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Keep your hands clean and add a little glam to your bathroom with these locally made soaps.

The Lavender Sachet sells handcrafted soaps that are also serve as bathroom decor.

There is a business based in the Cincinnati area that wants to see people experience handcrafted beauty products. The Lavender Sachet is a contemporary fragrance and beauty brand that creates soaps turned statement pieces for the bathroom counter.

“Handcrafted to be admired, The Lavender Sachet is passionate about offering a distinct and inspired bathing experience,” says Alison Peters, founder and owner of The Lavender Sachet.

Peters launched the business in July 2020, and is mostly based online with some appearances at pop-ups and farmer’s markets. 

The inpsiration behind The Lavender Sachet came from Peters’ creativity.

“My first job at 15 was working at a create-your-own body products shops where we’d make anything from lip gloss, fragrance rollers, body sprays, lotions and bars of soap,” she says. “Looking back, that job had a huge impact on me; I never forgot to how good it felt to make a tangible product. I wanted to create something that was my own and tap back into that part of myself after being a luxury travel publicist in New York City for over 10 years.”

The name of the business came from a long list of ideas from the notes on her phone. “It was hard to narrow down a name. In my experience, I’ve found that fragrances can sometimes be intimidating for people – some sound strange, too fancy or completely unheard of – with the exception of lavender,” Peters says. “Everyone is familiar with lavender and aware of its calming abilities. I wanted the name to sound both familiar and approachable.”

There are a variety of products offered through The Lavender Sachet and they include all natural, 100 percent pure vegetable-based glycerin soaps and shower steams.

“I can also create custom soap orders and bulk orders for weddings and bridal showers or corporate events,” she says. “This is just the beginning – I plan on adding additional products in the months to come and once it’s safe, host workshops and teach others how to make beauty products using simple, clean ingredients.”

Other ingredients in the soaps include essential and fragrance oils, soap colorant, and mica, all of which are vegan and paraben-free.

The Lavender Sachet defines success as the customers experiencing joy.

“After all the events of last year and in the current pandemic, I define success as any moment of joy found In the every day. If someone buys soaps or shower steamers from The Lavender Sachet and a moment of joy is sparked from using my product, that’s a win,” Peters says. “Whether it be the design fragrance or minute of solitude found while using the product, if even one customer lets me know how happy their soap made them while washing their hands, I’m reassured that the work I’m contributing is not only successful, it’s meaningful.”

Her business is unique because she creates all of her products locally in Cincinnati. “Some of my absolute favorite batches of soap are so unique, even if I tried to recreate them, it would be impossible to make them again, exactly as shown on the website,” she says. “I often tell my customers, “If you like something on the site, buy it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” This makes everything limited edition, in a way.”

The Lavender Sachet is important for the community because she feels that all small businesses are important. “My dad, Jim Peters, is also a small business owner (Jim’s Bicycle Shop in Deer Park) and I definitely get my entrepreneurial spirit from him,” she says. “In my previous careers as a publicist, I spent a lot of time at a desk behind a computer and it’s important to me to become part of the community, give back and provide personalized customer service to my neighbors.”

To keep up with what’s going on with The Lavender Sachet, follow them on Instagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a business that wants to provide Keto baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area.

A Greater Cincinnati business is helping people on a gluten free or Keto diet to experience delicious baked goods.

“We are a keto kitchen, providing gluten and sugar free baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area,” Natalie Marquis and Ashley Poynter, Co-owners of Carb<Less, say. “We are certified in-home bakeries with pickups available multiple times weekly in Norwood and West Chester.”

Carb<Less has been around for almost a year. “We started the ketogenic diet over two years ago, we were always baking for each other and trying to make our non-keto favorites keto. When we went on vacation, we found a place we could go and get food and snacks just for us, on Keto. What,” they say. “We kept creating and ended up having so much fun with it we decided, hey, why not share this with the public!” 

The idea of the name of the business came from names being thrown around and Marquis and Poynter thinking it was clever. “You know, less carbs are greater than carbs,” they say. The two of them decided to make keto recipes because “It’s our lifestyle and we wanted to share sugar free options that arent as easily available as the regular bakery store bought items. We are also happy to eat any extras!”

There are a variety of different products offered through Carb<Less. “We offer a variety of baked goods ranging from cheddar biscuits and cornbread to donuts and cheesecakes. We are always coming up with new recipes and offering them,” they say. “We do birthday cakes and custom orders. Our favorite item is a grab box we offer weekly to give customers a variety to try and want to come back for more.” They say that their favorite treats are: The Swiss Roll, Triple Chocolate Cupcake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, and Almond Cake. “Really, if we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t want to share it. It’s so hard to choose!”

