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Amazon Studios’ new hijacking thriller takes flight. Is the flick a soaring success or does it crash and burn? Read on as our movie critic shares all.

“I really wish I had watched that Blu-Ray of Airplane my friend gave me before I got up here!” Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself in not-so-friendly skies in director Patrick Vollrath’s hijacker thriller 7500. Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios. All rights reserved.
 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar Murathan Muslu, Carlo Kitzlinger, Aylin Tezel and Paul WollinDIRECTOR(S): Patrick Vollrath

LINK TO WATCH NOW: Watch here
 
THE BACK STORY: Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an American, is set to serve as the co-pilot to Michael (Carlo Kitzlinger) as they fly from Berlin to Paris. Tobias’ girlfriend/mother of his child (Aylin Tezel) is one of the flight attendants and much more interested in discussing their personal lives than the flight ahead of them.

That all changes, however, when three hijackers – Kenan (Murathan Muslu), Daniel (Paul Wollin) and teenager Vedat (Omid Memar) – armed with piece of broken glass make an attempt to take over the plane. Tobias is successful in subduing Kenan and locks the cabin on his accomplices, but not before grave injury to Michael. Thus, when Daniel begins threatening the lives of the other passengers on the plane unless he is let back into the cockpit, Tobias – dealing with a severe injury of his own, is left with extreme moral dilemmas and not much time in which to make them.

THE REVIEW: 7500 starts off intriguing … And then pretty much crashes and burns thanks to a familiar plot line that brings nothing new to the table. While Gordon-Levitt clearly shines above his co-stars, there are plot points that don’t feel realistic in the circumstances presented, the secondary characters are either over-developed in cliché fashion or barely developed at all … And the overall Muslim hijacking storyline is “been there, seen that” pretty much from beginning to end.Fortunately, at barely over 90 minutes including the credits, 7500 has enough inherent “how will it end?” intrigue to it to keep enough people watching … Even if it ends how 90% of people are likely to figure it out. Director Patrick Vollrath keeps things tight and claustrophobic to enhance the super-familiar story, but there’s a good chance that if you’ve seen a plane hijacking film recently, you’ll ask for transfer and/or put 7500 on a quick layover and not get back on the flight.

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

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From sweet to spicy, rub to sauce, ribs to salmon, the new owners of this local business share how dad can up his grilling game this summer.

If dad enjoys a little heat with his barbecue, you may want to give him the gift of BubbaRub this Father’s Day. 

BubbaRub has a strong local following. “We’re a small business, locally created, owned, and operated,” explains Owner Missy Holliday. “We offer dry rubs and sauces with a unique flavor that our followers have come to love.”

BubbaRub was originally founded by couple Andy and Becky Newman, but the Hollidays purchased the business in January 2020. 

“Andy actually created the recipe and decided to start his own business after winning a contest in 2003 where his sauce, now known as BubbaRub, won first place,” says Holliday. 

Currently, Missy runs the business while her husband is her partner in business.

“We came to love BubbaRub a few years ago and we use the rubs and sauces on everything. I actually mean EVERYTHING,” she says. “We learned in December that Becky and Andy would be ‘closing down’ BubbaRub and I went into full panic mode!”

Holliday says she spent the day driving throughout Cincinnati looking for and buying whatever she could find. “I just couldn’t imagine cooking without BubbaRub,” she says. 

Two hundred dollars of product later, she felt as though she didn’t quite accomplish what she was hoping for.

“It was that evening that I started discussing the crazy idea of purchasing the company from Andy and Becky,” she says. “Initially, my husband did think I was crazy. As we continued talks, the excitement grew and we started discussions with Andy and Becky. My biggest concern in this opportunity was to ensure we respected what they had built and we carried on their vision of what BubbaRub should be. That remains our focus. We feel blessed that they trusted us to be good stewards of their ‘gift’ to us.  

Holliday knows the responsibility she took on when she purchased BubbaRub. “We find ourselves answering emails and filling online orders almost every night after work and on weekends,” she says. We had our first ‘event’ last weekend at Westside Market and realized that it really is a lot of work! It’s definitely like a second full-time job. However, we believe in this product so much and we love what we’re doing to expand the foundation that Andy and Becky built.”

