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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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    From St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s state-of-the art technology to Wine & Watercolor classes, see how this heavy hitter in local healthcare is enhancing its women’s wellness programs.

    St. Elizabeth events for women include birthing classes, grandparents classes, breastfeeding classes, big brother/big sister classes, mother to daughter classes, mobile mammography and cardiovascular screenings, Take Time for your Heart classes, and Wine & Watercolor classes

    Based in Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare dates back to 1861 when it was founded as one small hospital. Fast forward to 2017, and St. Elizabeth now operates seven facilities throughout Northern Kentucky to provide medical care and wellness programs to Greater Cincinnati.

    According to Laura Sipple, head of Oncology and Women’s Wellness Marketing, St. Elizabeth’s was recently awarded an “A” for Patient Safety in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Which makes sense, she says, because St. Elizabeth’s mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care that improves the health of the people they serve. This goal is met by using state-of-the-art technology and its personnel, who are dedicated to helping the community, she adds.

    The healthcare provider recently donated $30,000 to four community organizations and athletic trainers in Northern Kentucky to aid in the purchase of at least 20 automated external defibrillators while also bringing in new procedures to the facilities such as total knee replacement robotic surgery.
     

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare is changing women’s wellness throughout the Tri-State with mobile healthcare, wellness programs, and other healthy events.

    A specific area of focus for St. Elizabeth, though, is women’s health. In fact, it has an entire in-depth program dedicated to women’s wellness. Through these programs and events, Sipple says, St. Elizabeth Healthcare hopes to make it as easy and fun as possible for women take charge of their health.

    This year has been big for the provider’s women’s wellness program, as it was recognized as 2017 Women’s Choice Award winners in Obstetrics, Heart Care, and Patient Safety.

    “St. Elizabeth’s is hosting several events for women in the community, including a variety of birthing classes, grandparents classes, breastfeeding classes, big brother/big sister classes, mother to daughter classes, tours, mobile mammography and cardiovascular options, Take Time for your Heart classes, and Wine & Watercolor classes,” says Sipple.

    On April 26, and again on October 25, St. Elizabeth will host its FORCE Support Group. According to Sipple, these get-togethers are ideal for those who have a family history of breast, ovarian, or a related cancer.

    “[If you’re] considering genetic testing, waiting for results, or have already tested positive for a BRCA mutation or another gene associated with an increased cancer risk,” says Sipple. “These get-togethers are your chance to meet others who know what you’re going through, to ask questions, learn, or just listen in a safe and supportive environment.”

    Sipple says guests can RSVP for the get-togethers by emailing Brandi at brandif@facingourrusk.org or by calling St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hereditary Cancer Genetic Counseling at 859-301-5396.

    According to Sipple, other upcoming events include the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 30, Northern Kentucky Night at the Cincinnati Reds on May 20, and Heartchase Northern Kentucky on May 20.

    To learn more about St. Elizabeth Healthcare, visit https://www.stelizabeth.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

     

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    Ready to change your life for the better? A local gym is focused on inspiring a positive lifestyle change while you work on your fitness.

     

    Transform U Fitness inspires you to change your lifestyle for the better through group and semi-private training.

    Mike Seta has spent the last decade building an understanding and love for the fitness industry.

    “Healthy living has always been exceedingly important to me personally,” he says.

    That’s why he launched Transform U Fitness, a gym that aims to create an environment of acceptance and encouragement. “I want our clients to come into Transform U Fitness and feel understood and supported so they feel prepared to run confidently toward their goals,” he says.

    Seta says that launching Transform U Fitness has not only allowed him to share his knowledge of health and fitness with clients, but it has allowed him to take his passion to the next level and pursue his calling as both an instructor and a motivator.

    “My main focus is inspiring a positive lifestyle change in my clients and working with them to develop real world skills to sustain their success, whether it be in body building, weight loss, or overall health,” he says. “I love what I do and I feel grateful to be in a profession that allows me to help people on their journey toward fitness and strength.”

    At Transform U Fitness, clients can choose from team training and semi-private personal training.

