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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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Have a spa day any day with these handcrafted soaps, scrubs, and other bath products made locally with good-for-you ingredients.

If you’ve taken the opportunity to practice self-care during quarantine, &Sundries may be the place you want to look. 

What started out as a hobby for John Meyer turned into a business. &Sundries is now a handcrafted soapworks with a retail shop in East Walnut Hills, as well as online, that offers products that are handcrafted in small batches using simple ingredients. 

“I started making soap for myself several years ago for a few reasons, primarily because I wanted to disconnect from technology and pick up a hobby after graduating from the University of Cincinnati that would lead to something functional, something that I could use everyday,” he explains. “I’ve always had sensitive skin, and after doing loads of research, I started making cold process bar soap.”

That learning then became a passion and a lot of “yes” answers that led to making more things from what he was learning and using himself. “Soon it caught on to friends, family, and more, and we sold our first soaps and candles in 2018,” says Meyer. “We make our products for a Bubbly Good Time, with fragrant scents to love with good-for-you ingredients.”

Currently, Meyer is a one-man band working to continually build &Sundries. However, he does get help from his partner Nhân as well as support from family and other friends. 

“When we moved to the shop right before Christmas it was all hands on deck to move everything in, and I cannot thank them enough,” he says. “Day to day, I make every product in the store with the exception of some ultrasonic diffusers, and our textiles, where we have partnered with some amazing makers for complementary items in our shop that enhance a Bubbly Good Time.” 

By day, however, Meyer is an architect, and he’s carried much of his design training into the business. “I create all the artwork, branding, social media, and make all the products, bottles, fill, sort, cut, trip, print the labels, leb the bottles, package orders, and ship,” he adds. 

When you shop &Sundries, you’ll find a variety of bath and beauty products including cold process bar soaps, sugar scrubs with a soap base, whipped soaps, salt bar soap, essential oils, essential oils shower steamer tabs, lotions, bubble bath, bath bombs, soaking salts, milk baths, wood wick candles, beard balms, beard oils, facial scrubs, shaving soap, and some spa essentials like robes, lavender neck wraps, and more that come from other small makers. “It just grew as we found we could make so many options from our core ingredients,” says Meyer.

At &Sundries, you’ll find that there are good ingredients without the harmful chemicals. “We provide a range of options that you can fall in love with a scent, explore, treat yourself, have fun, and create a bath time, shower time, or any time that is a Bubbly Good Time,” says Meyer.

The store offers complimentary gift wrapping and Meyer says he loves making and wrapping gifts for a special someone, or even for you. 

There is a lot to look forward to this summer at &Sundries. “We have many summer scents on the curing racks now that will be available soon, as well as our annual Pride Bar that begins in June,” says Meyer. “We donate $2 of every bar to the Trevor Project, because, as an LGBT-owned business, we know the importance of resources like the Trevor Project to help navigate through turmoil, and we fully support their mission of providing a listening ear for those contemplating suicide. Compassion, listening, and being supportive are incredibly important to us and our community.”

Additionally, hands-on classes for your Quaran-Team will soon be available. The classes allow you to make and learn about the scrubs, candles, soaks, and more from the store’s almost complete workshop space. Meyer says that for this they’re putting the finishing touches on its COVID action plan and offering plenty of disinfecting wipes. 

&Sundries is located in East Walnut Hills on Woodburn Avenue near the Madison and Woodburn intersection. Currently, the store is on shorter weekend-only hours due to COVID-19 but will be resuming longer hours soon. 

Currently, &Sundries is offering curbside and in-store pickup, as well as local porch delivery for those within 5 miles. Purchases over $50 get free shipping to anywhere in the US. 

You can learn more about &Sundries at You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, as those are the most up-to-date ways to learn about new products, restocks, and in-store news. 

&Sundries offers a reward program for earning points both in store and online as well as a monthly-ish newsletter for all of their new releases. Signing up for the newsletter on the website immediately offers a welcome bonus and discount off your first purchase. 

