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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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A local entrepreneur launched a barbershop within his Covington-based menswear boutique. Keep reading to see why it’s a cut above the rest. 

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Jerod Theobald, owner of flow – a shop for men, is taking on a new adventure. In late March, he’ll be opening Cutman Barbershop, a classic, two-chair barbershop located within his Covington-based menswear boutique, flow – a shop for men.

Theobald says that to create the boxing-inspired space, he worked with local interior designer Corey Rineair as well as Durham Brand & Co. on the barbershops logo and branding.

Despite the new launch of the barbershop, Theobald says that it’s been in his business plan all along, it just unfortunately had to be set aside when he opened flow – a shop for men, because he didn’t have the funding to launch both ventures at the same time.

“After three years in my current location, an opportunity to move to a better space at the heart of downtown Covington opened up and I jumped at it,” he explains. “The new shop will be located inside the newly renovated Mutual Building and across the street from the future site of Hotel Covington on Madison Avenue.”

Cutman Barbershop will offer traditional barbering services once the shop opens. Theobald says these services include men’s haircuts, straight razor shaves and beard trims. Additionally, the barbershop will carry a selection of grooming products from brands such as Blind Barber and Uppercut.

The cost of a haircut and straight razor shave from Cutman Barbershop will cost $18 while beard trimming services will start at $6.

Located at 619 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011, Theobald says a soft opening is tentatively scheduled for March 27. In the mean time, the shop is seeking both part-time and full-time barbers. He adds that those interested in applying can reach the shop at cutmanbarbershop@gmail.com.

To learn more, “like” them on Facebook. You can also find Cutman Barbershop on Twitter and Instagram.

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She owns two of Cincinnati’s trendiest boutiques, recently launched an online store, and just opened a fashion boutique for girls. Keep reading for all the fashionable details.

Cool-Girl Gingham
Cool-Girl Gingham

Cincy Chic: What trends are you carrying at Pink Tulip Club this spring?
Maria Versluis, Owner of Pink Tulip Club: There are a lot of trends this season that we’ll be carrying in store:

· Cool-Girl Gingham – Gingham print is nothing new to the fashion world. This spring it is spiced up more than your ordinary picnic pattern. You will see Gingham enhanced in size, orientation and printed on an assortment of different fabrics. Sassy and street-style worthy.
· Subtle ‘70s – Every season, a decade takes over the runway. This spring, the ‘70s has won that role. Unlike previous seasons where the decade takes over completely, this year it is subtle touches. This season is all about retro lapel shapes, juxtaposing color combinations and denim, denim, denim! Don’t think full-fledged bell-bottoms in the back of your closet are appropriate attire just yet, but you will see different types of pant bottoms this season. Some flared, full and wide or your typical skinny jean, which is just as popular as ever!

Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print
Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print

· Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print – Although it is a classic, the leopard print isn’t going to be seen as often this season as in the past. This year it is all about less ordinary wildlife. Night Crawlers, sea animals, chameleons and the less thought of will be represented in this season’s attire. Whether it is the skin pattern, print or full face of the animal, there is a different take on animal prints coming your way.
· Sporty Minimalism – Sportswear has been so popular for years. This year, although it is still prominent on the runway, it is going to be all about the details Whether it is lace up, buckles, zipper pulls, drawstring, racing stripes, etc., there is a new take on sportswear. This year we will see a pared-down approach to athletic influences. Keeping you looking fresh and on trend.
· Colored Suede – Not your normal spring material. This year, suede is hitting the runway hard for a pop of color. This gives the outfit a “cooled-down” effect. You will be seeing sued in purples, blues, grey and even reds and yellows!

Power Shoulders
Power Shoulders

· Power Shoulders – Say goodbye to shoulder pads! YAY! Instead of having big shoulders to exude strength this season is all about less being more. You will see a lot of exposed shoulders, whether its off-the-shoulder or the bold one-shoulder, this season is all about showing off in a classy chic way.
· Modern Safari – If only clothes could be transportive we would be going on a fantastic trip to the wild! The trench coat is forever a classic staple, but this year we will be seeing the idea of a trench transform into a dress. Poncho coats, fern print and interpretive camo-inspired pieces will keep you being anything but invisible. Although the thought of this can be scary to some women, this safari-inspired look has an upscale aesthetic.
· The “New” High Neckline – Conservative dressing is an unexpected curveball for our wardrobes this season. The idea of a winter high-neck is making a come back in a lighter and more flirty way for the warmer weather. High-neck button ups, tanks and even turtleneck dresses will be hitting the stores.
· Statement Stripes – Stripes are always in the spring wardrobe option. This year designers are playing not just with the sizing but the positioning and placement and even stripe treatment on textiles. Cool!

