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Read on to learn about a woman-owned cleaning business that serves the Greater Cincinnati area.

There is a woman-owned cleaning business that operates out of the Greater Cincinnati area. Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC has offered affordable cleaning services to their clients, since 2019. Monique Stallworth, Owner of Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC is working solo right now, “but I soon will be looking into hiring employees,” she says.

The inspiration behind Meticulous Matters came from her late grandmother, Louise Shannon. “I made a promise to her that I would make something of myself and my life before I turned 30 (I am 27 now) and her passing away made me jumpstart my dreams to make her proud,” Stallworth says.

Meticulous to Stallworth means “extremely careful and thorough to detail,” she says. “As a cleaning company, I make sure to go above and beyond for my clients’ needs by cleaning the places they can’t see.

There are a variety of services that Meticulous Matters offers and the include: deep and general cleaning, one time cleaning, move in/move out, by room cleaning (if you only need your kitchen or just your bathrooms cleaned). “We also offer commercial cleaning to offices, barbershops, hair/nail salons, medical offices, apartment complexes, daycare centers, etc,” Stallworth says.

She takes what her customers think seriously. “I like customer reviews. Getting goof or bad feedback afterwards helps my business grow and gives me a better outlook on what people want, like and expect,” she says. “Because I take my time to understand what my customers’ needs are to be sure I get whatever task(s) done exactly the way they wanted.”

Her favorite part of her job is being able to see her customers experience relief. Stallworth loves having her customers be “able to relax, rest and not have to worry about the extra load from working hard during the pandemic,” Stallworth says.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a mobile business that wants to help spread joy and love in the Covington and Greater Cincinnati area.

There is a flower business in the Greater Cincinnati area that wants to bring joy to people in the area. “We’re a mobile flower pop-up truck focused on sales in Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area,” Kara Acri, owner of Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck, says. “We’re based in Covington, Kentucky, and Scarlet is a Brigade Blue 1959 Chevy Apache 3100 – still in mostly original condition!”  

Scarlet Begonia is also Acri. “She’s sort of become my alter ego and I now answer to Scarlet when people ask.” 

The flower truck has regular pop-ups that are located in and around the Covington area. They work with other businesses in the area, including Cedar Restaurant, Crafts & Vines, Bean Haus, Dari-Crest, Lil’s Bagels, Parlor on Seventh, Braxton Brewing Company, The Roost Latonia and other local establishments. “We keep our website updated with our pop-up dates and locations at www.scarletbegoniasflowertruck.com. We also post frequently on our social channels on Instagram, Facebookand Twitter,” Acri says. “We also deliver on Fridays (and Saturdays when we’re not popping up) within a 30-minute radius of Covington, Kentucky, where we’re based.” 

Covington is a community that Acri, and the truck, calls home. “We love our Seminary Square neighborhood and this community,” she says. “We know our neighbors personally, as well as so many of the local business owners because they’re small business, too, just like us.” 

The businesses started February 1, 2020. “We received our local operations permits two days before the pandemic hit last March,” she says. Acri is running the truck solo, but, she says, “We have lots of helping hands and regular support from our amazing family and friends.” 

The inspiration behind starting the flower truck came from her love of a band. “We’re big fans of the Grateful Dead and followed them on tour many times way, way back in the day. The inspiration comes from Shakedown Street, which is part of the carnival/market-like atmosphere found in the parking lots at every show,” Acri says. “Scarlet herself and all of our bouquets are named after Dead Songs.” 

The flower truck offers different “groovy bouquets” that you can see on their website, including Milk Cow Blues, Tennessee Ted, Sugar Magnolia, Ramble On Rose and Masterpiece. 

“We can also do custom work, including arrangements for special occasions, small weddings, etc.,” Acri says. 

Why flowers? “I’ve always loved giving and receiving flowers. And I’ve always loved buying random flowers and creating my own arrangements,” she says. “The added bonus is helping others spread joy. It feels really good to make others smile with our beautiful creations.” 

Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck is unique because of the truck and the theme of the vehicle. “We’re certainly biased, but we happen to think Scarlet is the most beautiful flower truck out there. She’s a rare truck, for starters, especially for her year, make, and model. And she’s in mostly original condition,” Acri says. “I’m her fourth owner and she was in the same family as a farm truck for more than 50 years. When you add in the whimsically fun element of the Grateful Dead inspiration, it makes for a truly groovy experience. And our bouquets are way different than what you’d find from a typical florist.” 

Acri’s favorite part of the job is meeting and getting to know her “Scarlet Groupies,” who are her customers. “Closely followed by all the beautiful flowers I get to smell, touch, and work with every week,” she says. “You just can’t be unhappy when you’re surrounded by gorgeous blooms every week.” The flower truck’s mission is to “Share joy. Share love,” Acri says.  

If you want to keep up with what Scarlet Begonia’s Flower Truck is doing, follow the business on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their website

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This West Chester-based business wants to provide you with warmth and comfort during the wintertime.

West Haven Candle Co. creates hand-poured candles, wax melts, and room and linen sprays.

There is a home-based business located in West Chester that wants to bring comfort to its customers. “West Haven is a home company that creates candles, wax melts, room and linen sprays, and a variety of other products to make your home smell clean and cozy,” says Arrington Morgan, owner of West Haven Candle Company. “I am the sole operator of the business but get assistance from my family when needed.” 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a desire “to create a candle that was clean, ecofriendly, cost-efficient, and still great smelling,” she says. The name of the business came from combining the business’ location and with the idea of comfort. “The ‘West’ in our name comes from the home-based business in West Chester and ‘Haven’ was chosen as a setting for your safe, comfy come space,” Morgan says.  

West Haven Candle Company offers a variety of scents offered. The business has some seasonal scents, as well as ones that West Haven has year-round. “All are available in multiple sizes and styles,” she says.  

Customer satisfaction is how West Haven Candle Company defines its success. “It doesn’t matter how many orders or customers I have, as long as they are happy with their expertise at the end of the day,” Morgan says. “Good reviews make my day and I am always looking to gain returning customers.”  

West Haven Candle Company looks to do that staying committed to its values, which include Service, Quality, Sustainability, Growth, and Equality. 

“Our vision is to continue to grow and serve the Cincinnati community,” Morgan says. “Bringing light, warmth and joy to each personal haven.” 

While there are multiple places from which you can purchase candles, Morgan says that there are multiple items that set West Haven apart. “Some unique aspects of our products are the high-quality crackling wood wicks that we use and the coconut-soy wax blend,” she says. “ Our materials are all clean-burning, free of any additives and safe for everyone.”  

Her favorite candle is I Banana Bread. “It is the perfect kitchen scent!” she says. 

All candles are created in Morgan’s kitchen or garage. “We use a large wax melter to get the waxes to the correct temperature before mixing in any fragrance oils and pouring them into their wicked containers,” she says. “Once the curing process is complete and they are set, I trim the wicks and label them to prepare for packaging.” 

In addition to creating high-quality candles and connecting with customers, Morgan loves running her own business. “Aside from the relationships I’ve made along the way, I’ve really enjoyed learning about the marketing aspect,” she says. “I like the product photography and social media side of things, when I get to see my products come together.”  

If you want to keep up with what West Haven Candle Company is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram

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Learn about a husband and wife that wants to provide locally grown items to the Cincinnati area.  

ETC is a micro local market, farm and home delivery service specializing in locally produced grocery items.

When it comes to food, local is better. Luckily for us, there is a business in the Cincinnati area that wants to help people experience locally grown produce.  

