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HOMAGE began in 2007 as an online apparel shop based in Columbus, Ohio. Now, after gaining national notoriety – to include Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, and NBA TV – they have two stores in Columbus and are adding a third soon in Cincinnati’s OTR neighborhood.


Ryan Vesler, a Bexley, OH native first launched the business. In 2010, he opened their first location in the Short North, an arts district in Columbus. In 2012, their second location opened in Easton Town Center, an outdoor mall located in the easter suburbs of Columbus.


“We definitely feel as though the OTR neighborhood meshes well with the HOMAGE brand,” says HOMAGE events coordinator Mark Jaworski. “Given the incredible history of the neighborhood and its individuals, we feel it’s a natural match for a brand that loves to share stories of triumph and inspiration like we do.”


As of right now, there isn’t a firm opening date set for the new OTR location. “We are aiming for September or early October 2014,” explains Jaworski.


In addition to super soft T-shirts, HOMAGE also has fleece items, tanks, raglans, hats, socks, and other apparel and accessories.


When asked which items sell the best, Jaworski says, “Anything Ohio seems to do really well given it’s our home state. We take pride in having developed a national presence to date, including a recent collaboration with ESPN on World Cup inspired merchandise, and find our hometown customers do as well.”


HOMAGE T-shirts are made in USA and range from $28 to $32. They also sell branded frisbees, winter hats and stickers.


What makes HOMAGE unique? Jaworski says he thinks attention to detail has enabled the HOMAGE brand to grow and be successful. “Whether we’re focusing on product or on customers, we’re always looking for new ways to create a one of a kind shopping experience,” he adds.


For more information, visit www.homage.com or “like” HOMAGE on Facebook .