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    Coffee drinkers unite! The largest coffee festival in the Midwest is coming to town soon and it'll be full of music, shopping, tastings, demonstrations, and of course coffee. Learn more about the event and its important fundraiser that makes local water cleaner one drip at a time.

    Mark your calendars for October 11-13 when the Ohio River Foundation hosts the Cincinnati Coffee Festival, a premier coffee event and the largest coffee festival in the Midwest. 

    According to Rich Cogen, Executive Director of the Ohio River Foundation, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival is a major fundraiser for the Ohio River Foundation, which aims to protect and improve water quality in the Ohio River Watershed. 

    “Water quality is important to all of us,” he says. “From the water that goes into growing our food, to the water we use to make our coffee, you can’t have great coffee without great water.”

    To help raise funds for the Foundation, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival will be held October 11-13 at the Grand Ballroom of the Duke Energy Convention Center. October 11 is trade day for coffee shop owners, baristas, and people interested in getting into the coffee business. Then, on October 12-13, the event is open to the public. 

    “The Cincinnati Coffee Festival is a celebration of artisan coffee, fine teas, chocolates, pastries, and baked goods,” says Cogen.

    Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to taste from 60 vendors from around the region and beyond, while also enjoying live music, demonstrations, and the chance to discover and purchase new products. 

    “”A highlight during the last two events has been the Latte Art Throwdown, where baristas vie for the title of top latte artist,” says Cogen. “That will return at 2pm on Saturday. Also back this year is Latte Art in Action for the general public. 

    New to this year’s event is the Coffee Olympics. This activity allows attendees to cheer on their favorite coffee shops in fun competitions. Also new is Campfire coffee, a casual presentation and conversation space. “We’re also introducing a coffee-themed silent auction,” adds Cogen. “Lastly, we will add a limited-seating film booth area for guests to watch short, engaging environmental films. Finally, we’re expanding The Art of Coffee, which features works in a variety of media, and we’ll even be offering some of those works for purchase.”

    The event, Cogen says, is a unique blend of specialty coffee, tea, food, live music, engaging activities, and environmental responsibility. “Not only do vendors offer compostable cups, but we are also asking attendees to bring their own coffee cups and mugs as we endeavor to make this festival the greenest one in the nation,” says Cogen. “Funds raised will help support Ohio River Foundation’s education and restoration programs, so you’re making a difference while you have fun.” 

    Tickets for the event range from $12.50 to $40 for VIP. Advance tickets are available for purchase at www.cincinnnaticoffeefestival.com

    To learn more about the Cincinnati Coffee Festival, visit their website. You can also “like” the Ohio River Foundation’s Facebook page for the latest updates on the festival. 

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    Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this East Walnut Hills home not just a work of art, it's a masterpiece. Read on for a sneak peek inside.

    Spectacular architecture and stunning views make this home not just a work of art, it’s a masterpiece. Everywhere you look – inside and out – beauty and serenity abound. Spacious, bright, open floor plan. Coveted 1-floor livability. 3 bedrooms/3+1 baths. Walls of glass. Auto courtyard. Over-sized 2-car Garage. Greenhouse. Glorious. This home is listed at $1.648 million.

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

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    Ten Thousand Villages is preparing to host its annual Rug Sale. See why it's a don't-miss-event that supports an important cause.

    Ten Thousand Villages will be hosting their upcoming rug sale at their Harper’s Point and O’Bryonville locations. 

    Have you ever wanted a hand-knotted rug? Not just any rug, but one with the quality to last a lifetime and the fair trade labor standards you demand? Then Ten Thousand Villages is the place to find just that. The stores offer a large selection of Tribal, Bokhara, and Persian rugs. From classic to contemporary, rugs are available in sizes 2’x3′ to 10’x14′ as well as runners. Plus, all of the rugs found in-store are hand-knotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. 

