All of the pieces that Tim Friar carries in his modern furniture store are unique to central Ohio. Columbus Dispatch photo by Octavian Cantilli

There's a new store in the Short North aiming to fill the modern-furniture shopping void in Columbus, and if modern's your style, this place is definitely worth a look. Grid Furnishings is across from Northstar Cafe, and it's a cool space with equally cool goods. They carry several Blu Dot pieces that are good fun--and practical, too. Owner Tim Friar is a CCAD grad who left his product design consulting career to embark on this passion (and his passion is clear). Prices range from about $160 to $4,000, but most couches fall in the accessible $1,500 range. Grid is at 944 N. High. --Kristy Eckert