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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 You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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      Love flowers but not the work that goes into them? Read on as we chat with the owner of a blossoming local flower service that can take your home or office from drab to fab, and can even “flower bomb” a mailbox as a gift or surprise!

      Shannon Adams has more than a decade in the horticulture industry. As someone who is inspired by flowers and the joy they bring to your lives, she launched her own business called My Flower Service in 2008.

      “My Flower Service is a company that specializes in seasonal curb appeal through the use of seasonal and annual flowers,” explains Adams. “We offer to plan and maintain your window boxes, container gardens, and floral bedding locations.”

      With a degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Applied Science, Adams, as well as her team of professionals, work with clients to provide high-quality customer service and build long-lasting relationships.

      “We pride ourselves on the appearance and beauty of your flower scheme, and look for the relationship to grow in its intended manner as it is a reflection of our effort and the service we provide,” she adds.

      Adams contributes her company’s uniqueness to the quality products she uses.

      “My Flower Service uses the highest quality plant and flower material available,” she explains. “The growers that we work with produce award winning, proven selections of flowers and materials. Our knowledgeable staff understands proper placement of flowers, their culture, and growth habits as well as sun and environmental requirements.”

      Due to their knowledge of the flower and horticulture industry, Adams and her staff are able to make a difference when it comes to the finished product of a customer’s selected services.

      “Our goal is to maximize the potential of each flower and planting scheme as that particular season progresses,” she adds.

      The staff at My Flower Service is also comprised of creative and artistic individuals that not only know the horticulture industry, but are talented with design and color schemes.

      Mailbox bombing

      With over four decades of combined experience in the industry, Adams and her team offer services such as planting, maintenance, design and installation, window boxes and supplies, irrigation, and even a fun surprise called a Mailbox Bomb.

      “Mailbox bombing is a creative way to surprise a friend, family member, or neighbor,” says Adams. “Let us know what theme you’d like and when we might be able to sneak over. When they find their mailbox bedazzled, they’ll both be pleased and puzzled. The special decor will put a smile on their face for weeks to come.”

      Adams says that mailbox bombing is perfect for all occasions including Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and Christmas.

      As for the other services offered by Adams and My Flower Service, you’ll find that she and her team can do all the work for you.

      My Flower Service will plant seasonal flowers in your selected window boxes or container gardens. “At the start of each new season, My Flower Service will revisit your home or office and swap out the previous flower display with a new seasonal planting appropriate for the time of year and temperature,” says Adams.

      The team knows that maintaining flowers is time consuming and can be hard to stay on top of. That’s why they offer maintenance services such as fertilization, deer and pest control, and pruning techniques. They can also help with watering during the week or while you’re gone on vacation.

      Not everyone has a knack for designing and installing flowers, so My Flower Service will help you with the appropriate style and selection of window boxes or container gardens to enhance the look of your home or office. “Our team will hep install and mount window boxes to your building, and we will help deliver and place container gardens,” she adds.

      Don’t have a window box? My Flower Service sells window boxes, planters, and irrigation supplies so that your perfect garden can be built from the ground up. “We’ll see every aspect of the project through from start to finish,” she adds.

      Adams says that My Flower Service is aiming to do more branding for commercial customers in 2018, by displaying logos and companies with florals.

      My Flower Service is located in the Village of Newtown, at 6805 Main Street. You can learn more at or “like” them on Facebook.

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        Whether you're a blushing bride-to-be, a mother of the bride, or a trusty bridesmaid, read on as we chat with a local wedding planner to get some helpful tips and trends for you.

        Your Dream Day takes brides from “She Said Yes” to “I Do.” Photo:Michael Bambino & Co.

        Wedding season is just around the corner, which means brides-to-be are beginning to turn the big day they imagined as little girls into reality.

        But planning a wedding can be stressful, expensive and overwhelming with all the choices and logistics involved. That’s why we’re chatting with Kathy Piech-Lukas, the seasoned wedding planner and founder of Your Dream Day for a few helpful tips, tricks and trends.

        In terms of trends, Piech-Lukas says that vintage is the biggest trend of the season. “You will see lots of antique furniture, mid century modern accessories, and other vintage accents,” says Piech-Lukas.

