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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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This beautiful home is in a vibrant, Over-the-Rhine location. The tax abatement on the home allows payments similar to a home priced at $1.2 million. Exceptional details make this modern masterpieces irresistible. It has a luxurious owner’s retreat, state-of-the-art kitchen, custom finish details, a first floor guest suite, four decks, a rooftop patio, stunning city views, an elevator, and parking for 4 cars. The home has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and is listed at $2.2 million.

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

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    Click here to read more about savoring some of life's biggest moments in a 1963 camper.

    The Peachy Keen Photo Camper is a 1963 canned ham camper.
    Life is just peachy, and Rebecca Wade wants to help you capture life’s greatest moments in the Peachy Keen Photo Camper.
     
    “Peachy Keen is a traveling photo booth in a 1963 canned ham camper,” she says.
     
    The inspiration for what would become the Peachy Keen Photo Camper started with Wade’s love for setting up photo booths for friends and family at weddings.
     
    “I’ve always loved capturing people at weddings – so full of life and love,” she says. “I randomly thought how cool it would be to run it out of a little camper, immediately started scouring the internet for one, and finally found my perfect peach in Kentucky.”
     
    In what Wade says is an experience, the Peachy Keen Photo Camper is a one-woman show with a little assistance from her team, including Wade’s sister.
     
    Photo services available from Peachy Keen range from weddings to parties. There are 5 curated styles and packages to choose from, so Wade says there’s something for everyone.
     
    While the camper itself is unique, Wade says that she finds people are most intrigued by the fact that she uses Polaroid film instead of typically photo strips, which are also available. 
     
    “There’s something extra sweet and nostalgic about that Polaroid popping out,” she says. “I also offer custom themes and props, whatever the people are into, I’m into!” 
     
    Wade is looking forward to the opportunity to attend markets this summer and team up with a few venues. She’s starting the process of renting her camper out to other local photographers to use for a background and photo shoots.
     
    To learn more and follow along with the Peachy Keen Photo Camper, check out their Instagram page. 

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    You don't want to miss this stunning, custom-built home in this week's Listing of the Week!

    This beautiful, custom-built home is only 4 years old and has everything you could want. There are 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a custom gourmet kitchen, 2-car oversized garage, private backyard, and a finished lower level with a full bathroom. The home also has surround sound speakers, a climate-controlled wine room, dry bar, self-watering window boxes, 10ft ceilings throughout, a second-floor laundry room, 2 master closets, custom bookshelves, and crown molding. It is a walk away to Ault Park and has been tax abated until 2033.

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

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    Free up space in your daily routine and your mind with this mindset and productivity coach.

    Laura Albers knows all about the struggles that a busy lifestyle, medical issues, and wellness difficulties can cause. As a woman, she wanted to find a way to help support and empower female entrepreneurs, so she launched Albers Mind & Body Wellness.

    Albers focuses mainly on health and wellness coaches and mental health therapists, to help take away their fears and eliminate limiting beliefs while also helping them to feel more confident while creating a soul-centered business that not only helps them find success but also maintains their sanity. 

    Albers Mind & Body Wellness started in January 2017 as a coaching and counseling practice.

    “My passion was to help women focus on self-care without all the guilt, free up more of their time and energy, and overcome health challenges like emotional eating, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, and anxiety and depression,” she says. 

    However, in the 4 years since she first launched her business, Albers has taken on another approach to helping clients.

    “While I still often help clients with many of those challenges, over the years, I’ve transitioned into focusing primarily on mindset, productivity, and business coaching for female health and wellness coaches and entrepreneurs,” she says. 

    Albers is passionate about helping women take care of themselves, and she wants to help change how the world views self-care as being something that frees up your time and energy while also eliminating the clutter that can bog you down.

    Albers has worked as a mental health therapist with a specialty in trauma for nearly 20 years. She also holds a master certification in wellness coaching and is a consultant for The International Association of Wellness Professionals. “I now specialize as a mindset, productivity, and business coach for female health and wellness coaches and entrepreneurs,” she says. 

