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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. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    From a high-end fashion designer to a foodie blogger, learn about this local mom of two (soon to be three!) who’s taking over the Internet one delectable delight at a time! Keep reading for all the delicious details.

    Fashion designer Amy Kirchen hung up her heels to stay at home with her girls and launch a food blog, The Guiding Spoon.
    Fashion designer Amy Kirchen hung up her heels to stay at home with her girls and launch a food blog, The Guiding Spoon.

    Former fashion designer Amy Kirchen did a 360 in her fabulous heels to focus on her family last year. Now, she’s taking on a new challenge – a food blog – that she can do right from the comfort of her kitchen.

    The Guiding Spoon is a food blog, created by Kirchen, to encourage others and inspire them to cook and bake. “I owned a boutique and custom clothing line for around five years in Cincinnati, and closed my business last year to focus on my small children,” she explains.

    With the extra time she was spending at home being momma to her two little girls, Kirchen found that she was struggling to plan meals and felt a little intimidated by the kitchen. While searching for the encouragement she needed to get in there and cook, she also found inspiration.

    Kirchen says she was inspired to launch The Guiding Spoon in order to help others who need kitchen guidance with a little encouragement. She wanted to be able to help them find the confidence to cook delicious meals without being intimidated.

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    “I started The Guiding Spoon to inspire others to get their hands dirty in the kitchen (besides cleaning!),” she says. “The kitchen is for cooking and I believe it should be all frills and no fuss.”

    To help with the stress that can sometimes accompany a new hobby, she says that she likes to throw in dashes of humor and relatable life happenings.

    She’s now got a year under her belt of creating fun recipes, learning to love her kitchen, and starting to see the art of cooking and baking as something similar to the art she practiced before closing her boutique’s doors.

    To help give readers confidence in preparing the recipes she offers online, Kirchen photographs step-by-step instructions to stop you from asking yourself, “Is it supposed to look like this?”

    While she has been home for a year, Kirchen says she only just recently decided to launch her blog. However, despite its new release in August 2016, The Guiding Spoon has already enjoyed some celebrity limelight, as she was recently featured in a BuzzFeed article.

    Amy Kirchen, Founder of The Guiding Spoon
    Amy Kirchen, Founder of The Guiding Spoon

    When describing the experience of being featured on BuzzFeed, Kirchen says it was insane. “I think there were like 40,000 readers in a few hours!” she says. “My site viewers and followers exploded. It was amazing exposure!”

    Of the many recipes Kirchen has featured on her blog, she says that her husband’s grandmother’s Apfel Kuchen (apple cake) is her favorite. A recipe that’s well over 100 years old, you can check out the recipe here.

    A lot is on the horizon for Kirchen and her family, as they’ll soon be adopting a little girl from Armenia. She says that in addition to their new family member, she plans to continue “creating recipes that her followers will love” and building on the content she’s already published for readers.

    To learn more and follow along with Kirchen and her blog, visit www.theguidingspoon.com. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter and like her on Facebook.

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    A local esthetician is bringing a new technique to the Tri-State called microblading. Learn more about the technique and how she can take your eyebrows from drab to fab!

    Microblading is a new technique that gives you natural-looking eyebrows.
    Microblading is a new technique that gives you natural-looking eyebrows.

    In today’s beauty world, eyebrows are everything. But what do you do if you don’t love the way they look? Thanks to a unique technique, microblading, you can change all of that.

    Katy Keffer decided specialize in this embroidery-like semi-permanent technique, and recently launched her business, Cincinnati Microblading. “Cincinnati Microblading is a unique eyebrow embroidery technique producing a natural-looking semi-permanent eyebrow lasting one to three years,” explains Keffer. “Unlike other processes that create a more solid appearing brow, Cincinnati Microblading uses featherlike strokes following your bone structure and simulating your natural hair for a realistic-looking eyebrow.”

    According to Keffer, the imperfections you find in your brows can be corrected via microblading’s PhiBrow technique, which is done with Cincinnati Microblading.

