Columbus Neighborhoods: Retail Columbus


>>>SHOPPING WONDERS THAT TOOK US AROUND THE WORLD –>>NEXT ON “COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS.” [email protected][email protected]! [email protected][email protected]!>>Announcer: SUPPORT FOR “COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS” IS PROVIDED BY –>>AT AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER, WE’VE BEEN PROUD SPONSORS OF WOSU PUBLIC MEDIA FOR MANY YEARS AND STRONG SUPPORTERS OF OUR HEADQUARTER CITY HERE IN COLUMBUS, BOTH DOWNTOWN AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE YOURS.>>Announcer: STATE AUTO INSURANCE COMPANIES, TRANSFORMING TO BECOME A DIGITAL PROVIDER OF AUTO, HOME, AND BUSINESS INSURANCE. AND FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS, COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE AND NEIGHBORHOODS OF CENTRAL OHIO. STATE AUTO. THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION — SMART PHILANTHROPY FOR A SMART CITY, COLUMBUSFOUNDATION.ORG. BAILEY CAVALIERI — YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR LAW FIRM DOESN’T NEED TO BE COMPLICATED, IT JUST NEEDS TO BE RIGHT. COTA — KEEPS OUR COMMUNITY MOVING FORWARD. FAHLGREN MORTINE — MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS. THINK WIDER. OHIO HEALTH FOCUSES ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH A MISSION TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES. WOMEN AND PHILANTHROPY AT OHIO STATE, CHANGING LIVES BY GIVING TOGETHER. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THESE AND OTHER COLUMBUS-AREA FAMILIES WHO SUPPORT WOSU. THANK YOU!>>>SOME OF OUR MOST WATCHED SEGMENTS ON “COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS” HAVE BEEN ABOUT SHOPPING, AND IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET, CHECK OUT OUR STORY ON BIG BEAR FROM LAST SEASON ON OUR WEBSITE.>>SHOPPING USED TO BE A BIG EVENT, A SPECTACLE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, AND THAT’S WHAT MADE IT FUN.>>OUR FIRST STORY IS ABOUT A SHOPPING CENTER THAT TOOK YOU TO THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. [email protected][email protected]!>>CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD ALL IN ONE PLACE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOPPING CENTER IN COLUMBUS, OHIO?>>BOTH MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER SOUGHT TO DEVELOP A LARGE SHOPPING CENTER IN THE WESTSIDE OF TOWN. THE SITE THEY HAD ORIGINALLY CHOSEN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT WAS THE SITE NOW OCCUPIED BY WESTLAND. AT THE LAST MINUTE, THAT JOINT VENTURE FELL APART.>>SO, THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A SITE. THEY FOUND A SITE THAT MY UNCLE HAPPENED TO OWN AND THEY BOUGHT IT FROM HIM.>>THE PROBLEM WAS THAT THE ORIGINAL SITE WAS ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT BETTER SITE. AND IT BECAME IMPORTANT TO CONVINCE THE ANCHOR TENANTS – J.C. PENNEY, GREY DRUGSTORE — THEY HAD ALREADY COMMITTED TO THE OTHER SITE, TO RELOCATE TO THE NEW SITE.>>SO, THEY THREW THIS ELABORATE PARTY AND INVITED ALL OF THE TENANTS. AND AS THE PARTY WENT ON AND ON AND ON, DON, I UNDERSTAND, GOT MORE AND MORE INTO THE PARTY AND THEY SAID, “DON, WHY SHOULD WE COME TO THIS SITE INSTEAD OF THE OTHER SITE?”>>AND HE TOLD THE TENANTS THAT IF THEY WOULD RELOCATE, HE WOULD BUILD A COMPLETE REPLICA OF THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. AND HE WASN’T THAT MUCH OF A DRINKING MAN, BUT HE MAY HAVE HAD A FEW COCKTAILS. AND WHATEVER IT WAS, HE SORT OF GOT AHEAD OF HIMSELF A LITTLE BIT IN TERMS OF PROMOTING WHAT HE WOULD DO TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO TO THE NEW SIGHT.