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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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Learn about the local lady who launched a new service that takes the stress of finding new and fun things to do for date night.

Danielle Reinhart, Founder and President of Date Deputy.

Between jobs, kids, and other obligations, dating can fall by the wayside for many couples, but studies show that dating is important for couples at all stages. Danielle Reinhart, founder and president of Date Deputy, is here to help.

Date Deputy is a brand-new website that Reinhart describes as “kind of like a concierge dating service.” Daters fill out a quick questionnaire, from which Date Deputy develops creative and fun custom date ideas and then sets everything up and sends the customer an itinerary, so all the customer has to do is show up. “We do it all so the couples can enjoy one another, instead of having to stress about what to do or where to go,” Reinhart explains.

Dating is important. Research shows that when someone is with the same person for an extended period of time, doing the same things over and over again can cause the couple to fall into a rut. Doing new and exciting things is important to spark emotions and enhance the intimacy towards one another. But while actually dating is fun, planning dates can be stressful and time-consuming.

“It’s not that people don’t want to take their spouse on this kind of date, they probably just don’t have the time or may not be blessed with the creativity to plan the date,” Reinhart explains, adding that Date Deputy takes away the stress, leaving the couple with the fun of dating.

“We take it seriously and want to make sure you have a great time and enjoy one another, instead of worrying about all the planning,” Reinhart says. While other similar websites may give ideas for dates, Reinhart emphasizes that Date Deputy is the website that customizes ideas to couples’ needs, relationships, and situations, then sends the idea to the couple for feedback before it’s finalized. The dates are unique not just because Date Deputy tries to add an element of surprise to every date planned, but because the dates are based on the customer.

Date Deputy was officially launched in January 2017, but the idea was brewing as early as 2012, when stay-at-home mom Reinhart’s husband Scott pitched to her the idea of a business based on dating ideas for people who are strapped for time and those who don’t have a lot of ideas of what to do on dates. Since 2007, Scott had been wowing Reinhart with his clever, creative, and thoughtfully-planned dates. Reinhart felt that everyone should have dates like those planned by her husband, so she was fascinated with his idea and began working on it in May 2016.

Beyond using Date Deputy to relieve stress, Reinhart stresses the importance of dating and urges couples to “go on a date with your spouse the same way you dated before you were married.” Among her dating tips are dressing to impress, avoiding topics such as the kids or work, chivalry, and preparing your date for what you’re doing.

To learn more about Date Deputy, click here.

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A local lady is channeling her acting, writing, directing and production experience into a new production company. Read on for all the Tinseltown details.

Time to be Alive Productions was founded by local lady Carrington Rowe.

Carrington Rowe has been performing for her whole life, and she pretty much does it all. She has acted on stage since childhood, added screen acting (for movies, TV, and the web) to her repertoire, and she sings, dances, writes, models, and blogs. Adding a new feather to her cap, she’s now the founder and executive producer for Time to Be Alive Productions, a production company that specializes in film, web series, and filming events such as weddings and behind-the-scenes.

The decision to branch out into founding a production company came seven months ago. “I was exhilarated and terrified all at the same time, as any owner of a business can relate to,” Rowe says. When she took a trip to Chicago for the Midwest Independent Film Festival and met producers, writers, directors, actors, and cinematographers, she thought to herself, “Wow, what a time to be alive!”

With a perfect name for her company, Time to Be Alive Productions, Rowe set her plan into motion. “This is our time to be alive. Why not do something you love?” Rowe says. “Let’s create something to make us feel alive!”

Carrington Rowe, Founder of Time to be Alive Productions

“I have been in show business for 23 years, literally my whole life. I have always performed. Even before I could talk I was a performer,” Rowe explains of her performance roots. From performing skits and songs from shows she had seen as a small child, Rowe went on to perform in various theatre productions. Her big breakthrough was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at nine years old, when she looked out into the audience during a monologue and realized that “wanted to do this for the rest of my life.” She took every class she could to hone her skills and keep up the craft, and at age 19 got into film through a college class called “Acting for the Camera.” That led to more workshops and eventually to roles in films such as 50 to 1 and shows such as Nashville TV series.

