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Sara Sybert

Sara Sybert
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at

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Thinking of putting your home on the market? This locally based business wants to be a one-stop-shop to help prepare your home to sell.

Cincy Chic: What is HOMEstretch?
Derek Shewmon, Co-Founder of HOMEstretch: HOMEstretch is a “one-stop” service that helps families prepare their homes for sale. We specialize in home clearouts, interior and exterior painting, landscape clean-up, and deep cleaning. Our goal is to make the home preparation process as simple and streamlined as possible by providing one point of contact and an exceptional and trusted service offering.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Shewmon: My business partner, Nick, and I worked together at Everything But The House. We were inspired by EBTH’s mission of helping homeowners deal with difficult situations such as the death of a loved one or downsizing of a home. Additionally, we witnessed how stressful the process of moving can be on families. EBTH does a great job helping families monetize valuable items on its marketplace, but Nick and I noticed that homeowners had bigger needs with the necessary “home prep” services such as removing unneeded items, painting, and cleaning. We felt that the home service industry was very fragmented and had a bad reputation in terms of customer service, communication, and punctuality. We created HOMEstretch to fill that need of a “one-stop”, premium service that could help any homeowner going through a life transition.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Shewmon: Nick Lobert and Derek Shewmon are the founders. Nick’s family has been in real estate for decades, and he has a true love and knowledge for the space. Nick has a sales background and spent a portion of his career helping real estate and technology companies grow. Derek has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and sold a software company and is an adjunct professor at UC teaching entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.  Derek and Nick went to grade school together at Sycamore and rekindled their friendship when their careers crossed paths at EBTH.

Cincy Chic: What services do you offer clients?
Shewmon: Most essential cosmetic improvements on a home. We specialize in clearing-out unneeded items of a home for individuals who are downsizing or dealing with the loss of a loved one. In addition to home clear-outs, we offer interior and exterior painting, carpet installation, landscape clean-up, pressure washing, window cleaning, and deep cleaning.

Cincy Chic: What makes HOMEstretch unique?
Shewmon: Our value proposition is that we are a “one-stop” service to get a home ready to list. Instead of having to call, schedule, and deal with 4 or 5 vendors, you make one call to HOMEstretch. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and communication to all of our clients. We understand that moving is  stressful, and it’s our goal to minimize the stress for our clients as much as possible.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Shewmon: HOMEstretch has been in business for 1.5 years. Our focus has been on delivering a quality and consistent service experience to all of our customers.  Our next phase in the upcoming year is continuing to get our brand and service out to new homeowners and real estate partners in Cincinnati with the potential to expand into new cities.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Shewmon: Readers are more than welcome to visit our website or  see us on  Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and NextDoor. If you’d like to give us a call, you can reach us at 513-518-5919.

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    Let the stress melt away with a mini vaca like no other, just a short drive north to Granville, Ohio. See how two retired road warriors turned their knowledge of what makes an excellent excursion into one of the best bed and breakfasts in the world.

    Jeff and Bobbi Noe are the husband and wife team behind the Welsh Hills Inn, a place TripAdvisor and Select Registry says is one of the best bed and breakfast in the world. Yet, it’s just a short drive away to Granville, just outside of Columbus. 

    “There are over 5,600-square-feet of accommodation with wide plank, heart-of-pine floors, large guest rooms and suites, luxurious bedding, and spacious bathrooms,” says Bobbi. “antiques, oriental rugs, and an extensive collection of eclectic, original artwork adorn the Inn and guest rooms. Since opening the doors of The Inn in September 2010, we’ve been privileged to host guests from all 50 states and 27 countries around the globe.”

    The Noes say they were inspired to open the Welsh Hills Inn after they caught the “bug” of staying in small bed and breakfasts and inns while traveling throughout New England, more specifically Martha’s Vineyard and Maine. 

    “In the back of our minds we always thought ‘maybe someday,'” says Bobbi. “Well, when we were looking for a home in Granville back in 2007, an 18-month adventure to find just the right place, we were looking for a property where ‘someday’ we could open up a small inn. That someday came a little over three years later, in September 2010, when The Welsh Hills Inn opened its doors to our first guests.”

    The former road warriors had finally fulfilled their dream of opening an inn and haven’t looked back. They love having the opportunity to provide their guests with a relaxing getaway on a beautiful property. 

    According to Jeff, the best time to visit the Inn is from May through early fall, when guests can relax and enjoy the outdoor heated pool and courtyard garden. 

    “Our tagline is “Relaxation. Redefined.’ and that’s what we aim to offer — whatever your idea of relaxation is, we want to offer that to you in the absolute best way possible,” says Jeff. “Kick back in the Adirondacks and enjoy a roaring fire in the outdoor stone fireplace nestled next to the woods. Watch the sunrise in a rocking chair on our wrap-around porch. Explore the wooded hiking trails, stocked fishing pond, lighted clay bocce ball court, target range, and clay shooting. Have some quiet time reading in one of our shaded hammocks or take a dip in the pool.”

    They also offer on-site professional massage services with aromatherapy, tension relieving hot river stone therapy, Swedish relaxation, deep tissue massage, and reflexology in the Inn’s Trem Pell Studio Spa. There are several packages available through the Inn that include couples massages, a babymoon package, and even an intimate wedding package.

    There are many amenities available for guests at The Inn including spacious guest rooms, en suite bathrooms, a full gourmet breakfast, plenty of outdoor living options, and more.

    When asked what they enjoy the most about running Welsh Hills Inn, they said it’s their guests who make their business so great. “Hands down, the people that we have been privileged to meet over the course of the last 10-years who come from all walks of life,” says Jeff. “So many have become frequent, returning guests over that time and brought us heartfelt friendships. We’re now at the point where, many times when The Inn is full, it’s like having your friends and family come to stay. We get to be a small part of so many special times in our guest’s lives – anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, lifelong friends gathering together, intimate weddings, elopements, proposals, and so much more.”

    The Noes provided information on what they’re doing to ensure the safety of their guests staying at the Inn during COVID-19. You can find a list of COVID-19 updates for your getaway here

    The Welsh Hills Inn is located at 2133 Cambria Mill Road in Granville, Ohio. It’s approximately 30 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio State, and the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

    To learn more about The Welsh Hills Inn or to book your stay, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    A local fitness studio wants to bring you safe, socially distanced classes - for free! Click here to read more.

    It’s difficult trying to stay healthy during a pandemic. Many gyms and fitness studios are in search of ways to connect with their clients without sacrificing their health and well-being. 

    To help the community stay fit while staying healthy, Pure Barre Cincinnati-oakley has teamed up with 3CDC to offer complimentary classes at Washington Park. 

    “Many people are looking for a way to get fit right now while staying safe and maintaining social distance in light of COVID-19,” says Kendra Northgard, Co-Owner of Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley. “We created these classes to enable anyone and everyone to participate in our workouts safely, outside in a convenient and beautiful environment. Plus, it’s completely free! If you’ve ever been interested in trying Pure Barre, this is a great way to do it.”

    To put on the classes, Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley worked with its long-standing partner 3CDC. Together, they wanted to bring these classes to more people to show them that these classes are for everyone. “Anyone can get fit with Pure Barre regardless of your shape, age, gender, or fitness level,” says Northgard. “All are welcome, and no special skills are required.”  

    The classes are held every Wednesday at 7:00 pm now through August 26 at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. 

    You can learn more and register for an upcoming free class at Northgard says to plan to arrive early as space is limited and spots are filled on a first come first serve basis to ensure safe social distancing. “Wear comfortable workout attire and bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water,” she adds. “Mask wearing is encouraged.” 

