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Favorite Broadway Musicals

  • Book of Mormon
    • It says a lot about how great a show is when you are willing to travel all the way to Pittsburgh to see the show. I first listened to the soundtrack in the summer of 2014 and laughed out loud in my car to the lyrics. It’s a laugh out loud type of musical. I should’ve expected no less from the writers of South Park. I appreciate that the musical doesn’t point a finger and laugh at the Mormon religion. The characters are heart-warming and the plot is well-written. I understand how some people are offended by some songs in this musical but I think it’s meant to be more shocking than offensive. I saw Book of Mormon again when it came to Columbus this April and again, it was amazing. The set, the costumes, the singing, the dancing, the everything was superb. 
  • Wicked
    • What a Broadway classic. I was fortunate enough to see this in London back in 2010. I may have slightly drooled over the actor’s beautiful British and Irish accents. I love all the songs, especially “Defying Gravity.” This is one of those musicals where I can listen to the songs individually and enjoy them. I just got tickets for my birthday to see Wicked when it comes to Columbus in August. 
  • Legally Blonde 
    • I haven’t actually seen this musical live but I like the soundtrack a lot. The opening song, “Ohmigod you guys” is phenomenal. I like the message of the musical and it seems like it’s an underrated musical.  
  • Avenue Q
    • I saw this at college when our theatre group performed it and loved all the songs. It’s hilarious, filthy and honest. There’s a song called “What do you do with a BA in English?” How relatable! 
  • Big
    • My high school performed this musical and I was in the pit orchestra. I heard the songs every day and fell in love withe songs. The plot is fairly simple but heartwarming. I think I’m biased about this musical because I was in pit orchestra, but I’d prefer to see the musical than the movie with Tom Hanks. I don’t think this show is even on Broadway anymore. Someone should revive it and bring it to Columbus. 
Honorable Mentions:
  • Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Billy Elliot 
  • Rent

Musicals I want to see:

  • Matilda
  • Hamilton
  • Fun Home
  • School of Rock
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Online dating tips

So recently I’ve been trying my hand at online dating and I wanted to share my tips that I’ve learned along the way:

Me and my boyfriend

  • Have diverse pictures in your profile. Have at least one of these essentials:
    • Close up of your beautiful face
    • A funny picture of you doing something quirky or silly
    • Sporty active shot so they know you’re not a slug who watches Netflix all day
    • Full body picture to show your gorgeous figure. Work it. 
    • Travel snapshot of where you went on your 8th grade field trip
  • Message them something they can’t resist
    • If the guy says he likes to putt-putt golf say to him, “Did you know that I’m the current world champion putt putter? It took a lot of long hours out on the green but I beat Mazowski for the title. My parents say they are proud.” 
    • Say something more than just “hi”, “how are you?” because you either won’t get a response or you’ll just get a response of “good.” Bo-ring! 
    • Ask them about one of their interests. Engage! “Hey, I saw you like Parks and Rec. Who is your favorite character? Mine is Li’l Sebastian. He may have been li’l but he was big in our hearts.”
    • Don’t you dare send 100 people the same canned response. I hate these. They usually look like, “Hey, you seem pretty cool. I think we could get along. We should chat.” If you think a person won’t be able to tell you’ve copied and pasted the same response to 100 other chicks, you cray cray. I feel no shame in confronting the guy and giving him a hard time for copying and pasting me some bull crap message.  It takes two seconds to skim through and talk to me about one of my interests. 
  • Don’t state the obvious
  • It’s okay to have fun 
    • No need to tell me “I’m new at this,” “message me if you want to know more,” or “not really sure what I’m doing here.” Nobody knows what they are doing on dating sites and it’s pretty obvious that if I want to know more about you then I’ll message you.  Thanks for the tip, bro. 
  • Be funny in your profile
    • Hobbies: filling out online dating profiles 
    • Favorite book: Your family photo album 
  • Don’t ask for Snapchat or Instagram usernames
    • Get to know each other before exchanging social media usernames. My snapchat and instagram are for my IRL friends and are too personal to share with strangers. 
    • If a guy immediately adds me on snapchat then I view that as moving too fast, not respecting my wishes as to whether I wanted him to add me, and that he’s just looking for a hookup. 
  • Respond once a day to messages
    • Everybody checks their phone a different amount. At least respond once a day to people in order to be polite. 
    • Don’t feel obligated to immediately respond and always be glued to your phone. Let them think you’re busy and just respond once a day. 
  • Don’t reveal too much
    • Be careful about saying specifically where you live, work, how much you make, etc. Safety first. 

