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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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Two locals host a weekly Internet radio show where they cover a range of topics with guest speakers including authors, small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Eva Lewandowski and Charlie Lobosco of Talk Corporate with Charlie and Eva.
Eva Lewandowski and Charlie Lobosco of Talk Corporate with Charlie and Eva.

For an hour every Monday, Eva Lewandowski and Charlie Lobosco sit down for an Internet radio show on Talk Zone Internet Talk Radio. The show, Corporate Talk with Charlie and Eva, features a different author, coach, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur or small business owner each week.

The show was inspired from the duo’s successful careers that were made possible in seemingly unconventional ways. “Corporate Talk is our way of sharing what we learned coupled with the knowledge of other experts in different fields,” explains Lewandoski.

Since May 2012, Lewandowski and her partner have been bringing fresh content to their show while helping listeners enjoy what they’re hearing and making them feel at ease.

“We know that our work and our personal lives are no longer separate, so our show focuses on not just professional development but also personal development,” she says. “Our mission is to show our listeners how to make a difference in their lives, their work and the world, but we do it in a way that’s relaxed and conversational.”

“Our subject matter ranges from how to hone your leadership skills to how to handle your teenages,” says Lewandowski. “We feel that your personal life affects your professional life and vice versa.”

When it comes to their backgrounds, Lewandowski and Lobosco are well-versed in the subject matter they cover on their show. Lewandowski is a certified life coach, certified emotional freedom technique (EFT) practitioner and speaker. “Prior to becoming a life coach, I had a successful 30 year corporate career as a software consultant for various Fortune 500 companies around the country,” she says. “My coaching practice focuses on assisting clients that are going through a professional or life transition such as a job change, divorce or retirement.”

On top of all this, Lewandowski has also developed a program called Stand Up and Be Heard. It’s a program that assists professionals with learning how to overcome their fear of the spotlight. “My mission is to help clients embrace who they are and learn to share their unique gifts and opinions,” she adds.

Lobosco is a certified Agile expert, coach and trainer. He’s also an author, speaker and seminar leader. Lewandowski says his book and signature seminar “C.A.R.E. – Courage to take Action Relevant to Everyone; building a better workplace starts with you!” earned him the President’s Service award in 2010.

“Charlie has over 40 years experience and lessons learned from over 25 fortune ranked companies,” says Lewandowski. “Charlie is an expert at transforming resources into partners. He nurtures the strengths of each individual and empowers them to lead regardless of their job description.”

Through their show, Lewandowski and Lobosco are aiming to give listeners hope and encouragement by showing them how others have achieved success. “We’re the source for current success strategies from today’s leading entrepreneurs, authors and small business owners,” says Lewandowski. “We have the privilege of saying we’ve met 95 percent of our guests in person, validating their expertise to ensure our listeners the content being delivered is credible.”

With the new year just around the corner, Lewandowski says they’ve already got a whole new roster of guests booked for 2016. Additionally, they’re providing a number of new online seminars and workshops from learning to use EFT to overcome stage fright to getting certified in agile project management, all of which you can learn more about by visiting the show’s website.

To learn more about Charlie and Eva and their show, visit You can also like them on Facebook.

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See how one local woman went from depressing desk job to a dream job making fashions for women and children - all while helping out those in need.

Marissa Beisner, Founder of Bee Mine Sunshine

Cincy Chic: What is Bee Mine Sunshine?
Marissa Beisner, Owner of Bee Mine Sunshine: Bee Mine Sunshine is your destination for fashionable, beautiful clothing and accessories for mothers and their little ones.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your shop?
Beisner: I am inspired by simply being a mother to a beautiful little girl! I strive to create the very things I want to use every day in my own life and in both mine and my daughter’s wardrobes.

Some of the items available through Bee Mine Sunshine.
Some of the items available through Bee Mine Sunshine.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Bee Mine Sunshine?
Beisner: I started creating items as soon as my mother would allow me to use her sewing machine! I started making pillows around age 10 for my dolls. In high school, I made my own purses; just figuring things out as I went along. When I was pregnant with my daughter, of course I wanted to make everything I could so it would be both unique and sentimental. That was when the seeds of Bee Mine Sunshine were planted in my mind.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Bee Mine Sunshine?
Beisner: Bee Mine Sunshine began in August 2014 when my daughter was 8 months old and I was full of ideas of things to create that would be both useful and beautiful for us both.

