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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    After beating cancer, this local entrepreneur turned to launching a business that offers safe, toxin-free candles for your home. Click here to read more!

    Cancer is a hard word to hear. A doctor telling you that you have cancer is even harder. 

    Hearing those words, though, was a reality for Elizabeth Howard, the owner and creator of Urban Burn Candle Co.

    “Urban Burn Candle Co. was inspired by my journey with cancer in my teenage years,” she explains. “Although it’s uncertain what caused my cancer, my oncologist believed it was bought out by something in the environment. I’m blessed to have overcome the cancer and vowed to make a promise to myself that I would do my best in the future to rid my body of toxins and try my best to live a healthy lifestyle.” 

    In founding Urban Burn Candle Co. in the spring of 2020, Howarth offers an all-natural candle company focused on using high-quality, natural ingredients that don’t compromise air quality or your health.

    Howarth recalls that even when she was young, she had a love for candles. “Candles, for me, symbolize celebration, signify romance, soothe the senses, define ceremony, and accent the style of home decors,” she says. “They create such a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated and create the perfect atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being.”

    However, while she has a love for candles, Howarth acknowledges that there are many dangerous chemicals that are not only bad for our health but also the world around ust. And with a connection to cancer due to the environment, Howard says that she wanted to create a brand of candles that were ethically made with high-quality ingredients with not only your health in but but also the environment.

    Products from Urban Burn Candle Co. include all natural candles using an all-natural vegan coconut soy wax blend and all-natural soy wax melts. “The candles and wax melts are made with absolutely no artificial additives, dyes – no nonsense,” says Howarth. “We use only the highest quality fragrance oils that are phthalate-free. When you’re burning or candles and wax melts, that peace of mind is yours.”

    At Urban Burn Candle Co. you’ll find that it’s all about offering something that Howarth really believed the city needed. 

    “I experimented with many waxes but settled on a coconut soy wax blend,” she says. “This was unique to me as I never knew or heard much about coconut wax. I’ve learned that it is usually overlooked by the candle industry as it is more expensive than other waxes. The coconut soy wax blend I chose is gluten free, toxin free, paraben free, phthalate free, and comes from renewable sources. Coconut soy wax burns the cleanest and slowest and has an excellent scent throw.”

    Howarth is looking forward to the future of Urban Burn Candle Co. and is always experimenting with new scents. Holiday collections will be released throughout 2021 and a Valentine’s Day collection is launching soon.

    To learn more about Urban Burn Candle Co. visit their Etsy shop. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Find your Southern Charm right here in Cincinnati for this week's Listing of the Week!

    This beautiful home is a sun-filled Southern Colonial oasis nestled in a lush, private setting. It boasts more than 7,000 square feet of granite and stainless steel. It’s the perfect entertainer’s kitchen and has a generous great room that opens to terraces and a gorgeous pool through 4 sets of French doors. There are 6 fireplaces, a finished lower level, views of the valley and Kentucky hillsides, a 3-car garage, butler’s pantry, and is just minutes from Cincinnati. This 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom home is listed at $1.25 million.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    Specializing in eyelash extensions, microblading, brow sculpture, lash lifts and more, you can look and feel better after a visit at this upscale eyelash boutique in Crescent Springs.

    Jamie Hils of The Lash Boutique wants to make women look and feel better. 

    “We want to create effortless beauty for all of our clients,” she says.

    The Lash Boutique is an upscale eyelash salon specializing in eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning, microblading, brow sculpture, lash lift and tint and more. 

    “We are proud to be Kentucky’s first lash focused salon,” says Hils. “We are dedicated to giving you the highest standards and quality available in the beauty industry. We are also a Bella Lash Training Facility and offer Lash Certification.”

    Hils first opened her doors in 2014 after spending years in the beauty industry and after having built up her lash clientele. 

    “I am a licensed esthetician in both Ohio and Kentucky. I’m also a Certified Lash Educator for Bella Lash,” she says. “My beautiful clients, my ambitious team, and my loving friends and family are my heart and soul. My four children also motivate me to keep going.”

