Laura Pytlik

New Year, New Attitude

For some people, the new year is nothing to get excited about. It’s just another flip of the calendar page, and not much different from any other day; that is,...

Hanging Memories

In this age of fleeting trends and revolving styles, few traditions are as rich and steadfast as decorating the Christmas tree. Whether your tree is real or ar...

Christmas Can Wait

Judging from the store displays, you would assume Halloween rolls right into Christmas, with nothing special in between. But one of our most humble and beloved holidays shows up on the same Thursday every year, just as it has since the Civil War. Eve...

Why We Shop Local

As we dig out the Christmas lights and gear up for the holiday season, the “Big 3” shopping days are right around the corner -- Black Friday, Small Business Sat...

Peyton & Peppy

In the competitive world of women’s retail, boutiques open and close on a regular basis and success can be elusive. But one local boutique, Peyton & Peppy B...

Great Marietta Marketplace Returns August 25th

The Great Marietta Marketplace, a unique, mobile curated outdoor market, will take over East Muskingum Park on Saturday, August 25th. An offshoot of the original Marietta Marketplace, the event is now coordinated by Marietta Main Street and sponsored...

Project Beauty

In this age of filters and Photoshop, we’ve grown accustomed to images of perfect beauty. Many young women wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without mascara, ...

Out of the Ashes

Nearly twenty years ago, a job change uprooted my little family from our country farmhouse and deposited us in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Not willing to give up the r...

Sugar Maple Boutique

There’s a buzz of excitement in downtown Marietta, as a new business prepares to open its doors at 248 Front Street. Many of us have enjoyed watching the transition from vacant space to “teaser” signs to attractive window displays, and the transforma...

Shop Local Superstar

If you spend any time downtown, you’ve probably seen her—a cheerful petite redhead with a quick smile and brisk step.  And if you participate in any of the down...
Laura Pytlik

Laura Pytlik

Contributing Copy Editor & Author

Laura left her job at Marietta College to follow her dream of owning a retail boutique. When she's not tending shop at Wit & Whimzy, she's watching wildlife from her windows.

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