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    From Peru to the Queen City, a local lady was inspired by a sense of adventure and the unknown when she launched her own leather-carved brand. Read on to see where you can shop locally to find her products and to hear about the apparel she’ll launch soon.

    Denisse Zavala-Rosales was inspired to launch her business Antlers & Leathers from her love for adventure.

     

    For some, the unknown sets off a feeling of uneasiness. For Denisse Zavala-Rosales, it inspires. It was a sense of adventure, the unknown, the gypsy, the wild, wanderlust, the overall rugged beauty of nature, the lost, living authentic and true to yourself that inspired her to launch Antlers & Leathers.

    Zavala-Rosales is the Western and Boho-obsessed Peruvian behind Antlers & Leathers, which she says is more than just a brand but a way of life that sells eclectic leather pieces full of style and individuality. “The main focus of my brand is ‘tooling’ leather, which actually means carving leather and the main goal is creating pieces of wearable art that are as unique as the people who will be carrying them,” says Zavala-Rosales.

    When it came to launching her own business, Zavala-Rosales wanted to show off her love for leather in a business name that expresses uniqueness, reinvention, and beauty. “Antlers are unique to each animal, though they grow in symmetrical pairs,” she explains. “They shed and regrow each year, and I just think they are beautiful and give animals such characters.”

    This one-woman show is run by Zavala-Rosales and officially launched on June 4, 2017, while she was still working a full-time job at a publishing company. However, as of mid-November, she quit her 9-5 and began dedicated her life to her dreams and is now running Antlers & Leathers as her full-time venture.

    When you shop Antlers & Leathers, you’ll find that all of the products are leather goods and include vintage cuffs, carved cuffs, clutches, crossbodies, dog bandanas, purses, bags, and so much more.

    Price points vary depending on the product you purchase. Zavala-Rosales says that vintage metal hand stamped cuffs run from $40-$50, carved cuffs are $60-$70, clutches run $150-$390, and bags run from $280 and up.

    The quality of the product is certainly reflected in the price. Zavala-Rosales says that it is all 110% handmade. “I design, cut, sew, too, paint, dye, combine different types of leather, and style it all one at a time, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece that will be truly one of a kind and unique,” she adds. “If you are looking for that heirloom-quality piece that will set you apart from the crowd, Antlers & Leathers is for you. You won’t find that at your local mall.”

    While she prides herself on the handcrafted bags, cuffs, and other unique pieces, Zavala-Rosales says she’s also working on bringing apparel to the brand, too.

    You can shop Antlers & Leathers’ newly launched website, or you can visit BlumeHome Shop in Lebanon and soon find the brand’s carved dog bandanas on display for made-to-order at Earthwise Pet at Harper’s Point.

    To learn more about Antlers & Leathers, visit antlersandleathers.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and “like” their Facebook page.

     

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      Want to hit the road for the holidays? If you have young ones, you might be thinking twice because of all the bedding, strollers and other kiddo equipment you’ll need to make a trip possible. We chat with the local lady behind a new baby gear rental service that’s taking a load off (literally) for families nationwide.

      When it comes to preparing for a trip away from home, it can be stressful in and of itself. Add in kids and the stress levels can really start to hit the ceiling. However, there’s a nationwide company with a Cincinnati representative that wants to help make your travel experience a little easier: Babierge.

      A combination of the words baby + concierge, Babierge is the leading baby gear rental service and marketplace that offers traveling families the opportunity to rent the baby equipment they’ll need while staying at hotels, vacation rentals, or even private homes.

      “The company leverages gig-economy baby gear rental entrepreneurs, called Trusted Partners, who deliver, setup, pickup, and clean quality baby gear that they own,” the company’s website states. “Trusted partners, mostly moms, build a business on the Babierge platform and receive insurance, as well as ongoing coaching and business mentoring, from the company.”

      In Cincinnati, that Trusted Partner is Lindsey Brown. Brown says that she was inspired to become Cincinnati’s Trusted Partner for Babierge through the stress she experienced while traveling with children.

      “My goal [through Babierge], is to help families travel with less and make more memories,” she says.

