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    A super chic vintage and vintage-inspired market is coming to the area with lots of fab finds to shop, food trucks, live music, DIY workshops and lots of fun. Read on for a sneak peek inside Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s upcoming “Life’s a Garden” event!

    Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton will host its next shopping event June 1-3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio

    Mark your calendars for June 1-3 when Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton hosts its “Life’s a Garden” shopping event at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

    Greene County Fairgrounds

    Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market that features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, furniture, seasonal plantings, live music, and food trucks.

    “Vintage Market Days events are so much more than a flea market,” explains Tonya Ross, Promoter for Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton.

    Launched in 2012, Vintage Market Days got its start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it began as an indoor/outdoor Paris flea market-style event.

    “We strive to make Vintage Market Days more than just a sale,” says Ross. “Vintage Market Days events are a unique opportunity for vendors from the local region and across the country to display their talents and passions in different venues. The Market also provides the customer with a very special shopping experience and an opportunity for Vintage Market Days to give back to the local community.”

    The June Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton event theme is “Life’s a Garden”

    With more than 90 vendors signed up to participate in the June shopping event, as many as 10,000 attendees will enjoy a day of shopping, DIY presentations, live music, food trucks, and vendors from approximately 20 states.

    “I cannot wait to see all the amazing items our vendors will bring, their ability to transform an empty booth into an over-the-top vintage display is inspiring,” says Ross.

    Ross says that what makes these shopping events so great is that they give guests the chance to relax and enjoy great company while they shop for one-of-a-kind treasures.

    Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton is a rain-or-shine event with more than 90 vendors inside and outside

    “Vintage Market Days prides itself in creating an experience for the shoppers to escape their busy schedules,” says Ross. “We maintain a balance of vendors to present a market that showcases vintage antiques, garden, children’s signs, handmade items, art, jewelry, and clothing.”

    There’s even a Vintage Market Days app that you can download for free, Ross says. The app offers users directions to the event, gives you the ability to enter for the giveaways, and will have the list of vendors available the week of the event.

    To purchase tickets for the upcoming “Life’s a Garden” shopping event, click here. You can also email metrodayton@vintagemarketdays.com for discounts on groups of 10+. Don’t forget to visit Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s website and Facebook page. Cincy Chic has also teamed up with Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s for a ticket giveaway, which you can enter on the Cincy Chic Facebook page.

    The Greene County Fairgrounds is located at 210 Fairground Road in Xenia, Ohio.

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      In today’s digital world, your headshot is the new handshake. That’s why a team of local ladies created a new kind of experience that gets your online presence professionally polished, as you enjoy a night out, networking, and pampering. Read on for all the details.

       

      When your face is the face of a company, you want to look your best, but who has the time to put together a beauty team and professional photography session for that? That’s where The Professionista Experience comes in.

      Monica Tuck, founder of Unbridled Studio

      “The Professionista Experience is a unique headshot event geared toward women in business,” explains The Professionista Experience Founder Monica Tuck. “The event tends to capture women-owned business owners as well as professional corporate female professionals.”

      The Professionista Experience, for a price tag of $250, will get you all the details of a headshot service. Tuck says she and her team have brought together a group of Cincinnati’s top-notch photographers, beauty, and style experts to offer clients a one-of-a-kind service.

       

      “You get 30 minutes of HD makeup, 30 minutes of hair refreshing, 30 minutes of professional wardrobe consulting, and 30 minutes of headshots plus 1-2 high resolution images,” she explains. “To top it off, you also get to relax with champagne and lite bites. It makes for a relaxed and full service experience with zero headaches.”

      The $250 cost makes for less headache as well, as Tuck says purchasing these services a la carte around town would be upwards of $400 or more.

      Hair, makeup, and styling are offering with headshots from The Professionista Experience.

      The Professionista Experience hasn’t always been what it is now. According to Tuck, this started as a one-night networking event, but evolved over time as more women were asking when the next event was.

      To expand on its services, outside of just a headshot experience, Tuck says that The Professionista Experience is also booking private group events at office locations around town to help with team building, self-image, and brand awareness initiatives for women in business.

