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Whether it’s in healthcare, your favorite small business or at the grocery store, do you know of someone working on the front lines to provide for our community? Submit your nomination to help us show some love to these heroes!

Whether it’s in healthcare, your favorite small business or at the grocery store, do you know of someone working on the front lines to provide for our community? Help us show some love to these heroes! Click here to submit your nomination by midnight on April 30, and our editorial board will select seven individuals to be featured in our upcoming Frontline Hero issue of Cincy Chic on May 11. They’ll also receive a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.

Looking for ways to make your home’s plumbing system more efficient and eco-friendly? Our new columnist has five helpful tips!

New homes are being built and new systems are being installed. Updates are being made to electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems so that we can all do our part to be more eco-friendly and save the planet. Your plumbing system is something that you may not really give much thought to. After all, as long as your water is running, toilets are flushing, and dishwashers are working, you may not think there are any problems. It’s more of a in-the-back-of-your-mind system compared to electrical and heating issues. 

Whether you’re building a new home or wanting to make some updates to your current home, there are things that you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system efficient and eco-friendly. 

Here are five things you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system more green:

  1. Tankless water heater – We’ve all seen the trend moving toward tankless water heaters – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tankless water heaters save space and can heat water more quickly and efficiently than traditional water heaters, which tend to lose efficiency as they age because of failing parts and leaks. 

  2. Dual flush toilets – Dual flush toilets can not only help to protect the environment but they can also reduce your water bill – using significantly less water than traditional toilets. These dual functions will allow you to select the amount of water flow that you need. 

  3. Dye test your toilets to make sure they are not running – Having a running toilet is not only a water of water, it also means an increase in your water bill. A dye test can help you to determine if your toilet is running and needs to be repaired or replaced. To complete a dye test, all you need to do is put a dye tablet or food coloring in the tank of your toilet. Do not flush and come back 10 minutes after to check the toilet. If there is color in your toilet bowl then there is a leak. It’s also not a bad idea to do a dye test every so often just to be sure that you don’t have a running toilet.

  4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving – Turning off your water while brushing your teeth and shaving is something our parents have been telling us our entire lives, and most likely what we also tell our children. Save water and your plumbing system by turning off the water when you brush your teeth and shave.

  5. Only run full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – Save your plumbing system the potential of overload by running your washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads. You can save several thousand gallons of water by only running these when they are full. Full loads also take the pressure off your plumbing system.

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Ready to make business connections that benefit both you and the community in the near year? Learn about the Chamber’s Roundtable Kick-Off in January.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is hosting its annual Leadership Roundtable Kickoff on January 22 at the Cintas Center.

The event will feature bestselling author Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants. 

During the event, Burlingham will discuss what he learned while writing his book about 14 small-to-midsize, privately owned companies that are widely acknowledged as being the best at what they do, and that have been given notice for the contributions those companies have made to their communities.

“He found that they all had what he calls mojo – an elusive quality that makes them irresistible to customers and employees alike,” the Chamber says. “Their mojo, he showed, comes from six characteristics they have in common. In his presentation, Burlingham talks about those characteristics and describes the specific techniques that companies use to generate mojo.”

The Leadership Roundtables are designed to help connect non-competitive C-Suite business leaders from a variety of industries and organizations from around the city. The roundtables help to offer an exchange of information, ideas, and insights while also giving leaders the chance to understand and share the unique challenges they face in their positions.

“Each roundtable consists of 8-12 business leaders in similar roles and provides an opportunity to learn directly from each other as well as guest speakers,” the Chamber says.

There are many benefits to joining Leadership Roundtables, which are now part of the Chamber’s Talent Pillar. “The team is focused on developing and connecting top leaders in our region, strengthening businesses and helping the region thrive,” adds the Chamber.

Benefits of joining the roundtables include tailored business and leadership workshops, behind-the-scenes community experiences, and pop-up lunches and happy hours that focus on a current business topic, facilitator and moderator training.

For those who are thinking of joining the Leadership Roundtable program, the Chamber says it’s important for leaders to join a roundtable that best meets their needs and expectations. 

