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A unique market experience is making its way to Metro Dayton. Keep reading to learn more about this upscale, vintage-inspired market featuring original art, clothing, antiques, and so much more!

Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton features high-end market items in an indoor/outdoor setting.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton!
Tonya Ross, Promoter for Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton: Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, furniture, seasonal plantings, live music and food trucks. Vintage Market Days® events are so much more than a flea market. One of Country Living’s “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want To Miss!”

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it market?
Ross: Vintage Market Days® began in 2012 as an indoor/outdoor Paris flea market style event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We strive to make Vintage Market Days® more than just a sale. Vintage Market Days® is an event with it’s own theme, live music & a lot of charm! Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors from the local region and across the US to display their talents and passions in different venues.  The Market also provides the customer with a very special shopping experience and an opportunity for VMD™ to give back to the local community.

Cincy Chic: who’s behind the Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton?
Ross: I’m the promoter for Vintage Market Days® of Metro Dayton. I’m from a small town in east-central Indiana, a true mid-western girl! Growing-up with my 3 sisters, my family frequented and participated in auctions, garage sales, flea markets and antique shows. I LOVED the hustle and bustle of such events. VMD™ fuels my passion for mixing “old” with new, project management, creativity and philanthropy.

Cincy Chic: When is the next market being held and where?
Ross: Our next event, “Life’s a Garden” will be held June 1-3, 2018. The event is held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. Our parking area is located at 210 Fairground Road in Xenia, Ohio.

Cincy Chic: How many vendors can attendees expect?
Ross: Just under a 100 vendors.

Cincy Chic: What types of vendors will be at the event?
Ross: Antique, vintage, furniture, art, signs, garden, boutique/upcycled clothing, jewelry, children’s vendors including an author, pottery, specialized lighting, bath/body and snack/food trucks.

Cincy Chic: How far do people travel to attend the market?
Ross: We have people travel up to 4 hours to attend. Check out the local Bed and Breakfast or book an Airbnb, the area has a lot to offer.

Cincy Chic: How many guests are you expecting at the event?
Ross: Our average attendance is 6,000-10,000 per event.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase tickets?
Ross: Our website link for tickets is here. $10 for Early Buying Event. $5 General Admission. Group Discounts available-email metrodayton@vintagemarketdays.com for groups 10+.

Cincy Chic: What makes this market unique from other area markets?
Ross: Several items make our market unique- 1. We partner with local non-profits that benefit from our event. Our local non-profits are Making Strides against Breast Cancer and Circle of Victory, both benefit local cancer patients and their families. 2. We showcase local vendors and vendors from across the US. This event will have vendors from 19 different states. 3. Vendor success and customer shopping variety is our focus. We limit the number of vendors in the different categories to assist with their success and at the same time make sure the customer sees a large variety of vendors. 4. VMD™ offers a franchise opportunity. 5. You will experience professional live music, food trucks and juried vendors. Where else will you find fried pies from the South, antiques from the East, Midwestern goods and local favorites?

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Ross: Our website or our Facebook Event page.

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Microblading is taking the nation - and Tri-State - by storm. Learn about the local expert providing services to Dayton and Cincinnati’s northern neighborhoods.

 

Erica Kidder at Dayton Microblading offers microblading services for your eyebrows.

Erica Kidder, who has worked in the beauty industry since 2008, has focused on hair, waxing, and event style hair do’s. But now, Kidder is shifting her focus, and is making women all over the Tri-State feel beautiful and empowered.

Kidder started in 2008 at Square One Salon and Spa, in Centerville, Ohio, and has since expanded her horizons. Keeping up with all the new beauty trends, Kidder has decided to open a salon of her own, that holds a focus on microblading as early as May 2. “After five years, I left to explore a career as a small business owner- the past three years I’ve worked within Salon Lofts. Last year, my passion for the industry expanded into permanent makeup, and with the addition of microblading, I quickly outgrew my loft. I made the decision to focus almost exclusively on microblading and I am now leaving Salon Lofts and opening my first salon.”

Microblading is a newer concept, which is rapidly making its debut to the greater Cincinnati area. “When I discovered microblading, it was only popular in bigger cities,” explains Kidder. “I knew it was only a matter of time before it reached the Midwest. The service fascinated me. I love that there is an alternative to traditional permanent makeup, that typically leaves clients with a solid filled in eyebrow. Microblading offers the most natural result.”

