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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 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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This Listing of the Week is a custom-built home on nearly nine acres with a pond, spot court, in-ground pool and hot tub --and that's just the outside! Click for a sneak peek inside!

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to make this house your home! This is a true sanctuary located just north of Mason. It’s custom-built home on nearly 9 acres with a pond, spot court, and in-ground pool and hot tub. There is custom clay-glazed tiles in 3 stone hearth fireplaces, a 3-season room, custom raised panel cabinetry and solid wood 6-panel doors throughout the home. There’s also a den/TV room, and a lower-level. It boasts 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in the Lebanon City School District.

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





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Did you know that Ohio was voted one of the best places for women to start businesses? According to, the state was ranked No. 2, behind Texas. As the number of female entrepreneurs in the United States steadily grows, attention is being focused on the support that is being made available to women business owners, and the gap between them and their male counterparts. One of those categories of support? Financing options. It has already been established that women entrepreneurs may be treated differently when it comes to applying for credit. For example, Fortune Magazine and Bizz2Credit revealed that women tend to get approved for loan amounts that are 45 percent less compared to men. Yet the number of women taking the plunge into business continues to grow, and as a result, women are looking for ways to succeed in entrepreneurship, including financial support. Cincinnati is brimming with financial options to help them do just that.

Small Business Grants -The Amber Grant & EnrichHER Funding

The EnrichHER Funding program and society have long been known for supporting women entrepreneurs. While other parts of the society connect women with mentors and other business support resources, the funding program seeks businesses in existence for a minimum of 12 months, and also stipulates a credit score of 600 or higher. The financing options are also varied, and include loans up to $250,000, lines of credit and grants.

The Amber Grant is also another great program for women looking to start their own business, and is backed by WomensNet. Each month, a $2,000 grant is given out, and at year-end, a grant worth $25,000 is granted to one of the 12 business owners. Application is easily done online, and the website also offers a host of additional resources, including tips on how to secure the best loan for your business.

Local Loan Programs – The Cincinnati Access Fund

In 2018, The Cincinnati Access Fund program was launched as an initiative supported by Fifth Third Bank. The fund’s value stands at $3.5 million and is specifically geared towards women and minority-owned small businesses in Cincinnati. It was announced that the Access Fund will offer two different loan options aimed at both new and existing businesses. Microloans are for loans of a value of $100,000 or less, and are for those businesses that find themselves unable to access traditional financing. Term loans are for those entrepreneurs looking to grow their revenues and employee base, and are offered in amounts of $100,000 and $350,000. The program stands apart from others in the sense that it is specifically aimed at small businesses, and can be a great stepping stone in helping small business owners improve their chances of securing traditional financing later down the line, including improving chances and rates charged when using and securing short term consumer financing.

Startup Programs – The Hillman Accelerator & The Brandery

In 2017, the Hillman Accelerator was launched with the aim of assisting women and minority entrepreneurs who were in the tech industry. Funded by firms such as The Brandery and CincyTech, the program has seen great success since the launch, and was one of the most publicized attempts at encouraging diversity in business startups. It is also much more than just a financing program. In addition to connecting entrepreneurs with suitable venture capitalists, the Hillman Accelerator also connects you with mentors to guide you in navigating the beginning process, and also to help businesses with their customer acquisition strategy.

One of the program’s investors, The Brandery is also a great option for female entrepreneurs, and helps in the area of branding, marketing, and design for new companies. The startup boasts multiple female mentors who can help you understand what it is like as a woman in business, and in return for their participation, The Brandery secures a 6 percent stake in each startup for $50,000 in capital, office space for a year, and additional benefits.

It has never been a better time to get into business as a woman. More female entrepreneurs are not only starting their own businesses, but proving repeatedly what a success they can be in the industry. In response, more companies are taking notice and providing the resources to enable and encourage female participation. The world is slowly welcoming female entrepreneurs into the fold, Cincinnati included.

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Enjoy a peek inside this brand new home in Anderson Township for this week's Listing of the Week!

This Anderson Township home is perfect for any family who loves to entertain! This Zicka homes construction is a Custom Potomac III plan in the new Parkside Estates at Coldstream community. It features a gourmet kitchen, open family room, and stairs to a finished lower leve. There’s also a dining room with a fireplace!

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

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We're heading to Hyde Park for this week's Listing of the Week! Take a peek inside this custom-built home on a private drive.

