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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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    Everyone loves a good handbag and in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy, we're sharing some of the handbag must-haves for your wardrobe this season!

    Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, or you can visit her website at

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    Learn about an upcoming event featuring footwear trends, pampering, refreshments and a style panel featuring a Today Show guest host. 


    Dillard’s at Kenwood is hosting an event with Vionic on kerch 31.


    Dillard’s in Kenwood mall is kicking off Spring in their shoe department with an event through a partnership with Vionic, a footwear company. This event is going on at Dillard’s March 31 from 1 to 4 pm. 

    Vionic is a brand of footwear that cares about the comfort and style using innovated technology for their consumers. Their motto being, “Style, it doesn’t have to hurt.” 

    On their website,, they explain more of what the innovative technology is and feature the on-trend styles. Vionic shoes provide essential stability and addictive support. With a contour seamlessly engineered into each shoe, sandal and slipper, Vionic helps support natural alignment from the ground up.”

    Dillard’s is a partner with Vionic and through the event at Kenwood, Vionic will bring Dillard’s consumers tips on how to wear Spring trends with their different styles of footwear and also bring a day full of transformation into Spring. 

    “We are partnering with Dillard’s to show women how to get their full look for Spring with styles and trends starting with the right choice of shoes that take you in style and comfort into the new season,” says Amy Cunha who does Public Relations for Vionic. “With the Spring/Summer season is upon us, everyone is looking for a fresh look and attendees will pick up tips and be able to ask questions of style experts as we’ll be hosting a fashion presentation and Q&A with our style experts showing how to style Vionic footwear with the key trends for the season.”

    There are many different things going on at the event including: a braid bar, makeup bar, 5-look fashion presentation, bites and refreshments, goodie bags and giveaways. Attendees can also try on the shoes and meet Today Show guest style host Jene Luciani“You can walk out with your feel good shoes, your new head to toe look and fresh spring makeup for a refreshed look ready for Spring,” says Cunha.  

    If interested in attending this event go to: There will be an option for different events: go to Cincinnati, OH and click RSVP, it’ll redirect you to a new page where you can go register. To learn more about Vionic shoes, go to:

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    Learn about a quarterly event series featuring practitioners who share a behind-the-scenes look at how to make a business succeed with social media.


    Dooley Media hosts Show and Tell events to bring media professionals together to share ideas.

    Social Media Show & Tell events began when Matthew Dooley had a simple hunch.

    When his career in social media got started in 2010, he found a community of other media professionals who regularly got together in person to share what they were learning.

    Over time, so much of the learning had moved online to blogs, webinars, and virtual events that the group of creatives stopped meeting in person. 

    Dooley decided to send out invitations for the first Social Media Show & Tell event in late-2016, hoping to gather 30-40 people because he missed getting together to share ideas. 

    Over 80 people came to his first event. 

    “We’re now on to our 6th event on March 22, 2018 and each quarterly event attracts 150 plus attendees. People are craving this knowledge, especially in a space that continues to evolve and require experimentation,” says Dooley.

    The next Social Media Show & Tell event will be hosted at Union Hall on Thursday, March 22 and will feature keynote speaker Todd Henry, an esteemed author, speaker and consultant.

    Attendees can expect to learn more about how to craft thumb-stopping content, how to navigate the latest changes across platforms, including Facebook’s News Feed overhaul, and how to refresh your social media strategy for 2018.

    The event will also feature speakers Amanda Buechel, Social Media Manager at Graeter’s and Gina Gaetano, who runs social media for Thunderdome Restaurant Group, which includes Currito, The Eagle and more. 

    Bites from Taste of Belgium will be available and Dooley says he’s heard a rumor that Buechel might be bringing the new flavors of Graeter’s ice cream. 

    The Social Media Show & Tell encourages anyone who is a social media enthusiast to attend along with CMOs/Directors of Marketing, Digital Media Managers, Social Media Strategists and Small Business Owners.

