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Head north for a mini-getaway in a castle! Read on to learn more about this historic bed and breakfast, complete with award-winning spa, nestled in a nearby small town.


GreatStone Castle in Sidney offers spa treatments, a bed and breakfast, and a lodge to get you off the grid for a weekend.

Head about 90 miles north of Cincinnati and you’ll find the small town of Sidney. Situated on Interstate 75, Sidney has that small town feel with modern day amenities. It’s also home to multiple castles, one of which was converted into a lodge and spa that lets you escape the stresses of everyday life for a time.

“GreatStone Castle is an elegant and unique venue for private and corporate events and meetings, a bed and breakfast, and a day spa,” says GreatStone Resorts Day Manager Elizabeth Evans.

GreatStone Castle’s history dates back to 1895 when the Victorian mansion was constructed by owners William and Fannie Goode. According to Evans, the castle is now run by retired Lt. Col. Frederick and Victoria Keller.

The Castle is available for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, business and organizational meetings, showers, graduations, anniversaries, and celebratory of all sorts.

However, when you’re looking for a place to go to escape the busyness of the city, GreatStone Castle has you covered. The bed and breakfast as well as its spa offer relaxing accommodations and services.

It terms of its spa services, GreatStone Castle offers relaxation, deep tissue, and European stone massages as well as a variety of body rubs, mineral whirlpool baths, and facials featuring Repechage products. Evans says that all spa services are available by appointment to both bed and breakfast guests as well as walk-ins.

“The Spa at GreatStone only offers the finest face and body treatments with Repachge products,” says Evans.

Skin care services include OptiFirm Eye Treatment and a variety of facials. Spa treatments at GreatStone include mineral baths, hand and feet masques, hand and feet treatments, body rubs and polishes, which are between $25 and $105 and range in length from a half hour to an hour and a half.

Aromatherapy can be added to massages and there are also packages available for individuals as well as couples. Evans says that stays with the Castle can be booked alongside spa services to get everything scheduled at once.

Lodging options at GreatStone Castle includes the Windsor and Brighton suites and the Victorian room. “The suites are a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom en suite,” says Evans. “Both feature king-size beds, original gas fireplaces, and flat screen televisions with cable.”

Meanwhile, the Victorian, which is popular with groups of ladies, has both a queen and a full bed and television with cable.

“Breakfast at GreatStone Castle is served from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and is cooked to order from our menu and served in the Conservatory,” explains Evans. “We are always happy to accommodate special dietary needs if notified when reservations are made.”

The Castle also offers Wi-Fi, but if you’re looking to go off the grid for a weekend, the Canal Lake Lodge just outside Sidney is an ideal place to visit.

The Canal Lake Lodge, which is a separate facility about 10 minutes from the Castle itself, is built of log and stone. “It’s a mile off the road, surrounded by 100 acres of farm and woodland,” says Evans. “The Lodge sits on a wooded plateau overlooking a private 8-acre lake.”

For those in search of a relaxed getaway, the Lodge is the ideal spot, according to Evans. “Guests that bring their fishing gear can take one of our rowboats out on the well-stocked lake. There is also a much-used shuffleboard court.”

“The Lodge is available for overnight stays for a couple, group of friends, or a family. A king, queen, and three twin beds are available. It has a huge wood-burning fireplace, gas grill, and fully-equipped kitchen,” she explains. “A flat screen television and BluRay player are provided but the Lodge has no cable or Wi-Fi, making it the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ destination,’”

The cooking and cleaning at the Lodge is up to the guests, although breakfast foods are supplied. Evans says for the ultimate stay at the Lodge, you can book massages there, too.

Evans says a weekend getaway to GreatStone Castle and Canal Lake Lodge is ideal because it’s geared to adults that wish to have a quiet, pampered getaway in unique surroundings. “It is our goal to make every guest feel welcome, while affording them the privacy they crave,” she says. “Many of our guests are now ‘regulars,’ returning again and again.”

