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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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One local mom and registered nurse is using her trials and tribulations to find success and inspiration to launch a business.

When it comes to running gigs and side hustles, Lindsay Morrison knows how to handle it all. The 30-something, work-from-home professional, personal trainer, new-ish mother to 6-month-old Rori, and wife to Kyle is the founder of The Sisu Shop, an at-home boutique that she runs out of her 1,500-square-foot store, ahem, basement. 

“Our goal with The Sisu Shop is to provide affordable, trendy, and, most importantly, comfortable clothes for all people of all shapes and sizes,” she says. 

The inspiration for The Sisu Shop goes back to the store’s name “Sisu,” a Finnish concept that’s described as “stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness,” and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character.

“Sisu is a grim, gritty, white-knuckle form of courage that is presented typically in situations where success is against the odds,” explains Morrison. “It expresses itself in taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. In other words, deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision, even despite repeated failures.”

From there, Morrison found that ‘gutsy’ is a fairly close translation of the word ‘sisu’ that uses the same metaphor and is derived from the word ‘sisus,’ which means ‘interior’ and ‘entrails, guts.’ 

But the story behind the word sisu is more personal to Morrison, who first heard the term when she was at an event for Huntington’s disease, which her father battled for over 20 years.

“He passed way in March 2015 and since then almost every part of our lives have changed, but I feel very deeply that I relate to the term more than most any other concept I’ve heard,” she explains. “From becoming a young caregiver to both my dad and mom, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, putting myself through college to become a registered nurse while working full-time, starting a clothing business to now branching out on my own terms – I feel like everything that has led me to this place has required guts, courage, and going against the odds.”

Because of all her trials, tribulations, and success, Morrison hopes that all of her customers who visit The Sisu Shop will find a little more courage and strength against whatever odds they may be facing that day when they wear a piece of her clothing.

When you visit The Sisu Shop, you’ll find a variety of tops, bottoms, dresses, layering pieces, and accessories for those sizes small to 3XL and denim in sizes 1-24W, showing that there really is something for everyone. Price points for items from The Sisu Shop range from $25 to $50. 

Since the stay-at-home order was issued, The Sisu Shop is offering free shipping or porch pick-up from her home just outside the Lebanon/Mason/Monroe area of 741/63. 

“First-time shoppers can also use the coupon code WELCOME15 for 15 percent off any purchase from our website or The Sisu Shop app, available on the App Store or Google Play,” Morrison adds.

To learn more, visit www.thesisushop.com. You can also find The Sisu Shop Community on Facebook and see more styles on Instagram.

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Keep your skin healthy with this locally-based eco-conscious soap company that’s giving back to the CPS community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

When it comes to giving clients healthier skin while remaining eco-conscious, Courtney Lawrence’s brand Minor Obsession is the woman for the job. 

Lawrence is the founder and maker at Minor Obsession, a home essentials brand that makes eco-conscious products for healthier skin. She says the inspiration for the business arose when she became obsessed about the ingredients of products she was putting into her body and on her skin. 

“Obsessively looking at ingredient labels became my minor obsession about 10 years ago,” she says. “So, when I thought of creating my own product line, I wanted to highlight products that are ingredient conscious, safe for the environment, and most importantly, smell amazing.”

The Walnut Hills native and University of Toledo graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, giving her the additional insight she  needs to offer products that are healthy and eco-friendly. 

Currently, Minor Obsession offers four different types of bar soaps: The Soothing Gentle Oatmeal Bar Soap, The Detoxing Charcoal Vetiver Bar Soap, The Calming Lavender Sage Bar Soap, and The Cooling Green Tea Mint Bar Soap. She also hopes to be launching The Refreshing Golden Hour Bar Soap this summer. 

“Each of our soaps are formulated with five moisturizing plant oils, gentle exfoliating clays, and a unique blend of essential oils,” she explains. “All of the soaps are made without palm-oil, animal-byproducts, synthetic colorants, and fragrances.”

Soaps from Minor Obsession are $8 and during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lawrence is donating soaps to students at local Cincinnati Public Schools schools for their hygiene kits.

The COVID-19 outbreak has also given Lawrence the time to focus on research and development for expanding her product line. “In the future you can expect the addition of bathing salts, coffee scrubs, and a step into home fragrances,” she says. 

