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Learn about this new kind of strategy firm that helps enable brands to innovate and grow like startups. Keep reading for all the inspiring details.

The Garage Group
The Garage Group helps companies – from startups to established brands – with strategy, ideation and insights.
As competition now comes not only from the “big guys,” but also from startups and small, nimble companies that seem to move faster than the speed of light – corporate teams are under pressure like never before.

At The Garage Group, they hang out with startups, but also work with established brands and big companies on strategy, ideation and insights. More than anything, they strive to bring corporate teams back to the heart of that entrepreneurial hunger, drive and agility that builds initiative, brands and companies.

Five years ago, The Garage Group was founded and based on two major forces coming together. “The business landscape has been changing for awhile now, and big businesses are quickly being overtaken by smaller companies that are moving faster,” says Ann Thompson, Co-founder and Innovation & Growth Strategist at The Garage Group.

“There has also been a huge shift in terms of how people want to work, especially amongst the Millennial generation,” she continues. “Younger talent wants to work in a more entrepreneurial environment, so not only are large companies being overtaken by a business standpoint, but they also aren’t able to attract and retain talent like smaller, more agile companies do.”

Since opening, The Garage Group has been able to help clients across multiple industries – nonprofits, household products, beauty care, food and beverage, financial services, athletics and décor. Some of their clients include Fortune 1,000 companies like Heinz, Staples and Reebok, and brands like Pringles, PediaSure and Yankee Candle.

“Our ideal clients are the change-makers within large companies who want to drive a new approach to strategy and innovation,” Thompson explains. “We’re always looking for like-minded thinkers who want to be part of a movement to make corporate America more entrepreneurial.”

So what makes The Garage Group approach different? They introduce large companies to a broader external perspective, blend getting business results with teaching the organization new ways of thinking, and make startup-inspired methods practical for use within a corporate environment.

“We are also authentic, approachable and super passionate about driving our clients’ business challenges,” says Thompson. “Our team really goes above and beyond to make sure our customers are satisfied and that the final takeaway strategy can sustainably help their business over time.”

Aside from impacting more companies and individuals, Thompson expresses that she hopes The Garage Group will also continue providing a great place for their employees to work. “We hope to continue impacting entrepreneurs through our ‘do good’ efforts across the country (and, eventually, the world),” says Thompson.

“On the horizon, we are taking our own medicine by innovating and growing in the same way that we teach companies in our process,” she continues. “Recognizing needs and finding creative, new ways to solve them is very much ingrained in our personal company culture – and we hope to keep living out those values.”

To learn more about The Garage Group, check out their website at www.thegaragegroup.com or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. They are located in Cincinnati, based out of Longworth Hall.

“We are so excited to be a part of the startup ecosystem in Cincinnati at such an energizing time in our city,” says Thompson. “Every day, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to be a part of something that’s helping create a collaborative, impactful, entrepreneurial spirit throughout our city, across both startups and corporates.”

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A bearded entrepreneur recently launched his own line of handcrafted beard oil (it’s great for our legs too, ladies!) Learn more about him and why his products make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

P. Bunyan Beard Oil

Cincy Chic: What is P. Bunyan Beard Oil?
Adam Minard, Founder of P. Bunyan Beard Oil: P. Bunyan Beard Oil is a beard oil that contains just four ingredients or less of 100% oils.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your beard oil business?
Minard: I’ve had a beard for almost 15 years now and a little over a year ago I decided to take care of properly, since it’s the only hair left on my head. After seeing how expensive beard oils can get while shopping online, and not knowing if I’d like the scent, I decided to buy the necessary products to make my own. After the concoction was created, and being a graphic designer, I couldn’t let the 1 oz. bottle sit in my medicine cabinet nude, so I created a label and wrapped it for fun. Once my wife (my biggest fan) saw it, she took a picture of it – and you’ll never believe it but that picture then got posted to Facebook. As you can imagine shortly after, a handful of responses followed wanting to know where you buy it. You’ve heard the phrase, “it literally happened overnight.” Well, it happened to me and I’m thrilled I can help those men out there who are enjoying it everyday like I am.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Minard: I’m a one-man band. It’s created, handcrafted, designed, packaged and shipped from my man cave in Finneytown.

