Pet store prices in Athens, Ohio

As the saying goes, “dogs are mans best friends”. While we all love our dogs, we often forget how expensive they can be. College students at Ohio University can especially relate to this. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you purchase a dog like food, water, care, toys, and the list goes on and on.

College students often ask, where is the cheapest place to get these items? In Athens, Ohio, students choices are usually limited to three places; Walmart, Petland, and PetSmart. These three places have lots of different items that every dog needs, but what is the price we need to pay to make sure our dogs are taken care of?

I decided to take a look for myself. I went to the three places to compare the prices of six things I thought dogs needed: beds, toys, food, collars and leashes, flea and tick treatment, and treats. Here are the results:

Beds:

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The cheapest option: Walmart or PetSmart where it is sold for around $12.99 at each location. This is for a 24X18 inch bed, other sizes and prices vary, but the comfort doesn’t.

Collars and Leashes

Collars and leashes

The cheapest option: This one was tough because they do not sell the same leash and collar at all three stores. Since this was the case, I decided just to find the cheapest option at each location. Walmart wins this category with a collar and leash set priced at $6.99. The other two locations did not sell collars and leashes together.

Food

Food

The cheapest option: This was another tough one considering the wide varieties of dog food. I chose the Royal Canin 30lb. German Shepard bag. Petland and PetSmart both have this food priced at $59.99 which was cheaper than Walmart by almost $15!

Flea and Tick Treatment

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The cheapest option: Every dog should have flea and tick treatments considering they go outside often. Walmart has the cheapest prices in Athens. It’s $39.99 for three treatments for medium dogs(22-45 lbs.), which only makes it $13.33 per treatment!

Treats

Treats

The cheapest option: PetSmart wins this category. Greenies are a dog treat that also helps clean their teeth. These are a very popular brand of treats and only a little over $8 for a pack of six.

Toys

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The cheapest option: Every dog loves tennis balls and playing fetch in the park. PetSmart has the best deal on tennis balls at $4.19 for a pack of six.

Conclusion

Of course, these prices do change, especially if you are a rewards member or have coupons. Dogs can be a very expensive investment, so make sure before you buy one, you can handle that responsibility. Also, make sure to check the prices around Athens. Some stores will even price match if you are dedicated to one store. Do your research, save some money and one last thing….

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Do you have any favorite pet store prices in Athens, Ohio? comment below and tell us where you get your doggy products for cheap!

Confessions of a non-shopaholic

I am a 21-year-old college senior and I hate shopping. There I said it. I was a little surprised when my professor told me that I was put in the shopping section because I don’t really even know what to talk about. I am a non-shopaholic.

I mean for the past like 10 years, I’ve watched Sex and the City more times than I care to admit and you would think that I would have learned something about shopping, WRONG.

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I don’t even know where to begin. Some days I wish I could go back to when I was like three and I could get away with mismatching, or not even wearing clothes. Those were the glory days.

Since that is frowned upon in the adult world, I now have to partake in the “S” word: Shopping. It doesn’t matter what kind of shopping it is: online, in person, shoes, pants, hats. You name it and I probably dislike it.

When I go to a mall, I usually don’t even know where to begin. Have you ever noticed those people who just stand and stare at a map, or just keep walking around in circles? Yea, that’s me, just casually trying to get my steps for my FitBit. Deep down, it’s my pump up to actually going out and finding clothes.

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When I finally find a store, I feel like the shelves and rack go on for days! Where Do I start? How do I find my way out? Is there a map or like an SOS call if I get lost? I always start at the front and retrace my steps to get out.

After I start looking around, I usually end up finding something super cute. The next step in the process is finding my size. For anyone who is not 5’4 and a size 2, you know the struggle. I am personally 6’0 tall with more awkward curves than a country road so it’s even more impossible. After searching and asking a worker for help, I usually turn up empty handed. Strike one.