Cincy Chic: What did you do prior to starting your business?
Beisner: I was an injured RN working at a desk job and going nowhere I had dreamed of going in my career. My life as an OR nurse was over and I was in mourning. The only other career I had ever dreamed of was owning my own business. That was scary. Going into business was a terrifying, yet exciting thought…and I jumped right into it with the support of my amazing husband and the inspiration of my beautiful daughter.

Cincy Chic: What types of products to you offer customers?
Beisner: I offer a wide variety of headbands in various styles, leggings for babies and toddlers, teething necklaces and my new line of children’s and women’s tees. I always have even more at the shows that I participate in! You can often find pacifier clips, bibs, burp cloths, hair clips, scarves and more when you come visit me at any number of Cincinnati shows.

Cincinnati Bengals pants made by Beisner.
Cincinnati Bengals pants made by Beisner.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points?
Beisner: Prices usually range from $10 to $32.

Cincy Chic: What makes Bee Mine Sunshine unique?
Beisner: Bee Mine Sunshine stands out through our exclusive state pride line of products. In February 2015 I began designing my own fabrics. Ohio has such strong team pride and I wanted my customers to be able to have products that showcased that in a unique way. In March 2015 I launched my first three exclusive prints and they sold out within hours! I knew I had to keep creating more. Shortly after, I launched two Cincinnati-themed prints, a baseball print and then two Kentucky prints. I hope to continue building on this unique line of products and my number one request is for more team-themed prints.

Bee Mine Sunshine also launched a charity project this summer that provides care packages to families who could use encouragement and support. We take nominations all year for families who have lost a child, families with a child who has a serious medical condition and families with a child in the NICU or PICU. There is no cost to nominate a family. Costs are covered by proceeds from shop sales and, if desired, there is a $1 downloadable coloring page that can be colored and mailed back to us and included in a future package. 100 percent of proceeds from the coloring page go to the project. More information is available at

An adult turban from Beisner's shop.
An adult turban from Beisner’s shop.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Bee Mine Sunshine?
Beisner: I plan on creating a lot of new tee designs in 2016. I launched my first line of “bee” designs a couple of weeks ago and plan to continue that line, which is made from my very own sketches! I also hope to release a few new team themed designs in time for the next football season. I am also expecting the number of stores that are stocking Bee Mine Sunshine products. They can now be found at Diamonds & Dimples in Bellevue, Kentucky, the Kenwood Mall at the brand new Simply Vague Store and in two Columbus-area locations including the Simply Vague Store at the Polaris Mall and A Little Simplicity Boutique.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Beisner: All of our information, products, show schedule and more, including video tutorials and style inspiration, can be found on our website. You can also read more about our charity project on the Care Package Project page of the website.

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    After being a finalist on Tim Gunn’s “Under the Gunn” show, one local DAAP grad is preparing to launch her first fashion collection. Read on to learn more about her inspiration for the collection and when you can see it for yourself.

    DAAP graduate and fashion designer Asha Daniels is launching her first collection on Dec. 1.
    DAAP grad and fashion designer Asha Daniels is launching her first collection “Fearful Symmetry” on Dec. 1.

    Asha Daniels’ abilities as a fashion designer have earned her a great deal of attention. A 2013 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), she was a finalist on Tim Gunn’s “Under the Gunn” show and is preparing to launch her first professional collection for her line Asha Ama.

    “This collection is my baby, coming off the heels of my DAAP Senior Thesis Collection, ‘Fearful Symmetry’ and Project Runway: Under the Gunn Finale collection,” she says. “I have always told stories through my work, and this collection speaks of the Afro Punk subculture and celebrates the complex layers women have.”

    The collection, Daniels says, is inspired by her good friend and stylist Juliette Ladipo’s multifaceted, impossible-to-categorize, crazy/zen/beautiful/soft/tough/cool persona. Through this winter collection, she hopes to create something that will give the Afro Punk style pieces a look that are just as unique as the collection as well as the woman she designs for.

    Asha Daniels, a DAAP graduate and fashion designer.

    When describing the collection, Daniels says that it merges hard and rustic vegan leathers with romantically draped taffetas. You’ll also find rich, textured oxblood with bold plaids and quilted detailing.