    Following some scary medical diagnoses, Albers found that the changes she was forced to make in her life helped to propel her toward a new career in wellness coaching, holistic health, and functional medicine.

    “After adopting many new healthy habits, self-care, and stress management practice, I became obsesses with the amazing results I was experiencing,” she says. 

    Albers offers three main coaching programs through her business: 

    1. Quick Wins VIP Strategy Session: for female health and wellness coaches, entrepreneurs, and busy female professionals who are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, exhausted, and a lack of time and energy. Your 90-minute VIP strategy session is completely customized to your unique needs, challenges, and top 1-2 results you most desire. Three of my more common Quick Wins sessions include: Set Yourself Up Like a B.O.S.S., Reclaim Your Calendar, and Successful Certification. Click here to learn more.
    2. Emotional Clutter Cleanse (ECC): a 12-week program designed to help female health and wellness coaches and entrepreneurs clear their emotional clutter and unproductive habits. We work through the fears and limiting beliefs keeping you stuck and from creating your successful coaching practice. Building confidence, creating more productive habits, and freeing up your precious time and energy to re-invest into your business, family, and life are the primary goals of ECC.
    3. Business Building Breakthrough (BBB): a 16-week program for female health and wellness coaches and entrepreneurs to not only create a success mindset, but primarily to build your successful coaching business. No more feeling stuck, overwhelmed, scattered, and disappointed with lackluster business results. This program is designed to take you through all vital aspects of creating your dream coaching business, including nailing your niche, creating an enticing and irresistible signature system and various levels of support to meet your clients’ needs, creating content and nurturing your audience, confidently conducting discovery calls without feeling sleezy or salesy, and promoting your business even if you’re an introvert or have no marketing skills.

    Services can also be customized to address the needs of clients, including their unique challenges, to get them the results they’re searching for. 

    While it may feel like there are wellness coaches popping up everywhere, Albers likes to point to the two thing she believes makes Albers Mind & Body Wellness unique. 

    “I teach self-care in a way that starts with clearing instead of adding more to your never-ending to-do list,” she says. “I help my clients free up their emotional clutter, limited beliefs, negative self talk, fears, and unproductive habits so they can be more present in their relationships and in their business.” 

    Additionally, she says that her training as a mental health therapist, a wellness coach, and a business coach helps her to understand all the pieces that come together in helping clients find success in all aspects of their lives.

    “If one area is out of balance or isn’t working for you, like your health, stress, or relationships, it will dramatically impact the focus, happiness, and success you’ll have in your business,” says Albers. “I help my clients address any and all areas where they’re feeling stuck. It’s like having a business coach, health coach, and therapist all rolled into one!”

    Albers is exited about the direction her business is heading. She is co-hosting a new group coaching program with Suzanne Monroe, founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals that offers a dual certification in advanced coaching skills and virtual business mastery. 

    She also recently launched a new Masterclass, called “Clearing the Emotional Clutter: 3 Steps to Reclaim 5+ Hours This Week.”

    “The class is a 2 hour self-paced virtual class that gives you specific strategies and action steps to free up your precious time and energy,” says Albers.

    Later in 2021, Albers will launch a new free training called “5 Failproof Steps to Create Your Dream Coaching Biz.” 

    “It’s a free 5-part video training series for health and wellness coaches to help them jumpstart their business building,” explains Albers. “I’ll also be creating some online courses for entrepreneurs on productivity, creating confidence, and business building strategies.”

    You can keep up with the news on this launch, as well as learn more about the coaching services Albers offers, on the Albers Mind & Body Wellness website.

    When you visit the website, you’ll find a free 7-day self-care challenges that you can download while also receiving a weekly email newsletter. “I like to share simple, actionable tips around mindset, productivity, marketing, business, and self-care,” she says. 

    Albers Mind & Body Wellness is also on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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    Practice mindfulness and improve your health with this Newport-based yoga studio.

