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There’s a new palette-pleaser in OTR that aims to offer an elevated wine and food experience. Keep reading for more. 

LouVino is adding Southern flavors to their menu as a part of their new wine and small plates concept.

Putting a southern twist on small plates, LouVino is adding flavors of Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky to their menu as a part of their new wine and small plates concept.

Owner Chad Coulter describes a party of two could expect to order around five dishes with a variety of flavors, followed by their choice of wine. 

“We want to make wine approachable and affordable and can do this with our robust glass pour program,” Coulter says. “Our customers also love our wine flights so they can try several different varieties and styles in the same sitting without having to commit to a bottle. In addition, we have a plethora of bourbons, craft beer, and cocktails,” he adds.

LouVino’s atmosphere parallels their dishes, as the interior is chic and industrial to represent an upbeat vibe. The main dining room can host up to 100 people and two private dining rooms are available and are able to host 14-40 people. 

The inspiration behind the new wine and small plates concept came from owners Chad and Lauren Coulter seeing a need in Lousiville for a good wine bar. “The ‘southern flare’ on our food menu is derived from our home state of Georgia and our Culinary Director’s passion for comfort food,” Coulter mentions.

LouVino has a seasonal menu, which alternates dishes twice a year, in an effort to keep food as fresh as possible. The most popular items on the menu include a brussel sprouts salad with pickled cherry peppers and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette, their fried chicken tacos, and their loaded tater tots. 

The wine list at LouVino features over 60 wines by the glass in addition to 17 wine flights, which are pre-selected. LouVino prides themselves in having one of the most wines poured by the glass in the city. 

In the future, LouVino is looking forward to their fifth location opening. This restaurant will be located in downtown Indianapolis in February 2019. 

To learn more, visit the LouVino website here and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Learn about a local event that’s one part educational forum and another part fundraiser aiming to help food insecure families in the Tri-State.

WASTEd and The City with La Soupe will be held Oct. 9.

Cincy Chic: What is WASTEd and The City with La Soupe?
Mimi Dyer, Board President of La Soupe: WASTEd And the City with La Soupe, presented by Kroger and SugarCreek, is one part fundraiser and one part educational forum about food waste—with both aspects of this event benefiting food insecure families and the non profit organizations that serve them. La Soupe has joined forces with 26 Cincinnati area restaurants to create a progressive dining experience, with a focus on using food ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. Each restaurant will be creating tapas and a cocktail, using rescued food provided by La Soupe.

This Tuesday, October 9th event begins at 6pm at The First Lutheran Church at 1208 Race Street. Attendees follow the map provided and can use the streetcar route to visit participating Downtown and OTR restaurants. Several suburban restaurants are joining us with pop up restaurants at select streetcar stops. GEST electric cars will also be available to help with transportation.

The event ends at Japp’s at 1136 Main Street, where the organizers will announce the winner from a raffle to win a Mercedes Benz weekend package. The lucky winner will have access to a beautiful Benz for a weekend road trip.

Participating restaurants include OTR favorites like A TAVOLA, Anchor, The Mercer, and PLEASE, as well as downtown restaurants including Jean-Robert’s Table, Via Vite, Orchids and Boca. The lineup of restaurants continues to grow daily and now includes suburban restaurants La Petite Pierre, The Farmstand, National Exemplar and The Birch.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Dyer: According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, each person in our country wastes about a pound of food per day, which culminates into enough wasted food that could potentially feed 2 billion extra people each year. Here in Cincinnati, La Soupe rescues 5,000 pounds of food per week that would otherwise be thrown away and transforms it into nutritious food items. Weekly, 2,000 servings are distributed to food insecure families via area non-profit groups. Since opening its doors in 2014, La Soupe has rescued 602,570 pounds of “ugly,” imperfect or over ordered food from grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants and has created 343,564 servings of delicious food. La Soupe also partners with chefs at area restaurants, who have produced 5,770 gallons of soups from food that would have otherwise been wasted, and then donates it to La Soupe. 100% of this is distributed to the food insecure community.

WASTEd And The City works to educate our community about food waste and how aesthetically imperfect food can still create a delicious and nutritious meal. The organizers also want to draw attention to the issues faced by food insecure families in our area, and the many non profit organizations, like La Soupe, that work to support them. This event also highlights the creativity and talent of chefs in our community. Attendees of WASTEd And the City should prepare to be amazed!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Dyer: Suzy DeYoung, the founder of La Soupe, attended Dine-N-Dash, a Washington D.C.-based fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that encourages collaboration amongst chefs to help communities in need through food. This event inspired her to tap into the creativity and talent of Cincinnati-area chefs to create a similar program as the very first fundraiser for La Soupe.

