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M. Night Shyamalan delivers his twist on superheroes and villains. See what our critic has to say.

 

“Man … I think someone has paid ‘Dance, Dance Revolution’ a little bit TOO much …” Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) watches in awe as one of the many personalities of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) dances with his newfound friend in a scene from the final (?) installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s heavy comic book-influenced thriller GLASS. Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Universal Pictures © 2019 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.


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KEY CAST MEMBERS: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard and Adam David Thompson

DIRECTOR(S): M. Night Shyamalan 

THE BACK STORY: The culmination of the events of his previous films Unbreakable and Split, Glass stars Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), a psychologist who has been brought in to a Philadelphia-area mental hospital. It is there where she is working to relieve three men of their delusions of being superheroes: Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), better known by his nicknames of “The Horde” in reference to his two dozen personalities ranging from 9 year-old Hedwig to stern British headmistress Patricia and “The Beast,” named for his deadliest, serial-killing personality. Only one woman, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) has escaped The Beast and lived to tell about it … And now she is fixated on the him in potentially unhealthy ways. 

Next up is David Dunn, a.k.a. The Overseer, a green poncho-wearing seemingly unbreakable (sorry – couldn’t resist!) man who was the only survivor of a train accident 19 years ago. Now, with the aid of his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark), works as a vigilante around the City of Brotherly Love … As long as he doesn’t get wet. Last but certainly not least? Elijah Price, better known to law enforcement as first name Mister, last name Glass – a criminal mastermind with a very severe case of brittle bone disease that did not stop him from orchestrating the train accident that revealed David’s gift (or is that caused his delusion?) all those years ago. His mother (Charlayne Woodard) loves her son and just can’t seem to look past his murderous ways …

Now tasked with curing the men, Dr. Staple has her work cut out for her … Especially if their delusions of grandeur aren’t.

THE REVIEW: Much like his beloved comic books, M. Night Shyamalan’s movies are often the source of great debate about which ones are really good and which ones are just, well, awful. And after taking a much-deserved beating afters several hate-it-or-love-it features, the captain of the twist pulled a Dark Knight and redeemed himself with 2015’s quirky The Visit and then 2016’s Split, which featured one of the greatest (I know what I said!) performances in recent history by McAvoy as the Dissociative Identity Disorder-suffering Crumb. Then it was revealed (spoiler alert – you’ve had enough time) that the film was connected to the world Unbreakable created way back in 2000 and the hype that Glass would be his penultimate work became very real among his longstanding fans.

Well, guess what? Glass – while not perfect – delivers a super (enough) payoff for all your years of patience.

Glass has story holes in it – I mean, how else to explain one of the character’s actions given that everything that happened to that character should likely make them act in the EXACT opposite way they do. Likewise, if you’ve been paying attention to Shyamalan for any significant period of time, you’ll likely figure out there is something amiss before it is revealed even if you don’t figure out everything.

Those two things notwithstanding, Glass benefits from its best elements well: Shyamlan’s true exploration of comic book dynamics (as opposed to pure good vs. evil fights) and the performances of McAvoy and Jackson. Seriously, Glass isn’t the type of film that will ever get someone nominated, but McAvoy really deserves some type of recognition for making his role work so well while Jackson really pulls off that whole “evil mastermind despite his limitations” character phenomenally well. Be happy Mr. Glass isn’t real, folks …

The last point is made because in this golden age of superheroes movies, Shyamalan’s film is much more of an intellectual comic book movie moreso than what audiences have come to expect from the Marvel Universe (and usually pray DC Comics/Warner Bros. can try to emulate with their various properties). Thus, if you really enjoyed Unbreakable and Split, you’ll likely like Glass. If you are expecting something like Aquaman or Avengers: Infinity War‘s big blowout action sequences, you’re in the wrong place. This is more Scream for the superhero movie … If instead of parodies and murder you just had Jamie Kennedy’s Randy character moving the story forward. This is more a tale of connected lives, destinies and of course, the unique ways people with extraordinary abilities in comic books function.

Given the glut of superhero movies these days, the fact Glass challenges you to explore them in a way rarely seen these days is quite a twist, indeed. 