If you do decide to meet up in person, here are some safety tips:

Don’t drink too much on a date
  • Tell a friend that you’re going on a date with a new guy. Tell her the time and place of the date.
  • Meet in a public place. I like bars and coffee shops because if things get bad, I can quickly drink my beverage, get the check and leave.  
  • Don’t get dinner or do something where you’re stuck together for an hour. 
  • Have a friend text you half way through the date to check in. “Yo, you still alive?” – friend 
  • Watch your food and drink at all times.  If he asks you to get a table and offers to grab your drink for you, politely say “That’s okay. I’ll stay with you” and watch your drink like a hawk watches a mouse in a field.  
  • Don’t ever tell him specifically where you live. 
  • Offer to pay for your stuff. At least reach for your wallet and try to pay. Every guy is different about letting the girl pay. I like paying for my stuff. 
  • If he’s a super creep and gives you the “ickies” say you have to go to the bathroom and keep on walking. No shame, girlfriend.
  • If he offers to walk you to your car, politely decline. Some creeps have a scary memory for license plate numbers. 
  • Make sure he doesn’t follow you home.
  • You have no obligation to ever text him or call him if he creeped you out.  
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Funny Tinder Bios

You’ve probably heard of this app that all the young kids have been talking about called Tinder. It’s the ultimate app for judging people based on their appearance. You swipe left or right based on what you see. Then, if both of the people like each other, they can exchange humorous or boring messages to one another.

If you’re going to create a Tinder profile, you might as well try and be a little clever. Here are some neat sentences to include in your bio:

– looking for someone to fill the void in my heart. Things haven’t been the same since Zayne left OneDirection.

– we can name the dog Tinder
– be my Tinderella
– ya’ll gonna make me lose my mind. Up in here. Up in here. 
– Ebola free since 2014! #blessed 
– your head will look great next to the one already in my freezer 
-my couch pulls out, I don’t. 
-coming to a city near you. 
– Life’s all about taking risks. I swipe right on group pics 
– call now and only $19.99 plus shipping handling. New and improved model. Now STD free!
I don’t have Ebola
– I’m the curiosity that killed the cat
– I tinder be a nice guy
– failed billionare, okay conversationalist, bad spillir 
– I have 5 friends on MySpace and am waiting approval for the 6th
– I live on the edge. When I went to Paris, I didn’t take a pic of the Eifle Tower

“Please have your shit together”

– I’m cultured in the sense that I like imported beers

– If you wanna be my lover, got get with my friends
– Sometimes I volunteer too much. Occasionally I hit people with my car. 
– intentionally left blank
– I’m going down, I’m yelling Tinder
– I’ll be Burger King and you’ll be mcdonalds, I’ll have it my way and you’ll be loving it
-Don’t worry I’m not a catfish 
– Please no goat sacrificers 
If you want more, I recommend: https://twitter.com/funnytinderbios 
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Administrators: Summer school yields real gains


