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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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    Turning a charming farm into a shopping mecca, two local ladies are making a dream come true. Learn more about their event coming up this weekend, the unique vendors they’re bringing in from around the region, all the yummy food and fun activities they’ll have there too, plus the good cause it benefits.

     

    Charm at the Farm brings together unique vendors for a shopping weekend.

    Sunshine, fresh air, and shopping. If those are a few of your favorite things then you’ll find just that at Charm at the Farm, an open-air shopping vintage market located in Lebanon.

    Held on a 56-acre farm, Charm at the Farm features local artisans and shops from all over the Midwest and brings them together for three weekends a year.

    “Our innovative market provides rustic gifts, furniture, and home decor all in a beautiful and serene farm setting,” said Amy Doyle, co-owner and creator of Charm at the Farm. “We also have DIY sessions led by several of our amazing vendors.”

    Charm at the Farm was inspired by the owners’ passion to unite treasure seekers with those who restore, repurpose, create, and inspire, and do it all for a meaningful cause.

    “We have partnered with Matthew 25 Ministries for all three of our 2017 markets (spring, summer, fall),” said Jayme Kuenkel, co-owner of Charm at the Farm. “During our spring grand opening, we raised $2,800 for Matthew 25, and hope to raise even more for their cause during our summer and fall markets this year.”

    Each year, Charm at the Farm will select a different charitable organization to support. They will also continue to give $1 from each general admission ticket to a local organization that aligns with their vision to make a positive, community impact by restoring and repurposing for good.

    Not just any vendor can sign up to participate in Charm at the Farm, however. Kuenkel is selective in vendor choices to create an exclusive, unique, and unforgettable experience for shoppers. “This is what drives Charm at the Farm to bring together the best, most unique, most creative, local vendors all in one beautiful place, just three weekends a year,” she adds.

    At Charm at the Farm, you’ll find items from vintage and repurposed furniture to handcrafted pieces, jewelry, and clothing vendors in addition to food vendors and food trucks.

    Charm at the Farm is a shopping event held on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon.

    “Charm at the Farm is committed to showcasing only the best vintage, antique, handmade vendors who are passionate and incredible at what they do,” says Doyle.

    Prices of items at the market vary, but generally start at $5 and go up. “Charm really has something for everyone,” says Kuenkel. “Whether you’re searching for a handmade stuffed animal for a kid’s room or that farmhouse table where your family can enjoy dinners together, we have hundreds of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, and everything in between.”

    The next Charm at the Farm will be held August 25 through August 27 at 4953 Bunnell HIll Road in Lebanon. VIP shopping will take place on Friday from 5-8 pm with general shopping on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

    The 2017 presenting sponsor for Charm at the Farm is Blume. Doyle says you can check out a list of other sponsors here.

    To learn more about Charm at the Farm, visit charmatthefarm.com. You can purchase tickets here and follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

     

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    A local cosmetologist is bringing beauty to your doorstep with her new mobile salon and spa. Read on for more!

     

    MOBA Mobile Salon and Spa is bringing beauty to your doorstep with wedding packages, princess packages, and more.

    Ever wished you could avoid the traffic and stress of getting to the salon, and your stylist could just magically appear at your front door? That’s all possible with MOBA, Ohio’s first mobile salon and spa.

    “Today’s life is hectic and saving time and money is every family’s priority,” says MOBA Owner Allison Riddle. “MOBA does both for you, by bringing the salon to you and have affordable prices because we are not your typical brick-and-mortar salon.”

    MOBA is the first mobile salon and spa of its kind in Ohio.

    Riddle opened up MOBA as a 20-year licensed Master Stylist and Cosmetology Instructor. She’s spent time in various upscale salon and spa settings in Cincinnati, Indiana, and Hollywood, California, and participated in several high-end fashion photo shoots.

    Riddle says that she as inspired to launch MOBA when she realized the need for a mobile spa platform that brings the salon to her customers.

