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Save a ton of time but give beautifully-wrapped gifts this year with custom gift wrapping services from a local creative. Read on for more.

Cincy Chic: What is The Wraperie?
Hilary Halverstadt, CEO of The Wraperie: The Wraperie is a custom gift wrapping service located in Park Hills, Ky. It serves the greater Cincinnati area with decorative, unique custom gift wrap designs for all occasions.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch a gift-wrapping business?
Halverstadt: I am a creative person and have a college degree in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. I’ve worked in the retail field prior to this and have found that many major department stores and boutiques do not have gift wrapping services for their customers anymore, only bags or boxes. My vision was to create a gift wrapping service to help save time for customers. The idea is to not just to wrap a package but to design “looks” for wrapping which is what is similar in the fashion industry. The gift looks unique, appropriate for the occasion and ever-changing. The gifts are customized to create joy for the customers. Gifts are something personal and the wrapping should mirror that.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Halverstadt: The idea for the service was created by myself. I have two other gift wrappers that have been trained by me to help with larger events!

Cincy Chic: What different types of gift wrapping services do you offer?
Halverstadt: We offer custom gift wrapping for all occasions at our office by appointment. We’re located at 1522 Dixie Highway, Suite #145, in Park Hills, Kentucky. We also do pop-up events for businesses(wrapping on-site), private parties, decorative window displays using wrapped gifts, wrapping in your home for an event, within the greater Cincinnati area and custom themed or holiday events.

Cincy Chic: What makes The Wraperie unique?
Halverstadt: The Wraperie is unique in that it is a one-of-a-kind service in the greater Cincinnati area. The concept of custom gift wrapping has been well-received and has saved time for our customers. I haven’t found any other gift wrapping service to match the customers‘ needs in the Tri-State.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Halverstadt: The Wraperie initially focused on the holiday season which is the busiest time of the year for our customers and with our many pop-up events. We are a year-round business and plan to extend our market on other occasions as well, such as the bridal season, graduations, baby showers, in addition to birthdays, just to name a few.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Halverstadt: They can follow The Wraperie on Instagram, where there are pictures of some of our custom-wrapped gifts! We can be contacted by email at thewraperie17@gmail.com and readers can also “like” our Facebook page.

The Wraperie will also be providing gift-wrapping services at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 16 at The Phoenix from 10am to 2pm. To learn more about the event, click here.

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Limiting beliefs are holding you back. Our life coach columnist explains how to remove those restraints, and finally be free to dream and achieve.

What if you knew for sure that you could create anything for yourself IF you are willing to get out of your own way? And if you got out of your own way you could create what you desire with ease and flow? Would you say “Yes, please!?!”

Interesting enough, you can! It all begins when you can get out of your own way (listening to the head talk with the why you can’t) and really drop into your feelings (your heart space that expands knowing that you CAN).  Aligning yourself with your heart and feelings, while quieting the voice in the head, is where you can energetically create the life you want by design with ease and flow.

Working with my clients, I hear it all the time.  The constant repeating of a story of “what they know to be true” as to why they can’t because that is how it is.  

Those stories are called limiting beliefs and will show up all the time just to remind you to stay in your lane of “comfort” and believe that what you have is what you’ll always have – and nothing more.

The best way to move out of your story and level up to your next version of YOU is to plug into those who have gone before you.  Learn from those who paved the way.  Oprah, Steve Jobs, Tiger Woods (just to name a few) – all started life’s journey as we did, putting their pants on one leg at a time, and they had a vision so big, nothing was going to stop them.  

Getting there isn’t always easy, unless you can see it so clear in your mind’s eye and feel it deeply in your heart, that any setback or plot twist won’t stop you from moving forward until you get to where you desire.

Let me remind you when you were a newborn, then a two-year old, to a teen, and now an adult – that definitely wasn’t an easy path but you showed up every day and continued to believe in yourself and what was possible. Nothing stopped you. You persevered and continued to grow and achieve endless goals every step of the way.

From this place, keep your vision strong, don’t lose sight. Be confident in yourself and get support.  Believe you are ready for what’s next, don’t delay. Go after it! No more limiting beliefs – get out of your own way. 

