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Hattie Martin is an editorial intern at Cincy Chic. She attends University of Cincinnati, majoring in Public Relations and Fashion Studies, complimented with a Creative Writing Certificate. When she is not found writing, you can find her at your local coffee shop or spending time in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. Contact her at hmartin@cincychic.com.

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A local woman makes creative confections almost too pretty to eat. Keep reading for all the delicious details about her unique, dipped chocolate creations.

Since 2017, Dipped Sweets, LLC has been providing delicious sweets for any occasion across the Tri-State area. Their business specializes in treats that are equally aesthetically pleasing and tasty. 

Over the years, Dipped Sweets, LLC has perfected their craft to match any taste bud for all occasions. “We use rich milk chocolate-white or dark for each sweet,” says Dipped Sweets founder and owner Tiana Bailey. “We are proud of the incredible creativity, variation, color coordination and topping that spans across our products.” It was their perfectly dipped creations that led to the company’s name, Dipped Sweets.

The company offers a variety of chocolate-dipped sweets including pretzels, Oreos, cake pops, strawberries, and candy apples. To top it off, customers can choose from options such as Oreo crunch, nuts, graham cracker crumble – just to name a few. “Our sweets company has been set apart since the beginning because of our creative spin,” says Bailey. “We offer smash hearts, strawberry towers, and delicious seasonal cocoa bombs that are very popular among our customers. I am sure to add an extra touch of creativity through decorations and style as well.”

For special events, such as graduation or baby showers, Dipped Sweets, LLC not only has dipped treats, but a whole spread of color-coordinating candy.” How can you get a taste of the action? Dipped Sweets, LLC can be enjoyed during various events, craft shows, holidays, gatherings, or by placing a personal order directly. The company offers vegan and sugar-free sweets for customers. 

While Dipped Sweets, LLC offers many yummy options, a crowd favorite remains to be chocolate covered strawberries. Let’s explore the creation step-by-step process:

1. Pick the freshest, ripest strawberries. 
2. Soak the strawberries in apple cider vinegar and water to remove all pesticides and toxins.
3. Rinse berries in cold water and air dry. 
4. Heat up the chocolate and temper to ensure the strawberries have a smooth, glossy glow. 
5. Dip the strawberries and decorate. 
6. Enjoy!

“Seeing the excitement on my customer’s faces when they receive their goodies is the most rewarding part of the business,” says Bailey. “I have regular customers who order from us each month – they are the heartbeat. The love and support that this community has given me has been nothing less than heartwarming.”

Each year, Dipped Sweets, LLC chooses to give back to the community by offering free sweets to customers during their customer appreciation month. Throughout 2020, Dipped Sweets has provided many small business and families gift cards. During this unpresented time, sweets can always be of comfort.

To stay connected with Dipped Sweets, LLC, you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook. It is on Facebook where customers can view the latest creations cooking up. You can also email them at dippedsweets01@gmail.com.

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Local experts just launched an exclusive new line of skincare. See how it can boost your routine and improve problem areas. 

Sylvia Brownlee, founder of Pure Beauty Skin Bar, loves to help people improve their skin. 

Since 2015, she’s been doing that with Cincinnati-based Pure Beauty Skin Bar. Now, with the launch of an exclusive new line of skincare, she’s adding a new layer to how she can help. 

Brownlee says she’s always had dreams of making a difference within the beauty industry. From management leadership roles in the beauty industry education field to hands-on work in the treatment room, Brownlee is a passionate professional whose footprint is growing in leaps and bounds, according to Pure Beauty’s media kit. Over the years, Brownlee has grown both her business and expansive knowledge to treat clients nationwide.

“My main goal is to teach others how to love and care for their skin,” says Brownlee. “Skin by Brownlee & Co.is an exciting, luxury line of skincare that will take Pure Beauty Skin Bar to the next level.” The new skincare line is named after Sylvia, seeing as she is the last living Brownlee in her family.

