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A new co-working space offers on-site childcare, giving work-from-home parents a place to get work done without the worry of finding childcare. Read on for more.


Gather Cincy is a co-working space that offers parents the chance to work while offering on-site childcare.

When you’re a working parent, the option to work from home is often a blessing. In reality though, it’s not easy to concentrate for longer than a few minutes with little ones running around, find enough quiet time to make a call, or schedule a sitter for a last minute meeting.

One local co-working space aims to change that: Gather Cincy in East Walnut Hills.

“Gather Cincy is a co-working space that provides the additional benefit of on-site childcare,” explains Gather Cincy Co-Owner Meg Cooper. “Gather Cincy’s aim is to bridge the gap between balancing a career and raising a family by providing a comfortable workspace where parents can be productive while their children are playing and learning.”

At Gather Cincy you’ll find that there are three floors of co-working space, including a conference room and private offices. The Victorian-era home turned office space is conveniently located near downtown Cincinnati as well as Northern Kentucky, Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout, and other communities near Interstate 71.

Cooper, who founded Gather Cincy with her mother Peggy Bustamante, has always been passionate about building community. “In today’s fast-paced world with demands that never seem to stop growing, community is an afterthought for many hard-working individuals,” says Cooper. “My mom and I saw that many parents were being forced to choose between pursuing a career or raising a family. Additionally, the growing popularity of working from home has left many feeling lonely and actually less productive than in an office environment.”

Cooper and her mother understand that it can be difficult to find a community to become a part of when you’re trying to bridge the gap between raising a child and working, and that’s why they hope Gather Cincy allows working parents who use the space will be able to find that community of others who are in the same stage of life and can benefit from each other’s gifts, talents, and businesses.

Meg and Peggy, the mother-daughter team behind Gather Cincy.

Aside from being the first co-working space of its kind in the city, Gather Cincy also helps parents work with a peace of mind knowing that their children are being taken care of while they work.

“This is the only co-working space in Cincinnati that provides this service,” says Cooper. “While many co-working spaces are geared toward startups and small businesses, Gather is geared toward work-from-home parents, although some members do not have children and just appreciate the delightful space to work and enjoy the others in the community.”

Cooper also says that the Gather Cincy community itself is unique in that its members are encouraged to build networks and develop relationships with others who visit the space. “Members are also encouraged to share their skills and talents by teaching seminars and hosting workshops for members and the outside community,” adds Cooper.

The grand opening of Gather Cincy is June 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. There you can check out the space and also get to know Sapna Gupta, who will be offering legal office hours at Gather Cincy through her law firm SAPG Legal.

When asked what Gupta liked about the space at Gather Cincy, she says she enjoys its location within the city’s flourishing business community. “In the heart of East Walnut Hills, where several small businesses are emerging and growing, Gather Cincy is perfectly situated to serve the needs of the community,” says Gupta. “I love the Gather Cincy business model, location, and the space.”

Gupta says she also enjoys the idea behind Gather Cincy and its passion for creating a co-working space that fits the needs of business owners and parents alike.

“It’s the first space of its kind that I have seen that is tailored toward entrepreneurial parents – offering the opportunity for private office space, co-working, and childcare within the same building,” says Gupta. “The environment that Meg has created is conducive to several different types of businesses in all phases of the business life, and affords parents a work-life balance without having to sacrifice one for the other.”

Sapna Gupta will offer free business legal hours once a week at Gather Cincy.

Because Gupta is a Business Law attorney, she can meet with the entrepreneurs who visit Gather Cincy and speak with them on a number of different legal and business matters.

“I realized that legal consult is not a very approachable subject for business owners, especially at an affordable rate,” she explains. “About 5 years ago, I pioneered my firm’s community outreach program, offering legal consult to business owners in New York City through a government program called NYC Business Solutions, and have decided to offer that same type of service here at Gather Cincy.”

Those who are interested in meeting with Gupta can chat with her for her office hours from 11 am to 12 pm every Wednesday for free legal consult. These conversations can include basic startup advice on incorporation, corporate structure, forming partnerships, and legal tips. Gupta says she will also offer advice on contracts like employment agreements, vendor agreements, commercial leases, mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, licensing, immigration, creditor-debtor transactions, and bankruptcy.

