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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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    It’s not always easy to find time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s why a local DAAP graduate launched a concept that brings it all under one roof… Yours! Read on for all the fashionable details.

    The team behind Up2Tempo.

    As a busy mom, but a fashionista at heart, Deanna Hotchkiss knew there had to be an easier way to maximize her limited time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s what inspired her to launch Up2Tempo, a Cincinnati-based company that allows you to shop affordable and comfortable fashion pieces through a no-pressure trunk show with a personal stylist, while enjoying fun and refreshments with friends.

    “Up2Tempo is a unique clothing company where you can buy hand-picked items by a personal stylist on our website,” explains Hotchkiss, “or you can have a girls night where a personal stylist brings an entire store to your house where you and your friends can shop.”

    Hotchkiss says Up2Tempo personal stylists help you put together one-of-a-kind outfits or simply provide outfits for you to find on and take home that night – looks that match your personality and your style. “It’s a safe environment with no pressure, just fun,” she says. “We suggest that you only buy it if you love and look great wearing it.”

    While the idea of someone else dressing you can feel a little daunting at first, Hotchkiss and her team are there to help you try on clothes with your girlfriends and seeing what different outfits look like on different people.”

    Deanna Hotchkiss is the founder of Up2Tempo.

    When she launched Up2Tempo, Hotchkiss wanted to create a fun environment where you can have a girls night in with your closest friends while enjoy fun, food, and fashion.

    “The Up2Tempo trunk show gives women time with their friends, feedback from their friends, and their very own personal stylist,” she adds. “Everyone has to wear clothes, so why not take something we have to do and make it fun and easy.”

    Hotchkiss graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a degree in fashion design and product development.

    Her career has spanned different areas of the fashion industry, including retail sales, fashion merchandising, and fashion design – she event spent time herself as a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she style everyone, including several celebrities. Her credentials don’t stop there, however, as she’s also been head wardrobe stylist for a movie and a fashion stylist for many photo shoots.

    Up2Tempo made its debut in Fall 2014, but clothing recently became available for purchasing in the online store in this spring. Hotchkiss says that not only are the products from Up2Tempo comfortable and fashionable, they’re also affordable. “All of the clothing is purchased with those three things in mind,” she says.

    What makes it unique, she says, is that they bring the merchandise to you and send a personal stylist along as well. “How many companies do that,” she says.

    Hotchkiss is always searching for ways to make Up2Tempo a household name for fashion. She’s interested in bringing on more personal stylists to help clients and the launch of the online shop is one of the most exciting things she’s looking forward to this year.

    “Right now we are just really excited about the growth of the business and the home parties,” she adds.

    To learn more, visit www.up2tempo.com or call 513-227-0474.

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    Love cats and coffee? There’s a new cat cafe where you can grab a cup of organic coffee and enjoy it with adoptable cats. Read on for the purrr-fect details!

    The Kitty Brew Cat Cafe will bring coffee and cats to the Tri-State.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about the Kitty Brew Cat Cafe!
    Jenni Barrett, Co-Owner and Founder of Kitty Brew Cat Cafe: Kitty Brew is Southwestern Ohio’s first cat cafe. We will provide premium cafe drinks made from organic, fair trade coffee beans. We will serve some sandwiches, soups, and salads. We will also have a variety of sweets including cookies and muffins.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the cafe?
    Barrett: I have been rescuing cats and kittens for a few years and always felt like I could do more to raise awareness. One evening my family and I were watching Shark Tank and a woman pitched her idea (cat cafe) to the sharks. After the show, I did a lot of research and fell in love with the idea. Ken and I have worked very hard pursuing our dream of owning such a cool business.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the Kitty Brew Cat Cafe?
    Barrett: My boyfriend and I are the owners of the business!

    Cincy Chic: When will you launch Kitty Brew Cat Cafe?
    Barrett: We formally announced our business on Facebook in March 2016. We anticipate opening in late February or early March.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Kitty Brew Cat Cafe unique?
    Barrett: We’re unique because we offer great customer service, amazing drinks, and adoptable cats and kittens. It doesn’t get much better than that!

