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EOC Interview July 15, 2021

Interview with Margaret Lydy-Meeker – Owner of On Paper

Margaret, who moved from Toledo to attend Ohio State, acquired On Paper in January of 2020. Having come from a family of small business owners, Margaret had always dreamt of owning her own business. Because she took over the business just before the pandemic, Margaret has faced some of the most difficult obstacles an entrepreneur could endure. As she continues on with her business, she looks to expand On Paper with different locations in areas around the Columbus area.

EOC Interview July 6, 2021

Interview with Jesse Johnson – Owner of STORE 5a

Growing up in the Diamond Cellar family, Jesse was determined to combine his knowledge in the jewelry industry with his passion for vintage guitars to bring the idea of STORE 5a. The business grew out of STORE 5a’s selling and buying circle and now is an excellent place to find one-of-a-kind jewelry. As they approach their seventh year in business, Jesse and his team are excited to expand and open up their second store in Nashville, Tennessee.

EOC Interview June 22, 2021

Interview with Danielle Lim & Melissa Blackburn – Owner of Haven Collective

What started out as a discussion over dinner has now formed into a fast growing business in central Ohio. Mel & Danielle created Haven Collective with the purpose of supporting those flying solo in the business world. With just over three years in business, Haven Collective has grown to multiple offices and eventually hope to expand beyond central Ohio becoming a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem.

EOC Interview June 15, 2021

Interview with Robert F. Hilborn – Owner of Scarborough East Tennis Club

Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio for 20 years, Bob moved to Columbus and has made it his home ever since. He could think of no better city to live in than Columbus, Ohio! In 1980, Bob joined the Scarborough East Tennis Club as a staff member. Little did he know that he would eventually go on to be the owner of the business in 2010. Being apart of the business for so long, Bob has seen trends come and go within the industry and even has the largest indoor PlaySight technology facility in the world!

EOC Interview June 1, 2021

Interview with Vickie Nortz – Owner of Ridiculously Good Salsa

Moving to Columbus in the 90s, Vickie Nortz and her husband fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. After tweaking the old family recipe, Vickie found just the right balance of ingredients to make a perfectly fresh and delicious salsa. Ridiculously Good Salsa now sells in many different stores and bars across Ohio including what Vickie claims to be her biggest game changer, nine Whole Foods. Her wonderful story and huge heart have made the company what it is today!

EOC Interview May 28, 2021

Interview with Rudi As-Sanie – Owner of Dental Reflections Dublin

Born and raised in Kent, Ohio, Dr. Rudi As-Sanie chose Ohio State for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. From there, she fell in love with Columbus and the area around it. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie started working for this practice as an associate back in 2012 and would later on buy the business, turning it into a family practice from a multi-specialty office. Having never thought she wanted to own her own practice, Dr. Rudi As-Sanie views it as one of the best decisions she’s made.

EOC Interview May 25, 2021

Interview with Becky Webb – Owner of Bob Webb Group

Bob Webb Group has been building quality homes in Ohio for over 60 years and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Becky Webb took over her fathers company but has been involved in the business since she was a teenager. With one of the most impressive model homes in Ohio, Bob Webb Group continues to utilize quality products as well as work with excellent people. They are now looking forward to even more exciting things in the near future!

EOC Interview May 18, 2021

Interview with Jordan Helman – Owner of High Bank Distillery

Jordan Helman’s passion for the service industry sparked while opening Zest Juice with his wife. With 4 locations, Helman’s success in the service industry didn’t stop there. After working with Adam Hines on Zest Juice, both men decided they wanted to start a business together, except dive into something deeper- micro distilling. In 2018, they opened High Bank Distillery, a full-service bar, restaurant, and distillery serving casual, high-quality food using locally sourced ingredients.

EOC Interview May 5, 2021

Interview with Samantha Strange – Owner of The Cheesecake Girl

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!

EOC Interview May 5, 2021

Interview with Andrew VanderLind – Owner of Where I’m From

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.

EOC Interview April 28, 2021

Interview with Debbie Penzone – Owner of PENZONE Salon + Spa

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!

EOC Interview April 20, 2021

Interview with Justin Curatola – Owner of Ryzer Capital

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. 

EOC Interview April 15, 2021

Interview with Dr. Dana Winchester – Owner of The Winchester Institute of Chiropractic Health and Wellness

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!

EOC Interview April 8, 2021

Interview with Tim McCord – Owner of DaNite Sign Company

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.

EOC Interview April 5, 2021

Interview with Stephanie Tersigni – Owner of Jolie Occasions

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.

EOC Interview March 29, 2021

Interview with Melia Wolf- Owner of Cover to Cover for Young Readers

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.

EOC Interview January 20, 2021

Interview with Collin Castore – Owner of Seventh Son Brewing

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.