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    It’s not always easy to find time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s why a local DAAP graduate launched a concept that brings it all under one roof… Yours! Read on for all the fashionable details.

    The team behind Up2Tempo.

    As a busy mom, but a fashionista at heart, Deanna Hotchkiss knew there had to be an easier way to maximize her limited time for friends, shopping and fun. That’s what inspired her to launch Up2Tempo, a Cincinnati-based company that allows you to shop affordable and comfortable fashion pieces through a no-pressure trunk show with a personal stylist, while enjoying fun and refreshments with friends.

    “Up2Tempo is a unique clothing company where you can buy hand-picked items by a personal stylist on our website,” explains Hotchkiss, “or you can have a girls night where a personal stylist brings an entire store to your house where you and your friends can shop.”

    Hotchkiss says Up2Tempo personal stylists help you put together one-of-a-kind outfits or simply provide outfits for you to find on and take home that night – looks that match your personality and your style. “It’s a safe environment with no pressure, just fun,” she says. “We suggest that you only buy it if you love and look great wearing it.”

    While the idea of someone else dressing you can feel a little daunting at first, Hotchkiss and her team are there to help you try on clothes with your girlfriends and seeing what different outfits look like on different people.”

    Deanna Hotchkiss is the founder of Up2Tempo.

    When she launched Up2Tempo, Hotchkiss wanted to create a fun environment where you can have a girls night in with your closest friends while enjoy fun, food, and fashion.

    “The Up2Tempo trunk show gives women time with their friends, feedback from their friends, and their very own personal stylist,” she adds. “Everyone has to wear clothes, so why not take something we have to do and make it fun and easy.”

    Hotchkiss graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a degree in fashion design and product development.

    Her career has spanned different areas of the fashion industry, including retail sales, fashion merchandising, and fashion design – she event spent time herself as a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she style everyone, including several celebrities. Her credentials don’t stop there, however, as she’s also been head wardrobe stylist for a movie and a fashion stylist for many photo shoots.

    Up2Tempo made its debut in Fall 2014, but clothing recently became available for purchasing in the online store in this spring. Hotchkiss says that not only are the products from Up2Tempo comfortable and fashionable, they’re also affordable. “All of the clothing is purchased with those three things in mind,” she says.

    What makes it unique, she says, is that they bring the merchandise to you and send a personal stylist along as well. “How many companies do that,” she says.

    Hotchkiss is always searching for ways to make Up2Tempo a household name for fashion. She’s interested in bringing on more personal stylists to help clients and the launch of the online shop is one of the most exciting things she’s looking forward to this year.

    “Right now we are just really excited about the growth of the business and the home parties,” she adds.

    To learn more, visit www.up2tempo.com or call 513-227-0474.

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      After decades in the catering industry, one local lady was inspired to get active in the fight against community hunger. See how she’s turning one man’s trash into another man’s tasty treasure.

      La Soupe aims to bridge the gap between food waste and the food insecure in Cincinnati.

      Did you know that approximately 40 percent of food goes to waste in the U.S. every year? That accounts for approximately 1.3 billion tons of food in the entire world. That’s right – TONS of food is being wasted every year.

      Meanwhile, thousands of families across the country are facing hunger issues. To help curb the gap between food waste and food insecurity, a social enterprise is there – La Soupe.

      “La Soupe is a social enterprise formed to bridge the gap between food waste and the food insecure by transforming rescued produce into soupe to share with both the food insecure and those who support our mission,” explains La Soupe Development Director Jessica Kerr.

      Suzy DeYoung, Founder of La Soupe

      The mission behind La Soupe was inspired by Suzy DeYoung, who spent 30 years in the catering industry before she could no longer handle seeing the amount of good food that was being wasted.

      “In April 2014 she took a leap of faith and opened La Soupe to fulfill her dream of using rescued food to produce gourmet meals for distribution to both retail customers and the food insecure,” adds Kerr.

      When it comes to food insecurity, it really hit home for DeYoung. Cincinnati is ranked No. 2 in the country for childhood poverty, and DeYoung wanted to help, which is why the mission behind La Soupe is so dedicated to bridging the gap between waste and those who struggle with food security.