10712488_1564514743771810_7107335262773054072_oCincy Chic: Can you tell us more about Girls’ World?
Versluis: Girls’ World is a new boutique that is just for girls and toddlers to teens. The store is a blend of modern design and creative imagination. It brings many well-known clothing and accessory brands to the Cincinnati area, such as Miss Me, Splendid, Ella Moss, Catimini and Joe’s Jeans for kids. These fashionable clothing lines offer casual and dressy looks and make fashion easy for little girls, tweens and teens. The updated floor plan is a perfect setting to hang out and to shop. Girls’ World has a play area, crafts area and a movie/game room.

The idea here is to give the girls options so that they can choose what makes them look and feel good about what they are wearing. Many styles offer casual comfort yet the durability much needed in a kid’s daily life. A girl will be able to express her own individuality and find the perfect style for herself. Age appropriate party dresses for school formals and holidays are also available in a wide range of sizes. The store is packed with merchandise for this Spring/Summer season. Girls’ World also carries accessories for computers and phones, fun jewelry and craft sets.

Girls’ World boutique features Birthday Bash, a free monthly event, dedicated to celebrating birthdays of our young customers who were born in each particular month. Every birthday girl receives a gift and can invite her friends to have pizza, cupcakes and a dance off party! Birthday Bash is scheduled for last Saturday of every month.

To show customer appreciation, Girls’ World will offer the exclusive customer loyalty discount as its sister boutique, Pink Tulip Club. The customer loyalty program is free and it provides special discounts on everyday purchases.
Cincy Chic: What types of fashions are being carried at Girls’ World this spring?
Versluis: Girls’ World has a beautiful website<http://www.girlsworld.com>, where readers can view the Spring 2015 collection.
Cincy Chic: We heard you’re hosting a Girls’ World event, can you tell us more?
Versluis: We are still in the planning stages of this event, so readers will have to stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information as we move forward!
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the upcoming Girls World event?
Versluis: For more information on Girls World, and our upcoming event, visit www.girlsworld.com.

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From Louis Vuitton and Prada to Michael Kors and Coach, these designer bags join fashionable forces to not only improve your wardrobe but also improve literacy across the community thanks to one special upcoming event. Keep reading to bag up all the details.

022315FEATURELiteracy isn’t a luxury everyone enjoys. That’s why the Literacy Network hosts their annual Handbags for Hope event: so you can invest in a new bag, while also investing in the community.

This year’s event will be the 4th annual Handbags for Hope, and it’s slated for February 26 at the Cincinnati Club downtown.

According to the Literacy Network’s Director of Communications and Grant Writer Kim Raterman McDermott, the idea for the event is to welcome those from across the Tri-State to celebrate literacy in the city in a one-of-a-kind way.

The night features a number of activities including live and silent auctions of handbags, raffles, cocktails, dinner and entertainment. “The Literacy Network hosts the event to raise awareness and funding for our children and adult literacy programs,” explains Raterman McDermott.

The Literacy Network’s President, Kathy A. Ciarla, started Handbags for Hope because she wanted to raise awareness and funds for the programs in order to honor the students who are working hard to improve literacy and serve as an inspiration for those around them.

“We wanted to bring the community together in a unique way and create a one-of-a-kind evening designed to inspire guests and treat them to a great night out to help improve literacy,” Ciarla says.

Raterman McDermott also says that the event is also about reminding people that without the ability to read, many things in life are challenging. It’s also about empowering Handbags for Hope attendees to make a difference and help grow the programs that serve those in need.

“The Cincinnati Club and their staff are extremely helpful and supportive of the Literacy Network staff in helping make this event a success,” says Raterman McDermott.