Thursday July 30, 2015 11:48 AM
Even though they rather would be swimming at the pool, elementary and middle school students in Westerville summer school made a lot of academic growth, with the help of dedicated teachers.
Scott Ebbrecht, the school district’s director of alternative education and assessment, said students in grades K-8 are invited to summer school if they are below benchmark levels in math or reading.
“Summer school provides opportunities to hone in on specific skills and for students to choose to want to learn,” he said. “In a smaller setting, we can help empower them with academic success by letting them see their growth through skill development. We give them hope that they will be successful in school.”
Summer school took place June 15-July 17, with no school the week of June 29-July 3. For K-3 students, classes were at Fouse Elementary from 8:30 a.m. to noon and for grades 4-8 it was at Genoa Middle School from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. and/or 10:15 a.m. to noon.
For the summer of 2015, more than 350 kindergarten through third-graders participated as did 271 students in grades 4-8.
This is the first year that kindergarten summer school was offered and 72 students attended.
Teachers like Melissa Krempasky, principal for kindergarten through third grade summer school, observed students who participate in summer school don’t face as much summer regression.
“The students who come to summer school versus the ones that are invited but don’t come, make a lot of progress,” she said.
Ashlee Wagner, summer school principal for grades 4-8, said she could tell that the older students didn’t necessarily want to spend their summer in a classroom.
“But they seem to like that it’s not as monotonous as the school year sometimes can be. Here, it’s only four concentrated hours of learning. They are not judged on their past and we try to personally engage the students.”
She told a story of one eighth-grader who missed his bus and walked more than 1.5 miles to still make it to summer school.
“It’s like working out at the gym. You don’t want to go to the gym, but once you’re there, you don’t mind it and feel accomplished at the end of the day,” she said.
Using computerized standardized tests at the beginning and end of the program, Greg Mintenieks, a fifth-grade teacher, said he is able to show students just how far they’ve come in a short time.
“Sometimes, over half a year of progress is made. And I think that kind of success just breeds more success because they get excited about seeing how much they’ve learned,” he said.
Technology integration specialist Angie Heath said data from the tests guide the teaching.
She told of one sixth grader who started out with just a 38 percent proficiency in math and by the end of summer, scored 80 percent proficient.
“As teachers, we’re so proud of them. We see that this additional time in the classroom works plus it’s nice to build those relationships with the students and colleagues. We can share teaching strategies that we can take back to our own building in the fall,” said Mintenieks.
Lexi Alza, first grade intervention specialist, said relationship building in a larger classroom can be difficult.
Classroom sizes are kept at less than 16 students so that teachers can make more personal connections.
“By identifying their target areas, we can use evidence-based intervention and monitor their growth” said Alza. “It also helps students feel valued and safe when we can have smaller class sizes and more adults in the classroom.”
In addition to Westerville teachers, there also is support in the classroom by student-teachers from Otterbein, Americorps and Muskingum.
Deb Fulmer, first grade teacher, said the students take home a “daily communication log” to their parents that shows information about student’s conduct, organizational skills, academics and learning targets for the week.
Parents can also jot down their own questions to the teacher using the folder.
“It shows parents what we’re working on in the classroom so that way when they ask their student, ‘What did you learn at school today?’ and the student says ‘Nothing’ they can get a more in-depth answer.”
All registered K-8 summer school students had access to transportation, breakfast and lunch.

2015, july, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews, westerville

Impact of PE opt-out already evident for district

Enrollment in summer gym class dropped by two-thirds prior to policy taking effect for new school year

Thursday July 30, 2015 11:42 AM
Beginning this fall, Westerville high school students participating in a school team or club sport, cheerleading or marching band will no longer need to take gym class.
If students participate in at least two full seasons of these activities, they will now have the option of waiving the half-credit physical education requirement.
Previously, all students had to complete two 0.25 credit units of PE as a graduation requirement.
Scott Reeves, the district’s executive director of secondary academic affairs, first presented this idea to the school board on Dec. 8. The policy was unanimously approved at the Jan. 12 regular meeting.
Due to the new physical education waiver, only 101 students signed up for summer gym, versus 334 students who enrolled last year.
“Students are taking advantage of this new opportunity,” said Scott Ebbrecht, the district’s director of alternative education services and assessment. “Now, they have room in their schedule to take an elective class of their choice.”
Reeves said the new option provides more flexibility for students.
“Now, students can design their own PE experience. They are still getting that vigorous physical activity that is vital for young people,” he said. “If physical activity is the goal, then let’s give students some flexibility.”
Reeves estimated that about 150-200 students from each of the district’s three high school buildings will take advantage of the new option.
Students still will need a half credit of another elective, and they could choose a class they previously might not have been able to fit in their schedule.
Students are welcome to still take PE if they would like to.
Reeves said that the new policy will not affect staffing because physical education teachers already have a K-12 license so they potentially could be transferred to an elementary or middle school. He also noted that a few high school gym teachers recently retired.
In January 2007, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 311, allowing school districts to choose to adopt such a policy to excuse qualified students from the previous physical education requirement.
Board member Nancy Nestor-Baker said the physical ed waiver is something that Westerville parents and teachers have wanted for some time.
“It provides a way for our students to meet their physical education credit needs through their participation in school athletics,” she said in an e-mail. “It’s a good option for some of our young people because it helps them meet their course and credit needs and recognizes the physical training they can receive in extracurriculars.”
She said she expects implementing the waiver will go smoothly, as it has with other districts.
Other districts including Worthington, Grandview Heights, Gahanna, Delaware and Bexley already adopted similar policies, she said.
Participation in previous seasons will not count and neither will roles as student trainer, statistician or team manager. Students must successfully complete the two seasons by the winter season of their senior year.
Those who wish to exercise the PE waiver must complete an application and submit a signed copy to the their high school athletic office.
Applications will be posted on the athletic and guidance websites of each high school.
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Apartment buying tips

In June, I was apartment hunting and I became a pro at calling and looking at apartments.

