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Whether it’s for your Valentine or Galentine, your kiddos or your own sweet tooth, we checked out the sweetest shop in town for ideas on how to spread the love this week.

 
Valentine’s Day might be Feb. 14, but it’s a week-long celebration at Gigi’s Cupcakes! 
 
“We do Valentine’s Day gifts all week long,” says Amy Jones, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.  “Our treats are made daily in our Kenwood shop with lots of love and care.”
 
The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. Each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too! “We’ll have a lot of flavors to choose from,” Jones adds, “even if you forget to order ahead of time.”
 
They have several different Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just bringing home to surprise the family!
 
Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography http://twinspirephotography.com

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.

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From charming character and a breath-taking setting, to upgrades and luxuries galore, this landmark estate in the heart of Mt. Lookout has it all. Click for a peek inside.

Nestled in the trees of Mt. Lookout is this $1.095 million home. The landmark estate sits on 1.83 acres and features panoramic views of the Little Miami Valley. There are 6,469 square feet in the 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home. Enjoy updated architectural details that have been preserved from the home’s original build, spacious rooms, a gourmet eat-in kitchen, a master suite with sitting room, ensuite bathroom, and walk-in closet. There’s also a 3-car garage, carriage house apartment, sizable brick terrace, private, park-like setting.
This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

 

 

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The annual Heart Mini is just around the corner. Click here to learn more about this year’s event and how you can register to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. 

The 42nd Heart Mini will be held March 9-10 in Cincinnati. Photo: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association will host its annual Heart Mini and accompanying events March 9 and 10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

“The Heart Mini is Cincinnati’s largest single-day fundraiser and hometown favorite of more than 40 years,” explains Lori Fovel, Communications Director of the Cincinnati American Heart Association. “Each year, close to 30,000 registrants come together to participate in a heart healthy exercise and raise lifesaving funds to fight off the No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.”

According to Fovel, the theme this year is “Mini not Mini,” meaning that the impact of the Heart Mini is anything but mini with its 30,000 participants and $3M fundraising goal.

The Heart Mini is a two-day event that features activities for guests of every age, including the ½ Marathon, 15k race, 5k race, 2k kid’s race, 5k heart walk, 1k Steps for Stroke, a health and fitness expo, and a kid’s fun run.

Festivities for the Heart Mini kick off at 9 am on Saturday, March 9, at the Duke Energy Convention Center with the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Worldpay. This time frame is also when runners and walkers can pick up their packets.

Then, at 12 pm, is the Kids Fun Run for little ones ages 7 and under presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Everyone will be getting down to business on Sunday, March 10, in downtown Cincinnati. At 7:30 am starts the Medpace 15K Heart Mini and St. Elizabeth Heart ½. The UC Health 1K Steps for Stroke starts at 9:15 am and the Ohio National Financial Service 5K Heart Race starts at 10:30 am. The 2K Kid’s Race begins at 11:30 am and the Mercy Health 5K Heart Walk is at noon.

Fovel says there are a lot of events supporting the American Heart Association leading up to the Heart Mini in March. To learn more about those events and to register for any of the races or walks for the Heart Mini, click here.

Watch below as our Editor-in-Chic trains for the upcoming Heart Mini, and shares a message about why this race is so important.

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Mingle with some of the city’s most go-getting gals and support an important local cause at this upcoming event that’ll heat up your winter.

Kindervelt 50 will host its Cabin Fever event at MadTree Brewery on February 22.

Winter got ya feeling stuck? That’s how the four local friends behind Kindervelt 50 were feeling during the cold, wintry months and that’s why they decided to launch Cabin Fever.

“Cabin Fever is a fun event that raises funds and supporting the Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital,” explains Kindervelt 50 President Macy Hansen.

Winter can leave you feeling like you’re trapped inside with no where to go. The cold also means that there’s less time to spend with friends unless you’re willing to venture out into the cold to do so.

Spending time with friends to unwind and being cozy in the cold is what inspired Cabin Fever.

