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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. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    The Ferrari brothers recently opened a new kind of wine, coffee and sandwich shop, inspired by their own family and aims to be welcoming to all. Read on for all the delicious details.

    Mom ‘n ‘Em is a coffee, wine, and sandwich shop in Camp Washington.

    “Hey, how’s your mom ‘n ’em?” This question was often asked by Tony and Austin Ferrari’s father and has become an inside joke among their family.

    The two brothers decided to take their love of family and combine it with their love of food and drinks to launch Mom ‘n ‘Em, a Euro-style cafe.

    “Mom ‘n ‘Em is inspired by and for our mother who loves coffee and being around people,” says Co-Owner Tony Ferrari. “We have an inside joke with our family that started from 700 WLW when Gary Burbank started the show off with ‘Hey, how’s your mom ‘n em.’ My dad would ask us that everyday and still listens to that station all day.”

    According to Ferrari, Mom ‘n ‘Em is a place you could spend all day eating, working, drinking, or just hanging out.

    “We are a coffee shop with a full liquor license, bottle shop to go, and safe place for everyone,” he says. “We have a unique selection of tinned fishes from Spain and Portugal, our own espresso blend ‘bro spro’ roasted by Deeper Roots, and our Pinot Noir Rose ‘Brose’ we make in Santa Barbara with Graham Tatomer.”

    Mom ‘n ‘Em is an idea that the brothers love and want to share with everyone – and it just so happens to be in a renovated old house in Camp Washington, a community that is close to the brothers’ hearts.

    While the Ferrari brothers are not new to the entrepreneur scene in Cincinnati, Mom ‘n ‘Em is brand new to the community, opening its doors on Mother’s Day. “That means every year we can celebrate our anniversary on Mother’s Day along with all the wonderful moms out there,” says Tony.

    Austin and Tony Ferrari, the brothers behind Mom ‘n ‘Em, with their mother.

    The menu at Mom ‘n ‘Em is coffee forward, with signature Franklins cold brew flavored with coconut and a touch of milk. There are about 75 different types of wine, beer, rotating cheese and salami, thick cut toasts, and the already famous “Dirty Nati” egg sandwich.

    “Wash it down with mom’s secret milkshake, a boozy concoction that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mints, or some of our favorite cocktails,” says Ferrari. “We really do pack a lot into one place and have everything you need.”

    The Ferrari brothers are proud of the space they’ve found in Mom ‘n ‘Em. Ferrari says it’s a space that helps customers feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house, drinking good wine, listening to great tunes, and snacking on simple, well done food.

    If you’re interested in expanding your wine palette with Mom ‘n Em, the brothers also offer a wine club. “You’re not stuck with just one wine or winery, you will never get the same bottle in our club,” says Ferrari. “It’s a beautiful mix of great juice from all over the world. We have a monthly pick up of 2 wines for $50, 4 for $75, or 2 bottles for $250 for big ballers that love rare, hard-to-find stuff. Being a member, you receive free monthly tastings on the day of pickup, and free corkage when you come hang out. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

    Ferrari says that currently, the brothers are looking to just enjoy their time with Mom ‘n ‘Em. There are plans for outdoor seating in a well-designed eco-friendly green space with a dog area, bike racks, and nature in mind, as well as bistro nights where everything is cooked on an open fire for a family-style set-up. “It’s a living, growing thing, and we are excited to share it all with the community,” he adds.

    You can visit Mom ‘n ‘Em at 3128 Colerain Avenue at Bates Avenue in Camp Washington, right off the Hopple Street exit.

    To learn more about Mom ‘n ‘Em, visit momnemcoffee.com. You can also follow along on Instagram to stay up to stay on events, announcements, and entertainment.

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    A local non-profit places at-risk youth on a path to success. See how they’re changing things up to provide some major support.