In addition to the Cincinnati Club, there is a huge team that is behind the event. Ally Kraemer, multimedia journalist at WCPO Channel 9 News, will be this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Big Dave, Chelsea and Jason statt from the B105 Mornign Show promote and attend the event and Maggie Beckmeyer from Auctions by Maggie will host the live auction.

Then there’s event co-chairs Josh and Melissa Gerth who have worked for the last year to support the Literacy Network as well as Sharon Johnson and Jarmall Sweeten who will be honored for their work in the Adult Literacy Program.

Event sponsors for Handbags for Hope include Tri-County Mall, Raymond James, Charitable Words Scholars, Holy Grail-Banks, Zaring Family Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Busam Nissan, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Scripps Foundation, Empower Media Marketing, Fifth Third Bank, Diamonds Rock, Read Aloud, David Powell-Bill Gerth (Partner), Ken and Cathy Feldmann, Graydon Head, Mercy Health: Dr. Robert Cranley, Mansion Hill Custom Floors, Kroger, Macy’s, Spark People, Prestige, Jeff and Lee Rose, Auctions by Maggie, M. Hopple & Co., The Cobb Group, Mary Meinhardt, Katy Meinhardt, Fox 19 News, B105, Saks Fifth Avenue and Josh and Melissa Gerth.

“All of our amazing event sponsors, prize sponsors, board members, volunteers and supporters continue to make the event a success and help it grow so we can serve more adults and children throughout the city who struggle with literacy,” says Raterman McDermott.

A limited number of tickets for Handbags for Hope are still available. You can purchase them by calling the Literacy Network at 513-621-7323.

To learn more about the event and the Literacy Network, visit www.lngc.org or “like” them on Facebook.

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The Junior League of Cincinnati is hosting its annual CinSation gala, themed “Jewels of the Queen City.” See why this year’s event is one both your inner fashionista and foodie will love.

CinSation 2014 attendees
CinSation 2014 attendees and Junior League members

Good food, fab fashion, and mingling with Cincinnati’s movers and shakers? If this has you saying “yes, yes, yes!” you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Junior League of Cincinnati’s CinSation gala.

The Junior League of Cincinnati has been serving the Greater Cincinnati community for nearly a century. There are nearly 1,000 members who are committed to its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The service-based, non-profit organization takes the time to educate its members as well as the surrounding community about what’s going on in the area in order to make an even greater impact on the lives of those whom the Junior League of Cincinnati benefits.

One of the ways that the Junior League of Cincinnati continues to help the community is through its annual CinSation gala. This year’s event theme is “Jewels of the Queen City,” and it will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Saturday, February 28.

Emily Ryan of the Junior League of Cincinnati says that the 2015 CinSation gala celebrates the Junior League of Cincinnati’s 95th anniversary as well as the impact the organization has had on the people and neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

“The Junior League of Cincinnati’s footprint on the community has been evident throughout the past 95 years incubating or accelerating organizations such as The Children’s Theatre, The Cincinnati Art Museum Docent Program, ProKids, MindPeace, Fernside and The Cincinnati Children’s Museum,” explains Susan Shelton, president of the Junior League of Cincinnati. “The Junior League of Cincinnati’s current signature projects include GrinUp! (formerly Pediatric Oral Health) and RefugeeConnect.”

The gala is black tie optional and features an open bar, live auction, silent auction and plenty of entertainment. Guests attending the event also enjoy light bites from Cincinnati’s best restaurants who are competing in the 5th Annual “Best Bite of the Night.”

Ryan says that, to date, there are several eateries already confirmed for the competition including Alfio’s, Eli’s BBQ, Keystone Bar & Grill and many more. She adds that new to this year’s event is that desserts will be included in the Best Bite competition, and thus far include Macaron Bar and GiGi’s Cupcakes.

Conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops and morning news anchor Kara Sewell of FOX19 will serve as the masters of ceremonies for the event.

Tickets for the dinner and gala are $125 or $85 for the gala only. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

For more information on the Junior League of Cincinnati, visit www.jlcincinnati.org. You can also click here www.jlcincinnati.org/cinsation to purchase your CinSation 2015 ticket.