        She adds that while barns and hotels are still popular venues to play host to wedding ceremonies and receptions, there’s a big swing toward more modern, industrial venues. “As we head into 2018 and 2019, you’ll see a lot of venues with exposed brick, clean walls, and high ceilings with exposed pipes,” explains Piech-Lukas.

        In addition to this change in on-trend venues, it seems as though pastel colors will take the spotlight this wedding season as well. Piech-Lukas says that we can expect to see a number of different colors from brides this season, including blush, champagne, ivory, pink, peach, blues, purple, and slate ooms

        ay. The gray is an especially notable trend when it comes to the menswear. “They’re still wearing tuxes, but we’re starting to see a lot more slate gray on the men,” she says.

        As for tips, Piech-Lukas says she encourages every bride she works with to leverage the power of Pinterest in their planning process. “It helps you stay organized and it helps your vendors understand exactly what you’re envisioning so they can make it a reality,” Piech-Lukas explains.

        When asked what makes her the most excited for this year’s wedding season, Piech-Lukas says that it’s working with the brides and grooms.

        “I love the vibe that comes with planning weddings,” she says. “Brides and grooms are in such a fun and exciting chapter in their lives and I love having the opportunity to be a part of that.”

        Kathy Piech-Lukas, Owner of Your Dream Day

        Piech-Lukas has several years of experience in the wedding planning industry. As the owner of Your Dream Day, she works with brides to plan their big day in any capacity they need her. “We offer wedding planning and event design services,” she explains. “You can book us for as much or as little as you need.”

        While she’s biased as a planner herself, she says she encourages brides to hire a wedding planner, regardless of who it is, because they often end up saving the couple a lot of time and money. “We have great relationships with vendors in just about every aspect of the industry you could imagine, and because of these relationships, they’re more willing to do us a favor, cut us a deal or give us exclusive perks that the couple wouldn’t get otherwise,” Piech-Lukas says.

        While some couples want a team of experienced wedding planners who can help direct and manage the entire process, she explains, “others want to collaborate with the Your Dream Day team to design the event, select wedding vendors, develop the schedule, do the final walkthrough at the venue, and generate a checklist of things to do.”

        The best part of her job, says Piech-Lukas, is helping couples plan one of the most memorable days of their lives. “Knowing that I can make that chapter a little more fun and less stressful [for couples] brings me such a sense of joy and purpose,” she adds.

        To learn more about Your Dream Day, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

        Keep watching below as we chat with Piech-Lukas from Your Dream Day:

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          A brother and sister team launched a brand of eco-friendly, ethically produced bags that encourage you to spend more time playing, wandering, and living life to the fullest. Read on for the beachy details and where you can see them rock an eco-chic runway soon!


          Buri and Beach designs straw tote bags that are stylish for the beach and everyday use.

          Rick Jardiolin and his sister, Cookie Jo, both have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for fashion. Rick has a background in retail that spans more than 20 years while Cookie Jo’s background is focused on art and design.

          When they were younger, the two would travel to the Philippines for summer vacation, and while they were there, would see their mother carrying a native straw bag along to the beach.

          “Our mom had a very classic style and would take her straw bag everywhere, to the beaches, the markets, and to parties,” says Rick.

          To honor their mother, the duo wanted to create a lifestyle brand that was sustainably made yet aesthetically stylish for the woman who loves to travel to the islands or traverse through the city, inspiring them to launch Buri and Beach, based in Columbus Ohio.

          “Buri and Beach is a lifestyle brand for socially-conscious women who enjoy excursions and are curious about connecting with others through art and culture,” says Cookie Jo. “Our mission is to provide eco-friendly and ethically produced bags that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits to our customers and the cooperatives we work with.”

          The Jardiolin siblings believe that everyone should spend more time playing, wandering, and living life to the fullest, and they aim to encourage that lifestyle through their products.

          Currently, you’ll find Buri and Beach carries 100 percent straw handbags that are made of wild seagrass, pandan, and buri (which means palm leaf). Rick says the straw tote is a timeless statement that is perfect for the warm seasons while also remaining practical, stylish, and versatile.

          “Our bags are designed for the city or beach, and fall under three different styles: classic coastal, boho, and minimalist,” he explains. “The colors of our bags range from neutrals to bright, all over patterns.”

