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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    A local mom launched a business that makes cute stationery and planner stickers for the organization-driven people of the planet, and it’s all for a good cause. Read on to learn more about the little boy who inspires her.

    Plan-It Planet sells planner stickers to help keep your busy life organized.
    Between OT, ABA and all the IEPs for her son, who’s on the autism spectrum, Carla Garza needed something to keep her life organized… ASAP.
     
    That “something” led to launching her business Plan-It Planet, an online, handmade shop dedicated to those who still use paper planners or calendars to keep their lives in order. “As someone that knows all that goes into keeping up with the appointments and the needs of a child on the spectrum, I incorporated stickers specifically geared toward helping to stay on track,” she says.

    Spectrum or not, between appointments, extracurriculars, events, and more, Plan-It Planet helps you keep it all together – in the cutest way. “We provide cute and functional stickers and other accessories to help people stay on track in their busy lives,” says Garza. “Every item is made personally by me and we have nearly 1,000 items to choose from.”

    An advocate of paper planners, and a user since middle school, Garza says that it was just a few years ago that she was inspired to start making her own stickers on pre-cut address labels before eventually moving on to design and cut her own custom stickers for herself and launching an Etsy store in 2015 that overflowed into its own website in 2016.

    Because being organized is so essential as an adult, and especially as a parent, Garza says that her planner is a way for her to relax her mind by having everything written out and organized. “It became even more necessary once I got older and even more so when I had two kids to keep up with as well,” she adds.

    Garza is the one-woman show behind her business and is self-taught in everything that she does – from web design to illustration and all the business stuff in between.

    Her penchant for stickers helped her to create a business that features unique designs as well as high-quality customer service.

    “A lot of my designs are hand drawn and the shop has its own exclusive character, Luna, who is adored by many and is loosely based on my daughter Kaelyn,” explains Garza. “Luna is drawn by me personally and can be found in hundreds of different poses and scenarios, and she’s also featured as the main subject of our autism sheet.”

    Plan-It Planet also sells pinback buttons.

    The autism sheet is a special sheet of stickers that Garza offers every April for Autism Awareness Month. She says that all of the proceeds from the sale of that sheet are donated to the Autism Research Institute.

    “I knew that with the success of my business I wanted to give back to a cause that was close to me and to many others I know,” she adds.

    As her business continues to expand, Garza says that she’s recently recent new sticker albums to help keep your stickers better organized, as well as pinback buttons.

    “I’m also working to branch out and broaden my product line, as well as offering wholesale,” she says. “In the future, I’d like to incorporate my son and his drawings into my shop as a permanent fixture to teach him a bit about what I do and running a business, as well as become a permanent fixture for donating to the Autism Research Institute on his behalf and to help him save up for future needs he may have.”

    To learn more about Plan-It Planet, visit www.planitplanetshop.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and give them a “like” on Facebook.

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    We chat with this local organization about its recently launched initiative that empowers women to be appointed to boards, commissions and “take a seat at the table.”

    The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati recently launched its Appointed! initiative to get more women on boards and councils in the city.

    Cincy Chic: What is the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati?
    Holly Hankinson, Advocacy Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation: The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region and ignites a shared desire to improve it. We have more than two decades of deep involvement, understanding and building results, and stay at the forefront of the challenges and solutions affecting women and their families both locally and nationally. We believe, and research shows, that when you empower women, the entire community thrives.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about your new Appointed initiative?
    Hankinson: Appointed, a non-partisan initiative, identifies opportunities for women to serve on civic boards and commissions, and empowers them to seek a seat at the table.  We provide support and training opportunities, and are a resource available to connect elected officials to interested board candidates.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired the initiative?
    Hankinson: We were initially inspired to launch this program after hearing about a similar initiative by the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. We knew there was nothing like it in Cincinnati, and when we researched the numbers we identified gender disparities across our region, as well. Appointed launched in May, and we’ve already received a lot of interest from women ready to serve!

    Cincy Chic: How are you helping to help shape the community with the initiative?
    Hankinson: We believe civic leadership should reflect the communities they serve. Women represent 51% of the population in the Cincinnati region but hold less than one-third of civic board seats, and 34% of our civic boards have no female representation at all. Across our region, women of color are even more deeply underrepresented.

