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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Anna’s Gourmet Popcorn: Calling all my popcorn lovers! @annasgourmetpopcorn is a must have if you’re anything like me and are obsessed with popcorn! They create gourmet popcorn with a twist! Try out their fun flavors like strawberry vanilla, birthday cake, cheddar, and so many more!
🍿 They are currently offering curbside pickup and online delivery! Click the link in their bio to head over to their website and get your order started!🍿

The Bloom Hive Pressed Florals: Check out how beautiful these creations from @thebloomhive are😍! They are passionate about showcasing the beauty of presses flowers and plants through their homemade glass and copper hangers! All pieces are made with unique real plants and flowers to bring some beautiful color to your home! Click the link in their bio to check out all their amazing products on their website and get your order started today!

Mainstream Boutique Cincinnati: Quarantine has definitely made it hard to not become a huge homebody lately! Vamp up your wardrobe this week with @mainstreamboutiquecincinnati !! They are on a mission to “empower, strengthen, and celebrate women through fashion!” Check out their page to see all their amazing clothes and more!

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab: Looking for some #winewednesday plans? Check out @1215winecoffee 🤩 They are open for carry out and delivery to bring your wine night right to your home! PLUS: make sure to grab a coffee while picking up your wine! Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-3pm Order online, call ahead, to walk up to their front door!

Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck: Flowers on wheels? Doesn’t get much better than that! Since 2018, @daisyjanesflowertruck has been cruising around bringing Cincinnati beautiful flowers! TODAY: they are at @fernshopcincinnati so make sure to stop buy and check them out! Bring home a beautiful bouquet made just for you! PLUS: know of anyone looking for a fun way to celebrate a wedding or other big event? Click the link in their bio to book their truck!

Cincy Steak and Lemonade: A nice refreshing lemonade is always the best way to end a summer day🤩 @cincysteakandlemonade is open from 10-10 everyday serving up their delicious lemonades and food creations for you! Try out one of their Philly cheesesteaks paired perfectly with a blue raspberry lemonade!

HomeMakers Bar: Happy Friday! Looking for a fun way to celebrate your last #happyhour of July? @homemakersbar is here for you! Enjoy their delicious food and cocktails at home with their online ordering or stop by and sip with friends and family! PLUS: looking for something fun to do? Check out their private cocktail classes! Learn how to make your favorite cocktail made to perfection! Head over to their website for more details and how to sign up!

Agricola Creative: Quarantine and 2020 in general have definitely been a time of taking life “one day at a time!” @agricolacreative creates beautiful lettering just like this one for you and your home! Click the link in their bio to see all of her amazing creations and get your order started today! PLUS: looking for something custom? DM or email for all your custom needs!

Streetside Brewery: Saturday morning coffee anyone? @streetsidebreweryCarmel cream coffee and vanilla blonde ale is back! Check out their page to see all their amazing beers and more! Order online for curbside pickup and enjoy a nice Saturday night drink from the comfort of your home!

Drunken Popcorn: Alcohol and popcorn? Two of my favorite things! @cincy_drunkenpopcorn creates the perfect popcorn with a fun twist…alcohol! Try out their blueberry dancer made with vodka! Not a vodka fan? Try their brown sugar baby made with Cognac! There’s so many flavors and alcohols to choose from! Head over to their page to see all they have to offer and send a DM to purchase this yummy creation today!

Cedar Scratch Kitchen: Looking for a nice Sunday morning brunch? @cedarmainstrasse is here for you! Sip on a yummy mimosa, Bloody Mary, and other specialty drinks while enjoying their delicious food!

Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30-2
Friday: 8:30-3
Saturday-Sunday: 9-3

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Click here for a recap of what was featured on our home design website Cincy Home Chic Home!

Here’s a recap of what we featured on our home design website, Cincy Home Chic Home:

A Modern Twist

Walworth Junction: Site of Homearama 2020!

Word Art

Contrasting Elements

Real Estate is an Essential Business During Covid-19. Learn How It is Safely Continuing

The Layers of Design

How Do Interest Rates Impact Buyers

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Avoid a garbage disposal mishap with these helpful tips and common foods to avoid from our resident plumbing guru.

