Just opened earlier this year, State & Third has found a thriving market for products by local to national artisans and designers in Columbus, Ohio. We love to be in such good company! Owner Becky Brisker curates her shop with lifestyle, gift, and home items for the conscious consumer with style. Read more below about State & Third and what Columbus has to offer.
Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?
A: Curated eclectic. I have approximately 40 vendors that I have hand selected from across the US. – everything has a very ‘handmade’ feel and customers really respond to the home grown stories, and the look and feel of the space.
Q: What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: I worked in the same building 19 years ago when I took my first retail job at Tommy Hilfiger in Columbus City Center mall at the age of 16. Now my career has come full circle and I’m back exactly where I started – but in my own store.
Q: What was your inspiration/motivation to open your store?
A: I came from corporate retail design. A lot of the vendors in the shop were companies or people that I looked to for inspiration as a designer. As I saw corporate retail go through many changes, I saw a niche market for independent designers and handmade product expand and flourish. As a country, I truly believe we’re changing as consumers and becoming more aware of who, what and where we buy from. The rest was just great timing.
Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: Take our new CBUS circulator. You will get to see some of the best of Downtown Columbus, German Village and The Short North – hopping on and off where you like. And, it’s absolutely free!
Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: We are in the process of freshening the space now. When I opened in February I literally just moved in with product. I’m planning lots of great vendor events for the holidays and hopefully some collaborations with other downtown Columbus retailers, galleries and restaurants.