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A local life coach is hosting two free sessions to help participants visualize, plan, and create a process for success as they re-enter the world after COVID.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, a Cincinnati-based transformational coach, wants to help others live their best life. To get there, she says, you have to get really clear on where you want to go, and the steps you can take right now to get there.

To help in this mission, she’s hosting an upcoming Virtual Vision Board Series on June 4 and June 11, with live and interactive online learning sessions. These events will be free and open to the public, with the ability to also donate to The Christ Hospital’s COVID Relief Fund as well if participants choose to do so.

“Earlier in May I offered the Vision Board Workshop: Manifest from Quarantine, and the participation was over 100,” she says. “After speaking with many who took advantage of the free follow-up call with me, I discovered there was a need to offer a “next step.”

This second part is called “Next Step to Ignite the Magic” where she will show participants how to tend to the vision board and bring those desires into your reality, or something even better. 

However, she wanted to bring back the first part again for those who missed it the first time around and others who may want a refresher. 

Kirkpatrick says she was inspired to launch this series from her own journey. 

“I have been a powerful manifester in my own life since I was a kid, I just didn’t know that’s what it was called,” she says. “I would see how I wanted things to happen and they always worked as planned or better. From getting my first job as a young adult to going back to school and earning my teaching degree at 30, or even owning and operating two public golf courses. Those dreams and desires came from creating a vision so strong that it wasn’t possible for it not to happen.”

Kirkpatrick wanted to find a way to help others in a similar situation, and quarantine felt like the perfect opportunity to do so. 

“I felt so many had lost their joy and their vision for the future during quarantine that once brought them joy,” she says. “So with my experience I wanted to offer an opportunity for others to get reacquainted as they move out of quarantine to what’s next and how to visualize a future better than their current circumstances and situation.”

This series, says Kirkpatrick, is more than just putting a board together with scissors, glue, and magazine pictures, and waiting for those goals to come to you. “There is a formula and technique which is what I’ll be sharing during the workshops that will really open up the Cosmic Kitchen and allow you to create your life through images, words, and feelings, and get the results or something better – faster,” she adds. 

Although times are tough and negativity courses through many aspects of life at the moment, Kirkpatrick wants to help others realize that their thoughts become the things you create your life with. 

“What if you could flip the switch and create from a place of excitement and joy?” asks Kirkpatrick. “This is what I want to deliver to the participants, that you can create more and something better when you align your thoughts on an energetic exchange with the Universe. And, if for only the time during the workshop, you can release the fear for a moment and learn into the love I know this series will change your life moving forward.”

The Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Manifest from Quarantine will be on June 4, from 8-9:30pm. You can learn more and RSVP here. The Next Step – Activate the Magic: Virtual Vision Board Workshop is on June 11 from 8-9:30pm. You can learn more about the second workshop in series and RSVP here.

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A local potter's labor of love helps lift herself and others from life’s difficult places with laughter, joy and beauty.

Cincy Chic: What is Gardenhouse Pottery? 
Trish McLennan, Founder of Gardenhouse Pottery: The Gardenhouse is what we named the original house that was on our property. It is a one story building, built in the 1800s and had 7 acres. We built our home on the property in 2001 but kept the Gardenhouse to do messy crafts and host garden club meetings.  We’ve had quite a few scout meetings and kid parties there before it became a studio.

In 2010, a friend of mine was visiting from Florida and she wanted to go to a clay workshop. I had dipped my toes in many crafts, but had never worked in clay. I was hooked! The Gardenhouse was quickly converted into a full time studio and now has 2 kilns and classroom space in the barn.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
McLennan: I have three threads of inspiration behind my work. I have lived somewhere in Cincinnati all my life and one of my favorite things is exploring the city on urban hikes. I love featuring our amazing iconic buildings and being an ambassador to our unique and quirky Queen City.

I started adding a line of inspiration, funny and sometimes potty mouthed quotes after my husband passed away in 2013. It helped me get through my tough time through laughter and looking for joy and I hope it reaches out to lift others up if they are feeling low.

