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Sara Sybert

Sara Sybert
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

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See how two little girls popped the inspiration for this new gourmet popcorn business that’ll make you giddy for more.

Steve Zugelter, founder of Giddy Gourmet
Steve Zugelter, founder of Giddy Gourmet, with his two daughters

Cincy Chic: What is Giddy Gourmet?
Steve Zugelter, Owner of Giddy Gourmet: Giddy Gourmet specializes in handcrafted gourmet popcorn in bold and exciting flavors. We put a new spin on everyone’s favorite pastime snack by creating new flavors that aren’t necessarily thought of as being associated with popcorn. In addition to popcorn, we have plans to introduce new items as well.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the business?
Zugelter: My daughters are really the inspiration behind it. They, like most children, love cheddar cheese popcorn but there wasn’t a local store near our home that offered it, so I decided to make it myself. I then found myself mixing flavors and I started offering it to friends and neighbors. It wasn’t long before people started placing orders. That, along with the great feedback we were getting for it, I decided to run with it and open it to a larger audience. Now I make the popcorn in my home and make local deliveries.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Zugelter: It’s really a family business. My wife has always been my greatest supporter and she’s been behind this from day one. My daughters, ages 5 and 7, help make the popcorn and come up with some incredible flavors.

Cincy Chic: What types of flavors do you offer?
Zugelter: We offer a variety of sweet and savory flavors. Cookies n Cream is a very popular flavor as is our Drunken Maple Caramel with Bacon. It’s a pure maple syrup-based caramel, mixed with bourbon and the popcorn is then topped with smoked bacon pieces. Peanut Butter Crunch, Salted Caramel and Tuxedo Caramel are also huge hits. On the savory side, Cincinnati Chili and Zesty Pizza are very popular and our Garlic Herb is made with fresh garlic and other spices.

Cincy Chic: What about price points?
Zugelter: The popcorn is available in 5-cup bags and is $7 for the sweet flavors or $5 for the savory flavors. We also offer smaller sample bags for $3. We can also provide larger amounts for weddings and other events that can either be bagged or brought to the event in bulk for the guests to scoop it themselves.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Giddy Gourmet?
Zugelter: We’re very excited to be a part of the Anderson Township Farmer’s Market this year! I would also like to make it available at locally-owned shops around the area. A long-term goal is to open a storefront and offer other handcrafted gourmet treats.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Zugelter: We’re working closely with a design to finalize our website where you can place orders for pickup, delivery or to have them shipped. In the meantime, we have a Facebook page. They can also call 513-214-1975 or email

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    Tragedy strikes in many different forms and there are a number of ways to handle it. Keep reading to learn more about one local lady’s journey through the unthinkable and how she’s coming out on top to share her story of unconditional love, painful loss and never-ending support.

    Denise Taylor
    Denise Taylor

    Denise Taylor calls herself a Perspective Trainer. She earned what she calls her “Bachelor’s in Perspective” through her teenage daughter’s three year battle with leukemia and a “PhD in Perspective” when her Marine son was deployed to Afghanistan.

    “Through each of these unexpected life surprises, I used perspective exercises and spirit lifting to help me find the gifts contained in packages of devastation, fear and pain,” explains Taylor. “Because of what I’ve learned, I’m passionate about sharing my practices with others and supporting them through life’s tough stuff.” Taylor doesn’t believe humans were put on the planet to suffer, but instead believes that they can grow from the suffering.  “For those who have experienced tragedy, it isn’t always easy to give those situations the perspective needed – especially when you’re so emotionally involved and connected to the situation,” she explains.

    Rather than refer to these experiences in a negative way, Taylor has brought her perspective to life in a new book called “You’re Invited – to the Party of Your Life.” The book, which will be released later this year, is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to aid in publication and program development.

    While Taylor is the sole author of the book, she says there have been many cheerleaders helping along the way, all of whom she appreciates. However, she doesn’t want the book to be about her story or her daughter Jonnae’s story.

