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Contents Up Front



A look inside our fashion shoot


Seen on the scene 40 CAPITAL CAUSES 66 THE MOTIVATOR Debbie Phillips lights the spark 68 PASSION TO PROFITS Dames Bond aces networking


S ’ H C A O C wife 70

Your Style 75 WEARABLE ART

on the cover

Museum works inspire show fashions 96 DESIGNER SUCCESS A Columbus kid takes New York City 98 KEY TO THE CURE Fashion show benefits cancer research 100 C RAVE Goodies we want now 104 TRENDS Fall makeup tips




Tastings at The Hills 140 C REATIVE COUPLE The musician and the painter 142 THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT What to keep on hand for easy entertaining 148 C IAO, BELLA! Dining at Basi Italia 164 DANCING MACHINE Cardio dance hero 166 M EET & GREET 14 September/October 2011

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For a glam night out (ALICE + OLIVIA with J BRAND) For a cozy night in (THEORY)

Fur Accents


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Editor’s Note

Finding Inspiration


Kristy Eckert, Editor

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Photo by: Will Shilling

was stopped at an intersection in Grandview, when a woman walking along the sidewalk collapsed at the edge of the road. She dropped what she was carrying and, flailing, struggled repeatedly to get up. I sat uncomfortably in my driver’s seat for a 10-second eternity, stuck on the inside of four lanes between cars, helpless. Suddenly, a COTA bus driver scurried out of her bus and to the woman. She gently pulled her up, helped her gain her composure, and then—even as the light turned green and oncoming traffic prepared to jump forward—ushered her safely across the street. I don’t even know her name, but she inspires me. I often am humbled by the world-changing people like her who surround us every day. They’re the kind of people who stimulate the soul, the kind responsible in big ways and small for making us a city we love. And as we put this issue together, we aimed to inspire you by showcasing some of the people who inspire us. Inside, you’ll find Sarah Adkins, whose husband killed her sons and then himself one year ago in their Upper Arlington home. I have cried more than once over this woman—a woman I’ve never so much as spoken with. Her strength inspires me. (So does the writing of Rita Price, the incredibly talented Dispatch reporter who did this feature for us.) You’ll also meet Karen Days, who survived a childhood with an alcoholic father and has dedicated her life to fighting abuse. Her passion inspires me. You’ll read about Nary Manivong, a kid who grew up homeless on the east side of Columbus and has found success as a fashion designer in New York City. His creativity (not to mention gumption) inspires me. You’ll be impressed by plenty more, too, that inspires me on different levels. Fall’s luxurious trends are exquisite. Paige Langdale’s New Albany home is spectacular. And I’ve been dreaming about Basi Italia’s zucchini appetizer since Shelley Mann handed me her story this summer. I hope you’ll find the same for yourself—something that compels you to think or act or simply smile. Maybe you’ll ask yourself the question motivator Debbie Phillips encourages every woman to ponder: “What is the love I have to give to the world before I die?” You could buy tickets to the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure fashion show (an event I highly recommend). You might consider planning a weekend in NYC. Or perhaps you’ll get to the photo of Bungalow and think, “I need my house to feel like that!” (Or was that just me? Our living room revamp should be complete by the time this issue is in your hands.) I hope that within these pages you’ll find the inspiration we worked hard to deliver, whatever that is for you. And I hope you’ll do something with it, too.


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Robin Davis

Rita Price

Kristen Schmidt

Dana Wilson

Robin Davis is the food editor at The Columbus Dispatch and also hosts cooking segments on 10TV News HD at noon on Wednesdays. She’s happiest when she’s entertaining, especially when it’s a last minute gathering. She gives her tips for throwing an impromtu party in this issue. She also previews one of the city’s most exciting dining events: From Field to Table.

Rita Price is a reporter at The Columbus Dispatch who has covered the aftermath of numerous tragedies. Pain and suffering cut deep. But the human spirit amazes, and it shines in this issue’s portrait of a mother whose sons were killed by their father. Rita is always grateful for the chance to show readers how strength, grace, love—even humor—survive our worst trials.

Kristen Schmidt loves her day job as editor at Columbus Alive. But she also nurtures a healthy obsession with architecture and design. So she was thrilled to write in this issue about Home on High, highlighting great Short North décor shops. Her Brewery District apartment is home to her collection of new and vintage furniture, but she’s still looking for the perfect coffee table.

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Behind the Scenes


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Tastings on the Terrace 175 guests gathered to raise more than $40,000 for the Franklin Park Conservatory’s various education programs





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4. David and Angela Meleca 5. Amy Spiess, Nick Marzella and Allison Spiess

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9. Steve and Sharon Chappelear 10. Nancy Colvin and Jim Coleman


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Celebrity Sports Gala 330 guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment and a live auction at The Ohio Union, raising more than $167,000 for Recreation Unlimited camps and scholarship funds






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7. A performance by The Rick Brunetto Big Band

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Zoofari Nearly 5,000 guests enjoyed food and drinks from local restaurants at the annual Columbus Zoo & Aquarium fundraiser, raising more than $345,000 for conservation and education programs


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German Village Pre-Tour Party The tent party kick-off to the annual Haus und Garten Tour hosted more than 250 guests and raised roughly $35,000 for the German Village Society





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Networking and seafood extravaganza; begins at 5 p.m. Price: $85 Chamber members, $95 non-members, $680-$720 table of eight Location: Columbus Zoo, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Contact: 614-225-6946,

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Karen Days is using street smarts and boardroom savvy to be a champion for abused women and children Story by: Kristy Eckert I Photos by: Eric Wagner


he Wild Irish Rose bottle was never good news. So when the kids saw it in Dad’s hands, they braced themselves. I know it’s going to be a bad night, Karen Days, the youngest of six, would think. He wouldn’t hit them. But he would hurt them nonetheless, spewing venom at them and the hymn-singing mother they adored. You’re ugly! You’re fat! No one will ever want you! Gary “Sunny” Days was a tank battalion sergeant in the Korean War scarred by slitting throats and beheading the enemy. He was whip smart—genius, perhaps—but an alcoholic who worked in a factory. He stopped hitting his wife when she started hitting back. One night, during one of his rants, a young Karen Days walked downstairs. “If you want to kill us all,” she


told him, “just kill us all.” He began to sob. “I have killed more people with these hands than anyone should kill,” he said. At age 8, Days—the sibling ringleader, despite her age— concocted a plan. If they unscrewed all of the light bulbs on the first floor, where Dad slept, he couldn’t navigate the dark in his drunken stupor. So on the lower level of a small home in Columbus’ crime-riddled Linden neighborhood, before they went to their attic beds at night, the Days kids would typically go light to light, unscrewing bulbs so their father couldn’t rage through the house, knocking things over. Now 43, Days is fighting abuse on a bigger front. She helps physically, sexually and emotionally battered women and children citywide as president of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, and is poised to lead the September/October 2011

expanding organization into a new era. “This is an issue that she truly cares very deeply about. And that just comes across when you interact with her in almost any way,” said Nancy Neylon, executive director of

“She’s very comfortable speaking to the bishop of the Catholic Church or a social worker down the hall or a CEO of a company.” Abigail Wexner Founder of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence

the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. “Not only does she care about it, but she takes that passion and puts it into action.”


urled comfortably on her couch in a T-shirt and jeans, nibbling at a small plate of her savory homemade mac-n-cheese and occasionally snuggling her labs Elvis and Costello, Days talks fast and laughs easily. She is intense— especially when she is listening (she doesn’t forget a thing, friends say)—but disarming. She seems to have no secrets, no airs. Her career? A wonderful accident. Days did not set out as a victim-turned-champion. In fact, because she never was hit, she didn’t realize she suffered abuse until she was well into her career. (She now understands that her father’s emotional abuse contributed to low self-esteem among all his children.) As a teen, she wanted simply to graduate high school, get a job, and afford her own place so she could convince her mother to move in and leave her dad. But her friends at Beechcroft High School started talking about college applications, and she couldn’t be left out. She enrolled at Ohio State University and worked three jobs— bank teller, waitress, nighttime truck driver—while earning her degree in criminology. She hoped to investigate homicides. A generous professor recognized her talent and situation, and found her a state job at the Office of Criminal Justice Services so she could focus on her passion. “He changed the trajectory of my life,” Days said. She became the only of her family’s six children to graduate college, worked her way through various state jobs, moved to the United Way, and eventually September/October 2011




Days dotes on her dogs, Elvis and Costello, at home. Above, Days’ mother. Below, before gastric bypass surgery; and celebrating her YWCA award with her great-niece

“I love Karen Days. When I think of Karen, I just have this picture of sort of being really dynamic and really compassionate.” Nancy Neylon, executive director of The Ohio Domestic Violence Network


caught the attention of Abigail Wexner, who founded The Coalition. Today, she has an MBA and has been honored by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement. Her weight? Days used to be a size 20. Her mom, who never did get out, died of an obesity-related heart attack at 52. Shortly before turning 40, Days, who is single, decided she wanted to fulfill her longtime dream of having a child. She made plans to be artificially inseminated. “Everybody was just so excited and happy that finally I was going to have a baby,” she said. “It was just this need that I thought I’m not a real September/October 2011

woman until I have a kid.” Frightened she may meet her mother’s fate, Days knew she did not want to add more pounds to her alreadyoverweight body. So she had gastric bypass surgery and lost 120 pounds. One night, for whatever reason, she realized she is a woman—child or not. She decided not to have a baby on her own. But she’s happy the process led to a healthier lifestyle that now includes six small meals a day and occasional Jolly Ranchers rather than White Castle sliders. She wears a size 6. Her ankles don’t hurt. Her knees don’t ache. And when she went to Italy, she could walk

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Trendsetter everywhere. Her indulgence? Traveling. From Kelleys Island to Barbados, Days enjoys exploring. She often goes with family, including her 9-year-old greatniece Koryn, whose photos adorn the house. (Days raised her on weekends until she was 3, still often hosts sleepovers, and is responsible for teaching her Lionel Richie songs. “She’s it for me,” Days said.) Her regret? Not finding a mate, despite being engaged twice. She brought up the subject herself one morning, after apologetically taking a call on her BlackBerry from a woman who needed to bump back a meeting because her husband’s tooth surgery ran long. Days cancelled the meeting. “No, no—take care of your husband,” Days told her. “Just take care of yourself—take care of him.” She set down her phone and looked up. “If you ask me what regrets I have, it’s that,” she said, frankly. “I didn’t cultivate a relationship. And once you have that, you can’t take it for granted.” (Just for the record: She’s open to dates.) As professional as Days is, it’s that honesty others most admire.“I’d describe her as one of the most dedicated and passionate and well-versed professionals I’ve encountered in any

“It’s the first thing she thinks about when she wakes up and the last thing she thinks about when she goes to sleep.” Tonowoa Days, Karen’s niece


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Days speaks at a fundraiser for Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace

nonprofit,” Wexner said. “But what I think most everyone sees is that incredibly warm heart and the sincerity of who she is.”


ometimes, the hurt seems unending. There are inner-city kids who have been abused so long they don’t know it’s not normal. There are suburban housewives whose husbands record their odometers before they leave for work to assure they don’t go anywhere else. Some come for help, only to return to the perpetrator. Over and over. Days often feels frustrated. She finds strength in feedback forms from victims her group has helped. “When you hear victims say, ‘I didn’t know anyone cared,’ those kinds of things are necessary,” Days said. “It grounds you again to know that people are being helped.” And when people question whether abuse is truly a problem in this community? “That,” Days said, “makes me tick.” September/October 2011

So she swims through a sea of other people’s pain, determined to fight her fight. “I think it’s really easy in this kind of work to get totally overwhelmed,” Wexner said. “Somehow, she has an amazing spirit that regenerates.” Days’ efforts are paying off. Wexner tapped Days to lead The Coalition when she founded it in 1998. Days turned a one-woman show that started with her and a board of directors, into an operation with 10 fulltime employees. Now, The Coalition is merging with The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, and Days will oversee the beefed-up operation where roughly 125 people from the police department, hospital, prosecutor’s office and more work on any given day. Days knows how complicated abusive relationships can be. A few years before her father died in 2000, he got sober. He gave advice. He worried like a typical parent. “I wish my mom would have known that man,” Days said.

It’s natural, then, that one of her goals is to work with families, with mothers. She hopes to be a partner in creating a safer home “rather than someone who is going to swoop in.” If someone’s ready for the task, Days’ admirers say, it’s her. “She’s very up-front, and she’s very, very knowledgeable,” said Sharon McCoyReichard, executive director at CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. “The style of leadership she has is just amazing, especially when it comes to domestic violence, which is not a pleasant thing.” It’s not pleasant at all. So she fights the same way she did as an 8-year-old kid unscrewing light bulbs—with smarts and gumption and a need to protect those she loves, even if she doesn’t know them yet. “It’s the first thing she thinks about when she wakes up and the last thing she thinks about when she goes to sleep,” said her niece, Tonowoa Days. “It really does define her. That’s who she is.”

