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One local lady opened a home decor and gift store in Westwood as the neighborhood experiences an exciting revitalization. Keep reading for more about this new store with unique gifts and custom pieces for your home!


Lillywood is a boutique in Westwood that specializes in home decor and unique gifts.

Cincy Chic: What is Lillywood?
Julie Joseph, Owner of Lillywood: Lillywood is a boutique featuring home decor and gift items in the heart of Westwood’s Historic Business District.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open Lillywood?
Joseph: We wanted to be part of the neighborhood revitalization efforts by creating a shop that specializes in unique decor and gift items that the West Side was lacking. We want to establish relationships with our customers to offer personalized suggestions that the big box stores do not.

You can find home decor and furnishings, soaps and lotions, and much more at Lillywood.

Cincy Chic: When did you open Lillywood?
Joseph: We opened in February 2017.

Cincy Chic: Where is Lillywood located?
Joseph: We’re at 3024 Harrison Avenue, in the heart of Westwood’s Historic Business District.

Cincy Chic: What makes Lillywood unique?
Joseph: Lillywood is a beautiful yet relaxed setting where you can get help selecting the perfect item for your home or a gift for someone else. We are also able to custom order items to help solve design dilemmas.

Cincy Chic: What types of items do you sell in store?
Joseph: We sell home decor and furnishings, candles, teas, and soaps and lotions.

Lillywood opened in February and is located in the Westwood Historic Business District.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points?
Joseph: Our items range from $3 up to several hundreds for the larger pieces. You can find several items under $25.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Lillywood in 2017?
Joseph: We are developing plans to offer custom furniture and expand our offerings online so that we can offer more options than our small space currently allows. We hope to have the website up by September 2017.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Joseph: You can like us and follow along on our Facebook page.


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    What would you do with $100,000? See how one local woman is turning a once-in-a-lifetime grant into a fashionable dream come true while influencing the Cincinnati creative scene, one connection at a time.

    Tamia Stinson, Founder of Tether Cincinnati, a new community and resource for Cincinnati’s image-makers.

    Tamia Stinson has an exciting year ahead of her. In the past, you may have come across Stinson’s fashion blog The Style Sample, styling for Cincinnati Magazine, or heard her interviews with local artists on her Creative City podcast.

    Her plans for 2017 are different, however, as she plans to focus on something completely new. After being awarded the Haile Fellowship grant of $100,000 from People’s Liberty, she was able to set her ideas in motion for Tether, a new community and resource for Cincinnati image-makers.

    “The community of image-makers in Cincinnati has grown exponentially in the past few years,” Stinson says. “We needed a way to connect to each other and get found so we can get work.” 

    Tether Cincinnati aims to bring agencies and image-makers together.

    The Ohio State University graduate and Cincinnati native knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful image-maker right here in the Queen City. She says she tries to surround herself with the like, but it’s not always easy. With networking being crucial to this success, she finds that it is often difficult for image-makers and agencies to collaborate while staying local. That’s where she plans to help.

    “Tether is focused on creating an infrastructure that makes it easier for local image-makers to connect to each other and to opportunities for work so they can thrive—and stay—here in Cincinnati,” Stinson says.

    After college, Stinson co-opped in London, and here, she became very familiar with Le Book—an online directory of over 50,000 artists and advertising agencies published in New York, London, Berlin, and Paris.

    This inspired the creation of Tether. The site was launched on April 4, and according to Stinson, we can expect the official site to be up and running by July. Signing up for the email list on her website will ensure you’re the first to know when it’s up.

    Shortly after its launch, Tether held its first event, First Forum. According to Stinson, First Forum was a great way to kick off this project. Not only were over 100 photo shoot concepts submitted for the source book, but it also enabled those in attendance to meet and collaborate with others who will soon be part of the growing Tether community. Furthermore, it allowed Stinson to gather feedback about what people would like to see from Tether in upcoming months.

    Tether is unique in that it brings only Cincinnati creatives and agencies together.

    Tether is unlike any other site because it is a database strictly focusing on Cincinnati artists and agencies. “Image-makers didn’t have a uniting organization or local advocate until now,” Stinson says. “Tether fills that gap by creating events for face-to-face engagement, providing a digital platform that shows what our people can do, and creating a print sourcebook that promotes our community and our work.”

    Tether has two groups of users: creative image-makers, and people and organizations interested in working with creative image-makers. The Tether community is made up of professionals who have worked with some of the best brands in the world.

    “We’re looking for talented creatives who love what they do and know how to hustle,” Stinson says. “The people who work with our community are agencies and brands in need of high-quality imagery for print and digital advertising or editorial. They understand the value of what we provide and want to invest in the people who make Cincinnati great.”

    As for the rest of 2017, Stinson’s incredible fashion sense shouldn’t be the only thing you keep on your radar. You can expect to see a series of events for the style savvy and image-making community, Stinson says, as it’s a digital platform that will make it easier to find local talent, and a sourcebook featuring the Tether community and their work for use as a promotional tool.

