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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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    It’s almost Wedding Season again! For our annual bridal issue, we chat with the founder of a new web series that highlights the pros in the region’s wedding industry.

    Kathy Piech-Lukas has plenty of experience in the wedding planning industry. She’s planning hundreds of weddings over the years and has more than 20 years of event planning experience.

    The passion for weddings came from planning her own wedding.

    “Fourteen years ago there were no reality shows, so I assumed wedding planners were like those in the movies for wealthy people,” she explains. “I didn’t realize that wedding planners could be so helpful to an average person like me.”

    Piech-Lukas is the sole owner and planner at Your Dream Day, a wedding planning company that serves brides and grooms in Cincinnati and Dayton.

    But after years in the industry she’s taking on a new branch to her wedding planning services – a new wedding planning web series hosting by Piech-Lukas where you can watch and meet dozens of Cincinnati and Dayton’s top wedding professionals.

    In her new web series, Piech-Lukas ventures throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton areas to talk with bridal boutiques, venues, florists, and other vendors who are there to help you make the biggest day of your life perfect.

    So far Piech-Lukas has spoken with locally-based bridal stores, visited other boutiques, and talked about the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see this wedding season.

    “Every story is original and every vendor is unique,” she says when talking about the businesses she visits to highlight on her web series and sharing the stories they have to offer.

    Piech-Lukas says that Aisle Do just seemed like the perfect idea when it comes to better serving her clients.

    Because clients bring their own inspiration for each event, she wanted to be able to showcase venues, vendors, and others who can help to make a bride’s big day even better, because no two weddings are the same.

    To give followers even more when it comes to connecting with those in the wedding industry, Piech-Lukas says that she will do social media takeovers for the major bridal shows in Cincinnati, including BridalRama, Cincinnati Wedding Showcase, Ohio Wedding Shows, and A Bride’s Mafia.

    “We go around to each vendor to interview them to get exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage the day of the event,” she says. “Our next takeover is coming up Wednesday at Music Hall!”

    Learn more about Aisle Do on InstagramFacebook or follow along on the YouTube channel. To learn more about Your Dream Day and the wedding planning services offered, visit here.

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    A local company with a purpose is working with local businesses to support women with post-mastectomy clothes that are comfortable and stylish.

    With Grace B. Bold offers post-mastectomy wear for breast cancer patients.

    Megan Sullivan’s business With Grace B. Bold was launched to help women who are dealing with post-mastectomy drains feel like their clothing could be both fashionable and functional. In the time since the brand’s launch With Grace B. Bold was able to successfully reaching its Kickstarter campaign goal.

    “Our collection officially launched after our first round of production and was completed this past November, almost exactly a year later, and our products are now available for purchase,” says Sullivan.

    Since Cincy Chic last spoke with Sullivan, she says the brand has created partnerships and grown in more ways than she could imagine.

    “We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from our hospital partners, and are growing those partnerships to expand outside of the Cincinnati region,” she explains. “We’re continuing our organic outreach and are moving out of Cincinnati into neighboring cities like Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis with the the hopes of moving toward national expansion.”

    Sullivan’s dream for the brand is to ultimately become a nationally and even globally recognized fashion company.

    When it comes to her products, Sullivan says that With Grace B. hold has seen overwhelming success in selling The Eileen, the top without the post-surgical drain pocket.

    “So many women have wanted to buy The Eileen to support our mission, and because they love the style,” she says. “I’ve also found that The Eileen has so many uses for reasons outside of breast cancer, such as other upper body surgeries and other mobility concerns.”

    Not only has the style of the products enticed customers to purchase products, but the bamboo fabric they are made out of has been key in contributing to the brand’s success.

    “One of my clients specifically mentioned how amazing it was after experiencing radiation burns that left her with literally no options for clothing other than The Eileen,” says Sullivan. “Other fabrics irritated her skin, and nothing looked appropriate to wear without a bra underneath. The Eileen solved all of those issues.”

    With Grace B. Bold is no longer just available online, it’s also sold in stores.

    Megan Sullivan, Founder of With Grace B. Bold

    “As part of the partnerships we’re creating, we’ve had great success in marketing the brand to local clothing boutiques,” explains Sullivan. “So far we’re offering our products at LouLou’s and Leeta Ruth, and have more partnerships soon to debut.”

    Sullivan says that when With Grace B. Bold gets to partner with local boutiques and other brands is that the business is able to support the local maker community.

    “With so much talent is coming out of Cincinnati, and it’s amazing to come together to support each other and our missions,” she adds.

    With Grace B. Bold recently completed a successful fundraising round on Kiva, a loan program that helps to fund start-up companies with social purpose.

    “We successfully raised $10,000, which will help to supplement our second round of manufacturing and development of a few products we aim to debut soon,” says Sullivan. “We’re always looking for fundraising opportunities, and though we don’t have any more on the calendar as of now, we’re always keeping an eye out.”

    Sullivan says that she’s most excited about the products With Grace B. Bold is working on debuting.

    “We’re working on a few tweaks and enhancements to our current pieces, and hope to launch a few new products in 2019 as well,” she says. “Stay tuned!”

    To learn more about With Grace B. Bold, visit withgracebbold.com, where you can find frequent updates on progress and news. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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    Those who have trouble sleeping can turn to a healthy alternative and wake up feeling rested. Click for all the snooze-worthy details.

    Snoooze is a healthy alternative to helping you get to and stay asleep.

    Having trouble getting to and staying asleep? Snoooze USA wants to help with that.

    “Snoooze is an all-natural drink with sleep-inducing herbs like passion flower, valerian, lemon balm, and lime blossom,” explains Sales Manager Debra Bissantz. “It tastes like an herbal tea with natural hop and peppermint.”

    Bissantz says the company was founded in Austria, by Han Vriens, a food and beverage expert. However, Snoooze USA is run by Rick Ross out of Hebron, Kentucky.

    “Han Vriens was inspired to launch Snoooze because sleep strengthens the immune system, mind, and performance,” says Bissantz. “In addition, sleep enhances mood, stimulates creativity, and helps us manage our weight.”

    The idea behind Snoooze is to have the drink 20-30 minutes before you want to go to bed, that way, your body can be ready to sleep when you’re ready for it. There are two different strengths available from Snoooze to ensure that you’re well rested for whatever you may have planned the next day: Snoooze Regular and Snoooze Strong. 

    What makes Snoooze unique from other teas and products that aim to help you sleep better is that it contains zero chemicals and zero melatonin. “This means that customers won’t wake up the next day feeling groggy as you often do when you take melatonin,” adds Bissantz.

    Additionally, Snoooze won’t cause an addiction or dependency like some see with other sleep aids. “The herbal and natural ingredients in Snoooze cannot cause dependency or addiction,” according to the Snoooze website. “On the contrary – the natural herbs in Snoooze support your natural sleep cycles and help promote healthy and restful sleep so you can feel regenerated and ready for whatever happens the next day.”

    The website also states that this product is most ideal for healthy adults who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night due to work-related or family stress.

    “Most healthy American adults experience this type of stress during the work week and therefore sleep less than they should,” the website states. “Many adults with such sleep deficit are often unaware that their lack of sleep leads to lower memory capacity, decreased mental performance, and lower immune strength.”

    Customers can shop Snoooze online, on Amazon, or by visiting these Cincinnati locations:

    • Clifton Health Foods
    • Jungle Jim’s
    • Unlimited Health Foods (Dayton)
    • Kristina Ashley LMT (Florence)
    • Fitzgerald’s Pharmacy (Bethel, Williamsburg, Seaman)

    Snoooze is continuing to expand across the country since it first launched in the Tri-State in Spring 2018.

    To learn more about Snoooze, visit https://us.snoooze.co/. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re interested in becoming a distributing, send Bissantz and email at DBissantz@snooozeusa.com.

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      Rooted in empowering female entrepreneurs, a Columbus-based movement is spreading its roots to the Queen City. Read in for all the inner-diva-inspiring details.

      The Diva Movement strives to empower other female entrepreneurs and leaders.

      Behind every successful woman is a group of women who are cheering her on. In an effort to provide women with a supportive and inspiring community of fellow leaders and entrepreneurs, The Diva Movement was created.

      “The Diva Movement is a community of women leaders and entrepreneurs where we provide support, tools, and resources to help women grow as they are growing their business,” explains CEO and Founder Noni Banks. “We offer online personal and business development resources, networking, events, entrepreneur workshops, and opportunities for women to connect in our private Facebook group.”

      Banks says that she was inspired to launch The Diva Movement off a quote by W.E.B. Dubois: “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

      “I was at a place in my life where I was tired of waking up every day and not being fulfilled,” explains Banks. “I was going through a divorce and I realized that I consistently placed my hopes and dreams on the back burner, while I pushed and [helped] build someone else’s dream.”

      In an effort to help build the dreams of the women around her, Banks launched The Diva Movement, which in 2018 served more than 600 women at 13 Diva Movement events. The organization also trained 50 female entrepreneurs in the workshop series for small business owners, mentored 75 female entrepreneurs, reached 18,000 followers in 16 countries on social media, and served 63 girls in the leadership session.

      “What started as a book club with 15 people has now grown into an organization with more than 300 members,” adds Banks.

      Every week there are women who join The Diva Movement and are sharing their stories of how they’ve reached the same point in their lives that Banks did – they want to pursue their own dreams and build on their own passions.

      “They are tired of playing small, tired of their voices not being heard, tired of not having a seat at the table, and tired of not believing that their vision for their lives matters,” says Banks.

