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    Love books? Want to meet your favorite author? Interested in becoming an author? Learn about the annual event coming up at Duke Energy Convention Center that draws thousands of book lovers from near and far. Keep reading as we chat with the team behind the event to see what's new this year!

     

    Books by the Banks will give local residents the chance to meet with authors, enjoy fun activities, and even take workshops on getting their work published.

    Throughout the year, Books by the Banks brings authors to the Tri-State area where they can interact with residents and fellow literature lovers. Ultimately, the series of events culminates in October with the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, which takes place October 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

    The mission of Books by the Banks is to entertain and enrich the lives of people in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Books Festival is a day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings, panel discussions, and activities for the entire family to enjoy, according to the event’s website.

    Panel discussions give attendees the chance to hear from the authors about their inspirations and more.

    Cari Hillman, MidPointe Library System’s Public Relations Manager, who sits on the festival’s Board of Trustees, says there are many exciting things to look forward to for this year’s Books by the Banks.  

    “Over 150 authors have been selected to attend the festival and visitors can look forward to meeting their favorites, purchasing books, and having them signed,” Hillman adds. “Authors include Kate DiCamillo, Gretchen Carlson, Lauren Oliver, Chris Grabenstein, Matt Bellassai, Brian Alexander, Louis Stokes, Rafael Lopez, Stephanie Powell Watts and many, many more.”

    You can see a list of all confirmed authors attending Books by the Banks by clicking here.

    “We expect over 4,000 book lovers to attend Books By the Banks,” Hillman says. “Luckily, we have expanded the festival and there is plenty of room for all these literary fans!”

    Additionally, there will be plenty of fun for all ages in the Children’s Area and Teen Scene, including a “farm” and “Halloween” theme, respectively.  

    Hillman says that aspiring authors can participate in the many “Writer and Getting Published” panels, which will offer them insight into sharing their own work.

    The Kids Corner allows children to get in on the book-lover action, too.

    What makes Books by the Banks such a special event, Hillman says, aside from bringing so many authors and illustrators to the city and giving aspiring writers a chance to have their work shown, the event is free and open to the public.

    With so many activities going on during Books by the Banks, Hillman says that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in meeting with one of your favorite authors attending the festival, a teen who wants to hangout in the Teen Scene, or a parent who wants to give your young one a chance to hang out in the Children’s Area, there are activities for all to enjoy.

    For more information about Books By the Banks (including a complete list of authors, event details, and day-of schedules), visit www.BooksBytheBanks.org. You can also learn more about the event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/booksbythebanks.

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      Enjoy a fun day for the whole family and maybe even adopt a four-legged friend while you're there. That's the idea behind the annual My Furry Valentine event, which aims to adopt out hundreds of pets at their next event. Read on for more about the event that's sure to have tails wagging.

       

      My Furry Valentine is a weekend-long adoption event that brings together thousands of adopters and hundreds of adoptees.

      Throughout the last five years, My Furry Valentine has become the largest pet adoption event in Greater Cincinnati. Founded by Carolyn Evans, who also owns the business phoDOGrapher, My Furry Valentine was started as a way to help Cincinnati’s rescue community find homes for all the animals they rescue.

      “With the goal of finding forever homes for Cincinnati’s homeless animals, we continued to grow each year, facilitating the adoption of nearly 3,000 companion animals in our five-year history,” says Evans.

      The adoption event, which is held each February, draws thousands of attendees and leads to several hundred adoptions. In fact, says Evans, the 2016 My Furry Valentine event attracted a total of 13,600 attendees, leading to the adoption of 813 animals.

      Evans has long been an advocate of adoption, stating that approximately 7 million dogs and cats enter shelters nationwide each year, and nearly 3 million don’t make it out alive.

      “It doesn’t have to be this way,” she says. “An estimated 17 million people will add a new pet to their families this year. If more of them would choose to adopt a pet, instead of buying one from a pet store, a breeder, or online, we could significantly reduce the number of animals killed in shelters.”

      As the My Furry Valentine event gets bigger each year, and her passion to find shelter and rescue animals a new home never dwindles, she aims to make each year bigger than the last.

      Potential pet parents can help local homeless animals find their forever home at My Furry Valentine.

      The 2018 My Furry Valentine event will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center.

      “This year’s main event will feature hundreds of adoptable pets, including dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and other small critters, from dozens of different rescue and shelter groups from around the Greater Cincinnati area,” says Evans. “Adoptable animals are gathered at a centralized location under one roof to make it easier to find your perfect pet!”