    We also know that female leaders make a difference. Diverse boards and groups use better governance practices and make better decisions. They also get results; research shows that corporate boards with more gender and racial diversity have better financial performance.

    Our goal is to help build civic boards that reflect our diverse community, achieving better results for our region.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Appointed such a unique initiative?
    Hankinson: Although appointed boards exist in nearly all government jurisdictions, yet nationally there are very few programs aimed at increasing underrepresented voices or recruiting individuals to serve, and we are unique in our region. Appointed is unlike a formal leadership development program in that the level of involvement is up to the participant. We will share board opportunities that match her interests. We will also invite participants to trainings and events for networking and to deepen their knowledge. But attendance isn’t mandatory to receive our support and resources.

    Cincy Chic: How can readers get involved?
    Hankinson: To get involved, interested participants fill out a quick form, so we can capture their interests and relevant background information. Signing up only takes five minutes. That’s all it takes to raise your hand!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the Women’s Fund?
    Hankinson: The Women’s Fund recently released our Employer Toolkit, a first-of-its-kind toolkit filled with 30+ actionable policies and practices for employers that will benefit employees and their bottom line. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for other upcoming events and updates!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Hankinson: Visit our website for more information, including FAQs, resources, direct links to local boards and commissions, and of course, to sign up!

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      For our annual kids’ issue, we take a look inside Ohio’s largest indoor play structure. Keep reading to learn about this Blue Ash-based center that focuses on creative and active play so your little ones can bounce, run, jump, and play their way through summer!


      Summer is here and your kids are bouncing off the walls with energy. That’s where Pogo Play can help.

      Instead of bouncing off the walls at your house, they can bounce around at this 20,000-square-foot family entertainment center that focuses on creative and active play. Based in Blue Ash, you’ll find that Pogo Play is home to the largest indoor play structure in Ohio, with more than 7,600-square-feet of sliding, climbing, crawling, and two mounted pogo sticks for everyone’s jumping pleasure.

      Pogo Play Owner Susan Mattick says that there are different experience zones at the center, including a basketball court, dramatic play, a LEGO room, a toddler room for ages 3 and under, an interactive floor, and an imagination playground where you can build with life-sized building blocks.

      One additional experience available at Pogo Play is the inflatables. There are six inflatables open at no additional charge for open jump times. Mattick says the inflatables are also part of the birthday party experience at Pogo Play.

      “We sport comfortable leather club chairs for parents to take a break, along with free Wi-Fi,” adds Mattick. “Allison’s Cafe provides a variety of healthy options including freshly made salads, paninis, smoothies, frappes, pizza, quesadillas, fresh fruit, pretzel bites, and more with both indoor and outdoor seating.”

      When asked what inspired her to open such a place in Blue Ash, Mattick says that she wanted to set out and create a safe and fun environment that stimulated minds and encouraged active bodies.

      “Too many activities for children today are stationary and don’t require a lot of thought and creativity,” she says. “I wanted to create a one-pay admission space without video games or other activities that don’t require children to think about how to use the objects around them in creative ways. After visiting children’s museums around the country, and different business models, Pogo Play was born.”

      As a single mother who also works full-time, Mattick says that she was not only focused on creating a space that would encourage active minds and bodies, but that was also safe. That’s why everyone who enters the entertainment center receives a coded wristband for safety, so that staff members know which child belongs to which family.

      In addition to being the largest indoor play structure in the state, Pogo Play is also unique in that everything about it was thought out and designed to support the mission of providing active play for the child inside all of us.

      “It isn’t simply an ‘add on’ business, but designed specifically for day play and birthday party opportunities,” says Mattick. “Every activity was planned to provide a different experience for our guests. The activities were purposefully selected to provide different sensory and learning opportunities.”

      And when it comes to birthday parties, there are two options available at Pogo Play. The Pogo Palooza Party is for two party hosts and includes pizza, two unlimited beverage choices, ice cream, paper supplies, 2 hours and 15 minutes of party room access, and 30 minutes of exclusive use of the inflatables. The Pogo Party provides the same as the Palooza Party minus the pizza and drinks. All party guests can also enjoy unlimited play after the party concludes.

