Off the Rack

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

More One More Time

Clothing consignor One More Time has spawned its second spin-off.

The plus-sized women's clothes, shoes and accessories that have always been sold under One More Time's roof will now have a dedicated home next door, at One More Time Plus.

The new space, at 1515 W. Fifth Ave. in Grandview, is scheduled to open tomorrow. One More Time Plus allows owner Chris Swenson to offer more selection in sizes 16 and above in clothing, lingerie and shoes, along with an assortment of jewelry and clothing. The new store is just across the parking lot from the original, and Swenson said she expects lots of cross-traffic between the two.

With the space gained in One More Time, Swenson will expand the store's designer section, she said.

Monkeys retreats

Short North institution Monkeys Retreat, which opened in 1975, is closing Saturday. A 40-plus percent-off sale is going on now, and a "final hurrah" party is planned for Gallery Hop on May 6.

The space - half-bookstore/comic store, half-Tai Chi studio - at 1202 N. High St. has steadily lost customers to the internet and big-box stores over the years, co-owner Darryl Mendelson said.

"Less people read, less people are interested," Mendelson said. "We can't compete."

Monkeys Retreat will instead move online and to the book-show and health-fair circuit. Mendelson and his brother, Ro-Z Mendelson, will have their healing zone at ComFest again this year, and their remaining inventory, some of it antique at this point, will be sold online. Watch for updates.

Heart of stones

Monica Warren didn't imagine her side project, jewelry making, might become her "career focus." But after launching her M Renee Design line about a year ago, her original pieces have become the center of her attention.

Warren's necklaces, earrings and bracelets are colorful and statement-making enough to be costume jewelry, but are in fact made of real precious and semi-precious stones. Warren gets a bunch of them together first, then puts together whatever design seems to suit the stones. She's also happy to create custom pieces.

In addition to various local craft shows, you can find her work (or set up a home party) at