To learn more about Minor Obsession, visit minorobsession.co. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how this local business consultant is helping others get through times of trouble with her coaching and playbook for success.

Amy Broghamer is a wife, mother of two boys, and, for the last 15 years, has worked as a Realtor. She found 10 years of great success in the Cincinnati real estate market and is a published, best-selling author of “The Playbook for Success.” She’s also a national speaker and an online course creator. 

As a self-proclaimed entrepreneur at heart, she’s started several other side businesses that naturally flow from running a small business locally to being an online influence. “In this world of unlimited opportunity, it makes sense to experiment with and sometimes get swept away by the unique world we are a part of,” she says. 

Today, she is the founder of Amy B. Experience Success, a business that offers courses for real estate agents and professionals. 

“After surviving the last economic recession while selling real estate, I had a set of skills, tools, and systems that nearly guaranteed that if I listed your home for sale, we would sell it,” she explains. “I started speaking on the topic locally, then nationally. After a time, I couldn’t’ keep up with the requests to ‘pick my brain’ from local agents or brokers on how I was selling all of my listings with great results in such a challenging market.”

It was then that she realized she had something other agents needed and wanted. So in the summer of 2016 she created her first online course and presented it to 21 real estate agents across the country. “From there, I kept an ear on the ground and listened to the needs of the agents that took the course, and continued to bring them training they needed, whether online or in-person at workshops and events.”

Since the launch of Amy B. Experience Success, Broghamer has helped 23 small business owners in the Queen City create a business plan for 2020 at what she called her Net Life Business Planning workshop. “This combined the priorities of your life with those of your business to make sure that they had a realistic and effective plan that gives them the kind of life after work that they enjoy and are proud of,” she says.

Those who work with Broghamer and her business can find several online master courses for real estate agents as well as several other courses that are being adapted to small businesses and entrepreneurial endavors. 

“After publishing the book, I started getting feedback from readers taht the ideas and mindset of the book apply to so many different industries and positions,” she explains. “A medical device sales rep said she wished she would have read the book before thinking she needed to quit her job after her second child was born. Even the producer of my Audible book found so many applications in his production business, he asked for a signed copy, and we had great discussions while I was in the recording booth.”

Because of the other industries Broghamer has been able to reach, she says that her Net Life Workshop welcomes all different independent contractors and small business/sales people, including real estate agents. 

Broghamer says that although the COVID-19 outbreak has affected her, she knows she can get through it. “Since I was a survivor from the last economic depression, I see many similarities to how we adapted then and feel confident in my ability to apply those as well as continue to problem solve with the new challenges,” she says. “As I train my clients in this new world, I’m comforted by the fact that they are very familiar with a virtual environment, where they hope on a Zoom call with me weekly for their course training, they know how to use technology for learning, and can apply it to their own sales business.”

Broghamer adds that she knows how to figure out how to navigate buying and selling homes in the middle of a crisis and help guide other business owners through their own unique business needs. 

Since the governor’s stay-at-home order was announced, Broghamer says she’s had three live speaking events and conferences for March and April cancelled. “I simply took that content online and now use it to train those same people, just not in person right now,” she says. “The shift to online learning, and having no boundaries from who can learn from is very satisfying to me, and I’m thrilled that this situation has forced more people to try new things like online meetings and using video. I’ve been here for a while and I’m excited for the new learners and eager to connect and grow in new ways.”

Broghamer says that those who are interested in buying or selling a home in Cincinnati and visit her website or her Facebook page

Those who are looking for business consulting, her book, or training and speaking events, visit www.amyb.com or check out her Facebook page.

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Read about a local business that's offering colorful mixed media jewelry and gifts through their online shop.

Cincy Chic: What is Ellebrux?
Laura Valls, Founder of Ellebrux: Ellebrux is a local small business making jewelry, artwork and gifts. We sell our colorful mixed media jewelry and gifts at markets and shops around the Midwest, and through our online shop. Alongside our jewelry and gifts we also sell geometric embroidered landscape paintings, which can also be made in custom colors for clients who are looking for a special piece of art.
 
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Valls: I find inspiration everywhere, from the shapes and colors found in nature to 90s nostalgia. I try to find interesting and beautiful ways to combine the positive girl-power attitudes and colors of the late 90s with the shapes and colors found in American landscapes. Finding connections between seemingly disparate influences and materials keeps my process interesting and helps me connect to my customers who gravitate towards the same things.
 