    Cincy Chic: Why is Kitty Brew the perfect place to visit with girlfriends?
    Barrett: Kitty Brew is the best place to visit with friends because we offer a great menu and a great experience at the same time. You and your friends can be entertained by our quirky cat companions in our super comfortable cat lounge!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with Kitty Brew Cat Cafe?
    Barrett: Readers can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Kittybrew.com. We also have a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for our startup costs!

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      After decades in the catering industry, one local lady was inspired to get active in the fight against community hunger. See how she’s turning one man’s trash into another man’s tasty treasure.

      La Soupe aims to bridge the gap between food waste and the food insecure in Cincinnati.

      Did you know that approximately 40 percent of food goes to waste in the U.S. every year? That accounts for approximately 1.3 billion tons of food in the entire world. That’s right – TONS of food is being wasted every year.

      Meanwhile, thousands of families across the country are facing hunger issues. To help curb the gap between food waste and food insecurity, a social enterprise is there – La Soupe.

      “La Soupe is a social enterprise formed to bridge the gap between food waste and the food insecure by transforming rescued produce into soupe to share with both the food insecure and those who support our mission,” explains La Soupe Development Director Jessica Kerr.

      Suzy DeYoung, Founder of La Soupe

      The mission behind La Soupe was inspired by Suzy DeYoung, who spent 30 years in the catering industry before she could no longer handle seeing the amount of good food that was being wasted.

      “In April 2014 she took a leap of faith and opened La Soupe to fulfill her dream of using rescued food to produce gourmet meals for distribution to both retail customers and the food insecure,” adds Kerr.

      When it comes to food insecurity, it really hit home for DeYoung. Cincinnati is ranked No. 2 in the country for childhood poverty, and DeYoung wanted to help, which is why the mission behind La Soupe is so dedicated to bridging the gap between waste and those who struggle with food security.

      “On a weekly basis, perishable food otherwise headed to the landfill is rescued by a host of La Soupe volunteers from three Kroger locations and one Jungle Jim’s and brought to the Newtown location,” says Kerr. She adds that other perishable food items are dropped off by a growing number of local farmers, special event coordinators, bakers, and other producers.

      All of the perishable items that are brought into La Soupe are accepted by La Soupe staff and volunteers, who then organize and weigh those donations.

      “In 2016, these sources provided over 125,000 pounds of rescued food, saving 270-cubic-yards of landfill space,” says Kerr.

      Based on the food that is made available in each week’s rescue, daily soupe production varies. However, to add production capacity and engage Cincinnati’s restaurant community, La Soupe initiated a Bucket Brigade of local chefs to accept a portion of rescued food to transform in their kitchens.

      Approximately 15 percent of the food that is rescued is resold through two retail channels, at La Soupe’s Newtown walk-up counter, open Tuesday through Saturday, and through a limited sandwich, beverage, and dessert menu.

      “The bulk of soupe production, plus other perishable foods, are donated through both a network of 27 organizations feeding the food insecure and directly through relationships with Cincinnati Public Schools,” says Kerr.

      Through these networks in the community, La Soupe is able to bring together the entire chef community in order to help feed the hungry. With more than 15 Bucket Brigade chefs from restaurants including Salazar, Maribelle’s, E+O Kitchen, We Olive, Orchids, and more, La Soupe is the only organization using such a concept in the entire country. “These chefs have helped us donate over 95,000 servings of food,” she says.

      Currently, La Soupe operates out of a 900-square-foot building that they are quickly outgrowing. “We plan to build an expansion onto our current location, which we estimate will double our rescue and share capacity,” says Kerr.

