If you’ve driven through Gahanna Ohio’s Creekside District any time during the past several months, you’ve likely noticed the large shiny Airstream trailer that sits in front of 167 Mill St. It’s the home of locally owned and operated Blank Slate Coffee … a small haven filled with great coffee, good people and inspiration. The business is taking the next step in its mission to build community by hosting “Art at the Airstream” on September 17. We chatted with owner Matthew Robertson, to learn more.
What’s your basic business philosophy?
As residents of Gahanna, my wife and I believe in the importance of community. We ascribe to the philosophy that, “A rising tide lifts all boats” and working to build up our community will be beneficial to all. We use coffee to build community.
Tell us about your upcoming event, “Art at the Airstream.”
Art at the Airstream (7-9 pm, Saturday, September 17th) will feature local visual artists as well as live musicians from the Greater Columbus area. Several of the artists are current Gahanna residents. Attendees are encouraged to view the work from each artist, enjoy the live music and consider supporting our growing art community by purchasing from a local artist.
What inspired you to offer this event?
We were inspired by the glimpses of incredible local talent we were seeing, and motivated by the fact that currently there is not a solid, grassroots platform to allow those artists to be more visible. We see the value in highlighting that aspect of our community and are happy to make the investment.
Blank Slate Coffee is just a short walk from the Creekside parking garage, and there are a couple of small parking lots available next to and across the street from the event.
There is no charge. Attendees are encouraged to support the artists and musicians in whatever way they are able.
Our Facebook page is a good source of information.