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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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    With infertility rates growing, one local doctor is breaking new ground — literally and figuratively — with his new “conception center,” SpringCreek Fertility. Read on to learn more about it and his Fertility Foods book that explains three small diet changes that have a big effect on fertility.


    It’s not always easy to get pregnant. No one knows that better than Lorie and Dr. Jeremy Groll. More than 20 years ago, as the couple started their family while Jeremy went through medical school, they created a vision for a fertility center like no other.

    “Over the years, the vision came into focus,” says Dr. Groll, who opened SpringCreek Fertility in July 2014 in a temporary space before moving into its current location in Centerville, Ohio, in March 2015.

    Today, SpringCreek Fertility welcomes everyone who wants to have children, regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation. “We are proud to serve the Western Ohio region offering evidence-based, patient-centered fertility treatments for anyone wanting to continue to build their family,” says Dr. Groll.

    As they help patients start (or continue growing) the family they’ve always wanted, SpringCreek Fertility is doing it in a state-of-the-art facility that was designed by MedTech for Solutions. “Together, with the SpringCreek associates, we are pleased that now we get to help others build the family of their dreams,” says Dr. Groll.

    According to Dr. Groll, SpringCreek Fertility treatments are based on a wellness model. “Rather than a fertility clinic, we like to think of ourselves as a ‘conception center,’” he says. “We recognize that patients expect state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments and, at the same time, we pay close attention to the emotional and financial experience as well.”

    Dr. Groll (center) and his SpringCreek Fertility staff
    Dr. Groll (center) and his SpringCreek Fertility staff

    Because fertility treatments are notoriously expensive, Dr. Groll says they help with that, too. “The medical, physical, emotional and financial aspects of fertility treatments cannot be separated,” he says. “They are integral parts of the challenge with infertility.”

    That’s why fertility treatments and preservation at SpringCreek Fertility are priced for accessibility and tailored to meet a family’s goals. “We recognize that fertility treatments can be a challenge, but they don’t have to be a battle,” says Dr. Groll. “We work to break down barriers, expose hidden obstacles and help patients’ dreams of having a baby become a reality.”

    Ultimately, Dr. Groll says, the goal from the moment patients step through the door, is for them to complete their first trimester of pregnancy and graduate them to their OB/GYN.

    In addition to the work he does at SpringCreek Fertility, Dr. Groll is also the author of the book, Fertility Foods. “Fertility Foods was designed to help patients understand how their lifestyle choices in diet and exercise can impact their fertility and potentially improve their outcomes,” he says.

    Dr. Groll’s studies and practice don’t just focus on female fertility. He’s also dedicated to making a difference in the world of male fertility as well. “According to recently published articles in Fertility & Sterility, the male’s fertility journey is often an afterthought and has been largely ignored,” he says. “Our collection rooms are designed to offer privacy and comfort. In addition, we are working with a start-up company, Androlotech, to help improve the male fertility experience.”

    SpringCreek Fertility is also on the cutting edge of advancing some of the newest areas of the field. Specifically, Dr. Groll is working to make pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis more accessible to patients who have genetic issues. “Like many fertility centers, we routinely offer genetic screening to our patients,” he says. “However, when genetic diseases or chromosomal imbalances are identified, the financial costs to treat it are expensive.”

    Dr. Groll adds that the financial costs to screen for diseases and imbalances is often far less than the financial and emotional costs of caring for a person who is born with genetic imbalances. “We are advocating for patients to help them appeal to their insurance companies to help defray some of the cost of pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis,” he explains.

    SpringCreek Fertility is located at 7095 Clyo Road in Centerville, Ohio. To learn more about SpringCreek Fertility, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram.

    Watch the webcast below as Dr. Groll explains the three most important tips from his book Fertility Foods.

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    Learn more about Cincy Bridal Beauty and the sister duo behind it to see how they make brides wow on their wedding day with toxin-free, eco-friendly beauty products.

    Andrea and Ashley Lauren of Cincy Bridal Beauty.
    (l-r) Andrea and Ashley Lauren of Cincy Bridal Beauty

    Andrea and Ashley Lauren love brides. That’s why they want to make them look beautiful while also keeping the products they use free of toxins and dangerous chemicals.

