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    Rooted in empowering female entrepreneurs, a Columbus-based movement is spreading its roots to the Queen City. Read in for all the inner-diva-inspiring details.

    The Diva Movement strives to empower other female entrepreneurs and leaders.

    Behind every successful woman is a group of women who are cheering her on. In an effort to provide women with a supportive and inspiring community of fellow leaders and entrepreneurs, The Diva Movement was created.

    “The Diva Movement is a community of women leaders and entrepreneurs where we provide support, tools, and resources to help women grow as they are growing their business,” explains CEO and Founder Noni Banks. “We offer online personal and business development resources, networking, events, entrepreneur workshops, and opportunities for women to connect in our private Facebook group.”

    Banks says that she was inspired to launch The Diva Movement off a quote by W.E.B. Dubois: “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

    “I was at a place in my life where I was tired of waking up every day and not being fulfilled,” explains Banks. “I was going through a divorce and I realized that I consistently placed my hopes and dreams on the back burner, while I pushed and [helped] build someone else’s dream.”

    In an effort to help build the dreams of the women around her, Banks launched The Diva Movement, which in 2018 served more than 600 women at 13 Diva Movement events. The organization also trained 50 female entrepreneurs in the workshop series for small business owners, mentored 75 female entrepreneurs, reached 18,000 followers in 16 countries on social media, and served 63 girls in the leadership session.

    “What started as a book club with 15 people has now grown into an organization with more than 300 members,” adds Banks.

    Every week there are women who join The Diva Movement and are sharing their stories of how they’ve reached the same point in their lives that Banks did – they want to pursue their own dreams and build on their own passions.

    “They are tired of playing small, tired of their voices not being heard, tired of not having a seat at the table, and tired of not believing that their vision for their lives matters,” says Banks.

    The main mission behind The Diva Movement was to create an organization that understands the challenges of women who were running a business, raising a family, and working a full-time job.

    “I wanted to create a space where these women could thrive,” says Banks. “We designed the memberships, services, and events to support these women by helping them grow as they are growing their businesses.”

    Noni Banks, Founder of The Diva Movement

    There are three levels of membership available with The Diva Movement. Membership is available for individuals and entrepreneurs as well as small business group memberships for companies and organizations.

    Member highlights with The Diva Movement include:

    • Membership pricing to select events
    • Access to member only events
    • Share your expertise as a guest blogger
    • Business mentoring sessions
    • Special vendor advertising rates
    • Opportunity to promote products or services on Facebook group
    • Personal and entrepreneurial downloads and resources
    • Access to connect with a supportive online community of women in a private Facebook group
    • Diva deals and discounts

    According to Banks, the uniqueness behind The Diva Movement is its design to meet the needs of women who are working a full-time job and running a business.

    “Our networking events are known for creating a dynamic, inspirational, and fun atmosphere where women can connect in meaningful and authentic ways,” says Banks. “Guests connect with other like-minded women and learn from our featured speakers of women leaders and entrepreneurs while having fun.”

    To give women a glimpse into what The Diva Movement can do for them, the organization is hosting The 2019 Women’s Wealth and Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 26, at The Ohio Deaf Alumni Association Center in Westerville.

    “The Expo provides resources, education, and tools to help improve the financial health and overall wellness for women,” explains Banks. “The Expo is a community event that brings together hundreds of women for a day of education, inspiration and fun. Guests will enjoy fitness demos, financial professionals, business resources, and beauty and wellness experts.”

    The history of The Expo goes back to 2014 when Banks was coming out of her divorce. She found herself as the single mom of four boys and needed to rebuild herself – emotionally, physically, and financially.

    “I thought it would be great to host an event where women can be equipped with the education, strategies, and tools to rebuild their lives,” says Banks. “In my mind, I only expected maybe 50 women to be interested. Unbelievably, over 200 women attended, and the rest is history. We have hosted over 2,000 women and we are expecting a wonderful turnout this year.”

    Banks says that new chapters of The Diva Movement are opening in both Dayton and Cincinnati this year.

    “We are working with women in a handful of countries to collaborate on some Diva Movement workshops, initiatives, and events,” adds Banks.

    To learn more about The Diva Movement, visit www.thedivamovement.org. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Get a sneak peek inside a Hyde Park condo that offers luxury penthouse living in this week's Listing of the Week.

    Enjoy luxury condo living in this Hyde Park penthouse suite. Located at 2770 Observatory Road, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom condo features top-of-the-line upgrades and offerings, complete with smart home integrations like media, sound, lighting, and window treatments. The living room has a projector media system and the master bedroom features a hidden television with integrated artwork. The home is highly energy efficient, zoned HVAC, and environmental controls. It’s listed at $1.575 million. 