If you have a garbage disposal chances are you see it as an easy way to get rid of food you don’t want stinking up your trash. But did you know that there are things that should go down the disposal, unless you want majorly expensive plumbing issues? 

Here’s a rundown of things that shouldn’t ever go down the garbage disposal:

Bones: This one is probably a no-brainer, but bones will spin around with the blades and can break your garbage disposal.

Celery: You may think celery can be easily chopped up, but its fibrous strings can tangle around the disposal’s blades, as can asparagus and corn husks.

Coffee Grounds: This one might be a shocker, but coffee grounds shouldn’t go down the garbage disposal. They may look like they’re going down easy but really they can pile up and cause a sediment-like mess in your drain. 

Egg Shells: There’s a divide as to whether or not egg shells can be put down the garbage disposal. Some say that egg shells can sharpen the blades of your disposal while others say that the membrane lining of egg shells can stick to the sides of the disposal and wrap around the shredder. We prefer to err on the side of caution and avoid putting egg shells down the disposal.

Grease & Oil: Grease and oil are more than likely not even going to make it into the disposal and will probably clog up your pipes instead.

Pasta: It may seem like pasta noodles will easily go down the drain, but pasta swells when it gets wet, so you don’t want it filling the disposal trap.

Potato Peels: Potato peels can get soupy once they’re in the disposal, along with other starchy veggies.

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    With spending more time at home than ever before, you may be itching for a change. We chat with Montgomery-based Build Collective about the local housing market, and how not even a pandemic has slowed this one-stop-shop for buying, selling, and building.

    When it comes to real estate in the Greater Cincinnati area, whether you want to build or buy, Build Collective wants to be the team you turn to. 

    “Build Collective is a one-stop-shop real estate team,” explains Build Collective’s Marketing Manager Becky Mannix. “We are a full-service firm that assists buyers, sellers, and custom building clients with every step of the process.”

    At Build Collective, clients find a range of services that include listing sales, home buying, land and lot acquisition, market evaluation, architecture design consulting, builder selection, and everything in between. 

    The goal at Build Collective is to make the process of buying, building, or selling a home a lot easier than what you would find somewhere else. As one of the top sales groups in the Tri-State area, Build Collective and its team led by Mike and Bill Hines prides itself on the quality of services they provide. 

    The history of Build Collective dates back to 2011 when Mike and Bill Hines, former land developers, wanted to create a business that was designed to assist buyers build a custom home and acquire the best lots in town.

    “Our specialized construction and development experience, not to mention our more than 30 years of relationships with virtually every builder in Cincinnati, has uniquely qualified us to best help buyers build their dream home,” says Mannix. 

    In the midst of COVID-19, real estate has been deemed an essential business. Therefore, Build Collective has continued to work with clients on buying, building, and selling needs. 

    “Listings are still out there, so we’re available to help you buy or sell if you need to,” says Mannix. “We’re going to make sure we take care of you.”

    As they work with clients during these unprecedented times, the Build Collective team ensures that they are following all local, state, and federal guidelines. This includes limiting the number of open houses so that there is less traffic and movement in homes that people are still occupying and to reduce the number of people visiting homes that are newly constructed. Additionally, Build Collective has used their camera, Facebook Live videos, and even done walk-throughs on phones with clients so that they can have better visuals on the homes they’re interested in buying since they can go inside. 

    Of course, all situations are handled on a case-by-case basis, since no two situations are the same. “All decisions are made to help protect clients and the company, so if you have a question, please reach out to us so that we can make a decision and take the best plan of action,” says Mannix.

    Build Collective is located in the heart of Montgomery, and prides itself on their location to serve clients in top markets and areas that revolve around the I-71 corridor. 

    To learn more about Build Collective, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, Build Collective is also heavily involved with Cincy Home Chic Home.

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    Beautiful updates and a close walk to Ault Park are just a few of the highlights of this week's Listing of the Week! Click here to see more!

    This classic home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac with 1.2 acres of tree-lined privacy. It has wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, a wood paneled study with a wet bar, a living room with cathedral ceilings, and a wall of windows overlooking the yard. It has a screened-in porch, patio, and fire pit area. There is a large master suite wit a second-floor laundry and dressing room. The home has been lovingly updated and maintained, and is just a short walk to Ault Park. This 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is listed at $1.275 million.