“ETC is a micro local market, farm and home delivery service. We specialize in locally produced grocery items,” Toncia Chavez, co-owner of ETC Produce and Provisions, says. ETC, which stands for Estevan Toncia Chavez (a combination of owners Toncia and Estevan’s names), first began in 2017. “We started selling eggs and produce from our fam in Felicity, Ohio,” she says. “First, with a home delivery service, mainly to friends and family. In 2018, we started at Findlay Market in the fam shed. Our Findlay Market store opened in August of 2019.” The business is located at a storefront at Findlay Market at the north entrance. 

The inspiration behind ETC Produce and Provisions came from working at farmer’s markets. “We saw the opportunity to make purchasing local food more convenient. People have busy lives, can’t always make it to the farmer’s market, but want the high-quality produce that is being grown: beef, pork and chicken that is raised by small family farms and wide and an impressive variety of health and beauty products, drinks and meals ready to eat,” Chavez says. 

There are a variety of products offered through their business including locally raised meats, health and beauty products and Kombucha. 

“Our Findlay Market location is open Tuesday through Sunday. Order online at www.etcproduce.com for next day delivery Monday through Friday,” she says.  

ETC Produce and Provisions is unique because of their local selection and customer service. “Estevan and I spent most of our lives in the hospitality industry and that translates to grocery retail very well. We both worked in the restaurant industry in Cincinnati and then moved to bigger cities to find other ventures,” she says. “This has all translated to our team – taking someone’s basket while they are in line, making sure we are anticipating the customer needs before they do, making sure the handles of their bag are placed the right way on the counter so that it is easiest for them, making sure they have the most pleasurable shopping experience. It’s like a mix of fine dining and the farmer’s market.” 

The business isn’t just a storefront, it is a job creator. “We create jobs in two communities, in Felicity where our farm is, as well as in OTR where our store is,” Chavez says. “Being able to create jobs not only for our business, but all the local businesses we buy from. When we buy more, they get to grow more, make more and eventually hire more.”  

If you want to keep up with what ETC Produce and Provisions is doing, follow them on Instagram and their website. “Lots of new items daily and come on into the store. We always have lots going on,” she says.  

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Keep your hands clean and add a little glam to your bathroom with these locally made soaps.

The Lavender Sachet sells handcrafted soaps that are also serve as bathroom decor.

There is a business based in the Cincinnati area that wants to see people experience handcrafted beauty products. The Lavender Sachet is a contemporary fragrance and beauty brand that creates soaps turned statement pieces for the bathroom counter.

“Handcrafted to be admired, The Lavender Sachet is passionate about offering a distinct and inspired bathing experience,” says Alison Peters, founder and owner of The Lavender Sachet.

Peters launched the business in July 2020, and is mostly based online with some appearances at pop-ups and farmer’s markets. 

The inpsiration behind The Lavender Sachet came from Peters’ creativity.

“My first job at 15 was working at a create-your-own body products shops where we’d make anything from lip gloss, fragrance rollers, body sprays, lotions and bars of soap,” she says. “Looking back, that job had a huge impact on me; I never forgot to how good it felt to make a tangible product. I wanted to create something that was my own and tap back into that part of myself after being a luxury travel publicist in New York City for over 10 years.”

The name of the business came from a long list of ideas from the notes on her phone. “It was hard to narrow down a name. In my experience, I’ve found that fragrances can sometimes be intimidating for people – some sound strange, too fancy or completely unheard of – with the exception of lavender,” Peters says. “Everyone is familiar with lavender and aware of its calming abilities. I wanted the name to sound both familiar and approachable.”

There are a variety of products offered through The Lavender Sachet and they include all natural, 100 percent pure vegetable-based glycerin soaps and shower steams.

“I can also create custom soap orders and bulk orders for weddings and bridal showers or corporate events,” she says. “This is just the beginning – I plan on adding additional products in the months to come and once it’s safe, host workshops and teach others how to make beauty products using simple, clean ingredients.”

Other ingredients in the soaps include essential and fragrance oils, soap colorant, and mica, all of which are vegan and paraben-free.