Pure Beauty Skin Bar’s focus is on customers looking to boost their skin care routine, specifically with acne and pigmentations. “Our services menu is complete with seven different corrective skin treatments, including waxing,” says Brownlee. “Each is custom-tailored to meet customers individual needs with top-tier, professional care.” For a complete list of Pure Beauty Skin Bar services, visit https://purebeautyskinbar.com/pages/skin-care-services

The Pure Beauty Acne Experience is made up of 3 steps to clear skin:

1. As a client, you will undergo a thorough, in-depth consultation process. This consultation is aimed at uncovering recommended changes to your lifestyle and skin care routine. 
2. After consultation, Brownlee will coach you how to properly use the Skin by Brownlee, Co. products. These products can be combined to form a unique routine that fits your skin’s specific needs. 
3. After the coaching, you will schedule and experience a series of detoxing skin treatments to remove blockages from the hair follicles. 

Not only does Pure Beauty Skin bar offer Skin by Brownlee & Co. products, they also have a blog. “The blog is a place for our clients to read up on all things related to Pure Beauty Skin Bar tips and tricks related to all things acne-related, as well as Sylvia’s favorite things,” says Brownlee. You can read the blog here

In the midst of COVID-19, the company has added in appropriate safety measures, including masks, temperature checks and placing orders online and picking up curbside. For customers who desire a personal consultation, virtual consultations are available for those choosing to stay at home or from out-of-state.

To stay connected with Pure Beauty Skin Bar, you can visit their website at https://purebeautyskinbar.com/. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Explore a unique, online accessory boutique offering bold styles for all.

Ever since Rew Coleman was a little girl, she has had an eye and niche for all things accessories. She has taken her passion for fashion and unique items and transformed it into Essential Things Co.

“For as long as I can remember, I have always gotten compliments on my accessories,” says Coleman. “Essential Co. is my brainchild, and I am so excited to watch it come to life.”

Essential Things Co. is an online accessory boutique, offering affordable luxury items. The products include handbags, satchels, earrings, bracelets, hats, home decor and more. For a complete list of products, visit https://www.essentialthingsco.com/.

Each item is specifically chosen with the customer in mind. “I do a lot of research on my customers through conversations and trends on social media,” says Coleman. “Through this, I am able to really see their lifestyles and how Essential Things Co. can complement that. I love accessories because they can take a basic, white tee and jeans and transform it into a unique, versatile outfit.”

Essential Things Co. has a strong mission statement of providing exceptional customer service while selling unique items. This has been the foundation that Coleman has used since the opening of Essential Things Co. in 2017 and plans to continue to use it for the future. 

Essential Things Co. proudly serves all customers, especially those wanting to bump up their wardrobe. “Watching Essential Things Co. come to life has been amazing. The amazing community both around the products and myself has truly made it all worthwhile,” says Coleman. Currently, Essential Things Co. is located online. They can be found in several pop-up shops around the Cincinnati area. Coleman hopes to open up a brick-and-mortar store in 2021. 

To stay connected with Essential Things Co., you can visit their Instagram and Facebook. You can also shop at https://www.essentialthingsco.com/

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A dynamic duo of husband-and-wife artists is bringing their impressive art pieces to life one outfit at a time.

For couple Evan Hildebrandt and Alison Shepard-Hildebrandt, it has always been a dream to share their artwork with the masses and bring more beauty into the world. Over the years, they’ve created artwork and installments that grace the walls and halls of many impressive homes, businesses, and establishments. Now, their awe-inspiring artwork is expanding into fashion with their new clothing line, Abstract Art Swag. 

Abstract Art Swag is made up of clothing pieces printed with the Hildenbrants’ artwork. Their products include dresses, wrap skirts, leggings, capris, scarves, pillowcases and several types of bags. You can view the products by visiting https://abstractartswag.com/. Currently, their target audience is female buyers. 

“We have really let art inform the clothing,” says Evan. “Each design is uniquely placed in the product. We really believe in the purity of art for design.” Combined, the two artists have almost 30 years of experience in the art industry. The price range of professional art can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. By placing it on versatile, everyday clothing, it is both affordable and enjoyed widespread. 

All of Abstract Art Swag’s products are made with dependable, high-end materials. “Each one of our products are made with quality materials. Our manufacturer is located in Canada so we can ensure the pieces will be made close to home and with quality in mind,” says Evan. “The prints on the pieces never fade, even after multiple washes. We are really excited that our art will be able to be preserved, even on clothing.”