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

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    This team of mortgage gurus make the home buying process easier, more affordable, and offer newly expanded services from their new digs in Hyde Park and Fort Mitchell.

    With the world’s first digital mortgage, Guaranteed Rate is dedicated to helping aspiring homeowners get a low rate on the best mortgage, as efficiently as possible.

    “Purchasing a home is a big deal,” says Tammy Peko, Operations Assistant at Guaranteed Rate’s Cincinnati branch. “That’s why we built a mortgage company that places you and your needs at the center of everything we do.”

    The team at Guaranteed Rate uses cutting-edge technology to simplify the mortgage process. The new technology that is unique to Guaranteed Rate allows clients to choose what type of loan they want, receive free credit scores, securely upload and digitally sign their loan and finally, receive approval — all online. 

    Peko says Guaranteed Rate was created by real estate and mortgage professionals who are dedicated to putting the customer first in every aspect of the process. “This meant that they had to simplify the process and bring the lowest rates, the highest level of transparency, and even higher level of service to homebuyers and those looking to refinance,” she adds. 

    What makes Guaranteed Rate unique, Peko says, is the fact that Erdmann is able to work with more than 20 different lenders to find his clients the most aggressive rates. “We have unique options for financing including but not limited to renovation loans, new construction loans, home addition loans, and first-time home buyer grants,” she explains. 

    Thanks to all-time record low interest rates on mortgages, business at Guaranteed Rate is up 250 percent this year. “We have hired 10 new employees in just the last month to keep up with the great customer service experience we provide our clients,” says Peko.

    The team at Guaranteed Rate is finding clients more than just mortgages, they also offer refinancing along with construction, VA, and USDA loans, in addition to debt consolidation. 

    Peko says that Erdmann’s offices strive to be a one-stop-shop from loan intake to processing all the way to closing within their two locations. “We also have two of the nations top 100 loan officers in the country working from our Hyde Park location: Ron Erdmann Jr. and Drew Stacey,” she adds. 

     Peko says that Guaranteed Rate will soon be expanding into the northern region of Southern Ohio including Dayton, Mason, and Springboro. 

    Guaranteed Rate recently opened new offices in Hyde Park and Fort Mitchell. The Hyde Park office is located at 2101 Grandin Road, Suite B, while the Fort Mitchell office for the Northern Kentucky area is located at 2131 Chamber Center Drive in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. 

    To learn more, about Guaranteed Rate, visit their website here. You can also follow along with housing news and Guaranteed Rate updates on Facebook and Instagram

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    Changing times call for evolved ways of working with clients on home design. Click here to read more about how a design firm is reflecting clients’ styles through virtual meetings.

    Amy Holt spent years working as a kitchen and bath designer, but she also had a burning desire to pursue interior design. After getting her name out in the industry, winning awards in local home shows, and building a brand of her own, she launched Designs on Madison, an award-winning interior design firm based in Cincinnati.

    “Designs on Madison is home to nine talented designers with a kaleidoscope of styles and years of experience, and provides residential and commercial interior design including kitchen and bath design,” says Office Manager Lauren Olthaus. 

    Olthaus says that Holt opened Designs on Madison to continue to offer clients a design process that is both effortless and enjoyable.

    “With a variety of designers, our clients can be placed with someone who reflects their style,” she says. 

    Trends are constantly evolving in the housing industry, and Olthaus says that Designs on Madison has seen a big increase in wallpaper, whether it’s a statement pattern and a color for a powder room or a more muted and textured look for a dining room. 

    “There are so many options to choose from and it really gives a room a nice finishing touch,” she says. “As for paint colors, various shades of gray were popular for a while. We are seeing a switch to lighter shades of gray and more use of whites. Another fun trend is using black paint for accents like on a ceiling, accent wall, or door for a dramatic effect.”

    And since the world is much different than it was just four months ago, Designs on Madison has evolved in its design work since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Clients are still interested in updating their homes, but with these uncertain times, clients are gravitating toward doing a refresh of rooms rather than completely redoing them.

