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An upcoming event is bringing lots of health, wellness and beauty experts under one roof for a fun and fit event!

A Taste of Fitness Cincinnati is coming up December 2.

From HIIT to barre, Floor Play to Vinyasa, there are a lot of fitness options out there. That’s why Rachel Kerr, founder of The Beauty Boost, launched A Taste of Fitness events. 

“A Taste of Fitness is a slice of the pie of what the Beauty Boost puts on,” Kerr says. “It’s a day for the city to come together to try various styles of workouts in a non-intimidating atmosphere and check out fun health and wellness stations.”

The event has been held in Columbus and they also have events going on in Cleveland,  Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The Columbus event has been around for three years, two years in Cleveland, one year in Cincinnati. 

The inspiration behind the event came from a passion to bring people together. “I just wanted a fun way to bring the fitness community together to not compete but support one another,” Kerr says. The name of the event came to her when she was on an airplane. 

There are a variety of different classes available at the event, and they include: Barre by Barre 3 Mariemont, Circuit by Cincy 360 Fitness, Power Yoga by Move Your Hyde, Pilates with Anna Wall by 12th Street Pilates, HIIT by Emily Morgan of Live in the Movement, The Barre Code: Strength!, Core Class + Floor Play by, and Gentle Vinyasa by Amy O’Neil of Elemental OM. 

In addition, there will be a braid bar, an area for mini manicures and lots of other health and wellness stations. The event will take place at Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, on December 2 from 9am-1pm. 

Success from the event is defined by how women feel after leaving the event. “It’s successful if women leave feeling empowered, healthy and beautiful,” she says. 

The event is so unique, Kerr explains, because when it started in Columbus three years ago, there was nothing like it out there. “Since then, there have been a couple similar events pop up, but I think the people we attract and how we stay true to our brand is what makes it unique,” Kerr says. The event is important for the community of Cincinnati. “It’s a day where we can come together and support one another,” she says. 

The most memorable moment for Kerr has been hearing how women have been impacted by the event. She loves “hearing women say it’s just what they needed to get them back into their fitness routine or that they connected with a vendor that can help them in a certain way,” she says.

To keep up with what’s going on with A Taste of Fitness, sign up for their email at: or email Rachel Kerr at:

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An idea to reconnect busy people with nature inspired this business that brings health, wellness and happiness to spaces one plant at a time.

Planthropy aims to reconnect people with nature.

The founders of this Ohio-based business turned their passion for plants into a profession. “Planthropy is a plant-based business with a passion to reconnect people with nature,” Jessie Laux, Owner of Planthropy, says. “We specialize in interior plantscape design.” The business is located in Columbus, Ohio and has been around for almost four years. There are currently three employees.

Planthropy offers a variety of different services. “We offer planting workshops, which are very hands-on,” Laux says. “During our workshops, we teach our guests about the plants they are working with, how to care for them and how to make an arrangement with them.”

The business also does Interior Plantscape Design. “We have a creative approach to plants in indoor spaces. We like to envision our plants as artwork,” she says. “We create living walls, moss walls and other interesting plant arrangements.”

Launching on November 23, Planthropy is going to launch a new line called, ‘Nature Frames.’ “Our Nature Frames are a smaller scale version of our full most walls and are perfect for home décor,” Laux says. “Each frame contains a variety of beautiful, lush moss and other natural elements which are real, but preserved so you never have to worry about maintenance. They will stay soft and forever green.” The line will be able to be purchased on:

Planthropy makes an effort to give back to their community. “Planthropy donates a portion of sales to local nonprofits and other charities. We are also helping to create healthy interior environments by implementing biophilic design,” she says. “We love supporting and partnering with other local businesses for our workshops and events. It’s a win for everyone when you get to share customers!”

The mission of Planthropy is “to bring the outdoors in and reconnect people with nature,” Laux says. She loves to see her clients get excited about the interior design they do with plants. “I absolutely love transforming a space and seeing the ‘wow’ reaction on a clients face. It is truly priceless and a way we define success.”

She loves to come back to work every day because she has the such a love for plants and gets to work with them each and every day. “It’s not just being able to work with them, it’s the creative freedom of making ‘plant art’. It’s fun, therapeutic and so rewarding.” 

