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Cincinnati, OH, 45227

Made in Ohio. Ohio goods, t-shirts, prints, accessories, jewelry, home goods and photography. Our line of artisan Ohio products celebrates the natural beauty of Ohio with every piece. All of our products are handmade and hand-selected. Our collection showcases the most talented craftsmen and makers from all over the state of Ohio.

Meet the Makers Blog

Conquest Maps // @conquestmaps

Rikki Teeters

Conquest Maps

Owner Name: Ross Worden

Year Started: 2012

We create a blank canvas for you to track your past adventures and future explorations. A push pin for every memory, personalized just for you. We provide absolute top quality and unique styles to bring a cherished piece of artwork and decor into your home or office.

The idea was born as a gift for my wife when we couldn't find that right map to hang on our wall to plan out our travels. This was back when we had a one bedroom apartment. Then I took over our basement and garage once we bought a house! In 2016 I quit my full time job to run Conquest Maps full time. We now operate out of a dedicated warehouse and office, and the team is growing quickly. There is much on the horizons!

What aspect of your business makes you proud? Our customers and how supportive they are. We get overwhelmingly positive reviews on a regular basis, and every time I read one of them my heart beats a little faster and a smile inevitably spreads across my face. We work very hard to make our customers happy, and receiving confirmation that we are impacting peoples' lives makes it all worth it to us.

Why do you love Ohio?

Born and raised! I'm a 7th generation Ohioan and our new born daughter makes the 8th! We get every season, we have awesome country side, the only big city I could live in and love (Columbus!) is here, and so much of the country is within a day's driving distance.

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers? Don't hesitate to get in touch! We are always happy to answer questions and help you get that perfect map so you can plot out your Conquest!

Instagram Account: @conquestmaps

Facebook Page: facebook.com/ConquestMaps

Natterdoodle // @natterdoodles

Rikki Teeters

Natterdoodle

@natterdoodles

Natterdoodle is heartfelt handwriting with a mission to sprinkle the world with positivity confetti! Equal parts sappy and snarky, Natterdoodle uses the power of the handwritten word to inspire, delight or set off fits of snickers. Dozens of fun, quirky and inspirational prints and greeting cards, with a hint of whimsy, a pinch of cheekiness & loads of good cheer - Natterdoodle creations make great gifts and dd some extra color and joy to your home or workspace. We interviewed Natalie to learn more about Natterdoodle!

Can you tell us more about your business? 

"Hi, I'm Natalie Keller Pariano of Natterdoodle, heartfelt handwriting. My friends call me NatKP, so you can too!" I started playing with pens and paint as a kiddo. My funky writing eventually turned into an outlet for stress relief and then a hobby that I would occasionally share with the interwebs. I doodled positive affirmations, quotes, song lyrics, etc...really anything to bring a little more hope and happiness - and snickers into the world. I called my posts "Natterdoodles" in homage to a nickname my friend called me in college. After a few months of flooding my followers' feeds with #natterdoodle, a very clever friend of mine encouraged me to turn my hobby into a practiced habit. I used my posts as an accountability measure and committed to doodling every day. I was overwhelmed by all the love I got from internet folk and started taking requests for custom quotations, handlettered envelopes, party decorations and other special requests. I am always privileged to be part of someone's story. Natterdoodle is now available in 15 retail locations and counting and with the help of my very loving and devoted Instagram following, I am always amped to #sprinklepositivityconfetti in your homes, offices, special moments and of course, your social meeds feeds.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

Because of the personal nature of my work, I often get the privilege of hearing stories of complete strangers and am invited into some of their most special, private moments. I've been honored to make dozens of wedding and anniversary gifts, create inspirational pieces for recent graduates, design baby nursery art and birth announcements, prepare memorial pieces for families and even be a part of surprise proposals! I also love going to a local artisan market and interacting one on one with customers - often watching them from afar smile at something I made to themselves or laugh and point something out to a friend. I live for those moments!

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

I donate my work to a number of causes to help raise money such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation, Ohio Food Bank, LeaderShape, She Has a Name, Denison University and the National Association for Campus Activities.

Why do you love Ohio?

My work is created and printed in Columbus, Ohio. Born and raised in Cleveland, educated in Athens and a very happy resident of Clintonville, I'm proud to call Ohio my home! I love the Midwest sensibility Ohio offers, mixed with a progressive mindset. We are a state of incredibly gorgeous landscapes that really celebrates and embraces all four seasons. We are a motivated, creative and artistic bunch - and a generally kind people with a lot to be proud of. I think that's why my signature "No matter how far I roam, Ohio will always be home sweet home" piece resonates with so many people!

