Hosts of Two Chicks and a Hammer

Two chicks and a hammer from the HGTV Network

Mother and daughter duo Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak are setting out to revitalize their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time. They're buying up run down homes and transforming them into stunning urban remodels. With Mina's real estate know-how and Karen's no-nonsense legal background, these ladies are unstoppable in getting a property they want and enlisting their family's help with demo and construction. When it comes to exciting new homes in the city of Indianapolis, it all comes down to Two Chicks and a Hammer.

The Beekman Boys

The Beekman boys From the Cooking Channel

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell traded in big city life to become goat farmers in upstate New York. After winning the 21st season of CBS’s reality series, “The Amazing Race,” the duo grabbed life by the horns to find adventure in every experience ever since. Their popular Cooking Channel series follows Brent, a Manhattan doctor, and Josh,an award-winning journalist, as they make the transition from urban to country living.  The lifestyle gurus have also published two cookbooks, “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Desserts Cookbook.

Stefanie Pagnini


Stefanie started her career in a very non-culinary manner as an Assistant Prosecutor for both Lake and Geauga counties after graduating from Wittenberg University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Minor in Theater Performance. Stefanie joined the family business after attending the Pastry Arts Diploma Program at ICASI, the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute.

Stefanie also does free lance work as a food stylist including for Dr. Agatston creator of the South Beach Diet, Athens Foods, Ohio Magazine, Driscoll Berries, VitaMix Blenders, and the Fabulous Food Show 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013  for the Food Network Stars including Guy Fieri, Martha Stewart, Paula Dean, Duff, Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Giada De Laurentiis, Ann Thorton and TLC’s Curtis Stone.

Stefanie was a contestant on the Food Network’s second season of Sweet Genius. Stefanie currently has a weekly radio segment on WNWV’s morning show.

Ursula Carmona

Ursula Carmona
2015 Home & Garden Trendsetter finalist and DIY guru/blogger

Somewhere in suburban Cleveland an empire is being built, one can of gold spray paint at a time. The home decorating and organization sensation Ursula Carmona invites you into her life of doing more with less beautifully. The DIY superhero behind the blog Home, Made by Carmona knows it doesn’t have to be expensive to be gorgeous. “Some people think skin deep, assuming that making a home is in the decorating,” she says. “I'd like us to think deeper than that. ‘Making home’ is about cultivating a space that benefits our lifestyle in some way. The home should be where we can develop our best selves.”
And sometimes that’s simply about making do with what you’ve got, with the addition of spray paint and a little glitter. “I think we all struggle with the natural affinity to want more. However, I am learning that having things doesn't make for happiness. It has been a struggle for me, someone who loves beautiful things, to sacrifice buying what I want. But look at the return!

Angelo and AJ Petitti


Angelo Petitti started landscaping to work his way through Kent State University. The demand for Angelo’s plants grew and in 1971, he opened the first Petitti Garden Center in Oakwood Village. His son AJ has been in the family business since childhood. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio studying marketing and finance, graduating in 1999. Currently, AJ oversees the retail operations for Petitti Garden Centers.  

The Petitti’s now have a total of nine retail store locations throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition to the retail stores, the Petitti’s have a 34 acre state-of-the-art of greenhouse facility in Columbia Station, and over 1,000 acres of nurseries and farms in Madison, Ohio allowing them to grow the highest quality annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.

Both Angelo and AJ regularly appear on local newscasts and television programs sharing gardening tips and information as well as hosting a weekly gardening show on the Fox affiliate morning newscast. Petitti’s has been awarded and named as the Independent Garden Centers Retailer of the Year, Today’s Garden Center’s Revolutionary 100 National Award and the ARTS Award for Outdoor Lifestyle Store of the Year East/Atlantic.