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Editorial Intern - Caroline Beckman is an editorial intern for Cincy Chic. She attends Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism. Caroline dreams of working for a magazine or an online publication. She also hopes to write best-selling novels and hit TV shows. Contact her at cbeckman@cincychic.com.

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Inspired by the need for more family friendly events, one woman put together a fun movie night series, and now it’s a staple in the community for Middletown families. Read on for more.

 

Family Movie Nights in Middletown is giving the city’s families a new option for positive family friendly events.

Three years ago, Jeri Lewis, community development and marketing director at Kingswell Seminary in Middletown, decided that Middletown needed more “positive family friendly events,” so she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“I was researching community events that bring families and communities together and movie nights seem to do that in other cities,” Lewis explains. She mentioned the idea to a friend, who helped her gather resources, and soon her brain child, the Family Movie Nights program, was born. “I’m amazed how big they have gotten.”

Family Movie Nights are available to children of all ages and their families. Both the program and the snacks provided are free thanks to sponsors like the Community Building Institute, who provided equipment as well as two screens when it secured funding for Family Movie Nights for two years. Because everything is free, families from all walks of life can enjoy these events without worry.

“It builds into families by giving them no reason to not bring their kids and spend time with them,” Lewis says of the impact Family Movie Nights have on families and the community. “I love being involved in the movie nights because there is just something about all walks of life coming together in one location. Seeing so many interact together laugh together and love on these kids and other families there’s no other feeling in the world like that. For three hours a week everyone is at peace and enjoying their family, neighbors and a good family friendly movie. It’s pretty awesome.”

Movies will include Storks, on June 2; Moana, on June 9; Angry Birds, on June 23; Finding Dory, on July 14; Lego Batman, on July 21; A Dog’s Purpose, on July 28; Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, on August 11; and The Jungle Book, on August 25. The movies are chosen based on what came out in 2016, and the movie shown on the first Friday of each month is picked based on the theme of the First Friday downtown.

Family Movie Nights take place in community parks, such as Damon Park, Goldman Park, and Jacot Park, as well as downtown Middletown behind the PAC. The program starts for the summer in June and going on until August 25. Many community organizations are involved, such as the city of Middletown, the Middletown Community Foundation, Kingswell, Forge Middletown, the Breiel Church, the Berachah Church, the Mercy Point Church, the Calvary Baptist Church, and the Salvation Army. Parking will be provided by each location, but guests will need to bring their own blankets or chairs.

To keep updated and learn more, visit Family Movie Nights on Facebook.

 

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Learn about a local boutique that specializes in high-quality wares and showcasing local artists while donating to local charities.

 

The Gifted Shop sells home decor and accessories that are unique to Cincinnati.

Inspired by charity, the benefits of face-to-face interactions with customers, and the uniqueness of local artists, The Gifted shop describes itself as “the Heart of Giving.” Gretchen Meyer, the owner of the small boutique in Hyde Park, says that the slogan refers to “the care and attention that a truly wonderful gift can convey. It also speaks directly to the fact that while we talk much about gifts and giving. Our charitable gifting is always something we want to keep in the forefront of people’s minds.”

“I believe that gifts, the truly special ones, communicate to someone that you ‘see them,’” Meyer explains. “That you notice what they love or want to do something for them they might not do for themselves.  We love helping people find those gifts for others, or perhaps something for themselves.”

The Gifted, which opened in November 2016, sells home décor such as clocks, pillows, and serving pieces, as well as accessories such as jewelry, handbags, and scarves. All items are “carefully selected for high quality craftsmanship,” Meyer says, and The Gifted focuses on items that are “unique to the Cincinnati shopping scene,” featuring local artists and artisans. “I also have such incredible respect for artists and artisans,” Meyer says. “The shop is a way of acknowledging their gifts and helping showcase their work.”

The Gifted also focuses on charity. In addition to looking for vendors that are philanthropic themselves, The Gifted pairs with a different local charity every quarter, and during that period, a portion of the sales is “gifted” to that charity. Meyer explains that “having a charitable component to the shop was part of the founding inspiration.”

The final important component of The Gifted is the emphasis on face-to-face interactions. Meyer says, “I believe that even though so much of our lives are based electronically, there is still a place for incredible customer service and attention.  People still respond to that type of care. I also believe that some things, especially those that are unique or higher quality, truly need to be experienced in person.”

