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argery “Margie” Amorose wasn’t born in Dublin, but since moving here in 1974, Amorose has definitively made Dublin her home.

The story of how Amorose came to Dublin is not a complicated one: She met her husband, David Amorose, when the pair was in school together at Bishop Watterson High School. Amorose was from Columbus and David had lived in Dublin since before he was 3 years old. David would go on to study horticulture and start Buckeye Landscape, a contracting business, on Sawmill Road. The high school sweethearts looked for somewhere nearby to settle down with their two daughters, Jenny and Chris (or, as Amorose calls her, Chrissy), who were toddlers at the time. What better place than David’s hometown of Dublin? “There was just a beautiful wooded lot available, it was a little over an acre and it had a creek running through it,” says Amorose. “We found this beautiful lot and we were able to build this dream home. There wasn’t any talking anybody into it.” Amorose’s first brush with work in local Dublin businesses was at a gala David had been invited to. A grand total of 17 businesses were gathered at the event. After members expressed their desire to be more organized, the group, dubbed the Dublin Businessman’s Organization, approached Amorose about pulling the group together and creating a more legitimate organization. “I said sure,” says Amorose. “I didn’t know people, and it was just a nice way to get to know people.” Amorose worked from home without the assistance of a computer, as home computers weren’t yet common. Recruiting the help of Jenny and Chris as stampers and labelers, Amorose sent out a monthly newsletter and organized meetings. Eventually, the papers were filed to legitimize the group, under the name of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. “And voila, here we are,” says Amorose. The Dublin Amorose had moved into wasn’t quite the same one residents see today. I-270 at Sawmill Road wasn’t yet finished. Jenny and Chris rode horses up and down Sawmill Road without parental supervision. The only traffic light was a flasher on State Rt. 161. “Dublin was a rural farming community 40 years ago,” says Amorose. “The people are the fabric of this community. They really have been the fabric of what’s good here.” 12 • December 2016/January 2017

The Amorose family on a cruise earlier this year

Most residents will agree that the Dublin Amorose refers to has changed quite a bit. However, the growth it has seen over the last 40 years is no small feat. Under Amorose’s leadership, the Chamber has grown from the original 17 members to, at Amorose’s estimate, between 1,500 and 1,700.

One of the things Amorose is especially proud of is being a part of the charter commission that wrote the original charter for the City of Dublin – one of the most “important things I might have done,” she says. “I feel really good about that – the quality of people and the quality of leadership that the Chamber has had over these years,” says Amorose. “There’s a reason the Dublin Chamber is the largest suburban chamber in Ohio.” Amorose is still director of the Chamber, but even when she’s moved on from the Chamber, the building will still be under the protection of an Amorose, as Jenny Amorose fills the role of operating officer. Jenny began part-time with the Chamber in high school, went on to graduate from Ohio University with a degree in communications and journalism, and would land a job with a major corporation. She traveled frequently, often visiting multiple cities in a single day, and decided to leave in order to start a family. Amorose convinced Jenny to help work on a project for the Chamber and,

Home sweet

before Jenny knew it, she had grown back into a job there. “I’m absolutely proud of what she’s done,” says Amorose. Chris Amorose Groomes is no stranger to success in Dublin, either. She followed in her father’s footsteps, studying horticulture at The Ohio State University before serving as chair of the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission. She owns Amorose Landscape Services and is a Dublin City Council member, winning her seat by the largest margin of anyone in the history of the City of Dublin. With Jenny at the Chamber and Chris having served as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on council as David did, it would appear the Amorose daughters followed closely in their parents’ footsteps. Amorose considers herself the “luckiest woman in the world” due to her love of her job, her children and her four grandchildren. “There’s a great deal of pride in that, for Dave and I both,” says Amorose. “One of the things I take really great pride in: Our whole family has been involved in the whole fabric of this community.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at


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A Fairy Good Idea $25

Invite a little magic into your home this holiday season. A Fairy Door from Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland encourages children to use their imagination. When you install this door, you’re inviting an invisible fairy inside to protect your home. There are even family activities online that correlate with current events and keep the kids engaged throughout the year. www.

