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Sara Elliott

Sara Elliott
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

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    Inspired to support and retain fashion designers and entrepreneurs in Cincinnati, two local ladies opened a community space to help launch those homegrown brands. Learn more about the exciting new fashion-focused resource now available and how you can help support their mission.

    The recently-launched Sew Valley features a facility where sewn goods are designed, prototyped, and produced, giving members access to the space as well as providing them with discounts on contract services, workshops, and access to machines and tools they may not otherwise have

    Believe it or not, Cincinnati has been making its mark as an area powerhouse when it comes to fashion. And as the industry grows in the Queen City, it opens new doors for  exciting creations and advancements.

    Take recently launched Sew Valley, for example.

    Rosie Kovacs and Shailah Maynard saw a gap in regional resources when it comes to helping designers and entrepreneurs in the fashion industry build a brand for a sewn product or fashion line.

    That’s when they opened Sew Valley, which Maynard describes as a “community of designs and entrepreneurs where they can learn the process of building a brand for a sewn product and/or fashion line.”

    Sew Valley features a physical facility where sewn goods are designed, prototyped, and produced, giving members access to the space as well as providing them with discounts on contract services, workshops, and access to machines and tools they may not otherwise have.

    Maynard says that the purpose of Sew Valley is not to reinvent the wheel, but to fill a need in the community, similarly to how The Haile Foundation got its start.

    “After months of national research, it was determined that there is a lot of potential in the ‘emerging fashion designer’ space,” says Maynard.

    Maynard says that with independent labels popping up and online products, it’s not hard to enter the fashion market or directly sell to an audience. However, the trouble for these new fashion-focused businesses lies within developing that brand and producing the items for a line.

    Sew Valley hopes to change that by providing a variety of services that fill the need of each business. “We take our clients and members through the research and development phase of beginning a line through small batch production,” says Maynard. “Pattern makers, sample houses, and factories are typically spread apart geographically speaking, and there are none in the Cincinnati area. By putting it all under one roof, the goal is to accelerate businesses and help them keep costs down but having quick access and nimble production capabilities.”

    The production facility of Sew Valley can be hired for contract services that include pattern marking, sourcing, prototyping, sample making, and small batch production for runs under 100.

    “We will hold our first workshop in April where anyone in the community can become certified to use our equipment and rent our space by the hour to work on their own projects,” adds Maynard.

    Currently, there are three members of Sew Valley, all of whom are graduates from the University of Cincinnati. They are Tessa Clark of Grind and Glaze, Calle Evans of Calle Evans, and Lindsey Zinno of Northern Market. With four more spaces available, Maynard says memberships for Sew Valley start at $150 per month.

    Maynard adds that she and Kovacs hope that Sew Valley will become a one-stop-shop for new businesses to grow their brand and product offering.

    “Big picture, we want a space large enough to house photographers, brand strategists, e-commerce specialists, and so on,” she says. “We are a community, which means it’s an open door to collaborate, share resources, and educate one another, all with the goal to create more jobs for the local creative class, retain talent, and to hire skilled and unskilled workers to produce goods.”

    Sew Valley will be hosting its first party/fundraiser called SV18 on May 11 from 7-9:30. There, Maynard says, they will showcase their current members and open Sew Valley’s doors to the public so they can get a better understanding of what the facility has to offer.

    If you’re looking to become involved with Sew Valley, Maynard says that you can apply as a contract sew and pattern makers on the website.

    To learn more about Sew Valley, visit You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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    A local candy store is making Easter a little sweeter this year with their innovative egg hunt ideas. Read on for more.


    Galerie Candy and Gifts offers a unique candy selection in the Tri-State as well as unique Easter egg hunt products.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Galerie Candy and Gifts!
    Emily Edmondson, Sales Director at Galerie Candy and Gifts: Galerie is the brainchild of Richard Ross, a creative entrepreneur with an unparalleled passion for candy. Our mission is to provide outstanding customer service while delivering fresh, innovative confectionery gifts of the highest quality and value.

