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    Want to add some spice to your holiday dinner? Read on to learn about a renowned local chef who recently retired from restaurant life to pursue his passions and launch a new seasoning line that will leave you lusting for more!

     

    Carnivore’s Lust Dust is a unique blend of spices created by local chef Jimmy Gibson.

    Jimmy Gibson arrived in Cincinnati in 1989. He came to open the restaurant at The Phoenix and fell in love with the city. After venturing around the country working in the restaurant industry, he wanted to make his mark in Cincinnati.

    In the 29 years since he came to the Queen City, Gibson has been involved in more than a dozen restaurants, including Jeff Ruby’s where he served as corporate chef. He made his way to his namesake Jimmy G.’s, but recently left there in May 2016 to pursue his passions.

    Jimmy Gibson, the founder of Carnivore’s Lust Dust

    Then he connected with friend and fellow restaurateur Sung Jun Oh, someone Gibson had previously helped design a restaurant for and even helped rebuild his bar.

    Gibson’s passion then transferred into woodworking. While he loved the restaurant business, he says he loved the work he was doing on the restaurants themselves.

    However, he couldn’t stay away from the food industry for long. Gibson, alongside Tom Carroll, launched Carnivore’s Lust Dust.

    “Carnivore’s Lust Dust is a handcrafted blend of the finest raw spices,” says Gibson. “This unique blend will enhance the natural flavors of your finest meats instead of masking what mother nature provides.”

    Gibson says that he gives his all in everything he does, including Carnivore’s Lust Dust. “My passion for food, fun, relationships, and attention to detail shines through everything and everybody I cross,” he says.

    “Tom has an extensive career in the fields of restaurant, bistro, deli, catering, menu design, telecommunications sales, and marketing, but has always been driven by gathering people and offering them the best when it comes to food,” says Gibson. “With that in mind, we became fast friends and had the same vision for his legendary ‘dust,’ market and distribute it to discerning and loyal ‘friends’ of ours.”

    Lust Dust can be used as a seasoning or rub and is sold not only on the online shop, but can also be purchased at Emmett Ridge Farm or Arteflame.

    To learn more about Carnivore’s Lust Dust, visit http://www.carnivoreslustdust.com/. You can also follow along on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook. You can contact Carnivore’s Lust Dust at 513-910-9090 or email info@carnivoreslustdust.com.

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    After 15 years, a Loveland-based business will close for good this week as its owner retires and starts a new journey. Get all the details about the big closeout sale!

    My dear friend,  Jan Ranard, who opened her beloved Loveland-based business Pizazz 15 years ago, is closing her doors. And when the ending of one chapter comes the start of another – and a HUGE closeout sale this weekend! 

    Ranard is moving to Florida, where one of her sons lives, and she’s very excited for the new adventure! To send her off in style, the store is welcoming everyone to come by this weekend (November 17-19) for her “Thanks for the Memories” sale! 

    Score 75% off your entire purchase, with some exceptions. Happy Everything, Uno de 50, and Nora Fleming will be 40% off while Coton Colors, Sticks, and Kathryn Collectible Santa are 50% off. Plus, everyone will receive a free gift. 

    More than just inventory is for sale, though. EVERYTHING is on sale – including the fixtures as well as the furniture from her furniture refurbishing business! 

    The store is open Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

    Pizazz Studio is located at 122 West Loveland Avenue in historic downtown Loveland.

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    Our Editor-in-Chic chats with Dr. Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa to learn about their unique hair removal services and why they’re proving to be more effective.

    Victory Wellness & Medspa has more than just weight loss programs and other cosmetic procedures, they also offer hair removal. What makes the hair removal procedure from Victory Wellness & Medspa so unique is that they use a different kind of laser – they use a BBL laser for hair removal.

    “The laser in our office uses a more diffused heat than typical laser,” says Dr. Kerschner. “Therefore, the laser is able to target more hair follicles and ultimately gives you better results.”

    The hair removal treatment from Victory Wellness & Medspa is also a lot less painful than other procedures like the traditional Brazilian hair removal procedure. “We have had many people come in worried that it will hurt like their previous hair removal procedures, and they have it done in the office and say that it was nothing – not even a discomfort,” she adds. “Even those with the lowest pain tolerance can handle it.”

    The main areas people have treated when they come into the office are the face, where there is sometimes hair around the chin, underarms, Brazilian, and legs. Men also come into the office to have hair removed on their chest or back. “Anywhere there is a dark hair, we can treat it,” says Dr. Kerschner.