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Each hand-blown glass ornament from Chelsea Borough Home is unique in its own way – just like the friends and family on your gift list. Mix and match the ornaments to add a fun splash of color to your Christmas tree. www.chelsea

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Creativity and Craftsman Etsy shop owners find success in Dublin By Jenny Wise


Etsy, the Brooklyn-headquartered company founded in 2005, specializes in recognizing creative entrepreneurial individuals and connecting them to the global market. Etsy invites people from all over the world to buy and sell creative and unique products through its website. Dublin resident Linda Younkman has experience in sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and even purse-making. However, after seeing a neighbor make jewelry, Younkman’s daughter inspired her to master a new craft. Though she found it fun and easy to transition into jewelry-making, selling her products proved to be harder. “Initially, I lacked confidence that my work was good enough for the world to see and buy,” says Younkman. “Confidence was achieved (through) local craft shows and repeat customers giving immediate feedback. At that point, Etsy seemed like the logical place to sell my work.” Items from Pallets and Paint, which is owned by Abbie Kaman

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rom hand-crafted jewelry to custom painted pallets, Dublin residents are embracing their talents and selling the products they love to make with the help of Etsy.


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Younkman, under the name Lindy’s Designs, now makes eclectic, bohemianinspired jewelry using a variety of mixed mediums such as metal, fiber, leather, natural gemstones and a variety of beads. She has recently been interested in enameling, so she added a few enamel components to her Etsy shop for other do-it-yourself jewelry makers to use in their own creations. Another Etsy shop owner in Dublin is growing her business with the help of friends and family. Abbie Kaman is the owner of the Pallets and Paint Etsy shop. She specializes in hand-painted, reclaimed wooden signs, but also makes other home décor items. Kaman made her first pallet as a Christmas gift for her mother, but the high-quality work attracted attention from friends. Word got around, and now, Kaman has converted her basement into a workshop and runs her Etsy business full time. Kaman currently Enamel components for DIYers to use in has six Dublin high school art students their own jewelry working for her, along with several other part-time employees to meet the demand her shop elicits. The holidays are even busier for Kaman, who recruits her family during





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the Christmas season. With her husband, Ron, and four kids to help, Kaman is thankful for her family’s continued patience and support. “My shop handles approximately 2,500 to 3,000 orders a year, so what started as a one-woman show three years ago now takes a team effort to maintain our quality and to keep our turnaround time reasonable,” says Kaman. Though Kaman customizes a lot of her orders, every piece she makes is truly one-ofa-kind. She mostly focuses on home décor items, especially for children’s rooms, but her police and firefighter flags have recently become popular as well. Kaman plans to continue growing Pallets and Paint as a business, but wants to maintain the quality and hand-crafted nature of her products. She has set a goal to start selling through her own website in 2017. “I pride myself on pro- Abbie Kaman viding a unique, handcrafted product that my customers will cherish for years to come,” says Kaman. “In the three years since I first opened up shop online, I have sold over 6,000 hand-painted signs. I am so thrilled that I have been able to make a career out of what was once a hobby.” Another Etsy shop owner in Dublin is also crafting handmade wooden invitations. Alaina Cherup opened her Etsy shop, CheerUpCherup, in 2008, just three years after Etsy debuted. Cheer Up Press specializes in letterpress and real wooden wedding invitations. When Cherup began selling on Etsy, weddings were still seen as very traditional occasions that required traditional invitations. This was her inspiration to start designing and crafting beautiful invitations with a modern and unique touch. “I was inspired to create invitations and save-the-dates that were fun and out of the box for couples that were bored of the same cookie cutter designs that were (once) so prevalent,” says Cherup. Cherup works with couples to design invitations and save-the-dates that are specific to them. Though Cherup has her own artistic style, each piece she creates tells a different story because her clients are all so different. In the future, Cherup plans to expand her inventory to more everyday items that showcase her artistic abilities. “I am planning to offer more pre-made items like calendars and wall prints,” says Cherup. “Currently most of my items are custom and geared toward couples looking for wedding invitations, but I’ve recently

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become more interested in art and making quality everyday goods,” says Cherup. In addition to the new inventory, be on the lookout for Cherup’s upcoming letterpress classes, where she will teach the process of designing and pressing your own invitations. Though Etsy is mostly online, there are times when shop owners will set up at craft fairs and trunk shows. Visit the Etsy Local tab on the website to find upcoming local events featuring Etsy sellers. Jenny Wise is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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O Come All Tree Fa St. Brigid of Kildare program helps those in need By Zachary Konno

