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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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Looking for a great gift idea or want to start a new family tradition? Learn about Neusole Glassworks’ upcoming Ornament Blow event.

Neusole Glassworks in Forest Park offers an Ornament Blow event that allows individuals to come in and make their own Christmas ornaments.
Neusole Glassworks in Forest Park offers an Ornament Blow event that allows individuals to come in and make their own Christmas ornaments.

Back in 2004, Neusole Glassworks was founded as a company before going non-profit in 2008. Neusole is a full public-access glassblowing studio located in Forest Park.

“We teach all of the glass arts including blowing, kilnforming, flameworking and casting,” explains Neusole Executive Director Debbie Bradley. “Our mission is to educate the public in arts.”

The inspiration for Neusole began back when the company’s founder began blowing glass at Ohio State when he was in college. From that point forward, Bradley says, glass has been his passion.

Today, there are only a select number of public access nonprofit glass studios in the U.S. because of the high costs associated with it. Neusole is a part of the John J. Schiff III Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit private operating foundation that was founded by a private donor and now has a board of directors, with Bradley leading the way as executive director.

Part of what makes Neusole unique is the Ornament Blow option. “The Ornament Blow is a fantastic experience for both young and old,” says Bradley. “Our artists help the individual create a keepsake blown glass ornament. The individual gets to pick the colors and shape of the ornament.”

To help minimize wait time, Neusole allows families to book time slots that are the most convenient for them. People can also come before their scheduled times to watch others do it. Following the class the glass gallery is open to the public as well as the gift shop.

At Neusole, there are not set schedules for classes because the goal is to allow everyone in on the fun. “We create all of our classes around the consumer’s schedules,” says Bradley. “In addition, we offer demonstrations and tours.”

As for the new year, Bradley says that it’s going to be a great one for Neusole. “We are introducing other art forms to our repertoire of glass classes,” she says. “We are slowly going to roll them out over the first quarter but you can look for classes in such areas as marionette making, pen and pencil art, older art forms such as textiles and yarns, basketry, precious metal clays, polymer clays and various jewelry classes.”

The nonprofit is moving toward becoming a full-blow creative arts center, according to Bradley.

To learn more about Neusole, click here. You can also check them out on Facebook or stop by for a visit. Neusole is located at 11925 Kemper Springs Drive in Forest Park.

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We chat with the owner of a local art gallery to learn more about their events, services and new second location. Keep reading for all the details!

Pop Revolution Gallery now has two locations, one in Mason and the other in Hamilton.

Cincy Chic: What is Pop Revolution Gallery?
Francis Michaels, Owner of Pop Revolution Gallery: Pop Revolution Gallery is an art gallery located in the Historic Downtown Mason and Hamilton. Pop specializes in art exhibitions from local artists focusing on the powerful message of art and modern society. New shows can be seen each month.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the art gallery?
Michaels: Pop Revolution opened in the Fall of 2008 just as the markets crashed. It was a struggle in the beginning with the economy but we made it through. Myself and Ben Neal partnered to open the gallery and frame shop in 2008. Ben Neal left in 2012 to pursue other interests, currently I am the sole owner.

Cincy Chic: What was the inspiration behind opening Pop Revolution?
Michaels: The inspiration for opening was the love of art and helping artists to be successful through showcasing new and upcoming artists and offering quality framing at prices artists could afford. We frame for artists as well as the general public and have won the Cincy A Voters award for Best Custom Framing for the last 2 years, 2014 and 2015. PRG Fine Art Printing was added in 2012, printing photos and artwork on high quality papers and canvas. We produce art reproductions for artists and also do photo restorations. We also offer Print On Demand Artist Websites for artist and photographers wanting to offer prints through their website. In January 2014, Pop Revolution added the PRG Artist Lounge, an artist operated cooperative art gallery. The mission of this group; to form a community of people who enjoy art and who love to make art. Within a few months the gallery grew to include more than 25 talented local artists dedicated to our motto, “creating a community to share the visual language of art.”

Cincy Chic: Where is Pop Revolution located?
Michaels: We have 2 locations now, Mason opened in 2008 at 105 East Main Street and Hamilton opened in 2015 at 24 South Second Street.

Cincy Chic: What makes Pop Revolution unique?
Michaels: Pop Revolution is unique because of the variety of offerings it has for the general public as well as for artists. Most frame shops do not offer exhibit space to artists to sell their work or have monthly shows for up and coming new artists. Also, most galleries and frame shops do not offer high quality printing services for artists/photographers as well as everyone else holding a camera.