The Gifted will be involved in two upcoming trunk shows. The first one, on the 27 and 28, will be with Heet, a brand of statement-making jewelry. All pieces in The Gifted’s collection will be made by highly-trained artisans with only the finest materials, such as genuine Swarovski crystal elements and premium natural leathers, suede, and other textiles. On May 3, The Gifted will be featured in a trunk show with ExVoto Vintage, a collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry created from antique and vintage elements. A portion of sales from this trunk show will go toward The Cure Starts Now Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.

The Gifted Shop is located at 3443 Edwards Road in Hyde Park. To learn more, visit their website, give them a call (513) 918-5304 or like them on Facebook.

 

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See how one local lady merged her love for art and home décor with getting gal pals together for a fun night of creativity.

 

Brushed Up offers fun and easy decor painting classes.

This isn’t your typical wine and paint party.

Brushed Up Painting Parties, the business formerly known as Hoosier Paint Girl, helps customers create something “amazing” through their fun and easy décor painting classes. Classes are both public and private. Co-owned by Kelly Bridewell and her husband Todd, Brushed Up offers sign painting, barrel head, and tray painting classes as well as furniture painting classes. Unlike many painting companies that offer classes such as canvas painting, Brushed Up uses real wood as well as stencils. “This way the participants can focus having fun while creating something amazing,” says owner and president Kelly Bridewell.

Brushed Up started life as Hoosier Paint Girl, a business in which Bridewell painted furniture and then began creating rustic wood wall décor. In 2014 she held a painting class for a friend; the class went “locally viral” on Facebook, and business took off. “I created this company to give people a fun and easy way to get together AND to create something that they are proud of. Something that they can’t wait to hang on the wall!” Bridewell explains. “Not only is the experience fun and laid back, but they leave with a sense of accomplishment and a high end product.”

Create your own art projects at a Brushed Up class.

In the painting classes, the participant picks out a product from Brushed Up’s extensive collection. The item is then cut into a stencil. “This takes any ‘free-handing’ out of the equation, making the design look more polished,” Bridewell says. “The process of painting is extremely easy and the class lasts approximately two hours. Our staff of trained ‘party leaders’ give a tutorial at the beginning of the class and then stays for duration of the class to help with things like color choices, etc.” Brushed Up only uses quality paints such as Junk Gypsy Chalk Type Paint, which Bridewell also acts as a retailer of.

Brushed Up also helps local businesses. “Venues such as restaurants, wineries, coffee shops, pubs and much more reach out to us to bring patrons in to their facility on an otherwise ‘slow’ night,” Bridewell says. Patrons buy food and drinks at the locations, and Facebook ads bring the businesses attention, so both Brushed Up and partnering businesses benefit. “Knowing that we are helping other local businesses build a following by building partnerships is an amazing added benefit” of running Brushed Up, Bridewell says.

Several events are coming up, including Mother’s Day event at the Tri-County Mall on May 13, where moms and kids can come paint together, and a partnership with Cincy Wine Wagon for a seven hour ‘party bus’ ride that includes three wineries. All public events are listed on Facebook and Brushed Up’s website.

 

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Husband and wife team David and Liz Cook combine their businesses in one location to provide a deliciously fashionable experience. Read on to learn more.

 

Daveed’s Kitchen and Elizabeth’s Closet will soon open in a new location.

Daveed’s Kitchen and Elizabeth’s Closet, owned by husband and wife David and Liz Cook, respectively, will be moving to a new location soon, providing customers an easy and fun experience where customers can eat and shop all in one building.

Liz paints a picture of a fun night of eating, drinking, shopping, and being merry at the joint establishment: “You are sitting in Daveed’s Kitchen, waiting for the wonderful food Chef David has been creating for 18 years. While you wait, easy shopping in Elizabeth’s Closet and tasting our great sauces.”

In addition to Daveed’s Kitchen, a restaurant, and Elizabeth’s Closet, a women’s boutique that sells outerwear, handbags, gifts, and jewelry, the shop will also feature the Cooks’ sauce venture, Fatty & Skinny Brand Sauces.