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about La Soupe?
Dyer: La Soupe is the brainchild of Suzy DeYoung, who comes from a long line of chefs. Her legacy includes her father, Pierre Adrian was the head chef at The Maisonette, the city’s first Mobile 5 star rated restaurant. Her maternal grandfather, Albert Schmidt, was the chef of The Union Club in New York City. Theo Kieffer, her other grandfather, was the chef of the Sherry Netherland, also in NYC. Suzy followed in their footsteps, working in several Cincinnati restaurants, as well as abroad at the Michelin 3 star La Gavroche and L’Auberge d’Ill in Alsace. Upon her return to our area, she opened up La Petite Pierre, in homage to her father.

In her 25 years working in restaurants and catering, Suzy became increasingly aware of the amount of food waste. She sold La Petite Pierre to her sister and opened a small soup shack, where she cooked for people in need, rescuing about 100 pounds of produce a week. She soon learned about a dire need for food for students at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill. She immediately headed to Oyler and made sure that every child had a healthy meal to take home that day. She considers this event the true starting point for La Soupe. Cincinnati has one of the highest childhood poverty rates in the country. About 40% of all food produced in the world is either lost or wasted each year. It is Suzy DeYoung’s mission to bridge that gap.

Suzy maintains a “teach a man to fish” philosophy throughout all of her efforts. One of her hallmark programs is the “Cincinnati Gives A Crock” program, a workshop for food insecure families.  She learned that many poor families did not have access to typical kitchen equipment, like an oven, instead depending on a hot plate to make meals. La Soupe gives each attendee a crock pot and instructions on how to use it to create slow cooked meals and soup. Soup is a meal that can be stretched far to feed many and can be easily prepared in a crock pot.

Cincy Chic: What makes WASTEd and The City with La Soupe unique?
Dyer: This event is the first of its kind in Cincinnati, focusing on a collaboration with La Soupe and area chefs to use food that would be otherwise wasted to create a “garbage to gourmet” meal.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for La Soupe?
Dyer: Yes! La Soupe was just awarded a $104,000 grant through Impact 100, an organization that has awarded more than $4.1 million to nonprofit groups committed to improving their communities since their 2001 inception. La Soupe will use this grant to add 5 pieces of commercial-grade kitchen equipment to their facility, which will allow them to rescue, transform, and share their creations with the food insecure on the very same day!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Dyer: Visit the La Soupe website at lasoupecincinnati.com to learn more and to purchase a ticket.

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Looking for a place to socialize your pet? Read about a local pet resort that gives your pet the luxury treatment!

Animal Ark Pet Resort offers boarding, grooming, and daycare for your pets.

Cincy Chic: What is Animals Ark Pet Resort?
David Gump, Vice President of Animals Ark Pet Resort: We offer grooming, boarding, and daycare for your pets, and ensure that they have a comfortable stay at Animal Ark Pet Resort. We have a capacity of over 200 dogs and 20 cats. We have expert groomers and our counselors are there to make sure your dog is in good hands and stimulated throughout the day with playtime and social interaction.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you provide?
Gump: We offer boarding for all of your family’s pets, grooming for dogs and cats, and daycare.

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about Camp Animal Ark and Tiny Paws?
Gump: Camp Animal Ark is our daycare for dogs of all sizes that are at least 30 pounds. You can bring your dog in for full days or half days. Tiny Paws is daycare for dogs that are 30 pounds or less.

Cincy Chic: What makes Animal Ark unique?
Gump: Not only do we take great care of all the animals that come to Animal Ark Pet Resort, we are the largest facility in Greater Cincinnati, allowing us to take on many last-minute reservations.

Cincy Chic: Where is Animal Ark located?
Gump: We’re at 2150 Struble Road in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Gump: Readers can visit our website or visit our Facebook page.

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Learn about an upcoming exhibition of contemporary art, which emphasizes the importance of questioning knowledge and belief. 

Truth or Dare: A Reality Show is a new exhibit at the 21c Museum Hotel on Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati.