      “On a weekly basis, perishable food otherwise headed to the landfill is rescued by a host of La Soupe volunteers from three Kroger locations and one Jungle Jim’s and brought to the Newtown location,” says Kerr. She adds that other perishable food items are dropped off by a growing number of local farmers, special event coordinators, bakers, and other producers.

      All of the perishable items that are brought into La Soupe are accepted by La Soupe staff and volunteers, who then organize and weigh those donations.

      “In 2016, these sources provided over 125,000 pounds of rescued food, saving 270-cubic-yards of landfill space,” says Kerr.

      Based on the food that is made available in each week’s rescue, daily soupe production varies. However, to add production capacity and engage Cincinnati’s restaurant community, La Soupe initiated a Bucket Brigade of local chefs to accept a portion of rescued food to transform in their kitchens.

      Approximately 15 percent of the food that is rescued is resold through two retail channels, at La Soupe’s Newtown walk-up counter, open Tuesday through Saturday, and through a limited sandwich, beverage, and dessert menu.

      “The bulk of soupe production, plus other perishable foods, are donated through both a network of 27 organizations feeding the food insecure and directly through relationships with Cincinnati Public Schools,” says Kerr.

      Through these networks in the community, La Soupe is able to bring together the entire chef community in order to help feed the hungry. With more than 15 Bucket Brigade chefs from restaurants including Salazar, Maribelle’s, E+O Kitchen, We Olive, Orchids, and more, La Soupe is the only organization using such a concept in the entire country. “These chefs have helped us donate over 95,000 servings of food,” she says.

      Currently, La Soupe operates out of a 900-square-foot building that they are quickly outgrowing. “We plan to build an expansion onto our current location, which we estimate will double our rescue and share capacity,” says Kerr.

      Plans for the expansion include a storage and kitchen prep area as well as an additional walk-in freezer/refrigerator, which will hopefully become the donation area. The La Soupe team also hopes to reconsilidate soupe production, moving it from its current storage location at Miami Valley Christian Academy. “To this point, we have a grant for the walk-in freezer and we are fundraising to raise the rest of the $200,000,” adds Kerr.

      To learn more about La Soupe, check out their daily updates on Facebook. You can also sign up as a volunteer to learn more about donating to La Soupe’s expansion project at http://lasoupecincinnati.com/home.

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        A local woman is turning her traumatic experience into a new consulting business that offers a safe place for other survivors who need a place to start the healing process. Read on for all the inspiring details.

        Terri Bolds, Founder of Bold Visions Consulting

        We all have visions of what we want our future to look like. Who we hope to be, what we hope to be doing, and goals we hope to accomplish.

        For Terri Bolds, her vision brought to reality is Bold Visions Consulting. “Bold Visions Consulting is you, it’s me, it’s everyone,” she says. “It’s a catalyst for learning, encouraging, and empowering. It is a place for everyone to have the opportunity to grow in knowledge and love.”

        Bolds has had her fair share of trauma, challenges with self-esteem, low self-worth, and no sense of purpose. But she was able to turn that around with Bold Visions Consulting, and what she says is her responsibility to the university.

        “If it were not for the village that surrounded me, I don’t know where I would be,” she says. “I believe that my experiences paved the way for what I believe to be my life’s purpose.”

        Bold Visions Consulting aims to teach and bring self-love to the surface of those who struggle to believe it exists.

        While Bolds is the founder of Bold Visions Consulting, she also credits her experiences and her mother, friends, teachers, and family as strong influences behind her business.

        “The one main motivating force behind Bold Visions Consulting is my uncle,” she says. “He himself has authored several books and is a guru in economic empowerment and business ownership. He has been a powerful male force in my life. For years he has been telling me that I need to use my degrees for more than what I was subjecting myself to.”

        In retrospect, she says, he believed in her and her abilities long before she believed in herself. He’s walked her through every step of the process of starting the business from naming it to creating a mission.