My new line is going back to my garden roots with a line of illustrations and patterns based on what I find on hikes in the woods or growing in my yard.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
McLennan: I am an over 50, one woman show. I have 2 adult children and one grandson and some of the best friends a person could hope for as a support group. I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil and enjoy growing beautiful things in my garden. I love to hike and explore both the city and the woods and have been known to take off on an adventure on my own with little notice. I love the life I have now – the ability to create daily on my own timeline.  

Cincy Chic: Where is Gardenhouse Pottery located?
McLennan: Just north of Cincinnati in Maineville, Ohio. It is tucked away at the end of a dead end street with my house, studio, barn, a classroom along with some creeks and trails to explore with my dogs, Duke and Archie.

Cincy Chic: What types of pottery items can people make?
McLennan: I mainly focus on production work for my Etsy shop as well as other small galleries and shops.  I have done small events, but I do not do regular classes anymore. I was spending too much energy trying to make everyone happy. It’s something I might go back to, but I would need to add some staff to ease the load.

Cincy Chic: What types of pottery items do you make?
McLennan: I make wheel thrown as well as hand built functional kitchenware using a beautiful red clay from North Carolina. Each piece is partially covered in a white slip to create a canvas for my surface design.  Before any piece is started, I prepare silkscreens to use decorate my work. I use the library of patterns to create a patchwork of design that is fired into the clay before additional iron oxide designs and quotes are added and fired on.

My best sellers are my mugs and mini quote bowls, but I also make plates, platters and ornaments. All the dinnerware is safe for the dishwasher and microwave.

Cincy Chic: What makes Gardenhouse Pottery unique? 
McLennan: There are hundreds of people working in ceramics in the Cincinnati area, but only a handful are using handmade silk screen designs. I use this process to give more layers and colors to my illustrations. I also like to work with repeat pattern designs to give my work a textile vibe. Sewing and quilting is one of the skills that was passed down from my Appalachian roots and it sneaks into the details of my designs.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
McLennan: This silkscreen process is new to me this year. I’m excited to get a bigger library of pattern design and storytelling to my work. I’m just getting started.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
McLennan: I have a Facebook and Instagram page where you can follow my work in progress and see when new items will be added to my Etsy shop.

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    There’s no better time than now to focus on your own mental health and wellbeing. Click here to learn about a counseling and coaching business that helps to develop empowered women.

    In today’s world, especially as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take care of you. That’s what Galia Collaborative is here for. They want to help empower purpose-driven women to develop their mental wellness through therapy, coaching, and content.

    “We believe that the impact of women will be elevated when they can take charge of their mental health and wellbeing,” says Galia Collaborative Founder Dr. Ashley Solomon. “We provide accessible services and thoughtful content development by women’s mental health experts.”

    Solomon says that she was inspired to launch Galia Collaborative after years of working as a psychologist, business leader, mom, and woman. 

    “I spent years in the trenches of burnout culture and recognized that stress and anxiety were eating away at my wellbeing,” she explains. “Even being in the behavioral healthcare field, no one was talking about how we can sustainably manage our mental health.”

    Soloman didn’t want to offer traditional therapy, which seemed so removed from what she had experienced in her field, and executive coaching wasn’t something that was available to her. 

    Dr. Ashley Solomon, Founder of Galia Collaborative

    “I wanted to take the years that I’d spend developing treatment approaches and programming for women and create a space that addressed the needs of busy professionals in a modern, gender-responsive, and evidence-based way,” she says. “I’ve always been focused on trying to answer how we can elevate the voices and impact of women, and I recognize that empowering women’s mental health is key.”

    Soloman says that she spent her earlier career in the field of eating disorders before she found that those same women who recovered from eating disorders were still lacking the tools they needed to be fully healthy in how they approach both life and work. “This and my own journey led me to thinking about how we can create meaningful services and tools to support women who are going to make a difference,” she adds.

