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See how a locally-owned knit shop is turning beginners into pros, all while staying stylishly sustainable.

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Fabric store Fibergé offers items for any sewing, knitting or crocheting project.

What happens when you combine craft, skill and a passion for all things creative? Fibergé shop-owner Lysha Broad knows the recipe.

“Since it first opened in 2004 at its original location, Fibergé has been a place for beautiful yarns with a warm environment in which one can learn a new skill,” Broad says. “It’s been a place to nurture the love of fiber art, knitting, and crocheting.”

After purchasing the shop in December 2014, Broad explains, “The same vision is still in place, but with added modern fabrics, sewing classes, spinning wheels, needle felting kits and locally-crafted goods.”

Today, Fibergé is a one-stop-shop for anything one would need for a sewing, knitting or crocheting project.

“[Our] mission is to offer a comfortable environment where crafters of all skill sets can be inspired, feel encouraged in a new skill, and take home beautiful project materials at a reasonable price,” Broad says.
Located in Pleasant Ridge, the store features quite the menu of unique items. “We sell fine yarns, many organic and hand-dyed” Broad explains, “modern fabrics, needle felting kits, notions, knitting needles, crochet hooks, Merlin Tree spinning wheels, soak wool wash, quilting supplies and local-made goods on consignment.”

Not only does Fibergé make sure the everyday crafter can find everything they need in one place, but they also are passionate about grooming beginners. “We not only carry beautiful products, but we also give a warm welcome to people when they walk through our doors,” Broad says. “We teach knitting, crochet, and sewing classes for all skill levels. We also have several Make + Take sewing classes where students leave with a completed – or nearly completed – project.”

Broad says she’s committed to cultivating a creative and relaxing environment. “We want people to feel comfortable enough to linger, knit a row or two while they’re here, and be inspired by what they see,” she says, adding that as a mother of three herself, “We also have a kids’ table in the back with some toys so frazzled moms can get a few minutes to breathe and fuel their creative outlet.”

A scarf-neck cardigan made out of jersey knits at a recent Fibergé sewing class
A scarf-neck cardigan made out of jersey knits at a recent Fibergé sewing class

Fibergé also stays true to their environmentally-friendly roots. “We recycle, use all LED lights throughout the shop, and instead of purchasing a bunch of new stuff, most of our display fixtures are made from repurposed furniture pieces or repurposed wood from other projects.” Broad says. “We also carry a large selection of organic fabrics and we’re proud to carry products from several smaller companies. One is an organic fabric line by a husband-wife duo in California; their fabrics are delicious and their patterns well-written.”

On the notion of shopping small, Broad explains the personal impact that conscious choices have.

“Purchases at small businesses directly impact the people you interact with,” Broad says. “For my shop, it’s my employees, my husband and three children. Small business purchases have a gigantic impact in families.”

One of the biggest missions of the shop is to make everyone feel at home. She adds, “We LOVE beginners! We tell our students to give themselves a lot of grace when learning their new skill; it can be intimidating and it’s our pleasure to take the intimidation out while giving students the skill they want.”

Broad emphasizes the benefits of taking time for creative outlets. “No matter what medium is chosen, there’s something very satisfactory about completing something with your hands,” she says. “The sense of accomplishment and being able to step back and admire your handiwork makes me, personally, stand taller.”

Fibergé is located at 6200 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. To learn more about the shop and their class offerings, visit www.fiberge.com.

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Learn the lash-batting details about what makes these on-location makeup artists unique and how they help Cincinnati brides look and feel their best.

Blend Artistry Ohio helps brides look their best on their big day.
Blend Artistry Ohio helps brides look their best on their big day.

Brides have a lot of options when it comes to planning a wedding, but looking their best isn’t optional.

That’s why Kelly Bretcher, co-owner and makeup artist, helped to launch Blend Artistry Ohio. “It is a special honor to work with brides because they put so much trust and faith in you as an artist to make them look their best,” she says, adding that they try to make their services as easy, expansive and personalized as possible for busy brides to be.