      Brown says that the way Babierge works is similar to Airbnb. You find your location, choose your gear from a wide assortment of available items, from full-size cribs to jogging strollers, car seats, and toy boxes, and then make your reservation.

      Lindsey Brown, the Cincinnati Trusted Partner for Babierge.

      “Our gear is delivered exceptionally clean, safe, and is also insured,” she adds. “The gear is delivered and set-up prior to arrival of the kiddos and I come back once they leave to pick-up.”

      This rental service allows families the freedom of lugging bulky baby gear through crowded airports while avoiding high fees and other stresses of traveling with children. The service can also be used by grandparents, friends, and other family members who don’t want to purchase expensive baby gear and store it between visits from their loved ones.

      Brown says that the most popular items rented from Babierge are a full-size crib and high chair. “We all know that kids eat and sleep a lot,” she says. “Other popular items are the white noise machine and toy package.”

      She also provided a list of items typically rented from Babierge and their prices:

      • Full size crib with mattress and linens: $14/day
      • Car seat: $10/day
      • Toy package: $10/day
      • Pack n’ play: $8/day
      • Stroller: $8
      • High-chair: $7/day
      • Video monitor: $7/day
      • White noise machine: $3/day

      While the idea behind a baby gear rental business is already unique, it’s the quality of the products from Babierge that make the company stand out among others in the industry.

      “Not only do we provide quality gear, but our customer service is extraordinary,” says Brown. “My goal is to make traveling with kids easier by providing all the comforts of home. My customers have included grandparents hosting grandkids, friends hosting out-of-town friends with kids, and those visiting Cincinnati for weddings and other activities. My customers love the fact that I can deliver and set up all equipment prior to their guests’ arrival so that they don’t have to worry about it, they just get to enjoy the company!”

      Brown says that Babierge is looking to increase its location throughout the United States in 2018 before moving to the international stage. In addition to expansion, Brown says the company also hopes to enter into more strategic partnerships with leading travel brands, similar to the ones it already works with such as Destination Hotels, Kid & Coe, and HomeAway.

      To learn more about Barierge, click here. You can also “like” Brown’s Babierge Facebook page.

       

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        A locally-owned, female-led marketing company is helping women succeed with happy careers, valuable work-life balance, and lengthy tenures. For our annual "Working Moms" issue, we chat with Empower's inspiring Vice President about its mom-friendly policies and new OTR digs.

         

        Ashley Walters, Vice President at Empower.

        Formerly Empower MediaMarketing, a rebranded Empower is a family-owned, certified woman-owned business. It’s also one of the largest independent U.S. media agencies left in the country with  more than 170 employees.

        Headquartered in Cincinnati, Empower prides itself on a culture that is driven by trust and transparency.

        “Empower’s expertise includes media, creative, word-of-mouth marketing, and digital marketing communications,” explains Senior Specialist Laura Arnold.

        Breaking ground at Empower’s new OTR office location

        Empower also prides itself on Vice President Ashley Walters, who leads the agency’s business development efforts. “As a media agency that engineers relationship chemistry, Ashley tackles every client challenge with the heart of a matchmaker and the precision of an engineer,” explains Arnold. “Ashley’s leadership and ability to match Empower’s strengths to a brand’s challenge has helped steer Empower into its best year in revenue in its 32-plus year history and grow a robust client portfolio across the food, home, and retail categories.”

        According to Arnold, Ashley’s resume includes working with several P&G brands in the retail and home industries like Febreze, Chiquita, Kroger, La-Z-Boy, and HGTV over more than 10 years of experience. All of that hard work has also landed her nods from AdAge for “Top Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Best New Product Launch of the Year” in addition to several other industry awards from PRSA, PRWeek, and WOMMA.

        Inside Empower’s new OTR-based offices

        Arnold says that Ashley also recently joined the Forbes Agency Council, which is made up of an eclectic group of thought leaders. “As an APR-certified, results-driven public relations and marketing professional, Ashley was hand-selected as an authority in media strategy, PR, and advertising,” says Arnold. “She has contributed to more than a dozen stories in Forbes with other key industry experts.”