    “I wanted to create a primal rhythm through studding and silhouette that echoes that of Africa, mixing the literal tradition with a new school edge,” explains Daniels.

    The collection itself will be available Dec. 1 alongside the launch of

    There’s a lot of really exciting stuff in the works for Daniels, too. She says that she has a big announcement coming that she isn’t legally permitted to disclose at the moment, but should be able to break that news early next year.

    To follow along with Daniels and her line, follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    A Cincinnati-based creative and communications firm isn’t settling for standard services. See how they’re taking their business to the next level to do the same with yours.

    Uncover creative
    Uncover Creative, a full-service creative and communications firm, was founded by Tyler Hickey, Devin Shepherd and Vikas Sondhi.

    Vikas Sondhi is the owner of Uncover Creative, a full-service creative and communications firm that offers design, print and promotional products and services to its clients.

    “We offer a very close relationship with clients to help them produce attractive, successful and professional designed materials and branding,” explains Sondhi. “We also take it one step further and customize print and promotional product solutions that fit their needs.”

    Sondhi and his team, Creative Director Devin Shepherd and Graphic Designer/Illustrator Tyler Hickey, made the decision to launch the business that would become Uncover Creative when they became frustrated with watching hard-working people and small businesses use unsuccessful designs to represent their brand or project.

    “This frustration sparked the beginning of Uncover Creative,” says Sondhi. “Taking risks and creating a company that values the personal approach needed to produce remarkable design, print and quality promotional products, and it’s what we stand for.”

    While Sondhi had the beginning roots of Uncover Creative in October 2012, he spent time to research the industry in order to find out what it really was that clients actually wanted.


    “We found that clients wanted a personal consultant that can help them with design, print and promotional products, rather than being able to just go online and order materials that they weren’t well informed about,” he says.

    Sodhi says that what he enjoys the most about running Uncover Creative is the ability his team how to use their creativity to help people and provide them with quality custom products, rather than just generic option. “We gain success when their brand achieves it through our design and print services,” he adds.

    The services offered by Uncover Creative include any type of design services, whether they be graphic, digital or web, as well as what Sondhi calls a smorgasbord of print services and nearly anything imaginable for promotional products. These promotional products include apparel, gadgets, marketing products and more.

    As far as what’s on the horizon for Uncover Creative, Sondhi says they would like to implement a full-service promotional product website for resources, ordering, proofing and fulfillment in the near future, emphasizing that he doesn’t want it to become a web-to-print solution for clients. “We want to do the research and ‘leg work’ for them to ensure the right product and service,” he says.

    Additionally, the team at Uncover Creative has also started to develop a subscription/package for clients so they can use the firm as their in-house design/print team without the overhead of team members. Sondhi says this will be rolled out publically in the next few months as well.

    To learn more about Uncover Creative, visit their website at You can also contact Sodhi and his team at or by calling 513-813-4161. They’re also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where they feature products, jobs and other resources.

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    This new eatery in Covington specializes in providing locally sourced, healthy lunch options. Keep reading to dig in on all the details.

    Son and Soil focuses on
    Son and Soil is a lunch spot that’s serving up sandwiches, smoothies, juices and more.

    In the heart of Covington’s Mainstrasse Village is Son & Soil, a lunch spot offering up sandwiches, whole fruit smoothies, cold pressed juices and a selection of house-made granolas and bars.

    According to Jessica Williams, who co-owns Son & Soil with her husband Stephen, the couple was inspired to open a quick, healthy place where customers could just pop in and grab a bite on their lunch break.

    “Mainstrasse has quite a few awesome places, but nothing in this category,” she says.

    Williams and her husband, who also own Bouquet Restaurant, took the idea and ran with it, opening Son & Soil in mid-September.

    This business is comprised of the same staff that also keep Bouquet running, so Williams says it’s very much a “family” business.

    What makes Son & Soil stand out is the attention to detail and quality of the products that Williams and her husband offer. “Just as with Bouquet, we are committed to using the freshest and as many locally sourced ingredients as possible,” she says. “We really care about the food that we eat and are starting to see a push toward that being the way of thinking for many people”

    To learn more about Son & Soil, like them on Facebook. You can also call the eatery at 859-360-6268. Son & Soil is located at 627 Main Street in Covington and you can find Bouquet Restaurant at 519 Main Street, also in Covington.

