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One local salon owner launched her own line of natural, organic and vegan hair care. Read on for all the Good Hair Day details.

Cara D’Ambrosio founded her own 100 percent natural hair care line, which is available at Me Salon Studios.
Cara D’Ambrosio, owner of Me Salon Studios

If you work so hard to put natural and organic foods in your body every day, shouldn’t you do the same for your hair?

That’s why Cara D’Ambrosio created her all natural, 100% vegan, organic hair care product line — free of parabens, preservatives, chemicals, sulfates, and gluten — only available at Me Salon Studios.

According to D’Ambrosio, the line has been tested to substantially improve shine, humidity resistance hold, moisture retention for smoothness, manageability and touch-ability. These highly concentrated formulas also put less strain on the environment from their natural product base, as well as amounts needed to generate lather and conditioning. All finishing products also contain sunscreen to further minimize hair damage from sun and heat.

D’Ambrosio brings a bloodline of hair care, and decades of experience into developing this line. In 1992, she began working at her father Pete’s hair salon. Learning all about the hair industry and how to make the perfect cut and color, D’Ambrosio fell in love with the craft, and later took over her father’s salon in 2007.

Just a few of the products available from the all-natural hair care line at Me Salon Studios.
The all-natural hair care line available at Me Salon Studios.

Me Salon has since been recognized as one of the “World’s Best Salons” by Intercoiffure among other awards. To achieve this level of service, D’Ambrosio travels around the world learning new techniques, studying styling trends, and researching the best products.

With those demands, in addition to becoming a mom of twins 20 months ago, D’Ambrosio decided to increase efficiency by moving her business to a Salon Loft space, located at 9285 Governers Way.

“[It] was a quality of life decision. I’m passionate about hair dressing. Running a large salon with several employees meant I spent a large portion of my time on HR, accounting, and insurance,” D’Ambrosio explains. “I wanted to get back to the ‘roots’ of my artistry and spend my work time in the salon, not in my office. Before children, a 60 hour work week was a breeze. I’m an Italian American and family is really important to me. So, I downsized my business, I’m doing what I love and I have more time with my twins. Simple as that.”

To learn more about Me Salon and the Me Salon organic product line, click here.

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After 25 years in the food service industry, this local chef decided to cook up her own personal venture - The Esoteric Chef - catering to clients with specific dietary needs.

The Esoteric Chef is owned by Alison Mcelfresh, a personal chef who can meet the special dietary needs of any family.

From vegetarian, vegan and paleo to gluten, dairy and egg free, Alison Mcelfresh has catered to (pun intended) every special request in the book. But now, after 25 years of food industry experience, Mcelfresh is cooking up her own savory start-up: The Esoteric Chef.

Mcelfresh says she started her career in a funky Kentucky restaurant where she served up classic vegetarian and vegan dishes “before anyone knew what vegan was.” She eventually decided to hone her craft as a chef, so she attended the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Academy where she received training in classic French cooking techniques.

“Career stops along the way included catering and the hospitality industry,” she explains. “My resume also includes a stint at the legendary Masionette in Cincinnati.”

Before she launched The Esoteric Chef, Mcelfresh says, she was honored to have the opportunity to work with disabled adults where she taught them basic skills so that they could get jobs in food service.

There’s also a personal background that led Mcelfresh to launch The Esoteric Chef, which includes a journey of weight gain and loss – something she says is common among those in the food industry – as well as her path back to being healthy.

According to Mcelfresh, her determination combined with her cooking skills has helped her to lose 80 pounds so far. All the while, Mcelfresh continues to cook and eat tasty meals. “See,” she laughs, “you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health!”

That’s especially handy for clients with allergies, specialty diets or eating plans. Mcelfresh also enjoys modifying family favorites in order to meet everyone’s dietary needs. “I can create meals to support those with special dietary needs – vegetarian or vegan, paleo, gluten- or dairy- free – as well as comfort classes to name but a few,” she explains.

To learn more, visit The Esoteric Chef on Facebook. Mcelfresh says that she hopes to unveil her website www.theesotericchef.com soon.

