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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    A local studio is giving its owner the opportunity to combine her love for handmade plants and unique home decor with planting classes for the community. Read on to learn more and see how her upcoming events can give your green thumb a hand.

    “Bridging design and flora, Fern Studio offers a carefully edited selection of beautiful and unique objects along with a curated assortment of plants,” according to owner Megan Strasser.

    Located in an old gas station in the heart of College Hill, Fern has become a popular plant design studio. The reason behind the shop’s popularity is due to Strasser’s knowledge and expertise in designing and pairing plants with planters.

    When asked about her designs, she says it’s about being thoughtful. “The plant and the pot should have just as much intention as the large furniture pieces you bring into your house,” explains Strasser. “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions, but you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home.”

    At Fern, you’ll find that the store, as well as the studio, specializes in custom plant design installations for homes, offices, restaurants, boutiques, and in nearly any place you can put a plant.

    Strasser says she opened Fern because she wanted to create a space that allowed her to combine her love for handmade objects and plants.

    When it comes to choosing your plants, Strasser wants to help customers select one that works for their own personal aesthetic and their home’s style.

    “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions,” says Strasser. “But you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home. The plant and planter should also complement each other.”

    In addition to plants and pots, Fern also sells a curated collection of items, including hand-loomed blankets, small-batch candles, hand-woven baskets, and handmade textile wall hangings. Plus, the shop is dedicated to giving back to the community by donating proceeds to a local animal rescue.

    Fern is hosting an upcoming Terrific Terrariums class with the Taft Museum on August 25. Although the event is sold out, Strasser says you can keep your eye out on the shop’s Facebook page for other upcoming events.

    Fern is located at 6040 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit https://www.fern-shop.com/, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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    Read on to learn more about an intimate concert series playing in shops and startups to homes and events.

    SoFar Sounds brings a new music experience to Cincinnati..

    Cincy Chic: What is SoFar Sounds Cincinnati?
    Noah Stone, City Lead and Artist Booking for SoFar Sounds Cincinnati: SoFar Sounds Cincinnati is an intimate concert series with shows held in unique venues from local shops and startups to people’s apartment and homes. Each show typically features two to three artists with each lineup curated to give our audience a unique show.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Stone: SoFar Sounds was started in London back in 2009 after a few friends got tired of unenjoyable live music experience in your traditional bar or venue setting. Whether the crowd was too loud and not paying attention or you had someone standing in your way snapping selfies throughout the show these friends took it upon themselves to start curating and throwing intimate shows in unique spaces where the audience and artist alike could enjoy the music. 

    Since then SoFar has spread into a global community currently in 413 cities across the globe from Cairo, Egypt to Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Stone: We all wear a number of different hats when needed but here is how we are organized:

    • Noah Stone – City Lead and Artist Booking
    • Nathan Lewis – Sound engineering and Equipment
    • Chelsea Brown – Venues and Operations
    • David Spooner – Videographer contact and Operations
    • Nora Molinaro – Social Media
    • Jane Spooner – Finances

    We also want to make sure to give thanks to the number of different videographers that come out to do the video work for our shows as well as all of the people that have allowed us to throw a show in their spaces!

    Cincy Chic: How can readers become part of So Far Sounds?
    Stone: The SoFar community is an inclusive one. We currently aren’t in need of any more volunteers but are always looking for new and fun spaces to hold our shows as well as new audience members to come out and enjoy them.

    We are so grateful that Cincinnati has embraced us wholeheartedly and made every show a successful enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

    Cincy Chic: What makes So Far Sounds unique?
    Stone: SoFar is unique in the sense that the shows are held in non-traditional spaces with an audience who is dead silent and usually sitting. (and when I mean silent I mean you can hear a pin drop silent) This also gives the audience a chance to interact on a more personal level with the artists at each show.

    Lastly, since the spaces we have our show in can’t hold infinite people, SoFar operates on a lottery basis. You can visit Sofar’s website, search Cincinnati and sign up for upcoming shows. About a week in advance you’ll get an email that you’ve been selected and can purchase tickets. The day before the show you’ll be emailed the location and you don’t know what artists will be playing the show until you show up.

    It adds a nice element of surprise to an already exciting event. 