Instagram Account: @natterdoodles

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/natterdoodle/

Twitter Account: @natterdoodles

Website: 

Photos by Mae Taylor Photography & Morgan Anderson Photography

Ink & Co. Made In Ohio // @inkandco_madeinohio

Rikki Teeters

Ink & Co. Made In Ohio

@inkandco_madeinohio

Owner Name: Ryan & Courtney Hart

Year Started: 2016

Ink & Co. proudly offers unique images hand pressed onto goods made of natural materials. They have a strong focus on Ohio themed images and the use of burlap in their products. We interviewed Courtney to learn more about Ink & Co. Made in Ohio!

Can you tell us more about your business?

Ink & Co. has been a long time coming. Ryan stays at home with our two children and has always wanted to have a "project" outside of his home responsibilities. We both like the vintage industrial look and have a passion for finding the perfect home décor. We knew nothing about screen pressing or sewing or burlap before we took the step of designing Ink & Co. but once we got the idea (while walking thru a West Elm store) we haven't slept since. We wanted to design product that was unique and one-of-a-kind for each customer.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

First and foremost, it has taught us that we are capable to do anything we set out to do. Secondly, this is something that we do together. That was really important for us to find as a married couple. Ink & Co. has been the best thing (besides raising our family) that we have done together. It allows both of us to be creative, work hard, show passion and work together for a common goal.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

Ink & Co. donates 5% of its sales to the Pelotonia Organization. Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its first seven rides, Pelotonia raised more than $106 million for cancer research. Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. We are partnering with the rider, Amanda Williams, this year and will announce our partnership on June 1, 2016. Talk about OHIO PRIDE! Ryan's father passed away from colon cancer in 1993 leaving behind his family, a wife and 3 young children. Ryan has always had a strong desire to be active in preventative cancer research.

Why do you love Ohio?

It's our home. The place we are from and grew up in; it is where we met, we got married and we are currently raising our tribe. We love the Midwest culture and the vibe of the folks who live here. How can one not be in love with the changing of seasons, passion for a Friday night football game, the rolling farm fields, a fresh pumpkin pie on a fall day, the endless bike paths and metro-parks, or the beautiful evening skies. We aren't sure the list could ever end.

Instagram Account: @inkandco_madeinohio

Facebook Page: Ink & Co. Made in Ohio

Website: inkandcomadeinohio.etsy.com

Glitteracy Art & Design // @glitteracy

Rikki Teeters

Glitteracy Art & Design

@glitteracy

Owner Name: Chelsea Dipman

Year Started: 2014

Gliterracy Art & Design creates unique home decor, paper goods, accessories, and apparel that make you feel sparkly inside! We interviewed Chelsea to learn more about Glitteracy Art & Design!

Can you tell us more about your business?

I began my business in November 2014 by creating watercolors of Ohio and have stayed true to my roots, but have added so many more products and ways to make my designs wearable, sharable, and fun! > > What aspect of your business makes you proud? I like that I draw, design, and paint everything with my own two hands! I put a little bit of my style into every piece and it helps pull my brand together into a collection of goods I'm really proud of.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

I collaborate with other makers and have created artwork to raise money for different causes close to my heart on the past.

Why do you love Ohio?

We hold open doors for people behind us. We say Pop not Soda. We know that people will often assume we grew up on a farm (we might have). We need ranch on the side ALWAYS. We hear "corn hole" and know exactly what you mean. We are from small towns and big cities, but we all see something with Ohio on it and smile, because it's home.

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers?

I love to work with other makers and welcome custom orders!

Instagram Account: @glitteracy

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/glitteracy

Twitter Account: @Glitteracy

Website: www.glitteracydesign.com

Willy + Wade // @willyandwade

Rikki Teeters

Willy + Wade

@willyandwade

Owner Name: Brett Jolliff

Year Started: 2014

Willy + Wade is a lifestyle brand in Ohio. They specialize in making high quality Leather Goods & Apparel. People everywhere are getting back to the business of working with their hands. Making things they would use themselves. Honestly, Willy + Wade couldn't be happier. When you buy something from a company like Willy and Wade, you're going to get a product made to last longer than you are, that looks good, and does its job. They apply that mentality to pieces of vegetable tanned leather to create wallets, belts, keychains and other accessories that are as simple as they are beautiful. We asked Brett a few quick questions to learn more about Willy + Wade.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

Simply, creating something by hand.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

We started a donation of every throw bought this past holiday season for the homeless. We plan on doing this every year to keep the homeless warm and expand.

Why do you love Ohio?

The love for Ohio is strong here. I think you get a little bit of everything from us, Ohioans.

