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Learn about a local company that helps you learn a new artistic skill while making a new custom décor piece and having fun with friends.


AR Workshop offers hands-on classes for creating custom home decor.

Want to learn a new artistic skill, need a custom home décor piece, or just looking for something unique to do for your next girls night? The AR Workshop may be for you.

Owned by sisters-in-law Katie De Pompei and Karen Loeffler, the AR Workshop is a “a boutique DIY workshop that offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere,” De Pompei explains.

The AR Workshop charming boutique workshop, nestled in the heart of Hyde Park Square, bills itself as the perfect venue for a fun and unique Girl’s Night Out, Corporate Team Building Activity, Birthday Celebration, Date Night, Girls Night Out, Moms Day Out and Kids Parties and Camps. They offer initial classes on how to make items such as customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and canvas wall hangings. They also have a retail shop that offers a selection of on-trend home décor gifts and accessories.

Sisters-in-law Katie De Pompei and Karen Loeffler own AR Workshop Cincinnati.

The AR Workshop is part of a franchise owned by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. Anders and Ruff describe the AR Workshop as an offshoot of their graphic design, party styling, DIY blog and online shop Anders Ruff, as a result of demand from fans and clients to offer hands-on workshops where they could teach their skills to others.

Anders and Ruff say that in founding the AR Workshop, their “dream of coming out from behind the screen to offer mixed media workshops for home decor, parties, design and styling skills is coming true! The vision was to create an inspiring and charming boutique workshop that not only offers classes but sells retail items that [we] use in their styling jobs and photoshoots for magazines and celebrities!” When De Pompei and Loeffler heard about the AR Workshop, they knew they had to bring it to Cincinnati. Their boutique opened in May.

Mainly attracting women, but also offering parties for children, the AR Workshop is “the perfect venue for a fun and unique girl’s night out, corporate team building activity, birthday celebration, date night, family night, mom’s day out, and/or kids’ party,” De Pompei says. “Once at the Workshop, the customer starts with raw wood or canvas and a stencil, and our instructors walk them through the steps to creating charming home decor that they will be proud to display in their homes or give as gifts.” Guests can also bring beer, wine, and snacks to the workshops.

AR Workshop can be used for girls night, team building, birthdays, and more.

De Pompei says that what sets the AR Workshop apart from other, similar workshops are “the atmosphere, the project selection and the people. Our hope is that when someone walks into the Workshop, they feel inspired to create something beautiful, and that they have a wonderful time doing so.” The AR Workshop offers a variety of project options and are always trying out new ones, and the paints they use are eco-friendly and non-toxic. De Pompei also touts staff members that are there to help customers every step of the way.

The AR Workshop is located at 3434 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit

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The Deer Park winery combines small-scale charm, a warm atmosphere, and customized wine. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

Mio Vino Winery produces wine to be sold on a local scale and allows guests to create their own bottle of wine.

Mio Vino Micro Winery in Deer Park is a winery that allows you to add a personal touch.

Mio Vino produces a limited amount of its own wine to be sold on a local scale, so the wine is already a boutique wine with a unique touch. Then, you can also bottle your own.

According to Tim Bryant, owner and winemaker of Mio Vino, Mio Vino imports all of its grapes and processes everything on-site. “We have 25 different types of wine from your traditional reds and whites to our fruit blended wines,” he explains.

Making Mio Vino more unique is their process for teaching patrons to create their own wines. Bryant says, “They come in and do a tasting and decide what type of wine they would like to make. We walk them through step by step on making the wine. After the wine is fermented then we walk them through the process of bottling their wine. This includes all the bottles, corks, foils, and the customer designed their own personal label to go on the bottle.”

Tim Bryant, Owner and Winemake of Mio Vino.

Bryant had dreamed for a while of starting his own winery, and it was brought to fruition when founded in 2013. He and his wife had visited multiple wineries, and he loved and was inspired by the atmosphere. He had been making his own wine for some time, and his family and friends all agreed that he should have been doing something along those lines, so when his wife asked him if he could do something different and Bryant responded that he wanted to open a winery, he had her support and encouragement.

