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Learn about a new Findlay Market program that aims to introduce shoppers to new merchants, foods, and food preparation techniques.

Findlay Market will host Findlay Eats, a new program that introduces shoppers to new merchants, foods, and cooking techniques.

Showcasing the best parts of Findlay Market, Findlay Eats is held every Friday afternoon on the Race Street esplanade. 

Findlay eats is a new Findlay Market program that aims to introduce shoppers to new merchants, foods, and food preparation techniques. Findlay Market offers market-goers free food samples and visitors are encouraged to visit the merchant’s stands to purchase the product. 

Each Friday, a different merchant is featured for a food demonstration. The schedule for this year’s merchants and food demonstrations is finalized and includes a variety of vendors. To date, some of the cooking demos have included Greek Souvlaki from Kofinas Olive Oil & Vinegar, Cheese Apreas from The Aprea Place, and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Vodka Sauce from Bouchard’s Pasta; all of which provide free samples.

Findlay Eats is the only place in Cincinnati that offers such a diverse product array in addition to an energetic atmosphere. Findlay eats also offers market-goers the chance to interact with the business owners. 

“[The business owners] love sharing how their ingredients can be used to create delicious dishes,” Development Manager Gina Regan says. 

Regan says, “The goal behind Findlay Eats is to capture the busy summer lunchtime traffic and introduce customers to merchants and products at the Market they may not have realized are here.” “We wanted to find a new way to highlight our merchants and the amazing foods and products they sell, as well as do something fun and engaging to activate the Race Street side of the Market” she adds. 

The Corporation for Findlay Market organizes Findlay Eats and planned for it to run through August. They are also hosting Flavor of Findlay on September 13 at 6:30pm.Flavor of Findlay consists of over 12 tasting stations featuring market merchants and top local chefs, purchase tickets here.

The full Findlay Eats schedule can be found here. To learn more about Findlay Market, visit their website, visit their Facebook page or their Instagram.

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Keep both your wallet and wanderlust happy by connecting with this site that spots flight deals for travelers in the Cincinnati area.

Flytrippers Cincinnati finds great deals on flights around the globe.

Cincy Chic: What is Flytrippers Cincinnati?
Andrew D’Amours, Co-Founder of Flytrippers: Flytrippers is an online media that spots flight deals for travelers in the Cincinnati area. These are limited-time deals that expire quickly and change every single day.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
D’Amours: We launched the website because we’ve been spotting really cheap flights for years and no one ever believed us when we told them the prices we paid. We wanted to share our findings and deals with as many people as possible, since it’s nearly impossible for the average flier to stumble upon the deeply discounted dates on their own. If you’re not searching for the exact right destinations and the exact right date combinations at the exact right time, you’ll never know about these deals. That’s why we publish them all in one convenient location on our website.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
D’Amours: Myself and my co-founder Kevin. We are two longtime friends and travel buddies who wanted to explore the world more often but had very demanding jobs (I was in management consulting and Kevin in structural engineering) so couldn’t travel as much as we wanted, except by finding half-priced deals that made leaving for shorter trips worthwhile. We’ve now visited over 30 countries each in the past year and a half alone thanks to our deals.



Cincy Chic: How do you find deals to offer on Flytrippers Cincinnati?
D’Amours: Our algorithm continually searches through all destinations from Cincinnati to check which dates are priced much lower than the regular price and share these with our fans on our website in a easy and simple way.

Cincy Chic: What are some of your most popular deals or do they change daily, weekly, etc?
D’Amours: We spot a large quantity of flight deals every single day, curated specifically from Cincinnati. Even if there are only a few dates on sale, we publish them on our website so that our fans can be the ones to take advantage of the discounted dates.

Cincy Chic: What makes Flytrippers Cincinnati unique?
D’Amours: We spot deals to Cincinnati but we also plan on spotting deals for travelers in other US cities very soon. We are also developing a travel tips section (that already has some great content) to share our travel expertise with our fans and help them save even more money… and therefore travel even more.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
D’Amours: The best way to see all our deals is to visit our website Flytrippers.com and to subscribe to our free newsletter to get flight deals in your inbox directly. We also share our best deals on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dwayne Johnson flexes his dramatic muscle to lead familiar-yet-palatable Skyscraper. Read on for our movie critic’s full review!