Put on by 21c Museum, Truth or Dare: A Reality Show is an exhibition of contemporary art, which emphasizes the importance of questioning knowledge and belief. 

21c Museum is a multi-venue museum located in eight cities across America and is one of the largest contemporary art museums in the U.S. Each museum’s exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. 

Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites explains the inspiration behind this exhibit is the discussion about alternative facts that arose over the past few years. “The exhibition title’s reference to a game is present in works that utilize the imagery associated with toys or recreation, such as Pedro Reyes’s Lady Liberty (as Trojan Horse), the camouflage-clad soldiers in Adonis Flores’s Weeds and Trong Gia Nguyen’s Win-Win offering a ping-pong game of one on one with oneself, while Federico Solmi employs the aesthetics and technology of video games to critique political power,” Stites adds. 

The artwork in Truth or Dare: A Reality Show walks the line between reality and fantasy, as each piece plays with the concept of fact versus fiction. 

The exhibition will feature multi-media sculptures, photography, videos, computer aided-animations, and interactive, projected, and immersive installations. 

When asked about what makes this exhibit unique, Stites says, “This exhibition directly addresses one of the most currently compelling topics, the notion, and definition of truth-telling, through artworks that are both playful and provocative.”

In the future, 21c Museum is looking forward to working with ForFreedom and the Fifty State Billboard initiative. Through this, 21c will install artist-designed billboards in each city where 21c is located and will host a ForFreedoms Town Hall on October 4th. This town hall will feature Kurt Reiber, CEO and President of the FreeStore Food Bank, and Julia Elmer, Director of Operations for the Child Poverty Collaborative to discuss food insecurity and its connection to poverty.

The exhibit’s opening celebration takes place Friday, October 19th at 21c Museum located at 609 Walnut St. Cincinnati. To learn more, follow the 21c Museum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or visit their website here.

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Get all the delicious details about a new artisanal cheese company that pairs locally-sourced cheeses, fine wines, and lots of fun in an urban oasis.

Urban Stead Cheese is the city’s first urban artisanal cheese company.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Urban Stead Cheese!
Andrea Robbins, Owner of Urban Stead Cheese: Urban Stead Cheese is Cincinnati’s first urban artisanal cheese company; we opened our doors on February 23, 2018. We make a variety of cheeses using local jersey milk that we pick up each week from Bohls Jerseys, located in Mowrystown, Ohio. We also age all of our cheese on-site, and have viewing windows into both the production room as well as the aging rooms. We have a Tasting Room where we serve a variety of cheese-related menu items as well as a full selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Urban Stead Cheese also retails all of its cheese and other locally-sourced products, in addition to beer and wine, from the Tasting Room.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Robbins: Scott and I have a passion for travel, for food (especially locally-sourced food), entertaining and of course for cheese. We visited a handful of cheesemakers in our travels, and really fell in love with the idea that we could bring the typical farmstead cheesemaking to the city. It’s also important to note that both of our grandparents were dairy farmers; we’re really thrilled to have the opportunity to honor our family heritage.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Robbins: Scott and Andrea Robbins are the husband and wife team behind Urban Stead Cheese. Scott is the Cheesemaker, while Andrea runs the operations of the business; both of them can frequently be found in the Tasting Room working behind the bar and chatting about all things cheese! Scott has been in the food and wine business for nearly 30 years; he is a Certified Sommelier and has spent the last four years studying cheesemaking and leading the conversion of the building into the cheesemaking facility. Andrea has an Accounting Degree and an MBA from the University of Dayton and worked in the accounting industry for nearly 15 years prior to joining Urban Stead Cheese full time in December 2017. She now oversees the operations of the business as well as community outreach. Where are you located? Urban Stead Cheese is located at 3036 Woodburn Avenue, which is in the East Walnut Hills/Evanston neighborhood. The owners revitalized the former East Walnut Hills Medical Clinic, which sat vacant for nearly 10 years prior to their purchase of the building in 2016.