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

     

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    A professional wedding planner aims to make every Big Day go right with her couture wedding planning services. Click here to read more.

    Elegant Events by Elisa offers customized wedding planning options for brides and grooms.

    Elisa MacKenzie is inspired by the quote “Find something you love to do and then how to make a little money doing it.”

    “Over 20 years ago, I was involved in every company picnic, year-end party, and awards banquet wherever I was,” she explain. “I did every social event at church. Then, in 1996, I read an article about wedding and event planning and I jumped right in.”

    Today, MacKenzie is the Owner and Lead Planner of Elegant Events by Elisa, a professional event planning company based in Cincinnati that specializes in couture wedding day and event coordination.

    “I decided from the start I wanted to focus on the private and social side of event planning,” she says. “I joined the Association of Bridal Consultants and worked to gain as much experience, education, and expertise as I possibly could if I were to deserve to take on the responsibility of one of the most important — and expensive — days in someone’s life.”

    With more than 20 years under her belt with Elegant Events by Elisa, she still ensures that she’s very hands-on with every project.

    She says that she loves what she does and she’s very skilled at it, which makes her even more confident in saying she makes “dreams come true” for clients.

    MacKenzie has been a Master Wedding Planner since 2006 and earned her certified special event professional distinction back in 2008.

    When a client chooses Elegant Events by Elisa, they don’t choose from packages, but rather a custom proposal, MacKenzie explains. “Every event is as unique as the bride or groom themselves,” she adds. “We work as the conductor for the amazing orchestra of vendors you have.”

    The team at Elegant Events by Elisa works to handle all of the little, and not so little, issues that may arise in the wedding planning process.

    “Our focus is logistics,” she adds. “We make the event happen. We appreciate the beauty and often event assist with that, but when comes down to it, it’s the flow of the entire day. And we just love to spoil our clients rotten that day – of all days, this is the day they deserve it!”

    When brides and grooms choose to work with Elegant Events by Elisa, they’ll find that what MacKenzie is the most proud of is what she brings to the table in terms of her talents and credentials.

    “I have spent years becoming the best planner I can be, investing large sums of money and time into my expertise,” she says. “I attend, even now, at least three educational conferences a year.”

    MacKenzie says that she also stays at the cutting edge of the bridal industry for her clients.

    The team at Elegant Events by Elisa has a member who has been with the business for 19 years, another for 10 years, and another for six years.

    “Due to this, we can offer our clients so much expertise and coverage on wedding day,” says MacKenzie. “We have found a niche that we offer to our clients in our couture wedding coordination, think between ‘day of’ services and ‘full service’ planning, and this level of consultation and coordination is unique to the city.”

    MacKenzie says there’s always something new on the horizon for Elegant Events by Elisa. She says that this year, the business will focus on the increase of technology in the industry and using tools like virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

    To learn more, visit elegant-events.com. You can also follow along on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/eleganteventsbyelisa/> and Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/eleganteventsbyelisa/>.

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    Learn about a local, family-owned, recently-expanded fitness studio that has a plan to motivate you to be your best self this year.

     

    The goal of Anchor Fitness is to help every individual achieve their health and fitness goals. The family-owned, community-based training facility offers certified staff that enjoys sharing their passion for fitness with clients.

    “Our mission is to provide individuals with the highest quality coaching, resources, and support backed by a motivating and encouraging community,” says Kait Collins, the Manager of Marketing and Operations at Anchor Fitness. “Our sessions are tailored to those just beginning their fitness journey to elite athletes.”

    Due to its dedication in helping its clients meet their health and fitness goals, Anchor Fitness has expanded in the last few years to include other activities such as high-intensity boxing sessions and the Anchor Run by Kids programming.

    But, Collins emphasizes, Anchor is so much more than just a training facility. “Anchor is a community of individuals striving to better themselves, who support and motivate each other along this journey,” she adds.

    The owners behind Anchor Fitness are Leah and Joseph Mendenhall, who felt that they needed to open a fitness studio when they saw a need for a facility that offered group fitness without the intimidation often felt at other gyms.

    “They wanted to offer a gym where you could be challenged to work hard, while feeling the support from the gym community and guidance from trainers who truly care about your health and wellness goals,” says Collins. “This was and is today, the foundation of Anchor Fitness.”