This year’s Cabin Fever event is being held on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm at Madtree Brewery. Hansen says that the theme is Aspen Chic, and the team, comprised of chair-women including Jennifer Herzog, Jen Bahl, Allison Thornton, and Candace Cioffi, is super excited to bring the mountains to Cincinnati.

Guests can expect to cozy up next to the fire and enjoy an evening of open bar and dinner with good friends, participate in bar games, bid on silent auction items, try their luck in a raffle, and dance the night away to music by The Sly Band.

VIP tickets for the event are an option and will give attendees access to the VIP Apres Ski Party from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am, where guests will enjoy late night bites, open bar, and music by DJ Etrayn.

Typically, Kindervelt 50 hosts two events throughout the year to support their mission, so Hansen says this is the first year they’ve done one large event, and the excitement surrounding it has been encouraging.

“We are excited to continue to support the mental health demands at Cincinnati Children’s,” adds Hansen.

To learn more about Cabin Fever, click here.

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Everyone has an opinion, but now you can get paid to share yours. Read on for more.

Community Panel is a way for people to earn money for sharing their opinions on brands.

You have an opinion about the products and brands you use. Why not get paid for sharing those opinions? Enter, Community Panel.

“Community Panel is a local, Cincinnati-based panel of consumers who would like to be contacted for in-person marketing research projects,” explains Emilie Rouse, Communications Manager for Community Panel at MarketVision Research.

There are several marketing research projects that are held throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, and Community Panel helps those who want to participate in the projects by paying them for their thoughts and opinions.

The way Community Panel works is, you visit their website at www.communitypanel.com. Then, you’ll fill out a form that will help to match you with upcoming projects that you may qualify to participate in. If you’re selected to participate, and do so, then you can get paid.

Because Community Panel’s parent company, MarketVision Research, is based out of Cincinnati, Blue Ash to be specific, it has the ability to help those in the area become involved in these projects.

Additionally, according to Rouse, Community Panel works with a broad base of clients who want to hear consumers’ opinions about their products and services.

Rouse says that there are always a number of projects in the works that panelists can participate in. “We also run contests and promotions throughout the year to thank our loyal members,” she adds.

To learn more about Community Panel, visit www.communitypanel.com. There you can find additional information about how Community Panel members are contacts to participate and earn money for their opinions.

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Miami University Fashion and Design is prepping to host its annual fashion show in April. See what’s new at this year’s event.

Miami University Fashion & Design will host its annual fashion show on April 27 at Millett Hall on Oxford’s campus.

The students behind Miami University Fashion and Design are preparing to host their annual fashion show this spring.

“We are one of the largest student organizations on Miami University’s campus and we put on one of the largest, fully student run fashion shows in the nation,” explains Alexandra Bogut, one of the PR/Marketing Directors for Miami University Fashion and Design (MUF&D).

The inspiration behind the annual fashion show comes from the desire to show just how much MUF&D has grown as an organization.

“We have grown by 39 percent as an organization in the last year,” says Bogut. “And each member has provided value to our upcoming show. We cannot wait to reveal our show theme on March 13 to the public and convey our vision to the masses.”

While MUF&D will be showcasing its talents to the masses, there will also be masses working behind the scenes to ensure the night not only runs smoothly but is enjoyed by everyone involved – from spectators to those working behind-the-scenes.

Bogut says that there are 19 student designers and 59 student models who will present their year-long hard work during the show.

“In addition, we have an executive board of 14 leaders,” she adds. “This includes positions for two public relations/marketing directors, a graphic design director, two event planning directors, two strategic partnerships directors, a finance director, two design directors, and two modeling directors.”

The student-run organization features student designers and models in its show.

The executive board at MUF&D is lead by President Rachael Steed and Vice President Sarah Craig. “The board works to create not only the annual fashion show, but also a vast amount of events for social bonding and/or career development for MUF&D’s 484 members.”

While 484 members may look like an overwhelming number, each of those 484 individuals are able to bring something to the organization that is unique and powerful.