 

“You know, compared to this, taking steel chairs to the head from other men in spandex wasn’t so bad!” Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) used a makeshift rappelling apparatus for reasons he’d rather not have to deal with in a scene from writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s action thriller SKYSCRAPER. Credit: © 2018 Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC. and Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Cottrell, Bryon Mann, McKenna Roberts, Hannah Quinlivan, Elfina Luk, Noah Taylor, Adrian Holmes and Pablo Schreiber

WRITER(S): Rawson Marshall Thurber

DIRECTOR(S): Rawson Marshall Thurber

WEBSITE: https://www.skyscrapermovie.com/

HERE’S THE STORY: Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) is a simple man. A decorated military veteran, his life was changed 10 years ago when an unfortunate situation altered his life in two drastic ways: the loss of the lower half of his left leg and meeting the love of his life, his cell phone-challenged/fellow veteran/doctor wife Sarah (Neve Campbell). Now working as the proprietor of his own small security company, Will finds himself thrust into the opportunity of his working lifetime when an old military buddy (Pablo Schreiber) gets him a gig checking out “The Pearl.” 

What is the Pearl? It’s the new commercial/residential structure in Hong Kong designed by billionaire Zaho Long Ji (Chin Han), who now wants Will to make sure that everything in his buildingis up to snuff before the residential half opens up (from the 96th floor on up). But what Will doesn’t know is that why he, Sarah and their two kids Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) are enjoying their stay, there are some nefarious forces plotting a much different visit to the Pearl. That would be the ruthless assassin Xia (Hannah Quinlivan) and the mercenary Botha (Roland Møller), who are after something that Will has no knowledge of nor why.

But he and his family are about to – if they can survive the certain to be fatal scenario awaiting them in the world’s tallest skyscraper. 

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Dwayne Johnson fans who like it when he does physical roles that don’t focus on comedy; Neve Campbell fans; people who like 80s-style action movies without 80s style dialogue

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who will find some of the scenarios too implausible; those who prefer action movies that either go full-on outrageous or full-on logical; anyone who hates violent films

SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? An action movie that tries to balance its more (seemingly) outrageous moments with committed performances and intriguing camera work before tying together just how you’d expect (if you pay attention to all the foreshadowing), Skyscraper is an entertaining, family-involved-yet-extremely-violent at times diet Die Hard that while not original, it’s satisfying enough to keep you interested. And if that sentence seems like a mouthful, it should.

Because that’s what happens when you are catering to at least three different types of audiences at once.

Johnson, as he has proven in a variety of his roles, commands attention as Will Sawyer, a man who is not invincible yet at the same time extremely determined to do what he needs to do to save the people he loves. His limited stunts seem ridiculous yet, given his commitment and approach, plausible – which, for action movies, has long been an issue for many people paying attention (skip ahead to 1:54 in that link; language NSFW!). Likewise, neither Campbell nor young co-stars Roberts or Cottrell seem to act in an over-the-top fashion, their actions instead seeming reasonable, logical and again, (somewhat) sensible given the situation in which they find themselves.

Writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We’re the Millers) has a history of producing surprising hits, most of which are exclusively comedies. With Skyscraper, he proves he has potential to deliver an action film that, while it does not do anything to reinvent the genre, doesn’t have to be dumb, either. While it lacks a distinct quality to make it stand out from the pack – Johnson’s prosthetic leg accessory comes into play quite often, but it doesn’t always feel as handi-capable as intended – the interplay between the characters works more than it does not, the film moves along swiftly and, again, the story plays out with a good mix of brain and bravado … As best you can in this type of film. Sure, the film could have likely reached a more classic status with a full “R” rating or a

Or at least it does it enough to keep you from wanting to burn down the theater the way the Pearl does on the screen.

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A local woman loves healthy food, good music and a tasty craft beer, so she created a festival that celebrates it all. Read on for all the delicious details.

Amie Sparks (left), Founder of Crafted – a local food, beer, and music festival.

