The first Saturday of each month there is Gallery Hop. It's not anything especially organized. Basically what you do is "hop" from gallery to gallery. Supposedly you look at the art but you really do it to dine on the fine (read "free") food. It's also a great place to see and be seen. Lots of opportunities to be propositioned by drunkards or have your ensemble be silently criticized by gay people or people who work in the stores.
Ridiculously overpriced thrift stores that call their clothes "Vintage" and "Experienced"
Political activists (Hillary supporters across the street from Obama supporters)
Restaurants that are described as being
"fusion" "vegetarian" "poetic" and "pan-Asian".
Coffee out the wazoo.
Middle-eastern-themed gift shops
Local bands playing in alleys.
smaller local bands blocking the sidewalk and playing "folk music"
Jeni's (an expensive but delicious ice cream shop)
Phillip's Coney Island (a nice, simple diner. Would be awesome if it weren't the token diner).
A Hookah bar.
The Full Monty (guys dance in the windows).
Types of people that go to the short north:
People from Bexley
People from Clintonville
OSU Professional or Grad students
People from the local news
People from radio stations
Anyone and everyone who wants free samples.
People who would never go there save to get free stuff:
conservative people (who probably went once and still talk about the lesbian couple they saw making out in front of the record store.)
Words that can be associated with the Short North:
Art, Poetic, European, Asian, Metropolitan, Urban, Cool, Cutting-edge, posh, Lively, scene, night, Young, antique, vintage, unique, salon, wine, fine, gourmet, chic, organic, bottled water, gay, fashion