Blend Artistry Ohio “is a team of on-location professional makeup artists, hair stylists and airbrush tanning technicians. We travel to our clients for their events or on their special day to make them look and feel their best,” Bretcher says. “Every look is custom; Quality and client satisfaction are our top priorities. Our personal beauty philosophy is a focus on each individual client, and enhancing their beauty.”

Co-owners Kelly Bretcher and Megan Kramer always had a passion for makeup; both of them had worked for prestige cosmetic lines as well as doing freelance makeup artistry before deciding to start their own bridal venture together. “We celebrated our two year anniversary this [past] January,” Bretcher says.
Blend Artistry offers a range of on-site services for brides. “We provide makeup applications including airbrush foundation, individual and strip false eyelashes, hair styling, and airbrush spray tans.” Bretcher says. “Additionally, we offer trial runs for makeup and hair, as well as lessons to help them create an everyday look to wear after their wedding.”

In the two years since Blend Artistry launched, Bretcher says she and her team have shared many meaningful experiences with their brides. “There is a special energy on the day of a wedding. As an artist, it is a privilege to work with a bride on one of the happiest days of her life,” Bretcher adds. “Everyone gets exited to see their friend or family member transform into a beautiful bride. We take the trust they have in our team very seriously.” In addition, she says, “It is also incredibly rewarding to see the professional photos of my work. I feel lucky and blessed that most of my clients are referrals from previous weddings.”

In a competitive bridal industry, Blend Artistry takes pride on what makes them stand apart. “Our team makes us unique. We have incredibly talented artists that have diverse backgrounds and education. We all pursue careers during the week that give us the freedom to focus on weddings and events on the weekends,” She continues. “Something else unique to us is that we do not require a minimum number of applications or styles; we want everyone to have the convenience of on-location artists regardless of their party size.”

Blend Artistry also expands their services beyond the bridal industry. “We provide makeup, hair and airbrush tanning services to any client looking for on-location convenience,” she explains. “We have been involved in magazine, maternity and engagement photo shoots, and we are also starting to offer technique workshops in addition to the private makeup lessons we offer in-home.”

Regarding upcoming bridal makeup trends, Bretcher says, “In the last couple of years there has been a surge in requests for airbrush foundation, false lashes, and contour and highlight. More recently there has been a demand for matte lips and defined brows. Bridal parties are also starting to embrace a bold lip.” For the spring season, she adds, “We are looking forward to bright lips, glowing skin, and flushed cheeks.”

Blend Artistry Ohio was recently chosen as a 2016 pick for The Knot Best of Weddings. To learn more, visit http://www.blendartistryohio.com.

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Local makeup mogul Nancy Dawson is on a mission to simplify the beauty process for every woman and she’s hosting an event you won’t want to miss. Keep reading for details.

Photo by: TM Photography
Photo by: TM Photography

Cluttered makeup drawers and vanities: it’s a common scenario for many women. That’s why Nancy Dawson, owner of BRIDEface Cincinnati, is on a mission to simplify beauty. “Women really want to look like the best version of themselves,” she says, and she wants to help them get there.

So, mark your calendar for March 18 as Dawson hosts the “Just for Fun: Makeup Palette” event at The Creative Hookup in Montgomery. Guests will get a personalized beauty consultation to discover the styles and shades that best suit them. From there, they can customize their own palette to ensure that they always have the colors they need – and get ride of the ones they don’t.

“When I teach makeup classes, I always ask the clients to bring in their makeup bags. Time and time again, I see pre-made palettes that are only being utilized about 15%. I see clutter,” Dawson says. “The palettes we sell enable clients to curate the shades they actually use into one sleek collection, and get rid of all that extra stuff. It’s so much better when you have the ability to fully customize your palette.” Ladies who don’t so much need a full vanity makeover but who instead want a few fresh spring looks will also have the option of purchasing individual shadows.

This simplified approach to beauty has long-inspired Dawson’s career in cosmetics. She explains, “I am more about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty and bringing out her very best, than transforming them into another person or giving them an overly artificial look.”

Dawson is the owner of on-the-go bridal beauty company, BRIDEface, which is in its 11th year of serving Cincinnati brides. “The honor of being chosen by someone on the most photographed day of her life and making her feel like a celebrity for the day is priceless.”

