Shopping: The Shoppes at Alum Creek

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Having a tattoo parlor, Avon makeup vendor and a shoe store under one roof can only mean one thing - it's a pretty big roof.

The large Near East Side building that used to house the Sun TV appliance store has been reborn as The Shoppes at Alum Creek, a retail space that's being shared by many small local businesses.

Part of the 56,000-square-foot building has been converted into booths for vendors, who have each decorated theirs to have a different feel. Because of its setup, The Shoppes is more like a mini-mall than a flea market.

The merchandise and services vary - from baked goods and cell phones to computer repair and tattoos - to appeal to everyone, said Misty Smitley, manager of The Shoppes.

Hazel Harris was excited to be able to open her high-end women's shoe store, Stiletto, at The Shoppes. It's a business idea she's had for a while.

"I want to create the feel of going to a mall," said Harris, who filled her space mostly with shoes that match the store's name. "I'm actually doing this out of pocket. It's kind of a scary adventure, but I feel like, you gotta start somewhere."

Expect to see lots of prom-ready heels plus wedges and flats there, with plenty of pairs coming from the same vendors that supply DSW.

This isn't the first retail location for Beyond Standard, a photography studio and photo-printing company that previously had a store on Bethel Road. Owner Willie Hopkins appreciates the market's visibility and accessibility, he said.

Plus, there's more to come.

The Anchor Companies, which is developing the building, also plans to open a restaurant, auction house, salon and cyber cafe in the building, Smitley said.

The Shoppes at Alum Creek

1030 Alum Creek Dr., Near East Side


Hours:10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.Friday, 9a.m.-9p.m. Saturday,11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday