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Learn about a jewelry and watch store that’s been a Cincinnati staple (but best kept secret) since the mid 1950’s.

 

Hudepohl Jewelers was launched in 1956 and is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati.

Don Hudepohl, the original owner of Hudepohl Jewelers, learned the art of watch repair following WWII. He combined his love of watches with his wife Rita’s love of jewelry to create a unique experience where quality and customer service came first. Thus, in 1956 the business was born.

The original location of the jeweler was at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills. The former name of the store was Rie-Don Jewelers. Hudepohl Jewelers moved to their current location on the 7th floor of the Provident Building at the corner of 7th and Vine Streets in 1972.

Currently, Barry Hudepohl, the son of the original owners, runs the business. He earned his gemology degree in 1986 and took over the company in 1995. The store’s staff consists of 8 loyal, longtime employees. Joyce Yancey, the bookkeeper at Hudepohl Jewelers, has been with the company since the move to the Vine Street location. Between all of the staff, there are three gemologists and with over 30 years of experience in the company.

Fast forward to 2016. The store officially celebrated its 6oth anniversary. Contributing to its long-term success is the store’s specialization in custom design jewelry and engagement rings. Hudepohl Jewelers carries a large variety of high quality diamonds, gem stones, and unique mountings. Hudepohl says they also offer custom design capabilities, expert repair services, and competitive pricing.

Hudepohl says their prices are affordable since the store doesn’t advertise, and relies solely on word-of-mouth. In today’s marketing and consumer crazed economy, this is almost unheard of, Hudepohl says, but by prioritizing customer service, the store has gathered a loyal following.

Hudepohl Jewelers values the memories that are made through all of their jewelry. “We have many stories of customers that make a piece of jewelry with their family diamonds,” says gemologist Susan Quinlan Zink. “This Christmas, we had a customer that was brought to tears by the necklace we created.”

Last year, a customer was being shown a $500,000 diamond and said he would take two! Another customer proposed to his fiancée in the store, and the jewelers were more than happy to help with the engagement surprise!

And the surprises don’t stop there! After 45 years, the store is facing an exciting new move. Hudepohl says they are hoping to stay near their current location. Watch for updates beginning in late summer on their Facebook, Instagram, and website.

 

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A local woman is showcasing her passion for hat fashion with her annual hat show. Read on for details about this hat-tipping affair.

Danielle Delaine of Chapeau Couture Hats shares the latest on the upcoming Spring Hat Show!

Danielle Delaine is the founder and owner of Chapeau Couture Hats, Cincinnati’s go-to site for hard-to-find stylish and unique hat fashion for all occasions.

Delaine says she’s always been in love with hats. “From watching my grandmother wear them to church every Sunday to wishing there was more versatile styles to choose from, there’s something about a hat that exudes confidence when you put it on,” says Delaine. “You walk a little taller. And wearing a hat is an expression of your style and personality for the world to see. All hats are wearable art.”

Although Chapeau Couture is an online-based boutique, Delaine occasionally hosts pop-up shops in Kenwood Towne Centre, which she has been doing annually for five years. “It’s how we built a loyal base of repeat customers,” she adds.

To help her celebrate her loyal fan base as well as all that she’s accomplished with her business, and to help it go a little further in the years to come, Delaine is hosting her 10th Annual Spring Hat Show.

“All proceeds from the event will go toward funding for a showroom,” she says. “We are constantly asked where our store is and get inquiries locally all the time, so it’s a celebration of dedication to my passion and a fundraiser.”

The event will take place on March 25 from 4-6 p.m. at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center at 6546 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati.

When you visit the Spring Hat Show, you’ll see a sneak preview of Chapeau Couture’s spring line. You’ll get first dibs on hats before they start the pop up at Kenwood on April 1, which is important because Delaine says they don’t duplicate many hats, and these one-of-a-kind styles can’t be found locally.

“We will also feature hats from the Kentucky Derby, which is huge for us, as well as looks that are casual chic and vacation styles,” she adds.