Time to Be Alive is almost finished with the short film “Cellpocalypse,” starring, written by, directed by, and produced by Rowe. Stay tuned for web series “The Lirrington Show” and “O, Barbara,” still in production or pre-production. Time to Be Alive will be collaborating with a theatre company this spring, as well as with Rowe’s fashion blog, Fashion with Carrington, for behind-the-scenes footage. Time to Be Alive Productions also takes requests. Time to Be Alive Production’s immediate goals are to focus locally before moving on to other markets and submitting to film festivals.

The company is also in need of part-time workers; if interested, contact Rowe at ttbaproductions@gmail.com or learn more at www.facebook.com/timetobealiveproductions.

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See how a college project turned into a large-scale monthly event series that showcases hundreds of local artists and supports area charities.

Art on Vine celebrates Cincinnati’s art community.

In 2012, James Jenkins and Page Lansley were college students working on a project together. The goals of the project were “to create something this city could be proud of, and a sustainable outlet for local artists for years to come, giving artists an opportunity to pursue their creative dreams or goals, and a chance to do what they love and making a living at it,” explains Jenkins, who majored in Business Law and Film Photography. The two presented the project in front of Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, and Western & Southern Financial Group, and they turned it into a business, Art on Vine.

Art on Vine, founded by Jenkins, with Lansley serving as a graphic designer and local artist, is a monthly local fine arts and handmade goods sale that hosts over 70 local vendors in Rhinegeist Brewery in the fall and winter and Fountain Square in the spring and summer.

Art on Vine offers a wide variety of items, from oil paintings and works on canvas to pottery and crafts and so much more. Unlike some similar vending opportunities, Art on Vine is held year-round. Art on Vine also offers local food to offer buyers a “unique, one-on-one” good time and the opportunity to meet the artists in person and find out what inspired them. The artists, in turn, can “meet and learn from consumers, and to share ideas that can inspire them to create the perfect and personal piece,” Jenkins explains.

Before founding Art on Vine, Jenkins also worked as a photographer for local businesses such as Boca, Sotto, MidPoint Music Festival, Lumenocity, and many shops in Over-the-Rhine, so he understands how important these opportunities are to artists. Art on Vine gives artists the opportunity to build relationships with long-term repeat customers, sell their work on a monthly platform, gain feedback from customers in meet-and-greets, and to bond with fellow artists, which can lead to partnerships and information on other events and further opportunities.

Art on Vine also seeks to benefit a different nonprofit organization each month, following the tradition of a portion of artist fees benefitting Over-the-Rhine Community Housing when Art on Vine first started in a parking lot on Vine Street.

Art on Vine only has three dates left at Rhinegeist Brewery: February 19, March 19, and April 23 from 12 to 7 p.m. Then it will move to Fountain Square for the summer months until October.

To learn more about Art on Vine, visit http://www.artonvinecincy.com/

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Learn about the upcoming film festival where diversity is celebrated with celebrity guests, networking opportunities, and inspiring films by and about people with disabilities.

Like any other Hollywood film festival, the four-day 2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival will feature star-studded parties, workshops, special events, and networking opportunities. But what sets the ReelAbilities Film Festival apart is its focus: More than 40 films that showcase the stories, lives and art of people who experience disabilities. The festival, for which thousands are expected to attend, will benefit more than 26 local nonprofit organizations devoted to strengthening the lives of individuals with disabilities.

“Our goal is that people will have fun, meet new and enjoy the company of old friends, be moved in some way, and leave having been uplifted with a new perception of difference, appreciation and welcoming of each other,” says Lisa Desatnik, director of public relations. The event is open to the public, for people of all ages, and will be accessible.

VIP guests will include R.J. Mitte of Breaking Bad; Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story; Lauren Potter of Glee; Ali Stroker of Glee and Broadway’s Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening; BMX rider-turned-actor Kurt Yaeger; disability rights attorney and Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein; retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and NASA astronaut Rich Clifford; and others.