Carb<Less enjoys sharing the different treats with the Greater Cincinnati area.“Success to us is getting guilt-free desserts in another person’s hand to enjoy. We have also had many people tell us they can’t even tell they are gluten and sugar free, which makes us feel like we have done a really good job with the recipe,” Marquis and Poynter say. “We joke when our children approve its really good and ‘keto kids approved.’” 

The business is unique because there aren’t a lot of bakeries like Carb<Less in the area. “We don’t offer sugar filled options and we really aim to please the customers and their bellies! We also are constantly creating new treats and will take custom orders,” they say. “We like a challenge!”

To keep up with what Carb<Less is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a local lady who helps people experience joy through her custom graze boards.

Boardful is new business based in Mason that creates artfully arranged graze boards. 

What is a “graze board” you may ask? “It’s a fun, new eating experience combining charcuterie, cheese, crudites and even desserts,” says Jenny Bostater, owner of Boardful. “It’s a ‘food experience.’ Each item on the board is hand selected with pairings in mind and then, hand-crafted into artful displays.”

The business is located out of Half Day Café restaurant kitchen and was started in February 2020, and soon thereafter took a pause due to COVID. “I started back up in May and have seen a steady increase in business ever since.,” Bostater says. “I think people are staying ‘in’ more and looking for ways to make their at-home dining special, so the idea has really been something that people are excited about.”

Boardful came from her creating graze boards in her personal life. “I had created boards for our personal parties and gatherings for about 18 months before I started the business. When I would make them, my family and friends would always tell me I should sell them,” she says. “My husband finally persuaded me that I should give it a try and here I am!” 

The name of the business came from Bostater throwing out ideas and her close friends helping to critique the ideas that she had. “One of these friends added Boardful to the list, to encompass the ‘full’ board and also the ‘beautiful’ arrangement. I only thought about it for a couple of hours before declaring it as the official name of the business. Sometimes you just know it when you hear it.”

The products offered through Boardful are: graze boxes, graze boards and even graze tables. “Each item on my board is hand selected based on seasonal marketing availability, but can always be customized for preferences or allergies. My newest menu item is my mini box, which feeds one to two people,” Bostater says. “These have been a huge hit as a giftable item and also for those who are wanting a safe way to have a dining experience with their friends and family.”

Her vision for 2021 for the business is to keep making her boards. “One of them being workshops to teach the basics of creating your own beautiful graze boards,” she says. Bostater’smission was “for food to be more than nourishment. Food gathers us. It connects us. Food is the centerpiece of many of life’s deep conversations, wild laughs and beautiful memories,” she says. “My mission is to create food that tastes and looks as beautiful as those memories.”

Bostater says she loves running Boardful because it brings joy to others and it’s a creative outlet for her. “It combines art and a dining experience to be shared with your family and friends,” Bostater says. “It is important because it is a unique to-go option-whether you are needing something to take to a get together, something to create a special dining experience at home or something to gift to someone. Boardful has an option for you.”

To keep up with what Boardful is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram. “I have an ongoing gallery of work on both pages and take orders directly through the messaging feature on either platform,” she says. You can also email Bostater for more information at: jenny@boardfulcincinnati.com.

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A Covington-based personal training and group fitness studio now offers a wide variety of in-person and live streamed classes that aim to get results while having fun.

A fitness studio in Covington recently rebranded and went high-tech to offer award-winning live streams of workouts in addition to their wide variety of in-person classes. 

“MVMT Cov is a Personal Training and Group Fitness Studio. We are fully committed to creating a space for people to grow and thrive on their fitness journeys with a variety of classes and class times lead by top certified instructors, training methods that adhere to results, individualized attention and an encouraging, supportive and fun community,” says Nicole Abruzzo, Owner of The Movement Studio Covington. “When COVID hit back in March, we took all our regular group fitness classes and live streamed them all via zoom. Since then, we are open to in-studio at a minimum of seven people and our classes are still live streamed, so you can join from the comfort of your living room! We were even listed as ‘Best Zoom-Powered Workout’ in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2020 Best Of Edition!”

Located in the Heart of Covington at 118 W. Like Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011, on the second floor, the studio space has been open since November 2018, but Abruzzo has been a personal trainer since 2012. When she first started, she was completely mobile, meeting clients at their home or in parks.