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When someone talks about microblading, it can come off as a foreign concept. Microblading in short, is a non-permanent tattoo that fills and adds shape to one’s eyebrow, and Kidder understands just how important eyebrows are to women. “This luxury of a permanent makeup service replicates hair strokes in the eyebrow, creating fullness, definition and balance,” explains Kidder. “While microblading is deemed ‘semi-permanent,’ it is still in the ‘tattoo’ family. Due to the pigment being placed under the skin more superficially than a traditional tattoo, naturally it fades faster. Fading is considered a positive characteristic in microblading, as it allows for updates in shape, color and provides the ability to work with changes in aging skin.”

During a microblading appointment, Kidder says, you can expect to spend up to three hours at your initial appointment. During the first part of this session, she collaborates on a shape that is perfect for you. “We will take time to choose the appropriate pigment color based on your skin tone, and existing brow hair,” she says. “Once you approve your template, we will outline the brow and then provide anesthetics for comfort.”

The microblading is done with a small hand tool with sterile, disposable needles to implant pigment into the skin. The second appointment, which is included in the package price, will take place no sooner than four weeks of your initial appointment, and no later than 12 weeks after. “This is a touch up appointment and is absolutely imperative to your results,” Kidder says. “Without it, your results will not be optimal, as the service is only half done. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and it finishes the process.”

Since this new concept can generate many questions for the client, Kidder offers one-on-one consultations for $25. “During a consultation, I will cover every question a guest has, but most importantly I address expectations,” says Kidder. “We will talk shape, color, healing, pre-and post care, etc.”

Since microblading isn’t a permanent tattoo, it does require regular touch ups, fill ins, and a bit of TLC from the client after the session is finished. “For a tattoo,” says Kidder. “A machine is used to implant the pigment deep into the skin, versus microblading, a disposable manual hand tool with sterile one-time use needles is used to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin. This superficial placement allows for natural fading with the exfoliation of skin.”

Depending on skin type, lifestyle, aftercare, and environmental factors, every guest will retain pigment differently, according to Kidder. For example, she says, if you have oily skin, you are a smoker, or you swim, or tan regularly, you will require more touch ups. “Some guests however will require more sessions without any of these factors applying to them,” she adds. “If you want to maintain your brow, you must touch them up. They are designed to fade. Yearly touch ups are typical, and are $250. I offer a ‘perfecting session’ for guests who want to supplement their initial two appointments for $150. If you don’t need a third visit, a yearly touch up is sufficient.”

Kidder has an appreciation for microblading for many reasons, but her favorite is the empowerment the women have when they leave her salon. “Having the power to improve someone’s self-confidence is by far the most rewarding part of microblading,” says Kidder. “At the end of every service when I show my guest their new brows, I feel overwhelmed with the same amount of joy that they do. It’s truly incredible to see someone smile ear to ear because of something you did. Last October, breast cancer awareness month, I had a very eye opening experience. I chose to do a giveaway on social media for breast cancer survivors who lost their brow hair due to treatment. I chose four winners during the month. The time I was able to spend with each survivor was incredible, and it proved to me that microblading is so much more than aesthetic. It’s life changing. To give back a part of someone’s womanhood is truly a humbling experience. To this day, I still think about how thankful I am to be able to add to their stories.”

Kidder says she is thankful for her business growing quicker than she can keep up with, as she is booking clients into August. “I’m happy to see this service is gaining exposure.” says Kidder. Currently, Kidder is with Salon Lofts in Washington Park Plaza, and her microblading sessions are $500. Her first available opening is at the end of July.

To find out more about Kidder, or to book an appointment, click here.

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Learn about a brand new community coming to the Dayton Centerville area and the grand opening event this week where you can check it out for yourself.

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If you or a friend are looking for a new home north of Cincinnati near Centerville, listen up! M/I Homes is building a brand new community called “Wynstone” and it’s going to be BEAUTIFUL! Not only that, but it’s in a great location, with a great school district, and near some fabulous shopping! We just did a few stories recently on some awesome new Dayton/Centerville based shops popping up, so you’re definitely going to find some great stores to enjoy while living in this community!

You know what they say about shopping for a new home, location, location, location. This gorgeous new community features new homes in Montgomery County in the Centerville City School District. If you’re not familiar with this school district, it’s one of the only 7 districts to have received the Ohio Education Departments’ highest rating of Excellence each year since the schools rating inception in 2000. It was also awarded the United States Department of Education’s highest honor by becoming a Blue Ribbon School. I know that when looking for a new home that school districts are a big deal, as well as the general location of the community. This community is in a super convenient location with easy access to 75N, 1-675, 48 and 42, allowing you to get to both Dayton and Cincinnati quite easily! And another perk is its located close to the largest super regional mall in Dayton – Dayton Mall!

