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    A popular novel inspired one local woman to launch a small, family-run business that’s on a mission to save the bees. Keep reading to learn more about this new shop that’s all a-buzz in Over-the-Rhine.

    The novel “The Secret Life of Bees” was a life-changing book for Sam Gordon back in 2005. In fact, it inspired her to launch a small family business dedicated to caring for bee hives and educating others on the ways we can all help the bees called Bee Haven.

    “The novel made beekeeping sound almost mystical and I decided I wanted to give it a try,” she says. “My mother and I started two hives in my parent’s back field in New Richmond where I grew up.”

    Although the two didn’t know a whole lot of anything when it came to caring for the bees, they figured it out quickly as their number of hives went from 2 to 10 and quickly up to as many as 40.

    Today, Gordon and her husband Sam take care of the bees together and run the business, which offers jams, creamed honey, beeswax candles, lip balms, and hand salves. 

    Most recently, the couple and Bee Haven opened up a storefront on Elm Street, after being located in one of the roll up doors at Findlay Market since 2008.

    “After 11 years in that location it was obvious we needed a little more room,” says Gordon. “We were still making everything at home. I was spending way too much time in the basement making candles and lanterns.”

    Now that they’re at the Elm Street location, Gordon has the space she needs to sell all of the products Bee Haven offers as well as a place to produce them. 

    “We carry everything we did at our Findlay Market stall,” she says. “But at our Elm Street store, you will find honey, local and honey from other regions as well, and other gifts from the hive.”

    With a bigger location, Gordon is hoping that she will be able to offer her customers more than the gifts and bee-related items in her store. “In the new year we’re hoping to have candle making classes and beekeeping education sessions,” she adds.

    Bee Haven is located at 1815 Elm Street in Cincinnati. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

    To learn more about Bee Haven, visit You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A former carriage house turned historic estate is featured in this week's Listing of the Week!

    The carriage house to the original estate home on Grandin Place. Over 5,000 square feet! Wooden beamed ceilings (11), Italian marble floors, Versailles patterned parquet wood floors, grand entertaining space! First floor master suite, walkout finished lower level, brick patios. Extra large rooms, very special one-of-a-kind! Agent is owner and has listed the 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home for $1.425 million.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.



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    A local beauty guru specializes in permanent makeup, microblading, ombre powder brows, lash extensions and lip blush. Read on for more!

    For ShaTerra Jenkins, making others feel beautiful is a passion and profession. Jenkins Is the owner of Dayton Powder Brows, an upscale permanent makeup studio located in the heart of Oakwood near downtown Dayton. 

    “We specialize in powder brows, ombre brows, microblading, permanent eyeliner, and velvet lip blush,” she says. 

    The goal and mission of Dayton Powder Brows is to share a passion and talent with clients to help them achieve their maximum beauty and confidence.

    The story behind Dayton Powder Brows dates back to 2011. 

    “I constantly had clients asking me if I did or planned to do permanent makeup,” she explains. “I was honestly not interested at first. After many of my clients kept asking me and stating they would come to me if I did, I started researching microblading and permanent makeup training – the rest is history!”

    ShaTerra Jenkins, Owner of Dayton Powder Brows

    Dayton Powder Brows offers permanent makeup including microblading, ombre powder brows, eyeliner, and lip blush. She also offers lash extensions and makeup services for bridal and special occasions through her other business ShaTerra Jenkins Beauty Studio, which she operates separately from Dayton Powder Brows.

    While it may feel like the beauty industry is over-saturated with microblading services, Dayton Powder Brows helps itself stand out. 

    “We offer an array of services to give clients options and [we excel] at each one,” she says. “We take our time in educating clients and helping them figure out their best fit. We are also very adamant about continuing our own education to be the best for each client by keeping up on the newest styles and techniques.”

    Dayton Powder Brows is making a name for itself in more than just the services it offers. The studio has also started offering affordable permanent makeup training options for those who have considered learning permanent makeup. 

    “We accommodate each student, we are keeping our class sizes small, around 4 people, so that each student can receive individual assistance,” says Jenkins.

    Visit to learn more, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram. You can also learn more about the training sessions by clicking here

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    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program brings together professionals from a variety of industries. Learn more about a banking pro’s experience.


    Gina Truong has been in the banking industry since she was in her final semester at Northern Kentucky University. Today, she works at the Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company. 

    “I started as a part-time teller and managed a couple of our branches,” she explains. “I always liked being involved so I would try to take on different projects and help out where I could, which eventually led me to my current role.”

    Today, Truong handles marketing but also supports with the Human Resources Director with cultural, wellness, and employee engagement initiatives. “I’ve always enjoy connecting with people, learning and development, and being a Jill-of-all-trades,” she says. 