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Valls: My name is Laura Valls and I’m the owner and maker. I graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Painting and have been building a business around art making since 2013. I design, make, and sell my products and artwork from my home studio here in Cincinnati.
 
Cincy Chic: What types of products do you sell?
Valls: Our shop sells colorful mixed-media jewelry, artwork, and accessories. I make things that are cheerful, beautiful and comfortable, and am always hoping to make things that my customers want to wear (or use or look at) again and again. Some of our most popular products are our hand-painted wood studs and necklaces, acrylic earrings, and paintings.

Cincy Chic: What makes Ellebrux unique? 
Valls: I think what makes my brand unique is that I come from a background in painting. I work with dreamy mix of pigmented color and pastels that show up throughout my work regardless of medium, from 6mm studs to 4ft paintings. My biggest body of artwork, my Mountain Brothers series, are painted on canvas then embroidered. The search for unique pairings of materials and textures is something I play with in all my various products.

Cincy Chic: How are you serving customers during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Valls: Our online shop has been a great way for the community to support us while the markets we depend on remain closed.  We are using all precautions while packaging orders to help prevent the spread of germs, and continue to update our practices as we learn more about the virus. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Valls: I will be releasing a new series of paintings and jewelry that will be out mid April. This new series is inspired by recent travel to Tucson, Arizona. I love making new work that spans many different products, and discoing the ways different products can be connected through shape and color. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Valls: You can find us on Instagram and Facebook, and shop on our website at www.ellebrux.com

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

The Candle Lab: What a great way to make your time at home a little cozier! 🏡🕯❤️🤗 •
#repost: @thecandlelab
There’s nothing like good scent to help improve your mood and give yourself a boost to get through this wild time! We have a variety of products to cover all your needs including candles, reed diffusers, aromatic mists, fragrance oils, lotions, and sugar scrubs. •
To order, send us a direct message, email us at cincyanderson@thecandlelab.com or give us a call at 513.882.2353. We’re happy to mix up any blend and ship directly to your door!

Wolfpack: @shopthewolfpack is an amazing sustainable boutique! Although the store is closed they are still fulfilling online orders! What better thing to do while quarantined than online shop🛍 Find them at https://www.shopthewolfpack.com/

A Tavola Bar + Trattoria – OTR: Craving authentic Italian? @atavolacincinnati is your answer! Check them out for delicious delivery and carry out!

Sixteen Bricks: How hungry do these pictures make you? @sixteen_bricks is having a bake sale! Pre-order by 2pm today and pick up this Saturday! Place your orders at sales@sixteenbricks.com and get some weekend treats🥖

Blush & Bubbly: Looking to spruce up your #quarantine-outfit ? @blush.and.bubbly is your answer! Use code HOME20 for 20% off your online purchase🤩

Braxton Brewing Company: Happy Friday and (almost) Happy Hour! Spice up your quarantine Happy Hour with @braxtonbrewco 🍻 They are offering pick and delivery through orders on their website!

Tillage Clothing Co: @tillageclothingis a brand with not only amazing products, but amazing values! A portion of their profits go towards helping those fight to end human trafficking! Use discount code COOPEDUPCONNECTION to receive 20% off and help out this amazing cause!

Ruby’s Chocolates: It’s Friday and time to treat yourself! @rubyschocolates is offering curbside pickup! You can place an order by calling or visiting their website! • (513)-873-7992 Rubyschocolates.com

Collette Paperie: How adorable are these #covid_19 cards! @colettepaperie is holding an AMAZING fundraiser where ALL their proceeds go towards helping children who don’t have meals due to schools closing! Head over to their website to get an uplifting card and donate to a good cause ❤️

Idlewild: @idlewildwoman and @jamieclemento have paired up to show you how you can match your cocktails to your outfit! Every Friday for 8 weeks they will be giving you a new look and cocktail to try out! • This Friday was inspired by this timeless Nicholas K dress. Use code VIRTUAL20 on idlewildwoman.com to get 20% off all Nicholas K items!

Banana Leaf Modern Thai: Looking for a Sunday dinner idea? @bananaleafmodernthai is offering carry-out on their delicious meals! They are also offering 50% off all bottled wine! Call (513)-234-0779 to place your order!

