Great for Shoppers
Beyond the Outerbelt, shopping large and small
median age: 37.4
distance to downtown: 16.9 miles
Between its shopping-center proximity (it takes half the time to get to Polaris than to Downtown) and its own booming retail district, Powell is ideal for serious spenders and window-shoppers alike. The intersection of Olentangy and Liberty streets is home to spots like fun and frilly gift shop Cute as a Button and the Liberty Antique Mall, which specializes in vintage music machines. “A lot of families live within walking distance [of downtown], so when the weather’s nice, they’re out with the stroller and the dog and it’s a very communal atmosphere,” says Erin Paulson, of business organization Historic Downtown Powell. Nice weather also brings the Powell Street Markets, a three-Saturdays-a-year collaboration (next on May 5) between shop owners and local artisans, turning Olentangy Street into a craft fair.