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An OTR-based women’s boutique is taking their unique and personal shopping experience to a whole new, virtual level.

Since COVID-19, many things in our world look different, especially the traditional shopping experience. Idlewild Woman, located in the heart of OTR, is offering private virtual shopping hour sprees with manager, lead stylist and designer, Tessa Clark. 

Idlewild Woman is a boutique featuring ethical and sustainable clothing for people of all ages and sizes. Their goal is to enhance and empower women to look and feel their very best, while celebrating their bodies and personal style along the way. “Since the pandemic, our goal has been to stay engaged with customers as possible,” says Idlewild’s manager, Tessa Clark. “(Through virtual shopping), we are aiming to continuing building our relationships with current customers and hoping to gain new customers that might live out of state. We are taking a conservative approach to reopening – as we want our customers and employees to stay as safe as possible.”

How does virtual shopping work?

Virtual shopping is available every Wednesday through Saturday at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. Customers can book their appointment on Idlewild Woman’s website, similar to booking a hair or nail appointment. Tessa will contact the customerabout which platform to use and a Zoom link or Facetime call will be with them shortly after that. Before the call, the customer is encouraged to peruse Idlewild’s website so they can have an idea of what questions to ask Tessa. The customer can expect a video call from Tessa a few minutes before the scheduled appointment. Tessa will be in store video chatting with the customer, showing any garments, jewelry, or shows the customer may want to see for an hour. At the end of the call, the customer can choose to pay by phone or invoice via email after the call.

“Virtual shopping has many benefits,” says Clark. “You get personalized time to shop with me, while practicing social distancing, easier online shopping benefits, you can schedule the appointment from anywhere, and you have the ability to add three friends on the call to shop with you virtually from all over the country!” 

Why shop local during this time? Small retailers and local business need your support now more than ever. “If you love your community, think about what makes it up,” says Clark. “It is proven that more money actually stays within your community when you shop small versus big box.”

For more information on virtual shopping or to schedule your session, visit https://idlewildwoman.com/..

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See how a locally-based fashion icon is making Mother’s Day a little brighter, stylish and affordable.

While Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs is now internationally known, featured in your favorite movies and magazines, and touted by the biggest stars, Salyers always remembers her roots. As a mom, wife, and Northern Kentucky girl at heart.

“Fabulous-Furs started out as a one-woman faux fur operation, in the home basement, with Donna literally doing everything herself,” says Brian French, CMO of Fabulous Furs. “It has grown to a world-class, trend-setting business for over 30 years, that boasts 4,000 wholesale accounts in 46 countries.”

Her Covington-based Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs designs feature cruelty-free, luxurious faux fur alternative selling coats, vests, throws, and much more. French says they aim to offer the most luxurious faux fur outerwear, apparel, accessories, gifts, and decor on the market, and have sold their products across the country and the world. 

“Beautiful enough to compete with nature, our products are designed utilizing only the highest quality fibers, designers, and finishing processes,” he explains. “We proudly offer a collection that is certified vegan and 100 percent animal-friendly and cruelty-free.”  

French says Salyers, the woman behind the brand, has passion, vision, and values that continue to shape Fabulous-Furs today. Because Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and as a special recognition for those moms carrying an even heavier load these days, Fabulous-Furs is offering Cincy Chic readers free shipping and $50 off orders over $200 when you use code FABMOM20. 

In addition to their luxury faux fur, Fabulous-Furs is also selling Fashionable Fabric Masks as a Mother’s Day gift option, which you can purchase here.

Due to COVID-19, the Fabulous-Furs showroom is not currently open to the public. However, they are accepting orders via their website at fabulousfurs.com or via phone at 1-800-848-4650.  “We expect our showroom in Covington will be re-opened in late-May,” adds French.

To learn more about Fabulous-Furs, visit https://fabulousfurs.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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Local apparel designers and entrepreneurs are teaming up to make “urban grade” masks for the community. Read on for more.