To learn more about Gather Cincy, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, or, to schedule a tour of the space, send an email to

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Read on as we chat with the local lady behind a new event coming up geared toward helping women level up their career and personal brand.


After growing tired of the same corporate workshops and lunch and learns, Morgan Owens decided to create a brand where women felt not only valued but also given the opportunity to better themselves and their careers.

The Professional Pretty Conference, held May 19 at the University Of Cincinnati

​African American Cultural Resource Center, was founded with the mission that women can be “powerful and pretty,” says Owens.

Geared toward any woman with the desire to become more marketable in their corporate and/or entrepreneurial careers, the conference will touch on topics such as career building, public relations, trademarks, email marketing, personal/business branding, how to navigate the corporate sector and more.

With 12 workshops, 100 attendees and 15 speakers, Professional Pretty aims to show women in the workplace how to be their authentic selves and still get the job done, according to Owens. 

“I hope to accomplish an experience where attendees will not only walk away empowered but with actual information to make them great,” explains Owens. “Many empowerment conferences get you excited but as soon as Monday rolls around, many women lose that spirit. My hope is to have that spirit radiate and remain within after being surrounded by like-minded women who are there intentionally to help other women succeed.”

Morgan Owens is organizing the Professional Pretty Conference at the University of Cincinnati.

Attendees can expect to hear from keynote speaker Dawn Williams Thompson, Brand Strategist/President, and well as Owens herself, a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” specializing in Marketing and Branding. The Morgan A. Owens brand series has been broadcasted and supported by Fox 19 News, WLWT Channel 5, The Cincinnati Herald, and Radio One.

Attendees will also be able to enter “Slay Alleyway” throughout the day to learn about beauty, skincare, and styling from some of Cincinnati’s top experts.

Now more than ever, Owens says, this is the best time to hold an event like this. “Minority women are the number one demographic as entrepreneurs right now. However, I feel a lot of women in business are operating without the proper education foundation they need to not only sustain in longevity but take their business to a nationwide level,” says Owens, adding that her Professional Pretty event is for any woman wanting level up her career or business while also looking the part. 

For more conference information, go to or

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We chat with the DAAP Fashion Show’s leading lady to learn about everything new and exciting planned for this year’s show.


The UC DAAP Fashion Show will be held April 27 at the UC Campus Recreation Center.

Heart-pounding excitement paired with creative elegance and innovation is what this year’s DAAP Fashion Show is all about. 

The University of Cincinnati hosts its annual fashion show on April 27,  a showcase of the student talent in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program in the UC Campus Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.

DAAP Fashion Show features more than 350 original designs, a 92 foot long catwalk- lit by CCM’s Stage and Lighting School, live audience of 1,500 people, 30 plus models and live DJ to exhibit the senior class’ thesis collections as well as a glimpse of underclass projects. 

The graduating class of 48 seniors from Fashion Design and Product Strategy began their creative process the summer in advance of the show, which results in the culmination of their five years of design education and co-op experiences, according to Laurie Wilson, DAAP Adjunct and producer of the show for the past 22 years. 

“The DAAP Fashion Show is the closest thing anyone can experience in this region to a major fashion week show,” says Wilson. “Truly people look forward to this event from year to year because of how very unique it is!”

The show opens with a salute to Macy’s, who has been the show’s presenting sponsor for 13 years, and hair and makeup is provided by a team of about 50 artists from  Aveda Frederic’s Institute.

The DAAP Fashion Show is a fundraiser for the Fashion Design Program in addition to a showcase of the program to the public. All seats are reserved and purchased online where you can find a $60 preferred ticket or a $150 VIP ticket, which includes admission to the Dean’s VIP Cocktail Reception prior to the show.

An After Party, hosted by for the first time by Victoria’s Secret, will be open to attendees following the show.

Seeing the audience’s reactions to the student’s hard work is what makes the nine months of planning all worth it, says Wilson.

“The most exciting part for me is the night of the show, watching and listening to the 1,500 person audience react to the collections as they hit the 92-foot catwalk,” she adds. “The space is transformed to a place that is very unique and powerful because it is the future alive in front of you, now.”