If you’re in search of a hat, Delaine says that Chapeau Couture will have what you’re looking for no matter what at the Spring Hat Show.

Tickets are $30 and catered food and beverages will be provided. There will also be raffles and door prizes in addition to an overall great time.

Delaine adds that while wearing a hat is not required, it is encouraged because of the show’s cocktail theme.

Delaine says you can purchase tickets on Eventbrite, by visiting Everybody’s Records at 6106 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati, calling 513-409-HATS (4287), or by emailing chapeaucouture@gmail.com.

To learn more about Chapeau Couture Hats, visit www.chapeaucouturehats.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Getting married? A local jeweler is hosting its annual sale to help you find the looks you want for your big day.

Richter and Phillips opened a new location on the west side of 6th and Main streets.

Wedding season is just around the corner and that means brides-to-be are searching for the perfect piece of jewelry to truly make them shine on their big day. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for, Richter & Phillips is hosting their annual Diamond, Engagement, and Wedding Band Sale March 10-12.

According to Carol Ryan, Advertising and Marketing Director at Richter & Phillips, the sale will feature representatives from many of the major jewelry designers the store carries, including Michael M, Martin Flyer, Simon G, Gabriel, Coast, Goldman, and Henri Daussi. 

At the sale you can expect to find discounts on many brands as well as loose diamonds. Plus, you can enjoy light bites and cocktails to get you in the mood while you taste wedding cake samples.

If you’ve already got the bands and are just looking to perfect your bridal look, Ryan says there is plenty of on-trend jewelry in store.

Some of the biggest trends in bridal jewelry this season include yellow and rose gold, as well as platinum jewelry. “Some of our brides are mixing those different types of gold and stacking bands,” adds Ryan. 

As always, halos are very popular with brides as are vintage touches on wedding bands.

Bridal sales aren’t the only thing keeping the team at Richter & Phillips busy. They’ve recently opened a new location on the west side of 6th and Main streets. “Our new showroom is three times the size of the old and is truly beautiful,” says Ryan. “The showcases and lighting truly allow the jewelry to shine and sparkle, the difference is amazing.”

To learn more, visit www.richterphillips.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about the Westside fashion boutique that recently got a facelift, and is hosting an upcoming event for a cause.

 

LouLou’s remodel featuring new designer wooden floors and custom built displays.

LouLou’s Boutique was a dream of the owner, Nancy Rembold, when she was in high school. Now, over 30 years later, it’s a reality.

It started When Rembold launched LouLou’s Boutique, it was with the desire to bring a unique selection of women’s clothing to the West Side of Cincinnati. The store’s name is inspired by Rembold’s mom LouLou, a stylish mother of 7 who made looking fabulous seem effortless.

LouLou’s strives to make it easy for clients to not only look great, but also feel great in the clothes they purchase. “We are a lifestyle brand – a brand you can rely on to fit and enhance your lifestyle,” says Rembold. “We carefully select the brands we believe will give you the most fashion for the money. Part of this selection process includes review by several of LouLou’s team members while on buying trips (it has to pass the LouLou’s test). Also, our price points make boutique shopping accessible to everyone.”

At LouLou’s, it is stress free shopping. “We try to make everyone feel simply at home at LouLou’s. That is how my mom made everyone feel when you walked into our home,” says Rembold. Mothers and daughters alike often shop there together. Everyone can find something at LouLou’s and now, their number one selling brand, She & Sky (formally knows as Ya of Los Angeles) has expanded into Plus/Women sizing. The store just received their first shipment and are incredibly excited to be able to meet the fashion needs of more women in Cincinnati!

CAPTION2: LouLou’s custom jewelry bar featuring a unique collection of designer jewelry

The boutique has a loyal following of local West Side shoppers, as well as shoppers from all over Cincinnati. In addition to the store, Rembold has hosted many successful Trunk Shows in different locations to grow LouLou’s fan base, and has also created an online location to purchase LouLou’s merchandise.