    Keffer says her inspiration for opening Cincinnati Microblading was the way beautifully shaped eyebrows frame a face and highlight your eyes. ”Helping clients overcome their brow imperfections caused by a variety of reasons including alopecia, trichotillomania, thinning due to age, follicle damage caused by injury or improper waxing is what inspired Cincinnati Microblading,” she explains.

    Katy Keffer, Founder of Cincinnati Microblading
    Katy Keffer, Founder of Cincinnati Microblading

    Keffer began her career in the cosmetology industry back in 2008, where she trained with master-stylists in one of Manhattan’s premier salons and graduating at the top of her class from Aveda’s Frederic’s Institute. “I take great pride in being selected to work with world-class instructors,” she says. “And, most recently, I trained under Julia Milin, the revolutionary microblading artists featured on Good Morning America and dubbed the ‘Microblading Guru of the U.S.’”

    Keffer says she is excited about offering this revolutionary service for those in the Tri-State who want to improve the appearance of their eyebrows.

    The process of microblading is rather new to the U.S. According to Keffer, eyebrow embroidery is a manual, semi-permanent processed that’s compared to permanent makeup. “Your brow is designed by taking into consideration your natural bone structure, hair growth, and symmetry using a ‘Golden Ratio’ calculation,” explains Keffer. “One the desired shape is achieved, personally formulated pigment is deposited into the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. Feather-like strokes produce a crisp, natural, and flawless brow.”

    Keffer says that the initial procedure lasts for approximately three hours, followed up by a perfection touch-up session about 4-6 weeks after your visit. The cost of the initial procedure is $500. To enhance the shape or color of your brows after a year or so, the session is $250. “Microblading is a great option to enhance your eyes without permanent or surgical procedures,” she says.

    Keffer adds that because of the uniqueness of the microblading process she offers, she’s unable to retouch brows that were done using other techniques.

    When asked what it is that makes Cincinnati Microblading unique, Keffer says that her personalized training by Julia Milin takes the cake. In addition, Keffer says she not only has a classically artistic style, but she offers a professional, unique, and personalized experience.

    To learn more about Cincinnati Microblading, and to see before and after photos along with a step-by-step procedure guide, visit www.cincinnatimicroblading.com. On the website you can book an appointment, schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your eyebrow concerns, and talk more about the benefits of microblading. You can also follow along on social media – on Instagram and Facebook.

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    Cincinnati’s chapter of a national brew-loving organization hosts a variety of events to build a community of local women who love craft beer. Read on for more.

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    Cincinnati Girls Pint Out aims to build community between women who are fans of the craft beer industry.

    Love socializing, craft beer, and fundraising? If so, then Cincinnati’s chapter of Girls Pint Out is for you.

    Girls Pint Out, or “GPO,” is a national craft beer organization for women with more than 90 chapters in 35 states. Their mission, according to Cincinnati GPO chapter head Amy Kearns, is to “build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community.” GPO provides an opportunity for discussion, education, and fun through social media, meet-ups, and local events.

    Cincinnati GPO has something going on at least once a week. Sometimes it’s just a casual meet-up, where members grab a pint and have some food and conversation. These take place at local breweries, bars, bottle shops, and other locations. Some establishments set up events, such as special tappings, specifically for Cincinnati GPO and sometimes local food trucks come.

    Cincinnati GPO hosts a variety of events, including tours of local breweries and brew bus tours; educational events such as home brewing classes; beer and food pairings, like the popular beer and donut event; joint meetups with other local groups; fundraising events for local charitable organizations; and volunteering at local events, such as the Brewer’s Open Charity Golf Classic, which benefitted ProKids. It also recently had a pints and coloring night at a local brewery to collect money and school supplies for a local charity and another event to collect feminine hygiene products and money to benefit a couple of other local charities.

    “We love fresh, new ideas for events from our members,” says Kearns, who runs the Cincinnati chapter with fellow heads Kat Finn and Lesley Hugo. “In fact, anyone in the group can plan an event.”