For more inspiration and support, visit my YouTube channel with all my motivation and tune-up videos to jumpstart your day!

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Leave the stresses of wedding planning behind when you check out an upcoming happy hour wedding show in November! 

Getting married and putting together all the big day details? You’re in luck! Ohio Wedding Shows is prepping for its upcoming Happy Ever After Happy Hour on November 7 at The Hilton Garden Inn Day South at Austin Landing on November 7 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. 

When you arrive to the wedding show you can grab a drink and get started with planning the best day of your life by checking out vendors for venues, photo booths, music, invitations, and even bridal fashions. 

“Allow us to entertain and educate you on services and products that will make your wedding unique and special,” says Tracy Claiborne of Ohio Wedding Shows. “Be sure to explore all the wonderful displays while you interact and experience music, fashions, photo booths, dancing, and so much more!”

The Happy Ever After Happy Hour will not only feature cocktail and beer specials, but there will also be free appetizers, catering samples, and cake samples. 

And you can really get into the planning spirit while saving money at the Happy Ever After Happy Hour, as participating vendors will be offering discounts and specials at the show. 

“Hundreds of dollars in door prizes and gifts will be given away at the show,” says Claiborne. “Plus, we will have two grand prize giveaways that include a 7-night resort dream vacation and a Sandals resort giveaway.”

The Hilton Garden Inn Day South is located at 12000 Innovation Drive in Miamisburg. Save 50% off tickets when you use promo code CHIC at ohioweddingshows.com

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Get some yummy in your tummy with this local bakery that all started with a grandma’s love for filling bellies with happiness.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about GiGi’s Kitchen!
Ashley Baggett, Owner of GiGi’s Kitchen: GiGi’s Kitchen is a local bakery specializing in delectable butter yeast and cinnamon sugar rolls. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the bakery?
Baggett: As the owner of GiGi’s Kitchen my inspiration came from my grandmother GiGi, (Eva Ogletree). My GiGi taught me the love of baking, and the importance of giving. She willingly opened her heart and her kitchen to serve people who were in need of a good meal. That lesson of giving fuels my inspiration to continue her legacy. 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind GiGi’s Kitchen?
Baggett: Our family had a dream to share our GiGi’s rolls with as many people as possible. In 2009, we began selling our handmade rolls to local businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area. GiGi’s Kitchen went from a dream to a reality through the hard work and partnership of Ashley Baggett, GiGi’s grand-daughter, and John Ogletree, GiGi’s son.

Cincy Chic: What bakery items can readers find at GiGi’s Kitchen?
Baggett: Readers will be delighted by the various options of butter yeast and sweet cinnamon sugar rolls available for purchase. GiGi’s rolls were my grandmother’s claim to fame and they are the star items of GiGi’s Kitchen.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find GiGi’s Kitchen products?
Baggett: Our product is located exclusively at Clifton Market, Kremer’s Market, Findlay Market, and at featured events hosted at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Cincy Chic: What makes GiGi’s Kitchen unique?
Baggett: GiGi’s Kitchen continues to hand-make buttery, soft yeast rolls and cinnamon-sugar rolls from scratch in honor of our GiGi. Our family’s commitment to mastering the recipe to deliver a  consistently high quality product is our goal. Our superb customer service further demonstrates our respect for both our products and customers. We have perfected this recipe and are proud to know our rolls are lovingly served by families and restaurants, in Cincinnati and across the country. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Baggett: Our butter yeast and cinnamon sugar rolls have been selected as a featured item for dinners at Cincinnati Duke Energy Convention Center. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Baggett: You can follow us on Instagram, like our Facebook page, and stay up to date with all things Gigi on our website.

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Your inner child may be running the show for you as an adult. Our life coach columnist offers insight and advice!

How often do you find yourself feeling a buildup of frustration or anxiety? Perhaps to the point you are acting like a child, hitting the floor in a full-on tantrum just because you are seeking something, but you can’t seem to get what you want? As an adult you may be frustrated not knowing where the emotions come from. Allow me to introduce you to your inner child. 