        “And thus Bold Visions Consulting was born,” says Bolds, although the business didn’t officially launch until November 2015. Unfortunately, Bolds’ uncle was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and has served as a scary, but urgent situation for her.

        Bolds and her support team at Bold Visions Consulting.

        “Life waits for no one,” she says. “And being that he is a father figure and has invested so much in me, I owe it to him that he witness my success.”

        Behind the scenes, Bolds says that her mother volunteers with Bold Visions frequently, her aunt does a lot of the marketing work, and there are many friends who run her website and volunteer.

        “Donors have been huge in our success,” she says. “Donors help sponsor attendees to our workshops. People have been so generous and I am so grateful. And, most importantly, the people that have believed in my ability and trusted me with their projects and children.”

        Bolds began pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University. Today, she also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State University. Bolds says that the path that took her to becoming a licensed therapist started with a village.

        “I was raised by a village,” she says. “My mother was the best mother she could be. It took me years to realize that but the best gift she gave me other than life was the freedom to do so many things and to interact with so many people to help fill voids that she may not have been able to fill.”

        Bolds credits those people and experiences for shaping her into the person she’s become. She recalls feeling lost as a young person, always searching for something more. “Love, mentorship, benevolence, time, and push saved me,” she says.

        Through Bold Visions Consulting, Bolds offers one-on-one as well as workshop and group style services. “So far we have had two successful workshops for young ladies and my hope is to find my own comfy space where I can be more available to those young ladies,” she says. “We have also been hired to teach other workshops around Cincinnati and Dayton, and we’d like to target other demographics as well.”

        Bolds has published a book using her professional experience, “Bold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters,” a self-esteem book for black teen girls and women. She also creates custom, positive image shirts, custom coffee mugs, and Bold Life Quotes.

        Throughout the year, Bolds says she will spend time fundraising and extending herself to many demographics inside and outside the city.

        You can find Bold Visions Consulting in two area Kroger Locations for Black History Month. Bolds says it is a huge platform with which she will spread the word about Bold Visions Consulting. She will be at Oakley Kroger February 11 and at the North College Hill Kroger on February 24. You can find the team at the stores with shirts, books, mugs, and information about the services offered by Bold Visions Consulting.

        To learn more about Bold Visions Consulting, visit www.boldvisionsconsulting.com. The website is updated with new events as they come up, and you can learn about future events and news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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          After many frustrating doctor appointments that offered lackluster solutions, a local lady was inspired to create healthy, sustainable and effective products. Keep reading to see how they changed her health, and her family’s health, for the better -- so much so, you might see them soon on Shark Tank!

          Infertility was just the beginning in a long line of struggles for Erin Christen. Before looking into IVF, she found that a recent blood test revealed her thyroid levels were on the lower end of the “normal” range.

          “Accordingly, I proceeded to an endocrinologist, and there I was diagnosed with hypothyroid,” she explains. “As soon as I started medication, we immediately became pregnant.”

          However, after she gave birth to her second child, she felt like something was still off. “I was struggling to lose weight, I was extremely fatigued all day, and I was in a horrible brain fog,” she says. “I decided to switch doctors, seeking a more proactive, more Eastern Medicine philosophy.”

          Follow a year and dozens of blood draws, vitamins, and supplements, Christen was diagnosed with additional endocrine diseases including Hasimoto’s, MTHFR Gene Mutation, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

          Her experiences with these diseases, as well as her encounters with others who also suffer from them, inspired her to launch a company alongside her husband that focuses on showing people the healthier options of everyday and seasonal products called Earthganic Elements.

          “Many products produced today contain added toxic ingredients, affecting thousands of people everyday,” says Christen. “Whether it’s the aluminum in deodorants, deet in bug repellents, or chloroform in your dryer sheets, applying these ingredients over and over is disrupting our endocrine systems, organ functions, and can even lead to cancer.”

          In addition to treating her own health conditions, Christen says that she was inspired to launch Earthganic Elements because of the family she needs to care for. “To keep my husband healthy, so he doesn’t have too many doctor appointments. So my children will have the best possible opportunity and quality of life. To keep their slate as clean as possible for as long as I can,” she says when asked where she gets her inspiration.

