New store will feature products made only in Ohio
Andrea and Nate Archibald will open Simply Vague Sept. 1 in the Tuttle Mall.
Dublin native Andrea Archibald and her husband Nate will offer up the pride of Ohio at a new Tuttle Mall store.
Simply Vague will open in the former Buybacks space in the mall Sept. 1, offering a plethora of products made only in Ohio.
Archibald and her husband opened the first Simply Vague in downtown Delaware in July and realized the 750-square-foot space wasn't going to cut it.
"It became busier and more successful than we thought so we had to expand," she said.
Along with strong sales, a waiting list quickly formed to get space in the consignment store.
Opening a store in Dublin was a priority for Archibald, who is a 2005 Coffman High School graduate.
"I grew up in Dublin," she said. "I know Dublin and they don't have anything like this."
Archibald and her husband live in Ostrander and have to go to the Short North to find local products in one place.
"I wanted to bring this to Dublin because they need it," she said.
Supporting local businesses has always been a priority for the Archibalds.
"I like to keep my money in Ohio," she said.
Archibald said she never thought a space at the mall would be a possibility for Simply Vague, but the 6,400-square-foot store is a reminder of her youth.
"I lived right by the mall. I would hang out here with my friends," she said. "I have a strong connection to Tuttle Mall."
Offering Ohioans a chance to sell items at Tuttle Mall alongside major retailers also appealed to Archibald.
"Here at the mall the woman who does hand-painted furniture is competing with Pottery Barn," she said. "You can see the benefits of buying local."
One of the benefits of buying local at Simply Vague is a chance for custom orders, Archibald said. Because the makers are close, they can take orders for specific colors, sizes and designs.
Items at Simply Vague include food, art, crafts, toys, home decor -- including a lamp made of Columbus pre-prohibition bottles -- and treats for canines.
Along with keeping dollars local, Archibald said she loves the stories that come from each product.
"A Columbus firefighter made wooden bowls," she said, noting that the man months away from retirement is hoping to expand on his offering of bowls, tea candle holders and salt and pepper grinders.
Dog treats modeled after fast food are made by a blind woman. A buffalo dip that started production in May earned the 2012 Editor's Pick in Progressive Grocer magazine.
"It's been super popular," Archibald said. "We found it at the state fair and tried it.
"There are stories behind things. My husband and I will be here to tell the story of where it's from and where it's made," she added.
At the Sept. 1 grand opening, food vendors will be on hand with samples and Archibald said a local artist will be painting a picture of downtown Columbus' LaVeque Tower on an 8-foot canvas.
Simply Vague will follow mall hours and be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about the new store or to view a list of vendors, look online at simplyvagueohio.com.