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Learn about an Ohio-based online shop that sells high quality, affordable, and fashionable handbags that just happen to be vegan.

Kind Style Shop Founder Rebecca Arum Littman’s background is in fashion, retail design, and merchandising. She’s also an avid animal lover. That’s why she decided to bridge the gap between her love of animals and her passion for vegan fashion.

Her inspiration behind the shop began with her love of animals. “We want to offer customers a cruelty-free choice so that they don’t have to choose between fashion and their love of animals – they can have style and be kind,” Littman says.

Kind Style Shop offers a large selection of vegan handbags (satchels, crossbody bags, totes, etc), backpacks, wallets, and duffles in a variety of unique materials and many colors in a wide range of prices. Kind Style Shop also has a collection of nylon netting bags that are Italian design, handcrafted from repurposed construction and fishing netting by artisans in Cambodia.

Over 80% of the workers are women and all employees are offered free childcare, free health insurance, English lessons, savings accounts, and training to develop their skills and further their careers.

“The bags are beautiful iridescent colors – very fashionable and functional silhouettes. The material is extremely lightweight and durable,” Littman says. “We love to carry pieces like this that are a win, not only for the end consumer, but also the entire supply chain.”

Another popular collection is their Pinatex. Pinatex is an innovative, fairly new material made from the fibers of pineapple leaves – something that was once a waste product from the pineapple harvest that is now being repurposed into beautiful products. The result is a material that resembles leather in look and feel, but is very lightweight while still being extremely durable.

Kind Style Shop is unique in many ways. They source their products from trusted vendors from all over the world, curating a unique collection of affordable, high-quality, fashionable, vegan bags. They offer free shipping in the U.S., an amazing rewards program, and price adjustments.

They donate bags to a large number of nonprofits for their fundraising initiatives as well as doing their own fundraising events, donating a percentage of proceeds to organizations that support people as well as animals. A few examples: Dress for Success, Ronald McDonald House, Prana Run, Sunrise Sanctuary, and Happy Trails Sanctuary.

There are a lot of new ideas on the horizon for this year for Kind Style Shop. They have been patiently awaiting new products from award-winning designer brand Alexandra K out of Poland. Alexandra K is the first vegan handbag company to use these patented materials. The “Peace Suede” is softer than suede, more durable, stain and scratch resistant. The “Freedom Leather” is equally as user friendly. All the products are handcrafted by artisans with incredible attention to detail.

“The bags are quite stunning!” says Littman. Kind Style Shop is also excited to expand to other vegan accessories over the next few months.

Kind Style Shop is based in Gahanna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. The online store is open 24/7 and can be found at You can also learn more about the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a local and independently owned online boutique with a boho-chic style.

Acoustic Living Boutique is an online-based store selling boho-chic items.

Kayla Moreland has always had a love for fashion but never knew how to incorporate that into her life. Once she knew that opening her own shop was where she wanted to take this dream, the rest was easy. She knew the vibe she wanted to go along with her store as well as the style, now all she needed was a name.

“The hardest part was picking a name,” says Moreland. “I knew it had to be something real and something that had meaning.”

Moreland has been asked several times where she came up with the name Acoustic Living, and she wishes that she had a crazy story behind it, but the truth is, it just hit her. “I was driving to work, stuck in traffic, and listening to Bob Marley, and that’s when it just popped in my head, Acoustic Living,” says Moreland. “It’s raw and stripped just like the acoustic version of a song.”

Moreland is passionate about life and her work. She is a full-time fur mama to two pitbulls and shares her life with the man of her dreams. She also works full-time as the marketing coordinator for a local plastic surgeon’s office.

“I’m not quite sure how I keep it all together, or if I really am, but this is my life,” she laughs. “No one is ever going to care about my dreams more than I will. Everyday, I try to be the best person I can be and live a life I am truly proud of.”

Kayla Moreland, Founder of Acoustic Living Boutique

Moreland says that Acoustic Living Boutique is unique because it is just owned by one person: A 26-year-old, ambitious woman chasing her dreams and giving it her all to make sure that they come true.