          Christen officially launched Earthganic Elements in July 2016 after a couple of months of local and personal testing. However, she says, she and her mother have been making personal lip balm, sunscreen, and dryer balls for years.

          Earthganic Elements creates a variety of products. There are two formulas of deodorants, one with no baking soda and one with active charocal, chest rub, a plant-based healing stick for bug bites, bees tings, rashes, cuts, and dry skin, bug repellents, sunscreens, lip balms, 100% wool dryer balls, and tooth & whitening powder. Christen says she plans to soon launch shower bombs, eczema lotion, and a muscle rub.

          Earthganic Elements is growing rapidly, according to Christen, and is becoming more available in multiple retail locations throughout Cincinnati. Customers can also order and ship through the Earthganics website<www.earthganicelements.com>.

          Christen says she started off the New Year with a trip to Las Vegas where she auditioned for Shark Tank Season 9. “As much as that is a dream, one that I am hoping will come true, I continue to present the product line face-to-face in local retail stores and national chains,” she explains.

          Soon, Christen will travel to Alaska for more retail opportunity meetings and to learn more about plant oil extraction, which will soon bring forth the creation of an “Alaskan” line of products.

          “And we are not far from offering a monthly subscription,” says Christen. “The concept of the subscription service is to remove the burden of remembering to order or purchase products before you run out.”

          The monthly membership subscriptions will offer savings to the customer.

          To learn more about Earthganic Elements, visit www.earthganicelements.com or by liking them on Instagram and Facebook. Christen says you can subscribe to receive newsletters and be on the “First to Know” list. “We’ll be launching a blog very soon to keep everyone informed on news about toxins and product updates!

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            See how a transplant to Cincinnati fell in love with the city with a little help from her friends and neighbors. So much so, she just opened a shop called “Your Friends & Neighbors,” featuring local artists and designers. Keep reading for more.

            Maya Drozdz isn’t originally from Cincinnati, but now she not only lives here but launched a business to celebrate and support the Queen City’s gems.

            A native New Yorker and graphic designer by trade, Drozdz spent years behind the lectern as a college professor and working her way up the corporate America ladder. But life drew her to Cincinnati, where she recently launched a small business that sells creative home goods and celebrates local artists.

            “My previous business, VisuaLingual, took the hippie-dippie, DIY activist phenomenon of seed bombs and turned it into its own product category, landing on the shelves of national stores like Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma and Restoration Hardware, and also in major publications including Vogue, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Living,” she explains.

            Now, she’s the owner of Your Friends & Neighbors, a shop that is focused on contemporary, handmade home goods and gifts. Located inside the Leftcoast Modern Annex in East Walnut Hills, Your Friends & Neighbors features the work of Drozdz’s friends as well as local artists and designers, including classmates from art school, people she’s met through the maker scene, and friends she’s made while living in Cincinnati for the last decade.

            “I’ve finally created a single place to showcase the work of all the talented people I’ve had the honor of meeting over the course of my adult life, and then I round out that core inventory with handmade objects by designers and artisans from across the U.S.,” she says.

            At Your Friends & Neighbors, Drozdz has the opportunity to accessorize Leftcoast Modern’s furniture and use it to display her inventory, allowing for a mix of complementary aesthetics. Thanks to her ability to display her inventory with the store’s furniture, she can really show off all that Your Friends & Neighbors has to offer.

            “We sell everything from letterpress notecards to laser-cut wood clocks,” she says. “From dish towels to small-batch soap, from hand-thrown ceramics to hand-painted pillows, with an emphasis on surprising materials like cast concrete, gold-leaf papier-mache, and 3-D printed nylon. If it’s smaller than furniture, you can probably find it at Your Friends & Neighbors.”

            Products from Your Friends & Neighbors fit every budget – literally. You can pick up a mini Paper with a Past note card for $1 or spend a few thousand dollars for an original painting by Cedric Michael Cox.