    Not only will Tether make finding work so much easier, but also it is completely free of charge. For more information on Tether be sure to visit and follow TetherCincy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    Need a fun day out filled with fun, friends, shopping, pampering, learning, giving back and more? Mark your calendar for Sparkle & Sun on July 9 and read on for more!

    Sparkle for Good is hosting Sparkle & Sun on July 9 at The Oasis in Loveland.

    Mark your cals and grab your gals! On Sunday, July 9, from 12-3pm, Cincy Chic is teaming up with Sparkle for Good to create Sparkle and Sun, a fashionable event at the Loveland Oasis.

    Sparkle for Good is a jewelry boutique run by Michele Carey that features jewelry by Chloe + Isabel, an affordable jewelry line with a lifetime guarantee designed in NYC. Carey was nice enough to give more insight into her company.

    “I created Sparkle for Good over a year ago as a way to provide women with beautiful jewelry while at the same time, give back to non-profits in our community. I pop up all over town- at local boutiques, corporate events, people’s homes, and also Cincy Chic events,” says Carey.

    The event itself was created for a few reasons. First, to support a great cause that helps women have quality jobs that lead to them living happy lives, like Dress for Success Cincinnati, whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence. The second reason is to give local women business owners a “boost” during July, when sales can be sluggish as people travel and tend to be busy. Lastly, the event is to provide the Loveland women a fun event in their own backyard.

    Sparkle for Good also holds a personal meaning for Carey. “July 9th is the birthday of my mom, who passed away 6 years ago. I thought that this celebration of women, for women and by women, was a special way to pay her tribute to her memory acknowledge her many years of encouraging me to be an independent and successful woman. I’m thrilled to have Cincy Chic co-host the event as they are recognized for having the best events for women in our area and have been great about supporting Dress for Success,” Carey explains.

    As mentioned earlier, the event takes place at The Oasis, a beautiful space in Loveland which offers a fun excursion for women who live in the city. For women who already live in Loveland, it brings a taste of some great downtown and Northern Kentucky businesses they may not yet know. Everyone wins.

    The event itself is the ultimate shopping experience with 60 local business who cater to woman. From cute boutiques to female focused services, this event is for women and by women and is meant to support female owned businesses while having fun. Guests are invited to come shop, learn about services that will make your life easier, add a touch of elegance, and help you feel at your very best.

    Specifics of the event include a raffle and a line up of speakers who will run mini-workshops on topics including “planning for progress (not perfection) to achieve your goals,” “re-entering the job market after time away,” and more.

    The raffle is for a beautiful basket filled with items from the vendors. Everyone who purchases a ticket is eligible to win a gift basket (approximately $500), and VIP ticket holders will also be entered in a drawing for an exclusive VIP basket (approximately $800). 100% of the ticket prices go to Dress for Success Cincinnati.

    Come join the women of Cincinnati for guilt free shopping at it’s best!

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, or you can purchase a VIP ticket here (only 100 will be sold). 

    Also, be sure to follow Sparkle for Good on Instagram and Facebook!

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    Hope you’re hungry, local vegans and vegetarians! A new personal chef service is delivering vegan/vegetarian twists on popular dishes right to your doorstep.


    Miss Jessica’s Kitchen offers healthy meals with a vegan and vegetarian twist.

    Do you want to experience healthy meals with a vegan and vegetarian twist? Jessica Daniels, Owner of Miss Jessica’s Kitchen, lives in the Over-The-Rhine area, but provides personal chef services to people around the Greater Cincinnati area. ”Miss Jessica’s Kitchen is a personal chef business that delivers vegan/vegetarian twists on popular dishes,” she says. “Long term, I want to own a food truck and explore other avenues for sharing my food with the world.”

    In April of 2016, Daniels was living in Columbus. “After getting engaged in December, I moved to Cincinnati to be with my fiancé,” she says. “Since then, I’ve been taking steps to get into the Findlay Kitchen Program and rebuild my business in the Queen City. In the mean time, I’m in charge of the kitchen at We Olive and Wine Bar near Fountain Square.” At the moment, Daniels and her fiancé are working for the business on a part-time basis. “He helps me a lot with the business and marketing aspects, which frees me up to focus on what I do best: cooking and entertaining people,” she says.

    Jessica Daniels, Founder of Miss Jessica’s Kitchen

    The inspiration behind the business started at the end of her high school career. “I was accepted into culinary school, but my mom, an educator, thought I should take the more traditional path of a four-year college, so I did. But, I never really found a path that satisfied me. Last April, after continued financial stress, my fiancé and I had a conversation that changed my life,” Daniels says. “Like the scene from the movie, The Notebook, he repeatedly asked me, ‘What do you want,’ until finally I blurted out, ‘I just want to cook and make people happy!’”

    Within a few hours of having the conversation with he fiancé, she found a possible client on Craigslist, and received her first check for week one of services 24 hours later. “Looking back, I probably skipped some important administrative steps along the way (which have since been rectified), but the ball was in motion,” she says.

