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Kriss Rogers - the owner of Outside Envy and Girls Night coming to Westerville
By Kristy Eckert
The Columbus Dispatch - Section D/3
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2008
Dispatch SHOP TALK
Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:55 AM
Kriss Rogers, owner of Outside Envy in Westerville
A weekly chat with a store owner or clerk in central Ohio
52, owner of Outside Envy, 15 N. State St., Westerville
Describe your store.
We say that we have accessories for any outdoor space, or any space where you want to create an outdoor atmosphere.
And you carry everything from garden sculptures and glass ornaments to candles.
It's an eclectic collection of unique gifts at affordable prices. . . . It's no fun if you can't afford it.
We've got tickets in the store that are $400 but also things that are $10. So there's something for everybody.
You opened in the fall -- near the end of gardening season -- so that you'd have a few months to get to know your customers and what they wanted before spring rolled around. Now that it's here, what have you found they want?
They love any kind of unique gift. . . . And categories? I think art glass and wind chimes have been strong.
They really like your area artists, too. Talk about Tammy Stewart's work, which you carry.
She's called the concrete gardener. She actually casts things in concrete, then paints them. (Rogers picks up a large, painted leaf that illustrates Stewart's work, then points to round oil lamps.) Her kind of signature pieces are these oil lamps.
You've spent years in retail, for places such as Schottenstein's and JCPenney. What do you like about owning a store?
Oh, gosh, . . . I think it's just -- it's fun. When you work in the corporate world, it's so compartmentalized.
I like the "whole picture" part of the job (in a gift store).
You just see everything start to finish.
-- Kristy Eckert firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . TILL YOU DROP
Girls' night coming to Westerville
Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:05 AM
By Kristy Eckert - this is only a part of the article, click on above for complete
Meeting shop owners recently in uptown Westerville, I found the vibe fantastic.
They're thrilled about what looks like a resurgence in their corner of central Ohio.
Several female business owners have teamed up to create a girls' night out on Wednesday -- similar to a gallery hop.
Wild Women Wander Westerville will feature shopping, refreshments and entertainment.
Eight stores will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.
At each shop, charms will be handed out to visitors.
At 8, shoppers can head to Gallery 202 for music and refreshments. There, shop owners will help ladies attach the charms to bracelets.
A limited number of tickets ($5) are available at the participating stores (Deja Vu, Gallery 202, A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Hey Diddle Diddle Things for the Little, It's All in the Name, Lola Belle Boutique, Morgan's Treasure, Outside Envy and Ruth Reed Antiques).