    CATS is a program that helps at-risk teens in Greater Cincinnati. Photo by: Jonathan Gibson Photography – Cincinnati Wedding Photography

    The Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS) wants to help local youth in Cincinnati Public Schools. According to CATS Marketing and Communications Director Brooke Sallas, the non-profit organization is doing just that by partnering students from the school district with like-minded organizations to help students earn fine arts and elective credits so they can graduate from high school on time and head down a path to a successful life.

    “Our team of staff, art instructors, board of directors, and partners are dedicated to unlocking each student’s potential, equipping them with critical life skills and nurturing their unique abilities through graduation and beyond,” explains Sallas.

    The program at CATS was modeled after the Manchester Bidwell Training Center, which inspires to re-engage young adults in their education while helping them discover their self-worth through the power of art.

    “Students work alongside professional artists in a first-class environment featuring cutting-edge technology and equipment, where they are nurtured and encouraged to develop skills that will propel them into successful futures,” says Sallas.

    The history of CATS goes back to 2003 when it was established by a small group of passionate leaders who wanted to make a difference in the Tri-State. Those founders include Lee Ault Carter, Pierre Wevers, Bob Castellini, and Bill Strickland.

    Today the program offers five studio courses including ceramics, 2-D design, 3-D design, digital multimedia, and stained glass, all of which are designed to meet Ohio Department of Education visual arts standards and are open to high school juniors, seniors, and overage underclassmen.

    “Each course offers students the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation,” says Sallas. “Many of our students also enroll in our highly-notable workforce development program, Bridging the Gap (BTG), that focuses on preparing graduates to launch successful careers following high school graduation. BTG also provides skilled workers to industries that have a shortage of talent.”

    CATS offers support to kids in the community in several ways, according to Sallas. These include:

    • Building consistent relationships with students, schools, and partners
    • Meet at-risk teens where they are
    • Provide a first-class learning environment
    • Maintain small classes to ensure personalized attention
    • Empower teens to define and achieve success through a culture of respect, a strong message of success, accountability, instruction, and caring
    • Leverage the arts to help students create their lives as they do their art
    • Staff successful working artists with hearts for at-risk teens
    • Support 18 months post-graduation to help them stay successful

    Sallas says that what helps CATS stand out is that the program is closely connected to Cincinnati Public Schools to work collaboratively on behalf of students while also marrying professional teaching artists with career educators to offer a model of education in a small student-to-artist ratio.

    Students also receive support in training and certification, connections with employer partners, access to college mentoring, local college tours, and extended opportunities.

    The support offered through CATS is just the beginning as there are several new things on the horizon for the organization.

    “We just went through a rebrand and we are focusing on brand awareness and connecting with our community,” says Sallas, who recently joined CATS to help reverse the sentiment of being a ‘hidden gem’ in Cincinnati.

    Additionally, says Sallas, the Young Professional committee is working to bring a series of Sip and Paints to offer fun and engaging activities while showcasing the work CATS does.

    “We were also recently selected by UC DAAP for the E2C Symposium, a design blitz benefitting a local non-profit, where DAAP’s emerging creatives investigate our facility through design thinking to improve our current space and bring about a more innovative environment to our students,” says Sallas.

    To learn more about CATS, the work they do to support local youth, and more, visit www.cincinnatiartsandtechnologystudios.org. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Read about a college student who launched an Ohio-based business that’s helping to build a hospital in Haiti one beautiful bracelet at a time.

    Mercy Bracelets help support the building of a hospital in Haiti.

    Hannah Lamarco, a student at Cedarville University, launched Mercy Bracelets as a junior in college nearly a year ago. 

    “Mercy Bracelets is an online shop that sells bracelets to raise awareness and money for a hospital that is being built in Les Cayes, Haiti,” says Lamarco. 

    “I started the business a month after I came back from a mission trip I took with the university,” she explains. “Our project on this trip was to help build Mercy Hospital. I fell in love with the ministry and the people while I was there.”

    Once she returned to the United States Lamarco says she felt obligated to connect more people with the ministry.”