    The dynamic duo behind Cincy Bridal Beauty are long-time professional makeup artists, and also own Cincy Style Bar and Alba Organic Beauty Studio in Hyde Park — all of which use toxin-free, eco-friendly products. That’s what set them up for success when they launched Cincy Bridal Beauty, a team of professional makeup and hair artists that provide both in-studio and on-location wedding day preparations for brides.

    When asked what inspired them to launch this business, they said it was a love of brides and a vision of being able to offer them “stress-free, affordable wedding day preparation.”

    Cincy Bridal Beauty provides full-service, on-location and in-studio wedding makeup and hairstyling services. “We also offer a full range of pre-wedding bridal beauty preparation services from haircuts, color, facials, nails, airbrush tanning, waxing and massages,” says Andrea.

    Yes, that means even in the months leading up to a bride’s big day, Cincy Bridal Beauty can help. They even offer makeup classes for those who want to change up their makeup techniques, or have a fun activity for a bachelorette party, Andrea says.

    Something else that makes Cincy Bridal Beauty unique is that it they offer brides a full countdown to the wedding day beauty preparation experience. “We take brides from a consultation through a 6-month timeline of head-to-toe gorgeous,” Andrea explains. “Through this process, brides become ‘part of the family,’ which makes us all super invested in their wedding day happiness.”

    Cincy Bridal Beauty also offers a private Bridal Suite for in-studio brides. They’re located on the line of Oakley and Hyde Park at 2882 Wasson Road in Cincinnati.

    To learn more about Cincy Bridal Beauty, visit

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    Learn more about this local chiropractor who specializes in treating infants and pregnant women while giving special attention to disorders that are often just treated with medications.

    Dr. Stephanie Spiers
    Dr. Stephanie Spiers provides children and prenatal chiropractic care.

    Dr. Stephanie Spiers, who is a parent to three children, was blown away by the rising rates of autism and increasing number of children who are put on medications to treat ADHD/ADD. She says it concerns her for her kids’ generation as well as generations to come.

    “Ultimately, these conditions rob children of expressing their full potential,” explains Spiers. “They also create immeasurable stress and financial burden on parents. It is my absolute passion to provide a path for children and their families to experience abundant health, and live a life of purpose, passion and vitality.”

    So, as a doctor, she wanted to do something to help. It was these drugs, as well as medications for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, digestive disorders and other conditions, that inspired her to open Bright Futures Family Chiropractic, a family chiropractic offers with a prenatal and pediatric specialty, in February 2015.

    “Our office is dramatically different than many traditional chiropractic offices,” Spiers explains. “What sets us apart is our dedication and commitment to serving people of all ages with difficult and complex conditions who have been unable to find solutions elsewhere, and many who have lost hope.”

    Spiers has an extensive background and ongoing training in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD/ADD and Autism, as well as children and adults with chronic health issues such as allergies, asthma, headaches, digestive disorders, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

    “We believe everyone, regardless of their current health condition, deserves a Bright Future and it is our mission to empower and inspire as many families as possible to live their best life,” says Spiers.

    Aside from Certified Pediatric Chiropractor Spiers, her husband Brad helps her own and operate Bright Futures. She says that you’ll also frequently find one or both of her daughters “working” behind the front desk helping office coordinator Caitlin.

    When asked what makes Bright Futures unique, Spiers says it’s her practice of using a unique set of techniques that is unlike any other chiropractor in the area. “In addition to traditional chiropractic techniques, I am the only chiropractor in Cincinnati to have earned Elite Master status in a very specific neurological technique called Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), which is a brain-based therapy helpful with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD and other neurological disorders,” she explains.

    While there’s a lot Spiers provides as far as care for her patients, she says that the heart of the practice is really about chiropractic adjustment. “We provide safe and gentle adjustments with the focus on improving nervous system function,” she says.

    Spiers is trained and experienced in the proper care of newborns, children and pregnant women, and as a mom of 3, is very sensitive to their unique needs.

    Bright Futures also utilizes technology that can measure nervous system function as well as show progress as a patient moves through the care plan. “We also incorporate coaching, guidance and inspiration on living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, exercise and stress management,” says Spiers.