    The Cincinnati chapter of GPO also frequently meets up with other Midwest chapters. In November, several members will be going to Grand Rapids, Michigan to join members from other Midwest GPO chapters for a special tour of Founders Brewing Co. and visits to other breweries in the area.

    “It’s a great opportunity to network with other GPO ladies, share ideas, and strengthen our community,” Kearns says.

    There’s a lot of sharing between chapters of the organization, which started in Indianapolis in early 2010. The Cincinnati chapter, which was founded in 2013, frequently meets up with the Dayton chapter; the two branches participate in each other’s events and are planning some joint events.

    There is no membership fee or application process. To join, just show up to an event, Kearns says, and new members are always welcome. To learn more about Cincinnati GPO, check out their website and social media platforms: Facebook, Meetup, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    A local Francophile is bringing a French touch to the Tri-State. Learn about her private fitness studio and how she’s placing an emphasis on self-love to get you to where you want to be mentally and physically.

    Jill Landis, Founder of Bell et Bien Fitness in O'Bryonville.
    Jill Landis, Founder of Belle et Bien Fitness in O’Bryonville.

    To Jill Landis, fitness is more than just an hour at the gym a few times a week – it’s a lifestyle.

    “Every decision we make affects our health and happiness; what we eat, how we sleep, what we think, and how we exercise,” says Landis.

    This thought process is why Landis started her private fitness studio Belle et Bien Fitness. “We specialize in small group training that builds strength while maximizing calorie burn,” she says. “Our classes blend traditional strength-training with bodyweight exercises and plyometrics.”

    The program offered at Belle is structured to meet the needs of each individual client, whether they’ve never worked out a day in their life or are a seasoned athlete, to everyone in between, Landis wants everyone to achieve their fitness goals.

    In addition to the private fitness studio, Landis offers information and support for building an overall healthier lifestyle, including assistance with making nutritional choices.

    Landis says she was also inspired to launch Belle through a promotion of change resulting in self-love rather than self-hate. “We promote self-acceptance as the path to fitness,” she explains. “For this reason, there are no mirrors in the workout space. Furthermore, our message is that exercise and good nutrition are a reward, not a punishment.”

    Landis has a background in the health and fitness world, which is what makes her decision to open up a fitness studio all the better. A certified personal trainer and group instructor, Landis has years of experience helping people make the necessary changes needed to get and stay fit.

    “The program at Belle is intended to be used as the best of two models for fitness success: The individual attention of personal training and the comradery and affordability of group fitness,” she says.

    There are two categories of classes offered at Belle: strength and cardio. Landis says that the strength classes target specific muscle groups through a variety of exercises and modalities such as traditional strength training, bodyweight exercises, and postures borrowed from yoga and other traditions. The second category is cardio. “Cardio classes are designed, through a blend of strength-based exercises and plyometric movies, to increase overall calorie burn,” explains Landis. One of the most popular classes at Belle thanks to its efficiency in achieving a maximum burn is HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

    Although the studio is new, Landis just opened the doors to Belle on October 1, it brings a unique quality to the Tri-State. Located in a converted photography studio, there are hardwood floors, chandelier lighting, and high ceilings – making you feel like you’re in a relaxing atmosphere doing workouts that feel as though you should be in a hardcore training gym.

    “It’s an interesting blend that speaks to a core truth: beauty is sweat, sweat is beauty,” says Landis.

    Another attribute of Belle’s uniqueness is the name of the studio. A self-proclaimed Francophile, Landis has the tendency to blend the French language and culture into different aspects of Belle. “The studio name and design, the names of workouts, and elements of the traditional French lifestyle including the high value the French place on fresh, lovingly-prepared food shared with others makes the studio unique,” she says.

    Landis says that although Belle is a brand new studio, she will be offering plenty of new classes and other workshops. “We are hoping to begin a class just for expectant and new moms in November,” she adds. She also wants to add more 30-minute HIIT classes to the schedule in the coming months and hosting a variety of lifestyle programs.

