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At Go Beyond Medicine, they don’t just treat problems, they treat patients. See how Dr. Grogan is working toward restoring a sense of hope and ability to live.

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“You need to stop smoking.” “You need to lose weight.”

These are both common solutions offered in traditional western medicine. However, Dr. Grogan with Go Beyond Medicine offers options that go beyond “just taking a pill” or “just having surgery.” Instead, Grogan takes preventative measures to improve each and every patient’s quality of life.

After graduating from medical school in 1979 and completing his residency in Atlanta, Georgia, Grogan went on to spend 20 years practicing family medicine – until about 10 years ago when he started reconsidering his practice of providing care.

“I didn’t like third party people telling us how to practice medicine and this frustration led to a lot of unhappiness in my practice of medicine,” he says. “I was doing the best I could do, but I was watching people die when I knew that we could have done something. The American public has been convinced that there’s a pill or surgery for everything and nothing else for them to do – but I knew in my heart that wasn’t true.”

“Working very hard and not seeing the results I wanted made me question what I was doing and I realized how unhappy I was doing it the way I was doing it,” Grogan continues. “I had a long period of soul searching and one day my wife asked me why I went to medical school. I said it was because I like people and I want to help them. It was obvious that I like people, but I wasn’t able to help them at that time.”

It wasn’t long before Grogan became interested in holistic medicine, a form of medicine that strives to do all of those things that you can do prior to needing a pill, needing surgery, or reversing a medical problem. “We want to do all of those things that are preventative in an effort to reverse what some doctor has prescribed,” says Grogan. “We consider all aspects of your life and individualize every patient by changing one’s nutrition, personalizing diets and personalizing exercise programs to prevent and reverse medical issues – we control risk factors.”

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Dr. Grogan, Founder of the medical practice Go Beyond Medicine
Since launching Go Beyond Medicine, Grogan has developed a number of programs geared toward accomplishing their goal of a holistic approach. “We have worked with chiropractic’s, massage therapists and chefs in our office,” says Grogan. “We want to slow the aging process and improve your quality of life by focusing on day-to-day functions. We do this through body-weight exercises, sleep programs, weight loss programs, hormone replacement, teletherapy and testosterone replacement. In referencing an experience with a previous patient, Grogan explains how it’s really the patient’s feedback that matters most. “I tend to get a lot of people with serious medical problems where their doctors have told them that there’s nothing else that they can really do,” he says. “One patient named David came in saying he wanted to thank me because when we first met he was hopeless and wanted to die – but that now he not only has a desire to live, but a desire to overcome. We stopped and I held an emergency staff meeting. Here, David shared his story – crying halfway through it – but the beauty was that most of my staff was crying as well.” When looking to future, Grogan has big hopes for Go Beyond Medicine. “I want to change the entire medical community,” he elaborates. “I want every person in the U.S. and across the world to experience the benefits of individualized care – we want to get bigger and better so that we can put more smiles on more people’s faces.”

To learn more about Go Beyond Medicine, visit www.gobeyondmedicine.com or call (859) 586-0111 to schedule a consultation.

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Want to feel good about the ingredients in your skincare products, and even better about the results? Take a look at this new anti-aging line just launched by the founders of Stella & Dot.

EVER Skincare is a new product line that leaves behind the not-so-great ingredients and leaves your skin feeling great.

It’s usually a trade off. Feel good about the ingredients, and not-so-good about the results. Feel good about the results, and not-so-good about the ingredients. Thanks to EVER Skincare, trade offs – and scary ingredients – are a thing of the past.

Officially launched in early 2015, EVER Skincare is a brand new line from the founders of Stella & Dot. The 12-piece collection includes a hand cream with mineral sunscreen, a face oil with retinol, a tinted moisturizer, and even a gentle at-home peel.

While it’s botanically derived, the products are clinical grade, featuring LSR10, a new, patent-pending bioactive complex scientifically formulated to reduce the top 10 signs of aging. The regimen features four steps: cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect. There are also Regimen Enhancers in the line that include an Overnight Facial Oil, Hand Treatment and Lip Treatment.

“We believe in the products so much we also offer a 45-day money back guarantee,” says Ceci David, a long-time stylist for Stella & Dot based in Cincinnati, who quickly jumped on the opportunity to sell EVER.

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Ceci David, EVER Skincare Specialist

She says the best part about the line is that it’s an effective, easy-to-use regimen. “I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my skincare routine. I want something that’s easy to use, affordable and gives me results. EVER has all of these things,” she says. “As I approach the age of 50, it’s become more and more important for me to take care of my skin. As a Stylist for Stella & Dot, I was given the opportunity to try the regimen, so I gave it a shot.”

David says she finally found products that work for her. “Don’t we all have drawers full of beauty products in our bathrooms that are still full and haven’t provided the results we wanted? I tried EVER for about 30 days, loved the results and decided to sign up as a Specialist,” David explains. “It was a no-brainer for me. Now, I really just want to share it with people.”

The philosophy of EVER Skincare is Conscious Beauty, according to David. “All of the products are consciously formulated for the health and beauty of the skin, and only contain ingredients that are effective and meet our strict safety requirements,” she adds. “We consciously avoid any ingredients that are banned in foreign countries, and we never ever test on animals.”

The LSR10 ingredient is compromised of its main ingredients: Magnolia bark, Honokiol, Ectoin, and Ergothioneine. “All of which work together to help protect against UVA/UVB light, pollution, allergens, and chemicals while also acting as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory in turn reducing redness and leaving skin bright and clear,” David explains.

“If you take special care as to what you put in your body, you should take the same amount of care as to what you put on your skin,” David says, adding that a few of the ingredients you will never find in EVER products are parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or chemical sunscreens.

“With EVER, you don’t have to sacrifice your health or wellness for beauty,”says Christin Powell, EVER vice president of Product Development. Powell is the former head of Research and Development for Perricone MD and co-founder of Juice Beauty, a leader in organic skincare.

Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot, created EVER Skincare as a sister brand, using a similar business model where customers can buy online exclusively through specialists or at an EVER social. “We also offer a great referral program,” she explains. “When three of your friends each spend $80 within a month, you earn $80 in referral rewards.”

David says she’s excited about the new products, personally and professionally. “I’m thrilled about the expansion of the line and to share something that is good and safe,” she says. “EVER is safe on all skin types regardless of ethnicity and can be used by men and women alike, at any age. Both my husband and college-age daughter are using the line and love it! And now I can finally clean out that drawer of unused products!”

To learn more, click here.

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After finding inspiration from a former NBA player, one local lady is determined to make others pain-free through health and wellness clinics throughout the city. Read on for more.

Bambi Merz, Founder of Going Pain Free
Bambi Merz, Founder of Going Pain Free

Cincy Chic: What is Going Pain Free?
Bambi Merz, Founder of Going Pain Free: Going Pain Free is a Cincinnati-based effort to promote health and wellness through education while empowering people to take action on their own health.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the business?
Merz: I was inspired to start Going Pain Free clinics after I was introduced to a device invented by former NBA All-Star Jonathan Bender called the JBIT MedPro, which takes pressure off the joints and activates the muscles. One of the ways that the device is promoted is through events called Pain Free Clinics. Here, a person can come for free and try on the device to experience it before buying it.

Cincy Chic: When did Going Pain Free launch?
Merz: We launched it in April 2014.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer clients?
Merz: Currently, Going Pain Free can be seen at health and wellness events as well as working with individuals and health and wellness professionals throughout the area. Since the JBIT MedPro is a consumer device and joint health is such a current topic – especially among athletes and Baby Boomers – we will continue to expand our reach to educate concerning, non-pharmaceutical solutions to health and wellness and pain management.

Cincy Chic: What makes Going Pain Free unique?
Merz: We’re unique in the promoting of the innovative JBIT MedPro device. How awesome to be able to try on a device and understand what it feels like and what it can do for your prior to investing any money? If you go to the “Studies” tab on our website, Jennifer is a person from Cincinnati that came to our first Cincinnati Pain Free Clinic. Her story continues to grow and be shared to help and encourage others.

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about what you do with Going Pain Free?
Merz: The two coolest things about what I do are:

1. Actually putting the device on people and watching their faces light up. The device is described by people as feeling like “they are a marionette” or that they’re “walking in water,” and then they are smiling asking “How does it do that?” Fun!

