FAMILY OWNED & FEMALE OWNED
Our shop is nestled right in the historic Mallway of Upper Arlington, Columbus, Ohio. Residing here for nearly 30 years, this particular location choice was selected intentionally. Leal is a part of your neighborhood and community. We aren’t a department store or big box retailer.
“Leal is family owned, and by a family that is a part of the community the shop resides in.”
- Our founder, Connie Leal Ballenger
In this part of town you will find shopping, dining, galleries and wellness businesses that line the streets. This area is home to many dreams of entrepreneurs in the community, which is why its such a great place for small businesses to set up shop.
We serve all women who love looking great, no matter if your style is classic, modern or eclectic, Leal’s incredible line up offers something for every woman. Online you will see a small selection of products we offer and the same expert assistance you'd get in the store, just over chat and phone. When you visit the store you will be welcomed with a substantially larger assortment to shop and hands on experience to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
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.
"Fashion is about being able to go wherever the day takes you, and looking good no matter the activity." - Connie
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.
"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."