ULTIMATE TOYS The Roby Toy Barn is a used luxury car dealership in Dublin. According to spokesperson Corey Rose, it offers high-quality, low-mileage cars for people who want more than a means of transportation. You'll find such makes as Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen in models ranging from rare to regular. The selection could include a '67 Firebird or a 2008 Corvette convertible with 450 miles.
In addition to used cars, there are some vehicles that the business perhaps got through dealer trades or auctions. The company also has access to a large inventory of preowned Mitsubishi and GM cars and trucks through its Chevrolet stores in Dublin and Marysville. Rose says they put together leases with various terms for comfortable payments.
Roby Toy Barn, 5100 Post Rd., Dublin, 799-5000; toybarncars.com. Open Mon-Thu 10 am-8 pm, Fri till 6 pm, Sat till 5 pm; closed Sun.
BIG BARGAINS The Catalog Clearing House is a temporary sell spot for various catalogs such as What on Earth, Signals, Wireless, Art & Artifact, Support Plus and Bas Bleu. The store opened June 12 in the former Circuit City store off Polaris Parkway and will remain open until it runs out of merchandise, which is anticipated to be in mid August.
Every day the store brings in new merchandise. When I was there, I saw T-shirts for $2.95 and sweatshirts for $5.95. All scratch-and-dent items are 70 percent off. There were outdoor living pieces, gifts, Christmas novelties, furniture and home accessories, area rugs, posters, dresses, formalwear, books and much more. It even had a few of the leg table lamps made famous in A Christmas Story. Savings start at 50 percent and go up to 90 percent off.
Catalog Clearing House, 8655 Lyra Dr. (from I-71, head west on Polaris Parkway, then north on Lyra), 436-3232; catalogclearinghouse.com. Open Mon-Sat 11 am-8 pm, Sun noon-5 pm.
FULL-FIGURED FASHIONS Go Figure Consignment, which opened in the Short North in May, is attracting full-figured and plus-size women looking for stylish new and gently used clothing and accessories at savings of 40 to 60 percent. Sizes begin at 12 and include some talls and petites.
The merchandise changes regularly and includes one-of-a-kind fashions and jewelry created by local designers. You'll also find brand names you know. There are upscale dresses, suits, blazers, casual clothing, dress slacks, tops, jeans, swimsuits, sleepwear, scarves, hats, handbags and other accessories. Items are consigned for 30 days to ensure fresh inventory, and the sales are split 50/50. See the styles in motion at a live runway show during the Gallery Hop Aug. 1. Owner Sherri Brunner says she is planning a big summer sale at the end of August.
Go Figure Consignment, 988 N. High St., 297-8070; gofigureconsignment.com. Open Tue-Fri 11 am-7 pm, Sat noon-5 pm; closed Sun-Mon. Consignment by appointment only.
ALL-WEATHER GOLF You needn't worry about the weather when you're scheduled to play at TeedUp Indoor Golf-you can choose from 22 PGA courses regardless of rain, sleet or snow. This indoor facility has state-of-the-art personal golfing cubes where players swing a club (you can use your own) to hit an actual ball into a large screen projecting the selected course. Sensors measure the speed, loft and distance of each shot. Instead of paying around $500 for a round at Pebble Beach, you can play the virtual course here for $29. It's suitable for anyone from seasoned pros to beginners. Golf leagues are available for men, women and juniors ages 7 to 17. Party facilities are available.
TeedUp Indoor Golf, 7543 Pingue Dr., Worthington, 846-9222; teedupindoorgolf.com" target="_blank">teedupindoorgolf.com. Open Mon-Thu 10 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 9 am-10 pm.
This story appeared in the August 2009 issue of Columbus Monthly.