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The Columbus Book Project

Alexia Winfield didn’t know anything about Columbus when she moved to the city, so she set out to explore. 

“Arriving in Columbus with no previous connection, I was faced with the challenge of immersing myself in the local experience,” Winfield she says.

However, while trying to immerse herself in the city’s culture, she couldn’t find the kind of guide she was looking for to help her really get to know the ins and outs of Columbus, so her individual explorations continued. It was then that she felt inspired.

“As l discovered Columbus, I realized I needed to create a coffee-table book that would be the guide I had wanted, so everyone, new or not, could get to know this amazing city,” she says.

What was once just an idea turned into something much bigger – the Columbus Book Project, which features two coffee table books that celebrate the city, its community, and its culture through the eyes of its creatives.

Alexia Winfield, Founder of the Columbus Book Project

The Columbus Book Project aims to share and celebrate — through photographs, video, and editorials — the art, style, and culture of Columbus. The hope is that this descriptive representation of the city will inspire readers to engage with their community, and experience it through the people who thread together its culture.

The two books, called Reveal and Explore, launched on November 15, 2017. Each book is organized into curated sections; like an art-gallery-like experience. Readers can travel into neighborhoods and get to know some of the people who’ve contributed to Columbus’s culture.

The books are designed to stand alone, each one featuring different visuals and narrative stories. But you can also get them as a bundle. You’ll also be able to grab a copy of the books at several local spots, including:

  • Book Loft
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Fortin Ironworks
  • Gramercy Books
  • Hai Poke
  • North Market
  • Sole Classics
  • Stump
  • Sweet Carrot
  • Wexner Center of the Arts

Thanks to the success she’s seen in launching her own start-up, Winfield is attending Columbus Startup Week May 7-11 at Vue Columbus. In fact, she’ll be speaking on May 8 from 2-3 pm in a panel called “The Power of Picking the Right People.”

“Every person counts when you’re starting something from nothing,” says Winfield. “Many hats are worn and shared and passed, and communication is paramount. The people you have with you at the start help determine how strong of a foundation you have to build upon, and the people you pick along the way should reinforce and support your mission and vision. Sounds great, but it’s easier said than done. I’ve learned a lot about people as I’ve grown the Columbus Book Project–the startup world isn’t made for everyone. How do you find good people? What happens if someone you’ve brought on isn’t working out? When do you promote and when do you cut someone loose? Time is everything as a startup, and the right people will help you make the most of it.

Learn more about Winfield, her team, and Columbus Book Project online at Register for Columbus Startup Week here.  You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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