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    Cincinnati is full of inspiring women. For our annual Women of the Year issue, we're featuring some of the best! Read on to learn about Litsa Spanos, a local entrepreneur, philanthropist and art aficionado who’s making the city more colorful.

    Litsa Spanos, Founder of ADC Consultants.
    Litsa Spanos, Founder of Art Design Consultants.

    Litsa Spanos says she likes to think of her business, Art Design Consultants (ADC), as Cincinnati’s “best known” secret.

    So many people in Cincinnati have seen the work we do — our art installations are in hospitals, businesses, and homes all over town — but people just don’t realize that ADC is behind it,” she says.

    ADC brings fine art to businesses, hospitals, and homes in the Tri-State. “We have a huge selection of artwork, and work with not only local, but national and international artists as well,” explains Spanos of her 10,000-square-foot gallery in the newly renovated Edge building in downtown Cincinnati.

    Spanos also recently dipped her toe in the publishing world by launching ADC’s third annual BLINK catalog, which features selected art and artists. “BLINK is sent to nearly 10,000 interior designers all over the country,” says Spanos. “It’s a terrific way to showcase our artists. And not to toot our own horn, but we’re also an award-winning business. We’re ranked in the top 2% of the nation’s women-owned businesses! I am really proud of that.”

    ADC’s story dates back to 1992, when Spanos first launched the business. When she started it, she wanted to make art accessible to everyone.

    “I am one of those people who is transformed and inspired by art, and I personally know the power a beautiful space can have and what an impact it can make on one’s moods and levels of happiness,” she says. “I wanted to spend my life doing something meaningful, and I can’t think of anything more meaningful than making others feel happy and surrounded by beauty.”

    Spanos and her team at ADC.
    Spanos and her team at ADC.

    Spanos says her favorite part about running ADC is helping people. She sees what she does not as selling art but as working to connect artists with collectors and businesses who will appreciate the work.

    “Artists benefit financially, sure, but they find meaning too, and a purpose for why they do what they do,” she adds. “Plus, businesses, hospitals, and individuals benefit because they are uplifted, inspired, and, especially in cases of healthcare environments, soothed or healed.”

    Spanos says she also loves working with her employees. “I walk into work so excited to see each of them, and I am often just blown away by the talent I am surrounded by,” she says. “I am truly humbled every day. I believe the greatest purpose of my life is to help others.”

    Spanos says if there’s anything she could tell other people it’s to follow their passions to the ends of the earth. “I love creating beautiful spaces,” she says. “And I get to spend every day of my life doing exactly what I am most passionate about. That being said, following your passion is also the hardest and riskiest thing you’ll ever do. So don’t get discouraged during the downturns or when obstacles get in your way. Let those times make you better, strengthen your resolve, and reaffirm your beliefs. I took a lot of risks — and suffered some major setbacks — but I just kept going and never looked back.”

    In 2017, Spanos will celebrate 25 Years of ADC. To give back in honor of 25 years, Spanos is writing a book to help artists supercharge their career. “I want to give back to all the artists that have helped and inspired me,” says Spanos. “The other exciting news is, we just hired a new Chief Curator and she’ll be helping to launch a new publication that is geared toward individual collectors and online buyers. The sky’s the limit in the art world. And I want to reach as many people as I can, while I can.”
    To learn more about ADC, visit www.adcfineart.com or stop by the gallery on the fifth floor of The Edge building, located at 310 Culvert Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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    Learn about a local fashion designer who’s on a mission to change the world - one beautifully designed dress at a time.

    Geetha Minton, Founder of GKM Design
    Geetha Minton, Founder of GKM Design

    Geetha Minton believes you can have a uniquely-designed dress, featuring luxurious materials from around the world, while providing a new life for a woman in need.

    Minton is the founder of GKM Design, a fashion line that not only creates beautiful, culturally-inspired dresses, but products that help save modern day slaves from the realm of human trafficking.

    When she launched GKM, Minton says she started out with one goal: To employ as many women as possible. “The more we sell, the more women we can help,” she says.

    To help expand her brand and reach more buying customers, Minton partners with production companies in India and Moldova. Those companies hire survivors of human trafficking, allowing GKM to employ those women.

