When you think of beautiful places, Columbus, Ohio may not be the first destination to come to mind. But, as far as beautiful offices go, this city rises to the top of the list—Inc. Magazine’s list, that is.
Bark’s new Franklinton headquarters landed itself on the American business publication’s rundown of “The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Offices of 2019.”
“About 50 canines roam the space each day,” wrote Kevin J. Ryan and Graham Winfrey of Inc. “Desks are placed next to lounge seats made of wipeable fabric so dogs and humans can sit side-by-side, and an outdoor dog run offers a place to exercise.”
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BARK is committed to “creating the world’s best products and experiences to satisfy each individual dog’s distinct personality and preferences,” according to the company website. Because, like they say, dogs and humans are better together.
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.
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
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.
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!