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    Learn about the one-day conference coming up that provides you with resources to enhance your happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

    The American Dream looks drastically different than it did a few decades ago. That’s the idea that Diania Merriam wanted to explore when she launched EconoMe, a one-day conference that provides attendees with resources to enhance their happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

    “Provocative speakers will explore the idea of a ‘new American Dream,’” Merriam explains.

    With roots in the FIRE movement (financial independence, retire early), the EconoMe Conference has its sights set on helping people join the lifestyle movement of FIRE with the goal of financial freedom.

    “I was motivated to start a conference after the pursuit of FIRE changed my life,” says Merriam. “After I discovered blogs like Mr. Money Mustache and Frugalwoods, as well as books such as Your Money or Your Life and The Simple Path to Wealth, I used my new-found knowledge to get out of $30,000 in debt in 11 months.”

    After getting herself out of debt, Merriam was able to negotiate a remote working relationship with her employer as well as a two-month unpaid sabbatical to walk the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile trek across northern Spain).

    Now she’s planning to the EconoMe Conference on March 7, 2020 at the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall at Tangeman University Center.

    Those who attend the event can expect a full day of programming that includes two sessions of speakers, an opportunity to screen a new documentary about the FIRE movement calling “Playing with Fire,” and an after party.

    Once the conference is over, Merriam says that she hopes attendees are inspired by the ideas shared through the speakers and leave feeling that they learned something valuable.

    “I also hope the content expands their understanding of what is possible when it comes to their finances and creating more freedom in their lives,” she adds.

    To learn more about the EconoMe Conference, visit www.economeconference.com. Merriam says she is working on getting early bird tickets available for next month, but you can sign up for the mailing list on the website to be notified when tickets go on sale.

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      Learn about a local dietitian who launched a nutrition consulting company to offer in-home assessments, grocery store tours, and one-on-one counseling to help you live your best and healthiest life one bite at a time.

      Working with individuals to improve their quality of life is something that Candace Winterbauer became increasingly interested in after she went from working mom to stay-at-home mom to her children.

      “When I became pregnant with our third child I decided to invest in my career by starting my own company,” she says.

      Since she quit her job as an outpatient dietitian, she noticed that the aspect of helping others was missing, so she launched Winterbauer Nutrition. 

      “Starting my own company allows me to be at home with my family while also following my passion for nutrition,” she says. 

      Winterbauer Nutrition is a nutrition consulting company that offers medical nutrition therapy to clients with one-on-one counseling, family counseling, in-home assessments, grocery store tours, and even offers a specialty in baby-led weaning. 

      Winterbauer herself is the lead lady behind Winterbauer Nutrition, although she also credits her husband for the support he’s provided since she started dreaming of running her own company. She says her children also make appearances when she works with families who are interested in baby-led weaning.

      The services offered by Winterbauer are not solely limited to nutrition, as she is also a personal trainer who holds a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Physical Performance. 

      “I can offer the full package to clients who want to improve not only their nutrition but also their physical activity levels,” she adds.

      When it comes to the quality of service she offers, Winterbauer says she’s a very laid back person and prides herself on her ability to bring that level of calm to her counseling. 

      “One of the most common compliments I get from my clients is that they felt very comfortable working with me,” Winterbauer says. 

      Thanks in her interest and educational background in nutrition, Winterbauer has gained an additional interested in edible landscaping and gardening after becoming involved in urban gardening and farming during while completing graduate work at Saint Louis University.

      “I saw a lot of success in nutrition goals with individuals who started to either grow their own food or join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program,” she says. “And I would love to start tying these passions into either workshops or individual counseling.” 

      You can learn more about Winterbauer Nutrition by following along on Facebook.

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        A local mecca for designer fashion recently moved to an exciting new location in Montgomery that offers twice the space and retail offerings than before. Read on to learn more about the expansion, where you can find the new space, and all the fashion-lovin' fun they have planned for it.


