Meet Todd and Duke: they are the guys behind the one-of-a-kind handcrafted supplement company Propello Life.   Propello Life is a story of brotherhood and true compassion for living. [caption id="attachment_8895" align="aligncenter" width="277"] Todd & Duke[/caption] Propello Life has been in business for all of three months now and everything along the way they've taken in stride, like a true family does. Their kickoff event was at Sweat Local Columbus' first 5K and Fitness Expo event back in July. But, their real journey began long ago, because they're brothers.  Two out of five brothers actually.  It was in their basement, where they would take turns spotting each other on the work-out bench getting ready for...

Husband and wife, Navin and Rebecca are the dynamic duo behind Trucking Delicious, a scratch made gourmet food truck serving Columbus.  Yes, the name is supposed to be comical.  Navin likes joking around and believes a food truck should be fun.  And, I couldn't agree more. Together they are two corporate finance and IT gurus-- turned into street food geniuses. "She's the rolling pin and I'm the knife."  With Navin's Caribbean background and worldly experience, he's able to infuse lots of west indian flavor profiles into their food, without overwhelming your tastebuds.  Trucking Delicious gives traditional dishes an upgraded taste.  Their focus is on providing made from scratch creative dishes...

"With parenting, we never want our kids to grow up, but it's this inevitable part of the process." The truth of that statement is what helped to inspire the naming of the shop Never Grow Up Boutique.  That and, Andrea's daughter's obsession with Peter Pan Live.   They would watch it on rerun. Her mother-in-law even loves TinkerBell!  It just magically fell into place. Andrea created Never Grow Up Boutique as a store dedicated to providing families with modern, natural, eco-friendly, and chemical free products to guide family life with ease.  They actually just had their grand opening last month!  So, it's safe to say that Andrea has been very busy.  But, how did this all fall into place? Well,...

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,...

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...

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....

Bubbles: Tea & Juice Company was established back in 2005 by a man named Eric Ling.  The first store was located in the historic North Market, but in 2015 they expanded to Easton Mall.  Then came Polaris and this fall they are opening up in two more locations!  One inside Mesh Fitness (Dublin), and one inside SnapFitness (Old Worthington).  So, they're definitely making a name for themselves around town. | Juice Cleanses | Smoothies | Bubbles teas | Protein Bars | Wheatgrass Shots | Lots of people tend to be curious about the "bubbles" inside these teas.  The bubbles, or tapioca pearls, are actually flavorless gelatin--"they are purely...

As children, our imaginations were the key to our childhood. We were able to be anything we wanted to be--pirates, teachers, astronauts, a tree, anything we could think of, really. As adults, we tend to lose that imagination, and we are faced with reality--bills, raising our own children, addiction, marriage, jobs, the list is never ending. But, not Courtney. This {young}  adult, 20 years old to be exact, is keeping a bit of her childhood alive each day and sweeping adulthood under the rug. How? I have to know. Well, she gets to be a princess whenever her heart desires, or whenever a child's heart desires.   Courtney's business, Not Just Make...

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...