Cincy Chic: What products do you offer in store?
Robbins: We offer a full selection of our cheeses in the Tasting Room; we make beautiful cheese boards that feature a selection of our house-made cheeses. We currently have a bandaged cheddar (Street Ched), an aged gouda, our Alpine-style Tomme, fresh cheddar curds, quark (a German farm-style soft cheese) and our Misty River Camembert. We also have several soft spreadable cheeses that we make using our quark; these include our Ohio Valley Pimento, Beer Cheese and a Sun-Dried Tomato Basil spread. We also work with our baker, Natalie Butcher of Hungry Noodle, to serve a traditional Quark Kasekuchen as well a Quark Cake that is topped with local fruit and honey. We’re really excited to be working with several great local producers that make their products in either the Findlay Market Incubator Kitchen or the Newport Incubator Kitchen. We serve Tuba Baking Co.’s soft pretzels alongside our beer cheese; these pretzels are really amazing and showcase a traditional German Swabian-style pretzel. Queen City Shrub fruit mixers are the foundation of our cocktail program; we also sell shrubs for retail from our shop. We source our bread from Allez Bakery on Main Street; Tom McKenna – the owner and baker at Allez – has been a fantastic partner for us.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Robbins: Our newest item is our beautiful selection of catering cheese boards; customers can call the shop and we can help you customize a cheese board for your party. We also offer a variety of gift baskets, in addition to gift cards. Keep your eyes open for a fun holiday gift baskets that feature some a variety of local cheeses. We’ll also be debuting a reserve wine list this week; Scott’s picked some really fun wines that can be enjoyed in the Tasting Room, but can also purchased for retail. We’re always working to evolve; our goal is to get better every day. We’re thrilled with the cheese that we’re making; we’ve found a wonderful partner in our milk supplier and its enabling us to make really good cheese. As we’ve just passed our six month mark, we’re going to start seeing these cheeses come into their own as they get a little age on them; we’re super excited to see these cheeses develop their own unique personalities. We also continue to expand our partnerships with local restaurants; currently, our cheese is served at Bauer Farm Kitchen, Metropole, Nine Giant Brewing and can often be found at Madison’s at Findlay Market; we’re in discussion with quite a few other restaurants to offer our products in their establishments. We’re also working on several publicity pieces that should be in print by the end of the year.

Cincy Chic: What makes Urban Stead Cheese unique?
Robbins: We have “Cheddar for the Better” painted in huge letters behind our bar in the Tasting Room. Cheddar for the Better is of course about making world-class cheddar, as well as other cheeses; however, it’s about so much more than making good cheese. It’s our litmus test for the decisions we make in this business. We feel very strongly about making an investment and a positive impact in the City of Cincinnati and in the Evanston and East Walnut Hills neighborhoods. From the get-go, we knew we wanted to use a vacant building and we wanted to be in the city limits; we want to be a part of the neighborhood momentum that is going on across the city, and we want to bring better cheese to the people of Cincinnati while doing so. We make every effort possible to minimize our footprint during the process. One of the by-products of cheesemaking is whey; most of us know whey as a powder product that we put in our smoothies, but we produce about 500-600 gallons of liquid whey each week when we make cheese. We work with the Shinkle family, who owns TS Farms, to give them our whey; it’s a positive both for us and for them. Tiffany Shinkle comes into farmers markets several days a week; she brings totes and picks up our whey and takes it back to her farm to supplement the feed for her pigs, cows, sheep and goats. This partnership is something you often see in the farmstead cheesemaking world, and it was important to us to continue the completion of this circle in our urban cheesemaking venture. We’re always looking for opportunities to create meaningful partnerships and relationships.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Robbins: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and for new product offerings. You can also find more details on our website at www.urbansteadcheese.com, where we have links to all of the great publicity we’ve received. Edible Ohio Valley recently wrote a beautiful piece that really tells the full story of Urban Stead Cheese; the Fall 2018 edition is available on newsstands and in local shops starting this week.

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Jennifer Garner returns to her heroine roots in this new flick. Read on to see if our movie critic says it’s heroic enough to see in theaters.

 

“Tell me one more time how Ben Affleck is the worst Batman ever … I dare you!” Riley North (Jennifer Garner) pries information out of Judge Stevens (Jeff Harlan) in a scene from PEPPERMINT. Photo Credit: Tony Rivett; Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All rights reserved.
 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher, Jr., John Ortiz, Clifford “Method Man” Smith, Juan Pablo Raba, Tyson Ritter, Annie Ilozeh, Ian Casselberry, Jeff Hephner and Cailey Fleming

WRITER(S): Chad St. John

DIRECTOR(S): Pierre Morel

WEBSITE: https://www.peppermint.movie/

HERE’S THE STORY: Like many women her age, Riley North (Jennifer Garner) is a happily married woman with a husband (Jeff Hephner) and precocious 10 year-old daughter (Cailey Fleming) she loves. But what she doesn’t know is that her husband is considering doing something less-than-legal to help get his family out of their current financial binds …

Problem is, Diego Garcia (Juan Pablo Raba) – the man Riley’s husband and his friend Mickey (Chris Johnson) thought about ripping off – catches wind of their scheme and decides to make the pay. Dearly. Riley survives the attack, only to see her receive no justice due to a dirty system that lets Garcia’s associates responsible for the attack get off while trying to punish Riley for seeking justice.

