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Voda Emporium Brings Curios to Olde Towne East

Anne Evans Anne Evans Voda Emporium Brings Curios to Olde Towne East
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Gary Wahlers and Ted Dyrdek have been residents of Olde Towne East for nearly ten years. They have enjoyed being a part of the diversity and eclectic mix of people that call Olde Towne East home. Gary has been an independent salon owner for about eighteen years, and has had his current salon Voda at 81 Parsons Avenue for seven years. When they had the chance to expand into the rest of the building they were excited to offer another concept they felt was lacking in the neighborhood, a general store. Hence, Voda Emporium was born. At Voda Emporium, they are striving to carry as many locally made products as they can. 

Voda Emporium has been open since May. On my visit, I noticed aprons and clothing by AmyD, CaJohns salsas, jewelry, notecards and soy candles. The soy candles are made by Ted. They offer over twenty scents that burn over sixty-five hours. They also have hardware items, pottery, home decor, gifts and Blue Buffalo dog food. The shop opens at 7am and sells Stauf’s coffee. They are hoping to soon offer boutique wines and Ben Heggy Chocolates.

Gary and Ted have been part of the catalyst behind making the Parsons Avenue strip an art district. The third Saturday of every month is “Art & Olde Towne,” a show to display work by local artists. The storefront just south of Voda became available recently and the couple is planning to open a deli/full-service florist there called “The Portico.”

Ted Dyrdek and Gary Wahlers

If you go, Voda and Voda Emporium are located at 81 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: 614.22.1515. Visit them on the web at VodaEmporium.com.

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8 Responses to Voda Emporium Brings Curios to Olde Towne East

  1. zp945
    zp945 September 13, 2010 9:17 am at 9:17 am

    Wow.  Great to see two people so invested in that strip.  Good luck to them.

  2. NOBOPatriot September 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am

    WOW – another great example of another good reason to visit, live and hang out in Olde Towne – Parsons and Oak have a lot of reasons to visit and have fun – nice to be so close, very close to downtown and the SN as an added bene

  3. Walker Evans
    Walker September 13, 2010 1:09 pm at 1:09 pm

    Very eclectic mix of merchandise! Glad to have something like this in the area. ;)

  4. KyleXC828
    KyleXC828 September 13, 2010 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm

    I hope that Columbus can continue to expand and create wonderful neighborhoods such as olde towne east, Clintonville, Grandview hights, and so on….

  5. PoMoGalaxy
    PoMoGalaxy September 13, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm

    Reminds me of a totally cool intimate shop you’d find in New York but we’re fortunate to have it in our own backyard – I would be drawn in and have to go through every nook. Love what you guys are doing – keep the creative spirit flowing! Looking forward to seeing more and more!

  6. Stacky September 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am

    Thanks for this! I’ve passed this shop from the street, peeked through the windows several times, but never seem to be around to satisfy my curiosity while it’s open. Would love to pick up an AmyD apron.

    Good to know what is up with The Portico too.

  7. Anne Evans
    Anne March 14, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm

    Voda is now carrying Yosick’s Artisan Chocolates!

  8. Walker Evans
    Walker June 29, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm

    Via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/voda-emporium/125322187492355

    “Had a good run. Wish we could have stayed in business, but…….another case of wrong place wrong time again for a Parsons Ave. business.”

    “Voda Hair Design and Portico are still open under new management. Suppor them. That is how bussinesses stay open.”

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