Total loan: $10,000


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Akron, OH, United States / Services

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Amy's story

Hey friends! Mike and Amy Vartenuk here! We grew up in the Akron area, and have taken a very long and winding route back home. Our biggest detour involved a seemingly responsible decision for me (Amy) to pursue a graduate degree in Chicago. But ultimately that career path was never for me. See, I grew up surrounded by makers: people who dedicated their hearts and their careers to creating things for other people who would appreciate them. They built homes and furniture and countless other things, and taught me the importance of hard work and a job well done. They taught me that what mattered most were the people they were building things for. They taught me to love working with my hands. After a lot of planning and soul-searching, Mike and I decided it was time to head back to our beloved Rustbelt, and proudly use our blue collar skills and passion to help make Ohio beautiful again in any way we could. I dove back into my Interior Design training and buried myself in the work of creating Rough Diamond. The result is a career I absolutely love, and a mission Mike and I are so proud to be a part of. We truly think that Ohio is incredible, and we want to show off how beautiful, vibrant, and awesome this corner of the world is. Ohioans are ready to be proud again, and we want to be a part of that. We're doing it one house, one room at a time. When we're not spreading awesome design to Ohioans, we're watching dorky sci-fi shows, spending time with our cat/fur child, exploring Northeast Ohio's gorgeous parks and communities, or enjoying a craft cocktail with our favorite people.