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A professional wedding planner aims to make every Big Day go right with her couture wedding planning services. Click here to read more.

Elegant Events by Elisa offers customized wedding planning options for brides and grooms.

Elisa MacKenzie is inspired by the quote “Find something you love to do and then how to make a little money doing it.”

“Over 20 years ago, I was involved in every company picnic, year-end party, and awards banquet wherever I was,” she explain. “I did every social event at church. Then, in 1996, I read an article about wedding and event planning and I jumped right in.”

Today, MacKenzie is the Owner and Lead Planner of Elegant Events by Elisa, a professional event planning company based in Cincinnati that specializes in couture wedding day and event coordination.

“I decided from the start I wanted to focus on the private and social side of event planning,” she says. “I joined the Association of Bridal Consultants and worked to gain as much experience, education, and expertise as I possibly could if I were to deserve to take on the responsibility of one of the most important — and expensive — days in someone’s life.”

With more than 20 years under her belt with Elegant Events by Elisa, she still ensures that she’s very hands-on with every project.

She says that she loves what she does and she’s very skilled at it, which makes her even more confident in saying she makes “dreams come true” for clients.

MacKenzie has been a Master Wedding Planner since 2006 and earned her certified special event professional distinction back in 2008.

When a client chooses Elegant Events by Elisa, they don’t choose from packages, but rather a custom proposal, MacKenzie explains. “Every event is as unique as the bride or groom themselves,” she adds. “We work as the conductor for the amazing orchestra of vendors you have.”

The team at Elegant Events by Elisa works to handle all of the little, and not so little, issues that may arise in the wedding planning process.

“Our focus is logistics,” she adds. “We make the event happen. We appreciate the beauty and often event assist with that, but when comes down to it, it’s the flow of the entire day. And we just love to spoil our clients rotten that day – of all days, this is the day they deserve it!”

When brides and grooms choose to work with Elegant Events by Elisa, they’ll find that what MacKenzie is the most proud of is what she brings to the table in terms of her talents and credentials.

“I have spent years becoming the best planner I can be, investing large sums of money and time into my expertise,” she says. “I attend, even now, at least three educational conferences a year.”

MacKenzie says that she also stays at the cutting edge of the bridal industry for her clients.

The team at Elegant Events by Elisa has a member who has been with the business for 19 years, another for 10 years, and another for six years.

“Due to this, we can offer our clients so much expertise and coverage on wedding day,” says MacKenzie. “We have found a niche that we offer to our clients in our couture wedding coordination, think between ‘day of’ services and ‘full service’ planning, and this level of consultation and coordination is unique to the city.”

MacKenzie says there’s always something new on the horizon for Elegant Events by Elisa. She says that this year, the business will focus on the increase of technology in the industry and using tools like virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

To learn more, visit elegant-events.com. You can also follow along on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/eleganteventsbyelisa/> and Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/eleganteventsbyelisa/>.

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There’s a new type of ride sharing service in town. Learn about this innovative idea that aims to add fun, all-season, flexible transportation options to the urban core.

Oggo offers an all-weather, flexible transportation option for Cincinnati. Robin McKerrell Photography

 

Cincy Chic: What’s Oggo?
Michael Palmer, Co-Founder of Oggo: Oggo is a fun & free transportation solution allowing people to easily navigate downtown, OTR, Covington & Newport from lunchtime to nighttime. We have a fleet of five top-of-the-line, fully electric cars that you can hail via our app (it works similar to other rideshare apps). Look for Oggo on GooglePlay and the App Store.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Palmer: Travel, we were inspired by rickshaws in beach towns, different taxi options around the country and funky options like tuk tuks in Thailand. We saw a gap in Cincinnati and had a desire to have more all-season, flexible options in our urban core. The hills and the weather limit other sources of mobility, our cars are built to make it easy and comfortable no matter what month it is.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Palmer: There are three founders all based out of Cincinnati; Joe Creighton – owner of Cheapside Cafe and Mecca OTR, Dustin Grutza – Cincinnati start-up community guru and founder of Craftforce, & Michael Palmer – Lifelong designer & Creative Director at Everything But The House. All three are serial entrepreneurs who love calling Cincinnati their home base.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find Oggo in Cincinnati?
Palmer: First and foremost download the app! Our core area of operation is downtown, OTR, Newport and Covington. As you interact with the city’s urban core for business, museums, sports or entertainment use it to get around. We try to have at least 2 cars on the road at most hours, between 11am-10pm and we push it a little later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As long as you are looking to get picked up or dropped off within our zone, Oggo can help get you and four friends there.

Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to ride?
Palmer: It is FREE, we just ask that you tip your driver for their service and time. Oggo can take up to five passengers, you can call it via the app or if you happen to see an empty one, you are able to hail it by hand.

Cincy Chic: What makes Oggo unique?
Palmer: We are focused on moving the city forward and offering an outstanding premium service. Oggo is City Certified, safe and all-seasons. Oggo’s free rides are subsidized by our sponsors, so far we have worked with Jeff Ruby’s and Absolut Vodka.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Palmer: Oggo is focused on continuing to improve our app and getting more cars on the road more often. We are continuing to hire hospitable and reliable drivers. We have a few great sponsor contracts in the works and are looking for more businesses that want to partner on a fun and engaging way to interact with the community.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Palmer: Letsoggo.com, Instagram and most importantly jump in a car and give it a spin. Also, did we mention to download the app?!

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From projects for the Cincinnati Museum Center to a statewide campaign on mental health and addiction launching in spring, this Cincinnati-based creative hub for problem solving is making big waves. Keep reading for more.

Michelle and Leo D’Cruz, Owners of Reverb Art + Design

As a business owner, communicating who you are and your message to your audience isn’t always easy. That’s where Reverb Art + Design comes in.

“Reverb is a team of designers, developers, researchers, writers, artists, and makers who have decided to combine our technical experiences to make an impact on the world around us,” explains Reverb Co-Founder Michelle D’Cruz.

Rather than the typical agency structure seen in the working world today, Reverb considers itself to be more of a creative hub for problem solvers.

“We work largely with non-profits and cultural institutions on the one hand, and public entities on the other,” she adds.

The goal at Reverb is to help organizations reimagine how they communication who they are to the world.

“At times that’s a light touch, such as a logo refresh or rearticulated brand promise,” says C’Cruz. “Other items, that’s planning and executing a ground up, full service campaign that envisions not only what an organization is but accounts, too, for their founders’ dreams and the aspirations of their stakeholders.”

In fact, Reverb recently did a full-scale and immersive environment redesign of Holiday Junction at the newly reopened Cincinnati Museum Center.

“We had to account for everything from typographic signage, to way-finding, as well as 50-foot murals and a 2,000 pound floating cityspace that floated in symphony over the historical Duke Energy Trains,” says D’Cruz. “This is a space that has influenced folks in our region across many generations. Our goal was to both honor that history and implement a contemporary perspective that permeates all our work.”

D’Cruz, who runs the business alongside her husband, Leo, conceptualized the idea for Reverb Art + Design in 2014. The duo has a background in contemporary art, working as designers, communications, and policy advocacy.

Reverb prides itself on the commitment it gives to its clients. “Our work is incredibly personal to us,” says D’Cruz. “Every member of our team was raised with the idea that our work is a mark of our integrity, so we’re committed to the project at hand. But we don’t say yes to every project that comes our way. We find ourselves saying ‘no’ with frequency, and so we only work on projects in which we truly and wholeheartedly believe.”

Additionally, Reverb adds value to its services in the collective and creative inspiration that comes from the firm’s globally lived experience and diversity.

“Our team includes children of immigrants, folks who grew up in both urban and rural settings, we’re a woman-led organization, LGBTQ+ team members are key decision makers here,” says D’Cruz. “We could just keep extending this list. The point is that this is one key factor in how we get the creative we do, and why people trust us to come up with solutions nobody else can.”

There’s always something new on the horizon at Reverb Art + Design. They’re poised to launch a statewide campaign this spring where the goal is to connect young people throughout Ohio with the mental health and substance use disorder treatment resources they may need.

