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Taproom, restaurant and a luxe movie-viewing experience. That’s what you’ll get at this newly-opened cinema concept in Eastgate. Read on for more.

The newly opened RJ Cinema Distillery & Taproom at Eastgate is both adult and family fun wrapped in one. The entertainment venue offers something for everyone.

Ric Welker, Vice President and General Manager of the Robert James Distillery Brand says it was important to create a place that moms and dads could feel comfortable taking their children.

“We want moms and dads to feel comfortable bringing their kids in for the movies,” he said. “We want it to be a lot of fun for mom and dad too.”

The theater, which opened June 21, is a brewery, distillery, scratch-kitchen, and first-run cinema. Welker adds that the dine-in movie experience allows guests to pick up their order at the counter and enjoy it at their seat, which includes a table, while watching the movie. Additionally, those who are looking for a more adult-focused visit can enjoy their drinks and meals in the taproom before or after the movie.

The uniqueness of the theater isn’t just the alcohol concept, it’s the dining experience as well. The way the food is ordered is similar to what you find at Panera and allows you to be alerted once your food is ready so you don’t have to miss the film.

“Our goal is to provide all of the service with none of the interruption,” Welker says. 

“The taproom seats 185 people, making it big enough to handle both movie-goers and those who stop by for a drink, and there’s room for more in the cinema’s outdoor patio seating,” says Welker.

To learn more about RJ Cinema Distillery & Taproom, visit https://rjcinema.com/ or “like” them on Facebook

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This ethical and sustainable clothing, art, and home goods store has big goals to impact the fashion industry. Keep reading for more.

Want your purchases to support independent artists and woman-owned businesses while also being eco-friendly and sustainably made?

Wolfpack, a new store in Over the Rhine, carries ethically and sustainably made clothing, art, home goods, and gifts. “We focus on supporting independent artists, woman owned businesses, and other creatives trying to make the world a better place,” says Katherine Dalton, owner and operator of Wolfpack.

Wolfpack carries mostly women’s clothing, though they do carry some unisex tees. “We have a wide range of clothing, from graphic tees to dresses, jumpsuits, denim shorts, blouses, sweaters, and one of a kind vintage finds,” says Dalton.

Everything they do has a purpose behind it, Dalton says, as all of their clothing and art is ethically made. “Many people don’t know what that means, but the quickest way to explain it is that all of our goods were made by people who were paid a living wage and worked in a safe & fair work place,” Dalton explains. “It is sad to say that this is something we have to distinguish, because most people probably assume the people making their clothing and home goods were treated with basic human dignity, but unfortunately that is not the case.” 

Dalton says they strive for sustainability as much as possible in the products they sell and their business. “Whether that means reusing packaging to reduce waste, sourcing clothing that is made from eco-friendly fabric, stocking reusable straws and bamboo toothbrushes, or selling vintage and second hand clothing and home goods to help slow the cycle of over consumption, we are constantly aiming to take the best care of our environment as we possibly can,” Dalton explains.

”Wolfpack is more than just a shop – it’s a mindset. It’s looking out for one another, it’s taking responsibility, it’s accepting that we are all beholden to our earth and our fellow human kind. because the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives,” Dalton adds.

After reading about the fashion industry a few years ago, learning how people were treated in the garment industry, and how it impacted the environment, Dalton says she was inspired to do something about it. Enter, Wolfpack.

Dalton says Wolfpack has lofty goals rooted in sustainability and making a change. “I hope that we can empower people to be more conscious consumers – to care about their impact on their fellow man and the home we all share, and to have that change the kind of consumers they become,” Dalton explains. A few of the business goals she has for Wolfpack is to carry more size inclusive styles, carry more men’s clothing, to one day have their own line of original clothing, and to aim to bring sewing and production jobs to Cincinnati to support the local economy.

Wolfpack is located at 1342 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To learn more, visit www.shopthewolfpack.com, or follow along on Instagram.

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Learn about the local woman who was inspired to create a coloring book that brings joy to those who need it most.

The local owner of a card company recently launched a coloring book that brings a little sunshine into the dark days of sickness.

Happiness in Sickness is “a coloring book with inspirational and snarky lettered messages geared towards those stuck in a hospital bed for one reason or another,” says Keli Spanier, Owner of Colette Paperie. 

The inspiration behind creating the book came from seeing the people she loves in the hospital. “I wanted to create a different kind of activity to help with the boredom and unease that comes with being sick or being in palliative care,” she says. 

The book was published in June 10, 2019 and she desires for it to be sold in hospital gift shops. “This is the exact place to find something unique, instead of the usual teddy bears and balloons,” Spanier says. 

The book has designs that were created by Spanier herself. She has experience with teaching calligraphy and lettering. “It’s always fun to try new styles of lettering. With my card business, I have a bit of a niche going, where inspirational sayings don’t necessarily fit in, so I wanted to find a way to bring those together,” she says. “I have a graphic design background already, so it came pretty naturally.” Spanier creates new designs regularly, so she wanted the coloring book to focus on inspirational and funny sayings. 

The book was so important for her to create because patients in the hospital need more joy. “My greeting card business has championed funny cards to bring others joy when they need it the most and its success has made me see things in a bigger perspective,” she says. “I’m looking for more ways to delve into kindness and what happens when we go the extra mile for those around us.”

Happiness in Sickness is a unique coloring book, in the midst of the many books that have been published. “My hope is that this book creates some joy when it’s only boredom and endless checkups,” Spanier says. “I also hope to create something more unique to give as a gift than the standard gift shop items.”

Her favorite part of working on the coloring book was thinking about how the book will positively impact the lives of patients who use the book. She was “thinking about what someone needs to hear when they’re in bed and lonely and funny sayings and things that would perk someone up,” Spanier says. 

If you want to buy, Happiness in Sickness: A Coloring Book for Bored Patients, you can buy it on Amazon. Also, follow her greeting card business’ website.

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Rustic meets New American fare at this new eatery run by a husband-and-wife team. Click for all the delicious details.

Cincy Chic: What is Crown Republic Gastropub?
Haley Nutter-Sitek and Anthony Sitek, Proprietors behind Crown Republic Gastropub: Crown Republic Gastropub is the place where rustic New American fare meets “made from scratch” cooking with heart. We are inherently intersectional, both literally — at the intersection of Sycamore and 8th Street — and metaphorically. We are where innovation meets tradition; where global meets local. When a customer walks into Crown Republic, we want them to feel welcome, like their at home — even if home is thousands of miles away.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Crown Republic finds inspiration from around the globe and at home.

Sitek: From my time in the kitchen with my grandma, Grace DeMatteo, and cultural traditions that add an eclectic flair to dishes.

Nutter-Sitek: Crown Republic takes pride in creating nearly all of our ingredients in house — including our pasta!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: As Husband and wife, Crown Republic has been our passion project.

Sitek: Haley is a Native Cincinnatian who grew up on a farm in Loveland. She left Ohio and met Anthony in Culinary school. After working her way around Chicago and Rhode Island, Haley saw Cincinnati as not only the perfect place to settle down and raise a family, but also as a burgeoning food scene.

Nutter-Sitek: Before opening Crown Republic, Anthony first discovered his love for farm to table fair in Princeton, New Jersey at the Terra Momo Restaurant Group. Between then and now, Anthony has worked for prestigious chefs and restaurants including the four-star Apeiro Kitchen and Bar in South Florida and Bobby Flay’s Bar American in New York City.

Cincy Chic: What’s on the menu?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: The Crown Republic Menu is made up of seasonal, fresh, and made-from-scratch dishes including breakfast, small bites, Avocado and Crab Toast, scratch pastas, and stand out main dishes like their seared salmon with butter braised leeks and smoked walnuts or their crispy pork Milanese.

