Our story of Puptown Lounge, a few months back, told the story of Cliff and Sarah, co-owners of the doggie daycare, kennel, and grooming business in Upper Arlington. We heard the story of how they opened, the struggles they went through, and their deep appreciation for their employees. What we didn't really hear was how the idea really came to be. Why did they decide to open a doggie daycare? Why dogs? Why this path? There's always a "why" to a story, and this story starts with Cliff and Sarah's mom, Cheryl. It all began with her, really. As long as the two can remember, there were dogs in the house. The...

Ricardo Wilson has 30 plus years of experience in fitness, martial arts, and Do Jung Ishu; The Art of Fighting.  But, it's not about "fighting," it's really more about the spirit of an ancient tradition and skill passed on through generations. Martial artists developed skills over time, because it wasn't about being the toughest guy, it was about surviving if being attacked. "It's not fighting, it's the art of it.  So, the facts, the movements, the science, and the understanding behind it all." Do Jung Ishu; The Art of Fighting, is a club located in the Milo Arts building where they offer martial arts and fitness classes, like, boxing, tai...

"My mom taught me how to crochet when I was little."   Ashley Toenjes grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota,  attending craft shows alongside her mother and aunt.  And now, she's attending her own craft shows for her whimsical and modern crocheted pieces.  Lather & Stitch-- that's the name of her Etsy shop. "I remember my mother and aunt would have a crunch time Friday through Sunday (the weekend before) the craft show.  And my cousins and I would all get to hang out.  After watching them, I knew it was something I wanted to do when I grew up." Her mother originally taught her how to crochet...

Being healthy has become such a critical conversation in our society. I think it's healthy that as a society we're talking about health, but I also think it's causing us to become unhealthy in ways too.   To name a few, self-image issues, eating disorders, mental illnesses, obsessions..etc. Words like--- mind, body, non-toxic, meditation, intolerance, holistic and sensitivity initially fly off the top of my head. But, what does it truly mean to be healthy? Health is such a relative term, isn't it? We can't concretely define it, or see it.   So it becomes this abstract concept.  Is loving yourself and being at peace considered healthy? Or is health determined by...

Jan’s story I grew up as an ordinary kid, but my life story has little too many unplanned and unexpected turns that made me the person who I am today. Sit tight, and stay with me while I take you through my roller coaster journey. I am from Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the south tip of India. I grew up as the eldest child in the family with my younger brother. My brother was born with a heart defect, and the doctors determined that there was no cure. He was under the constant watch of my parents; nevertheless, no one could tell he...

Yoga has changed Amber's life as a whole. How? "I'm a better mother, wife, person, and I'm putting me first." She's also more comfortable with herself and who she is.  See, it wasn't always the case for Amber. She actually had body image issues growing up, and at age 18 wanted to change the way she thought about herself.  She knew the change must involve her getting in shape. Wouldn't you know that her yoga experience actually started from a Reebok yoga tape her mom had? She used this as her way to exercise, but also how she learned yoga, and learned to love it. That same year, Amber...

It's been over a decade of planning for Danielle Miranda.  A decade of studying.  A decade of implementation. And, a decade of intentional strategy.  When I think about it, Danielle's been building an empire.  Literally. Rock N' Shock is only the beginning. "We are not a gym.  I want to make that clear." Rock-N-Shock is really more of an all-encompassing--internal heath--fitness phenomenon that's going to become a new wave--epidemic.  It's the future of health. Rock-N-Shock Fitness is the only American Fitness University certified H.I.T.F.I.T facility in Ohio.  It's run by a Breaker (not a trainer). First, H.I.T.F.I.T stands for High Intensity Timed Functional Interval Training. Danielle actually developed the...

Sara Hudgens let us in on a secret.  Okay, she actually let us in on a couple secrets, but you have to read the whole story to find them out.   She told us the difference between a 50 minute massage and a 60 minute massage is critical.  Most places charge and arm and a leg for 50 minutes, but an extra 10 minutes can be crucial for massaging those "target" areas. Massage therapy has always been her end goal.  Even when she was at The Ohio State University in her third year still undeclared.  I think her mother had dreams of her becoming a teacher, but Sara...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...