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Want to feel good about the ingredients in your skincare products, and even better about the results? Take a look at this new anti-aging line just launched by the founders of Stella & Dot.

EVER Skincare is a new product line that leaves behind the not-so-great ingredients and leaves your skin feeling great.

It’s usually a trade off. Feel good about the ingredients, and not-so-good about the results. Feel good about the results, and not-so-good about the ingredients. Thanks to EVER Skincare, trade offs – and scary ingredients – are a thing of the past.

Officially launched in early 2015, EVER Skincare is a brand new line from the founders of Stella & Dot. The 12-piece collection includes a hand cream with mineral sunscreen, a face oil with retinol, a tinted moisturizer, and even a gentle at-home peel.

While it’s botanically derived, the products are clinical grade, featuring LSR10, a new, patent-pending bioactive complex scientifically formulated to reduce the top 10 signs of aging. The regimen features four steps: cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect. There are also Regimen Enhancers in the line that include an Overnight Facial Oil, Hand Treatment and Lip Treatment.

“We believe in the products so much we also offer a 45-day money back guarantee,” says Ceci David, a long-time stylist for Stella & Dot based in Cincinnati, who quickly jumped on the opportunity to sell EVER.

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Ceci David, EVER Skincare Specialist

She says the best part about the line is that it’s an effective, easy-to-use regimen. “I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my skincare routine. I want something that’s easy to use, affordable and gives me results. EVER has all of these things,” she says. “As I approach the age of 50, it’s become more and more important for me to take care of my skin. As a Stylist for Stella & Dot, I was given the opportunity to try the regimen, so I gave it a shot.”

David says she finally found products that work for her. “Don’t we all have drawers full of beauty products in our bathrooms that are still full and haven’t provided the results we wanted? I tried EVER for about 30 days, loved the results and decided to sign up as a Specialist,” David explains. “It was a no-brainer for me. Now, I really just want to share it with people.”

The philosophy of EVER Skincare is Conscious Beauty, according to David. “All of the products are consciously formulated for the health and beauty of the skin, and only contain ingredients that are effective and meet our strict safety requirements,” she adds. “We consciously avoid any ingredients that are banned in foreign countries, and we never ever test on animals.”

The LSR10 ingredient is compromised of its main ingredients: Magnolia bark, Honokiol, Ectoin, and Ergothioneine. “All of which work together to help protect against UVA/UVB light, pollution, allergens, and chemicals while also acting as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory in turn reducing redness and leaving skin bright and clear,” David explains.

“If you take special care as to what you put in your body, you should take the same amount of care as to what you put on your skin,” David says, adding that a few of the ingredients you will never find in EVER products are parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or chemical sunscreens.

“With EVER, you don’t have to sacrifice your health or wellness for beauty,”says Christin Powell, EVER vice president of Product Development. Powell is the former head of Research and Development for Perricone MD and co-founder of Juice Beauty, a leader in organic skincare.

Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot, created EVER Skincare as a sister brand, using a similar business model where customers can buy online exclusively through specialists or at an EVER social. “We also offer a great referral program,” she explains. “When three of your friends each spend $80 within a month, you earn $80 in referral rewards.”

David says she’s excited about the new products, personally and professionally. “I’m thrilled about the expansion of the line and to share something that is good and safe,” she says. “EVER is safe on all skin types regardless of ethnicity and can be used by men and women alike, at any age. Both my husband and college-age daughter are using the line and love it! And now I can finally clean out that drawer of unused products!”

To learn more, click here.

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A local venue -- complete with theater, Irish pub, tea room, gardens and more -- is quickly becoming the place to go for fun. Click to find out why!

Maureen Kennedy, Co-founder of the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati's Columbia Tusculum neighborhood.
Maureen Kennedy, Co-founder of the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati’s Columbia Tusculum neighborhood.

For five years, the Irish Heritage Center — a local non-profit 501(c)3 community arts and heritage center — has been bringing Irish culture to the Queen City. The center is located in the heart of the Columbia Tusculum Entertainment District and is comprised of a theater, museum, exhibit hall, Irish pub, tea room, music room, art room, children’s room, memorial garden, costume closet, prop and set room, library, reading room and conference room — all to be used by the community (and there’s plenty of free parking!).

“All the arts treasures, history, artifacts, books, furniture and improved decor – and there is so much, you really will be amazed – has been donated and/or created by friends of the center who support its purpose and programs,” says Maureen A. Kennedy, who co-founded the Irish Heritage Center with Kent Covey.

