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A local woman‘s natural personal care product line is now in multiple retail locations with a brick-and-mortar ready to open next week. Read on to learn her secret to success.


Inside the new Earthganics Artisan Cottage, opening next week in Findlay Market

Just a handful of years ago, Erin Christen was in an unhealthy, dark place in life. Today, she’s feeling healthier than ever – personally and professionally – and her future has never been more bright.

Christen said after navigating through years of fertility issues and feeling “off” after her second child, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, MTHFR Gene Mutation,  Factor V Leiden, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. “I began working as my own advocate for bettering my endocrine system,” she recalls. “That is when I started looking at my diet and the personal care products I put on my body every day.”

Erin Christen, founder of Earthganics

Her mother made natural sunscreen, so Christen learned about the handmade personal care product development process from her. The first product she developed of her own was a natural deodorant.

“I worked hard to find the right recipe and have not looked back,” she says. “I began looking into other products that would be great and responsible for my family.”

Today, she offers a variety of products, ranging from all-natural deodorants, home and body, healing, oral care, and hand sanitizer. Products are sold online and are in more than a dozen retail locations in Greater Cincinnati. 

Erin inside her new Findlay Market location

And now, Christen is getting ready to open the Earthganics Artisan Cottage in Findlay Market. “Findlay Market will be welcoming us to their wonderful list of permanent merchants,” explains Christen. “We will be open six days a week with the market, we will be offering more eco-friendly container options, refill options, recyclable programs, and so much more.” 

What’s Christen‘s secret to success and her quick growth? She says it’s Melissa Kirkpatrick at Find Your Own DRIVE. “I attribute so much of my success over the past four years to working with my coach, Melissa. She keeps me motivated, inspired and focused. She also keeps me accountable, and channeling all my energy toward the goal we set. Once we reach that goal, we set a new one and work on reaching it,” Christen says. “I cannot believe all the growth my business has experienced since first meeting her when I was just making products in my basement. I know I wouldn’t be here without her. I highly recommend working with her if you want to make your dreams a reality, too.”

To learn more about Earthganics, visit To learn more about Melissa Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, and to see how she can help create your success story, visit

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

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

Studio 7 Thirteen Boutique: With Labor Day now being over it seems like fall is really starting to kick in! Vamp up your fall accessories with @studio_7_thirteen😍 All their pieces are handmade and one of a kind inspired by nature!

Click the link in their bio to get your order started OR send them a DM to get a custom order started!

Herb n Thelma’s Tavern: Happy Wednesday! Join @herb_n_thelmas_tavern for cheese coney Wednesday’s TODAY! Get your hands on their famous cheese coneys for only $1.50 today! But hurry because it’s only while supplies last and these will go fast!

Blue Turtle Toys: Halloween is right around the corner! Stock up on fun and spooky Halloween toys, books, and more with @blueturtletoys !! Get your hands on these goodies today by stopping in their shop or click the link in their bio and head over to their website!

Higher Gravity: Happy Thursday! Looking to stock up on beer, wine, and more for the weekend? @higher_gravityhas you covered! PLUS: check out their new and amazing shirts they just got in!

Head over to their shop to get all stocked up or join them for a drink at the bar! PLUS: get your hands on their beer advent calendar while supplies last!

Honey on Miami: NOW OPEN‼️ @honeyonmiami is opening their doors for the first time TODAY! Stop in and shop with them! They’re giving you 20% off one item today as their welcome gift to you!

Monday-Saturday: 11-5
Sunday: 12-4

The Growler House: Happy Saturday everyone! Time to celebrate the weekend with @thegrowlerhouse bringing back their mug club! For only $15 you get a this awesome stainless steel mug with your first beer free! PLUS: every Monday get $3 off draft beers!

There’s a limited amount so get your hands on these today!

Sacred Beast Diner: Goodmorning and happy Sunday everyone! Get your brunch on with @sacredbeastdiner this Sunday morning! Pancakes, coffee, eggs, mimosas…my mouth is watering!

Click the link in their bio to book your reservation today and get your brunch on!

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From large accounting firms to a mother-daughter team ready to take on the accounting needs of Cincinnati clients. See how this dynamic duo is helping clients create a brighter financial future.

