It’s true: A mall-boutique mainstay has risen to the top of Columbus’ accessories scene, according to Alive readers. What inspires the outpouring of love for Francesca’s? Likely, the jewelry. The stores (there are two in Columbus) boast a variety of handbags, shoes and clothing, but the big draw is the many statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets with a one-of-a-kind look. Most of the items skew toward the trendy, with a definite found-in-an-exotic-market appeal. The biggest perk is the bang you get for your buck — most everything is at near-Forever 21 prices, allowing shoppers to switch up their styles with every whim.
Runners-up: Tigertree, Wholly Craft