        Designer Items & More recently re-located from West Chester to the heart of Montgomery. Owner Felisa Insignares says she moved to a new space after listening to clients and their calls for growth and more retail offerings.

        “We’ve got twice as much square footage so twice as many designs and fitting rooms,” she says. “We also have a salon and gift area.”

        Insignares loves to make her clients feel empowered and confident, and putting them in designer clothing is just an added benefit for her. 

        “It gives me so much satisfaction to empower women to feel and be their most confident whether in the boardroom or office, in front of the camera, at a special event or simply living every day moments,” she says.

        The fashionable art at Designer Items & More is more than just clothing on racks, it’s an art form that Insignares loves to showcase to clients in her new location.

        Although they’re in a new location, their services have only expanded. “We still offer our styling appointments and are open to the public,” says Insignares, noting their regular shop hours as well as the ability to schedule private styling and shopping appointments.

        When you shop at Designer Items & More, Insignares says you’ll find brands such as Moschino, Louboutin, Akris, Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. Designer items are new with tags or gently used and dry cleaned before they’re sold. All items are also checked for flaws and any imperfections are identified as part of the transparency Insignares gives her customers.

        With the expansion of a new, bigger store, Insignares says she hopes to continue is growth and its customer reach. She also have several events in the works, collaborating with other Montgomery-based businesses. Insignares says she will announce event details soon on their Facebook page.

        To learn more about Designer Items and More, visit https://www.designeritemsandmore.com/. Designer Items and More is now located at 7791 Cooper Road, Suite E in Cincinnati. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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          A new lifestyle site is featuring all things real estate and design while also showcasing area homeowners, unique homes, and fun info about local neighborhoods. Read on to learn more.

          Ron Erdmann is in the business of helping clients buy and sell homes. But to him, the real estate industry is about much more than just buying and selling – it’s about helping people find a real love and appreciation for real estate, design, and architecture. 

          Inspiring that love for real estate is what encouraged him to launch CincyHomeChicHome.com, a destination site for anyone who finds passion in real estate, interior design ideas, decorating trends, and even what makes each neighborhood unique. “It’s for anyone who has an appreciation for life’s moments spent at their house, in their backyard, or in their neighborhood,” he says. 

          Home Chic Home aims to tell the story behind every house, going along with the adage, “If the walls could talk,” Erdmann says.

          “We tell the stories of the people of Cincinnati and about the lives they lead inside their Cincinnati homes,” he adds. “Cincy Home Chic Home is all about precious moments surrounding the real estate and decorating decisions that someone makes in their different life milestones. Whether it’s a story about an empty nester downsizing or finally getting that chef’s kitchen she’s been dreaming of, or a young, single person buying her first home after landing her first ‘real job’ or promotion, or an engaged couple buying their first together and picking out that extra bedroom for their future, out of town guests, and maybe even a little one.”

          Erdmann is the Branch Manager/Vice President of Mortgage Lending for the Cincinnati office of Guaranteed Rate. He’s also the mortgage broker behind the site alongside his wife Jenny, who has a passion and love for all things real estate and design. 

          “We are at the age where it seems like people in our lives are experiencing different phases of life: Parents finding and updating their forever home or friends moving into bigger homes to accommodate their growing family and to get into that perfect school district,” says Jenny. “We have friends with babies buying their first home. We have friends moving to take on big jobs in Cincinnati who are searching for that welcoming neighborhood.”

          The Erdmanns are also working with Cincy Chic Publisher Amy Scalia to publish Cincy Home Chic Home. 

          “We’re excited to work with Amy Scalia on this project because she brings her expertise of all things ‘cool,’ or dare I say Chic, and all things Cincy. We love her energy and excited about the city,” says Jenny. 

          On Cincy Home Chic Home, readers will find content that features scenes from the home, such as a house party in the backyard, drinking a mocha on the front porch, or even a new beginning.

