New store: Burnished Home

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From the January 5, 2012 edition

Say hello to Funky & Functional’s stylish little sister, Burnished Home. She’s easy on the eyes (the shop is well-curated) and doesn’t mind going dutch (the price points are awesome).

The retro decor and clothing store opened a couple months ago in Old North Columbus beside Ace Hardware on High Street.

“Rustic, rough-hewn, art deco. Kind of masculine but stylish,” is how manager Mary Hall, 28, describes the Burnished Home aesthetic.

Local stylephiles might recognize Hall. Her background is in interior design, but in July she started Wearwithal Vintage, an online clothing store, and began working at Funky & Functional in the Short North.

“I really appreciated working in a small business, and he appreciated that I liked what he did,” Hall said of Mark Miller, the owner of Funky & Functional.

The chance to expand both of their businesses came via Burnished Home. While Miller owns the store and selects the furniture for sale (which Burnished also sells on its Craigslist account), Hall cherry-picks from Funky & Functional’s admired accessories collection for her store’s selection.

She also stocks the store’s sparse but top-notch vintage clothing racks — which include a men’s section.

“I want each piece to be something you’re comfortable in but that’s still special,” Hall said. “I want the clothing to be unique but wearable in today’s fashion zeitgeist. Yeah, I just said that.”

On a recent visit, the most expensive women’s clothing item was a $60 long vintage leather coat, and the dresses aren’t more than $35.

For the guys, “the selection is a little more tame,” Hall said. “I like to focus on good materials.” There are a lot of thick wool sweaters, unique ties and flannel shirts in comfortable cuts.

While Funky & Functional is a must-stop for antique aficionados, Burnished Home is great for shoppers who want retro items but aren’t as concerned with collectible value. It’s fun to rummage through the weird little decor items packed with personality — vintage beer cans, velvet poodle painted art, a neon yellow fold-up picnic table, a Schwinn Pixie for $100.

Hall recommended shopping at twilight for the full effect; the lighting makes everything look Instagram worthy.