>>AND PEOPLE HAD SIGNED UP. THEY HAD AGREED TO COME, SO THEY HAD TO PRODUCE. THEY HAD TO LIVE UP TO WHAT HE’D SAID AND PRODUCE THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.>>AND BEING A MAN OF HIS WORD, HE SOUGHT TO DEVELOP THE WALK O’ WONDERS.>>SO, THEY WENT OUT AND THEY PICKED THEIR OWN SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. AND THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD COST AS MUCH AS THE SHOPPING CENTER ITSELF TO BUILD. THIS WAS A REALLY GUTSY, GUTSY MOVE. AND WHEN YOU DOUBLE THE COST OF BUILDING A CENTER, THEN TO TRY TO MAKE THE ECONOMICS WORKOUT ON IT. WALK O’ WONDERS REALLY HAD TO GENERATE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC. [email protected][email protected]! THE GREAT WESTERN SHOPPING CENTER OPENED UP THE SUMMER OF 1955. THEY HAD INVITED EVERYBODY TO THIS OPENING. THERE WERE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THERE WERE TENANTS, THERE WERE OFFICIALS FROM THE CITY. THEY ALSO INVITED A LADY FROM INDIA TO STAND NEXT TO THE TAJ MAHAL. THEY HAD MAYOR SENSENBRENNER THROWING A BARREL OVER NIAGARA FALLS. IT WAS QUITE A STAGE PRODUCTION.>>THESE WERE NOT SHABBY, CHEESY REPLICATIONS. THEY WERE VERY CAREFULLY CRAFTED COPIES OF THE ORIGINALS.>>THE WONDERS THAT WERE THERE WERE THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, NIAGRA FALLS – BOTH THE CANADIAN SIDE AND THE AMERICAN SIDE. THEY HAD THE TAJ MAHAL AND THE FOUNTAINS IN FRONT OF IT.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH, YOU DON’T KNOW YOU’RE NOT LOOKING AT THE REAL TAJ MAHAL.>>THEY HAD THE GRAND CANYON.>>AND THEY ACTUALLY CONSTRUCTED A WALKWAY ABOVE GRAND CANYON SO YOU COULD LOOK DOWN INTO IT. YOU COULD SEE THE CITY AND THE HOTELS AROUND GRAND CANYON. YOU COULD SEE THE WATER FLOWING. [email protected][email protected]!>>THE EIFFEL TOWER, WHICH I STILL HAVE AT MY HOUSE. [email protected][email protected]! THEY HAD THE PYRAMIDS AND THE SPHINX.>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH, I THOUGHT, “WELL, NOW THAT’S THE REAL THING.” AND IT ISN’T. THAT’S A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN FROM GROUND LEVEL LOOKING AT THE WALK O’ WONDERS. THIS PARTHENON LOOKS A LOT BETTER THAN THE ONE IN GREECE, I THINK, WHICH HAS SEEN BETTER TIMES. YOU CAN SEE THAT THIS ISN’T JUST A BUILDING OF THE PARTHENON, THIS IS ALL THE ANCILLARY BUILDINGS AND THE OTHER TEMPLES THAT ARE ON THE ACROPOLIS.>>AND UNDERNEATH The ACROPOLIS AND THE PARTHENON, YOU COULD LOOK IN A WINDOW AND THEY HAD CARLSBAD CAVERNS. THEY BATS HANGING DOWN AND THEY HAD LITTLE FANS TO BLOW THE BATS AROUND A LITTLE BIT AND MAKE ‘EM SWING. THEY HAD BUILT A REPLICA OF THE TREVI FOUNTAIN. A LOT OF COINS WENT IN THERE AND THEY WOULD GIVE ALL OF THAT MONEY TO CHARITY. [email protected][email protected]! YOU GOT TO REMEMBER, THIS IS 1954-55. THIS IS BEFORE DISNEYLAND OPENED UP, SO THERE WAS NO PLACE QUITE LIKE THIS THAT HAD REPLICAS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THIS IS RIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE 707. SO, AT THIS TIME, IF THEY WANTED TO GO TO EUROPE AND SEE ANY OF THIS STUFF, IT WAS BY STEAMSHIP.>>AS A SCHOOLCHILD, I WAS SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS OLD, AND I REMEMBER SCHOOL BUSES FULL OF CHILDREN WHO WOULD TAKE DAYTRIPS TO VISIT THIS. IT WAS TRULY A WONDERFUL, EDUCATIONAL ASSET TO THE COLUMBUS COMMUNITY. [email protected][email protected]!