    That’s when she had the idea to sell bracelets and help others get connected with the same cause she was invested in. 

    “The bracelets are prayer reminders for people to pray for the ministry while they wear the bracelet,” she says. “With every bracelet, customers also get a prayer card with the name of a Haitian child who is waiting for the hospital to be built. This give everyone specific names to be praying for.”

    Proceeds from the bracelets as well as donations go to the hospital. Lamarco says that so far she has raised over $11,000 for the hospital just this year. 

    For every bracelet purchased, $5 goes directly to help build the hospital. “This goes to buying bricks and other supplies that the hospital needs to be built,” says Lamarco. “This directly benefits the community of Les Cayes not only by providing jobs for builders, but it gives the community a cause that they are supporting that will benefit them in the end.”

    Lamarco says that Mercy Bracelets doesn’t just sell bracelets. “Our cause is greater than ourselves, and we give our audience the opportunity to be a part of this cause, too,” she says. “We invite people to become a part of the Mercy Team not by just buying a bracelet, but by praying for these people in Haiti. And we give you specific people to be connected to through prayer.”

    The mission behind Mercy Bracelets isn’t just about the beads themselves but the hearts of the people buying the bracelets and those who benefit from their sales. “This hospital has affected so many people’s lives already, and we can’t wait to see everything it is going to do when it is fully operating,” she adds.

    You can purchase bracelets at mercybracelets.com or visit The Farm Table in Grove City. Lamarco says that anyone who owns a boutique and would like to sell Mercy Bracelets can reach out to do wholesale at mercybracelets.com. To follow along with the mission behind Mercy Bracelets, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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    See how a family-owned, hometown hair salon in Milford was recently rebranded and remodeled to blend its history in the community with haute industry trends and expertise!

    Salon’63 is a hair salon in Old Milford offering a variety of hair services.

    Cincy Chic: What is Salon’63?
    Sara Wilson, Founder of Salon’63: We are a hair salon in Old Milford!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the salon?
    Wilson: Family! Our salon has been known as that family-owned, hometown hair salon for so many years and I love it. I feel like every client that walks through the doors should be treated like they’ve been coming here for years.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired the rebrand of the salon?
    Wilson: I was given the opportunity to really make the salon my own, and to reintroduce some new techniques, styles, and passion for the industry!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the significance of the name of your salon?
    Wilson: Our name means so much to me! The year 1963 is when our former owner Bill Gayheart opened his salon Gayheart’s Total Design. He has given me such a wonderful opportunity and mentored me in such a way that I wanted to be able to honor him and all his success!

    The women behind Salon’63, including Owner Sara Wilson.

    Cincy Chic: You’re a new mom, how do you balance #momlife and salon life?
    Wilson: Oh gosh! I am still working on that! Haha Honestly, I have a very supportive husband, and 3 talented stylists working with me who help out so much. My clientele has also been incredibly flexible and understanding. I couldn’t do it without them.

    Cincy Chic: What makes you most excited about being the hair/makeup sponsor for Cincy Chic’s Vintage Chic Fashion Show on June 21?
    Wilson: Just being able to showcase our talent, be around an awesome group of women and get our salon name out there!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Salon’63?
    Wilson: Well, this year is our third year in business! We’ve been working so hard and really getting our name out there. This year we are so focused on building relationships and our reputation as hair color specialists! We’ve also recently done a photoshoot showcasing some of our formal styles which was SO MUCH FUN. Bring on those brides!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Wilson: We are on Instagram and Facebook!

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      A former Clydesdale farm turned open-air, rustic shopping event brings hundreds of businesses and attendees from near and far — all for a good cause. Read on as we get behind the scenes to learn what’s new and exciting for this year’s Charm at the Farm.

      Charm at the Farm is an open-air, vintage market located on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon.