      If you’re interested in putting the event on your calendar now, My Furry Valentine will be held February 10 and 11, 2018. The event will run from 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. General admission (for those ages 5 and up) is $5 per person. However, you can purchase early bird tickets: $25 for one or $40 for two.

      With several rescues and shelters participating in the event, Evans put together a list of those who are participating so that you can check their sites in the days leading up to My Furry Valentine to see who will be there and available for adoption, which you can see by clicking here.

      In addition to the rescues and shelters you’ll find at My Furry Valentine, there are also a number of vendors from groomers to doggy daycares and so much more. You can see a list of 2018 vendors here.

      Because My Furry Valentine is a non-profit organization, it relies heavily on volunteers and donations to put on the event each year. There are several opportunities for local businesses to become a part of the event, including animal sponsorships, vendor booths, and more. To learn more about opportunities for businesses, click here.

      My Furry Valentine is also in search of monetary donations. “The support of our generous donors has helped make My Furry Valentine Cincinnati’s most anticipated adoption event,” says Evans. “When it comes to monetary donations, every little bit helps and your financial support makes it possible for thousands of potential adopters to meet and adopt homeless animals.”

      Over 13,000 people attended last year’s My Furry Valentine event and over 800 animals were adopted.

      Those who may not be able to make a monetary donation can also support My Furry Valentine by donating goods or services for the adopter grand prizes and visitor raffles and by donating items for the adoption swag bags.

      Every pet that is adopted from the event will go home with swag and the adopters can enter to win one of the adopter raffle baskets. Evans encourages people to keep their owned pets at home, but a meet-and-greet between your current pet and potential adoptee can be scheduled with the specific rescue or shelter the animal is being housed in.

      Evans says that those who cannot make the main event should check out one of the satellite events that are also hosted throughout the weekend of My Furry Valentine.

      To learn more about My Furry Valentine, visit http://myfurryvalentine.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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        A local couple is giving the Covington community a new private event space hosting workshops, classes, and even pop-up shops. Keep reading to see how they turned their dreams of making an innovative, creativity-inspiring business a reality.

         

        The Frock in Covington can be rented to host private events as well as workshops, classes, and more.

        After getting married nearly two years ago, local couple Dayna De Leon and her husband Ian Johnson have shared a common goal: To own their own business.

        Today, that dream is a reality for the duo, who are the owners of Covington-based The Frock, a studio and event space that is available to rent for small-scale events and parties of up to 100 guests.

        “We’re the perfect space for rehearsal dinners, workshops, bridal showers, and other private events,” says De Leon. “Our blank space is unique because it allows you to bring in your own creativity for your perfect event.”

        Bridal showers, baby showers, and rehearsal dinners are among some of the most popular events at The Frock.

        Giving those in the Tri-State a space to create their own event is a passion project that De Leon and Johnson love. While they both still work full-time jobs, they love that they have been able to give something to the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area.

        “Community is really important to us and we hope to use the space as a place for all to gather and celebrate,” she adds.

        The types of possible events at The Frock is nearly limitless. Currently, De Leon says that the most popular events are bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, and rehearsal dinners.

        When you rent The Frock, you’ll receive a list of accommodations. These include chairs, barstools, tables, a couch, two fridges, and a sound system in addition to two restrooms and a long bar.

        If you’re someone who has already planned or imagined an event concept, and you simply need space to host your gathering, The Frock has an option where you bring in your own food, drinks and dinnerware.

        The Frock provides you with a space to host your private event of up to 100 people.

        “When you rent from us, the space is completely yours,” she says. “We hand over the keys and give you the freedom to set-up the space for your event. Think of The Frock as an extension of your living room.”

        De Leon and Johnson really want their space to be a location that guests can really make their own. “We can accommodate intimate weddings, elopements, and other private events,” she says. “We also love to partner with creatives to host workshops and classes.”

        When it comes to classes, The Frock hosts workshops and such in a variety of fields, from yoga to hand-lettering and so much more.

        Rooted Yoga Covington, a neighbor of The Frock, hosts free yoga classes at the studio from 7-8 pm on the last Wednesday of each month, for example.

        “We’re excited to be hosting Jolie Ankrom of Brim Papery for a hand-lettering workshop on September 23,” says De Leon.

        The space is ideal for intimate gatherings like baby showers and even small weddings.