>>IT BECAME, AT NIGHT, A REAL SECURITY PROBLEM AND HAZARD ‘CAUSE PEOPLE CLIMBING ALL OVER IT.>>AS THE YEARS WENT BY, IT DETERIORATED. THE OHIO STATE FRATERNITY BOYS WOULD SHOW UP AND THEY WOULD POUR DETERGENT IN NIAGARA FALLS AND THAT CONSTANTLY CAUSED A NEED TO MAINTAIN IT.>>I THINK IT LASTED ALMOST TEN YEARS. THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF A KIND. I’VE NEVER HEARD OF ANYTHING LIKE IT BEFORE, OR AFTER. THIS WAS REALLY UNIQUE. [email protected][email protected]!>>>BAKERIES ARE WONDERFUL PLACES TO SHOP, SO WHEN WE SENT JAVIER DOWN TO GERMAN VILLAGE TO FIND HANDCRAFTED PASTRIES AND TO DISCOVER HOW OUR CHANGING TASTES HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON THAT PROFESSION. [email protected][email protected]!>>IN COLUMBUS, PISTACIA VERA IS DEFINITELY A DESSERT DESTINATION. [email protected][email protected]! FROM PASTRIES TO SPECIALTY CAKES TO THEIR SIGNATURE MACARONS, SIBLINGS SPENCER BUDROS AND ANNE FLETCHER STRIVE TO BRING CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE AND ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR TOGETHER. [email protected][email protected]! TODAY, I’M SITTING DOWN WITH THEM IN THEIR PASTRY KITCHEN AND CAFÉ IN GERMAN VILLAGE TO FIND OUT HOW THEY DO IT. [email protected][email protected]! SO NOW, I GOT TO ASK – ARE YOU BOTH BAKERS? OR WHO’S THE BAKER?>>SPENCER GETS THE CREDIT FOR THE TALENT BEHIND THE FOOD.>>I’M THE BAKER IN THE TEAM. EVEN THOUGH WE BOTH GREW UP IN THE COLUMBUS AREA. I SPENT 13 YEARS AWAY IN PHOENIX, IN SCOTTSDALE, AND WENT THROUGH A PASTRY APPRENTICESHIP. AND THEN HAD CHILDREN AND WANTED TO MOVE HOME.>>RAISE OUR BABIES IN COLUMBUS.>>ABSOLUTELY. SO, I REALLY, REALLY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS A DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF DESSERT AND PASTRY. LUCKILY, MY SISTER AGREED TO BE MY BUSINESS PARTNER AND THE REST IS HISTORY.>>ALL RIGHT. SO, YOU’RE THE HEART OF THE BAKING BUSINESS AND YOU’RE THE HEAD, THE MIND.>>SURE. I GET THAT CREDIT FOR IT. I’M THE PEOPLE’S SIDE, I GUESS, IN THE SENSE OF TAKING CARE OF — WE HAVE A STAFF OF 43 NOW.>>THERE’S A GOOD ENERGY HERE. LIKE, I FEEL LIKE YOUR STAFF ENJOYS WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND THEY PUT A LOT OF LOVE INTO THE WORK, BUT IT STARTS WITH YOU ALL PUTTING LOVE INTO IT FIRST AND THEN IT COMES FROM THE STAFF AS WELL.>>I THINK THAT WE RECOGNIZE, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE — THAT PEOPLE COME THROUGH THESE DOORS TO TREAT THEMSELVES AND WE LIKE TO TREAT IT AS SUCH, SO IT’S GREAT COMING TO WORK EVERY DAY AND BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH JUST A GREAT TEAM.>>AWESOME. NOW — SO, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BAKING STYLE?>>I WOULD SAY OUR STYLE PAYS HOMAGE MORE THAN ANYTHING. JUST A CLASSIC FRENCH TECHNIQUE. A LOT OF OUR RECIPES ARE — JUST HAVE A FEW INGREDIENTS, BUT THE METHOD AND THE TECHNIQUE BEHIND IT ARE A COUPLE PAGES LONG, SO WE’RE REALLY ATTRACTED TO A PASTRY THAT TAKES CARE.>>OKAY, WOW. WELL, CLEARLY YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT PASTRIES. NOW, WHAT DID YOU DO, ANNE, TO, YOU KNOW, BRING THE BUSINESS SIDE AROUND YOUR BROTHERS PASSION FOR CREATING THESE AMAZING PASTRIES.