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    Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Nancy Dawson went on a search for a new owner of her beloved business. See how the perfect fit was found in a dear friend and how she plans to carry on a lasting legacy. Click here to read more.

     

    Nancy Dawson has always loved making people feel like the most beautiful versions of themselves. That’s why she launched BRIDEface in 2005 and developed it into an award-winning, professional, and personal team of wedding makeup and hair stylists.

    When she created the concept, Dawson wanted to provide brides with an all-inclusive makeup experience that made it easy to look and feel beautiful on their big day. Services for that special day include consultation, makeup trials, hair services, and on-site offerings. Additionally, BRIDEface also offers a makeup line, called FACEing, and makeup coaching. 

    Unfortunately, Dawson has been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer for the past year, seeking treatment from experts nationwide. Sadly, Dawson was recently told that the diagnosis was terminal, so she began the search for a new owner of BRIDEface. 

    As she discussed this search with a dear friend, Julie Niesen, it suddenly became crystal clear to them both that she was the perfect fit.

    As a blogger and marketing specialist, many may not have have thought Niesen would want to carry this torch, but she’s no stranger to the makeup industry. 

    “I’ve always been a makeup enthusiast, from the first time I played with my mom’s Estee Lauder and my ballet makeup as a kid, to theatre makeup in later years,” says Julie. “In college, I spent time as a makeup artist, which is how I met Nancy. We met when we both worked at Saks Fifth Avenue, and later worked together on shoots with a local modeling agency. I stopped working in the industry, but I never lost my love for makeup.”

    Now that she’s the owner of BRIDEface, Niesen says she’s excited to carry on Nancy’s legacy. “She has spent her entire career making Cincinnatians look and feel their best – including me, for Cincy Chic,” says Niesen. “She has been a friend to me, and to many others, and has always had the biggest heart and cared so much about her work, and people. I hope I can continue, and even build upon, her work with BRIDEface, FACEing, and the other projects I have in store.”

    As Niesen continues to build on to what is BRIDEface, Niesen is also being challenged in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    “My artists and our clients are my first priority,” explains Niesen. “As of right now, salons are closed by the State. We are not a salon, but we are holding ourselves to the same standard. I am working with clients to reschedule their appointments for a later date. Everyone has been truly wonderful. This is unprecedented for all of us, and we can only get through it by working together.”

    Niesen says that those who are interested in booking future appointments with BRIDEface can do so at brideface.com. “We’ll also be hosting Facebook Live demos for some of our products,” she adds. “Topics that will be included will be teaching Nancy’s signature tite-lining and showing off a few of BRIDEface’s amazing FACEing lipglosses, all of which are for sale. Inventory is available for purchase through the website so customers can get a taste of BRIDEface without leaving quarantine.”

    To learn more about BRIDEface, visit www.brideface.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A local stylist is helping clients use their extra time at home to reorganize closets and refine wardrobes. Click here to read more.

    The Style Resolution is a luxury styling agency that concentrates on image consulting, closet editing, personal styling and the creation of in-home styling solutions.

    “What we do is simple,” says Sydney Murdock, the founder of The Style Resolution. “We remove the difficulty associated with locating and styling outfits consistently to guarantee that you never have to spend hours on a shopping trip again.”

    Murdock is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a background in retail management, visual merchandising and wardrobe styling. “I have experience in personal, editorial, commercial and product styling, which has been a benefit to all of our clients,” she explains. “My mission is simple – to employ stylists in the Greater Cincinnati Area. I believe our city is growing and the needs of our city are growing as well. I am happy to create solutions for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes right here, in our city.”

    Murdock has been working as a wardrobe stylist in the commercial and editorial realm in Cincinnati for more than 10 years. She says women would often ask her how they could style themselves at home, which led her to realize that there was a huge gap of women who were not being served. She began by focusing on everyday women, to ensure that they looked and felt their best. 

    “It can be extremely difficult for women to get dressed and love what they’re wearing – With demanding corporate careers, growing businesses, active children and husbands, it’s easy to lose focus of themselves,” Murdock explains. “So, The Style Resolution was born to remedy that – by alleviating the stress of shopping, the frustration with maintaining a signature look, and the worries of not being prepared for any event due to wardrobe.”