She quickly decided to help out with the church’s Giving Trees program. A decade later, now in her fourth year as coordinator of the project, Redd says her entire family has come to cherish the holiday outreach project. “This project has been a wonderful experience for my family by allowing us to provide for others and enjoying our time together,” she says. The basic idea behind the project at St. Brigid is one seen at numerous churches across the country. Community members can select paper ornaments from one of the five trees available in the church, purchase the listed gift and then return the gift to the parish. The Giving Trees project at St. Brigid provides different colored and shaped ornaments depending on which organization the gift is sent to. For example, a gift request on a blue star paper ornament benefits Kentucky Mission, a ministry that helps the local residents of Booneville, Ky. One on a brown house benefits the Heinzerling Foundation, which serves Columbus residents with mental disabilities. A total of eight organizations this year will be assisted: Holy Family Soup Kitchen, St. Stephen’s Community House, St. Vincent Family Center, St. Lawrence Haven, Kentucky Mission, Heinzerling Foundation, Gladden Community House and the St. Brigid emergency fund. 28 • December 2016/January 2017

On Dec. 4, the church and its team of volunteers accept any last-minute gift drop-offs. Then, they check each item to ensure that the recipients receive what they asked for. Finally, volunteers shop for any items for which ornaments were taken but no gift was dropped off. After all of this is done, the gifts are given to the various organizations and outreach programs. Last year, the Giving Trees were able to provide approximately 1,800 gifts to those in need in or near the Dublin community. The project’s main goal is to provide children of low-income families with toys for the holiday season. But secondary goals are to “provide household and food items for families and gifts for adults with special needs,” says Redd. Giving Trees is just one of more than a dozen programs of St. Brigid’s Social Action Committee, whose mission, according to its website, “is to coordinate programs and donations for alleviating human suffering and outreach targeting to the needy in the parish

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hen Lisa Redd and her family moved to Dublin from California 10 years ago, she wanted to become more involved in her new parish of St. Brigid of Kildare, where her four children attended school.

ithful community, the Dublin area and greater Columbus area.” As for the Giving Trees program itself, Redd says families and individuals being able to share their blessings with those less fortunate during the Christmas season is what makes it such a valuable service to the community. “My favorite part of the project is witnessing the generosity of the members of our parish and the joy that is shared among those participating in sharing the spirit of Christmas with others,” Redd says.





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Lifetime Dublin resident Carolyn Karrer Klein’s family tree runs deep in the City Dublin Life’s Storyteller Series focuses on the people who make Dublin great – people who have made improving the community a part of their life, people who have been able to call Dublin home for a long time and people who have watched Dublin evolve over the years. The Storyteller Series tells the history of Dublin through his or her eyes, and sheds light on what living in Dublin was like decades ago. With the help of these special people, Dublin has undoubtedly become a better place.

If Dublin had royalty, Carolyn Karrer Klein would undoubtedly wear a crown. A descendant of three people after which Dublin schools were named (Henry Karrer, John Sells and Eli Pinney) as well as of Robert Cushman, one of the organizers of the 1620 journey on the Mayflower, 79-yearold Carolyn is the perfect Dublinite on which to end this year’s Storyteller

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Series. Carolyn’s father, Henry Karrer, was the City – then Village – family doctor, and made house calls, kept an office and worked at Grant Hospital, often taking Carolyn and her three sisters with him. Carolyn raised three sons, one of which remains in Dublin. Like her five predecessors in the Storyteller Series, Carolyn never wants to leave her home in Dublin.

My childhood was very pleasant. It was just a community that worked together, helped each other out and life goes on. I don’t think there were more than 200 people in the Village – the City – it’ll always be the Village to me. My mother, Bertha Cushman, was from Woodstock, Ohio. She went to The Ohio State University and worked 40 hours per week plus going to school. She had straight As. She had to pay her way, because she was a family of 10 children. I can’t imagine that, or paying your way. My parents had four girls, Rachel Ann, Julia Ann, me, then Marilyn – “Bugsy” – the youngest. The two older sisters are deceased; one lived out in California, the other lived in Florida and Bugsy lives in Wisconsin. I’m the only one that stayed here, which was good because my mother lived to be 101 and she needed a support system. My father had house calls, Grant Hospital and his office. He was really a country doctor; he delivered babies at home when he started out. He felt that if they were his patients, he should be there; he wouldn’t just bum them off to surgeons. It’s just that, if you’re a family and somebody is sick, the whole family is having problems. It still kills me when I go to my doctor, and she says, “Have you been to the hospital since I saw you last?” and I say, “Why do you ask me that? I go to you!” The whole attitude is so different now. Back then, we didn’t have a lot. The school was the library, and in the summer it was open one day per week. We didn’t have all these fun games that kids play now. We didn’t have a bank, which was very bad. When I got old enough to drive, I’d have to take the weekly deposit