    Truong says she finds a lot of inspiration in many different ways, including meaningful work, the development of her colleagues, and in the challenges she faces. 

    Gina Truong, Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company

    “I’m inspired by my values and convictions to do what’s best for my company, my team, and our clients,” she says. “I’m inspired by traveling and coming home refreshed with gratitude and appreciation. Most importantly, I’m inspired by the two strongest women in my life, my mom and my sister. They are two of the toughest women I know.”

    The career field that Truong is in provided her the opportunity to participate in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program. 

    “I was craving a strong network in Cincinnati and I knew there was no better way to find one than with the Cincinnati Chamber,” she says. “I have a network within the Ohio banking industry, but my peers are spread across the state and I wanted to find a network closer to home.”

    Truong says that she learned a lot from every session with the Chamber and made friendships with the other members of her class. She also enjoyed the curriculum, the ability to visit different companies and sites that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to visit, as well as Camp Joy.

    And because networks are so important to Truong, she says that she would recommend others to participate in the program as well. “I have found an incredible group of women who empower other women,” she says. “They don’t judge, they ask the right questions, and they are amazingly supportive. I am so thankful North Side Bank & Trust Co. sponsored me for this program. There is so much content packed into such a short amount of time, and we all wanted each session to be longer every time. The Chamber shed a lot of light on what goes on behind the scenes and how to engage and connect in your city.”

    C-Change is the premier leadership development program for advancing mid-career leaders in the Cincinnati Region. The curriculum combines leadership development with community engagement which enhances current leadership roles and prepares participants for future one. C-Change is a program of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) platform. Applications for both C-Change and Cincy Next leadership development 2020 programs are currently being accepting. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2019. More at

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    Learn about a West Chester-based women’s fitness studio that brings fun and unique ways to enjoy Pilates for all ability levels.

    There is a fitness facility in the West Chester area that wants to help people experience exercise in a unique and fun way. “Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates classes that use a modern approach to classical methods. Reformer Pilates is energizing fun and low-impact,” Laura Harris, Studio Owner of Club Pilates, says. “It’s for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion.”

    Club Pilates is a national franchise, but their club location opened on April 4, 2019 in West Chester at: 7554 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Currently, there are six instructors, three sales associates and one general manager. 

    There are a wide variety of different Pilates classes offered and the include:

    • Club Pilates Intro Class

    “The Club Pilates Intro Class is the perfect way to experience Pilates and our studio! Enjoy a 30-minute, full-body session with one of our talented instructors- each of whom are certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates,” Harris says. “This session is a great intro to our equipment, the studio and our amazing staff. Experience the Pilates Reformer and more. Find your local studio to book your complimentary Reformer session today.”

    • Full-Body Reformer-Based Pilates

    “Our signature contemporary Reformer class with strengthen and lengthen your entire body,” she says. “Creatively  flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-chair, barre, TRX and more-ensuring you never take the same class twice. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a twist.”

    • Club Pilates Cardio Sculpt

    “This high energy, low-impact class is perfect for the cardio junkie. Use the Pilates jump board to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints,” Harris says.

    • CP Center + Balance

    “CP Center + Balance involves light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” she says. “A regular stretch routine will help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.”

    • CP Control

    “Sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you learn to use the barre in a whole new way,” Harris says. “Gliding discs, fitness balls and free weights are used to keep your body guessing! Strengthen your entire body from the feet up. Talking your Pilates moves to the barre is guaranteed to increase balance, stability and control in ways that will enhance your everyday life.”

    • CP Suspend

    “Defy gravity with Pilates and suspension training. A Reformer/based workout that combines your Pilates work with the incredibly effective TRX suspension training system,” she says. 

    • Private Training Sessions

    There are a also three different levels of the classes offered: Level 1, Level 1.5 and Level 2.0.

    Harris says Club Fitness is unique because it has such a range of classes to keep it fresh, fun and welcoming to a variety of abilities. “We offer our clients a full-body, low-impact workouts along with providing high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core,” she says. “Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer Springboards and more.”

    Club Pilates is located at 12088 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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    Find out more about OTR’s newest bar, offering craft cocktails, hospitality, and the escape you didn’t know you needed.


    The escape you didn’t know you needed is located right in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. The Kitchen Bar is the perfect place for you to try not only a new venue, but a new drink as well. Homemaker’s Bar just recently launched its grand opening in June 2019. Even though the establishment is new to the OTR area, their impact they are making is wide-reaching. 

    “Homemaker’s Bar is its own, unique experience. Whether you want something more intimate, offered by the Kitchen Bar, or an all-night dance party fueled by world class cocktails – everything is done within the spirit of Homemaker’s and a fun, playful energy,” says Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat, founders of Homemaker’s Bar. “It’s a stitched together, perfectly imperfect, well-traveled but not-so-well-mannered vibes and forever a place where the welcome mat truly welcomes.”