To keep up with what Planthropy doing,  follow them on their website , Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn about a corporate wellness partner that increases wellness — for businesses and its employees — through a focus on health and happiness.

The Wellness Collective offers companies wellness programs that positively impact businesses and employees.

Health and happiness is the secret recipe to wellness for businesses, and their employees, according to this Ohio-based organization.

“We are a team of fitness and wellness professionals transforming lives through health and happiness. Our focus area is supporting employers-so we consult, design and deliver programs that positively impact businesses and employers,” says Katy Tombaugh, Founder and CEO of Wellness Collective. “This shifts the culture in a good way-improving not only health and happiness but also morale, productivity, connectedness, satisfaction and performance.” 

The business was established in 2007 and are wrapping up their 11th year. While they are headquartered in Columbus, they travel throughout Ohio. 

The inspiration behind the business was twofold. “I saw a need. I saw that employers were waiting to improve the health of their teams but that they didn’t have the training, expertise or time to execute the initiative,” Tombaugh says. “Additionally, employee health and well-being generally falls under Human Resources and there can be sensitive health-related information that employees may not feel comfortable discussing with their employer-nor should they.”

There was also a want for the Wellness Collective. “I wanted to be in a career that felt meaningful to me and impactful to others.  When I began supporting people in this way, I knew that I had discovered my mission. I then fell in love with business-so now it’s just a win-win. I’m creating businesses and shaping business and lives.”

There are a variety of different services offered through the Wellness Collective, including Platform,  Consulting and Program Management, Onsite Fitness, Educational Sessions, Campaigns, Coaching and Counseling, Events and Retreats and Well U. 

Wellness Collective has their own definition of wellness. “Wellness is more than healthcare. It’s more than knowing your numbers and the absence of illness. It’s more than disease management,” she says. “Wellness, to us, is a process of ongoing self-awareness, self-assessment and action that empowers you to show up as your best, most-satisfied self. From a high-level, our approach to wellness also focuses heavily on movement and nutrition, social connectedness, positive psychology and emotional intelligence, in addition to supportive healthcare habits.”

The success of the Wellness Collective is defined by “impacting health outcomes, shaping a culture of wellness and swinging people into action,” Tombaugh says. “So if we are able to measure this effectiveness and capture winning testimonials, we are celebrating success.”

The Wellness Collective is a great addition to the Columbus community. “Communities see ongoing challenges related to obesity, inactivity, and lack of mental health support. And within businesses, we see the same thing with the addition of Chronic Stress and excessive sitting, and sitting is the new smoking from a health risk perspective.,” she says. “People also struggle with motivation and self-regulation…and this is where Wellness Collective can step in. We are a positive presence able to support the physical, mental and emotional health of people everywhere. They take this information and skills back to their families and see a beautiful ripple effect.”

If you want to keep up with what Wellness Collective is doing, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a fitness facility that wants to see people get healthy and experience community together. 

Z Fit Studio offers a variety of fitness classes to get you in shape while also connecting you to the community

The idea behind Z Fit Studio sparked from a love of helping people get into the best shape of their lives while having fun. Today, this Loveland-based fitness facility has been around for two and a half years and is bustling with happy and healthy clients.

Owner Natalia Buschur says it all started with a passion for her students. “[I was inspired by] the love I have for my students and the unfortunate shut down of the gym where I was teaching at the time,” recalls Buschur, who’s also a Zumba Instructor. “I needed a place to teach them.” 

The facility got its name from Zumba. “The studio was originally intended to be a Zumba studio , later on decided to add different fitness formats, but the z comes from Zumba,” she explains. 

There’s now a wide variety of different exercise classes offered at Z Fit Studio.

  • Zumba– “Dance to great music with great people and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it,” Buschur says.
  • Pound– “The world’s first cardio jam session, inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums,” she says. 
  • Yoga– “A group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India,” she says.
  • Strong by Zumba– “A revolutionary high-intensity workout led by music to motivate you to crush your ultimate fitness goals,” Buschur says. 
  • Core the Force– “You’ll use moves from boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai (martial art from Thailand) to blast calories and fat and work your core from every angle,” she says.