      Tuck’s business idea doesn’t come without experience. She is the owner, producer, beauty, and style director of Unbridled Studio, a boutique production agency that was launched three years ago.

      “Unbridled Studio’s provides design, photo, and video production services to women-owned businesses as well as our fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries within the community,” says Tuck. “We work with everything from women-owned startups, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands, and I also like tos ay we can infuse the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industry and started connecting with the top creative professionals our city has to offer.”

      While The Professionista Experience launched last fall, the public events are now held in January, May, and September, while all other events are booked privately under the Small Business or Corporate Deluxe Packages.

      Headshot taken at The Professionista Experience

      Although The Professionista Experience is a fairly new event, Tuck says plans are already in motion for the future.

      “The plan is to continue being the top female production agency here in town,” she says. “We will continue providing headshots to business owners and professionals who need them, we will also continue the mission of instilling the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle into our production industry. We source top local talent, scout unique set locations, coordinate hair makeup, wardrobe, and set styling for photo and video production packages. We can also pull these services into our unique design and visual communication process to tell the unique story of a brand.”

      Tuck says that the next public event will be held in September, after kids are back in school, to give all those working mommas a chance to refresh for the fall.

      To learn more about The Professionista Experience, click here.

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        We’re chatting with the founder of a local community arts council that strives to enrich the lives of children and adults through quality arts programming -- like their brand new "Art Bar" events! Keep reading for all the artsy details!

        A piece made at the Art Alliance’s recent Bohemian Jewelry Making Art Bar event

        Located in Deerfield Township is The Arts Alliance, a community arts council that’s dedicated to enriching the community with quality arts programming.

        According to Founder and Executive Director Meredith Raffel, The Arts Alliance serves a broad community that includes all of Warren County and beyond with festivals, performing arts, summer art camps, workshops, and so much more.

        Raffel says she was inspired to launch The Arts Alliance after she sought to create a solution to a problem.

         

        “It’s 2006 and Warren County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Ohio,” says Raffel. “This vastly growing, beautiful community, with its beautiful parks, schools, strong business base, and solid infrastructure was lacking any organized arts organization. There was nowhere for the community to congregate to enjoy the arts. There was nowhere for the talented artist pool within the region to showcase their work or teach.”

        And with that, Raffel, alongside many dedicated individuals, launched The Arts Alliance, and has since served thousands of individuals in the region.

        “The organization is strongly supported by a dedicated group of board members who share their talents and hopes for the future for the arts in the region,” she says. “The volunteers who serve to support the programming endeavors have been the backbone and lifeblood of The Arts Alliance.”

        The Arts Alliance is also launching the Art Bar programming, which Raffel says was developed to break down barriers for people who say “I can’t even draw a stick figure.”

        And because The Arts Alliance thinks stick people are people, too, The Art Bar allows people the opportunity to explore many different mediums at an affordable price, in a relaxed environment, with all the materials they need.

        Meredith Raffel, founder of The Art Alliance

        “Each person leaves with a project that is uniquely different as they are,” says Raffel. “These monthly programs are held on the first Tuesday of each month all year (except during the summer) at the Snyder House at Cottell Park.”

        She adds that the next Art Bar will be held in September, and planning for the event is already underway.

        Aside from filling a need the art community needed, what makes The Art Alliance unique is that it is here to serve the community through collaborations and partnerships.

        “Nothing great ever happens alone,” says Raffel. “The organization is built on relationships with local businesses, organizations near and fear, and their local municipality. The relationship that The Arts Alliance has enjoyed with Deerfield Township is as unique as it comes. It takes local leaders who value the arts and want what is best for the community in which they serve to emulate the kind of relationship that The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Township have developed. This unique collaboration could easily serve as a model across the United States as to how a local, grassroots organization can be truly valued by their local government.”

        Raffel says that she’s hoping to bring a large scale public art project to life for The Arts Alliance. “Public art is truly a beautiful gift to a beautiful community,” she says. “The Arts Alliance also hopes to continue to grow our festival inventory. There is nothing better than the gathering of community who celebrates the arts!”

