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    Inspired by the artistic beauty that makes Cincinnati so colorful, two local entrepreneurs set out to highlight and tell the stories of the city’s makers and creators. Learn more about this story-telling dynamic duo, the resource they’ve created, and how they’re now expanding its reach to neighboring cities.

     

    Five-Dots is an online-based publication that focuses on Cincinnati’s booming arts community.

    While it may not be obvious to everyone, Cincinnati is truly an art destination. To help others realize the density of the arts community, local artist and writer Megan Bickel and photographer Cassandra Zetta Niehaus launched a collaborative, non-profit style, bi-monthly online arts publication called Five-Dots.

    “We started Five-Dots in July 2016 with the intent of opening up the lines of conversation between artists, makers, curators, and the public,” explains Bickel.

    Cassandra Niehaus, Co-Founder of Five-Dots.

    Bickel and Niehaus use their publication to speak with a variety of members from Cincinnati’s creative community. “We speak about their work, process, ideas, concerns about their community, and workspace as a means to discuss greater general topics such as the politics of being a creative entrepreneur, the financial and social risks of taking up non-traditional work paths, and how it affects them for the better and worse,” adds Bickel.

    This dynamic duo was inspired to launch Five-Dots after encounter other online publications such as Two Coats of Pain by Sharon Butler in New York and In-the-Make by Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan in addition to several arts podcasts, and seeing that man people outside the arts community in Cincinnati had no idea just how abundant the arts are in the city.

    “We wanted to create a platform that was engaging, stimulating, and thoughtful without being intimidating,” says Bickel. “We wanted to challenge without being confrontational.”

    Five-Dots started out as a project based out of Cincinnati, however, Bickel says it will continue to grow in the next months to include Louisville, Lexington, and other areas in the region.

    Megan Bickel, Co-Founder of Five-Dots.

    Today, Five-Dots published interviews on artists, printmakers, designers, and curators, thanks to the growth since since launching just over six months ago.

    This unique take on the artistic community in Cincinnati is one of the city’s best kept secrets. “We provide a service to creaties and non-creatives alike in that we bring the lofty, 20th century ideas of what an artist is and we bring it down to earth,” says Bickel. “We want the general public to see that being in the creative industry is like no other. The people we interview are their own product generators, marketers, publishers, shippers, accountants, and in general, badasses that own every single component of their practice.”

    The goal of Five-Dots is to introduce the general community the wonder, freedom, and obligation that comes along with being an artist, maker, and curator.  “Five-Dots hopes to encourage others to dive into what makes them happiest,” adds Bickel. “Because, at the end of the day, you are the biggest contribution to your community when you do what you do best,”

    You can expect to see content from Five-Dots continuing to be published in the coming months. Bickel says the two will launch a few interviews in the coming months with several international online galleries while hoping to open up the question, “what is regional within the context of the Internet?”

    Five-Dots can be found within the blog section of Made in Cincinnati and will soon be found through a co-launching program with AEQAI, in which Five-Dots will share selected relevant content from each other’s publications.

    Bickel adds that Five-Dots is also always taking submissions from creatives in the area, and those who are interested in submitting can visit www.five-dots.com to fill out the contact form.

    To learn more about Five-Dots, visit www.five-dots.com. The two launches new interviews every first and final Friday of the month. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates on launches and to learn more about the interviewees highlighted.

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    With the annual DAAP Fashion Show just around the corner, we chat with the director to see what’s new and get an exclusive preview!

     

    The annual DAAP Fashion Show will be held April 28.

    The annual DAAP Fashion Show hits the runway April 28, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

    So, what can one expect from this year’s show? Show director, Laurie Wilson says the show will include a 92-foot catwalk, LCD panels, along with a live DJ, over 30 runway models with original hair and makeup from Aveda Institute, hundreds of original outfits, complementary swag bags and an After Party. It’s also the 66th anniversary of the show and the 12th year Macy’s is a presenting sponsor.

