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A soon-to-come salon wants you to feel beautiful -- and like family -- as soon as you walk through the doors. Click here to learn more.

Amanda Fitzpatrick is a wife, mama, salon entrepreneur, and a skincare business owner. She’s also adding rebranded salon owner and building rehabber to her resume after launching (and soon-to-open) Haven Modern Hair Studio.

“Simply put, Haven Modern Hair Studio is not only our haven, but yours as well,” she says. “It’s the place that you can go to at any time to get away and truly relax. Know what while you are in our home, you are our guest, in every sense of the word. Whatever you say is safe within these walls, and when you leave, you’ll feel like family.”

Fitzpatrick says she was inspired to launch Haven 10 years ago when she was operating under a different business name but wanted to try a few different salon scenarios. 

“Being completely transparent, being afraid of failure subconsciously had me playing small,” she recalls. “Always renting space, never fully standing up for myself or the business like I should have.”

Then, an opportunity landed in her lap nearly four years ago that she couldn’t pass up. And the rest is history. In that time, Fitzpatrick says one of the best parts has been the personal development. “I woke up one day and realized that I was the only thing holding me back,” she says. “That you have to fail forward. And that we weren’t failing – all of the struggles of the past 10 years to get it right had actually led us right to this amazing property with a truly amazing group of women.”

Alongside Fitzpatrick at the salon is Ryan Fultz, whom she met in hair school 12 years ago. The duo has forged a friendship unlike any other. “While we saw all of our personal dreams coming true, we knew that while our current location was doing great, something just didn’t feel right,” she says. 

Now, the new salon will be located at 4796 Ridge Road in Oakley, between Ibsen and 71 South. “We’re so excited to bring this property back to life,” says Fitzpatrick. “And we’ve gained some awesome new neighbors.”

Fitzpatrick says the goal is to be in the building by January 2019, after finishing demo and renovations. The salon will be strictly hair. “I’d rather be a master at something than a jack of all trades,” she says. “Hair is what we live and love, it’s what we know. And we soon realized that we needed to get back to the basics – that was where our hearts were.”

Haven will offer everything from cuts and color to keratin treatments and extensions.

To learn more about Haven Modern Hair Studio, visit them on Instagram and Facebook. “We are so ridiculously excited to open the doors come 2019 and unveil our true passion project and what we have been working so hard on,” she adds. “All of us are so excited to have you as guests.”

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Learn about a local that offers everything from skincare and body sculpting to a new plasma skin tightening option that can replace surgical face lifts. 

Dr. Atluri of Transform MedSpa and her team.

Dr. Pratha Atluri at Transform MedSpa says she’s on a mission is to provide the best, cutting-edge aesthetic medicine with skill and artistry.

Dr. Atluri and her team of licensed professionals launched in 2005 in the heart of Kenwood on Montgomery Road. The facility offers comprehensive skin care treatments such as Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Bellfill in addition to Coolsculpting, laser hair removal, Smartlipo, and Vaser liposuction.

Dr. Atluri is a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Physicians and has received training by well-known expert surgeons in the field of liposuction. “I am trained in hi-definition lipsuction by the world renowned plastic surgeon Alfredo Hoyos, MD,” says Dr. Atluri. “I’m also experienced and skilled in injecting Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers, photo facials, and laser skin care.”

New to the offerings at Transform MedSpa is Platelet Rich Plasma, which can now be added to various skincare and body sculpting treatments to enhance results. 

J plasma, a cutting edge skin tightening technology was introduced in 2017 for added skin tightening with body sculpting procedures. Facial skin tightening with J plasma can replace surgical face lift, Dr. Atluri says.

In addition, Transform MedSpa also offers several liposuction alternatives and non-invasive body sculpting options. “[We were] one of the first centers in Cincinnati to introduce Smartlipo and Vaser liposuction,” says Dr. Atluri. “Smartlipo and Vaser lipo are minimally invasive body sculpting procedures where through a small incision the area where fat needs to be removed will be numbed, fat melted and suctioned out. Smartlipo and Vaser lipo are body sculpting procedures where, not only is the stubborn fat removed, but attention is given to fine curves and muscle definitions.”