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The search continues deeper into a store with no back wall in sight. When, out of the corner of my eye, I see something else that is cute! When I go to take a closer look, I notice that it’s in my size! Then I usually stop and think to myself, “what would I wear with this strapless, flowy, see-through top?” I think about what I have already in my closest so I don’t have to do any more shopping than necessary, and then it dawns on me, there is nothing at home that would work. I put the shirt back on the rack and move on. Strike two.

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I keep looking, and when I finally have found the back of the store I also have found the thing my heart has longed for! It’s a cute shirt that’s in my size and I know that I have the perfect pair of pants to go with it! At this point, I truly believe in Jesus because this is a miracle! Then I look at the price tag. “Who is going to pay that much money for a shirt that looks like it was made from tissue paper,” I think to myself, “ I can’t afford this, I’m ballin’ on a budget”. I put it away, and leave the store empty handed. Strike three.

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At this point, I am pretty defeated, BUT, out of nowhere, I hear my name. I turn around and see the food court. This is right where I needed to be, with the things that will fully accept me. I usually always find something in my closet later to wear so it’s never truly an Earth-shattering even anyway! Problem solved and my shopping story ends on a happy note.

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I know I am not the only crazy one out there so comment below with your favorite shops or even your shopping horror stories! Happy shopping!

Changes in the O Zone for Ohio University

For our non-science fans out there, ozone is what shields our planet from ultraviolet, or UV, rays. If you are a student on Ohio University’s campus, you know of “O Zone” as the fan section for home football and basketball games. These are an elite group of fans who are dedicated to cheering on our sports teams. But this year, there have been some changes to our layers.

In the past, students could pay a fee, receive a t-shirt, and get mixed into the crowd of fans at Ohio University.  These students

O Zone president R.P. Kirtland cheers on the Ohio University mens basketball team
O Zone president R.P. Kirtland cheers on the Ohio University mens basketball team. Photo by Michael Pronzato.

were promised the best seats at home games; whether they got those or not depended on how early they wanted to show up to the games. This year, the group has taken a stance on the best seats rule.

R.P. Kirtland, a senior sports management major and president of the O Zone said, “This year, the O Zone has enforced seating at both football and basketball games, ensuring that only the rowdiest fans get the best seats.”

Students who signed up to be a member of this elite fan group received a wrist band along with their t-shirt. In order to get the front and best seats in the house, they must show this band at the game. The group now has people checking to make sure you have these bracelets on when you walk in.

“These changes seem to have boosted membership, because fans feel as if it’s worth their investment,” Kirtland said. “It also keeps our fans from other schools.”

According to Ohiobobcats.com, the home to the athletic pages, this puts “O Zone members right where they belong – right where the action is!”

To sign up for this kind of action, head over to Ohiobobcats.com, the Ohio Athletics Marketing and Promotions Office inside the Convocation Center, call 740-597-1374, or sign-up at any Ohio Football or Men’s Basketball home game. The upperclassman fee is $20 while the freshman fee is $25. You can sign up at any point in the year, but make sure you do before basketball season starts. Word on the street is there are a lot of fun events planned.

Do you have any ideas or favorite cheers you want to see the O Zone do? Let us know in the comments section below!

March With Us: The OU Artillery

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of dedication is “a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something: the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.” If you take one look at the fans who support the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, you will see just that. They are dedicated fans who spend countless hours cheering for their team, traveling hundreds of miles for games, and always fly their colors proudly.

Ohio University students can relate to this kind of dedication, which is why when the CBJ Artillery decided to branch out, they chose OU as one of three schools to partner with. “The OU Artillery was formed this year to spread the word and fan base for the Jackets,” said Ben Khan, a sophomore and founder of the OU Artillery.

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The CBJ Artillery was created by a trio of Jackets fans which included OU alum, Jordan Mills. “The Artillery was created out of a passion for the Blue Jackets and with the goal of uniting our fan base as one, as well as giving fans a platform to share their fandom on a larger scale,” said Mills. Within the year of their creation, the concept of “We Are The 5ht Line” was born and everything grew from there. “We wanted to give fans an identity, something to belong to,” Mills said.