The business used to be called Nicole Leisen Personal Training and Fitness, until the business recently rebranded. “When I first opened, it was only me, but now there are six other amazing trainers and fitness instructors leading classes. The business also used to be mainly personal training and now it is about 70 percent group fitness classes and 30 percent personal training,” Abruzzo says. “It evolved from just me to a community of instructors and clients who all come together under one roof to move, feel good physically and mentally and have formed genuine friendships. I wanted the name to reflect what it’s become!”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her personal training. “It was so incredible being able to work with my in-home or park personal training clients, but I wanted to be able to help more people by offering group classes as well,” she says. “It is also great to be a part of the growing Covington community!” 

The name of the business came from Abruzzo’s passion for movement and her clients. “In addition to the exercise routines done in personal training or group sessions, daily life movement outside of our one-hour sessions are so important too,” she says. “We want movement to be a part of a lifestyle and we are here to provide the guidance and recourses for people to do just that.”

There are a variety of services offered through The Movement Studio Covington and they include: 

• One-On-One Personal Training: “Individualized program based on clients’ individual goals,” Abruzzo says.
• Duo Personal Training: “Same as above, but often duos are couples or friends who want the more individualized setting,” she says.
• Group Fitness Classes:
o TRX Suspension Training (main format)
o Boot Camp
o Pilates Boot Camp
o Yoga

The business defines success through keeping her clients on track through going virtual during the pandemic. “Due to our ability to pivot our business model to all-virtual using top notch equipment to livestream our classes with no down time during the COVID-19 shutdown, we have kept our members moving and on track despite the global  pandemic in the past nine months,” Abruzzo says. “That is something we never imagined would happen, but our ability to keep everyone healthy physically and mentally during this trying time, is certainly a success in our eyes!” 

Her vision for The Movement Studio Covington is continuing to offer in-person and live-streamed classes for now on. “2020 has thrown many curveballs, but we’re finding the silver lining is brought with the virtual opportunity and running with it!”

The Movement Studio Covington is unique because of the way they are offering their classes. “We are one of the few studios offering all classes in-person and live-streamed. We do not have an on demand library for the purpose of accountability,” Abruzzo says. “We also use TRX Suspension Training as our main equipment in training sessions and classes and we are the only studio in NKY to offer that and one of a couple in the Cincinnati area.”

The business is important for the community because “We are bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” she says. Her favorite part of the working for The Movement Studio Covington is “bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” Abruzzo says.

If you want to keep up with what The Movement Studio Covington is doing, follow them on their websiteInstagram and Facebook.

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Learn about a yoga studio in Anderson helping people experience a healthy body and mind in the midst of the pandemic.

Practice Yoga Cincinnati is a yoga studio and community focused on making steps toward a healthier body and mind with each practice.

The Anderson-based studio was previously called Simply Power Yoga (SPY) Central, but is now called Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “SPY Central was started in 2012 and took over at the end of 2014,” says Bridget Henson, Owner of Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “We recently transitioned names just a few months ago to Practice Yoga Cincinnati.”

The inspiration behind the business came from her being a teacher. “I had just finished a teacher training and was still very nervous about teaching and the opportunity presented itself to take over, or the studio may close. I took a chance and haven’t looked back since,” Henson recalls.

There are many classes offered through Practice Yoga Cincinnati. Classes are offered that are private and public, as well as virtual and in-studio. These classes include:

• Yin Yoga and Restore: “A fun class for all levels with body work, mobility and myofascial release,” she says.
• Flow Classes: “Flow classes may be what someone would think of if they heard “yoga.” Movement and posturing up and down, back and forth on the mat. That being said, we offer faster paced versions called ‘Power Flows” and more subtle classes called Slow Flows.”

There are many health benefits associated with yoga, but one of the main ones Henson said was hydration. “Our bodies are complex, amazing beings and our tissues need to move in order to absorb and hydrate properly,” she says. “It’s not just about drinking water…although, keep up with that, too! At the end of class, there is that mental clarity one gets after practicing that just feels good and that mental ease is such a beautiful gift as well.”

To Henson, success is being able to help people. “If we can help even one person, I feel like we’ve succeeded. The benefits of this practice are long lasting and deep. They can also be profound and temporary,” she says. “I think it all matters and it’s important to note that it can be so much more than a physical practice, but the body is where we begin.”

