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    A local boutique just opened its second location just a year and a half after opening its first storefront. Read more about their Instagram-worthy aesthetic and affordable, trendy clothing.

    The Native One is a chic boutique located in the heart of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The Vine Street boutique offers affordably, trendy women’s fashion and accessories.

    Owner Anna Steffen opened the store at its current located in 2018 at 1421 Vine Street after previously doing pop-up stores and online sales and, more recently, opened a new store in Covington at 326 Scott Street. 

    “The Native One is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion and minimal home decor,” explains Steffen.

    The store offers a neutral aesthetic and all of the items from the store are hand-selected from wholesale vendors in the Los Angeles Fashion District. 

    The second location for The Native One opened last month and was something that Steffen says she knew she wanted to do eventually but didn’t know it would happen so quickly.

    “I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon,” she says. “It was more of a five-year goal but when the opportunity was there I jumped on it. Last year’s sales completely blew any goals that I had out of the water and this year, it’s only gotten busier.”

    Steffen says The Native One’s Covington location will offer a similar aesthetic as the OTR location. 

    “The Covington store has a similar appeal as our OTR location, stuffed with everything from rompers and oversized outerwear to affordable statement footwear and lacy underpinnings,” says Steffen. “You’ll also find accessories, apothecary, and home decor.”

    Steffen she will soon move the OTR location to a new building to better accommodate the new inventory and demand. As growth for The Native One speeds along, Steffen says it’s creativity that fuels her team. In fact, she says she’s currently working on revamping an old auto body shop in Dayton, Kentucky. “It’s going to be a private garage studio space, where the team can process inventory, photograph products, and host events,” she says. “It can be stressful to do everything in the shop because we don’t have a huge back room. So to have a separate space to just work out of and be creative will be really beneficial.”

    To learn more about The Native One, visit https://www.thenativeone.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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      We’re highlighting eight of the 40+ pop-up shops you’ll find at Cincy Chic’s November 16 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Read on to learn about these local businesses, boutiques, and makers!

      Have you been totally blown away by the fact that it’s already November? With the arrival of fall, the turning back of the clocks, and a sudden drop in temps, that can only mean one thing – the holidays are almost here!

      To help you get your holiday shopping started off on the right foot (with a mimosa in-hand), Cincy Chic is hosting its 11th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 16 from 10am to 2pm at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. 

      There, you’ll have the opportunity to shop local businesses, boutiques, and makers while helping to support a great cause – anyone who brings in a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank will receive free entry, a swag bag, and complimentary gift wrapping. Plus, when you bring the littles along with you they can participate in crafts and princess/superhero photo opportunities. 

      With the event just 12 days away, here’s a sneak peek of the businesses you’ll see:

      Walton Creek Boutique
      Walton Creek Boutique in Anderson Towne Centre is a one-stop gift shop that features an eclectic array of items that range from apparel to home decor items. 

      “Our fashions are very bohemian in style, fun, and flattering,” says Owner Kim Lautman. “Our accessories are mostly handmade, one-of-a-kind items.”

      The store features hand dyed scarves, handmade jewelry, and plenty of other accessories to make an outfit stand out. 

      “Our goal is to bring in as many products locally made and American made as we can,” says Lautman. “Need something ‘artsy’ as a gift or for your wall? We have it all!”

      From jewelry and handbags to soaps, jams and candles, Lautman says she hand-selects a variety of artisan makers to feature in the store.

      Tillage Clothing Co.
      The inspiration behind the comfortable fashion brand Tillage Clothing Co. is to fight back against human trafficking. 

      It was a combination of finding inspiration in textile and the passion to fight sex trafficking that inspired Abby Farr to launch Tillage. “I knew I wanted to start a business that would platform the issue, give back directly to strategic organizations, and educate the consumer on the issue,” she says.

      The crop pants from Tillage Clothing Co. allow customers to be comfortable while also looking fabulous – all while supporting women and children around the world. 