    There are a variety of services offered at Miss Jessica’s Kitchen.

    Personal Chef/Meal Prep: “Great for an individual, couple or family. I prepare the meals for you, so you can save time and still enjoy a home-cooked meal, Daniel says.

    Cooking Lessons: “A variation of my personal chef services. I’ll come to you and teach you how to select ingredients, handle kitchenware and prepare a delicious meal for yourself or your loved ones,” she says.

    Private Events: “Whether you’re having friends over for a dinner party, or planning a small corporate event. I’ll work with you to plan a wonderful, unique experience,” Daniels says.

    Her favorite part of working for Miss Jessica’s Kitchen is how energized and empowered she gets. “There’s no better feeling than helping other people and being rewarded in the process,” she says. “Also, it seems like the more I put myself out there, the more good things keep happening to me, so I’m excited to see where the journey takes me.”

    If you want to keep up with what Miss Jessica’s Kitchen is doing, follow the business on Facebook, Instagram, or visit her new website at 

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    A local couple launched an app that gives your partner daily tips to help him anticipate and meet your needs. Keep reading for more!


    How Did He Know is an app that delivers customized tips to help men meet their partner’s needs.

    “I’m not a mind reader.” You’ve heard it from your other half before, ladies. But just imagine if he actually could anticipate your needs without you saying a word. No more dropping subtle hints. No more wishing he (but being disappointed when he doesn’t) just knew what you needed and wanted.

    Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, there’s an app for that. “How Did He Know,” developed by Cincinnati-based husband-and-wife team Derek and Jessica Tye, they deliver daily, customized tips to help men meet their partner’s needs, understand her monthly physical and emotional changes, become better husbands, and partners and enjoy the rewards of happy, fulfilling relationships. Using a proprietary algorithm and data you supply about your partner and relationship, How Did He Know can anticipate your wife’s needs before she knows what she needs and help you ‘wow’ her each day.

    How Did He Know is looking for beta testers in the Apple Store and for Android devices.

    “Men need the app because it takes the guesswork out of the relationship,” says Derek. “With the daily tips delivered to his phone he can read a two minute tip and be on his way.” The tips are cultivated with help from relationship experts, a functional medicine doctor, a natural family planning expert, and a wife of 20 years and are based on both science and research. “At least it’s better than just winging it,” Derek laughs.

    One important facet of How Did He Know is to help husbands understand their wives’ menstrual cycles and the various hormonal changes that happen throughout all phases of the cycle. “Dealing with the situation for men is usually an exercise in avoidance,” Derek explains. The app changes that, Derek adds, by giving men customized, daily advice to help their partner through difficult days and better enjoy their creative and energetic days.

    How Did He Know was founded by a team of top-tier app developers, designers, business leaders, and programmers with a passion for successful, fulfilling relationships who “saw a need in the world for men to be more engaged in marriage and relationships” and decided an app was one small way to contribute.

    Husband and wife team Derek and Jessica Tye.

    Derek is the president of an award-winning real estate company in Cincinnati. His wife of 20 years, Jessica, who is his real estate business partner and co-founder of the app, brings inspiration for the app’s approach to women and relationships. They teamed up with Blake Galloway and app designer Jefferson Schuler, who have over 20 years of IT experience and excel in “building relationships through technology” according to Derek.

    How Did He Know has already been downloaded and used by people in 55 countries, and it’s just getting started. “Our goal is to serve others,” Derek says. “Through this app, we can get one step closer to caring more about each other.” How Did He Know also offers a blog and is working with a nonprofit to supply tips to give parents daily tips to be the best parents they can be. They are currently working on the Android version of How Did He Know, and has created a new app called Datecrawler, which helps couples discover new and exciting date nights.

    To learn more, visit

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    A coffee house where you can listen to jazz while sipping gourmet coffees, craft beer, or wines and enjoying a wide range of food is opening soon. Read all the yummy details.


    Cafe Vivace will open this fall in Cincinnati’s historic Walnut Hills neighborhood.

    Cincy Chic: What is Caffe Vivace?
    Vanessa Keeton, Co-Owner of Caffe Vivace: Caffe Vivace will be an artisanal coffee shop and live jazz lounge, also serving craft beer, specialty wines, and cocktails. The food menu will include breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, small plates, breads, and desserts throughout the day.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the coffee shop?
    Keeton: We love jazz and we love coffee. Our goal is to create a place that Cincinnatians can go to get quality doses of both!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Caffee Vivace?
    Keeton: Myself and my husband, Brent Gallaher, are co-owners and operators of the company. Our lifelong passion for music and great coffee will be the driving forces behind the company’s success.

    Cincy Chic: When will Caffe Vivace open?
    Keeton: We’ll be opening this fall.

    Cincy Chic: Where will Caffe Vivace be located?
    Keeton: We are located at 975 East McMillan Street in Cincinnati. It’s a 5-story Romanesque-detailed building, and is part of the Peebles Corner National Historic District in Walnut Hills.