Instagram Account: @willyandwade

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/willyandwade

Twitter Account: @willyandwade

Website: www.willyandwade.com

Sweet Stella Designs // @sweetstellaoh

Rikki Teeters

Sweet Stella Designs

@sweetstellaoh

Owner Name: Amy Neiwirth

Year Started: 2006

Sweet Stella Designs creates wearable confections for folks of all ages, meticulously hand-sculpted from polymer clay. The owner, Amy, is inspired by all the colors, shapes, and textures of yummy food. She aims to create jewelry that makes people smile and sparks conversation. We interviewed Amy to learn more about Sweet Stella Designs!

Can you tell us more about your business?

Messing around with polymer clay for fun in my free time somehow turned in to a fabulous business for me! I began incorporating polymer clay food beads in to other jewelry I was making. Over the years, I streamlined and simplified my designs to create a distinct collection of miniature food jewelry. Sweet Stella Designs turned from a hobby to a "hobby with benefits" to a "creative side-hustle!" :) 

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

I'm very proud of how my craftsmanship has improved over the years - I'm constantly striving to improve my techniques and come up with new ways to add detail and whimsy to my work. I'm also proud that I've somehow managed to make my small biz work while I'm a full-time art teacher! The struggle is real, folks. 

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

I frequently donate product for local charity & non-profit fundraisers and auctions. 

Why do you love Ohio?

I love Ohio because of the friendly people, the affordable living, and the tons of ways to explore my creativity. 

Instagram Account: @sweetstellaoh

Facebook Page: facebook.com/sweetstelladesigns

Twitter Account: @sweetstellaoh

Website: www.sweetstelladesigns.com

The Direction // @shopthedirection

Rikki Teeters

 The Direction

@shopthedirection

Owner Name: Andrea Archibald 

Year Started: 2016

The Direction sells state and city pride apparel for everyone from all directions. In 2012, Andrea opened the first Simply Vague store. Now it has 3 locations, 2 in Columbus at Polaris Fashion Place and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and 1 in Cincinnati at Kenwood Towne Centre. The Simply Vague stores sell Ohio made items from hundreds of local makers. After the 2015 holiday season, Andrea began creating state pride apparel under the brand The Direction. She says, for years shoppers would ask if the Ohio themed items that Simply Vague carries are available online. Due to the nature of that business with everything being placed in the stores on consignment it is not possible to make the products available online. The Direction is more than just Ohio apparel, there are designs online at www.shopthedirection.com that represent all 50 states so that anyone from anywhere can purchase apparel that celebrates their state. We interviewed Andrea to learn more about The Direction!

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

I have been curating locally made products for 4 years and have really enjoyed working with so many incredible local makers but I've always had the desire to create. Next month the first storefront for The Direction will open in the new Tanger mall in Delaware Ohio. For the first time I am putting together a store to represent my own brand and vision and I am really proud of how it is all coming together.  

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community? 

The Direction is not but I also host the largest local shopping event in Columbus Ohio called Made LOCAL Marketplace. Made LOCAL Marketplace is my opportunity to give back to the community as I donate a portion of the proceeds from each event to a different Ohio nonprofit organization. 

Why do you love Ohio?

I love that the people in Ohio have so much pride for the state and love the amazing community of makers/small business owners. There is no better place to own a business, since I began my journey of entrepreneurship I have received nothing but support from the people of the buckeye state. 

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers?

All of our apparel is designed and printed in Columbus Ohio. Our products are available online, at all Simply Vague locations, Totem Supply Co in Chillicothe, Ivory & Birch in Youngstown, and at Whole Foods in Upper Arlington. Our apparel is available for wholesale as well! 

Instagram Account: @shopthedirection

Website: www.shopthedirection.com 

Objet Adapté // @objetadapte

Rikki Teeters

Objet Adapté

@objetadapte

Owner Name: Becky & Elaine Brisker

Year Started: 2009

Objet Adapté was founded on the premise of the literal English translation of its name – "Adapted Objects". Almost all material used to construct their products are recycled - taking bits and parts of clothing, accessories, and vintage items to make current, fashionable items that are one of a kind. Mother and daughter make up the design and production team, each with great focus, experience and training in design and construction. In 2013, they launched Adapted Objects, a bridge line focusing mainly on original art tee shirts. As much as possible they source super soft tri-blends, eco-blends and US made garments to screen print. All of their designs are printed locally in Columbus, OH. We interviewed Becky to learn more about Object Adapté!

Can you tell us more about your business?

