My name is Sonia LaRue and I am one of the co-owners of Azia Rug Gallery. Azia Rug Gallery was founded originally in Europe by my dad, Bruce Saberi, nearly 50 years ago.  Selling rugs was a way to pay for College and also a way to share his native country’s art with the West.  After receiving a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Math, he went to work for Volkswagen and Audi, but his passion for rugs drove him to pursuit his hobby as a career instead.  He opened up his first rug store in Germany and became very successful, but after I was born, he...

When I walked through the door to greet Erica at her office location off Riverside Drive--I had no idea I would be embarking on a spiritual journey.  But, I walked through the door and instantly an awe set in and a calmness entered me. Earlier that morning, Elizabeth and I dropped off the kiddos (Cora and Graham) at a local play café, with complete strangers for the first time. If you personally know Elizabeth and I, then you know we both tend to be anxious.  To no surprise anxiety was running high.   So much, we carpooled together to meet Erica, and the whole drive was spent rationalizing our decision to drop them off. ...

So, as soon as Hot Chicken Takeover responded to me about an interview, my anxiety went through the roof. This was a big one–this was a really good one. I love everything about Joe’s mission and vision, well, and the chicken of course. If you don’t know who Hot Chicken Takeover is, you are definitely in the minority, so I’ll fill you in… HCT (as you might hear it referred as) is located in the North Market, but, in addition, they have a food truck. Their location in the North Market is built on creating a community where everyone eats their meals at long picnic-style tables....

I love play cafes, and my kids love going to them, but, let's be honest, it's never a break. Ever. I order my coffee, but in the mean time I'm tearing Graham off the slide so he doesn't climb it, and I end up helping Delaney put on dress up clothes, and bounce June around in the front carrier. I return to my coffee and it's cold (I still chug that sucker down--heck, I need it at this point). I'm not saying I don't want to be engaged and active in my children's play, I just want a break. I admit it…I want and need a break....

Tricia Grapner is the generous woman behind Canvas Creations for You, where she teaches others to create canvas paintings in a fun, light hearted, and warm atmosphere.  She also does custom paintings among other things--(like her day job!)  But, don't be fooled, she hasn't always been a painter.  In fact, she never went to art school.  Instead, she was a self-taught crafter.  And, it wasn't until eight months ago that she decided to open Canvas Creations. Painting actually started as a therapeutic remedy.  Tricia suffered from depression after experiencing different ups and downs.  Though, that didn't stop her from spreading her generosity.  She felt the need to give back to the community and that's...

  I graduated from Ohio University about 9 years ago with a degree in Retail Merchandising, Sales, and Fine Art, and not a clue what I wanted to do. Luckily, my parents let me live with them for a year or two so I could figure it out. I dabbled in a few different ventures, including t-shirt and home décor design until I stumbled upon jewelry making. I often grew bored with things after doing them for a while, and when that didn’t happen with jewelry making I knew I had found something that I would enjoy for many, many years. I started making a few pieces...

The story of Puptown Lounge was many years in the making. In fact, it's foundation was an entire childhood being around many, many dogs that spawned the idea for the business. We were raised in a zoo-like home with our mom grooming dogs out of the basement of our Arlington home, four dogs of our own, and four very young children, all under 110o square feet. To say life was crazy growing up is an understatement. Through that craziness, Sarah and I learned what hard work was, and we also found a deep love for dogs. [caption id="attachment_7156" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Cliff & Sarah, Brother & Sister, Owners of...

Tiger Mushroom Farms was founded by Te’Lario II when he was 7 years old after a Cub Scout project ended. At his 1st Cub Scout meeting, Te’Lario planted catgrass and basil, which is where his love of watching things grow began. He enjoyed tending to the plants every day afterschool. Before he tended to his plants, he had to complete his homework. Once the project ended, we wanted him to continue his passion, but also because it was an an incentive to complete his homework. We wondered what he could grow in the winter time in Ohio, and Te’Lario said, “mushrooms, because mushrooms grow in the...