According to Buschur, the facility is unique because the people who work there care about their members. “The studio was created for and by members, the friendships created at Z Fit go well beyond the studio door,” she says. “The moment you step into Z Fit, you become part of our community, there is not judgment, just support from instructors as well as other students,” Buschur says. 

There have been a lot of memorable moments with Z Fit Studio, Buschur says. “However, the highlight would be getting ready to open the studio, the amount of love and time all of my students put into it to create a new beginning,” she adds. “Z Fit would not exist without all of their love and support, for sure a team effort.”

Z Fit Studio is located at 3205 W State Route 223, Loveland, Ohio 45140. To learn more, follow along on Facebook.

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Learn about one of the city’s original yoga studios and how it continues to adapt as a local wellness center.

Main Street Yoga offers retreats, studio classes, and private yoga classes.

There is a yoga studio in the Cincinnati area that has been around for over a decade. The studio has been around since May of 2004 with three instructors currently. 

The inspiration behind starting Main Street Yoga came from a tragic event. “I was inspired after 9/11 to create a space to release fear and calm the mind,” Nancy Willman, Owner and Instructor of Main Street Yoga, says. “It has since developed into more of a wellness center, specializing in individual needs.” 

Main Street Yoga knows how to meet the needs of every client that comes into their studio. “It is unique because we specialize in individual needs, rather than large classes,” she says. “It is also in a beautiful, spacious 2,000 square foot loft, full of windows, light and a view of OTR.”

There are a wide range of classes offered at the facility:

Private Classes

  • Meditation- “Helps a student to go within and calm the mind, be present and accepting,” Willman says. 
  • Yoga for Scoliosis/Lower Back Pain– “A few class session that provides a series of poses that help realign and release pain for those with scoliosis and lower back pain,” she says. 
  • Ayurvedic Consultation- “Provide a reading of ones dosha to help provide diet, poses, mantra, etc., for that person’s individual dosha,” Willman says. 

Studio Classes

  • Restorative Yoga- “A class that is provided to help release stress and calm the mind while stretching the body gently,” she says. 
  • Alignment Yoga: “A class that makes a student aware of proper alignment of the body for better balance and flexibility,” Willman says. 


  • Woman’s Winter Retreat– Hope Springs Institute, December 7-9

“An antidote in the middle of the Holiday Season. Yoga, massage, meditation…relax and release,” she says.

There are one on one classes or classes limited to six people. 

Willman loves the way that people feel when they come to the studio. “After a class or session, people always feel much better than when they walked in,” she says. “They often grab a bite to eat or take out at a local restaurant or store and that good vibes are contagious.”

Main Street Yoga is located at 1201 Main Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 (entrance is on 12th street side/3rd floor), in Over-the- Rhine. To learn more, follow them on Facebook, their website (which is currently being redesigned), and you can contact Willman through email at or call 513-703-4175. 

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These two local foodies were tired of flavorless store-bought spices full of artificial ingredients, so they’re stirring things up with this new natural herb and spice business.

Spice Spice Baby is a retailer and wholesaler of fine herbs and spices.

Drew and Debbie Brown, owners of Spice Spice Baby, launched their business to spice things up.

“We are a retailer and wholesaler of fine herbs and spices,” say the Browns. “We have a large variety of signature spice blends for foodies and culinary professionals.” 

According to the Browns, they can be found at various farmers markets across town, such as Madiera and Blue Ash, festivals, pop up markets and the like. “We also have spices for sale at Chops, Cheese and Chives in Newport, Kentucky and Holzman Meats in Montgomery,” they add.

The couple was inspired to start the business from a love for cooking and be adventurous in the kitchen. “Debbie and I created Spice Spice Baby because we have a passion for great-tasting, and flavorful food and we want to share this with friends, family and anyone else who wants to be adventurous in their cooking. We provide home cooks with an easier way to express their creativity in the kitchen,” they explain. “Our spice blends are the tools they need to try new flavors and explore new cuisines in the simplest way possible. We are also here for professional chefs and other culinary professionals who may want to keep those signature spice blends a secret or are looking for an easy way to save time, labor and resources. Whatever your culinary passions are, we can help keep you cooking.”