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers check out SoFar Sounds around the city?
    Stone: You can learn more about SoFar Sounds at their website and can sign up for upcoming Cincinnati shows by searching for Cincinnati or visiting this link You can also see videos from a number of our past shows at that city specific link as well as submit to play or host a show.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Stone: A number of upcoming shows to keep a look out for as well as more and more unique venues. Our last show was held at the Cincinnati Observatory and audience members got a chance to view the telescopes and look at the stars between artists.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Stone: This link has it all https://www.sofarsounds.com/cincinnati

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      Let out your inner artist at this Anderson-based pottery studio. Read on to learn more about the easy process that lets you explore your creativity while enjoying time with friends and family.

       

      For nearly two decades, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been offering guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art. The studio hosts classes, parties for both kids and adults, custom pottery, and even pottery to help you showcase your love for the Queen City.

      Opened in 2000, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been helping local families create artwork and memories through parties, group events, family gatherings, or just hanging out with friends, says Owner Jacqueline Johnson. “Walk in anytime we are open, or call to reserve a group event. We have experienced artists who are here to help you create a masterpiece to have for years to come,” she adds.

      According to Johnson, the best part about Doodlin’ Pottery Studio is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to create a masterpiece to keep for years to come. Whether you’re creating a customized gift or something for yourself, choose from a variety of fun and functional pottery pieces, all you have to do is pick the colors you want to use and design your piece.

      “Doodlin’ Pottery has all the tools you need, including experienced artists who are there to help you from start to finish,” explains Johnson. “And you can stay as long as you’d like until your work is complete.”

      Once you finish your piece, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio applies the glaze and fires it in the kiln to complete your work of art.

      You can also purchase ready-made pottery, Johnson says. In fact, she adds, about 70 percent of their pottery is made in the store. She says that it not only helps to keep prices down, but contributes to the local economy and is a better alternative to buying pottery from foreign manufacturers.

      “We learned how to hand-build and slip cast pottery many years ago in art school and are proud to offer our community handmade ceramics using techniques that have been around for thousands of years,” adds Johnson. “Our nearly 500 plaster, slip cast molds allow us to make unique pieces of pottery that are difficult or are unavailable to purchase from other manufacturers.”

      If you’re interested in hosting a private party at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, there’s a space for that. The room can be booked for a night, stress-free night for guests of all ages. It can be for the kids, an organization, business, ladies night out, or even a bridal shower.

      Other types of parties that can be hosted at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio include Scout events, baby showers, family reunions, bachelorette parties, team building, assisted living activity trips, and preschool/daycare activities.

      Custom pottery pieces are also available from Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, says Johnson. “Painting your own pottery is not your think but still want an artistic ceramic piece for yourself or to give as a gift? We love painting pottery and can create a one-of-a-kind piece for your needs,” says Johnson. “Our talented artists have done just that for many happy customers. Be inspired, and let us create what you are looking for.”

      Doodlin Pottery Studio is located at Five Mile Center at 7707 Five Mile Road in Cincinnati.

      To learn more about Doodlin Pottery Studio, visit http://www.doodlinpottery.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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      Planning a date night or need a fun girls night out idea? Check out this sweet event The BonBonerie has coming up!

      The BonBonerie is hosting a cupcakes and cocktails event.

      Mark your calendars for September 7 when The BonBonerie hosts Cupcakes and Cocktails from 7-9 pm.

      Decorators from The BonBonerie will be offering a night of fun for a ladies night out or a date night.

      Each ticket, which costs $65, includes decorating three different cupcakes – BonBonerie style. Plus, each guest will also get to select a cocktail or a glass of wine to go along with the cupcakes.

      Lattes, berry spritzers, sangrias, and any other non-alcoholic beverage will also be available as well.

      The event will be held in the new Tea Room, so whether you’re a regular at The BonBonerie or are trying it out for the first time, this is a night that will allow you to see the new room for yourself.

      To get your tickets or learn more about other events from The BonBonerie, visit https://www.bonbonerie.com/events. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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      A locally-led volunteer coalition is on a mission to eliminate the use of plastic straws. Click to drink up all the details!

      Straw Free Cincy’s volunteer coalition.

      Cincy Chic: What is Straw Free Cincy?
      Emily Parker, Co-Founder of Straw Free Cincy: Straw Free Cincy is a volunteer coalition that is on a mission to ensure there are one million less straws in Greater Cincinnati’s landfills and the ocean by the end of 2018.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Parker: We have a plastic problem. Estimates vary, but Americans use hundreds of millions of plastic drinking straws a day.  That is the equivalent of almost two straws for every man, woman and child living in this country every single day.