After learning more about the new homes they are building in this community, I can’t wait to see their model home at their grand opening opening event next week. They have such a great variety of homes ranging from ranch or single story homes to 2-story single family homes, with a variety of options to make the home really yours without the expense of building a custom home.   I fell in love with the Ainsley floorplan, with the option to have a 2-story family room or even an optional in-law suite built on the first floor! I can’t wait to walk through this floorplan now that the community is open!

With this new community just opening, they are hosting a Grand Opening of their stunning model home on Thursday, April 21st from 5-8pm. This event is going to be quite the celebration with the grand opening of a brand new professionally decorated model home called the Monroe. At the event you’ll get to see how Mary Cook Associates decorated and designed this gorgeous model home to utilize every inch of space. They will also be serving hors d’oeuvres and some delicious sweet treats, and will have raffle drawings and plenty of giveaways. If that’s not enough to get you there, they are also having live entertainment! I know I want to attend and hope to see you there – RSVP Today!

Check out all of the details about this community regarding the location, information on the homes, as well as more about the builder, M/I Homes on their website. They even have an aerial tour for you to get an idea of the where the community is!

For more information, contact:

Laura Kornaker
(513) 268-8460
SalesCinci@mihomes.com
 

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While some might think Dayton is the sleepy little town between here and Columbus, others would beg to differ. In fact, organizers of the first Dayton Fashion Week say it’s about to be the Midwest’s fashion hub.

 

Dayton Fashion Week was inspired and created by Junda Morris-Kennedy who says she’s always had a passion for fashion. Growing up with a mother, who taught her to sew at the young age of three, Morris-Kennedy became a fashion and pageantry enthusiast.

 

“I worked in the fashion industry for a while now. I just moved here to the Dayton area,” says Morris-Kennedy. “I did my market research for different events that happen in Dayton and with my background in the industry I decided to come up and put together Dayton’s first annual fashion week.”

 

Morris-Kennedy previously owned a Maryland-based modeling agency, while also producing pageants. She owns the National Miss Ebony U.S. pageant and even owns her own nail polish line. In regards to Dayton Fashion Week, Morris-Kennedy is most excited about the showcasing Dayton’s talent.

 

“I’m most excited about the momentum it has it brought to the city and all the artistic people it has given hope to within the city. This is an event that showcases talent and they [designers] don’t have to leave the city to show their talent,” she says.

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Dayton Fashion Week is filled with various events each day, ranging from live runway shows to social gatherings with celebrities. Set to launch on July 24, Dayton Fashion Week will be a week packed with the latest and greatest from designers from across the world. To start off the week, there will be a launch gala built for networking and showcasing the designers in participation with the fashion week. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to the Hospice of Dayton.

 

On Wednesday, there will be a fusion of music and fashion in Dayton’s downtown scene. Thursday is all about the little ones with a children’s inspired runway show featuring a local Dayton designer and the international design house of AM Victorious.

 

Friday’s events will continue on with an emerging designer and ready to wear showcase filled with a village full of vendors for attendees to explore. Lastly, Dayton Fashion Week concludes with a grand finale runway showcase within the Dayton Convention Center featuring international, local and other national designers. Tickets to attend events for Dayton Fashion Week range from $7-$160.

 

For more information about Dayton Fashion Week or to buy tickets to the events, visit www.daytonfashionweek.com.

 

 

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    An emerging fundraising-through-fashion event is now in three Ohio cities and looking at opportunities to expand. See how they’re encouraging independent designers to work together to support non-profit organizations and their missions.

    LUXE Gives Back wants to make a difference in its small part of the world through its new event LUXE, a marquee fashion fundraising event. 

    The events put on by LUXE Gives Back benefit non-profit organizations and each event features a theme with three key elements, according to Founders Lisa Robin Adkinson and Valerie Jones.

    Each event features a runway show with merchandise from a group of independent fashion and accessories designers. “We use volunteer models, often involved with our non-profit partner, that are diverse women representing the local community,” says Adkinson. 

    LUXE also features a pop-up marketplace that designers from the runway show set up to allow attendees to shop. “LUXE curates regional, indie designers to deliver truly unique merchandize,” she explains. What makes this pop-up experience unique, she adds, is that participation is by invitation only. 

    In addition to the pop-ups and runway shows, LUXE Magazine is a publication that goes out in conjunction with each event. “The magazine is designed with beautiful fashion spreads and feature articles about some of the amazing people supporting LUXE events alongside regular columns on style, beauty, business, arts, and inspiration,” says Adkinson.

    The inspiration for LUXE comes from the desire to help independent designers, especially in the Midwest, grow their customer base and expose them to unique designs and merchandise. 

    “There are plenty of marketplaces and vendor opportunities, but there isn’t one specifically focused on indie designers,” explains Adkinson. “Pop-up shops are extremely popular with shoppers and designers alike. Our inspiration was to bring designers together to work collaboratively to minimize marketing costs and build a viable fashion community. Plus, all of the designers involved also support our mission to give back.”

    There are still some remaining events for LUXE through the end of the year: 

    Saturday, September 14, 2019, LUXE Dayton + YWCA Dayton at the White House Event Center, downtown Dayton.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019, LUXE Cincy + COCA- Council on Child Abuse, an affiliate of Talbert House at Fueled Collective, Rookwood.

    Saturday, October 26, 2019, LUXE Columbus + National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at Versa Grandview.

    Adkinson says that what makes these LUXE events unique is that they want to engage sponsors and attendees alike, while helping beneficiaries feel supported.

    Adkinson says that 16 months after launching LUXE is now in three cities. “LUXE has filled a niche in the market, and we have received several requests to bring the concept to additional cities,” she says. 

    Currently, LUXE is working on 2020 events now, with LUXE Cincy + YWCA Cincinnati scheduled for March 14, 2020 at Fueled Collective.

    To learn more about LUXE, visit www.luxegivesback.com. There you can sign up for a complimentary subscription to the LUXE Magazine. Adkinson says those interested in modeling, stylists or hair and makeup, can submit interest here. Volunteers can click here and information on in-kind and paid sponsors is available here.

    To follow along with upcoming events and news, follow LUXE on Facebook and Instagram

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    Cheers! A local lady recently turned her extensive hospitality expertise into a mobile bar concept that can bring libations to any special occasion.

    Taylor Beach saw a need for an on-the-go bar company that could cater to special events around the city, so she launched Queen City Mobile Bar, which provides a portable bar along with beverage catering and professional bartending services.

    “We offer multiple types of packages to cater to any style of event and budget,” she says. 

    When asked why she was inspired to launch a mobile bartending service, she says she saw a gap for something just like what she could offer through Queen City Mobile Bar.

    “I wanted to fulfill a need and the desire to provide a high level of service for anyone, anywhere,” she says. “We want to provide the same level of service that you get going to a fine dining establishment or a top-rated event venue at your in-home party, wedding venue, office party, etc.”

    Beach also wants to take the stress off of those who are given the task of providing alcoholic beverages for a group of people. “Some people wouldn’t know where to begin,” she says. “That is where we come in to play. We take the hassle off your hands and bring the party and professionalism to you.”

    Beach, who is the founder and owner of Queen City Mobile Bar, has been in the food and beverage industry for 9 years, and has given a hard focus on fine dining. She also has her Level 2 Wine Certification through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.

    “Through this level of experience, I started the mobile bar service in 2016, covering events such as the Western & Southern Open Release Party, the @580 Apartments Grand Opening, and mayoral campaign fundraisers,” she says. 

    There are a variety of events that Queen City Mobile Bar can help you out with. “We will provide services to any private function, whether that be a wedding, rehearsal dinner, company party, fundraiser/charity event, or an in-home party,” she says. 

    Aside from its unique on-the-go services, Queen City Mobile Bar was built by and made for bartenders. “Ultimately, the bar is efficient – with 2 ice bins, storage shelves, full speed rack, built-in cutting boards, and a fruit caddy,” says Beach. “The bar is made to handle a crowd along with having a professional appearance for any occasion.”

    If you want to check out Queen City Mobile Bar for yourself, you can find the bar and Beach at the Greater Cincinnati Bridal & Wedding Expo in November. “We will have a booth set up showcasing our services and offering a special one-time offer discount to attendees,” adds Beach.

    Queen City Mobile Bar mainly covers Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but is willing to extend services to Dayton, Columbus, Lexington, and surrounding areas.

    To learn more about Queen City Mobile Bar and to stay in touch, “like” them on Facebook or visit their website at www.queencitymobilebar.com.

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    Learn about the Cincinnati-based sister duo behind a this unique mobile salon concept.

    One year ago, local sisters Meredith McCullough and Mallory Brackett decided to pursue their passion for hairstyling by creating their very own bridal hair business, M&M Hair Design. As you might have guessed, the “M&M” stands for “Mallory and Meredith”.

