Shopping: The Gangway

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Size isn't important at The Gangway. It's all about the charm.

The energetic, artistic spirit of Clintonville's chunk of High Street inspired Stephanie Bair-Garant to rent "the tiniest retail space ever," a doorway-and-a-half-wide space between Moxie's and Seagull Bags.

"When I was looking at renting it, skateboarders kept riding by and musicians from the recording studio were hanging outside," Bair-Garant said. "I was like, OK, I can make this work."

The 33-year-old debuted her creative use of the space this month: The Gangway, part workshop, part art sale.

The shop has two distinct spaces. Up front is a narrow room that will delight fans of Anthropologie (Bair-Garant used to create product displays for the store at Easton and in Chicago). It's curated with beautiful pieces, including an antique library card holder from Mary Catherine's that now houses stationery. Other details take their time to grab your attention, like tiny inspiring quotes written in pencil along the walls.

Shoppers will find matted and framed film photographs from Bair-Garant's photo studio, SKBG Photography. Prints start at $25. Handmade cards priced at $7.50 each are part of The Gangway's stationery line, called Pen and Tell Her. Decorated with cutouts from antique poetry books and novels, which Bair-Garant collects, they can double as wall art if purchased with a frame.

The second area is actually a detached garage, accessible through a cobblestoned back alley. It's set up like a workshop and furnished with repurposed items Bair-Garant picked up when Short North bead shop Byzantium closed.

Currently for sale back there are avant-garde accessories designed by Esther Chung of Torn Angel, but Bair-Garant says the garage is set to become the soul of The Gangway.

Starting as early as next month, it will be home to classes on a range of topics, from how to use Holga and Diana film cameras to crafting personal stationery.

"I want people to share the store," she said. "I want them to see something, want to make it, make it and then share it with someone else. I'm so excited about what all this can become. It will always continue evolving."

The Gangway

3341 N. High St., Clintonville

Hours: 2-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and by appointment Monday-Wednesday