The Hop has been around for 10 years. I had no idea. It all started with a group of merchants in Grandview who saw the success the Short North Gallery Hop had, and thought the model could be just as successful in Grandview. And, they were right. So, The Grandview Hop was created. I mean, there are so many delicious places to eat (I can't even choose a favorite…maybe Balboa at the moment), and shops from 1st to 5th avenues. Then, you have the Grandview Yard--that's an entire different area to discuss! Why wouldn't you create a space for everyone to explore Grandview?--While they shop, eat, and DRINK...

Hi, I'm Kira. I'm currently a clinical psychology grad student specializing in LGBT couples and families. I identify as a gay polyamorous kink and sex positive individual (oh boy that's a mouthful!) But, being polyamorous is something that really opened my eyes to a sex positive world. Polyamory is defined as, the philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time. Here's my story: I guess it really started when something negative grew into something incredible. Several years ago my partner (at the time) had an affair. While I was certainly devastated, it took me by surprise...

Transformation Wellness Center started with a passion for a medical team doing the right thing for their patients.   Dr. David E. Whitt saw an epidemic.  He saw his patients slowly acquiring more medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain, weight gain, and many ailments that were affecting their lives and their health.   He wanted to provide a lasting solution and not just another temporary Band-Aid. In the clinical world, it’s easy to tell a patient, “You need to diet and exercise.” But, what good has that really done anyone? You leave the office, knowing what you should do and what you need to do,...

Not every business starts from a well-thought out plan or dream someone had as a young child. Actually, most businesses are created unexpectedly and have a pretty good story to tell. Ridiculously Good Salsa is one of those businesses. It all started with a pretty horrific event, actually. Vickie's son was with his girlfriend in New York. As they were driving home, at night, they were hit head on by another driver. This driver was high on heroin and was driving on the wrong side of the street with no head lights on. Can you imagine? The fear of getting that call as a mother? Vickie and her...

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...

Jason and I were married in May of 2011 a couple of years after each of us had been through bitter divorces. We are a blended family.  I came into the marriage with two boys, Andrew who was 11 and Ayden who was 7. Jason has a son from his previous marriage, Bryce who was also 7 at the time. We were an instant family of 5 all trying to navigate and discover where we fit into our new life and our new home. In October 2011, we found out I was pregnant. We already had 3 boys, so naturally, I was longing for a daughter....

Uptown Westerville really is a subtle mix of the Short North area with a small town feel, and Pure Roots Boutique has found a home in this area--twice, actually.  Nicole always dreamed of opening her own boutique--it was her dream since she was a little girl. It probably comes from her infatuation with jewelry. Her mom used to take her to the Morgan House in Dublin every year for Christmas, and she wanted to live there. Her high school senior paper was about her desire to open her own business. So, you could say she always knew. In college, Nicole had many artist friends and there was always the issue...

Tarek has always dreamed of opening a restaurant. His love of food started as a chef in Lebanon, but was put on hold when he moved to the United States in 2005, where he followed his father. Although he spent some time cooking pizzas in a local dollar store, he knew that wasn't his dream--he knew he wanted something more. Tarek wanted the "American Dream"-- a restaurant of his own. He first needed the money, and he was no stranger to hard work. He moved from working for Sprint, a state liquor store, and then opening his own place called The Midnight Hookah Lounge. He would do...

Can you imagine being laid off every single spring? And spending every summer finding a new job—in a new district—in a new school—just so you could teach art? Well, that’s what Kelly had to do. Sadly, in many public school systems the first to be laid off are the art teachers. She’s had a passion for being creative ever since she was a little girl. Her grandmother even taught her to cross-stitch and embroider. Now, she is hand-sewing her butt off making clothing for Twinzzshop.  Kelly is proudly the owner, creator, and maker for all Twinzzshop products. "I create hand-sewn recycled t-shirt appliques on onesies and tees...

"You could say I have peanut butter in my veins. I love it. I've always loved it." Kimmi has always been one to choose healthy over the sweet treats, even as a kid. Maybe it was the fact that her parents gave her choices, or maybe it was the fact that she helped out with the family business-the family business that produced all natural, one ingredient peanut butter. Now, Kimmi didn't always own and operate The Crazy Richards and Krema Peanut Butter companies. It all started with her dad and his "American Dream." Kimmi's family lived overseas-three years in Korea, two in Singapore, and one in Japan (side...