      “It’s my belief that we must give a portion back to women and children who don’t have a voice,” says Farr. “From day one, our goal was and is to inspire women who buy a pair of fancy pants that they can make a difference; there is hope that the freedom they know can be known to the marginalized in society. Every step or sip of coffee our customers have in Tillage speaks. When they wear and use the high quality designs, they are constantly connected to the cause.”

      Foodie Cincy
      Are you a local foodie that can’t get enough of the Cincinnati restaurant scene? Then you don’t want to miss out on the Foodie Cincy deck, it’s a deck of 52 cards that offers special discounts and rewards for dining at the local restaurants named in the deck. 

      “Each restaurant card features all of the restaurant details, including name and contact information with restaurant and cuisine description,” explains Founder Gina Barrera. “The card acts as a $10 off discount at each restaurant.”

      Barrera says that the deck is a fun incentive for users to try new restaurants in the city and for the eateries it’s a unique marketing tool directed specifically toward experiential diners.

      The decks for 2020 will be available at the 2019 Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 16. 

      Gigi’s Cupcakes
      Gigi’s Cupcakes has its roots in Nashville but has a locally-owned home in Cincinnati. The bakery, which features unique and seasonal items, boasts a signature swirl in its icing that you won’t find anywhere else. 

      Amy Jones is the owner of the Kenwood location for Gigis’ Cupcakes and loves being able to offer customers products that aren’t just cute, but also delicious. Jones says they can also customize their sweet treats, which is perfect for a special occasion or holiday order.

      “With a seasonal menu for walk-in guests and custom catering options available, there’s always a sweet treat waiting for you,” says Jones. “Be sure to try a complimentary taste of our cupcakes at the Cincy Chic Seasonably Chic Showcase.”

      Beauty Lounge
      The Beauty Lounge is a full-service salon where upscale meets beauty. 

      “After thousands of new clientele returning to the salon with smiles on their faces, we are very proud to be able to say we have formed a family,” says owner Jonae Tye. “Our goal is to offer every client that has a seat in any of our talented stylists’ chairs nothing but the best.”

      The Beauty Lounge wants its customers to come in, unwind, and relax while they receive high-quality services that range from hair to skin and body. 

      Whether you want to pick up some products for a loved one or purchase a gift card for future use, you can do just that at the Seasonably Chic Showcase. 

      Eileen Fleming Pattern Design
      Eileen Fleming of Eileen Fleming Pattern Design offers her customers products that enhance visual appeal and communicate messages or feelings. 

      “My passion for pattern design started with my love of fabrics, sewing, and quilting,” she says. “I have considered myself an artist from my earliest memories. My love of art and sewing naturally transitioned into this niche field of design.”

      While she has a broad background, Fleming has chosen to offer products to her customers that are focused on surface and pattern design. Products from her lines can be used in homes and even shipped to shoppers themselves. 

      DeGroot Handbags
      Handbag designer Missy DeGroot of DeGroot Handbags will be at Cincy Chic’s 2019 Seasonably Chic Showcase. With a newly relaunched branding of her business, DeGroot will be offering her different silhouettes in more than 20 different leathers and fabrications. The pieces from DeGroot are chic and timeless – so they’ll look great for years after being purchase.

      Greenfeather Homestead
      Looking for an herbal or homeopathic solution to improving your health and wellness? “We focused on diet, homeopathics, herbs, emotional wellness, and bodywork,” explains Greenfeather Homestead Founder Lindsay Hastings. “We found this to be highly beneficial and as people who love education and teaching others it was a natural fit to become a practitioner myself and then an herbalist.”

      Products from Greenfeather Homestead include tinctures, balms, salves, and flower essence blends; personal adornment in the form of gemstone therapy jewelry and hand-crocheted items.

      To RSVP for the event, click here

      Check out more details on Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase below:

      2019 Seasonably Chic Showcase

      Sat., Nov. 16, 10am-2pm

      The Phoenix, 812 Race St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

      Learn more and RSVP at: www.cincy.live/events/2019SCS

      Shop for everyone on your “nice list” as you browse some of the best local businesses, boutiques and makers. Bring the kiddos for crafts and princess/superhero photo opps! Bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank for free entry, swag bag and complimentary gift wrapping by The Wraperie. $2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th St.

