Nordstrom Rack is in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Not in Columbus.
Ulta has three locations in Cincinnati, three locations in Cleveland and one in Toledo. None in Columbus.
H&M has four locations in Cleveland, one in Cincinnati, one in Toledo and one really small store in Columbus.
Sephora has four stores in Cleveland, one in Cincinnati and one in Columbus.
Cleveland has the only M.A.C. (cosmetics) store in Ohio.
There are two stores in Cleveland that carry Lily Pulitzer clothes, five in Cincy and none in Columbus. Guess that means there are no preppies in this college town!
I wonder why retailers shun the C-Bus? There are tens of thousands of college students and young professionals in this city, why not tap into the market?
n.b. These are just a few stores that I like to shop at that I thought of off the top of my head. I do not claim to know how we compare in other areas like large appliances or car parts, for instance.