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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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Have an idea that will make the world a better place? Learn about a social enterprise hub and the programs they offer to help make those ideas a reality.

There are a plethora of entrepreneurs, business owners, and startups in the Queen City. Many of these companies are on a mission to provide solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. Those companies and businesses sometimes turn to support from social enterprise groups like Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, a capacity-building organization for startups with social impact in the Greater Cincinnati region. 

“Social entrepreneurs build companies that provide solutions to complex social and environmental challenges, either through the products and services they offer or the populations they employ,” says Josie Dalton, Program Manager at Flywheel. “We support these entrepreneurs through programming, resources, and connections to help them develop sustainable business models and maximize their impact.”

One of these ways Flywheel offers support is through its flagship program, the 10-week Elevator Social Impact Accelerator, as well as through workshops and coaching opportunities for early-stage social entrepreneurs throughout the year.

The inspiration behind Flywheel is that they want to help social entrepreneurs find customers, talent, and capital – just as any other entrepreneur needs. 

“Flywheel recognized these needs, and developed our programs to connect passionate founders with the rich resources and collaborative partners in the StartupCincy community,” says Dalton. “We’ve also identified the particular challenge of access to capital for social impact startup founders. Seeing this wide gap in access to capital has inspired a new element of our mission: catalyzing a community of investors in the Cincinnati region who will use alternative investment models the fuel the growth of startups that generate both profit and positive impact.”

There are three different ways that the community can get involved with Flywheel: 

Social entrepreneurs who are looking for help to build and grow their startup can check out these programs: Opt In Social Enterprise Coaching, workshops, and the Elevator Social Impact Accelerator. Check out the events page (and social media channels) or reach out to josie.dalton@flywheelcincinnati.org to learn more. 

If you’re a professional looking to lend your expertise and experience to rising social entrepreneurs, Flywheel are always on the hunt for volunteer coaches, workshop facilitators, and content contributors. Fill out the volunteer form or reach out to josie.dalton@flywheelcincinnati.org for upcoming opportunities. 

Flywheel just finished its fourth run of the Elevator Social Impact Accelerator and Dalton says the program went well. 

“We’re so excited for what’s next,” she says. “Through the spring and summer, we’ll host our programs for early-stage social entrepreneurs including workshops and the Opt In Social Enterprise Coaching on a monthly basis. We’ll also have details to share about the next iteration of the Elevator Accelerator Program and application cycle.”

“We also look forward to developing more opportunities for rising impact investors to learn more about how they can fund startups in this community that will generate both financial return and social impact,” she adds. “Stay tuned!”

To learn more about Flywheel, visit www.flywheelcincinnati.org. If you want to learn more about impact investing, alternative startup financing structures, and how you can be a part of this transformative movement, reach out to bill.tucker@flywheelcincinnati.org

To keep up with Flywheel on social media, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to hear more about upcoming programs, coaching opportunities, and news from the impact investing space.

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An activewear brand with local ties launched a year ago and has experienced tremendous growth. Read on for more.

MEAS got its start back in 2019 when Erin Roddy launched her brand. With a year of accomplishments behind her, she’s looking forward to 2020. 

“Since March 2019, MEAS was able to raise $30,000 with a Kickstarter campaign to bring the brand to life,” she says. “This success allowed MEAS to go into our first production run on 5 of our staple, performance lead styles including the Evie Sports Bra with front stash pocket, Zola leggings with 5-pocket storage, Naoko Biker short with 3-pocket storage, Flojo run short with 2-pocket storage and inner lining, and the Mary Mesh Tank.”

In addition to launching the brand, MEAS also made their first public appearance at the 2019 Cincinnati Flying Pig Expo to showcase some of the pieces from the line.

In December 2019, Roddy says the brand launched the collection Lux-leisure, which she says is an assortment of high quality, fashionable pieces like a trendy sherpa jacket and a fleece cape. 

“These pieces can be used to elevate your activewear look from post-workout to post-brunch,” she says.

The brand aims to empower women along their health and wellness journey, while also giving back to non-profit organizations with similar missions. “We are a brand owned by women, for women, offering high-quality, fashionable activewear that celebrates and empowers women,” she says.

