Columbus, Ohio, offers an impressive list of locally crafted products, businesses, restaurants and attractions for an itinerary. Now, there's a carefully curated trail you can follow to help your group delve into a collection of standout shops found only in Columbus.
The Made in CBUS Trail features 20 businesses, including top-rated distilleries, freshly cold-pressed juice shops, locally designed fashions and accessories, and artful home goods.
You can pick up a Made in CBUS Trail passport for each of your group members at one of three Experience Columbus Visitors Centers, or in any participating stop. After purchasing an item at any four of the participating shops, your trailblazers can redeem the passport for a free "Made in CBUS" T-shirt to commemorate their trip.
Check out the locations involved and what they could offer your group.
Alchemy Juice: Innovative health featuring freshly pressed juice, superfood smoothies, coffee, acai bowls, sandwiches, salads, toast and snacks.
Brothers Drake Meadery: Columbus' hyper-local meadery, offerings tours that sow the basics of sustainable mead-making while using local honey and ingredients ... selling only within a 50-mile radius of the city.
Camelot Cellars: An urban boutique winery that handcrafts wines using premium juices sourced from vineyeards worldwide. It offers tours, tastings, retail—and a chance for visitors to make, bottle, cork, cap and custom label their own wine to take home.
The Candle Lab: Find handcrafted candles and the opportunity for your group members to create their own custom candle while blending any of 150 scents.
Celebrate Local: The small retail store serves as a small business incubator, showcasing the best of artisanal goods made in Columbus.
Glean: A boutique that stocks stylish and eco-friendly luxuries for daily life, including soaps and bath bombs.
Glenn Avenue Soap Company: Your group can tour the workshop, where employees handcraft soaps on-site with natural ingredients and pure essential oils—offering a unique look into how real soap is made. Visitors can also sample and purchase products.
Helen Winnemore's: Founded in 1938, Helen Winnemore's is the United States' oldest craft gallery. It features functional and wearable art from American artisans, including Columbus makers of greeting cards, leather goods and kaleidoscopes.
Homage: Find clothing and accessories featuring designs inspired by personalities and eclectic moments in sports, music, politics and popular culture.
Igloo Letterpress: Visitors will find a vintage letterpress printer, bookbindery and gift shop offering a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale. You group can also take hands-on classes, where they could make anything from a custom-crafted journal or greeting card, to art prints and coasters.
Middle West Spirits: This award-winning craft distillery offers a bottle shop, tasting room and tour programs.
Native Cold Pressed: Groups could enjoy 100 percent organic, raw and cold-pressed juice as well as smoothies, superfood bowls and other delicious, nutrient-dense delicacies.
Red Giraffe Designs: This jewelry studio and boutique offers handmade, vintage jewelry and other accessories.
Robert Mason: Fine writing instruments, hand-crafted leather portfolios, bags and sophisticated men's accessories ... Robert Mason offers a curation of creative tools to inspire a productive and graceful life.
The Smithery: This working jewelry studio and artist-made shop features the work of artists from around the world—and a chance for groups to make their own creations to take home.
State of Devotion: With Columbus and Ohio-inspired T-shirts, jewelry, bags, glassware and more, State of Devotion is the perfect place to for groups to pick up something to remember their trip.
Stump Plants: Find curated plants and a variety of wares in this indoor plant retail shop.
Watershed Distillery: Groups could learn how to make spirits at this national recognized craft distillery. (Plan to stay for a cocktail.)
Wholly Craft!: This fun and quirky shop offers handmade gifts made by more than 400 CBUS crafters and artists.
zer0z: The super-skinny, ultra-cool wallets at zer0z are made right in Columbus—and shipped around the world.
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.
Photo courtesy of Experience Columbus.