When it comes to Botox, Dr. Atluri says that Botox is used to treat things like frown lines, crows feet, worry lines, unbalanced brows, vertical lip lines, wrinkles under the eyes, neck bands, chin crunch, low or heavy eyebrows, and down turned mouth corners.

Additionally, laser treatments for the face include photofacials, Hydrafacial MD, and microneedling/dermapen. According to Dr. Atluri, these are popular anti-aging treatments for the face and help to reduce and remove fine facial lines and wrinkles as well as slow down the skin’s aging process.

Transform MedSpa is located at 9050 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. To learn more, visit

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A nationally known hair colorist is opening a new salon in Northern Kentucky. Click for all the beautification details.

Zoe Grace Salon is a new salon that focuses on the customer experience.

There’s a new salon in town and they’re focused on helping clients look and feel their best.

“Zoe Grace Salon is a new, chic salon where stylists are obsessed with making sure guests love their hair and their experience,” explains salon owner, Ella King. “Zoe Grace stylists are experts with problem hair types and know what styles look best with face shapes and what colors look best with skin tones. They use techniques derived from years of experience and ongoing training.”

King herself has more than 16 years experience in the hair industry is a nationally known hair colorist and top Holland Certified educator for Keune Haircosmetics. She travels the country to teach other stylists, grow as an artist, and to stay on top of the latest hair care industry techniques and trends. “I am passionate about serving my guests, educating other stylists to perfect their skill, and staying on top of all the new color trends, cuttery, and styling techniques,” she says.

Aside from knowing the latest trends in the hair industry, King also wanted to provide a salon that allows guests to feel pampered.

“We believe whether you’re a hard working business professional, college student, mom, dad, or retired, you deserve to be pampered and you deserve to feel beautiful in being who you truly are,” says King.

The full-service salon focuses on customizing hair design and coloring techniques, offering cuts and styles for men and women as well as smoothing services, extensions, hair removal, brow and lash services, airbrush makeup, and formal hairstyles.

“Everything in this tranquil salon was architected with the guest in mind from the feeling of privacy at styling stations to a unique free standing color bar and shampoo bowls with neck and head rest pillows,” says King. “This is where stylists deliver the Signature Zoe Grace Shampoo Massage using techniques designed to target the specific areas of the scalp that promote relaxation and stress relief for each guest.”

Guests can relax in a massage chair or work at a desktop station while their color processes. The salon provides free wi-fi, charging ports, and a snack and beverage bar.

Zoe Grace will host its grand opening launch party “Consults and Cocktails” on Nov. 3 from 3-6 pm. The salon will provide light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes for the first 50 guests, and giveaways, including free hair color for a year. The event is also where the salon will reveal the winner from their “Complete Beauty Makeover” contest. Those who RSVP for the event will receive 25% off any product purchase the day of the event.

King says you can RSVP by calling or texting 859-250-6827 or by emailing

Zoe Grace is located at 287 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in the newly renovated Buttermilk Square Development.

To learn more about Zoe Grace Salon, visit You can also find styling tips, announcements, contests, fashion tips, and hair trends on the website, or stay up-to-date with the salon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Learn about a new Norwood salon that wants you to feel welcome when you walk in, then beautiful and loved by the time you walk out.

Wild Honey Salon offers a variety of services and uses environmentally-friendly and humane products.

Inclusive, humane, eco-friendly, simple and relaxing. That’s the idea behind Wild Honey Salon in Norwood.

Established in June of 2017, Wild Honey creates a narrative of inclusivity. For example, rather than titling men’s or women’s cuts on the menu of services, the haircuts are classified by varying lengths of hair instead.

Wild Honey Salon is also humane and environmentally friendly, using R&Co. products, which are vegetarian, gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free.

The salon is home to five independent stylists including owner, Melissa Leitru. “I wanted to create a space where each stylist could be their own boss, yet we all work together with the same vision,” she explains. “The other girls who work with me are so amazing. They’re all so talented and the fact they they saw what I was doing and wanted to work here is still so cool to me. I want the salon to be a place for everyone to feel welcomed and loved.”

