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See how a woman from Bond Hill recently achieved her dream of designing a shoe for Nike, and how her neighborhood inspired it all.

Ray Ball, founder of BallR Media, and shoe designer for Nike through the Nike By You x Cultivator program

There’s something special about Ray Ball. She has an infectious smile, a deeply creative mind that makes for the most fascinating conversations and a soul on fire to do big things. And she loves nothing more than you getting all this from a girl from Bond Hill. 

“Disrupting an industry dominated by people who don’t look, act or think like myself,” she says of her career aspirations. “Seeing businesses win and the smiles on client’s faces.”

The inspiration behind her getting into marketing came from the blog that she started called, “A Few Hungry Girls,” that started in 2014. “Between creating my own content and learning to use social media to drive traffic to my blog is what gave me the marketing bug,” Ray Ball, Founder and Creative Project Manager at BallR Media.

Ray Ball’s Neighborhood Rose Nike shoe design

Ball’s favorite part of working for BallR Media has been the creative aspect. Through her marketing experience, she got the chance to design a shoe for Nike through the Nike By You x Cultivator program. “This program works with creatives to provide a platform to spread their messages to the masses by designing a custom Nike show and pushing it through Nike’s digital platforms,” Ball says.

When she found out she got the opportunity, Ball ran around her house, along with her dog, Ocho, she laughs. 

She has always dreamed about designing her own shoe. “The first sneaker I ever purchased with my own money was an Air Max 1, the same shoe I ended up designing,” Ball says. “I ran my first sneaker shop at 15, I think technically, I was the intern/manager. This is still a dream come true for me, especially for a girl from, Bond Hill, from Cincinnati, from Ohio, heck, from the Midwest!”

The name of her shoe is called Neighborhood Rose. “It’s titled after what inspired me, my neighborhood. My community is filled to the brim of roses that grew from concrete,” Ball says.

Ray Ball’s Neighborhood Rose Nike shoe design

She wanted the design of her shoe to tell a story. “After going back and forth between a design the consumer would like and a design that I could tell my story with, I went with my heart,” Ball says. “I created over 50 designs and each time came back to the design that resonated with my purpose.”

Ball’s design features a full suede material “I went with the suede piece that’s also rose because suede is a very tough, very durable product but it’s still very smooth and it’s very reminiscent of our neighborhoods,” Ball explained for an interview with WKRC, one of the many local and national media outlets covering the news. The design was then sold online and sold out within days.

Since designing her shoe, her confidence has grown. “Sometimes I struggle with social anxiety and this pushed me to confront my insecurities, my fears, thus forcing me to grow beyond measure. There was a time I’d tremble at the thought of communicating and engaging with thousands of people all over the nation,” Ball says. “Now, I invite speaking engagements and more importantly, I now accept that my dreams aren’t big enough! It’s about going after your dreams and goals, despite your fears. If you don’t push yourself, push your limits, how will your world ever expand? Shoot your shot at life.”

She is unique because of her imagination and creativity. “I’m a hybrid, when it comes to being a creative. I can envision anything, but I can’t draw, sing, dance or design to save my life,” Ball says. “However, I’ve learned to collaborate and build a team to execute the vision. I think it’s incredibly important to work with other women, but also show men that there’s no level playing field when you play your game and still win at it.”

To learn more about Ball, follow her on InstagramTwitter, her website and her email at: ray@ballmedia.com.

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A local entrepreneur is fusing her Cincinnati pride and graphic design experience with the launch of a new apparel and accessories company.

Fashion and Cincinnati pride have always been two great loves for Lauren Wassler. She recently decided to make those passions a profession by launching Queen City Revolt, a Midwest-inspired apparel and accessories company.

Right now, Wassler says she‘s in the thick of humble beginnings but has big dreams for the future of her business. “I have always worked from home with a workshop in my garage and basement. My husband and I are currently building a house that will have an amazing new workspace for me! So, for the time being, I am actually working out of my parent’s basement,” she says. “Free rent, plus I get to see my dad every day, since he also works from home!”

