5 Ways to Promote Heart Health


In honor of American Heart Month, we asked our partners at Fitness in the City for a few tips to focus on heart health.

5 Ways to Promote Heart Health

By: Fitness in the City

In the spirit of Saint Valentine, Fitness in the City wishes you and your special loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day. We don’t ask for anything in return other than for you to love YOUR heart. That’s right! February is not only the month of romance and love, it’s National Healthy Heart month. Here are five ways to show your appreciation to your heart:

1. Including fish in your diet gives your heart a boost. Salmon and tuna are a great source of Omega-3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid, but our bodies don’t produce it naturally. Don’t like fish? Try fish oil supplements. (If you are on medication, check with your physician first!)

2. Increase your daily cardio by 30 minutes. Make your heart a priority during your workout and focus on a target rate of 120 beats per minute. This helps maximize blood flow and making your heart stronger.

3. Eat healthy fats. Olive oil, avocados and walnuts are a few of the foods that contain healthy fats, which will prevent you from overeating.

4. Do your chores. That’s right, house chores like yard work and vigorous vacuuming are a great way to get your heart rate up and be good to your heart without missing a step of your already productive day.

5. Weight control is key to keeping your heart healthy and happy. Incorporating all of the above will allow you to keep your weight under control. Your heart will love you for it.

There you have it! Being mindful of our hearts will lead to a healthy quality of life. Take small steps if you have to, but remember, be good to your heart.

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Kitchen Spark’s 5 Tips for Eating Clean


An important step in every wellness journey is establishing a healthy diet. “Clean eating” focuses on whole, unprocessed foods, as close to their natural state as possible. This means avoiding foods with chemical alterations and additives in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. We asked Randee Stroud of Kitchen Spark for a few clean eating tips.

5 Tips for Eating Clean
by: Randee Stroud of Kitchen Spark

1. Don’t eat things with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Michael Pollan says “If you can’t say it, don’t eat it,” and I agree. Processed foods are infamous for ingredients that are chemically manufactured and not easy to roll off the tongue. If you’re reading the ingredients and stumble upon one that stumps you, put it down and move along. Chances are if you can’t pronounce it, your body doesn’t know what to do with it either.

2. Eat foods without labels.
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s simple and true. Eating foods that are around the perimeter of the store means you’ll be hitting up fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, and fresh (hopefully) meats. One step better is to buy them from straight from the grower at your local farmers market or get connected to a CSA.

3. If you can’t make it without a food lab, don’t buy it.
Pre-made food products often times contain many unnecessary evils full of preservatives and chemicals. While we can’t all be scratch makers, there are a lot of quality products in health food stores and stores like Whole Foods that can help you skip the step of making everything from scratch. Pick foods that if given the time, skills and resources, you could make it yourself. Let’s take hot sauce for example. If the ingredients are only vinegar, water, cayenne pepper and salt, then you could make that at home if you wanted. What you couldn’t make at home would be the buffalo wing sauce with sodium benzoate and natural butter type flavor. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how to make sodium benzoate or natural butter type flavor in my kitchen, so stick with the hot sauce.

4. Choose Whole Grains for breakfast instead of boxed cereals.
Most people are surprised to hear that you can have brown rice, quinoa, amaranth or any other whole grain as the base for a hearty and filling breakfast.  Boxed cereals are processed and most times full of sugar. Try substituting your bowl of corn flakes for a bowl of brown rice cereal, topped with a splash of fresh berries, nut milk and warm maple syrup.

5. Cook at home.
One of the biggest hindrances of eating clean can be eating out. By cooking at home, you are controlling your ingredients, which not only provides you with savings on the financial end, but also savings for your health. When eating out, try to choose restaurants that you are familiar with, so you can opt for choices that are not battered, deep-fried or in an egg roll wrapper.  If you want an appetizer, choose the salad or soup instead of the mozzarella sticks.

If you’d like to jump start your health and learn more about eating whole, unprocessed foods, be sure to join Randee Stroud of Kitchen Spark for a Clean Eating Workshop and a Green Smoothie Demonstration on February 12th at 6:30 in The Gramercy New Albany’s Great Room!

Besa Partnership Helps Kaufman Communities Give Back


We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Besa, a social welfare platform that makes philanthropy more accessible to the Columbus community. Besa’s database of over 400 organizations promotes civic engagement by connecting residents with local nonprofits that align with their interests.

