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Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at 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 another little one on the way, 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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From six bedrooms and seven bathrooms to a wine cellar and three car garage, this week's Listing of the Week has lots of room and even more charm. Read on to see inside.

There’s certainly no lack of character in this beautiful home located in Walnut Hills Historic District. Rooms are large and their unique architecture feature endless character. Every room is gorgeous, including the 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Listed at $985,000, this Walnut Hills home has a fenced in lot with a fountain in the backyard for entertaining. There’s also a 3-car garage. Location is also ideal as it’s near everything in Cincinnati.

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

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From sipping on some wine, enjoying a fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls -- however you want to celebrate Valentine's Day, see why Parker's is the place.

From sipping on some wine, enjoying fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls — however you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Parker’s is the place.

At Parkers, they specialize in All-American Fare with an amazing selection of beef, seafood and specialty entrée salads. They even a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

They offer as much variety of dishes as they do dining experiences, too. Stay cool in the summer dining on the newly remodeled Tap Room patio and warm in the winter as you cozy up to one of their wood burning fireplaces. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a drink, do a business lunch, grab a meal to go, kindle romance or celebrate special moments.

They have a newly remodeled main dining room and also private dining rooms – seating 12 to 60 or cocktail up to 100 – so your event can have the perfect setting for things like rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties and business functions.

The Tap Room hosts Happy Hour six days a week (Monday through Saturday) from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Happy Hour includes half off all 17 drafts and 25% off all liquor, wine and bottled beer! We also have a special bar menu where guests can find small bites for snacking to our delicious half pound cheeseburger.

They host live music regularly. Then, on Sunday, they have their famous brunch that people drive from all over to enjoy! It’s from 10am-2:00pm which includes a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, screw driver or a glass of champagne.

Parker’s is located at 4200 Cooper Road Cincinnati, OH 45242. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, come check it out for yourself! Like them on Facebook to stay updated and learn more about them at

Photos: Twin Spire Photography

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Parker’s Blue Ash.

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Whether it’s for your Valentine or Galentine, your kiddos or your own sweet tooth, we checked out the sweetest shop in town for ideas on how to spread the love this week.

Valentine’s Day might be Feb. 14, but it’s a week-long celebration at Gigi’s Cupcakes! 
“We do Valentine’s Day gifts all week long,” says Amy Jones, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.  “Our treats are made daily in our Kenwood shop with lots of love and care.”
The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. Each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too! “We’ll have a lot of flavors to choose from,” Jones adds, “even if you forget to order ahead of time.”
They have several different Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just bringing home to surprise the family!
Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.

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From charming character and a breath-taking setting, to upgrades and luxuries galore, this landmark estate in the heart of Mt. Lookout has it all. Click for a peek inside.

Nestled in the trees of Mt. Lookout is this $1.095 million home. The landmark estate sits on 1.83 acres and features panoramic views of the Little Miami Valley. There are 6,469 square feet in the 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home. Enjoy updated architectural details that have been preserved from the home’s original build, spacious rooms, a gourmet eat-in kitchen, a master suite with sitting room, ensuite bathroom, and walk-in closet. There’s also a 3-car garage, carriage house apartment, sizable brick terrace, private, park-like setting.
This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.




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From modern finishes inside and panoramic city views outside, click for a sneak peek of downtown living at its finest in this week's Listing of the Week!

Listed at $660,000, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in downtown Cincinnati features city living at its finest. The 1,668-square-foot condo is contemporary and features a loft with a balcony and a river view. The condo comes with everything you need: parking, fitness center, party room, guest suites, storage, and neighbors. Improvements since 2016 include: tile backsplash, quartz countertops with added storage, a wine cooler, a Bosch 3-level dishwasher, power shades, ceiling fans, a large linen closet, and a new washer/dryer.

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

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Many Cincinnatians will have visited Corryville Angel Hospital, or know someone who has. What they may not be aware of is the history of the now crucial medical facility, and how women in particular held an influential role in the sale of the $23.5m building. In an industry typically dominated by male bankers and the beneficiaries of inherited wealth, the Cincinnati real estate industry has bucked the trend – and continues to do so today.

The housing market designed for women

The foundation of a female-influenced real estate market lies in the housing stock itself. According to research reported in Biz Journals, Cincinnati is a top 20 market for working woman friendly housing. What’s more, good average house prices – around $225k – are retained long into the lifetime of the house, making equity release realistic and the reverse mortgage more feasible for retired women or those working later in life. Essentially, the market is geared towards empowering women to be able to work independently throughout their career and enjoy their retirement to a greater degree.

Pulling in national interest

This positive backdrop has encouraged female business leaders to become involved in Cincinnati. Last year, Titan Real Estate Group opted to move its operations into Cincinnati, rather than any other location. Now, according to The Enquirer, the company is helping to further enfranchise women in the city by building new and affordable working homes. When a large company opts to relocate to a location because of its female-positive culture, it’s a good sign for all involved.

REIA’s continuing involvement

Underpinning the continued movement towards a female-driven property market is the Real Estate Investors Association of Greater Cincinatti. Vena Jones-Cox, an expert in Ohio real estate and long-time veteran of the industry, is the current chair of the association. Furthermore, they regularly schedule events which look at the role women can play in the city’s real estate industry and how it can continue to improve in the future. Clearly, influential bodies are not content just with a market friendly to women, but want to actively encourage them to take control, too.

Women are playing catch-up in countless areas of the job market and economy. One place and area that isn’t letting women down is Cincinnati’s real estate sector. More than just a positive environment for women, the evidence shows that women in fact run the show.

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It's a classic English Tudor outside with lots of amazing renovations and premier finishes inside. Read on for a sneak peek into this awe-inspiring Rookwood home.

We’re headed for Rookwood in this beautiful English Tudor! Listed at $1.599 million, the home features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and has been completely renovated. Renovations include: mechanicals, plumbing, electric, bathrooms, windows, slate roof, copper gutters, and premier finishes throughout. The home is located close to The Summit, CCC, and Hyde Park Square.

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