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Peppa Pig is coming to town! Read on to learn more about where you can purchase tickets and to read an interview with one of the show's actors!

Peppa Pig Live will be coming to Cincinnati on November 23 at the Taft Theatre with its show “Peppa Pig’s Surprise.” Here’s an interview with Peppa Pig actor Daniel Jared Hersh:

Cincy Chic: Where is your current hometown?
Daniel Jared Hersh: Currently I live in Thousand Oaks, California.

Cincy Chic: What city did you grow up in?
Hersh: I was born in Westlake Village, California.

Cincy Chic: What other cities have you lived in?
Hersh: I grew up in Agoura Hills, CA until I was 14, then moved to Henderson, Nevada (right next to Las Vegas, the strip was 20 minutes from my house).

Cincy Chic: Where did you attend school?
Hersh: I went to high school at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada. I moved to Hollywood, California, for college at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and got my BFA in musical theatre.

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.comFacebook and Twitter.

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Our movie critic says Claire Foy shines bright in this dark thriller, but is this web worth a visit to the theater?

 

Why am I burning down this house? I love Talking Heads, OK?! Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) stands outside the Brandmauer Manor in a scene from THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB. Credit: Nadja Klier © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

 


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks,

Stephen Merchant, Claes Bang, Christopher Convery, Synnøve Macody Lund and Vicky Krieps

DIRECTOR(S): Fede Alvarez

WEBSITE: http://www.girlinthespidersweb.movie/site/

THE BACK STORY: The first (kind of) sequel to the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie (and the first that is actually based on a book in the Dragon series not written by original author Steig Larsson), The Girl in the Spider’s Web stars Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking genius who finds herself embroiled in a plot when a computer scientist named Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant) contacts her. What does he want? For her to retrieve Project FreeFall from the National Security Agency in the U.S. before it falls into the wrong hands. So, once Lisbeth hacks into the NSA, she draws the attention of agent Edwin Needlam (Lakeith Stanfield) who is on the first plane he can find to Sweden to get to the bottom of things. 

Of course, that wouldn’t be as big a problem if Lisbeth’s little move hadn’t also drawn the attention of a mysterious outfit known simply as the Spiders, a notorious crime syndicate that is about to make itself very well-known to our femme fatale. Calling in the assistance of her journalist friend/sometimes romantic liaison Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), Lisbeth is determined to get to recover the file and keep Frans’ son August (Christopher Convery) safe. There’s just one little problem in her plan she hadn’t counted on: Camilla Salander (Sylvia Hoeks), her sister who has a major plan up her sleeve of her own.

THE REVIEW: Both the original Swedish (starring Noomi Rapace) an American (starring Rooney Mara in her breakout role) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films were critically acclaimed, dark and moody thrillers that while successful, didn’t quite match the hype of the books in terms of audience excitment. (I mean, the U.S. version did pull in over $200 million, but that might have been the quietest $200 million maker ever. Seriously – didn’t it just seem like the movie kind of came and went?)

Old box office numbers notwithstanding, The Girl in the Spider’s Web continues Salander’s legacy in rousing fashion by finding an actress who seems tailor made for the role in Foy, who is clearer better than the somewhat predictable and heavy-handed foreshadow heavy direction of Fede Alvarez. Foy perfectly captures the sexuality, vulnerability, toughness, intelligence and extremely subtle underlying pain that drives Salander’s life, making the role her own just like the actresses before her. Foy’s presence drives every scene, almost to the point the other actors feel like they are along for her dark and twisted ride.

Foy aside, Spider’s Web plays out a little dry at times, save for the occasional quip by Stanfield. There’s really nothing too dynamic about Blomkvist as Gudnason plays him (Daniel Craig and Michael Nyqvist have nothing to worry about), Hoeks is so dark (ironically, as the palest actress on screen this year) it almost just feels unreal and the secondary characters just don’t have nowhere close the same level of intrigue as Foy character. Throw in a plot that is nowhere near as twisty and turny as it would like you to believe and you have an above average character being called upon to save a rather average story.

Luckily, much like the character she portrays, Foy more than proves she is up to the task.

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Studio Lush welcomes a curated selection of local businesses for a twice-annual ultimate shopping experience. Keep reading for all the details.

Studio Lush is hosting a holiday pop-up to celebrate and showcase local vendors.

Featured only two times a year — right before winter holidays and before Mother’s Day — this Pop-Up at Studio Lush aims to showcase and celebrate local vendors. The holiday pop-up shop offers attendees a variety of local businesses to support as they shop for everyone on their list (including themselves) while also enjoying snacks and drinks.

The idea of a pop-up shop came from a conversation with Nicole Stengerand, owner of Studio Lush, and Megan Fenno, owner of FennoFashion, as they discussed their love of shopping and supporting small businesses.  “We especially like the fact that this event really kind of kicks off the holiday season, and also we spend the time together as a salon – we are usually behind the chair together… it’s nice to unwind together,” Stenger says. 

The holiday pop-up shop at Studio Lush was created one night over drinks between Stenger and Fenno as they were preparing for a busy season ahead. “Nicole is always trying to promote her salon and the fab ladies she works beside, and Megan thought this would highlight Lush as well as hers and other businesses,” Stenger adds.

The pop-up shop will feature FennoFashion jewelry, Belle Sorelle boutique’s products, handbags, and homemade home décor. The shop is open Friday, November 16, 6-8 p.m. 

Throughout the year, Studio Lush hosts Lush Ladies night in May and makeup classes for the public throughout the year. 

Each year, there are several new vendors for the pop-up shop, as well as keeping well-known returners. All food and drink are complimentary, and there will be a drawing for a basket of professional products toward the end of the night. 

In the future, event organizers look forward to conducting more education and makeup classes. They are also looking forward to offering more services in addition to expanding the program to pay it forward.

To learn more and follow along, follow Studio Lush on Facebook and Instagram. You can also check them out at www.studio-lush.com

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Carpet cleaning that's safe, eco-friendly and doesn't take hours to dry? Learn more about dry carpet cleaning and the local family that’s determined to change the way you keep your home healthy and clean.

Charlie Stout and his wife, owners of Cincinnati Dry Carpet Cleaning.

Cincy Chic: What is Cincinnati Dry Carpet Cleaning?
Charlie Stout, Owner of Cincinnati Dry Carpet Cleaning: We’re excited to introduce “The New Way To Clean Carpet” to home and business owners in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our specialty is eco-friendly, dry, “organic,” deep extraction carpet cleaning. What this means is no more wet carpets, no harsh chemicals and carpet cleaning you’ll love! With modern, low moisture carpet cleaning systems (like we use), your carpets will be totally dry in 30 minutes or less, stains will not come back, carpets will repel dirt after cleaning, and your carpet will stay clean much longer.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Stout: My name is Charlie Stout. My wife and I have owned successful businesses in the past and are always looking for a need in the marketplace.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Cincinnati Dry Carpet Cleaning?
Stout: It wasn’t until having two babies and a dog that we really learned what that need would be. Until we had kids we always just removed our shoes at the door and was very careful with our plush, white carpet. We always talked about replacing it with wood but never got around to it and once the kids were here we realized what a blessing the carpet was. Hardwood is not nearly as forgiving.

However, carpet gets dirty, and with kids and a dog, you get the picture. We have had it steam cleaned numerous times and with a couple infants we were frightened by some of the diseases wet carpet could contribute to, like Kawasaki Disease and allergic reactions to chemicals. Not knowing of any other cleaning methods but steam cleaning, we would have it cleaned and stay upstairs until it dried completely (at least 24 hours), only to find that within a few weeks the same spots returned.

After experiencing this 4 or 5 times we gave up, so when I was researching different businesses and ran across this new system for dry cleaning carpets with organic products, I actually got a little angry. Why was no one doing this? After some due diligence and research, we decided dry carpet cleaning was an absolute need in the market. We are 100 percent committed to providing this superior service using only organic products that actually work, and because of the effectiveness we can offer a 100 percent guarantee, it’s safe for my kids and dries within minutes, not days.

Cincy Chic: What cleaning services do you offer?
Stout: We offer carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, spot and stain removal, pet stain and odor removal, and odor remediation.

Cincy Chic: What makes Cincinnati Dry Carpet Cleaning unique?
Stout: We’re not trying to be the biggest carpet cleaning company in the area – but we are determined to be the best! We’ve provided carpet cleaning services to thousands of families and businesses in Lebanon and the surrounding communities! Plus, our pricing is completely transparent. There is never an up-sell or add-on. In fact, you can schedule a time for us to come out to inspect your carpet and give you a to-the-penny quote. In other words, No Surprises!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Stout: Visit our website at http://cincinnatidrycarpetcleaning.com/. We’re also on Facebook.

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A new street-level coffee, breakfast and lunch stop is opening in the heart of Cincinnati’s business district. Read on for all the delicious details.

Bauer Markt is a German-themed lunch and breakfast restaurant and coffee shop.

Bauer Farm Kitchen, a German-European restaurant on Elm Street, recently announced that it’s opening Bauer Markt, a German-themed lunch and breakfast restaurant and coffee shop.