    Cincy Chic: What types of items will you sell outside of food and drinks?
    Keeton: Beyond drinks, food, and live concerts, we will have merchandise such as drinkware, coffee beans, jazz cds and records, and t-shirts available for purchase.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Caffe Vivace unique?
    Keeton: Caffe Vivace is an independently owned specialty coffee shop and jazz lounge. It will differentiate itself from competing coffee shops that do not sell craft beer or specialty wines and those that do not have live music nightly. Caffe Vivace will also be a leader in the jazz community, hosting monthly educational and interactive events.

    Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to the most in 2017?
    Keeton: We’re excited to start showcasing the wonderful Cincinnati jazz musicians!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Keeton: Readers can find additional information on our Facebook page.


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    Does tension and what-would-you-do-nature keep 47 Meters Down from sinking? Our movie critic has all the details.


    “Now remember, we hate Blake Lively’s movie and refuse to acknowledge it in public once I strap you in!” Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) helps Lisa (Mandy Moore) get her oxygen tank strapped in while her sister Kate (Claire Holt) looks on in a scene from co-writer/director Johannes Roberts ocean thriller 47 METERS DOWN. Credit: © 2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. All rights reserved.


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura and Matthew Modine

    WRITER(S): Ernest Riera; Johannes Roberts 

    DIRECTOR(S): Johannes Roberts

    WEB SITE:’S THE STORY: Kate (Mandy Moore) has just suffered a bad breakup with her boyfriend. Thus, she’s trying to make the most of her Mexican vacation with her younger sister, the life-of-the-party Lisa (Claire Holt). Always a bit more inhibited than her younger half, it’s understandable that Kate is having a little trouble fully hanging out with Benjamin (Santiago Segura). Lisa is having no such trouble with Louis (Yani Gellman), however. 

    So, when Louis and Benjamin suggest they go shark cage scuba diving on the boat of Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) the next day, Kate, as you might expect is a bit apprehensive. But, trying to shake her old ways, Lisa and the fellas are able to get her to take the plunge. And at first, everything is great.

    Then the hook holding the cage in which she and Kate are in snaps off the boat, plunging them from a relatively safe depth of 5 meters to – wanna guess? – 47. And with a limited amount of oxygen to breath in their tanks, Kate and Lisa are going to have to figure out something and quick.

    Because, as the movie will go on to show, this is a truly a case of sink of swim unlike any the sisters have ever faced. 

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? People who enjoy simply concept horror/thrillers; those who enjoy “now this is a messed-up situation right here” movies; anyone who likes movies that tap into basic human fears/forces its characters to go into survival mode 

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People who’s water movie terror ends and begins with Jaws; people who are afraid of sharks or isolation; people who won’t be able to handle the sometimes shrill nature of Mandy Moore and Claire Holt’s voices 

    SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? 47 Meters Down is the type of movie that is easy to dismiss at first glance. After all, we’ve already got plenty of shark attack movies. There’s the Jaws series, of course, as well as Deep Blue Sea, Shark Attack 1, 2 & 3, Open Water 1 & 2, Shark Night 3D, last year’s The Shallows and the epic disaster that are the Sharknado movies among others. Likewise, this isn’t exactly the type of film that’s going to win awards for its acting or technical prowess and – given the situation – it’s one that has led itself to stand-up comedy fodder for decades. Here’s one from then-married comedian Ralphie May discussing black people in movie theaters with Open Water being the film of note (language NSFW and subject matter, depending on how you feel in light of the recent Bill Maher situation, may or may not be offensive to some) … For a safer take, here’s a classic by the late Richard Jeni that offers a take that applies more to you watching the film rather than the logic of the people in it …

    I say all that to say this: 47 Meters Down is not a classic film, but it does what it does well  enough to keep you interested in the film through its finish – and that in and of itself is a pretty major achievement. 

    Moore and Holt do what they are tasked with doing and they do it well enough that – while you may or may not care about their characters as individuals – you are vested enough to want to see what happens to them. They play well together as siblings, their actions almost always make sense (or at least more sense than the average characters who permeate these type of movies) and co-writer/director Johannes Roberts does a great job at creating tension with his camera angles, lighting and pacing. You get two actresses committed to a showcasing the pure desperate nature of the situation at hand and that, combined with Roberts’ handiwork at showing just how small the two characters are in compared to both the ocean and the creatures surrounding them is compelling.

    Other than that, there’s not much more one needs to know about 47 Meters Down as it is pretty much what you would expect: A movie where you find two characters overwhelmed by a situation that should not have gone the way it did, but that they ultimately should never (at least, in most people’s view) put themselves into in the first place because too much could – and does – go wrong. 

    Fortunately, 47 Meters Down does enough right to make you feel like you didn’t make the wrong decision in watching it.



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      You picked ‘em, we chatted with ‘em! They’re sharing their goals, what success means to them, and what they enjoy doing outside of work! Learn more about Cincy Chic’s 2017 Single & Successful selections, and how you can meet them in person soon!