To learn more, or order tickets, visit

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Learn about a local startup accelerator Demo Day event that’s coming up to celebrate both entrepreneurship and faith. 


Ocean Accelerator is hosting its Demo Day on April 24.

Cincinnati-based business accelerator, OCEAN, hosts their fourth Demo Day Tuesday, April 24 at Crossroads Church Florence.

This free event is expecting over 1,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners, mentors, students and anyone who is interested or supports the entrepreneur community. 

Ocean is a non-profit that serves entrepreneurs by providing access to training, community, and a foundation of faith on which to launch new organizations.

“OCEAN is where high-tech startup entrepreneurs get training, inspiration, mentorship, community, and funding to launch successful new businesses,” says Event and Outreach Coordinator Courtney DeGeorge. 

Their fourth class of eight companies were selected from nearly 200 applicants and were vetted for growth potential, founding team quality and alignment with Ocean’s mission and capabilities, according to DeGeorge. 

Each startup receives $50K in seed funding, free legal services from Frost Brown Todd, mentorship and co-working space. Ocean’s five month program focuses on problem validation, revenue assumptions and investor readiness.

The program culminates in Demo Day, where founders will pitch their companies to thousands of investors which has previously raised over $8 million in follow-up funding, according to DeGeorge.

Ocean’s 2018 class companies include Bid Ops, Brightlamp, Fletch, Kai Coach, miQroTech, Natalus, R3 Printing and SAWA. 

The agenda for this year’s Demo Day includes seven minute pitches by each of the eight companies in this year’s Ocean Accelerator Class as well as keynote speaker and best-selling author, Dane Sanders, who will discuss his views on how business owners can flourish in a digitally dominated economy. 

A Post-Party Networking event will serve Madtree beer and samples of Grateful Sons Ice Cream.

What makes OCEAN unique, DeGeorge says, is their focus on the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. 

“Founders travel a lonely journey that often results in the entrepreneur sacrificing everything- relationships, health and faith. Ocean Accelerator offers founders a different option,” says Scott Weiss, CEO of Ocean Accelerator.

Ocean Accelerator’s Class IV Demo Day will take place at Crossroads Florence (828 Heights Blvd, Florence, 41042, KY) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.The doors will open at 3:30pm, and the program will begin at 4:00pm.

To learn more, visit and

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A local organization and upcoming event is connecting women in the digital space by enabling them with the confidence and tools they need to excel.


Women in Digital is hosting its annual meeting on April 10 at Union Hall.

The digital and tech industry is still notoriously male-dominated, but Women in Digital is creating a sisterhood to mobilize for change. 

The Cincinnati Women in Digital Annual Meeting takes place Tuesday, April 10 at Union Hall downtown beginning at 8 a.m. and will mark the one-year anniversary for the city’s chapter. Women in Digital was founded in 2016 by Alaina Shearer, a digital strategist and agency owner. Shearer’s mission was to form a community of women who could relate to her feelings of frustration and helplessness in the face of sexism that was negatively impacting her life, professional status and income. 

Our mission is to connect the most powerful group of women history has ever seen with the tools and confidence they need to level the playing field,” explains Women in Digital’s Director of Events Ashly Priest.

This year’s annual meeting welcomes all members and non-members to attend to learn more about Women in Digital.

Attendees can expect to leave fired up, knowing your worth and your company’s worth, according to Priest. 

City Champion for WID Cincinnati Amy Vaughan will be in attendance along with speakers Lori Jerome, Digital Account Executive at TEK Systems Digital, Lucrecer Braxton, Creative Consulting + Digital Marketing Strategy, and Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse. 

Topics of discussion will focus on salary negotiation and the impact that diversity and collaboration can make on your bottom line. 

Mimosas and a breakfast bar will kick off the meeting as well as time allotted for networking before and after the speakers. 

With headquarter located in Columbus, Women in Digital is quickly creating a nationwide community of woman who practice digital marketing, advertising an communications in any form.

Women in Digital has seen an incredible amount of growth since its founding 2016 with 19 cities and over 1300 members nationwide. We expect continued growth across the US and the world,” says Priest. 