        The events don’t just stop at health workshops and art classes. De Leon says The Frock is also in plans to host a small business pop-up shop for Small Business Saturday on November 25 from 5-9 pm. “We’re excited to see guests use the space for their holiday parties this season,” she adds.

        If you’re interested in booking space at The Frock for your own private party, send De Leon and Johnson an email at hello@thefrock.co to request a quote and setup a showing.

        De Leon says that she and her husband are working on bringing more unique events to The Frock for the community to enjoy, including movie nights, dance parties, co-working events, and much more.

        To learn more about The Frock, visit www.thefrock.co. You can also follow along on Instagram and stay up-to-date with the space’s upcoming events on Facebook.

         

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          A lady with a mission to combat human trafficking launched a line of super comfy pants that helps customers contribute to her cause. Keep reading to see how you can wear these powerfully philanthropic pants.

           

          Tillage Clothing gives consumers a chance to fight back against human trafficking with each purchase of their pants.

          We all know just how transformative soft fabric can feel. Now imagine being able to wear a pair of loosely flowing fabric on your legs that’s not only sustainably made and stylishly designed, but also fights back against human trafficking.

          That’s the idea behind Tillage Clothing Company, according to its founder Abby Farr.

          “We teach the consumer they have power in their purchase, shop quality over quantity, and ask the question, ‘what human made this product,’” she says. “Human trafficking is an intense and devastating issue, and Tillage provides all consumers the opportunity to give back to the fight with the resources they have and feel like they made a difference.”

          It was a combination of finding inspiration in textile and the passion to fight sex trafficking that inspired Farr to launch Tillage. “I knew I wanted to start a business that would platform the issue, give back directly to strategic organizations, and educate the consumer on the issue,” she says.

          As someone who has always kept her eye on athleisure wear, Farr says that textiles also get her gears going. “When I lay my hands on a well-stitched, highest-quality fabric, I get excited,” she says. “If I can imagine myself wearing it by the beach, my next road trip, or adventure, I’m sold.”

          She says that it’s even better when she can leave on the same pair of pants and dress it up from casual to an outfit she can wear to dinner.

          But that versatility is something that Farr says was lacking in the market. “I got my sketch pad and pen and got to work,” she adds.

          All products from the Tillage Clothing Company are made in the U.S. and feature a versatile design that allows the owner to dress the pants up or down, for any occasion.

          Farr launched Tillage Clothing in April 2016, following a successful Kickstarter campaign that she wrapped up in November 2015.

          With the business successfully launched, she ensures that a portion of every sale goes back to specific organizations she herself has curated to make sure they are strategically and effectively spending their gifts.

          “Keeping careful documentation on sales, we’ve been able to send a check quarterly or semi-annually,” she says. “The current organization we’ve adopted is the Aruna Project, based in Cincinnati, who puts on 5k races across the nation to fuel the freedom of women and children in Mumbai, India.”

          “Their ‘strength in freedom’ motto aligns perfectly with Tillage Clothing,” Farr adds.

          Tillage Clothing’s athleisure wear pants are comfy and give you a chance to combat human trafficking.

          Tillage Clothing was built on a mission to give back, rather than adding on the idea to give back after the company was thriving. “It’s my belief that we must give a portion back to women and children who don’t have a voice,” says Farr. “From day one, our goal was and is to inspire women who buy a pair of fancy pants that they can make a difference; there is hope that the freedom they know can be known to the marginalized in society. Every step or sip of coffee our customers have in Tillage speaks. When they wear and use the high quality designs, they are constantly connected to the cause.”

          Farr says that Tillage will soon launch its anticipated men’s line of pants. There are also several ideas in the sketchbook and a search for investors to help Tillage generate the resources it needs to take the company to the next level.

          Tillage did, however, recently come out with a logo-imprinted coffee mug that was handcrafted by a potter in Nashville called “Fieldhouse Collective.” It offers a product to buyers at a lower price point who want to join the Tillage mission.

          You can shop Tillage or learn more about the brand at tillageclothing.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

           

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            After several inspiring encounters with some of Cincinnati’s most intriguing women, a group of local ladies banded together to systematically share these stories, one motivating morsel at a time. Read on to learn more.

            The women behind Women of Cincy, an organization dedicated to opening minds and bringing together Cincinnati’s women.

            “Women of Cincy is here to open both doors and minds, celebrating the inspiring women of this city and forging a community among them. We are storytellers, thinkers, and teammates who get things done.”

