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    A local studio is giving its owner the opportunity to combine her love for handmade plants and unique home decor with planting classes for the community. Read on to learn more and see how her upcoming events can give your green thumb a hand.

    “Bridging design and flora, Fern Studio offers a carefully edited selection of beautiful and unique objects along with a curated assortment of plants,” according to owner Megan Strasser.

    Located in an old gas station in the heart of College Hill, Fern has become a popular plant design studio. The reason behind the shop’s popularity is due to Strasser’s knowledge and expertise in designing and pairing plants with planters.

    When asked about her designs, she says it’s about being thoughtful. “The plant and the pot should have just as much intention as the large furniture pieces you bring into your house,” explains Strasser. “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions, but you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home.”

    At Fern, you’ll find that the store, as well as the studio, specializes in custom plant design installations for homes, offices, restaurants, boutiques, and in nearly any place you can put a plant.

    Strasser says she opened Fern because she wanted to create a space that allowed her to combine her love for handmade objects and plants.

    When it comes to choosing your plants, Strasser wants to help customers select one that works for their own personal aesthetic and their home’s style.

    “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions,” says Strasser. “But you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home. The plant and planter should also complement each other.”

    In addition to plants and pots, Fern also sells a curated collection of items, including hand-loomed blankets, small-batch candles, hand-woven baskets, and handmade textile wall hangings. Plus, the shop is dedicated to giving back to the community by donating proceeds to a local animal rescue.

    Fern is hosting an upcoming Terrific Terrariums class with the Taft Museum on August 25. Although the event is sold out, Strasser says you can keep your eye out on the shop’s Facebook page for other upcoming events.

    Fern is located at 6040 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit https://www.fern-shop.com/, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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      Let out your inner artist at this Anderson-based pottery studio. Read on to learn more about the easy process that lets you explore your creativity while enjoying time with friends and family.

       

      For nearly two decades, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been offering guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art. The studio hosts classes, parties for both kids and adults, custom pottery, and even pottery to help you showcase your love for the Queen City.

      Opened in 2000, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been helping local families create artwork and memories through parties, group events, family gatherings, or just hanging out with friends, says Owner Jacqueline Johnson. “Walk in anytime we are open, or call to reserve a group event. We have experienced artists who are here to help you create a masterpiece to have for years to come,” she adds.

      According to Johnson, the best part about Doodlin’ Pottery Studio is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to create a masterpiece to keep for years to come. Whether you’re creating a customized gift or something for yourself, choose from a variety of fun and functional pottery pieces, all you have to do is pick the colors you want to use and design your piece.

      “Doodlin’ Pottery has all the tools you need, including experienced artists who are there to help you from start to finish,” explains Johnson. “And you can stay as long as you’d like until your work is complete.”

      Once you finish your piece, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio applies the glaze and fires it in the kiln to complete your work of art.

      You can also purchase ready-made pottery, Johnson says. In fact, she adds, about 70 percent of their pottery is made in the store. She says that it not only helps to keep prices down, but contributes to the local economy and is a better alternative to buying pottery from foreign manufacturers.

      “We learned how to hand-build and slip cast pottery many years ago in art school and are proud to offer our community handmade ceramics using techniques that have been around for thousands of years,” adds Johnson. “Our nearly 500 plaster, slip cast molds allow us to make unique pieces of pottery that are difficult or are unavailable to purchase from other manufacturers.”

      If you’re interested in hosting a private party at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, there’s a space for that. The room can be booked for a night, stress-free night for guests of all ages. It can be for the kids, an organization, business, ladies night out, or even a bridal shower.

      Other types of parties that can be hosted at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio include Scout events, baby showers, family reunions, bachelorette parties, team building, assisted living activity trips, and preschool/daycare activities.

      Custom pottery pieces are also available from Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, says Johnson. “Painting your own pottery is not your think but still want an artistic ceramic piece for yourself or to give as a gift? We love painting pottery and can create a one-of-a-kind piece for your needs,” says Johnson. “Our talented artists have done just that for many happy customers. Be inspired, and let us create what you are looking for.”

      Doodlin Pottery Studio is located at Five Mile Center at 7707 Five Mile Road in Cincinnati.

