Boutique Shopping at The Fable Collection

Gahanna’s newest boutique, The Fable Collection, held its grand opening on Saturday, April 11, capping off three days of festivities at 171 N. High Street. Lead-up events included a highly anticipated fashion show on April 9 and a ribbon cutting on April 10, where the Mayor of Gahanna, Laurie Jadwin, applauded boutique owner Terri Birchler with a certificate.

“Last year during the pandemic, I searched extensively for high quality, stylish clothes at an affordable price. Department stores weren’t satisfying my taste or expectations, so I had an epiphany one morning to open a clothing boutique right here in Gahanna,” shared Birchler.

Inspired by Birchler’s concept, her family and friends strategically helped put the business plan into action. After much research, Birchler’s team settled on a name for this women-centric business – The Fable Collection.

“Every month we’re highlighting the real-life story of a local woman. Each highlighted person will assemble three distinct outfits that will be prominently displayed on our story wall. This collection of monthly stories brings both character and community directly into our boutique, giving shoppers a unique, heartfelt experience they can’t encounter anywhere else,” explained Birchler.

As a small business owner, Birchler is committed to helping fellow women discover and embrace their unique style to ultimately improve their self-confidence through custom wardrobe suggestions.

“We’re all cheerleaders here, and we want people to leave feeling great about themselves, no matter how they felt when they walked in. We’re literally cheering for our customers as they step out of our dressing rooms,” said Birchler.

Additional experiential elements The Fable Collection will feature include a book-sharing wall, coffee and conversation station, musical programming, fashion shows, and more. This broad array of experiences will target customers of all ages and backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of Central Ohio.

“As someone who has lived and worked in this area for over 20 years, I knew a community-minded fashion boutique would be very successful in Gahanna. We’ve already made fruitful partnerships with the Gahanna Lincoln High School and local sports teams. My goal is that every female in Gahanna comes to know and love The Fable Collection,” shared Birchler.

Customers can purchase Qualified Apparel items at The Fable Collection, a partnership program which donates 20 meals to Feeding America for each Qualified Apparel item purchased. This endeavor exemplifies the underlying social welfare goals embedded within The Fable Collection’s robust business model.

“It means so much to me to give back, especially to women who are struggling and need a hand up. Thankfully, the conversations on mental health are getting louder and more resourceful both in person and on social media,” said Birchler.

To visit The Fable Collection, on-street and off-street parking is available near 171 N. High Street, including the adjacent north parking lot along Carpenter Road. The Fable Collection broadcasts regular Facebook Live videos and hosts a website.

Gahanna Raises a Glass and Welcomes Heart State Brewing Company

On March 25, Heart State Brewing Company held its official grand opening at 505 Morrison Road. The colorful, vibrant interior greeted new fans and longtime supporters in this multi-functional space.

“We’ve gotten to know so many people in the Gahanna area, and we have received a great response from the community,” shared brewery co-owner Max Unverferth. In late 2020, Heart State Brewing Company opened its production facility in Gahanna at 750 Cross Pointe Road, Suite J.

“We felt confident about doing business in Gahanna, so we chose to open a customer-facing location on Morrison Road, enabling us to greatly expand our production capability on Cross Pointe Road to meet growing demand. This expansion to Morrison Road is our way of saying thank you to Gahanna for being such a great place to do business,” explained Brad Ginger, Head Brewer at Heart State Brewing Company.

At 505 Morrison Road, patrons can enjoy a dynamic experience both inside and outside, taking in live music, billiards, ping pong, a beer garden, local art, and unique food trucks.

“Having a patio space really opens up the opportunities, and we’re excited to plan a variety of programming to make the best and most creative use of our beer garden,” said Ginger.

A growing number of Gahanna restaurants already support Heart State Brewing Company, creating another way for customers to experience this company’s eclectic brews. Signatures, Gatsby’s, Sexton’s Pizza, and Local Cantina are a few of the many regional spots that showcase Heart State Brewing Co. selections on tap.

