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The Bloody Handprint & Other Tales

Join us at Bottoms Up Coffee in historic Franklinton for an evening of ghost stories and neighborhood lore. Bottoms Up was established as a social enterprise with a mission to lower the high infant mortality rate in Franklinton. Today, that mission continues under new ownership by Cova Cowork, a team of four social entrepreneurs. Bottoms Up is located in a 1916 post office building that features an exterior mural depicting the resiliency of the neighborhood following the Great Flood of 1913.

Wednesday, October 24 7-9pm

During the month of October, The Bloody Handprint, a painting by Rick Limes, a Franklinton artist who works out of 400 W. Rich Street, will be on display at Bottoms Up Coffee. Individuals who visit the coffee shop will be encouraged to write a short story (125 words or less) about why there is a bloody hand print on the window … the best story will win the painting! Stories can be added to the designated notebook or emailed to – please be sure to provide your contact information in case you are the winner! You do not need to write a story to attend this event, of course.

An orator will select and read five of these stories at our event, and we’ll also share some of our authentic ghost stories collected over many decades that are sure to send a shiver up your spine. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, Franklinton also has the oldest ghost stories and other tales suited for telling around the fireplace of a pioneer tavern. In lieu of an 18th century tavern, Bottoms Up is the perfect venue for tales of daring and heroism, Indian captivity stories, and legends that come straight from early Franklinton chronicles. Bottoms Up coffee/cider and a Tupelo donut are included in your ticket.

Parking is available in the back lot, on street, and in the nearby “fuel office” lot. Event capacity is limited and advance tickets are required. Proceeds from the event will be divided to benefit Columbus Landmarks as we advocate for historic preservation and Cova Cowork as they work to reduce infant mortality. We thank you for your support!

Event Details


  • Name: Columbus Landmarks
  • Phone: 614-221-0227
  • Email:


Bottoms Up Coffee
1069 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
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