“Bauer Markt is a modern spin on nostalgic Eastern European favorites,” says Jackson Rouse, Chef at Bauer Farm Kitchen and soon to be opened Bauer Markt. “We’re taking a traditional European deli and refreshing up offerings for breakfast and lunch for the Central Business District audience.” 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from their Bauer Farm Kitchen, the locally sourced, farm-to-table German and European family style restaurant in the lower level of the street-level Bauer Markt. 

“Bauer Markt is a spin on the mother restaurant and will offer deli-style portions for those stopping by on their lunch break and seeking out a caffeine kick before the work day even begins,” Rouse says. “Deli and Markt tend to go hand in hand with meaning the same thing.”

At Bauer Markt, you will be able to find a variety of food and drink options. “Starting as early as 7AM, you can stop by the Markt and take your pick through a menu full of caffeinated morning beverages. From cortados to lattes to drip coffee, we will have a nice spread of beverage offerings to perk up your day,” Rouse says. “Be sure to pick up one of our coffee punch cards so you can rack up those free coffees after a long, hard week on the clock. We will also be serving a long list of tasty sandwiches and deli lunch options at an affordable price.”

The business brings unique flavor to Cincinnati with its German/French style classics into the daytime, Rouse says. “At the same time,  you can expect to experience unique breakfast items, such as smoothie bowls and more,” he adds. “We are representing every tradition that a modern Eastern European deli would bring to the table. Every ingredient we cook in our kitchen is locally sourced with help from our partners.”

The mission and promise of Bauer Markt, Rouse says, is to work with food that is organic and sourced locally. “Historically speaking, Cincinnati is a city that was built off of immigration from dozens of different countries and Bauer Markt is paying homage to the cultural heritage that was brought into this country.”

Bauer Markt is important for the Cincinnati community because it’s the first of its kind in the neighborhood, Rouse says. “Eastern European cuisine has been overlooked, not only not in the Queen City, but on the national stage as well,” he adds.

Bauer Markt will be located at: 435 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. To learn more, visit https://www.bauercincinnati.com.

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We're chatting with a Dayton-based gift store that sells cheeky items aimed to empower women.

Heart Mercantile is located in the heart of Dayton’s Oregon District.

Cincy Chic: What is Heart Mercantile?
Amanda Hensler, Co-Owner and Manager of Heart Mercantile: Heart Mercantile is a fun and unique gift shop located in the historic Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio. We feature many offbeat gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. We are known for our Dayton t-shirts, an array of products with adult humor and female empowerment items.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Hensler: Brittany Smith and Carly Barrett opened Heart Mercantile in 2015. Brittany’s son has a heart condition that he has had since birth and that is where the name and logo stem from. At the time, they had a booth at Antiques Village and had collected enough unique vintage items that they decided to open a shop. Avid lovers of Dayton and wanting to bring life back to the downtown area, a space on 5th Street of the Oregon District was the perfect location to open their shop. With their vintage collection, they began adding cards, everyday items that had funny messages on them, soaps, bath bombs, books and more. At one point they had even sold plants. That sparked the idea for a local plant shop, Luna Gifts & Botanicals, in 2016 in the same neighborhood. Heart has evolved from a hodgepodge gift shop to a female powered local business that finds the humor in living. We try to find products that people don’t normally see in bigger retail stores. We love hearing people laugh as they slowly make their way through the shop, reading every last line on our funny desk signs, mugs, soaps, cards and even t-shirts.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Hensler: In 2017, Heart Mercantile added two more owners to the pot; Kait Gilcher and Amanda Hensler, who also manage the shop. With four women running the show, Heart Mercantile has been able to blossom into the snarky, bad sister we know her as today. If you follow us on social media and see our daily chalkboard signs, you’ll see what we mean. 😉

Cincy Chic: Where is Heart Mercantile located?
Hensler: Heart Mercantile is located in the historic Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio, at 438 East 5th Street. Along with its two sister stores, Luna Gifts & Botanicals at 261 Wayne Ave. and Hedges & Wolf at 504 East 5th Street (women’s clothing boutique) and many other small local retail shops and restaurants on 5th Street, the Oregon District is a great holiday shopping day trip.

Cincy Chic: What types of products do you carry in store?
Hensler: We carry an array of gifts for everyone in your life that has a sense of humor. We have barware, locally printed and designed t-shirts, mugs, a variety of books, Dayton, Ohio items, some local brands like Whiskey River and Right Candle Company (formerly 419 Candles) and more.