    The Kitchen Bar is an extension of Homemaker’s Bar’s passion for craft cocktails and hospitality. The inspiration from the Kitchen Bar came from the desire to create a unique space within Homemaker’s that allowed the team to craft cocktails and hone in on hospitality skills while offering an alternative experience for guests looking for something new private and intimate. 

    The Kitchen Bar’s specialty is world-class drinks and small bites. “Currently we are inspired by Baja California (Surfer’s on Acid). Guests will have a chance to try a variety of spirits and ask questions. Take our Peel Out, a beachy cocktail made with banana-washed rum and mezcal, pequeno pepper tea, coconut syrup, and a H. Made mole tincture; which pairs perfectly with fresh rooted vegetable salsa and pico de gallo,” says Petiprin and Manabat. The menu is constantly changing, but the intimacy and commitment to creating a memorable, one-on-one experience will always remain constant.

    Want a taste of the action? The Kitchen Bar takes reservations beginning at 8:30pm for a minimum of two guests. Walk-ins are welcome after 9pm, but seating is limited. If you want the full experience, make a reservation using this link.

    “At the end of the day, we want our guests to feel like they have made a real, lasting connection with out team and with each other. We want them to leave feeling like they’ve surprised themselves by learning and trying something they weren’t sure about,” says the owners.

    The Homemaker’s Bar + The Kitchen Bar can be found at 39 E 13th Street in Over-the-Rhine. The main bar is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 2am, Fridays from 3pm to 2am, Saturdays from 1pm to 2am, Sundays from 1pm to 12am.

    For more information on visit their website.

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    Locally-based Parental Hope has teamed up with a clothing designer to help raise funds for those battling infertility.

    “Parental Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the infertility community through emotional and financial support,” Jennifer Bross, Founder of Parental Hope, says. “The burdens imposed on a couple battling infertility are enormous. Because infertility is a little known and often a misunderstood disease, those diagnosed with infertility can feel isolated and alone.” 

    There are many ways in which Parental Hope is helping to support the infertility community: 

    The Parental Hope Family Grant alleviates the financial burden of infertility through grants that cover the full cost of IVF and other infertility treatments.

    “We also advocate for those struggling with infertility by raising awareness and providing infertility education,” says Bross. “We also have peer-led support groups by bringing those battling infertility together for support.”

    To help raise awareness about the issue, and to raise money for those seeking infertility treatments, Parental Hope has teamed up with clothing designer J. Elizabeth. 

    The designer has created a line of infertility-related apparel, where a portion of each sale is donated to Parental Hope. Designs include adult t-shirts and baby onesies with phrases like “Worth the Wait” and “Made with Love and Science.”

    “There is also a Round-Up Program where buyers are given the opportunity to donate to Parental Hope by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar,” adds Bross. 

    Additionally, all of the money donated to the J. Elizabeth Foundation goes to Parental Hope to help support their cause in serving the infertility community.

    For more about Parental Hope and the Journey to Parenthood event, follow Parental Hope on their websiteFacebook and Instagram

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    A new kids store is coming to Covington, stocked full of unique and thoughtfully stylish clothes, home goods and gifts.

    Cincy Chic: We heard you’re opening a new kids store. Can you tell us what it is?
    Brittney Braemer and Suzy Strachan, Founders of Gumpdrop and Handzy Shop + Studio: The new shop is called Gumdrop and will be Handzy’s still very cute, but just a little bit smaller next-door neighbor!

    Cincy Chic: When did the store open?
    Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop is currently popped up inside of Handzy but will officially open on Saturday November 9th! Mark your calendars and stop by, we’re going to have a big party!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Gumdrop?
    Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop is brought to you buy Brittney & Suzy, best friends and co-owners of Handzy Shop + Studio. 

    Cincy Chic: What can readers find in-store?
    Braemer and Strachan: Gumdrop carries unique baby/kid clothing 0-24M, 2-5T), books, toys & games, gifts, accessories and so much more.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Gumdrop unique?
    Braemer and Strachan: There is nothing like Gumdrop in Covington! Whether you’re shopping for your own little ones or looking for the perfect gift, you’ll find something one of a kind from our collection of beautiful and thoughtful goods. 

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for you?
    Braemer and Strachan: Aside from opening a brand new shop for tots, Handzy Shop + Studio is expanding! We will have 2 floors for double the fun. The grand opening for new Handzy will also be on November 9th!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Braemer and Strachan: To learn more and shop online visit our website at and to follow along you can find us on Instagram and Facebook. You can also find Handzy online at or on Instagram and Facebook.