          “We’re also going to feature local prominent people at home,” she adds. “Maybe it’s a new coach, a bar owner, a musician, a local business executive, an entrepreneur, a stay at home mom with great taste, or a millennial sipping craft beer in their minimalist living house.”

          The couple has big dreams for the site and hopes to include interviews of people talking about their homes, why they bought it, and why they bought the neighborhood. “Cincinnati has too many cool neighborhoods that deserve showcasing,” Jenny adds.

          To learn more about Cincy Home Chic Home, visit https://cincyhomechichome.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

          “Readers can interact with us by uploading their own photos and their own ideas,” adds Jenny. “They can write a caption about what the photo means to them and what is going on in their life. They can give us suggestions for featured properties or recent renovations. They can tell us who they want us to feature on the next At Home session. They can open the doors of their homes and their lives with us and share what is special.”

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            A group of local ladies is relaunching with more dedication than ever to forming new friendships, having fun and impacting the community. Read on for all the details!

            Sometimes, busy lives and schedules leads to a falling out among friends. It’s not uncommon for women to feel as though they no longer connect with the other women around them.

            That’s how Andrea Khoury, founder of Housewives in the City, felt after she graduated college. She no longer had her group of girlfriends and felt that there was a need for adult women to have a social group.

            What started in 2011 has since expanded to more than 30 cities across the country – including the Cincinnati Housewives in the City. 

            The group hosts monthly happy hour-style events that take place at local restaurants, bars, or spas while also featuring local businesses. 

            “Housewives in the City offers women opportunities to support each other both online and at our free monthly meet-ups,” says Cincinnati Housewives in the City’s new Director Sash Thoen. “You’ll find an amazing group of women to connect with that you’ll soon call friends.”

            The group is currently in relaunch mode, after hosting their official relaunch at the beginning of July. 

            Thoen says that she wanted to connect with the recruiting team for Housewives in the City after moving back to the Tri-State from the Carolinas in April.

            “I’m taking this new opportunity to get out there and meet new people and help grow a community of women who support each other,” she says.

            Thoen says that what makes the group unique is that it’s able to bring together the community at monthly Ladies Night Out events and Networking Socials while also supporting great causes including local non-profits. Additionally, the group gets to shine the spotlight on locally-owned businesses and thrives to be the go-to social media spot to find out what’s going on in and around Cincinnati. 

            Currently, Thoen says, the focus for the Cincinnati Housewives in the City chapter is to grow the community. 

            “I have two ladies night out events scheduled. One on August 20 at Ameriano Burger Bar called ‘Rompers and Cocktails’<https://www.facebook.com/events/331929581063175/?ti=icl> and another on September 12 called ‘Red Hot Party’<https://www.facebook.com/events/2309148112673388/?ti=ia> at Fire at Rivercenter.”

            To learn more about Housewives in the City, check them out here<http://www.housewivesinthecity.com/cincinnati> or on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/cinhousewives/> or Instagram<@cinhousewives >.

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              Read about a local farm that’s hosting a fundraising dinner that’ll take you out of city life for a night and down on the farm for food and fun!

              Gorman Heritage Farm is hosting its annual Row by Row dinner to raise funds for its educational programs.

              Gorman Heritage Farm host an annual event to support their mission of offering education about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment. Called Row by Row, the fundraising dinner highlights the bounty of the farm while giving guests the chance to learn more about it while also having a great time. 

              “The 2019 dinner is August 24, beginning at 6pm at Gorman Heritage Farm,” says Tricia Watts, Executive Director at Gorman Heritage Farm.

              When you purchase a ticket for Row by Row you’ll receive a dinner made with food that was grown and raised on the farm, beers from MadTree, a variety of wines, live music, and the chance to bid on silent and live auction items.

              “VIP tickets also include our happy half hour with live music, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and the chance to meet some of our favorite farm animals,” Watts adds.