Cincy Chic: What is Glenmar CPAs?
Ashton Cooper, Partner at Glenmar CPAs: Glenmar CPAs is a family and women-owned tax & accounting firm that serves small businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Cooper: Both of our partners began their careers at top 5 accounting firms. The large firm experience provided exposure to a diverse client base, however, each of them quickly developed a passion for small businesses and individuals. Since then, they have spent a combined total of over 25 years providing tax and accounting services, specializing in a wide variety of topics and industries. A continued desire to connect with and assist these types of clients inspired them to form Glenmar CPAs.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Cooper: Mother-daughter team, Megan & Ashton Cooper 

Cincy Chic: What services do you offer?
Cooper: Tax preparation, tax planning, bookkeeping, and consulting 

Cincy Chic: What makes your business unique? 
Cooper: We believe that when you hire a CPA, it should be a relationship, not a transaction. Rather than only hearing from our clients when tax season rolls around, our goal is to form a relationship that enables us to provide understandable and individualized advice so that our clients can make informed business and personal decisions year-round.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Cooper: Glenmar recently became the MORTAR Covington CPA partner. This program focuses on providing resources and support to entrepreneurs from historically underserved populations. The first cohort is made up of entirely women-owned businesses – which are some of our favorite clients to work with.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along? 
Cooper: Readers can learn more at We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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See how a local personal chef took her business from a professional nightmare to a dream come true — and the secret ingredient that made it all possible.

Rebecca Denney loves making good-for-you-food, but a few years ago, something not-so-good was brewing.

As she faced the difficulty of needing to close down her beloved cafe, she was lost – personally and professionally – with all the decisions and ramifications of it all. 

Serendipitously, she came across a column by life coach Melissa Kirkpatrick with Find Your Own DRIVE. As Kirkpatrick talked about finding clarity, purpose and drive – even after losing steam along the way – Denney decided she needed to call. 

After several months of being coached by Kirkpatrick, Denney had successfully maneuvered out of the cafe that wasn’t serving her any more, and into a simplified personal chef model that allowed her to get back to what she enjoyed again. She then connected with the owner of Aberlin Springs, the area’s first agri-community. She began providing personal chef services, and today she’s the owner of The Modern Farmhouse Kitchen where she provides private personal chef services across Greater Cincinnati, as well as manages Aberlin Springs‘ on-site market, meal prep, chef and catering services for the entire community. 

“It’s a dream come true,” Denney says. “I look out the window every morning and see all the beauty around me, getting to do exactly what I love to do. I no longer have all the stresses that held me back before and paralyzed me making bigger and better things happen for myself. I know I wouldn’t be here had I not called Melissa and worked with her to find my path through the thick of the fear and pain and into this beautiful place full of purpose and possibility.” 

To learn more or see how Melissa can help create your success story, visit

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

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

Argo’s Pet Food & Supply: Happy Sunday! Spoil your furry friends today and everyday with @argospet !! They have all you and your pets need like toys, supplements, natural treats, and more! PLUS: make sure to check out their specialty- crafted pet food and delivery! Get all your needs delivered right to your doorstep!

Dance Factory Fitness: Starting your week off dancing? Sounds amazing to me! @dancefactoryfitness is a cardio and sculpting workout by dancing! No need for a boring workout!

Join them for FREE pop up classes at Dogwood Park Mariemont Sunday’s at 9am! PLUS: get your dance on at home with their virtual studio!

Click the link in their bio to and get your workout on today! AND make sure to check out the amazing new at home workout gear kit just launched!

High Street: 2020 definitely calls for energy clearing kit! @shophighst offers gifts and goodies like these and more! From small goodies like cards to bigger like furniture…they have it all! Stop in and get your shopping on today!

My Flower Service: Happy September First! This means fall is just around the corner! @myflowerservice is here for all your fall floral needs! They specialize in window box plantings, container gardens, and container landscaping for both residential and commercial clients!

PLUS: feeling crafty? Get your hands on their DIY planting kits for the fall! Just click the link in their bio for more details and get your planting on!

Paolo | A Modern Jeweler: Know any September babies out there? Sapphire is the September gem stone and @paoloamodernjeweler has it all for you! Whether a gift for you or someone you love, they have the perfect jewelry pieces!

Book your appointment today to get your hands on their beautiful goodies today!