        To learn more about The Arts Alliance, visit their website. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter to find out more about what’s happening at the organization. You can also call them at 513-309-8585 or follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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          In this special Mother’s Day issue, we chat with the founder of a local group that helps moms heal and grow through difficult life situations. Learn about the book and upcoming gala that supports their inspiring efforts.

          Eve Center achieves its mission with the help of volunteers.

          Women from all walks of life can find themselves faced with issues such as domestic violence, financial abuse, body image disorders and addiction. To promote healing and growth for women who are going through these difficult life situations is the Eve Center.

          “Eve Center promotes healing and growth for women through biblical, no-cost, safe, and confidential peer counseling and training,” according to Cinny Roy Eve Center Founder and Director Emeritus.

          Built on a foundation of love and support, women from as far as 12 counties train with Eve Center to give back to other women because of the support they themselves received in a time of despair and help these women heal from the things that were done to them or the things they have done to others.

          “Our volunteers and clients are demographically, racially, denominationally, and socioeconomically diverse,” says Roy. “Our volunteers are age 23 to 80 years young.”

          Services from Eve Center are free, confidential, and for women only. Clients, age 18 and older, are given the chance to seek aid from the peer counseling program in the form of one-to-one peer counseling, topical book studies on subjects like anger, boundaries, codependency, and recovery groups, which dive much deeper into the wounds of grief such as pregnancy loss due to abortion, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and eating disorder/body image issues.

          “All of these groups are facilitated by trained volunteer Peer Counselors, who are overseen by seasoned Volunteer Peer Counselors and staff,” adds Roy.

          Roy is the founder of Eve Center, and she launched this program when she wanted to provide a paraprofessional training and center of peer counseling for women who have a biblically-based faith.

          Eve Center opened its doors in 2004 with 11 clients and a handful of volunteers. Last year, in 2017, more than 900 women received at least 14 hours of care through the one-to-one peer counseling option, book stories, and recovery groups while 25,000 volunteer hours were donated at three sites, all on a $200,000 budget.

           

          “There are 200 volunteers who provide board oversight, office support, fundraiser support, and support with the direct services program,” adds Roy. “There are eight part-time staff, and everyone keeps focused on what our point is: To see women healing relationally, spiritually, and emotionally – able as health women to impact their spheres of influence whether it be at school, home, work, church, or in their neighborhood.”

          To help make the healing experience even greater at Eve Center, they also just launched a new workbook called GOLD: God Overcoming Loss from Death.

          “So many of our women, staff, volunteers, and clients have expressed the need for support when suffering from death of loved ones,” she says. “A team was assembled and researched what already existed. Tambra Bryer, Kathy Schibler, Pasy Andow Plum, and myself were the ‘grief team.’ We compiled our own recovery experiences: what worked, what did not, and what was lacking. This is for the woman who is one year past the loss and needing a way to look at what has happened beyond just the obvious death.”

          The workbook will be for sale this fall. When work began for the workbook, Eve Center hosted an in-house pilot of the GOLD Recovery group.

          “Current Eve Center volunteers signed up to be participants and go through the group,” she explains, giving the team a way to edit and improve the process. “One of our volunteers who took the GOLD Pilot is Carolyn Shaw. Her three losses were her mother and brother, but she focused on the loss of her son Jaamal from murder 14 years ago.”

          Following this initial pilot experiment, Roy was inspired to launch an event that would honor the mothers of murdered children. So, together, Carolyn and Roy are co-sharing Jaamal’s Gala, which is being held May 19. Learn more about the event here.

          “The memory of a child does not stop because of the cause of death,” says Roy. “A mother does not stop being a mother because of a death. So healing, reconciliation, and celebration is happening in our region through this. As an action step for the mothers post-event, Carolyn and myself will be leading the GOLD group for any mother who lost a child to violence at the Eve Center.”

          As for the remainder of 2018 and its impact on women in the area, Roy says that the plan is to focus on the managed growth of Eve Center. They’re on the lookout for funding to expand services to the east of 275 and south into Northern Kentucky. “With 72 percent increase in the last two years, there is more to do,” she adds.

          To learn more about Eve Center and their new workbook, you can visit www.evecenter.org. You can also follow along on Facebook or call 513-985-9959.