The event, hosted at the Duke Energy Convention Center, will kick off at 10 a.m. on March 9 with a question-and-answer session featuring Mitte, followed by the Premiere Luncheon, with Mitte as the keynote speaker. At 6:30 that evening, the opening film, The Astronaut’s Secret, starring VIP guest Rich Clifford, will show. Friday will feature the Interfaith Breakfast at 8 a.m. and the Veterans Reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday will feature a Veterans Brunch at 9:30 a.m. and cocktails with the stars and screenwriters of Spring Break Zombie Massacre, a festival entry written by VIP guests Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, as well as the Family Fun Shorts on Saturday morning, hosted by Cincy Chic’s own Amy Scalia. The event concludes on Sunday at 7 p.m. with film showings and a closing party. Film screenings will also go on throughout the festival.

Along with The Astronaut’s Secret and Spring Break Zombie Massacre, films showing will include 2e: Twice Exceptional, a documentary about students labeled as gifted with learning disabilities or differences; Do You Dream In Color?, which follows three blind students navigating high school life; Macropolis, a family-friendly short film about two toys discarded from a factory because of their differences and their journey back; and others. Trailers for the films will be available on the ReelAbilities website, www.cincyra.org, when ticket sales begin.

Desatnik describes the films as “diverse, impactful, and entertaining.” She goes on to explain, “Our films, and the discussions after them, will not only entertain audiences, but will also transform the way our guests perceive differences, appreciate and welcome one another. Films will range from silly to powerfully told documentaries to beautifully portrayed stories to fun animations.”

The ReelAbilities Film Festival started out in 2007 in Manhattan. Cincinnati was the first city to follow in New York’s footsteps in 2012, and since then ReelAbilities has spread to over a dozen cities in North America.

In 2014, ReelAbilities moved its headquarters to Cincinnati, where it is managed by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that has helped nearly 500 Hamilton County adults with developmental disabilities through housing and employment options, life skills training, and advocacy leadership.

To learn more, or to sign up as a festival volunteer, visit http://cincy.reelabilities.org/.

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With a passion for collecting, one local couple launched a business that brings bidders unique items and a rewarding bidding experience. Read on to learn more.

With more than 400 items available to bid on every week on their website, Cincinnati-based auction website “Look What I Found” truly has something for everyone.

Among the wares available at any given time are antiques, furniture, collectibles, household items, tools, musical instruments, art, books, video games, CDS, sports memorabilia, electronics, and other unique pieces, which owners and founders, husband and wife John and Whitney Yarberry, spend their weekends finding at garage sales and thrift stores. Bids start for every item at incredibly low prices, with everything from old figurines to electronics and sterling silver jewelry starting at only $1, $2, or $3.

Look What I Found auctions once a week, lasting from Monday morning until Sunday evening. Items can either be picked up at the warehouse at 4956 Provident Dr. or shipped to the winner. Payment is collected at the time of pickup.

Look What I Found has been holding auctions since April 2015. The Yarberrys started out auctioning goods on sites such as eBay and Craigslist but soon outgrew those platforms. “We saw an opportunity to bring a family owned auction business to the market that offered people a unique experience to find items they couldn’t live without,” the Yarberrys explain. Though the company has grown since its inception – the Yarberrys recently expanded their warehouse from 2,000 square feet to 3,600 square feet, allowing more objects to be bought, stored, and sold – it is still small, with a total of five employees, counting the Yarberrys, and a cosigner base of 100. Look What I Found has a bidder base of about 3,000.

The Yarberrys say that the size of their business provides it with “the kind of customer service that sets all small businesses apart. We go above and beyond to accommodate our customers and consigners. This can mean anything from shipping items for a reasonable price or listing our consigners’ items in a two-day turnaround period.” Another feature that sets Look What I Found apart is the one-of-a-kind website, “a user friendly experience that brings bidders back daily.”

Ultimately, Look What I Found aims to serve both the buyer and the seller, and the Yarberrys “want our customers to get excited about the items we offer up each week. Just as we have a passion of finding items, we want our customers to have that same experience when bidding on our website.”