    Minton says she hopes to inspire other women through the work she’s done in three ways. She wants to inspire them to live without the “what ifs.”

    “It doesn’t matter what you went to school for or what you think other people want you to do in life,” she says. “Absolutely anything is possible. No matter how many people tell you you can’t do something, you absolutely can.”

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    She wants everyone around her to attempt whatever it is they have their sights on, so at least they can say they had the guts to try.

    Minton also wants to inspire others to surround themselves with supportive people.

    “I’m not talking about people that will urge to go on American Idol even if you suck,” she laughs. “People that will tell you if you’re idea or dream makes sense or how to tweak it to make it work. I’m my own worst enemy and if I didn’t have the squad that I have surrounding me I would never gone as far as I have. Particularly my husband. He is my biggest support and my rock of Gibraltar. So having that support at home in incredibly important!”

    Minton says that she believes anything is possible when you have the best intentions behind it. “You will absolutely receive help and blessings as long as you’re serving, working, and persevering with purpose,” she adds.

    Dresses designed for GKM Design by Minton.
    Dresses designed for GKM Design by Minton.

    She doesn’t want you to give up when things get tough, because they will get really hard, she wants you to keep going with your purpose because things will work out.

    Minton says that in the new year she will be bringing new designs to her line. Be on the lookout for five long dresses coming to the collection as well as a jumpsuit. “I’m super excited about these,” she says.

    To learn more about GKM Design, visit GKMDesign.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    See how a local executive director is using her marketing experience to nurture female entrepreneurs in Cincinnati and beyond.

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    Nancy Aichholz, Executive Director of Bad Girl Ventures

    Did you know that there are only 14 business organizations that are solely geared toward female entrepreneurs? Nancy Aichholz is proud to be a part of one – based right here in Cincinnati – as the Executive Director of Bad Girl Ventures.

    Aichholz says she’s passionate about making an impact for businesswomen in the Cincinnati area because she is one herself. In fact, she says, it was her entrepreneurship experience as founder of NanCakes bakery that was the perfect “pre-heat” setting for her to now lead Bad Girl Ventures, a Cincinnati-based incubator for women-owned startups.

    Bad Girl Ventures was listed as one of the top 10 organizations in the country in Forbes Magazine. The company comprehends what women need and the unique asset they would bring to a startup.

    “We are a multi-market education based organization that empowers female entrepreneurs and leads them to successful accessing of capital,” she says. “Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of a female owned startup from idea to exit. A woman can enter our programs at various points along her journey.” The company includes seven employees, one board of directors, an advisory board, two local advisory committees, plus 200+ volunteers and a lot of generous sponsors.

    After getting her degree in International Business and Marketing, Aichholz spent some time in media sales.

    “That was perfect because I was selling a marketing product to all types of small businesses in order to meet their advertising needs. I spent a lot of time learning about their businesses and how I could solve their problems with media,” she says. Her experience in media sales led her to an opportunity to work for Chiquita Brands, International, which according to Aichholz, “had to be the best possible marketing job on the planet.

    I loved that opportunity and am I’m so grateful to have had that experience.” Her experience at Chiquita empowered her to be qualified for her current Executive Director position at BGV.

    A “bad girl” is a female entrepreneur who is bold and takes risks. “They are starting businesses in all types of industries and they support one another,” she says. Aichholz is able to bring her experience in corporate marketing, fundraising, starting and running her own successful, small business called NanCakes, and her long history of relationships in the region. Her favorite part of the job is watching women succeed.

    “I love to help our entrepreneurs problem solve, believe in themselves, and make the connection that will move them forward. But in my role, I have the added blessing of being able to hire talented women into the BGV organization itself and watch them grow and thrive,” says Aichholz. “I have a passion for women mentoring women along the way. In my corporate experience, women still weren’t doing a very good job of helping each other. I am determined to be different, Success should be determined by talent, passion and drive, not by gender.”

    Aichholz loves the business world, but at the same time, she is creative and energetic. “Marketing can be the heartbeat of the organization when it is done right – it isn’t just advertising. Marketing is knowing your product and its target demo, then being sure your product or service is exactly what your target will adopt/ purchase and connect to sustain them and the business,” she says. Aichholz’s inspiration comes from her three children and her faith. “At the end of the day/ end of life, that is really all that matters and if family and faith are on track, all is well,” she says. She comes back to work everyday because she loves to watch her staff develop, shine and she loves knowing her employees are changing the lives of female entrepreneurs.