Cincy Chic: What types of items do you carry in the P. Bunyan line?
Minard: Currently there are four scents: Nog Cabin, Smells Just Pine, Ginger Baker and Message In A Bottle – which is the Valentine’s Day seasonal that smells like those candy hearts.

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The Message in a Bottle beard oil from P. Bunyan Beard Oil smells like candy hearts.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for your product?
Minard: 1 oz. bottles are $20 and .5 oz. bottles are $10. The half ounce bottles are great for those who want to try it out without fully committing to it or hurting their receipt-filled wallets.

Cincy Chic: What makes P. Bunyan Beard Oil a good Valentine’s Day gift?
Minard: Message In A Bottle smells just like those candy hearts you crush like M&Ms during the month of February. It’s a great addition to that special occasion and it pairs well with Mr. Marvin Gaye spinning on the turntable.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the business?
Minard: I have a beard brush in the works as well as a beard balm, which is used to shape your beard for those who like to let ‘em grow.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about P. Bunyan Beard Oil?
Minard: You can buy P. Bunyan Beard Oil on Etsy and learn more by following me on Instagram and Facebook.

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The novel was a surprise send-up of Jane Austen’s beloved, best-known work and the modern undead craze … But can Pride and Prejudice and Zombies really be any good? Click here to find out!

 

“This will teach you disrespect the good name of the house of Bennett!” Jane Bennett (Bella Heathcote), right, and her sister Elizabeth (Lily James, center) lead their sisters through a battle in a scene from screenwriter/director Burr Steers take on the Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling remix of Jane Austen’s best-known novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES. Credit: Jay Maidment. © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.
WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: 


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Sam Riley, Douglass Booth, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Douglass Booth, Charles Dance, Sally Phillips, Suki Waterhouse, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady and Lena Headey
 
WRITER(S): Burr Steers (screenplay); Jane Austen (novel) and Seth Grahame-Smith (novel based on the original novel on which the film is based 

DIRECTOR(S): Burr Steers

WEB SITE: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/prideandprejudiceandzombies/

 
60 SECOND PLOT SUMMARY (OR AS CLOSE TO THAT TIME AS ONE CAN MAKE IT): The film adaptation of writer/director/actor/author Seth Grahame-Smith’s audacious re-envisioning of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride And Prejudice & Zombies stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennett. Elizabeth is one of five sisters who’s mother (Sally Phillips) has one common goal for them all: Get them married to someone rich as soon as possible. So, when the handsome and rich Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) takes a fancy to Elizabeth’s sister Jane (Bella Heathcote), her family is delighted. Darcy (Sam Riley), Mr. Bingley’s best friend, however, is not … For he is the epitome of upper class prejudice, a fact not quickly lost upon Elizabeth at first glance. 

With a budding romance in the air, Jane and Mr. Bingley find the couple becoming closer and closer, which prompts Jane to go visit him at his sizable estate … Only to have an accident. Of course, an accident riding across town is bad enough, but there is one particular detail that makes the situation much worse than usual …

London, where they live, is in middle of a zombie outbreak with the dead walking the earth.

Sent to the Far East to train to defend their selves against such a problem, Jane, Elizabeth and the rest of the sisters are fully prepared to slay the undead, as is Darcy. And once zombies begin to pour out of every nook and cranny on their to potentially taking down the fortified walls of London, Elizabeth and Darcy must put aside their differences if they and the rest of mankind is to survive …

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Zombie movie fans; people who found previousPride and Prejudice films in need of something more lively (no pun intended); people who will be happy the film stays true to the spirit of Austen and Grahame-Smith’s original works, Matt Smith fans; Lily James fans; people who will see it as a bit of modern feminist chic WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People suffering from zombie hangover; those wanting it to stray away from Austen’s original themes and dialogue; people who feel like Austen’s classic work should never have been abominated in this fashion; those who feel the incorporation of Asian martial arts into the piece is somehow offensive

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? A film that should never have worked based upon a book that should have never worked when considering the original novel on which it is based, Pride And Prejudice & Zombies (PP&Z for short from here on out) might arguably be the best adaptation of Austen’s work ever. If that’s not true, well, it’s at least the most entertaining one thanks to a mix of well-crafted characters, performances, dialogue and fight sequences that may finally bridge the gap between lovers of classic literature and comic books.