Kennedy and Covey are Irish Americans and wanted to bring an Irish Center to Cincinnati. “Cincinnati residents have longed for a center to honor all things Irish for decades, and finally this Decade of Dreams came true in just five years,” explains Kennedy. “It is remarkable what has been accomplished. The Center and all who have created it have even been commended by the President of Ireland.”

In the coming weeks, Cincinnati will host the 22nd Annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival for the first time ever. The festival features full-length plays written by Irish authors or that are set in Ireland. Kennedy says the plays are performed by select theatre groups from across the U.S. and Canada and are held at the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati at 3905 Eastern Avenue.

There will be a total of seven performances, including five evening and two matinee shows. The schedule includes:
-The Cavalcaders by Billy Roche: May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
-The Field by John B. Keane: May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
-The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary: May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
-The New Electric Ballroom: May 22 at 2:00 p.m.
-Sea Marks by Gardner McKay: May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
-The Chastitute by John B. Keane: May 23 at 2:00 p.m.
-Moment by Deirdre Kinihan: May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

“Cincinnati’s own theatre group, The Irish American Theater Company of Cincinnati, will perform The Cavalcaders,” says Kennedy. “The group receive the distinction for Best New Show at the 2014 Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.

According to Kennedy, each performance at the festival is judged by an Irish theatre professional. Following the end of the event, awards are given for excellence in directing, acting and production. The audience also has the opportunity to stay in the theater after each performance and listen to the critique. This year’s adjudicator will be George C. Heslin, an actor and the Artistic Director and Founder of the Origin Theatre Company of New York City.

Kennedy adds that tickets are available for the event. Discounts are available for multiple shows and large groups. You can learn more or purchase tickets by visiting www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com or calling 513-533-0100.

Following the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival will be complimentary Music & Song Nights in the Irish Pub and the Bloomsday Celebration featuring staged readings of the play Ulysses for Beginners by the award-winning Irish American Theater Company. There are also ongoing genealogy sessions with the Genealogy Detective (a former FBI agent) as well as Irish Tea Times and the popular band We Banjo 3, who will be visiting the center from Ireland. Details for this can be found on the Irish Heritage Center’s website www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

There are several great benefits when it comes to being a member of the Irish Heritage Center. “The Irish Heritage Center provides many perks to its members, and not just in the form of a great community that is making a difference and creating many firsts for our city,” says Kennedy. “Members also receive discounts to concerts and shows, private holiday parties and picnics, genealogy guidance, a memorial wall, library usage, and as an added bonus, many new friendships.”

The Irish Heritage Center is open to everyone – even those who aren’t Irish. The center also has affordable rentals available in the historic former McKinley School building. Space in the building is available for classes, shows, weddings, life celebrations, showers, parties and meetings.

The building is still undergoing development and is currently being renovated room by room to give the Arts and Heritage Community Center more uses. “The next goal is to create a kitchen facility on the premises, and to place an elevator for the use of senior members,” says Kennedy. “The center is always looking for volunteers in many areas, from using a broom to plastering a wall to helping in the office and coordinating special events.”

To learn more about the Irish Heritage Center, click here. You can also call the center at 513-533-0100 or like the center on Facebook.

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A local lady is outfitting big dreams of creating fashions for little ones, and it all began just three years ago in her mom’s basement. Keep reading for all the fashionable details.

Mary Helen Clothing is a newly launched clothing line launched by a DAAP graduate that offers clothes for little girls and accessories for women.
Mary Helen Clothing is a newly launched clothing line by a DAAP graduate, offering clothes for little girls and accessories for women.

Age eight and on can be a challenging time for self-confidence issues and negative influences on young girls. At Mary Helen Clothing, they want girls to know how beautiful they truly are and be able to express themselves through the clothes they wear.

“My dream has always been to create clothing for little girls that make them feel beautiful,” says Helen. “Mary Helen Clothing does just that. It brings out a child’s spirit through bright colors, unique prints and details that make everyone smile.”

Growing up, Helen was inspired by making things and playing dress up. “I loved designing anything and everything I could get my little hands on,” says Helen. “I had an imagination that was unmatchable. From age eight, I knew I was going to create something amazing and I was going to do it for girls like me.”

Helen had just graduated from DAAP in fashion design when she knew that she wanted to start her own line.