Queen City Revolt started in 2011 when the job turned from Wassler’s side hustle into an income-providing job. “I was a full-time graphic designer and bartender, and I started designing apparel in the little bit of free time I had.” Wassler says.

It is just Wassler and a part-time employee who helps her. “I have three babes ages three and under that are home with me, so she helps as much with Queen City Revolt, as she changes diapers and keeps them from pulling t-shorts off the shelves,” she laughs.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Wassler’s previous job in graphic design. “We did all types of artwork for apparel, promotional items, banners, vehicle wraps, awards, web graphics, etc.,” she says. “While I was grateful to have the opportunity to try all those different things, I found that my favorite projects were always the ones involving apparel design. Plus, I really really liked the idea of being my own boss.”

The name of the business came from her hometown she loves dearly. “Queen City, of course, came from this great city we live in, Cincinnati. I was born and raised here and I love it; it truly has so much to offer. I am grateful that my kids will grow up here,” Wassler says. “The ‘revolt’ part was just the idea of designing things that were a bit more original and a bit less mainstream than the apparel found in big box stores.”

There is a variety of different apparel that Queen City Revolt sells and they include: tees, long sleeve tees, tanks, crewsweatshirts, hoodies and youth and adult hats. “More recently, I have started designing some youth/infant/toddler apparel, as well as some bags and purses,” she says. 

The business also has an infant and toddler brand called, PeachColt, which was inspired by her daughter, Joslyn. “In 2016, I had my first baby. She was born with a multitude of medical complications that we had no indication of, prior to her being born. It was quite the surprise,” she says. “Joslyn ended up having a seven-month stay in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, NICU, and has been back for many stays since, with over 40 surgeries/procedures and countless appointments.” These struggles didn’t hinder Wassler’s entrepreneurial dreams, though. Instead, they fueled her determination and inspired her creativity even more as she ran the business from the hospital room. 

“It was then that I started designing infant/toddler apparel. Cincinnati Children’s has this amazing thing called NICUView. It was a little camera mounted over Joslyn’s bed that had a live feed, so a person could log on and see her while not being at the hospital. It was truly a gift since my husband had to go back to work right away and we couldn’t have many visitors because of the potential for disease/contamination. We started tye username and password with our friends and family,” she says. “Each child in the NICU was assigned a color/animal combination. The username we were assigned was PeachColt. Since I started designing the apparel there at the hospital with by her, it just made sense to have the line after our badass little fighter.

The mission of Queen City Revolt is to create a legacy for her kids and the community. “Queen City Revolt allows me to do that. I also try to give back to my community where I can,” she says. “I don’t have huge aspirations of a brick and mortar or a ton of employees. I like working from home and being able to raise my kiddos.”

Wassler comes back to work every day because of her love for designing clothes. “I remember growing up and watching my parents hustle, do jobs they didn’t love to provide for myself and my brothers. It taught me the meaning of good work ethic, but also made me appreciate getting to do a job I actually enjoy,” Wassler says. “I know my kids are watching my every move, so I hope that the effort i put into this every day will instill in them the same go-getter attitude I learned from my parents. I hope they learn from watching me that ‘the only one standing in your way of your dreams is you.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Queen City Revolt, follow them on Instagram and their website, and there’s a coupon code: Ohio that will score you 15 percent off your total purchase.

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Read on to learn about a boutique that’s bringing the community together one accessory, gift item and home decor piece at a time.

There is a boutique in the Fairfield area that provides a wide variety of products in a friendly and welcoming setting. “Miller St. Boutique is a local one-stop shop for many of our customers’ shopping needs. We offer everything from clothing, jewelry and handbags to home décor, gift and baby items and bath and body products,” Stephanie Gonya, Co-owner of Miller St. Boutique, says. “We have several local small business vendors represented in our boutique. We also started an online shop in July of this year.”

Miller St. Boutique, which has been open since August 30, 2018, is located at: 702 Miles Road in Fairfield, Ohio. This business is able to run with the help of a team full of people. Gonya and Tara Smithson, Co-owner of Miller St. Boutique, are the only full-time employees at thr boutique. “We employ eight part-time ladies. My husband, Chris Gonya, also plays a large role in the business as he does all of our technical and accounting work,” Gonya says.