    Dooley is the founder and CEO of Dooley Media, a brand-building studio in OTR that helps clients get attention by being thoughtful about how they give it. He says he’s been fortunate enough to work with some of Cincinnati’s favorite brands, including Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa and Esther Price Candies. 

    In addition, Dooley teaches social media to undergrads and MBAs at Xavier University, a course he developed back in 2011.

    “I’ve always been an open book, which may be counter-intuitive within a field that rewards the latest trend or best practice,” says Dooley. “But by sharing what I know and passing the mic to those who know more, I think we’re all better off. I believe that the good you put out into the world multiplies and comes back to you in some way or another, and this event is one way for me to do that.” 

    Check out for more information and use this $5 code for Cincy Chic subscribers.

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    A new local group wants to get your day started in a fun, unique way: with a DJ’ed dance party.


    Get Up is a morning dance party that brings other health enthusiasts together.

    The party starts at 7… a.m.

    That’s the idea behind a new concept called “Get Up” that features a DJ’ed dance party in one of downtown-Cincinnati’s hotspots, bright and early to rejuvenate attendees before starting their day.

    “Get Up fuses mindfulness with expression and connection through a high energy dance experience. The first event [took] place at 6:00 a.m. on March 15 at Aster,” Sarah Habib, CEO and Founder of Mission 2 Move, says. “Starting with deep house yoga at 6:00 a.m. to calm the mind and open the heart, the real party begins at 7:00 a.m. with ‘a beat pumpin’ dance part, featuring live DJ.”

    Then it’s time to fuel up, she says, as “attendees rejuvenate with beverages and snacks before leaving motivated, energized and inspired to face whatever their day has in store.”

    This is the first Get Up event happening in the Cincinnati area. In addition to Habib, “Kai Schneider, Eric Elias, Annie Kanter are behind Cincinnati’s first ever morning yoga and dance party called Get Up,” she says. “It was Inspired by the wildly popular early morning movement in New York and San Francisco. All of us had participated in similar events in other cities and wanted to bring the magic here to Cincinnati, all in an effort to build culture.”

    The name of the event came from a desire to have fun in the morning. “No better way to start the day than with Get Up,” Habib says. 

    The point of having the event in the morning is to set the tone for the day. “The whole point is to set the intention for the day, doing something out of the ordinary, get up and have fun!” What goes into organizing the event is “bringing together the right providers, from location to DJ to yoga teacher,” Habib explains. Her favorite part of working on the Get Up event is “Building culture in Cincinnati,” she says. 

    Aster is located at 8 East 4th Street, in downtown Cincinnati. To learn more about Get Up, follow them on Facebook and their website.

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    A spa-like dentistry and aesthetic practice downtown aims to build your self-esteem through a smile that shines from the inside out.


    Seven Star Dental offers a spa-like environment for customers.

    Seven Star Dental offers their services in a spa-like environment with a special focus on customer service and patient care. From veneers to crowns to regular cleanings and even Botox, Seven Star Dental uses the latest technology to offer a one-of-a-kind dental experience, according to Office Manager Maria Heuser.

    It’s a general practice, she says, but they are known for restorative work such as crowns, particularly same-day crowns. “Usually, crowns are a process that take multiple appointments,” says Heuser, “but we have technology that allows us to perform them on the same day they come in.”

    Heuser has been at Seven Star Dental since the practice opened in 2014 and was joined by Dr. Maria Bustamante who took over as the owner in March of 2016. Bustamante is the primary dentist and performs all of the other services as well. 

    “My main goal is to reach out to the community and offer high level services that exceed expectations. We aim to be a different kind of dentistry and create the perfect atmosphere where customers feel comfortable and confident,” says Bustamante. 

    The practice uses their services to help clients feel more confident in their smile. They achieve this through teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, dental implants or a simple cleaning. As well as these various services, they also offer Invisalign and cosmetic injections which smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, according to Bustamante. 