“Heart State’s local distribution continues to grow, including Gahanna sites at Giant Eagle, 1837 Wine and Spirits Emporium, Cigara, and Metro Beer and Wine Drive Thru, among others,” said Unverferth.

The rapid growth of Heart State Brewing Company is largely due to its small, yet passionate, leadership team that boasts decades of experience in the evolving brewing industry. These factors culminated in careful strategic planning to ensure Heart State Brewing Company’s measured growth was benchmarked for incremental success.

Visit Heart State Brewing Company at 505 Morrison Road, where Columbus sports-themed company swag is also featured for sale.

Joneswear Screen Printing

Since 2004, Joneswear Screen Printing has proven that small business success is dependent upon meaningful community engagement. Located at 979 E. Johnstown Road, this black-owned business has experienced significant growth throughout the pandemic.   “For the past seven years, my business has been in Gahanna. Because I’m centrally located near the airport and surrounding communities, I […]

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Healthy Day Nutrition Embraces Local Partnerships

In November 2021, Landis Crawford and Tottiani Ousley opened Healthy Day Nutrition at 1022 N. Hamilton Road in the Silver Lane Center plaza. As a new black-owned business in Gahanna, owners Crawford and Ousley quickly collaborated with other nearby black-owned businesses to increase the overall area’s customer base and commercial profitability.

“It’s huge to have local black-owned businesses helping each other. Teamwork makes the dreamwork,” said Crawford, who partners with Joneswear Screen Printing and The Whole You Wellness Studio.

As former employees at Raider Nutrition in Reynoldsburg, Ousley and Crawford jumped at the opportunity to open a new business in Gahanna.

“Gahanna is a great place to open your first business, and we know a lot of people in this dynamic community. Setting-up a business in this sunlit space was a quick, turn-key move,” explained Crawford.

Healthy Day Nutrition features over 60 protein shake flavors along with herbal iced teas, including fan favorites Summer Breeze and Pink Starburst. To warm up, customers can order hot chocolates, teas, and shakes, including apple cider, salted caramel hot chocolate, and peppermint Oreo shakes.

“As a business management major in college, I knew I wanted to work in the hospitality industry by providing great customer service. I’ve used many creative approaches to build our customer base and workforce, including customer loyalty programs and fun programming,” shared Crawford.

Healthy Day Nutrition performed a “tea drop” at fellow businesses in the Silver Lake Center plaza, earning new fans from Ange’s Pizza and L.A. Nails, who have marketed Healthy Day Nutrition to their own customers. Walk-in customers from the nearby Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Outpatient Care facility have also helped Healthy Day Nutrition form a strong foundation in Gahanna.

“The crew from Gahanna’s Capital Construction and Remodeling visit us at least once a day and recommended we get our apparel from a nearby black-owned business, Joneswear. It means a lot for us to help fellow minority-run businesses succeed, which is why we’ve also collaborated with The Whole You Wellness Studio, another black-owned business just next door,” exclaimed Crawford.

Crawford and Ousley aggressively partnered with the Gahanna Public School District, where they discovered three motivated crew members. Healthy Day Nutrition is eager to provide sports sponsorships for the volleyball, softball, and track teams. Like many Gahanna businesses, the Gahanna Lincoln High School students frequent Healthy Day Nutrition during their lunch break.

“On top of our outreach efforts, we’re excited to host fun programming here. We have a paint and sip night coming up on February 19 at 4 pm. It’s critical to keep business fun, and this creative event is a great fit for our space,” said Crawford.

To learn more about Healthy Day Nutrition, stop in the shop or visit the website. 

Culinary Creativity & a Love for Gahanna Drives Queen of Popcorn

If you love popcorn (or a gourmet hot dog), then you’ve likely heard of  Pam’s Market Popcorn and Windy City Eats, a small business that has been in operation for 16 years. Owner Pam Tylka’s creativity isn’t limited to her culinary skills. She recently earned the Cutest Storefront Award for drawing positive attention to her business in  Visit Gahanna‘s Holiday Storefront Contest. The award was presented to Pam earlier this month by Lori Kappes (Executive Director of Visit Gahanna) and Courtney Thraen (Economic Development Manager, City of Gahanna).  