      “There is no tipping as we already include this in our staff’s compensation, so you don’t have to worry about additional costs on your special day,” says Mattick. “We will keep track of gifts and do all the clean up, too.”

      Mattick says that the next few weeks at Pogo Play will include a sale on branded socks. She adds that the business will also look at new food options for the cafe as well as keeping an eye out for new attractions.

      Pogo Play is located in Blue Ash at 10870 Kenwood Road, between Creek and Cornell roads.

      To learn more about Pogo Play, visit their website. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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      Have a kiddo who loves the kitchen? Learn about a local bake shop with classes for kids that teach baking with a huge helping of fun!

      Sweet Petit Desserts is offering kids baking classes.

      Cincy Chic: What are the kids baking classes you’re offering?
      Taren Kinebrew, CEO of Sweet Petit Desserts: The kids baking classes are for children starting at age 8 and up. They include 4-week of classes and, at the end, each child receives a personalized chefs apron, hand mixer, certificate of completion, and an opportunity to audition and be seen by Food Network’s Kids Baking Series!

      Cincy Chic: When and where are the classes being held?
      Kinebrew: The classes happen monthly and run for 4 Saturdays, with each child learning a new recipe each class. We hold the classes at our 1426 Race Street Sweet Petit Desserts location in Cincinnati.

      Cincy Chic: What inspired you to start offering kids baking classes?
      Kinebrew: I had such a demand for our classes and by nature I am a teacher and felt it only right to teach those who aspire to be bakers and possibly entrepreneurs.

      Cincy Chic: What is the cost to participate?
      Kinebrew: The 4 week class cost $299. There is a deposit of $149 required to reserve a space, and only six spaces are available.

      Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the Food Network opportunity for kids?
      Kinebrew: I have direct contact with a casting director specifically for the kids that go through my baking class!

      Cincy Chic: What makes these classes unique?  
      Kinebrew: Right now there aren’t any other baking classes for kids that allow them to to hands on training. Each child literally does all the work while I instruct! Each student will gain knowledge using math and science skills that will help them not just in baking, but in life. They’ll learn to be confident and get an opportunity to participate in a “Bakers United Kids Edition” event that will allow them to sell their product to the public while earning a profit!

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, follow along, and sign up?  
      Kinebrew: Here is the direct link to our website with all the details https://www.sweetpetitdesserts.com/baking-classes! The next class starts June 9 and July 14 with limited spots!

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        The Green Store is a pop-up shop that sells sustainable items from local entrepreneurs.

        Joi Sears is on a mission to change the world. With an impressive CV and passion for enacting social change, she hopes to make a different with her business The Green Store.

        “The Green Store is a pop-up shop and creative placemaking project which features ethical, eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle products,” explains Sears. “In an effort to promote conscious consumerism, the store offers sustainable alternatives for common household products, tools to help promote a zero-waste lifestyle, and a variety of chic, stylish, and affordable and sustainable clothing.”

        Sears says that The Green Store is more than just a place to stop. It’s also a place that offers events that are fun, engaging, and educational in the hopes to spread awareness about environmental justice and sustainability while also equipping citizens with the tools they need in order to live a life that supports an eco-conscious lifestyle.

        According to Sears, the idea for The Green Store is something that came to mind after she was doing research as a fellow at The DO School.

        “We were working with H&M Germany to design a sustainable packaging solution,” she explains. “In my research, I found that although 9 out of every 10 Millennials say they care about the environment, less than 30% actually put their money where their mouth is when it comes to shopping sustainably. In fact, less than 1% of people admit to buying sustainable fashion on a regular basis.”

        To help increase the number of those who are actually “doing” rather than just “saying,” Sears launched The Green Store. “Our products are intentionally more affordable,” she says. “When it comes to style, we choose things that you would actually want to wear. It’s accessible both online and offline through our pop-up shops. But most importantly, The Green Store is a conversation starter around sustainable consumption.”