The cast of PP&Z could not have done a better job in infusing the right mix of humor, camp, seriousness and edge in the film as the dialogue and its delivery remains true to the spirit of Austen’s work while delivering the zest and energy of Grahame-Smith’s unique take. The zombies are not used as a crutch; instead, the cast plays things out while maintaining the traditions of the era, the quirks of each particular character – James, Smith and Riley standing out exceptionally well in this task – while at the same time making the story feel fresh. The conflicts of upper and lower society, what constitutes love … And of course, the necessities of what makes for a proper young woman (in this case, casting aside one’s martial arts training, sword and/or pistol to be a wife) are all present and expertly incorporated into the mix.

Whereas Heathcote and James present a great chemistry as sisters with different outlooks on life, Riley and James are downright dynamic in their juxtaposition as diametrically opposed zombie slayers and protectors of their family/friends. Likewise, Smith plays his role much like Elizabeth Banks’ Hunger Games approach to her Effie Trinket character, pompous, prim and proper all the way along that he is so perfectly campy his Doctor Who fans will beg for more screen time. Even Headey is great in her role as a legend akin to a zombie-slaying, all powerful Oz take on the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, especially when she is put to test to prove Elizabeth’s worth.

Screenwriter/director Burr Steers, however, is the one that serves to come out as the biggest winner from PP&Z as there is rarely a dull moment in his take on the insane-on-the-surface-but-intriguing-and-compelling-in-practice comedy/romance/drama/zombie movie. His cast performs top notch under his watch, he balances with a near perfect hand the mix of slasher camp and courtesan cinema and the fight sequences deliver true, enthralling action with just the right mix of tension and comedy. Had there been a few more threatening moments of zombie action, the film might just be perfect.

Or at least as perfect as any film with a premise this outrageous could ever hope to be, that is. Anyone thinking otherwise has too much pride and an unjust prejudice against a future cult classic that might arguably be the best film released so far in 2016.

 
OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 

 

 

 

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    With infertility rates growing, one local doctor is breaking new ground — literally and figuratively — with his new “conception center,” SpringCreek Fertility. Read on to learn more about it and his Fertility Foods book that explains three small diet changes that have a big effect on fertility.

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    It’s not always easy to get pregnant. No one knows that better than Lorie and Dr. Jeremy Groll. More than 20 years ago, as the couple started their family while Jeremy went through medical school, they created a vision for a fertility center like no other.

    “Over the years, the vision came into focus,” says Dr. Groll, who opened SpringCreek Fertility in July 2014 in a temporary space before moving into its current location in Centerville, Ohio, in March 2015.

    Today, SpringCreek Fertility welcomes everyone who wants to have children, regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation. “We are proud to serve the Western Ohio region offering evidence-based, patient-centered fertility treatments for anyone wanting to continue to build their family,” says Dr. Groll.

    As they help patients start (or continue growing) the family they’ve always wanted, SpringCreek Fertility is doing it in a state-of-the-art facility that was designed by MedTech for Solutions. “Together, with the SpringCreek associates, we are pleased that now we get to help others build the family of their dreams,” says Dr. Groll.

    According to Dr. Groll, SpringCreek Fertility treatments are based on a wellness model. “Rather than a fertility clinic, we like to think of ourselves as a ‘conception center,’” he says. “We recognize that patients expect state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments and, at the same time, we pay close attention to the emotional and financial experience as well.”

    Dr. Groll (center) and his SpringCreek Fertility staff
    Dr. Groll (center) and his SpringCreek Fertility staff

    Because fertility treatments are notoriously expensive, Dr. Groll says they help with that, too. “The medical, physical, emotional and financial aspects of fertility treatments cannot be separated,” he says. “They are integral parts of the challenge with infertility.”

    That’s why fertility treatments and preservation at SpringCreek Fertility are priced for accessibility and tailored to meet a family’s goals. “We recognize that fertility treatments can be a challenge, but they don’t have to be a battle,” says Dr. Groll. “We work to break down barriers, expose hidden obstacles and help patients’ dreams of having a baby become a reality.”

    Ultimately, Dr. Groll says, the goal from the moment patients step through the door, is for them to complete their first trimester of pregnancy and graduate them to their OB/GYN.

    In addition to the work he does at SpringCreek Fertility, Dr. Groll is also the author of the book, Fertility Foods. “Fertility Foods was designed to help patients understand how their lifestyle choices in diet and exercise can impact their fertility and potentially improve their outcomes,” he says.

    Dr. Groll’s studies and practice don’t just focus on female fertility. He’s also dedicated to making a difference in the world of male fertility as well. “According to recently published articles in Fertility & Sterility, the male’s fertility journey is often an afterthought and has been largely ignored,” he says. “Our collection rooms are designed to offer privacy and comfort. In addition, we are working with a start-up company, Androlotech, to help improve the male fertility experience.”

    SpringCreek Fertility is also on the cutting edge of advancing some of the newest areas of the field. Specifically, Dr. Groll is working to make pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis more accessible to patients who have genetic issues. “Like many fertility centers, we routinely offer genetic screening to our patients,” he says. “However, when genetic diseases or chromosomal imbalances are identified, the financial costs to treat it are expensive.”

    Dr. Groll adds that the financial costs to screen for diseases and imbalances is often far less than the financial and emotional costs of caring for a person who is born with genetic imbalances. “We are advocating for patients to help them appeal to their insurance companies to help defray some of the cost of pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis,” he explains.

    SpringCreek Fertility is located at 7095 Clyo Road in Centerville, Ohio. To learn more about SpringCreek Fertility, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram.

    Watch the webcast below as Dr. Groll explains the three most important tips from his book Fertility Foods.

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    See how this company’s locally cold-pressed juices are helping people focus on good, healthy habits through their unique vegetable-centric superfood smoothies.

    The Weekly Juicery
    The Weekly Juicery uses locally grown produce for its cold-pressed juice bar.

    The Weekly Juicery is a cold-pressed juice bar offering all things healthy! They begin with organic and locally grown produce to create raw, nutrient-dense juices full of life force energy. You’ll also find superfood smoothies, acai bowls and raw foods in their healthy menu line-up.

    The Weekly Juicery was founded in January of 2012 by Kimmye Bohannon in her kitchen. She, along with her neighbor, Elizabeth Beal, had been taking turns making juice for each other for about six months when they decided they needed to offer their juice to friends.

    “Preparing great juice is time consuming and messy, so I wanted to make juice available and convenient for busy people,” says Bohannon. “I also felt strongly about the health elevation and feel-good power of drinking juice every day. We delivered juice to doorsteps Monday through Friday every week – and so emerged the name: The Weekly Juicery!”

    Kimmye Bohannon and Elizabeth Beal of The Weekly Juicery.
    Kimmye Bohannon and Elizabeth Beal of The Weekly Juicery.

    Since opening, Bohannon has learned a lot of practical lessons about running a business. “I think the most impactful lesson we’ve learned is to stay the course and continue saying ‘yes’,” she says. “Yes to new ideas, yes when the times get tough, yes to your original vision, yes to the values that get tested and retested. Yes to moving forward!”

    Today, The Weekly Juicery offers twenty cold-pressed juices – half of which have no fruit at all. “We are focused on making our juices as vegetable centric as possible,” says Bohannon. Fruit blends are often a starting point for new juice drinkers, however, the real power in this work is drinking vegetables. We work to raise awareness and knowledge with out customers daily.”

