I was born and raised in London, Ohio and I'm extremely fortunate to have creative parents who took every opportunity to encourage my creativity. I grew up watching Bob Ross and trying to recreate his scenes, but I was only 4 so all I had were watercolors. I remember being so frustrated that I just drew flames on everything in my coloring books and scared the hell out of my parents. I was always drawing, making movies of the lego cities I would build, or recording music on whatever crappy tape player or computer I could get my hands on. It has been clear to me, for...

The Pedal Wagon started from an idea sent through a text message.   It's the truth. Jack and Tom were best friends in college, and once they graduated, they had the question many have, "What do we do now?" They wanted something of their own, but weren't quite sure what that would be. Muddling through some ideas, nothing quite felt right. That's until Jack's dad sent a picture of a wagon to the two boys through a text message. Now, we're not talking about a kid's red wagon, we're talking about a pedal wagon. What's that you ask? It's a large open bar with seats, but also pedals below, like on a...

The Daisy Mae story begins in the backseat of Kristy's parent's car.  Her siblings were at least a generation older, so she was like an only child.  Growing up they took lots of trips, and before the electronic phenomenon began, a big atlas kept her company. For hours. "I can remember spending a solid day driving through the desert, but I loved being able to watch where we were going, and what we were passing." Traveling is Kristy's passion. Well, one of them anyways. She started out making jewelry for her friends as Christmas gifts, and later played around with adding paper to her pieces. Her first map piece happened to be of...

"People helping people. Period"   Yes, this is what Claire is doing. Her company, Aunt Flow, is helping women with "that time of the month." We have to talk about it--and that means not being embarrassed or grossed out, or afraid to talk about it. We have to, because there's a problem. And, Claire is solving it. Thank God. So, what you don't know, is that Claire was at The Ohio State University studying Comparative Religions. She was a straight "A" student in high school, and was even doing well in college. The problem was, she didn't want to be there. She wanted to drop out. Of course, her parents were completely...

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....