Here are some tips when starting your apartment search: 

– Know the area you want to live in. If you don’t know what area you want, then your search range becomes too gigantic and you get overwhelmed. Figure out the zip code or exact city you most want to live in.

– I did a lot of my searching online in places like ApartmentFinder.com, Zillow.com and Craigslist.com  and found that to be a good way to see what was available.

– Start your search sooner rather than later. I ran into this problem because a lot of places already had all their units booked for my move in date. Some places only require a 30 day notice from their residences while others start the process 6 months ahead. Start as soon as you think you want to move.

– When you call an apartment complex, tell them your expected move in date and what kind of room you’re looking for. So I’d always say, “I’m looking for a one bedroom for a late August move in” then they’d usually tell me they didn’t have any available. haha

– Bring a camera when you tour the complex! No seriously. Best tip ever. Take pictures of the sample room and the complex. Zoom in on the toilet. Take a selfie with you and the apartment leasing manager.

-Bring a notebook, folder or at least a pen to jot notes down on. It’s embarrassing having to ask the leasing person for a pen. I just knew they thought, “If she can’t even afford a pen, how will she afford this rent?”

– Try and get a copy of a floor plan or whatever brochures they have.

– Jot down in your notebook where there is tile, carpet and hardwood.

– Ask about promotional move in specials. Military discounts? Book now and get one month free? Sign within the next week and get a bedbug free room?

– Be firm about your budget. Figure out how much you can pay for bills + rent and stick to that. Some people will ask you this question and be prepared to firmly answer no matter how judge-y they will be when you tell them your amount. That’s their problem when they roll their eyes at you and give you some rude response like “we might have a studio in the basement for that amount…”

– Keep in mind every complex has a different kind of room to show you. Some will show you a sample room that is already furnished, an unfurnished room, a tenant’s room as it is, or the leasing office might be in their sample unit. Be prepared for anything. My favorite is the unfurnished room and my least favorite was seeing a guy’s bedroom while he was still in there. I was too horrified by how this boy “lived” and couldn’t notice whether there was carpet or tile in the living room.

– Read reviews online but keep in mind that most people who write reviews are writing them because they are angry and bitter bored individuals. Don’t take them too seriously. I loved Albany Woods and still read the most hateful reviews online. To each is own.

Important questions to ask when looking at apartments:

  • What utilities are included in rent? 
    • Some places include internet, tv, gas, electric, etc 
  • Is there a gas bill?
  • Which utility companies do you use?
  • Can I pay rent online?
    • Is there a fee for paying rent online?
  • How fast does maintenance respond to requests?
    • Can I submit maintenance requests online?
  • Where are the mailboxes? 
  • Where is the dumpster? 
  • Is parking free? 
    • Is guest parking allowed? 
  • Is there a walking trail nearby?
  • Do you allow subleasing? 
    • This way, if you’re miserable there, you can put your apartment on Craigslist and try to sublease it out and move elsewhere 
  • Is there a grocery store nearby? 
  • Are the appliances stainless steel? 
  • Do you only offer 1 year leases?
  • What kind of security is there? 
  • Do you replace the carpet before the new tenant moves in? 
  • Do you require renter’s insurance?
    • How much?
  • Is there a fitness center?
    • Is it 24 hours? 
  • What is the application process like? 
    • What fees?
    • Security deposit? 
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Village Council to hear proposal