Plus, the Castle itself is unique. Constructed of an 18-inch thick Bedford Indiana limestone, it features a wraparound porch supported by stone columns. “Three turrets give the massive structure its castle-like appearance,” says Evans. “GreatStone is finished in rare hardwoods from various countries, transported by ships and rail, to their final destination stop a hill in Sidney.”

Within the Castle is an extensive collection of stained glass and antiques, which are displayed throughout the mansion. “With over 4,200 square feet on each floor, there is plenty of room to explore,” says Evans.

Plus, GreatStone Castle is just a few blocks away from downtown Sidney, a small town that is in the midst of a revitalization with booming shops and eateries, and also features architectural gems such as the county courthouse, its Gothic revival Civil War memorial building, the Big Four Bridge, and the famous People’s Federal Savings and Loan building, designed by Louis Sullivan, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.

GreatStone Castle is located at 429 N Ohio Avenue in Sidney. To learn more about their services and pricing information, or book your stay, visit or call 937-498-4728. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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If all you want for Christmas is some rest and relaxation, check out one local spa that specializes in a mom-friendly all natural experience, and what they have special for the holidays.


The holidays are just around the corner and Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound offers pampering services to make this time of year a little less stressful for you, while also providing the perfect gift idea for your mom friends and family.

“Becoming Mom is the perfect place for all moms, not just expecting ones,” says Ally Osborne, General Manager at Becoming Mom. “Our guests love that we use natural spa products and our specially trained staff is attentive to their needs at all stages of motherhood – before, during, and after pregnancy.”

Osborne says that Becoming Mom offers many services that you can’t find elsewhere, especially not all under one roof. They offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds, where you can see your little one in higher definition than ever before, or find out the gender as early as 16 weeks. In the spa, they have unique services like a “Mom on the Go Manicure,” and “Pregnancy Enhancers” that help with anything from swollen feet to stretch marks. They even have an add-on to take an uninterrupted, candle-lit, aromatherapy nap after your spa service (every mom’s dream, right?).

“I love seeing how over time our services have made an impact on our clients and their families. We have seen families grow from their first baby to their fifth, watched Great-Grandmas see an HD ultrasound for the first time, helped moms to be sending pictures of baby and even heartbeat recordings to their husbands overseas,” Osborne says. “I’ve had moms that limped in from sciatic nerve pain; walk out with relief after a massage. It’s really amazing.”

If you can’t hit the spa with your mom, or your mom friends, Osborne recommends purchasing an online gift certificate from Becoming Mom. “Our online gift certificates can be emailed instantly or you can buy now and set the date to be delivered right before your holiday,” says Osborne. “This is perfect for those busy families who want to check someone special off their list!”

Osborne says following their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram has its perks. For example, she says, they just alerted fans to a special where you can get a free heartbeat recording when you purchase a gift certificate for an Ultrasound, now through the end of the day today, November 27, 2017. Also, you can get a free manicure with any spa or spa package gift certificate purchased today. You can visit to see a list of their current promotions.

“We have several special spa packages, discounts on services and products to help you get ready for the holidays,” Osborne says, offering the following list:

Comfort and Joy package: includes a pregnancy massage and Simply Sweet 3D/HD ultrasound. Comfort for her changing body and pure joy to see baby’s face for the first time.

Before and After: one of Becoming Mom’s most loved packages with a holiday twist. This package includes a pregnancy massage, a postpartum massage and a $50 retail credit for mom to choose what she needs most.

Alone Time! : Ask any mom what she wants most and a little bit of alone time might be at the top of the list. This package includes a 50 minute Massage, our Get That Glow Spa Facial and our Signature Spa Pedicure. At just $200 for three hours of pampering, it’s a win for Mom and the gift giver, too!

And because it is the season of giving after all, Becoming Mom is offering a free treatment enhancer to every customer that received a spa service in December. Guests can choose from warm soothing hot stones, moisturizing treatments, and even treatments targeting conditions like carpal tunnel, nausea and headaches.

Gift certificates can be purchased online at or in the spa at 5485 Deerfield Blvd. in Mason, Ohio.