Celebrating local culture has just been made easier with Crafted – a local food, beer and music festival. 

This celebration spans across major cities in Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati and offers attendees up to 38 different local craft beers. This festival will also feature seven local restaurants, which includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. 

Founder and CEO of Crafted – Local Food, Beer & Music Festival, Amie Sparks, is proud to promote local healthy cuisine. “I am beyond excited to create a venue for local brewers and chefs to showcase their craft beer and creative dishes, offering healthier alternatives to the typical festival-fare and vegan and gluten-free options,” Sparks adds.

The Cincinnati festival will feature entertainment throughout the day, including the Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and Doc Robinson. There will also be festivals games, the team from Cincinnati’s 100.7/106.3 The Project, as well as the mobile adoption unit from the League of Animal Welfare with four-legged friends for festival goers to adopt.

Crafted — Local Food, Beer & Music Festival is July 212 pm until 6 pm at Sawyer Point Park. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time here and attendees need to be at least 21 years old. 

General admission, VIP, and designated driver tickets are offered online with the option to donate to the League for Animal Welfare. General admission tickets offer tasting of up to 84 oz of craft beer and food samples from seven different restaurants while VIP tickets include all the general admission benefits in addition to reserved seating. Lastly, the designated driver option includes food sampling and unlimited pop and water.

The option to volunteer for this event also remains open. Individuals who are interested have the choice between working the front gates, pouring beer, or to work in the charity tents.  

Sparks initially cultured the idea of the crafted festival by combining some of the things she loves, delicious and nutritious food, craft beer, live music, volunteerism and traveling. “The idea is a to offer people a way to get involved in the community, experience new music, and discover new local beers & how amazing food prepared from fresh, whole ingredients can taste, ” she notes.

In the future, Crafted—Local Food, Beer & Music Festival looks forward to expanding outside of Ohio and into new host cities. With this growth, they are eager to build new relationships with charities and will be announcing new partnerships late in 2018. 

To learn more, visit the Crafted—Local Food, Beer & Music Festival website here or and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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These best friends turned business partners are celebrating a decade of event planning together with a fabulous fête you won’t want to miss.

Details2Decor is an event planning business that will soon celebrate 10 years.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Details2Decor!
Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Details2Decor: With the collaboration of Decor Plus, LLC & Starr Treatment, LLC, we invite you to witness special events and design at its best presented as Details2Decor. We are a full-service event planning company creating corporate and social events that empower, entertain, and educate. Our services include event planning and management, floral design, and event design. We have a client base across the Tri-State area where our services have included weddings, conferences/expos, luncheons, award galas, and much more.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch this business?
Hamilton and Bonner: The two of us met in 2008 while planning a fabulous birthday celebration for a friend. We had a great time working together and the relationship just clicked. We quickly discovered shared passions and goals for our businesses and wanted to find a way to support and inspire each other to take our businesses to the next level. So we decided, “Why not bring our passions together?” Details2Decor was born out of this idea and now Starr manages the details while Ethel creates the decor.

Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Details2Decor

Cincy Chic: You’re celebrating 10 years! Can you tell us more about that?
Hamilton and Bonner: We are so proud to be turning 10 and are ready to “Takeover!” It is an exciting accomplishment for our event planning company and in honor of this milestone, a special evening is planned. The Anniversary 10 Takeover themed Celebration will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, 6:00 pm–12:00 am at the newly renovated Prvlgd Lounge, across from Duke Energy Convention Center. Edet Wettee, owner of Prvlgd Lounge will also be celebrating 2 years in business so we are honored to partner with him and celebrate together.