2. Continually learning and sharing what I have learned. Some of the professionals I have been able to hear and share with have been so eye opening for me. Personally, I continue to explore and make different choices myself concerning my own health and wellbeing.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Going Pain Free?
Merz: The company is young and we are currently building our core team of people. From there the number of Pain Free Clinics and exposure to the JBIT MedPro as well as the health and wellness offerings will increase as the core team and core work of the company truly commences.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Merz: Visit www.goingpainfree.com and check out health and wellness events (We were at Cincy Chic’s 2015 Women’s Health Expo!).

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    It’s like roaming the streets of an Italian city and discovering the most fashionable finds in an alleyway boutique — all without the travel time. Learn about an Ohio woman who’s bringing the best of Italy’s artisans, designers, and craftsmen right to your doorstep with the click of a button.

    L'Italia is bringing renowned designers and local artisans into the spotlight.

    Tina Fisher’s life changed after a trip to Italy. She brought back a few jewelry and leather goods she found in small artisan boutiques. Friends, co-workers and even strangers would ask Fisher “Where’d you get that?” whenever she’d wear them, so she knew she was on to something.

    That’s when she came up with the idea for L’Italia, which is the e-commerce site Fisher developed to give accessibility to undiscovered artisans and iconic fashion brands alike. “Shopping on L’Italia.com is all about discovery—our customers love the journey of the find and are less concerned with the strict rules of fashion,” says Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of L’Italia.

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    Tina Fisher

    The brand is focused on Italian and European fashion, with an appreciation for the artisan traditions of fine design and craftsmanship. According to Fisher, she launched L’Italia in 2012 with the idea of being a go-to place for fashions such as these as well as a marketplace to showcase undiscovered artisans and iconic fashion houses.

    With Fisher’s own Italian heritage and deep appreciation for Italian craftsmanship, she takes pride in making these goods available through her site. “While walking along the stone streets of Italy, I was intrigued by the beauty and quality of the rich Italian leather goods and handcrafted jewelry, and the realization that such product was not readily available in the States,” explains Fisher. “[I was inspired] by the magic and timelessness of this generational craftsmanship.”

    L’Italia now bridges the gap between luxury fashion brands and the Internet through e-commerce, Fisher says. “Today, L’Italia is now recognized as the destination for world-class luxury and artisan fashion brands,” she adds.

    During L’Italia’s formative years in 2012 and 2013, Fisher worked through plans on how to best convey the vision of her business through both the website and branding. Today, although there are always things changing, she has a support team that includes IT and marketing professionals as well as experienced buyers and channel partners.

    Fisher says that at L’Italia, there are a variety of products and price points, adding that luxury is not an issue of price, but rather a state of mind. “L’Italia has strategic partners from the U.S. and Italy to help in selecting talented local designers and artisans from all over the world,” she says. “That being said we have made a concerted effort to have a varied mix of price points and products. At L’Italia we strive to provide our clientele with an unparalleled mix that you could only dream of until now. A unique experience combined together with world-class customer service makes each client feel exclusively cared for. We hope you enjoy the journey.”

    Fisher says that what she enjoys most about running L’Italia is that she’s able to draw energy from others who also share her appreciation of great products. She also enjoys the technology and design that’s used to run the business. “What I love most is the ability to relate to the L’Italia customer because I am her and that is how I can so easily relate to our brand,” she says.

    According to Fisher, she and the team at L’Italia are continuing to work with designers and buyers from around the world to find unique fashions to continue to bring customers a selection of hard-to-find products.

    To learn more about L’Italia, visit www.litalia.com.

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    Cincinnati's newest boutique is moving from Madeira -- expanding into a larger space on Hyde Park Square -- just in time to celebrate its first year of business.

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    Necklace by Ken Samudio, paired with black Konstantin dress (click to enlarge)

    It’s been a heck of a year for Arlene Aranzamendez. Just since 2014, she opened a brick-and-mortar boutique, expanded her design business with internationally-known retailers, and is now re-locating the boutique from Madeira into a larger space on Hyde Park Square.

    Although, Aranzamendez is no stranger to the fashion and design world. She began her career in 1995, working with Insignia Design Associates for five years and then worked for international design agency, LPK. In 2004, she started her business Aranzamendez Design, which specializes helping small businesses launch their brand.

