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Shopping near the Ohio State campus

High Street

On High Street, near the Ohio State campus, are stores selling books, clothing, music, dorm furnishings and personal items. The City Center Mall is located south of campus in downtown Columbus. It includes a large number of mostly upscale stores of every type. A number of stores selling ethnic food are located on High Street north of campus. There are also Kroger and Giant Eagle grocery stores. Graceland Shopping Center is located several miles north of campus and includes Kroger, Michael's and Target. COTA (city) bus route #2 travels north and south on High Street and can be used to access any of these stores.

Lennox Town Center

The Lennox Center is located west of campus. From Lincoln Tower, take John Herrick Drive one block to Olentangy River Road and turn left. The shopping center includes restaurants, a movie theater, clothing and bookstores, and Target, which carries towels, dishes, small furniture and other items needed for apartments. COTA (city) bus route #84 goes to the Lennox Center. One bus stop for that route is located on 12th Ave, near the Office of International Affairs.

Major shopping areas in Columbus

Polaris Fashion Place
1500 Polaris Parkway
(614) 846-1500
Just West of I-70 (Exist 121)

The Mall at Tuttle Crossing
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.
(614) 717-9300
I-270 (Exit 115)

Easton Town Center
160 Easton Town Center
(614) 416-7000
I-270 (Exit 33)

Specialty Shopping Areas

The “Short North”
An area along North High Street between Fifth Ave. and downtown. The strip of shops, galleries, restaurants, and taverns sponsors a “Gallery Hop” until 10:00 PM on the first Saturday of each month.

The “North Market”
This market with shops and fresh produce is Located on N. High Street & Vine Street, just south of the Short North.
(614) 463-9664

Whole Foods Market
An organic grocery store, this shop sells many hard-to-find ingredients.
Shops on Lane Avenue
1649 W. Lane Ave.
(614) 481-3400

Whole Foods Market
An organic grocery store, this shop sells many hard-to-find ingredients.
3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road
(614) 760-5556

Veg-Friendly Ohio Guide

A guide to vegetarian and vegan eating in Ohio, includes restaurants and groceries.

Ethnic Stores and Restaurants

Columbus has stores which sell food and other items from many countries around the world. There are also many restaurants which serve ethnic foods.

General Discount Stores

Big Lots Furniture
2855 Olentangy River Road
(614) 262-1223
This store carries inexpensive furniture.

5555 Cleveland Ave., (614) 899-6400 (Columbus)
1661 Hilliard Rome Rd., (614) 771-4800 (Hilliard)
6175 W. Sawmill Rd, (614) 766-4494 (Dublin)
This is a large store that sells groceries, household items, clothes, toiletries, and furniture.

Lennox Town Center
1717 Olentangy River Road
(614) 298-1070
This store has some inexpensive furniture, clothing, and wide variety of household items.

3251 Westerville Rd.
(614) 471-4711
Closed on Saturdays

3900 Morse Rd; (614) 476-2070 (near Easton)
5900 Britton Parkway; (614) 717-9660 (near the Mall at Tuttle Crossing)
Similar to Meijer, this store sells groceries and many other items inexpensively.

Grocery Stores

(Includes food and groceries, as well as household goods)

1350 N. High, near King Avenue, (614) 294-2545
3417 N. High (Clintonville), (614) 263-1766
2913 Olentangy River Road, (614) 265-2800
199 Graceland Blvd. N. High Street at Morse Rd, (614) 410-1095

This store has food and small household items like cups, forks, pots, and towels.

Giant Eagle
2801 N. High Street, (614) 688-0976
777 Neil Avenue, (614) 224-3065
1451 W. 5th Avenue, (614) 481-0201

This store has food and small household items like cups, forks, pots, and towels.

Second Hand Stores

(These stores sell used clothing and household goods at lower prices.)

Volunteers of America
3620 Indianola Ave.
(614) 263-9134

One More Time
1521 W. 5th Ave.
(614) 486-0031
Clothing only

3301 N. High St.
(614) 261-7202
Clothing, shoes, and accessories

Other Shopping

Jeffersonville Prime Outlets
Discounted stores of brand names, in between Columbus and Cincinnati.

Garage Sales or Yard Sales

Check the local newspaper (such as The Columbus Dispatch) for garage and yard sales for the weekend.