New store: Thread on Grandview

  • Photos by Eric Wagner
By Columbus Alive
From the January 26, 2012 edition

Shoppers looking to discover unique labels will be happy that the eldest siblings of the McEnery family play nice.

Sisters Miranda Boyle and Sara Guice, with backgrounds in fashion merchandising and marketing respectively, recently opened Thread on Grandview, a women’s fashion boutique that sells bohemian-chic clothes, accessories, shoes, home and apothecary items (like local standout lotion line Crafty by Nature).

Most noteworthy, though, are the designers that Thread is the first to bring to Ohio, Boyle said. Among them are Maison Scotch, Wai Ming, Britt Ryan, Great Plains and Annie Griffin.

“They all complement each other and are all about the fine, beautiful details,” Boyle said. “Each piece looks effortless, making it really easy to look pulled together, chic.”

To get an idea of their priorities, consider two lines that Thread’s owners are really excited about. Troubador is a line by a Charleston, South Carolina, designer who sketched original pieces for Madewell (J. Crew’s chic sister store) during the brand’s inception. Meanwhile, Bibico is a London-based line that uses natural and fair-trade fabrics and labor practices.

If designers aren’t your thing, don’t fret.

“We don’t want to be overwhelming or intimidating,” Boyle said.

Acting in tandem with their deliciously darling dresses, there are plenty of options for dressing down, like the popular line of Black Orchid denim.

“The idea was that we be accessible,” Guice said. “You can come in and get a top, earrings and a bracelet for less than $100.”

Speaking of those accessories, there are some seriously hippie-meets-rock-star necklaces and baubles abound. Other items include handmade Italian suede flats and vintage clutch purses tastefully repurposed with feathers and jewels (designed by a Thread shopper, actually, whose self-made clutch Boyle and Guice just loved).

Shoppers will enjoy that the family love goes beyond the owners, too. Talented in-laws, siblings and parents have lent touches and products all around the store. Just ask for any item’s story.

“It’s really nice to work with my sister,” Guice said, laughing. “We’ll be on the phone with each other after work and my husband will be like, ‘Didn’t you just spend all day with her?’”