Chelsea Cabot and then-boyfriend Kris Konieczko had landed the perfect spot for a new store in German Village. They just didn’t know what they wanted to call it.
“We were hem-hawing about that for a long time. We could not come up with anything at all,” says Cabot, who also co-owns Objects for the Home in Grandview Heights with Konieczko. “We kept using the word ‘vernacular.’ We wanted it to be representative of the things inside, representative of how we do our buying. Finally, one of us was just like, “‘How about Vernacular?’”
It was perfect, she says, because the store was built to be part of the neighborhood.
At Vernacular, find housewares like vintage-style citrus reamers, ceramic brie bakers and teapots textured to look like wood. There are baby toys that double as decor and dog toys cute enough to amuse humans, too. Apparel—think jazzy day dresses and cozy sweaters—and jewelry round out the merchandise. “We want people to live in and with the things we have,” Cabot says. “We have to love it, and it has to be at a price point where people can have great things and great styles.”
At Vernacular’s September 2013 opening, Cabot and Konieczko gave guests an extra surprise: their engagement. The couple met as students (she in interior design and he in architecture) at Ohio State.
“We don’t know what role comes first, business owner or relationship,” Cabot says. “Kris and I find the things we like the most are usually from us not being able to find it in our lives personally. We solve problems in our lives through the store.”
In the neighborhood: Walk directly across the street to Lindey’s for Steak Frites and people-watching. If you’re visiting on a Friday or Saturday evening, pop over to Hausfrau Haven on Third Street for a tasting at the wine bar (4 to 6 p.m.) and pick up a bottle to take home.