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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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    A local hair stylist turned blogger turned jewelry and fashion designer recently launched her own line. Read on to learn more about this dynamo and her flattering designs.

    Kandace Walters wears many hats — all with style. She co-owns a salon with her mother-in-law, is a blogger, a jewelry designer, wife, and mother.

    She’s taken her love of all things glamorous and her passion for fashion to create something that will help others feel just as fabulous as she does.

    “I recently teamed up with Robin James Jewelers and launched my own jewelry and fashion accessory line in March 2020 called Gingham and Glam,” she says. 

    “Gingham and Glam started because I wanted to take my passion for fashion and jewelry and curate a collection for my growing following on social media,” says Walters. “Fashion is my life and I naturally found myself working with local businesses to help promote their fabulous products. One business, in particular, Robin James Jewelers fell in love with my passion for fashion and partnered with me to bring my dream of having my own fashion line to fruition.”

    The Gingham and Glam line offers a variety of necklaces, earrings, rings, and even anklets, to help you amplify the glam in your wardrobe.

    Price points for items in the Gingham and Glam jewelry line range from $15 to $550. Some of the items can be customized, but many of the products found in the line are named and inspired by people in Walters’ life. 

    Walters, who considers herself an optimist, says that she’s positive about just about everything, and this jewelry line is something that makes her feel both positive and proud. 

    The line, which launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is something that Walters says she can’t help but have a positive outlook on, even during trying times.

    “I’m a firm believer in having a positive outlook on life,” she says. “Life is a balance and I enjoy balancing this act called life. I’m just out here trying to spread kindness like glitter, one day at a time.”

    Since the launch of her jewelry line, Walters has taken another leap of faith and launched an apparel line through Robin James Jewelers. 

    The line, which launched this summer, includes tops, sweaters, dresses, and bottoms. Regular and plus sizes are available through the Gingham and Glam apparel line and prices range from $10.50 to $75.

    “Gingham and Glam apparel is here,” says Walters. “There are so many great options, from off the shoulder tops, bodysuit blouses, sleeveless turtlenecks, to high waisted pencil pants, with so much more to come.” 

    “I have something for everyone and every size,” she adds. “Passion is my fashion.” 

    To learn about Gingham and Glam, click here. You can also check out updates on Facebook and Instagram

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    This home, meticulously curated by a famed designer, sits on 4.7 acres of resort style living with a heated pool, elegant entertaining spaces, and all the upgrades you could dream of. Click for a peek inside.

    This week’s Listing of the Week is a luxury Coldstream gated estate with quality finishes, attention to detail, and was masterfully created by renowned builder Ed Weber. The home was meticulously curated by famed designer David Millett. It has sophisticated and elegant entertaining spaces. There is a soaring two-story great room that opens out to 4.7 acres of resort style living. There is a heated guanine pool with a waterfall and manicured grounds. This 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom home is listed at $2.225 million.

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

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    A cancer diagnosis in the midst of a global pandemic. Read about how blood donations helped treat a local woman battling an aggressive blood cancer.

    Beth VanWassenhove never expected her life to turn upside down as quickly as it did. The way she tells it, she had a perfectly happy life, living in the idyllic Cincinnati neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge with her eight-year-old son while working as a professor at a local university. In fact, she had just accomplished a major career milestone and defended her dissertation at Northern Kentucky University in January when she began to feel ill.

    “It came absolutely out of the blue,” she recalls. “I had just defended my dissertation with my NKU sisterhood in January and it was flu season. I had the flu the week before, and was still feeling incredibly winded and exhausted. I went to the doctor on a Thursday morning when I wasn’t teaching because I was still feeling pretty bad.”

    Her physician ordered blood work, and sent her home with an inhaler and cough medicine to counteract her symptoms. But just a few hours later, she received a call from her doctor’s office, first asking her to come back in for a few more tests.