The Lavender Sachet defines success as the customers experiencing joy.

“After all the events of last year and in the current pandemic, I define success as any moment of joy found In the every day. If someone buys soaps or shower steamers from The Lavender Sachet and a moment of joy is sparked from using my product, that’s a win,” Peters says. “Whether it be the design fragrance or minute of solitude found while using the product, if even one customer lets me know how happy their soap made them while washing their hands, I’m reassured that the work I’m contributing is not only successful, it’s meaningful.”

Her business is unique because she creates all of her products locally in Cincinnati. “Some of my absolute favorite batches of soap are so unique, even if I tried to recreate them, it would be impossible to make them again, exactly as shown on the website,” she says. “I often tell my customers, “If you like something on the site, buy it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” This makes everything limited edition, in a way.”

The Lavender Sachet is important for the community because she feels that all small businesses are important. “My dad, Jim Peters, is also a small business owner (Jim’s Bicycle Shop in Deer Park) and I definitely get my entrepreneurial spirit from him,” she says. “In my previous careers as a publicist, I spent a lot of time at a desk behind a computer and it’s important to me to become part of the community, give back and provide personalized customer service to my neighbors.”

To keep up with what’s going on with The Lavender Sachet, follow them on Instagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a business that wants to provide Keto baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area.

A Greater Cincinnati business is helping people on a gluten free or Keto diet to experience delicious baked goods.

“We are a keto kitchen, providing gluten and sugar free baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area,” Natalie Marquis and Ashley Poynter, Co-owners of Carb<Less, say. “We are certified in-home bakeries with pickups available multiple times weekly in Norwood and West Chester.”

Carb<Less has been around for almost a year. “We started the ketogenic diet over two years ago, we were always baking for each other and trying to make our non-keto favorites keto. When we went on vacation, we found a place we could go and get food and snacks just for us, on Keto. What,” they say. “We kept creating and ended up having so much fun with it we decided, hey, why not share this with the public!” 

The idea of the name of the business came from names being thrown around and Marquis and Poynter thinking it was clever. “You know, less carbs are greater than carbs,” they say. The two of them decided to make keto recipes because “It’s our lifestyle and we wanted to share sugar free options that arent as easily available as the regular bakery store bought items. We are also happy to eat any extras!”

There are a variety of different products offered through Carb<Less. “We offer a variety of baked goods ranging from cheddar biscuits and cornbread to donuts and cheesecakes. We are always coming up with new recipes and offering them,” they say. “We do birthday cakes and custom orders. Our favorite item is a grab box we offer weekly to give customers a variety to try and want to come back for more.” They say that their favorite treats are: The Swiss Roll, Triple Chocolate Cupcake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, and Almond Cake. “Really, if we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t want to share it. It’s so hard to choose!”

Carb<Less enjoys sharing the different treats with the Greater Cincinnati area.“Success to us is getting guilt-free desserts in another person’s hand to enjoy. We have also had many people tell us they can’t even tell they are gluten and sugar free, which makes us feel like we have done a really good job with the recipe,” Marquis and Poynter say. “We joke when our children approve its really good and ‘keto kids approved.’” 

The business is unique because there aren’t a lot of bakeries like Carb<Less in the area. “We don’t offer sugar filled options and we really aim to please the customers and their bellies! We also are constantly creating new treats and will take custom orders,” they say. “We like a challenge!”

To keep up with what Carb<Less is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a local lady who helps people experience joy through her custom graze boards.

Boardful is new business based in Mason that creates artfully arranged graze boards. 

What is a “graze board” you may ask? “It’s a fun, new eating experience combining charcuterie, cheese, crudites and even desserts,” says Jenny Bostater, owner of Boardful. “It’s a ‘food experience.’ Each item on the board is hand selected with pairings in mind and then, hand-crafted into artful displays.”