But the beauty love isn’t just for brides. She also created her own line of beauty products called FACEing. Dawson and her team love to help anyone find the best version of themselves with her one-on-one and group makeup classes.

Dawson is looking forward to sharing fresh makeup trends for spring at the Just for Fun event. One of her favorite tricks? “Color on the lips! Our FACEing collection features bright pops on the lips and defined nudes on the eyes. So modern and very flattering!”

To learn more about the Just for Fun: Makeup Palette event or to reserve your spot, click here. To learn more about BRIDEface, visit www.brideface.com.

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A local makeup artist is combining her love for makeup and mojitos to give local ladies a fun night in while learning new makeup techniques from an expert.

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Friends can enjoy a new twist on girls’ night with Makeup & Mojitos, a party that lets you celebrate your friendship while learning new beauty tricks.

Tequana Colvin loves helping women look and feel their best. “We truly believe that every women should know the basics of beauty for herself,” she says. “In reality, no one can afford to hire an artist everyday, [so] having the skill to maintain your everyday appearance-enhancing skills is important.”

That’s why Colvin founded FLAWless Face Makeup Artistry (FFMUA) two years ago after a decade of experience. “[I have been] practicing and studying the art and cosmetic trends for 10 years,” she says. “After years of being pushed and encouraged by friends and family members, I decided to pursue the craft on a larger scale.”

Since then, Colvin has been building her brand through a broad array of events. “FFMUA has participated in a vast amount of makeup-focused work including fashion shows, special events and many weddings,” she says. “We [have also] worked with the Cincinnati Black Theater on stage productions.”

While Colvin is based here in the Tri-State, she’s following opportunities from coast to coast. “FFMUA has traveled from Cincinnati, to LA, to New York City, and proudly participated in Couture Fashion Week 2015 in New York City,” she explains.

FLAWless Face Makeup Artistry started out giving instruction, lessons and DIY info to the everyday woman, and has given a series of classes on different aspects of cosmetic application. The newest addition to FFMUA’s offerings is the Makeup & Mojitos Party.

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Colvin applying makeup to a client. She is the owner of FLAWless Face Makeup Artistry.

“The Makeup & Mojitos Party is a fun way to spice up a ladies night in. It [gives] you a reason to celebrate with your close friends, family, or co-workers while learning beauty [tips] in the privacy of your own environment,” she says. “FFMUA comes out to your home or office to teach a beauty lesson. The guests provide pot-luck style refreshments and mojitos and Flawless Face brings the [expertise]. Collectively you have Makeup & Mojitos!”

The Makeup & Mojitos Party is entirely customizable and can be thrown for a variety of groups and prices. “[Clients] can choose from a Two Topic Learning Session, a Basic Beauty Session, or a Full Face Beauty Lesson,” she explains. The parties all specialize in different focuses ranging from contouring and highlighting to brow enhancement and eyeshadow placement.

Colvin emphasizes the importance of bonding opportunities such as Makeup & Mojitos, and says, “The uniqueness about this party is the reason it gives ladies an opportunity to bond. It’s a beauty-focused gathering and regardless of ones’ walk of life, this is something any woman would enjoy doing,” she says. “This party allows individuals that may never normally [spend time] together to celebrate [through] their shared interest in enhancing their own personal beauty routine.”

Colvin says the makeup lessons are applicable to all age ranges, as she tailors each lesson to reflect age-appropriate techniques. To learn more, “like” FFMUA on Facebook. To book a Makeup & Mojitos party, call Colvin at (513) 213-2309.

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Learn about the grand opening event of a new salon in Oakley that's featuring exotic cars, a meet-and-greet with Marvin Lewis and all service proceeds benefitting charity.

   

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Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause will be held on Feb. 20 at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley.

There’s a new men’s salon in town and it’s opening up in style. On Saturday, February 20, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley is teaming up with local men’s publication Cincinnati Profile to host “Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause” featuring Marvin Lewis and his charity, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.