    However, there’s been a significant shift in our reality in the past two weeks: COVID-19 and social distancing. 

    The shutdown of in-person transactions means that Murdock has shifted parts of her business to Virtual Styling Services. Although it was a new service she recently started offering clients, it’s a service that is now coming in handy due to social distancing. 

    “Our Virtual Styling Services range from Virtual Closet Edits to Virtual Styling + Outfit Planning,” she says. “With the client’s needs in mind, we have structured virtual services that are easy to tap into and apply to their wardrobes and closets. We conduct the exact same services in person, and we are able to guide the client through each process.”

    In terms of COVID-19, Murdock says the virtual services are keeping her in business through it all. “As a service-based business, this is a very trying time where we cannot actually visit clients,” she says. “The Virtual Services allow us to prepare our clients for our lives after this situation and is a fraction of the cost versus in-person. We are all still trying to make a way to provide great service and make a living at the same time.”

    Additionally, The Style Resolution offers a new gift card feature that will make it simpler for clients who know they’ll need services, workshops, or coursework in the future.

    “They’ll also make great gifts for birthdays and the holiday season,” adds Murdock. “Clients simply grab a gift card on our website and it will be applied ot their next session with us.”

    To learn more about The Style Resolution, visit www.thestyleresolution.com. You can also purchase an online gift card here.

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    Stuck in quarantine and running low on wine? A new East End wine bar is stepping up to keep you stocked during the lockdown. Read on for all the delicious details.

    The goal behind EMMA: Wine with Friends Wine Bar is to offer wine lovers of all kinds the opportunity to try and discover new wines through both a rotating wine bar as well as a retail store. 

    “We offer a self-service wine tasting model with an experienced team that can provide suggestions along the way,” says EMMA partner Jeffrey Pater.

    The inspiration for EMMA came from the wives of the partners behind the business – Erica, Mackenzie, Megan, and Amanda, who wanted to create something out of their travel adventures as a group. 

    “Our tagline is Wine With Friends because that is what EMMA is rooted in, good friends enjoying good wine,” says Erica.

    There are a total of 44 wines on the bar’s self-service platform. “The wine system allows for the wines to stay fresh and temperature controlled,” explains Pater. “You can choose to try any wine you’d like in a 1oz, 3oz, or 6oz portion.”

    This tasting system allows for guests to try a few wines they never have before, and maybe discover a new favorite.

    The cost of tastings vary at EMMA and range from $1.50 an ounce to $20 an ounce, ensuring that there is something for everyone and every budget.   

    While things have been seemingly put on hold as the state undergoes a lockdown, the four ladies at EMMA hope to roll out a one-on-one wine buying program in the near future. “Whether you are buying for your personal collection or for an upcoming wedding or event; we want to make the wine buying process personal and comfortable,” they say. “The program will allow customers to schedule time with our wine team to talk through preferences and budget. We can provide a tasting opportunity during the process to make sure you and your guest are getting exactly what you want.”

    EMMA is located in the East End of Cincinnati, next ot the Hi-Mark and Eli’s BBQ.

    The four friends behind EMMA Wine Bar aren’t letting COVID-19 stand in the way of them serving their customers delicious wine. While the current state mandate is in order prohibiting people from dining in restaurants, they will keep their retail store open from 2-7pm Tuesday through Sunday. 

    To stay up to date on happenings at EMMA, visit www.emmawinebar.com where you can sign up for their email newsletter. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram

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    Need some comfort food to feed the whole crew at home? Learn about new family pans at two area locations.

    Cincy Chic: What is Keystone Bar & Grill?
    Saijal Andreadis, Marketing Manager at 4 Entertainment Group, LLC: Keystone Bar & Grill is a local restaurant that specializes in made-from-scratch comfort food. We’re widely known for our signature mac + cheese creations! Keystone Bar & Grill has two locations in Clifton and Covington, as well as a fast-casual concept named Keystone’s Mac Shack in Clifton. With inviting outdoor patios, warm indoor ambiances, and a culture of superior hospitality, Keystone has become the ultimate destination to unwind in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the family pans you’re now offering?
    Andreadis: Feed the whole crew with family pans! Skip the grocery store and leave the cooking to us. Our family pans are designed for families of 6-8 people. We offer four of our signature mac + cheeses and a garden salad in these larger portions. 