Memberships include the formation of a peer circle in your city, free entry to every monthly meetup, $200.00 off the 2018 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio on September 12–14, 2018 and 24% off 2018 SXSW Conference Passes and a member welcome kit. 

Entry to the Cincinnati Women in Digital Annual Meeting is free to members and $25 for non-members. 

To purchase tickets, click here.

For more information on Women in Digital, you can visit their website at

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A local co-working space is expanding its mission of modern design and old-school hospitality to the Kenwood area.

1628 LTD is expanding to a second location at Kenwood.

Shared office spaces are on the rise in Cincinnati and with good reason. co-working spaces are often more affordable than leasing a space, they provide a positive environment that feeds on networking and collaboration and they provide support for startups and entrepreneurs. 

1628 Ltd., with its initial location downtown, is a highly efficient, design-forward membership workspace created for modern professionals, according to Founder and CEO Tamara Schwarting. It provides everything from access to teleconference-enabled meeting spaces, daily lunch delivery, beverage and snack service to on-site concierge services, printing and mail, as well as exclusive invitations to member events.

Curated co-working, is the term coined by 1628 Ltd, as they combine the aesthetics and hospitality of a boutique hotel, the efficiency of a modern office and the visual inspiration of an art gallery into one space.

1628 Ltd. offers multiple options for engagement from flexible access to dedicated use. 

Whether you need a desk to plug-in for a few days per month or you’re a company looking for its permanent HQ, 1628 Ltd. has a membership level to meet each need, says Schwarting.

Memberships range from five one-day passes a year with ability to book conference rooms to unlimited access to communal desks and discounts on private event space.

“Many co-working venues provide access to space with little or no support for members,” says Schwarting. “1628 is where hospitality meets service. We marry the best in office infrastructure, a well-designed and inspirational space, and services to support our member so they can focus on what they do best and build their businesses and maximize revenue.”

After opening the doors to 1628 Ltd.’s downtown location in 2016, the co-working company is expanding their offices to Montgomery Road in Kenwood. 

The new location will offer the same services and amenities along with a new suite of private offices. co-working options outside of the city are very limited, says Schwarting, so 1628 Ltd. is thrilled to welcome those living and working in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati.

“Our brand is built on the core values of hospitality and service so current and new members can expect this same commitment of support,” explains Schwarting. “Kenwood will also be a carefully designed space that will put our members at ease and at the same time challenge them to stay focused and inspired.”

1628 Ltd. Kenwood is planning to open in the summer of 2018.  

The name 1628 Ltd, holds meaning for Schwarting as the the year, 1628, marks the moment in history when the word ‘co-working’ was first published in a book by John Jackson titled “The Worthy Church-Man.” 

“Our name is meant to evoke a sense of history and place, but more than that, it invites our members to question complacency and satisfaction, to instead push towards excellence in everything they do,” says Schwarting.

For more information on 1628 Ltd., or to join the presale list for their new location, click here.

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Learn about a local author who is teaching young professionals how to pay off their college loan debt with the help of her new book.


Angela Ozar is a Cincinnati-based author who wants to help college students get out from under their school debt.

Handed a huge loan bill along with your diploma? “Close Your Tab & Don’t Look Back: A Guide to Getting Out of Debt and Getting Ahead in the Real World” by Angela Ozar, a Cincinnati-Based author, is the book for you. 

While working for a non-profit startup accelerator company, Ozar was inspired to write her guide to getting out of debt and getting ahead of in the real world by the many different women she spoke to who were unable to create their businesses because of student loan debt. 

The average student graduates with around $37,172 of debt, according to a study done by America’s Debt Help Organization in 2017, and most don’t expect to pay it off until they’re at least 41 years old. According to Ozar, paying off student loans quickly is crucial to saving valuable time and money so you can have more control over your life’s choices. 

“Paying off my loan of $30,000 in three years allowed me to pursue my passion without sacrificing my lifestyle,” explains Ozar. “I want others to have the same opportunity; and it’s why I am so passionate about sharing this message with women coming out of college with debt.”

