About this time last year, a freak fire destroyed a city block full of stores and restaurants in Grandview. Many of the businesses reopened elsewhere, most in the neighborhood. Accent on Nature recently joined those ranks.
About this time last year, a freak fire destroyed a city block full of stores and restaurants in Grandview.
Many of the businesses reopened elsewhere, most in the neighborhood. Accent on Nature recently joined those ranks. Although the fire didn't completely wipe out the nature-focused store's inventory, smoke, debris and firefighting chemicals took a serious toll.
"Some of those really nice, big fossils were just sludge on the floor," manager Joann Storts said. "It was cold, and they would freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. It just destroyed them."
The business shifted to online sales while it was without a storefront, and the newest Grandview incarnation opened before Thanksgiving to plenty of customers energized about its return.
They're excited about Storts' return, too. She managed the store in the '80s and '90s, when it was called Accent on Wild Birds. Storts had been working in corporate auditing before being laid off, and is thrilled to be at the shop's helm again.
"This fell in my lap," she said. "Bonnie, the jeweler here, knew me from the old store and recommended me to the owner."
Storts has worked to establish more of a gallery feel in the new space, which is smaller than the former location.
"I think they got overwhelmed; there was just too much," Storts said. "I'm trying to scale back this time and have room for some local artists - and some not-so-local."
Geodes, meteorites, fossils and crystals continue to dominate the inventory. You'll also find related merchandise, like lots of jewelry.
Some of it is local, including handmade glass-bead necklaces and bracelets made in Worthington. And some is from much farther away, like earrings and necklaces made by victims of sex trafficking in countries across the world. Their sale benefits those women and is managed by Trade Justice Mission, with volunteers based in Columbus.
Trade Justice Mission's jewelry is new to Accent on Nature, as is pottery from New Mexico and nature-inspired artwork from T.S. Mcfadden.
Away to one side is Edinburgh Gardens, a standalone interior design and antiques business that operates out of Accent on Nature.
And as the weather warms up, Storts expects to expand Accent on Nature's lawn and garden selection, which currently includes plenty of birdhouses, birdfeeders and garden stakes.