        Aside from a #bosslady who has made a name for herself, Empower is dedicated to helping women succeed. More than 71 percent of director-level and above positions at Empower are held by women. “Having such talented role models helps to encourage others and ensure they are equipped to further their careers,” explains Arnold. “Empower’s culture of people, and their families, first manifests itself not only in the statistic above, but in the average tenure of Empower employees.

        In an industry that’s known for high turnover, Empower employees have an average tenure of nearly eight-and-a-half years thanks to a supportive and encouraging work environment, with policies like 10-week full pay maternity leave with an ease-back-in option of working four days a week at full pay for up to eight weeks.

        Empower also offers unlimited PTO and flexible work schedules and a private health and wellness room for nursing mothers to easily maintain their work and pumping schedules.

        Empower’s new 64,000-sq-ft office in OTR offers views of the city and a space to rent for local businesses

        With a maternity and PTO policy that helps women succeed, Empower is also a close-knit family despite its large size. “You are known on a first-name basis by leadership and management,” says Arnold. “Empower’s CEO meets with every single person to discuss company values in detail.”

        Following a rebrand, Empower says that it will head into the new year with its forward momentum as the top leading female owned agency in a new 64,000-square-foot office in Over-the-Rhine. They’ll also be using their fourth floor space to rent out for a business that’s interested in downtown views and unique balcony space.

        To learn more about Empower, visit www.empowermm.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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          Want to learn new tips and tricks with a fun cooking class? Read on as we chat with a local chef about her cooking studio, hands-on classes, upcoming culinary events, and what would be a palate-pleasing present for the foodie on your list this year.

           

          Tablespoon Cooking Co. offers cooking classes for those of any skill level.

          At Tablespoon Cooking Co., it’s all about teaching those who have a passion for cooking, no matter their skill level, how to cook good food. To help their students achieve this, Tablespoon Cooking Co. offers hands-on cooking classes and culinary events.

          “We offer private events and custom classes for parties, showers, team buildings, and corporate functions,” says Chef and Owner Jordan Hamons.

          Hamons says that she knows just how intimidating cooking can be. But it’s her belief that cooking should be fun that she launched Tablespoon Cooking Co. and strives to help chefs of all levels learn, practice, and master basic skills and recipes to help making cooking an enjoyable experience.

          “Our staff of friendly, professional chefs bring years of experience into the classroom to guarantee delicious and easy results,” she adds.

          Hamons herself is a classically-trained chef, cooking teacher, and food and beverage consultant. “My experience includes working as a professional corporate chef, private chef, and caterer,” she says. “I love to travel and learn international cooking techniques and sample food from around the globe.”

          Tablespoon Cooking Co. operates out of Findlay Kitchen at Findlay Market as well as the Incubator Kitchen Collective in Newport.

          Classes are welcoming to those of all skill levels. “Our chefs and assistants will adjust the class to your pace and make sure you feel comfortable and are learning,” says Hamons. Classes are also hands-on and Hamons says she and her team encourage all students in the classes to fully participate.

          Knife Skills classes offered at Tablespoon Cooking Co. come with a light dinner at the start of class. The other hands-on classes eat what is made during the class. Most classes also include local craft beer and wine, and some classes have a specialty cocktail pairing.

          Hamons says that all equipment and ingredients for class are provided for you, including knives and aprons, so you just need to bring along containers and bags to take home any leftovers. But, of course, they also have bags available for purchase.

          What you wear to class is also important, as Hamons wants everyone to be safe. “Please wear closed-toe, non-slip shoes and hair should be pulled back or tucked under a hat,” she says. “We recommend wearing comfortable clothes that could potentially get a little dirty.”

          Coming up through the holidays, Tablespoon Cooking Co. is hosting holiday-based classes, including a pie-making class and a cocktail party. To see a list of upcoming classes, click here.

          To learn more about Tablespoon Cooking Co., visit http://tablespooncookingco.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook, follow along on Instagram, send an email to hello@tablespooncookingco.com, or call 419-297-2907. You can check out Hamons’ culinary travel blog at The Hungry Traveler.

