Window Shopping: Merchants of German Village

  • Jodi Miller photo
    Merchants of German Village
  • Jodi Miller photo
  • Jodi Miller photo
By Columbus Alive
From the Window Shopping: Merchants of German Village edition
Whether it's an embellished armoire, a glass end table or an enamel teapot, everything at Merchants of German Village has one thing in common: it's pretty.

Their standards for accepting consignment items are that subjective, said Amy Hiteshew, an interior designer by day who manages merchandising for the shop, which opened in early December.

"We don't want to be an antique mall. We're not," Hiteshew said. "And we don't want to smell like one. A lot of the items we have, have never been used in a home before."

Plenty of items are antiques, added owner Mark Colasante, but besides consignment items that come in through the door, he and Hiteshew find things to sell through interior designers and dealers.

"It has to be something that you would expect to see in somebody's home, for example, that worked with a professional designer on their home," Colasante said.

That means corrugated cardboard chairs designed in the style of Frank Gehry; plenty of cabinets, hutches and armoires, like a carved wooden cabinet from India; and a dramatically decorative clock face that has to be broken down into two parts to be taken out the door.

Although there's not much in the way of matching items among all these found pieces - besides sets of chairs and candlestick holders - an entire Bavarian table setting, from teacups to platters, fills a table and hutch.

What could they use more of?

"Great pairs of armchairs," Hiteshew said. "Boy, I wish I had an endless supply of them."

Locally made, reclaimed-wood tables, frames and even cabinetry are on display and available for custom order. Soon, a private-label upholstery line for custom-order couches, sofas and the like will join the lineup.

They'd also like to add jewelry, either from a designer or an estate collection, Colasante said. Some wall hangings produced locally for the boutique are already available, and other local artists' work will be added to create a gallery feel in the shop.

"We've called it Merchants of German Village because a lot of what we have starts with people who are here in the village," Colasante said. "More importantly, I think, is to work with people in Central Ohio who normally wouldn't be out there in a retail environment, but truly have talent and truly have some great things that I think the public wants to see."