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The expansion to college campuses in Ohio gives fans even more of a voice. Khan approached the CBJ Artillery with the idea of continuing the support and letting fans bond over what they love. The OU Artillery was the first branch created, soon followed by Miami and Ohio State University. Even though these three schools do not have any current plans of getting together, they do have lots of fun events planned in their respective areas this season.

The OU Artillery plans to meet during the season at Buffalo Wild Wings on Union Street. “BW3’s has offered us space to host viewing parties,” Khan said, “it’s a place where you don’t have to be 21 to get in and we are also planning to hold watch parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays to go along with the specials.”  Events this month occur on the 20 and 27, which are both Tuesdays.

At these viewing parties, the group plans on watching the games, handing out freebies and 5th Line gear, and bonding over the team they love. “We really just want to spread the word and the fan-base for the Jackets,” Kahn said, “I love interacting with everyone. We are just a group of bobcats who love the Blue Jackets.”

“If you’re coming to a watch party, I want you to meet new people, watch hockey, and cheer on the Jackets – that simple,” Mills said.

Make sure you follow the OU Artillery on Twitter and Instagram and stay posted for more details on watch parties. Also, if you have any ides for future events or things you would like to see, comment below or tweet at the OU Artillery!

Top 7 relationships in Athens, Ohio

We have all heard about the Hollywood celebrity dating scene, but I bet you didn’t know we have our own celebrity couples in Athens, Ohio. The rich and famous have made their way to our college town and I bet you run into them more than you think. That’s right, I’m talking about the bars and restaurants that are open after dark. We crowd them, take pictures, and follow their every move. You have been so focused on your favorite that I’m sure you haven’t noticed that they are all secretly in relationships. It’s true, and we have the inside scoop for you!

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Jackie-O’s and Uptown Grill

Let’s start with two of the most famous establishments in Athens, Jackie-O’s and Uptown Grill. These love birds have been eyeing each other from across the street for years. After hanging out, listening to music, and enjoying the unique beers Jackie-O’s has, you can walk down the street and order the famous Chicken and Waffle sandwich. This is one couple you do not want to mess with.

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Big Mamma’s Burritos and Casa Nueva

Big Mamma’s Burritos and Casa Nueva is one couple that is juat too hot to ignore. They are both so bold, but together would be a powerhouse. If you start to get hungry after too many margaritas, your next stop should be Big Mamma’s for one of their signature burritos. While there is a separation between them, these star crossed lovers can’t be separated. Te amo!

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Broney’s Alumni Grill and D.P. Dough

Our next couple may be long distance, but Broney’s Alumni Grill and D.P. Dough will always be close at heart. With the word “alumni” in the name, it’s safe to assume that a lot of alums visit while reliving their glory days. Since they are veterans, they know how to beat the hangovers. They can order their calzones and meet it in the hotel, just in time for bed!

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Tony’s and Insomnia Cookies

What is better than cookies and coffee? Nothing. Tony’s and Insomnia Cookies is a match made in Heaven. After drinking a Hot Nut, a mixture of coffee and liquor, the only thing that would make your night better would be a warm cookie! The best part is that Insomnia is open until 3 am, so you can pick it up on your way home!

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Pigskin and Kisers on Court BBQ

Life would be a “boar” without Pigskin and Kiser’s BBQ together. This relationship was a no brainer. Nothing goes together like beer, BBQ, and country music. These two have just that! Kiser’s on Court is now open until 3 am on Friday and Saturday. This combination would be the perfect “cure” for any weekend night!