        Sears wants the inhabitants of the planet to sustain life on this planet, since, as she says, there is no Planet B.

        “We have to make smarter choices when it comes to things we buy,” she adds. “The Green Store is the way of the future. We are redefining the relationship society has with the things that we buy. We put people and the planet at the bottom line.”

        The Green Store hopes to make the world a better place by selling sustainable fashion.

        The products sold at The Green Store focus on making a positive impact on the environment while also empowering other social entrepreneurs in the city, helping to bring their ideas to life. “We are reimagining a better, more sustainable future for ourselves, our communities, and future generations,” says Sears.

        Sears says that she hopes to launch locations of The Green Store throughout the world, not just in pop-ups but also in hotels, restaurants, and community centers — spaces that she considers to be innovative and also focus on building diverse, inclusive, and sustainable communities.

        For starters, though, The Green Store is collaborating with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. this summer. “Downtown Cincinnati Inc., in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, has developed a pop-up shop program that brings together entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and small businesses with local property owners to fill vacant spaces and activate downtown,” says Sears. “Our pop-up shop brings together four women vendors who are all working to develop sustainable products and businesses – including Urban Blooms, Down to Mars Vintage, and Supernova Soaks.”

        The Green Store pop-up shop is located at 631 Main Street in Cincinnati. The store is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 6 pmFriday from 11 am to 8 pmSaturday from 12 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

        To learn more about The Green Store, visit http://thatgreen.life/. You can also check our Sears’ Free People International project at http://www.freepeopleinternational.com/. Follow The Green Store on Facebook and Instagram.

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        Learn about a local woman who launched a non-profit organization and is planning a fashionable fête that fuses her passion for fashion and pursuit to raise awareness about human trafficking.

        Fashion for Freedom is a non profit organization that raises awareness about human trafficking.

        Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Fashion for Freedom!
        Geetha Minton, Founder of Fashion for Freedom: Fashion for Freedom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and stems from the desire to use fashion to raise awareness about human trafficking.  We seek to help reinvent the lives of those impacted and to empower them to create a new future. We have partnered with End Slavery Now, a project of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center that serves to educate, inspire, and equip modern day abolitionists to bring freedom to the enslaved. Everyone has a role to play in ending slavery.

        Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the organization?
        Minton: I currently own a freedom business GKM Design where we donate proceeds to another freedom business that employs women that have been rescued from the red light district in India. The concept behind GKM Design is to give agency and beauty to women who have been told they are worthless. So I thought about taking this concept and expanding to a much grander scale. Let’s tie such a heavy and gut wrenching topic to something glamorous and get people educated and excited about getting involved to help end human trafficking.

        Geetha Minton

        Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Fashion for Freedom?
        Minton: I am the founder of Fashion for Freedom, and we also have our board members: Ryan Minton, Jeanine Sack, and Stacey Lipp. Samantha Burris handles all our social media and we also have a host committee for the event who has been enormously helpful.

        Cincy Chic: When is the event being held?
        Minton: The inaugural Fashion for Freedom Fashion Show and Silent Auction will be held January 26, 2019 at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Learn more about the event on Facebook.

        Cincy Chic: What makes Fashion for Freedom unique?
        Minton: This is the first event like this in Cincinnati that we know of. I believe we are taking a different angle to educate people and get people excited about joining the movement with our Fashion for Freedom fundraiser.  This will be an annual event. We are also hosting some local survivors at the event. One of our sponsorship levels for the event, The Survivor Sponsorship will outfit a survivor in a custom GKM Dress and treat them to an evening of pampering including hair, makeup and nails.

        Cincy Chic: How are you helping women around the world?
        Minton: Fashion for Freedom is giving them a voice with this event and with our purpose. They are not able to speak for themselves so we’re going to do it for them.

        Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Fashion for Freedom?
        Minton: Our biggest focus right now is the fundraising event at the Freedom Center. After that, the sky’s the limit. Our vision is to expand Fashion for Freedom as far as we can to make the biggest impact on eradicating human trafficking.  

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
        Minton: You can go to fashionforfreedom.org for more information or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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          A locally-based artist created a feminist accessory brand that focuses on inclusion, diversity, and everything amazing about the 80s and 90s! Keep reading for all the girl-power details!