Published in Johnstown Independent by ThisWeek News
Published in print on Sunday July 26
At the next regular Johnstown village council meeting, Finance Director Dana Steffan will present to council a potential ballot issue about a community choice aggregation policy with the Powell-based company Aspen Energy.
Passing it could allow the village to save up to $15,000 and changes would be implemented as early as February if the issue were approved.
Steffan said at the regular July 21 Johnstown council meeting there’s no real risk with the issue and that even if it passes, community members are under no obligation to join.
At the June 2 meeting the council heard a presentation by Jay Sell from Aspen Energy explaining how aggregation could help residents get a better utility rate on electricity or gas by pooling resources together and negotiating with wholesalers. 
Sell said that more than 300 communities in Ohio have already gone through the community aggregation process with Aspen Energy. 
Additionally, the village police department received a $2,000 donation from resident Joyce Evans to buy four body cameras. 
“I knew they were understaffed and I wanted to help. This was one way to keep them a little safer,” she said at the meeting when she was recognized with a certificate of appreciation. 
Police Chief Don Corbin said the cameras are a very positive step because it’s important to “stay ahead of the curve.” 
However, he did point out the department has seven officers so the cameras are shared among them. They hope to get additional cameras soon.  
Also, the village’s 20-year-old street sweeper is back in action after several months of being out of service. 
A local welder fixed a lot of the holes and made the necessary repairs to get the vacuum part of the machine operational again. 
Service Director Jack Liggett said that while the streetsweeper is now working, it is still old. 
“A lot of the metal is fatigued, making it hard to use. It’s a tough piece of equipment but it does a tough job,” he said. “If we’re going to clean the streets, we seriously need to consider a new piece of equipment.”
As for construction on Concord Road, CenturyLink was on site July 21, relocating their utilities. Columbia Gas has already finished the relocation their utilities. AEP is struggling to receive approval for easements for the relocation of their utilities. They may have to move their overhead power lines closer to the sidewalk. 
They also voted to approve purchasing 350 tons of rock salt from ODOT. 
Council members Cheryl Robertson and Bill Van Gundy were not in attendance. 
The next regular council meeting is Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at 599 S. Main St.  

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‘Center for Inspiration’ takes shape

Wednesday July 22, 2015 4:32 PM

With three weeks until school starts, Walnut Springs Middle School’s new media center, called the Center for Inspiration, is getting close to completion.

The contractor, GHM Inc., is working hard to finish up the drywall, painting, sealing, flooring and furnishings.

The $374,538 renovations were approved by the school board Feb. 9 and when finished, the space will be a multimedia center for art, music and literature.

The multimedia center will have a “coffee-shop, Panera Bread type feel,” according to school district Director of Facilities Jeff LeRose.

Students can opt to sit in pub-style chairs, couches, booths or even inside a round bookcase.

LeRose described the space as a successor to the popular Academic Enrichment Center, 336 S. Otterbein Ave., which received the prestigious 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence this spring.

“We are piloting this coffeehouse-style media center and we hope it provides more options for facilitating learning,” said LeRose.

A smartboard plus six monitors will be incorporated into the space, with one monitor being in a fireplace-type setting.

Connected to the center is a Maker Space, which is like a fabrication laboratory where students can design and build almost anything.

The design of the Maker Space features a sharp diagonal wall and on the ceiling of the Center for Inspiration is an outline of a guitar.

“We want to provide visual interest in the space so it becomes a vibrant and exciting space for learning,” said LeRose.

He explained by going beyond the usual rectangular classroom and incorporating curves and angles, it was possible to create more visual interest.

Additionally, in the back corner will be a small room for a television studio and a green screen so students can star and produce WOLF-TV.

In the back, a glass garage door from the multimedia center opens into a classroom. The classroom features large glass windows, to help “bring the outdoors indoors,” according to LeRose.

Bookcases will be along the perimeter walls and in the middle will be a cybercafe.

A glass door opens up to a new outdoor learning environment that will feature brick wall seating, tables and chairs.

“We want to make spaces that students can embrace and feel inspired by,” said LeRose

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Robot Academy to switch on videos

A Westerville-based camp, Robot Academy, is moving beyond central Ohio to create a global curriculum for students.

Since 2007, the camp has helped students ages 4-14 near Westerville Dublin, and Gahanna become familiar with the world of Lego robotics.

Now, Michael Vawter of Westerville, head instructor of the camp, is working on creating a curriculum to further expand the camp’s reach.

A series of instructional videos should be available in September to families, home-schooled children, schools and other organizations. They will offer step-by-step lessons in how to build a Lego robot, said Vawter, who himself was home-schooled in Westerville.

“We want to turn our little Westerville robot camp into something global,” he said.
Vawter has been building Lego robots since he was 9 years old.

“When I was younger, I was always getting in trouble for leaving the lights on in my bedroom,” he said. “So I built a Lego robot that could turn off my lights.”

Fast-forward five years to 2005 when Vawter and his Westerville team of home-schooled students won the international FIRST Lego League robotics championship.

