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    For our annual “entrepreneur” issue, we chat with a local exec who recently launched her own concept that helps growing businesses bridge the gap between where they want to go and how to get there.

    Jane Schulte is the founder of COO On Call.

    Downsizing, upsizing and rightsizing – these are a few of Jane Schulte’s favorite things.  Not only has she been a COO for the past 15 years, but she also launched a Northern Kentucky- based regional title and closing company, taking it from zero revenue to a $10 million-dollar company in a two-year period of time. She then grew the company from regional to national a year later. 

    In the past 15 years, Schulte says she’s learned a lot. Whether it’s solving problems with financials or with the “community” aspect of a business, she knows where things can be improved. That need for improvement is what inspired her to launch her business COO On Call.

    “COO On Call is an outsourcing/co-sourcing business model whereby small to mid-sized businesses can reap the benefits of having a Chief Operating Officer on an as-needed basis versus employing a full-time COO, which is oftentimes not feasible from a financial standpoint.”

    Running a business is hard work, and Schulte knows that. “There is often a skill gap between the business owner and their highest-level employee,” she says. “I am able to work independently or with current employees to accomplish a wide variety of COO-level initiatives when a business owner finds themselves in a situation where they cannot solve a problem with current resources, or they are in growth or expansion mode and all resources are tied up with other responsibilities.”

    Schulte says she was inspired to launch COO On Call after finding a need in the business community for owners to take advantage of higher-level services that they previously did not have access to.

    “Oftentimes they have a vision or a concept, but have difficulty bringing that to reality,” she says. “My specialty is taking that vision, dream, or concept, and creating a specific action plan and implementing it in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner.”

    Schulte is the one-woman show behind COO, and says that she’s often referred to as a Chief Problem Solver.

    “I have always been called upon when crisis ensues, a process needs to be created, or a raw ideas is at play with the daunting task of making that idea come to life with tangible benefits,” says Schulte.

    Jane Schulte has experience as a business owner, COO, and author of multiple books.

    The services offered through COO On Call are essentially whatever a business owner may need. “No job is too small or too big,” says Schulte. “The idea of being on-call is that a business owner can call me for just about anything.”

    When she says a business owner can call her, she means that they can call her for anything. That ranges from vetting a new ideas, talking through an issue or problem, to joining them temporarily to take their business to the next level.

    Schulte says that her business is unlike any other, and is something that no one else is doing.

    “There are companies that offer Chief Financial Officer services, Chief Marketing Officer services, and Chief Information Officer services, but no one else is offering Chief Operating Officer services in the Greater Cincinnati area,” she says. “With the ever-changing and highly competitive landscape of small- to mid-size businesses today, it was important to bring a new concept to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.”

    To learn more about COO On Call, click here.

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    Take a peek inside this beautifully upgraded home, filled with charm and located just blocks from Hyde Park Square.

    Soak up the sun in this Colonial home on one of the most premier streets in Hyde Park. Located just blocks from the Square, this home has been tastefully updated with granite counter tops, an eat-in kitchen with an adjoining family room, a fenced-in lawn, screened-in porch, sunroom, and master study. The location and condition of this home is a can’t miss!

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

     

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    Tired of the same old, same old at the salon? Learn about a concept that puts you AND your salon professional at the top of their priority list.

    The history of Phenix Salon Suites dates back to 2007 in Colorado Springs. Since then, the business has popped up across the country and was even featured on Undercover Boss. Today, there’s a location in Cincinnati that offers its salon services to customers.

    “Phenix Salon Suites has been the industry standard of salon suite concepts in the United States,” says Cincinnati Owner Sheri Hardesty. “We have more than 80 years of professional salon expertise, a family culture, and strong work ethics, which are the foundation of Phenix Salon Suites.

    Since its initial launch in 2007, Phenix Salon Suites has gone from a single suite to multiple locations throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom.

    The company’s founder Gina River has a background in the salon industry.