The business is located out of Half Day Café restaurant kitchen and was started in February 2020, and soon thereafter took a pause due to COVID. “I started back up in May and have seen a steady increase in business ever since.,” Bostater says. “I think people are staying ‘in’ more and looking for ways to make their at-home dining special, so the idea has really been something that people are excited about.”

Boardful came from her creating graze boards in her personal life. “I had created boards for our personal parties and gatherings for about 18 months before I started the business. When I would make them, my family and friends would always tell me I should sell them,” she says. “My husband finally persuaded me that I should give it a try and here I am!” 

The name of the business came from Bostater throwing out ideas and her close friends helping to critique the ideas that she had. “One of these friends added Boardful to the list, to encompass the ‘full’ board and also the ‘beautiful’ arrangement. I only thought about it for a couple of hours before declaring it as the official name of the business. Sometimes you just know it when you hear it.”

The products offered through Boardful are: graze boxes, graze boards and even graze tables. “Each item on my board is hand selected based on seasonal marketing availability, but can always be customized for preferences or allergies. My newest menu item is my mini box, which feeds one to two people,” Bostater says. “These have been a huge hit as a giftable item and also for those who are wanting a safe way to have a dining experience with their friends and family.”

Her vision for 2021 for the business is to keep making her boards. “One of them being workshops to teach the basics of creating your own beautiful graze boards,” she says. Bostater’smission was “for food to be more than nourishment. Food gathers us. It connects us. Food is the centerpiece of many of life’s deep conversations, wild laughs and beautiful memories,” she says. “My mission is to create food that tastes and looks as beautiful as those memories.”

Bostater says she loves running Boardful because it brings joy to others and it’s a creative outlet for her. “It combines art and a dining experience to be shared with your family and friends,” Bostater says. “It is important because it is a unique to-go option-whether you are needing something to take to a get together, something to create a special dining experience at home or something to gift to someone. Boardful has an option for you.”

To keep up with what Boardful is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram. “I have an ongoing gallery of work on both pages and take orders directly through the messaging feature on either platform,” she says. You can also email Bostater for more information at: jenny@boardfulcincinnati.com.

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A Covington-based personal training and group fitness studio now offers a wide variety of in-person and live streamed classes that aim to get results while having fun.

A fitness studio in Covington recently rebranded and went high-tech to offer award-winning live streams of workouts in addition to their wide variety of in-person classes. 

“MVMT Cov is a Personal Training and Group Fitness Studio. We are fully committed to creating a space for people to grow and thrive on their fitness journeys with a variety of classes and class times lead by top certified instructors, training methods that adhere to results, individualized attention and an encouraging, supportive and fun community,” says Nicole Abruzzo, Owner of The Movement Studio Covington. “When COVID hit back in March, we took all our regular group fitness classes and live streamed them all via zoom. Since then, we are open to in-studio at a minimum of seven people and our classes are still live streamed, so you can join from the comfort of your living room! We were even listed as ‘Best Zoom-Powered Workout’ in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2020 Best Of Edition!”

Located in the Heart of Covington at 118 W. Like Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011, on the second floor, the studio space has been open since November 2018, but Abruzzo has been a personal trainer since 2012. When she first started, she was completely mobile, meeting clients at their home or in parks.

The business used to be called Nicole Leisen Personal Training and Fitness, until the business recently rebranded. “When I first opened, it was only me, but now there are six other amazing trainers and fitness instructors leading classes. The business also used to be mainly personal training and now it is about 70 percent group fitness classes and 30 percent personal training,” Abruzzo says. “It evolved from just me to a community of instructors and clients who all come together under one roof to move, feel good physically and mentally and have formed genuine friendships. I wanted the name to reflect what it’s become!”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her personal training. “It was so incredible being able to work with my in-home or park personal training clients, but I wanted to be able to help more people by offering group classes as well,” she says. “It is also great to be a part of the growing Covington community!” 