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Learn about the local advocacy group that connects you with information to help you see, learn and do all things green through seminars, tours and hands-on projects.

Chuck Lohre, founder of the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, a business that helps buildings in the Queen City achieve LEED certification.
Chuck Lohre, founder of the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy

Kermit said it best: It’s not easy being green.

That’s where The Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy (GCEA) can help. It’s a Green Building Consultancy and a Green Marketing Agency, that was launched after founder Chuck Lohre, Leed AP ID+C, and his wife Janet Groeber purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in 2003, and brought back his interest in architecture.

“I have followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s education path to learn how to serve this industry,” he explains. “We founded Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy in 2009 and self-documented our office LEED Platinum in 2011.”

Through GCEA’s experience in certifying LEED buildings, Lohre and his team were able to certify GreenSource Cincinnati’s office LEED Platinum in 2013.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it’’s helping to change the way that structures, commercial and residential, are designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

When buildings are LEED-certified, the structures save money and resources through clean energy while also promoting a positive impact on the health of those who occupy the buildings. Buildings that are seeking LEED certification must meet a certain number of requirements and earn points depending on the type of structure and what it’s intended use is.

In the office, Lohre has a team of interns that study with the Advocacy to pass their Green Associate and Accredited Professional exams. Together, these individuals are helping business owners certify their projects to meet the LEED requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Through the GCEA, Lohre says that he wants to help promote Green Building while providing the public with the information they need to advocate for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification process.

Lohre says that in the future, because GCEA is also a marketing agency, he plans to offer insights into the sustainable lifestyle to new clients.

He adds that this year, GCEA started a Green Home Tour series with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and he became Chair of the Green Living Member Circle.

To learn more, visit www.green-cincinnati.com.

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Celebrate this Earth Day with the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition and its “Cincinnaturally” themed event that’s bringing thousands together for a full-filled day of earth-friendly education.

The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is hosting its 45th Earth Day celebration on April 18 at Sawyer's Point.
The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is hosting its 45th Earth Day celebration on April 18 at Sawyer’s Point.

The Tri-State area is a beautiful, scenic region. But that’s easy to overlook with all the kids’ activities, your work deadlines, and everyone’s busy schedules.

That’s why the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition (GCEC), a community of nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals from the Tri-State work together to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the region.

One of the GCEC’s upcoming events http://gcec.us/ is the Cincinnaturally Earth Day Celebration. The term “Cincinnaturally” is a phrase borrowed from Charley Harper’s poster supporting the Hamilton County Park District and something that suits the mission of the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition perfectly, says Lauren Beatty, GCEC Director of Public Relations.

She adds that the inspiration for this year’s theme came from Chuck Lohre, at the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy. “We were debating ideas for this year’s theme, when we took a break and looked up from our table at Chuck’s poster, and it suddenly clicked,” says Beatty, adding that it perfectly highlighted “Cincinnati,” “green,” and “education” — just as they hoped their event would do this year.

GCEC’s Earth Day event is a celebration of the natural community and exhibiting members take the lead on educating the attendees of all ages. It will take place on April 18 at Sawyer Point from noon to 5 p.m. – rain or shine, says Beatty.

The event features live music, face painting, bounce houses, a climbing wall, recycled sculptures, food trucks, vendors, and nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to the mission of the GCEC. The 2014 event boasted more than 7,000 attendees and 86 exhibitors and vendors. “This year’s event is sure to bring just as many and plenty of fun,” Beatty says.

To learn more about GCEC’s “Cincinnaturally” Earth Day event, click here.

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Two local sisters teamed up to turn a part of America’s favorite pastime into fashionable bracelets for men and women. Learn more about this homerun idea.

Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.
Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.