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One in four American women will be mentally, emotionally or physically abused in their lifetime, statistics show. Abigail Wexner says it’s not just our right to help, it’s our duty. So she’s growing the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence Story by: Kristy Eckert


ne of Abigail Wexner’s friends recently slipped and broke a couple of ribs. But when the woman’s doting husband took her to the hospital, he had skeptics. “They asked me three times whether I was there,” he said. Wexner wasn’t put off; she was thrilled.

Convincing local medical personnel to identify potentially abusive situations—regardless of how people look or where they live—and compelling them to ask patients whether they feel safe at home is one of many successes in her battle against abuse. “I think,” she said, “we have begun to change the nature of the conversation.” Wexner, wife of Limited

Brands founder Les Wexner, is the founder of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. Since starting the nonprofit in 1998, she has raised more than $16 million for the cause, convinced powerful local leaders to get involved, and helped thousands of abuse victims. “I can’t overemphasize the huge awareness of the issue they’ve created with their

Abigail Wexner last year at The Classic, her signature fundraiser, with, from left, Marshall Rose, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jack Kessler, E. Gordon Gee and her husband, Les Wexner Photo by: Jodi Miller

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work,” said Nancy Neylon, executive director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. “It’s sort of put the issue in the forefront of the community.” Now Wexner is upping the ante. The Coalition has primarily focused on raising awareness about abuse and directing victims to organizations that can help. Currently, though, it is merging with The Center for Child and Family Advocacy, a support center for victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The Coalition actually teamed with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to form the center in 2005. But merging the organizations will, Wexner hopes, make them all the more powerful. Under the new setup, abused women and children will essentially have a onestop shop to get the support they need—legal, medical, emotional and otherwise. It streamlines a complicated process, sparing victims from going agency to agency answering the same questions, which can make them feel as though nobody believes them. (While it is not a shelter, the organization can direct victims to local shelters.) “It’s very natural, I think, to have a holistic approach,” Wexner said. “But it really is different than what anyone else is doing.” They also hope to do more research, to think bigger picture. They want to figure out not just how to help those who have been hurt, but also how to stop the cycle. “Strategic thinking is a luxury,” said Coalition President Karen Days, who will oversee the newly merged organization. “I’m fortunate to be at the cusp of something new. Raising awareness only and not having an answer to it (isn’t doing anything). We have to have a response.”

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Speaking out

A Q&A with Abigail Wexner and Karen Days Story by: Kristy Eckert I Photo by: Will Shilling What sparked your passion for this issue? Abigail Wexner: I knew nothing about the subject, having come from a very fortunate world and a loving family. A friend at Limited Brands introduced me to the topic. Once I started hearing these stories and understanding them… it’s impossible to let them go. I really felt compelled once I became aware. You fully understand it’s an issue that’s long been uncomfortable, even taboo. What message do you hope you’re sending to the community? AW: It is not only your right but your moral obligation to do something about it. What do you find most shocking? AW: We used to say one in five women—now it’s one in four women in this country will experience some type of abuse. But today what grabs


me even more is the younger women. It could be something as early as a boyfriend who is controlling or negative or possessive, but those are the seeds. Karen Days: They say they feel flattered. Their boyfriends only want them to talk to them; they don’t want them to go to the mall with anybody else. I would just love to know what could be done to help them understand these are the signs, and the signs are not flattering. One misconception is that domestic violence affects only a certain demographic. That’s not true. Victims are sometimes successful businesswomen and suburban doctors’ wives. KD: You won’t see those individuals on the six o’clock news, but they’re there. They’re there more than we realize. And abuse is obviously not September/October 2011

just physical. AW: Abuse takes all kinds of forms. It can be physical, but it can also be absolutely controlling. KD: Perpetrators will go out at night and check the odometers. They know exactly how many miles it takes (the woman) to get to work. Do a lot of women who suffer mental or emotional abuse still not realize that’s abuse? KD: That’s one reason we’ve stopped showing commercials with a black eye. It’s provocative to show a black eye and to show a busted lip. But it gives them an out—“That’s not me.” And it gives the perpetrator an out as well. We had to learn early on not to use those pictures. Most women who are being emotionally abused only realize it when their child mimics it. You have seen many instances in which children perceive violence as normal

because they are used to it. One of your goals is to intervene before those children are accustomed and unfazed. KD: Unless there’s healthy, consistent intervention, they never know that’s not normal. We need to be able to help the kids in the violent homes know that’s not normal. That’s important not only for them, but for future generations. Sixty five percent of violent men in prison come from violent homes, right? KD: That’s staggering. We know that correlation is there.

Karen Days and Abigail Wexner at their headquarters beside Nationwide Children’s Hospital

What can we do to stop it? It’s amazing to me the number of men who say, “OK—you have to know what happened to me as a child.” What do you feel lawmakers can do to help solve the problem? KD: The biggest thing is to hold batterers accountable. If a woman suspects that a friend is being abused, you say the best question to ask is, “Do you feel safe at home?” AW: Sometimes it just takes that one question to know

there are people on the outside who care. You note, though, that it’s important not to assign blame. For example, one should never ask, “What do you think you did to make him do this?” KD: If you sound as if you’re blaming the person, most likely, they won’t come forward again. There are ways to ask. But the biggest thing is not to blame. Mrs. Wexner, you have children who are 17, 16, 15 and 13. Do you talk with them

about domestic violence? AW: I do. I know this happens everywhere. It’s probably happening in the homes of some of their friends and they might not even know it. What do you tell them? AW: I think with the boys it’s always in terms of, “Do you understand what’s appropriate and how you speak to girls differently? Do you understand what’s inappropriate?” (We tell them), “Treat girls with basic respect. If you’re going to prom, you don’t just meet the girl at the prom, you go to her home and pick her up.” For

the girls, (I tell them) “It’s never OK for someone to not treat you with absolute respect.” I give them hypotheticals—“If a boy says, ‘I really like you, I want to go out with you, but I don’t want you to see your friends anymore…’ ” Many organizations make goals to solve problems within two or three years. You actually promise the opposite—that this will take generations to fix. AW: The work’s just not nearly far enough along. We’re constantly thinking of how to do things better.

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Making Progress

A snapshot of Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence achievements

The Center for Child & Family Advocacy

help for nearly 9,000 cases involving domestic violence or child custody matters

Created by The Coalition and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the center has helped more than 13,500 children and families

Violence Screening

Project S.A.F.E. More than 10,700 pregnant women have been screened for abuse, and more than 230 have been referred for assistance

Capital Family Advocacy Clinic The Coalition funds two initiatives at Capital University Law School that have provided free or reduced-cost legal

More than 5,300 hospital emergency room staffers have been trained to screen for abuse

Violence Prevention in Schools

The Coalition and Columbus City Schools partnered to respond to the connection between violence at home and a child’s inability to learn, prompting school staff to refer nearly 1,200 students to social workers for help

Source: Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence

changing lives

Victims say The Coalition has improved their lives. Here is praise from a few

the classic The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day was founded by Abigail Wexner to benefit The Coalition. Held at the Wexner residence, the Classic draws more than 15,000 visitors a year. It features world-class equestrians competing in a show-jumping competition and offers rides, jugglers, petting zoos and an open air concert that this year will feature Big Time Rush. Since its inception in 1998, the event has raised more than $16 million to fight family violence. This year’s fundraiser is Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets cost $15, and children 12 and younger are free with an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

how to help

If you suspect a friend is in an abusive relationship, here’s how to help l Plan what you want to say, and determine a good time and place to talk. l Ask questions like “How can I help you?” and “What do you want to do about the situation?” Listen without judgment. Do not moralize or criticize. Give the victim plenty of time to answer. l Don’t say “Just get out”—it is not safe advice. l Let the victim know you believe that verbal, emotional or physical abuse in a relationship is never acceptable. l Provide her with information about local resources. Source: Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence

where to turn

Victims of abuse have several resources CHOICES (local 24-hour hotline and shelter):


“I’m not afraid or alone anymore.” “I really appreciate all that was offered to me. The abuse was too much. I feel at ease a little. Thank you so much.” “Thank you, thank you. From hopeless to a ray of hope.”, 614-224-4663

Source: Surveys from Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence grant report to the Ohio Attorney General

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: September/October 2011

Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence:, 614-722-5985 Ohio Domestic Violence Network:, 800-934-9840 National Domestic Violence Hotline:, 800-799-7233 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:, 303-839-1852, 866-331-9474

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he paint looks as good on the walls as it did on the swatches. Better, even. Late-morning light is gently bathing the little Cape Cod and brightening its new coats of celery, pink and creamy yellow. The effect seems to be what Sarah Adkins wants, which is a simultaneous reflection of peace and cheer. She’s asking a lot of this house. And it appears well-

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positioned to deliver: The tidy brick sits on a street called Sunnyside, came with a garden and affords a clear view of her childhood home, where her parents still live. Adkins snapped it up earlier this year before the seller had the chance to list the house for sale. The 36-year-old pharmacist never planned to move back to Athens, Ohio, much less

as neighbor to her mother and father. “I came back not by choice,” she says. “I came back because it’s safe. People don’t recognize me. They don’t knock on my door and tell me how beautiful my sons were.” Adkins had two blondhaired boys, ages 8 and 6, whose energy had already become legend in their Upper Arlington neighborhood. Solomon, the oldest, played dodge

“I came back because it’s safe. People don’t recognize me,” says Sarah Adkins, standing in the home in Athens where she now lives Photo by: WILL SHILLING


Leading Ladies “I cry a lot. I have a punching bag in my basement. I go there and scream at the top of my lungs.”

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Sarah Adkins started Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace in honor of her sons to support programs that serve women and children, educate against violence and provide grief counseling. For more, visit


ball and climbed the monkey bars at Barrington Elementary School like it was his job, Adkins likes to say. Samson was a deep thinker who felt certain he would grow up to be an ice-cream truck driver. The brothers also tended toward whimsy, with their mother a frequent accomplice. Adkins had a busy, demanding job, but at the same time, hewed to a free-spirit outlook that permitted Popsicle binges and the pet hamster’s trip to the beach. Her husband, Troy Geller, found it harder and harder to join the fun. Adkins called out to her family as she opened the door of their Doone Road home on Sept. 26, 2010, after a weekend antiquing trip with her sister and mother. Yoo-hoo, she thinks she probably said, Mommy’s home! The silence didn’t frighten her at first. “I thought they were hiding,” Adkins said. “Playing a trick on me.” The search didn’t take long. Adkins found Solly in his bedroom; Sammy and their father lay in the basement. Geller, 35, had fatally shot his sons and then himself. He left a note saying, in effect, that it was better for the children to die than to live with divorced parents. Geller was a pharmacist, too. But with his wife completing her doctorate degree and moving into a supervisory job at Medco, one with significantly better pay, he had opted to become a stay-at-home dad. They celebrated her accomplishment with a party. September/October 2011

The two met as students at the University of Toledo and had been together more than a decade. In the beginning, things were good. “No matter who you marry, you marry potential,” Adkins said. “Because you never really know.” Geller didn’t fall apart overnight. He gradually withdrew. “It was like a long, slow progression,” Adkins said. “At first, he was protective. Then, it was overprotective. He didn’t have friends anymore, and he was so afraid to look at what was inside of him.” She begged him to get help, to talk to a therapist. He refused and said he was fine. Geller never hit his wife, and neither had an affair, Adkins said. But he had turned cruel and smothering, and their home life was marked by anger and despair, she said. Adkins eventually told Geller she wanted a divorce. She promised she would never keep him from Solly and Sammy. Mental illness, rage, evil—Adkins never will know the ingredients and depth of that toxic brew—apparently convinced Geller that he should respond to her request with horrifying finality. Adkins remembers closing her eyes and trying to transform the sight of her children’s still bodies. In an instant, even before the screams for help and the 911 call and the surreal ambulance ride, her mind worked to make their blood-matted hair shiny again. She pictured her boys in the arms of God. A year later, Adkins still fights with memory. For as

much as her new home is full of hard-won testimonies to love—a Martin Luther King Jr. poster, words from Gandhi, a cherished miniature teacup collection—this is also a house of pain. “I cry a lot,” Adkins said. “I have a punching bag in my basement. I go there and scream at the top of my lungs.”


here is a blue fish and there is a red fish, the auctioneer says, and bidding for the two framed pieces of art opens high. Roughly 300 people are gathered in the Archie Griffin ballroom at Ohio State University’s Ohio Union, and Doug Sorrell wants them to understand that he is not often sentimental about his work. “I’d sell you a horse that couldn’t outrun a fat man in velvet boots,” and not feel bad about it, he says. The audience laughs, grateful for the levity. But tonight is different, he continues, which is why he expects—demands—that these bids come not from the head but the heart. The fish that Solly painted fetch more than $2,000. The inaugural gala for Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace, a dressy affair held on a steamy Friday in July, kicked off Adkins’ public response to her private tragedy. Instead of ending her own life, which she acknowledges considering, Adkins is working to honor her sons by easing the suffering of others. The new charity raises money to support programs that serve women and children, educate against violence, and provide grief counseling. “She’s just trying to make something for herself and for the boys,” said her mom, Carol Adkins. “She’s trying to make sense.”