“My line is all about motivation and self-esteem in young girls,” says Helen. “I went from sewing all of the garments myself to now having everything produced locally in Cincinnati and selling to over 85 boutiques around the U.S.”

Today, Mary Helen Clothing is the perfect outlet for girls with an imagination, who love to dress up and love to have fun. “I want young girls to know how beautiful they truly are, and be able to express themselves through the clothes they wear,” says Helen. “Always remember, no one can tell you your story – you have to write it yourself.”

The storefront for Mary Helen Clothing.
The storefront for Mary Helen Clothing.

By feeling beautiful in what they wear and being encouraged to express themselves, Helen believes that girls will learn how to move forward in life with their heads held high and have a great collection of bright clothing to pass onto their little sisters.

Mary Helen Clothing offers girls clothing for ages 2T-12 as well as accessories for women and baby. Their new store opened April 23 at 1981 Madison Road in Cincinnati. “We are a little over a week into being here,” says Helen. “I LOVE Cincinnati!”

Helen is currently in the process of expanding their Fashion/Sewing Summer Camp program to other cities. “It is a fun week of fashion, design, trend and learning to be a designer and designing your own garment,” Helen exclaims. “We start with seven year olds and go up from there. With having the new store, we are also excited about offering Fashion/Sewing Birthday Parties – which we are really excited about!”

When looking to the future, Helen hopes to build a foundation for girls to grow upon. “I feel that Mary Helen Clothing will lead girls into a life of high self-worth and beauty through fun-loving, age appropriate clothing that makes them feel beautiful, confident and proud,” says Helen.

To learn more about Mary Helen Clothing, visit their website maryhelenclothing.com, give her a call at 513-802-5020, or email maryhelenclothing@gmail.com.

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Learn about one man’s journey from engineering with the Air Force to opening his own art gallery with followers in Cincinnati and around the world.

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Nicholas Yust, owner of Yust | Gallery, at work on one of his metal art pieces.

Nicholas Yust is the man behind Yust | Gallery. Yust enrolled at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) where he studied Fine Art and Art History with an interest in abstract art, oil pastels and interior architecture.

However, as he continued through school, he found that his interests were shifting toward math and science. That’s when he decided to change his focus to engineering where he eventually became a researcher for superconductivity applications for directed high-energy weapons systems while working an internship for the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Yust held the gallery’s grand opening on March 28. When asked his inspiration behind opening is own gallery, he says that it’s Cincinnati’s traditional and transitional style of architecture and design. “The Yust | Gallery was designed and built to bring a new vision of contemporary fine art to our city,” he explains. “My background in art and engineering along with my unique imagination has created a new perspective for abstract art.”

Yust | Gallery is a fine metal art business that also includes a design and fabrication studio as well as photography packaging. Attached to the studio is a fine metal art gallery featuring Yust’s work. Inside the gallery, guests will find contemporary fine wall art, wall sculpture and freestanding sculptures.

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Yust expanded his facility in 2010 to a building with more than 3,500 square feet of modern industrial work space. “To accentuate my ultra modern artwork style I designed the new building with contemporary minimalistic architecture,” he says.

Yust’s work has been shown at fine art and craft shows across the country and even recently debuted in Europe, where he has an extensive following. He adds that he’s even been asked to create large scale corporate artwork and sculptures for several Fortune 500 companies as well as for television and movie sets for NBC, SYFY, A&E, FYI and ABC. He adds that the gallery will be hosting quarterly art shows with specific contemporary and mid-century modern themes. Then, in 2016, he will be opening a satellite gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Yust Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 3602 Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati’s Columbia Tusculum neighborhood. For more information, email info@nicholasyust.com or visit the gallery’s website.

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    In this week’s Entrepreneur issue, we chat with a local non-profit that’s helping the local artisan manufacturing community get their businesses up and running. Read on to see how Cincinnati Made is putting its own entrepreneurial stamp on the region.

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    Brother and sister duo, DJ and Kelli Corney, who co-own Wool Shop, a 2013 Class past participant of Cincinnati Made’s First Batch program

    Matt Anthony, Noel Gauthier and Bryant Goulding were inspired by movements in other cities to launch local brands. Campaigns like SFMade and MadeinNYC were the leaders in creating local-made brands that were able to bring in business development resources for their cities’ small manufacturing companies.

    So, together the three of them began working out of the Losantiville design collective space in Over-The-Rhine with other local designers who were running into the same hiccups many do when trying to increase production and ideas.

