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Shop Talk: FernBird

Melanie McIntyre Melanie McIntyre Shop Talk: FernBird
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One local boutique is combining commerce with a cause.

FernBird, at 3337 N. High St. in Clintonville, carries a variety of merchandise −from clothing and jewelry to art and home décor− and it has promised to donate 10 percent of its profits to local and international charities that empower women and fight sex trafficking.

“For a long time, I have wanted to open my own shop,” said Laurel Lautensack, FernBird’s owner. “I also have a passion for helping others. Upon learning that Columbus was one of the leading cities for sex trafficking, it made sense to combine the two.”

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FernBird’s wares are sourced from Central Ohio and beyond.

3337 N. High St., Clintonville
Phone: 614-398-0880
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Store Hours: Mon.: 2-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat.: 111:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.: 1-4:30 p.m.

“Some products are the creations of close friends,” she said. “Some products are my own design. Others were created by those looking to make a positive change in life. From the people who make the items to the places where they are found, each piece has a history and a story.”

FernBird debuted Dec. 3, 2011  and was mainly open on weekends during the holiday season. Beginning in January, though, the 2,000-square-foot shop began operating seven days a week.

FernBird will host a grand opening at the end of February, Lautensack said.

Photos by Adam Slane Photography.

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