February 20, 2018
New Short North Arts District boutique Just Cause holds more than meets the eye. What can be seen on the surface is the true heart poured into the wide selection of items and how they have been arranged. Amidst rustic shelves and vintage and natural décor lie sections of clothing for adults, clothing for babies and children, cacti, candles, crafts, handmade sugar and salt scrubs, and much more. There is something for everyone here. With eyes passing over this homey cove of gifts, it’s easy to tell that there is someone who genuinely cares about their business behind the counter.
That person, Kelli Beightler, has a reason to make sure you find and go home with something you love – for when you’re a customer at Just Cause, part of your purchase goes towards women’s recovery from addiction and human trafficking.
Profit earned by Just Cause Boutique, located across from Kroger on High St near King Ave, is used for helping fund Let Her Rest Ministries, Beightler’s nonprofit organization that has worked in rescuing women from the street. This consists of a process that Beightler calls “rescue, restore, redemption,” which includes detox, home placement, and taking care of various legal matters.
Getting women off the street and into detox housing is the gap that Beightler knew she needed to fill, and it’s work she’s been doing since 2004. Thus, Let Her Rest was created in 2015 and got to work. They’ve met over 200 women in Franklin County, and still keep contact with around 50 who have been rescued, resourced, and recovered. The nonprofit utilizes holistic detox with essential oils.
The inspiration behind Just Cause’s inception was the desire for Let Her Rest to become financially independent, so it could therefore afford to help women who need immediate help. The Short North Arts District location is an expansion from the original Just Cause in Beightler’s hometown of Bexley. That store “did amazing to the point of annoying the neighbors” with its business, and Beightler knew it needed to expand.
“I’ve always enjoyed how the Short North is very supportive of nonprofits, [like] Out of the Closet, Rock City Church. It just felt right,” she said.
Her intuition was accurate. Just Cause is already friends with neighbors Supreme Cutz and The Hippie Hut, and are even “going to do a little block party kind of thing” as soon as the weather breaks. Of the Short North Arts District, Beightler says she is so impressed with how intentional it is with creating its atmosphere and supporting its businesses. She looks forward to the Short North Arts District collaboration with Columbus College of Art & Design students, ArtPaths, launching this spring.
With the new District location, Just Cause is “probably five times bigger” than before. In the store, visitors will find unique gifts purchased from or made by partnered artisans with purposes behind them. For example, for every Headbands of Hope headband purchased, one is given to a child with cancer. In addition to the clothing and vast variety of other items, Just Cause also offers custom design, embroidery, and vinyl screen printing via partnership with Advanced Graphic Designs.
There’s also a room upstairs in which Beightler wants to hold empowerment classes for men and women. Through her business’ relationship with other churches and nonprofits, she wants to create a calendar of various events for the room.
Stepping into Just Cause Boutique reminds you that there is good in the world. If you are looking for a way to give back with the added bonus of having something neat to take home, Just Cause can help.
Just Cause Boutique is offering 10% off your purchase when you mention this blog post.