Moreland hand-picks everything that goes up on the site, does all of the photography, shipping, and website maintenance. “I’m not a franchise or someone who bought into the next ‘trendy’ protein shake to sell,” says Moreland. “This is my dream, my vision and my hard-work.”

Moreland is currently working on some new t-shirt designs to bring into the shop, and her goal is to give a portion of proceeds to a local animal rescue. As someone who is very passionate about breed recognition, Moreland wants to contribute to giving dogs second chances and help them find their happily ever after.

To learn more about Acoustic Living Boutique, you can follow Kayla Moreland on Instagram or Facebook. You can also go to the website

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Learn about a local vintage consignment shop opening this week that features unique, one-of-kind clothing items, shoes, and accessories with high-end flair.

Gold Beret Boutique is a new mother-daughter owned business in Middletown.

Growing up one of 13 children with seven older sisters, Cecelia Vogelsang Nenni learned at an early age how to make hand-me-downs look like high fashion. 

With an always-evolving style and an eye for design, the idea for a vintage consignment shop came about. Today, the soon-to-open Gold Beret Boutique is a mother/daughter partnership between Cecelia Vogelsang Nenni and Monica Nenni, respectively. 

Cecelia’s expertise is as a buyer and creative director, while Monica manages the branding and business development. Monica is also the co-owner of neighboring business, West Central Wine, a wine shop and bar in Downtown Middletown.

Monica and Cecelia found their inspiration in the timelessness of fashion. “Trends can be so cyclical, and there are pieces out there, hiding in racks or closets, that can find new life in a new generation,” says Monica.

In addition to shopping at Gold Beret Boutique, customers can also consign. Gold Beret Boutique offers 50% split on the final sale price of each item. They accept vintage in good condition as well as designer items, preferably with tags in tact or high brand labels.

Cecelia Vogelsang Nenni and Monica Nenni of Gold Beret Boutique.

“We encourage people to step out of their comfort zone, to try on something that reflects their individuality and radiates confidence,” says Monica. “Helping someone show their best self to the world is our favorite part of what we do.”

Gold Beret Boutique’s grand opening will take place September 7 during the neighborhood’s First Friday festivities. The theme is “Dog Days Downtown” and Gold Beret Boutique will be hosting Christina from Christina’s Creative Hair Design, located at 2201 Central Avenue, who will be doing temporary hair color applications for dogs and their owners. Monica and Cecelia are looking forward to becoming a part of the fabric of Downtown Middletown.

The storefront for Gold Beret Boutique is located in Historic Downtown Middletown at 1118 Central Avenue. They also have a retail website where customers can shop through a selection of the inventory. To learn more about Gold Beret Boutique, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and information.

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Learn about a Cincinnati based non-profit that creates space for crafted storytelling with an “electric sense of belonging.”

Bespoken Live is a Cincinnati based group that creates space for crafted storytelling, genuine story-listening, and story-driven mindfulness in order to experience belonging.

Bespoken Live is a Cincinnati based group that creates space for crafted storytelling, genuine story-listening, and story-driven mindfulness in order to experience belonging. The Bespoken Live team does their own live shows as well as partnering with organizations to do shows and experiences. They teach storytelling and story-listening workshops, do videos, podcasts, and have storytelling card game called Storycards. 

Brad Wise, Ryan Eten, Sarah Buffie, Laura  Buffington, and Joey Taylor are the people behind the current “Leadership Team” for Bespoken Live. However, there are many other band of creatives, storytellers, and supporters that make it all happen. 

“We did our first live show under a different banner, “Rebel Storytellers” at the Woodward Theater around Valentine’s day of 2015,” says Brad Wise. “Our inspiration was just to get our talented friends together to create something cool on stage.” 

The group told KISS stories, played improv games to get the crowd involved, and had music. “The whole thing was magic,” Wise adds. “The best word we had for those early shows was ‘transcendent.’” 

Wise describes the combination of storytelling, music, and crowd interaction of feeling like they were tapping into something bigger than themselves. The mixture of humor and vulnerability created an electric sense of belonging. 

“Since those early days, we keep experimenting with different ways of using story to make space to experience that electricity,” says Wise.

