Although the idea behind opening a dance studio is to teach the art form to others, Jessica Kehn said she likes to arrive at her new North High Street business for some alone time.

Although the idea behind opening a dance studio is to teach the art form to others, Jessica Kehn said she likes to arrive at her new North High Street business for some alone time.

"It's perfect," said the owner of recently opened Artisan Dance Studio, 4310 N. High St., the former Sprout Soup. "Even though it's been crazy with construction and building and permits and fees and licenses, you get to come to work and just for an hour or two, you have the studio to yourself just to dance around. I still love dance just as much as I did when I was 5 years old."

Actually, the 25-year-old Pickerington native, who recently moved to Clintonville, has been dancing since she was 3, following in the toeprints of her two older sisters.

"As soon as I could walk, I was stealing tap shoes," Kehn said.

North Canton resident Jeana Brandle-Myers and her sister-in-law, Beth Mackley of Groveport, finally found what they were looking for in Clintonville as well.

It's a freestanding house zoned for commercial purposes where they could become partners in a furniture consignment and home decor store, while Brandle-Myers could put her 28 years as a landscape designer to use making the place more welcoming for customers.

Aunt Jeana's Attic -- Mackley and her husband, Timm, have three sons who have called Brandle-Myers "Aunt Jeana" all their lives -- is located at 5360 N. High St., with the entrance off Charleston Avenue behind the United Dairy Farmers store.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Consignments are accepted all day Wednesday or by appointment.

"Beth and I for a long time have talked ... about what could we do so that we didn't have the regular jobs," Brandle-Myers said. "We kept looking for something that would give us a bright spot. I love secondhand things. That was fine with Beth.

"We couldn't be a storefront because ... we wanted our business to look like a home."

Kehn initially planned to major in English at Ohio State University, but a former ballet teacher urged her to try out for the dance program, and she was accepted.

She graduated with a double major in December 2009, and initially took a job with a bank.

"I thought I was going in and climbing the corporate ladder, but I didn't like that," Kehn said.

Most recently, she had been working as a patient support assistant at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Kehn's mother is a nurse.

"One day I was in the car and I was like, 'Why not have a dance studio? That would be awesome,' " Kehn said.

The down economy didn't give Mackley or Brandle-Myers any hesitation about starting the joint enterprise.

"I think it's a great time for a couple of reasons," Mackley said. "Because the economy is not doing well, people are more willing to buy secondhand because they don't have the money to go out and buy new. And it's kind of the thing to do. A lot of people like the eclectic look. And there's also the green movement where people like to see things reused and repurposed rather than be thrown out, so I think it's a good time."

"All of our furniture here, although not new, looks like new," Brandle-Meyers said. "We're very, very careful about what we choose, very careful about what we consign."

The sisters-in-law split the duties at Aunt Jeana's Attic.

"Jeana and I bring different strengths to the business," Mackley said. "She's the artsy one ... and I do the bookwork. Together we make a great team."

"We have an all-around curriculum," Kehn said, noting instruction is offered in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and even hip-hop. "We're trained in all of them. The girls I hire, one of them is in graphic design, so she's really creative. She does our hip-hop classes. The other teacher, who's name is also Jessica, is at Ohio State for early childhood development, and she's the best young- person dance teacher ever.

"We excel at different styles."

Students, Kehn added, aren't taught by just one of the instructors but a combination of all of them.