The apparel designers and entrepreneurs behind Sew Valley and Hemmer Design are answering the community’s call for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). “We are manufacturers, and people need masks, so it seemed obvious that we should use our skills to help during the COVID-19 crisis,” says Sew Valley’s Shailah Maynard. 

Sew Valley is a non-profit in Cincinnati’s West End that exists to provide resources to apparel designers and entrepreneurs. Their aim is to help brands grow in a sustainable and thoughtful way by offering small batch production services, studio membership and educational workshops.

Hemmer Design is an apparel and soft goods design consultancy, having expertise in trend forecasting, product development, product design, performance material development and advanced manufacturing.

“Through this collaboration with Sew Valley, Hemmer Design is really helping to strategize, design product, source materials, coordinate sales, raise funds and coordinate partnerships,” says Jessica Hemmer, Founder and Creative Director of Hemmer Design. “This collaboration has been wonderful because we are able to create a more dynamic manufacturing ecosystem here in Cincinnati by pulling our capabilities together.”

These unique “Urban-Grade” masks are being created to help slow the spread of the virus and free-up any medical-grade masks for healthcare workers who need them. “The masks are made of double-layer cotton, with fabric ties. They are reusable, washable, and meant to be washed after use,” says Maynard.

The masks are being made by a team of 12 people, with new equipment coming in to speed the process up. “Our new assembly line of machines, supported by the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr and U.S. Bank Foundation, allows for seven people to actively work on expediting mask manufacturing at once, with others behind the scenes prepping, packing and shipping,” Maynard explains. Each day, the team is hard at work producing these creative and sustainable masks for the Cincinnati community.

“My favorite part of watching our PPE initiative come to life has been seeing how quickly our team has adapted to a new form of manufacturing, as well as being able to partner with, and work with other creatives, designers, and makers in the Cincinnati community,” says Maynard. “At the end of the day, everyone has the same end goal in mind: do what you can NOW to help.”

How can you help, connect, or donate? 

Those who are interested in joining the volunteer list to help sew or making a monetary donation to keep the Sew Valley + Hemmer Design operation going can visit their website at https://sewvalley.org/svppe. You can also support Hemmer Design’s GoFundMe campaign as they work towards manufacturing 1500 masks for the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Sew Valley: Website and Instagram

Hemmer Design: Website and Instagram 

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Shopping for a bridal gown is a mother-daughter tradition that shouldn’t be missed. See how one local bridal store is keeping the tradition of dress fittings alive with virtual appointments.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Lace Bridal Couture!
Kelly Hill, Owner of Lace Bridal Couture: Lace Bridal Couture is a refreshingly modern and chic bridal boutique for the stylish, fashionable, & sophisticated bride. It is one of the three bridal stores that are a part of “The Hill Bridal Collective.”  Lace Bridal Couture is located in the esteemed Reading Bridal District of Cincinnati, OH, along with it’s sister stores, Love Curvy Bridal & Cincy Bridal. The collections at Lace Bridal Couture support the incredibly creative bridal designers who strive for high quality, freshness, and effortless beauty.  

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Hill: Lace Bridal Couture was built out of love from owners Kelly and Allen Hill. We were actually married in our original bridal store location back in 2012. 

We opened our first store in 2011 called Yours Truly, Kelly. It was a bridal consignment boutique that sold ‘once loved’ gowns and bridal samples from other bridal boutiques. The store was incredibly successful at the time, which allowed us to grow the business and to start offering special-order gowns from highly sought after designers that were not found in other bridal stores in Cincinnati. In the span of 8 years, we have opened two other bridal stores in the Reading Bridal District and have now created “The Hill Bridal Collective.” 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Lace Bridal Couture?
Hill: Myself and my husband are the two behind Lace Bridal Couture. We pride ourselves on seeking designers that are exclusive to the Cincinnati and surrounding areas. We love to develop relationships with the designers that are featured in the boutique so we can offer the bride true, one-of-a-kind designs that cannot be found anywhere else. 