The pandemic has really affected the vision for Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “Before the pandemic — the week before shutdown — we moved into our new space. My vision was to grow and expand offerings: more classes, Reiki, cupping and other bodywork modalities. What it looks like today is much different. Fewer classes and no face-to-face body workers are scheduled at this time,” Henson says. “Having moved locations a few weeks before having my first kid, we are playing it safe and just going with what is at the moment. I know we’ll get back to it someday soon, but who knows what it will look like! My personal practice is to detach from those expectations.”

Henson says everyone who teaches at Practice Yoga brings their expertise and compassion to the business. “I am really proud of that. What makes us unique is that we are all individuals bringing our experiences and lives to the practice,” she explains. 

Practice Yoga Cincinnati is important for the community because of how it changes lives, Henson says. “The point of this practice is not about looking good in your yoga gear. It can really change people’s lives for the better,” she adds. 

If you want to keep up with what Practice Yoga Cincinnati is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website. You can also book classes via Mindbody.

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See how you can visit and support tons of local restaurants without breaking the bank.

Want to support local restaurants, but on a budget? Need a great gift idea? Want to break out of your restaurant rut and try some new places? Foodie Cincy might be just what you’re looking for.

“Foodie Cincy is a deck of cards, but not just any deck of cards. 2021 Foodie Cincy deck consists of 48 of Cincinnati’s best chef-driven, locally-owned restaurants with each card representing a restaurant,” Gina Barrera, Owner of Foodie Cincy, says. “Each card is $5 or $10 off at the restaurant (with a minimum purchase required) and the card also displays info about the restaurant.”

The deck offers: “$5 or $10 off your food purchase (not tax, tip or alcohol) at 48 local/independent restaurants,” she says. “A unique gift for yourself or a loved one that serves as a guidebook for all the restaurants you should visit in the Cincinnati region. A real incentive for people who need ideas on great restaurants in town to visit. Please see website for more info.”

2021’s deck is the eighth annual deck. Barrera and her husband, Brian Tucker, work on the deck together. “The restaurants included are able to choose to sell decks, if they wish for 50 percent of the profits,” she says. 

The inspiration behind starting the deck came from a desire to support businesses in Cincinnati. “We know how important it is to support small businesses and we love Cincinnati, dining out and supporting local businesses,” Barrera says. “We are entrepreneurs and have a couple of other small businesses that keep us busy, creatively and professionally, and this business fits well within our life and our values.”

With Foodie Cincy, the business defines success by seeing their customers get excited about getting their new decks. “Success is when the deck is released every year and we have happy customers who are excited about supporting local restaurants and saving money. It’s also when we have happy restaurants that are looking for ways to bring people in the door and who participate in the deck, but also know we aren’t going to go crazy and release too many decks on the market where it will flood them in a negative way, we are very conscious of that,” Barrera says. “Brian and I are very simple when it comes to business. We, of course, want to succeed, but we also feel that it’s very important to have a work/life balance to raise our kids and enjoy our time here, so as long as there are happy customers, restaurants and some profit, we’re succeeding.”

The vision for Foodie Cincy is “to continue to support local/independent restaurants every year by spreading the word and getting more folks in the doors of these places or in the case of the pandemic, also ordering more carry out from these establishments… 22+ of the 48 restaurants in the 2021 deck are offering the discount on carry out or delivery orders, as well as dine in, for those who are open for dine in. Please see the CO-VID 19 page on our website for more details,” she says.

Foodie Cincy is a great gift for the holidays. “At a very reasonable price point, it’s the perfect gift for those who love dining out or supporting local businesses. It’s also the perfect and unique gift for someone who already has everything. It’s an ideal stocking stuffer or secret santa present too,” Barrera says. “It will give the recipient something to look forward to as the deck can be used from now until 12/31/2021.” It’s also great for the community because they “donate a portion of every deck sold to the Freestore Foodbank,” she says.

Barerra’s favorite part of her job is the fact that her and her husband truly believe in the product. “We really believe in what we do and don’t take a day for granted,” she says. “We are very grateful to have this little business of ours and support those we can in some small way.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Foodie Cincy, follow them on Facebook and their website.

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Learn about the local experts that teamed up to offer a new approach to helping you get your form and function back.

Photo: Quidwell

Form+Function Movement Lab has an interdisciplinary approach to getting people moving again.

“Form+Function Movement Lab is a concept that combines the best techniques and tools from chiropractic care, physical therapy, strength training and recovery science,” says Dr. Erik Nabi, Licensed Chiropractor and Certified in Exercise Training. “It’s a place where people can learn how to solve their pain/movement problems and also, train one-on-one with our staff to enhance movement awareness.”