    In 2013, Aranzamendez launched a ADORN USA, a product line featuring high-end jewelry and bags, as well as handcrafted pieces from Aranzamendez’s personal line called “Konstantin” and a select group of designers. Then, in 2014, Atelier boutique was born.

    “It was launched via our parent company ADORN USA. ADORN USA sells solely jewelry and handbags online; that being said, we didn’t want to confuse our customers by calling it ADORN USA,” explains Aranzamendez. “Atelier is technically Atelier by ADORN USA and carries much more, including clothing and hostess gifts.”

    While she is continuing to do digital work part-time, she can add ‘jewelry and handbag designer’ to her repertoire. “It’s been such an exciting adventure for me to move from full-time marketing agency, website and digital entrepreneurial work to now focusing on building this new and different kind of business,” she explains, adding that she sees Atelier continuing to expand both online and in brick and mortar stores in select regions throughout the country in the next 5-10 years.

    What makes Atelier different than other boutiques in Greater Cincinnati? “Atelier is about making a statement,” Aranzamendez says, explaining that she believes accessories should be treated as the “star” of the show. “The boutique is called Atelier, named after an old French term for a workshop or studio, especially of an artist, artisan or designer. It specializes in unique handmade jewelry and accessories such as handbags, clothing and gifts such as Vosges Haut Chocolat, Tokyo Milk and elizabethW.”

    Another distinguishing factor from other boutiques in the area is that the clothing she curates for the shop is specifically selected to complement the jewelry line. “The jewelry is created to be more than just an accessory – each piece is designed to be a statement piece,” Aranzamendez says. “I’m also very selective about the materials we use; some pieces in the Konstantin line feature hardware in resin, while others feature eco-raw materials like beads and twine. I love the artisanal quality and I’m passionate about making each a true statement piece.”

    Aranzamendez’s eye for style and unique designs are catching the attention of international retailers. In fact, Anthropologie, an international retailer of curated clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor with 185 stores throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, currently offers custom pieces by Aranzamendez (online at Anthropologie.com). Additionally, The Autry National Center Museum, a renowned museum dedicated to the American West (located in Los Angeles) also carries the Konstantin line. Most recently, Aranzamendez and her team are in the process of establishing the line for retail distribution online at NastyGal.com. “We want to continue to see a growing online presence in the near future,”Aranzamendez explains.

    Atelier By Adorn USA is located at 2716 Erie Avenue, on the 2nd Floor next to Tanya’s Salon. To learn more, visit Atelier’s website and follow along on Facebook!

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    Two powerhouses on the local start-up scene are joining forces for an upcoming event. Learn more about it and how the coworking community can help build your business.

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    Amanda Greenwell, Program Director of UpTech

    Get ready to meet your new “coworkers” on Tuesday, May 12, as you network with Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best connectors.

    UpTech and Platform 53 have teamed up to host #StartUpCincy: UpTech/Platform 53 Coworking Day. This day is meant to bring together innovative, hardworking, like-minded individuals as an opportunity to meet influencers, expand networks, meet potential team members and make meaningful connections in UpTech’s headquarters lounge. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the UpTech program and Platform 53’s coworking community.
    Adam Dean launched the Platform 53 workspace in 2012. He wanted to create a workspace that revolutionized the way we work and engage with one another. If you join Platform 53’s diverse community of independent professionals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and mobile workers, then you will be able to take advantage of their provided work and meeting space, and to create a platform for you to share ideas, connect with workers, get inspired, learn, support each other and collaborate.

    The idea of “coworking” may be new to Cincinnati, but this idea of collaborating with independent entrepreneurs and small businesses in a cool, chic rentable workspace is not new at all. There are places just like Platform 53 all over the world. You can find coworking office spaces in London, Sydney, San Francisco and now, here in Cincinnati.

    The tech-savvy staff of UpTech Cincinnati decided to team up with Platform 53 for the perfect business-driven event. Amanda Greenwell, program director of UpTech, oversees business development, operations, marketing, public relation efforts behind #StartUpCincy.

    “UpTech is looking for big ideas to take part in our accelerator program,” Greenwell explains. “Applications are currently open until June 21.” They’ve scheduled a series of happy hours and information sessions in an effort to share the details of the program with potential applicants.