Beginning in March, Besa will manage volunteer opportunities specifically designed for the Kaufman community. Our residents will have access to a dedicated Kaufman page on the Besa website that will allow them to sign up for volunteer opportunities, monitor dollars raised, and track hours volunteered through Kaufman initiatives.

Matt Goldstein, Executive Director of Besa said, “This partnership presents the Kaufman residential communities with unprecedented possibilities for volunteer involvement. Our role is to provide Kaufman residents and employees with a full roster of volunteer opportunities, inspire them to give back and engage with the community at large. Through this partnership Besa is advancing its core mission and we are excited to partner with the Kaufman Development team.”

The opportunity to partner with Besa aligns perfectly with Kaufman’s commitment to philanthropic initiatives. Brett Kaufman said, “Kaufman Development was founded on a few core beliefs in which we, as a group, are incredibly passionate. At the top of the list of those beliefs is the importance of philanthropy. This is a fundamental part of our company, our communities, and for me, something that I love having integrated into my work and life. Besa is a clear leader and innovator in philanthropic activity and we could not ask for a better partner to bring our vision to life.”

Since its September 2012 launch, Besa has shared over 30 stories of people and organizations making a difference in our community. They have managed volunteer experiences that included 200Columbus, purchasing Christmas presents for low-income seniors, and partnering with a local band to provide food, clothes and toys to a homeless shelter.

“Team Kaufman” is excited to get involved, give back, and create positive change in our community. Join us in discovering local causes by visiting mybesa.org.

600 Goodale Continues to Take Shape


Construction is progressing steadily on our newest innovative concept community, located in close proximity to Grandview and the Arena District. This mid-rise apartment complex will feature highly visible, iconic architecture with high-end design and finishes. (more…)

Thanks for a Great Year


As we kick off a new year, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the many people in my work and life. From those that have chosen to live in our communities and those that have chosen to work with Kaufman Development, from the site work to the framers, painters and everyone in between. Our family, friends, bankers, architects and designers. The BTL band, the YPO Red, CSBCCAD, Sprig, the 3P and faux P, TZ, Frank and for sure the entire KDEV team…you know who you are.

Not too long ago, a few of us made some tough choices to go chase a big dream. Although that jump seemed to be a mile wide at the time, looking back, it was just a baby step. One step of many that we continue to take every day, together as individuals AND as one. One team of crazies that love their work. One group of residents that share a vision for what they want in a community. One group of human beings dedicated to high design, wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and innovation.

The past year has been rewarding. We’ve gone to shelters and served meals in hopes of generating a few smiles. We’ve built gardens and incubators, designed pocket parks and played with lonely dogs. We’ve sweat like hell through TRX, yoga and boot camp. We’ve been Rokki-ed, “inspired the world” and a whole lot of other really fun stuff that I guess most people would call “work.”

Call it what you want, but to me it’s a blessing—a blessing to be able to do what we do every day. So thank you for allowing me to see the perfection in life for what it is, and for what it is not. I thank you for your support, your love, your hard work and everything you are in the world.

I look forward to what lies ahead for all of us in 2013!

Take care,



The 400 West Rich Farmers Market Supports Local Businesses and a Sustainable Food System


We’re proud to call Columbus home, and we’re always looking for new ways to support local businesses. The opportunity to also support sustainability while shopping local was the added benefit that compelled us to visit 400 West Rich over the weekend.

400 West Rich is a former industrial warehouse in Franklinton that has been transformed into a multi-functional arts complex. This innovative space is now home to 60 tenants, with 20 more studios being built currently. Every other Saturday, 400 W. Rich is home to an indoor farmers market.

Photo courtesy of Chris Urbanski

In the words of Kris Howell, Development Manager at 400 West Rich, “The 400 Farmers Market gives equal attention to art, performance, fresh meat and produce, baked goods and unique retail. You can pick up a bag of local produce, high five a stilt walker, buy a vintage jacket and a one of a kind painting, and take a swing with an acrobat before you reach the end of the first aisle. We encourage an interactive atmosphere where you’ll have as much fun as your kids do.”