There are two locations for the business. The primary location is in Columbia-Tusculum at: 3913 Eastern Avenue. They have a recovery lab. “A recovery studio where people can receive state of the art passive therapies and learn how to use self-mobility tools (such as massage guns, foam rollers, instrument- assisted soft tissue mobilization, etc.), so they take better care of themselves at home,” Nabi says. The second location is in Blue Ash and is in collaboration with Beat Personal Training. “We opened this office to reach a wider demographic of the Cincinnati region and we did so with Beat because we admire their mindful approach to exercise and nutrition.”

Being around for almost two years, there are currently three employees, Dr. Taylor Swint, their Physical Therapist, Coach Nate Grigsby, their Functional Movement Coach and Nabi.

The inspiration behind starting the Form+Function Movement Lab came from flaws in the rehab industry as a whole.. “Chiropractic offices are notorious for creating client dependency on their care by offering short appointments and ‘quick fix’ remedies that do not educate and help problem-solve the root cause of patient issues, Also, conventional physical therapy is largely underwhelming and fails to offer specific care and progression/integration of the physical therapy that tailors to the individual needs of the patient,” she says. “Thus, I started Form+Function Movement Lab, which is a clinic/gym hybrid model where clients spend more one-on-one time with the doctor, receive very specific care that educates them on how to improve their pain and limitations, enhanced compliance follow-up with app/web-based video programming that progresses every session and direct contact with their doctor through ourapp and phone systems. Our mission is to move the rehab industry forward by providing the care people deserve, as well as empowering them to own their therapy so they are not dependent on us for care and relief.”

The name of the business came from a desire to transform the way clinics are named. They are “typically named after the town of location or name of head doctor. I wanted the name to draw people towards the philosophy we embody,” Nabi says. “Thus, ‘Form+Function embodies the concept of active movement care (patient education and active rehab). ‘Movement Lab’ came from my history as a cancer researcher, prior to becoming a Chiropractor. I worked in a lab where we did in vitro experimentation on populations of prostate cancer cells. ‘Movement Lab’ embodies the experimentation of problem-solving of a person’s movement.”

The Form+Function Movement Lab provides three main toolboxes and they include:

• Doctor: “Consists of dry needling, myofascial release therapy, chiropractic joint manipulation, various soft tissue therapies (vibration/percussion, cupping, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy ‘IASTM’), active rehabilitation approaches (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization ‘DNS,’ Pelvic Floor Specific Rehabilitation Therapy, McKEnzieTherapy),” she says.
• Movement Coaching: “Consists of basic exercise fundamentals and progressions, barbell coaching for powerlifting and Olympic lifting, kettlebell and dumbbell coaching, callisthenic/body control exercise development (push-ups, planks, inversions, pull-ups, etc.),” Nabi says
• Passive Recovery: “Consists of red light/near-infrared therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, pneumatic compression therapy for fluid movement and muscle recovery of both arms/legs,” he says. 

Form+Function Movement Lab offers a space that’s designed to be personalized which, in a COVID world, means distance and safety for clients. “[We have] very low client-volume/traffic and always one-on-one between provider and client,” Nabi says. “The biggest impacts have been raised business costs to improve our sanitization and client separation standards.” They also have no CO-VID 19 cases at their facility. “However, we have had many, many rescheduled clients due to positive COVID contact tracing and/or testing,” he says. “This has impacted our client volume, especially as things have ramped up over the past month. Clients have to quarantine two weeks prior to returning to our building following a positive test.”

Form+Function Movement Lab defines success by helping their clients to better their health. “My favorite thing to hear (which keeps the fire burning for me) is when clients say, ‘I’ve seen multiple chiros/ PTs and never had these results. This is because we listen and take the time to understand what people care about in their life and their goals,” Nabi says. “Then, we take the time to teach people skills/movements/self-care strategies that reflect their goals specifically. It’s so simple, but so many doctors miss this because they don’t take the time to sit and listen.”

He wants the facility to be a “rehab powerhouse” in Cincinnati. “My vision is to build a business that provides the best possible care to human beings in our community. Teaching them that they are not broken people and they are capable of living strong, high quality lives,” Nabi says. “I want to become an educational machine for young doctors. I want to grow Form+Function by bringing in enthusiastic young doctors and helping them become exceptional providers so we can help a larger percentage of our community.”

Their mission is to provide top notch education. They want to “provide exceptional healthcare and self-care education to change people’s lives and do so in a way that breeds independence and self-reliance,” he says. “You deserve the opportunity to learn how to manage your own pain problems and become your strongest self.”

