New businesses in Columbus' Bradley Park area include Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, francesca’s and Soma Intimates

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 6, 2013 

Columbus' Bradley Park area boasts a few new national offerings.

I noticed some of the highlights while exploring the area on my lunch break. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if I overlooked something please drop me a note.

That said, here are three highlights worth noting.

Since everyone generally loves to talk about food, I'll start with the new dining option: Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, which sits near CiCi's Pizza Buffet and Bruster's Real Ice Cream. Employees told me the business opened Aug. 1, but will hold its official grand opening Aug. 15.

Big shocker: This place sells sandwiches. It started in Eau Claire, Wis., and branched out. The defining characteristic? Mr. Guts, who really isn't as creepy as he sounds. The name refers to a piece of bread that's scooped out from the inside of a sandwich. You'll get your very own edible Mr. Guts with your order.

I'm guessing Mr. Guts tastes best when paired with a side of soup. I opted for chips on the side, but still enjoyed the extra piece of bread.

The shop has three categories of sandwiches: classic ($4.69), specialty ($5.69) and signature ($6.09). You can make your sandwich a combo by adding chips/soup and a drink. I opted for the Narmer, a turkey and avocado sandwich in the "specialty" category. View the restaurant's full menu here.

My sandwich was fresh and filling. Next time, I'll probably opt for something a little more adventurous from the "signature" category.

Now, let's move to the retail options. There are two relatively new additions near Panera Bread.

Addition No. 1: francesca’s, a women's clothing store with over 350 boutiques in 45 states across the country, according to its website. I've been a fan of francesca’s for quite some time. Expect jewelry, handbags, cute outfits and some additional gift items. Many dresses cost $40-$50, but the store regularly has some pretty impressive sales. I usually rely on francesca's for fun, going-out opposed to work attire. The local store opened July 6, according to an employee. Learn more here.

Addition No. 2: Soma Intimates, which carries lots of lingerie but also has some other items of women's clothing. I spotted a pretty cute dress in the window. I heard the store opened closer to the end of July. Soma opened its first store in 2004 and has more than 200 boutiques. Learn more here.

Discussion time: What do you think of the additions?

Fill in the blanks: The Bradley Park area needs more ___________ and fewer ____________.

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