Wise is excited about Bespoken Live On Campus run by Joey Taylor. Taylor goes into schools, after school programs, places of worship, and facilities storytelling, story-listening, and mindfulness programs for high school students. 

“We believe students finding their voice together and experiencing belonging is the best way to address social isolation, depression, and anxiety,” says Wise. “Amazing things are happening wherever Joey goes.”

Wise is also excited about the newly redesigned Storycards. The “Leadership Team” has seen these cards break down walls and connect people in corporate settings, schools, family gatherings. Wise says that he has even heard of someone taking them on the Bourbon Trail with his friends. 

Bespoken Live has a podcast series called the BOON Reflections ( that is an 8-part contemplation series designed to help people make their ideas happen. The series takes listeners through the stages of the creative process and uses story-driven meditations to help you find the courage to step out and stay on the path of creating something uniquely you. Different organizations are using this content for retreats and team-building. People have quit their jobs and started new ventures because of the BOON Reflections. 

From the start, the Bespoken team has been intentional about getting everyone involved. They never just wanted to be a stage show where the communication is only going way. 

“I’m proud of how we keep finding ways to test our theory/belief that we are ALL storytellers,” says Wise. “The most powerful nights of storytelling we’ve experienced are when we lead the audience in a simple reflection and then open up the mic for the group to share.”

Wise believes in some ways, in the current climate, that we’ve forgotten that we’re all humans, and we’re in this together. Bespoken Live has t-shirts and stickers available as a reminder to Be Human and Be Curious because that leads to connection. 

This ties into the Be Kind 2016 campaign that Bespoken Live did during the election. (Watch “#BeKind2016” on Vimeo). They made stickers that look like they were from a campaign and put them in coffee shops and bars all over town. 

“I still see cars driving around with them,” says Wise. 

Wise believes that responding to what’s happening in culture makes Bespoken Live unique. When the violence in Charlottesville took place last year, Bespoken Live did a pop up HATE show. They pulled the show together in a couple days and gathered for stories and discussion about love conquering hate. Wise describes the show as “beautiful, messy, and hopeful.” 

Currently, Bespoken Live is beta testing a small group format using their Story Cards. Wise recently took Bespoken Live through a fellowship program called Common Good. It uses content from Peter Block, Walter Bruggeman, and John McKnight who teach the power of small groups and neighborliness. Bespoken Live is finding ways to combine story with that power.

Bespoken Live is also looking to start combining storytelling with the enneagram, a personality typing system that’s rapidly growing. The Bespoken team plans to do a series of shows and a contemplation podcast series. 

To learn more about Bespoken Live follow their Facebook page and website.

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Learn about an upcoming event that offers local ladies a night of fun, shopping and supporting future generations.

The second annual St. Jude Sip ‘n Shop Ladies Night Out is scheduled for November 3. Photo: Melissa Dougherty of Dougherty Designs

The second annual St. Jude Sip N’ Shop Ladies Night Out is coming up Nov. 3. This year’s event will feature more than 30 vendors under one roof — plus cold refreshments available for purchase and complimentary light appetizers — so you can enjoy a fun night out, get some holiday shopping done, and support St. Jude Elementary School, a private middle school in Bridgetown.

Andrea Mette and Angela Durepo are the co-coordinators and founders of the event. They became friends while planning last year’s inaugural Sip N’ Shop, and they have found that they’re kindred spirits. They attended Mother of Mercy together and had met through a mutual friend at St. Jude. They were casual acquaintances, but their mutual love for shopping and doing good for others brought them close together. 

“In the Bridgetown area where St. Jude is located, there wasn’t an evening event like ours at the time, and we saw a chance to try something new and exciting!” says Durepo.

Durepo and Mette wanted to showcase area vendors and provide the lovely ladies at St. Jude and all over the West Side of Cincinnati a chance to have a night out, just having fun and doing some shopping. Durepo and Mette found that they could accomplish these goals and raise money for the St. Jude PTO’s Spirit Scholarship (which assists students in need) all at one time. 

“It was a win-win no matter how we looked at it,” Durepo adds. “Whenever you can help kids while shopping and laughing with your girlfriends, it’s bound to be fun!”

