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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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See how one local woman turned her passions into a profession that gives her the time and financial flexibility she and her family needs — especially now. 

Four years ago, as a special educator, Emily McNamara thought her lack of energy and poor sleep was just part of the job. A friend recommended using Shaklee products to help her feel better, so she did.  Little did she know, that would be a life changing decision in more ways than one. 

“When I took care of myself and got consistent, I was able to give more of myself to the things that were important to me — my family, my students, my friends, and my coworkers,” McNamara explains. “This made me even more passionate about my health and wellness journey. As a teacher, my professional passion has always been educating. I realized I could merge those two worlds by becoming a Shaklee distributor.”

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At first, she started small, with just the goal of getting her own product paid for. “I immediately knew I wanted it to be more than that. I was enjoying it so much and it was growing quickly because it was truly helping people,” she explains. “I had aspirations of running a full-blown health and wellness coaching business ‘one day,’ but I didn’t know how to get there. Then I met Melissa Kirkpatrick and everything changed.” 

Kirkpatrick is the life coach, author and founder of Find Your Own DRIVE. She began coaching McNamara to get clarity on her goals, discuss strategy, and set weekly meetings to stay accountable to the progress. “Before I knew it, I was in a position where I not only launched that health and wellness company of my dreams, but I was now in a position where I could replace and exceed my teaching salary with it,” she says. “I took the leap, put in my notice, and my business is thriving more than ever.”

McNamara put these plans in place shortly before the pandemic began. “Especially now with COVID, I’m so happy I made this decision to make my health, family and passion for wellness education a top priority,” she says. “I’m literally living my dream life and I wouldn’t be here without the guidance, focus and accountability that my weekly coaching sessions with Melissa gives me.”

To learn more about McNamara, visit https://bit.ly/healthyVIP. To learn more about Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, visit www.findyourowndrive.com/contact.

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Doodleshine Design: Our doggies deserve to get dressed up too! How adorable are these accessories from @doodleshinedesign made just for your furry friends! 🤩 They are able to be customized too! Head over to their website to get your order started today or DM for special request!

Kalu Lifestyle Co: Whose ready to help save our oceans and turtles!! 🙋‍♀️ @kalu__reusablestraws has created these adorable 100% food-grade silicon reusable straws! PLUS: they are BPA free, reef friendly, and vegan! They are perfect for both hot and cold drinks AND they have created a wider diameter straw perfect for frozen drinks!
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Head over to their website and get your order started to help “be the solution not the pollution” today!
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The T Squash Academy: Looking to get out of the house and try something new? Or love the game of squash and looking for a place to play? Check out @thetsquashacademy!! They offer squash for people of all ages and skill levels! Check out their website to see all they have to offer such as a men’s Thursday night league, private lessons, or even the junior mentoring program!

Mom ‘n ’em Coffee: Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! @momnemcoffee offers not only wine, but coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and more! Head over to their website to see all they have to offer and get your order started! PLUS: make sure to check out their amazing merch and accessories for making coffee right at home!

The Budding Florist: “My goal is to create floral arrangements that bring beauty to your home, to others, or your special day!” Ellie, owner of @thebuddingfloristcincy has had a love for flowers since a young age and is here to share her love with you! Whether a small bouquet for someone special, a house arrangement, or a wedding, she’s here to help! Head over to their website to order online or stop in the shop!

Libby’s Southern Comfort: In need of a little southern comfort this rainy day? @libbys_southern_comfort has you covered! They are open to serve you both indoors, outdoors, or for carry out! Load up on their delicious apps, sandwiches, and entrees today and don’t forget to grab a drink! Head to their website for more details and a full menu and let them “put a little south in your mouth!”

Beck + Call: Couldn’t agree more with this statement🤩 @beckandcalldayton is a female-owned business brining you the latest and greatest on clothing, accessories, and home goods! They are currently temporarily closed due to Covid, but head over to their website to get your order orders in! Click the link in their bio to shop and help them promote/support women!

