We opened in 1980, attracted to the area by the glimmerings of an arts district. In the early years we carried our own work - Michael's paintings & Maria's candles, as well as the work of a few friends. Maria did all the store watching accompanied by store dogs Sadie & Toby (two very mellow Irish setters). These days Michael still paints (occasionally), Maria is doing more jewelry & lampworked glass beads. As the years went on we picked up more artists, from all over the country (& a small handful from Canada). Now we represent over 300 artists & artisans.
We helped start the Gallery Hop in 1984, which was an amazing tool for promoting the Short North. It got people down here after dark. In great masses.
Along the way we also had two boys, who were store kids for awhile, especially Eli (who, after working as a welder for a year, is now in his third year at CCAD). We are on our fourth store dog, a very mixed breed dog named Sisko, who likes to attract attention by sitting in the window.
There is so creativity out there. I am going to miss that, and the artists, more than anything when we go.
The Short North Garden District
We have called the Short North home since before it was the Short North. A lot can happen in nearly 38 years:
In 2012 we relocated, moving from the intersection of Buttles & N. High to 1190 N. High Street, just south of 5th Avenue. This part of the Short North is called the Short North Garden District & we were excited to pioneer again!
However, after 38 years we are retiring. Unfortunately the developers (those that build the tall buildings which will only rent to restaurants and bars) have decided the Short North is an entertainment district and there is no longer a place for us here.
Though the years, neighborhoods have renovated, buildings have come down and even more have gone up. Fewer and fewer cool retail and galleries call the Short North home. We now have more restaurants and bars in one place than any other part of the city.
This is the Short North. The city is Columbus. It was a wonderful thing. I will miss it. But, we sure had fun while it lasted.