“I really love having my business in Gahanna, and I want to continue operating here for a long time. It’s allowed me to get to know many community members on a personal level, and the school district here is really great to partner with, too,” said Tylka.  

Located at 955 East Johnstown Road, the shop welcomes customers with a colorful array of food products, including dog treats. Aside from offering more than 20 flavors of popcorn, this Gahanna-based shop serves as a local distributor for nearby small-batch producers of honey, syrup and other goods.   

“Before running my shop in Gahanna, I operated out of the North Market in Columbus. While I was looking for a new space for my shop, I had stopped into the CVS in Gahanna. Nearby, I saw that this space was available for lease, and there was a shopping cart from the North Market in this space. I took this all as a sign to move my business to Gahanna,” shared Tylka.  

Treat options at Pam’s Popcorn also include homemade fudge brownies, cotton candy, buckeye chocolates, ice cream novelties, potato chip cookies, and more. Aside from treats, customers can order New York or Chicago-style hot dogs, Pam’s Award-Winning Coney Dog, bratwurst with sauerkraut, and four-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, among other savory choices.  

“I started this business because food is everything. I sell great food at the best prices. The food I sell reminds me of the most precious childhood memories that I had with my family, and I want to share that feeling with everyone who comes into my shop,” exclaimed Tylka. 

Members of Gahanna’s Economic Development team assisted Pam (and other local businesses) during the pandemic by sharing information about local, regional, and state-level resources to support her business. Tylka is excited to pursue the Ohio Women-owned Business Enterprise certification to potentially apply for a no-interest loan through the Ohio Department of Development, where funds can be used to update appliances and large equipment, among other uses.  

“Like many small business owners, I started my business to take care of my kids. As a single parent, running a business gave me the needed flexibility to earn income on my own schedule,” explained Tylka. 

Aside from visiting the shop at 955 East Johnstown Road, patrons can browse  https://pamspopcorn.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pamspopcorn for the latest updates.  

Gahanna Welcomes The Whole You Wellness Studio

On Saturday, January 15, The Whole You Wellness Studio, located at 1024 N. Hamilton Road, celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting with an energized fan base in attendance.  

“I really appreciate all the support from my family and friends. Having my own space here and opening The Whole You has been a dream of mine, but this dream has been made possible by all of you,” founder and CEO Fatima Bouyer shared before a crowd of loyal friends. 

Bouyer’s discipline and work ethic enables her to not only oversee a mix of businesses, but it also inspired her to open The Whole You Wellness Studio in Gahanna. Aside from fitness classes, The Whole You provides reiki treatment, sound baths, massages, meditation, and even a book club, among other services. The culmination of these services supports a mixed group of individuals aiming to improve their overall health. 

“Small businesses are really the heartbeat of our community, and I am thrilled to welcome The Whole You to the City of Gahanna in front of so many supporters,” said Laurie Jadwin, Mayor of Gahanna.  Saturday’s festivities also featured speeches from The Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce and State Representative Mary Lightbody.  

“The Whole You is unique and different because my services appeal to many types of people, and I want to positively impact different aspects of the same person, too. The start of year is a great time for everyone to focus on their own self-care,” exclaimed Bouyer. 

Bouyer’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped her manifest a bevy of business services. For the past 23 years she has worked full time as an executive assistant, focused on process improvement and systems management efficiencies at large companies. In this role, she worked for Bob Evans Corporate, L Brands, and National Church Residences, among other companies. Working for large companies helped Bouyer develop a vast network of people attracted to her fitness services.  

“My role models include bossy Beyonce and health-focused Michelle Obama. Both are visionaries who whole-heartedly pursued their dreams. I’ve channeled that same determination to pursue my passion for fitness in Gahanna,” explained Bouyer. 

Four years ago, Bouyer started Office Bad Ass, which led to her start Gym Bad Ass, a personal training service that she has operated for more than two years. Additionally, Bouyer launched the Bad Ass Mobile Bartending Service that supports a variety of events and functions throughout Ohio. 