    “Her parents owned a small salon where she and her sister spent a great deal of time,” explains Hardesty. “After high school, Gina went on to become a licensed hairdresser.”

    It was during maternity leave that Gina decided to open a salon of her own. However, she wanted to present a new concept to the hair industry – a space that allowed salon professionals to own and operate their own salon without the daunting financial commitment and facility management hassles that are typically associated with owning a salon.

    At Phenix Salon Suites, there are two customers – the salon professionals and their clients.

    Hardesty says that salon professionals are given access to an upscale facility that has no hidden costs while offering high quality and well-designed suites.

    “This includes floor-to-ceiling walls and individual temperature controls to allow the salon professional to create the best environment for them and their clients,” says Hardesty. “For their clients, they are provided a wide array of salon professionals under one roof – hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, massage therapists, microblading, lash extensions, and facials are all available.”

    Hardesty says that what sets Phenix Salon Suites apart from other salon suite companies is its dedication to salon professionals first.

    “We put our salon professionals first in everything we do – including making it easy for them to get started owning their own business by offering month-to-month contracts, maternity leave, and medical leave, which are all rare in the salon suite industry,” explains Hardesty. “We even hold an annual Phenix Family Reunion to give our salon professionals access to excellent raining, exposure to new ideas and industry trends, and time to reconnect and recharge through fun events for three days in Vegas.”

    To check out Phenix Salon Suites for yourself, visit them at 3974 Red Bank Road, Suite C, in Cincinnati. You can also check our their website.

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    Learn about a local massage guru who customizes services and products for each client to get the best results. 

    There is a new business in the Old Milford area that is helping people to relax. “My Massage is a comfortable place where you can come and relax your mind and body,” Abby Reckman, Licensed Massage Therapist, says. Reckman has been practicing Massage Therapy for 10 years on and off, but started back up again in February.

    The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion for people. “I have always liked to help people and I have always been interested in the human body and mind. Massage Therapy is a very natural fit for me,” she says. “We live in a very stressful, chaotic, busy, busy, busy, did I mention busy? World. We don’t take as much time as we should to focus on ourselves and recharge our batteries and that’s where I feel I can help people.”

    The name of the business came from the way she wants people to feel during their massage. “Every massage I give is unique to the client,” Reckman says. “The massage is for them and focused on their needs, so it’s their massage.”

    Currently, she is working on the business by herself. “I have a great community of family and friends who help me with little and big decisions, so I don’t feel like I’m by myself. I like having the freedom to schedule clients more easily,” Reckman says. “If a client is late, or I want to work on a client’s back a bit longer, I don’t have to stop the massage just because the clock says it’s time.”

    There are a variety of services offered at My Massage and they include:

    • Full Body Relaxation Massage: “This massage works the head, neck, arms, legs, back and light gluteal work. However, I customize the massage to the clients,” she says. “Sometimes that means less leg work and more back work or vice versa.”
    • Infused Relaxation Massage: “It is the same as the relaxation massage, but I use a very calming salve,” Reckman says. 
    • Prenatal Massage (Starting at the end of April)

    My Massage is a unique business because Reckman personalizes the massages for each individual. “I like to do my research and figure out how I can best help you. Each visit may be different as I continue to work with you to help with your specific area of concernment,” she says. “It’s just me, so you will always be coming back to somebody you are familiar with and knows your body.”

    This business is important for the community of Old Milford and every  community. “People tend to overlook self-care and put it off as a luxury. However, I believe it is a necessity,” Reckman says. “Self-care is how you put yourself in a position to help others.”

    Her favorite part of working at My Massage is the relationship that she builds with her clients. “When someone leaves and tells me later that they felt totally relaxed the rest of the day or finally slept that night, that’s the highlight,” Reckman says. What gets her to come back to work everyday is being a source of relaxation for people and also a source of healing for people. “I really enjoy helping people, knowing my clients are coming to see me to relax their mind and body or ease an ache that has been bothering them for months, or just have an hour where they can think about “nothing” and just focus on their breath, which is so important, brings me back and brings me joy,” Reckman says. 