    You can also visit the studio and try out a class if you’re unable to get to the free classes at Washington Park. Pure Barre Cincinnati-Oakley is located at 3083 Madison Road in Cincinnati. You can sign up for a class at or by calling 513-321-5800. 

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    Give your brain a getaway with a new project that aims to improve mental health through art making and journaling.

    Cincy Chic: What is Scribble?
    Stephanie Homan, Founder of Scribble: Scribble provides a series of activity cards that get people involved in art making and journaling. The process is simple. Choose from one of Scribble’s emotion categories: anxiety, any emotion, confidence, focus, gratitude or happiness. Each card has a coordinating color and icon to identify what emotion the activity targets. Once you decide on an emotion, read the fronts of the coordinating cards and decide which activity sounds the most beneficial for your current state of mind. The back of your chosen card will guide you through 2-3 art making steps to activate your mind and body. After completing the create prompt, Scribble guides you through 2-3 journaling questions to help you process what you created and think about your emotions at a deeper level. Each of the 19 activities are designed to help the brain discover new insights that can smooth the path of your mental health journey.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Homan: College was an extremely stressful time for me as I was constantly searching for outlets to release the stress of classes, organizations and work. I began to journal in the mornings to kickstart my day and doodle in the evenings as a way to unwind. As my last year of college at the Ohio State University approached, I began to think of topics for my visual communication design senior thesis and decided to look into the world of art therapy. I filtered through psychology websites and case studies, sent out surveys to learn how people participate in art making and journaling, conducted focus groups, and interviewed art therapists. After weeks of research, Scribble was born. 

    Initially designed as an app for my thesis, people would approach me and ask when I would make Scribble a reality. I realized the demand and interest for Scribble and decided to put Scribble’s activities into the world in card form. It took about 7 months to come up with activities, illustrate all of the cards, find a good quality printer, conduct user testing, design a website, begin advertising on social media, and, finally, launch my Etsy shop.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Homan: I’m Stephanie, an alumni from The Ohio State University’s visual communication design program, a full time web designer and the creator of Scribble. On a more personal note, I have a geeky love for architecture, pizza and dogs and a newfound obsession with Animal Crossing! I became a designer to use my creative brain to solve problems that exist in our communities and the world. When I design, I want to have purpose behind the details of my design, and also have my designs to be used for a purpose. Through my design program, part time creative jobs and summer internships, my knowledge of design and devotion for creativity has broadened. I now look for the opportunities that will not only expand on my own experience, but will make an impact on people and the community. I believe Scribble is one of those opportunities. In the future, I see Scribble in people’s homes, in art therapy offices and in classrooms. I see Scribble impacting our communities by helping people become more in tune with their own emotions and therefore having more empathy for others.

    Cincy Chic: How can readers purchase Scribble?
    Homan: Scribble is available on my Etsy shop.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Scribble unique?
    Homan: Scribble allows people to focus on their emotions without verbally expressing them. This isn’t just a journaling prompt or a simple drawing activity. Scribble gives you options to focus on your specific emotions. Each drawing prompt is designed to help you process your emotions before putting them into words. The journaling prompt asks you targeted yet open ended questions where you can use your drawing to help write about how you’re feeling. Scribble allows you to have a unique experience while processing your emotions.

    Cincy Chic: How does Scribble help its users?
    Homan: Throughout my research, I learned a lot about how art and journal reflections can improve mental health. The decline of mental health is largely due to the loss of communication between brain cells. Scribble focuses on art making and journaling to stimulate parts of the brain and form new connections between cells. Through this process, people have the ability to improve their self esteem, experience more positive thinking, de-stress, and enhance their overall mental health. Scribble can help individuals seeking self-expression and a boost to their mental health. Scribble can be a valuable product to add to art therapy toolkits or to offer clients as homework. These activities can also be done 1 on 1 with a guidance counselor to target specific emotions with a student, or a teacher could guide an entire classroom through an activity to strengthen the emotional intelligence of students. Scribble can be used in many ways by different people, and everyone can benefit from paying more attention to their emotions. Scribble can be their guide.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Homan: Visit to learn more and follow Scribble on Instagram.