      Sponsored by: 

      Supporting Sponsors: Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Guaranteed Rate with Ron Erdmann

      Photobooth Sponsor: The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati

      Pop-up Shop Sponsors: Walton Creek Boutique, Gigi’s Kitchen, Bruetta, DeGroot Handbags, Slate & Vine, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, Gigi’s Cupcakes Kenwood, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Scentsy with Lacey Perkins, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Renewal by Andersen, UC Health, Beauty Lounge, My Body Snatcher, Colored by Gina, Nail Envy by EJ, Curated, Eileen Fleming Pattern Design, Green Feather Homestead, Relax Mom, Tillage Clothing Co., Foodie Cincy, Monarch Enterprises, Green Bee Ohio, and more!

      Cocktail Sponsor: Diverse Events

      “Shop ’till You Drop” Mini Massages provided by: Gateway Emerge

      Photographer: Twin Spire Photography

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        A local woman turned her sweet tooth and baking passion into a palate pleasing profession. Read on to learn more about her new boutique bakery in Over-the-Rhine serving up gourmet cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other desserts. 

        Freshness and quality is something that’s never sacrificed at Sugar, a boutique bakery that offers gourmet cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other desserts. 

        “We pride ourselves in freshness and quality, so we bake in small batches daily and offer whole cakes and bulk item orders by pre-order only,” says Andrea Sutton Lee, Ph.D., the sole owner, baker, and decorator at Sugar. 

        Lee says her passion for baking started out as a hobby. “I taught myself how to bake and decorate cakes because I found myself dissatisfied with products that were currently on the market,” she explains. “I found that they either looked great and tasted bad or tasted great and looked bad, but never both.”

        After creating a customer base of her own, she ventured out and started Sugar, which recently opened a location at 6 W 14th Street, next to Graeter’s on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. 

        The store is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 9 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 pm. At the OTR location, you can find cookies, cupcakes, cake slices, dessert jarts, and other treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

        Pre-orders for Sugar can be found on the website, including bulk orders, whole cakes, and even the current Thanksgiving menu.

        Lee says that she’ll soon be rolling out Sugar’s new holiday menu in the coming month or so. 

        To learn more about Sugar, visit cakesbysugar.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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          From Queen City entrepreneur to multi-million dollar company investor, learn about the local woman who launched a venture capital fund to help lift women up in the world.

          H Venture Partners wants to help emerging consumer brands in North America succeed. More specifically, the early growth equity and venture fund focused company focuses on aspirational and innovative brands within specific categories including food, personal care, family care, home care, apparel, beauty, health, wellness, hardware, consumer devices and the Internet of things.

          Elizabeth Edwards, General Partner and Founder at H Venture Partners, is a Cincinnati native. She plenty of experience in the investment industry, working as a partner with Maywic Select Investments and helped brands including the former locally-based SkinnyMom. 

          H Venture Partners is an early growth equity and venture fund focused on emerging consumer brands in North America. The fund is focused primarily on seed, venture, and early growth equity investments in consumer products and consumer devices. 

          “I began my career as a strategy consultant with the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting, specializing in innovation, corporate strategy, and strategic acquisitions,” Edwards says. “Some of those clients include Johnson & Johnson on both the clinical and consumer sides, and XM Satellite Radio.”

          Today, at H Venture Partners, Edwards has taken priority in female founders. “Less than 2 percent of venture dollars are invested in women, representing a significant opportunity,” she says. “More than half of consumer startups we talk to have at least one female founder.”

          Although the company itself doesn’t exclusively invest in female founded companies, Edwards believes that there is so much opportunity for women-owned businesses to gain traction from investors that they deserve.

          “On one hand, the lack of funding for female founders offends our sense of justice,” says Edwards. “As investors, we think it impacts returns. We believe that the opportunity cost of this implicit bias is no insignificant – and everyone loses out: consumers looking for brands that get them, female founders starting companies, and investors losing out on potential returns.”