The inspiration behind starting the boutique came from the friendship between Smithson and Gonya. “Tara and I went to Cincinnati Christian High School together. We became close friends in high school and stayed close friends over the years. Roughly five years ago, we decided to start a small business together because we both have lots of antiques and vintage items. We opened up two booths at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall. Our adventure really began as a hobby,” Gonya says. “We maintained our booths for over three years and then decided to take it to the next level and open our own boutique. My husband was instrumental in convincing me that opening my own store was a possibility. I approached Tara with the idea and she hopped right on board. It was quite a whirlwind because we didn’t put a lot of time into planning this adventure out. We justjumped right in with both feet and so far it has been a wonderful experience.”

The name came from Gonya’s and Smithson’s maiden names. “Both of our maiden names are Miller, however, we are not related. The ‘St.’ stands for Stephanie and Tara,” Gonya says. 

There is a wide variety of items sold at Miller St. Boutique and they include: clothing, jewelry, handbags, florals, candles, vases, kitchen items, clocks, mirrors, baby items and a small men’s section. “We offer bath and body and skincare from a local vendor. LahVdah (they have their own brick and mortar store in Hamilton. We try to incorporate local vendors in our shop as much as we are able,” she says. “Besides LahVdah, we offer jewelry from Willow and Birch, tea from Antiquity Teas and signs from MadiandGrace to name a few.”

For the holiday season, the boutique has a variety of items they recommend as gifts. “We offer a wide range of wine accessories from wine bags to wine cups. We also have a lot of jewelry options,” she says. “What lady doesn’t love jewelry? We have necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings in different sizes and styles. We offer hair accessories and cute baseball caps. We have gift items and stocking stuffers for anyone on your list. Christmas ornaments, holiday socks, hats, scarves and gloves to name a few.”

Miller St. Boutique defines success by the communitywelcoming Gonya and Smithson, even though they didn’t have retail experience. “There was an existing gift shop in Fairfield that had been in business for 30 years. The ladies were in their 70’s and decided to retire. It was when they decided to close that my husband came up with the idea for us to open a shop of our own. The people in the community were so happy to have another store come in,” Gonya says. “We feel that our first year was a huge success but has more to do with the support of our amazing customers than anything else. We have not only been blessed with faithful and amazing customers, but also with the women who work for us, we have a wonderful team.”

The vision of Miller St. Boutique is always growing and evolving. “We launched the online store, Millerstboutique.com, in July of this year. I feel our vision is to maintain a successful brick and mortar store and build our online presence,” Gonyasays. “There is so much to learn about the online world and what it takes to have a successful website. We are rapidly learning and looking forward to seeing where the online store takes us. We simply take this journey one step at a me. We never say never.”

The boutique is important for the community. “We are the only boutique in our town. We also do the best we can to support local families in need, as well as local charitable organizations,” she says. “This is the city I was born and raised in and now raising my family here. We hope to continue to be an important asset for years to come. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Miller St. Boutique, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Want to look put together but don’t have the time or know-how (or just want a really great gift idea)? We found just the beauty pro for the job.

We all have that forgotten drawer full of cosmetics and skincare we have no idea how to use. What if there was a simplified, curated combo of products that’s easy to use and take on the go? There is, and it’s called Woosh Beauty.

Andrea Abraham, Founder and CEO of Woosh Beauty

“I created Woosh for the women we affectionately call the ‘makeup underachiever.’ She likes makeup, wants to look good, but doesn’t have a lot of time as she is busy doing things that are more important to her, like family, work, fitness…you name it. While some women enjoy watching YouTube makeup tutorials and following the latest trend, many women don’t have the time or patience,” says Andrea Abraham, Founder and CEO of Woosh Beauty. “Rather, they want a natural face or to do a little more with their makeup, like perfect their eyeliner, contour their face, fill in their brow and enjoy a natural eye shadow look without having to watch social media and buy 20 items. Our curated product line offers women easy makeup and tools so they can get their makeup on effortlessly and beautifully and get on with their life!”