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CinSation 2014
CinSation 2014

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A local woman launched a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. Keep reading to see how you can reserve a private painting party, or join in the fun at a local wine shop.

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A glass of red wine, laughter, girlfriend time, and creativity are good for the body, mind and spirit. So grab a glass, paint brush, and gal pal for a Gallery to Go outing.

Gallery to Go is a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. “All the supplies are brought to your group anywhere in the Tri-State area,” explains Gallery to Go Founder Christine Smith. “We start with a studio and end with a gallery of artwork created by your friends, family and co-workers.”

Smith’s business held its first party in September 2011 with a mother-daughter fireworks party at a private residence. Since then, Smith says, parties have been held at restaurants, clubhouses, business conference rooms and anywhere else there’s room for a painting party.

If you don’t quite have the space to host a gathering like this, the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills hosts a Gallery to Go event on the second Thursday of every month. There’s also an event on the third Thursday of each month at DEP’s Fine Wine in Fort Thomas.

To participate in a paint party at one of these locations, all you need to do is sign up for you and a friend or bring a group to enjoy a night of wine tasting in addition to the paint party.

The next event will be held March 12 at the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills. Also, since the Elk Creek paint party is expected to sell out, they’ve decided to add a second date or March 14. It’s $30 to attend and guests are welcome to bring their favorite snacks and purchase a bottle of wine on-site. “No painting skills or wine wisdom is necessary,” Smith laughs. “It’s more about the party than the paint!”

Once the event gets started at 7:00 p.m., attendees receive step-by-step guidance through the painting process. However, Smith says, it’s important to keep in mind that the event is more about having fun with the people next to you than to focus on the look of your painting.

Most parties typically last an hour and a half. Space for the events is limited so you’ll want to register early on the events page of www.gallerytogoparty.com. You can also call 859-816-9053 if you have questions.

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Learn about the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club and their upcoming shows — perfect for a girl's night out — and the local charities they support.

022315CAREERIf you’re looking for a place to see a thought-provoking performance, check out the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club where the organization’s mission is to “create and maintain an organized center of thought and action among the woman members for the promotion of social, educational, literacy and artistic growth and to promote these interests in relation to the City of Fort Thomas.”

The history of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club dates back to the early 1900s. The first president of the club was Mrs. Murray R. Hubbard. Today, the club’s president is Ginger Paul, who continues to fulfill its mission.

While the season has been alive and strong since September and will be wrapping up in May, you still have time to catch a show, according to Valeria Amburgey, Publicity Chair for the Village Players of Fort Thomas, a department of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club. “Typically, our season includes three shows and a Children’s Show in December,” explains Amburgey. “The last show of the season typically includes a charity benefit and the profits from the spring show are donated to an identified charity.”

The current production is called “The Women” and it started on Feb. 20 and will finish up on Feb. 28. Amburgey says the season concludes with “Blood Relations” from April 17 through April 25 and will benefit the Hoxworth Blood Center.

“The Women” is a classic comedy follows a Manhattan socialite who recently discovered her husband is having an affair. After her friends turn out to be less than helpful, the show proves to be a hilarious, satirical look into the lives of “the ladies who lunch” and the world that determines their behavior.

Cast members are Teresa Myers, Anne-Marie Ireland, Julia Hedges, Patricia Mullins, Eylie Lorenz, Renee Maria, Andrianne Underhill, Allison Hinkel, Amy Sullivan, Kimberly Boyle, Monica Weber, Elaine Michael, Peggy Kenney, Sarah Spencer, Jeri Nakamura, Olivia Anderson, Betsy Evans, Rilla Foster, Gaylene May and Lori Bowling.

Upcoming performances will take place on Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. at The Fort Thomas Woman’s Club on 8 North Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Tickets to the shows are $17 and can be ordered by calling the box office or online.

To purchase tickets, learn more or get involved with the Woman’s Club or Village Players of Fort Thomas, visit their website www.villageplayers.biz or call 859-392-0500. Audition announcements are also posted on their Facebook page.

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Art gallery, frame shop, design consultant firm, and event space — learn more about ADC Fine Art and the team behind this art-lover’s paradise.

Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:

Cincy Chic: What is ADC Fine Art?
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art: Art Design Consultants (ADC) is affectionately known as Cincinnati’s “Gallery in the Sky,” and rightly so! We’re located on the 5th floor of a renovated warehouse on the edge of downtown. We have floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing sweeping views of the Mt. Adams and Cincinnati cityscapes, but most of the time people don’t even make it that far because our 10,000-square-foot gallery space captivates them first. We have everything from luscious traditional landscapes to vibrant, non-representational contemporary artworks to satisfy our every client’s taste. We are first and foremost an art consultant agency and gallery and we love helping our clients choose the best art for their spaces, but we also have an in-house frame shop that does custom and contract pieces and we rent out our space for fantastic events! We can’t wait for Cincy Chic’s Eco Chic Fashion Show on March 26.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind ADC?
Davis: Litsa Spanos is the Founder and President of Art Design Consultants. For more than 20 years she has helped friends and clients – corporate and residential – select just the right, amazing artworks for their space.

Currently, her vision continues to grow with new clients and exciting projects like Art Comes Alive, an annual nationally juried art competition and exhibition that awards over $150,000 to the nation’s top artists, and Blink, a high-end print and online art catalog created to help designers source beautiful art for their projects faster. Her award-winning company currently ranks in the top two percent of all women-owned business in the nation.

To meet project deadlines and awe clients, Litsa relies on her incredibly talented and passionate team comprised of Senior Art Consultant Allison Banzhaf, Art Director Sandy Eichert, Gallery Director Elizabeth David, Master Framer and Artist Kevin Poole, master framers Chris Bungenstock and Matt Estenfelder, Blink Sales Director Chelsea Tucker and Blink Circulation Director Rachael Moore.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind ADC Fine Art?
Davis: At Art Design Consultants, we’re passionate about creating beautiful environments with art that inspires and excites. With art and design, the two truly go hand in hand. A piece will look different in the gallery than it will in your home or office space, and that’s where we come in. We nurture our clients through the art selection process from beginning to end. Art is more than a decorative piece displayed on a wall, it has the ability to transform a room adding both dimension and personality. As art consultants we have the vision to see how art or a custom frame really completes the space.

Cincy Chic: When did ADC Fine Art launch?
Davis: In 1992, Litsa founded ADC out of her basement with only two customers. She was determined to take her passion for art and bring beauty into as many homes and offices as possible. Since then she has taken this passion and established a thriving and vibrant business in Cincinnati’s art market creating beautiful and inspirational spaces for numerous clients.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer customers?
Davis: ADC is a multi-faceted company. We sell fine art, offer free art consulting services for healthcare, corporate and residential clients, custom and contract framing and event venue and most recently we became a publisher.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for ADC Fine Art?
Davis: Yes, there is! In March we’ll be publishing Blink Art Resource! The inspiration behind Blink came out of necessity:

“I was awarded a large corporate project requiring a variety of original works. I needed to find great artists and put together a presentation in less than a week. Sure, there were thousands of artists on-line as well as many around me, but the thought of searching for professional artists and then narrowing them down was daunting. In reality, this meant a lot of time wasted sitting at my computer and becoming overwhelmed by too many options. I had to get exciting ideas and make a great impression on my client fast…If only I had an inspiring art catalogue with everything I needed from paintings to site-specific sculpture at my fingertips.” – Litsa Spanos

And because of this frustration, BLINK was born!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Davis: Readers can go to www.adcfineart.com to learn more and be inspired by beautiful art!

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    Two health coaches. Pay what you want. They want to change the world's health and happiness. Keep reading for a healthy dose of details about Healthy Human and see how it can create a blueprint for a better you.

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    Zach Franke (left) and Patrick Hitches (right), founders of Healthy Human

    Zach Franke and Patrick Hitches like to make people feel better. That’s why they launched a new project called Healthy Human.

    Franke is the founder of Health Coach Zach. His business partner, Hitches, is a health coach, yoga studio and gym owner, personal trainer, and fitness entrepreneur.

    They met in August of 2014 and instantly connected. Their philosophies on life, health and wellness aligned so well that creating Healthy Human was the only possible outcome.

