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    A local mom launched a business that makes cute stationery and planner stickers for the organization-driven people of the planet, and it’s all for a good cause. Read on to learn more about the little boy who inspires her.

    Plan-It Planet sells planner stickers to help keep your busy life organized.
    Between OT, ABA and all the IEPs for her son, who’s on the autism spectrum, Carla Garza needed something to keep her life organized… ASAP.
     
    That “something” led to launching her business Plan-It Planet, an online, handmade shop dedicated to those who still use paper planners or calendars to keep their lives in order. “As someone that knows all that goes into keeping up with the appointments and the needs of a child on the spectrum, I incorporated stickers specifically geared toward helping to stay on track,” she says.

    Spectrum or not, between appointments, extracurriculars, events, and more, Plan-It Planet helps you keep it all together – in the cutest way. “We provide cute and functional stickers and other accessories to help people stay on track in their busy lives,” says Garza. “Every item is made personally by me and we have nearly 1,000 items to choose from.”

    An advocate of paper planners, and a user since middle school, Garza says that it was just a few years ago that she was inspired to start making her own stickers on pre-cut address labels before eventually moving on to design and cut her own custom stickers for herself and launching an Etsy store in 2015 that overflowed into its own website in 2016.

    Because being organized is so essential as an adult, and especially as a parent, Garza says that her planner is a way for her to relax her mind by having everything written out and organized. “It became even more necessary once I got older and even more so when I had two kids to keep up with as well,” she adds.

    Garza is the one-woman show behind her business and is self-taught in everything that she does – from web design to illustration and all the business stuff in between.

    Her penchant for stickers helped her to create a business that features unique designs as well as high-quality customer service.

    “A lot of my designs are hand drawn and the shop has its own exclusive character, Luna, who is adored by many and is loosely based on my daughter Kaelyn,” explains Garza. “Luna is drawn by me personally and can be found in hundreds of different poses and scenarios, and she’s also featured as the main subject of our autism sheet.”

    Plan-It Planet also sells pinback buttons.

    The autism sheet is a special sheet of stickers that Garza offers every April for Autism Awareness Month. She says that all of the proceeds from the sale of that sheet are donated to the Autism Research Institute.

    “I knew that with the success of my business I wanted to give back to a cause that was close to me and to many others I know,” she adds.

    As her business continues to expand, Garza says that she’s recently recent new sticker albums to help keep your stickers better organized, as well as pinback buttons.

    “I’m also working to branch out and broaden my product line, as well as offering wholesale,” she says. “In the future, I’d like to incorporate my son and his drawings into my shop as a permanent fixture to teach him a bit about what I do and running a business, as well as become a permanent fixture for donating to the Autism Research Institute on his behalf and to help him save up for future needs he may have.”

    To learn more about Plan-It Planet, visit www.planitplanetshop.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and give them a “like” on Facebook.

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      For our annual kids’ issue, we take a look inside Ohio’s largest indoor play structure. Keep reading to learn about this Blue Ash-based center that focuses on creative and active play so your little ones can bounce, run, jump, and play their way through summer!


      Summer is here and your kids are bouncing off the walls with energy. That’s where Pogo Play can help.

      Instead of bouncing off the walls at your house, they can bounce around at this 20,000-square-foot family entertainment center that focuses on creative and active play. Based in Blue Ash, you’ll find that Pogo Play is home to the largest indoor play structure in Ohio, with more than 7,600-square-feet of sliding, climbing, crawling, and two mounted pogo sticks for everyone’s jumping pleasure.

      Pogo Play Owner Susan Mattick says that there are different experience zones at the center, including a basketball court, dramatic play, a LEGO room, a toddler room for ages 3 and under, an interactive floor, and an imagination playground where you can build with life-sized building blocks.

      One additional experience available at Pogo Play is the inflatables. There are six inflatables open at no additional charge for open jump times. Mattick says the inflatables are also part of the birthday party experience at Pogo Play.

      “We sport comfortable leather club chairs for parents to take a break, along with free Wi-Fi,” adds Mattick. “Allison’s Cafe provides a variety of healthy options including freshly made salads, paninis, smoothies, frappes, pizza, quesadillas, fresh fruit, pretzel bites, and more with both indoor and outdoor seating.”