The 400 Farmers Market hosts a variety of unique local vendors. “It’s hard to choose, but I love the family that runs Davidson Produce and Cattle Farm. Their smiles and great attitude would be enough, but they also happen to bring some of the best local meats that I’ve had in Columbus. I also look forward to Steve Takacs Photography, he hand cuts tin and produces authentic turn of the century tin types on the spot,” Kris said.

Photo courtesy of Chris Urbanski

400 West Rich is dedicated to fostering a sustainable local food system by providing space for Ohio farmers and growers as well as Ohio cottage food operations and small non-storefront processors who source ingredients locally. Kris said, “People come from all over the city to buy fresh local produce, art and retail, and those vendors in turn support each other. For example, Dinin’ Hall—an innovative food truck court attached to 400 W. Rich—hosts food trucks that often purchase meat and produce from the market, prepare it, then sell it around the city.

A lot of exciting new projects are in the works at 400 West Rich, including a bar and restaurant, a full service event space and art gallery, and an interior open-air courtyard. They are also developing classes that will be available in early spring.

Shop local at the next 400 Farmers Market on Saturday, January 12 from 11 am-2 pm.



New Team Members Share the Kaufman Philosophy

Our growing team shares our vision for inspired living, and the belief that communities of high design, built around wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and innovation can change the world. Each team member enriches our communities through their unique passions and interests. Meet the newest members of the Kaufman team.

Meet Frank Sasso, CFO. Frank is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in real estate. He says, “OSU holds a special place in my heart; it’s where I met my wonderful wife, as well as many lifelong friends and mentors.” Frank also spent two years at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he earned his M.B.A.

Frank joined Kaufman Development after working for Amgen in Chicago. Prior to that, he held various positions in KeyBank’s Commercial Real Estate group working on construction lending, mezzanine investments and fund management.

Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, Frank now lives in Grandview Heights. “There’s lots to love about Columbus…my perfect day would probably involve coffee at Stauf’s, a run along the Olentangy trail, eating a Thurman burger and seeing a great band at the Newport,” he says.

Frank is passionate about traveling to new and interesting places. He and his wife visited Peru for their honeymoon, and Frank has visited all but two continents. He also enjoys running, biking, climbing, trying new restaurants and spending time with his friends and family.

Frank is excited about his role at Kaufman because he is passionate about building vibrant and dynamic communities. He explains, “Our approach to creating these communities involves starting with a great location, building a very high quality product and developing programming revolving around wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and business innovation. We are making a transformative impact on the lives of our residents and in the community. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this special team that is growing and building together.”

Meet Lauren Krause, Community Ambassador. Lauren K. moved from Cleveland to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. Before joining Kaufman, Lauren spent several years at Abercrombie & Fitch in working in Home Office Development and Marketing.

Lauren’s passion for holistic wellness led her to attend Inspire the World Day at The Gramercy New Albany in August. There Lauren ran into Todd Moroz, who recognized her from his days at Abercrombie & Fitch. Lauren says, “Long story short, he told me all about Kaufman Development and what they were doing, and I instantly wanted to know more. I visited their office downtown and met with Brett, and it snowballed into a few meetings that ultimately ended in me joining Team K-DEV.”

Lauren is excited to be a part of the Kaufman team because of her passion for health and wellness, and helping others through teaching and listening. She says, “I hope to share these passions with our residents and educate them on how they can live a truly healthy lifestyle, and that this will filter out into the surrounding communities. So many people think that healthy is expensive and complicated, and I want to show them that it can be easy.”

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hanging out with friends, visiting the library, checking out wine tastings at Whole Foods Market, trying different restaurants, painting and photography. Lauren hopes to work with Lauren B. to bring their passion for art to the community.

Here at Kaufman, we believe that the best communities should be driven by innovation, purpose and passion, and we’re proud that our team embodies this philosophy.



Making a Difference During the Holidays


There are so many opportunities to give back to the community around the holiday season, it can be difficult to decide where to start. We asked Matthew Goldstein, executive director of Besa, for ideas to make a difference in Columbus during the holidays.

• Fight Hunger at a Soup Kitchen
Soup kitchens are full of volunteers during the holiday season, but many lose a lot of support come the new year. Volunteers are critical, especially during the cold winter months. Consider giving a couple hours of your time to the downtown Columbus Community Kitchen or Worthington Food Pantry after Christmas to help fight hunger in Columbus.