Juice Bar Anderson: Kickstart you weekend on a healthy foot with @juicebaranderson today! They create juices, smoothies, and food packed with fresh ingredients and nutrients! Plus they have shots to help boost your immunity, energy, and more! Text 859-307-2006 for pre-order and home delivery, order online, or stop in!
Open:
Monday-Saturday 9-4
Sunday 10-4

La Ofrenda: It’s Friday! It’s also national tequila day! @laofrendatequila is having some amazing specials to help you celebrate tonight! Join them on their patio for $3 El Jimador shots, $5 Ranch water cocktails, and $8 frozen house margs! What an amazing happy hour 🤩

Open:
Wednesday-Friday 5-10
Saturday 12-10
Sunday 12-6

Villa Mocha: Happy Saturday everyone! Get your Saturday morning caffeine from @villamocha today! Whether hot or cold, they have the coffee for you! Plus: make sure to try out one of their delicious bakery items like pies, quiches, and more!

Village Pantry Catering: Have a big event coming up? @villagepantrycatering is here for all your food needs! From parties, to weddings, and so much more they cater for it all! They even offer the ability to customize their menus to fit your exact want and needs! Click the link in their bio to head to their website and see all their services offered!

Curious Concoctions: @curiousconcoctions5 is dedicated to creating clean and non-toxic skincare products made just for you! All products are handmade with local ingredients! From soaps, to body lotion, to even room sprays, they have it all! Head to their website to see all their amazing products and get your order started today! PLUS: they offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders $25 and over!

Marigold & Co: Happy Monday everyone! Add some greenery into your life this week with @cincyscrazyplantlady 🤩 from small pots to hanging plants to even standing trees, she has it all!
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Check out their page for the latest being sold and fill your home with some new plant babies!
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River, city, and park views? This week's Listing of the Week has it all! Click for a sneak peek inside.

This home has captivating river, city, and park views in a very sought after location. It boasts floor to ceiling windows, and nice kitchen and bathrooms and spacious rooms. There is a first floor office that can be converted to a 4th bedroom. The master suite offers amazing views. The home has gorgeous landscaping, a backyard oasis, a lower level recreation room, and plenty of storage. It has a new roof and has been freshly painted. It’s the perfect home for many lifestyles. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is listed at $1.295 million.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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A local spa opened a second location to offer even more services to clients. Click here to read more!

The Face Place recently announced that they are bringing clients a second location. “We have partnered with Next Direct Medical to bring another location to you with more services,” says The Face Place Founder Kathy Sutton.

At The Face Place, the team prides itself on customizing facials and peels to meet the needs of your skin while also addressing your concerns.

With the opening of their second location at Next Direct Primary Care, clients can now utilize additional services at another location. Face services include micro needling, peels, facials, acne treatment, and even a facial specially designed for teenagers. Body services available at The Face Place include massages and infrared treatments.

A new service is also being offered, and is ideal for those who suffer from allergies. The Sinus and Detox Treatment includes a facial steam with eucalyptus, camphor, and clove essential oils, a sinus massage with hot and cold stones, a detox face and neck mask with camphor, feet warmed with hot towels soaked in ginger and clay then exfoliated, a foot chemical peel, and a foot massage performed with special attention to sinus points. 

Those who have membership plans with Next Direct Primary Care can receive discounts on services from The Face Place that range from $10-$20 off the regular prices. Membership plans with Next Direct Primary Care start at $45 per month and includes no copays, family medical are, wholesale medications, urgent care services, same day appointments, and discounts on cosmetic services including Botox at $8 per unit. 

The Face Place is located at 75 Powhatton Drive in Milford, and the Next Direct Primary Care location is at 8250 Kenwood Crossings, Suite 201 behind the Jewish Hospital. To book services at the Next Direct location call 888-926-6398. 

You can learn more about The Face Place and how to book an appointment at https://www.skincaretzone.com

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Taglio Bar + Pizzeria: I have to say…being from Michigan I am beyond excited to of found a Detroit style pizza shop! Never had Detroit style before? Try out @eattaglio delicious creations!

Pair a pizza with one of their ice cold beers, cocktails, or a glass of wine! And don’t forget to try one of their delicious appetizers like mozzarella sticks or buffalo chicken dip 😍

Geiger & Co: @geiger_and_coprides themselves on their craftsmanship, creating the highest quality products for you! Made right here in Ohio! From key chains, to card holders, to purses, they can make it all! Click the link in their bio check out all their products and start shopping today!