    Their most popular juice to date is Green Lemonade – made of Romaine, Kale, Cucumber, Lemon and Ginger – one of the original five cold-pressed recipes. The juices range in price from $9 to $11.

    “We use organic and local produce during the growing season,” says Bohannon. “Organics are important, and we have partnered with local, certified organic farms since the beginning. We will be certifying organic with the USDA this year.

    What truly sets this juicery apart from others is their emphasis on education. Everyone serving at The Weekly Juicery is an official Juice Guide and ready to guide customers on the path of clean and healthy living.

    “We ask every team member to be a student and a teacher – listening intently to our customer’s needs and goals while sharing knowledge about general juice drinking, the mechanics of a great juice cleanse and why to drink a particular vegetable,” says Bohannon.

    In addition to education, they also don’t compromise of the quality of their products. “We have not, and will not, add water to our juices – or treat them with pressure or heat,” Bohannon continues. “We thoughtfully source our produce locally and we’re transparent with our customers if a conventional substitution was made.”

    Lastly, The Weekly Juicery follows strict truth in labeling their juices by listing ingredients in order of dominance. “We’ll continue following USDA rules of not labeling our juices organic until we have obtained the official seal,” says Bohanon. “Cutting corners in these areas results in the degradation of the produce and the industry in general.”

    As for the future, Bohannon expresses that she wants The Weekly Juicery to grow in a thoughtful way – beyond the vain of opening more stores. “I want to see more education, more workshops, expanded product lines, and of course, more locations,” she says. “We have spent considerable time mapping out our 2016 goals and objectives in these areas.”

    To learn more about The Weekly Juicery, visit www.theweeklyjuicery.com. They also have a Juice Hotline where customers can call in with questions at (859) 550-3218.

    “We’re currently making juice seven days a week at five locations – in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati,” says Bohannon. “We offer free juice tastings and a great juice education in all our locations every day. No scheduling needed, just come on in!

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    A local woman is telling stories – not through words, but instead, vintage clothing. See how she’s bringing fashion back to life with her Cincinnati-based online shop.

    On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that offers vintage clothing.
    On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that sells vintage clothing.

    For Bessi Bruns, clothing has always told a story. Fashion spans decades and can communicate the culture of a time period in the blink of an eye. “In high school, I became very interested in the Beatles and 60s pop culture,” Bruns explains. “I [began] learning about 60s fashion, and Pattie Boyd was my idol. I eventually moved on to learning about other decades, and during college I started collecting vintage for myself.”

    As her vintage collection grew, Bruns realized the market there might be to share her passion with others. “eBay and Myspace were big at that time, so I thought I would try auctioning some of my clothing off,” she recalls. “Since that day, I have never looked back, and from there on I knew I wanted vintage clothing to be a permanent part of my life.”

    Nine years ago, Bruns was diagnosed with Cogans Syndrome, which left her with hearing and vision troubles. “[I was] unable to work a normal job,” she says, but adds. “On the Prowl has provided me with motivation to wake up, get out of bed and make the most out of each day.”

    On the Prowl Vintage offers unique and wearable women’s attire from the 20th century. From evening gowns to everyday apparel, to lingerie and retro jackets, Bruns tries to find pieces to speak to every woman’s style. “My customer is aware of current fashion trends but still wants to be unique. She has a strong sense of identity and she’s not afraid to break fashion rules.”

    For Bruns, vintage is special because the items hold special meaning. One of Bruns’ favorite ways to find authentic pieces is to shop estate sales and make house calls. ”[I find] beautiful dresses worn on honeymoons, gifts from their husbands, and special outfits bought for special memories,” she says. “When family members know their relative’s possessions are going to caring hands, [it] makes the process of cleaning out closets a bit easier and even enjoyable.”