On March 4, the store is hosting an event benefiting a sale’s associate, Kate Lake’s, effort in Africa. LouLou’s is supporting her with a special day of shopping on Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. 10% of all sales will go toward the two-month mission trip this summer to Swaziland, Africa, where Lake will be volunteering at orphanages, as well as working on her research project observing the environment children are exposed to, and ways to design clothing that would have a positive effect on their daily lives.

Improving lives in more ways than one, Rembold often hosts special charity events in-store, such as her event on March 4 in collaboration with Katie Lake, a University of Cincinnati fashion design student. Lake, a sales associate at LouLou’s, is combining her love of fashion with her desire to help children in Africa in a unique way.

“I’ll be conducting a special research project on the environment that the children are exposed to, and ways to design clothing that would have a positive on their daily lives,” Lake explains.

LouLou’s will be supporting Lake’s effort with a special day of shopping on Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Ten percent of all sales will go toward her two-month mission trip this summer to Swaziland, Africa, where she will be volunteering at orphanages, as well as working on her research project. LouLou’s Boutique is located at 6145 Bridgetown Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45248. To learn more, visit http://www.shoploulous.com.

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Learn how one local lady was inspired to launch a new style blog after losing 50 pounds and gaining a new sense of confidence.

EverythingWithEmily is a blog that focuses on making readers feel supported and inspired.

EverythingWithEmily isn’t your typical style blog. Emily Robbin’s New Year’s Resolution was to create a space where people feel supported and inspired. She got a head start on this goal by launching her blog not in January, but in December of 2016.

“I want EverythingWithEmily to promote self confidence in other girls. That will come out a lot more once EverythingWithEmily.com launches and I share more about my personal story,” says Robbin. She recently lost over 50 pounds, and this blog has been a way to help her gain the confidence she has been missing for years.

Although her stylish photos are already creating a following, Robbin says EverythingWithEmily is still a work in progress. “My story is unique because I love style and blogging, but I am also focused on my career. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with an MBA in 2015 and began a career in automotive manufacturing, so you could say that I’m trying to bring a little more style to the corporate world,” says Robbin.

EverythingWithEmily.com will go live this spring.

Her inspiration is found in everyday occurrences and in the people she meets day to day. While browsing through stores, Robbin enjoys spending as much time “people-watching” as she does looking at the clothes. “Everyone has their own style and it is always fun to combine other ideas and trends into my personal style,” she says.

Robbin posts photos featuring many designer pieces set against iconic Cincinnati scenes. “My favorite photo shoots are in or around Mt. Adams. The architecture and views are so gorgeous and the residents are so friendly. Anytime I can get great sunshine and a good view of Cincy in my photos, I consider it a win!” says Robbin. She mentions and tags the designers featured in the looks so any curious fashionista knows who she is wearing and from where she purchased the piece.

Follow along with Robbin’s fashion on Instagram.

This spring, look out for EverythingWithEmily.com to go live. Robbin hopes to use the website as an outlet for others to communicate, support each other and gain self-confidence while learning more about her own journey. “Not only have I recently lost weight through diet and exercise, I have picked up new hobbies, joined a new company, and have gotten more comfortable sharing my personal style with others. I want young girls to know that you can work a corporate job and have great style without sacrificing who you are,” she says.

For now, you can keep with Robbin’s style tips by following EverythingWithEmily on Instagram.

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A local woman with a passion for vintage fashion recently opened up an online shop featuring a curated collection of high-end finds. Read on for all the details.

Styled and Photographed by Hon; Model Elaina Haehnle

Marcie Hon has always been complimented on her unique style. Working at a high end costume shop as a costume designer has given her an eye for curating one of a kind looks. Hon is constantly surrounded by ornate gowns, costumes, and a selection of vintage pieces which has inspired her to create her own business selling high-end vintage clothing, Down To Mars.

Hon has always had a quirky, vintage style and in the fall of 2016, she launched her Etsy shop. She loves searching for gems and hand chooses each of the garments that are sold, setting her apart from other vintage shopping options. Not only are her pieces high style, but high quality is guaranteed. Her experience in the costume store has made her familiar with vintage cuts and sizes, which greatly differ from those of today. She has an eye for visualizing what a piece on the hanger will look like and knows how to personally style her clients.