      Check out our interviews below with the men selected to be part of our 2017 Single & Successful class! You can even meet them at our upcoming Single & Successful event this Thursday, June 29, at Igby’s as we partner with Cincinnati Profile and A-List Introductions! Click here to RSVP!

      Kash Shaikh, Founder & CEO of Besomebody, Inc.

      Kash Shaikh, Founder & CEO of Besomebody, Inc.

      Cincy Chic: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
      Shaikh: I believe success is relative, and personal. And success can be measured in a lifetime, or an afternoon, depending on what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. For me, being successful mixes in three core components: 1) Making a difference; 2) Loving what you do; 3) Inspiring others to make a difference and love what they do too.

      The road to success is a different conversation. Because success does not come easy, no matter what measure you’re using or what goal you’re choosing. But, I believe that path is the same for all of us. The first week I started my own company (Besomebody), as I was brimming with excitement, proud of myself for “all I gave up” to chase my dream, someone gave my some sage advice. He said, “Sacrifice is just the first step. After the sacrifice, comes the struggle. After the struggle, comes the suffering… And then, after you suffer, then you’ll succeed. So don’t stop!”

      That conversation taught me two important things that have kept me going during the darkest of days: 1) It’s going to get harder, before I get where I want to go.  And, 2) Most people stop at the suffering, because it sucks to suffer. It’s painful… So most people stop, never knowing they are just one step away from success. So, I realized that no matter how hard things get, you gotta keep going. Success may only be one step away.

      Cincy Chic: What do you do professionally?
      Shaikh: I’m the Founder & CEO of Besomebody, Inc. We give people hands-on skills training for great jobs through our “Besomebody Paths.” We do this by reverse-engineering the typical education model, beginning with employers and then working backwards. We partner with great companies in fast-growing industries that have a lot of job openings to really understand the SKILLS needed to succeed at those jobs. Then, we co-create a curriculum designed to teach people those skills, and bring on industry experts to lead all the instruction. Finally, we open up those Paths to people who are passionate about that industry and/or excited to work for that employer. On average, our Paths are about 10x less expensive and 20x faster than traditional alternatives like community college and for-profit schools. And most importantly, we guaranteed every graduate a job with the endorsing employer (or we give them a full refund on their tuition).

      We created our Paths because we saw two crises colliding in this country: the student debt crisis and the skilled worker crisis. Last year was a record year of student debt – $1.3 Trillion. And student debt is going to reach $6 Trillion in 6 years. Right now is the most expensive time in history to get a college degree. And on the flip side, after spending all that money and time (an average of 6 years for most college students) on college, 80% of college grads didn’t have a job at graduation last year. And even more importantly, 90% of employers say college grads are NOT ready for the workforce. Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars having to retrain new hires for the job, and lose hundreds of millions of more dollars due to retention and recruiting-related losses. There are nearly 6 million jobs available in America right now, but only 20% of applicants have the skills they need to get those jobs.

      That is where we believe we can help. We want to bridge those gaps, and make education and employment more accessible, practical and passion-based.

      Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
      Shaikh: I am always working because I love what I do, I believe in why I am doing it and I care about whom we are doing it for… I started sharing the “#besomebody” mantra and message over seven years ago while working at Procter & Gamble here in Cincinnati. I started a blog and would create content just to try and inspire people to do what they love and ignite that fire they had inside them. It was a passion project of mine that became my entire life. So I feel blessed for the opportunity to build this company, and grateful for the chance to create this dream.

      Because my company and me are so intertwined, I have been able to weave in my own passions into it. Some of those include, writing, running and my best friend/dog, “Love”. (Yes, that’s her name, and she is also the official mascot of Besomebody. 🙂

      Cincy Chic: What inspires you?
      Shaikh: I am inspired by effort, and hard work, and passion. Witnessing someone pour their heart and soul into something. Building something from nothing. That’s inspiring. Whether you’re building a business, a community, a campaign, a team, a family… whatever it is; the process of going for it, and putting the work in to make it happen – that’s inspiring to watch. And it’s even more inspiring to be a part of.

      Cincy Chic: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
      Shaikh: Turn-ons: Intelligence, vision, courtesy, work ethic, generosity, eloquence of spoken and written words, class, travel, self-awareness, fitness and a healthy lifestyle, loyalty, compassion and the authentic desire to help people. Oh, and if you love sports, animals and can make great French toast then, at a minimum, we are friends for life. 🙂 Turn-offs: Selfishness, lack of self-awareness, prejudice and discrimination, haters, laziness, all talk and no action.

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      Cincy Chic: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
      Shaikh: Within the next 12 months I want to get at least 100 people jobs through our Besomebody Paths. From unemployed/underemployed to employed, because of the training, inspiration and connections we help provide. That would be freakin awesome.

      I believe my purpose in life is to help people live their passion. And I really believe Besomebody is the vehicle in which I can best live that purpose. We are starting with education and employment – learning what you love and doing what you love. That’s the foundation. But there’s so much more I want to do, and so much more I know we can and will do. When I first started this company back in 2014, I tried to do it all at once, and I failed. I was writing and speaking at conferences and we were hosting events and selling gear and we created (and sold) an app and we were shooting videos and the list went on and on… and I wasn’t able to dedicate the attention and focus each one of those things deserved. So, while I am writing and creating content from time to time, I am single-mindedly focused on our Paths and helping people get jobs. Once we build that foundation, we’ll expand when and where it makes sense.

