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Learn about a local UC student who has turned her love of reading into a creative side business.

Just Bookish Creations was started by University of Cincinnati student Rachel Mowry.

University of Cincinnati student Rachel Mowry combined her creative side with her love for reading to create a unique business called Just Bookish Creations. 

With classes moving to an online format, it provided the perfect opportunity to start a side business, says Mowry.” 

Just Bookish Creations is a small business that creates handmade folded book art, customized just how you like!

I can create any name or date to make a one of a kind design.”  

Just Bookish Creations is a very unique talent that not many people know how to pursue. “You would be truly getting a unique, one of a kind item at my shop.”

The companies presence is completely online, and she accepts orders through her Instagram or Facebook page. 

Mowry is very excited for the future and her new products that are coming soon. 

I hope to launch my book earrings soon, these will also be completely customizable and more affordable then my folded books, says Mowery.” 

To follow along follow their Facebook, Facebook shop or Instagram

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This local creative is bringing a spark of joy to your life through pressed flower art. Click here to read more.

It’s hard not to love flowers. Whether it’s a fresh bouquet, a newly potted plant, or a pressed piece of flower art, flowers have the power to put a smile on your face. 
 
Ashley Balzer is someone who loves flowers and the power they have, and thus is the founder of The Bloom Hive, a business featuring handmade and crafted glass and copper wall hangings and tabletop frames showcasing the beauty, color, and detail of pressed flowers, plants, citrus, and other natural elements.
 
“I was inspired to launch The Bloom Hive by the spark of joy a flower can bring, the memories a single flower can hold, and a small vintage pressing in a soldered floating frame that hangs on my wall,” she says. 
 
Balzer is a one-woman show behind her business. She’s also a mom to a 4-year-old who’s love of nature inspires her to discover unique and diverse natural subject matter for her frames. She also credits her husband, who she says often patently waits for her to gather unexpected blooms that grab her attention. 
 
When you shop The Bloom Hive, you’ll find that she offers one-of-a-kind pressed floral, greenery, citrus, and other natural elenemtkn in hand-crafted floating frames for walls or tabletop decor or gifts. She also sells seasonal ornaments and charms and custom wedding bouquet and memorial pressings. 
 
Items made by The Bloom Hive start at $14 for pre-made products, and pricing on other pre-made items are determined by the size and subject matter.  She says that custom orders and bouquet and memorial pressures are custom quote. 
 
Balzer says that she ensures that every piece she makes has vibrant color and pays close attention to detail through her specialty pressing and preservation techniques. 
 
The Bloom Hive is currently online and has plans to attend local markets and shows as they start to make returns from COVID. 
 
You can learn more about The Bloom Hive on their website and by following along on Instagram and Facebook for product releases and updates. 

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A local designer is bringing her own experimental style to her jewelry collection. Click here for the details.

Libby Andress finds inspiration through personal expression. 

“My style has always been very unknowingly experimental and I partly attribute this to my mother, and her enjoyment of outfitting personalities,” says Andress. “As a child in the 80s, I slept under a Fiorucci poster with angels wearing sunglasses that my mom brought back from Los Angeles. If you know the brand, then you probably understand that it has a reputation for being experimental.” 

Fiorucci was also all over Italy at a time when her family frequently traveled there. This brand encouraged her to be more demonstrative about her personal expression – in fashion, music, and art. 

Personal expression is key at Shop Libby, a jewelry shop with a wide array of jewelry options. Andress also designs some of the jewelry she sells in her shop, which is part indie designer brand.

“Personal expression is firstly the responsibility of the individual, and there is plenty to choose from out there in the world,” she says. “This is why I offer so many styles from all over the world to customers – so they can express themselves how they want, and everyone’s happy and no one feels insulted.”

Andress is the one-woman show behind her jewelry shop. Although she doesn’t currently have a storefront, you can find her online and at local pop-ups, including at Findlay Market on the weekends April through December.

Andress says she enjoys the unique blend of styles that she’s experienced in Cincinnati. “I grew up in Cincinnati and am familiar with the retail history of the city even back to before I was born – the local department stores and retail institutions that helped create a vibrant retail landscape,” she says. “Cincinnati definitely has a unique blend of style and I have experience trying all of it personally. I know what customers want here.”

She also credits her personal intuition for buying that helps to set her shop out from the rest. 