    Our products have a unique combination of quality ingredients and materials, creative packaging and design, and an overall value for the consumer. We deliver-to-shelf a wide range of products that include ceramics, plush, sequin, tin, and interactive toy items. Galerie continues to be a design-driven enterprise, bringing more than 1,200 items retailers every year. In addition to the Galerie brand, our licensed product lines include Disney, Star Wars, Hershey, Minions, Trolls, Peppa Pig, Marvel, and Warner Brothers. Our extensive seasonal and everyday offerings are perfect to give and receive.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Galerie Candy and Gifts?
    Edmondson: We feel that every day is a holiday at Galerie, and we want our customers to feel that too.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Edmondson: Richard Ross, our sole owner, has been selling candy since the sweet age of 16. See here for his bio from the Candy Hall of Fame.

    Cincy Chic: What types of candy and gifts do you carry in store?
    Edmondson: We pride ourselves on variety, we truly are a category of one. Though we do not manufacture any candy, we work directly with both candy and gift suppliers to create custom items to allow retailers to provide differentiation in aisle. As the fight for space continues, we are focused on delivering innovation and quality at a value.

    Cincy Chic: When did Galerie open?
    Edmondson: We just celebrated our 27th year selling to retailers.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about how you’re making Easter egg hunts more fun?
    Edmondson: First, we offer a variety of themes, from sports to sweet treats, zoo babies to Disney Favorites and everything in between. All eggs are filled with candy favorites, and give Mom the option to mix and match in both baskets and outdoor egg hunts.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Galerie unique?
    Edmondson: Galerie is an all-in-one company, from Marketing to Sourcing, Design to Fulfillment, we deliver solutions to customers around the country and around the world.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2018?
    Edmondson: Named Toy of the Year for 2017, LOL Surprise is emerging as the hottest girl’s property on the market. We have just secured the exclusive rights to candy and gifts beginning with Christmas 2018.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Edmondson: Our website,, on Facebook at Galerie Candy & Gifts, and Instagram.

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      Love flowers but not the work that goes into them? Read on as we chat with the owner of a blossoming local flower service that can take your home or office from drab to fab, and can even “flower bomb” a mailbox as a gift or surprise!

      Shannon Adams has more than a decade in the horticulture industry. As someone who is inspired by flowers and the joy they bring to your lives, she launched her own business called My Flower Service in 2008.

      “My Flower Service is a company that specializes in seasonal curb appeal through the use of seasonal and annual flowers,” explains Adams. “We offer to plan and maintain your window boxes, container gardens, and floral bedding locations.”

      With a degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Applied Science, Adams, as well as her team of professionals, work with clients to provide high-quality customer service and build long-lasting relationships.

      “We pride ourselves on the appearance and beauty of your flower scheme, and look for the relationship to grow in its intended manner as it is a reflection of our effort and the service we provide,” she adds.

      Adams contributes her company’s uniqueness to the quality products she uses.

      “My Flower Service uses the highest quality plant and flower material available,” she explains. “The growers that we work with produce award winning, proven selections of flowers and materials. Our knowledgeable staff understands proper placement of flowers, their culture, and growth habits as well as sun and environmental requirements.”

      Due to their knowledge of the flower and horticulture industry, Adams and her staff are able to make a difference when it comes to the finished product of a customer’s selected services.

      “Our goal is to maximize the potential of each flower and planting scheme as that particular season progresses,” she adds.

      The staff at My Flower Service is also comprised of creative and artistic individuals that not only know the horticulture industry, but are talented with design and color schemes.

      Mailbox bombing

      With over four decades of combined experience in the industry, Adams and her team offer services such as planting, maintenance, design and installation, window boxes and supplies, irrigation, and even a fun surprise called a Mailbox Bomb.

      “Mailbox bombing is a creative way to surprise a friend, family member, or neighbor,” says Adams. “Let us know what theme you’d like and when we might be able to sneak over. When they find their mailbox bedazzled, they’ll both be pleased and puzzled. The special decor will put a smile on their face for weeks to come.”