      That straw you use for 10 minutes today will live on for 200 + years, either in a landfill or as pollution in the ocean. The Ohio River leads to the Atlantic and our plastic becomes everyone’s plastic. Scientists say there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. We have to make a change and straws are a great place to start.

      In cities around the country movements are starting to reduce single use plastic and raise awareness about the problems it can cause.

      Inspired by what’s happening in other cities Lindsey McCoy and Ali Webster, the co-founders of Cincinnati-based Plaine Products, and their friend and local sustainability advocate Emily Parker reached out via social media and a group of like-minded folks came together to see what we could do to get things started.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the mission behind Straw Free Cincy?
      Parker: By the end of 2018 we plan to have enough locations that have switched away from plastic straws to reach our goal of one million less straws in landfills and in the water. We’ll continue to build from there.

      Cincy Chic: How are you hoping to help contribute to the eradication of plastic straws?
      Parker: This summer we’re starting a campaign to get restaurants and venues in Cincinnati to stop serving plastic straws unless they are specifically requested. As companies join, we’ll list them on our website and through social media so we can all do our best to support them and thank them for their efforts. We’ve already got several restaurants, venues, and bars on the list.  Disney just announced they are going to stop using plastic straws and coffee stirrers in their parks so the momentum is definitely moving in the right direction.

      We have some other ideas in the works for the fall to keep the awareness growing, including a venue window decal by local artist John Maggard.

      Cincy Chic: What makes Straw Free Cincy unique?
      Parker: The focus is on Greater Cincinnati! We want to help raise awareness and get people on board with reducing single use plastic. At Arnold’s downtown, who voluntarily stopped serving straws unless requested this spring, they said that as long as people were aware of why they weren’t automatically putting straws in drinks most people were happy to go straw free.  So education is a huge part of making this work.

      The Newport Aquarium and their Wave Foundation are on board as participating organizations and we’re chatting with the Cincinnati Zoo, who has been straw free for years, to get them on board as a supporting organization as well. We’re hoping to add other key Cincinnati institutions as supporters so we can all work together.  

      Cincy Chic: How can readers get involved?
      Parker: If you know of any locations we should add, or you want to volunteer to help spread the word, please get in touch with us! You can contact us through the website strawfreecincy.org or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

      Additionally, if any reader has a great contact at a venue in Cincinnati, we’d love to reach out to them with our tool kit.  

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        Inspired by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a historic site, and the desire to create a lasting legacy, a Northern Kentucky-based woman is set to open a new craft spirits destination. Read on for all the details about this legend in the making.

        Three Keys Distillery will soon stand on the same ground as the former J.W. Kite store

        Jessica Banish is the mind behind Three Keys Distillery, a craft spirits destination that’s set to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail.

        Located in Burlington, Kentucky, about four miles from Rabbit Hash, the idea behind Three Keys Distillery was born out of a desire to preserve the J.W. Kite store, which is located on the property where the distillery will soon stand.

        “The store is on the National Register of Historic Places, and we knew we wanted to bring it ‘back to life’ and share it within a rich part of Kentucky history,” explains Banish, founder of Three Keys Distillery.

        Jessica Banish, Founder of Three Keys Distillery

        Also on Banish’s mind when launching Three Keys Distillery was her love of bourbon as well as the desire to contribute to Kentucky history in a way that would allow her three sons to carry on the family’s legacy, should they choose to.

        “In fact, that is how Three Keys was named,” says Banish. “I wrote ‘3 KY sons’ on a napkin, and shortened it to ‘3 KYS’ and it was then we knew that Three Keys was the name of our business.”

        Banish says the atmosphere at Three Keys Distillery is what makes the business unique. “We are truly a destination, as we live on the acreage where we are building our distillery,” she says. “The local history told by and within our J.W. Kite store is something which will transport you back in time to the early 1900s, and our walking trail reveals secrets of the past. Each time we walk the land we discover remnants of the past – recently an old well.”

        Banish says she loves being reminded of the world that the only family who has ever occupied the land lived in. It’s the family before hers coupled with the modern edge of her own family that she hopes to create in the legacy of Three Keys Distillery.