    Today, Healthy Human has one mission: have participants wake up every day excited to take on what’s next. Currently, Healthy Human has a 10,000-square-foot location in the Brighton Brewery District near Over-the-Rhine that’s been dubbed the “Healthy Human Compound” complete with a yoga studio, health coaching services, a gym, and more to come.

    “We are creating a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to join a community of individuals striving to better their health,” says Franke.

    According to Franke, Healthy Human is a passion project for both he and Hitches, as both on a quest to become the best versions of themselves while also sharing all that they learn to help as many people along the way as they can.

    “Healthy Human is a place where we can share the truth about what health is and how we can achieve it in our highly stressed, overly busy, nutritionally compromised, sedentary society that the majority of our population unfortunately is stuck in,” he says. “We both utilize our health coaching skills, our personal experiences and our many failures as leverage to help other people on the journey of improving themselves.”

    The vision for Healthy Human is more than just helping others with diet and exercise, Franke says. “We’re creating an abundance of health and happiness across the world,” he explains. “The goal of Healthy Human is to create a comprehensive learning space for anyone and everyone ready and willing to take their health and happiness to a never-before-reached level.”

    When people begin to question the status quo and have access to the tools and resources they need to get healthy, Franke and Hitches believe they are in a position to share their knowledge and help create serious change.

    “It’s our mission to impact every single human on the planet,” he adds. “We realize this is a lofty mission but one we are confident can and will become a reality. We’re armed with the truth and an extensive ability to distribute this information across the web and into the hands of readers and students around the globe.”

    Healthy Human also has an online presence at www.healthyhumanhq.com to reach those who aren’t in the Cincinnati area and to help meet Franke and Hitches’ goal of a global outreach. Also on the website is an online coaching solution called the Healthy Human Academy that Franke says the duo is really excited about.

    “It’s a video module-based health coaching solution that teaches each student everything they need to know about proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management and mindset,” says Franke. “We even explore spirituality in the program.”

    What’s even greater about Healthy Human is that Franke and his partner are using a pay-what-you-want model. Although friends think they’re loopy for using this model, Franke laughs, they believe it aligns with their mission of helping every person on the planet. There are already approximately 40 test clients in the first enrollment class, with some paying $1 and others pay as much as $250 to participate. “It’s been a pretty cool experience so far for us and our students,” Franke says. “There is no barrier to enter the world of Healthy Human, so everyone can have a choice when it comes to living healthier, happier lives.”

    To learn more about Healthy Human, check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.

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    This local organization is teaming up with local yoga studios to introduce yoga to beginners. See how Project Yoga can improve your everyday life from the inside out.

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    From poses and stances to meditation and breathing, the idea of yoga can be an intimidating one. That’s where Project Yoga Cincinnati can help.

    “We teach to people who have never been exposed to yoga, giving them the chance to experience the emotional and physical wellbeing that can result,” says Project Manager at Project Yoga Cincinnati Amy Banfield. “We assemble a team of certified teachers and provide a curriculum plan for a 6-8 week series of classes.”

    During these programs, the team at Project Yoga Cincinnati alternates lead teacher and assistant roles to allow students the benefit of hearing different voices each week. Throughout the course of a program, Banfield says that Project Yoga teaches students poses, meditation techniques and breathing exercises that will address the needs of the entire group.

    “The common thread in all Project Yoga programs is teaching people how to find the ease in a pose and calm one’s thoughts,” adds Banfield. “We also focus on teaching breathing techniques that aid in stress relief and help to calm the nervous system.”

    Project Yoga’s history dates back to 2008, when it was founded by Katy Knowles and Peter Levin, two of the organization’s current board members. In 2013, Project Yoga was giving official status as a 501(c)3 non-profit. In addition to the board that serves Project Yoga, there are also approximately 30 teachers who work at the different sites teaching yoga programs as well as a Development Team, Fundraising Committee and Program Manager.

    Cincinnati joined Project Yoga in 2014 when four studios became engaged to support four programs. These studios include The Shakti Factory, Modo Yoga, Simply Power Yoga and Move Your Hyde. “These partnerships have added teachers to our ranks and will support and sustain Project Yoga into the future,” says Banfield. “Root Down Yoga has also agreed to play host to Project Yoga class fundraising events in the coming months.”