The name of the business came from Abruzzo’s passion for movement and her clients. “In addition to the exercise routines done in personal training or group sessions, daily life movement outside of our one-hour sessions are so important too,” she says. “We want movement to be a part of a lifestyle and we are here to provide the guidance and recourses for people to do just that.”

There are a variety of services offered through The Movement Studio Covington and they include: 

• One-On-One Personal Training: “Individualized program based on clients’ individual goals,” Abruzzo says.
• Duo Personal Training: “Same as above, but often duos are couples or friends who want the more individualized setting,” she says.
• Group Fitness Classes:
o TRX Suspension Training (main format)
o Boot Camp
o Pilates Boot Camp
o Yoga

The business defines success through keeping her clients on track through going virtual during the pandemic. “Due to our ability to pivot our business model to all-virtual using top notch equipment to livestream our classes with no down time during the COVID-19 shutdown, we have kept our members moving and on track despite the global  pandemic in the past nine months,” Abruzzo says. “That is something we never imagined would happen, but our ability to keep everyone healthy physically and mentally during this trying time, is certainly a success in our eyes!” 

Her vision for The Movement Studio Covington is continuing to offer in-person and live-streamed classes for now on. “2020 has thrown many curveballs, but we’re finding the silver lining is brought with the virtual opportunity and running with it!”

The Movement Studio Covington is unique because of the way they are offering their classes. “We are one of the few studios offering all classes in-person and live-streamed. We do not have an on demand library for the purpose of accountability,” Abruzzo says. “We also use TRX Suspension Training as our main equipment in training sessions and classes and we are the only studio in NKY to offer that and one of a couple in the Cincinnati area.”

The business is important for the community because “We are bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” she says. Her favorite part of the working for The Movement Studio Covington is “bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” Abruzzo says.

If you want to keep up with what The Movement Studio Covington is doing, follow them on their websiteInstagram and Facebook.

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Learn about a yoga studio in Anderson helping people experience a healthy body and mind in the midst of the pandemic.

Practice Yoga Cincinnati is a yoga studio and community focused on making steps toward a healthier body and mind with each practice.

The Anderson-based studio was previously called Simply Power Yoga (SPY) Central, but is now called Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “SPY Central was started in 2012 and took over at the end of 2014,” says Bridget Henson, Owner of Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “We recently transitioned names just a few months ago to Practice Yoga Cincinnati.”

The inspiration behind the business came from her being a teacher. “I had just finished a teacher training and was still very nervous about teaching and the opportunity presented itself to take over, or the studio may close. I took a chance and haven’t looked back since,” Henson recalls.

There are many classes offered through Practice Yoga Cincinnati. Classes are offered that are private and public, as well as virtual and in-studio. These classes include:

• Yin Yoga and Restore: “A fun class for all levels with body work, mobility and myofascial release,” she says.
• Flow Classes: “Flow classes may be what someone would think of if they heard “yoga.” Movement and posturing up and down, back and forth on the mat. That being said, we offer faster paced versions called ‘Power Flows” and more subtle classes called Slow Flows.”

There are many health benefits associated with yoga, but one of the main ones Henson said was hydration. “Our bodies are complex, amazing beings and our tissues need to move in order to absorb and hydrate properly,” she says. “It’s not just about drinking water…although, keep up with that, too! At the end of class, there is that mental clarity one gets after practicing that just feels good and that mental ease is such a beautiful gift as well.”

To Henson, success is being able to help people. “If we can help even one person, I feel like we’ve succeeded. The benefits of this practice are long lasting and deep. They can also be profound and temporary,” she says. “I think it all matters and it’s important to note that it can be so much more than a physical practice, but the body is where we begin.”