Then she goes off the grid for 5 years … And now, Riley North is back. But the Riley North that LAPD detectives Carmichael (John Gallagher, Jr.) and Beltran (John Ortiz) is dead. And a lot of people that wronged her and her family are about to be, too.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Taken fans; people who used to love Alias but always wish it was more violent; feminists; independent women; Jennifer Garner fans; people who like action movies that actually worry about their plausibility a little bit; people who thought if Hollywood was going to remake Death Wish remixing it up a little bit would be a good thing.

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People not wanting to a watch a movie where guns are used basically without any thought to recourse in the wake of (seemingly) weekly mass shootings; people who don’t like gratuitous violence; anyone who’s over the concept of Death Wish-style revenge movies; anyone who cannot buy into the concept of the Garner’s character doing what Garner does for an 90 minutes-plus

SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? Peppermint – which takes its name from a scene that does exactly what you think it’s going to do in terms of setting up the rest of the flick – is one of those movies that you watch the trailer, you hear the catchphrases and go ‘Well, that’s pretty much all that’s going on in this joint.” Then you actually watch it and end up going “Well, that was better than I expected.”

As someone who’s seen it, I can tell you without a doubt that Peppermint – which features the most interesting version of anything Jennifer Garner has done character-wise in ages – is a nice 1970s-era exploitation flick with a 2018 flair that is much more enjoyable than you’d expect.

Peppermint works because Garner is fully-committed to the role, looks the part and plays it as straight as one can with a supporting cast that does the same. Much like Eminem on his latest effort Kamikaze, Garner’s North is a woman who feels she has lost everything and now has found a new purpose in life and is determined to make her foes suffer her wrath. But as opposed to going on a rampage with no humanity, North’s new environment makes her feel necessary, a feeling reflected in the film and in turn, is successfully projected to the audience. 

Further helping the film are some minor twists, turns and gunplay/fight sequences that avoid being both hacky and add intensity to the film. Likewise, whereas veteran actor John Ortiz (not to be confused with cast mate Johnny Ortiz) adds a solid creditability factor as Beltran by keeping you guessing who is allegiance is to while making sure the film stays on course, Raba’s performance as Garcia – a villain who actually recognizes the danger Riley presents as opposed to instantly writing her off in classic “you’re gonna regret that!” fashion – makes the build to their eventual showdown equally appealing. 

Make no mistake, however, watching Garner transform from loving soccer mom to basically Ronda Rousey in her UFC heyday coupled with a Seal Team 6-like focus is entertaining and empowering at the same time. Again, she doesn’t play the role with a “I’m gonna show them what a woman can do” fake coolness, she simply is cool because of what she does and how she does it. There is a reason that despite everything that happens in the world, we still will flock to a movie full of gratuitous violence.

If you’re in the mood to watch Jennifer Garner stomp out a seedy Los Angeles full of lowlifes, Peppermint will deliver a sweet treat – with quite a kick.

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

 

 

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An Ohio woman turned her love for gift-giving into an innovative online gift shop that curates special gift boxes for all of life’s events – the good, the bad and the unexpected – with Pinterest-worthy packages but you get all the credit.

Cascata Gifts is an online-based gift boutique that sells gifts for all of life’s happenings.

The next time you’re in search of a gift for a loved one, you may want to consider Cascata Gifts. 

“Cascata’s mission is to make thoughtful gifting simple,” explains Founder Kristina Parsons. “We are a boutique gifting studio that offers high-end products customized to our clients’ needs.”

Cascata partners with responsibly-sourced, unique brands that use the highest quality ingredients and materials to make small-batch goods. 

“We work with individuals, small businesses, and corporations to create both intimate and large-scale gifting suites,” adds Parsons. “We can personalize any gift box to create the perfect gift for your loved ones or clients.”

