Jason Mangum's grandma was the first person to put flower shears in his hands.

Jason Mangum's grandma was the first person to put flower shears in his hands.

"She was a florist, and she let me help," he said. "I learned about colors, textures, the right proportions."

Mangum's made a career out of what he learned from his grandma. In fact, he recently created the flower arrangements and accessories worn at Gov. John Kasich's inauguration.

Impressive for a guy who just opened his first store, Twig Garden & Home, last month.

After moving around the country, Mangum landed in Columbus two years ago after his partner got a job here. Mangum decided it was time to give up freelancing and fulfill his dream of opening a shop, motivated by his love of the city.

"This is the first place where we felt we were grounded," Mangum said. "We enjoy the people and have great friends here."

Wonderful scents greet customers at Twig, which is part flower shop, part home-decor store. Scented candles in the front retail section blend with the aroma of calla lilies and other flora in the back, where a workspace and row of coolers sit behind the refurbished checkout counter.

Mangum has stocked the space with a variety of items for the home and says that "if you can't find it here, you won't find it." There is vintage, elegant upholstery, local artwork, gifts, lamps and decor items made from repurposed wood. Beautifully constructed glass vases come in a variety of shapes and colors.

Visitors will also find candles and other items from lines K Hall and Thymes, as well as garden accessories such as pots by artisan Guy Wolff.

Mangum's biggest priority when selecting the inventory was making sure everyone could purchase something at Twig, from $8 luxury soaps to $127 tables. Also important was creating an experience for his customers.

"Sometimes, like when I lived in New York, you'll walk into a retailer and they won't acknowledge you," he said. "I want to get to know my customers. A lot of times you'll find me sitting here, talking to customers about what they want."

Grandma would be proud.