      Adams says that mailbox bombing is perfect for all occasions including Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and Christmas.

      As for the other services offered by Adams and My Flower Service, you’ll find that she and her team can do all the work for you.

      My Flower Service will plant seasonal flowers in your selected window boxes or container gardens. “At the start of each new season, My Flower Service will revisit your home or office and swap out the previous flower display with a new seasonal planting appropriate for the time of year and temperature,” says Adams.

      The team knows that maintaining flowers is time consuming and can be hard to stay on top of. That’s why they offer maintenance services such as fertilization, deer and pest control, and pruning techniques. They can also help with watering during the week or while you’re gone on vacation.

      Not everyone has a knack for designing and installing flowers, so My Flower Service will help you with the appropriate style and selection of window boxes or container gardens to enhance the look of your home or office. “Our team will hep install and mount window boxes to your building, and we will help deliver and place container gardens,” she adds.

      Don’t have a window box? My Flower Service sells window boxes, planters, and irrigation supplies so that your perfect garden can be built from the ground up. “We’ll see every aspect of the project through from start to finish,” she adds.

      Adams says that My Flower Service is aiming to do more branding for commercial customers in 2018, by displaying logos and companies with florals.

      My Flower Service is located in the Village of Newtown, at 6805 Main Street. You can learn more at or “like” them on Facebook.

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      From acne to aging, all-natural to high-powered, one local skincare expert offers a variety of products and treatments to get results at her Hyde Park spa.

      Melissa Berens, Owner/Master Spa Specialist at Spa Melissa Allen

      Melissa Allen is somewhat of skincare guru. With a background as an esthetician, massage therapist and nail technician, she has experienced numerous sides of the beauty industry. In 2014, she took advantage of her years of experience and opened her own spa. 

      Spa Melissa Allen offers services such as facials, hydra-facials and waxing. Specific facials include chemical peels, oxygen facials, facial lymphatic drainage and more. 

      While these terms may sound a bit unfamiliar, they all incorporate advanced skin treatments to make women feel amazing in their own skin, according to Allen.

      “I believe in products that work with the skin instead of against it. Injectable treatments are known to kill the nerves to muscles and end up hurting your skin rather than helping. All of our treatments take a more natural approach and strengthen your muscles,” Allen says.

      Allen also describes why and how she transitioned from being an employee to an employer, “I wanted to move away from doing nails and massages. Cincinnati is such an odd animal, there are so many people craving larger market services and not a lot of businesses offer them,” she explains. “I was very interested in higher level skincare and wanted to offer that to customers. I want to focus on what brings the most joy to our customers and makes them feel amazing.”

      Spa Melissa Allen utilizes three different skincare lines for their treatments. The first is Skin Script, a natural, yet medical-grade, line that allows custom treatment for any skin type. The second line is HydraFacial MD, with products such as eye creams, cleansers, spot correctors and more. The final line is DMK which specializes in an Enzyme Therapy Treatment which is also referred to as a “zombie facial.” Spa Melissa Allen is the only local spa that carries the DMK line, according to Allen. The spa also sells Young Living essential oils.

      “If someone buys one of these products, I write a letter to them to make sure they’re getting the results they hoped for,” says Allen. 

      Allen also discusses how it can be a bit of a struggle to characterize skin type and how she tries to help customers do that. “A lot of people misdiagnose themselves,” she says. 

      Acne is not a common problem among adults. Usually, it is diet or products that people use that are causing skin breakouts. We try to help with that by having them answer on an intake form how they would characterize their skin,” she explains.

      Allen says she has something large in the works for 2020, but the current location in Hyde Park is where customers can find Spa Melissa Allen.

      “I truly love all my guests and I care about their happiness. Seeing before and after pictures of their skin makes me feel so good and that I am doing something worthwhile. I want customers to know that if they have any skincare concerns, they should not hesitate to reach out to an esthetician,” says Allen. 

