Off the Rack: Local shopping briefs

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Outside in

Maybe the weather has you forgetting it's already nearly November. And if you head down to the Pearl Market on Tuesday, as usual, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that although the market is no longer sprawling across the sidewalk, it has moved to an indoor space nearby.

Pearl Market is aiming to operate year-round, with its new winter version running Nov. 3 through Feb. 26 at 20 E. Broad Street, in a first-floor space that looks out to the market's usual street corner.

Winter Pearl Market will follow the same schedule as its warm-weather counterpart: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

The indoor market includes a mix of returning and new vendors with a heavier focus on the handmade and home-cooked, although canned meats, pickled vegetables and some warm-weather produce made possible through a hydroponic farm will be available.

Pump up the positivity

Owen Etti credits unemployment for spurring his entrepreneurial dreams. He might never have created his clothing line, Hiphopbonics, if he hadn't lost his sales and marketing job.

He used his newfound free time to carefully research the retail clothing industry and the Columbus market. And now he's released a selection of men's tees and caps emblazoned with the brand name, an idea he first thought of in the '90s.

He has plans to expand, with offerings like sweats, jeans, jackets and women's clothing. It's all meant to drum up interest in Hiphopbonics as a movement that encourages creativity and positivity, Etti said.

"I think positive vibes can make money, just as much as the negative stuff," he said. "You're going to see vivid, graphic messages - my thoughts from my personal perspective - that talk about different issues."

To check out the merchandise and place an order, search for Hiphopbonic's Facebook fan page and send a message through the site. Etti might end up hand-delivering your order for now, but he hopes to grow into major distribution throughout the country.

Furniture finds

Two new stores in the Short North will give new life to old furniture.

Funky and Functional opened at 685 N. High St. a few weeks ago, with a grand opening planned for the Nov. 7 Gallery Hop. The focus is on furniture like bed frames, dressers, dining room table sets and couches - all used pieces from varying decades that owner Mark Miller scouts out on his trips to estate sales and auctions.

"The style, in that sense, doesn't really matter to me, just as long as people can use it," Miller said.

To the functional, he adds the funky, including decorative finds like a metal merry-go-round, mirrors and heavily carved religious pieces. Miller also takes items for consignment.

And Old World New Homeis opening on Black Friday, Nov. 27, at 1196 N. High St. The store is run by a mother-daughter team who finds and refurbishes vintage and antique furniture with an updated look for today.

Brittany Kress keeps up on the latest in local retail so you don't have to. For shopping news and product giveaways, click to the Window Shopping blog.