Cincy Chic: What are some of your most popular items? 
Hensler: Our Dayton t-shirts, such as our ‘Dayton Till I Die’ tee, funny mugs, socks and soaps are probably our more popular items. We have lots of Female Empowerment items as well. Last year, at Christmas we sold felt vagina ornaments we found from an ESTY vendor that caused quite the controversy. We ended up selling out of them 3 times.

Cincy Chic: What are some of the items you recommend as gifts for the holidays?
Hensler: We have tons of stocking stuffers for all kinds of people. We carry lots of funny sock brands if you want to spice up your boring Christmas sock game. Our celebrity prayer candles and wooden laser cut ornaments and key chains are always hot sellers, as well as our funny coffee mugs and Dayton t-shirts.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the store?
Hensler: We hope to get our website updated and running soon so we can expand to an online store with select items. As of now, if customers see something we post on social media that they like, they can email us at heartdayton@gmail.com for any holds or shipping requests.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Hensler: Readers can follow us on Instagram and on Facebook.

 

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Learn about the upcoming event that’s working with roasters across the region so you can raise a yummy cup of joe while raising money to protect the Ohio River.

The Cincinnati Coffee Festival is coming up in November to support the Ohio River Foundation.

Being the largest coffee festival in the Midwest, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival is a celebration of the coffee community in Cincinnati and it fundraises for the Ohio River Foundation. 

The Ohio River Foundation is dedicated to protecting and improving the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River. This 501(c)3 non-profit organization was founded by a group of citizens concerned about the Ohio River, and the need for increased citizen response to the degradation of this valuable natural resource.

The Cincinnati Coffee Festival will be held at Cincinnati Music Hall, November 10 through the 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Trade Day on November 9 starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

Each year, Cincinnati coffee lovers join world-class roasters, coffee shops, purveyors of fine foods, and professional baristas and enjoy free tastings of some of the finest coffee, elegant pastries, and savory foods in the country, according to organizers.

Tickets for the festival are on sale on the event’s website here and can also be purchased at the door. General admission tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. VIP tickets and VIP gold tickets are also offered, VIP tickets include a gift bag, early admission, and a “fast track” entry are $20 in advance and 25 at the door. VIP gold tickets, including all the perks of VIP tickets plus admission for the entire weekend and a specialty coffee mug, cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. 

Other than the Cincinnati Coffee Festival, the Ohio River Foundation hosts The Wild and Scenic Film Festival and volunteer days at public parks. 

Event Director Judi Cogen says the event includes workshops, live music, demonstrations, and the Latte Art Throwdown. “We connect roasters, coffee shops, tea shops, chocolatiers, pastry artisans, and other coffee vendors with fabulous coffee lovers in Cincinnati,” she adds.

New this year, the festival is featuring The Art of Coffee exhibit, which is a display of regional artists’ photos paintings and poems about coffee and Latte Art in Action where baristas teach participants how to create latte art. 

To learn more, visit the Cincinnati Coffee Festival’s website or find them on Facebook here

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cool new dessert hot spot in Pendleton. Read on for the delicious details.

Pendleton Parlor sells soft serve ice cream, edible cookie dough from scratch, and espresso-infused items.

Cincy Chic: What is Pendleton Parlor?
Nick Ganim, Owner of Pendleton Parlor: Pendleton Parlor is an old school creamy whip that serves edible cookie dough from scratch. We also have a full espresso menu.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Ganim: I wanted to create a unique environment for people to come and make memories, and just flat out enjoy themselves. Also to serve a product that is good enough to come back for. 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Ganim: I am the owner of Pendleton Parlor. My family has been in the dessert industry in the Cincinnati area since the 1920s.

Cincy Chic: Where are you located and when are you open?
Ganim: We are located at 1218 Broadway Street, about a three-minute walk from Ziegler Park. Pendleton Parlor is open from 12 pm to 10 pm daily.

Cincy Chic: What types of items do you serve in the store?
Ganim: There are close to 1,000 options for soft serve once all of the toppings, flavors and sauces are taken into account. Pendleton Parlor also serves edible cookie dough, a small menu of espresso-infused items like milkshakes, espresso ice cream, or an affogato, which is ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over it.

Cincy Chic: What makes Pendleton Parlor unique?
Ganim: We have edible cookie dough from scratch – plus a creamy whip thats opened 12 months out of the year.   Also, the items you will see when you visit are truly 1 of a kind.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Ganim: Visit http://www.cincinnatiparlor.com/ or follow us on Facebook.

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Jamie Lee Curtis attempts to breathe life into latest Halloween flick. Read on to see if our movie critic thinks it’s a trick or treat.

