If shopping counts as a hobby then put it at the top of my list of favorite leisure-time activities. While both Columbus and Cincinnati boast great malls and shopping centers, Amanda and I always prefer checking out the unique wares at the growing number of small, locally owned, and expertly curated boutiques near our homes. What these stores lack in SKUs they make up for in one-of-a-kind finds and great service. Plus who doesn’t love supporting local businesses and budding entrepreneurs?
On that note I have been super eager to check out the latest store launch from the husband-wife design team behind Objects for the Home here in Columbus. I first came across their shop when they were in Clintonville several years back, and would go there frequently for fun-finds for my apartment as well as interesting gifts for family and friends. Now, several years and several stores later, they have just opened a larger furniture and decor focused store in Grandview, with their prior space just a block away becoming home to their fashion focused brand Vernacular. They’ve done a great job of laying out the new space into a series of well-merchandised vignettes filled with beautiful (and affordable!) furniture, lighting, rugs, and art. I was especially in love with all of their end/side/coffee tables and playful assortment of throw pillows. If my apartment weren’t already full to the brim I would have definitely picked up a few pieces!
If you’re in Columbus be sure to check out their new store (which changes stock frequently) as well as their former space, which is now stocked with adorable apparel (men’s and women’s,) accessories, and great gifts. If you’re feeling extra adventurous head just a few blocks south to the couples other newer shop, Cosecha, which sells kitchen and entertaining goods. I haven’t been to this store concept yet but if it’s anything like Objects for the Home and Vernacular it’s sure to become another favorite place to shop.
Feeling a little famished after a day of shopping in Grandview? Try La Tavola on First Avenue for great pastas, pizza, and a much-deserved glass of wine! It was named by Columbus Underground as one of the best new restaurants of 2014!