    To learn more about Aichholz and Bad Girl Ventures, you can email info@badgirlventures.com, and to subscribe to updates. Or, you can follow along on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

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    See how one of Cincinnati’s healthiest women turned her passion for raw foods into a new healthy food service, catering and delivery program.

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    Inspired by a love for all things vegetables as well as the inclination to eat healthy, Trinidad Mac-Aucliffe launched her very own high raw + vegan and gluten free business Raw Intervention.

    Another inspiration for Raw Intervention was Mac-Aucliffe’s passion for the concept of raw food. “The sprouting, soaking, marinating, fermenting, etc. All those ways to bring the life force of the foods to your body with great flavors is like an endless supply of goodness,” she says.

    At Raw Intervention, Mac-Aucliffe uses natural methods to create alkalinity, to add probiotics and nourish the body. “It’s what I call the alchemy of foods, and that is one very important principle here at Raw Intervention,” she adds.

    Mac-Aucliffe says she was always inspired to eat healthy. But it wasn’t because she knew those foods were healthy, she says that it was the flavor of the foods she always liked. “I always cooked for myself a lot but when going out I found it difficult to find 100 percent clean eats,” she says.

    Then she had children and things got a little busy. She was attending the University of Cincinnati for her Masters in Fine Arts. With a busy schedule and less time for shopping, she knew she needed to do something herself.

    “In my search for good foods I found that a lot of vegan or vegetarian foods and dishes were loaded with chemicals or preservatives, and the staple of soy by-products was standard in both vegan and vegetarian cuisine,” she explains. “Food, in general, is full of sugar, even so-called healthy wheat breads, which takes us to the other issue of gluten intolerance. It was then that my quest began. I saw clearly there was an issue and I wanted to be part of the solution, therefore I wanted to create a business that brings 100 percent nutritional value with none of that other stuff.”

    Trinidad Mac-Aucliffe, Founder of Raw Intervention
    Trinidad Mac-Aucliffe, Founder of Raw Intervention

    Mac-Aucliffe decided to fight through the bad stuff in food and create her own good-food business, which led to the birth of Raw Intervention.

    “Raw Intervention has a weekly delivery program called Collective Delivery, which consists of a four-item menu box for a fixed price of $65,” she explains. The menu is posted on Thursday afternoons on our Facebook page and we take orders until Saturday morning, with delivery on Tuesdays. We have a la carte desserts to add to your order and will be offering other goods throughout the year, such as loaves of amazing, healthy sprouted breads, wonderful layer cakes and pies, and lots of other yummo food!”

    Mac-Aucliffe says that Raw Intervention also caters small parties and creates educational programs that are focused on food preparation and nutrition as well as simple ways to implement better eating habits into a lifestyle.

    Mac-Aucliffe says her goal through Raw Intervention is to keep the integrity of food, share it, and help to nourish humans in the process.

    “I want to share food that is healing as well and will help you and me reset our bodies (metabolism) and integrate a sense of well being and vitality in our lives,” she says. “Raw Intervention food is here to help balance, align and alkalize the body and therefore take guilt out of the equation.”

    Mac-Aucliffe says that Raw Intervention brings clients nutritional value, which is lacking in many foods today. She says that just because a label says vegan or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. However, Raw Intervention does bring the healthy benefits of food to customers.

    “By taking the time to utilize methods of soaking, sprouting and marinating to make our breads, tacos, pizzas, sauces, dehydrated nuts, salad dressing, and desserts, we bring life force food to people,” she adds.

    The future is looking bright for Raw Intervention. Mac-Aucliffe says that she is focusing on growth to expand and develop her business.

    To learn more about Raw Intervention, visit rawintervention.us.

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    From the National Guard to owning her own bakery, learn about a local lady who’s a Jack of all trades, creating a legacy through her tasty treats.

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    Taren Plesinger-Kinebrew, Founder of Sweet Petit Desserts

    When Taren Plesinger-Kinebrew entered the National Guard and studied IT in college, she didn’t expect a bakery to be on her career path.

