"When I was 17 I remember sitting at my Grandfathers oak table tracing the knots in the wood a thousand times as if I were Pac-man trying to find my exit out.  As I flipped through Polaroid pictures laying on the table my Grandfather said to me in a stern voice---don’t mix those pictures up-they tell a story, from beginning to end. My knack for knowing strangers, people, community and their stories came long before I.  Like a family cornbread recipe it was handed down to me from my Grandfather to my Mother, and then I. I intend to also give it away someday. I...

Meet Mike Davis: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Dublin {3/3} Mike is the Diner Manager at Cap City Diner's newest location in Dublin. He started out as a Fine-Arts major in college waiting tables at the Ocean Club.  There, he fell in love with the company and got into business. "We're allowed to take great care of our people and our guests. There is no other place like it." You can tell the minute you meet Mike that he truly loves what he's doing.  His enthusiasm and knowledgable of not only the restaurant industry, but the history of Cameron Mitchell, as well as, each restaurant was--inspiring. Before landing...

It's the beginning of August and you realize you've been vacationing through other people's Facebook posts, but not a single vacation was one you actually took. Oops. But, luckily, there are still a few days left for some summer fun. I'm not saying vacations are a must, I'm actually against the planned, yearly trips, but I do think summer is the time where you check off some things on your bucket list. Because our kids are so young and we wanted to keep the spending to a minimum, we decided to do a little staycation. What is a staycation you might ask? Well, my definition is--a little vacation...

Part 1: Saira (Right) @dahliaoccassions; After meeting at a community gathering years ago and becoming instant friends (through their shared passion for decorating and weddings) they decided to became business partners. Saira is originally from Pakistan and came to the United States in 1997. "I got married to a wonderful man and I am blessed with two beautiful daughters." Saira has been teaching Pre-School for the past 10 years as a head start teacher, "I love it. My other passion is weddings--I love weddings! Happy people, bright lights, bright colors, and beautiful decor always makes me happy. And ultimately this was the reason I decided to go...

Part 1: The Brothers @buckeyevodka📷 Buckeye Vodka is an intentional well-thought-out product that was designed, developed, and founded by 4 brothers (well almost)---Brothers Jim & Chris Finke, Brother-in-law Tom Rambasek, and good friend and CFO Marty Clarke founded Crystal Spirits, LLC and developed the Buckeye Vodka brand. 🍁 I'm sure it's not hard to put together that they're Ohioans--I mean come on, they named their vodka "Buckeye".. for a reason. The Finke’s are fourth generation Ohioans from Dayton. Tom was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, and all four were educated at different Ohio universities. 🍁 The distillery is located in Dayton where each bottle of vodka is hand-crafted by...

Part I: Emily Blake Emily is a Licensed Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist. "I have been in the beauty industry nearly 10 years, but have had a passion for it my entire life." Her mother did hair and makeup-- so she was a witness to her mothers passion. "I remember having sleepovers and doing makeover parties with my friends. So, since the start of entering the beauty industry, beautifying #brides was something I loved. And, If I'm not #beautifyingbrides, you can find me at the nearest country concert enjoying an ice cold beer, or road tripping exploring a new town. I'm 27 and have always been an...

Part I: Memories A memory happens, and -blink- it's gone. It becomes just that, a memory. We all say we will remember and treasure those small moments, but let's be honest, how many small moments do you truly remember? How many times do you tell yourself you wish you would have written something down or documented it somehow? I'm guilty, and wish I could turn back time to record so many of those precious milestones. Courtney knew there were people just like me and she wanted to help them document their lives with photography and writing-not only for them, but for the people who will follow. "Memories and...

Alisa Becker and Paula Katz are two social entrepreneurs from Columbus launch Be the Sign; donating 100% of profits to charity. Be the Sign focuses political messages on equality, diversity and love. Alisa and Paula are former retail executives, freelancers, activists, friends and now social entrepreneurs. Alisa was a merchant for Bath & Body Works, Zulily & others, created the blog www.30daysofcancer.com and is a grieving mother channeling her sadness into something positive. Paula has visual experience with L Brands, formerly owned the bakery Layer based here in Columbus, and currently freelances for prominent companies such as, Yankee Candle and Nasdaq. "We realized our conversations were increasingly political. And,...

Part I: Meet Josh & A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. A Carpenter's Son is an umbrella of local craftsman “salvaging a piece of Columbus’ history one tree at a time and giving it a new life,” states Josh, the Founder. “The name actually came to me in the middle of the night.” Growing up Josh was home schooled until the 9th grade, and during that time he witnessed firsthand his father’s passion for carpentry (that he still practices today in Cleveland). Josh’s father was a self-employed entrepreneur--- And home for Breakfast-Lunch-and Dinner most of the time. So, the name doesn’t sound far-fetched—it’s actually rather perfect. With Josh’s early years...

PART I: Meet Jill "I think I have a large capacity for joy that's developed over the years. In large part, I attribute that to the hardships that I've had to face, including the deaths of my husband and my mother in succession. My container for holding joy and pain is very large and I think that directly influences my work with patients in the acupuncture clinic today. After my husband's death in December 2007, I was overwhelmed by grief and developed a chronic ache in my back. [caption id="attachment_9221" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Jill Farell[/caption] A friend suggested acupuncture and I began to get regular treatments. My back pain...