    This year will feature an even deeper look into the work behind the show, Wilson says. Through photo documentation, attendees will get an inside look at how hard the DAAP students have worked in the studio over the past year.

    With 1,500 seats available to the public, the show always sells out, so Wilson suggests snagging your tickets quickly. Attendees have the option for VIP tickets or regular sale, which go on sale to the general public March 21. For those who can’t attend the show, or are looking to get even more immersed in the DAAP world of fashion, there is a Reality Rehearsal Experience on April 27, the night before the actual show.

    Laurie Wilson, Show Director of the DAAP Fashion Show.

    Attending the Reality Rehearsal Experience allows for a deeper look into the actual development of the fashion show itself, Wilson says. “Attendees will be watching the ‘inner workings’ of a run through for the show and get behind the scenes action,” she adds.

    Whether attending the Rehearsal Experience, or the Fashion Show itself, both are world-class fashion events with a front row seat to the next set of great fashion designers, Wilson says.

    Come celebrate the future of fashion on April 28 at UC’s Campus Recreation Center. Click here for ticket info and inside looks from previous shows.

     

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    A local food tour takes guests on a tasty trip around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best locally-owned restaurants. Read on for all the delicious details.

     

    Riverside Food Tours is a walking food tour through unique Tri-State neighborhoods.

    Sightseeing tours are nothing new, but Covington-based Riverside Food Tours puts a new twist on an old favorite: The walking tour explores the sights and culture of the unique neighborhoods Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati through food, stopping at five locally owned restaurants on each tour.

    “We visit various restaurants, sampling signature dishes the chef and owner wish to showcase,” explains Owner and tour guide Laura Noyes, who co-owns Riverside Food Tours with her husband Mike. “We sample a craft beer or glass of wine and always include a sweet or dessert. As we stroll from stop to stop, we share history, photos, travel tips and interesting facts about the neighborhood. Since all the tours are in historic neighborhoods, we learn about the beautiful architecture and the area’s famous residents.”

    Tours are about three hours long, run five days a week, and groups typically include twelve or fewer people, including both locals who want to try out several new restaurants at once and visitors from out of town.

    Riverside Food Tours was founded in the fall of 2015. Before the founding, Noyes worked in interior design and her husband worked at Procter & Gamble. On a visit to Newport, Rhode Islands, Laura and Mike booked their first food tour. “We loved the concept and wanted to recreate the experience back home,” she says. So they did.

    Every tour hosted by Riverside Food Tours is different, but all focus on locally-owned eateries that source their products from local farmers and businesses. On the Madison Avenue tour, guests visit ethnic restaurants and eat authentic food from Israel, Persia, China and Mexico. Riverside Food Tours also visits the Braxton Brewing Company, owned by a local family in Kentucky. The tours provide a wide variety of flavors, and at the end, when the guide asks guests which restaurant was their favorite, they are often told that they were all so good it’s impossible to choose.

    “Riverside Food Tours is a unique experience for locals, because it allows them an opportunity to view their city in a whole new light,” Noyes explains. “They visit neighborhoods for the first time, dine at local restaurants, hear the history and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. It’s a perfect afternoon adventure that’s so different from the ordinary routine. It’s also nice for those hosting friends and family from out of town, because we do all the work!”

    Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon during her tour with Riverside Food Tours.

    Riverside Food Tours also hosts groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, and showers.

    To learn more, visit http://riversidefoodtours.com/, and check out this awesome experience Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon:

    John and I did the Mainstrasse Village Food Tour. Perfect date for a couple with a children! Laura, owner and our tour guide, is SUPER knowledgable. Tour was not just about the food and different bars/restaurants but the history of that area as well! After 3 hours of samplings, you def. leave full! Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for something different to do! We can’t wait to try out the other tours they offer!

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    Learn about a jewelry and watch store that’s been a Cincinnati staple (but best kept secret) since the mid 1950’s.

