Fashion: The Shop

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The name is deceptively simple: The Shop. Especially for a retail location/work space that brings together several different brands and services.

Now operating under one roof are Make Believe Monsters, the graphic-tee arm of Richard Rayburn's and Dustin Kuhn's Richie Raygun Designs, and Traxler Tees, a screenprinting shop Zachary Traxler launched in September.

At The Shop, they'll join forces to offer design services to clients as well as hand-printing T-shirts in the back of the store. The combined business opened three weeks ago.

The Shop follows a "buy local" mantra - all materials and production tools are purchased from Ohio-based businesses.

Traxler Tees has been printing shirts sporting logos for popular local businesses like Watershed Distillery and the Small Business Beanstalk, and some of those shirts are available for walk-in customers.

Make Believe Monsters regularly produces shirts for local bands and events like Independents Day, and they'll offer limited-run tees available only at The Shop. Plus, Traxler's dad Ron Kaplan is the founder of Surf Ohio, and The Shop will print and carry a full line of Surf Ohio gear.

A grand opening is planned for June, when a full range of tees will be available in the retail section, including the current line of Make Believe Monsters' signature goofy-looking characters.

"People don't want to wear what everyone else is wearing," Kuhn said.

Also expect live silkscreening appearances and the opportunity for customers to help out with printing their order if they'd like.

For now, a few bright-colored mannequins - decked out in T-shirts, of course - are lined up in the windows, set against highlighter-orange walls. (The staff plans to repaint the space, formerly a tattoo parlor, as soon as possible.)

The Shop

3035 Indianola Ave., Clintonville


Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday