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Little house on the… Local company combines home, nature, travel

614now Staff



For those seeking to create their own personalized, private residence (one roughly the size of most people’s bathroom) Columbus’s Modern Tiny Living isn’t just your best option—it’s your only option in the entire state.

For prices ranging from 20K-60K—some just purchase “shells” of tiny homes and build out the rest on their own—Modern Tiny Living is appealing to the new class of Americans that spend their time daydreaming of living little and lithe. Co-founders Daniel and Cindy Hamilton, along with their now-partners Trent Haery and Robbie Hendricks have all bonded over  the freedom of paring down life to its essentials—family, nature, travel and friends.

“People are finally realizing there is such a thing as ‘too much,’ and that the true nature of life is connection—to one another, the outdoors, and to ourselves,” Hendricks said. “There are many ways to accomplish that connection of course, and tiny living is one of them.”

Such a personal connection to that ethos is what bonds MTL and their customers. Customization is always key in any home, but when that living space is 250-square-feet? Getting it just right for you is everything.

“We want people to really consider how the home is going to be used, what are must-haves, and how frequently it will be travelled with (if at all)—all of those things will dictate the length, width and features the home will eventually have,” Hendricks said.


And the uses extend past just someone wanting a classier version of the RV parked out back. While most of MTL’s projects have been places of solace or “launch points” for outdoor adventures, they see potential uses for their structures far beyond just home or travel. At their price points, an MTL structure could be a more practical option for a spare guest/bedroom or home office—or, in another modern living twist—an AirBnB!

That potential should be seen once urban communities like Franklin County catch up on zoning needs like other areas out where for tiny living has taken off. For now, MTL’s local customers reside 20-30 minutes outside of city limits. But, they feel change is coming.

“If we’re anything like Ojai or Fresno, CA, it’s right around the corner!” Haery said. “Those cities allow permanent living in a tiny house on wheels as long as it’s parked on the lot of a larger home which does meet zoning restrictions.”


“There are groups in Franklin County that are working around the clock as advocates for tiny living, and MTL is proud to be a part of the movement,” Hendricks added. “We will get there soon.”

Even if Columbus proper isn’t quite ready for these satellite sanctuaries, locals can still work with MTL for their mobile needs—and follow an area company putting new ideas into home design. After all, even in a narrow space, you can innovate on a wide spectrum.

“We once designed a house with a large, four-cubic-foot turtle terrarium,” Haery said. “Like we said, if someone has a ‘must-have’ well…we can make it happen.”

The Mohican

MTL’s first unit holds a soft spot in their hearts, a combination of many of the touchstones of the company’s mission: light interior, open spaces, loaded with windows and a modern edge.

“We wanted a rustic modern looking home in a tiny package, with the finishes of a high-end home at a fantastic price,” Hendricks said. “Time really does fly by when you’re relaxing in the Mohican in the woods or by a lake. We do believe it is the perfect combination of comfort, luxury, design and price point.”

By Travis Hoewischer / (614) Home June 2017

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9 festivals for you to fall in love with this weekend

Mitch Hooper



Summer may be rounding out, but there are still so many ways to fest outside. From vintage good fairs to rock climbing at the Scioto Audubon, here are the festivals taking place this weekend in the city.

Sept. 12-15 | Scioto Fest | Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This four-day festival is for those with an affinity for the outdoors. Here, adrenaline junkies will find rock climbing and bouldering while land lovers can enjoy camping, music, and all the food offerings.

Sept. 12-14 | Creative Control Fest 8 | Lincoln Theatre

In its eighth year, the Creative Control Fest is back to raise up and celebrate creatives of color from around the midwest. Hang out and learn useful information at one of the many workshops, or get your mind right at one of the wellness activities designed for creatives from a variety of different industries.

Sept. 13-14 | 934 Fest 2019 | 934 Gallery

In a celebration of the art scene here in Columbus, 934 Gallery is opening its doors for two-days this weekend featuring art from Lucie Shearer and Andy Meyer. Additionally, the festival will play host to two music stages, a comedy stage, local artist vendors, food trucks, craft beer, and plenty of activities for your young Picasso.

Sept. 13-15 | Country Living Fair | Ohio Historical Village

Calling all flea market fans and garage sale experts, this is your chance to splurge! This three-day fair offers more than 200 vendors from across different states selling vintage and handcrafted goods as well as antiques. Stop by one of the how-to sessions, or simply fill up your Pinterest mood board with loads of ideas.

Sept. 13-14 | Columbus Caribbean Festival | The Scioto Mile

In its third year, the Columbus Caribbean Festival has returned to The Scioto Mile for two days of live music, delicious island-inspired food and drinks including Taste Of Kingston and The Gumbo Dude Food Truck, and a parade. The music lineup includes Pete Funk, BAND AMANIAUZURI, and The Flex Crew.

Sept. 13-15 | 2019 Grandview Oktoberfest | Hofbrauhaus Columbus (Grandview)

Another weekend in September, another chance to celebrate the German Oktoberfest! This time around it's at Hofbrauhaus where live entertainment will clash with German food and bier as well as activities for little ones. Friday will feature WCOL-FM from 6pm- 8pm, while Saturday will host a face painter and balloon artists from 2pm- 6pm. And if you couldn't make it to the face painter on Saturday, they will return on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm in addition to a magician.

Sept. 14 | Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival | Columbus Commons

From farm-to-table-to-festival, the Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival brings nine different Columbus restaurants together to showcase their offerings. For $15, you can enjoy live music from George Barrie Band and The Floorwalkers, stuff your face, and know that you're doing some civic good as a portion of proceeds will benefit Freedom a la Cart, an organization providing paid workforce training and supportive services to survivors of human trafficking.

Sept. 14 | Oktoberfest Party | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Wolf's Ridge is getting in on the Oktoberfest action and on Saturday you can find brats, spaetzle, and of course, WRB's very own Oktoberfest bier. If you really want to feel the Oktoberfest vibes, purchase a $14 stein and hoist it high!

Sept. 14 | Old Hilliardfest | Main St. in Old Hilliard

This street fair takes place in Old Hilliard where visitors can explore car shows and sunflower shows as well as all the fixings of most festivals: live music, food, and activities for kids at the kid's fair. Support local, and have fun while doing so!

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Let’s play FREE ball! Clippers weekend win means more dime-a-dogs

Mike Thomas



Over the weekend, our Columbus Clippers topped the Gwinnett Stripers to clinch the series, earning them a spot in the Governors' Cup Finals!

Games 1 and 2 of the Governors' Cup Finals best-of-5 series against the Durham Bulls will be played at Huntington Park on September 10 and September 11. Both games will start at 6:35pm, gates open at 5:30pm.

As if that weren't enough to entice you, all games in the first round will be dime-a-dog! 

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are FREE! They will be available beginning Monday at 10am via Ticketmaster (no fees!), by calling 614-462-2757, or by stopping by either our Administrative Offices from 10am-4pm or the CF Box Office on the corner of Neil and Nationwide from 10am-2pm.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four per order. For more information including the complete playoff schedule, click here.
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Amazon Treasure Truck returns to Columbus this weekend with exclusive deals

Mike Thomas



Whether you missed out on the Prime Day deals, or simply want to keep the savings rolling, Amazon is offering a unique new way to score deals in Columbus. This weekend, the juggernaut of online retail is once again bringing its Treasure Truck to the 614.

The concept is simple: Customers can sign-up for text message alerts revealing the day’s treasure, which could range from trending tech and the latest gear to seasonally relevant products. Sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193.

After customers place their order on Amazon, they then select a convenient pickup location and time slot to get their item. In addition to the iconic trucks, customers can pick up their treasure at newly-launched vans, as well as kiosks located in select Amazon Books, Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market stores, and more.

To learn more and to sign up for alerts, click here, or sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193. Don't sleep on these deals—the Treasure Truck will be rolling on to the next locale before you know it!

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