Cincy Chic: In the midst of COVID-19, we heard you’re offering virtual appointments. Can you share more information about those?
Hill: Since the brides can’t come to us at the moment in the stores, we’re bringing the consultation to them through scheduled FaceTime calls and Zoom meetings. All consultations are at no charge. The virtual consultations are just like they would be if the bride were in the store working one on one with a bridal stylist – except it’s done through video! The stylist guides the bride through her options, showing available inventory, and relaying a lot of helpful information like we do normally in the store. We will ask all the same, pertinent questions, look through her Pinterest pictures, and help find the best gowns that suit her style and personality!

After the consultation, she is able to select up to five dresses to try on at home. We also offer curbside delivery of her gowns within 20 miles of the store!  

Cincy Chic: Why did you decide to start offering these appointments during this time?
HIll: The reason we started offering the virtual bridal appointments is because we knew that we had many brides who were still in need of a wedding gown for their Fall and Winter weddings!  March and April are prime shopping months for wedding gown shopping because the gowns typically take 4-6 months to arrive in stores. We wanted to create a way for our brides to still be able to shop and try on gowns during this unprecedented time so they can feel comfortable knowing that they can still have the gown of their dreams for their wedding!

Cincy Chic: Do you plant to continue virtual appointments once stores are allowed to reopen?
Hill: We do still plan on keeping virtual shopping as an option for our brides even when our stores are able to re-open! We know many brides may still feel uncomfortable coming into the stores to shop in person.  We also know that bridal gown shopping is going to be very different with the new health restrictions in place.  It will definitely be a “different normal” than we have originally been used to.  

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, sign up for virtual appointments, or follow along for re-opening information?
Hill: We are committed to helping our brides create beautiful memories and prepare for important life events, even in the midst of chaos. We believe that it’s important to look forward to celebration and remember that even if things get delayed, love cannot be cancelled. Our brides can schedule their virtual consultation & begin the at-home process right through our websites, www.lacebridalcouture.com. www.lovecurvybridal.com, and www.cincybridal.com. Just click on the appointment link at the top of the page and go to virtual appointment.

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A yarn boutique wants to help you and your littles stay creative while in quarantine. Click here to read more about porch pick-ups and free kits for the kiddos.

Cindy Fitzgerald launched Fiberlicious back in 1996. “I was seeking a career change that would allow me to utilize my design background in a new, fun, and challenging way,” she explains. 

From that desire came Fiberlicious, a Madeira-based yarn boutique that has allowed her the opportunity to express her creativity and artistic sense of color through creating one-of-a-kind knitwear with clients.

Fitzgerald says that she was inspired to launch Fiberlicious not only to express her own creativity but to also help others find a love for knitting. 

“Over the years, I found that the most difficult part of knitting was reading and understanding patterns,” she says. “This pushed me to start writing patterns that everyone could understand and allowed more people, previously indicated by the technical language, to embrace and enjoy knitting.” 

Fiberlicious offers clients the encouragement they need while also teaching personalized classes to keep the confidence high. 

“I always keep the shop full of fabulous colors and textures, with something new to discover every time you visit,” she says. 

Currently, Fiberlicious is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Fitzgerald is available to personally select, package, and ship yarn and accessories directly to your home or via curbside pick-up. 

In addition to yarn kits, Fiberlicious is also offering free “Yarn Art” kits for children of all ages. The kits include yarn cut into lengths, beads, pasta, and large sequins for beading or gluing. Also included is an instruction page and links for more fun ideas to allow creativity to flow. 

Kits are ready for pick-up on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Fitzgerald says that larger groupings of yarn kits are available. 

To order your knitting kit, ask questions, or say hello, send an email to cindy@fiberlicious.com. Visit their website at https://fiberlicious.com or follow along on Facebook

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See how a recently launched organization is banding together crafters and makers from across the Tri-State to make thousands of handmade masks for frontline workers.