Her inventory and collections are constantly evolving, as most of what she sells is something she loves from the moment she buys or makes it. “If I don’t have a wow moment I typically won’t bother,” she says. 

Shop the collection at https://shoplibby.com or follow along on Instagram.

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Fashion isn’t just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. Click here to read more about a brand that welcomes you as you are. 

Savvi Lifestyle Co is an athleisure brand with Brand Partners and new launches every week.

If you’re like many other busy women, the idea of transitional pieces making up your wardrobe is a dream come true. Whether you’re going from the office to date night, Savvi is a lifestyle brand that wants to help you get there without the need to change your clothes.

“Savvi is a lifestyle brand. Our focus is fashion,” explains Savvi Brand Partner Danielle Reinhart. “We currently focus on athleisure wear with transitional pieces that are designed with the intention of being able to take you from working out, to the grocery store, to meeting a friend for coffee or drinks, or even date night.”

The founders of Savvi are Ken Porter and Jenn Ashby. They were inspired to launch a brand that brings people together. 

“Our logo represents a community moving forward together,” says Reinhart. “And Savvi means to know or to understand, but we spell it with an ‘i,’ so it’s I know, I understand. We want people to come as they are and know that they’ll be embraced for that. Our mission is to empower you to feel good about yourself and inspire you to get moving and accomplish the dreams that only you know and understand for you. Yes, we are a clothing brand, but it’s so much more than that.”

Reinhart says she decided to get involved with Savvi initially because she thought they had a great business model.

“I didn’t think I had the time to start a business, but the simplicity of being able to monetize what we as women already do on the daily – wear cute clothes and tell people where you got them – was too good to pass up,” she says. “And when I heard that the plan was to launch brand new, fun and on trend pieces each week on our Fashion Friday fashions shows, I knew this was a brilliant way to keep things fresh and people interested in the brand.” 

There are many popular pieces currently available from Savvi, but Reinhart says she’s loving the Amy Sherpa. Other popular pieces include leggings, key for a mom-on-the-go, the Geos, the Indies, and Opals, and the Ashtanga.  

“I could go on and on,” says Reinhart. “This clothing makes you feel amazing, so there are many favorites.” 

As Battaglia continues her growth as a brand partner at Savvi, she’s looking forward to seeing what company can do while keeping a laser focus on serving its customers.  

“We are also working on being as sustainable as possible,” she says. “Currently our fabrics are sustainably sourced and we are very intentional about who we partner with on manufacturing. It’s important to me that we know that the people who made your clothing are being paid well and have good working conditions, but we are also working on reducing the carbon footprint and are developing some organic and green fabrics, and are working on being able to offer that type of clothing.”  

To learn more about Savvi or to shop, click here. You can learn more about Reinhart on her new Facebook page

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Stay fashionable at a reasonable price with this newly launched online boutique. 

Miranda Gullette, founder of Oak & Pine Boutique

Miranda Gullette graduated college in May 2020, at the peak of the pandemic. The economy was on its way down and many of her job interviews were cancelled because of that.  

Instead of using this time to worry, Gullette reflected on what her real passions were. She soon concluded that corporate America wasn’t where she wanted to be and she did something about it.  

Today she is the founder of Oak & Pine Boutique, a clothing boutique offering clothing for men and women as well as a plus-size line, soy candles, jewelry, and accessories. 

“I have always loved fashion so I did some research on different things I could do,” she explains. “Many of them required going back to school and starting over. I thought to myself, ‘Why not start my own business?’ And what better time to learn than during a pandemic. I think I read articles for a few weeks before I finally got my business plan written up. At first I thought there is no way I will be able to make this a successful business, but I won’t know until I try. This pandemic has been awful in many ways but it has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and try something for myself! I don’t think that if I would have gotten a job right after college I would be here doing something that I love and for that I am so grateful!” 

When you shop Oak & Pine Boutique you’ll find a variety of items for both men and women. “Clothing is always changing with the seasons,” she says. “But we also carry soy candles and a variety of accessories like belts, jewelry, and bags.” 

Gullette says that what makes her shop unique is that she’s doing it all on her own.  

“I package and send out all orders from my home,” says Gullette. “This allows for better customer services, sending our orders right away, and to make sure each item has the best quality before reaching each customer.” 

Currently, Oak & Pine Boutique is an online-only shop offering shipping and free pickup, with the option of curbside or contactless pickups.  

