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!")
FourSquare ("Nice place! Cant wait to return!")
COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST
How indie publisher Two Dollar Radio thrives in a tough market
"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..."