The Book Loft: Great Books, Great Prices
If you love books, then you will, no doubt "flip" when you experience the 32-rooms of books found at the Book Loft in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.
It is quite easy is to get lost here because the place is like a maze, meandering here, there, and everywhere!
Besides books, you will find cards, posters, magnets, boxes, bags, CDs, and various other items. There are plenty of helpful workers if you are lost or if you just need assistance. Best of all, all items and new books are at discount prices.
The least expensive books were located outside just before entering the shop.
Since The Book Loft is a city-block long, as you enter, you are given a Directory with an easy map and explanation of the store layout. It's divided by Porch, Lower West Wing, Upper West Wing, Upper East Wing, Lower East Wing.
What to buy: Jill and I both purchased canvas bags to put our purchased books in (we do this on each trip we take in the springtime!). In addition, both of us purchased book; I bought 4 books, and Jill bought 6 books.
First Photograph is of the PORCH at The Book Loft
The Second Photograph is really two pictures: first is Jill as she entered the store, and the second is after Jill had made her purchases and was standing outside THE BOOK LOFT
Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-Midnight
What to pay: From 5%-70% off retail prices
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The Children's Place: Perfect Place to Purchase Children's Clothes
One of the positives about staying right downtown at the Hyatt on Capitol Square is that it is connected to Columbus City Center Mall
This mall has about 135 different stores, restaurants, and services. It came in handy for Jill and I. Columbus was the last spot on our travel agenda, and I still had not found a bathing suit for my darling granchild, Sabrina Dee. I needed a children's store; fortunately, inside the Columbus City Center Mall, I found the shop called, The Children's Place.
They had a wide selection of children's clothing, including bathing suits. I was looking for a size 18 months in bright colors. BINGO! They had several that fit that description.
What to buy: I finally selected a lime green and aqua suit with darling gold fish on the bodice (see the second photograph). When I gave Sabrina the suit, she approved. Better yet, her mother Jill, my daughter, really loved it. Can't wait until it is warm enough for swimming.
Jill and I perused the entire three floors of shops at this delightful Columbus City Center Mall.
What to pay: Depending on the store, you pay regular prices that are typical of that particular store.
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Easton Town Center: Easton Town Center
Easton Town Center is an outdoor mall. It's sort of like a trip back to the 1950s but better. The streets have parking and there's parking lots and garages. There's plenty to see and do and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.
Easton even has a comedy club, movie theater and hotels nearby.
What to buy: I would stop in the store called "The Container Store". It has everything you need to organize your house or apt.
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Walmart, Columbus: Quintessential US!
Being in retail for over 4 years meant that I always dreamt of actually going to a Walmart, to see what made this retailer so special that it beat all odds and recession to continue taking giant leaps in the world of retail....and trust me it didn't disappoint! They have everything for everybody and despite being a low price store everything was so well kept! Many lessons to learn for me here!
What to buy: Apparel for kids- they are bound to outgrow it so why not pick some outfits for as low as $3?? :) Cosmetics- you get some good deals on lippers and eye make up. pick good brands for $2!
Easton Mall: An Outdoor Mall
So many brands all in one place- Gap, Banana Republic, Body Shop, Bath and Body works, Swarovski, Abercrombie n Fitch, Fossil, Justice, Barnes & Nobles, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, J Crew, Macys, Nordstrom, Footlockers, Victoria's Secret.... It is an open air mall, so shopping is all the more fun as you keep stepping out into the sun :) The kids have a field day at the water fountains, infact most of them come well equipped with a swim suit and they never tire of weaving in and out of the fountain jets :D
What to buy: Now was the best time to be here as all brands are on discount, so I personally bought a lot of creams, lotions and apparel :)
What to pay: anywer from $3 to $30!
Gateway at South Campus: A happening little area in the University District
This area of campus was once a very rundown and slightly dangerous area of OSU. Now it is a very happening entertainment complex, with a great movie theatre, about 4 or 5 restaurants, and several nightclubs for more of the college aged people. What's nice is that everything is right next to each other, brand new, and their is a parking garage which is real cheap, ( $1 for the first 3 hours) adjacent to the complex. The only negative part of this is that most of the crowd is the drunken frat/soriety type, not too many artists abound here. But hey, if that's your thing, that's your thing.
Easton Town Center: I love this mall.
