Shopping: The new Tigertree

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Tigertree owners Josh and Niki Quinn were on vacation when they got the call confirming that Suzi West would be relocating her store, Collier West, to Brooklyn. The three had thrown around ideas for nearly a year about the Quinns taking her space two doors down if she indeed moved.

“We knew we wanted to expand, but we loved our block, so we felt kind of trapped,” Niki said. “We were so excited.”

The couple spent the last several months renovating their former neighbor’s space, and they opened the new Tigertree’s doors Tuesday. They’ve taken full advantage of the additional 1,800 square feet their new home provides. Here are some highlights.

Furniture for sale

“We have been on the hunt for months collecting some great salvage furniture,” Niki said. “Our favorite pieces are coming from old schools. I just can’t get enough of it. Schools used to have the most beautiful things.”

For sale are items like an old solid oak chemistry class table and a microscope cabinet. The checkout counter,another old lab table, still has teenage graffiti from decades of daydreaming school kids carved into its tops.

Kick back on an assortment of newly made mid-century modern pieces — molded plastic rocking chairs, an electric fireplace, marshmallow couches — upstairs in the lounge near the dressing rooms.

Expanded apparel and gifts

The front of the store is dedicated to gift merchandise. New items include organic pillows screenprinted with animals by Brooklyn-based Areaware ($28-$124) and necklaces that spell out words like “love” and “yes” in Morse code’s dots and dashes ($36). Josh hopes to add more menswear, Niki more women’s apothecary items.

Cool decor

Pull-down school diagrams from the 1950s showing a typewriter keyboard, cellular plant structure and human muscle groups decorate the side of the stairwell. Wallpaper hand-screened on recycled materials by design studio makelike hangs downstairs. Colorful archery arrows dangle in the window. Everything — except Tigertree’s iconic chicken egg vending machine, which is now roosting inside the store — is for sale.

Malm fireplaces

“I’ve always loved these fireplaces,” Josh said of the freestanding burners. The Malm company has been manufacturing the wood and gas appliances since their heyday in the 1960s. They cost between $1,600 and $5,000 and are available for order through Tigertree in a range of pop-art colors.

Photos by Jodi Miller


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Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.