    “This book, my speaking, the programs I want to develop and offer, are about each person being inspired by their own perspective and strength, not as bystanders on the sidelines believing someone has something they don’t and that they aren’t capable of triumph – regardless what the trial is,” she says. “For seven years I’ve tested and tried the exercises I share through my ‘party favor guide’ in the book.”

    Taylor adds that the Indiegogo campaign for her book is about her being able to support and celebrate others through their life parties. The campaign runs through the month of April and from there Taylor will move on to finding individuals to help her edit, format and promote the book to get more people involved in her movement.

    What she’s most excited about when it comes to this journey is the personal connection that she can make with readers and others who are involved in the movement. “I love that I get to share stories of tribulation and triumph through my books and online sharing,” says Taylor, “but nothing compares to getting to do that live at a presentation and connecting with individuals who were impacted afterwards.”

    Taylor says that she tries to apply the perspective training everywhere she goes, and she often hears back from individuals with rewarding stories about their results. In fact, Taylor recently received an email one year after meeting someone briefly at an airport who let her know how the conversation between them affected her battle with cancer:

    “I had met this woman, not as expected in sitting next to her on the plane, but in line getting ready to board one and offering a quick perspective shift tip,” explains Taylor. “I manage to do that wherever I go. Airports are breeding ground for stress and complaints, so it’s the perfect place for me to offer a perspective that’s often forgotten. It’s a privilege to fly, focus should not be on the burden of it, but on the blessing it is. That applies to almost any line or wait. When you’ve waited for the 2 ½ weeks for a child to take their last breath, there is no other wait that will challenge you. It’s natural for us, in our society, to get antsy in a line or impatient in traffic. I simply remind myself what I’ve waited on before and then I’m happy to be waiting on ‘this’ instead. I offer that perspective to others and it sticks.”

    Another thing that Taylor enjoys about the path she’s chosen is when she can reach and affect young people. “One of the best ways to experience the party of our lives is giving the country’s future hope and encouragement and see that they’ve been able to utilize those perspectives in their own lives,” explains Taylor. “It doesn’t always come wrapped beautifully. Often, our youth are better at finding it than adults are. It’s beautiful witness and be a part of that.”

    In addition to launching her book this year, Taylor says that she’s working on a new website and program development titled TaylorTUFF (TUFF being an acronym for Trained Under Fearlessness and Faith) that will offer continual content and support. “TaylorTUFF is something that I’m very excited about giving birth to and growing,” Taylor adds.

    One thing she hopes to do in the near future is travel to share Life’s Surprise Party live, adding that it’s when she gets to talk to people in person that the real empowerment and inspiration happens. There are perk packages she’s offering through the Indiegogo campaign that include small presentation and keynote packages at a discounted rate.

    Click here to learn more.

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    There’s a party coming up that both you and Mother Nature will enjoy! Read on to learn more about the Cincinnati Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet and Rain Barrel Benefit Auction.

    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Sustainable Communities Advocate Sophia Cifuentes
    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Sustainable Communities Advocate Sophia Cifuentes

    This year marks the sixth annual Earth Day Celebration, known as Party for the Planet, at the Cincinnati Zoo. It’s during this event, and the Rain Barrel Benefit Auction, that eco-friendly businesses and organizations head to the Zoo to share their knowledge and resources about sustainable living with guests.

    “It’s very informative and family-friendly with lots of hands-on activities such as planting seeds to take home, with most of the exhibitors lining our Swan Lake Bridge,” explains Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Sustainable Communities Advocate Sophia Cifuentes. “It’s a great way to learn more about what we can do right here in Cincinnati to have an impact on our environment and the conservation of wildlife. Every action we take locally has an impact globally.”

    Party for the Planet is hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden alongside other Association for Zoos and Aquariums institutions across the country. The Rain Barrel Benefit Auction is a joint effort between the Zoo and Save Local Waters, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental quality issues in the Ohio River Valley.

    Cifuentes says as the “Greenest Zoo in America,” they’re always looking for ways to inspire guests to live more sustainably, more specifically when it comes to the conservation of natural resources.