    When Rachel Roberts opened The Yoga Bar in 2010, she wanted to offer a studio that was focused on unity, community, and equanimity. 

    “After returning to the region from Mysore, India, I wanted to give back to my hometown so I opened the studio to create a community center that was focused on mindfulness and movement,” she says. 

    Roberts’ involvement in the wellness community stretches far and wide. She has previously been a featured presenter at conferences, festivals, and educational forums. She’s also served as a mentor and judge for various business and artistic incubator programs and is a Kentucky State Representative for District 67. 

    Roberts says that her greatest talent, though, is her ability to offer ancient philosophies in a way that is approachable and applicable to our modern-day trials. “Whether it’s in one-on-one or in a room with 1,000, I can help you move into your true, powerful nature and to develop a supportive culture around you,” she adds. 

    Classes currently available at The Yoga Bar are traditional, accessible yoga classes. They are offered from gentle like Yin and restorative, to fiery like Vinyasa and Ashtanga. 

    “If folks get can up and down from the ground on their own, we can make our group classes accessible to you,” she says. “We also offer private and therapeutic classes as well as corporate and special event plans.”

    The main focus at The Yoga Bar is being a philanthropic and community-focused hub in the region. 

    “We hold regular fundraisers for local charities ranging from family services to LGBTQ causes to arts organizations and have partnerships to offer mindfulness to groups for thousands through NamasDEY with the Bengals, and yoga for PTSD with local fire departments,” adds Roberts.

    As we look for a return to normal in a post-COVID world, Roberts says the studio is beginning to ramp back up after being entirely virtual for most of 2020. In-person classes just resumed again in April and she plans to continue taking things slowly and cautiously, as your wellness practice shouldn’t risk your health. 

    She plans to hold outdoor classes again when the weather warms up and will expand the in-studio class schedule. “Our sweet studio is embedded in a quiet, historic neighborhood, so we throw the doors opens it feels like you are practicing outdoors, inside our practice space,” she says. 

    In addition to the services Roberts and The Yoga Bar can offer here in Cincinnati, she is looking forward to expanding her horizons through Bija Retreats. The Yoga Bar regularly hosts 6-7 retreats a year as close to home as Hocking Hills in June and October and as far away as Bali in Spring 022. “I just got back from Sayulita, Mexico, where we were scouting for a new retreat location,” says Roberts. “We will be finalizing an offering there in the coming months.” 

    When The Yoga Bar first opened its doors, they were in downtown Cincinnati before moving to the Newport location in 2013. In 2017 The Yoga Bar purchased the Newport building and in 2019 consolidated all operations to the location at 701 Park Avenue in Newport, Kentucky. 

    To learn more about The Yoga Bar, click here. The Yoga Bar is on Facebook and Instagram, and you can follow the hashtag #wherewillthepracticetakeyou. You can also keep up with Bija Retreats on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Spread a little bit of positivity everywhere you go with these affirmation stickers!

    Cincy Chic: What is Tangibles?
    Diana Yates, Owner & Founder of Tangibles: Tangibles is an online gift shop that creates positive affirmations for everyday spaces, so you never feel discouraged again. We also partner with coaches, youth empowerment groups, and other like-minded organizations to create custom affirmations for their clients and communities.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Yates: The idea for tangibles came from a personal story. Through a battle with eating disorders years ago, I would stick post-it notes with hand-written encouraging notes in my most triggering spaces – mirrors, refrigerators, cabinets, etc. These simple affirmation notes, like ‘you are loved’ and ‘you are enough’ helped to give me pause before my once-systematic binge. These messages gave me encouragement, even subliminally, and helped me check in with myself. These simple but powerful words were a turning point in my recovery journey. 

    And then it hit me one morning around 4:30am a year later. If a tangible message of love and encouragement – that I could see every day – helped me, could it help others? And that’s what we’ve set out to do with tangibles.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Yates: Tangibles is proud to be a woman-owned and operated business run by me, Diana Yates.