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            After hitting a fitness rut and getting bored with the gym scene every day, one local lady launched Live in The Movement to make wellness a fun and adventurous way of life for her and her family. Read on for all the inspiring details.

             

            Live In The Movement brings you to the Cincinnati fitness community through a variety of activities and events. Photo: Allison Fopeano Photography

            It’s easy to get bored with your workout routine. That’s where Emily Crosby Morgan’s Live in The Movement comes in.

            “Live In The Movement is a fitness event experience designed to help you find your fitness groove,” she explains. “We create unique fitness experiences ranging from out-of-town retreats to family fitness events, private custom parties, and our signature event, the bi-annual Cincinnati Fit Day, which we just held in downtown Cincinnati on April 14.”

            Crosby Morgan says she was inspired to launch Live In The Movement three years ago, initially as The City Skinny and a re-brand this past fall, when she found that she herself was tired of going to the gym everyday.

            “My first step was getting out and finding new and different workouts that were being offered at studios, or in parks, around the city,” she explains. “I blogged about these studios and trainers as a means of highlighting the exciting variety of fitness possibilities that are available to us here in Cincinnati.”

            To Crosby Morgan, the next step in her process was to get her hands dirty and physically introduce people to these new spots she had discovered, beginning with Cincinnati Fit Day.

            “The retreat-like atmosphere of our Fit Day makes this a fun way to introduce people to new experiences,” says Crosby Morgan. “Cincinnati is a fitness leader in the Midwest these days, and I love to show it off to people who want to jump in!”

            Emily Crosby Morgan, Founder of Live In The Movement. Photo: Crystal Slaughter Photography

            This progressive mini-retreat takes attendees around to four or five different studios, provides healthy catering and snacks, swag bags, raffles from local businesses, and a no-shower happy hour to top off the day.

            “Think pub crawl, but instead of bar hopping, we experience a unique workout at each spot,” she adds. “It’s a great way to show off our thriving fitness and wellness community to our tribe, and a great way to spend some much needed time on oneself. Our participants get a taste of what each studio has to offer, and it’s very cool to see a ‘connection’ formed between a client and a workout they may have been intimidated to try.”

            Crosby Morgan took her fitness prowess to another level after she was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer in November 2017. After undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she felt that there was a void in the fitness and medical community for resources for cancer patients that would allow them to exercise properly through treatment and post-surgery.

            “I decided to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist so I could help patients through a difficult time,” she says. “I know how much walking or just moving properly saved me at many dark, difficult moments. To say that this experience has made me that more passionate about my work is an understatement. I truly believe that movement, in any aspect of our lives, is vital for happiness. I am eager to make this a large part of my work moving forward. We all have battles and obstacles to face, and an exercise routine that you love and gives you clarity is priceless.”

            Live In The Movement is run by Crosby Morgan as well as her friend Libby Hinken. However, she says, the most important part of Live In The Movement is the Cincinnati Fitness community. “I love these wonderful people and I’m inspired by how they help us create magical experiences,” she says.

            In addition to the Fit Day events and monthly events hosted by Live In The Movement, Crosby Morgan says some retreats are held out of town, with a past event being held in Asheville, North Carolina, where another retreat will be held this fall.

            The next Cincinnati Fit Day is being held this fall, which Crosby Morgan says you can learn more about on the website’s event page. There are also other events upcoming each month.

            To learn more about Live In The Movement, visit www.liveinthemovement.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Twitter, and give them a “like” on Facebook.

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              We chat with a local lady who’s creating a community of female entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky that helps each other build their businesses while maintaining their busy lives. Read on for all the inspiring details.

              Meg Hykes has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As the founder of The Entrepreneur Melange, she strives to create a community of female entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky that help each other build their businesses while maintaining their busy lives.

              “I know that building your dream business can be difficult, and sometimes a little lonely,” she says. “Our community was created to encourage women in our area to dream huge, build your business your way, and know you’re worth it.”

              Hykes and The Entrepreneur Melange offer a variety of services to other entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky aside from the community itself.