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We chat with owner of a new aerial arts studio about their performances, classes, and how it’s a beautiful way to bring healthy benefits to your body.

Elevated Aerials focuses on aerial arts and offers a variety of fitness classes.

Brittany Naegel opened up Elevated Aerials just this past May, serving as the only studio just focusing on aerial arts in the Cincinnati area. Located on Mitchell Ave, the studio offers a variety of fitness classes including Aerial Fit Express, Aerial Fit & Flexibility, Aerial Yoga and Aerial Yoga Conditioning. Every class is either taught by Naegel herself, or her aerial partner Jessi Monte.

The aerial arts are a type of performance where one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from fabric that hangs from the ceiling for performers to climb on.  These are beautiful performances, but aerials are also a fun way to keep the body healthy.

At the time when Naegel really started to get into aerial arts, there were no classes being offered in Cincinnati, so Naegel would travel all over to take classes.

“I knew then, that this city was in need of an aerial arts studio,” says Naegel. “I knew as soon as I touched the fabric for the first time that I wanted to share this art form with the world in any way I could.”

Naegel really started to practice the aerial arts only a few years ago. Before then, Naegel had always stayed active growing up.  In high school Naegel was more into fitness-based sports, such as swimming and rowing. After high school, she graduated from SHI Integrative School of Medical Massage and has been working as a Massage Therapist for over a decade.

“Body awareness and knowing how to work out tight areas in the body comes naturally to me. It was learning how to dance and move gracefully that was the challenge for me, and of course building up enough strength for aerials,” says Naegel.

There are a few different types of aerial art performances as well as skill sets that Elevated Aerials teaches. They offer workshops and private lessons on aerial silks, sling and lyra for all different skill levels. Aerial silks, consists of two long tails of fabric that hang from the ceiling for performers to climb on. Aerial sling is similar to aerial silks only the fabric is raised a little higher and is attached at the bottom forming a sling or hammock. Lyra, also known as aerial hoop, is a suspended circular steel apparatus.

“All of these apparatuses are used to fly through the air, spin, strike poses, drop, dance and be creative as you like forming the perfect workout that is not only fun, but empowering as well,” explains Naegel.

However, Elevated Aerials also has opportunities for beginners and even younger kids ages 12 and up.  They offer classes throughout the week that are low to the ground so they are perfect for anyone to do.

“It’s perfect for beginners wanting to test the waters and try out the aerial equipment as well as advanced aerialists wanting to increase their strength and flexibility,” Naegel says.

Elevated Aerials is all about creating confidence, empowerment and teamwork. “This is why I choose Elevated Aerials. It’s not just you in the air. It’s you and your apparatus, or you and your partner(s). You have to work together creating the same expression or to create opposing forces. You can have one without the other, but it’s not until you put them together that they truly become alive,” Naegel explains.

Aerial arts are challenging and require a lot of determination and drive to practice and progress, however Naegel wants to let people know that anyone can do it.

“I want to show that even though you might not have been raised a dancer doesn’t mean it’s too late to become one. It doesn’t matter your age, or background. If you have the determination and drive, you can truly do anything you set your heart on,” she says.

Outside of teaching, Elevated Aerials is also available for performances. They have a wide range of performances to choose from for corporate events, weddings and concerts.

To learn more about Elevated Aerials, visit


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It’s a fashion boutique, gift shop, furniture store, salon, and more — all under one roof. Read on to learn about this new one-stop-shop in Mason.


Lavish Grace is a beauty salon, gift shop, fashion boutique, and furniture store.

It’s a fashion boutique… gift shop… furniture store… salon… oh my!

Owner, Angie Adkins had worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years before opening Lavish Grace Boutique and Salon in the heart of Mason last spring. The boutique and salon is one of a kind, offering affordable and trendy beauty services as well as “couture on a dime” apparel, gifts, accessories and furniture both new and vintage.