      When asked what inspired her to open such a place in Blue Ash, Mattick says that she wanted to set out and create a safe and fun environment that stimulated minds and encouraged active bodies.

      “Too many activities for children today are stationary and don’t require a lot of thought and creativity,” she says. “I wanted to create a one-pay admission space without video games or other activities that don’t require children to think about how to use the objects around them in creative ways. After visiting children’s museums around the country, and different business models, Pogo Play was born.”

      As a single mother who also works full-time, Mattick says that she was not only focused on creating a space that would encourage active minds and bodies, but that was also safe. That’s why everyone who enters the entertainment center receives a coded wristband for safety, so that staff members know which child belongs to which family.

      In addition to being the largest indoor play structure in the state, Pogo Play is also unique in that everything about it was thought out and designed to support the mission of providing active play for the child inside all of us.

      “It isn’t simply an ‘add on’ business, but designed specifically for day play and birthday party opportunities,” says Mattick. “Every activity was planned to provide a different experience for our guests. The activities were purposefully selected to provide different sensory and learning opportunities.”

      And when it comes to birthday parties, there are two options available at Pogo Play. The Pogo Palooza Party is for two party hosts and includes pizza, two unlimited beverage choices, ice cream, paper supplies, 2 hours and 15 minutes of party room access, and 30 minutes of exclusive use of the inflatables. The Pogo Party provides the same as the Palooza Party minus the pizza and drinks. All party guests can also enjoy unlimited play after the party concludes.

      “There is no tipping as we already include this in our staff’s compensation, so you don’t have to worry about additional costs on your special day,” says Mattick. “We will keep track of gifts and do all the clean up, too.”

      Mattick says that the next few weeks at Pogo Play will include a sale on branded socks. She adds that the business will also look at new food options for the cafe as well as keeping an eye out for new attractions.

      Pogo Play is located in Blue Ash at 10870 Kenwood Road, between Creek and Cornell roads.

      To learn more about Pogo Play, visit their website. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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        The Green Store is a pop-up shop that sells sustainable items from local entrepreneurs.

        Joi Sears is on a mission to change the world. With an impressive CV and passion for enacting social change, she hopes to make a different with her business The Green Store.

        “The Green Store is a pop-up shop and creative placemaking project which features ethical, eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle products,” explains Sears. “In an effort to promote conscious consumerism, the store offers sustainable alternatives for common household products, tools to help promote a zero-waste lifestyle, and a variety of chic, stylish, and affordable and sustainable clothing.”

        Sears says that The Green Store is more than just a place to stop. It’s also a place that offers events that are fun, engaging, and educational in the hopes to spread awareness about environmental justice and sustainability while also equipping citizens with the tools they need in order to live a life that supports an eco-conscious lifestyle.

        According to Sears, the idea for The Green Store is something that came to mind after she was doing research as a fellow at The DO School.

        “We were working with H&M Germany to design a sustainable packaging solution,” she explains. “In my research, I found that although 9 out of every 10 Millennials say they care about the environment, less than 30% actually put their money where their mouth is when it comes to shopping sustainably. In fact, less than 1% of people admit to buying sustainable fashion on a regular basis.”

        To help increase the number of those who are actually “doing” rather than just “saying,” Sears launched The Green Store. “Our products are intentionally more affordable,” she says. “When it comes to style, we choose things that you would actually want to wear. It’s accessible both online and offline through our pop-up shops. But most importantly, The Green Store is a conversation starter around sustainable consumption.”

        Sears wants the inhabitants of the planet to sustain life on this planet, since, as she says, there is no Planet B.

        “We have to make smarter choices when it comes to things we buy,” she adds. “The Green Store is the way of the future. We are redefining the relationship society has with the things that we buy. We put people and the planet at the bottom line.”

        The Green Store hopes to make the world a better place by selling sustainable fashion.

        The products sold at The Green Store focus on making a positive impact on the environment while also empowering other social entrepreneurs in the city, helping to bring their ideas to life. “We are reimagining a better, more sustainable future for ourselves, our communities, and future generations,” says Sears.

        Sears says that she hopes to launch locations of The Green Store throughout the world, not just in pop-ups but also in hotels, restaurants, and community centers — spaces that she considers to be innovative and also focus on building diverse, inclusive, and sustainable communities.