“I’m so fortunate to have discovered this space in Gahanna to bring all my businesses together. The Whole You Wellness Studio feels like a second home to me, and the Gahanna community has treated me so well. The landlord here made the transition into this space really seamless. Everything has been turnkey, and getting my businesses settled into this new space has been a wonderful experience for me,” said Bouyer.  

Visit the The Whole You Wellness Studio at 1024 N. Hamilton Road or discover the services online at https://www.gymbadass.online 

 

Clothes Mentor Brings New Sustainable Shopping Option to Gahanna

There’s a new place in Gahanna to shop for your wardrobe!  Clothes Mentor recently opened for business at 1331 Stoneridge Drive.

“Clothes Mentor moved into a 6,000 square foot space in Gahanna based on successful indicators from our affiliate business, Once Upon a Child, also located at Stoneridge Plaza. We just love Gahanna, and this community really supports our business model rooted in sustainability,” shared Susan Riley, Vice President of Clothes Mentor (OUAC, Inc.).  

The official January 8 ribbon cutting featured speeches from Gahanna Mayor Laurie Jadwin, State Representative Mary Lightbody, and Brad Fisher, President of the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“We actually opened here on November 18, 2021, and we’re bringing 18 more jobs to the local Gahanna economy. We immediately connected with Gahanna Public Schools to discover new employees. Thrifting is so popular today with young people, and we’ve already filled 12 positions. Clothes Mentor employees work reasonable hours and receive a 25 percent credit, too,” shared Gahanna Store Manager Jessica Conkle, a graduate from Gahanna Lincoln High School. 

At Clothes Mentor, thrifting is made simple. Employees are trained as professional buyers to ensure that reused products for sale are both high in quality and style, accepting items typically from the past two years. Those who bring in items for resale are compensated in one of two ways – cash on the spot or a 25 percent store credit.  Clothes Mentor’s free personal shopper service can be scheduled online or in-person, assisting shoppers to discover great outfits. Because the store carries sizes 0 to 26 along with maternity options, its team can assemble outfits for a diverse array of preferences.  

“Clothes Mentor first started in 1985, and this business model rooted in environmental sustainability has only become more and more successful over the decades. The younger generation is really placing an emphasis on becoming more sustainable, and young people are smart with their money, too. This seriousness is actively on display when you look at the TikTok videos of young thrifters. The thrifting movement is strong and spreading,” explained Conkle.  

The social aspect of Clothes Mentor is also evident through its ongoing, experiential programming. For example, the Gahanna team is excited to host theme parties in the vein of a ‘70s night or ‘80s night. Regular fashion shows will be held to further celebrate the power of thrifting.  

To visit Clothes Mentor, stop in the store at 1331 Stoneridge Drive at the Stoneridge Plaza or visit clothesmentor.com 

 

Expressions Owner Creates Rose Bowl Parade Float Designs

Since 2003, Expressions Floral Design Studio has helped Gahanna residents commemorate milestones and send cheer, a cherished act during the pandemic. Long-time business owner Jody Brown Spivey is now preparing to support the upcoming Rose Bowl, which will feature the Tournament of Roses parade followed by a college football bowl game on January 1, 2022 between The Ohio State University and the University of Utah.  

“I’ve attended many Rose Bowl events since 2002. I grew up watching the games with my mom, so this event has special meaning for me. I love working with Artistic Entertainment Services to produce floats for the Tournament of Roses parade,” said Brown Spivey. 

Brown Spivey has earned many accolades, including Great Lakes Designer of the Year in March 2021. In 2006, she won the Ohio State Florist Association Designer of the Year and was subsequently inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2008. After decades of working as a florist, one of Brown Spivey’s favorite memories was attending the Rose Bowl in 2010 when Ohio State defeated the University of Oregon.  

“I committed to supporting the Rose Bowl this year before I knew Ohio State would be playing in the game. I’m really looking forward to another spectacular event. The 2010 game was really special, and I have so many great photos from that day,” shared Brown Spivey. 

Back in Gahanna, the team at Expressions Floral Design Studio recently grew from 5 to 6, adding Gahanna Lincoln High School alum Anna Gyde, who recently graduated from Miami University.  