“We’ve spent much of the past year building to this point, conduction a nationwide audit, working with state experts, clinical psychologists and social workers, and young people across the state of Ohio to gather insights on what will make the biggest impact,” explains D’Cruz. “This is a collaborative effort that is unique nationally, with only a few states attempting to implement something similar. That’s actually the challenge: there aren’t many models. The opportunity then is that we design and build the model.”

There are communities throughout the Greater Cincinnati area that have been hit particularly hard both economically and culturally over the past decades. “And we all know the impact we’ve felt here in Ohio from the opioid epidemic – ranked 2nd in the country, only to West Virginia for overdose deaths,” she says. “This situation is completely intolerable. So we’re moving forward in partnership with the State of Ohio through Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services to do the hard work to make a tremendous impact on the lives of people here in our state. And, along the way, we’re designing a dynamic, publicly accessible model to build upon elsewhere.”

To learn more about Reverb Art + Design, visit www.reverbartdesign.com. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook. D’Cruz says they often host gatherings at the studio located downtown at 130 West Court Street.

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“Girl, I love you … But you’re kind of killing my left shoulder right now …” Fonny (Stephan James) contemplates his next move while Tish (KiKi Layne) ponders their future in a scene from IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Credit: Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Pictures. © 2018 Annapurna Releasing, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach, Teyonah Parris, Finn Wittrock, Dave Franco, Emily Rios, Ed Skrein and Aujanue Ellis

DIRECTOR(S): Barry Jenkins

THE BACK STORY: Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk stars newcomer KiKi Layne as Tish, a 19 year-old New York resident (the opening title card explains why a movie set in NYC takes its title from a famous New Orleans locale) who is in love with Alfonso (Stephan James) – Fonny for short. The young lovers embrace each other completely having known each other for years, producing the sort of romance that young people have dreamed of for centuries.

But their relationship is not without its problems for certain.

There’s Fonny’s sisters (Ebony Obisidian and Dominique Thorne)  and mother (Aujanue Ellis) who doesn’t exactly approve of Tish or the situation she’s gotten Fonny into …. But if you think Tish’s mother (Regina King) or sister (Teyonah Parris) is going to just let them run down their family, however, you, like them, have another thing coming. At least Fonny’s dad (Michael Beach) and Tish’s father (Colman Domingo) get along. Fonny’s friend Daniel (Brian Tyree Henry) is having a rough go of things, too, following his release from prison.

But none of those problems are anything compared to what lies ahead when Fonny is accused of raping a woman (Emily Rios) by a police officer who may or may not have an axe to grind …

THE REVIEW: It’s romantic. It’s majestic. It’s infuriating. It’s depressing. It’s soulful. It’s upbeat. It’s melancholy. It’s heartbreaking. It’s artistic. It’s creative.  It’s hopeful. It’s frustrating. It’s raw and it’s unapologetic. In short, If Beale Street Could Talk is the African-American experience captured in two hours for the world to see.

Certain movies strike cords with certain audiences more than others. For as many people loved Black Panther, the film showed the economic power that African-Americans have in catapulting what could have been just another superhero movie into an Academy Award contender. I mention this because while the critical acclaim for If Beale Street Could Talk is widespread (just Google it – ok, I did the work for you), it’s inherently bound to resonate with African-American audiences just a little bit more than others because of how dynamically it nails down various parts of what being black in America is like today as much as it did when its source material was first published in 1974.

There’s the fragile look of heartbreak and envy Henry gives as his character watches the interplay between Tish and Fonny and knowing he will likely never enjoy it … There’s the #metoo creepiness of watching Tish be subtly sexually assaulted by a white male customer under the guise of shopping … Beale Street delivers more nuanced facets of the struggles many African-Americans face in a country where they are often reminded they are and that there will always be some that view them second-class citizens. The police scenes are why I made the “infuriating” comment above, especially in lieu of the continued incidents like this and this and this and this and … Thus, anyone still wanting to have a conversation to determine their level of “woke” may find Beale Street to be either the perfect conversation starter … or ender.