I've been to malls around the world, but Easton is one of my favorite shopping malls ever. However, if you're looking for extremely high end, luxury items (especially clothes), this is not the mall for you. What it does offer is your typical chain stores. But, Easton has a Victoria's Secret flagship store, complete with huge pictures of VS supermodels on the side of the building. If that's not enough, the collection of mannequins in lingerie with huge, feather angel wings is pretty impressive. Slightly frightening, maybe, but definitely impressive. This mall is also the place where many companies (particular Limited Brands and Abercrombie & Fitch) test items to see how they sell. You may find items here before they hit other stores around the country. That being said, there are some unique shops in this large mall. Some of my favorites are Global Gallery and Dr. Mojoe.
Victoria's Secret: Flagship Lingerie
This is the Limited Brands (whose headquarters is down the street) flagship store. Here is where they test new product introductions. In addition to the Victoria Secret brand lingerie, they have VS beauty products, upscale brand makeup (Lola, Anna Sui, Pupa), and a boutique of Italian lingerie (INTIMISSIMI), and a designer section with selections such as Betsy Johnson.
What to buy: HOURS
Monday - Thursday
10 AM - 9 PM
Friday & Saturday
10 AM - 10 PM
Noon to 6 PM
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Spice House- Curry 2 go: Spices that are familiar to an Indian!
We Indians cannot live on just salt and pepper, so one of the first places we went to as soon as I got here is this Indian Store in Gahanna :) I shopped for every thing here- right from jeera to dania pwder! :)) Now we are enjoying our meals everyday with the curries I am making :D
What to buy: All the MTR powders, the coriander powder, the chat masala and garam masala.
What to pay: anywhere from $3 to $5
easton town center mall: like stepping into it's own little town
in my opinion, easton is the best mall in columbus, for multiple reasons.
firstly, the architecture is nice- half outdoor half inside the mall stores set up in a little village setting. there are stores here you won't find anywhere else in columbus, and usually always something fun going on here, especially in the summer.
What to buy: my favourite stores here are the body shop, (which carries really wonderful bath and body products that aren't tested on animals, and a lot of the products support community fair trade in countries that need it.) virgin megastore had a large selection of music, movies, books and related, but the prices are a bit high.
What to pay: that really depends on where you shop in the mall.
Rags'O'Rama: Buy, Sell, Trade Trendy Clothes
So you are a fashionable soul, am perhaps you gained or lost a little weight or just are sick and tired of your wardrobe. Rags'O'Rama could be the solution you have been looking for. They will buy sell or trade good quality trendy clothes! It can be a blast browsing and trying to find treasures in the racks, and there are many. If you like thrifty this is definitely a place to check out.
What to buy: I bought a leather coat once from them. I think it was 20$.
What to pay: More than Goodwill, or Salvation Army, but less than department stores. Except if it is Columbus 1$ sale!!!
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Wexner's brainchild a mall more like a city: Easton Town Center
Easton is an outdoor shopping experience. I know most tourists are sick of malls, but this one is worth checking out on a nice day. With its attention to detail it is just fun to window shop and walk around outside. Easton is also the place to find huge stores of all the Limited Brands. Ie Victoria's Secret, Express, Express Men, Bath and Body Works....
What to pay: You pay what you would in most department stores. Food and drinks are pricey although the food in general is good.
The movie theater is reasonably priced although not great:
$6.50 for adults, student* and seniors
$5.50 for children ages 2 thru 12*
Children under 2 years of age do not pay admission
$8.50 for adults ages 13 and older without student ID
$7.50 for students* with a valid, current ID
$6.50 for seniors ages 55 and up
$5.50 for children ages 2 through 12*
* Children under 2 years of age do not pay admission
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Cheryl & Co.: Cookies & Candy
Cheryl & Co is a cookie store located right on the Ohio State Medical Center property. The store carried a variety of cookies, candy and brownies that are loose and gift boxed. We like to stope here when we visit to get some of the delicious cookies and some Buckeye candies.
What to buy: The cookies here are very good and I love their frosted cinnamon pumpkin cookies and Liz enjoys their snickerdoodles. We pick up a box of twelve when we come here along with a box of Buckeye candies.
What to pay: The cookies and candy are under $30.
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FedEx Office: Internet access
I never did find any internet cafe during my entire trip! I settled for this This FedEx Office location; it's in the heart of the Downtown and offers the usual "menu" of services.
What to buy: Print, copy and internet services.
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