Guests will experience an exotic car exhibit, shop with local menswear designer Jonathan Mezibov, enjoy complimentary craft beers and bourbon, and can also schedule a service with the salon, as all proceeds from services at the event will benefit the charity. Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis will also be in attendance for a meet-and-greet and to raise awareness for the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund was founded in 2003, and Barbara Dundee has been the Executive Director for six years. “We empower youth education in the Greater Cincinnati region through our outreach programs, the most significant of which are the Learning Is Cool academic rewards program, which engages over 30,000 urban public school students, and the Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund which awards at least five $20,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year.”

The organization provides incentives to children to work hard to achieve their academic potential. Dundee continues, “The money raised from this event will help to fund an academic planner for each of the 30,000 students in Learning Is Cool. The planner contains a letter from Coach Lewis encouraging them to do their best so that they will get to meet him at the Cincinnati Zoo in June if they make the “A” Honor Roll (3.51+) twice during the school year.” To learn more about the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, visit www.marvinlewis.org.

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon was founded with the mission to help successful men transform themselves to look, feel, and perform their best. The name 18/8 comes from the chemical formula behind the strongest steel, and inspires the company to make every man who walks through their doors leave a new and improved version of themselves. 18/8 has salons in 18 states, and the Oakley location is the first in the region. Following the booming business in the surrounding area, 18/8 is the perfect addition to the neighborhood and caters to all walks of man.

18|8’s services repertoire was built around the modern man and anything he should need. Among their extensive resume of skills, they offer cut and color services, skin treatments, waxings, scalp treatments, and nail treatments. Unique about 18/8 is that not only is it a full-service salon, but they offer certified barber services as well; so men can treat themselves to an old-school straight razor shave while they’re at it.

“Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause” is free and open to the public. Meet-and-greet tickets are $20 and must be purchased prior to the event at www.188CCCC.eventbrite.com. Guests who intend to purchase a salon service should reserve their spot by calling (513) 342-5188. 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon is located at 3110 Vandercar Way Cincinnati, OH 45209.

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He’s been designing luxury menswear for years, and just launched a new custom line for women. Read on for details and where you can check it out in person.

Jonathan Mezibov will host a pop-up shop open house event on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6-9 p.m. in Over-the-Rhine.
Jonathan Mezibov will host a pop-up shop open house event on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6-9 p.m. in Over-the-Rhine.

When it comes to custom clothes, men always get the love. But Jonathan Mezibov is changing all that.

For years, Mezibov has specialized in custom tailored shirts for men, but he just announced a new line of made-to-order women’s designs.

That’s not the only thing he’s announcing. He has a new pop-up shop in OTR, and he’s hosting a Valentine’s Day themed open house event Friday, February 12. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m.

The event is free to attend, and guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments, a mini photo session with professional photographer, as well as a meet-and-greet with the designer. Attendees will also have a chance to give back to the community, as a portion of sales at the event with benefit UpSpring.

Mezibov, who specializes in fine tailored shirts for men, explains the excitement toward the spring season: “I love the bright, hopeful, and easy feeling that accompanies this time of year,” he says. “I am a big fan of color and the fresh palettes that come to the forefront in spring.”

Until now, Mezibov’s pieces have only been available for men, and sold only online. At the pop-up shop, not only will guests be able to purchase and be fitted in-person, but they will also get a sneak peek at his new designs for women. “We are really excited to now be offering made-to-measure shirts for women. They feature the same fine ingredients, craftsmanship and attention to detail as our men’s shirts, but [will be] totally customized to the individual’s specifications,” he says. “There is a certain freedom in making women’s shirts, in terms of colors, fabrics and styles…I am really enjoying the process and the ability to now offer shirts to anyone who enjoys our aesthetic.”

In addition to the stylish nature of the event, a portion of all sales will go to benefit UpSpring, formerly known as Faces without Places. UpSpring is the region’s only non-profit exclusively serving the educational needs of homeless children and youth. Mezibov is passionate about the organization, and says, “Childhood poverty is an unfortunate reality and Cincinnati is near the top of the list for highest child poverty rates among major U.S. cities. Poverty is a hindrance to many aspects of our society, but education certainly should not be one of them…[UpSpring’s] mission could not be more timely or important.”

Jonathan Mezibov’s pop-up shop event will take place at 1421 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, February 12. To RSVP for the event, visit www.mezibov.eventbrite.com. To learn more about the designer, visit www.jonathanmezibov.com.

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A local woman is telling stories – not through words, but instead, vintage clothing. See how she’s bringing fashion back to life with her Cincinnati-based online shop.

On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that offers vintage clothing.
On the Prowl Vintage is an online-based Etsy shop that sells vintage clothing.

For Bessi Bruns, clothing has always told a story. Fashion spans decades and can communicate the culture of a time period in the blink of an eye. “In high school, I became very interested in the Beatles and 60s pop culture,” Bruns explains. “I [began] learning about 60s fashion, and Pattie Boyd was my idol. I eventually moved on to learning about other decades, and during college I started collecting vintage for myself.”

As her vintage collection grew, Bruns realized the market there might be to share her passion with others. “eBay and Myspace were big at that time, so I thought I would try auctioning some of my clothing off,” she recalls. “Since that day, I have never looked back, and from there on I knew I wanted vintage clothing to be a permanent part of my life.”

Nine years ago, Bruns was diagnosed with Cogans Syndrome, which left her with hearing and vision troubles. “[I was] unable to work a normal job,” she says, but adds. “On the Prowl has provided me with motivation to wake up, get out of bed and make the most out of each day.”

On the Prowl Vintage offers unique and wearable women’s attire from the 20th century. From evening gowns to everyday apparel, to lingerie and retro jackets, Bruns tries to find pieces to speak to every woman’s style. “My customer is aware of current fashion trends but still wants to be unique. She has a strong sense of identity and she’s not afraid to break fashion rules.”

For Bruns, vintage is special because the items hold special meaning. One of Bruns’ favorite ways to find authentic pieces is to shop estate sales and make house calls. ”[I find] beautiful dresses worn on honeymoons, gifts from their husbands, and special outfits bought for special memories,” she says. “When family members know their relative’s possessions are going to caring hands, [it] makes the process of cleaning out closets a bit easier and even enjoyable.”

Vintage always inspires current fashion trends, but there is something special about buying the real thing. Of recent popular styles, Bruns says, “I see a little bit of all the 20th century decades making a comeback. 20’s party dresses, 50’s fit and flare dresses, 70’s maxi skirts with wide brimmed hats and 90’s crop tops are all things that have been very popular the past couple of years.”

On the Prowl Vintage is currently an online-only shop, and can be found on Etsy. “I really enjoy the process of running an online shop…since I’m online based I have access to a wide range of customers. Half of my customer base is international,” Bruns says. “I have also sold to celebrity stylists, performers, museums, and designers that work for companies like Anthropologie and Ann Taylor Loft.”

On the topic of opening a brick and mortar location, Bruns says, “Having a place where customers can interact with the clothing would be quit special. I am open to the idea if the right opportunity presents itself.”

Why should the stylish woman shop vintage? Bruns gave several reasons. “The quality of today’s clothing is so much different compared to that of vintage clothing. Clothing was built to last a lifetime,” she says. Of the new trend in mass-produced clothing, Bruns says, “There’s a reason that big-box stores can sell brand new dresses for $24. By choosing vintage, you’re not only avoiding bad labor practices, but you get to wear something that is special, has a history and stands out in all the right ways.”

On the Prowl Vintage can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/ontheprowl, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontheprowlvintage and Instagram at @ontheprowlvintage.

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Learn about the Cincinnati woman who recently launched an online women’s clothing store that makes looking fabulous easy and affordable.

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Style Lust Shop offers women’s clothing at an affordable price.

What happens when you combine easy-on-the-eye, on-trend fashions with easy-on-the-wallet price tags and a just-plain-easy shopping experience? According to Liz Eppers, Style Lust Shop.

Style Lust Shop is the an online clothing boutique she launched to offer fashionable women’s clothing at an affordable price. “After 10 years of being in [the retail] field, I decided that it was time to launch my own store where I could offer styles that everyone would be lusting after!” said Eppers.