And with a new year here, Gullette says that she’s set a lot of goals for 2021. “Our main goal we hope to accomplish by the end of the year is our mobile boutique,” she says. “We want to offer a unique place for our customers to shop and with a mobile boutique we can do just that and be able to bring this experience to our customers.” 

To learn more about Oak & Pine Boutique, visit their website or check them out on Facebook and Instagram

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Take your fashion from office to glam night with this locally based online boutique. 

Immaculate Bere is a mom, wife, and entrepreneur. In what feels like a journey through ever-changing roles, Bere says that she knows the struggle that can come with finding transitioning outfits to take working women from the office to a night on the town. 

“We thrive on eliminating the need to go back home after work to change and provide add-ons that will make a plain outfit change,” she explains when talking about her reasoning for opening Koku’s Boutique, an online brand selling accessories to women.  

Koku’s Boutique can help women make a statement with an ordinary outfit by adding accessories from her shop. 

“We offer a wide range of accessories that are chic yet colorful and can be transitioned from work to a late-night dinner, brunch, or just going to hang out with your friends and family,” says Bere.  

While the store is online only, there’s no shortage of pieces to take your outfit from drab to fab. You can find fedoras, blazers, purses, and jewelry at Koku’s Boutique. 

“Our stylish and quality accessories can be worn all year round,” says Bere. “Our wide selection of products and colors guarantees you to stand out and be complemented wherever you go.”  

While the main offering from Koku’s Boutique is currently accessories, Bere says that she’s looking into incorporating clothing into the brand as well.

To learn more about Koku’s Boutique, you can check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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A passion for showcasing everyone’s uniqueness inspired this local creator to launch a collection of polymer clay earrings. Click to learn more.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss.

The notion that we are all unique and there is no one else like us in the world is the inspiration behind Rare + Good Clayworks, a small, woman-owned business that designs and creates small batch polymer clay earrings that also give back.

“We all deserve something as beautiful and unique as we are – at an affordable price,” explains Rare + Good Clayworks Founder Jamie Glavic. 

Each of the pieces from Rare + Good Clayworks is handmade, so no two pieces are exactly alike, just like all of us. 

In addition to creating unique pieces at an affordable price, Rare + Good Clayworks gives back a portion of proceeds to the community.

Jamie Glavic, Founder of Rare + Good Clayworks

“Last month, 10 percent of our sales were donated to Welcome House of North Kentucky,” says Glavic. “Currently, $5 from each sale of earrings from our Pollinator Series will go to support the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Pollen Nation program.”

Glavic herself is a University of Cincinnati alum and currently works as a public relations professional. “I started Rare + Good Clayworks during the pandemic, officially launching the shop at the end of November 2020,” she says. “I’m an earring collector and I began experimenting with polymer clay in August 2020. One YouTube tutorial led to another and in a matter of weeks my love of art, color mixing, and design inspired me to jump in and commit to starting my own LLC.”

When you shop Rare + Good Clayworks, you’ll find a variety of earrings ranging from studs to drops to dangles. “We have a style and design you’ll love,” adds Glavic.

Glavic says that although her business is young she’s always refining and adding new designs to the collection.

With the arrival of 2021, Glavic says she’s hoping to build wholesale relationships with other women-owned boutiques and businesses in and around the city who complement the Rare + Good Clayworks brand. They’ll also be participating in local community markets when it is safe to do so.

To learn more about Rare + Good Clayworks, check out the Etsy shop or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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A local business wants to bring joy into the New Year as they celebrate the Cincinnati community. Keep reading to learn more.

Meredith Finn loves her community and finds joy in celebrating the communities around her. She took that love for her home and shares it with the world through the Newtown Shirt Company.

“Newtown Shirt Company launched in 2018 out of a desire to celebrate and support our great city and local communities,” she says. “We are focused on supporting our community with a great quality product while having a lot of fun. We strongly believe that having fun, looking good, and being comfortable doesn’t have to break the bank.”

And after 2020, Finn wants to help others share a laugh of two with her apparel.

Finn herself is a local Anderson Township resident. She’s lived in Cincinnati for 30 years, after growing up in Columbus, Georgia, and landing a job in the Queen City after graduating from Miami University. 

“I fell in love with Cincinnati because it is such a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family,” she says.