    “This coworking day is another way to allow entrepreneurs to see what’s it’s like to work at UpTech, learn about our program and rub elbows with other dreamers and doers,” Greenwell says. “When planning the coworking day, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to join forces with Platform 53 who has a really cool coworking program just around the corner in Mainstrasse in Covington.”

    UpTech specializes in intensive one-to-one mentorship, designed to give you all the tools you need to fuel the early stages of any small business. They also provide you and your small business with funding and community connections from day one so that the end result of your new business is nothing short of successful.

    They work with people from all over the U.S., but their headquarters is based in Covington. As of 2015, UpTech has played a role in creating more than 60 jobs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, investing more than $1.3M in startups.

    UpTech and Platform 53 will be hosting the event at the UpTech headquarters office. Wifi, coffee, lunch and free parking will all be provided. The doors will open at 8:30 for the morning session, or come and join them from noon to 5 p.m. for the evening session. According to Greenwell, the team behind Tuesday’s festivities want to build Greater Cincinnati’s start-up scene and introduce Cincinnati’s entrepreneurs to each other.

    To learn more about the accelerator application process, click here. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here or contact Abby Ober, program associate of UpTech at abby@uptechideas.org.

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    Learn about the local self defense training company that gives you the training and confidence you need when it counts!

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    Ryan Sullivan and Davina Eccard, owners of T.I.G.

    Tactical Intelligence Group (T.I.G.) trains you for when life depends on it.

    Ryan Sullivan and Davina Eccard, owners of T.I.G. — along with their team of certified, experienced instructors — teach tactics ranging from unarmed to armed, for the everyday to the extreme. As Greater Cincinnati’s first and only tactical training center, T.I.G. provides education on, and practice environments for, various weapon systems, unarmed tactics, escape techniques and emergency medicine.

    Since joining forces in 2012, Sullivan and Eccard have continually worked to refine the training experience for students and make their courses accessible to a broad audience. “We’re humbled by the very high rate of referrals by our students,” says Eccard. “Knowing so many people in the Tri-State trust us with something as important as the safety and security of themselves, their homes, and their families is truly a great honor for us.”

    T.I.G. offers a variety of options for those wishing to take ownership of their own self-protection – from Personal Defense and Home Defense Courses, to Introduction to Firearms Courses (which are also available in a 100 percent female only environment). For those with a bit more experience, they offer a variety of two-hour courses on specific skills and scenarios that every responsible gun owner should be proficient with, such as Shooting on the Move, Vehicle Defense and Night Fire Tactics.

    “One of our specialties is our Close Quarters Survival Series,” says Eccard. “Most violent encounters occur in low light conditions from three feet away or less. To prepare our students for the realities and challenges encountered in such conditions, we have a three part series that equips students with unarmed and armed defensive tactics to increase your odds of succumbing to such an attack.”

    According to Eccard, the entire program is built on real-world skills. “We do not train for sport or competition and we are not martial arts focused,” she says. “We teach realistic, practical, reliable techniques that have been proven to be successful in a wide variety of violent encounters.”

    Eccard says their ultimate goal is safety. “We teach you how to avoid most encounters, deescalate those you can, defend yourself physically until you can get to safety, and prepare you to do whatever it takes to ensure your survival – should that every become necessary.”

    Courses are open to all adults and responsible teens, when accompanied by parent or guardian. They also welcome those with disabilities, as well as those with past experiences, who require special sensitivity in a training environment. “Self defense is not a one size fits all situation,” says Eccard. “We work with each student to ensure the principles, tools and tactics we teach can be adapted and successfully applied if they should ever need them.”

    T.I.G. recently acquired property for the development of their tactical training facility, which will be the only facility of its kind in the Midwest. While the faculty is already open for scheduled classes and events, they will soon begin construction on their expanded range facilities so that they can begin offering memberships for individuals and families.

    “Our faculty, unlike traditional gun ranges and existing gun clubs available in the area, will allow trained, qualified members to practice real world skills such as drawing from a holster, shooting on the move, shooting from cover and concealment, and shooting from various positions,” says Eccard. “Our new facility will include various practice environments, such as vehicles to train in and around, various urban scenes, and specialty targets that help hone real world skills vs. simply hobby or sport shooting skills.”