>>WHEN WE LOOK BACK — WHEN WE OPENED UP IN THE BACK ALLEY OF THE SHORT NORTH IN 2004, IT’S KIND OF THAT FRONT END OF THE FOOD SCENE. WE KIND OF MADE IT UP AS WE GO ALONG IN A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, IN THE SENSE OF TRYING TO FIND OURSELVES. IN 2007, WE MADE THE STRATEGIC DECISION TO MOVE TO GERMAN VILLAGE JUST BE — WE LOVES THE SHORT NORTH, BUT WE WERE A DAY BUSINESS. AND THERE WAS SOMETHING FROM A QUALITY OF LIFE FOR US OF A COMMITMENT TO STAY AS A CAFÉ, GET THE VIBE OF THE MORNING SCENE, AND KIND OF THAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY FOR AN AFTERNOON COFFEE. PUT THOSE TWO PIECES TOGETHER OF GOOD HISTORIC KIND OF VIBE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THIS IS A QUIRKY, STRANGE BUILDING, BUT WE’VE EMBRACED IT.>>THIS BUILDING DEFINITELY HAS SOME INTERESTING ARCHITECTURE AND SO I’M SURE IT HAS AN INTERESTING HISTORY. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT?>>UM, IT WAS ORIGINALLY A TWO-STORY HOME BACK IN THE ‘30s. GEORGE REINER – HE WAS THE CLASSIC GERMAN BAKERY STORY. CAME TO AMERICA TO BUILD HIS BAKERY OF WINDOWS AND IT OPERATED UNDER HIS FAMILY NAME, REINER’S. AND YOU’LL SEE THE INSIGNIA ON OUR — SIDE OF THE BUILDING. UNTIL THE ‘70s, AND THE PLANK FAMILY PURCHASED IT FROM REINER FAMILY, AND PLANK IS A BIG NAME IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THEY RENAMED IT THURN’S. SO, AS KIDS GROWING UP, WE WOULD EAT DONUTS AND EGGS SALAD SANDWICHED AT THE COUNTER AT THURN’S. AND THEN THEY CLOSED THEIR FAMILY BUSINESS RIGHT ABOUT THE TIME THAT WE WERE MAKING THE DECISION TO MOVE BACK, SO IT WAS SUPER INSPIRING TO KIND OF GET THE BAKING VIBE BACK IN THESE BRICK WALLS AND COMPLETELY REHAB THE PLACE AND REALLY TRY TO RESTORE A LOT OF THAT ORIGINAL CHARM AND CHARACTER TO WHAT IT WAS.>>YEAH, AND YOU CLEARLY BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE SPIRIT OF WHAT HAPPENS HERE IN GERMAN VILLAGE. SO, LET ME ASK YOU THIS. AS AN ARTIST, ‘CAUSE THAT’S WHAT I CONSIDER YOU TO BE, AN ARTIST — WHERE DO YOU GO FOR YOUR INSPIRATION?>>WE CERTAINLY LOOK OUTSIDE OF COLUMBUS. WE CERTAINLY LOOK TO EUROPE. WE CERTAINLY LOOK TO THE FRENCH MASTERS. WHEN IT COMES TO THE ACTUAL DESIGN OF THE PASTRY, I WOULD SAY THAT WE ARE INTENTIONALLY VERY RESTRAINED IN THE WAY THAT WE PRESENT OUR PASTRY.>>AND THEN THERE’S JUST A GENERAL SEASONALITY, TOO. YOU KNOW, THAT’S KIND OF THAT INSPIRATION OF “OKAY, WHAT FEELS GOOD”, YOU KNOW, WHEN THERE’S WARMTH IN THE AIR.>>NOW, CLEARLY FROM YOUR CONVERSATION, COMMUNITY IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL HIGHLY VALUE. NOW, HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE INTO THE WORK THAT YOU DO?>>GERMAN VILLAGE IS AS “COMMUNITY” AS IT GETS, SO WE FIRST START IT IN OUR HOME BASE, AND THEN THE FUN PART IS WE’VE GOT SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO EAT. SO, WE SUPPORT THINGS THAT WE PERSONALLY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT, BUT ALSO REALLY LOOK TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND LET THEM TAKE THE LEAD FOR THINGS. SO, IT’S A WIN-WIN. IT’S A WAY TO GIVE BACK AND SAYING, “THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR BUSINESS. LET US HELP SUPPORT WHAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT.”>>WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING IT. IT’S CLEAR YOU ALL CARE ABOUT PASTRIES AND ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITIES. AND SO I THINK THAT’S WHY YOU’RE EXPERIENCING THE SUCCESS YOU’RE EXPERIENCING BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO CARE, AND SO I APPRECIATE YOU ALL FOR THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU FOR SHARING THIS BECAUSE I REALLY CARE ABOUT DIGGING INTO THESE PASTRIES A LITTLE BIT MORE, SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>SHOULD WE BOX ‘EM UP FOR YOU?