      To learn more about Doodlin Pottery Studio, visit http://www.doodlinpottery.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.

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        Inspired by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a historic site, and the desire to create a lasting legacy, a Northern Kentucky-based woman is set to open a new craft spirits destination. Read on for all the details about this legend in the making.

        Three Keys Distillery will soon stand on the same ground as the former J.W. Kite store

        Jessica Banish is the mind behind Three Keys Distillery, a craft spirits destination that’s set to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail.

        Located in Burlington, Kentucky, about four miles from Rabbit Hash, the idea behind Three Keys Distillery was born out of a desire to preserve the J.W. Kite store, which is located on the property where the distillery will soon stand.

        “The store is on the National Register of Historic Places, and we knew we wanted to bring it ‘back to life’ and share it within a rich part of Kentucky history,” explains Banish, founder of Three Keys Distillery.

        Jessica Banish, Founder of Three Keys Distillery

        Also on Banish’s mind when launching Three Keys Distillery was her love of bourbon as well as the desire to contribute to Kentucky history in a way that would allow her three sons to carry on the family’s legacy, should they choose to.

        “In fact, that is how Three Keys was named,” says Banish. “I wrote ‘3 KY sons’ on a napkin, and shortened it to ‘3 KYS’ and it was then we knew that Three Keys was the name of our business.”

        Banish says the atmosphere at Three Keys Distillery is what makes the business unique. “We are truly a destination, as we live on the acreage where we are building our distillery,” she says. “The local history told by and within our J.W. Kite store is something which will transport you back in time to the early 1900s, and our walking trail reveals secrets of the past. Each time we walk the land we discover remnants of the past – recently an old well.”

        Banish says she loves being reminded of the world that the only family who has ever occupied the land lived in. It’s the family before hers coupled with the modern edge of her own family that she hopes to create in the legacy of Three Keys Distillery.

        The business launched in 2016, and since then Banish says they’ve completed Moonshine University, navigated startup necessities, attended zoning meetings, developed the brand’s vision, and, for the final stages of startup, Banish joined Aviatra Accelerators (formerly Bad Girl Ventures).

        “Aviatra has been an absolute kickstart,” says Banish. “The Aviatra network is incredibly diverse, knowledgeable, and giving of time and resources. We honestly would not be as far along without the amazing group, mentors, alumni, and extended network that Aviatra provides.”

        Three Keys Distillery is one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

        With the help from Aviatra in launching her business, this means that Three Keys Distillery will be one of the only distilleries owned by a woman that also has a female master distiller.

        “We are fortunate to be within the Greater Cincinnati area, and still have this much history and untouched beauty,” she says. “With close proximity to Rabbit Hash and the recently revived Rabbit Hash Ferry – we are in a great place.”

        Banish says that the biggest thing she’s looking forward to with Three Keys Distillery is breaking ground on the permanent distillery early next year. “We are finalizing details and cannot wait to follow through on our commitment to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to become part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, as well as the Northern Kentucky B-Line, and contribute to this area’s reputation of holding the title of an ‘Official Getaway’ to the Bourbon Trail,” says Banish.

        To learn more about Three Keys Distillery, visit www.threekeysdistillery.com. You can also “like” them on Facebook. Banish says you can check out the Aviatra Launch class to learn more about the upcoming Flight Night on August 30. “I’ll be presenting the Three Keys business plan to the public, and I’d love to talk to you about it,” she says. Details on that will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

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          A social butterfly fashionista and her pilot husband launched a blog that features unique date night ideas, fun local experiences, and adventures together around the world. Read on for their story that'll inspire you to make it a date.

          Lydia Jenkins wanted to launched a blog where she could create curated date night ideas together – that’s why she launched The Date Night Collection.

          As the wife of a pilot, finding time for date nights is important to Jenkins. She wanted to find a way to spend time with her husband while he was home, or while they were traveling together, and thought that a blog featuring curated date night ideas was the perfect way to not only document their time together but also showcase date night ideas for followers.

          “My goal is to always be up to date on the latest and greatest happenings around the city,” says Jenkins. “My passion for travel, good food, and amazing cocktails has my calendar filled with new places to explore weekly.”

          These collections featured on the blog include outings to local restaurants and events as well as photos from their travels abroad to destinations like Spain where they ventured through cities like Barcelona, Sevilla, and Valencia.

          “My husband Fred and I have been married for six years and have never stopped dating,” says Jenkins. “We’re always looking for new date night adventures.”

          In addition to The Date Night Collection section on the blog, there are also sections for travel, shopping, and entertainment.

          Jenkins is a self-proclaimed fashionista and loves sharing her favorite shopping spots and fashionable finds with followers. The same goes for her entertainment finds, whether it’s an event, a restaurant, or a local spot that she thinks others would enjoy experiencing as well. 

          To learn more about The Date Night Collection, visit the newly launched website at https://www.thedatenightcollection.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram and “like” them on Facebook.

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            A passion for shopping local inspired the idea behind this Glendale-based shop that carries everything from paintings, pottery, jewelry and accessories, to artisan bread, local coffee, fresh eggs, and locally-made beer. Read on to learn more about the store, all the fun things you’ll find inside, and their events like pottery classes, guitar sessions and full moon Girl Parties.

            Local Yokel Mercantile focuses on locally-made products in its general store.

            If you’re looking for a little bit of everything in a gift store, Local Yokel Mercantile is the place for you. Owned by Darcie Davis, Local Yokel Mercantile is a general store, full of a little bit of it all, with a focus on locally-made products.

            Ever since the California transplant landed in Glendale in 2002, Davis has had a vision for running her own business – believing that her “some day” would arrive.

            And it did, in 2017.

            “I’m a believer in stars aligning, good timing, and things happening for a reason,” says Davis. “Everyday since moving from California to Glendale, I said to my family as we drove by the little brick building at 220 E Sharon Road, ‘There’s my store one day!’ One day was February 28, 2017.”

            “The tiny brick building that the store occupies was built in 1860, according to one of the brickson the east wall,” says Davis. “It started out as a tine roof and slate company. You can still see the lettering of the original sign across the front. It’s been many businesses over the years – a dress store, shoe store, interior design store, a flower shop, and, after many years of sitting empty, it became Local Yokel Organic Food store.”

            That’s when Davis stepped in – quite literally.

            “I came in with my pottery, I’m a potter, and asked Tyler, the owner, If i could display it in the windows,” she recalls.

            Local Yokel Mercantile sells a variety of products from groceries to artwork.

            From there, a conversation sparked that ended with Davis having a part-time job at the store. A few months later, the owner announced he was selling the store and Davis decided she was going to buy it.

            “After a few tweaks, Local Yokel Mercantile was born,” says Davis. 

            “Most of the artwork is made by local artists,” says Davis. “That includes carved wooden jewelry, stamped metal art, paintings, cards, pottery, wooden furniture, quilts, turquoise inlaid pipes, and more.”

            In addition to artwork, the store also carries artisan bread, local coffee, fresh eggs and chicken, and local beer.

            “We carry artisan bread by Crackling Crust, locally roasted coffee from Deeper Roots, fresh eggs and chicken from Boehm Farms, Madisano’s Gelato & Sorbet, and a huge refrigerator full of local beer,” adds Davis. “We have monthly beer tastings to get our customers caught up on all the great beer made here in Cincinnati, and a few outside of Cincinnati.”

            The store also offers pottery classes, something that has been a big hit with the kids. “Kids love our Clay Camp and adults love the flexible schedule,” she says. “Paint-a-Pot parties are a fun way to enjoy time with family and friends.”

            In addition to the pottery classes, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the store mean acoustic guitar lessons. “Guitars are hanging on the walls just in case a customer is overcome with the need to make music. Almost every beer delivery man that’s come to this store has played one of these guitars,” she laughs.

            The “maker” part of Local Yokel Mercantile doesn’t include only pottery classes and guitar lessons. Davis says that she hopes to soon offer sip-n-paint parties, fiber art classes, and basic sewing classes in the near future.

            In addition, Davis says that once a month, as close to the full moon as they can get, a Girl Party is held. “Women get together for conversation, an art project, maybe a tarot card reading, and, of course, howling at the moon,” she says. “These evenings have been a great way for ladies to relax and feel supported and encouraged by each other.”

            Davis says that all in all, Local Yokel Mercantile is a convenient place to shop for food staples, beer, gifts, and to learn about art. “It has become a comfortable place for customers, friends, and neighbors to gather, talk, and really connect,” she says.

            To learn more about Local Yokel Mercantile, visit lymercantile.com. You can also “like” them on Facebook. On Facebook is where you can find out about new arrivals, upcoming events, and more.

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              Inspired by the exciting city she lives in, this local lady launched a blog that covers all the fun she has making her way through the Queen City. Keep reading for all the details.

              Michelle Jones at Via Vite downtown (Photo: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff)

              With so much to do, see, and enjoy in Cincinnati, Michelle Jones wanted to give people a space they could go and find those things to do.

              “Hey, Michelle is a blog that serves as a way to keep up with all things fun and great in Cincinnati and on my travels,” she says.

              Jones originally launched Hey, Michelle because she had friends texting her to ask where to eat, where to throw a party, what there was to do over the weekends, and more. “So I thought I might as well start writing about what I love,” she adds.

              Jones launched Hey, Michelle in September 2016 and is the writer behind it all, which gives her the opportunity to cover what she wants as she sees fit.

              That means she gets to write about anything she likes and thinks that people should do while they’re in Cincinnati.

              “We have great things going on all the time and the restaurant and bar scene gets better everyday,” she says. “So I try to stay on top of what is new and the great old spots, too.”

              Michelle Jones, Founder of the blog Hey, Michelle

              When asked what she enjoys most about running Hey, Michelle, she says it’s meeting people.

              “Everyone has a great story, from the restaurant and bar owners to the people behind our fantastic arts,” she says. “People are very passionate about what they do and love to tell you about their journey to where they are today. I always leave with a smile on my face after talking with people.”

              In nearly two years, Jones says that her favorite posts thus far are the ones where she’s chatting with the owners behind local establishments and businesses and while they’re telling their story they reveal why they are following their passion. “I relate to that very well,” adds Jones.

              According to Jones, she is always trying to take things up a lever on her blog. She wants to explore new categories and expand her geography as she travels more and the city continues to grow.

              “I could literally write about something everyday, so using different platforms daily is my new thing so I can share things more often,” she says.

              To learn more about Hey, Michelle, visit https://www.heymichelle-help.com/. There you can sign up for her weekly email and find more information. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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                Inspired to help others soar and reach their goals, one local lady is launching a new scholarship for women pursuing careers in aviation. Read on for all the high-flyin’ details.

                Natalie Kelley, pilot and Founder of flyGIRL Kelley

                Natalie Kelley is putting wind beneath the wings of fellow women interested in aviation.

                Just over two years ago, Kelley herself was training to become a pilot. “It was apparent that there are very few women who pursue aviation, either as a hobby or a career,” she explains. “Aviation has many benefits, especially as a career because there is such high demand for pilots right now.”

                So, Kelley finished her training to become a pilot, as she soaked in both the confidence and empowerment from her new career. She immediately wanted this feeling for other women, to show them that they too could enter this fun, yet male-dominated field.

                “I wanted to put myself out there on social media and demonstrate what I was doing to hopefully push other women to pursue avenues that are typically male-dominated,” she says.

                That’s when she decided to launch flyGIRL Kelley, a brand that empowers women, in particular those in aviation.

                FlyGIRL Kelley launched more than a year and a half ago, when Kelley decided that there was a lack of support for females in aviation. She created t-shirts, caps, totes, and more to help raise the awareness that women can be pilots while also raising money to fund scholarships for women interested in pursuing aviation.

                “100 percent of the proceeds of flyGIRL products goes directly to funding scholarships,” says Kelley. “I recently awarded my first scholarship for $5,000 to a local pilot-in-training, Megan Gerding.”

                It’s not only the support of a scholarship and empowerment of women in aviation that makes flyGIRL Kelley unique. “I’m passionate about giving women confidence to go after their dreams, whether it’s aviation or not,” she says. “And I’m passionate about women supporting women. It’s a tough world and people face criticism everywhere. On my social media sites, it’s all about acceptance and encouragement. I’m not trying to get rich selling products – the purpose of my products is to be able to give the proceeds away and to help others.”