His favorite part of the job is “having people see progress and feel relief when they have lost hope and confidence in our medical system,” Nabi says. “I love the ‘aha’ moments when people connect with some movement or awareness that relieves their problem and they are able to do it on their own without me touching them or cuing them.”

Form+Function Movement Lab is different because their whole staff is passionate about the mission of the business. “We care more about helping people than money, which is a true rarity in our industry,” he says, 

If you want to keep up with what Form+Function Movement Lab is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website, which is where you can follow their newsletter. “We send content-heavy, high value newsletters that are worth a spot in your inbox,” Nabi says.

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A local pilates studio says finding your purpose through health isn't a stretch. Keep reading to learn all the details.

You can find your purpose through health. That’s the idea behind Madeira-based Purpose Pilates. 

“Purpose Pilates is a boutique studio offering contemporary Pilates on a variety of equipment: reformers, chairs and springboards,” Alisa Slovenski, Owner and Instructor of Purpose Pilates, says. Slovenski defines purpose as “the innate drive to fulfill a mission. In our case, it’s the overall betterment of our clients’ lives, the creation of a caring community and doing good work for good people,” she says.

Purpose Pilates was inspired by Slovenski’s journey with Breast Cancer, where she was diagnosed in 2017. “Pilates had unknowingly gotten me into shape before my diagnosis and surgery and greatly enabled my rehabilitation and recovery afterward, both physically and emotionally,” she says. “I knew that I wanted to create a space where others could experiece the benefits of such an amazing discipline and I wanted to create a community of giving and learning, where my clients could improve all aspects of their well-being.”

After going through her recovery, Pilates became her purpose. “I began training as an instructor and began thinking of my vision for a studio, where everything we do has purpose,” Slovenskisays. “It was a deliberate choice for a deliberate mission for our studio and eveyrthing we do helps to fulfill that purpose.”

The business was supoosed to open on March 30 of this year, but the state of Ohio was starting to shut down, so they ended up opening on June 1 after Governor Dewine gave OK for gyms and fitness centers to open. “In direct response to the pandemic, we have rearranged equipment and reallocated space in order to maintain social distancing guidelines, enhanced our cleaning and sanitization practices and have developed procedures and plans in case of exposure or positive cases in clients/instructors,” she says. “We also believe in transparency and communication with our clients: in the few instances we have had with the virus, I want our clients to know exactly what steps we take and how we continue to try and mitigate risk for them.”

There are four main services offered through Purpose Pilates and they are:

• Group Equipment Classes (Maximum four people): “During each class, clients will receive a full-body workout using a variety of equipment; we target strength, length, stability and mobility in every session,” Slovenski says. “Group classes are offered six days a week, with both AM/PM options available.” The classes last 55 minutes.
• Private One-On-One Sessions: “Offering the same type of service, with the benefit of one-on-one instruction. These sessions are arranged at the mutual convenience of instructor/client and may occur at any time group classes are not in session,” she says. These sessions last 55 minutes as well.
• Semi-Private Sessions: “This service is for the duet, trio or quad of clients who would prefer to workout together,” Slowenski says. These sessions are 55 minutes too. 
• Seminars: “These events are educational in nature and coincide with our quarterly designated philanthropy. All proceeds from the evening are put toward our selected charity,” she says. “We have hosted events with guest speakers and hands-on events and may cover any number of topics.”

Purpose Pilates defines success through small victories: “the client who becomes more confident, the client who does her first ‘teaser,’ the donation checks we send to our philanthropies, the concern our clients have for one another, the friendships we see develop from attended classes, the joy of building relationships and the good we do in the community,” Slovenski says. 

She would love to see the facility be known as the premier Pilates facility in the Cincinnati area. “I would love to be known for the good work we do, the excellent customer service we provide and the good people that call our studio ‘home,’” Slowenski says. Their mission is built on three pillars: fitness, learning and philanthropy. “Our motto is “Moving body, mind and soul” and we strive to accomplish that mission every single day,” she says. 

According to Slowenski, “We are the only studio that I’m awareof that combines these three pillars in the way that we do. We are first and foremost a Pilates studio, but our educational and philanthropic opportunities make us something more,” she says. “I would like to think that this mission and this uniqueness is what draws people in.” 