As the brand continues to expand, Roddy says she’s excited to launch the newest MEAS Active collection, Studio to Street. “It’s our fashionable, low-impact activewear line,” she says. “This bridges the gap between our original Performance collection that is fashionable, high-function, and run-focused, and fashionable activewear that can be worn from barre class to brunch.”

The line will be showcased at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Expo in May, Roddy says. 

To learn more about MEAS Active, visit www.measactive.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn about a new program that gives back to select local charities as you enjoy luxurious spa services. Keep reading for all the details.

The group at The Spa at 21c in downtown Cincinnati is doing its part in giving back to the community. For 2020, they have set out on a mission to partner with local organizations each quarter of the year to build a better Cincinnati. 

According to Alli Bridgers, a PR rep for 21c, The Spa at 21c is working with Mission2Move, a non-profit that focuses on bringing movement and meditation to students via teacher professional development and school implementation for the first three months of the year. 

“That means, during the month of February, 10 percent of your spa service benefits Mission2Move,” she says. For Quarter 2 of 2020, The Spa at 21c is partnering with Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, which means during April, May, and June, the organization will receive a portion of proceeds from spa services. 

The donations for these local organizations come from specific spa services, which you can find online. 

To learn more about services and treatments available at The Spa at 21c, visit https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/spa/spa-menu/. You can also book an appointment online or by calling 513-578-6660.

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Jump start your path to better well-being at a locally-based, one-stop shop for all things beauty, health, and wellness.

Cincy Chic: What is Batavia Art of Healing, Beauty & Wellness Center?
Lisa Taylor of Batavia Art of Healing, Beauty & Wellness Center: At Batavia Wellness Center, we are a network of like-minded practitioners and consultants who are dedicated to help you by providing great quality services with a holistic approach, and a personal touch. Our mission is to provide natural and alternative sources that get back to that true sense of health and vitality from the inside out We all believe that you and your families deserve the very best.

Cincy Chic: Who is part of the team that makes up the Batavia Art of Healing, Beauty & Wellness Center?
Taylor: We have Dr. Taylor of Batavia Chiropractic, myself from Main Street Salon in Batavia, Angela Lipps of Serene Ways, Julie Bryant of Soothing Soles, Cathy Liming of Ohio Valley Alternative Allergy Therapeutic, Nicole Jeffries from Hypnotic Wellness Methods, and Lizz Schmitz of Queen City Tan.

Cincy Chic: What services do you offer? 
Taylor: We offer chiropractic care and services, reflexology, NADA ear acupuncture (this means no needle), allergy relief, whole food, standard process supplements, health coaching, CPR classes, hypnosis/hypnotherapy, L’anza Healing haircare, essential oils, and an all organic natural spray tan. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Batavia Art of Healing Wellness Center unique?
Taylor: Our mission is all encompassing. We want to provide all of our clients with an all-natural, organic, holistic approach to health, beauty, and wellness.

Cincy Chic: Where is Batavia Art of Healing, Beauty & Wellness Center located?
Taylor: We can be found at 250 East Main Street in Batavia. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Taylor: You can learn more about us and the services we offer at https://www.batavia-wellness.com. We’re also on Facebook. You can call 513–491-0118 or send us an email at bataviawellnesscenter@gmail.com

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    It’s the year of the woman and one local entrepreneur is helping women in business across the world unite through community and her curated collection of female apparel and accessories.

    Today’s women in business are here to empower and encourage each other. One local business owner is outfitting that movement with her curated shop, Girl Boss Collection. 

    “Girl Boss Collection is a curated shop to empower, equip, and encourage female entrepreneurs worldwide,” says Girl Boss Collection Founder Audrey Bryant. 

    Girl Boss Collection arose from Bryant’s passion for entrepreneurship. 

    “I saw there was a lack of gender diversity in the fields I was freelancing in, and when I did my research, I found there were many more fields with this same issue.”

    Bryant says that she wants to see women not only encouraged to build their own empires, but to become extremely successful with them. 

    “More than 11.6 milllion businesses are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating over $1.7 trillion in sales,” she explains. “My passion is to see these numbers grow.”

