22 Columbus Retailers & Other Businesses That Opened in 2016
Columbus saw the rise and fall of a number of businesses in 2016. Most of the new or expanded ventures were in the restaurant industry, providing more feeding options to the residents of Columbus’ neighborhoods. Still, a number of this year’s start-ups, 22 to be exact, possess a different nature.
Downtown saw the revival of the shell B1 Bicycles left behind on Long Street with the Downtown Bike Shop, along with the arrival of Jewelweed Floral Shop and home decor shop LoftWright. CBUS Bike Tours also launched, providing a new kind of view for the increasingly bike-friendly city. Nest Theatre, catering to local improv actors, also made its debut Downtown this year.
CorePower Yoga started the Short North’s year off, one of three Yoga studios to debut this year. After that, it was retail that flourished. Robert Mason brought stationary, office supplies and accessories to the neighborhood, tucked away on Brickel Street. Meanwhile, Upper Arlington-born fitness apparel store Bend Active launched its second location on High Street between W. 3rd and W. 4th Avenues. Closing out 2016, social enterprise Clothe Ohio brought their business offline with their first physical location launching in November.
Sewing and crafting shop Sew to Speak moved its operations from Clintonville to Worthington this year, joining Vernacular Boutique (clothing and home goods) and KASA Yoga in the neighborhood’s new business arena.
The rest of the city’s new additions were fairly scattered. The Brewery District got a little prettier this year, wrangling Nurtur Salon’s third location and Goodfellow’s Tonsorial Parlor. Easton added a CycleBar, a different kind of cycling gym featuring video screens, LED lighting and a DJ booth. Store 5a, expanding from its original Short North location, also opened at Easton this December.
Businesses focused on body care popped up around town, with Yoga Happiness opening its doors in Clintonville, Mesh Fitness landing a spot in Bridge Park, and Vitellas Chun Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture launching in Victorian Village. It was still retail that seemed to persist in this year’s surge of new businesses, though. The Buffalo Exchange Vintage Shop replaced the ill-received Deal Breakers thrift store in the Old North neighborhood; Quinci Emporium took over the Cookware Sorcerer’s old space and purpose in Italian Village; and Glenn Avenue Soap Company established a retail facility in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood.