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A local beauty guru specializes in permanent makeup, microblading, ombre powder brows, lash extensions and lip blush. Read on for more!

For ShaTerra Jenkins, making others feel beautiful is a passion and profession. Jenkins Is the owner of Dayton Powder Brows, an upscale permanent makeup studio located in the heart of Oakwood near downtown Dayton. 

“We specialize in powder brows, ombre brows, microblading, permanent eyeliner, and velvet lip blush,” she says. 

The goal and mission of Dayton Powder Brows is to share a passion and talent with clients to help them achieve their maximum beauty and confidence.

The story behind Dayton Powder Brows dates back to 2011. 

“I constantly had clients asking me if I did or planned to do permanent makeup,” she explains. “I was honestly not interested at first. After many of my clients kept asking me and stating they would come to me if I did, I started researching microblading and permanent makeup training – the rest is history!”

ShaTerra Jenkins, Owner of Dayton Powder Brows

Dayton Powder Brows offers permanent makeup including microblading, ombre powder brows, eyeliner, and lip blush. She also offers lash extensions and makeup services for bridal and special occasions through her other business ShaTerra Jenkins Beauty Studio, which she operates separately from Dayton Powder Brows.

While it may feel like the beauty industry is over-saturated with microblading services, Dayton Powder Brows helps itself stand out. 

“We offer an array of services to give clients options and [we excel] at each one,” she says. “We take our time in educating clients and helping them figure out their best fit. We are also very adamant about continuing our own education to be the best for each client by keeping up on the newest styles and techniques.”

Dayton Powder Brows is making a name for itself in more than just the services it offers. The studio has also started offering affordable permanent makeup training options for those who have considered learning permanent makeup. 

“We accommodate each student, we are keeping our class sizes small, around 4 people, so that each student can receive individual assistance,” says Jenkins.

Visit www.daytonpowderbrows.com to learn more, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram. You can also learn more about the training sessions by clicking here

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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.”

Erica Kidder of Dayton Microblading

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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Change up your beauty routine this summer with new hair, lashes, or a customized filler service.

The Lash Loft in Troy, Ohio, offers lash extensions, brow services, hair extensions, and a variety of hair services.

Just north of Dayton is Troy, Ohio, home to The Lash Loft. 

The Lash Loft is a boutique salon offering high-quality services such as lash extensions, hair extensions, microblading, and powder brows. 

Carey Canter, the founder of The Lash Loft, says that she wants to help her clients find their inner and outer beauty when they walk through the door. 

“I want every one of my clients to fall in love with their hair, their new lashes, or their freshly done microbladed brows,” she says. “I find it fulfilling to be able to help a woman fall in love with herself for the first time, or to fall in love with a new look she was once afraid to try out.”

As we head into summer, Canter says that she’s expecting a number of trends to continue throughout the summer, especially when it comes to hair extensions. And while there are a variety available, she knows that it can be a difficult decision to commit to for clients. However, she wants them to know they are in good hands when they see her.

“I believe that it’s about finding the right one for you, and that being the key to having the hair that you want,” she says.

When it comes to eyebrows, microblading is a popular service she doesn’t see going anywhere. In addition to microblading, she says that brow lamination is also a popular option. In fact, she sees many clients turning the lamination into a more semi-permanent look by using a combination microblading and machine shading.

Hair extensions are an available service at The Lash Loft.

Lashes have also taken over in the beauty industry, and when it comes to lash extensions, she says that she’s seeing trends in using colored lashes and creating different types of looks like a cat eye, a doll eye, and even super glam sets being popular among clients. 

For those who are looking to give their skin a boost, she says The Lash Loft also has a nurse practitioner on staff who offers Botox filler, microneedling, and IPL laser treatments for clients

“Receiving a service that involves microneedling and Botox is really life-changing,” says Canter.

The most in-demand services at The Lash Loft are the three main offerings: lash extensions, hair extensions, and microblading. 

“We love being able to create an entire look for our clients from beautiful, voluminous, and trendy blonding, highlighted hair extensions to applying a full set of faux mink lashes and finishing off the look with a beautiful combo brow using microblading and machine shading,” she says. “All of this to create a new look, and a new you.”

The Lash Loft is located at 123 E Main Street in Troy, Ohio. You can keep up with them, and book your next appointment, on Facebook and Instagram. You can also directly book appointments here.

