The Pedal Wagon started from an idea sent through a text message.   It's the truth. Jack and Tom were best friends in college, and once they graduated, they had the question many have, "What do we do now?" They wanted something of their own, but weren't quite sure what that would be. Muddling through some ideas, nothing quite felt right. That's until Jack's dad sent a picture of a wagon to the two boys through a text message. Now, we're not talking about a kid's red wagon, we're talking about a pedal wagon. What's that you ask? It's a large open bar with seats, but also pedals below, like on a...

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...

"People helping people. Period"   Yes, this is what Claire is doing. Her company, Aunt Flow, is helping women with "that time of the month." We have to talk about it--and that means not being embarrassed or grossed out, or afraid to talk about it. We have to, because there's a problem. And, Claire is solving it. Thank God. So, what you don't know, is that Claire was at The Ohio State University studying Comparative Religions. She was a straight "A" student in high school, and was even doing well in college. The problem was, she didn't want to be there. She wanted to drop out. Of course, her parents were completely...

Transformation Wellness Center started with a passion for a medical team doing the right thing for their patients.   Dr. David E. Whitt saw an epidemic.  He saw his patients slowly acquiring more medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain, weight gain, and many ailments that were affecting their lives and their health.   He wanted to provide a lasting solution and not just another temporary Band-Aid. In the clinical world, it’s easy to tell a patient, “You need to diet and exercise.” But, what good has that really done anyone? You leave the office, knowing what you should do and what you need to do,...

Not every business starts from a well-thought out plan or dream someone had as a young child. Actually, most businesses are created unexpectedly and have a pretty good story to tell. Ridiculously Good Salsa is one of those businesses. It all started with a pretty horrific event, actually. Vickie's son was with his girlfriend in New York. As they were driving home, at night, they were hit head on by another driver. This driver was high on heroin and was driving on the wrong side of the street with no head lights on. Can you imagine? The fear of getting that call as a mother? Vickie and her...

Uptown Westerville really is a subtle mix of the Short North area with a small town feel, and Pure Roots Boutique has found a home in this area--twice, actually.  Nicole always dreamed of opening her own boutique--it was her dream since she was a little girl. It probably comes from her infatuation with jewelry. Her mom used to take her to the Morgan House in Dublin every year for Christmas, and she wanted to live there. Her high school senior paper was about her desire to open her own business. So, you could say she always knew. In college, Nicole had many artist friends and there was always the issue...

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...