    If you want to keep up with what My Massage is doing, follow the Instagram. “I hope to have a website up and running soon,” she says.

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    A new local market is showcasing community creatives. Read on for all the decorative details.

    Local makers make the world a prettier place and The Arts Alliance is helping them make an even bigger impact through The Deerfield Handmade Markets.

    According to Meredith Raffel, Founder and Executive Director at The Arts Alliance, The Deerfield Handmade Markets are designed to showcase local and regional fine arts, creatives, and makers by celebrating those who are creating unique items, and those who work in a more traditional medium, too.

    “The idea is to create a more organic and earthy event that welcomes all kinds of creativity,” she explains. “We will welcome artists in the categories of painting, drawing, sculpture, and those who are working to create soaps, floras, repurposing items, reuse materials, furniture makers, candles, cottage food, pop-up shop vendors, and more.”

    Raffel says the inspiration behind The Arts Alliance is change.

    “The Arts Alliance has always welcomed new ideas and tries to be a fluid organization,” she explains. “Change can be intimidating, but we are game to mix things up.”

    The festival events offered through The Arts Alliance have always been traditional – but there was a desire to switch it up a bit.

    “It just felt like it was time to welcome a broader set of creatives into the fold,” says Raffel. “Art and the creation of the arts shouldn’t be a stuffy experience and we aren’t a stuffy organization. We are open to new ideas and want to try new things. We have failed plenty of times, but we’ve succeeded even more. We are excited to introduce to the community new artists, new event elements, and enjoyment.”

    The welcomed change from The Arts Alliance resulted in The Deerfield Handmade Markets, which was launched in partnership with Deerfield Township.

    “We are bringing an urban idea to this rural community,” says Raffel. “We have seen these events downtown and in the breweries. We want to bring ‘cool’ to the ‘burbs.”

    Raffel says the Deerfield Handmade Markets are unlike anything else out there in Warren County. “The community will enjoy a lot of games, art making opportunities for their families, and social media opportunities, too.”

    The Deerfield Handmade Markets will give those doing good work in the community the chance to have a space at these events.

    “Through our Take Part Initiative, we welcome nonprofits to engage with the community and let people know what good work they are doing.”

    Those interested in the Take Part Initiative can tell The Arts Alliance about the good work they are doing in the community and they will be given a space. Raffel says approximately 10 spaces will be given to local non-profits.

    This year, markets will be held June 8 at Cottell Park from 11am to 5 pm, September 15 at Cottell Park from 11am to 5pm, and December 8 at Sonder Brewing from 11am to 5pm.

    There will be around 100 vendors at each of the three events, according to Raffel. The cost for vendors is $50 per event. Artists can apply for the juried events and find more information here.

    Raffel says the team comprised of The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Township is excited to bring the Deerfield Handmade Markets to the area this year, following 14 years of presenting festivals to the community.

    To learn more about The Arts Alliance, visit here. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To contact The Arts Alliance directly, send them an email or call 513-309-8585.

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    This locally-based transportation company gives you a safer, more dependable, cost-effective option when going to and from the airport.

    Taxi Maxx offers transportation to and from CVG and Dayton airports.

    Max Osadchy wants to give his clients what they want when they want it. And that’s affordable and convenient transportation to and from the airport before and after their travels.

    That’s why he launched Taxi Maxx, a locally owned and operated airport transportation company based out of Mason, back in 2011.

    “The goal behind Taxi Maxx is  to provide both the community and businesses with gold standard professional service from a company that they can trust,” says Osadchy.

    Taxi Maxx offers affordable pricing to individuals, as well as term billing for corporate clients.

    Prices through Taxi Mass vary and are based on mileage, however, Osadchy says there is a flat rate from Mason to CVG of $70 and a flat rate of $90 to the Dayton airport.

