Find great gifts for kids, pets, family (and yourself!) with chocolates, teas, paintings, crafts, beauty products, shoes, accessories and clothing -- from upcycled to couture -- at Cincy Chic’s biggest shopping event of the year this Saturday with two floors of pop-up shops, free gift wrapping, swag bag and giveaways! Lace up your shopping shoes and read on for all the shop-till-you-drop details!
If you like shopping local, getting freebies, and helping out a good cause in the process, make sure you put Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase – happening 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday – on your calendar.
The Phoenix downtown will be jam-packed for the event, which will feature 45 pop-up shops of local businesses, a fashion show, brunch ’n’ learn, free gift wrapping and $3,000 in prizes given away to lucky attendees at the event. With more variety and vendors than ever this year — our sixth annual event! — we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the most unique businesses you’ll find there. Enjoy reading more about them and click here to RSVP for the event!
Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie will be introducing Cincy Chic’ers to her fashion-forward business on Saturday. According to Berry, jayne kellie is an online boutique that offers clothing and accessories as well as a fashion, style and lifestyle blog. “It’s our mission to bring women clothing that is chic, casual and sometimes a little sexy,” explains Berry. “Our pieces blend with your style and your budget. We call it the ‘stylemix.’”
Through jayne kellie you’ll find exclusive pieces to mix into your wardrobe as well as style and lifestyle tips. Also available through jayne kellie are personal styling, shopping and e-styling services.
Berry is the owner, chief stylist and creative director behind jayne kellie and found her inspiration from her love of all things stylish. “I genuinely believe that style is truly a lifestyle,” she explains. “It is more than what you wear. Style is confidence, attitude, compassion, sense of humor and the way you live and love your life.”
Growing up, Berry spent weekends at antique shops, yard sales and vintage stores, so a love of style runs in the family. “I was taught how to create a style that was unique as well as affordable and to always be kind and encourage others,” she says. “I was inspired to bring others a simple, chic lifestyle.”
For the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Berry says she’ll be bringing jackets, dresses, blouses and sweaters in some of fall’s best colors. The items available from jayne kellie will make you feel stylish and chic, Berry says. “Whether it’s a family function, date night or holiday party, we have something that will be perfect,” she adds.
Purposeful Painting is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that – through group art sessions called “co-creating” – helps the working woman who makes too much money to qualify for assistance but is still struggling to get by.
“If she encounters an unexpected expense, such as car repairs or high utility bills, it could be devastating to her budget,” says Founder Mari Knight. “We offer her a small amount of money to lessen her stress and ease her worries.”
In the two years since Purposeful Painting launched, Knight says they’ve given away a little more than $25,000. Knight says the inspiration for Purposeful Painting was the ability to give back to the women she used to be able to relate to so well.
The men and women behind Purposeful Painting raise money for the cause through their paintings, whether they be canvas paintings or events where they bring the paintings. As for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Knight says they will be bringing ornaments for customers to paint themselves. “We’ll also have other paintings for sale and coupons for Co-Creation Artworks classes,” she adds.
If you’re looking for a good holiday gift item while you’re shopping around, Knight says the Co-Creation Artworks classes can be purchased at half price, $25 for individuals or a private group class for $250.
Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY
Amy Elberfeld with Ava Gray Direct from NY spent 20 years as a dental hygienist before she decided it was time to retire. “I asked myself, ‘What do I do now?’” She explains. “The answer was direct sales. I had always wanted to work in a boutique but I did not want to work retail hours that often included every weekend and holidays.”
Today, Elberfeld is living her dream and looking fashionable while doing so. She sells Ava Gray Direct from NY, which offers boutique-style fashions and accessories that are offered to women through personal appointments, girlfriend fashion shows with hostess rewards or online shopping.
Elberfeld says her goal as a fashion stylist is to help women look and feel great no matter where their day and evening takes them. “I show women how to stretch her wardrobe dollars and function by creating different looks with Ava Gray fashions and accessories,” she says.
Elberfeld will be at the event with accessories for cash and carry and some of the top selling clothing items from the fall/winter Ava Gray Direct fashion lines including the Draped Ponte Gray Jacket trimmed in black. She’ll also have clothing and accessories on all the live models, which will be showcased in the freeze modeling fashion show for the duration of the event.
There are plenty of items from Ava Gray Direct that make great holiday gift items. Elberfeld says the top gift item is a soft faux fur wrap that can be worn in multiple ways for $44. Wristlets can be used alone or with a crossbody strap ($40-$44). Scarves ($26) can be purchased in plaid, polka dot, solids and zigzag patterns. The Hook Your Look jewelry by Zac and Ally and available through Ava Gray can be hooked to chains to create a necklace.
HaloMiner is a Cincinnati-based, women-owned, environmentally responsible lifestyle brand that uses only repurposed materials. “Using components like salvage clothing and textile samples, bolt remnants and recycled aluminum, we’ve created a manufacturing process that’s efficient and sustainable,” explains HaloMiner Co-Founder Nicole Reblando. “Our innovative designs are conceived in-house and handmade by a small team of skilled craftspeople in the United States; everything is ethically produced, so you can feel good about what you buy from us.”
Reblando says the mission of HaloMiner is to create a collection that’s one-of-a-kind while using unique materials.