          Cookie Jo and Rick Jardiolin, co-founders of Buri & Burch

          Cookie Jo says that what makes Buri and Beach pieces so unique is the connection to the straw bag history in the Philippines, which are an expression of art and culture. “The Philippines is said to be one of the birthplaces of straw handbags with each region producing unique products,” she says. “We are proud to work with artisans who use indigenous techniques to weave the bags from wild seagrass and buri.”

          At Buri and Beach, every step of the production process is done by hand, starting with the gathering of the raw materials to the weaving of the bag.

          “The bags are made in weaving co-ops run by women for women,” adds Rick. “Weaving is their lifestyle, socializing together and weaving.”

          Price points for Buri and Beach bags range from $69 to $98, and the purchase of a bag directly supports the women weavers and their community who are still recovering from the 2013 typhoon that killed 6,300 people and caused $4.5 billion in damage.

          Cookie Jo says the Buri and Beach website launched in January, helping to expand the brand’s reach. She says that she and Rick will continue working with partners who share the same mission as Buri and Beach while expanding offerings in other categories and collaborating on unique items.

          To learn more about Buri and Beach, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To see the pieces yourself, check them out at Cincy Chic’s Eco Chic Fashion Show on March 23. “We will be showing our newest collection on the runway,” adds Cookie Jo.

          To save 15 percent off your next purchase and receive free shipping, visit the Buri and Beach website.

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            Travel the world with your besties or make new friends en route, thanks to a locally-based, women-owned, female-focused travel agency. See how they can help you plan a unique and memorable trip — whether it’s a weekend getaway or a world-wide adventure.


            Girlfriends On The Go Travel sends women across the country and the globe on solo and group travel adventures.

            Looking for thrills, frills, and fun? Girlfriends On The Go Travel has you covered.

            “Girlfriends On The Go Travel is for any woman who wants to travel the world and get in touch with her sense of adventure,” explains Girlfriends on the Go Travel Co-Founder Valerie Jeffers. “It was created for all the ladies out there whose husbands or boyfriends do not like to travel, or visit the places they have always dreamed of seeing.”

            The travel agency was created when Jeffers and her co-founders Dana Kilgore and Rachel Cuadros were inspired following their own travels and meeting other women who say they wish they could be as adventurous in their own lives. “Additionally, from our experiences, we have found that women have a dream to travel the world, but they do not like traveling alone or have safety concerns,” adds Jeffers.

            While safety concerns are common among female travelers, Girlfriends On The Go Travel aims to lessen these concerns as the agency wants to give women the opportunity to travel, whether it be solo or with their besties, to meet new friends, and immerse themselves in the cultures of the destination they’ll visit.

            Together, the founders of Girlfriends On The Go Travel have over 30 years of travel experience combined, and all three have a passion for travel as well as a desire to help women travel to fabulous destinations all over the world.

            And all over the world Girlfriends On The Go Travel will take you. Jeffers says that the agency has gone all over the world, from Caribbean cruises to small group tours in Europe, Africa, and Asia, plus tours in the US including Nashville and fun holiday trips to New York City and Savannah, Georgia.

            Trips from Girlfriends On The Go Travel range from $700 to $7,000 per person and include unique accommodations (Jeffers says to picture castles and villages), signature dining experiences with wine and spirits, as well as private transportation.

            “Our tours are full of VIP experiences but still leave you plenty of time to explore on your own,” says Jeffers. “Our tours also include a tour leader along with a local English speaking guide, and some tours include one of us as a personal travel concierge to be on=hand to share advice, knowledge, and provide helpful tips so that everyone can relax and enjoy their vacation to the fullest.”

            Because the destinations are endless, Jeffers says that Girlfriends On The Go Travel is always looking for new and exciting destinations to explore, which also means that the trips are changed on a yearly basis.

            When traveling with Girlfriends On The Go, you’ll find camaraderie in the fact that the trips are for women only. The team also designs the tours to be for smaller groups, which allows for the ladies traveling to see and experience things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do with larger groups.

            “We also have ensured relaxed, leisurely mornings and longer hotel stays to get the most out of each and every trip, unlike the typical large group tour,” adds Jeffers.

            In addition to their travel schedule, the team from Girlfriends On The Go Travel will be visiting Women’s Expos across the country this year including Fort Wayne, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Edison, New Jersey.