Parsons says that it was her own life experiences and desire to help others through their experiences that inspired her to open Cascata Gifts. She says she’s seen loved ones experience triumph, joy, hardship, and loss – sometimes in the same year. After losing five aunts and uncles to cancer, she’s become passionate about fighting back against the disease that’s caused so many in her life to feel loss.

“In 2014, I had a best friend get diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and at only 31, it was truly devastating,” says Parsons. “When she first began treatment, I was sending her flowers with every chemo or radiation treatment. Halfway through, she told me to stop sending flowers as she just had to throw them away as they are not permitted in the cancer treatment center. I had no idea, and started creating cancer care packages to send her. This past year, my boyfriend’s father passed away very suddenly. Never knowing what to say, I started creating care packages to him as well.”

As someone who wanted to share her joy and show her care at a time when words were not enough, she turned to gift giving. “I began curating thoughtful, unique, meaningful gifts, for shouting our joy from the rooftops and for pick-me-ups, too,” she says. “Cascata was born.”

At Cascata, you’ll find carefully curated gift boxes for all of life’s happenings – the good and the unexpected. 

Parsons says that with every gift order, she ensures that she takes the time to list to her clients and find what it is that would make the gift’s recipient feel special. “In an age of gift cards and flowers, we believe in making gestures that cultivate relationships,” she says. “Whether it is a corporate event, the loss of a loved one, a warrior fighting cancer, or the birth of a beautiful baby, let us help you make someone feel special.”

As for the future of Cascata Gifts, Parsons says that she’s currently in the process of launching a more user friendly site where visitors can choose from multiple curated boxes and also have the ability to design their own box. “We cannot wait for the launch,” she says.

To learn more about Cascata Gifts, visit www.cascatagifts.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about the locally-based organization that teaches all the necessary skills to venture out and enjoy the benefits of nature.

Outdoor Skills School teaches you necessary skills to go outside and enjoy nature in a safe, fun way.

Cincy Chic: What is Outdoor Skills School?
Jeremiah Moore, Founder of Outdoor Skills School: Outdoor Skills School is an organization that wants to help people learn the necessary skills to go outside and enjoy the benefits of nature in a safe and fun way while exposing them to the unique natural areas of our region.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Moore: Cincinnati has so much potential for outdoor recreation! Whether it’s trail running in Mt. Airy Forest, riding your bike to Yellow Springs, rock climbing in the Red River Gorge or backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, I want to help you experience our local natural world in a fun and safe way. The fundamental basis of outdoor education is to empower people to go outside and create memories, in the hope that by helping them enjoy these natural areas, they will see the value in protecting them for future generations.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Moore: It’s a one-person show at the moment. My name is Jeremiah Moore, I grew up on the West Side and studied Parks, Recreation & Tourism focusing on Education at Ohio State. I worked as a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound, was a rock climbing guide, and am currently teaching at Miami University.

Cincy Chic: Where is the Outdoor Skills School located?
Moore: OSS doesn’t have a physical location right now. I’ve taught some of my classroom sessions at Rhinegeist. For outdoor classes I try to use parks within Cincinnati because it’s convenient for my students and it helps them learn what our city has to offer. As my curriculum progresses the course areas will expand further into the region.

Cincy Chic: What makes Outdoor Skills School unique?
Moore: Outdoor Skills School is more focused on teaching you the skills to go out on your own, as opposed to just providing an experience and sending you home. We want to help people overcome the obstacles that prevent them from doing the things they want to do outside. These obstacles may be knowledge about a specific activity, finding people to participate with, understanding equipment and more. I’m all about safety and fun!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the business?
Moore: Currently I don’t have any classes scheduled as teaching at Miami is taking much of my focus but I do offer personal classes for Map & Compass, Backpacking and Rock Climbing Top Rope Anchor Building.

I’m hoping to offer a backpacking series of classes in the spring that will include a class portion, a day a hike and a weekend overnight trip. I’m also looking into offering medical classes like Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Moore: Head to www.OutdoorSkillsSchool.org and sign up for email updates. OSS is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how a love for interior design and plants inspired this local business that aims to add a little life to your home decor.

Life Terrarium combines woodcraft decorative wall pieces with mountedplants.

Cincy Chic: What is Life Terrarium?
Cade Johnson, Owner of Life Terrarium: Life Terrarium combines woodcraft decorative wall pieces with mounted plants.

