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....

Fleurish Home is an ideal store for any creative enthusiast.  It’s a store dedicated to all things “home”–entertaining, painting, decorating, etc.  It’s filled with endless DIY project ideas, because when it comes to Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®, anything is possible. And, that’s what sets Fleurish Home apart from any other place–they are one of the very few retailers in America that actually sell Annie’s paint. Debra is the owner of Fleurish Home. After studying fashion in college, Debra started her retail career in visual merchandising and through that discovered faux finishing.  Always wanting to do something creative in the arts, this became her passion and after several years in the industry she decided to...

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...

Our story of Puptown Lounge, a few months back, told the story of Cliff and Sarah, co-owners of the doggie daycare, kennel, and grooming business in Upper Arlington. We heard the story of how they opened, the struggles they went through, and their deep appreciation for their employees. What we didn't really hear was how the idea really came to be. Why did they decide to open a doggie daycare? Why dogs? Why this path? There's always a "why" to a story, and this story starts with Cliff and Sarah's mom, Cheryl. It all began with her, really. As long as the two can remember, there were dogs in the house. The...

"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...

Sara Hudgens let us in on a secret.  Okay, she actually let us in on a couple secrets, but you have to read the whole story to find them out.   She told us the difference between a 50 minute massage and a 60 minute massage is critical.  Most places charge and arm and a leg for 50 minutes, but an extra 10 minutes can be crucial for massaging those "target" areas. Massage therapy has always been her end goal.  Even when she was at The Ohio State University in her third year still undeclared.  I think her mother had dreams of her becoming a teacher, but Sara...

Shirley's Popcorn. Yes, there was a real Shirley, and yes, she's the idea behind the popcorn business. Shirley was the lady who took the tickets at the movie theater in Bluffton, Ohio. She was well known and a familiar face in town, mainly because those who were regulars at the theater, loved her. Everyone loved her. She handed out free books to the kids and read to them while they were waiting for their movie.  She loved people and everything was "to die for." Shirley was the face of the theater.  Soon, people would stop by with their buckets of popcorn just for a refill--and to see Shirley, of course....

Courtney and Ryan are Ink & Co. He's the "maker and creator," and she's the "design and marketing." Although this is Ryan's "thing," they work a lot-- together, and even spend most evenings working after the kids go to bed. I mean, isn't it pretty cool that they get to spend their time together doing something they love, and it's also their family-owned business? Courtney has a day time job in software sales and Ryan is a stay-at-home dad. Well, more like "work from home dad." He was at home for 9 years, and when the kids went to school he wanted to go back to work....

Danielle Wenger opened up the doors to her own nail salon Pouncing Paws, in Worthington, only 14 days ago.  Can you believe it?  Her dream of being out on her own finally came to fruition.  Honestly, after talking with Danielle and learning about her dedication to detail---it comes as no surprise that this young lady would achieve her goal.  And, any other goal she sets for that matter. Everything she does is all natural.  She uses regular nail polish and Gel polish.  So, sorry ladies, that means no acrylic nails here! But, she doesn't need to offer acrylics, because she has her own unique edge.  Danielle uses essential oil hot towels that...

Jodi Attar is passionate about food, "my philosophy is--eat good things that taste good."  She's even more passionate about her Gotta Eat Muffins. She grew up in Akron, but moved to Columbus for a pharmaceutical sales job.  Her first masters degree was in Health Administration, but as Jodi said it best, "it just didn't feel right, like Goldilocks and the Three bears, trying all the porridge."  Her husband is a Cardiologist at OSU, so she had the opportunity to stay home for a period of time with her first-born son, Ashton. "After a year, I felt under-stimulated and needed something to do." She got back into the job force working at...