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    Turning a charming farm into a shopping mecca, two local ladies are making a dream come true. Learn more about their event coming up this weekend, the unique vendors they’re bringing in from around the region, all the yummy food and fun activities they’ll have there too, plus the good cause it benefits.

     

    Charm at the Farm brings together unique vendors for a shopping weekend.

    Sunshine, fresh air, and shopping. If those are a few of your favorite things then you’ll find just that at Charm at the Farm, an open-air shopping vintage market located in Lebanon.

    Held on a 56-acre farm, Charm at the Farm features local artisans and shops from all over the Midwest and brings them together for three weekends a year.

    “Our innovative market provides rustic gifts, furniture, and home decor all in a beautiful and serene farm setting,” said Amy Doyle, co-owner and creator of Charm at the Farm. “We also have DIY sessions led by several of our amazing vendors.”

    Charm at the Farm was inspired by the owners’ passion to unite treasure seekers with those who restore, repurpose, create, and inspire, and do it all for a meaningful cause.

    “We have partnered with Matthew 25 Ministries for all three of our 2017 markets (spring, summer, fall),” said Jayme Kuenkel, co-owner of Charm at the Farm. “During our spring grand opening, we raised $2,800 for Matthew 25, and hope to raise even more for their cause during our summer and fall markets this year.”

    Each year, Charm at the Farm will select a different charitable organization to support. They will also continue to give $1 from each general admission ticket to a local organization that aligns with their vision to make a positive, community impact by restoring and repurposing for good.

    Not just any vendor can sign up to participate in Charm at the Farm, however. Kuenkel is selective in vendor choices to create an exclusive, unique, and unforgettable experience for shoppers. “This is what drives Charm at the Farm to bring together the best, most unique, most creative, local vendors all in one beautiful place, just three weekends a year,” she adds.

    At Charm at the Farm, you’ll find items from vintage and repurposed furniture to handcrafted pieces, jewelry, and clothing vendors in addition to food vendors and food trucks.

    Charm at the Farm is a shopping event held on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon.

    “Charm at the Farm is committed to showcasing only the best vintage, antique, handmade vendors who are passionate and incredible at what they do,” says Doyle.

    Prices of items at the market vary, but generally start at $5 and go up. “Charm really has something for everyone,” says Kuenkel. “Whether you’re searching for a handmade stuffed animal for a kid’s room or that farmhouse table where your family can enjoy dinners together, we have hundreds of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, and everything in between.”

    The next Charm at the Farm will be held August 25 through August 27 at 4953 Bunnell HIll Road in Lebanon. VIP shopping will take place on Friday from 5-8 pm with general shopping on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

    The 2017 presenting sponsor for Charm at the Farm is Blume. Doyle says you can check out a list of other sponsors here.

    To learn more about Charm at the Farm, visit charmatthefarm.com. You can purchase tickets here and follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

     

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    Our Editor-in-Chic checks out the new My Cincinnati Bell app from Cincinnati Bell! Keep reading to see how it makes life easier!

    Between being a busy mom of a two, running a business and planning all our events, I’m on the go constantly. I’m actually rarely in front of a computer any more — I mainly just work from my phone. I love all my different apps and notifications. So that’s why the new My Cincinnati Bell app is awesome. It gives you access to your most important account and services information. You can access and manage your Cincinnati Bell phone, Internet, and Fioptics TV accounts with your Apple or Android smartphone.

    The My Cincinnati Bell app allows you to look at your bill and manage account services from your phone.

    You can pay your bill in a super quick three steps. You can view billing and payment history, check your current services and available services for your address, and even setup and manage Autopay through the app. You can also setup customized notifications for billing, payments and special offers including upcoming promotions and events. There’s also a great Help Center on the app that helps you find quick answers to your billing, payment and service questions. You can view frequently asked questions and even troubleshoot basic service issues in real time. There’s also an interactive map so you can see the Cincinnati Stores and Payment Centers closest to your location.

    It’s really helpful for someone on the go who lives on their phone like me! It’s a free download on Google Play or the Apple App Store if you’d like to learn more or check it out for yourself!

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    We chat with Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy to hear more about five fashion trends you should be breaking this season! Keep watching for more!

    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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

     

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    A local cosmetologist is bringing beauty to your doorstep with her new mobile salon and spa. Read on for more!

     

    MOBA Mobile Salon and Spa is bringing beauty to your doorstep with wedding packages, princess packages, and more.

    Ever wished you could avoid the traffic and stress of getting to the salon, and your stylist could just magically appear at your front door? That’s all possible with MOBA, Ohio’s first mobile salon and spa.

    “Today’s life is hectic and saving time and money is every family’s priority,” says MOBA Owner Allison Riddle. “MOBA does both for you, by bringing the salon to you and have affordable prices because we are not your typical brick-and-mortar salon.”