        For starters, though, The Green Store is collaborating with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. this summer. “Downtown Cincinnati Inc., in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, has developed a pop-up shop program that brings together entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and small businesses with local property owners to fill vacant spaces and activate downtown,” says Sears. “Our pop-up shop brings together four women vendors who are all working to develop sustainable products and businesses – including Urban Blooms, Down to Mars Vintage, and Supernova Soaks.”

        The Green Store pop-up shop is located at 631 Main Street in Cincinnati. The store is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 6 pmFriday from 11 am to 8 pmSaturday from 12 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

        To learn more about The Green Store, visit http://thatgreen.life/. You can also check our Sears’ Free People International project at http://www.freepeopleinternational.com/. Follow The Green Store on Facebook and Instagram.

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          A locally-based artist created a feminist accessory brand that focuses on inclusion, diversity, and everything amazing about the 80s and 90s! Keep reading for all the girl-power details!

          Working Girls Co. sells trendy clothing and accessories.

          What began as an art experiment has evolved into something much more than that.

          Started by Shailah Maynard in 2015, Working Girls Co. is a concept brand that features tongue-in-cheek accessories and clothing items, many of which cater to the growing feminist movement. And to hit on the latest fashion trends, many of these items are inspired by music from the 80s and 90s, film, and pop culture.

          Maynard always knew that she wanted to start a feminist accessory brand, but she also wanted that brand to be inclusive, as it’s an important part of who she is and something that she is very passionate about.

          “I attended a progressive liberal arts college, where I studied art,” she told City Beat. “Inclusion and diversity of intrinsic of who I am and is reflected in Working Girls. I choose not to take life seriously. In every product I produce – humor, inclusivity, and diversity are all embodied in every piece.”

          Shailah Maynard, Owner and Operator at Working Girls Co.

          Although Working Girls Co. leans feminist, the brand itself doesn’t have any specific requirements on what type of products are made, as long as the team is having fun doing what they do.

          “I worked in the fashion industry for nine years and got pretty sick of how serious that industry is,” she said. “Have some humility, have fun, and make me laugh. In the words of RuPaul, Working Girls ‘never, ever takes itself too seriously.’”

          Products sold by Working Girls aren’t just for women, either. “In terms of making product that focuses on women, yes we do that, but I also want to be clear that we are not catering toward just women,” Maynard added. “Our products are and will always be unisex.”

          Products sold by Working Girls Co. can be found online as well as through stockists around the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Singapore.

          In addition to the products sold by Working Girls Co., the company also does art installations.

          According to Working Girls Co. website, the company’s signature product, Hot Bod Floats, were installed in an art installation called Pool Room.

          Sweatshirts, accessories, and other items with a feminist touch are available from Working Girls Co.

          “Pool Room is a site-specific installation series created in conjunction with Working Girls’ signature product, Hot Bod Floats,” according to the Working Girls Co. website. “Pool Room is a large-scale, two-dimensional swimming pool, which shifts its traditional function into a deviated, immersive experience.”

          Maynard says that Working Girls Co. will continue to be immersed in the art world, whether it’s through its products or art installations.

          To learn more about Working Girls Co., visit https://workinggirlsco.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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            A super chic vintage and vintage-inspired market is coming to the area with lots of fab finds to shop, food trucks, live music, DIY workshops and lots of fun. Read on for a sneak peek inside Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s upcoming “Life’s a Garden” event!

            Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton will host its next shopping event June 1-3 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio

            Mark your calendars for June 1-3 when Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton hosts its “Life’s a Garden” shopping event at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

            Greene County Fairgrounds

            Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market that features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, furniture, seasonal plantings, live music, and food trucks.

            “Vintage Market Days events are so much more than a flea market,” explains Tonya Ross, Promoter for Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton.

            Launched in 2012, Vintage Market Days got its start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it began as an indoor/outdoor Paris flea market-style event.

            “We strive to make Vintage Market Days more than just a sale,” says Ross. “Vintage Market Days events are a unique opportunity for vendors from the local region and across the country to display their talents and passions in different venues. The Market also provides the customer with a very special shopping experience and an opportunity for Vintage Market Days to give back to the local community.”