At the 2019 show attendees will see 20 collections made by 19 student designers.

“Each piece will be worn by one of our 59 student models,” says Bogut. “MUF&D prides itself as being entirely student run, and in the past our attendees are shocked to hear that fact considering its size, professionalism, and overall well-run experience.”

Not only does the event showcase the works of student designers, the show also focuses on bringing something new to the table each year.

“Whether it’s new faces, new designs, or new concepts, MUF&D continually strives to impress time and time again,” says Bogut. “This year, we are excited to plan our show as a more immersive experience than is has been in the past.”

This year, the event will be held on April 27 at Millett Hall on Miami University’s campus in Oxford. The doors open at 6:00 pm with the VIP toast at 7:00 pm and the 13th annual fashion show at 8:00 pm.

To learn more about the annual fashion show, visit www.mufashiondesign.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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After launching a successful skin care company, learn about the local lady on a mission to make skin healthy and glowing from the inside out.

Cincy Chic: For our readers who don’t know, what is Arkadiance Integrated Skin Care?
Ami Kulkarni, Founder of Arkadiance Integrated Skin Care: Arkadiance is a wellness-based skin care line which focuses on healing from the inside to reveal outer radiance. The products are derived from natural ingredients with high impact formulas. The brand launched in 2016 with a range of natural products — some used internally and others externally — such as a facial cleanser, face cream, Omega 3 capsules, teas and more with the idea of creating health and beauty from the inside out.

Cincy Chic: What’s new with Arkadiance since we last spoke? Do you have any new products?
Kulkarni: YES! We’ve started bundling our best sellers with a 15-20% discount when bought together. Whether you are looking for hydration, purification, or immunity boosting – we’ve got a bundle that will deliver noticeable results based on your skin needs.

Cincy Chic: Do you have any special promotions going on right now that readers can take advantage of?
Kulkarni: We’re currently running a Galentine’s Giveaway for our Transformation Duo and we always offer 10% off the first purchase with the code “New10” for new clients.

Cincy Chic: What is the brand looking forward to most in 2019?
Kulkarni: We are thrilled to be reaching more clients and making it easier to understand the science behind products. Our followers can look forward to more education about why natural, holistic products can be transforming to their mental and physical health.

Cincy Chic: What makes Arkadiance unique? 
Kulkarni: Arkadiance is unique in many ways but our brands pillars stand us apart:

I believe in Use Less, Do More. The line is incredibly simple and we have no skin types. Less products, less steps, no jargon. My clients are change-agents who don’t have time for complicated routines that pile on unneeded products.

I only make a product if it can be significantly better than what is on the market today. That’s why we don’t have a scrub – there are plenty of great scrubs available. I also don’t make a Vitamin D capsule or a B-complex because what is available today is pretty darn good. However my 3 step skin care and the 3 core supplements are each significantly superior to any competitors in benefits delivered and the usage experience.

I built the brand around being sustainable and natural first. Our ingredients are renewable and following sustainable farming practices. Every product is recyclable we use mostly glass and aluminum, not plastic. We do not test on animals and are ultra-natural, being 93% plant-based in our skin care products.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Kulkarni: The best way to stay connected is to join our email newsletter at www.arkadiance.com for bi-weekly natural healing newsletters and promotions and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. I would be glad to answer specific skin and health questions at ami@arkadiance.com. I also refer my clients to local health care experts like Dr. Kara Shah (Kenwood Dermatology) or Doctor of Naturopathy, Sharmilee Jayachandran, ND to make sure questions are answered.

Watch this review of Arkadiance from our Editor-in-Chic:

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    This isn’t your typical gyno. Learn about the local doc who recently opened Elevate MD, a new practice with a spa-like atmosphere where you can get everything from a yearly exam to cosmetic services, hormone replacement therapy, body contouring and more.

    Dr. Joseph Franzese is the physician behind Elevate MD.
     