As a child you knew being loved, protected and nurtured was all you needed. Your parents did the best job they knew how, and you accepted what was given. However, when you didn’t get those needs met you had a reaction and those events have followed you ever since. 

Experiences you have as a child may relate to areas of trust, validation, shock and anger, sadness, remorse or simply loneliness. If these past experiences have gone unresolved, they may be showing up for you today. This is what is referred to as the “inner child.”

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “Your inner child is the part of your personality that still reacts and feels like a child.”

Healing the inner child comes with a deeper understanding in how she is not being seen or heard. Like a small child throwing a tantrum, your inner child maybe running the show. The work begins when you allow yourself to listen and understand why these emotions and feelings are coming up in your adult life.

For me, my work began with looking at pictures of myself from when I was a small child. Viewing the photo with a deeper look by focusing on the facial expression and eyes. Doing so, I began to recall more about my childhood than I realized. When looking close at one photograph, I see how my eyes lost their brightness during the time I was shifting into puberty.  

Now you try. Get a photo of yourself and look at the eyes. Do you see joy or is there sadness?  Ask the child in the picture “what do I need to know about you” and stay open and curious by allowing yourself to listen.

Although this process might seem strange or even incomprehensible, try it anyway.  You won’t heal your inner child overnight, but you will gain some deeper insights and begin to connect with her. If you’d like support to make the process easier and more fun let’s connect and get you well on your way to change your life. You’ll be glad you did.

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A new cop drama toes the line between reality and fiction. See if our movie critic says it’s worth the watch.

 

“OK, if they try to put Cardi B. in the next Fast & Furious movie, I’ll go – Wait! They already did it?!” New Orleans Police Officer Alicia West (Naomie Harris) prepares to fire on a would-be assailant as Mouse (Tyrese Gibson) looks on in a scene from director Deon Taylor’s action thriller BLACK AND BLUE. Credit: Alan Markfield © CTMG Inc. All rights reserved. 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, James Moses Black and Nafessa Williams 

DIRECTOR(S): Deon Taylor

THE BACK STORY: Alicia West (Naomie Harris) is many things. She’s a veteran with two tours in the Middle East. She’s a woman with no family now that her mother passed away earlier this year. And she’s a native of one of the most notorious wards that was done no favors by Hurricane Katrina.

Now, she’s a rookie member of the New Orleans Police Dept. working with her partner Jennings (Reid Scott) learning the beat. So, when Jennings begs her to take her place on a night shift, Alicia decides to take his place so he can go enjoy date night with his wife. 

Brown (James Moses Black), the veteran officer she’s with, isn’t the nicest fellow in the world, but he’s still a cop like Alicia so she respects him because, after all, they both back the badge. So, despite being told to stay in the car, once she hears gunshots, she’s going inside to make sure Brown isn’t in trouble.

Then she finds out Brown – along with narcotics officers Malone (Frank Grillo) and his partner (Beau Knapp) – are the ones she needs to be afraid of.

Aided only by an unlikely alliance with a local super market employee, Jackson “Mouse” Milo (Tyrese Gibson), Alicia is on the run to upload the footage on her body cam to put away the bad guys. But given that she’s now got (1) crooked cops after her; (2) local drug dealer Darius (Mike Colter) and his entire crew after her and (3) the ‘hood thinking she is the one behind a crime she didn’t commit, she’s going to be forced to make a choice: Is she more black than she is “blue” – and will it ultimately matter if no one believes her story.

THE REVIEW: On its surface, Black and Blue is a very easy movie to dismiss as it has a somewhat familiar premise (cop sees bad cops do bad stuff) and the inherent issues (African-Americans trust of the police, African-Americans in the line of police work – see HBO’s new take on Watchmen for more – etc.) within. What keeps Black and Blue from being another run-of-the-mill Training Day knockoff is how the cast and crew approach and deliver the story.

Now, to be honest, there are plenty of things that will either enhance or detract from your Black and Blue viewing experiences, hence a need to explain them here. So, if you:

  1. Are African-American;
  2. See the film with an audience also full of minority members relating to the characters on screen in a prime example of groupthink; and 
  3. Are familiar, either through the news or sadly, personal experience, with the types of police officers and “‘hood rules” present in the film, it will enhance your viewing experience.