    “Many of our guests love to observe and engage with our animals and plants at the Zoo, and immediately become connected to them,” she explains. “They want to do something that will help these animals and their wild counterparts out.”

    The Zoo wants to give guests the resources and opportunities they need to act locally while also having a global impact wildlife. “Everyone has the power to make a difference and reduce their own carbon footprint, which ultimately will have an affect on the rest of the planet,” adds Cifuentes. “Party for the Planet is a great way to celebrate those actions, and find out more information about what else we can be doing in our region.

    The events will take place on Thursday, April 23 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Party for the Planet is from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the Rain Barrel Benefit Auction is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the two main events, there will also be Tunes and Blooms, a free concert that is held every Thursday in April. On the night of Party for the Planet, the Cliftones, a Cincinnati reggae band, will be performing.

    “The Rain Barrel Benefit Auction is the third time the Zoo is hosting the auction in conjunction with Save Local Waters,” says Cifuentes. “This special event involves auctioning off 51 boring, brown rain barrels donated by MSD of Cincinnati that were turned into masterpieces by local artists. Proceeds from the barrels, which are a great way to conserve water and help reduce stormwater runoff, are shared between Save Local Waters and the Cincinnati Zoo to further their sustainability initiatives and environmental education.”

    At the event, you can expect a lively, fun, energizing, engaging and inspiring atmosphere, according to Cifuentes. Live music will be playing in the Vine Street Village and all of the exhibitors for Party for the Planet will be lined up on the bridge and pathway that leads to the Go Green Garden. Cifuentes says that each exhibitor will have information, hands-on activities and giveaways to share. Guests are also welcomed to bid on their favorite barrel during the event. Cifuentes says that minimum bids start around $80 and winners are asked to pay for their barrel the night of.

    “The Zoo will be open throughout the evening, so guests are welcome to wander around and enjoy the thousands of tulips in full bloom, animal exhibits and the various food and beverage carts open,” she adds. “Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic baskets of goodies, just no glass or alcohol.”

    The event is free with Zoo admission, and admission to the Zoo is free after 5 p.m. There is a $9 charge for parking.

    To learn more about Party for the Planet and the Rain Barrel Benefit Auction, click visit the Cincinnati Zoo’s website, Save Local Waters, or check out the Zoo’s event’s page.

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    A local makeup artist is launching a new lip product line that’s designed for every woman - from the Tomboy to the glam girl. Read on for all the decked-out details.

    040615BEAUTY2Chenese Bean says it’s her clients who inspired her latest venture – a collection of lip products called Glam by Chenese Bean. The makeup pro says that when she applies lip products to a client, she always sees it as a process.

    “Depending on the makeup look I’m producing or the nature of why I’m even doing makeup, I’ll use a lip primer, lip liner, lipstick and gloss,” she explains. “There are other times where I’ll only use two out of the four. All of this gives me the ability to actually enhance one’s lip shape and the outcome always amazes my clients.”

    She adds that the purpose of her lip line is to cater to everyone, from those who wear less makeup to those who want to “go all out glam.” For Bean, her new line is about confidence.040615BEAUTY

    “What woman, while looking in the mirror after she’s applied a lip product of some sort, will look at herself with confidence and pucker her lips a.k.a. the kiss face?,” she laughs.

    Bean’s line, which she plans to launch in late August 2015, will be a collection of lip products that include various textures of lipsticks such as matte, sheer, creamy, glitter and pearl, lip glosses and lip treatments. Price points for the products Bean will feature in her line will range from $10 to $22.

    In addition to her new lip line, Bean says that she plans to bring on other beauty products as well including mascara, blush, foundation and a limited edition of Glam by Chenese Bean-scented candles that smell just as fabulous as they look.

    Bean says that the website for Glam by Chenese Bean will soon launch and you can click here to receive updates. She adds that she’s also looking for retail stores to carry her beauty line.

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    From fun classes (for you and the kids) to 24/7 hours, see how one local gym is providing solutions to all your common excuses for not exercising.


