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<ul><li><p>Julie Wells never stops learning</p><p>Spring break travel tips</p><p>February 2011</p><p>Keri MoenssenSkinny Jeans winner</p></li><li><p>f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1 s h e m a g a z i n e p a g e 1</p><p>6 Julie Wells has a great imagination</p><p>ON THE COVER Keri MoenssenPhoto by Joe Harpring</p><p>18</p><p>12For your wedding</p><p>go vintage</p><p>February 2011</p></li><li><p>p a g e 2 s h e m a g a z i n e f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1</p><p>Five Things...</p><p>Keisha Keen4</p><p>Cuisine</p><p>Breakfast for dinner42</p><p>Just a Minute</p><p>Quick tips48</p><p>View from Mars</p><p>Christmases to remember46</p><p>Cash Talk</p><p>Financial preparations40</p><p>Health</p><p>Healthy heart month38</p><p>EDITOR Kelsey DeClue</p><p>COPY EDITOR Katharine Smith</p><p>GRAPHIC DESIGNER Stephanie Otte</p><p>WRITERS Ryan Brand </p><p>Jalene HahnJames Schmidt </p><p>Jennifer Willhite</p><p>PHOTOGRAPHERSKelsey DeClueJoe Harpring </p><p>Stock Images Provided by Thinkstock</p><p>FEbRuARY 16, 2011</p><p>She 2011 All rights reserved. </p><p>Published monthly by The Republic.</p><p>SEND COMMENTS TO:Kelsey DeClue, The Republic</p><p>333 Second St., Columbus, IN 47201, </p><p>call 812-379-5691 or e-mail kdeclue@therepublic.com </p><p>ADVERTISING INFORMATION:Call Cathy Klaes at 812-379-5678 </p><p>or e-mail cklaes@therepublic.com.All copy and advertising in She are </p><p>copyrighted and cannot be reproduced.</p><p>Do you have a comment about a She article or feature? </p><p>E-mail Kelsey your remark or short personal story that pertains to a topicyou read about and we may publish it.</p><p>Its all about keeping She your magazine.</p><p>Just one more month, just one more month. Undoubtedly, thats what Ill be reciting to myself when this editors note hits your doorstep. Im one who tries not to embrace the grass is always greener mentality and instead be thankful for and appreciate what I have at any given time, but lets face it: Weve had quite the winter.Usually around these parts, we see a few days of mild temps that whet our </p><p>appetites and excite us for the mild season to come. Winter 2011 has been a bit different. Instead we dealt with bouts of snow that left us with several weeks where we were unable to remember if there, indeed, was green grass underneath all that white stuff.The end is near, people. In a few short weeks many of us will be enjoying </p><p>an annual staple that leaves the streets of Bartholomew County rather bare spring break. Even if youre a family without school-age children but still taking a trip during that sacred week, it serves as a wakeup call for better weather.During my childhood my parents used the BCSC spring break as our annual </p><p>family vacation. If I recall, I began packing for this trip (usually to Florida) about a month in advance collecting clothing, beach toys and must-have supplies in a box until I was actually permitted to pack my luggage.I generally labeled the box (as if Id forget what was in it) with the term SB </p><p>(insert year here) in chicken scratch. I spent childhood spring break vaca-tions in the hotel pool, leaving only when my parents made me because I was beginning to resemble the wrinkly frog I thought I was. It was glorious.In this issue we embrace this annual ritual with a story designed to ease the </p><p>pain of spring break travel. Also in this issue youll meet our She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans challenge winner, Keri Moenssen. Her story will not only make you realize why she won, but inspire you to challenge yourself and pursue your own dreams.Spring also means preparation for that high school rite of passage that all </p><p>teens love and parents dread prom night. And prom night means our an-nual contest, Prom-a-rama. In this issue well tell you all about this years sponsors and prizes and how you can win.As always, thank you for your time; now onto the rest of this issue. Happy </p><p>reading!</p><p>Check out past issues of She magazine at</p><p>EditorS notE</p></li><li><p>f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1 s h e m a g a z i n e p a g e </p><p>Five Things...</p><p>Keisha Keen4</p><p>Cuisine</p><p>Breakfast for dinner42</p><p>Just a Minute</p><p>Quick tips48</p><p>View from Mars</p><p>Christmases to remember46</p><p>Cash Talk</p><p>Financial preparations40</p><p>Health</p><p>Healthy heart month38</p><p>SheRegulars</p><p>Check it out Zonta international and Granny Connection are hosting com-</p><p>munity events on March 8 in honor of the 10th anniversary of international Womens day.</p><p>the celebration begins with a lighted walk at 6 p.m. at Yes Cinema. Entertainment by indianapolis group thin Air and a box dinner featuring a choice of international cuisine follow.</p><p>tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are avail-able at Viewpoint Books, Locketts, natural Choices, Flowers by Lois, Claudias Flora Bunda and By Word of Mouth Catering.</p><p>SheQuick Note</p></li><li><p>5 tHinGSI kNOw</p></li><li><p>5 tHinGSKeisha Keen kNOws fOR suRE</p><p>She Facebook fan Keisha Keen lives in Columbus with her hus-band and a fuzzy, hyperactive kitty. She is a photographer and vet-erinary technology student. She volunteers for CARE and spends her free time reading, crafting and learning how to cook.</p><p>its the smallest of things that make the largest impact.