Mio Vino prides itself on being “very welcoming place to come and hang out.” In the fall and winter, Mio Vino has live music on the weekends. They serve light appetizers, and customers are allowed to bring their own food in as well.

Mio Vino also hosts a variety of events. Once a month, they host Plant Nite and Paint Nite. On Plant Nite, you can sip wine and create your own succulent terrarium. They also host Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays. Mio Vino has hosted a number of parties and events, ranging from bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and baby showers to company workshops to rehearsal dinners and even four weddings. Mio Vino was also the only wine provider for Cincinnati Pride this year, and hosted a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital on July 22.

Mio Vino is located at 7908 Blue Ash Rd in Deer Park. To learn more, visit, like them on Facebook, or watch the video below.

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A new program is leveraging core character strengths to connect communities and inspire change agents, one person, group, and organization at a time. Read on for more.


Strong Cincinnati aims to create connect communities through its individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods.

The Mayerson Academy began by celebrating strengths and inspiring people to reach their full potential, one person, group, or organization at a time. It accomplished this by providing professional learning opportunities for educators, organizations, and communities to help them be their best every day. Today, it’s expanded its base to entire communities with Strong Cincinnati.

“Strong Cincinnati is an initiative of Mayerson Academy looking to foster strong, connected communities through the activation of strengths within individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods,” explains Carly Rospert, adding that the project lead for the Strong Cincinnati initiative and senior project manager of Mayerson Academy. Since Strong Cincinnati was founded this year, it is starting with one neighborhood: Madisonville.

“The goal of Strong Cincinnati is foster strong connected communities through the activation of strengths within individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods. We see this looking like deeper relationships within and across communities within Cincinnati that empower neighbors to create positive impact using their strengths. Right now, we support five resident-led strengths projects, host community-wide character strength events, and other smaller community strengths activities.  We are evaluating what will work and will carry on the most impactful strategies into other iterations of the initiative.”

Strong Cincinnati has many essential partners in Madisonville, such as the Madisonville Community Council, the Madisonville Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. The lead partner, which has been crucial to Strong Cincinnati’s success, is the John P. Parker School. “John P. Parker has been implementing the Thriving Learning Communities program and has gone above and beyond to use strengths to build deeper teacher and student relationships and transform school culture to one that focuses on strengths rather than deficits,” Rospert explains. “They have been key thought partners in helping us expand the strengths work beyond the school building and into the community.”

The foundation of Strong Cincinnati and Mayerson Academy are the VIA character strengths, which “create connections among people and provide the confidence for individuals to become change agents in their community,” Rospert says. Character strengths are the positive parts of one’s personality; there are 24 in all, but people generally have five “signature strengths” that they use regularly. Studies show that when people are aware of and using their strengths they are better able and more likely to achieve their goals and overcome obstacles. Neal Mayerson, the chairman of the Mayerson Academy and founder of Strong Cincinnati, wanted to make Cincinnati a hotbed of character strengths, which led him to develop Strong Cincinnati.

There are four ways to get involved with Strong Cincinnati: Attend an event, volunteer with projects, coach research teams, and partnership.

To learn more, visit

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See how an area entrepreneur and owner of several storefronts turned her local love into one of the largest shopping events in the state!

The Made Local Marketplace brings Ohio vendors under one roof throughout the year.

You don’t have to travel far and wide or even shop at chain stores to get unique, creative items you’ll love. That’s because Made LOCAL Marketplace now brings all sorts of goods made by Ohio vendors under one roof.

Shows typically showcase between 70 and 130 vendors. Upcoming events include one on July 22 at the Franklin County Fair in Hilliard, Ohio, and another August 5-13, where the Made LOCAL Marketplace will take over The Shops at Worthington Mall in Worthington. “Makers will operate pop-up shops in 12 vacant inline spaces for 9 days,” explains Andrea Archibald, the owner and host of the Made LOCAL Marketplace. “There will be 50 additional makers with tables throughout the mall on August 5 for our kick-off celebration.”

