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    A new season is upon us and this local beauty studio is helping you enhance your natural beauty and give you a fresh glow.

    A new season is on the horizon and as the winter blues begin to melt away, there’s a non-toxic, organic skincare option for you to get a summer glow. 

    Organic Glow Skincare and Spa is located in Cincinnati and aims to offer its clients a relaxing, unforgettable experience.

    “Organic Glow was created with a specific ideology in mind: high-quality products, transparency, and a relaxing, welcoming environment,” explains Owner Abalene Waterman. “I want everyone who comes into my space to feel welcome and comfortable. In addition to my services, I provide an open line of communication for clients to ask any and all questions.”

    Abalene Waterman, Founder of Organic Glow Cincy

    Waterman says that Organic Glow is unique in that it offers a welcoming atmosphere so that clients can feel at ease. “I provide services with personalized treatments, high-quality products, and the utmost professionalism.” 

    Guests to Organic Glow will find a variety of services available. These services include facials, CBD treatments, nail services, full body waxing, spray tans, and lash lifts.

    And with wedding season just around the corner, brides-to-be can visit Organic Glow for their beauty and skincare needs before the big day. Waterman says that a spray tan and facial is the perfect addition to a bride’s big day to enhance their natural beauty. 

    Waterman says that she’s currently working with other local companies on collaborations to bring new services to Organic Glow. 

    To learn more about Organic Glow, you can visit https://www.organicglowcincy.com. You can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Live in luxury in the heart of Hyde Park. Click here to see this week's Listing of the Week!

    Welcome to 3427 Zumstein Avenue! This new construction home boasts 5 bedrooms and 4 and 1/2 bathroom. This beautiful home is tucked away in the heart of Hyde Park. Features include a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, quartz countertops, wine cooler, and a walk-out breakfast area. There is a first floor master suite with a large bathroom and walk-in closet. Lounge in a finished basement with media equipment, an exercise space, and a bonus rooms. This 5,268 square foot, Gold LEED home is listed at $1.18 million.

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

     

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    Considering the pros and cons of moving to your dream home versus a refinance and remodel? A local expert offers tips to make the most of your money.

     
    Do I refinance, or do I move? Should I stay or should I go? Love it or list it? If you’ve had these questions running through your mind lately, Cincinnati-based Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate shares some expert tips.
     
    Erdmann says the first step is to dream. “Dream of what your ideal home looks like. How many bedrooms and baths? How much land is it on? How many cars in the garage? What does your kitchen look like? Dream up everything you wish it had,” he explains. “Look at current listings, or look into custom home options. Now, just for fun, no strings attached, look at what your payment would be for that dream house.”
     
    Erdmann says to seek the help of a highly qualified mortgage professional, not a simple mortgage calculator online, to determine what your monthly payment would be. “They’ll look at your mortgage, PMI if applicable, property tax, house insurance, monthly housing cost, etc,” Erdmann adds. “Once you know what payment looks like, then look at your finances to see if you can afford it or not.” 
     
    Then, he says, compare that to your current house payment. Taking it a step further, consider what your payment would be with a refinance.
     
    “I often start the pre-approval process for someone looking to move and then it turns into a discussion about refinance instead because of how much they can lower their interest and payments,” Erdmann says. “People are realizing how inexpensive money is right now and questioning if they should just take advantage of the low interest to make their current home one that checks all the boxes.”
     
    It’s not uncommon, Erdmann says, that lowering your interest rate with a refinance allows for a renovation while keeping your monthly payments the same. “As you take advantage of low rates, you make room in your budget for that dream renovation you didn’t think you could afford right now,” he explains.
     
    Erdmann does have some advice to consider before jumping on the refinance and remodel bandwagon. “When you look at the refinance, be realistic about the condition to your house,” he says. “If you know you’re going to have to put a lot of money into the house with all new kitchens and baths in the next 10 years, take that into consideration. You may be better off buying the house now that checks all the boxes.”
     