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            Want to add some spice to your holiday dinner? Read on to learn about a renowned local chef who recently retired from restaurant life to pursue his passions and launch a new seasoning line that will leave you lusting for more!

             

            Carnivore’s Lust Dust is a unique blend of spices created by local chef Jimmy Gibson.

            Jimmy Gibson arrived in Cincinnati in 1989. He came to open the restaurant at The Phoenix and fell in love with the city. After venturing around the country working in the restaurant industry, he wanted to make his mark in Cincinnati.

            In the 29 years since he came to the Queen City, Gibson has been involved in more than a dozen restaurants, including Jeff Ruby’s where he served as corporate chef. He made his way to his namesake Jimmy G.’s, but recently left there in May 2016 to pursue his passions.

            Jimmy Gibson, the founder of Carnivore’s Lust Dust

            Then he connected with friend and fellow restaurateur Sung Jun Oh, someone Gibson had previously helped design a restaurant for and even helped rebuild his bar.

            Gibson’s passion then transferred into woodworking. While he loved the restaurant business, he says he loved the work he was doing on the restaurants themselves.

            However, he couldn’t stay away from the food industry for long. Gibson, alongside Tom Carroll, launched Carnivore’s Lust Dust.

            “Carnivore’s Lust Dust is a handcrafted blend of the finest raw spices,” says Gibson. “This unique blend will enhance the natural flavors of your finest meats instead of masking what mother nature provides.”

            Gibson says that he gives his all in everything he does, including Carnivore’s Lust Dust. “My passion for food, fun, relationships, and attention to detail shines through everything and everybody I cross,” he says.

            “Tom has an extensive career in the fields of restaurant, bistro, deli, catering, menu design, telecommunications sales, and marketing, but has always been driven by gathering people and offering them the best when it comes to food,” says Gibson. “With that in mind, we became fast friends and had the same vision for his legendary ‘dust,’ market and distribute it to discerning and loyal ‘friends’ of ours.”

            Lust Dust can be used as a seasoning or rub and is sold not only on the online shop, but can also be purchased at Emmett Ridge Farm or Arteflame.

            To learn more about Carnivore’s Lust Dust, visit http://www.carnivoreslustdust.com/. You can also follow along on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook. You can contact Carnivore’s Lust Dust at 513-910-9090 or email info@carnivoreslustdust.com.

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              From Eastern Europe to Cincinnati, a local fashion designer is bringing high-end, quality women’s wear to the Queen City by blending her love for fashion, history and the future into every piece. Read on for all the designer details.

               

              TextileHaus was founded by Anastasiya Yatsuk and features a women’s line designed and produced in Cincinnati.

              Anastasiya Yatsuk’s made the move from Eastern Europe to the Queen City, where she studied Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. In the time since she graduated school and made her way through the working world, Yatsuk launched a women’s wear line that’s designed and produced in Cincinnati called TextileHaus.

              “At the core, TextileHaus celebrates the minimal and sensible approach,” she explains. “Mainly, we offer basic items that have an artistic touch, and since I moved to the United States from Europe, the designs for TextileHaus are definitely influenced by European aesthetic and my love for the arts.”

              When it came to launching her own clothing line, Yatsuk found her inspiration in history. She says that she loves examining the way design responds to changes in society’s culture. Yatsuk also finds her inspiration in thinking about what it is she would want to wear for the next season, so she combines those two things to help create a new collection in her women’s wear line.

              Currently, TextileHaus focuses on woven garments, which includes anything from tops to bottoms as well as dresses and jackets. Prices for items from TextileHaus range from $80 to $400 per item.

              The team behind TextileHaus includes Yatsuk and an army of friends that do freelance work. She also sometimes has interns who help her out. “I see needing a professional sewer and a marketing person very soon,” she adds.

              When asked what makes TextileHaus unique, Yatsuk says that it’s the company’s production model as well as the designs themselves. “After I receive the fabric from the mill, it gets cut and sewn by one person right here in my Brighton studio,” she explains. “I think this is a very loving approach to making and I enjoy thinking of every person whose order I am working on at a given moment.”

