New Store: Touched

  • Photos by Tessa Berg
By Columbus Alive
From the April 26, 2012 edition

The newest thing shoppers will find in this recently opened Powell shop might just be the store itself.

Nearly every home decor piece has a storied history. Owners Allyson Robinson and Kim Ceckitti have found purpose in repurposing. Hence the name: Touched.

“Everything’s been touched before, and we hope to touch people with the way we’ve re-created these things,” Robinson said. “I want people to come in and experience the love that we have for doing this.”

Among Robinson and Ceckitti’s creations is a coat rack with hooks made from the foot pedals of a discarded piano; a coffee table with an old foundry’s work fan under the glass top; vintage barn light shades re-wired as chandeliers; and a 12-foot long dining room table made from the pine wood dance floor that sat in the Columbus Maennerchor in German Village for more than 150 years.

The store’s fashion accessories include bracelets made from aluminum cans by an artist in Oregon ($28); purses made from trashed tires and boat vinyl by a Pataskala artist; and wristwatches ($120) made from leftover lumber by a company called WeWood, which plants a tree for every watch sold.

Everything supports the store’s mission to be eco-chic.

“I look at things a lot differently now,” Robinson said. “It’s hard to drive by old barns without thinking about what we could do with all that wood.”

Visitors will find the pair of owners’ creative sides expressed in original artworks at Touched, too — from sentimental equine illustrations on reconfigured barn wood to small signs painted with smirk-worthy phrases like “No Spitting on the Floor” and “No Dancing on the Table.”

Touched is located in an office space-house-hybrid building just west of the railroad crossing in downtown Powell. There is parking in the back, but the village square’s sidewalk extends past the tracks to Touched. It’s a worthy addition to any Powell shopping excursion.

“We want to keep prices low,” Robinson said. “Sometimes people will go out and buy things for their home and spend so, so much money on something that might not be as unique as what they could find here for less.”