Cincy Chic: Do you have any upcoming events that would interest our readers?
Michaels: Here is a list of our upcoming events:
Mason, December 17, 5-9pm. Abbey’s Army charity fundraiser for 8 year old artist Abbey Franzen.
Mason, December 17, 5-9pm. Artworks by Dylan Tennison
Mason, December 17, 5-9pm. Artist Lounge Open House

Hamilton, January 7, 5-8pm. Artworks by Jen Siegrist
Hamilton, January 7, 5-8pm. Artist Lounge Open House

Mason, January 21, 5-9pm. Artworks by Sabrina Mantle
Mason, January 21, 5-9pm. Artist Lounge Open House

Hamilton, February 4, 5-8pm. Photography by Kent Krugh
Hamilton, February 4, 5-8pm. Artist Lounge Open House

Mason, February 18, 5-9pm. Black and White Show, 7th Annual Juried Art Competition
Mason, February 18, 5-9pm. Artist Lounge Open House

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Pop Revolution?
Michaels: We are always perfecting our services and products but in the upcoming year will be adding more printing services to include prints on metal and acrylic.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Michaels: We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    You don’t need to travel far for a relaxing vacation. For this week’s Staycation issue, we chat with the owners of local inns, B&Bs and castles nestled in the ‘Nati’s nooks and crannies that will have you feeling like Queen City royalty.

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    Whether you have vacation days to burn, or you just need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, you don’t need to look far for your next getaway. Instead of booking a plane ticket, try booking a room at one of these local inns and B&Bs.

    The Glendalia is a six-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Glendale, Ohio
    The Glendalia is a six-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Glendale, Ohio

    The Glendalia
    Just 12 miles from downtown Cincinnati in Glendale is The Glendalia, a six-room boutique hotel that offers large apartment-style rooms overlooking the city’s Village Square.

    “The downstairs is a culinary studio featuring culinary adventures such as hands on cooking classes, 4-course gourmet dinners created in a group environment and then served restaurant-style in our dining room and chef Demo Wine Dinners,” explains The Glendalia’s Owner Robin Thomas.

    In addition to the culinary options, the Culinary Studio at The Glendalia is available for private parties, special events, team building events and just about anything else associated with food, according to Thomas. Also on the property of the hotel is an 800-square-foot off-site meeting space decorated in a bright, thought-provoking color palette.

    Thomas purchased the building that would become The Glendalia in 2008. She renovated and opened the hotel in 2010 and opened the Culinary Studio in 2013.

    There are plenty of amenities offered to guests staying at The Glendalia. “The rooms are large suites with kitchens, and some having washers and dryers,” says Thomas.

    Rooms at The Glendalia can be reserved nightly, weekly or monthly. Guests also enjoy a continental breakfast. Each room also has a full-size coffee pot and microwave oven.

    Thomas says The Glendalia is a great place for a staycation because of its location near Village Square, which resembles a European village. There are several attractions nearby including Ikea, Jungle Jims, Kings Island, local bakeries and wine bars, Grand Finale Restaurant and all that the heart of downtown Glendale has to offer such as Cock & Bull English Pub, Bluebird Baker, Meritage Restaurant and Piccolo Wine Room.

    “The Glendalia offers a getaway package that gives you your room and one our culinary experiences at a discounted rate,” she adds. You can opt for a room with a Queen-size bed for $129, King-size bed for $139 or a 2-bedroom suite for $169. The cost to add a culinary adventure for two is $70.

    The Glendalia is located at 11 Village Square in Glendale. To learn more, visit www.theglendalia.com.

    Big Rock Cabins in Beaver Township is a secluded getaway that many couples favorite for their anniversary getaway.
    Big Rock Cabins in Beaver Township is a secluded getaway that many couples favorite for their anniversary getaway.

    Big Rock Cabins
    Approximately two hours from Cincinnati, in Beaver Township, are Big Rock Cabins. These unique, romantic getaway cabins in Southeastern Ohio are perfect for a couple looking to escape for the weekend to celebrate anniversaries or just to enjoy some time alone together.

    “Each secluded cabin features interesting decor and fixtures, a hot tub on a covered deck, gas fireplace, gas grill and a fire pit,” says Big Rock Cabins Operator Erin Hoskins.