              They also offer social media pages that are dedicated to share members’ sales, products, and services. There’s also a website page for each member that allows them to design and create their own “business page” as well as blogging, which helps members create articles that can then be shared with readers about their business, products, sales, tips, and more. Plus, direct sales business owners who become part of the Melange community are limited to one member from each company, allowing the focus to be kept on the business owner.

              What Hykes calls the first phase of The Entrepreneur Melange is building the entrepreneur community, while the second includes a focus on offering live events.

              “The live events will focus on the Northern Kentucky community and helping them get to know their local business owners,” explains Hykes. “Now, I don’t want to get into too much detail yet, however, let’s just say you should get ready for pop-up boutiques like you’ve never seen them before.”

              Hykes says that the launch of live events, including pop-up boutiques, will not only give residents the chance to get to know local business owners in the area, but it also provides a chance to socialize with friends and build community.

              While The Entrepreneur Melange is a community for all Northern Kentucky entrepreneurs, Hykes says that the exclusivity comes into play with direct sales businesses. “By keeping our direct sales businesses to just one per company, we’re able to give each entrepreneur that exclusive focus they deserve. Currently, we offer a waiting list for those companies that are already filled.”

              Hykes says that the main goal for The Entrepreneur Melange in 2018 is to host its first live event, but, she says, you’ll have to stay tuned for that as developments continue.

              To learn more about The Entrepreneur Melange, visit www.theentrepreneurmelange.com.

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                Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Read on to learn more about the local chapter of a nationwide startup accelerator program that puts its focus on you, the founder.

                The Founder Institute prides itself as being the only program of its kind that focuses on people rather than ideas. The Institute also accepts founders who have day jobs and shares equity with all of its program participants.

                And thanks to the booming entrepreneurial scene in Cincinnati, the Institute recently made its way to the Queen City.

                “Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program,” explains Global Marketing Manager Rachel Sheppard. “Our program takes people with good ideas and gives them the tools, knowledge, and feedback to launch and enduring company.”

                Sheppard says that those who work with Founder Institute are encouraged to accomplish as much progress in 3.5 months as some make in years. To do this, founders pitch ideas and strategies to startup mentors, are then given feedback, ratings, and evaluations. Once they are accepted into the program, founders are given Office Hours with top entrepreneurs as well as real world assignments to be completed weekly that will push their business forward, even after they graduate from the program.

                The Institute, which was founded by Adeo Ressi, was inspired by a passion to make the possibility of becoming an entrepreneur easier.

                “The reason why I started the Founder Institute is because it’s hard to be an entrepreneur,” says Ressi. “My vision was ‘Maybe if I can set something up that made it easier for people, it would be a win all around.’”

                A big part of the Institute is put on focusing on the founder rather than the idea in the admission process. Applications are welcome from aspiring founders with full-time jobs, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies who are in the pre-funding stages.

                “After a short written component, applicants take our Predictive Admissions Assessment – a one-hour long collection of aptitude and personality tests that have been in development with leading social scientists since 2008 to identify people with the highest potential to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment,” explains Sheppard. “To date, over 35,000 people have applied, and the Founder Institute can predict with great accuracy somebody’s potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur. Our entrepreneur research has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes.”  To learn more about the test, visit: https://fi.co/dna.

                The Cincinnati chapter of Founder Institute was launched in 2016, and has already helped to launch several local companies including Just Hire Me and ABLE.

                The Cincinnati chapter features 43 local startup mentors, all which have different areas of expertise. Many of them have launched and grown their own companies while others are able to bring a significant amount of experience to the table, including the legal ins-and-outs of forming a startup, branding, etc. Globally, adds Sheppard, the Founder Institute is supported by a network of more than 9,000 mentors across 170 cities.

                Two years ago, Sheppard says two women from the Founder Institute co-founded the Female Founder Initiative. “The goal is to launch more female-founded companies worldwide, year-over-year,” adds Sheppard. “In 2017, we saw a 50% increase in the number of Founder Institute female-led graduate companies. This year our focus is on partnering with local organizations to provide more support and expertise to our female graduates and ultimately to help more women-led companies receive funding.”

