Yankee Trader Building may become Boutique Hotel
The Dispatch wrote Boutique hotel suggested
Saturday, January 12, 2008
BY MIKE PRAMIK AND MARLA MATZER ROSE
A funky novelty store predating the Greater Columbus Convention Center and today’s trendy Short North may play a key part in the future of both.
The owners of Yankee Trader have enlisted a real-estate broker to seek a buyer who will convert their aging brick building at 463 N. High St. into an upscale hotel.
The downside: The potential development could hurt plans for a larger, convention-style hotel being considered a block away on property controlled by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, local officials said this week.
Yankee Trader co-owner Lynette Howard said she’s not planning to close the quirky store, known for Halloween costumes, rubber eyeballs and plastic rats. But she says she might move.