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to Worthington and I was always scared to death someone was going to stop and rob me. I had a vivid imagination; I’d seen the movies. Dublin was a rural, bedroom community. The people who had good jobs – bankers and things – they went Downtown. We played jacks and solitaire; you entertained yourself. If it was raining for a few days, and nobody had been out, I’d get on my horse and leave. My mother was strongwilled – I am, somewhat, too. But she was very gentle and kind. We were very fortunate to have the parents we had. We had a pony who had three colts, then we went to a quarter horse who was a retired cavalry horse. Her name was Silver, and she was a sweetheart. I would ride the horses all over Plain City. You couldn’t have a bicycle because they were too dangerous because, well, you could fall and hit your head. I worked for my husband, Paul Klein, who was an orthodontist, for 26 or 27 years. I lived on campus when I went to The Ohio State University for four years, then moved to Rochester with Paul for his internship. We didn’t know where we would end up, and my husband looked around to see where there were good communities that had potential. I was excited when he chose to practice in Arlington – Dublin was too small then to practice here – because it meant we could move back home. We built our house for a family home, and had three sons: Paul, Christopher and Michael. Michael, the youngest, is still here in Dublin. It’s probably improved, the culture of Dublin. But this is home.

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hen Matt and Jenna Romeo realized their Muirfield home wasn’t laid out in a way that was conducive to the family’s business, they decided to make some changes to the floor plans. The Romeos have lived in the house since 2011, when they bought it from the parents of Jenna’s best friend. Initially, they thought the house, which was smaller than their previous home, would be cozier and a better fit for their growing family. But after two children – they have three now, all girls – it became clear that the traditional 1980s separated floor plan wasn’t working out. So they worked with Dublinbased remodeler Epic Group Ohio to give it a major overhaul. Of particular concern was the kitchen. It’s a crucially important part of the house, Matt says, citing his and Jenna’s Italian heritage as a key reason for that. “The kitchen is everything for us, so we really focused the renovation on the kitchen,” he says. The space was completely gutted, and the new plan was designed by Matt, for whom real estate design is a hobby. Its centerpiece is the dual kitchen islands, both with seating. “We wanted the space to accommodate multiple people, and we loved the two36 • December 2016/January 2017

Highlights of the kitchen include quartz countertops, GE Monogram appliances, dual dishwashers, a wine cooler and a 60-inch gas stove – the latter a change from the pre-renovation electric stove. Epic took out the walls to emphasize sight lines from the kitchen to the great room and finished basement.

island concept,” he says. “It creates a traffic flow that is good for entertaining and that you can maneuver around.” The Romeos took a minimalist approach to the redesign, focusing mainly on light fixtures to serve as the highlights of rooms. It’s noticeable in the kitchen’s fixtures, particularly the chandelier over the sink. The project also entailed the addition of a 400-square-foot mother-in-law suite atop the garage. At the top of an open staircase is a landing with an office that Matt uses, and then an enclosed full bedroom

The Romeos finished the basement when they moved in, but refinished it as part of the renovation to make it more entertainment- and kidfriendly. Work stations for all three, a playroom and a media area are nice touches, Matt says, but not as nice as the newly open design that makes it possible to keep an eye on the kids in the basement from the staircase or even the kitchen. “We took out the wall and the door,” Matt says. “Now, when you’re walking into the entry, you can see into the basement and down.”

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t 6:30 a.m. on a cold, stormy Friday in October, I met up with Dublin City Schools bus driver Koree Rich at the Transportation Department on Shier Rings Road. I was joining her on a bus ride-along and, unfortunately, it was one of those rainy, sideways-umbrella kind of days, but the show must go on.