      On a broader note, I believe that for all of us, our purpose has actually nothing to do with us… passion is about you – it’s about what you love. But purpose has NOTHING to do with you. I believe your purpose must start with one of these three words: help, give or serve. You should be able to say, “My purpose is to help/give/serve ______.” A big part of our lives is about figuring out how and what to fill in that blank. But once we do, everything starts to make sense.

      Giovanni Piccolo, VP of Project Management and Application at Salvagnini America Inc.

      Giovanni Piccolo, VP of Project Management and Application at Salvagnini America Inc.

      Cincy Chic: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
      Piccolo: Being successful means first to be conscious about your talents, then to cultivate them and make good use. Success is also something that can go through thick and thin, therefore you need to persevere and do not give up regardless the odds, in few words the most important success is your peace of mind and self-confidence.

      Cincy Chic: What do you do professionally?
      Piccolo: I am the Vice President of Project Management and Application in Salvagnini America Inc. The headquarters is European, in Italy, and I moved to the U.S. in January 2016. Our company supplies high tech machinery to process sheet metal and plates, and we work with some of the most famous corporations in the  States. In the past, I covered many positions, from purely technical ones such as Software Developer, to purely commercial such as Regional Sales Manager for northern Europe. My current position is the perfect mix of both experiences.

      Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
      Piccolo: I recently moved the States, therefore my #1 hobby is to enlarge my social links. Being naturally shy, this activity challenges me, but the return is so far incredible. On top of this, I like to swim in the sea and hike. Living in the Midwest, I naturally had to relent the first passion.

      Cincy Chic: What inspires you?
      Piccolo: Passion and honesty are my biggest drives and inspiration. I truly admire people who are driven by these values.

      Cincy Chic: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
      Piccolo: Turn-ons: sense of humor, smiles, good food, and the sea. Turn-offs: violence, greed, selfishness.

      Cincy Chic: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
      Piccolo: Develop the marketing and the brand of my company in the USA to surpass the target of $100 million sales/year.

      Cincy Chic: What’s a long-term goal/dream?
      Piccolo: To become a chef and a rock star! Joking aside, I truly enjoy people and good food, and in my future I can see me running my own restaurant by the sea, where the climate is warm all year around.

      Terry Lukemire, Director/Editor at Barking Fish Entertainment

      Cincy Chic: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
      Lukemire: I think having freedom and independence is the definition of success for me. I also think that being able to find something that makes you happy and pursuing it because you’re passionate about it and not because it’s a “job” is important. As the old saying goes, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”

      Terry Lukemire, Director/Editor at Barking Fish Entertainment

      Cincy Chic: What do you do professionally?
      Lukemire: I am a Director/Editor and Partner at Barking Fish Entertainment telling stories that range from Independent films to commercials and corporate work. I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to make documentaries about the playing career of Pete Rose called “4192: The Crowning of the Hit King” and the 1981 Simon Kentucky Basketball State Championship season, “Rebound: a basketball story”, narrated by Nick Clooney. I’ve also edited films starring James Franco, Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames and for you Oprah fans, “Brothers of the Borderland” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

      Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
      Lukemire: I spend a lot of time with my two year old chocolate lab Sienna hiking and going for rides in my Jeep. I also love playing golf, catching a Reds game and supporting our local micro brews and kickin’ it with friends. Really just about anything outdoors!

      Cincy Chic: What inspires you?
      Lukemire: I love meeting “characters” in life who live their life on their own, unique terms. Many of the stories I’ve been able to tell have been inspirational to me.   I have many extremely creative friends whose own work pushes me to want to be better at what I do. Also personally, my Mom and Dad just celebrated their 50th Anniversary last year and they inspire me everyday.

      Lukemire with actor JK Simmons

      Cincy Chic: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
      Lukemire: I think smiles are infectious and a fun-loving sense of humor are big time turn-ons.. The word “no” is a huge turn off. Negativity in general. Close-mindedness.

      Cincy Chic: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
      Lukemire: I’m really wanting to direct a scripted narrative with a decent budget and some star power this year. We’ve been building towards this and definitely ready to put our know how out in front of a big theatrical audience. It’s been great watching all of the Hollywood films coming to Cincinnati, but I think it’s our turn now!

      Cincy Chic: What’s a long-term goal/dream?
      Lukemire: I think finding that special someone who I can share a life full of laughs and adventures with. As far as career goals, after all of the years of developing projects, it would be fantastic to see something sold to a Network and ride that wave for awhile.