Cincy Chic: What do you have planned for the event?
Hamimlton and Bonner: Guests can enjoy an evening with a pre-concert DJ/happy hour on the main floor 6:00 – 8:30 pm; or a special VIP reception in the upper loft 6:00 – 8:30 pm; then a special concert as Details2Decor welcomes National Contemporary R&B Recording Artist, Vivian Green to the stage at 9pm; and closing out the evening with an After Party. Vivian Green has a mature, sultry voice and knowledge of material that allowed her to sing in some of Philadelphia’s premiere jazz clubs starting from a young age in Philadelphia. Additionally, Green sang background for renown soul singer/actress Jill Scott. General Admission Happy Hour tickets are $30 and VIP Reception tickets are $40. Guests can receive a discount of $5 on tickets if purchased online by July 13, 12:00 pm at www.d2dtakeover10.eventbrite.com. VIP Reception tickets will include discount cash bar, The Elevation Band, complimentary light appetizers and dessert bar, door prizes, access to Vivian Green concert, and an After Party/Meet & Greet pass. The pass will allow guests to meet Vivian Green and producer Kwame Holland. In line with our mission, a portion of the proceeds will also benefit three non-profit organizations who are doing amazing work in our community: Keyz2Life (empowering), Elementz (entertaining), and the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (educating). We know we could not have made this milestone without all the support from our many clients and partners, including Cincy Chic, throughout the years. We can’t wait to thank them and toast to what’s next for D2D.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Details2Decor?
Hamilton and Bonner: To continue our anniversary celebration, we are excited to host a Phenomenally Woman Empowerment Luncheon in October. The luncheon will feature special guest panelists who are game changers; unique networking/workshops; and special entertainment. Be sure to follow us for further details coming soon!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Hamilton and Bonner: Please visit www.d2dtakeover10.eventbrite.com for information/tickets; or our website www.details2decor.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Marvel returns to delivering fun in various sizes with this humorous flick. See what our movie critic has to say about it.

 

“When I asked if you had seen Blade, this is NOT what I meant!” Hope Van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) runs against an assailant’s attack in a scene from Peyton Reed’s latest entry into the Marvel Universe, ANT-MAN & THE WASP. Credit: Film Frame © 2018 Marvel Studios. All rights reserved. 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Abby Ryder Fortson, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale with Laurence Fishburne and Michele Pfeiffer 

WRITER(S): Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari; based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber and Ernie Hart

DIRECTOR(S): Peyton Reed

WEBSITE: http://marvel.com/movies/movie/245/ant-man_and_the_wasp

HERE’S THE STORY: Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War but BEFORE Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp finds our hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on house arrest as a result of his actions in Sovokia since, you know, he wasn’t legally about to be there. FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) is ready to bust Scott at a moment’s notice, even though he only has 3 days until his sentence is up – which he can’t wait to spend with his daughter Cassie a.k.a. Peanut (Abby Ryder Fortson). Even Scott’s ex wife Maggie (Judy Greer) and her new husband Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) are supportive of his changed ways and his best friend Luis (Michael Peña) is running the security company he started with their other friends Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris), so what could go wrong?

Well, once Scott starts seeing visions of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – the wife of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and mother of Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) long lost to the mysterious Quantum Realm – plenty.

Despite having not spoken to Hank or Hope in 2 years since, you know, they became FBI fugitives for their use of the Pym particle technology that enables Ant-Man to shrink and increase his size to massive heights, Scott contacts the duo with his news. This, in turn, makes them excited about the prospect of finding Janet – even if it means having to get technology off the black market from guys like Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a man always on the lookout for a new way to get rich, no matter what the cost. Sonny and the FBI, however, will soon be far from the biggest problem facing Scott, Hank and Hope, however.

No, that would be the presence of the mysterious malevolent presence of Ava a.k.a. Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a woman who needs Pym’s technology for reasons that will soon be revealed in startling fashion …

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Fans of the first Ant-Man movie and Thor: Ragnarok; Paul Rudd fans; people who like superhero movies that go for more lighthearted fare than the darker subject matter of Marvel entries such as the Captain America series; people awaiting anything related to 2019’s Avengers 4 movie 

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who joke about Ant-Man as a character the same way Robot Chicken has Aquaman; those who like a villain that is more pure evil that motivated for a logical reason

SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? Another solid entry into the Marvel Universe from start to finish, Ant-Man and the Wasp features everything fans of the first movie came to enjoy, just with more of it. There is plenty of humor, well-constructed action sequences that balances its human cartoon with traditional fight elements with Peña once again stealing nearly every scene he’s in, Lilly – who’s Wasp proves she’s no second fiddle to her male partner – and Rudd exhibiting a familiar yet growing, believable chemistry. Likewise, Rudd’s character’s desire to be a good dad never feeling forced due to the great interplay between he and the lovably precocious Fortson. (Seriously, she’s just too cute as his daughter like a live version of Agnes from Despicable Me but more mature.) Surprisingly, Douglas adds an unexpected emotional center to the film, playing both the crotchety old man archetype well when necessary but without ever becoming a parody of it (or himself).