Keystone Bar & Grill: This might be my favorite day out the year…national Mac and cheese day!! Today, July 14th is national Mac and cheese day, and @keystonebar is here to celebrate it with you!

Try out one of their famous creations including their limited time chicken and Mac & cheese waffle! I mean just the sound of that makes my mouth water😍

Head over to one of their locations today to celebrate and get a chance to win a $100 gift card! All locations open except Clifton is carry out only!

Pistilcalyx: The hair accessory you need in your life! @pistilcalyx creates these colorful and beautiful floral polymer clay hairpins! Being all hand sculpted, these unique pins will brighten up any hairstyle! Check out the link in their bio to get your order started today! Made right here in Cincinnati!

Markell-Bani Fine Wines: It’s Wednesday! You know what that means…wine night! Started by two best friends, Greg Markell Lawrence and Sean Bani Yisrael, @markellbanifinewines is dedicated to “creating brilliant wines that entertain, surprise, and inspire beautiful moments!”

Try one of their signature fine wines for tonight’s #winewednesday like their Aniyah Rouge or Demera Blanc! PLUS: use code “SUMMERWINE” and save $5 per bottle!

The Baker’s Table: With a mission to “feed people with love,” @bakerstablenewport is dedicated to not only serving you the best food, but giving you a safe and enjoyable environment! They have brought back their wood fire grilled burgers back tonight so make sure to get your hands on these! Head over from 5-9 tonight and enjoy some delicious food and a nice glass of wine…doesn’t get much better than that!

Juice’d-tox: Stock up on @juicedtox cold pressed juices for the weekend! Did you know juices are the “easiest and fastest way to put important nutrients in your body!” From gut health, to immunity boosting, to weigh loss, and more…they can help you with it all! Check out their website to see all the juices they have to offer and DM or Facebook message to place your order! PLUS: they just switched all bottles over from plastic to glass!

Keys: Calling all my cheesecake lovers! I personally think I could eat cheesecake everyday if possible 😂. @keys_cheesecakes_and_pies creates these amazing custom cheesecakes made just for you! You can also find them at Eastgate Jungle Jim’s starting next Friday! Pick up one of their cakes or create a custom one to celebrate the summer today!

The Dive Bar: Happy Friday everyone! Looking for a place to go tonight to celebrate #happyhour ?? Check out @divebarcincinnati !! Stop by to grab a drink with friends and family to kickstart the weekend! They are open 7 days a week from 11am-2:30am to serve up your favorite drinks and more!

Made By Mavis: How delicious do @madebymavis products sound 😍? She creates artisan jams and jellies with a former twist to bring life to any meal or snack! Want something spicy? Try their jalapeño apple jelly! Want something more sweet? Try their tropic thunder jam! Head over to their website to get your order started and check out their gift sets as well!

Mad Llama Coffee: Saturday morning coffee anyone? 🙋‍♀️ Get your caffeine today with @madllamacoffee delicious coffee and baked goods! Stop by for an iced coffee, hot coffee, breakfast sandwich, or even ice cream! Open: Monday-Friday 6:30-4 Saturday-Sunday 8-4

Honey Fit Brand: @honeyfitbrandis dedicated to empowering women to be their best selves through a health mind body and spirit! They create their clothes to allow women to feel confident when being active and in everyday life! Vamp up your wardrobe with their new arrivals today! PLUS: sign up for their mailing list and receive 15% your first order!

BanaSun Smoothie Bar: Kickstart your Sunday with a smoothie bowl today! @banasun513 creates delicious fruity açaí bowls, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices for you! And the best part? They’re using their proceeds to help build a school in the developing world! So make sure to stop buy, grab a nice treat, and help them achieve their goal!

1 More Rep: Get your sweat on this Sunday with @onemorerepcincy🤩 Try one of their 3 body shaping workouts to help achieve those fitness goals of yours! Click the link in their bio to see more details and sign up for you first class today!

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This breathtaking home in Hyde Park has gorgeous views of the Ohio River. Click for a sneak peek inside this week's Listing of the Week!

