PERSONAL SHOPPING AT LEÁL
We help you, one on one, in your shopping journey
both in person at our store and remotely through virtual appointments.
Experts in making designer fashion fun & functional for all women and every wardrobe,
from special occasions to every day clothing. Our clients are our focus!
*scroll down to learn about virtual appointments*
"More than a savvy business owner and sophisticated fashionista, Connie is an honest, genuine, and compassionate lady whose boutique has become the go to place for receiving the highest standard of care and fashion."
We offer a unique way to shop at Leal. Born of our strong relationships with our clients, we offer personal shopping one on one, at our shop
and a virtual shopping experience that can be done right at home.
Simply call or email us to set up your appointment, then tell us about yourself and what you are looking for. Following that conversation we will personally customize a collection of the pieces that best suit you and your needs. Then we will meet with you virtually…one on one! You choose the way (FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, etc.)
If you are not tech savvy, we can send you photos and discuss the items over the phone. See some things you like? We will ship them to you.
Personal shopping all from the comfort of your home... How is that for service?
PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLINE AND IN PERSON
THE LEÁL EXPERIENCE
"Fashion is about being able to go wherever the day takes you, and looking good no matter the activity." - Connie
Leál was created by Connie Leal Ballenger in 1993. She was inspired to create a shop with an inviting atmosphere that is not only comfortable, but where women can get together to play with outfits and catch up with the locals.
After more than a decade in management consulting for a large accounting firm, she followed her heart to start her own fashion business in the city she adores. She is a busy wife and mother in addition to running Leal, and embodies precisely the active woman Leál was built for. A boutique built on the philosophy of having a pleasant and personalized shopping experience for the "woman on the go", who doesn’t want to sacrifice looking her best. Connie is truly one of a kind; a remarkable entrepreneur, a friend, and the go-to fashion stylist in Columbus.
Connie carefully selects and curates every brand featured in Leál’s assortment. Over the years she has built a faithful relationship with some of the best fashion brands in the world.
our signature event
RUNWAY TO AWEARNESS
Leal supports many causes. While we focus on women’s and children’s needs by donating merchandise, sponsoring fashion shows and presenting at fundraising events, Leal committed in 2010 to hosting “Runway to Awearness”, an annual fashion show fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer. Connie’s dear friend, client and “cousin”, Pat DiNunzio was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Pat suffered for many months without a diagnosis. After her diagnosis, Pat realized she wanted to help other women who would have to suffer this same fate. She set up a 501c fund through the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. While the purpose of the fund was initially to help women recognize their symptoms and to provide “supplies” to help them navigate chemotherapy, the fund has grown to offer scholarships for oncology nurses, sponsor a room at Kobacker House, donate a therapy dog…. And the list grows and grows.
Pat and Connie immediately conceived of the “Runway” event to fund this endeavor. The first year we had two months to pIan and execute. We had almost 200 attendees. It’s been an annual event since 2010, always held in September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Leal dresses 10 plus models each year in 30 plus looks. All the models have been touched by this dreaded disease either as a survivor or as family or friend of a victim. While we lost Pat in 2014, this event continues through the support of her family and friends. The show celebrates all victories over this disease and is truly the highlight of the event. www.Patdinunzio.org
Leal is so proud to be a part of this wonderful mission and many others that support our clients and the people they love.