    Collins says that Anchor Fitness prides itself on the community it’s created. “The community is unlike anything we have ever experienced,” she says. “Filled with members who start as strangers and soon become family – new clients should anticipate to feel supported the moment they walk through the doors.”

    Also, Anchor Fitness strives to offer workouts that are dynamic, always changing, and never boring.

    According to Collins, Anchor Fitness has big plans for 2019, as the facility continues to upgrade and outfit itself with more state-of-the-art equipment to enhance member experience.

    “We have several wellness challenges for our members offered throughout the year, motivating clients to reach their goals,” says Collins. “We are fueled by community outreach and giving back, and of course, expect to see tons of clients making huge transformations by committing to our programming to make this the best year yet.”

    You can find Anchor Fitness in the heart of Batavia, which also helps to make the facility an ideal location for clients around the Tri-State.

    To learn more about Anchor Fitness, visit www.anchorfitness.training. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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    Love fashion and good causes? It’s all in the bag at this event. Read on for all the details.

    Handbags for Hope is a fundraising event that benefits The Literacy Network.

    If fashion and philanthropy is your bag, plan on attending the upcoming bi-annual Handbags for Hope event, Thursday, February 7, at the Newport Syndicate.

    According to Shannon Lienemann, Communications Specialist for The Literacy Network who hosts the event, there are a lot of new and exciting purse brands on board for 2019.

    “We have new purse brands including Burberry, Gucci, Furla, Vittorio, and more,” she says.

    There are also new auction items, including tickets to “Hamilton” in Cincinnati and a week-long stay in a Gatlinburg chalet.

    The event is hosted to benefit the Literacy Network, and its suite of programs, Lienemann says. “All programs are free of charge to all that participate,” she adds. “We receive no government funding, we are solely funded through grants, private donations, and fundraisers such as Handbags for Hope.”

    Tickets for the event are $60 and include a sit-down dinner and two drink tickets. The night will get started with a cocktail hour, allowing guests to peruse through purses, bid on silent auction items, and purchase raffle tickets.

    The sit-down dinner will begin at 6:15 pm, with the program following shortly after.

    “The program includes the Hope Award, which the B-105 morning show presents, the honoring of the Honorary Chairs and our Corporate Partner, ‘Fund the Mission,’ the live auction, and lastly, the announcement of raffle winners.”

    Lienemann says the event will wrap up shortly after 9 pm.

    To learn more about Handbags for Hope or to purchase tickets, click here. There you can also purchase raffle tickets in advance.

    The registration deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, January 22.

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    Spatial uses advanced technology from social media platforms to help its users navigate areas like a local. See how it can help you.

    The premise behind Spatial is to use the information it gathers from social media websites in order to help the people who use it feel empowered to navigate wherever they are in the world like a local. 

    Co-founder Lyden Foust says the social intelligence startup, which garnered approximately $2.1 million in seed funding this past October, uses more than 30 sources of social media in order to provide customers with information about places all over the world.

    Spatial is a participant with the locally-based OCEAN accelerator in Oakley and that’s where he says the company got its first big break and the ability to connect with other investors who could help them bring their idea to fruition. 

    “When Spatial started the OCEAN program in January 2016,” Foust says, “the team began sending out a weekly email to Serra and other potential investors, reporting on their progress and asking for help.

    From there, the company was able to get in to the Techstars Mobility Accelerator program, being one of 12 companies selected back in 2016. Then, Spatial seemed to find its ins with other investors, startup programs, and accelerators.

    Foust says that Spatial kept its connections up-to-date on progress the company was making, enabling it to be able to get into the programs it did and garner the attention it needed. 

    “Techstars made Spatial visible to the Ford Motor Co., which decided to partner with Spatial to put its technology into Ford’s products,” explains Foust. “That’s why the team splits its time between Cincinnati and Detroit.”

    Ford isn’t the only place that gave Spatial its momentum, however. Connetic Ventures got onboard and that meant Serra Ventures wanted in, too.

    Foust says that when he talks with potential investors about Spatial, he wants them to feel like they’re hearing from a friend. 

    “We’re sharing a vision of what we believe the world is going to be, and what we’re building,” he said. “Spatial’s investors don’t just see a way to get a good return on their money – they truly believe in Spatial’s mission.”

    Moving forward, Foust says that Spatial will hire data scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence. 

    “We are going to build something absolutely amazing and going to change the way people see and understand the world around them,” says Foust. 

    To learn more about Spatial, visit https://spatial.ai/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the company.

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    There’s a new type of ride sharing service in town. Learn about this innovative idea that aims to add fun, all-season, flexible transportation options to the urban core.