Eppers graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and a minor in Business. “I have built a career on sourcing apparel and other products around the world,” she explains. “I have traveled all over and understand the process of how a garment is produced.”

This expertise, combined with a passion for fashion, led Eppers to the decision to create her own business. “I decided that it was time to put some of my knowledge and expertise to the test and source for my own customer,” she says.

An online store was the perfect outlet for Style Lust Shop. “I chose to open an online store because it is accessible to everyone all over the US and Canada, [and] also gives you the opportunity to shop 24/7!” Eppers explained. Some women shy away from online shopping because of its possible complications, but Style Lust Shop aims to make the shopping experience as easy as possible. “I do not sell anything over $59 on the site,” she says. “I also offer free shipping and free returns.”

Who is the Style Lust Shopper? “We are catering to women who love fashion and getting dressed every day. We carry styles that every woman can wear and feel comfortable in.” Eppers also added that the majority of styles offered on Style Lust Shop are made in the USA.

As the winter season continues, Style Lust Shop offers pieces that will keep you cozy and chic. On the season’s hottest trends, Eppers said some of Style Lust’s hottest pieces are “elbow patches, tunics, beanies with pom-poms, oversized scarves, cowl necks and anything cozy to snuggle up in.”

Even in the midst of this snowy season, Style Lust Shop is already looking forward to sunnier days. Eppers added more about pieces that she is excited to carry for the spring, such as, “tie dye or dip dies and cold shoulder tops and dresses. Also, the fabric that these garments are made of are super soft and comfortable with a wonderful drape to them.”

Currently, Style Lust Shop is an online-only retailer. However, Eppers hopes to one day offer an in-person experience. “I would love to eventually open a retail space in the near future, and am currently looking at options in the Cincinnati area!”

So, why Cincinnati? “I think Cincinnati’s signature style is chic, smart and sophisticated,” she says. “There is definitely no shortage of stylish and fashionable women in Cincinnati.”

For more information on Style Lust Shop, visit www.stylelustshop.com. You can also follow the store on Instagram and on their Facebook page.

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Learn about the monogram and embroidery shop, opening its Mariemont doors in February, that’s a dream come true for one local lady.

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Jules&Bing! Monogram and Embroidery will soon be opening in The Shops at Mariemont Strand.

What’s in a name? To Julena Bingaman, much more than meets the eye. “Every monogram tells a story,” Bingaman explained. It was this personal sentiment that led her to the idea of opening her own monogram and embroidery shop.

Growing up in Texas, Bingaman’s life was always colorfully embroidered. “I still remember my first monogram,” she recalls. “I’ve wanted to have my own brand since I was 9!”

Bingaman has done it all. After working in the corporate and direct marketing worlds and then staying home with her three children, she decided it was time for a new chapter. “What do I have to lose?” Bingaman says, adding that she saw a void in her community, and decided to fill it herself.

Mariemont was convenient since she and her family had lived in the village for four years, but it also happened to be the perfect place to open her own business. “I was charmed by Mariemont and how quaint it is, and there are lots of families here,” she said. Families with new babies to shower and weddings to attend, that is. The perfect clientele to help share their stories with embroidery.

According to Bingaman, it’s always the right time and the right place for that personal touch. “People are always looking to refresh their house or their wardrobe,” she says. “A monogram is an embellishment that is affordable but can change the look of a room or an outfit.”

The store, which will be called Jules&Bing! Monograms&Embroidery, will offer full service embroidery and personalized monogramming. Patrons can bring in their own items to embellish but also have the option of purchasing special and seasonal items in-store. Bingaman wanted to create a customer-centered experience that catered to anyone’s personal needs. “I have an unusual name, and my kids have four names, so I was tired of [embroidery shops] telling me no.” Bingaman looks forward to expanding the creative horizons of a monogram, and said, “It doesn’t all have to be perfect…I’m happy to do traditional [designs] but I know everyone’s style is a little different. There’s so much you can do!”

