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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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    Ready to make a small shift to see big changes? Click here to read about an upcoming virtual mindset workshop!

    Reset Co is preparing for its upcoming Reset Mindset Virtual Workshop called Small Shift for a Big Result. According to Reset Co Founder and CEO Kendra Ramirez, the event features 3 interactive Power Hour sessions targeted that those who want to make an impact for themselves and those around them.

    The virtual sessions will be held on April 20, April 27, and May 4 from 11:30am-12:30pm.

    “In this virtual workshop series, you will walk away with tools, insights, and a place to process and brainstorm with like-minded people that will result in you being able to take immediate action that is simple yet yields significant results,” she says.  

    Sponsored by US Bank, the event aims to help participants start their days feeling re-energized and help them achieve their goals by introducing more fun into their routines. 

    While the thought of a leadership workshop may feel intimidating to some, Ramirez says that this workshop is for leaders at every level. 

    “Join Dr. Rebecca Cardona, LaMarque Ward, Dr. Monique Johnson, Stephanie Polen, and myself virtually on April 20, April 27, and May 4,” says Ramirez. “This is a 3-part series with a mindset learning topic and breakout group discussions and live rapid-fire coaching.”

    Sessions for the event include: 

    April 20: Small shift you can make in understanding how we are hard-wired in how we show up in the world. Dr. Rebecca will share brain science around our need to be a performer or producer. Is your to-do list longer than your arm? Is your calendar maxed out? She will help us bring awareness to why we do what we do. Then we will go into breakout rooms for discussion.

    April 27: Small shift you can make in leading with heart in your work. LaMarque will share The Fish Philosophy which is 4 core practices for leaders: Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, Be There, and Play. Are you and or your team exhausted and struggling to come up with new ideas? We will share how to re-energize yourself and or your team. Then we will go into breakout rooms for discussion.

    May 4: Small shift with your new BFFs. Bring your questions for the team. We have your back in a Rapid Fire Coaching session with Dr. Rebecca Cardona (Mindset and Life Coaching), Stephanie Polen (Team Dynamics Coaching), Dr. Monique Johnson (Career Coaching), and Kendra Ramirez (Mindset and Entrepreneur Coaching). We are cheering you on!

    Kendra Ramirez, Founder and CEO of Reset Co

    Featured speakers for the sessions are:

    Dr. Rebecca Cardona
    Dr. Rebecca is passionate about helping people give themselves a great life, professionally and personally. She brings over a decade of experience that specializes in high-achievers, overachievers, and perfectionists. She values that leadership is a walk of resiliency that starts with the individual. She is recognized as a leader dedicated to growth and change. Rebecca’s coaching philosophy is grounded in working with leaders to facilitate change that sustains the test of time. Her coaching interest lies in leaders obtaining positive results in both influence and impact. She uses education, assessments, and tools rooted in leadership theories, change theory, brain science, mindfulness, psychology, and life experience.

    LaMarqué D. Ward Sr., M.Ed.
    LaMarque is an internationally acclaimed educator, speaker, author, trainer, and coach. He utilizes a profound insight gained by years of struggle, gain, and achievement to engage each audience with an uncanny ability to reach collective common ground. He shares his life in the form of practical wisdom and has expertise in connecting with the needs of others and breaking down barriers that ordinarily hinder success. He is the founder of Dream Builders University and COO of Fish! Philosophy.

    Dr. Monique Johnson, Ed.D., CMCS, NCC
    Dr. Monique is an experienced versatile leader with over 20 years of experience in career development, diversity and inclusion, and leadership who has helped individuals and organizations open doors and break barriers. She is the Owner of Dr. MCJ Consulting, LLC, a business that provides individual and group coaching, large-scale presentations, speaking, training, and consulting services.

    As a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS), she is a committed practitioner who provides services tailored to her clients. She enjoys coaching at all levels from the undergraduate college student to the executive level professional who is looking to grow, transition, or pivot in their career. She is currently an Executive Coach for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Women’s Excel (WE Lead) Leadership Program.

    Stephanie Polen
    Stephanie is an energetic and authentic leader with more than 20 years of executive experience leading teams through massive business transformation while driving bottom line results. She is a visionary who is passionate about developing people to their fullest potential. With experience in roles ranging from Product Development and Human Resources to Marketing and Business Development. Stephanie brings her diverse experience and passion for team and individual development to drive change and motivate you for success.