In addition to the boutique, Lavish Grace offers a variety of beauty services. Adkins works with another hair stylist, Carissa Ames, to create beautiful looks. Ames has worked in the beauty industry for five years and loves the challenge and creativity involved with her role. She offers haircuts, coloring and formal styling to women, men and children.

Women’s fashions, accessories, gifts, and decor are some of the items sold at Lavish Grace.

“Angie and Carissa work to build relationships with each of the customers,” says Cassandra Kingman, marketing director. “Angie has a strong relationship with her long time hair clients and decided to bring her love for fashion and beauty together to create a salon and boutique as there was not yet a boutique in downtown Mason.”

According to Adkins, Lavish Grace filled the void and has quickly become a go-to spot. “I opened in a quaint historic district, which many of my clients lovingly refer to as The Steel Magnolias of Mason,” she laughs.

The Lavish Grace staff prides themselves with offering the best in quality, hair design, and a variety of contemporary and southern fashion. The sizes range from small to a 3X so there is always something for everybody. Their typical clients are women between the ages of 35-55, however Lavish Grace takes hair appointments for any age from children to seniors. As for the boutique, Adkins says it’s easy for anyone of any age or gender to find what they’re looking for.

“Our inventory is ever changing and we are constantly bringing you the latest trends in women’s boutique clothing,” Adkins adds. “We feel it is important to keep the boutique feel by continuously bringing in unique items several times a month.”

In addition to fashion, the boutique also sells resurrected furniture from “Not Too Shabby” by Crystal Williams. Adkins says these unique pieces are full of character and also affordable.

According to Adkins, Lavish Grace is the perfect place for relaxation and fun, and also a great boutique and gift shopping. Every third Thursday of the month from 5-8p.m. customers can join the boutique for special deals, discounts and giveaways. “Each customer is always treated as a VIP,” Adkins says.

Adkins’ passion for beauty and fashion was truly brought to life in Lavish Grace Boutique and Salon. “I love what I do! I have had the honor of lavishing love, faith, beauty and fun upon many women and families in the Northern Cincinnati area,” she explains.

Lavish Grace is located at 105 East Main Street in Mason. To learn more about them, follow along on Facebook.

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Learn about a local photographer that teamed up with hair and makeup experts to provide innovative, eclectic, and stylized photography sessions.  


Purplei Potion is a photography studio located in Covington.

Our greatest talents are often discovered on accident. That’s what happened at six years old when Tashia Harris’ mom gave her a camera and said “go play.”

From that moment, a passion began to develop. Today, Harris owns her own photography studio, Purplei Potion, she launched in 2012 based in Covington, where she specializes in photography of portraits and small weddings, in addition to hair and makeup services to complement her shoots, and she also sells select pieces of African jewelry.

For 20 years, Harris worked in clinical research but she always kept her passion for photography on the side. “It was always about what crazy projects I could come up with,” she says. “I always kept that creative gene with me.”

Tashia Harris, Owner of Purplei Potion

But after collaborating on a photo shoot to help her friend with an organization to support young teens with leadership and confidence, she knew she needed to make her photography studio dreams a full time career.

Today, nearly six years later, Harris enjoys being as creative as possible with her shoots. She describes her business aesthetic as fierce, bold, eclectic, and cool. The name Purplei Potion is a combination of her favorite color and how she views the art of photography.

“Photography is magic. It’s healing, like a potion,” Harris says. “When you get someone in front of a camera, people transform to be someone else or to do something crazy.”  

Purplei Potion offers three different photo packages, and the starting rate is typically $250. They also offer three specials a year in the spring, summer and fall. Harris mainly focuses on portraits but she also does small weddings, usually of 60 people or less.

Harris does all her photography on her own, and works with two local makeup artists for her shoots as well as a creative director to bring her ideas and her customer’s ideas to life. She is typically is attracted to very abstract concepts which is something that makes her photography different compared to something you would see on Pinterest.  

“One thing we do differently is we don’t pose,” she explains. “Things in my pictures aren’t perfect because they aren’t supposed to be.”