On a positive note, there are the happy moments that prove the human experience, however has no color and can be enjoyed by everyone. This includes watching Dave Franco’s character bond with Fonny over a potential living space, Domingo and King’s coming to Tish’s aid and the love and chemistry between James and Layne as Fonny and Tish. Forget the earlier commentary made about how the film will strike an extra accord with African-Americans; the way in which screenwriter/director Barry Jenkins (the guy who made 2017’s Academy Awards Best Picture winner Moonlight) shoots their scenes will possibly inspire plenty of Match.com/eHarmony accounts in hopes of finding a love like theirs. Layne and James are the heart of the movie, its driving force and its beacon of hope not only for each other, but also the audience watching it.

If Beale Street Can Talk has plenty to say – which is why the words “must see” are the only two you really need in regards to whether or not you should.

 

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This local business is making the corporate gift-giving world a little more personal with individualized baskets designed to fit each client’s personality. Read on for more.

Favorites is a gift shop offers personalized gifts for customers of clients in real estate and more.

The next time you’re looking for a gift, let Abby Workman make it personal.

Workman is the Founder and Owner of Favorites, a gift business that’s focused on creating personalized, thoughtful gifts that go beyond the standard food basket or gift card.

“Most of my customers are professionals: real estate agents, attorneys, accountants, and other service-oriented businesses looking for ways to show clients their appreciate and enhance their overall service experience,” says Workman.

Gifts from Favorites are all packaged and ready to give, saving you time, money, and energy, while also helping your gifts to stand out.

Workman’s idea for Favorites goes back to the thought that everyone loves a personalized gift. Whether it’s a monogram, an address, an important date, or the reflection of a hobby, gifts that are personalized can be more impactful and communicate to someone just how much you care.

“I have found that people have the desire to be thoughtful gift-givers, they just lack the time, creativity, and resources,” says Workman. “That’s where I come in. I create thoughtful gifts that allow customers to show their appreciation while focusing on what they do best.”

The one-woman shop gives Workman the independence she needs to be the owner, brainstormer, gift-creator, wrapper, and delivery service all in one. “This allows me to oversee all the aspects of my business to ensure that each gift will be someone’s Favorite,” she adds.

One of the most favorite things customers enjoy the most about Workman’s business is that the store comes to them.

“I meet with them where convenient and learn a little more about their gift recipient and budget before heading out to craft the ideal gift,” she explains. “Being intentional and thoughtful about what to give an important person demonstrates how much you care and can yield much higher returns than a generic, one-size-fits-all solution.”

Gift baskets from Favorites varies depending on what each client wants in them, but most prices range from $75 to $150.

In addition to gift baskets, Favorites also offers a selection of personalized stationery, paper products, cups, and promotional items.

Workman strives to find the personality within each recipient while she creates the gift – making sure to include colors, fonts, types of monograms, and more that will fit a customer’s personality.

“Each gift is packaged with a personalized tag and is ready to give,” she says. “In some cases, the gifts can be delivered directly to the customers’ home or office. Favorites makes gift-giving simple and accessible.”

Workman says that she’s looking forward to 2019 and continuing to find firms and professionals that want to stand out from their competition to wow clients and customers.

To learn more about Favorites, check out the website, follow along on Instagram, or “like” them on Facebook.

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From family-friendly to girls night out, a local botanical boutique offers gardening tips, workshops, and products to give anyone a green thumb.

Thimble Gardens offers a botanical boutique and workshops for customers.

Cincy Chic: What is Thimble Gardens?
Celeste Vanover, Founder of Thimble Gardens: Thimble Gardens is a Botanical Boutique. Family owned and operated. Specializing in small urban garden design and beautiful houseplants. We have successfully be involved in producing custom centerpieces and favors for bridal/baby showers and weddings. Thimble Gardens offers multiple type workshops from family friendly to sip and create gardening for adults. Our customer base knows when they order a custom garden they will receive a very individualized piece full of personalized detail.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Vanover: My love for gardening and combining vintage finds brought on the beginnings of Thimble Gardens. We wanted to bring love for using heirloom pieces and turning them into gardens for others. This expanded into having workshops and special events.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Thimble Gardens?
Vanover: I own Thimble Gardens alongside my four boys: Wyatt 12, Lincoln 11 and Garrett and Gavin twin 9 year olds. I am a nurse during the day and use my time in the evenings and weekends to have open shop hours, workshops and host planting parties.