Objet Adapté launched in 2009 selling vintage feed sack messengers, totes and hobo bags. In 2013 we launched our tee line using all Alternative Apparel eco blend garments. Now we make bags, pillows, picnic blankets, adult and, children tees and starting this year, some women's apparel.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

My mom and I love the opportunity to work together. We both have great experience and expertise in different areas - we're a perfect compliment. I also love that we are able to find and (re)use so much recycled and US made product to.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

We donate product to many different fundraiser and charitable events, but not one charity in particular.

Why do you love Ohio? Ohio has it all - rivers, lakes, world class cities, entrepreneurs and such amazing local love and support. We are a VERY proud state! 

Instagram Account: @objetadapte

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/objetadapte

Website: www.objetadapte.com

Red Giraffe Designs // @redgiraffedesigns

Rikki Teeters

Red Giraffe Designs

@redgiraffedesigns

Owner Name: Kate Stevens

Year Started: 2009

Red Giraffe Designs is a handmade jewelry company that specializes in customizable jewelry including stamped bracelets and necklaces. We have been big fans of their work for several years and we were thrilled when we got them opportunity to work with them! We interviewed Kate at Red Giraffe Designs to learn more.

Can you tell us more about your business and your background?

I graduated from Ohio University about 9 years ago with a degree in Retail Merchandising, Sales, and Fine Art and not a clue what I wanted to do. Luckily my parents let me live with them for a year or two so I could figure it out. I dabbled in a few different ventures, including t-shirt and home décor design until I stumbled upon jewelry making. I often grew bored with things after doing them for a while, and when that didn’t happen with jewelry making I knew I had found something that I would enjoy for many, many years.

I started making a few pieces here and there that I would give as gifts, or that my Mom or Aunts would purchase out of the goodness of their hearts. Then I began to grow my inventory and decided the next thing to do was to sell at craft shows. My first show was a learning experience for sure. The entry fee was $200 and I made about $100. To my surprise, the most popular booth at the show was a lady selling plastic baby dolls in baskets. I knew from that moment that I needed to research shows a little more and find the ones that more aligned with my brand and target customers.

I got into the “craft show game” and slowly built up a customer following. From there I started selling in a few consignment stores and eventually started a wholesale line. My business eventually grew to the point where in order for me to grow more, I needed help and I needed more room to work. This led me on a search for a studio space. My father-in law actually found the space I’m currently in on High Street. At 356 square feet, not many businesses could run out of such a small space, but for me it was perfect. The location on High Street in the Short North was a bonus that I wasn’t even searching for at first. Since it was in such a great location, we decided to turn it into a combined store and studio. Customization has always been a large part of my business – At craft shows I would always bring my pliers and charms and be prepared to whip up something custom right there for the customers while they shopped, so I really wanted to continue this aspect at my storefront. Now people come into the store with an idea or request, and I’m able to look through my supplies and collaborate with them in an effort to bring their idea to life. Sometimes I refer to my store as a brick and mortar Etsy shop. I can hand stamp bracelets and charm necklaces with coordinates, monogram lettering, or short sayings right in the store while customers look around.

We’ve been open at our retail store for a little over a year, and in that time I’ve gone from working completely by myself to now having a staff of 7 girls helping me. On top of our retail store, I continue to sell at craft shows and in other stores throughout the U.S. Keeping up with demand has been challenging, but we recently moved into a second studio and office space down the street from our store, so that has helped us keep store tasks separate from office duties and online orders (as well as giving us more storage space!)

We’re gearing up for craft show season and I’m very excited for all the events coming up. Knowing that I have so much more help this year for my busy times is such a relief and I’m so happy and lucky to be able to do what I love every day with a great group of girls.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

The customer service and products we offer make me proud. We will do anything to make our customer's experience a positive one and we strive to offer trendy, high quality jewelry at affordable prices.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

I donate to various charities and silent auctions throughout the year and am currently working with some Pelotonia riders by creating some custom pieces to raise money for their rides.

Why do you love Ohio?

I love that Ohio has all 4 season, an abundance of craft fairs and farmers markets, and that the people from Ohio are so supporting of small businesses.

Instagram Account: @redgiraffedesigns

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/redgiraffedesigns

Twitter Account: @itsredgiraffe

Website: www.redgiraffedesigns.com

OHIO EXPLORED PRODUCTS MADE BY RED GIRAFFE DESIGNS

Champaign Paper // @champaignpaper

Rikki Teeters

Champaign Paper

@champaignpaper

Owners Names: Shaun Mueller & Elisabeth Tran

Year Started: 2014

Champaign Paper is an Ohio based stationery and design company. All of their work is hand illustrated, and hand-made out of their in-home studio. They use recycled and earth-friendly materials that are made by our suppliers in the United States. We interviewed Champaign Paper to learn more about them.