      The main mission behind The Diva Movement was to create an organization that understands the challenges of women who were running a business, raising a family, and working a full-time job.

      “I wanted to create a space where these women could thrive,” says Banks. “We designed the memberships, services, and events to support these women by helping them grow as they are growing their businesses.”

      Noni Banks, Founder of The Diva Movement

      There are three levels of membership available with The Diva Movement. Membership is available for individuals and entrepreneurs as well as small business group memberships for companies and organizations.

      Member highlights with The Diva Movement include:

      • Membership pricing to select events
      • Access to member only events
      • Share your expertise as a guest blogger
      • Business mentoring sessions
      • Special vendor advertising rates
      • Opportunity to promote products or services on Facebook group
      • Personal and entrepreneurial downloads and resources
      • Access to connect with a supportive online community of women in a private Facebook group
      • Diva deals and discounts

      According to Banks, the uniqueness behind The Diva Movement is its design to meet the needs of women who are working a full-time job and running a business.

      “Our networking events are known for creating a dynamic, inspirational, and fun atmosphere where women can connect in meaningful and authentic ways,” says Banks. “Guests connect with other like-minded women and learn from our featured speakers of women leaders and entrepreneurs while having fun.”

      To give women a glimpse into what The Diva Movement can do for them, the organization is hosting The 2019 Women’s Wealth and Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 26, at The Ohio Deaf Alumni Association Center in Westerville.

      “The Expo provides resources, education, and tools to help improve the financial health and overall wellness for women,” explains Banks. “The Expo is a community event that brings together hundreds of women for a day of education, inspiration and fun. Guests will enjoy fitness demos, financial professionals, business resources, and beauty and wellness experts.”

      The history of The Expo goes back to 2014 when Banks was coming out of her divorce. She found herself as the single mom of four boys and needed to rebuild herself – emotionally, physically, and financially.

      “I thought it would be great to host an event where women can be equipped with the education, strategies, and tools to rebuild their lives,” says Banks. “In my mind, I only expected maybe 50 women to be interested. Unbelievably, over 200 women attended, and the rest is history. We have hosted over 2,000 women and we are expecting a wonderful turnout this year.”

      Banks says that new chapters of The Diva Movement are opening in both Dayton and Cincinnati this year.

      “We are working with women in a handful of countries to collaborate on some Diva Movement workshops, initiatives, and events,” adds Banks.

      To learn more about The Diva Movement, visit www.thedivamovement.org. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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        Rooted in faith and a desire to make the world a little brighter, one local lady decided to take the leap into her own apparel business. Read on to hear more about the positivity she’s weaving into the community one trendy thread at a time. 

        At a time when it seems like the world is becoming more negative by the day, Whitley wanted to take her faith and spread it – one T-shirt at a time – through her business Blessed Attire.

        “Blessed Attire is a faith-based apparel and specialty items company featuring trendy men’s, women’s, and kid’s apparel as well as jewelry, signs, hats, and other items with more being added,” explains Whitley.

        The goal of the items sold by Blessed Attire is to spread positive messages to those who buy and see them while also starting the conversation of faith.

        “The world we live in is becoming more and more negative and chaotic as time passes,” says Whitley. “News stories, social media, etc. all report on the terrible things happening in our society but only rarely talk about the amazing things happening. This is where we come in. Blessed Attire is about spreading positive messages.”

        Andrea Whitley is a lifelong Cincinnatian. She also has deep roots in her faith and what she believes in.

        Whitley wants to change the narrative on seeing negative stories everywhere. “If we can start a conversation and change someone’s day then I am doing something right,” she says. “If someone buys a shirt that say ‘Be still know’ and it makes someone ask ‘what does that mean’ – just think of the impact.”

        Blessed Attire is owned by Andrea Whitley, alongside her husband and daughter. Blessed Attire offers faith-based apparel, jewelry, and accessories.

        Blessed Attire offers shirts and necklaces that say things like ‘just breathe’ and it helps someone breathe and calm a little – Whitley says that’s the kind of thing that keeps her going.

        All of the designs offered from Blessed Attire – from “blessed” to “love” – means something. “You are blessed and loved,” says Whitley. “You are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and if you ‘just breathe,’ you can handle anything.”

        All in all, Whitley says that the inspiration behind Blessed Attire is to let others know they are blessed and loved while also spreading positivity and faith to help make a difference in the world.

        When you shop Blessed Attire you will find men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.

        “We offer everything from T-shirts and hoodies to boutique styles,” says Whitley. “We also offer a wide range of sizes including plus sizes and we do not up-charge for plus/curvy sizes.”

        According to Whitley, some of the top selling pieces available from Blessed Attire include the hats and the women’s boutique styles. Because the store offers so many different items and designs, it can help customers to feel comfortable in what they select.