The process from the sketching board to the product is a unique process. The Hildenbrants tap into their creativity and design their artwork. The couple compliments each other with their individual strengths. Evan tends to gear his work towards a natural and organic aesthetic. For Alison, her strengths lie in floral oil paintings. Once the design is finalized, a high-resolution image is sent to the manufacturer. A 3D render of the image is produced, the team ensures the design falls right on the product, and it is ready to be worn. 

“The process of launching this company and allowing our designs to speak for themselves has been amazing to watch,” says Evan. “Our hands are in every step of the process and it has been a great learning experience. We are so excited for our official launch coming soon and sharing our work with the world.”

To stay connected with Abstract Art Swag, you can visit their website at https://abstractartswag.com/. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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A good outfit makes for a good day. That’s the idea behind this local boutique dedicated to creating confidence through strong community and on-trend style.

Golden Grace Boutique is a unique shop full of on-trend clothing, accessories and a whole lot of love. 

The boutique was founded in 2017 by owner Kathleen Reinert. “The inspiration behind my boutique came from my grandmother, Goldie Grace. She was a strong-willed, caring, and beautiful woman who would give the shirt off of her back to any stranger,” Reinert recalls. “At Golden Grace Boutique, we strive to make sure our customers feel like family and confident in her own skin.”

Reinert founded the boutique after having her second child and realized that working as an LPN at Good Samaritan hospital was no longer her calling. She took after her grandma by putting her strong will, heart, and hard work to the test and the rest has been history. 

The boutique carries an assortment of products, each hand-picked with the customer in mind. The products include clothing, fashion jewelry, accessories, gift items and home décor. The products all hold an underlying quality of fresh and unique. “Once an item sells out, we rarely restock it – it makes it a one-of-a-kind,” says Reinert. 

When you step into or log onto Golden Grace Boutique, you instantly become family, she adds. “We strive in making your experience amazing,” says Reinert. “Whether you are coming in to browse or looking for a specific item, we will be there alongside you every step of the way. We want to make you feel beautiful in your own skin, no matter what tough patch you may be going through. I often get messages after customers have left over their appreciation for their time in the shop and how our staff made them feel.” 

Woman of all walks of life can strut alongside Golden Grace Boutique. Their target customer ranges from 13-65, with a recently launched Youth Line. The sizes range from XS to 3X. 

The boutique has two brick and mortar locations and an online presence. “Growing up on the East side, I wanted to establish the boutique in an area close to home, says Reinert. “The village of Batavia has a small town feel and while it might not always be extremely busy, our customers come from near and far to visit our small shop.” 

Their home location is located in Batavia, while their Amelia location will be open up for events and parties. Community is something that Golden Grace Boutique was founded upon and they always find a way to give back. 

The boutique ships to many different states and holds fundraisers for local non-profits as a way to give back. Reinert’s favorite part about watching the boutique come to life has been the intentional community that runs intertwines within the boutique. 

To shop Golden Grace Boutique, they are located at 210 East Main Street, Batavia OH 45103 or you can shop online at https://www.goldengraceboutique.com/. To stay connected, you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Find out more about this sustainable company in pursuit of a world with less waste and more green.

Koko is a sustainable living shop and refillery with locations in Columbus, Denver, Lexington, Louisville, and coming soon, Cincinnati. 

The company was founded by Jamie Fairman and Adria Hall. The unique name originated from a Finnish word that translates as “full.” This translation serves as a nod to Fairman’s heritage and their strategy to create refilleries where customers can full and refill over and over. Hall and Fairman originally had the idea when they noticed a lack of convenient resources needed to live a sustainable lifestyle. 

“People are starting to consider the impacts of their purchases on the planet and the humans that live on it,” says Hall. “But there still isn’t enough access to sustainable products – especially locally – to enable consumers to make better choices. That’s the motivation behind Koko.” 

At the heart of Koko is the refillery – a bar of toiletries and cleaning supplies in bulk that you can “fill up” from over and over again, giving customers the opportunity to reduce their plastic waste. “In our shops, we will offer a bottle bar of glass and metal bottles and pumps and jars. Customers are also welcome to bring in their own containers to be filled,” says Fairman and Hall. 