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      What happens when a local mom befriends a reality TV star with weekly phone calls? Listen in to find out, as these two strangers launch a new podcast while their friendship develops and hilarious life adventures unfold. Read on for more!

      How many times in your life have you wished you could be a fly on the wall? Listening in on secrets and conversations without actually partaking in the conversation? Thanks to the podcast Imperfect Strangers, you can do just that. 

      “Imperfect Strangers is a podcast where the listener is invited each week into a private phone conversation between two women, my co-host Melissa and me,” says Imperfect Strangers co-host Amanda Strong. “We are total and complete strangers. Each time we chat, we get to know one another a little better while the audience gets to know us both. It’s perfect for people who love to eavesdrop.”

      The story behind Imperfect Strangers goes back to November 2019 when Strong had her own podcast called Your Mom Has a Podcast. Most of her guests on the show were friends or friends of friends, but then along came Melissa, the first guest of Strong’s who she didn’t know or have a mutual connection to. 

      “I actually first ‘met’ Melissa with the rest of the world in 2000 when she appeared on the cast of The Real World New Orleans,” says Strong. “As the show was airing on MTV, I found Melissa’s blog online called Princess Melissa and began reading along with watching the show. Over the years I enjoyed Melissa’s sense of humor through reading her blog. Turns out, we were in the same seasons of life at the same time, serious boyfriends became husbands, wedding plans turned into trying to conceive, etc. Because I enjoyed Melissa’s transparency and humor about life, about her role as a wife and mother, I thought she’d be a great voice for Your Mom Has a Podcast.”

      The two connected and talked about similar issues and obstacles they were encountering, from making mom friends to dealing with social anxiety. After taking a step away from public life, Strong says she was surprised that Melissa agreed to be on her podcast.

      A redo turned into a weekly conversation and by the end of Your Mom Has a Podcast, the two knew that there was more to be had in their new friendship. Since then, they’ve gotten to know each other week by week through phone calls. Those conversations became a lot more in-depth as COVID-19 spread and stay-at-home orders were issued. 

      “Since December we have gotten to know one another week by week through these phone calls when in April, both navigating new roles as home schoolers, activity directors, camp counselors, and short-order cooks due to COVID, we found our voice,” says Strong. “The podcast wasn’t about motherhood, it was about total strangers creating a long-distance friendship and finding connection in the face of a pandemic. Each week we find ourselves marveling in our similarities but then also howling in laughter when we discover hilariously tragic differences of opinion.” 

      Aside from the roles they have in their podcast, Strong is a graphic designer, wife, and mother of three who lives in Cincinnati. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom of three and wife who lives on Long Island, and just so happens to have been on MTV’s Real World New Orleans.

      Strong is a self-proclaimed podcast junkie, but says that she’s never heard anything else in the podcast space like Imperfect Strangers. 

      “Melissa and I both appreciate candid and honest conversation,” she says. “We like a well-placed profanity. And with Melissa, she basically presented herself to the world with her personality in her 20s and used that experience to go on to host other TV shows including one with Chelsea Handler and tons of public speaking. Talking, storytelling has sort of been her thing, through her writing and locked social media, even after she shied away from the spotlight. We are unafraid to talk about most anything and do so in a way that is a safe space for us each to share our different perspectives without judgement.”

      Additionally, when each episode of the podcast goes up, Melissa stays up and posts to their Instagram Stories with a “live” interactive show that supplements what they talk about in the episode.

      “This includes blast from the past photos, pop cultural references, parenting tips – anything referenced in the episode,” says Strong. “So when you listen to an episode, you can plug into our Instagram account and catch the story live or watch it in our archive at a later date while you listen.” 

      Listeners, dubbed Strangers, are also invited to join in on the conversation during their Live Instagram Show.