Between 70 and 130 vendors participate in the Made Local Marketplaces.

The Made LOCAL Marketplace sells everything buyers could want: Apparel, accessories, jewelry, items for dogs, children’s clothes, food products, bath and body products, decor, candles, and more. As the name suggests, all items are made by Ohio-based vendors.

“We pride ourselves on selecting only the most high quality, on-trend items,” Archibald says. “We’re certainly not your grandma’s craft show.”

Archibald explains that sometimes the phrase “craft show” brings negative connotations, but the Made LOCAL Marketplace seeks to counter those stereotypes and change people’s perceptions by selling the best items possible.

In addition to running the Made LOCAL Marketplace, Archibald runs a store called The Direction in Cincinnati at the Kenwood Towne Centre, next to Nordstrom. The Direction sells Cincinnati and Ohio pride apparel as well as city and state pride items from several local vendors. The store also has locations in Cleveland, Mentor, and Pittsburgh. In addition, Archibald owns Simply Vague, a locally-focused retail store with locations in Columbus.

Made Local Marketplace events will be held July 22 and again in August.

In 2013, about a year after opening her first locally-focused retail store, Archibald decided to create the Made LOCAL Marketplace shows. “I work with so many Ohio makers and heard a lot of feedback about shopping events and set out to create an event with makers in mind,” she explains. The Made LOCAL Marketplace has since become the largest local shopping event in Columbus, drawing in thousands of customers.

Customers can check out what the Made LOCAL Marketplace has to offer on their official Instagram, and under the “Event Vendors” tab on the website. Interested vendors can also find a vendor application on the website.

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A local couple launched an app that gives your partner daily tips to help him anticipate and meet your needs. Keep reading for more!


How Did He Know is an app that delivers customized tips to help men meet their partner’s needs.

“I’m not a mind reader.” You’ve heard it from your other half before, ladies. But just imagine if he actually could anticipate your needs without you saying a word. No more dropping subtle hints. No more wishing he (but being disappointed when he doesn’t) just knew what you needed and wanted.

Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, there’s an app for that. “How Did He Know,” developed by Cincinnati-based husband-and-wife team Derek and Jessica Tye, they deliver daily, customized tips to help men meet their partner’s needs, understand her monthly physical and emotional changes, become better husbands, and partners and enjoy the rewards of happy, fulfilling relationships. Using a proprietary algorithm and data you supply about your partner and relationship, How Did He Know can anticipate your wife’s needs before she knows what she needs and help you ‘wow’ her each day.

How Did He Know is looking for beta testers in the Apple Store and for Android devices.

“Men need the app because it takes the guesswork out of the relationship,” says Derek. “With the daily tips delivered to his phone he can read a two minute tip and be on his way.” The tips are cultivated with help from relationship experts, a functional medicine doctor, a natural family planning expert, and a wife of 20 years and are based on both science and research. “At least it’s better than just winging it,” Derek laughs.

One important facet of How Did He Know is to help husbands understand their wives’ menstrual cycles and the various hormonal changes that happen throughout all phases of the cycle. “Dealing with the situation for men is usually an exercise in avoidance,” Derek explains. The app changes that, Derek adds, by giving men customized, daily advice to help their partner through difficult days and better enjoy their creative and energetic days.

How Did He Know was founded by a team of top-tier app developers, designers, business leaders, and programmers with a passion for successful, fulfilling relationships who “saw a need in the world for men to be more engaged in marriage and relationships” and decided an app was one small way to contribute.

Husband and wife team Derek and Jessica Tye.

Derek is the president of an award-winning real estate company in Cincinnati. His wife of 20 years, Jessica, who is his real estate business partner and co-founder of the app, brings inspiration for the app’s approach to women and relationships. They teamed up with Blake Galloway and app designer Jefferson Schuler, who have over 20 years of IT experience and excel in “building relationships through technology” according to Derek.