    “Cincinnati has a great set of existing resources in manufacturing and consumer products, adn we don’t face as many issues in affordable space like San Francisco or New York so I thought we’d have a great starting point for promoting and connecting both new and heritage companies making great products here in Cincinnati, from pottery to brews,” explains Anthony.danaleavy184x256

    Enter Cincinnati Made, a membership-based non-profit that works to connect, grow and scale the small batch and artisan manufacturing community in Cincinnati. “We’re trying to connect people making products and the local resources that support them,” Anthony says.

    While Anthony, Gauthier and Goulding are the main forces behind Cincinnati Made, Anthony says that the non-profit wouldn’t really exist without the early support, encouragement and generous funding from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Halle, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. This foundation help them become a non-profit and keep their eye on lofty program goals such as creating the organization’s First Batch accelerator.

    Cincinnati Made hosted a soft launch and event for early members in March. Anthony says public events and product showcases will be offered soon.

    Companies that are interested in joining Cincinnati Made can fill out an application form, and there is no cost to become a member. Anthony says that they’re currently working on the design of the membership showcase, which will include the official launch of Cincinnati Made. The membership showcase will not only launch the non-profit but will provide Anthony and his partners the chance to talk about the organization’s member companies – which is currently about 10 and has continued to increase since the opening of the application.

    Anthony says that what excited him the most about Cincinnati Made is building the community and promoting Cincinnati as an ideal city to start and run a business. “We have a lot of programming that we’re interested in pursuing relating to supporting the member businesses, but a lot of this year will be in building the volunteer capacity and partnerships to really get them off the ground,” he explains. “We’ve started planning some factory and studio tours that will be coming up, which should be pretty fun.”

    First Batch, Cincinnati Made’s local manufacturing accelerator, is back for its third round in 2015. Anthony says they’re hoping to build it bigger and share more of the speakers, classes and connections to the broader community this year.

    Applications for First Batch are open through May 1 and hopes to reach businesses that are interested in working with the startups participating in the program.

    Anthony says Cincinnati Made is most active on Facebook, as is the First Batch program. You can also learn more about Cincinnati Made and their First Batch program, visit www.CincinnatiMade.org.

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    Two local ladies team up to launch a Women's Leadership Retreat that inspires passion, courage and creativity. Keep reading to learn more.

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    Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus, one of the women behind the Women’s Leadership Retreat.

    When women are at the center of change, anything is possible.

    That’s the theme that inspired the partnership between Sohza and the Women’s Leadership Retreat (WLR), which was recently launched by Elaine Stenger and Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus. The partnership brings together women from business, the non-profit sector, education and volunteer organizations in an effort to create relationships and connect resources.

    “There is such a wealth of talent in our community and it grows only when it’s shared,” says Stenger. “As the Cultural Mothers of our communities, women face particular challenges which impact the quality of the entire community. For ourselves, families and businesses, it is essential that we are prepared to take on those challenges.”

    Stenger highlights on how leadership emanates from a person and not from a position, role or hierarchy. “As a mother or business owner, women focus on the growth and development of others, which inspires passion, courage and creativity,” she continues. “As change-makers, leadership is really a way of life for women.”

    The WLR also works towards combining educational and self-renewal activities because of how women often place other’s needs of their own, according to Stenger. “We have a critical need to renew,” she says. “Unique to our event are Breakout Activities where women catch their breath and re-energize both physically and mentally. These include experiences such as dance, art, writing and yoga.”

    Lastly, the WLR aims to explore the provocative issues challenging communities. “The cultural climate we must navigate our businesses through and raise our children in has a major impact on our success and the quality of our live,” says Stenger. “The only way to create a better future is by exploring those issues that are difficult and keep us divided. It is no secret that we are a stronger community when we are connected.”

    The next WLR event, presented by Cairn Venture Group and Sohza, will be held on Friday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cincinnati’s Glendale Lyceum. The one-day program with feature a keynote, workshop, and experiential and self-renewal activities.

    The keynote speakers covering Inclusive Leadership: Courageous Conversations is Where We Begin will be Janet Reid, Founding Partner of Global Novations, Mary Carol Melton, Executive CP of Cincinnati Union Bethel, and Diane Jordan Grizzard, Director and Strategic Talent Management of BHDP Architecture.

    “We define the community by our actions or by our silence. It is critical then that we find our voices and empower conversations across difference to create the world we desire,” says Mary Carol Melton, April 2015 Keynote Presenter.