     

    Hudepohl Jewelers was launched in 1956 and is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati.

    Don Hudepohl, the original owner of Hudepohl Jewelers, learned the art of watch repair following WWII. He combined his love of watches with his wife Rita’s love of jewelry to create a unique experience where quality and customer service came first. Thus, in 1956 the business was born.

    The original location of the jeweler was at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills. The former name of the store was Rie-Don Jewelers. Hudepohl Jewelers moved to their current location on the 7th floor of the Provident Building at the corner of 7th and Vine Streets in 1972.

    Currently, Barry Hudepohl, the son of the original owners, runs the business. He earned his gemology degree in 1986 and took over the company in 1995. The store’s staff consists of 8 loyal, longtime employees. Joyce Yancey, the bookkeeper at Hudepohl Jewelers, has been with the company since the move to the Vine Street location. Between all of the staff, there are three gemologists and with over 30 years of experience in the company.

    Fast forward to 2016. The store officially celebrated its 6oth anniversary. Contributing to its long-term success is the store’s specialization in custom design jewelry and engagement rings. Hudepohl Jewelers carries a large variety of high quality diamonds, gem stones, and unique mountings. Hudepohl says they also offer custom design capabilities, expert repair services, and competitive pricing.

    Hudepohl says their prices are affordable since the store doesn’t advertise, and relies solely on word-of-mouth. In today’s marketing and consumer crazed economy, this is almost unheard of, Hudepohl says, but by prioritizing customer service, the store has gathered a loyal following.

    Hudepohl Jewelers values the memories that are made through all of their jewelry. “We have many stories of customers that make a piece of jewelry with their family diamonds,” says gemologist Susan Quinlan Zink. “This Christmas, we had a customer that was brought to tears by the necklace we created.”

    Last year, a customer was being shown a $500,000 diamond and said he would take two! Another customer proposed to his fiancée in the store, and the jewelers were more than happy to help with the engagement surprise!

    And the surprises don’t stop there! After 45 years, the store is facing an exciting new move. Hudepohl says they are hoping to stay near their current location. Watch for updates beginning in late summer on their Facebook, Instagram, and website.

     

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    A local woman launched a business that encourages dogs to start exercising. Keep reading for all the tail-wagging details.

     

    4 Paws Running Co. gives your four-legged friends a chance to get out and run.

    Do you want your furry friend to get more in shape? 4 Paws Running Co. is a startup business that is currently located in Terrace Park, Ohio. Kimberly Renie, Founder and Operations Manager of 4 Paws Running Company, has a passion for dogs and running, and wanted to create a company that was a culmination of both.

    “I personally have been a lifelong runner and have participated in half marathons, marathons, and various road races. We also have six teenagers and three dogs living under our roof,” she says. “With all the teenagers, dogs and working full time at our primary jobs, we noticed the dogs would be extra rambunctious if we didn’t take the time to exercise them. When they were not exercised, it was stressful on everyone.”

    4 Paws was started with families as the main focus. Renie works with her husband and her three children. “Every family loves their pet, and wants the best, but doesn’t always have the time. We want to help them in the department. Easing the stress on families while doing something we love is very easy for use,” says Renie.

    She always wanted to start her own running business. “Because I also love fashion, initially I wanted to own a running company apparel store,” says Renie. “Since I haven’t gotten to the point of building and running apparel part of the company, I took the name and added the 4 Paws, since our main clientele have 4 paws.” The mission of 4 Paws Running Co. is “to exercise our canine friends to help them burn energy, drain anxiety, and lead an overall happy life,” she says.

    There are two different services offered at 4 Paws. Dog running involves “pacing the dogs through a vigorous one hour running adventure. Like all good pacers, we make sure the dogs get water and rest breaks when appropriate. The distance is usually two to five miles, depending on the fitness level or the dog and the current weather conditions,” says Renie. “If a new dog can’t initially run for a full hour, we break up the session with periods of walking and slowly building up their endurance. A run recap with statistics is provided to the owner after each workout.” The running rate for a dog is $25 and an additional $5 if there is more than one dog.