• Support Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots was created in 1947 when a group of Marines recognized a need to help the under-privileged children of America. Last year, the Central Ohio chapter collected and distributed over 40,000 toys to local children for the holidays. Help brighten the holidays for a Columbus child by donating to the Columbus Toys for Tots Campaign.

• Provide Companionship at a Senior Home
Brighten the holidays for a local senior by volunteering at a Columbus senior home, such as the New Albany Gardens & Care Center. Participate in group activities, and experience the reward of providing comfort and companionship for residents.

• Save a Life at an Animal Shelter
No kill animal shelters are at capacity, and the need for foster families and donations is high. If you are interested fostering a pet or donating food/supplies, contact Columbus Dog Connection. Columbus Dog Connection’s foster program pays all vet bills and provides volunteers with supplies such as a crate and toys. “Meet the greatest volunteers, give back to dogs, save a life.”

Donate to a Local Charity
Donations are a great way to support critical community programs. You can donate directly to your favorite charity, or use Besa’s database to find a charity that speaks to your interests.


Besa is a social welfare platform that helps users discover causes and connect with local nonprofits that align with their interests.

Sprig Promotes Healthy Eating While Supporting Small Businesses


We’re passionate about healthy living, and we love working with local businesses that promote a lifestyle of wellness. That’s why we’re excited to feature snacks from Sprig in our resident welcome baskets at The Gramercy New Albany.

Sprig is a monthly subscription service that delivers healthy snacks right to their customers’ doorsteps. They’re also a locally owned business that shares our vision for inspired living. Every item in Sprig’s snack boxes has been curated by people passionate about a healthy lifestyle, and sourced from small to medium sized businesses with a shared passion for food made with integrity.

Sprig gives back to the community by donating all unused food to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and they promote sustainability by making sure each Sprig Box and its contents are recyclable.

When Eating Better Becomes a Business 

The idea behind Sprig stemmed from owners Melissa and Brent Jenkins striving to be healthier and eat better. They became interested in the local food scene, and focused on supporting local businesses by shopping at farmers markets. As they found themselves getting healthier and gaining better understanding of what they were eating, they began to wonder how they could help others achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Brent and Melissa also realized that a lot of a great snack companies weren’t getting shelf space in stores, and they wanted to help build those small companies’ brands. They thought, “Why don’t we put their products in a box and ship them to the doorstep of someone that’s never heard of them?”

Sprig’s goal is to create a healthy lifestyle and positive relationship with something people enjoy every day. They strive to be part of a revolution to facilitate healthy eating and living habits, one Sprig Box at a time.

An Inspiring Local Food Scene

Brent and Melissa find a lot of inspiration locally, especially at the Worthington and Clintonville Farmers Markets. Brent said, “The Columbus food scene is great. It’s a great area with a wide range of people.”

As Sprig continues to grow, some exciting changes are around the corner. By November, customers will be able to purchase individual snacks from the website. They will also be offering corporate packages with custom-branded snack boxes.

Brent said, “We’re just getting started. We want to spread the word and make it more contagious as far as how people eat. We’re not nutritionists, we’re just trying to promote a food revolution.”

Our residents get a taste of Sprig when they move in, but anyone can join the food revolution by visiting www.Sprigbox.com.

V.I.P. Waste Services Promotes Sustainability at The Gramercy New Albany


Here at Kaufman, we believe that sustainability is no longer about “going green” or “being green.” Instead, it has earned its rightful place in everyday life, moving beyond the philosophical to the responsible. That’s why we’ve partnered with V.I.P. Waste Services to provide a recycling program, making it easy for residents of The Gramercy New Albany to recycle about 80% of their household trash.

Each week, V.I.P will save residents a trip by picking up recyclables from the doorsteps of each apartment. A wide range of recyclable materials are accepted, and residents are not required to remove labels or sort materials. Everything collected by V.I.P. is recycled locally, too.

We believe that sustainability is its own reward, and we’re happy to offer this service free of charge, as a courtesy amenity to all residents of The Gramercy New Albany. Together we can help preserve the natural world and enhance environmental well-being. We encourage you to learn more about why recycling is important, get the facts about recycling aluminum, plastic, paper, and glass, and find out how you can reduce waste.

Besides recycling, what are some other ways you’re living more sustainably?