    Kendra Ramirez
    Kendra is Founder and CEO of Reset Co and Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency. She is globally recognized on the homepage of LinkedIn.com, Women of Influence Honoree, John Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award recipient, Cincy Chic Woman of the Year, AMA Marketing Legend, and a finalist for the Social Media Innovator of the Year. Since 2005, she has helped hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, leverage digital technologies. She has spent the last 15 years rebuilding herself after divorce, depression, and a failed business. She leads a life of joy and a successful digital agency. Her mission is to empower others.

    Tickets for the event are limited and can be purchased here. You can join one session or all three for the same price. General admission for the event is $45 per person. 

    To learn more about Reset Co, visit https://thereset.co/.

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    This Indian Hill home has stunning features and an outdoor oasis. Click here to see the Listing of the Week!

    This Indian Hill home is your new summer oasis. It features an in-ground, unite heated saltwater pool surrounded by lush landscaping to make every day feel like vacation. The home sits on a 1+ acre lot and boasts an updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and white cabinets, an owners suite with a sitting area, 2 balconies, and a newly renovated dream closet. There is a recently added second floor laundry. The home has newly refinished hardwood floors throughout and the entire house has been freshly painted. The lower level family room features a theater area and wet bar. The children’s wing of the home has 3 ensuites. 

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

     

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    A store for tots (and grownups!) just expanded to Cincinnati. Click here to read more.

    Gumdrop Tots is a children’s store that recently opened a new location in Cincinnati.
    Cincy Chic: What is Gumdrop Tots?
    Suzy Hinnefeld & Brittney Braemer, Owners of Gumdrop Tots: 
    Gumdrop is a shop for tots and their grownups! We bring energy, affection and a sense of discovery through our curated collection of beautiful and thoughtful products. We carry unique baby/kid clothing (0–24M, 2–5T), books, toys & games, gifts and accessories all in the heart of both downtown Covington and the Historic West Fourth District in downtown Cincinnati (right next door to our sister shop, Handzy Shop + Studio).

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: When we started Handzy in 2015 we always dreamt of opening a kids store. We referred to the idea as “Handzy Jr.” and when we moved our Covington Handzy location one storefront over we realized the empty space we left would be a perfect spot to pursue this dream. Handzy has always had a fun, youthful and colorful energy which translates perfectly when curating products for little ones!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: We are! We’re best friends who met in design school at UC’s DAAP are the women behind Gumdrop!
     
    Cincy Chic: Why did you decide to open a new Cincinnati location?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: We love our Covington location but realized that crossing the river was a barrier for our Cincinnati customer base. When we thought about the growth of our store and businesses it only made sense to expand across the river!  
     
    Cincy Chic: What makes Gumdrop unique?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: In the baby/toddler space there is a trend towards neutral minimalism and Gumdrop is the opposite of that. Our shop is filled with color and fun which makes us unique. 
     
    Cincy Chic: Where are your storefronts located?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: Our storefronts are located in Covington (15 W. Pike St. Covington, KY 41011) and Cincinnati (326 W. 4th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202).
     
    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: In 2021 we’re working towards growing our customer base so we can continue to offer new and unique products! 
     
    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: You can follow us on Instagram or visit our website at gumdroptots.com 

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      Read about the Ohio-based platform that's sharing only the good and shining a bright light in a sometimes dark world.

      Sometimes it feels like the world has no good left in it. From the never-ending bad news cycle to the obstacles that throw themselves in the way of our daily lives, good news feels like a thing of the past. 

      But Jamie Foltz is aiming to change our focus from the bad to the good with Do Gooder, a media and special event company focused entirely on the good happening in the world.

      “We believe that there is still good in the world and it’s our mission to share it with anyone who will listen,” says Foltz. “We print a quarterly magazine that showcases positive stories of people, companies, and causes that are making our world better.”

      More than just sharing stories, however, Do Gooder also positions itself online as a resource for anyone who is looking to find more good in the world. Additionally, Do Gooder hosts events that give people and companies and opportunity to get out and do good, too.

      “From Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about being a good human, to Joy Ride, a nationwide tour to give companies that chance to help us spread joy through 50,000+ acts of kindness, we’re focused on good vibes only,” adds Foltz.

      The inspiration for Do Gooder comes from Foltz’s own personal experiences in the real world. She worked as the manager of the development team for 12 years at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House.

      “Through volunteers, donors, and families that cared for each other, I got to see so much good,” she says. “But at the same time, I saw the world was getting more and more negative with each passing day. I knew that something needed to be done about it. And I knew that I could give people a place to stay connected to only the positive, only the good.”

      Foltz is the one-woman show behind Do Gooder and says she’s self-declared positivity and adaptability as her superpowers. 