Cincy Chic: What is Baseball Lacelets?
Alexis Rosenbaum, Co-owner of Baseball Lacelets: Hannah King and I founded Baseball Lacelets in February 2014, to produce customized leather wrap bracelets made from the lacing in baseball gloves for men and women. Using replacement baseball glove lace from a U.S.-based tannery, Hannah and I cut the lacing to size before securing a tri-buckle closure to the leather. Using a laser engraver, each bracelet can be customized to fit a consumer’s request.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: In 2013, I was feeling lost professionally and turned to my husband for advice. My husband, Danny, a baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, tossed a plastic bag of loose baseball glove lace at me and said “do something with this!” For two months, we took the loose lace and worked on bracelets to give to family members as holiday presents, even ordering a stamp kit off Ebay and teaching ourselves to stamp quotes onto the leather. When the bracelet closure became a stumbling block, Hannah entered the picture. The rest, as they say, is history.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: My sister Hannah King and I are behind the business as well as the recent addition of our third sister, Kelsey King, who is assisting us daily.

Cincy Chic: How much does a lacelet cost?
Rosenbaum: Our lacelets are $25 and are completely customizable to fit your wants and needs. The best part about buying right now is that if you shop our Kickstarter and support our next adventure, you can grab one for only $20 each or 6 for $100.

An example of a Baseball Lacelet.
An example of a Baseball Lacelet.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your Kickstarter campaign!
Rosenbaum: Of course! To cover the cost of our own laser engraver and rental space, we have introduced our Baseball Lacelets to Kickstarter with a goal of $18,000 in funding.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s a home for everything from films, games and music to art, design and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects big and small that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

In 2014, we made sure our customers were supplied with the freedom of making each Lacelet their own. To secure this part of our brand, we had to go from hand stamping each letter onto each Lacelet into developing a production process that was centered around laser engraving.

Today, we rent our laser engraver at a membership workshop for a monthly fee, which gave us the ability to learn the equipment and software we use before making the large investment in purchasing our very own laser engraver; however, our current manufacturing setting is not conducive to further business growth.
After a year of exploding growth, we have greatly outgrown the rented equipment and the lack of space that it comes with. In 2015, we’re chasing independence, our own equipment and even more storytelling.

Lacelets, along with other incentives, can now be ordered by backing our project and those who order can expect to receive their reward no later than May 2015. In order for Baseball Lacelets to reach more wrists, we need to meet or exceed our Kickstarter goal by Tuesday, March 31. If the project goal is not met, no incentives will be awarded.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: We are really excited about the opportunities that are coming our way and even more excited about a few new products we have been designing. Renting the laser engraver gives us very limited time to explore new products so it has taken us some time to really fine tune the route we wanted to take with our first new product line we are launching all month. Last week we released a Lacelet Keychain that still holds true to allowing our customer to customize the baseball glove lace, but now in the form of a keychain. We are really excited about providing a product for our non-jewelry wearing followers who love our brand, but aren’t interested in bracelets. The keychain is the first of many new items to come at Baseball Lacelets!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or support Baseball Lacelets?
Rosenbaum: Readers can check us out on Kickstarter. I have to admit, our video is pretty awesome! For more information, visit www.baseballlacelet.com or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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It’s easy to take things (and people) for granted. So, how can we change this negative habit? Our life coach columnist has three simple steps.

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I got up this morning and realized that we had “sprung ahead” and it was now one hour later than I assumed. I began the arduous task of trying to change every single clock in the house. I went downstairs to eat my breakfast and noticed that the dishwasher had run out of any extra space. It was filled haphazardly and completely jam-packed. Accepting that I needed to run it, I sighed and finally pulled out the detergent, starting it up. Of course, I thought. There’s always one more thing for me to do when I’m feeling so tired!

I went to throw something in the trash and realized that it was full and needed to be taken out. I still had clothes in the dryer and another hamper full of whites to go. I began to feel overwhelmed with the number of responsibilities on my list.

And then I stopped and reflected on my situation. These were all the responsibilities that my husband usually takes care of on a consistent basis and he had been gone for the last 6 days.

These tasks usually just get completed and I don’t even have to think about it.

Is it possible that I don’t realize how good I have it? Maybe I don’t tell him enough how much I appreciate everything he does?

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a situation with our family, friends or in the workplace. It’s all the same. An article by Tony Schwartz in the Harvard Business Review illustrates this feeling perfectly: A worldwide study conducted by Towers Watson revealed that engagement in the workplace is driven by whether or not workers feel that their managers are genuinely interested in their well being and also whether they feel appreciated for their work. The study revealed that 40% of workers today felt engaged.