              Tricia Watts, Executive Director at Gorman Heritage Farm

              Watts says that what makes this event unique is that the food featured in the dinner is grown and raised on the farm. “The dinner takes place in a beautiful setting to benefit our nonprofit farm’s educational programs,” she says. 

              In addition to its annual dinner, Gorman Heritage Farm is bringing new programs to the farm to help with educating guests. 

              “We are super excited about our new Farm to Classroom program,” she says. “For schools that can’t make it to the farm for various reasons, we take the farm to them.”

              Additionally, the Farm has upcoming adult and family classes and programs for the public to participate in to learn more about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment, which can be found on their website and Facebook page.

              You can be a part of the fundraising for Row by Row Dinner by participating in the event, sponsoring a table, or by making a donation of cash, goods, or services for the silent and live auctions. 

              “We also love hosting events on the farm, like birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, civic groups, and corporate events,” adds Watts. 

              To learn more about Row by Row Dinner or Gorman Heritage Farm, visit www.gormanfarm.org or “like” them on Facebook. You can also contact Watts directly via email with any questions or to be added to the farm’s mailing list.

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                An emerging fashion designer with Cincinnati roots is changing the dress game one customized fit at a time. Click here to read more! 

                Photo: JLaj Photography

                Ever wish you could take the length of a certain dress and pair it with the neckline or sleeve length of your favorite top? That’s the idea behind This One Dress, an innovative dress line that gives women the power to have personalized, made-to-order fashion.

                “Why buy off the rack when you can create your own look?” asks CEO Diane Lausche Bean, adding that This One Dress currently offers three dress silhouettes that complement every body type, and even your mood.

                “Each one is fully personalized with a choice of a neckline, sleeve, hem length, and color,” she explains. “The dresses are offered in solid colors so they can become the wardrobe foundational pieces.”

                The dresses can be styled as desired by the one wearing them, whether it’s with accessories, jackets, scarves, boots, heels, or sandals, the options are limitless.

                Lausche Bean, who graduated from what is now Winton Woods High School and Miami University, says she was inspired to launch a company like This One Dress while watching a cultural event. She noticed the woman on stage didn’t look comfortable and the clothing wasn’t flattering, but after a costume change later in the product, she was wearing a dress that perfectly fit and flattered her figure. That prompted Bean to begin drawing styles and a light bulb went off when she realized that she could create something that was customizable and flattering to any woman’s shape, and was in style as well.

                Lausche Bean runs the company alongside her COO Michele Bergamesca, together they are not only passionate about fashion but also advocates of women’s rights and women’s issues.

                Items from This One Dress are made to order and personalized, something that isn’t very common in the fashion industry.

                “You personalize your smoothie, your coffee, your technology, and now you can personalize your dress just the way you want it to make you feel your best,” says Lausche Bean. “It’s about time.”

                To bring the experience to you, This One Dress is a fashion show sponsor at Cincy Chic’s Cincinnati Fashion Night on July 12 at The Spot on West Fifth.

                “We will be bringing all 3 of our styles to the Cincinnati show in three different variations to show how the dresses can be customized,” says Lausche Bean. ”We are excited to have people be able to see and touch the fabric because pictures just cannot do it justice – it really makes an impression when you can see how soft it is, see how wrinkle resistant the fabric is and know how comfy you are going to be in the dress all day.”

                Lausche Bean and Bergemesca will offer information on This One Dress as well as measurements so customers can know which style will complement their bodies and which features they want in the dress.

                “Perhaps their office is always cold and it’s a great idea to get the 3/4 sleeve since they anticipate wearing the dress to the office a lot – so much to consider and we love to chat about it with people,” she says.  

                To sweeten the deal, event attendees will have the opportunity to order a bespoke dress at the event.

