publishing house was launched by Brett Gregory, and husband and wife team Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, the duo behind the publishing arm of Two Dollar Radio. Since 2005, the publishing house has launched more than 60 books including They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Columbus native Hanif Abdurraqib, named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, Esquire, Paste Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Pick up a copy of Abdurraqib’s book along with other Two Dollar Radio books, as well as books from other indie publishers. The south side bookstore and café also hosts author talks, comedy, and poetry nights, and vegan brunches on Saturdays and Sundays."
COLUMBUS CEO MAGAZINE
Independent Spirit | May 2018
"A new wave of small, idiosyncratic bookstores have popped up in Columbus in the past two years... Now, [Two Dollar Radio's] portfolio includes about 60 books and the storefront on Parsons Avenue that carries its entire published works, along with books and magazines from other indie publishers... The newly opened location is a cafe/store hybrid that offers coffee, alcohol—one of the only places in Columbus that carries Hoof Hearted brews on draft—vegan eats that Obenauf whips up himself, a bar and stools crafted from repurposed wood... Even though the space hasn't been open for long, it's been bustling..."
8 Wonderful Independent Book Stores In Columbus | 4/26/2018
"Two Dollar Radio is one of the coolest, most unique bookstores in the city."
NEW YORK POST
New Yorkers Are Flocking to this Midwest Sanctuary | 4/25/2018
"Right now, [Columbus, Ohio] feels like a test city for entrepreneurs,” Excell says. He points to... Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, a vegan café/bar/small publisher’s flagship bookstore, as recent local hits."
Columbus, Ohio's Coffee Culture | 3/12/2018
"Eric Obenauf and Brett Gregory mug for the camera at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, an indie bookstore, event space, bar and cafe in downtown Columbus. Obenauf founded Two Dollar Radio as an independent publishing company run out of his home in 2005. He and Gregory became co-owners and expanded the business last year. 'We wanted to be part of the community,' Obenauf says, and coffee seemed a natural part of that progression... Two Dollar Radio Headquarters serves One Line Coffee, which is roasted in Heath, Ohio, with plant-based milks."
Behind Bars: Brett Gregory at Two Dollar Radio HQ | 2/7/2018
"The bookstore, bar and cafe counts Lemony Snicket among its fans." Get behind the bar with Brett!
(^ photo by Chris Casella/Columbus Alive)
COLUMBUS FREE PRESS
Socially Just Dining: Two Dollar Radio Headquarters | 10/31/2017
"...one of the latest new vegan businesses to open empowering Columbus towards a rapid vegan shift in consciousness and choices..."
GOOD DAY COLUMBUS/WSYX/WTTE
What's New on the Southside of Columbus | 10/21/2017
"Local expert on everything Columbus, Bryant Miller, caught us up with the latest businesses opening on the southside of Columbus."
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Local press and bookstore strives to publish books “too loud to ignore” | 10/4/2017
"...To the Obenaufs, it was important that they have a physical location. It wasn’t enough to simply produce works of fiction and essay collections from behind a curtain, they needed to tangibly engage the literary community, to become a part of it..."
Two Dollar Radio Opens Bookstore and Event Space | 10/4/2017
"...The bookstore features books and periodicals and was designed by Obenauf, Wood-Obenauf and Two Dollar Radio's editorial and marketing assistant Brett Gregory. The trio also made many of the fixtures, including the bar, bar stools, shelves and tables, by hand..."
Two Dollar Radio opens new bookstore, bar, event space | 10/2/2017
"...The new place houses a bookstore, performance space, full-service coffee and alcohol bar and even features a small menu of hearty vegan food, including dishes that feature vegan chorizo and cashew mozzarella cheese..."
POETS AND WRITERS
Two Dollar Radio Opens Bookstore | 6/27/2017
"...Indie press Two Dollar Radio is opening a bookstore in Columbus, Ohio, that will carry a selection of its own titles, as well as books published by fellow indie publishers..."
Indie Pub Two Dollar Radio to Open Bookstore | 6/23/2017
"...In September (2017), Two Dollar Radio will move into its new headquarters in the city's South Side neighborhood. Aside from an office to house its publishing operations, the building will also feature a bookstore, café, and a bar. The press' expansion is following a trend set by other small literary presses: in 2016, Milkweed Editions opened a bookstore in the Open Book literary center near downtown Minneapolis, followed a few months later by Curbside Splendor Publishing, which opened a bookstore in Chicago’s Revival Food Hall in the National building..."