    Spiers says that Bright Futures will be launching its signature series of public workshops title “The Perfect Storm: uncovering the hidden cause behind ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and other chronic health conditions in children” on Feb. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will continue through the year.

    The Perfect Storm event will be held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Spiers says it is free to attend but guests must RSVP to reserve a seat, as they are limited. You can call the Bright Futures office at 513-792-9111 to save your spot!

    Bright Futures is located in the heart of Blue Ash off Ronald Reagan Highway at 9402 Towne Square Avenue, Suite E, in Cincinnati.

    To learn more about Bright Futures Chiropractic, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook to stay updated on office events, health tips and motivation for healthy living.

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    Attention vegan foodies! One local eatery is hosting a 3-course vegan Valentine’s Day dinner and has lots of other delicious events on deck. Click to learn all about them.

    Melt Eclectic Cafe
    Melt Eclectic Cafe is hosting a “My Vegan Valentine” event on February 13.

    Melt Eclectic Cafe knows the way to a vegan’s heart. They’re hosting a “My Vegan Valentine” event on Saturday, Feb. 13, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. featuring 3-courses from an entirely plant-based menu.

    The cafe, located in the heart of Northside, typically offers lunch and dinner sandwiches, salads and soups. Lisa Colina, who is in charge of Public Relations and Events at Wellmann Brands, which now owns Melt as of last month, says that the event is already sold out, but they hope to offer more events like this in the future.

    Although the My Vegan Valentine event sold out quickly, Colina says they plan to host more specialty events in the future, and you can always check out the restaurant for a yummy meal any day of the week. She says the restaurant is known for serving up local food with consideration for many diet preferences including vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo.

    “We offer several types of locally made breads, as well as a gluten-free bread option,” Colina explains. “Melt additionally offers both meat and plant based proteins, including a housemade seitan. We also offer seven signature salads with housemade dressings, and an award-winning vega chili and housemade soups, offered daily.”

    It’s not just about the sandwiches, soups and salads at Melt, though. Colina says they also have sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, and desserts to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea. She adds that they’re featuring dishes, specials and upcoming events on their Facebook page so that’s the best way to keep up-to-date on all things Melt.

    Melt is located in Northside, at 4165 Hamilton Avenue. To learn more, visit and

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    Learn about a local lady who launched a lifestyle program that inspires women to make positive shifts for boosted health and energy!

    Stacy Best of Live Your Best Life.
    Stacy Best of Live Your Best Life.

    Cincy Chic: What is Live Your Best Life?
    Stacy Best, Founder of Live Your Best Life: Live Your Best Life is a lifestyle program that inspires women to make positive shifts resulting in amazing energy, vitality, joy and pleasure in a body that they love living in! The program is a fresh new approach based purely on self-care – a celebration of nutrition, movement, recreation and restoration.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the program?
    Best: My journey to health and happiness has been a challenging one. I thought I had the dream all figured out. Got the good education, to get the perfect job, to earn a great paycheck and then I would live happily ever after, right? Uh, not even close. Even though I was eating well and working out everyday, the stress from my high-pressured corporate job was ruining my health. I was a zombie just surviving through the days. I knew there had to be a better way and I eventually became my own health advocate. I filled in the nutritional gaps with the right supplements and made positive lifestyle changes. It wasn’t until I focused on a comprehensive self-care program that I finally started to thrive. Health is more than the food on your plate and what you do at the gym. Nutrition and exercise are only a small part of being well. Reducing exposure to toxins and balancing relationships, career, spirituality and stress levels are all critical in order to Live Your Best Life.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Live Yours Best Life?
    Best: I caught the entrepreneurial bug in 2007. I created the Fit to Garden program educating gardeners on proper gardening biomechanics to reduce next day soreness and injury. In 2011 I took the program a step further and highlighted the nutritional and stress management benefits of gardening and Garden for the Health of It was born. In 2015 I authored the Garden for the Health of It guidebook. I received an overwhelming response from readers and presentation attendees regarding the stress management and restoration practices that I cover in the book. I decided to launch into the final stage of my brainchild and created Live Your Best Life. This program incorporates gardening, nutrition, movement and an abundant amount of self-care practices.

    Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Live Your Best Life?
    Best: I am a woman who loves life and lives it to the fullest. It feels so good to have the energy, interest and va-voom to do all that I want to do one this one precious life. I am a Registered Kinesiotherapist, board certified holistic health practitioner, holistic lifestyle coach, personal trainer, master gardener, Pilates and yoga instructor and have spent years researching and developing this lifestyle program. I have met so many women who are stuck in survival mode and it is painful to watch them settle for that life. My passion is to share my Live Your Best Life blueprint with these beautiful women because when you are empowered, inspired, and educate yourself, this is when you can truly achieve all you desire – and feel incredible.

    Cincy Chic: What types of services do you provide for clients?
    Best: My signature service is the 28-Day Live Your Best Life program. It is an in-person or virtual one-on-one or group program motivating women to change the way they eat, move, feel and think. The main focus is on self-care practices. This includes nutrition, movement, daily habits, removing toxins from the home, vision boarding, a pain management technique called the MELT method and my favorite – essential oils.

    I also provide traditional holistic lifestyle coaching one-on-one or in person, fitness, Pilates, yoga, gardening and essential oils coaching.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
    Best: I am beyond excited to launch my new virtual home in March! My website will host several e-courses including Garden for the Health of It and Live Your Best Life. I cannot wait to empower women to change the course of their own health through my easy to follow e-courses. My intention is to give you the tools to navigate your way back to the basics. The idea is to teach you how to nourish your mind and body without having to follow fussy gardening rules, a strict diet with complicated recipes (no calorie counting here!) or intense workout plan. Just self-care habits that make Living Your Best Live easier and more intuitive. So, let’s get after it!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about your program?
    Best: Visit my website. I’m on Facebook under Live Your Best Life and Garden For The Health Of It. Follow along on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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    A local beauty bar is helping you look your best with hair and skin services - and a “Mommy Makeover” package coming soon - that won’t break the bank. Keep reading for all the details.

    Pure Beauty Bar
    Pure Beauty Bar offers high-quality beauty services at an affordable price. 

    You can look like a million bucks without spending it. That’s the idea that inspired Sylvia Brownlee to open Pure Beauty Bar. “Beauty and fashion is something I’ve always been passionate about and I want to help others figure out how to make their look work for them so they can be ready to kill the day,” she says.

    Pure Beauty Bar was founded in 2014. It’s a full-service bar located in the heart of Cincinnati’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. “We offer luxe but affordable beauty services to a diverse clientele to help bring out your inner beauty while enhancing your outer beauty,” says Brownlee.

    Brownlee brings more than 16 years of experience in the beauty industry with experience in operations, education, administration and management. “From personal to business, beauty is my life,” she says.

    Services at Pure Beauty Bar include facials, waxing, eyelash extensions and makeup applications for day chic, special occasions or photoshoots. At the salon you’ll also find that they’re an exclusive distributor of Hair Addict, a line of Cambodian and Indian hair extensions that were inspired by Brownlee’s daughter, Jazz.

    “My daughter would always complain about the hair she purchased — the shedding, the tangling or just the bad quality,” says Brownlee. “Every month she was ordering new hair and changing hairstyles, so I told her she’s addicted. And there it was, an extension of Pure Beauty Bar.”

    The Hair Addict line has collections that will fit every woman’s tastes. There are straight, wavy and curly extensions, which can be used for weaving or custom wigs. “The hair can also be dyed or used for any style, with lengths ranging from 12 inches to 30 inches,” says Brownlee. “The extensions have pristine and sturdy wefting and is soft to the touch – qualities of a product you can enjoy for installment after installment with the proper maintenance and care.”

    In addition to its Hair Addict collections, Pure Beauty Bar is known for its Brazilian wax, eyebrow waxing and chemical peels. A Brazilian wax is $45, eyebrow waxing is $15 and a makeup makeover with lashes is $45.

    Brownlee says Pure Beauty Bar offers waxing parties so that you can grab your girlfriends for a fun, exciting night (while enjoying a bottle of wine, or two!).

    Brownlee says to keep your eyes peeled for Mommy Makeovers, which will soon be making their debut at Pure Beauty Bar.

    To learn more, visit You can also like them on Facebook.