    There are multiple classes offered at the participating Project Yoga studios in Cincinnati that will help you reach the goals you have when it comes to starting yoga.

    The curriculum for each program is crafted to fit the participants. “We follow a lesson plan, but as the group gets in sync, we have also been known to go off script too,” says Banfield.

    Classes at Project Yoga studios are light-hearted and teachers are there to instruct how each pose can be modified so that everyone can participate at the level they’re most comfortable with. There are also tips shared for those who want to develop a yoga and meditation practice at home.
    “We emphasize that yoga is not a competitive sport – that’s why we call in a ‘practice,’” says Banfield.

    All mats and props are provided, Banfield adds. The team also looks for a room at each facility that has enough clear space to allow participants to practice comfortably, free from people passing through or noisy distractions.

    There’s also a mobile cart that holds all Project Yoga mats and props. Those who are interested in bringing Project Yoga to an event, senior center, school or community program should email katy@projectyogacincinnati.org.

    An added bonus is that Project Yoga classes are free to those who are participating in programs. Banfield adds that there are also special classes and events at partnering studios and locations throughout Cincinnati that are donation-based. The proceeds from those classes and events are then used to help support and grow current and future Project Yoga programs.

    Banfield says that the team at Project Yoga hopes students participating in programs will take what they’ve learned in terms of physical postures, meditations, breathing techniques, stress management, relaxation, compassion and strength off their yoga mats and find a way to incorporate it into their everyday lives. She said Project Yoga also hopes participants will continue their yoga practice beyond their time in the program as well
    As for the future, Banfield finishes by saying that Project Yoga Cincinnati is currently working with several organizations, companies and non-profits in the Greater Cincinnati area to build new and strong projects throughout 2015.

    To learn more about Project Yoga Cincinnati, visit www.projectyogacincinnati.org.

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    Joshua Johnson found his “fit” when he launched Mindbox Studios to help others right here in Cincinnati and beyond.

    Joshua Johnson, founder of Mindbox Studios
    Joshua Johnson, founder of Mindbox Studios

    Technology is an ever-changing world, but Joshua Johnson is up for the challenge.

    He launched his start-up, Mindbox Studios, in June 2007. Since then, his business has been providing technology services that are crafted especially for building custom web and mobile software for other businesses throughout the country.

    “We approach each project with an agile-inspired methodology, which disciplines the team to build a Minimum Viable Product with frequent iterations based on results and customer feedback,” explains Johnson. “We act as an in-house partner for our clients, focused on using digital technology to grow their business.”

    Johnson says that after the failure of a previous business, he launched Mindbox with a ground of digital agency visionaries and innovators. He and his team also noticed that it was nearly impossible to find a software company that works with innovative entrepreneurs, which encouraged them even more to move forward with the group’s new business plan.

    In the years since Mindbox Studios officially launched, it has grown to more than 20 employees with offices in Cincinnati, Denver and Eugene, Oregon. Some of the businesses’ clients include those from industries such as the government, manufacturing, education and healthcare.

    Some of the services offered from Mindbox Studios include mobile development, website design and development, technical strategy, responsive design, E-commerce, technology integration (also known as API Development) and startup consultation and planning.

    “Our goal is to build a growing, best-in-class technology innovation team,” adds Johnson.

    The team at Mindbox Studios, in addition to their growing client list, has a lot in the works. Johnson says that there are a few projects they’re involved with outside of client work that they’re excited about. “We’re working with a handful of kids, now 18-20 years old, who have grown up in an orphanage in Haiti and have a desire to learn web design and mobile development skills,” says Johnson. “Mindbox is partnering with like-minded companies to develop a program to help them develop those skills and eventually offer their services to U.S. companies.”

    Additionally, Johnson says that Mindbox Studios is interested in seeing more tech and startup activity in low-income neighborhoods and high schools throughout Cincinnati, although the pieces for a project like this haven’t fully come together yet. Johnson believes that if his team can provide access to the resources, skill training and funding these kids needs then they can help support another revolution in tech in the Cincinnati region with job creation and an increase in demand. “That will be good for everyone,” he adds.

    To learn more, visit www.mindboxstudios.com.

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