            To learn more about Girlfriends On The Go Travel, visit There you can find full-filled itineraries and additional information on travel. You can also give them a call at 888-236-3434.

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              Want to get in a workout while also exploring the city? Two local ladies are helping you balance work, life, and fun with their runs that combine a tour through the city with exercise to fuel your soul with health and adventure. Read on for more!

              Fuel The Sole takes you on a two-hour tour of the city full of exercise and beautiful views.

              Grace Goldman and Whitney Mueller are both former personal trainers. During this time in their careers, they found that they were working very early mornings and really late nights.

              “We would never get to see our friends or family, and had a hard time balancing different aspects of our lives,” explains Goldman.

              A desire to spend more time with friends and family inspired them to launch Fuel The Sole, which hosts running and walking tours around different neighborhoods within the Queen city.

              “We incorporate body weight exercises and circuit training within those runs or walks,” says Goldman. “Not only do you get a workout while ‘fueling your sole,’ you get to experience beautiful views of our city.”

              The goal behind it all is to help not only create a more balanced life for Goldman and Mueller, but to help create that same balance for family, friends and clients.

              Goldman says the duo decided to make Fuel The Sole a “tour” of Cincinnati because there’s so much to see and do that not everyone gets to experience what the city has to offer on a weekly basis.

              “The history and architecture is amazing,” says Goldman. “Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati in general is booming with new places to eat, and the brewery scene is fantastic if you are a person who likes beer. It’s a great opportunity to get a workout in, spend time with friends, and get to know the city of Cincinnati better.”

              There are different run routes for Fuel The Sole, which Goldman says were created to make everyone feel welcome, not just hardcore athletes. The options include:

              • The Social: Our scenic 3.0 mile walks throughout the historic Queen City will put beginners at ease. We want to have an option for people who aren’t into running, but still want to see the city on foot with friends, family, or co-workers. The Social is the perfect option for them!
              • The Feat: This is for those looking for a leisurely run that will push your heart rate without pushing you to the max. Visit some of the best sights and attractions our city has to offer with friends, family, or co-workers along this nearly 3.0 mile run.
              • The Triumph: We’ll push you to your limit with this 5-mile run. This is a more of a high endurance run for advanced runners. There are more than enough sites along the way to keep you energized and feeling great while also getting in a really invigorating and athletic run.

              Each public run is $29 per person, and private runs for a group of up to 12 people are $288 for the entire group. Goldman says that the private runs are a good option for bachelorette parties, get-togethers with family, a co-worker experience, or fun with friends who are all training for some kind of sport or race.

              Grace Goldman and Whitney Mueller enjoying the “other” side of Fuel The Sole.

              The runs with Fuel The Sole are 2 hours long and include a 45-75 minute workout, including at least two HIITs, an appetizer from one of the city’s most popular cafes, bars, or restaurants, and a Fuel The Sole koozie.

              Goldman says there are a few things just around the corner for Fuel The Sole. They’re currently offering a Valentine’s Day Special that includes a buy-one-get-one half off public tour that must be purchased by February 18. She says they’ll also be a Bockfest on March 3 handing out brochures and other fun stuff. They’ll also be at upcoming races including the Heart Mini on March 18 (and you can even join Team Fuel The Sole, the Little Kings Mile on May 4, and the Flying Pig Marathon on May 6.

              To learn more about Fuel The Sole, visit

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                We get down on the farm — the Fritz Family Farm, to be exact — for this week’s “love” issue. Read on as we chat with the farmer’s daughter to learn what inspired them to turn their family farm into a Tri-State wedding and special event destination.


                The Fritz Family Farm is a local destination for weddings and special events on an 88-acre farm. Photos: Fritz Family Farm

                The Fritz Family Farm has been around for three generations. The 88-acre farm located just 45 minutes of downtown Cincinnati in Mount Orab, Ohio, now plays hosts to weddings and other special events.

                According to Haley Fritz of Fritz Farm Weddings & Event Design, the farm hosted its first wedding on the property in 2013. However, the family decided that they wanted to relaunch it with more offerings in October 2017.