So why is it so difficult for us to show gratitude and appreciation for others in the workplace and at home? Whether we like it or not, we easily fall into the pattern of taking things for granted. So, how can we change this negative habit?

The first step lies in acknowledging your own actions.
Make a pact to see the world through new eyes. Take a step back at work and at home, really paying attention to what is going on around you. See all the little things that somehow get completed without you realizing it. The truth is that you can get so caught up in your own agendas, responsibilities, and issues that you can miss what’s right in front you. Do an inventory of where you might need to improve your appreciation skills.

Showing appreciation gets easier the more you do it.
You know how the more you workout the stronger you get? The stronger you get, the easier exercising becomes. Showing gratitude for others is the same— it’s a muscle that you need to exercise on a regular basis. If you continue to say “thank you” and show appreciation for others, the easier and more routine it becomes in your life. It’s a habit like everything else.

Say thank you when they least expect it
I don’t believe in Hallmark holidays like Sweetest Day or Administrative Assistant day. In my opinion, this just seems like a forced appreciation day. It doesn’t feel genuine. If you really want to show your appreciation, demonstrate your gratitude when they least expect it. Do it on a consistent basis when it is deserved. This is when it will mean the most.

I encourage you to start your new appreciation efforts today. Look around and say “thank you” to someone that makes your life easier, without expecting anything in return.

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter about the lessons that running - and not running - has taught her through the years.

Our Editor-in-Chic shares life lessons  for her daughter.

It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s true: “If running is difficult, run more.”

You know, that thing that makes your legs scream for mercy, pores spew sweat, and lungs strain for air? Yeah, do more of that.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, the thing is, the more you run, the better you get at it. It feels difficult at first – if not impossible – but the more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the more you can accomplish.

I’ve been running since I was really young. We lived in the country and it was a way for me to explore. Not only my surroundings, but also my capabilities. I was always so proud to come home and tell my parents how far I went on a run.

I eventually ran track and cross country through middle and high school. Then in college, I ran my first marathon. It was somewhat of an accident how it happened though, and it wasn’t pretty, but I did it.

It all started when three friends and I decided to run a marathon relay. The race was broken up into four parts where each runner did about six miles each, and I was assigned to the first leg of the race.

I trained a little harder for it than I should have because I didn’t want to run too slow and disappoint my teammates. So, come race day, I was interested to see how far I could run. I decided I’d just keep running until I couldn’t run any more and then I’d walk the rest of the course.

BANG! The race began, adrenaline was high, and I focused on running those first six miles hard for my teammates! Before I knew it, my six miles were up and I had tagged my friend to start her leg. I kept running as planned and figured it wouldn’t be long before I puttered out. All the sudden, I was passing mile marker 13 and was already halfway through the marathon!

I couldn’t believe I had just run a half marathon. At this point, I was definitely feeling the pain, but I figured if I had run half, I could run the other half (made sense at the time). At mile marker 20, with six miles left in the course, I was feeling really rough, but I told myself this was the final leg and I was on the home stretch.

Four and a half hours after starting what began as just a six mile race, I was beginning mile 26. My body felt like it was stuck in quick sand and everything hurt, but everyone was cheering for the runners and I couldn’t stop on the last mile! I remember being in tears – happy, so incredibly proud of me tears – as I crossed the finish line, frantically looking for a place to collapse and rest.

And rest I did. I couldn’t walk for the next few days, I lost both of my big toe nails, and endured lots of other unmentionables. But I couldn’t have been happier.

I ran two more marathons (actually training for them) and lots of other 5Ks and 15Ks in the years that followed. I liked the structure that training gave me; it gave me a goal to work toward, rather than just working out.

It became less of a workout and more of a hobby. Just something I always did. A big part of my life. It was the one thing I could do at the end of the day to truly wind down; the one thing that would get my blood pumping in the morning; the one thing that would make me close my laptop and take a mental break from everything for a while.