Cincy Chic: What makes Crown Republic unique?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: What makes Crown Republic unique is our attention to hospitality and service. From day one we’ve sought to treat every customer that comes through that door like family. It’s a quality that more easily felt than explained, but could be summed up as ‘good energy.’ At Crown Republic family comes first, and if you aren’t family, you’ll feel like family. At Crown Republic, we know their regulars, we’ve got their spot ready and greet them by name.

Cincy Chic: Where is Crown Republic located?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Crown Republic is located on the corner of Sycamore and 8th Street, across from Arnold’s Bar and Grill.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: Up next, we can’t wait to find new ways to bring people together over great food and even better company.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Nutter-Sitek and Sitek: For more information like Crown Republic Gastropub on facebook.com/crownrepublicgastropub or on Instagram.

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It’s a question our life coach columnist gets often. Read on as she explains what a life coach is, what they do, and the range of ways they can help.

Are you considering hiring a life coach? Do you even know what a life coach does?  Are you curious and wondered what it would be like for YOU? 

Perhaps the therapist you hired isn’t really clicking with you or you find family and friends aren’t offering the best support or advise.

Here’s what you can expect:

A life coach provides objective guidance and isn’t trying to “fix” anything.

A life coach supports you unconditionally and has you in their best interest.

A life coach is someone that offers you the time and space to really speak about your life and discover deeper awareness and answers to what might be keeping you in fear, doubt, uncertainty or lack of direction, confidence and support in all areas of your life.  

A life coach effectively guides the conversation to produce results asking questions that maybe you’ve not considered and leads with questions so you can find clarity and understanding

Added Bonuses for having a life coach is not only the positive impact that a life coach has on your life it also includes:

on-going source of support

doesn’t have an opinion or emotional investment in your decisions who can give you truly objective guidance

building your confidence and productivity

offering accountability and follow through

moves you forward – from stuck to unstoppable

During the coaching sessions, a life coach will listen and ask questions to identify and discuss the pain points that you may not see because when you’re in “it” sometimes its challenging to see for yourself objectively.  The coach will further ask the questions to dig deep, find the root, and clear patterns that perhaps you don’t see.

As you can see, working with a life coach is super powerful. Connecting weekly and messaging in between is how I like to support my clients and a program designed specifically to fit your needs depending on what you want to achieve.  

I know that how you do one thing is how you do all things so topics may include but not limited to: work, career, health, wellness, financial, relationships, fitness, or life in general to name a few.

You Make It Happen – and being supported on your journey unconditionally allows you to move beyond the obstacles and get busy living the life of your dreams. 

I actually offer a free 20-minute call for anyone considering a life coach. It’s a great way for us to get to know each other, and for you to feel confident without making any commitments. Click here to make an appointment for that free consultation if you’re interested.

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It’s an unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, but does this new flick spin a web of must-see Marvel adventure?

 

“Hi there … We’re getting ready to make a lot of money together for a major Hollywood studio!” Peter Parker (Tom Holland, center) gets introduced to Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal, right) while Nick Fury’s assistant soldier Dmitri (Numan Acar, far left) in a scene from SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Credit: Jay Maidment © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Jacob Balaton, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori, Remy Hii and Marisa Tomei

DIRECTOR(S): Jon Watts

THE BACK STORY: Still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home finds Peter Parker (Tom Holland) still attempting to get over the [SPOILER ALERT – BUT YOU’VE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO FIND THIS OUT!] death of his mentor Tony Stark. Now, Tony’s trusted right hand man Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is trying to help Peter progress and move forward; Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), on the other hand, are hoping to talk to him about the Elementals, a threat that just popped up in Mexico and may be moving in to more spots around the globe. 

Peter, however, has one thing on his mind – well two, if you count his suspicious about what his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) may be up to in her free time – and that’s his upcoming class trip to Europe with Ned (Jacob Balaton), MJ (Zendaya), Flash (Tony Revolori), Betty (Angourie Rice), Brad (Remy Hii) and their science teachers/chaperones Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) and Mr. Bell (J.B. Smoove). Unfortunately for Peter, (1) Nick Fury isn’t going to take kindly to him trying to ghost his calls; (2) Brad – who grew up quite a bit in the 5 years after “the blip” – has his eyes on MJ, too and (3) It seems like that disturbance in Mexico seems to be heading towards Europe.