    Cincy Chic: What will readers find when they shop online?
    Yates: When visiting our online shop, you’ll find multiple ‘kits’ of affirmation vinyl stickers, which is our main tangibles product. Each kit includes 3-5 stickers, each with their own simple affirmation, and all flow together under one theme. For example, our best-selling (and first-ever!) tangibles kit titled ‘you are loved’ includes five stickers with the messages ‘you are loved,’ ‘you are radiant,’  ‘you are strong,’ ‘you are brave,’ and ‘you are enough.’ You’ll see affirmations that we’ve tagged great for women, great for kids, social justice-themed, and more, to help you find the perfect gift.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your custom orders and how they work!
    Yates: We would love to work with you to create custom affirmation stickers! Some of our favorite collaborations are with coaches, community-driven companies, inspirational events, fitness + wellness businesses, recovery groups, and youth empowerment organizations. Custom tangibles also make great party favors and swag bag add-ons. Once we receive an inquiry, we’ll set aside time to learn more about your vision for these, and then dive into creation mode to come up with your simple, powerful affirmations. Custom colors, fonts, graphics, and even packaging for the stickers are all possible as well.

    Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Tangibles?
    Yates: Through Tangibles, we want to encourage more people on an individual level, with simple but powerful words they need to hear right now. We want to be the first gift you think of for a friend, family member, child, or colleague who’s going through a tough time or a big life change and needs some consistent encouragement.

    We want to be a fun and meaningful way that coaches reach their clients, organizations empower their teams, and teachers inspire their students.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Tangibles unique?
    Yates: While there are other affirmation stickers and products out there, tangibles is unique because our products are simple, versatile, and customizable. To dig a little deeper, our products are created to be simple in both words and design, so you don’t miss the message. Second, tangibles work great in so many spaces, so they’re even more useful for our customers – or your gift recipient. And finally, you have the opportunity to create your own affirmations with us, whether you’re a coach, team leader, teacher, or just looking to send unique affirmations to your inner circle!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Yates: Yes, yes! We’re currently developing new products – beyond our vinyl stickers – that embrace the tangibles mission. We’re also working on new partnerships with local businesses so you can find tangibles in more of your favorite places! And, we’ll be launching a fun giveaway in May, so be on the lookout for that, too.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Yates: Head to www.loveistangible.com or follow along on Instagram

     

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      A local mom decided to launch her own boutique, but it wasn't without the help of a few guardian angels. Click here to read more about the inspiring story behind it all.

      Boutique Cala focuses on home decor and women’s fashion in its OTR location.

      Amanda Miller is all about happiness. Whether it’s creating happiness, sharing it with others, or being happy in her everyday life, happiness is the goal. And happiness is why she created Boutique Cala, a home decor and clothing store bringing happiness to its customers.

      The idea behind Boutique Cala started back in December 2020, the week before Christmas, when she participated as a pop-up shop in what would become her current location.

      “We signed our lease in February 2021 and began transitioning the shop into our permanent location,” she says. “We remained opened to shoppers while we remodeled the store ourselves during the downtime.”

      When a customer walks through the door at Boutique Cala, Miller wants them to shop and smile. 

      The macrame sold in the store is handcrafted by Miller herself, who learned the art of the craft while she was a stay-at-hoe mom to her son with special needs.

      “Three years ago, I started selling my art at local markets on the weekends,” she says. “My goal was to one day open a boutique in Over-the-Rhine, so when the opportunity arose in December 2020, I knew I had to take it on, despite the pandemic.” 

      That’s when she asked another mom and clothing vendor she’d met at Art on Vine, Aleasha, to partner with her on the business concept, leading to the launch of Boutique Cala.

      When you shop Boutique Cala, you’ll find modern macrame decor and accessories such as plant hangers, light fixtures, wall hangings, handbags, and earrings. The women’s fashion line in the store includes Paige Denim and LAmade. 