            That’s the mission behind Women of Cincy, a group of women who want to lift up the ladies of the Queen City. “We tell the stories of inspiring women that we meet, and as an added, almost unexpected reward, we’re building a pretty powerful network of talented women around the city,” says Women of Cincy Editorial Director Kiersten Feuchter.

            The first day of Women of Cincy was just a few women who showed up to the Women’s March with recorders and cameras.

            “We wanted to find out why people were there and tell the rest of the city about it,” adds Feuchter. “But the idea quickly took on a life of its own; by Wednesday we had the beginnings of a mission statement. We quickly veered away from the political and toward the goal of uplifting and supporting each and every woman.”

            The founders of Women of Cincy include Feuchter, Chelsie Walter who serves as the creative director, and Kelsey Johnson as the social media director. They also recently brought on Kali Robinson who serves as the events director.

            Next to those who help lead Women of Cincy is a team of almost 20 members who help with a variety of things like social media, events, and fundraising, with more people reaching out each week.

            Through Women of Cincy, the main goal is to open minds.

            “Sometimes it’s tough to really see one another as individuals; we tend to pigeonhole people into boxes,” says Feuchter. “So, we all say ‘all men do this’ or ‘all women are like that.’ We might have trouble starting new relationships with someone who comes from a different socioeconomic background than us, or whose political ideals don’t quite mesh with our own. The problem is we forget to try to understand them as an individual, and that’s what this kind of storytelling can combat.”

            The team also works to build a community of women who support one another. Although they have only been around for seven months, Women of Cincy is already seeing people find new jobs because they met one another through the organization.

            “We’ve been able to use our platform to promote the various causes that our interviewees are a part of; we’ve found that simply getting coffee with a group of innovative ladies is refreshing and inspiring,” says Feuchter. “It’s easy to get bogged down in the ‘daily grind,’ and a lot of us have seen our own passions reignited simply because we have this platform where any idea is fair game.”

            When it comes to helping other Cincinnati women, it’s about finding a chance for the community to get to know a woman – in her own words – and to experience the way she’s impacting the city.

            We’re all different, whether we’re running a company as a CEO or are a stay-at-home mom, and Feuchter says it’s all something that should be celebrated.

            “Nothing makes a city more alive than its residents recognizing its vitality,” she adds. “Our collective energy as a city is built on the individuals that live here. Basically, we’re your weekly reminder that this city and its women are stronger than ever.”

            Feuchter says that every day brings something new to the team at Women of Cincy. They recently started hosting “Coffee & Conversation” at The 86 in Clifton every other Tuesday. She adds that anyone is welcome to stop by and get to know them, share an idea, or find out what it’s like to join the team. “Even the very first meeting brought 10 new ideas,” she adds.

            Women of Cincy is currently looking for volunteers to share their time and expertise when it comes to fundraising, event planning, and social media. They also hope to find writers to start doing perspective pieces on whatever they are passionate about. They also want to be active in upcoming elections by encouraging women to register to vote, to inform themselves, and to ultimately help women’s voices be heard.

            Feuchter says that the long-term possibilities are exciting for Women of Cincy. “My personal passion is setting up a mentorship program where we connect young women with a female leader in their field,” she says. “Someday soon, we hope to host a panel discussion on an issue that closely affects local women – perhaps healthcare or family advocacy. The idea is to get women from both sides of the spectrum to share their personal experiences and actually listen to one another.”

            To learn more about Women of Cincy, visit www.womenofcincy.org, where you’ll find stories, a community calendar, and forms where you can join the team or nominate a woman for the team to interview. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

             

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              Turning a charming farm into a shopping mecca, two local ladies are making a dream come true. Learn more about their event coming up this weekend, the unique vendors they’re bringing in from around the region, all the yummy food and fun activities they’ll have there too, plus the good cause it benefits.

               

              Charm at the Farm brings together unique vendors for a shopping weekend.

              Sunshine, fresh air, and shopping. If those are a few of your favorite things then you’ll find just that at Charm at the Farm, an open-air shopping vintage market located in Lebanon.

              Held on a 56-acre farm, Charm at the Farm features local artisans and shops from all over the Midwest and brings them together for three weekends a year.

              “Our innovative market provides rustic gifts, furniture, and home decor all in a beautiful and serene farm setting,” said Amy Doyle, co-owner and creator of Charm at the Farm. “We also have DIY sessions led by several of our amazing vendors.”