    “But as the scheduler received more information from the doctor, it was clear that I was really sick. I was told to go to the ER immediately,” Beth says.

    She ended up at Good Samaritan Hospital later that day, hooked up to a heart monitor and undergoing a battery of tests. “Around 11:30 p.m., I was admitted and taken up to a room on the heart floor,” she recalls. “I was told that I would be having a bone marrow biopsy in the morning and couldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight.”

    Beth was no stranger to bone marrow biopsies, but she still didn’t fully grasp the severity of what was happening to her.

    “In the back of my mind, I knew what a bone marrow biopsy was. My dad had multiple myeloma for five years before passing away in 2017, but it didn’t totally click in my mind.”

    “The next morning, I met my hematologist at Good Samaritan who told me I had cancer and the bone marrow biopsy would confirm the type of cancer I had,” she remembers.  “The initial bone marrow biopsy revealed that my marrow was 100% packed with leukemia cells.”

    Beth was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow. In patients with AML, the myeloid stem cells behave abnormally and do not transform into mature blood cells, or they transform into irregular blood cells that do not function normally. Those abnormal cells build up in the bone marrow and bloodstream, causing fatigue, anemia, shortness of breath, and excessive bleeding.

    AML is a disease that moves quickly, so treatment had to begin immediately. What began as a doctor’s visit for lingering flu symptoms ended up being a month-long stay in the hospital, fighting for her life.

    “I walked in to Good Sam on February 13 and did not leave the hospital until March 14,” Beth says. “Because AML is relentless, I had to start treatment immediately. I was moved to the cancer floor and met some of the kindest nurses I have ever encountered.”

    But before she could begin her chemotherapy, Beth got a little help from local blood donors.

    “My platelet count was extremely low, so before I could receive chemo, I received my first transfusion of blood and platelets,” she says. “Receiving a transfusion literally felt like someone plugged me in and recharged my battery. Within hours of the transfusion, I could feel the difference in my body.”

    The treatment for AML is grueling—chemotherapy can kill cancer cells, but can also have a devastating impact on the rest of the body and destroy other cells in the blood and vital organs. “During my treatment, I received two different types of chemotherapy—one was high powered for three days, then the other was 24/7 for a whole week,” Beth recalls.  “During the course of my treatment thus far, I have received at least 100 units of blood and platelets.”

    It was during this time, receiving dozens of transfusions that renewed her blood cells and gave her the energy to keep fighting, that Beth understood the importance of blood donation.

    “Blood donation is critical, and absolutely lifesaving. I am here today because of the generosity of donors,” she says.

    One good thing that came out of her diagnosis, she notes, was that her community came out to replenish the blood supply in her honor. “My son’s school community organized a Hoxworth blood drive in my honor, ‘Blood for Beth,’ at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in March, then organized another one with Hoxworth over the summer held at Losantiville Country Club.”

    Beth was finally released from Good Sam in mid-March, after more than four weeks of taxing treatment. “After I was released from Good Sam, I transferred my care up to The James Cancer Center through Ohio State University. I received three more rounds of chemo, completing treatment in June.” 

    Her recovery wasn’t easy, and was complicated by a number of setbacks, including a global pandemic.

    “During that whole time, I wasn’t able to see my son much because my immune system was so fragile, so we went months without physically seeing each other,” she says. “Adding COVID-19 into the mix added another layer of complexity. My body also developed an antibody to general platelets and I now have to have special platelets if I ever need a transfusion.”

    Beth’s battle still isn’t over, and she knows she has a long road ahead of her. Her goal, she says, “is to be part of the 25% of people to make it to the five-year survival mark.” But for now, her blood counts are looking good—and she knows she has an army of supporters behind her.

    “Cancer isn’t something you ‘beat’—it is something that you live with every day, and your whole world is turned inside out when you receive a diagnosis,” she says. “Blood cancers are scary. They happen to anyone at any age. But thanks to research, medicine, and amazing doctors, nurses, PCAs, and care teams, along with blood centers and blood donors, there is hope.”

    Fighting against blood cancer has brought a new sense of clarity to Beth’s life—and she isn’t taking anything for granted.

    “I just celebrated my birthday last month, and we also celebrated my son’s birthday. Each day has new meaning to me now. Life literally changes in an instant. I would never have realized how quickly priorities become crystal clear. I have been carried and supported by so many people along the way—family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.”

    Strangers like blood donors, who were critical to her survival. Beth says that she still struggles to find the words that accurately convey her gratitude to the individuals in the community who make the time to donate for a stranger.

    “If I could say one thing to donors, it would be thank you,” she says. “There isn’t a word that I have found to express my deep, sincere appreciation for this seemingly ‘simple’ gift. Your donation allows people to celebrate birthdays, to be there for their families, to live their lives. I also know that donation isn’t easy for folks—I had friends try to donate, pass out, or not have enough iron to donate. I know needles are scary. But it truly is lifesaving and life-giving.”

    “Obviously, after this diagnosis, I understand how important and self-less blood donors are,” she finishes. “I am here today because of the generosity of donors.”

    Here is a list of upcoming Hoxworth Blood Center Blood Drives:

    October

    10/26/20 – Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

    10/27/20 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

    November

    11/3/20 – West Chester Church of the Nazarene Blood Drive

    11/21/20 – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Hoxworth Blood Drive

    11/24/20 – Rookwood Commons Hoxworth Blood Drive

    11/25/20 – Oakley Community Blood Drive

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    Cincy Chic is preparing to host its annual Cocktails & Couture event at Karrikin Spirits. Read on for a sneak peek behind the scenes!

    Cincy Chic’s Cocktails & Couture is October 23 at Karrikin Spirits. Photo: Twin Spire Photography

    Cincy Chic is hosting its 8th annual Cocktails & Couture event on October 23 from 6-9pm at Karrikin Spirits. 

    The event is a night full of artisan cocktails, food, and shopping local. 

    Those who register to attend the event will receive a complimentary swag bag, professional photos on the runway, cocktail samples, and door prizes. 

    The Merry Mare Mobile Bar will also be there to offer fashion-themed artisan cocktails mixed with Karrikin Spirits. 

    And dress to impress because YOU are the runway model at this event. Twin Spire Photography will be on-hand taking professional shots of attendees on the red carpet runway.

    Masks and social distancing will be required in vendor area. You can reserve your table for food and drinks during the event by clicking here

    Sponsors for the event include: 

    Supporting Sponsor: The Christ Hospital Healthcare Network, Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate

    Fashion Show Sponsor: Chic Life

    Vendors: Couture Beauty Showroom, Ann Phillips Color Street, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Pharm CBD, Rapid Results Cryo, Hamall Oils and Wellness, Renewal by Andersen, Two Twenty Two Market, Green Feather Homestead + Apothecary, Miller St. Boutique, Honey on Miami, Pistil Calyx, The Pink Box, and more!

    Karrikin Spirits is located at 3717 Jonlen Drive in Cincinnati. To learn more about the event or to RSVP, visit www.cincy.live/events/cocktails.

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    Ready for new experiences but don’t want to leave the house? A new concept now offers kits for on-demand experiences to the Cincinnati area.

    The demand for in-home experiences and having necessities brought to your doorstep were on the rise before COVID-19, which happened to just accelerate the need for those services. To help accommodate a growing marketplace, AGAR, an experiential marketing agency headquartered in Cincinnati, launched EXPO to You.

    “EXPO is a marketplace that houses a constantly rotating and increasing gallery of experience on demand,” explains Noah Beiting, Operating Manager at AGAR. “EXPO strives to provide a wide array of options for consumers, all with unique twists, that somebody can order and have delivered the next day. We focus on three areas to achieve quality execution: logistics, quality of experience, and the consumer.”