    The Rug Sale is held once a year to help bring the high-quality, fairly traded, hand-knotted rugs to the Cincinnati community. Ten Thousand Villages offers tips on preparing for the rug sale: 

    • When you visit our rug event, bring swatches of materials and upholstery, paint chips and pillows to help you choose a rug that will blend with your decor.
    • Measure your room as well as the area you would want your rug to cover. Large rugs are impressive while smaller rugs can be more versatile. Be flexible in sizing and you will increase the number of rugs to choose from.
    • Remember that an Oriental rug will last for generations, while your furniture, upholstery and home will change.
    • Consider rugs that speak to you, rather than one that simply matches its surroundings. Be open to taking rugs home on approval, keeping in mind the rug you finally choose may not be the rug you first selected.

    The Harper’s Point Rug Sale will be held from September 18-22. As an added bonus, the Harper’s Point location will host a “From Loom to Room Intro” on September 19 at 7pm. “Hear the history and stories behind Bunyaad Fair Trade Rugs,” the website states. “Get a glimpse into how Bunyaad rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes.”

    Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling 513-802-5721. 

    The O’Bryonville location will host its Rug Sale September 24-28. This location will also host the “From Loom to Room Intro.” However, this class will be held September 26 at 7pm. To RSVP for that event, call 513-871-5840. 

    To learn more about Ten Thousand Villages and their annual Rug Sale, visit http://tenthousandvillages.com/cincinnati

     

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    Learn about a powerful organization with a new Greater Cincinnati chapter that’s advancing the economic and leadership development of women.

    Women are essential to the workforce, and Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) wants to ensure that women are developed and advanced to help strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. 

    “WELD is a national 501(c)(3) organization and builds programs, events, and a community to support the leadership development of women and drives business growth,” explains National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Keller. 

    The founders behind it organization wanted to establish something that would accurately represent female leadership in the community. And they didn’t want to just help women in typical roles, but they wanted to increase the number of women leaders, promote and elevate other women to get a seat at the table and provide programs and connections to advance women to the top. 

    WELD is a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for women to build strong community connections while also paying forward their success. “These connections foster new careers and business-building opportunities for our volunteers and help women find mentors and sponsors,” says Keller. “We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and we have a national office team that executes the operational aspects of the organization and its chapters.”

    The history of WELD dates back to Columbus in 2003 as a local organization. However, throughout the last more than 15 years, WELD has established itself as a national organization with chapters that offer a plethora of leadership programs and events. 

    That growth has now expanded to the Cincinnati market. Keller says the first event in the Southern Ohio/Cincinnati region was held in April 2018. 

    “We officially launched as a chapter in September 2019, growing to over 50 members this past summer,” says Keller. “We are hoping to expand by reaching women through our programs and events that help develop women’s business and leadership skills, expand their community and national connections, and provide them with opportunities to pay forward their success.”

    Keller says that there’s a bonus to having a WELD membership for businesses. “Studies have shown that the more women in executive roles within companies, the more successful the company,” she says. “Research from Catalyst, a global nonprofit with the same goal as WELD, found that companies that have gender diversity are among the highest performing. Attending WELD events provides women business owners the opportunity to invest in their own leadership development as well as that of their employees, and also opens invaluable connections for their businesses.”

    There are opportunities to lead within WELD, which also allows anyone to become a member. “WELD also partners with male allies to advance its mission,” says Keller. “WELD has received awards for its diversity and leadership.” 

    There are several upcoming events for the Southern Ohio region: 

    Thursday, October 10: Hyde Park Country Club from 7:30-9:30 am. This event will host Krissi Barr, Founder of Barr Corporate Success, where she will be discussing “The Fido Factor: How To Get A Leg Up At Work.” Attendees will have the opportunity to share that attendees of the event will have the opportunity to earn CPE credit – in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

    Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at a venue that’s to be announced. The event will feature Cofi Higgins, Regional Trainer for Chik-Fil-A. She will be presenting “Sow a Seed, Reap a Team.”

