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Blue Oak Patio & Landscape is not your typical landscape installation company.  Founded in 2018, Blue Oak was started with the belief that a landscape company can do something more impactful than simply install pretty plants and pavers.

How we do it?  Our well-designed landscapes and patios, and our attention to detail during installation, creates spaces for people to live the lives they want to live.  Our professional interaction, careful attention to the desires of the homeowner, and striving to provide service that goes above and beyond creates a total experience that you will not get from any other contractor.  We treat all our employees with respect, pay them a fair wage, and encouraging constant self-improvement opportunities.  The Earth is our canvas, so we constantly strive to improve how we care for the environment and to become a more sustainable company.  Additionally, we donate 1% of our proceeds and time to help those who struggle with food security.

Whether it is for a paver patio for entertaining, improved curb appeal, or a comprehensive plan for your property, we focus on creating unique solutions that fit your needs.  Our two designers have a combined 25+ years of experience and stay on top of the latest trends, plants, and hardscape materials.  Our installation crews have many years of experience in the field and take an artistic craftsman approach on each project.  We do things the right way so that you can be sure your project will stand the test of time.

We look forward to earning your trust and helping you to create new “Spaces for Life” as we work together to make your world and ours a little bit better place.

Starting a business of any kind is a massive achievement. Doing so while also establishing your brand, creating a high level of character and building a connection to the community, well, that deserves an award!

The BBB of Central Ohio’s annual awards ceremony was held last week- among the accolades is one called The Spark Award-  recognizing owners 35 and under, or those whose business has been operating less than three years.  One winner was Abundant You Chiropractic & Wellness.


Members in the News

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Buck & Sons Landscape Services, Inc.

In April, Secretary of State Frank Larose spotlighted the landscape industry. Buck & Sons was featured as an Ohio business! Read more about this local family owned business.

Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank celebrates their 110th Anniversary as an independent community bank! Read the full article.

Hilliard Station Baking Co.

Hilliard resident Tracy Baldridge worked to perfect baking cookies, cupcakes and other kinds of desserts for her four children.  Now the general public has an opportunity to test those efforts at Hilliard Station Baking Co.

Tracy Baldridge, 52, and her husband, David Baldridge, 59, opened Hilliard Station Baking Co. at 4036 Main St. on March 20, about five months later than expected because of COVD-19 complications.  Read the full article 

Pridestaff - Columbus West

PrideStaff Names its Columbus West Office President's Circle Award Winner for Exceptional Achievement in Service, Profitability and Growth

To celebrate their top performers' sales achievements during one of the most challenging years on record, PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization , is pleased to announce the annual winners of their President’s Circle Award.

For the second year in as many years of operation, Pridestaff - Columbus West was named a President’s Circle Award winner for being a top producer in service, revenue and profits in 2020.  Bill Gross and the entire Columbus West team were recognized last week at PrideStaff's Annual Conference, which was conducted virtually this year. Read the full article. 


Pitabilities wraps up brick-and-mortar spot in Hilliard

Popular food-truck ompany Pitabilities now has a permanent location in the Center Street Market in Old Hilliard.

The company's creative director, David Pashovich, described the brick-and-mortar location as a fast-casual restaurant, akin to Chipotle, except with pitas. Customers also may skip the pita for a rice bowl, salad or a bed of French fries.

"We grill the food right in front of you," he said. "You can add in any fresh toppings and build it the way you want. We have a base of a couple different proteins you can get, and from there, you can build it however you like."

The restaurant opened in the Hilliard market, 5354 Center St., more than a month ago. Read the full article.

Renovo Fitness

Doernhoefer siblings 'show' and 'go' at Renovo Fitness

One is about the "show," and the other is about the "go," but siblings Eric and Liz Doernhoefer each inspire the other to excel in their fitness competitions.

The Doernhoefers both are personal trainers and have operated Renovo Fitness at 5224 Cemetery Road, which is in Hilliard’s Landmark Lofts mixed-use development, since November 2018.

That same month, Liz Doernhoefer, 26, of Columbus’ University District entered her first amateur power-lifting competition, which in turn inspired her brother, Eric, 30, of downtown Columbus, to compete this year in a International Natural Bodybuilding Association contest, at which he earned his “pro card.” Read the full article.


Good Day Columbus Workout: Incorporating cross-training at 'Spenga'. 

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Veritas CPA Group LLC

Accounting for stimulus payments, unemployment among changes Americans should note while filing 2020 taxes.  With the COVID-19 pandemic causing changes in incomes last year, an Ohio tax expert is advising taxpayers to take a look at the differences in their incomes.

Tax season starts February 21, 2021, and there are a few changes to keep in mind while filing your 2020 taxes.  

Susan Thomas, the owner and CPA at Veritas CPA Group in Hilliard said unemployment payments given out in 2020 need to be top of mind. Read the full article.

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