      “Sometimes we just become background noise for them while they carry on together in the chat,” says Strong. “We’ve built this awesome community of new ‘friends’ and we’re all getting to know one another through the show. Melissa and I create and produce the show top to bottom together. So it’s been interesting to not only be getting to know someone on a personal level but also to be working with them too.” 

      Currently, Imperfect Strangers is halfway through its first season, which Strong says is a huge milestone in the podcasting world. Strong says she and Melissa have been talking about where they go next and are looking forward to seeing how they grow. 

      “As we look ahead there will definitely be exclusive content, both audio and visual, through Patreon,” says Strong. “A website is in the works as is a Strangers newsletter where subscribers get access to behind-the-scenes aspects of the show.”

      You can find Imperfect Strangers anywhere you listen to podcasts each Friday night at midnight Eastern Time. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocketcast, Radio Public and They’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To contact them, you can send an email to


      The link in the bio on the Instagram account will send you to a place to sign up for their email blast, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest with Imperfect Strangers.

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      Looking for an alternative treatment for pesky issues like allergies, pain or inflammation? A Centerville-based salt room and medical massage clinic wants to help. 

      Benjamin Pfeiffer graduated from the Dayton School of Medical Massage in 2010. Today he works as a licensed massage therapist and the owner behind The Centerville Salt room & Medical Massage clinic. 

      “The Centerville Salt Room & Medical Massage clinic provides the proven relief of medical massage from excellent licensed massage therapists, along with Halotherapy, the cutting-edge respiratory treatment sweeping the nation,” explains Pfeiffer. 

      This new trend in respiratory therapy is also known as salt therapy, and is an emerging type of natural therapy. “It is widely popular in European countries,and is gaining popularity in the states,” adds Pfeiffer. “It is completely natural, drug-free, non-invasive, and safe for all ages, including children.”

      The mission at the Centerville Salt Room & Medical Massage clinic is to provide the community with holistic, natural, sound of mind and body treatments with the Halotherapy and massage services. 

      “We believe that wellness begins from within, and we are here to serve those who wish to approach wellness from a natural perspective,” he says.

      The Halotherapy treatments from the Centerville Salt Room & Medical Massage clinic involves relaxing in a room that is encased in salt, and during the treatment a piece of equipment, called a halogenerator, grinds pharmaceutical-grade pure salt into fine micro particles, giving them a beneficial negative ion charge, and releases it into the salt room. Pfeiffer says that the salty air is then able to deliver the respiratory treatment and is what makes halotherapy effective. 

      “The negative ions activate the healing process on a cellular level, helping the body restore itself naturally and effectively,” he adds. 

      The holistic approach that comes from using Halotherapy is unique and offers several benefits. 

      “Pure salt has natural properties that can be beneficial, including anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties,” says Pfeiffer. 

      Halotherapy can also help to treat many disorders, including: asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus infections, cystic fibrosis, nervousness and poor concentration, unhealthy skin, eczema, psoriasis, snoring, ear infections, and emphysema. 

      “The Halogenerator is the single most important part of halotherapy,” says Pfeiffer. “While a standard salt cave, natural or engineered, will have tons of beneficial negative ion emitting salt, our halogenerator  provides a more effective treatment in much less time. We can deliver results more quickly and effectively.”

      The Centerville Salt Room & Medical Massage is located at 65 S. Main Street near Independence Square in Centerville, Ohio. 

      To learn more about the Centerville Salt Room & Medical Massage, visit You can also give them a “like” on Facebook

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      A local woman recently launched a business that delivers healthy, ready-made meals to your doorstep. Click here for all the delicious details!