In addition to the refillery aspect, Koko offers a wide selection of sustainable living goods. For a full display of Koko’s products, you can visit their website at https://kokotheshop.com/. Each product at Koko is unique in three unique ways: 

1. Koko products are sustainably sourced and made of natural ingredients and materials. These are good for both the planet and the people who use them. A decent amount of their products are vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified and cruelty-free. 
2. Koko products are also sustainably packaged. To avoid plastic, glass, reusable and compostable materials make up containers in Koko. 
3. All of Koko products are reusable. This initiative is set in place to help the community shift their mindsets away from single-use products and towards a mindset of reusing and reducing. 

Not only does Koko have three unique aspects to their products, they also have four foundational beliefs. “We believe that sustainability is for everyone, should not be boring, isn’t one-size-fits-all, and is approachable,” says Fairman and Hall. “Less waste is the goal, but the journey will look different for everyone. We welcome all people of Cincinnati and the surrounding areas to shop and learn with us along the way.” 

While Koko is well-known in the surrounding areas, so is their sister brand, Forage. “Forage is an interior plat shop and community for plant people,” says founders Hall and Fairman. “We want to create a space where plants and people can thrive. What started out as a house-turned-storefront has turned into storefronts all over our area. The idea for Koko originated from our desire to expand our products for Forage.”

At Koko, the products are clean, purpose is strong, and experience is fun. “We try to make it (the shopping experience) fun,” says Fairman and Hall. “Our Koko team members are extremely knowledgeable about the products and sustainability. They seem to always be answering questions, making product recommendations and helping customers fill up.”

To shop at Koko, you can visit their website at https://kokotheshop.com/ or visit on of their locations. Koko Cincinnati will be coming to 318 W. Fourth Street soon. You can also follow along on their Instagram

To shop Forage, you can visit their website at https://forageplants.com/ or visit one of their locations. You can also follow along on their Instagram.

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Explore how a hard-working mother turned her passion for fashion into an online boutique and community of empowering women.

Six years ago, Allie Meyer was an expectant mother with a passion for fashion. Today, she is a proud boutique owner, working mother, and working toward empowering women of all ages one fashionable find at a time. 

“I have always had a love for shopping and styling,” says Meyer. “I started in the blogging world about 12 years ago, sharing outfits I would create and my favorite shops. Once I became a new mom, I quickly realized how much I missed the connection with other women who shared my same love of fashion. TwoTwentyTwo Market was born.” 

TwoTwentyTwo Market is an online boutique bringing stylish clothes for women of all shapes, sizes and walks of life. Their main mission is to inspire confidence and provide empowerment. The trendy boutique offers unique clothing, jewelry and small ticket items such as coffee cups, koozies, wristlets and candles. 

The boutique’s unique name derived from Meyer’s desire to include her two kids. “It just so happened that my kids both have birthdays on the twenty-second and the name was born,” says Meyer. “They are the reason I strive to become the best.”

 

Since Meyer loves to engage with the customer, TwoTwentyTwo often engages on social media to gain insight into what the customer is currently loving to stock her store. The business is truly all about the customer, Meyer says. 

“Each piece is intentionally chosen and make great gifts for both yourself and loved ones.  We love to have our products shopped by working mothers or driven women who love to be on trend at affordable prices,” says Meyer. “She has places to go and wants to look great with trendy pieces without breaking the bank. I want to personally get to know each customer and personalize their shopping experience, down to the details of the packaging.”

TwoTwentyTwo Market is an online boutique, but can frequently be found at local events around the Cincinnati area. “I have loved sharing my vision and style with the world and I cannot wait to continue to continue in the future,” says Meyer. 

 To shop TwoTwentyTwoBoutique, visit https://twotwentytwomarket.com/. You can also stay connected via social media on Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn more about this hand-crafted and Cincinnati-based accessory company inspired by both nature and fashion

For the past two years, Pistil Calyx has been bringing fun accessories to the Cincinnati area and beyond. The company specializes in small floral hand-crafted polymer clay hair and lapel pins. 

“When looking for a name for the business, I wanted a name that wasn’t made up of too obvious floral words,” says owner Jahmaiah Martin. “Pistils are part of the reproductive parts of the flower and calyxes hold the flower together. I loved the way the two looked together.” 

Pistil Calyx originally started out with knit brooches only and then switched focus to small sculptured clay goods. Each product is hand-made and has a very unique process when designing. 