In the times we are living in right now, Purpose Pilates is a business that people need in the community, “They have a place where they can feel like they belong, where they can escape the world for an hour or two each week and where they can feel better, physically and mentally, every time they visit,” Slovenskisays “Add on our unique opportunities to give back to the community and it makes our studio a very positive place to be.”

If you want to know more about what’s going on with Purpose Pilates, follow them on FacebookInstagram or the website. If you want to check out the facility in person, you can check them out at: “6904 Miami Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Madeira, across from Walgreens in the Hampton Squarecomplex of buildings,” Slovenski says.

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Read on to learn about a locally-based blog that’s now helping thousands of people with Keto-friendly meals.

A blog recently launched by a local woman is now helping thousands of people enjoy Keto-friendly meals one recipe at a time. 

“Yep, It’s Keto is a blog I started in January 2020 to provide meal ideas and guidance to those that enjoy a Keto(low-carb eating) lifestyle,” says Robin Feltner, Creator and Writer of Yep, It’s Keto. 

Robin Feltner

What is Keto? “Our bodies run off of two fuel sources…either carbohydrates or fat. If you opt for carbohydrates, you’ll provide fuel from the foods you are eating, therefore making it hard to burn the fat from your body. When you eat a low-carb diet (25 carbs a day or less), you become ‘Fat-adapted.’ This means that your body is fueled from the fat on your body,” Feltner says. “Your body will use the fat from your body to provide energy. This means you’ll rapidly burn excess fat from your body. This happens relatively quickly — you can become fat-adapted within a week — and this is why we see people lose weight fast on Keto. You are tapping directly into your fat stores for energy and that results in quick weight loss.”

There are many health benefits associated with a Keto diet. “It reduces the inflammation in your body, it helps you to create the ideal body weight for your body, it lowers blood pressure, it evaporates brain fog and provides mental acuity, it provides tons of energy and best of all, it can reverse Type II Diabetes,” she says.

The blog is available on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the blog’s website. The blog has been around since January 2020 and has more than 10k followers. “I’ve had a rapid growth of readers in that time, acquiring about 1000 new readers per month, letting me know I’m right on track with what the public is seeking,” Feltner says. 

Feltner’s 30lb weight loss, thanks to her keto diet

The inspiration behind starting the blog came from health struggles that Feltner was going through. “I started eating a Ketodiet after I had been diagnosed with a severely herniated disc in my back, had high blood pressure and also had excess weight to lose. I learned that the Keto diet was a very low-inflammatory diet. Herniated discs are essentially that… inflamed discs and as I was in excruciating pain, I was willing to try anything to get well,” she says. “I started my keto journey in April 2018, staying under 25 carbs per day and had such amazing success with Keto within six months. I lost 30 pounds, completely healed my herniated disc, normalized my BP and kicked those meds to the curb and became overall ultra-healthy. I started the blog in 2020 because I knew I had to tell others about this incredible life hack. When you discover something incredible, you want to share it with the world. This has resulted in me being in the best shape, mentally and physically, that I’ve ever experienced.”

The name of the business came from a desire to help the Ketocommunity. “We low-carb eating folks are always seeking new things to eat. We are always curious if it’s Keto,” Feltner says. “I would research food and say to myself, ‘Yep, it’s Keto.” The name stuck from there.”

 

There is a variety of content offered through, Yep, It’s Keto. “Coming from a background in restaurant marketing for the past decade before joining the Northern Kentucky Health Department in July, I have been very passionate about cooking, food and presentation. I knew my restaurant marketing, photography and menu development background would help me communicate with the reader,” she says. “Initially, my blog was regarding all things Keto, including Keto education, workouts, etc. However, it’s transitioned now to a focus on delicious Keto meals that the whole family will eat.”

The blog provides a variety of low-carb recipes and they include:

▪ Meats: Steak, Chicken, Pork, etc.
▪ Vegetables: Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Cauliflower
▪ There are also “Sweets that are sweetened with Keto-friendly sweetners, such as erythrotol or Monk Fruit,”Fretner says. 

Feltner’s blog is unique because she brings her decade-worth of experience. “I have been a Food and Beverage Marketer for the past decade and I also grew up in a family that owned a catering business, so I really know food and presentation extensively. This has helped me create restaurant-quality meals that not only taste delicious, but it photographs well and is very marketable,” she says. “My blog is unique in that I have had many years of presenting food and drinks to guests and that has translated well into fantastic engagement with the readers on my blog.”