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    A local business accelerator supporting female entrepreneurs is celebrating a decade. Click here to read more about past program participants and what the future looks like for this organization.

    Aviatra Accelerators offers support to female entrepreneurs and businesses owners in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

    Aviatra Accelerators wants to help female entrepreneurs surpass their goals of successfully owning their own business. And they’ve been doing that for 10 years now. 

    “We are a full-service resource center for female founders and women-owned businesses,” explains Aviatra Accelerators President and CEO Nancy Aichholz. 

    Aviatra Accelerators serves all women, in all industries, at any sage of the business cycle. “We have operations in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton and are looking to expand regionally,” she says. “We also provide digital curriculum for women outside of our current services areas.”

    The ultimate goal with a female business owners works with Aviatra Accelerators is to empower female founders from idea to exit, and everything in between.

    As the 10 year anniversary approaches, Aviatra Accelerators has now served more than 2,500 women since they were established as one of the first incubator/accelerator programs in the region.

    “Our top women have broken the $1 billion mark in combined earned revenues over the 10 years,” says Aichholz. “We are so encouraged by the success of our female founders that we know we will be around for a very long time!”

    Celebrations for the anniversary will include highlighting an “Aviatra of the Month” through podcasts, social media, newsletter articles, and more. Then, in September, they will host an Aviatra Expo, where the community can come and be introduced to the Aviatras’ businesses, followed by a cocktail and networking celebration on September 30. 

    One of the women who have joined along for the journey with Aviatra Accelerators is Shauntel Dobbins of Financially U

    “Financially U is a financial resource network providing credit building, budget and savings strategies, personal finance workshops, tax preparation, and notary public/signing agent in a nonjudgmental atmosphere,” explains Dobbins.

    With a passion for helping individuals adopt a mindset and set of behaviors that lead to financial success, Dobbins offers these services to clients, minus the judgement. 

    “Financial decisions are not made in a vacuum,” she says. “We are products of our environment, cultures, and beliefs.”

    The decision for Dobbins to get involved with Aviatra Accelerators was encouraged by a fellow entrepreneur who participated in the accelerator and enjoyed it. “She explained how it helped her business and encouraged me to attend Explore,” she says. And the rest is history. 

    The program, according to Dobbins, offers female entrepreneurs support, networking strategies, empowerment, and mentorship from a female perspective.

    And the support and connections Dobbins has made along the way are what made Aviatra so special to her. 

    Shauntel Dobbins, Founder of Financially U and Aviatra Accelerators participant.

    “I have enjoyed the ongoing support that Aviatra Alumni receive once the class has ended,” she says. “I have seen Aviatra Alumni come back and assist those participating in the program. Aviatra is the best!”

    As one cohort finishes at Aviatra Accelerators, another one steps up to the plate. Aviatra is currently accepting applications for their LAUNCH accelerator, which runs from June 2 through August and culminates on September 2 at the Flight Night Pitch Competition. To learn more or apply for the accelerator, click here.
     
    After a year turned upside down by a global pandemic, Aviatra Accelerators isn’t halting their expansion plans. In fact, Aichholz says that during COVID they opened operations in Dayton and are looking forward to starting their third cohort in Cincinnati in May.

    “We will be expanding our use of Aviatra365, our digital product for the rural entrepreneur, or them who has kids at home and can’t come to a cohort, or the corporate executive who travels and can’t commit to a weekly cohort class,” she says. 

    To learn more about Aviatra Accelerators or to sign up for their newsletter, visit https://aviatraaccelerators.org. They’re also on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
     

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      Click here to read about an all-in-one design studio, Airbnb, music recording studio, and so much more.

       
      The 1890 Bricky House serves as a home, Airbnb, creative studio, music recording studio, and community space. Photo: Robbie Barnett
      When Mandy Lehman was looking for a house, she knew she wanted something that was big enough to house the community she’s created while remaining in a creative, down-to-earth neighborhood. 
       
      She got all of that and more when she found a Victorian home she calls The 1890 Bricky House. 
       
      “The 1890 Bricky House is our house and studio,” explains Lehman. “I run Manman Studios out of it, which includes interior design, graphic design, photography, and a music studio. We also rent it out for events and photoshoots and have an Airbnb space in it that we rent out for overnights.”
       