    Kelly Vanasse, VP of Communications for P&G, and Shelly McNamara, VP of Human Resources at P&G, will be leading the workshop entitled Nurturing Diversity for Personal and Professional Success.

    The program will conclude with three experiential and self-renewal activities: Meditation Made Easy by Julie Kippins of First Health Works, Anywhere, Anytime Yoga by Jana Currie of JanaCurrie Wellness, and Release Your Creativity with Art by Jennifer Crowe of Visionaries & Voices. The cost to attend the Retreat is $150 per individual or $115 for Non-Profit, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and reception.

    For Stenger, the most rewarding aspect of the WLR is when women say as a result of the last retreat: “I formed a coalition of Food Pantry Directors,” “I expanded the vision of my business,” “I have a deeper respect for the lives and struggles of other woman,” or “I feel wiser and more inspired.”

    To register for the event, visit www.elainestenger.com or contact contact@elainestenger.com for more information. The next Leadership Retreat is scheduled for November 13, 2015.

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    Whether you have last minute stationery needs or are currently in the wedding planning process, one local graphic designer is ready to take your inspiration and put it down on paper.

    Joni Bishop, founder of Cincinnati By Design
    Joni Bishop, founder of Cincinnati By Design (Photo: www.pottingerphoto.com)

    After retiring from a 30-year career designing for the marketing office at an Ohio university,  Joni Bishop decided to launch her dream business.

    With no prior business experience, she decided to launch Cincinnati By Design in August 2012. “Owning and operating my own business has always been my life dream,” she says. “I haven’t looked back since.”

    Cincinnati By Design is a professional graphic design boutique that specializes in wedding invitations. Bishop designs stationery, invitations, save the dates and day-of wedding accessories such as programs, table charts, table numbers, place cards, menus, rehearsal dinner invitations and anything else that brides may need.

    “No matter what my client is looking for, I have the options to match their needs,” she explains.

    Bishop says her mission is simple. “I want to create personalized stationery that reflects my bride’s own style, complete an invitation suite that stays within my bride’s budget and to have lots of fun in the process,” she says.

    Bishop looks at the creation of a good design as a problem-solving activity. When designing for a client, Bishop likes to follow her own process. The first step involves getting together with her brides and learning more about them. She wants to hear the details such as their stories, what the dress looks like, what inspires them and things that are important to the couple to help their big day be successful.

    After the initial meeting, she likes to consult, design and refine the invitations – something that takes about two months from the first meeting to complete. “The production process can take up to one to two weeks from final approval to the finished product, sometimes longer depending on the style of design,” explains Bishop. “My client will receive a final print out of the invitation suite before we print the entire suite to be sure everything is absolutely correct and completely happy with the results.”

    Although the business aspect of Bishop’s relationships with her brides ends when they’re happy with the results, she doesn’t cut all ties. She says that she often attends her brides’ wedding ceremonies to watch them walk down the aisle. “This is the pinnacle of happiness in every couples’ lives and I enjoy being a small part of that time,” Bishop says. “It’s exhilarating and surreal to have a client love my work. Designing feeds my soul; I’m very blessed to have this talent.”

    One of Bishop’s favorite things about running Cincinnati By Design is talking to her clients directly. She enjoys knowing that she’s responsible for the creative thought and design behind her work. “I’m delivering something special to brides,” she says. “I like to think that I’m designing emotion. It’s not often in the corporate world that you can design with pink or use gorgeous script fonts. I no longer have to hold back my creativity in my day-to-day corporate life and I love it.”

    Bishop has some advice for her brides when it comes to thinking about the wedding planning process, the same advice she says she gives her own children: “Don’t be led or pressured by your peers,” she says. “Plan the wedding that you envision. Wear the bridal gown that you love – whether or not it has a designer tag. And above all else, establish a budget before you make any decisions. This discipline should follow you into marriage. You’ll never live to regret this – have a great time planning, let others help you and stop worrying about every day. Enjoy the process.”

    Bishop says that in the future she plans to start a t-shirt line with a focus on Cincinnati Landmark designs. “I’d love to sell those at a cute boutique in Over-The-Rhine,” she says. “That would be a hoot!”

    To learn more about Cincinnati By Design, click here. You can also check out testimonials here.

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    Learn more about the new Revolution Workshops that’ll bring your fitness full circle with wowing results while having fun.

