Jewelry designer Richard Gretz stocks a blend of earrings, rings, pendants, and meticulously crafted custom pieces. Patrons can don an emerald ring ($752), perhaps to celebrate a May birthday, or choose from a large selection of earrings ($35+), such as a pair of tanzanite studs ($240), which leave ears sparklier than a disco ball after its daily glitter bath. Using gemstones gathered during trips to Asia, Richard can transform clients’ visions into a custom designpiece ($2,000–$3,000 on average), be it a dangly pair of earrings or a necklace depicting the family tree. The adornment experts at Richard Gretz Goldsmiths can also repair beloved heirloom pieces ($20+; $100 on average) or resize rings.
The open, airy floor space of the boutique is filled with wooden displays strewn with handmade metallic wares and earth-hued gems. Some jewelry is crafted from eco-friendly or recycled materials. Much is locally and American made by independent artists; featured artists get individualized display space for their wares. Prices range widely, but basic earrings cost $20–$75, and most bracelets cost either $20–$50 or $50–$175. Individual-artist necklaces range from $20–$80. Charms are available for $10–$20 each. Select a bunch and make your own necklace, or assemble sigils of significance as a gift to a symbol-loving loved one.
Meringue's knowledgeable staff curates a collection of more than 300 styles of denim alongside a variety of chic formalwear and casualwear, maternity clothing, baby and kid clothing, and gifts. Designer denimcrats can brandish jean brands such as True Religion, 7 For All Mankind, and Hudson. To treat that special someone locked in a darkened crawlspace, Meringue also stocks a wide range of home and gift items, including candles by Bluewick (starting at $10 on sale) and Kobo (starting at $28 on sale). Stylish toddlers can snuggle up in baby products such as Petunia Pickle Bottom swaddling blankets ($74–$84 for a set of three). Other high-end toddler trimmings at the lifestyle boutique span brands such as Fleurville, Juicy Couture Baby, and Splendid Littles.
After a wrong turn to Philadelphia led him to a transcendental encounter with a cheesesteak, Charley’s Grilled Subs’s eponymous owner opened his first sub shop on The Ohio State University campus in the late ‘80s. More than two decades later, Charley’s slings philly steak subs and gourmet fries in more than 300 locations around the world. Classic cheesesteaks join barbecue cheddar, sicilian, and chicken configurations on the hearty menu alongside grilled deli subs and salads topped with seared meats. Crispy golden fries invite crumbles of bacon and dollops of cheese, ranch, and other deluxe toppings, washed down with sips of lemonade freshly squeezed with lemons, kiwis, strawberries, and 1958 Edsels.