      Spa Melissa Allen is located at 3848 Paxton Ave # 11, Cincinnati, OH 45209To learn more, visit

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      A local design and build firm offers a one-stop-shop for residential and commercial projects to meet environmental standards and LEED certifications.


      Zobrist Design Group designs and builds LEED-certified homes and buildings in Cincinnati. Photo: Zobrist Design Group

      Cincy Chic: What is Zobrist Design Group?
      Kurt Zobrist, President of Zobrist Design Group: Zobrist Design Group is a design & build firm specializing in high end residential projects, multifamily, and commercial projects. We offer a “one stop” approach to our clients where we can coordinate every aspect of their project including the architecture, interior design, landscape design, master planning, construction, and even marketing if need be. We are able to understand and approach a project from an owner, contractor, or developer’s perspective while at the same time producing great designs. We provide a wide range of services on a variety of project types, and see those projects through from initial concept, to design, all the way to the finished product.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Zobrist: The inspiration behind ZDG really comes from the true talent and love that I have for architecture and design.

      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
      Zobrist: Kurt Zobrist is the President of ZDG. He started the company after collage and has grown it over the years to produce high end residential renovations and homes along with commercial projects. We have several employees that makes our process seamless; from Interior Designers and Architects, to Project Supervisors.

      Cincy Chic: How are you incorporating LEED design into new projects?
      Zobrist: Zobrist Design Group incorporates LEED design from the beginning of the project. When a customer comes to us to design and build their home, we coordinate all the aspects from the beginning to make sure their home meets LEED certification. Zobrist Design Group is dedicated to making the building process “more green.” When our customers decide to build a green home, we work with them to pick environmentally friendly materials. Using these materials, the home becomes more energy and water efficient and exemplifies good indoor air quality with reduced toxins. We also consider reducing the amount of wasted material when ordering building materials and implement ways for these materials to be recycled. The home owners can take the building green process to another level.

      Cincy Chic: How many LEED projects have you completed thus far?
      Zobrist: We have completed 2 homes with LEED certification. Both are Platinum LEED certified and featured on our website.

      Cincy Chic: For those who might not know what LEED is, can you kind of break that down for us?
      Zobrist: LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes. LEED details the code that all architects, builders, developers and subcontractors follow when designing and building a home or structure. There are four levels of LEED certification; Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

      When Zobrist Design Group builds your home for LEED certification, we follow the guidelines to attain points throughout the process that add up to one of the four levels of certification. There are nine areas measured by LEED according to the USGBC. They are:

      • Sustainable Sites

      • Water Efficiency

      • Energy and Atmosphere

      • Materials and Resources

      • Indoor Environmental Quality

      • Location and Linkages

      • Awareness and Education

      • Innovation in Design

      • Regional Priority

      There are many benefits for building green; environmental, economic, social, and a possible tax abatement in  the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Zobrist this year?
      Zobrist: Zobrist Design Group continues to grow with its high demand for construction of residential homes and renovations while incorporating many aspects and benefits of building green.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
      Zobrist: Please visit our website, our Houzz page, and our Facebook page.

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        Whether you're a blushing bride-to-be, a mother of the bride, or a trusty bridesmaid, read on as we chat with a local wedding planner to get some helpful tips and trends for you.

        Your Dream Day takes brides from “She Said Yes” to “I Do.” Photo:Michael Bambino & Co.

        Wedding season is just around the corner, which means brides-to-be are beginning to turn the big day they imagined as little girls into reality.

        But planning a wedding can be stressful, expensive and overwhelming with all the choices and logistics involved. That’s why we’re chatting with Kathy Piech-Lukas, the seasoned wedding planner and founder of Your Dream Day for a few helpful tips, tricks and trends.

        In terms of trends, Piech-Lukas says that vintage is the biggest trend of the season. “You will see lots of antique furniture, mid century modern accessories, and other vintage accents,” says Piech-Lukas.

        She adds that while barns and hotels are still popular venues to play host to wedding ceremonies and receptions, there’s a big swing toward more modern, industrial venues. “As we head into 2018 and 2019, you’ll see a lot of venues with exposed brick, clean walls, and high ceilings with exposed pipes,” explains Piech-Lukas.