                As Kelley continues her mission through the flyGIRL brand, she says that she’s also working on creating YouTube videos to share her flying adventures and what’s possible for women in aviation. She’s also planning to use the video platform to share the things she’s learned through her experience and training, as well as the struggles she faced along the way.

                “The purpose is to educate, entertain, and encourage,” she adds.

                To learn more about flyGIRL Kelley, visit www.flygirlllc.com. There you can sign up for Kelley’s newsletter. You can also follow along and interact with Kelley on social media. “I love seeing what accomplishments other women are reaching as well as sharing where I’m at in my journey,” she says, adding that social media is where she finds a lot of encouragement. You can follow flyGIRL Kelley on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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                  Inspired by fellow business-owning women, one local lady is opening a community workspace and venue that caters to women. See how she’s helping to support other local boss ladies and their journey through the world of entrepreneurship.

                  The Tupelo House offers workspace opportunities for entrepreneurs.

                  Whitney Pelfrey knows the struggle of running your own business – the cost of an office space, the issue of being in a building that you didn’t quite feel inspired in. She wanted to change that with a new creative workspace and venue called The Tupelo House.

                  “We are a female-focused creative workspace and venue located in the heart of historical Loveland,” says Pelfrey. “We aesthetically cater to woman-identified freelancers, business owners, and entrepreneurs as we firmly believe the empowerment of women spurs economic development and community growth and wellbeing.”

                  Inspired by women who take the leap into the world of freelance and entrepreneurship, Pelfer wanted to create a space that would be a solid foundation for both men and women who navigate the path of owning their own business.

                  Pelfrey is a photographer herself, and has been for the last eight years. “I know the struggle of running a business out of a home,” she says. “Not only could I not afford to own my own office space, but I didn’t want to be in a building that didn’t fill me with creative inspiration and like-minded individuals.”

                  Currently, there are two types of memberships available at Tupelo House – the Private Desk Membership and the Drop-In Membership.

                  Whitney Pelfrey, Founder of Tupelo House

                  “Our dedicated Desk Membership is reserved for women-identified individuals working hard to turn their goals into reality,” says Pelfrey. “Our Drop-In Membership is available for any gender who’s running a mobile business and just wants a place to work from time to time.”

                  In addition to office space, Tupelo House also offers space for meeting room rentals for non-members as well as events for non-members. Pelfrey says that with the event rental space she hopes to offer yoga classes, workshops, listening parties, bridal showers, photoshoots, and more.

                  “It’s a much needed space with a much appreciated liquor license,” she says.

                  The coolest part of Tupelo House, according to Pelfrey, is the big brother business on the building’s main floor called Plaid Room Records. “Plaid Room Records is run by three brothers and serves an amazing partnership to Tupelo House,” she says. “One could not exist without the other. Together we make an amazing team.”

                  Although community workspaces are popping up throughout the area, Pelfrey says that what makes Tupelo House unique is that it caters to women specifically.

                  “In a world of masculine of even gender-professional workplaces, we are here aesthetically for women,” she says. “We hope all genders can enjoy our space and venue, but we want to give our community a lovely and feminine place they can create, connect, and celebrate.”

                  Pelfrey says that she hopes the venue becomes the go-to event space for the community and the weekends are full of parties, celebrations, workshops, and yoga classes.

                  Tupelo House is located at 122 West Loveland Avenue in Loveland.

                  To learn more about Tupelo House, visit www.tupelohouse.com to follow along on Instagram.

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                    For our annual Men's issue, we take a peek inside a local multi-generational menswear and tailoring shop dawning a new era. Read on to learn more about its new ownership, new brands, and a new campaign to offer custom-made bespoke tailored women’s jackets while steadfast in the style and service that made them a Cincinnati staple.

                    A well-dressed man. That’s been the goal since 1968 for Romualdo Bespoke Tailoring, now a fashion staple for menswear in Cincinnati.

                    The multi-generational store draws in the city’s stylistically inclined and features authentic menswear, bespoke garments, and old world tailoring.“The garments at Romualdo are uniquely tailored, lifestyle-focused, and have a technicality and personal flair to them,” says owner Chris Berre.

                    The store gets its name from founder Romualdo Pelle, an Italian immigrant and one of the last master tailors in the world. He opened the store in 1968, in the same location that it’s in today. “With Romualdo’s unparalleled skill set, he brings an invaluable level of experience that clientele would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere,” says Berre.