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    After starting her own business, one local woman created an open forum for other entrepreneurs in Greater Cincinnati. Read on for more about the growing group and how you can join in.

    Cincy Social Entrepreneurs is an open forum for local business owners and entrepreneurs.
    Cincy Social Entrepreneurs is an open forum for local business owners and entrepreneurs.

    Since launching her business Fancy Fedora in July 2015, Stephanie Ryan has met a plethora of other local business owners and entrepreneurs.

    After meeting these business owners, she found that there was a need for a space where everyone could get together and discuss challenges and other aspects of owning your own business. That’s when she was inspired to launch Cincy Social Entrepreneurs, where business owners and entrepreneurs could get together to discuss where to start forming your LLC or how to get a product listed on Amazon.

    “As a business professional, I sought to create an open forum for local Cincinnati Entrepreneurs – a place to share our journeys, create monthly meetups and collaborate collectively to grow our Cincinnati market,” says Ryan

    Some of those topics covered in the forms include listing local shows that business owners can participate in as vendors, retail opportunities in the city, There are also forums on local programs that provide free legal advice and local organizations that provide classes that business owners can attend to learn more about financials.

    While Cincy Social Entrepreneurs is just getting its feet off the ground, Ryan says that she’s already planning meetups and other ideas for the group. When asked where she plans to host forums, she’s thinking local coffee shops or hosting dinners and luncheons in monthly meetups to share stories and learn from each other.

    To learn more about Cincy Social Entrepreneurs, click here or “like” them on Facebook where you can join the open forum.

    You can also contact Ryan by sending her an email here or calling 513-307-3700.

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    One local lady shares the story behind her chocolate store with many special inspirations. Read on for all the delicious details.

    Melinda Mueller, owner of Ruby’s Chocolates, named the store after her grandmother.

    Cincy Chic: What is Ruby’s Chocolates?
    Melinda Mueller, Owner of Ruby’s Chocolates: I started Ruby’s out of my kitchen in 2008..$25.00 to put into my bank account. I wanted to make chocolate creations that not only looked amazing but tasted even better. I named my company Ruby’s after my grandmother. She was one of the strongest women I have ever met. As a child I looked up to her and wanted to one day to become as strong as her. People often ask if I’m Ruby. My response, “I haven’t accomplished enough in my life to have something named after me.” At least not yet! I want my children to look up to me as I looked up to Ruby.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Ruby’s Chocolates?
    Mueller: The turning point for going through with my business is when my brother passed in 2008 and said on his deathbed, “I wish I would have done something with my life.” That was the moment that I knew I had to start this business and make it work! After going through a divorce – I lost my house and car and lived in my building that I’m still making the chocolate in today for over a year – but through it all I believed that God would see me through and he has!

    Cincy Chic: What makes Ruby’s Chocolates unique?
    Mueller: Ruby’s is unique because it is all handmade and we can specialize any order – your wish is our command! We also have a line that has bacon in it which we call “squeal appeal.”

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers find Ruby’s Chocolates?
    Mueller: We are located at 7100 Foundry Row in Suite 204 in Hamilton.

    Cincy Chic: Do you sell to any local stores?
    Mueller: We wholesale to both Jungle Jims Market and The 3 Dorothy Lane Markets in Dayton. We’ve recently opened a kiosk at the Liberty Center Mall, which my son runs and my mother helps make the chocolates along with my younger son.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Ruby’s Chocolates?
    Mueller: We are working on a new website where customers can order online!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
    Mueller: Like us on Facebook!

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      A new art gallery in Cincinnati is shining the spotlight on local artists, hosting shows and helping to put the Cincinnati art scene on the map. Read on for more on Cincinnati Art Underground, the local lady behind it and where she’ll be this Friday with an artsy pop-up shop.

      Cincinnati Art Underground is a local gallery that offers artists from around Ohio and other parts of the country to showcase their work while helping to advance the art scene in Cincinnati.
      Cincinnati Art Underground is a local gallery that offers artists from around Ohio and other parts of the country to showcase their work while helping to advance the art scene in Cincinnati.