If there is any real flaw in the film, it’s that Ant-Man may have the least compelling villains as of yet seen in Marvel films. (It’s really hard to follow Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger and Josh Brolin’s finger-snapping Thanos/hard-ass Cable with a villain who’s cause is extremely sympathetic and more misunderstood than anything.) Perhaps having a more hard-edged, truly threatening presence on screen might tilt the film in a direction director Peyton Reed and his team may not want to explore, but John-Kamen turns in a solid performance, hitting all the necessary beats. Goggins, for his part, portrays a much more interesting character here than he did in the already forgotten Tomb Raider, bringing some of his Vice Principals “I-should-dislike-you-but-you’re-too-fun” charm to the movie to round things out. 

Throw in some really fun, early Spielberg-like use of Pym’s ants their selves and the movie is while nowhere near as emotionally gripping as say Black Panther or Infinity War, it is full of fun while filled with enough nuances to stand on its own.

Other than that, there’s not much else one really needs to know about Ant-Man and the Wasp as Marvel is wrapping up Phase Three of its master plan – except that the movie proves that Marvel having a plan has led to a decade’s worth of quality films. Ant-Man and the Wasp is all about the idea of family and trying to do right by the people they love while overcoming the odds throw in their way. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp does both of those things in spades and while not the mightiest of Avengers heroes, they definitely team players that prove they are worth a spot in the lineup … Especially if you want to see what just may lie ahead for the man who could become one of the biggest (or, depending on his physical size, smallest) players in Marvel plans heading into 2019.

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See how a woman inspired by a Jane Fonda VHS tape is now helping others dramatically improve their health through yoga and a growing local wellness community.

Good Therapy offers group yoga classes, including Vin to Yin, taught by instructor Lorraine Horine.

Inspired by a Jane Fonda VHS tape, Lorraine Horine, vin to yin yoga teacher, has taken it upon herself to spread the spiritual and physical therapeutic benefits of yoga across Greater Cincinnati. 

“Vin to yin is vinyasa [wise progression] to yin which is a type of yoga in which you hold poses for at least two minutes,” Horine explains. “[This] targets areas in our bodies and gets blood to get into the connective tissue,” Horine adds.

Horine describes vin to yin yoga as a combination of different ways to do yoga with the first half of class warming up the body and second half of class targeting different areas of the body.

Horine is currently an instructor at Good Therapy, a wellness center located on the edge of Sharon Woods. Each specialist at the wellness center operates independently to offer services including yoga reflexology, meditation and a variety of therapies. 

Lorraine Horine, an instructor at Good Therapy

“The thing that unites us all is a commitment to providing individualized care at the highest standards with the ultimate goal of helping each person who walks through the door to become their best selves,” Horine says about Good Therapy.

Good Therapy holds classes in a small room, only allowing space for 7-8 participants. Horine explains, “the smaller class size makes it nice for new yogis since I can make sure everyone is aligned correctly to do the poses safely.

To sign up for a class, email Good Therapy at GoodTherapyCincy@gmail.com so they can reserve a mat.

Despite her amateur start to her yoga career, Horine quickly became committed to practicing yoga.

“I appreciated the deep joy and peace [from yoga] that I didn’t get from any other activity,” Horine says. “I wanted to find out WHY yoga felt so good, and so I began Yoga Teacher Training at the Bija Yoga School in downtown Cincinnati,” she adds.

Currently, Horine and the team at Good Therapy are looking forward to the addition of a couple’s counselor to the staff. In the future, Good therapy will also be adding workshops on essential oils, a group on mindfulness training for smoking termination, a workshop on healing trauma called SoulCollage, and developing a 6-week wellness program expected to launch early this fall. 