    Osadchy prides himself on giving his customers high quality service. “We want our customers to feel comfortable and taken care of when choosing us,” he says. “The bulk of our business is corporate and families. We understand traveling can be a hassle, we want to be a positive experience in their journey. We are always available through reservation for those late night flights and conveniently meet our arriving customers inside CVG to help with luggage and eliminate the ‘search’ for their taxi/car.”

    Osadchy says that Taxi Mass continues to offer its clients a more dependable, seamless and safer choice in their airport travel.  

    To learn more about Taxi Maxx, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook or call 513-280-2412.

    Taxi Maxx is also currently on the search for new employees. You can inquire by emailing or by calling 513-280-2412.

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    See how a local suit shop is celebrating diversity both in-store and out with a campaign that’s getting national attention.

    Since 2011, Pursuit has been using a combination of modern style, a simplified shopping experience with great service, prices that are affordable, and a strong media presence to stand for something that’s more than just clothing. That inspired its recent campaign that’s now garnering national attention.

    “The ‘You Are Who We Are’ campaign is all about celebrating the diverse group of inspiring people who make Pursuit who we are. It was inspired by a deep sense of gratitude after the growth we’ve seen in the past year with recognition we’ve received and the new store and community in Cincinnati” says Nate DeMars, founder of Pursuit and also named Columbus’ Top Entrepreneur of 2018 by Metropreneur.

    Since the campaign is centered around the people, their stories and backgrounds are prominent in the campaign as well, DeMars says, highlighting Pursuit‘s impact as a whole. “We shot a video featuring over 150 people from the Cincinnati and Columbus communities who have shaped Pursuit. We also created an interactive page on our website that allows you to learn about all 150 people in the video, their story, and their connection to Pursuit. From leaders, to athletes, artists, celebrities, to customers and Pursuit team members – it’s an impressed group of people, mostly from Ohio roots.” 

    The video highlights individuals of all races and ages, copious Ohio scenery, wedding parties, live music, artwork, and much more – a perfect inside look into the thousands of stories that Pursuit has had a hand in writing.

    The concept from this campaign was born out of a song from Big Red Machine, a band made up of Cincinnati’s Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. “The song ‘Melt’ really helped solidify this feeling of gratitude for the diverse community that has rallied around pursuit,” says DeMars. On March 31, Justin Vernon and Bon Iver helped shoot a collaborative video while they got suits right before they played the Taft Theater. “(Their appearance) was a thriving addition to what was already a super meaningful campaign,” says DeMars. The song was also chosen to be the background music in the campaign video.

    As far as next steps go for Pursuit, the sky is the limit. “In Cincinnati, we are only getting started, having just been open in Over The Rhine for just four months. We want to continue to build meaningful connections in the community so we feel as local here as we do in our first home of Columbus,” DeMars explains. “We believe Pursuit has the potential to be a national retail and suit brand and we are striving to build an innovate and impactful business model that helps us grow our reach.”

    You can shop Pursuit in Over The Rhine, at 1433 Vine St, Wednesday through Sunday. They offer the Pursuit Tailored Collection of suit separates for $299 along with an in-house tailor, as well as a premium line of Pursuit Custom Suits and Shirts designed by the customer for the customer. Brands such as The Tie Bar, Mizzen + Main, French Connection, and other local brands as well.

    To learn more, visit here.

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    What are the three things needed to be a successful entrepreneur in any arena? Read on as our new life coach columnist explains.

    Does one really know they are ready to become an entrepreneur? 

    Or is it something that lives within and emerges one day when the soul is ready?

    I often wonder how individuals make this decision. If you are, or currently considering, an entrepreneur path, let me shine some light on the work that’s required to be successful, as I have learned during my journey.

    So, if you know how hard being an entrepreneur can be, all the work and hustle, late nights, and continually striving for the next best move, and yet you still say YES! –Why is that?

    I believe that with the abundantly available multilevel marketing and online businesses that have sprung up, and now surpass what one could have ever imagined and expanding to new heights, it opens the opportunity for anyone to go it solo as a business owner, especially online.