    Team training is ideal for clients who have always wanted their own personal trainer but didn’t want to have to confront the costs of it. The fitness program at Transform U can be adapted to all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. “By delivering our distinctive personal training program in a group, we help our clients do complete transformations ranging from weight loss to wedding day makeovers,” says Seta.

    If you’re looking for a more personal approach to your fitness regimen, you may want to consider the semi-private training sessions. These 60-minute sessions are built custom to fit each individual’s needs. “You will get a program created for your personal goals while training within a small group of 1-3 clients,” says Seta. “By training with a friend or in a group, you will push and motivate each other to get the most out of each quality workout, plus you’ll have lots of fun!”

    For those who are dedicated to changing their lifestyle and fitness, Transform U Fitness offers a free 14-day trial, which you can sign up for here. According to Seta, the program includes personal training and help with accountability, daily nutrition guidance, goal setting, measurement racking, and overall lifestyle changing.

    To learn more about Transform U Fitness, visit http://www.transformufitness.com/. You can also like them on Facebook.

     

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    A local fitness studio has given itself a new image to help clients reach their health goals through one-on-one training, personal training, and a specialty bootcamp. Read on for more!

     

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about FitZone!
    Chris Witbrodt, Owner of FitZone: FitZone is a private personal training studio in Cincinnati Ohio. We specialize in creating efficient, individualized programming for 1 person, in a small group setting. Our sessions have between 1 and 4 clients per session and each person has their own program, and 1 coach.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open FitZone?
    Witbrodt: FitZone’s inspiration is based on the poor direction the fitness industry has taken. People need real help with what to do, how often to do it and how to do it, with the intensity required to actually make a change. Large group fitness provides little direction and only way to workout, 1 on 1 personal training can be very expensive and large gyms with $10 a month dues only care about the transaction, not the client.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
    Witbrodt: I’m the trainer behind FitZone. I have 15 years experience, 20,000 hours logged worth of transformations, methodology for adherence, and programming for busy men and women looking to go back 10 years.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch FitZone?
    Witbrodt: FitZone has been here for one year but with little direction or culture. The change is now though. May 8th FitZone will host its first 21-day challenge. FitZone now has a leader, a direction, and a culture that is here to stay.

    Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer clients?
    Witbrodt: FitZone offers personal training, 1-on-1 training, and a specialty bootcamp that only last 45 minutes. FitZone’s bootcamp is created by an NFL strength coach and has not only a great metabolic conditioning component but an efficient workout for busy professionals looking to burn max calories.

    Cincy Chic: What makes FitZone unique?
    Witbrodt: FitZone uses MyZone technology with their bootcamps and training. MyZone is a heart rate monitor based training made popular by OrangeTheory Fitness, but not exclusive to them. The FitZone leader board is very unique. Every client has a defined goal and that goal is recognized publicly. The client’s percentage to goal is monitored and given a number, and is annotated on the client leader board for other clients to see who is in the lead each week.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for FitZone in 2017?
    Witbrodt: Everything from the paint, the energy, and the unparalleled interaction with your trainer. May 8th starts our 21-Day Belly Buster Challenge and we’re also hosting an upcoming Charity Bootcamp that will benefit veterans.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with FitZone?
    Witbrodt: Check out our Facebook page, follow along with our blog, or visit www.fitzonecinci.com.

     

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      With a photography business and Etsy shop, she realized she could make dreams come true through her creativity. See how one local woman is making magic happen with personalized props and photography sessions for anyone with an imaginative idea they’d like to bring to life.

      Jess Summers has always been a creative. She thrives on releasing that creativity and turning it into something magical.

      In an effort to make creativity an everyday part of her life, she decided to venture out on her own and start a fine art portrait studio. Say Yes To Jess is a Cincinnati-based studio that specializes in turning out-of-the-box concepts into magical realities.

      “That could mean a transformation into a mermaid, an afternoon meet-and-greet with a unicorn, and anything unique or specific to my clients,” says Summers. “It’s taking a little boy’s dream of being a chef or mad scientist and turning it into a cinematic fine art portrait.”

      When she launched Say Yes To Jess in 2015, Summers was constantly finding inspiration in her passion for being creative. “I’ve always been theatrical and let my imagination take the wheel,” she says. “I have a tendency to get lost in movies like Hook and Alice in Wonderland.”