“Close Your Tab & Don’t Look Back” covers everything from Ozar’s method to paying off student loan debt to the transition from college to career. Topics such as financial questions to ask on a job interview, making friends in a new city, and how to furnish your first place on a budget are also included in Ozar’s financial guide.

Ozar says what sets her book apart is her unique and humorous writing style that helps readers cut through financial jargon in order to understand government student loans and create an effective plan to pay it off quickly.

“It’s pop culture meets finance. I also have a very practical approach,” says Ozar. “Yes, you should have a sense of urgency paying off debt and saving for the future, but you can also live in the present and enjoy your life at the same time!”

For those wanting to know more about personal finance, Ozar recently launched a financial blog that covers a variety of topics, such as credit and budgeting. 

“What differentiates me is my expertise in student loans and investing,” Ozar explains. “So, you’ll see more written about those topics; especially on investing since that’s what my next book is about!” 

You can follow Ozar on Pinterest and Facebook, where she posts new content. To learn more about the book, or to purchase, click here.

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Learn about a quarterly event series featuring practitioners who share a behind-the-scenes look at how to make a business succeed with social media.


Dooley Media hosts Show and Tell events to bring media professionals together to share ideas.

Social Media Show & Tell events began when Matthew Dooley had a simple hunch.

When his career in social media got started in 2010, he found a community of other media professionals who regularly got together in person to share what they were learning.

Over time, so much of the learning had moved online to blogs, webinars, and virtual events that the group of creatives stopped meeting in person. 

Dooley decided to send out invitations for the first Social Media Show & Tell event in late-2016, hoping to gather 30-40 people because he missed getting together to share ideas. 

Over 80 people came to his first event. 

“We’re now on to our 6th event on March 22, 2018 and each quarterly event attracts 150 plus attendees. People are craving this knowledge, especially in a space that continues to evolve and require experimentation,” says Dooley.

The next Social Media Show & Tell event will be hosted at Union Hall on Thursday, March 22 and will feature keynote speaker Todd Henry, an esteemed author, speaker and consultant.

Attendees can expect to learn more about how to craft thumb-stopping content, how to navigate the latest changes across platforms, including Facebook’s News Feed overhaul, and how to refresh your social media strategy for 2018.

The event will also feature speakers Amanda Buechel, Social Media Manager at Graeter’s and Gina Gaetano, who runs social media for Thunderdome Restaurant Group, which includes Currito, The Eagle and more. 

Bites from Taste of Belgium will be available and Dooley says he’s heard a rumor that Buechel might be bringing the new flavors of Graeter’s ice cream. 

The Social Media Show & Tell encourages anyone who is a social media enthusiast to attend along with CMOs/Directors of Marketing, Digital Media Managers, Social Media Strategists and Small Business Owners.

Dooley is the founder and CEO of Dooley Media, a brand-building studio in OTR that helps clients get attention by being thoughtful about how they give it. He says he’s been fortunate enough to work with some of Cincinnati’s favorite brands, including Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa and Esther Price Candies. 

In addition, Dooley teaches social media to undergrads and MBAs at Xavier University, a course he developed back in 2011.

“I’ve always been an open book, which may be counter-intuitive within a field that rewards the latest trend or best practice,” says Dooley. “But by sharing what I know and passing the mic to those who know more, I think we’re all better off. I believe that the good you put out into the world multiplies and comes back to you in some way or another, and this event is one way for me to do that.” 

Check out for more information and use this $5 code for Cincy Chic subscribers.

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Learn about an O’Bryonville-based gallery that features artwork from contemporary work to American impressionism, along with space available to rent for cocktail parties and fundraisers. 


Greenwich House Gallery is an art gallery and event center that showcases a variety of different art.

Greenwich House Gallery is a premier art gallery and event center located in O’Bryonville that offers a wide variety of artistic styles, from contemporary to American impressionism.

The gallery was founded in the early 2000’s by Peggy Marquette, a local entrepreneur with a long career in fine art and design, and is now in the hands of Ramesh Malhotra, a longtime patron of local artists and the Greater Cincinnati art scene who bought Greenwich House Gallery when Marquette retired three years ago. 