    “This can be a new piece of furniture or updated accessories and art; or even adding wallpaper,” says Olthaus. “Also, we’re getting more calls for remodeling current homes now that people are staying in more and not wanting to move.” 

    Social distancing is also applying to housing professionals, as Olthaus says the design team at Designs on Madison is utilizing virtual meetings more than ever before to meet the needs of their clients. 

    Work may be different, but it hasn’t slowed at Designs on Madison. Currently, they are working with Sterling Homes on two houses for this year’s Homearama at Walworth Junction in the City of Cincinnati. “The homes in this year’s show are geared toward luxury city living and have views of the Ohio River versus the traditional large neighborhoods in the northern parts of Cincinnati,” adds Olthaus. 

    You can learn more about Designs on Madison at There you can see photo galleries and projects. Designs on Madison also has weekly posts on Facebook and Instagram showcasing current projects and offering design tips.

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    An Ohio-based event that’s raised $211 million for cancer research is going virtual with a star-studded, custom experience. Read on for more!

    Pelotonia is so focused on its mission to end cancer, not even a pandemic can get in its way. This year this world-renowned event that’s raised millions for cancer research is launching a virtual concept to continue engaging supporters and raising funds that get us closer to a cancer-free world.

    “Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund innovative cancer research at the OSUCCC James in Columbus, Ohio. Pelotonia is known for its three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism and has raised more than $211 million for cancer research to date,” says Emily Smith, Pelotonia Marketing and Communications Manager. “This year, due to COVID-19, we can’t host our traditional ride weekend, however, we have redefined Pelotonia this year and have created ‘My Pelotonia.’ My Pelotonia has completely removed all barriers to entry and allows each participant to set their own fundraising and activity goals for this year.” 

    The My Pelotonia platform allows people to experience their event in a brand new way, despite everything going on with the pandemic, by allowing the participants to personalize their goals. “You can set up to five different activity goals at a time and check them off as you complete them. There are no registration fees, age limitations or fundraising minimums,” Smith says. “Participants also have the chance to earn Pelotoniaswag through different fundraising milestones.”

    Along with app participation, there will be a live broadcast hosted by Pelotonia on August 7 at 7pm, called Legends Live! ”This 60 minute broadcast will be packed with stories from legendary community members and special guest appearances and will highlight why cancer research matters more than ever. You can learn more about Legends Live! on” Smith says. There will be celebrities appearing on the broadcast and they include: Sheryl Crow, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robert Smith, who will be the host of the event; Ethan Zohn and Kristina M. Johnson, PhD.

    The My Pelotonia platform works by users cresting an account or logging in with their same username and password as last year. “All participants are guided through a process to choose a fundraising goal and up to five activity goals. There is no registration fee and no mandatory fundraising minimums,” Smith says. 

    There is an option on the My Pelotonia platform to be part of the pivoted event concept this year. It is “a team that fundraises together and can help with training and motivation. Once a My Pelotonia profile is created, you can write a profile story and choose a photo. Participants can then easily share their profile with potential donors through the ‘Share My Profile’ link on their page,” she explains. “A full tutorial on the My Pelotonia platform can be found in our informational video.”

    Pelotonia is important for the community because it encourages and challenges the community to take action against cancer and unifies the community. “Over the past 12 years, thousands of participants have gotten to experience the spirit of Pelotonia, whether it’s through the Ride experience, utilizing our PULL app, listening to the stories of those impacted by cancer through different mediums, such as the One Goal podcast, blog posts, our Opening Ceremony experience and social media,” Smith says. “I know that personally, I have made friendships from events that I have participated in for Pelotonia that I may have never had the opportunity to; had it been for this organization. Pelotonia does a wonderful job of engaging the community and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.”

    Pelotonia also provides opportunities for education on cancer research and developments due to funding. “Overall, Pelotonia brings the community together around a common cause and allows us all to have an opportunity to help those who are impacted by cancer every day,” she adds.

    To learn more, sign up or follow along, visit their websiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    A boutique fitness studio in Columbia Tusculum recently launched on-demand workouts and live virtual classes. Keep reading for all the heart-pumping details! 

    Knowing the importance of physical activity and social connection, one local fitness boutique is launching on-demand and live virtual classes to keep their community engaged, healthy and happy.