    When I became an entrepreneur, I was at an age that I had no idea I was going into business for myself, and the word entrepreneur had never been uttered nor could I even spell the word.  And yet, my 10-year-old-self stepped right into growing a business.

    I had a magazine that I ordered stationary from so I could pen-pal with my cousin in Alaska.  Since I was without income, my mom had to supply the money for my purchases.  When the items I wanted began to grow in value, I had to figure out a way to find money to buy more.  And there in the catalog was a way to do just that – it stated if so much was ordered get so much for FREE!

    I found my customer base which was the farmer’s wives.  I lived in the country, so I jumped on my bike and rode house to house asking for a sale.  And it worked! 

    And from that place something emerged within, and I knew my desire to own and operate my own business was my desire and passion.  

    Connecting the dots looking back, I saw clearer that the first step in becoming a successful entrepreneur was to have an Action Plan! How to get from island A to island B as one of my coaches always described. 

    I used an Action Plan again when I turned 30 and attended college to earn my teaching degree in business and technology education.  I did not know at the time it would serve as a catalyst to my future businesses.

    As a mother of two small boys and working full time, I had to develop a solid Action Plan to be on target to complete my degree in four years (my own personal goal). And I did just that!

    After graduation I began teaching technology at the high school level.  Being able to teach, mentor, direct and lead a classroom of students making an impact on their future was just the beginning. An opportunity in the form of a brick and mortarbusiness came to us and we became golf course owners.

    This step into a bigger entrepreneurial opportunity allowed me to leave teaching and grow the business successfully we were able to buy a second course.  

    This is where the second step in becoming a successful entrepreneur comes in to play.  I hired a business coach.

    Having never worked with a coach, the opportunity was a new experience.  Her support allowed me to learn business practices, how to grow and expand revenue, work with employees, etc.  My goal was to be a successful business owner.

    What I discovered during this work with the coach is that everything is interconnected.  My ah-ha was when I realized that how you do one thing is how you do all things. What was going on with the business was often relating to what was going on in my personal life.  They intertwine and without having someone see past those blinders you can miss a lot and begin a downward spiral and get out of control without even realizing the magnitude. 

    This relationship with my coach, opened my mind up to a new possibility which was stepping into learning the game of golf, especially since I am know an owner, and taking those principles of life/business on the golf course where I taught women the game of golf AND how it relates to the game of life!

    My entrepreneurship business was in such alignment with my talents and gifts.  What I learned on the golf course is now being translated to others on their own course of life.

    Stepping into being a mentor and personal coach was my next opportunity to be available for those wanting to make a difference and live their life by design.

    What happened that was unforeseen was my use of alcohol, smoking, spending money, and gaining weight to go numb and unconscious to my decision making and plans for success.

    This is where step three become the focus for up-leveling out of my current circumstances and situation.  I realized that using the alcohol was linked to all the other uses so if I eliminated the drinking, I’d be able to manage my business with a powerful and businesslike mindset.

    So, I did.  My self-care become my priority.  If I was going to continue as a successful badass business woman, I had to take care of me first.  Like on the airplane to put your air mask on first before helping others.

    In all of this I learned four powerful words “You Make It Happen” as learned by Melanie Griffith character Tess McGilfrom the movie “Working Girl”.

    Now I am playing on a bigger course in the game of life with being on stage giving motivational speeches, teaching teams and groups how to work together, grow their bottom line, and keep reaching for the next best thing that lights them up, and columnist for Cincy Chic, and many other opportunities just on the horizon.

    I leave you with this: What’s needed to really be a successful entrepreneur in any arena?

    1. Action plan
    2. Support
    3. Self-care
     

    These three simple things can be super challenging if you aren’t aware of their value for the bigger picture.

    Action Plan is what keeps you going from the up and down cycles, much like that feeling after Christmas.  You’ve planned and prepared and in an instance the day comes, and everything is over and done with in a blink of an eye. The next day it sets in to the “now what” feeling.  Much like growing a business if there isn’t a solid action plan these moments will take you under.  