“Individuals are placed based upon the current composition of existing roundtables, the membership needs of current members, the expectations of those seeking to join and desire to sustain a non competitive environment,” the Chamber shares. “In addition, there is the opportunity to become a founding member of a brand-new roundtable. New roundtables are created by the Chamber based upon the compatibility and interest of prospective members.”

Current available roundtables from the Chamber include, CEO Roundtables, CFO Roundtables, COO Roundtables, IT Roundtables, CMO Roundtables, Manufacturing Roundtables, CSO Roundtables, CHRO Roundtables, and Supply Chain Roundtables. 

To learn more about the Chamber’s Leadership Roundtables and how you can apply, click here

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From sipping on some wine, enjoying a fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls -- however you want to celebrate Valentine's Day, see why Parker's is the place.

From sipping on some wine, enjoying fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls — however you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Parker’s is the place.

At Parkers, they specialize in All-American Fare with an amazing selection of beef, seafood and specialty entrée salads. They even a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

They offer as much variety of dishes as they do dining experiences, too. Stay cool in the summer dining on the newly remodeled Tap Room patio and warm in the winter as you cozy up to one of their wood burning fireplaces. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a drink, do a business lunch, grab a meal to go, kindle romance or celebrate special moments.

They have a newly remodeled main dining room and also private dining rooms – seating 12 to 60 or cocktail up to 100 – so your event can have the perfect setting for things like rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties and business functions.

The Tap Room hosts Happy Hour six days a week (Monday through Saturday) from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Happy Hour includes half off all 17 drafts and 25% off all liquor, wine and bottled beer! We also have a special bar menu where guests can find small bites for snacking to our delicious half pound cheeseburger.

They host live music regularly. Then, on Sunday, they have their famous brunch that people drive from all over to enjoy! It’s from 10am-2:00pm which includes a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, screw driver or a glass of champagne.

Parker’s is located at 4200 Cooper Road Cincinnati, OH 45242. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, come check it out for yourself! Like them on Facebook to stay updated and learn more about them at http://parkersblueash.com.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Parker’s Blue Ash.

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Whether it’s for your Valentine or Galentine, your kiddos or your own sweet tooth, we checked out the sweetest shop in town for ideas on how to spread the love this week.

 
Valentine’s Day might be Feb. 14, but it’s a week-long celebration at Gigi’s Cupcakes! 
 
“We do Valentine’s Day gifts all week long,” says Amy Jones, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.  “Our treats are made daily in our Kenwood shop with lots of love and care.”
 
The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. Each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too! “We’ll have a lot of flavors to choose from,” Jones adds, “even if you forget to order ahead of time.”
 
They have several different Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just bringing home to surprise the family!
 
Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography http://twinspirephotography.com

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.

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Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers share the top 12 trends of sparkly styles to wear and give this holiday season.

 

Want to wear and give the most stylish trends this year? Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers have the top 12 trends you’ll want to know about. See these beauties in person at their store at 9399 Shelly Ln, Montgomery, OH 45242 or visit www.krombholzjewelers.com to learn more!

 

  1. Stacking necklaces – Diamond station necklaces make the perfect stacking staple. (Ranges from $950-$1875) Whimsical, geometric, and vintage layering pieces can as simple as $80.

 

  1. Stacking bands – Add them to your wedding band set, or dazzle a digit other than your ring finger. Great ongoing gift to add to the stack (pictured: $150+)

 

  1. Earring classics – To add some sparkle to your ear, there’s always the classic staple of simple diamond studs, or even pearl studs. To elevate that look, consider adding a jacket to add lots of drama and even more sparkle. Hoops are the next go-to, and a great everyday alternative. (Studs $400+) (Jackets $995+) (Hoops $1000+)

 

  1. Holiday Sparkle – Opt for the real deal to wow at your holiday party. Textured, filigree in style and vintage inspired are all on trend. These are some of the most dramatic, head-turning earrings you’ll find in store. (Ranges from $3100-6620; filigree diamond drops, custom created by Lee Krombholz)

 

  1. Vintage Holiday – Shop the vintage wonderland at Krombholz. Everything from the original social climbers to bold costume pieces to brighten up your holiday look. And don’t forget to bring in the holiday colors. (Vintage floral climber $2200) (costume rhinestone snowflake earrings $25) (vintage bohemian garnet floral ring $800)