      Amy Doyle and Jayme Kuenkel opened Charm at the Farm on a 56-acre farm that formerly housed award-winning Clydesdale horses in Lebanon. Today, the space plays host to artisans and shops that come together for a unique outdoor shopping experience.

      “The innovative market began in 2017 and features rustic gifts, unique jewelry, vintage furniture, home decor, and more from 115 of the region’s best vendors,” says Doyle.

      Charm at the Farm was inspired by the owners’ passion to unite treasure seekers with those who restore, repurpose, create, and inspire.

      Doyle and Kuenkel want to ensure that all of the 15,000 people who attend Charm at the Farm every year have a good shopping experience. That’s why they’ve upped the ante for the upcoming June event.

      According to the duo, there are multiple new things to expect at the events being hosted this year. New vendors from outside the Tri-State from states like North Carolina, Tennessee, and Illinois in addition to the best local vendors will be there. You can also expect to see more live animals at Charm at the Farm including goats and sheep as well as Charm mascot, Lucy, the miniature pony.

      Amy Doyle and Jayme Kuenkel, Founders of Charm at the Farm.

      The environment at Charm at the Farm is being enhanced for shoppers this year as well and includes upgrades such as a venue-wide sound system, live giveaways during Charm market hours, and an on-site DJ spinning live music.

      Charm at the Farm has developing an affectionate following known as Charmers. The following gathered over the last few years the market has been around is due in part to the uniqueness of the event.

      “Charm’s open-air concept on a magnificently beautiful, sprawling farm and its carefully-curated, eclectic mix of high-quality vendors from near and far make the Charm shopping experience one-of-a-kind,” says Doyle. “It is a girls weekend like no other, where you can sip wine, get your hair braided, meet the makers, shop for the latest trends, and pet some farm animals all while enjoying fresh air and dining al fresco.”

      The event brings hundreds of attendees, from near and far

      Plenty of new food trucks will be joining the scene at Charm this year and they’re increasing the number of DIY project sessions led by local shops that can only be found at Charm.

      Tickets for the event at $5 and parking is free. The cost of DIY sessions vary. VIP night tickets for the event can be purchased for $15 and include weekend-long admission, wine or beer, plus first dibs on preview shopping.

      To learn more about Charm at the Farm or to purchase your tickets, visit https://www.charmatthefarm.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook. You can also follow the hashtags #getyourcharmon and #charmatthefarm to see pictures from past events.

      Cincy Chic is also doing a VIP ticket giveaway on Facebook, where you can enter to win a set of VIP tickets to the event.

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      There’s a new event venue in town that is giving you a new kind of event planning experience. Click here for all the sweet details.

      Sugar Loft Events offers space for weddings, parties, and other events including children’s spa-themed birthday parties.

      After finding success in Sugar & Spice Spa, Theresa Gordon is taking the next step with Sugar Loft Events.

      “Sugar Loft Events offers unique, full and partial wedding ceremony and reception packages as well as the option to add from our gallery of on-site services,” she explains. “We can provide you with a beautiful venue in addition to a magical and memorable experience down to the very last detail.”

      Whether you’re trying to plan a wedding, host a social soiree, or need somewhere to host a corporate event, Sugar Loft Events offers a 3,500-square-foot event complex located at The Foundry in Liberty Town Center.

      The space can accommodate as little as 20 guests and as many as 150. It’s an ideal location for a birthday party, wedding, baby shower, or even a dinner party while also providing a one-of-a-kind experience for guests.

      Sugar Loft Events can also bring along Sugar & Spice Spa for a children’s spa-themed birthday party and day spa services that focus on inner and outer beauty.

      “We are much more than just a spa,” she says. “To keep the celebrations going, we provide services for other spa-themed or private event parties as well as host a number of classes, events, and services for children, adults, and families that will create lifelong memories.”

      Gordon says that when you choose Sugar Loft Events you’ll find planning, production, design, and decor for all occasions and celebrations.