              Charm at the Farm was inspired by the owners’ passion to unite treasure seekers with those who restore, repurpose, create, and inspire, and do it all for a meaningful cause.

              “We have partnered with Matthew 25 Ministries for all three of our 2017 markets (spring, summer, fall),” said Jayme Kuenkel, co-owner of Charm at the Farm. “During our spring grand opening, we raised $2,800 for Matthew 25, and hope to raise even more for their cause during our summer and fall markets this year.”

              Each year, Charm at the Farm will select a different charitable organization to support. They will also continue to give $1 from each general admission ticket to a local organization that aligns with their vision to make a positive, community impact by restoring and repurposing for good.

              Not just any vendor can sign up to participate in Charm at the Farm, however. Kuenkel is selective in vendor choices to create an exclusive, unique, and unforgettable experience for shoppers. “This is what drives Charm at the Farm to bring together the best, most unique, most creative, local vendors all in one beautiful place, just three weekends a year,” she adds.

              At Charm at the Farm, you’ll find items from vintage and repurposed furniture to handcrafted pieces, jewelry, and clothing vendors in addition to food vendors and food trucks.

              Charm at the Farm is a shopping event held on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon.

              “Charm at the Farm is committed to showcasing only the best vintage, antique, handmade vendors who are passionate and incredible at what they do,” says Doyle.

              Prices of items at the market vary, but generally start at $5 and go up. “Charm really has something for everyone,” says Kuenkel. “Whether you’re searching for a handmade stuffed animal for a kid’s room or that farmhouse table where your family can enjoy dinners together, we have hundreds of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, and everything in between.”

              The next Charm at the Farm will be held August 25 through August 27 at 4953 Bunnell HIll Road in Lebanon. VIP shopping will take place on Friday from 5-8 pm with general shopping on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

              The 2017 presenting sponsor for Charm at the Farm is Blume. Doyle says you can check out a list of other sponsors here.

              To learn more about Charm at the Farm, visit charmatthefarm.com. You can purchase tickets here and follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

               

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                Pushing your passion to create, a local studio offers innovative classes for adults and kids. Read on for more from the city’s largest and oldest existing clay studio, gallery, and supply center focusing on education and creation.

                Queen City Clay offers art workshops and classes for kids and adults.

                 

                Ben Clark believes that humans have an innate impulse to create, and Clark wants to help foster that impulse with his clay studio Queen City Clay.

                “By nurturing the growth of a unique, diverse, encouraging community we make the creative process accessible to all,” explains Retail Director Kirsti Burton. “We believe that the shared experience of creating ideas and objects can and does improve a person’s overall wellbeing.”

                Adult workshops at the studio are between 8 and 12 weeks and work with a variety of mediums.

                The studio, which was originally founded in 1996, is the region’s largest and oldest existing clay studio, gallery, and supply center that focuses on education and promotion of the ceramic arts.

                Although the studio’s history stretches back 20 years, Clark’s history with it only goes back to 2016, when he and Denise Chase purchased the studio and renamed it Queen City Clay.

                When Chase and Clark purchased the studio, they wanted to bring more offerings and collaborations with Cincinnati’s growing creative community, says Burton.

                “We serve a range of skill levels, from clay beginners to professional potters and sculptors, while offering activities for families, schools, corporations, and various groups,” says Burton. “And we play an important role in arts education in the community, supply schools throughout the region with materials and training, offering internships, and an artist-in-residence program.”

                Because education is so important to the team at Queen City Clay, they also put a significant interest in providing art classes to the area’s children and adults.

                “The Art Workshop is Queen City Clay’s kid connection and is located right here in our building,” says Burton. “Offering Art Classes and Summer Camps for ages 4 and up, the Art Workshop has been in Cincinnati for over 25 years.”

                Classes cover different art mediums such as drawing, painting, pottery wheel, sculpting clay, cartooning, and other imaginative subjects. They even host Night at the Museum and Christmas in July camps during the summer.

                “We want to provide kids with the fun and creative experiences that parents are looking for in a day camp and classes,” adds Burton.

                They don’t forget about the adults at Queen City Clay, either. The studio offers eight and twelve week classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture, and class for adults 18 and up.

                Aside from its studio, Queen City Clay is also there for the teachers, offering a variety of services and products including a discount on retail purchases, field trip options, a class for graduate credits, CEU opportunities, free workshops, free kiln training, clay delivery to schools, and YouTube videos to help supplement classroom projects.