      Cincinnati is home base for many talented artists, but there aren’t many spots they can turn to if they want to showcase their work. To help them see and be seen, Rachael Moore was inspired to open Cincinnati Art Underground.

      “Conversations with a few artists sparked the idea to start pop-up shows in fresh locations downtown,” explains Moore. “The artists would have new places to show their work and people in Cincinnati would have a fun, new way to meet artists and buy art.”

      Cincinnati Art Underground is a contemporary art gallery featuring works by some of Ohio’s most talented artists. Moore says it’s a fun place to learn about serious art.

      “We have glamorous art openings and artists visiting to talk about their work and creative inspirations,” says Moore. “We’ve hosted private parties for small groups and can set up studio visits so people can see how artists create. Our gallery is a place where people who love art and creativity can connect with artists and find something gorgeous for their home.”

      Moore launched the gallery but has has a team of people helping her. Her first team included Britt Elam, a graphic designer who graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati; a young artist and entrepreneur who has since moved to New York City; and artist Andrey Kozakov as Creative Director.

      Today, her current team consists of Taylor Rousseau who serves as Assistant Director, Gallery Assistant Eva Patterson, a costume design major at the University of Cincinnati and Mary Beth Brackmann, an Art Academy of Cincinnati graduate who does Cincinnati Art Underground’s graphic design.

      Moore herself is originally from Connecticut and holds a law degree from Hofstra University in New York. “For years, I lived in New York City and London,” she says. “I jumped into the art world in Cincinnati when I joined Tatiana Berman at her Constella Festival and eventually started working with visual artists through the Festival. The depth of cultural appreciation and love for the arts runs deep here – it’s been an exciting journey!”

      Cincinnati Art Underground opened in March with a pop-up show in Over-the-Rhine. “It was so much fun – we featured four artists and had a great turnout,” says Moore. “The clients loved it and we sold a number of artworks: fragile, abstract porcelains by Kara Sheldon; edgy paintings by Spencer van der Zee, a street artist who sometimes uses spray paint on his canvases; and stunning landscape photographs by Viktor Posnov. Everyone went home happy!”

      Moore says that she looks all over to find artists to showcase their work in the gallery. “I pore through images online, visit art fairs and galleries and take referrals from friends,” she says.

      There was an artists from Toronto who recently reached out and she says they’re currently working on a show with him in the future. “Our focus has been Ohio-area artists, but we’ll also be looking further afield to bring new works to Cincinnati,” she says.

      Another fun way to see what’s new in the art world, Moore says, is scouring Instagram as it also gives her ideas of artistics directions they can take at the gallery. She adds that she’s looking for artists whose work has an open appeal. “If people respond to something that they can like or understand, and they get to meet the artist and learn about the philosophy and work behind a painting or sculpture, it completely transforms their view of what they like and what they know about art,” says Moore. “Once you’ve experienced the thrill of buying modern, cutting-edge art and begun to understand why other people love it, it’s hard to go back to the safe choices that you knew before!”

      Artworks that sell at the gallery sell between a range of prices. A classic, porcelain object by ceramicist Kara Sheldon will sell for $35 while Cadence, a large-scale painting by Katie St. Clair will sell for $8,500. Moore says Cincinnati Art Underground will always carry works that begin at accessible prices as they want everyone to own something beautiful and experience the thrill of purchasing something as luxurious as a work of art.

      Moore says that she enjoys everything about being at Cincinnati Art Underground. “I love meeting the artists and discovering new art that I can show to Cincinnati,” she says. “[And] I really enjoy helping clients find something special, and transforming their ideas about what they like and what they know about art.”

      Moore says that there are a ton of ideas and plans on the horizon for Cincinnati Art Underground. “Our cool website by Envoi Design is about to relaunch, and within the next year will be set up to allow people to purchase art directly online,” she says.

      Cincinnati Art Underground is now offering a concierge art service. “We can visit your home and make suggestions for artwork to make your space pop, or search for a special piece through our artists and contacts,” adds Moore.

      She says that Cincinnati Art Underground is making connections with other art galleries with ideas for joint shows and on behalf of the artists.

      “As we grow, our artists will grow, and for clients who like the investment potential of art, their works will rise in value as our artists gain fame and new opportunities,” she says. “We’re also getting ready to jump into the art fair scene – there are going to be some great opportunities to show people in Los Angeles and Miami what Cincinnati artists can do.”