Reblando and her business partner Pam Fellerhoff founded HaloMiner in late 2010 after wanting to do whatever it takes to help minimize waste. “We even use recycled paper for hangtags and refashion vintage maps into envelopes for packaging,” says Fellerhoff. “We put thought and care into every step of production so that each HaloMiner piece makes a big impact in the right places: On your wardrobe and in your home, not on the Earth.”
As for the event this Saturday, HaloMiner will be there with a selection of gift items such as seasonal pillows, small accessories and their original purse and cape designs. Reblando says the pillows made by the team at HaloMiner are a great addition for any decor and the clothing is a perfect one-size-fits-all gift for the discerning fashion and eco-conscious woman.
Fellerhoff says that HaloMiner also offers classes, workshops and parties throughout the year. “We love to share our passion and creativity and believe collaboration enhances results, which is why we also welcome custom projects,” she says. To find out more about where you can buy HaloMiner products in local stores, click here.
Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
Specializing in fab finds and designer duds with some previous experience, Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child will have great pop-up shops at the event.
Clothes Mentor is a women’s resale store that buys and sells gently used, current style apparel and accessories for women sizes 0-26 as well as maternity. Once Upon A Child is a children’s resale store that buys and sells gently used kids clothes, shoes, toys, gear and furniture.
“Unlike consignment shops, we pay cash on the spot for the items you and/or your children are no longer wearing,” says Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child.
At the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Paynter says they will be featuring women’s infinity scarves, leggings, jewelry and children’s tutus and hair bows. Prices for the items from these resale shops are affordable, with scarves running from $5.99 to $9.99, leggings at $6.99 and jewelry from $5 to $10.
Products from these shops are trendy, Paynter says, so you won’t be missing out on the latest styles while getting great deals. You can find Clothes Mentor stores in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel and Anderson. There are Once Upon A Child locations in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson, Colerain and Western Hills.
Don’t forget to click here to RSVP for Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. The event is from 10am-2pm at the Phoenix downtown. Parking is available next door for $2. The event and venue is child/stroller-friendly. All attendees will receive free entry, swag bag, and gift wrapping with the donation of one canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank. Click here to see the full list of local businesses and vendors that will be featured at the event! Watch a highlight reel of last year’s event below!
Two local women are giving castaway items new purpose with eco-chic line of apparel and accessories made from recycled materials. Read on for all the fashionable details.
Nicole Reblando and Pamela Fellerholf, co-owners of HaloMiner, will make you think twice before tossing something into the dumpster. All of their apparel and accessories are created from repurposed and recycled materials under the name HaloMiner – which symbolizes the process of digging up raw materials and transforming into something else. As they like to say, “Elevate the Everyday.”
“By repurposing, the creation of these original handcrafted items has no impact on the environment,” says Reblando. “All products are designed and handmade locally – we work on prototypes until we love it and it fits with our line. It’s important that each item can be reproduced and sole for a competitive price.”
The idea behind HaloMiner began in 2009 after several meetings between Reblando and Fellerhoff. “We wanted to create a business that combined our talents in fine art, design, marketing and retail – but was also sustainable to the environment,” says Reblando. “We explored ideas then decided to start with a series of accessories made from recycled materials.”
From the beginning, the two knew that they wanted to create under one brand – HaloMiner. “We chose a name that was descriptive of our process but also encompassed something memorable that would grow in the minds of the customer,” says Reblando. “Once this was decided, we looked for the right space to start.”
This space just so happened to be a small upstairs studio in the new Brazee Street Studios in Oakley.
Since their launch in February of 2010, HaloMiner has grown by one-third each year through reinvesting in more production, expanding the product and moving to their large, first-floor space at Brazee. “We are in over 35 stores and just launched an e-commerce site where we handle direct sales,” says Reblando.
What started out only as small accessories has quickly expanded to include original clothing designs, jewelry, a line of purses and decorative pillows. “The jewelry, purses and pillows are our bestsellers and can be found in local stores such as Joseph Beth, Whole Foods, Park + Vine and Dandy Haberdashery and Roads,” says Reblando.
They have also had great success with their clothing line as well. Although it is currently in much smaller distribution at Morrison & Me, the two plan on bringing the line to Kismet and establishing a larger presence in the gift industry.
What truly sets HaloMiner apart is that all items are produced by independent craftspeople in the United States from premium materials and are made from repurposed materials – so there is no impact on the environment.
As for the upcoming year, Reblando and Fellerhoff are preparing to attend wholesale trade shows to sell some of their products on a much larger scale. “We’re excited to be a vendor at the Crafty Supermarket on April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and plan to attend our first tradeshow market this summer specializing in American-made gifts,” says Reblando. “Our goals are to grow first in the gift industry with large production of our small purses, jewelry and pillows.”
They will also be a vendor at Cincy Chic’s upcoming Eco-Chic Fashion Show on March 26 at ADC downtown, where all proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo.
“We love working together to build this company from scratch using all of our talents in tandem,” says Reblando. “We play to each other’s strengths and balance our tasks accordingly so that we may produce and sell the most carefully crafted and creative items. We love supporting the independent craftspeople that help us with production so that we may grow and share the success with them.”
They also enjoy working with a variety of businesses and communities. “We live in a vibrant, creative city and work alongside passionate and dedicated individuals,” Reblando says. “We are thrilled to be apart of the growth of a green consciousness and mindful consumption.