    WELD also hosts a national webinar every month that anyone can register for and attend from the comfort of their home or office, in addition to in-person meetings. 

    Keller says a full calendar of events can be found at www.weldusa.org

    WELD will continue to reach women leaders in Cincinnati. The organization says that its always looking for the next location as it’s currently in the research phases for Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California. 

    To learn more, visit www.weldusa.org. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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    An Ohio-based nutrition company is quickly gaining national popularity for its products that revolve around seven important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

    Propello, a Columbus based company, is propelling customers into new, much healthier healthier lifestyles. 

    “Propello Life is an active nutrition company. We were founded to inspire, educate and fuel active lives,” says Duke Armstrong, CEO and Founder of Propello Life. “We believe in balanced, while living-which means that your health and life are their fullest when you manage your life around our seven aspects of a healthy lifestyle: movement, nourishment, rejuvenation, love, passion mind and spirit.”

    Located in Dublin, Ohio, Propello Life has been around for three years and was founded on July 31, 2016. There are four full-time employees and over 30 ambassadors. 

    The name, Propello Life came from a translation meaning, ‘Motivated life.’ “We have found that for someone to truly live a healthy lifestyle, they have to change their life. Changing you habits around how you live is a very difficult and hard thing that requires a ton of motivation, dedication and determination,” he says. “Propello Life embodies that and was founded to help people as they change their life.”

    There are five products offered through Propello Life and they are: Vegan Protein, Whey Protein, Rejuvenating Aminos, Pre-Workout and Energy + Focus. 

    The mission of the business is to “inspire, educate and fuel active lives,” Armstrong says. “What this means is that we hope to help people discover their healthiest, best life possible.” 

    Propello Life is different from other nutrition brands because they concentrate on the person, not just on how the person looks. “We sell the absolute best products, provide the absolute best customer service and experience and lead with education and inspiration,” Armstrong says. “We feel that if we make a positive impact on our customers’ lives and help them live a healthier life, then we have created value for them. The sales follow the value we provide.”

    Giving back is also important for Propello Life. “We have been partnering with local gyms from day one to support their charity events and outreach programs. Within the last few months, we have launched our own charity events to give back to our community,” Armstrong says. “Specifically, we have partnered with Special Olympics Ohio to raise money for their athletes. Special Olympics is near and dear to our hearts and to be able to aid their efforts brings us amazing joy.”

    Propello Life’s seven components help them to define a healthy lifestyle. “It is unique to each person and is rooted in living a balanced, whole life,” he says. “When you boil it down, healthy is a life that is full of energy, happiness, passion and purpose.”

    To learn more about Propello Life, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website where you can subscribe to their newsletter list. “We email healthy recipes and blog posts on all things health-related, usually twice a week and have been told that our followers love getting the emails because they are not sales-focused or overly-emotional,” Armstrong says.

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    A local makeup artist is helping your beauty shine with her wedding makeup and new tutorial classes. Read on for more.

    Wedding days are stressful between hair, makeup, photos, and the celebration. However, they don’t have to be with Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry.

    Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry offers makeup services for brides, but it’s about much more than just doing makeup for business owner Shivali Gaba. 

    “Often wedding days are stressful, rushed, and all about timelines,” she says. “But for the 30-40 minutes that the bride is in my chair, my goal is to bring her calm and make her feel like the most beautiful woman, who is about to have the best day of her life.” 

    This small makeup business takes on 30 clients a year and is headed by Gaba herself. She’s been the one-woman show behind it all for 7 years and aims to make a small difference for every woman she crosses paths with. “I have been and always will be a very hands-on artist,” she adds. 

    While her heart belongs to wedding, Gaba says there’s nothing more that she loves than teaching women how to do makeup themselves so they have the tools they need to feel their best whenever, wherever. 

    That’s why she started offering lessons and classes on Sundays, which can be paired with makeup merchandising.

