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Long-time Restauranteurs in Lancaster Open Non-Profit Food Truck

Randi Walle Randi Walle Long-time Restauranteurs in Lancaster Open Non-Profit Food Truck

Billy and Lorena Smith have been in the Lancaster restaurant community for over 20 years. Earlier this year, they launched the non-profit food truck FreeChee, offering grilled cheese and tomato soup to those in need. The Smiths owned and operated the local restaurant Billy Crickets from 1996 through 2011. In 2015, they opened Cherry Street […]

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Shop Talk: Small-Town Bike Shop Offers New, Used, and Refurbished Bikes

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Small-Town Bike Shop Offers New, Used, and Refurbished Bikes

Business partners Josh Stamper and Bryan Gest opened their bicycle shop in Grove City two and a half years ago. Heritage Cycles is located at 3937 Broadway and is a full-service retailer and repair shop. Heritage Cycles carries well-known brands such as Jamis Bikes, Surly, Fuji, Raleigh, and Bianchi among others. Stamper and Gest work […]

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Shop Talk: New Business is Opening Soon Inside the Historic Flint Station Building

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: New Business is Opening Soon Inside the Historic Flint Station Building

The Flint Station Market in Worthington is now home to a new business that is part market, part bar, and part event space. What has been known as Flint Carry Out and Top of Flint for the past several decades will now be known as The Market at Flint Station. The almost 130-year old building […]

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Shop Talk: Blissed Out Boutique Opens in Westerville

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: Blissed Out Boutique Opens in Westerville

This month, Darcy Blessing opened Blissed Out Boutique. The shop is located in Westerville at 320 S. State St. The boutique carries sizes 2 to 22, offering unique selections in each size category from missy to plus. Just over a year ago, Blessing decided she was ready to follow her long-time dream of joining the […]

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Fiber Company with Columbus Roots Works for Sustainability in Kyrgyzstan

Randi Walle Randi Walle Fiber Company with Columbus Roots Works for Sustainability in Kyrgyzstan

June Cashmere has been selling ethical cashmere all over the world since 2016. Owner Sy Belohlavek moved from Columbus to Kyrgyzstan with his wife and children in 2010 to begin researching and planning a cashmere business.  Today, more than 100 vendors offer June Cashmere yarn, including local Dublin shop Knitting Temptations. Prior to 2010, Belohlavek […]

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Columbus Personal Assistants Look to Eliminate the Weekly To-Do List

Randi Walle Randi Walle Columbus Personal Assistants Look to Eliminate the Weekly To-Do List

Columbus native Nikki Veneziano launched Columbus Personal Assistants in August of 2017. A year later, her company has grown to employing 11 assistants serving the central Ohio region. Veneziano holds a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and is a certified personal trainer. She worked as a personal assistant in New York […]

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Shop Talk: THREAD Opens New Short North Location

Randi Walle Randi Walle Shop Talk: THREAD Opens New Short North Location

Local boutique THREAD opened their second location earlier this month. The new shop is located at 930 N. High St., inside The Brunner Building in the historic Short North Arts District. THREAD is just one retailer inside of a mixed-use building that will eventually house a restaurant and apartments. Owner Miranda Boyle opened her first […]

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