      “I firmly believe that one small, kind act will change the world,” she says. “That’s why I want to help anyone and everyone get out there to do good when they can. It doesn’t take a big check or a lengthy volunteer commitment to make change. It takes one person showing kindness to another. It takes people skipping the comments section when scrolling through social media. It takes understanding of each other’s unique experiences. It takes each person holding themself accountable for their mistakes, because we all make them, and not passing the blame to anyone within reach. And it takes us all recognizing that we’re far more alike than we are different.”

      Do Gooder officially launched on February 1, 2019. The online platform went live in April 2019 when they shared their first story about a second-grader who was frustrated with his school’s playground so he created a cleanup club to make sure the space was usable for all students. 

      Other topics in the Do Gooder Digest are stories of good humans, good businesses, and good causes. 

      “In each issue, you’ll find Tear-and-Share Compliment Cards, a three-month Kindness Planner filled with ideas to go out and do good, The GOOD List, stories of those doing kind acts – big and small -, and images of all things good in our No Caption Needed section. And because we also believe that no one is perfect, our opinions section is titled (Pretty) GOOD Thoughts.”

      Foltz says that she hopes people who read Do Gooder will find a bright spot in a seemingly dark world. 

      The topics covered in the Do Gooder Digest are unique in themselves.

      “While there are many wonderful outlets for news and information, the only thing you’ll find in Do Gooder Digest is content to make you feel good about the world,” she says. “You’ll never read a story about tragedy or politics in our magazine. You won’t find instructions on how to lose weight or apply makeup. You’ll only find resources to inspire you to action, even if that action is simply to speak more kindly to yourself.”

      Foltz also prides herself on the digital platform and audience Do Gooder has established. Since they aren’t focused on traffic or page activity, there isn’t an option to comment or like stories. They also do not use advertising plug-ins or affiliate marketers. 

      “If you read a story about a good company or a good product, it’s there because we believe in it, not because a company paid us to write about it,” adds Foltz. “We simply want to share the good and give everyone ideas and inspiration to do good too. Plain and simple.”

      Foltz is looking forward to the future, especially after plans were postponed in 2020. She says they’re going to take their fresh start as host their inaugural Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about the Five Fundamentals to “Being a Giraffe” (Stand Tall, Wear Your Spots, Have A Big Heart, Treat Everyone Equally, Stick Your Neck Out For Others).

      “We hope to give the younger generation a leadership opportunity that inspires them to do good too,” she says. “While we’re currently only scheduled for in-person Kamp in Columbus, we’re working on adding additional locations and even a less-costly virtual program. To learn more visit kindkamp.com.”

      Additionally, Foltz and Do Gooder are launching their Kind Kulture™ program that gives organizations the opportunity to build a kinder culture in the workplace.

      “It’s about making kindness a strength that everyone finds value in,” she says. “Because when we create kinder cultures, we create happier humans who just care more about their co-workers, their customers, their teams, and in turn their world.”

      To learn more and subscribe to Do Gooder Digest, visit dogooderdigest.com and click on subscribe. You can follow along on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and TikTok.

      You can also share about the Do Gooders in your own neighborhood by visiting the website and clicking on Share a Story.

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      Click here to see luxurious amenities in the heart of downtown Cincinnati!

      Exceptional city living in heart of Mt. Adams. grand kitchen, gorgeous appointments, wonderful space, LL in-law suite, decks, views, patios, 2 assigned garages, why wait to build, this has it all with classic charm, un-duplicated. This 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is listed at $1.075 million.

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

       

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      A local nonprofit on a mission to help women in the workforce is moving to a new location.

      The mission behind Dress for Success is to provide interview attire to women returning or entering the workforce as well as a variety of workforce development programs offering a lifetime of career support to women in the community. 

      However, they recently announced big news. Dress for Success Cincinnati is preparing to move into a new location in Norwood. To support that goal, they’re also launching a $1.2 million campaign called TransformHER.

      Pam Sibcy and Lisa Massa are serving as the campaign chairs for TransformHER and head the upcoming plans to move in June 2021. 

      The move, which resulted from their current downtown Cincinnati location being converted to residential units, was officially initiated after a thorough search. 

      “While we were not eager to leave our current location and its favorable lease—especially during the pandemic, our building was sold, and we had no choice, ” says Dress for Success Executive Director, Lisa Nolan. “But, we are using this as an opportunity to think and plan strategically for our future.” 