Cincy Chic: What was the inspiration behind launching your business?
Johnson: To create beautiful living wall art for interiors and gardens. I have always loved terrariums and living walls, so I wanted to sort of fuse my love for interior design and plants. Earlier this year I collaborated with a friend on creating mounted “Staghorn Ferns” for Liberties Bar and Bottle on Main Street OTR. After we put them up in the bar we got several enthusiastic requests for more of the pieces and so I ran with it and created Life Terrarium.

I am totally obsessed with the beautiful old growth wood torn out of the buildings being renovated in OTR, especially the wall lathe behind the plaster and thought it would be smart to create decorative wall pieces out of them using shapes and patterns.

When deciding how to mount the plants on the wall pieces, I landed on a particular style of Bonsai referred to as, “Kokedama”, which is essentially a soil ball wrapped in moss and eliminates the need for a pot. The mounted plants can be removed for weekly watering and occasional misting without damaging the wood.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it all?
Johnson: My name is Cade Johnson, I am an OTR resident. Aside from Life Terrarium I am an aesthetic designer, carpenter, and Airbnb host. I consulted with botanical enthusiast and local bartender Joshua Kaiser on properly caring for the plants and how to plant them best so they thrive.

Cincy Chic: What types of products do you sell?
Johnson: Our wood craft pieces are created entirely out of reuse wood, which is reclaimed and reimagined. Our plants are locally sourced from local greenhouses.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase items from Life Terrarium?
Johnson: I’ll have a booth at Second Sunday on Main September 9 and October 14. I am finishing a space near the West End where I will be able to display all my available pieces as well as take appointments for viewings and purchase through Facebook and instagram. I am interested in collaborating with local plant and home furnishing stores for distribution in the near future. I also can deliver locally.

Cincy Chic: What makes Life Terrarium unique?
Johnson: Every piece I make is entirely handmade and different than the next. They make me laugh a bit because they’re a bit country fair, but also perfect for modern lofty settings. I have hesitated to call them crafts as much as calling them art, they are somewhere in-between two, but not quite either. I love being able to tell people exactly which building or intersection I collected the wood from on their piece and assuring them the plants are easy to care for. It’s really OTR centric, which I feel locals relate to.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
Johnson: Everything is new for Life Terrarium, so far it’s been entirely improvisational and because of how well it’s been received I am inspired to dive into getting these pieces out there and take this idea forward. I would love to design centerpieces for weddings and events.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Johnson: You can find updates and whereabouts of Life Terrarium on Instagram and Facebook @lifeterrarium. You can email me at LifeTerrarium@gmail.com for appointments and viewings.

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Hosting monthly events with local restaurants and breweries, this local group aims to bring women together, create a unique community and have lots of fun in the process. 

Cincinnati Housewives is bringing local women together for networking, friendship, and hanging out.

Used as a platform to connect local women, Housewives in the City is a lifestyle blog and social media community with the goal to bring women together to network, make friends, and build their sense of community. 

Social media and event coordinator for Cincinnati Housewives, Erin McIntosh, says she jumped at the chance to start the Cincinnati chapter of Housewives in the City.

“I had always joked that I wanted a job where I just got to meet and talk to new people,” McIntosh laughs, adding that — coming from an office setting — she was eager to start something new. “It has been so much fun hosting the networking socials and meeting so many great ladies,” she adds. 

Cincinnati Housewives events aren’t just for housewives though, McIntosh says. “Don’t let the name fool you,” she adds. “Our ladies night out socials are open to everyone,” she adds. 

Every month, Cincinnati Housewives hosts a ladies night networking social at various local bars and restaurants. “We have local businesses and vendors set up so you can shop if you’d like,” she explains.

According to McIntosh, event attendees range in career paths, including but not limited to bloggers, business owners, stay at home moms and direct sales consultants.  All events are free and open to the public. 

Although Cincinnati Housewives events are open to the public, events are announced via Eventbrite and attendees are asked to register for a free ticket. McIntosh says this allows them to know how many people to expect and prepare for each attendee in advance. 

Cincinnati Housewives prides itself in their emphasis on community, McIntosh says. “Our focus is to help ladies make connections with local people and businesses that they may have otherwise been unaware of,” she adds. 

In the future, Cincinnati Housewives is looking forward to booking new locations and vendors for upcoming ladies nights.

To learn more about Cincinnati Housewives events and announcements, like them on Facebook and follow the blog.