    There is also walking. “Here we ease up the pace and take the dog on a purposeful stroll around the neighborhood for 25 minutes. During the outing they enjoy fresh air, sunshine hopefully, bathroom breaks and sniffing out their territory.” The walking rate is $15 per outing and every additional dog is $5.

    There are so many benefits for dogs to exercise. For walking, it gives you a break from the monotony of the day, but dogs need more vigorous exercise to feel calm and relaxed.  

    “Repressed energy can easily translate into anxiety issues and a chaotic household. Our team of distance runners and experienced dog handlers will guide dogs through a fun and challenging workout designed around his or her needs,” she says. R

    unning is positive for dogs because it can be a part of a training process. “From being a long time dog owner, I have realized that the structure behind keeping a pace, shortening a leash and verbal positive reinforcement can have the major positive effects on a dog,” says Renie.

    4 Paws defines success by having a happy family. “If we can bring happiness to the dogs, which in turn brings happiness to the families, then we have done our job,” she says.

    To learn more about 4 Paws Running Co., follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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    Renowned Cincinnati-based makeup artist Rachel Lisa recently announced the opening of her new downtown studio. Keep reading for all the details.

     

    Rachel Lisa opened a new studio in downtown Cincinnati.

    Rachel Lisa, a Cincinnati-based makeup artist, has worked with some of today’s hottest celebrities, such as Kesha, Rachel Zoe, and Katy Perry.

    Lisa started right out of high school working for Prescriptives in 1996, and has since launched her own makeup application business and cosmetics line, and just announced her new studio storefront, located downtown at 1115 Pendleton Street. From this studio, Lisa offers makeup lessons, event makeup for weddings, commercial events, senior portraits, maternity shoots, headshots, and boudoir shoots.

    “I love my new studio- it has loads of natural light,” says Lisa. “And, I’m now directly next door to the Bell Event Center, where a lot of people get married.” Lisa says she plans to continue her on-location services for weddings, and other events, but will have her new studio space as a home base for her other services.

    By appointment only, women can take a class with Lisa, to learn her makeup tricks. “I have a few different classes I offer like a quick everyday look, the elusive smoky eye look, and highlighting and contouring,” Lisa explains. “But, I can customize any class for what someone wants to learn.”

    Other than the natural light in her newfound studio, Lisa says she is most excited for her décor options, and working with clients in a fun filled work environment. “Two words: glitter wall,” Lisa laughs. “A glitter wall, is a wall painted with glitter. Mine will be done with black glitter, on top of black paint, I’m so excited for that part.”

    Lisa has her own makeup line called Rachel Lisa, and sells it in her studio, as well as online. Lisa says while she uses her own line on her clients, and in her classes, she incorporates other makeup brands as well. “I use lots of brands besides mine, like Mac, Nars, and, IT Cosmetics,” Lisa explains.

    “I love that my job is different every day, and filled with different people,” Lisa says. “It might be a commercial, a film with celebrities, or a wedding party that I’m working with. I love meeting new people, and seeing their expressions when they see how much makeup can change them. Sometimes you’ll have a really meaningful connection with a client, maybe someone that has lost their lashes, and brows due to chemo, or they’re just not feeling pretty, and when they see themselves looking beautiful, there’s literally no better feeling.”

    Lisa offers makeup classes at her studio for $150 per person, and a 25 percent off deal on her makeup line, when you sign up for one. The prices vary for her on-location events, depending on what the event is.

    To find out more about Rachel Lisa, and her new studio, click here.

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    A local family-owned boutique concept is hitting it big. Learn more about the women's fashion, home décor and gift boutique that just opened a new location in Anderson on Beechmont Ave.

     

    Rose & Remington opened a new boutique location in Beechmont.

