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: 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 BioHealth Wellness Center BioHealth Wellness Center is a cutting-edge wellness center located in Worthington,Ohio, where Dr. Siegel is the owner and Medical Director. He’s been providing natural healthcare services for over 33 years. Ever since he can remember, he’s had a strong desire for becoming a physician of healing, and having various relatives with distinguished careers in the medical profession, only added to his passion. As Dr. Siegel was finishing his undergraduate training (on his way to pursuing a medical degree), he experienced episodes within his own family that truly brought into question the “drug-only approach” to treating illnesses. Through numerous observations, it became clear...

"It's been three years since I started my 12-week 'Transformations' program, and it has been a transformation truly. I have a total weight loss of over 60 pounds, with 22 lbs this year. I no longer take: Blood Pressure Medications (I was on three of them). Insulin Antidepressants Or, Statin Cholesterol Medicine (My total cholesterol is 179) I discovered that my body was intolerant of both gluten and dairy.  Taking those out of my diet has taken me from illness to health.  I have been juicing for breakfast for a year to restore my nutrients lost from poor absorption. My example with gluten was noticed by my son, Joel, who...

There's no question that when you think of barbeque, you think of City Barbeque. How could you not, really? The beef brisket (my all-time favorite), the pulled pork, baked beans, corn pudding, I could go on. The barbeque is so good that it's been given many awards, countless times, in local and national articles, competitions, and festivals. How did this place get so good?  Why is it so good?  And, who makes it happen? There's definitely a story behind it. It all started almost 17 years ago in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rick Malir, one of the Founders of City Barbeque, quit his day job at John Deere & Co....

PCE Studios (Permanent Cosmetic Effects) opened back in 2003--when there really were only a couple places around doing permanent cosmetics in Columbus.  Erica saw that need, and created PCE Studios.  And, If you remember, they were one of our sponsors for all our breast cancer stories in October. Erica comes from a large family. Her father alone has 18 brother and sisters, and her mother has 13 siblings.  Erica attended DeVry University for her degree in business.  Her family is originally from Puerto Rico. She grew up in Lorain, but before opening up her business, Erica knew there was not a lot of money to be made in Lorain, Ohio.  She wanted to be successful,...

D&W Elements is a Columbus, Ohio based company dedicated to the fusion of modern design with vintage inspiration.  But, their beginning wasn't typical.  It all started from a bathroom vanity. "We know the passion and local pride you have for your city, and we are proud to help you show your support." Art has always been a part of Dan Wisniewski's story--the man behind D&W Elements. His grandfather was a woodworker by trade, and his father attended CCAD right here in Columbus.  Dan attended OSU for his degree in mechanical engineering.  Late into his undergrad degree he realized he wanted to pursue the creative side of engineering and focus on...

Good Deed Rags is definitely one of Columbus' hero organizations.  Below you will find a Q&A with them, where you'll learn what they do, why they do it, and the two seminal events that kickstarted the whole thing.   And, you can read my notes at the very end as to why they are some of Columbus' true heroes (and it's not because they giveback to the community--although that's amazing). How did Good Deed Rags come to fruition?       "Gosh, I could spend forever on this one. So we spent much of the past 15 years working in the clothing business for some of the major...

Sometimes you come across a brand and it has a clear message and purpose.  One of those brands is Bend, Bend Active.  It's a brand intentionally designed for woman, a brand that gives back to the community, and a brand that has a meaningful message---bend, don't break.  Because in life, there are moments we feel like we're breaking, right?  But, it's important to remember to bend and be flexible with the changes life brings us. Bend is a fitness and performance clothing company for women that's fashionable, comfortable, and wearable for everyone.  They've found that utilizing an eco-friendly material, bamboo, has been most fitting for their brand and product.  Not...

"My mom taught me how to crochet when I was little."   Ashley Toenjes grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota,  attending craft shows alongside her mother and aunt.  And now, she's attending her own craft shows for her whimsical and modern crocheted pieces.  Lather & Stitch-- that's the name of her Etsy shop. "I remember my mother and aunt would have a crunch time Friday through Sunday (the weekend before) the craft show.  And my cousins and I would all get to hang out.  After watching them, I knew it was something I wanted to do when I grew up." Her mother originally taught her how to crochet...