I think everyone can agree that its SO important to shop local this holiday season when possible. We’re gathering a list featuring places to shop local in Columbus and surrounding areas to support area businesses.
Most of these lists are compiled by visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and other downtown associations, so they aren’t all-inclusive, but they’ll give you a great place to start! If you want to avoid shopping in person, many retailers are offering online shopping and/or Facebook shopping. You’ll also find deals and specials for small business Saturday and other shopping events.
If you’re a last minute shopper, this list will come in handy on December 23 and 24! Another bonus at shopping local is that small business shop owners and employees know their inventory, and are excellent at making suggestions for great gifts. Have no idea what to buy? Stop in a local store and ask the employee for ideas.
If you know of a local business or own a local business that you think readers should consider, please leave a comment below with a link for others to explore.
We will be adding other areas over the next few days, so check back for more options!
Shop Local in Delaware
Main Street Delaware offers a list of shops to visit in Downtown Delaware. Some offer online shopping as well. See the full list here.
Shop Local in Dublin
Visit Dublin Ohio has a list of local Dublin retailers to shop with this holiday season.
Shop Local in Westerville
Uptown Westerville has gathered an Uptown Gift Guide featuring a variety of shop categories, as well as dining and to-go options, plus sweets, coffee, and adult beverages.
Shop Local in Grandview
Destination Grandview features at list of local of local shops for one-of-a-kind treasures.
You can also purchase a 2020 Grandview Gift Box featuring hand-selected specialties from local businesses. Proceeds support the Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation and local merchants. Order here.
The Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department has joined forces with Destination Grandview, Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU, and Pathways Financial Credit Union to encourage the community to SHOP LOCAL this holiday season with Grandview Heights-OPOLY. Event runs November 27 through December 14! Can you beat the game of Grandview Heights-OPOLY by visiting each participating business before time runs out?! This is a noncontact event all based on an app. It does require you to visit each store and find their clue to be entered to win 4- $100 value baskets and 36- $25 value baskets. Register now for up to date information on the game!
Shop Local in the Short North Arts District
Holidays on High has a huge list of places to shop and dine in the Short North, as well as retailers offering online shopping.
Shop Local in Grove City
Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce also offers Hometown Dollars Gift Certificates to make your money go TWICE as far at participating businesses. These are great to give AS gifts, or use to shop FOR gifts. For more details and to order gift certificates, visit GCACC website, or call them at 614-875-9762
- For every dollar you spend on gift certificates to a participating business, your gift certificate will be doubled in value. Buy $10 and get $20, Buy $20 and get $40.
Shop Local in Granville
Head to Granville for shopping in the quaint downtown. Explore Granville has a list of shops you’ll want to check out.
Shop Local in Lancaster
Check out some of the great shopping options from Destination Downtown Lancaster throughout the season.
Small Business Celebration Week is November 27 – December 5 in Downtown Lancaster. Many local shops will be offering discounts, coupons, and special deals, and will have extended shopping hours. See details here.
Destination Downtown Lancaster and its Board of Directors have created a limited time Bonus Gift Card Program. The first 200 individuals who submit the “Bonus Card Request” form and purchase a minimum $25 gift card will receive a $10 bonus card to the participating business of their choice.
Holiday Art and Craft Fairs: Find other amazing local items at Local Craft and Holiday Fairs around here – we have a huge list!
Other recommended retailers around Columbus
5300 Glick Rd Dublin, OH 43017. The Morgan House has it all – with a gift shop, clothing and jewelry boutique, furniture and home accents department, holiday decor, gourmet foods and gifts, plus a restaurant on site offering dine-in and to-go. You can find something for everyone at Morgan House.
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Remember – we’ll be adding to this list frequently, but wanted to publish early so people can start supporting these local businesses.
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