Adkins doesn’t hide her sadness, said Karen Days, president of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. But the grieving mother appears determined to let love win. “I am in complete awe of her human spirit,� Days said during the gala’s keynote speech. “Sarah is not afraid to cry, laugh and cry some more.� The gala audience is a patchwork of people linked in heartsick remembrance of two rambunctious boys: teachers, a wrestling coach, colleagues who worked with their mom, neighbors who drink coffee with their grandparents. “I brought food to the house when Sarah was born,� said guest Rita Snider, whose Athens backyard bumps against Adkins’ new place. It’s hard to imagine a family less likely to be visited by such a crime, Snider said. Sarah, her parents and two sisters are solid, close and warm. The kind of people who say nice things and mean what they say because they naturally see the best in others. “That’s what everyone talks about in this situation—that they’re so kind,� Snider said. “A lot of people are so busy and disconnected from their families. Not them. Not Sarah.� Carol Adkins said the family tried to include Geller and help him to feel a part of gatherings. He seemed uncomfortable, not dangerous. “We never had an inkling,� she said. How do you stop something you don’t see coming? She and her husband are proud of their youngest

daughter’s strength. At the gala, Sarah Adkins spoke briefly but powerfully to a rapt audience. “What I hope to do is give back to others as I have been given to,� she said. Solly and Sammy were “two fantastic children who had fantastic lives ahead of them. We’ll continue to live their lives for them.� Someone walked to one of the silent auction tables and penciled in a bid for another painting by Adkins’ oldest son. The House that Solly Built, a child’s rendering of a happy home against a blue-moon sky, brought $500, more than the professional works on the table beside it.


few times each week, Adkins drives from her Athens haven to Columbus. She used to make the trek in reverse order, bringing two giggly boys for visits with adoring grandparents. Now she goes to Columbus to meet with a psychologist. Adkins wants to be able to sleep. She wants to control the panic attacks that strike without warning. She wants to admire the pictures other kids draw, to look at a blond, chubby-cheeked boy without feeling a surge of adrenalin and a rush to protect him. The brain struggles to process traumatic experiences. Normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms don’t know how to respond, experts say, which means the


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Sarah Adkins hugs her mother, Carol Adkins, at the Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace gala in July Photo by: Jodi Miller

“She’s just trying to make something for herself and for the boys. She’s trying to make sense.” CAROL ADKINS bad thing that happened isn’t properly filed and stored. The memory lingers, and so do the disabling effects. “You get stuck,” Adkins says. “You don’t put it in a box and process it, because it doesn’t make logical sense.” In Columbus, her doctor counsels her and guides her through a treatment called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). It’s a form of psychotherapy designed to help the mind process anxiety-producing memories and thereby diminish their influence. The therapy centers on bilateral stimulation of the brain.Therapists might, for example, ask clients to hold


the distressing memories while tracking the back-and-forth movement of a finger or object—as if watching ping-pong or a swinging watch. Not all psychologists endorse EMDR, but many who do say it promotes relaxation, synchronizes the two brain hemispheres and stimulates the proper functioning of the deepest sleep cycle, known as REM (rapid eye movement). The result, usually along with supportive counseling, is that the brain manages to exchange the traumatic images for more resolved feelings. Most victims of tragedy and trauma don’t have access to the kind of top-notch care and emotional support Adkins September/October 2011

relies on, she said. She has a veritable army of friends, family and colleagues—angels, she calls them—behind her. She wants Solly and Sammy’s Foundation to make a difference for those who aren’t so lucky. “I had money and I had friends. That’s what made it possible for me to get through,” she said. “If you live south of Broad instead of Upper Arlington and your kid is shot, what are you going to do? Have the bloodstain cut out of your carpet? Because it cost $20,000 to clean my house.” Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak, who serves on the foundation’s board, said the community badly needs

more help for trauma survivors. First responders, such as law-enforcement and safety personnel, “need that training, which we don’t get. My office sends out a sympathy letter and a list of resources about a week to 10 days later. That’s not enough.” Just one program in Central Ohio, the Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program, offers free counseling with specially trained therapists, said Laura Campise of the Mount Carmel Foundation. “We try to break down that barrier of cost,” she said. “We have people come from two hours away.” The night she found her boys, Adkins was taken to a different local hospital. She doesn’t mean to criticize, because the staff was kind. But the care was inadequate, she realizes now. “I stayed a couple hours, and then they said, ‘Go to

a hotel because the press is looking for you. Here’s three Xanax,’ ” Adkins remembered. “That was it. And that was so not OK.”


ost days, Adkins still laughs easily. She craves the touch of people who are good, and she bookends most encounters with a hug. A frequent visitor to downtown Athens shops and restaurants, Adkins champions the Casa Nueva homemade French toast, local bacon, eggs and coffee with Meigs County cream.“The best,” she says over late breakfast one day. She has pinned a tiny button on her purse that says, “I don’t recall volunteering for this s***.” Adkins flashes it and grins. She left her Columbus job in the spring and started a new teaching position in July. She’s working through Ohio State as a part-time pharmacy resident based in Athens at Ohio University, which doesn’t have its own school of pharmacy. The two programs joined to recruit and train more students in rural areas. “It just happened to work out,” Adkins said. She didn’t want to give up her career at Medco, where she loved the work and the people, but she felt overwhelmed, then paralyzed, by reminders. “I had 30 pharmacists under me,” Adkins said. “If every one of them asked how I was doing, that was my entire day.” A well-intentioned co-worker once brought in a box of Legos in honor of Solly and Sammy and delivered them to Adkins. “It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I had to leave.” She eventually told her bosses that it wasn’t fair for her to keep a job she couldn’t do. Adkins doesn’t scold people who unwittingly say the wrong things, of course. But

sometimes the words sting: “I hope you get better.” Better? Like I have the flu or something? “You need to forgive Troy.” How dare you. “Sarah, you get a whole second chance at life.” I liked my old life. I liked that Sarah. The new Sarah believes the best she can do is try to salve some of the hurt that comes to other families and do it on behalf of Solly and Sammy, who, she thinks, still can accomplish much good in the world. “Maybe they weren’t meant to be here forever,” she said. “Maybe they really were angels.” Adkins went to church on Easter and heard the pastor say that a parishioner—who happened to be sitting next to Adkins—had just been given a cancer diagnosis. She remembers thinking how unfair it seemed that, in the next breath, people were pronouncing the woman strong and ready to fight. Maybe she is, Adkins thought. Maybe she isn’t. Adkins reached over and held her hand. Later, she phoned the woman and sang part of her favorite hymn. She followed up with one of the funny buttons for her purse. George and Carol Adkins say hope and compassion always came easily to Sarah. It was plain when she was little, and even Troy Geller couldn’t destroy her true nature. Adkins might forever need the punching bag, but she also plays a baby grand piano upstairs, and she’s thinking about putting old movie theater seats in her kitchen nook just for fun. She wants to hear the sound of laughter in her new house. If not from her children, then from friends and family. “Prevention is one thing,” Adkins said. But sometimes, all you can do is pick up the pieces.

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pend five minutes with Debbie Phillips, and even life-coach skeptics might get why she is such a success. She is warm and engaging and smart (Harvard doesn’t just give away degrees, after all). Her energy is endless. And geez—did she just convince you that you can actually change the world? Phillips, a Columbus native, was an executive and life coach before people knew what that meant. As a young professional, she was a newspaper reporter. A governor’s press secretary. Head of a television production company. But she was thirsty for advice—particularly of the best-way-to-live-life variety— and she couldn’t seem to find it. So she became for others what didn’t exist for her. Phillips, now 56, began by helping executives write speeches and better relate to their teams. She graduated to connecting entrepreneurs with the people or resources they needed to start or advance. And she eventually began balancing the fine line between coaching and therapy, helping determine what people needed


to be more successful, more fulfilled—be it a different workout routine, a new hobby or perhaps a different career altogether. Clients flocked. “I was making more money working 10 to 15 hours a week than I (had been) working 50 or 60,” Phillips said. “I had done everything I had wanted to do. I was so happy to help other people.” Eventually, Phillips longed to connect the women she coached, confident they would find inspiration feeding off each other’s energy and success. Thus, the Women on Fire movement was born. Phillips hosted tea parties and retreats to give women the three things she says they need to succeed: inspiration, strategies and support. She started a free weekly email note called “The Spark.” She enlisted the expertise of several women she admires, including a few from Columbus, to help write “Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!).” Now she is launching a tour that kicks off in Columbus September/October 2011

Sept. 30, and plans to stop in a handful of cities from Naples, Fla. to New York. It’s like a traveling Oprah show— an event where Phillips hopes women will come to feel both nurtured and sparked. Columbus comedienne Pat Wynn Brown, who has been friends with Phillips for 30 years, said Phillips genuinely yearns for others to find success—and knows how to help them get there. “It’s a gift that she has,” said Brown, who wrote a chapter in Phillips’ book. “She understands where (people) are in the world and where they want to be.” Phillips certainly seems to have found the joy that she helps others find. She not only survived a divorce herself, but she is also happily remarried (and is still friends with her ex). She enjoys splitting her time between her homes in Naples and on Martha’s Vineyard. And she is brimming with passion while being simultaneously content. “I want for every woman in the world to feel the inspiration and have the strategies and support to live her potential,” Phillips said. “And to have her dream.”

Women on Fire includes many things: a book, tea parties, retreats and more. More than 2,000 women have participated, plus 5,000 more have purchased Phillips’ books. The Women on Fire National Tour begins in Columbus. The daylong retreat is Sept. 30 at the Franklin Park Conservatory and will include a keynote speech by six-time Emmy Award winner and standup comic Janette Barber. Tickets cost $397 and can be purchased at WOFDay. com. For more, visit

The question

There is one key question Phillips typically uses to begin her relationship with a client: “What is the love you have to give the world before you die?” It’s a good meditative question to help determine where you should go next in life, she said. “Women can be very clear about that,” she added. “There can be a lot of tears.”


your fire

Finding and fueling passion can start with a few basic questions, Phillips said. Here are the ones she recommends discussing with friends.

What is your proudest accomplishment in the last year? What are you on fire about in your life? What is a very small step forward toward what you’re on fire about?


Passion to Profits

the grande dame

Mary Relotto is helping women connect, and Forbes has taken notice


Story by: Andrea Cambern


t’s Wednesday night in Clintonville, and an office on North High Street is buzzing. The place is packed with women all looking for a meaningful connection. But this isn’t about matters of the heart; it’s about building a bond—a Dames Bond, that is. And the grande dame of them all is relishing the excitement. “I wanted to create a

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networking group for women who were flying under the radar,” said Mary B. Relotto, founder of Dames Bond. “I knew there were hundreds, if not thousands, of women who needed a champion, and that champion was me.” And so Mary B., as everyone knows her, created a Central Ohio networking community that not only brings women together, but also markets the businesses and expertise of its members. “We want to talk to each other, share best practices, support each other,” said KeyBank branch manager and Dames Bond member Mary Persichetti-Gallegos. “It’s not just networking, it’s relationship building.” The organization boasts 2,700 members. For $125 a year, members receive a profile in the business directory. They can post activities and articles on the website. And they can attend more than a dozen September/October 2011

networking events a year. Five years after launching Dames Bond, Relotto, 45, is gaining national attention. Forbes magazine named Dames Bond one of the top 10 career websites for women in the United States. Now, she’s taking her show on the road. This spring, Relotto opened a chapter in Northwest Ohio, and has plans to go nationwide.

The idea for Dames Bond actually came when Relotto left a long career in the nonprofit sector to open her own consulting business. She yearned for a place to network with other women, but couldn’t find one. “(There was) no one to say, ‘Go for it,’ ” she said. “In today’s world, where women are really struggling to start their own business and contribute,

I knew there were hundreds, if not thousands, of women who needed a champion.

they need champions outside of their family to do it.” Now, Relotto runs Dames Bond as her fulltime job. She believes it has filled a void in the marketplace where women of all levels and experience can come together and learn from each other. She points out that networking is very different for women and men. “We build bonds, form

relationships—and business follows,” she said. “Where with men, it’s business first, relationship follows.” Business owner Maureen Mahoney enjoys the relationships she has formed as part of Dames Bond. She owns Latté 2 a Tea, and works with caterers to provide gourmet coffee services for special events and corporate functions. Her Dames Bond membership

dues are money well spent, she said. “You get out and talk to women that are passionate about what they do,” she said. “(We) just encourage other women that we have all started somewhere, and we can all boost each other up with support.” Relotto says this matchmaking of sorts comes easily—and enjoyably.

“I’m a connector. I connect people to resources. I have the gift of making people feel welcome,” she said. “I have a passion for helping women foster relationships that build into connections, and hopefully cascade into referrals.” Watch Andrea Cambern’s “Female Focus” weekdays at 5 p.m. on 10TV News HD.