Most of all, Bingaman is excited about collaborating with and supporting other local, small businesses. “I was raised by two entrepreneurs who took a grass-roots approach. I still very much have rose-colored glasses about mom and pop shops,” she said. “We have a strong community in Mariemont but also great neighboring communities such as Madeira, Indian Hills and Mt. Adams.” Bingaman is enthusiastic to begin working with customers. “I’m most excited to be back face-to-face with the client and to provide that true customer service,” she said, “I’m so excited to hear their stories. Building relationships with those clients will be memory making.”

Jules&Bing! Monograms&Embroidery is located at 6846 Wooster Pike, off West Street, in the newly built shopping center called “The Shops at Mariemont Strand.” Their website, www.julesandbing.com, will also be up in mid-February with more information on hours and services.

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One local woman recently transformed her life - from addiction and chaos to power and focus - and she’s now launching a five step private mentoring program to help other women do the same.

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Melissa Kirkpatrick, Founder of Find Your DRIVE

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut between social, professional and personal obligations. But what happens when the rut turns into a debilitating downward spiral?

Melissa Kirkpatrick had been there, and made a choice to intentionally transform her life. After meeting with a business coach to help guide her through the process of managing her family’s golf courses, Kirkpatrick realized the transformative power of setting goals and reaching for your best self. Of her business coaching experience, Kirkpatrick says, “It was empowering for me when I learned how your thinking creates your reality.”

The idea for a career in mentoring others was born. “Through the work with [my business coach] and my own desires to create more in my life, I discovered I wanted to share how I did it and how others could too, so I knew coaching was for me.” Kirkpatrick had already experienced many different seasons of her life; she had married her high school sweetheart and raised two sons, then went back to school in her 30s to complete her teaching degree, but she knew there was more left to her story.

“Being a teacher by trade, and a motivator by nature, I felt called to shine my light into the world”, she says. Kirkpatrick used her skills in instruction and her love for golf as a launching point for Find Your Own DRIVE. From experiencing her own personal transformation and recovering from an alcohol addiction, Kirkpatrick realized, “We all want to be supported, we just don’t know how or who to ask. My mission is to offer others a way of receiving support in a non-threatening, fun, and interactive way.”

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A before and after shot of Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick began with offering free coaching sessions to four individuals in 2013. “Their immediate transformation in just a short amount of time was inspiring. It took the next year of planning, developing, creating, and dropping my fear and doubt to finally launch my services.”

What does DRIVE really mean? Beyond the basis of the parallels between golf and life, DRIVE represents the process of transforming your mind. “The acronym came to me one day when I was working with my coach. As we laid out the steps in my own journey to transformation, it was ironic that the steps were easily identified in the word DRIVE: Desire, Receive, Implement, Visualize and Evolve,” she adds, “These steps have supported me in owning and operating a golf course, to having a body that is healthy and strong, to giving up longtime addictions to food, alcohol and spending money, to releasing all those underlying beliefs that kept me stuck to now using a proven formula and finding my DRIVE for life.”

Who is the Find Your DRIVE mentee? Kirkpatrick explains, “The women I support are those who are tired of going unconscious and numbing out. She desires more for herself in all areas of her life. She believes there is more to her purpose and wants to discover it now,” she adds, “Creating a life you love and desire starts by loving yourself – that’s where the magic begins.”

What are the beginning steps for someone who wants to transform their life? Kirkpatrick’s free e-book, 5 Steps to DRIVE, can be found at findyourowndrive.com. She explains, “On this page there is also my scheduler to sign up for a chat with me. I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this call. It’s a free 15 minute call to learn about what you truly desire and want to change.” Kirkpatrick is also currently offering her newest program, 21 Days to Body Mindfulness, at half-price through December – $17 when you download the eBook. “This 21 day, daily email program opens the mind and connects with the body. It is perfect for those who are not sure they are ready for coaching but want to start the new year with conscious thinking”, she explains.

As Kirkpatrick continues along her own personal journey, she looks forward to the opportunity to help other women transform their own. “I will be honored to mentor and witness those women who say yes to finding their own DRIVE for a life they love with no regrets. My commitment will be to continue to be in service and continue to play full-out in my own life, leading the way to freedom and abundance, and all that that implies.” To learn more, visit www.findyourowndrive.com.

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