You know it. Your mom knows it. Even the New York Times knows it-boutique shopping in this city is synonymous with the Short North.

You know it. Your mom knows it. Even the New York Times knows it-boutique shopping in this city is synonymous with the Short North. But even experienced shoppers can find something unexpected along this well-worn territory. Set off in search of some of our favorite hidden finds:

Royal Factory Atelier, 1209 N. High St.
There are only so many ways to make a boxy Buckeyes T-shirt look chic-opt instead for Royal Factory's line of recycled Buckeyes wear, with old shirts and sweats fashioned into colorful skirts and dresses for a steal.

Flora Home & Garden, 930 N. High St.
Urban green thumbs confined to balconies should take note of the recently expanded Flora's supply of container gardening stock, with an assortment of pots and flats of plants that flourish in small spaces.

Flower Child,989 N. High St.
Go downstairs, past the kitschy salt-and-pepper shakers and bar carts, to the basement of vintage clothes, which includes a rack of vintage leather biker jackets for some bad-ass, on-trend style at a fraction of the cost.

The Lamp Shade, 990 N. High St.
Quick home-style swap: Grab an antique finial molded into decorative shapes like an intricate dragon, floral blossom or fleur-de-lis from The Lamp Shade.

Substance, 783 N. High St.
When you're at the checkout counter, sign up for their email list-if you're a member, you'll get 10 percent off every time you shop.

High Street Denim, 761 N. High St.
Get a check-up from the Butt Doctor-that's the nickname of owner and denim-fitting expert Kevin Van Order, who will find the right pair of DL1961 or Hudson jeans for your derriere.

Rowe Boutique, 718 N. High St.
Force yourself to look beyond the store's racks of flowy Lavender Brown dresses and Cynthia Vincent sweaters-you'll find a tight selection of just-trendy-enough accessories, like this glittery yet demure Zenzii box clutch ($137), that give fashionable attitude without going overboard.


On Paper, 737 N. High St.
Vintage style on the cheap: The store has racks loaded with frame-ready, antique-style map prints of cities from Rome to New York for just $6.

A Gal Named Cinda Lou, 647 N. High St.
This Westerville import recently moved its second outpost from Campus to the former home of Bakery Gingham. In between giving nuzzles to store dog Henry, find animal-themed paintings and prints by co-owner Juli Bennati. Bungalow Home, 641 N. High St.

Bungalow Home, 641 N. High St.
Jewelry buyer Tish Miller's supply of free-spirited, West Coast-sourced necklaces and bracelets (like this brass cuff adorned with petrified wood for $120) are welcome surprises among the perfectly placed pillows and table settings.

HELP! Where can I find … A great hostess gift?

Capital Style editor Kristy Eckert solves your shopping emergencies

SoBo Style in Clintonville has a plethora of goodies in the $25-and-under range-candles, wine stops, funny Anne Taintor dish towels. Happy Go Lucky in the Short North offers great options in the $10-$50 range, including a $44 Rae Dunn cheese plate set I adore. And Helen Winnemore Craft in German Village sells oodles of hostess-appropriate treats-from $5.50 Curly Girl magnets to $18.50 wooden salad tongs-made by American artists. Plus, all three places will gift-wrap your purchase for free-just ask.

Where can I find a goofy gift for a big kid?

Three Short North gift stores, three places to find a present as quirky as they are.


For the boozehound:

Bink Davies, 668 N. High St.
Chemistry 101 hidden-flask book, $15.95


For the pop-culture nerd:

Big Fun, 672 N. High St.
Snap, Crackle and Pop bobblehead set, $35


For the armchair rock star:

What the Rock?!, 1194 N. High St.
Ukulele, $20