    Because it sits at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Big Rock Cabins are surrounded by trees and private trails lead to incredible rock formations and breathtaking views atop Big Rock, Prophet’s Peak and Turkey Rock.

    “After operating for 11 years, most of our guests are repeat customers that return every year for their anniversary,” says Hoskins.

    Hoskins, who operates Big Rock Cabins alongside Val Wolf, says that despite the cabins being in the “middle of nowhere,” there are several restaurant and shopping options just a 15-20 minute drive from Beaver Township.

    Rates at Big Rock Cabins range from $125 to $209. A weeknight stay with 2 or more nights Sunday through Thursday is $125 per night. A single weeknight Sunday through Thursday is $165. Weekend nights include a 2-night minimum for $209, with one of those nights being a Friday or Saturday. As for holiday weekends, there is a 3-night minimum at $209 each.

    To learn more about Big Rock Cabins, click here or “like” them on Facebook.

    With a hardworking history, The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is located in beautiful Hocking Hills.
    With a hardworking history, The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is located in beautiful Hocking Hills.

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    Hocking Hills’ Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers a relaxing getaway about 2.5 hours from Cincinnati. Innkeepers Ellen Grinsfelder and Terry Lingo describe the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls as a “Country Inn” that they’ve been operating for 27 years.

    “We are a Country Inn in a peaceful, natural setting where people can connect with the earth and universe,” says Grinsfelder. “We are dedicated to high standards – standards of excellence. We have committed ourselves to quality food, quality surroundings, quality service and quality employees.”

    The Inn, located in Logan, Ohio, was first a vision of Anne Castle, who wanted to build a place where urban dwellers could escape to a natural setting.

    “After two and a half years in the making, the vision became a reality when The Inn opened in 1987,” says Grinsfelder. “Those two plus years were not without struggle.”

    That’s why in each room of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is a brief history of The Inn. This brief history states: “This is not a Pollyanna-glad-girl story, however, the struggle to withstand backbreaking work, mind-bending discouragement, seemingly countless physical, emotional and financial blocks, is a long tale…”

    Grinsfelder, who is the daughter of Anne Castle, eventually married Terry Lingo, who was hired as a contractor to finish the construction phases of The Inn. Today, Grinsfelder and Lingo, as well as their children, are carrying on Anne’s dream, helping to establish a place where guests can, according to Grinsfelder, “come home.”

    Cabins, cottages and rooms are available at The Inn with prices ranging from $329 per night for a guest room, $379 per night for a cottage and $429 per night for a cabin.

    In addition to the room offerings, The Inn also has a babymoon experience, a romantic weekend getaway, workcations and slumber parties. The spa menu features facials, yoga, massages, hand and foot treatments and reflexology.

    The green-certified property is also where you can find The Gathering Place, a 5,000-square-foot, fully handicapped-accessible space featuring an open layout and space for meetings and social events including weddings, anniversary parties or celebrations for men, women, couples and groups.

    To learn more about The Inn, visit http://innatcedarfalls.com/.

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    Fashion, friends and philanthropy. That’s the couture combo that’s helping the less fortunate in our area. Learn more about the fashionable affair on December 19.

    A group shot from the 2014 Ladies Night Out with a Purpose. Photo credit: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff Photography
    A group shot from the 2014 Ladies Night Out with a Purpose. Photo credit: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff Photography

    Each year, local fashionistas gather for an evening of celebration while supporting an important cause. This event, known as Ladies Night Out with a Purpose, was created so that other women could support each other, says founder Teresa Washington.

    “I’m a firm believer that we as women need one another. We need a night out with our girlfriends and what better way than to come together and have a good time while helping disadvantaged women and children,” explains Washington, who is also the CEO and Creative Director of STMT-Statement. http://shop-statement.com/

    “Of course, each year is special to us because we’re helping others, but what makes this year so special is the venue,” she explains.

    For 2015, the 5th annual Ladies Night Out with a Purpose will be held at the recently revamped Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, where guests will have the chance to enjoy all three levels of the venue as well as a Runway Style Fashion Show. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” says Washington.

    The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a complimentary wine hour. The runway-style fashion show called “Rock the Holiday In Style” will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the fashion show and wine hour, guests can also expect a fun filled event of live music, unlimited small bites, exclusive shopping, complimentary mini makeovers, a nail bar, mini massages and raffle gifts.