          Working Girls Co. sells trendy clothing and accessories.

          What began as an art experiment has evolved into something much more than that.

          Started by Shailah Maynard in 2015, Working Girls Co. is a concept brand that features tongue-in-cheek accessories and clothing items, many of which cater to the growing feminist movement. And to hit on the latest fashion trends, many of these items are inspired by music from the 80s and 90s, film, and pop culture.

          Maynard always knew that she wanted to start a feminist accessory brand, but she also wanted that brand to be inclusive, as it’s an important part of who she is and something that she is very passionate about.

          “I attended a progressive liberal arts college, where I studied art,” she told City Beat. “Inclusion and diversity of intrinsic of who I am and is reflected in Working Girls. I choose not to take life seriously. In every product I produce – humor, inclusivity, and diversity are all embodied in every piece.”

          Shailah Maynard, Owner and Operator at Working Girls Co.

          Although Working Girls Co. leans feminist, the brand itself doesn’t have any specific requirements on what type of products are made, as long as the team is having fun doing what they do.

          “I worked in the fashion industry for nine years and got pretty sick of how serious that industry is,” she said. “Have some humility, have fun, and make me laugh. In the words of RuPaul, Working Girls ‘never, ever takes itself too seriously.’”

          Products sold by Working Girls aren’t just for women, either. “In terms of making product that focuses on women, yes we do that, but I also want to be clear that we are not catering toward just women,” Maynard added. “Our products are and will always be unisex.”

          Products sold by Working Girls Co. can be found online as well as through stockists around the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Singapore.

          In addition to the products sold by Working Girls Co., the company also does art installations.

          According to Working Girls Co. website, the company’s signature product, Hot Bod Floats, were installed in an art installation called Pool Room.

          Sweatshirts, accessories, and other items with a feminist touch are available from Working Girls Co.

          “Pool Room is a site-specific installation series created in conjunction with Working Girls’ signature product, Hot Bod Floats,” according to the Working Girls Co. website. “Pool Room is a large-scale, two-dimensional swimming pool, which shifts its traditional function into a deviated, immersive experience.”

          Maynard says that Working Girls Co. will continue to be immersed in the art world, whether it’s through its products or art installations.

          To learn more about Working Girls Co., visit https://workinggirlsco.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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          Learn more about a local organization that’s dedicated to “engaged” philanthropy and its global network of partners who are helping nonprofits succeed.

          Social Venture Partners gives local nonprofits the opportunity to grow through investors who are actively engaged in helping them succeed.

          There aren’t many things more gratifying than giving back to the community. And that’s where Social Venture Partners comes in.

          “Social Venture Partners is Cincinnati’s home for engaged philanthropists,” says Lauren LaCerda Merten, Executive Director of SVP Cincinnati. “We are part of an international network of 3,500 partners who collectively invest time, talent, and grant money in innovative ways to strengthen local nonprofits.”

          The purpose of Social Venture Partners is to help enable its investors to make the Cincinnati region a strong and more vibrant community, according to LaCerda Merten.

          Launched in 2007, Social Venture Partners has raised more than $1.6 million through grants to investees, Fast Pitch grants, and in-kind contributions and consulting to investees. And because it’s dedicated to helping the city’s nonprofits, those numbers will continue to grow.

          Social Venture Partners was originally launched in Seattle, by Co-Founder Paul Brainerd, who wanted to start something that would allow people to not just write checks but work side-by-side with nonprofits. Since its first model in the Pacific Northwest, Social Venture Partners has expanded to more than 40 cities throughout the world.

          “Our partners invest their time, money, and skills in nonprofits in their immediate communities,” says LaCerda Merten. “On the other hand, our partners are part of a global network. They share common ideals, similar struggles, and can tap into a wealth of knowledge through network-wide conference, online resources, and virtual cross-city forums made possible by Social Venture Partners International.”

          Social Venture Partners Cincinnati has expanded to 60 partners and LaCerda Merten says they’re always looking to add more. The current portfolio of partners range in age from 18 to 60+ years. They include people who have climbed the corporate ladder, lifelong volunteers, those who are starting their adult lives, and college students. LaCerda Merten adds that half of the partners in Cincinnati are women.