          Plus, companies who have female founders have proven to perform better than companies that are comprised of only men. 

          “According to First Round Capital, cmpanies with a female founder performed 63 percent better than investments with all-male founding teams,” she says. “According to Credit Suisse, companies with at least one woman on the board outperform their peers by 26 percent.”

          Edwards says that this evidence of success among female entrepreneurs is why many of the founders she speaks with are women who are creating brands with which H Venture Partners collaborates.

          To learn more about H Venture Partners, visit https://h.ventures/

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            A popular novel inspired one local woman to launch a small, family-run business that’s on a mission to save the bees. Keep reading to learn more about this new shop that’s all a-buzz in Over-the-Rhine.

            The novel “The Secret Life of Bees” was a life-changing book for Sam Gordon back in 2005. In fact, it inspired her to launch a small family business dedicated to caring for bee hives and educating others on the ways we can all help the bees called Bee Haven.

            “The novel made beekeeping sound almost mystical and I decided I wanted to give it a try,” she says. “My mother and I started two hives in my parent’s back field in New Richmond where I grew up.”

            Although the two didn’t know a whole lot of anything when it came to caring for the bees, they figured it out quickly as their number of hives went from 2 to 10 and quickly up to as many as 40.

            Today, Gordon and her husband Sam take care of the bees together and run the business, which offers jams, creamed honey, beeswax candles, lip balms, and hand salves. 

            Most recently, the couple and Bee Haven opened up a storefront on Elm Street, after being located in one of the roll up doors at Findlay Market since 2008.

            “After 11 years in that location it was obvious we needed a little more room,” says Gordon. “We were still making everything at home. I was spending way too much time in the basement making candles and lanterns.”

            Now that they’re at the Elm Street location, Gordon has the space she needs to sell all of the products Bee Haven offers as well as a place to produce them. 

            “We carry everything we did at our Findlay Market stall,” she says. “But at our Elm Street store, you will find honey, local and honey from other regions as well, and other gifts from the hive.”

            With a bigger location, Gordon is hoping that she will be able to offer her customers more than the gifts and bee-related items in her store. “In the new year we’re hoping to have candle making classes and beekeeping education sessions,” she adds.

            Bee Haven is located at 1815 Elm Street in Cincinnati. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

            To learn more about Bee Haven, visit https://beehavenhoney.com/. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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              A local fashionista is helping you stay trendy and chic through her buying and reselling business. See how she keeps her followers looking and feeling like a million bucks, without spending it.

               

              Sarah Heitkemper’s journey to took a leap of faith when she quit her desk job in September 2017, but it’s not a leap she regrets taking.

              The fashion-forward mom-to-be started selling clothes on Poshmark in June 2016 as a hobby. She had a desk job but was going to thrift stores and buying clothes to sell as a side income. 

              “I quickly discovered the thrill of buying and selling and bringing in money to the point of questioning my desk job and whether I could quit and sell full-time,” she says. “My husband and I knew we wanted to have a baby but knew daycare wasn’t something that was easily affordable.”

              That’s when she decided to take her hobby and turn it into an entrepreneurial adventure. With a list of goals she set for herself, Heitkemper was able to quit her job in September 2017. “Before our son had arrived, I did my best to set myself up for success,” she explains. “I worked long hours to establish the organization my business so desperately needed. I went to local thrift stores and consignment shops and stocked up on all the new arrivals.”

              Heitkemper says she’s learned a lot since she started her full-time adventure buying and reselling on Poshmark, including time management, how to stay organized and manage inventory, and even how to find the support she needs to keep going. 

              “I have met many great friends through the Poshmark-Instagram community,” she says. “Some are moms, some aren’t, but all care so much about me and my success, both in my business and as a new mother. I have a few Poshmark friends on speed dial who I can reach out to for advice, who I can vent to, and who reassures me when I need reassurance in any aspect of my life. In the past year or so I have learned that having a community of people who you have things in common with and who can talk to frequently makes a world of difference.”