For more information, visit the Good Therapy website here or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Mark your calendars for one of the city’s most popular fundraising events of the year. Keep reading to learn more about new bourbon partners and where you can get your tickets before they sell out.

 

JDRF of Southwest Ohio is planning its biggest fundraising event of the year – its annual Bourbon & Bowtie Bash. Planned for Saturday, October 20, JDRF hosts the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

According to JDRF Executive Director Melissa Newman, tickets go on sale July 2, and are expected to sell out weeks in advance of the event, as they do every year.

The 2018 Bourbon & Bowtie Bash will feature new bourbon partners, a new fashion show sponsor, and lots of fundraising.

“The Bourbon & Bowtie Bash features bourbon tastings, a fashion show, food from Cincinnati’s best up-and-coming restaurants, music and dancing, auctions, and more,” says Newman.

Bourbon partners for this year’s event include Marker’s Mark, George Remus, Watershed, Basil Hayden’s, Northside Distillery, and New Riff, plus beer and wine tastings will come from Rhinegeist and Heidelberg.

Newman says that guests can also expect more than 20 restaurants at the event, including Taste of Belgium, Keystone, Rusconi’s, and others, who will be offering samples to guests.

While the bourbon, bowties, and food are expected every year, there are some new things taking the stage for 2018.

“We have a new fashion show partner, Bourbon Cousins, which is a local company that products bourbon-themed bowties, which couldn’t be more perfect,” says Newman. “We also have some new bourbon partners, including New Riff, Northside, and Basil Hayden’s, and are in the process of securing some new food partners as well.”

Additionally, Newman says that there are some surprises she doesn’t want to spoil for readers. “You’ll have to buy a ticket and attend to find out,” she says.  

Although there are several fundraising events that happen all over the city throughout the year, Newman says that what makes the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash stand out is that it is one of the most fun events of the year.

“JDRF is known for hosting exciting and fun events, but this is one where every year we get overwhelming feedback about what a blast it is,” says Newman. “How can you not have a good time when you get to taste Cincinnati’s best food, sample bourbons, and mingle and network with our local young professional community? It’s an action-packed night and it truly have something for everyone.”

Newman says that she encourages those who are interested in attending to get their tickets early, before they sell out. To purchase tickets for the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash, visit www.jdrfbourbon.org. Genderal admission tickets are $75 and sponsorships, with a table included, start at $750.

There are some sponsorships remaining for the event, which you can purchase on the same site as tickets for the event – www.jdrfbourbon.org. All proceeds from the event benefit JDRF and help fund research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

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We chat with a local DJ to see how she turned a passion for music into a booming business. Read on for all the toe-tappin' details! 

DJ Lisa Blayde offers DJ services for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and more.

Cincy Chic: Who is DJ Lisa Blayde?
Alisa Loeblein, DJ Lisa Blayde: I am a wife to my caring and patient husband Shawn, a mom to my beautiful 11 month old daughter Annika, and an animal lover with my two retired racing greyhounds and a varying number of rescued guinea pigs. I am a native Minnesotan that cheers probably a little too enthusiastically for my hometown sports teams, especially the Vikings, Wild, and Gophers. I love to laugh at almost everything, especially myself, and enjoy helping others laugh too. I change my hair, both cut and color -a lot! I am a weather geek that once dreamed of a career chasing tornadoes. I played college hockey and have laced up the skates now and then here in Cincinnati. I’ve worked as a surgical tech in Minnesota and Maine, studied history and political science at Western Michigan University while living in Kalamazoo, and moved to Cincinnati in 2009 after my husband began work as an engineer with a pharmaceutical company in the West Chester area.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to get involved in the music industry?
Loeblein: I used to dig through my parent’s vinyl collection before I could walk, so the love for music has always been there. From 4th through 12th grade I played violin in the school orchestra, learning to read music of course and studying the classical history of music. Over the years I wanted to be the one in charge of the soundtrack for pretty much everything, from a long ride in the car, to parties in college, sporting events, background music in the operating rooms during surgeries…you name it. After working for Catholic Health Partners/Mercy Health for a number of years in Cincinnati, I found a couple of different opportunities to work as a DJ and decided to take the chance that I could actually make a career at it. One of those opportunities was with a company called Party Pleasers, that taught me the ins and outs of the wedding industry. That experience, along with all of the other various careers I’ve tried, has led me to where I am today -as a customer service-oriented, female business owner who loves to use music as a vessel to make other people happy!