    Belle is located at 1989 Madison Road in historic O’Bryonville, next to Bob Roncker’s Running Spot.

    To learn more more Belle et Bien Fitness, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To schedule a private consultation, call 513-813-0031 or click here to drop in and try your first class for free.

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    While this local business started with creative at-home parties for friends, they now offer team building experiences to the corporate world and it’s taking off! Read on for all the decorative details.

    Gild Collective is taking a new focus to the corporate level with their creative workshops to help foster relationships between women in the workplace.
    Gild Collective is taking a new focus to the corporate level with their creative workshops to help foster relationships between women in the workplace.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us about Gild Collective’s new creative workshops!
    Kelsey Pytlik, Co-Founder of Gild Collective: Gild Collective helps women connect through creative workshops that focus on this unique challenges. We guide groups through thought-provoking discussion and exercises, and address the topics that are most important to your organization. We end the experience with a creative project that serves as an ongoing reminder to lead and live with greater confidence and passion.

    Cincy Chic: What do these creative workshops entail?
    Pytlik: Our creative workshops for companies and sororities are the new hallmark of Gild Collective. For a typical workshop, we recommend a half-day (4 hours) for the full workshop experience. With this amount of time, a minimum of two facilitators begin the experience with a quick exercise to help everyone in the group focus on the workshop ahead (rather than their work sitting back on their desk) before diving into guided discussion and activities focused on the topic track that has been selected and tailored for the organization.

    The second half of the workshop is focused on the creative project. While the individual projects are accessible for crafters of any level and can be completed in under an hour, we continue to incorporate discussion into the project and allow time for the women to work together and bond over the shared experience.

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    Kelsey Pytlik and Rachel Bauer, Founders of Gild Collective

    Cincy Chic: What inspired you to start the workplace workshops?
    Pytlik: We started the company a year and a half ago with the goal of unlocking confidence in women through creativity in community. When we first began, we did this primarily through at-home craft parties that made it easy for women to get together, try something new, and build each other up in the process. After crafting with nearly 2,000 women through these parties, we gathered feedback on what made for the most impactful experiences and began offering creative workshops that focused on women’s leadership in the workplace. After our first workshop with Procter & Gamble, Rachel and I walked away elated. We realized that by adding moderated discussion and exercises to the experience of the creative project, we could make a true difference within organizations and execute even more strongly against our original mission. The feedback that we have receive has been outstanding – Gild workshops are unique, powerful, and offer a fun, collaborative activity that stands out from the basic networking that was previously available within organizations.

    Cincy Chic: What activities do you bring along for the creative workshops?
    Pytlik: We have three topics available and we design different guided discussion and reflection activities around each one. We also incorporate exercises that help to drive home the points we are making. The topics include:

    • Building confidence: We underscore the difference between speaking up and being outspoken, and examine what “I’m sorry” really means in the office. Our participants reflect on their accomplishments, explore the notion of personal pride, and seize the space they deserve to take up in the room.
    • Fostering mentorship and relationships: No matter what they say, there’s enough room for everyone at the table. We unpack the struggles of climbing the corporate ladder, lay emphasis on building positive relationships, and explore what it means to pay it forward.
    • Overcoming unjust moments: Even tougher than asking the question – “is it because I’m a woman?” – is learning the real answer? We dissect issues of discrimination as a group, drill to the root causes, and, most importantly, provide concrete tools to address them and drive women’s equality forward.

    Cincy Chic: What is your goal for the workplace workshops?
    Pytlik: Depending on the topic track, our objectives may vary, but at a high level each participant should walk away with:

