I graduated from Ohio University about 9 years ago with a degree in Retail Merchandising, Sales, and Fine Art, and not a clue what I wanted to do. Luckily, my parents let me live with them for a year or two so I could figure it out. I dabbled in a few different ventures, including t-shirt and home décor design until I stumbled upon jewelry making. I often grew bored with things after doing them for a while, and when that didn’t happen with jewelry making I knew I had found something that I would enjoy for many, many years. I started making a few pieces...

For many, the lack of yard space leaves their dreams of a garden, just that, a dream. It also leaves many without a solution for their desire to self sustain by growing their own food. Mound Street Community Garden and International Harvest Garden, right here in Columbus, are making dreams come true for gardeners across the city. A community garden is a piece of land that is sectioned off so that individuals can create their own garden in a plot they have requested. So, essentially, its one large garden, but divided up into smaller gardens. Each plot owner takes care of their own area and is provided access...

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...

The story of Puptown Lounge was many years in the making. In fact, it's foundation was an entire childhood being around many, many dogs that spawned the idea for the business. We were raised in a zoo-like home with our mom grooming dogs out of the basement of our Arlington home, four dogs of our own, and four very young children, all under 110o square feet. To say life was crazy growing up is an understatement. Through that craziness, Sarah and I learned what hard work was, and we also found a deep love for dogs. [caption id="attachment_7156" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Cliff & Sarah, Brother & Sister, Owners of...

Tiger Mushroom Farms was founded by Te’Lario II when he was 7 years old after a Cub Scout project ended. At his 1st Cub Scout meeting, Te’Lario planted catgrass and basil, which is where his love of watching things grow began. He enjoyed tending to the plants every day afterschool. Before he tended to his plants, he had to complete his homework. Once the project ended, we wanted him to continue his passion, but also because it was an an incentive to complete his homework. We wondered what he could grow in the winter time in Ohio, and Te’Lario said, “mushrooms, because mushrooms grow in the...

Aaron and his wife were married several years before even thinking about kids. She worked as a social worker, and he worked for a state pension, but after finding out they were expecting Harrison, the two decided Aaron would stay home. He spent Harrison's first two years doing what he always wanted to do, being home with his son. After Harrison started preschool at 18 months, Aaron used his passion for photography to photograph real estate during his free mornings. When business slowed down in the winter months, Aaron started using his photography skills for another purpose, to shoot pictures of his son. A way to keep occupied turned into something...

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...