    “I will spend time with you at Ulta or Sephora to play with products to find what works best for you,” she explains. “This includes foundation matching, basic skincare consults, and technique training.”

    She says that what makes her business unique is that she doesn’t look for the imperfections in clients. “I see beautiful smiles and glimmering eyes and all the things that make a woman beautiful,” she says. “This helps me focus on what is amazing about you and highlight that.”

    Makeup is personal, and Gaba helps the beauty of all clients shine with her “your kind of beautiful” approach that she provides. 

    In addition to makeup tutorials and consults, she also offers pro courses for aspiring makeup artists. 

    All-in-all, she wants to help everyone shine – whether they’re the client or the artist. She says that anyone who is interested in one-on-one time or getting a group of girls together for an evening of bonding in a masterclass can reach out to her directly via email.

    The website for Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry is currently under construction, but you can still follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Ever wished you could mix up fun drinks like a pro? Learn how you can while you enjoy a fun night with friends.

    Since October 2015, Tonia Murphy has been mixing up delicious drinks with her bartending business, Bitters ‘n’ Sweet Bartending.

    Bitters ‘n’ Sweet Bartending serves cocktails at various events such as wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties. “After bartending private events for the past few years, I’ve looked into different ways to expand my business. I have heard about other cities hosting public mixology classes and thought it would be fun to host in Cincinnati. The city continues to grow and offer different types of entertainment, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to launch the classes,” says Murphy.

    The public classes will contain an experience of not only creating the cocktailsbut enjoying them after as well. 

    “When each guest arrives, they will enjoy a welcome cocktail of champagne, wine, etc. and tasty appetizers to settle everyone inAll of the equipment will be set up with a personal station for each guest to create their drinks with fresh ingredients. They will be making a total of 3 cocktails, all pre-planned and created by myself,” says Murphy. “I like to have a little funso everyone will have a great time as they experience hands-on the process of making various types of cocktails! 

    Guests will get to hone in their bartending skills in hopes of taking the knowledge with them to entertain for years to come. “I’m excited to share this experience  and connect with the Cincinnati area on a greater scale with this class,” says Murphy.

    To sign up and learn more details, visit Eventbrite. Class size is limited. The class will be held at Six Acres Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 13 from 2-4pm. Email bittersnsweetbartending@gmail.com with any questions.

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    Affordable fashions from an Ohio-based retailer are now heading to the Hoosier State. Learn more about the new location and their upcoming Grand Opening.

    On the local fashion scene, Rose & Remington is the new black. With 9 stores currently open in the Greater Cincinnati area, two new stores are opening in the Indianapolis area. There are several more to come soon, too, one of which will be in Columbus.

    “Rose & Remington is a women’s affordable luxury lifestyle brand that provides a space of empowering and contemporary fashion,” explains Marketing Specialist Ashley Dennis. “We carry a wide selection of women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, beauty, eclectic home decor, gifts, and more.”

    The newest location to open, the company’s first in Indiana, opened on September 14 in  Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis. Other locations include Castleton Square in Indianapolis, which will open on October 11. 

    As for the Greenwood location, Dennis says that this store brings a fresh palette of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more that women can explore and be creative with. “We have an awesome price point that makes shopping our store so exciting.” 

    Dennis says most dresses at Rose & Remington range from $30-$50 while tops range from $20-$40. 

    The success in Ohio and the inspiration for opening new locations in Indiana came from the unique atmosphere the store offers its customers. Dennis says it’s a store that both mother and daughter can shop, plus it offers stylists who are experts at putting together outfits. 

    The Grand Opening celebration for Greenwood will be October 25 from 5-9pm while the Grand Opening for Castleton is on October 11 from 5-9pm.

    To learn more about Rose & Remington, visit roseandremington.com. You can also stay up-to-date on new arrivals, style videos, giveaways, and store openings on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A new collab between a local accelerator and Findlay Market is helping entrepreneurs establish themselves in Cincinnati’s food industry through mentoring, coaching and support.