      “We also carry a variety of Nordic-style home decor lines with items ranging from planters and vases to pillows and tabletop decor,” adds Miller. 

      When you shop Boutique Cala, Miller wants to offer customers the opportunity to shop handmade and meet the maker of it. In the store you’ll also find products made by other artists, who Miller sources directly from the make themselves. “I do my best to learn about their stories and inform the customers of the maker behind the product,” she adds. 
       
      And, while you’re admiring the renovation of the shop itself, Miller proudly stands behind the renovations she did herself. “I built and installed everything in the store,” she adds. 
       
      Miller is proud of all that she’s accomplished thus far with Boutique Cala, but knows that she wouldn’t have found inspiration without a little help. 
       
      “If it wasn’t for Children’s Hospital and what they’ve done for son, I wouldn’t have been able to take on opening a shop yet,” she explains. :He has autism and was visually impaired from a rare eye disease. In August 2020, he was hospitalized for almost 2 weeks for angle closure glaucoma. He had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure. The ophthalmologist who performed that surgery suggested possibly correcting his vision with additional surgeries. It wasn’t going to be a simple eye surgery and it was mostly theoretical, but this was everything I wanted for Camden so in September they started with the right eye, October he had surgery on the left eye, November he went back for another surgery, and by December he was seeing in focus for the first time!”
       
      Since then, she says, her son has had a few more procedures, and although he has a long road ahead, his life as dramatically changed. “He’s become more independent, his communication has improved and things that once frightened him into a panic, now make him smile and laugh. I can even safely walk with him down Vine Street, something I could have never done before,” she says. “I’m extremely thankful for Dr. Young, Camden’s ophthalmologist, and to 3CDC for the opportunity. They’re what made Boutique Cala possible.”
       
      Boutique Cala is located at 1321 Vine Street in Cincinnati, right across the street from The Mercer and next to GO(O)D. They are hosting a grand opening event scheduled for June 19. And when the pandemic subsides, she says they plan on hosting DIY workshops. 
       
      You can learn more about Boutique Cala on Facebook and Instagram.

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      Click here to see this quintessential East Walnut Hills home in this week's Listing of the Week!

      This 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom Tudor home is inherently timeless, elegant by design, and a quintessential East Walnut Hills home on coveted Keys Crescent. The first floor features abundant and open space for grand entertaining, yet ample separate for intimate daily living and today’s work from home needs. Favorite features include a large front porch, pub room, wine room, master suite with balcony, a large updated, 2-sink bathroom with walk-in closets, a 3rd floor theatre and game rooms, and lots fo storage. This home is close to downtown and steps from dining.

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

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      Change up your beauty routine this summer with new hair, lashes, or a customized filler service.

      The Lash Loft in Troy, Ohio, offers lash extensions, brow services, hair extensions, and a variety of hair services.

      Just north of Dayton is Troy, Ohio, home to The Lash Loft. 

      The Lash Loft is a boutique salon offering high-quality services such as lash extensions, hair extensions, microblading, and powder brows. 

      Carey Canter, the founder of The Lash Loft, says that she wants to help her clients find their inner and outer beauty when they walk through the door. 

      “I want every one of my clients to fall in love with their hair, their new lashes, or their freshly done microbladed brows,” she says. “I find it fulfilling to be able to help a woman fall in love with herself for the first time, or to fall in love with a new look she was once afraid to try out.”

      As we head into summer, Canter says that she’s expecting a number of trends to continue throughout the summer, especially when it comes to hair extensions. And while there are a variety available, she knows that it can be a difficult decision to commit to for clients. However, she wants them to know they are in good hands when they see her.

      “I believe that it’s about finding the right one for you, and that being the key to having the hair that you want,” she says.

      When it comes to eyebrows, microblading is a popular service she doesn’t see going anywhere. In addition to microblading, she says that brow lamination is also a popular option. In fact, she sees many clients turning the lamination into a more semi-permanent look by using a combination microblading and machine shading.