Wild Honey Salon offers a variety of services, including haircuts, colors, waxes, style and special occasion looks. They also offer deep conditioning and keratin smoothing treatments. Both of these specialty services range in prices with the keratin treatment at $300, and the deep conditioning at $25. 

Special occasion looks by Wild Honey Salon include weddings, formal up-dos, and variations of blowouts.

“Design wise, the idea of Wild Honey Salon was to be minimal because of our small space. I love when people say that it feels relaxing and doesn’t feel cluttered,” Leitru shares. “I wanted a space where I could think and didn’t feel overwhelmed or distracted. It was always a dream of mine to open my own salon. Sometimes, with all the craziness of owning my own business and trying to stay on top of everything, I forget to sit back and realize that I’m living out my dream.”

Wild Honey is located at 3966 Montgomery Rd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. To find out more information or book an appointment, visit You can also follow along on Instagram or “like” them on Facebook.

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Learn about a local beauty aficionado who launched her own subscription box for lip products while running a popular lifestyle account. 

Sue Anne Cho-Collins, Founder of LippieBox and the blog Heart of Plastic

When it comes to beauty, fashion, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle, Sue Anne Cho-Collins wears a lot of hats.

Cho-Collins is the founder of the Instagram account Heart of Plastic. “It’s my baby,” she says. “I’ve been on Instagram since it came out in 2010, no joke. It’s changed a lot over the years but I’ve adapted and am staying active! I post about fashion, beauty, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle.”

Cho-Collins says that what inspired Heart of Plastic came from a previous fashion blog she once co-wrote with a friend. She says they put a lot of time into the blog but eventually decided to go their separate ways, and she took that inspiration and continued on her own through Instagram.

In addition to Heart of Plastic, Cho-Collins is also the owner of LippieBox, a monthly subscription box for everything lips.

“We ship out a box full of 5 full-size lip products to everyone who subscribes,” she explains. “That can include lip balm, lip gloss, lip scrubs, or even accessories for your lippies.”

The inspiration for LippieBox came from her experience as an influencer on Instagram, where she reviewed lip balms on the account Lipbalm. “People were asking me all the time where they could get those products for themselves,” she says. “I didn’t want to sell someone else’s products; I wanted my own. So I created LippieBox, a curated box of lip products that was my own brand.”

Although she runs three different Instagram accounts, Cho-Collins says that there isn’t a single post that sticks out to her because she loves them all. “I don’t have a favorite, but I love creating vibrant, colorful images,” she says. “That’s what I go for in my feed.”

Through all of her Instagram adventures, Cho-Collins says that the most enjoyable part is the connections she makes with other brands. She also says that she loves getting the opportunity to try out new products. “The sponsored trips and meals are my favorite,” she adds.

Cho-Collins says to keep your eyes out and to follow along with Heart of Plastic, as there’s something new just around the corner. “It’s a secret,” she says. “You may just have to follow along to find out!”

To learn more about Heart of Plastic and LippieBox, Cho-Collins says you can follow all three of her Instagram accounts at @heartofplastic, @lippiebox, and @lipbalm.

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From microblading, makeup and massages, to hair, lashes and waxing, Anderson has a new go-to for everything beauty.

Eden Salon and Day Spa is a new spa in Anderson.

Anderson is now home to Eden Salon and Day Spa, headed up by two beauty industry enthusiasts, owner Melissa Hunter, and salon manager, Katie Mahoney. 

They wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. After many months of planning and preparation, they celebrated their official grand opening — complete with a ribbon cutting with the Anderson Chamber of Commerce — in August 2018.

Today, Eden’s Salon offers a wide range of services, including: hair, lashes, microblading, facials, waxing, make-up, and massages. Products carriers are Kevin Murphy and Brazilian Blowout. 

According to Hunter, beauty at Eden Salon and Day Spa isn’t skin deep, though. She says it also means caring about the community and helping others. That’s why they’re sponsoring an effort with Susan G Komen to kick off breast cancer awareness month that’s focused on funding the research and treatment needed to decrease the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

We are partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer. We will have a booth next to Ford at the ‘More Than Pink Walk’ on September 30, 2018,” Hunter explains. “Eden Salon and Day Spa is dedicated to helping the victims, survivors and families of breast cancer by pledging to do our part to help find a cure for breast cancer one dollar at a time.” 