Styled and Photographed by Hon; Model Elaina Haehnle

Hon recalls the moment that her love of vintage fashion was solidified. When her grandparents passed, she wanted to keep their clothes. She specifically remembers her grandfather’s members only jacket; some may have thought it was ugly but she felt it was special and soulful. That is where her passion for vintage clothing comes from: the memories that are brought to life through the pieces.

The brand name Down to Mars happened in one of those epiphany moments while driving. She has been called “Mars” by most of her peers growing up, short for Marcie. “The thought of people referring to a potential store like, ‘Hey, let’s go down to Mar’s’ or ‘I got this down at Mar’s’ was something I always liked,” says Hon. “On a deeper level of meaning, I have always been connected to astrology and my zodiac sign, Aries. Planet Mars is the Aries ruler. It all seemed to fit and so in literal terms I really am a down to mars girl.”

Hon at the Cincy Chic 10th Anniversary Celebration

Hon is also a fashion designer and hopes to incorporate this aspect of her expertise into Down To Mars. As a creative person, she wants to live out her own creative vision by integrating old and new styles for clients. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and did not know how it was going to manifest itself until she was inspired to create her own vintage boutique. She plans to provide exclusive, appointment based consultations and fittings for both her own personal designs and fabulous finds.

Currently, her curated collection is for sale on Etsy and you can follow Down to Mars on Instagram. She also attends pop up shops and other fashion events.

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See how a passion for fashion ignited in the eighth grade inspired this local woman to launch her own jewelry line.

FINOLA Zaira Necklace

From sorting beads and supplies to teaching classes and designing jewelry for displays, Veronica Bucher has always been hooked on accessories. Now, she spends her time doing what she loves: creating her own jewelry line, FINOLA.

“It is the most satisfying feeling- being motivated and having a real impact on the success of something. Every minute that I put into this business, it puts back into me,” says Bucher.

Because she creates all of her pieces by hand, Bucher is not limited to using inexpensive materials or only designing things that can be mass produced. “When I buy jewelry from small businesses or individual artists, I always feel good about the fact that they aren’t mass producing and skimping on quality. Handmade items have so much meaning to me, they’re intimate and special,” says Bucher.

When she travels, Bucher always tries to purchase a piece that was handmade by a local artisan. She loves how it captures the experience of her trip and brings back memories when it is worn. She feels inspired when thinking about other people connecting with FINOLA designs in this way as well.

FINOLA Isabella Earrings

All of the jewelry Bucher creates are pieces that she would enjoy wearing herself. She finds inspiration in taking the time to make every piece high quality and unique. “It’s me, and if I’m putting my energy into something, I want it to count!” she says.

Bucher uses 14 karat gold-filled wire which is hypoallergenic and extremely gentle on almost any skin type. It’s more expensive than gold plated materials, but less expensive than real gold, which helps keep the prices reasonable without sacrificing quality. You can feel secure knowing jewelry that uses 14 karat gold-filled wire won’t fade or tarnish, and with the right care, will last a lifetime, Bucher says.

Lapis Lazuli and tassels are two of the trends Bucher predicts are going to be huge this spring. She has a thing for tassels because of their femininity and quirkiness, and also for their ability to turn any outfit into a bold statement. She creates each tassel by hand using silk embroidery thread, a tedious and time consuming process that adds to the excellence and craftsmanship of her work.

This spring, Bucher will debut her new line of Wedding Jewelry. She is experienced working with brides and their bridal parties, and finds it especially rewarding knowing she is making the jewelry someone is going to wear as they begin a new chapter in life! The pieces will be adorned with antique and Swarovski pearls, and vintage crystals that compliment all sort of wedding styles. She hopes to launch the new site in a few weeks!

In the meantime, you can purchase her pieces on https://fino.la/ and find her booth at City Flea. Follow FINOLA on Instagram and Facebook.