        The business launched in 2016, and since then Banish says they’ve completed Moonshine University, navigated startup necessities, attended zoning meetings, developed the brand’s vision, and, for the final stages of startup, Banish joined Aviatra Accelerators (formerly Bad Girl Ventures).

        “Aviatra has been an absolute kickstart,” says Banish. “The Aviatra network is incredibly diverse, knowledgeable, and giving of time and resources. We honestly would not be as far along without the amazing group, mentors, alumni, and extended network that Aviatra provides.”

        Three Keys Distillery is one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

        With the help from Aviatra in launching her business, this means that Three Keys Distillery will be one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

        “We are fortunate to be within the Greater Cincinnati area, and still have this much history and untouched beauty,” she says. “With close proximity to Rabbit Hash and the recently revived Rabbit Hash Ferry – we are in a great place.”

        Banish says that the biggest thing she’s looking forward to with Three Keys Distillery is breaking ground on the permanent distillery early next year. “We are finalizing details and cannot wait to follow through on our commitment to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, as well as the Northern Kentucky B-Line, and contribute to this area’s reputation of holding the title of an ‘Official Getaway’ to the Bourbon Trail,” says Banish.

        To learn more about Three Keys Distillery, visit www.threekeysdistillery.com. You can also “like” them on Facebook. Banish says you can check out the Aviatra Launch class to learn more about the upcoming Flight Night on August 30. “I’ll be presenting the Three Keys business plan to the public, and I’d love to talk to you about it,” she says. Details on that will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

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        Learn about a newly opened restaurant that helps those with an active lifestyle eat healthy on-the-go.

        CoreLife Eatery recently opened its doors in the Cincinnati market and offers healthy food for active lifestyles.

        Cincy Chic: What is CoreLife Eatery?
        Todd Mansfield, Founder of CoreLife Eatery: CoreLife Eatery is an active lifestyle restaurant offering a fresh, delicious selection of greens, grains and broth-based dishes. CoreLife Eatery brings together scratch cooking with flavorful source ingredients and a fast, casual service line for a healthy and affordable eating alternative.

        Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
        Mansfield: CoreLife Eatery’s founders shared a mutual desire to find an answer to one simple question: why is it so difficult to find healthy clean foods that taste great and are easily accessible every day? They wanted to bring health-conscious consumers a flavorful, nutritious and convenient eating alternative, which is how CoreLife Eatery was born.

        Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the eatery?
        Mansfield: CoreLife Eatery was founded by partners Larry Wilson and Todd Mansfield. An experienced restaurateur, Wilson is CEO and the driving force behind CoreLife Eatery’s development. Meanwhile, Mansfield, a physical therapist by trade, serves as Chief Culture Officer and uses his background in wellness and nutrition to enrich the brand. President and Chief Concept Officer Scott Davis, who has an impressive resume that includes tenure at Panera Bread, is a leader and innovator in the fast casual restaurant sector and uses his expertise to strategically shape and position the brand for success and growth.

        Cincy Chic: Where is CoreLife Eatery located?
        Mansfield: CoreLife Eatery is headquartered in the Binghamton, New York area. Today, there are more than 40 stores in 10 states, and that number is growing rapidly. The brand just recently opened its first Cincinnati location in the Hyde Park Plaza.

        Cincy Chic: What makes CoreLife Eatery unique?
        Mansfield: A healthy, fast, affordable dining option is hard to find, and CoreLife Eatery has perfected it. At CoreLife Eatery, you won’t find microwaves or freezers, sodas or highly-caffeinated, sugary sports drinks, high-fructose corn syrup, processed foods, or food coloring. All ingredients are GMO-free. Our menu is absent of all the things people are constantly trying to eliminate from their diet. You literally cannot visit CoreLife Eatery and order something unhealthy.

        Cincy Chic: What can we find on the menu?
        Mansfield: At CoreLife Eatery, you’ll find bowls heaping with greens or whole grains, topped with grass-fed beef, mixed vegetables, organic tofu or free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken and drizzled with dressings made from scratch. The Southwestern Grilled Chicken and Purple Rice, complete with a delicious lime cilantro dressing, is a fan favorite. Don’t forget our delicious craft beverages: dive into a refreshing glass of cucumber basil lemonade, cranberry cayenne lemonade, or beet lemonade, our number one seller.

        Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for CoreLife Eatery?
        Mansfield: In July, CoreLife Eatery claimed the top spot on the 2018 Future 50 list, presented by Restaurant Business. This list highlights new cuisines that are rising to the top, signaling increasing acceptance of different ingredients, flavors and formats. CoreLife Eatery is opening multiple restaurants each month, and is on track to have 300 locations in operation in the next five years.

        Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
        Mansfield: Visit https://www.corelifeeatery.com/.

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          A social butterfly fashionista and her pilot husband launched a blog that features unique date night ideas, fun local experiences, and adventures together around the world. Read on for their story that'll inspire you to make it a date.

          Lydia Jenkins wanted to launched a blog where she could create curated date night ideas together – that’s why she launched The Date Night Collection.

          As the wife of a pilot, finding time for date nights is important to Jenkins. She wanted to find a way to spend time with her husband while he was home, or while they were traveling together, and thought that a blog featuring curated date night ideas was the perfect way to not only document their time together but also showcase date night ideas for followers.

          “My goal is to always be up to date on the latest and greatest happenings around the city,” says Jenkins. “My passion for travel, good food, and amazing cocktails has my calendar filled with new places to explore weekly.”

          These collections featured on the blog include outings to local restaurants and events as well as photos from their travels abroad to destinations like Spain where they ventured through cities like Barcelona, Sevilla, and Valencia.

          “My husband Fred and I have been married for six years and have never stopped dating,” says Jenkins. “We’re always looking for new date night adventures.”

          In addition to The Date Night Collection section on the blog, there are also sections for travel, shopping, and entertainment.

          Jenkins is a self-proclaimed fashionista and loves sharing her favorite shopping spots and fashionable finds with followers. The same goes for her entertainment finds, whether it’s an event, a restaurant, or a local spot that she thinks others would enjoy experiencing as well. 

          To learn more about The Date Night Collection, visit the newly launched website at https://www.thedatenightcollection.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram and “like” them on Facebook.

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          Struggling with fertility or other women’s health issues? Learn about a local business that leverages healthy foods and lifestyle practices to boost and balance hormone levels naturally.

          Peaceful Bodies + Bellies helps women with health issues such as fertility reconnect with their bodies.

          While infertility is fairly common — one in eight — conversations around it aren’t. The struggles and success stories of becoming parents, along with other corresponding women’s health issues, including pelvic pain, are often journeys walked in solitude.

          That’s where Danisha Ware hopes to help with her fertility and therapy business, Peaceful Bodies + Bellies.

          “Peaceful Bodies and Bellies is a coaching and bodywork program for women who either want to conceive naturally or through assistance, or for women who just simply want to find relief from pelvic pain and other women’s health issues,” says Ware, who is a fertility coach and mercier therapist.

          Ware adds that through her coaching and bodywork program, she is able to help both types of women incorporate the right types of foods and lifestyle practices so that they can boost and balance their hormone levels naturally.

          “And this works whether they are trying to conceive or just trying to normalize their monthly cycle and get out of pain and bloating,” she adds.

          Ware says that she was inspired to launch Peaceful Bodies + Bellies after seeing a significant need for women to reconnect to their bodies, fertility, and pelvic health.

          “In today’s society we’re so busy and disconnected from our feminine and our bodies,” says Ware. “The belly is a place where so much emotion and trauma is often stored. And when my clients reconnect with this part of themselves, through bodywork, mindfulness techniques, and holistic nutrition, I’m often told that they feel lighter, re-energized, and reconnected with who they are as a woman.”

          Ware’s experience in this area makes her an expert when it comes to helping women. As the self-proclaimed Chief Fertile Babe of Peaceful Bodies + Bellies, she’s been practicing massage therapy for 17 years and specializes in women’s health, fertility, and prenatal and postpartum care. She’s also a certified yoga teacher who practices positive psychology and energy work.

          Through Peaceful Bodies + Bellies, you’ll find that Ware is there to help women prepare their bodies for pregnancy through fertility coaching, fertility massage, Mercier therapy (a specialty massage technique that works to rehabilitate the reproductive organs), and fertility yoga. Additionally, Ware works with women who are experiencing pelvic pain and those who are seeking relief from painful periods.

          On top of her fertility services, Ware offers a six-week workshop series that shows women how to incorporate the best supplements for fertility as well as what lifestyle changes can help to impact their overall hormone health.