            Drozdz says that what makes Your Friends & Neighbors unique is that is brings you goods you can’t find anywhere else, while also featuring an eclectic mix of products.

            “I spend a lot of my time finding makers and objects in all sorts of surprising places,” she says. “The mix with Leftcoast Modern’s vintage offerings give the space a really eclectic vibe. There is also Ledge Gallery on the back windowsill where I exhibit tiny work by contemporary artists, with opening receptions coinciding with Walk on Woodburn, the major neighborhood event in East Walnut Hills.”

            While she will continue to spend time filling her shop this year, Drozdz says she’s also looking forward to getting back into designing and producing original products just for the shop, as well as finding ways to make connections between the goods she carries and the goods she’s designed, which includes an upcoming debut of Your Friends & Neighbors exclusive pillows.

            Your Friends & Neighbors is located at 2803 Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills. Drozdz says the best place to stay updated is by following their Instagram account, where new products are posted daily. You can also learn more at yourfriendsandneighbors.com or on Facebook.

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              Ready to make 2017 the year you take charge and sharpen your leadership skills? Learn about key programs aimed to help women become better leaders, business owners, and employees. Read on for more.

              The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber does more than represent businesses and employees in the Tri-State, it’s also working to help build leaders, whether through its membership organization or its youth and professional development programs, the Chamber has become one of the largest chambers in the country.

              First established in 1839, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce was also the site of the first meeting of the United States Chamber of Commerce, 73 years after the Cincinnati Chamber was established.

              Heading into its 178th year, the Cincinnati Chamber is building a stronger region by developing the area’s most talented leaders. According to Lindsay Bujnoch, Senior Marketing Manager for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, a strong business community needs committed, caring, and effective leaders.

              “The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recognizes that retaining talent at all levels is imperative, and for more than three decades, has delivered quality leadership development opportunities through a range of dynamic programs,” she explains. “No matter where you are on your professional journey, you will discover a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Leadership Program right for you.”

              To develop the area’s young talent, the Chamber hosts the Cincy Next and C-Change programs.

              “The Cincy Next program provides a forum for early career professionals seeking meaningful growth opportunities needed to advance both personally and professionally,” says Bujnoch. Participants in the Cincy Next program learn to polish their professional skills while building a network of peer relationships.

              There’s also the C-Change program, where emerging leaders can build their professional profiles while gaining community insight. “Participants collaborate and develop leadership skills while engaging established leaders and regional resources in a year-long community project,” says Bujnoch.

              Other programs offered by the Chamber include Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Action.

              “Leadership Cincinnati is the region’s flagship program designed for the established, senior leader who is passionate about making a difference in the community,” explains Bujnoch. “Leadership Cincinnati is an immersive civic learning experience that focuses each month on topics ranging from regionalism, economic development, arts and culture, to inclusion, health, justice and sustainability. This is an experience-based program and is designed to help participants understand the assets and challenges of the region, elevate their leadership, and further engage in the community.”

              The Leadership Action program aims to leverage the expertise and passion of the community’s business leaders to advance change and elevate the community’s profile. “Over the course of the program, participants, identified at the ‘go-to’ leaders in their companies and organizations, select an actionable project and assemble the support and resources needed to accomplish their objective,” says Bujnoch.

              Those who participate in Leadership Action take part in a project management process to create community change and develop their leadership and team skills throughout the program.

              Most importantly, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber hosts programs that aim to empower professional women: WE Lead and WE Succeed.

              “WE Lead is a 10-month leadership program for accomplished women in mid- to upper-level management positions, business owners, and top leaders looking to develop and grow the skills necessary to achieve groundbreaking results for themselves, their organizations, and their communities,” explains Bujnoch. “Through a combination of professional development and coaching, WE Lead provides women with the leadership tools and strategies necessary to achieve exceptional professional growth and success.”

              The timeframe for this program is from September to June, and the application window is from January to June. The application fee is $50 and the program cost is $3,500.

              WE Lead participant Lynnette Heard from the University of Cincinnati says the program helped her to refuel, transform, and deepened her life and leadership style, which has always been driven by the philosophies of servant leadership.