On the flip side, if you:

  1. Are not African-American/a minority;
  2. Dismiss many of the stories in the news like this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or – I think you get the point; and 
  3. Don’t believe life imitates art and vice-versa, well … Black and Blue will likely just come off as another crime caper that ventures a little bit too far into the ridiculous (there’s really only one or two incidents of that) to be anything significant.

That notwithstanding, Black and Blue works on a basic level as Harris’ makes her character intriguing despite her extreme naivety (the audience is almost ahead of her the entire movie) and the tense nature director Deon Taylor builds throughout the film. Given that Taylor’s most three recent feature lengths were the awful The Intruder (2019), the forgotten Traffik (2018) and the absolutely atrocious Meet the Blacks (2016), it seems he’s finally found a way to take his knowledge of African-American cultures and put them into a thriller that actually makes sense.

While the film doesn’t feature anyone who’s a standout name on their own (Harris is a solid actress but be honest, you probably couldn’t pick her out of a lineup by name if you don’t follow her career), Taylor uses his players well. Grillo is a quintessential character actor in the role of either a criminal or cop (check his IMDB for proof), Brown channels Bill Duke extremely well to the point you’ll find yourself surprised it’s NOT him and Gibson wisely follows Harris’ lead to move things along well. Mike Colter even does a nice job of showing he can play the opposite of his better known Luke Cage alter ego as the drug dealer heavy Darius. Of course, that’s what an actor is supposed to do, but it’s done with convincing fashion. It’s a trope, but it’s one that works. The story turns are easy to see coming, but again, thanks to the dedication of the cast, they don’t feel as stale as they otherwise would.

But to go back to the earlier checklists and why they are relevant to your enjoyment of Black and Blue, let me explain it like this: If you have experienced harassment by the individuals meant to protect and serve you, you will feel a connection to the characters in the film that are not law enforcement officials. If you are a minority trying to toe the thin blue line, you will understand all of the internal and external strife Harris’ character does being turned away by both officers and her own community. And even if you haven’t experienced it, if you have watched recent developments in America you will understand the impact of these things on both Harris’ character and others in the film. But, if you do not and worse yet, care not to know, Black and Blue will ultimately be a work of fiction and nothing more. 

The reality is though all good works of fiction are stemmed in some form of truth – and Black and Blue has far too much reality around it to not make the fictional parts seem real, or, in the case for many, hope they could be, too. 

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

 

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A new glassmaking studio opened in Oakley that offers everything from kids classes to “glassy hour” social events. Read on for more.

Glass has always been a fascination and passion for Sandra Gross. In 2009, it became an entrepreneurial endeavor as well when Gross launched Brazee Street Studios in Oakley.

Brazee Street Studios is an artist community housing over 25 professional artist studios, Brazee Street School of Glass, and C-LINK Gallery. And as of September 2019, it’s now also home to Glassroom, a one of its kind walk-in glass fusing studio. 

Those interested can join in anytime during their open hours and create in glass! Students will select from a range of glass project options in person, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments, among other options. Then they will use colorful glass accessories to design and create their own glass projects. Glassroom instructors will get get you settled at a table when you arrive, show you the process, and are available as needed while you create.

Gross says the program was conceived by artists and educators, so no experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcomed. The projects vary from plates, coasters, ornaments, and much more. The process fusing the glass in the kiln takes 18 hours, so there is typically a week between when the student comes in and create their project to when they pick up the finished piece. 

According to Glassroom’s website, the involvement during your visit will be an experience you will never forget. 

  • Sign a waiver and receive safety glasses to wear in the glass studio if you do not wear prescription glasses.
  • Instructor will walk through process with group.
  • Pick from over 25+ glass projects
  • Instructor will walk through design material and displays finished samples to spark inspiration.
  • Relax, create and have fun!

Want to get involved in the glass magic? “To experience Glassroom, you can reserve a time during our walk-in hours or sign up for a spot in any of our special guided classes by visiting our website, calling us or stopping in the studio,” Gross says. “Walk-in hours allow for a student to create whatever they can imagine, while out guided classes offer a step-by-step walkthrough of a specific design.” 