    Solomon is joined in her practice by clinician Jennifer Burns, a licensed counselor with a background in professional comedy. “She specializes with women who have experienced trauma or are navigating other mental health or life challenges,” says Solomon. There’s also Erin McMenamin, a licensed social worker, who recently joined the team and is offering coaching for women making big transitions.

    At Galia Collaborative, you’ll find that the work the team does is action-oriented and designed to create real movement toward the values of clients. “We use evidence-based approaches based on psychological science in both our therapy and coaching work,” she says.

    Therapy services offered at Galia Collaborative are for adolescent and adult women both in-person and online. 

    “We offer professional coaching for women who are ready to elevate their impact in their careers or are navigating challenges in their work,” says Solomon. “We believe that doing so starts from within and moves its way outward, and our coaching is both introspective and actionable.”

    In addition to the services currently offered, Galia Collaborative is in the process of developing talks and workshops for organizations on how to elevate their impact through mental health and wellness.

    Solomon says that later this year Galia Collaborative is launching Thrive Circles, small groups of committed women who are connecting around a particular challenge or interest. 

    “We have two starting early in the year and are accepting registration for those now,” says Solomon. “The first is a mastermind for women service-based business owners, and the other is for your women, ages 23-35, looking to set themselves up for personal and professional success.”

    To learn more about Galia Collaborative, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    With a passion for fashion and helping other women feel and look their best, a local mompreneur launched a new boutique. Read on for more.

    Aleasha Smith has a passion for fashion and the confidence it gives.

    Originally from the Westside of Cincinnati, Smith now calls Waynesville home.  “I started my women’s clothing boutique because I adore fashion, and I enjoy bringing confidence and happiness to women through clothing,” she says. “My boutique allows me to be home with my family and to also follow my passion, which I am truly grateful for.”

    Smith was staying home with her son full-time when she took on a position with a store that allowed her to work once a week, and get out of the house and follow something she was passionate about. 

    “Fashion has always been so much fun to me,” she explains. “It can literally change the way you feel, and give you confidence.”

    While at work, Smith was seeing the impact that shopping and fashion had on customers, and the relationships she was able to build with them through her skills with styling. 

    Aleasha Smith, Founder of Boutique Bellini

    “I would get to know my customers and their stories would touch my heart,” she says. “There were familiar stories that would hti home, such as the new mom who had just given birth to a new baby. She didn’t have any clothes that fit her anymore and was shopping for new pieces. By listening to her I would get a sense of her lifestyle and what her fashion needs were. It made me feel grateful to see how amazing she felt walking out of the store. This was only one of many stories.”

    To Smith, fashion can heal. “It can make an impact on the person trying on clothes as well as the person styling them,” she says. 

    And with those years of experience in retail management, styling, merchandising, and connecting with her clientele, the launch of a new boutique was the next logical step. She launched Boutique Bellini back in 2018 with the goal of providing both a superior customer service and an individualized experience. 

    You can purchase tops, dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, and accessories from Boutique Bellini. Prices range from about $20 to more than $100, ensuring that there is something for everyone. 

    Smith says that she hopes to launch her fashion truck soon, as the economy begins to reopen. “I can’t wait to go mobile and serve customers in an entirely different way,” she adds. 

    To learn more about Boutique Bellini, visit

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    It’s a time of great change in the economy and that may mean a career transition. Click here to read about a local collab that’s helping you find success in a post-COVID-19 world.

    Tamara Schwarting, the founder and CEO of 1628 Ltd., and Julie Bauke of The Bauke Group have teamed up to launch Project Launch Pad, a collaboration that’s aiming to jumpstart the region’s recovery by providing resources to displaced professionals who want to get back to work as quickly as possible following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The dynamic duo behind the project have been professional colleagues for years. They’re also passionate about the Cincinnati community and wanted to find a way that the both of them could work together to give back to the region through their expertise and resources. 

    The Bauke Group is a premier career coaching firm in the region, while 1628 Ltd. is an innovative workspace that is currently offering resources to participants at no cost. 