    It’s Working Out is a “Boutique fitness studio with TRX, Water Rower and Foam Rolling Classes, personal training and a year round Golf Fitness Program led by Titleist Performance Institute Certified Trainers,” says Kristen McAuliffe, owner of It’s Working Out. 

    There are a variety of different classes offered through It’s Working Out and they include: TRX, Stretch and Foam Roll and Golf Fitness. People can experience the fitness classes online, as well as in person. “We have over 40 weekly classes in person at our Columbia Tusculum Studio,” McAuliffe says. “Our members also have access to over 60 On Demand workouts from our website and we have live virtual classes as well, that can be accessed by reserving via our schedule page. A link is sent to join the class one hour before class begins. Zoom is the platform we use.” They have been having the online classes since the studio was forced to close down due to statewide restrictions. 

    The inspiration behind starting the online classes came from a desire to keep the community engaged in the midst of quaratine. “We know how important exercise is for health, both physically and mentally, and wanted to make sure we were there for our members when the studio needed to close for 10 weeks,” she says. 

    It’s Working Out defines success by whether or not they are working out safely. “Are the participants having fun, while completing safe and effective workout that can be modified for various fitness levels and orthopedic limitations? Are they achieving the goals they set for themselves from coming consistently to the three modalities we offer (strength, cardio, strength) for a complete fitness routine,” McAuliffe says.

    To learn more about It’s Working Out, follow along on FacebookInstagram, as well as their website.

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    Thinking of putting your home on the market? This locally based business wants to be a one-stop-shop to help prepare your home to sell.

    Cincy Chic: What is HOMEstretch?
    Derek Shewmon, Co-Founder of HOMEstretch: HOMEstretch is a “one-stop” service that helps families prepare their homes for sale. We specialize in home clearouts, interior and exterior painting, landscape clean-up, and deep cleaning. Our goal is to make the home preparation process as simple and streamlined as possible by providing one point of contact and an exceptional and trusted service offering.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Shewmon: My business partner, Nick, and I worked together at Everything But The House. We were inspired by EBTH’s mission of helping homeowners deal with difficult situations such as the death of a loved one or downsizing of a home. Additionally, we witnessed how stressful the process of moving can be on families. EBTH does a great job helping families monetize valuable items on its marketplace, but Nick and I noticed that homeowners had bigger needs with the necessary “home prep” services such as removing unneeded items, painting, and cleaning. We felt that the home service industry was very fragmented and had a bad reputation in terms of customer service, communication, and punctuality. We created HOMEstretch to fill that need of a “one-stop”, premium service that could help any homeowner going through a life transition.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Shewmon: Nick Lobert and Derek Shewmon are the founders. Nick’s family has been in real estate for decades, and he has a true love and knowledge for the space. Nick has a sales background and spent a portion of his career helping real estate and technology companies grow. Derek has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and sold a software company and is an adjunct professor at UC teaching entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.  Derek and Nick went to grade school together at Sycamore and rekindled their friendship when their careers crossed paths at EBTH.

    Cincy Chic: What services do you offer clients?
    Shewmon: Most essential cosmetic improvements on a home. We specialize in clearing-out unneeded items of a home for individuals who are downsizing or dealing with the loss of a loved one. In addition to home clear-outs, we offer interior and exterior painting, carpet installation, landscape clean-up, pressure washing, window cleaning, and deep cleaning.

    Cincy Chic: What makes HOMEstretch unique?
    Shewmon: Our value proposition is that we are a “one-stop” service to get a home ready to list. Instead of having to call, schedule, and deal with 4 or 5 vendors, you make one call to HOMEstretch. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and communication to all of our clients. We understand that moving is  stressful, and it’s our goal to minimize the stress for our clients as much as possible.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Shewmon: HOMEstretch has been in business for 1.5 years. Our focus has been on delivering a quality and consistent service experience to all of our customers.  Our next phase in the upcoming year is continuing to get our brand and service out to new homeowners and real estate partners in Cincinnati with the potential to expand into new cities.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Shewmon: Readers are more than welcome to visit our website or  see us on  Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and NextDoor. If you’d like to give us a call, you can reach us at 513-518-5919.