    • A new perspective on a given topic (ex. A renewed sense of confidence or passion, an identification of another co-worker to mentor, and tools to do so effectively).
    • An actionable skill to fuel a more equal playing field for men and women in the workplace.
    • A deeper bond with the women she calls co-workers – by participating in discussion and exercises, women have the opportunity to learn about one another and foster that bond through the creative project.
    • A tangible takeaway that serves as a reminder to lead and live with greater confidence and passion.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Gild Collective’s workplace workshops unique?
    Pytlik: Our workshops are unique because they combine the impact of a motivational speaker with the enjoyment of an activity-based team building gathering. We know that companies are looking for ways to show employee appreciation and create stronger teams, and they typically turn to things like happy hours or outings to accomplish this. But they are still left with the need to address deeper topics and motivate their employees. Our workshops do both, tying together a bonding experience with exercises that create strong, more effective employees. Readers can hear more of us talking about why we’ve incorporated a creative project into Gild Collective’s mission here and here.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for Gild Collective?
    Pytlik: Our holiday collection hit the site on October 1. It’s perfect for holiday parties of small teams within organizations. We had great success with our holiday offering last year and are excited to bring new projects to the table.

    Right now we’re working to refine and build our workshop offerings. At the moment, we have three topics and four projects, but we expect these to change and grow along with the issues that are the most important to organizations.

    We also keep a running “big dreams” document, and have plans to create an ongoing network that women will be invited to join after they participate in a Gild workshop – think of it as joining the Gild Collective. We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet, but we want to create a forum where people can keep the conversation going and find support and mentorship well beyond their own organization.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Gild Collective and your new workshops?
    Pytlik: Visit www.gildcollective.com for more or send us an email at info@gildcollective.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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      From small town Ohio to the beaches of Florida and back again, this local blogger, digital designer, vegetarian and pet lover is sharing the adventures of her life on her chic website and blog. Keep reading for all the chic and sparkly details.

      Sarah Dickerson uses her blog, Chic Sprinkles, to share her life adventures.
      Sarah Dickerson uses her blog, Chic Sprinkles, to share her life adventures.

      From Design Sponge to The Everygirl, Sarah Dickerson uses her corner of the internet to share her life adventures on the blog Chic Sprinkles Design and Photography.

      A dog-loving designer, Dickerson uses her blog to not only share her life’s adventures, but to share photography, design, laughter, and a look at the world from the eyes of her shih tzu Coco Bean.

      “She is my muse, child, and my bff,” laughs Dickerson.

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      Sarah Dickerson and her shih tzu Coco Bean

      “I am a designer, photographer, animal lover, plant eater, wife, and dog mom,” says Dickerson. “History fascinates me, Steve Martin makes me laugh, old white brick homes steal my heart, God is always the first and last person I talk to daily, and I will always prefer to hang out with the dog while at a party.”

      That’s why when you read Dickerson’s blog, Chic Sprinkles, you’ll find that there’s a variety of topics covered, but all of them serve as a creative outlet to combine Dickerson’s passions.

      Dickerson graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with bachelor’s degree in digital design. Now, with a full-time job in corporate America, Dickerson enjoys using Chic Sprinkles as her creative outlet.

      “I needed a creative outlet to design the things that I love,” she says. “Started a blog opened up a whole other door. It was challenging at first because I had no idea what I was doing, and I’m naturally a shy person. Putting myself out there was a little weird for me, but I’m so very glad I kept going. It has connected me with so many awesome people from all over the world.”

      In recent years, as Chic Sprinkles has continued to grow, Dickerson has opted to do less but with more passion. She’s mainly focused on design, photography, and animals, which she has done through Pretty Fluffy and Spared.org.

      In addition to Chic Sprinkles, Dickerson is also a featured writer on the website Pretty Fluffy, which features pet-friendly DIYs, animal trends, cruelty-free/organic picks, and stylized photography.

      Since joining the Pretty Fluffy team in 2012, Dickerson has written plenty of feature articles as well as threw in her hand at designing a new eBook called “52 Weeks of Treats,” which she worked on with Pretty Fluffy founder Serena Faber Nelson.

      “It’s a go-to book for simple and healthy dog treat recipes,” says Dickerson. “We’ve been featured in Modern Dog Magazine as well as numerous websites for our easy DIYs, eBook, and blog features. It’s been amazing, and it all started with a little blog that I thought would only last a few weeks.”

