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Introducing: Simple Times Mixers


Tell us a bit about yourself.

We are 100% all-natural crafted cocktail mixers. We use real ingredients as inspired by a time when that was the only option. No added flavors, vegan, gluten-free and locally made in Grandview.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

We had our first production in September of this year, just 7 weeks ago. We started as a liquor company that had worked on handcrafted cocktails at our events for 2 years. We were always searching for an easier way to get real ingredients crafted into delicious cocktails and thus decided to create it ourselves to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the best cocktails.


What inspires you to create?

We pull a lot of inspiration from the culinary world. We look at flavor combinations and what boundaries we might be able to break down to bring it to the cocktail world. We pull a lot of experience from our background with Spirits to get creative with how we introduce new flavors, for example bringing in our cold brewed tea as we know at lacks dryness from hot steeping in order to balance better with the dryness of the alcohol.


How would you describe your creative process?

It’s a pretty social process. Visiting and meeting all the great people and their produce at local farmers markets to learn what they are working on and what people are asking for, as well as reading up on National publications on food and drinks. When it get down to fine tuning our recipes it involves a lot of tweaking and sampling with family and friends to ensure it is the very best before we call a recipe “final”.

Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

We strive to put the highest quality cocktail in the hands of all that desire it, no matter their mixology skill level.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

We hope to build enough of a following to be successful throughout the entire state of Ohio, with ambition for expanded production. I think this will allow us to integrate better with local farmers and producers to better the entire community.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

Hearing the stories of people sharing with their friends and knowing we played a part of their special gathering. 



Find More about Simple Times Mixers here:

www.SimpleTimesMixers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simpletimesmixers/

Instagram: @SimpleTimesMixers




Introducing "The Scarvin' Artist"

Owner: Erin Smith-Glenn


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a wife of a musician and a mother to three very funny children. I have always enjoyed being an artist and artisan, and not too many things entertain me more than getting my hands good and dirty. I hold an MFA from the University of Cincinnati and currently teach fine arts full time at Central State University.


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I’ve been drawing and painting my entire life, earning my first scholarship for kid’s Saturday classes at CCAD when I was 9. I began fiber arts after my mother taught me to knit and crochet, and I decided (after seeing my pile of goods grow taller) that I should probably “start selling this stuff”.


What inspires you to create?

Mine and my children’s imaginations, which are very unique, big and colorful. I don’t always incorporate all three concepts at once, but I always employ at least one in my fiber art. My fine arts is largely inspired by my children and women, seeing as how I’ve known lots of wonderful women my entire life.


How would you describe your creative process?

I always start with a “gesture” or expressive sketch, while taking notes. This is what I do in my teaching studio or working studio, and it is the foundation to every successful project. From there, things take shape differently, but I always build from that foundation.


Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

TheScarvinArtist, my handmade business motto: “Made with love, so it fits like a glove”; and “Buy it, gift it…LOVE IT!”

My fine arts motto comes from Constantin Brancusi, master Romanian sculptor: “Work like a slave, command like a king, create like a god.”

What are some of your future goals for your business?

To work full time as TheScarvinArtist and branch throughout the state of Ohio in shops and boutiques (I’m currently not interested in my own storefront, but you never know what the future holds. Also, I recently visited New Orleans, and would love to do a group or solo show there.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

When someone loves my work just as much as I do. I typically won’t create and sell anything on my own that I don’t like first. I enjoy when people share in or enhance my own personal interests. 


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Introducing "Electrified Arts"

Owner: Hunter Dossett


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a senior in high-school, and I own Electrified Arts. 


How long have you been doing this for, and how did you get started?

I have been doing this since the business’ conception in fall of 2015. When browsing YouTube, I came across a video showcasing fractal burning (this is the name of the process I use to burn the lightning patterns into the wood). The fact that this was possible was mind-blowing to me. A few weeks after watching the video, I was able to acquire all of the equipment and supplies necessary in order to begin fractal burning. Seeing the electricity surge through the wood for the first time was exhilarating – I was hooked.


What inspires you to create?

The main inspiration for me is that people enjoy what I make and the story behind it. This encourages me so much that it makes doing work fun, even when it’s not. 


Do you have a mission or message behind your work?

My mission is to grow fractal burning into a popular, and safe, hobby. By building a wiki and a catalogue of videos explaining and demonstrating fractal burning; I hope to achieve this.


What are some of your future goals for your business?

I hope to continue my business through my firefighting career, acquire employees and a large building, and become a commercial woodworking and cabinet shop. But not just a regular shop, one that specializes in fractal burning and fractal burning demonstrations/education.


What is your favorite part about what you do?

I never get tired of seeing the electricity burn through the wood, it is just so mesmerizing.

 

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