 

“Stop – if you keep walking, they’ll make another sequel!” Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) prepares to take aim at The Shape, a.k.a. Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) in a scene from David Gordon Green’s HALLOWEEN. Credit: Ryan Green © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Haluk Bilginer and James Jude Courtney

DIRECTOR(S): David Gordon Green

WEB SITE: https://www.halloweenmovie.com/

THE BACK STORY: Remember EVERY other Halloween movie since the 1978 original that spawned WAY too many sequels and indirect sequels (but surprisingly not a prequel – I better stop before I give them ideas!) Well, don’t – because the 2018 version is supposed to be a sequel to JUST that original film. That’s why Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) – the one babysitter that survived a serial killer’s rampage 40 years ago on Halloween night – is still alive (she did DIE, after all, in Halloween: Resurrection). The trauma of that night has cost her a lot, including a better relationship with her daughter (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter (Andi Matichak).

But Laurie is willing to risk it all for the chance to do one thing and one thing only: The chance to kill the unstoppable kitchen knife-wielding force that is “The Shape,” a.k.a. Michael Myers (now played by James Jude Courtney).

THE REVIEW: For all the hype about this new Halloween movie, one viewing of the film will show you why the phrase “what’s old is new again” is a cliche that still holds its weight in remakes – or in this case, sequels to films that have sequel upon sequel to the point that there’s really not too much new happening at all.

What do I mean by that? Well, let’s see …

  • Is Michael Myers still an unstoppable killing machine? Check.
  • Does NO ONE listen to Laurie Strode until it’s basically too late? Check.
  • Do people get killed at basically random when half of their deaths don’t amount to anything more than “let’s kill this person?” Save for two rather funny ones, check.
  • Is there a version of Dr. Loomis? Check.
  • Is that version of Dr. Loomis just as crazy as Dr. Loomis if not more so? Check.
  • Is there still a bunch of unexplained stuff – both about Michael and why everyone around him finds him so fascinating (save for the new Dr. Loomis character) that if they did, might add some depth? Check. And …

Is there ANYTHING truly groundbreaking that, outside of the die-hard, watched every single entry in the Halloween catalog, can tell you every fact about Haddonfield, Il. and then some fans? Nope. Because when it comes down to it, it’s still the same old story – emphasis on OLD – that you’ve seen several times over. Sure, it’s better than that atrocious mess that was the aforementioned Halloween: Resurrection (seriously – that movie is so dumb it deserves its own ESPN 30 for 30 on it), but unless you’re already all in on the franchise and can’t wait to see it, there is nothing compelling happening here to gain your interest. It’s just another Halloween movie with a few funny moments, enough requisite gore for the hardcore and cast Curtis in a decent light for what should be the last film in the franchise.

Because at this point, I’m not sure if the scariest thing about Halloween is that Hollywood keeps making Halloween movies … Or that audiences keep on turning out to watch them. 

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With experience as occupational therapists at a mental health facility, these two experts are now bringing what they practice into the community.

WonderWell Workshops focuses on all aspects of life.

Providing practical tools and strategies to support wellbeing, WonderWell Workshops focus on all parts of life from exploring life balance to redefining leisure interests. 

WonderWell Workshops was recently founded by Karena Skibinski and Brooke Frontiera, who met while working as licensed occupational therapists at a local psychiatric hospital. 

Skibinski says their inspiration came from how much people struggle to find the time to take care of themselves. “This lack of prioritization results in people feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and just not satisfied with where they’re at in life,” she adds. “Our workshops give people the time and tools needed to implement small, simple changes into their daily lives.”

Occupational therapy helps individuals focus on getting back to doing what they need to do, Skibinski says, for example, cooking, budgeting and stress management. Helping individuals who are struggling through these issues inspired Skibinski and Frontiera to offer therapeutic workshops to fulfill the needs of the community.

Each workshop is open to the public, both for businesses and personal use. Alongside workshops, Skibinski and Frontiera offer one-on-one sessions for those interested in a more individualized direction and guidance.

Karena Skibinski and Brooke Frontiera, Founders of WonderWell Workshops

Skibinski says what makes WonderWall Workshops unique is because both Skibinski and Frontiera both have Master’s degrees in occupational therapy. “We are experts in ‘doing’ and approach well-being holistically and with evidence. This means we take into account the whole person — the mind, body, and spirit — in addition to what type of environment each individual is operating in,” Frontiera adds. 

They also credit their individualized action plans and face-to-face services for making them unique. Skibinski says WonderWell values accountability, so they schedule follow-up sessions with each workshop to ensure each client is making themselves a priority. 

In the future, Skibinski and Fronteria look forward to launching their new website, which will be published by the end of the year.

To learn more, follow WonderWell Workshops on Instagram and Facebook or visit their website here.