Can you tell us more about your business?

We started our business as a way for Beth to work from home before the birth of our daughter. We started off with a failed Kickstarter project, but we were able to save up our own money to buy our first printer and supplies. Now, our little company has products in over 30 retail shops across the country!

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

We are proud that we create all of our own products from start to finish by hand. The hand drawn art yields detailed designs that most card lines do not have, while printing in house allows us to have complete control over the colors and quality of the finished products.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community? We have donated items to several charities and community events for silent auctions and other fund-raising events. We plan to donate trees and money to a local nature preserve as a way to give back to the earth.

Why do you love Ohio?

We love Ohio because there are so many diverse cities and landscapes to see! We have both lived here our whole lives, but we are still discovering exciting and interesting sites all around us. 

Instagram Account: @champaignpaper

Facebook Page: champaignpaper

Twitter Account: @champaignpaper

Website: champaignpaper.com

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Daisy Mae Designs // @daisy_mae_designs

Rikki Teeters

Daisy Mae Designs 

@daisy_mae_designs

Owner Name: Kristy Sickles

Year Started: 2010

Daisy Mae Designs creates handmade jewelry and housewares from vintage maps and other vintage books. We have enjoyed working with her on several custom pieces for the Ohio Explore shop! We interviewed Kristy to learn more about Daisy Mae Designs!

Can you tell us more about your business?

I've always loved maps. I remember many long road trips with my parents, when I'd ask them to hand over the atlas to the backseat and I'd be occupied for hours, trying to figure out where we were and where we were going. As I started this business, I quickly realized that everyone has a special place. It may be their hometown, their favorite vacation spot, or somewhere they hope to visit in their lifetime. My favorite part of working with clients is hearing the stories behind the places important to them.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

I absolutely love hearing stories from clients who give one of our gifts to a loved one that really touches the recipient. It makes me feel good that the client is proud of the personalized gift they designed. 

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

We've chosen to focus our philanthropy on local and national animal welfare organizations, in honor of our namesake, Daisy Mae, our beagle who recently passed away. 

Why do you love Ohio?

I'm a Chicago transplant. While Chicago will always be home, I'm amazed by how quickly I've claimed Ohio as my own. Ohio has great Midwestern values and a friendly atmosphere. In my town of Columbus, I'm in awe of the local talent who supports one another.  

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers? When I create goods, I choose maps and atlases that are damaged and wouldn't otherwise be able to be used as a coffee table book or framed piece of art, giving these pieces of history and art new life. 

Instagram Account: @daisy_mae_designs

Facebook Page: facebook.com/daisymaedesigns

Twitter Account: @daisymaedesigns

Website: daisymaedesigns.net

OHIO EXPLORED PRODUCTS BY DAISY MAE DESIGNS

Silver Birch Soap Co. // @silverbirchsoapco

Rikki Teeters

Silver Birch Soap Co.

@silverbirchsoapco

Owner Name: Danielle & Zach Mueller

Year Started: 2014

Silver Birch Soap Co. specializes in handmade soap and shampoo bars. Their products are made entirely by hand with high quality ingredients in small batches to ensure quality and freshness. They love using organic, locally grown or home grown ingredients whenever they can! We interviewed Silver Birch Soap Co. to learn more.

Can you tell us more about your business?

For as long as I can remember I've been making my own soap and beauty products and before I knew it friends and family were asking if I could make them some too. In 2014 I decided to turn my hobby into Silver Birch Soap Co. and I haven't looked back since. 

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

I love it when customers tell me our soap has changed their skin for the better. Knowing that our soap has made a difference in someone's life is what drives me to keep going. 

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

When I started Silver Birch Soap Co. I knew I wanted a business that gave back to its community. Every couple of months we drop off soap to local women's shelters in Cincinnati. We want these women and children to know we care and they're not alone. Empowered women helping empower other women is what it's all about for us. 

Why do you love Ohio?

I've lived in other places around the country but nothing ever felt like "home" the way Ohio does. Maybe it's because I grew up here or maybe it's the food (Skyline), the people, the seasons -- Ohio offers something that you can't get anywhere else and I could never leave it. 

Instagram Account: @silverbirchsoapco

Facebook Page: Silver Birch Soap Co. 

Twitter Account: @silverbirchsoap

Website: www.silverbirchsoapco.com

OHIO EXPLORED PRODUCTS MADE BY SILVER BIRCH SOAP CO.

Gaiser Bee CO. // gaiser_bee_co

Rikki Teeters

Gaiser Bee CO.

gaiser_bee_co

Owner Name: Dr. Cory Gaiser, MD & Krystle Gaiser

Year Started: 2015

Gaiser Bee CO. is a locally owned beekeeping company that makes beekeeping products as well as all natural beauty products. They dedicate a large amount of their time on raising awareness about honey bees through jewelry, t-shirts, classes, videos, and their non for profit company #projectpollination. We interviewed Gaiser Bee CO. to learn more.

Can you tell us more about your company?

We have always been interested in finding ways to be more self-sustaining. For years we've been doing things like gardening, composting, and even keeping chickens.  After our first couple years we noticed that fruit and vegetable yield was low and quickly realized it was because of the low pollinators.  At that time, the plague of the honey bee, also known as the "Colony Collapse Disorder" was becoming more publicized. 

After learning about this pandemic, we dedicated our time to learning as much as we could about these amazing creatures.  Going from conference to conference, researching, and traveling to apiaries across the US, we wanted to learn everything we could about honey bees.

That Spring to come, we got bees! Trading some chickens for our first colony was so much fun!  It seemed like right after getting our first bees everyone wanted updates, started following us on social media, calling/ texting, and friends would even just stop by! It was great !!

Our vast knowledge in beekeeping soon led us to mentor other beekeepers, teach backyard beekeeping classes, and even asked to join the Cincinnati Nature Center.  

The best part was everyone we met wanted to do their part in saving the bees.  From learning about organic gardening techniques to keeping bees theirselves.  Most didn't know where to get started.  That was when our mentoring program called "Host-A-Hive" began.  The program allows people at any level of beekeeping to get involved.  From never touching the hive to full hands ownership. 

We focus our business on educating people about the importance of the honey bee and what they can do to help. Our knowledge is the fuel behind what we do.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

We love being part of something that is bigger then ourselves.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

We donate our time to the Cincinnati Nature Center in educating classes. We are getting ready to launch a non-profit organization #ProjectPollination that raises money to relocate honey bee colonies in community gardens, churches, and parks.

Why do you love Ohio?

Ohio is an amazing place to live.  Cincinnati has a big city feel with a small town kindness.  

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers?

We make a variety of all natural beauty products including lip balms, bath bombs, lotion bars, soaps, etc.  Also, local raw all natural honey.

Instagram Account: gaiser_bee_co

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/gaiserbeeco

Twitter Account: @gaiserbeeco

Website: www.gaiserbeeco.com

Olive + Lulu Design // @oliveandluludesign

Rikki Teeters

Olive + Lulu Design

@oliveandluludesign

Owner Name: Lauren Primm

Year Started: 2015

Olive + Lulu Design makes handmade goods for little (and big) people. Home of the custom pennant pillow. Lauren Primm, the owner of Olive + Lulu Design, is a constant crafter. She is always sewing, drawing or making something. She loves giving handmade gifts to her friends and loved ones. Last year, they finally convinced her to start selling my hand-sewn goods. She signed up for a local craft show and the rest is history. :-) We asked Lauren a few questions to learn more about Olive + Lulu Design!

What aspect of your business makes you proud? I love seeing how the things I've made make other people happy! Also, I'm really proud of the quality...there's a lot of love going into this product!

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community? Yes, I've had the opportunity to donate goods to local fundraisers and charity auctions. 

Why do you love Ohio? 

Ohio is the heart of it all, am I right!?! The greatness of Ohio is the best kept secret. We have so much to love and explore state-wide. Whatever you're looking for – business opportunities, great schools, theme parks, local art scenes – Ohio has it in spades!

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers?

 I am fashion designer by trade and children's wear has always been my passion. In fact, I named the business after my niece, Olive, and her pet name for me, Lulu. I'm working on a children's line of clothing that mixes and matches effortlessly. I hope to launch by the end of the year!

Instagram Account: @oliveandluludesign

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oliveandluludesign/

Website: www.oliveandluludesign.com

7THIRTY8 APPAREL // @7thirty8apparel

Rikki Teeters

7THIRTY8 APPAREL

@7thirty8apparel

In 2012, Matt Overholt spent $100 on a start up printing kit for something to do in his spare time. He had taken classes 12 years prior and wanted to try it out again. Slowly but surely, he started making more and more designs. His creations drew the attention of several local store owners. They asked be interested in selling in their stores. Proudly, after 4 years of "building his brand", his hobby has become my full time job. As of this moment, 7THIRTY8APPAREL is in over a dozen stores across the beautiful state of Ohio. Matt's start up kit has grown into a full print shop. We asked Matt a few questions to learn more!

What aspect of your business makes you most proud?

Really just that I've done it. I have tremendously talented friends that have helped with some artwork and I have a great wife that sews my pennants when I'm done printing and cutting them so I've had help along the way. It's so gratifying making a living doing what you want and on your own terms.

Is your business involved in any charity work?

Since the beginning, I have donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and continue to be fairly active in that. I've also donated to the Columbus Literacy Council and am an active member in a local non profit offering arts programming for the youth.

Why do you love Ohio?

Because I feel like it has something for everyone. Personally, I love all of the parks and hiking trails that are all over. I live 5 minutes from the Mad River Mountain which is a ski/snowboard park so that's great in the winter and there's so much to do outside in the spring and summer.

Would you like us to include anything else for our readers?

I just want to thank any and all of you who have supported me and my dream in the last 4 years! I am so so thankful and honored to be able to do what I love for a living.

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Lucca Laser Workshop // @luccaworkshop

Rikki Teeters

Lucca Laser Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio

@luccaworkshop

Lindsey Estes practically grew up in her father’s industrial workshop, surrounded by machines he used to make small, highly specialized parts – like, say, the tiny mechanism that prevents a spill should you forget to remove the fuel nozzle from your gas tank before driving away from the pump. But as she got older, Lindsey found herself wondering what else she could make with these machines. “My dad was always like, ‘You want to make what? A placemat? What are you talking about?,'” she says, laughing. “And then I would make it, and he would say, ‘Oh my god. Awesome.’ He thought it was so cool.”

With her family’s support, Lindsey pursued her ideas further: While her friends were entering their sophomore year of college, she dropped out of art school, purchased her first laser machine, and started her business, Lucca Laser Workshop, instead. “I had this vision that I could create interesting products, so I bought my first machine, put it in my house, and just started making stuff. Within the first year, it completely took off,” she says.

These days, Lucca Laser Workshop has outgrown Lindsey’s house; she now works happily out of her very own retail and studio space in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Along with the space, Lindsey has been able to invest in bigger machinery that’s better equipped to produce the original designs – from hair clips to coasters to completely custom orders – that have made her business a success. Etsy got in touch to learn more.

What inspires your designs?
I’m mainly inspired by the architecture here in Cincinnati – there are just so many angles. I like super fine, detailed lines, and I love the precision of geometry. I feel like I got that from working in my father’s machine shop. He had little tiny tools; you had to measure every detail or the whole part would be wrong. That inspired me to use graph paper and rulers to make my drawings. Aside from those things, what really keeps me going is having a social life outside of my business. If I just sit in my studio all day, it’s not enough to keep me inspired. When I explore the city — take my dogs to the park, get ice cream — I allow myself the freedom and creativity to find new inspiration.

How do laser machines work?
The laser machines work by burning the material. You set the power level according to the thickness of the materials: You tell it what you’re cutting, basically. There’s so much computer work involved with laser design, too — many people don’t realize that. Also, a lot of times when people think of laser machines, they think of rapid prototyping, but it’s actually not rapid at all. It’s very time-consuming, and it’s very dirty, because you are burning the wood and the materials. It takes a lot of sanding and scrubbing.

What is your process like?
I spend countless hours designing. Sometimes I can take up to 20 or 30 hours on one design, but once I have it down, I’m able to create as many items as I want. I draw a lot of things by hand, and then I scan them into the computer and vectorize and edit them. After everything is done digitally, I send the design over to the laser machine, kind of like sending it to a printer, and it cuts.

Has your process evolved at all since you started?
Yes! I started out doing every aspect of my designs by hand, which was so crazy, but eventually I learned how to use a computer. I guess I should have continued going to school just to learn how to use the computer, but I didn’t – I just bought the machine, got the program, and messed around with it.

What types of wood do you work with? Do you have a favorite?
I work with about 40 types of wood – all different kinds, depending on what people ask for. My favorite is the one I started with, which is alder. Alder is a soft wood, but it isn’t very porous, so it doesn’t absorb too much water. It cuts like butter, and when it’s all sealed and pressed, it’s very durable. Also, because the core is darker than the outside, when you engrave into it, the details pop.

Are there any other materials that interest you besides wood?
I know that it comes from wood, but I’d have to say paper. If you set the power low enough on the laser machine, it doesn’t burn the paper at all – it just die cuts it. I have had so much fun creating really quirky, weird greeting cards lately. The paper is cut so intricately – you have to hold it to really feel it. I’m actually in the process of starting a wholesale business for my paper products, because whenever I do a local craft show, I sell hundreds and hundreds of greeting cards.