    Also, Erdmann says, people tend to undervalue what their currently house is worth in the current market. “It doesn’t matter what you paid for it,” he explains, “it matters what you could sell it for in the market. Talk to a real estate professional about what your house is worth.”
     
    Something else to consider, Erdmann says, is which renovations you’ll eventually need to do before selling your home down the road. “Don’t put off the renovations to your house you know you’ll need to do,” he urges. “If you can do them now, you’ll actually get to enjoy them before you go to sell later.”
     
    Lastly, Erdmann says, be realistic about the cost of improvements. “Homeowners should always plan a contingency budget for any project,” he explains. “The National Association of the Remodeling Industry suggests a contingency fund that matches 10 percent of the total budget in case something goes wrong, such as a contractor opening up a wall to find termites or water damage from a leaky pipe.”
     
    To learn more about Ron Erdmann, NMLS 728342, Branch Manager and SVP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, visit https://www.rate.com/loan-expert/ronerdmann You can also contact him via email at ron.erdmann@rate.com or call (513) 609-4484. 

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    Read on to learn about a woman-owned cleaning business that serves the Greater Cincinnati area.

    There is a woman-owned cleaning business that operates out of the Greater Cincinnati area. Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC has offered affordable cleaning services to their clients, since 2019. Monique Stallworth, Owner of Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC is working solo right now, “but I soon will be looking into hiring employees,” she says.

    The inspiration behind Meticulous Matters came from her late grandmother, Louise Shannon. “I made a promise to her that I would make something of myself and my life before I turned 30 (I am 27 now) and her passing away made me jumpstart my dreams to make her proud,” Stallworth says.

    Meticulous to Stallworth means “extremely careful and thorough to detail,” she says. “As a cleaning company, I make sure to go above and beyond for my clients’ needs by cleaning the places they can’t see.

    There are a variety of services that Meticulous Matters offers and the include: deep and general cleaning, one time cleaning, move in/move out, by room cleaning (if you only need your kitchen or just your bathrooms cleaned). “We also offer commercial cleaning to offices, barbershops, hair/nail salons, medical offices, apartment complexes, daycare centers, etc,” Stallworth says.

    She takes what her customers think seriously. “I like customer reviews. Getting goof or bad feedback afterwards helps my business grow and gives me a better outlook on what people want, like and expect,” she says. “Because I take my time to understand what my customers’ needs are to be sure I get whatever task(s) done exactly the way they wanted.”

    Her favorite part of her job is being able to see her customers experience relief. Stallworth loves having her customers be “able to relax, rest and not have to worry about the extra load from working hard during the pandemic,” Stallworth says.

    If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Meticulous Matters Cleaning Services, LLC, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Learn about a local art business that will have you ready to grab your paint brush. 

    The inspiration behind Jenna Beyersdoerfer’s business, The Painting Chick started as a side gig but has now grown into something more, a way to help fund her and her husband Chuck’s  future adoption.

    Jenna and Chuck are very excited to become parents in the near future and have an approved home study and are just waiting to be chosen.

    As The Painting Chick has grown in their personal lives it also has on the business side of things as well. “The Painting Chick started off as just a painting party business but we now do so much more from laser photo engravings to custom wood projects,” says Jenna. 

    The Painting Chick offers fun services for every age group such as in person painting parties as well as DIY options with video tutorials. Jenna provides online virtual art classes for kids through her Outschool link. These classes include a weekly paint club and helpful tips and tricks for young artists. She even hosts virtual parties for adults. 

    Typically Jenna would host painting parties at her home studio but in order to keep everyone safe, she has thought of a different way to keep you painting through the pandemic. “I have created tutorial instruction and put together supplies for painting parties for the host to have everything they need to have a fun and creative party” she says. This is a great, fun way for you to stay creative right from the comfort of your home. 