      When she got into photography and photo editing, she found that she was also looking to incorporate the craziest of edits possible, which led her to fall into the rabbit hole of composites.

      “I knew building my life around photography was going to make me happy, but only if the photos allowed me to create nonsensical things and add a sense of whimsy to it,” she adds.

      Summers photography business hasn’t always been focused on the whimsical, however. When she first got started on the professional level, she was photographing anything that came her way and quickly found herself in the wedding scene.

      “I started building my business around that and it was going very well, I even had a full wedding stationery,” she says. “However, as much as I tried it just didn’t feel right.”

      She always felt like she was going after something that didn’t quite light the spark she was aiming to ignite. Summers then took some time to do a lot of research and speak with those she refers to as her “business besties” and other friends to discover it was time for her to make a drastic change.

      It was then that she took her blog public and called it quits on the wedding industry – with her sights set on fine art photography.

      “It was a little rock of a start, as most things are when you completely shift what you’ve been building for over a year, but it’s been a fun ride and I’m excited to see how it all comes together from here on out,” she says.

      Currently, Summers offers three session types that are based off the amount of styling or creativity that goes into them. They are: Dream Sessions, Styled Sessions, and Classic Sessions.

      The Dream Sessions are an over-the-top package with magic, full costume, hair, and makeup, and a custom design set extravaganza. The Styled Sessions are a little more low-key in comparison and are lightly curated. They are great for themes like a “romantic date night.” Classic Sessions are what you would typically expect when you go to a photography studio.

      When talking about the Classic Sessions, Summers says she wanted to make sure that she offered clients something that would work for everyone who didn’t want a Dream Session.

      Summers says she plans to spend the remainder of 2017 getting to know the community a little better while hosting several events this summer. She’s currently planning a Mother’s Day Brunch, a Princesses Only! Tea Party, and an End of Summer Party.

      “I’m really excited about them all and hope to meet some of you there,” she adds.

      To learn more about Say Yes to Jess, visit www.sayyestojess.com. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snapchat (@Jsummersphoto).

       

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      From the brick streets of Oxford to the bustling neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, two entrepreneurial sisters joining forces with a local floral shop to bring a new boutique to the heart of OTR.

       

      Lane & Kate moved its store location to OTR where it joined forces with Two Little Buds.

      Rachel Pfeiffer and her sister Jessica Greene are the owners of Lane & Kate, a formerly Oxford-based boutique that specializes in fashion, gifts, and home decor, as well as an emphasis on shopping local, creativity, and community.

      Since they opened their doors on High Street in July 2016, things have changed and the desire to continue to grow only got stronger.

      Friends with Cincinnati-based Two Little Buds, the sisters have shuttered the doors on their Oxford store and made the move to Over-the-Rhine.

      With the transformation that’s taken over the OTR neighborhood in recent years, and their passion for partnering up with Two Little Buds, Pfeiffer says the duo felt a strong calling to be in Cincinnati.

      “We are so excited to open in Over-the-Rhine,” says Pfeiffer. “We have such a deep appreciation for local, sustainable products and put true emphasis on creativity and originality – something that has been celebrated throughout the OTR neighborhood.”

      New items including a flower bar can be found at Lane & Kate.

      The store, now combined with Two Little Buds, is full of unique, handmade jewelry, gifts, accessories, and will also feature fresh arrangements, botanicals, and a “flower bar” where customers can create their own bouquets.

      The new store celebrated its grand opening on March 30, where they offered DIY flower crowns and had a stylist from Parlour on-site for a braid bar. They also served refreshments from Bakersfield and Holtman’s Donuts.

      While the location is different, the items you’ll find in store won’t venture too far from the inventory in Oxford. “We have introduced new artists and have expanded our fine jewelry selection, including Jennie Kwon, Emily Amey, La Kaiser, and Megan Thorne,” says Pfeiffer.

      Fresh flowers is also a new focal point, thanks to joining together with Two Little Buds.

      The store is located at 1405 Vine Street, between Continuum and Pontiac streets, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.