          “We also work on creating a fertile mindset; releasing negativity and doubt about their ability to either get pregnant or release disease or trauma held in the reproductive area such as PCOS or endometriosis,” says Ware. “At each session we incorporate yoga poses that help to enhance fertility and balance hormones. The women who attend these workshops have a community bond and kinship, which in turn helps them amplify their dreams and desires. Many women who attend these workshops have gone on to conceive their miracle babies and get control of their fertility-related issues.”

          Peaceful Bodies + Bellies strives to help the woman who is ready to empower herself with the right tools, practices, education, and confidence. “She is ready to go beyond traditional avenues of women’s health,” says Ware. “This is for the woman who believes she is more than her diagnosis, that her desire of being a mother or a healthy, happy, radiant woman is non-negotiable.”

          Ware says that she’ll soon launch a new program called Activate Your Fertility. It’s a six-week, live immersion where the group will learn to let go of the negative thoughts and body believes that often keep women stuck in fear and worry. “You will learn how to step into your new role as a mother and design a healthy lifestyle that allows your fertility journey to be filled with love, joy, and ease no matter what,” she adds.

          The class begins September 22 and will be comprised of an intimate group of eight people.

          To learn more about Peaceful Bodies + Bellies, visit their website. On the website you can sign up to receive a free gift and “3 Essential Steps to Boost Your Fertility.” You can also contact Ware by email at danisha@peacefulbodiesandbellies.com or by phone at 513-205-1672.

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          Learn about the local job coach who helps you find the job of your dreams through resume writing, interview prep, and even a little soul-searching.

          Career Expedition Coaching aims to help you find the job you’ve always wanted.

          Barbara Burke spent her entire career as a corporate recruiter, a career that spanned 20 years in both Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Over the course of that time, she conducted an immeasurable amount of interviews and read thousands of resumes.

          As a corporate recruiter, aside from doing interviews and reading resumes, she was able to help others secure jobs while also giving them advice on how to better articulate and market their background, how to effectively approach networking and interviewing, and how to stand out in a very crowded candidate marketplace.

          “I stopped and realized, ‘Hey, there might be something to this,’” she explains. “People seek me out for this kind of help and I decided to take all of my years of experience in recruiting and use it for the benefit of the job seeker.”

          And that’s when she launched Career Expedition Coaching, a place where job seekers get clarity and, with expert guidance, devise an effective strategy to carry out a successful job search.

          “The mission of Career Expedition Coaching is to arm job seekers with the tools, tactics, clarity, and confidence to embark on a job search with the goal of landing the right position for them – one that aligns with their interests and expertise and one that clearly demonstrates to employers what value they will bring,” says Burke.

          When you think of job searching, you often think that in order for your search to be successful, you have to do more than just find a posting online and submit a resume – and that’s where Burke comes in and helps job seekers take the smartest steps in order to snag their next job.

          She writes resumes, LinkedIn profiles, helps to prepare candidates for interviews, helps design a networking strategy, and anything else that is part of a job search and career mobility. Most of the coaching that she does is job search strategy coaching, which means that a candidate knows what type of job or company they’re looking for and all they need is a little guidance on the best way to approach their job search. Whether it’s needing compelling and well-written materials or putting into motion all the other elements that are part of job searching, Burke helps.

          She says that the other type of career coaching she offers is career clarity coaching. “This tends to be a more soul-searching type of engagement with a client who is not sure what they want to do next,” she explains. “They have professional experience, typically focused in one field, but are interested in exploring how their experience could apply to a new role or industry. Through a really fun process, we work together to uncover themes stemming from their values, interests, and strengths that provide a map or a compass to guide them to their next career destination.”

          While she continues to help job seekers find jobs that are great for them, Burke is also working toward offering workshops for relevant Employee Resource Groups at different companies. “Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds, or demographic factors such as gender, race, or ethnicity,” says Burke.

          She says the best Employee Resource Groups that would benefit from her knowledge are groups like Professional Women’s Groups (or men’s groups) and Emerging Young Professionals.

          “My content for these groups is more geared toward how to have a career strategy always evolving through the course of their professional life even if they’re not looking for a new job outside the company that currently employs them,” says Burke. “I teach them how to manage their career and how to always be building upon their experience and refining their personal value proposition. It’s such fun stuff to talk about and so very important at the same time.”

          To learn more about Career Expedition Coaching, visit https://yourcareeradventure.com. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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