But luckily for Peter, he’s about to get some help in form of a soldier from an alternate Earth who has come to fights the Elementals by the name of Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) … Or, as the world will soon come to know him, Mysterio …

THE REVIEW: Given all that happened in the latter movie, many fans were shocked to learn that it would be Spider-Man: Far From Home and not Avengers: Endgame that would wrap up Marvel’s Phase Three plans. It would almost seem that by doing so, Far From Home would have an immense amount of pressure to live up to, especially since a year is slated to pass before Marvel drops another film on the public. But this is Marvel we’re talking about, which means there is no way they were going to let Sony Pictures let one of its most iconic characters go out and make the studio nor Iron Man down.

In other words, Far From Home lives up to expectations and then some with a well-crafted story, action sequences, plenty of humor and a game-changing ending worthy of passing the torch from Tony Stark to Peter Parker.

Given that longtime fans of the character have already watched Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield attempt to carve out their own niche as Spider-Man, Holland may now own the mantle as the definitive actor to play him – Far From Home serving as his greatest showcase to date. Exhibiting the classic naiveté of a teenager at times as he still tries to understand of what he is fully capable both as a superhero and a young man with his eye on a girl, Holland also shows all of the classic comic book elements that made Spider-Man such a big deal in the first place in terms of his humor, creativity and strength when he is forced to step up and go to battle. His interactions with his all of co-stars only serve to enhance these facets of the character as his ragtag group of fellow students feels perfectly cast with Balaton, Zendaya, Revolori, Hii and Rice all adding perfectly to the story.

Likewise, the adults more than come through in Far From Home with their respective roles. While you’re never really going to ever go wrong with Jackson doing Jackson-like things for two hours as Nick Fury with Smulders exhibiting a calm cool as his second-in-command, Favreau keeps his comedy contingency high while adding as a bit of diet Stark to whom Holland’s Parker can vent his frustrations. Tomei keeps finding ways to make the cinematic version of Aunt May more interesting she’s ever been and Gyllenhaal expertly exhibits all of the elements of his character ala the way Michael Keaton did in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Director Jon Watts (who co-wrote the film with Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers) proves his previous work with Spider-Man wasn’t a fluke, as Far From Home steps up everything the aforementioned Homecoming does in terms of pacing, humor, peril, general storytelling and visual engagement well. The film never feels as long as its 2 hour, 15 minute running time, no moments feel wasted and his ability to get everything he needs in the moment out of his actors definitely pays dividends with the finished product. In short, Watts and co. have done the thing that is very hard to do with any superhero story, let alone a movie in general: Craft a tale that satisfies every need with a cast that you won’t spend time second-guessing if they were right for the role and a story that contains enough original, organic moments combined “oh – didn’t see that coming!” ones to tie into the larger world (in this case, the Marvel Cinematic Universe / MCU for short) while still being its own unique thing.

So while the character himself may be far from home, the latest Spider-Man movie proves that when it comes to the future of the MCU, he’s definitely found one as long as Holland, Watts and co. can continue to deliver quality stories like this.

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

 

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    After a fire destroyed their previous location, a Loveland-based boutique is back and better than ever. Keep reading to see how the owners triumphantly turned tragedy into opportunity.

    Alley Boutique is a women’s fashion store located in the heart of historic downtown Loveland.

    Janel Thompson, Debby Walker, and Ann Marie Toney are the founders behind Alley Boutique, a Loveland-based clothing store that specializes in all things women’s fashion.

    It hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows for the trio behind the boutique, however. In May 2017, a fire ravaged the store in the Bishop Building, then known as Cincy Fashion Wheels, and everything about the business was put on hold for more than a year.

    “It was disheartening to have to put the store on hold for so long,” says Thompson. “However, through tragedy came a new window of opportunity to move into our current location.”

    That new location meant an exciting redesign, readjustment, and more possibilities than the team could have imagined – many thanks in part to the faith they upheld throughout the storm they never thought possible.