 

  1. Cincinnati Charms – A thoughtful gift is always in style. Give one individually to wear on a necklace or start a charm bracelet. Comes in silver and gold. Also comes in cufflinks and you can mix and match them, like with a coney and a stadium. (Charms starting at $58.75)

 

  1. New Year travel jewelry – Opt for easy travel jewelry that takes you from day to night. Comes in all three metal colors – rose, yellow and white tone but with them being sterling, Swarovski crystals, and CZs, you get the glamor but with the comfort and ease of being able to travel with them. (Range from $100-300)

 

  1. Not your grandma’s pearls – It’s the perfect combination of nature’s treasures. From diamonds embedded into a statement pearl to a seed pearl yellow gold and diamond ring, or diamond rondelles and diamond clasp. There’s also a 32in sterling Tahitian movable station necklace and matching earrings.

 

  1. Blush – This is the trending color of the year and you can achieve it through rose gold, pink pearls, morganite, and lotus garnet. ($2000+)

 

  1. Tassels – Trendy and fun fashion statement of the year. Necklaces are sterling, so that puts it at an affordable price point. (range from $50+)  

 

  1. Stacking bracelets – For this classic trend, you can always add to what you already have for a bold look, or start a new arm party. (sterling plated $85; diamond stretch $2500, hinged bangle $1995, custom starting at $865)

 

  1. Vibrant color – These rare variations of color are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Pink-orange spinel, rose gold, rubilite pink tourmaline, and sapphire with diamonds custom designed and made by Lee Krombholz. ($3975-11,495)

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Feel like you've tried every diet trick in the book without success? We chat with Dr. Kerschner to see why her testing and customized weight loss plans are working for clients when nothing else does.

Struggling with weight issues? Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers weight loss programs to help you get rid of pesky pounds that aren’t going away with dieting. 

As 43% of Americans are battling obesity, Victory Wellness & Mespa works to get to the root of the issue and get their clients on a path of a sustained, healthy weight and lifestyle.

When you visit the office, you’ll find that Dr. Kerschner and the team at Victory Wellness & Mespa will run a metabolic test to determine if there are any underlying issues that have led to your unsuccessful weight loss in the past, such as thyroid problems, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, or other imbalances.

Once these labs come back, Dr. Kerschner reviews the results, talks with you about any issues your body may be having, discusses options for treating them, and then custom-creates a weight loss program designed specifically for you that she monitors along the way.

Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution, Dr. Kerschner says, and that’s why they take this personalized approach to analyzing each client and creating a custom weight loss plan that is optimized to work best for them.

Learn more at victorywellness.com or call 513-936-3065. 

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We hear from the pain specialists at St. Elizabeth Healthcare to learn about the most innovative and progressive treatments now available locally.

Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, performs a radiofrequency ablation on a patient.

When thinking about back and neck issues, some of the most common diagnoses that typically come to mind are scoliosis, slipped discs and whiplash – to name a few.

Patients in the U.S. spend more than $80 billion each year trying to treat back and neck pain and undergo about 1.2 million spinal surgeries as a result. While acute injuries lead to a significant amount of treatments, the majority of spine-related issues are revealed over an extended period of time.

One example: Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center offers a variety of innovative and progressive treatments

Here are some signs and symptoms that may stem from lingering back and neck issues:

  • Severe pain in the back, legs, arms or head
  • Muscle spasms, stiffness
  • Chronic joint pain (shoulders, hips, knees)
  • Numbness and tingling of thehands, fingers, feet and toes

“Chronic back and neck pain can be debilitating,” said Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center. “Our goal at the Spine Center is to increase patients’ everyday functionality through a comprehensive approach to pain management and rehabilitation.”

Patients have innovative and progressive treatments available at the Spine Center, including acupuncture, epidural injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, spinal cord simulators, radio frequency ablations, kyphoplasty and more.