As far as prices go, the most popular projects range from $15-$35 and guided classes vary by the project the class is focused on. “All of the materials are provides and there are no hidden fees – the price of the project includes the cost of materials and the cost to fire the project in the kiln,” Gross explains. 

The Glassroom also hosts many events to accommodate any group. “Whether it be a baby shower, corporate team building, birthdays, GNO, etc. – we would be thrilled to help you host an event here,” Gross says. 

The Glassroom is more than just glass fusing, it is a time for one to feel truly empowered by their creation. “After one has come in to design their project, we want all students to feel creative, empowered, confident and happy,” Gross says. “Once they’ve picked up their finished piece, we hope they feel all of the above, plus successful.”

Glassroom is located within Brazee Street Studios at 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinati, OH 45209. 

Walk-in hours are:

1pm-8pm on Thursdays, with “glassy” hour from 5:30-7:30 for students to enjoy specials while they craft. 

10am-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Private events can be hosted any time Monday-Saturday.

For more information, call them at 513-321-0206, visit their website, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

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A local mom recently opened a chic, visually-open indoor playland in West Chester where kids can play while parents can finally relax.

 
Cincy Chic: What is Dig ‘N Play?
Chrissy Jones, Founder of Dig ‘N Play: Dig ‘N Play is a chic and modern indoor playland with a visually open play area! Parents can finally relax and still ensure the safety of their children! Children will be challenged to think, interact, explore and have fun! From a HUGE custom sand table, to dramatic play, to inflatables, and even a three story play structure, we have an option for each one of your kids!! We cater to children 8 & under but older kids welcome! 
 
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Jones: I am a mom first ! I have a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. I am a realtor so have been so fortunate to be able to flex my schedule and stay home with my children. We would frequent play lands and with each one I was finding the same things. I was chasing my children around, would lose them as they escaped from every side of the play structures, I would have to force my son to come into a toddler room with me so I could keep my kids together, only to have other moms give me dirty looks and I left more exhausted than when I got there AND I didn’t have the opportunity to have a conversation with friends or my husband. I took all the things kids seem to love and combined them into 10,000 square feet out open space! 
 
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the indoor playland?
Jones: I’m Chrissy Jones. I am born and raised in Cincinnati and currently live in West Chester, which is why we chose the location we did. My husband, Sonjay and I have 2 kids – Kyrie and Ariah. We are family-owned and run and I love that we can help our community thrive.
 
Cincy Chic: What all can kids find at Dig ‘N Play?
Jones: We have a huge custom sand table that children can stand around and “dig” in the sand with their hands. Hence the name Dig ‘N Play. We have dramatic play, dress ups, Legos, a 3 story play structure (with 1 way in and 1 way out to help parents to only have to stand guard at one entrance!) and we have inflatables on Friday nights and on the weekends! 
 
Cincy Chic: What makes Dig ‘N Play unique?
Jones: We are screen-free (well 1 TV for the dads to keep an eye on the games!). The sand table is such a soothing play component and its the first in the area! This is such a great activity for kids with sensory disorders. We will be hosting a special night for children with Sensory Disorders the first Thursday of every month from 5-7 pm. RSVP is required to keep our numbers low. 
 
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Jones: We will be expanding our menu to make fresh salads and sandwiches. We also have an entire outdoor space that we hope to expand to in the spring/early summer so we can truly create a fun family gathering space! 
 
Cincy Chic: Where is Dig ‘N Play located?
Jones: We’re at 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road in West Chester.
 
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Jones: Find us at www.dignplay.com or follow us on Facebook.

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Our life coach columnist talks about self care this week and explains how to keep yourself at the top of the list without bending your budget or schedule.

In everything you’ve accomplished today, did you take care of you? What if you knew that taking time for yourself would change your life in a way you couldn’t even imagine? Would you strive to do more things for yourself?

As a hardworking businesswoman, mother, wife, and daughter, I know firsthand the balance of taking care of me. Having raised my sons, I still have my heart extended into their lives hoping all is well. As a wife I am committed to always finding ways to keep the relationship new and exciting. As a daughter, I find myself being the caretaker as my mother as she’s aging and needing more of my time. Then, add in business entrepreneur where my energy and time are often unbalanced due to all the needs and desires it takes to build my empire and stay connected and grounded in my life. 