When we began infertility treatments, my doctor told me to stop any strenuous activity and relax. He didn’t have to tell me twice. I completely stopped running that day, and for the past two years, I didn’t do anything more than a brisk walk. Even that was on a rare day because I was scared of a high heart rate jeopardizing my treatment results or the pregnancy once I did get pregnant.

About a month after you were born, I remember trying to run down our driveway to get the mail because it was raining, and I was completely shocked with how bizarre it felt. Not only was I winded by the time I reached the end of our drive, but I felt like someone had rearranged all the muscles in my body and it just didn’t work the same any more. Something that had become so second nature to me was now so foreign and unpleasant.

I wondered if I’d ever be able to run again. It was such a big part of my life before, and it made me sad to see it slipping away. So, I decided to do something about it. I got a workout DVD and had to start on Level 1 doing the modified versions. I was mortified that I – a former marathon runner – was that weak, but I knew I had to start somewhere. Eventually, I was able to do Level 1 without the modifications, and move up to Level 2, then 3.

We joined a gym a couple months ago, and I started walking an incline with a short run at the end. I did five minutes at first, and eventually got up to doing a 10 minute run at the end of a walk. Then yesterday happened.

It was a gorgeous, blue sky, crisp air, Spring-like day. As I sipped my coffee looking out the window, I thought “Today would be a great day for a run.” It’s a thought I’ve had often over the past two years, but always put it back on the shelf because I wasn’t allowed to run. But yesterday I didn’t shelve it. I decided to do what I did many years ago and just run. See how far I could go. Surprise myself.

So, I put on my running shoes and headed out that door figuring I’d get winded after a few minutes. But I didn’t. I passed the spot where I usually walked to. Then, I passed the spot I had gone on my longest walk to last year. I saw a road in the distance and thought “See if you can go that far.” And then I did. I couldn’t believe it.

Once I reached my goal destination, I turned around and headed home, unsure if I’d be able to continue running the whole way back. But I figured I’d try – I had run the first half, why not the second, right? After running non-stop the entire time, going about three miles total, I ran down our driveway cheering “I did it! I did it! I did it!” All the way into the house – I couldn’t wait to tell Pete.

He’s been “running” is own race lately – making similar progress – in his battle with RA, and all his arthritis-related surgeries. While recovery hurts, he just keeps at it, and it hurts a little less the next time because he’s stronger. He’s now able to do things he hasn’t been able to do in months, and he’s slowly but surely getting his mobility back.

So, keep that in mind, no matter what your race is, or where you’re headed: “If running is difficult, run more.” You might just surprise yourself.

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Our marketing guru explains the three things that build the strongest foundation of repeat customers and how CRM software can help.

When your company starts to grow, there is going to be a point where you may feel like you are losing control of your customer base. Each day you will be adding new customers and your marketing efforts will be creating new prospects faster than you can count. It is all very exciting as your company keeps moving towards its revenue goals, but it can also be intimidating.

A growing company relies on a strong foundation of repeat customers to generate reliable revenue. If your sales, customer service and marketing professionals do not have a cohesive way to track important customer information, it may appear to your customers that your company simply does not care. That is why investing in CRM software is critical to your company’s future success.

CRM Software
The busier your company gets, the more you need good CRM software.

Developing Streamlined Information

Good CRM software allows you to collect every piece of information you need to develop effective client programs that retain revenue. You can streamline any of that information into customized reports that allow your sales and marketing professionals to develop ways to maximize revenue and keep your company growing.

Adding New Contacts

As a company grows, it struggles to keep up with changes to its existing customer base as well as cataloging prospects. It is critical that your company keep its records up to date on customer contact information, changes in customer product preference, and any personal information that allows you to maintain a strong bond with your clients. This data helps with everything from product development to customer care.

Good CRM software makes it easy to add as many prospects as you like and keep track of all of your existing customers and any changes associated with them. Your customer service department can make notes on any customer maintenance calls that are taken each day and the sales group can keep detailed records on product preferences and product suggestions that customers make.

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Good CRM software lets a growing company keep the focus on the customer.