With the help of a team of 10 people plus agency help for about five years, Woosh Beauty is making a name for themselves. The inspiration behind starting the business came from Abraham’s passion for makeup and wanting to make high quality products. “I wanted to put everything I loved into one place to make life easier. Makeup palettes are always just eye shadows or just blush and lip gloss and I wanted a palette that had everything for a full face of makeup and to put it in a slim book that I could take with me in my purse easily vs. a bulky makeup bag -so we named it the ‘Fold Out Face,’ as the book folds out to have s generous-sized mirror and 13 full-size pans of makeup,” she says. “This led to developing application tools to help women get their eye makeup on flawless- my favorite is our Corner Brush Eye Stamper where you can just stamp on your eye shadow and line your eyes in three easy steps.”

The name, Woosh, was inspired by the way they want people to do their makeup. “You can do your face in under five minutes with our Fold Out Face and woosh! You’re done,” Abraham says. “You can stamp on your eye shadow and woosh! You’re done!”

There are a variety of products offered through Woosh and they include:

• Fold Out Face Palette: Comes with six shades that match every skin tone. 
• Corner Brush Eye Stamper: “Dual-ended to provide gorgeous eye looks that you can just stamp, blend and line all-in-one brush,” she says.
• Even Eye Stencils: “Made of medical grade silicone to be gentle under eyes to capture eye shadow fall out and line eyes perfectly,” Abraham says. 
• Spin-On Lip Glosses: “We made them in eight perfect nude shades so they provide a pop of color that is never sticky, since we formulated them with shea butter to glide on and moisturize. And they are vegan as well,” she says.
• Flex and Curl Mascara: “Has a bendable wand that helps you coat each and every lash,” Abraham says. 
The Woosh Beauty “Fold Out Face” is designed to be easy to take on the go.

There are also deals that Woosh Beauty has for the holiday season. “On our website, Wooshbeauty.com, we have some amazing holiday bundles at a great value, as well as fun stocking stuffers like our Secret Brush Set (four brushes that nest together and fit into your purse easily), or our Mascara Shield(so that you never end up with smudged mascara on your lids),” she says. “We are also doing a fun daily giveaway of these bundles from 12/2-12/8, on our Instagram.”

For the holidays, there are new products that Woosh Beauty are going to be offering. 

“One of my favorites is called The Minimalist, as we all have a friend or family member who is a makeup minimalist and just wants the basics -in this bundle, we sell our Fold Out Face Palette, Mascara and Lip Gloss, so that you can give the perfect gift to the woman in your life seeking simplicity,” Abraham says. “She can throw those three items in her purse, suitcase, makeup bag and be done! Our Bloss Gloss set is an amazing value as well, featuring all eight shades of our Spin-On Lip Gloss at 25 percent discount.”

A product that Abraham suggests are the Spin-On Lip Gloss shades. “They look beautiful over lipstick to provide a little shine and moisture and they are gorgeous alone, providing a nice pop of color. My favorite shade is Glam Peach, but I also like to mix it with Pink Natural too…makes a rich pinky peach,” she says. “Our Fold Out Face is a great gift as it’s a unique gift, since no other palette has coverage and color and people get hooked by the amazing coverage of our concealers and the rich and smooth pigments of our shadows and blushes.”

The Fold Out Face comes in six shades

Woosh Beauty is different from other brands out there. “Woosh is different as we created never before seen items — Most are patented or patent-pending — that exist to help women with makeup, not scare or complicate things. Each of our products come with simple to understand instructions and tutorials,” Abraham says. “Unlike most brands, we launch new products constantly with very little differentiation , which leads to consumer confusion, we curated our line to be simple and understandable.”

Abraham says she loves that the product makes lives easier. “We hope to bring people more time to do what’s important to them and to not stress when they travel or go to the gym, that they forgot one piece of their makeup routine – the Fold Out Face has everything you need in one place so you’ll never forget anything,” she says. “You can focus on what is really important each day and less on makeup.”