As a professional, Drew was tired of finding spices at the store that were old with artificial ingredients that lacked flavor. “What I wanted was a good restaurant-grade herb or spice without having to always use garden-fresh herbs. Because of that frustration, I began testing and adapting my signature spice blends for home use. I have created dozens of blends and rubs during the more than two decades I have spent working in professional kitchens,” he says. “Several of my BBQ rubs have been used in professional BBQ competitions and are award-winners…all of our spice blends are tried and true. Spice Spice Baby was born from necessity, and is thriving because there are so many people who share our passion for quality and flavor.”

The name of the business came from a popular song. “We had the idea for a spice business and while thinking of a catchy name, Ice Ice Baby came to mind. So we borrowed from Vanilla Ice, who borrowed from Queen,” they say. 

There are a variety of spices offered for wholesale and retail and they “focus on custom blended spices and rubs. We can also work with chefs to convert their ideas into rubs and spice blends,” they say, adding that they have a lot of fun naming the blends. “’Elvis Has Left the Smoker,’ which is our version of a Memphis Dry Run. We have used that in Kansas City BBQ competitions with good success. I love the smokiness of the rub, particularly on brisket.”

The Browns say that Spice Spice Baby has received a lot of positive feedback, which propels them forward. “In the five months we have been in business, we have received only positive feedback, plenty of referrals and an astounding amount of repeat business. We have people constantly contacting us to find out where we will be that week so they can get their spice fix,” they say. “The number of professional chefs that use our product speak volumes about the quality and consistency of what we are doing.” 

This falls in line with the mission of the company. “[We want] to offer very high quality herbs and spices that are affordable and accessible to everyone,” they share.

Spice Spice Baby is unique because they help charities in the area. “10 percent of all our retail sales goes to Avon Miami Charities and their brown bag events to feed the homeless,” the Browns explain. 

To keep up with what’s going on with Spice Spice Baby, follow them on Facebook  or their website.

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Local experts are hosting a quarterly workshop that teaches you how to naturally alleviate a variety of ailments for you and your loved ones.

Vivacity Healing hosts reflexology workshops, teaching attendees natural, at-home solutions.

A workshop in the Cincinnati area helps attendees treat common ailments with a natural, “at home” approach.

“The reflexology ‘home remedies’ workshop teaches techniques for treating common ailments at home, using reflexology,” says Andrea Antczak, Owner and Reflexologist at Vivacity Healing. “We will also touch on acupressure techniques and dietary changes that may help as well.”

The Reflexology Home Remedies Workshop takes place in the Vivacity Healing room, located inside the Good Therapy office building at 11438 Lebanon Road, Unit H, Sharonville, Ohio 45241. The next workshop is happening on October 22 at 6:30PM for 60 minutes. This is a reoccurring workshop that happens quarterly. “For specific dates, periodically check out our Facebook page, visit our website or join our mailing list,” she says. “Dates will be listed at least a month in advance.”

The inspiration behind starting the workshops came from Antczak’s work as a reflexologist and working with clients. 

“I’m constantly giving my clients suggestions on reflexology techniques they can do at home to help themselves or their loved ones. I do so much educating during my sessions that I decided to start doing this workshop so that I decided to start doing this workshop so I can reach more people and cover more information. I want to help people to understand, not only the technique that can help, but how and why reflexology really works,” she says. “Reflexology is useful for alleviating, symptoms of so many ailments and is a fantastic adjunct to many other healing therapies. Regular reflexology sessions are best for long-term healing and overall better health, but the home remedies workshop will help people to learn healthier ways of relieving symptoms for common problems.”

The different home remedies that are going to be discussed are: neck pain, headaches/migraines, back pain, sinus congestion, cough and cold symptoms, digestive issues, hiccups, stress, insomnia, concentration problems, etc. The home remedies workshop defines success by the people who come to the workshop. 

“I define success by knowing that each attendee has learned something valuable,” Antczak says. “I hope that they will pass it on.” The mission of the workshop is “to give people tangible techniques for alleviating symptoms of common ailments without the use of harmful, toxic or unnatural substances or procedures.”