              Not only has Heitkemper learned a lot from her journey, but she’s hoping that she’s teaching the little eyes watching her. When she starts to doubt herself as a mother, she says this experience and its community remind her that she’s an amazing mom doing her best. 

              “I love my son with all my heart,” she says. “He watches and someday will understand just how hard I work for him so that I can help provide for our family. I’ll teach him how to pour his heart into something he’s passionate about and not to look back. Not even when someone doubts what he’s capable of.”

              The hard work from Heitkemper doesn’t just stop at Poshmark, she’s also the founder of Sustainable Accessories. “I founded and began creating sustainable accessories due to the lack of affordable, quality, ‘slow fashion’ hair accessories on the market today,” she says. “My goal is to always avoid shopping fast fashion so why would my hair accessories be any different?”

              The scrunchies and hair accessories available from Sustainable Accessories are made from upcycled, secondhand clothing that is unable to be worn but can be remade into something useful. 

              There are currently two purchase options available including unique/limited edition items in the shop tab or by signing up for a subscription box – which gives you access to the products that are released in batches. 

              To shop Heitkemper’s Poshmark closet, click here. You can follow along on Instagram and check out Sustainable Accessories at https://www.shopsustainableaccessories.com/.

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                Feel like you’re drowning when it comes to finances? Learn about a local financial coach and author who developed resources to help you dive in to a positive relationship with your money.

                Debt, money shame, and embarrassment doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone, and Christine Luken knows that all too well. 

                Luken is on a mission to empower others to rescue their financial dignity as the Financial Lifeguard. Luken knows just what it feels like to be drowning in debt. 

                “In my late 20s I hit financial rock bottom despite having an accounting degree,” she explains. “I know what I was supposed to do with money, but I allowed my heart to hijack my wallet. I dated and became engaged to a guy with terrible money habits. He was in and out of jobs (and in and out of jail), but I thought if I loved him enough he would change.”

                And change he did, she says. Change came in the way of getting even worse, and by the time she broke off her engagement she owed multiple payday lenders money, was behind on her car payment, and had ruined her credit score. 

                “It was a long road back to financial health, but I decided to take what I learned the hard way to help others, especially women going through a divorce or break up,” she adds. 

                Now Luken is known as the Financial Lifeguard, is a certified money coach, speaker, and the author of two books: “Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart from Hijacking Your Wallet” and “Manage Money Like a Boss: A Financial Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs.”

                Luken also coaches high-earning professionals to rescue their financial dignity by co-creating a personalized Prosperity Plan to reduce debt, increase savings, and direct spending to what’s really important to them. 

                “I specialize in bringing together the emotional and relational aspects of money with sound financial strategy,” she says. “I love working with couples who argue about money as well as divorced women.”

                Through the Financial Lifeguard, you can find a 6-month coaching program for couples and individuals going through emotional money situations who want to find growth in both financial management skills and positive money mindset.

                Luken also offers a more DIY-centered approach to personal finance that includes group training and support through her monthly membership group called Financial Dignity on Demand

                Women who are divorced can also check out Luken’s 30-day online program called Financial Dignity After Divorce. “It helps women regain a positive and peaceful relationship with their money so they thrive financially as they move forward into a new stage of life,” she explains. 

                While financial coaches aren’t a new trend, Luken uses an approach that makes her business unique. “My approach to money is different because I understand that every person has a unique relationship with their money,” she says. “And if it’s not a positive one, they will always struggle financially, even if they increase their income. My approach shows people how to harness the power of their emotions around money to achieve their goals, rather than fighting against them.”

                Luken says that in the next few months, she will be teaching financial planners and other money coaches her formula to understanding and improving clients’ emotional money behaviors for long-term success. “My goal is to multiply the number of professions who will further the Financial Dignity Movement,” she says.

                To learn more about the Financial Lifeguard and how she can help you, visit www.christineluken.com

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                  Read about a new local lifestyle publication that’s all about your furry friends! Click here to read all the tail-wagging details!