Another exclusive aspect of Purplei Potion is that they sell handmade jewelry. While visiting family in Africa a few times a year, Harris works with a local artist to make the jewelry. These one of a kind pieces are available for purchase and are also used in her photo shoots. One of Harris’ favorite shoots so far was actually last Tuesday, Oct. 24, where she photographed the jewelry on a young woman who wore it in distinctive ways to showcase the originality.

In addition to Africa, Harris enjoys traveling around the country and to different parts of Europe. “Traveling allows you to see what different cultures have to offer, see things differently, what pushes and inspires people,” she says.

To learn more, visit the Purplei Potion website at

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We talk with Venita Allen, owner of lahVdah about her natural soaps, how she got started, and how she’s growing her sudsy success.


Soaps, scrubs, and a success story. That’s what one local beauty product shop, lahVdah, was created with a lot of hard work, passion and love. The all-natural shop sells a variety of soaps, bath bombs, lotions and other beauty products including lip balms, eye shadows, and argan oil.

All of these products are handmade by the owner, Venita Allen, who started dabbling in the soap business about a decade ago. Allen had just retired from the Butler County Sheriff’s office when she started taking care of her father in law, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

“I made these things for him because he hated taking medication,” says Allen. “I think having the hope and trying these things gave him the desire to trust and believe that God blessed my hands that helped him.”

In addition to soaps and beauty products, Allen also makes and sells a variety of therapeutic oils. These all-natural products include argan oil, headache relief, detox mask, and natural perfumes.

Allen began her business by just selling her products on the weekends at Findlay market located on Race St., until she opened up her own shop on Main St. in Hamilton. She was inspired to open her shop by her own strength. Growing up in a large family with six siblings, she overcame many struggles in her childhood. From a young age, she managed to always work a few jobs to not only feed her siblings but also help her family. Today, Allen has the love and support of her husband Ron, who she says has always encouraged her passion.

“I was a fighter and I was not giving up,” she says. “I was determined to show that anyone can do this, and to never say never!”

Allen’s compassion and love is what makes her business such a success. Customers are able to come and shop in a friendly and open environment. Allen also enjoys helping her customers and loves answering questions about why or how she makes her products.

“When it comes from the heart, no one can make anything better because love is the secret ingredient and the best quality I have. My customers are family,” she says.

Her determination and success directly reflects the name, lahVdah. Playing off the phrase, lah-de-dah, Allen chose to name her shop with the V standing for Venita and victory.

Some of Allen’s most popular products are her lip balms, lip stains, moisturizing cream, and her handmade soaps. The products also come in a variety of sweet scents, including pink sugar, mango papaya, pineapple, and many more. She also makes bath bomb truffles, bubble bath cakes, or waffle bath bombs that Allen says are a lot of fun. The waffle bath bombs come in pink lemonade, blue watermelon and a unicorn theme.

lahVdah recently launched a subscription box service so customers can try out a variety of her new and exclusive — but always natural and non-toxic — bath and body products on a regular basis. The “OMG! lahVdah Box” is shipped monthly to your doorstep. The themed boxes are $25 each month, and includes one or more full size item, plus sample items with instructions and recommendations.

Allen says she is blessed to have an amazing group of people to support her and help her along this journey. With such a positive outlook on life, she says her business is never about the money. “It’s about the family that is being created with the love and work and the gift God gave me,” Allen says, “I know it’s not what many success stories are like but it’s mine, and I’m different. I am the V in lahVdah.”

You can visit Allen’s shop at 408 Main St. or visit her at Findlay Market Friday-Sunday. Learn more at

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In need of a creative outlet, a local medical professional launched a beauty and style blog. Learn how her cultural background draws inspiration for her intriguing topics.


Yuliya Azirbayeva launched the blog Style As Needed while in her final year of pharmacy school.

Yuliya Azirbayeva is a pharmacist by day and a style and beauty blogger by night. Azirbayeva says she launched her blog, Style As Needed, as a creative outlet.

“I am a pharmacist so my day job does not provide for any creative ability and I have always been very into fashion and beauty,” she explains. “I have been a long time blog reader myself and I thought about starting Style As Needed for years before finally taking the plunge.”