After spending a decade as a stay-at-home mom, she wanted to go back into the workforce. That’s when she and her husband purchased Chica Sport, a sports accessory company that manufactures Chic Bands and Seat Heroes. “While working in our Newtown store, we began to receive a lot of requests for custom, locally-themed t-shirts, thus Newtown Shirt Company was born,” she says. “Word began to spread and my focus became helping schools, businesses, and individuals create some awesome apparel.” 

Finn says that Newtown Shirt Company focuses on the local community.

“We love getting to know our customers in a community that we have been active in for years,” she says. “Word of mouth is how we started and that is the biggest compliment to hear someone say, ‘I called you because my friend told me how great you were to work with on their shirts.’”

Newtown Shirt Company is also unique in that it partners with groups to create a catalog of apparel for a swim club, school, non-profit, business, or neighborhood. Some of these collections include work for the Turpin Hills Swim and Racquet Club, Mt. Carmel Brewery, Main Street Cafe, Summit Country Day, R.O.A.R., 1N5, and the Forest Hills 5k. 

In addition to their catalog collections, Newtown Shirt Company is expanding into tumblers and coffee mugs that highlight Cincinnati, like the 513 Tervis and the Evelyn Henson Cincinnati tumbler and artwork.

With the arrival of a new year, Newtown Shirt Company says that they’re committed to creating joy in 2021. “We want to make people smile, to feel happiness, to laugh a little or a lot,” says Finn. “Newtown shirt Company is launching a new line of sweatshirts and t-shirts at the end of January to start the year off that speaks to this. Our Wag More, Bark Less line is designed to remind you to lead with joy and kindness.”

Finn adds that they are also looking forward to expanding their line of Cincinnati-inspired products other than apparel, which you can stay updated on by subscribing to their newsletter.

To learn more about Newtown Shirt Company, visit www.newtownshirtcompany.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. You can contact Finn directly by calling 513-871-4300 or by emailing meredith@newtownshirtcompany.com

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A local designer is helping women look and feel empowered on their wedding day with a new atelier shop and one-of-a-kind customizable designs.

With dreams of thriving in the fashion industry, Teresa Eklund utilized her Fashion Design degree from the University of Cincinnati and launched Renee Grace Bridal, in an effort to give brides-to-be a unique wedding dress shopping experience.

“Renee Grace Bridal is a unique experience that is not found anywhere else in Ohio,” she says. “The difference is that we are a ‘semi-custom’ bridal company where all of our gowns are designed and made in Cincinnati. ‘Semi-custom refers to our process of creating gowns that start with my original designs and then lets the future bride customize her own gown in both style and fit.”

Eklund’s love for fashion goes back to the age of 7, when she was making her first cut out fashions. 

“That led to the prestigious school of fashion design, which at the time was rated in the top 4 design schools in the nation,” she says. “Deciding to stay in Cincinnati ro raise a family I plied my trade in custom bridal for many years.”

Then, in 2016, she went out on her own and launched Renee Grace Bridal. There are already other stores outside of Ohio that have picked up the line including Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, and Grants Ferry, Mississippi.

Eklund finds the inspiration to do what she does everything in working with brides. 

“I love working with brides and seeing them get the dress that they’ve always wanted and help bring the dreams of their wedding to fruition,” she says. “Marriage is such a beautiful thing and to be involved at the beginning of such a wonderful event is a real privilege. The reason I wanted to open our own shop is to provide future brides with a better experience that takes into account their personalities as well as their figures. I desire every woman to look and feel empowered on her wedding day. That is why we spend so much time on the design and architecture of our gowns. No glued together dresses at our shop.”

Eklund adds that the uniqueness in Renee Grace Bridal comes in a couple of variations. First, she says, all of the dresses are designs of the line and cannot be found in any other store in Cincinnati. Second, all of the dresses are made in their Sharonville atelier. 

“Brides can see where their dress is made and meet the team behind making them,” says Eklund. “

Third, the team at Renee Grace Bridal can customize their dress both in style and fit, reducing and possibly eliminating the indeed for alterations after the dress is complete.

COVID has caused disruptions in just about every industry there is, especially in the fashion world. Renee Grace Bridal is keeping clients safe in these unprecedented times by offering visits by appointment only. 

“Our shop is cleaned before each appointment,” she adds. “We work with each bride to bring them the maximum amount of safety and comfort. We have the flexibility to adapt to every future bride’s needs keeping in mind that every client deserves their own experience. Currently, we only have one appointment at a time in our store.”