      The new location for Dress for Success Cincinnati will allow for headquarter offices, a styling boutique, a clothing donation center, and the ability to co-located the earned-income venture and resale boutique Portaluca. 

      “Having such a large space gives us the chance to provide even more seamless delivery of client services and pushed us to dream bigger for ourselves,” says Nolan.   

      In terms of the TransformHER Campaign to help with the relocation, this first-ever funding campaign in the organization’s 22-year history aims to raise $1.2 million, of which $650,000 is already raised. 

      “These funds are needed to relocated the organization to its new home, further develop programs to support its clients, and ensure sustainability for the future,” the organization says. 

      There are three parts to the campaign:

      • Moving to a large location that allows for cohesive programming and strategic growth
      • Setting up a Fund for the Future which can only be distributed at the Board of Directors’ discretion for new opportunities, programs, and important growth
      • Building fundraising capacity by establishing a Major Gifts program and recruiting a development director

      “The three-pronged plan provides the foundation necessary to further help women out of poverty and achieve economic independence,” the organization says in a press release.

       And today, the mission behind Dress for Success Cincinnati has never been more prevalent. Women have been the hardest hit during the pandemic as a recent CNBC report shared that more than 2.3 million women left the workforce since the onset of the pandemic in February 2020. 

      “Millions of women are being pulled into poverty, forced into looking for work in an environment of tough competition, or both,” Dress for Success Cincinnati says. “The impact of poverty on women and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing all women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for women and her family, future generations, and the community.” 

      The new Dress for Success Cincinnati location will be at 4623 Wesley Avenue in Norwood. Learn more about the organization and their mission to provide interview attire to women returning or entering the workforce at https://dfscincy.org. To learn more about the TransformHER campaign or to make a donation in support of the campaign, go to dfscincy.org/transformher

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      Read about the team living by the motto: Fortune Favors the Daring!

      Cincy Chic: What is Rebel Mettle Brewery?
      Mike Brown, President & CEO at Rebel Mettle Brewery: Questioners of the status quo; brewers, patriots, scholars, and believers. Since the beginning, we’ve wanted to create a place that celebrates freedom, opportunity, justice, and community. A place where everyone is welcome. Unique and united by our love of lager, we are forging our own path, questioning the rules and following the Rebellious Spirit in us ALL! Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Lagers.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Brown: Rebel Mettle Brewery was inspired by a celebration of a rebellious sprit and forging one’s own path. “Fortune Favors the Daring” is our motto!

      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
      Brown: Our team is made of myself, who serves as president and CEO; Greg Goeke, vice president of operations; and Duane Donohoo, our CFO.

      Cincy Chic: What can readers find on the menu?
      Brown: A wide variety of lagers, ales, and seltzers.

      Cincy Chic: What makes Rebel Mettle Brewery unique?
      Brown: We focus more on lager production, we wish to be a trendsetter in a rebirth of American Craft Lager. We are Veteran owned and our location is awesome!

      Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to most as the possibility of eliminating COVID-19 restrictions approaches?
      Brown: We’re really looking forward to packing this place to the rim with cool folks and jamming to killer tunes!

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
      Brown: We will be canning our three flagship beers within the next 45 days.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
      Brown: Check out our website at www.rebelmettlebrewery.com. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram.

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        Click here to read about an all-in-one design studio, Airbnb, music recording studio, and so much more.

         
        The 1890 Bricky House serves as a home, Airbnb, creative studio, music recording studio, and community space. Photo: Robbie Barnett
        When Mandy Lehman was looking for a house, she knew she wanted something that was big enough to house the community she’s created while remaining in a creative, down-to-earth neighborhood. 
         
        She got all of that and more when she found a Victorian home she calls The 1890 Bricky House. 
         
        “The 1890 Bricky House is our house and studio,” explains Lehman. “I run Manman Studios out of it, which includes interior design, graphic design, photography, and a music studio. We also rent it out for events and photoshoots and have an Airbnb space in it that we rent out for overnights.”
         
        When Lehman found the house and announced she’d be remodeling it, she said a lot of people told her she was crazy.
         
        “It was pretty dilapidated to be honest,” she says. “Early on, we named it The 1890 ‘Bricky’ House. Bricky Vicki, for short, because the word ‘bricky’ was slang for ‘fearless’ in the Victorian era, when this house was built, and we felt like that’s what we were doing by taking on this big of a renovation. We had to go into it with on fear and embrace the process.”
        The 1890 Bricky House can be rented out for photoshoots and events. It also offers Airbnb stays. Photo: Laura Cianciolo
         
        Much of the inspiration for the home’s renovation came from places that Lehman enjoys spending time in, like restaurants, bars, and creative spaces. 
         