                To learn more about Founder Institute, visit https://fi.co/home. You can also learn more about the Cincinnati program by clicking here.

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                  A local duo is bringing artisans together to showcase their handcrafted artwork. Read on to learn more about a new quarterly market that's bringing a buzz to the city and shoppers to local businesses -- all with the Contemporary Arts Center as a beautiful backdrop.

                  Market Bleu is a new quarterly event coming to the Contemporary Arts Center this year.

                  Four times a year Elizabeth Kalinsky and Matthew Frantz will host Market Bleu, an event that features handcrafted products and fine arts.

                  “Market Bleu allows artisans to showcase and sell their work in the opulent settings of the Contemporary Arts Center, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati,” explains Frantz.

                  Frantz and Kalinsky are artisans. They also believe in the importance of a space in the city that allows artists to showcase their work. And that’s the inspiration behind Market Bleu.

                  “We are both artisans and understand the need for an arts and event venue in Cincinnati that captures the edge of art culture, in its raw form, we want to see works that are true of the artist, all their own,” adds Frantz.

                  Kalinsky is a textiles artist specializing in natural dyes with an emphasis on indigo. She has has studied and mastered some of the age-old Shibori dyeing techniques that she incorporates in her products. She has a professional background in graphic design and fashion merchandising. Frantz, meanwhile, is an emerging wood sculptor who operates an urban forestry firm as an ISA Certified Arborist, where he sources his reclaimed materials.  With an interdisciplinary background in neuroscience, ethnobotany, and shamanism, he draws from a unique palette of inspiration in his approach.

                  Market Bleu showcases local, regional, and national artwork at its events. “We showcase artwork from screen printers, graphic designers, ceramic artists, clay and wood sculptors, jewelry makers, fashion designers, textile artists, etc.,” says Frantz. “We also encourage culinary artisans and products.”

                  This collaboration of artisans at Market Bleu is also what helps to make the events unique and offer guests an experience unlike any other.

                  “We are creating an experience that captures the attention of the many discerning intellectuals in this growing city,” says Frantz. “we are creating a venue for artists and giving an experience that shares the awe and beauty of the Contemporary Arts Center.”

                  The market also uses a night market format, on Saturday evenings, when the city will already be buzzing with people who are out exploring the city. 

                  While Market Bleu is still new, Frantz says that they are excited to share the market each quarter as the seasons change. 

                  “We anticipate a growing interest in a juried and curated marketplace for emerging and well-known artists and artisans,” adds Frantz.

                  The next Market Bleu event will be held April 21 from 6-10 pm. The Summer Quarter event is scheduled for July 14, Fall Quarter for September 29, and Winter Quarter for December 1. All of the events are held at the Contemporary Arts Center at 44 East 6th Street in Cincinnati.

                  Artists who are interested in the quarterly markets can apply at www.marketbleu.com.

                  To learn more about Market Bleu, visit www.marketbleu.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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                    A locally based purveyor of vintage decor is sending you down the rabbit hole of fabulous home goods with her curated collections, furnishings, and gifts for your discerning taste and eclectic style. Keep reading to see how you can hop in on all their fabulous finds.

                     

                    Alyce and the Rabbit offers eclectic home decor and vintage pieces for your home.

                    Betsy Niehoff prides herself on being able to find one-of-a-kind items. With a background in art, fashion, design, and auctions, it’s not wonder her talents allow her to find things that others can only dream about adding to their homes.

                    As someone who has always wanted to own her own storefront but wanted to stay true to her love of art, she decided to create a career path that gave her both of those things but also allowed her to have flexibility in her schedule for other things like travel.

                    Today, Niehoff is the owner of Alyce and the Rabbit, “a Cincinnati-based purveyor offering a wide array of curated vintage home decor, furnishings, and gifts for the eclectic and design-driven consumer,” she explains.

                    Items from Alyce and the Rabbit can be found on Chairish, an online marketplace that specializes in vintage decor, furniture, and art. “I was introduced to Chairish by a friend and begin listing items after I finished working as a cataloger at Everything but the House in 2016,” says Niehoff.

                    Now, she’s finding and curating eclectic items to sell on the site that consist primarily of vintage art and home decor items.