    From “It doesn’t fit in my schedule” and “it’s too expensive” to “it’s boring” and “I have to take care of the kids” — we have a million excuses for not working out.

    That’s where Vital Fitness comes in. Members at Vital Fitness can access the gym 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also offer a variety of fun fitness classes including spinning, cycling, boot camp, Zumba and strength-training classes in addition to cardiovascular and weight machines.

    Owner Amy Zimmerman says that Vital Fitness has been a lifelong dream for her. “I wanted to be able to make a difference in the lives of others by making them better from the inside out,” she explains. “Fitness has always been a personal passion and I decided to use that as an instrument to reach others. I always envisioned a place where others felt comfortable both coming and going regardless of their fitness level.”

    “Chiseled,” one of the classes offered at Vital Fitness, focuses on your bottom, abs and arms. The full-body strength class targets these concern areas for women using body weight and strength-training equipment. Chiseled is offered twice a week and no class is the same, so you can be sure you’ll get a different workout each time while targeting these three areas of your body.040615HEALTH1

    Boot Camp uses power moves, plyometrics and strengthening exercises to keep your pulse up. Great for those of all fitness levels, Boot Camp instructors will accommodate you according to your skill level.

    With Zumba, you can dance your way to a better body using a fusion of Latin and international music. Wake-up and Spin is a class offered on a stationary bike and a good way to get your heart rate up early in the morning.

    Group cycling, performed on a stationary bike, offers cardio workouts combined with music and motivation. Extreme cycling uses high energy drills with 15 minutes of challenging body weight mat work to target the whole body.

    Infusion training incorporates cardio, strength and intense core work for a unique class. Members can take Hatha Yoga to align their body and inner mind.

    Tenacity is a kickboxing-style cross-training class that’s ideal for those who want to boost metabolism, while improving strength, conditioning and core balance. The class is offered twice a month.

    To help you wind down after an intense workout, Vital Fitness has an in-house massage therapist, Dan Freeze, who specializes in sports and therapeutic massage. He provides massages on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as other days by appointment.

    But what about the kids? Bring them along to hang out in Kids Korner or take a fitness class of their own. The Kids Korner at Vital Fitness is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ballet, tumbling and conditioning classes are offered for kids as well.

    “Our goal is to help educate, motivate and excite kids about working out and being healthy,” says Lara Luttrell, Youth programming coordinator for Vital Fitness. “We are continuing to broaden our scope of youth programming and always looking for ways to get kids moving!”

    Zimmerman says that her and her team at Vital Fitness are continually developing new programs for both children and adults. “I would love to expand my personal training audiences, offer more seminars on health and nutrition and begin to develop more corporate wellness programs for local companies,” she says.

    Vital Fitness, which is located at 1050 Prairie Ave. in Wilmington, offers annual or month-to-month contracts. Student and military discounts are available. To learn more, visit

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    Click here to learn more about the certified wedding planners behind Elegant Whims and how they can make your big day dreams come true.

    (left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners
    (left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners (Photo by: Pottinger Photography)

    Cincy Chic: What is Elegant Whims?
    Patti Davis, Co-Owner of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners: Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners was established by two cousins who believe that no bride and groom should experience the wedding day problems they did. We combine our creative talents, organizational skills, passion and sense of humor to provide a relaxed, enjoyable journey up to and including your wedding day. At Elegant Whims, we treat each couple and their family and friends as if they were family.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Elegant Whims?
    Davis: I, along with my cousin Melinda Storbehn, have dreamed of owning our own business since we were children growing up in Michigan. Spending our time together playing dress-up, Barbies and having tea parties. When it was time to celebrate – birthdays, holidays or family gatherings, our mothers would always add that little “something extra” to the table seating that would transform it into a beautiful and enchanting affair. We learned at an early age that it’s in the details where memories are made. Today, we bring our unique strength and styles together, along with our appreciation of the details, to give each client that Elegant Whims Experience.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Elegant Whims?
    Davis: It’s me and my cousin Melinda who co-own Elegant Whims together. Melinda is the CFO and has been happily married to her cousin Steve for 33 years. They have two children, two dogs and two cats. Some of her responsibilities including layout design for the ceremony and reception site, ensuring that the correct rental items are orders and working with clients on their budget.
    I’m the CEO and have been married to my wonderful husband Rick for 36 years. We have two sons. A few of my responsibilities include client correspondence, timeline creation and posting to social media and advertising sites.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Elegant Whims?
    Davis: The State of Ohio officially recognized Elegant Whims as a business on February 14, 2012. Prior to the launch of Elegant Whims, we worked together planning and facilitating multiple weddings and events.

    Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy most about running your business?
    Davis: Everything! The first meeting with our clients is exciting because we have the opportunity to hear their story, the vision of their wedding and how Elegant Whims can help them. The planning process is like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. As each piece is put into place the total picture starts to emerge. As the day draws near, we watch out couples and their parents relax, enjoy and start to “see” the total picture of the wedding day vision coming together. Oftentimes, couples come to us with no idea of what to do next so it’s our joy to guide them and watch them joke and have fun at each vendor meeting.

    On the wedding day Melinda’s favorite part is the excitement in both the bride’s and groom’s pre-ceremony rooms. The bride is relaxing and joking with her attendants and moms. There is talk about how to properly hold their bouquets, reminding them to walk slowly and smile. The groom and his groomsmen are usually laughing about shared stories as he gets ready for the next chapter in his life. My favorite part is getting the attendants and bride ready for the walk down the aisle – from fluffing the bride’s gown train to watch the groom’s face as she walks down the aisle toward him, it’s one of the most heartwarming experiences.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Elegant Whims?
    Davis: Always! Elegant Whims is excited about many new things on our horizon. Because it is important to offer packages that will help many couples with different planning needs, we are in the process of restructuring and adding to our planning packages. We are always on the lookout for the next cutting edge trends happening on the east and west coasts. Continuing our education is important to us and we are currently working toward our Senior Certified Wedding Planner certification. Being a part of many networking groups helps us forge working relationships throughout the wedding industry.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Davis: We would love to invite readers to visit our website and don’t miss out on tips and trends by Elegant Whims on our blog. See the fun it is to plan your wedding with Elegant Whims by liking our Facebook page and share in our design ideas on Pinterest. And, of course, we are featuring on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Perfect Wedding Guide.

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      Two DAAP students took their passion for creating and turned it into a business. Keep reading to learn more about how the industrial design graduates found their niche by launching a design and fabrication studio in addition to a furniture line.

      Alex Aeschbury and Zach Darmanian-Harris, co-owners of Such + Such
      Alex Aeschbury and Zach Darmanian-Harris, co-owners of Such + Such

      A love of creating led DAAP Industrial Design graduates Alex Aeschbury and Zach Darmanian-Harris to launch their joint venture Such + Such. The duo find that there’s a magic in bringing something from your mind into the physical world, says Darmanian-Harris.

      Clocks designed by Such + Such
      Clocks designed by Such + Such

      Such + Such is a design and fabrication studio. Darmanian-Harris says that at the studio, they work to produce custom furniture, spaces, and signage in addition to selling their own line of furniture and home goods. “Such + Such strives to produce engaging and timeless furniture and products through the exploration of materials and processes,” he adds.

      Such + Such launched in 2010 when it was born out of a senior capstone project Darmanian-Harris and his partner worked on at the University of Cincinnati’s School of DAAP. They spent the first year of the business together planning out where they would go from there before taking on client work in 2011 through the Losantiville Design Collective.

      Sloane Boutique design and fabrication designed by Such + Such
      Sloane Boutique design and fabrication designed by Such + Such

      “My partner Alex and I had worked [and] Co-Oped at a combined 10 different design studios before we decided to go out on our own,” he explains. “While we gained a great amount of experience, we had both grown frustrated with the day-to-day of creating mass manufactured products.”