    “My sister and I are 15 months apart. We both graduated from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School back in 2007 and 2008. After working in a few salons, I landed a corporate job and kept advancing and my sister got married and had three children. A decade later, we got creative and wanted to be happy and fulfill our passion [for] helping others feel good,” declares McCullough, co-owner and stylist. 

    Their vision led them to creating M&M Hair Design, an onsite wedding hair service boutique. Their services are mobile, meaning they will come to any venue or location in the Cincinnati, Dayton, or Columbus areas. 

    M&M Hair Design offers hairstyling for brides, bridesmaids, mothers/mothers-in-law, and flower girls for the big day. They also offer styling for bachelorette parties as well as “Pin and Primp Princess Parties” for young girls that include hairstyling, craft-making, and goodie bags. They do offer trial styling services for brides and wedding parties to ensure everything is perfect before walking down the aisle. 

    “[M&M Hair Design] is a company that my sister and I built together so every wedding we do, we have so much passion and fulfillment in making the bride and her wedding party happy and beautiful,” says McCullough. 

    McCullough is also a real estate agent, and after building strong relationships with her clients, is often asked to help newlyweds find their first home together. “It is the most rewarding and blessed feeling in the world to me,” she says. 

    McCullough and Brackett have managed to find their niche and work seamlessly together. Many might think that running a business with your sister would cause friction, but not for these two. According to McCullough, “our rapport is one of a kind. We listen to our clients and build more of a relationship [rather] than just a service. We are honest and do quality work. Plus, we are two of the coolest stylist sisters out there!”  

    To inquire about M&M Hair Design’s styling services or see examples of their work, check out their Facebook page.

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    We’re taking you outside city limits for a bite to eat in a small town restaurant that’s all about local food and features handcrafted cocktails and 48 taps of craft beer.

    Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen is located in Sidney, Ohio, just north of Dayton.

    Nestled just off Interstate 75 is the small town of Sidney, Ohio. In this emerging community embracing the #eatlocal trend is the newly opened restaurant Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen.

    Murphy’s is owned by 22-year-old restauranteur Rocco Catanzarite. Although young, he’s motivated to create something great in his hometown.

    “Being born and raised in Sidney I know there isn’t really much to do here,” he says. “I found that all age groups kind of twiddle their thumbs on Friday and Saturday nights.”

    He wanted to change that with the opening of Murphy’s. Thanks to his start at the family business called Karoc Marathon, a convenience store and gas station that has become known as one of the largest beer and wine boutiques in the state of Ohio, Catanzarite was able to spread his wings and his network.

    He worked off the theory of “it’s all about who you know” and began reaching out to as many people as he could. Over time he was able to establish relationships to breweries and get his hands on hot new releases coming to the state and limited release beers.

    After months of preparation, planning, and continuing to reach out to contacts, Catanzarite opened Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen in downtown Sidney, offering big city vibes to a town of 20,000 people.

    “We pride ourselves on being the first to the party and doing fun things like putting popsicles in our cocktails and infusing bacon into vodka,” he says. 

    The menu at Murphy’s features popular items like the Nashville Hot Chicken, Braised Short Rib Poutine, Murphy’s Wings, and the Hangover Burger, which use local ingredients in their recipes. The restaurant also features weekly appetizer and burger specials so that there’s always something new to taste.

    There are 48 taps at Murphy’s as well, featuring Cincinnati beers like Rhinegeist and MadTree. But what makes the taps at Murphy’s unique is that they rotate out the beers, so the beer menu is constantly changing and new options are always available for craft beer lovers to try out. The cocktails at the restaurant are handcrafted and include favorites like the Pineapple Habanero Margarita, the Brown Derby, a French 75, and more like the draft cocktail and crowd favorite the Dreamsicle.

    “My goal at Murphy’s is to create an experience, from the moment that customer pulls the handle on the front door I want them to feel as if they are a part of something, something that when they leave they can’t wait to go back,” he says. 

    The experience he and his team of millennials offer at Murphy’s is something he hopes to continue to expand upon with future endeavors.

    “For the future there are many plans, a couple we are actually working on currently and plan to open within the next year and a half,” he says. “The goal is to really round out all our brands into one hospitality brand; customers will eat at our restaurants, grab a bottle of wine and some gas at Karoc, shop in our retail store, and stay in our hotel.”

    You can learn more about Murphy’s on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A new Dayton-based company makes hand-made, organic body care products that are not only good for you, but also good for the environment.