    Cincy Chic: What is Rose & Remington?
    Lisa Jones of Rose & Remington: Rose & Remington is an eclectic boutique and home store with five locations in Ohio. We carry affordable, chic, and empowering items.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new Beechmont store, when did you open?
    Jones: Our Beechmont community welcomed Rose & Remington in early December 2016.

    Rose & Remington features an eclectic collection of apparel, jewelry, and home goods.

    Cincy Chic: What makes this eclectic boutique so unique?
    Jones: What makes Rose & Remington unique is the wide range of inventory we offer. Each store offers something special for every person that walks through the door. Our exceptional customer service is also something we truly enjoy expressing to each customer who shops with us. The Beechmont store is unique because we are a breath of fresh air to the community. We are constantly thanked for opening this location because women now have someone different to shop than a big box store. When a customer walks in, our goal is to build a relationship with that person. We love helping them shop for their outfit or for their new special home item.

    Cincy Chic: Why is Rose & Remington Beechmont one of the city’s best kept secrets?
    Jones: Our best form of advertisement is word of mouth. That being said Beechmont is no longer a kept secret; only because everyone has to share their experience at our store with their friends and family!

    Cincy Chic: What types of products can customers find at the store?
    Jones: We carry a wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories. Our Lebanon and Beechmont locations have the awesome opportunity of having a designated home section. Our unique home items include small decor, signs, florals, chandeliers, and custom home furniture.

    Cincy Chic: Can you give us a price range for items?
    Jones: This is something that is truly hard to pinpoint because of the wide variety of products we offer. For our clothing, we have items as low as $12.99. For our jewelry, we have items at low as $2.99. Our price points are affordable for anyone.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Rose & Remington this year?
    Jones: Yes! Rose & Remington is always growing. We are excited to announce that our Florence location will soon be added to our family.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with the store?
    Jones: Stop by and visit us at our Beechmont location! We’re at 454 Ohio Pike in Cincinnati. We are also active on Facebook and Instagram. To get more insider information, join our email list. You can also visit us 24 hours a day at www.roseandremington.com.

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    On a day where nothing seemed to go right, our life coach columnist asked this one question to get things back on track.

     

    I just returned home from attending a wonderful wedding weekend in Arizona with good friends. On my mind was the fact that I hadn’t really accomplished much for work and I would be playing “catch up” when I got back. Thankfully, I hadn’t scheduled too much for myself on my first day back so I could get serious at my desk. I got up early, worked out, and felt ready to tackle my day. There was only one problem— my Internet wasn’t working.

    I tried a couple remedies that have worked in the past, but still no Internet. Frustrated, I called my son for suggestions. He patiently walked me through some steps to solve the problem, but no such luck— nothing worked. After going to a coffee shop to work for a while, I returned home to see if the situation had changed. That’s when my husband sent me the email informing me that my Internet provider was doing maintenance. According to the note, it was a temporary situation that would be remedied within 45 minutes. Eight hours later, I realized that my situation was anything but temporary.

    To make a long, long story short, I spent at least two hours on the phone with various support people who walked me through possible solutions. Of course, nothing worked. Not even using my iPhone as a hotspot was working.

    In the morning, I talked to three various supervisors about the issue and shared how waiting another 24 hours for a technician was unacceptable. Stressed with the situation, I ran out the door so I wouldn’t be late for my full day seminar. As I drove into the lot, I found it strange that there weren’t any cars around. I looked again in my calendar to make sure I had the right day.

    I was off by a week. And if all this wasn’t bad enough, two “sure thing” proposals fell through later that day.

    Suffice to say, I was having a really, really bad couple of days. I had a plan and things weren’t happening according to my plan. Have you been there? Have you lived a day where you feel like everything in the world is going wrong? A day when you wonder why you even try?

    Well, when you do, be sure to ask yourself the following question:

    What can I do to control my current situation?