There’s an organized group of makers in Cincinnati who are on a mission: Creating and donating mask covers to front line workers who are fighting to keep up safe in the face of an unprecedented health crisis. 

This organization is called Sew Masks 4 Cincy, and Esther Kang was inspired to launch the group after she read that the FDA was recommending that people use bandanas as a last resort for personal protective equipment. 

“I called my friend who is in my small group,” she explains. “She’s a nurse at UC Health. I asked her if I should get a small group to sew a couple masks.”

And from there, Sew Masks 4 Cincy was born, on March 20 to be exact. By that evening, Kang says that Sew Masks 4 Cincy was a group of 500 people and within 72 hours there were 6,000 people in the group. 

“It’s been absolutely incredible watching the community rally together to protect our own,” says Kang.

When she first started the group, Kang says she was hoping to find a group of women to sew 50 masks. 

“50 masks meant 50 people: moms, sisters, dads, brothers, uncles, sons, and daughters protected a little more in accordance to the new FDA guidelines,” says Kang.

The two styles offered by Sew Masks 4 Cincy were chosen by TriHealth, and any hospital or frontline facility that receives masks from Sew Masks 4 Cincy approves the mask styles and will be providing optional, disposable filters that can be put in the filter cover pocket.

So far, a total of 14 facilities in the Greater Cincinnati Region have received masks from the group. “We are working with TriHealth, UC Health, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Christ Hospital, Veterans Affairs Hospital and Medical Center, Cincinnati Police Department, and have over 100 front line facilities on our waitlist, and it’s growing by the minute,” says Kang.

As of April 10, a total of 6,500 masks have been donated at the drop off sites, just three weeks after the group’s launch. 

If you’re interested in helping to support Sew Masks 4 Cincy, you can visit www.sewmasks4cincy.org. You can also check out the Facebook group or the fundraising page.

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One local mom and registered nurse is using her trials and tribulations to find success and inspiration to launch a business.

When it comes to running gigs and side hustles, Lindsay Morrison knows how to handle it all. The 30-something, work-from-home professional, personal trainer, new-ish mother to 6-month-old Rori, and wife to Kyle is the founder of The Sisu Shop, an at-home boutique that she runs out of her 1,500-square-foot store, ahem, basement. 

“Our goal with The Sisu Shop is to provide affordable, trendy, and, most importantly, comfortable clothes for all people of all shapes and sizes,” she says. 

The inspiration for The Sisu Shop goes back to the store’s name “Sisu,” a Finnish concept that’s described as “stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness,” and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character.

“Sisu is a grim, gritty, white-knuckle form of courage that is presented typically in situations where success is against the odds,” explains Morrison. “It expresses itself in taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. In other words, deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision, even despite repeated failures.”

From there, Morrison found that ‘gutsy’ is a fairly close translation of the word ‘sisu’ that uses the same metaphor and is derived from the word ‘sisus,’ which means ‘interior’ and ‘entrails, guts.’ 

But the story behind the word sisu is more personal to Morrison, who first heard the term when she was at an event for Huntington’s disease, which her father battled for over 20 years.

“He passed way in March 2015 and since then almost every part of our lives have changed, but I feel very deeply that I relate to the term more than most any other concept I’ve heard,” she explains. “From becoming a young caregiver to both my dad and mom, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, putting myself through college to become a registered nurse while working full-time, starting a clothing business to now branching out on my own terms – I feel like everything that has led me to this place has required guts, courage, and going against the odds.”

Because of all her trials, tribulations, and success, Morrison hopes that all of her customers who visit The Sisu Shop will find a little more courage and strength against whatever odds they may be facing that day when they wear a piece of her clothing.

When you visit The Sisu Shop, you’ll find a variety of tops, bottoms, dresses, layering pieces, and accessories for those sizes small to 3XL and denim in sizes 1-24W, showing that there really is something for everyone. Price points for items from The Sisu Shop range from $25 to $50. 