      Plans for the expansion include a storage and kitchen prep area as well as an additional walk-in freezer/refrigerator, which will hopefully become the donation area. The La Soupe team also hopes to reconsilidate soupe production, moving it from its current storage location at Miami Valley Christian Academy. “To this point, we have a grant for the walk-in freezer and we are fundraising to raise the rest of the $200,000,” adds Kerr.

      To learn more about La Soupe, check out their daily updates on Facebook. You can also sign up as a volunteer to learn more about donating to La Soupe’s expansion project at http://lasoupecincinnati.com/home.

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      Dust off your green thumb and keep reading to learn more about upcoming horticulture events at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden!

      The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is hosting a series of gardening classes and Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposiums.

      Cincy Chic: Tell us more about upcoming horticulture events at the Cincinnati Zoo!
      Angela Hatke, Communications Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo: We have an upcoming gardening class as well as our Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium!

      Cincy Chic: What makes these events so unique?
      Hatke: As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, there’s no better place to dig in than with the experts from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Go from zero to 60 with your gardening knowledge and skills directly from the Zoo’s top horticulturist, and be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden this spring.

      Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to attend these events?
      Hatke: The gardening classes are $10 per class for members and $15 per class for non-members. The entire gardening series is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. The Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium is $49.

      Cincy Chic: How can readers RSVP for the horticulture events?
      Hatke: Readers can RSVP here or email horticulture@cincinnatizoo.org with any questions.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the Zoo in 2017?
      Hatke: We’re still putting together the events for 2017, but we do have a new events manager and we’re excited for her to bring a new spin to our classic events! Keep an eye out at cincinnatizoo.org/events.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the zoo and upcoming events?
      Hatke: Visit www.cincinnatizoo.org for more information.

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        A local woman is turning her traumatic experience into a new consulting business that offers a safe place for other survivors who need a place to start the healing process. Read on for all the inspiring details.

        Terri Bolds, Founder of Bold Visions Consulting

        We all have visions of what we want our future to look like. Who we hope to be, what we hope to be doing, and goals we hope to accomplish.

        For Terri Bolds, her vision brought to reality is Bold Visions Consulting. “Bold Visions Consulting is you, it’s me, it’s everyone,” she says. “It’s a catalyst for learning, encouraging, and empowering. It is a place for everyone to have the opportunity to grow in knowledge and love.”

        Bolds has had her fair share of trauma, challenges with self-esteem, low self-worth, and no sense of purpose. But she was able to turn that around with Bold Visions Consulting, and what she says is her responsibility to the university.

        “If it were not for the village that surrounded me, I don’t know where I would be,” she says. “I believe that my experiences paved the way for what I believe to be my life’s purpose.”

        Bold Visions Consulting aims to teach and bring self-love to the surface of those who struggle to believe it exists.

        While Bolds is the founder of Bold Visions Consulting, she also credits her experiences and her mother, friends, teachers, and family as strong influences behind her business.

        “The one main motivating force behind Bold Visions Consulting is my uncle,” she says. “He himself has authored several books and is a guru in economic empowerment and business ownership. He has been a powerful male force in my life. For years he has been telling me that I need to use my degrees for more than what I was subjecting myself to.”

        In retrospect, she says, he believed in her and her abilities long before she believed in herself. He’s walked her through every step of the process of starting the business from naming it to creating a mission.

        “And thus Bold Visions Consulting was born,” says Bolds, although the business didn’t officially launch until November 2015. Unfortunately, Bolds’ uncle was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and has served as a scary, but urgent situation for her.

        Bolds and her support team at Bold Visions Consulting.

        “Life waits for no one,” she says. “And being that he is a father figure and has invested so much in me, I owe it to him that he witness my success.”

        Behind the scenes, Bolds says that her mother volunteers with Bold Visions frequently, her aunt does a lot of the marketing work, and there are many friends who run her website and volunteer.

        “Donors have been huge in our success,” she says. “Donors help sponsor attendees to our workshops. People have been so generous and I am so grateful. And, most importantly, the people that have believed in my ability and trusted me with their projects and children.”

