Most travelers don’t give much thought to Ohio. But in the last few years, Columbus has undergone a transformation. By luring young professionals to its homegrown empires like the Limited and Abercrombie & Fitch, the city has seen a flurry of downtown development — and gained an unexpected new profile as a Midwestern style capital.
The transformation has mostly taken place in the Short North district, a gallery-filled strip of North High Street that’s home to the Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High Street; 614-292-3535) and boutiques like Jinny (1) (844 N. High Street; 614-291-3600), where the former Los Angeles fashion editor Jin Fillinger stocks clothes from Sue Stemp, Harlow, Clu, Willow and Phillip Lim — labels hard to find in the Midwest outside Chicago.
Four blocks away, the New York City expat Maren Roth recently opened Rowe (4) (718 N. High Street; 614-299-7693), a cool whitewashed space where she introduces shoppers to clothes by Generra, Lauren Moffatt, Bulga and Nieves Lavi. Customers often slip next door to the beauty boutique Luxe de Vie (720 N. High Street; 614-421-0589) for Bond no. 9 perfume, and around the corner to the street-wear shop TigerTree (2) (17 E. Brickel Street; 614-223-2136).
A restaurant scene has also taken hold in the Short North. The new wine bar Marcella’s (5) (615 N. High Street; 614-223-2100) is packed nightly; Northstar (6) (951 N. High Street; 614-298-9999) draws crowds for its organic menu; and Rosendales (3) (793 N. High Street; 614-298-1601) serves coffee-and-pepper-crusted steak with grated chocolate and parsnip silk. All this is a short drive from Tee Jaye’s Country Place (4910 N. High Street; 614-885-1383), a Midwest stalwart where you can order anything on the menu covered in gravy.
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