Your body, mind and spirit need to be priority. I know this firsthand from allowing everything else to take priority over my wellbeing. At the end of the day when your head hits the pillow, do you find yourself reflecting on the day to realize you haven’t done a single thing for yourself that day. Or if anything, the bare minimum which is usually personal hygiene and nourishment, and often the personal hygiene may even get skipped.

What steps can you take to ensure that self care is a priority?

Making a list! 

Writing down on a note card or poster board all the things that light YOU up is a proven way to really get yourself aligned for purpose and action. These are things you do at home and don’t require spending money. For instance:

Take a walk, do yoga, stretch, bubble bath, at home mani-pedi, moisturizing your body, facial, read, write, create art, dance to music, etc.

This list is yours and is what will lift your energy and spirit with self care. Each evening, consider doing just one item on the list. And each day there after consider adding one or two more. Build the activities over time for your “me” time knowing that you’ve been taken care of first. From this place you will learn to manage your time, do things you love, and take care of everything else with flow and ease. 

It begins with you claiming your time for you and take action! You’re worth it.

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An original cast and director reunite to bring fresh laughs to zombie genre with this new flick, but is it worth the watch? Read on as our movie critic tells all.

 

“You know, there are a lot of situations where the four of us with torches could get REALLY misinterpreted in the news … If TV news stations were still a thing in the apocalypse!” Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) look towards another threat in a scene from ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP. Credit: Jessica Miglio © 2019 CTMG Inc. All rights reserved.


WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutsch, Luke Wilson, Avan Jogia and Thomas Middleditch

DIRECTOR(S): Ruben Fleischer

THE BACK STORY: Taking place a decade after the events of 2009’s original film, Zombieland: Double Tap finds our familiar unlikely foursome of the sarcastic Wichita (Emma Stone), her now grown-up sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Wichita’s rules-for-survival following Columbus (Jessie Eisenberg) and Little Rock’s would-be father figure/cowboy wannabe Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) living in bliss in the former White House. Unfortunately, Columbus’ dreams of marrying Wichita are driving her nuts and Wichita is ready to hit the road and hang out with some people her own age.

So, when Wichita and Little Rock split unexpectedly, Columbus and Tallahassee end eventually hitting the road as well – only to end up on a journey that will meet a less-than-intellectual bubbly girl named Madison (Zoey Deutsch), a guitar-playing pacifist named Berkley (Avan Jogia) and some more colorful characters that are going to make life in an era of zombies – many of which are evolving into new forms – quite interesting … If they survive.

THE REVIEW: Sometimes, a movie gets a sequel right  year or two after the original’s release and it feels completely unnecessary, like an absolute money grab made just because (see Hangover II and III). Sometimes, a sequel is made years if not decades after the original and it seems like it was just made for the fans but offers nothing really special to justify it needing to exist (too many to name).

Zombieland: Double Tap is neither of those things; what it is, however, is a very funny film that honors the original and will satisfy fans old and new alike.

Double Tap does everything the original does with enhancements for round two: Have plenty of zinging jokes (Harrelson is almost like Samuel L. Jackson’s bald Caucasian brother both sarcasm and language wise), plenty of surprises (just wait till you see what they do with two characters … Also stay through the credits), character development/evolution and a general sense of fun while crafting a story that flows as it should in a completely absurd world. Whereas the public may be suffering zombie fatigue these days (we KNOW who to blame for that), Double Tap adds a bit of refreshing by focusing on its comedic elements without the characters themselves being silly. That allows the characters to be relatable, interesting and entertaining.

Of course, re-teaming the original cast with their original director in Ruben Fleischer helps to deliver the perfect mix of zany comedy with well-paced, reasonable action sequences to help the story progress. Double Tap is geared towards keeping the original film’s fans happy, but opens itself up to new fans with its irreverence. It’s bawdy, rowdy but balanced with its own unique (dare-I-say sweet?) qualities to deliver laughs from the literal opening title card to the credits.

You’d have to be a zombie not to like it.

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