      To learn more about the store, visit Lane & Kate (@laneandkate) or Two Little Buds (twolittlebuds) on Instagram. You can also follow along on the Two Little Buds and Lane & Kate Facebook pages. Pfeiffer says to keep your eyes peeled for a new website they hope to launch this summer.

       

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      A local charity is prepping for its biggest fundraiser of the year. See how you can mix and mingle with the “who’s who” of Cincinnati while supporting a “super” cause!

       

      JDRF will host its annual Cincinnatian of the Year Gala on May 13.

      Cincy Chic: Tell us more about JDRF!
      Melissa Newman, Executive Director at JDRF: JDRF is a nonprofit organization with the mission to cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 diabetes (T1D), which is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. JDRF Southwest Ohio is a local chapter that serves 43 counties and an estimated 30,800 individuals who live with T1D.

      Cincy Chic: Can you share more information about the upcoming JDRF gala?
      Newman: The annual JDRF Cincinnatian of the Year event is a black-tie gala that each year attracts 825-900 attendees and raises approximately $1.1 million. The event this year will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and will honor Dan Schimberg, CERO OF Uptown Rental Properties, as the Cincinnatian of the Year. Our gala chair is Petra Vester and our Volunteer of the Year award recipient for 2017 is Laura Cramer. The Cincinnatian of the Year gala has built a reputation as not only one of the top nonprofit fundraising galas in the region, but is also one of the most fun and exciting.

      Cincy Chic: What inspired this year’s Super Hero theme?
      Newman: Part of what makes JDRF Cincinnatian of the Year Gala so exciting is its theme. Our gala committee really goes all out every year to develop a fun theme and make the gala experience full immersion of that theme – from the moment you receive your event invitation to the evening of the event when you pull your car up to the valet to when you leave at the end of the night. The theme this year was inspired by all of our JDRF superheroes who commit so tirelessly to supporting our cause and doing what it takes to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. We have so many volunteers and donors who have been steadfastly dedicated for so many years that they really are our superheroes by making a difference and changing the world in a positive way.

      Cincy Chic: Why is the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala THE event of the year?
      Newman: The gala is THE event of the year because it’s not only a fundraising powerhouse, but it’s truly a night of fun, hope, and inspiration. Our volunteers and staff not only make a tremendous effort to incorporate the theme throughout the entire event, but we take pains to ensure that the evening program isn’t just people endlessly talking, but that we weave into the program the message of our organizational mission in an entertaining and inspiring way. In planning the night’s program, we often describe it as a “rollercoaster of emotion.” We want guests to experience the high energy and excitement of our live opening act and then the live auction, but also the poignant moments where we remind attendees of why we’re here by sharing the stories of people whose lives are impacted by T1D.

      Cincy Chic: What makes the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala a great place to network with other locals?
      Newman: We are fortunate that the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala attracts a “who’s who” of Cincinnati. At the event, attendees will find a diverse crowd of our city’s leaders and decision-makers across all spectrums. We also build into the event program, through pre-function, part of the dinner program, and of course the after party, ample opportunity to socialize with fellow guests.

      Cincy Chic: How much do you expect to raise for JDRF at the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala?
      Newman: Our fundraising goal this year is $1.1 million, with a stretch goal of $1.25 million, which would be yet again another record year for our chapter. With the strength of our honoree Dan Schimberg, and of course our amazing volunteers and donors, I think we might be able to achieve that target.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about JDRF, the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala, or purchase tickets?
      Newman: Readers can visit www.jdrfcincinnatian.org for more information or to purchase a table or tickets.

       

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        One local lady is helping others connect through the healing powers of water. Keep reading to learn more about her inspiration, watershed results, and the wowing locations she plans to take retreat attendees this year.

         

        Circle the Center Retreats aims to help people find their inner selves while connecting them to sacred bodies of water.

        Seleka Behrs is inspired by the water and the way it moves.

        “The ripples, the whirlpools, the waves, the stagnant water – all are metaphors for our emotions and thoughts,” she says.

        The movement of water and the desire to connect others with their inner selves inspired Behrs to open Circle the Center Retreats, a place that connects participants to Mother Earth’s healing waters of hot springs, oceans, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls all over the world.

        “These adventures build and reinforce harmonious connections of the body, mind, and soul,” says Behrs. “Circle the Center Retreats exists to assist participants in practices of self-care, self-love, and self-governance.”