Since the stay-at-home order was issued, The Sisu Shop is offering free shipping or porch pick-up from her home just outside the Lebanon/Mason/Monroe area of 741/63. 

“First-time shoppers can also use the coupon code WELCOME15 for 15 percent off any purchase from our website or The Sisu Shop app, available on the App Store or Google Play,” Morrison adds.

To learn more, visit www.thesisushop.com. You can also find The Sisu Shop Community on Facebook and see more styles on Instagram.

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A local stylist is helping clients use their extra time at home to reorganize closets and refine wardrobes. Click here to read more.

The Style Resolution is a luxury styling agency that concentrates on image consulting, closet editing, personal styling and the creation of in-home styling solutions.

“What we do is simple,” says Sydney Murdock, the founder of The Style Resolution. “We remove the difficulty associated with locating and styling outfits consistently to guarantee that you never have to spend hours on a shopping trip again.”

Murdock is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a background in retail management, visual merchandising and wardrobe styling. “I have experience in personal, editorial, commercial and product styling, which has been a benefit to all of our clients,” she explains. “My mission is simple – to employ stylists in the Greater Cincinnati Area. I believe our city is growing and the needs of our city are growing as well. I am happy to create solutions for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes right here, in our city.”

Murdock has been working as a wardrobe stylist in the commercial and editorial realm in Cincinnati for more than 10 years. She says women would often ask her how they could style themselves at home, which led her to realize that there was a huge gap of women who were not being served. She began by focusing on everyday women, to ensure that they looked and felt their best. 

“It can be extremely difficult for women to get dressed and love what they’re wearing – With demanding corporate careers, growing businesses, active children and husbands, it’s easy to lose focus of themselves,” Murdock explains. “So, The Style Resolution was born to remedy that – by alleviating the stress of shopping, the frustration with maintaining a signature look, and the worries of not being prepared for any event due to wardrobe.”

However, there’s been a significant shift in our reality in the past two weeks: COVID-19 and social distancing. 

The shutdown of in-person transactions means that Murdock has shifted parts of her business to Virtual Styling Services. Although it was a new service she recently started offering clients, it’s a service that is now coming in handy due to social distancing. 

“Our Virtual Styling Services range from Virtual Closet Edits to Virtual Styling + Outfit Planning,” she says. “With the client’s needs in mind, we have structured virtual services that are easy to tap into and apply to their wardrobes and closets. We conduct the exact same services in person, and we are able to guide the client through each process.”

In terms of COVID-19, Murdock says the virtual services are keeping her in business through it all. “As a service-based business, this is a very trying time where we cannot actually visit clients,” she says. “The Virtual Services allow us to prepare our clients for our lives after this situation and is a fraction of the cost versus in-person. We are all still trying to make a way to provide great service and make a living at the same time.”

Additionally, The Style Resolution offers a new gift card feature that will make it simpler for clients who know they’ll need services, workshops, or coursework in the future.

“They’ll also make great gifts for birthdays and the holiday season,” adds Murdock. “Clients simply grab a gift card on our website and it will be applied ot their next session with us.”

To learn more about The Style Resolution, visit www.thestyleresolution.com. You can also purchase an online gift card here.

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Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal helped to change the face of Covington in 2005. Learn about the store’s recent relocation and exciting new chapter ahead.

Thinking back 15 years ago and you may remember that Covington, Kentucky, wasn’t quite the thriving business scene it is today. But when opening her business Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal, Donna Salyers took a leap of faith in November 2005, although she wasn’t sure the whole idea was starting off on the right food. 

“In fact, a week before our scheduled opening, a car drove into the Sixth Street side of the building and we prayed it wasn’t an omen for what lay ahead,” she says. 

Luckily for her, that incident wasn’t a sign of things to come. It was the complete opposite. Fabulous-Bridal soon became a place for brides from all over the country – not just the Tri-State. 

