Columbus-Based Pursuit Expanding to Cincinnati
There’s another in the list of businesses that Columbus and Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood now share. Columbus-based suit shop Pursuit is headed for the Queen City with its second storefront expected to open this fall at 1433 Vine St. in Cincinnati.
Launched as a class project by Founder Nate DeMars in 2011, Pursuit operated as a pop-up near Ohio State’s campus before moving to its Short North storefront at 937 N. High St. in 2015. Now the men’s retailer is expanding again, calling Over-the-Rhine an obvious first choice for their growth.
“Since starting the business, we’ve met customers in our Columbus store with ties to Cincinnati who have been adamant we explore OTR,” DeMars said. “Even before that, I’ve watched the amazing revitalization of the neighborhood and the creative entrepreneurs it has attracted. It’s made us want to be a part of the community—it really is one of the most exciting urban neighborhoods in the country. Our goal is to be as much a local business, plugged into the community of Cincinnati, as we have been in Columbus, and we’re excited to get started.”
Pursuit’s OTR location will offer a mix of in-stock and custom suit options. The brand launched its own suit line in 2017, offering a more affordable price-point with in-stock options starting at $299 and custom suits starting at $699. Pursuit’s stores also offer a variety of accessories including dress shirts from Mizzen + Main and ties and accessories from The Tie Bar.
The new location is the final piece of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)’s 15th and Vine project, which was designed in collaborations with Columbus design firm TENFOLD, Cincinnati architect City Studios, and Cincinnati construction firm TriVersity. The project combines a number of buildings and vacant lots into a single five-story mixed-use property featuring office space and retail.
Pursuit joins a number of other small businesses with locations in both Columbus and Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati-based The Eagle, Bakersfield and Taste of Belgium have all set up shop in Columbus, with Cincinnati welcoming Harvest Pizzeria, Brezel, Elm & Iron, The Candle Lab, HOMAGE and 16-Bit with a PINS slated to open soon.
Not unlike its home neighborhood of Short North, “The mix of unique retailers and restaurants in Over‐the‐Rhine makes it the perfect place for our expansion,” DeMars said. “Not only will we benefit from proximity to some of Cincinnati’s favorite boutiques and restaurateurs, like our neighbors at Sacred Beast, but we’ll also share a block with two innovative national retailers: Warby Parker and Bonobos. We think Pursuit will bring a new dimension to OTR, and we look forward to being active members of the community.”
For more information, visit pursuityourself.com.
All renderings provided by TENFOLD.