        Bolds began pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University. Today, she also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State University. Bolds says that the path that took her to becoming a licensed therapist started with a village.

        “I was raised by a village,” she says. “My mother was the best mother she could be. It took me years to realize that but the best gift she gave me other than life was the freedom to do so many things and to interact with so many people to help fill voids that she may not have been able to fill.”

        Bolds credits those people and experiences for shaping her into the person she’s become. She recalls feeling lost as a young person, always searching for something more. “Love, mentorship, benevolence, time, and push saved me,” she says.

        Through Bold Visions Consulting, Bolds offers one-on-one as well as workshop and group style services. “So far we have had two successful workshops for young ladies and my hope is to find my own comfy space where I can be more available to those young ladies,” she says. “We have also been hired to teach other workshops around Cincinnati and Dayton, and we’d like to target other demographics as well.”

        Bolds has published a book using her professional experience, “Bold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters,” a self-esteem book for black teen girls and women. She also creates custom, positive image shirts, custom coffee mugs, and Bold Life Quotes.

        Throughout the year, Bolds says she will spend time fundraising and extending herself to many demographics inside and outside the city.

        You can find Bold Visions Consulting in two area Kroger Locations for Black History Month. Bolds says it is a huge platform with which she will spread the word about Bold Visions Consulting. She will be at Oakley Kroger February 11 and at the North College Hill Kroger on February 24. You can find the team at the stores with shirts, books, mugs, and information about the services offered by Bold Visions Consulting.

        To learn more about Bold Visions Consulting, visit www.boldvisionsconsulting.com. The website is updated with new events as they come up, and you can learn about future events and news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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        A struggle to find hair care products that worked for naturally curly hair inspired one local lady and her husband to launch a business of their own to help themselves and others find a stylish solution.

        Tywana Smith and her daughters.

        For 15 years, Treasured Locks has specialized in providing customers with products for those who have kinky, curly, wavy, and textured hair.

        Twyana Smith and her husband Brian started the online boutique that specializes in hair, skin, and body care products. They were inspired to launch a business while searching for products that Smith and her two daughters could use.

        “As an African American mom looking for hair products for myself and our two daughters, I found it difficult to find hair and skin care products that fit our needs,” explains Smith. “There were only a few companies that offered quality products so my husband and I figured that if we were having this problem, there must be thousands of others in the same situation.”

        And with that Treasured Locks became just the avenue Smith was searching for to solve her problems, and the problems of others in search of the quality hair, skin, and body products.

        Smith holds a degree in telecommunications from The University of Kentucky while her husband Brian holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. By combining their skills and the desire to create something that can help people, they’ve made it their mission to supply quality hair care products to people across the country.

        “We believe that all people should embrace the beauty and uniqueness of their hair,” says Smith. “Our products are designed to enhance your hair’s natural texture and composition and make it more manageable, so you can look your best while remaining true to yourself. We also offer customized expert advice and education.”

        Smith says that products from Treasured Locks are unique because they solve the problem of finding the right products for those who have naturally kinky, curly, and curvy hair.

        The family-owned and operated company offers exclusive, high-quality products that are also affordable. “We help our customers have a polished and professional ‘salon look’ without the salon price,” adds Smith. “We offer more than 200 quality products from 20 brands, including our in-house brands Treasured Locks, HumiNature, and Ajuven.”

        Although they’ve been around for 15 years, Smith says Treasured Locks will continue to expand. “Our focus continues to be bringing in quality products that can be used by a broad span of individual,” says Smith.

        Treasured Locks recently launched a couple of new products including Treasured Locks Knot No More, Treasured Locks HydraCap, and Treasured Locks Enhanced Henna for Gray Coverage.

        “These three products are designed to enhance the at-home hair experience all while giving that salon polished look at a fraction of the price,” says Smith.

        To learn more about Treasured Locks, visit www.treasuredlocks.com. You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram, and Twitter.