That leap of faith finally came for Azirbayeva about a year ago, when she was in her final year of pharmacy school. he launched Style As Needed, also known as Style PRN (PRN is the short code for “as needed”)

Azirbayeva says that Style As Needed focuses on style and beauty, although she also loves to incorporate travel into her posts as well, as it is another passion of hers. Azirbayeva moved to the United States from Almaty, Kazakhstan when she was 10, and has lived in Cincinnati ever since.

Azirbayeva says that one of her favorite things about running Style As Needed is getting feedback from her readers. “Nothing makes me happier after working hard on a post than getting a lot of comments and reader feedback,” she says.

She also likes the planning and thinking that goes into blogging. “I enjoy the aspect of blogging that has to do with planning and creativity. You constantly have to be thinking about your next post or what you can write about that would be interesting for your readers, so I love the brainstorming aspect.”

When asked what it is that makes Style As Needed unique, Azirbayeva says that it’s her cultural background. “My sense of style that draws influence from my culture makes my blog unique,” she says. “I am constantly looking into styles and trends from overseas and like to incorporate those into Style As Needed.”

One of Azirbayeva’s favorite posts on Style As Needed was comparing beauty subscription services such as Ipsy, Birchbox, and Sephora Play. “That post took a lot of time and effort and I think it definitely paid, off,” she said. “I also love the posts I did on my Italy trip. I had details on our tours, where and what we ate, and absolutely stunning pictures from that trip.”

Now that she is done with school, Azirbayeva says that she is hoping to put more time and effort into Style As Needed to help expand it as much as possible. “I am hoping to work with more local companies around Cincinnati since there are so many great ones around,” she says.

Azirbayeva is also looking forward to upcoming seasonal fashions. “I am currently looking forward to working on all of my fall and winter style posts as those are my favorite seasons when it comes to fashion,” she adds.

To learn more about about Style As Needed, visit or follow along on Instagram.

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A local stylist opened a new salon with a mission to offer products that are safe for clients and beauty industry professionals alike. Keep reading for more!


Two years ago LeAnna Gonzlaez began breaking out in hives. She found out that it was the hair color she was using on clients that caused the allergic reaction.

“I was panicked because not doing hair is not an option for me. I love my job,” she says. “So I started this quest to find products and that are not full of chemicals. I’ve spent the last two years researching what this industry has to offer in a safer form.”

Gonzalez began doing hair 12 years ago when living California. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she now lives in Northern Kentucky where she recently opened Organix, a salon and spa that focuses on healthy products that won’t cause harm to clients or stylists.

“Organix is a salon that has done the guesswork for you,” she explains. “We have done the research to bring you better products. It takes the body 26 seconds to absorb a chemical. At Organix, we proudly feature ammonia-free hair color.”

Currently, Organix offers hair and makeup services, and the makeup products used at the salon are non-toxic and made locally in Kentucky.

Not only is Gonzalez big on offering products that are non-toxic or harsh for stylists and clients, she also wants to give back to the environment. “As a kid, I recycled with my dad, so for me it was second nature to think about our planet,” she explains. “Living in California, I realized how easy I had it or how easy it was to care about my body and our planet.”

She says that her dream is to have a happy and safe environment for “natural,” inner beauty to flourish but also a safe place for stylists to work, and a place that nurtures and supports the community.

Gonzalez says that Organix is unique in that the salon and spa strives to bring services and products that uses organic essences and is as low as possible on the harsh chemicals scale. “It’s not just about your hair color, it is about using products that aren’t harmful to you and your environment. It’s about a safe haven for inner beauty to grow,” she adds.

Organix also offers a recycling program where customers and clients receive 15% off your new product for your empty ones.

Gonzalez says that she will continue expanding the services offered at Organix. “We are adding the space side next, so expect facials and body waxing, and lots of secret formulas with essential oils,” she says.

To learn more about Organix, visit them on Facebook.

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One local lady took her love for animals and launched a mobile pet grooming business. Learn more about this purrfect solution for busy pet owners!