        Behrs believes that as people, we can all relate to our inner selves through the healing, elemental powers of water. “We recognize circling the center is expressed in the symbolism of spirals, labyrinths, mandalas, and the infinity sign and aim to incorporate those symbols into our work.”

        Behrs serves as the Director for Circle the Center and is also the local Chapter President of the Holistic Chamber of commerce. Her formal education and personal development led her to offer workshops and retreats that draw from a broad base of holistic health modalities. She’s also passionate about collaboration with others and that drives her to seek complementary practitioners and healing artists as facilitators and vision creators.

        Seleka Behrs, founder of Circle the Center Retreats

        While the concept behind Circle the Center is unique in itself, the Center’s dedication to promoting local entrepreneurs, increasing awareness of non-profit charities in the area, and supporting eco-tourism to help heal the community and the planet are second to none.

        “We collaborate with local guides, holistic helpers, and talented artists to offer retreat participants diverse opportunities to learn, grow, and heal with a local’s touch,” says Behrs. “Every retreat is rooted near sacred waters.”

        Behrs says that her favorite part of directing Circle the Center is introducing people to treasures they may not have otherwise found.

        “Adventuring out in the local world, and diving deep into the inner world, are the polarities that get me going,” she says. “Guiding and supporting others in their own adventures brings warmth to my heart and excitement to my eyes.”

        There is definitely no shortage when it comes to adventures. Behrs says that she currently has various types of trips in the works, with the first retreat in Ohio being offered April 21-23 at East Fork Lake State Park. “It’s a camping retreat with yoga, hiking, emotional empowerment workshops, a nature scavenger hunt, campfire music and story time, and a cacao ceremony,” says Behrs.

        This summer, Circle the Center will offer a canine companion-centered retreat at a state park where there is an unleashed dog park facility. To complete this trip, the Center is collaborating with a canine trainer to develop yoga sequences and workshops geared to encourage the bonds of human-to-dog and vice versa. The trip will be held over the 3-day course of a full moon.

        Then, in October, Circle the Center is hosting a retreat in the Los Angeles area. “We are in collaboration with some other Holistic Chamber of Commerce chapters/members and look forward to revealing more details as they are solidified,” she adds.

        Retreats will head out of the country from December through February and venture to Rincon, Puerto Rico. The first retreat is scheduled for the second week of December and is titled Creativity for Chocolate Lovers. “This retreat is located in an upscale hostel set in the hills overlooking the ocean,” says Behrs. “We will tour an organic cacao farm, have fun with community art and painting, and experience yoga on the beach. There will also be healthy chocolate cooking classes throughout the week.”

        Aside from pre-planned retreats, Circle the Center offers made-to-order retreats for small businesses looking to develop teamwork through personal development for their staff. “I meet with the business owner to discuss their price point, location preference, menu ideas, and goals for the workshops,” says Behrs. “From the beginning, it is a collaboration tailored to their specific group.”

        Behrs spent 2015 and 2016 contemplating and scout locations across the United States, Central America, and Puerto Rico. This year is the first year the retreats become a reality that others can share, starting at home base near Cincinnati.

        To learn more about Circle the Center, visit www.circlethecenter.com. You can also like them on Facebook.

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        In a weird twist of events, two local entrepreneurs decided to launch their own shoe company. Learn more about their flip flop business that’s all about comfort.

         

        AhhSoles sells shoes that are comfortable on your feet and colorful.

        After a long day out on the links, AJ Grymes felt pretty good – except for in his feet. Although he eventually made it to the shower, all he could think about was the pain of carrying himself out of the bathroom and walking again.

        “Upon stepping out of the shower, my feet touched down upon an unusual texture, which brought instantaneous relief to my aching feet,” explains Grymes. “Could I be dreaming this? This just feels too good to be true. I stood there, transfixed, by the moment saying to myself, if not audibly, AHHHH!”

        That thing that Grymes was standing on happened to be a rubber bath mat that replicated grass. Inspired instantly, Grymes says he ran over to his friend, Scott MacPherson, to share the idea.

