Columbus clothing represents neighborhoods while giving back
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Like many locals in the Columbus area, the Short North holds a special place in Susie Wroble’s heart. It is also a neighborhood that she calls home. When the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the Arts District, Wroble said the change was apparent.
“Every day I walked past these empty storefronts,” Wroble said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about the people behind them and the work they had put into these companies.”
Wanting to help, Wroble launched a fundraiser in January to sell Short North-themed sweatshirts. It took off. After processing over 450 orders, Wroble has raised over $ 6,000 for the Short North Alliance, bringing relief to struggling businesses.
“There was so much interest behind it,” Wroble said. “I wanted to make it sustainable and keep giving back.”
Ce May Wroble launched High Street Collective, turning the initial fundraiser into a full-fledged business. Although the selection has increased, Wroble said the goal remains the same.
“There are two components,” Wroble said. “Not only do people want to represent their neighborhood that they love so much, but they also love being able to support some of the nonprofits that reach out to this community.”
Wroble expanded the collection to include t-shirts and shorts as well as the original sweatshirt.
More neighborhoods are also represented. There are materials for residents of German and Italian villages.
Wroble said she plans to expand the High Street Collective collection to include other neighborhoods in the Columbus area soon.