“Fast-forward 14 years when, a few months ago, a Cincinnati bank looking to expand into Covington’s rapidly growing economic scene approached us to buy the building housing Fabulous-Bridal on Madison at Sixth,” explains Salyers. “That ask prompted us to consider the possibilities and we began exploring options.” 

Once figuring out what would work best for her business, Salyers has now decided to move Fabulous-Bridals into the Fabulous-Furs headquarters – and offer her customers even more than she already does. 

“The move has many implications benefiting our customers,” she says. “There will be plentiful and free parking and large dressing rooms to name a few. Today, the time feels right to combine the two businesses into one glorious space, tapping into the history of our 110,000-square-feet space and creating a magical, transportive setting.”

With Fabulous-Bridal and Fabulous-Furs now housed in the same space, Salyers and her team can offer customers an exciting environment that offers luxury, warmth, and beauty. “While distinctly different, both businesses share beautiful products along with special and unique occasions,” she says. “Seeing beautiful things linked with emotional moments in a fabulous setting is very appealing, and we’ll have great fun executing!”

Salyers describes now offering her clients a storefront where they can walk into a space that is full of beautiful designs that you can touch as they take your breath away without making the journey to New York or Chicago. “In fact, do it on your lunch hour,” she says. “Creating an approachable, beautiful, and convenient retail destination is very exciting to our team.”

Salyers says she’s got a lot more up her sleeve than this new move, but for now she’s focused on opening up the new space.

You can learn more about Fabulous-Bridal at https://fabulousbridal.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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Learn about a local woman who creates unique, handcrafted accessories for women of all ages that bring joy and life to their wardrobe.

Katelyn Lloyd has always considered herself creative. As a maker, she loves to create and make things she knows others will love and enjoy. And she was doing just that with a few of her own little shops up until 2018 when she had a not so great market experience. 

After that experience and having a baby, she decided to take a step away from the makers industry. 

“Then, one day in early 2019, I sat holding my newborn baby and felt God putting the word ‘abundance’ in my heart, then I read John 10:10, which says ‘the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,’” she says. “I really did feel like in that season, I was finally recognizing the abundant joy that was in front of me. I suddenly got the urge to begin creating again and felt passionate about sharing my creations with women around me.”

Today her little shop is called Abundant Life Co., and it’s a shop that offers unique, handcrafted accessories for women of all ages that bring joy and life to their wardrobe.

At Abundant Life Co. you’ll find hand-crafted clay, fabric, and resin earrings and hair accessories, as well as some apparel and home decor using graphic designs that Lloyd has created and hand-lettered.

Katelyn Lloyd, Founder of Abundant Life Co. Photo: Emma McMahan Photography

 

Products from Abundant Life Co. aren’t just for grown-ups, Lloyd says. “For younger girls, we have accessories ranging from $5-$15 while the larger earrings and accessories average more around $20,” she adds. 

Lloyd says that all of the items she creates for Abundant Life Co. are put together with love, care, and attention. “Picture me in my kitchen after everyone else has gone to bed, dining table covered with clay, jump rings, fabric, and a half-consumed coffee, 90-pound golden retriever sitting at my feet,” she says. 

With that care and attention comes uniqueness. Lloyd’s earrings are small-batch, which means that she doesn’t make 100 pairs of the same style and oftentimes each pair is unique to the others. “And while most of my earrings are ‘big, statement’ earrings, they are extremely lightweight, which makes them comfortable enough to wear all day long,” she adds. “It’s often hard for me to sell some of my favorite pairs because I end up loving them so much.”

Lloyd says that you can find Abundant Life Co. at local shops this year as there are many exciting things happening for the business. 

To learn more about Abundant Life Co., follow along on Instagram or shop the site we theabundantlifeco.com. “I’ve made it a goal to blog more in 2020 so be sure to check out that page on our website, too,” she says. 

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