      Dickerson says she and her content have been featured on The Everygirl, Modern Dog Magazine, Cesar’s Way, Dog Milk, Design Sponge.

      To learn more about Chic Sprinkles Design and Photography, click here. You can also check her out over on Pretty Fluffy or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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      A new dermatology practice recently opened in Kenwood. Learn about the unique care these medical experts provide for infants, children, teens, and young adults.

      Kenwood Dermatology is a new practice that brings dermatologic care to infants, children, teens, and young adults.
      Kenwood Dermatology is a new practice that brings dermatologic care to infants, children, teens, and young adults.

      With such a wide variety of skin conditions, you’ve likely been to the dermatologist more than a few times in your life. But, until now, there wasn’t a physician in the Cincinnati area who treated the conditions most frequently reported by children, teens, and young adults.

      To help fill that void, Dr. Kara Shah and nurse practitioner Susan MacPherson launched Kenwood Dermatology, which began seeing patients in early October. MacPherson, alongside Shah, focus on pediatric, adolescent, and young adult dermatology. “With a highly knowledgeable and experienced staff, we will be providing expert care the day the practice opens,” says MacPherson.

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      Susan McPherson, Nurse Practitioner at Kenwood Dermatology

      The inspiration to open a dermatology office focused on this small niche came about when Shah and MacPherson noticed a lack of resources for the pediatric, adolescent, and young adult categories for dermatological care.

      The main focus a Kenwood Dermatology is patient care, and MacPherson says she and Shah are able to provide the efficient and expert dermatologic care local children, teens, and young adults are seeking.

      Shah is an expert in pediatric and adolescent dermatology with years of experience from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she served as Medical Director of the Division of Dermatology. “Dr. Shah started this practice in an effort to be able to provide excellent and efficient dermatology care,” explains MacPherson. “Dr. Shah has received many top doctor awards, most recently Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors 2016 and Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors 2016.”

      MacPherson has been a registered nurse for 11 years and a nurse practitioner since 2013. In 2011, MacPherson joined the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and beginning in 2013 she worked as a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric dermatology in collaboration with Shah.

      MacPherson says that what makes Kenwood Dermatology unique is not only its experienced staff but also its target audience. As the only dermatology practice in the area that focuses on pediatric, adolescent, and young adult care, Kenwood Dermatology will be able to reach an entire percentage of the population that hasn’t previously been able to find specific dermatologic care.

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      Dr. Kara Shah, Physician at Kenwood Dermatology

      “Our highly experienced clinical staff has worked together for many years in dermatology and has provided excellent patient care in the younger population,” she adds.

      MacPherson says that Kenwood Dermatology doesn’t focus on cosmetic procedures, but rather, the treatment of conditions including acne, eczema, warts, mole checks, hemangioma and other vascular lesions, psoriasis, nail conditions, and more.

      Kenwood Dermatology is located at 8250 Kenwood Crossing Way, Suite 101, in Cincinnati.

      To learn more about Kenwood Dermatology, visit www.kenwooddermatology.com. You can also like them on Facebook and check out their blog. “The blog will not only give updates on our practice, but also education on certain dermatological conditions,” adds MacPherson. “We are excited about the opportunity to educate the community!”

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      Two local fitness and supplement gurus are bringing a new type of product to the market. Learn about the company that’s aiming to change the skepticism surrounding supplements in the fitness industry.

      Power Blendz Nutrition
      Power Blendz Nutrition is a line of lifestyle products and guides to help you improve your health.

      Ready to take your health (and life) to the next level? Whether you think fitness and nutrition is for you, it is, and that’s where Power Blendz Nutrition comes in.

      “Power Blendz Nutrition is a new lifestyle line of products and guides that is the culmination of over two decades of formulating quality supplements for the fitness industry,” explains Power Blendz Nutrition co-founder Chris Hack.

      Jim Riggs and Hack were inspired to launch Power Blendz Nutrition after encountering a plethora of “nutrition brands” that were more skeptical than realistic. “Consumers need a supplement brand that they can trust and turn to for information and advice,” says Hack.

