Happy Go Lucky Home-one of our favorite décor and gift shops-is getting a sister
Happy Go Lucky Home-one of our favorite décor and gift shops-is getting a sister. Happy Go Lucky Her, which will feature women's clothing and accessories (more photos below), is opening across the street from its older Short North sibling in the spring.
But fans can take a sneak peek this weekend: Owner Debbie Neimeth is hosting a preview party pop-up shop inside Green Olive Company, 861 N. High St., on Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. Champagne and goodies by local baker Jonas Laughlin will be served. We talked with Neimeth about HGL Her.
-Kristy Eckert, @kristyeckert
What can shoppers expect at Happy Go Lucky Her?
It has a very similar spirit to Happy Go Lucky Home, in that you can go into Home and find something inexpensive and very contemporary in feel… or you can find something that's pricey and original. That was the same kind of variety I wanted to replicate in a women's clothing store. It falls outside of the boundaries with what we see elsewhere in Columbus, but there is a place for it.
You're carrying lines-many with a more European feel-that people can't find in big-box stores. Some of those vendors have told you they have several shops in Cleveland that carry them, but none in Columbus.
On the one hand, it's terrifying, because if no one in Columbus has thought to carry these things, it's like, "Do I have an audience?" But on the other hand, it just feels it hasn't been a choice.
What types of lines will you carry?
Porto. Deca. Comfy. The whole group of companies that are done by Johnny Was-that's kind of a little more hippie, funky, with lots of embroideries and laces.
You weren't planning on carrying shoes, but one mind-blowing pair convinced you to give them a try.
We walked by this one booth (at market) and we saw these little booties with all this embroidery… and we're like, "Oh my gosh, we have to have shoes." They're French and they're a fortune, but they're like that piece that is an exclamation point on your outfit.
What are you price points?
Right now I would say it's running $50 up to $500, with things averaging in the high $100s, low $200s. So we'll see how that pans out.
What can people expect at this weekend's pop-up shop?
We're going to try to bring as much as is comfortable. People will be able to look through merchandise and purchase if they want.
When do you expect to open the permanent location?
I'm really, really hoping it's going to be April 1.
Where will it be?
It will be at 964 N. High St.
Now that it's go-time, how are you feeling?
I feel really, really exhilarated, and I look at some of the things and I think, "Oh my gosh, they are so beautiful and they're really fun." And then there's also the feeling of complete terror. [laughing]