        In addition to this change in on-trend venues, it seems as though pastel colors will take the spotlight this wedding season as well. Piech-Lukas says that we can expect to see a number of different colors from brides this season, including blush, champagne, ivory, pink, peach, blues, purple, and slate ooms

        ay. The gray is an especially notable trend when it comes to the menswear. “They’re still wearing tuxes, but we’re starting to see a lot more slate gray on the men,” she says.

        As for tips, Piech-Lukas says she encourages every bride she works with to leverage the power of Pinterest in their planning process. “It helps you stay organized and it helps your vendors understand exactly what you’re envisioning so they can make it a reality,” Piech-Lukas explains.

        When asked what makes her the most excited for this year’s wedding season, Piech-Lukas says that it’s working with the brides and grooms.

        “I love the vibe that comes with planning weddings,” she says. “Brides and grooms are in such a fun and exciting chapter in their lives and I love having the opportunity to be a part of that.”

        Kathy Piech-Lukas, Owner of Your Dream Day

        Piech-Lukas has several years of experience in the wedding planning industry. As the owner of Your Dream Day, she works with brides to plan their big day in any capacity they need her. “We offer wedding planning and event design services,” she explains. “You can book us for as much or as little as you need.”

        While she’s biased as a planner herself, she says she encourages brides to hire a wedding planner, regardless of who it is, because they often end up saving the couple a lot of time and money. “We have great relationships with vendors in just about every aspect of the industry you could imagine, and because of these relationships, they’re more willing to do us a favor, cut us a deal or give us exclusive perks that the couple wouldn’t get otherwise,” Piech-Lukas says.

        While some couples want a team of experienced wedding planners who can help direct and manage the entire process, she explains, “others want to collaborate with the Your Dream Day team to design the event, select wedding vendors, develop the schedule, do the final walkthrough at the venue, and generate a checklist of things to do.”

        The best part of her job, says Piech-Lukas, is helping couples plan one of the most memorable days of their lives. “Knowing that I can make that chapter a little more fun and less stressful [for couples] brings me such a sense of joy and purpose,” she adds.

        To learn more about Your Dream Day, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

        Keep watching below as we chat with Piech-Lukas from Your Dream Day:

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        Planning a wedding? A local salon is hosting a bridal event to give you a closer look at their exclusive bridal suite, new organic products, and much more.


        Alba Beauty Studio is hosting a Bridal Event this month to give brides-to-be a look at their salon and services. Photo by The Married Photogs

        Cincy Chic: We heard you’re hosting a Bridal Event, can you tell us more about it?
        Andrea Lauren, Co-Owner of Alba Organic Beauty Studio: The Bridal Event is going to be a smaller more intimate wedding event with different bridal vendors. Guests will also be able to see our space and see if there are interested in using it.

        Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the event?
        Lauren: We do a lot of weddings at Alba and we wanted to have an event for all of our brides that are already booked with Alba as well as help support other local wedding vendors.  

        Cincy Chic: What will attendees enjoy at the event?
        Lauren: We will have local wedding vendors, lite bites, music, and pre-book discounts for future appointments at Alba as well as raffles from us and the other wedding vendors.

        Cincy Chic: When are you hosting the event?
        Lauren: March 25th from 4pm – 6pm at the studio at 2882 Wasson Road in Cincinnati.

        Cincy Chic: What makes this event unique to other wedding events in the area?
        Lauren: It’s going to be a smaller event, so more personalized and not as chaotic as bigger bridal shows can be. Also, anyone that has questions about our bridal suite or our hair and makeup questions can come and check out the space and get their questions answered.

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the event and RSVP?
        Lauren: Readers can see the Facebook event listing.

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          A brother and sister team launched a brand of eco-friendly, ethically produced bags that encourage you to spend more time playing, wandering, and living life to the fullest. Read on for the beachy details and where you can see them rock an eco-chic runway soon!