    Oggo offers an all-weather, flexible transportation option for Cincinnati. Robin McKerrell Photography

     

    Cincy Chic: What’s Oggo?
    Michael Palmer, Co-Founder of Oggo: Oggo is a fun & free transportation solution allowing people to easily navigate downtown, OTR, Covington & Newport from lunchtime to nighttime. We have a fleet of five top-of-the-line, fully electric cars that you can hail via our app (it works similar to other rideshare apps). Look for Oggo on GooglePlay and the App Store.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Palmer: Travel, we were inspired by rickshaws in beach towns, different taxi options around the country and funky options like tuk tuks in Thailand. We saw a gap in Cincinnati and had a desire to have more all-season, flexible options in our urban core. The hills and the weather limit other sources of mobility, our cars are built to make it easy and comfortable no matter what month it is.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Palmer: There are three founders all based out of Cincinnati; Joe Creighton – owner of Cheapside Cafe and Mecca OTR, Dustin Grutza – Cincinnati start-up community guru and founder of Craftforce, & Michael Palmer – Lifelong designer & Creative Director at Everything But The House. All three are serial entrepreneurs who love calling Cincinnati their home base.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers find Oggo in Cincinnati?
    Palmer: First and foremost download the app! Our core area of operation is downtown, OTR, Newport and Covington. As you interact with the city’s urban core for business, museums, sports or entertainment use it to get around. We try to have at least 2 cars on the road at most hours, between 11am-10pm and we push it a little later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As long as you are looking to get picked up or dropped off within our zone, Oggo can help get you and four friends there.

    Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to ride?
    Palmer: It is FREE, we just ask that you tip your driver for their service and time. Oggo can take up to five passengers, you can call it via the app or if you happen to see an empty one, you are able to hail it by hand.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Oggo unique?
    Palmer: We are focused on moving the city forward and offering an outstanding premium service. Oggo is City Certified, safe and all-seasons. Oggo’s free rides are subsidized by our sponsors, so far we have worked with Jeff Ruby’s and Absolut Vodka.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Palmer: Oggo is focused on continuing to improve our app and getting more cars on the road more often. We are continuing to hire hospitable and reliable drivers. We have a few great sponsor contracts in the works and are looking for more businesses that want to partner on a fun and engaging way to interact with the community.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Palmer: Letsoggo.com, Instagram and most importantly jump in a car and give it a spin. Also, did we mention to download the app?!

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    Wedding bells ringing for you soon? Our wedding columnist has the top gown silhouette trends for 2019 and 2020 brides.

    Wedding gown shopping can be an overwhelming experience. But knowing the basic dress silhouettes for your body type and understanding how they flatter your figure will help you narrow down your endless stream of options when shopping for your bridal gown.

    From ball gowns to fit and flare styles, choosing the right dress silhouette can help you emphasize your best body features or deemphasize any problem areas. Here is a comprehensive guide to every bridal dress silhouette you will see when you are on the hunt for your dream wedding gown and which style is best for your body type.

    The A-Line gown

    The A-line cut is narrow at the top, close to the natural waist, and extends out along the body in the shape of an ‘A’ in a smooth, elongated line. This gown is the most popular style because it is the most universally flattering. Typically, this dress silhouette would be the first one you try on when you are just starting your wedding gown shopping. This way, you will know if you are wanting the classic wedding gown look or if you want to go in a different direction on your wedding day.

    The Modified A-line gown

    The modified A-line (which is my favorite) is a mix between a mermaid silhouette and a traditional A-line. This shape is roomier in the hips that a classic mermaid, but still a little flared at the bottom so that you can have more movement when you walk. You may want to consider this silhouette if you are looking for more shape than an A-line, but with more movement and mobility of a mermaid or trumpet style. The modified A-line gown looks great on all body types, especially the petite bride who wants the classic style of a ball gown, but doesn’t want all the fullness of the skirt to take away from her beautiful body.

    The Ball Gown

    Thinking of looking like Cinderella on your wedding day? What bride hasn’t dreamt of this fairy tale look for her wedding? This beautiful, feminine silhouette is most known for its trademark full skirt, fitted bodice and natural waist. This wedding gown is particularly perfect on more boyish figures because it gives the illusion of a more curvy body. It also looks fantastic on pear shape bodies because the fitted bodice really defines the waist while the fuller skirt skims over the hips. The ball gown is also great for tall brides who can pull off the fullness of the skirt. Brides who also are bustier will love this style because it really creates a more balanced proportion with the fuller bottom. Unfortunately, for petite brides who have dreamt of looking like Cinderella need to go with more of the A-line silhouette since the ball gown will truly swallow a petite bride.