    There are a variety of different lash styles available when you visit The Lash Boutique from very natural to very dramatic, and everything in between.

    “Using only the best, long-lasting, medical-grade adhesives and lashes, we can customize a look that’s perfect for your lifestyle and suited for your eye shape,” she says. “We also offer lash lifts for those who may not be a good candidate for extensions.”

    Lashes at The Lash Boutique range from $75 to $200 depending on the look you’re going for. Fill-ins range from $40-$65.

    Hils says that what makes The Lash Boutique unique is that every appointment is like a super fun hangout with one of your best friends. Only, you walk away with amazing lashes,” she says. “We truly love our clients and the majority of them turn into our friends.” 

    Hils says The Lash Boutique will soon offer new services including brown lamination, and on the training side of things, will be offering lash lift and tint certification. 

    The Lash Boutique is located at 562 Buttermilk Pike, Suite D, in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, in the same plaza as Bonefish Grill.

    To learn more about The Lash Boutique, visit www.lashboutiqueky.com. You can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A local graphic designer is working one-on-one with customers to create custom apparel they love for any occasion.

    The focus at Mount Apparel is the customer. “I work with individuals and small businesses to create custom apparel for any occasion,” says Founder Paul Homan. 

    The sole employee of Mount Apparel, Homan wanted to provide customers the ability to create merchandise whether they approach him with a polished logo or a vision in their head of what they want to see.

    “I work one-on-one with the custom, design their graphic, and lay it out on apparel for purchase,” he explains. “The process is ultimately aimed toward people who want to create custom apparel without having to buy in bulk or pay crazy expensive fees for a one-off order.”

    The inspiration for creating a customized apparel business comes from Homan’s passion for sharing his creativity with others. 

    “My goal is to use my skill set to fill the gap for custom merchandise for individuals and small businesses,” he says. “Connecting with people and giving them an opportunity to explore and create one-of-a-kind merchandise has been such a great experience.”

    Homan’s background provides him with the skills he needs to run Mount Apparel. He works full-time as a product development engineer and operates Mount on the side as a self-proclaimed graphic designer.

    Homan says that one of the best selling items from Mount Apparel are the custom vector illustrations of pets.

    “The process works like this,” he says. “You send in a picture of your pet, I create a custom illustration of your furry friend, then send you a link for purchase of your pet illustration on merch. It’s that easy.”

    Homan says that what makes Mount Apparel unique is its approach to one-on-one customer service, as well as his streamlined purchasing through Amazon.

    “My platform is based through Amazon,” he says. “This makes the purchasing process super easy. Once we finalize your design, the product is then available for purchase through Amazon just like you would buy anything else (even Prime shipping).”

    Additionally, organizations can find ease in ordering Mount Apparel products through Amazon with a link. “Rather than tracking down sizes, collecting money, ordering in bulk, and making sure everyone gets their apparel once it arrives, the gym owner would simply send out the Amazon link to interested members,” he says. “Mount’s process simplifies the process dramatically.”

    The goal for 2021 at Mount Apparel is to work with more small businesses in the Cincinnati area. “Currently our clients are mostly individuals and a couple of places in Mount Adams,” he says. “We are looking to expand our reach and help our more local businesses create their own merchandise. If you are interested or know someone who could be, we would love to talk!”

    To learn more about Mount Apparel, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A passion for showcasing everyone’s uniqueness inspired this local creator to launch a collection of polymer clay earrings. Click to learn more.

    “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss.

    The notion that we are all unique and there is no one else like us in the world is the inspiration behind Rare + Good Clayworks, a small, woman-owned business that designs and creates small batch polymer clay earrings that also give back.

    “We all deserve something as beautiful and unique as we are – at an affordable price,” explains Rare + Good Clayworks Founder Jamie Glavic. 

    Each of the pieces from Rare + Good Clayworks is handmade, so no two pieces are exactly alike, just like all of us. 