    Baba Love Organics offers skin care products that are good for you and the environment.

    If you’ve ever looked at the back of the bottle of one of your favorite lotions or skincare products, you’ll probably find several unfamiliar, and difficult to pronounce chemical names. While those chemicals might perform a job well, they might be good for you or too harsh for sensitive skin.

    In February of 2018, Dayton native Vaniti Byrd launched her very own skin and body care line, Baba Love Organics, so that consumers could find natural products that perform well, but are free from any harsh unfamiliar chemicals. 

    The company’s official launch included only four products but now has a range of 27 different face and body care items.

    The mission of Baba Love Organics is to support total well-being, inside and out. “What we use on the largest organ of our body is ultimately going into our body,” Byrd says. “If we are placing toxins on our skin, we are placing toxins in our body.” 

    The entire idea behind the brand was to create skincare formulas that are free from toxins, made with organic and raw ingredients, cruelty-free, and ethically packaged. 

    One of the ways Baba Love Organics has made an effort to stay true to their vision of sustainability is by hosting “Bring Your Old Bottle” events where fans and customers can come by to give old packaging a new life by refilling them with organic body butters and oils. These events also bring the community together and provide a way for Byrd and her team to get feedback from the customers in real life. 

    Another popular event the company holds is their “Masks and MUMosas” beauty brunch. They feature a DIY mask bar, bottomless mimosas, vegan brunch foods, and one-on-one facial consultations with Byrd herself. 

    As an Etsy-based shop with no brick-and-mortar location, it’s extraordinary that loyal customers get to have experiences like this. “The experience keeps customers excited about using plant-based beauty care products,” says Byrd. 

    With products ranging from tooth polish to “bath tea”, Baba Love Organics offers a variety of products for those looking for a natural approach to self-care. 

    To visit the Baba Love Organics online shop, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/babaloveorganics/. To follow along on the company’s Facebook page, click here.

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      The arrival of Memorial Day means that summer is almost here! We chat with the local woman who launched a luxury consignment resource about the latest trends heating up the new season ahead.

      The RealReal Cincinnati is a luxury consignment shop that handles shipping and selling your high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories.

       

      Consignment shopping is just one of the latest trends to hit the retail world and there’s one luxury consignment resource — the RealReal — that helps you sell women’s, men’s, kids, fine jewelry, watches, art, and more from the comfort of your own home. 

      “We ensure that every item on The RealReal is 100 percent the real thing, thanks to our dedicated team of authentication experts, horologists, and gemologists,” says Marisa Gouda, Luxury Manager of The RealReal Cincinnati.

      Thus far, The RealReal has sold more than 60 million items and more than 11 million customers across the globe.

      Recently, the Cincinnati market opened for complimentary white glove consignment pickups. “This means my Cincinnati clients no longer have to inventory or schlep items to UPS themselves,” says Gouda. “As Cincinnati’s Luxury Manager, I visit with my clients at their home, where I gather, inventory, and ship all items to our e-commerce for processing.”

      In addition to Cincinnati, Gouda also covers the Louisville and Dayton markets, which helps to make the consignment process more simple, convenient, and free.

      Marisa Gouda is the Luxury Manager for The RealReal Cincinnati.

      The inspiration behind The RealReal comes from sustainability. The luxury retail business is a $1.5 trillion industry and consignment allows items to follow the lifecycle of luxury.

      “We have a heavy focus on sustainability, even a partnership with Stella McCartney,” says Gouda. “And we know exactly how to tell real from counterfeit, from the quality of the leather to the zipper manufacturer.

      When you shop The RealReal you’ll find everything luxury. This includes handbags, clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, men, and kids, as well as fine jewelry, watches, and high-end home and art items.

      Prices from The RealReal are data-driven, based on the 60 million items that have been sold to date. “Pricing is never subjective,” says Gouda. “We price based on what we know the market can bear, and what we’ve sold in the past. I’ve seen prices as low at $13 and as high as $350,000.”

      While consignment is common, Gouda says there isn’t another online luxury platform that can match The RealReal’s authentication practices, pricing, and storage management.

      “We take care of everything – from shipping, photography, pricing, and copywriting – and we guarantee all items are 100 percent authentic,” she says.

      You can book an appointment with Gouda via email at marisa.gouda@therealreal.com or through her direct booking link. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn or shop the site at www.therealreal.com.

      BONUS: Anyone that books a 10+ item consignment pickup with Marisa via this article will receive a $100 coupon to shop the site – mention this article when you reach out to Marisa!

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