            The June Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton event theme is “Life’s a Garden”

            With more than 90 vendors signed up to participate in the June shopping event, as many as 10,000 attendees will enjoy a day of shopping, DIY presentations, live music, food trucks, and vendors from approximately 20 states.

            “I cannot wait to see all the amazing items our vendors will bring, their ability to transform an empty booth into an over-the-top vintage display is inspiring,” says Ross.

            Ross says that what makes these shopping events so great is that they give guests the chance to relax and enjoy great company while they shop for one-of-a-kind treasures.

            Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton is a rain-or-shine event with more than 90 vendors inside and outside

            “Vintage Market Days prides itself in creating an experience for the shoppers to escape their busy schedules,” says Ross. “We maintain a balance of vendors to present a market that showcases vintage antiques, garden, children’s signs, handmade items, art, jewelry, and clothing.”

            There’s even a Vintage Market Days app that you can download for free, Ross says. The app offers users directions to the event, gives you the ability to enter for the giveaways, and will have the list of vendors available the week of the event.

            To purchase tickets for the upcoming “Life’s a Garden” shopping event, click here. You can also email metrodayton@vintagemarketdays.com for discounts on groups of 10+. Don’t forget to visit Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s website and Facebook page. Cincy Chic has also teamed up with Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton’s for a ticket giveaway, which you can enter on the Cincy Chic Facebook page.

            The Greene County Fairgrounds is located at 210 Fairground Road in Xenia, Ohio.

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              In today’s digital world, your headshot is the new handshake. That’s why a team of local ladies created a new kind of experience that gets your online presence professionally polished, as you enjoy a night out, networking, and pampering. Read on for all the details.

               

              When your face is the face of a company, you want to look your best, but who has the time to put together a beauty team and professional photography session for that? That’s where The Professionista Experience comes in.

              Monica Tuck, founder of Unbridled Studio

              “The Professionista Experience is a unique headshot event geared toward women in business,” explains The Professionista Experience Founder Monica Tuck. “The event tends to capture women-owned business owners as well as professional corporate female professionals.”

              The Professionista Experience, for a price tag of $250, will get you all the details of a headshot service. Tuck says she and her team have brought together a group of Cincinnati’s top-notch photographers, beauty, and style experts to offer clients a one-of-a-kind service.

               

              “You get 30 minutes of HD makeup, 30 minutes of hair refreshing, 30 minutes of professional wardrobe consulting, and 30 minutes of headshots plus 1-2 high resolution images,” she explains. “To top it off, you also get to relax with champagne and lite bites. It makes for a relaxed and full service experience with zero headaches.”

              The $250 cost makes for less headache as well, as Tuck says purchasing these services a la carte around town would be upwards of $400 or more.

              Hair, makeup, and styling are offering with headshots from The Professionista Experience.

              The Professionista Experience hasn’t always been what it is now. According to Tuck, this started as a one-night networking event, but evolved over time as more women were asking when the next event was.

              To expand on its services, outside of just a headshot experience, Tuck says that The Professionista Experience is also booking private group events at office locations around town to help with team building, self-image, and brand awareness initiatives for women in business.

              Tuck’s business idea doesn’t come without experience. She is the owner, producer, beauty, and style director of Unbridled Studio, a boutique production agency that was launched three years ago.

              “Unbridled Studio’s provides design, photo, and video production services to women-owned businesses as well as our fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries within the community,” says Tuck. “We work with everything from women-owned startups, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands, and I also like tos ay we can infuse the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industry and started connecting with the top creative professionals our city has to offer.”

              While The Professionista Experience launched last fall, the public events are now held in January, May, and September, while all other events are booked privately under the Small Business or Corporate Deluxe Packages.

              Headshot taken at The Professionista Experience

              Although The Professionista Experience is a fairly new event, Tuck says plans are already in motion for the future.

              “The plan is to continue being the top female production agency here in town,” she says. “We will continue providing headshots to business owners and professionals who need them, we will also continue the mission of instilling the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle into our production industry. We source top local talent, scout unique set locations, coordinate hair makeup, wardrobe, and set styling for photo and video production packages. We can also pull these services into our unique design and visual communication process to tell the unique story of a brand.”

              Tuck says that the next public event will be held in September, after kids are back in school, to give all those working mommas a chance to refresh for the fall.

