Long known as an antiques haven, Powell has quietly built itself into Central Ohio's upscale home decor mecca
A decade ago, Powell was hardly considered a Columbus suburb: It was merely that far, far away place with antique stores that die-hard pickers and your grandma might visit on the occasional weekend. But for the past 10 years, a plethora of young families have populated the fast-growing community with fabulous homes, shiny cars and new energy. Thus, the city's once-sleepy downtown has awakened-and become a haven for upscale home furnishing stores. It's also a delightful place to park your car and spend a Saturday strolling. Here's what not to miss.Home décor
In 2010, interior designer friends Paige Langdale and Julie DeVito Butler (right) opened their first Bungalow in the Short North. In 2011, they opened this one at 50 W. Olentangy St. And in 2012, they opened a third in New Albany. Their comfy-luxe furnishings and accessories are mostly new, with a sprinkling of repurposed items (such as a coffee table made of wood reclaimed from a Mt. Vernon barn). So what separates this Bungalow from the others? Deals. While most items here are still full-priced, they do move the sale items from the other stores to this one. So look carefully-and enjoy your score.
Splurge:Verellen couch, $3,300
Steal:Bangle bracelets, $8 to $12
Anne Grayson (above) opened The Collection (41 Depot St.) in 1997 with a focus on antiques. It's since evolved into a shop with an eclectic-chic mix of furniture, lighting and more-some new, some custom-built, some custom-tweaked (think reupholstered), some former floor samples and some antique. Grayson's husband (who co-owns the store) and stepfather build or tweak many of the pieces themselves, keeping quality high, prices low and duplicates nonexistent. (Their custom dining tables, which start at $895, are exquisite.)
Splurge: Giant mirror made of hand-hammered Southeastern freight truck siding, $895
Steal: White thyme and ginger Pomeroy candle in reusable mercury glass, $20
Jana Leino (below) and her husband, David, loved entertaining-particularly with Simon Pearce dishes. As destiny would have it, about the time David decided to retire early from his position as an executive with Abercrombie & Fitch, a Bexley shop that carried Simon Pearce was closing. And an idea was born. The couple secured the line and opened Found (21 W. Olentangy St.), which carries upscale dishware, bedding and anything else you'd need to entertain beautifully. Five years later, David is back with A&F and Jana is constantly keeping things fresh at Found. Among other ways she mixes it up: She features wares by local artists (don't miss her Anne Ciotola photos-stunning).
Splurge: Sferra bedding, $75 and up
Steal: Miller Harris "citron citron" hand lotion, $25
Co-owner Allyson Robinson (below, left) is a former elementary teacher who has, among other things, managed a children's retail store and started a gourmet cookie company. An avid decorator, she decided to team with co-owner Kim Ceckitti-who had made furniture for Robinson's home-to open Touched (180 W. Olentangy St.). Robinson, who typically mans the shop, had a barn deconstructed so that Ceckitti can craft pieces from the wood. Touched offers an eclectic mix of statement pieces and accessories, with a noteworthy amount of gift-priced goodies for $25 and less.
Splurge: Industrial fan transformed into a coffee table, $420
Steal: Antlers, $6
You'll still find antiques here, too. Liberty Antique Mall (18 N. Liberty St.) showcases several vendors who sell everything from knives to carousel horses. The next door Paris Flea Market offers a mix of vintage furnishings and a few new items as well. Ellen Sea Art & Antiques (87 W. Olentangy St.) is jam-packed for the pickin'. And Blackberry Patch Antiques (30 Depot St.) might boast the best vintage jewelry selection in Columbus.Clothing & Gifts
3 Boutique (47 W. Olentangy St., shown below) offers an array of fun women's fashion, from dresses to accessories. Nicole's for Children (55 E. Olentangy St.) offers some of the best kids clothing in Central Ohio. Rue de Lily (32 E. Olentangy St.) is a splendid gift boutique that peddles a variety of treats, from dishware to lotions to scarves. Krysty Designs (65 W. Olentangy St.) will custom design any piece of jewelry you can dream up. And you'll find gifts aplenty at kids shop Cute As A Button (38 W. Olentangy St.); hostess treats at Petals & Leaves (50 S. Liberty St.); and inspiration at Shyne (50 S. Liberty St.).
3 boutique 3 things to know
1 Co-owners and East Coast natives Jodi Vince (left) and Brooke Aquino were fashion-loving stay-at-home moms who joined forces to open the boutique two years ago.
2 The shop reflects the owners' eclectic styles: Lines range from Prairie Underground to Graham & Spencer to Desigual.
3 They want your back side to look good-and they carry the denim selection to prove it.