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The Coach’s Wife

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All About Amy On growing up one of 10 kids

Controlled chaos. We had great, loving parents—that’s probably what I remember most. But just there was always something going on. And anytime anybody had friends who wanted to go somewhere, it was always to our house because there was always action.

Meet the new First Lady of Buckeye Nation Stories by: Kristy Eckert



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my Fickell is fit and pretty, with soft blond hair, exquisite skin, ocean eyes and an easy smile. But make no mistake: The wife of Ohio State University’s new head football coach is no Barbie doll. The 35-year-old grew up one of 10 children in Spencerville, a Northwest Ohio village so small that at just 5-feet-7-inches, she played center on her high school basketball team. Now, she’s a mother of four kids

younger than 10—Landon, 9; Luca, 6; and identical twins Aydon and Ashton, 4. And she even pulls her own weeds. While she certainly understands the enormity of her husband’s role, she seems unfazed by its stresses. She brought no handlers to the interview for this story—nobody from the school to monitor, or even hear, what she says. And when it was time for her photo to be taken, she slid on a touch of fresh lipstick and said she won’t waste time checking a mirror. Did her hair look OK? She trusted your answer. “She’s really strong-willed,”

On faith

I was raised Catholic—obviously with 10 kids (laughing). We go to St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin. I think that’s what keeps us grounded in all of this. Through any stress, we’re grounded in our faith.

On finances

I do it all. My husband doesn’t even know what his paycheck is. He does not know how to write a check out, I think. He doesn’t need to worry about that stuff. So I’m partial accountant!

On chores

I always have to joke with my husband. He doesn’t really do anything around the house. But we are all talented in different areas, and taking care of a house is not in his bag of tricks, so to speak. I do treat myself twice a month and have someone who comes to clean. I think I would get rid of my cable before I stopped doing

that. Honestly, I would! My husband is not around, so I do have someone who mows my yard for me. But I do the weed pulling.

On “me” time

I get up at about 5:30. I have about a half hour of quiet time to myself, when I pray or whatever. Then I work out. If I have someone to help with the kids, I run. But I have a StairMaster, which has been my saving grace.

On her morning buzz

I have to have my coffee in the morning. If I don’t have a cup of coffee, I am not myself. I like hazelnut right now. I like a flavored bean with cream.

On pet peeves

I do not like to be late. My quote to my children is, “Your time is not more important than someone else’s.”

On teaching at Vacation Bible School

This year I had 15 preschoolers, nine of which were boys. Now that’s controlled chaos.

On spa time

I did pedicures and manicures with my daughter yesterday at our house. Does that count?

On indulgences

At night, when all of my kids are in bed, when my husband gets home—if he gets home—I like to have a glass of wine with him. A glass of red wine, just the two of us.

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The Coach’s Wife said older sister Jennifer MacDonald. “We had six brothers, so there was no room for crying and whining.” Amy and Luke, who live in Powell, dated as students at Ohio State. She gave up her career as a physical therapist to raise the kids while Luke pursued his passion, and she’s excited that he is fulfill-

ing his lifetime goal at a place they love. She’s also happy to be in a city where she has family and, thus, a well-established circle of support. “The best part for me here at Ohio State is my family’s here,” she said, then smiled. “And it’s not so bad to watch your husband live out his dream.”

Sideline Life A Q&A with Amy Fickell

CS: What was your reaction to Luke being named head coach after Jim Tressel resigned? AF: It all happened so quickly. You know, it was a difficult way of going about being a head coach. I was excited for him, and this has been a goal of his for years and years, and he has worked and planned for it. But we loved Coach Tressel. So “bittersweet” would be a good word.

CS: I’m so impressed you can get the kids to stay still for a whole game. AF: The only reason it works is because I sit in the front row, with the bar in front of us. You can stand and cheer and look at the team, and Daddy’s right there. CS: Do the kids always want to talk to Daddy? AF: Oh yeah! They scream and holler at him, and occasionally, on a very lucky moment, he might wink at one of them. But generally, he’s busy.

CS: Are you nervous about your family being thrust into the spotlight? AF: I don’t think I’m nervous. I think you start to become more aware of what’s going on around your kids, and you start to be more protective.

CS: Landon has played flag football for three or four years, and Luke has only seen one game. How crazy is his schedule? AF: I have to step up and be both parents much of the time. That’s kind of how I can support him—by taking the weight of the family. It does teach you to not be selfish. But I think that’s true for any mom.

CS: Where will you sit on game days? AF: I sit right behind the team. Luke wants us to stay there. The kids want to stay there. And the kids love it—rain or shine.

CS: How often do you see him? AF: We go to Panera on Friday mornings because they have a little bit of time on Friday mornings. We’ve always done that. Generally during the

Amy and Luke Fickell with Ashton, Luca, Landon and Aydon Photo courtesy: Ohio state athletics

season, we get to see him on Thursday nights. Sometimes during the season we try to sneak down to practice on Wednesday nights. The kids love it. CS: Any game day traditions? AF: Usually the kids and I drive him to The Blackwell (hotel on campus) and drop him off. And after the game, it is my favorite point in time during the day: The kids and I wait and go onto the field with him and sing “Carmen Ohio” with the band. It’s fun to see the kids get to be part of it. My husband previously coached linebackers, so my kids thought the linebackers were their friends.

CS: Has Ellen Tressel—or any other coach’s wife—given you pointers? AF: I’ve talked to Ellen a few times. I’ve talked to Barb (wife of Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta) a few times. Ellen just said, “You will feel overwhelmed at times, and that is very normal.” Barb has been great with advice about the kids. I’ve also talked with my friend Becky Dantonio. Her husband was previously the defensive coordinator here, and now he’s the head coach at Michigan State. He had some health issues, so she said, “Just take care of him. Help him with stress. And just enjoy it.”

“She’s very kindhearted. She’s nice. She’s obviously very family-oriented.” Jennifer MacDonald, Amy’s sister

Quick Takes: Favorites Restaurant Lucé—that’s our go-to.


I love “Hitch.” I’m a very lighthearted movie person. I like a little bit of romance. I don’t like anything sad. I don’t like anything violent. And I don’t like anything with really bad language.

TV Show

We watch “Extreme Home Makeover.” The kids like that. Then I’ll put them to bed and put on “Desperate Housewives.”

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A cross necklace from Luke. Other than that, I always try to put a red belt with something to make it scarlet and gray.


Luke has the 2nd & 7 Foundation (created in conjunction with his OSU teammates Mike Vrabel and Ryan Miller). Their motto is to tackle illiteracy. It initially started in second grades in seven Columbus public schools. Now, it’s a nationwide program.

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egendary designer Tommy Hilfiger strutted into the middle of the fashion show chaos—his charcoal turtleneck perfectly fitted beneath a crisp navy suit—and hugged his daughter, Ally. Then, he turned to Ally’s business partner, fellow designer Nary Manivong (who proudly donned a scarlet Ohio State Tshirt) and embraced him just as warmly. “Everyone over here!” a photographer shouted. The trio smiled as paparazzi snapped away. “This is our moment to enjoy, celebrate,” Manivong said. “I’m feeling good. I’m excited. I’m happy.” It was a scene once unthinkable. Manivong, 28, grew up in the projects on the east side of Columbus, the son of abusive parents who abandoned him by high school. Still, the homeless kid, who couldn’t afford anything but secondhand clothes, had big fashion dreams. A kind-hearted principal, notable teachers and a local stylist nurtured them. So after he improbably graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 2000, Manivong left for New York City. He slaved at odd jobs and worked menial fashion gigs for free, spending spare time creating his own collection. Eventually his designs drew enough respect to put together a show for one Fashion Week, then another. He sold pieces


online and in three boutiques. But he was still working at a restaurant and boutique to pay his bills. During one frustrating period, he discovered the book “The Secret”—and read it seven times in one week. Slowly, he garnered more and more buzz. Then, he and Ally Hilfiger, who he had met at a dinner party, decided to create a line of their own, called NAHM. (It’s his initials on either side, hers in the middle.) They built a team. They got some press. And they even secured a wowworthy critique with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. This past February, the duo debuted their upscale, edgy women’s dresses during Fashion Week. It was exciting—electric. But even then,

Manivong’s Midwest morals are what petite fireball Ally Hilfiger wanted to talk about. “Nary has one of the most kind souls,” she said, loudly, above the noise during the show. “He’s one of the most grounded, spirited, driven people I’ve ever met. …He keeps me inspired.” Her father echoed the sentiment. “Nary’s incredible. He’s an amazing talent. He’s a very hard worker,” Tommy Hilfiger said. “The fact he’s done what he’s done is really outrageous.” Richard Hammons, Manivong’s Walnut Ridge principal, traveled to New York with his wife, daughter and granddaughter for the show. The unofficial adoptive family looked on with pride.

“He has that inner strength,” Hammons said. “He doesn’t take no for an answer.” Laura Baciu, the stylist who has long mentored Manivong, told a producer friend that the touching tale would make a great documentary. “Dressed” was released in theaters earlier this year. Now, the proud Buckeye native is relishing his success. He’s fielding calls from stores in London, Paris, Dubai and beyond, interested in potentially carrying NAHM dresses, which retail for $495 to $1,000. And, thankfully, he doesn’t have to juggle any other jobs in the meantime. “It’s no longer a dream,” Manivong said. “It’s this whole endless possibility now.”


a Happy ending Story by: Kristy Eckert September/October 2011


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A chat with Nary Manivong CS: You put on your first show at age 17 in the Short North. What were the styles like? MN: It was really just grungy, rock ‘n’ roll. It was pretty much all over the place. I look back at it now and am like, “What was I thinking?” So I’ve definitely grown up. CS: How do you describe your style today? MN: I like feminine and clean. Some of the designers I admire are Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene, Thakoon, Proenza Schouler. There’s a sensibility to their clothing and the way they design. CS: What was it like meeting Vogue editor Anna Wintour? MN: I was very nervous. I’m sitting there, and I was like, “Wow.” Sitting in her office was surreal. It was just one of those moments when you’re taking it all in. (She advised us to) respect other designers, focus on relationships. She was pleased (with our pieces). Wished us the best of luck. CS: You’re working on getting your line into more specialty boutiques. There aren’t any Columbus stores that carry it now, but I know you hope that happens eventually. MN: I even dream of having my own freestanding boutique here.

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CS: How is life different now? MN: I get to enjoy it.

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Although Heather Pick never walked the runway in Key to the Cure, she eagerly supported the fundraiser because it benefited one of her favorite causes—the Columbus Cancer Clinic. Before she died of breast cancer in 2008, the beloved Channel 10 newscaster asked

Former Key to the Cure models celebrate after their show

Show of Spirit Key to the Cure celebrates survivors while helping others Stories by: Melissa Kossler Dutton


hen the models in the Key to the Cure style show hit the runway, emotions run high. The cancer survivors who strut the catwalk relish the opportunity to feel attractive and powerful—while simultaneously raising money to help others. “It’s profoundly moving,” said model and cancer survivor Cindy DeWitt. “There’s such a feeling of hope and optimism during the show.”


Friends and families in the audience cheer and cry. “The audience just goes wild,” said Carla Smith Jones, marketing director for the show’s sponsor, Saks Fifth Avenue. “You are here and you’re working that runway.” The local event is part of a national Saks Fifth Avenue campaign to raise funds for and awareness of femalerelated cancers. It benefits the Columbus Cancer Clinic, which provides services to people who can’t afford to fight cancer. “It’s for women who otherwise would have September/October 2011

to choose between feeding their children and getting a mammogram, or paying a utility bill and getting a mammogram,” Smith Jones explained. This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the style show, organizers are holding the Oct. 16 event in the center court of Polaris Fashion Place. In addition, Saks will donate 2 percent of total sales made between Oct. 20 and 23 to the clinic. Since 1999, the retailer has donated more than $30 million toward cancer research and treatment.

Angela An and Heather Pick her friend and co-worker, Angela An, to emcee the event. “The cheering and applauding and hooting and hollering for these women—I was just in awe of how much spirit there was,” said An, who continues to emcee. While Pick was blessed to have the support and money to deal with her treatment, she wanted to help families who didn’t, An said. “As a friend,” she added, “I want to make sure the things she fought for, people continue to fight for.”

Key to the Cure Style Show

When: Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Where: Polaris Fashion Place center court Cost: $65 Info:

Model Survivors

Photos courtesy: Jim Sanders

Meet three women who have walked the runway

Cindy DeWitt

Gwen Milner

Barb Scalise

When a sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue approached DeWitt about modeling in the show, she was moved. “I was really touched that someone would want someone like me to be a part of this,” said DeWitt, who battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I have visible scars, short hedgehog hair and weight gain from steroids.”

Milner agreed to participate in the show at the request of a family member, but the breast cancer survivor was nervous. “I was real hesitant,” she said. “Walking down the runway, I hoped I wouldn’t fall or trip or anything.”