              To learn more about The Professionista Experience, click here.

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                We’re chatting with the founder of a local community arts council that strives to enrich the lives of children and adults through quality arts programming -- like their brand new "Art Bar" events! Keep reading for all the artsy details!

                A piece made at the Art Alliance’s recent Bohemian Jewelry Making Art Bar event

                Located in Deerfield Township is The Arts Alliance, a community arts council that’s dedicated to enriching the community with quality arts programming.

                According to Founder and Executive Director Meredith Raffel, The Arts Alliance serves a broad community that includes all of Warren County and beyond with festivals, performing arts, summer art camps, workshops, and so much more.

                Raffel says she was inspired to launch The Arts Alliance after she sought to create a solution to a problem.

                 

                “It’s 2006 and Warren County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Ohio,” says Raffel. “This vastly growing, beautiful community, with its beautiful parks, schools, strong business base, and solid infrastructure was lacking any organized arts organization. There was nowhere for the community to congregate to enjoy the arts. There was nowhere for the talented artist pool within the region to showcase their work or teach.”

                And with that, Raffel, alongside many dedicated individuals, launched The Arts Alliance, and has since served thousands of individuals in the region.

                “The organization is strongly supported by a dedicated group of board members who share their talents and hopes for the future for the arts in the region,” she says. “The volunteers who serve to support the programming endeavors have been the backbone and lifeblood of The Arts Alliance.”

                The Arts Alliance is also launching the Art Bar programming, which Raffel says was developed to break down barriers for people who say “I can’t even draw a stick figure.”

                And because The Arts Alliance thinks stick people are people, too, The Art Bar allows people the opportunity to explore many different mediums at an affordable price, in a relaxed environment, with all the materials they need.

                Meredith Raffel, founder of The Art Alliance

                “Each person leaves with a project that is uniquely different as they are,” says Raffel. “These monthly programs are held on the first Tuesday of each month all year (except during the summer) at the Snyder House at Cottell Park.”

                She adds that the next Art Bar will be held in September, and planning for the event is already underway.

                Aside from filling a need the art community needed, what makes The Art Alliance unique is that it is here to serve the community through collaborations and partnerships.

                “Nothing great ever happens alone,” says Raffel. “The organization is built on relationships with local businesses, organizations near and fear, and their local municipality. The relationship that The Arts Alliance has enjoyed with Deerfield Township is as unique as it comes. It takes local leaders who value the arts and want what is best for the community in which they serve to emulate the kind of relationship that The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Township have developed. This unique collaboration could easily serve as a model across the United States as to how a local, grassroots organization can be truly valued by their local government.”

                Raffel says that she’s hoping to bring a large scale public art project to life for The Arts Alliance. “Public art is truly a beautiful gift to a beautiful community,” she says. “The Arts Alliance also hopes to continue to grow our festival inventory. There is nothing better than the gathering of community who celebrates the arts!”

                To learn more about The Arts Alliance, visit their website. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter to find out more about what’s happening at the organization. You can also call them at 513-309-8585 or follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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                  In this special Mother’s Day issue, we chat with the founder of a local group that helps moms heal and grow through difficult life situations. Learn about the book and upcoming gala that supports their inspiring efforts.

                  Eve Center achieves its mission with the help of volunteers.

                  Women from all walks of life can find themselves faced with issues such as domestic violence, financial abuse, body image disorders and addiction. To promote healing and growth for women who are going through these difficult life situations is the Eve Center.

                  “Eve Center promotes healing and growth for women through biblical, no-cost, safe, and confidential peer counseling and training,” according to Cinny Roy Eve Center Founder and Director Emeritus.

                  Built on a foundation of love and support, women from as far as 12 counties train with Eve Center to give back to other women because of the support they themselves received in a time of despair and help these women heal from the things that were done to them or the things they have done to others.

                  “Our volunteers and clients are demographically, racially, denominationally, and socioeconomically diverse,” says Roy. “Our volunteers are age 23 to 80 years young.”

                  Services from Eve Center are free, confidential, and for women only. Clients, age 18 and older, are given the chance to seek aid from the peer counseling program in the form of one-to-one peer counseling, topical book studies on subjects like anger, boundaries, codependency, and recovery groups, which dive much deeper into the wounds of grief such as pregnancy loss due to abortion, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and eating disorder/body image issues.