    As for Eccard, she says that the most rewarding part of it all is how many lives they have been able to touch. “We’ve had students tell us we’ve ‘changed their life’ or ‘given them their lives back’, that we’ve made them better mother and fathers, because they can now teach their children to defend themselves,” she says. “Together, we have built a unique environment where people can come for a variety of reasons, as unique and diverse as our students, but stay and continue to train together – something more akin to a family.”

    For more information on T.I.G. and upcoming classes, visit www.tacticalintelligencegroup.com, check them out on Facebook, or call (513) 579-1405.

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    Learn about a local lady who's been honing her craft of henna artistry for the past decade, and is now ready to add some pigment to your next party.

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    Neha Argrawal is the local lady behind Cincy Henna Party.

    Turning a passion into a profession, Neha Argrawal took her love of henna and made it into a business: Cincy Henna Party.

    Starting early, it wasn’t unusual for her draw on her hands with a red pen during classes. It all came so naturally, so she self-taught herself the art of henna and began applying it to others 11 years ago.

    Then, in 2013, Argrawal officially launched Cincy Henna Party and became the sole proprietor behind her business. She says she first marketed it through family and friends, then word-of-mouth of happy clients, and now also social media.

    ​According to Argrawal, henna is a plant that has a dye-release property. Once dried out, it is crushed into a powder and then turned into a paste. Once the paste goes through a fermenting process, it can be applied to skin. As the paste dries, it flakes away and the color remains. Originating in India, Henna is not only used as an artwork, but also has other purposes such as acting as a coolant. Henna works with body heat and can be very medicinal, cooling and calming the nerves. Growing where it is extremely dry and arid, Henna is a part of South Eastern tradition as well as Jewish, African and modern culture.

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    What differentiates Argrawal’s henna application business from others? “Passion,” she says, adding that her passion for the art allows her to work freely within a field that she can call her own.

    ​“The goal is to always be better and to always improve myself,” she says. In fact, her recent achievements include her successful Henna Workshops, both this year and last year, participating in the Asian Festival at the Cincinnati Children’s Museum and a Fox 19 news interview.

    Fostering henna as highly sought-after artistry, Argrawal is expanding into other products such as henna candles, canvases, wine glasses, and champagne flutes. “I just want to create things that people enjoy and people like,” she explains.

    To learn more, click here.

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    A local venue -- complete with theater, Irish pub, tea room, gardens and more -- is quickly becoming the place to go for fun. Click to find out why!

    Maureen Kennedy, Co-founder of the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati's Columbia Tusculum neighborhood.
    Maureen Kennedy, Co-founder of the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati’s Columbia Tusculum neighborhood.

    For five years, the Irish Heritage Center — a local non-profit 501(c)3 community arts and heritage center — has been bringing Irish culture to the Queen City. The center is located in the heart of the Columbia Tusculum Entertainment District and is comprised of a theater, museum, exhibit hall, Irish pub, tea room, music room, art room, children’s room, memorial garden, costume closet, prop and set room, library, reading room and conference room — all to be used by the community (and there’s plenty of free parking!).

    “All the arts treasures, history, artifacts, books, furniture and improved decor – and there is so much, you really will be amazed – has been donated and/or created by friends of the center who support its purpose and programs,” says Maureen A. Kennedy, who co-founded the Irish Heritage Center with Kent Covey.

    Kennedy and Covey are Irish Americans and wanted to bring an Irish Center to Cincinnati. “Cincinnati residents have longed for a center to honor all things Irish for decades, and finally this Decade of Dreams came true in just five years,” explains Kennedy. “It is remarkable what has been accomplished. The Center and all who have created it have even been commended by the President of Ireland.”

    In the coming weeks, Cincinnati will host the 22nd Annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival for the first time ever. The festival features full-length plays written by Irish authors or that are set in Ireland. Kennedy says the plays are performed by select theatre groups from across the U.S. and Canada and are held at the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati at 3905 Eastern Avenue.

    There will be a total of seven performances, including five evening and two matinee shows. The schedule includes:
    -The Cavalcaders by Billy Roche: May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
    -The Field by John B. Keane: May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    -The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary: May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    -The New Electric Ballroom: May 22 at 2:00 p.m.
    -Sea Marks by Gardner McKay: May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
    -The Chastitute by John B. Keane: May 23 at 2:00 p.m.
    -Moment by Deirdre Kinihan: May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

    “Cincinnati’s own theatre group, The Irish American Theater Company of Cincinnati, will perform The Cavalcaders,” says Kennedy. “The group receive the distinction for Best New Show at the 2014 Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.