Scalise, a breast cancer survivor, knows just how important awareness is. “My mammogram saved my life,” she said. “I never thought it would be me. I don’t smoke. I work out. I live a clean life. You don’t know who it will be.”

l How did you feel after the show?

l Why is this event important?

“It was a feeling of amazement and accomplishment. Wow, I actually did it. I rose above my fears of walking the runway.”

“We want to open the door to finding a cure. It requires money to get this stuff done.”

Hometown: Mason, Ohio Age: 51

l What was the show like?

“It was phenomenal. The models just inspire each other. There’s so much laughter and joy to be alive.” l Any surprises?

“I cried. When I got my diagnosis, I didn’t cry. I never cried during my treatment. It was the first time in almost five years I shed tears.” l What was it like walking the runway?

“It was so beautiful. I felt like Cinderella.”


Years held

Hometown: Carroll, Ohio Age: 61

Hometown: Westerville Age: 54

l How has battling cancer impacted your l Did you discover you inner diva?

“Yeah, I did. The crowd was whistling and cheering. They just make everyone feel important. It’s such a good feeling.”

life? “Gifts come in different packages. I know how I want to live my life—saying the things I want to say to people and doing the things I want to do.”

l How did other survivor stories impact

you? “It shows you what everybody goes through and yet we’re still here. It shows the resiliency of everyone. It gives you a boost.”

l Is it true that the show brings out your

inner diva? “It’s true. The music starts, and you just kind of start moving and dancing and celebrating life.”

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Pairs of boots and stilettos that have walked the runway


Specialty cupcakes served


Pieces of confetti dropped during the shows’ finales

225,000 Dollars raised

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Crave Shopping

Story by: Kristy Eckert


Photos by: Will shilling

Whether you need a treat for you or a gift for a girlfriend, local shops abound with goodies we love.

Slice ‘n’ Serve These cutting boards pull double duty, offering a place to chop, and then following up as a serving platter. One is handmade from spalted maple by a Massachusetts artist; the others from larch wood end grains by a Canadian artist. Available at: Helen Winnemore Craft 150 E. Kossuth St., German Village $95, $98 & $235

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Timeless Toast Westerville artist Susie Kossmann will turn your meaningful wine bottle into a timeless treasure (and practical party plate). Or, you can purchase one that’s already made. Available at: Meza 48 N. State St., Westerville; $25

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Make a statement with these versatile chandelier earrings by jewelry designer Holly Yashi. Available at: Encircle 30 N. State St., Westerville; $59

Polish ‘n’ Shine Paint yourself fabulous with OPI’s glamorous Bogota Blackberry and Glitzerland. Available at: The Charles Penzone Grand Salon at Polaris $8.50 each

The Charmer These Alex and Ani bangles are crafted from recycled materials by an artist in Rhode Island. The more, the merrier! Available at: Pure Cottage 693 High St., Worthington $38 each

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Short North boasts a bevy of décor shops Story by: Kristen Schmidt Photos by: Will Shilling


im Friar might be the new kid on the retail block in the Short North, having opened Grid Furnishings in late 2010. But it didn’t take long for the moderndécor shop owner to recognize he was in good company. “People need to realize what’s going on with décor stores,” Friar said. So he organized a collaboration called Home on High with similarly minded Short North retailers. The participating stores promote each other, encourage shoppers to visit the other stores, and—attention, suburbanites!—are all open on Sundays. Here, we guide you through the Short North’s ever-growing group of specialty décor shops. September/October 2011




home on high

the shops The constantly blossoming lineup of home goods stores make the Short North a decorator’s paradise

Grid Furnishings 944 N. High St., 614-725-4292

Accessible, warm mid-century design furnishings, from large dining and living room pieces to small-space chairs and cocktail tables, along with tabletop accents and wall art.


940 N. High St. 614-725-4448

The Lamp Shade 990 N. High St. 614-299-6442

Luxe-but-comfy home furnishings and accents that draw from cottage, vintage, rustic, high country and modern aesthetics. A complementary blend of new and old.

Wide selection of shades for every style of lamp, from Victorian to modern. Also: Finials to top off the creation; candles, home accents

Old World New Home 941 N. High St. 614-935-6575

Old meets new in this mother-daughter owned store showcasing furniture, accessories, clothing, candles and jewelry.

Mary Catherine’s Antiques

1128 N. High St. 614-291-4837 Well-stocked from the floors to the walls with antique, vintage and retro furniture. Wall art and architectural salvage rounds out the ever-rotating selection of eye candy.

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GrandView Mercantile

873 N. High St. 614-421-7000 Truly eclectic mix of antique and vintage items, including one-of-a-kind art, furnishings and accessories. Variety of dealers showcasing wares in carefully designed tableaux.


879 N. High St. 614-421-5870 The Mercantile’s younger sister: Brand-name, highquality consignment with always-fresh traditional and modern furniture, tabletop accessories, art and oddities.

T. David Collection

Cookware Sorcerer

772 N. High St., 614-542-4300

688 N. High St. 614-228-8678

Mix of new and antique furnishings in a range of styles (and prices); vintage and new barware and glassware (home bartenders—this shop’s for you!); garden accents; lamps and home accessories.

Fine and extensive selection of cookware, bakeware, cooking accessories and cook’s tools, cutlery and barware.

PM Gallery

726 N. High St., Suite 101, 614-299-0860 Functional and decorative art for the home and more. Art glass, metalwork, pottery, sculpture, pewter and paintings are well represented, as are smaller items like jewelry and handmade notecards.


641 N. High St. 614-221-5668 Eclectic and vintagelooking home furnishings and accents that are American-, French- and English-inspired. Also: design and art books, children’s toys and clothing, women’s clothing and jewelry

Funky+Functional 685 N. High St. 614-220-4590

Vintage and antique furnishings, home accents and art ranging from traditional to contemporary. Plus, a wide selection of vintage jewelry and accessories.


771-B N. High St. 614-291-4438 An explosion of color bursting with Turkish tabletop accessories, lanterns, jewelry, rugs and kilims, plates, tiles, clothing and accessories.

The Candle Lab 751 N. High St.

Hand-poured soy wax candles in 120 scents, with some that rotate seasonally. If nothing between almond and yuzu appeals, they’ll customize a scent for you.

There’s more!

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Bungalow OwnerS: Paige Langdale and Julie DeVito Butler The story: Two longtime friends (one a professional hair stylist and the other a photographer) with an uncanny knack for decorating opened Bungalow in November 2010. The inspiration: Langdale and Butler are drawn to one-of-a-kind pieces they don’t see in other shops. They treasure stories behind the objects, which are takes on previously unknown but intriguing distant cousins of mainstream styles. Lines are clean, colors are muted. “We stay true to what we like,” Butler said. Showstopper: Boat dock furniture, prices vary Sleeper find: Glass terrariums, $140-$183 To take a peek inside Langdale’s home, go to “Home Chic Home” on page 126.

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T. David collection Owner: Tom Crumley The story: Crumley opened T. David Collection six years ago after working as a freelance merchandiser. He moved the store from German Village to the Short North in March. The inspiration: “I’ve always liked old things,” Crumley said. He cultivated a talent for antique buying over time. If it’s in the store, Crumley has been attracted to the piece, its quality and its reasonable price. Showstopper: English pine armoir with black paint detailing, $5,650 Sleeper find: Vintage Fostoria in American pattern, $22 and up

Loot Owner: Jennifer Davis The story: Davis, her mother and her sister opened Loot 22 years ago, and each continues to bring her own flair to the selections inside. The inspiration: Modernvintage décor (a little English, a little Americana) meets a healthy dose of Francophilia in this funky but accessible store. Three buyers makes for a curious but harmonious collection that includes women’s clothing and children’s items. “It’s not a matchy-matchy place,” Davis said. Showstopper: Design Legacy sofa in signatures print, $2,300 Sleeper find: Monsieur/ Madame glasses, $8 each

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Grid Furnishings Owner: Tim Friar The story: Friar, a career product designer with an affinity for modern design, opened the store in March, selling modern-design American furnishings. The inspiration: Friar is especially fond of the designs of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and the Eames brothers. His own home is of modern design, so he has had the personal experience of furnishing a home in this style. The designs he sells are unique modern American, as opposed to modern European. Showstopper: Forty Four Steel Mouse desk, $1,155 Sleeper find: Kevin Keiser ceramics, $40-$300

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Stately Brick Tudor 3 sty estate with slate roof on a parklike 3.43 acre lot. 7 BR, 8 full & 4 half BA - 13,758 SF - Architectural integrity throughout - 10’+ ceilings Extensive renovations by architect John Behal 1999/2000 - Lg proportion rooms - 3 stairways - Chef’s kit. - Pool - Tennis Court - Separate Apartment - Mint Condition!

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200k Price Reduction, now $1,495,000. A long private lane, 4.55 acres, a charming home with exquisite details inside and out that are sure to please. Enjoy swimming in pond, or fishing in the stocked pond. Meticulously maintained with entire yard organic since 2008. An amazing property in Dublin, 6 car garage, guest apartment, first floor owners suite. This one will take your breath away!


Old meets new in exceptional Victorian renovated in ‘09. Eat-in kitchen with large pantry opens to family room. Master suite with custom shower, ample closets. Additional amenities: mudroom, rear staircase, 2nd - floor laundry, office. 3rd floor provides private space for guest/teen retreat. New since ‘09: roof, main HVAC, 36 windows, all appliances & more! $749,000

Sarah Eagleson Keller Williams Classic Properties 614-804-8470

Kathy Faust Keller Williams Capital Partners 614-206-4881


Amazing 5 BR, 4.5 BA home atop a hill backing to the park. This historic residence contains wonderful woodwork and is restored to its original character w/ hardwood flrs, 6 frplcs, roof & 74 new windows! Discover this incredible home! $950,000


Secluded classic brick executive estate home on 3 acres, built by Bob Webb and totally updated and remodeled. Side entry auto court accesses 5-garage stalls including a separate stand-alone two-story auto structure. Impeccably landscaped grounds with pool and mature trees to accommodate impressive outdoor entertainment or “kick back” relaxing. The living areas are large and extensive. See for yourself at

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BALMORAL OF MUIRFIELD. 8075 CRAGINHALL CT $784,000 One owner custom built home nestled on a private court and across from open space and pond. Property has been well cared for. Quality amenities throughout all three floors. Great first floor master plan includes formal living and dining rooms along with wonderful casual areas as well. Finished walk-out lower level. Four seasons room, Large outdoor living space. For more Details and Photos log onto

ONE OF A KIND! - $694,900 This unique home is situated on 1/2 acre cul-de-sac lot, featuring 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths & nearly 5000 square feet. An extraordinary open two story entry, open design and a stunning screened porch.

Barbara Hoyer, CRS Wagenbrenner Company

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Beautifully renovated, mostly all brick 1920’s home on .88 acre lot! Lovely pool & guest house (540 SF) at rear of property inside black wrought iron fence. Inviting foyer leading to spacious LR & DR, French doors to FR, updated kit/ wonderful eating area/many windows, newer baths, 3 BRs on 2nd & BR suite/BA on 3rd. Ref hdwd floors, stately ref. woodwork, approx 3,368 SF. Call for list of renovations!


Corner location in North Bank provides fabulous downtown views. Open kitchen & living area great for entertaining. 2 secured parking spaces, 24/7 concierge service, on site fitness center & tax abated thru 2018. Walk to sports, concerts & dining venues.

Brian Kemp, Kemp & Co. Keller Williams Capital Partners 614-825-0288


Westerville 4 BR, 3 BA home has beautifully landscaped yard w/stone patio, tasteful décor, large eat-in island kitchen w/tile flooring, wood ceiling in great room w/floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, tons of storage. 4-car attached garage as well as a 3-car detached garage would make this a perfect home for the car enthusiast, or convert extra space into an in-law suite. $450,000.

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9078 TARTAN FIELDS DRIVE $3,200,000

Builders own masterpiece on the 4th green of the Tartan Fields Golf Club. Amazing finishes, incredible views, lavish amenities. Walk-out lower level to 20 x 50 heated pool, 4-car heated garages, six BRs, seven full baths, on site custom built cabinets, imported French limestone tile. More photos at


Jane Kessler Lennox New Albany Realty 614-939-8938 7380 LAMBTON PARK RD - $1,899,000

Incredible NACC golf course & pond views from every room on 1st & 2nd floor! Spectacular Guzzo built offers finishes of the highest quality. Features 2 MBR suites, private carriage suite, LL home theater & bar, & large brick patio.

Stacy McVey Keller Williams Classic Properties Realty 614-324-2045


Beautiful Georgian style home on cul-de-sac custom built for owners. Two story great room opens to updated kitchen. Fabulous 1st flr master suite opens to tranquil pond/patio setting. LL is perfect for family/friend game night. Amazing spaces, details and amenities!

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Michael Edwards Design to build European Country Design on last lot on Fontenay Pl. conveniently located off Coach Rd. Featuring a first floor master suite w/gorgeous amenities. Chef’s kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances. Steep roof pitches, stucco, stone and brick exterior. Anticipated price: $998,900.