                Fritz says that the farm is more than just a country/rustic venue with a barn. “We have a beautifully landscaped gardens, an apple orchard, woodlands alongside a creek, a ceremony stage that overlooks the fields, and the most beautiful sunsets,” she explains.

                There’s also hundreds of hand-picked and curated decor and furniture pieces that fit with any design event planners may want.

                Photo: Ben Elsass Photography

                Fritz adds that she enjoys being a part of running the Fritz Family Farm and getting to be a part of people’s lives and their love stories.

                “Growing up on the farm was magical and it’s always been sort of a tourist attraction in the area,” she says. “It’s always been part of the plan to incorporate the farm in my career and love for events and design. The property is gorgeous on its own but I love transforming it to each couple’s’ unique elegant design.”

                Fritz says she has been in the weddings and event industry for nearly 10 years. Thanks to this experience, she has developed a relationship with several wedding vendors in the area that are familiar with the farm and provide couples with high-quality work. These vendors, who work with the Fritz Family Farm on making couples’ days perfect, are what she calls Planning Partners.

                “I have worked with many of our Planning Partners numerous times and I can call on them for anything,” she says. “They are great at what they do, great resources, and all-around good people.”

                Fritz says there’s a lot on the horizon, including upgrading several of the farm’s structures and features. She says they’ll also be hosting workshops, expanding the gardens, and also recently launched the “Legacy” tree planting program.

                To learn more about the Fritz Family Farm, visit You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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                  Inspired to make Cincinnatians healthier in a motivating new way, two college roommates and business partners recently launched a health and wellness focused, event-hosting, people-connecting blog. Read on to learn more about how they’re bringing people together and making them healthier!


                  Meriden Peters and Molly McCafferty, Founders of CincyStateofBeing, a hub for all things health in Cincinnati.

                  Meriden Peters and Molly McCafferty are college besties and business partners who love three things: health, events, and Cincinnati. So they put their heads together and launched CincyStateofBeing, a hub for all things health in the Queen City.

                  “We launched our site the last week of November 2017,” says McCafferty. “Our mission is to amplify the local health and wellness scene through sharing information on events, influencers, places, and trends in the Queen City. Our ultimate goal is to help Cincinnatians, including ourselves, be and feel healthier.”

                  The duo says they believe in progress, not perfect, and are firm believers in following exercise with a glass of red wine.

                  Peters says that she loves people, big change, sarcasm and kombucha. “My education is in psychology, public health, and positive psychology,” she adds. “My philosophy on health is that it is personal and comprised of spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional components.”

                  As for McCafferty, she finds that she’s always optimistic about everything, defines herself as a go-getter, and is addicted to music. “My education is in marketing and American literature,” she says. “As a sales professional, exercise is the one hour of the day that I give to myself. It is so much more than fitting into skinny jeans – it’s my therapy session. It’s a time to totally zone out in a dark cycling room and let the music clear my head, or to be one with the mat and my thoughts in a vinyasa yoga class.”

                  McCafferty and Peters say they were inspired to launch CincyStateofBeing when they noticed that friends and coworkers were always asking them where to find free yoga, or the best barre studio, where to take a spinning class, and what healthy, local restaurants were around.

                  “One day, over wine, we thought, there should be a website for this,” says McCafferty. “We hatched up this plan over a year ago and started an email chain where we could exchange ideas back and forth. I moved back from Chicago in October and we put our plan into action.”

                  Now, CincyStateofBeing shares information through blog posts, an online calendar, a weekly newsletter, Instagram, and Facebook.

                  “The calendar is a great resource for those looking to try something new, or catch a free or discounted class,” says McCafferty. “Our Instagram is a great follow because we’re constantly doing giveaways and discounts.”

                  The two add that they’re inspired by more than just health when it comes to CincyStateofBeing, they’re also inspired by community and personal stories. “In the past two months since launching CincyStateofBeing, we’ve interviewed close to 40 motivating, behavior changing, trendsetting, awe-inspiring, local health and wellness influencers,” says Peters. “We’ve met barre instructors, chefs, yogis, nutritionists, store owners, personal trainers, restaurant owners, and more.”

                  They said the one thing that they hear from each person they talk to is that they, too, are driven by community, whether it’s through their clients, students, colleagues, or the four walls of their storefronts.