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    We chat with the owner of The Tea Parlor, an English-style tea room in Liberty Township. Read on to sip in all the details.

    The Tea Parlor
    Susan Schechter and her daughter Jennie Lawson, Owners of The Tea Parlor.

    Cincy Chic: What is The Tea Parlor?
    Susan Schechter, Co-Owner of The Tea Parlor: The Tea Parlor is an English-style tea room open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Schechter: Our family developed a love for tea about 15 years ago and decided to share that with our community.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Schechter: My daughter, Jennie Lawson, and I are the main people involved in the business, although it is an entire family affair.

    Cincy Chic: When did you open The Tea Parlor?
    Schechter: We opened in October 2004, so we’ve just started our 11th year.

    Cincy Chic: What makes The Tea Parlor unique?
    Schechter: The tea rooms themselves are kind of a rare breed in this area, but our distinction includes the fact that we use a majority of organic ingredients and prepare everything from scratch. We have over 50 teas available for our customers to drink as they enjoy our menu of sandwiches, desserts and scones that changes each month to take advantage of the best local foods.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for The Tea Parlor?
    Schechter: We have a new website for tea sales, but otherwise we plan to continue our history of good food and friendly service.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Schechter: Check out our website at and our tea sales site at For more questions, readers can call me at 513-777-3949.

    The Tea Parlor is located at 5605 Yankee Road in Liberty Township.

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      Find great gifts for kids, pets, family (and yourself!) with chocolates, teas, paintings, crafts, beauty products, shoes, accessories and clothing -- from upcycled to couture -- at Cincy Chic’s biggest shopping event of the year this Saturday with two floors of pop-up shops, free gift wrapping, swag bag and giveaways! Lace up your shopping shoes and read on for all the shop-till-you-drop details!


      If you like shopping local, getting freebies, and helping out a good cause in the process, make sure you put Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase – happening 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday – on your calendar.

      The Phoenix downtown will be jam-packed for the event, which will feature 45 pop-up shops of local businesses, a fashion show, brunch ’n’ learn, free gift wrapping and $3,000 in prizes given away to lucky attendees at the event. With more variety and vendors than ever this year — our sixth annual event! — we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the most unique businesses you’ll find there. Enjoy reading more about them and click here to RSVP for the event!

      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie

      jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie will be introducing Cincy Chic’ers to her fashion-forward business on Saturday. According to Berry, jayne kellie is an online boutique that offers clothing and accessories as well as a fashion, style and lifestyle blog. “It’s our mission to bring women clothing that is chic, casual and sometimes a little sexy,” explains Berry. “Our pieces blend with your style and your budget. We call it the ‘stylemix.’”

      Through jayne kellie you’ll find exclusive pieces to mix into your wardrobe as well as style and lifestyle tips. Also available through jayne kellie are personal styling, shopping and e-styling services.

      Berry is the owner, chief stylist and creative director behind jayne kellie and found her inspiration from her love of all things stylish. “I genuinely believe that style is truly a lifestyle,” she explains. “It is more than what you wear. Style is confidence, attitude, compassion, sense of humor and the way you live and love your life.”

      Growing up, Berry spent weekends at antique shops, yard sales and vintage stores, so a love of style runs in the family. “I was taught how to create a style that was unique as well as affordable and to always be kind and encourage others,” she says. “I was inspired to bring others a simple, chic lifestyle.”

      For the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Berry says she’ll be bringing jackets, dresses, blouses and sweaters in some of fall’s best colors. The items available from jayne kellie will make you feel stylish and chic, Berry says. “Whether it’s a family function, date night or holiday party, we have something that will be perfect,” she adds.

      To learn more about jayne kellie, click here. You can also follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event
      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event

      Purposeful Painting
      Purposeful Painting is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that – through group art sessions called “co-creating” – helps the working woman who makes too much money to qualify for assistance but is still struggling to get by.

      “If she encounters an unexpected expense, such as car repairs or high utility bills, it could be devastating to her budget,” says Founder Mari Knight. “We offer her a small amount of money to lessen her stress and ease her worries.”

      In the two years since Purposeful Painting launched, Knight says they’ve given away a little more than $25,000. Knight says the inspiration for Purposeful Painting was the ability to give back to the women she used to be able to relate to so well.