“It was super exciting that our little team from Westerville had won and beat out teams from all over the world,” he said.

As Vawter grew older, he became more aware of what his robotics experience could mean.
“I realized I knew all of this information about robotics and that there was a huge population of kids who wanted to get involved in Lego robots but didn’t know how,” he said. “I saw kids who would buy the $300 Lego robotics kit but then it would just sit on their shelf because they didn’t know how to use it.”

With the help of his mother, Gail, Vawter started Robot Academy, where students learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) while using Lego Mindstorm EV3 and NXT robotics kits.

“The goal of the camp is to teach kids about robotics while helping them realize how fun and inspiring it can be,” he said.

During the camp, students often express to Vawter the desire to build robots that can help them with chores.

So through hands-on challenges, Vawter and the camp staff help the students design, build and program robots that are able to clear the table or pick dirty clothes off of the floor.

“We want kids to leave having a great experience building something they can be proud of,” he said. “It’s great when the kids realize they are problem-solvers.”

Vawter said he personally views robotics as being all about problem-solving and how throughout his life, it’s allowed him to build things to solve challenges.

No robotics experience is necessary for campers. All materials are provided and there is a 5:1 student to instructor ratio.

At the end of the camp, students participate in a grand finale where they take everything they’ve learned and compete in the “Lego Robot Sumo Battle.”

Regardless of the which robot survives the sumo robot war, everyone gets a trophy and ribbon.
“We try to set it up as a camp, not a classroom, where kids get to fight robots and there’s no way for it not to end up being fun,” he said.

After camp, several students have continued on to form their own teams, like the Incredibots, which went on to the FIRST Lego League championship.

“It came full-circle. They were campers, formed their own team, won and now they are instructors at the camp,” he said.

Vawter attended Denison University in Granville, where he majored in psychology and was vice president of the Entrepreneurship Club.

In addition to helping out at the Robot Academy camps, Vawter is getting his master’s of business administration in entrepreneurship at Seton Hill University in Pittsburgh.
Due to the popularity and positive feedback from parents and students, the Robot Academy camp will still be around next summer, he said.
For more information, visit robot-academy.com.

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Business blooming for The Crafty Garden


Sunday July 19, 2015 3:55 PM

Maria Rogers said since she was 15 years old her dream has been to open a flower shop.
June 1, her dream came true when she and co-owner Laney Shull opened The Crafty Garden in Johnstown at 28 S. Main St.
Rogers said she’s been in the floral industry for more than 20 years and has worked in several local florist shops.
For a brief time in her life she went into the medical field, but said she wasn’t happy there.
In October, she moved back to Johnstown where she met up with a friend.
Rogers told the friend about her dream and the friend informed her that Shull shared her flower shop dream.
The women got together, realized they both graduated from Johnstown-Monroe High School, and within 30 days they had a plan to open The Crafty Garden.
Rogers said she is the lead designer and handles the flower side of the business. She said Shull is crafty and helps with that side.
Rogers said business has been steady and is becoming busier every day.
“We’ve booked a few weddings, did Little Miss Firecracker, and are seeing more walk-ins as word of mouth travels around town,” she said.
“Everyone knows I’ve been doing this my whole life and so they are excited about the business.”
The company specializes in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, parties and deliveries in Licking and Franklin county as well as same day deliveries for orders placed by 1 p.m.
“People are excited to have a florist back in town,” Rogers said.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to provide this local service,” she said.
In addition to floral arrangements, The Crafty Garden also offers home decorating services and sells custom silk arrangements, terrariums, owl figurines, potted plants, air plants and wind chimes.
“We have a unique show of flowers and plants that are new to the community,” Rogers said.
“We want to try to bring high style to Johnstown, so we are aiming for a more exotic look, by using more than just carnations, roses and baby’s breath.”
She said The Crafty Garden specializes in fragrant and tropical flowers such as orchids, bird of paradise, calla lilies, stargazer lilies and hydrangeas.
“I like for floral arrangements to fill up your whole house with the smell of the flowers,” Rogers said.
“Nowadays, some flowers are so chemically altered that they’ve lost their scent.”
The company uses a local wholesaler from Columbus and is working with a Johnstown wholesaler to possibly do business with them in the future.
Even as a young company, Rogers said the business has donated to Relay For Life and is working hard to use other local businesses, such as Digital Impressions, for business cards and stamps.
“We want to support other local businesses in our community,” Rogers said.