</p><p>My amortentia (which is a term from the Harry Potter franchise that means a love potion that smells different to each person) would smell like leather and cherry to-bacco. it reflects back on my grandfather and husband, one smells like cherry tobacco and the other one like leather.</p><p>You can learn a great deal from an old man. </p><p>i do not need an alarm clock. i have a cat!</p><p>Wisdom is gained through trials and tribulations, lessons you learn yourself and a vast array of observation.</p><p>f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1 s h e m a g a z i n e p a g e </p><p>Photo by Keisha Keen</p></li><li><p>p a g e s h e m a g a z i n e f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1</p></li><li><p>by Jennifer Willhite | Photos by Kelsey Declue</p><p>Julie Wells has always been a firm believer that one should never stop learning.Little did she know </p><p>that motherhood would usher her from book-keeping to a world of pure imagi-nation and education.Imagina-</p><p>tion Station was born of Wells in-terest in the specialty toy market. As a new parent, she was un-aware of the availability of non-traditional toys on the pe-riphery of the commercial mar-ket. Those toys withstand the test of time, without featuring a cartoon character to ensure their success.While on business trips as a </p><p>certified public accountant, Wells was introduced to a niche toy market that helped shape her entrepreneurial journey. The de-sire to offer her children unique, educational toys encouraged her dream of opening her own spe-cialty toy store one day.After 10 years as a CPA, the As-</p><p>bury University alumna opened her first store in downtown Franklin in 2004.</p><p>Initially, Wells relied on the ex-pertise of sales representatives </p><p>and toy manufacturers in the industry to </p><p>gain a working knowledge of </p><p>the market. She soon </p><p>became a mem-ber of t h e Ameri-c a n S p e -</p><p>c i a l t y Toy Re-</p><p>tailers As-s o c i a t i o n , </p><p>which aided with the develop-</p><p>ment of her expertise.I have been fortunate to build </p><p>relationships with individuals who are well versed in the spe-cialty toy business, she said. Toys are my passion, and I con-tinue to search for ways to build my knowledge base.In November Imagination Sta-</p><p>tion came to downtown Colum-bus. We had a really strong custom-</p><p>er base from Columbus that trav-eled to Franklin to shop, Wells said. And getting to know those customers and their families and children led me to explore Co-lumbus as a location.Independent toy </p><p>stores offer chil-</p><p>dren the opportunity to play out-side the box, so to speak. With a classic and educational focus, the toys offered by Wells stores are built to last through multiple children and numerous stages of learning.Please touchWhen children visit Imagina-</p><p>tion Station, playing with the toys is encouraged.I think thats what makes our </p><p>store so unique and sets us apart from others, Wells said. Not only the products, but just the experience that the kids can have here. They can touch so many things.Wells children, Oscar, 9, and </p><p>Sara Kate, 7, often accompany her to work and en-joy helping out. The store has always been a part of their lives, since Os-car was not yet 3 when the first one opened.When visiting </p><p>Imagination Station its not uncommon to also see Sophie, the familys 5-pound Ocherese dog, socializing or napping in the corner. Often working part time for cucum-</p><p>bers or carrots (shes impar-</p><p>f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1 s h e m a g a z i n e p a g e </p></li><li><p>3183 N. National Rd. Columbus 812.376.4020</p><p>We are pleased to welcome</p><p>CAROL JORDAN to our practice.</p><p>SCHEDULE YOUR FREECONSULTATION TODAY</p><p>Offering clinical facials, chemical peels, and waxing.</p><p>www.SkinDeepLaserCenter.com</p><p>Laser Hair RemovalIPL-PhotorejuvenationTitan Skin TighteningLaser Genesis Skin RejuvenationVascular TherapyBotox</p><p>Dermal FillersDr. Susan M. Dorenbusch, medical director</p><p>tial), the mix of Pekinese, poodle and Maltese breeds enjoys her own fan base that comes to visit. When shes not working, Wells enjoys </p><p>spending time with her husband, Craig, and their children. She believes that people should enjoy every day and value the people around them.</p><p>I think when you lose sight of the people that surround </p><p>you, your whole focus can be off, she said.</p><p>Each F e b -ruary, We l l s t ravel s to New York City for the Ameri-can International Toy Fair. The exhibit highlights the latest in childrens toys that can be purchased by independent retailers.latest and greatestWells loves to travel, and this year she will head </p><p>overseas for her business. As many in the toy industry know, Nuremberg, Germany, is home to many of the founding toy businesses and the place to be for the latest in specialty toys. The citys Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair is an annual event that exhibits toys from many manufacturers not represented in the United States.An eco-friendly message is cultivated by many </p><p>of the manufacturers with whom Wells works. From packaging to natural mate-</p><p>rials, she says many of the companies were green when green wasnt cool. For instance, some of the wooden toys are stained with vegetable dye rather than paint.