    Riddle brings ease and convenience to brides through her wedding packages and other salon packages.

    Wedding packages include “Her Special Day,” which is on-location for a party of four. For $375 Riddle offers custom formal wedding styles for the bride and three bridesmaids, including a preplanning trial for the bride. The package also includes a personalized MAC makeup session for the special day. Additional bridesmaids can be pampered for $70 each.

    There’s a “Bridezilla” package that is on-location and $475 for a party of four. This includes the same at the Special Day package plus a manicure with a stress relieving hand and arm massage including the polish of your choice. For this package, each additional bridesmaid is $80.

    MOBA offers on-site wedding packages for brides-to-be on their big day.

    Prom packages are $300 for a party of four and is on-location. Clients will get a custom, trendy style of their choice and a personalized MAC makeup session. Each additional girl for prom packages is $60.

    A princess party package for four girls is $200. It includes a fruity scrub mini manicure and mini pedicure.

    Riddle says that she hopes to purchase additional mobile salons for MOBA and create a legacy of the one-and-only first mobile salon business in Ohio. “Tell your friends, tell your family,” she adds. “MOBA mobile salon is the newest rage in the beauty industry.”

    To learn more about MOBA, visit mobamobilesalon.com. You can also contact Riddle at 513-252-6091 or check them out on Facebook.

     

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    A local entrepreneur is helping Cincinnati’s women develop personal branding skills through her innovative workshops.  

     

    Morgan Angelique Owens of the Morgan A Owens Brand was on a mission when she launched Brown Girls That Brand, a platform that teaches local women personal branding and the accompanying skills that are necessary to define and differentiate their specific core values.

    “The inspiration and mission is to continue sassy and chic workshops that support predominately minority women with a mission to climb the corporate ladder as efficiently as their counterparts, gain corporate appeal in their own business, start their own business, or a mission to increase their bottom line while embracing their feminine, authentic selves,” explains Angelique.

    Highlighting and recognizing women of all colors and helping them excel while serving as trailblazers in their career fields is important to Angelique.

    Through Brown Girls That Brand, which launched June 29, Angelique uses workshops to show participants how branding is the cornerstone of function and development of an individual’s market and personal reputation. She addresses these topics through personal branding, business branding, career branding, event branding, and social media branding.

    “Based on the knowledge, skill set and purpose of registered participants, each individual should depart with the tools to build an effective business or personal brand with corporate appeal,” says Angelique.

    Current workshops feature a lineup of speakers including:

    • Sonia Jackson Myles (Founder & CEO, The Sister Accord LLC)
    • Sherry Sims (Founder, Black Career Women’s Network)
    • Regina Carswell Russo (Brand Storyteller/Media Messenger)
    • Pamela Williams-Dyle (Engineering Digital Systems Leader; Procter & Gamble)
    • Karyl Cunningham (Executive Director, YMCA Black/Latino Achievers)
    • Jan Michele Lemon Kearney- (Owner/Publisher, The Cincinnati Herald)
    • Adrienne Ruff (Founder, She is Visionary)

    Brown Girls That Brand was created under the umbrella of Angelique’s other business the Morgan A Owens brand, which offers tools and resources that reshape small businesses through marketing, graphic assistance, one-on-one coaching, and branding.

    “I also launched my authored, ‘WerkBook,’ a guide to setting goals and slaying them,” adds Angelique. “I felt it was very important to create this book to further empower and lay the groundwork of becoming successful.”

    Angelique says to keep an eye out for “Professional Pretty” workshops as well as future Brown Girls That Brand workshops under the Morgan A Owens brand.

    To learn more about the workshops, the Morgan A Owens brand, and more, visit www.morganaowens.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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    A local organization is helping pregnant women and working moms with concierge services aimed to improve their lives. Read on for all the details.

     

    Charnella Grossman of Fifth Third Bank uses Best Upon Request’s Maternity Concierge program, funded by her company, to decorate her nursery.