              “As a relatively new member of this region, I found that WE Lead reignited my professional and personal passions while allowing me to forge new relationships and build strong networks with extraordinarily talented women,” says Heard.

              WE Succeed is another program from the Chamber that helps to empower local women. “We Succeed is an intensive, three-month executive coaching experience designed to help high-potential women business professionals develop exceptional leadership skills to advance their company and career,” says Bujnoch. “The time frame provides a ‘just in time’ coaching experience for executives taking on new challenges in their organization, and allows busy senior leaders a chance to reflect, refocus and re-energize their professional passion. Participants leave this program feeling empowered and ready to take their career and company to the next level.”

              Aimed at mid- to upper-level female managers, business owners, and professionals, We Succeed runs from April to June and again from September to December. The program application timeframe is from January to February and July to August with a $25 application fee and $1,800 program fee.

              Bujnoch says the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is looking forward to the professionals and businesses it will help in 2017, as well as all that will be accomplished in the programs going on throughout the year.

              To learn more about the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, visit www.cincinnatichamber.com. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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                Is your New Year’s resolution to learn a new hobby or try something new? Read on to learn about a new Columbia-Tusculum business offering candle making, classes and unique gift items that’ll light your flame.

                Manitou Candle Co. sells hand-poured candles and candle-making classes at its Columbia-Tusculum location.

                Nestled in Cincinnati’s historic Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, Manitou Candle Co. aims to offer its customers a creative, customized, hand-poured candle making experience.

                “We make classic candles with a contemporary perspective – combining incredible scents and a mid-century space into something much more than a 70-hour burn,” explains Manitou’s Gabriella Heekin.

                She says it’s also about thriving on the community and the Manitou’s commitment to being a place where people can come together to create, be inspired, and gather around the flame.

                Manitou Candle Co. brings the feel of northern Michigan to Cincinnati.

                Kate Fey, who founded Manitou Candle Co. and grew up in Cincinnati, was inspired to start her business by the place where she spent her summers growing up: Northern Michigan.

                With a dream to connect the two places she loved the most, Fey was inspired to bring the north and south Manitou islands in Leelanau County, Michigan, and its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, bonfires, and sunset boat rides, to Cincinnati.

                While candles are a common find in homes, stores, restaurants, and businesses, candles from Manitou are different. “Each candle is thoughtfully hand-poured, with scents ranging from whiskey to watermelon,” says Heekin. “But what makes us truly unique is our candle-making classes where people can unplug from everyday life and foster original interaction through inspiration and creativity.”

                Manitou Candle Co. officially opened its doors to the public on Dec. 20, and is located in what was once the first bank in the East End District of Columbia-Tusculum. “It still has the original vault, hardwood floors, and tin ceilings,” she says. “We think our space is pretty neat.”

                There are 100 different scents to choose from when selected a hand-poured candle from Manitou Candle Co. “We also offer our favorite candles from around the world, in addition to local jewelry, ties, and home goods,” says Heekin. “It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for a friend or yourself.”

                House-made candles at Manitou range from $8 for a 3-ounce tin to $25 for an 11-ounce glass candle. Heekin says there is a list of upcoming events on the website as well as the option to book a candle-making class with friends.

                Manitou Candle Co. is also looking to partner with other local businesses to sell their candles in-store and to develop co-branding relationships.

                To learn more about Manitou Candle Co., visit www.manitoucandleco.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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                  From Midtown Manhattan to the heart of downtown Cincinnati, there’s a brand new cosmetic dermatology practice in town. Read on as we get behind the scenes to see how they specialize in shorter down-times, more advanced techniques and affordable prices that’ll help you turn over a new leaf in the new year.

                  Juvly Aesthetics is a cosmetic dermatology practice with a brand new location in Cincinnati.

                  Between stressful schedules and environmental toxins, it takes a toll on your skin.

                  New products, technologies and techniques are effective in reversing this damage, but then your wallet takes the toll. That’s where Juvly Aesthetics – brand new to downtown Cincinnati – aims to help.