How Did He Know has already been downloaded and used by people in 55 countries, and it’s just getting started. “Our goal is to serve others,” Derek says. “Through this app, we can get one step closer to caring more about each other.” How Did He Know also offers a blog and is working with a nonprofit to supply tips to give parents daily tips to be the best parents they can be. They are currently working on the Android version of How Did He Know, and has created a new app called Datecrawler, which helps couples discover new and exciting date nights.

To learn more, visit

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Learn about a creative choral community for a cause, that melodically blends music, entertainment and fundraising.


Fluidity performs at events that benefit various social causes.

Fluidity, a Creative Choral Community for a Cause, combines beautiful music with philanthropy by performing at events benefitting various social causes. Fluidity is not just a choral group but “creative doers supporting the needs in our community” by holding event-concerts fundraisers to benefit partner non-profit organizations, says artistic director and founder Rhonda Juliano.

Fluidity is not Juliano’s first foray into using a chorus for social causes; in 2002, she founded Diverse Harmony in Seattle, a choir for LGTBQ youth. Officially founded in October 2016, Fluidity was inspired by Juliano’s love of community and doing good for others. “I like to put tangible meaning behind what we sing,” Juliano explains. “Introducing non-profits that support our community is a win/win as we can help promote, support and introduce these organizations to members of a larger community by involving others in a social event.”

Fluidity starts its process by selecting a nonprofit, picking music that matches the nonprofit’s theme, then build an enlightening and supporting concert event that includes education about the nonprofit’s mission, drinks, and dinner. “What a great way to promote and support one another!” Juliano says. “Joining an event with a themed concert is a unique and meaningful way to pay it forward, while making a real difference.”

Although Fluidity has only been around less than a year, it’s already busy and well-staffed. “We currently have 34 singers, an accompanist, an event director, a social media director and myself,” Juliano says. Fluidity is “fluid in song, community and voice parts,” meaning that Fluidity avoids stereotypes in assigning voice parts. “We have females singing tenor and a female identified individual singing bass.”

Fluidity recently wrapped up an event at the Cincinnati Zoo, benefitting Groundworks Cincinnati-Mill Creek, a nonprofit that works to restore natural waterways and the environment for clean drinking water and wildlife. Their full season is already planned, and upcoming events include one supporting CircleTail, a nonprofit that trains guide dogs at no charge, and Upspring, a nonprofit that supports homeless kids with academic support in tutoring, camps, and more.

Juliano hopes that Fluidity will “grow and become well known in our community as an excellent choral group that does good for our community.  We want to be recognized by name and have people think of us as an awesome organization that loves to pay it forward!” she says, “It’s about the music making and giving back that’s important to us as an organization.”

To learn more, visit

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For the third year in the row, an upcoming event helps moms handle and prepare for every stage of motherhood. Read on for all the details.


The TriHealth Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo, described by Jaimi Justice of Hart Productions as “the only show that covers every stage,” will once again take place, from July 29 to July 30 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The event will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Baby & Beyond Expo is in its third year and is “is so unique in the region as it brings service providers, experts and resources to new and seasoned parents in the community,” says Vicki Hart, CEO of Hart Productions. “It’s a great outing for families whether you’re expecting your first child or third.”

More than 140 baby and children’s boutiques will be in attendance. Aspects of motherhood covered will include shopping for baby and mother; toys, books, and on-the-go-gear; breastfeeding; seminars and hands-on demos; healthcare professionals; and self-care. There will be plenty of samples, prizes, and giveaways. The TriHealth Workshop Stage will include presentations by TriHealth experts in obstetrics and pediatrics, covering topics such as fertility, newborn basics, pregnancy and post-baby fitness, and more. There will also be interactive seminars such as Babywearing 101 from Blue Cocoon, Picking the Perfect Stroller from buybuyBaby, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby from Bright Futures Chiropractic, and more.