      The men and women behind Purposeful Painting raise money for the cause through their paintings, whether they be canvas paintings or events where they bring the paintings. As for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Knight says they will be bringing ornaments for customers to paint themselves. “We’ll also have other paintings for sale and coupons for Co-Creation Artworks classes,” she adds.

      If you’re looking for a good holiday gift item while you’re shopping around, Knight says the Co-Creation Artworks classes can be purchased at half price, $25 for individuals or a private group class for $250.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist - Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY

      To learn more about Purposeful Painting, click here. You can also like them on Facebook.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld with Ava Gray Direct from NY spent 20 years as a dental hygienist before she decided it was time to retire. “I asked myself, ‘What do I do now?’” She explains. “The answer was direct sales. I had always wanted to work in a boutique but I did not want to work retail hours that often included every weekend and holidays.”

      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories - such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf - on all the live models at the event
      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories – such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf – on the live models at the event

      Today, Elberfeld is living her dream and looking fashionable while doing so. She sells Ava Gray Direct from NY, which offers boutique-style fashions and accessories that are offered to women through personal appointments, girlfriend fashion shows with hostess rewards or online shopping.

      Elberfeld says her goal as a fashion stylist is to help women look and feel great no matter where their day and evening takes them. “I show women how to stretch her wardrobe dollars and function by creating different looks with Ava Gray fashions and accessories,” she says.

      Ava Gray handbag
      Ava Gray handbag

      Elberfeld will be at the event with accessories for cash and carry and some of the top selling clothing items from the fall/winter Ava Gray Direct fashion lines including the Draped Ponte Gray Jacket trimmed in black. She’ll also have clothing and accessories on all the live models, which will be showcased in the freeze modeling fashion show for the duration of the event.

      There are plenty of items from Ava Gray Direct that make great holiday gift items. Elberfeld says the top gift item is a soft faux fur wrap that can be worn in multiple ways for $44. Wristlets can be used alone or with a crossbody strap ($40-$44). Scarves ($26) can be purchased in plaid, polka dot, solids and zigzag patterns. The Hook Your Look jewelry by Zac and Ally and available through Ava Gray can be hooked to chains to create a necklace.

      To learn more about Ava Gray Direct from NY, click here. You can also find Elberfeld on Facebook.

      HaloMiner's light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.
      HaloMiner’s light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.

      HaloMiner is a Cincinnati-based, women-owned, environmentally responsible lifestyle brand that uses only repurposed materials. “Using components like salvage clothing and textile samples, bolt remnants and recycled aluminum, we’ve created a manufacturing process that’s efficient and sustainable,” explains HaloMiner Co-Founder Nicole Reblando. “Our innovative designs are conceived in-house and handmade by a small team of skilled craftspeople in the United States; everything is ethically produced, so you can feel good about what you buy from us.”

      Reblando says the mission of HaloMiner is to create a collection that’s one-of-a-kind while using unique materials.

      Halominer also makes great home decor items

      Reblando and her business partner Pam Fellerhoff founded HaloMiner in late 2010 after wanting to do whatever it takes to help minimize waste. “We even use recycled paper for hangtags and refashion vintage maps into envelopes for packaging,” says Fellerhoff. “We put thought and care into every step of production so that each HaloMiner piece makes a big impact in the right places: On your wardrobe and in your home, not on the Earth.”

      As for the event this Saturday, HaloMiner will be there with a selection of gift items such as seasonal pillows, small accessories and their original purse and cape designs. Reblando says the pillows made by the team at HaloMiner are a great addition for any decor and the clothing is a perfect one-size-fits-all gift for the discerning fashion and eco-conscious woman.

      Fellerhoff says that HaloMiner also offers classes, workshops and parties throughout the year. “We love to share our passion and creativity and believe collaboration enhances results, which is why we also welcome custom projects,” she says. To find out more about where you can buy HaloMiner products in local stores, click here.

      To learn more about HaloMiner, visit You can also like them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child

      Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Specializing in fab finds and designer duds with some previous experience, Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child will have great pop-up shops at the event.

      Clothes Mentor is a women’s resale store that buys and sells gently used, current style apparel and accessories for women sizes 0-26 as well as maternity. Once Upon A Child is a children’s resale store that buys and sells gently used kids clothes, shoes, toys, gear and furniture.