LouVino Cincinnati: Wednesday night wine flights anyone? 🙋‍♀️ Stop by @louvinocincy tonight to try out some of their amazing wines so you can pick your favorite before ordering that bottle! PLUS: don’t forget the food! Fill up on one of their amazing plates to go with your wine!

Check out their page for all their delicious creations!
Tuesday-Thursday 5-9
Friday-Saturday 4:30-10
BRUNCH: Saturday-Sunday 10-2

Lemons + Limes Boutique: Get your mask on! How adorable are these new masks perfect for fall😍 @shoplemonsandlimes offers face masks just like these and so much more! PLUS: never loose your mask again with their new clip on mask holders (swipe) perfect for a backpack or purse!

Shop online or stop in the store to get your hands on all their amazing goodies!

Pomegranate & Lime: @pomegranateandlime has you covered for all your fall home decor needs! Fill your house with the smell of fall with their candles, soap, and more! Add the looks of fall with these adorable pumpkins and more!

Check out their page to see more of their adorable goodies and stop by the shop to get your hands on them today!

Japp’s Bar: Looking to start your holiday weekend a little early? Stop by @jappsotr tonight to try out their delicious classic and craft cocktails! PLUS: they just put together a brand new menu to celebrate the start of September so make sure to try it out!

Click the link in their bio to get your reservation today!

Nada: BACK OPEN‼️ Kick off the weekend tonight with @eatdrinknada !! Starting at 4pm, stop in, grab a marg, fill up on their delicious tacos and more, and enjoy!

Monday-Friday 4-10
Saturday-Sunday 10:30-10
Brunch: until 2:30

Fenno Fashion: @fennofashion has all you need for the latest fashion and accessory trends for this fall! The best part? They’re on wheels! Find them TODAY at Westside Market from 9-3 to get your hands on all their amazing products!

Don’t feel like heading out? Click the link in their bio to shop online!

Boards & Beez: Anyone else obsessed with charcuterie boards? 🙋‍♀️ @boardsandbeez creates beautiful and amazing boards for all your needs! From small gatherings to large events, they do it all!

Check out their page to see all their amazing boards and send in an email to get your order started!

E+O Kitchen: Bottomless mimosas on Labor Day? Doesn’t get much better than that! Celebrate Labor Day tomorrow with @eokitchen is serving up bottomless mimosas and yummy brunch from 9-3!

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Read about a West Coast girl turned Midwest photographer offering family and lifestyle sessions for clients.

Cincy Chic: What is Allen Photography? 
Kristin Allen, Owner of Allen Photography: Allen Photography is a photography business based in rural Sidney, Ohio, near Dayton.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Allen: My inspiration for starting this business was to capture authentic moments of people’s daily lives. When I first started photographing my own children and documenting our daily lives, I would frequently post the photos to social media. Soon I had many people commenting about how they would love photos of their own loved ones showing the emotion, love and authenticity they saw I was able to capture.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
Allen: I’m Kristin Allen! I’m a born and raised West Coast girl turned Midwest farm girl once I met and fell in love with my real life farmer! I am a mom to 3 gorgeous children who like to keep me busy 24/7 and the most loyal dog you could ever meet. We also own our own farm where we raise beef cattle, chickens and crops and have a tendency to obsess over sunsets and quiet time together.

Cincy Chic: What makes Allen Photography unique?
Allen: In a world full of amazingly talented people who are both professional and amateur photographers, I often question whether or not I am good enough to have this business and be entrusted with such a monumental task of capturing memories for others.  Self-doubt is a bitch.  But then I remember, oh that’s right, I was raised with the understanding that we each have our own strengths, gifts and talents.  Even though these talents may look the same from the outside, we are all unique.  Allen Photography is unique because I see what nobody else can. My vision for your photos and what I capture will be based on who I see in YOU and that’s what I will want to spotlight in your photos.

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about what you do? 
Allen: At first, I would say the thing I love the most about what I do is meeting new people. And even though I do enjoy that, I truly get energy from making people happy. The real smiles from kids, the laughter and excitement from an engaged couple, or the intimacy I can help reignite between an exhausted mom and dad who may have lost sight of their “why”…..THAT is what gives me energy.

Cincy Chic: What do you hope clients take away after a photo shoot with you?
Allen: I always, always, always hope a client walks away from a session feeling beautiful, valued, confident and excited. There should be no doubt of how amazing your photos will be if you FEEL amazing after spending time with those you love!