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    Our life coach columnist talks about an important tool in her efficiency toolbox — time blocking — and how it helped her go from busy to productive. 

    There are so many things to do and get accomplished in the day. You feel overwhelmed and plead for a solution to allow you the freedom and sanity to be able to get it all done!

    As someone that has struggled in the past to be organized and get my to-do list completed by the end of the day, I discovered some really good ways to breakdown the list and be more productive and less busy.

    Time Blocking. Have you heard of it? Time Blocking is a type of scheduling that can help you manage your time better to get big task done.  And it can also be helpful in just planning your day to be less busy and more productive.

    This was my answer and solution not only for myself but for others that I coach. The struggles with getting things done requires motivation and creativity along with a plan. Time block allows for assigned time to specifically focus on the task at hand.

    It may look like this — the first hour of your day is about your morning routine. Then what happens? You identify the 2-3 things you must do that day.  Decide each time block you will use to accomplish each task.  

    So, if it is grocery shopping you block out the time including the travel and putting the grocery away; say two hours.  This looks like 11 am – 1 pm which includes the driving time, shopping/pick-up, return home, put away in that two-hour window.  Bonus: if any time is left then do something for you.  Sit for a moment and listen to a podcast or YouTube message or pick up a book and read.  

    Something that brings you joy because it’s a bonus you have time to do that for YOU.

    A twist is the perfect pairing.  I’ve added to my time blocking pair things together.  Not multitasking in the sense that you think but a way to find the perfect pairing with a task.

    For instance, in daily activities that include cooking dinner, getting your morning coffee or brushing your teeth, do squats or leg lifts to add some extra fitness moves. This ma ybe all the physical activity you get in for the day but look how it offers “something” on your fitness plan that feels good.

    Perhaps while driving you can turn on your voice recorder on your phone and do a brain dump of your grocery list, your to-do’s, a story you want to remember and reflect on more.

    Now, go and do some time blocking and be creative with pairing your activities, you’ll be more productive and less busy. 

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      A local fashionista is helping you stay trendy and chic through her buying and reselling business. See how she keeps her followers looking and feeling like a million bucks, without spending it.


      Sarah Heitkemper’s journey to took a leap of faith when she quit her desk job in September 2017, but it’s not a leap she regrets taking.

      The fashion-forward mom-to-be started selling clothes on Poshmark in June 2016 as a hobby. She had a desk job but was going to thrift stores and buying clothes to sell as a side income. 

      “I quickly discovered the thrill of buying and selling and bringing in money to the point of questioning my desk job and whether I could quit and sell full-time,” she says. “My husband and I knew we wanted to have a baby but knew daycare wasn’t something that was easily affordable.”

      That’s when she decided to take her hobby and turn it into an entrepreneurial adventure. With a list of goals she set for herself, Heitkemper was able to quit her job in September 2017. “Before our son had arrived, I did my best to set myself up for success,” she explains. “I worked long hours to establish the organization my business so desperately needed. I went to local thrift stores and consignment shops and stocked up on all the new arrivals.”

      Heitkemper says she’s learned a lot since she started her full-time adventure buying and reselling on Poshmark, including time management, how to stay organized and manage inventory, and even how to find the support she needs to keep going. 

      “I have met many great friends through the Poshmark-Instagram community,” she says. “Some are moms, some aren’t, but all care so much about me and my success, both in my business and as a new mother. I have a few Poshmark friends on speed dial who I can reach out to for advice, who I can vent to, and who reassures me when I need reassurance in any aspect of my life. In the past year or so I have learned that having a community of people who you have things in common with and who can talk to frequently makes a world of difference.”

      Not only has Heitkemper learned a lot from her journey, but she’s hoping that she’s teaching the little eyes watching her. When she starts to doubt herself as a mother, she says this experience and its community remind her that she’s an amazing mom doing her best. 

      “I love my son with all my heart,” she says. “He watches and someday will understand just how hard I work for him so that I can help provide for our family. I’ll teach him how to pour his heart into something he’s passionate about and not to look back. Not even when someone doubts what he’s capable of.”

      The hard work from Heitkemper doesn’t just stop at Poshmark, she’s also the founder of Sustainable Accessories. “I founded and began creating sustainable accessories due to the lack of affordable, quality, ‘slow fashion’ hair accessories on the market today,” she says. “My goal is to always avoid shopping fast fashion so why would my hair accessories be any different?”

      The scrunchies and hair accessories available from Sustainable Accessories are made from upcycled, secondhand clothing that is unable to be worn but can be remade into something useful. 

      There are currently two purchase options available including unique/limited edition items in the shop tab or by signing up for a subscription box – which gives you access to the products that are released in batches. 

      To shop Heitkemper’s Poshmark closet, click here. You can follow along on Instagram and check out Sustainable Accessories at