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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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You don't want to miss the breathtaking gardens of this suburban Cincinnati home on a sprawling estate!

Affectionately known as The Manor House, this palatial country estate was custom-designed by the owner alongside Steinkamp Architects. The home is situated in a green belt community, and is spacious and well-appointed. It boasts gathering spaces, fireplaces, porches, and an octagonal study with views of gardens that have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!

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


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We're whisking you away to a beautifully built custom home in the heart of Indian Hill for this week's Listing of the Week!

This beautiful estate has 11,320 square feet of space including 3,500-square-feet in a lower level walk out. The home is listed at $2,099,000 and boasts 6 bedrooms, and 8 bathrooms. This custom home has 3 private acres at the end of Camargo Pines. There are marble floors, arched doorways, and spacious rooms. There is also a big kitchen with a balcony overlooking the grand pool and hot tub. There is a first floor master wing with a new master bathroom. There is also a guest bedroom on the first floor, 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and an additional guest room in the walkout lower level.

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

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Get your beads ready! Learn about the biggest Mardi Gras party in town and how it supports our community’s most vulnerable children!

It’s been 29 years since four homeless children perished in a garage fire. Although the years have passed, the memory of it hasn’t. To help the memory of those lost live on, the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association (NKRA), led by Chairman Gordy Snyder, launched Mardi Gras for Homeless Children to help fight against homelessness in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

“The NKRA member restaurants and businesses donate their food and time to raise much needed funds to support the food budgets for Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House,” explains Barbara Gurren, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Commonwealth Hotel Collection.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children offers guests a culinary experience that benefits Bethany House Services, Brighton Center, and Welcome House, all local agencies that help feed the region’s homeless children.

This year’s event is on February 25, Fat Tuesday, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

To date, more than $1 million has been raised with the event for the region’s homeless children through organizations that service more than 40,000 needy individuals in the community each year.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children features more than 50 booths of food and beverages furnished by members of the NKRA.

To purchase tickets for Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, visit, or stop by Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, Bethany House Services, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky and the 50 participating restaurants.

To learn more about the event or the organization, click here or call 859-291-NKRA.

Check out this video for a sneak peek of the upcoming Mardi Gras with Homeless Children:

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This Indian Hill home features luxury living on a quiet lot. Click here to see this week's Listing of the Week!

This Indian Hill home features high-end finishes throughout including a designer kitchen with SubZero, Viking, and Bosh appliances. The luxurious master bedroom has a bathroom and amazing closet. There is a laundry room/mudroom on the first floor that are open and bright. The lower level walk-out has a wet bar, movie theater, rec room, wine cellar, bedroom, and full bathroom. The outdoor living area features a pavilion pool house with a kitchen, a pool, and a hot tub. There is new landscaping, a treehouse with electric, and a fire pit. The 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom home boasts 8,278 square feet and is listed at $2.495 million.

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

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Say goodbye to toxic chemicals and hello to eco-friendly dinnerware the whole family will love.


Cincy Chic: What is your plastic-free, stainless steel dinnerware line called?
Manasa Mantravadi, Founder of Ahimsa: Ahimsa (ah·HIM·suh). It is an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “avoiding harm” and “universal love.” 

Cincy Chic: What is the inspiration behind Ahimsa?
Mantravadi: In India, stainless steel dishes have been used for generations. When my children were born, my mother replaced the plastic dinnerware I mistakenly bought for my children with traditional steel dinnerware that I myself used as a child. She was concerned with leaching of chemicals in the plastic with heat. Well, in 2018, The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report on how families can limit their children’s exposure to harmful chemicals, and recommended using glass and stainless steel when possible. This made for the biggest “I told you so” moment in the history of motherhood! Since I had used stainless steel as a child and was only using stainless steel for my own children, I was shocked at the lack of options for parents to follow those recommendations by the AAP. I was also concerned about the effect on the environment as I watched my friends constantly discard and replace stained, melted, and frayed plastic dinnerware.  

Manasa Mantravadi, Founder of Ahimsa. Photography: Jessica Strickland Photography

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about the journey from pediatrician and how it got you to where you are today? 
Mantravadi: Ahimsa stemmed from a text message chain with 5 other pediatrician moms who have remained my closest of friends since our residency days. Everyone was baffled on next steps for their own children after the release of that AAP statement. Medicine prepares you to be a lifelong learner, so I was well prepared to embark on this journey to learn about how to devise a solution. I read non-stop about the health related to food-grade stainless steel and the science of allowing metal to take on color without additional chemicals or paint. I wanted to incorporate my experience in counseling children and parents about healthy eating habits into our products; specifically what I learned as my time as an endocrine fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital! Once I figured out those large pieces of the puzzle, I turned around and saw a mountain of pieces I had to navigate through to create an actual business.

Cincy Chic: What makes Ahimsa unique?
Mantravadi: We are the world’s first line of colorful stainless steel dinnerware for children. By sharing something tried-and-true from my own roots in India, we aim to redefine mealtime by putting safe, durable, and beautiful steel on the American dining table. Our entire company is based on health and science because that is what I know. However, it is the real-life experience as a parent that drives our mission to be a practical, simple, and lasting solution. From product development to lab testing, every detail is intentional and meticulous as we want parents to be able to focus on the good stuff, like happy, healthy family dinners!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Mantravadi: We are just finishing our pre-launch phase and have had great customer feedback. We’ve listened and have since released separates! We will soon be offering round dinner plates and a cereal bowl with nesting spoon for our older kids. They don’t want their bowls to tip over either! For us, customers will always be at the core of improvements and innovation as we know mother (and father) knows best! Trust me. I listened to my mother … and Ahimsa was born. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Mantravadi: Learn more and order at You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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One of Hyde Park's most treasured crown jewels is newly renovated and on the market. Click here to see this week's Listing of the Week!

One of Hyde Park’s Crown Jewels! Highly desirable combination of an A+ location, architectural significance, and a thorough renovation that has embraced the original details of the house. Every improvement carefully selected and implemented. This is a home that exudes elegance without being pretentious. Smart upgrades inside and out! The home is listed at $2,250,000. It features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in 5,138 square feet.

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

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You don't want to miss this sprawling estate with its own name in Indian Hill for this week's Listing of the Week!

If you’re looking for a sprawling equestrian estate, then Fairlea Estate is the property for you. This historical treasure features 5 acres with a $1.5 million addition, formal living room and dining room, 7 bedrooms, a first floor master, unground pool, heated lap pool, 6-stall stable, tennis court, pool house, guest house, a finished basement with theater, kitchenette, game room, and elevator. It’s a must-see and is listed at $2.499 million.

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




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It's a grand estate in the heart of Hyde Park. Click for a peek inside this week's breath-taking Listing of the Week!

This Hyde Park home is stunning and grand. It consists of 4 pacers totaling 3.991 acres in the heart of Hyde Park. It features impeccable design and exceptional quality throughout. Modern updates include 2nd floor laundry, charming master bath, new electrical panel, new HVAC, new tankless water heater, and a new water filtration system. It’s 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, in 4,599 square feet and is listed at $1.75 million.

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