                  “Many individuals we’ve interviewed thus far also expressed a desire for an even larger health and wellness community, to connect with those they haven’t met yet that share the same passion–increasing the health of Cincinnatians, adds McCafferty. We feel the same, and that is what we’re doing. Our goal beyond acting as a resource is to connect and create community.”

                  Those who visit the CincyStateofBeing site will find that they cover everything and anything related to health in Cincinnati. They cover events, people that have anything to do with health and wellness, places such as studios, farm-to-table restaurants, and juicers, and trends and topics like turmeric lattes, charcoal toothpaste, and mental health trends.

                  “We are the one-stop for information on health and wellness in Cincinnati,” adds Peters.

                  Being that one-stop for health and wellness in the Queen City is also what makes CincyStateofBeing unique, because they encompass all things health rather than just exercise or health eating or mental health.

                  McCafferty says she and Peters are looking forward to delivering on their 2018 promise this year, which is to connect people in Cincinnati. They want to connect those who are focused on living their best life, those who want to be more involved in the community, and those who are ultimately driving the health and wellness scene in Cincinnati.

                  “We are going to be hosting monthly events to connect people to one another and rally together to support our overall mission, which is to make the Cincinnati population healthier,” says McCafferty.

                  To learn more about CincyStateofBeing, check out their blog posts, the online calendar, sign up for their weekly newsletter, follow along on Instagram, or give them a “like” on Facebook.

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                    The team of fabulous fashionistas behind Rose and Remington are now ready to redecorate your home. Learn about their newly-opened Fields Ertel shop filled with eclectic  home goods at affordable prices.


                    Burlap and Birch is a home store launched by the ladies behind Rose & Remington.

                    Rose and Remington is a well-known Cincinnati fashion boutique with locations throughout the Tri-State, but did you know the team behind it all also runs an eclectic home store, too?

                    Burlap and Birch is a sister store to Rose and Remington that opened their doors in June 2017 that features an eclectic collection of home goods. This fast-growing store is just two doors down from the Fields Ertel Rose and Remington location.

                    “We aspire to give our customers an affordable option to create a home environment that centers on faith, family, and functionality,” says the store’s marketing specialist Ashley Dennis.

                    With the success of their multiple Rose and Remington clothing stores across the Tri-State, the owners decided to venture into the home goods world to help customers make their homes feel polished, warm, and sophisticated, without the high price tag.

                    “What makes Burlap and Birch unique and successful is our ability to provide the average American family with the tools they need to bring the beautiful aesthetics into their own spaces, like the ones admired on HGTV and Pinterest,” says Dennis.

                    At Burlap and Birch, you’ll find that the store is full of inventory that ranges from the hottest trending home decor products, such as chandeliers and custom-designed furniture to clocks and other quality home necessities.

                    You’ll also find a variety of products that are local and American-made. “Beyond our custom furniture and larger pieces, we also carry wooden wall signs, cozy blankets, candles, lanterns, coffee, organic food options, greenery, and so much more,” adds Dennis.

                    Perhaps the best part about shopping at Burlap and Birch, aside from their quality selection, are the price tags. Dennis says that comparable product lines can be found at Burlap and Birch that are found in larger home and department stores like Pottery Barn or Magnolia Home, however, Burlap and Birch sells them for a fraction of the price.

                    Looking at goals for the new year, Dennis says Burlap and Birch will soon open another location in Lebanon in February as well as other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati in the near future.

                    To learn more about Burlap and Birch, visit or stop by the store at 9281 Governors Way in Cincinnati. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where you can check out “How-To” tutorials for developing warm and inviting spaces, see new arrivals, and find ways to save even more money when it comes to decorating your home.

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                      Need a little rest and relaxation but can’t quite find the time? We chat with the co-founder of a locally-based mini retreat experience that’s helping you to sit back and enjoy some much-needed self care.


                      Meraki hosts monthly mini-retreats to help give women a dose of self-love.

                      As women, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, making sure that the kids are cared for, everything at work has been handled, and ensuring that all the other tasks on a daily to-do list are completed. So every once in a while, it’s nice to relax, recharge, and reconnect, which is exactly what Meraki, a Cincinnati-based company, is focused on doing.