For the past 12 years, Daveed’s Kitchen performed about 75 percent as a catering company, Liz says, so the time had come for David and the restaurant to reinvent themselves. The Cooks sold the Mt. Adams location in 2016. The new location in Madeira, which is slated to open at the end of April 2017, will offer pop-up dinners, cooking classes, Field to Fork meals to go, and catering.

Field to Fork meals to go are unique, locally-inspired lunch and dinner options for pick-up for busy people on the run. Similar to the Field to Fork meals but more closely geared toward corporate luncheons are the Boxed Lunches, and Daveed’s offers Platters to Go for special occasions such as Easter and the Super Bowl.

The pop-up dinners and cooking classes will both be pre-sold events, with a $25 deposit to reserve a space, since seating is limited. The pop-up dinners are an offshoot of the Tapas communal dinner, started 12 years ago in Mt. Adams. “Our Tapas got started due to the turn of the economy and Daveed’s at the time was considered fine dining,” Cook explains. “Chef David and I had to offer an affordable menu to bring in new guests.” The Tapas dinner featured one communal table of 36, 10 small tastes served platter style, and two glasses of wine included for prix-fix price per person.

Fatty & Skinny Brand Sauces and Salsa is David’s other brain-child, created with friends in 2009. All of the fresh, all-natural ingredients are either grown in David’s own garden or selected from local farms and contain no preservatives. They are entirely gluten-free and vegetarian. The wares of this line range from salsa to marinara sauce to barbecue sauce to hot sauce; the newest creation,  Secret Red Gravy, is a marinara sauce made with quality red wine, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, fresh tomatoes, olive oil from Spicy Olive, and herbs.

Elizabeth’s Closet is Liz’s brain-child, opened over seven years ago. Open to the public only by appointment, Elizabeth’s Closet is a boutique love unique fashion jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Liz travels to New York throughout the year to bring back jewelry, clothing, and accessories that she knows will appeal to her clientele.

To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/lizscloset/ or https://www.facebook.com/daveedsculinarykitchen/.

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Learn about an upcoming event that mixes the city’s best drinks with fun fundraising activities to raise funds to support local families.

 

April 23 through 29 is National Infertility Awareness Week, and Parental Hope is celebrating in style with their biggest fundraiser, Journey to Parenthood: A Cocktail Expedition to Battle Infertility, on April 29.

As the title suggests, guests will be treated to five tastings of designer cocktails from around the world (designed by Molly Wellmann of Wellmann Brands), two drink tickets, tasty food, a souvenir cocktail glass, and the opportunity to bid on and win great raffle prizes. There will also be beer from 50 West Brewery and wine, as well as mocktails and other nonalcoholic beverages.

“The highlight of the event will be the IVF Raffle, where one couple battling infertility will win a full round of IVF plus medication that has been generously donated by the Institute for Reproductive Health,” says Jennifer Bross, cofounder and board member of Parental Hope. Only 200 tickets will be sold, for $100 per ticket; prices will be raised to $125 starting April 15.

Parental Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about infertility and providing emotional and financial support to couples undergoing treatment. Parental Hope helps couples by educating the community through events, social media, and traditional media to erase the stigma around infertility, organizing support groups for couples undergoing infertility, and awarding couples one of two types of grants – the IVF Grant, which covers one full round of IVF, and the FET Grant, which covers one frozen embryo transfer.

Parental Hope was founded by Bross and her husband David after they reflected on the trials and triumphs of their struggle to conceive, which took upward turns when they found out that their health insurance covered infertility treatments and later when they discovered that they were expecting twins. “We could not help but feel fortunate and blessed that we were not only pregnant, but also that we did not have to bear the financial burden of infertility due to my employer providing health insurance the covered the entire cost our IVF and other infertility treatments,” Bross says. “During that conversation, we decided we wanted to give back… by volunteering with an existing nonprofit that helps those battling infertility.” They realized that there was a limited number of such groups, and none fulfilled the Brosses’ needs, so in January 2016, Parental Hope was born.

According to the most recent National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, one in eight couples struggles with some form of infertility, approximately 6.1% of all women under the age of 44 and 13.5% of all married and childless women under the age of 44 are infertile, and approximately 6.9 million (or 11.9%) of all women receive some form of infertility treatment in their lifetime. Despite this, only eight states require an employer to cover the cost of infertility treatment in their health insurance plans. As a result, for the vast majority of all infertility sufferers, this adds a heavy financial burden to the emotional toll. Parental Hope is here to help.