Product promotions, giveaways, and contests will begin in the week leading up to the expo. Prizes will include a one-year supply of Pampers diapers and wipes, EvenFlo car seats, breast pumps, clothing, and more. Giveaway announcements and updates can be found on the Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also visit for more details. There will also be a VIP hour on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A special ticket will be required for a limited number of VIP diaper bags stuffed with $200 worth of vendor and sponsor product offers, prizes, and promotions.

There will also be special areas for children of all stages. The Pampers Comfort Corner provides a comfortable place for parents to change diapers in a clean environment. Free samples of Pampers diapers and wipes will be provided, along with a cozy changing table and a friendly atmosphere. The Evenflo Breastfeeding Boutique provides a private area with rocking chairs and breastfeeding covers. Kids can burn off energy at the We Build Fun Zone by jumping, bouncing, and swinging on Recreations Outlet’s backyard playground and trampoline sets.

Adult tickets will be $8, and children under 12 will get in free. Attendees can also save $3 by purchasing tickets at any area Kroger location or save $2 by purchasing tickets online. Parking is free. Learn more at



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Several exciting new changes are in store as this downtown-based olive oil and wine bar celebrates its first year of business. Read on for all the tasty details.


We Olive & Wine Bar is celebrating its first year of business in savory style.

They’re first, of course, celebrating with food as they launch a new and improved menu. Tasty changes include new cheeses and charcuterie items, as well as a new roasted tomato and basil dip. The new menu will arrive in the coming weeks. They also plan to offer a wine tasting with Hanna Winery, live music, a cocktails class, and more.

Starting June 5, We Olive will participate in Negroni Week. We Olive will also provide many ongoing programs: Live music on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.; Sample Saturdays; on Wednesdays, half-price bottles of wine in-house all day, and live music on the patio from 6 to 8 p.m.; $7 off bottles of rosé, all day, on Thursdays this summer; and the Last Thursdays Dinner Series, four-course tasting menu with wine pairings on the last Thursday of every month.

We Olive bills itself as not just a restaurant and wine bar but a “culinary experience,” says Leah Jones, who co-owns We Olive with her husband Cody. We Olive sells gourmet foods and specializes in certified extra virgin olive oil that guests can enjoy in Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as popular cheese and charcuterie plate, bites, salads, Panini, and flatbreads, as well as a “thoughtfully curated list of domestic, boutique-style wines,” Leah says. “As staples of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil and wine are coupling that is traced back into the B.C. era, the true tale as old as time.”

Cody and Leah Jones, Owners of Cincinnati’s We Olive & Wine Bar

Not only can guests enjoy delicious foods and wines at We Olive, but they can “enjoy a guided olive oil tasting with our knowledgeable staff” and “learn about new techniques and recipes,” Leah explains. Guests can buy their favorite products and take them home to replicate We Olive’s recipes.

“Our mission with this menu is to showcase healthy and delicious dishes that our guest can enjoy time and time again with a few outstanding ingredients and simple preparation at home,” Leah adds. Guests can return to We Olive and refill their bottles of any bulk olive oil or balsamic. “Our mission is to make healthy, delicious food accessible to all and to be an inspiration for all skill levels to incorporate high quality olive oil into your favorite recipes so you can feel good about what you eat!”

We Olive & Wine Bar was founded in Paso Robles in 2003, “inspired by a passion for locally sourced, healthy, delicious, artisan extra virgin olive oil,” Leah says, adding that We Olive seeks to increase awareness of delicious, healthful benefits of olive oil and support the domestic olive oil industry.

Cody and Leah Jones, longtime residents, love Cincinnati as much as they do food and wine and wanted to “bring a unique concept to the downtown area that would provide an experience unlike anything else currently offered.”

We Olive & Wine Bar is located at 33 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To learn more, visit

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An upcoming black-tie gala with a “touch of sparkle” will benefit Cincinnati Children’s while promoting health and wellness. Read more about this fashionable affair.