Cincy Chic: What types of events do you DJ for?
Loeblein: Corporate events, weddings, private parties…if it needs a soundtrack to help enhance a venue and the experience to go with it, I am there!

Cincy Chic: What makes you unique from other DJs in the area?
Loeblein: I guess the most obvious thing is, there aren’t many female DJs around. There are a small number of us in the area though, and we most definitely rock -I root for my DJ sisters all day, every day! Other ways I might be unique, include getting my start as an actual DJ in a hockey arena, hence the name ‘DJ Blayde’. I am as comfortable on turntables as I am a digital controller, and love to mix music from all genres -but my favorites include Hip Hop, 80s Pop, and House Music. I would love to get back to mixing at hockey games though, from the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Columbus Blue Jackets someday!

Cincy Chic: What has been your most memorable event thus far in your career?
Loeblein: In July of 2016, I was the DJ for the wedding of Charles Johnson at Drees Pavilion in N. Kentucky, who was a Minnesota Vikings wide receiver at the time. I tried to contain my excitement during the event, but I think that I may have let out my inner fangirl at the very end…just a little though! More recently I was on the main stage at Fountain Square along with my mega-talented group of fellow local DJs, the ‘Deckwreckerz’ for Jamboree 18. That was amazing. I will be back to do that again on August 3rd and I can’t wait!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about you and follow along? 
Loeblein: The best place would be to follow me on Instagram or on Facebook.

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See how one man went from facing a challenging season in an executive position to coaching others with similar struggles in the workforce.

Cory Carlson offers leadership coaching for business leaders.

“Everybody needs coaching at one time or another,” says Leadership Coach, Cory Carlson. “Five years ago, I was in an executive role and needed help.  I had mentors who had coaches, so I thought I would give it a shot. I hired an Executive Coach with Five Capitals to help guide me through an exciting, yet challenging season,” he adds. 

A Leadership Coach is someone who works alongside a business leader for a season to help that individual have a greater impact. Oftentimes, Leadership Coaches help business leaders when they are struggling with a toxic culture, feeling burnt-out, or feeling stuck.

When Carlson needed guidance during an exciting and challenging season, he hired an Executive Coach with Five Capitals. 

“Five Capitals is an organization passionate about helping and equipping business leaders and executives for growth,” Carlson explains. “We seek to inspire, equip, and train leaders in having a greater impact in both their personal and professional life,” he continues.

The tools Carlson learned were not only beneficial for his professional life but his personal life as well. “When I saw a transformation in my direct reports similar to what I experienced of becoming a better spouse, parent, and business leader, then I knew my purpose was to share this content with thousands” he adds. 

Three years after his experience with Five Capitals, Carlson became certified with Five Capitals and began coaching.  In his new position, Carlson speaks at both public and private events. Typically private events involve being hired by a company to speak over a lunch hour, speaking for a full-day session or speaking at on-going coaching sessions, while public events are workshops Five Capitals conducts or when a company hires a speaker for a public event they’re hosting. 

Cory Carlson

One public event that Carlson is hosting in July is a “Life in a Day” workshop. “This workshop will give attendees a personal vision statement, priorities, and a plan to help them get traction to reaching their new potential,” Carlson says. 

Five Capitals’ areas of focus include increasing leadership skills, developing a greater level of cultural health, empowering personal and family development, solidifying vision and values, sharpening the strategic planning process and enhancing team productivity and profitability. What sets Five Capital’s apart from other leadership coaches in the area is that they focus on application through accountability. Five Capitals provides the client with tools that are applicable to every situation and easy to pass on to coworkers who are also struggling. 

To learn more, visit the Five Capitals website here or Cory Carlson’s personal website here.  Stay connected with Cory Carlson Leadership Coaching on LinkedIn here or on Facebook.

For specific questions or inquiries, email ccarlson@fivecapitals.net or call 720.301.8377.