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Union Street Diner, Cat’s Den, and The Smiling Skull

Here in Athens, Ohio, we don’t judge. When we heard that Union Street Dinner, Cat’s Den, and The Smiling Skull were in a relationship together, we welcomed them with open arms. All three of these places are located on Union Street and you can’t have one without the other. While these bars are considered “townie” bars, students just can’t resist them. After listening to the music and sitting on the patio, the only other logical stop would be the dinner. Thankfully it’s open 24/7.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

And, of course, there’s always that one friend that will fall into the “forever alone” category. That friend is Buffalo Wild Wings. This restaurant serves food and alcohol late into the night. Between the beer, wings, and giant TV’s, why would you need anything else? Don’t worry BW3’s; we still love you!

Since the lifestyles of the rich and famous are constantly changing, what relationships are your favorites? Comment below and tell us your favorite duo in Athens, Ohio. You never know who might be next!

All photos and graphics of Athens, Ohio were taken and made by Hannah Funderburg

Gluten free me, Athens, Ohio

By a show of hands, how many of you have been to a restaurant and seen the tiny font at the bottom of the menu that reads, “We will gladly accommodate special dietary needs?” I know I have! It has become increasingly popular. This is mostly because of the high growth of dietary needs.

Now let’s imagine for a minute that you are gluten-free. Most people who live a gluten-free lifestyle have celiacs disease. If you have celiacs, you can’t eat bread, pizza, or even drink certain beers. You can’t eat anything with wheat, barley, or rye grains. If you do consume these things, you can get very sick. This could make things increasingly difficult.

Luckily, the town of Athens, Ohio has many different options for people who are gluten-free.

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Chelsea’s Real Food Truck

According to Chelsea’s Real Food Truck’s website they are a “full-service mobile kitchen, serving locally-sourced, made from scratch, gluten-free foods.” This unique truck gets most of their food from local Athens farmers so their food is always fresh and unique according to the season. You can find this option at the Athens Farmers Market, 1000 East State Street, every Saturday from 9am-noon. She also travels to many different festivals and events during the year.

Casa Nueva

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Another very local Athens treat is Casa Nueva. While this restaurant is known for its Bloody Mary and music, it also houses its own gluten-free menu. You are guaranteed the best local products when you visit, which makes it even better. One of my favorite Casa meals is an enchilada with pulled pork and BBQ sauce, mixed with cheese and onions. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The best part, it’s gluten free!  If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try something else on their gluten-free menu! Casa is at 4 W. State St.

Lui Lui

If you are looking for something a little different and higher end, Lui Lui’s in the place to go. With a wide variety of sushi and curry products, there are many gluten-free options. If you stop in, you should try their chicken jalfrezi. It will really get your taste buds working. They have many other options that you can browse here. They are located at 8 Station St. and are very accommodating if you let your server know.

Avalanche Pizza

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The Avalanche Ranch Pizza. Photo Provided by avalanchepizza.net

Pizza is a huge staple in the lives of college students. Avalanche Pizza has trained its employees and is dedicated to serving gluten-free pizzas and subs. You can order a make your own 12” pizza with whatever toppings you can imagine on it. If you don’t feel like pizza, try one of their six subs. They range from veggie, to steak and are full of wonderful and fresh ingredients. You can take a look for yourself at all of the mouthwatering products they offer.

Last but not least

Boyd Dinning Hall

West Green Market is open for 3 meals a day and plays a part in the special diets on campus. Photo curtosey of Ohio Culinary Service
West Green Market is open for 3 meals a day and plays a part in the special diets on campus. Photo curtosey of Ohio Culinary Service

Ohio University spent all of spring semester 2015 renovating Boyd Dining Hall. Located on West Green, Boyd features new special dining options to accompany its redone look.  In the far back corner sits a station dedicated to serving students with special diets. Here, they serve gluten-free noodles, cakes, cupcakes, and sandwiches. They even have deep fryers dedicated to special needs. This is to help serve the growing population of gluten-free students on campus.

While there are many more places in and around Athens to eat and explore, these are some of the best choices for gluten-sensitive residents. Do you have a favorite spot that has a gluten-free menu? Comment below and share! Happy eating!