    In dire situations, you feel a loss of control. This feeling of having no sense of control makes you uncomfortable, to say the least. Although it may be hard to imagine in the moment, there are always aspects of the situation that you do have control over. Think about ways you can take control, no matter how small the change or impact. This action of focusing on what you can impact, instead of swirling out of control, will make you feel productive and in charge.

    Full Disclosure:

    I did swirl for a bit before I took control of the situation. That’s pretty normal. However, I didn’t stay there. I searched for ways to keep moving forward.

    So, I’m asking you to become more resilient and work on having less “swirling time” and “more productive action time” when bad things happen. Because the truth is that we all have days like I just described.

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    Exciting changes are in store as the art museum ramps up visitor experience through an innovative gallery redesign. Read on as our art guru gives us a sneak peek inside.

     

    Schmidlapp Gallery from Summer 2016, featuring temporary exhibition mural (Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), United States, Sleep, 2008, oil on canvas, Rubell Family Collection, Miami)

    Anyone who’s visited the Cincinnati Art Museum has likely traveled through the Schmidlapp Gallery, the art-filled walkway that connects the lobby to the museum’s Great Hall. Thanks to a generous $1 million grant from Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, along with additional financial support from the State of Ohio, an innovative redesign of this centralized gallery is currently underway. The renovations will allow the community to connect with art, engage in focused study of collections, and provide orientation and connection to the historic Bimel Courtyard.

    The design for the new Schmidlapp Gallery focuses on its position as a central architectural artery essential to every museum visit. The renovation will invite visitors to pause, converse, linger and discover highlights of the museum’s collection.

    The integral features of the plan include the addition of a courtyard wall of windows for natural light, seating to encourage congregation, individual looking lounges and detailed curatorial interpretation around singular artworks, and the installation of Saul Steinberg’s cherished large-scale “Mural of Cincinnati.” New floors, lighting and state-of-the-art temperature and humidity controls will be part of this revitalization.

    Cameron Kitchin, the museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director, notes that the plans incorporate new interpretive and visitor research and reflect the museum’s comprehensive 2016–2020 strategic plan. “The Schmidlapp Gallery will be welcoming and immediately embrace the needs of contemporary visitors. These changes will provide innovative modes of art learning incorporating our collections. The vibrant and accessible space will be modern and look to the future while honoring our past.”

    Cincinnati companies emersion DESIGN and Monarch Construction have been contracted for this project. The renovation will be completed by the end of 2017. Installation of artworks, interactive technologies, and other features will be added in early 2018.

    Although changes to the space will be significant, care is being taken to minimize visitor impact during the construction period. The Schmidlapp Gallery will be closed for one day, on Friday, March 3, to complete the final stages of removing the artwork from the gallery space. A selection of bronze sculptures will be temporarily relocated to the Great Hall.

    A temporary wall is being erected along the west side of the Schmidlapp Gallery and will remain in place until mid-June. During this time, the space will be open as a walkway and partial gallery. The space will remain ADA-compliant and allow room for wheelchair and stroller access. From mid-June through early September 2017, the museum plans to close the space and detour visitors through the Hanna Wing.

    The Schmidlapp Gallery is one of the most used spaces within the museum. The Schmidlapp Gallery has recently been used to feature “icons” drawn from the museum’s permanent collection including Warhol, Monet and Degas. Prior to October 2011, it showcased the museum’s Antiquities collection.

    The Cincinnati Art Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1886, making it one of the oldest art museum buildings in the country. The Emma Louise Schmidlapp Wing, which includes the Schmidlapp Gallery, opened in 1907. It was designed by Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham in the Doric temple style.

    The museum has experienced numerous expansions and renovations since its original construction. Many aspects of the most recent Cincinnati Wing and Make Room for Art renovation projects successfully drew on the same architectural principles to be used in the Schmidlapp Gallery renovation, putting visitor experience, inspiration and orientation at the center of the project.

    The museum’s Great Hall was renovated in 1993 and the main lobby in 2014. The renovations in the Schmidlapp Gallery will connect these spaces and create more opportunities for learning, exhibition, congregation, conversation and comfort.