Future goals for Look What I Found include branching out to do estate sales, marketing to new demographics, and possibly setting up a franchise.

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We chat with a Cincinnati-based event planner who specializes in producing budget-friendly events that look like a million bucks.

Have big dreams for a special event, but don’t have a big budget? That’s where Serenitee Events can help.

Serenitee Events “is designed for small scale budgets,” says owner Tiffany Payne-Bush. “We want to create million dollar looks, but we only want our clients to pay a small fraction! I tell my clients all the time, You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to create a magical event! Less is more.”

On its official Facebook page, Serenitee Events pledges that it “takes pride in providing expert consultation services to fit your style and vision,” specializes “in creating everlasting dreams, making your special moment enjoyable and breathtaking,” and puts “your mind at ease with hands-free and stress-free event planning.”

The small company, made up of four people, plans weddings, birthday parties, showers, fundraising events, and more, and can plan any event, big or small. Payne-Bush especially loves planning birthday parties and weddings because “Those are the events I feel I can be most creative.”

Tiffany Payne-Bush, Owner of Serenitee Events

Services offered by Serenitee Events include day-of event coordination, event design, full service coordination, and the rental of their garage for private events. The garage holds 60 guests inside and up to 50 guests outside, rents for $400 for four hours, and includes tables, chairs, and small centerpieces.

Before founding Serenitee Events two years ago, Payne-Bush worked for the Cincinnati Parks and as an event manager for the Cincinnati Art Museum. This “gave me a creative passion for fundraising, design and coordinating high scale events,” Payne-Bush says, and she was inspired to strike out on her own and open an event planning business. Her favorite part of planning events is unveiling her work and watching clients see their visions come to life for the first time. “It can be emotional at times but their reactions are priceless.”

Because there are currently only four people, including Payne-Bush, working for Serenitee Events, Payne-Bush’s main goal is to build her brand up and grow her business to take on more staff, plan more events, and to someday get a new facility that can house larger events. In 2017, one goal of Payne-Bush’s is to plan an event with over a thousand people in attendance. She’s used to planning events with under 5,000 guests, so she looks forward to the challenge of planning an event twice as big. The sky’s the limit, and Payne-Bush shows no sign of slowing down.

To learn more about Serenitee Events, visit https://www.facebook.com/sereniteeevents/.

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Learn about a local wine and cheese shop that lets you explore your palate and the world through their wine classes, pairing seminars, and special events.

Z Place for Wine, Cheese, and More is Cincinnati’s international wine and cheese destination.

Zoe Rezai and Greg von Hess, a former art collector and Wall Street money manager, respectively, had travelled the world and sampled some of the best food and wine around when they decided they wanted to bring them to Cincinnati, “essentially having the foods and wines of the world available to everyone.”

So, in 2005 they opened “Z Place for Wine, Cheese, and More,” described by Rezai as “an international wine and cheese destination in Cincinnati where patrons can come and try new types of wine, in a fun and open environment where you leave having learned something new about wine.”

Z Place’s wine inventory is bolstered on a weekly basis with higher-quality boutique wines that are not sold in large retail chains, so the selections are, as Rezai says, “fun, edgy, and always interesting.” Rezai prefers these smaller brands because they don’t have much money for marketing campaigns, so their quality has to be their marketing. In addition to wine, Z Place sells fine cheese and has a café with indoor and outdoor seating which serves homemade soups, sandwiches, and salads. Z Place’s well-loved and high-ranked food offerings have made it a well-respected food destination, more so than other wine shops.

Z Place offers wine baskets and tastings.

Z Place also offers wine baskets and wine tastings. The wine baskets are made on site and the contents help support local artists and craftsmen. Wine tastings include Thursday night wine classes, featuring wines from around the world as well as tutorials; Friday night wine and cheese pairings; and Saturday night wine flights, sampled with crackers and cheese. The store also offers weekly wine classes, in-house private wine events, food and wine pairing seminars, private wine events and parties for special occasions, client parties, and company events.