      “Our team of experienced event coordinators will assist you in creating a seamless and successful event,” she says. “We will make your wedding fantasies come true. We organize unique venues, elegant presentations, delicious food, and decadent desserts – in short, an unforgettable and unique event.”

      To learn more about Sugar Loft Events, visit https://www.sugarspicespa.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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      A former teacher is chasing her dream of owning a bookstore - on wheels! Read on for the page-turning details.

      The Cincy Book Bus is run by a retired teacher with dreams of owning her own bookstore.

       

      Cincy Chic: What is Cincy Book Bus?
      Melanie Moore, Founder of Cincy Book Bus: The Book Bus is a mobile bookstore off the back of a 1962 VW transporter. I sell new and used (mint condition) adult fiction.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Moore: I have always dreamed of owning a bookstore. After retiring from 25 years of teaching, I decided it was time to chase my dream. I thought about a brick and mortar store but decided I wanted to do something more unique and fun.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers find the Cincy Book Bus?
      Moore: I pop up all around Cincinnati. To find out where I’ll be popping up next readers can follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

      Cincy Chic: What makes the Cincy Book Bus unique?
      Moore: I am Cincinnati’s only mobile bookstore and, to be honest, I don’t think there is anything as unique as my bookstore in the country. If there is, I haven’t seen it yet. I also take my profits to buy books for kids and classes in inner city, low income areas in Cincinnati. I am passionate about getting books into the hands of kids who need them most.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along? 
      Moore: Instagram and Facebook but also reading about what I do and how I got started. I have two recent articles in City Beat and Cincinnati Refine. I will also be in the July issue of Cincinnati Magazine.

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
      Moore: I just keep chugging along! My tagline is “delivering the joy of owning books to inspire a passion for reading.”

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more? 
      Moore: Visit my Facebook page.

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        Social Media connected three strangers from three different states, and one of them calls the Tri-State home. Their mutual passion for all things style inspired them to launch a collaborative blog that celebrates size-inclusive fashion, friendship and lifestyle. Read on to learn more!

        Bestie Dressed is a collaborative lifestyle and fashion blog run by three best friends.

        Motherhood brought three strangers together through a Facebook group geared toward children’s clothing called Mini Boden. But these three women aren’t just any strangers who met online, they’re strangers turned best friends who have a passion for fashion. Through motherhood and fashion, the three of them launched the blog Bestie Dressed, a collaborative lifestyle and fashion blog.

        “We are passionate about sharing easy-to-obtain, affordable styles, promoting self-love, and brunch,” explains Bestie Dressed Co-Founder Emily Zanitsch.

        Comprised of Zanitsch and her two best friends Kristin and Lauren, Bestie Dressed is not just about traveling in the most current designer styles but also offering up ideas on how to get through your day-to-day looking fashionable while sharing information on deals – all without breaking the bank.

        And since the three women behind the blog are all located in different states – Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Alabama – they are able to bring different styles, trends, and shopping options to its readers.

        Not only does the blog pride itself on being able to offer up ideas from different parts of the country, but it’s also able to speak to a diverse group of women because of the differences in the three moms behind it.

        “One think we think you’ll love about our blog is that we are three different sizes and we aim to make this a body-positive space that welcomes ladies of all shapes and sizes,” says Zanitsch.

        Whether the blog is sharing the best sales you’ll find on the Internet or showcasing the latest #OOTD, Bestie Dressed is all about celebrating women no matter their shape or size.

        To learn more about Bestie Dressed, visit http://www.bestiedressed.com/ or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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        Learn about a local roundtable for HR professionals that’s empowering, connecting and accelerating people and business results.

        The Cincinnati Regional Chamber offers an HR Roundtable to offer organizational thinking and networking among c-suite leaders in the city.

        Lisa Gick is more than just the CEO and Founder of The Curious Agency. She’s also a member of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber’s HR Roundtable.

        “The HR Roundtable brings together c-suite and talent professionals from a diversity of industries who understand and share the unique challenges of top-level management,” explains Gick. “The program empowers leaders to build organizational experiences that uplift people and accelerate business results.”