With Father’s Day less than a week away, Holliday says that BubbaRub is an ideal gift. Depending on an individual’s preference, there are a few recommendations she suggests.

Those who like their meat spicy should try out the Heat Rub and Heat Sauce. If dad likes a little bit of a kick but doesn’t enjoy a good amount of it, try the Original Rub with a Heat Sauce. If dad isn’t a fan of spice but loves flavor, the Original Rub and Original Sauce is the way to go.

The rubs and sauces from BubbaRub include a secret recipe, which makes the product so unique. “It’s unlike any other rub or sauce you will try,” says Holliday. “Whether you try the heat sauce or the original sauce, you will notice neither are ‘smoky’ but are instead ‘sweet.’”

As the Hollidays dive more into BubbaRub and look for ways to make it even better, they’re hoping to grow the business and expand options for followers. Some of the ideas on the brainstorming list for rubs and sauces are a ghost pepper option, a smoky option, and an orange/citrus option. 

To learn more about BubbaRub, visit www.ruburmeat.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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A recent college grad turned entrepreneur opened a gift shop to honor family memories and meaningful phrases. Read on for her custom-made Father’s Day gift ideas!

Cincy Chic: What is Carol’s Inspirations?
Libby Karman, Owner of Carol’s Inspirations: Carol’s Inspirations is a family-owned small business. We’re inspired by our own most-loved sayings. We created a timeless way to honor family memories and meaningful phrases with custom laser-engraved plaques.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Karman: My grandmother was Carol Karman, who the company is named after. She successfully fought cancer for over 20 years. During this time, she found strength and hope from inspirational phrases printed on simple magnets. This simple and special way to find strength and hope was the spark for Carol’s Inspirations. While my grandmother used these magnets for inspiration for her battle with cancer, we hope that our wood engravings offer the same hope for whatever you are facing or celebrating.

Cincy Chic: Can you share your story as a recent grad turned business owner?
Karman: My team and I started the groundwork for this company as I started my senior year at Ohio State. It was definitely a crazy year finishing my degree, trying to get my new business off the ground and also planning a wedding! Luckily, we have a very strong team and partners that we can lean on, so we were able to get it up and running within a couple of months. Having majored in strategic communication, I definitely pull a lot from what I have learned from my classes and applied it to Carol’s Inspirations such as how to make media lists, press releases and even finding partners within the Columbus community through the clubs I was involved in. This business is my passion, so even though there was a lot on my plate, I was up for the challenge.

Cincy Chic: What do you recommend for Father’s Day gift ideas from your store?
Karman: Get custom! Everyone has a special picture of the family or a “dad quote” that is always said around the house, so why not put those on a plaque? Our ready-made quotes do offer a wide selection, but in my opinion, there is nothing better than getting a gift that was made specially for you.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase gifts from Carol’s Inspirations?
Karman: We’re an Ohio-based American-made, e-commerce business. You can find us online at carolsinspirations.com. There are so many options for customizing, and we offer up lots of inspiration from past projects. We hope you’ll check it out and find something special for a loved one and yourself!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Karman: You can go to https://carolsinspirations.com/ to shop our plaque and read more about us. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our newest creation, ideas for your own plaque, and more!

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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:

BlaCkOWned™️ Outerwear: “We launched our ‘not just in February’ campaign back in February 2016 to remind black people that we have to celebrate each other all year round… &in the same spirit, we can not afford to wait for the worst to happen to force change” We must recognize and celebrate those oppressed year round, not just only 1 month out of year. @imblackowned has created this campaign to do just so! They also offer products like face masks, sweatshirts, and kids clothing! Check out their page to see all they offer and help support a great campaign and a proud black owned business!

The Sweet Place Bakery: Happy #treatyourself Tuesday! Treat yourself today with a delicious food from @thesweetplacebakery 😍 they offer AMAZING treats from ice cream, cupcakes, and more! PLUS they also offer vegan sweets and mixes you can take home! Open: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm-midnight!

