Ohio Business Spotlight - January 2022
As we enter the new year, countless Ohioans are setting New Year’s resolutions for themselves to get 2022 started off right. For many, these are commitments to health and wellness – resolutions to improve their lives and ensure their health and safety in the years to come. In recognition of these January resolutions, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is shining a spotlight on seven businesses that are helping Ohioans make their health a priority every day.
Moving to Ohio in 2016, Sarah and Kevin Wilson were on a mission to start a business that would provide the Portsmouth area with healthy, locally grown, organic products. Sarah grew up on a farm and had all the knowledge she needed to choose organic products for her friends, family, and the community that surrounds her. Earth Candy Farmacy sells fresh produce, beauty care items like soaps, lotions, and essential oils, as well as plants and organic cleaning products. Sarah and Kevin are consistently researching what products are healthiest for your body so they can provide the best products for their customers. Each season, Earth Candy Farmacy has a ‘Local-palooza’ where they invite local organic vendors to showcase their products to the community. Earth Candy Farmacy has also made it their mission to teach ‘self-help’ skills like macrame, yoga, and other skills that help the mind and body stay active.
Sandy Booth has been teaching yoga to her community members for over ten years. She opened her own studio - Yoga Booth, in October of 2020 when her community needed a place to connect the most. Yoga Booth partners with several groups in the Muskingum area, including Children’s Services and the Youth at Home program. Because of the pandemic, most Senior Citizen athletic facilities shut down and senior citizens were unable to exercise or have a sense of togetherness. Yoga Booth offers a specific Senior Citizen class where they safely encourage the balance of healthy bodies and minds. Sandy also plans to start a program where she can teach new instructors how to teach yoga and start their own studios across Ohio, so keep an eye out!
Heyday Health, a mobile Primary Care Provider in the Akron, Canton, and Mahoning Valley area, has taken doctors’ visits to a whole new level. Heyday Health brings their personal care and doctor appointments to the door of their patients in addition to offering online or virtual appointments. Heyday Health works to build a personal connection with all their patients by regularly calling to check in with them, making sure they are staying up to date with appointments, as well as staying physically and socially active. Heyday Health has become popular in the Akron area as many older adults did not want to leave their homes for their annual doctor appointments during the pandemic, thus creating a need for a mobile doctors’ office and health care providers.
Over the past five years, HealthyU Defiance has been providing healthy drinks for their community to help them make nutritious decisions for their diet. Frank and Vicki Morawski started on their health journey a few years ago when Frank had a serious health concern and needed to lose some weight. Together, they began making healthier choices and working to reach their goal weights. When they saw how much this positively impacted their lives, they decided to open HealthyU Defiance to help others start a health journey like theirs. HealthyU often gives back to the community by donating to members of the Defiance County Chamber of Commerce, as well as offering a student discount to college students in the area. HealthyU Defiance’s mission is to have every customer leave with a smile, knowing the drinks they bought will encourage a healthy choices.
MPower Gym LLC started when two friends – Will Ashcraft and Mike Baker, took their passions for training athletes and started their own business. This is not your average dumbbell and weight gym. Mpower Gym LLC offers several unique athletic training classes such as Taekwondo, CrossFit, Jujitsu and several others. MPower Gym LLC loves to encourage personal strength to the community that surrounds them by offering special classes for specific groups. One special group to them has been individuals in juvenile detention facilities where MPower teaches them boxing, helping them exercise, all while boosting self-esteem. Another class is called ‘Rock Steady’ boxing class which is for people with Parkinson’s Disease. MPower Gym LLC is looking forward to continuing these unique opportunities and more in their effort to build a tighter bond with their community.
Mike Moorman has had a devotion to fitness his whole life. In 1996, he decided to start his personal training career by helping people in local gyms get in shape. He didn’t love the business model of ‘Commercial Gyms’, so he decided to open his own gym complex in 2001. Mike wanted to help people understand the correct way to work out, how to set goals, and feel like they have a support system behind them at their facility. Mike makes it his mission to provide a personal experience for each gym member. He does this by offering a variety of different classes for different needs of the individual. Absolute Fitness also works to help other business owners by finding equipment and facilities to start their own gyms.
As a former college basketball player and police officer, Mark Caraway has combined his two worlds of fitness and helping others into a business - Worthy Total Fitness. He and his wife Murray started their faith-based gym as a way to help their community gather in a welcoming environment and obtain their fitness goals. They started by having personal training sessions in their own basement, to part time leasing a gym space, to now in the process of purchasing their facility in Gahanna. Worthy Total Fitness has small group sessions with a variety of different exercises for anyone at any fitness level. These include strength, endurance, and condition training, as well as a children’s athletic training classes. They believe that having smaller groups in one session helps the members gain more out of their experience and learn the exercises better. They partner with Gahanna High School’s Gahanna Employability Adult Readiness program to offer fitness classes in hopes it will help students create a balance with their work and exercise schedules. As a landmark of their facility, you can see their A Frame sign outside their building with inspirational remarks and sometimes a silly quote about fitness.
Kris Ayoup has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her love for group fitness activities is what led her to start her own gym, Absolute Fitness. Kris wanted the Copley residents of all ages to feel welcome in her facility and have a wide variety of classes. She offers cardio drumming, sports training, core fitness, dance fitness, as well as low impact fitness and ‘silver sneaker’ classes, just to name a few. Kris understands that balancing work and exercise can be hard, so Absolute Fitness is open from 5am to 8pm so the Copley community can come in at the time that works best for them. Absolute Fitness also has dodge ball and corn hole tournaments that encourage activity without traditional exercise. Absolute Fitness has a nutritionist on staff for her gym members to consult and create a nutrition plan that pairs well with their exercise regimen. Kris loves the Absolute Fitness community and is so grateful for their daily support. Absolute Fitness pairs up with several local businesses in the area like breweries and boutiques. They even have a monthly event with a local brewery where participants can attend a workout class, then head over to enjoy a few drinks as a team.
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