    “I [Bauke] am the region’s most recognized career expert with a weekly segment on both 700WLW and Fox19,” explains Bauke. “Tamara is a highly accomplished executive who has herself made several very successful career pivots.”

    Through Project Launch Pad, participants are taught life skills – the process of how to think, plan, and execute on a job search that will help them find the right job. “And those who complete the program will receive three months of free coworking at 1628 to execute their career search plan,” says Bauke. “While at 1628, there will also be the opportunity for participants to continue with additional training and to connect with mentors.” 

    This three-part training program is focused on giving participants what they need to be successful in the post-COVID-19 economy as well as the remainder of their careers. “Leveraging times of great shift to evaluate and ensure a career is on track may seem counterintuitive but it’s very necessary,” says Bauke. “This is an excellent time to take an action-oriented approach to a career transition.”

    Those who are interested in participating in Project Launch Pad will need to submit their registration by June 1. Bauke adds that the program is limited to 100 participants. You can apply to the program by clicking here

    To learn more about Project Launch Pad, click here. You can also learn more about The Bauke Group at and 1628 Ltd. at

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    A local photographer and author launched a photography book project back to help the city’s vulnerable pets. Read on for all the tail-wagging details.

    Photo: Tails of Cincinnati

    Cincy Chic: What is Tails of Cincinnati?

    Susannah Maynard, Owner of Pet Love Photography and Author of Tails of Cincinnati: Tails of Cincinnati is a fundraising pet photography book project from Pet Love Photography to benefit the SPCA Cincinnati. It is going to be a hardcover, coffee table book featuring the pets of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky photographed around the wonderful locations our region has to offer. For just $95 your pet is guaranteed to have a 2-page spread in the book.


    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 

    Maynard: The inspiration behind it is my dog Lola, who was adopted from the SPCA in October 2018. She is an adorable little chug (chihuahua/pug) that has been a great addition to the family. Additionally, as a pet lover and pet photographer, part of my mission is to give back to the local pet community and this project is the perfect way to do that.


    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Maynard: Me! I’m the owner of pet photography studio Pet Love Photography and founder and publisher of CincyPet Magazine, Greater Cincinnati’s only dedicated pet magazine.  Susannah is a Cincinnati native and lifelong animal lover. My previously published works are “Rescue Dogs: Portraits and Stories,” “Rescue Cats: Portraits and Stories,” and “Rescue Rabbits: Portraits & Stories of Bunnies Finding Happy Homes.”


    Cincy Chic: Where or how can readers purchase?
    Maynard: Right now you can pre-order the book on our website The book is being featured at a special pre-order price of $79.95. It will be a full-color, hardcover, coffee table book with a minimum of 128 pages (the more pets we photograph, the more pages!) 


    Cincy Chic: What makes this project unique?
    Maynard: Tails of Cincinnati is a fun and unique way to get your pet photographed by a professional photographer and featured in a book with their own 2-page spread. It’s also a great way to give back at the same time by supporting area homeless pets.


    Cincy Chic: How will the SPCA Cincinnati benefit from this project?
    Maynard: Half of the Official Tails of Cincinnati Session booking fee will be donated to the SPCA, as well as a portion of the book sales. The more pets we photograph and the more books we sell, the more money we will raise for the SPCA!


    Cincy Chic: Is there any additional info about the project you’d like to share?
    Maynard: Sessions for Tails of Cincinnati will take place from June 1 through October 31 of this year and the book is scheduled for publication in early 2021. Sessions are only $95 for one pet (additional pets can be added for $25 each) and clients can even add on a guaranteed session extension if they want to be in pictures with their pets ($150). It’s a great time to include family portraits with your pet’s session. We’ve already started booking sessions, so book now to guarantee a spot for your pet in the book!


    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Maynard: They can learn more by visiting our dedicated website or they can give me a call at 513-288-1650.

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      After a decade-long adventure to New York City, a local chef returned to the Queen City where she’s serving up restaurant-quality meals to enjoy at home. Keep reading to learn more about her tasty dishes and fascinating journey.