    Best Upon Request (BEST) is a Cincinnati-based organization with offices in 11 US states. BEST, as it’s referred to, partners with organizations around the country to provide concierge services to its employees as an employer-paid benefit. It also offers these benefits by way of health care, to improve the patient experiences for families.

    According to Best Upon Request Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jessi Lima Bollin, the inspiration behind Best Upon Request is to create life-enriching experiences.

    BEST also has a new innovation, called the Maternity Concierge program at Fifth Third Bank, which is an employee benefit that supports pregnant women and working mothers of infants to help them succeed.

    According to Lima Bollin, BEST works with clients as strategic partners. The way the organization works with clients is why Teresa Tanner, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Fifth Third, approached BEST with the opportunity to assist the bank in helping improve the lives of their female employees, and, more specifically, when women started having children.

    “The Maternity Concierge program was born to offer an extra level of support and advocacy for those women,” says Lima Bollin.

    “Teresa said it best: ‘It’s important for us at Fifth Third Bank to create an environment where women can succeed at every level and every phase of their life,’” adds Lima Bollin.

    “The Maternity Concierge program provides women with support through pregnancy, maternity leave, and up until their child turns one-year-old,” says Lima Bollin. “Examples include scheduling appointments, organizing and shopping for showers and birthday parties, as well as information research concerning anything child- or pregnancy-related and in this way, our maternity concierges become consultants.”

    BEST doesn’t just focus on its Maternity Concierge services; however, they also offer employee and patient concierge programs. Employee services include errand running and personal assistance as part of a packaged employee benefit that is offered by organizations to attract and retain its workforce. “By taking care of these to-do lists and alleviate distractions, BEST improves recruitment and retention, employee engagement, and work-life integration for our clients,” says Lima Bollin.

    BEST’s tailored patient concierge program in hospitals is called “Serving the SOUL” and addresses the non-medical needs of patients and their families so they can focus on healing.  Once the non-medical stressors of a hospitalization are managed by our concierge team the patient experience improves and so does the healing process.

    To learn more about BEST, visit www.bestuponrequest.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

     

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    Hospice of Cincinnati launched a touching program that helps the community come together and discuss advance care planning with each other and experts. Read on for more.

     

    Conversations of a Lifetime brings patients, healthcare providers, and physicians together to talk about advance care planning.

    When it comes to preparing for advance care, Hospice of Cincinnati wants to help. In order to create awareness and participation when it comes to advance care planning, the group started Conversations of a Lifetime, a multi-faceted community program made up of community members, physicians, and health care workers.

    According to Conversations of a Lifetime Project Administrator Barbara Rose MPH, RN, Hospice of Cincinnati was inspired to launch this program after seeing a need for people of all ages to choose a health care surrogate, or someone who could speak for them when they can’t speak for themselves when it comes to making health care decisions.

    “By starting conversations with those you love before a healthcare crisis or emergency arises, we’re helping people know how to direct individual wishes,” says Rose.

    Throughout the summer, there were Conversations of a Lifetime events, including an event called “Things You Shouldn’t Wait To Do.”

    “We sponsor grassroots community awareness events, communication skill coaching, advance care planning training, and education for health care providers,” adds Rose.

    The events often include activities such as taking a headshot, writing on a speech bubble of something you can’t wait to do, and gluing it to a community collage, which Rose says will be on display in the coming months.

    Although the events are completed for the summer, Rose says you can continue to follow along with Conversations of a Lifetime on their website, Facebook, and Instagram for future event information.

     

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    Learn about the local tie-dye aficionados bringing their unique, handmade products and family-friendly lessons to Cincinnati.

     

    Funky Sunshine is a one-stop tie dye shop located in Anderson Township.

    Cincy Chic: What is Funky Sunshine?
    Stephanie Zier, Co-Founder of Funky Sunshine: Funky Sunshine is your local one-stop tie dye shop that is anything but ordinary and nothing but extraordinary!