      The lack of trust has resulted in an era of skepticism for the supplement industry, an era that Hack and Riggs hope they can turn around. “Power Blendz assurance exceeds industry standards to always meet label claims and provide meaningful products with proper ratios and doses,” he adds.

      Power Blendz, which launched in July 2016, offers products from several categories including:

      • Essential Nutrition: Products that everyone can benefit from and are “essential” to the human diet.
      • Performance Nutrition: Products for those individuals who are looking to get the most out of their exercise routines.
      • Health Lifestyle and Nutrition Books: These books are an evolving series of easy-to-follow guides to help with adopting a lifestyle change through diet, exercise, and proper supplementation.
      • Smoothie Bundles: Coming soon, these will be smoothie bundle packages and recipes for people to make goal-specific smoothies at home or on-the-go.

      Hack says that Power Blendz is a unique product that this duo prides itself on. He explains before the company would put its name on a product, they had to ask themselves one simple question: “Is this something we would recommend to our friends and family, including our own children?”

      As individuals who come from fitness and nutrition backgrounds, Hack and Riggs have been in the supplement industry since 1994. They’re passionate about what they do, including providing products and services that will truly make a difference in people’s lives and help in achieving their goals.

      As far as the future of Power Blendz Nutrition, Hack says that the remainder of 2016 and into 2017 will focus on getting Power Blendz Nutrition established in the marketplace. “We plan to continue using our experience and all of the materials that we have developed over the years and put this into a format that we can share with our customers,” he adds.

      To learn more about Power Blendz, visit www.powerblendznutrition.com.

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      A local chiropractor is helping local opiate addicts end their addiction forever through chiropractic care and an online coffee shop. Read on for more.

      Kiro Coffee helps to give treatment to opiate addicts to overcome their addiction.
      Kiro Coffee helps to give treatment to opiate addicts to overcome their addiction.

      Cincy Chic: What is Kiro Coffee?
      Dr. Kelly Duffner, Founder of Kiro Coffee: Kiro Coffee is a Cincinnati-born company that offers customers amazing coffee! Our mission is to help opiate and heroin addicts gain access to the hand healing arts of chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy. From each purchase, a portion is donated to organizations that help achieve this goal. By funding and powering these organizations, we can enable changes in legislation that prioritize chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy before potentially addictive opiate prescription drugs.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Kiro Coffee?
      Duffner: As a local chiropractor at Baker Chiropractic, I was treating a prominent pastor from a local church. The pastor and I would talk regularly about his local outreach program called Urban Outreach. The organization holds regular meetings where addicts and the homeless congregate to enjoy ministry, fellowship, and a good meal. They meet in the blistering heat and the bone chilling cold, sometimes with well over 100 followers attending. I told the pastor about the neurological pathways stimulated from a chiropractic adjustment and how they were similar to that of some commonly prescribed narcotics. It sparked his interest and I eagerly invited the pastor to bring recovering addicts to my office to receive treatment.

      The results have been amazing to say the least. Although it wasn’t the results that spurred my interest to create Kiro Coffee, it was the people I was helping. One by one, I listened to their story. These recovering addicts were everyday people with good families and good jobs. I heard story after story about how their low back pain, neck pain, or headache led them down the typical medical route of prescription opiate drugs. After the drugs weren’t enough or they couldn’t get their scripts filled, they turned to illegal narcotics and their lives would eventually end up in turmoil. I have yet to treat a recovering addict that didn’t start with prescription opiates prior to them using heroin.

      Throughout the process of their treatment I ask each individual one bold question, “What if you had known about chiropractic care sooner?” They often take a long pause and say something to the effect of “I sure wish I would’ve known about this stuff sooner.” This is why Kiro Coffee was born.

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      Cincy Chic: When did you open?
      Duffner: We opened our online retail store September 7, 2016 with the hopes of opening our very own coffee shop in the semi-near future.

