Modern Furniture Store Moving Into Short North

Business Profiles — By on October 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

Tim Friar saw a void in the Central Ohio furniture retail scene and, rather than lament it, decided to fill it himself.

Friar, a modern furniture fan, was all too aware of the lack of local retailers selling mid-price pieces in that style. Now his store, Grid Furnishings, will carry them.

Located at 944 N. High St. in the Short North, Grid will carry a range of modern residential furnishings, art furniture, and art designed by makers and artists in the United States and Canada.

Tim Friar, owner of Grid Furnishings

“Grid’s target customers are Columbus’s new urban residents, many of whom live in apartments and condos and show a preference for smaller, proportioned, and well designed furniture for their dwellings,” Friar says. “They also have appreciation for art and could be creating their first home or creating a transitional home later in life.”

When Friar decided to launch the store, he did his homework, researching Columbus downtown housing and development trends, business formation specifics, and possible store locations. He talked to gallery and furniture store owners in Columbus and across the United States. He also attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.

Surely the Columbus College of Art & Design graduate’s professional experience −15 years at a local design consulting firm and seven years at a local medical product manufacturer, where he ran the product development department− also has come in handy.

However, Friar did have some help making Grid a reality.

He credits Clark Pritchett of Rance, Pritchett, Branter, Keller & Ely, Lisa Craig Morton of Victorian Village Guesthouse, Sandy Wood and Mark Wood of Wood Cos., Sharon O’Brien of Grandview Mercantile, Randy Carr of CPA Solutions, and Kris Harrison and Gina Cronley of Orbit Design with providing helpful advice and input.

Among the local resources he utilized are DowntownColumbus.com, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, ColumbusUnderground.com, Small Business Development Centers, Development.Ohio.gov, the Short North Business Association, and CCAD Career Services office.

Ultimately, Friar says he wants Grid to be “the top spot for modern and art furniture between New York and Chicago.”

Grid will have a preview opening during the November Gallery Hop and the store will be fully operational the week of Nov. 8.

To learn more about Grid Furnishings, visit GridFurnishings.com.

More information about the store’s offerings can be found on ColumbusUnderground.com.

All photos by Adam Slane Photography.

Melanie McIntyre (542 Articles)

Melanie McIntyre served as editorial director of The Metropreneur from its launch in August 2010 to May 2013. She is also a featured writer for Columbus Underground and writes about fashion, style and pop culture on her blog, Thoroughly Modern Melly. Melanie is an Ohio State University graduate, lives in the Short North, and enjoys reading and running.


  • http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/members/diesha/ Diesha Condon

    Tim Congratulations and Welcome to the neighborhood!

    I’m happy to hear you’ve already begun networking with other business owners here in the district. That’s extremely important to get to know your community – for cross promotion, joint sales, and shopping tours and guides. We all benefit when we work together.

    Tim, if there’s anything I can do for you, please contact me, I gave you a card a few months back when you stopped into the SNBA Office.

    Congrats,
    Diesha Condon

  • http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/members/tigertree/ Josh

    Welcome to the neighborhood, Tim! You are filling a much needed niche for the area. Let me know if there is anything we can do for you.

  • http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/members/lizlessner/ Elizabeth Lessner

    We’re excited to have you in the ‘hood! I can’t wait to stop by the shop.

    Best,

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Betty’s/Surly Girl

  • http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/members/tylerjsteele/ Tyler Steele

    Congrats Tim!

    Can’t wait to see all the BluDot on display.
    Best of luck to you, and thanks for your business in getting your store painted. Looks great-
    t