    “We are faith-based, and I truly believe everything happens for a reason,” says Thompson. “What you give in life is what you get back. Sometimes it takes a long time and sometimes you get things you don’t deserve. I have to say we were given back way more than we’ve ever given.”

    The former Cincy Fashion Wheels was destroyed by a fire and rebranded as Alley Boutique last year.

    The rebirth of the store inspired a change in name, too – Alley Boutique. The new store is located in an alleyway adjacent to Plaid Records and Montgomery Cyclery, in space owned by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.

    “We came to the decision to rename our store to better fit our new location,” says Thompson. “We are in love with our new location and are looking forward to the future.”

    That future really came to light on June 8, 2018, when they officially reopened and were able to celebrate with former customers of Cincy Fashion Wheels.

    At Alley Boutique, you’ll find unique women’s clothing, accessories, signature jewelry, and affordable prices. “We want it to be affordable,” says Thompson.

    In addition to keeping prices affordable at the store, they also work hard to keep a revolving inventory. “We don’t order the same things,” she adds. “You won’t see yourself walking around in Loveland.”

    Alley Boutique is located at 201 West Loveland Avenue, in Downtown Historic Loveland, near the Loveland Bike Trail. To learn more about Alley Boutique, visit https://alleyboutique.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    This Mt. Adams home has a breathtaking style, location, and view. Click for a peek inside this week's Listing of the Week!

    This Mt. Adams home features million dollar views of downtown Cincinnati. Listed at bargain price of $549,900, the updated 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with a flex room/3rd bedroom option has a large master suite with a walk-in closet and a second floor laundry. It has off-street parking with a 2-car tandem garage and a backyard garden oasis. The home also features hardwood floors, updated fixtures, and a short walk to the entertainment district and stadiums.

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

     

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    Learn about a local organization inspiring you to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful through retreats, fitness meet-ups and a community of like-minded women. 

    The Beauty Boost is a space for women to come together to help them feel healthy, empowered, and beautiful.

    The Beauty Boost is appropriately named. Founder Rachel Kerr says she created The Beauty Boost to give women a community that helps you feel a boost of confidence and beauty – inside and out – after every interaction.

    “A space for women to come together to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful. We do this through fitness, retreat getaways, workout and inspiration partners, life coaching and most importantly, surrounding you with a group of inspiring and like-minded women,” Kerr explains. “We’re your support to create the changes you need in your life. Our mission is to make women, just like you, feel beautiful in all areas of your life.” 

    Kerr launched the business in 2015 and is based in Columbus, with community managers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

    The inspiration behind starting The Beauty Boost came from a passion to energize and recharge the community. “I heard so many friends talking about how much they disliked their jobs and dreaded their days. I listened to women put each other down and create competition. I searched for a community of inspiring and motivating women but couldn’t seem to find just what I was looking for,” Kerr says. “I would meet amazing women throughout the day who I knew would benefit from being connected to other amazing gals just like you. So I aimed to create a space where women with shared values could come together to motivate one another, inspire each other and create an overall happier lifestyle. That’s why The Beauty Boost was created.”

    To Kerr, “Beauty means feeling strong, free and confident in our own skin,: she says. The business defines success by women realizing there is no perfect size or perfect way to live. “You are successful with beauty if you are happy and proud of yourself and are living your best, happiest life,” she explains. 

    There are a variety of different services offered through The Beauty Boost and they include: Everyday Inspired Events, Everyday Inspired Facebook Page, Retreats, Membership, Taste of Fitness events, Empowerment Workshops, Socials, Paddleboard Series, Namaste + Craft events. To check out the events going on, go to: https://thebeautyboost.net/events.

    “It is important for people to make the changes in their life they need to feel happy and beautiful in their own skin,” Kerr says. “It can be hard to do this on your own so having a support system and other women loving you for you is important, which is what we bring to the community.”

    If you want to keep up with what’s going on with The Beauty Boost, follow them through their email list at: rachel@thebeautyboost.net or their website.

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