Tips for shopping in Columbus
The capital city of the state of Ohio and founded in 1812, Columbus is located near the geographic center of the state and houses a population of about 800 thousand, with another million in the surrounding metropolitan area. The capital city was chosen by planners because of its central location and placement on or near major rivers and transportation hubs. The city was named after the explorer Christopher Columbus, and also has the country's largest university campus at The Ohio State University. The campus also boasts the 7th largest non-racing stadium in the world, seating over 100 thousand spectators. Recently, Columbus has also seen a tech boom, earning a number 1 ranking from Forbes Magazine for emerging tech cities. Columbus is also home to a number of significant national retailers, such as Big Lots and Limited Brands. Though Columbus is only the fifteenth-largest city in the union, it was also ranked by Forbes Magazine as the fourth-best shopping city in the U.S. If you prefer to avoid the big box store scene, you'll feel at home in the Short North Arts District, where boutique furniture dealers and independent clothiers line the streets. The northeast side's Easton Town Center has all the major retailers, plus upmarket selections such as Michael Kors and Tiffany & co. Just outside the city are the Tanger Outlets as well, where great deals on overstock brand merchandise can be found.