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Elegant home with spectacular floor plan! Rich wood floors through most of first floor, Chef’s kitchen w/ updated granite counters open to eating area with door to balcony. Kitchen has access to Florida rm and see-thru fireplace to GR w/ soaring ceilings. Unmatched owner’s suite w/ wet bar, 15’ walk-in closet & outstanding bath w/ huge shower, soaking tub & sauna. Finished walkout lower level features huge media room w/ built-ins, additional BR & full bath, exercise rm, theater rm and door to patio & exceptional backyard with yard space, & fire pit with beautiful extensive landscaping. Gorgeous, high quality home! OA5042

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Acre plus lot minutes from Polaris Mall, Uptown Westerville and more! Beautiful custom home with four bedrooms, and four full baths including one in the incredible finished walk out lower level! Perfect home for those needing more space inside & out Affordably priced @ $416,500

Marilyn Vutech & Jeff Ruff Real Living HER 614-255-0600


Originally renovated in 2001, this fabulously unique German Village home is situated in one of Columbus’ most vibrant neighborhoods! Often admired for incredible curb appeal, this intriguing home offers potentially 5,000+ SF once the cottage addition is complete. Main house has almost 3,000 SF of stunning space executed w/style and luxury. This home offers wonderful architecture executed for entertaining! W/5 BRs, gleaming HW flrs, 5 FP, a wonderful stone courtyard w/exquisite gardens, in-ground stainless steel pool, this amazing home has it all--great living spaces inside & out!

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River frontage and views on the Scioto from this magnificent 5,600 SF. Custom built brick colonial on 9 acres, 5 car garage, finished walk-out lower level, separate wing for guest suite, great for entertaining, boating or horses. View pictures at

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BEXLEY- 156 S DREXEL AVE- $1,395,000

Classic Georgian brick w/amazing addition & renovations in 2000 and 2001. Tremendous entertainment space w/ projection TV / media sys & FP, gorgeous kit w/lg island, high end finishes, FP & large eating rm. Light filled four season rm w/five glass drs leading to side yard. Bar rm features built-in cherry cabinetry & granite counters, stainless steel icemaker & wine cooler/beverage center. Luxurious mstr ste w/built-in cabinetry, cath. ceiling, FP, french drs to balcony & large his/hers custom walk-in closets. MBA includes marble, dentil molding, Jacuzzi & steam shower. There are 6 BR, three Lennox furnaces & A/C units. Extensive landscaping w/Koi pond & waterfall, gated drive, and 4-car carriage house garage (unfinished).

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Beautiful Reservoir fromfrom fantastic homehome custom built bybuilt Giuliani & Son. Boat dockBoat included! Beautiful views viewsofofHoover Hoover Reservoir fantastic custom by Giuliani & Son. dock Great roomGreat withroom wall with of windows and see through burning frplc. Center granite included! wall of windows and see wood through wood burning frplc.island Centerkitchen island w/ kitchen w/ counters, breakfastbreakfast bay, planning pantrydesk, & doors to deck w/ stairs to stamped concrete patio, a beautiful granite counters, bay,desk, planning pantry & doors to deck w/ stairs to stamped concrete pathway to the water & personal Owner’sboat suitedock! with Owner’s see through with patio, a beautiful pathway to the boat waterdock! & personal suitefireplace. with see Owner’s through bath fireplace. whirlpool tub, shower, water closet, 2 WIC’s &water 2 vanities. floor incls BR suites. Walk incls out lower Owner’s bath with whirlpool tub, shower, closet,2nd 2 WIC’s & 2large vanities. 2nd floor largelevel BR features mediaoutroom fireplace & door to room patio; w/ wetfireplace bar, den&with shelves, exercise room, and suites. Walk lowerw/level features media doorbuilt-in to patio; wet bar, den with built-in additional 4th Bedroom bath.4th OL3677 $695,000 shelves, exercise room,with andprivate additional Bedroom with private bath. OL3677 $695,000

Jean Ann & Amy Conley



Sellers relocation justjust completed a $250K addition, 5-6 Sellers relocationcompany companysays, says,“price “priceto tosell”. sell”.Owner’s Owner’s completed a $250K addition, 5-6 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, firstowners floor owners w/ fireplace and denthe overlooks river, bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, first floor suite w/ suite fireplace and den overlooks river, an the awesome an awesome “chefs”entertaining kitchen, spaces multiple spaces inside outwooded with “chefs” kitchen, multiple insideentertaining and out with breathtaking views.and Heavily breathtaking wooded 3.3 acre property Dublin with a private 3.3 acreviews. propertyHeavily in Dublin Schoolsprivate with a Powell mailing Boat dock.Schools $999,999. Powell mailing address. Boat dock. $999,999.

Jill Rudler, GRI, RRS, CLHMS



Extraordinary This fabulous fabulouskitchen kitchen Extraordinary home home situated situated on on aa spectacular spectacular lot that that backs backs to a wood wood preserve!! preserve!! This features The hearth hearth room room offers offersaadouble doublesided sidedfireplace fireplacew/w/ featuresenormous enormous center center island island and and granite granite counters. counters. The granite sun rm rmw/ w/access accesstotothe thedeck. deck.Impressive Impressive finished walk-out lower granitesurround surround and and isis open to the sun finished walk-out lower levellevel w/ w/wet bar,workout workoutroom, room, media room & sitting with access the Gracious patio. Gracious wet bar, media room & sitting roomroom with access to the to patio. owner'sowner's suite w/ suite privatew/ private bath, w/i and closet and to access to theThis deck. This is aCR2975 gem!!!!$569,900 CR2975 $569,900 bath, w/i closet access the deck. home is ahome gem!!!!

Elvah Donald 614-568-7530

CLASSIC EXECUTIVE HOME IN PRISTINE CONDITION CLASSIC EXECUTIVE HOME IN PRISTINE Intricate architectural details, tasteful amenities, an entire firstCONDITION floor master suite

wing in addition to 4 other bedrooms. Sits beautifully on almost an acre lot in Intricate architectural details, tasteful amenities, an entire first New Albany. Finished for all ages Call today: shown floor master suitelower winglevel in addition to enjoyment. 4 other bedrooms. Sits only bybeautifully appointment. on almost an acre lot in New Albany. Finished lower level for all ages enjoyment. Call today: shown only by appointment.

Jill Rudler, GRI, RRS, CLHMS

Robert Werts



Incredible one-of-a-kind home in Gated Community in SageinCreek. attention to quality Incrediblevalue valueforforthis this one-of-a-kind home in Gated Community Sage B'ful Creek. B'ful attention to quality and throughout. cstm detailDramatic throughout. foyer with atogrand staircase to ultimate chef's and cstm detail foyerDramatic with a grand staircase ultimate chef's kitchen with state of kitchen with state the artwalk-in appl's,pantry 11 ft. and island, walk-in andgreat center the art appl's, 11 ft.ofisland, center island.pantry 2-story rm island. features2-story a two great sided rm features a two owner's sided fireplace. suiteflrwith a luxurious bath home on 2nd on fireplace. Incredible suite withIncredible a luxuriousowner's bath on 2nd on own wing. A dream withflrover own wing. A dream with true overcraftsmanship, 7,000 SF of magnificent living spacecarpentry displaying craftsmanship, 7,000 SF of living spacehome displaying and true imported marble and magnificent imported marble and tile throughout. SW2374 $659,000 tile throughout.carpentry SW2374 and $659,000


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Custombuilt builtinin1999 1999onon.9.9acre acre private in Upper Arlington. Grand 2 story Custom private lot lot in Upper Arlington. Grand 2 story greatgreat roomroom with withofwall of windows, built-ins and fireplace. to include MIL4Suite, 4 full baths. wall windows, built-ins and fireplace. 5/6 BRs5/6 to BRs include 1st MIL1st Suite, full baths. 5,583 5,583 SF above grade & 2,800 SF unfinished walk-out basement with 2 sliding door, SF above grade & 2,800 SF unfinished walk-out basement with 2 sliding door, windows and windows and fireplace. $999,000 (may consider a lease or lease purchase $4,500/mo) fireplace. $999,000 (may consider a lease or lease purchase $4,500/mo)

Marty Evans Huestis

Maggie Chudik




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Diana Kutschbach

For more information: Carolyn Petree 614-221-2141




Outstanding floor condo w/great floorfloor planplan for entertaining. Spectacular Outstanding21st 21st floor condo w/great for entertaining. view of river &view newofscioto panoramic southern view. Hardwood Spectacular river &mile newpark scioto&mile park & panoramic southern floor in dining rm &floor kitchen. Top-of-the-line appliances. Updated electrical view. Hardwood in dining rm & kitchen. Top-of-the-line lighting w/cat 5wiring. Prime parking spaces (2) Double size storage appliances. Updated electrical lighting w/cat 5wiring. Prime parking unit on lobby level. Price $784,000 spaces (2) Double size storage unit on lobby level. Price $784,000

This property features featuresa a5,600 5,600SFSF home along a 4,000 approx. for collector the car This pristine property home along w/ aw/4,000 approx. SF barnSFforbarn the car collector horse a 1,500SFapprox. SFhouse carriage w/ a&full bath &perfect 6 rooms for or horse orlover & alover 1,500&approx. carriage w/ ahouse full bath 6 rooms for perfect extra living extra living or workspace. Home includes BR, 5.5 kitchen BA, gourmet & grand or workspace. Home includes 5 BR, 5.5 BA,5gourmet & grandkitchen two-story greattwo-story room thatgreat leads room out to the gorgeous outdoor complete w/ waterfall, fireplace out tothat theleads gorgeous outdoor entertaining area entertaining complete w/area waterfall, fireplace & stone bar. Estate&is stone bar.on Estate situated overincludes 10.5 acres which includes a stocked 1 acre pond. $1,499,000 situated overis10.5 acresonwhich a stocked 1 acre pond. $1,499,000

Wendy Witker Stahanczyk

The Susan Wainfor Advantage Group 3714 Fishinger Blvd Columbus, Oh 43026 614-850-4663


6112 Karrer Rd RD 6112 KARRER

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Generator system, 5 ton AC, replacement roof in 2003, irrigation system, & an extra storage area over the garage! $725,000

The Susan Wainfor Advantage Group

3714 Fishinger Blvd Columbus, Oh 43026 614-582-7355 • 614-850-4663

The Susan Wainfor Advantage Group 3714 Fishinger Blvd Columbus, Oh 43026 614-582-7355 • 614-850-4663

Dublin Rd! 5940 DUBLIN RD! Located fromdowntown historic downtown Dublin, riverfront Located just just steps steps from historic Dublin, this riverfront home isthis situated on almost half an acre lot with a deep dock! half Homean features Cherry floors, home is situated onwater almost acreBrazilian lot with a hardwood deep water mother-in-law suite, deck overlooking the river, and 4 car tandem garage! Stop in for a visit dock! Home features Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, motherand stay forsuite, a lifetimedeck $699,900 in-law overlooking the river, and 4 car tandem garage! Stop in for a visit and stay for a lifetime $699,900


Nestled in the trees overlooking the Scioto River, this unique home is available in The Quarry. The Quarry is a private, gated community of 36 homes with boat dock privileges. Be soothed by the calm waters as you relax on your deck! Newer kit is updated w Miller Cabinetry, updated baths, soaring ceilings and lower level! $699,000

Carol Rice

Salyer & Henry Group



This lovely lovely home home has views views of of the the 11th 11th && 12th 12th green green from from the the deck deck and and patio. patio. Details Details include include dramaticwindows windowsand and doors from floor to ceiling for panoramic of the Championship dramatic doors from floor to ceiling for panoramic view ofview the Championship Course, Course, open withbridal beautiful bridal staircase opening onto second flr walkway open foyer with foyer beautiful staircase opening onto second flr walkway completely open to Premier Choice completely views5 of course. 5BR., 5 full firstw/ & solid second flr, views of the open course.to5BR., fullthe baths, master suites onbaths, first &master second suites flr, 1st on flr den wood 1st flr denlg w/ solidkitch wood paneling, islandbtw kitch w/ rm stone situated great rm kit and paneling, island w/ stone frplc lg situated great andfrplc Kitchen. Winebtw cellar, sauna, & Kitchen. Wine cellar, sauna, & more on LL. 8690 Hawick Ct. $859,500 more on LL. 8690 Hawick Ct. kit $859,500



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Designer Paige Langdale blends contemporary style and casual comfort in her New Albany estate Story by: DANA WILSON


I Photos by: Will Shilling

wning a décor shop comes with a perk that Paige Langdale clearly enjoys: She often brings home new merchandise and then rearranges the rooms of her New Albany estate. The casually elegant aura in Bungalow—the Short North shop Langdale co-owns with Julie DeVito Butler—mirrors the relaxed atmosphere she has created at home for her own family. “I just want people to be comfortable,” Paige said. “You can touch everything, sit on everything.” A laid-back sensibility ties together each room in Langdale’s home, tucked on a wooded 8-acre lot with golf course views of the New Albany Country Club. But achieving that effortless effect took years of research, travel and design. It was a beloved project tackled jointly by Paige, 41, and her husband, Rich, 46, who works for a venture capital firm. The couple worked with Brian Kent

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Jones Architects to create a home that is roughly 8,000 square feet. The Langdales have three children—Kelsey, 21; Jack, 12; and Riley, 10—and two dogs, so they wanted a kid- and pet-friendly layout that allowed ample room for entertaining their extended family and friends. “We’ve had a variety of different houses, and this combines the best of each of them,” Rich said. “We love views,” Paige added. “We wanted land, trees and green. And room to spread out.” With its brick and stone exterior, the home’s façade resembles a sprawling English country estate. The interior mixes elements from various locales, notably the English countryside and the West Coast. Paige finds beauty in simplicity, and a neutral palette serves as a backdrop for an ever-growing collection of rustic furnishings, including hulking Amish workbenches that serve as tables, lamps made from antique railroad ties, and mirrors crafted from salvaged boat-dock wood. “We just look for unique,” Paige said. “We don’t want what everybody else has.”