    MOBA is the first mobile salon and spa of its kind in Ohio.

    Riddle opened up MOBA as a 20-year licensed Master Stylist and Cosmetology Instructor. She’s spent time in various upscale salon and spa settings in Cincinnati, Indiana, and Hollywood, California, and participated in several high-end fashion photo shoots.

    Riddle says that she as inspired to launch MOBA when she realized the need for a mobile spa platform that brings the salon to her customers.

    Riddle brings ease and convenience to brides through her wedding packages and other salon packages.

    Wedding packages include “Her Special Day,” which is on-location for a party of four. For $375 Riddle offers custom formal wedding styles for the bride and three bridesmaids, including a preplanning trial for the bride. The package also includes a personalized MAC makeup session for the special day. Additional bridesmaids can be pampered for $70 each.

    There’s a “Bridezilla” package that is on-location and $475 for a party of four. This includes the same at the Special Day package plus a manicure with a stress relieving hand and arm massage including the polish of your choice. For this package, each additional bridesmaid is $80.

    MOBA offers on-site wedding packages for brides-to-be on their big day.

    Prom packages are $300 for a party of four and is on-location. Clients will get a custom, trendy style of their choice and a personalized MAC makeup session. Each additional girl for prom packages is $60.

    A princess party package for four girls is $200. It includes a fruity scrub mini manicure and mini pedicure.

    Riddle says that she hopes to purchase additional mobile salons for MOBA and create a legacy of the one-and-only first mobile salon business in Ohio. “Tell your friends, tell your family,” she adds. “MOBA mobile salon is the newest rage in the beauty industry.”

    To learn more about MOBA, visit mobamobilesalon.com. You can also contact Riddle at 513-252-6091 or check them out on Facebook.

     

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    A local entrepreneur is helping Cincinnati’s women develop personal branding skills through her innovative workshops.  

     

    Morgan Angelique Owens of the Morgan A Owens Brand was on a mission when she launched Brown Girls That Brand, a platform that teaches local women personal branding and the accompanying skills that are necessary to define and differentiate their specific core values.

    “The inspiration and mission is to continue sassy and chic workshops that support predominately minority women with a mission to climb the corporate ladder as efficiently as their counterparts, gain corporate appeal in their own business, start their own business, or a mission to increase their bottom line while embracing their feminine, authentic selves,” explains Angelique.

    Highlighting and recognizing women of all colors and helping them excel while serving as trailblazers in their career fields is important to Angelique.

    Through Brown Girls That Brand, which launched June 29, Angelique uses workshops to show participants how branding is the cornerstone of function and development of an individual’s market and personal reputation. She addresses these topics through personal branding, business branding, career branding, event branding, and social media branding.

    “Based on the knowledge, skill set and purpose of registered participants, each individual should depart with the tools to build an effective business or personal brand with corporate appeal,” says Angelique.

    Current workshops feature a lineup of speakers including:

    • Sonia Jackson Myles (Founder & CEO, The Sister Accord LLC)
    • Sherry Sims (Founder, Black Career Women’s Network)
    • Regina Carswell Russo (Brand Storyteller/Media Messenger)
    • Pamela Williams-Dyle (Engineering Digital Systems Leader; Procter & Gamble)
    • Karyl Cunningham (Executive Director, YMCA Black/Latino Achievers)
    • Jan Michele Lemon Kearney- (Owner/Publisher, The Cincinnati Herald)
    • Adrienne Ruff (Founder, She is Visionary)

    Brown Girls That Brand was created under the umbrella of Angelique’s other business the Morgan A Owens brand, which offers tools and resources that reshape small businesses through marketing, graphic assistance, one-on-one coaching, and branding.

    “I also launched my authored, ‘WerkBook,’ a guide to setting goals and slaying them,” adds Angelique. “I felt it was very important to create this book to further empower and lay the groundwork of becoming successful.”

    Angelique says to keep an eye out for “Professional Pretty” workshops as well as future Brown Girls That Brand workshops under the Morgan A Owens brand.

    To learn more about the workshops, the Morgan A Owens brand, and more, visit www.morganaowens.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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    A local organization is helping pregnant women and working moms with concierge services aimed to improve their lives. Read on for all the details.

     

    Charnella Grossman of Fifth Third Bank uses Best Upon Request’s Maternity Concierge program, funded by her company, to decorate her nursery.

    Best Upon Request (BEST) is a Cincinnati-based organization with offices in 11 US states. BEST, as it’s referred to, partners with organizations around the country to provide concierge services to its employees as an employer-paid benefit. It also offers these benefits by way of health care, to improve the patient experiences for families.

    According to Best Upon Request Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jessi Lima Bollin, the inspiration behind Best Upon Request is to create life-enriching experiences.

    BEST also has a new innovation, called the Maternity Concierge program at Fifth Third Bank, which is an employee benefit that supports pregnant women and working mothers of infants to help them succeed.