                  According to Sam Peck, Juvly’s Business Development Manager, Juvly is a leading cosmetic dermatology practice with locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and New York City that specializes in quality care at an affordable price. “We are among the highest categories of providers of Botox and fillers in the country by volume,” he says. “We take pride in our high customer satisfaction ratings, fair prices, and fantastic results.”

                  Dr. Justin Harper founded Juvly Aesthetics following his educational career at The Ohio State University’s Medical School, where he studied both plastic surgery and dermatology.

                  Harper wanted to create a high-quality dermatology practice that was not only more affordable but was easily accessible.

                  “Dr. Harper observed that consumers were paying high prices for subpar results, which inspired him to start the practice,” says Peck.

                  Juvly Aesthetics was founded in November 2014, and is one of the fastest growing dermatology practices in the country.

                  Currently, Juvly provides a variety of procedures and services. You can opt for a number of non-surgical aesthetic services including microdermabrasion, microneedling, Botox, fillers, coolsculpting, and other injectables.

                  The affordable prices and high quality service are just two of the things that make Juvly unique.

                  “Our treatment techniques are the most innovative and our clients’ results speak for themselves,” Peck adds. “We pride ourselves on being a customer-focused organization that can provide transformations that require little to no downtime.

                  If you’re thinking about making an appointment with Juvly in the New Year, Peck says that now is the perfect time to freshen up your look or go after a look you’ve always wanted.

                  “Whether a client is looking to refresh the texture of their skin, minimize their wrinkles, restore lost facial volume, or sport the lips they’ve always dreamed of – it can be taken care of at Juvly, without breaking the bank,” he says. “Why wouldn’t you put your best face forward for 2017?”

                  Juvly’s new downtown Cincinnati location can be found at 331 W 4th Street. To learn more about Juvly, visit www.juvly.com or follow along on Instagram.

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                    Cincinnati is full of inspiring women. For our annual Women of the Year issue, we're featuring some of the best! Read on to learn about Litsa Spanos, a local entrepreneur, philanthropist and art aficionado who’s making the city more colorful.

                    Litsa Spanos, Founder of ADC Consultants.
                    Litsa Spanos, Founder of Art Design Consultants.

                    Litsa Spanos says she likes to think of her business, Art Design Consultants (ADC), as Cincinnati’s “best known” secret.

                    So many people in Cincinnati have seen the work we do — our art installations are in hospitals, businesses, and homes all over town — but people just don’t realize that ADC is behind it,” she says.

                    ADC brings fine art to businesses, hospitals, and homes in the Tri-State. “We have a huge selection of artwork, and work with not only local, but national and international artists as well,” explains Spanos of her 10,000-square-foot gallery in the newly renovated Edge building in downtown Cincinnati.

                    Spanos also recently dipped her toe in the publishing world by launching ADC’s third annual BLINK catalog, which features selected art and artists. “BLINK is sent to nearly 10,000 interior designers all over the country,” says Spanos. “It’s a terrific way to showcase our artists. And not to toot our own horn, but we’re also an award-winning business. We’re ranked in the top 2% of the nation’s women-owned businesses! I am really proud of that.”

                    ADC’s story dates back to 1992, when Spanos first launched the business. When she started it, she wanted to make art accessible to everyone.

                    “I am one of those people who is transformed and inspired by art, and I personally know the power a beautiful space can have and what an impact it can make on one’s moods and levels of happiness,” she says. “I wanted to spend my life doing something meaningful, and I can’t think of anything more meaningful than making others feel happy and surrounded by beauty.”

                    Spanos and her team at ADC.
                    Spanos and her team at ADC.

                    Spanos says her favorite part about running ADC is helping people. She sees what she does not as selling art but as working to connect artists with collectors and businesses who will appreciate the work.

                    “Artists benefit financially, sure, but they find meaning too, and a purpose for why they do what they do,” she adds. “Plus, businesses, hospitals, and individuals benefit because they are uplifted, inspired, and, especially in cases of healthcare environments, soothed or healed.”