    Although Bryant says she knows her collection isn’t going to change the world, she knows that the women who wear pieces from her collection will. “I have been so inspired by all the girl bosses I have met in my life, and wish to see more fulfilling their own dreams,” she says.  

    Bryant launched Girl Boss Collection in March 2019, as she was between jobs and doing freelance work. The cat mom and entrepreneur at heart says that she was looking for ways to make her own impact on the world and inspire other women when she came up with Girl Boss Collection to help her achieve those dreams. 

    At Girl Boss Collection, you will find apparel and accessories that range from sweatshirts and t-shirts to jewelry and fanny packs. 

    “Girl Boss Collection exclusively works with a female designer who creates designs you will not find anywhere else,” says Bryant. “Between my ideas, and her talent, we have curated Girl Boss Collection to be the No. 1 store for female entrepreneurs.” 

    As she looks ahead to the new year, Bryant says that she hopes to focus on growth while inspiring the community to female entrepreneurs she gets to work with. 

    To learn more about Girl Boss Collection, visit www.girlbosscollection.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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    Learn about a local skincare and eyelash studio with customized facials, waxing, sunless tanning, and eyelash enhancements.

    Pure Skin by Elizabeth Ashley offers a wide variety of skin services that are fully customized to meet the needs and wants of clients. 

    “We are a skin care and eyelash studio offering customized facials, waxing, sunless tanning, and a variety of eyelash enhancements such as extensions and tinting,” says founder and owner Elizabeth Crank. 

    Crank’s inspiration for launching her own business comes from years of experience in the beauty and spa industry as an esthetician. 

    “My love for skin care and cultivating relationships with my clients has been a life-long passion,” she says. “I have been so lucky to have worked in a variety of spa and skin care clinics, and have taken the best of everything I’ve learned to create the perfect space for my clients to relax, unwind, and allow me to help their pure beauty shine through.”

    Crank says that she stands behind every product and service she offers, so much so that she named the business after herself.

    Elizabeth Crank, Founder of Pure Skin by Elizabeth Ashley. Photo: Emma McMahan Photography

    “There is no better feeling than when my clients open their eyes after a service and love the person looking back at them in the mirror,” she says. “Hearing my clients say, ‘I love the way I look,’ is the greatest feeling. I know I’m using my talents and gifts to give them what they deserve, to love the skin they’re in.”

    All services offered at Pure Skin by Elizabeth Ashley are customized based on clients and their skin care goals – from anti-aging to acne. 

    “Since becoming certified in eyelash extensions, I have seen women’s self-confidence flourish,” she says. “It’s definitely the most instantly gratifying service for both me and my clients.”

    Crank says she sees clients from a variety of groups including young girls, stay-at-home moms, and wildly successful working women. “My goal is to provide lashes that are noticeable, but natural,” she says. “A look that allows women to feel comfortable and confident with very little effort, no matter who they are or where they come from.”

    Crank’s business is 10 years in the making, and she’s proud to offer clients something that can help their skin become healthier while they feel better about themselves. 

    She says her business is everything she loves and appreciates about skin care in a studio space that feels like home. “I want my clients to walk into my studio and instantly feel comfortable and relaxed,” she says. “I want them to leave the worries and stress of their busy lives at the door and allow me to help them feel their best. I’m a good listener, lover of laughter, and passionate about helping them feel like the best versions of themselves.”

    As the year moves along, Crank says she will offer a new service called Brow Lamination. “Brow lamination is a great alternative to microblading, which has been a very popular treatment,” she says. “Brow lamination gives your eyebrows a set, uniform shape that can make them look fuller. It’s much less invasive, and much less painful than microblading. I am so excited to offer this treatment.”

    Pure Skin by Elizabeth Ashley is located at 7577 Central Parke Blvd. Suite 217 in Mason. To learn more, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Learn about a local pop-up mocktail bar helping you enjoy alcohol-free celebrations, connections and community.

    Kristen Domke is no stranger to addiction. She’s battled the addiction of alcohol and has since been sober for nearly 18 months. In the midst of finding her sobriety, she wanted to offer a community for others like her. 

    That’s when she came up with the idea of Gem City SoberBar, a sober bar that’s “popping up” all over Dayton and surrounding areas. 

