How did Shelly Lou’s Lids come to be? In hind sight there are a lot of little clues in my history that led up to this. First off, my dad ran his own business for 30 years, so I guess it is in the blood to be an entrepreneur. Also, I spent a lot of time at craft shows with my mom shopping and watching my aunt sell her handmade goods. And, I’ve always been creative. Not in the sense that I can draw or paint, but I’m an idea person. I always have ideas floating around, which for 80% of the time is great. The...

Mom and dad divorced when I was near the age of 5, leaving mom with 3 little ones, under the age of 5, to nurture on her own. Dad was in and out of our lives, but mostly out. Multiple disappointments, no shows, no calls, all while I waited- leaving me in tears. As a kid, I often wondered what was wrong with me? Why couldn't I be his little girl anymore? Why did my dad not love me like all of my friends dad's loved them? I wondered this through my entire childhood. These thoughts haunted me. Dad remarried multiple times, and he ended up having five kids...

Re:work Furnishings was founded on the idea that just because it's old or used, doesn't mean it isn't beautiful.  Old, reclaimed wood and materials have more character and can be much more beautiful than new materials.  Handmade architectural elements and furniture crafted with reclaimed materials, reflects what is lost in this day of machine made, cookie cutter home décor and furniture.  It also cuts across architectural style to reflect your taste and design from the rustic to the contemporary. We use local sourcing to find our materials, supporting other small businesses and local makers.  Reuse and redesign are an important standard to our work and our...

Our first contact with Columbus Birth & Parenting was over Instagram. I messaged them after their big event, No Child Wet Behind. I stalked them for awhile, and thought it was time to reach out like a normal person should (although I tend to do things in a way that isn't so normal.)  The reason I was so intrigued by them in the beginning was the fact that this 5k event and fundraiser they held had an inspirational meaning behind it, and it impacted the city of Columbus in a positive way--just like we hope to do at Columbus Stories. I could tell Leah and Catie cared...

Bexley was lacking a yoga space-can you believe that?—Until the great minds of Amy and Nikki came together. It was almost fate it seems…the way it all happened. We’ll get to that later, but first a little history. Amy had been living in downtown Chicago for 15 years working as a sales executive for a large software company. She was good at her job, and took pride in what she did. Chicago is also where she met her husband, and started her family. Just after her oldest daughter, Hazel, turned 1, Amy found out that baby #2, Vivienne, was on the way. So, she was busy. Really busy. Any...

Here at Columbus Stories we wanted to offer you another way to share your story.  Not only have we added our latest INSTAstories, where we feature local people of Columbus with instant short bios, but we also wanted to give you something different.   We wanted to provide visual stories, too.  So, we are over the moon excited and honored to announce that Leigh Zeidner, Owner of Leigh Zeidner Pictures, will be joining our Columbus Stories family!  She is incredibly creative with a camera and produces high quality videos.  With her work behind the camera, your brand and story will stand out from the rest.  With out further ado, please meet Leigh:  Her...

  Health hasn’t always been a priority for Ryan and Kelly Rauch. Ryan grew up playing sports and “healthy” was used more often to describe his appetite than it was his general fitness levels. At 5’9 (or 5’10, depending on how he’s feeling), Ryan peaked at about 200 pounds after college. Kelly had similar weight issues through college, and it took her dad having quadruple bypass surgery to realize how important health is, and why you can’t wait to change bad habits. The two met through work at a Christmas party while still a bit heavier than either would have liked to admit at the time (they...

My husband Jason and I are the owners and creators of Craft Show Collective. Since meeting, we enjoy working on projects together and sharing in our creativity. My background is in sewing and design, while Jason has experience in all things woodworking. Together, we come up with ideas for our shop, as we are endlessly inspired by our sweet baby girl. Jason and I have always had an interest in all things involved in creative entrepreneurship, so when our daughter was born, we decided to get into the market of handmade, high- quality goods for mom and baby. Craft Show Collective grew organically from a home hobby to a...

My husband and I met in 2009. We met at the Dublin Methodist Hospital where I worked as an RN in the Special Care Nursery, and Andrew, my husband, worked in the security department. Shortly after meeting, we left the hospital, and I now work in the NICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Andrew works as a Police Officer. We married in 2012 and moved to Hilliard in 2013. We had our first child, Graham, in 2014. He is our  loving, fun, and rambuctious 2-year-old, who lights up our lives. Life was great--and we knew we wanted more children. In 2015, I became pregnant and soon...

When I first saw Pocket Produce on Instagram, I was more excited that they were brand new, than what their mission was.   However, soon after I found out about their mission I fell in love.   Eat Awesome. Be Awesome. I was amazed when we got to visit and get a sneak peak of Pocket Produce, but I was more blown away by their story, and even more so by Natalie’s spirit.   We instantly connected over our past Social Work careers as well as our spiritual understandings.  Because, food can be a spiritual process.  And it is for Natalie.  Food has been this spiritual thing for her ever...