Samantha decided to pick up a culinary minor during college for fun. One class, she had to make a fat free cheesecake, which was “terrible.” That day, she went home and whipped one up, full of flavor. Before she knew it, people started calling her “The Cheesecake Girl.” After looking for jobs after college and not finding anything ideal, Samantha decided to open a little catering business based on her cheesecakes. Now, she has 2 bakery locations, going on 3!
What started out as a hobby between friends is now a fast growing retail company. Andrew VanderLind and Ryan Napier started Where I’m From as a way to pay off their bar tabs however, it’s formed into much more than that. Since the initial opening in 2014, Andrew and Ryan have taken the business from small kiosks and outlets to 7 storefronts all across Ohio.
Debbie, “a small-town girl from Springfield,” moved to Columbus to attend cosmetology school. Little did she know, she would become the CEO and President of 6 award-winning salons. For over 28 years, Debbie has worked in several different functions of PENZONE Salon + Spa, from stylist, training director, to Vice President, and now President. April 21, 2021, marked 52 years since Charles Penzone obtained a $500 bank loan and launched his first salon!
After working for and with companies like Tesla, Uber, Kroger, Apple on the construction, real estate and development side, Justin Curatola and his business partner, Liam Smith, decided to start Ryzer Capital for their investors. The firm’s principals have over 30 years of combined experience in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily and commercial real estate.
Dr. Winchester is the founder and owner of The Winchester Institute of Chiropractic Health and Wellness. Located in Dublin, Ohio, they offer more than just regular chiropractic care. They offer Rehabilitation, nutrition counseling, and much more. As they expand with services and employees they never abandon their key wellness principles because that’s whats best for the customer!
Jamison & Bexley was founded by Jennifer Sanger with a purpose of making clothes for the everyday child. After moving to Columbus from Philadelphia for fashion, Jennifer has managed to call Columbus home and even started her business here. A big motive for her determination is her daughter.
DaNite Sign Co. is a company committed to producing signs that attract new customers while keeping existing ones. The company has been up and running since 1954 and in 2008 Tim McCord acquired DaNite. Since then, he has loved what he does and uses the lessons he has learned in the past to guide his company in the right direction.
Jolie Occasions is a thriving women’s boutique located in the heart of the Short North. Owner, Stephanie Tersigni, is a Columbus native who always dreamed of opening a boutique. After being laid off from her previous employer, she finally pulled the trigger and followed her dreams- she hasn’t looked back since.
Cover to Cover is the oldest independent children’s bookstore in the Midwest, opening their doors in 1980. After 37 years, Melia Wolf, a former art teacher, bought Cover to Cover from founders Sally Oddi and Randy King. Wolf strives to give new visitors the same experience she had when she first walked into Cover to Cover years ago.
Collin Castore, Jen Burton, and Travis Spencer first became friends in middle school, and now they’re co-owners of Seventh Son Brewing and Antiques on High. The idea to start a brewery came from their love of craft beer and lively bar environments. Both businesses truly reflect what it means to grow up in Columbus.
Kenny Sipes is a social entrepreneur from Minnesota with a mission to tackle social issues both locally and globally. In five years, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse successfully donated over $125,000, impacted over 30,000 individuals and have seen over 700,000 people engage their mission.
Katalina’s is The Little Cafe(s) with Lots of Local Goodness. We make scratch-made food with local, ethical and organic ingredients when price and practice permit and informs our motto Live, Love, Local, which makes our economy better, our environment better, and our city more attractive as a destination.
Gerber LLC is a professional services firm that works exclusively with first-generation entrepreneurs, giving them the clarity and guidance they need to integrate and achieve their life, business, and financial goals.
Frankart Film is a full-service video production company. Since 2009, we’ve worked with brands nationwide in industries ranging from consumer products to restaurants, automotive, health care, and everything in between.
I founded Bubbles – The Tea & Juice Company in 2005, we serve unique flavored smoothies, all handcrafted, cold pressed juices, and many flavors of bubble tea.
Dura-Seal provides high-quality commercial and industrial sealcoating, asphalt, and concrete services. Founded in 2007, the industry-leading organization continues to grow and provide value as a trusted partner, helping customers solve unique problems. Dura-Seal has a reputation for being agile, professional, and innovative.
The Smithery is a one-of-a-kind, women owned, working jewelry studio, gallery, and artist-made shop on Grandview Avenue. The Smithery features work from over 70 independent artists from across the country. They have an amazing selection of jewelry made by award winning and internationally recognized contemporary jewelry artists. In addition, you will find a wide variety of ceramics, prints, artwork and accessories. If you are looking for unique gifts, you will more than likely find something perfect here.
Perhaps Columbus’s favorite taco place. Joe Kahn started Condado after working 20 years in the restaurant industry. He wanted to start a restaurant that was cravable, affordable and served high-quality food in Columbus, Ohio. Since then Condados now has 15 locations across Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Allison is a Columbus native. She grew up in Dublin, Ohio. In high school, she interned at a boutique in Grandview, which was one of the first of its kind here in Columbus. She then later attended Marshall University on a soccer scholarship. Upon graduation, she moved to NYC for a quick stint, and after moving around a few places, she came back to Columbus and opened up Lady Bird Fashion in the Short North.
Josh Quinn and his wife, Niki, were running a wholesale accessories brand in Los Angeles when they came to Columbus to write a business plan for their first shop on the east coast. One gallery hop later, Josh and Niki decided to make Columbus their permanent home where they opened Tigertree, a community-centric retail business.
Gary Jones spent his entire life seeing successful men wearing perfectly tailored suits, so when he took his high school senior pictures he knew he had to wear a suit. After receiving an amazing response, he was invited to his first fashion show to be a model and everything built from there.