              Yatsuk says TextileHaus will soon update their website with new content. According to Yatsuk, they will also soon add a style of garments for kids for the holidays. “I enjoy working with the little ones, so this project has been a dream of mine for a while now,” she explains.

              To sign up for the TextileHaus newsletter, where Yatsuk says they do frequent giveaways and updates, visit www.textilehaus.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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                The free and fabulous seventh annual Seasonably Chic Showcase is coming this Saturday at The Phoenix downtown! Read on as we highlight six of the 40+ local boutiques and vendors who will be there so you can holiday shop ‘till you drop, plus free gift wrapping and swag bag, brunch ’n’ learn, ornament decorating for kids, fashion show and so much more.

                 

                Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase will be held Saturday, November 4 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati.

                Holiday shopping season is upon us, which means it’s time for Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase! This seventh annual event will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Phoenix downtown.

                Not only is it a free event, and you get free gift wrapping and a swag bag, brunch ’n’ learn, ornament decorating for kids, fashion show and so much more, but the event also features 40+ vendors so you can shop for everyone on your list. Here’s a spotlight on just a few of the local businesses you’ll find at this year’s event:

                Up2Tempo

                Up2Tempo is this year’s fashion show sponsor. Owner Deanna Hotchkiss will be bringing along some of winter’s biggest trends, and showcasing unique styles that you can add to your closet and the closets of your gal pals this holiday season.

                The boutique strives to provide styles for women who live busy lives but want to wear outfits that are cute, affordable, and comfortable.

                Learn more about Up2Tempo at www.up2tempo.com.

                Bring the kids for fun activities they can enjoy while you check off your holiday shopping list.

                Jules & BING Monograms & Embroidery

                The founder of this Mariemont-based monogram shop, Julena Bingaman, laughs that ever since she was young, she’s been monogramming everything she owns, so it’s only natural that she’s helping others do the same.

                Jules and BING will be joining the Seasonably Chic Showcase for the first time this year, offering a variety of personalizations on a range of items for everyone on your list, including men, women, children, babies and even your furry friends. In fact, place an order by 4 pm on Friday (November 3) and pick it up on Saturday at the event! 

                Their storefront is located at 6814 Wooster Pike. Learn more at http://www.julesandbing.com.

                Urban Design Gallery

                Bambino International has been taking memorable snapshots for clients in the Tri-State for years. In August 2017, they launched a new, private art division of the photography business called Urban Design Gallery.

                “Urban Design Gallery features international fine art by Michael Bambino,” says Studio Manager Michelle Jackson. “Urban Design Gallery showcases sizable, limited-edition prints of Bambinos’ exclusive Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York street scenes and Italian gardens.”

                The gallery is bringing along limited edition fine art canvases of the Queen City to the Cincy Chic Seasonably Chic Showcase, which the team at Bambino International is looking forward to. Jackson says they’re most looking forward to meeting with event attendees and helping to check items off guests’ shopping lists.

                You can learn more about Urban Design Gallery at www.urbandesigngallery.com or by emailing info@urbandesigngallery.com.

                Don’t miss the lunch ‘n learn with Painting with a Twist.

                FlyGround Clothing

                As FlyGround Clothing continues to further its fashion movement, they’ll be showcasing their creative art at the Seasonably Chic Showcase.

                A culturally-motivated company, FlyGround Clothing inspires to help people feel the emotion of the art in its clothing designs.

                “The emotion behind the art is basically the feel of what you see. It’s more than just a picture on a shirt and a design with colors,” says FlyGround Clothing Founder Justice Dupree. “I want the world to see my creations and be able to relate to it in their own way. Art comes from emotions and that’s what makes my creations.”

                As for the holiday shopping event, FlyGround Clothing will be bringing along t-shirts for men and women. Prices for items from FlyGround Clothing range from $8 to $45.

                “We’re looking forward to selling our shirts to a big crowd and seeing their reaction to our clothing,” adds Dupree.