    You don’t typically look forward to an OB/GYN appointment. But one local doc aims to change that. 

    Dr. Joe Franzese started Elevate MD in order to give his patients an approach in care that was centered around them. He wanted to provide those clients with quality treatment plans that combined both functional and conventional medicine in order to care for the whole person.

    “We understand health and well-being are personal, and we pride ourselves on spending time with each individual to ensure you reach your health and wellness goals,” explains Franzese.

    Elevate MD is located in a state-of-the-art facility that hosted its grand opening on November 30, 2018, and offers a full range of yearly exams, making it much more than just a gynecologist’s office.

    Franzese says his practice is now accepting new patients and even has a number of special offers that includes complimentary consultations for cosmetic services and hormone replacement therapy.

    “We offer women’s yearly exams, ultrasounds, and minimally invasive surgery to in-office cosmetic treatments such as body contouring, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, and tummy tuck procedures,” he says. “We also offer cosmetic gynecology, in-office ablations, Botox/injectables, spa services, PRP therapy for men and women, hair restoration, facial rejuvenations, and sexual medicine.”

    Other services offered in the practice include skin care products, pleasure enhancing shots, and even high-quality supplements.

    What makes Elevate MD different, aside from its medical offerings, is that Franzese is the only physician in the Tri-State area participating in Millennium TBI program, which helps both civilians and veterans affected by traumatic brain injury.

    “I’m humbled by the opportunity to help those who protect and serve our country,” adds Franzese.

    “Elevate MD is continuously challenging ourselves to be on the cutting edge of new medicine and techniques,” adds Franzese. “With a shift in health care and more awareness around sexual wellbeing, our functional and traditional medical approach creates endless possibilities to elevate the quality of life for our patients.”

    To learn more, visit www.elevatemd.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Realself, and Twitter.

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    From modern finishes inside and panoramic city views outside, click for a sneak peek of downtown living at its finest in this week's Listing of the Week!

    Listed at $660,000, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo in downtown Cincinnati features city living at its finest. The 1,668-square-foot condo is contemporary and features a loft with a balcony and a river view. The condo comes with everything you need: parking, fitness center, party room, guest suites, storage, and neighbors. Improvements since 2016 include: tile backsplash, quartz countertops with added storage, a wine cooler, a Bosch 3-level dishwasher, power shades, ceiling fans, a large linen closet, and a new washer/dryer.

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

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    A DAAP graduate is taking her skills from the runways of NYC to launching a salon in Cincinnati. 

    CinciNatural Center encourages its clients to love their natural hair.

     

    Katrelle Scott is a University of Cincinnati DAAP graduate, and since January 2011 she’s been on a mission to help clients love their natural hair and realize the health benefits of going natural with her business CinciNatural Center.

    “Our stylists are properly educated, trained, and excited to give you the love and care you truly need,” she explains. “CinciNatural’s humble beginnings started on fashion runways in New York City.”

    It was there, in the Big Apple, that Scott was able to refine her skills and cultivate her speed and efficiency.

    “Whether you are coming for a loc retwist, a blowout, box braids, a crochet style, or a professional two strand twist for work, we’d love to take care of you and your hair,” says Scott.

    A big part of the mission behind CinciNatural is the identity of her clients. “Your identity says so much about how you view yourself, the world, and your place in it,” Scott explains. “It’s also about how the world views you. Your hair plays an important role in what makes you so unique.”

    Scott says that CinciNatural wants to help clients be their best wherever they may be. “CinciNatural wants you to be your best at work, in the streets, at the grocery store, at church, on vacation, at the family reunion, and wherever else you may travel,” she adds.

    CinciNatural offers consultations for clients who are interested in services from the salon. Scott believes it’s one of the most important factors in ensuring that clients get the services and products they need during and after the completion of their appointment.

    “It’s also a way to determine if our salon is a perfect fit for you,” Scott says.

    To learn more about CinciNatural Center, visit https://www.cincinatural.com/. You can make an appointment by calling 513-279-2644. You can also like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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