      When Lehman found the house and announced she’d be remodeling it, she said a lot of people told her she was crazy.
       
      “It was pretty dilapidated to be honest,” she says. “Early on, we named it The 1890 ‘Bricky’ House. Bricky Vicki, for short, because the word ‘bricky’ was slang for ‘fearless’ in the Victorian era, when this house was built, and we felt like that’s what we were doing by taking on this big of a renovation. We had to go into it with on fear and embrace the process.”
      The 1890 Bricky House can be rented out for photoshoots and events. It also offers Airbnb stays. Photo: Laura Cianciolo
       
      Much of the inspiration for the home’s renovation came from places that Lehman enjoys spending time in, like restaurants, bars, and creative spaces. 
       
      “We thought ‘why do we all go outside of our homes to hang out in cool places? Why don’t we make our own houses feel that inspiring to be in?,'” she says. “So that’s what we did! Not that we never like to go out anywhere, but it has made our house the place our friends and us like hanging out in the most, which is really fun!”
       
      Lehman, who lives in the home alongside her husband Aaron, says that people have shown interest in renting The 1890 Bricky House for events, photoshoots, and overnights, so they decided to give it a try. “It’s been a fun way to have community with others and meet new people, and I’m always changing the decor around so I think that makes it fun for our guests,” she adds.
       
      The house serves a plethora of purposes, including the home base for Manman Studios, her husband’s music studio Dark Sun Recording. “This house is a culmination of both of our tastes, which is what makes it home for us,” says Lehman. “It’s a constant work in progress and it’ll probably never be finished, as any old house homeowner will tell you.”
       
      Anywhere in the house can be rented out, even the master bedroom and ensuite, for events or photoshoots. “A quarter of the house can be rented out for overnights/Airbnb stays as the apartment has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room,” says Lehman. “You can also rent out Dark Sun Recording’s music studios for rehearsals or recording.”
       
      Lehman says that what makes The 1890 Bricky House unique is that it offers so much.
       
      “It’s layered, artistic, eclectic and ever-changing,” she says. “It encompasses so many local and independent artists and craftsmen in one space. Everywhere you turn and every corner, even little tiny spaces you may not immediately notice have been paid attention to and thought out. It has a warm, welcoming vibe and we try to accommodate our guests however we can, whether that means moving furniture around to better suit their needs, connecting them to decorators or event planners or if that means giving them space to themselves, we love getting to share something we’ve worked so hard on to create and seeing others enjoy it too makes us feel it was all worth it!”
       
      With a new season upon us, Lehman says that for 2021 they are planning to add a large indoor/outdoor space with glass garage doors to open up to the backyard. They’re also hoping to finish the front and back landscaping, which includes a tiled patio and plenty of greenery.
       
      The 1890 Bricky House is located at 330 6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky. You can learn more about The 1890 Bricky House on Instagram. To get pricing information, visit the home’s website.

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        We've got spirit, yes we do! Click here to read more about a local designer offering unique spirit wear items and handcrafted home decor.

        OBC’s Innovative Designs offers spirit wear and home decor items.

        When it comes to fashion, we don’t want to be wearing the same thing as the person next to us. That desire for custom clothing isn’t unique to just one person, and Jennifer Curtis is here to help.

        Curtis is the founder of OBC’s Innovative Designs, a small business that designs and makes custom clothing and home decor.

        “I focus on providing soft and cozy items like clothing, pillows, and blankets with fun and unique designs,” she explains. “I also make handcrafted items from felt, wood, and yard that have a cozy home vibe.” 

        The inspiration for OBC’s Innovative Designs came about in 2011 when Curtis was struggling to find the styles of custom clothing she wanted. “I was coaching competition cheerleading and had specific ideas in mind for spirit wear,” she says. “Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided to figure out how to make it myself.”

        The Etsy shop launched in 2011, and Curtis signed up to sell her items at events and she started to sell locally to sports organizations. From there, the rest is history. By fall 2011 she was asked to make spirit wear for a gym in Texas and has been busy ever since.

        Curtis is the one-woman show behind OBC’s Innovative Designs. “I work a lot of long hours and wear a lot of hats,” she says. “I am the creator, designer, maker, accountant, buyer, researching, and marketing person, etc.”

        While Curtis is the one who runs the business, she says she enjoys the job and feels fortunate to be able to make things that others enjoy.

