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Easton Town Center Adds Two New Stores to Replace Recent Closures

Walker Evans Walker Evans Easton Town Center Adds Two New Stores to Replace Recent Closures

Last week, representatives at Easton Town Center welcomed the addition of two new brands to the shopping center’s lineup: Gilly Hicks and Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters is no stranger to the Columbus region, having operated a University District location adjacent to The Ohio State University since 1998. After 23 years of calling 1782 N. High St. […]

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Black-Owned Boutique Fashionista Therapy Opens In the Short North

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Black-Owned Boutique Fashionista Therapy Opens In the Short North

Rischia Phinisee is excited to be bringing more diversity to the Short North. The former model and Marion, Ohio native first moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University and has lived here since 2005. Phinisee has models for brands like Rue 21 and Macy’s, not to mention years of working in retail. She […]

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Francesca Miller’s Collaboration with Abercrombie & Fitch ‘Radiates Joy’

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Francesca Miller’s Collaboration with Abercrombie & Fitch ‘Radiates Joy’

Abercrombie & Fitch has launched a collaboration with Columbus artist Francesca Miller as part of its For Justice, For Joy collection. Abercrombie launched For Justice, For Joy in February, with designs created with members of the company’s BIPOC Associate Resource Group. The resulting collection produced gender-neutral products with an emphasis on racial justice. In December, Abercrombie reached […]

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Retail Roundup: Relocations, Closings and New Shops on the Horizon

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Retail Roundup: Relocations, Closings and New Shops on the Horizon

In a tough year and a half for many industries, including retail, it’s not all bad news for Columbus shops and boutiques. Local favorites are relocating, and a few shops that are “closing” would more accurately be described as downsizing. Plus, a flea and summer market frequenter arrives soon to Clintonville. Check out the latest […]

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Shop Talk: Leisure Club

Walker Evans Walker Evans Shop Talk: Leisure Club

Now in its third iteration, the recently re-located and re-opened Leisure Club is ready to bring you the full experience you deserve. Launched by creative duo Matthew Barnes and Jared Gibbons, Leisure Club is one part experiential retail store and one part event venue — with a strong “basement den” aesthetic that any 80s dad would […]

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Polaris Mall Owner Files for Bankruptcy

Walker Evans Walker Evans Polaris Mall Owner Files for Bankruptcy

Columbus-based Washington Prime Group formally announced on Sunday, June 13 that the company is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company owns and operates over 100 shopping centers and malls throughout the U.S., including Polaris Fashion Place. According to a media statement published on the Washington Prime Group website, the company cited the COVID-19 […]

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UpWest Opening First Ohio Store at Easton

Susan Post Susan Post UpWest Opening First Ohio Store at Easton

Retailer UpWest is opening its first store in the state, and only its fourth across the country, at Easton Town Center next week. But Columbus is more than just the location of a store, it’s actually where the company was founded. UpWest launched in 2019 as a spinoff of Columbus-based EXPRESS. As a direct-to-consumer brand […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION