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People often come in the first time for eggs. They’re in a modest-sized refrigerator in the back. To get there, you have to walk past the bags of chicken feed and the composting bins, turn right at the shelf of seasonal seed packets surrounded by garden tools, go through the doorway situated between the bat [...]
Linda Lee Baird

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People often come in the first time for eggs. They’re in a modest-sized refrigerator in the back. To get there, you have to walk past the bags of chicken feed and the composting bins, turn right at the shelf of seasonal seed packets surrounded by garden tools, go through the doorway situated between the bat houses and beehives, and try to resist turning into the jewelry store selling impossibly cute treasures that occupies the corner space. Got it? Now, the eggs: you can choose from several varieties, all Ohio-raised and hormone free. While you’re deciding, you may also want to consider the raw milk, cheese, or yogurt, and since you’re getting eggs anyway, you might as well get some free-range chicken too, and—wait is that bison? Also have you considered how you’re going to cook those eggs? Because there’s refurbished cast iron for sale just around the corner…

Such is a walk through City Folks Farms Shop, a “homesteading store” selling “a little bit of everything,” in the words of co-owner Brandy James. It’s also the reason new customers often leave with more than they intend to.

James and her husband co-own the store with Nicole Graf and her wife Paisley Nash-Dooley. After the James’ worked at City Folks under the previous owner, with Brandy selling her own brand of herbs and remedies in the shop, the couples took over ownership of City Folks in July. They plan to continue the “community-minded” spirit of the store by hosting regular workshops around the shop’s large wooden table, made from the original owner’s family barn.

City Folks is designed “to support people to do things on their own,” Graf said, following the practices in her and Nash-Dooley’s home. “We try to keep things simple and non-consumeristic, we don’t buy a lot of things, we make and we build.”

“I think people are really trying to get away from big
box stores and trying to do things on their own and be
more self-sufficient. And I think in doing that,
they’re learning one of the easiest places to start
is with food, and growing your own food,”

Drawing on this expertise, the staff can help get almost any project started. “If you say, hey, I’m curious about soap making or I’m curious about making my own cheese, can you help me? [Brandy and Paisley] can actually walk you through the store and help you gather what you need to do that,” Graf said.

James shared some advice on what to do before you shop, particularly if you have a larger-scale project in mind. Do your research first, she says, having learned from experience the challenges that can come with urban chicken farming.

“It can get a little overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re getting into and what the permit process entails. Because what people want to do is go out, they get their chickens, they get their coop, and then they backtrack and start researching and realize that their run isn’t set up in the proper place in their yard or it’s not the right size or they don’t have the proper materials.” If chicken farming is in your future, this fall City Folks is offering a three-part “City Chicken Boot Camp” focused on the ins and outs of the permit process and caring for chickens.

James suggests beekeeping as a less-intensive project. “It’s incredibly popular in the city and people don’t realize that there aren’t many regulations on beekeeping. You can put a hive on pretty much any sized plot in the city,” she said. “If you really want to just help out the bee population and host a hive and make sure they have a safe chemical-free place, then you don’t really need much,” although she cautioned there is more work involved if your aim is to harvest honey.

As they prepared for their official grand opening later that day, they reflected on what drives consumer interest in a store like City Folks.

“I think people are really trying to get away from big box stores and trying to do things on their own and be more self-sufficient. And I think in doing that, they’re learning one of the easiest places to start is with food, and growing your own food,” James said.

So what’s next for urban farming? “I think sheep or goats are gonna have a resurgence here,” James said. “Goat milk has become increasingly popular… To have goat milk year-round, you have to have babies. So I think people are going to realize that, number one, goat milk is pretty awesome, and number two, it’s not that hard to keep goats in the city, and number three, you have to continuously have goats (to have milk), so there’s going to be an excess of them.” While there are some restrictions on owning goats in Columbus, it’s easier than one might assume. “You do have to have a certain land size, but it’s under an acre,” James said.

Interested? City Folks will offer two classes on raising goats in the city this fall.

City Folks Farm Shop is located at 4760 N High St.

For more, visit cityfolksfarmshop.com.

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Clintonville shop earns “America’s Best” award

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Clintonville's Johnny Velo Bikes has been named one of the top bike shops in the nation according to an industry source.

Johnny Velo Bikes has received an America’s Best Bike Shop award from the National Bike Dealers Association (NBDA). The shop is among only six in Ohio to earn the distinction.

“It's an honor to be recognized as one of the best bike shops out of more 4,000 shops in the country," owner John Robinson said in a statement. "We've only been in business for two years, but we've worked very hard to create a professional and friendly atmosphere for our customers."

The NBDA's America's Best Bike Shops program identifies and rewards bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance standards in the industry. The awards are issued based on an application and secret shopper process, with shops scored on layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing, and community involvement.

Contact John Robinson at 614-333-0012 or [email protected] for all your bike-related needs. For details on the shop, visit www.johnyyvelobikes.com.

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Maker’s Space: Kato Mitchell

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Following an initial disastrous experience with attempting to refurbish a personal pair of sneakers with acrylic paint years ago, a friend noticed Mitchell’s persistence, aiding him to perfect his craft. Though he began with primarily focusing on restoring his friends’ worn-down sneakers, Mitchell’s business, Work The Custom, has expanded to designing apparel in any range.

Just months after being highlighted as cleat designer for Braxton Miller’s Charg1ng summer football camp in Dayton, Mitchell’s clientele has accrued some big names in the sports world, and he has no intention of stopping. (614) caught up with Mitchell to learn more about Work The Custom, and his hope for reconstructing apparel in Columbus and beyond.

(614): When did you decide to transition from football to design?
KM: I’ve always had a passion for drawing and art, [but] I just lost my vision when I took actual art classes and didn’t like what we were doing. After college, I didn’t get any NFL calls, [and] I was trying to figure out what else I would love to do every day, and fell back in love with art.

What was your leap from “this thing I do” to the thing to do? How do you promote your work? After I realized how many people wanted to show who they really are with art, and I was someone who could help do that, that was my ironing point. I promote my work through Instagram and Facebook for the most part, but I do go to sneaker events from time-to-time to pass out business cards.

Is this your primary gig, side gig or hobby? How did it come to be?
It’s my side gig for the moment, but trying to grow and learn to make it my full-time career. I had a pair of shoes that were beat up and didn’t want to buy more so I painted them, but one of my friends taught me the game and how to prosper from it.

What life changes do you feel have propelled your work? How have your customizations evolved? Playing football for a place like Ohio State and doing work for Buckeyes in the NFL and for the OSU football team has helped grow my work faster and further. My customs have evolved just by me growing up and seeing different things, learning different things, practicing everyday, and being able to adapt.

Do you have a specific audience that you want to appeal to?
I want my work to be for everyone. My work can range from baby shoes to youth high school players of all sports, to walls of homeowners and businesses, to shoes for pro athletes.

What ingredients come together to make Columbus a fertile ground for makers, designers and creatives? Columbus is a growing market and very friendly. It has new businesses starting every week and everyone is trying to help everyone else.

What’s your six-word creative story?

Work The Custom is coming fast!

To get in contact with Mitchell, or to see more designs, follow him on Instagram at @katowork19.

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Twitter Reacts: Bucks score #1 spot in first official playoff rankings

Mike Thomas

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The first official rankings for the 2019 College Football Playoff were announced yesterday, and the Buckeyes have landed at the top of the pile. The ranking marks the first time the Buckeyes have held the #1 spot since the inception of the playoff system.

Needless to say, social media is abuzz with reactions to this historic moment for Ryan Day's squad. Enjoy this roundup of reactions to the announcement from around Twitterverse, and Go Bucks!

https://twitter.com/11W/status/1191906549750489088
https://twitter.com/BarstoolOSU/status/1191906673960652800
https://twitter.com/lawschoollex/status/1191909159815524353
https://twitter.com/CaliBuckeyeGuy/status/1191906878181105664
https://twitter.com/ESPNCFB/status/1191906381999353856
https://twitter.com/ArrogantBuckeye/status/1191907918691622913
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