    In addition to creating unique pieces at an affordable price, Rare + Good Clayworks gives back a portion of proceeds to the community.

    Jamie Glavic, Founder of Rare + Good Clayworks

    “Last month, 10 percent of our sales were donated to Welcome House of North Kentucky,” says Glavic. “Currently, $5 from each sale of earrings from our Pollinator Series will go to support the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Pollen Nation program.”

    Glavic herself is a University of Cincinnati alum and currently works as a public relations professional. “I started Rare + Good Clayworks during the pandemic, officially launching the shop at the end of November 2020,” she says. “I’m an earring collector and I began experimenting with polymer clay in August 2020. One YouTube tutorial led to another and in a matter of weeks my love of art, color mixing, and design inspired me to jump in and commit to starting my own LLC.”

    When you shop Rare + Good Clayworks, you’ll find a variety of earrings ranging from studs to drops to dangles. “We have a style and design you’ll love,” adds Glavic.

    Glavic says that although her business is young she’s always refining and adding new designs to the collection.

    With the arrival of 2021, Glavic says she’s hoping to build wholesale relationships with other women-owned boutiques and businesses in and around the city who complement the Rare + Good Clayworks brand. They’ll also be participating in local community markets when it is safe to do so.

    To learn more about Rare + Good Clayworks, check out the Etsy shop or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    There’s a new bar in town that wants to cater to all. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Smoq & Water Barbeque!
    Mark Koking, Co-Founder of Smoq & Water Barbeque: We are everyone’s bar. A unique neighborhood bar located in Norwood, Ohio. We serve affordable drinks, cocktails, and quality smoked bar food. Smoq & Water is “Your Bar.” We encourage everyone to come check us out.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Koking: Our inspiration is our passion for people. Our place our emphasis on customer service and treating everyone who comes to Smoq & Water as if they were in our home. Those who visit Smoq & Water for the first time usually come back and become regulars. We have an owner, management team and bartenders who love people and can’t wait to serve you.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Smoq & Water Barbeque?
    Koking: Myself and my son Derek Koking originally started Smoq & Water as a catering business in 2016. In the spring of 2020, Smoq & Water partnered with RJ Distillery and Bob Slattery to open the bar.

    Derek has 15 years of experience in restaurant management while I consider myself a 30 year bar connoisseur and enthusiast.

    Cincy Chic: Where is Smoq & Water located?
    Koking: Smoq & Water uniquely shares a building with RJ Distillery at 2810 Highland Avenue in Norwood, Ohio.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Smoq & Water unique?
    Koking: We are a place where everyone is welcome. We have great drink specials, high quality bar food, cornhole, shuffleboard, live music, karaoke and promotional events throughout the year. We feel like the best characteristic about Smoq & Water continues to be our customers and the environment.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Koking: We want to continue to promote our events and activities. We plan on initiating cornhole and shuffleboard tournaments. We also will be installing new dart boards and hope to begin dart leagues in the next few months. As we continue to navigate through Covid-19 restrictions, we look to bring back more live music performances and serve the community until 2 am.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Koking: We regularly post on our social media accounts. Readers can go to our Facebook page and Instagram.

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      This year, we’re celebrating all the things and this local and woman-owned business helps us do just that. Read on to learn about this fab collection of stationery, branding, and goods that celebrate your passions with creativity. 

      The new year is something to celebrate and The Marigold Collective wants you to celebrate every little one of life’s precious moments. 

      Taylor Speed, the founder behind The Marigold Collective, launched a collection of stationery, branding, and goods that celebrate your passions with creativity. 

      “In other words, we’re a design studio focused on producing stationery and design, branding design, and fun home goods that are unique for how they tell the story of our clients,” she says.

      Speed says the inspiration behind her business comes from the marigold flower. 

      Taylor Speed, Founder of The Marigold Collective

      “Representing passion and creativity, it speaks so clearly to what we do,” she explains. “All of the people involved in this process are passionate about something – whether it be the client, passionate about their love and wanting to invite people to celebrate it, or our printers, so passionate about producing a beautiful paper product that they’ll text you personally about making it right. Any part of the process you look at, you’ll find someone excited about what they’re doing.” 