What gets Abraham to come back to work every day is the fun she gets to have. “Our work is really fun, so I am always psyched to come back to work each day. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial drive to me and I like solving problems (and there always seems to be a challenge or two with a small business), so I find I’m constantly challenged in that way,” she says. “I also really like the creative side of the business and enjoy developing new ad campaigns and videos for our website.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Woosh Beauty, follow them on FacebookInstagram and you can subscribe to their emails on their website. “We are very choiceful about when and what we email to our subscribers, so I promise you, no spam,” Abraham says.

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Learn about Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa’s new pedicure that brings more comfort and relaxation to the senses than ever before.

Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa is offering a brand new pedicure product with Hemp in it. 

“Our new Pedi in a Box 4 Step Deluxe is infused with Hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Organic Virgin Olive Oil to deliver an intense dose of moisture and instantly soothe irritation and calm skin, bringing comfort and relaxation to the senses,” Wendy Wesley, Nail Department Manager, says. “Hemp Relax contains non-intoxicating Hemp Seed Oil mixed with Natural extracts and Organic Virgin Olive Oil that give this pedicure a unique signature scent to enhance the calming experience. Hemp Relax is non-psychoactive and does not contain THC.”

Voesh New York is the brand that the product is. “Voesh is the innovative creator of the single use pedicure packets,” Wesley says. “The products are individually packaged to let our guests choose which aromatherapy scent they would enjoy most during their pedicure service.”

The Voesh product contains CBD. “Cannabidiol is a compound ound in cannabis plants,” she says. “Although CBD is a compound that is found in cannabis, it does not contain the THC compunds that will get you high.”

There are health benefits for this product. “The health benefits from having pedicues alone takes care of your feet abd keeps them in optimal working shape because they are overused and abused,” Wesley says. “CBD-infused products have become popular to promote relaxation. Many people say that the aromatherapy properties of the CBD pedicure improved their mood.”

This Voesh product is unique. “The clients get to experience aromatherapy in the most convenient and thoughtful delivery system in spa service,” Wesley says. 

Wesley hopes that her clients get to feel relaxed with this new product. “In this crazy, busy world, we just want to help our guests relax, even if it is only for an hour,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa is doing, follow them on Facebook and check out their website.

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Read on to learn about a non-profit organization that wants to help support and empower women through their breast and gynecological cancer journeys.

If you need support after being diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancer, there is an organization that‘s here to help. 

“DayOne Matters of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one support, trusted resources and generous assistance to breast and gynecological cancer fights, survivors and caregivers,” says Amy Darrah, Co-founder and President. “Through our IMPACT Giving Foundation, we provide Chemo and radiation bags, healthy meals and medical bill assistance to fighters and survivors when they are in need.”

Launched alongside Co-founder Brenda Walton, DayOne Matters began three years ago, but it officially launched last month. “DayOne Matters is volunteer-run and we currently have 13 volunteers and are growing,” says Darrah. 

The inspiration behind starting the organization came from the feeling of Darrah and Walton had during their cancer journeys. “Our inspiration was born out of the isolation and frustration we felt, coupled with the lack of available resources, at the time of our diagnoses and throughout our cancer journeys. Professional programs and products that are specifically needed by women dealing with cancer were not conveniently available to us,” Darrah says. “As we began talking with other women who had dealt with cancer, their stories were quite similar to ours. We decided that we could do better. By empowering women to take charge of their journey, providing trusted resources, caring friendships, consistency and reasons to be positive, we’ve created an organization that is changing how to deal with a cancer diagnosis.”

The name of the organization is so important for the mission of DayOne Matters. “We determined that Cincinnati area women dealing with breast and gynecological cancer, whether a fighter, survivor or caregiver, should be uplifted in a positive, holistic manner and that no matter where they were in their journey, support would start now. This would be their DayOne,” Darrah says.

DayOne Matters provides different services to women going through their cancer journey, so they don’t have to stress. These services include:

• Sol Sisters: “One-on-one support where a fighter is matched with a Sol Sister mentor who shares her same diagnosis, but has attained survivor status. A Sol Sister is a ‘girlfriend who gets it,’” they say. “She is a partner who walks alongside a fighter to support, listen and cheer on her new friend. Sol Sisters are also available for survivors and caregivers who need support and encouragement.”
 