    According to Kennedy, each performance at the festival is judged by an Irish theatre professional. Following the end of the event, awards are given for excellence in directing, acting and production. The audience also has the opportunity to stay in the theater after each performance and listen to the critique. This year’s adjudicator will be George C. Heslin, an actor and the Artistic Director and Founder of the Origin Theatre Company of New York City.

    Kennedy adds that tickets are available for the event. Discounts are available for multiple shows and large groups. You can learn more or purchase tickets by visiting www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com or calling 513-533-0100.

    Following the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival will be complimentary Music & Song Nights in the Irish Pub and the Bloomsday Celebration featuring staged readings of the play Ulysses for Beginners by the award-winning Irish American Theater Company. There are also ongoing genealogy sessions with the Genealogy Detective (a former FBI agent) as well as Irish Tea Times and the popular band We Banjo 3, who will be visiting the center from Ireland. Details for this can be found on the Irish Heritage Center’s website www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

    There are several great benefits when it comes to being a member of the Irish Heritage Center. “The Irish Heritage Center provides many perks to its members, and not just in the form of a great community that is making a difference and creating many firsts for our city,” says Kennedy. “Members also receive discounts to concerts and shows, private holiday parties and picnics, genealogy guidance, a memorial wall, library usage, and as an added bonus, many new friendships.”

    The Irish Heritage Center is open to everyone – even those who aren’t Irish. The center also has affordable rentals available in the historic former McKinley School building. Space in the building is available for classes, shows, weddings, life celebrations, showers, parties and meetings.

    The building is still undergoing development and is currently being renovated room by room to give the Arts and Heritage Community Center more uses. “The next goal is to create a kitchen facility on the premises, and to place an elevator for the use of senior members,” says Kennedy. “The center is always looking for volunteers in many areas, from using a broom to plastering a wall to helping in the office and coordinating special events.”

    To learn more about the Irish Heritage Center, click here. You can also call the center at 513-533-0100 or like the center on Facebook.

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    A stay-at-home mom took her passion for designing children’s clothes and made it a reality. Read on to learn more about the local lady behind the “Ruffles N Buttons.”

    Ruffles N Buttons is run by Krystine Turner, a stay-at-home mom who designs and makes infant gowns.
    Ruffles N Buttons is run by Krystine Turner, a stay-at-home mom who designs and makes infant gowns.

    Cincy Chic: What is Ruffles N Buttons?
    Krystine Turner, Owner of Ruffles N Buttons: Ruffles N Buttons is a home-based boutique run by me, a stay-at-home mom with a mind and heart for design and creativity.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your boutique?
    Turner: I started making infant gowns a little over a year ago when I was just about due with baby No. 4. I loved that my baby could be comfy and stylish at the same time, how I could be creative and how it brought out the designer in me. I started getting asked if they could be ordered and it has just snowballed like crazy from there.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch Ruffles N Buttons?
    Turner: I realized I’d found a niche and made it “Etsy official” and got a logo and such in April 2014.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Turner: I’m the only one at this point. I am also a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of four, so if Ruffles N Buttons keeps expanding as it has this far, I’ll soon have to look into adding on helpers.

    Cincy Chic: What types of infant clothing do you sell?
    Turner: I make infant gowns of all styles for baby boys and girls. Name gowns, dedication gowns, cutesy gowns, fancy gowns. My gowns are used a lot for baby shower gifts, going home outfits for new babies, outfits for fancy occasions and pretty much any time you want your baby to be comfy and dressed to the “T” at the same time.

    Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for the gowns?
    Turner: My normal gowns range from $30 to $45 while dedication gowns range between $60 and $95.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Ruffles N Buttons?
    Turner: I always have new designs and ideas rolling around in my mind and try to get them out and available to order as fast as possible in between fulfilling orders.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or order a gown for a little one?
    Turner: I have an Etsy shop and I’m on Facebook and Instagram. I am most active on Instagram with behind the scenes posts and giveaways along with normal business postings.

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