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        There’s a new glass studio in town offering everything from DIY classes to colorful, one-of-a-kind home decor and jewelry. Read on for more!

        Brenda Buschle of The Glass Rainbow.

        Cincy Chic: Tell us more about The Glass Rainbow!
        Brenda Buschle, Founder of The Glass Rainbow: The Glass Rainbow is a warm glass studio. I work with sheet glass specifically meant to be fired in a kiln. The glass comes in just about every color you could imagine and there are also “accessory” glass products such as Stringers (1 or 2 mm strings of glass), Confetti glass (extremely thin slivers of glass), and Frit (tiny chunks of glass as well as ground glass that comes in powder form). I have an 1,800-square-foot studio that sits next to my home. At this point, I’m not sure why I still have a home because I’m in the studio all day, every day.

        Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch The Glass Rainbow?
        Buschle: It was my obsession with glass. I took a single class in 2015 and was immediately obsessed. I couldn’t wait for the next class and the next and the next. I purchased my first kiln about 2 months later. Kilns are built to spec so it took about 4 weeks to arrive (longest 4 weeks of my life!). Three weeks later, I had my second kiln on order. I added my third (and biggest) kiln to the family in November 2016. If this isn’t an obsession, I don’t know what is.

        Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
        Buschle: Just me. My mom helps out with beading of the wind chimes and now she’s working on beaded sun catcher curtains. She also plays a part in some of my creative ideas, as well, but the glass is all me.

        Cincy Chic: When did you officially launch The Glass Rainbow?
        Buschle: The Glass Rainbow opened in early 2016.

        Cincy Chic: What types of products do you create for customers?
        Buschle: I make glass wind chimes, jewelry, clocks, art panels and functional glass pieces including, bowls, plates, dishes. I’m only limited by my imagination.

        Cincy Chic: Is there anything new for The Glass Rainbow in 2017?
        Buschle: New this year, I’m offering Girls Night Out classes where you can get together with your friends and make you own kiln-formed glass project. I’m starting out with easier items but will be adding more intricate projects, if the interest is there. You can view current classes here. Anyone interested in private instruction is welcome to contact me for more information!

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
        Buschle: Visit www.theglassrainbow.com. I’m also on Facebook.

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          After many frustrating doctor appointments that offered lackluster solutions, a local lady was inspired to create healthy, sustainable and effective products. Keep reading to see how they changed her health, and her family’s health, for the better -- so much so, you might see them soon on Shark Tank!

          Infertility was just the beginning in a long line of struggles for Erin Christen. Before looking into IVF, she found that a recent blood test revealed her thyroid levels were on the lower end of the “normal” range.

          “Accordingly, I proceeded to an endocrinologist, and there I was diagnosed with hypothyroid,” she explains. “As soon as I started medication, we immediately became pregnant.”

          However, after she gave birth to her second child, she felt like something was still off. “I was struggling to lose weight, I was extremely fatigued all day, and I was in a horrible brain fog,” she says. “I decided to switch doctors, seeking a more proactive, more Eastern Medicine philosophy.”

          Follow a year and dozens of blood draws, vitamins, and supplements, Christen was diagnosed with additional endocrine diseases including Hasimoto’s, MTHFR Gene Mutation, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

          Her experiences with these diseases, as well as her encounters with others who also suffer from them, inspired her to launch a company alongside her husband that focuses on showing people the healthier options of everyday and seasonal products called Earthganic Elements.

          “Many products produced today contain added toxic ingredients, affecting thousands of people everyday,” says Christen. “Whether it’s the aluminum in deodorants, deet in bug repellents, or chloroform in your dryer sheets, applying these ingredients over and over is disrupting our endocrine systems, organ functions, and can even lead to cancer.”

          In addition to treating her own health conditions, Christen says that she was inspired to launch Earthganic Elements because of the family she needs to care for. “To keep my husband healthy, so he doesn’t have too many doctor appointments. So my children will have the best possible opportunity and quality of life. To keep their slate as clean as possible for as long as I can,” she says when asked where she gets her inspiration.