        The trusted board of advisors behind the HR Roundtable join together to discuss strategic HR issues as well as emerging trends. The group meets 6 times a year for half-day sessions, and cover themes and content that are driven by the group’s interests.

        “HR Roundtable members participate in additional chamber-sponsored events dedicated to professionals in all the Chamber Roundtable communities, including CEOs, marketing, sales, finance, and IT professionals, that cover relevant topics like leadership development and employee engagement,” says Gick. “The professional connections enabled through the Roundtable bring meaningful relationships that endure.”

        Those enduring relationships are something that Gick cherishes. “When you join the HR Roundtable, you’re walking into a dynamic and welcoming community of professional peers offering mutual learning, thought leadership in the profession, and support,” she adds. ‘Our members can speak openly and candidly when they gather, knowing they will receive genuine feedback and contribution from the group, in the environment where confidentiality is respected and honored.”

        The members in the HR Roundtable are key leaders in their companies and offer a strategic mindset and transformative practice considerations, helping to provide a way to think differently about the organizational experience.

        “Members may come with a request of their peers on a challenging or puzzling business initiative or they may come with an offer for the request of another member,” she says. “There’s a spirit of generosity in offering one’s best thinking on developing concepts or practice needs.”

        You can learn more about the Chamber’s HR Roundtable here.

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        Creatives have a new co-working space that provides access to private offices and workspaces while also using professional production equipment at no extra cost to them. 

        Joshua Reid (center) is the founder behind the newly opened StudioCincy, a space for creatives in Cincinnati.

        Joshua Reid is the Founder and CEO of StudioCincy, a photo and video rental studio and co-working space that is designed for creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and those who are looking for an affordable and motivational environment where they can work.

        Reid’s entrepreneurial career often encountered the same obstacles: loneliness and a lack of funds.

        “Way too often on the journey of chasing your dreams, you’re the only one with a true passion to bring that idea to a reality,” explains Reid. “For most, there’s also a barrier for not having access to the funds or capital to fuel that idea.”

        Little by little Reid was able to create the space he’d always envisioned for himself – a space that was just for people who want to chase their dreams and have a vision to do great things without feeling lonely, discouraged, or unsupported.

        “This desire then birthed StudioCincy, a place where we not only provide the space, but also the equipment at no extra cost, to bring those ideas to a reality,” he says. “Our belief is that a creator’s vision should not be blocked by the lack of equipment, and/or the finances to purchase or rent the equipment needed to bring that vision to a reality.”

        The space at StudioCincy includes a 1,200-square-foot photo and video rental studio that works for photography, videography, team meetings, workshops, and small events. Equipment included with each booking also includes 3,800-square-feet of private offices, work stations, and a fully-equipped professional podcast room.

        The idea behind StudioCincy makes it unique in itself, but the services that come along with the organization add to its uniqueness.

        “We provide all camera, lighting, and sound equipment for our studio rentals at no extra cost,” says Reid. “We have a hub of computers equipped with the full Adobe Suite for editing, at no extra cost. Our podcast room is equipped with professional-grade podcasting equipment at no extra cost. We also have a Members Only lounge for our members, with free snacks and beverages, as well as a full kitchen for our hourly rentals.”

        The goal at StudioCincy is to accommodate the needs of the customers by eliminating the barriers often faced by entrepreneurs. Other amenities at StudioCincy include 24/7 access, 24/7 on-site security, 24/7 free parking, online booking, free high-speed wi-fi, photography and videography studio, private offices, workspaces, professional equipment rentals, controlled environment for creatives, game/lounge room, and free snacks and beverages.

        Reid says that although the ribbon cutting and grand opening for StudioCincy was recently held the team is already looking at opening location No. 2.

        You can learn more about StudioCincy at www.studiocincy.com or by following along on Instagram or Facebook.

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