    Cincy Chic: What menu options are available for family pans?
    Andreadis: Family pans include: 

    • Family Pan of Lovin’ Spoonful – Our original mac + cheese. Topped with cheddar cheese. 
    • Family Pan of Buffalo Springfield – Mac + cheese with buffalo chicken and bleu cheese.
    • Family Pan of B.B. King – Mac + cheese with pulled BBQ chicken and bacon. Topped with cheddar cheese. 
    • Family Pan of Fleetwood Mac – Mac + cheese with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto. 
    • Large Garden Salad – Mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red onions, shredded cheese, and bleu cheese dressing.

    Cincy Chic: Are you offering delivery and take-out for COVID-19 mandates?
    Andreadis: We offer both delivery and takeout. Give us a call or check us out on the DoorDash app to place your order. *During the mandatory bar and restaurant shutdown, our hours of operation are 11:30am – 9pm daily. 

    Cincy Chic: Where is Keystone Bar & Grill located?
    Andreadis: We have two locations: 

    Keystone Bar & Grill – Clifton
    249 Calhoun Street 
    Cincinnati, OH 45219 
    (513) 221-5397

    Keystone Bar & Grill – Covington
    313 Greenup Street
    Covington, KY 41011
    (859) 261-6777

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and order?
    Andreadis: Visit our website keystonebar.com! Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with new discounts and products. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also give us a call to place your order or order directly on the DoorDash app.

     

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      A local woman recently launched a business that delivers healthy, ready-made meals to your doorstep. A service that's needed now more than ever. Read on for all the tasty details!

      Any regular day, a service delivering healthy meals to your doorstep is a good idea. Today, with the recent closure of all dine-in restaurants, it’s even better. That’s the service Heirloom Chef offers with healthy meal delivery to customers in the Cincinnati area. 

      “We focus on both individual meals as well as family style meals,” says Owner/Chef Jackie Djordjevic. “We prepare and deliver to your door and the customer just has to reheat. We work out of the Findlay Kitchen in downtown Cincinnati.”

      Djordjevic says that she was inspired to launch a meal delivery service because she wanted to make healthy meals for busy families.

      “I struggled as a young adult with autoimmune disease and found myself on a journey to changing my lifestyle so that I could have a better quality of life,” she says. “Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.”

      Heirloom Chef Owner Jackie Djordjevic

      And to make healthy food fun and more exciting, Djordjevic says that she’s always on the lookout for new and interesting foods while also bringing back classics that everyone knows and loves. 

      Those classics are just as tasty as ever, but “cleaned up” a little. “I try to use inspiration from my family and the types of food I saw my grandma and grandpa make, as well as my mom made when I was a kid,” she says. “There is a lot of food history in my family and I like to think I pay a little homage to the wonderful cooks who came before me.”

      Djordjevic says that her experience in the food industry goes back more than 13 years when she got her culinary degree from the Midwest Culinary Institute. However, Djordjevic isn’t the only one working behind the scenes at Heirloom Chef. She says she also has a small team of other inspiring women who help to make the business what it is today. 

      Meal prep and delivery services are available to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Each week you’ll find a new menu to order from and delivery is made straight to your door the following week. 

      Djordjevic says that there are so many things on her menu, that it’s hard to find something you won’t like. “Since the menu is constantly changing you can truly never get food boredom,” she says. “Some of our fan favorites include Shepherd’s pie, braised pulled pork with roasted plantain salad, and prosciutto wrapped cod with a lemon caper sauce. We also offer vegan/vegetarian meals.”

      Djordjevic says that the meals she makes are free of dairy, wheat, processed sugars, and additives. Heirloom Chef will also work with families who have special dietary requests. Additionally, Heirloom Chef is the only Whole30 approved partner in Cincinnati, so the business follows the Whole30 guidelines for preparing the food.

      Currently, Djordjevic is scaling the business with continual growth each week. “We are focused and dedicated to reaching as many local families as we can with our meals,” she says. “We believe we can help busy people find more balance in their lives and we love that we play a small role in helping them do so through this business.”

      To learn more about Heirloom Chef, visit www.heirloomchefcincy.com. There you can subscribe to emails for weekly menus. You can also follow along with the Heirloom Chef on Facebook and Instagram.

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