    According to Lima Bollin, BEST works with clients as strategic partners. The way the organization works with clients is why Teresa Tanner, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Fifth Third, approached BEST with the opportunity to assist the bank in helping improve the lives of their female employees, and, more specifically, when women started having children.

    “The Maternity Concierge program was born to offer an extra level of support and advocacy for those women,” says Lima Bollin.

    “Teresa said it best: ‘It’s important for us at Fifth Third Bank to create an environment where women can succeed at every level and every phase of their life,’” adds Lima Bollin.

    “The Maternity Concierge program provides women with support through pregnancy, maternity leave, and up until their child turns one-year-old,” says Lima Bollin. “Examples include scheduling appointments, organizing and shopping for showers and birthday parties, as well as information research concerning anything child- or pregnancy-related and in this way, our maternity concierges become consultants.”

    BEST doesn’t just focus on its Maternity Concierge services; however, they also offer employee and patient concierge programs. Employee services include errand running and personal assistance as part of a packaged employee benefit that is offered by organizations to attract and retain its workforce. “By taking care of these to-do lists and alleviate distractions, BEST improves recruitment and retention, employee engagement, and work-life integration for our clients,” says Lima Bollin.

    BEST’s tailored patient concierge program in hospitals is called “Serving the SOUL” and addresses the non-medical needs of patients and their families so they can focus on healing.  Once the non-medical stressors of a hospitalization are managed by our concierge team the patient experience improves and so does the healing process.

    To learn more about BEST, visit www.bestuponrequest.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

     

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    Get a posh peek inside the newest boutique to open in one of the quickest growing areas in town as we chat with the fashionista behind the brand.

     

    Styles by Eunika is a newly opened brick-and-mortar boutique in Westwood that also offers styling services. Launched by Eunika Hisle, she provides customers with fashion consultations, personal styling, personal shopping, closet organization and also acts as creative director for photo shoots and video shoots. The company is designed to help individuals create their own style and be fashionable while doing it.

    Hisle originally began doing fashion shows for her first boutique (The Unique Boutique). However, after years of hearing people say her styles were too good for just Cincinnati, she began doing photo shoots and instantly fell in love with styling.

    Styles by Eunika offers styling services for customers.

    After discovering this was what she wanted to do, the rest came naturally, including the company name. “Well, one day I was thinking I needed a name for the styling company and it was either Styles by Eunika or Styled by Eunika – I choose Styles by Eunika,” explains Hisle. “I liked styles because I’m very versatile in my styling, I can create any look my clients are going for and put my own twist to it, which is why Styles by Eunika fits to me.”

    Styles by Eunika runs on an inspiration basis. Full of unique, hip pieces, Hisle shops for all the clothes herself, going off what inspires her and the trends. 

    “Most of the time I just pick out what I like and I can see other women wearing,” Hisle says. “Most of my pieces you can dress up or down, which makes it better for customers because it’s a win-win situation for them. Also, as a stylist I do a lot of research on what’s the latest trends in fashion, so that’s helps with my inspiration as well.”

    The company currently operates online and in store, in the Styles by Eunika Showroom. This is a place where customers can shop and get an amazing experience. The showroom itself has a glam vibe from the store décor to the clothes, all of which are very unique and fun. The showroom is also a place where Hisle can do consultations and fittings for clients who need personal styling help.

    That personal styling is one of Hisle’s favorite aspects of her job. “My favorite part is giving back. God gave me the talent to help others with fashion,” says Hisle. “Some people want to have a high fashion look but just don’t know how to put it together, so I’m here to help, but also teach them so they won’t always need me. Of course I would love for them to need me but it’s bigger than me, it’s about helping others and this is my way to help. I love seeing people confident and happy after their dressed. It’s a blessing to be to make others smile.”

    Styles by Eunika is located at 2956 Montana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211. To learn more, visit www.stylesbyeunikashowroom.com or “like” them on Facebook.

     

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    Hospice of Cincinnati launched a touching program that helps the community come together and discuss advance care planning with each other and experts. Read on for more.

     

    Conversations of a Lifetime brings patients, healthcare providers, and physicians together to talk about advance care planning.

    When it comes to preparing for advance care, Hospice of Cincinnati wants to help. In order to create awareness and participation when it comes to advance care planning, the group started Conversations of a Lifetime, a multi-faceted community program made up of community members, physicians, and health care workers.

    According to Conversations of a Lifetime Project Administrator Barbara Rose MPH, RN, Hospice of Cincinnati was inspired to launch this program after seeing a need for people of all ages to choose a health care surrogate, or someone who could speak for them when they can’t speak for themselves when it comes to making health care decisions.

    “By starting conversations with those you love before a healthcare crisis or emergency arises, we’re helping people know how to direct individual wishes,” says Rose.