Z Place also has a client gifting program featuring on- and off-site wine tasting seminars, custom-made wine gift baskets, client wine-gifting events to help build businesses, wine cellar consultations, private wine events, private holiday parties, and holiday wine, cheese, and salami baskets.

Unlike other wine shops, Z Place doesn’t just focus on selling wine.

“We strive to both educate the consumers by introducing them to the world of wine in a fun and informative manner while supporting smaller brands and producers that are our core,” Rezai says. As a local business with a focus on supporting local economies around the world, Z Place will continue to source high-quality wines produced on a small scale. For now, Z Place’s goals are to expand the size of the store, continue growing the line, and “making Z Place for Wines and Cheese your go-to destination where the world comes to you.”

Z Place for Wine, Cheese, and More is located at 7823 Cooper Rd in Montgomery. To learn more, visit http://www.zplaceforwine.com/ or like them on Facebook.

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From the National Guard to owning her own bakery, learn about a local lady who’s a Jack of all trades, creating a legacy through her tasty treats.

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Taren Plesinger-Kinebrew, Founder of Sweet Petit Desserts

When Taren Plesinger-Kinebrew entered the National Guard and studied IT in college, she didn’t expect a bakery to be on her career path.

Today, she’s the owner and CEO of Sweet Petit Desserts, based in OTR. As a third generation baker who enjoyed baking with her grandmother as a child, it was a natural fit for her to make this passion a profession. But she followed her passion for the Armed Forces first.

She joined the National Guard during her senior year of high school and spent seven years there. She hoped to travel the world, but Desert Storm complicated this. While in the military she went to college, majoring in information systems and minored in accounting.

After getting her degree she started working for IBM, but she wasn’t satisfied. “After being in the corporate world I felt there was more for me and figured I would try my hand at being my own boss,” Plesinger-Kinebrew says. “It took a few businesses for me to figure out that baking is truly my passion.” With her childhood memories of baking in mind, Sweet Petit Desserts was born in August of 2009.

As the name suggests, Sweet Petit Desserts specializes in miniature desserts made from what Plesinger-Kinebrew calls “the finest ingredients.” In fact, that’s all it serves. Plesinger-Kinebrew and her staff focus on simple flavors and unique artistry so they can deliver big flavor in a small package. The menu includes everything from cookies, pies, cake pops, brownies, macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, tartlets, dessert cups, chocolate covered pretzels, and their newest editions of Petit cakes.

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A portion of the proceeds from their LOVE Bites goes toward the Sister Accord Foundation, which focuses on educating girls and women and eradicating violence and bullying. In addition to the shop, Sweet Petit Desserts does a lot of event catering, designing and setting up dessert tables. They can even create a menu of treats specific to an event.

Sweet Petit Desserts has five staff members, most of whom are related to Plesinger-Kinebrew, she laughs. It’s only fitting, though, as Plesinger-Kinebrew was inspired by family memories. Plesinger-Kinebrew loves baking for others and the spirit of friendliness it creates. “I really enjoy connecting with my customers,” she says. “It really is the best part of work outside of baking.”

As her varied résumé shows, Plesinger-Kinebrew is sort of a Jack of all trades who found her dream trade. For those who wish to follow suit and start their own business, Plesinger-Kinebrew offers one simple piece of advice: “It’s important to do the research in your field of expertise. Know your market and really plan.”

For more information on Sweet Petit Desserts, visit http://SweetPetitDesserts.com or on Facebook.

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A new paint and sip boutique is opening in Kenwood. See why it’s the picture perfect spot for a party, date, or a fun night with friends.

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Pinot’s Palette is expanding to a new location near Kenwood Towne Center, in the Shoppes of Kenwood.

The “Premiere Paint and Sip Party venue in the Greater Cincinnati area” is expanding its base this December.

The new Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette will be “right in the heart of Cincinnati, a hop, skip and jump from Kenwood Towne Center, in the Shoppes of Kenwood,” says Gautami “Amy” Alluru, the owner of the Kenwood location. Alluru, who has lived in Cincinnati for 17 years, worked in the corporate world for over a decade but always wanted to start her own business, so she decided to embrace the “vibrant art scene in Cincinnati.” So she opened the Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette.