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. [email protected][email protected]!>>>WE’RE AT THE GLENN AVENUE SOAP COMPANY WHERE YOU CAN GET NATURAL SOAP, SKIN CARE PRODUCTS, AND SOMETHING CALLED A ROSE BATH BOMB. IT’S ALL ABOUT HANDMADE PRODUCTS WITH THERAPEUTIC ESSENTIAL OILS.>>LIKE THIS FACE WASH THAT HAS BASIL, SAGE, AND MINT IN IT.>>THIS IS DEFINITELY A SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.>>SURE IS, BUT YOU KNOW, DOWNTOWN USED TO BE THE PLACE TO SHOP AND THERE WAS ONE STORE THAT EVERYBODY WENT TO FOR THEIR FINE SOAPS AND TOILETRIES. AND THAT WAS THE LAZARUS DEPARTMENT STORE.>>Announcer: LAZARUS BECAME MORE THAN A PLACE TO BUY BATHROOM ACCESSORIES OR A DINETTE SET. THIS LANDMARK STORE BECAME A PLACE WHERE RIGHTS OF PASSAGES WERE OBSERVED. FOR THOUSANDS OF YOUNG COLUMBUS WOMEN, THAT MEANT LEARNING ABOUT GROOMING, POISE, AND THE IMPROPRIETY OF WEARING WHITE SHOES WITH A DARK DRESS. THESE SELF-IMPROVEMENT CLASSES WERE ONLY ONE OF THE MILESTONE EVENTS PEOPLE STILL ASSOCIATE WITH THE STORE.>>MY OLDEST BOY, JOHN RICHARD — BROUGHT HIM DOWN TO HAVE HIS FIRST HAIRCUT AND THAT WAS IN 1967. AND THEY GAVE US A GRADUATION CERTIFICATE WITH A LOCK OF HIS HAIR SAYING THAT HE GRADUATED FROM BABYHOOD. AND THEN THE NEAT THING IS I HAD ANOTHER CHILD IN ‘71, JASON, AND THE SAME LADY THAT CUT MY SON’S HAIR IN ’67 IS THE ONE THAT CUT MY SECOND CHILD’S — SON. SO THAT WAS REALLY NEAT TO HAVE THE SAME LADY DO IT. AND THEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES OF ALL TIME WAS WHEN I TURNED 13, MY MOM SAID THAT I COULD HAVE MY FIRST OUTING ALONE. SO, I COULD TAKE THE BUS DOWNTOWN TO LAZARUS, ALL BY MYSELF, AND I COULD EAT LUNCH IN THE COLONIAL ROOM AND HAVE THE FAMOUS CELERY DRESSING AND THEN TAKE THE BUS BACK HOME. SO THAT WAS MY — THAT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES.>>I WAS WORKING IN THE DISPLAY DEPARTMENT AND SHE WAS WORKING DOWNTOWN AS A SECRETARY FOR ONE OF THE BUYERS. AND A JOB OPENED UP IN THE DISPLAY DEPARTMENT AND SHE TOOK THAT JOB. AND THAT’S WHERE I MET MY WIFE. AND WE’VE BEEN MARRIED NOW FOR 27 YEARS. LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE, I’M SURE HAVE MET THEIR SPOUSES THERE.>>I HAD MY WEDDING, BRIDAL SHOWER, LUNCHEON — WAS HERE FOR MY BRIDE’S MAIDS. THAT WAS WHEN THE CHINTZ ROOM — I DON’T KNOW IF THEY CALL IT THE CHINTZ ROOM, BUT IT WAS ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF THE STORE, NOT IN THE LOCATION THAT IT HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS. JUST ANY CELEBRATION, LAZARUS WAS THE PLACE TO DO IT.>>MY, NOW, HUSBAND WAS A ASSISTANT BUYER IN BASEMENT SHOE DEPARTMENT AND I MET HIM. WE DATED AND WE’RE MARRIED. SO, WE MET AT LAZARUS AND FELL IN LOVE.>>Announcer: SHOPPING, FASHION SHOWS, LIVE BANDS, CELEBRITIES. YOU COULD WORK UP A REAL APPETITE AT LAZARUS. THE RESTAURANTS AT THE STORE MADE THE DAY DOWNTOWN ALL THAT MORE SPECIAL.>>WELL, THEY WERE OUR PRIDE AND JOY. WE HAD NINE OF ‘EM IN THIS STORE OVER HERE.>>THE MAIN THING WAS THAT YOU HAD SO MANY CHOICES BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY RESTAURANTS ON DIFFERENT FLOORS.>>AND WE USED TO USE THE RESTAURANTS INITIALLY TO PULL PEOPLE THROUGH THE MERCHANDISE, SO THAT THE RESTAURANTS, WHEN WE FIRST BUILT THEM, WERE IN THE FARTHEST LOCATION WE COULD FIND.>>I WOULD WALK TO LAZARUS. I WOULD HAVE LUNCH EVERY DAY AT LAZ — NOT EVERY DAY, BUT AT THE FOUNTAIN, AND I WOULD HAVE CELERY DRESSING AND AN ORANGE DRINK AND IT WAS 50 CENTS. AND TO ME, THAT WAS JUST THE ULTIMATE.