                Follow along with FlyGround Clothing on Instagram and Twitter.

                Miss Em’s

                Emily Madden launched her business, Miss Em’s, while she was still in school at The Ohio State University. “It was actually a class project to come up with a business plan of some sort and from there Miss Em’s spiraled,” she explains. “It’s always been a fun hobby, but lately has grown into a much bigger business.”

                Miss Em’s is an online-based boutique that carries jewelry, scarves, purses, children’s gifts, and holiday decor. You can often find them at Cincy Chic events during the year, but especially so during the holidays.

                Madden’s main goal with her business is to provide unique items for customers at reasonable prices. And to reach her customers, Madden also hosts Facebook parties, fundraises, and house parties.

                At the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Madden says she is bringing along a variety of pieces including jewelry, scarves, baby clothes, Christmas gifts for the kids, home decor, teacher gifts, and more. “All of our jewelry is $25 or less, so there is something for everyone to afford,” she adds.

                As for the event itself, Madden is most looking forward to all of the people she will get to meet from the Greater Cincinnati region. “I’m also really excited to show off our new holiday items for kids,” she adds. “I think they will be a real hit and I’m really excited about different products we have this year.”

                To learn more about Miss Em’s, visit MissEms.com or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

                Walton Creek Boutique

                Locally owned and operated, Walton Creek Boutique caters to women and gift giving. Kim Lautman, owner of Walton Creek Boutique says the store carries brands that aren’t easily found in Cincinnati.

                “I wanted to be different, so I looked to local vendors for some items like handmade soaps, lotions, art, jams & jellies, jewelry, and purses,” she says. “Then I looked for items made in America and I found more jewelry, art, clothing, etc.”

                About 60 percent of the items in the store are made locally or in the United States, and there are two Fair Trade vendors who offer unique items for customers to shop.

                The store, which launched in November 2015, will be bringing a lot of items along to the Seasonably Chic Showcase. “I will be catering to the ‘Made in America’ theme so I will have a nice selection of hand-poured, organic soy candles with lots of different scents, as well as handmade shower bursts for your shower, handmade bottle covers, hats, jams and jellies, and hand-carved hearts and small metal ornaments.”

                Lautman says she’s looking forward to the vibe of the event. “There’s always a lot of laughing, smiling, chatting, and, of course, shopping,” she says. “Everyone seems to be having a great time, and that can be felt at this event.”

                Learn more about Walton Creek Boutique on Facebook and Twitter.

                The event will also feature tons of other local business owners, giving you the chance to shop with the best local boutiques and vendors in the area – all under one roof.

                Admission to the Seasonably Chic Showcase is free when you bring a canned good to donate to the FreeStore FoodBank. Attendees will also receive a swag bag, complimentary gift wrapping, refreshments, free 10-minute back massages, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest winter trends. In addition, there will be more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees!

                Learn more about the event and to RSVP at www.2017scs.eventbrite.com. Don’t forget to follow along with Cincy Chic on Facebook and Instagram on the day of the event!

                 

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                  Ready to live the life you always wanted? A local lifestyle coach is giving you the tools you need to bring out your inner beauty, strength, and passion. Keep reading to learn more and be inspired to live your best life.

                   

                  Anne Tabor, Founder of Shine by Design

                  Anne Tabor died. It was eight years ago when she went into Sudden Cardiac Death. With an 8 percent survival rate, even when CPR is administered, she was lucky to wake up.

                  “When I awoke from a medically induced coma, I was in a fog of fear, and no comprehension of what had happened to me,” she explains. “Nine days later I was released from the hospital with a pacemaker/defibrillator, and continuing treatments for double pneumonia.”

                  As she continued to recover at home, Tabor began thinking about the world around her. “I turned my thoughts to the beauty of the world around me,” she says. “I was surrounded by the gorgeous pinks, yellows, oranges, and reds of flowers. It was mid-March and things were coming back to life. Not only had natured bloomed, I too was given a second chance to bloom.”

