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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 Top 10 Apparel / Fashion Stores in Columbus

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Apparel / Fashion Stores in Columbus

While many small local retail stores were scrambling to shift from brick-and-mortar to online sales in 2020, some were already well positioned to adapt to changes in the market during a pandemic year. When we surveyed our readers and editors about their favorite apparel and fashion shops of 2020, they picked HOMAGE as the number […]

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The Top 10 Apparel / Fashion Stores of 2019

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Apparel / Fashion Stores of 2019

Columbus is well known as a retail mecca — both from the large number of retail corporate headquarters and jobs, as well as destination-based shopping centers like Easton Town Center. When we poll our readers and editors about fashion and apparel though, they tend to focus more on the unique boutiques and shops scattered around the […]

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Shop Talk: Local Apparel Brand Offers Gender Equal Clothing

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Local Apparel Brand Offers Gender Equal Clothing

Passionate about filling a perceived hole in the market, clothing company Olly Awake offers gender equal clothing. Founder Kevin Terry Smith and designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart teamed up to create the brand, and together they are making and selling articles of clothing that redefine fashion gender types, while also asking consumers to rethink their own preconceived […]

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Top 10: The Best Places to Shop in Columbus, Ohio

Best of CU Best of CU Top 10: The Best Places to Shop in Columbus, Ohio

For the second year in a row, our readers and editors have selected Pursuit as the number one fashion and apparel store, and among the best places to shop in Columbus. The year was a big one for the suit shop, which made headlines first January for their partnership with the USA Men’s Olympic Curling […]

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Basil Restaurant Owner Opens Vintage General Store in Clintonville

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Basil Restaurant Owner Opens Vintage General Store in Clintonville

In the old Midwest Photo store in Clintonville, Rhome Ruanphae has opened Red Barn, a vintage general store joining antique stores like Eclectiques Antiques Mall and Unique Treasures on High Street. Before Ruanphae owned Basil Restaurant, he had previously been in retail for 15 years. He says he always wanted to open a store with this “look […]

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Alma Mater Opening its First Storefront at Bridge Park

Susan Post Susan Post Alma Mater Opening its First Storefront at Bridge Park

Another storefront at Dublin’s Bridge Park is filling in with the addition of Columbus-based apparel brand Alma Mater. Focused on high-end collegiate fashion, Alma Mater will set up shop in 574 square feet of space at 6564 Longshore St. It’s the first brick-and-mortar storefront for the brand, which also recently welcomed a new CEO in […]

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