                  Pet parents, beg no more! All the information, entertainment, and education you could want for your furry friends is in the new lifestyle pet magazine, CincyPet Magazine. 

                  “CincyPet Magazine is a new lifestyle pet magazine for the modern pet parent in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” explains Publisher Susannah Maynard. “Our goal is to entertain, inform, and educate about all things pet in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by providing up-to-date articles and information in both print and online through our website and social media channels.”

                  The magazine, Maynard says, was inspired by the love of all things pet. She adds that she there was also a niche in the market that needed to be filled with a pet lifestyle magazine. And while people are all about pets these days, especially the younger generation, CincyPet Magazine is an idea that took several years to come to life.

                  Maynard is joined by a team of pet lovers who are behind the magazine. “Our staff, from our editor to creative director to director of sales, all have many years of experience in publishing,” says Maynard.

                  Maynard’s experience in the pet world comes from years as the owner of Pet Love Photography. She’s also the author behind three books about rescue pets and is a pet mom to three rescue dogs and one rescue cat.

                  The thing that makes CincyPet Magazine so unique is that it’s the only publication of its kind dedicated to serving pet parents in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky market. 

                  “Additionally, part of our mission is to give back to the community by supporting and promoting rescues and pet adoptions by featuring rescue pets in need of homes both on our website and in our magazine,” she says. 

                  The print edition of CincyPet Magazine is published bi-monthly and is also available in digital format on the website, where there is also more frequently published content. 

                  Copies of CincyPet Magazine can be found for free at several businesses throughout the Cincinnati region including PetSuites in Erlanger and Sharonville, EarthWise at Harper’s Point, Kayla’s Posh Pets Grooming, Whole Foods at Rookwood, and the Rookwood Joseph-Beth location. 

                  Maynard adds that through the end of September, CincyPet Magazine can be found at 25 area Kroger locations. “Starting with our next issue we will be available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County,” she says. “We continue to add locations each week and our goal is to be available everywhere.”

                  You can find a list of locations where the magazine can be found here

                  As far as the future of CincyPet Magazine, things are looking bright. “We definitely have big plans to make CincyPet the go-to rescue for anyone and everyone with a pet,” says Maynard. “First up will be an official launch party, which we’re in the planning stages for, so stay tuned.”

                  To learn more about CincyPet Magazine, visit www.cincypet.com. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook. To receive your own copy of the magazine, you can sign up for a subscription at https://www.cincypet.com/subscribe/

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                    Coffee drinkers unite! The largest coffee festival in the Midwest is coming to town soon and it'll be full of music, shopping, tastings, demonstrations, and of course coffee. Learn more about the event and its important fundraiser that makes local water cleaner one drip at a time.

                    Mark your calendars for October 11-13 when the Ohio River Foundation hosts the Cincinnati Coffee Festival, a premier coffee event and the largest coffee festival in the Midwest. 

                    According to Rich Cogen, Executive Director of the Ohio River Foundation, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival is a major fundraiser for the Ohio River Foundation, which aims to protect and improve water quality in the Ohio River Watershed. 

                    “Water quality is important to all of us,” he says. “From the water that goes into growing our food, to the water we use to make our coffee, you can’t have great coffee without great water.”

                    To help raise funds for the Foundation, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival will be held October 11-13 at the Grand Ballroom of the Duke Energy Convention Center. October 11 is trade day for coffee shop owners, baristas, and people interested in getting into the coffee business. Then, on October 12-13, the event is open to the public. 

                    “The Cincinnati Coffee Festival is a celebration of artisan coffee, fine teas, chocolates, pastries, and baked goods,” says Cogen.

                    Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to taste from 60 vendors from around the region and beyond, while also enjoying live music, demonstrations, and the chance to discover and purchase new products. 

                    “”A highlight during the last two events has been the Latte Art Throwdown, where baristas vie for the title of top latte artist,” says Cogen. “That will return at 2pm on Saturday. Also back this year is Latte Art in Action for the general public. 