        When you shop OBC’s Innovative Designs, you’ll find that there are original items for sports groups, small businesses, and events. “I can put the designs on shirts, pants, blankets, pillows, accessories and much more,” says Curtis. 

        Additionally, her home decor items are made from wood, felt, and yard, and she offers heirloom quality pieces that can take more than 10 hours to make.

        While the concept of a spirit wear and home decor design business isn’t uncommon, OBC’s Innovative Designs are unique because they aren’t mass produced. “You will not see a hundred other people with the same shirt, blanket, or home decor item,” she adds. “Many of my hand crafted home decor items are one-of-a-kind, so you are truly getting something special. I personally like having things that are a bit different and unique, so I try to offer that to my customers.” 

        Curtis is looking forward to the start of a new decade with OBC’s Innovative Designs.

        “Last year, I purchased a Glowforge 3D laser printer because I really wanted to create custom pieces from wood and leather,” she says. “I started out making ornaments last year and people seemed to really like those.”

        So this year, she plans on giving some attention to create new items like leather-patched ball caps, tiered tray decor, and door signs. “I will be making these items for Vintage Market Days and other spring events,” she says. “I am also working with sublimation; I’m just starting this process, so I need to make sure I can offer the right quality before I offer to sell it.”

        Although the website is currently under construction, Curtis says that she does still sell limited items on Etsy

        Curtis will be at the upcoming Vintage Market Days Cincinnati/Dayton event April 16-18, as well as other local Cincinnati events this year. You can find photos of her work on Facebook and Instagram.

         

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        Grab your bride tribe and head to West Chester for a day of upscale, customizable services to prepare you for the big day. 

        When you visit Simplicity Salon, you’ll find that the experience is fully customized to fit your personal needs. According to owner Angela Cash, the inspiration behind Simplicity Salon is just that—simplicity.  

        “It’s our name and our motto,” she says. “From our decor to our service menu, we strive to keep beauty simple. Our products and services are upscale but the salon is simple, relaxed, and comfortable.”  

        The small, casual atmosphere at Simplicity Salon has been around since 2009 when Cash went out on her own after she decided to become a licensed nail technician “just for fun” while she was in college. 

        Services currently available at Simplicity Salon include hair, nails, pedicures, skin care, dermaplaning, facials, full-body waxing, lash extensions, and custom airbrush spray tans. The salon also has an in-house Brazilian waxing and spray tax expert.  

        Cash says that what makes her salon unique is that the team offers many years of industry experience and a wide variety of services in a small, intimate space. 

        “We use high-end, quality products and hand make all of our pedicure products,” she says. “They can be customized for each client’s aromatherapy preference.” 

        Simplicity Salon also offers something for everyone – male or female. 

        “We have created a space that offers something for the whole family and we specialize in maximizing our time with you,” she says. “All of our services are designed to be results-oriented and thorough but efficient.” 

        Cash says to think about their efficiency in terms of getting a manicure or pedicure while your hair color processes. 

        “In today’s world, not everyone wants to spend two hours on a manicure and pedicure so we offer express versions that get results in half the time,” she adds.

        For brides in search of a salon to cater to their big day needs, Simplicity Salon offers custom-built packages to match the needs of every bride. 

        Packages include everything needed to get prepared in the weeks prior to the big day. “We always recommend starting a couple weeks before so that we can be sure everything from deep conditioning treatments to hair color to manis and pedis and spray tans are scheduled on the perfect timeline,” says Cash. 

        She says that the salon also enjoys hosting bride tribes for mani/pedi parties and spray tan parties before the big day as well.

        “It’s so much easier to have a one-stop-shop for all of the bridal party beauty needs,” adds Cash. “We can also recommend a stylist and makeup artist for on-location services the day of the wedding. We are small enough to make special accommodations for each bride’s needs and when the whole bridal party comes in we make arrangements for them to have the salon to themselves.” 

        Cash says that a new nail service was just added to the menu list at Simplicity Salon. They are Soft Gel Tips that feel like your own nails, only better, she says. “Made with lighter-than-air material, these tips are designed to move with the contour of the natural nail for a perfect sitting, strong, and more break-resistant design,” she adds.

        Simplicity Salon is located at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester. You can learn more about the salon at www.simplicityhairandnails.com. They’re also on Facebook and Instagram

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