    Teresa Washington, CEO/Creative Director at STMT-Statement and Founder of Ladies Night Out with a Purpose.
    Teresa Washington, CEO/Creative Director at STMT-Statement and Founder of Ladies Night Out with a Purpose.

    Washington says the first 25 guests to arrive will receive an exclusive “Purpose” gift bag. Exclusive Ladies Night Out with a Purpose t-shirts will be available at the event for $15.

    Event attendees will be able to mingle with local vendors as this year’s Ladies Night Out with a Purpose is bringing a plethora of vendors and merchants. Vendors include STMT-Statement, Ear Hustle Couture Handcrafted Jewelry, AZZ on Fire Natural Seasonings, Brittney Harrison Handbags, Serket Jewelry and many more. “Our guest speaker will be Washington D.C., native Dr. Kym Lee, celebrity makeup artist and Creator/Founder of Wink & Pout Cosmetics,” says Washington.

    Washington says sponsors for the 2015 event include: The Woodhouse Spa, European Wax Center, Oh Sugar Day Spa, Dor’Nee Natural Body Luxuries, Chenese Bean Makeup Artistry, Denise Breyers Cincinnati Boot Camp, Cara Alwill Leyba, Invito Personal Chef (Chef Anthony Jordan) and Artistic Hair Design. Additionally, participating benefactors are Toys for Tots, Talbert House Passages Program and Neediest Kids of All.

    What makes Washington the most excited for this year’s Ladies Night Out with a Purpose is the chance to help someone else in need. “Each year it gets bigger and better,” she says.

    Tickets for the event are $20, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Neediest Kids Of All. To purchase your tickets, click here.

    You can learn more about Ladies Night Out with a Purpose by clicking here or following along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    See how this new co-working and event space in Newport is giving local creatives and freelancers a communal space to work and be inspired.

    Borderlands is the Tri-State's newest coworking space that's aiming to inspire creatives.
    Borderlands is the Tri-State’s newest coworking space that’s aiming to inspire creatives.

    Newport is now home to Borderlands, the newest co-working studio and event space for local creatives and freelancers.

    “The name Borderlands hints at our desire to always be challenging new limits and taking new territory in our lives and in our businesses,” explains Borderlands Co-Founder Darrin Murriner. “It also pays tribute to our proximity at the Kentucky and Ohio borders, and being just a few blocks from the Ohio River.”

    Murriner founded Borderlands with Jon Willis, a world renowned photographer who has filmed around the world for companies including Google, Wal-Mart and P&G and has had some of his photography featured in magazines such as Inc., Fortune and Bicycling Magazine.

    Murriner has his own background in studio work as the co-founder of Stockpilz, an UpTech class 4 company. He’s also the author of the book Corporate Bravery.

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    Borderlands is located on Monmouth Street in Newport.

    While Murriner and Willis hosted a soft opened for Borderlands in October, they’re planning for a grand opened on Dec. 16. This grand opening, according to Murriner, will include an open house for anyone in the community who’s interested in a workspace, meeting locations or a studio space to complete a creative project.

    When it comes to opening Borderlands, there’s a lot Murriner and his business partner are looking forward to including creating a community of freelancers, business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives that want to help inspire each other. “We have always found the best things in life are accomplished in teams of people working toward a common goal,” explains Murriner. “This is often difficult when you are a founder, freelancer or designer, and we want to bring that community to bear on others art or business.”

    The open house on Dec. 16 will be from 4-6 p.m. There will be free drinks as well as appetizers. Murriner says the team at Borderlands also plans to host lunch-and-learns around topics of interest for creatives and entrepreneurs. “You can favorite our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to hear about the most current events,” he adds.

    To learn more about Borderlands, visit www.theborder.land.

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    Read on to get all the tasty details about this Cincinnati-centric recipe book series, their recent milestone and why they’re now considered a "Cincinnati classic."

    Cincinnati and Soup is a book series featuring recipes essential to Cincinnati foods.
    Cincinnati and Soup is a book series featuring recipes essential to Cincinnati foods.