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Koree did the daily pre-trip check of her bus, “Big Bertha,” fondly named by a group of St. Brigid eighth-grade boys. After Koree inspected the interior and exterior including the engine, exhaust, fluids and lights, we were ready to go. We rounded a foggy corner on the early St. Brigid route and saw a sea of umbrellas in festive colors. The children climbed

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up the bus stairs and were immediately followed by a large black dog named Mike. He sat on command, staring and panting in anticipation of the bone in Koree’s hand. One gulp and the dog biscuit disappeared. Mike quickly hoisted his paw onto Koree’s lap in hopes of treat No. 2, which she gave him gladly. Koree has been driving a bus for 16 years, the last 11 in Dublin. She has always been an animal lover and has handed out treats to our canine friends since day one. The pups anticipate the arrival of the bus and look forward to their delicious bones. “If the dogs aren’t at the bus stop, I’ll give the treats to the children to take home for them,” says Koree. She also pet-sits, housesits and hands her cards out to parents on her routes. “I love my job and I want the parents to feel free to call me and to trust that I’ll keep their children safe,” she says. On the Bailey Elementary School run, we encountered a lot of regulars. First up was a handsome German Shepherd named Drac. He sat obediently next to his owner in Coventry Woods and waited for the bus to stop.

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Koree called out, “Catch, Drac!” as she tossed a bone out the door and into Drac’s mouth. A black lab named Carmen and a Schnauzer named Smokey were around the next bend. Owner Heidi King says Smokey hears the bus coming from far away and plants himself in the grass, facing the road. He won’t budge until Koree stops and acknowledges him properly. “He’s so disappointed if it’s the wrong bus,” says Heidi. Because of Smokey’s reaction and so many other pups, Koree instructs her subs to follow her lead and hand out the treats. “I also train Dublin drivers and encourage my trainees to adopt this tradition,” Koree says. On Chaddington Road, we saw a black lab named Buck, patiently waiting, drooling and staring in our direction. Koree threw him the biscuit and Buck gulped it down, leaving behind a puddle of drool on the driveway. Owner Jill Guth says that Buck repositions himself so that he is directly in front of the open bus door, giving Koree a wide-open path to him. Our last client of the day was Buddy the Goldendoodle. Though he’s just a puppy, he already had the system figured out and climbed halfway up the bus stairs. The children riding the bus are used to the daily canine cuisine customs and take it in stride. They are clearly very fond of Koree as well, judging by the passing conversations. One little girl would not leave the bus until Koree saw her new shoes. Another boy wanted Koree to pull his wriggly tooth. A surprised second-grader said he couldn’t imagine living when you didn’t have a cell phone to take selfies. “How did you see how you looked?” he asked. “We used mirrors,” laughed Koree. Dublin parents all adore Koree and are so thankful that she keeps their children safe every day. “She is so much more than a bus driver: She’s our friend,” says Dublin resident Jane Doyle. “I get gift cards, thank you notes and boxes of dog treats from families on my routes,” says Koree. “I also get asked regularly to attend soccer and baseball games, and have gone to several. I don’t have kids of my own, so these are my kids, and it’s a good way to show positive support to the community.” Colleen D’Angelo is a freelance writer who lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and several small animals. She enjoys playing tennis, walking the Dublin bike paths and traveling.

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Everyone calls Ove “the bitter neighbor from hell.” He’s a creature of habit, and always sticks to his routines and principles. But Ove’s world turns upside down when a colorful young family moves in next door. A Man Called Ove is a story of friendship and the unexpected ways our lives can change. A Man Called Ove was adapted for the Swedish screen in 2015.

Featured Neighborhoods at Jerome Village Jerome Village’s premier estates, featuring 22 custom home sites ranging from a half-acre to 1-acre. With home prices starting at $1.5 million, these exceptional lots are open to all custom builders.

A stunning new neighborhood offering privacy and seclusion with expansive, park-like lots and mature trees. Design a new home with Bob Webb Group, Coppertree Homes or Romanelli and Hughes.

Thoughtfully planned and masterfully executed, Jerome Village is the ultimate

in high-quality living located within Dublin City Schools. It’s a place where diverse architecture, a naturally beautiful landscape and modern amenities come together with incredible ease for a community unlike any other.

jerome village | 7875 Ryan Parkway | Plain City, Ohio |

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Dublin Life December/January 2016