Maize: Happy Wednesday! Enjoy your #winewednesday today with a side of delicious food! @maize_otr creates amazing authentic Latin American cuisine for you and your taste buds to enjoy! Open: Wednesday-Saturday 4pm-8pm

Body Revamped: Looking to revamp your body and kickstart the summer healthy? @bodyrevampedllc is here to help! They offer personal training, boot camps, bridal boot camps, and more! Plus it’s not just about the workout, meal plans, grocery list, and support is given! Head to their page to sign up today and achieve that healthy lifestyle!

Haungs Calligraphy: Love this doormat🥺 especially as we continue to celebrate pride month! @haungs_calligraphy creates amazing custom doormats and more to add the perfect touch to your home!
Click the link in her bio to check out all she has to offer and place your order today!

O Pie O: The perfect Summer pie😍 get your hands on @opieobakery delicious pies and more today! Head to their website to place your order before they run out! PLUS: for the month of June 5% of online proceeds will go towards the BET-United Way COVID-19 relief fund and the Cincinnati relief fund!

Tower Garden: Did you know you can grow all your fresh produce right at home? @towergardenofficial allows you to grow all your produce without the hassle of and commitment of gardening! The offer planters for indoors or outdoors to fit your preference! Check out @sheryltischer page for more information and contact her if you are interested in the benefits! You can also visit the website: tischer.towergarden.com

New Riff Distilling: It’s almost our favorite time of the week…happy hour! Stop by @newriff tasting bar which is now open! Enjoy samples and flights of their amazing flagship spirits and and single barrel offerings! PLUS they offer cocktails to-go! Grab a cocktail to take home and enjoy after hitting up the tasting bar for the perfect end to the week and start to the weekend!

The Little Spoon Bakery & Cafe: Happy Saturday everyone! Get outside and enjoy this nice morning with a delicious coffee and treat! @littlespoonnewport is serving adorable little sugar cookies, coffee, tea and more for you! Find them at Newport on the Levee! Open: M-T: 8-1 F: 8-6 Saturday-Sunday: 10-6

Sage Yoga Co: Sunday morning outdoor yoga? Yes please! Tomorrow at 11:15 @sageyogaco is teaching an outdoor class for free and open to all levels of practice! You must register through their website or on the MINDBODY app! Plus make sure to check out all the amazing classes they have to offer in not only yoga but HITT as well!

Lemon Lee: The perfect addition to your summer wardrobe😍 @lemon_lee_handmade created beautiful handmade earrings to brighten up your day! Head to their website to check out the amazing new collabs, collections, and place your order today!

The Bold Face Dairy Bar: The best Sunday treat there is…ice cream! @boldfacedairybar is here to fill your tastebuds with their delicious ice cream! Open: Monday-Thursday: 2:30-8:30pm Friday-Sunday: 2:30-10pm

Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse: Happy Monday! Get your Monday morning caffeine pick-me-up this morning with @creamandsugarcoffeehouse They offer delicious coffee, smoothies, and more! They also offer breakfast and lunch meals and provide plant based options for all my vegans! Open: Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm

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You’ve heard of of Galentine’s Day, but what about Maletine’s Day? Our life coach columnist examines the universal roles of deeper connection and visibility, despite differences.

Men, can you see a Maletine’s Day in your future? Would pics of you and your male friends celebrating friendship over brunch, photographed, and posted on social media be something you would say YES to?

Yeah, probably not.  

On a 2010 episode of “Parks and Rec,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, decides that the day before Valentine’s Day should be an opportunity to celebrate the platonic love among women, ideally with booze and breakfast food known as Galetine’s Day. Since the episode aired, the fictional holiday has caught on in the real world.

The desire for men to engage in this form of visibility and deeper connection may not be on the radar.  

From a recent presentation delivered by me on Visibility and Deeper Connections for Entrepreneurs, the conversation turned to how that might relate to your personal life. Of course, I believe and teach on how you do one thing is how you do all things, so the two are connected.

For men, the gap is how to relate to another man at a deeper level to where you can be open and share with empathy and compassion, and with no judgment. Growing up the programming didn’t allow for men to learn how value arelationship like the women who were always talking about longtime girlfriend connections.

I get it. AND I also see how men are the first to lose friendships over time when business and family get in the way of those “nights out with the boys” become less frequent to slowly fading as only a memory.

Working with my clients, I find that if you are not making time for visibility and deeper connections, then you are missing the opportunity for more to be available in your life. The practice of engaging and connecting may lead to much more then you may realize.  For instance:

1. You are top of mind when someone needs help because of the relationship you have built over time
2. You may live longer by being out and having a good time feeding your soul with laughter and fun
3. You learn from others as well as teach others – the winning friendship
4. You discover there is more going on around you then you may have ever noticed
5. And, when your older you’ll still have those buddies to go on retirement trips and hit the links or bars or both (no judgment) instead of setting alone in the recliner watching reruns of your favorite 1980s TV shows.

Start now in reaching out, or reconnecting, to others making those deeper connections and being visibility for your souls’s sake. And do not wait for the Maletine’s Day to begin for I don’t feel that will actually become a “holiday.” 

Sending love and light,

Melissa

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As the world reopens, social distancing is still important. See how a local graphic designer launched an online shop to help those distancing and also support vital frontline workers.

Social distancing played a significant role in flattening the curve and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. To encourage that continued social distancing while also supporting the frontline heroes who have been there all along, Angela Reuss launched the Covid Response Store. 

“Covid Response store is a clothing and accessory line that is geared toward social distancing and honoring our first responders during the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Reuss. “Profits from the sales are going to the Covid Response Fund.

Reuss says she wanted to launch this line after seeing the extreme measures people were going through while getting the essentials during the height of the outbreak. 

“People who had to go out to buy essentials, especially the elderly and immunocompromised, were going through extreme measures to ensure safe social distancing, such as wearing inflatable costumes and swimming pool noodles,” she says. “So as a graphic designer, I felt that I could help these people by creating a clothing line that will make the statement for people so they don’t have to go through such extreme measures, or worry about directly offending anyone.”

Not only did Reuss find inspiration in those who were venturing out for the essentials, she says that while she was sitting at home on the stay-at-home order, safely away from the Covid-19 haos, she couldn’t help but empathize with the first responders and essential workers who were continually risking their lives and suffering without protective gear.

“I felt that I needed to do something to help them,” says Reuss. “So I decided to donate the profits to the Covid Response Fund, which provides the much needed supplies, research, and protective gear for the first responders.”

Although Reuss is running the show on her own, she credits her children, mother, and close friends with their help on the project as well. 

There are a variety of t-shirts and other gear and accessories available through the Covid Response Store with phrases including:

  • “Don’t Stand so Close to Me”
  • “Social Distancing- All the Cool Kids are doing it” 
  • “Back Away from this Bod” 
  • “Social Distance”- God”

Also available are hoodies, tank tops, kid and baby apparel, bags, phone cases, and other accessories.

To get a t-shirt, visit covidresponsestore.com

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Check out this Anderson Township shop that carries all things eclectic and unique for gifts, home and wardrobe.

Cincy Chic: What is Bizarre Bazaar?
Maureen Searzy, Owner of Bizarre Bazaar: Bizarre Bazaar is a family-owned and operated business. We are packed with a broad and eclectic selection of gifts, home decor, baby, jewelry, seasonal items, and more. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Searzy: We want to help make your house a home. That’s why, in addition to our gifts, we also carry a vast selection of furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories. We want to be able to offer something for everyone, from babies to the elderly.

Cincy Chic: When did you open Bizarre Bazaar?
Searzy: Our retail store was founded in 1989 in Cincinnati. Now, more than 30 years later, we’ve grown to offer a little bit of everything that’s interesting and unique. We are absolutely packed wiht a broad and eclectic assortment of items. 

Cincy Chic: Where is Bizarre Bazaar located?
Searzy: We are located at 7767 Five Mile Road in Anderson Township. Come see why we were rated “Two Thumbs Up!” by Cincinnati Magazine!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Searzy: We are on Facebook, where we share new arrivals and updates at the store!