    Vintage always inspires current fashion trends, but there is something special about buying the real thing. Of recent popular styles, Bruns says, “I see a little bit of all the 20th century decades making a comeback. 20’s party dresses, 50’s fit and flare dresses, 70’s maxi skirts with wide brimmed hats and 90’s crop tops are all things that have been very popular the past couple of years.”

    On the Prowl Vintage is currently an online-only shop, and can be found on Etsy. “I really enjoy the process of running an online shop…since I’m online based I have access to a wide range of customers. Half of my customer base is international,” Bruns says. “I have also sold to celebrity stylists, performers, museums, and designers that work for companies like Anthropologie and Ann Taylor Loft.”

    On the topic of opening a brick and mortar location, Bruns says, “Having a place where customers can interact with the clothing would be quit special. I am open to the idea if the right opportunity presents itself.”

    Why should the stylish woman shop vintage? Bruns gave several reasons. “The quality of today’s clothing is so much different compared to that of vintage clothing. Clothing was built to last a lifetime,” she says. Of the new trend in mass-produced clothing, Bruns says, “There’s a reason that big-box stores can sell brand new dresses for $24. By choosing vintage, you’re not only avoiding bad labor practices, but you get to wear something that is special, has a history and stands out in all the right ways.”

    On the Prowl Vintage can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/ontheprowl, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontheprowlvintage and Instagram at @ontheprowlvintage.

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    Learn more about Cincy Bridal Beauty and the sister duo behind it to see how they make brides wow on their wedding day with toxin-free, eco-friendly beauty products.

    Andrea and Ashley Lauren of Cincy Bridal Beauty.
    (l-r) Andrea and Ashley Lauren of Cincy Bridal Beauty

    Andrea and Ashley Lauren love brides. That’s why they want to make them look beautiful while also keeping the products they use free of toxins and dangerous chemicals.

    The dynamic duo behind Cincy Bridal Beauty are long-time professional makeup artists, and also own Cincy Style Bar and Alba Organic Beauty Studio in Hyde Park — all of which use toxin-free, eco-friendly products. That’s what set them up for success when they launched Cincy Bridal Beauty, a team of professional makeup and hair artists that provide both in-studio and on-location wedding day preparations for brides.

    When asked what inspired them to launch this business, they said it was a love of brides and a vision of being able to offer them “stress-free, affordable wedding day preparation.”

    Cincy Bridal Beauty provides full-service, on-location and in-studio wedding makeup and hairstyling services. “We also offer a full range of pre-wedding bridal beauty preparation services from haircuts, color, facials, nails, airbrush tanning, waxing and massages,” says Andrea.

    Yes, that means even in the months leading up to a bride’s big day, Cincy Bridal Beauty can help. They even offer makeup classes for those who want to change up their makeup techniques, or have a fun activity for a bachelorette party, Andrea says.

    Something else that makes Cincy Bridal Beauty unique is that it they offer brides a full countdown to the wedding day beauty preparation experience. “We take brides from a consultation through a 6-month timeline of head-to-toe gorgeous,” Andrea explains. “Through this process, brides become ‘part of the family,’ which makes us all super invested in their wedding day happiness.”

    Cincy Bridal Beauty also offers a private Bridal Suite for in-studio brides. They’re located on the line of Oakley and Hyde Park at 2882 Wasson Road in Cincinnati.

    To learn more about Cincy Bridal Beauty, visit www.cincybridalbeauty.com.

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    Learn more about this local chiropractor who specializes in treating infants and pregnant women while giving special attention to disorders that are often just treated with medications.

    Dr. Stephanie Spiers
    Dr. Stephanie Spiers provides children and prenatal chiropractic care.

    Dr. Stephanie Spiers, who is a parent to three children, was blown away by the rising rates of autism and increasing number of children who are put on medications to treat ADHD/ADD. She says it concerns her for her kids’ generation as well as generations to come.

    “Ultimately, these conditions rob children of expressing their full potential,” explains Spiers. “They also create immeasurable stress and financial burden on parents. It is my absolute passion to provide a path for children and their families to experience abundant health, and live a life of purpose, passion and vitality.”

