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...

Our history goes way back. Joey and I. 12 years to be exact. Yes, I was the 18-year-old who had to get a tattoo the absolute second I could. I was a rule follower, but as soon as I was allowed to do something, I was doing it. So, I decided on three small stars on my back. It only took a month before I hated it, and I was back in the tattoo studio asking for a cover up. That's where I met Joey. In a two-and-a- half hour sitting, my stars were covered up with beautiful flowers. I had a piece of art on my back. He...

Lisa started her career at Ford Motor Company, in Michigan-yes, she's from Michigan, and yes, she loves the Detroit Lions. This sealed the deal for Georgia and Lisa-instant connection (over the Detroit Lions). I'm still not so sure about the Michigan part (Go Bucks!) At Ford, Lisa was lacking her deep desire to be an entrepreneur. Moving to a job at Quicken Loans, she had a taste of what is was like to be a business owner in her sales and marketing position. The more she put in, the more she got out--she compared it to being similar to owning her own business. Lisa moved up quickly in...

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...