• Local Resources: “Trusted resources who have been vetted by DayOne Matters. It is a one-stop-shop of professionals, places, classes and products that we feel are sensitive to and can be beneficial to someone dealing with cancer,” they say.
 
• IMPACT Giving Foundation does the following:
 
o Chemo and Radiation Bags: “Bags filled with healthy and organic items that are helpful to women during chemo or radiation treatment. Smaller bags are given to local oncology offices for their patients and deluxe bags are given to women in Sol Sister partnerships,” Darrah and Walton say. “People get excited about our bags because they are filled with thoughtful items that make you happy.”
o Healthy Meals: “For women undergoing chemotherapy and who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and/or their families, DayOne Matters provides healthy and delicious meals. Daily optionsare available to choose from and are delivered to homes by our volunteers,” they say. 
o Medical Bill Assistance: DayOne Matters provides financial help for bills related to cancer for fightersand survivors. 

The organization defines success through the support and encouragement felt by the people. “For every woman we empower, support, encourage, uplift, connect and cheer on through any of our programs, we claim success,” Darrah says. “We are women supporting women in every stage of their cancer journey. We build friendships that can last a lifetime.”

DayOne Matters is a unique organization that is authentic and relatable. “We ‘get it’ because each of us has a cancer journey. We know what type of support is truly needed and we have created extremely successful, tailored programs that work,” they say. “We’ve also created extensive lists to serve as a one-stop-shop for positive cancer-related information. From service providers, products and programs, these continually updated lists contain a wealth of information for the woman dealing with cancer.”

The organization is a big part of the community of Madeira because they educate and empower people. “We are the fighters, survivors and caregivers and we are connecting women like us and helping them thrive through adversity because we know that positivity helps heal the mind, body and soul.”

DayOneMatters is located at 6911 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Learn about a Montgomery-based dentistry practice that provides unique services in a boutique, concierge setting.

Eleanor Endres, DMD, Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry

There is a practice in Old Montgomery that takes a different approach to dentistry. Endres Gateway Dentistry is a “General dentistry practice in a boutique, concierge setting that focuses on family, cosmetic, comprehensive and sleep/snoring dentistry, wellness and facial esthetics,” says Eleanor Endres, DMD-Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry. 

The practice located in Olde Montgomery, immediately off of Ronald Reagan Highway, has been opened since August of 2007. With the help of six employees and a therapy dog named Finn, Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a wide variety of services. The name of the practice comes from the fact that they are in the Gateway Building of Montogomery. “A Gateway has an obvious analogy to the mouth,” Endres says. “Our motto is: ‘Oral Health is the gateway to healthy living.’”   

There is a wide variety of services offered through the practice. They offer the traditional dental services, including: fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, hybrid dentures, implants, cleanings, gum treatment, braces, veneers, teeth whitening, sedation and more. 

They also offer unique services like TMJ Treatments, which include: guards, therapy, massage, trigger point injections and E-stim. There are Facial Esthetic Services: Botox fillers for wrinkles, lips, PRP for dark circles under eyes, Kybella for dissolving fat under the chin, threading to minimize facial scarring, heavy wrinkles and sagging skin, and jaw line enhancement. They also provide snoring appliances and Sleep Apnea appliances. 

Advanced technology and boutique comfort is what makes Endres Gateway Dentistry unique

Endres Gateway Dentistry is different from other practices, Endres says, because they have “a boutique environment, large variety of services, ability to treat TMD, comprehensive care — which means we help educate our patients on how the health of their mouth relates to their whole health — and high level of customer service with a gentle touch,” she explains. “We have a therapy dog, Finn, for our patients with dental anxiety. He is a two-year-old Bernedoodle and cute as can be.

According to Endres, the vision of the practice is “To always be offering the latest and most advanced dental and facial esthetic treatments through evidence-based care,” Endres says. Endres Gateway Dentistry provides joy and education to the community. “Not only do we help people smile and help them enjoy life, we can educate the public on healthy lifestyles,” she says. “That raises the health and happiness of the whole community.”