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One woman’s dedication to improving the lives of area foster children has become a city wide campaign to collect items for those in need. Learn how you can help, too.

Sweet Soles For Love gives donated shoes to foster children in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton.

Sweet Soles For Love is a community outreach campaign requesting donations of shoes to be given to foster children throughout Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton.

Julie Phillippi-Whitney of Phillippi-Whitney Communications came up with the concept during the summer of 2014. She was watching a television broadcast about foster children in Virginia that had to carry their belongings in trash bags when they moved from home to home. This inspired her to collect suitcases for foster children in our region making 2017 the third year the organization has collected items for area foster children.

“Julie reached out first to Hamilton County Job & Family Services to confirm the need for suitcases. She then contacted Sibcy Cline as a partner since she thought we conveniently located branch offices for drop offs. We immediately said yes,” reports Susan Knabe, an employee of Sibcy Cline. With a goal to collect 500 suitcases, the organization ended up with over 10,000 pieces of luggage through the Cases For Love campaign. The next year they collected over 6,800 mittens, hats and scarves for Gloves For Love. This year, they are less than 50 pairs of new shoes away from meeting their goal of 500 pairs with the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive campaign and plan to exceed their goal as they have in the past.

“People have been very generous by donating everything from the smallest of baby shoes, to kid-sized Star Wars sneakers, to larger-sized athletic shoes and boots. It has been thrilling looking at all of the different shoes coming into our offices. We know the foster children are going to love their new shoes,” says Knabe.

One heart-warming story of this campaign comes from a family whose little boy is having a birthday party and does not want any gifts. Instead he has sent out special Sweet Soles For Love party invitations requesting his friends and family come with new shoes to donate towards the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive!

You can get involved by dropping off new, closed toe shoes at any Sibcy Cline location Monday-Friday from 9-5 pm. They are collecting new shoes of all sizes now through Valentine’s Day. If you or someone you know would like to collect shoes through an organization or individually organize an effort, Sweet Soles For Love and Sibcy Cline are happy to provide a digital flyer for the cause.

Our area’s foster children have a great need for new shoes! Many times these children have very few belongings and sometimes lack the basics such as sturdy shoes. Sweet Soles For Love hopes the public reaches out and gets involved with the Sweet Soles Shoe Drive.

Follow the cause by clicking here or find a Sibcy Cline office here.

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A DAAP grad gained couture training in Paris and launched her design career in Cincinnati with a fashion-forward, refreshing take on the classic slip dress.

Designer Calle Evans in her classic silk slip dress.

Ready to pursue her dream of becoming a designer, Calle Evans graduated from the UC DAAP program armed with an arsenal of knowledge in high-end fashion and couture. Through an internship with Marchesa, a designer known for beautiful embroidery and fabrics, Evans learned about École Lesage, an embroidery school owned by Chanel located in Paris. “This is really where my love and passion for couture blossomed- there I earned my professional training certificate in Haute Couture embroidery,” says Evans. “Studying in Paris truly shaped my elevated eye as a designer.”

Lookbook photographs by Claudia Hershner (@claudiahershner), Model Abbey Bridges

Ignited by her experiences with Marchesa and École Lesage, Evans set forth to begin her brand. It took about a year for her to research and learn more about the business aspect of fashion and how labels are developed before her first collection was launched. “I think when you start a business at a young age you can be a little naïve, which can be an advantage. I still have such an energy and passion for constantly creating and learning. Being an emerging designer you are everything: I am the marketing, business, design, patterning, everything department,” says Evans.

Evans is a one woman wonder, and will meet you wherever requested. “I have always wanted to bring something special and exclusive to my clients. When I work with them one on one, it creates a lasting relationship because they are valuing the amount of time that goes into creating their piece,” says Evans. She collaborates with her clients to create the perfect custom, one of a kind, original design.

“I value the artisanal craftsmanship behind couture garments. Watching and realizing the hand work that goes into couture is such a beautiful thing. I hope that more and more people value keeping traditional craftsmanship alive,” says Evans. Inspiring her to create such intricate garments is her sense of wonder about red carpet couture, beautiful gowns in movies and traveling to magnificent destinations.