      Moore says you can check out the next Cincinnati Art Underground event on Feb. 11 when Jacci Delaney stops by to talk about her bubble-wrap glassworks. “It’s our cozy tie-in to Valentine’s Day,” she says. “Everyone should bring a date or a friend, have a glass of one and buy one of Jacci’s stunning sculptures” You can purchase tickets for the event here.

      Learn more about Cincinnati Art Underground by clicking here. There you can find an overview of the gallery and information on upcoming events. They’ll also be at Cincy Chic’s “New Year, New You” event this Friday, Jan. 22. To purchase tickets for the event, click here. Cincinnati Art Underground’s Facebook page also has the latest information on art openings and artist talks.

      Cincinnati Art Underground is located at 1415 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.

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      Bye bye old fashioned barber. There’s a new men’s salon in town, providing top-of-the-line hair care, grooming services, and a membership program to make it easy to look good.

      18|8 Fine Men’s Salon offers high-quality salon and grooming services just for men.

      Men don’t always have quite the same options as women when it comes to salons. In an effort to change that, Chris Brown opened 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley.

      “18|8 is a place where men can go to get high-quality, premium and on-trend grooming and salon services in an environment designed just for guys,” explains Brown. It’s a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Our customers receive the highest level of attention and care, and that’s what they love and deserve. There’s not another place like this for them.”

      The name of the salon, 18|8, has a unique background. “So if you take hardened, rough steel and add it to 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel, it transforms into stainless steel, a more polished version of itself,” says Brown. “On the same token, that is exactly what we intend and promise to do for the men who come to our salon – transform them to look better, feel better and perform better in their busy life.”

      According to Brown, 18|8 looks and feels like a salon but in a masculine way. When clients walk into 18|8, they’re greeted by a receptionist who helps him to get comfortable with a refreshment, including lite snacks and drinks (even beer), and directs him to a waiting room where there are comfortable, plush chairs in front of a big screen television.

      “When it comes to our stylists and barbers, they are the best,” says Brown. “Specifically trained and have had additional education in the art and craft of cutting men’s hair and grooming services. They will offer our guests personal consultation and on-trend suggestions.”

      Since 18|8 officially launched in 2002, it has established itself as the only men’s salon that caters to a discerning clientele with an upscale suite of hair care and salon services. Originally founded in Southern California by Scott Griffiths and Ron Love, 18|8 only recently began franchising. Brown says there are currently more than 50 18|8 Fine Men’s salons across the country with 90-plus franchise units under development in every major city in the U.S.

      It’s Brown that has the rights to develop the Cincinnati market. He opened the first salon in mid-November at Oakley Station, and he’s got plans to open several more over the next few years around the Tri-State.

      Services offered at 18|8 include haircuts and other grooming services. “Our haircuts are our core service and come with a scalp cleanse, a consultation, a hand-crafted haircut design just for that guy – taking his head shape, hair density and overall look he is going for into consideration,” says Brown. “Haircuts also come with a hot towel facial, a 5-minute neck and shoulder massage and end with a wash, condition and style.”

      Brown says the analogy they like to use at 18|8 is like comparing a suit off the rack to a tailored suit. “18|8 will be a tailored haircut, not an off-the-rack haircut,” he says.

      In addition to haircuts 18|8 offers razor shaves, hair loss prevention treatments, rejuvenation facials, manicures/pedicures for men, hair coloring/grey blendings and hair removal (eyebrows, nose, back, etc.).

      “All of those services are tailored specifically toward men,” says Brown. “So it’s a manicure, pedicure or facial with men’s unique needs and skin types in mind.”

      Memberships are also available at 18|8 that cover prepaid hair and grooming services and provide member perks including complimentary clean-ups, discounts and other benefits.

      The price of services at 18|8 are moderately priced from $35 to $55. Each haircut or grooming service is done in semi-private grooming areas.

      Despite only recently opening, Brown says that the main goal is, of course, to open several more salons in the Cincinnati area. They’re also coming out with a new hair loss consultation service that men and utilize to treat thinning and hair and to help stop the loss.

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