    Throughout the summer, there were Conversations of a Lifetime events, including an event called “Things You Shouldn’t Wait To Do.”

    “We sponsor grassroots community awareness events, communication skill coaching, advance care planning training, and education for health care providers,” adds Rose.

    The events often include activities such as taking a headshot, writing on a speech bubble of something you can’t wait to do, and gluing it to a community collage, which Rose says will be on display in the coming months.

    Although the events are completed for the summer, Rose says you can continue to follow along with Conversations of a Lifetime on their website, Facebook, and Instagram for future event information.

     

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    Learn about the local tie-dye aficionados bringing their unique, handmade products and family-friendly lessons to Cincinnati.

     

    Funky Sunshine is a one-stop tie dye shop located in Anderson Township.

    Cincy Chic: What is Funky Sunshine?
    Stephanie Zier, Co-Founder of Funky Sunshine: Funky Sunshine is your local one-stop tie dye shop that is anything but ordinary and nothing but extraordinary!

    Cincy Chic: What inspired Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We draw inspiration from many things: Our surroundings, friends, and music. We have a happy abstract sense of style. Many of our crafts are centered around recycling an item we have a surplus of. As far as tie dye goes, we enjoy creating animals, nature scenes, and colorful takes on realistic items.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the shop?
    Zier: Funky Sunshine is a team of three, myself, my other half Casey Short, and his sister Holly Short.

    Find unique, handmade products at Funky Sunshine.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We opened our online store in 2013, and started vending locally. We received our LTD. in September 2014, and opened our storefront in October 2014.

    Cincy Chic: What types of items can customers find in your store?
    Zier: Our main focus is making one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade tie dyes, as well as hosting tie dye parties for all ages. We sell everything from baby onesies to full bed sets and tapestries. We craft performance quality hula hoops and offer a free hoop lesson with each purchase. We also carry a variety of other handmade items from talented local artists around Cincinnati.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Funky Sunshine unique?
    Zier: Simply put, our level of tie dye. We don’t strive to create your everyday tie dye, we strive to make tie dye art! Plus we love custom orders, and the challenge of making someone else’s idea a reality.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Funky Sunshine?
    Zier: We will be celebrating our 3rd birthday with an annual “artwalk” October 22, an evening featuring some of our in-house consignors and additional vendors, as well as live DJs from Basspushers Productions, a food truck, and even some local fire-spinners!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Zier: You can visit www.funkysunshine.com or shop our Etsy store. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, too!

     

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    Our life coach columnist shares a personal story about how she almost missed out on an opportunity by judging too quickly. Read on for more.

    I was attending a wedding out of town and my husband decided he needed to pick up a few things at the mall. I had nothing pressing to shop for so I was just along for the ride. After he picked up a couple pairs of pants, we made our way to the second floor to use the restroom.

    While walking to the second floor, he suggested I go in the store near where I was waiting for him. Well, why not, I thought. I peered into the women’s store to check out what they had to offer. My first thought was, the clothes definitely don’t look like me. I took a quick look at the salespeople and saw that they definitely didn’t look like my type. This wasn’t a store that would have anything that I want and I wasn’t sure that I would feel comfortable in there.

    Now, all those thoughts that I just mentioned happened in seconds. I wasn’t really conscious of any of this thinking. However, I looked again into the store and on the far wall, I saw a dress. Regardless of my earlier thoughts, I walked through the store and over to the far wall. There, I stared at the dress and admired the details. It looked well made and would be perfect for a wedding. I had seen similar dresses at all the top stores. I reached for the price tag and stared a while, trying to comprehend what it said.

    The tag said $9.99. It wasn’t marked down but was the original price. I am not joking.

    I grabbed the dress quickly and ran into the dressing room. It fit perfectly and I loved it. I went back and picked up the same dress in another color — when are you ever going to get two dresses for $20?

    So why am I sharing this story about the dress? Well, let’s go back to my thoughts at the beginning of the story. I wasn’t going to walk in the store originally because I had decided that the store was not for me. I had an unconscious bias against the place since the “feel” and the employees didn’t look like me. My brain quickly processed, categorized, and assessed that I didn’t fit into this environment.

    However, the important nugget in this story is the fact that I was able to override this assumption and walk in the store anyway. As you have already learned, I reaped the benefit from listening to this internal chatter and making a conscious decision that my thinking had no merit.

    Each one of us is guilty of implicit bias in our day-to-day interactions. Our brains are wired to process information quickly and make rapid speed decisions. Our ancestors were blessed with this ability so they could survive and adapt to dangerous situations. However, this ability often holds us back from living our best life and treating others fairly. Consciously, we might not agree with these stereotypes, but our primitive brain is ruling our actions.

    So think about your actions in your personal and professional life. Are there situations where you have let your primitive brain make the decision for you?

    You might lose out on more than just a $10 dress.

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