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Grid Furnishings Coming Soon to The Short North

 Melanie McIntyre
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A new furniture store is scheduled to open early next month in the Short North.

Grid Furnishings will occupy the storefront at 944 N. High St. and carry mid-price modern furniture lines designed in North America, such as Minneapolis-based Blu Dot and Toronto-based Gus* Modern.

“As a nationally recognized center for art and galleries in the Midwest, I believe the obvious extension of the Short North is similar to SoHo, which has become the furniture district of New York,” says Grid owner Tim Friar.

Grid is in the geographical center of the Short North and in a few years the area has the potential to be the hub of great design, as well as great art, in the region, he adds.

Essentially, Grid will function as a showroom for a range of modern residential furnishings, including seating, tables and beds, as well as artwork and art furniture by independent artists and makers.

They include artists Leah Kandel, a Columbus native; Columbus-based Kevin Keiser; Mount Vernon-based Virginia Birchfield; Cleveland-based 44 Steel, Objeti, Bomb Factory Furniture Co., and Forest City Furniture; Columbus-based Modern Farm Furniture; and New York-based AREAWARE.

Friar says research he has done indicates there is a growing demand for quality, affordable modern design furniture in Columbus and that many local residents travel outside Central Ohio to furnish their homes in that style.

“My store will be a place where someone who appreciates great design will come on a monthly basis to experience and fall in love with new and exciting modern furniture,” he says.

Grid will have a preview opening during the November Gallery Hop and the store will be fully operational the week of Nov. 8.

To learn more about Grid, visit GridFurnishings.com.

To learn more about Grid owner Tim Friar, who and what helped him get his store off the ground, and his primary goal for the business, visit TheMetropreneur.com.

All photography by Adam Slane.

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  • cc

    side note: I hate the marketing term ‘designed in North America’ since it is generally used as a cover for ‘made in China’.

  • drew

    I’m looking forward to seeing all of what Grid has to offer. Looks like an interesting selection.

  • We bought our couch from Gus a few years ago and couldn’t be happier with the quality; so great to hear they’re products will be available here. Looking forward to seeing this new shop!

  • rkovo715

    Been walking pass this spot for weeks and wondering what was moving into the location. Glad to have another new tenant in the Short North. I’m looking forward to stopping in once they open!

  • Congrats Tim! I hope to be shopping there soon.

  • lizless

    Very cool. Looking forward to the opening, welcome to the neighborhood!

  • What a great new option for the Short North and the downtown neighborhoods.  So glad to have you joining the mix… welcome!  Looking forward to meeting you and seeing the shop.

  • Just wanted to say that I stopped by this place this weekend, and it is great, and Tim is very very helpful. i highly recommend those in the market for furniture go and have a visit, the locally produced items are very cool! I hope to be back to place an order.

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