          Christen officially launched Earthganic Elements in July 2016 after a couple of months of local and personal testing. However, she says, she and her mother have been making personal lip balm, sunscreen, and dryer balls for years.

          Earthganic Elements creates a variety of products. There are two formulas of deodorants, one with no baking soda and one with active charocal, chest rub, a plant-based healing stick for bug bites, bees tings, rashes, cuts, and dry skin, bug repellents, sunscreens, lip balms, 100% wool dryer balls, and tooth & whitening powder. Christen says she plans to soon launch shower bombs, eczema lotion, and a muscle rub.

          Earthganic Elements is growing rapidly, according to Christen, and is becoming more available in multiple retail locations throughout Cincinnati. Customers can also order and ship through the Earthganics website<www.earthganicelements.com>.

          Christen says she started off the New Year with a trip to Las Vegas where she auditioned for Shark Tank Season 9. “As much as that is a dream, one that I am hoping will come true, I continue to present the product line face-to-face in local retail stores and national chains,” she explains.

          Soon, Christen will travel to Alaska for more retail opportunity meetings and to learn more about plant oil extraction, which will soon bring forth the creation of an “Alaskan” line of products.

          “And we are not far from offering a monthly subscription,” says Christen. “The concept of the subscription service is to remove the burden of remembering to order or purchase products before you run out.”

          The monthly membership subscriptions will offer savings to the customer.

          To learn more about Earthganic Elements, visit www.earthganicelements.com or by liking them on Instagram and Facebook. Christen says you can subscribe to receive newsletters and be on the “First to Know” list. “We’ll be launching a blog very soon to keep everyone informed on news about toxins and product updates!

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          On a mission to make the community a better place, one local fashionista is letting her sparkle shine. Learn about the organizations she’s raising funds for through trendy trunk shows in area boutiques.

          Sparkle For Good aim to make the community a better place by supporting local nonprofits.

          Inspired by making the community brighter, Michele Carey created Sparkle for Good, a boutique that pops up around Cincinnati.

          With a professional career that spanned more than 20 years, she used her spare time to work with nonprofits. Since launching Sparkle for Good, Carey is able to create a natural extension of her passion for finding ways to raise money for organizations that make the community both better and strong.

          “When you shop at Sparkle for Good, you will find beautiful, quality jewelry and gift items at affordable prices,” says Carey. “The best part is that your purchase benefits nonprofits in our community.”

          At just a little over 1-year-old, Sparkle for Good has raised approximately $5,000 to benefit its community.

          Carey says that at Sparkle for Good, she primarily sells jewelry that will make you sparkle; however, she is also building a business model that includes other women – mostly makers – whose artful work will help her create a unique gift shop that gives back.

          Products at Sparkle for Good range from $10 to $200, giving you an opportunity to purchase and give back at a price that works for you.

          If you want to see Sparkle for Good’s inventory in person, you can check them out at their pop-up shops at The Brick in OTR throughout the month of May as well as during the 2017 holiday shopping season in addition to other events throughout the year – including Cincy Chic events.

          Sparkle for Good will also be hosting upcoming events in February. The first, which will be held during Sparkle for Good’s “Be Your Valentine” weekend at The Brick from February 10-12. Proceeds from sales on Friday and Saturday will benefit Girls on the Run while proceeds from Sunday’s sales will benefit Walnut Hills Latin Class’s student trip to Rome.

          The event on February 11 will feature Miss Ohio, Alice Magoto, for “Sip Cocoa with Miss Ohio” from 10 a.m. to noon.

          “We encourage people to bring their daughters for this event where Miss Ohio will share her own story of self-acceptance and building her self-confidence as a teenage girl in today’s social media-driven world,” says Carey. “Guests will have the opportunity to try on jewelry, take photos with Miss Ohio, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate bar.’

          The mimosas will make an appearance at noon as will dietician and accountability coach Lindsey House, who will speak to guests about how to live a life of “progress not perfection.”