    Dentistry is a special profession because people need our professional skills and the education about the various services,” says Bustamante. “You can usually tell when someone is not confident in their smile, and if we can help change that then their entire demeanor will change. Impacting them in that way makes me proud and keeps me going.”

    Bustamante says she wanted to take over the practice because they have a great philosophy. “Our number one priority is patient care and comfort level, Heuser says, adding how she loves that, as a small practice, they are able to above and beyond. “We give tours to all customers and we really talk to them to find out what they might not be as happy about regarding their smile and their goals. Bigger practices do not really get to do this.”

    Seven Star Dental is located at 7 West 7th Street Ste 1, in downtown Cincinnati. To learn more, go to

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    A local candy store is making Easter a little sweeter this year with their innovative egg hunt ideas. Read on for more.


    Galerie Candy and Gifts offers a unique candy selection in the Tri-State as well as unique Easter egg hunt products.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Galerie Candy and Gifts!
    Emily Edmondson, Sales Director at Galerie Candy and Gifts: Galerie is the brainchild of Richard Ross, a creative entrepreneur with an unparalleled passion for candy. Our mission is to provide outstanding customer service while delivering fresh, innovative confectionery gifts of the highest quality and value.

    Our products have a unique combination of quality ingredients and materials, creative packaging and design, and an overall value for the consumer. We deliver-to-shelf a wide range of products that include ceramics, plush, sequin, tin, and interactive toy items. Galerie continues to be a design-driven enterprise, bringing more than 1,200 items retailers every year. In addition to the Galerie brand, our licensed product lines include Disney, Star Wars, Hershey, Minions, Trolls, Peppa Pig, Marvel, and Warner Brothers. Our extensive seasonal and everyday offerings are perfect to give and receive.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Galerie Candy and Gifts?
    Edmondson: We feel that every day is a holiday at Galerie, and we want our customers to feel that too.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Edmondson: Richard Ross, our sole owner, has been selling candy since the sweet age of 16. See here for his bio from the Candy Hall of Fame.

    Cincy Chic: What types of candy and gifts do you carry in store?
    Edmondson: We pride ourselves on variety, we truly are a category of one. Though we do not manufacture any candy, we work directly with both candy and gift suppliers to create custom items to allow retailers to provide differentiation in aisle. As the fight for space continues, we are focused on delivering innovation and quality at a value.

    Cincy Chic: When did Galerie open?
    Edmondson: We just celebrated our 27th year selling to retailers.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about how you’re making Easter egg hunts more fun?
    Edmondson: First, we offer a variety of themes, from sports to sweet treats, zoo babies to Disney Favorites and everything in between. All eggs are filled with candy favorites, and give Mom the option to mix and match in both baskets and outdoor egg hunts.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Galerie unique?
    Edmondson: Galerie is an all-in-one company, from Marketing to Sourcing, Design to Fulfillment, we deliver solutions to customers around the country and around the world.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2018?
    Edmondson: Named Toy of the Year for 2017, LOL Surprise is emerging as the hottest girl’s property on the market. We have just secured the exclusive rights to candy and gifts beginning with Christmas 2018.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Edmondson: Our website,, on Facebook at Galerie Candy & Gifts, and Instagram.

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    Alicia Vinkander shines in Tomb Raider, but does the movie match her effort? Click to see what our movie critic has to say.


    “This … Was … NOT … What … I … Took … A … Crossfit … Class FOR!” Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) hangs on for dear life in a scene from TOMB RAIDER. Photo credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. All rights reserved. 


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas and Nick Frost

    WRITER(S): Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons (screenplay by); Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (story by)

    DIRECTOR(S): Roar Uthaug

    WEB SITE:’S THE STORY: Taking elements from the 2013 reboot of the long-standing video game series, the 2018 Warner Bros.’ take on Tomb Raider stars Academy Award®-winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. A different Lara than seen in the Angelina Jolie years, this Croft has traded in her high education for work as a courier with daddy issues since her rich father Richard (Dominic West) disappeared 7 years ago when she was a young woman. 