Where does the name Lucca come from?
Lucca is the name of a city in Italy where the alder tree comes from. I’ve never actually been, but I really want to go. I first heard about it after I went to a trade show with my dad. The alder wood popped out to me, so I took the pamphlet home and started researching this tree, which grows in both Lucca, Italy, and also here in Ohio. It’s funny because I also always wanted to have a child named Lucca, ever since I was little; I don’t know why. When I told my family I was going to name my business Lucca, they were like, “I thought that’s what you were going to name your child?” And I was like, “This is my child!” It’s basically my baby.

Who are some of your creative heroes?
Every time I hear this question, I feel like I should be thinking of a famous artist, but the main person who has kept my creativity going is my dad. He’s my mentor through everything; he always has something good to say, and even if what he’s saying is constructive, or could hurt my feelings, he has a way of saying it that makes me want to improve, rather than bringing me down. He never thinks any of my ideas are dumb; he’s always encouraged me to take an idea and run with it. He also taught me the power of entrepreneurship, and he’s the one who taught me to just relax when any potential problem arises. Go get an ice cream cone about it, and then come back and see if you can find any improvements or things you need to change.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is working with other people to come up with a design. I love coming together with people who have their own vision for a product or an invitation, and using my knowledge to create a product that I might never have thought of myself. I also really like when people come to my studio. Half of my space is my studio, and half is retail, but anyone can look over the counter and see me working. Maybe I just like being in the spotlight, but I like people coming in and watching me work.

What are some of your short and long-term hopes for the future?
My short-term goal is to have someone working with me, which will be happening this summer. Right now I’m working totally by myself — I do everything, just me. I’m almost afraid to tell some of my clients that, but I always get everything done. Down the road, my dream is to have 10 machines running all the time, and to have other artists working alongside me. I also really want to delve even deeper into wholesale with my products, and I’m already headed there. Above all, though, my main dream is to have a family. I’ve always wanted to have my own business where my kids could come to work with me and see what I do. That’s how I got started – my dad just bringing me to work. There is something so inspiring about actually seeing the pain and suffering and motivation that it takes to run a business. I don’t think I ever would have known that if I hadn’t watched my parents build their own mini empire.

Story original published on Etsy by Aleksa Brown. Maker and studio photographs by Iris & Maeve.

AromaSoy Candles // @aromasoy

Rikki Teeters

AromaSoy Candles

@aromasoy

Owner Name: Yana Khoshtariya

AromaSoy Candles offers natural, non-toxic soy candles. They only use high quality materials such as: 100% organic soy wax, blends of natural oils for fragrance and lead/zinc free cotton wicks. Soy candles have so many great benefits, one of them being that they burn twice as long as any other wax, due to it's low melting point. Their candles are available on their website, Etsy, boutiques and subscription boxes. They offer wholesale, custom ordering, as well as private labeling. They are located in Brunswick, OH-near Cleveland. AromaSoy was founded in 2015.

What is the background of AromaSoy?

A few years back, I started switching to all natural/non-toxic products.  That is when I learned of how toxic conventional candles are.  I decided to make a few soy candles for myself and some friends.  That was the jump start to our company AromaSoy Candles.  I hand-pour every single candle myself and absolutely love what I do.      

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

I love that our company's main focus is to use only high quality/natural materials and that we get to introduce others to this non-toxic candle lifestyle.

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

We did participate in a couple local church fund-raisers, last year, by donating candle gift baskets to raise money for ministries.  We love to be part of our local community.

Why do you love Ohio?

I love living in Ohio, especially because of how beautiful it is here.  I love to go biking, hiking and spending as much time in nature, as I can.  My favorite place to go hiking has to be "Hocking Hills State Park".

Instagram Account: @aromasoy

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Website: www.aromasoycandles.madefreshly.com

Bearded Woodcraft // @beardedwoodcraft

Rikki Teeters

Bearded Woodcraft, Columbus Ohio

@beardedwoodcraft

Owner Name: John Beard 

Year Started: 2013

Bearded Woodcraft specializes in custom engraved wood wallets, phone cases, key chains, coasters, tie bars, cuff links and more. They started with their first product, wood wallets, and have grown from there. Their customers continually push them to produce new products & designs and their offering is a direct reflection of their feedback. They really listen to their customers. We interviewed them to learn more.

What aspect of your business makes you proud?

Seeing customers around town using and repping our products! The ultimate compliment!

Is your business involved in any charity work in the local community?

Absolutely! We donate a variety of products to local charity groups to help raise money for their cause. We are always glad to help. 

Why do you love Ohio?

Ohio born and Ohio raised. Ohio is a great place to live and raise a family. 

Be sure to check Bearded Woodcraft out! They offer a variety or products for men & women and they can customize to your design requests. Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Holidays they have got you covered!

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