      “Unlike consignment shops, we pay cash on the spot for the items you and/or your children are no longer wearing,” says Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child.

      At the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Paynter says they will be featuring women’s infinity scarves, leggings, jewelry and children’s tutus and hair bows. Prices for the items from these resale shops are affordable, with scarves running from $5.99 to $9.99, leggings at $6.99 and jewelry from $5 to $10.

      Products from these shops are trendy, Paynter says, so you won’t be missing out on the latest styles while getting great deals. You can find Clothes Mentor stores in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel and Anderson. There are Once Upon A Child locations in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson, Colerain and Western Hills.

      To learn more about Clothes Mentor, click here. You can learn more about Once Upon A Child by clicking here.

      Don’t forget to click here to RSVP for Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. The event is from 10am-2pm at the Phoenix downtown. Parking is available next door for $2. The event and venue is child/stroller-friendly. All attendees will receive free entry, swag bag, and gift wrapping with the donation of one canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank. Click here to see the full list of local businesses and vendors that will be featured at the event! Watch a highlight reel of last year’s event below!

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      If you like discovering new places to eat (and saving money while you’re at it), learn more about this unique program that pays off in spades.

      Gina Barrera and Brian Tucker are the dynamic duo behind Foodie Cincy, a deck of 52 cards featuring special discounts at restaurants around the city. Each card in the deck represents a local, independently-owned Cincinnati-area restaurant.

      “Each restaurant card features all of the restaurant details, including name and contact information with restaurant and cuisine description,” explains Barrera. “The card acts as a $!0 off discount as each restaurant.”

      Barrera says that the deck is a fun incentive for users to try new restaurants in the city and for the eateries it’s a unique marketing tool directed specifically toward experiential diners.

      Cincy Chic last spoke with Barrera and Tucker in fall 2014, but plenty of things have changed since then.

      Now, the Foodie Cincy deck is proudly printed in Erlanger, Kentucky, by the United States Playing Card Co. “It’s the same company behind brands such as bicycle cards, Bee and more,” explains Barrera. “Not only are they printed in the USA, but right in our back yard! We are thrilled to help support local businesses.”

      On Nov. 7, Foodie Cincy will be at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase, where they’ll be offering pre-sales of the 2016 Foodie Cincy Deck. Barrera says if you purchase a 2016 deck –which is being released on Black Friday– you’ll also receive a current 2015 Foodie Cincy Deck that expires on Dec. 31 at the event.

      “This is the only pre-sale of any 2016 Foodie Cincy Decks that we currently offer in Cincinnati, only at the Seasonably Chic Showcase,” says Barrera.

      Aside from the launch of a new website, Barrera adds that there are 10 new restaurants in the 2016 Deck, and you’ll be able to find the list of eateries at the Seasonably Chic Showcase or on the Foodie Cincy website.

      To learn more, check out Foodie Cincy’s new website. You can also like them on Facebook.

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      From vintage finds and upcycled pieces to brand new creations, learn about the local lady who does it all through her business Tobey 1 Originals.

      tobeyCincy Chic: What is Tobey 1 Originals?
      Tami Seurkamp, Founder of Tobey 1 Originals: Tobey 1 Originals is a line of one-of-a-kind, original, handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I’ve added pieces from my personal vintage costume collection and refurbished pieces, and these I have redesigned to make them original.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
      Seurkamp: This sounds silly, but my dog, Tobey, who I lost in 2011, is the inspiration behind the business. He was with me through so many pivotal moments and brought happiness, joy, laughter and love into every life he touched. He was a one-of-a-kind original so when it came time to name my business, it was easy. My originals are inspired by an original.

      Cincy Chic: When did you launch Tobey 1 Originals?
      Seurkamp: As a business we launched in late 2010, but it’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.

      Cincy Chic: What makes Tobey 1 Originals unique?
      Seurkamp: Each piece is a one-of-a-kind original. I pride myself on not duplicated anything unless there’s a special order. From my days at Giddings and the clothes line, I learned that no one wants to see themselves coming and going. About 2 years ago, I incorporated necklaces without clasps, long enough to wear as one strand or even as a double strand. I did this because of the request for something for the elderly, or someone with arthritis or any other impairment, so they could still be stylish yet not have to mess with clumsy clasps and awkward closures. My mother was the first to point this out and it is a growing part of my business. I decide prices and my items are extremely affordable, so several pieces can be purchased without breaking the bank. My line is jewelry for the fun of it. One thing that gives me great pleasure is hearing from someone who says the piece they purchased 3 years ago or 3 minutes ago is their favorite item in their jewelry box and the compliments they get every time they wear it. Wow! Now this is what motivates me.