                  When she left the hospital, Tabor also took with her a reboot on the view of her life. In that new shift in personal perspective, she determined that she wanted to help women come into their own skills in their everyday experiences in order to live a fuller, more joyful life. And with that, she launched Shine by Design, a lifestyle strategist company with a focus on faith, food, and fashion through coaching.

                  Shine by Design helps women experience personal growth while also offering up whole food healthy strategies and even personal stylist guidance.

                  “When we focus on the harmony of our mind, body, and spirit, we create a purposeful intention of how we want to show up in our life,” says Tabor. “You were created to shine, and our Reboot Camp shows you how to Shine by Design.”

                  Shine by Design has been a work in progress for Tabor for the last three years, and she continues to focus on helping women.

                  “I was in the right place at the right time when all of my works came together this past May,” she says. “When strong women in your life are able to lift you into your purpose, magic happens. I launched my dream work in August of this year.”

                  There are multiple ways in which women can work with Tabor and her coaching business Shine by Design.

                  She offers a 12-week guided program called Reboot Camp that focuses on helping you discover your personal beauty and how you can bring out your shine. The three components cover faith, food, and fashion, and is a home study with weekly phone sessions. There are also speaking engagements with women’s groups, corporate women’s initiatives, local churches, and chamber or networking events with a focus on self-improvement. The Guided Closet Cleanse brings you and Tabor together to establish a working wardrobe of clothing that fits your lifestyle, including creating beauty bundles of your existing fashion to style new ideas and outfits, and designing a list of new items that would round out your wardrobe. And then the guided personal stylist shopping helps you find the colors, styles, and fit that look best with your energy and personality.

                  Tabor says that what makes Shine by Design unique is that most health coaching don’t include fashion as part of their education. “Most personal stylists don’t include nutritional education with their wardrobe consultations,” Tabor laughs. “I have found most women need help in three different areas of their life: personal growth with daily strategies for their self-image, concrete education and direction of how to eat and exercise for health, and how to put the finishing touches on their wardrobe to create a unique personal style. At Shine by Design, we create a look that’s authentically you through faith, food, and fashion.”

                  Tabor’s Reboot Camp continues to grow and she says she plans to offer workshops and webinars as a way to connect like-minded women. She’s also working on a book that is stand along with its content, but focuses on joyful living.

                  To learn more about Shine by Design, visit https://www.shineby.design/. You can also follow along on Instagram or “like” them on Facebook.

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                    A Cincinnati mom uses her role at a strategic design firm to help bring customer experiences to life. Read on to learn how she’s worked with international powerhouses such as Tiffany & Co. and even played a role in the newly designed American Girl store that will soon launch in New York.

                     

                    Robyn Novak is the Creative Managing Director of the Specialty Design Studio at FRCH Design Worldwide.

                    Robyn Novak has a lot of experience in helping clients bring their visions to life through strategic design. As the Creative Managing Director of the Specialty Design Studio at FRCH Design Worldwide, she’s in charge of helping bring branded retail and restaurant experiences to life.

                    FRCH is an international architecture and design firm that works with some of the biggest brands in the world. They have offices in Cincinnati, New York, and Los Angeles and strive to create memorable brand experiences for the retail, hospitality, restaurant, and retail-mixed use industries such as American Girl, Tiffany & Co., Sephora, and Luxottica.

                    “FRCH collaborates with clients to see things from a new and unique perspective,” adds Novak.

                    “I lead a very talented team of creatives who are culturally aware of the shifting changes within the retail and restaurant scenes at the moment,” explains Novak. “My role is part chief inspirer, part strategic designer, and always collaborator with my team and clients.”

                    Novak helps bring consumer experiences to life through retail and restaurant branding.

                    What Novak says she enjoys most about her job is that every day is different. She has been with FRCH for 17 years and finds that each day is more exciting than the last.

                    “My job has a lot of roles, but simply put, each brand we partner with is unique, therefore as a team, we learn a lot about the brand’s consumers, products, and business model, and in turn strategically create a distinct customer experience,” she says.

                    She says that she enjoys learning about each brand she works with and having fun with developing their strategic design.

