Wholly Craft, Olivera Bratich's palace of hand-crafted and –created goods is 10 years old, but it remains one of Columbus' can't-find-it-anywhere-else experiences. Bratich's store which goods from more than 400 makers and has helped put names like Amy D (aprons, coffee-cup cuffs), Stinkybomb (soap shaped like grenades) and Team Chipmunk (kids' clothes) into some very hip hands and homes.
Wholly Craft, Olivera Bratich's palace of hand-crafted and –created goods is 10 years old, but it remains one of Columbus' can't-find-it-anywhere-else experiences. Bratich's store, which carries goods from more than 400 makers, has helped put names like Amy D (aprons, coffee-cup cuffs), Stinkybomb (soap shaped like grenades), Team Chipmunk (kids' clothes) and Little City Love (cards, posters) into some very hip hands and homes. Bratich is a founder of the Columbus Crafty Cotillion and volunteers with Experience Columbus, the Clintonville Farmers' Market, CrestFest and the Columbus Arts Festival's Big Local Arts Tent. And she's mom to an adorable toddler. Here's what this busy lady loves.
I like drinks that double as an appetizer and a good Bloody Mary with all the fixins does the trick. I'm still mourning the loss of the Psycho Mary at Surly Girl Saloon, as it was the just the perfect amount of spiciness, potency, and thickness. But searching for its replacement this past year has been an excellent adventure. No one treatment has claimed the top spot yet, but Harvest Pizzeria and Angry Bear Kitchen serve some serious contenders.
I didn't really fall in love with Columbus until I moved to Clintonville. It instantly felt like home and I continue to love so many things about this neighborhood: the community, the greenery, and most of all, the laid-back, live-and-let-live attitude. Someone once described Clintonville to me as the neighborhood "where you can let your freak flag fly" - it's true, we're a welcoming bunch. I especially don't know what I would do without close proximity to Pattycake Bakery, Studio 35, and the Clintonville Farmers' Market.
This Instagram account combines two of my favorite things: feminism and cats! A local activist uses the Internet fame of her adorably fluffy cat to sell T-shirts to help raise money for reproductive freedom. Finally, my love of Internet cats contributes to a good cause other than my personal sanity! And it's a guilt-free way to add to my enormous collection of cat themed T-shirts.
LOCALLY MADE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
I understand there are probably a limited number of consumers who want to feel like they're sticking it to the man while they wash their face. But this feeling, along with easy access to all natural, locally made products, is what has finally made me stick to a skin care routine. My medicine cabinet includes: Under Aurora facial cleanser, Root Dub lotion, Clover's Hemp facial serum, and Stinkybomb soap. I also can't get enough of Under Aurora's botanical body spritzes - the fresh, slightly musky, and intoxicating scents make me feel like I'm going out on the prowl, even if I'm just hauling my toddler to the grocery store.
There's something so powerful and connective about a well-told story on the big screen and the raw humanity glimpsed by documentary genre compels me the most. I make a trek back to my home state of Missouri each year for the True/False Film Festival, and the rest of the year I get my fill locally at the Wexner Center and at the Gateway Film Center's Documentary Week.