Keeping Marketing Information Updated

Two of the fastest ways to upset your customers is to send them marketing information they do not want or to forget to utilize their preferences when placing orders. Updated marketing information is critical in maintaining strong bonds with existing clients, while developing effective ways of convincing new clients to do their business with your company. With good CRM software, you can keep all of your marketing information up to date and make sure that all of your interactions with your clients are productive.

Another benefit to updating your marketing information is that you can track consumer trends that will affect future product developments and advertising campaigns. This is vital in being able to create accurate revenue projections and developing long-term plans that will keep your company growing.

Insightly has the type of CRM software your company needs to keep your customer base organized and help you in developing effective marketing campaigns. With the different products offered by Insightly, you will be able to take on any size client base and track as many prospects as you want as your business grows.

George N Root III is a professional freelance writer who has expertise in topics such as Internet marketing, business, advertising and personal finance.

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    One local lady launched her start-up, One Fine Day, by renting out the very decor pieces she picked out for her wedding day. See how it’s grown into a booming styling and vintage décor business that adds the perfect touch to one fine day in your life.

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    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

    Lindsay Lescoe isn’t your typical bride. When it came to planning her wedding, she did it all on her own. She spent 18 months procuring vintage and eclectic items that she evetually incorporated into her 2014 wedding.

    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)
    Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

    When it was time for Lescoe and her fiancé to have their engagement shoot, she wanted to use a Victorian couch outdoors in a field. However, she struggled to find anyone who could rent her a couch for one day to use as a prop. She says that she even took to Facebook, asking if anyone in her network had a Victorian couch she could borrow. The closest she came was a dealer who would have charged her thousands of dollars to borrow a couch for the day.

    Eventually, she found a Victorian couch in Louisville that she used as the focal point for a specialty lounge area in her wedding. In order to retrieve the piece, she had to borrow a truck, drive to Louisville on her own, climb in the truck bed and strap down the couch to the best of her ability before making the trek back to Cincinnati. She says that she ended up spending several hours on one task that she could have devoted to another area of her wedding.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

    Although her mother already owned much of the furniture that she needed to decorate and furnish her wedding, there were still several pieces yet to be found, including the now-infamous Victorian couch.

    “Rounding up all of the special touches like hundreds of mismatched China plates and unique tabletop accents from a wide variety of places took a lot of time, energy and money – not to mention all of my basement storage space,” she says. It’s because of this that she decided to launch the business One Fine Day, to help make other big day dreams come true.

    “Those experiences were very telling of the need that existed in the Cincinnati area for a rental and styling resource to help bring event visions to life and save precious time, money, energy and sanity by offering access to a wide variety of unique furniture and props for special events and photo shoots,” Lescoe says.

    This local event rental and styling resource specializes in renting out vintage and eclectic décor for weddings, events, photo shoots and any other special occasion. “We help clients bring their Pinterest boards to life, and parter with them to create an atmosphere that truly reflects their personal taste and style, full of wow-worthy details for their guests, Lescoe says.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    With One Fine Day, you’ll find an extensive, ever-evolving collection of décor available to rent. From large furniture pieces such as dressers, sofas and tables to smaller accents and props, Lescoe says that each piece is hand-selected for its originality and charm. She adds that One fine Day also offers custom-made items fabricated locally by a network of artisans in the area.

    There are several services Lescoe and One Fine Day offer clients including furniture, prop and tabletop décor rentals; styling services; custom crafting and fabrication; event rental and photo shoot space; personal shopping and custom search services; and delivery, set-up and breakdown services.

    With furniture rentals, you’ll find that inventory is available for any occasion or photo shoot. With styling services, clients receive assistance incorporating all of the pieces they’ve chosen together in order to create a styled scene that matches their desired look.

    Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
    Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

    It isn’t always easy to find the perfect piece, though, and sometimes it doesn’t even exist. So, One Fine Day will also provide clients with custom crafting and fabrication to ensure their special day perfectly executes their vision. “We are proud to work with our network of local artisans and craftspeople to make something just for you,” says Lescoe. “Whether it’s a spectacular, moveable wall of flowers, a custom-made wedding arch or a handmade seating chart or wedding favors – we have you covered.”