    Between the growing need for services like meal kits, UberEats, and living rooms games, AGAR is hoping to fill a gap that’s been amplified this year.

    “With COVID, we saw at the start of quarantine and state-wide stay-at-home orders the thirst for connection and experience had never been stronger,” says Beiting. “We knew that hosting small in-home experiences was going to be on the rise so we wanted to prove to the Greater Cincinnati area that we could offer that.”

    All of the experiences from EXPO to You are different. They range from a Halloween-themed pinata party to boozy croquet, and even a full-stop backyard tailgate. 

    “Our experiences include everything needed to be a rockstar host with creative prompts and items to keep guests entertained,” he says. “We have experiences designed for different sized groups, from 2 people up to 10 or more, and designed in a way that the host can be the hero, or all guests can chip in for their share of the fun.”

    Beiting says EXPO to You is more than just a meal kit or a trip to the store. We’ve aggregated partners and social learnings of the last decade as a company that makes us equipped to know what consumers need to be standout hosts,” he adds. “We’ve truly combined multiple trips into a one-stop-shop marketplace. Coupled with our logistics experience, we are providing unique experiences on demand.”

    To learn more about EXPO to You, visit expotoyou.com. You can also follow EXPO on Instagram

    Beiting adds that they’re always looking for new partners and experience ideas, so anyone who might be interested can reach out via their contact form on the website.

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    Learn about local entrepreneurs who launched a new podcast to help entrepreneurs find the way to financial freedom.

    Two local entrepreneurs wanted to create a community among other driven individuals seeking to enter entrepreneurship. To help guide other determined business owners living in uncertain economic times, they launched Side Hustle City.

    “Side Hustle City is a community of like-minded, driven people at various stages of entrepreneurship,” Co-Founder Adam Koehler. “Ideally it will become an ecosystem that birts vibrant start-ups and ideas that create economic inclusion and financial stability for all people willing to bust it.”

    Koehler, who is also the founder of Revered Out as well as other numerous ventures, launched Side Hustle City alongside Kyle Stevie, the self-proclaimed Forrest Gump of the Cincinnati start-up scene. 

    The inspiration for Side Hustle City came from the desire to help entrepreneurs take care of themselves.

    “Generations of Americans have relied on subsidies from the government and it’s created a death cycle for families and communities,” says Koehler. “Side Hustle City was established on the principle that the only person, or entity, that can take care of you is you. We want to give access to tools and education that allow people to provide for their own needs. We believe that it is going to take more than one stream of income and we want to provide examples of people who have successfully navigated that course.”

    Koehler says that he hopes those who connect with Side Hustle City will give people the opportunity to walk away as the captain of their own voyage. “Economic independence is accessible to everyone,” he says. “The more wealth in each community, the better each community becomes.” 

    Within Side Hustle City is a community offering up real life examples of people who have achieved economic freedom through multiple streams of income. “We also provide access to organizations and people who can help advise entrepreneurs on meeting important check points in their growth from an idea into a company with employees,” says Koehler.

    The concept behind Side Hustle City is as unique as the individuals in the group. “We aren’t reinventing the wheel,” he says. “We are only centralizing information for people to have access to. The success of the group isn’t driven by the organization, it’s driven by the desire of the individual members of the community.”

    As Side Hustle City continues to expand its reach to the region’s entrepreneurs, they plan to host meet-ups and social networking events. For now, Side Hustle City connects with others on social media and through their podcast. 

    “We are going to continue to bring interesting and inspiring success stories and informational interviews that will benefit business owners,” he says. 

    To learn more about Side Hustle City, check out their Facebook page.

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    Inspired by her own journey with pain management, see how one local nurse developed a CBD product line and consulting services.