Cincy Chic: Are you planning anything new for your business? 
Allen: My husband and I are currently in the process of renovating and making changes to the farm. I would love to add a location by the creek with some beautiful scenery to match our sunsets so that clients wouldn’t have to be inconvenienced with finding a location for their session. I would also like to collaborate with other artists and offer that space for their sessions or projects as well.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Allen: I can be found on Instagram, Facebook or readers can visit my website at!

*Kristin photographed the writer’s family, and the photo of the two children are her daughter and step-son.

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Have big goals but feeling exhausted, unfocused and unmotivated to reach them lately? Our life coach columnist has helpful advice.

What happens when you lose your drive before you hit the finish line? How can you find your own drive when all else fails? Lately, this is one of the most common concerns with my clients and I wanted to offer some support. And, yes, it happens to me as well.

You begin by striving to reach a goal, you set the intention, you see the outcome, you visualize what happens and as you move from day to day you become really exhausted, unfocused and unmotivated. BUT you are so close to getting what you desire and yet you lose your drive. Why? And what can you do?

First, you can stop all together. Yes, stop putting pressure on yourself to achieve that goal. If it just doesn’t seem attainable or you just don’t want to keep moving forward, then stop. Then give yourself permission to reevaluate. Maybe this isn’t the true goal you desire. Perhaps you are misaligned with what you want to achieve.

For example, relate this to health and wellness. You may want to reach a weight to be a certain size or for an event, and you do so but soon after you find your way back to the weight you started.  Why is that? Because you were aligned with the energy of wanting it for only a specific time. If you realign and consider being healthy and well not only aligns with being at a healthyweight it also is for longevity and vitality.  The bigger focus. 

How can you align your energy?  Think about something you did that brought you so much joy and happiness – marriage, baby, college degree, bought a home – and when you remember that with the joy and excitement, how you felt good, and others were cheering you on, that exact energy level is what you want to match in this new goal. The inspiration, jazz and motivation you felt when you reached that goal is the secret sauce.

This goes back to how you do one thing is how you can do all things.  When you align with your energy of what you do welland bring that energy into your new goals, you’ll see how you can keep your drive all the way to the finish line.

As a mantra you can say “I am good at -this- so I am even better at -that-!” Start today and get the clarity and support that will keep you focused and motivated to drive confidently to that finish line.

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

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

Kadosh Aroma’s: Start your week off today filled with yummy smells! @kadosharomas specializes in hand poured soy candles and more! They have all their amazing scents for not only candles, but room sprays, car diffusers, and more! Just click the link in their bio and get your hands on these goodies today! Plush make sure to check out their website to see why having soy wax not only burns longer, but is healthier for you!

A.B. Underwood Co: How adorable are these string art signs 😍 Get your hands on one of @abunderwoodco beautiful creations today! They make the perfect gift, decoration, and more! Click the link in their bio to get your order started!

Arnold’s Bar and Grill: Mark your calendars!! looking for a fun way to spruce up cooking dinner? @arnolds_cincinnati has you covered! TONIGHT at 6pm Chef Kayla Robinson is hosting a Facebook live cooking class!

Check out their latest post for more details on what you’re making and what ingredients you’ll need! PLUS: don’t feel like cooking? Let them do it for you! Enjoy their delicious menu out on their patio or order it to-go!

Mavi: @mavijoyas has a mission to “highlight your beauty” through their beautiful and unique creations! All their jewelry is handmade just for you! Click the link in their bio or head over to their shop to get your hands on these amazing pieces!

True Nature Dog Treats: Guess what today is…International Dog Day! Give your furry friends extra love today with @truenaturedogtreats doggy treats! The best part? All their treats are handmade with natural ingredients with no preservatives and non GMO!

To help you celebrate today they are giving a DISCOUNT! Use code “dogday” to receive 15% off! PLUS: make sure to post pics of your adorable doggys and tag them so they can repost and share all your amazing four legged friends 😍

Oakley Wines: How are you celebrating your #winewednesdaytoday? Stop by @oakleywines to enjoy not only delicious wine, but delicious food as well! Want to stay home? Order for carry out or delivery!

Tuesday-Thursday 3-9
Friday-Saturday 3-10
Sunday 2-6

GO(O)D Company Apparel: Happy Thursday! Get your hands on some amazing discounts today with @goodcoapparel🤩 Every Thursday, stop in their shop and spin the wheel! This wheel gets you cash or percentages off your purchase! Stop in from 12-7 today through Saturday!