    DEFINE body & mind just launched its Revolution Workshop to give you a total body workout.
    DEFINE body & mind just launched its Revolution Workshop to give you a total body workout.

    Looking for an exercise studio that offers variety and results in a fun environment? DEFINE body & mind may be just what you’re looking for.

    According to co-owner Mikel Quast, the Oakley-based studio specializes in balanced fitness as well as excellent customer service to help you reach your fitness goals.

    Henry Richardson developed and founded DEFINE body & mind in 2009. The former All-American and National Team Member for Springboard and Platform Diving found that after retiring from the sport and becoming a teacher in New York City, many of his injuries suffered while diving were still causing him discomfort and even affected his ability to enjoy his new career.

    “With the encouragement of a friend, Henry began taking his first pilates/yoga/ballet hybrid class, Core Fusion,” explains Quast. “Six months later he taught his very first Core Fusion class, and within one year he was helping open locations across the country.”

    After completing his teaching duties with Teach for America, Richardson moved back to Houston where he began his MBA at Rice University. Since then, he’s put a lot of thought and effort into bringing transforming exercise classes to those who want to define their bodies, minds and balance in order to look, feel and be at their best.

    DEFINE Oakley is the eighth location and the first one outside the state of Texas. Quast co-owns the studio with Tallie Neltner. They wanted to bring DEFINE to the area with the goal of creating an atmosphere that inspires results and fosters community so they can help others achieve their maximum happiness.

    The studio opened on April 2, 2014, and now, its latest classes – Revolution Workshops – are, pardon the pun, revolutionizing workouts. The Revolution Workshops are between 45 minutes and one hour long. During the classes, according to Quast, guests experience the ultra-effectiveness of the DEFINE body class into the bike combined with the principles of isometrics from cardio blasting and high-intensity fun. “For 45 minutes, DEFINE Revolution features choreographed movements to high-energy music on a stationary bike for a full body workout,” he adds.

    The next DEFINE Revolution workshop will take place on February 13 with a 1-hour Couples Ride in honor of Valentine’s Day. The studio will host another workshop on February 28 with a 1-hour Diva Revolution Workshop. You can find more information here.

    Quast says the cost of a class varies depending on the length of the workshop, but they typically start at $25. Other packages and pricing options are listed on their website.

    To learn more, visit www.oakley.definebody.com or download the free studio app to your smartphone.

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    The newest dinner series at Great Parks of Hamilton County offers fun themes and promises to bring the family closer together. Read on for more.

     

    Great Parks of Hamilton County just launched its newest Dinner Series to bring families together.
    Great Parks of Hamilton County just launched its newest Dinner Series to bring families together.

    Cincy Chic: What is Great Parks of Hamilton County?
    Kinberly Whitton, Marketing Communication Coordinator: Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 with the mission to protect local natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education for area residents. Great Parks of Hamilton County is a separate political subdivision of the State of Ohio, governed by a Board of Park Commissioners.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the new dinner series?
    Whitton: The new series offers three different types of themed dinners, Adventure, Mystery and Family, so to cater to different interests of our park guests. The series kicks off January 31 with an Adventure Dinner called “Alaskan Adventure.” All Adventure Dinners are made possible by a partnership with Roads Rivers and Trails (RRT), a local outfitter, and are themed around outdoor travels. The Family Dinners are for all ages and offer more fun, kid-friendly topics. The Mystery Dinners are for those 18 and up and offer interactive adult-humor.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the new Great Parks Dinner Series?
    Whitton: The new Great Parks Dinner Series is a revamp of the former Mystery Dinner Series we have offered in the past. We decided that providing dinner options for all ages allowed for more park guests to enjoy the events.

    Cincy Chic: How is it bringing people together and helping them stay healthy?
    Whitton: The Great Parks Dinner Series is a great way to connect people to each other. It helps with social wellness by encouraging interaction to establish and maintain positive relationships with family and friends.

    Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to attend?
    Whitton: Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $29.95–$35/adult and $14.95/child ages 2–12 (plus tax).

    Cincy Chic: Where does the dinner series take place?
    Whitton: At The Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods (overlooks The Mill Golf Course).

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Great Parks?
    Whitton:There always is! We encourage everyone to visit greatparks.org, check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on happenings in Great Parks!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or purchase a dinner series ticket?
    Whitton: Advance ticket purchase is required. Go to http://greatparks.org/events/dinner-series for tickets and more information about each dinner.

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