Eklund says that the store will soon be carrying its own line of headpieces and veils. Also, the Spring 2021 line will be officially launching January 11.

“We design new dresses every season,” she says. “Other stores we sell to have to wait until we debut each new season in the spring or fall, but in our Cincinnati atelier we are bringing in new designs monthly.”

Renee Grace Bridal is located in downtown Sharonville, where dresses are designed and made in the atelier. “We started as just a factory but recognized a desire for people in Cincinnati to buy our gowns in-house and see where they are made,” Eklund adds.

To learn more about Renee Grace Bridal, visit www.reneegrace.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Eklund says that you can connect with the store directly to book an appointment at 513-659-8824.

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Learn about a Cincinnati-based creative who focuses on designing and hand-making elegant and creative jewelry.

Lauren Ashley knew she wanted to create, but she didn’t want to limit herself. As the founder of Meraki by Lauren Ashley, a boutique Etsy jewelry shop based in Cincinnati, she focuses on designing and hand-making elegant and creative jewelry.

Ashley says she didn’t want the name of her shop to stop her impulses in creating beautiful things, so she went with a modern Greek word: meraki.

“It means to do something with pleasure, creativity, and devotion,” she explains. “At the time I decided to pick meraki, I was not exactly sure in which direction I wanted to take my humble jewelry shop. However, I did know that whatever I created would come from a place of genuine love for the art I was making.”  

Currently Ashley is a one-woman show behind her shop, and she plans to keep it that way. “I like that Meraki is a creative space I can lead and take charge of depending on what inspiration strikes me in the moment,” she says. “It’s been rejuvenating to have an artistic outlet where there is no pressure to answer to anyone else’s creative expectations or moments.” 

In the Meraki by Lauren Ashley shop, you’ll find a variety of handmade and specially designed clay earrings, gemstone earrings, pearl earrings, and hand-stamped pendant necklaces. 

The clay earrings collection features simple yet elegant floral and plant imprinted pieces to clay earring scenes imitating the blue and white facades of Greece.

The gemstone-beaded earrings sold in the shop include pieces designed using sapphires, jade, mookatite jasper, agate, angelite, and other beautifully sourced semi-precious stones. 

“I often design pieces using more than one type of stone while sometimes incorporating freshwater pearls and seashells to add texture and dimension to the earring,” says Ashley. 

Something new that Ashley took on when she opened her shop was hand-stamped pendant necklaces. “I had not dabbled in metal-stamping before,” she says. “My pendant necklaces are definitely for those who appreciate minimalist everyday-wear jewelry.” 

Ashley says that what makes her shop unique is that she focuses on what she wants to create rather than responding to outside pressures of what other creators are doing.

“I don’t want to design jewelry that I feel like I have to create for one reason or another,” she says. “This shop is meant to reflect what I find beautiful and what I hope others will too. If I started to create things I thought other people wanted me to create, then my work wouldn’t be as genuine.” 

Ashley says that for the holidays, customers have been loving the white and blue clay earring collection. “The collection was inspired by my love for white and blue china and ceramic tiles,” she says. “I intend on expanding the collection soon, since I have more ideas I’d like to execute for it.”

Once the holidays are over, Ashley says she’s looking forward to the New Year and continuing to innovate, learn, and reach more of her potential as both a jewelry designer and a person in general.

“You never know what life has in store for you until you round the corner,” says Ashley. “Even though 2020 was chaotic, sometimes the most beautiful things are born from chaos. I’m hopeful that 2021 will be an illuminating and inspiring year for many.”

As we say goodbye to this year and hello to a new decade, Ashley says that she’s looking forward to what’s to come for her shop. 

“I am very stoked to be learning the technique of metalsmithing soon,” she says. “I have been doing endless research on the trade and looking to invest in quality tools to begin creating new jewelry. I love being extremely hands-on with my work, hence why metalsmithing appeals to me; I want to be able to make the actual ring band, shape it, create the bezel for the gemstone to sit in, file, and polish it, etc. With metalsmithing tools and techniques, I’ll be able to solder metal together to make my own earring studs, rings, and pendants.”

To learn more about Meraki by Lauren Ashley, visit her Etsy shop. You can also follow along on Instagram, where you can see her designs and inspiration behind her work. 

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