      Cincy Chic: What is The Heirloom Chef?
      Jackie Djordjevic, Founder of The Heirloom Chef: The Heirloom Chef offers healthy meals to your doorstep in the Cincinnati area. We focus on both individual meals as well as family style meals. We prepare and deliver to your door and the customer just has to reheat. We work out of the Findlay Kitchen in downtown Cincinnati.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Djordjevic: I was inspired to launch The Heirloom Chef for two reasons. I wanted to launch a meal delivery service because I wanted to make healthy meals for busy families. I also ran into my own struggles as a young adult with autoimmune disease and found myself on a journey to changing my lifestyle so that I could have a better quality of life. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and I wanted to offer not-so-boring to Cincinnati!

      Cincy Chic: What types of meals do you offer customers?
      Djordjevic: Each week you’ll find a new menu to order from and delivery is made straight to your door the following week. There are tons of things on the menu, so it’s hard to find something you won’t like. Since the menu is constantly changing you can truly never get food boredom.

      Heirloom Chef Owner Jackie Djordjevic

      Cincy Chic: What are some fan favorites?
      Djordjevic: Some of our fan favorites include Shepherd’s pie, braised pulled pork with roasted plantain salad, and prosciutto wrapped cod with a lemon caper sauce. We also offer vegan/vegetarian meals. Our meals are also free of dairy, wheat, processed sugars, and additives, and we work with families who have special dietary requests. We are the only Whole30 approved partner in Cincinnati, so we follow the Whole30 guidelines for preparing the food.

      Cincy Chic: How far do you travel to deliver meals to customers?
      Djordjevic: Meal prep and delivery services are available to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
      Djordjevic: To learn more about Heirloom Chef, visit There you can subscribe to emails for weekly menus. You can also follow along with the Heirloom Chef on Facebook and Instagram.

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        Live life, do good, and drink beer. That’s the idea behind Sharonville’s first craft brewery a group of friends teamed up to open after deciding life was too short to wait on their dreams. Keep reading to drink up the details.

        Bonnie Collins runs “The Brewery Wife” behind-the-scenes page for Third Eye Brewing, Sharonville’s first craft brewery.

        Tom Schaefer, Mark Buchy, Tim Tollins, Terry Krieg, and Tom Collins love making beer. They love it so much that they opened Sharonville’s first craft brewery, Third Eye Brewing

        “We have been making beer and other hand-crafted beverages for friends and family for over 20 years,” says Krieg. “It is a labor of love that we want to share with you in a casual yet inspiring local setting where folks just want to chill and have a good time.”

        The goal at Third Eye Brewing is to create a range of beers and other handcrafted beverages to meet a wide variety of tastes, even for non-beer drinkers. “This has been a dream for quite a while and life is too short to wait for ‘someday,’” says Krieg.

        For founder Tom Collins and his wife Bonnie (who keeps a behind-the-scenes Facebook Page called The Brewery Wife), the “life is too short” sentiment is all too real. After recently losing their 14-year-old daughter Maya to a rare form of leukemia, they created the Live Like Maya Foundation in her honor. Third Eye Brewing Company is sponsoring the Live Like Maya Foundation with merchandise sold at the brewery and on the brewery website, as part of their “Live life, do good, and drink beer” mission.

        At Third Eye Brewing, they are on a mission to help everyone open their “mind’s eye” to a world of new possibilities, one pint at a time. Third Eye Brewing is located in Sharonville’s Northern Lights District and features a large, open taproom with plenty of outdoor space including a covered patio that can be used all year long.

        Krieg says the founders at Third Eye Brewing are adamant about trying new things, and the experimentations that go along with them. So, Krieg explains, the brews are just that: a variety of new things and experimentations. The newly opened brewery wants to land on recipes that will not only become popular brews, but they also want input from customers to determine what those permanent brews will be.

        “We actually love the idea of creating our beers together with the community,” says Krieg. “We offer a wide range of styles from the latest trendy IPAs to more traditional, European-inspired lagers, ales, and even a few ciders. Our goal is to make sure everyone finds a favorite or two that they can call their own.”