      Business continued to grow and Darmanian-Harris says they moved into their own 10,000 square foot design and production facility at 1709 Central Avenue in Cincinnati’s West End in 2013.

      While Darmanian-Harris and Aeschbury were at DAAP, they were able to access digital manufacturing equipment including CNC mills, laser cutters and 3D printers. He says that when they saw the tools, thoughts of creating small batch production work immediately came to mind and it wasn’t long before they were able to use their industrial design background to launch a thriving business.

      Darmanian-Harris says that its the lighthearted and fun spirit that makes Such + Such a unique place. “While we tend to lean toward a modern and minimalist aesthetic, we never want our designs to be cold or unapproachable,” he says. “Besides that, we are obsessed with materials and processes and how the two can work together to create something unique.”

      Home decor and furniture designed by Such + Such
      Home decor and furniture designed by Such + Such

      He adds that they’re always on the look out for opportunities where designs and be informed directly by the process that makes them, such as the Block Clocks you can find on the Such + Such website.

      Darmanian-Harris says that there are always new things going on at Such + Such. One of the projects they’re continually working on is new things for the furniture line, and they plan to introduce a new bench and a bar stool in the next couple of weeks. When it comes to client work, he says that they’re working on custom furniture for Fushian, a local restaurant group, as well as interior and exterior signage and 3D installations for the new Cintrifuse building on Vine Street. Finally, through Art Works, Such + Such is designing a “data lounge” for the Duke Energy Convention Center.

      To learn more about Such + Such, visit their website. Darmanian-Harris says that Such + Such is also on social media including FacebookTwitter and on their blog.

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      Spring has sprung and one local business is bringing fresh food direct from farm to table! Learn more about the city’s newest eatery that sprouted up in Mount Adams.

      Sprout Market and Eatery’s Susana Tolentino and Whit Hesser

      Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and a new restaurant recently sprouted up in Mount Adams.

      Sprout Market and Eatery, launched in October 2014, is now the city’s latest fresh-eating concept. It offers a casual, fresh, and locally-sourced dine-in experience as well as a local market and grocery, according to owner Whit Hesser.

      “We wanted to provide Cincinnati with a space that has great, clean and approachable food to satiate the masses,” says Hesser.

      There’s a group of Cincinnatians behind Sprout, which includes general manager Susana Tolentino who worked with the Boca Group and Dutch’s, executive chef Michael Brown who worked at 20 brix and under Chef David Cook, as well as sous chef Evan Vansickle who worked at Nada.

      Interior of Sprout
      Interior of Sprout

      During a visit to Sprout, you’ll find that the fresh-eating market and eatery has several vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options in addition to traditional American-style cuisine. “The one common theme at Sprout is that we try to keep our food as simple, clean and fresh as possible,” says Hesser.

      The menu at Sprout has been crafted carefully to make it as approachable and affordable as possible. Most of the items on the menu are between $8 and $12, with some closer to the $15 price point. However, Hesser says that there’s something for everyone and every price point at Sprout.

      In addition to the food menu at Sprout, guests enjoy a full bar featuring 10 to 12 glass pours on the wine list, 16 craft beer taps and housemade cocktails. The market, adjoining to the dining room, is also stocked with local love and goodies to go.

      “All items in our market have been procured from local vendors with a focus on freshness,” explains Hesser. “Some of our biggest movers are our breads, produce, milk, eggs and, of course, wine and beer to go.”

      Hesser says that there’s a lot to look forward to in moving from the winter menu to the spring menu. “As the turn of the season occurs, we will have access to a variety of product,” he adds. “Our farmer, who is located in Fayetteville, is just as excited as we are to start hauling in the new produce – and allowing the season to dictate the direction of the menu.”

      Sprout is located at the corner of Pavilion and St. Gregory streets in Mount Adams and is open for lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hesser adds that Sprout serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11 a.m.

      To learn more about Sprout Market and Eatery, visit You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram and Twitter. Hesser says that if you have any questions, send an email to

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      Crystal Carter launched her business five years ago at the young age of 23. See how it blossomed into a full-service salon and spa offering all hair services as well as nails, massages, body waxing and custom spray tans.