“I wanted to be able to sit on everything in every room.” Paige Langdale, homeowner 128 September/October 2011

The Great Room & Kitchen

While building, architect Brian Jones dubbed this lofty room “the barn.” In a historic English country estate it’s where the work staff would have lived. But for this modern family, the space is perfect for watching movies, playing games and enjoying the picturesque scenery. The back wall of windows offers a calming view of the New Albany Country Club’s East Nine course, while the side windows overlook the expansive patio and pool. Some of the furnishings featured in this room are from Bungalow, including the pair of Verellen sofas, the blown glass terrariums and the mirror framed with salvaged boat-dock wood. “I like to call our style kind of rustic contemporary,” Paige said. “I love finding old pieces and repurposing.” The great room connects to the kitchen, where the Langdales gather most evenings for dinner at a one-ofa-kind table made from a 150-year-old walnut tree.

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grand entrance

Kevin Knight built the English-inspired home. In its grand foyer, several statement pieces enhance the welcome. An old Amish workbench found at an estate sale anchors the space, which also includes hand-painted artwork and a floor-to-ceiling mirror from Bungalow, as well as a whimsical rope chair from Anthropologie. The wide, curving staircase leads to an upstairs hallway decorated with a thoughtfully arranged gallery of framed black-and-white family photos. 130 September/October 2011

“We’ve had a variety of different houses, and this combines the best of each of them.” Rich Langdale, homeowner

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The Library

“You just can’t take it all in. It’s a house you need to spend time in.” Julie DeVito Butler, Bungalow co-owner

Situated in the center of the house, the library is a cozy retreat filled with intriguing collectibles: an original print of “To Kill a Mockingbird” (one of Paige’s favorite books), a brass chess set by artist Paul Wunderlich and a framed pair of steering wheels from old European sports cars. But the room’s greatest treasure is a secret door hiding behind an ordinary-looking bookcase. Press a knot in the pine wood paneling beside the bookcase and the door slides open to reveal a dark, winding staircase that leads to a lower-level wine cellar. It’s a feature the Langdale kids love. “When they have a new friend come over, that’s the first thing they show them,” Paige said. Ten-year-old Riley admits, “It’s not so much of a secret.” The library also features a pool table customized for the space and spiral staircase that leads to a second-story kids library. One of the Langdales’ favorite pieces of art, a painting by local landscape artist Paul Hamilton, hangs above the library fireplace. Before building their dream home, the Langdales commissioned Hamilton to paint the dirt road that led to the deeply wooded property. The painting is titled “The Road Home.”

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The Dining Room

The Langdales opted for relaxed and intimate, rather than formal. The room features a round, glass-topped table with a cast-iron base, along with chairs covered in repurposed grain sacks sewn by a local seamstress. Said Paige: “It’s simple. It’s casual, comfortable.”

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Master Suite

The patio and pool

The bluestone patio leads to a saltwater infinity pool, which is the “best thing for entertaining and for keeping the kids around,” Paige said. “We usually have kids hanging at our house. The pool is a magnet and they all want to come here. I just have to keep plenty of snack food around!” 136 September/October 2011

With its neutral décor and lightweight fabrics, the master bedroom has a calm, breezy quality. “I wanted it to feel like a spa,” Paige said. She fell in the love with the four-poster bed by interior designer Christian Liaigre, which is draped in bedding by Sferra from ABC Carpet & Home in New York. The artwork above the bed is sold at Bungalow, along with the matching pairs of nightstands and chairs. “There is a common thread that ties everything in my house together,” Paige said. “So I can move things from room to room and they work.” The adjoining master bath is a luxurious escape with its silver travertine counters, heated marble floor and soaking tub that fills with a stream of water that flows from the ceiling. The Langdales borrowed that idea from a house they toured in California. “I saw that and thought, ‘We have to do that!’ ” Paige said. Their travels also inspired another unique feature stolen from a posh hotel: A two-way mirror that houses a TV. The bath connects to a his-and-hers walk-in closet and spacious dressing area.

“I love coming home.” Paige Langdale, homeowner



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The Great Outdoors

While the Langdales eventually hope to move to the West Coast, they’ve certainly achieved a Napa vibe in Central Ohio—particularly with this setup meant for relaxing entertaining.


Color & Sound

Artist inspiration The Columbus Symphony Orchestra president creates soundtracks to inspire his painter wife’s art Story by: Jane Hawes

I Photos by: Will Shilling


ilisa Valliere leaned over and peered at the unresponsive iPad on the dining room table. “I think your finger works better than mine,” she said. Her husband, Roland, swiped the gadget a few times and successfully triggered the digital slide show of explosively colorful paintings and a head-spinning music mix. A visit with the Vallieres of German Village is a melange of color and sound, tinged with a touch of technology. Milisa supplies the color with her vivid impressionist paintings, while Roland, whose day job is president and chief creative officer of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, supplies a steady stream of music. And together they have created a sense experience called “Inspired by Music.” It’s a 60-painting collection created earlier this year. Milisa would wake up each morning, take an iPod from Roland, head to the studio behind their home, and paint to whatever playlist he assembled for that day. “I never knew what it was going to be,” Milisa said. And that’s an understatement, considering Roland describes himself as a “genre agnostic.” The playlists ranged from Billie Holliday to Beethoven, from Radiohead to Christina Aguilera, from Bach to Jimi Hendrix. The resulting works, priced from $500 to $5,000, go on sale this fall at Hammond Harkins Galleries.

“I found that listening to a lot of his music helped. ... I liked the randomness of it. The music makes me not think so much.” Milisa Valliere 140 September/October 2011

A chat with Milisa & Roland Valliere Was this the first time you’ve collaborated like this? Milisa: It was, but it just worked well at that moment in my life. When we were apart for a year, after Roland started his job here (in August 2009), I stayed behind in Kansas City so our daughter Kalyn could finish high school. It was hard, but I found that listening to a lot of his music helped. Now he’s actively choosing the music.

Roland: I get to plant a seed and see a flower blossom. Milisa: I liked the randomness of it. The music makes me not think so much. Roland has quite the collection to choose from. How big is it? Roland: I’ve probably been collecting music (in digital form) for about 15 years. Right now it’s at about 113,000 separate files.

Milisa: He has enough to play music 24 hours a day for 369 days. Was it the arts that brought you together? Roland: We met at a fundraiser at Stewart Air Force Base (in New York) for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, which I was involved with at the time. Milisa: I had a tile business and I also worked with

autistic children, so I was looking for a place to hang their artwork. I was interested in that space. Roland: I knew right away when I met her. Just that feeling when you look someone in the eyes and know. We were married one year later to the day—June 2, 1991. Milisa: He proposed on the “blue moon” on New Year’s Eve, 1990.

Roland: Blue moons are when you have two full moons in one month, and a blue moon on New Year’s Eve only happens once every 19 years. Milisa: He just proposed again in New York on the last one. Roland: And we got married again on Block Island (R.I.). Milisa: I think it’s good to check in and ask yourselves if it’s still working.

the show “Inspired by Music”runs from

Sept. 23 to Oct. 23 at Hammond Harkins Galleries in Bexley. The Vallieres will share their experiences about creating the collection on Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. For more, visit

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The Happy Host

HOstess with the mostest

Six simple items to have on hand

Sumptuous soirees are fun, but impromptu gatherings can be equally as elegant. With just a few key items, you can be prepared. Story by: Robin Davis


Photos by: Will Shilling

Inexpensive wine

Keep a bottle or two (red or white) around to make almost-instant sangria. Less expensive wines—even those sold in a box—tend to be sweeter, making them ideal for the wine punch. Add fruit and a little fruit juice, and it’s ready to go.


Use them to slice into water, lemonade or sangria, or as a garnish on anything from grilled fish to roasted vegetables. Arrange the vibrant fruit in a hurricane glass or a tall wide-mouth vase for a colorful presentation. (And when the fruit starts to go soft, squeeze out the juice and keep it in the fridge or freezer for lemonade at a later date.)

Cheese board

A stylish wooden board is both practical and beautiful. Use it to display cheeses, nuts and olives.

bamboo skewers

Anything on a stick looks festive— especially if the stick itself looks good. Skewer grapes and feta, or try rounds of fully-cooked sausage with cubes of cheese or dried apricots. Or, if you’re really pressed for time, just arrange the cut-up food on a platter and place the skewers in a shallow glass in the center.

Good cheese, olives and nuts

If you keep these three things on hand all the time, you’re ready for entertaining any time. Semi-hard cheeses, such as aged cheddars, keep a little longer than soft fresh varieties, such as goat cheese. For olives, pick an assortment of sizes and colors, like kalamatas and picholines. For nuts, anything goes—from plain, salted cashews to sugar- or spice-scented mixes. Set them out together on a pretty plate or wooden board.





Pretty pitcher

Whether you’re making tea, lemonade or sangria, a handsome pitcher dresses it up. And if you’re not using it for drinks, fill it with citrus fruit and use it as a centerpiece.





Let’s Lunch

Hurricane Sushi Roll, top right, and Seaweed Special, bottom left. Opposite: Asari Miso Soup

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Sushi SenSation Gem-hued raw fish, clever cocktails and chic ambiance make Moshi Sushi a hit Story by: Shelley Mann Photos by: Will Shilling


exley has to have one of the most charming downtown strips in Central Ohio. It’s that perfect blend of old and new—the historic Drexel movie theater and a Graeter’s housed in an old drugstore sit next to modern art galleries and a sparkly Jeni’s. And Moshi Sushi is the neighborhood’s new crown jewel, occupying the Bexley Gateway development’s highest-profile spot. The wedge-shaped little restaurant is cozy but chic, with white tablecloths and a pressed-tin ceiling. A narrow patio offers seating overlooking bustling Main Street. It’s open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner on weekends. The chefs work their magic behind an expansive sushi bar filled with all sorts of gorgeous, gem-hued raw fish, and bartenders create specialty cocktails from behind a tiny actual bar with a couple of stools.

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Let’s Lunch Mango Mousse with blackberries is a refreshing end to a refreshing meal

Topped with whipped cream and fresh berries, the Mango Mousse is a surprisingly delightful dessert. cheese and avocado. Skip the pricey Moshi Roll (an $18.95 king crab-based roll topped with seared kobe beef), but definitely try the Hurricane Roll ($16.95), a pretty cucumber-wrapped concoction of whitefish, tuna, crab, salmon, seaweed salad, avocado and tobiko dabbed with a spicy mayo sauce.

What to drink Moshi has a long list of wines, sakes and Japanese beers, plus fruity cocktail creations (all $9)—including several made with Ozeki sake. Try the Rising Sun (sake mixed with orange juice and grenadine) or the Tokyo Rose (Belvedere vodka paired with Ozeki and Midori melon liqueur).

Something sweet

What to eat A starters menu is filled with winning options, like the colorful green-and-red Seaweed Special ($3.95), a small duo of emerald green seaweed strands and wasabi-spiked crab salad. The Asari Miso Soup ($4.50) is a nice take on the traditional Asian appetizer, brimming


with Manila clams, spinach and scallions. But the most interesting and delicious of the starters is the ingenious Sushi Panini ($8.95)—the sandwich version of a sushi roll. The crunchy “bread” is actually rice patties encrusted with crushed walnuts and panko, then filled with avocado and September/October 2011

your choice of spicy tuna, crab or salmon. The sushi roll list is a little on the quirky side, with Americanized combos like the O-H-I-O ($10.75) filled with deep-fried avocado, cream cheese and sweet potato, the mozzarella-topped Italianese ($12.95) and the Banana Roll ($7.95), made with cream

The Mango Mousse ($4.95) is a surprisingly delightful dessert. The sweet slice has a consistency that’s halfway between cheesecake and ice cream, with just the right amount of sweet mango kick. Topped with whipped cream and fresh berries, it’s a very refreshing end to a very refreshing meal. Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus’ new glossy dining magazine.