With over 4,500 feet of space including three large rooms totaling 1,550 square feet plus private onsite parking, a partial kitchen and recently updated interior, Greenwich House Gallery is an ideal space for private events such as business meetings, charitable events, bridal showers, birthday parties and small weddings.

Mimosas for Memories, an event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati, will be hosted here for its third year on April 21.

“The backdrop of an art gallery has proven to be a truly memorable and unique setting for events,” says Greenwich House Gallery’s Jade Ausdenmoore.

Greenwich House Gallery is located in the heart of O’Bryonville.

Greenwich House Gallery is proud to represent local artists such as Lisa Schuster, Leslie Daly, David Mueller, George Bodine and Tom Post (among many others) and national artists such as New York City artist Chin H. Shin, Colorado artists Gregory Packard and Ann Jenemann and still-life Nebraskan artist Jeremy Goodding, says Ausdenmoore. 

Internationally, Greenwich House Gallery represents Spanish artist, Evaristo Alguacil, French artist, Frederic Pissarro and Indian artist, Bijendra Pratap.

The gallery’s next exhibit is the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Small Works Show, opening Friday, March 23. 

“This show brings in work from 200 of the top artists in the country and is hosted in a different city each year,” says Ausdenmoore. “Cincinnatians should seize the opportunity to view the show while it’s in their backyard! It will run through Saturday, April 21.”

Ausdenmoore says Greenwich House Gallery also enjoys offering modern art in a variety of styles which typically have openings one Friday night of each month and those interested can visit their webpage or follow on social media to stay up to date on events and exhibitions.

Greenwich House Gallery is located at 2124 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208. To learn more, contact them via telephone at (513) 871-8787, email or visit them online

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Learn about a local mother-daughter duo who turned a part-time creative hobby into a thriving floral business and event venue.


The Marmalade Lily Flower Farm and Event venue specializes in floral arrangements and an event venue setting. Photo: Eleven: 11 Photography

The Marmalade Lily Flower Farm and Event Venue, located in Loveland, Ohio, specializes in local, home-grown flowers, floral design classes and an event venue set in lush landscapes. 

After hosting their first few weddings in the spring of 2015, The Marmalade Lily has quickly gained popularity and has booked 56 weddings for 2018 alone, according to Founder and owner Laura Fisher. 

“I credit the success to the gorgeous grounds, welcoming environment and people, and the charm of the creative experiences offered. We all endeavor to treat our customers to a fabulous respite from day-to-day mediocrity and hustle and bustle,” says Fisher. 

Fisher, along with daughter Libby and husband, work together to manage the venue, which is set on their 10-acre flower farm that includes pond and barn. 

The Marmalade Lily can accommodate around 150 seated guests between the first and second levels of the barn. An option to rent a tent for an event increases seating up to 200 guests.

“When you host your event with us, you have use of the inside as well as the outside,” says Fisher. “Guests love attending events here and we always see them meandering around the gardens with their hors d’oeuvres in hand. Brides love to scatter hi tops, lawn games, photo booths, and vintage furniture throughout the many little flower gardens.”

The Marmalade Lily’s in-house floral design is the icing on the cake, according to Fisher. 

In-house floral services along with floral design classes where guests can create their own bouquet or flower crown are offered for all events. From birthdays, showers, quinceaneras, anniversary parties to family reunions, group graduation parties, funeral receptions, rehearsal dinners, all are welcome to enjoy the spacious grounds at The Marmalade Lily. 

Flowers grown throughout the farm create beautiful vignettes which benefit outdoor events and photography, says Fisher. 

“Locally-grown flowers are just so much more beautiful and unique. You have to come see it to really understand,” she adds. 

The Marmalade Lily also offers Flower Bar Fridays, perfect for a girls’ night out.

Guests can bring their favorite vessel to create a unique arrangement and with registration includes a bucket of flowers, some design instruction, music, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. 

The next Flower Bar Friday is expected to be around Mother’s Day in May and The Marmalade Lily is planning to host a Flower Bar and farm tour in June. 

“Our clients are looking for a breath of fresh air—something different in a sea of all the same,” says Fisher. “Nowhere in the Midwest can you find a flower farm and event venue wrapped up into one to create an experience, bar none.”

For more information, visit or call (513) 604-6561.