                The website for This One Dress will guide you through the design process. Shipping for the dress is always included and returns are free. “We want our customers to love their dresses,” says Lausche Bean. “If not completely satisfied, a full refund can be made on an unworn dress with tags on within 30 days of receipt. Exchanges are also happily made on all unworn dresses with tags on within 30-60 days.”

                If you can’t attend the event, you can create a dress of your own at www.thisonedress.com, with expected delivery between 2-3 weeks. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know about their new website launching soon, where you can view new photos and styling ideas, as well as sign up to receive promotions and special offers.

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                  You’ve heard of caricatures but have you heard of a car-cature? For our annual men’s issue, we chat with a local artist who blends his love for art and everything engine-powered with these supercharged customized cartoons.

                  Image: Danny Wise

                  Danny Wise is all about cars and art, so when he combined the two into a new creative project he came up with Car-Catures. 

                  “Car-Cature, or ‘car’ toons, as they are being called around car shows, are one-of-a-kind works of art,” says Wise. “Caricatures are cartoon versions of you, but Car-Catures are cartoon versions of you car.”

                  Wise knows that each car has its own personality and attitude, and that’s exactly what he tries to capture in each piece that he creates for customers.

                  “I love cars and I love talking to owners about their rides and the history of the car,” he explains. “The owner and I talk about what kind of background they would like to have and I draw it.”

                  And while Wise loves all things cars, he’s not limited to just drawing caricatures of cars,  he will also draw planes, trains, boats, and bikes. “If it’s gasoline powered, or battery powered for that matter, I draw it,” he adds.

                  Wise’s art experience goes back to the Art Institute of Colorado, where he graduated from in 2008. Since then he’s worked on project with Big Grin Productions as well as freelance work – including his Car-Catures.

                  The supercharged cartoons of cars allow Wise to not only work as an artist but to work around something he loves – cars. 

                  To learn more about Wise and his work, visit http://www.artofwise.com/. You can also “like” his Car-Catures Facebook page.

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                    After a fire destroyed their previous location, a Loveland-based boutique is back and better than ever. Keep reading to see how the owners triumphantly turned tragedy into opportunity.

                    Alley Boutique is a women’s fashion store located in the heart of historic downtown Loveland.

                    Janel Thompson, Debby Walker, and Ann Marie Toney are the founders behind Alley Boutique, a Loveland-based clothing store that specializes in all things women’s fashion.

                    It hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows for the trio behind the boutique, however. In May 2017, a fire ravaged the store in the Bishop Building, then known as Cincy Fashion Wheels, and everything about the business was put on hold for more than a year.

                    “It was disheartening to have to put the store on hold for so long,” says Thompson. “However, through tragedy came a new window of opportunity to move into our current location.”

                    That new location meant an exciting redesign, readjustment, and more possibilities than the team could have imagined – many thanks in part to the faith they upheld throughout the storm they never thought possible.

                    “We are faith-based, and I truly believe everything happens for a reason,” says Thompson. “What you give in life is what you get back. Sometimes it takes a long time and sometimes you get things you don’t deserve. I have to say we were given back way more than we’ve ever given.”

                    The former Cincy Fashion Wheels was destroyed by a fire and rebranded as Alley Boutique last year.

                    The rebirth of the store inspired a change in name, too – Alley Boutique. The new store is located in an alleyway adjacent to Plaid Records and Montgomery Cyclery, in space owned by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.

                    “We came to the decision to rename our store to better fit our new location,” says Thompson. “We are in love with our new location and are looking forward to the future.”

                    That future really came to light on June 8, 2018, when they officially reopened and were able to celebrate with former customers of Cincy Fashion Wheels.

                    At Alley Boutique, you’ll find unique women’s clothing, accessories, signature jewelry, and affordable prices. “We want it to be affordable,” says Thompson.

                    In addition to keeping prices affordable at the store, they also work hard to keep a revolving inventory. “We don’t order the same things,” she adds. “You won’t see yourself walking around in Loveland.”