      Hair extensions are an available service at The Lash Loft.

      Lashes have also taken over in the beauty industry, and when it comes to lash extensions, she says that she’s seeing trends in using colored lashes and creating different types of looks like a cat eye, a doll eye, and even super glam sets being popular among clients. 

      For those who are looking to give their skin a boost, she says The Lash Loft also has a nurse practitioner on staff who offers Botox filler, microneedling, and IPL laser treatments for clients

      “Receiving a service that involves microneedling and Botox is really life-changing,” says Canter.

      The most in-demand services at The Lash Loft are the three main offerings: lash extensions, hair extensions, and microblading. 

      “We love being able to create an entire look for our clients from beautiful, voluminous, and trendy blonding, highlighted hair extensions to applying a full set of faux mink lashes and finishing off the look with a beautiful combo brow using microblading and machine shading,” she says. “All of this to create a new look, and a new you.”

      The Lash Loft is located at 123 E Main Street in Troy, Ohio. You can keep up with them, and book your next appointment, on Facebook and Instagram. You can also directly book appointments here.

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        Stay true to yourself and your style with this unique brand that allows you to appreciate and love exactly who you are.

        Niche is an online shop that allows you to express yourself without following the trends that come and go.

        Shopping for clothing to stay on-trend can get expensive. Trends come and go, but you don’t have to bust your budget to keep up with the times. 

        Saving your pocketbook from drying up is why Mackenzie See launched Niche, an online shop and a safe place to pick and choose what pieces of clothing fulfill your wardrobe dreams.

        We will do everything to provide you with the peace and comfort of picking from items that will make you feel the most beautiful in your own skin,” she says. “The dream is that each piece of clothing can be paired, and mix-and-matched with other pieces of clothing to start, build, or complete a look. Niche is here to help you build a wardrobe, not fill a closet.”

        The inspiration behind Niche isn’t just about building an affordable wardrobe, but to also help you create a wardrobe that is timeless. 

        “The hope is that with Niche you can build a wardrobe you love and that will transcend time and not go out of style so fast,” she says. 

        See also wants to instill the idea that our trendy clothing isn’t what makes us who we are. “I know how hard our society pushes the idea that we are not enough as we are and I wanted to create a place that defied that and lets women know they can come as they are, however they feel most authentic, confidence, and comfortable. In fact, I implore them to and want them to feel as if they are perfect just the way they are and that Niche is here, I am here to support them.”

        When you shop Niche you’ll find a variety of products including shirts, pants, dresses, and earrings. “The idea is that each and every item can be mix-and-matched and worn for years without the items going out of style,” she adds. 

        See says that what she thinks makes her business unique is the idea and intention behind it, along with the plans she has for the future.

        “Niche isn’t just an online clothing store to me, it is so much more,” See explains. “It represents hope, the future, love, being yourself, acceptance and so much more. I could go on for days. This is probably my most favorite question ever because the story behind the name ‘Niche’ is based on the word ‘unique.’ I wanted it to be a short to-the-point memorable name that had meaning to me, and after days of researching and discussing ideas with my boyfriend, we landed on ‘Niche’ but pronounced like neé-sh. To represent Niche being unique from the ‘traditional’ clothing brand or store, and to encourage others to break away from the norm and be their selves unapologetically, to be you-Niche.”

        See says that as a woman, she knows what it’s like to grow up in a harsh, judgmental world, and wants o create something that allows others to be themselves, like they are good enough to be exactly who they are.

        The future looks bright for See and Niche, as she recently did a pop-up shop at Enlightenment Coffee in Walton, Kentucky. She hopes to participate in more pop-ups throughout the year as it becomes safe to do so.

        “I also plan on working towards building a memorable, pleasant, raw experience when interacting with my brand,” she says. “I plan on prioritizing spreading love, authenticity, reassurance, and support through Niche’s channels, creating a safe space forepeople to come where they can feel accepted, supported, and safe.”

        You can learn more about Niche on their website. You can also follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

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