Ever since Joseph and Josephine Fortin founded Fortin Ironworks in 1946, the company's artisans have wrought ornamental furniture and home furnishings from iron and metal. They showcase products such as mailboxes, picture frames, and wine racks in a 5,500-square-foot show room, and also create larger items that range from custom handrails to heavy-duty benches emblazoned with logos. Patrons can plan ahead for warm weather activities with fire pits, lawn chairs, and other outdoor furniture to be enjoyed by houseguests or meddlesome garden gnomes.
When owners Nancy Kanter and Julie Byrne founded Clay Café more than 14 years ago, they wanted to establish a cozy, unpretentious environment where families could spend quality time pottery-painting and embarking on other art projects. Describing what they envisioned to the Columbus Dispatch, Byrne stated, “We kind of wanted a grandma kitchen—something homey.” At Clay Café, visitors might forget they’re not relaxing in their own homes amid the studio’s popular mismatched chairs, flower tablecloths, and resident father yelling at a sports game on TV. The hospitable owners invite guests of all ages to let their artist instincts run wild during open-ended potter-painting sessions, and they host an array of special events including baby showers and birthday parties.
Candle Lab's candles use soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils so that they burn cleanly and evenly for up to 60 hours. Choose from more than 120 gourmet flavors including Tupelo honey, fresh linen, toasted marshmallow, bamboo, wild orchid, and burnt sugar. Seasonal specialties such as mulled cider, hazelnut, and autumn leaves are still in stock (candles usually cost $15). This Groupon is also good toward Candle Lab's hand-stamped greeting cards, bath and body products, and other home-fragrance products.
Owners Josh and Niki Quinn originally opened the bustling boutique in 2007 to introduce modish shoppers to their own fashion line, Maxine, Dear, which has been carried by Bergdorf Goodman, Fred Segal, and other stores around the world. They have since expanded to include a diverse and refreshing variety of modern designs for men and women. Ladies can adorn themselves with jewelry such as a vintage Ohio plate necklace ($36) or a more mathematically minded green abacus necklace ($26), while laddies can add a hipster-friendly classiness to formal outfits with men's accessories such as wheat penny cufflinks ($18) or a blue-enamel skinny tie clip ($18). Tigertree also features belt buckles from their own Maxine, Dear line at an in-store discount ($23). For a status symbol that can also help you pass the time on long bus rides, buy a book. Niki's favorite is Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle ($15), while a copy of The Art of Manliness ($16.99) will let women know what they've been doing wrong.
Elegant, modern home decor lines bink davies's shelves, alongside gourmet Stonewall Kitchen jams, blends from the Republic of Tea, luxurious Voluspa candles, and wallets printed with bacon. Here, customers can indulge impulses from refined to completely zany with an eclectic assortment of home goods and smile-inducing gifts. A treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items, both imported and from just down the street, bink's kitschy, hand- and machine-made gifts are all curated with a sense of style and tongue-in-cheek humor. “I mean we opened on April Fool’s Day, that should tell you something,” owner Bink Johnson confessed to Outlook: Columbus.:
Eurolife Furniture peddles an eye-catching blend of the finest modern, European-style furnishings and accessories to aestheticize any chamber. Outfit a living space with a funky Utility Side Table ($129) or a comfy cushioned armchair ($159). A white nightstand ($99) for your bedroom can comfortably protect headgear from anti-dentite bogeymen, and the Arden table ($150) can impart a dining area with upscale café pizzazz. Contemporary kids will love the drop stool ($159), a carved-out orange orb that lodges progressive posteriors. Office items run the gamut from knee chairs ($149) to wall cabinets ($179), and you can endow any nook with flair or cover up wormholes with a number of accessories.