Cincy Chic: What makes Thimble Gardens unique?
Vanover: What makes us unique is our focus on the individual. We carry items from local artists that our customers may use to make their gardens individualized to their taste or the person they are making the garden for. Even our workshops promote the participants to use their creative juices and they leave with a creation that fits their own personality and love. Do not be surprised when you order a custom garden from us that we will want to know the person that is receiving this item interests and decor style.

Cincy Chic: What kinds of garden products do you carry?
Vanover: Thimble Gardens carries botanicals from family owned and run nurseries and odd and unusual handcrafted botanical gifts. Our focus is on the many variety of houseplants, such as air plants, succulents and the hard to find beautiful plant to add fresh air and proven health benefits to your home.

Cincy Chic: Where is Thimble Gardens located?
Vanover: Thimble Gardens is located in the historic district of Lebanon Ohio- 113 East Mulbery Street.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Vanover: Thimble Gardens will continue to provide access for those interested in learning to add urban gardening to their hobby list. We will continue to add workshops allowing creative time for children and adults. Thimble Gardens has been asked to share this passion with the Master Gardeners of Warren County’s lecture series in 2019, we are very excited to be involved with this elite group.

Our web page will be opening soon allowing our customers to purchase and have delivered unique seasonal miniature garden kits and purchase high quality urban gardens at a reasonable cost.

To learn more about Thimble Gardens, click here<https://www.facebook.com/ThimbleGardens/>.

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Our movie critic chats with Kiki Layne about her breakout role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Watch for the intriguing interview.

Our movie critic chats with Kiki Layne about her breakout role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Watch for the intriguing interview.

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Inspired by the city, music, and his love for chocolate, a local business owner is offering up handmade, from-scratch products that’ll have your tummy wanting more.

Chocoholics, unite! If you’re a lover of handmade, from-scratch chocolates and confections then The Jammery is for you.

Ben Feinberg-Gerner, owner of The Jammery, says that he’s always been interested in chocolate work – so much so that he was the first Culinary Arts student at the Culinary Institute of America to petition to take the Chocolates and Confections course that is part of the separate Baking and Pastry school.

“After years spent in the restaurant and wine industries, I found myself coming back to chocolatiering over and over,” he explains. “A few years ago, I decided to make chocolate favors as a surprise gift for a college friend’s wedding.”

From there, he says, things snowballed and before long he found himself quitting his day job and launching The Jammery.

“As a craftsman, inspiration comes from any and everywhere,” he says when asked about his inspiration for starting a chocolates and confections business. “I really enjoy finding flavor combinations that walk the line between savory and sweet, like a lemon and fennel ganache or a green apple and celery pâte de fruit. Sometimes I look back to the classics and pay my respects to them and sometimes my creative energy is charged by seeing the work of my idols—from internationally known chefs like Francisco Migoya and Cedric Grolet to local mentors/beloveds like Shoshannah Friedman and Summer Genetti.”

Feinberg-Gerner is the chef, owner, filler of orders, and mail boy for The Jammery, while his partner serves as the unofficial taster-in-chief.

Sweets from The Jammery includes chocolates with ganache, gianduja, caramel, and fondant fillings. “This winter marked the release of the first pâte de fruit collection with flavors ranging from butternut ginger to pineapple vanilla to plum cardamom,” says Feinberg-Gerner. “Other confectionery work such as marshmallows and gummy candy are in the works for 2019.”

Although chocolates are a common buy for many people, what you’ll find at The Jammery is unique in every sense of the word. Each collection of chocolate is six flavors built around a theme – with no two collections being the same.

Feinberg-Gerner says that one collection was inspired by different places in the United States, one was all about the flavors of American childhood, a Valentine’s Day collection was about different forms of love, and one was about flavors associated with colors.

“With the exception of blood orange caramels and sea salt caramels, my work is ever-changing,” he says. “I want to highlight different flavors and textures in each box.”

Feinberg-Gerner is also supportive of local businesses and artists.