The importance of health and wellness at Eden Salon and Spa is also underscored by the products used. “At Eden Salon and Day Spa, we use 100% organic and biodynamic products that ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients that yield maximum results,” a recent Facebook post notes. “Experience the power of plant based skin-care. Our facial services include relaxing neck, shoulder, hand and arm massages that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and rested.”

Eden Salon and Spa is located at 7434 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45255. To learn more, visit their website:, their Facebook or Instagram.

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From pet grooming to massage therapy for horses and dogs, see how these local experts aim to make life easier for you and your pet.

For the animal owners in Cincinnati, Pampered Paws and Claws has one objective in mind: to make your life easier. 

The range of services include: Cat & Dog Grooming, Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog and Horse Massage Therapy. Grooming procedures typically take approximately 60-90 minutes unless a specialty is required. Special requests are welcome and encouraged, says owner Angela Sexton, who adds that she enjoys customizing the experience for each client.

“Appointments must be made, no walks in are allowed,” Sexton explains, “because the professionals here do not want animals waiting around in cages for their appointment or for a slot to open up.”

According to Sexton their range of services include: dog grooming, cat grooming, and massage therapy for multiple kinds of animals such as horses and dogs. 

I am a Certified Feline Master Groomer and a National Certified Master Groomer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, Certified Equine Massage Therapist, and a Certificate in Professional Pet Sitter,” Sexton says. “I am the only [local] groomer who is Certified in Cats and Dogs and the only Certified Dog Trainer who grooms. I am the Vet recommended for those dogs who have issues being groomed.

Sexton says she loves that grooming not only helps pets look and feel better, but it also helps owners battle excessive animal hair at home. has also rated Pampered Paws and Claws their favorite of 2018, Sexton says, and in 2017 they were voted the Best of the West by Cincy Magazine readers. 

I have loved animals all my life, that is why I attended the Cincinnati Zoo School,” Sexton says. “I treat your fur kid like my own.” 

Pampered Paws and Claws is located at 5327 Foley Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. To learn more, visit or “like” them on Facebook.

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Learn about a blossoming new beauty business in Northern Kentucky featuring natural and responsibly sourced products for your hair, body, and home.

Industry Salon is an Aveda salon in Northern Kentucky. Photo by: Brittany Bays

There’s a new Aveda salon and spa in Northern Kentucky featuring natural and responsibly sourced products for your hair, body, and home.

Newport-based Industry Salon offers men and women’s haircuts, hair color, and facial waxing. They also sell Aveda products for healthy hair care, skin care, and body care for those who’d like to continue their salon and spa experience at home.  

“These natural products are flower and plant-based, responsibly sourced, and have amazing aromas,” says Project Manager Mallory Muddimen. “We also use Aveda hair color too, which can be completely customized for each guest, and it is made of up to 96% all natural ingredients.”

Photo by: Brittany Bays

Muddimen says the most popular Aveda products at Industry Salon are the Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner. “They have been flying off the shelf thanks to the incredible scent and their hair softening properties,” she says.

Industry Salon is locally owned by Kate Moeves who is a Newport native. The salon is operated by Moeves, as well as General Manager, Heather Sams, who also hails from Northern Kentucky, in Taylor Mill. 

Industry Salon has a sister salon in Bellevue, Kentucky called 501 Salon, which Moeves and Sams also manage. According to Muddimen, “Both of these women are warm, welcoming, and dedicated to providing a contemporary and education driven business for their employees and guests alike.”

Industry Salon is located at 846 Saratoga Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071To learn more, visit You can also follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

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Read on about a new small batch skincare line made from natural ingredients.

Pälish features a line of beauty products that are good for your skin.

Finding the right skincare products for you can be a pricey and time consuming task. Heather Gray was on a mission to find the right products for her, but couldn’t find exactly what she needed that worked the way she needed it to. 

That’s when she decided to launch her own product.

“The first product I created was the sugar scrub,” says Gray. “I wanted a product that would exfoliate my skin, moisturize it, and scent it in one step.”

