Always a fan favorite, leave behind the conference room setting for an outdoor adventure during IRDC’s Retail Inspiration Walking Tour! This year, attendees will venture out to the nearby, vibrant Short North Arts District to explore a handful of impressive local retailers. Presented by the Retail Design Institute’s Ohio Chapter and sponsored by WD Partners, this year’s custom designed tour will feature guided small groups, creating an all-new experience for attendees and allowing you to take in each stop at a deeper, more meaningful level.

Here’s what you have in store:


Central Columbus Retail Hop
Wednesday, Oct. 26
2:30-5:30 p.m. 


930 N. High Street

Designed to create an inspiring experience that helps shoppers become part of the story, TENSPACE is the brainchild of TENFOLD, the award-winning creative firm. This vibrant, fully interactive experiential retail design space creates in-real-life experiences for online brands. With new and innovative brands introduced every eight weeks, TENSPACE allows shoppers to see, touch, and discover rising brands with a story to tell.


Sole Classics
846 N. High Street

Sole Classics, owned by Ohio State football phenom Dionte Johnson, is one of the nation’s premier sneaker, apparel and lifestyle shops. Featuring a bright, invigorating store that immerses you in a streamlined, engaging aesthetic, Sole Classics is a full-service sneaker shop and lifestyle center, as well as a cultural hub for the city, with deep ties to the community and an active commitment to outreach.


On Paper
743 N. High Street

In a world driven by digital devices, the choice to write by hand becomes more than a means of self-expression…it’s a beautifully defiant personal statement. For writers, artists, and lovers of all things beautiful, On Paper offers an eclectic assortment of handmade papers from around the world, stationery, invitations, fountain pens, journals, wax seals and sealing waxes. Step inside this cozy, welcoming space and you may find yourself transforming how you wish to share your deepest thoughts and most meaningful messages.


889 N. High Street

Guided by a deep value for sustainability and ethical practices, F E R A is perhaps best known for its denim products, but that’s only the beginning of its treasures. The boutique also features designer clothing, accessories, an apothecary, and many other handmade products from true artists and crafters from around the world. With a crisp, clean layout that invites you to explore, F E R A may prove difficult to resist!


Artisan De Luxe
761 N. High Street

Denim never goes out of style, and Artisan de Luxe is ready to outfit you with the latest looks. Featuring an eclectic assortment of designers such as Naked & Famous, Descendent of Thieves, Citizens of Humanity, and Eve Gravel, this beautifully designed store offers an earthy vibe that will encourage you to stop and shop awhile. Don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff for help in finding the perfect fit for you.


North Market
59 Spruce street

For the past 145 years, this bustling public market has brought together some of Ohio’s best independent merchants, farmers, and makers. Now you’ll become a piece of this story as you explore North Market’s retail outposts of more than 30 independently owned small businesses. From fresh produce to meats, seafood to flowers, specialty food items to distinctive gifts, you’ll discover both familiar tastes and new favorites. Don’t miss salsa by Flavor & Fire or gourmet olive oils from the Green Olive Company, a smooth brew at The Barrel and Bottle, a hot cup of coffee at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, or one of the mouthwatering Bavarian-style pretzels from Brezel (voted Ohio’s best pretzel!)


Be sure to add the Retail Inspiration Walking Tour to your agenda when you register for IRDC!

Questions about the Retail Inspiration Walking Tour? Email [email protected].