We’re always hoping to make a good first impression, and that first-time readers of The Scout Guide will put the publication down feeling inspired to learn more about the featured businesses—and, if they’re out-of-towners, to seek out (or start) a guide in their own hometown. In this series, we talk to our editors about their TSG “firsts,” from their first encounter with The Scout Guide to the first business they scouted and more. Read on to learn about The Scout Guide Columbus editor/owner Abigail Fredelake’s notable “firsts.”

When did you first discover The Scout Guide?

I first discovered The Scout Guide in 2014 when planning our wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many of our wedding vendors were featured in their first edition, which had just launched. I instantly fell in love with the quality and aesthetic of the guide. I even ended up using them as our Save the Dates and included the second edition in our wedding welcome bags. After meeting with Meagan, the editor in Jackson Hole at the time, it sealed the deal that I needed to bring this publication to Columbus.

What made you decide to become an editor?

It truly was happenstance discovering The Scout Guide when I did, as I was looking for a career change at the time. My husband and I knew Columbus was going to be our home for the foreseeable future and I wanted to do something where I would be integreated in the community, along with being my own boss. I come from a retail merchandising and sales background, so this opportunity really fit with all my passions…meeting people, selling a product I love, and a lot of creative elements.