        Although the taproom is now open, Third Eye Brewing wants customers to take note of COVID-19 guidelines. “We ask that upon entry, you see our hostess to be seated,” says Krieg. “Once you are assigned a table, please stand in line in our floor stickers to place your order at the bar. Runners will bring your food to your table. You must be seated to eat and drink. All tables are 6 feet apart, all staff are wearing masks, and dogs are not permitted at this time. Your safety is our highest priority.” 

        Third Eye Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm-11pm, and Sunday from 12-8pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the taproom. They are located at 11276 Chester Road in Sharonville. 

        To learn more about Third Eye Brewing, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram

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        Small gatherings are making a comeback and one local company is here for it with beautiful foodboards. Read on for the delicious details.

        Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now. They’re delicious and the perfect snack to have when you’re hosting a party. Even though gatherings are limited for the time being, the boards are ideal for small groups as well. 

        After months apart, isolation has taken a toll on many. Inspired by the idea of bringing people together for meaningful conversations, well before COVID-19, Aida Ramusovic launched GoodBord, crafting foodboards with sourced and curated local and international foods.

        There are currently four different food boards available from GoodBord, including The Montenegrin, The Mediterranean, The Tristate Picnic, and For the Love of Green. 

        Ramusovic says The Montenegrin is the most loved and flavorful board. “It’s a delicious board with a variety of European-inspired cheese from goat, sheep, and cow milk, along with the best European and American meats, local jams, fruit, pickles, and nuts,” she says. “It’s also available as a meat or cheese-only board.”

        The Mediterranean offers specialty cheese, dried and pickled vegetables, dried and fresh fruits, nuts, jams, and truffle spread. 

        The Tristate Picnic is curated with all local meats, goat, sheep, and cow milk cheeses, pickled vegetables, dried fruits, and jams. “It’s a Midwestern board with an international vibe,” adds Ramusovic.

        For the Love of Green is a board that’s made of vegetables and fruits, house-made hummus, and a seasonal dip. “It’s nature’s gift of greens,” she says.

        When customers order the boards, they can choose to have GoodBord set things up for you or do it yourself. “Usually, for boards up to 12 people, we would set up enough food and deliver it ready for you to uncover and enjoy,” says Ramusovic.

        The boards, which are made from recycled materials like bamboo and palm leaves, are left for the customers to keep after their gathering. Gluten-free and nut-free options are also available for those with dietary restrictions. 

        Ramusovic says that the safety and well-being of her customers and their guests are essential. GoodBord employees wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect, they wear masks at all times, surfaces are cleaned using biodegradable, organic disinfectants, routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, and increased cleaning frequencies overall.

        To learn more about GoodBord, visit

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        Moms have been carrying a much heavier load lately, and doesn’t it figure everything was closed for Mother’s Day? See how one local spa is helping moms get the day off they deserve this year.

        This year is looking a little (ok, a lot) different than we ever expected. When the calendar flipped to January 1, it was a time filled with inspiration, fresh starts and big plans. A few months later, COVID-19 brought much of that to a screeching halt. As unease and worry grew, routines and plans were uprooted. And for parents, the “village” it takes to raise a child disappeared.

        “Parents were all the sudden juggling kids at home all day, trying to manage their school work with their own work, plus all the extra cooking, cleaning, and worries. Moms shouldered so much of that extra weight,” says Marnie Gosser, spa manager at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. “And for Mother’s Day — the one day a year moms really allow themselves a day off to relax and restore — most businesses were closed, so they didn’t get the day they deserve this year more than ever. We wanted to change that.”

        Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound created a “Mother’s Day Redo” package to give mom the day of pampering she didn’t get but definitely earned this year, says Gosser. Priced at $185, the package includes a 50-minute massage, a Signature Pedicure, a Spa Manicure, and a gift bag. The first 20 packages will also include a $10 gift card to Frutta Bowls.

        Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is located in the Deerfield Towne Center at 5485 Deerfield Blvd in Mason. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for information on giveaways and contests. Learn more at