    Cincy Chic: What is Cincinnati and Soup?
    Cheri Brinkman, Author of Cincinnati and Soup: Cincinnati and Soup is a series of three books: “Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes from the Queen City and Great Soup,” Cincinnati and Soup: A Second Helping: More Recipes From the Queen City” and “Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics.” There are also 3 art prints done by graphic designer, Erin Beckloff from the Cincinnati and Soup covers.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the books?
    Brinkman: The Cincinnati and Soup books are treasuries of local recipes and nostalgia. There are the classics like goetta, and in each book a different Cincinnati Chili recipe. In our first book, “Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes from the Queen City,” we have featured Pogue’s, Shillito’s and Ruth Lyons.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the book series?
    Brinkman: The books are published by Mac Guffin Productions in Lebanon. I’m the author while Erin Beckloff is the designer. They are under a new logos, 100% created and printed in Ohio. This is to signify that all parts of the books are made in Ohio with materials purchased from Ohio suppliers etc. In 2014, I had the honor to tell Gov. Kasich about the 100% Ohio logos we have been promoting and he was very supportive. Many businesses are now promoting the fact that the products are made there and not just made in America.

    Cheryl Brinkman, Author of the Cincinnati and Soup series.
    Cheri Brinkman, Author of the Cincinnati and Soup series.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch the Cincinnati and Soup series?
    Brinkman: The first book launched in 2010 with 250 copies, which sold out in the first month. Today, with the 3 books, we have sold well over 6,000 copies with profits going to local charities, mostly for children and pets. We are ongoing supporters of Cancer Free Kids, a multi-year sponsor of the Butterfly Walk, League for Animal Welfare, CET, WGUC and many other organizations in the Cincinnati area. Our books are sold in many non-profit gift shops, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum and the Nature’s Niche Shops in the Great Parks. We are in Joseph Beth Booksellers and numerous top drawer retailers in the Cincinnati area as well as at Dorothy Lane Markets in Dayton.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about the 5th anniversary of the series!
    Brinkman: It is a milestone for us as we had no idea that the books would take off as they did and are considered now a “Cincinnati classic.” Our books are in the Rare Book room at the Cincinnati Public Main Library and are in the Cincinnati Historical Archives.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Brinkman: We have talked about adding a fourth book, and there are some motions made in that direction but as of yet nothing is in the works. Currently, I give programs on “Cincinnati and Soup: Food, Fun and Facts,” a power point talk on Cincinnati food history, Ohio Wines (this past month on the TAFT Lecture series), “Festivals and Frolics” (about our local festivals) and “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Life in Cincinnati and the Writing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” I recently did the Harriet Beecher Stowe presentation for the Symmes Historical Society and plan on being at the Warren County Historical Society in February.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Brinkman: Readers can keep up with me and the books at Cincinnati and Soup on Facebook. Lists of retailers for the holidays are available there. Online books are available at vintagecincinnati.etsy.com and at Amazon.

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      One local high school student is turning tragedy into a trend-setting triumph. See how she's supporting a global mission with a local fashion-focused event where you can help the cause one handbag at a time.

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      Items available at LouLou’s Boutique

      On Jan. 1, 2013, tragedy struck. A small space heater started a fire on the second-floor of an off-campus home near the University of Cincinnati.

      Ellen Garner, who was studying Fashion Design at DAAP, and her friend were trapped in the converted attic space above the flames. Overcome by toxic smoke, Garner and her friend passed away from inhalation injuries only days later.

      To honor Garner, a talented seamstress who died just weeks shy of her 21st birthday, the Ellen Garner Memorial Tailoring Shop was founded at the Angel House Orphanage in Tarime, Tanzania, the following summer.

      According to Oak Hills High School Senior Abby Rembold, the shop is a vocational opportunity to teach those at the orphanage the fundamentals of sewing.

      Rembold was inspired to find a way to sponsor the charity after Anna, a woman from the orphanage, stayed with her family. Anna spoke with Rembold’s mother, Nancy, who invited other friends, and listened to her talk about the orphanage and how the purses are made.

      Aside from the story of the fire and the visit from Anna, something else struck a chord with Rembold: the purses haven’t been available for purchase in a local retail location. So, as part of her senior capstone, 17-year-old Rembold is hosting Purses with a Purpose at LouLou’s Boutique (a Westside-based women’s clothing store her mother Nancy owns) on December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The goal for the project, Rembold says, is to help solve a problem, no matter whether it’s a local or global issue.

      “Through this event I want to help with spreading awareness of the orphanage and raise money for the kids to be able to become everyday citizens,” she says.

      One of Ellen’s dreams was EG BAGS,” says Rembold. “Your donation for a purse supports this ministry with fabric, instructors and school fees.

