Susan Kurtz inherited gobs of costume jewelry from her two great-aunts when they died. The pieces were gaudy and flashy—and she adored them. Yet, she didn’t exactly know what do with them.
Mandi Sponseller started her event design and rental business by renting decorations from her own wedding. And while her business still has a focus on rentals, it also has morphed into event design. Whiskey and Lace Events offers rentals, styling and day-of design, though not just for weddings.
Doreen Leaf Designs gives brides a choice between something old and something new. The Hartville bridal salon has 300 dresses in its inventory and also offers restoration of vintage wedding dresses.
Unbox the Dress was born after Grace Rojek’s family found her aunt’s wedding dress and didn’t know what to do with it. It was too sentimental to part with. But they knew it likely wouldn’t be worn again and would be forgotten again in a closet.
Zoe Oswalt delivered mail for 14 years before she launched her own bakery selling custom wedding cakes. She had been making wedding cakes for her friends and family while living in Fort Benning, Georgia, where her husband, Ed, a major in the U.S. Army, was stationed.
At most weddings, I notice that the guests are often divided: extroverts vs. introverts. The extroverts are on the dance floor or mingling over drinks while everyone else is huddling in the corner or sitting quietly and staring at their phones.
It was all business in the very beginning for Haley Rice and John Becker. In the spring of 2014, Haley had just come back to Canton after attending graduate school in Oxford, Ohio. While she was actively job searching, John messaged her on LinkedIn about a potential job opening. They met for lunch to discuss business, and before the day was over, John asked Haley out for drinks that night. A few days later, he asked her out to dinner. By then, Haley knew this was no longer about business.