      Crystal Carter found her calling when she opened the Beauty Bar Salon and Spa in November 2009 when she was just 23 years old. Today, the Wilmington-based full-service salon blossomed into a booming business that offers all hair services as well as manicures and pedicures, Swedish and deep tissue massages, body waxing and custom spray tans.

      Beauty Bar Salon and Spa just celebrated its fifth anniversary and continues to expand to accommodate for the growth its experiencing. Carter says that in 2013 she expanded the salon and added a massage and facial room in addition to a room dedicated to body waxing.

      Carter says prices for a cut and color starts at $55. It can vary depending on what you’re having done to your hair and how much has to be colored. “We offer two different types of massages ranging from $30 to $60,” she adds.

      At Beauty Bar Salon and Spa, there are five hair stylists and one massage therapist. “We are a small, trendy salon that is always keeping up with new cut and color techniques and nail designs,” says Carter. “We are constantly educating ourselves by attending shows all over the U.S.”

      The Beauty Bar team at their 5 year anniversary. (left to right) 5 year anniversary open house: From left to right: Kristen Fletcher, Alyssa Smith,  Crystal Carter-owner, Sunny Hagen, Lindsey Sams and Jamie Carter
      The Beauty Bar team at their 5 year anniversary. (left to right) 5 year anniversary open house:
      From left to right: Kristen Fletcher, Alyssa Smith, Crystal Carter-owner, Sunny Hagen, Lindsey Sams and Jamie Carter

      Carter adds that she and her team just returned from the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas and the American Beauty Show in Chicago so they could learn what’s hot in the salon and spa industry and bring those styles back to their customers in Cincinnati.

      With wedding season just around the corner, brides may want to head to Beauty Bar Salon and Spa for treatments on their special day. Carter says the salon and spa accommodates wedding parties and can do airbrush makeup and bridal updos to help brides look and feel their best on their special day.

      You can keep up-to-date on all of Beauty Bar Salon and Spa’s specials by liking them on Facebook. Carter says that they’ll also be launching a new website soon.

      Beauty Bar Salon and Spa is located at 53 East Locust Street in Wilmington. They are open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 937-366-6805.

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      Sacred Earth Farms in Kenwood is building community while providing residents of the Tri-State with the freshest local produce. Click here to learn more.

      Sacred Earth Farms


      If you like to bring lots of local love to the table, then Sacred Earth Farms is the place to find it. The local co-op-owned and operated farm and market maintains its focus on building community, sustainability and localism.

      Located in Kenwood, at 8710 Kenwood Road, the mission of Sacred Earth Farms is to work with local farmers and skilled workers to bring those living in the Tri-State a place to go to turn to healthy goods and services.033015HEALTH

      Together, Sacred Earth Farms is owned by Douglas Byrd, Tomas Englert and Michael Woeste. The three work together to make their business a family-fun distribution center that offers the best local and non-GMO food products. Additionally, they’re proud to offer up their expertise for those who are seeking ways to make their homes more environmentally-friendly and to help with design project needs.

      Sacred Earth Farms most recently opened a year-round farmers market last fall. At the market, located in the heart of Kenwood, there are local chemical-free products and services to benefit families.

      In addition to the local produce and farmer’s market, Sacred Earth Farms also provides educational classes including Permacultural Design, Juicing and Smoothie Classes, Garden Walks, Wild Edible Walks, Flower Arrangements, “How to Make Your Own Terrarium” and Beekeeping. For more information on the classes, contact Englert at 513-509-1241.

      Professional services available at Sacred Earth Farms include honey bee removal, tree removal, bat removal, organic pest removal, permaculture design, landscape design, garden design & consultation, finished carpentry and soil and water testing. Byrd can provide more information and estimates on theses services and can be reached at 513-535-9182.

      For more information, email and check them out on Facebook. You can also call Byrd at 513-535-9182, Englert at 513-509-1241 or Woeste at 513-314-9964.