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...

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...

Here at Columbus Stories we wanted to offer you another way to share your story.  Not only have we added our latest INSTAstories, where we feature local people of Columbus with instant short bios, but we also wanted to give you something different.   We wanted to provide visual stories, too.  So, we are over the moon excited and honored to announce that Leigh Zeidner, Owner of Leigh Zeidner Pictures, will be joining our Columbus Stories family!  She is incredibly creative with a camera and produces high quality videos.  With her work behind the camera, your brand and story will stand out from the rest.  With out further ado, please meet Leigh:  Her...

  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...

My husband Jason and I are the owners and creators of Craft Show Collective. Since meeting, we enjoy working on projects together and sharing in our creativity. My background is in sewing and design, while Jason has experience in all things woodworking. Together, we come up with ideas for our shop, as we are endlessly inspired by our sweet baby girl. Jason and I have always had an interest in all things involved in creative entrepreneurship, so when our daughter was born, we decided to get into the market of handmade, high- quality goods for mom and baby. Craft Show Collective grew organically from a home hobby to a...

When I first saw Pocket Produce on Instagram, I was more excited that they were brand new, than what their mission was.   However, soon after I found out about their mission I fell in love.   Eat Awesome. Be Awesome. I was amazed when we got to visit and get a sneak peak of Pocket Produce, but I was more blown away by their story, and even more so by Natalie’s spirit.   We instantly connected over our past Social Work careers as well as our spiritual understandings.  Because, food can be a spiritual process.  And it is for Natalie.  Food has been this spiritual thing for her ever...

Sometimes you come in contact with someone, and you just know you're going to hit it off--which is exactly what happened with Jessica. I'm pretty sure it was her positive attitude and the fact that she is very passionate and proud of her business--Music Palette. After exchanging a few emails and finally reaching our phone interview, I found out I actually knew her through friends of my family. See, I knew I liked her! What's even better is her business. Behind every great business is a great owner. Jessica has literally put her love--and sweat--into this business. She's remodeled it--with a little bit of help from her brother Jason, who...

We have been raving about Be Girl Clothing, and there's a good reason. The clothes are absolutely adorable, affordable, and designed with love from a local lady named Alison. We first saw her clothes at Zassy's Barn Sale and immediately snatched up a fox dress and fancy swim suit--that, I swear-- can be worn safely in the water. From there, we stalked Alison on Facebook and Instagram, first liking every single picture trying to get her attention---then asking for her story, then asking for something a little more. We wanted her to be the first story we did a video on {with our talented videographer Leigh--that story is...