                    “I believe that a home should be collected, inspiring, and a personal reflection of one’s style, and is why I search both locally and abroad to find these items for my customers,” says Niehoff. “Since items are often one-of-a-kind and/or hard to find, buyers are unlikely to see these pieces in others’ homes, allowing them to create a personal space that is special and unique to them.”

                    While currently traveling, and as a new mother, Niehoff is working on building her presence on Chairish for Alyce and the Rabbit, so she says to stay tuned as new items are still being loaded onto the site.

                    To shop items from Alyce and the Rabbit, click here. You can also check out the Alyce and the Rabbit website to learn more about the business.

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                      Inspired to support and retain fashion designers and entrepreneurs in Cincinnati, two local ladies opened a community space to help launch those homegrown brands. Learn more about the exciting new fashion-focused resource now available and how you can help support their mission.

                      The recently-launched Sew Valley features a facility where sewn goods are designed, prototyped, and produced, giving members access to the space as well as providing them with discounts on contract services, workshops, and access to machines and tools they may not otherwise have

                      Believe it or not, Cincinnati has been making its mark as an area powerhouse when it comes to fashion. And as the industry grows in the Queen City, it opens new doors for  exciting creations and advancements.

                      Take recently launched Sew Valley, for example.

                      Rosie Kovacs and Shailah Maynard saw a gap in regional resources when it comes to helping designers and entrepreneurs in the fashion industry build a brand for a sewn product or fashion line.

                      That’s when they opened Sew Valley, which Maynard describes as a “community of designs and entrepreneurs where they can learn the process of building a brand for a sewn product and/or fashion line.”

                      Sew Valley features a physical facility where sewn goods are designed, prototyped, and produced, giving members access to the space as well as providing them with discounts on contract services, workshops, and access to machines and tools they may not otherwise have.

                      Maynard says that the purpose of Sew Valley is not to reinvent the wheel, but to fill a need in the community, similarly to how The Haile Foundation got its start.

                      “After months of national research, it was determined that there is a lot of potential in the ‘emerging fashion designer’ space,” says Maynard.

                      Maynard says that with independent labels popping up and online products, it’s not hard to enter the fashion market or directly sell to an audience. However, the trouble for these new fashion-focused businesses lies within developing that brand and producing the items for a line.

                      Sew Valley hopes to change that by providing a variety of services that fill the need of each business. “We take our clients and members through the research and development phase of beginning a line through small batch production,” says Maynard. “Pattern makers, sample houses, and factories are typically spread apart geographically speaking, and there are none in the Cincinnati area. By putting it all under one roof, the goal is to accelerate businesses and help them keep costs down but having quick access and nimble production capabilities.”

                      The production facility of Sew Valley can be hired for contract services that include pattern marking, sourcing, prototyping, sample making, and small batch production for runs under 100.

                      “We will hold our first workshop in April where anyone in the community can become certified to use our equipment and rent our space by the hour to work on their own projects,” adds Maynard.

                      Currently, there are three members of Sew Valley, all of whom are graduates from the University of Cincinnati. They are Tessa Clark of Grind and Glaze, Calle Evans of Calle Evans, and Lindsey Zinno of Northern Market. With four more spaces available, Maynard says memberships for Sew Valley start at $150 per month.

                      Maynard adds that she and Kovacs hope that Sew Valley will become a one-stop-shop for new businesses to grow their brand and product offering.

                      “Big picture, we want a space large enough to house photographers, brand strategists, e-commerce specialists, and so on,” she says. “We are a community, which means it’s an open door to collaborate, share resources, and educate one another, all with the goal to create more jobs for the local creative class, retain talent, and to hire skilled and unskilled workers to produce goods.”

                      Sew Valley will be hosting its first party/fundraiser called SV18 on May 11 from 7-9:30. There, Maynard says, they will showcase their current members and open Sew Valley’s doors to the public so they can get a better understanding of what the facility has to offer.

                      If you’re looking to become involved with Sew Valley, Maynard says that you can apply as a contract sew and pattern makers on the website.

                      To learn more about Sew Valley, visit sewvalley.org. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.