Art and Antiques

The Short North area is lined with art galleries for every taste and budget.  The first Saturday of the month brings the Gallery Hop, where galleries and other Short North businesses are open all evening.  The Gallery Hop can bring out lots of people, particularly in nice weather, so expect some crowds.   GrandView, also on High Street in the Short North, has antiques ranging from furniture to jewelry.

Clothing

Polaris Fashion Place (Polaris Parkway, I-71N to Gemini exit) is an enclosed mall containing most of the usual mall stores, anchored by Macy's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Von Mauer, Sears and J.C. Penney. 

Easton Town Center is a shopping "center" set up to look like streets in a small town.  The area's only Nordstrom is at Easton, as well as Macy's.  Easton, like Polaris, has most of the shops you would expect to find in a large mall, and more. For a listing, see www.eastontowncenter.com.

In addition to shopping malls and chain stores, Columbus has plenty of clothing stores. 

For great trendy clothing that's reasonably priced, try the Emperor's Newest Clothes in Grandview.  The owner is constantly on buying trips and always brings back new and unique items.  And now there's a second Emperor's on High Street in the Short North, right across from the Burgundy Room.

L'eal, on Arlington Avenue in Upper Arlington, is a boutique of upscale and designer clothing, shoes and accessories.  This is the store to find the unusual piece that not everyone else will be wearing.  The selection of evening wear is particularly good.  The personal service is terrific.  This is the store where you can go in saying that you need something to wear to [a wedding, a class reunion, a party tonight, whatever] and the whole store will spring into action with suggestions.  There is a great sale room in the basement. 

Food and Wine

The major local grocery chains are Giant Eagle, Kroger and Meier.  Each has locations all over the metropolitan area.  Whole Foods has a large store in the northwest part of town (Sawmill Avenue and Route 161) and a smaller outlet on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.  If Trader Joe's is more your style, you'll find them on Sawmill just south of Route 161 and at Easton.

On a more local note, the North Market in the Arena District has permanent vendors in the indoor area, and a farmer's market on Saturdays in the summer beginning at 8 a.m. outside.  There are also a number of farmer's markets held throughout the year at various locations. Bluecreek Farms has wonderful meat, and the cheese selection at Curds and Whey is outstanding.  Several of the vendors serve sandwiches and other prepared foods, and there are tables both indoors and out.  North Market also has a small wine store.

It seems odd to tout a general store for wine, but The Andersons General Store (two locations, northwest at 7000 Bent Tree Blvd, slightly north and east of Sawmill Road and Route 161, and east at 5800 Alshire Road, I-70/Brice Road exit) is hard to beat.  It has a selection that rivals most wine specialty stores, and knowledgeable people to help.