The workshop is so important for the community of Cincinnati. “I want to support the community’s growing interest in holistic and alternative wellness by educating in a non-intimidating environment,” Antczak says. “I use methods that almost anyone can use regardless of age and health history.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with the Home Remedies Workshop, follow them on Facebook and their website.

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Catch the buzz about this weekend that celebrates women through a variety of events, including races, a health and wellness expo, and fashion show fit for a Queen.

The Queen Bee Half Marathon is coming up this weekend, October 13.

From the high-end swag bags filled with fabulous goodies to the pampering, bling and fabulous fashion show at their boutique-like packet pick-up expo, the Queen Bee Half Marathon is all about making its participants feel like royalty.

“This is the fifth year for the Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-miler, but we started working on it about a year before our first running,” Iris Simpson Bush, Executive Director of the Flying Pig Marathon, which operates the Queen Bee, says. Bush is looking forward to celebrating with the women. “We are looking forward to celebrating our Queen’s Court, those runners and walkers who have participated in all five Queen Bee Half Marathons,” she says. 

With this year’s Queen Bee, participants are going to see more activities at the victory party, like people asked for in the past. “We’ve added many more activities for runners, walkers and their families, a long with our band,” she explains.

The Queen Bee is unique from other races out there. “We make no secret that we are celebrating women and we encourage participants to do the event with their moms, daughters, girlfriends, and sisters,” she says. “We want it to be part of a great girls’ weekend!”

The Queen Bee loves the opportunity to celebrate women and all that they have accomplished. “We do that by adding a little more pampering, a little more bling to the event,” Bush says. The success of the event is defined by the participants. “Having the Queen Bee Half Marathon sold out again this year is an honor and we are humbled by the support,” she adds. 

If you want to find out more about the race, get race items and get your race packets, check out the “Bee-You-Tique.” The day before the race, there is going to be an expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center on October 12. At the event, you can get items and services that are geared towards women. 

“We want our participants to celebrate being themselves, “Bee-U” in other words, and the name came from there,” she says. “Literally hundreds of vendors will be there, participants come to pick up their bibs, their premium items and check out information on the course. The Queen Bee is empowered by Kroger and P&G, and both are at the convention center with lots of samples and great information.”

There is also going to be a fashion show that showcases the latest performance gear. “What a runner or walker wears is so important to their comfort and their results,” Bush says. “It’s primarily about what will help our participants look and feel their best on the course or training,” she says. “We’re fortunate to have vendors who can showcase the latest.”

To keep up with everything Queen Bee Half Marathon, follow along on Facebook Instagram , Twitter , and their website.

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A local lady launched this Greek-inspired blog that posts healthy recipes and the inspiration you need to have some fun in the kitchen.

Baked Ambrosia is all about traditional Greek dishes with a healthy twist.

Traditional Greek dishes with a fun and healthy spin is what the Baked Ambrosia blog is all about.

“Baked Ambrosia is a food blog dedicated to inspiring every-day home cooks to get into their kitchens and create delicious food with simple wholesome ingredients,” says founder Angelina Papanikolaou. The name of the blog came from the heart she has for baking. “Although I love to cook, my true passion is baking. ‘Ambrosia’ is the food of the Greek Gods,” she says. “When something is ‘ambrosial,’ it is extremely pleasing to taste or smell. So, I combined my passion with the ‘food of the gods’ and Baked Ambrosia came to life.” 

Baked Ambrosia started in January of 2016. It started as a place for Papanikolaou to share her recipes with her loved ones and anyone who asks her for a recipe.  “Starting a food blog had been something that I was considering for at least a year before I finally decided it was the right time, so I started a blog. I read a lot about it, watched many videos, talked to people who knew about building websites, and then I drove in and did it, “ she says. “To be honest,  I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved every single second of it.” 

The blog consists of healthy recipes and the occasional indulgences, as well as health tips, favorite products and everything in between.

Papanikolaou has many recipes that she wants to make and add to the blog. “These recipes are inspired by literally everything- the seasons,  holidays, my Greek roots, something I ate while traveling, foods I grew up with, new ingredients I see on social media, magazines, cookbooks,” she says. “Having a creative mind, it’s easy to get inspired from pretty much anything.” 