“While participating in the National Honor Society, I volunteered to help Expressions Floral Design Studio. After graduating from college, I returned to Gahanna this past summer and got an apartment near Creekside. As an employee at Expressions Floral, I love seeing how integrated everyone is in this community,” said Gyde. 

Ongoing involvement in the local community has helped Expressions Floral Design Studio not only thrive, but ultimately survive. From the recession in 2009 to the ongoing pandemic, brand loyalty from local residents ensured this iconic flower shop could not only sustain business, but it could also take care of its employees during economic downturns.  

“I sit on the Visit Gahanna Board of Directors, and I’m an active member of the Creekside District Alliance. We’ve made floats for the Gahanna Christmas Parade and centerpieces for the Taste of Gahanna. We’ve even supported photoshoots at The Gahanna Sanctuary and participated in Supporting Gahanna Together Day. I’ve made changes to how I run my business over time to stay relevant and successful,” explained Brown Spivey. 

“Our clients are so amazing, and I love working for Jody,” shared Jenny Asmo, whose mother previously worked with Brown Spivey. “Workforce retainment is really high here because this shop takes care of everyone, and Jody knows how to take care of us. It’s a place filled with lots of love.” 

Stop in Expressions Floral Design Studio (1247 N. Hamilton Road) https://expressionsfloraldesign.com/ . 

Fourth Floor Interactive: Entrepreneurship in Gahanna

Gahanna is home to a growing array of entrepreneurs who bring innovative products and relevant services into the marketplace.  Gahanna’s C|Suites Executive Offices at Creekside host 40 entrepreneurships, including Fourth Floor Interactive that is owned and operated by entrepreneur Jennifer Chiappisi. 

“I became an entrepreneur 13 years ago. It’s really a business lifestyle that enables you to work at any time and in any location. I have two children, and being an entrepreneur helps me to balance my work and home life better,” said Chiappisi. 

Chiappisi’s business is named after her inspirational experience working on the fourth floor of the Smith Bros.’ Building in Downtown Columbus for a large advertising agency, Northlich, where her team hustled to create interactive media. In 2008, Fourth Floor Interactive was launched, aligning Chiappisi’s passion for supporting local, small businesses with her knowledge of and experience in interactive design and development.  

“Everyone loves small businesses. They are the backbone of cities and towns – especially in Gahanna where community is so strongly valued. When small businesses share their products and services, it’s important that they convey their whole story so that friends and neighbors can truly connect with who they are. Small businesses rely on the collective community to help them succeed, and my role is to provide solid branding and immersive interactive experiences to help build and retain these key consumer relationships,” explained Chiappisi. 

Because Fourth Floor Interactive is located within C|Suites Executive Offices at 81 Mill Street Suite 300, Chiappisi can capitalize upon the vibrant amenities offered at Creekside.  

“Not only am I surrounded by so many energetic entrepreneurs, but I am also able to utilize Creekside’s beautiful natural amenities to replenish myself after a long stint of work in front of my computer. To succeed as an entrepreneur, it’s important to stay inspired and creative. I’ve had so many moments of inspiration and clarity while taking a walking break on the trails at Creekside. It’s truly amazing,” exclaimed Chiappisi.  

Aside from offering a slate of interactive and branding services, including responsive websites, logo design, and email marketing, Chiappisi builds the personal confidence of her clients. She empowers them to feel comfortable using interactive media, and more importantly, she gives them the courage to truly become the faces of their businesses, letting their authentic personalities shine through. 

“Marketing really starts to feel effortless when a business manages to create an emotional connection  with their customer, simply by sharing who they are and why they do what they do. Those emotional bonds and brand loyalty are not easily broken, and that is where true success lies – connecting with your customers,” explained Chiappisi, whose own business has grown exponentially since the global pandemic took hold.  

To learn more about Fourth Floor Interactive, visit https://www.fourthfloorinteractive.com/.  Local entrepreneurs can join C|Suites Executive Offices by visiting https://www.csuitesoffices.com/