                  “All of these groups are facilitated by trained volunteer Peer Counselors, who are overseen by seasoned Volunteer Peer Counselors and staff,” adds Roy.

                  Roy is the founder of Eve Center, and she launched this program when she wanted to provide a paraprofessional training and center of peer counseling for women who have a biblically-based faith.

                  Eve Center opened its doors in 2004 with 11 clients and a handful of volunteers. Last year, in 2017, more than 900 women received at least 14 hours of care through the one-to-one peer counseling option, book stories, and recovery groups while 25,000 volunteer hours were donated at three sites, all on a $200,000 budget.

                   

                  “There are 200 volunteers who provide board oversight, office support, fundraiser support, and support with the direct services program,” adds Roy. “There are eight part-time staff, and everyone keeps focused on what our point is: To see women healing relationally, spiritually, and emotionally – able as health women to impact their spheres of influence whether it be at school, home, work, church, or in their neighborhood.”

                  To help make the healing experience even greater at Eve Center, they also just launched a new workbook called GOLD: God Overcoming Loss from Death.

                  “So many of our women, staff, volunteers, and clients have expressed the need for support when suffering from death of loved ones,” she says. “A team was assembled and researched what already existed. Tambra Bryer, Kathy Schibler, Pasy Andow Plum, and myself were the ‘grief team.’ We compiled our own recovery experiences: what worked, what did not, and what was lacking. This is for the woman who is one year past the loss and needing a way to look at what has happened beyond just the obvious death.”

                  The workbook will be for sale this fall. When work began for the workbook, Eve Center hosted an in-house pilot of the GOLD Recovery group.

                  “Current Eve Center volunteers signed up to be participants and go through the group,” she explains, giving the team a way to edit and improve the process. “One of our volunteers who took the GOLD Pilot is Carolyn Shaw. Her three losses were her mother and brother, but she focused on the loss of her son Jaamal from murder 14 years ago.”

                  Following this initial pilot experiment, Roy was inspired to launch an event that would honor the mothers of murdered children. So, together, Carolyn and Roy are co-sharing Jaamal’s Gala, which is being held May 19. Learn more about the event here.

                  “The memory of a child does not stop because of the cause of death,” says Roy. “A mother does not stop being a mother because of a death. So healing, reconciliation, and celebration is happening in our region through this. As an action step for the mothers post-event, Carolyn and myself will be leading the GOLD group for any mother who lost a child to violence at the Eve Center.”

                  As for the remainder of 2018 and its impact on women in the area, Roy says that the plan is to focus on the managed growth of Eve Center. They’re on the lookout for funding to expand services to the east of 275 and south into Northern Kentucky. “With 72 percent increase in the last two years, there is more to do,” she adds.

                  To learn more about Eve Center and their new workbook, you can visit www.evecenter.org. You can also follow along on Facebook or call 513-985-9959.

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                    After hitting a fitness rut and getting bored with the gym scene every day, one local lady launched Live in The Movement to make wellness a fun and adventurous way of life for her and her family. Read on for all the inspiring details.

                     

                    Live In The Movement brings you to the Cincinnati fitness community through a variety of activities and events. Photo: Allison Fopeano Photography

                    It’s easy to get bored with your workout routine. That’s where Emily Crosby Morgan’s Live in The Movement comes in.

                    “Live In The Movement is a fitness event experience designed to help you find your fitness groove,” she explains. “We create unique fitness experiences ranging from out-of-town retreats to family fitness events, private custom parties, and our signature event, the bi-annual Cincinnati Fit Day, which we just held in downtown Cincinnati on April 14.”

                    Crosby Morgan says she was inspired to launch Live In The Movement three years ago, initially as The City Skinny and a re-brand this past fall, when she found that she herself was tired of going to the gym everyday.

                    “My first step was getting out and finding new and different workouts that were being offered at studios, or in parks, around the city,” she explains. “I blogged about these studios and trainers as a means of highlighting the exciting variety of fitness possibilities that are available to us here in Cincinnati.”

                    To Crosby Morgan, the next step in her process was to get her hands dirty and physically introduce people to these new spots she had discovered, beginning with Cincinnati Fit Day.