    The procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on what area of the body you’re having treated. Most people typically need 3-5 treatments up front to have the hair removed. Sometimes, says Dr. Kerschner, those are the only treatments you need, but often the hair does come back a little as fine hair so you’ll want to get a touch-up. There is essentially no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about being down and out for any amount of time. 

    Find more information on hair removal services from Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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    Boot season is here! We're showing you how to spice up your fall and winter wardrobe with a cute pair of trendy boots! Keep watching for more.

     

    Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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    A local lady took her passion for helping others and turned it into a business that's making people feel empowered in their own homes.

     

    Balancing it all isn’t easy. Between home life, work, and everything in between, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where Deborah Ginn can help.

    With a passion for lending a hand to others, Ginn launched Nowhere But Up, a professional organizing company, in 2003. “We specialize in home organization and hoarding situations,” she explains. “We assist individuals and families who struggle with clutter, time management, schedules, and routines. We teach and transfer skills that can be used for a lifetime.”

    Ginn says that many who struggle with organization in their home have often dealt with other issues such as trauma or loss, were never taught the skills as a young child, or live with some type of disability or mental health illness – so for her, her inspiration is people.

    Deborah Ginn, Owner of Nowhere But Up Organization.

    Ginn became a board-certified professional organizer in 2008. “I started by using the knowledge gained while running a relocation business for over 15 years, along with raising my family as a single parent,” she says. “I know all too well what frustration and stress can bring while running a household. Managing a home is a full-time job in itself, add a full-time job outside the home, inflated schedule, and lack of routine and you’ll soon find yourself dealing with the feeling of defeat.”

    Organization services at Nowhere But Up are well-rounded. They include hoarding consulting and cleanouts as well as decluttering and home/business organization like downsizing, relocation preparation, unpacking, space management, time management, office filing and paper organizing, taskmaster, clutter management sessions, and serving as an accountability partner.

    Ginn’s insights into home organization helps the company stand out, and what she uses as her tools. “My main focus is my client, not just working with clutter,” she says. Ginn offers non-judgment and is supportive of everyone she works with. She aims to encourage and build up those who feel lost and wants to teach people how to process and organize in a way that works for them. “I know first-hand, from a personal level that common methods do not work for most. I throw out the ‘rule book’ and help clients find something that actually works for them.”

    Ultimately, Ginn wants to make clients feel empowered in their own homes.

    Ginn will be staying busy for the time being. She says she’s recently taken on work involving large-scale hoarding cases. “This is new and I’m still learning new ways to help families and individuals who live with a hoarding disorder,” she says. “I help families establish aftercare plans involving needed services for a family member. These cases help keep me grounded and humble. Some say I’m crazy for doing it. I say, I do it because I feel led and have compassion for those who struggle. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of trust on the client’s part.”

    To learn more about Nowhere But Up, visit their website or send Ginn an email.

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    A beloved gift shop in Mason is celebrating a decade of helping local shoppers find the perfect gift for any special occasion. Read on for more.

     

    Vera Bradley is one of the many brands carried at Mim’s Off Main.

    Located in the heart of historic Mason is Mim’s Off Main. The gift shop, which originally launched as The Grape Vine in 1985.

    Throughout the years, the store transitioned ownership and today, it’s in the hands of Lisa Vitnek. It recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as Mim’s Off Main.

    Vitnek says that through the years, the store has strived to offer high-quality customer service and continue to offer gifts for everyone.

    “We feature unique and special gifts for every occasion and event in your life,” says Vitnek. “Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to helping your find the perfect gift for your special occasion.”

    When you shop at Mim’s Off Main, you’ll find several different brands and gifts of nearly every kind. Some of the brands carried in the store include Vera Bradley, The Dish, Nora Fleming, Alex and Ani, Mudpie, Maruca, Bunnies By the Bay, and so much more.

    Trendy Pop Sockets are sold at Mim’s Off Main.

    The store also hosts several events throughout the year, including a Holiday Open House. They’re preparing for Christmas early to help you shop local and check all the names of your shopping list.

    “The tree is lit, the cookies are made, and the hot chocolate is brewing,” says Vitnek. “Grab your friends and family and join us at Mim’s Off Main to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.”

    She says you can also find hats and scarves, other winter apparel, home decor, and jewelry through the holidays.

    Mim’s Off Main is located at 623 Reading Road in Mason. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

    To learn more about Mim’s Off Main, visit http://www.mimsoffmain.com/. You can also follow along on Instagram and “like” them on Facebook.

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    After a weight loss journey of her own, a local mom of three opened a personal training studio that helps people achieve their health and fitness goals.

     

    At Bootcamp Cincinnati, Denise Bryers and her team is dedicated to helping women and men achieve their health and fitness goals through customized nutrition and fitness programs.