                    Alley Boutique is located at 201 West Loveland Avenue, in Downtown Historic Loveland, near the Loveland Bike Trail. To learn more about Alley Boutique, visit https://alleyboutique.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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                      The Ferrari brothers recently opened a new kind of wine, coffee and sandwich shop, inspired by their own family and aims to be welcoming to all. Read on for all the delicious details.

                      Mom ‘n ‘Em is a coffee, wine, and sandwich shop in Camp Washington.

                      “Hey, how’s your mom ‘n ’em?” This question was often asked by Tony and Austin Ferrari’s father and has become an inside joke among their family.

                      The two brothers decided to take their love of family and combine it with their love of food and drinks to launch Mom ‘n ‘Em, a Euro-style cafe.

                      “Mom ‘n ‘Em is inspired by and for our mother who loves coffee and being around people,” says Co-Owner Tony Ferrari. “We have an inside joke with our family that started from 700 WLW when Gary Burbank started the show off with ‘Hey, how’s your mom ‘n em.’ My dad would ask us that everyday and still listens to that station all day.”

                      According to Ferrari, Mom ‘n ‘Em is a place you could spend all day eating, working, drinking, or just hanging out.

                      “We are a coffee shop with a full liquor license, bottle shop to go, and safe place for everyone,” he says. “We have a unique selection of tinned fishes from Spain and Portugal, our own espresso blend ‘bro spro’ roasted by Deeper Roots, and our Pinot Noir Rose ‘Brose’ we make in Santa Barbara with Graham Tatomer.”

                      Mom ‘n ‘Em is an idea that the brothers love and want to share with everyone – and it just so happens to be in a renovated old house in Camp Washington, a community that is close to the brothers’ hearts.

                      While the Ferrari brothers are not new to the entrepreneur scene in Cincinnati, Mom ‘n ‘Em is brand new to the community, opening its doors on Mother’s Day. “That means every year we can celebrate our anniversary on Mother’s Day along with all the wonderful moms out there,” says Tony.

                      Austin and Tony Ferrari, the brothers behind Mom ‘n ‘Em, with their mother.

                      The menu at Mom ‘n ‘Em is coffee forward, with signature Franklins cold brew flavored with coconut and a touch of milk. There are about 75 different types of wine, beer, rotating cheese and salami, thick cut toasts, and the already famous “Dirty Nati” egg sandwich.

                      “Wash it down with mom’s secret milkshake, a boozy concoction that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mints, or some of our favorite cocktails,” says Ferrari. “We really do pack a lot into one place and have everything you need.”

                      The Ferrari brothers are proud of the space they’ve found in Mom ‘n ‘Em. Ferrari says it’s a space that helps customers feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house, drinking good wine, listening to great tunes, and snacking on simple, well done food.

                      If you’re interested in expanding your wine palette with Mom ‘n Em, the brothers also offer a wine club. “You’re not stuck with just one wine or winery, you will never get the same bottle in our club,” says Ferrari. “It’s a beautiful mix of great juice from all over the world. We have a monthly pick up of 2 wines for $50, 4 for $75, or 2 bottles for $250 for big ballers that love rare, hard-to-find stuff. Being a member, you receive free monthly tastings on the day of pickup, and free corkage when you come hang out. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

                      Ferrari says that currently, the brothers are looking to just enjoy their time with Mom ‘n ‘Em. There are plans for outdoor seating in a well-designed eco-friendly green space with a dog area, bike racks, and nature in mind, as well as bistro nights where everything is cooked on an open fire for a family-style set-up. “It’s a living, growing thing, and we are excited to share it all with the community,” he adds.

                      You can visit Mom ‘n ‘Em at 3128 Colerain Avenue at Bates Avenue in Camp Washington, right off the Hopple Street exit.

                      To learn more about Mom ‘n ‘Em, visit momnemcoffee.com. You can also follow along on Instagram to stay up to stay on events, announcements, and entertainment.