        “We thought ‘why do we all go outside of our homes to hang out in cool places? Why don’t we make our own houses feel that inspiring to be in?,'” she says. “So that’s what we did! Not that we never like to go out anywhere, but it has made our house the place our friends and us like hanging out in the most, which is really fun!”
         
        Lehman, who lives in the home alongside her husband Aaron, says that people have shown interest in renting The 1890 Bricky House for events, photoshoots, and overnights, so they decided to give it a try. “It’s been a fun way to have community with others and meet new people, and I’m always changing the decor around so I think that makes it fun for our guests,” she adds.
         
        The house serves a plethora of purposes, including the home base for Manman Studios, her husband’s music studio Dark Sun Recording. “This house is a culmination of both of our tastes, which is what makes it home for us,” says Lehman. “It’s a constant work in progress and it’ll probably never be finished, as any old house homeowner will tell you.”
         
        Anywhere in the house can be rented out, even the master bedroom and ensuite, for events or photoshoots. “A quarter of the house can be rented out for overnights/Airbnb stays as the apartment has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room,” says Lehman. “You can also rent out Dark Sun Recording’s music studios for rehearsals or recording.”
         
        Lehman says that what makes The 1890 Bricky House unique is that it offers so much.
         
        “It’s layered, artistic, eclectic and ever-changing,” she says. “It encompasses so many local and independent artists and craftsmen in one space. Everywhere you turn and every corner, even little tiny spaces you may not immediately notice have been paid attention to and thought out. It has a warm, welcoming vibe and we try to accommodate our guests however we can, whether that means moving furniture around to better suit their needs, connecting them to decorators or event planners or if that means giving them space to themselves, we love getting to share something we’ve worked so hard on to create and seeing others enjoy it too makes us feel it was all worth it!”
         
        With a new season upon us, Lehman says that for 2021 they are planning to add a large indoor/outdoor space with glass garage doors to open up to the backyard. They’re also hoping to finish the front and back landscaping, which includes a tiled patio and plenty of greenery.
         
        The 1890 Bricky House is located at 330 6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky. You can learn more about The 1890 Bricky House on Instagram. To get pricing information, visit the home’s website.

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        You don't want to miss this breathtaking estate in this week's Listing of the Week!

        This home is a regal landmark estate situated on a 1.5 acre parcel on Garden Place. This home boasts spacious rooms and artisan craftsmanship. The Grand Centre Hall opens to a spacious, yet comfortable living, dining, and great Rooms. The owners have completely renovated the entire estate, reflecting the Artisan Craftsmanship of the re-invention of 5 Garden Place. This 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home is listed at $2.175 million.

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

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        Read about a mother-daughter team creating a unique variety of paper products.

        Cincy Chic: What is Rock Paper Store?
        Molly Grosse, founder and artist at Rock Paper Store: Rock Paper Store is an online store where we sell our very unique artist paper. Rock Paper is a brand of paper with qualities both similar and different than fiber/pulp-based papers. Rock Paper gives the artist/crafter an opportunity to create in alternative ways because of its proprietary binder which gives it waterproof properties, durability and the ability to stretch. These properties make it perfect for many uses.

        Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
        Grosse: The inspiration behind Rock Paper is that I saw a unique material that offers a new and exciting product to artists and crafters all over the world.

        Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
        Grosse: Rock Paper Store was co-founded by Mary Lehrter and myself, a mother/daughter team. Mary is the inventor and I am the artist.  

        Cincy Chic: What products do you currently offer? 
        Grosse: Currently we offer packs of Rock Paper ranging from 6×6 inches-12×12 inches in our very unique color choices.

        Cincy Chic: What makes Rock Paper Store unique? 
        Grosse: Many things but mainly our colored papers. Even though we are not the only rock/stone/mineral based paper company on the market we have yet to find another company who creates the unique color choices we offer. Plus, Rock Paper is unique because it’s waterproof, archival, insect resistant, and is made with an eco-friendly production process.  

        Cincy Chic: When did you launch Rock Paper store?
        Grosse: We officially launched July 29, 2018

        Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
        Grosse: We are currently working on adding new product ideas and more color choices to our inventory.  

        Cincy Chic: How can readers shop? 
        Grosse: While our headquarters are located in Cincinnati, we make Rock Paper available globally with our online store. www.rockpaper.store

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
        Grosse: Our website is www.rockpaper.store and we’re on Facebook and Instagram.

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