DESKSIDE WITH: ABIGAIL FREDELAKE, EDITOR OF THE SCOUT GUIDE COLUMBUS

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As the daughter of an Army Colonel, Abigail Fredelake spent her childhood in a variety of countries. But over the years spent abroad, her family kept strong ties to Ohio and frequently visited relatives in Columbus. After attending Auburn University, where she studied French and fashion merchandising, and following stints in Germany and France, Abigail moved to Columbus in 2008 for a job in merchandising for a global retailer and has called it home ever since. With a lifelong passion for all things local, shifting from fashion merchandising to editor/ owner of The Scout Guide Columbus was an easy transition. “I truly think that it all comes down to being passionate about what you are doing and loving the ‘product’ you are trying to sell,” Abigail explains of marrying her professional background with her belief in the importance of supporting small businesses. “Everything else can be learned as you go, but if you don’t believe in what you are doing, no one else will either.” The tireless editor, budding needlepointer, and avid traveler will launch the sixth volume of The Scout Guide Columbus in early 2022.