    Finally ready to sign the papers that will give her control of the Croft empire (and declare her father officially dead), Lara drops everything when she discovers a clue in a box given to her right before she closes the deal – leading her to naturally head to Hong Kong. It is there she encounters Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), son of the man Lara’s dad tried to buy a boat from …

    Fast-forward a few scenes later and Lara and Lu Ren find themselves on a remote island off the coast of Japan. But they are not alone. For while Lara (and an in-it-for-the-money Lu Ren) are there to find their fathers, it seems someone has found them first: Matthias (Walton Goggins), the on-island leader for a mysterious group known only as Trinity. And why is Trinity on this island that Lara’s father tried to go to in the first place? To find the lost tomb of Himiko, a.k.a. the Queen of Death. For as Richard would tell Lara – while instructed her to burn all of his research in the event of his death – it is believed that her supernatural powers will help Trinity take over the world. 

    But not if Lara can stop them first …

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Alicia Vikander fans; those who enjoy movies where the heroine is the best thing about the movie; Nick Frost fans

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? Angelina Jolie fans; fans of the Tomb Raider video games; those who hate action movies with familiar tropes

    SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? March, as many sports fans know, is college basketball season. One team that gathered attention this year is the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team – not because the team itself was that great, but because it had one star by the name of Trae Young that was CLEARLY the best thing the team had going for it. Even when he made a bunch of turnovers, he could deliver one electric play that could seemingly make the audience forget about the previous mistakes as his play was just that dynamic, dazzling and must-see. But ultimately, while his team did make this year’s NCAA tournament, they exited quickly with a first round defeat – called by yours truly in the two bracket pools he entered, by the way – to the little-regarded Rhode Island Rams.

    If you haven’t figured out where I’m going with this, you will should you choose to watch Trae Young Alicia Vikander take on the role of Lara Croft in Warner Bros.’ reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise – because she is far and wide the BEST thing about the entire experience.

    If you were to take away the Tomb Raider name from the movie, what you would be left with is, for the most part, a basic action movie. Likewise, the story is told in such a easy-to-predict foretelling fashion that the story itself – save for some standard-yet-still-interesting Indiana Jones/Mummy movie-series style traps – is ONLY interesting because Vikander is compelling as Croft. Her male counterparts, however, not so much.

    Goggins, who has played his share of great villains in his day, is pretty much a standard issue crime boss in Tomb Raider from snarl to actions alike. Likewise, West’s “loving” father routine plays out a bit too syrupy at times as Lara’s father – sometimes to an uncomfortable, near-incestuous level. Wu is somewhat the male standout as Lu Ren in his limited scenes, in which he fortunately strikes a good balance between bravado and common sense.

    Then again, the actions of just about every other male character either (1) don’t make sense or (2) almost undo the motif of the story. Since this review stays spoiler-free, let’s just say some things require a grand suspension of disbelief even within the world the movie establishes, which is saying something. (The games have more believable storylines than the movie does, right down to the twist at the end I figured out 8 minutes before it was revealed to the rest of the audience.)

    Don’t get me wrong, the movie is not bad; it’s just that in an age of movies where Wonder Woman and Black Panther have set a higher standard for female superhero characters, Tomb Raider makes progress in a bad way by putting a great woman in a mediocre movie. Then again, given that March is women’s history month, maybe it’s fitting Tomb Raider proves a strong woman can outdo her male counterparts.

    It’s just a shame she has to in every scene to make her journey try to reach the heights it should have naturally.



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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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      Watch this episode of Styling with Amy & Amy to see how you can get more use out of a classic, must-have piece that’s probably collecting dust in your closet.

      Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, or you can visit her website at