    Cincy Chic: What is Tulip Tree CBD?
    Jeri Schulz, MSN, RN, Founder of Tulip Tree: Researching the cannabis market, I became encouraged by the way CBD alleviated her own symptoms and was convinced of its healing potential as a natural alternative for pain. However, she also found disturbing discrepancies in quality, unbelievable claims of healing, dosing confusion, hard-to-use products, and questionable customer service.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Schulz: Offering a better way to guide and educate people about premium hemp CBD products that were clean, easy to use, and of consistently high quality became my purpose as I created what I believed was missing in the marketplace. 

    I am proud to offer premium Broad-Spectrum hemp-based CBD products that are organically grown, thoughtfully processed, clean, and contain Zero THC. My promise to you: the guidance you need, customized recommendations, and the best customer service in the industry. All of our products follow FDA guidelines and are third-party tested that you can see for yourself right on the website.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Schulz: I am the founder and CEO of Tulip Tree LLC and Dose Medical Cannabis Nurse Consulting. My interest in alternative therapies and personal experiences led me to pursue specialized knowledge in all things medical cannabis. My expertise includes managing cardiovascular services, intensive care units, four Chicago area inpatient hospice providers, critical care, and telemetry units. My passion is sharing that knowledge with others. 

    I have taught hundreds of nursing students the clinical skills they need to take care of their patients with kindness, compassion, and skill. I have served on the nursing faculty of several Chicago-area colleges and universities and take pride in sharing my dedication to the highest patient-care standards.

    A registered nurse in Ohio and Illinois, I have collaborated with some of the most respected minds and institutions in medical cannabis, including the American Cannabis Nurses Association and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

    Cincy Chic: What types of CBD products do you carry?
    Schulz: Tulip Tree CBD carries products that are crafted from the finest quality, premium organically-grown-in-the-USA hemp with Zero THC. We are proud to offer you – and your fur babies — all-natural, Farm-Bill Compliant alternatives to relieve pain, inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia. We have tinctures that are unique in their packaging to keep your dose accurate and contamination-free with our Perfect Balance Singles, a full line of soft gels for beginners, Body and Mind Balance, or targeting inflammation with Plus, or helping you get some sleep with Rest. The gummies are a crowd favorite with broad-spectrum CBD, all-natural flavors, and no added dyes or sugars. We also carry our Fur Baby Balance line of vet formulated dog chews and pet tincture. 

    Cincy Chic: Do you have a store location or are you online only?
    Schulz: Much of our business is direct to consumers on-line with free shipping however, we do have a few Cincy retailers that carry our line of product and are adding more all the time. Check the website for current locations around the Cincy area. 

    Cincy Chic: What makes Tulip Tree CBD unique?
    Schulz: Tulip Tree is unique in that it is founded by a nurse with years of clinical experience and many more years of personal experience in natural medicine. We understand that people have complicated medical histories and lists of medications that make them hesitant to try CBD. Our CBD won’t get you high, it will help you with your anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and balancing your endocannabinoid system and you can consult with a certified nurse to help you find that perfect and individual dose. 

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Schulz: We have just launched Dose.net Medical Cannabis Nurse consultations. This is exciting news for residents in Ohio and Illinois. The east and west coasts have already seen a surge in the need for certified cannabis nurses and now the Midwest will be able to say the same.

    There are over 94,000 medical cannabis patients in Ohio alone. Getting your medical cannabis card can be overwhelming. It’s not about getting high, it’s about symptom relief. Dose.net was founded with a specific goal of caring for people who look to cannabis for relief and need support getting started. We customize and implement a plan of care and reassess that plan, working closely with patients to relieve suffering much like a diabetic nurse educator does for a new diabetic. A guiding hand by a knowledgeable clinician is important to optimize benefits, saving patients’ time and money finding the right dose and also removes stress and empowers patients to get the medicine they need.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Schulz: TulipTreeCBD.com has a wealth of information about CBD and Dose.net will give you more information about medical cannabis. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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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:

    Apricate Luxury Glow: What better way to start off your week than both looking and feeling your best! Just because it’s October doesn’t mean you have to loose your tan! @apricatecincy offers custom spray tans just for you! PLUS: they are mobile so no need to stress about leaving your house!