    One of Lescoe’s favorite things about her new-found profession is that when a client selects One Fine Day, she’s given the opportunity to help make someone’s special occasion truly unique, memorable and one-of-a-kind using pieces and designs that complement their personality and aesthetic. “It is also personally gratifying to know that I can save someone a lot of time, stress, frustration and money by providing them with the décor and props they need on a rental basis for their event, so they can turn their attention to one of the other things on their ‘to-do’ list,” says Lescoe.

    Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    Another perk to doing what she does is the history that’s behind the pieces in her inventory. More specifically, she loves the pieces that are from many years ago, boast quality workmanship and are hand-painted. She says that rather than letting those pieces be stored in an attic or basement, she enjoys being able to bring them out to the public so they can be admired and appreciated time and time again.

    As someone with a strong background in arts, and as an entrepreneur, Lescoe says she enjoys partnering with local artists to handcraft custom items clients need. “Leveraging our network of local artisans and crafters not only supports our local economy, but also alleviates the need for someone to go through the steps of ordering something online and having it shipped from across the country when the same item could be crafted right here in town,” she says.

    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
    Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

    There are many things on the horizon at One Fine Day, according to Lescoe. First, she says, they’re preparing to open a new event rental space on the first floor of a historic row house in Northern Kentucky. She adds that the space will be a great location for parties, showers, meetings and photo shoots. It will be fully furnished with plenty of pieces, which she’s currently in the process of selecting.

    Additionally, One Fine Day is also preparing to move into a new warehouse space located in Bellevue, Kentucky, and minutes away from the event rental space. “The warehouse will be where our inventory is housed and maintained, and will also have space available to rent for photo shoots – including a private area for boudoir sessions that will be beautifully furnished,” she says.184x256 roses red cincy chic

    In addition, on April 30 at Horseshoe Casino, Lescoe and One Fine Day will be helping out with the Women Helping Women fundraising gala called Light Up the Night. The theme of the event is Peace, Love and Understanding, so there will be plenty of ’70s-themes including flower power, peace signs, early ‘70s attire and tie-dye, so Lescoe is busy digging through thrift stores to create the perfect outfit.

    To learn more, visit Lescoe’s website, “like” One Fine Day on Facebook, send an email, call 513-400-6996 or watch the webcast below.

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    We chat with the wedding videographers who turned their passion for storytelling into a profession. Read on to see wedding videography like you’ve never seen it before.

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    Shane Pergrem, Executive Producer and owner of True Artists Studio

    If you ask Shane Pergrem what he does for a living, he’d say “I’m a Storyteller.” That’s because, even though he owns a video production business that specializes in wedding videography, he considers himself a Storyteller above all.

    “We’re artists telling a story through the medium of film,” says Pergrem, Executive Producer and owner of True Artists Studio. “Video is powerful. Stories are powerful. The two together, it’s True Art.”

    Pergrem says he loves wedding videography the most because it’s an opportunity to capture the couple’s love story on film through their special day.

    “We aren’t your typical, traditional videographer. We’re a fly on the wall, the quiet bystander, showing a slice of life – on one of the most special days of your life,” Pergrem says. “And once you watch our finished product, you’ll see wedding videography in a whole new way.”

    Pergrem started out in 2006 as a division of Michael Bambino Studios, shooting strictly with Bambino photographers. After much success and growth, he decided to branch out and start shooting a weddings with a few other photography companies. “We then realized that it was time to make the filmmaking department its own Cincinnati video production company,” Pergrem recalls. “And thus, the birth of True Artists Studio.”

    Today, they provide wedding videography in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky. “But we also provide any video production services you might need, for corporations, non-profit organizations and community organizations,” Pergrem explains. “We can work on advertising, training videos, documentaries, and of course, wedding videos. Let our award winning team bring your special day, or your vision to life.”

    Contact True Artists Studio at 859.305.1547, video@trueartistsstudio.com, or visit online at www.trueartistsstudio.com. Watch the webcast below to learn more.

    This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by True Artists Studio

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