    Cincy Chic: What is Findlay Kitchen & Aviatra Accelerators?
    Nancy Aichholz, CEO/President of Aviatra Accelerators: Aviatra Accelerators is a full-service resource center for women-owned businesses and start-ups focusing on education, coaching, mentoring, and funding for early and mid-stage businesses. Findlay Kitchen is central to the core values of Findlay Market is the desire to support and provide for our local community. More than simply a hub for fresh, local food, the Market drives economic activity, social interaction, and an inclusive experience for all. Findlay Kitchen builds on those principles, empowering and embracing the wealth of culture and diversity that is needed to advance and sustain a vibrant food ecosystem, right here in the heart of our city.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind EXPLORE, the new collaboration between Findlay Kitchen and Aviatra Accelerators?
    Aichholz: The organizations have collaborated before but have never worked together to host a cohort dedicated to food industry entrepreneurs. Aviatra attracts a lot of women interested in food-centric startups, and we do a great job with education, coaching, and mentoring, but we don’t have the specific food industry focus that The Findlay Kitchen has. So it was obvious in discussions that a partnership would be a double whammy of impact for our women food startups and Findlay Kitchen’s male and female clients.

    Cincy Chic: What makes this collaboration unique?
    Aichholz: I don’t know of anyone else who has the expertise and facilities that The Findlay Kitchen has, and no one is focusing solely on women entrepreneurs across all industries as Aviatra does. It is also unique because most accelerators don’t openly collaborate, sharing curriculum, sharing clients. This can be an example to other programs that is is about the entrepreneur, not the accelerator. 

    Cincy Chic: When will EXPLORE launch?
    Aichholz: Our opening night of classes is scheduled for Monday, September 30 from 6-9pm. 

    Cincy Chic: What does this course entail for entrepreneurs?
    Aichholz: The entrepreneurs will have 9 weeks of classes, expert facilitators, coaching, mentoring, and support from others in the cohort. 

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Aichholz: Interested entrepreneurs can apply at findlaykitchen.org/explore. For foodies who are not entrepreneurs who want to keep up with the latest new food options trending, watch for updates on Aviatra and Findlay Kitchen’s social media, or go to our respective websites and sign up for our newsletters at aviatra.org and findlaykitchen.org

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    Always seem to be looking forward to the next payday more than you should? You might be stuck in a money story. Read on as our life coach columnist explains.

    What if your lack of money isn’t your fault? And you’ve been told lies about money? Are you ready to release the stories and no longer be broke?

    “Show me the money!” is a great line from the movie “Jerry McQuire” and perhaps you relate to those words.  When in lack, not having enough and verbalizing it will keep you broke and stuck in that story.

    This was my story and a challenge for me for many years until I discovered how my money stories kept me broke.

    What’s a money story? Here’s a few examples: 

    • There’s never enough money
    • The rich get richer and the poor get poorer
    • I can’t afford to buy that
    • I’m just not good with money

    So, where did these money stories come from? Programming from your childhood mostly.  What your parents spoke about money became your story. Fortunately, these stories you’ve taken on about money can easily be rewritten so that you can create more money and not be broke. 

    It takes practice over time, but it works.  Like attracts like so what you put out into the Universe will mirror back.  Using a more positive statement about your money story will allow the shift to bring more of what you desire.

    Here’s how to rewire the stories from the above list:

    • There’s never enough BECOMES there is more than enough
    • The rich get richer and the poor get poorer BECOMES there is plenty of money for everyone
    • I can’t afford to buy that BECOMES I choose not to buy that at this time
    • I’m just not good with money BECOMES I am good at managing my money

    Up until now your money stories are keeping you broke but today you get the opportunity to rewrite those stories so you will attract more money into your life and release the old stories that keep you broke.

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