gallery shotWith the city skyline as its backdrop, the Short North Arts District is a neighborhood that glitters for the holidays, providing the perfect community alternative to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping.

The Short North Arts District the go to destination for some of the most interesting, thoughtful, and locally crafted gifts in Columbus. The neighborhood’s many galleries and public arts spaces are packed within only a mile of High Street, whose creative sensibilities trickle into every space in the neighborhood. Craftsmanship, originality, and style dominate the District’s boutiques, restaurants, and of course, galleries.

holiday hop 1This Black Friday, as a way to encourage Columbus shoppers to delve into their own local arts hub, the Short North Alliance is giving away 1,000 Black Friday messenger bags to the first shoppers at select stores. Bag holders, while out and about in the District, will be able to take advantage of discounts, deals, and promotions throughout the holiday season. Click here to download the map where the bags can be snagged.

This year, holiday shopping can actually feel like the holidays; no standing in line the night before, and instead just a pleasant stroll through the city and it’s lights for the season.

Participating businesses include:

bink bookBink Davies
Bink Davies will be offering a small free gift to the first 50 customers with their bags. They will also be giving 20% off for all shoppers with their bags on Black Friday and the following Saturday. A discount of 10% will be taken off for the rest of the holiday season.

Columbus Running Company
Columbus Running is giving away bags to their first customers who spend $50 or more.

Glam 356
With any purchase of $50 customers will receive a free gift at Glam 356, as well as receiving 10% off throughout the holidays.

At Glean, the first 50 customers will receive a bag and receive 10% off on Black Friday. For the rest of the season, buying four handmade Glean soaps gets you one for free.

global holidayGlobal Gifts
Global Gifts is giving 5% off for customers throughout the season.

Green Olive Company 
Green Olive Company is giving 5% off for customers throughout the season.

Paradise Garage
Paradise Garage will be givng out free nutrition bars to every shopper with a Black Friday bag.

pm gallery
Bag holders at pm gallery will receive free handmade bracelets with every purchase.

Posh Pets
At Post Pets, spend $50 to grab your holiday bag.

Red Giraffe Designs
Red Giraffe will be offering a deal where after $35 bag holders will receive 20% off their entire purchase.

Righno will be offering 10% off throughout the holiday season.

rowe holidayRowe
At Rowe, your Black Friday bag gets you 10% off throughout the season and 15% off on Small Business Saturday.

The Lamp Shade
The Lamp Shade will be offering 10% off throughout the holiday season.

Wexner Center for the Arts
The Wexner Center will be offering 20% off throughout the holiday season.

What the Rock?!
At What the Rock?!, from 10-11am on Black Friday, 30% off will be given to bag holders, followed by 20% off from 11am- 12pm, and 10% off from 12-1pm. From 1pm until close, buy one get one half off stickers, tee shirts, and patches. Throughout the rest of the season, customers will receive 10% off.

Also participating are:

The Hippie Hut | Rivet | Star Jewelers on High | The Candle Lab | Tigertree

For more information about the holidays in the Short North, look here.
For information about the Short North Arts District, parking, resources for visitors and more, look here.


– Tyler Wilson