                    Tim Brock, Romualdo’s co-owner

                    Berre and his business partner Tim Brock purchased the store a year ago. While they are fairly new to ownership, they consider themselves to be veterans in the fashion and retail industry who each play a major role in the day-to-day operations of the store.

                    “It was because of Romualdo that we fell in love with men’s fashion and aim to maintain and carry on that legacy,” says Berre. “It was actually through an interesting turn of events that we ended up in the fashion industry.”

                    Berre is a former attorney, but always had a passion for men’s style. So much so, he says, that while attending law school, he started a neckwear line with a friend called Artfully Disheveled.

                    “It was distributed to a variety of small specialty stores, but I had an urge to get to know the business better and began working nights and weekends at Romualdo,” he explains. “It was not long before I fell in love with it, decided to depart from my background in law to pursue men’s fashion full-time.”

                    Brock has worked at Romualdo’s for 17 years and is a true veteran of the shop. Currently, Brock is responsible for all revenue generation processes as well as leading and growing the sales network, establishing connections with new brands, setting and implementing client strategies, and more.

                    Romualdo Bespoke Tailoring is launching a women’s campaign.

                    When asked what inspired them to purchase Romualdo’s when they had the opportunity, Berre says that is was the charismatic and diligent presence of Romualdo Pelle that made them jump at the chance to take over ownership.

                    “The legacy of Romualdo is important to us, and we aspire for our ownership to stand the test of time,” adds Berre, “continuing to produce the same quality suits.”

                    Since Berre and Brock purchased Romualdo, they’ve brought about several changes to the store, including a redesign of the store that’s slated to be finished in September. This redesign includes extensive construction to redefine the store’s space and also aid with the brand’s new identity.

                    “The brand’s evolution will include new brands and selections that will tie us back to our roots while engaging our rights on the future of contemporary collections,” says Berre. “These collections include those of the acclaimed Billy Reid, a fashion designer based in Florence, Alabama, who self-describes his brand as ‘lived-in luxury.’”

                    The store also plans to add Private White V.C., which is, according to Berre, a British luxury outerwear brand that opened its doors in 1853 and now has the last remaining clothing factory in the world’s first industrial city of Manchester, England.

                    In addition to these new offerings, Romualdo’s now offers custom-made bespoke tailored women’s jackets that coincide with a campaign called “If These Sleeves Could Talk.”

                    Chris Berre, Romualdo’s co-owner

                    “The initiative features five powerful women who were fitted for jackets, and through it, current and potential clientele will be privy to a glimpse at the quality of the fine attire and the viewpoints of these local, influential women,” says Berre.

                    These new changes aren’t all that you’ll see at the store. Berre says that their new ownership of the store means that the brand will continually evolve along with the changes you see in retail and fashion while also staying true to Romualdo’s roots and upholding premier quality.

                    Then there are things that will stay the same. Like the fact that 60 percent of Romualdo’s clothing is custom-made. “We offer a unique set of wardrobe staples that flow seamlessly from day to night, so clients can be assured that no matter what the event may be, their investment will be well-spend and heavily used,” says Berre.

                    Berre and Brock want to maintain the legacy of Romualdo and remain dedicated to seeing the store succeed, and also continue to produce garments of the highest quality.

                    “The origins of our hard work span over 50 years,” says Berre. “Pelle grew up in poverty in Mussolini’s Italy. His family was homeless and part of his childhood was spent living in a cave. It was his godfather who drove Pelle toward tailoring in his teens, and he has worked to augment his bespoke tailoring mastery to provide flawless fittings ever since. The work ethic that made the store what it is shines through today, and is evident in the finer details that turn a simple, nice outfit into a head-turner. In a world where ‘ready-to-wear’ clothing has become the norm, garments like these that fit the wearer to a tee are sure to stand out anywhere.”

                    Romualdo’s is located at 7121 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45243. To learn more, visit www.romualdo.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

                    “The little blue door on Miami Avenue is always open for anyone who is interested to come in, enjoy some bourbon with us, and learn more about the power of bespoke tailoring,” adds Berre.

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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.”

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