Columbus Commerce & Culture
Central Ohio is home to many colleges in addition to The Ohio State University, including Denison and Kenyon. The city’s alter ego as a college town guarantees a certain standard of independent bookstores and art house theaters, including the iconic Book Loft. A most unusual bookstore, The Book Loft is a labyrinth of 32 rooms, stretching the length of the entire block. Columbus also has a great music scene, with venues big and small, and a vibrant arts community, including the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Short North Arts District. Abercrombie and Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, and Hollister are all headquartered in Columbus, so there’s no shortage of mainstream shopping here. Easton Town Center, with almost 300 stores, is a pioneer in the newest version of the open-air shopping center, clustering upscale retail, restaurants, and green spaces in a town-like layout.