This custom-built home is just a short stroll from Hyde Park Square. The 6,000-square-foot home features a private drive, a great room with a stone fireplace, a gourmet eat-in kitchen, first- and second-floor laundry rooms, a large walkout lower level, a game room, media room, and 7th bedroom, plus a 3-car garage.

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



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Damaged, brittle hair that is prone to breakage and hair loss can cause anyone to get worried. If your hair seems weak or if you’ve been losing a lot of it, you may need to step up your hair care game. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your habits and strengthen your hair:


Style Carefully 

Styling your hair makes your look neat, presentable, and put together. However, constant styling, especially with heated tools like blow dryers and flat irons, can take a toll on your hair. If you aren’t careful to prep your hair before styling, you could damage your hair and cause it to become brittle and prone to breakage.


Protect your hair before using heated tools by applying a heat protectant spray or serum, or consider using accessories like hair extensions to quickly change your hairstyle without putting a lot of stress on your hair. You can shop high quality hair extensions at


When shopping for hair extensions, look for bundles from trusted and reputable companies like True Glory Hair. Their hair extensions are well made and feature real virgin hair, so they are durable and look and feel realistic. True Glory Hair offers a wide range of Brazilian and Indian hair extensions, with different lengths and styles including wavy, straight, and curly, so you can find a hair bundle that matches your natural hair exactly.


These high quality hair extensions can last years with proper care and maintenance, making them a great invest for anyone who likes experimenting with different hairstyles and changing up their look.


Condition Regularly 

Most people shampoo regularly to keep their scalp and hair clean and fresh, but you might be surprised to learn that not everyone regularly conditions their hair. Conditioner keeps your hair healthy and strong by moisturizing and protecting it.


Conditioning your hair regularly is a must, especially if you have curly or textured hair, as these types tend to dry out easily. The best way to condition your hair is to apply the product to damp—not dripping wet—hair and working it evenly through your strands using your fingers. Work in sections, giving extra attention to hard to reach areas, and rinse well until you no longer feel any slippery residue on your hair strands.


Apply Natural Oils

Natural oils like coconut, jojoba, olive, and argan oil can do wonders to keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and bouncy. They can also help strengthen your hair by nourishing it and making it less prone to breakage and hair fall. If you have curly or textured hair, regularly applying a natural oil can keep it from becoming frizzy and brittle, so it won’t break easily.


Get the Right Nutrients

What you eat and put into your body plays a big part in keeping your hair healthy and strong. Make sure you’re getting all the right nutrients and vitamins for optimum hair health. Getting the right nutrients will not only strengthen your hair, but it will also benefit your skin and nails as well.


The best vitamins and nutrients for strong, healthy hair are Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, iron, zinc, and biotin. These can all be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and nuts. If you feel you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from the food you eat, you may consider taking supplements.


Follow these tips consistently, and you should soon notice an improvement in the condition of your hair. With proper hair care and maintenance, you’ll have strong, healthy hair in no time.

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Take a peek inside this beautifully upgraded home, filled with charm and located just blocks from Hyde Park Square.

Soak up the sun in this Colonial home on one of the most premier streets in Hyde Park. Located just blocks from the Square, this home has been tastefully updated with granite counter tops, an eat-in kitchen with an adjoining family room, a fenced-in lawn, screened-in porch, sunroom, and master study. The location and condition of this home is a can’t miss!

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


Get ready for breath-taking charm and architectural details as we head to Hyde Park for a peek inside this week’s Listing of the Week.

This stunning home is a Hyde Park classic. It features a spacious beautiful yard with a detached garage house and a circular side driveway. The exquisite glass windows, molding, and details throughout are just what you’re looking for. There is a finished 3rd floor with a game room, 2 bedrooms, and a full bath.

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

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Perched atop Mt. Adams with breath-taking views and walk-out terraces, a gourmet kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, and two car garage, click for a look inside this urban oasis that's our Listing of the Week.

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic river views from this custom built home perched atop Hill St. in Mt. Adams. It’s an astounding 5,000 SF of high end living space. It features striking architectural details and is rich in amenities including an elevator, custom metal handrails, gourmet kitchen, European bath fixtures, and terrace walkouts on all levels. It has Fiberon decking as well as a heated 2 car garage. This is the ultimate urban estate.

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