      Speed says that at The Marigold Collective, they’re focused on celebrating those passions by using creativity to produce a product that tells that story beautifully.

      When you shop The Marigold Collective, you’ll find stationer and signage design as well as three pre-designed wedding stationery suites that are sorted in tiers with slightly different styles and according to price/how in-depth you’d like your wedding details to be. 

      “We offer two branding packages – again, based on price and how in-depth you need to be with your branding needs,” says Speed. 

      Also offered at The Marigold Collective, is the Goods collection. “At the moment it consists of three goods: a tote, keychain, and print pack,” says Speed. “We’ll be expanding and changing this each season and can’t wait to roll out what we have in store for the spring.” 

      Speed says that what makes The Marigold Collective unique is how they design with the client’s intentions in mind. “Our mission isn’t to mass-produce the trendiest product – it’s to produce something truly unique to each client with the intention to tell their story in style,” she adds. “Clients can expect a high standard of style for every design with a focus on capturing their individual style.”

      Speed says there’s a lot to look forward to in 2021. She says she’s excited to expand business and get The MArigold Collective name out there. “I’m excited for the projects coming and the fun things we’re going to create with 2021 and people’s expanding styles,” she adds.

      To learn more about The Marigold Collective, visit marigold-collective.com. You can also follow on Facebook and Instagram or send an email to hello@marigold-collective.com. 

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      Breathtaking views are the main attraction to this beautifully renovated condo. Click here to see photos of this week's Listing of the Week!

      The Incomparable Overlook – This is a stunning south unit with sweeping river and park views. This condominium is exquisitely appointed throughout. It boasts an open floor plan with thoughtful spaces and allows for large celebrations and intimate gatherings with ease. This is a one-of-a-kind community with just two owners per floor. Amenities include a clubhouse, workout facility, and off-patio storage. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo is listed at $1.15 million.

      This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

       

       

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      After COVID-19 left her out of a job, a local creative launched a business focused on providing customers with luxury, handcrafted skincare products. Click to read more.

      Boujee Bar Skincare uses high-quality ingredients to create relaxing, luxurious skin care products.

      Havilah Asher has a passion for creating quality products that embody relaxation, luxury, and natural beautification, so launching her own skin care company only made sense. 

      Asher is the founder behind Boujee Bar Skincare, a plant-based company that specializes in handcrafted luxe skin care products.

      “We are passionate about self-care and make our products with the intention to not only moisturize the skin but to uplift the spirit as well,” says Asher. “Our offerings range from moisturizing soaps, silky butters, and revitalizing scrubs, which, combined, create an impactful skin care regimen.”

      The inspiration behind Boujee Bar Skincare comes from a passion for researching quality ingredients that help users relax while enjoying luxurious, natural beauty products.

      “Each collection, soap, scrub, and butter, revolves around an essential herb or highlighted essential oil blend,” says Asher. “Raw natural shea butter is one of our key ingredients because of its ability to lock, seal, and protect the skin. Our shea butter is sourced from West Africa where the grade is dense, making is perfect for moisturization. We also incorporate other rich oils such as black seed oil, jojoba, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and organic coconut. Our moisturizing soaps can take up to 4-6 weeks to make in order to get a pure bar. The cold press processes are important to achieve the company’s standard.”

      Asher doesn’t skimp on the oils, she only uses oils that are infused with herbs and botanicals. 

      Havilah Asher, Founder of Boujee Bar Skincare

      “We grow our own lavender, rosemary, and mint,” says Asher. “The process can take anywhere between days, weeks, or months. Our scrubs go through a two-day process to create its luxurious, revitalizing feel.”

      The scents from Boujee Bar Skincare are unique and vital to the brand. “We use the same technique in the perfume process to create our unique essential oil blends for our products,” she explains. “The goal is to create a natural, long-lasting scent with no alcohol. Each essential oil is selected based on its impact and fragrance potency. We try to make our products beautiful in every sense. We decorate our soaps with botanicals and use natural clays or powders for color.”