    Click the link in their bio to book your appointment today and get your glow on!

    Bee’s Sweet Balloon: October is breast cancer awareness month! Show your love, sympathy, and compassion to someone you know fighting or who has fought the battle of breast cancer! @beesweetballoon creates beautiful ballon arrangements from small personal bouquets to large celebratory creations!

    PLUS: enter for a chance to win their Halloween GIVEAWAY! See their latest post for details on how to enter and what the prizes are!

    Busken Bakery: With Halloween only a couple weeks away now is the time to really get in the spirit! Stock up on your Halloween festive treats with @buskenbakery pumpkin hand stamped cookies and more! Stop in their shop or order online to get your hands on these goodies!

    PLUS: this week their double butter coffee cakes are only $5!! Make sure to grab one of those before the offer ends!

    That’s Amore Wood Fired Pizza: Pizza on wheels? Doesn’t get much better than that! Add some flavor to any party or event with @thatsamorewoodfired 🍕🤩 They bring their delicious wood fired pizza and more to parties, weddings, festivals, etc. They do it all!

    Click the link in their bio for more details on how you can see them at your next event and get your pizza on!

    Losanti: In need of some Friday night plans? @losantiotr has you covered! Indulge in their house cut steaks, pastas, and more! Plus: don’t forget to sip on one of their famous craft cocktails! Grab your favorite people and enjoy this beautiful weather out on their heated patio or enjoy from the comfort of your house with carry out!

    Peace Love Donuts of Hyde Park: Nothing beats a delicious doughnut on a beautiful Saturday morning those today🤩 @plldofhydepark is not just your typical doughnut shop, check out how extravagant and goodies filled their creations are! PLUS: don’t forget your Saturday morning coffee pick me up!

    Open:
    Monday-Friday 7-3
    Saturday-Sunday 8-3

    Apricot Coffee House: Happy Sunday everyone! In need of a little Sunday morning pick me up? @apricot_coffee_house has you covered! Stop in and enjoy not only some delicious coffee, but grab a yummy treat as well! Stay and enjoy for awhile or take it to go to enjoy from your home!

    Glo Juice Bar and Cafe: Happy Monday! Beat this rainy Monday morning with some warm and delicious chili! @glodayton is rolling out their seasonal menus full of yummy soups, stews, sandwiches, and more! Looking for something cold? Try one of their fresh juices or smoothies!

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      HOMEARAMA is doing something different this year for its 57th annual show. Learn more about a brand new development in the heart of historic Cincinnati, and everything new to expect at this year‘s event.

       
      The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati is marking the 57th year of its HOMEARAMA show. 
       
      This single-site new home showcase attracts thousands of Cincinnatians as they see newly built, fully decorated and landscaped homes in a variety of styles ranging in price from $800,000-$1 million. The event, which typically pulls locals out into the suburbs, is being held in the City of Cincinnati for the first time ever.
      The “Bella Vista” by Sterling Homes at HOMEARAMA 2020
      “Walworth Junction is an urban infill development containing 39 single family lots located in the City of Cincinnati’s Historic East End neighborhood,” says the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati’s Executive Director Dan Dressman. 
       
      Walworth Junction was developed by East End Development, LLC and is located just north of the intersection of Riverside Drive and Delta Avenue, adjacent to The Precinct Restaurant.
       
      “The site was formerly the Pennsylvania Rail Road’s Pendleton Yard and contained a Round House, a Turntable, and multiple other structures related to railroad operations,” says Dressman.
       
      This newly established neighborhood in Cincinnati is a walkable community that offers sidewalks throughout, connecting it to the business districts of Columbia Tusculum and East End’s Riverside Drive.
       
