Shopping : Crimson Boutique
Design lovers Downtown have a new spot to indulge in eye candy on their lunch breaks.
Crimson Boutique in Pearl Alley is a small new retail space packed with highbrow decor, flower displays and products from the world travels of the shop's owners, Luis Stauffer and Cheryl Beachy.
"We want to create a destination," Stauffer said.
The husband-and-wife duo are the pair behind Crimson Design Group, an interior design firm they started in 2003 and relocated to Pearl Alley a couple of years ago. They've designed hotels, Columbus Blue Jackets players' homes, luxury apartment complexes (such as Alexander Square in Worthington) and old farmsteads.
As clients came knocking, there were more and more leftover materials, which were tucked away in storage. The team opened Crimson Boutique in its downstairs space this month as a way to offer those surplus items to the public.
The range of prices at Crimson Boutique is wide. Items for sale include flower vases, Barclay Butera candles ("He's like the new Ralph Lauren," Beachy said) and Crimson's own custom-designed furniture. A wallpaper bar has unique prints from designers such as Lillian August and Osborne & Little.
There are also one-of-a-kind pieces from Stauffer's and Beachy's excursions to other countries.
"Travel is our passion," Stauffer said. "We always find unique pieces."
There are colorful pillowcases from Istanbul, pottery pieces from Peru, a plant sculpture from Indonesia and a wooden centerpiece from Mexico.
Both Stauffer and Beachy were born outside the United States. Their Latin American roots have "given us an appetite for culture," Beachy said, "and make us culturally aware. We want to bring that culture to people around here."
For the new retail boutique, the Crimson group brought in florist Brian Coovert. He will provide arrangements for the group's design clients and the boutique's customers and will sell creations at the semiweekly Pearl Market right outside Crimson's front door in the alleyway.
"Brian's really talented," Beachy said. "People have requested a florist Downtown, and I feel like we really add something to this street ... There's such an energy in Gay Street and Downtown. We're excited to be a part of it."
51 N. Pearl St., Downtown
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, by appointment on weekends