    Today, she’s the owner and CEO of Sweet Petit Desserts, based in OTR. As a third generation baker who enjoyed baking with her grandmother as a child, it was a natural fit for her to make this passion a profession. But she followed her passion for the Armed Forces first.

    She joined the National Guard during her senior year of high school and spent seven years there. She hoped to travel the world, but Desert Storm complicated this. While in the military she went to college, majoring in information systems and minored in accounting.

    After getting her degree she started working for IBM, but she wasn’t satisfied. “After being in the corporate world I felt there was more for me and figured I would try my hand at being my own boss,” Plesinger-Kinebrew says. “It took a few businesses for me to figure out that baking is truly my passion.” With her childhood memories of baking in mind, Sweet Petit Desserts was born in August of 2009.

    As the name suggests, Sweet Petit Desserts specializes in miniature desserts made from what Plesinger-Kinebrew calls “the finest ingredients.” In fact, that’s all it serves. Plesinger-Kinebrew and her staff focus on simple flavors and unique artistry so they can deliver big flavor in a small package. The menu includes everything from cookies, pies, cake pops, brownies, macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, tartlets, dessert cups, chocolate covered pretzels, and their newest editions of Petit cakes.

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    A portion of the proceeds from their LOVE Bites goes toward the Sister Accord Foundation, which focuses on educating girls and women and eradicating violence and bullying. In addition to the shop, Sweet Petit Desserts does a lot of event catering, designing and setting up dessert tables. They can even create a menu of treats specific to an event.

    Sweet Petit Desserts has five staff members, most of whom are related to Plesinger-Kinebrew, she laughs. It’s only fitting, though, as Plesinger-Kinebrew was inspired by family memories. Plesinger-Kinebrew loves baking for others and the spirit of friendliness it creates. “I really enjoy connecting with my customers,” she says. “It really is the best part of work outside of baking.”

    As her varied résumé shows, Plesinger-Kinebrew is sort of a Jack of all trades who found her dream trade. For those who wish to follow suit and start their own business, Plesinger-Kinebrew offers one simple piece of advice: “It’s important to do the research in your field of expertise. Know your market and really plan.”

    For more information on Sweet Petit Desserts, visit http://SweetPetitDesserts.com or on Facebook.

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    A local artist, teacher, philanthropist, and all-around fun gal was selected as one of Cincy Chic’s Women of the Year. Read on for her quirky, inspiring story.

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    Photo: Jenn Prine

    Cincy Chic: Tell us about you! What keeps you inspired in everything you do?
    Pam Kravetz: I am inspired by the beauty in the chaos of the everyday! I am inspired by the vibrancy, energy, and brilliance that is Cincinnati. I am inspired by the art, the artists, the music and the musicians, the dancers, the dreamers, and the makers in our city. I am inspired by the community and the crazy that I get to be part of riding in the bathtub for Arnold’s in all our parades that sets Cincinnati apart. I am inspired by the passion and love of my parents, my brothers and sisters, my family and friends, my cool husband Craig and his amazing daughters, and Max, my son, his lust for learning, adventure, and possibilities, he keeps me on my toes. I am inspired by my art students at Harrison High School – everyday they surprise, challenge, and fascinate me. I am inspired by the “what if” and the magic that trying new things creates. I am inspired by this great honor from Cincy Chic, and I am verklempt too. Oh, yeah, and I am totally inspired by lipstick.