    Getting to where she is today with Bootcamp Cincinnati was a bumpy road for Bryers. In fact, she says, it only took her a handful of months to go from an average size to obese, after undergoing several changes in her life.

    “I lost my job, had to foreclose on my home, and raise three children along, and consequently became severely depressed,” she says. “I had had a job since age 14 and was proud of how well I had been doing raising my kids on my own, so to be in a position where I felt completely helpless it led me to eat.”

    Her self-medication for depression included pizza, chicken wings, margaritas, cigarettes, and fast-food takeout.

    Denise Bryers, Owner of Bootcamp Cincinnati, before and after her weight loss journey.

    “It wasn’t until I finally landed a job and was forced to shop for all new work attire that I realized I had gained a lot of weight and could no longer fit in a size 10/12,” she says. “I graduated to a size 18/20 in a matter of months.”

    However, one day she began researching about eating healthier and discovered Oxygen magazine and Tosca Reno’s eat-clean plan.

    “I absorbed this information like a sponge and did a 180 with my nutrition,” she explains. “I then set a weight-loss goal of 30 pounds and started walking outside or on a treadmill, following online high-intensity interval training programs and doing workout DVDs at home. Within four months, I was back to my normal weight and the whole family was eating healthier.”

    But once she started to get healthier, Bryers realized she wanted more. She wanted to shape and tone her body to look like a figure competitor, so she found a personal trainer in the area who specializes in helping competitive athletes.

    Through much preparation, Bryers was stage-ready. She competed in the 2013 Cincinnati Natural and placed fourth in the novice division.

    Since then, Bryers has competed two more times, ran a half-marathon, and opened Bootcamp Cincinnati. “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” she says. “This is my life. I live each day to help motivate, coach, train, and inspire others to reach their goals.”

    The team behind Bootcamp Cincinnati.

    Bryers runs Bootcamp Cincinnati with help from several other hand-selected trainers: Shannon Anderson Hammond, Mimi Imes Horton, Charlestina Hyde, Marsha Byrd Gerton, Sharon Pertersen, and DiAnnda Holston. She also gets social media and public relations help from Nahamani Yisrael.

    Bootcamp Cincinnati offers different training options, including group fitness and group training. Bryers says they offer early morning group strength training classes Monday through Thursday at the Woodlawn Community Center as well as evening and weekend bootcamp (HIIT) classes at Evanston Recreation Center, Sunday Abs, Kickboxing and Glutes classes, and personal training seven days a week.

    Participants can pay as little as $55 a month to receive 12 bootcamp sessions per month as well as a guide to nutrition and fitness and 1:1 coaching from Bryers herself to keep you motivated and inspired to reach your goals.

    Bryers says the goal for 2018 is to publish her first fitness publication. She also wants to tour cities where she can provide classes and other fitness workshops. “We want to help inspire and motivate others outside of the Bootcamp Cincinnati footprint,” she says.

    To learn more about Boot Camp Cincinnati and its offerings, visit https://www.bootcampcincinnati.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

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    Escape the ordinary and check out a new Hyde Park hotspot for real life adventures where teams have an hour to break out of a room by cracking codes, solving riddles, piecing together puzzles and finding clues.

     

    Breakout Games in Hyde Park requires you to break out of a room using clues.

    Art thieves, castaways, and kidnappers are some of the people you will encounter when entering Breakout Games in Hyde Park. No need to be alarmed though, these are just a few of the escape room experiences in store for you, your family, and even your co-workers.

    Originating in Japan, escape rooms were created to replicate a life size, adventure game full of twists and turns that promote team building, determination, and fun.

    So here’s how it goes- your team assembles inside one of the five featured escape rooms, such as a prison cell or a ritzy casino. The professionally trained game master explains the challenge and exits the room. Once the door closes, the clock begins counting down from 60 minutes. Your team scatters to examine every inch of the space searching for clues to break out of the room. (But don’t worry, they don’t really lock you in.)

    Each distinctive breakout room is elaborately designed by professional set designers as well as a virtual reality team— so expect to find realistic props and loads of secretive, state-of-the-art technology.

    These real-life scenarios are designed for those who enjoy strategy games, need a stress release from work, or are looking for a new way to celebrate your birthday or a special occasion.

    According to Scott Nicholson, a professor of game design and development at Wilfrid Laurier University, “players eager to look at something other than a glowing screen are flocking to games in the physical world for face-to-face engagement opportunities.”

    At Breakout Hyde Park, Team Building Director Mary Garrett says the main goal for teams is to get out of the room before time runs out, but the bigger objective is working together as a group, becoming closer as individuals, and discovering new things about your friends and even yourself.