    Cincy Chic: What inspired Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We draw inspiration from many things: Our surroundings, friends, and music. We have a happy abstract sense of style. Many of our crafts are centered around recycling an item we have a surplus of. As far as tie dye goes, we enjoy creating animals, nature scenes, and colorful takes on realistic items.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the shop?
    Zier: Funky Sunshine is a team of three, myself, my other half Casey Short, and his sister Holly Short.

    Find unique, handmade products at Funky Sunshine.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We opened our online store in 2013, and started vending locally. We received our LTD. in September 2014, and opened our storefront in October 2014.

    Cincy Chic: What types of items can customers find in your store?
    Zier: Our main focus is making one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade tie dyes, as well as hosting tie dye parties for all ages. We sell everything from baby onesies to full bed sets and tapestries. We craft performance quality hula hoops and offer a free hoop lesson with each purchase. We also carry a variety of other handmade items from talented local artists around Cincinnati.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Funky Sunshine unique?
    Zier: Simply put, our level of tie dye. We don’t strive to create your everyday tie dye, we strive to make tie dye art! Plus we love custom orders, and the challenge of making someone else’s idea a reality.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We will be celebrating our 3rd birthday with an annual “artwalk” October 22, an evening featuring some of our in-house consignors and additional vendors, as well as live DJs from Basspushers Productions, a food truck, and even some local fire-spinners!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Zier: You can visit www.funkysunshine.com or shop our Etsy store. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, too!

     

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      Pushing your passion to create, a local studio offers innovative classes for adults and kids. Read on for more from the city’s largest and oldest existing clay studio, gallery, and supply center focusing on education and creation.

      Queen City Clay offers art workshops and classes for kids and adults.

       

      Ben Clark believes that humans have an innate impulse to create, and Clark wants to help foster that impulse with his clay studio Queen City Clay.

      “By nurturing the growth of a unique, diverse, encouraging community we make the creative process accessible to all,” explains Retail Director Kirsti Burton. “We believe that the shared experience of creating ideas and objects can and does improve a person’s overall wellbeing.”

      Adult workshops at the studio are between 8 and 12 weeks and work with a variety of mediums.

      The studio, which was originally founded in 1996, is the region’s largest and oldest existing clay studio, gallery, and supply center that focuses on education and promotion of the ceramic arts.

      Although the studio’s history stretches back 20 years, Clark’s history with it only goes back to 2016, when he and Denise Chase purchased the studio and renamed it Queen City Clay.

      When Chase and Clark purchased the studio, they wanted to bring more offerings and collaborations with Cincinnati’s growing creative community, says Burton.

      “We serve a range of skill levels, from clay beginners to professional potters and sculptors, while offering activities for families, schools, corporations, and various groups,” says Burton. “And we play an important role in arts education in the community, supply schools throughout the region with materials and training, offering internships, and an artist-in-residence program.”

      Because education is so important to the team at Queen City Clay, they also put a significant interest in providing art classes to the area’s children and adults.

      “The Art Workshop is Queen City Clay’s kid connection and is located right here in our building,” says Burton. “Offering Art Classes and Summer Camps for ages 4 and up, the Art Workshop has been in Cincinnati for over 25 years.”

      Classes cover different art mediums such as drawing, painting, pottery wheel, sculpting clay, cartooning, and other imaginative subjects. They even host Night at the Museum and Christmas in July camps during the summer.

      “We want to provide kids with the fun and creative experiences that parents are looking for in a day camp and classes,” adds Burton.

      They don’t forget about the adults at Queen City Clay, either. The studio offers eight and twelve week classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture, and class for adults 18 and up.

      Aside from its studio, Queen City Clay is also there for the teachers, offering a variety of services and products including a discount on retail purchases, field trip options, a class for graduate credits, CEU opportunities, free workshops, free kiln training, clay delivery to schools, and YouTube videos to help supplement classroom projects.