    Jenna is a busy wife, working full time as an Art Educator teaching in person and evenings virtually through Outschool.com. But she doesn’t do It all alone, her husband Chuck helps out with the website and marketing side of the business.

    With over 15 years of experience she is quite the creative. Jenna graduated with her master’s degree in design and continues to take classes to keep her skills sharp. 

    She is constantly adding items to her website “where you can find links to our featured products to order online as well as our social media pages,” she says. 

    To learn more visit thepaintingchick.com. You can also follow along on Tik Tok.

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    Get a boost of self-confidence with the skincare and aesthetic services from this locally owned beauty studio.

    At Kathy Jones Aesthetics, their philosophy is that beauty comes from happiness and self-confidence.

    “We like to help with the self-confidence part of that formula,” says Practice Administrator Brandy Jones. “Our procedures focus on looking more youthful and radiant in a natural-looking way. We want to help our patients look like their best selves, not like someone else.”

    Kathy Jones, the namesake behind Kathy Jones Aesthetics, is the name and face of this medical aesthetics office. She’s been a prominent fixture in the medical aesthetics industry for more than 20 years and offers non-surgical aesthetic procedures including skincare, injectables, and body sculpting at her practice.

    Whether you’re prepping for your wedding or looking to freshen up your look, Kathy Jones Aesthetics offers a variety of services to help you look and feel your best. 

    Those looking for wrinkle reduction can turn to Kathy Jones Aesthetics for botox, xeomin, dermal fillers, and ultherapy. Facial and body sculpting procedures available at the practice include Kybella and CoolSculpting. 

    Jones says those looking for skin health focusing on prevention, maintenance, and correction can turn to peels, dermaplaning, microneedling, lamprobe, CryoPen, and a variety of skincare products to address all skincare concerns. 

    Body procedures available at Kathy Jones Aesthetics include CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, and Sclerotherapy. Permanent makeup is also available including lip blush, eyebrow tattoo or microblading, and eyeliner tattoo. 

    Jones says that what makes Kathy Jones Aesthetics unique is their focus on patient education and the personal, customized feel to their patient care.

    “Every patient is different according to what their concerns are, what their expectations from a procedure might be, and what kind of knowledge and understanding they might already have when they come through our doors,” says Jones. “We listen to each patient and make recommendations tailored to their needs.”

    Jones says to be on the lookout for new skincare products and new innovations in body sculpting to soon be available at Kathy Jones Aesthetics. 

    There are two locations for Kathy Jones Aesthetics in Greater Cincinnati. The Oakley office is located at 3215 Madison Road in Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky office is located at 120 W 5th Street in Covington.

    You can find updates and specials on the Kathy Jones Aesthetics website, where you can also sign up for email newsletters. Jones says that they also post regular updates on Facebook and Instagram.

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    A local designer is bringing her own experimental style to her jewelry collection. Click here for the details.

    Libby Andress finds inspiration through personal expression. 

    “My style has always been very unknowingly experimental and I partly attribute this to my mother, and her enjoyment of outfitting personalities,” says Andress. “As a child in the 80s, I slept under a Fiorucci poster with angels wearing sunglasses that my mom brought back from Los Angeles. If you know the brand, then you probably understand that it has a reputation for being experimental.” 

    Fiorucci was also all over Italy at a time when her family frequently traveled there. This brand encouraged her to be more demonstrative about her personal expression – in fashion, music, and art. 

    Personal expression is key at Shop Libby, a jewelry shop with a wide array of jewelry options. Andress also designs some of the jewelry she sells in her shop, which is part indie designer brand.

    “Personal expression is firstly the responsibility of the individual, and there is plenty to choose from out there in the world,” she says. “This is why I offer so many styles from all over the world to customers – so they can express themselves how they want, and everyone’s happy and no one feels insulted.”

    Andress is the one-woman show behind her jewelry shop. Although she doesn’t currently have a storefront, you can find her online and at local pop-ups, including at Findlay Market on the weekends April through December.