          “All are bound by the common thread of looking for a way to combine the power of business with their passion for philanthropy,” says LaCerda Merten.

          There are two main programs at Social Venture Partners – the Investee Program and Fast Pitch.

          Lauren LaCerda Merten, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Cincinnati

          The Investee Program features one selected nonprofit chosen through an extensive application process. Known as the Investee, the nonprofit gets grants that are typically $60,000 over three years.

          “Each grant is leveraged by the strategic contribution of our Partners’ time and expertise over the three year period, so that the average benefit to the nonprofit is three to five times greater than the cash grants alone” says LaCerda Merten. “Social Venture Partner grants are just the beginning of our investment. Partners invest their expertise, experience, and networks to help nonprofits succeed.”

          The other program is the Fast Pitch program. “Fast Pitch is a technique borrowed from the venture capital and startup communities,” LaCerda Merten. “It is a way to showcase and accelerate nonprofits making a difference in our city.”

          Through this program, nonprofits get six weeks of training in telling effective, inspiring stores and then competing against each other in a 3-minute pitch for up to $40,000 in prizes.

          “In its fifth year, Fast Pitch 2018 was bigger and better than ever,” says LaCerda Merten. “It was attended by more than 600 people at the Duke Energy Convention Center and we continue to hear the impact beyond the cash rewards.”

          Other ways Social Venture Partners helps local nonprofits is to launch www.CincinnatiCares.org with Inspiring Service.

          “This is a website to facilitate volunteerism in our community,” says LaCerda Merten. “And we are working on Mayor Cranley’s Volunteerism Task Force to support the Give One for Cincy Challenge. Give One for Cincy is an initiative of Mayor John Cranley to motivate all Cincinnatians to spend a minimum of one hour per month volunteering their time for others.”

          Social Venture Partners Cincinnati is committed to developing a community of informed, powerful donors. “The engaged philanthropy model provides partners with a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges facing our community and local nonprofits,” LaCerda Merten. “From annual Social Venture Partners International conferences to local panel discussions with nationally recognized experts, our education programs allow partners to build skills and knowledge for truly effective philanthropy. We offer partners a safe forum to explore more deeply their giving philosophies and interests.”

          Social Venture Partners is always looking toward innovation. “We are always looking for ways to expand our partnership and our impact in the Greater Cincinnati community,” says LaCerda Merten. “We are actively evaluating best practices across the Social Venture Partners global network to identify new approaches to some of Cincinnati’s most challenging community problems. We are also working to innovate our Fast Pitch program as we head into the sixth year.”

          To learn more about Social Venture Partners Cincinnati, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

          LaCerda Merten says that information about the upcoming 2019 grant cycle will be posted on the website as well as on social media. Those who are interested in joining as a partner can contact LaCerda Merten at lauren@svpcincinnati.org or by calling 513-458-6715.

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          Love all things art, architecture, and home? This Cincinnati-based blog is giving local craftsmen and artisans a place to be featured for their work. Read on to learn more.

          Queen City Home is a platform where local craftsman and artisans are featured for work found in and around the home.

          Cincy Chic: What is Queen City Home?
          Page Helmick, Owner of Queen City Home: Queen City Home is the premier destination for residential design interests in Greater Cincinnati. Art. Architecture. Home Accessories. Interior Design. Landscape Design. We love Houzz and Pinterest and HGTV; and we love Cincinnati. Why not roll them all into one? We decided to develop a platform where local craftsman and artisans could be featured for work that can be found in and around the home. Whether you are on the search for a contractor to renovate your master bathroom or a cool piece of art to hang over a sofa, you are sure to find inspiration on Queen City Home, curated by talented people right here in Cincinnati.

          Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Queen City Home?
          Helmick: My dad started an architecture firm in Cincinnati in 1979, the same year I was born, so I’ve always had a high respect for and ongoing interest in great design. I had the fortune of working with him for a few years and during that time, I was constantly impressed by the number of people in Cincinnati who are creating and executing really cool stuff. From landscape architects to interior designers to residential contractors to artists and craftsman, I was often inspired by the fierce entrepreneurial spirit combined with the passion for residential design. It only made sense to create a place where people could get a daily dose of design for products and services that meet two requirements; they are curated in Cincinnati and they can be found in or around the home. Hence, Queen City Home.

          Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Queen City Home?
          Helmick: Me, Page Helmick. Born and raised in Cincinnati, married with 3 kids, graduate of Miami University with a BS in Marketing in 2001. My day job is doing sales and marketing for an accounting firm. Content for Queen City Home is usually curated over the weekend.

          Cincy Chic: What goes into the content at Queen City Home?
          Helmick: Each post features a product is useful, unique or just plain cool. The name of the designer is always included, and whenever possible, the post is linked to that designer so anyone interested in learning more about a particular designer can do that. The featured products and services offer a wide range with respect to both budget and style.

          Cincy Chic: What makes Queen City Home unique?
          Helmick: It’s one central place where you can view a wide range of Greater Cincinnati products and services that can be used in or around your home.

          Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about running Queen City Home?
          Helmick: Discovering the incredibly talented people in our town who are working round the clock, often multiple jobs, just so they can bring their passion to the marketplace. So many of these people don’t have a marketing platform, so I love the opportunity to get to put them under a spotlight in front of an audience that is quite interested and engaged in cool, unique residential design.

          Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you?
          Helmick: We have a website coming soon! The website will host a design director of all the people we have featured, along with a creative corner where we will get to highlight different designers and their products, so stay tuned!

          Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
          Helmick: Right now readers can check us out on Facebook. If you want to be featured on Queen City Home, send an email to page@queencityhome.net.

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            A super chic vintage and vintage-inspired market is coming to the area with lots of fab finds to shop, food trucks, live music, DIY workshops and lots of fun. Read on for a sneak peek inside Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s upcoming “Life’s a Garden” event!

            Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton will host its next shopping event June 1-3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio

            Mark your calendars for June 1-3 when Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton hosts its “Life’s a Garden” shopping event at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

            Greene County Fairgrounds

            Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market that features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, furniture, seasonal plantings, live music, and food trucks.

            “Vintage Market Days events are so much more than a flea market,” explains Tonya Ross, Promoter for Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton.

            Launched in 2012, Vintage Market Days got its start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it began as an indoor/outdoor Paris flea market-style event.

            “We strive to make Vintage Market Days more than just a sale,” says Ross. “Vintage Market Days events are a unique opportunity for vendors from the local region and across the country to display their talents and passions in different venues. The Market also provides the customer with a very special shopping experience and an opportunity for Vintage Market Days to give back to the local community.”

            The June Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton event theme is “Life’s a Garden”

            With more than 90 vendors signed up to participate in the June shopping event, as many as 10,000 attendees will enjoy a day of shopping, DIY presentations, live music, food trucks, and vendors from approximately 20 states.

            “I cannot wait to see all the amazing items our vendors will bring, their ability to transform an empty booth into an over-the-top vintage display is inspiring,” says Ross.

            Ross says that what makes these shopping events so great is that they give guests the chance to relax and enjoy great company while they shop for one-of-a-kind treasures.

            Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton is a rain-or-shine event with more than 90 vendors inside and outside

            “Vintage Market Days prides itself in creating an experience for the shoppers to escape their busy schedules,” says Ross. “We maintain a balance of vendors to present a market that showcases vintage antiques, garden, children’s signs, handmade items, art, jewelry, and clothing.”

            There’s even a Vintage Market Days app that you can download for free, Ross says. The app offers users directions to the event, gives you the ability to enter for the giveaways, and will have the list of vendors available the week of the event.

            To purchase tickets for the upcoming “Life’s a Garden” shopping event, click here. You can also email metrodayton@vintagemarketdays.com for discounts on groups of 10+. Don’t forget to visit Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s website and Facebook page. Cincy Chic has also teamed up with Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s for a ticket giveaway, which you can enter on the Cincy Chic Facebook page.

            The Greene County Fairgrounds is located at 210 Fairground Road in Xenia, Ohio.

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