          “She will offer easy and natural steps to help you achieve your health goals,” adds Carey. “Together, these fabulous women will lift our hearts and open our minds to the fact that we are the true jewels of Valentine’s Day!”

          Then, on Sunday, February 12, shoppers will get the help they need finding the perfect gift for their sweetie. Sparkle for Good will open open at The Brick from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Holtman Donuts and coffee to enjoy while you shop.

          If you want to keep an eye out on the good Sparkle for Good is doing for the community, Carey says you’ll want to look for the “Women Who Sparkle” media campaign. “We will feature women and the causes they care about in our community,” says Carey.

          She adds that Sparkle for Good is still seeking nonprofits to support in 2017. “Whether it is a school group looking to raise money for their PTA, someone raising money to run for a cause, or a really great organization making a difference for people in our community, Sparkle for Good is a fun way to build awareness, gain new supporters, and raise money,” says Carey.

          If you’d like to nominate a “Woman Who Sparkles” or you know a worthy organization looking for a social event to build awareness and raise money for their cause, contact Carey at sparkleforgood@gmail.com.

          To learn more about Sparkle for Good or to see where they’ll be popping up this year, visit their Facebook page. Want to shop online? Click here.

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          Ready to look fab with the blowout that keeps on giving? Learn about the local blow dry bar that’s turning heads in the Tri-State.

          BlownCity offers a range of beauty services in Mason.

          Every once in awhile, two people will me at just the right time in their lives. Those two people will share a passion, and if the rest of the world is lucky enough, they’ll create something amazing.

          That’s the story behind Amanda Fuller and Raisa Baysal’s journey to creating BlownCity, a blow dry bar. The two met in beauty school, and with pasts in education, they both decided to make their dreams a reality.

          “Raisa saw how much passion I had for styling and knew that with both of our skills, we could create the perfect salon,” says Fuller. BlownCity officially opened its doors in Mason on May 2, 2016.

          The vision behind BlownCity was to create a place that feels like home for its clients. “Where everyone can walk in the door and feel as if they have been here many times before,” says Fuller. “We are easy-going, everyday gals who just want to share our passion for hair and beauty.”

          BlownCity is a blow dry bar that offers a shampoo followed by a stylish blowout of your choice. “A blowout is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Fuller. “You will look fabulous when you leave BlownCity, and professional blown out hair stays in place, so you’ll keep that look for longer than if you’d done it on your own at home. It’s just another perk of leaving it to the professionals.”

          In addition to blowouts, every customer is offered a complimentary beverage with each service. Other services offered by BlownCity includes brow design, waxing, haircuts, tone restoring shampoos, and makeup to name a few.

          Blowouts range for $25 to $75 depending on the style you’re looking for and your hair type. BlownCity also offers one-on-one classes for $60 to $75. Haircuts for men, women, and children range from $10 to $60, makeup from $14 to $75, and facial waxings from $10 to $12.

          BlownCity also does bridal everything, and can be booked for your upcoming nuptials. “Hair, makeup, parties, updo, lashes – you name it, we can do it,” says Fuller.

          Searching for a blowout membership? This unique idea is offered by BlownCity, as are blowout packages and even private parties. “We will come to you if you can’t come to us,” adds Fuller. The salon also offers personalized or group classes for braiding, curling, and round brushing, which is a free class if you purchase a hair tool at the salon.

          Fuller says the team at BlownCity will go out of their way to make sure customers get what they need and want. “Need a product we don’t carry? We’ll get it for you,” she says. “Need your hair done during closed hours? We will make it happen. Whatever it takes to make our guests happy!”

          Fuller says that the team at BlownCity will continue to grow and add services in 2017, adding that they will be offering hair extensions and color services in the coming months.

          To learn more about BlownCity, visit www.blowncity.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. BlownCity is located at 4764 Fields Ertel Road near the Kings Auto Mall.

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