    Andress says she enjoys the unique blend of styles that she’s experienced in Cincinnati. “I grew up in Cincinnati and am familiar with the retail history of the city even back to before I was born – the local department stores and retail institutions that helped create a vibrant retail landscape,” she says. “Cincinnati definitely has a unique blend of style and I have experience trying all of it personally. I know what customers want here.”

    She also credits her personal intuition for buying that helps to set her shop out from the rest. 

    Her inventory and collections are constantly evolving, as most of what she sells is something she loves from the moment she buys or makes it. “If I don’t have a wow moment I typically won’t bother,” she says. 

    Shop the collection at https://shoplibby.com or follow along on Instagram.

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    Support a local restaurant and local farmers at this Covington restaurant with a unique farm-to-table concept.

    Stephen Williams opened Bouquet Restaurant back ini 2007 when he wanted to bring a farm-to-table concept to the Cincinnati area. Since then, the eatery has stayed ahead of the game on embracing local and sustainable farming, as it’s one of the cornerstones behind the establishment. 

    “Bouquet’s menu is constantly evolving to utilize the best products from over fifty farmers and purveyors,” explains Williams. “In addition to an eclectic and every-changing offering of small plates, entrees, and desserts, Bouquet has become known for its extensive bourbon collection.”

    The history of Bouquet Restaurant starts with wine. Originally, Bouquet opened as a wine bar offering a limited menu.

    “The name seemed fitting as Bouquet usually refers to the aromas, fragrance, smell, and scent of a fine wine when it is open,” says Wiliams. “The wine bar evolved into a restaurant where hospitality, local sourcing, and sustainability are some of our top priorities.”

    The rotating menu at Bouquet Restaurant adds to the concept’s uniqueness, and the menu changes as the farmers change their crops. Most often, the changes come in the spring through the fall with various vegetables and fruits.

    Then, during the winter months, Bouquet Restaurant focuses more on root vegetables and braised meats. 

    “The menu is in constant flux,” says Williams. “One dish might have a few ingredients that change, another might be completely reimagined at any time.”

    On the current menu at Bouquet Restaurant, Williams says that the Chicken and Dumplings is popular. “It is made with Eggleston Farm braised chicken, gnocchi, celery, carrot, pickled shallots, and toast,” he says. The Wagyu Beef Meatballs are also popular and are made with a creamy lemon-caper pureée, scallion gremolata, and chili oil.

    “But, we have a wide array of changing dishes, so one dish usually does not stand out for too long,” he adds.

    Williams says that they’ll soon be opening up a new shop next door to Bouquet Restaurant called Spoon: Kitchen and Market. Offerings there include coffee, juice, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, bowls, retail beer, wine, and liquor, groceries, and a full bar. He says they hope to open in March.

    Bouquet Restaurant is located at 519 Main Street in Covington, Kentucky.

    You can learn more about Bouquet Restaurant and order online at https://www.bouquetrestaurant.com. You can also stay up-to-date with happenings at the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram

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    Celebrate artists and freshen up your home for spring. Click here to read more about this curated gallery in the heart of New Richmond.

    Cincy Chic: What is The Collective?
    Aly Stacy, director at The Collective: The Collective is a curated gallery/boutique of sorts. It is housed in a beautiful historic church in a quaint village town and holds a collection of works from 100 local and regional artists.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Stacy: Art shows are a big inspiration behind The Collective. I love, not only being a part of art shows, but also walking them, immersing myself in them. I love meeting the artists that create the work and feel so inspired by it all. Artists are generally, very interesting people.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind The Collective?
    Stacy: My name is Aly Stacy and I am the mastermind and curator of the space. But without my fellow artists and the help of my talented carpenter husband, Beau, we would not have The Collective. 