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2152 Main St., Bexley 614-732-0641

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Doing Dinner


fall in love with short north standout basi italia Story by: Shelley Mann



Photos by: Will Shilling

nointing the city’s most romantic restaurant is no easy feat. Lots of places call themselves “romantic,” but what does that really mean? Candlelight, obviously. Dishes designed to be easily shared. Quiet enough to hear sweet nothings, yet bustling enough that it doesn’t feel like everyone’s eavesdropping. Seats so close they guarantee the accidental grazing of knees. Basi Italia fits the bill in all those ways. I’ve had meals inside this intimate restaurantinside-a-house, where the dining room is carved up into small, secluded spaces. I’ve watched the sun set on the white-twinkle-lit patio. And I’m ready to call it: Basi is Columbus’ most romanceinducing spot. During a recent evening

Basi Italia

811 Highland St., Short North 614-294-7383,

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Here, Lobster Risotto; clockwise at left: Caprese Salad, Zucchini Pronto, Basi Italia patio


Doing Dinner Get the most out of your meal by committing to Basi Italia’s several-hour, multi-course dining experience. I spent on that patio, many plates were shared over a bottle of wine: A recipe for amour if I ever heard one. And I wasn’t even on a date. Dining at Basi is best when you commit to the full severalhour, multi-course experience, starting with the starters. I’ll never pass up the Zucchini Pronto appetizer ($7), a dish delicious enough to convince anyone to flirt with vegetarianism. Eating this one is like opening a present— the plate is served draped in four impossibly thin slices of pecorino. The cheese melts just slightly after coming into contact with steamy sautéed zucchini matchsticks tossed with toasted almonds and herbs. Each forkful should include a bit of zucchini and a bit of pecorino for maximum


deliciousness. A happy new discovery was the Honey Pistachio Flatbread appetizer ($11). The thin crackery pizza had a slather of balsamic-tasting sauce smothered in melted fontina. But the gorgeous toppings—big slices of crispy prosciutto “bacon,” honeyroasted pistachios and bits of roasted asparagus—were what elevated this above the typical flatbread heap. Risotto is a standby on the Basi menu, and that night’s option was a Lobster Risotto ($25). A striking lobster tail towered above corn-flecked risotto, making this dish quite a beautiful one. That roasted sweet corn gave the risotto an intriguing shot of flavor, and a pool of intense golden tomato jam September/October 2011

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Adorned with a ladyfinger baton and milk chocolate lattice, tiramisu-flavored flan is a sweet play on a classic dessert. underneath added another layer of sweet-and-savory goodness. A pesto sauce drizzle completed the artfully composed plate. We also tried the Tagliatelle ai Funghi ($23), aka pasta with mushrooms—sounds much sexier in Italian, doesn’t it? Wide thick noodles came with sautéed local wild mushrooms, wilted spinach, green sweet peas and a peppery truffle sauce, kissed with a just a little reggiano. Sounds a bit heavy, but even with the truffle oil, it tasted light and springy. Prettiest, though, was our dessert, a tiramisu-flavored


flan ($8). The mood lighting helped, I’m sure—it was dark out by that point, the patio lit only by candlelight and a few strands of white lights—but this dish was stunning. This “tiramisu” began with a hockey puck of espresso- September/October 2011

tinged, cheesecake-y custard. A long ladyfinger baton rested, askew, on top of the custard, which was subsequently speared with a lattice of creamy milk chocolate. A pile of fluffy mascarpone whipped cream sat next to the custard,

and then the whole plate was drizzled in plenty of dark chocolate and caramel sauce. As pretty as it was, it tasted even better. And it’s dishes like this that make me fall in love … with Basi Italia.



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The food. The shows. The shopping. It’s here—and it’s spectacular. From the charming streets of Greenwich Village to the bright lights of Broadway, we offer our guide for enjoying Manhattan to its fullest. Story by: Kristy Eckert

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Montmartre in The Shops at Columbus Circle

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Shopping A girl could spend a lifetime shopping in Manhattan and never get bored. Where to start? At the top. Whether you’re going to buy or just to ogle, you’ll find a bevy of chic shops around the southeast corner of Central Park. Glamorous, worldrenowned department store Bergdorf Goodman (oh, the shoes!) and Tiffany & Co. are there, as is toy mecca FAO Schwarz. And just keep walking, because the famed, buzzing streets Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and Park Avenue boast one ritzy shop after another, from Valentino to Oscar de la Renta. On the park’s southwest corner, The Shops at Columbus Circle is a mall with a nice mix of sophisticated, but more affordable, stores like Coach, Cole Haan and J.Crew. Don’t miss the upscale Montmartre, a gem-of-a-shop on the mall’s third floor. You’ll find a broad but well-edited selection of sophisticated and Saturday-chic clothing and accessories from designers like Milly, Alice + Olivia, 3.1 Phillip Lim and more. Moving down into Midtown, you can’t miss Macy’s at Broadway and 34th. At 1 million square feet, it’s the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark. It offers luxury brands not typically found in other Macy’s stores, and the women’s shoe department is the size of a small city. While in the area, vintage lovers should consider a trip to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Named one of the Top 10 Shopping Streets in the World by National Geographic, it boasts a slew of shops peddling vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry and more on Saturdays and Sundays. Downtown, the Greenwich Village area offers high-end shopping in a more relaxed environment. Take a stroll down the charming Bleecker Street, west of Seventh, and you’ll find James Perse, Alexis Bittar, Cynthia Rowley and others. The more you wander, the more you’ll enjoy. And then there’s SoHo. It’s vibrant and artsy, with great energy and a diverse mix of options, from $10 treats to $10,000 treasures. For fashion-forward looks at more affordable prices, try the massive, London-based Topshop. For something a bit edgier (and pricier but not outrageous), try All Saints, whose clothing and accessories are part vintage-inspired, part urban boho. For glamour (and splurging) try Intermix, which sells stunning pieces from designers like DVF, Helmut Lang and D&G. And keep your eyes peeled for pop-up shops. They are temporary, warehouse-like discount designer sales that could blow your mind (without blowing your budget). September/October 2011




Dining If you really want to start a day the right way, Pasticceria Rocco in Greenwich Village makes a chocolate croissant and fruit bowl with whipped cream that you may still dream about months later. (It could be the best breakfast you’ll ever eat.) On the casual front, Eataly, which is nestled in the center of the island between Midtown and Downtown, is fun. Famed chef Mario Batali and friends run the giant, bustling, Italianfoods marketplace. You can buy goodies to take home or eat on

Gemma in the East Village Photos courtesy: Gemma

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Pasticceria Rocco in Greenwich Village the spot, from cheese to paninis. (Just be prepared to wait for a table.) If you’re wanting to lunch luxuriously, the legendary Balthazaar is delightful. Known for its brunch, it’s an upscale French bistro with a fantastic Parisian feel and good eats. Tip: Reservations fill quickly, so book ‘em early. And if you only indulge in one spectacular dinner, consider doing it at Gemma. Adjacent to the ultra-glam, celebrityspotting Bowery Hotel in the East Village, Gemma offers an intimate but exciting atmosphere. It’s the kind of see-and-be-seen place that feels like a secret too good to keep. The food—mostly Italian, with a bit of a French accent—is perhaps not as creative or memorable as diehard foodies might prefer, but it is very good. The service is impressive. And the electricbut-comfy vibe simply cannot be beat.

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Rosa Mexicano near Central Park

Toasting There is certainly no shortage of places to enjoy a cocktail. Rosa Mexicano, near the southwest corner of Central Park, is Mexican gone chic—a good spot to enjoy a frozen drink along with chips and salsa. If you’re headed to the theater and looking for a pre-show appetizer, Cognac, at Broadway and 55th, is a lovely French brasserie with a savory cheese plate and good wine. And if latenight adventure is what you seek, try the Mulberry Project. It’s a super tiny, almost-hidden, loud underground bar in Little Italy that prides itself on mixology (you tell them what you want; they’ll make it better). It got some buzz during Fashion Week, so we tried it. Pretentious? Yes. Expensive? Yes again. Nonetheless, we found it just intriguing enough to stay for a second round (though you’ll only want a third if someone else is paying!).

Relaxing There may not be anywhere in the city that can pamper you as thoroughly or luxuriously as The Peninsula Spa, a stunning haven near the southwest corner of Central Park. On the flip side, if you’re looking more for relief than spoiling, the nearby Townhouse Spa offers a pedicure that’s $45 for 45 minutes. You won’t get a plush robe or fancy décor. But after hoofing it around the city for a weekend, it’s the perfect place to revive your feet before catching your flight home.

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Enjoying There is a reason this city never sleeps: There’s just too much to do. Narrowing the pool can be tricky, even for veterans. But watching a Broadway show is something every gal should experience. Strolling Central Park is another thing you probably want to try, too, even if it’s just so you can watch movies and say you’ve walked that bridge or seen that boathouse. And a lesser-known highlight worth a stop? Chelsea Market. The Downtown staple offers meals (fresh-squeezed OJ with your organic breakfast, anyone?), snacks (holy cupcakes!), gifts (too many to name), clothing (Anthropologie) and the occasional pop-up shop, too. It’s comfortable and fabulous—an ideal place to spend a weekend morning after a late night.

Boaters enjoy the scenery in Central Park

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Friday, September 16 • 12 noon to 3 p.m. Wearable Art: Interpretations of Museum Masterpieces will feature fashions created by local designers Janet Feheley and Amy Hamilton and inspired by works of art in the Museum collection plus vintage items from local boutiques – Blackberry Patch and Lux Boheme. Visit to purchase tickets.


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Monotonous cardio workouts, be gone! Mike Nicholson has garnered a following with his upbeat dance fitness classes Story by: Jackie Mantey



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o Ellen Saunders is a 50-year-old mother and registered nurse. She also likes dancing to the hip-hop song “Shawty Get Loose,” although she probably couldn’t tell you who sings it (Lil Mama, T-Pain and Chris Brown). “I like the music,” she laughs, “but I’m not a big rapper. I’m just a kid at heart.” Saunders is an avid attendee of the cardio hip-hop classes that Life Time Fitness offers at its Easton and Dublin

GET YOUR GROOVE ON Trained dancer Mike Nicholson teaches cardio hip hop at several gyms around Central Ohio. For a listing of where you can take his class, and video breakdowns of routines to songs like “All I Do Is Win” and “Whip My Hair,” visit his website,

“I make it entertaining.” Mike Nicholson, choreographer

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locations. The hour-long, energetic lessons (she drops 550 calories a class!) are led by choreographer Mike Nicholson, a trained dancer with a committed fan base. “I have been following him ever since [my first class],” says Jaymie Collins, 28, an elementary school teacher who takes classes from Nicholson at Diamond Dance & Fitness and Urban Active. “Michael is a bold, vibrant character who walks around and encourages everyone.” While shaking what your momma gave you is always good for

trimming the posterior, Nicholson shouts tips on how to take each step to its full fitness potential. “I started out doing complex choreography in the classes, but people just wanted to get fit,” Nicholson said. “So I started studying callisthenic movements and putting those into the routines.” The classes attract a diverse crowd in terms of fitness level, gender and race. And ages range from 8 to 85. “It burns a lot of calories, but it’s fun,” Nicholson said. “They’re seeing results, and I make it entertaining.”

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Meet & Greet

Making Fabulous Fast Nicole Revish loves to look good. With a caveat, she says: “It has to be done quickly.” Like most women, the 36-year-old juggles plenty. She is a business owner (Nicole Revish Salon & Spa in Clintonville), teacher (hair color and cut educator), wife (to Marcus) and mother (to Sam). So her business slogan is simple—“Be Fab in Five.” The daughter of longtime 10TV anchor Jerry Revish prides herself on giving clients haircuts that are easily manageable and versatile. She also offers them tips on quick-and-easy makeup application. And while they’re in, she shares her fashion advice as well. Story by: Kristy Eckert


Photo by: Will Shilling


My greatest passion is: Inspiring others to live their best life My biggest annoyance is: Traffic on 315 I most admire: My brother, Jerome. He is a financial analyst for Cardinal Health. He’s consistent, he’s loyal, he’s devoted, he’s faithful. He’s just a good person. My favorite place to be is: Home with my husband and son My ideal day includes: A nice, long nap (laughing) For my last supper, I would choose: A Big Buford meal from Rally’s with a Dr Pepper, no ice (laughing again) When I want to truly treat myself, I: Read a book

Fashion Favorites

Accessory: My gold cuff bracelet. Pops any outfit. Splurge: The latest Michael Kors bag Steal: You can’t go wrong with a good sale at Macy’s in the shoe department. Especially if you wear a size 9!

I (heart)…

Hobby: Cooking. I could live in the kitchen! Singer/band: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell TV show: Parks and Recreation City: Toronto, Canada. It’s a mixture of New York, L.A., Chicago—everything. Vacation spot: South Beach Charity/Cause: Young Survival Coalition, for young women who are survivors of cancer Saying: Life is good

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