Ballenger, 48, spent years working in finance before opening her sophisticated store, which specializes in contemporary and timeless wears for social events and career dressing and also carries great Saturday-chic, Mom-on-the-move clothing. Her God-given balance, she says, is returning home to her guy's-guy husband, Mike, and two rough-and-tumble boys-Andrew, 11, and Michael, 7.

In Her Words

Why style matters:
How you are dressed can so impact how you feel about yourself and how the world perceives you.

On Columbus women:
Columbus women are very aware of fashion and open to trends in a reserved way that reflects keen sensibilities. They make smart choices that combine current trends with quality pieces.

Your inspiration:
I love unique personal style. A women who dresses herself to complement her body and her personality, without being ruled by trends, always catches my attention.

What She's Wearing
Allen Allen cami, $39; Alice+Olivia top, $198; Malene Birger obi belt, $165; Paige Premium Denim jeggings, $158; Ax+Apple necklace, $115; all at Leal. Barbara Bui boots and other jewelry,
Ballenger's own.

Leal is located at 2128 Arlington Ave., Upper Arlington. For more, visit