    I have been lucky enough to be part of the art show circuit and world for over 14 years now with my clothing and accessory company, KreativeMindz. In that time, I have befriended and crossed paths with many talented artists. The space, itself, kind of fell in my lap. It was the spark that started what is now The Collective. I had just returned from a run of shows down in Florida in February 2020 and said yes to opening this space. 2 weeks later, Covid hit. I wasn’t sure how this was all going to play out, but I knew continuing to build and open this space was important. I’m so grateful we pushed through and did it, despite the challenges. I believe, with all the cancelations of art shows and such, that this space has helped many artists out, giving them another outlet to sell their work. 

    Cincy Chic: Where is The Collective located and what are your hours?
    Stacy: The Collective is located at 411 Walnut Street in New Richmond, Ohio. A short but beautiful drive from the city, along the Ohio Scenic River Highway. It’s hard to miss the big, beautiful church that sits on the corner of 52 and Walnut Street.

    We are open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4.

    Cincy Chic: What products do you carry in your store?
    Stacy: We carry works of 100 artists right now. A curated collection. We have such a wide range of products currently displayed. From fine paintings and photographs, to jewelry and home goods, to ceramics and soaps, to clothing and bags. We even carry a local coffee roaster and cookie maker.  We likely have a little something for everyone. It isn’t just a spot to come grab a unique gift for yourself or someone you love, it’s a space that I am hopeful everyone will enjoy and feel inspired by before they leave. 

    Cincy Chic: What makes The Collective unique?
    Stacy: I think a lot of things make The Collective unique, but I really think the extent of our collection and talent, along with the huge beautiful space that houses it, makes it so special. It’s an experience, not just a shopping trip. Most of the artists have provided a bio or story, to go along with their pieces. This helps people connect with the maker, even though they are not in the store physically. Making it more of an art show experience, but in a store. It is also run by an artist for artists. Connecting the art to its people. It’s something I am very passionate about.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Stacy: We have a green space on the side of the building, so I am thinking of incorporating a farmers market and maybe a few art shows for this year. I’d also like to start adding artist taught classes here and there. Maybe wine and craft nights? We are watching covid and restrictions and trying to plan things the best we can. I am also constantly receiving artist submissions to be displayed in this space. It is so fun to see the wide range of talent. I plan to have somewhat of a rotating collection as we move along, so there will always be something new to find.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Stacy: We have a website with general info and an artist submission page. We are also on Instagram and Facebook

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    Spring is around the corner and our life coach is helping you find the spark to inspire you in this new season.

    All signs point that spring is on its way. I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to begin planting seeds both in the ground and in my life.

    Not only are we a year into the pandemic, it’s this time of year when we feel those winter blues, and are ready to release what no longer serves us and go excitedly into the spring. What’s next for you?

    Spring is such a powerful awakening in so many ways. Not only for the planet but also for you personally – a perfect time for new growth and new beginnings. The flowers come alive, trees are budding, and the color of brown is now awakening to green. 

    And you being your own awakening to longer days, warmer temperatures, and infinite possibilities for what’s next. Spring brings us the opportunity to begin again, have a fresh start, or maybe a do-over.  

    I encourage you to take a closer look at what the change of season to spring may offer you in all areas of your life: health, money, business, relationships, and spirituality.  

    If you’ve been feeling stuck or stalled in any area, this is time to begin again. Think of one area that you really want to focus on and create a “plan” to move forward. Here are some ideas to spark your focus:

    A new wellness program to begin to reclaim your health for longevity and vitality

    A savings plan for home renovations and/or redecorating

    Reaching out to a friend you’d like to reconnect with and catch up

    Hiring an organizer to help you get your office organized and out from all those piles of paper and clutter

    Plan a summer vacation to somewhere you’ve always dreamed about going

    Start by taking some form of action because that will bring more opportunities and clarity you may not see in the moment. What better time to begin than in this magical time of spring while excitement, happiness, and joy is in the air with another new birth of infinite possibilities.

    You deserve to live your best life NOW!

    Melissa

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