                    Aside from working with what she calls an awesome team of collaborators among her clients, Novak says that it’s really the people that make FRCH so unique. “We create a lot of really amazing designs, but our people are driving award-winning solutions to keep our clients on a clear growth plan,” she says.

                    There have been several huge accomplishments experienced at FRCH. They developed the new flagship design for American Girl. “The new iconic store, unveiling at its new Rockefeller Center location in November, will reinvent the American Girl retail experience,” she says.

                    The team will travel to New York for the grand opening, which Novak says she’s very excited about. “I cannot wait to see the ‘sparkle’ in the girls’ eyes when they enter the store,” she says. “After all the hard work and strategic design in the end it’s really all about their (the little girl’s) happiness.”

                    To learn more about the company, Novak says you can visit www.frch.com. She adds that the company also has a fun blog called Creative Fuel that you can follow along with as well.

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                      Blending the feminine with edgy, and fashionable with affordable, a local mompreneur just opened a boutique that channels her passion for fashion and her excitement for the new business development in Ludlow, Kentucky. Read on for all the fashionable details and watch a virtual tour video!

                      Leeta Ruth Boutique is located in the heart of Ludlow, Kentucky, and features affordable fashions and a revolving inventory.

                      When it comes to fashion, Kim Powers is all about bringing, blending, and merging seemingly opposing styles together through her store, Leeta Ruth Boutique.

                      “Leeta Ruth Boutique is a women’s clothing boutique in the business district of Ludlow, Kentucky,” she says. “Having opened in November 2016, it celebrates the blend of feminine and edgy style and is for the woman that wants to stand out for her sense of style.”

                      Kim Powers, Owner of Leeta Ruth Boutique

                      Speaking of women who stand out, Powers was the granddaughter of two powerful women, Leeta and Ruth. “Both Leeta and Ruth were strong, determined women who exemplified chic, feminine, classic style,” she explains. The influences Leeta and Ruth had in their lives are seen throughout Powers’ boutique in the art, photos, as well as the clothing itself.

                      When Powers was still toying with the idea of launching her own boutique, she was thinking about a way to bring an affordable boutique to her little corner of the Tri-State. She says Ludlow felt like a great place to take her venture, not only because it’s where she lives, but because she could feel the energy and momentum taking hold in the town. “There is an incredible sense of community and positive energy within the residents and business owners,” she says.

                      She not only wanted to be surrounded by that energy, but also wanted to help contribute to the transformation of Ludlow, and felt that the boutique was the best way to do it.

                      Prices at Leeta Ruth Boutique range from $19 to $98.

                      When you step inside Leeta Ruth Boutique, you’ll find a relaxing, casual, slow-paced shopping atmosphere set in a historical part of town, Powers says. But it’s more than just the historic location that helps Leeta Ruth Boutique stand out in Ludlow. It’s also the boutique’s constantly revolving inventory. “New inventory arrives weekly as as the buyer for the boutique, my goal is to ensure that whether the piece is casual or dressy, when you wear it people say ‘Wow! Where did you get that?’”

                      In-store, you’ll find items that vary from contemporary brands to curated accessories like hats, scarves, and local brand Hanks Pocket. “Our style leans toward a distinct blend of femininity with a  modern, playful edge,” she adds.

                      Prices for most items at Leeta Ruth Boutique range from $19 to $89.

                      As Leeta Ruth Boutique approaches its first anniversary, Powers continues to look toward the boutique’s bright future. She says she’s always excited to partner with other local businesses and organizations for fundraisers and Ladies Night Out events.

                      “We just wrapped up a photoshoot with female business owners in Ludlow and we look forward to doing more events in the community as Ludlow continues to grow,” says Powers. “While we have no plans to move to online retail, you can keep an eye out for a website coming this fall or early 2018!”

                      Leeta Ruth Boutique is located on the first floor of a 100-year-old brick building in Ludlow, at 325 Elm Street. To learn more, “like” them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram. If you have a question or you’re interested in hosting a group shopping event, contact Powers directly at leetaruthboutique@gmail.com.

                      Get a virtual tour of the boutique by watching the video below.