There are a lot of paint and sip venues out there, but Pinot’s Palette stands out from the bunch because of its “masterful artists and top-notch customer service,” Alluru says. “We provide everything our customers need to make their experience memorable, from glasses to utensils, canvas to paint. Our studios have the sophistication that our customers expect when they walk through the doors.”

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Part of a larger franchise with 128 studios open in 37 states and another 64 studios that are in development, Pinot’s Palette offers a place to unwind and relax with friends. It started out at a local studio in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas, on May 6, 2009. Since then, “we’ve created over one million paintings with our customers,” Alluru says. “And while we haven’t counted the corks, our guests have enjoyed plenty of wine with friends along the way.”

Customers can enjoy birthday parties, bachelorette parties, date nights, girls’ nights, bridal showers, corporate or team events, or even just a fun Friday night. “We offer the perfect party atmosphere filled with painting, wine, music and laughs,” Alluru says. “We take care of all your party details. You just head over to the studio to have a great time!”

Pinot’s Palette offers a variety of painting classes, such as two-hour and three-hour adult classes, children’s classes called “Little Brushes,” and “Mommy and Me” classes. Guests of all painting abilities are welcome.

“The beauty of our model is that our customers don’t need to be artists or have any experience to enjoy the experience and create a memorable painting,” Alluru says. The monthly public painting calendar, telling which classes are available each month, is posted two weeks in advance. Customers sign up for classes by selecting their painting of choice. Two-hour classes are $35 per person and three-hour classes are $45 per person.

Alluru says she hopes that the Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette will soon become a household name in the Greater Cincinnati area, and she hopes that the franchise will reach all 50 states soon.

To learn more about Pinot’s Palette, visit https://www.pinotspalette.com/

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Keep reading to see how two best friends combined their businesses to create something crafty, unique, and filled with love in every detail.

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How Cute Is That combines a passion for two local business owners.

Childhood friends Beth Jacobs and Shannon Milton always bonded over their love of all things cute and crafty and their passion for creative expression. Both women decided to turn those passions into careers. Jacobs previously owned “That’s A Wrap,” an online paper business that sold cupcake toppers and wrappers.

Milton owned “Lollicakes by Shannon,” a business that sold made-to-order cake pop. Both ventures were successful in their own rights, and the two owners recognized that their visions for their businesses were similar and often said that it would be wonderful to combine their businesses and work together to do what they loved. Eventually they decided to make their idea a reality, and in 2012 How Cute Is That, LLC, was born.

Based in Cincinnati, How Cute Is That creates “fun and whimsical products as well as special order items that our customers dream up for us to make for them,” Jacobs and Milton explain. How Cute Is That works vendor events, weddings, business functions, and parties, as well as creating more individual goods. Derived from two dessert-related ventures, How Cute Is That started out as a candy buffet business, and has since expanded to include party favors and gift bags, home décor items, and other personalized items such as monogram stickers, beach cups, and luggage tags. As their official Facebook page says, “If it’s cute, it’s here.” Whatever a customer’s vision may be, Milton and Jacobs love bringing it to life.

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Beth Jacobs and Shannon Milton, Founders of How Cute Is That.

Jacobs and Milton say, “Our most favorite part is having a customer see our stuff and say ‘How cute is that!’ not even realizing that is the name of our business. Hard to forget a name like that!”

Milton and Jacobs say that what sets How Cute Is That apart from other similar businesses is their genuine love for what they do, which comes out in the details of their pieces. “Our business is inspired by our friendship,” the two businesswomen explain. “We get to spend time together being creative just like we did when we were kids.”

The headquarters of How Cute Is That is in Jacobs’ home, but you can also buy their products on their website, howcuteisthatparty.com. At the moment the main focus of How Cute Is That is to gear up for the holiday season, but as their business grows, the two hope to move beyond Jacobs’ home and get their own little storefront “that is as cute on the outside as it is on the inside.” To learn more, visit www.howcuteisthatparty.com or “like” them on Facebook.

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