          Buri and Beach designs straw tote bags that are stylish for the beach and everyday use.

          Rick Jardiolin and his sister, Cookie Jo, both have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for fashion. Rick has a background in retail that spans more than 20 years while Cookie Jo’s background is focused on art and design.

          When they were younger, the two would travel to the Philippines for summer vacation, and while they were there, would see their mother carrying a native straw bag along to the beach.

          “Our mom had a very classic style and would take her straw bag everywhere, to the beaches, the markets, and to parties,” says Rick.

          To honor their mother, the duo wanted to create a lifestyle brand that was sustainably made yet aesthetically stylish for the woman who loves to travel to the islands or traverse through the city, inspiring them to launch Buri and Beach, based in Columbus Ohio.

          “Buri and Beach is a lifestyle brand for socially-conscious women who enjoy excursions and are curious about connecting with others through art and culture,” says Cookie Jo. “Our mission is to provide eco-friendly and ethically produced bags that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits to our customers and the cooperatives we work with.”

          The Jardiolin siblings believe that everyone should spend more time playing, wandering, and living life to the fullest, and they aim to encourage that lifestyle through their products.

          Currently, you’ll find Buri and Beach carries 100 percent straw handbags that are made of wild seagrass, pandan, and buri (which means palm leaf). Rick says the straw tote is a timeless statement that is perfect for the warm seasons while also remaining practical, stylish, and versatile.

          “Our bags are designed for the city or beach, and fall under three different styles: classic coastal, boho, and minimalist,” he explains. “The colors of our bags range from neutrals to bright, all over patterns.”

          Cookie Jo and Rick Jardiolin, co-founders of Buri & Burch

          Cookie Jo says that what makes Buri and Beach pieces so unique is the connection to the straw bag history in the Philippines, which are an expression of art and culture. “The Philippines is said to be one of the birthplaces of straw handbags with each region producing unique products,” she says. “We are proud to work with artisans who use indigenous techniques to weave the bags from wild seagrass and buri.”

          At Buri and Beach, every step of the production process is done by hand, starting with the gathering of the raw materials to the weaving of the bag.

          “The bags are made in weaving co-ops run by women for women,” adds Rick. “Weaving is their lifestyle, socializing together and weaving.”

          Price points for Buri and Beach bags range from $69 to $98, and the purchase of a bag directly supports the women weavers and their community who are still recovering from the 2013 typhoon that killed 6,300 people and caused $4.5 billion in damage.

          Cookie Jo says the Buri and Beach website launched in January, helping to expand the brand’s reach. She says that she and Rick will continue working with partners who share the same mission as Buri and Beach while expanding offerings in other categories and collaborating on unique items.

          To learn more about Buri and Beach, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To see the pieces yourself, check them out at Cincy Chic’s Eco Chic Fashion Show on March 23. “We will be showing our newest collection on the runway,” adds Cookie Jo.

          To save 15 percent off your next purchase and receive free shipping, visit the Buri and Beach website.

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          Learn about a new Kenwood Collection home furnishings store that’s all about luxury, customization, sustainability and style.


          Cincy Chic: What is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams?
          Jeanne Schupe, General Manager of the Kenwood Collection of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a renowned home furnishings brand offering eco-friendly, US-made upholstery plus tables, storage, lighting and more, sold in a growing chain of Signature Stores, online and in fine home shops nationwide, including The Kenwood Collection at Kenwood Towne Centre.

          Cincy Chic: How long has the store been around?
          Schupe: The original store in Taylorsville, North Carolina, was founded in 1989 and The Kenwood Collection opened March 1, 2017 and features 12,000-square-feet with 35 settings of furniture, dining tables, lighting, rugs, and accessories.

          Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about your new spring collection?
          Schupe: The spring collection features classic modern and traditional silhouettes in addition to a mix of colors, textures, patterns, and prints. This season we also want to encourage our clients to make our signature style their own with fabrics and leathers. You can find a full range of living, dining, bedroom, and media room furniture, as well as linens, lighting, rugs, and accessories.