Durepo and Mette work very hard to try and secure as many unique vendors as possible for the Sip ‘n Shop. They have nearly 40 vendor spaces, and unlike many other shows those spaces are filled with both direct sales types vendors (such as Tastefully Simple, Magnolia & Vine, Lula Roe, and Mary Kay) and artisans and crafters (such as jewelry artisans, cookie and cupcake designers, clothing boutiques, and crafters.)  

Durepo says that they love finding a good mix of vendors so that they can offer more choices to those who come to shop, and it gives the vendors a great chance to get their product out there and make a name for themselves.

“We were just so pleased that the first Sip ‘N Shop was a success in the eyes of both our vendors and our shoppers,” says Durepo. “Because it was so successful, we had 13 vendors sign up that night to be a part of the event again this year!”

Durepo and Mette try to make sure that there is something for everyone at the Sip ‘n Shop. Their goal is that no matter what woman comes to shop, she will find a vendor to meet her needs. They have jewelry designers, skin care experts, crafters, clothing boutiques, cookie and cupcake designers, makeup experts, home decor vendors, and so much more. The vendors are also very gracious and donate one item each to the raffle which in turn raises more money for the PTO’s Spirit Scholarship. 

“I loved seeing my fellow moms last year not just shopping, but also laughing and having a wonderful time with each other!” says Durepo. “I’ve been to many craft shows and vendor shows, but our Sip ‘n Shop felt special because it was at night and offered the ladies in the community a chance to have a nice night out that was designed with them in mind.”

Durepo and Mette excited to announce that they’ve added several new vendors to the lineup this year including, two boutiques in Too Qute Boutique and Boutique Bellini. They are also excited to announce some new vendors, such as Torchlight Armory, L’Bri Pure & Natural, Sunshine & Sandpaper, Sugar Mommy, Tupperware and more, in addition to the vendors from last year, such as Clever Girl, Vintage Creations, Jamberry, Fire God Glass, Dougherty Designs, ELK Home, Fenno Fashion, Lipsense, Perfectly Posh, Usborne and many more. 

In addition, the cost to get in this year will only be $2 and will include a split the pot ticket (although you can buy more split the pot chances!) All proceeds from the cost to get in, split the pot, and raffle will benefit the St. Jude PTO Spirit Scholarship. 

“It really does take a community to make something like this work, and Andrea and I are very grateful for all the help and support we get,” says Durepo. “We can’t thank everyone by name, but we hope they all know that we recognize their support and help and are so grateful for it.” 

The St. Jude Sip N’ Shop will place in the undercroft of St. Jude Church located at 5924 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248 on November 3 at 7pm

To learn more about the St. Jude Sip N’ Shop, visit or contact them at

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There’s a new contemporary women’s clothing boutique in the heart of downtown Miamisburg. Keep reading for all the fashionable details. 

Blush ‘n Grey Boutique is a new boutique located in Miamisburg.

Blush N’Grey is a dream come true for owner, Ashley Biederman. 

She chose the name and style based on her own values and important parts of her life: a love for fashion and a passion for connecting with others through a personal shopping experience.

Biederman says Blush N’Grey Boutique features the latest fashions and accessories, hand picked and styled by women. There are many services offered at Blush N’Grey Boutique such as a personal shopping experience in-store and online, with a social media presence to allow for customer connection. Other services also include: Facebook live sales, sip and shop events, and handmade accessories by Cincinnati-based jewelry designer Megan Fenno.

Ashley Biederman, Owner of Blush ‘n Grey Boutique

“Blush N’Grey is founded on the premise that shopping and style don’t have to be the same for everyone, but everyone can benefit from the personal touch we have to offer,” says Biederman. 

The ever changing styles, accessories, and gift items allow for a fresh journey every time customers enter the store or get an update from the social media pages, Biederman adds.

“The local, real feel, as well as Blush N’Grey’s ability to cater to their followers in all states has been the most important,” says Biederman. “Real women, helping real women to feel beautiful and confident in hand-chosen pieces.”

Blush N’Grey Boutique is located at 36 S Main Street Miamisburg, OH 45342. Learn more on Facebook, Instagram, or visit the growing website at

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Learn about a new branding platform that brings creative people together to help them on their professional journey.