      Queen City Clay also has a retail store so teachers and artists can purchase supplies.

      The studio’s retail space, which Burton manages, has become a local one-stop shop for ceramic needs.

      “We stock clay, glazes, raw materials, tools, equipment, and accessories,” she says. “We also have a gallery space where handmade pottery and sculpture are available for sale.”

      Queen City Clay is located at 3130 Wasson Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.queencityclay.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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      Learn about the husband and wife team that’s bringing tons of fun to your special event with a new business they launched to capture their creativity.

       

      Queen City PhotoBooth brings a fun photobooth experience to Cincinnati area events.

      When Marcia Espinola’s husband Ken Henderson approached her about opening up their own business, she wasn’t so fond of the idea. But when he brought up the idea of launching a photobooth company, the concept started to grow on her.

      Queen City PhotoBooths also brings along props to make your experience event better.

      “He thought it would be a way to convince me [to start our own business] as I love photography, graphic design, and most importantly, as a Brazilian native, I love parties,” says Espinola. “And, as he predicted, he was right on the spot.”

      Today, the couple owns Queen City PhotoBooths (Q City for short), a company that provides fun for any event including weddings, school functions, corporate events, and so much more.

      “We bring out booths and props, people just need to bring their smiles and creativity,” says Espinola.

      Following each photo session, event attendees receive a copy of their pictures on a 2×6 photo strip. Additionally, says Espinola, the photos are also posted on the Q City website and Facebook page.

      The booths from Q City are very different from the photo booths you see at the mall. “We utilize top-quality equipment, such as our camera and printer,” says Espinola. “We have an enclosed version of our booth that can comfortably fit four people as well as an open version, which allows for larger groups.”

      The services from Q City are fully customized. Henderson and Espinola do not work with pre-made templates for their photo strips. “Instead, we start every single one of them from scratch and try to make them exactly how our customer’s envision them,” she says.

      Queen City PhotoBooths prints out photo strips and gives a USB individual photos you can print yourself.

      They can also customize their green screen to include monograms, logos, etc. “As an added bonus to our customers, we also take pictures from the outside of the booth, capturing the whole photo booth experience,” says Espinola.

      To learn more, visit Queen City PhotoBooths at www.qcityphotobooths.com or like them on Facebook.

       

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      Ready to take your kids on a learning adventure? See why this Dayton hotspot is the place to go for a day of learning, fun, and so much more!

       

      The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum dedicated to natural science and technology.

      Cincy Chic: What’s is the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery?
      Dawn Kirchner, Vice President of Education at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, science and technology center, and zoo that focuses on science and natural history.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the mission behind the Museum?
      Kirchner: The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world. To preserve, protect, and enhance the Museum’s anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biology collections, and to make these collections available for exhibition, education, and research purposes.

      The Boonschoft Museum of Discovery helps kids explore science and technology.

      Cincy Chic: When did the museum open?
      Kirchner: The Dayton Museum of Natural History began in 1893 as a part of the Dayton Public Library and Museum. Over the years, collections gathered by prominent Dayton citizens on their trips around the world were contributed to the museum. Local natural history collections were also contributed. In 1952, a group of citizens organized the Dayton Society of Natural History which took responsibility for the collections and transformed them into the Dayton Museum of Natural History. In 1958, the Museum of Natural History’s main building on Ridge Avenue was completed. In 1991, a new planetarium and expanded collection and exhibit space were added. The Society remained committed to the ideal of inspiring children to enthusiastically embrace science as a vital aspect of their lives through exhibits and programs that were both entertaining and educational.

      Meanwhile, in 1993 a group of interested community leaders formed a steering committee to explore the idea of creating the Children’s Museum of Dayton. This group believed that a children’s museum could reach children ages two through twelve and instill in them a lifelong love of learning as well as an appreciation for the world around them. To this end, the group formed a governing board, launched a mobile outreach program, displayed model exhibits, and began planning for a permanent home in downtown Dayton.