    I’ve learned to create the list out for the months ahead.  Much like a flow chart in a sense that when this happens its followed by this, but if it doesn’t happen then this next step takes its place. Through my experience and working with others this is a very time-consuming step that most folks don’t even want to take the time to work on and yet it is the most powerful tool in the tool box.

    Support! Even athletes have proven that having a coach is what leads them to their successes.  And they not only have one coach but multiple.  A food and diet coach, a trainer, a mindset coach, etc. So, if their success is foundationally proven with the support of a coach, then why would going through life and running a business would be any different.

    Self-care comes in many forms and is usually the one that is mostly overlooked.  When I find myself struggling, I stop to see where has my self-care expired? 

    I hope these tips have helped you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries. 

    Learn more at http://www.findyourowndrive.com/

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    It’s an entertaining animated adventure but are there still missing links? Read on as our movie critic offers his review.

     

    “Hi … We don’t know the crew from Smallfoot; why do you ask?” Susan a.k.a. Mr. Link (center, voiced by Zach Galifanakis) introduces himself along with his newfound friends Lionel Frost (left, voiced by Hugh Jackman) and Adelina Fortnight (right, voiced by Zoe Saldana) in a scene from Annapurna Pictures’ animated adventure MISSING LINK. Credit: © 2019 Laika Studios/Annapurna Pictures. All rights reserved. 

    WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

     

     

    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia and David Walliams 

    DIRECTOR(S): Chris Butler

    THE BACK STORY: Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is an adventurer and explorer constantly in search of mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster … Even if his fellow explorers don’t see him as one of their contemporaries. That’s why when he gets a letter calling him to Washington state with a tip to find the elusive “missing link,” he couldn’t be more excited, even if Lord Piggot-Duncep (Stephen Fry) – the head of the explorer club to which Lionel wishes he belonged – not only vows he will fail in his quest, but hires the equally villainous Stenk (Timothy Olyphant) to make sure he does.  

    Then again, Lionel is going to have bigger problems once he meets Susan (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), the male – yes male – sasquatch who wants him to take him to the land of Shangri-La where his “cousins,” the yetis, may exist. Now, if Lionel can just get a map from Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) the widow of his former partner Aldis, he might have a shot at helping Susan and finding the acceptance and legacy he wishes he had.  

    THE REVIEW: A kids movie that isn’t exactly a kids movie given the brief moments of gunplay, the jokes which definitely skew a bit more towards teenagers and adults than younger children, Missing Link is a familiar yet solid film families of all ages will enjoy as it hits all the necessary notes well enough to make each age group smile.

    While Galifianakis’ brings a nice, innocent charm to this happy-go-lucky sasquatch, the film really leans more heavily on Jackman’s character to drive its story forward, both in terms of the action and each characters’ arc. Starting off as a purely pompous, self-indulgent man who thinks he is better than he is, only to evolve into what you would expect him to become by the story’s rather intense ending. Emma Thompson adds a nice injection of dark humor to her role as the Yeti queen, bringing out the film’s best original comedic moments. Throw in some animation reminiscent of Aardman favorites Wallace & Gromit rather than Laika Studios’ most recent release Kubo & the Two Strings and Missing Link is visually pleasing to watch as well.  And that’s the good and the bad of Missing Link – the film doesn’t necessarily do anything wrong, but it also doesn’t do ANYTHING that you don’t expect or haven’t seen before.

    A tight 95 minutes in length, Missing Link hits all the beats (characters meet, adventure begins, evil characters come into play and our heroes come together to face their challenge). But the film lacks anything about it that feels special to make it seem, well, exceptionally memorable. Short and sweet, the film is tight and concise but feels more like the matinee to a second feature (or, at the very least, a more dynamic one of a double bill). To use an example I’m sure I’ve written before, Missing Link is like going to your favorite chain restaurant and ordering your usual meal. Maybe there’s a newer version of it for a limited time only – this one’s got ghost pepper cheese! – but it’s still a safe choice as you know what you’re getting with no surprises.