    Empire Waist

    This high waist style hits just below the bustline, while skimming the rest of the body. This gown can de-emphasize the waistline and hips while making the bride look longer and leaner. It can be a perfect solution for a bride who wants to play down the middle part of her body. Empire waist is great for petite brides as well, but not so great for brides who have a larger chest or fuller hips because it can overemphasize those features of the body. Empire waist gowns have not been incredibly popular in the past few years, but are making a resurgence for 2018 because of its easy silhouette and because the brides are going for a more casual, or destination style of gown.

    Mermaid

    Think of Arielle in “The Little Mermaid.” This gown silhouette truly lives up to its name. This is a gown that really contours to the body, is very curve-hugging that follows the line of your hips and thighs and then flares out below the knee. This silhouette is fantastic for brides who have the perfect hour-glass figure who want to show off their curves. Again . . . this gown is NOT great for petite brides, unless, the designer can do a hollow to hem customization on the gown. It is particularly perfect for the tall bride with curves.

    Trumpet or Fit to Flare

    This silhouette is often confused with a mermaid silhouette. A trumpet style of gown is more of a straight lined bodice that subtly flares toward the hem, creating a semi-full skirt starting at the knee. This silhouette is one of the most popular amongst brides of all body types who want to show off curves, but don’t want the extreme look of the mermaid gown. The fit to flare gown is also a little easier to move and dance in than the mermaid gown since it has a gradual flare starting at the knee instead of lower like the mermaid silhouette.

    Sheath

    The sheath style gown is a little more casual and care free, but also gives the bride the simple and sophisticated look. This style looks particularly best of petite brides who benefit from the elongated lines and formfitting cut that gently hugs the body from head to toe. The sheath silhouette gives the illusion of height and does not overwhelm a smaller frame the way a full ball gown could.

    Dropped Waist

    A dropped waist silhouette is perfect for brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape because it hugs the waist and hips, but also offers the fullness of the traditional wedding gown in the skirt. This silhouette flares our slightly below the waistline around the hip area giving you the illusion of a longer torso. The dropped waist can be a great alternative for petite brides since it does make the short waist look longer; however, if the skirt is too full, it can still overpower a petite bride. This silhouette is definitely not a good one for brides who have a more boxy figure because it can make the bride look like she does not have any curves at all.

    I know this is a lot of information to digest, but it is very imperative to know the gown silhouettes before you start shopping. However, if you have a bridal consultant who knows her gowns, then you will be in great hands. Please always listen to the consultants’ suggestions when she/he pulls gowns for you. Many wedding gowns have no “hanger appeal.” Always try on different styles so you can narrow down your favorite silhouette.

    Happy Shopping!

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    See how the Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating a special 150 year milestone.

    Credit: Charley Harper (1922–2007), United States, “Gazelle in the Grass (Daytime)”, circa 1961, gouache, Museum Purchase: Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Wichgar, 2008.17, © Estate of Charley Harper

    Delve into the history and legacy of one of the most esteemed art schools in the Midwest in the special exhibition Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Printson view February 1–April 28, 2019 at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

    In honor of the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s (AAC) 150th anniversary celebration, the Cincinnati Art Museum selected more than 90 masterful drawings and prints by AAC alumni and faculty from the museum’s permanent collection.

    Created by widely-recognized artists including Tom Wesselmann, Elizabeth Nourse, Charley Harper, John Henry Twachtman and Thom Shaw, many of the artworks have rarely been displayed, and 25 works will be on view for the first time. Moreover, the exhibition showcases the accomplishments of celebrated artists living and working in the community, such as John A. Ruthven, Gary Gaffney and Constance McClure.

    The Cincinnati Art Museum and the AAC share a closely intertwined history. The Academy initially opened in 1869 as the McMicken School of Design, which evolved into the School of Design of University of Cincinnati. In 1887, known as the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the school moved to the building adjacent to the museum. The AAC and Cincinnati Art Museum remained side-by-side until the Academy announced its separation from the museum in 1998.

    In 2005, the AAC opened a new campus in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati, where it stands today. The AAC operates presently as a private college of art and design with a mission to create and sustain forward-thinking, contemporary visual artists and designers whose creative contributions make a substantial difference in the world.

    Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Prints Kristin Spangenberg and Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings Julie Aronson, curated the exhibition together.