>>AND WE COULD COME INTO A RESTAURANT, AND FOR 25 CENTS, WE HAD THIS STUFFING WITH GRAVY. AND FOR A DIME, YOU GOT SOMETHING TO DRINK. AND PROBABLY — I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT TIPPING, SO I JUST PUT MY 35 CENTS ON THE TABLE, YOU KNOW, AND THAT WAS THAT.>>AS A CHILD, I WOULD MAKE MONEY ALL SUMMER, BABYSITTING AND SUCH. AND BEFORE SCHOOL — BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED, EVEN AT 9:00 OR 10:00, I WOULD RIDE THE BUS DOWNTOWN BY MYSELF, GO INTO LAZARUS, SHOP, AND SPEND THE MONEY THAT I HAD MADE AND EARNED ALL SUMMER. AND THEN DECIDE WHETHER I SHOULD GO TO THE DINING ROOM FOR A SANDWICH OR TO THE WEST BASEMENT FOR A HOTDOG.>>I JUST ALWAYS REMEMBER COMING DOWN HERE, EATING AT THE HIGHLANDER GRILL WHICH WAS IN THE BASEMENT IN THE CHINTZ ROOM AND THE COLONIAL ROOM. AND IT WAS — THAT WAS ALWAYS FUN TO HAVE THE SPECIAL THINGS THAT YOU COULDN’T GET ANYWHERE ELSE. YOU KNOW, LIKE THEIR DRESSING, AND UM, THEIR ICE CREAM BALLS THAT THEY WOULD ROLL IN NUTS AND CAKE AND STUFF LIKE THAT WAS ALWAYS FUN.>>MY FATHER WORKED HERE FOR MANY YEARS IN THE RESTAURANT DEPARTMENT. AND SO, I PRETTY FEEL LIKE I PRETTY MUCH GREW UP HERE. AND MY MOM JUST DIED RECENTLY AND SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST PERSON — SO I KIND OF DO THIS IN MEMORY OF HER. SO, WE KIND OF FELT REAL IMPORTANT COMING TO LAZARUS. LIKE, OUR DAD WAS WORKING AND SHE WOULD BRING ALL SIX KIDS OF US UP HERE. WE’D GET ALL DRESSED UP WITH THE WHITE GLOVES AND EVERYTHING AND COME UP HERE AND EAT LUNCH WITH MY DAD IN THE COLONIAL ROOM. PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH COMING DOWNTOWN AS — WITH EATING, WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD EXPERIENCE. SO, THAT WAS A HAPPY TIME.>>>COLUMBUS HAS BEEN RANKED AS THE NUMBER THREE CITY IN THE NATION FOR FASHION DESIGN, BEHIND ONLY NEW YORK AND L.A.>>AND THIS NEXT STORY SHOWS THAT COLUMBUS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF FASHION DESIGNERS, INCLUDING THE HOUSE OF HAROLD. [email protected][email protected]!>>HELLO.>>HEY, LISA. HOW ARE YOU?>>I’M JUST FINE. HOW ARE YOU THIS AFTERNOON?>>GREAT. WELL, I’M TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT THIS COULD BE. IT MIGHT BE ABOUT FASHION, IT MIGHT BE PHOTOGRAPHY, OR ALL THAT STUFF. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?>>WELL, MOSTLY, IT IS ABOUT FASHION. I GUESS, FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. WE HAVE A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND SKETCHES AND ALSO EXAMPLES OF CLOTHING OF A FASHION DESIGNER WHO WORKED LOCALLY IN COLUMBUS. AND HE STARTED IN THE LATE ‘50s AND WORKED ABOUT 30 YEARS UNTIL THE MID-1980s. HIS NAME H. HAROLD CURMODE. HE WORKED PROFESSIONALLY AS H. HAROLD OR HE ALSO CALLED HIS DESIGNS THE “HOUSE OF HAROLD.” SO, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE H. HAROLD CURMODE OR HOUSE OF HAROLD ON SOME OF HIS BUSINESS STATIONERY AND BUSINESS CARDS. OVER HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF HIS LATER DESIGNS. HE WENT THROUGH VERY KIND OF HIGHER AND VERY DISTINCT LOOKS. A LOT OF HIS CLIENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SPECIAL DRESSES FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, FOR THE HOLIDAY. DEFINITELY DRESSY CLOTHING AND DISTINCT CLOTHING. A LOT OF HIS PIECES HAVE MULTIPLE COMPONENTS, SO THERE WOULD BE DRESSES IN COATS, OR DRESSES IN CAPES. THERE’D BE MATCHING HATS, MATCHING SCARVES. HE OFTEN MADE THESE MULTIPLE PIECE SETS THAT YOU COULD WEAR ALL TOGETHER OR MIX AND MATCH WITH OTHER PIECES. THIS PARTICULAR ONE IS A LATER PIECE FROM THE 1980’S. THERE’S A SKIRT THAT MATCHES THE JACKET. THE JACKET HAD A BELT. AND THERE’S ALSO THIS TURBAN-LIKE HAT. AND THAT’S INTERESTING IS WE NOTICE THERE’S THIS PIECE CUT OUT OF THE HAT AND WE WERE A LITTLE CONFUSED. BUT, ACTUALLY I FOUND IN THE ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS A PICTURE OF HIS WIFE WHO IS MODELING THIS SUIT AND IT LOOKS LIKE THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF JEWEL ON HER HAT THAT IS NOW CUT OFF THE HAT.