    “Gem City SoberBar fills the gap between coffee shops and bars,” says Domke. “We exist to bring an atmosphere that no one has ever experienced before that focuses on providing mocktails, music, and so much more. We are open to all genders, ages, races, and religions. We want to be a safe space to go to have a great time and make community through connection.”

    When developing her business idea, Domke says that she wanted to offer something that would encourage connection with human beings, while also being out and about in different atmospheres. As a music lover, she also wanted to create something that incorporated that. “I wanted to encompass not just sobriety, butan artistic, healthy way to create connections while having a blast,” she adds.

    There is nothing quote like Gem City SoberBar in the region. “Our mocktails are crafted to perfection for you, we want to make this an experience you will never forget,” she says.

    Gem City SoberBar currently operates out of Dayton. “As we are a pop-up bar popping up at different locations, we do not have a specific space,” says Domke. “We are always up for being booked for your next baby shower, graduation, party, etc.”

    The goal at Gem City SoberBar is to open a brick-and-mortar location in the next 2-3 years, but before that, Domke wants to help spread the word about the business by booking events, pop-ups, feedback, and securing new partners.

    There are people all over the Dayton area that are helping to make Gem City SoberBar a versatile business in traveling to customers while also offering something for everyone at all of its events.

    The menu at Gem City SoberBar includes mocktails and coffee. 

    “Currently we have our favorite, a spinoff of the Moscow Mule, and our Clean Comfort – sponsored by CLEAN Cause drinks,” she says. “We like to change it up a bit from pop-up to pop-up and from event to event. We want to give customers a sense of wonder, as well as continuing to make our menu grow. We enjoy seeing which mocktails are a hit and which ones maybe we should give a rest.”

    Domke says she’s currently planning a few pop-ups in the coming month. “With those, we are looking for partners, as well as locations and would love to work with anyone on that,” she says. “We are also working to put together a focus group, for feedback and more information on what you, the people, would like to see in the future from Gem City SoberBar.”

    To learn more about Gem City SoberBar, you can follow along on Facebook and Instagram. You can also send an email at gemcitysoberbar@yahoo.com to be put on the mailing list, want added to the focus group, or want information on how Gem City SoberBar is growing and how you can help volunteer at events. 

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    Learn to love your wardrobe again with fashion and style tips from a local fashionista.

    Photo: Emma McMahan Photography

    Throughout the years, Stephanie Sheard has always been there to help her friends look and feel good. Whether it was showing them what to wear, how to style certain pieces, or organizing their closets, she was there. 

    Over time, she decided to take that help she was offering friends and turn it into a much bigger platform to help clients of her own. That’s when she launched StephStyle101, a fashion blog and social media account that’s aimed at providing practical and affordable fashion tips and styling advice that is fitting for any budget.

    “My goal, through StephStyle101, is for women to look and feel their best, without the need to take out a second mortgage,” she says. “When a woman is confident in her clothes, everything changes – attitude, posture, and self-esteem.”

    Sheard says she was always happy to help her friends, and enjoyed the joy they felt themselves when she was able to help them dig through closets and find new ways to wear their clothes, and continues to help others find that same joy in their closets. 

    Sheard is the one-woman show behind StephStyle101. As a one-person team, it took a lot of courage to launch StephStyle 101, an idea that came about several years ago but didn’t come to fruition until nearly 3 years ago, when she really started pouring her energy into growing her brand through Facebook and Instagram.

    Through StephStyle101, Sheard offers closet cleansing, personal shopping, and style inspiration services. 

    “Prices vary depending on what is requested, but my fees are very reasonable, and my clients are always pleased with the results,” says Sheard. 

    Not only do you get fashion and styling services from StephStyle101, but you’ll also find someone who really cares about you and the way you see yourself. 

    “I do not push my clients or followers on social media to constantly feel like they need to be spending all their hard-earned cash,” says Sheard. “It’s so easy to get trapped into the idea of buying all the brand new seasonal-released fashions that most retailers promote.”

    Sheard encourages her clients to utilize their current wardrobes to help recreate a style that they enjoy, way before she takes them to any stores. “Oftentimes, similar items exist in their closets and not a dime is spent,” she says. “But, through StephStyle101, I promote and teach individuals how to shop sustainable fashion – consignment stores, retail-resale, and yes, even thrift stores.”