      Les Fultz, Valere Studios

      Les Fultz, Founder of Valere Studios

      Cincy Chic: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
      Fultz: Successful to me does not mean the fanciest cars or a vacation home in Hilton Head. While earning a sustainable income and being happy are key parts of success, it more about the impact my service or work provides the people I serve. I’ll never forget the feedback I received from someone who ended up in an event video I shot for Loveland Canoe and Kayak. Her dog was majestically starring into the river during the Frog Man Race. “May I film your Golden Retriever?” I asked. Without question she replied “yes.”  Shortly after the video was published I received a note thanking me for the work. Not only did her husband win that race, but their dog was not going to be with them for much longer. She was grateful that her dog was featured in the video. Knowing that my work and purpose far exceeds monetary value absolutely defines success to me.  

      Cincy Chic: What do you do professionally?  
      Fultz: I’m a digital content producer. The Founder of Valere Studios. Creative at the core. I start with a dream and a purpose and create something that drives business activity for local brands. More recently I’ve made the shift to producing my own content. An editorial style show called “MORE with Les” and “Music Live” produced at our live broadcasting studio in Westwood. When the content I produced was changing the lives the clients I served, I questioned why I wasn’t focused on the same exact format for my own business. We just aired Music Live soon to be recognized by Roland A/V in a nationally published use case due to the success of the programming. I’m overjoyed. I’m officially a Facebook Live Content Producer. I’m proud of that title.

      Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?  
      Fultz: Spending time outdoors and hanging with my best friend at the dog park. Minnie Cooper. She’s a 4 year old Min Pin. That’s how I de-stress from the adventurous lifestyle as an entrepreneur.  I love the Pacific Northwest.  When I’m able, often between the months of June and August, I get outdoors.  There’s almost nothing like the Cascades.  Majestic waterfalls, rain forests, volcanic moutaintops, and endless out door activities. The seafood in the Northwest is nothing short of amazing.  From Dungeness crab cocktail to sockeye it’s one of my favorite places to escape.  

      Cincy Chic: What inspires you?  
      Fultz: Earlier this year I was hired to film Dennis Roady a YouTube personality at Sundance Film Festival.   It was an incredible eye opening experience. Surrounded by film and creative professionals and celebrities. I knew that there is so much opportunity by controlling what I do with a camera. For good. One day I hope to be recognized on one of those stages.

      Cincy Chic: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
      Fultz: I’d say go getters. Someone with as much hustle and desire to succeed as I do.  Couch potatoes big turn off. Rarely do I sit around contemplating on the future. I make it happen.

      Cincy Chic: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
      Fultz: Hire additional staff to help grow the company.

      Cincy Chic: What’s a long-term goal/dream?  
      Fultz: Long term I’ll probably want to retire in the northwest with a beautiful log home and a boat similar to the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest. Enjoying the peacefulness of the outdoors.

      Zach Franke, Certified Holistic Health Counselor

      Zach Franke, Certified Holistic Health Counselor

      Cincy Chic: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
      Franke: To me, being successful is a process, not an event. It’s staying in the ring and being willing to get punched. It’s getting back up when you are knocked down and then having the perseverance to keep on swinging. That said, I’ve learned that a big part of success is not just being willing to stand there and take punishment and being willing to keep on going, but to actually get better and have a real strategy to win long-term! Success really starts to come together when we can learn from those punches, and actively avoid the same ones in the future. One thing that’s abundantly clear to me though, we MUST be in the ring to even have a chance.

      Cincy Chic: What do you do professionally?
      Franke: Right now, a little bit of a lot of things! I am a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and have a handful of high-end private clients here locally. I also am the Lead Health Coach at an online Holistic Health company called Rebooted Body. I host a podcast called “Bite-Size Wellness” (check it out on iTunes) and finally, I work part-time as a Chastity Educator for grade schoolers and high schoolers at Pregnancy Center West. Like I said, a little bit of everything!

      Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
      Franke: I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, and nurturing the other relationships in my life that are most important. I also love hiking, running, and practicing martial arts with a group of inspiring young men at a local dojo called Aikido Works a few times a week. Last, I am actively involved in several volunteer endeavors that keep me pretty occupied as well!

      Cincy Chic: What inspires you?
      Franke: People who are in the ring trying to live out their life while tapping into their fullest potential. People who treat others well and always try to do the right thing even when no one is looking. People who share their failures and fears with others and live out life courageously despite the obstacles they may be facing. People that have had incredible challenges come along and still have found a way to rise above whatever could have easily stopped most of us.

      Cincy Chic: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
      Franke: My biggest turn-ons are honesty and a willingness to be wrong. My biggest turn-offs are confrontational hypocrites and perpetual complainers.

      Cincy Chic: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
      Franke: I really want to take the lessons I have learned and the failures that I have experienced from being a health coach over the past four years and transform them into meaningful change that can more efficiently and easily inspire and activate* lifelong health changes in my clients’ lives. Bringing authentic and lasting health transformations to people I’ve learned is NOT easy. I’ve been constantly tweaking my approach through lots of trial and error and I now have some exciting plans to rock out this year that I can’t wait to watch unfold.