The pandemic has really affected the vision for Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “Before the pandemic — the week before shutdown — we moved into our new space. My vision was to grow and expand offerings: more classes, Reiki, cupping and other bodywork modalities. What it looks like today is much different. Fewer classes and no face-to-face body workers are scheduled at this time,” Henson says. “Having moved locations a few weeks before having my first kid, we are playing it safe and just going with what is at the moment. I know we’ll get back to it someday soon, but who knows what it will look like! My personal practice is to detach from those expectations.”

Henson says everyone who teaches at Practice Yoga brings their expertise and compassion to the business. “I am really proud of that. What makes us unique is that we are all individuals bringing our experiences and lives to the practice,” she explains. 

Practice Yoga Cincinnati is important for the community because of how it changes lives, Henson says. “The point of this practice is not about looking good in your yoga gear. It can really change people’s lives for the better,” she adds. 

If you want to keep up with what Practice Yoga Cincinnati is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website. You can also book classes via Mindbody.

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See how you can visit and support tons of local restaurants without breaking the bank.

Want to support local restaurants, but on a budget? Need a great gift idea? Want to break out of your restaurant rut and try some new places? Foodie Cincy might be just what you’re looking for.

“Foodie Cincy is a deck of cards, but not just any deck of cards. 2021 Foodie Cincy deck consists of 48 of Cincinnati’s best chef-driven, locally-owned restaurants with each card representing a restaurant,” Gina Barrera, Owner of Foodie Cincy, says. “Each card is $5 or $10 off at the restaurant (with a minimum purchase required) and the card also displays info about the restaurant.”

The deck offers: “$5 or $10 off your food purchase (not tax, tip or alcohol) at 48 local/independent restaurants,” she says. “A unique gift for yourself or a loved one that serves as a guidebook for all the restaurants you should visit in the Cincinnati region. A real incentive for people who need ideas on great restaurants in town to visit. Please see website for more info.”

2021’s deck is the eighth annual deck. Barrera and her husband, Brian Tucker, work on the deck together. “The restaurants included are able to choose to sell decks, if they wish for 50 percent of the profits,” she says. 

The inspiration behind starting the deck came from a desire to support businesses in Cincinnati. “We know how important it is to support small businesses and we love Cincinnati, dining out and supporting local businesses,” Barrera says. “We are entrepreneurs and have a couple of other small businesses that keep us busy, creatively and professionally, and this business fits well within our life and our values.”

With Foodie Cincy, the business defines success by seeing their customers get excited about getting their new decks. “Success is when the deck is released every year and we have happy customers who are excited about supporting local restaurants and saving money. It’s also when we have happy restaurants that are looking for ways to bring people in the door and who participate in the deck, but also know we aren’t going to go crazy and release too many decks on the market where it will flood them in a negative way, we are very conscious of that,” Barrera says. “Brian and I are very simple when it comes to business. We, of course, want to succeed, but we also feel that it’s very important to have a work/life balance to raise our kids and enjoy our time here, so as long as there are happy customers, restaurants and some profit, we’re succeeding.”

The vision for Foodie Cincy is “to continue to support local/independent restaurants every year by spreading the word and getting more folks in the doors of these places or in the case of the pandemic, also ordering more carry out from these establishments… 22+ of the 48 restaurants in the 2021 deck are offering the discount on carry out or delivery orders, as well as dine in, for those who are open for dine in. Please see the CO-VID 19 page on our website for more details,” she says.

Foodie Cincy is a great gift for the holidays. “At a very reasonable price point, it’s the perfect gift for those who love dining out or supporting local businesses. It’s also the perfect and unique gift for someone who already has everything. It’s an ideal stocking stuffer or secret santa present too,” Barrera says. “It will give the recipient something to look forward to as the deck can be used from now until 12/31/2021.” It’s also great for the community because they “donate a portion of every deck sold to the Freestore Foodbank,” she says.

Barerra’s favorite part of her job is the fact that her and her husband truly believe in the product. “We really believe in what we do and don’t take a day for granted,” she says. “We are very grateful to have this little business of ours and support those we can in some small way.”

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