                    “The retreat-like atmosphere of our Fit Day makes this a fun way to introduce people to new experiences,” says Crosby Morgan. “Cincinnati is a fitness leader in the Midwest these days, and I love to show it off to people who want to jump in!”

                    Emily Crosby Morgan, Founder of Live In The Movement. Photo: Crystal Slaughter Photography

                    This progressive mini-retreat takes attendees around to four or five different studios, provides healthy catering and snacks, swag bags, raffles from local businesses, and a no-shower happy hour to top off the day.

                    “Think pub crawl, but instead of bar hopping, we experience a unique workout at each spot,” she adds. “It’s a great way to show off our thriving fitness and wellness community to our tribe, and a great way to spend some much needed time on oneself. Our participants get a taste of what each studio has to offer, and it’s very cool to see a ‘connection’ formed between a client and a workout they may have been intimidated to try.”

                    Crosby Morgan took her fitness prowess to another level after she was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer in November 2017. After undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she felt that there was a void in the fitness and medical community for resources for cancer patients that would allow them to exercise properly through treatment and post-surgery.

                    “I decided to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist so I could help patients through a difficult time,” she says. “I know how much walking or just moving properly saved me at many dark, difficult moments. To say that this experience has made me that more passionate about my work is an understatement. I truly believe that movement, in any aspect of our lives, is vital for happiness. I am eager to make this a large part of my work moving forward. We all have battles and obstacles to face, and an exercise routine that you love and gives you clarity is priceless.”

                    Live In The Movement is run by Crosby Morgan as well as her friend Libby Hinken. However, she says, the most important part of Live In The Movement is the Cincinnati Fitness community. “I love these wonderful people and I’m inspired by how they help us create magical experiences,” she says.

                    In addition to the Fit Day events and monthly events hosted by Live In The Movement, Crosby Morgan says some retreats are held out of town, with a past event being held in Asheville, North Carolina, where another retreat will be held this fall.

                    The next Cincinnati Fit Day is being held this fall, which Crosby Morgan says you can learn more about on the website’s event page. There are also other events upcoming each month.

                    To learn more about Live In The Movement, visit www.liveinthemovement.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Twitter, and give them a “like” on Facebook.

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                      We chat with a local lady who’s creating a community of female entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky that helps each other build their businesses while maintaining their busy lives. Read on for all the inspiring details.

                      Meg Hykes has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As the founder of The Entrepreneur Melange, she strives to create a community of female entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky that help each other build their businesses while maintaining their busy lives.

                      “I know that building your dream business can be difficult, and sometimes a little lonely,” she says. “Our community was created to encourage women in our area to dream huge, build your business your way, and know you’re worth it.”

                      Hykes and The Entrepreneur Melange offer a variety of services to other entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky aside from the community itself.

                      They also offer social media pages that are dedicated to share members’ sales, products, and services. There’s also a website page for each member that allows them to design and create their own “business page” as well as blogging, which helps members create articles that can then be shared with readers about their business, products, sales, tips, and more. Plus, direct sales business owners who become part of the Melange community are limited to one member from each company, allowing the focus to be kept on the business owner.

                      What Hykes calls the first phase of The Entrepreneur Melange is building the entrepreneur community, while the second includes a focus on offering live events.

                      “The live events will focus on the Northern Kentucky community and helping them get to know their local business owners,” explains Hykes. “Now, I don’t want to get into too much detail yet, however, let’s just say you should get ready for pop-up boutiques like you’ve never seen them before.”

                      Hykes says that the launch of live events, including pop-up boutiques, will not only give residents the chance to get to know local business owners in the area, but it also provides a chance to socialize with friends and build community.

                      While The Entrepreneur Melange is a community for all Northern Kentucky entrepreneurs, Hykes says that the exclusivity comes into play with direct sales businesses. “By keeping our direct sales businesses to just one per company, we’re able to give each entrepreneur that exclusive focus they deserve. Currently, we offer a waiting list for those companies that are already filled.”

                      Hykes says that the main goal for The Entrepreneur Melange in 2018 is to host its first live event, but, she says, you’ll have to stay tuned for that as developments continue.

                      To learn more about The Entrepreneur Melange, visit www.theentrepreneurmelange.com.