Shopping: Station 88

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As they enter Station 88 in the Ohio Union, shoppers are greeted by a wall sculpture of Ohio. All 88 counties are crafted out of license plates, and many represent a characteristic of the place (counties with prominent colleges are made with plates of the schools' colors, for example).

The art is indicative of the OSU store's message: This state is awesome. Please don't leave it when you graduate.

The space, located on the High Street side of the building, opened last Friday.

What makes Station 88 different from the gazillion other shops in this town that hawk Buckeye novelty items is its commitment to products from local and state vendors.

So expect to see Buckeye baskets from Longaberger, custom OSU pottery pieces from Hartstone and hand-blown glass pieces from former student Nick Ullum. There's Buckeye gear too, like the Sloopy Girl clothing line, rain boots designed exclusively for the store, and T-shirts from Homage, Columbus Urban Threads and Jupmode.

Necktie aficionados will want to check out the custom PoMo Galaxy necklaces, including a Block O version sporting Gordon Gee's signature accessory.

The featured Ohio vendors will rotate.

"The long-term goal is to hit each county and identify an entrepreneur with a product that makes sense in our store," says Cynthia Harris, senior manager of the Union's retail operations. "We want to help Ohio tell its story."

Station 88

Ohio Union

1739 N. High St., Campus