      Asher says the reward is when people tell her how much they love the soaps and the improvements it has made on their skin. “When you find enjoyment in skincare or self-care, it becomes less of a routine and instead a sacred ritual,” she adds.

      Asher herself is a Cincinnati native and a self-described “quintessential independent creative.” 

      She says that she turned her own love and skincare regimen into something that she can share with others. 

      Her history with soaping started two years ago while shew as working at a commercial firm. At a time when she was frequently coming home stressed out, she saw the impact it was having on her skin in addition to her issues with eczema and dryness. 

      “Soaping allowed me to create my own stress relief,” she says. “It evolved into a passion for crafting, oils, and ingredients.”

      Asher launchd her business just a month prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. “When I lost my job due to layoffs, I was secretly devastated,” she says. “That propelled me to finally create something for myself.”

      And the hard work paid off. Today, Asher is the founder and CEO of her own company and finds joy in helping others find a skincare regimen that works for them.

      When you shop Boujee Bar Skincare, you’ll find a variety of skin care products including soaps, butters, scrubs, gift sets, and body collections. Shipping is available online across the country and Saturday deliveries are available as well.

      Asher says she’s looking forward to the year with Boujee Bar Skincare. She will showcase a featured collection each month to give customers the opportunity to look forward to trying something new. 

      The month of January features the Polish Gold Collection. “This collection was designed to clean, smooth, and polish the skin,” says Asher. 

      She’s also on the lookout for brand ambassadors who value natural, handcrafted, luxury items.

      To learn more about Boujee Bar Skincare, visit https://boujeebarskincare.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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      Make celebrating the little things a little easier on your busy schedule this year!

      Lifestyles are busy and as we start to get back on our feet following the shut downs and stay-at-home orders caused by COVID-19, the last thing many people have time for is party planning. 

      That’s where Confetti Caddy comes in. 

      “Confetti Caddy is boutique party rental company that originated around the idea of themed party box rentals for busy families,” explains Confetti Caddy Founder Jenae Jacobson. “We wanted to make it easy for you to create a party with more style, more fun, and a lot less stress.” 

      Jacobson says she, alongside her co-founder Mia, found the inspiration to launch Confetti Caddy from their shared love of throwing parties for their own children. 

      “We love throwing parties and entertaining, but hate all of the excess items leftover that we will never use again,” she says. “We also wanted to eliminate unnecessary plastics, waste, and overspending – it’s easy to get carried away when buying for your kids.”

      Trying to find a solution to this problem, the idea of renting these often wasted items seemed like a no brainer, and thus Confetti Caddy was born.

      Confetti Caddy launched nearly 6 months ago and they’re already in the process of adding more rental box themes to their lineup.

      Currently, you can choose from six core options: Farm, Country, Princess Swan, Construction, Donut Rainbow, and Donut Brunch.

      “Each box includes serving pieces, cake stands, tabletop decor, accessories, and a linen,” says Jacobsen. “We provide you with suggested images on how to setup your table but in the end, it’s up to you!”

      Those interested in throwing a party with Confetti Caddy can send an email to confetticaddy@gmail.com or send a message on social media. There, you can let the team know which theme you are interested in and on what date. “We coordinate pick-up and drop-off dates and times, and you are all set,” says Jacobsen. “If you need additional platters or cake stands just ask, we are always able to customize your order.”

      Jacobsen is the looking forward to the future of Confetti Caddy, despite the toll COVID-19 has taken on the entertainment industry.

      “It goes without saying that COVID has unfortunately taken a significant toll on the events industry in general,” says Jacobsen. “People have slowed down on having parties so we have pivoted to focus on COVID-friendly items like balloon displays and custom backdrops. Just because you aren’t having a party doesn’t mean you can’t surprise someone with something beautiful!”

      To learn more about Confetti Caddy, visit confetticaddy.com. You can also find them on Instagram or Facebook.

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