    So, as a doctor, she wanted to do something to help. It was these drugs, as well as medications for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, digestive disorders and other conditions, that inspired her to open Bright Futures Family Chiropractic, a family chiropractic offers with a prenatal and pediatric specialty, in February 2015.

    “Our office is dramatically different than many traditional chiropractic offices,” Spiers explains. “What sets us apart is our dedication and commitment to serving people of all ages with difficult and complex conditions who have been unable to find solutions elsewhere, and many who have lost hope.”

    Spiers has an extensive background and ongoing training in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD/ADD and Autism, as well as children and adults with chronic health issues such as allergies, asthma, headaches, digestive disorders, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

    “We believe everyone, regardless of their current health condition, deserves a Bright Future and it is our mission to empower and inspire as many families as possible to live their best life,” says Spiers.

    Aside from Certified Pediatric Chiropractor Spiers, her husband Brad helps her own and operate Bright Futures. She says that you’ll also frequently find one or both of her daughters “working” behind the front desk helping office coordinator Caitlin.

    When asked what makes Bright Futures unique, Spiers says it’s her practice of using a unique set of techniques that is unlike any other chiropractor in the area. “In addition to traditional chiropractic techniques, I am the only chiropractor in Cincinnati to have earned Elite Master status in a very specific neurological technique called Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), which is a brain-based therapy helpful with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD and other neurological disorders,” she explains.

    While there’s a lot Spiers provides as far as care for her patients, she says that the heart of the practice is really about chiropractic adjustment. “We provide safe and gentle adjustments with the focus on improving nervous system function,” she says.

    Spiers is trained and experienced in the proper care of newborns, children and pregnant women, and as a mom of 3, is very sensitive to their unique needs.

    Bright Futures also utilizes technology that can measure nervous system function as well as show progress as a patient moves through the care plan. “We also incorporate coaching, guidance and inspiration on living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, exercise and stress management,” says Spiers.

    Spiers says that Bright Futures will be launching its signature series of public workshops title “The Perfect Storm: uncovering the hidden cause behind ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and other chronic health conditions in children” on Feb. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will continue through the year.

    The Perfect Storm event will be held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Spiers says it is free to attend but guests must RSVP to reserve a seat, as they are limited. You can call the Bright Futures office at 513-792-9111 to save your spot!

    Bright Futures is located in the heart of Blue Ash off Ronald Reagan Highway at 9402 Towne Square Avenue, Suite E, in Cincinnati.

    To learn more about Bright Futures Chiropractic, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook to stay updated on office events, health tips and motivation for healthy living.

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    Attention vegan foodies! One local eatery is hosting a 3-course vegan Valentine’s Day dinner and has lots of other delicious events on deck. Click to learn all about them.

    Melt Eclectic Cafe
    Melt Eclectic Cafe is hosting a “My Vegan Valentine” event on February 13.

    Melt Eclectic Cafe knows the way to a vegan’s heart. They’re hosting a “My Vegan Valentine” event on Saturday, Feb. 13, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. featuring 3-courses from an entirely plant-based menu.

    The cafe, located in the heart of Northside, typically offers lunch and dinner sandwiches, salads and soups. Lisa Colina, who is in charge of Public Relations and Events at Wellmann Brands, which now owns Melt as of last month, says that the event is already sold out, but they hope to offer more events like this in the future.

    Although the My Vegan Valentine event sold out quickly, Colina says they plan to host more specialty events in the future, and you can always check out the restaurant for a yummy meal any day of the week. She says the restaurant is known for serving up local food with consideration for many diet preferences including vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo.

    “We offer several types of locally made breads, as well as a gluten-free bread option,” Colina explains. “Melt additionally offers both meat and plant based proteins, including a housemade seitan. We also offer seven signature salads with housemade dressings, and an award-winning vega chili and housemade soups, offered daily.”