    “The Art Academy of Cincinnati has long been a leader in art education and a hub for artistic experimentation and innovation,” says Aronson. “As a result, the Academy has fostered the talent of many important and sometimes groundbreaking artists, enhancing the city’s international reputation as a vital cultural center.”

    “The Cincinnati Art Museum is committed to representing the impressive talent in our region,” adds Spangenberg. “This exhibition is the museum’s way of honoring successful artists who began their careers right here in Cincinnati.” Many additional works by artists associated with the AAC may be seen in the museum’s permanent collection galleries.

    Related programs will be held at the museum in conjunction with the run of the exhibition. They include: Public Tour with ASL interpretation and Artist Workshop: Old Master Techniques in Painting on February 16, Gallery Experience: Memories from the Art Academy on February 17, Wee Wednesday: Wee Cincinnatians on February 27, Artist Workshop: Printmaking on March 16, Family First Saturday: The City on April 6, and Artist Workshop: Figure Drawing on April 20. To learn more, please visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artacademy.

    Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints is presented by Fund Evaluation Group (FEG) and will be on view in the Schiff Gallery and Balcony, Galleries 234 and 235. Admission is free.

     

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      ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions to get fit and lose weight. Read on as we chat with the owner of a West Side-based woman-owned fitness boutique who says customization is the secret to success when it comes to wellness programs. Read on for all the inspiring details.

      West Side Pilates and Fitness customizes each class to the individual needs of its clients.

      The New Year means lots of resolutions to get in shape, lose weight, and become a better you. To help you get on that path is West Side Pilates and Fitness, a fitness boutique that offers a variety of wellness programs ranging from group and private classic pilates reformer sessions to Ballet Barre, spinning classes, and more.

      “West Side Pilates and Fitness is an ongoing small community of support for the myriad of clients where strong bonds and connections have been formed while achieving and maintaining personal health and fitness goals in a more private, yet structured environment,” explains West Side Pilates and Fitness Owner Kimberly Eckstein.

      Eckstein says she was inspired to launch West Side Pilates and Fitness when she saw that there was a serious need for structured, uniquely personalized classes for anyone and everyone requiring a formal program that was not only effective but capable of meeting the needs of those with special health concerns.

      “West Side Pilates and Fitness is for anyone who has special concerns from plantar fasciitis to pre- and post-partum needs to hip replacement and supplemental training for the weekend warrior,” she says. “Pilates can address anatomical imbalances as well as weakness, atrophy, and even inflexibility to name a few. We specifically take note in helping clients meet their goals, while being disciplined as they continue healthy, happy lifestyles on their fitness journeys.”

      Eckstein is a certified personal trainer, spinning, pilates, and group exercise instructor and has an interest in addressing special populations and analyzing movement with correction. Her background goes back to when she was 10 years old teaching tumbling classes.

      “My vision behind West Side Pilates and Fitness was to offer small group and private sessions to the public with a focus on specific, goal-driven programming and to create a non-threatening, non-judgemental private zen wellness environment,” she says.

      Classes offered at West Side Pilates and Fitness include:

      • Pilates reformer
      • Pilates mat
      • Spinning
      • Resistance training
      • Personal and small group training
      • Barre
      • Jump board
      • Stretching and relaxation
      • Yoga-lates
      • Basic Nutrition
      • Pilates for golf

      West Side Pilates and Fitness also offers Pilates for Pink, a class that focuses on and addresses the needs of clients who are post breast cancer treatment.

      “Classes and sessions are adjusted to address and focus on the needs of each client individually, regardless of physical conditions and goals,” she adds.

      When clients attend West Side Pilates and Fitness, they’ll find that the studio focuses on the individual needs of the clients.

      “Programs are tailored to each client, including goal setting and any special considerations,” says Eckstein. “We continue to thrive on private to small group training, and clients benefit greatly from small ratio based training programs.”

      Additionally, West Side Pilates and Fitness is a woman-owned, local business that Eckstein says is often referred to as one of Cincinnati’s best kept secrets.

      Throughout the year, and in the future, West Side Pilates and Fitness will continue to grow and evolve in order to suit the needs of clients. “We often offer new programming while still continuing to deliver the tried and true basics,” says Eckstein. “Our goal this year is to expand, thus offering an even wider variety of programming and services, while maintaining our small, private boutique fitness appeal.

      To learn more about West Side Pilates & Fitness, visit https://westsidepilates.org, call them at 513-885-4911, or send an email to pilateswestside@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow along on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/WestSidePilatesFitness/>.

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