    School groups, families, companies, and more are flocking to these thrilling, team-building adventures, says Garrett. Anyone is welcome to play at Breakout Games however, those under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    “What sets us apart is the way we treat our guests, the quality of our rooms, and the way we can customize our rooms for larger groups. Our goal is to bring people together,” says Garrett.

    Whether it be a unique Christmas party or an office get-together, Breakout teaches teams to work together, value everyone’s contribution and build relationships, according to Garrett.

    Learn more at Breakout Games on their websiteFor any questions, contact Sam Handelsman at shandelsman@breakoutgames.com or call Mary Garrett at (513)716-7037.

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    A local garden center is prepping for the holidays with their upcoming Christmas Open House and other fun holiday events. Read on for the details!

     

    The Berns Garden Center is a full service garden and landscape company with homegrown annuals and vegetables.

    Cincy Chic: What is Berns Garden Center?
    Danielle, Berns Garden Center: Berns Garden Center is a full service Garden and Landscape company. Providing homegrown annuals and vegetables. Huge selection of perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees and evergreens. We strive to provide our customers with the best plants and products and to extend professional service.

    Cincy Chic: When did Berns Garden Center open?
    Danielle: Berns Garden Center was founded in January 1056, when Al and Cherie Berns purchased one greenhouse and a home on one acre of land on Yankee Road in Middletown. After numerous expansions at its Yankee Road location, they built their new garden center on 10 acres on Greentree Road in Middle. This location opened in Spring 1996. In Spring 2011, they opened their second garden center on Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about the events you host at the Berns Garden Center?
    Danielle: Berns hosts a variety of events throughout the year, collaborating with local vendors and businesses.

    Upcoming events:

    • Berns Christmas Open House: November 25-26
    • Berns 12 Days of Christmas: December 9-20
    • Fiber Arts: January 27 at the Middletown location

    Cincy Chic: What makes the garden center unique?
    Danielle: Berns Garden Center is a family-owned company. We grow a variety of seasonal plants and strive to provide quality service and products for our customers.

    Cincy Chic: Where is the Berns Garden Center located?
    Danielle: Berns Garden Center has two retail locations: 825 Greentree Road in Middletown and 3776 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the garden center?
    Danielle: Our Christmas Shop has recently opened. Berns provides a variety of Christmas decor. This includes fresh cut Christmas trees for your home, cut greens, homegrown poinsettias, and beautiful Christmas giftware.

    We are currently planning events for the upcoming year, which can soon be found on our website and Facebook page.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with the garden center?
    Danielle: Visit our website, bernsgardencenter.com, where you can sign up to receive our weekly e-blast. Also you can find us on Facebook. We post daily about all of our upcoming events, seasonal garden information, and news around the store.

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    We all get by with a little inspiration from Pinterest. Click here to see some of the fab fashion finds we discovered on the most Pin-able website and their lookalikes from Miss Em's!

    Do you remember what the world was like before Pinterest? We actually had to go through fashion magazines and try to find as much fashion inspiration as possible in printed copies of those magazines. Thankfully, in a world where the Internet runs the show, we have Pinterest to inspire all of our fashion ideas (and to design the homes we’ll never build or the hairstyles we’ll never actually follow through with). 

    I scoured Pinterest for all the fashion looks I love and found the in-real-life lookalikes from Miss Em’s. Check ’em out here:

    Teardrop Earrings:

    These teardrop earrings from Pinterest are perfect for your upcoming wedding or another special event. Here are some from Miss Em’s.

    These look just like the expensive pair from Pinterest but cost a fraction of the price – just $12!

    Peach Bead Necklace:

     

    Add a pop of color to your winter look with a peace beaded necklace and matching earrings. Miss Em’s has a peach necklace and earrings just like this one – for $20!

    Infinity Scarf:

    We all love a good infinity scarf – especially when it’s warm and goes with everything! Infinity scarves make it so much easier to throw your hair up in a messy bun and get stuff done when Monday arrives a little too soon! This chunky knit scarf I found on Pinterest is just chunky enough to keep us warm without being too bulky to make us uncomfortable. Thankfully, Miss Em’s has a black infinity scarf just like it.

    Reindeer sack:

    Want to add some extra holiday cheer with a reindeer sack this Christmas? Sure, there are plenty you can find on Pinterest and other websites to order, but why do that when you can find one from Miss Em’s? This reindeer sack comes with chalkboard elements so you can personalize each bag! 

    Looking for more style inspiration? Check out Cincy Chic on Pinterest and shop Miss Em’s online collection to find the perfectly affordable accessories to take your winter wardrobe to the next level! 

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