      “Riverside Drive connects directly to downtown Cincinnati and has dedicated lanes for bicycle enthusiasts,” says Dressman. “There is a public pedestrian tunnel at the eastern edge of the property, which provides connection from Walworth Avenue to Riverside Drive, directly across from the High Mark Bar, Emma’s Wine Bar, and just down the street from Eli’s Barbeque.” 
       
      Inside the “Bella Vista” by Sterling Homes at HOMEARAMA 2020

      Homes at Walworth Junction are within the Cincinnati Public School District. Dressman says school options close by include St. Ursula Villa, The Summit Country Day School, and St. Ursula Academy. 

       
      Aside from the ability to tour the homes in the development, HOMEARAMA also offers opportunities for professionals and aspiring professionals in the home and construction industry. 
       
      This year, HOMEARAMA will offer a Careers in Construction event on two different dates: October 14 and 18. 
       
      These free events are ideal for someone who’s interested in one of the fastest-growing industries in the region. 
       
      “The Cincinnati region was ranked recently by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of the best- paying markets for construction careers,” says Dressman. “According to the agency, the region’s median adjusted salary in construction is $55,701, compared to $47,430 nationally.”
       
      Inside the “Bella Vista” by Sterling Homes at HOMEARAMA 2020

      Dressman says the events include an overview of the most-sought positions, education requirements, and personal opportunities to meet potential employers. Complimentary registration can be made with Mel Meyer at mmeyer@cincybuilders.com

       
      In addition, Cincy Chic and HOMEARAMA are teaming up to bring Blanca & Bling to the festivities. This event will be held October 15 from 5:30-8:30pm. 
       
      Attendees will be able to sip, shop, and savor their way through the HOMEARAMA homes. They’ll enjoy sips from Streetside Brewery, light bites, and the chance to shop a variety of local businesses with pop-up shops. Plus, guests who wear a “Blanca & Bling” inspired outfit will be entered to win a staycation at Hotel Covington and custom jewelry designed by Paolo Jewelers — a package valued at $3,000! Tickets for Blanca & Bling can be purchased at www.cincy.live/events/blanca.
       
      Here’s a calendar of events for the remainder of HOMEARAMA 2020:
       
      October 12
      5:30pm: Puppies & Pints with Gamble N Fin & League for Animal Welfare
       
      October 13
      9:00am: Reflections Jazz Duo
       
      9:00am & 12:00pm: Realtor Day (Realtors Only)
       
      4:00pm: Show Opens to Public
       
      October 14
      1:00-3:00pm: Careers in Construction
       
      3:00-5:00pm: OVDC Meeting
       
      October 15
      5:00pm: Chapter 3 – Band 
       
      5:30-8:30pm: Cincy Chic Blanca & Bling to Benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
       
      October 16
      12:00pm: 3 East Business Alliance Neighborhood Day
       
      October 17
      12:00pm: Octoberfest
       
      12:00pm: Beers, Brats & B105 Remote
       
      4:00-7:00pm: Bourbon Road Band
       
      October 18
      9:00-11:00am: Careers in Construction
       
      12:00pm: City of Cincinnati Employees’ Day
       
      12:00pm: City of Cincinnati Residents’ Day
       
      October 21
      11:30am: HBA Lunch & Learn
       
      4:00pm: Green Energy Ohio: Grow with GEO Day
       
      October 22
      4:00pm: Give for Good Day
       
      5:00-9:00pm: HBA Happy Hour
       
      6:00pm: Acoustic Blue – Band
       
      October 23
      6:00pm: Q102 Date Night with Tim & Toria
       
      6:00-9:00pm: 3 Piece Revival
       
      October 24
      12:00pm: Cincinnati Animal Care Day
       
      4:30-7:30pm: The Brody Bunch
       
      You can purchase tickets for HOMEARAMA 2020 at www.cincyhomearama.com. Discount tickets are available at area Kroger stores for $17 and a special two-day ticket will be available for $29 at the gate only. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.
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