Lookbook photographs by Claudia Hershner (@claudiahershner), Model Abbey Bridges

She also finds inspiration within her clients. “I often think about the woman I design for and the places she’d go and events she would wear a CALLE EVANS piece to. Designing for this woman excites me and is an endless stream of inspiration,” says Evans.

The CALLE EVANS woman is a modern, yet sensual woman. She loves a fresh take on flattering silhouettes while remaining contemporary, with a bit of romance. The CALLE EVANS woman also values quality and attention to small details, which includes elevated beautiful pieces. “I believe all women should be able to embody their own seductive side,” she says, “while being a modern, strong female.”

One thing she cannot live without is her silk slip dress. The CALLE EVANS slip dress is cut on the bias, which means it has this way of falling beautifully on any body type and allows for a lot of movement. They are easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion and the silk fabric feels seductive and elegant against the skin.

See all of Evans’ collections here and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Attention art lovers and fashionistas! A new contemporary art jewelry gallery just opened its doors. Keep reading for all the designer details!

Ombre Gallery offers vibrant pieces of contemporary jewelry.

The first thing you notice when walking into Ombré Gallery is the vibrant pieces decorating the otherwise white interior. Jenna Shaifer, owner and curator, recently opened Ombré Gallery to expand Cincinnati’s contemporary art jewelry experience.

After working in the fashion industry for over 12 years for designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, and Talbots, Shaifer focused her love of design on contemporary art jewelry. She moved from NYC to DC after being accepted into the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design’s program for a Master’s in the History of the Decorative Arts. While in school, Shaifer also held a graduate internship position with the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Her internship offered her the opportunity to work with the Curatorial Department where she helped bring in the traveling exhibition, “Ornament As Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From The Helen Williams Drutt Collection.” Shaifer credits this experience as the first time she became aware of contemporary art jewelry in theory and practice. “I met artists, collectors, and educators from around the world. And it was love at first sight!” says Shaifer. This is also when she began working at Jewelers’werk, one of a handful of contemporary art jewelry galleries in the United States.

Jewelry by Luana Coonen created using real butterfly wings and gold leaf

Even before relocating to Cincinnati, Shaifer knew this city had a strong sense of art history. “I see gorgeous murals on buildings by Artworks, and Oakley has the amazing Brazee Street glass blowing studios. This city was just waiting to be adorned. I noticed that there wasn’t a gallery dedicated to contemporary art jewelry in the area. So, the timing was right to open a space,” Shaifer says.

“What is wonderful about studio jewelry in a gallery setting as opposed to jewelry placed in a museum, is that you can not only look at it, but touch it and try it on and feel the weight of the piece. As much as I love contemporary painting or glass sculptures, I can’t wear them,” says Shaifer. She sees Ombré Gallery serving as a place for people to be able to learn about the jewelry and the artists who make the work.

To Shaifer, the pulse of art is living and breathing. She says, “You can feel it when you find an artist who is passionate about their work. I also attend exhibitions and shows happening across the country and around the world. My job as a gallerist is to show the depth and breadth of what is going on in the Contemporary art jewelry world.”

Currently, the gallery is showing over 28 artists, but new artists will be added every week, doubling the number of artists in the gallery by this time next year. Starting this March, Ombré Gallery will begin featured exhibitions.

The first exhibition is called “Jewelry Edition” which is a group show featuring seven artists including Laura Wood, Kat Cole, Erin Gardner, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Locatelli, Barbara Minor, Bryan Parnham, and Georgina Trevino. The gallery will continue to have exhibitions throughout the year while also hosting artist talks and lectures.

Additionally, themed kids craft events for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day will be held for the whole family to enjoy. Ombré is also available to be reserved for private events. Ombré Gallery is located on 4011 Allston Street in Oakley.

For more information on upcoming events or featured artists, go to their Facebook page or follow Ombré Gallery on Instagram.