“Because chocolate is by its nature a tropical product, ‘local’ isn’t possible,” he says. “Instead, I like to highlight Cincinnati by collaborating with local businesses like Revolution Rotisserie, a recent event host that uses a cinnamon and ancho chile marshmallow in their seasonal cocktail, or by wrapping every product in a band of hand-marbled paper made by an artist here in town.”

A storefront is a long-term dream for Feinberg-Gerner. However, you can find The Jammery at pop-up events, via caterers like Eat Well, and private orders. You can also find the signature blood orange caramels in dark chocolate at Share Cheesebar in Pleasant Ridge.

Feinberg-Gerner says The Jammery will come back with a bang in 2019 after taking some time off for personal reasons in 2018.

“The plan is to once again be a part of the OFF Market and to get into more retail spaces,” he adds.

To learn more about The Jammery, visit http://www.thejammerycincinnati.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s happening in the kitchen, where you can find The Jammery, and what the day-to-day of chocolatiering involves.

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An upcoming event offers free access and training on today’s top business technologies to minority and women-owned businesses. Click for all the details.

Cincy Chic: What is NITRO Bootcamp?
Eric Weissmann, Vice President for Communications, Community and Economic Inclusion at Cintrifuse: NITRO Bootcamp! is an all-day event on Feb. 23rd, 2019 set to power up minority and women-owned small businesses by providing FREE access and training on today’s top business technologies. NITRO! is teaming up with tech experts like Xero, Fuze, Gusto, StartBlox, and Google Suite to host a full-day of break-out training sessions in the following business tech categories: Accounting, Billing, and Payments, Communication and Organization, Project Management, Freelance Creative Services, Inventory and Shipping, and Document Cloud Storage. This immersive, hands-on bootcamp is made to help you improve sales, operations, and culture––all within a full day of info sessions, where tech experts teach you how to apply the best tech to your current business practices.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Weissmann: Research shows that one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. business population is minority-owned small business. As it turns out, this segment has a similarly growing influence on the national economy. However, minority-owned businesses remain significantly smaller in size and scale than non-minority owned businesses. Only 2% of minority-owned small businesses are generating a total revenue of more than $1M. This may have something to do with limited access to tech-enabled solutions and the capacity entrepreneurs and business owners have to implement them. NITRO! Bootcamp was created to help address these challenges by offering access to technology that can be the biggest game-changer for scale up and growth.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Weissmann: NITRO! Bootcamp is powered by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., a leading global financial services firm that offers investment banking and financial services for consumers and small businesses, and Cintrifuse, a public-private partnership dedicated to establishing a stronger tech presence that will ultimately improve the economy for the Greater Cincinnati area. NITRO! is also supported by the StartupCincy community of entrepreneurs, BigCos, educators, and investors.

Cincy Chic: When will NITRO Bootcamp be held?
Weissmann: The all-day NITRO Bootcamp! will be held on Feb. 23rd, 2019 from 9:00AM – 5:30PM.

Cincy Chic: How does the Bootcamp help minority and women-owned businesses?
Weissmann: Through NITRO! Bootcamp, minority and women-owned small businesses will participate in up to 10 exclusive bootcamp workshops where they’ll receive hands-on training and support for incorporating the latest technologies into their business so that they can more rapidly scale and grow. As part of the experience, small business participants will also receive one year of FREE access to the exclusive NITRO! Tech Stack of business technology software and a 30-day pass to the Union Hall co-working space for up to 3 of their team members, where they’ll have access to conference rooms and communal spaces. On top of it all, this is an incredible opportunity for networking and mentorship within the #StartupCincy ecosystem of accelerators, tech startups, and some of Cincinnati’s major movers and shakers.

Cincy Chic: What makes NITRO Bootcamp unique?
Weissmann: Not only is the NITRO! Bootcamp event itself free to minority and women-owned small businesses, but so is the access to top business technology after the event is over. NITRO! sets itself apart from other training workshops by directly connecting tech experts to the small businesses that use their software.

Cincy Chic: How can readers learn more?
Weissmann: Readers can visit our website to learn more and apply: http://www.startupcincy.com/nitro. They can also like us on Facebook.