        Blessed Attire tries to keep prices fair and affordable for every size wallet. Most of the apparel items range from $22 to $40, hats run from $20 to $22 depending on the style, and the jewelry averages around $20.

        Aside from its passion for offering faith-based apparel, Blessed Attire also stands out in other ways.

        “When Blessed Attire was first opened, one of the goals was to give back to the community,” says Whitley. “We do that through our Church Partner Program. It is a 5 percent giveback program for organizations and churches to assist with mission trips, education programs, and more.”

        Additionally, the majority of items from Blessed Attire are original designs. Whitley says she creates a large majority of the designs and loves getting new ideas from customers. “I’m usually able to add a new design to the website within 48 hours,” she adds.

        You’ll be seeing a lot more of Blessed Attire in 2019, and Whitley says she couldn’t be more excited.

        You can find products for men, women, and children at Blessed Attire.

        Come January, Blessed Attire will be moving to a larger space within the Monarch Market Shoppes to Inspire, allowing the store to add new items and expand its line.

        Whitley will also be adding new athletic items in 2019 and plans on releasing new designs for all online apparel in February.

        A new blog and marketing plans are also in the works as Blessed Attire aims to have its products in 8 retail stores in the coming year.

        To learn more about Blessed Attire, visit www.blessedattire.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, or check out the products in person at the Monarch Market Shoppes to Inspire inside the Dayton Mall.

        To get in contact with Whitley, you can call her at 513-532-1494 or send her an email at awhitley@blessedattire.com.

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          From running a business out of a spare bedroom to a fashion empire with stores in Wilmington and a second store now open in Hyde Park, a local lady is out to give shoppers trendy options without breaking the bank. Read on to learn more.

          Everyday Chic Boutique is a women’s clothing store with locations in Wilmington and Hyde Park.

          Since its opening in May 2014, Everyday Chic Boutique has seen nothing but growth.

          Karli Harris, the boss lady behind the business, first launched the business from a spare room in her house.

          After she graduated from college, Harris was working for Wright-Patt Credit Union in Dayton. While at work, she found that she wanted to feel trendy in her clothing option, but didn’t want to break the bank either.

          That’s when she came up with the idea for Everyday Chic Boutique, and now she’s opened a second location in Hyde Park Square at 2643 Erie Avenue.

          Harris says that she chose a spot in Hyde Park because she wanted to open another location of Everyday Chic Boutique closer to the city, but while still maintaining the store’s “small town feel.”

          “I avoided strips or malls when pursuing a new area, so when I found the Square I instantly fell in love with its charm and history, and I knew this was the right spot for Everyday Chic Boutique,” she says.

          The new location opened its doors on November 17, with hours 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

          Although they’re already open, Harris says she’s planning on a big celebration with a Grand Opening event in January.

          At Everyday Chic Boutique, you’ll find brands like Free People, Bed|Stu, and 7 For All Mankind among a wide selection of privately-labeled pieces.

          “We have apparel, denim, shoes, accessories, and gifts,” says Harris. “We also make it a priority to purchase lines available that focus on giving back to the community and environment such as Love Your Melon, Cecelia Jewelry, and Noah & Co Candles.”

          Harris says that what makes Everyday Chic Boutique different from other boutiques is that it aims to change the way women shop while also offering a personalized experience that she says she wasn’t getting at big box stores.

          “Fast forward 6 years and we’ve expanded our original store into a 2,500-square-foot location and are opening new storefronts,” she says.

          Harris personally selects every piece that hits the floor to ensure that customers are given a unique and high-quality selection to choose from when they shop at Everyday Chic Boutique.

          “Our inventory is constantly changing to guarantee you will always find new, exciting items,” she adds. “It is our mission at Everyday Chic Boutique to provide every guest with a tailored, empowering customer experience. We believe shopping should be easy, and that the process should be painless. We strive to create a friendly and fun experience for everyone that steps in the door.”

          Price points for items at Everyday Chic Boutique range from $25 to $150 depending on the brand and season. The private labeled options are the bulk of the inventory, according to Harris, and range from $25 to $75.

          The store carries a wide selection of inventory, so there’s something for everyone.

          At Everyday Chic Boutique, the focus is on quality, fashionable options at an affordable price point.

          “We want you to be able to ‘guilt-free’ purchase an entire outfit when visiting our boutiques, an outfit that will last you multiple seasons,” adds Harris.

          Harris says that when you mention this article while shopping at any of the boutiques, you’ll get 15% off your first purchase through the end of the year. There’s also a VIP Text Club, which you can join by texting “ecbhydepark” to 51660 for deals throughout the year.

          To learn more about Everyday Chic Boutique, visit https://www.everydaychicboutique.com/. You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook to learn more, see new arrivals, and check out specials and promotions.

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