                    New to this year’s event is the Coffee Olympics. This activity allows attendees to cheer on their favorite coffee shops in fun competitions. Also new is Campfire coffee, a casual presentation and conversation space. “We’re also introducing a coffee-themed silent auction,” adds Cogen. “Lastly, we will add a limited-seating film booth area for guests to watch short, engaging environmental films. Finally, we’re expanding The Art of Coffee, which features works in a variety of media, and we’ll even be offering some of those works for purchase.”

                    The event, Cogen says, is a unique blend of specialty coffee, tea, food, live music, engaging activities, and environmental responsibility. “Not only do vendors offer compostable cups, but we are also asking attendees to bring their own coffee cups and mugs as we endeavor to make this festival the greenest one in the nation,” says Cogen. “Funds raised will help support Ohio River Foundation’s education and restoration programs, so you’re making a difference while you have fun.” 

                    Tickets for the event range from $12.50 to $40 for VIP. Advance tickets are available for purchase at www.cincinnnaticoffeefestival.com

                    To learn more about the Cincinnati Coffee Festival, visit their website. You can also “like” the Ohio River Foundation’s Facebook page for the latest updates on the festival. 

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                      An emerging fundraising-through-fashion event is now in three Ohio cities and looking at opportunities to expand. See how they’re encouraging independent designers to work together to support non-profit organizations and their missions.

                      LUXE Gives Back wants to make a difference in its small part of the world through its new event LUXE, a marquee fashion fundraising event. 

                      The events put on by LUXE Gives Back benefit non-profit organizations and each event features a theme with three key elements, according to Founders Lisa Robin Adkinson and Valerie Jones.

                      Each event features a runway show with merchandise from a group of independent fashion and accessories designers. “We use volunteer models, often involved with our non-profit partner, that are diverse women representing the local community,” says Adkinson. 

                      LUXE also features a pop-up marketplace that designers from the runway show set up to allow attendees to shop. “LUXE curates regional, indie designers to deliver truly unique merchandize,” she explains. What makes this pop-up experience unique, she adds, is that participation is by invitation only. 

                      In addition to the pop-ups and runway shows, LUXE Magazine is a publication that goes out in conjunction with each event. “The magazine is designed with beautiful fashion spreads and feature articles about some of the amazing people supporting LUXE events alongside regular columns on style, beauty, business, arts, and inspiration,” says Adkinson.

                      The inspiration for LUXE comes from the desire to help independent designers, especially in the Midwest, grow their customer base and expose them to unique designs and merchandise. 

                      “There are plenty of marketplaces and vendor opportunities, but there isn’t one specifically focused on indie designers,” explains Adkinson. “Pop-up shops are extremely popular with shoppers and designers alike. Our inspiration was to bring designers together to work collaboratively to minimize marketing costs and build a viable fashion community. Plus, all of the designers involved also support our mission to give back.”

                      There are still some remaining events for LUXE through the end of the year: 

                      Saturday, September 14, 2019, LUXE Dayton + YWCA Dayton at the White House Event Center, downtown Dayton.

                      Saturday, October 12, 2019, LUXE Cincy + COCA- Council on Child Abuse, an affiliate of Talbert House at Fueled Collective, Rookwood.

                      Saturday, October 26, 2019, LUXE Columbus + National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at Versa Grandview.

                      Adkinson says that what makes these LUXE events unique is that they want to engage sponsors and attendees alike, while helping beneficiaries feel supported.

                      Adkinson says that 16 months after launching LUXE is now in three cities. “LUXE has filled a niche in the market, and we have received several requests to bring the concept to additional cities,” she says. 

                      Currently, LUXE is working on 2020 events now, with LUXE Cincy + YWCA Cincinnati scheduled for March 14, 2020 at Fueled Collective.

                      To learn more about LUXE, visit www.luxegivesback.com. There you can sign up for a complimentary subscription to the LUXE Magazine. Adkinson says those interested in modeling, stylists or hair and makeup, can submit interest here. Volunteers can click here and information on in-kind and paid sponsors is available here.

                      To follow along with upcoming events and news, follow LUXE on Facebook and Instagram