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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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This stunning home in North Avondale boasts history and luxury. Click here to see this week's Listing of the Week.

This North Avondale home offers pure elegance combined with a welcoming warmth of luxury and history combined. The home boasts magazine worthy renovations paired with architectural perfection. The stunning and spacious home has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in more than 6,300 square feet. There is also a study, craft room, exercise room, and game room. There is a bright solarium, Rookwood tile, first-floor laundry, two-car garage, and a large, flat yard. The home is listed at $1,199,999.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

 

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From amazing new listings, design ideas and neighborhood spotlights, check out this recap of what's new on our Cincy Home Chic Home site!

Here’s a recap of what you can find on our new site, Cincy Home Chic Home, this month!:

Life Milestones:
10 Reasons to Love Montgomery

Decor: 
Personalizing an Entryway
Paint the Ceiling?
Stylish Ways to Add Storage, Seating
Balancing Color

New Construction: 
Introducing Real Estate Podcasts from Build Collective 
See the Transformation of Walnut Hills’ Hackberry Street
An Urban Lifestyle in East Walnut Hills
Real Estate During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Listing of the Week: 
4325 31st Street 

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This impressive Columbia-Tusculum home combines beauty and function to create the perfect home for entertaining and everyday living! Click for a sneak peek inside.

Nestled on a cul-de-sac street and lush private lot, this impressive home combines beauty and function to create the perfect home for entertaining and everyday living! First floor master suite, fully renovated cooks kitchen w/ hearth room, vaulted great room, study, walk-out LL w/ guest suite, new hardwood entire first floor and multiple outdoor spaces! This 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Columbia-Tusculum is listed at $999,900.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Flora Lee Naturals: Happy Self-Care Sunday, friends! If you’re looking for new products to try, check out @floraleenaturals, a handmade, plant-based skincare line with a skincare studio on Gilbert Ave where you can buy products, get a steam facial, attend a DIY mask-making class and more! The company was launched in 2017 by Nia, a midwest native who grew up with her grandmother Flora. Inspired by a desire to live a more natural, holistic lifestyle and her love of skincare, Nia launched this handmade, plant-based skincare brand. You can find it in local spas like @sprucenailshop (when they re-open) or online at https://floraleenaturals.com Oh! And head to their IG page for a great DIY hand sanitizer tutorial.

Something Adventured Travel: Already bored with your four walls? Start dreaming of your next trip and learn about fun new places all over the world by giving @something_adventured_travel a follow. Each day, she highlights a new destination and what makes that corner of the Earth special. •
#repost: Use this time to research your next adventure. Get the whole family involved!

Leeta Ruth Boutique: Grab a cute new top to dress up your video calls for work and virtual happy hours with friends (notice we didn’t say anything about pants? #lostcause 😂) The Ludlow-based @leetaruthboutique is temporarily closed to keep everyone safe, but they are offering free shipping to everyone in their Facebook group. Swipe through for a sneak peek and find the link in their profile!

Spruce Nail Shop: While all nail salons are closed for the time being, @sprucenailshop launched some new ways to keep your skin and nails looking fresh (even with washing your hands a billion times a day). Their new @botniaskincare + everything else (skin + nails + tanning) line is now available ONLINE with 30% going back to their team! They also now offer DIY self-care tips and how-tos on their FB/IG so you can #spruceupathome. They specialize in using all-natural, non-toxic, and vegan products for good, clean fun! Follow along and visit online at sprucenailshop.com 💅

The Style Resolution: Put this extra time at home to good use by organizing your closet and refining your wardrobe (you know, for when you need to wear pants again). Over at @thestyleresolution, they’re now offering virtual styling services including Closet Edits, Outfit Planning and Styling Planning. “We also offer gift cards on our website. This is the perfect time to brush up on Closet Organization or Personal Styling Techniques while at home. We are still providing in-home styling sessions, but I would like to digitally extend offers if people are not comfortable with that.” Sydney, Owner, The Style Resolution, www.thestyleresolution.com

Goose & Elder: A family-style meal that comes with a roll of TP? You’ll find it at @gooseandelder! Follow local foodie @cincynomerati for her daily carry-out recaps featuring a variety of great local restaurants. •
#Repost @cincynomerati: Think about your favorite restaurants in town. Do you want them to still exist when this is all over and we can all sit within 6 feet of each other? Now is the time to support them, and there are some great options for takeout. Like @gooseandelder, who has a family style fried chicken dinner with salad, my favorite mac and cheese around, and every order also comes with a roll of TP! You can’t beat that. Also make sure to tip as much as you can.

Queen City Hemp: Torn between needing to chill out and wanting to help? Here’s a way to do both! Check out @queencityhemp’s CBD seltzer and how it supports COVID response efforts one sip at a time. 🌿🙌🍹

Repost from @queencityhemp

We’re all about lifting up our community here at Queen City Hemp — and that includes you!
With the immense impact that COVID-19 continues to have on businesses and people all over the world, we invite you to join us in supporting the broader community.
10% of all our online sales will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, supporting people around the world directly impacted by the global pandemic.

