Columbus shoppers have established that they like buying products made in town, but a new trend we’re seeing is products that reference local icons through imagery or language (hello, Stay Gra’s COTA-conjuring “No. 2 is No. 1” T-shirt).
“There’s definitely a sense of pride that’s always been here, but since it’s Columbus’ birthday, I think celebrating your community and your neighborhoods has pushed that forward even more,” said Doug Fordyce of Studio Fordyce and ColumbusIs200.
Here are some inside baseball products we found that call upon Columbus and a few of its quirks.
T-shirts let you wear your local-loving heart on your sleeve — or chest, or back, or wherever the case may be. For example, there’s a Dime-A-Dog Night design available at Homage and the Columbus Clippers Cargo Store.
Stay Gra, staygra.com
This company, run by partners Todd Taylor and Laura Strickland and designer Marie Skubon, features plenty of designs that playfully skewer Ohio colleges (we love the one that looks like the North Face logo but instead reads “The Miami Univ”). Stay Gra’s Columbus inside cracks also are awesome: “Victorian Village People,” “Thurman Burger,” “Short North Moustache.” Shirts run from $15 to $28, and there are also organic and LGBT-centric lines.
Art-scene regular Doug Fordyce is back with this newly launched anniversary line of T-shirts that offers 60 different designs for 33 different Columbus neighborhoods. The Short North’s designs are artistic; Fordyce played with half tones and watercolors. A German Village design mimics the iconic brick streets. Victorian Village, the houses. Even historical areas like Flytown get a birthday suit. Designs cost $22-$28.
Posters and prints
Columbus-based company These Are Things (thesearethings.com) has the coolest Columbus neighborhood map posters that are made with a three-color lithograph technique. We also like this steampunk skyline by area crafter Jan Dennison.
Janny Pie, jannypie.etsy.com
Steampunk Columbus Skyline (18-by-24-inch print), $40
Merch from the group 200Columbus: The Bicentennial includes great locally made items such as shot glasses, buttons featuring the I-270 map and AmyD aprons with a cutout of the Columbus skyline. Browse the options online or at area gift shops (find the full list of locations on the nonprofit’s website).