    Cincy Chic: What path did you take to get where you are today?
    Kravetz: Is there a road less than less traveled? A path of most resistance? If so, that is probably the path I took to get where I am today. I struggled in school beginning in Kindergarten and had teachers take me under their wing throughout my educational career to help me succeed. That is what I hope I do for my students. Reenie and Stanley Kravetz (my mom and dad) have always supported me and been my biggest fans, that got me early on, that I don’t follow the rules or “fit in.” After undergraduate school, I took some time off and wasn’t involved in making art or being part of the art community. I became a docent (tour guide) at the CAC and realized I loved to teach. I became an art teacher and all the parts started to fit together. My first public art piece was one of the Big Pigs from Artworks with my two art-making partners in crime Karen and Carla. That was a pinnacle point for me, an introduction to collaboration, Artworks and Tamara Harkavy. I was hired by Artworks as a Project Leader and was able to combine my love of art making, collaboration and public art and realized the important impact for our community that it had. I was delighted to have my art at the CAC’s UnMuseum, I created an interactive installation, The Beauty Queen, The Super Hero, and The Peanut. I also realized there are people in my life that can do thing better than me, and to rely on them. For instance, my sister Andrea can bead like nobodies business. I loved the viewer being part of my artwork, the art came alive when they interacted with it. All this led up to masterminding the fabulous street art group, The Bombshells of Cincinnati! I realized we can make a larger impact and have a louder voice when I collaborate with other artists. Performance art, kind of happened by accident at that time. That is where the dressing up come from too – my yarn bombing (graffiti art with knitting a crochet) moniker is Pinky Shears and I am a rootin’, tootin’, art makin’ yarn bombing, tutu wearing art making machine. Pinky Shears lead to the performance art of driving the Arnold’s bath tub, presenting at various art related events and being a self proclaimed ambassador of fun and awareness. I am a connector, a collaborator and a communicator which has helped me to champion other artists, community events and charitable organization. I loved that I am able to be part of such an exciting, cultural mecca, and growing city. I feel so incredibly lucky.

    Photo by Joseph Fuqua II for WCPO
    Photo by Joseph Fuqua II for WCPO

    Cincy Chic: What organizations are you currently involved with in the city?
    Kravetz: I am a brand-spanking-new Trustee for Artworks and I love getting to develop plans with them for creating jobs, art, community, and vibrancy in our city. I am involved with creating opportunity for art students through higher education with affiliations at The Art Academy of Cincinnati and DAAP. What I do that is totally crazy and fun and impactful in a super non-traditional way! I have a dressed up persona, alter ego, playful instigator of fun and awareness. I have danced the runway at Party in Plaid and Punk Fundraiser for Caracole (Paisley) with Heather Britt of Dancefix, popped out of a cake for the Artworks 21st Celebration Fundraiser, and driven the Arnold’s tub in Pride Parade, Open Day Parade, and Bockfest with my amazing friends. I was invited to create CACtv and be the hostess with the mostest as we celebrated The Contemporary Arts Center’s 75th Anniversary as well as created a gigantic memory quilt. And I will be creating a Julia Child/CACtv character for The Art of Food Fundraiser at The Carnegie Art Center.

    Cincy Chic: How do you hope to expand your reach to other organizations and people in 2017?
    Kravetz: I am new being on air with WNKU, in a program called Cincinnati Art Beat, with Pam Kravetz (that’s me). I have been given an incredible opportunity to give an “insider’s” guide to the arts in our region. I am so proud of our artists, and our arts organizations – both traditional arts institutions and non – and it is a blast getting the word out to a larger audience. I have always been an advocate and champion of the arts and artists – the seasoned professional as well as the novice. I have new opportunities for collaboration with artists both through my own artwork, as well as through Artworks, The Carnegie Art Center, Nearby Collective and Art on the Street.

    Cincy Chic: What have been some of your favorite organizations to work with so far?
    Kravetz: I have been over the moon to have the opportunity to work with Artworks as an artist, a Project Manager and as a Trustee, The Carnegie Art Center in KY, and their super fun fundraiser The Art of Food, The Contemporary Arts Center and Art on the Streets. I have had the pleasure of creating over 45 art quilts with patients, doctors, caregivers and families of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Additionally, I have been part of a team from Artworks that has redesigned/created four clinics and artwork at Ronald McDonald House. Seeing the difference art makes in a child’s life is so incredible, and to honor their legacy with a piece of art about them was pretty life changing experience for me.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you in 2017?
    Kravetz: I am working on a big project with Artworks, Brave Berlin, Agar, and the Haile Foundation called Blink – a huge, exciting art extravaganza of projected light. There will so many artists and high school and college art students involved in the project – it will be amazing! I am the co-host of The Artworks Fundraiser Breakfast in the spring! I am delving deeper into my own personal art-making and currently working on a large scale, crazy-town, over the top installation with my big fiber pieces as well as inflatable sculptures and I am super excited about it! I feel now, more than ever, the voice of the artist is so incredibly important and I am excited to use my art and my voice in the community for change, understanding, celebration, and awareness. I have loved donating my art to numerous wonderful causes throughout the years, from Caracole, Visionary and Voices, to Eight Lights for Ethan and Bricks Along the Journey, to name a few. I lost my younger sister to breast cancer in 2015 and my mom to ovarian cancer as a child. Cincy Chic’s Amy Scalia asked me to create a piece of art to auction for Bras with Flair on The Square for a breast cancer awareness fundraiser – it was a very emotional and important moment for me.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about you and what you do?
    Kravetz: Check out my super old website from like 1950, I am working with a cool branding company, We Have Become Vikings, to do a new one in 2017, so maybe wait a bit. I am active on Facebook, sharing what is going on with my art and happenings around town, so let’s be friends! I have an Instagram account too, that I like to share happenings on. I do this fun selfie thing, I know selfie – REALLY? I always say that “it is all about me,” but the point of my selfies is what is going on behind me. It is my way of promoting cool things going on and saying, you are invited, you should be here. Come to almost any parade in Cincinnati and find me, I’ll be the one in the HUGE wig (thanks to Stacey Vest, wig-maker extraordinaire) and probably in a bathtub, or a Left Shark suit, or who knows what! And come and say hello!

