It's kind of like a love story. The story of Snap Fitness, that is. Snap Fitness was really founded when Tony and Hannah met their freshman year in college. The idea of owning five Snap Fitness locations wasn't quite in the works, but their relationship began, which is ultimately the foundation of their entrepreneurial success. Tony knew sometime in college that he wanted to open a gym. He had always been involved in athletics, even in high school. He saw the impact health and wellness had on an individual and fell in love with the idea of pursuing his passions. So, while in college, he began his journey with Snap...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...

Jodi Attar is passionate about food, "my philosophy is--eat good things that taste good."  She's even more passionate about her Gotta Eat Muffins. She grew up in Akron, but moved to Columbus for a pharmaceutical sales job.  Her first masters degree was in Health Administration, but as Jodi said it best, "it just didn't feel right, like Goldilocks and the Three bears, trying all the porridge."  Her husband is a Cardiologist at OSU, so she had the opportunity to stay home for a period of time with her first-born son, Ashton. "After a year, I felt under-stimulated and needed something to do." She got back into the job force working at...

My wedding day was June 4th, 2011. It was a very hot and humid day. Finally, after months of planning, the big day was here. I was excited, nervous, and broken hearted all at the same time. My husband was a sailor in the United States Navy and was being shipped out a few days later. I had planned this party to be the most fun of days. Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears. Popcorn.  Even strongman cutouts and a Photobooth!  All around me were my friends and family. It was incredible and to be honest, I felt sick. The man to whom I had vowed my love and...

I have to tell this story. I know I have to tell it for two main reasons. There has been a voice inside of me saying, "just do it already!" for months. My friend just happened to start this blog entitled,Columbus Stories, which I took as a sign that it needed to be done. What better reasons to tell a story, right?  You want to tell it, and someone wants to hear it. And so, here it is: Our Story I keep trying to think how to summarize us. In a few paragraphs?  How?  We lived a lifetime in sixteen years together. So fast. Too fast. I decided that even though many...

Brandy and Paolo's story reads a bit like a fairytale.  An Ohio girl moves to New York City where she meets and falls in love with the handsome Italian Photographer.  Only their romance is as real as the daily challenges that come with running their own businesses. Paolo is a Photographer and the Artist behind Paolo Ferraris Colors. After 10 years as an Executive Producer/Writer in New York City, Brandy started her own Consultancy business Shearer Strategy. It’s in the last seven months, that their story gets really interesting. Selling everything they owned, Paolo and Brandy left New York to set up a home base in...

Change is about adapting and adopting, and I have done my very best in the last 3 years. In 2013, my life changed in a matter of 7 months. And it was a drastic change, not one to easily prepare for, and one that will affect me physically, mentally, and emotionally until I am gone. I lost my husband, Kevin H. Michael, of 34 years, my best friend and advocate, my lover, the father of my children, and my cohort in all kinds of mischief (Irish and otherwise). I lost him to cancer. And, I watched him deteriorate from a robust, fun-loving, musical wizard, who...

My family story. How did my family become to be? My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We always got along really well-- we were kind of each other's ying & yang. I can get antsy and stressed and am often high energy, while he's almost always laid back and calm. We just fit really well from the get go, I guess. The proposal was actually during the Super Bowl in 2008 over the phone while I was at a friends house. He was based in Georgia at the time and didn't get to head home too often, and when he was ready to ask, he wasn't waiting, and...

Hi, we are the Shah family. My husband and I met when we were very young, I was 15 and he was 18. During one of our first times together, he told me “I’m dating you to marry you,” and I rolled my eyes at his cheesy line, but here we are today married for almost 6 years with two beautiful children. We were both raised in Columbus and traveled around the country during our training years at Ohio State, and finally chose to settle down in Columbus again when we decided to start our family medical practice. When I became pregnant with my first child in...

Hello, we are the Culvers. We met on an Internet dating site. My husband Soluman was born in Oregon and raised in Bellingham, Washington. I am from Columbus and had moved around the country a bit before coming back to Columbus to “settle” in. When we met, he was a medical student and lieutenant in the Army on hiatus from school to go through a divorce. I had my Masters degree in Education and was working at a local university as a federal loan officer, also getting a divorce. We were both finishing up divorces. It is not a classic love story, but it is...