Big Ash Brewing: Celebrate thirsty Thursday tonight with @bigashbrewing Party In The Parking Lot! Sip on a delicious cocktail or brew and enjoy some live music! See the schedule for all their fun events happening until Sunday!

Mt. Adams Bar and Grill: Need some Friday night plans? Check out @mt.adamsbarandgrill !! This historical landmark serves up not only their delicious pub food, but their famous signature cocktails as well! Stop in tonight and get your hands on their amazing food and drinks!

Monday-Thursday 11:30-9
Friday-Saturday 11:30-11
Sunday 11:30-8

High Five Salon: Looking to switch up your look just in time for the start of fall? @highfivesalon has you covered! Freshen up your look with colors, a cut, and more! Just click the link in their bio to book your appointment today!

Witchy Woman Boutique: This weekend @witchywomanboutique wants to celebrate YOU! They are having a “thank you” customer appreciation sale THIS WEEKEND! Get your shopping on and receive 10% off all their sterling silver rings!

Brink Brewing: It’s the weekend! Get out tonight and enjoy a nice night with @brinkbrewing !! Sip on their delicious craft brews out on their patio or enjoy from the comfort of your home with carry out!


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Two local creatives teamed up to open a gift shop experience unlike any other. Read on to catch the buzz about this blossoming business and learn about their upcoming grand opening.

Morgan Merk and Chelsea Mead,  Founders of Honey Collective. Photo: Amanda Donaho

When it comes to gift giving, Honey Collective is the newest place to go. “Honey Collective is a one-stop-shop for modern, local gifting and decor,” explains Co-Founder Morgan Merk of Honeybee Creative. “Our products are thoughtfully chosen, and curated with love.”

Merk co-owns the Newton-based shop alongside Chelsea Mead of Honey Designs Jewelry and together they offer an interactive shopping experience for each customer that walks through the door.

“Clients can find quality choices from building your dream ring, assembling the perfect bouquet at our bloom bar, to personalizing a sweet note at our custom greeting card bar,” says Merk. “For any items not created with our own hands, we source as many as possible from women-owned businesses.”

The inspiration for such a shop came after the duo met at a wedding-styled photo shoot. Soon after, they became fast friends and decided to open a space where they could spread joy and love through intentional gifting for the relationships that mean the most.

“We enjoy spreading thoughtful gifting in our community, and creating and building relationships with those both in and out of our industry,” adds Merk.

Local wedding vendors will be at Honey Collective for a soft opening on Thursday, September 10. The Grand Opening of the store, and the first time they will open their doors to the public, will be on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12. 

You can learn more about Honey Collective at or by following along on Instagram

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One local lady just launched a new resource to help you get plugged into area connections that will take your personal and professional lives to the next level.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about The Plug with Toyia T.!
Toyia Montgomery, Executive Producer of The Plug with Toyia T.: The Plug with Toyia T. is a platform to introduce people to resources and connections that help them get wherever they want to me in life.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Montgomery: I am a firm believer that everyone is one connection, one resource away from reaching their dreams. I just want to be the catalyst that helps people make those connections.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind The Plug?
Montgomery: Me, Toyia Montgomery, and Producer Timikal Bobo. 

Cincy Chic: What topics do you cover on The Plug?
Montgomery:  We cover a broad range of topics; the goal is to reach the whole person. The 7 categories we cover on the Plug with Toyia T. are:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Finance & Business
  • Education & Social Justice
  • Love & Relationships
  • Entrepreneurship & Entertainment
  • Leadership & Career
  • Passion & Purpose

Cincy Chic: What makes The Plug unique?
Montgomery: The uniqueness to the plug is the fact that we cross over socio-economic and racial lines to truly connect people at the core of who they are as a person.

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us what your favorite episodes have been thus far?
Montgomery: Education during a pandemic was our first episode and we are excited to keep growing from there! 

Cincy Chic: When do you premiere new episodes?
Montgomery: Our episodes air on YouTube and Facebook the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Montgomery: Our next episode is about entrepreneurship and thriving in our new normal on Sept 16th at 6:30pm.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Montgomery: The Plug with Toyia T. on Facebook or YouTube