          Cincy Chic: What makes Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams unique?
          Schupe: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams stores are designed with carefully arranged furniture settings and a clean, modern look so customers can visualize the furniture in their own homes. We also have our Comfort Club customer service loyalty program, a free program giving customers 20% savings every time they visit the store. The Comfort Club also sends our members special offers and services including complimentary in-home design.

          Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to check out the collection for themselves?
          Schupe: The Kenwood Collection of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is located 5901 E Galbraith Rd in Cincinnati at Kenwood Towne Centre.

          Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
          Schupe: Readers can visit

          Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is hosting the 2018 Eco Chic Fashion Show March 23, which features a runway fashion show, refreshments and shopping. It’s free to attend with an item donation to Dress for Success – Cincinnati. Learn more and RSVP at

          Watch the video below for a sneak peek of the Spring Collection and a virtual tour through the store:

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            Travel the world with your besties or make new friends en route, thanks to a locally-based, women-owned, female-focused travel agency. See how they can help you plan a unique and memorable trip — whether it’s a weekend getaway or a world-wide adventure.


            Girlfriends On The Go Travel sends women across the country and the globe on solo and group travel adventures.

            Looking for thrills, frills, and fun? Girlfriends On The Go Travel has you covered.

            “Girlfriends On The Go Travel is for any woman who wants to travel the world and get in touch with her sense of adventure,” explains Girlfriends on the Go Travel Co-Founder Valerie Jeffers. “It was created for all the ladies out there whose husbands or boyfriends do not like to travel, or visit the places they have always dreamed of seeing.”

            The travel agency was created when Jeffers and her co-founders Dana Kilgore and Rachel Cuadros were inspired following their own travels and meeting other women who say they wish they could be as adventurous in their own lives. “Additionally, from our experiences, we have found that women have a dream to travel the world, but they do not like traveling alone or have safety concerns,” adds Jeffers.

            While safety concerns are common among female travelers, Girlfriends On The Go Travel aims to lessen these concerns as the agency wants to give women the opportunity to travel, whether it be solo or with their besties, to meet new friends, and immerse themselves in the cultures of the destination they’ll visit.

            Together, the founders of Girlfriends On The Go Travel have over 30 years of travel experience combined, and all three have a passion for travel as well as a desire to help women travel to fabulous destinations all over the world.

            And all over the world Girlfriends On The Go Travel will take you. Jeffers says that the agency has gone all over the world, from Caribbean cruises to small group tours in Europe, Africa, and Asia, plus tours in the US including Nashville and fun holiday trips to New York City and Savannah, Georgia.

            Trips from Girlfriends On The Go Travel range from $700 to $7,000 per person and include unique accommodations (Jeffers says to picture castles and villages), signature dining experiences with wine and spirits, as well as private transportation.

            “Our tours are full of VIP experiences but still leave you plenty of time to explore on your own,” says Jeffers. “Our tours also include a tour leader along with a local English speaking guide, and some tours include one of us as a personal travel concierge to be on=hand to share advice, knowledge, and provide helpful tips so that everyone can relax and enjoy their vacation to the fullest.”

            Because the destinations are endless, Jeffers says that Girlfriends On The Go Travel is always looking for new and exciting destinations to explore, which also means that the trips are changed on a yearly basis.

            When traveling with Girlfriends On The Go, you’ll find camaraderie in the fact that the trips are for women only. The team also designs the tours to be for smaller groups, which allows for the ladies traveling to see and experience things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do with larger groups.

            “We also have ensured relaxed, leisurely mornings and longer hotel stays to get the most out of each and every trip, unlike the typical large group tour,” adds Jeffers.

            In addition to their travel schedule, the team from Girlfriends On The Go Travel will be visiting Women’s Expos across the country this year including Fort Wayne, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Edison, New Jersey.

            To learn more about Girlfriends On The Go Travel, visit There you can find full-filled itineraries and additional information on travel. You can also give them a call at 888-236-3434.