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...

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...

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....

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...

  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...