>>I SEE. I SEE.>>SO, YEAH.>>SO, “HOUSE OF HAROLD,” WAS THAT — WAS IT IS A BIG LINE OR WAS HE WORKING PRIMARILY FOR PEOPLE OF COLUMBUS?>>AS FAR AS I KNOW, HE WAS WORKING PRIMARILY FOR PEOPLE IN COLUMBUS. IT WASN’T ACTUALLY HIS FULL TIME JOB. HE ALSO WORKED AT NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. WHEN I SAW HIM LISTED IN THE CITY DIRECTORIES IN THE 50’S AND EARLY 60’S, IT LISTED HIM AS BEING EMPLOYED AT NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION. AND SOME OF HIS SKETCHES YOU’LL SEE ARE ON THE BACK OF THESE COMPUTER PUNCH CARDS. SO, I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE GATHERED THOSE UP AT WORK AND BROUGHT THEM HOME TO SKETCH ON. BECAUSE WE HAVE THE SKETCHES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS, I DID SOME WORK TRYING TO MATCH UP SOME OF THE SKETCHES WITH SOME OF THE ACTUAL OUTFITS. AND YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SEE THE PANTS AND THE BLOUSE WITH THE BOW. THIS IS A PRETTY DRAMATIC ONE. THIS IS FROM THE 70’S AND THIS IS A POLKA DOT, KIND OF AN ANIMAL POLKA DOT KIND OF PRINT. AND IT HAS A CAPE THAT GOES WITH IT. IT’S A JUMPSUIT WITH A CAPE. IT’S A PRETTY DRAMATIC, PRETTY DRAMATIC LOOK. IT WAS DEFINITELY PEOPLE WHO WERE LOOKING FOR CLOTHING, YOU KNOW, FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS, PAGEANTS. HE DID SOME DRESSES FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE IN PAGEANTS. HE DID DRESSES AND COSTUMES FOR A LOT OF THE LOCAL THEATER COMPANIES.>>AND THIS IS HAROLD, RIGHT?>>THAT IS HAROLD HIMSELF, YES. THAT IS DEFINITELY HIM.>>AND HIS WIFE IS IN ONE PHOTOGRAPH AND THIS IS HIS DAUGHTER HERE, CORRECT?>>YES. HE ALSO DID CHILDREN’S CLOTHING. AND AGAIN, THE GIRL’S DRESSES OFTEN HAD MATCHING HATS AND COATS AS WELL. OF COURSE, THE THING ABOUT MODELING THE CLOTHES IS DIDN’T ALWAYS — HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER DIDN’T ALWAYS GET TO KEEP THEM. THEY WOULD MODEL OUTFITS AND SOMETIMES THEN THEY WOULD BE SOLD AND THEY DIDN’T GET TO KEEP THE CLOTHES THAT THEY WORE IN THE PICTURES.>>I LIKE THIS SKETCHES IN GRAPH PAPER TOO. MAYBE THAT’S SOMETHING THEY USED AT NORTH AMERICAN ROCKWELL.>>HERE HE HAS HIS SIGNATURE “HOUSE OF HAROLD” PAPER TO SKETCH ON. HERE HERE’S GOT COMPUTER PUNCH CARDS, HERE’S HE GOT GRAPH PAPER. HIS SKETCHES ALWAYS JUST TEND TO BE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF THE BARE OUTLINES OF THE GARMENT. AND I MENTIONED HE WORKED AT NORTH AMERICAN ROCKWELL, AND HE — THIS IS A PIECE OF A SCRIPT FROM A FASHION SHOW AND HE WAS CALLING THIS THE JET COLLECTION. AND THERE WAS AN OUTFIT HE CALLED “BLASTOFF” AND THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER OUTFIT HE CALLED “THE VIGILANTE.” AND HERE IS HIS WIFE WITH THE DIFFERENT PIECES OF PARTS OF “THE VIGILANTE” OUTFIT. SO, CLEARLY HIS DAY JOB WAS WITH THE AVIATION COMPANY WAS INFLUENCING SOME HIS DESIGNS.>>THESE ARE REALLY FUN ITEMS. THANKS FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.>>YOU ARE VERY WELCOME. [email protected][email protected]!