Endres loves the field that she is in and is passionate about it. “I really love dentistry and facial esthetics,” she says. “I have always enjoyed a job where I work with my hands, creating a product through an artistic eye that is useful to people.”

Keeping up with industry is also important to Endres, as she and her team often adapt the practice with new technology, techniques and services. “We want to meet the needs of our patients as the science of dental medicine and facial esthetics advances,” she says. 

And while she loves the science and artistry of her job, Endres says it’s the people she enjoys the most. “My team and my parents that I see every day allow me the privilege to impact their lives in positive ways,” Endres says. “I love helping people achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.”

Endres Gateway Dentistry is located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204, Cincinnati, OH. To learn more, visit on FacebookInstagram or their website

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Health and community come together at a Northern Kentucky hot spot for all things healthy.

A local lady’s personal journey through weigh loss, health and wellness inspired a new business.

Healthy Hangout is health and nutrition business based in the Florence area that wants to promote healthy living, but also a place for people to come together.  “Healthy Hangout is a Nutrition Club where people can come get a healthy meal smoothie and energy combos customized to everyone’s nutritional needs,” says Kim Blatt, Wellness Coach and Owner of Healthy Hangout. 

The business is located across from Boone County High School at: 7220 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky. In November, Healthy Hangout is going to be celebrating their one-year anniversary. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Blatt’s personal weight loss journey. “Thirteen years ago, I went from 42 percent body fat, a size 14 to an eight, in six weeks (29 percent body fat). Today, 13 years later, I am between a four and a six,” she says. “It’s amazing that after a lifetime of dieting, I found out how to use food to maintain normal body weight and muscle integrity.”

There are a variety of different services and products offered through Healthy Hangout. The business provides a Saturday morning walking club, spa parties, weight loss challenge, both on-site and these challenges take place in other businesses as a wellness program as well. “It all starts with a Wellness Profile, which guides us towards developing a meal plan to help each person hit their unique goals,” Blatt says. “We help people track changes in their body mass and learn to use fuel to increase the results of exercise and diet.” 

Other than wellness programs, they sell nutritional products to customers as well. “We offer a full line of Natural Sports Nutrition, vitamin-based energy drinks, natural metabolism boosters, immunity booster, protein-based snacks, including a wonderful protein-based coffee,” she says. “Our company (Herbalife Nutrition) uses state of the art procedures to develop the most effective combinations of herbs and botanicals.”

Healthy Hangout defines success by “helping others reach their goals, whatever that may be for them,” Blatt says. “We are focused on delivering healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks that taste amazing and since we use Herbalife products, we also love teaching people to be independent of us as well and think of healthy eating as a delicious way of life.”

To keep up with Healthy Hangout, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or call at: (859) 534-1682.

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A new Newport-based practice that wants to help people relieve stress and heal through two unique kinds of tension-melting services. 

It’s a busy world out there, but Tina Kreidler opened a wellness practice in Northern Kentucky to help you find the stillness within. In fact, Stillness Within Healing is the name of her new business.

The name, Stillness Within Healing, comes from the feeling of zen, she says. “When you are able to quiet the chaos of the world and get quiet and still, you can balance the nervous system and heal. I am not a healer, I like to hold space for people so that they can awaken their inner healer,” she adds. “Some of the most common imbalances that people seek out holistic healing for are: anxiety, stress, acute illness, auto immune disorders, painful joints, sleeplessness, depression, emotional healing and mental fog. It’s complimentary to Western Medicine.”

Kreidler loves to help people and has brought that passion to her practice. “I hope to offer a place where people can truly relax and I can walk with them on their journey of wellness,” she says. “We live in such a fast-paced world and people are really starting to understand that self-care needs to be a priority, finding that balance for the body, mind, spirit and emotions.”

Reiki and Reflexology are the two main services currently offered at Stillness Within Healing. 

Reiki

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive,” Kreidler says. “The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words- Rei, which means ‘universal’ and ki, which is life force energy, so Reiki is ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”

Reiki is something that has really been growing in popularity because of its success and how easy it is to use. “Many hospitals, clinics and offices have implemented Reiki as a practice to reduce stress and increase natural healing for employees and patients. Reiki is used to aid the natural healing within your body. It can be combined with other modalities to speed the body’s ability to heal.”