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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:

BOL: For the next week we will be sharing local BIPOC businesses! We want to continue to show our support for the movement and give you guys ways you can support the community! Today we share the delicious Açaí bowls and more made by @cincyacaibol 🤩 all their bowls are made with fresh and locally sourced fruits! Start your day off with a healthy and fresh meal by ordering on their website or through grubhub and doordash!

Hutch Baby: Protect the little ones! With everything happening, I found myself forgetting that we are still in the middle of a pandemic but COVID-19 is still amongst us and we need to continue to protect ourselves! It can be hard fitting masks on our littles but @hutch.baby has you covered! They have temporarily closed but are still filling online orders of these masks, adorable outfits, and more! PLUS through tomorrow, all orders will receive 25% off!

Colourfro: Started in 2017, @colourfro aims to bring the beauty and creativity of African fashion to the US! They offer amazing pieces for you and the kiddos too! Shop online to get your products today!

Southern Treats Sweetery: My mouth is WATERING! @southernsweetery offers delicious custom cakes, cupcakes, and whoopie pies for any occasion! Check out their page to see all they have to offer and visit their website to start your order!

Sunny Blu Coffeehouse: Get your Friday coffee on this morning with @sunnyblucoffeehouse ☕️🤩 they offer delicious coffee, doughnuts, and more! PLUS: every Thursday from 7-9am with any purchase they gift you with a free turkey egg and cheese croissant!
Open:
Monday-Friday: 7am-12pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

Fill More. Waste Less.: Looking to cut trash out of your life? Do your part to help safe the plant with @fillmore.wasteless !! They offer waste free products of all necessities needed! Order online for free local delivery! And make sure to check out their page for helpful tips!

Black Coffee Lounge: Start your Saturday off with @blackcoffeecincydelicious coffee and more! They not only provide you with delicious coffee, but with entertainment and a sense of community as well! They have their doors open today from 9am-4pm! And Tuesday-Friday 7am-3pm

Minor Obsession: Meet Courtney, founder and maker of @minor.obsession and here to healthier skin through natural ingredients! Head to their page to check out their vegan, palm free, fragrance free, handmade products!

Just Q’In: Faith, love, and barbecue. Sounds like the perfect combination to me! @justqinbbq is commuted to creating to most delicious and mouth watering BBQ for you! Enjoy a nice Sunday meal for the whole family today with them!

Garden of Wellness: “My mission is to disrupt the world of medicine, one client at a time. Through a variety of treatments as well as counseling services that are part of every single session, I manage to unlock the potential of self-healing in each client.” Andrea, owner of @garden.wellness is dedicated to helping her clients through holistic health and massages to have you feeling your best! She offers treatments of all varieties so make sure to book your appointment today!

Kombuchinnati: Happy Monday everyone! Start your week off with improving your internal health today by adding some kombucha to your diet! @kombuchinnati is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of internal health and all the benefits of kombucha!
Head to their website to place your order today and learn about all those amazing ways kombucha helps you!

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Business ownership is never easy, especially not lately. Feel like you’re stalling out, stuck and ready to quit? Our life coach columnist has some motivating advice.

Are you a woman with drive, who owns or operates a business, with big goals and dreams, and yet feels as though you are stalling out, stuck and ready to quit?
Sound familiar? Let’s unlock your feeling of stuckness and move you to unstoppable.

Feeling stuck can often arise at times when you are gearing up and ready to grow and expand your business. Perhaps you are going after more clients, looking for new projects, increasing social media traffic, and yet the feeling of overwhelming comes in and stops all forward progress. Ugh!

What’s happening? Let’s explore for a moment.

Whether you own a brick and mortar, run an MLM or online business, or a partner in a firm, your focus is on how to grow and be a successful business owner. When this isn’t happening fast enough or in the manner you would desire, what’s the problem?

You may have all sorts of reasons for not moving ahead as you wanted, but perhaps the big underlying obstacle is you forgot your why.

Sure, you have that deep desire to create an opportunity from a place of passion and purpose, while believing in yourself to be successful, but WHY did you say yes? What I know for sure is the one thing that can unlock your uncertainty and catapult your business to the next level is revisiting your WHY.

Why did you start your business in the first place?