      Kymberly Wilbon, founder of The Passion Plate

      Kymberly Wilbon has always had a passion for food. From the time she was a little girl playing with her Easy-Bake Oven to now owning The Passion Plate, she has led quite the journey. 

      That journey has also included a passion for fashion. Wilbon says her love for fashion took her on a decade-long adventure to New York City, where she worked in the garment and music industries by day and played in Manhattan’s hippest clubs by night. 

      “When I wasn’t zipped into Gaultier and hanging at the Palladium, I was baking fashionista birthday cakes, fed bands at upstate recording sessions, and catered record execs’ Superbowl parties,” she says. 

      After she landed a few hostess gigs at some of New York’s most revered restaurants, she decided to enroll at The New York Restaurant School to study restaurant management and culinary arts. 

      “I returned to Cincinnati to be closer to my family, and worked in restaurant management positions at several hotels, including the Cincinnati Hyatt Regency, cooked at CoCo, was a sous chef at Otto’s, and opened McCormick and Schmick’s,” she says. 

      While all of that was giving her experience, she wasn’t completely satisfied. She knew there was more that she had to offer. 

      “I felt like something was missing,” she says. “I knew I loved to cook and host great dinner parties. One day it all connected and I decided: That’s it – I want to be a personal chef!”

      Wilbon then enrolled at the Culinary Business Academy and earned her United States Personal Chef Association membership and launched The Passion Plate. 

      Based in the Findlay Kitchen, The Passion Plate offers restaurant-quality, pick-up ready meals and catering. There are weekly menus to choose from or customers can submit custom orders.

      The menu offerings from The Passion Plate are unique, serving up heart and SOUL: seasonal, organic, unexpected, and local.

      “And like my love of fashion, each dish is layered, complex, and inspired by travel,” Wilbon adds. 

      Wilbon is able to cater to the wants and needs of a variety of customers from the meal planners who want their meals portioned out to clients who are just on the lookout for restaurant-quality food at home.

      As eating at home has taken on a whole new meaning during quarantine, Wilbon says she’s gone into overdrive to keep up with demand. “A lot of people have been reaching out for meals, for meals for their older parents, their grandparents or people that just had babies,” Wilbon explains. 

      Wilbon says the increase of menu orders and custom requests is exciting and she’s loving every minute of it. 

      To learn more about The Passion Plate, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram

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      Getting into the spa may seem like a daunting task for the time being. Read on for a new way to access spa-quality skincare without leaving the house.

      Skin feeling tired and worn out from being stuck at home? Missing your esthetician but aren’t sure when you’ll be able to get in for those missed appointments? Then you may want to check out the Jurlique Home Facial program. 

      “The Jurlique Home Facial program is a way for the stuck-at-home consumer to get a professional skincare consultation or virtual spa facial under the guidance of a licensed esthetician who uses Jurlique Organic Skincare,” explains National Education Manager for Jurlique International Paula Provenzano. 

      The inspiration for this at-home program was inspired by the current coronavirus pandemic. 

      “In a perfect world, when you want a professional skincare consultation or relaxing spa facial, or even a medical-grade facial, you would go to a spa or medspa,” says Provenzano. “The current restrictions on those types of services make that a challenge but, we also know that spa services were never available everywhere. So, the Jurlique Home Facial program is a way to access those types of services anywhere.”

      The Jurlique brand is based in Australia, but Provenzano works at the company’s National Education Manager and has worked to bring its services and offerings to the Queen City. 

      Provenzano grew up in Northern Kentucky and currently lives in Cincinnati. The prime location of the city allows her easy access to both coasts and everything in between. 

      However, since travel has been shut down for a while, the company decided to begin offering the next best thing to a spa: virtual facials with skincare kits that can be shipped or picked up curbside. 

      The virtual facial program offered by Jurlique is a unique one. 