    It’s not just about the sandwiches, soups and salads at Melt, though. Colina says they also have sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, and desserts to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea. She adds that they’re featuring dishes, specials and upcoming events on their Facebook page so that’s the best way to keep up-to-date on all things Melt.

    Melt is located in Northside, at 4165 Hamilton Avenue. To learn more, visit www.meltcincy.com and www.wellmannsbrands.com.

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    Learn about a local lady who launched a lifestyle program that inspires women to make positive shifts for boosted health and energy!

    Stacy Best of Live Your Best Life.
    Stacy Best of Live Your Best Life.

    Cincy Chic: What is Live Your Best Life?
    Stacy Best, Founder of Live Your Best Life: Live Your Best Life is a lifestyle program that inspires women to make positive shifts resulting in amazing energy, vitality, joy and pleasure in a body that they love living in! The program is a fresh new approach based purely on self-care – a celebration of nutrition, movement, recreation and restoration.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the program?
    Best: My journey to health and happiness has been a challenging one. I thought I had the dream all figured out. Got the good education, to get the perfect job, to earn a great paycheck and then I would live happily ever after, right? Uh, not even close. Even though I was eating well and working out everyday, the stress from my high-pressured corporate job was ruining my health. I was a zombie just surviving through the days. I knew there had to be a better way and I eventually became my own health advocate. I filled in the nutritional gaps with the right supplements and made positive lifestyle changes. It wasn’t until I focused on a comprehensive self-care program that I finally started to thrive. Health is more than the food on your plate and what you do at the gym. Nutrition and exercise are only a small part of being well. Reducing exposure to toxins and balancing relationships, career, spirituality and stress levels are all critical in order to Live Your Best Life.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Live Yours Best Life?
    Best: I caught the entrepreneurial bug in 2007. I created the Fit to Garden program educating gardeners on proper gardening biomechanics to reduce next day soreness and injury. In 2011 I took the program a step further and highlighted the nutritional and stress management benefits of gardening and Garden for the Health of It was born. In 2015 I authored the Garden for the Health of It guidebook. I received an overwhelming response from readers and presentation attendees regarding the stress management and restoration practices that I cover in the book. I decided to launch into the final stage of my brainchild and created Live Your Best Life. This program incorporates gardening, nutrition, movement and an abundant amount of self-care practices.

    Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Live Your Best Life?
    Best: I am a woman who loves life and lives it to the fullest. It feels so good to have the energy, interest and va-voom to do all that I want to do one this one precious life. I am a Registered Kinesiotherapist, board certified holistic health practitioner, holistic lifestyle coach, personal trainer, master gardener, Pilates and yoga instructor and have spent years researching and developing this lifestyle program. I have met so many women who are stuck in survival mode and it is painful to watch them settle for that life. My passion is to share my Live Your Best Life blueprint with these beautiful women because when you are empowered, inspired, and educate yourself, this is when you can truly achieve all you desire – and feel incredible.

    Cincy Chic: What types of services do you provide for clients?
    Best: My signature service is the 28-Day Live Your Best Life program. It is an in-person or virtual one-on-one or group program motivating women to change the way they eat, move, feel and think. The main focus is on self-care practices. This includes nutrition, movement, daily habits, removing toxins from the home, vision boarding, a pain management technique called the MELT method and my favorite – essential oils.

    I also provide traditional holistic lifestyle coaching one-on-one or in person, fitness, Pilates, yoga, gardening and essential oils coaching.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
    Best: I am beyond excited to launch my new virtual home in March! My website will host several e-courses including Garden for the Health of It and Live Your Best Life. I cannot wait to empower women to change the course of their own health through my easy to follow e-courses. My intention is to give you the tools to navigate your way back to the basics. The idea is to teach you how to nourish your mind and body without having to follow fussy gardening rules, a strict diet with complicated recipes (no calorie counting here!) or intense workout plan. Just self-care habits that make Living Your Best Live easier and more intuitive. So, let’s get after it!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about your program?
    Best: Visit my website. I’m on Facebook under Live Your Best Life and Garden For The Health Of It. Follow along on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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