Simon Sinek, author, and Tedx presenter, on Start with Why demonstrates how “why” brings great leaders to inspired action. “Many already know what and how they do something for their business but the power in WHY is the purpose for the cause or belief.”

When you forget the WHY is when you start falling into the number’s games, interruptions occur, shiny object syndrome kicks in, or perhaps you feel like quitting because of what “others” are doing is better than yours.

Flip the switch and get back to your why. Write out the story and be specific with details including emotions and feelings. Tapping back in and recalling what made you say YES.

Activating your why allows you to drop back into the passion and purpose of doing business, especially when you are feeling stalled or ready to quit, that drives you from stuck to unstoppable.

Sending love and light,
Melissa

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A local potter's labor of love helps lift herself and others from life’s difficult places with laughter, joy and beauty.

Cincy Chic: What is Gardenhouse Pottery? 
Trish McLennan, Founder of Gardenhouse Pottery: The Gardenhouse is what we named the original house that was on our property. It is a one story building, built in the 1800s and had 7 acres. We built our home on the property in 2001 but kept the Gardenhouse to do messy crafts and host garden club meetings.  We’ve had quite a few scout meetings and kid parties there before it became a studio.

In 2010, a friend of mine was visiting from Florida and she wanted to go to a clay workshop. I had dipped my toes in many crafts, but had never worked in clay. I was hooked! The Gardenhouse was quickly converted into a full time studio and now has 2 kilns and classroom space in the barn.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
McLennan: I have three threads of inspiration behind my work. I have lived somewhere in Cincinnati all my life and one of my favorite things is exploring the city on urban hikes. I love featuring our amazing iconic buildings and being an ambassador to our unique and quirky Queen City.

I started adding a line of inspiration, funny and sometimes potty mouthed quotes after my husband passed away in 2013. It helped me get through my tough time through laughter and looking for joy and I hope it reaches out to lift others up if they are feeling low.

My new line is going back to my garden roots with a line of illustrations and patterns based on what I find on hikes in the woods or growing in my yard.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
McLennan: I am an over 50, one woman show. I have 2 adult children and one grandson and some of the best friends a person could hope for as a support group. I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil and enjoy growing beautiful things in my garden. I love to hike and explore both the city and the woods and have been known to take off on an adventure on my own with little notice. I love the life I have now – the ability to create daily on my own timeline.  

Cincy Chic: Where is Gardenhouse Pottery located?
McLennan: Just north of Cincinnati in Maineville, Ohio. It is tucked away at the end of a dead end street with my house, studio, barn, a classroom along with some creeks and trails to explore with my dogs, Duke and Archie.

Cincy Chic: What types of pottery items can people make?
McLennan: I mainly focus on production work for my Etsy shop as well as other small galleries and shops.  I have done small events, but I do not do regular classes anymore. I was spending too much energy trying to make everyone happy. It’s something I might go back to, but I would need to add some staff to ease the load.

Cincy Chic: What types of pottery items do you make?
McLennan: I make wheel thrown as well as hand built functional kitchenware using a beautiful red clay from North Carolina. Each piece is partially covered in a white slip to create a canvas for my surface design.  Before any piece is started, I prepare silkscreens to use decorate my work. I use the library of patterns to create a patchwork of design that is fired into the clay before additional iron oxide designs and quotes are added and fired on.

My best sellers are my mugs and mini quote bowls, but I also make plates, platters and ornaments. All the dinnerware is safe for the dishwasher and microwave.

Cincy Chic: What makes Gardenhouse Pottery unique? 
McLennan: There are hundreds of people working in ceramics in the Cincinnati area, but only a handful are using handmade silk screen designs. I use this process to give more layers and colors to my illustrations. I also like to work with repeat pattern designs to give my work a textile vibe. Sewing and quilting is one of the skills that was passed down from my Appalachian roots and it sneaks into the details of my designs.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
McLennan: This silkscreen process is new to me this year. I’m excited to get a bigger library of pattern design and storytelling to my work. I’m just getting started.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
McLennan: I have a Facebook and Instagram page where you can follow my work in progress and see when new items will be added to my Etsy shop.