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renovated houses and a variety of restaurants and shops. At Helen Winnemore’s Contemporary Craft Gallery, admire handcrafted items from artisans working in glass, clay, metal and wood. Jewelry lovers can find the perfect bauble by pulling open dozens of drawers where earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings are tucked away, just waiting to be discovered. For goods imported directly from Europe, visit Caterina Ltd., European Housewares, Art & Gifts, with Czech glass, Italian maiolica dinnerware and fragrant French lavender lotions sold nowhere else in the United States. The Golden Hobby Shop is a showcase of arts and crafts made by senior citizens. Bookworms can get lost, quite literally, while exploring the 32 rooms of bargain-priced books at The Book Loft. And treasure-hunters can spend the day wandering through the Greater Columbus Antique Mall, located in a large historic house nearby on South High Street.

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Ohio State’s acclaimed contemporary arts venue. Thanks to a partnership with Taschen books, the Wex includes a “store within a store” where art, architecture, photography, film and design buffs can spend hours flipping through the publisher’s well-respected tomes. The friendly neighborhood of Clintonville, just north of campus, boasts unique boutiques specializing in one-of-a-kind finds. At Sōbō Style, look for distinctive baby items, jewelry and shabby chic furniture crafted from salvaged wood. There’s also Wholly Craft, a showcase of indie arts and crafts; Rag-O-Rama, a consignment shop full of edgy fashions; and EcoFlora, a sustainable florist carrying terrariums and candles poured into unique vintage tins.

SUBUrBS Many suburbs are home to shopping treasures. On the north side, Worthington resembles a New England village complete with a scenic town green. Stores in the neighborhood include House Wine, where you can taste several vintages before choosing a bottle to take home. Farther north is Historic Downtown Powell, where you’ll find Paris Flea Market, Buckeye Amish Furniture and Louise’s Needlework, along with a number of antiques shops. Also visit Dublin, in northwest Columbus, where a historic downtown offers boutiques such as Boho 72 and Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland. Other suburbs with walkable shopping districts include Bexley, Gahanna, Grandview and Westerville.

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A visit to the campus of The Ohio State University—home to one of the largest student bodies in the country— will reveal numerous shopping options, including Urban Outfitters and Used Kids Records. For an entire store packed with officially licensed Ohio State gear, don’t miss Conrads College Gifts, which stocks everything from backpacks to bobble heads branded in honor of the Buckeyes. (The Buckeye Connection, in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, is another good place to purchase Ohio State GrEAT DEALS goods.) If bargain hunting is your At South Campus passion, Columbus is in Gateway, a development close proximity to some at High Street and major money-saving 11th Avenue with easy opportunities. At JC’s 5 Star parking in the garage to Outlet on the city’s east the rear, stores include side, thrifty shoppers can Helen Winnemore’s score deals on overstocks Finish Line, GameStop, Contemporary nutrition X and Pitaya, a and catalog returns. And fashion boutique with the a 40-minute drive south Craft Gallery latest styles for women. of Columbus will bring There’s also a two-story you to Tanger Outlets at Barnes & noble, where you can pick up Jeffersonville, home to more than 100 home goods and art supplies in addition brand-name outlets and factory stores to books and OSU items. including Adidas, J. Crew, Bath & Body For books, functional art, home Works, Nike and Pottery Barn. It’s a décor items and scores of funky great way to get more bang for your tchotchkes, duck into the gift shop buck. at the Wexner Center for the Arts, | Kimberly Byce 50

Shopping Locations Antiques & Flea Markets Columbus Architectural Salvage, 1580 Clara St., 43211, 614-299-6627. An organized warehouse full of architectural artifacts, antiques, old house parts and repurposed decorative items. A unique place to explore, shop and find inspiration. Grandview Mercantile, 873-881 N. High St., 43215, 614-421-7000. An 8,000-sq.-ft. antique marketplace in Short North Arts District offering discriminating buyers a huge selection of distinctive pieces from around the world. Greater Columbus Antique Mall, 1045 S. High St., 43206, 614-443-7858. Located in a period antique building that’s rumored to be haunted. Five floors, 70 dealers. Columbus’ first antique mall. Open daily, noon-6 p.m. - Bo - Style, 3282 High St., 43202, 614-447So 8880.

Arts and Crafts 1 Stop Bead Shop, 6347 Sawmill Rd., 43017, 614-573-6452. 1 Stop Bead Shop is a retail store located in Dublin that teaches the art of jewelry making and sells all the beads, tools and supplies to support the art. You’ll find us at Sawmill and 161 next to Trader Joe’s. Golden Hobby Shop, 630 S. Third St., 43206, 614-645-8329. Unique handcrafted gifts by local seniors. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen Winnemore’s Contemporary Craft Gallery, 150 E. Kossuth St., 43206, 614-4445850. Located in historic German Village. We focus on the work of American artisans. This means that our shop is like an arts festival yearround. Closed Mon.

Books Barnes & noble, The Ohio State University Bookstore, South Campus Gateway, 1598 N. High St., 43201, 614-247-2000. Books, references and gifts, plus coffee/cafe. You are guaranteed to be entertained for hours. This is a historical, university tradition—Long’s Bookstore at the Gateway. The Book Loft of German village, 631 S. Third St., 43206, 614-464-1774. 32 rooms of books at bargain prices. Open Sun.-Thur., 10 a.m.11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight. Parking at rear in loading zone and other spaces on City Park Avenue.

Boutiques Caterina Ltd., European Housewares, Art & Gifts, 571 S. Third St., 43215, 614-224-7224. Located in historic German Village. This charming boutique sells hard-to-find, authentic artisanal Italian ceramics, French linens, true lavender body care and Polish pottery. Karavan Treasures from Turkey, 771 B & C N. High St., 43215, 614-291-4438. Unique gift store in the Short North bringing real treasures from Turkey. Substance for Fashion Conscious People, LLC, 783 N. High St., 43215, 614-299-2910. Substance sells “The Clothes You Keep.” Curators of classic and sustainable clothing and accessories for women. Upstairs in The Substance Lofts, discover independent local artisans.

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Experience Columbus Visitors Guide winter 2012-13  

Your guide to events, attractions and things to do in Columbus, Ohio, in winter 2012-13. The Official Visitors Guide of Experience Columbus.

Experience Columbus Visitors Guide winter 2012-13  

Your guide to events, attractions and things to do in Columbus, Ohio, in winter 2012-13. The Official Visitors Guide of Experience Columbus.