This gal likes gorgeous things. Vanessa is a boutique owner, has a cosmetology license, decorates interiors, and is a personal stylist and shopper.

This gal likes gorgeous things. Vanessa is a boutique owner, has a cosmetology license, decorates interiors, and is a personal stylist and shopper.

Vanessa opened Bella Boutique in the Short North last year - she hopes to expand nationally - and lives in New Albany with her Yorkie, Layah.

Win this Youngstown native over with a non-cocky dose of confidence. Clingy and needy men, she said, need not apply.

Likes: Poetry, writing, cooking, traveling, shopping, hiking and fishing

Dislikes: Disloyalty, arrogance, liars, dirty fingernails, bad breath and bad tippers

Do you remember your first date ever?

I was a sophomore in high school, and he was a senior. I remember being really nervous because I had the biggest crush on him. However, my parents were completely out of control.

My mom asked to see his driver's license to make sure it was valid. Then she used her cell phone to take a picture of it. They also took pictures of his license plate so they could have a complete description of the make and model of his vehicle. I was truly embarrassed. We eventually went to dinner and a movie.

Any funny dating stories?

I went out to dinner with a guy I was dating, and the waitress ended up being his ex-girlfriend. It was quite an evening and, coincidentally, our last date - bad tipper.

Any personal rules you follow when dating?

Of course: No kissing on the first date.

Any topic you often use as an icebreaker?

Talking about family, friends, our likes and dislikes as well as hobbies are staples. I like to find out about his background and specifically his relationship with his mother. My mother always told me to observe the way a man treats his mother because it's an indicator as to how he will treat you.

What's your dream date?

A car service arrives and takes me to the airport. A private island would be our destination for three full days. Lilies would fill my suite together with chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne upon my arrival.

There'd be a sunset, romantic candlelit dinner on the beach. Finally, dancing without shoes so we can experience the warm sand between our toes to the beautiful music of a string quartet.

You asked the question, and a girl can dream!