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Kroger Closing Store on Northeast Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans Kroger Closing Store on Northeast Side

Kroger is kicking off 2018 with a store closure that will impact residents on the Northeast side of Columbus and in the North Linden neighborhood. Effective January 31, the “Northern Lights” Kroger store will close its doors at 3353 Cleveland Ave. “Kroger continually evaluates each store’s performance to ensure that it is best meeting the needs […]

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Top 10 Locally Made Products in Columbus

Best of CU Best of CU Top 10 Locally Made Products in Columbus

There’s a lot of great local companies in Central Ohio that may not be as visible to the public without a brick and mortar destination, but having a retail store doesn’t always make sense for every business model. Case in point: OH! Chips, this year’s #1 locally made product. A potato-chip centric restaurant doesn’t sound […]

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Top 10 Specialty Stores in Columbus

Best of CU Best of CU Top 10 Specialty Stores in Columbus

When you’re looking for a unique gift item or obscure find, you can’t just go to Target or Walmart. Locals know that there’s a selection of specialty shops that will help you find something a little more special. This year, our readers and editors picked Big Fun as the number one destination for that type […]

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19 Retailers that Filed for Bankruptcy and/or Closed Stores in 2017

Walker Evans Walker Evans 19 Retailers that Filed for Bankruptcy and/or Closed Stores in 2017

Consumer trends are changing in the world of traditional retail shopping. Those words couldn’t have rang truer in 2017, a year that saw a massive wave of bankruptcy filings and store closures across major brands, despite a growing US economy. Some of the spokespeople for the struggling stores are blaming Amazon for ravaging brick and […]

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The Top 10 Home Decor Shops in Columbus

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Home Decor Shops in Columbus

For three years running, our readers and editors have selected Elm & Iron as the number one destination in Columbus for all of your home decor, home furnishings and home good needs. This homegrown business has taken the art of vintage to new level of success with four locations now open across Columbus and Cincinnati, […]

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Shop Talk: Detroit Based Company Opens Retail Store in Easton

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Detroit Based Company Opens Retail Store in Easton

Shinola, a high-end manufacturer, opened a Columbus retail location earlier this year. Located at 3976 Easton Station, the store offers watches, leather bags, bicycles, jewelry, and audio products. The company is based in Detroit, MI, where their products are manufactured. The manufacturing plant opened in Detroit in 2012, selling their original watch The Runwell online […]

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Holiday Shopping Guide – Last Minute Gift Ideas

Anne Evans Anne Evans Holiday Shopping Guide – Last Minute Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays! For anyone that is still in need of gift ideas, here’s our last edition of the Holiday Shopping Guide. Thanks to Elm & Iron for presenting the guide, visit them in Clintonville and Easton for an eclectic collection of home furnishings, accessories, and décor. Additional support is provided by Trapped Columbus, take a break […]

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