Maggie Secor has always loved animals. That led her to graduate from the Melody Manor School of Dog Grooming in 1997 and work in an animal hospital for 12 years.

It’s also what led her to take a leap of faith and start her own grooming business, Maggie’s Mobile Paw Spa, in 2016. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill grooming business.

Through her years working in the business, she noticed an unmet niche. One where pet owners want the best for their pets, but don’t always have the time for it. So, she decided that she would take the grooming to her clients’ homes, traveling to nearby locations such as Colerain, Mt. Healthy, Mt. Lookout, Pleasant Ridge, Montgomery, Hyde Park, Western Hills, and other Tri-State locations.

According to Secor, there are several advantages to bringing the groomer to your pet, rather than taking your pet to the groomer.

“There is no prep time, and that means no fussing with your dog to get ready for a day at the groomer,” she says. “There’s also no need to track down a car to take your dog from the city to the groomer, no need to find parking, no stress or car sickness for your dog, no scratched seats in your car.”

Maggie’s Mobile Paw Spa brings grooming services to your doorstep with a mobile spa.

And the stress-free environment isn’t the only positive of a mobile grooming business like Maggie’s Paw Spa. The spa is cleaned thoroughly between dogs and between visits. “You do not have to worry about sharing cages or germs,” she says. “And we groom your dog right outside your home in a crate-free spa, so your dog receives individual grooming attention for the whole visit.”

Each package offered through Maggie’s Mobile Paw Spa includes an individual consultation where the groomer and your pet can get to know each other before the styling begins.

“We will discuss all aspects of grooming from coat and skin, to personality, to style,” says Secor. “We work with you to select a look that works for both you and your dog.”

Services from Maggie’s Mobile Paw Spa include a bubble bath as well as full grooming and even extra services such as de-skunking, flea and tick treatment, and a Hydromassage Bubble Bath. The cost of services depending on the size, breed, and weight of your dog, says Secor.

To learn more about Maggie’s Mobile Paw Spa, visit

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A local all-organic beauty studio now offers a new skin care treatment that will leave you fresh faced and truly glowing. Read on for the details!


Alba Beauty Studio recently began offering dermaplaning to its list of beauty and spa services.

Alba Organic Beauty Studio has one main focus: providing customers with high-quality salon and spa services without using any harsh, toxic chemicals. To continue forwarding its passion for safe and healthy products, but effective results, Alba recently introduced new dermaplaning services.

“Dermaplaning is a safe, provided the person performing it is properly trained, and highly effective exfoliation procedure,” explains Andrea Lauren, owner of Alba Organic Beauty Studio. “It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently ‘shave’ the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair, aka ‘peach fuzz.’ Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter, smoother, glowing, and more youthful.”

Lauren says that it was the removal of vellus hair as well as its deliverance of exfoliation that encouraged the team at Alba to add dermaplaning to its services. “We wanted to offer dermaplaning as another tool for our guests to have when selecting their anti-aging skin maintenance options,” she explains.

What makes dermaplaning unique is that it is a mechanical exfoliation. An esthetician uses a small, sterile blade while holding the skin. They’ll swipe the blade in gentle, upward motions. While it may sound scary, Lauren says when it’s done by a trained professional, it isn’t.

Lauren adds that dermaplaning is a great way to prepare your face to pair with a chemical exfoliation service, as well as other services like an organic skin care facial because removing the top-most layer of skin will allow for those other services to more easily penetrate the skin.

“In addition to exfoliation, removing the peach fuzz is beneficial since the fine hairs trap debris and oils and give skin a dull look,” she says. “Makeup goes on smoother as well. Dermaplaning is the perfect procedure to begin pairing with other treatments, such as our peels and anti-aging facials.”

Dermplaning at Alba is $75 while dermaplaning and a facial is $115.

To learn more about Alba Organic Beauty Studio and the services it provides, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Watch this exclusive webcast that follows our Editor-in-Chic as she tries out the new microdermabrasion services at Alba!