        “With a quizzical look on his face, and great skepticism, he did what I asked and followed me to this glorious specimen,” he adds. “He needed no further instructions. He stepped on the mat and blurted out AHHH!”

        From there, two guys who lived in flip flops almost year-round knew right away that they needed to create their own line of textured flip flops. And thus, AhhSoles was born.

        “AhhSoles are a new breakout alternative to the standard variety of the almost ubiquitous and commercially successful footwear known commonly in the USA as flip flops,” says Grymes.

        AhhSoles made its official debut about a year ago, although the idea and different versions of it have been bounced between Grymes and MacPherson for a while.

        Neither Grymes nor MacPherson have backgrounds in fashion design, shoe design, or any industry of the sort. However, Grymes is a golfer and former financials guy while MacPherson is a former television executive. However, as the two aren’t too fond of corporate titles, they often refer to each other as AhhSole #1 and AhhSole #2.

        What makes AhhSoles unique is its approach as a demo-psychographic cultural products and statement rather than an attempt to be part of a trending kind of “fashion.” According to Grymes, AhhSoles were created to be more of an antithesis to the trends Grymes and MacPherson saw in the marketplace during their period of research.

        “It was quickly apparent that the vast majority of flip flop footwear out there was either brown, black, earth tone-color, lots of leather, and, most glaringly, very expensive,” says Grymes. “Thus, the unique selling proposition became obvious to us. These need to be affordable, colorful, durable, and fun.”

        Grymes and MacPherson dedicated themselves to creating a product that was something they would wear with pride, and paired well with their sense of humor and the fact that they don’t take fashion too seriously.

        “But, from a critical mass marketing perspective, they must give that ‘AHH’ feeling to all those who wear them, hence, the name AhhSoles,” says Grymes. “The in itself makes them rather unique.”

        Currently, AhhSoles is manufacturing and selling three different textures on the footbed. These include Grass, Ripple, and Coral. Grymes says they try to keep the prices for AhhSoles shoes at $30.

        This year and the foreseeable future will be a time of design for AhhSoles. Grymes and MacPherson are quickly working down the current inventory and have already started to work on some design, color, and style modifications for a few additional product line extensions to add variety to the line.

        “There has been some discussion bandied about regarding a few potential fun and practical line extensions to play off the name and texture quotient, but whether that is a 2017 thing or beyond it yet to be seen,” says Grymes. “For now, our aim is to get AhhSoles on people’s feet.”

        To learn more about AhhSoles, visit www.ahhsoles.com. Grymes says the site is constantly evolving and is something the team loves to have fun with, so he encourages customers to check out the site and interact with it, too!

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        After 25 years in the business, a local gallery owner honors the artists and industry she loves with a new book that offers an insider’s perspective. Read on for more.

         

        Litsa Spanos, Owner of ADC Fine Art and author of Secrets of the Art World.

        Cincy Chic: We heard you’re launching a book! What’s it called?
        Litsa Spanos, Owner of ADC Fine Art and Author of Secrets of the Art World: My book is called Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.

        Cincy Chic: What inspired you to write a book?
        Spanos: For over 25 years I’ve built my business Art Design Consultants, Inc. selling artwork to corporate and residential clients. Without artists, I would not have a business. My success is my artists’ successes. When I realized I was celebrating 25 years of business, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: I wanted to give back to the artists that make my business possible. So I thought of all the things artists need to be successful in the current and ever-changing art world, and I put them all in a book just for them.

        Cincy Chic: When will your book be available for purchase?
        Spanos: You can pre-order the book now on my website right here.  And on June 9th, the book will be available on Amazon.com in both hardback and e-Book formats.

        Cincy Chic: What was the most enjoyable part about writing Secrets of the Art World?
        Spanos: I loved going down memory lane. I couldn’t have shared what I know about what it takes to be successful in the art world, if I didn’t share my own challenges as a business owner. I also know I couldn’t have made it without the support and encouragement of my parents, my husband, and my team here at ADC. Looking through old photos and writing our history—the highs and the lows—was definitely a profound experience for me. And it confirmed why I needed to write this book. So many people played a role in my success, and I not only wanted to give back, but pay it forward as well.