      According to Rembold, those who attend the event will learn about how orphans in Tanzania are learning everyday skills that will help them strive in everyday life when they become adults and can no longer live in the orphanage and return back to their villages.

      “One of the skills kids acquire is learning how to sew, which is where the purses come in,” she adds. “Each purse is made by a kid in Tanzania, and has their name tag on it so the person who buys the purse knows who made it.”

      While the money spent on purchasing a purse is a donation, and there is not a set price, those in charge of distributing the purses say donating between $15 and $20 is nice, and anything more would be amazing.

      Rembold is hoping to do more than just raise funds for the children at the orphanage. “After leaving this event, I want my attendees to leave with more knowledge about the Angel House Orphanage, and feel thankful for everything they have because some kids don’t,” she says. “I also want them to have gratification for doing something for someone else, especially during the holiday season.”

      Rembold says her goal is for 50 more more shoppers to attend the event and hopes to raise $1,000 for the charity. LouLou’s Boutique is located at 6145 Bridgetown Road in Cincinnati.

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      Whether you run a business or you just love your apps, keep reading to see how Cincinnati is helping one business that’s focused on driving more business and making app users happier.

      Ad Adapted

      “There’s an app for that.” It’s hard to remember a time before you could find an icon on your phone to make just about every aspect of life a little easier. But if there’s one thing that makes you want to revert back to a landline, newspaper and phone book — it’s an annoying banner ad.

      That’s where Ad Adapted comes in. A 2015 member of The Brandery, Ad Adapted helps to keep mobile users engaged through relevant ads that make engaging with the content seamless and user-friendly. They do this by visually matching the design of the app and better connecting the content to the ad served. In order to create this experience, the mobile platform connects advertisers to developers in order to give apps the same type of integrated advertising that you would normally only find in more popular apps.

      “When ads look like they are part of the app, you get much higher click-through rates than you do with generic banner ads,” says Ad Adapted Co-Founder Molly McFarland. “Our clients are the advertisers and our partners are the app developers.”

      Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a member of the Cincinnati-based accelerator The Brandery Class of 2015, Ad Adapted was co-founded by McFarland and Mike Pedersen, who wanted to change up the ad game a bit when they noticed that only apps such as Facebook were able to create ads that mattered to consumers.

      “We had heard about The Brandery from our investors,” says McFarland. “[We] wanted to scale up quickly, and they have a great reputation for helping companies do that.”

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      While Ad Adapted was already a later-stage company working with The Brandery, they were able to focus more on mentorship, their next round of funding, how to position themselves in the industry and negotiating with larger clients.

      One of the biggest accomplishments for the team at Ad Adapted was their work with Jimmy Dean. The company wanted to reach mobile moms while they were planning meals and heading out to the grocery store. Rather than creating ads with standard “Jimmy Dean” banners, they were able to use the company’s logo and create customized ads that were relevant content in grocery list and lifestyle apps.

      As a result, Ad Adapted helped Jimmy Dean’s mobile benchmark increase by 20 percent and drive more than 100,000 engagements (the number of users who actually engaged with the ad). Most importantly, McFarland says, Ad Adapted led to Jimmy Dean products being added to users’ grocery lists more than 21,000 times.

      Whether you’re a publisher or advertiser, Ad Adapted wants to work with new partners. “The AdAdapted platform automates the native advertising model for advertisers that want to reach mobile app users,” according to their site. “With AdAdapted, advertisers can launch scalable, trackable, custom branded campaigns across a wide variety of apps without duplicating efforts with each publisher. We create impactful, authentic experiences with your brand—commanding the highest awareness, engagement and click thru rates in the market.”

      To learn more about Ad Adapted, click here or follow their blog. You can also like them on Facebook.

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      In a world of busy schedules - for you and your kids - there’s one locally launched business that’s making life easier for parents through an innovative website.

      Jersey Watch builds sports websites for organizations to help make communication easier for coaches, administrators and parents.
      Jersey Watch builds sports websites for organizations to help make communication easier for coaches, administrators and parents.

      That phone call. Every parent – especially ones with kids in sports – has gotten that phone call. “I know it’s last minute, but…” “I need my…” “I forgot to tell you…”

      It’s difficult to get all the necessary details from your kids that you need from coaches and administrators. That’s why one startup company, Jersey Watch, built sports management software to help youth sports coaches and administrators communicate with parents on things such as schedules, practices, equipment and even website management.

