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Where to Buy Hard to Find Pilea Plants in Columbus

Anne Evans Anne Evans Where to Buy Hard to Find Pilea Plants in Columbus

Is a Pilea peperomioides, also known as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, (and UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant or mirror grass!) on your houseplant wish list? If not, it should be! It has become one of the most desirable houseplants due to how easy it is to care for, and for it’s fun, playful […]

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Shop Talk: Westerville Shop Offers Handmade Apparel, Jewelry, Stationery

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Westerville Shop Offers Handmade Apparel, Jewelry, Stationery

Local Artist Megan Owdom-Weitz opened Megan Lee Designs in Westerville three years ago. Today, the uptown studio-retail space offers her own screen-printed apparel alongside other artisan goods. The shop is located at 20-22 E. College Ave. and is open Wednesday through Saturday. Owdom-Weitz studied design at Kent State, and moved to Chicago to work in […]

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Clintonville Shops Merge Into One Location

Susan Post Susan Post Clintonville Shops Merge Into One Location

Wholly Craft’s little sister is moving in. Surprise Modern Party + Cocktail Goods, 15 W. Dunedin Rd., will close up shop March 31 to move in around the corner with its sister-store, Wholly Craft at 3515 N. High St. Surprise opened in the Short North in the summer of 2016 before moving to its current […]

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Preview: 2019 CCAD Fashion Show

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Preview: 2019 CCAD Fashion Show

The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) will once again host the annual CCAD Fashion Show and fundraiser on Friday, May 10, featuring designs and creations by 18 senior fashion design students. All proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships at CCAD. CCAD fashion design program chair Suzanne Cotton says designers this […]

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Looking Back: 10 Years After the Closure of the City Center Mall

Walker Evans Walker Evans Looking Back: 10 Years After the Closure of the City Center Mall

On March 5, 2009, the Columbus City Center Mall officially closed its doors forever. A decade later, the mall’s successes and failures can still be felt in Downtown Columbus where retail business has struggled to regain the foothold lost when the mall went away, even though the Downtown residential population has continued to climb. “When […]

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Store Closings: Victoria’s Secret, JC Penney, Tesla, Gap

Walker Evans Walker Evans Store Closings: Victoria’s Secret, JC Penney, Tesla, Gap

The past week has been a rough one for national chain retailers. Multiple companies announced store closure plans following reports of poor financial performance. Those announcements include: GAP announced that it would split off Old Navy and close 230 GAP stores over the next two years. Tesla announced that all sales will be moving online […]

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Black Fashion Expo to Shine A Light on Local Brands, Designers

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Black Fashion Expo to Shine A Light on Local Brands, Designers

Nearly 30 local fashion brands and designers will come together for the Black Fashion Expo on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Culture, an event space at 6170 Busch Blvd. The event is organized by Bobby Couch, a local fashion entrepreneur and the founder of brand and creative consulting firm Fashion is Columbus. He is also the […]

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