        Cincy Chic: What makes your book unique?
        Spanos: There are a lot of books out there that will tell you they have the “secrets” to making of the art world—and they’re usually written by one person with one point of view. As much as I know about the industry, I know there are countless “experts” in all aspects of the industry who have a lot to share. So I included a number of interviews and profiles with gallerists, designers, trade show owners, and artists who each have unique perspectives, tips, and advice to help artists make the most of their art career. I don’t want people just to take my word for it. There is no other place where artists can find everything they need to know to supercharge their career—no matter where they are at in their career—than my book.

        Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for you or ADC Fine Art in 2017?
        Spanos: Oh gosh, yes! For starters, we just launched a new website and redesigned it to include a new Art Resource Center—so artists can find everything they need to be successful in one area of the site. We still have all the same offerings for our clients, but we made it easier for them to shop our gallery and get the service they deserve with easy to navigate site. We will also be launching a Success Summit for Artists. This 2-day Summit (June 9th-10th) is just for artists. We’re offering free portfolio reviews (to the first 9 registrants) and a two-day packed schedule of sessions designed to inspire, teach, and empower artists. We’ve gathered some of the top names in the art industry in the nation and we’re bringing them here to Cincinnati. (For more information or to register, click here.) We’ll also be hosting an amazing party to celebrate 25 years of business. And that’s just the beginning. We’re also in the middle of launching our annual Blink Resource Guide and a new catalog and website that will target individual art collectors online.

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about you, the book, or the gallery?
        Spanos: To learn more about Art Design Consultants, Inc. (ADC) visit us at adcfineart.com, where you’ll find out all about us and how you can purchase Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.

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          One stylish step at a time, the Cancer Support Community is raising funds for their cause with a fun and fashionable night out. Keep reading for their inspiring message and how they’re helping those impacted by cancer through this upcoming event that every wino and fashionista will want to attend!

           

          Wine, Women & Shoes will be held May 18 at the Kenwood Country Club and benefit the Cancer Support Community.

          Mark your calendars for May 12 for the 2017 Wine, Women & Shoes event takes place at the Kenwood Country Club from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

          Benefitting the Cancer Support Community, Wine, Women & Shoes brings a night of fashion and philanthropy to the city, aiming to bring support to a local organization.

          “This evening of fashion and compassion is a smart, sophisticated event featuring wine tasting, silent and live auctions, a fashion show, and a shopping marketplace that will engage and entertain our expected 300 plus guests,” explains Cancer Support Community Executive Director Michelle Johnson.

          The event aims to raise funds and further the mission of the CSC.

          The Cancer Support Community was established in 1990, a few years after Lynn Stern watched an episode of the Phil Donahue Show in which the show discussed The Wellness Community (TWC) with special guest Dr. Harold Benjamin, who founded TWC.

          Dr. Benjamin put out a call-to-action to anyone who wanted to start a wellness community of their own. Stern jumped at the chance as she was a cancer survivor herself.

          “As an ovarian cancer survivor and moved by his mission of providing education, hope, and community to those impacted by cancer, Stern picked up the phone and immediately contact Dr. Benjamin,” says Johnson.

          After spending time in Santa Monica, California, learning more about the organization, Stern knew she wanted to bring the organization to Cincinnati, thanks to its philosophy, approach, and impact on people affected by cancer.

          “Today, the Cancer Support Community brings support, education, and hope to the thousands of people who are impacted by cancer in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions,” says Johnson.

          Event entertainment, wine, and other fun activities are planned for Wine, Women & Shoes.

          According to Johnson, the mission at the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all those who are impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community.

          To bring even greater awareness of the Cancer Support Community and to raise funds for its mission, the organization is teaming up with Wine, Women & Shoes. Founded by Elaine Honig, Wine, Women & Shoes hosts events in cities around the country to help organizations raise money for their causes.

          VIP tickets for Wine, Women & Shoes are $150 and includes valet parking, a VIP gift, table seating with a dedicated Shoe Guy host, wine tasting, food and beverages, event entertainment, and a swag bag. General admission tickets are $100 and includes valet parking, wine tasting, food and beverages, event entertainment, and a swag bag.

          Learn more about Wine, Women & Shoes or purchase your tickets here.

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