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      A knack for decorative finishing followed by a love for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint turned into a booming business for this Ohio couple. Keep reading to hear their story and see how they’re now featuring local artisans in their four stores, warming clients’ hearts and homes.

      Debra Campbell of Fleurish Home with Chip and Joanna Gaines of the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper.

      Rustic home decor has busted back on the home design and decorating scene and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon thanks to a growing popularity to repurpose items and stay green.

      To help locals find the products they were looking for while designing and decorating, husband and wife team Debra and Doug Campbell were inspired to launch their own business, Fleurish Home.

      Fleurish Home is an official retailer of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.

      The business was officially born in 2013 to serve an ever-growing demand for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, but it’s origin story dates back long before Fleurish Home became a physical home decor and gift shop.

      Debra’s professional career has always been in the field of creating all things visual. She started her career in visual merchandising for various retail stores following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Bowling Green State University.

      During her time in the visual merchandising realm, Debra began to fine tune her skills in decorative finishing like gilding, faux finishes, glazes, murals, and Venetian plaster. Decorative finishing was no longer just a hobby for Debra, it was something she knew she wanted to turn into a business when her merchandising career became too difficult after her and Doug started a family.

      Debra’s first business launched in 2000, under the name Wallartistry. “Over the years I was asked to showcase my work in home-a-ramas, model homes, designer show houses, and more,” she explains. “I was commissioned to do hundreds of homes and commercial properties from small, one-room projects to large, 10,000-square-foot residents. I was working for local celebrities and sports figures and doing projects for restaurants and even ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.”

      All of that hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. Debra has won several national awards for her work and after she saw just how successful she was in the home decorating field she decided to launch her own studio/school to help teach others the field of decorating finishing.

      Fleurish Home is also a gift and decor shop to help you fill your home with unique items.

      “It was here that I was introduced to Chalk Paint by one of my students in the late summer of 2010,” she says. “It was shortly after it landed in the United States and I was instantly hooked.”

      Soon thereafter Debra became a Chalk Paint retailer and traveled all over the state of Ohio, showing retail shops and paint studios the new product she’d encountered.

      Doug has always been Debra’s right-hand-man. His professional career included a journeyman electrician, and when he wasn’t doing that he was helping Debra with large decorating plastering jobs in the evenings and on weeks.

      The two realized they needed a shop with regular hours when they couldn’t keep up with the demand for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Doug was making daily trips to UPS, setting up at trade-shows and events, and picking up and delivering paint to local retailers.

      “We needed a shop with regular hours, and along with paint, customers had starting asking what other items were available for purchase,” says Debra. “So, we closed our studio and started work on the retail shop.”

      When they committed to the shop, they went all in. Doug took a huge leap of faith and left his day job in order to help get the shop together.

      “We’ve always wanted to work together, so opening the shop was a dream come true for both of us,” says Debra. We are so lucky to work side-by-side everyday and make this our family business.”

      Fleurish Home sells paint supplies including chalk paints, waxes and topcoats, stencils, gilding & metallics, hardware & knobs, Annie Sloan & DIY books, embellishments, and they also carry the Annie Sloan Fabric Collection.

      These DIY items aren’t the only things you can find from Fleurish Home. They also carry botanicals and room decor including objects and accents, wall art, typography, one-of-a-kind items, lantern & candle holders, and other items to decorate your home.

      “Many of the shop’s items are from small businesses and/or handmade by themselves or other artisans around the country,” says Debra. “We wanted to help others to ‘fleurish’ in their lives and look beautiful while doing so.”

      There are several physical stores of Fleurish Home throughout southwestern Ohio. Physical locations can be found in Columbus, Springboro, Cincinnati, and Hamilton. To learn more, email support@fleurishhome.com or call 937-748-8362. To learn more, visit http://www.fleurishhome.com/ or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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