      “The beauty of this experience is that you can make it whatever you want it to be,” says Provenzano. “For example, many of our home facial clients take a glass of wine into their bathroom, lock the door, and have a dedicated hour of ‘me time.’ Others invite all their girlfriends and make it a party. I know that at least one of our partners is using the virtual facial platform as a fundraiser.”

      Ultimately, the experience is a collaboration between the esthetician who plans and guides the experiences and the personal needs of the client. 

      Provenzano says that the virtual facial program is something that may not have ever been born if the coronavirus pandemic had never come about. “Let’s face it, the real thing is better,” she says. “But, we are finding that it fills a need for the restless consumer.” 

      Provenzano says that those who already have a spa or skincare professional they like going to can check to see if their service provider is offering virtual services. If virtual services aren’t available, she says that you can go to the Jurlique website and find a provider through the Spa Locator tab.

      The company’s ability to innovate looks to be something that will help boost their offerings once the pandemic has ended. Provenzano says that the virtual program fills a need that will always exist. “Think of the busy new mom who cannot take the time for a full spa visit – this could be a nice interim treat until she can have a full day of beauty,” she adds.

      To learn more about Jurlique and their new virtual facial program, visit The website also features a blog and they post on IGTV, where you can find plenty of useful, at-home content.

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      There’s an upcoming virtual event featuring several Ohio-based entrepreneurs discussing how they moved forward without waiting for their turn.

      Panelists for the upcoming webinar hosted by Women for Economic Leadership and Development on May 20.

      Mark your calendars for May 20 when Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) hosts its monthly leadership panel. This month, it’s called “In Our Shoes Panel: Moving Forward Without Waiting for Your Turn.” 

      “‘In Our Shoes’ signifies that this panel is from the perspective of emerging professionals and what it is like to be in their shoes,” explains WELD National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Kellar. “Our diverse panel of emerging professionals will address how they achieved rapid success so early in their careers and overcame objections encountered along the way that they need to ‘bide their time.’”

      The panelists will also share how they were able to navigate changing dynamics in business relationships as their careers advanced. 

      This monthly event, which started last year, has gained a lot of attention from other women in the professional world. “We brought back the moderator, Mikaela Hunt, and a new group of high caliber, successful panelists who have already made their mark very early in their careers,” says Kellar. “These women are fierce and have a lot of proven business and career strategies to share.”

      Panelists for the event, in addition to Hunt, include Lynn Rich, Chief of Staff at Vertiv; Amy Scalia, Publisher and CEO of Cincy Chic and Cbus Chic; and Erin Scott, Executive Director of the Ohio Women’s Alliance.

      Kellar says that she hopes those who participate in the panel will learn how to quell the “negative self-talk” that many women engage in even when they’re ready for the next level of leadership. “Panelists will share strategies on how to keep moving forward when they might be getting subtle, or not so subtle, messages that the ‘time isn’t right’ or ‘they need to wait their turn’ for a promotion or business opportunity,” she adds. “Attendees will learn tips on how to advocate for themselves to show advancement readiness and deal with push back from detractors.” 

      While many events are being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, WELD wanted to go virtual with this event so that others could still seize the opportunity to hear from its panelists. 

      “Business and career opportunities don’t necessarily come when they are ‘convenient’ for people,” says Kellar. “New opportunities can be created in the most stressful and bleakest of times. These are the exact times when extraordinary leaders are identified and rise to the occasion, and entrepreneurs innovate mission critical business solutions. Our businesses and communities need these kinds of leaders now and emerging professionals must be tapped for the talent that they have.”

      Even more so, Kellar says that the diversity of the panelists makes this virtual event unique. “The diversity of our panel combined with the high levels of business success the panelists have achieved so early in their careers will make for an excellent cocktail,” she says. “We have individuals representing various professions, and all have unique stories to share on how they’ve reached their current positions and roles. Mikaela Hunt is a moderator at the top of her game and knows how to bring it – she will deliver the best out of the panelists and get the audience fully engaged.”

      To learn more about the event or to register, click here.