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Wild Cat began its life as Wholly Craft in 2005, a tiny store serving as an outlet in Columbus for the new wave of craft that was rippling across the country. With 40 crafty vendors, met at local fairs and online through discussion boards and this brand new website (still in beta!) called Etsy, Wholly Craft became a hidden gem for people looking to find the perfect, unique gift for their loved ones. As word of mouth spread, the tiny shop was quickly busting at the seams and expanded twice over the next decade. Its flagship store found a forever home along the path of the much beloved Clintonville Farmers’ Market. Wholly Craft grew to feature over 400 crafters, artists, and designers, and offer an expansive selection of thousands of gifts.
Surprise Modern Party and Cocktail Goods opened in 2016 to serve the needs of creative party hosts and cocktail lovers, offering a curated selection of colorful décor, statement balloons, and gifts for the budding mixologist. After a brief stint in the Short North, Surprise moved into a space on the same block as Wholly Craft in 2018.
Combining forces, Wild Cat Gift & Party is now the premier destination for fun, creative gifts and unique party supplies in Columbus. We’re as dedicated as ever to our DIY roots, feminist ethics and we love filling our tiny space on earth with laughter, creativity, and fun and sharing that space with you. The creativity of our vendors and the helpfulness of our always welcoming team will make your visit to the shop a memorable one!