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      She’s a Cincinnati-lovin’ author, historian, entrepreneur and fashionista who can make the meanest cocktail in town. Molly Wellmann is our feature for this year’s annual “Women of the Year” issue, so keep reading as we say cheers to a local lady changing the city one cocktail at a time.

      Molly Wellmann, Founder of Wellmann Brands and several establishments throughout the city.
      Molly Wellmann, Founder of Wellmann Brands and several establishments throughout the city.

      Following a decade-long love affair with San Francisco, Molly Wellmann left the City by the Bay to return home to the Queen City. When she got home, she found that there wasn’t much out there in regards to craft cocktails, something she’d long had a passion for.

      Times have changed since Wellmann first returned home and craft cocktails are much more mainstream, with nearly every bar in the city featuring an element on the menu boasting signature craft cocktail menus and drinks with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups.

      Wellmann joined The Famous Neons Unplugged, in 2010, which features craft cocktails and other signature drinks. She then teamed up with the crew at Japp’s since 1879 in 2011.

      When Wellmann jumped onboard The Famous Neon’s Unplugged, they wanted to create a neighborhood bar that felt like your backyard. “Where the people who lived and worked here could come by and grab a drink and catch up with friends,” she says. “We’ve always felt that we have been really in-turn with the community, and though the neighborhood was a little uncertain at that point, our neighbors here were thirsty!”

      The goal for Neon’s was to be something that would stand out from the rest.  Wellmann wanted to help a place to showcase classic and craft cocktails. She’s also got a staff that feels just as passionate as she does about her mission.

      Following the success of Neon’s, Wellmann went to Japp’s in 2011, and it was the first establishment of its kind in the city. It was then that Wellmann was able to help launch the city’s cocktail scene. “These days you can’t step into a bar in the neighborhood without a craft cocktail list,” she says.

      However, Wellmann says that she takes pride in sourcing the best of local and seasonal ingredients so that the establishments can continue to be a compliment to the city. Wellman Brands works with farmers from around town to craft each and every cocktail – starting with the fresh and handmade juices, infusions and syrups, made in-house at our commissary.

      Wellmann also penned a book in 2013 called “Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night” through locally-based F+W Media. It features more than 100 recipes for classic pre-Prohibition cocktails, plus lots of Cincinnati-centric history throughout. The book was recently recognized in People Magazine in addition to Wellmann getting press in other internationally-known publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

      Today, Wellmann is a champion for Cincinnati’s revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, of which Neon’s serves as the local watering hole that started it all for the once underdeveloped and rundown neighborhood. “People are putting time, money and effort behind it, and they’re putting a story behind it,” she says. “They’re taking care about educating people about what they’re drinking and the history behind it. I’m really excited about everything that’s happening.”

      Wellmann says she and her team are proud to be part of the growth that’s happening in the city. “While we will always look to the past for guidance, and will live in the present, we look forward to the future and will grow with the community, continuing to work hard to be a destination on the radar for our loyal customers, and those we haven’t met just yet,” she says.

      Through all her work in the city, Wellmann hopes to inspire others to reach out and achieve their dreams.