                    Spanos says she also loves working with her employees. “I walk into work so excited to see each of them, and I am often just blown away by the talent I am surrounded by,” she says. “I am truly humbled every day. I believe the greatest purpose of my life is to help others.”

                    Spanos says if there’s anything she could tell other people it’s to follow their passions to the ends of the earth. “I love creating beautiful spaces,” she says. “And I get to spend every day of my life doing exactly what I am most passionate about. That being said, following your passion is also the hardest and riskiest thing you’ll ever do. So don’t get discouraged during the downturns or when obstacles get in your way. Let those times make you better, strengthen your resolve, and reaffirm your beliefs. I took a lot of risks — and suffered some major setbacks — but I just kept going and never looked back.”

                    In 2017, Spanos will celebrate 25 Years of ADC. To give back in honor of 25 years, Spanos is writing a book to help artists supercharge their career. “I want to give back to all the artists that have helped and inspired me,” says Spanos. “The other exciting news is, we just hired a new Chief Curator and she’ll be helping to launch a new publication that is geared toward individual collectors and online buyers. The sky’s the limit in the art world. And I want to reach as many people as I can, while I can.”
                    To learn more about ADC, visit www.adcfineart.com or stop by the gallery on the fifth floor of The Edge building, located at 310 Culvert Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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                      Thanks to this new locally-launched concept, one woman’s jewelry is another woman’s freedom. See how it’s inspiring people around the world to donate their diamonds to give a new life and glimmer of hope to victims of human trafficking.

                      A Brilliant Exchange encourages women to swap out their diamonds to help buy the freedom of human trafficking victims around the world. Photo: Adora-Bull Photography
                      A Brilliant Exchange encourages women to swap out their diamonds to help buy the freedom of human trafficking victims around the world. Photo: Adora-Bull Photography

                      Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend, but they can also help change the world because of their value. That’s why, six years ago, Julie Theis felt compelled to sell her engagement ring diamond.

                      She replaced it with a look-a-like, and donated the proceeds from the sale of the diamonds to help those women and children around the world who are exploited and held as slaves in human trafficking organizations.

                      “Last year, I started dreaming about what could happen in the world if millions of American women decided to do the same thing,” she explains. “And that’s when we came up with the idea for A Brilliant Exchange.”

                      A Brilliant Exchange is a non-profit organization that aims to mobilize the abundant resources of women in America by inviting them to donate diamonds.

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                      Theis started A Brilliant Exchange with her husband Brodie, and the two do most of the work together. However, Theis says she has a team of about 15 friends that have volunteered to use their gifts in order to serve A Brilliant Exchange. “Everything has been done on a volunteer basis so far,” she adds.

                      Currently, A Brilliant Exchange is doing a crowdfunding campaign, which allows people to donate to the organization.

                      “Our crowdfunding campaign began on November 1,” says Thies. “Our goal is to raise $50,000, which will be used to build the infrastructure and the online store that will allow us to begin the process of receiving and selling diamonds!”

                      With the start of an organization such as A Brilliant Exchange, and the hope of starting a company infrastructure, Theis says she hopes to be able to educate Americans on how horrible, and common, human trafficking is around the world, and even in our own country.

                      “There are about 45 million people in the world being held as slaves, and the majority of them are women and children, some as young as 4,” she says. “So until all of these people are free, there will be room for organizations like A Brilliant Exchange to step into the gap and start doing something radical.”bgv_ad_2

                      Through A Brilliant Exchange, Theis says she hopes to bring freedom to every person in the world.

                      Currently, Theis says she is unaware of another organization like A Brilliant Exchange, whose sole focus is to challenge women to give up their diamonds in exchange for a woman’s freedom. “There are millions of forgotten diamonds, from divorces to lost earrings and inherited pieces that just don’t get worn,” she says. “If all those diamonds could be taken out of those dresser drawers and basement storage, and donate, think of what could happen in the world.”

                      To learn more about A Brilliant Exchange, visit www.abrilliantexchange.org. You can also donate to the campaign by clicking here.