An evening filled with delicious food, fabulous fashion and the best mixing and mingling in town — all while supporting an important local cause. That’s the idea behind the Unleash Your Sparkle fundraiser at the Kenwood Country Club on Saturday, September 16, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by Victory Gives Back, the fundraising arm of Victory Wellness and Medspa, Unleash Your Sparkle will benefit the Division of Integrative Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Located in Montgomery, Victory Gives Back is spearheaded by Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, President of Victory Wellness and Medspa. Unleash Your Sparkle is Victory Gives Back’s first charity event of many; according to committee member Nancy Stiefvater, the group is already discussing a golf outing next year. “Dr. Kerschner is spearheading this event in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” Stiefvater says. “After many years of practicing traditional medicine and treating illness after it has already developed, Dr. Kerschner realized that preventing disease before it starts results in healthier and happier patients.”

The Unleash Your Sparkle event, described by Stiefvater as a black-tie gala with an optional “touch of sparkle,” will focus on highlighting health and wellness. “We chose this title for our fundraiser because when we truly do love ourselves and feel our best, then our sparkle is shiny and bright and people can see us shine,” Stiefvater explains. The focus of the event is to highlight health and wellness. The event will feature a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a sit-down dinner, a keynote speaker, and dancing with the Fun Size Band. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director of the Canyon Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona, a “recognized leader for its comprehensive holistic approach to wellness.”

The Cincinnati Children’s Division of Integrative Care goes beyond traditional treatments to care for children in body, mind, and spirit. Methods include massage therapy, music therapy, art therapy, energy therapies, yoga instruction, and various additional holistic modalities to help children “optimize their recovery from complex and chronic illnesses” and reach “their goals for optimal health,” Stiefvater explains. With help from the Unleash Your Sparkle event, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will be able to provide to patients and their families receiving care in the inpatient unit wellness sessions that will feature integrative health therapy such as yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, or stress reduction education as well as interactive workshops that highlight healthy eating, creative arts therapies, and other wellness topics, to help families learn and engage in healthy and fun experiences and connect with each other.

For more information, go to the Victory Gives Back website or the Facebook page.


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See how one artistic couple plans to bring the West End community together through art.


Inspired by the lack of any community art based programming in the West End and their own love of art, Tia Brown and her husband Michael, decided to create their own way for residents and visitors to the West End to have access to the arts.

In May 2016, the Browns, both self-taught artists, officially founded West End Art Gallery, “an art gallery and center where the community can experience and explore art. We believe art can glue families and the community together,” explains Tia Brown, the Executive Director of the West End Art Gallery.

West End Art Gallery makes a point to get involved in the community. Every month, West End Art Gallery hosts workshops, with themes such as acrylic painting, painting wearables, knitting and sewing basics, and a West End photo walk. Future workshops will have themes such as jewelry making, origami, graffiti, and illustration.

“We like to attend community events in and around the West End to engage the residents and bring community art activity to events, such as, paint and peels and paint by numbers,” Brown says. “It gives us a chance to connect, get feedback on workshops they would like to attend, and let them know who we are. We have attended a number of events with the Seven Hills Neighborhood House, Carl H. Lindner YMCA, and Mortar Cincinnati.” She adds, “And by keeping the WEAG a family-friendly space, [patrons] can create art of their own while helping to build community.”

The West End Art Gallery brings the community together through events.

West End Art Gallery also stays involved in the community in more behind-the-scenes ways. “We try to stay involved in the West End by attending West End Community Council meetings, West End Business Association meetings, and starting to help to coordinate mural projects in the West End,” Brown says.

As of now, the West End Art Gallery does not have a brick and mortar location, but the Browns are currently applying for grants and asking hometown art lovers and philanthropists for donations toward funding their own space for the West End Art Gallery. “Our sights are set on the old First German Reformed Church on Freeman in the West End,” Brown explains. “We have been working with a DAAP student who is designing the space for us. It has been an exciting process to see the space digitally brought back to life and we look forward to moving forward with the renovations to bring ownership and pride back to this historic building.”