“We want those currently battling infertility to know they are not alone and that there is a community of people who have either overcome infertility or are battling the same issue they are facing,” Bross says. “However, in order to meet our mission, we have to fundraise and Journey to Parenthood is our biggest fundraiser.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support our mission of raising infertility awareness and providing emotional and financial support to couples batting infertility.”

The event will take place from 7 to 11 pm at the Centennial Barn in Cincinnati. General admission tickets cost $50, but will increase to $60 after April 15. Tickets may be purchased at www.parentalhope.org.

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A local food tour takes guests on a tasty trip around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best locally-owned restaurants. Read on for all the delicious details.

 

Riverside Food Tours is a walking food tour through unique Tri-State neighborhoods.

Sightseeing tours are nothing new, but Covington-based Riverside Food Tours puts a new twist on an old favorite: The walking tour explores the sights and culture of the unique neighborhoods Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati through food, stopping at five locally owned restaurants on each tour.

“We visit various restaurants, sampling signature dishes the chef and owner wish to showcase,” explains Owner and tour guide Laura Noyes, who co-owns Riverside Food Tours with her husband Mike. “We sample a craft beer or glass of wine and always include a sweet or dessert. As we stroll from stop to stop, we share history, photos, travel tips and interesting facts about the neighborhood. Since all the tours are in historic neighborhoods, we learn about the beautiful architecture and the area’s famous residents.”

Tours are about three hours long, run five days a week, and groups typically include twelve or fewer people, including both locals who want to try out several new restaurants at once and visitors from out of town.

Riverside Food Tours was founded in the fall of 2015. Before the founding, Noyes worked in interior design and her husband worked at Procter & Gamble. On a visit to Newport, Rhode Islands, Laura and Mike booked their first food tour. “We loved the concept and wanted to recreate the experience back home,” she says. So they did.

Every tour hosted by Riverside Food Tours is different, but all focus on locally-owned eateries that source their products from local farmers and businesses. On the Madison Avenue tour, guests visit ethnic restaurants and eat authentic food from Israel, Persia, China and Mexico. Riverside Food Tours also visits the Braxton Brewing Company, owned by a local family in Kentucky. The tours provide a wide variety of flavors, and at the end, when the guide asks guests which restaurant was their favorite, they are often told that they were all so good it’s impossible to choose.

“Riverside Food Tours is a unique experience for locals, because it allows them an opportunity to view their city in a whole new light,” Noyes explains. “They visit neighborhoods for the first time, dine at local restaurants, hear the history and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. It’s a perfect afternoon adventure that’s so different from the ordinary routine. It’s also nice for those hosting friends and family from out of town, because we do all the work!”

Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon during her tour with Riverside Food Tours.

Riverside Food Tours also hosts groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, and showers.

To learn more, visit http://riversidefoodtours.com/, and check out this awesome experience Cincy Chic’s Director of Operations Stephanie Simon:

John and I did the Mainstrasse Village Food Tour. Perfect date for a couple with a children! Laura, owner and our tour guide, is SUPER knowledgable. Tour was not just about the food and different bars/restaurants but the history of that area as well! After 3 hours of samplings, you def. leave full! Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for something different to do! We can’t wait to try out the other tours they offer!

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Learn about a local coffee shop that’s brewing up camaraderie, revitalization and social justice… oh, and a really good cup of coffee. Read on for all the delicious details.

Community Blend is an eco-friendly coffee shop that aims to revitalize the Evanston neighborhood.

Blending community, social justice, and good coffee is a family affair for Esther West. Her father, Ray, founded Community Blend, and now she helps out with various aspects of running the business and continuing the legacy.

Community Blend is an eco-friendly coffee shop located on Montgomery Road, in an old refurbished pharmacy building, and owned and operated by members of the Evanston neighborhood to help revitalize the area. The shop celebrates diversity, gives workers a stake in their neighborhood and the pride of ownership and customers a friendly atmosphere, and provides free wifi.

The shop celebrates diversity, gives workers a stake in their neighborhood and the pride of ownership.