“The first start of the process begins with inspiration,” says Martin. “I have been collecting pictures of flowers for years from gardens and parks all over Cincinnati. I look over these images to find inspiration for my realistic and imagined succulents and flowers.” 

Next step? Color. “Next, I think of my colors that I want to present and the scheme I want to create. These can derive from roses, season, mood, or imagined.” 

After the inspiration and color are solidified, it is time for Martin to get to the two-hour sculpting process. They are each pressed and carefully arranged into the flower she wants to represent. 

Each accessory is unique in their own way, seeing as they each go through this intricate process. Over the past two years, the creative process has remained Martin’s favorite part. 

“I enjoy the days where I get to work with clay and photograph my pieces – it really allows me to get creative.” 

To shop Pistil Calyx’s hair and lapel pins, you can visit their Etsy shop. To stay connected, you can follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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A new local IV therapy studio helps clients feel and look better one drop at a time.

A new business is bringing the new craze of IV therapy business to Cincinnati. Hydration Station provides IV treatments to a multitude of clients to not only make them feel better, but provide a safe and comfortable environment while doing so. 

“My wife and I had the idea for the business several years ago,” says Hydration Station founder Chris Jaeger. “There have been similar services offered in other major cities for years and we saw a gap in Cincinnati. We hopped on the opportunity to provide the city and the Tri-State the benefits of IV therapy.”

The Hydration Station has been in business for a little over a year now and has served hundreds in the area. Jaeger’s team is currently made up of 9 professionally-trained, local medical professionals, with hopes to expand in the future. 

The Hydration Station offers a wide range of IV therapy treatments. Each service is designed with the consumer in mind. “Each package that we offer is created for a different purpose,” says Jaeger. “From anti-aging, migraines, pre and post-workout, etc., we have all needs covered.” 

The Hydration Station offers a menu of pre-designed packages with a custom package option available as well. You can find all of their available packages and items here: https://hydrationstation513.com/services-1

All of the products that are used, such as IV tubing, saline, medicines, etc. are from the same distributor that the hospitals utilize. In order to receive the IV therapy, Hydration Station has created a simple and easy process for customers. Customers can either book their appointment online or call the office, fill out a pre-treatment form and, after approval, the IV session starts. Individuals have the option to either receive the treatment in their home by a medical professional or visit Hydration Station’s brick-and-mortar location in downtown Cincinnati. The treatment typically lasts for 30-45 minutes. 

“As the market and technology continue to expand and develop, we see our service only growing from here. We are so excited to see what the future has in store for Hydration Station,” says Jaeger. 

To learn more, visit https://hydrationstation513.com/or call (513) 614-5420. You can also follow Hydration Station on Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn more about a premiere spa experience delivered right to your door.

For the past 20 years, Tracey Piphus, owner and founder of Couture Beauty Showroom and Couture Beauty by Tracey, has dedicated her life to making women feel beautiful and empowered. 

As a licensed Advanced Cosmetologist, hairstylist, instructor, and salon owner, she has seen every single in and out of the beauty industry. “I love to put a smile on people’s faces by making them feel beautiful, the feeling never gets old,” says Piphus. 

Tracey Piphus

Couture Beauty Showroom curates luxurious, high-end products for individuals wanting the spa experience at home.The e-commerce website is set up into different categories: The Lounge, Bath & Body, Brow Products, Lash Products, Beauty Merch and Candles and Scents. Each category houses on-trend products, hand-selected by Piphus.

“Beauty is an inside job and we want our customers to feel luxurious and at home. Women will always need self-care and crave the experience to be pampered. ” says Piphus. 

For the customers who want to shop in-person, Piphus’s storefront, Couture Beauty by Tracey, carries products that are on the website. Couture Beauty by Tracey also offers beauty services, such as eyebrows and lash lifts. The storefront launched three years ago and Couture Beauty Showroom’s site just recently launched, with public launch plans for the end of the month. 

You can shop at the Couture Beauty Showroom by visiting their website at https://www.couturebeautyshowroom.com/. To stay connected, you can follow Couture Beauty Showroom on Instagram and Facebook. You can also connect with Couture Beauty by Tracey by visiting their storefront at 9475 Kenwood Road, Suite 8, Cincinnati, OH and visiting their website at https://www.couturebeautybytracey.com/.

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