>>>THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN CATCH ALL OF OUR EPISODES ON COLUMBUSNEIGHBORHOODS.ORG.>>PLUS, SEE OUR STORIES ON THE WOSU MOBILE APP. AND YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM.>>WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT WEEK ON “COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS.” [email protected][email protected]! [email protected][email protected]! [email protected][email protected]! [email protected][email protected]!>>Announcer: SUPPORT FOR “COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS” IS PROVIDED BY –>>AT AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER, WE’VE BEEN PROUD SPONSORS OF WOSU PUBLIC MEDIA FOR MANY YEARS AND STRONG SUPPORTERS OF OUR HEADQUARTER CITY HERE IN COLUMBUS, BOTH DOWNTOWN AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE YOURS.>>Announcer: STATE AUTO INSURANCE COMPANIES, TRANSFORMING TO BECOME A DIGITAL PROVIDER OF AUTO, HOME, AND BUSINESS INSURANCE. AND FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS, COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE AND NEIGHBORHOODS OF CENTRAL OHIO. STATE AUTO. THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION — SMART PHILANTHROPY FOR A SMART CITY, COLUMBUSFOUNDATION.ORG. BAILEY CAVALIERI — YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR LAW FIRM DOESN’T NEED TO BE COMPLICATED, IT JUST NEEDS TO BE RIGHT. COTA — KEEPS OUR COMMUNITY MOVING FORWARD. FAHLGREN MORTINE — MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS. THINK WIDER. OHIO HEALTH FOCUSES ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH A MISSION TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES. WOMEN AND PHILANTHROPY AT OHIO STATE, CHANGING LIVES BY GIVING TOGETHER. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THESE AND OTHER COLUMBUS-AREA FAMILIES WHO SUPPORT WOSU. THANK YOU!

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7 thoughts on “Columbus Neighborhoods: Retail Columbus

  1. In your story covering the Walk O' Wonders, you overlooked my grandfather, Ivan Pusecker.
    Ivan E. Pusecker, a nationally known Columbus, Ohio artist and designer, oversaw the design and construction of the Walk O' Wonders exhibit. Ivan commissioned Louis Mori, an Italian sculptor and mold maker, to help complete the Walk O' Wonders. Additionally, Ivan Pusecker designed and sculpted many of the elaborate Christmas display windows for Lazarus. He is remembered for his pastel – Smiling Christ, his murals at Presutti’s Restaurant, and for his many paintings depicting scenes of German Village. Ivan E. Pusecker – 1908 – 1968

  2. Wow. My parents took us there as children. We loved it. I believe I have some pictures of us visiting there with other relatives. Please bring it back. lol Thanks for the video.

  3. Loved this shopping center. Although I moved to Columbus in the early 70 till 76, I have great memories of this area. I lived just around the corner .

  4. As a child I remember a few occasions when my Mother drove several extra miles to shop at Great Western just so I could ander around the seven wonders. It seemed to me like they were still there in the early 70's but I could be wrong

  5. Omg! I remember riding on my Dad's shoulders when I was really little. It was the early 60's. Looking in those windows at Carlsbad Caverns used to freak me out. I also remember Niagara Falls. So great to see this on YouTube and a wonderful memory of my Dad who passed 2 years ago.

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