    While she continues to help clients, Sheard says that she’s been working to expand her business through public speaking engagements, where she shares her expertise on closet cleansing and shopping in a fiscally responsible manner. 

    “I also cover where to snag the best deals, and talk about some of my favorite, budget-friendly purchases,” she adds. “Most individuals, I have discovered, are not even sure how to navigate a thrift or consignment store, so I share my tips for success, where others can learn to find those hidden fashion gems.”

    To learn more about StephStyle101 at www.stephstyle101.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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      There’s a new type of dining experience taking over the Queen City. See how a local pedal wagon is now showcasing some of the city’s best eateries for a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure.


      There’s a new type of dining experience in town, one that is a foodie’s dream and a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure.

      Stuart Naeny of Pedal Wagon Cincinnati says the new event, called The Progressive Dinner, brings together uniquely Cincinnati restaurants for an appetizer and a main course, followed up by enjoying dessert on the Pedal Wagon. 

      “Hop aboard the Pedal Wagon for a three-hour showcase of Cincinnati’s booming restaurant scene that’s perfect for company outings, celebrations, or a fun night out on the town,” says Naeny. 

      Groups who want to participate in The Progressive Dinner can be picked up at their Central Business District or Over-the-Rhine offices to eat, drink, and work off the treats. 

      “We can pick up the group, experience two different restaurants, enjoy desert onboard, and then drop off the group at a place of their choosing within Over-the-Rhine or the Central Business District,” says Naeny. “Food, drink, and tips are all included, so no need to bring the corporate card.”

      Naeny says the inspiration for The Progressive dinners comes from the desire to feature both new and established bars in town, while also wanting to some off some of the restaurants in the Queen City. 

      “The Progressive Dinner has been such a hit, that we have since added other non-booze-centric options, like the Cincinnati Mural Tour and Pedal-Power Business Lunch, with more offerings on the way,” he says.

      When you choose to venture out on The Progressive Dinner, all food, drink, and tips are included. Guests enjoy an appetizer and drink at a soon-to-be-announced restaurant since Kaze closed at the beginning of the year, an entree and drink at Arnold’s, and desert treats onboard the Wagon from 3 Sweet Girls Cakery. 

      “We also provide an onboard cooler stocked with ice and water, plus the customer can bring your own beer,” says Naeny.

      The Progressive Dinner is $89 per person, or $1,289 for a private outing with 15 people. Those who have a group larger than 15 can contact The Pedal Wagon for more information. 

      The Progressive Dinners are held year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.

      You can learn more about The Progressive Dinners by clicking here. You can stay up-to-date on Pedal Wagon happenings on Instagram and Facebook. You can also contact Naeny at info@pedalwagon.com or by calling 513-201-7655.

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      Kendra Scott just released several new designs just in time for Valentine’s Day. Scroll through to see some great gift ideas — for yourself, a galentine or loved one.

      Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to show some love than with some super chic Kendra Scott jewelry. From new releases to classic designs, here are a few of our faves.

      Kendra Scott Presleigh Ring Set of 3 in Mixed Metal for $58 and the Presleigh Hoop Earrings in Gold for $68. 

      The perfect gift for the February baby in your life is the Elisa Gold Pendant Necklace in Amethyst for $50.

      Also available at Kendra Scott is sterling silver and gold Vermeil, which is available online and in select stores. This includes the Ari Heart Stud Earrings in 18k Gold Vermeil for $78 or the Elaina Delicate Chain Bracelet in 18k Gold Vermeil for $128. 

      Want to honor the initial of your loved one or a mini fashionista in your life? Try the Diamond Letter Pendant Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold for $595. The Heart 14k Yellow Gold Stud Earrings in White Diamond are available for $350. 

      Getting together with your galentines to celebrate the holiday? These make for fun gifts, perfect for any style: Poppy Gold Pendant Necklace in Abalone Shell for $88, the Ellie Gold Stud Earrings in Ivory Mother-of-Pearl for $60, or the Kenzie Gold Wrap Bracelet in Nude Abalone Shell for $58. 

      You can visit https://www.kendrascott.com to see the full Valentine’s Day collection.

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