This home is the opportunity to own one of the most prestigious river-view estates on the Hyde Park Riviera. It’s a magnificent 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom village with breathtaking Ohio River and Kentucky hillside views. It sits on 1.742 acres of lush landscaped terraces, lawns, and gardens. It has an auto courtyard, a 3-car garage, and a carriage house. Every detail and amenity was attended to during a two-year renovation/restoration of the home. 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Revolve Nutrition: Ready to kickstart your week with a fat reducing shake? Maybe a energizing tea? @revolve_nutrition has all that and more for you! They create both nutritious and delicious drinks! PLUS check out their latest post to see how you can receive a FREE protein ball!

Northern Kentucky Dancewear: Calling all my dancers! Need a pointe shoes fitting, new tights, new dance wear? @nkydancewear has you covered! They are open to help you with all your dance needs of all ages and levels! PLUS: all tights are buy 3 get a pair FREE! Visit their website to shop online or stop in the store! AND make sure to call to book your pointe shoe fitting appointment!

PursuitOTR: “We set out to build a modern suit store with old-fashioned customer service to outfit you for life’s biggest moments” @pursuit_otr recognizes the confidence and power that comes with a good suit built just for you! What started as a class project has now grown into a business dedicated to build you your best suit yet! They are now open for appointments as long as you wear that mask! Head over to their website to book your appointment for a custom suit, tailoring, and more today!

Lyle’s Bikes, Brews, & BBQ: Head out for a nice bike ride today and top it off with and ice cold drink and some delicious bbq today! @lylesbikesbrewsbbq is located right along the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, making it the perfect pit stop!

Open:
Tuesday-Thursday: 4-9
Friday: 4-10
Saturday: 11-10
Sunday: 11-8

Birch+Brass: Do you know what’s in your soap? @birchnbrassmakes all their products with only the best natural ingredients to protect your skin against harsh chemicals! PLUS they are environmentally friendly! No animal testing, vegan, and biodegradable! Head over to their website to check out all their products from soaps to laundry detergent to household accessories! AND when you buy 4 or more, use code “SHIP4FREE” to enjoy free shipping!

Wildfire Pizza Kitchen: Pizza night anyone? 🙋‍♀️ @wildfirepizzakitchencreates their delicious pies wood-fired and made fresh just for you! They are located inside @urbanartifactbeer so grab a beer to go with your pizza!
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They offer build your own or try one of their famous creations! PLUS: they offer vegan cheese alternatives for all my vegans!
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Stop by, call, or order online today!
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The Girl Republic: Break. Gender. Barriers. 💪 Andrea Minnillo, owner of @thegirlrepublic , was frustrated by the differences in boys and girls clothing. Boys clothing depicted power and accomplishment while girls were princesses and tutus. An objectivity women have been fighting so hard to break. That’s when @thegirlrepublic was born!

Clothing made to represent action and passion for all genders! They create products for all ages as well! Head over to their website to place your order today and help break gender barriers!

Gris Gris Cocktail Magic: Spice up your happy hour this Friday with @grisgriscocktailmagic 😍 add a splash of their sample syrups to any drink and instantly turn it into a delicious cocktails! Head on over to their website to find fun and delicious recipes and place your order today!

Queen City Sausage: Looking to grill up this weekend? Check out @queencitysausage Cincinnati made sausage! They believe in the power of great food brining together friends and families!

Head over to their website to see if your grocery carries their delicious products or order off their site! PLUS: make sure to check out their website and page to find recipes on fun new meals for the whole family!

Sugar ‘n Spice Diner: NOW OPEN!! @eatsugarnspice is having their grand opening today! Stop by to try their stacks of pancakes or fluffy omelets they’ve been serving up since 1941! And the best part? RUBBER DUCKS!

Rookwood Pottery: Check out these beautiful pieces😍 @rookwoodpotteryhas been crafting handmade ceramics since 1880! From vases to cheese plates, they have it all!

Click the link in their bio and visit their page to see all they have to offer!

Ray + Goode Candle Co: Happy Sunday! Fill your home with the fresh smells of @raygoodecandleco this week! Being all natural coconut wax, their candles have a longer and cleaner scent throw! All their candles are handmade right here in Cincinnati from all natural ingredients!

Head over to their website to check out all their yummy smells and start your order today!

Yankee Doodle Deli: Ready to step up your snacking game? Get your hands on @yankeedoodledeli flavored pretzels! Whether spicy, sweet, even savory, they have them all! Head over to their website to see their deals like this thank you basket and stock up on these delicious snacks and more!

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