Yep, It’s Keto is important for the community because it provides awareness of Keto. “Helping readers discover Keto is good for all of us, as this leads to an increase in health overall and wellness for our community,” Feltner says. “The lack of disease and illness and the increase in health and wellness monumentally impacts your community and steers your tax dollars to programs that promote health, not just care for the ill.”

If you want to keep up with what Yep, It’s Keto is doing, follow the blog on FacebookInstagramTwitter and the blog’s website

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A group of local women recently created a socially-distanced way to get out and enjoy nature, learning and togetherness.

Women sharing the outdoors. That’s what this new local group of women does, so that’s what they call it. 

“Women Sharing The Outdoors’ (WSO) goal is to provide an atmosphere where women feel more comfortable and confident gaining new skills associated with outdoor recreation and education activities in a hands-on and non-competitive learning environment. The instructors, mostly women, are patient and encouraging,” says WSO Development Committee Member, Andrea Beaver. “Participants of all ages, abilities and backgrounds share in the success of each group member. Participants will also gain insight into the management and conservation of the natural, historical and cultural resources of our region and country as part of each event. This is in-line with the core mission of IWLA.org’s national mission.”

WSO was established in Jul 2020 as part of the Mount Healthy Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. A majority of the programs will be located at the Mount Healthy IWLA Facility in Colerain Township at: 3504 Bevis Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. “We have 11 acres with a pond and trails, open fields and woods, a large hall and amenities,” Beaver says.

Although just recently launched, the Mount Healthy IWLA Chapter has provided several programs for participants. “We have seen a tremendous rise in interest in outdoor skills and experiences for women in recent years,” she says. “WSO was created to help provide programming for the tri-state region.” 

The committee contains four females and one male. “All of us have diverse backgrounds with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that with others,” Beaver says. “Our main focus is to get women engaged in the outdoors, but we will also be extending some programs to include children and families.”

During the program, there will be “opportunities for an educational and engaging experience in the form of classes, clinics, workshops and group trips,” she says. Each of the different programs will have a different focus. “At our first event on September 26, 2020, we offered a ‘mini-sampler’ of outdoor skills, which included four rotating stations, where women could try their hand at fishing, archery, indoor range target shooting and outdoor shotgun shooting at movable targets (trap shooting),” Beaver says. “We had 23 participants and many more on a wait list. We received tremendous compliments by the participants. Everyone had fun, learned new skills and made new friends.”

She loves seeing women come out of their shell. “Our favorite measure of success is seeing some of the ladies, who were timid, unsure if they should even try learning a new skill, suddenly blossom with empowerment and a desire to learn more,” Beaver says. “We are filled with joy to see them go home fired up to share what they’ve learned and encourage friends and family to try.”

Through Women Sharing The Outdoors, she wants to see women be better versions of themselves. “We hope to educate and empower women as they take on new challenges and encourage them to share what they’ve learned with their family and friends,” Beaver says. “We also hope for them to find the courage to engage in more outdoor activities with their family and friends for good mental and physical health as well as appreciation of what the outdoors has to offer.”

The program wants to have a healthy environment for women todevelop a love for the outdoors. “We envision a series of programs that provide women a safe and friendly environment to learn about the outdoors, master new skills, experience comradery in sharing these experiences and go home with a sense of empowerment and desire to engage more,” she says. 

 Their first events involved learning about fishing and shooting skills, but they will offer a wide range of different programs in the future, including: camping, nightscapes and star identification, pioneer skills, horseback riding, self-defense, boating techniques and adventures, bird watching, outdoor photography, hiking, wildlife identification, mountain biking, caving and so much more. “There will be no limit to what we may offer and with feedback from our surveys and participants, we will grow a spectacular program filled with empowerment for the women in our community,” Beaver says.

She adds that WSO is unique because “our foundation is based on a national organization’s mission to get everyone outdoors…men, women, children and families together,” she says. “It creates community and connectivity through a mutual focus.”

Beaver says the program is important for women because it provides a gentle, educational approach to introducing women to the outdoors. “In many families, the male members are the ones with some experience and knowledge of the outdoors and when they try to teach skills to their female partners or family members, they tend to dominate the experience vs. letting the woman become empowered by the lesson. In our programs, we provide a safe environment for learning in a gentle format,” she explains. “Also, women tend to be the family coordinators and decide where the kids are engaged…in sports, activities, etc. if these women are comfortable with outdoor activities, they are more inclined to get their kids exposed to these same opportunities, allowing for a much more enriched lifestyle.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Women Sharing The Outdoors, follow them on Facebook or contact Linda Bittner, the administrator, at wildartsafaris@gmail.com.

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