Livlocal helps creatives in the city find a community of support.

Livlocal is a branding platform that was created to help creatives of all types — musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs alike — build a brand and a strong community of support.

Livlocal often brings people together through fashion, but the true heart behind the brand is to inspire others to chase their own creative dreams.

The inspiration of Livlocal came to be in a very organic manner. Lonnie Kai, owner of Livlocal, wanted to help others believe in themselves after coming out of a seven-year-long depression. Kai says he’s always aspired to be a business owner, even since he was a little boy. So, he decided to start a contracting company after working in the construction field for eight years, and it took off. 

“At that point I began realizing for myself that each person carries the potential to do things they never thought they could do,” he recalls. “Four years later the contracting company is going great and my brand Livlocal has been doing great as well. It’s all about inspiring the people who don’t believe their dreams are tangible, or those who haven’t been supported, and Livlocal is that support.”

The Livlocal team is expanding every day, Kai says, and he attributes that to strong community support, as well as a strong Livlocal team. Amy Sheeter designs the graphics for Livlocal while Alli Simms coordinates the wardrobe for shoots and fashion shows. Kai says he takes the lead for most events, lunches, meetings, and talks.

Livlocal services range from clothing, modeling opportunities, photoshoots, sponsorships for the individual or a collaboration with other brands. Kai says he enjoys working side by side with other brands to help everyone shine. 

“If you’re needing someone that’s been through the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial lifestyle,” Kai says, “I’ll often sit down with new business owners and just share my experiences to help them along in their journey!” 

Kai believes that Livlocal is unique because money isn’t the focus, but rather, the focus is on the people, their growth, and helping people realize their identity in their desired trade. The people involved have grounds to share their input and ideas on what could make Livlocal better.

While Livlocal doesn’t current have a physical store, they do sell merchandise on and are stocked in Goods on Main in Over the Rhine. To learn more about Livlocal, follow them on Instagram or “like” them on Facebook

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Learn about the Florence-based design showroom that loves making your Pinterest boards come to life on any budget.

Wiseway Supply offers electrical, plumbing, and lighting supplies.

For over 45 years, Wiseway Supply has lead the industry in the distribution of name brand electrical, plumbing, and lighting supplies in the Cincinnati area. Wiseway is owned by a family that a lot of northern Kentucky residents are familiar with. Now owned by John Cain, his father, “Biz,” started the business at the same location as the Florence showroom.

Today, Wiseway is the only showroom in northern Kentucky to offer Kohler plumbing. In late 2016, Wiseway was reopened after a complete renovation. The showroom’s inspiration is derived from wanting customers to have a better, stress-free experience when choosing their lighting and plumbing.

They offer one of the most complete plumbing and lighting showrooms in Greater Cincinnati with over 4,000 square feet. ​Wiseway is lead by a highly experienced team of design professionals to ensure all of the customer needs are met on time and with accuracy. ​

“We see a lot of people wasting their time at big box stores when they could be getting expertise and better customer service,” says Caitlin Skaggs, the Showroom Manager. Skaggs has been at Wiseway for just over two years. “I lead a wonderful team of design consultants,” she says, “Our most veteran consultant is Karen Schultz. She has many years of experience working for builders and brings that knowledge to Wiseway.”

In the showroom, Wiseway offers whole-house lighting and plumbing appointments. Even if someone is simply looking for a new kitchen faucet, the staff of Wiseway can steer them to a faucet that fits their budget and taste. With their own fleet of trucks, they can deliver materials to a customer if needed. Wiseway offers name brand lighting such as Progress, Kichler, and Feiss among many others. Also offered is name brand plumbing such as Kohler, Moen, Delta and Hansgrohe. ​Wiseway provides one-on-one consultations with experienced specialists to help you through your entire design process. One of the many things that make Wiseway unique is the experienced staff. The working displays let customers experience luxury shower heads and stunning chandeliers before buying.

“We are excellent at taking the stress off of homeowners who are remodeling or building a custom home,” says Skaggs, “Our staff knows what customers need and when they need it. We are excellent at taking an idea seen on Pinterest or Houzz and making it into reality for any budget.”