                      “Meraki is the Greek verb that means to do something with soul, creativity, and love,” explains Co-Founder Katie Ryan. “Our events explore various themes and topics. We provide thought-provoking activities, simple but beautiful craft projects, and practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.”

                      The team behind Meraki does this by hosting monthly mini-retreats as well as private parties for various groups and clubs, promoting the connection of women through support, encouragement, resources, and fun.

                      Ryan founded Meraki with her two friends and co-workers, all of whom also happen to be moms and found that there wasn’t enough time in the day to do what they needed to do while also doing things that were both fun and healthy for them.

                      “So many women struggle with finding time and resources to take care of their physical, emotional, and social needs,” says Ryan. “Meraki allows women to carve out a time and space to focus on the truly important things in life.”

                      Ryan says that she, along with co-founded Allison Helsel and Kim Kurzhals, firmly believe that the way to impact women on a positive level is to bring more soul, creativity, and love into the lives of women.

                      The three realized that all of their individual talents, when put together, were what would help Meraki to thrive and succeed. Heisel has been an art teacher for over 20 years and believes that all women can connect their own needs as well as their bigger life purpose by allowing themselves a space and time to create, so she combines this with her passion for art when it comes to helping the women who turn to Meraki.

                      Kurzhals is an event planner and administrative assistant. She enjoys working with people who share her high energy and positive approach to life. She’s also the chef and baker of Meraki and it’s her tasty creations that remind the women at Meraki to stop and savor the moment. “Kim can make any space beautiful and loves creating an event for women where they feel relaxed and treated to something truly special,” says Ryan.

                      Ryan says she’s a life coach, school counselor, author, and motivational speaker as well as a foster mother and adoption advocate. “I truly believe in the power of positivity and vision,” she says. “Through sharing my story, I believe that I can help people live their best life.”

                      At each of the mini-retreats, guests will find there is a specific theme, including topics like “Finding Peace Among the Chaos,” “Gratitude,” “Vision,” and “Finding Your Purpose.”

                      Ryan says that the first part of these events is a happy hour format, allowing guests to enjoy signature Meraki food and refreshments created by Kurzhals.

                      “Women are welcomed and encouraged to bring their favorite beverage so they may enjoy a nice cocktail and relax,” says Ryan. “The event then shifts to a speech on the monthly theme along with meaningful and through provoking activities.”

                      Ryan says that the environment is open and welcoming, with women who attend the events together as well as those who go on their own.

                      Following the opening “happy hour” session, the group completes a craft project such as pallet signs, light boards, ornaments, and wreaths.

                      After the craft, the Meraki team then teaches guests practical tips of relaxation and mindfulness so that they can practice Meraki as a principle in their lives moving forward, Ryan says.

                      These events are unique in that they combine several different aspects of health and wellness into a single experience. “We believe in the power of women coming together to take time for themselves as well as support one another,” says Ryan. “We address important topics in the lives of women in a way that is fun and relaxing. There is nothing to sell or buy at a Meraki event. Our focus is to help you live your best life, there is no catch or hidden agenda. Meraki is an affordable resource to promote health and wellness in your life.”

                      The next Meraki event will be held January 25 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Aston Woods Clubhouse in Cleves. “Our upcoming Vision event is going to allow women the opportunity to think about what they truly want in life,” says Ryan. “We will guide women through the process of evaluating their wants, needs, and goals for the upcoming year. We will then give women the resources they will need to support and grow that vision in the days to come.”

                      The craft for this event is a pallet light board that is easy to make and something you’ll love hanging up in your home. There’s also a menu of appetizers and desserts.

                      Ryan says that all are welcome to attend the event and can register by visiting

                      Ryan says that there’s a lot on the horizon for Meraki in 2018, including private parties.

                      “Women are booking us for so many different events from birthday parties to professional development, to Bible studies to groups of friends coming together to celebrate each other,” says Ryan. She says they’re also looking forward to expanding their events to other areas of the city.

                      She says they’ll also be coming out with informational products that will help to promote the Meraki mission of living your best life.

                      To learn more about Meraki, visit There you can take a deeper look at the Meraki experience and learn more about the team. There’s also a blog on the website where you can check out the various topics that are explored at Meraki events each month. You can also “like” Meraki on Facebook, follow along on Instagram, or contact the Meraki team directly at