      Cincy Chic: What types of items do you sell?
      Duffner: We have partnered with a local roaster who produces amazing coffee beans and a product we are incredibly proud to offer. Kiro Coffee also sells quality coffee brewing equipment.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Kiro Coffee?
      Duffner: In the future we also plan to create a non-profit organization from the specialties of chiropractic, physical therapy, pharmacy, massage therapy, psychology, and medicine. The goal of the organization will introduce and support legislation for patients with mechanical pain syndromes to seek chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy before receiving opiate prescriptions.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
      Duffner: More information can be found on our website at www.kirocoffee.com.

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        A fashionista, creator, mom of two, and wife, Jamie Buchanan is the founder behind "Hello There, Lady!" a life and style blog. Read on to learn more about this local woman who uses her blog as the perfect outlet for her creativity, imagination and excuses to go shopping.

        Jamie Buchanan is the founder of Hello There, Lady!, a life and style blog in Cincinnati.
        Jamie Buchanan is the founder of Hello There, Lady!, a life and style blog in Cincinnati.

        Jamie Buchanan has always been a creator. She says she finds immense pleasure in giving the ideas in her head an outlet, which she does through “Hello There, Lady!,” a locally-based life and style blog.

        The blog, which focuses on Buchanan’s personal style, her favorite top picks in beauty and fashion, and the food she loves to make and eat, started out as an inspiration five years ago when she was searching for her creative outlet.

        Buchanan shares life and style tips to readers as she navigates the life of a full-time, working mother.
        Buchanan shares style tips – from fashion to beauty – as she navigates the life of a full-time, working mother.

        “As the blogging game has amplified in the past couple of years, I wanted my outlet to be something a little different,” she explains, adding that she wanted to create a place where the food was delicious but not difficult to make, and the fashion ideas were wearable, approachable and affordable.

        “I love a good designer piece but I also love a great sale more than anything,” says Buchanan. “To be able to bring what I find and love to others that have the same principles and same budgets is what I’m all about.”

        While she doesn’t necessarily want readers to fall in love with the pieces she showcases, Buchanan says she does want them to know that there are options out there that are not only affordable but also help you look and feel your best.

        Buchanan also shares food recipes and meals on her blog, Hello There, Lady!
        Buchanan also shares food recipes and meals on her blog, Hello There, Lady!

        The topics at “Hello There, Lady!” are consistent and focus on fashion, style, mom life, food, beauty picks and trends, and everything in between. “It’s truly a life and style blog,” Buchanan says.

        When it comes to running the blog, Buchanan says that the thing she enjoys the most is that it gives her an outlet to do something different. “I work full-time in sales, I’m a full-time wife and mom, and sometimes I just want some me time,” she says. “I’ve never been one to pamper myself on my down time, but I like to create and do something. I enjoy sitting down each week and coming up with fun content to showcase what I see in the world around me.”

        As for her favorite post, Buchanan says that her favorites are the weekly outfit posts. As a collaboration with her husband, who serves as the behind-the-scenes guy for her outfit photography. But of that category, Buchanan says, her favorite post was on wearing black for summer. “We had a kidless afternoon and were able to have a bit of fun shooting the look, making jokes, and we laughed almost the entire time,” she adds. “It’s not always so serious on the blog!”

        Buchanan's favorite posts on Hello There, Lady! are outfit posts.
        Buchanan’s favorite posts on Hello There, Lady! are outfit posts.

        Buchanan says that 2017 is going to be a very different year for “Hello There, Lady!” After recently giving birth to her second child, a girl named Quinn, Buchanan says that she will certainly be taking time away from the blog to adapt to her newest addition and change in family life.

        “With that being said, I think it will bring a different touch of ‘mom life’ to the blog, while still allowing me to bring the same fashion, beauty, and lifestyle posts that I’ve always created.”

        Additionally, Buchanan says that she will be exploring different collaboration ideas while also taking the opportunity to partner with other brands that will bring different products to the blog. Buchanan says you’ll want to stay tuned for more information.

        To learn more about “Hello There, Lady!” visit www.hellotherelady.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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