Community Blend sells fair trade Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolate from small farmer co-operatives, baked goods from small businesses in the Evanston area, and sandwiches and other lunch items. Community Blend is more than just your average coffee shop, though, because “not only is it a beautiful, sociable cafe and coffee shop welcome to everyone,” West says, but “you can know you’re actively part of a more fair, just economy and world when you visit.” In fact, Community Blend not only pays its employees above minimum wage, but also provides education and training to its workers, and each one has an equal share in ownership.

Ray founded Community Blend in “an exciting, collaborative way focused on creating worker co-ops and a more socially just world,” explains West, who is a community urban planner. Ray was the director and the founder of the worker cooperative incubator Interfaith Business Builders and brought many organizations together to support the creation of Community Blend, which has set out to “be a community resource and create good jobs for people often left out of the economy.”

West is very proud of all of her father’s work. Not only was he an “incredible dad,” but even before founding Community Blend, West says, Ray “dedicated his life to creating meaningful structures that promote a world that respects the dignity of all people, and empowers the disadvantaged and oppressed.”

He founded Interfaith Business Builders to help co-op workers achieve this dream, and through IBB he also founded Cooperative Janitorial Services 22 years ago. When Ray passed away a year and a half ago, West says, the employee-owners “truly stepped up to the plate in terms of keeping it going and ensuring genuine worker ownership and direction, even during the challenging first years of a small business…[They] carved out a lovely place that anyone can come to and feel at home with friendly people.”

To learn more, “like” them on Facebook or call (513) 531-2667.

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He’s a DJ, he’s an emcee, he’s an officiant… he’s Big Daddy Walker! See how they're a one-stop-shop contact for all your event’s entertainment needs.

Allen Walker (left) is the founder of Big Daddy Walker Productions and offers DJ and officiant services for your wedding.

Picking a DJ for your event is important. The DJ can make the difference between a fun, well-put-together celebration and a boring or disastrous one, so you don’t want to pick just any business. For a professional DJ service for your wedding, corporate event, grand opening, birthday, graduation, or anniversary celebration, go with Big Daddy Walker Productions. Owned by Allen Walker, who is also the main entertainer, Big Daddy Walker Productions is Cincinnati’s most awarded Wedding DJ company, having received the Best of Weddings honor from The Knot for seven straight years.

Big Daddy Walker Productions does more than just playing top 40 hits and providing karaoke. It provides a level of service other companies don’t.

“We coordinate with the bride and groom through the planning process,” Walker explains. “We notice the small things everyone else thinks isn’t their job. We fix issues before they become a problem. So you could say you hired a professional DJ/MC and got the reception time planner also. We make the bride and groom look great. We speak professionally and clearly during announcements.”

Big Daddy Walker Productions aims to provide an event experience that guests will remember for years, and for the right reasons. “We make sure their wedding isn’t the one their friends are talking about being boring when no one else is around.”

Before founding Big Daddy Walker Productions, Walker was Countrywide Financial’s regional business development manager. He developed 300 sales consultations to perform at a high sales level with their real estate agents.

After he fell victim to the 2008 economic collapse, he decided to go back to school and get a degree in special education from Xavier University. During that process, he was encouraged by a friend to DJ. This part-time gig eventually became a full-time job, and “before I could graduate our company had grown to enough that it made more sense to continue with the DJ company,” says Walker.

Big Daddy Walker Productions was officially founded in 2010 and their business model developed quickly.

“We designed training manuals to duplicate how we offered our services and what small things made a BIG difference in making events not just ‘good’ but great,” Walker says. “We saw a need for strong quality DJs in this market that could speak well on the microphone and play the right music at the right time and started our business model accordingly.”

Walker has strong advice for anyone looking for a DJ company: Do your homework.

“Many times brides and grooms use a family friend or hire a DJ company without truly checking them out and I would caution anyone throwing an event to never try to save money on your event by hiring cheap, part time and unprofessional DJs,” Walker says.

He advises clients to make sure a DJ company is insured and pays for their music, and explains, “The quality in the speakers matter, the quality in the mixer matter, the quality in the microphones matter and most of all the quality in the people of the organization matter,” he says. “Don’t waste $24,400 on a wedding by only paying $600 for your DJ.”