    For a film about a missing link, though, you’d hope the only thing missing wouldn’t be something that felt so familiar.

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     

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      A local fashionista decided to carpe diem and open a new storefront in the city’s Central Business District. Read on to learn more about her inspiration and where you can find her vintage pieces.

       

      Marcie Hon in her new boutique, Down to Mars Vintage (Image: Twin Spire Photography)

      Marcie Hon has always been complimented on her unique style. Working at a high end costume shop as a costume designer has given her an eye for curating one of a kind looks. Hon is constantly surrounded by ornate gowns, costumes, and a selection of vintage pieces, which inspired her to launch her “Down to Mars Vintage” Etsy Shop, selling high-end vintage clothing.

      Hon has always had a quirky, vintage style, and in the fall of 2016, she launched her Etsy shop. She loves searching for gems and hand chooses each of the garments that are sold, setting her apart from other vintage shopping options. Not only are her pieces high style, but high quality is guaranteed. Her experience in the costume store has made her familiar with vintage cuts and sizes, which greatly differ from those of today. She has an eye for visualizing what a piece on the hanger will look like and knows how to personally style her clients.

      Down to Mars Vintage is located in the Central Business District of downtown Cincinnati (Image: Twin Spire Photography)

      Hon recalls the moment that her love of vintage fashion was solidified. When her grandparents passed, she wanted to keep their clothes. She specifically remembers her grandfather’s “members only” jacket; some may have thought it was ugly but she felt it was special and soulful. That is where her passion for vintage clothing comes from: the memories that are brought to life through the pieces.

      Hon was recently able to take her dream of a fashion brand one step further – the opening of her storefront on Main Street.

      “I was participating as a retailer in Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.’s temporary ‘Downtown Cincy Winter Pop Shop’ program from November 2018 to January 2019 when an older office space randomly opened up only a few blocks from where the Pop Shop was located,” says Hon. “I was intrigued by this new space because of the beautiful, tall storefront windows and an amazing mid-century-inspired light fixture. It seemed like too good of a location, timing, and space alignment to pass up, so I went for it.”

      Hon says she couldn’t have come across a better time to open her own store, as the pop-up shop’s time was coming to an end and she was wondering what she would be doing next. “This opportunity seemed to present itself at the right moment,” she adds.

      Hon then spent the entire month of February and most of March renovating the space into a modern boutique environment.

      With an always-growing downtown sector, Hon says that she’s excited to be located in Cincinnati’s Central Business District.

      Down to Mars Vintage celebrated its Grand Opening on March 22, 2019

      “It is important to me to continue to build upcon Cincinnati’s growing and booming creative small business atmosphere, especially in the downtown area,” she says. “There are not many places to shop in this area of downtown, and I am happy to provide a unique space where customers can shop vintage and gifts.”

      In the boutique, you’ll find women’s vintage fashions and accessories from the 1940s through the 1990s including formal and casual pieces.

      “Down to Mars also carries modern accessories and gifts ranging from jewelry, perfume, bar accessories, candles, and much more,” says Hon. “I am passionate about supporting other women-owned businesses from across the United States by carrying their products in my store.”

      Hon says to keep an eye out on her web-store, which will soon launch and feature vintage goods including fashion, accessories, and housewares.

      “Local customers will have the option to pick up the goods in-store or shipped to your home,” explains Hon.

      The web-store will also allow you to browse lookbooks from Down to Mars vintage styled photoshoots and learn more about services such as alterations and repairs on vintage pieces.

      Down To Mars Vintage is located at 621 Main Street in Cincinnati, between 6th and 7th streets. It’s also along the cincinnati Bell Connector line near the Richter & Phillips Station. The store is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8 pm.

      You can check out the Down To Mars Etsy shop, follow along on Instagram, or give them a “like” on Facebook.

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