Her blog is so unique because she creates recipes that have a purpose. “Whether it is putting my own spin on a classic recipe, giving my readers a taste of my Greek culture, or creating a healthier version of a decadent food.” 

Papanikolaou’s goal for the blog is “to inspire readers to get into their kitchens and create mouthwatering scratch-made food.”

She loves working on her blog and is passionate about it. “I get to set my own schedule, attend amazing events, make lots of new friends, and I am able to get someone into the kitchen and cook up a delicious meal or batch of cookies,” Papanikolaou says. 

If you want to keep up with what Baked Ambrosia is doing, follow her on TwitterPinterest ,  her website , and Instagram.

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See how a local boy and his foster pup inspired these gourmet treats and the booming business that quickly followed.

Daniel’s Dog Treats sells healthy treats for your pet.

Dog treats can be both nutritious and delicious, says Doris Foley, Owner and CEO of Daniel’s Dog Treats.

“Daniel’s Dog Treats is a small family business named after Daniel,” she explains, “My Grandson, and son of my daughter Christina Harper.”

Foley and Harper have been in business for the past five years. “North College Hill is our official business listing address, however, we sell our products online at, at Findlay Market, Stanbery Park Farmers Market, Fort Thomas Farmers Market, and through a local business in Hamilton, Ohio, called LahVdah,” says Foley.

“Daniel spends time with his Oma [German for Grandma] on a regular basis, so one afternoon, just for fun, they decided to bake doggy cookies for his dogs at home, the dogs at his Oma’s, and especially for Sarge. Now Sarge, a foster dog, was underweight, flee infested and had a severe case of mange when he first arrived,” Harper recalls. “After a few weeks of isolation and extensive treatment, he recovered quite well, however, the years of neglect and presumed abuse did take a toll on his body. Sarge suffers from a heart defect and quite severe arthritis, which required the highest dose of previcox for him to even be semi-comfortable. Even with all this, he showed so much love to Daniel, who wanted to do something nice for Sarge in return.” 

Foley says she didn’t have a specific recipe to make for Sarge, but she had so much knowledge of dogs that she was able to throw different ingredients together, while having fun making dog treats that made the pup so happy.

“A few days later, Doris noticed a change in Sarge. At first it was a slight pep in his step, followed by more energy and after a while, he ran and rolled in the grass for the first time since he arrived,” Harper says. “The only change in this routine was the doggy treats, so Doris decided to investigate this further by not giving him his medicine, which is quite costly by the way, and we could hardly believe that the lack of his medicine made no difference. Well, until the Daniel’s Dog Treats ran out. Within days of Daniel’s Dog Treats running out, Sarge began to rapidly decline. Needless to say, a fresh batch was baked immediately and we have not run out since.”

Daniel, Foley and Harper started to bake regularly for Sarge and the rest of the dogs. “Over time, we shared Daniel’s Dog Treats with owners of dogs with ailments and the results were astonishing,” Foley says. “With that, our Blueberry Delights were created, followed by the Calming Treats and Fresh Breath.”

The treats offered at Daniel’s Dog Treats are: Blueberry Delights, Calming Treats, Fresh Breath, Gluten and Wheat Free Blueberry Delights, Peach Paradise (Gluten Free), Strawberry Heaven (Gluten and Wheat Free). 

The mission of the business is to see healthy dogs. “We strive to provide healthy, quality dog treats to our customers,” Foley says. “Our treats have benefited many dogs as described in our testimony section of our website.” 

Daniel’s Dog Treats is unique because they sell healthy dog treats. “We are unique, due to the fact that our treats do have amazing health benefits and are a natural alternative for dog owners and their fur babies,” Foley says. “Our treats do not contain preservatives or additives and are baked fresh weekly by us.” 

This business is important for the community of Cincinnati. “Many of our four legged customers have not only enjoyed our treats,” Foley says, “but are receiving quality treats that help them with issues from pain and anxiety problems, to just be able to enjoy treats that fit in their dietary restrictions.”

Foley says interacting with the customers and hearing the success stories of their products is what she loves best about the business. “Every customer, every success story of a dog feeling better,” she adds. “[I love] the feedback of how well our customers are responding to our treats.”

To learn more about Daniel’s Dog Treats, follow them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.