To learn more, visit http://bigdaddywalkerproductions.com and watch the exclusive webcast of Big Daddy Walker emceeing a recent Cincy Chic event below!

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A local chef is providing a fine dining experience without the stress of reservations and wait times. Read on for all the delicious details.

Cincinnati Dining Club is a subscription-based dining experience. 

Chef Leland Cummings loved working in fine dining, but regretted that he rarely got to interact with the customers he cooked for and that he couldn’t be more flexible with ingredients. He also heard complaints from customers about long waiting times and unavailable wait times.

With all of these factors in mind, he decided he wanted to give customers a different restaurant experience, one that would “bridge the gap between expensive fine dining restaurants and everyday foodies, by bringing the highest quality food and service to our guests in a fun, relaxed, and communal environment.” About two years ago, Occam Dining and then the Cincinnati Dining Club was born.

The Cincinnati Dining Club will be a subscription-style membership dinner club. Members save money by paying for a yearly membership (at least 24 meals) instead of each individual meal. Though the membership is non-refundable, each individual ticket is transferable, and if someone does not want to pay in advance, tickets will be available up to one week before the meal, or the day of if spots are still available. Ticket prices are an average of $90 and cover the five- to seven-course meal for the evening, and pairings are available for an additional cost. If partner companies have wine events or dinners, members will have advanced access to these events.

If you’re a foodie who loves good food, good wine, and good conversation, but hates rushing to make a reservation with the risk of losing your table or watching someone at a table that arrived after you get served before you, the Cincinnati Dining Club may be just the thing for you. “Think of it as getting the best seat in the restaurant and not having to compete with other tables for the kitchen’s attention,” Cummings explains.

Cummings also hopes to “shake up the idea of being a regular at your favorite restaurant.” The menu will be seasonal and Cummings describes the food as “thought-provoking,” “fun,” and “delicious.”

Like the other chefs who will be involved with the Cincinnati Dining Club, Cummings has paid his dues in the fine dining industry. “I have been cooking in restaurant since I was 14 years old,” he explains. “I started as most chefs do, washing dishes for a local restaurant after school and climbing the ranks through hard work and passion.” Many past clients have asked him if he would ever open his own restaurant, and the Cincinnati Dining Club is his answer.

To learn more, click here or contact Cummings at leland@occamdining.com or (571) 265-2820.

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A new event planning service, which will launch in March, seeks to get to know clients to build elegant events with a unique twist. Read on to learn more.

Crystal Corbin is no stranger to planning events. For five years, she worked as an event manager and marketing manager for various nonprofits, planning design and execute fundraisers as well as helping them with their social media presences.

Her love affair with planning weddings began five years ago with the first wedding she planned. In 2016 she decided to branch out to planning events on her own, and on March 11, her Fairfield, Ohio-based party planning and designing business, The Crystal Collection, will officially launch. The Crystal Collection will primarily work in Ohio, southern Michigan, and northern Kentucky, as well as destination events.

Anastasia Gentry Photography

The Crystal Collection plans and designs weddings, showers, “sophisticated” birthdays, and photo shoots. Corbin describes the feel of events planned by The Crystal Collection as “sensual” and “sexy,” explaining that the events have an aura that “align with intimacy and sensuality,” blending those aspects with sophistication and femininity. “We love all things burgundy, lace, and floral! Lots of floral!”

As the owner and lead designer of The Crystal Collection, Corbin hopes that potential clients understand the importance of having a planner, especially a good one who can execute your vision well. Planning an event is an enormous undertaking, and it can be stressful to organize every aspect, especially for someone untrained in event planning. Corbin knows that many people think event and wedding planners are expensive and not important enough to justify the cost, but that the work planners do is vital to any well-executed event. The Crystal Collection aims to provide customers with the feeling of planning their wedding with someone who wants to get to know them personally so they can have a unique event experience.

“With the Crystal Collection, we hope to provide a unique and intimate experience with planning their special days, whether it’s a birthday celebration or an engagement party,” Corbin says to explain what sets The Crystal Collection apart from other event planning businesses and why potential clients should choose her business. “All events are special. We bring a huge flare of design and appearance that compliments our client’s personality.”

Though The Crystal Collection won’t officially launch until March, its Instagram account and Facebook fanpage are up and running. To learn more, call (419) 699-9659.

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