Michael Smith & Christopher Krupa, owners of Thalia & Dahlia, on their favorite thing from the shop

Michael Smith & Christopher Krupa
Thalia & Dahlia
Home décor accessories and gifts

Smith, 44, and Krupa, 43, both had previous retail experience when they decided to open their dream store. Now in its fifth year, Thalia & Dahlia-named after their cats-serves downtown Dublin as a hot spot for gifts (bridal registry, anyone?). Inside, you'll find dinnerware, china, bath accessories, frames, candles and more. "We buy what we think is beautiful," Krupa says. "We don't follow the trends. If our customers don't go for it, we'll try harder next time."

119 S. High St., Dublin; ThaliaAndDahlia.com

How would you describe the shop's vibe?

Smith: Relaxed.
Krupa: Like home-that's what we've heard. We try to get five to six shipments every week, because people say, "I want to see what you have new." We like to have constant turnaround on merchandise.

What's your favorite thing from the shop that you personally own or use?

Smith: We have a towel line called Home Source that I use every day.
Krupa: Juliska stoneware. I love it.

What are you doing when you're not here?

Krupa: Working on stuff for the store. We love being here.
Smith: It's true. While we're here, we're in the present. And when we're not, we're planning.

Single favorite item to eat in the city?

Smith: My cheesy answer is Jet's Pizza. But I love the French dip at J. Alexander's.
Krupa: Di Carlo's Pizza in Hilliard, and Benny's Pizza in Marysville. I also like the Steak Maui at J. Alexander's.

Ultimate Saturday in Columbus?

Krupa: My best Saturday would be to go to First Watch in Dublin, and I'd go to the Conservatory and walk around. I'd have to go buy flowers. And then truly I'd go home and work in the garden.
Smith: I like to explore-hit the same old haunts. It changes based on the season, but I like to drive through Clintonville or the Short North or Powell, just to see what's new or changed.

Best business tip you can offer?

Smith: Know who you are and who your customer is.
Krupa: Come up with a business plan. Come up with a paragraph of what you want to be. It's helped us tremendously. We can always go back to that core statement.

If you had a personal mission statement, what would it be?

Smith: Never give up.
Krupa: I want to always make things beautiful.