      Cincy Chic: What’s a long-term goal/dream?
      Franke: My long-term goal is to live a life of lasting meaning to the people I look up to, love, and admire the most. I used to have dreams of “changing the world” and “waking people up” and “becoming enlightened” and all kinds of crazy stuff. No bueno! These days, instead of thinking really “big,” it’s much more about the tiny little daily decisions I make, choosing to do the “right thing” despite not really wanting to a lot of the times, that I feel brings me closer to my accomplishing my dreams every day.


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      Step back in time as we chat with the owner of a barber shop who’s been grooming local guys for the past five decades.


      Mariemont Barber Shop offers old fashioned barbor shop visits.

      Designed with tradition in mind, Mariemount Barber Shop, located at 6880 Wooster Pike, is offering some guy time the old fashion way. Renato Salzano, shop owner since 1975, has been cutting hair for 50 years. It’s safe to say he has seen it all in the hair care world.

      With his brother being a barber, Salzano was able to tap into barber school easily. “It was totally by accident even though I would have found it on my own later on,” Salzano explained. “I graduated from high school in ’65 and everyone was leaving home early to go to California. I was going to go but I came from a traditional Italian family and couldn’t. My parents told me to go down and talk to the barber college. I wasn’t going to go, I did it to make my parents happy, but then I found out how much freedom I would have in this line of business. Salzano says after a few pictures, a physical and an eager salesman helping him out, he was on his way to his first day of barber school. “I love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” says Salzano.

      Renato Salzano, Owner of the Mariemont Barber Shop

      While Salzano says his experiences have taken him through every good and bad hair day a handful of times, he still keeps his techniques as traditional as they come. From straight razor cuts to traditional after shaves, Mariemount Barber Shop is making sure their customers get a classic finish. “We offer traditional cuts as well as beard trims and shaves,” Salzano explains. “We use bay rum, which is the oldest after shave that you can use; a tradition going way back when. Even though there are lots of different versions of it now, I like to stick to bay rum since we use a straight razor and disturb the skin a bit. Once you put the bay rum over the freshly shaved pores, it closes them and soothes it making them feel more relaxed.”

      Mariemount Barber Shop is in the realm of a select few barber shops that still specialize in straight razor cuts with hot towels for relaxation and a scalp massage to top it off.  Even with a close-knit shop of four barbers including Salzano, he says they know people are more traditional now and they like to keep it that way. “We pride ourselves on doing guys stuff,” Salzano says. “We have a new beard oil by Suavecito that has been aged in whiskey barrels that gives off a whiskey aroma.”

      If you’re looking to keep your beard in check when you’re out of reach of a good ol’ fashioned barber shop, Salzano recommends using a clipper, a shampoo that is PH balanced, a good beard oil and a brissel brush. However, if you’re in the market for a barber shop, Mariemount Barber Shop offers a businessman special that includes a cut and shave for $40, a clipper beard trim for $5 and a beard shape for $12.

      “The great workers, Brian, Eugene, Tim and I have a ton of fun here,” Salanzo says. “We entertain everyone all day long and I couldn’t ever imagine not being in the barber shop scene.”

      To book an appointment or to find out more about Mariemount Barber Shop, visit their website here.

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      Bringing a style influenced but the fashion and music scene in Atlanta, learn about a mens fashion boutique in OTR carrying select eye-catching pieces.


      Ragg Addict specializes in bringing men’s street wear to Cincinnati.

      Ragg Addict is a company that specializes in “the flyest, hottest trends in men’s street wear.” What does that include exactly? A wide variety of trendy pieces including men’s shirts, pants, jackets, shorts, hoodies, backpacks, and hats, according to owner Arielle Nelson.

      Nelson says she personally uses cutting edge designs and eye catching prints to stand out, and she wants the same for her customer. Celebrating its fourth year, the storefront is located in Over-The-Rhine, and since day one she’s had one mission: carry the hottest, edgiest looks for men.

      When asked what inspired the company, Nelson says, “Just being in the fashion/styling and music scene in Atlanta helped play a big part in the direction I chose to go.”

      Transplanted to Cincinnati, the different pieces are inspired from Atlanta and various cities she has been to or places that hold meaning to her. The patterns created are more than colors and prints – they are an attitude and edge and demand your attention, she says.

      Perhaps the most impressive part of Ragg Addict is that it’s solely a store front – no website, and no online orders – which is unique in today’s digital world. According to Nelson, most customers come from word of mouth, social media, or walk in visits to the storefront. Without a website itself, Instagram is the main way their merchandise reaches customers via the internet. Nelson says she also uses this medium to gauge reaction to her products in real-time, keeping her line fresh.

      This way of marketing is meant to tell a story and be unique for each customer, Nelson says, adding that she wants her customers to feel something from her merchandise. “Shopping at Ragg Addict is meant to be an experience: the clothes, the lifestyle,” she explains. “I want people to feel great about what they’re wearing and how they felt while they were shopping.”

      Ragg Addict is located at 1416 Main Street in Over the Rhine. To learn more, follow them on Instagram, like them on Facebook, call at (513) 817-9091, email them at or visit them in store.