During a Reiki session, each client is fully clothed and are wrapped with blankets so they can be comfortable. “Reiki can be practiced with touch or by holding hands slightly off the body. The practitioner gently holds their hands in positions on the body to increase the energy flow to that area for several minutes and then moves the hands slowly to the next location, she says. “A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.”

Reflexology

“Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. It is not massage, but a particular method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate reflex areas,” Kreidler says. “As a reflexologist works the reflex areas on your feet or hands, the patterns of tension held in your body are interrupted, which then allows your body’s own healing wisdom to emerge. Reflexology is like hitting a reset button inside your body.”

A Reflexology session starts out with a conversation with Kreidler about your medical history, physical symptoms and figure out where they want to begin on their body. “During a session, some people stay awake and alert, asking questions or chatting with the practitioner,” she says. “Other people may stay awake but prefer to close their eyes and gently relax, while others go deep inside and totally relax to the point of falling asleep or choosing a lucid dream experience.”

Science has proven that stress is a huge cause of pain, illness and disease. “People turn to Reflexology for the relief of all kinds of symptoms, everything from back pain to digestive issues to infertility and depression, the roots of which are all exacerbated by stress and tension,” Kreidler says. “By relieving tension in the body’s reflex areas on your feet and hands, stress is alleviated and the healing wisdom inside the body can begin working to bring you back to wholeness.”

Along with Reiki and Reflexology, she also uses crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. 

Stillness Within Healing is located at 821 York Street in Newport, Kentucky. To learn more, like them on Facebook, contact through email tina@stillnesswithinhealing.com or call (859) 907-4296.

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Learn about a West Chester-based women’s fitness studio that brings fun and unique ways to enjoy Pilates for all ability levels.

There is a fitness facility in the West Chester area that wants to help people experience exercise in a unique and fun way. “Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates classes that use a modern approach to classical methods. Reformer Pilates is energizing fun and low-impact,” Laura Harris, Studio Owner of Club Pilates, says. “It’s for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion.”

Club Pilates is a national franchise, but their club location opened on April 4, 2019 in West Chester at: 7554 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Currently, there are six instructors, three sales associates and one general manager. 

There are a wide variety of different Pilates classes offered and the include:

• Club Pilates Intro Class

“The Club Pilates Intro Class is the perfect way to experience Pilates and our studio! Enjoy a 30-minute, full-body session with one of our talented instructors- each of whom are certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates,” Harris says. “This session is a great intro to our equipment, the studio and our amazing staff. Experience the Pilates Reformer and more. Find your local studio to book your complimentary Reformer session today.”

• Full-Body Reformer-Based Pilates

“Our signature contemporary Reformer class with strengthen and lengthen your entire body,” she says. “Creatively  flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-chair, barre, TRX and more-ensuring you never take the same class twice. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a twist.”

• Club Pilates Cardio Sculpt

“This high energy, low-impact class is perfect for the cardio junkie. Use the Pilates jump board to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints,” Harris says.

• CP Center + Balance

“CP Center + Balance involves light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” she says. “A regular stretch routine will help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.”

• CP Control

“Sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you learn to use the barre in a whole new way,” Harris says. “Gliding discs, fitness balls and free weights are used to keep your body guessing! Strengthen your entire body from the feet up. Talking your Pilates moves to the barre is guaranteed to increase balance, stability and control in ways that will enhance your everyday life.”

• CP Suspend

“Defy gravity with Pilates and suspension training. A Reformer/based workout that combines your Pilates work with the incredibly effective TRX suspension training system,” she says. 

• Private Training Sessions

There are a also three different levels of the classes offered: Level 1, Level 1.5 and Level 2.0.

Harris says Club Fitness is unique because it has such a range of classes to keep it fresh, fun and welcoming to a variety of abilities. “We offer our clients a full-body, low-impact workouts along with providing high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core,” she says. “Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer Springboards and more.”

Club Pilates is located at 12088 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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