</p><p>Vinyl Solutions Unlimited4814 W. Old State Rd. 46 Greensburg, IN</p><p>(812) 663-2754 (800) 276-1676www.whynotvinyl.com</p><p>Your surroundings BEAUTIFULLYACCENTUATEDDefine your great outdoors with a professionally installed fence!</p><p> The Wells family Craig, Julie, Oscar, 9, and Sara Kate, 7, with exchange student Annika Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Gina Shup-pert - ginamillerphotography.com.</p></li><li><p>Debi Pierson first met Wells when visiting the Franklin store. Now an employee and close friend, Pierson says Wells believes in the products she sells.She chooses them based on what she would want to </p><p>give to her own children, family and friends, she said.The experience Wells gains from her entrepreneurial </p><p>venture helps her to mentor other small business owners. Pierson says her bosss motivation and attention to detail make her a fantastic retail role model for others.According to Wells, staying competitive in an uncertain </p><p>economy involves remaining true to ones purpose.It all comes down to relationships, she said. I measure </p><p>the success of my business by the depth of relationship I have with each individual and family.Before going to work for Wells, Nancy Purtlebaugh </p><p>started out leading story time at the Franklin store. Ad-miring her motivation and focus, Purtlebaugh says that Wells treats her customers and employees like family.You wouldnt be able to tell the difference between </p><p>her best friend and the customer she has just met, said Purtlebaugh. She genuinely cares about others and puts other people above herself.</p><p>p a g e 1 0 s h e m a g a z i n e f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1</p></li><li><p>Since her college days, Wells has been a runner. Having participated in sev-eral marathons over the years, she says she currently runs in 13-mile half mara-thons with nobody chasing me.When Purtlebaugh began training for a full </p><p>marathon, Wells didnt hesitate to offer help. She actually trained with me, Purtlebaugh said. She ran some very long runs that she didnt need to, and she was encouraging me the whole time.Described by her employees as driven, gener-</p><p>ous and hard-working, Wells sees herself as a perpetual optimist regardless of the situation. She firmly believes that if something is nega-</p><p>tive, you have to figure out how to turn it around into something positive. </p><p>Im always positive. Theres really no other way of looking at it, Wells said. </p><p>f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1 s h e m a g a z i n e p a g e 1 1</p></li><li><p>p a g e 1 2 s h e m a g a z i n e f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 1</p><p>Vintagewedding gownscan have modern feel</p><p>NEW YORK Theres something romantic about the idea of a vintage wedding dress, with the wonderful stories it could tell. Maybe thered be some delicate lace, too, or exqui-site siren-worthy satin.Reality, though, isnt always so pretty.Some vintage dresses are those perfect gowns you dream of, </p><p>says Mark Ingram, CEO and creative director of Manhattans Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, but others are too costume-y, too dated or, more likely, simply ill-fitting.You can reach back to some vintage eras and look as con-</p><p>temporary as buying a new dress. But, he says, you have to consider your figure first and foremost. If the dress isnt flat-tering to your figure type, just dont go down the road.Cameron Silver, owner of the Los Angeles couture vintage </p><p>shop Decades, suggests these questions to ask frankly of yourself:Do you need to wear a bra? Do you have a boyish figure? </p><p>An hourglass shape? What about your hips? All of these, he says, are factors in buying any wedding gown, but particu-larly those meant to fit women of previous generations.Silver, a resource for Hollywood red-carpet looks, also warns </p><p>that finding a pristine white vintage dress can be hard, and that a good vintage dress, if its not an heirloom, can be more expensive than youd think. Even with your grandmothers dress, there could be pricey alterations.Dont do this because you think its the easy way out, or </p><p>that itll be cheaper, adds Ingram. You have to want it you have to want to have this look.</p><p>by samantha critchell | aP fashion Writer</p></li><li><p>Vintagewedding gownscan have modern feel</p><p>NEW YORK Theres something romantic about the idea of a vintage wedding dress, with the wonderful stories it could tell. Maybe thered be some delicate lace, too, or exqui-site siren-worthy satin.Reality, though, isnt always so pretty.Some vintage dresses are those perfect gowns you dream of, </p><p>says Mark Ingram, CEO and creative director of Manhattans Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, but others are too costume-y, too dated or, more likely, simply ill-fitting.You can reach back to some vintage eras and look as con-</p><p>temporary as buying a new dress. But, he says, you have to consider your figure first and foremost. If the dress isnt flat-tering to your figure type, just dont go down the road.Cameron Silver, owner of the Los Angeles couture vintage </p><p>shop Decades, suggests these questions to ask frankly of yourself:Do you need to wear a bra? Do you have a boyish figure? </p><p>An hourglass shape? What about your hips? All of these, he says, are factors in buying any wedding gown, but particu-larly those meant to fit women of previous generations.Silver, a resource for Hollywood red-carpet l...</p></li></ul>