      Jersey Watch, a member of startup accelerator The Brandery’s Class of 2015, is a business that constructs sports websites to match your needs. The platform, created by David Carter and Tim Gusweiler, makes it easy for organizations to launch and manage a professional-grade website.

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      Located in Athens, Ohio, and launched in 2012, Jersey Watch is ideal for sports organizations who are interested in getting a new and improved website for their league or team. “We care about sports and we’re excited to help improve the experience for administrators, coaches, parents, players and fans,” says Carter.

      Having a user-friendly, up-and-running website can be the key to keeping a team or league organized. Whether posting news and score announcements or integrating your favorite calendar and Facebook page, Jersey Watch gives you the tools to save time and effort in managing your program’s website.

      Through targeted marketing that is fueled by the team’s passion for family, community and youth sports, Jersey Watch is in four states, used by 10,000 teams, serving more than 100,000 athletes in the midwest, with a client list including businesses such as Wilson Sporting Goods, Pizza Hut and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

      To learn more, visit www.jerseywatch.com. You can also like them on Facebook or call 614-769-6656 for additional information.

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      A new non-profit dance studio in Morrow aims to offer affordable dance instructions for all ages, with a youth dance workshop to come next year. Read on for more.

      You and Me Dance Studio offers affordable ballroom dance lessons for all ages.
      You and Me Dance Studio offers affordable ballroom dance lessons for all ages.

      Cincy Chic: What is You & Me Dance Studio?
      Larissa Lombardo, Owner of You & Me Dance Studio: You & Me Dance studio is a non-profit studio in Morrow that focuses on social ballroom and latin dance instruction. Group classes and private lessons are available for people of all ages – adults and children.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Lombardo: The inspiration behind You & Me Dance Studio is to provide reasonably priced instruction to people of all ages. Our goal is to provide the youth with all the necessities to follow their dance dreams. This includes offering a tuition-free dance workshop program, supplying the children with dance shoes, providing coaching opportunities and paying for performances and competitions. All instructors and staff members are volunteers and everyone strives to give back to the community and spread the love of dance!

      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
      Lombardo: My husband and I are professional dancers and manage the studio. We’re a husband and wife team that has experience teaching at popular franchised studios. Our nonprofit has a strong Board of Directors that includes teachers, CPAs and successful entrepreneurs.

      Cincy Chic: When did You & Me Dance Studio open?
      Lombardo: You & Me Dance Studio was formed in 2014 but officially opened in July 2015.

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      Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer?
      Lombardo: You & Me Dance Studio focuses primarily on ballroom and latin dancing which includes some of the popular dances seen on Dancing with the Stars, such as swing, salsa, cha cha, waltz, rumba, tango, and foxtrot.
      Group classes are held throughout the week and private lessons are available by appointment. Some classes are geared towards beginners while offers are focused on intermediate to advanced dancers.
      You & Me Dance Studio also has a specialized wedding dance program which offers couples several options based on their needs and vision of their first dance. Choreography can be designed specifically for the couple to make their dance truly special.
      The youth workshop program which will begin in 2016 will teach children the foundation of ballroom and latin dancing. These classes will be held in a group class setting (grouped by age) and will be held on Saturdays. In addition to learning how to dance, this program helps promote etiquette /manners, discipline, and a healthy active lifestyle.

      Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for some of your classes?
      Lombardo: Adult group classes are priced at just $12 per couple and private lessons are $35 a couple. All classes are an hour long. There are no contracts – students can pay for lessons as they take them. The youth dance workshop program will be completely free of charge when it launches in 2016.

      Cincy Chic: What makes You & Me Dance Studio unique?
      Lombardo: You & Me Dance Studio is unique because it is a completely volunteer-based non-profit. All funds go toward operational costs of the studio and the youth dance program. Due to the unique structure of the studio, prices for lessons (private and group classes) are extremely reasonably priced. Also, there are no contacts which are very rare since many studios require lessons to be purchased in bulk and private lessons and group classes to be purchased together in a package. You & Me Dance Studio believe group classes and private lessons should be purchased individually and at the frequency of the student which allows for students to have complete control of their dance learning experience!

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
      Lombardo: A tuition-free dance workshop program will be offered for children starting in 2016! This is made possible through the funds of lessons, generous donations, and fundraising efforts.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go more?
      Lombardo: To learn more about You & Me Dance Studio, visit our website or contact us at 513-970-0020. We’re also on Facebook.

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