The Spine Center utilizes state- of-the-art imaging and diagnostics, physical therapy, interventional pain management and surgical therapy. It treats the following acute and chronic spine issues:

  • Cervical radiculopathy: pain and/or neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).
  • Compression fractures: a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20 per- cent in height due to fracture.
  • Degenerative disc disease: condition in which a damaged vertebral disc causes chronic pain – either low back pain (and/ or leg pain, sciatica) in the lumbar spine or neck pain (and/or arm pain) in the cervical spine.
  • Spinal stenosis: an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine
  • Sprains and strains
  • And more

“We see a majority of our patients between the ages of 40 and 65,” Grainger said. “However, modern lifestyles and an increase in physically demanding activities with patients of all ages is starting to shift treatment needs.” For more information about the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, visit stelizabeth.com

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Looking for something unique to get the littles on your list this year? Read on as our Editor in Chic shares her secret to Santa-esque success.

One of the reasons I love shopping with Miss Em’s (other than the fact that she’s locally based and a rockstar #GirlBoss) is that she not only has great jewelry and accessories for ME, but also fun gift items for the kiddos on my list. It’s stuff you don’t see picked over at all the department stores, or worry if they’ll have four duplicates of it under the tree. Here are a few of my favorite unique gift items for kids on missems.com!

“How you Doin’?” bib

($13) And there are a TON of other bibs with funny sayings like “Taco Tuesday,” “I’m so fancy,” and a mermaid-themed “Call me on my SHELL phone.”

 

 

Santa Sack

($18) This is an oversized canvas holiday drawstring gift sack that features printed holiday graphics and a chalkboard banner so you can personalize it with the kiddo’s name. You can wrap up a bigger item with this, or put several smaller items in it. Helloooo, easy gift wrapping!

 

 

Santa Evidence Kit

($20) This is a 6-piece set that includes a reindeer bell, Santa glove, button, glasses and footprint stencil kit with glitter. There’s also a poem on the box explains the discovery magic! So fun!

 

 

Countdown Blocks

($20) Make counting down the time until the big day fun AND educational. Plus, it’ll help remind you of how much time you have left to buy all those last minute gifts and get it all wrapped, haha! 

 

 

Tickle Monster Book

($35) I bought this for my daughter last year at the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House, and it’s seriously been one of my best purchases EVER for her. It’s easily her most-requested book at night time — unlike any of her other books and it always induces the best belly laughs — and I just love the bonding time we get from it. 

 

Buckeye Piggy Bank
($22) Ok, if you have a kiddo on your list who’s first letters were O-H… I-O, then this is the gift for them. And hey, tell them to start saving their pennies for OSU tuition, or at least season tickets for lots of OSU games in the future!

 

 

Elf Door

($15) You can’t have an Elf on the Shelf in your house without a door for them to come in, right? This is such a fun idea for your Elf on the Shelf lovin’ littles to spark their vivid imaginations, or if you just want to add something unique to your holiday decor.

 

Sparkly Time of the Year Onesie

($20, 0-6months) I love getting the little holiday-themed onesies that make the littles look extra super cute for the season. There are lots of cute onesies, socks, and adorable accessories like a bowtie and suspenders set on her site, so check them out, too!

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Miss Em’s, one of our favorite locally-based online retailers, just unveiled a ton of new arrivals! Keep reading for eight great frugal fashionista finds!

I always love doing these Look for Less blogs using Miss Em’s pieces! It always reaffirms why I love shopping with Miss Em’s so much! You can really update your wardrobe with SO many items for the price of just one or two of the designer versions!

Miss Em’s JUST got in some new pieces so I wanted to do another Look for Less post using a few of them! Enjoy (and click here to start shopping!) ?

Amber Flower Necklace
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Bozena) – $560

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Turquoise Silver Wrap Bracelet
Miss Em’s – $14
Designer (Chan Luu) – $240

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Silver Chunky Swirls Necklace
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Terapeak) – $179

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Plaid Scarf
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Madewell) – $58

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Blue/Gold Dangle Earrings
Miss Em’s
Designer (Gemco) – $4,220

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Beach Charm Bracelet
Miss Em’s
Designer (SPG) $106

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Anchor/Pearl Earrings
Miss Em’s
Designer (HSN) $79.90

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Hammered Silver Multi-Strand Necklace
Miss Em’s
Designer (Lizardi) $119

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