      There are some big plans that Wellmann says she plans on announcing in the next two weeks, just in time for the New Year.

      Readers can visit these establishments at the following locations:
      The Famous Neon’s Unplugged – 208 E 12th Street, Cincinnati
      Japp’s since 1879 – 1134 Main Street, Cincinnati
      Myrtle’s Punch House – 2733 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati
      Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar – 629 Main Street, Covington

      You can check out all of the local hotspots on Facebook, including Japp’s, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, The Famous Neons Unplugged and Myrtle’s Punch House.

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      She’s a mom of two, running her own PR company and co-managing Cincinnati’s top parenting blog. See how she does it — all while giving back to her community.

      Shannan Boyer, Founder of Scooter Media and Family Friendly Cincinnati.
      Shannan Boyer, Founder of Scooter Media and Family Friendly Cincinnati.

      Shannan Boyer finds her inspiration in the people around her. “Not just at work, but at home, in the community and at my children’s school. I’ve always found inspiration in the acts of others – stories of individuals who give their time to make our community better,” says Boyer, who is a mother of two boys and also the founder of Scooter Media as well as the blog Family Friendly Cincinnati.

      Boyer has worked in the communication world for more than 16 years and founded Scooter Media, based in Covington, in 2012. The communications agency provides public relations and social media services in order to help its clients connect with their audiences in meaningful ways while identifying and developing programs that help them achieve their individual goals.

      “We are a focused group of passionate communicators that work hard but have fun in the process,” explains Boyer. “On any given day you might find us at a TV station with a client, planning an events, orchestrating a brainstorming session, working with reporters or even playing in a community badminton tournament.”

      Outside of the office, Boyer says she and her employees participate as an agency in a number of charitable activities throughout the year and support groups including the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, YMCA Camp Ernst and Keep Covington Beautiful.

      Aside from the fun that Boyer has with her team at Scooter Media, she’s there to work hard representing a variety of businesses from startup to regional mid-sized organizations to companies that have a national presence. Some of the clients they’ve worked with in the last year include The Carnegie, Fidelity Investments, Tom + Chee, Skyward, Floor & Decor, Cucinova Urban Italian, People Working Cooperatively and Vorys.

      “The clients we are most excited about are those that inspire us in some form – from their work in the community to their passion for business to the impact their organization has on its target audience,” she says.

      One of the most common question Boyer encounters when she talks to others about her agency. Where did she come up with the name “Scooter Media”? Boyer says it was her husband who came up with it while he was at the Cannes Lions International Festival in Cannes, France.

      “While he was there he noticed how many people were using scooters to get around,” she explains. “In addition to how fun they were to ride, one of his big takeaways was how effective and efficient they were. When we started talking about the type of business I wanted to build, it occurred to me that I could bring the same principles of effectiveness and efficiency to our clients – but through print, radio, television and digital vehicles.”

      Boyer not only runs her agency, she’s also the founder of the blog Family Friendly Cincinnati. She founded it in 2009 with the goal of helping parents discover and rediscover all of the things that make Greater Cincinnati the place it is to raise a family. With a total of eight contributors, the blog covers everything from things to do and places to eat to small local businesses and nonprofits that inspire them.

      When asked what she hopes people will take away from hearing her story, Boyer says that she wants others to realize that they can incorporate their passions into what they do for a living.

      “When Scooter Media started in 2012, it was a one-person business operating out of a 220-square-foot office space,” says Boyer. “In just 3.5 years we’ve grown to five employees and now reside in a large storefront space in the Mother of God neighborhood in Covington.”

      “It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of long days and working on weekends, but I wouldn’t change a thing because I am doing what I love every day, collaborating with amazing clients and doing it alongside a group of talented people who are just as passionate about the work as I am.”

      Boyer says she’s excited about the surprises that 2016 will bring as her mind is always churning up new ideas, but she plans to maintain much of her focus on Scooter Media to ensure that her clients are given the best possible service. “We’re growing and I have a feeling that 2016 will see the addition of new team members, new clients and potentially the need to move into a bigger office space – still in Covington, of course,” she laughs.

      To learn more about Scooter Media, visit http://www.scootermediaco.com and click here to visit her Family Friendly Cincinnati blog.

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