Head to the link in our bio to shop & support @who 💚

 

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This impressive Columbia-Tusculum home combines beauty and function to create the perfect home for entertaining and everyday living! Click for a sneak peek inside.

This is a sun-filled, 4,100+ square foot home on a prized lane. It boasts over $300,000 in updates, 4 finished levels, a 25-foot kitchen that opens to a first floor family room and a walk-out to a new deck. The home also has a new master bath with a walk-in 12-foot closet. There’s also a very rare lower level living quarters perfect for a nanny or in-laws. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and is listed at $925,000.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

 

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Thinking about making a move to East Walnut Hills? This luxury-filled home is a must-see! Click for a sneak peek inside.

This exquisite home was built at the turn of the century. It features 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 5,137 square feet. The architectural design boasts a spacious front center hall with a multiple landing staircase, glass windows throughout the house, a first floor family room with wood paneling, built-ins, and an extra large fireplace as well as a sun-filled solarium. 

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.  

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Disney•Pixar gives this animated, emotional, teenage sibling tale a Weekend at Bernies flair in its latest adventure. Read on to see if it’s worth the watch.

 

“If this weren’t an animated movie and this were happening, one of us would be on the way to the hospital!” Barley (left, voiced by Chris Pratt) and his brother Ian (right, voiced by Tom Holland) share a dance with their father – or at least half of him – in a scene from Disney/Pixar’s latest adventure ONWARD. Credit: Pixar © 2019 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved.

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:



 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe and Ali WongDIRECTOR(S): Dan Scanlon

 
THE BACK STORY: Once upon a time, the world in which elf brothers Barley (Chris Pratt) and Ian (Tom Holland) Lightfoot now live was full of magic. But then innovation in the form of technology took over, leaving magic to fade into the point of almost existing as nothing more than folklore. And for Barley, that’s something he misses greatly as magic and lore is his favorite thing in the world. In contrast, Ian doesn’t really know what his favorite thing yet as his shy, awkward nature often keeps him from socializing – which is a problem since he’s about to celebrate his 16th birthday. His mom Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) just wants the best for both her sons, even though there’s something she knows that Ian misses his father Wilden something awful. Passing away during Ian’s youth, Wilden is an enigma to his youngest son who wishes he could just get the chance to spend some quality time with him.

Then, Laurel reveals a gift from Wilden that changes everything … If they are able to complete a magical quest like the ones Barley has been training for his entire life. Now, it’s up to both boys – despite all the colorful characters they’ll meet along the way – to make their wish to see their father again come true.

And to do so, they must move onward …

THE REVIEW: At this point, Disney•Pixar has pretty much perfected the way it makes movies to a science: (1) Insert cutesy scenario with characters that at first seem nice and whimsical; (2) Add emotional depth to the story by making the most non-human characters as human as possible with a variety of emotional struggles; (3) Add enough depth to make them relatable to the struggles of young people while at the same time making them palatable to adults – or in the case of Up, reverse the formula and (4) Bring the story to an emotional, action-packed climax with the occasional twist, turn and dose of comedy that everyone has come to love.Onward, which begins with a more serious, straightforward tone than many Disney•Pixar ventures, does all four of these things to deliver the quality entertainment for three decades-plus.

Adolescence is a popular movie staple for a simple reason: It’s a time period that so many struggle with yet shapes us all in so many long-lasting yet unique to us all ways that you can seemingly never run out of means to do so. With Onward, Disney•Pixar explores sibling rivalry, the path to self-discovery and the importance of a parental figure/mentor in a child’s life – all with the humor, conflict and heartwarming resolution audiences love. Holland, essentially channeling all of his Peter Parker energy into Ian, delivers a solid performance that gets to the heart of his character’s issues, which makes his eventual outcome all the more worthwhile. Pratt for his part plays a great second banana to steer Holland’s character through his journey. Likewise, Waithe adds a much-needed dose of playful enthusiasm as The Manticore, a legendary creature who has fallen victim to the convenience of the modern world and director Dan Scanlon’s Weekend at Bernie’s-like usage of the boys’ father.

It all adds up to an entertaining package which should inspire audience to march onward to the theater to enjoy another (near) perfect Disney•Pixar entertaining, family-friendly adventure.

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

 
 

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This Hyde Park Italianate home boasts amazing views of the Observatory in Hyde Park, and wait until you see inside! Click here to see this week's Listing of the Week!

This exquisite and meticulous renovated Italianate has all of today’s comforts and more! With an incomparable view of the Observatory and the park as your backyard in Hyde Park, there is no better location than this. The home is listed at $1.5 million and boasts 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.  

 

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You don't want to miss the breathtaking gardens of this suburban Cincinnati home on a sprawling estate!

Affectionately known as The Manor House, this palatial country estate was custom-designed by the owner alongside Steinkamp Architects. The home is situated in a green belt community, and is spacious and well-appointed. It boasts gathering spaces, fireplaces, porches, and an octagonal study with views of gardens that have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

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