                Queen City Clay also has a retail store so teachers and artists can purchase supplies.

                The studio’s retail space, which Burton manages, has become a local one-stop shop for ceramic needs.

                “We stock clay, glazes, raw materials, tools, equipment, and accessories,” she says. “We also have a gallery space where handmade pottery and sculpture are available for sale.”

                Queen City Clay is located at 3130 Wasson Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.queencityclay.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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                  A Cincinnati couple designs high-quality leather wristlets that will inspire you with the mantra of “Good Things Are Happening.” Keep reading for all the stylish details about how they’re making the world a better place, one fashionable piece at a time.

                   

                  Wish Supply Co. sells high quality leather wristlets and donates a portion of proceeds to local organizations.

                  At Wish Supply Co., there’s one simple message behind it all: Good Things Are Happening.

                  According to Wish Supply Co. Co-Founder Cullen Travers, the business is an accessories brand specializing in leather goods that are infused with positive energy and an emphasis on giving back.

                  The products feature clean, sleep designs combined with 100 percent high-quality leather to create a staple piece for any wardrobe.

                  “Every bag is debossed with the Wish Supply Co. message: ‘Good Things Are Happening,’” says Travers.

                  When Travers says the company aims to do good in the community, she means it. Travers and her husband, Shawn, were inspired to launch their own business because they wanted to make beautiful products with a meaningful purpose.

                  That’s why proceeds of each Wish Supply Co. purchase goes directly to the organization they are highlighting, which, currently, is Art Works Cincinnati. The highlighted organization receives 10 percent of Wish Supply Co.’s profits.

                  According to Travers, that means you can enjoy your new bag and join Wish Supply Co. in supporting organizations that make good things happen.

                  “We believe in great design and a meaningful purpose behind a product can affect the world in a positive manner,” adds Travers. “We believe that positive thinking leads to a radiant life, and combining that with giving back can make a ripple effect in the world. Energy attracts energy, we are spreading the good stuff!”

                  Wish Supply Co. recently launched in June 2017 and currently sells its products online at www.wishsupplyco.com. However, Travers says that they are hoping to get the leather wristlets, which sell for $65, into local boutiques.

                  You can look forward to Wish Supply Co. adding more colors to its line throughout the remainder of 2017 that will be available in time for the fall and holiday shopping seasons. Travers says she and her husband also plan to expand their product line, offer new shapes and styles, and get into shops throughout the country.

                  To learn more about Wish Supply Co. and to shop the designs, visit www.wishsupplyco.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

                   

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                    A new boutique in Lebanon is catering to all the curvy ladies who love their fashion. Learn about the newest shop to hit Greater Cincinnati, why business is booming with such a unique niche, and where their newest locations will open next!

                    Curve and Cloth is a new boutique that carries women’s sizes 12-24.

                    When it comes to fashion, it’s about more than just wearing the latest and greatest trends. It’s also about dressing for your personality, no matter your size.

                    At Curve and Cloth, a local, family-owned women’s boutique, offers a style of clothing to fit anyone’s personality.

                    “Our sizes range from 12-24 and accommodates all ages,” explains Store Manager Rebecca Hunt. “We also have a wide selection of jewelry, purses, footwear, lotions, and candles.”

                    Curve and Cloth was born out of customer requests at its sister store Rose & Remington. Hunt says that customers wanted additional sizes that weren’t readily available in the Rose & Remington stores so the team decided to design a store for fashion forward women who don’t fall into the typical small, medium, and large styles of sizing.

                    Curve and Cloth not only wants to dress you for your size but also for your personality.

                    “We had a vision of what we wanted to create within the walls of such a store with a unique, trendy, romantic, edgy, classic, bohemian, all within one location, outside the curves of the small, medium, and large size female,” says Hunt.

                    According to Hunt, it was important to the team at Rose & Remington to bring a store to Cincinnati that meets the needs and wants of the curvaceous woman. “As with all of our stores, sizing doesn’t matter but happiness does,” she adds.

                    Curve and Cloth carries sizes from 12 to 24 and accommodates all ages. In addition to apparel, they also carry jewelry, purses, footwear, lotions, and candles.

                    The clothing lines at Curve and Cloth are very similar in style, quality, and flair that you’ll find at Rose & Remington, so anyone from a young professional to an empty nester will find something they love at Curve and Cloth.

                    In addition to being a Cincinnati-based store that accommodates to sizes 12-24, Curve and Cloth makes customer service its No. 1 priority. “We love building relationships with our guests,” says Hunt. “Our stylists are awesome at product knowledge, warm and welcoming. We strive to be your No. 1 shopping destination.”

                    There’s a lot on the horizon for the Rose & Remington family’s expansion, as the store will be opening a new location in Florence. They also recently opened Burlap & Birch Home Store, which is a few doors down from the Fields Ertel location of Rose & Remington.

                    You can check out Curve and Cloth and Rose & Remington at the Holiday Marketing in downtown Cincinnati in November.

                    Curve and Cloth is located at 110 South Broadway Street in Lebanon. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.

                    Hunt encourages you to experience Curve and Cloth in person and check out the store.

                    To learn more about Curve and Cloth, visit www.curveandcloth.com. You can also visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

                     

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                      One local mom created a chore chart to keep her house and busy family of six organized, which forever changed her life for the better. See how it inspired her to launch what’s now a thriving business, taking her to local markets, boutique shows, and a new brick-and-mortar location, offering art classes, DIY nights, and so much more. Read on for all the artsy details.

                       

                      Tabitha McClung and her husband, Todd, owners of Purposefully Restored.

                      It’s not too often that you hear of chores turning you toward your passion. For Tabitha McClung, her business Purposefully Restored started with a chore chart back in 2014.

                      McClung, who has four children with her husband and Purposefully Restored co-owner Tom, admits that when you have a house full of children you can always be a little more organized.

                      “I posted the finished chore chart on social media – you know, a mom-pride moment,” says McClung. “My friends loved it and several people asked me to make one, or something similar, for their home.”

                      From there, McClung began search everywhere for old frames that she could turn into something amazing for her friends and family. From there, those chore charts grew into calendars, memo boards, menus, art pieces, and so much more.

                      Today, Purposefully Restored is a small, handmade business she McClung and her husband run together. “We offer upcycled home decor, custom planning and organizational pieces, eco-friendly chalk paints and waxes, hand-screened apparel, and custom gifts,” says McClung.

                      McClung uses a green approach to her business, and it’s something she enjoys. “I love taking something ugly and discarded, and turning it into something truly beautiful and useful again,” she says.

                      Shortly after launching Purposefully Restored, McClung got so busy that she had to have her husband join her one-lady team in order to keep up with demand.

                      McClung will soon open her own brick-and-mortar location at McHarper Manor.

                      Now, they’re doing local shows, have an Etsy store, and over the last 3.5 years she’s been able to expand her offerings to include much more than just chore charts in old frames to include organizational pieces, fun art, home decor, gifts, and even her own line of eco-friendly chalk paints and waxes.

                      “Most recently, we started ‘Rags & Co.’ and have had huge success with screen printing some of our designs on apparel,” says McClung. “Our ‘Drink Local – Brewery Map’ t-shirt has been a huge hit and includes all 33 of the licensed breweries in the Greater Cincinnati area.”

                      McClung says that her family item from her store is the family calendar. “I know how useful it is for our family, and I love making something that will be used by my customer every single day for years to come,” she adds.

                      It isn’t just its upcycling that makes Purposefully Restored unique. Every piece the store sells is handmade and thoughtful, according to McClung.

                      “In my life, I don’t have a lot of space for ‘things,’ says McClung. “With four kids and a busy family, clutter builds quickly around here. I like to offer something that people can find useful and beautiful. If you can make it personal and multi-purpose, you’ve knocked it out of the park!”

                      Find unique gifts and upcycled home decor products from Purposefully Restored.

                      Price points for items from Purposefully Restored range from $40 to family calendars and organizational pieces to $25 for adult hand-screened tees and tanks and $20 for kids’ clothing.

                      With over three years of business under their belts, the McClungs are focusing on continued growth and will continue to be available on both Etsy and at local markets including the City Flea, O.F.F. Market, and boutique shows. McClung says Purposefully Restored will have a permanent location located inside McHarper Manor in Milford.

                      As someone who has been teaching art since she was 17, McClung says she’s excited to be opening McHarper Manor, a place for art classes, craft parties, DIY nights, themed birthday parties, showers, and private events with items from Purposefully Restored available for purchase in the front section of the studio.

                      To learn more about Purposefully Restore, visit their Etsy shop, follow along on Facebook or Instagram, or visit the McHarpor Manor website.