Once she got that scrub the way she wanted it, she liked it so much and thought others would enjoy it too that she decided to launch her own skincare line called Pälish. 

“Pälish is a skincare line made in small batching from natural ingredients,” explains Gray. “the ‘Au Naturale’ line of Pälish products consists of unscented products or products scented naturally by the ingredients.”

There is also a scented line that features essential oil combinations to create scents that are unique only to Pälish. 

Gray says she’s someone who takes great care to maintain herself physically and watches what she puts in and on her body. 

“I like to feel polished and put together, but don’t have hours to spend or an endless bank account to do so,” she says. “I was so tired of so many cosmetic companies suggesting that if I didn’t look a certain way or use their products that I wasn’t ‘enough.’ So I created my own line with a focus on helping everyone feel great in their own skin.”

Launched nearly a year ago, the current line-up of products from Pälish features six unique scents of sugar scrub, face oil, toning and cleaning pads, makeup remover, and body oil. She says she will be introducing scent roll-on, dry shampoo, facial cleanser, and a face polish soon.

Gray says that what makes her business unique is that the products are simple yet effective and are created to maintain the overall health and wellness of your skin, and in many cases, improve it. 

“I believe that everyone wants to feel great in their own skin and just as they are,” adds Gray. “It is the largest organ in the body and we should be taking care of it.”

Each scent is unique to Pälish. I played around with dozens of scent combinations before narrowing it down to the six that are available currently.

Gray says that throughout 2018 she will be adding a few new things for Pälish including sponsored events and athletes, Pälish educational skincare events, and new “au natural” and scented products.

To learn more about Pälish, visit You can also check out her blog for collaborative articles with a skincare professional on the benefits of natural skincare. You can also follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The Pälish Instagram is updated daily and features discounts, contests, Pälish athletes, and testimonials.

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A local luxury makeup studio is now offering new interactive experiences that’ll refresh your look in-person and online. Read on to for all the eye-batting details.

Pout Studio offers Makeup 101 workshops and works with local photographers to offer headshots.

Opened in February of 2017, Pout Studio is a luxury makeup studio which specializes in bridal makeup, commercial/event makeup and headshots. 

Owner Trina Paul has 27 years of experience and an extensive list of client work from doing makeup for designers at New York Fashion Week to working on-set for films, to working in Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and more, as a traveling national makeup artist for a variety of high-end cosmetic brands.

Today, Paul owns Pout Studio, which is a makeup studio nestled in a historic mansion in Newport, where she offers traditional makeup services as well as makeup 101 workshops and headshots in collaboration with local photographers.

Once a month, clients can come to Pout for a two-hour workshop to learn all her makeup basics as well as brow mapping, contouring, highlighting and false lash application. Attendees also receive a 10-piece brush set, mascara, a makeup bag and a professional photographer is there to capture all the fun while also providing clients a professional headshot at the end.

“I wanted to start this business to help women with their makeup without having to sell them the cosmetics,” explains Paul. “We have done 12 of the workshops and they sell out every time. Women want to learn how to do their own makeup.”

The workshops have a limit of 20 people and the cost for them is $85. Paul posts the dates of them on her Facebook page and her Instagram.

In addition, Pout Studio recently started offering eyelash extensions in both classic and Russian volume. “I started lashes about five months ago because my clients kept complaining that no one in Northern Kentucky was doing them,” says Paul, which she says is also reason for launching the workshops. “No one really offers this or anything like it in our area so I thought people could really benefit.”

She says her favorite service is doing lash extensions. “I absolutely love seeing my clients faces after I give them a full set of gorgeous new lashes and they can’t stop looking in the mirror,” she says. 

According to Paul, Pout Studio is in full-blown growth mode. For the new year, she says, the studio will continue to expand with new services such as microblading and skincare services such as dermaplaning and facials.

Paul says she really just loves the feeling of helping women feel good about themselves, whether it’s for their big day, or just helping them have a better day. “I get to help women have a better day, get through a breakup, a divorce, a death, etc. just by pampering them with makeup,” she says. “I love my clients truly and they feel that. I get so much satisfaction from this business it never ever feels like work.”

Pout Studio is located at 821 York Street in Newport. You can learn more at and follow along on Facebook.