According to Skaggs, Wiseway’s customers are like family. “Since we are a family-run business, our service is more personal, and we can take care of any problems quickly,” Skaggs says, “We cater to custom builders who need to save time and money. It may sound strange, but many customers love how we display our lighting in our showroom.” The lighting in the showroom, even chandeliers, are at eye-level which make it easy to touch and feel before customers purchase.

Wiseway has big plans for the rest of 2018. They already provide lighting and plumbing for many home builders in the greater Cincinnati region such as Drees & Fischer to name just a couple. “We strive to become just as well known for walk-in customers,” Skaggs says, “We want customers to know that we’re the best resource if you’re building a custom home or just need a new dining room chandelier or powder room sink faucet.”

Wiseway is located in the newly renovated showroom on 8301 Dixie Hwy Florence, Ky 41042. To learn more about Wiseway, visit their website or “like” them on Facebook.

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We chat with the fashion designers behind a new line of accessories that celebrates a growing love for bourbon. Cheers!

Bourbon Cousins designs bourbon-themed products for bourbon lovers.

Bourbon Cousins designs original bourbon-themed patterns and products for bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. In March of 2018, Bourbon Cousins debuted with a line of bourbon bow ties & neckties. Bourbon Cousins’ line of ties has really captured the attention of bourbon lovers everywhere. They will have ladies’ scarves and a few more products that will be ready in the fall.

Pam Houston and Claudia Sandman, the co-founders of Bourbon Cousins, set out to match the consumers’ growing enthusiasm for bourbon by designing original, bourbon-themed patterns, which are ultimately made into products for the marketplace. 

“Our region’s love of bourbon has grown into an impressive global love affair,” says Sandman, “As cousins raised in Kentucky, we take much pride in the state’s rich bourbon heritage.”

Sandman and Houston are designing cousins who share a studio, a love of bourbon, and the sweet love of their now 101-year old grandmother. Bourbon Cousins rose out of a love of both family and creativity, two essential fibers that fold both inspiration and authenticity into daily work life.

In addition to the bourbon-themed products they offer, Bourbon Cousins also collaborates on custom design projects with distilleries and event support for large groups looking to host bourbon-themed fundraisers. Bourbon Cousins modern and refined design style highlight recognizable bourbon bottles and the iconic copper pot still. 

Bourbon Cousins operate out of warehouse-studio space located in the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Products are sold to consumers on the website and sold wholesale to independent retailers.

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Learn about an Ohio-based company that helps you show off your local love in a budget-friendly, fashion-forward way.

Ohio Dynasty is an apparel line for Ohioans created by Lott Carter. 

Carter loved the soft, vintage feeling of tee-shirts, but he hated paying $28-$32 for each tee. So, he did some research, reached out to screening printing companies, and started the line right out of his basement with basically no knowledge of the industry. 

“I honestly talked myself into doing it one more time than I talked myself out of it,” says Carter. “Believe in yourself.”  

Three years later, Carter has sold over 20,000 tees. Besides selling Ohio tee-shirts, Carter is a father of two, teacher, and coach who loves sports and music.

Ohio Dynasty is located out of Marysville, Ohio, but pop-up all over the state. Recently, Ohio Dynasty launched the Dynasty truck which is a mobile store that can hold 5-6 shoppers at a time. Ohio Dynasty also participates in fundraisers, where they will pop-up at an event and donate 20% of sales to that particular cause. They offer private parties where the host gets 10% of sales in free gear. From tailgates, concerts, festivals, you can find Ohio Dynasty all over the state. 

“Our biggest niche is definitely partnering with bars and businesses and offering their customers discounts in the truck!” says Carter, “You basically get the highest quality tees and tanks on the market for a fraction of the price.” 

Prices range from $20 for tee-shirts and $40 for hoodies. Ohio Dynasty plans on launching children’s sizes in the fall. 

“Shopping in the truck is a unique experience in itself with the music going, outside your favorite venues!” Carter adds. 

Book the Dynasty Truck for free by email Find them on Instagram and Facebook. Also use promo code “CINCYCHIC” for 20% off at