Where is the best shopping in Columbus?

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Erin Norris

Columbus is home to a wealth of locally owned boutiques and shops. While each neighborhood has its distinctive storefronts, the Short North Arts District is the city’s most celebrated shopping destination. Local designers, artists and entrepreneurs have long populated this strip of High Street with clothing boutiques, antique shops and contemporary home-furnishing stores — each offering a unique piece of Columbus. 

Located in the heart of this stretch is Homage, a clothing store gaining national recognition for its humorous and eccentric sports and pop culture memorabilia. While much of its inventory reflects Midwestern sports fervor, teams and personalities from all over the country are represented on the floor.

Grandview Mercantile Co., also in Short North, is a sprawling antique marketplace that features dealers from all over Ohio. Stocked with vintage jewelry, housewares and art, this shop is the destination for one-of-a-kind goods.

A favorite of local chefs and food enthusiasts, Cookware Sorcerer is the main supplier of premium cooking tools and accessories. Located in Italian Village — a short walk from the Short North strip — the store a popular place for gift registries due to its rotating stock of rare kitchen toys. Many of the products sold are not available online, and the knowledgeable staff makes a visit worthwhile.

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