      Cincy Chic: Our Seasonably Chic Showcase is coming up! What will you be bringing to the event?
      Seurkamp: I’ll have necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are bright, fun and festive. There will be lots of pearls as well in addition to Southwestern touches, feathers, from chunky to dainty and color, color, color. There will also be some handmade as well as refurbished vintage pins. All of the pieces are made to be multi-seasonal so what is purchased for that special holiday party can also be worn on the boat next spring.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
      Seurkamp: Yes, I will be branching out into original hair accessories, belts and small handmade fabric clutches. I have also been pursuing small boutiques to find just the right one to carry my pieces. I am searching for someone whose passion is equal to mine in keeping it original, fun and always caring about what it is the public wants. I have contacted several fashion publications to find out where my little business might fit in. I would love to partner with or at the very least be part of the Arthritis Foundation, and to take my wares to local senior housing so the ladies can have fun and fashion come to them.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Tobey 1 Originals?
      Seurkamp: We’re currently on Facebook. There’s a website under construction and I’ll keep everyone informed of the progress of that through Facebook.

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        'Tis the season for sweets and treats! For our annual Sweets Issue, we learn more about the woman and her two daughters behind 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, a bakery in Kenwood and now also in OTR, that can sweeten up any occasion.

        Lisa Ebbert and her daught
        Lisa Ebbert and her daughters Lauren and Kristen are the ladies behind Cincinnati’s 3 Sweet Girls Cakery.

        Lisa Ebbert and her two daughters, Lauren and Kristen, are the ladies behind 3 Sweet Girls Cakery in Cincinnati.

        “We are a cakery in Cincinnati providing cakes for all occasions: cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and other sweet treats,” explains Ebbert. “We like to use our creativity to create fun and unique sweets.”

        Coming from a family of bakers, it’s no wonder Ebbert and her daughters launched a cakery. According to Ebbert, she and the girls have always loved baking and art, and designing cakes and treats allows them to combine their love for treats and throw in their artistic abilities to create unique designs and tasty snacks for customers.

        “We started this business 5 years ago in our home,” says Ebbert. “We were having so much fun and it grew so quickly that we decided to open our first store in 2012.”

        Since opening their doors at 7458 Montgomery Road in the Kenwood/Silverton area, they’ve opened a second location at 29 E. 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine.

        At 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, you’ll find cupcakes, cake pops (including the very popular Flying Pig cake pop), decorated cookies, cake push ups, cupcakes in a jar and chocolate dipped pretzels.

        If you’re looking for a place to host a party, Ebbert says 3 Sweet Girls Cakery hosts Cupcake Decorating Birthday Parties at the location on Montgomery Road.

        3 Sweet Girls Cakery
        3 Sweet Girls Cakery offers sweet treats such as cakes, cake pops and cupcakes.

        Aside from being able to put her love for art and baking into one delicious concept, Ebbert says that one of the things she enjoys most about running the cake to is getting to work with her daughters as well as the staff they’ve brought onboard since they opened 3 years ago.

        “We just took a risk and started this and my daughters knew nothing about business and now I am amazed each day as they learn more and more about it,” explains Ebbert. “They know how hard you have to work to own a successful business and they also can feel great pride in what they have created.”

        She also enjoys seeing what comes out of the kitchen each day, adding that it’s exciting to see all of the different orders completed and then the look on customers’ faces when they pick up those orders. “It is always great to make people happy,” she says.

        Her team of 12 sweet girls and a few sweet guys also makes her job of running the cakery even more fun. “I love watching our whole team learn and grow,” Ebbert says. “We have quite a few people who have been with us most of the time and they have had the opportunity to really develop their skills. I look back at what they were doing when they started and what they are doing now and I am very proud of them.”

        Ebbert says that with the opening of the new store in Over-the-Rhine, they’re getting used to the increased business thanks to the tremendous response she says they’ve received from customers downtown.

        To learn more about 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Ebbert says they’re also looking for a few sweet girls and even sweet guys to join their team!