      As the Children’s Museum movement gained visibility, the similarity between its philosophy and the Museum of Natural History’s mission became very clear. In the summer of 1995, the Children’s Museum Board and Board of the Dayton Society of Natural History began discussing ways to collaborate. By January, 1996, these talks resulted in an enthusiastic agreement to fully merge boards under the umbrella of the Dayton Society of Natural History. As a result of the merger, the Dayton Museum of Discovery was born and assumed all public, educational and programming functions previously associated with the Dayton Museum of Natural History.

      There’s also a zoo at the Museum.

      The board commissioned a professionally-developed exhibits master plan that would take into account all of the resources and potential brought to the table by both organizations and by May 1999 Phases I and II of an extensive exhibits master plan had been completed.The name change to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery occurred in January, 1999 in recognition of Oscar Boonshoft, one of the Museum’s most dedicated friends.

      Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the Museum’s exhibits?
      Kirchner: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Featured Exhibits are designed to mix engaging educational experiences with entertaining interactions. Visitors of all ages enjoy innovative subject matter that is easy to grasp, fun to explore, and allows visitors to discover their inner scientist, archaeologist, zoologist, and more!

      The Museum’s Featured Exhibits are carefully selected by the Dayton Society of Natural History’s Exhibit Committee; ensuring the selected exhibitions come from a wide range of educational and scientific disciplines, in addition to staying relevant in light of societal trends and educational needs.

      There are currently 13 exhibits in the Museum including our Tidal Pool, Science on a Sphere, Hall of the Universe, and the Bieser Discovery Center to name a few.

      Cincy Chic: Where is the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery located?
      Kirchner: You can find us at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the Museum and plan a visit?
      Kirchner: Visit https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/ to learn more about the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery or to purchase tickets. Or you can follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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        A Cincinnati couple designs high-quality leather wristlets that will inspire you with the mantra of “Good Things Are Happening.” Keep reading for all the stylish details about how they’re making the world a better place, one fashionable piece at a time.

         

        Wish Supply Co. sells high quality leather wristlets and donates a portion of proceeds to local organizations.

        At Wish Supply Co., there’s one simple message behind it all: Good Things Are Happening.

        According to Wish Supply Co. Co-Founder Cullen Travers, the business is an accessories brand specializing in leather goods that are infused with positive energy and an emphasis on giving back.

        The products feature clean, sleep designs combined with 100 percent high-quality leather to create a staple piece for any wardrobe.

        “Every bag is debossed with the Wish Supply Co. message: ‘Good Things Are Happening,’” says Travers.

        When Travers says the company aims to do good in the community, she means it. Travers and her husband, Shawn, were inspired to launch their own business because they wanted to make beautiful products with a meaningful purpose.

        That’s why proceeds of each Wish Supply Co. purchase goes directly to the organization they are highlighting, which, currently, is Art Works Cincinnati. The highlighted organization receives 10 percent of Wish Supply Co.’s profits.

        According to Travers, that means you can enjoy your new bag and join Wish Supply Co. in supporting organizations that make good things happen.

        “We believe in great design and a meaningful purpose behind a product can affect the world in a positive manner,” adds Travers. “We believe that positive thinking leads to a radiant life, and combining that with giving back can make a ripple effect in the world. Energy attracts energy, we are spreading the good stuff!”

        Wish Supply Co. recently launched in June 2017 and currently sells its products online at www.wishsupplyco.com. However, Travers says that they are hoping to get the leather wristlets, which sell for $65, into local boutiques.

        You can look forward to Wish Supply Co. adding more colors to its line throughout the remainder of 2017 that will be available in time for the fall and holiday shopping seasons. Travers says she and her husband also plan to expand their product line, offer new shapes and styles, and get into shops throughout the country.

        To learn more about Wish Supply Co. and to shop the designs, visit www.wishsupplyco.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

         

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